Sunday, December 12, 2010

1990s Punk Rock Retrospective

Mickey the Kraut and Duke go to work on a show about that tumultuous decade and the punk rock therein.

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Download for iTunes here: 90s Punk Rock Retrospective.mp3

It was a strange decade, to be sure. The punk rockers didn't have much to be angry about. Reaganomics was over, Bush Sr. was gone, America had the coolest president in office ( a guy who would play Elvis on Arsenio Hall wearing black Ray-Bans but would later get blown in the Oval Office) and everything was cool. Thus, the gutterpunks and angry young rockers got A) introspective or B) interested in having a good time. Either way, we can't knock their hustle.

This episode of the Ear Candy Update is dedicated to the bands that made punk rock fun and introspective again.

If you have any suggestions, bitches, gripes, complaints or praise, email the Duke right here:

The tracks:
Do Or Die - The Dropkick Murphys
Lipstick - Guttermouth
Razorburn - Lagwagon
Rocket Man - Me First and the Gimme Gimmes
Only the Good Die Young - Me First and the Gimme Gimmes
Last Long Fight - New Bomb Turks
The Brews - NoFX
Brohym - Pennywise
Punk Rock Girls - The Queers
Roots Radicals - Rancid
When Angels Sing - Social Distortion
The Impression That I Get (Live) - The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
Fat Randy - Voodoo Glow Skulls

Sunday, December 5, 2010

ECU Icons: Tom Waits for No One

Pike and Duke Wilbury go to work discussing an ECU favorite.

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Download for iTunes here: Tom Waits for No One.mp3

Only one songwriter could be covered by the Ramones (“I Don’t Want to Grow Up”) and the Eagles (“Old 55”). Beginning with his first album in 1973, Tom Waits has carved out a unique place in rock & roll. His music mixes Chicago blues, parlor ballads, beat poetry, pulp fiction parlance and – when you least expected it – heart-breaking tenderness.

His enormously influential live shows combine elements of German cabaret, vaudeville and roadhouse rock. After establishing a successful early style as a wry singer-songwriter, Waits went through a dramatic expansion with Swordfishtrombones (1983). Disregarding musical borders and commercial considerations, he set off in wild pursuit of the Muse.

Waits has composed film scores, musical theatre and an operetta. He has co-written with Keith Richards and William Burroughs. His songs have been covered by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, Solomon Burke, Marianne Faithful, the Neville Brothers, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss and the Blind Boys of Alabama. He has recorded with the Rolling Stones, Bonnie Raitt, the Replacements and Roy Orbison. A tribute to his great influence is how many of his songs have been recorded by artists who usually write their own – including Bruce Springsteen (“Jersey Girl”), Tim Buckley (“Martha”), Johnny Cash (“Down By the Train”), Bob Seger (“16 Shells from a Thirty-Ought Six”), T-Bone Burnett (“Time”), Tori Amos (“Time”), Steve Earle (“Way Down In The Hole”), Elvis Costello (“Innocent When You Dream”) and Rod Stewart (“Downtown Train”).

Get you a little something that you can't get at home.

If you have any suggestions, bitches, gripes, complaints or praise, email the Duke right here:

The tracks:
Fumblin' With the Blues
Red Shoes by the Drugstore
Goin' Out West
Whistlin' Past the Graveyard
The Heart of Saturday Night
Way Down In The Hole
Tom Traubert's Blues
Fish In the Jailhouse
Little Drop of Poison
Downtown Train
House Where Nobody Lives
I Don't Wanna Grow Up
Looks Like I'm Up Shit Creek Again
Shiver Me Timbers
Road To Peace
Gun Street Girl
Shore Leave
Hang On St. Christopher
Hold On
I Hope I Don't Fall In Love With You
Lowside of the Road
Potter's Field
Mr. Siegal
Frank's Wild Years
Jockey Full of Bourbon
Home I'll Never Be
Clap Hands
Closing Time

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Ear Candy Update for Nov. 16

The freshest ear candy for your delicious ears.

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Download for iTunes here: ECU for Nov. 16, 2010.mp3

Yikes, yowzah and holy shit! The Feds are some persistent sister-fucking greed heads. They chased me up the Atlantic seaboard and into the Rust Belt, but luckily The Wilbury Compound is nearly invincible, much like Helm's Deep in Lord of the Rings. I was forced to shelf an autumn theme and the epic Halloween episode and for that the G-Men must perish. I hope an acid-pissing demon god relieves himself on them.

Anywho... I had to fall upon my backup plan (a must in this line of work) and conjure up some tasty tunes you listeners can enjoy. Hope I did you justly.

If I could make one single, solitary recommendation for you, it would be Kings Go Forth and their album "The Outsiders are Back." It is singly the hippest, illest, most fabulous thing I've heard in months. Hands down. There's a lot of great stuff going on right now in the music world. I genuinely hope this is a halfway decent snapshot. For what it's worth, this was a fucking blast to assemble for you.

-Duke Wilbury

If you have any suggestions, bitches, gripes, complaints or praise, email the Duke right here:

The jams:
One Day - Kings Go Forth
Hawk Eyes - The Kicks
Traveling Shoes - Robert Randolph & The Family Band
When My Time Comes - Dawes
Answer In One of These Bottles - Caitlin Rose
Tres Brujas - The Sword
Big Black Train - Maxim Ludwig & The Sante Fe Seven
L.A. County Blues - The Band of Heathens
Back Down South - Kings of Leon
Misunderstood - Carolyn Wonderland
Alone - Dan Black
Bright Eyes - Vonnegutt
Arrhythmia Shuffle - Run With Bulls
Trans-Continental Hustle - Gogol Bordello
The Dead Dog - Portugal the Man


Sunday, October 10, 2010

Magneto Grins

Being a show themed around electricity.

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Download for iTunes here: Electricity.mp3

“Like a flash of lightning and in an instant the truth was revealed. I drew with a stick on the sand the diagrams of my motor. A thousand secrets of nature which I might have stumbled upon accidentally I would have given for that one which I had wrestled from her against all odds and at the peril of my existence.” - Nikola Tesla
In honor of voltage transformers, cathode tubes, kilo-watt hours, circuit breakers, electromagnetism, surge arresters, static wires and amperes.

If you have any suggestions, bitches, gripes, complaints or praise, email the Duke right here:

The jams:
Live Wire - AC/DC
Electric Feel - MGMT
Softshock - Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Electro Shock Faders - Hooverphonic
Electric Worm - Beastie Boys
Electric - Luscious Jackson
Electric Demons in Love - Electric Six
Electricity - Spiritualized
Electric Serpent - The Vera Violets
Electric Relaxation - Tribe Called Quest
3rd Act: ? Vs. Scratch 2...Electric Boogaloo - The Roots
Born Electric - Antipop Consortium
Mannish Boy - Muddy Waters
Jeepster - T-Rex
Shock the Monkey - Peter Gabriel
Electric Barbarella - Duran Duran
When Electricity Came to Arkansas - Black Oak Arkansas
Voodoo Child (Slight Return) - The Jimi Hendrix Experience


Sunday, October 3, 2010

The Rise and Demise of Commerical Radio

An Ear Candy Update on why you'll never know radio as you should.

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Download for iTunes here: Rise and Demise of Commercial Radio.mp3

“Hey, Mr. DJ, won’t you hear my last prayer.
Hey, ho, rock and roll, deliver me from nowhere.”
There are few things more saddening than killing something you once loved. This particular show is me at my most unhinged and my most passionate.

I was partially raised by a transistor radio and disembodied voices calling me from the ether. I was shot out of my mother’s womb with a transistor radio duct taped to my brain-housing group humming along to a Monkees tune. It’s true. Just ask my Poppa Bear, Reuben Wilbury. The first time I fell in love was with a woman’s voice – was it Darlene Love? Maybe Ronnie Spector… Radio made me feel something. It struck a deep and resonant chord somewhere in the fiber of my very being.

This is true: everything ever broadcasted stays out there in the stratosphere and sometimes, through some fluke of transmission, old sounds return exactly as they were originally heard. So if one night you’re cuddled up in bed with the radio and the moon gleaming through your window, and suddenly you hear a strange static followed by a howl, or a plea to get a goat-gland operation or a voice tellin’ you to send a few hard-earned bucks to some reverend’s down home church, listen closely. You are most likely in tune with radio from the border.

This show is for the renegades and the rebels, for the prophets and the people. This is for you.

-Duke Wilbury

If you have any suggestions, bitches, gripes, complaints or praise, email the Duke right here:

The jams:
Radio Wall of Sound - Slade
Border Radio - The Blasters
Mexican Radio - Authority Zero
Heard it on the X - ZZ Top
Video Killed the Radio Star - The Buggles
The WASP (Texas Radio and the Big Beat) - The Doors
The Powerful Fully-Transistorized Dick Tracy Two-Way Wrist Radio - Man or Astro Man?
Radio One - The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Capital Radio One - The Clash
Guerrilla Radio - Rage Against the Machine
Radio, Radio - Elvis Costello
Do You Remember Rock and Roll Radio - The Ramones
Radio Gaga - Electric Six
Radio Retaliation - Thievery Corporation
On the Radio - Regina Spektor
Radio - The Avalanches
I Can't Live Without My Radio - LL Cool J
Radio Station - Run-DMC
Radio - Jurassic 5
Radio Nowhere - Bruce Springsteen
Left of the Dial - The Replacements
The Spirit of Radio - Rush
Radio Free Europe - R.E.M.
Around the Dial - The Kinks
The Last DJ - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers