Signing Off

iVoryTowerz (2006-2009)


After a good three year run, this blog has now come to its end. What started as a place for honors students to express themselves about various themes in politics and the media has evolved greatly from its beginnings. At one point this blog was very popular on the American University campus and in some quarters of D.C., but no longer. All of the original writers, save for the faculty sponsor and editor have left the project. After it became apparent that the young writers could no longer sustain the project, nor could it exist in a limbo between a completely professionalized staff and mostly student volunteer writers, it is now time to formally say good-bye. Thanks to all the writers and readers along the way. All things must pass.

(The photo is by schmilblick of Sweden via Flickr, using a Creative Commons license.)

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iVoryTowerz Radio Salutes Les Paul

After another short hiatus, the underground podcast returns this week with our first opportunity to acknowledge the passing of the great Les Paul, the innovator who brought us the modern electric guitar. So expect this program to rock. The Wizard of Waukesha, as Paul was known, shows up twice in this program and many of those who were influenced by him also are included as the program covers almost 55 years of sound. The program ranges from landmark recordings by Paul to blues, blues-rock, garage rock, psychedelia, punk and pop. And if you think Paul's influence is all older rock, listen again. This program includes a hefty slice of new rock too. Enjoy as we salute the legend.

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"Vaya Con Dios" by Les Paul & Mary Ford
Cover Me: "Rock 'n Roll Hoochie Koo" by Les Paul, Edgar Winter & Kenny Wayne Shepherd
“Walkin' Blues" by The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
"Walking By Myself" by Earl Seratte & the Blues Kings
"Albatross" by The Mick Fleetwood Blues Band
"Fly Farm Blues" by Jack White
"Brown Sugar" by ZZ Top
"American Made" by Gary Hoey
Rick's Metal Shoppe: “Journey to the Center of Your Mind” by Ted Nugent & The Amboy Dukes
Jeff’s New Wave: “Kill the Poor” by The Dead Kennedys
“You're No Rock N' Roll Fun” by Sleater-Kinney
“To the Enemies of Political Rock” by Team Dresch
“21 Guns” by Green Day
"Discovery" by Orange Shirt
"Can You Tell" by Ra Ra Riot
"Oxford Comma
" by Vampire Weekend

Program contains songs with explicit lyrics.

(Mp3 Runs - 1:17:13; 72 MB.)

(The photo of Les Paul performing at the Iridium Jazz Club in New York City in 2008 is by Thomas Faivre-Duboz of Paris, France 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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