iVoryTowerz Radio: Down a Bluesy Road

These days, there are plenty of reasons to be headed down that bluesy road. Maybe the economy has us in its grip. Maybe we are mourning the death of another rock station on the radio. Actually, we wouldn't be mourning that, but rather ranting about it. And this program is an abject lesson for the corporate radio programming-meisters of what alternative, progressive radio could sound like today. Believe it or not, this is how it sounded a long time ago. You take some classics, add new material, include some of the fundamental elements, and make sure you have some diversity in the mix. Voila. So yes, we have some rants here (as we are wont to do). And there's a musicology lesson or too. But more importantly, there's a lot of music here designed to chase your blues away: that's the reason the blues were invented, by the way. Okay, enough pre-show ranting. The eclectic mix this week includes, besides blues: proto-punk, indie rock, heavy metal, new wave, reggae, and various avant-garde sounds. Enjoy!

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“Road Runner” by Aerosmith
Rick's Metal Shoppe: “Five” by Machine Head
"My Mind is Ramblin'" by The Black Keys
“The Switch and the Spur/Keep It Clean" (live) by The Raconteurs
"Dragonfly Pie" by Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks
Jeff’s New Wave: “People Call You Crazy” by Mick Farren
"Please Love Me" by B.B. King
"I Need Your Love So Bad" by Irma Thomas
“Better Left Unsaid” by Michelle Willson
“Leaving California” by PJ Harvey & John Parish
“California Girls” by The Beach Boys
"California” by Joni Mitchell
"She Comes to Me in Dreams" by Great Lakes Swimmers
"Fork in the Road" by Neil Young
"Beyond Here Lies Nothin'" by Bob Dylan
Cover Me: "The Harder They Come" by Joe Jackson

(Mp3 Runs - 1:27:38; 81 MB.)

Program includes songs with explicit lyrics.

(Photo by Kamal H.
of Denver, CO via Flickr, using a Creative Commons license.)

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