Episode 356: Lots in Translation

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By request, we’re tackling two holiday songs that expand the number of languages and dialects represented in our list. “Jingle Bells” as performed by Béla Fleck and the Flecktones featuring Alash marks the first appearance of Tuvan, and also, of Tuvan throat-singing! And, I don’t know, maybe like the thirtieth post-modern banjo performance? And while we’ve had a good amount of French under our belts and in our ears already, “23 Décembre” by Beau Dommage is our first in the Québécois working-class dialect of Joual. Er, probably? Listen, we got really sidetracked in the middle of this one.

The ranking music in this episode is “Fa La La” by Bündock.

Thank you to merikus for these requests!

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