Saturday, February 26, 2011

Hell Bent & Heaven Sent: The Origins of Rockabilly

An Ear Candy Update sure to blister your sisters and rattle your rafters. Here we explore the origins of the outrageous sound of rockabilly.

Feel free to steal the poster above. It's yours. Do with it what you will.

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Download to iTunes here: Hell Bent and Heaven Sent.mp3

It's really quite simply - rockabilly - that is. It is a mutant hybrid of country & western and rhythm & blues. Sure, sometimes it comes from the hollars of North Carolina and sometimes from the hills of Texas, but it's still rockabilly. Some of its high priests sported greasy pompadours and others sported clean high-top fades. It doesn't really matter. What matters is how heavy your upright bass is and how much abuse it can take - how much banging your big, fat hollow-body guitar can handle. Turn the volume up, strip out all the pretension and leave your audience panting, gap-mouthed on the dance floor shaking for more. Rockabilly has a kindred spirit with the punks in that the music is an urgent, frantic wail to anyone who'll listen. It is desperation and exasperation bundled in three chords no matter how fast they're played.

This edition of the Ear Candy Update digs into the origin of this outrageous, white-knuckle sound. The cuts on here aren't likely to make anyone's list of wildly influential tunes and only a handful of the artists have achieved any measure of national acclaim. Elvis' shadow looms large but sadly, most of these guys could fit in it for more than a year. Most of their rockstar ambitions ended before the ink on their contracts dried. That sort of stuff would never stop this show however. We dug up the stuff sure to rattle your rafters and blister your sisters. It was our pleasure.

- Duke Wilbury

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

How Can You Be Mean to Me - Dale Vaughn
Mystery Train - Elvis Presley
The Raging Sea - Gene Maltais
She's the One That's Got It - Allen Page
Put Your Cat Clothes On - Carl Perkins
Don't Be Gone Long - Bob Doss
Mean, Mean Man - Wanda Jackson
The Train Kept A-Rollin' - Johnny Burnette & His Rock'N'Roll Trio
Mad Dog in Town - Rocky Bill Ford
Jitterbop Baby - Hal Harris
Bop-a-Lena - Ronnie Self
Rockin' In the Graveyard - Jackie Morningstar
Wash Machine Boogie - The Echo Valley Boys
Pink and Black - Sonny Fisher
Get With It - Charlie Feathers
Come On Little Mama - Ray Harris
The Slide - The Rhythm Rockets
Big Green Car - Jimmy Carroll
Jello Sal - Benny Ingram
Mama's Little Baby - Junior Thompson
Save It - Mel Robbins
I Can't Find the Door Knob - Jimmy & Johnny
Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby - Freddie Franks
Scratching on My Screen - Ric Cartey
Rock to the Boogie - Roy Burk & The Bell Bottoms
Boppin' High School Baby - Don Willis
Snake Eyed Mama - Don Cole
I Got a Rocket in my Pocket - Jimmy Lloyd


Thursday, February 17, 2011

The ECU Bill of Rights

We thought about good and hard for a long damn time. The Ear Candy Update staff fucking loathes mission statements and all that nonsense. We figured what could be more appropriate for a podcast that believes in audio justice for all than a bill of rights? It's your bill of rights. Your testimony. Here's to you.


Sunday, February 13, 2011

The Love Song Deconstructed

Because deconstructed is different than destroyed, because Valentine's Day is nearly here, because the love song will never truly die.

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Whoa there, Valentine's Day haters. Yeah, yeah, yeah, we know, we know... We've heard all the complaints about manufactured holidays, but what is not manufactured are these remarkable feelings, these thoughts of love, in love, about love. There's nothing on these cuts that is any different, ANY different, than the classic love songs from the likes of The Righteous Brothers, the Ronettes and so on, except the delivery.

The subject matter is the same as is the depth of emotion. These cuts are here because they are the same prism viewed from a different point of view. Just as our love and changes and evolves, these songs mean something different each time we hear them. In that regard, they more closely reflect love itself than many other classics.

Now go grab someone you love and have a dance.

-Duke Wilbury

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The tracks:
I Am Trying to Break Your Heart - Wilco
The Night - Morphine
Last Kiss - J. Frank Wilson & The Cavaliers
My Funny Valentine - Chet Baker
Needles and Pins - The Searchers
Not Fade Away - Buddy Holly & The Crickets
I'll Be There For You/You're All I Need - Method Man & Mary J. Blige
Georgia On My Mind - Ray Charles
Dark End of the Street - Cat Power
Jolene - Ray LaMontagne
Nineteen - Tegan and Sara
Sign Your Name - Terence Trent D'Arby
That's Where It's At - Sam Cooke
The Whole Wide World - Wreckless Eric
Overjoyed - Stevie Wonder
Wild Horses - The Rolling Stones
A Man Needs a Maid - Neil Young
The Ship Song - Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
You're All I Need to Get By - Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
In My Life - Johnny Cash
Giving Him Something He Can Feel - En Vogue
Love Vigilantes - Iron & Wine
Oh, It Is Love - Hellogoodbye
I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues - Elton John
A Song For You - Donny Hathaway
By Your Side - CocoRosie
Romeo & Juliet - Dire Straits
Romeo Had Juliette - Lou Reed
Closer - Nine Inch Nails
I Found a Reason - Cat Power
I Will Follow You Into the Dark - Death Cab for Cutie
Bonnie and Clyde '03 - Beyonce feat. Jay-Z
I'm On Fire - Bruce Springsteen
Sexual Healing - Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals
Me & My Bitch - Notorious B.I.G.


Sunday, February 6, 2011

Ear Candy Update for Feb. 6, 2011

The first slab of brilliant new cuts for the new year.

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For the first time ever, the Ear Candy Update is ABSOLUTELY PUMPED to play a track from a fan. Yep, Hoodoo Mud Cat out of Delaware has sent us a track of his own, a Mud Cat original called Black Car Blues. We are absolutely proud to put his song out over the waves. If you'd like to do this, if you've got some goodies up to sleeve, we'd be honored to play it for you. If you have any ideas for a show or anything of that nature, give Duke a shout.

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He, of course, reserves the right to play or not play your track. In case, you know, it sucks.

Here are the tracks for this week's show:

Rolling in the Deep - Adele
Far Side of Nowhere - Social Distortion
Moreover - Wire
Natural Selection - UNKLE feat. The Black Angels
Secretary Song - The Go! Team
Long Time - Cake
Super Duper Rescue Heads! - Deerhoof
Jaguar - The Dirtbombs
Black Car Blues - Hoodoo Mud Cat
Big Bad Handsome Man - Imelda May
Shakin' All Over - Wanda Jackson
Fallen in Love - Smith Westerns
Don't Carry It All - The Decemberists