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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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Every year at Mardi Gras the city and I reflect on what it means to be from New Orleans. First hour and half is New Orleans music and commentary....

  • Added: Feb 07, 2016
  • Length: 02:52:25
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The term "Indo Rock" was worn by Indian and Ambonese bands from Netherland during the music's peak from 1958 to 1968. Similar to the US-originated...

  • Added: Feb 01, 2016
  • Length: 02:59:38
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I must have fallen into the "Bobby" and "Billy" section of the music library because almost every musician featured tonight has one of those names....

  • Added: Jan 18, 2016
  • Length: 02:55:53
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Music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of all singing about Shirley and pink "stuff."

  • Added: Jan 11, 2016
  • Length: 02:51:31
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There are so many songs by men focused on "how many women they have" that I strung them together in numerical progressions of 2, 4, 7, 13, 16, 32, ...

  • Added: Jan 03, 2016
  • Length: 02:52:29
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Music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of. From the 1950s to the 1970s. All the non-hits (because adding money to music has nev...

  • Added: Dec 28, 2015
  • Length: 02:48:11
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Combining a card trick with the card games, 52 pickup and slap jack also didn't work on radio.

  • Added: Dec 20, 2015
  • Length: 03:02:48
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I do a card trick on radio. Without cards. Without anything tricky. And it I did have cards, it wouldn't have improved the trick. "Oh yeah, a...

  • Added: Dec 17, 2015
  • Length: 02:53:03

  • Added: Dec 16, 2015
  • Length: 02:50:04
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Ranting and raving like a motivational speaker for musicians... Oh quit being a big baby waa waa and just try listening for ten minutes. Nope, i...

  • Added: Nov 29, 2015
  • Length: 02:44:54
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Faux live broadcast from a New Orleans music club featuring music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of...

  • Added: Nov 26, 2015
  • Length: 02:55:13
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A show in the shadows of a horrific terror attack on Paris. Recalling the days after Katrina when hearing music from New Orleans reassured us tha...

  • Added: Nov 17, 2015
  • Length: 02:35:53
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Songs sung by women named "Barbara." Short fund drive announcements that are tied into the music. The boring, droning, repetitive ones were cut...

  • Added: Nov 09, 2015
  • Length: 02:42:52
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Music about being robbed at a hotel on your one-nighter (more like a one-half nighter) and black bubblegum music. As always, music you've never h...

  • Added: Nov 01, 2015
  • Length: 03:42:45
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Something happened to create such a fertile ground for Americana music in post WWII era of the 1950-70s of this show's focus. However whatever ser...

  • Added: Oct 25, 2015
  • Length: 02:49:20
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From the renaissance of Americana culture, 1950 to 1970s when we were searching for a uniquely American musical identity in the 20th century that c...

  • Added: Oct 21, 2015
  • Length: 02:50:46
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Songs you've never heard about teenagers (including Molly and Trudy) by musicians you've never heard of.

  • Added: Oct 12, 2015
  • Length: 02:53:45
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Music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of. Plus lessons on the magical incantation that keeps the FCC police at bay.

  • Added: Sep 27, 2015
  • Length: 02:56:19
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Music from San Antonio to New Orleans as the "Gulf Coast Sound." Often coming from Huey Meaux's Crazy Cajun record label but there is a audio conn...

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  • Added: Sep 20, 2015
  • Length: 02:50:03
  • Purchases: 1
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By musicians you've never heard of..." Collectors music without the burdens of the music's provenance. Good music just works.

  • Added: Sep 13, 2015
  • Length: 02:54:16