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.

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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.

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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