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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Saturday, November 21, 2009

A Message From Rudy - The Trojan Records Sound

"One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain." - Bob Marley
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For this edition of the Ear Candy Update, we're taking a little trip to the West Indies, Jamaica to be specific. We had long considered the idea of dedicating a show to a record label's unique sound. We considered the Chess label out of Chicago, home to a trailblazing blues sound. We also considered Stax/Volt out of Memphis as a way to pay respects due to those gritty soulful tunes. Of course, there is the Motown label out of Detroit, a label that's become nearly synonymous with the city itself. This year also marks the 50th anniversary of Motown. That said, we settled on showcasing Trojan Records, a cornerstone, indeed a monument, to reggae and all its subgenres through the years. If you enjoy this trip half as much as we enjoyed making it, it will have been a triumph.

A glossary of terms:
Bluebeat - Early ska records are also known as Bluebeat in some quarters, particularly in the U.K. That's because many of those early singles were originally released on the Blue Beat record label, including such seminal platters as Prince Buster's "Madness." Over the years, ska became the preferred term, but bluebeat was still championed by many fans of the music.
Dancehall - Dancehall developed in the '80s as "ragamuffin," a hybrid style featuring a DJ or "sing-jay" half-singing, half-rapping with often bawdy ("slack") themes. The musical structure is rooted in reggae though the rhythms, played by drum machines, are considerably faster. By the '90s, dancehall crossover was common, with many gangsta-rappers incorporating dancehall rhythms and its rapid-fire toasting. Major dancehall figures include Yellowman and Shabba Ranks.
Dub - Dub derives its name from the practice of dubbing instrumental, rhythm-oriented versions of reggae songs onto the B-sides of 45 rpm singles, which evolved into a legitimate and accepted style of its own as those re-recordings became forums for engineers to experiment with the possibilities of their mixing consoles.
Rocksteady - Rocksteady was a style of popular music that developed out of ska in the 1960s. In its simplest terms, rocksteady is half-speed ska with the trombone replaced by piano and prominent bass. The lyrics are more socially and politically conscious, and there is a greater focus on harmonies.
Roots Reggae - A cross between American rock and ska/rock steady, Roots Reggae is typified by strong vocals and devoutly rasta lyrics; it is perhaps the most easily accessible form of reggae, and the most successful globally. Roots reggae emerged during the early 1970s, immediately following the development of rocksteady.
Ska - Ska marked the true beginning of Jamaican popular music, coming to prominence during the early and mid-'60s right around the time the island was granted its independence. Ska ensembles were generally a blend of electric instrumentation and horns most popular in jazz (saxophone, trumpet, trombone).

Track listing:
Train to Skaville - The Ethiopians
Guns of Navarone - The Skatalites
Israelites - Desmond Dekker & The Aces
Wonderful World, Beautiful People - Jimmy Cliff
Liguidator - Harry J Allstars
Love of the Common People - Nicky Thomas
Young, Gifted and Black - Bob & Marcia
Monkey Man - Toots & The Maytals
Double Barrel - Dave & Ansel Collins
Let Your Yeah Be Yeah - The Pioneers
Small Axe - Bob Marley & The Wailers
Ire Feelings (Skanga) - Rupie Edwards
Help Me Make It Through the Night - John Holt
Hurt So Good - Susan Cadogan
Sweet Sensation - The Melodians

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Monday, November 16, 2009

The Confession Booth

This is about being really damn good at feeling really damn bad.

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This is a confessional from Duke Wilbury. This is not good-time music, this is not fun. This is honest and from the heart. It's about feeling awful all of the damn time. We don't anticipate you liking it and we don't think you're in the mood for it. This is not casual listening. If you want to play it you had better pour yourself a drink first.

This is for Junkyard, Broke Toe, Tommy, Chris and Nicki, who have been there for me whenever I had the guts to call. Thank you.

There are no track listings here. The songs included are deeply emotionally and aren't for casual listeners. Good night and good luck.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

The Fall of the Wall and the Rest of 1989

"East Germans are free to travel where they like. With immediate effect." - Guenter Schabowski
East German politburo spokesman at a press conference after the fall of the Berlin Wall
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For more of the best quotes from 1989 follow Time Magazine's link here: Time's Best Quotes - 1989

A very deep and special thanks to Emily MacDowell Harding.

This episode is a look back to 20 years ago from high up on the hill of the 21st Century. Every generation assumes its challenges are more fraught with peril, more taxing than its predecessors - that their burden was perhaps heavier than any other. I cannot speak to that, but I do that as each of us grows old we cast an eye upon our conquered mountains. The truth is, no fair amount of explanation can do it justice. I can't give many heavy-handed words or half-assed explanations that will allow it all to coalesce into a pattern of sense. It just was and it is our burden to carry on.

This episode's lineup:
Fight the Power - Public Enemy
Wave of Mutilation - The Pixies
Head On - The Jesus and Mary Chain
Terrible Lie - Nine Inch Nails
Policy of Truth - Depeche Mode
Ever Fallen in Love - Fine Young Cannibals
Pictures of Matchstick Men - Camper Van Beethoven
Love Buzz (Live) - Nirvana
Waiting Room - Fugazi
Elephant Stone - Stone Roses
You Got It - Roy Orbison
Black Sun Morning - Screaming Trees
Me, Myself and I - De La Soul
Isn't It a Pity - Galaxie 500

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Thursday, November 5, 2009

The Devil In All Of Us - A Cautionary Tale

“Abashed the devil stood,
And felt how awful goodness is.” - John Milton
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This episode of the Ear Candy Update is not, by any stretch, a tribute, ode, gift, honor, laudation, memorial or offering for the Devil. This is indeed a cautionary tale. Our culture raises the occasional glass to the Devil and we often hold in high regard works created in his name. I mean not to preach, to be sure, but I know the guy has had a hold on me from time to time.

So get up with the get right. These songs are not little how-to manuals or advice. They are full of fear, pain and regret. Again, cautionary tales. Don't let it get to you too deeply, just take heed from the advice of others. Tread not in their footsteps.

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The music:
Me and The Devil Blues - The Cowboy Junkies
Devil's Waiting - Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
Satan, Your Kingdom Must Come Down - Uncle Tupelo
Devil's Pie - D'Angelo
Let the Devil In - TV on the Radio
Devils and Dust - Bruce Springsteen
Devil Eyes - Tim Buckley
She's Got the Devil in Her - Buddy Guy
Get Thee Behind Me Satan - Billy Joe Shaver
Devil Got My Man - Rory Block
Preaching Blues (Up Jumped the Devil) - Robert Johnson
The Devil's Right Hand - Steve Earle

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