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The lazy calm at the week's start. A few live performances included, but mainly music with an ear tilted toward string-driven things. (Visit homepage.)

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Options July 28, 2008: Harkening back to an older world with Curtis Eller and Benjamin Wetherill

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Artist Track Album Label Format
James Blackshaw  Running to the Ghost   Options The Cloud of Unknowing  Tompkins Square   
David Garland  I Don't Want to Know   Options Noise in You  Family Vineyard   
Nick Schillace  Your Memories of Oklahoma   Options Landscape and People  Burly Time   
Matt Bauer  Rose and Vine   Options The Island Moved in the Storm  La Societe Expeditionnaire   
Shearwater  Rooks   Options Rook  Matador Records   
Sufjan Stevens  Jacksonville / A short Reprise for mary Todd, Who Went Insane, but for Very Good Reasons / DECATUR, Or a Good Round of Applause for YOur Stepmother   Options Come On Feel The Illinoise  ASTHMATIC KITTY   
 
The Pines  Horse & Buggy   Options Sparrow in the Bell  Red House   
Tony Trischka  The Next Big Thing   Options Territory  Smithsonian Folkways   
Pamela Wyn Shannon  Ca' the Yowes   Options Courting Autumn     
Anna Ternheim  The Ones They Blame   Options Halfwy to Fivepoints  Decca   
Festival  Boxcar   Options Come, Arrow, Come!     
Spottiswoode and His Enemies  That's What I Like   Options That's What I Like     
Kenny Cambre  Sparked a Memory   Options Kings County Caravan Volume One     
 
 
Live Performance by Curtis Eller
 
New York City's angriest yodelling banjo player, Curtis Eller sings about pigeon racing, performing elephants and Jesus, all of which he has seen with his own eyes. He started his show-business career at the age of seven as a juggler and acrobat in the Hiller Olde Tyme Circus in Detroit, but has since turned to the banjo because that's where the money is. His biggest musical influences are Buster Keaton, Elvis Presley and Abraham Lincoln. Mr. Eller and his band, The American Circus, have staggered their way into the hearts of audiences from funerals, horse races, burlesque revues and punk rock dumps. Curtis Eller appeared, sans band, with bassist Evan Silverman on some numbers to cheer the WFMU audience with tunes about John Wilkes Booth, Joe Louis, Fidel Castro, Jack Ruby and Richard Nixon (as well as the usual tales of Civil War generals and Elvis Presley).
Curtis Eller  Sugar in My Coffin   Options      
Curtis Eller  Daisy Josephine   Options      
Curtis Eller's American Circus  John Wilkes Booth (Don't Make Us Beg)   Options Wirewalkers and Assassins    CD 
Curtis Eller & Evan Silverman  After the Soil Fails   Options      
Curtis Eller & Evan Silverman  Always Sugar for the Horses   Options      
Curtis Eller & Evan Silverman  The Curse of Cain   Options      
Curtis Eller & Evan Silverman  Black Diamond   Options      
Curtis Eller's American Circus  Save Me Joe Lewis   Options Wirewalkers and Assassins    CD 
Curtis Eller's American Circus  Buster Brown   Options Taking Up Serpents Again    CD 
 
 
Live performance by Benjamin Wetherill
 
Benjamin Wetherill, who calls himself the"Cliff Richard of Folk," brings us beautiful folk tales from the other side of the pond. On his debut album, Laura, echoes of old-world charm are liberally sprinkled throughout the tunes, which were recorded in a castle in Budapest. With a gentle nod to the music of Nick Drake and John Fahey, Benjamin Wetherill visited from the UK to play live on WFMU.
Benjamin Wetherill  We Make Plans to Strangle Your Lover   Options      
Benjamin Wetherill  The Press Gang (Ewan McColl)   Options      
Benjamin Wetherill  Ada   Options Laura  Ba Da Bing!  CD 
Benjamin Wetherill  Lord Franklin   Options      
Benjamin Wetherill  Blackwaterside   Options Laura  Ba Da Bing!  CD 
Benjamin Wetherill  How Lonely the Moon   Options      
 
Benjamin Wetherill  Kissing Under Poplars   Options Laura  Ba Da Bing!   
Mariana Sadovska  Calling Bird   Options Borderland  EVOE   
17 Hippies  Jovano Jovanke   Options Live in Berlin  Hipster Records   

Listener comments!

  Mon. 7/28/08 3:16pm Dead Corporate Eyes:

I saw Nick Schillace a few months ago...recommended. Sounds good!
  Mon. 7/28/08 3:20pm north guinea hills:

not familiar w/ nick schillace. love it. wfmu is the only place where i can learn of good musicians i've never heard of...., and that's getting increasingly hard.......
  Mon. 7/28/08 3:28pm Dead Corporate Eyes:

Sufjan!
  Mon. 7/28/08 3:31pm yesno:

soupjam!
  Mon. 7/28/08 3:32pm north guinea hills:

o gawd, please don't let this be about jacksonville, fl, my hometown..... as much as i love it......
  Mon. 7/28/08 3:36pm noyes:

haha ngh, check out the album title
  Mon. 7/28/08 3:40pm north guinea hills:

ahhhh, working... didn't look, but i heard decatur, and decatur, ga isn't too far a freight car jump from jax, fl....
  Mon. 7/28/08 3:47pm R. P.:

A Calvino reference, to the Baron in the Trees.
  Mon. 7/28/08 3:57pm north guinea hills:

*google earths the sufjan stevens referecnces*, wow, decatur, il is only a short jaunt on i-72 from jacksonville, il. spatially uncanny how two pairs of homophonic towns in two regions of the u.s. have similiar spatial differentials b/tn them
  Mon. 7/28/08 4:25pm north guinea hills:

the history nerd in me is digging this.....
  Mon. 7/28/08 4:32pm lori samsel:

I love Curtis Eller!!!!! I'm a long time fan! Glad to hear him on your show!
  Mon. 7/28/08 4:35pm north guinea hills:

this is cracking me up, bravo curtis!
  Mon. 7/28/08 4:47pm lori samsel:

Curtis performed the best soundtrack fro my animated short film! I wish him the best
  Mon. 7/28/08 4:47pm nicolaj -copenhagen, Denmark:

great songs curtis eller, first time listener, really enjoying it.

digging the show !
  Mon. 7/28/08 4:49pm Ismael:

go, Curtis Eller-phant!
  Mon. 7/28/08 4:54pm Rick:

Wow - this is great stuff. Irene always brings on NYC's best acts.
  Mon. 7/28/08 4:56pm Ismael:

Louis took down Max Schmeling on June 22, 1938!
  Mon. 7/28/08 5:07pm nicolaj:

can really recommend going to see mahmoud ahmed. puts on a good show.
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