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101 Series Lesson 133 – Songs About “The Famous”

It’s very easy these days to join up with or invent your own cult. There are cults that are based on religion, politics, business, sports, cities and revolution. For lesson 133 of the 101 Series we focus on the Cult of Personality as we listen to songs written about famous people. The songs vary from […]

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101 Series Lesson 132 – Teen Idols

Back in the 50s and 60s, everyone (especially¬†teenage girls) looked forward to the Saturday night sock hop. It’s where you could meet your local DJ, drink bad punch, makeout under the bleachers in the gym and listen to your favorite star lip-sync to their latest scratchy record. For Lesson 132 of the 101 Series we […]

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101 Series Lesson 131 – Bands From Philly

Philadelphia is famous for a few things: a shitty bell, a fictional fighter, the worst sports fans on earth, heart-attack inducing cuisine . . . oh, and some of the best goddamn music produced in America. In Lesson 131 of the 101 Series, we get learnt on rock, pop, hip hop and soul from two […]

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101 Series Lesson 130 – Stand-Up Room Only, Vol. 4

At Balcony Radio there is one thing you can say for certain: we remember laughter. One of the greatest inventions of the 20th century was the comedy album. For Lesson 130 of the 101 Series we put away the guitars and drums and pic up the water bottle and the scribbly notebook. It’s comedy night […]

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101Series Lesson 129 – The Best Music of 2018

“Fill the mead cup, drain the barrel, fa la la lala, lala la la…”. Another year has come and gone. What did 2018 bring? Let’s see . . . Movies kinda sucked. News sucked. Weather sucked. Network tv suuuuucked. Books weren’t that great. But, you know what . . . Music did ai’ight. Join Balcony […]

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101 Series Lesson 128 – Punks on Cows!

In the liner notes to the Anthology of American Folk Music, Greil Marcus wrote that the country and blues music from the Civil War to the 20s represented the “old, weird America.” Here at Balcony Radio, we believe that times don’t change . . . people that kick over cow patties are fucking bizarro. In […]

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101 Series Lesson 127 – Songs About Musicians

Respect (r-e-s-p-e-c-t sock it to me, sock it to me, sock it to me) in the music business is hard to come by. You gotsta earn that, mang. Having someone cover your song is a sign . . . having someone write a song about you? Nothing says love more than having to get a […]

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101 Series Lesson 126 – Hall Of Fame Induction Performances Pt. 2

After¬†you make one visit to a great place sometimes you just have to go back for more. That’s what we’re doing this week with part 2 of Lesson 126 in the 101 Series and more Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction performances. There were so many great performances to choose from it demanded a […]

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101 Series Lesson 126 – Hall of Fame Induction Performances Pt 1

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a bitchin’ museum. When they induct people they put on a bitchin’ concert. Tix are EX-PEN-SIVE. We managed to sneak in and get some of the best live performances of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Concert. Dig it. It’s Lesson 126 of the 101 […]

101 Series Lesson 125 – UnHappy Valentines, B**ch! (or B***ard!)

There are many times during the year when we pay tribute to our better halves. Whether it’s a male or female there is always a special way to show them how you feel. But every once in awhile you need to just blow off some steam and get a little hostile. For Lesson 125 of […]