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The Spin I’m In: Grooves For Grillin’



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Well, the end of summer is upon us and I’ve just now started to get my grill groove on, for the first time ever really. I’ve been enjoying a sunset BBQ about three times a week for the last month or so. Just me digging the patio scene with a friend or two , or just the cats. You see I’ve recently discovered the ingredient I’ve been missing all of these years for a chill grill , Luxuria Music (

LuxuriaMusic is an internet radio station, hosted by live DJs, that plays an eclectic mix of Exotica, Lounge, Space Age Bachelor Pad, Bossa, Bollywood, Bubblegum,Soft-Psych, Go-Go, Latin Jazz, Sophisticated Rock and Surf music.

There is very rarely a commercial and the DJs are excellent. These are the people who’ve scoured the Goodwill record bins for decades to bring you the goods. There are other radio stations on the internet that claim “lounge-exotica” in their names, but this is the real deal. I first heard about the station from my friend Kristian Hoffman who has a great show on Sundays called Pepperland Spicerack. I’ve since discovered that three more friends of mine have shows on there as well (yeah, thanks for the heads up “friends”.)

You know, it really took the original punk rocker-art students to bring kitschy lounge and other way out sounds back from the thrift store dumpsters, and now all of their years of record bin flipping is on this internet radio station- 24 hours a day. In addition to lounge superstars like Martin Denny, Yma Sumac, and Esquivel, which are hardly rare discoveries anymore, you’ll also hear many obscure no hit wonders such as Viv and Deitmar, Novi Singers, The Soul Sensations, and Tino’s Trio.

If you’re tired of your cds and playlists try this station, grab a cocktail and groove baby, groove.

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Donita Sparks

Donita Sparks

Donita Sparks is a singer/songwriter living in Los Angeles, CA. Her first solo record, Transmiticate, has been released nationwide and a US tour is booked for Spring and Summer 2008. Donita is also the co-founder and front person of the rock band L7 who have released six studio albums.

Her original scores can be heard in the upcoming feature film The Life of Reilly starring Charles Nelson Reilly and in online projects for Activision and Microsoft. In 1991 Sparks and L7 formed Rock For Choice with the Feminist Majority Foundation staging numerous concerts benefiting pro-choice organizations.
Donita has been a contributing writer at Firedoglake since July 2006 with her music column The Spin I’m In.