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Playlist: WWOZ New Orleans Music Radio Featured Show Hosts

Compiled By: Jamie Dell'Apa

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It is always the late night show hosts that you both want to hear and always miss their shows. PRX unchains you from the clock so you can hear that late night flavor at anytime of the day. Late night WWOZ, it's not just for Europeans, Asians and drunk drivers anymore.

121230 Synthetic Chinese Music

From Jamie Dell'Apa | Part of the New Orleans Saturday Night on WWOZ series | 03:12:11

Three hours of music with unusual instrumentation. Not my usual weakness for bongos and ukuleles (get thee behind me!) but tonight it'll be gongs, chimes and the 36 black keys of the piano. Yep, that and fake Chinese accents - these are the four main ingredients in synthetic Chinese music.

For some reason there was an extraordinary production of synthetic Chinese music in 1950-70s Americana music. We'll explore some reasons (that I'll make up as I go) but the best reason for making this music is the same reason as programming three hours of it - it sounds good.

Images10_small There are innumerable Americana songs with Chinese themes.  Perhaps more about China than all other Asian countries combined.  Maybe it's because the stereotypical riff of Chinese music sounds so much like the cha cha progression that was also popular when these songs proliferated.  Or maybe it's just a musician's surrender to the irresisible urge to give a Hank Aaron swing at a gong that they eventually build into a Chinese-sounding composition.  Sure I could make up more justifications for tonight's show but hell I'm shallow enough to want to hear three hours of the most concentrated gong music ever hear on New Orleans' radio.  

Songs about romances in Chinatown, USA; romances in Asia; chopsticks (both piano and table settings); Chinese food; Japanese lyrics in familiar American songs and the relationship between the cha cha progression (" 1  2  cha cha cha"  =  "1 2   123") & the stereotypical Chinese music riff "dede dede de de  den den de" (think: "dede dede de de   cha   cha   cha")           
                                                  "1   2                1  2  3" 

Basta already!   I'm making this up as I go.

130316 Jamie Calls George Bush

From Jamie Dell'Apa | Part of the New Orleans Saturday Night on WWOZ series | 02:54:08

He insults me every week so I call and confront him. Then music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of. From the golden age a Americana music, the 1950s to the 70s when race records and popular music merged and the US and the world listened. Listened because the feel, the sound and the music was liberating. Things were going well until the early 70s when everything we successfully did all the sudden didn't work. Resisting authoritarianism, making cars, having a pastoral ideal environment, even the Apollo program suffered from Pogo's quote: "We have met the enemy and it is us."

Del-fi_jungle_jive_small He insults me every week so I call and confront him. Then music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of. From the golden age a Americana music, the 1950s to the 70s when race records and popular music merged and the US and the world listened. Listened because the feel, the sound and the music was liberating. Things were going well until the early 70s when everything we successfully did all the sudden didn't work. Resisting authoritarianism, making cars, having a pastoral ideal environment, even the Apollo program suffered from Pogo's quote: "We have met the enemy and it is us."

Why New Orleans Loves Its Mardi Gras

From Jamie Dell'Apa | 08:43

The big local secret here in New Orleans is that Mardi Gras is not different from other holidays celebrated by the rest of the nation. Mardi Gras is about family, friends, life and death. We just celebrate family, friends, life and death with more verve and less commercialism.

Lod_small Mardi Gras is our annual Hajj where the city of New Orleans confirms its unique culture.  My Saturday midnight to Sunday 3am radio show before Mardi Gras always seems to evolve into an audio version of what Fat Tuesday means to me.  This piece mixes few of those narrative moments with Dave Ferrato's homage to New Orleans.  

Want some more?   Try http://laterondecatur.com/

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www.wwoz.org on a Saturday night around midnight...

100213 The Will of Landru (or is that Landrieu)

From Jamie Dell'Apa | Part of the New Orleans Saturday Night on WWOZ series | 03:00:16

The 40 year old Star Trek episode, The Return of the Archons, features a society that celebrates a Mardi Gras festival and is lead by a guy named Landru.

In yet another New Orleans' twist on reality, Mitch Landrieu was inaugurated as mayor of New Orleans during Mardi Gras 2010. Celebrating this Petri Dish of audio absurdity, mix up a gallon of Mardi Gras intoxicants with this radio show and the internet parallel presentation text and video clips from the Archons episode for an IMAX, 4D, "Theater of the Mind" experience. (Or maybe just another one of those weird Saturday night public radio shows.)

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  40 years ago a Star Trek episode has Captain Kirk et. al. investigating a society that celebrates a Mardi Gras like festival that is also run by a Landru.  In February, 2010 New Orleans was celebrating an early Mardi Gras and swearing in new mayor Mitch Landrieu - the son of 1970's Mayor Moon Landrieu.  

A radio show relying on a mixture of video clips, audio clips and text from the internet to add multiple dimensions to your listening experience.  Follow along with the audio by going to - http://www.wwoz.org/node/76990