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Options January 4, 2016: This Will Be

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Artist Track Album Label Year Format Comments Approx. start time
Bert Jansch  Kittiwake   Options Avocet  Earth  2015  CD  From 1979  0:00:00 ()
Tashi Dorji  Death Flowers   Options Appa  Bathetic  2015  CD    0:04:43 ()
Dan Melchior  For Leth   Options single  Vin Du Select Qualitite  2015  45    0:06:31 ()
Anthony Pasquarosa  The Breath of Dawn   Options Morning Meditations  Vin Du Select Qualitite  2015  LP    0:08:21 ()
Dylan Golden Aycock  Marked Tree   Options Rise & Shine  Scissor Tail Editions  2013  LP  played at 45, I hope the artist won't mind  0:12:19 ()
Morningsong  Look at Me   Options Listen to the Sunrise  Morning Song  1974  LP    0:16:56 ()
Dirty Three  Sirena   Options Ocean Songs  Touch and Go  1998  CD  Warren Ellis on Morricone Island tomorrow!  0:20:51 ()
Yo La Tengo  From Black to Blue   Options And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out  Matador  2000  CD    0:24:52 ()
Tim Buckley  I Must Have Been Blind   Options Blue Afternoon  Straight  1989  CD  From 1970  0:29:37 ()
Elvis Costello and the Attractions  Almost Blue   Options Imperial Bedroom  Columbia  1982  LP    0:33:17 ()
Judy Henske  Sing a Rainbow   Options The Death-Defying Judy Henske  Reprise  1966  LP  courtesy Matt M.  0:36:03 ()
Johnny Lytle  Unhappy Happy Soul   Options The Village Caller!  Riverside  1964  LP    0:38:25 ()
Brenda Earle Stokes  Got the Time   Options Right About Now  Brenda Earle Stokes  2014  CD  For Kurt G. and the world  0:45:11 ()
Natalie Cole  Ask a Woman Who Knows   Options Ask a Woman Who Knows  Verve  2002  CD  R.I.P.  0:49:30 ()
Ethel Waters  Am I Blue?   Options Am I Blue?  ASV Living Era  1999  CD  From 1929  0:53:45 ()
Sam Gopal  Grass   Options Escalator  Get Back  1999  LP  From 1968; R.I.P. Ian Willis  1:06:35 ()
The Velvet Underground  There Is No Reason   Options Peel Slowly and See  Polydor  1995  CD  demo  1:09:56 ()
The Velvet Underground  I Found a Reason   Options Loaded  Rhino/Atlantic  1997  CD  demo version  1:12:06 ()
The Velvet Underground  Lisa Says   Options The Complete Matrix Tapes  Universal  2015  CD  this one was on "1969" but presumably this sounds all remastered and stuff  1:15:21 ()
The Vulgar Boatmen  Margaret Says   Options You and Your Sister  Record Collect  1989  LP    1:21:19 ()
Glenn Mercer  Over the Rainbow   Options Incidental Hum  Bar None  2015  CD    1:25:54 ()
Single File: a bunch of 45s played in a row just like at home
The Crusaders  Pass the Plate   Options single  Chisa  1971  45    1:32:53 ()
The Bodysnatchers  Easy Life   Options single  2 Tone  1980  45    1:35:22 ()
Ballin' Jack  (Come 'Round Here) I'm the One You Need   Options single  Columbia  1972  45    1:38:35 ()
Cast of Thousands  Carter's Grove   Options single  Amy  1968  45    1:41:26 ()
Sunfighter  Drag Race Queen   Options single  EMI  1976  45    1:43:46 ()
Snakefinger  The Model   Options single  Ralph  1980  45    1:47:34 ()
Lucille Starr  Sock It to Satan   Options single  Dot  1970  45    1:51:20 ()
Chuito El De Bayamon con El Trio Los Cialeños  Regreso de la Vieja Voldora   Options single  Ansonia  ca. 1960  45    1:53:33 ()
Dion  The Heart of Saturday Night   Options single  LIfesong  1978  45    1:56:23 ()
The Caslons  Anniversary of Love   Options single  Seeco  1961  45    1:59:48 ()
Natalie Cole  This Will Be   Options single  Capitol  1975  45    2:13:11 ()
Natalie Cole  Needing You   Options Inseparable  Capitol  1975  LP    2:15:38 ()
Natalie Cole  I'm Catching Hell (Living Here Alone)   Options Unpredictable  Capitol  1977  MP3    2:18:58 ()
Natalie Cole  You   Options Inseparable  Capitol  1975  LP    2:24:36 ()
Kool and the Gang  Whisper Softly   Options Open Sesame  De-Lite  1976  LP    2:27:58 ()
Latimore  Tonight's the Night   Options Dig a Little Deeper  Glades  1978  LP    2:33:51 ()
Wade Marcus  Spinning Wheel   Options Right On! Breakbeats and Grooves from the Atlantic and Warner Vaults 1967-1975  Warner Bros.  2001  CD  From 1971  2:40:03 ()
The Supremes  Come Together   Options New Ways But Love Stays  Motown  1970  LP    2:43:53 ()
Simtec & Wylie  Is It Meant to Be?   Options Gettin' Over the Hump  Mister Chand  1971  LP    2:47:58 ()
Fontella Bass  To Be Free   Options Free  Fuel 2000  2000  CD  From 1972  2:50:54 ()
Thelma Houston  If This Was the Last Song   Options Sunshower  ABC-Dunhill  1969  LP  Actually, it is  2:54:43 ()

Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 1/4/16 9:02am annie:

i never tire of the space creatures
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 1/4/16 9:02am Ken From Hyde Park:

Yippy New Year!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 1/4/16 9:03am annie:

good morning joe!...and listeners to follow
  Mon. 1/4/16 9:03am Neil....wild.....wildl.....NEIL:

Happy New Year Joe and Listeners! May it be peaceful and happy for you all!
Avatar Mon. 1/4/16 9:03am OTB:

Happy New Year, Mr. McGasko!
Avatar Mon. 1/4/16 9:08am Joe McG:

Happy new year to all of you, and thanks for joining me this first Monday of 2016.
Avatar Mon. 1/4/16 9:10am JakeGould:

Happy First Monday of the New Year! Now what’s Garfield saying about Mondays in 2016?
Avatar Mon. 1/4/16 9:11am Jay/London:

nice and chilled .. happy happy year of the new from London uk
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 1/4/16 9:12am Guido from Cologne:

Happy New Year Joe!
Avatar Mon. 1/4/16 9:14am Joe McG:

Thanks for tuning in, and happy new year!
  Mon. 1/4/16 9:16am V Priceless:

Hi Joe! Digging the sounds! Happy 'Everything With A 16 In It' to you!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 1/4/16 9:19am MD:

Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 1/4/16 9:20am MD:

Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 1/4/16 9:21am Jeezy:

This is the best Monday yet this year...
Avatar Mon. 1/4/16 9:21am PKNY:

Happy New Year, Joe and everybody! Gotta say that this set is fitting my mood today, going in on the clicky stars!
  Mon. 1/4/16 9:22am Brendan:

Diggin these three dirty sirens. Hey Joe.
Avatar Mon. 1/4/16 9:25am Joe McG:

I think you all have the right idea.
Avatar Mon. 1/4/16 9:29am pierre:

Avatar Mon. 1/4/16 9:34am Joe McG:

That's a swell way to say Happy New Year, pierre!
  Mon. 1/4/16 9:37am DaveinPA:

Captain Trips Noah and his Magik Acid Ark
Avatar Mon. 1/4/16 9:39am pierre:

but the best way is still to play music like you do !
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 1/4/16 9:40am melinda:

Great opening set! Will have to hear the rest on archive. Happy new year.
Avatar Mon. 1/4/16 9:41am Joe McG:

Aw, thanks, pierre! You're getting my new year off to a nice start!
Avatar Mon. 1/4/16 9:41am Parq:

Happy New Year, Joe. Looking forward to great things from Woof Moo this year.
Avatar Mon. 1/4/16 9:46am V Priceless:

this is a neat cover - love JJ - the man gets no respect, I swear.
Avatar Mon. 1/4/16 9:46am Cheri Pi:

Good Morning McGascoans!
Avatar Mon. 1/4/16 9:47am Cheri Pi:

Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 1/4/16 9:47am Andrew Waterloo:

Wow, this is one of those covers that makes you question which version is the cover.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 1/4/16 9:49am Andrew Waterloo:

ah, originally by Joe Jackson
Avatar Mon. 1/4/16 9:51am Parq:

Andrew, that Jackson cover was such a reworking that it took me most of the first verse to recognize it from the original. For a couple of bars there, all I could do was "Something from 1979. Elvis? XTC?, No, wait ... "
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 1/4/16 9:52am Andrew Waterloo:

I recognized it as the Anthrax song.
Avatar Mon. 1/4/16 9:55am Cecile:

IME, a cover done in such a fashion indicates the person either hates the song, or is completely clueless. YMMV
Avatar Mon. 1/4/16 9:57am Cecile:

Sorry to be grumpy. I had a full-fledged panic attack on the way to work.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 1/4/16 9:57am Ken From Hyde Park:

If you have two computers streaming, you can have Natalie Cole (RIP) singing with herself as a duet.
  Mon. 1/4/16 9:58am billy:

Joe -- ethel's tune is pretty good, but if you really want to cry, try I AM BLUE by Grover from Sesame Street. It'll rip your heart.
  Mon. 1/4/16 9:59am KP:

Happy New Year, Joe!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 1/4/16 10:01am doctorjazz:

Hi all, enjoying the New Year Opener (better than the Jets New Year Opener :( )
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 1/4/16 10:01am annie:

hey cecile... i hope you carry rescue remedy with you..it's a life-saver!
Avatar Mon. 1/4/16 10:01am Parq:

The version of Am I Blue that always sticks in my mind is the rendering by Hoagy Carmichael and Lauren Bacall in "To Have and Have Not". Famously, someone dubbed Lauren's vocals. Unlikely legend has it, it was Andy Williams.
Avatar Mon. 1/4/16 10:02am Cecile:

Her first single is still her best. Pretty much perfection.
Here's Natalie completely thrilled by a great lip-synch to "This Will Be":
Avatar Mon. 1/4/16 10:02am Parq:

'Cile, my wife was given to those when we were younger. Scary stuff. Now that you're at work, I hope everyone leaves you alone until lunchtime.
Avatar Mon. 1/4/16 10:03am Cheri Pi:

Hang in there Cecile, those are the absolute worst. :( I hope you feel better ASAP
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 1/4/16 10:04am Stevel:

"Inspired to lucidity."
Avatar Mon. 1/4/16 10:05am Cecile:

thank you! I have some food. It helped.
Avatar Mon. 1/4/16 10:06am Cecile:

Avatar Mon. 1/4/16 10:06am Cheri Pi:

Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 1/4/16 10:11am Ear Hammer:

Avatar Mon. 1/4/16 10:12am Joe McG:

Thanks, billy, I'll look for it! @Ear Hammer: Happy New Year, Ear Hammer, you!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 1/4/16 10:18am doctorjazz:

This is really good sounding Velvets.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 1/4/16 10:20am MD:

The Shy Lou!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 1/4/16 10:20am doctorjazz:

Good remastering, sounds like to me.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 1/4/16 10:21am Greg from ZONE 5:

Happy New Year, Joe & all! Back to life. Back to reality…
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 1/4/16 10:21am Brian in UK:

Hey Joe. Happy NY. I gave Loaded a runout earlier this year.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 1/4/16 10:22am Brian in UK:

As I walk down lifes lonely highway, hand in hand with myself.
Avatar Mon. 1/4/16 10:22am Joe McG:

@Brian: That's my favorite line.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 1/4/16 10:24am Brian in UK:

Voix Bulgares, next?
Avatar Mon. 1/4/16 10:24am pierre:

Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 1/4/16 10:28am Brian in UK:

Have to say John Martyn's version is a belter.
  Mon. 1/4/16 10:29am Brendan:

Something tells me were not at a Toto concert
  Mon. 1/4/16 10:31am KP:

Santa left me the VU tapes. Good Santa!
Avatar Mon. 1/4/16 10:33am Joe McG:

@KP: Lucky! @Brian: Yes, raiding the Vs. Happy new year to everyone!
  Mon. 1/4/16 10:34am Brendan:

  Mon. 1/4/16 10:35am Brendan:

Avatar Mon. 1/4/16 10:37am Kurt Gottschalk:

Rhoda Dakar!!
Avatar Mon. 1/4/16 10:37am PKNY:

Never heard the studio version of "Easy Life" before, only know it from the "Dance Craze" soundtrack. Nice!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 1/4/16 10:37am Brian in UK:

Lilies of the Nile on Southern Comfort was a favourite track many moons ago.
Avatar Mon. 1/4/16 10:38am Kurt Gottschalk:

Rhoda put out an album of new recordings of Bodysnatchers songs a few months ago. I keep meaning to track a copy down.
Avatar Mon. 1/4/16 10:40am Joe McG:

@Kurt: Wow, really? The Bodysnatchers don't get their due, in my opinion.
Avatar Mon. 1/4/16 10:41am Kurt Gottschalk:

i agree but a bit moreso over there. their career was pretty short, tho, as rhoda joined up with the special aka after a couple years.
Avatar Mon. 1/4/16 10:42am Joe McG:

@Kurt: The rest became the Belle Stars, no?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 1/4/16 10:42am Uncle Michael:

Good morning.
Avatar Mon. 1/4/16 10:43am Kurt Gottschalk:

joe, jah
Avatar Mon. 1/4/16 10:45am Stashu:

Cha cha cha!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 1/4/16 10:45am Brian in UK:

@Kurt, we had a great time in Brno last August watching the MotoGP. Found a good little record shop in the middle of town. Bought Sonny Rollin's Way Out West.
Avatar Mon. 1/4/16 10:45am Joe McG:

Hi, Stashu! Hi, Uncle Michael! Happy new year to you.
Avatar Mon. 1/4/16 10:47am Kurt Gottschalk:

the queen-like harmonies on 'drag race queen' are kinda surprisey.
Avatar Mon. 1/4/16 10:47am Joe McG:

@Kurt: Good ears, my friend. Produced by Roy Thomas Baker!
Avatar Mon. 1/4/16 10:48am Cecile:

Avatar Mon. 1/4/16 10:48am Kurt Gottschalk:

brian, awesome. i was in brno for the first time at the very end of august but only for 24 hours and a chunk of that was occupied with a gig. i did catch a bit of a moravian folk music festival, tho. quite a nice town.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 1/4/16 10:48am Stevel:

Yay, Snakefinger!
Avatar Mon. 1/4/16 10:48am Cheri Pi:

Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 1/4/16 10:48am Grok-o-matic:

Woah, cool Kraftwerk cover. Saw Kraftwerk 3D a few months ago. So amazing.
  Mon. 1/4/16 10:49am wilbur twinhorse:

RIP Phillip Lithman.
Avatar Mon. 1/4/16 10:50am Stashu:

This is a funny version of this song which is already funny!
Avatar Mon. 1/4/16 10:50am Joe McG:

@Stashu: Ha ha!
Avatar Mon. 1/4/16 10:50am tidaleneigjen:

Does anyone else get broken styles on the front page if they go to the https version of the WFMU website? As in www.wfmu.org Just wondering if it's only me...
Avatar Mon. 1/4/16 10:50am Kurt Gottschalk:

stashu is best alwas
Avatar Mon. 1/4/16 10:51am Kurt Gottschalk:

Avatar Mon. 1/4/16 10:51am Kurt Gottschalk:

ask for it by name
Avatar Mon. 1/4/16 10:52am Todd-o-phonic:

Sounds like you've got a surface noise special here Joe...
Avatar Mon. 1/4/16 10:52am βrian:

"Seitan's call?" And it's not even lunch time.
Avatar Mon. 1/4/16 10:53am Joe McG:

@Todd: Ha! Yes, Satan got to that 45, the bastard.
Avatar Mon. 1/4/16 10:54am pzolla:

Seitan does call all the shots in Brooklyn
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 1/4/16 10:58am doctorjazz:

Cool cover!
Avatar Mon. 1/4/16 10:59am Parq:

*Another* nifty cover. I remember when there were six people who were familiar with Tom Waits, and five of them had heard of him only because he wrote "Ol' 55".
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 1/4/16 11:02am steve:

dam that was a nice lock groove
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 1/4/16 11:03am Brian in UK:

That was the 11:00 stopping train to WFMU.
Avatar Mon. 1/4/16 11:09am PKNY:

@Joe - Ballin' Jack are probably best known for "Found a Child", which is the basis for Young MC's "Bust a Move".
Avatar Mon. 1/4/16 11:10am Stashu:

Kurt G is better! Happy New Year! & Joe too!
  Mon. 1/4/16 11:12am KP:

Liam McEneaney
Avatar Mon. 1/4/16 11:13am Joe McG:

@PKNY: Wow, thanks, PKNY, I didn't know that!
Avatar Mon. 1/4/16 11:15am PKNY:

@Joe - no problem! And this track is fairly easy to find cheap on one of those Columbia loss leader records, I see this in dollar bins all the time --> www.discogs.com...
Avatar Mon. 1/4/16 11:16am Joe McG:

I've seen that one, I'll pick it up next time! Thanks for the tip.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 1/4/16 11:19am ChrisB.:

@PKNY: I had that one. Think it was $.99 new, so it really held its value.
  Mon. 1/4/16 11:19am Listener Alexandra:

Thank you for always finding the best a performer has from their back catalogues, Joe. These are amazing!
Avatar Mon. 1/4/16 11:21am Joe McG:

Happy New Year, Alex!
  Mon. 1/4/16 11:22am Listener Alexandra:

Right back 'atcha, Joe!
  Mon. 1/4/16 11:24am Brendan:

He's catchin' hell for leavin' the seat up . Someday she'll take him back though...
  Mon. 1/4/16 11:25am Santos L Halper:

This is a great track (Catching Hell). Haven't heard anything but her hits, thanks Joe. And Merry New Year!
  Mon. 1/4/16 11:26am Brendan:

Sounds like she took him back.
Avatar Mon. 1/4/16 11:26am Joe McG:

@Santos: Her first 3 or 4 on Capitol are worth seeking out, Santos. Happy new year! And the jazz ones can be nice, too, if that's your bag. She's an underrated singer.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 1/4/16 11:28am Uncle Michael:

Thank you Joe. Happy New Year to all assembled.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 1/4/16 11:30am Carmichael:

Heya Joe, bright and early on the jagged western edge of America.
Avatar Mon. 1/4/16 11:33am βrian:

Followed by "Je t'aime ..." ?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 1/4/16 11:34am steve:

love the harp
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 1/4/16 11:42am Carmichael:

All right, funky flute!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 1/4/16 11:42am steve:

Avatar Mon. 1/4/16 11:45am Kurt Gottschalk:

how did i once play 45 minutes of 'come together' covers and not know about this one? you've been holding out on me, joe.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 1/4/16 11:45am Brian in UK:

Who would have thought this would be the most downloaded track initially now the Beatles are out of the box.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 1/4/16 11:46am Brian in UK:

Toe jam football. Oh the thought of it.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 1/4/16 11:49am Ken From Hyde Park:

In a recent Dilbert comic, Wally remarked that he used to cut his toenails once a month, but now just buys bigger shoes.
Avatar Mon. 1/4/16 11:49am Joe McG:

@Kurt: That sounds like an idea for a 3-hour show, Kurt!
Avatar Mon. 1/4/16 11:50am Kurt Gottschalk:

it is such a skeevy song!
Avatar Mon. 1/4/16 11:51am Kurt Gottschalk:

sarah vaughn singing it is the best.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 1/4/16 11:52am Brian in UK:

Joe, how about a week of Yesterday. No, what am I thinking.
No more Yesterdays.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 1/4/16 11:52am doctorjazz:

Fontella did a great gospel/jazz record, "From the Root to the Source", if I remember correctly, great singer.
Avatar Mon. 1/4/16 11:55am Joe McG:

Thanks for listening and commenting. Have a very happy new year, all!
  Mon. 1/4/16 11:56am Brendan:

Thank you Joe
Avatar Mon. 1/4/16 11:58am V Priceless:

thanks Joe!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 1/4/16 11:59am Greg from ZONE 5:

Thanks, Joe—see you this weekend!
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