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Episode 81: Sugar Never Was So Sweet

I love introducing my friends’ bands to others.  All too often, in college, I’d attend shows with mediocre bands, simply because the musicians were nice guys.  Life’s too short to waste it on so-so music, even if it is made by friends.  So this week, I introduce Jared Collinger’s project, The Enigmatic Foe.  Please visit his Bandcamp page, where you can listen to and buy all his albums.  They’re all different, so listen to all of them.

At any rate, here’s this week’s show.  There’s no such thing as too much Muddy Waters.

  1. “Walkin Thru the Park” – Muddy Waters (Fathers and Sons | Chess | 1969)
  2. “Sugar Sweet” – Muddy Waters (Fathers and Sons | Chess | 1969)
  3. “You Don’t Respond” – The Flaming Lips (untitled 12″ | Warner Bros | 2011)
  4. “Radioactivity” – Damien Jurado and Richard Swift (Other People’s Songs | independent | 2011)
  5. “Def Surrounds Us” – DJ Shadow (I Gotta Rokk single | Verve Forecast | 2011)
  6. “Light From a Dying Star” – The Enigmatic Foe (Light From a Dying Star | independent | 2007)
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/1415312/81radiofreeraytown.mp3″

Radio Free Raytown – Episode #81 (6/17/11)

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Episode 40: It’s the Money!

When starting a tribute band, be sure to pick a band to cover that has sweet looks, as well as good songs.

I know this guy who plays in a couple of local tribute bands, one for Journey and one covering random 70’s soft pop. He makes scads more with them than his serious project.

In my observation, I’ve seen three primary motivators for starting or joining tribute bands. An overwhelming majority of the bands seem to be just slimy attempts to impress friends or score chicks. Sometimes they’re merely a way for decent musicians to make a little money (hopefully performing music they like). In other cases, however, tribute bands perform music by artists who have died or by bands that have broken up.

My friend, Ben, suggested this week’s theme: If I was in a ___________ tribute band, we would be called _______________ because of this song. After some thought, I think most of my tribute bands would fall under the third motive I proposed. Peter Gabriel and R.E.M. would hopefully make a little money (since they had hits), so the second motive would apply. In planning this week’s show, I’ve also gone as far as to think about who should be in some of these bands. Who knows, maybe one of these could someday materialize?

  1. “Shock the Monkey” – Peter Gabriel (Security/Charisma/1982)
  2. “Boulder to Birmingham” – Emmylou Harris (Pieces of the Sky/Reprise/1975)
  3. “Why Hip-Hop Sucks in ’96” – DJ Shadow (Endtroducing…/MoWax/1996)
  4. “The One I Love” – R.E.M. (Document/I.R.S./1987)
  5. “Sleepless Dreamers” – Mark Heard (Fingerprint/Palmfrond Communications/1980)
  6. “Easy Money” – King Crimson (Larks’ Tongues in Aspic/EG/1973)
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/1415312/40radiofreeraytown.mp3″

Radio Free Raytown – Episode #40 (5/14/10)

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Rotation (11/11/09)

I think I’ve been gone more than I’ve been home lately.  Here’s what I’ve been listening to in the car, in no particular order.

  1. Blur – Blur (Virgin 1997)
  2. The Sexy Accident – Mantoloking (independent 2009)
  3. Spiritualized – The Complete Works, Volume One (Arista 2003)
  4. Sam Billen – Headphones and Cellphones (The Record Machine 2009)
  5. DJ Shadow – Private Press (MCA 2002)

 

 

 

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