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This is where all of culture and all of time are collapsed into one seductive portal and viewed through the panoramic lens of the exotic. Come and embark on an armchair-travel virtual-voyage to the heart of timeless darkness and beyond; embrace the numinous monolith of the exotic immensity. Let us find that place where hybridization meets its destiny as pure fantasy. Let us become observers observing those others who are ourselves. You wear your mask and I'll wear mine.

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Artist Track Album Year Comments
  Concerto No. 3 in F "Autumn"   Koto Four Seasons    I can't read the Japanese to know the artist name 
Music behind DJ:
Martin Denny 
Summertime   Options Hypnotique     
Jorge Ben  Take It Easy My Brother Charles   Options Jorge Ben  1969   
Jorge Ben  Descobri Que Eu Sou Um Anjo   Options Jorge Ben     
Jorge Ben  Errare Humanum Est   Options A Tábua de Esmeralda  1974   
Jorge Ben  Barbarella   Options Jorge Ben  1969   
Jorge Ben  Pais Tropical   Options Jorge Ben     
Jorge Ben  Bebete Vãobora   Options Jorge Ben     
Jorge Ben  Brother   Options A Tábua de Esmeralda  1974   
Music behind DJ:
Tangerine Dream 
Indian Summer   Options Green Desert     
Holger Czukay  Oh Lord Give Us More Money   Options Movies  1979   
Bee Gees  Sweet Song Of Summer   Options To Whom It May Concern  1972   
Lula Côrtes  Bahjan - Oração Para Shiva   Options Psychedelic Pernambuco  2011  From a comp of Brazilian Pernambuco state psychedelic music from 60s-70s 
Gal Costa  Tuareg   Options Gal  1969  written by Jorge Ben 
Gal Costa  Com Médo, Com Pedro   Options Gal    written by Gilberto Gil 
Gal Costa  The Empty Boat   Options Gal    written by Caetano Veloso 
Gal Costa  Joia   Options Cantar  1974   
Gato Barbieri  India   Options Chapter One: Latin America  1973   
Music behind DJ:
Gal Costa 
India   Options India     
Gato Barbieri  Bolivia   Options Bolivia  1973  with Lonnie Liston Smith 
Gato Barbieri  Vidala Triste   Options Bolivia    with Lonnie Liston Smith 
Eddie Harris  Carnival   Options I Need Some Money  1974   
Eddie Harris  The Children's Song   Options High Voltage  1969   
Eddie Harris  Why Don't You Quit   Options Come on Down!  1970   
Albert Ayler  Summertime   Options Spiritual Jazz 4: Americans in Europe     
Santo & Johnny  Summertime   Options Santo & Johnny  1959   
Music behind DJ:
Herbie Mann 
Summertime   Options At The Village Gate  1962   

Listener comments!

Avatar 6:46pm Walking Daydream:

Good evening!
Avatar 6:50pm Flash Strap:

evenin' dream!
Avatar 6:53pm Walking Daydream:

Nice Spanish music before some harvest themed music?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:57pm listener james from westwood:

Good evening, all! Way before OITNB, Klaus was the original Crazy Eyes.
Avatar 6:58pm ndbob:

evening Evan walking James et al!
Avatar 7:00pm hyde:

dammit, i already put away my white pants
Avatar 7:00pm Flash Strap:

Evening to you both, James and bob
Avatar 7:00pm Flash Strap:

And hyde!
Avatar 7:01pm Walking Daydream:

Complimentary jugs of wine all around?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:02pm melinda:

Hi everyone! @listener james: what is OITNB?
Avatar 7:03pm Flash Strap:

Hi Melinda!
Avatar 7:06pm Flash Strap:

Yesterday was the first day of Fall. I protest.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:08pm listener james from westwood:

Orange Is the New Black, a Netflix-produced drama about a group of convicts in a women's prison.
Avatar 7:09pm Flash Strap:

I love the drums on this Vivaldi! even more than adapting it to koto, the drums seem like a master stroke
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:16pm melinda:

Thanks james.
Avatar 7:16pm northguineahills:

So, just about 15 minutes ago, I heard a pigeon on my A/C window unit, and before I could shoo it away, there was a a hug thud, and a nearly one meter falcon had snared the pigeon and proceeded to tear it apart on my window unit. It then flew across the street to the roofs (when it noticed my wife and I filming it), and ate its prize. It left a mess of blood and feathers on our A/C, which will be fun to wash.
Avatar 7:17pm hyde:

@ngh wow, nature!
Avatar 7:18pm northguineahills:

yep, nature in Brooklyn, and, not even in a park!
Avatar 7:18pm northguineahills:

I love the Fitzcaraldo gif.
Avatar 7:21pm Flash Strap:

I wanted something that conveyed an idealistic rejection of the reality of the natural world, as well as the torrid climes of tropical summer: FITZCARRALDO had to be the one
Avatar 7:21pm Flash Strap:

Wow NGH. I love watching a hawk eat his prey
Avatar 7:22pm northguineahills:

Yeah, since it was in my window, it was even closer then when one sees one in a nature doc.
Avatar 7:24pm Flash Strap:

I once watched a hawk take a rat apart in the Boston public gardens. I was amazed at the surgical aspect of his consumption, almost one part of the body at a time. When he pierced the gall bladder, an arc of bile sprayed into the air and caught the sun. He then removed the spine, whole, and horked it down in one piece. So weird
Avatar 7:28pm Flash Strap:

I hope you guys don't mind if i just devote this whole set to Jorge Ben, because I am goin' CRAZY listening to him
Avatar 7:29pm Flash Strap:

Hyde, did you get the white pants back out, or are you just pantsless?
Avatar 7:31pm ndbob:

that's fine Evan!
Avatar 7:31pm hyde:

haha, my white pants are back in massachusetts so it'd be a 3 hour ride to go get 'em. but i'm not entirely pantsless.
Avatar 7:32pm Flash Strap:

Thanks, Bob! It's ok with me, Hyde!
Avatar 7:32pm ndbob:

wow - though I am a big fan of rats
Avatar 7:34pm Flash Strap:

rats don't get enough credit for being pretty cool guys
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:34pm Doug Schulkind:

Jhor-jhay! Baing!
  7:35pm doca:

Hi, Mr. Flash Strap! Greetings from the blessed tropical country
Avatar 7:36pm Flash Strap:

Hello Doca! I wish I could get you in to co-host a whole tropicalia show
Avatar 7:36pm northguineahills:

I did a primer of Jorge Ben for a non-music subreddit not too long ago. I'd share it, but b/c of other commitments, I had to do it at the last second, and it's by far, not one of my better writing moments.
Avatar 7:36pm ndbob:

Some of the nicest people I know are rat owners - caring, compassionate etc
Avatar 7:37pm Flash Strap:

Hi Hi Doug! Are you helping me with my pronunciation? Portuguese is a mystery of esoteric blends to me
  7:37pm doca:

Hahah I'm not that into Tropicália that much, other DJs might help you more, but thanks for the proposal. I can help you with pronunciation, though
Avatar 7:39pm Flash Strap:

I thought I remembered seeing you school someone about tropicalia, or maybe Chico Buarque, on the boards... my mistake!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:39pm melinda:

I love hearing Portuguese in song.
Avatar 7:40pm Flash Strap:

me too, M.
  7:41pm doca:

@Flash Strap: I was "dropping science" on the subject once, according to Jeff G, on a D:O show about it, but I discover lots of Brazilian music through WFMU actually
Avatar 7:50pm Flash Strap:

I wish I had more science to drop on the subject, time to do some reading up
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:50pm listener james from westwood:

Late getting to the nature stories, but: Holy crap, ngh! They do strike like lightning and eat when the gettin's good, I guess! My parents saw a falcon or hawk casually shred a bluejay out on their deck once. As for the A/C, as Han Solo said, "Sorry for the mess."
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:52pm Ike:

Good evening!
Avatar 7:53pm Flash Strap:

Nice to see you Ike!
Avatar 7:54pm Flash Strap:

I'm gonna do an all-Czukay show, maybe next week, but I had to play this one tonight. God I love this album
Avatar 7:59pm ndbob:

excellent show Evan - catch the rest on the archive as always
Avatar 8:00pm Flash Strap:

adios bob hate to see you go as always
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:04pm listener james from westwood:

Bee Gees' early stuff is a constant revelation to me.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:05pm listener james from westwood:

(Also a big fan of their dance tracks.)
Avatar 8:06pm Flash Strap:

I agree about the early stuff. It's a total obsession I have. Was thinking of doing a show about it, naturally. This is definitely one of the weirder ones of the whole period
Avatar 8:09pm Flash Strap:

Dance tracks are good too of course, despite certain ones having been played well beyond "to death", but the early stuff is so mellotron/cello heavy and totally fixated on historical lyrics... brilliant, utterly unique stuff. Robin Gibb is one of the weirdest singers in pop, and together they have the strangest harmonies
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:10pm listener james from westwood:

That would be fabulous, Evan, and I suspect you'd get heavy interest among your fellow FMU DJs. Trouble for one is a fine friend of that era of theirs.
Avatar 8:10pm Flash Strap:

god i love the Bee Gees
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:11pm listener james from westwood:

And hells yes to "Tuareg."
Avatar 8:11pm hyde:

that bee gees song i had never heard before. i went to clicky star the song and i was all "this is the frikking bee gees?!?!?"
Avatar 8:12pm Flash Strap:

I know! I mean, they are a really surprisingly unusual sounding group, but even for them that song is a shocker
Avatar 8:15pm Flash Strap:

love the way this track's vocals are recorded
Avatar 8:16pm Flash Strap:

thanks for the support on that one, James, I'm gonna do it for sure now
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:16pm melinda:

I love bee gees too but missed that last track, dammit. A bee gees show would be wonderful.
Avatar 8:18pm Flash Strap:

I promise when I do it, I'll play that song again. How could i not?
  8:18pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

- very wiggy Tropicalia - Thx man !
Avatar 8:19pm Flash Strap:

Hey RRN63! yeah, Gal is totally feral on this one. It's awe-inspiring
Avatar 8:21pm Flash Strap:

I mean, I feel like if you played that stuff to Grace Slick she'd just catch on fire. Leave nothing behind but a little ash-colored bird who'd sing an apology for not being revolutionary enough
Avatar 8:38pm Mayuko:

Got home! Wish I did earlier! Hello Evan and everyone.
Avatar 8:50pm Flash Strap:

Hello Mayuko! Happy to have you late or whenever!
Avatar 8:52pm hyde:

i have always loved the early free jazz gato stuff, but i seem to have missed a lot of the early 70's work mainly because the later fusion stuff is so terrible. i think i need to try out some of this stuff. (so thanks for the link at Flash Strap for Under Fire which is still live! flashstrap.blogspot.com...)
Avatar 8:54pm northguineahills:

Wow, Gato w/ Lonnie Smith, somehow missed this one.
Avatar 8:54pm Flash Strap:

Later Gato stuff is pretty rough, and the early free stuff is really good, but for my money the best of the best is the early 70's. he was just in a state of grace for that whole period
Avatar 8:55pm Flash Strap:

he also played on a lot of Piero Umiliani's late 60's jazz recordings
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:57pm melinda:

That was beautiful.
Avatar 8:57pm coelacanth:

Hi Flash & Explorers.
...i wouldn't say hi now but for the hope that your timeframe is as it usually is!
Avatar 8:59pm Flash Strap:

I'll tip a bit over, C. As usual! Glad you're with us!
Avatar 9:00pm hyde:

@Flash wow! I didn't know about the early Lalo Schifrin thing either. I somehow always thought he sort of went right from free jazz into the bad cheese I generally associate him with, but I clearly was sorely mistaken.
Avatar 9:02pm Flash Strap:

I envy you the 1st-time listens you are now able to have, Hyde! Definitely check out Bolivia, Chapter 1, and Last Tango if you've never really heard that one (it's really good)
Avatar 9:04pm Flash Strap:

Under Fire, Chapter 2 (and 3&4, but to a lesser extent), Fenix, and Two Pictures Years (1965-1968- Music by Piero Umiliani) are also really great.
Avatar 9:08pm northguineahills:

Dinner time, thanks Flash! Always love hearing new perspectives on artists I thought I already knew.
Avatar 9:11pm Flash Strap:

Thanks for listening, NGH. Always enjoy having you here in the chatbox. Enjoy your dinner, my friend
Avatar 9:12pm Flash Strap:

I'm obsessed with this particular track, and Eddie Harris in general. This one just escalates into infinite intensities
Avatar 9:15pm hyde:

ah, it's a Donald "Duck" Dunn bass line. That explains it.
Avatar 9:16pm Flash Strap:

oh shit, is it really?
Avatar 9:17pm Flash Strap:

it is. That DOES explain it
Avatar 9:17pm coelacanth:

hmm. i have no basslines at the moment. i'm listening via laptop with no headphones.
Avatar 9:17pm hyde:

yeah, looks like he was the bassist for all of Come on Down!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:18pm Doug Schulkind:

Avatar 9:19pm Flash Strap:

man, I saw Dunn play with Neil Young when I was really young. It was the first time I recognized a bassist as having a unique, powerful, creative role
Avatar 9:19pm coelacanth:

i just realised that this piano part is like the one during the slow section in "glad" by traffic.
Avatar 9:20pm coelacanth:

(well,not any more!)
Avatar 9:22pm Flash Strap:

I actually can't say I've ever listened to Traffic, weirdly enough. I don't even know what I'm missing
Avatar 9:23pm Flash Strap:

I know one of the guys was in the first incarnation of Jaki Liebezeit's Phantomband, right?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:23pm listener james from westwood:

Must shuffle reluctantly off to bed. Thanks much, Evan!!
Avatar 9:24pm coelacanth:

Evan, i cannot conceive of you not liking traffic!

(and i do not know the answer to that.)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:24pm Uncle Michael:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:24pm Doug Schulkind:

Flash Strap,
Trying to work on my own show while lending an ear toward your show is impossible. I just want to chain you to your mixing console and force you to keep at it for another 15 hours. Good thing for you the Pope is on our soil or I might've seriously considered it.
Avatar 9:27pm hyde:

i haven't really listened to Traffic since i was in high school, but i sure used to love those records.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:27pm Uncle Michael:

This Santo & Johnny...don't speak...
Avatar 9:27pm Flash Strap:

Thanks, Doug. Sadly, this is the last track of the night, which is good news for your show prep I suppose.

Hi Uncle!

I will do some Traffic homeweork, C.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:28pm Uncle Michael:

I still love Traffic. I loved seeing them in '94.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:31pm Uncle Michael:

What is real life?
Avatar 9:33pm hyde:

thanks for the show!
Avatar 9:34pm coelacanth:

Thank you Flash and i abstain from directing you toward a particular album, because the early stuff evolved then what it evolved into evolved some more then that evolved 2 X again! i like it all,but you may not.

later on y'all!
Avatar 9:35pm Mayuko:

It's been perfect music while I polish my seashells! Thanks Evan!
Avatar 9:36pm Flash Strap:

I don't know, Uncle. Slip of the tongue, I guess
Avatar 9:36pm Flash Strap:

Thanks all for listening! My best to your seashells, Mayuko
Avatar 9:37pm hambone:

that was great! someone played "quiet village" on another wfmu show earlier today, and it made me think of explorers room. ..goodnight.
Avatar 9:37pm Flash Strap:

Hey hambone! which one?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:38pm Uncle Michael:

Thanks Flash.
Avatar 9:38pm coelacanth:

i can keep track of my weeks more easily than those on your end!
Avatar 9:38pm hambone:

ah, i would have to go back and check the playlist..
Avatar 9:40pm hambone:

..Busy Doing Nothing with Charlie.
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