Monday, October 26, 2009

Ear Candy Update for Nov. 1, 2009

New and unheard jams for your tragically neglected ear drums.

Dedicated to Mr. L.
"The only true currency in this bankrupt world is what we share with someone else when we're uncool."
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The Ear Candy Update is going to start firing guerilla warfare shots at the skeezicks at the Federal Communications Commission. We begin with an opening salvo from Duke's father, Reuben Wibury.
The Federal Communications Commission has become a symbol of the corrosive effects of corporate money perverting a democracy to its own ends. Rather than serving the public interest, our democracy has been slowly and systematically sold to corporate and Wall Street interests over the last forty years. One can point to so many examples of this in our society but nowhere is this more evident than the homogenized drivel so prevalent on our public airwaves.

In the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, FM radio exploded upon the American public with a free form expression, which created an entirely new market, which gave individual disc jockeys the creative right to play whatever they wanted. Let me repeat that: WHATEVER THEY WANTED. Play lists were a performance, created with the same spirit of musicians jamming on stage. It was all new and just like the music it embraced, done with love and passion. Times have changed. The number crunching drones and well-paid lobbyists of corporate America have helped to not only dilute the music on our airwaves but have also literally convinced our elected officials that choice is something to which the American public no longer has a right.


In the second paragraph of our Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson wrote the words that so aptly describe where the true power of government derives its authority: “…Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, - That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”

It is time for the FCC to understand this principle – WE DO NOT CONSENT.
We do not consent to the monopolization of the public airwaves.
We do not consent to Clear Channel being able to buy every station in every market.
We do not consent to the FCC preventing low-power stations from being able to broadcast to their local communities.
We do not consent to the stifling of our free speech over the very airwaves that belong to us.

There’s a reason the founding fathers included Freedom of Speech in the first amendment. It’s the very foundation of a functioning democracy. Nothing else is possible without it.

I’m not calling for violent revolution but I am calling for revolution. It needs to start in the manner of all lasting revolutions: From the ground up. We the people need to write to our elected officials, and write, and write, and write until our voices drown out the flow of money that swamps our nation’s capitol. Clear Channel may have the cash but we have the numbers. It won’t be easy, it won’t be simple, but it will be necessary. We have to start somewhere folks because in so many ways that are too numerous to list in this rant, our government no longer serves the people.

In the meantime, we can listen to sources that help to feed our collective musical jones. The Ear Candy Update is one of many venues new technologies provide us. Satellite radio is another. Anyone who has listened to Bob Dylan’s Radio Theme Hour or Little Steven’s Underground Garage knows exactly what I’m talking about.

Now you may ask, if we have these other sources that are available to us, why should we care what happens on the FM dial? Principle, people, principle. The airwaves belong to us, not Clear Channel, no matter how much money they may have bribed our elected officials with. Yes, I said bribed. If I give an elected official 100K to his reelection campaign, then I damn well expect to get something in return for my investment. As I said earlier, our government no longer serves the overwhelming majority of its people. It’s time to take it back.

-Reuben Wilbury
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CFO & President

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.

The tracks:
3am Spanish - Hockey
Should Have Taken Acid With You - Neon Indian
Last Dance - The Raveonettes
I Wonder Who We Are - The Clientele
Cities Burning Down - Howling Bells
Like Lazenby - Sondre Lerche
Summers - Loney Dear
True Stories - Datarock
Transparence - Asobi Seksu
The Boys Are Leaving Town - Japandroids
Red Light Love - Those Darlins
I Know What I Am - Bank of Skulls

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Friday, October 23, 2009

Horror Stories from All Hallows Eve

Let me show you what all the howling's for...

Dedicated to Smokehouse and Wreckless Suzy Wilbury. They know who they are.

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I have, indeed, no abhorrence of danger, except in its absolute effect - in terror. - Edgar Allan Poe
The tracks:
Ghost Rider - Rollins Band
Am I Evil - Metallica
Children of the Grave - Black Sabbath
Voodoo Dolly - Siouxsie and The Banshees
Dead Souls - Joy Division
What's He Building - Tom Waits
Skulls - The Misfits
Pet Cemetery - The Ramones
Halloween - The Misfits
Dead Skin Mask - Slayer
This is Halloween - Marilyn Manson
Halloween Theme - John Carpenter

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Sunday, October 18, 2009

The Best of the Quentin Tarantino Soundtracks

Exploring the best cuts on Tarantino's soundtracks.

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The fact that every single Quentin Tarantino flick is an event nothwithstanding, for audio junkies a new QT movie offers a promise we know is going to be fulfilled. QT is going to provide us with visual impact, to be sure, but he's going to fill our ears with things long since forgotten. In this regard, he's the soundtrack equivalent of Indiana Jones - going on archaeological digs to uncover relics of a past sadly forgotten.

He helped bring Dusty Springfield's masterpiece Dusty in Memphis back to the spot, gave Stealer's Wheel their credibility, sparked the reemergence of surf rock's Neptune in the form of Dick Dale's Misirlou. He showed us exactly how goddamned smooth '70s Philly soul was while pulling genuine treasures out of semi-retirement like Lalo Shifrin, Ennio Morricone and Bernard Herrmann to produce second-to-none scores, all while giving Samuel L. Jackson his career and giving Pam Grier and Robert Forster their careers back.

The Ear Candy Update isn't in the habit of making apologies for the musical selections of Duke Wilbury and we're not about to start. If you have any suggestions, bitches, gripes, complaints or praise, email the Duke right here:

Here's the track listing for this episode:
Rock Flock of Five - Steven Wright
Hooked on a Feeling - Blue Swede
Bohemiath - Steven Wright
I Gotcha - Joe Tex
I Love You, Honey Bunny - Amanda Plummer and Tim Roth
Misirlou - Dick Dale & His Del-Tones
Jack Rabbit Slim's
You Never Can Tell - Chuck Berry
Ezekial 25:17 - Samuel L. Jackson
Across 110th Sreet. - Bobby Womack
He Is He (And What Is He to You) - Bill Withers
Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time) - The Delfonics
That Certain Female - Charlie Feathers
Twisted Nerve - Bernard Herrmann
Queen of the Crime Council - Lucy Liu
Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down) - Nancy Sinatra
About Her - Malcolm McLaren
Stuntman Mike - Kurt Russell & Rose McGowan
Riot in Thunder Alley - Eddie Beram
Staggolee - Pacific Gas & Electric
Slaughter - Billy Preston
Cat People - David Bowie

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Saturday, October 10, 2009

Long Was the Road

Duke and Broke Toe Wilbury take a 7,731-mile trip across the country in a effort to visit the cities for which some of their favorite songs were named.

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"The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land: it is at last to set foot on one's own country as a foreign land."
- G.K. Chesterton
A message from Duke and Broke Toe: We could easily go on for days about where to eat, what to drink, what to see and so on, but we'd be wasting our time and yours. This was OUR trip. You have to make your own. You have to embrace it for what it is and accept two fundamental things: the journey is the destination and it will take as long as it takes. Not a second before. Happy trails and keep the rubber side down.

The route:
Olympia to San Francisco - U.S. 101 - 1049 miles
San Francisco to Los Angeles - U.S. 101 - 389 Miles
Los Angeles to San Diego - I-5 - 120 miles
San Diego to Las Vegas - I-15 - 331 miles
Las Vegas to El Paso - U.S. 93 to I-40E to I-10E - 820 miles
El Paso to Amarillo - I-10E to U.S. 54E to U.S. 54N to
U.S. 70E to U.S. 60E - 417 Miles
Amarillo to Tulsa - I-40E to I-44E - 365 Miles
Tulsa to Memphis - U.S. 64E to I-40E to I-440E - 401 Miles
Memphis to Jackson - I-55S - 209 Miles
Jackson to New Orleans - I-55S to I-10E - 185 Miles
New Orleans to Atlanta - I-10E to I-65N to I-85N - 468 Miles
Atlanta to Nashville - I-75N - 249 Miles
Nashville to St. Louis - I-24W to I-64W to I-70W - 308 Miles
St. Louis to Kansas City - I-70W - 250 Miles
Kansas City to Omaha - I-29N - 183 Miles
Omaha to Minneapolis - I-29N to U.S. 75N to U.S. 169 to MN-65N - 367 Miles
Minneapolis to Milwaukee - I-694N to I-94E - 336 Miles
Milwaukee to Chicago - I-94E - 92 Miles
Chicago to Detroit - I-90E to I-94E - 282 Miles
Detroit to Toledo - I-75S - 57 Miles
Toledo to Philly - I-80E to I-76E - 529 Miles
Philly to New York - Jersey Turnpike to I-95N - 96 Miles
New York to Boston - I-95N to I-84E to I-90E - 218 Miles

The reading:
A Hoosier Holiday (1916) - Theodore Dresier
Free Air (1919) - Sinclair Lewis
The Adventures of Augie March (1953) - Saul Bellow
On the Road (1957) - Jack Kerouac
The Getaway (1958) - Jim Thompson
Rabbit Run (1960) - John Updike
Travels with Charley (1962) - John Steinbeck
The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test (1968) - Tom Wolfe
Another Roadside Attraction (1971) - Tom Robbins
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (1974) - Robert Pirsig
Blue Highways: A Journey into America (1983) - William Least Heat-Moon
Out West (1987) - Dayton Duncan
Songs for the Open Road: Poems of Travel and Adventure (1999)

The riffs:

Olympia, Wa - Rancid
San Francisco Days - Chris Isaak
L.A. Woman - The Doors
San Diego Serenade - Tom Waits
Viva Las Vegas - The Dead Kennedys
King of El Paso - Boz Scaggs
Amarillo By Morning - George Strait
Tulsa Time - Don Williams
The Memphis Train - Rufus Thomas
Jackson - Johnny Cash & June Carter
Walking to New Orleans - Fats Domino
Hot 'Lanta - The Allman Brothers Band
Nashville Road - Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater
East St. Louis Toodle-O - Duke Ellington
Kansas City - Wilbert Harrison
Omaha - Counting Crows
Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis - Tom Waits
Milwaukee Sky Rocket - Braid
Sweet Home Chicago - Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy and guests
Detroit Iron - Jimmy Thackery & The Drivers
Tina Toledo's Street Walkin' Blues - Ryan Adams
Philly Dog - The Mar-Keys
Autumn in New York - Billie Holiday
I'm Shipping Up to Boston - The Dropkick Murphys
...and a special parting shot!

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