Show #56: Alone Again Or

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After some jamming out to Bruce Springsteen’s Nebraska this week, I thought I’d focus on the stripped-down basics of music. If you remove all the complexities and over production, you get to the core of the tuneskies. Just a musician and their instrument, nothing else. Only then can you really hear what makes a song great, with the emotion and honesty that a great musician can communicate. So let’s mellow out for the next hour and listen to some great musicians delivering killer jams in their rawest form.

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Show #54: Kicking It At The Shack

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Today we had a little chat with Sugar Shack Records owner and operator Gary Feest, who’s been running the iconic Madison, Wisconsin record store for 32 years. Dude parties so hard that he makes those UW college kids look like they belong in a nursing home. He jams to his tunes so loud that he makes the Rolling Stones sound like a bunch of librarians. Yep. These are facts. So tune in and listen about his killer biker gang, his thoughts on reading books, and of course lots of music talk too.

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Top Ten Bands That Skipped Woodstock

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Woodstock was epic. Fact. Some of the best bands of the 60’s came, saw, and conquered the sea of dancing hippies. Yet many music fans aren’t aware of all the bands that could have rocked Woodstock, but instead chose to skip or happened to miss out on the greatest rock festival of all time. Who are they and why did they skip out? Allow me to present my handy dandy list below, in order of potential awesomeness.

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Show #35: Just A Couple Of Bros

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The show started out with Simon and Garfunkel, which really got me thinking about bromances in music. Soon enough, a rockin’ playlist ensued. I’m sorry, I had to skip Hall and Oats, but just remember that radtacular mustache and you’ll be good. 

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Show #30: The American Invasion

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The 30th show already? No clever theme related to that fine number, mainly because I’m not very clever. Still, we had a solid show with some epic artists, as we tackled The British Invasion. It was a weird phenomenon where British artists covered American artists, yet somehow these British artists still took America by storm. The white kids in the great US and A had no idea that the songs they were hearing from these bands “invading” the states were actually written and played by artists right in their own backyard. Of course many of these bands went on to reach legendary status like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and The Who, they all came from one place: American music. USA! USA! 

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Jam of the Week: The Beatles

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Jam of the Week

Artist: The Beatles

Album: With The Beatles

Genre: British Invasion

Date: 1963

Sound: The Greatest Band of All Time

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Hendrix/Davis/McCartney Supergroup?

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There’s been a lot of buzz lately about the most epic of all supergroups that would have included:

Jimi Hendrix (Greatest guitarist of all time)

Miles Davis (Most well-known Jazz musician ever)

Paul McCartney (He was a Beatle, that’s all the cred he needs)

Tony Williams (Jazz drummer, dude’s legit, trust me)

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Dark Side of the Moon, 40 Years Later

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In honor of the Dark Side of the Moon show we did awhile back, here is something a listener sent over my way, reblogged from here. Sharing is fun!

Pink Floyd’s ‘Dark Side’: 40 Years Later, 40 Mind-Blowing Facts About The Mad Classic

Sure, like everybody else, you’ve listened to Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon so many times that you can recite not just every line but every heartbeat, clock tick, and cash register ring by heart. But how much do you really know about the landmark prog classic, which is celebrating its 40thanniversary this month?

To celebrate the 40 years we’ve been listening to what is arguably the preeminent rock album of the 1970s, here are 40 things you ought to know about Dark Side. Because lunacy breeds albums about lunacy, and albums about lunacy breed lunatic obsessions with album trivia. Let’s start with that iconic cover art, shall we?

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Show #17: The Quiet Beatle

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How has TRR gone this long without rocking to any Beatles? That right there is what they call failing. Well it’s time to turn things around, because today is all about The Beatles. Well, one Beatle in particular: The Quiet Beatle.

George Harrison was anything but quiet, which you’ll notice after hearing his killer Beatles tunes. Lennon and McCartney usually allowed him an average of one or two songs per album, and he sure didn’t disappoint. I think some of the best Beatles songs were Harrison songs, but hey, you tell me what you think, because thinking thoughts is a good thing (or so I’ve been told anyway).

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Show #16: Rockin’ Riffs (Part 2)

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I know I’m a week late, but I finally have the show posting from last week. The ol’ radio station had some difficulty getting me the streaming and download links for some reasons. When in doubt, blame someone else. Also, it’s good to blame technology. These are words of wisdom, so write them down. We’ll only be behind on the show postings for one week, as I’ll be taking Wednesday the 20th off for Spring Break. Wooooo, Spring Break, partaaay! 

More riffs because they’re cool. Loud guitar badassery (new favorite word) is what makes a killer Rock song. I’ve got some of mine, some of yours, and what I deem to be the best riff of all time. It’s getting loud around TRR headquarters (my computer). 

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