Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Best of 2009

Happy New Year Candy Heads. Here's to you for making 2009 a smash hit.

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Sunday, December 27, 2009

Got Live?

Duke Wilbury's favorite live tunes from the greatest live albums ever unleashed.

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While a great live album captures a moment, the best live albums exist as testaments to their creators, as definitions of their essence.

The art of the live album seems antiquated these days. In the 70s, artists like Kiss, Cheap Trick and Peter Frampton found their greatest success with live albums, enjoying massive album sales and even spinning off chart-topping radio hits, while other artists like The Allman Brothers and the MC5 enjoyed their greatest artistic and critical successes with live albums. While the Ear Candy Update couldn't give a damn about chart-topping hit singles we are concerned about the dying art of the live album. Somewhere along music's continuing narrative live, in between popular rock moving away from the ideals of virtuosity and pure energy (and popular music moving farther away from rock in the first place), live shows becoming excessively easy to bootleg, and supposedly legendary live acts like Phish and Widespread Panic soiling many on the form, the live album essentially lost its power, becoming increasingly less of an artistic or commercial prospect and increasingly more like a mere collector’s item.

Here at the Ear Candy Update we're exploring the best cuts off the best live albums, neither to support nor question this trend, but perhaps merely to demonstrate why the live album is an art worth saving in the first place. We may never see the likes of a Frampton Comes Alive! again (and to many, that isn’t such a bad thing in the first place), but as long as great artists are still touring with passion and a desire not to merely replicate the studio experience, the live album will remain relevant. We hope so, anyway.

As always, if you have any suggestions, bitches, gripes, complaints or praise, email the Duke right here: Dukewilbury@yahoo.com

The tracks:
Kick Out The Jams - The MC5
Bring It On Home to Me - Sam Cooke
Ain't No Sunshine - Bill Withers
Stormy Monday - The Allman Brothers Band
Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On - Jerry Lee Lewis
Wanted Man - Johnny Cash
Try Me - James Brown
Try A Little Tenderness - Otis Redding
About a Girl - Nirvana
Life During Wartime - The Talking Heads
Cadillac Ranch - Bruce Springsteen
Young Man Blues - The Who
Rock & Roll - Led Zeppelin
Honky Tonk Women - The Rolling Stones

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Saturday, December 19, 2009

Another Existential Cowboy

Chronicling the Outlaw Country movement

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This show is a two-fisted saloon, a the Wild West of American country music, a big middle-finger to the purveyors of the Nashville sound. Here are the demons, the hard-living sons of bitches and gamblers your mama didn't want to you be around or like. Here are the renegades, the unbearables and the cons. Here are the bastards and the bad men whose spurs still jangle on peanut shell covered floorboards and wield their remarkable talents with the accuracy of a Colt .45.

As always, if you have any suggestions, bitches, gripes, complaints or praise, email the Duke right here: Dukewilbury@yahoo.com

The tracks:
'59 Cadillac '57 Chevy - David Allan Coe
Bloody Mary Morning - Willie Nelson
A Kiss Before I Go - Ryan Adams and The Cardinals
Smoke Along the Track - Dwight Yoakam
Old Chunk of Coal - Billy Joe Shaver
Just Dropped In - Mickey Newbury
Real Live Bleeding Fingers and Broken Guitar Strings - Lucinda Williams
Desperados Waiting for the Train - Jerry Jeff Walker
Instant Coffee Blues - Guy Clark
I've Always Been Crazy - Waylon Jennings
Character Flaw - Joe Ely
Think I'll Just Stay Here and Drink - Merle Haggard
The Devil's Right Hand - Steve Earle
Cocaine Blues - Johnny Cash

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Sunday, December 13, 2009

Non Timetis Messor

This one pays tribute to a titan, Pop Squatch Wilbury, who passed away December 11.

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Michael Austin, 53, passed away unexpectedly in the early hours of December 11th.

Mike was a loving husband, caring father, stellar role model and one of the best friends that anyone could ask for. He made the lives of those around him better in so many ways. Those who knew him will remember him for his snappy rapport, his heartfelt laughter and a giant smile.

Mike touched the lives of many in the community in various ways through his generous heart. He spent years as a youth sports coach, as a member of several car racing clubs and as an active participant of a gourmet club. Mike was passionate about his race car and lived proudly as an avid Raiders and Yankees fan. As the host father to numerous exchange students, Mike also helped bring Erie a little closer to the rest of the world. He reinforced those bonds by maintaining relationships with his extended family around the world, traveling to visit them often. Learning from his lessons, both of his children studied abroad extensively as exchange students, during university and afterwards.

Mike completed his bachelors degree at SUNY Fredonia while working at Welch Foods in Westfield, NY. Upon completion he was a supervisor at Falconer Glass in Falconer, NY. He earned his MBA at Penn State Behrend. He was employed by Lord Corporation for the 21 years he lived in Erie. His most current position was Aerospace Sourcing Manager. Mike avidly pursued his quest for knowledge in all areas of his life.

Michael, the son of Thomas and Joyce Austin was born July 15th, 1956 in Dunkirk, NY. He is survived by his wife of 32 and a half years, Linda, 51, and their two children Sarah, 31 of Denver, CO, and Matthew, 29 of New Orleans, LA; his siblings: Dale, Robert, Pam Ostrander, Mark and Deena Lahnen; and a large extended family.

Mike was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Joyce, and his sister Barbara.

In lieu of flowers, donations maybe made to the family for a memorial scholarship, in development, to support international student travel.

The songs:
30 Days in the Hole - Humble Pie
Slow Ride - Foghat
Train, Train - Blackfoot
Flirtin' With Disaster - Molly Hatchet
Highway Star (Live) - Deep Purple
Jesus Just Left Chicago - ZZ Top
Jessica - The Allman Brothers Band
Rebels of the Sacred Heart - Flogging Molly
Hair of the Dog - Nazareth
Call Me the Breeze - Lynyrd Skynyrd
Lean on Me (Live) - Bill Withers
Tequila Sunrise - The Eagles

Sunday, December 6, 2009

The Philo Farnsworth Experiment

The Electromagnetic Spectrum Blues or The greatest TV themes out there right now and a special nod to Hall of Famers from years gone by.

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"There's nothing on it worthwhile, and we're not going to watch it in this household, and I don't want it in your intellectual diet." - Philo Farnsworth's feelings about watching television.
We love our tube. There's no question about it. Some want to argue against the television, or at least, the programming on it. They get holier-than-thou because the television and networks want to rot your brain with soul-crushing game shows and spirit-sucking talking heads. Me, I fucking love high definition television, and frankly, it's really all about what you (Grace Slick would smile) feed your head. You can load up on soul-sucking reality shows that bear no semblence to any life you've ever led and mind-numbing game shows that upon which you will never appear. You can feed your head the poison of MTV and the endless prattle of cable news. Or... you can see good acting, character evolution and watch a *GASP* plot play itself out.

Of course, along the way, we'll have sounds accompanying us. What the hell good would any of it be without great music. There's a fucking reason the record industry sells film and television soundtracks. Exactly how good would Sergio Leone's Spaghetti Westerns be without Ennio Morricone's transcendent score? John William's Imperial March will be forever etched into the skin of pop culture the world over. Alabama 3's brooding and hypnotic Woke Up This Morning set the tone for the equally brooding and hypnotic Tony Soprano. The Jefferson's Theme achieves soaring heights that might not have been possible lest for the Ja'net DuBois' arching vocal reach. Some themes become even more towering because of their melody or even their universal message. Case in point: Where Everybody Knows Your Name. You know it, your neighbor knows it, your kids probably know it and they don't even know where the hell it came from. Some themes are just plain fucking fun. Quincy Jones' Sanford and Son Theme is the real deal, funk and soul with the eclectic breakdown befitting a man of Jones' unimpeachable talents.

So go ahead, give this a listen and the Ear Candy Update double dog dares you not to picture the characters in these shows. Be sure to listen to the song beds too, because there are some SERIOUS gems inbetween songs. I promise you, you'll have Herman Munster stuck in your head for a week. So thank you, thank you, Mr. Farnsworth. Here's to you.

Read The Electromagnetic Spectrum Blues: An Elegy for Dr. Philo Taylor Farnsworth II
The Electromagnetic Spectrum Blues: An Elegy for Dr. Philo Taylor Farnsworth II

If you have any suggestions, bitches, gripes, complaints or praise, email the Duke right here: Dukewilbury@yahoo.com

The Themes:
Woke Up This Morning - Alabama 3, from The Sopranos
Johnny Appleseed - Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros, from John From Cincinnati
The Bomb - Bitter:Sweet, from The Lipstick Jungle
Teardrops - Massive Attack, from House, M.D.
Sanford and Son Theme Song - Quincy Jones, from Sanford and Sons
Movin' On Up - Jeff Barry/Ja'net Dubois, from The Jeffersons
The Munsters (Main Theme) - Jack Marshall, from The Munsters
Mission: Impossible - Lalo Schifrin, from Mission:Impossible
Suicide is Painless - Johnny Mandel, from M*A*S*H
Where Everybody Knows Your Name - Judy Hart Angelo, Gary Portnoy, from Cheers
Way Down In The Hole - Tom Waits, from The Wire
How Soon is Now - The Smiths, from Charmed
I'll Be Your Man - The Black Keys, from Hung
Bad Things - Jace Everett, from True Blood
Short Skirt/Long Jacket, Cake, from Chuck
A Beautiful Mine - RJD2, from Mad Men
Jonny Quest/Stop that Pigeon - The Reverend Horton Heat, from Jonny Quest


Sunday, November 29, 2009

Ear Candy Update for Nov. 29, 2009

The Unbutton-Your-Bloated-Pants, Post-Thanksgiving Edition

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The Ear Candy Update is thankful for Humbucking pickups and Marshall amplifiers, Leo Fender and Les Paul, the lost chord and the busted E string, for honking saxaphones, the Hammond B3 and the Moog Synthesizer, the Rolling Stones' longevity, Miles Davis' creativity, Aretha Franklin’s voice, Pete Townshend’s windmill, Joe Strummer’s battle flag, ODB for being ODB and SRV for being SRV, for indie rock and glam rock, for excess and debauchery, for the boogie woogie and the funk, for James Brown’s Payback and Jimi’s sky church electric blues. We’re thankful for the Rock God Power Slide, the Duck Walk and the Crowd Surf, for The Heartbreakers, the E Street Band and Big Brother and the Holding Company. We’re thankful for the Memphis Horns and the Wall of Sound, for Sun Records, Stax/Volt, Blue Note, Chess and Motown, for the life-shattering amounts of devastation in every single Tom Waits lyric, for Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn, for Fats Domino and Memphis Slim, for the White Stripes, Green Day, Black Flag, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pink Floyd, Macy Gray and Ol’ Blue Eyes, for Albert King, Queen and Prince. We’re thankful for The Byrds and The Gorillaz, The Black Crowes and The Eels, Mastodon and Dinosaur Jr., Grizzly Bear and T-Rex, blasting down Copperhead Road and shitting on White Snake, for the country outlaws and the renegades of funk, for the North Mississippi All Stars and East Bound and Down, for Joe South and the Wild West End, for the Jackson 5, U2, AC/DC, MC5, MGMT, UB40, KMFDM, A3 and Jay-Z, for Uncle Tupelo and Electric Aunt Jemima, for Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and Big Mama Thorton, for Hurricane and The Avalanches, The Tornadoes and Earthquake Weather, for Cocaine and Sister Morphine, for Long Tall Sally and Maybelline, for Jessica and Melissa and Elizabeth Reed, for Ruby Tuesday and Sweet Jane, for California Stars and New York State of Mind, for the Louisiana Gator Boys and the Tennessee Two, for Nebraska and T for Texas, we salute you. For Angel of Harlem and Sympathy for the Devil, for Last Night and All Tomorrow’s Parties, for the Smiths and The Ramones, for Across the Universe and My Hometown, for Coal Miner’s Daughter and Fortunate Son, for Stormy Monday and Tuesday’s Gone, for Friday, I’m In Love and Sunday Morning, Coming Down, for Stagger Lee and Mack the Knife…and we do the walk, we do the walk of life.

Duke is thankful for, Reuben, Smokehouse, Broke Tow, Ziggy, Junkyard, Wreckless Suzy, Brother Huck, Who, D-Day, Timmy, Wolfgang Von, Ebb Tide, E-String, Lizzy, Zorba, Cake Batter, Momma Blue Eyes, Squatch, Feets, Indian Evel, Top Hat and Boxcars Wilbury.

And a very special happy birthday wish to Ms. Foxy Shazam.

The tracks:
NY to Tokyo - Antipop Consortium
No One Said This Would Be Easy - The Postmarks
Summertime - Girls
Silver Trembling Hands - The Flaming Lips
Oceans In The Way - Dinosaur Jr.
Dicey Street Blues - Barton Fink Band
Black Rooster - The Kills
Why Can't I Forget - Blakroc with Nicole Wray
What Would I Want? Sky - Animal Collective
When I'm With You - Best Coast
Elephants - Them Crooked Vultures

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