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10-11-13 Footnotes
Show 411: Willis Earl Beal, Kings of Leon Review

1 Dance clubs and music venues in Las Vegas have become more popular, than ever with 1 in 4 casino-goers skipping the poker table for the dance floor. Bigger and brighter laser shows, confetti, and exclusive artist/DJs in residence like Britney Spears, Elton John, Afrojack, and Deadmau5, have helped make Sin City home to 21 of the country's 100 most profitable nightclubs. Slot machines and prime rib better watch their backs.

2 Another burgeoning musical destination is of all places…your local library. A new content streaming service called Hoopla is being integrated into public library systems across the country in an effort to give patrons more of what they want. The fledgling Hoopla is still a bit weak in the movie department, but it does boast an impressive collection of music albums. All 300,000 of which are available for only the cost of library card. (Which these days, is thankfully, still free.)

3 Willis Earl Beal has had quite a career trajectory. Born in Chicago, he joined the army, only to quit shortly thereafter. He then moved to Albuquerque, NM, where, while homeless and working as a security guard, he started recording music in a very crude way—on a karaoke machine with a microphone. He left CDs of these recordings and flyers around town until they were discovered by Found Magazine. That led to a deal with XL Recordings and two releases, including the most recent, Nobody Knows.

4 Kings of Leon, comprised of the Followill brothers and their cousin (also named Followill!), is back with its 6th release called Mechanical Bull. Greg saw a glimmer of originality when the band first came on the scene in the early 2000’s. But, ever since they’ve pushed the boundaries of bombast and stadium rock excess. Jim never thought it was a good idea to mix U2 with Lynyrd Skynrd. And both critics agree the lyrics on Mechanical Bull’s tracks are especially dreadfull. Kings of Leon gets a double Trash It.

Songs Featured in Show #411
Goose Island Credit Music: Pure Sunray, "Caramel," Pure Sunray, 2013
AC/DC, “Sin City,” Powerage, Sony, 1978
Willis Earl Beal, “Wavering Lines,” Nobody Knows, XL Recordings, 2013
Bob Dylan, “Brownsville Girl,” Knockout Loaded, Columbia, 1986
Willis Earl Beal, “Too Dry to Cry (Live on Sound Opinions),” Nobody Knows, XL Recordings, 2013
Willis Earl Beal, “Take Me Away,” Acousmatic Sorcery, XL Recordings, 2012
Willis Earl Beal, “Burning Bridges,” Nobody Knows, XL Recordings, 2013
Willis Earl Beal, “Coming Through,” Nobody Knows, XL Recordings, 2013
Willis Earl Beal, “Burning Bridges (Live on Sound Opinions),” Nobody Knows, XL Recordings, 2013
Willis Earl Beal, “Nobody Knows (Live on Sound Opinions),” Nobody Knows, XL Recordings, 2013
Willis Earl Beal, “Everything Unwinds,” Nobody Knows, XL Recordings, 2013
Kings of Leon, “Supersoaker,” Mechanical Bull, RCA, 2013
Kings of Leon, “Rock City,” Mechanical Bull, RCA, 2013
Kings of Leon, “Comeback Story,” Mechanical Bull, RCA, 2013
Cedric Gervais and Lana Del Rey, “Summertime Sadness (Cedric Gervais Remix),” Summertime Sadness (Cedric Gervais Remix) (Single), Spinnin, 2013
De La Soul, “Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey),” De La Soul Is Dead, Tommy Boy/Warner Bros., 1991
Haim, “Send Me Down,” Don’t Save Me, Columbia, 2012
Badfinger, "Baby Blue," Straight Up, Apple, 1971
The 13th Floor Elevators, "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue," Easter Everywhere, International Artists, 1967
Sia, "Breathe Me," Colour the Small One, Universal International, 2004

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