Thursday, May 27, 2010

Still Dazed, Even More Confused and Hanging Out with a Renegade DJ

A mad exploration of the music surrounding May 28, 1976 - the last day of school for the Lee High Rebels in the film Dazed and Confused.

As an ode to the film and the music, Duke Wilbury with his special guest, long, lost brother Bacon Street Wilbury, get deep into it. Come along for the ride.

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Still Dazed and Even More Confused.mp3

"In the end, the central theme of Dazed is that the life force inherent in this music is always with us."
- Jim DeRogatis

The tunes:
Ballroom Blitz - Sweet
Strutter - KISS
Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof Off the Sucker) - Parliment
Miss Misery - Nazareth
Big Black Dog - Humble Pie
When My Baby's Beside Me - Big Star
You're Gonna Miss Me - 13th Floor Elevator
Jesus Just Left Chicago - ZZ Top
Welcome to the Machine - Pink Floyd
Dazed and Confused (Live) - Led Zeppelin


Sunday, May 16, 2010

Fresh Ear Candy Update for May 16

New music from this month's (and last) new releases and some bold new discoveries. We celebrate the new, the bizarre, the unapologetically original.

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Ear Candy Update May 16.mp3

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The tunes:
Vanity Kills - Codeine Velvet Club
Shadow People - Dr. Dog
Heaven's On Fire - The Radio Dept.
Warning Sign - Local Natives
Life Coach - Fang Island
Odessa - Caribou
Conversation 16 - The National
Does Not Suffice - Joanna Newsom
Wear and Tear - Pete Yorn & Scarlett Johansson
Thieves - She & Him
I Don't Know - Ryan Bingham
Hustle and Cuss - The Dead Weather

Click on the album cover to visit the artist's link.


Saturday, May 8, 2010

Get Up With the Get Down - The Shadow History of Funk

How the funky chicken ended up hitching a ride on the mothership connection.

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Get Up With the Get Down.mp3

"The popular story about the history of funk music goes something like this: You talk about James Brown and the Ohio Players. You talk about how struggling doo wop and R&B singers of the 1950s heated up their sound by discovering funk in the 1960s, the brought one nation under their groove in the 1970s. You talk about how the Civil Rights Movement moved into Black Power, how Apollo shows turned into coliseum jams, how the funky chicken ended up hitching a ride on the mothership connection.

On the surface, there's nothing wrong with this story - it's a great story, in fact, a celebratory tale about how small-town groups became big-time stars, about how a music that other musicians snubbed and ridiculed became one of the biggest phenomenons of its era. However, this is the story of the winners, the ones with their names in marquee lights. There is another story however - a shadow history of funk.

I'm not talking about artists or groups who lacked talent or were undeserving of success. But the reality was that for every "Sex Machine" or "Flashlight" blowing up the record charts, you had hundreds of smaller songs for whom "airplay" rarely got better than hissing out of a rusted jukebox in some backwater dive bar or crackling through the static on AM radio."

- Oliver Wang

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The funk:
Spreadin' Honey - The Watts 103rd St. Rhythm Band
Mr. Cool - Rasputin Stash
Pig Snoots Pt. 1 - Natural Bridge Bunch
Sookie Sookie - Don Covay & The Jefferson Lemon Blues Band
Somebody in the World for You - Mighty Hannibal
Sexy Coffee Pot - Tony Alvon & The Belairs
Snatching it Back - Clarence Carter
Take It Off Pt. 2 - Johnny Tolbert & De Thangs
Whatever's Fair - Mark Holder & The Positives
Face It - Ed Robinson
Wah Wah Man - Young-Hold Express
Won't Nobody Listen - Black Haze Express
Getting Uptown (To Get Down) - The Mystic Moods
Gangster of Love Pts. 1 & 2 - Jimmy Norman

Publications and blogs:
Wax Poetics
Scratch Magazine


Saturday, May 1, 2010

Tell the Tale

Great stories succeed because they are able to capture the imagination of large or important audiences.

A great story is true. Not necessarily because it’s factual, but because it’s consistent and authentic. Consumers are too good at sniffing out inconsistencies for a marketer to get away with a story that’s just slapped on.

Great stories make a promise. They promise fun, safety or a shortcut. The promise needs to be bold and audacious. It’s either exceptional or it’s not worth listening to.

Great stories are trusted. Trust is the scarcest resource we’ve got left. No one trusts anyone. People don’t trust the beautiful women ordering vodka at the corner bar (they’re getting paid by the liquor company). People don’t trust the spokespeople on commercials (who exactly is Rula Lenska?). And they certainly don’t trust the companies that make pharmaceuticals (Vioxx, apparently, can kill you). As a result, no marketer succeeds in telling a story unless he has earned the credibility to tell that story.

Great stories are subtle. Surprisingly, the fewer details a marketer spells out, the more powerful the story becomes. Talented marketers understand that allowing people to draw their own conclusions is far more effective than announcing the punch line.

Great stories happen fast. First impressions are far more powerful than we give them credit for.

Great stories don’t always need eight-page color brochures or a face-to-face meeting. Either you are ready to listen or you aren’t.

Great stories don’t appeal to logic, but they often appeal to our senses. Pheromones aren’t a myth. People decide if they like someone after just a sniff.

Great stories are rarely aimed at everyone. Average people are good at ignoring you. Average people have too many different points of view about life and average people are by and large satisfied. If you need to water down your story to appeal to everyone, it will appeal to no one. The most effective stories match the world view of a tiny audience—and then that tiny audience spreads the story.

Great stories don’t contradict themselves. If your restaurant is in the right location but had the wrong menu, you lose. If your art gallery carries the right artists but your staff is made up of rejects from a used car lot, you lose. Consumers are clever and they’ll see through your deceit at once.

Most of all, great stories agree with our world view. The best stories don’t teach people anything new. Instead, the best stories agree with what the audience already believes and makes the members of the audience feel smart and secure when reminded how right they were in the first place.

-Seth Godin

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Tell the Tale.mp3

The stories:
The Body of an American - The Pogues
Johnny Come Lately - Steve Earle
Gun Street Girl - Tom Waits
Big Iron - Marty Robbins
The Ballad of Thunder Road - Robert Mitchum (Yes, THAT Robert Mitchum)
Hot Rod Lincoln - Commander Cody & The Lost Planet Airmen
There Would Be Hell to Pay - T-Bone Burnett
Johnny 99 - Bruce Springsteen
Mr. Bojangles - Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Promised Land - Chuck Berry
It Came Out of the Sky - Credence Clearwater Revival
Ms. Fat Booty - Mos Def
I Left My Wallet in El Segundo - A Tribe Called Quest
Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner - Warren Zevon
I Drove All Night - Roy Orbison
Dead Man's Curve - Jan and Dean
Last Kiss - J. Frank Wilson & The Caveliers
That Was a Crazy Game of Poker - O.A.R.

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Click on the album for the song lyrics