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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 you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of..." Radio has been a tonic for almost half-a-century. I have radio obligations to fu...

  • Added: Jun 22, 2017
  • Length: 02:52:34
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AJ and AA invited me onto their show to talk about that music that wasn't included in the Summer of Love. The music that inspired but still missed...

  • Added: Jun 15, 2017
  • Length: 02:22:57
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Music from around the world that is indistinguishable from Americana roots music. Oh yeah, songs about dogs and monkeys in rockets, Indo Rock and...

  • Added: Jun 13, 2017
  • Length: 03:27:20
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Some Louisiana music and plenty of the usual dreck.

  • Added: Jun 04, 2017
  • Length: 02:49:46
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The popular notion that Jamaica developed its early ska and reggae musics by listening to high powered New Orleans radio stations doesn't give cred...

  • Added: May 30, 2017
  • Length: 43:39
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For those of a certain age, the start of summer isn't about going to the beach because a life's worth of hamburgers means never again wearing a bat...

  • Added: May 30, 2017
  • Length: 20:24
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For those of a certain age, the start of summer isn't about going to the beach because a life's worth of hamburgers means never again wearing a bat...

  • Added: May 30, 2017
  • Length: 28:15
Caption: That's me, compliments of Andy Kerr
Music about being 16 years old. Not 15 or 17 or any other age. Just 16 years old. A segment from the 170527 broadcasts.

  • Added: May 30, 2017
  • Length: 39:12
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Hamburgers, bars that are joints, staying away from the beach unless you're 16 years old, killer dillers and the musical similarities between Ameri...

  • Added: May 30, 2017
  • Length: 03:58:05
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An attempt to cover this topic without being incredibly boring.

  • Added: May 21, 2017
  • Length: 02:49:21
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Starting with music from Louisiana and then wandering around music from the 1950s to 70 that you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of....

  • Added: May 15, 2017
  • Length: 03:25:39
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The internet stream and two week archive at WWOZ went out last night so this is an early posting of the raw, unedited show. The finalized posting ...

  • Added: May 07, 2017
  • Length: 04:30:45
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Chess Records' first release was a disastrous Tibbs Brother song expressing displeasure with the then recently deceased racist Mississippi Governor...

  • Added: May 01, 2017
  • Length: 01:08:20
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This is the short segment focusing only on Bo Diddley, Indo Rock and Surf musics' similar sounds. Taken from the 170429 show.

  • Added: Apr 30, 2017
  • Length: 01:20:55
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In preparing my show, I rapidly listen to many snippets of many songs which is a process of dis-assembling and re-assembling sounds separate from t...

  • Added: Apr 30, 2017
  • Length: 04:01:26
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Similar to a theatrical musical where the story is interrupted with a song, a radio musical has the songs interrupted by a story. Tonight's radi...

  • Added: Apr 17, 2017
  • Length: 40:31
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A musical has a song break out inappropriately during a story. A radio musical has a story inappropriately break out during a music show. That's ...

  • Added: Apr 17, 2017
  • Length: 03:29:48
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First half of the show dealt with Louie Louie sound in Bert Berns' music. I took a tortured path to tie this girl group second half into the Bert ...

  • Added: Apr 11, 2017
  • Length: 01:18:20
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The musician, song writer and music producer, Bert Berns, was another Brill Building character. Not loveable nor a scamp, he was more of a garden ...

  • Added: Apr 11, 2017
  • Length: 01:41:01
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Music from the 1950s to 1970s that you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of. All the non-hits and non-oldies that influenced America...

  • Added: Apr 02, 2017
  • Length: 04:24:49