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Options February 22, 2018: on my way to the galactic supermarket; need anything?

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Artist Track Album Label Year New Approx. start time
Sun ra  island in the sun   Options Of Abstract Dreams  strut/art yard  74-75  *   0:00:00 ()
nina simone  but beautiful   Options nina simone  up front      0:08:39 ()
mauricio pereira  imbarueri   Options brasil acoustico v/a        0:13:07 ()
marianne nowottny  what would i do?   Options Abaton Book Company 20th Anniversary Compilation  abaton book co    *   0:17:01 ()
brigitte fontaine  eternelle   Options Brigitte Fontaine Est...        0:20:07 ()
john lee hooker  boogie chillen'   Options king of the boogie  craft    *   0:22:35 ()
nina simone  blues on purpose ( instrumental)   Options i put a spell on you        0:25:39 ()
Belle & Sebastian  long black scarf   Options the third eye center        0:28:48 ()
nina simone  laziest girl in town   Options our love  happy bird      0:31:28 ()
Johann Johannson  the doldrums   Options ost the mercy      *   0:33:39 ()
 
nina simone  My Sweet Lord / Today Is A Killer   Options Emergency Ward!        0:46:58 ()
nina simone  Mississippi Goddamn   Options anthology        1:05:01 ()
nina simone  love me or leave me   Options         1:09:11 ()
nina simone  see line woman   Options         1:12:29 ()
marian conde  Tómame Que Tómame   Options Naino! spanish gipsy soul funk disco 1974-1984  ada    *   1:14:44 ()
manuel sanchez acosta  saona   Options fania dj series gilles peterson v/a        1:17:36 ()
nina simone  No Opportunity Necessary   Options A Portrait of Nina simone        1:21:12 ()
nina simone  backlash blues   Options         1:25:04 ()
nina simone  The Folks Who Live On The Hill   Options a single woman        1:27:38 ()
nina simone  little girl blue   Options         1:31:05 ()
nina simone  day and night   Options the blues        1:34:55 ()
nina simone  rich girl   Options baltimore        1:37:25 ()
 
nina simone  nobody's fault but mine   Options the soul of nina simone        1:47:38 ()
mia doi todd  portal da cor   Options Floresta        1:49:59 ()
lonnie hollie  here i stand knocking at your door   Options just before music        1:53:59 ()
robert glasper ( feat erykah badu and phonte)  afro blue( 9th wonder's blue light basement remix)   Options black radio recovered the remix ep        1:57:29 ()
brenda ray  swirlin hearts   Options walatta        2:04:04 ()
nina simone  i think it's going to rain today   Options and piano!        2:06:14 ()
horace andy  skylarking (oliver frost & eva be"s dub)   Options broken beats        2:09:48 ()
hollie cook  far from me   Options vessel of love  merge    *   2:14:50 ()
elk city  my mammal   Options everybody's insecure  bar none    *   2:19:06 ()
Bing Ji Ling  sunshine love   Options shadow to shine        2:24:00 ()
the yearning  do you remember   Options take me all over the world  elefant    *   2:27:41 ()
donna rhoden  it's true   Options this is lovers rock v/a        2:31:17 ()
 
brigid mae power  don't shut me up ( politely)   Options the two worlds  tompkins square    *   2:40:51 ()
charlie rich  turn around and face me   Options too many teardrops: complete groove and rca recordings  ace    *   2:45:28 ()
coco hames  when you said goodbye   Options Coco Hames  merge    *   2:48:13 ()
betty o'brien  she'll be gone   Options Travelin' Gals!: Diesel Smoke & Dangerous Curves 2017 Premium  wfmu      2:50:49 ()
bettie smith  city in the sky   Options jetlagger  BLM records    *   2:52:54 ()
nina simone  spring is here   Options         2:55:52 ()

Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 2/20/18 2:51pm Trouble:

good morning thursday! today's artwork is by Amy Sherald
  Thu. 2/22/18 9:02am queems:

good morning!
  Thu. 2/22/18 9:02am exile-on-hicks-street:

Ahhh... luxuriating with Trouble...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 9:03am mr_mike:

Stunning portrait. thanks for posting
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 9:03am TDK60:

Morning trouble. How about a spaceship to Mars? Not a convertible car, ridiculous.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 9:05am listener james from westwood:

Was so happy to see both their portraits, but this one was the one that took my breath away. I love how her dress also seems to celebrate the fiber arts.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 9:05am Ken From Hyde Park:

The leadership we once had, evidently not the leadership we deserved.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 9:05am Sem:

A better day already w/ Sun Ra right off. Thanks, Trouble, and good morning to you, and Modern World-ers.
  Thu. 2/22/18 9:08am arrow apple:

90.1 back and no fuzz. Played w/the tuner, yes tuner, no noise, if you know what I mean. Good band with and no cross talk. Thanks. (I like silence, but his is much better.)
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 9:08am melinda:

Morning Trouble
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 9:09am TDK60:

Sun Ra, often so healing. Bring him back from Saturn, please.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 9:12am dale:

arrow apple - they must have had to change the feed to the transmitter cuz it sounds like crap.
  Thu. 2/22/18 9:12am Adrian in London:

Wandering round the sunny streets of London. Hello everyone.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 9:13am TDK60:

Hello Adrian in merry olde England.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 9:22am Trouble:

great article about this portrait
www.newyorker.com...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 9:28am steveo:

Good morning! I heard a rumor that today is Nina Simone's birthday.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 9:28am steveo:

(And I heard that rumor yesterday, apparently.)
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 9:30am bore:

good morning trouble!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 9:31am Itzall Ablurr:

Art is so subjective. This painting seems to fall more into the category of "illustration" (not a BAD word, by the way) than fine art, in my opinion but I will agree that it IS nicely done. I really want to see it "in person", I'm sure that would make a difference, it always does.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 9:34am TDK60:

Today is filmmaker Luis Bu~nuel's b.day.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 9:34am BronwynB:

morning trouble and all my troubled friends
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 9:37am northguineahills:

The only downside to spring is the birds waking me up before my alarm outside my window. I'll survive.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 9:38am steveo:

@TDK60 will slice my eyeball in tribute
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 9:38am BronwynB:

i had a dj dream that i had a drummer stream show i forgot about so i RACED to the station and made it there right on time and then...i realized i DIDN'T have a drummer stream show
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 9:38am Greg from ZONE 5:

Congrats, Trouble! That is so freaking cool.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 9:39am BronwynB:

but the "naked in the studio" dream is the classic
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 9:39am Passaic River Blues:

Hail, Ice Pack, valiant swordsman of Jerseyland!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 9:39am northguineahills:

@TDK60: Your ideas on Sun Ra are intriguing, I wish to subscribe to your newsletter!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 9:39am steveo:

I'm glad you made it in.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 9:40am Itzall Ablurr:

Speaking of birds. Everybody (anybody?) get their bird count lists reported to Cornell? If you don't already participate, you're missing out. I've been doing this for 15 years or so and recommend it.
gbbc.birdcount.org
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 9:40am TDK60:

Morning N.G.H! My newsletter arrives via space parachute; it's free but I need reimbursed for postage.
  Thu. 2/22/18 9:40am queems:

remix!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 9:40am melinda:

I'm more in the mood for Nina Simone than pounding boogie beats.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 9:41am northguineahills:

addendum, same w/ Luis Buneul!

Damn, I saw Johann Johannson live, and picked up some of his vinyl in Reykjavik.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 9:42am northguineahills:

@TDK60: I'm down!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 9:43am MD:

Good Moring Freeform Fighters!!!
  Thu. 2/22/18 9:44am Kurt:

They should get their money back.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 9:44am MD:

A Beautiful and Intelligent First lady! And Michelle ain't bad also!
  Thu. 2/22/18 9:46am Kurt:

Unless they were wanting for a caricature not a portrait.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 9:46am хтinа:

fascinating background on this portrait and the artist, trouble, thanks!
  Thu. 2/22/18 9:46am Kurt:

Oh wait, I got: It was the Russians who paid for it. Just for a laugh.
  Thu. 2/22/18 9:46am WeRAlone:

She also paints african american women cutting off the heads of white women. Really unites the audience. More music and not this political garbage.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 9:47am TDK60:

It's great Nina Simone is so popular with many WFMU DJs. She's a challenging artist for us, still.
  Thu. 2/22/18 9:48am M:

Fuck yes girl!!! NINA ETERNAL GODDESS
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 9:48am BronwynB:

im all right with that, frankly, given the atrocities whites have been committing against POC for so many hundreds of years
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 9:48am Webhamster Henry:

This skin color is actually reminiscent of the "raceless" people as depicted in U.K. LeGuin's "The Lathe of Heaven" - the PBS TV version.
  Thu. 2/22/18 9:48am Kurt:

I agree with WRAlone.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 9:48am kimzilla:

Ahh, just what I needed this morning, thanks for some Nina!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 9:49am northguineahills:

Examples of said quits were displayed at the Folk Art Museum next to MOMA last time I was there.
  Thu. 2/22/18 9:49am queems:

i love obama’s portrait but michelle’s doesn’t immediately appeal to my personal aesthetic. i want to read more about the artist though and maybe it will grow on me
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 9:50am steveo:

sadly, that building is long gone, ngh; moma ate it
  Thu. 2/22/18 9:50am sinner:

More political garbage! Politics are always everywhere. It's just you don't agree with these particular views.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 9:51am Trouble:

@weRalone: not amy sherald. kehinde wiley referenced a painting of judith chopping off the head of holofernes, from the bible, as he does ref to historical paintings in his art.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 9:51am BronwynB:

IA queems, i like obama's better, it seems like a better likeness and i love the background and colors of obama's, but i LOVE michelle's dress in the portrait, although maybe that just means i like the designer of the dress she was wearing when she sat for it
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 9:52am Passaic River Blues:

Racist trolls opining about art they neither understand nor are willing to engage in good faith. Good morning, America!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 9:52am βrian:

Seeing the portrait here, the effect is much less ashen than I remember The tones of blue offer more depth than I saw before.
  Thu. 2/22/18 9:53am queems:

@bronwyn agreed. michelle’s facial likeness seems off to me, but i also haven’t seen the painting in high resolution and apparently it is better that way. and her gown is fantastic
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 9:54am TDK60:

I like when grays are used in art, to make us look in new ways.
  Thu. 2/22/18 9:55am Kurt:

I think the raceless people of The Lathe of Heaven were gray.
  Thu. 2/22/18 9:56am carter:

loving the tunes trouble. thanks for lovely morning
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 9:58am Trouble:

art is frequently talking in metaphors, to try to engage conversation about what we perceive as "truth". To many people on guard for insults, art is the first place that they look to. Rudy Giuliani made being offended by art a defining moment when he tried to cancell funding for the brooklyn museum's showing of an english show that included art that he found repulsive. partners.nytimes.com...
  Thu. 2/22/18 9:58am Kurt:

Passaic River Blues: It figures you would go around calling people ignorant and racist. Truly shows what you are all about.
  Thu. 2/22/18 9:58am sugarplumfairywolf:

I like Wiley's Judith and Holofernes paintings.
  Thu. 2/22/18 9:59am gauche knee:

Get us through this mess,
Sweet Lord.
  Thu. 2/22/18 10:02am still b/p:

Both portraits are fine to me, with distinguishing strength, though the expectations of conventional treatment did need reset on first exposure. Because they’re degrees out of standard mode, each new encounter keeps reminding me to fully expect sneering derision of the paintings from political and personal and expectation-bound critics.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 10:02am BronwynB:

trouble, im really amused by one sentence in that article: "Meanwhile, Chris Ofili, a Roman Catholic whose portrait of the Virgin Mary so offended the Mayor and whose work often features clumps of elephant dung..." He's really found his niche!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 10:03am melinda:

I forgot about the dung Mary.
  Thu. 2/22/18 10:04am gauche knee:

I found Obama’s painting jarring initially & yes “non-presidential” but I’ve come to love it ...for just that! It’s confrontational , & simultaneously warm, rich, & humbling depiction of a US president.
  Thu. 2/22/18 10:04am βrian:

It's a dung deal.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 10:05am bore:

i really like her portrait overall, especially the colors, but her head tilt doesn't match her eye tilt...I wish that didn't bother me but it does...
  Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 10:05am tadpoles:

The nice thing Trouble and Bronwyn is that Gulliani helped make Chris Ofili famous. Deservedly so too.
  Thu. 2/22/18 10:05am carter:

criticism of the portraits being too political or offensive are thinly veiled insecurities about your own place in culture
  Thu. 2/22/18 10:05am sinner:

hallelujah! Ms. Simone!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 10:05am βrian:

Heh. Nina and Polka. Love 'em but only in small doses.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 10:05am Adrian in London:

@TDK60 If it's Buñuel's birthday then let's raise an *extremely* dry Martini to him
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 10:06am Passaic River Blues:

Probably will regret replying to a troll, but Kurt, man, I was responding to a particular statement: "She also paints african american women cutting off the heads of white women. Really unites the audience." This statement is both a lie (Sherald has never used such imagery) and likely intended to misdirect discussion and inflame people. So it was at once stupid and malicious. You are free to draw your own, well-informed conclusions.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 10:06am Webhamster Henry:

I was at that protest for "Sensation" at the Brooklyn Museum - we used to live a few blocks away.
The real offense was not the elephant dung - or any of the other interesting unconventional pieces, but that it was Saatchi's collection, which kind of was promoting his taste and acquisitions.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 10:07am Trouble:

chris ofili was a substantial artist by the time guilliani had a kitten over his painting. not trying to understand the work at all, or what his use of dung is about, he just assumed insults were intended
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 10:07am Itzall Ablurr:

Dear bore, that's the first thing I noticed about her face also. Just... askew. I know it's not always the point when painting a portrait, but she is SUCH a beautiful, powerful woman and I just don't feel that from this work.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 10:09am βrian:

I love that she's asserting her right to bare arms.
  Thu. 2/22/18 10:10am Kurt:

Passaic River Blues: The polite thing to do is point out the error. What you did was insult the person who made the error and inflame things further.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 10:11am bore:

@itzall, it is one of those funny things that goes back and forth in my head. if I stare long enough then it stats looking OK again, but then if I look away and look back it looks strange. i can't decide, but it definitely draws my attention. maybe that is the point...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 10:11am steveo:

Simone is so great. I'm amused at the idea that music is necessarily less "political" than visual art.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 10:12am βrian:

Je ne reviens que pour les oiseaux.
  Thu. 2/22/18 10:13am karen eliot:

morning all! love nina. she sure could play the piano.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 10:13am mr_mike:

These songs were supposed to change the world...signed disenchanted
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 10:13am TDK60:

Adrian, I don't follow, you may have to explain; sorry.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 10:14am steveo:

Les oiseaux ont ici leur propre politique.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 10:14am melinda:

see line woman is one of my favorites
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 10:15am steveo:

oh it is not time to get some tea -- naino!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 10:15am βrian:

And now I've run into a series of Sun Ra pieces. It's a serial day, I guess.
  Thu. 2/22/18 10:16am still b/p:

The Verve remix See Line Woman really had a holta me for a while.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 10:17am TDK60:

Itzall: Your funny name looks Basque somehow.
  Thu. 2/22/18 10:17am sinner:

Teach me how to be polite, Kurt! I want to be polite! I want to be polite-ical! I want to be as polite as the right wing. That's my goal. If only I could......
  Thu. 2/22/18 10:18am emily:

Late to party but glad to be here.
Hope not to be stumped by the addition today.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 10:18am melinda:

@b/p I really liked those remixes. Sinnerman was good too.
  Thu. 2/22/18 10:22am still b/p:

I typically listen to CDs just when driving. A recollection of See Line Woman on a narrow lakeside dirt road to a friend’s camp has attached to the track for good.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 10:22am Itzall Ablurr:

Dear TDK60, "funny" name? Why whatever do you mean?!? It's all in the pronunciation; I prefer AAH-blr, but most insist on "A BLUR" and I have no idea what the implication is.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 10:22am Adrian in London:

@TDK60 Sorry. Buñuel was a HUGE fan of the Martini. www.youtube.com...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 10:23am TDK60:

Thanks Adrian. Haven't seen most of Bu~nuel's films, just some. Need to see more. Great surrealist but I heard he was homophobic.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 10:24am βrian:

So what, does he pour off the Vermouth?
Avatar Thu. 2/22/18 10:24am jake6573:

Awesome set, really enjoying it.
  Thu. 2/22/18 10:26am gauche knee:

ALL THE NINA.
Forever.
And Ever
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 10:26am Trouble:

merci @ jake6573
  Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 10:28am Walt:

@Itzall and @Bore - the eyes of the Sherald portrait remind me of a number of John Singer Sargent portraits that have (purposely IMO) mismatched eyes. Here is one, "The Lady Agnew": www.nationalgalleries.org... ... which also features a left arm that's way too long and perspective/geometry of the left and right sides of the chair don't match. I think Sherald's rendering of the eyes is absolutely a calculated effect.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 10:28am TDK60:

Langston Hughes wrote the lyrics to Backlash Blues.
  Thu. 2/22/18 10:29am karen eliot:

so into this music. major decision. seriously thinking about retiring from teaching next year. am i coping out? my students are great-but the thought of my peers being armed scares me. adults! my love are pets and children.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 10:30am Rich in Washington:

This is beautiful.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 10:31am βrian:

I'm surprised the wingnuts haven't suggested arming all postal workers, just to be safe. That will surely work out well.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 10:31am TDK60:

And...it is still Black History Month.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 10:32am northguineahills:

@Walt: I think you hit it perfect. I knew there was a previous reference that would add another letter of complexity to it. Thanks!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 10:32am Trouble:

@karen elliot: teach at a private school, usually they won't go there. i know mine won't
  Thu. 2/22/18 10:33am sugarplumfairywolf:

The funny thing, to me, about the Sensation show was that in the UK they weren't as bothered by the Ofili, but were super upset about the Myra Hindley portrait. And no one cared about that in NY!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 10:33am Webhamster Henry:

Wenceslas/Little Girl Blue Mashup!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 10:33am northguineahills:

@Trouble: It will take another few infinites before I have my grocery list, if you're not in a hurry. (the title of this show).
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 10:34am melinda:

@Henry so beautiful. I like how it feels like xmas at first then turns into something else.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 10:34am Itzall Ablurr:

Dear Walt, I agree that it was 100% intentional, just not sure I'm a fan. Like I've heard before from free form jazz critics (my wife, mainly) "Can't they just play the right notes?!?" Amy Sherald is certainly a talented artist and definitely aware of what she's doing here. Like I said earlier, I really want to see it in situ.
  Thu. 2/22/18 10:36am karen eliot:

@trouble thanks. it might be time for that.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 10:36am Adrian in London:

@TDK60 I didn't know that.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 10:37am Adrian in London:

@Trouble Please play some Nina Simone on today's show ;-)
  Thu. 2/22/18 10:37am still b/p:

@karen — if you bring and get valuable things in your work with kids, I hope you can keep at it.

As for ocular asymmetry in portraiture, it might...might... be accurate rendering of pseudo strabismus. I got some of that goin’ on that seems Hey! prominent in some photos.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 10:37am Jeff Moore:

Such a treat to marinate in so much Nina Simone.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 10:39am TDK60:

Postal tellers should be armed with that squirty cheese, to surprise rude customers. Just a fantasy. // Adrian re. Luis B. It's hearsay, never researched.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 10:39am Trouble:

@adrian: good idea! i'll see if i can find her in the record library
  Thu. 2/22/18 10:40am gauche knee:

@Trouble, wanted to thank u 4 painting info!
I hated Michelle’s portrait; felt artist white-washed her , I wrote it off. Now have an actual appreciation for complexity of it & artist. So thnx!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 10:40am northguineahills:

@TDK60: Maybe if they got jiggy w/ the cheese wiz, that will work too!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 10:41am βrian:

Ah, les oiseaux. Quel soulagement.
  Thu. 2/22/18 10:42am Barbara:

Yes, so good. Call My Agent
  Thu. 2/22/18 10:43am Dean:

Randy Newman.

She very much disliked that album, a CTI release. I particularly love it.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 10:43am Chris from DC:

This is the best ever.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 10:44am Devin B.:

Randy Newman
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 10:44am mr_mike:

Get behind me, Hall & Oates
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 10:45am northguineahills:

Speaking of Netflix, the German series, Babylon Berlin shows the artsy sexually transgressive nitelife of the Weimer Republic (it takes place 1929-1931, so far). It's all in German and Russian w/English subtitles. It also shows the infighting of various socialist groups which allowed the Nazis to come to power.
  Thu. 2/22/18 10:46am Listener Gregory:

Should note that Randy Newman also wrote "I think it's gonna rain today," which Nina does a great version of. I don't find her Hall & Oates work to stand the test of time as well.
  Thu. 2/22/18 10:46am emily:

TROUBLE: what's the name of that "sad sack singer"! Randy Newman. C'mon. He deserves better than that! (you know I love you, but Randy Newman can be profound and musical
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 10:46am melinda:

@Gregory I love her version of I think it's gonna rain today
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 10:47am northguineahills:

I have a friend only a few years younger then I named after Nina.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 10:49am ranjit:

Discography of Nina Simone for President in 2020!
  Thu. 2/22/18 10:50am Dean:

Her "I Loves You Porgy" is pretty stunning, too.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 10:51am Mick:

Late to the show and even later to the comments today. Trouble, I'm guessing you've seen it already, but in case not: the Toyin Ojih Odutola show at the Whitney closes on Sunday and I think it's pretty fantastic. Thanks for all the Nina (and everything else)!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 10:52am Trouble:

merci @mick! yes, she is pretty fabulous!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 10:53am Trouble:

@emily, not sad sack in a bad way> he projects a sad persona...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 10:53am Passaic River Blues:

I was introduced to Nina by my first girlfriend. She warned, "Don't make fun of her voice. I will not stand for that shit." She needn't have worried. I loved Nina immediately, still somewhat surprising to me given I was an idiot kid at the time. "Lilac Wine" still wrecks me. Really all of it (even the "bad" late work) is worth absorbing.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 10:54am TDK60:

If in the Jersey City Metro Area, beware, as I think it's going to rain today, be in the 40s F. but dropping all day to the 30s with added wind chills.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 10:55am BronwynB:

hey i love this lonnie holley! used to play it on college radio
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 10:57am northguineahills:

yeah, this Lonnie Hollie really works...
  Thu. 2/22/18 10:57am emily:

Trouble: I agree. He is kind of shambling.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 10:58am TDK60:

Lonnie H. is back on the charts!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 11:00am BronwynB:

one time my mom couldn't remember randy newman's name so she just started miming playing a piano really hard and going "you know, THIS guy!"
  Thu. 2/22/18 11:06am Listener Gregory:

It's gonna rain!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 11:06am coelacanth∅:

i was just thinking about Nina Simone before i turned the computer on, thinking i should've by now encountered an old friend on these comment boards. she didn't listen to wfmu when we hung out 20 years ago, but made me many mix tapes, turned me on to Jeff Buckley (weirdly, since i used to listen to Nick Hill's show pretty regularly; but that one slipped by); Diamanda Galas; Peter Rowan; Dan Bern...and thinking she probably thought she was turning me on to Nina, but didn't by many years. but she did turn me on to my favorite song by Ms. Simone: cotton-eyed joe. (which i didn't find out for years was usually a goofy old folk song)
i miss her.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 11:07am melinda:

Beautiful. I like sadsack songs.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 11:07am coelacanth∅:

...not that anyone cares. i'm glad i apparently didn't miss all of Nina.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 11:08am Listening Out There:

We recently watched the Nina Simone documentary "What Happened, Miss Simone?" Good film...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 11:09am melinda:

@coel that's funny about Cotton-Eyed Joe. There's a dance to go with it that I think everyone In Texas has to learn at some point.
  Thu. 2/22/18 11:09am BEAVO:

Another Randy Newman cover great version
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 11:11am steveo:

the new york yankees have been playing cotton-eyed joe after take me out to the ballgame for years
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 11:11am northguineahills:

Nice skylarking dub,,,,
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 11:11am steveo:

(some dance version from the 90s or something)
  Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 11:11am tadpoles:

Always loved the expression "skylarking"! We need more skylarking.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 11:12am TDK60:

I must leave this building now. Promise to listen to the rest of the show when archived.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 11:13am coelacanth∅:

haha that makes sense melinda! i found out when my niece was taking piano lessons a few years ago and i said "you should learn cotton-eyed joe" she immediately started cracking up and went into this ridiculous dance and started singing it as a goofy -almost traditional irish-sounding song! i had no idea!
  Thu. 2/22/18 11:14am queems:

the 90s version is by rednex
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 11:14am BronwynB:

the cotton eyed joe dance version was extremely popular when i was a kid. we used to do the dance at summer camp and shit
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 11:14am Trouble:

@tdk60 take your parapluie! that is if you are in nyc metro area
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 11:15am melinda:

It's the only line dance I know.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 11:15am Passaic River Blues:

@Queems: yes! Rednex, part of the '90s Swedish techno pop wave.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 11:15am ⓔⓚⓔⓔ:

@BronwynB@11:00 BWAHAHAHA
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 11:16am Ken From Hyde Park:

@queems - Yes, the one that Beavis & Butt-head aired.
  Thu. 2/22/18 11:21am queems:

a couple years ago my boyfriend and i were watching the worst fred astaire movie of all time (daddy longlegs) and there was a scene that reminded us of 90s cotton eyed joe so we got sucked into a cotton eyed joe hole for a week or so. and now i know about rednex
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 11:22am steveo:

oh they are swedish, that's sort of amazing
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 11:22am Wild Neil:

Peace all. My sister claims the term redneck implies racist white person. Thoughts?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 11:22am Itzall Ablurr:

Dear queems, is that as bad as those K-Holes I've heard about?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 11:24am Hughie Considine:

Redneck refers to certain rural Southerners and more broadly to a set of attitudes that are racist.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 11:24am coelacanth∅:

(i'm very happy i learned about that song via Nina Simone. i still think it bizarre that those lyrics would be put to a silly,fast-tempo song.)
  Thu. 2/22/18 11:25am queems:

@itzall i’d say they are both along the same lines
  Thu. 2/22/18 11:27am Kurt:

I'm a redneck. I neither live in the south or am a racist.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 11:27am coelacanth∅:

i don't assume a redneck is racist. many are but i don't think any more than the general population and probably not as much as wealthy city and suburban folk. it's just that rednecks may tend to be more honest and up-front about it.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 11:27am βrian:

I wouldn't say Southerners. There are plenty of rednecks in Wisconsin, for example. One def:
"a working-class white person, especially a politically reactionary one from a rural area"
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 11:28am Mick:

@coelcanth I wish I had learned that song via Nina Simone! I think i first heard it in a folk song class, but like a lot of people here, the rednex version is now burned into my brain.
  Thu. 2/22/18 11:28am Kurt:

I am neither reactionary or working class.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 11:29am Adrian in London:

Oh this Yearning EP is lovely. Have you got the 10-inch, Trouble? I know you're fond of that format.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 11:29am coelacanth∅:

Mick maybe in time and abstinence you can purge it and start over! it's really a beautiful song, as i know it.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 11:30am βrian:

And I grew up amongst many working class white people. Most weren't rednecks.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 11:31am Itzall Ablurr:

Of course it referred, initially, to people who had to, you know, actually WORK for a living. Like, chopping tobacco all day working, where the sun might give one a RED neck.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 11:32am Trouble:

ooooo i need to look for that @adrian! merci
  Thu. 2/22/18 11:32am Peter in Sea/Bklyn:

Good Morning,checkin in from the County of KINGS!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 11:32am coelacanth∅:

i've talked with people who refer to themselves as rednecks who said they consider it being resourceful (which makes sense) having somewhat more ingenuity than spoiled people (which also makes sense) and living simply, enjoying nature and the beauty and peace that a simple life has to offer.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 11:33am Adrian in London:

@Trouble VERY limited edition
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 11:33am Adrian in London:

@Trouble And they're playing a gig in their local village hall in the middle of nowhere in Oxfordshire soon.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 11:35am northguineahills:

man, I miss the NY county of Kings....
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 11:35am βrian:

I would say it implies anti-intellectualism and a suspicion of wide-ranging learning.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 11:35am coelacanth∅:

(and i've known "typical rednecks" who shared a house, or an apartment with people who were not "white")
Avatar Thu. 2/22/18 11:35am kuriousornj:

hello from Kosovo...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 11:36am βrian:

Le mouettes?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 11:37am steveo:

Hello pig-sounding bird!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 11:37am βrian:

c.a.d. "Les"
  Thu. 2/22/18 11:37am queems:

i love pigbird
  Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 11:38am tadpoles:

Like your avatar Adrian. We don't hear enough David Sylvain nor Japan on FMU IMHO.
  Thu. 2/22/18 11:38am stue:

yes ralph waldo emerson was in fact a self-proclaimed redneck
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 11:38am βrian:

Les mouettes ne sont pas muettes!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 11:38am northguineahills:

I support a more variety of animal noises, especially les cochons!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 11:38am Adrian in London:

@Tadpoles Avatar? That's my passport photo! ;-)
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 11:39am Itzall Ablurr:

βrian, that very neatly sums it up, I'd say.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 11:39am coelacanth∅:

βrian i'm suspicious of the validity of that implication; although i would think that as a "typical" redneck experiences more, becomes more "worldly", heshe would naturally become less "redneck-like".
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 11:40am steveo:

Les porc-oiseaux ne disent pas moo.
  Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 11:40am tadpoles:

Oi! Adrian....lucky Gulianni is no longer mayor...he wouldn't let you in to New York!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 11:41am northguineahills:

There are redneck hippies and liberal rednecks in my neck of the woods, not common, but they exist.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 11:41am northguineahills:

(my local dive has a few older crusty examples).
Avatar Thu. 2/22/18 11:41am riley:

Brigid coming to USA (Brooklyn/Asheville) in July 2018.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 11:41am Adrian in London:

@Tadpoles Sylvian, the real one, lives in New York State, by the way…
  Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 11:43am tadpoles:

Nice to hear thanks Adrian, I didn't know...wish he would perform sometime. Cheers.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 11:43am Itzall Ablurr:

ceeley, you may be overlooking the fact that to a "real" redneck, experiencing anything beyond their comfort zone or knowledge level would most likely be shrugged off as "that wierdo shit" or somesuch and immediately discounted and forgotten in a blur of Pabst and fried pig ears.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 11:43am coelacanth∅:

right,ngh. i probably know more of them because i live in an area with a lot of woody, rural areas around it, but also "progressive" colleges nearby.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 11:43am Mick:

Coelcanth: I'll work on it! re. rednecks, I agree it doesn't necessarily mean racist; but rural - or at least working/spending a bunch of time outdoors - seems to be part of the deal. I'm from the north, and lots of the people I grew up with would self-identify as rednecks. As with many words, context is key.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 11:44am βrian:

Brigid's voice reminds me a bit of Annie Haslam.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 11:44am Itzall Ablurr:

This Brigid Mae Power is ethereal, love it.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 11:46am βrian:

Wait, I thought Brooklyn hipsters had appropriated the Pabst brand.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 11:46am βrian:

Schlitz, maybe? Blatz?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 11:46am coelacanth∅:

I. Ablurr, i'm not though. that reaction should be expected from most of the entire population -just expressed in different ways.
  Thu. 2/22/18 11:47am SeanG:

CHARLIE RICH RULES!
  Thu. 2/22/18 11:47am rw:

Trouble! Thanks for the music today! I missed your take on the Michelle Obama portrait in the midst of getting my son to school but it seems we may be on the same page. Personally I find it way more compelling than the Wiley painting (though I understand there's probably a good degree of compensation and compromise going into a painting like that).
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 11:48am Webhamster Henry:

This show had more Ninas the a Hirschfeld drawing.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 11:50am Itzall Ablurr:

Ceeley, that's true; but most, um, "normal" people would be less likely to express their disregard or anger by hurling hot welding rods & bolts at that which annoys them. For instance. It may come down to a certain lack of subtlety.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 11:50am Passaic River Blues:

@WH: Nice!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 11:51am coelacanth∅:

haha Itzall, well as i said, they live simply!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 11:51am melinda:

To me the term redneck suggests rural connection, and many non-rural types mistakenly think that being rural is inextricably linked with ignorance (and racism).
  Thu. 2/22/18 11:53am Kurt:

Love to see all the efforts here to play identity politics. I'm glad it's been decided what a redneck is and the behavior of such folk. Make me wonder who the real racists are. Just saying...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 11:53am Itzall Ablurr:

And it seems that PBR as the barley-pop of choice has lost ground over the last few years to Miller High Life® (at least here in Atlanta).
  Thu. 2/22/18 11:54am Dean:

OED: orig. N. Amer. (usually derogatory). Originally: a poorly educated white person working as an agricultural labourer or from a rural area in the southern United States, typically considered as holding bigoted or reactionary attitudes. Now also more generally: any unsophisticated or poorly educated person, esp. one holding bigoted or reactionary attitudes.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 11:54am βrian:

Coming up on the hour:
Underwater Theme Park with Meghan ↴

wfmu.org...
  Thu. 2/22/18 11:55am rw:

Dean, you're so level headed.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 11:56am Ken From Hyde Park:

Thanks, Trouble. Very nice show today. The homework for next week: Definitions and opinions on "hayseeds."
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 11:57am Passaic River Blues:

@Kurt: you've already stated that you are a redneck but are not Southern, racist, reactionary, working class. Apart from being white presumably, how are you a redneck? How do you define what is often a pejorative term?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 11:57am Trouble:

thanks for sitting in this morning! wfmu listerner susan dory has an opening www.susandory.com...
  Thu. 2/22/18 11:57am Dean:

@rw, Tell that to my kids.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 11:58am northguineahills:

Thanks Trouble!

Rednecks got their name from popular lore from being out in the fields and having sunburned necks.
  Thu. 2/22/18 11:58am judy from croton:

Wow one of my favorite songs. Didn’t know ms simone recorded it. Thanks trouble, much thanks.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 11:58am coelacanth∅:

melinda, true.
...i'm sure not an authority - but i grew up in white suburbia; have lived in the mountains of rural north carolina; have lived in cities; have lived in a "rural" college town surrounded by "redneck country".
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 11:58am Mick:

Thanks for a great show, Trouble.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 11:59am Itzall Ablurr:

Beautiful ending note!
  Thu. 2/22/18 12:00pm Josh:

Thanks for the tunez
  Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/22/18 12:00pm yippie:

im in trouble
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