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So, what do you do when you’re the greatest songwriter ever and your record contract dictates that product must come out? You cover songs. Everyone does it, why not Bob? Here in our fifth episode of our tribute to Mr. Z, Time For Bob, we focus on the tunes that influenced the great man enough for him to steal them away. Bob does covers. Check it out. You’ll be surprised. Honestly. 

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Step right up, one and all. The attraction today is the unique, eccentric, well-coifed, surprisingly good at acting, megaphone wielding, garage rattling, barn stomping Tom Waits. Hear the man transform from a 70’s piano playing boho to a mutli-tracked beatboxing sixty year old indie rocker. In Lesson 73 of the 101 Series, we put together the live Tom Waits show we’ve always wanted to see. (Seriously, Waits, tour more.)

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We hope you figured out how much of the potion to drink to get through the door, it’s time for some psychedelic music. Here, friends, is episode five of our tribute to music best enjoyed floating two feet off the ground, This Pill Makes You Small. In this sojourn, please do try to keep up as we tumble up the rabbit hole of our own brains. Make sure not to pet the smiling cat, he’s a weirdo. 

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John Bonham. John Paul Jones. Jimmy Page. Robert Plant. Fuck. Led Zeppelin. The hammer of the gods, the stomping t-rex, thunder and fucking lightning itself: Led Fucking Zeppelin. We at the Balcony have missed out on some major historical happenings: the building of the pyramids, the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the first flight at Kitty Hawk, the bomb dropping on Hiroshima. Another thing we missed out on is seeing the Zeppelin in concert. In Lesson 72 we try to get as close to that feeling as possible.

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Swingtime

Swingtime Ep 5

From Doris Day to Mel Torme, we at the Balcony are familiar with the Swingin’ side of life. Whether a well-sung melody, a jazzy orchestration or some serious be-boppin’, with Episode 5 of Swingtime we prove again that Swing music has got your soul, rock and all other musical needs covered. Add fedora and tuxedo, dress sharp and enjoy the party.

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One day in 1975 Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band walked onto a stage and haven’t left yet. They’ve been doing the same show at the same energy for 40 goddamn years. How is that possible? Is the Fountain of Youth off the New Jersey Turnpike near Exit 96? Tell us, Boss. We need to know. In Lesson 72.2 of the 101 Series we have perfect seats to a couple of hours of first rate rock and roll – in the balcony, of course. We saved you one. You better have sneaked in food. We brought a flask. 

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