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Artist Track Album Label Year Format Comments New
Dan Blocker  Bonganoxie   Options Tales for Young'uns  Trey  1961  LP  Prod. by Lee Hazlewood!   
Modern Mountaineers  Dirty Dog Blues   Options Doughboys, Playboys and Cowboys: The Golden Years of Western Swing  Proper  1999  CD  From 1937   
Roy Newman and His Boys  The Devil with the Devil   Options Devil with the Devil: Hot Western Swing from the 1930's  Rambler  1984?  LP  From 1939   
Powder River Jack and Kitty Lee  Tying a Knot in the Devil's Tail   Options Authentic Cowboys and Their Western Folksongs  RCA Victor  1965  LP  From 1930   
Sons of the West  Sally's Got a Wooden Leg   Options Beer Parlor Jive: Western Swing 1935-1941  String  1977  LP  From 1941   
Milton Brown and His Musical Brownies  You're Bound to Look Like a Monkey   Options 1932-1937  Texas Rose  1996  CD  From 1935   
Dan Blocker  A Beatnick Out West   Options Tales for Young'uns  Trey  1961  LP     
Los Ochenta Centavos  Baby, Bésame   Options Skanish Sound: Jamaica Influenced Music from Spain 1964-1972  VampiSoul  2012  CD  From 1968  *  
Henry Mancini  The Party (Instrumental Version)   Options The Party: Music from the Film  Reel Time  2012  CD  From 1968  *  
Delicate Steve  Wally Wilder   Options Positive Force  Luaka Bop  2012  CD    *  
Good Old Neon  At the Lab We Work and Play   Options Robot Dance Party: Liz Berg's 2012 Marathon Premium  WFMU  2012  CD-R    *  
Stereo Total  J'Aime le Synthetique   Options Cactus Versus Brezel  Staatsakt  2012  CD    *  
Laid Back  Cosyland Video Edit   Options Cosyland  Brother Music  2012  CD    *  
Squarepusher  Stadium Ice   Options Ufabulum  Warp  2012  CD    *  
Dean Blunt and Inga Copeland  Track 2   Options Black Is Beautiful  Hyperdub  2012  CD    *  
The Flaming Lips Featuring Erykah Badu  The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face   Options The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends  Warner Brothers  2012  CD    *  
Joe Thomas  Every Brother Ain't a Brother   Options The Best of Perception and Today Records  BBE  2012  CD  From 1972  *  
Eddie Russ  The Lope Song   Options Fresh Out  Universal Sound  2012  CD  From 1974  *  
Bettye LaVette  Ain't Nothing Gonna Change Me   Options Some of Her Best Songs 1962-2003  Anti  2005  CD  From 1972   
  Single File: a bunch of singles all in a row
The Lorelei  S.T.O.P. (Stop)   Options   CBS  1972  45     
Nanette Workman  Crying Crying   Options   Atco  1975  45     
De Blanc  Guava Jelly   Options   Arista  1975  45     
Hugo Montenegro  Lay Lady Lay   Options   GWP  1970  45     
Jody Miller  The House of the Rising Sun   Options   Epic  1973  45     
The Lovin' Spoonful  Butchie's Tune   Options   Kama Sutra  1966  45     
Chuck Berry  You Two   Options   Chess  1964  45     
Mark Wirtz  Long Way from Home   Options   Capitol  1973  45     
George McCannon III  Sunday Son   Options   Capitol  1973  45     
Yo La Tengo  Barstool Blues   Options Here Comes My Baby EP  Bar None  1990  CD     
The Wedding Present  Don't Cry No Tears   Options Hit Parade 1  Bizarre/Planet  1992  CD     
Crash Vegas  Down to the Wire   Options Red Earth  Atlantic  1989  Cassette     
The Feelies  Sedan Delivery   Options No One Knows EP  Coyote  1986  EP     
Rainy Day  Flying on the Ground Is Wrong   Options Rainy Day  Serpent  1984  LP  Kendra Smith, vocal   
Polly Niles  I Am a Child   Options Sweet Surrender: Ember Pop 1970-1978  Fantastic Voyage  2009  CD  From 1971   
Prelude  After the Gold Rush   Options After the Gold Rush  Island  1974  LP     
John Entwistle  Cinnamon Girl   Options Smash Your Head Against the Wall.  Sundazed  1997  CD  bonus track on reissue; from 1971   
The New Seekers  Dance, Dance, Dance   Options Circles  Elektra  1972  LP     
Jackie deShannon  Only Love Can Break Your Heart   Options Jackie  Atlantic  1972  LP     
The Meters  Birds   Options Cabbage Alley  Sundazed  2000  CD  From 1972   
Waylon Jennings  Are You Ready for the Country?   Options RCA Country Legends  BMG Heritage  2003  CD  From 1977   
Charles Bradley  Heart of Gold   Options Heartaches and Pain  Daptone  2012  CD     
Penny and the Quarters  You and Me   Options Eccentric Soul: The Prix Label  Numero Group  2007  CD     

Listener comments!

  Sun. 7/8/12 12:05am 12539:

I hope this has a happy ending.
  Sun. 7/8/12 12:08am Matt from Springfield:

(sniff) Wonderful, hooray!

Hi Joe, hi 12539! A pleasant-but-sweltering-evening to you!
  Sun. 7/8/12 12:08am slugluv1313:

me too! i try to help with dog and cat (and rabbit and hamster etc. etc. etc.) rescue in the NYC "shelter" system so happy endings for doggies are rare treasures!
  Sun. 7/8/12 12:09am slugluv1313:

YAY!!!!! HAPPY PUPPY!!!!!! and HAPPY HUMIDITY to everyone! :)
  Sun. 7/8/12 12:10am Matt from Springfield:

@Joe: You included a tribute to your own dog less than a year ago--am I correct to assume the theme is "the DOG days of summer"? :)

And hi slugluv!
  Sun. 7/8/12 12:12am 12539:

It's hot enough that I wouldn't be surprised to see the Devil around here.
  Sun. 7/8/12 12:14am Matt from Springfield:

Sounds like the chords to "Big Rock Candy Mountain" in a different rhythm. Similar vocal delivery to Harry McClintock too.
Avatar 🎃 Sun. 7/8/12 12:14am Joe McG:

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Avatar 🎃 Sun. 7/8/12 12:17am Joe McG:

Wooden legs!
  Sun. 7/8/12 12:18am slugluv1313:

tofu pups??!!
  Sun. 7/8/12 12:19am 12539:

  Sun. 7/8/12 12:20am Matt from Springfield:

Texas Roses!
  Sun. 7/8/12 12:22am Matt from Springfield:

Maynard G. Krebs!
  Sun. 7/8/12 12:22am 12539:

I hope this has a happy ending.
  Sun. 7/8/12 12:26am j-No:

My fellow Texan, Dan Blocker was the only cast member on Bonanza with a graduate degree.
  Sun. 7/8/12 12:28am Rory:

Joe, I live in St.Louis and we've had 10 straight days of triple-digit heat.
  Sun. 7/8/12 12:29am KP:

106 at Nats game in DC.
  Sun. 7/8/12 12:32am KP:

What about Pernell Roberts? He became a doctor.
  Sun. 7/8/12 12:32am Matt from Springfield:

Doctor (or at least, Magister) Bonanza!
Avatar 🎃 Sun. 7/8/12 12:32am Joe McG:

Rory and KP. Argh! j-No: Blocker, BMOC!
  Sun. 7/8/12 12:33am Matt from Springfield:

Ska de Franco...that's a trip!

@KP: Yeech! Are you in the DC area right now? Another day of bath water at the pool.
  Sun. 7/8/12 12:33am Matt from Springfield:

Shankar? Shankar?
Avatar 🎃 Sun. 7/8/12 12:35am Joe McG:

Anybody ever seen "The Party"? Some people have mixed feelings about Peter Sellers' performance in that one.
  Sun. 7/8/12 12:35am Matt from Springfield:

BWHOA!! America's own classic composer Mancini! He must've got together with some hippy dudes to do this soundtrack!

"The Party": with Peter Sellers as an Indian guest at a high society party. I remember seeing that on TV.
  Sun. 7/8/12 12:36am KP:

Im in Alexandria.
  Sun. 7/8/12 12:36am Matt from Springfield:

@Joe: Wasn't typically great Sellers, but I suppose it works as a period comedy piece, focusing on the archetypes of the counterculture era.
  Sun. 7/8/12 12:37am KP:

I had so many diet cokes at game I will never sleep again.
  Sun. 7/8/12 12:37am Matt from Springfield:

@KP Are you regularly down this way?
  Sun. 7/8/12 12:38am Chop Scott:

JOE! Hooray!! Just started to rain a bit in Brooklyn, and I feel a breeze...Cheers!
Avatar 🎃 Sun. 7/8/12 12:39am Joe McG:

Cheers, Chop Scott! You are my banh mi hero!
  Sun. 7/8/12 12:40am Matt from Springfield:

PUN ALERT Joe!! :)
Avatar 🎃 Sun. 7/8/12 12:40am Joe McG:

Matt, you're a sharp one!
  Sun. 7/8/12 12:40am KP:

Yes. In laws in Alexandria. Mother in law in woodbridge. The game was fun actually. We were in shade.
  Sun. 7/8/12 12:43am Matt from Springfield:

@Joe: My ethnic food radar is on: I finally tried Ethiopian cuisine a few weeks ago. There's actually a small "Little Ethiopia" in Annandale! And just tonight, I checked out an Ethiopian restaurant in downtown Springfield: it checks out as good! And much closer to me! They've always been concentrated on U Street, way in the middle of DC, so glad some are starting to move out my way.
  Sun. 7/8/12 12:45am j-No:

Peter Sellers best work, aside from Dr. Strangelove (which Dan Blocker was asked to be in) was on The Goon Show.
  Sun. 7/8/12 12:46am Matt from Springfield:

I'd love to check out the orig Goon Show, it sounds so great!
  Sun. 7/8/12 12:49am Matt from Springfield:

*gently sways body to new release 2012 electro-chill selections*
Avatar 🎃 Sun. 7/8/12 12:50am Joe McG:

@Matt: Love Ethiopian food! Wish I had some injera bread under my fingers right now!
  Sun. 7/8/12 12:53am Matt from Springfield:

Next time, I'll teleport my leftover injera to you!
(oh right, we haven't perfected the WFMU-Playlist-Foodshare device yet...)
  Sun. 7/8/12 12:54am j-No:

I always take along the plastic utensils from Chinese takeout, that I never use otherwise, when I go to an Ethiopian restaurant. The feel of some of the food reminds me too much of old timey Halloween haunted house tricks where they stuck your hand in a bowl of goop and said it was your dog's brains that they just killed.
Avatar 🎃 Sun. 7/8/12 12:57am Joe McG:

Dog brains!
  Sun. 7/8/12 12:58am j-No:

I can't enjoy the Flaming Lips now without seeing Erykah and her little sister getting covered in white ... stuff. dog brains?
Avatar 🎃 Sun. 7/8/12 12:59am Joe McG:

I've never played the Flaming Lips before.
  Sun. 7/8/12 1:00am Matt from Springfield:

I became jealous when I found out about the Pitchfork Festival in Chicago, which begins next week and has Hot Chip, Araabmuzik and a slew of other electro bands I would love to see; thank you Joe for bringing a bit of that to us.
  Sun. 7/8/12 1:00am Matt from Springfield:

From Ewan MacColl, to Roberta Flack, to Flaming Lips/Erykah Badu, this one just keeps getting better.
  Sun. 7/8/12 1:02am Julie:

  Sun. 7/8/12 1:03am slugluv1313:

YES!!!!!!!!! really loving it too! (Flaming Lips/Erykah Badu)
  Sun. 7/8/12 1:03am Julie:

I don't usually like her or them but this combination is magical
Avatar 🎃 Sun. 7/8/12 1:05am Joe McG:

@Matt: My plaisir! @Julie/slugluv: Glad you like this! I feel like this should have been the show's grand climax. Oh, well, climaxing too early again!
  Sun. 7/8/12 1:06am Matt from Springfield:

Hi Julie!
This is wonderfully magical--I don't want it to end!
  Sun. 7/8/12 1:07am j-No:

here's the video, for those who haven't seen the amazing thing: http://www.guavaleaf.com/video/24461/Flaming-Lips--Erykah-Badu--First-Time-Ever-I-Saw-Your-Face
  Sun. 7/8/12 1:11am KP:

In this town house, the only cool thing is Surface Noise. I'm melting.
  Sun. 7/8/12 1:13am Matt from Springfield:

Writer of "I Will Always Love You", of course.
  Sun. 7/8/12 1:14am Borscht Belt misfire:

"Shy? You're positively nuts!"
  Sun. 7/8/12 1:14am j-No:

Ringo Starr is 72 today, He held a peace & love moment at noon today, where people all over the world flashed the (V) peace sign. Last active remaining original flower child.
  Sun. 7/8/12 1:14am Borscht Belt misfire:

"Fetish? That's what my wife calls dinner!"
"What? Too soon?"
  Sun. 7/8/12 1:16am Matt from Springfield:

Da da da DAH! Tequila andvodkaandguzzlingpills!
  Sun. 7/8/12 1:17am Matt from Springfield:

@j-No: Lovely!

Although, Donovan never really left, and Dave Davies has actually become more "hippy-dippy" over the years.
Avatar 🎃 Sun. 7/8/12 1:17am Joe McG:

Pill guzzling!
  Sun. 7/8/12 1:19am Borscht Belt misfire:

"My sister's so fat, she guzzles pills...even though she KNOWS they're placebos!"
  Sun. 7/8/12 1:20am j-No:

Yeah, back in the day, Dave was not really into it, and then Donovan spent a couple decades trying to get away from it, so I kind of discounted them. Ringo has never given up on P&L, man.
  Sun. 7/8/12 1:21am Julie:

Dave & Donovan. I have nothing to contribute, just a happy smile
  Sun. 7/8/12 1:21am Matt from Springfield:

@Joe: The National Examiner is the even more whacky pub of the Enquirer family. I've noticed that in recent years, Star has switched to nice laminated paper, and tries to sell themselves up, to People or US Magazine territory. While the Globe seems to be selling themselves down towards the Examiner's level.
Avatar 🎃 Sun. 7/8/12 1:23am Joe McG:

Does the Weekly World News still exist? That was my favorite.
  Sun. 7/8/12 1:23am Matt from Springfield:

@j-No: I like Ringo's comment in the Beatles Anthology about premiering "All You Need Is Love" live during the Our World satellite broadcast. About how that was peace and love, as simple as it gets, and he was proud to be a part of that moment in '67.
  Sun. 7/8/12 1:25am Matt from Springfield:

@Joe: The WWN had the spirit of the Onion, but a surrealistic veneer of the Examiner and cheaper B&W periodicals like. Sadly they stopped publishing print copies of that, but it lives on through the Web.
  Sun. 7/8/12 1:26am Matt from Springfield:

Btw, great stuff Joe! "The Lope Song" is a good candidate for bed music, methinks!
  Sun. 7/8/12 1:27am Chop Scott:

A WWN fave feature was "My America" by Ed Anger.
Avatar 🎃 Sun. 7/8/12 1:30am Joe McG:

Ed Anger!
  Sun. 7/8/12 1:32am slugluv1313:

i agree with Julie -- MAGICAL! (and i am not a huge fan of either myself) and WOW thanks for the link to the video -- apparently quite *controversial*
  Sun. 7/8/12 1:36am Matt from Springfield:

Single File is certainly the most distinctive part of the show, your own little unique thing!

Amanda Nazario sings along, Mary Wing plays records backwards, Irwin plays, uh, his newest "stars", and Joe McG plays the little records with the big holes!
  Sun. 7/8/12 1:36am Matt from Springfield:

"The Lorelei", what a name for a soul band. This is a catchy number though!
Avatar 🎃 Sun. 7/8/12 1:39am Joe McG:

Matt, I think you've pegged all of us. (Ouch!)
  Sun. 7/8/12 1:41am Matt from Springfield:

I liked that you co-hosted a marathon show this year with Meghan, because as I pointed out: theme-without-format, meets format-without-theme! A perfect Yin and Yang pairing!
Avatar 🎃 Sun. 7/8/12 1:42am Joe McG:

Meghan is great. She supplies all of the excitement that I lack as I lazily cue the next 45...
Avatar 🎃 Sun. 7/8/12 1:45am Joe McG:

Idea: Meghan and me in an on-air throwdown. Wonder if she'd drop in on a Saturday night?
  Sun. 7/8/12 1:46am 12539:

The gauntlet is flung!
  Sun. 7/8/12 1:46am Matt from Springfield:

Actually a kind of cool one from Hugo Montenegro, I thought he just did instrumental covers of pop and theme songs.

@Joe: You know that I at least always go for WFMU DJ cooperation and/or competition!
Avatar 🎃 Sun. 7/8/12 1:49am Joe McG:

Gauntlet flinging!
  Sun. 7/8/12 1:53am Matt from Springfield:

Woohoo! Chuck Berry twilight cookout!
Avatar 🎃 Sun. 7/8/12 1:57am Joe McG:

The next record is dedicated to all the sad song lovers disappointed by the happy puppy story.
  Sun. 7/8/12 2:02am Matt from Springfield:

(sniff) Always need a 'jerker to end SF with...
  Sun. 7/8/12 2:06am lair berry:

Joe Joe Joe!
  Sun. 7/8/12 2:07am Matt from Springfield:

Good Lord, tonight is the "O" magazine reading all over again! :D
  Sun. 7/8/12 2:09am Julie:

I wonder whatever became of batboy
  Sun. 7/8/12 2:11am Julie:

Charlene Tilton is not a Joe fan. Rachael Ray, however, is.
  Sun. 7/8/12 2:11am Matt from Springfield:

Wow, Syd Potter, belonging to no existing genre...
  Sun. 7/8/12 2:14am Matt from Springfield:

Batboy? DC comics has reset their continuity several times, I think Batboy was purged/spring cleaned out a while ago.
Avatar 🎃 Sun. 7/8/12 2:14am Joe McG:

Hey, Lair Berry Berr!
  Sun. 7/8/12 2:15am Julie:

batboy from the weekly world news
  Sun. 7/8/12 2:15am Matt from Springfield:

Woooooo! YLT, sounding like a certain Canadian rocker right here!!
  Sun. 7/8/12 2:17am Julie:

He doesn't sound THAT much like Beiber there
  Sun. 7/8/12 2:18am 12539:

Funny you should ask, Julie. "During the Gulf War, he deployed with the Special Forces. He later earned a special commendation from George W. Bush for his use of sonar, which led troops to the spider hole housing Saddam Hussein."
  Sun. 7/8/12 2:19am Matt from Springfield:

Aaaaah Julie, I thought people were finally forgetting about him :)
  Sun. 7/8/12 2:21am Matt from Springfield:


" “Bat Boy represents all that is crass and despicable in American culture.” —Al Gore

“Someday I will make Bat Boy my prison wife.” —Chuck Norris

"You’re a tramp, Bat Boy. I don’t care what you say. You a tramp. Bat Boy, you just a tramp.” —Otis Redding

“More than Jay Gatsby, more than Huckleberry Finn, more than even Diane Sawyer, Bat Boy stands alone as this country's emblem of our resplendent yet ineluctable American dream.” —Mike Nichols
  Sun. 7/8/12 2:28am Matt from Springfield:

Dreeeeeamy cover! Loving Rainy Day!
  Sun. 7/8/12 2:32am Julie:

Great cover indeed
  Sun. 7/8/12 2:34am Matt from Springfield:

Wow, nice country-like a capella version here, now I find that Prelude is actually English folk! And that their version reached #21 in Britain.
Avatar 🎃 Sun. 7/8/12 2:35am Joe McG:

Wasn't Jay Gatsby the most wasted boy alive?
  Sun. 7/8/12 2:36am Matt from Springfield:

Hey Julie, I know you've played Judie Tzuke a few times before, but I particularly liked the one you played this week, even if it was her "hit".

That song has great production too, a soft tinge like on Arista records in the late 70s.
Avatar 🎃 Sun. 7/8/12 2:39am Joe McG:

Judie Tzuke is like the Katy Perry of the 70s! Too bad she was never in 3D.
  Sun. 7/8/12 2:44am Matt from Springfield:

Whoa, Meters cover of "Birds"!
Admittedly, the music sounds more upbeat, making this version less of a 'jerker than the original is.
  Sun. 7/8/12 2:47am j-No:

Hugo Montenegro played an ARP 2500 synthesizer, before most musicians knew what a synthesizer was.
Avatar 🎃 Sun. 7/8/12 2:51am Joe McG:

Anybody go to that Buchla concert in town last night? @Matt: This is SORT OF a living tribute!
  Sun. 7/8/12 2:55am Matt from Springfield:

@Joe: A Living COMPOSER tribute! You get credit for the last set Joe! ;)
  Sun. 7/8/12 2:55am 12539:

I told myself I'd get to sleep at a reasonable hour, but no.

Thanks Joe!
  Sun. 7/8/12 2:56am Julie:

Judie is like Katy? That's a horrible thing to say
  Sun. 7/8/12 2:57am Matt from Springfield:

Excellent choices tonight Joe!
Goodnight everyone!
Avatar 🎃 Sun. 7/8/12 2:58am Joe McG:

Goodnight, all!
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