Show #57: Slowhand

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Some people need no introduction, and that includes Eric Clapton, the man known as “slowhand.” Everyone talks about his mad guitar skills, but few realize that he’s been shredding his ax in more bands than anyone else. Maybe that’s why he’s the only dude to ever win three inductions into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame. Three times a charm or whatever they say. So sit back, relax, and listen to slowhand evolve through the ages of Rock awesomeness.

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Show #50: Walk on the Wild Side

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A Rock N Roll pioneer left us on Sunday, as Lou Reed passed away at the age of 71. After setting up this artist showcase and jamming out to VU, his solo work, his contemporaries, and those he influenced, I gotta say Lou Reed had it going on. Dude was a legend. From an Art Rock forefather with The Velvet Underground in the 60’s, to joining up with Bowie and Iggy to create Glam Rock, then influencing later genres like Alternative and Noise, it seemed like Lou Reed couldn’t miss a beat. So let’s take a walk on the wild side ourselves and honor the most bad ass dude in Rock.

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Show #32: Lonely Boys

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The Blacks Keys are now one of the biggest names in Modern Rock. How did they do it? By being awesome, duh. Today was an artist showcase showing casual and dedicated fans alike where this killer band came from. Sure I could only play two songs from the band, but we had tons of other related awesomeness that you might not have jammed to. We even had…wait for it…a hip-hop song. Don’t expect that to become a normal dealio by the way. So after you jam to the show, let me know how you thing the keys rose to popularity. I always wanted to be popular, but that definitely never happened. Maybe I could hang out with The Black Keys though…hmm…

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Show #26: Very Blue

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We’re finally getting our Jazz hands (or fingers, I can never remember) going this week with a lot of focus on Miles Davis and his masterpiece album, Kind of Blue. Since we can only jam to two Miles Davis tracks (damn you radio royalty rights), we also got all Jazzy over two of his collaborators on the album, Cannonball Adderly and John Coltrane. Even if you aren’t into Jazz, you might like the show this week. Modal Jazz is easy to listen to and will trick people into thinking you’re a smart intellectual. Just don’t blame me if you start hanging out at coffee shops and joining in on poetry readings.

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Show #21: A Good Beginning

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Keeping up with the Sigur Rós theme for the week, I decided it would be a dandy swell time to cruise through part of their setlist from the show in Broomfield, CO on 04/06/13. I recapped the review from yesterday and chatted about the band’s awesomeness, but didn’t attempt to pronounce anything in Icelandic. It’s probably better that way.

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Show #20: Next To The Fire

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Today we’re going to crank up the speakers and jam loud and proud to the premium Modern Psych badasses, Quest For Fire. They’re from Canada, a place where everyone loves hockey. I can’t really think of anything else that happens up there, because  Americans only care about what’s happening in the great US and A. I do know that the band has sadly called it quits after six years of being awesome, and are due an honorable tribute here on TRR. It’s a real bummer when really good bands break up, because other “bands” still exist, like The Jonas Brothers.

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Show #18: I’m Going Home

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I know we had a Jam of the Week honoring Alvin Lee, but that doesn’t quite do him justice. Today was all about the bombastic guitar fury from one of Rock ‘N’ Roll’s greatest ax slingers. Though he’s mostly known for his epic performance of “I’m Going Home” at Woodstock, he was the prolific frontman of a very underrated Blues Revival band. So let’s honor him the only way I know how: By jamming to his tunes as loud as possible.

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Show #14: The Heart of Saturday Night

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Well Planet Earth, we’re back to spinning records, old school style. I chose a pretty cool one I’ve jammed to quite a bit, but don’t want to reveal who the artist is just yet. You’ve got to guess after listening to the first song. I call that TRR trivia, boom. If you want to know who the artist is, I’ll tell you after a few minutes on the show, so get to listening and guessing! Or you can just scroll down and see the playlist, but no one likes cheaters. Or the post office. 

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Show #10: He’s New Here

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You know when companies have meetings to discuss teamwork and they’re super pointless and lame? Well here at TRR, we try to avoid being lame, but we still believe in teamwork. That’s why I chose to showcase the legendary artist Gil Scott-Heron with his original 2010 album “I’m New Here” alongside the remixed and reworked “We’re New Here”  from 2011 by Jamie Smith of The xx. I guess the correct term is collaboration, not teamwork, now that I think about it. Oh well, I think you’ll enjoy hearing the poetic and artsy sound of Herron right next to the dubstep style reworking from Smith. No matter how different they may sound, it’s all connected under the greatest artform of all: music. Poetic, I know.

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Show #9: The Godfather

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You know who’s awesome? Neil Young. So awesome he gets a whole hour of his killer jams on the first ever artist showcase. He’s one of the best songwriters of the 70’s, a master of acoustic Americana, been called the “Godfather of Grunge,” and has more hits than that one game where you hit moles with a mallet. ‘Nuff said right there.

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