Rhubarb Cake, 11/25/99, 9 AM-noon on WFMU

hosted by Douglas

Thank you for The Beatles (whiteness studies)

background music: American Indian Dances, Great Lakes Region

reading: Morton Thompson/Jeffrey Steingarten: Thompson's Turkey

The Mountain Goats: No, I Can't
   a song about giving thanks to the person who is keeping you
Parker Paul: We Miss Our Lady
   saddest and funniest song of the thanksgiving season
The Temptations: Ungena Za Ulimwengu (Unite The World)
   they sound very grateful also, esp. to the wah guitarist

Drunk: Queen Of Venice
   an intoxicated dream of being louder than a whisper
Paul Rishell & Annie Raines: My Washerwoman's Gone
   guitar that snaps like a music box
Davy Graham: Better Git It In Your Soul
   nice to see his stuff being reissued: Brit-folk guitar goes Mingus
Susie Ibarra Trio: A Glimpse
   the same kind of pinging, wrapped like a tamale in violin
Out Hud: JGNDG
   lower-register strings doing the 99 Records thing

Sarah Dougher: The Old Way
   punk in ways that have nothing to do with its sound or lyrical content
All Scars: 4
   the violence is partly in their attack, mostly in the editing
Fennesz: 7
   edited so violently all that's left are cross-sections and stains
Thee Headcoats: Help!
   help me, my name is on the back of Tracey Emin's tent

Ramsey Lewis: Back In The U.S.S.R.
   thanks to the Professor for this rollicking piano-jazz take
The Five Stairsteps: Dear Prudence
   this version actually went top 20, I think
The Breetles: Glass Onion
   recorded live--lots of people seem to be playing it live lately
Arthur Conley: Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
   fake ska charmingly misinterpreted as good soul
Das Damen: Wild Honey Pie
   a transitional song in every imaginable way
Klaus Beyer: The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill
   their German "#1 fan"--Steve Dirkx has a video documentary on him
Marc Ribot: While My Guitar Gently Weeps
   roughed-up, short and chunky
The Breeders: Happiness Is A Warm Gun
   they make it sound like one song, not six

Ambrose Slade: Martha My Dear
   after they shortened their name they'd have said "Martha My Deer"
Alex Chilton: I'm So Tired (pts. 1 & 2)
   on the verge of collapse--the verge of the other side
Sarah Vaughan: Blackbird
   a ridiculous lounge-disco version from a fine voice
Danbert Nobacon: Piggies In Revolution 9
   for its altered last line: "...to eat Nobacon"!
Lena Horne: Rocky Raccoon
   with Gabor Szabo; this is just wrong in so many ways
Freiwillige Selbstkontrolle: Don't Pass Me By
   deliberately "Teutonically" thuddy country
Bren't Lewiis: Why Don't We Do It In The Road
   featuring an 18-foot extruded aluminum sailboat mast
Tony Furtado: I Will
   sung by Alison Krauss with all the tenderness in her heart
Bongwater: Julia
   sung by Ann Magnuson with all the tenderness in someone else's

Lowell Fulson: Why Don't We Do It In The Road
   by popular request, a rip-ronking blues version w/ extra lyrics

Texas Chainsaw Orchestra: Birthday
   "more vrooomcore," of a different kind
Matmosphere: Yer Blues
   legitimately depressed-sounding
Harry Nilsson: Mother Nature's Son
   spent half his career living on second-generation Lennon-McCartney
Kristen Hersh: Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey
   an excuse to whoop
pHoaming Edison: Sexy Sadie
   reeling through it
The Bobs: Helter Skelter
   completely unthreatening and cute, which may be the point
Phish: Long, Long, Long
   as far as I can tell the only cover anyone's done of this one

Billy Bragg: Revolution 1
   where can we count him? in! out! in! out! in! etc.
Gary Lawrence and his Sizzling Syncopators: Honey Pie
   you want real top-hat-and-tails? this is real top-hat-and-tails!
Ella Fitzgerald: Savoy Truffle
   mistranscribed lyrics but a game stab way out of her territory
Big City Orchestra: Cry Baby Cry
   recited over a looped sample from something Beatlicious...
Kurt Hoffman's Band of Weeds: Revolution 9
   they actually played the damn thing live--brilliant
The Moog Beatles: Good Night
   mellow, unassuming, pretty, unsarcastic

Breakestra: Getcha Soul Togetha, pt. 1
   the song lives for its break but you know what? that's FINE
Uoredoms: Total Eclipse + Grand Cross
   not "Boredoms": no strings, just skins, banging into the vortex

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