iVoryTowerz Radio: Forbidden Music

Off the air for several weeks, the underground podcast is back with a vengeance. Download this one quickly because who knows how long it will stay online. This podcast is so deep underground it approaches the globe's molten core. This is potentially the most controversial podcast from us ever. There's not just one controversial song here, or one controversial set, but controversy from start to finish. Although this is a special presentation, we still manage to serve up the sensational songs in the midst of the usual eclectic format. The program covers 45 years of music ranging through folk, country, country rock, New Wave, punk, grunge, metal, progressive metal, progressive, and alternative. Strap in. The rants and hot licks come fast and furious. But please, enjoy responsibly!

(To stream or download this podcast, please click here.)


"Qu'ran" by Brian Eno & David Byrne
“I Talk to the Wind" by Steve Hackett
"21st Century Schizoid Man" by Seasons (request)
"Red" by Brand X
Rick's Metal Shoppe: “Court of the Crimson King” by Saxon
"All Apologies" by Nirvana
"Pepper" by The Butthole Surfers
"Seventeen" by The Sex Pistols
Jeff’s New Wave: “It's the End of the World as We Know It” by R.E.M.
Cover Me: "Louie, Louie" by Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
“Creedence Song” by John Fogerty
“Wrote a Song for Everyone” by Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR)
“Zantz Can't Dance” by John Fogerty
"Not Ready to Make Nice" by The Dixie Chicks
"Talkin' John Birch Paranoid Blues" by Bob Dylan
"Forbidden City
" by Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros

Program contains explicit song lyrics and discussions of mature content including graphic language. Rated: R.

(Mp3 Runs - 1:33:13; 86 MB.)

(The graphic is by Mr.Enjoy of Funchal, Portugal via Flickr, using a Creative Commons license.)

DISCLAIMER: The iVoryTowerz podcast is a non-commercial, non-profit program designed and used for educational purposes. Some of the material contained in this podcast is previously copyrighted but used with permission. Other copyrighted material is reused following fair use guidelines. Any copyright holders who do not wish to have their material used should contact the programmers directly at ivorytowerzradio@att.net and it will be removed. The programmers do not support filesharing and encourage listeners to buy music from the artists featured in this podcast.

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In Memoriam: Walter Cronkite


Walter Cronkite

(1916 — 2009)

"And that's the way it is."

My hero is gone. Walter Cronkite has passed. An era is truly now over.

Cronkite shaped journalism. At CBS he created the type of journalism I wanted to practice ever since I was a boy. Watching him every night inspired my career and my life. He instilled a sense of history and place in me and catalyzed me to find answers in history books, in outer space and in everyday reporting. Taking the foundations established by Edward R. Murrow at CBS and with the help of his able producer Ed Bliss, Cronkite’s CBS Evening News established a standard for news on television.

I’m sorry to say it seems that was the zenith of television journalism. The state of journalism on television has receded quickly ever since Cronkite departed the airwaves. You can blame Dan Rather, or CBS or Van Gordon Sauter, but Cronkite’s news organization was dismantled. The version of CBS News anchored today by Katie Couric is not even a ghost of the past, Bob Schieffer’s contributions not withstanding.

Cronkite was for years the most respected man in America. He deserved it. He was known for reporting straight ahead. No frills. I watched American history through Cronkite’s lens: the Kennedy assassinations and that of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. too; Vietnam (a war that Cronkite affected with his frank commentary after the Tet Offensive); and the landing on the moon.

In the 1990s, I got to meet my hero. At the time I was at the University of Southern California. Cronkite came to pick up an honor and speak to journalism students. “You’ll have to speak up,” Cronkite told me immediately upon my approach in a very loud tone, “these days I’m as deaf as a post.” Helped by his wife, I was able to have a nice chat with Uncle Walter about the state of journalism. This was a tiny moment but a memorable one because Cronkite was the man who had been projected to all of us for so many years via television: he was friendly and avuncular but also honest and direct.

I am sad to see him go. Television news, these days, does not reach the standard he set. His passing marks a moment that means truly those glory days of television journalism are mostly in the past. And that is also sadder, but that is the way it is, Saturday, July 18, 2009.

~Rick Rockwell

(The photo of Walter Cronkite is from a speech at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. in 2004. The photo is by Bill Ingalls of NASA; as the photo is from NASA, a government agency, it is in the public domain. Please see The New York Times for Cronkite's obituary. To see a retrospective on Cronkite, in his own words, please check below.)

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All Apologies

After three weeks on hiatus it is time to return. Our apologies for the radio silence without warning. There are many reasons for the lapse. We would offer some up to you, but many will just sound like excuses. So we will dispense with the reasons, only to say we are sorry we have not been here. Likely, the blog will not be a daily affair again, at least for the short term. We will monitor reader reaction a bit more closely to see if frequency has any effect on the impact of this blog. We want to continue to bring you strong commentary, but only if it has sufficient audience and reaction. Thanks for your patience while we regrouped.

(Graphic © copyright DarkBlack and used with permission. For more material like this, please see DarkBlack's blog.)

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