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A pennant-winning battery of songland. Ongoing feature: Single File, a half-hour of randomly selected small records with big holes.

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Options May 29, 2017: Reverie of a Moax

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Artist Track Album Label Year Format Comments New
Artie Shaw and His Gramercy Five  The Grabtown Grapple   Options The Complete Gramercy Five Sessions  Bluebird/BMG  1989  LP  From 1945   
The Raymond Scott Quintette  Tobacco Auctioneer   Options The Music of Raymond Scott - Reckless Nights and Turkish Twilights  Columbia  1992  CD  From 1939   
The International Sweethearts of Rhythm  Digging Dyke   Options Women in Jazz: All Women Groups Volume 1  Stash  1978  LP  From 1945   
Will Bradley and His Orchestra  Celery Stalks at Midnight   Options Swing Time!  Columbia Legacy  1993  Cassette  Featuring Ray McKinley; 1940   
Charlie Barnet and His Orchestra  The Reverie of a Moax   Options Vol. II  RCA  1969  LP  From 1940   
Earl Hines and His Orchestra  Tantalizing a Cuban   Options The Grand Terrace Band  RCA  1965  LP  From 1940   
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra  Esquire Swank   Options Black, Brown & Beige (The 1944-1946 Band Recordings)  Bluebird/BMG  1988  LP  From 1946   
Rex Stewart and Orchestra (An Ellington Unit)  Poor Bubber   Options Things Ain't What They Used to Be  RCA  1966  LP  From 1941   
Slim Gaillard and His Orchestra  Vout Oreenee   Options Laughing in Rhythm  Proper  2003  CD  From 1945   
Rie Tanaka  Anarchy in the U.K.   Options Voice Actresses' Legendary Punk Songs Collection  Avex Trax  2009  CD     
BMX Bandits  Forever   Options Forever  Elefant  2017  CD    *  
Myk Freedman and the Mykfreedmans  What Are You Thinking When You're Kissing?   Options Myk Freedman and the Mykfreedmans  Happylucky No. 1  2017  CD    *  
Friends of Dean Martinez  All the Pretty Horses   Options The Shadow of Your Smile  Sub Pop  1995  CD     
Joe Goldmark  I'm Only Sleeping   Options Steelin' the Beatles  Lo-Ball  1997  CD     
Kevin Morby  City Music   Options City Music  Dead Oceans  2017  CD    *  
Meat Puppets  Up on the Sun   Options Classic Puppets  Rykodisc  2004  CD  From 1985   
Television  Ain't That Nothin'   Options Adventure  Elektra/Rhino  2003  CD  instrumental version   
Mountain Movers  Vision Television   Options Mountain Movers  Trouble in Mind  2017  LP    *  
Lulu  Watch That Man   Options Heaven and Earth and the Stars  Chelsea  1976  LP     
Lulu  I Don't Care Anymore   Options Melody Fair  Atco  1970  LP     
Lulu  Do Right Woman, Do Right Man   Options Lulu  Chelsea  1973  LP     
Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham  The Dark End of the Street   Options Moments from This Theatre - Live  Proper American  2005  CD     
Single File: a bunch of small records with big holes all in a row
Harmon Bethea  Talking About the Boss and I   Options single  Musicor  1973  45     
Misty Morgan and Jack Blanchard  Bethlehem Steel   Options single  Wayside  1968  45     
The Chordettes  Baby, Come-a Back-a   Options single  Cadence  1958  45     
The Hollies  Just One Look   Options single  Parlophone  1964  45     
Aerosmith  Combination   Options single  Columbia  1976  45     
J.A.L.N. Band  Disco Music/I Like It   Options single  United Artists  1976  45     
Fashion  Sodium Pentathol Negative   Options single  I.R.S.  1979  45     
Laurie Anderson  O Superman (for Massenet)   Options single  Warner Bros.  1981  7"     
Gregg Allman, R.I.P.
Duane and Greg Allman  Morning Dew   Options Duane and Greg Allman  Bold  1972  LP  doing business as the 31st of February, really, in 1968   
The Allman Joys  You'll Learn Someday   Options Early Allman  Dial  1973  LP  circa 1966   
The Allman Brothers Band  Ain't Wastin' Time No More   Options Wipe the Windows - Check the Oil - Dollar Gas  Capricorn  1976  LP  live in New Orleans, 12/31/72   
The Allman Brothers Band  Just Ain't Easy   Options Enlightened Rogues  Capricorn  1979  LP     
Gregg Allman  These Days   Options Laid Back  Capricorn  1973  LP     
The Allman Brothers Band  Please Come Home   Options Beginnings  Atco  1973  LP  originally on "Idlewild South," 1970   
The Rance Allen Group  Hotline to Jesus   Options The Best of the Rance Allen Group  Stax  1988  LP  From 1973   
The Como Mamas  Glory Glory Hallelujah   Options Move Upstairs  Daptone  2017  CD    *  

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Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:01am annie:

i love these guys.. gm joe and surface people
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:04am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Artie Shaw is a quitter!
Avatar 9:05am Sem Chumbo:

Hello, Joe. Hey, annie, RevRab.
Think I need resurfacing with some new-to-me noise.
  9:05am Will:

Nice to have the day off so I can listen to Surface Noise unencumbered by having to do my job.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:06am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Still reeling that Carl Stalling was just doing Raymond...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:08am melinda:

hi Joe! I like the Tobacco Auctioneer. Don Byron included a version on his Bug Music, haven't thought about it in a while.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:08am annie:

i seeking a flag-free zone this morning.... is it safe?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:11am Webhamster Henry:

I haven't heard Celery Stalks for many years!
  9:12am zopa:

Oh Boy! Swing it Joe!
Avatar 9:15am Joe McG:

Hi, everybody, and welcome to the show. Starting with a gentle swing today, but we'll go other places. Hope you'll stick around.
  9:16am zopa:

One of these day's, Joe... Bang! Zoom! To the moon!
  9:20am JtotheK:

Hi everyone. Enjoying this set, Joe!
Avatar 9:20am Joe McG:

@zopa: Alice, you're the greatest.
Avatar 9:22am Joe McG:

@JtotheK: Glad to be with you this morning!
Avatar 9:22am Brian in UK:

Hey Joe. I bought the 'Brown' album of this set recently.
Avatar 9:24am Joe McG:

@Brian: Cool! I didn't know they sold the records separately!
Avatar 9:24am Brian in UK:

Neither did I!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:27am Ken From Hyde Park:

Hi, Joe. Any Cab Calloway coming to the surface this morning?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:30am Karen in Sleepy Hollow:

Good Morning everyone! Nice swing and swagger Joe
Avatar 9:32am Sem Chumbo:

I miss Garcia.
Avatar 9:33am Brian in UK:

Hello Sem, does the sun shine on you?
Avatar 9:34am Sem Chumbo:

Intermittently, BiUK, something of a *backward* Spring, as the locals would have it.
  Swag For Life Member 9:36am tadpoles:

I know what a Moa is but a Moax! Maybe 10 Moas.
Avatar 9:38am Brian in UK:

Been baking hot for a few days, now changeable to say the least.
  9:38am zopa:

A complete loser; someone who just drifts through life bungling everything. Expression was common in the 1940s and best remembered as used by Jackie Gleason as "Ralph Kramden" on the "Honeymooners".
"No matter what I do, I don't get anywhere. I'm just a moax."
Avatar 9:38am dale:

i wonder if there is ANYTHING on the cher/gregg album that is ear worthy
  9:38am Tomophobic Tom from Detroit:

Votes I'm no
  9:38am John in Bklyn:

Moax was used on the Honeymoners... oh, @zopa got it!
Avatar 9:40am Joe McG:

@zopa: Thanks, that's exactly what I needed to know.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:40am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...'c'mon & let me show you my tattoo'...had to love 'im...
  9:40am John in Bklyn:

Reminds me of "mook" which was in Mean Streets.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:40am Ken From Hyde Park:

No worries about Cab Calloway. If the Blues Brothers movie comes on, I can see and hear him.
Avatar 9:42am Joe McG:

@John: I love the word "mook" for some reason.
  9:44am John in Bklyn:

In Mean Streets the character says, 'What's a mook?! You can't call me a mook.' haha
Avatar 9:49am Sem Chumbo:

Look! A mook!
In Canadian, these words rhyme.
  9:49am zopa:

Anyone know if Gregg Allman ever covered the Beatles?
Avatar 9:49am Joe McG:

@Sem: Ha ha ha!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:50am melinda:

I love this version of All the Pretty Little Horses.
Avatar 9:53am Joe McG:

@zopa: I don't think so, but maybe this will do!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:53am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

22 years ago...my CD store employee promo-snatchin' days...ah man...
  Swag For Life Member 9:53am tadpoles:

Nice Joe.
  9:55am zopa:

Thanks Lonesome Joe!
  9:55am Tomophobic Tom from Detroit:

Great stuff
Avatar 9:57am Joe McG:

@zopa: My pleasure.
Avatar 9:59am Brian in UK:

Really would like to see Kevin Morby but like a lot of artists they only seem to play festivals in the Summer. Field Day is a one off but I like small venues. That reminds me must book for John Murry.
Avatar 10:04am dfb:

if one needs a single fav meat puppet song you would do well to choose up on the sun
Avatar 10:04am Joe McG:

@Brian: He played Montgomery Hall a few months ago and was quite good live!
Avatar 10:07am Joe McG:

@dfb: Agree!
  10:08am judy from croton:

Hi all. I love surface noise. It's the deep noise that bothers me.
Oh boy. Television!
Takes me back to turquoise-painted floors on elizabeth street.
Avatar 10:09am Joe McG:

Thanks for saying hello, judy, great to have you along!
  10:10am Alice Formato:

Good Morning Joe, Happy Memorial Day:)
Avatar 10:11am Joe McG:

Thanks, Alice F! To you as well!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:14am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Most people want to be on Television. But the only people worth knowing are the ones that want to be *in* Television.
Avatar 10:16am Joe McG:

@rr63: I love how that one ends. Snip!
  Swag For Life Member 10:17am tadpoles:

Got some Television Personalities Joe?
Avatar 10:18am Joe McG:

@tadpoles: Not a bad idea, but this damn song is nearly over!
  Swag For Life Member 10:19am tadpoles:

The wonderful 3 minute pop song Joe.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:19am Mike Sin:

Well, no bathing suit today, but the stereo is loud and the coffee is hot, so I'm in for the long haul with Joe McG this morning!
Avatar 10:20am Joe McG:

@tadpoles: That first album is gem after gem. @Mike Sin: Hello, sir! Glad you can join me, even if the beach isn't an option today.
  10:20am herb.nyc:

Wotta dope I be, Kevin Morby played Monty Hall in march and Bowery Ballroom last wk. I didn't go. Ugh. -hi joe and all
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:21am ChrisB.:

See you in Asbury Park on Thursday, Joe!
Avatar 10:22am Joe McG:

I'll be there, Chris! Thanks again for the tip!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:31am annie:

well, on the "chat" with tracfone "customer service" ... only half-listening..
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:31am BennettCap:

This is one of my favorites.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:32am Jeezy:

Meat Puppets were AMAZEBALLS couple weeks ago at Brooklyn Bowl! Mike Watt, too. But they played Up On The Sun, a tad too fast. There, i said it.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:32am annie:

so far it sounds great
  10:32am judy from croton:

memorial day. These last 2 songs were favorites of a good friend that left the building way too early
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:33am Jeezy:

Grant Hart opened. He is 56 but you could have told me he was 86 and I'd have believed you.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:33am Greg from ZONE 5:

Morning Joe and people!
My traveling is done so I'm kinda good with a chill, cloudy Memorial Day.
  10:35am John in Bklyn:

@Jeezy Oooh, man, that's sad. Grant did some hard livin'. Meanwhile Bob Mould is aging in reverse.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:37am Jeezy:

Yeah, that's the Devil H for ya. Meat Puppets had Curt's 31 year old son on guitar!
  10:38am herb.nyc:

I saw Penn / Oldham show at bklyn' St Ann's church (montague st.); they subbed for a cancelled James Carr, back in the '90s. Lovely show. .-- friend said Meat P at Brooklyn Bowl was indeed great.
Avatar 10:39am Joe McG:

Howdy, Greg! Hope you had a great weekend! Herb, jealous I missed that one.
  10:46am paul:

Happy 100th, JFK.
  10:48am Susan C.:

Adding "Bethlehem Steel" to my roster of songs about home. Thanks!
  10:48am james f:

mornin, joe! great to be able to listen with the day off
Avatar 10:49am Joe McG:

You bet, Susan! Glad to hear you have the day off, james! Thanks for tuning in.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:51am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Aerosmith - not that stoopid arrogant simple cockrawk again
...taps foot...
  10:52am John in Bklyn:

Wow, this was a single for Aerosmith?! I love this tune. I'm back in 9th grade... with headphones on... stoned...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:53am steve:

hey Joe! its great to be able to catch your show! i love Single File.
Avatar 10:54am Joe McG:

@John: It's the B of "Last Child," the side they were pitching, which was a #21 hit!
Avatar 10:54am Joe McG:

Thanks for tuning in, steve!
  10:55am John in Bklyn:

Oh, that makes sense. I had the 8-track! haha
  10:58am Michele:

Hi Joe! I just woke up!
Avatar 10:59am Joe McG:

Michele, you slugabed! :)
  Swag For Life Member 10:59am tadpoles:

Great to hear Fashion thanks Joe. Saw them open for the Only Ones in London...very under-rated band and definitely not heard enough. Thanks!
  11:00am Michele:

What did you call me?!
  11:00am paul:

The pride of Glenbard West HS (Laurie A.)
Avatar 11:02am Joe McG:

@tadpoles: Wow, that line about crows pecking out somebody's eyes is intense! Sounds like an amazing show, wish I could've seen The Only Ones. @Michele: Ha ha ha! I could've said "sluggard" instead.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:03am Ken From Hyde Park:

Looks like the parade here was cancelled because of raindrops. Good thing I checked the website and didn't miss any surface noise.
  11:03am phat:

thank you now for the Laurie A.
Avatar 11:04am Joe McG:

@Ken: Yes, Ken, you would've missed this terribly sad song about America.
Avatar 11:06am northguineahills:

Laurie Anderson sounds always great on a Monday morning!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:08am steve:

howd that fit on a 7??
  11:12am paul:

J.A.L.N. stands for "Just another lonely night".
  11:14am paul:

Avatar 11:17am Joe McG:

Thanks, paul! @steve: It's a 33 1/3, although a couple of years earlier Meat Loaf actually crammed an 8-minute track on a single at 45!
  11:18am paul:

You're welcome. The magic of technology!
  11:19am zopa:

Joe, i recommend Clannad's version of "Morning Dew"
Avatar 11:19am Joe McG:

@paul: Still trying to cope with that! @zopa: Excellent, thanks for the recommendation!
  11:20am paul:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:21am Ken From Hyde Park:

Gregg Allman set on Circle Time a few hours ago: www.wfmu.org...
  11:27am judy from croton:

Waxing nostalgic. JFK stadium, 1973?
Dead/Allmans all day, all night. My father waited up. That wasn't pretty.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:28am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

What a great ethos that was - to play til dawn.
  11:29am judy from croton:

Could've done w/o Allmans.
Avatar 11:30am Joe McG:

Ha ha, judy, I hope the Dead was worth it, anyway. I'm more Allmans than Grateful.
  11:32am toni braxton:

great set. i knew a woman named jessica blue who said the allman brothers wrote jessica for her because she talked so much they wanted to write a song with no words and dedicate it to her.
  11:32am SeanG:

always dug that song "I'm no Angel"
Avatar 11:33am Joe McG:

@toni: Ha ha ha! Great story.
  11:34am phat:

I gotta re-iterate just how great it was to hear Laurie Anderson this morning. She changed my life in many ways and that single, that single...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:35am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Love this about their cultural impact :
Avatar 11:35am Joe McG:

@phat: Glad you enjoyed hearing it, phat! I love that record and the B-side, too!
  11:35am toni braxton:

its super, man. also i like all her stuff even sharkeys
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:36am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

'Superman' still arresting. Such a great & successful meeting of Pop & Avant.
  11:36am Mike VL:

Beautiful set, Joe.
  11:38am zopa:

hey joe, turns out he covered "rain". it's on the Dreams box set.
  11:38am toni braxton:

i met laurie anderson and lou reed in art gallery near soho like a year before lou died. when i shook his hand it was super leathery
  11:39am TimBk:

I love how Greg changed the last line in These Days. 6 wives and 6 divorces and countless rehab stays, it's very fitting...
Avatar 11:39am Joe McG:

@Mike: Great to see you, sir! @zopa: Wow, neato. @TimBk: He was aware of his faults most definitely.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:39am Ken From Hyde Park:

One time, I found Allman Brothers' "Seven Turns" on a juke box. Proceeded to play it.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:40am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

So they share a tune w/ Nico. That Joys track had 'Rain' influence all over it.
  11:42am John in Bklyn:

Great show, Joe! So nice to be able to listen on a holiday and not have to rush off to work.

btw: I laughed about the Aerosmith/KISS connection. I'm from NEPA and had the same experience c. 1977-79. I was too cool for Frampton but not cool enough (yet) for punk!
  11:43am SeanG:

  11:45am phat:

There doesn't seem to be a sub culture like the cold 70s and 80s avant garde anymore. I feel like the world misses that.
  11:46am phat:

Also, I was very much a KISS man at the same time as you, Joe. It could not be avoided.
  11:46am toni braxton:

some groups maybe sounded like allmans afterwards but none attained such musical heights, with the two genius guitar players, amazing songwriting and sound, and gregg's vocals
Avatar 11:51am Joe McG:

@phat: ha ha, it really couldn't!
Avatar 11:51am Sem Chumbo:

Thanks. Joe, enjoyed the whole schmeer.
Off now to read the Big Book of Mooks. Later!
Avatar 11:52am Joe McG:

@sem: Thanks for sticking with me through all my changes, Sem! :)
  11:55am zopa:

thanks for the tunes joe.
Avatar 11:56am Joe McG:

Thanks for listening and commenting, everybody! Have a nice day off, if you have one! See you next time.
  Swag For Life Member 11:57am tadpoles:

As usual you have made my Monday...thanks Joe.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:58am patrick321:

Hey Joe, thanks for a really great show. I've been listening on long drive home this am. Nice selection for Gregg Allman and in regard to that, if you have some time check the web for some interesting background on "These Days" — on the LP notes Browne thanks Gregg for the arrangement, which was a new one and quite different from the song's first recording by Nico.
  11:59am Brendan:

Thanks Joe
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:59am Ken From Hyde Park:

Thanks, Joe. Off to nuke some hot dogs I barbecued yesterday.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:43am Parq:

Hi, Joe. Nice little Gregg set. I really haven't been a Brothers fan for a long time,. and pretty much the only thing of theirs that I can get worked up about is the Fillmore take of "Elizabeth Reed". But Gregg's been a part of the scene -- a part of my life, really -- for so long that I can't help but be affected by his death.
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