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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


227 Pieces

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A retelling of the Shane Fenton story and a whiff of Mardi Gras is in the air down here in New Orleans.

  • Added: Dec 07, 2016
  • Length: 03:27:20
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More riffing on the connection between radio as a legitimizer of music and the musician's difficulty of matching their music to the formality of a ...

  • Added: Nov 27, 2016
  • Length: 02:48:16
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Music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of from the 1950s to the 1970s. Plus... More sleepless musings on radio. The Fowler doc...

  • Added: Nov 22, 2016
  • Length: 03:43:24
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Musings on the ultimate late night friend - radio. Plus an audio exposure of the Mousetrap Enthusiasts, my brother and I. As the night wore on, ...

  • Added: Nov 15, 2016
  • Length: 05:39:20
Caption: My Mentor, Mike Marley
When racism changes everything. A late night recitation on that teenage decision of what will be your identity in matter of your friend's racism...

  • Added: Nov 24, 2016
  • Length: 05:42
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A seven hour show with a narrative about meritocracy - public radio, democracy, decency versus the opposition - unearned privilege. This narrative...

  • Added: Nov 08, 2016
  • Length: 06:49:57
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Fund drive show with an emphasis on what the difference between commercial and non-commercial radio means to you. Only on this PRX entry, all WW...

  • Added: Oct 27, 2016
  • Length: 03:34:52
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Louisiana musicians with the distinguished New Orleans sound "but who's music didn't travel outside of South Louisiana." Lack of luck, not being ...

  • Added: Oct 16, 2016
  • Length: 02:51:10
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"Music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of..." All the non-hits that fundamentally shaped American popular music because all us ...

  • Added: Oct 10, 2016
  • Length: 02:53:31
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First 40 minutes of the show centers the show's sound. Black bands playing rock and roll before that music became self-aware and highly merchantab...

  • Added: Oct 02, 2016
  • Length: 02:52:23
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Tonight's show - obscure New Orleans musicians playing that New Orleans sound.

  • Added: Sep 26, 2016
  • Length: 02:54:37
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Playing off our usual catch phrase of, "Music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of," tonight we will focus on music you've heard b...

  • Added: Sep 18, 2016
  • Length: 03:23:48
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A substitution gig on the Thursday New Orleans Music Show. With ramblings on, "What is New Orleans?" and a fine set of live music from Kristin Di...

  • Added: Sep 16, 2016
  • Length: 02:44:33
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Music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of.

  • Added: Sep 13, 2016
  • Length: 02:58:16

  • Added: Sep 05, 2016
  • Length: 03:46:03
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Interactive media means bringing in the least and most uncommon denominators so to do interactive radio, it's gotta be really simple. Especially S...

  • Added: Aug 28, 2016
  • Length: 02:55:53
Caption: That's me, compliments of Andy Kerr
Under construction. The flood has me working more than the usual hour per week so I'm just posting the audio and hoping I'll get back my drivel fo...

  • Added: Aug 26, 2016
  • Length: 02:49:37
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still under construction but the music is loaded (and so am I).

  • Added: Aug 15, 2016
  • Length: 02:53:37
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Under construction

  • Added: Aug 08, 2016
  • Length: 02:52:21

  • Added: Aug 07, 2016
  • Length: 02:51:23