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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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Music for the weekend after Mardi Gras - a celebration of Ash Weekend. Plenty of Louisiana swamp blues music for the geared-down mood. Then again...

  • Added: Feb 23, 2015
  • Length: 02:54:24
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And as always, music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of.... A theme in anticipation of Mardi Gras, it will work any year.

  • Added: Feb 18, 2015
  • Length: 02:58:04
Caption: From Salt Lake City's premier restaurant critic (and a mean bassist), Ted Scheffler.   , Credit: Ted "Da Bob" Scheffler
Songs about outer space, satellites, rockets and hot rods with plenty of instrumentals you can "do it yourself" sing over. Even an example of Jami...

  • Added: Feb 08, 2015
  • Length: 02:51:43
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More music you've never heard by musicans you've never heard of. This week's special - 100% less mass-hypnotism!

  • Added: Feb 02, 2015
  • Length: 02:53:16
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I was the guy who screamed at the horror picture, "The murder is in there. Don't go into the basement ..." Same thing happens when I hear a girl...

  • Added: Jan 19, 2015
  • Length: 02:52:50
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Music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of (but somehow seem more relevant than what is recorded today). The second hour of the s...

  • Added: Jan 11, 2015
  • Length: 02:48:49
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The idea was boneheaded in conception and worse in execution. That's why I'm on Saturday at midnight - nobody listen except drunks and they don't ...

  • Added: Jan 09, 2015
  • Length: 03:03:28
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Between the usual "music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of..." will be a mass hypnotism performed by me with the help of some f...

  • Added: Dec 30, 2014
  • Length: 02:56:24
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Starting the show with a spotlight on Vince Taylor who many have cited as the real life prototype for David Bowie's wacky character, Ziggy Stardust...

  • Added: Dec 16, 2014
  • Length: 02:55:06
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Interactive media being all the rage but I'm a dozen social media behind so I'm trying to catch up by inventing my own interactive media. (That wa...

  • Added: Dec 01, 2014
  • Length: 02:44:07
Caption: That's me, compliments of Andy Kerr
Working out why I don't use identifiers for myself or the music in the first hour of the show.

  • Added: Nov 11, 2014
  • Length: 02:50:16
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Music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of but who influenced the rock and rollers that everyone has heard. Collector's music for...

  • Added: Oct 15, 2014
  • Length: 02:52:08
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Songs about Eskimos, lists of bars, synthetic Chinese music (why do I love these songs so much?), songs that can be played back to back and over an...

  • Added: Oct 07, 2014
  • Length: 02:47:31
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Music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of (but they pioneered rock and roll).

  • Added: Sep 23, 2014
  • Length: 02:58:24
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At its heart, my show is about presenting music absent its racial components. For instance, we focus on music from the 1950s to 1979s when musicia...

  • Added: Sep 15, 2014
  • Length: 02:54:35
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Collectors music from the golden era of Americana music. That music just before the first rock and roll record. Tonight's show features the auth...

  • Added: Sep 08, 2014
  • Length: 02:56:39
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Music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of. From the time just before rock and roll became a commercial commodity. A time when m...

  • Added: Sep 01, 2014
  • Length: 02:47:03
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Music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of because it is the music just before the first rock and roll record that is the unvarnis...

  • Added: Sep 01, 2014
  • Length: 02:48:24
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Music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of.... Songs from the golden era of Americana, the 1950-70s when the modern era of pop mu...

  • Added: Aug 26, 2014
  • Length: 02:46:25
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Stuffing four hours of music into three hours. It looks as bad a making sausage but without the good taste!

  • Added: Nov 25, 2014
  • Length: 03:50:37