Options Andy Waltzer: Playlist from September 6, 2007 Options

Sweet, swirly, sullen, and swoony. Silky, sorrowful, sad, and sugary. Some sensational songs. Spoken, sung, sincere. Sleep, sigh, and spin. Sssss.

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Options September 6, 2007: wet hot american webcast & beyond!

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Artist Track Album Label Year Comments
 
Floating Into my first WFMU set for 2007!
Baby Dee  The Robin's Song   Options Love's Small Song  Durtro  2002  This is culled from a double cd set by the lovely Baby Dee, but all the singing was done by his kindred spirit, The Robin. 
Graham Lambkin  The Brendan Drill   Options Salmon Run  Kye  2007  Charming "wha-fuck" (a new genre) music from this former Shadow Ring member. Originally it was going to be a concept album about the North American Sasquatch, which is nice to know. 
Trees Community  Salve Regina   Options Martha's compilation    1975  Transcendent music from this early 70's commune of people who tired of the ways of NYC, moved into a loft, gathered 80 instruments ranging from mellotrons to donkey hooves, and created some very pure music. From a cdr compiled by Martha, aka WFMU dj Martha, whose show is wonderful. 
Pantaleimon / Current 93  Idumea   Options Wild Tigers I Have Known or Black Ships Ate The Sky      This song makes me melt from it's delicate sadness and beauty. I honestly can't recall which cd I played it from, but it's on the soundtrack to Wild Tigers I Have Known and the Current 93 album Black Ships Ate the Sky. 
Alasdair Roberts  The Calfless Cow   Options The Amber Gatherers  Drag city    Lovely Scottish lullaby from this ex leader of Appendix Out. When I first heard WFMU I was about 12, and when I couldn't sleep I would press the radio against my ear and listen quietly. This would have been the perfect song to hear. 
 
 
Jersey City In The Sky
Michael Cashmore  Twilight Empire   Options Sleep England      Longtime member of Current 93 (he wrote the gorgeous melodies for Soft Black Stars) as well as fronting his own project, Nature & Organisation- this is his debut full length, and it is full of hypnotic tunes like this. 
Resonance  Butterfly Hawk   Options The Final Solstice II  Piski Disc  20000  This music is like the strongest drug for me- Rose McDowall's amazing voice matched with drones and a lyric that has me from "..the butterfly that fluttered by...". Rose was 1/2 of the 80's new wave duo Strawberry Switchblade. 
Julia Shammas  Willow Weep   Options Eating The Stars  Human Ear    Another in a long line of music I've met in the FMU new bin and instantly fell in love with. All I know about Julia is that she plays all the instruments herself, has collaborated with Ariel Pink, and has wonderful songs on her myspace page. 
ESP Summer  When Leaves Are Gone   Options Mars Is A Ten  Perdition Plastics  1995  From the lone full length collaboration between Ian Masters (ex Pale Saints) and Warren Defever (His Name Is Alive). Like a hallucinatory Erik Satie with a choir boy Nick Drake. 
David Garland  The Intention To Relax And Think About Things   Options Noise In You  Family Vineyard    One of New York's greatest radio hosts, David has created wondrous programs of experimental pop (and beyond) with Spinning On Air. While I'm in a sharing mood, he once wrote me a kind letter regarding a radio show I did that was so nice I printed it out and brought it to my first day at work to ease my nervousness. Cheers, David. 
Lee Hazelwood  Easy & Me   Options The Cowboy And The Lady  Smells Like  1969  One of those classic Lee Hazelwood songs that casually contains the essence of another time and another place. He will be missed. Incidentally, the great Kathryn Williams does a fantastic version of this on the Total Lee tribute album. 
 
 
...further down the river...as the sun begins to set...
Rosy Parlane  part one (excerpt)   Options Jessamine  Touch    New Zealand experimentalist, includes shimsaw & amplified saw- it's about time these things were used for creating and not destroying! 
The Places  The Damn Insane Asylum   Options Songs For Creeps  high Plains Sigh    Amy Annelle writes the kind of songs that feel as though you are sitting at a campfire by a pond, suddenly everything seems slow and warped and your realize someone slipped you some sort of drug, and then you wander into the forest dizzily until you lean against a tree when suddenly a bear comes up to you and sings in a voice that recalls Vashti Bunyan. You wake up, it's morning, and the song has just come to an end. 
Clare Moore  Fearless Fred's Shack   Options Hashish and Liquor  Cockaigne    In a just world, Clare Moore and her partner Dave Graney (both ex of Australian post punk deities the Moodists) would be king and queen. This is from their double cd, where Dave tackles hashish songs and Clare's muse is alcohol. The proper song with lyrics is followed by a sound effect retelling of the entire lyric. 
Lee Jong Hee  korean song title   Options Meet Me In A Room    1975  Groovy early 70's korean folk with hints of psyche, early 50's groove, r & b....how can that not sound good? 
Claudine Longet  Creators Of Rain   Options The Look Of Love      A voice that could nurse you back from the worst parts of an acid trip. I'm so pleased that when the trend in many movies was staging blood bath scenes to sweet sounding music Claudine was left out of the mix. 
 
 
...sometimes you are sitting on a tube, drifting down a river, when rocks start to bump you in the ass...
The Nightingales  Born Again In Birmingham   Options Out Of True  Iron Man    Ah, catharsis music. The night before this show I got released from my job back in MN, via email. I left the Park Slope room, and left for the city but first went to a bodega, got a bottle of Makeson Triple Stout, and blasted this while drinking it down. Brilliant, and a rabid return from these 80's-90's indie stars. Thanks to Leanna for buying this for me. 
The Fall  Mad Mock Goth   Options The Real New Fall LP (formerly Country On The Click)  Narnack    There's nothing like a possessed sounding Mark E Smith- and it's brilliant that after years at WFMU a song could stop me in my tracks for it's anti social weirdness. Refreshing. 
Malcolm Middleton  A Happy Medium   Options Into The Woods  Chemikal Underground    Ex Arab Strap member, joined by some Delgados. I love this- it's like the introverted miserable boy who slinks in a corner staring at his shoes, rarely speaking to anyone and frowning at the world suddenly deciding to make a rave album. 
Hail  Hello Part I   Options Hello Debris  rEr    Fantastic return from long time favorites Hail, comprised of Susanne Lewis (Corpses As Bedmates, Hail/Snail) and Bob Drake (A Thinking Plague). More manic breakdown music- you can picture her screaming "I'm HAPPY you fuckers!!" or something. It has that Disney employee on a stabbing spree feel that people love. 
Cathal Coughlan  Amused As Hell   Options The Sky's Awful Blue  Beneath    The genius behind Microdisney (w/ High Llama Sean O'Hagan), Fatima Mansions and his solo work- nobody blends the bitter and the pretty like Cathal. I love how he drolly declares "such a lot of fucking" as though he's saying "nice weather today". 
 
 
the drugs don't work
The Chills  This Is The Way   Options The Lost EP  Flying Nun/Homestead  1988  Classic Martin Phillips tune, one of the best of the Flying Nun bands. Psyche pop perfection- innocent and a bit doomed sounding. 
Picture Center  Fun City   Options Our True Intent Is All For Your Delight  North American  2003  This british band have created some of the most gorgeous, aching, beautiful music I've heard- somewhere in the vein of melancholy Saint Etienne, Field Mice (to whom they have some connection that I'm not sure of), Slowdive, etc- but that's just lazy comparing. You should look them up on myspace and ask them nicely if you can have an album. If you ever feel sad, it will make you feel that there's a sort of beauty in that. 
Lloyd Cole  Brazil   Options Music In A Foreign Language  One Little Indian  2003  I'd left Lloyd behind in the memories of Forest Fire/Perfect Skin- those poetic jangley classics from the late 80's. But he won me back with this, a sadder and less idealistic Lloyd coming off like a cross between Prefab Sprout, Chet Baker, and Leonard Cohen. Perfect for pre dawn mornings in California, as I learned. 
John Cale  Antartica Starts Here   Options Paris 1919  Warner Bros.  1973  I remember when I first heard this album, feeling that first kiss or favorite food sensation of 'oh my god, there couldn't be anything better than this'. Beautiful from start to end. 
 
 
..songs for a peaceful meadow infected with invisible delicate vipers....
A Bad Diana  Behind The Curtain Of The Sun   Options The Lights Are On But No-one's Home      A Bad Diana is the latest alias for Diana Rogerson, aka Crystal Belle Scrod. Joined by her sweetie Steven Stapleton of Nurse With Wound fame (although not "fame" in the sense that Lindsay Lohan is famous). 
Isobel Campbell  Willow's Song   Options Milk White Sheets      The idea of the Isobel, influenced by Scottish folk and Vashti Bunyan, tackling the WIcker Man classic seemed a bit obvious, and made me roll my eyes- until I heard it and was taken by the enchanting and dark beauty of how she controls the soft power of this song, maintaining it's loveliness and horror. 
Islaja  Pete P   Options Ulaal Yyy  Fonal    Islaja is the moniker for Finnish experimental singer/songwriter Merja Kokkenen. She has also been in bands that I haven't heard of, and which involve umlauts that this keyboard cannot create. 
Alan Lomax Recording- Unknown Singer  Unknown Title   Options Mallorca, The Balearic Islands  Folkways    It might not look good on a playlist, but this acapella piece recorded by Alan Lomax captures a bit of olive picking time singing in this region of Spain. 
Kathleen Yearwood  Good Old Days   Options Dog Logic  Herself    Kathleen makes music that my hand cramped hands could not properly describe. Her music is simply better than most- more beautiful, more poetic, more powerful, funnier, stranger, etc. & she can wrap her writing around anything from folk to french to grindcore death metal to experimental...there are no genres, it's Kathleen music. This is an acapella version of a song written by Kyp Harness. 
Linda Draper  Sunburnt   Options Keepsake  Planting Seeds    The brilliant New York treasure that is Linda Draper, melding her delicate nearly 60's psyche style to a tale that finds kindred warmth in bitter awakenings. 
Nico  Somewhere There's A Feather   Options Chelsea Girl      Lovely song...it's interesting to think of someone so twisted and drugged, who can still convey the optimism in knowing that something as light as a feather can provide comfort. 
 
 
lifelifelifelifelifelifelifelifeflyflyflyflyflyflyflyflyfy (try saying it out loud)
Dislocation Dance  You'll Never Never Know   Options Music Music Music/Slip That Disc!      Early 80's British post punk bossa nova- a perfect song, that used to accompany my dancing around my room when I was very wee. 
Ellis Regina  O Cantador   Options Gaylord Fields Premium CD      Wonderful music from the great Brazilian singer Ellis Regina. I believe this is from the late 60's, but I found it on a cd compiled by WFMU hero Gaylord Fiellds. 
Bobbie Gentry  Morning Glory   Options Ode To Billie Joe      Her voice, the harmonica, the lightly galloping guitar- it's all so evocative of another time and place. & listen for that amazing yawn/singing moment- amazing. For some reason, this reminds me of Catcher In the Rye, but I can't figure that out. 
Judy Dunaway  Etude No 2 For Balloon And Violin (excerpt)   Options Mother Of Balloon Music  Innova    She's the best experimental balloon musician I've ever heard. 
AU  Life   Options        
Cocorosie  Sunshine   Options The Adventures Of Ghosthorse And Stillborn  Touch And Go    This song is like a lullaby that will lull you to sleep but then you will have really freaky and active dreams. 
Piano Magic  I Am The Sub Librarian   Options Low Birth Weight  Rocket Girl    That breathing and music box opening is incredibly haunting to me- and the whole song feels like a slow relaxing boat ride into someplace dark and scary. 
Chris Connor  Goodbye   Options All About Chris Connor      A good jazz vocal ballad laced with sweetness, regret, and sorrow can be more potent and miserable than the deepest voice gothic dirge. 
 
 
flying on the ground isn't wrong
Born Heller  Iama   Options I Am A Guest In Here      This group featured Josephine Foster. 
Vashti Bunyan  The Fire   Options Ballads Of The Book  Chemikal Underground    Hauntingly beautiful Vashti song from a collection that pairs Scottish authors with Scottish musicians. Also included are Trash Can Sinatras, both former Arab Strap lads, Emma Pollock, Mike Heron (Incredible String Band), and more. 
Billie Mackenzie  Never Turn Your Back On Mother Earth   Options Transmission Impossible      From a posthumous collection by the great Scottish ex Associates leader Billie Mackenzie, the perfect pairing as he sets his voice on the Sparks classic. 
 
  YAAAAY....That was so much fun. After the show ended and everything was put away, I felt so inspired that I sat by the water and made notes for my next show- who knows when it will be, but I certainly am looking forward to it. Thanks to all my friends at the station, very much, for friendship and for the kick ass programming. In conclusion, all the best to everyone from an Andy in Minnesota. You can email me at andywaltzer@hotmail.com and you should!

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