Calypso call

After over a decade of dial-up, I recently made the switch to digital cable here at la casa de QuietBubble. There are so many advantages: 1. I no longer get to read a chapter of whatever book I’m reading as I wait for a picture to upload. 2. Streaming radio doesn’t cause my computer to develop a hernia. 3. Google Maps and MapQuest are actually useful operations for me now. 4. I can subscribe to podcasts without laughing at myself. 5. My friends and relatives can call me again. 6. Apparently, there’s this thing called YouTube—perhaps you’ve heard of it?

Now, if I’d get myself a cellphone, I’d be living in the late-1990s.

The biggest joy has come from the oodles of music blogs out there. (Go to the “music” bloglist on the left to see what I’ve added recently.) My jones for Brazilian music has gotten a major upgrade. The Funky 16 Corners’s weekly radio show sends chills and spills down my spine. My hard drive is rapidly filling up; the iTunes library swells.

I’ve had trouble, though, finding music blogs and/or podcasts for one genre I love—calypso. There’s lot of reggae sites out there, but I’m not, and never have been, that fond of the music. (I’m more tolerant, though, of its sister genre, dub.) What I’ve looking for is Afro-Caribbean pop music from the early part of the 20th century through the 1950s and 1960s, either created in the Caribbean or in the wide-ranging Caribbean diaspora… and that’s not reggae.

Any suggestions, whether in the comments section or the email inbox, would be greatly appreciated.

About Walter Biggins

Walter Biggins is a writer based in Atlanta, GA. He is the co-author (with Daniel Couch) of Bob Mould's Workbook (Bloomsbury, 2017). His work has been published in The Quarterly Conversation,, Bookslut (RIP), The Comics Journal, The Baseball Chronicle, and other periodicals. Twitter: @walter_biggins.
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2 Responses to Calypso call

  1. Elizabeth says:

    You’ve left the bronze age! That’s so sweet! :)

  2. John Barry says:

    your interest in calypso music tells me that you might be interested in picking up a copy of my book. Follow the link:

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