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2012 Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame Inductees

2012 Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame Inductees

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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced the 2012 inductees.  The  induction ceremony will be held in Cleveland on Saturday, April 14, 2012. The ceremony will be open to the public and tickets will go on sale in December. The following acts will join the Hall of Fame in the spring:

Guns N’ Roses
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Beastie Boys
The Small Faces/The Faces
Freddie King
Don Kirshner
Cosimo Matassa
Tom Dowd
Glyn Johns
Laura Nyro

The Cure, Eric B. & Rakim, Heart, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, Rufus with Chaka Khan, The Spinners, Donna Summer and War were nominated for the honor but were not chosen for induction. Who do you think should be considered for the next class?

WTTS Indy Underground – December 12, 2011

WTTS Indy Underground – December 12, 2011

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This week on WTTS Indy Underground, solo material from Craig Finn. The Hold Steady’s eloquent frontman has decided to go it alone this time, announcing a January 24th release for Clear Heart Full Eyes. After that, plan to revisit Blitzen Trapper, who just finished up touring in support of American Goldwing. In case you missed it, the band documented their travels in video form. The last in the series is below.

The Black Keys have a pretty good record out too. We’ll scour the depths and bring you any hidden treasure we find. All this and more, tonight at 8pm on WTTS Indy Underground.

WTTS New Music Monday – December 12, 2011

WTTS New Music Monday – December 12, 2011

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El Camino is finally among us.

The latest from The Black Keys is less than a week old, and so far it’s lived up to every expectation set for it. This week on WTTS New Music Monday, we’ll play a selection from that, and talk a little bit more about the special set of circumstances surrounding their March 16th show.

Also this week, Grammy nominated artists Bon Iver and Coldplay, and the debut from Lana Del Rey. At 7pm, and hour of all-new world class rock. This week on WTTS New Music Monday.

WTTS OverEasy, December 11, 2011

WTTS OverEasy, December 11, 2011

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With the launch of the Million Dollar Quartet at Old National Centre this coming week, the music of those four legendary performers that haunted Sam Phillips’ Sun Studios in Memphis, Tennessee in the fifties is back in mind.  Recently, longtime WTTS favorite Chris Isaak recorded and released his own salute to the music of Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis called Beyond the Sun.  What makes the album even more interesting is that he did part of the tracking in the same room where the original songs were laid down, over five decades after the fact.

It’s a testament to the vision of Sam Phillips, not just as an A&R man and label boss, but as a technical guy – when you hear a certain kind of reverb, you instantly think “Sun Records” on hearing it.  That effect was so distinctive that, according to Elvis scholar Ernst Mikael Jorgenson, when Elvis made the jump to RCA Records in 1956, the engineers for the label were so stymied by how Phillips got his slapback echo for his singles that they couldn’t reproduce it, and during the recording of “Heartbreak Hotel” were reduced to putting a microphone in an empty hallway to get a weak approximation of it.

Sam Phillips may no longer be with us, nor many of the genius talents that helped birth rock and roll with him, but the music continues with a little help from Chris Isaak.  Todd Berryman will feature Beyond the Sun this week on OverEasy, this Sunday from 7 to 11am AND pm, on 92.3 WTTS.      

Chris Isaak and Jerry Lee Lewis cover a song from The Wizard of Oz

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