No Prisoners, No Mercy Show 104 is live

Welcome to No Prisoners, No Mercy Show 104!

 Show 104 is live – you can find it at and on Itunes.

The topics for this week are listed below.  You will  also find a list of the articles discussed as well as a discussion on this week’s musical education featuring early jazz musicians.

  1. Aliens in the past, Guild Wars 2 and Zorro in the future
  2. Print is Dead
  3. Slight Mad Studios show publishers the door; Doublefine and Kickstarter use crowd publishing to give publishers the old heave-ho
  4. Stuck in the virtual mud – puzzles are not strategy, but sometimes they are brick walls
  5. It’s all Andy Mahood’s Fault – Simulation Games
  6. Have games become more about how they look than how they play?
  7. Playing in the dirt – Dirt 2 off road racing
  8. Microsoft and Ubisoft – usually we get kissed first
  9. Sopa and Pipa part 2 – Act 2
  10. Pond takes a dive
  11. Marks “Notch” Persson goes off, Dear Esther takes off
  12. It’s a snap – go to for notes

 Articles Discussed:

 Eisenhower and the Aliens:

Post Apocalyptic Zorro:

It’s all Andy Mahood’s Fault:

Giving Publishers the Old Heave-Ho

Publishers Beware – Kickstarter

A little Help Please…

SOPA and PIPA Part 2 – ACTA

Pond takes a dive:

Henry and Aaron: It’s a Snap

Make me an offer I can’t refuse…

Musical  Education:

James Reese Europe and his Clef Club Orchestra was one of the most popular band leaders in New York City before World War I.  When the 369th Infantry Regiment band was formed he was asked to lead the regimental band.  Already famous for his music, the 369th Infantry Regiment became known as “The Hellfighters”.  Among his contributions to early jazz is brining elements of Jazz to Ragtime.

Ferdinand Joseph LaMothe “Jelly  Roll Morton” was famous for ragtime and being an early jazz pianist.  A musician with roots in New Orleans he claimed to have invented Jazz – and while he was one of the most talented pianists in Storyville district of New Orleans this statement can be attributed more to his arrogance than his considerable talent.

Charles “Buddie” Bolden, on the other hand, was one of the key figures in the development of ragtime that became Jazz.  He and his band were one of the biggest draws  heap in New Orleans until 1907 when illness forced him to withdraw from performing.  Unfortunately no recordings consist of his music. The song “Buddie Bolden Blues sung by Jelly Roll Morton is about him.

James Hubert “Eubie” Blake was a ragtime and jazz pianist as well as a lyricist.  He wrote the Broadway Musical  “Shuffle Along”, oen of the first Broadway musicals to be written and directed by an African American.  His style influenced the development of  “Stride” Piano by James P. Johnson.

James P. Johnson, along with Jelly  Roll Morton were influential in bridging the ragtime and jazz eras. He is known for being one of the originators of the “Stride” style of Jazz Piano ( He was influence on Count Basie, Duke Ellington and taught Fats Waller.

Thomas Wright “Fats” Waller became the master of stride piano, taught by his mentor James P. Johnson.  He is known for the music featured in the Broadway musical “Ain’t Misbehavin” which remains a hit to this day.  His music was one of the influences on Count Basie.

In 1926 he was kidnapped in Chicago when leaving a performance. Four men bundled him into a car and took him to the Hawthorne Inn, owned by gangster Al Capone. Fats was ordered inside the building, and found a party in full swing. Gun to his back, he was pushed towards a piano, and told to play. A terrified Waller realized he was the “surprise guest” at Al Capone’s birthday party, and took comfort that the gangsters didn’t intend to kill him. According to rumor, Waller played for three days. When he left the Hawthorne Inn, he was very drunk, extremely tired, and had earned thousands of dollars in cash from Capone and other party-goers as tips

And who knew that actor Hugh Laurie, known for the lead role in House, could play jazz piano?


  1. St. Louis Blues (James Reese Europe)
  2. St. Louis Blues (Glen Miller marching version)
  3. St. Louis Blues (Count Basie)
  4. Buddie Bolden Blues (Mashup) Jelly Roll Morton/Hugh Laurie
  5. Eubie Blake, Charlston Rag
  6. James Europe/W.C. Handy – Memphis Blues
  7. Fats Waller/James P.  Johnson – piano duet
  8. Fats Waller/The Sheik of Araby
  9. Glen Miller – String of Pearls

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