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New Orleans Saturday Night on WWOZ

Series produced by Jamie Dell'Apa

Caption: That's me, compliments of Andy Kerr
That's me, compliments of Andy Kerr 

Music from that time when rhythm and blues and rock and roll were emerging but hadn't yet become a predictable formula. A time when musicians were listening to and incorporating these exciting emergences into their own style of music. We focus on music that is difficult to categorize. C&W that sounds like rockabilly and rockabilly that sounds like R&B which sounds an awful lot like rock. That's the sweet spot for the music on the show and, sure enough, that's where the New Orleans sound is centered.

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What does music sound like when it is taken out of context?

When John Coltrane quits walking the bar for dance patrons or some English kids leave gentle pop music for the blues of the American south, they're following their muse. Breaking out of the formula. The result can be a disaster or miraculous. Dr. Demento plays the disasters. We play the miraculous.

Music from that time when rhythm and blues and rock and roll were emerging but hadn't yet become a predictable formula. A time when musicians were listening to and incorporating these music's exciting emergence into their own style of music. We focus on music that is difficult to categorize. C&W that sounds like rockabilly and rockabilly that sounds like R&B which sounds an awful lot like rock. That's the sweet spot for the music on the show and, sure enough, that's where the New Orleans sound is centered.

Songs are arranged in sets originating from an overall theme and between songs are short interstitial sound clips that sometimes tell a parallel story or a contrasting story or are simply audio cultural artifacts used that frame the music. Hide full description

What does music sound like when it is taken out of context? When John Coltrane quits walking the bar for dance patrons or some English kids leave gentle pop music for the blues of the American south, they're following their muse. Breaking out of the formula. The result can be a disaster or miraculous. Dr. Demento plays the disasters. We play the miraculous. Music from that time when rhythm and blues and rock and roll were emerging but hadn't yet become a predictable formula. A time when musicians were listening to and incorporating these music's exciting emergence into their own style of music. We focus on music that is difficult to categorize. C&W that sounds like rockabilly and rockabilly that sounds like R&B which sounds an awful lot like rock. That's the sweet spot for... Show full description


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I need to update my brainware, I broke the station four times during the show. Ehhh. I think it worked out anyway.

  • Added: Dec 11, 2017
  • Length: 02:55:29
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You're not alone. Even the music identifying application, Shazam, gets stumped on this show. Songs including knock offs of, "The Battle of New ...

  • Added: Dec 06, 2017
  • Length: 04:06:27
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  • Added: Nov 27, 2017
  • Length: 02:56:51
Caption: That's me, compliments of Andy Kerr
Substituting for California girl, Peggy Lou, so just songs about the idea fo "California."

  • Added: Nov 27, 2017
  • Length: 01:57:35
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Late Saturday in the French Quarter music. Songs about "Sittin,"" an autoharp player inspired by Jimi Hendrix, a string harp in a blues song and ...

  • Added: Nov 19, 2017
  • Length: 03:50:25
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We can fall deeply, madly in love with late-night radio. This doesn't happen with any of the visual mediums. Never with a screen. Thing is, radi...

  • Added: Nov 13, 2017
  • Length: 02:50:05
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A broader range of music to explore the idea that music can be the abstract unspoken common bond in societies when the spoken bonds are fractured b...

  • Added: Nov 05, 2017
  • Length: 05:24:29

  • Added: Nov 01, 2017
  • Length: 01:31:41
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A couple songs about rocket ships from two women's groups and variations on the standard, Maybelline. Plus a handful of songs by Billy Lee Riley a...

  • Added: Oct 31, 2017
  • Length: 03:02:11
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Heartfelt feelings about radio surrounded by instrumental songs (on top of lyrics). A nice little set of that other regional music of the Pacific ...

  • Added: Oct 26, 2017
  • Length: 03:49:30
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A bunch of mini sets of music including girl groups (without that irritating Phil Spector sound) and girl groups from Detroit (without that pretent...

  • Added: Oct 16, 2017
  • Length: 02:51:01
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Why instrumental songs with any American Indian tribe other than "Cherokee" seem more authentic than songs with "Cherokee" in the song title. Plus...

  • Added: Oct 09, 2017
  • Length: 02:50:25
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Music that incorporates mechanical noises into the rhythm, gunslinger songs (including a psychological analysis of a gunslinger) and my Jerry Samue...

  • Added: Oct 09, 2017
  • Length: 02:24:40
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Substituting for Peggy Lou after I cancelled Hurricane Nate. Trying to mimic her light touch and California sensibilities ...

  • Added: Oct 09, 2017
  • Length: 01:31:37
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Band Box Records was a 1950's rarity, a woman-owned recording business. More exceptional, Vicki Morosan was a Romanian immigrant making a daily be...

  • Added: Sep 25, 2017
  • Length: 02:39:22
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Band Box Records was a 1950's rarity, a woman-owned recording business. More exceptional, Vicki Morosan was a Romanian immigrant making a daily bet...

  • Added: Sep 25, 2017
  • Length: 03:56:19
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The reciprocal of a "theatrical musical" where music suddenly interrupts the story line, a "radio musical" has the story line suddenly interrupted ...

  • Added: Sep 19, 2017
  • Length: 20:55
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I think this show worked as a deep dive into late Saturday night radio. Starting the night with the novelties of me juggling chopsticks and shoes ...

  • Added: Sep 18, 2017
  • Length: 05:50:33
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After Fats Domino and Little Richard records completely changed the recording industry. New Orleans music was "gold" and the equivalent of the Cal...

  • Added: Sep 18, 2017
  • Length: 04:36:13
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It's a traditional rural dirty ditty known primarily to the African American community but it is based on the traditional song, "Froggy Goes A Cour...

  • Added: Sep 12, 2017
  • Length: 14:14