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Options June 22, 2017: Membranophones & Idiophones, Surfer's Nightmare, Nihilist Picnic

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Artist Track Album Label Year Comments Approx. start time
Ethnic Folkways Library   Membranophones and Idiophones (Selections)   Options Man's Early Musical Instruments  Ethnic Folkways Library   1956  selections: Tuned Sticks / Pounding Bamboos / Slit Drum / Finger Drum / Water Drum / Frame Drums / Frame Drums / Hollow-Log Drums / Hollow-Log Drums / Hollow-Log Drums / Drum Chimes / Gong Chimes / Gong Chimes / Bell / Inverted Bells / Xylophone / Sansa / Jew's Harrp   
Michel Delaporte  African Drama   Options Percussions / African Percussions  Patchwork Library  1974    0:21:11 (Pop‑up)
Michel Delaporte  African Drums   Options Percussions / African Percussions  Patchwork Library  1974    0:23:48 (Pop‑up)
Michel Delaporte  Segoubier   Options Percussions / African Percussions  Patchwork Library  1974    0:25:26 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
Yannick Dauby 
Hylarana Guentheri   Options Songs of the Frogs of Taiwan - Volume 1        0:27:08 (Pop‑up)
Michel Delaporte  Selections from Le Tour Du Monde Des Percussions   Options Le Tour Du Monde Des Percussions  Montparnasse 2000  1978  selections: Brésil Nº 2 / Trinidad / Haiti / Antilles / Andes / Bolivie / Polynésie / Indiens U.S.A / Indonésie / Ceylan-Bali / Tibet / Afrique De L'est Nº 1 / Golfe Persique / Mer Rouge / Israel / Vietnam / Chine  0:36:46 (Pop‑up)
The Hollywood Persuaders  Drums A-Go-Go   Options Drums A-Go-Go  Original Sound  1965    0:52:23 (Pop‑up)
The Hollywood Persuaders  Drums   Options Drums A-Go-Go  Original Sound  1965    0:54:40 (Pop‑up)
The New Dimensions  Failsafe   Options Surf'n Bongos  Sutton   1963  (The Great Surfing Rhythms of the New Dimensions)  0:56:51 (Pop‑up)
Takeshi Terauchi & Blue Jeans  Squad Car   Options Surfing  Toshiba  1963  Japan  0:58:46 (Pop‑up)
The Astronauts  Pyramid Stomp   Options Wild On The Beach (OST)  RCA Victor  1965    1:01:27 (Pop‑up)
The Astronauts  Movin'   Options Surfin' with the Astronauts  RCA Victor  1963    1:02:46 (Pop‑up)
The Flamethrowers  Intensity   Options Intensity! 2x7"  Norton  1960  Detroit  1:04:37 (Pop‑up)
The Denvermen  Surfer's Blues   Options Let's Go Surfside with the Denvermen  RCA  1963  Australia  1:06:30 (Pop‑up)
The Denvermen  Harbour Cruise   Options Let's Go Surfside with the Denvermen  RCA  1963    1:09:27 (Pop‑up)
The Vice-Roys  Moasin'   Options Surfin' on Wave Nine  King  1962    1:11:32 (Pop‑up)
Bob Vaught & The Renegaids  Exotic   Options Surf Crazy  GNP Crescendo  1963    1:14:09 (Pop‑up)
Bob Vaught & The Renegaids  Surfin' Tragedy   Options Surf Crazy  GNP Crescendo  1963    1:15:57 (Pop‑up)
The Persuaders  Surfin' Blues   Options Surfer's Nightmare  Saturn  1963  with Chuck (Tequila) Rio  1:17:58 (Pop‑up)
Tom & Jerry  Ko Ko Beach   Options Surfin' Hootenanny  Mercury  1965    1:20:16 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
Michel Redolfi 
Music for Salt Water   Options Sonic Waters        1:22:33 (Pop‑up)
Joe McPhee Featuring John Snyder and Makaya Ntshoko   Bahamian Folksong   Options The Willisau Concert  Hat Hut  1976    1:35:22 (Pop‑up)
The London Experimental Jazz Quartet  Time Is Of The Essence   Options Invisible Roots  Scratch  1974  London, Ontario - rec. at the Creative Electronics Sound Studio  1:49:53 (Pop‑up)
The London Experimental Jazz Quartet  Destroy the Nihilist Picnic   Options Invisible Roots  Scratch  1974    1:52:58 (Pop‑up)
Hal Galper  Call   Options The Guerilla Band  Mainstream Records  1971    1:58:32 (Pop‑up)
Dharma Trio  Leon Smirglub Von Bischmouck   Options Snoopy's Time  SFP (Société Française De Productions Phonographiques)  1970    2:05:40 (Pop‑up)
The Gary Burton Quartet With Orchestra  The Opening; Interlude (Shovels); The Survivors; Grave Train   Options A Genuine Tong Funeral  RCA Victor  1968  Composed and conducted by Carla Bley  2:15:01 (Pop‑up)
Annette Peacock & Paul Bley  M.J.   Options Dual Unity  Freedom Records  1972  rec. live 1970  2:21:38 (Pop‑up)
Lafayette Afro Rock Band  Darkest Light   Options Malik  America Records  1974    2:38:38 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
Edgar Froese 
NGC 891   Options Aqua        2:44:56 (Pop‑up)
Demon Fuzz  Past, Present, and Future   Options Afreaka!  Dawn  1970    2:53:59 (Pop‑up)
The Denvermen  Surfside   Options Let's Go Surfside with the Denvermen        2:57:37 (Pop‑up)

Listener comments!

Avatar 6:55pm Flash Strap:

Evening all! Let's hear some drums to start
  7:07pm Paillasson:

Hey man, been following you a while, props for that awesome Umiliani compilation, I discovered a lot of great music thanks to you !
Avatar 7:08pm northguineahills:

Haven't heard this Folkways, and I have dozens from the 50s (they used to be in the bargain bins up until 2010, if you knew where to look).
Avatar 7:09pm Flash Strap:

Hi there, and welcome, Paillasson! Glad to hear it

Hi NGH! I wish I could find this in a bin, it's pretty cool artifact, great art with an illustrated booklet by organologist Curt Sachs
Avatar 7:11pm northguineahills:

Yeah, I had to look it up as I haven't seen this one, and I love these early comps w/ little blips from all over. Thanks!
Avatar 7:12pm Flash Strap:

If anyone else wants to see the whole package, scroll through the scans on the discogs page, it's pretty cool: www.discogs.com...
Avatar 7:13pm Flash Strap:

@NGH: yeah I'm a sucker for that globehopping, pins-on-a-map style of musical panorama
Avatar 7:13pm Flash Strap:

"From Contemporary Recordings of Primitive People"
Avatar 7:15pm northguineahills:

Happy accident, apparently you can stream this from the Folkways website: www.folkways.si.edu...
Avatar 7:16pm Flash Strap:

oh, cool!
Avatar 7:17pm Flash Strap:

They're pretty great about stuff like that
Avatar 7:23pm Paillasson:

Heard Jungle Obsession a few days ago (man what a great album), is the original release that hard to get ? Disogs prices are crazy high
Avatar 7:25pm Flash Strap:

One of my favorite albums of all time, so great... yeah, it seems pretty impossible. I don't even have a reissue, even those are pretty rare
Avatar 7:26pm northguineahills:

Crap, if I was the type of person who would sell my records, I'd consider selling some of my folkways since I'm broke.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:38pm Doug Schulkind:

My best friend from high school joined a rock band when everyone else went off to college. They were called the Insect Surfers. (Almost 40 years, the band still exists, though without my pal on drums.)
Avatar 7:40pm Flash Strap:

Hi Doug! That's a pretty good name for a surf band
Avatar 7:44pm Flash Strap:

I love this funky record, its minimalist groove, it's like cycling through preset keyboard beats
Avatar 7:46pm Paillasson:

Crazy that I'm French and never heard of all these french musicians before
Avatar 7:49pm Flash Strap:

They're not that well-known, I guess, no matter where you're from – until you start digging into the library world. It's so wild how library music has its own royalty, legends that are essentially totally unknown anywhere else
Avatar 7:49pm geezerette:

Hi Evan and explorers!
Finding this music to be calming. The opening set evoked cool greens and blues to me; like those in Gaugin's paintings.
Actually, so does this. :)
Avatar 7:50pm Paillasson:

I'm also fairly new to this world so that's probably why too
Avatar 7:50pm geezerette:

...context for above is the oppressive heat in L.A. today.
Avatar 7:50pm Flash Strap:

Hi Geezerette! That first stuff very much reminds me of Gauguin, the sound and even the LP art reminds me of his woodcuts especially
Avatar 7:52pm Little Danny:

Hola Evan and all!

I am into all of these motifs, but most especially Surfer's Nightmare
Avatar 7:53pm Flash Strap:

Hi LD! Just in time for the surf
Avatar 7:54pm Flash Strap:

had no idea you were in LA, G!
Avatar 7:57pm Flash Strap:

Love the magenta on that Surfer's Nightmare LP cover
Avatar 7:58pm Little Danny:

so stoked to be hearing you playing some surf deepies, Flash
Avatar 8:01pm Flash Strap:

me too, LD! surf just bit me out of the blue earlier this week and I remembered how much I love it, so here we are. seems great for the weather
Avatar 8:01pm geezerette:

Surf music, so visually evocative. Enjoying this so much!
Avatar 8:02pm Little Danny:

Have we talked about Endless Summer before? Both the movie and music
Avatar 8:02pm Flash Strap:

this one is savage
Avatar 8:02pm geezerette:

Hey LD!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:03pm melinda:

hello! I heart surf music!
Avatar 8:03pm Little Danny:

Hi geez! And hi Melinda!
Avatar 8:04pm Flash Strap:

next one is some hardcore detroit shit
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:04pm melinda:

I was into surf movies several years ago one summer, think I saw Endless Summer.
Avatar 8:04pm Flash Strap:

Hi Melinda! Welcome!
Avatar 8:06pm geezerette:

Have you guys seen Endless Summer? It's great and kind of stilted in a somehow charming way. The boys are sort of clueless and nerdy but really love their world and want to share it.

Hey Melinda!
Avatar 8:06pm Flash Strap:

Love Endless Summer! One of my earliest shows, I spent some time with that Sandals soundtrack
Avatar 8:07pm geezerette:

Yeah, it's so good.
Avatar 8:08pm Flash Strap:

I could watch a 10-hour cut of that movie, if it was all scored that well and narrated that lazily/charmingly
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:08pm melinda:

The surf-Western connection is an interesting one. I think it came up on Danny's show once.
Avatar 8:08pm Little Danny:

As usual Flash you are compelling me to overhaul my entire show's selections
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:09pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Astronauts a heavy sound for '63! I'm always thinking about the myth of there being nothing twixt Elvis in the Army & TheBeatles in the U.S. For gittar-diddlers - we know that Surf was thoroughly essential. Fender was a WestCoast company - & DickDale pushed amplifier tech like Townshend woudl take it the next step in London...
Surf & Drag were also early DropOut DIY Cultures - very Punk...
Avatar 8:09pm Flash Strap:

Ha! Surf begats more surf, that's just a law of nature
Avatar 8:09pm geezerette:

I love surfer dudes.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:10pm melinda:

Good points, Rabbit.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:11pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...the whole thing of an electric tube & spring reverb sounding - wet...
Avatar 8:11pm Little Danny:

@RR63: Yep! Very much in the continuum of the Beat ethos
Avatar 8:11pm Flash Strap:

2 true, Rabbit. And yeah, that Astronauts Pyramid Stomp is a total inferno
Avatar 8:14pm Walking Daydream:

Groovy show so far.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:15pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

- w/ Rawkabilly & Garage vectors...the sunshine utopianism prefigures Psych...
& here's an example of the Middle Eastern influence DickDale has been explicit about...
Avatar 8:15pm Flash Strap:

WD! Long time, brother! great to see you, thanks for tuning in
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:16pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...another thing I think about is the Spanish influence in SoCal Rawk...
Avatar 8:16pm Walking Daydream:

Definitely! I always forget until Friday morning and have to play catch up :D
Avatar 8:18pm geezerette:

Good point about diy punk attitude. Despite recent revisionism, beats, surf and cars were a huge part of west coast culture.
All that stuff was kind of a contemporary take on the cowboy myth.
Dick Dale lives in the Mojave desert. ( ! )
Avatar 8:19pm geezerette:

RevRab, spot on as usual.
Avatar 8:21pm Flash Strap:

The crazy thing about surf is that, while all these counterculture connections are there, there's an aspect of it that's basically a continuation of mood/easy-listening music as well (both it's normative and adventurous impulses, of course). Surf is pure music, pure culture
Avatar 8:22pm geezerette:

Also true. Some spectacular musicianship.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:25pm doctorjazz:

Hi Flash and all, checking in, be leaving for the Berkshires soon, Wilco festival, sounding great here in the interim!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:25pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

The whole PreBeatles New Frontier thing - I often think the trajectory towards Psychedelia was inevitable. JoeMeek was tripping hard... The Lounge / Exotica / Tiki thing too... Being born in Nov63 w/ older siblings - it's the period I emerged into, &/or just before it. That gives it a real numinous aura full of strange longing for me - which you may or may not grok whatsoever...
Avatar 8:26pm geezerette:

Grok it totally!
Avatar 8:28pm geezerette:

docjazz, enjoy it man !
  8:28pm johnk77:

agree w/ lots of reverb+ other efx
balboa is also the name of a dance form
  8:29pm johnk77:

surf was mainly regional before beach boys etc.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:31pm doctorjazz:

Thank, Geez, just waiting to meet my ride...
Avatar 8:32pm Little Danny:

"Pyramid Stomp" is indeed a Pyramids original. Which is also savage. Peep the Pyramids' radical look: lbpost.com...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:32pm melinda:

d jazz that sounds fun! Would like to do that someday.
Avatar 8:33pm geezerette:

LD, ha! Mixed message!
Avatar 8:34pm Little Danny:

OMG I am sometimes so frustrated I precede you Flash 'cause I have so many things I wanna say about surf.

GREAT set Flash
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:34pm doctorjazz:

I never did it before (long time since I attended a festival). Going with some fanatic fans...
Avatar 8:36pm geezerette:

Should be great!
Avatar 8:39pm Flash Strap:

@RevRab: totally dig what you're puttin down there

@Johnk77: Hi! Welcome!

@Doc: Have fun brother jazz

@LD: Holy shit the pyramids are like scary cool! And dude I wanna hear those things you say, you know like a zillion more things about surf than me I would guess
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:43pm melinda:

There's another good surf movie called Surfwise. Not a music showcase but a documentary about a large surfing family that lived in a school bus.
Avatar 8:45pm Little Danny:

*follow (not precede)
Avatar 8:46pm Flash Strap:

That sounds cool, Melinda

On the square side of things, I love all those Annette Funicello-style sort of surf movies with the Les Baxter scores and occasional surf band appearances

@LD: I understood. Language is a thin barrier between us, LD, one easily scaled even when the words are wrong
Avatar 8:47pm Flash Strap:

and GOD this is one hell of a performance we have have here!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:48pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Machine & Person are like Surfer & Wave...
Avatar 8:50pm coelacanth∅:

olá Flash and Explorers

i quite like this bahamian folksong
Avatar 8:51pm coelacanth∅:

...that < bahamian folksong.
Avatar 8:52pm Flash Strap:

Hi Coelacanth! I liked it too
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:53pm Ike:

This is delightfully weird.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:54pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

So many people try to be the Coltrane Quartet. Do I mind? Hell no - love it.
Avatar 8:54pm Flash Strap:

Ike! Hello!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:54pm doctorjazz:

Like this a lot (The London Experimental Jazz Quartet).
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:54pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...they're on to something else now anyhow...
Avatar 8:55pm Flash Strap:

this track, my god. it crackles
Avatar 8:57pm Flash Strap:

oh man, the piano, that funky break, vibes in the mix... this shit is the righteous groove
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:58pm doctorjazz:

Sounds a bit like a spaced out Ramsey Lewis...
Avatar 8:59pm Flash Strap:

I like the cover of this one a lot: img.discogs.com...
Avatar 9:00pm geezerette:

oh, that's great!
Avatar 9:03pm Flash Strap:

Up next, a track from that crazy Dharma Trio LP you see here on the page. That is an intriguing cover, like somewhere between Sun City Girls, Sun Ra, and the cantina band from Star Wars if they ever cut a record
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:04pm doctorjazz:

I knew of Hal Galper, but Gal Halper...?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:04pm doctorjazz:

OK, catch you all next go round!
Avatar 9:06pm Flash Strap:

Haha, thanks for catching that typo, catch ya later Doc
Avatar 9:14pm Flash Strap:

such a shattering electric piano sound, like walking on lightbulbs
Avatar 9:15pm Paillasson:

This is perfect for late night studying
Avatar 9:16pm Flash Strap:

killer lineup here:

Bass – Steve Swallow
Composed By, Piano, Organ, Conductor – Carla Bley
Drums – Lonesome Dragon
Guitar – Larry Coryell
Producer – Brad McCuen
Soprano Saxophone – Steve Lacy
Tenor Saxophone – Leandro "Gato" Barbieri
Trombone – Jimmy Knepper
Trumpet – Mike Mantler
Tuba, Baritone Saxophone – Howard Johnson
Vibraphone – Gary Burton
Avatar 9:19pm Flash Strap:

Just realized that the Dharma cover reminded me of those freaky old sea monkeys ads... those really tripped me out as a kid
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:22pm Doug Schulkind:

I think that lineup actually did some killing.
Avatar 9:24pm Flash Strap:

I know that I am slayed
Avatar 9:24pm northguineahills:

Peacock + Bley = aural bliss (not marital apparently).
Avatar 9:25pm geezerette:

Another stunner of a set.
Got work to do but still listening, it's beautiful.
Thanks Evan!
Avatar 9:30pm Flash Strap:

I don't know much about Paul Bley the husband, NGH. He was married to two of the most interesting composers and experimentalists of all time, which is pretty insanely unusual, so there's gotta be a story there. Do you have knowledge to drop?
  9:30pm billyiswilliam:

I'm in love with this
Avatar 9:30pm Flash Strap:

sidenote, I love this album and virtually everything Peacock and Bley do together
  9:31pm billyiswilliam:

Working late on the deck, warm summer evening and this tune is just hitting the mark in so many ways
Avatar 9:31pm Flash Strap:

Warm welcome Billyiswilliam! Me too
Avatar 9:32pm Flash Strap:

@G: happy to be the whistlin' in the background of your work
Avatar 9:32pm Paillasson:

This is so trippy, love it
Avatar 9:34pm northguineahills:

I just know of Paul Bley's musical career and discography. Doug can tell you more then I.

It might just be me, but I love pretty much Annette Peacock ever touched.
Avatar 9:34pm Flash Strap:

this one is sort of holy in my opinion. sacred music
Avatar 9:36pm Flash Strap:

@NGH: she's astonishing. I admit there's some stuff I respect more than like, but on the whole I'm just in awe of her vision, which is staggeringly unique
Avatar 9:55pm Flash Strap:

whenever I put this on, I hear that guitar and think I accidentally put on some Sun City Girls

plus, this cover: img.discogs.com...
Avatar 9:56pm Flash Strap:

ALSO: please stay tuned for the rotation into the next room, where we will be regaled by the cool blue sounds of Little Danny

Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:57pm Doug Schulkind:

Cool Blue Flaming: wfmu.org...
Avatar 9:57pm Walking Daydream:

Thanks for the show, Evan!
Avatar 9:58pm Flash Strap:

Thanks for tuning in, WD! Great to have you in-room or in-archives, pal
Avatar 9:58pm coelacanth∅:

Thanks Evan
Avatar 10:00pm Flash Strap:

My pleasure, C. Thank you!

Night all!
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