Rhubarb Cake, 1/20/00, 9 AM-noon on WFMU

hosted by Douglas

Rubbing off the label

background: Aeolian String Ensemble

reading: from Bill Brewster & Frank Broughton: Last Night A DJ Saved My Life

Bonnie Bramlett: Crazy 'Bout My Baby
   an early disco fave, believe it or not
Babe Ruth: Doctor Love
   from the same Canadian weirdos who brought us "The Mexican"
Eddie Kendricks: Get The Cream Off The Top
   another unwitting disco pioneer
Sarah Cracknell: Coastal Town
   permanently influenced by people who once glittered off the mirror ball
The Red Krayola: Born In Flames
   and that hi-hat technique spread to old Texan/British post-punks

Necronomicon: Tips Zum Selbstmord
   first, turn up the fuzz bass really loud
Superchunk: Lying In State
   ferocious version of a ferocious Verlaines song
Round Four Featuring Tikiman: Find A Way
   dub vocalist meets house programmers
Kid-606 with Aube: R8 Remix
   some transitional beat-and-texture
Multiphonic Ensemble: A Testy Choreographer
   pitter-patter pitter-patter here you are
Chris McGregor's Brotherhood of Breath: Andromeda
   superb South African jazz from the early '70s

Waterson:Carthy: The Raggle Taggle Gypsies
   another version of the standard aka "Black Jack Davy"
The Undisputed Truth: You Make Your Own Heaven And Hell Right Here On Earth
   a way grimmer "Ball Of Confusion"; didn't hit but sounds great now
Chappaquiddick Skyline: Leave Me Alone
   oh, man, were New Order ever amazing
New Order: Brutal
   wait--they still are! it's a new song! wow!

Fela Anikulapo Kuti & Africa 70: Up Side Down
   have gotten fascinated by Fela; expect more of him on the show
Charles Hayward: New World Order, Who Decides?
   in which Charles rocks proggily and counts to 55 or so
Robbie Williams: I Wouldn't Normally Do This Kind Of Thing
   proof that Neil Tennant is one of the greatest living songwriters

Nurse With Wound/Aranos: Generally Regarded As Safe
   the inside of something freshly bandaged
Sideshow: Memories (Very Pleasant/Rather Sad)
   let's hear it for Charles Ives, as in out loud
Shortee: Caverns Of Dub
   turntablist outlines dub, papier-maché style
King Tubby: Dark Destroyer Dub
   the wire frame of the piñata
Jazzkammer: Elevator Necklace
   the bits of newspaper that drift to the floor
Pousseur-De Windt: Auf den Kleinen Radioapparat
   the hard, bitter Brecht/Eisler agitprop candy inside

Alvin Curran: Animal Behavior
   his sample piece at the Knitting Factory Wednesday was amazing
Huey & Curley: The Second Line
   though Curran needs a little New Orleans tonic as a follow-up

Delta 5: Anticipation
   why has the world lost the art of playing like this, like skywriting?
Solvent: Well You Needn't
   electrobeats, nothing to do with Monk, honest, move along
Super Boiro Band: Si I Si Sa
   '74 Afro-big-funk; glad there's a movement to reissue this stuff
King Kong: Movie Star
   goofy indie single that boogies right into step with Super Boiro
Miriam Makeba: Ngola Kurila
   there is nothing to eat, but I will amuse you like so
Billy Bragg: You Woke Up My Neighborhood
   political activists make better lovers

The Sweet Inspirations: Sweet Inspiration
   barely a song, just an excuse for harmonies
Poem Rocket: Blue Chevy Impala
   mass alone can account for momentum, even without much speed
Rex Griffin: You Gotta Go To Work
   I assume yodeling like that does require lots of training, yes

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