iVoryTowerz (2006-2009)R.I.P.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 ...

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  1. Signing Off
  2. iVoryTowerz Radio Salutes Les Paul
  3. IvoryTowerz Radio: The Lost Files, Vol. I
  4. IVoryTowerz Radio: Hidden Subtexts
  5. iVoryTowerz Radio: The Unexpected Mix
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Signing Off

iVoryTowerz (2006-2009)

R.I.P.



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.)

    

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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Playlist

"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.)


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IvoryTowerz Radio: The Lost Files, Vol. I


Two years after the official closing of the blog and we have unearthed one of the unreleased podcasts for your listening pleasure. The end of the podcast and the blog was a slow, disorganized affair, unfortunately. But recently, missing pieces were rediscovered, so we are carefully placing them where they were originally intended. Of course, this is an odd temporal exercise. So pardon the awkward nature of a post detailing the end of the blog suddenly showing up in the blog's now altered timeline.

Actually, this program has nothing to do with time travel, but it does include a song one of the co-hosts had hoped would never be played on the underground podcast, because it provided a bit of an unpleasant time trip. The old, reliable eclectic mix is here with the program including: rhythm & blues, neo-soul, Mexican folk, New Wave, alternative, and hard rock of various stripes. Enjoy!


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Playlist

"I Believe I'm in Love with You" by The Fabulous Thunderbirds
“Do I Move You" by Nina Simone
"Sermonette" by Georgia Anne Muldrow
"Genius of Love" by The Tom Tom Club
Cover Me: "Stairway to Heaven" by Rodrigo y Gabriela
"Under the Milky Way" by The Church
"Alive and Kicking" by Simple Minds
"Uprising" by Muse

Rick's Metal Shoppe: “Rock Candy” by Montrose
“Treat Me Like Your Mother” by The Dead Weather
“The Outlaw Jimmy Rose” by BM Linx
“He's a Rocker” by The Vines
"Ambulance Dancehall" by The Minus 5
"Legs and Brains" by Jack Logan
"Serenades for the Lonely" by Daryll-Ann
Jeff’s New Wave: “The End of the Party” by The English Beat
"20 Years" by Augustana

(Mp3 Runs - 1:25:55; 79 MB.)

(The photo is by Photo Extremist of Eugene, Oregon 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.


(Finally posted on 9/10/11.)

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IVoryTowerz Radio: Hidden Subtexts

The underground podcast returns and we will do our best to come back on a regular basis after our summer hiatus. Of course, we return with plenty on our collective minds. And sometimes what we are talking about isn't always evident. This program certainly has plenty of subtexts. See if you can trace them. If we overexplain here, the effect will be lost. As usual, we have an unexpected eclectic mix that puts a different spin on rock radio: we are what classic rock radio could have been. So there's a hefty portion of new music and some classics too. The program ranges through classic rock, punk, New Wave (or what some call First Wave now), alternative, alt-country, country-rock, Americana, and even some heavy metal. Enjoy.




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Playlist

"Aqualung" by Jethro Tull
Rick's Metal Shoppe: “37 Stitches” by Drowning Pool
Jeff’s New Wave: “Peaches” by The Stranglers
“Window in the Skies" by U2
"Funny the Way It Is" by The Dave Matthews Band
"Hey 19" by Steely Dan
"Mohammed's Radio" by The Matthew Show
"Werewolves of London" by Warren Zevon
"Poor, Poor Pitiful Me" by Jackson Browne & Bonnie Raitt
“When the Wheels Don't Move” by Son Volt
“The Weight” by The Band
“You and I” by Wilco with Feist
"Thoughts of Mary Jane" by Nick Drake
"Old Days" by John Hiatt
"Wild at Heart
" by Gloriana
Cover Me: "Girl from the North Country" by Kermit Lynch

Program contains songs with explicit lyrics.

(Mp3 Runs - 1:23:26; 77 MB.)

(The photo is by audreyjm529 of Pennsylvania via Flickr, using a Creative Commons license.)


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iVoryTowerz Radio: The Unexpected Mix

Anything appearing in this space this summer is certainly unexpected. But add to that a number of bands that we've never played before and you have an unexpected treat. About a third of this underground podcast touches on material never before podcast here, but our eclectic mix remains intact. On this podcast you'll find progressive, progressive metal, heavy metal, alternative, indie rock, new wave, country rock, and even some punk polka. Somehow although this mix includes plenty of new material we still cover more than 40 years of modern rock. One part of the unexpected mix is how this program blends FM hits and superstars with our usual selection of B-sides and rarities. Enjoy.




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Playlist

"Whisky Train" by Procol Harum
Rick's Metal Shoppe: “Highway Star” by Buckcherry
“Cotopaxi" by The Mars Volta
"I Live With You" by Grizzly Bear
"The Harbour's Cold" by Dieter Schöön
"Down to Earth" by Peter Gabriel
Jeff’s New Wave: “Johnny 7” by Stiff Little Finger
"Peek-A-Boo" by Siouxsie & the Banshees
"Roses in the Park" by Lichtenstein
“Going Down to Liverpool” by The Bangles
“Something in the Air” by Thunderclap Newman
“Barking at the Moon” by Jenny Lewis
"Leave My Woman Alone" by Peter & Gordon
"It's So Easy" by Linda Ronstadt
"Foggy Mountain Blue
" by Gabrielle Maren
Cover Me: "I Can See for Miles" by Brave Combo

Program contains songs with explicit lyrics.

(Mp3 Runs - 1:16:57; 71 MB.)

(The photo is by :: Suwaif :: of the United Arab Emirates via Flickr, using a Creative Commons license.)


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