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Options August 25, 2008: Show 201, with a live set from The Lost Patrol
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Show time: 12 AM - 3 AM

The start and end times for each individual set and each individual song are exact.


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Artist Track Album Label Comments Special
 
Set 1: a classical warm up. (Listen to this set: Real | )
Sequentia  Favus distillans (track 2) (Listen: Real | )   Options Hildegard Von Bingen: Voice Of The Blood  Harmonia Mundi  It's about the "complete fulfillment of all higher senses and desires." I heard some music of Perotin recently at the Lincoln Center Out Of Doors festival, and that made me think of this music. One of the leading intellectuals of her age, she also believed music to be the highest form of human activity. Sounds good to me.  ***  
Klaus Nomi  The Cold Song (track 3) (Listen: Real | )   Options Eclipsed: The Best Of Klaus Nomi  Razor & Tie  This is Nomi's interpretation of the song from Purcell's 1691 semi-opera King Arthur. It's a song of misery and resentment at being brought back to life, and a longing to be dead - again. Makes me think of The Golem. This is my favorite piece of music by Klaus Nomi.  ***  
Virgil Fox  Fugue A La Gigue (track 2) (Listen: Real | )   Options Bach Live At Winterland: More Heavy Organ  MCA  Happy music, from the person I believe to be by far the greatest classical organist of the 20th century. Virgil's tirade at the end about the rigidity and stuffiness of the (musical) establishment is still dead-on.  ***  
 
 
Mic break between Sets 1 & 2. Background music played during it: (Listen to this set: Real | )
Les Chakachas  Love is like a Violin (track 4)   Options Arriba!  RCA International  Phat, sentimental sound. Feels like it's the slow song at the record hop.   
 
 
Set 2: the live set from The Lost Patrol, engineered by Dave Amels. (Listen to this set: Real | )
The Lost Patrol  On The Run (Listen: Real | )   Options On their upcoming CD    Their new CD should be out in October, and will probably be called Midnight Matinee.You can check their website here.   
The Lost Patrol  Homecoming (Listen: Real | )   Options On their upcoming CD    Their new CD should be out in October, and will probably be called Midnight Matinee.   
The Lost Patrol  Orbit (Listen: Real | )   Options Launch And Landing       
The Lost Patrol  Sirens (Listen: Real | )   Options Launch And Landing       
The Lost Patrol  Neon Red (Listen: Real | )   Options Lonesome Sky       
The Lost Patrol  Serenade (Listen: Real | )   Options On their upcoming CD    Their new CD should be out in October, and will probably be called Midnight Matinee.   
The Lost Patrol  Jukebox On The Moon (Listen: Real | )   Options Scattered, Smothered & Covered / their upcoming CD    They've done a new version that will be on their upcoming CD. Just a really nice way to end a set from some really nice people. Special stuff.  ***  
 
 
Mic break between Sets 2 & 3. Background music played during it: (Listen to this set: Real | )
Les Chakachas  Love is like a Violin (track 4)   Options Arriba!  RCA International  Phat, sentimental sound. Feels like it's the slow song at the record hop.   
 
 
Set 3: the old radio show portion of the evening. (Listen to this set: Real | )
Sam Spade  The S.Q.P. Caper   Options Originally broadcast November 7, 1948  (no label)  A couple check into a hotel, but they aren't married, and the real wife doesn't like it -- only the real wife isn't the real wife at all, the stiff on the floor may not be dead, and the photographic evidence turns out to be dental x-rays - of the killer. Lots of fun. Howard Duff stars as Spade, and Lureen Tuttle as Effie.

A semi-coherent plot to be sure, but this is one of the key reasons this series was / is so beloved. The Adventures Of Sam Spade, Detective (the official title) was on the air from 1946 - 1951, and many episodes survive. The series remains the greatest detective series ever on old-time radio. We'll be hearing another episode very soon.

Just 13 weeks after the series began, "...Duff had become Spade, overcoming two intimidating handicaps -- the image of Bogart and the power of the novel. Compared to Bogart's dour and straitlaced Spade, Duff's was a cutup: a hard-knuckled master of street-level whimsy and sarcastic comeback. His sense of burlesque was superb. The Adventures Of Sam Spade was its own entity, owing little to the forces that had created it." (Dunning's The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio).
 
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Mic break between Sets 3 & 4. Background music played during it: (Listen to this set: Real | )
Les Chakachas  Love is like a Violin (track 4)   Options Arriba!  RCA International  Phat, sentimental sound. Feels like it's the slow song at the record hop.   
 
 
Set 4: the psych rock portion of the evening. (Listen to this set: Real | )
Scenic  A Journey Through The Outer Reaches Of Inner Space (track 9) (Listen: Real | )   Options The Acid Gospel Experience  Hidden Agenda  Long, low key and meditative psych.   
Vapaa  Varjoista (track 2) (Listen: Real | )   Options Hum Hum Hum  Last Visible Dog  Resonant, slightly acidy but still calm, evolves into psych rock, bit tormented towards the quiet end.   
Up-Tight  Song For Lucrezia II (track 5: faded out by -3:35) (Listen: Real | )   Options Lucrezia  Alchemy  Anticipatory but still intense start, calms down for vocals each time, superb from
-6:30 to my fade out.
 
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Farflung  Unborn Planet (track 1) (Listen: Real | )   Options A Wound In Eternity  Meteor City  Heavy-ish psych rock.  ***  
 
 
Mic break between Sets 4 & 5. Background music played during it: (Listen to this set: Real | )
Les Chakachas  Love is like a Violin (track 4)   Options Arriba!  RCA International  Phat, sentimental sound. Feels like it's the slow song at the record hop.   
 
 
Set 5: dark & rhythmic with Plastikman. (Listen to this set: Real | )
Plastikman  In Side (track 9)   Options Consumed  Novamute  Darkly rhythmic all the way. Starts and ends very quietly.   
 
 
End of show mic break. Background music played during it: (Listen to this set: Real | )
Les Chakachas  Love is like a Violin (track 4)   Options Arriba!  RCA International  Phat, sentimental sound. Feels like it's the slow song at the record hop.   

Listener comments!

  Mon. 8/25/08 1:48am MIKE:

Great show
  Mon. 8/25/08 2:28am C:

Excellent!
  Mon. 8/25/08 2:36am mike:

what is the name of this tune?
  Mon. 8/25/08 2:45am Mike:

I thougt it might have been the doors?
  Mon. 8/25/08 2:53am Andrew, your DJ:

Not by the proverbial long shot, Mike. Although The Doors are quite good at times....
  Mon. 8/25/08 2:56am Ike:

Yes, good show. I enjoyed last week's show too, while I was driving back from the Catskills, first at 90.1 and then at 91.1 as I got closer to home.

Since the whole playlist is posted in advance, you must plan out the whole show ahead of time, I guess. I like all the details. Strange that the comment box doesn't get the "live" frames treatment though. Thus, no auto-refresh.
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