Saturday, June 18, 2011

Our Fathers and Their Sons

An Ear Candy Update celebrating the music our fathers gave us.

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Download for iTunes here: Fathers.mp3

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This is all your fault. Seriously. I wouldn't have this addiction, this music jones if it weren't for you. Turns out I'm not interested in not having it. You gave me, among other things, these songs, all the songs in my archive. Some directly, others indirectly. You did this.

And yet, I found a voice among them and a voicelessness. Somehow these songs and thousands of others speak to me and for me. And they force me to smile or cry incomprehensible, to dance, to be silly, to grounded from the lightning. They force me to go on beatifically in the face of mortality knowing that our lives our more ill-writ and ill-rhymed and fleeting than any of these songs.

And each time I listen I am endlessly reincarnated. Born of truth.

And because of that, this story does not have an end.

Thank you. I am forever your son.

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

The tracks:
Born on the Bayou (Live) - Creedence Clearwater Revival
Let's Stay Together - Al Green
Psycho Killer - The Talking Heads
Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting - Elton John
Children of the Revolution - T-Rex
Soul Kitchen - The Doors
Street Hassle - Lou Reed
Harvest - Neil Young
Cry for the Bad Man - Lynyrd Skynyrd
Superstition - Stevie Wonder
Billy Jack - Curtis Mayfield
Bad Company - Bad Company


Friday, June 10, 2011

Pipeline - The Legends of Surf Guitar

An Ear Candy Update dedicated to the reverb-drenched, pulse-pounding sound of surf rock.

Stream online here:

Download for iTunes here: Pipeline.mp3

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"How would you like to stand like a God before the crest of a monster billow, always rushing to the bottom of a hill and never reaching its base, and to come rushing in for a half mile at express speed, in graceful attitude, until you reach the beach and step easily from the wave?" - Duke Kahanamoku

In the wash of the explosive cultural movements of the 1960s, surf rock came of age quickly, peaked early and then nearly disappeared, much like the waves the music mimicked. Raunchy sax melodies and solos, sharp, angular guitar lines and rolling drum beats are the immediately recognizable elements. Get a single coil pickup, a clean guitar and play as fast as you can.

I hope you play this music as it was intended - loud, prominent and as a driving force in your life, if not for the rest of your week, than at the very least for the next hour.

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

The tracks:
Jack the Ripper - The Surfaris
Pipeline - The Chantays
Point Panic - Jerry Cole & His Spacemen
Penetration - The Pyramids
The Lonely Surfer - Jack Nitzache
Miserlou - Dick Dale & His Del-Tones
Fugitive - Jan Davis
Shootin' Beavers - The Tornadoes
Midnight Surfer - Jerry Cole & His Spacemen
Bongo Shutdown - New Dimensions
Surf Rider - The Lonely Ones
Theme from "The Endless Summer" - The Sandals
Banzai Washout - The Catalinas
Stick Shift - The Trashmen
Spanish Blue - The Aqua Velvets
Mr. Rebel - Eddie & The Showman
Moondawg - Rhythm Rockers
Walk, Don't Run - The Ventures