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Options January 20, 2013: I Watch You Like a Television

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Artist Track Album Label Year Format Comments New Approx. start time
Ken Nordine  What Time Is It?   Options The Best of Word Jazz Vol. 1  Rhino/Word Beat  1990  CD  From 1957    0:00:00 (Pop‑up)
Dusko Goykovich  Bosna Calling   Options Fetén: Rare Jazz Recordings from Spain 1961-1974  VampiSoul  2012  CD  From 1971  *   0:06:29 (Pop‑up)
Juma Sultan's Aboriginal Music Society  Darn My Socks   Options Whispers from the Archive  Porter  2012  CD    *   0:11:49 (Pop‑up)
Dizzy Gillespie and His Orchestra  52nd Street Theme   Options Dizzy Gillespie: RCA Vintage Series  RCA Victor  1966  LP  From 1946    0:20:42 (Pop‑up)
The Cats and the Fiddle  We Cats Will Swing for You   Options I Miss You So  RCA  1976  LP  From 1939    0:23:53 (Pop‑up)
Diana Ross  The Same Love That Made Me Laugh   Options Baby It's Me  Motown  1977  LP      0:33:10 (Pop‑up)
Gyedu-Blay Ambolley  Toffie   Options Simigwa  Voodoo Funk / Academy  2012  CD  From 1975  *   0:37:10 (Pop‑up)
Asha Puthli  You've Got to Tell Her   Options She Loves to Hear the Music  CBS  1975  LP      0:43:24 (Pop‑up)
Fontella Bass  Free   Options To Be Free  Fuel 2000  2000  CD  From 1972    0:47:45 (Pop‑up)
Candy McKenzie  Sky at Night   Options Lee "Scratch" Perry Presents Candy McKenzie  Trojan / Sanctuary  2012  CD  From 1977  *   0:51:38 (Pop‑up)
Camera Obscura  Suspended from Class   Options Underachievers Please Try Harder  Merge  2003  CD      0:56:11 (Pop‑up)
Slumber Party  Everyone Else I Know   Options Psychedelicate  Kill Rock Stars  2001  CD      0:59:56 (Pop‑up)
Yo La Tengo  I'll Be Around   Options Fade  Matador  2013  CD    *   1:03:51 (Pop‑up)
Dando Shaft  Rain   Options An Evening with Dando Shaft  RPM  2002  CD  From 1970    1:08:05 (Pop‑up)
Tony, Caro, & John  Sally Free and Easy   Options Blue Clouds  Drag City/Galactic Zoo/Gaarden  2012  LP  From 1977  *   1:13:10 (Pop‑up)
Ergo Phizmiz  Lafcadio   Options Eleven Songs  Care in the Community  2013  CD    *   1:17:32 (Pop‑up)
Sandra Gee  I Can't Get Him Out of My Mind   Options Action! The Songs of Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart  Ace  2012  CD  From 1965  *   1:22:46 (Pop‑up)
  Single File: a bunch of 45s in a row...
Utopia  I Just Want to Touch You   Options   Bearsville  1980  45      1:29:41 (Pop‑up)
The Castaways  Sam   Options   Soma  1965  45      1:31:48 (Pop‑up)
Clout  Substitute   Options   Carrere  1978  45      1:34:07 (Pop‑up)
Jimmy Newman  Carry On   Options   Dot  1958  45      1:37:22 (Pop‑up)
Hamilton Bohannon  Dance Your Ass Off   Options   Dakar  1976  45      1:39:36 (Pop‑up)
Smokey Robinson & the Miracles  I Don't Blame You at All   Options   Tamla  1971  45      1:43:24 (Pop‑up)
Chairmen of the Board  Chairman of the Board   Options   Invictus  1971  45      1:46:37 (Pop‑up)
Ann Peebles  Breaking Up Somebody's Home   Options   Hi  1971  45      1:49:25 (Pop‑up)
Blondie  Susie and Jeffrey   Options   Chysalis  1980  45      1:51:54 (Pop‑up)
Pharoah Overlord  Suntio   Options Black Tar Prophecies Vol. 5  Kemado  2012  LP    *   2:07:01 (Pop‑up)
Agitation Free  First Communication   Options 2nd  HID  2012  LP  From 1973  *   2:17:41 (Pop‑up)
Joshua Abrams  A Lucky Stone   Options Natural Information  Eremite  2010  LP      2:25:49 (Pop‑up)
Expe  Formura   Options Emeralda  Wonderyou  2012  CD    *   2:34:18 (Pop‑up)
Aiko Shimada  Mezame (Morning Part 1)   Options Blue Marble  Tzadik  2001  CD      2:45:17 (Pop‑up)
The Flamingos  I Really Don't Want to Know   Options Flamingos: Chess Rock 'n' Rhythm Series  Chess  1976  LP  From 1955    2:49:36 (Pop‑up)
Jesse Belvin  Goodnight My Love (Pleasant Dreams)   Options   Modern  1956  45      2:52:30 (Pop‑up)

Listener comments!

  Sun. 1/20/13 12:09am sweet cheri:

greetings & g'morning joe, tell me what do you like about 2013 so far?
  Sun. 1/20/13 12:10am Holly in NC:

Hi Joe, glad you're back! Am listening via phone so can't sign in & play w the nifty friend stuff, bummer. But can listen w great enjoyment ;-)
  Sun. 1/20/13 12:12am sweet cheri:

cause the reason i asked is cause i'm really happy! can't ask for anything more!!
  Sun. 1/20/13 12:13am sweet cheri:

hi there holly,
Avatar 🎃 Sun. 1/20/13 12:15am Joe McGasko:

Hey, all! Nice to be back.
Avatar 🎃 Sun. 1/20/13 12:16am Joe McG:

Ugh, it put my whole name in. That's better.
Avatar Sun. 1/20/13 12:17am Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

I'll edit! (OK?)
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sun. 1/20/13 12:17am G:

That's what I said when I felt a hole in the toe. "Darn my socks."
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sun. 1/20/13 12:18am G:

64 whole K of RAM, K.? HOLY. CRAP.
Avatar Sun. 1/20/13 12:18am Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

You couldn't actually access all 64K of RAM at once.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sun. 1/20/13 12:19am G:

awwwwwwwwww :)
Avatar 🎃 Sun. 1/20/13 12:19am Joe McG:

Thanks, Kenzo!
  Sun. 1/20/13 12:21am sweet cheri:

joe ,please give us a sample of what you'll be playing during the "single file" segment..
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sun. 1/20/13 12:22am G:

I feel cleaner and brighter already. And funkier. That, too. Funkier.
Avatar 🎃 Sun. 1/20/13 12:23am Joe McG:

@G: Ha ha! I forgot that I wrote that. Welcome to my Friendship Hoo-Hah!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sun. 1/20/13 12:26am G:

Yeah, I gots ta research me up a set o' them avatar whozits. I don't think I can stare at the same one all the time...
Avatar 🎃 Sun. 1/20/13 12:27am KP:

Hi, Joe.
  Sun. 1/20/13 12:36am sweet cheri:

well g'night all,, joe i'm going to listen to the rest of the show,,see you soon! it's great to have you back.
Avatar 🎃 Sun. 1/20/13 12:37am Joe McG:

@G: I look forward to your little picture. Hey, KP! Nice picture!
  Sun. 1/20/13 12:38am sweet cheri:

hi & g'night kp sorry i can't stay,
Avatar 🎃 Sun. 1/20/13 12:38am KP:

  Sun. 1/20/13 12:40am Destroit:

Nice to have you back Joe. Hello everyone.
  Sun. 1/20/13 12:41am Holly in NC:

Joe, as I believe I'vd mentioned before, you are the only person EVER who plays Diana Ross songs tnat I actually like.
Avatar 🎃 Sun. 1/20/13 12:43am Joe McG:

Hey, Destroit! @Holly: Thanks! It's hard to screw up Bill Withers songs, but Diana does a really great version of that one.
  Sun. 1/20/13 12:48am sweet cheri:

i just have to say this, joe great tunes this morning! kp you look like a knockout!!
  Sun. 1/20/13 12:50am sweet cheri:

well i really got to head out now,, night all!
  Sun. 1/20/13 12:57am Holly in NC:

Curious... I just went & signed in on computer, but am now back in bed typing on phone...do I show as connected to the wfmu family or not?
Avatar Sun. 1/20/13 12:58am listener mark:

Hello Joe
Hi everybody
Avatar 🎃 Sun. 1/20/13 12:58am Joe McG:

@Holly: I see you, but I don't see the little picture yet...did you pick one?
Avatar 🎃 Sun. 1/20/13 12:59am Joe McG:

Hey, Listener Mark!
  Sun. 1/20/13 1:02am Holly in NC:

Yes, I have a wee picture & twitter & links & favorites & friends & lions & tigers &... but I guess only works on computer, not mobile app
Avatar 🎃 Sun. 1/20/13 1:03am KP:

Great song, Camera Obscura. sums it all up.
Avatar 🎃 Sun. 1/20/13 1:03am Joe McG:

Ha ha! Lions and tigers much more important to have anyway.
Avatar 🎃 Sun. 1/20/13 1:04am KP:

Lions and tigers and ... hmm, i forget.
Avatar 🎃 Sun. 1/20/13 1:11am Joe McG:

Avatar Swag For Life Member Sun. 1/20/13 1:11am G:

As kids in the 60s going home from school we chanted, "Lions and tigers and bears, oh shit!"
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sun. 1/20/13 1:12am G:

I'll get you yet, my pretty.
Avatar 🎃 Sun. 1/20/13 1:13am KP:

Oh ...
Avatar 🎃 Sun. 1/20/13 1:14am KP:

my, this Dando Shaft is very damn good.
Avatar 🎃 Sun. 1/20/13 1:14am Joe McG:

Even as a kid it made me mad that the "good" fairy put those shoes on her.
Avatar 🎃 Sun. 1/20/13 1:17am KP:

Never thought of that way. The Good Fairy was an enabler.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sun. 1/20/13 1:17am G:

Good Fairies are known manipulators :)
Avatar 🎃 Sun. 1/20/13 1:18am Joe McG:

She used Dorothy as a tool to off her nasty sister. I think it's a pretty mean trick. What, the Good Fairy was too busy to do her own dirty work?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sun. 1/20/13 1:19am G:

And your little dog, too!
Avatar 🎃 Sun. 1/20/13 1:19am KP:

Think i will follow above lede and get more comfortable. Peeps are coming soon.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sun. 1/20/13 1:19am Matt from Springfield:

Great folk, you folks!

Hey Joe! Love your avatar! And everyone else! Who's your avatar, KP? :)
Avatar 🎃 Sun. 1/20/13 1:20am Joe McG:

Hey, Matt! Do you recognize him?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sun. 1/20/13 1:22am Matt from Springfield:

Someone with a tuning harmonica? It's kind of small.
I DO recognize Harold & Maude (and Ms. MILLIE!!) on your page!
  Sun. 1/20/13 1:22am Holly in NC:

Everyone should read the whole Oz series - well, the Baum originals. Brilliant. Ozma in Oz, the 3rd, is my favorite, most days. The Melvins', too ;-)
  Sun. 1/20/13 1:22am KP:

Me and it's a very recent shot.
Avatar 🎃 Sun. 1/20/13 1:24am Joe McG:

@Matt: It's Ned Sparks. If you get a chance, catch him in some old movie clips. In my head, that's how I speak.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sun. 1/20/13 1:25am Matt from Springfield:

Ah, didn't recognize this guy, but now I want to see some of his older movies. Canadian, to boot!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sun. 1/20/13 1:26am Nardo:

I joined the society. I'm somebody now! Millions of people look at this site everyday! This is the kind of spontaneous publicity - your name on a social media site - that makes people. I'm on the internet! Things are going to start happening to me now.
Avatar 🎃 Sun. 1/20/13 1:27am Joe McG:

Congratulations, Nardo, you are now an official Person (TM).
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sun. 1/20/13 1:28am Matt from Springfield:

Welcome to the Society, Nardo Wuar!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sun. 1/20/13 1:30am G:

Things *are* starting to happen to you now.

You're being teased. :)
  Sun. 1/20/13 1:30am KP:

I just dropped out.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sun. 1/20/13 1:31am G:

Deviant :)
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sun. 1/20/13 1:32am Matt from Springfield:

@G: I noticed your "pseudonymous" comments made while signed in the past couple weeks (and my own! and Parq's, it turns out). Make sure you leave a separate, unsigned browser open for using fake handles! ;)
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sun. 1/20/13 1:34am G:

I didn't know how posting was going to work till after they activated it post-beta. :-) Fear not, I learn fast. I scoped out how things work on the morning of day one. :)
Avatar 🎃 Sun. 1/20/13 1:34am KP:

I just dropped in to see what condition my condition was in
Avatar 🎃 Sun. 1/20/13 1:36am Joe McG:

Avatar fun!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sun. 1/20/13 1:36am Matt from Springfield:

I myself am glad it just went back retro-actively to the start of Beta testing, and not ever since I signed this email address to my handle! :0 ;)
Avatar 🎃 Sun. 1/20/13 1:44am Joe McG:

My favorite part of this is the fact that there's happy little stars all over everything.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sun. 1/20/13 1:46am G:

Look out, I see spots!
The lines on the road just look like dots!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sun. 1/20/13 1:46am Matt from Springfield:

Like The Manhattans, you can tell the world what your Shining Stars are.
  Sun. 1/20/13 1:47am Mark_M:

I did not hear the entire remark, Joe, sorry. (moving from car to home...) But you remarked about the Utopia song doing a tribute (you didn't use that word, but the sentiment was along those lines) to the Beatles. Check out the album 'Nazz Nazz' (or listen to it again, specifically for this aspect) where one can find Mr. Runtgren paying homage to several artists of the day (Electric Flag, Beatles, etc.) One of my all-time favorite albums...
Good stuff tonight. As always. Thanks

Avatar 🎃 Sun. 1/20/13 1:48am Joe McG:

@Matt: I haven't figured out the favorites part of this yet, but that's okay. It took me about a year to figure out how to use Facebook.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sun. 1/20/13 1:50am G:

CotB: Haven't heard this in 40 years. CKLW
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sun. 1/20/13 1:51am Matt from Springfield:

So THAT'S why they're the Chairmen of the Board! Chairman of their baby's board! Makes sense..
Avatar 🎃 Sun. 1/20/13 1:52am Joe McG:

@MarK: Yes, Todd made a habit of paying tribute to people he liked. As I recall, he also did a note-for-note recreation of "Good Vibrations" at some point.
Avatar 🎃 Sun. 1/20/13 1:53am KP:

Matt, I didn't see your tiny smiley face on my iPhone but one day recently I got my hair cut and had a passport pic taken and sent it in. According to mrs. KP I did it in wrong order.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sun. 1/20/13 1:58am Matt from Springfield:

@KP: It's like my informal rule, of getting your hair cut 1-2 weeks before something important - definitely not the day before!

Or, did Mrs. KP just prefer the long shaggy look on you? :)
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sun. 1/20/13 1:58am G:

wiki: "When Holland/Dozier/Holland left Motown in 1967 to establish their own Invictus/Hot Wax group of record labels, they teamed [their main performing talent together] as the new company's flagship act, under the appropriate name "Chairmen of the Board"."
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sun. 1/20/13 2:00am Matt from Springfield:

@G: Cool. They also had Freda Payne under Invictus, I remember.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sun. 1/20/13 2:02am Matt from Springfield:

Nervous Norvus' "Transfusion" sounds like some industrial noise -- "Leader of the Pack" and "Dead Man's Curve" use the same "screeching" effect. Probably the same FX record, and both were from '64.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sun. 1/20/13 2:03am Matt from Springfield:

@Joe: I thought the prob w/ "Dance Your Ass Off" was a live recording. Sounded like one, so I thought maybe there were problems when recorded.
Avatar 🎃 Sun. 1/20/13 2:10am Joe McG:

@Matt: Maybe you're right! I did hear crowd noise, although I thought that was the usual "we're having a party in the studio" vibe. I have to look that one up. I think you're TOTALLY right about the car effect. It was on "Transfusion" and a million others, too.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sun. 1/20/13 2:15am Matt from Springfield:

The 50s "Teen-Age" (WITH hyphen, mind you!) introduced car crash melodrama into pop music, and since Norvus may have been the first, everyone else used that more primitive effect until a better sample was produced for the 60s-70s.
Avatar 🎃 Sun. 1/20/13 2:17am Joe McG:

Except Blondie, who used the exact same sample! Maybe they did it on purpose. Their tribute to Nervous Norvus!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sun. 1/20/13 2:18am Matt from Springfield:

@Joe: Do you remember the "stereo novelty" records from the early days of stereo in the 50s? Like a ping pong ball bouncing from one channel to another? Apparently the train at the end of "Caroline No" was taken from one of those records, which featured recordings of trains. It was compressed to mono for the song; and even the stereo remix of the song decades later! But I would agree with that artistically - the point is to have a railroad crossing and dogs barking. Don't think too much into it.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sun. 1/20/13 2:20am Matt from Springfield:

I didn't hear the effect too well, hafta listen again for it! :) But Nervous Norvus inspired lasting tributes...Dr. Demento took that name after someone called him "demented" for playing "Transfusion" on his first ever radio show! :D
Avatar 🎃 Sun. 1/20/13 2:21am Joe McG:

@Matt: Those barking dogs are real, though, aren't they?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sun. 1/20/13 2:27am Matt from Springfield:

Banana and Louie, Brian's dogs at the time! Blew a supersonic dog whistle to get them to bark.

Along with the end of Sgt. Pepper's, those experimental pop albums had really grating endings for dogs' ears!
Avatar 🎃 Sun. 1/20/13 2:28am Joe McG:

@Matt: Great trivia! Banana and Louie should be the name of a band.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sun. 1/20/13 2:29am Matt from Springfield:

Now, in terms of "real" vs. not sound fx, I am also at liberty to disclose that the "seagull" sounds at the start of "Tomorrow Never Knows" is a very sped up tape of Paul McC laughing. But even if you knew that already, there is NO limit to musical trivia and useless knowledge when you're a DJ! ;)
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sun. 1/20/13 2:31am Matt from Springfield:

But just as I feared, there is at least one, and perhaps more bands calling themselves "Banana and Louie"! But I too would like a "real" band who tours and plays gigs and releases albums, not just making a webpage! By that standard everything *is* a band already!
  Sun. 1/20/13 2:31am Josephteilhard:

avatars! wow...
Avatar Sun. 1/20/13 2:32am tomB:

but the seagulls from "Walking in the Sand Remember" were actually taped by Shadow Morton on the beach, n'est-ce pas?
Avatar 🎃 Sun. 1/20/13 2:33am Joe McG:

@TomB: Is that right? I believe he would!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sun. 1/20/13 2:34am Matt from Springfield:

@tomB: I would guess so. That was before the tape experiment craze, and the beach and seagulls sound pretty ambient on that song.
  Sun. 1/20/13 2:34am Josephteilhard:

and now?
Avatar Sun. 1/20/13 2:35am josephteilhard:

this works?
Avatar 🎃 Sun. 1/20/13 2:36am Joe McG:

You're all red now!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sun. 1/20/13 2:36am Matt from Springfield:

NOW you're good-to-go, Joseph!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sun. 1/20/13 2:38am Matt from Springfield:

Oooh! Very math-prog like, I'm diggin' this.
Avatar 🎃 Sun. 1/20/13 2:43am Joe McG:

This song is exactly 11 minutes and 11 seconds.
Avatar Sun. 1/20/13 2:43am Droll:

Ditto MfS.
Avatar 🎃 Sun. 1/20/13 2:44am Joe McG:

More importantly, it turns into disco.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sun. 1/20/13 2:45am Matt from Springfield:

@Joe: Spooooky!?!
@Droll: Glad you agree! And I'm pleased this is a brand new release, they're bringing the unusual rhythms and long spacey tracks back.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sun. 1/20/13 2:55am Matt from Springfield:

Go Flamingos!!
Avatar 🎃 Sun. 1/20/13 2:55am Joe McG:

Goodnight, all, thanks for listening!
Avatar Sun. 1/20/13 2:55am Droll:

Damn you for catching that miscue. That was going to be fun!
Avatar 🎃 Sun. 1/20/13 2:56am Joe McG:

Haha! Show's not quite over....
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sun. 1/20/13 2:56am Matt from Springfield:

Nice choice of good night doo-wop!

Thanks Joe! Have a pleasant [and/or valley] Sunday, everyone!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sun. 1/20/13 2:57am Matt from Springfield:

It goes without saying...and pleasant DREAMS, too!
Avatar Sun. 1/20/13 2:58am Droll:

Yeah! Big endiiiiiinnnnnnnnnngggg
Avatar Sun. 1/20/13 8:39am Holly in NC:

I just want to be red
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