Friday, July 31, 2009

When Cool Was Hot - The Barrelhouse Boogie Woogie Era

The Barrelhouse Boogie Woogie Era

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Let your backbone slip because we're taking a trip back to when hipsters, flipsters and finger-poppin' daddies knew what hot really was. Hot was the sound booming out of AM radio speakers across the country and that sound was Meade "Lux" Lewis and his partner in cool, excuse me, HOT, Albert Ammons and a host of others rocking their pianos with a right-handed strumming style that was all the rage.

The New Orleans-based Boogie Woogie style took its roots in the barrelhouses and shacks of the Deep South before migrating west into Texas and up the Mississippi on into Chicago - blazing a trail for other genres like the Delta Blues.

This hour is dedicated to the Boogie Woogie maestros of the late 1930s and '40s, the shouters, the noisemakers and the heppest cats in the known universe.

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Here's the boatload of goodies for this episode:

Drumboogie - Gene Krupa & His Orchestra
Honky Tonk Train Blues - Meade "Lux" Lewis
Piney Brown Blues - Joe Turner & His Fly Cats
Groovin' the Blues - Albert Ammons and His Rhythm Kings
Downtown Cafe Boogie - Edmond Hall & His Sextet
Beat Me, Daddy Eight to the Bar - Woody Herman and His Orchestra
The Munson Street Breakdown - Lionel Hampton and His Orchestra
Cow Cow Blues - Cow Cow Davenport
In Cow Cow's Footprints - Johnny Parker
South Side Shake - Dan Burley & His Skiffle Boys
Kaycee on my Mind - Pete Johnson
Alley Boogie - Georgia White
Down the Road Apiece - The Will Bradley Trio
It's a Lowdown Dirty Shame - Louis Jordan & His Tympani Five
Preachin' Blues - Sidney Bechet & His New Orleans Feetwarmers
Sweet Georgia Brown - Brother Bones & His Shadows

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As always, thank you for listening.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

The Ear Candy Update - July 26, 2009

Songs to Steal Cars By

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DISCLAIMER: Duke Wilbury is not responsible, IN ANY WAY, for any speeding tickets you may incur while listening to Songs to Steal Cars By.

America has long had a fascination with the internal-combustion engine, specifically those engines when they're placed inside a chunk of Motor City iron and modified to burn down the road at roughly the speed of sound. I don't have the numbers in front of me, but it would be a safe bet to say there have been as many odes to automobiles as there have been to women. It's not a guarantee that where a bitchin' ride goes women will follow but in a life full of uncertainly, that's as certain as it gets.

America's love affairs don't end there. We, as a people, love our outlaws. We love our gunslingers, our tragic anti-heroes and the villains who make them so. America needed James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause and Brando in The Wild One. So, in an effort to pay homage to both automobile and outlaw, the Ear Candy Update presents Songs to Steal Cars By.

Join us next time for When Cool Was Hot - The Barrelhouse Boogie Woogie Era next Sunday.

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Here's the boatload of goodies for this episode:

Stolen Car - The Green Hornets
Like a Rocket - Reverend Horton Heat
Led Sled - Denny Freeman featuring Jimmy Vaughn's 1951 Chevy Fleetline
Long White Cadillac - The Blasters
Race With the Devil - Gene Vincent and The Blue Caps
Forty Miles of Bad Road - Duane Eddy, His Twangy Guitar & The Rebels
Knights of Cydonia - Muse
Fucking in the Bushes - Oasis
Road Runner - The Modern Lovers
Devil in Me - 22-20s
Black Sunshine - White Zombie
The Ballad of Thunder Road - Robert Mitchum with Jack Marshall &
his Orchestra
Prison Bound - Social Distortion
I Fought the Law (Live at Shea Stadium) - The Clash

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

The Ear Candy Update - July 15, 2009

Here it is, you succulent listeners, the latest Ear Candy Update.

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Previously, the Update was a theme show about the legend of "Stagger" Lee Shelton. This time around we're exploring new music generally unheard by the masses because it's ignored by Clear Channel stations nationwide. The tentative plan is for two new podcasts a month with the middle of the month being a showcase for killer new tracks and the end of the month being a theme show. The next theme we plan on tackling is "Songs to Steal Cars By." Of course and as ever, your criticism is appreciated. We'll either take it under advisement, pay close attention or disregard the hell out of it.

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On this particular episode, the Duke attacks Clear Channel for their grievous sins, which are plenty. You won't hear commercials on the Ear Candy Update telling you where to buy your next car or what kind of beer to drink. In fact, you won't hear any commercials on the Update. You will also hear the ENTIRE SONG. No one will talk over the intro to a song or over the tail end because the Update respects the music. At Clear Channel HQ, the most wretched hive of scum and villiany in modern music, they have a staff of hundreds comparing various charts and statistics trying to pin down exactly how many spins a particular track should get per hour, per shift, per day and so on ad nauseum. If you'd like to email Clear Channel's sister-fucking greed head executives and tell them exactly how badly they've screwed the pooch you can do that right here:

CFO & President

After this, the Ear Candy Update is going to start firing guerilla warfare shots at the skeezicks at the Federal Communications Commission.

At the Ear Candy Update we abide by the Duke Ellington Axiom: There are two types of music, good and bad. As a rule, we only play the good.

Here's the boatload of goodies for this episode:

Land of the Freak - King Khan & the Shrines
Ghetto Love - Spinnerette
1901 - Phoenix
Sacred Trickster - Sonic Youth
I Wanna Kill - Crocodiles
Drink You Sober - Bitter:Sweet
Beautiful Drug - Thievery Corporation
You and I - Wilco
Jukebox of Steel - Son Volt
Soul on Fire - Spiritualized
Stillness is the Move - Dirty Projectors
Some Trees - Cymbals Eat Guitars
Treat Me Like Your Mother - Dead Weather
and a special bonus track!

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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

The Story of "Stagger" Lee Shelton

The Story of "Stagger" Lee Shelton

Hey there, delicious listeners,

We've made some improvements since the last Ear Candy Update; we have a new intro produced by The All Pro and Duke Wilbury featuring a killer, Leonard Cohen-inspired voiceover by The Count.

This update peers through the prism of Americana to examine the evolution of modern music specifically focused on the legend, myth and factual accounts of the murder of William "Billy" Lyons by "Stagger" Lee Shelton on Christmas Eve, 1895 in St. Louis.

What follows is the report in the St. Louis Globe-Democrat from 1895:

William Lyons, 25, a levee hand, was shot in the abdomen yesterday evening at 10 o'clock in the saloon of Bill Curtis, at Eleventh and Morgan Streets, by Lee Shelton, a carriage driver. Lyons and Shelton were friends and were talking together. Both parties, it seems, had been drinking and were feeling in exuberant spirits. The discussion drifted to politics, and an argument was started, the conclusion of which was that Lyons snatched Shelton's hat from his head. The latter indignantly demanded its return. Lyons refused, and Shelton withdrew his revolver and shot Lyons in the abdomen. When his victim fell to the floor Shelton took his hat from the hand of the wounded man and coolly walked away. He was subsequently arrested and locked up at the Chestnut Street Station. Lyons was taken to the Dispensary, where his wounds were pronounced serious. Lee Shelton is also known as 'Stagger' Lee.

This is the track listing from the show:

Stack O'Lee - Mississippi John Hurt
Stack Shot Billy - The Black Keys
Stack O'Lee Blues - Foghorn Stringband
Stagger Lee - Lloyd Price
Cross Road Blues - Robert Johnson
Stagger Lee - Tin Cup Serenade
Crossroads - Cream
Stagger Lee - The Staggers
Wrong 'Em Boyo - The Clash
Stagger Lee - The Grateful Dead
Way Down in a Hole - The Blind Boys of Alabama
There Would be Hell to Pay - T-Bone Burnett
Stagger Lee - Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Stack-O-Lee - Samuel L. Jackson

This show demanded each version of the song be different in style, genre, mode, key and tempo than the preceding song for variety's sake. Each track is a different take on American folklore, which this man believes to be the true soul of America.

Please enjoy and feel free to unleash your criticism in the comment section.

As ever, thanks for tuning in.

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