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Options October 6, 2008: Show 206
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Show time: 12 AM - 3 AM

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Artist Track Album Label Comments Special
 
Set 1. (Listen to this set: Real)
Assemble Head In Sunburst Sound  Gemini (track 9) (Listen: Real)   Options Ekranoplan  Tee Pee  A lush ballad.   
Grails  PTSD (track 2) (Listen: Real)   Options Take Refuge In Clean Living  Important  Gentle and delicate, builds a bit but stays warm and resonant, reflective, very quiet end.   
The Oscillation  Somatone (track 4) (Listen: Real)   Options Death Before Distemper 2: Revenge Of The Iron Ferret  DC Records  Sort of romantic and dreamy electronic rock, gets somewhat spacey-loopy at moments.   
Scenic  Angelica (track 9: begun -4:58, ended by -0:17) (Listen: Real)   Options Acquatica  World Domination  Sunny and upbeat, sustained, instrumental.   
Acme Rocket Quartet  Inspirado (track 2) (Listen: Real)   Options Sound Camera  Lather  Sort of soul-jazz rock, trumpet, kind of a 1960's spy movie feel.   
Vocokesh  Once More Near The Beginning (track 3) (Listen: Real)   Options ...all this and hieronymus bosch  Strange Attractors  Warm surf rock with a bit of an edge, also a little psych rock feel.   
 
 
Mic break between Sets 1 & 2. Background music played during it: (Listen to this set: Real)
Gate  11.16 (track 4)   Options The Lavender Head Volume 3  Precious Metal  Deep, mysterious, soft.   
 
 
Set 2: the old radio show portion of the evening. (Listen to this set: Real)
The Adventures of Sam Spade, Detective  The Betrayal In Bumpus Hell Caper   Options Originally broadcast January 16, 1949  (no label)  Sam starts off trying to relax by reading a "western trash" novel and really hamming it up, but keeps getting interrupted. He stops a fight between the fiery "actress" upstairs and her stinker husband she's worried might bump her off, then there's the would-be politician who insists on telling Spade he's being blackmailed for two-timing our fiery "actress"....

Even more tongue in cheek than usual. After listening to this episode we should all "feel better already." A great episode.

Howard Duff stars as Spade, and Lureen Tuttle as Effie.

Another 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.

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 2 & 3. Background music played during it: (Listen to this set: Real)
Gate  11   Options The Lavender Head Volume 3  Precious Metal  Deep, mysterious, soft.   
 
 
Set 3: back to quiet(er) music. (Listen to this set: Real)
Gas  Gas VI (CD 1, track 6) (Listen: Real)   Options Nah Und Fern: Gas  Kompakt  Floaty, lots of depth, dark-ish, softly near-golden, uplifting, calms down last 2 minutes.  ***  
Troum  Sigqan Part 1 (track 1) (Listen: Real)   Options Sigqan  Desolation House  Slow, slowly soaring & sepulchral tones; even uplifting, in a way.  ***  
Earth  Omens And Portents 2: Carrion Crow (track 5) (Listen: Real)   Options The Bee Made Honey In The Lion's Skull  Southern Lord  Slow and golden, with a western feel. The set starts getting heavier.   
Lawrence English  Organs Lost At Sea (track 1) (Listen: Real)   Options Kiri No Oto  Touch Tone  Like a mix of Nadja and classical organ, dark and golden; has an edge but also a soft feel, somehow; exciting.   
 
 
Mic break between Sets 3 & 4. Background music played during it: (Listen to this set: Real)
Gate  11.16 (track 4)   Options The Lavender Head Volume 3  Precious Metal  Deep, mysterious, soft.   
 
 
Set 4: it was a dark and vengeful night.... (Listen to this set: Real)
Lydia Lunch  Lady Scarface (side B, track 2) (Listen: Real)   Options Queen Of Siam  ZE Records  A dark night in the East Village, and Lydia's on the prowl.

There's lots of really good music on this album, which was way different from its time (1980) and this time. I think this may be music that will always be ahead of its time. She helped arrange the music - played by the Billy Ver Plank Orchestra. And then there are the guitar solos by Robert Quine...

Although the album was remastered and put out on CD, we hear the original vinyl release here - it sounds much better.
 
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Maggie Estep  Ingeborg, Mistress Of The Dark (track 15) (Listen: Real)   Options No More Mister Nice Girl  NuYo  Ingeborg revenges herself on right wing problem children.  ***  
 
 
Mic break between Sets 4 & 5. Background music played during it: (Listen to this set: Real)
Gate  11.16 (track 4)   Options The Lavender Head Volume 3  Precious Metal  Deep, mysterious, soft.   
 
 
Set 5: the psych rock portion of the evening - an entire concert by Pharoah Overlord. (Listen to this set: Real)
Pharoah Overlord  Black Horse (track 1) (Listen: Real)   Options Live In Suomi Finland  Viva  This track: easy psych rock with an edge, emphatic beat, heavy, fuzzy guitar.

The concert was recorded in Helsinki on May 12, 2006. The sound quality is superb, and the music is so good it's beautiful.

Suomi is the Finnish name for Finland. Just so you know.
 
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Pharoah Overlord  Tutankharmony (track 2) (Listen: Real)   Options Live In Suomi Finland  Viva  Resonant and sweet, fairly calm.  ***  
Pharoah Overlord  Zero Gravity (track 3) (Listen: Real)   Options Live In Suomi Finland  Viva  Easy tempo psych rock.  ***  
Pharoah Overlord  Skyline (track 4) (Listen: Real)   Options Live In Suomi Finland  Viva  The calm ends here. Easy tempo, resonant and heavy psych rock, builds gradually.  ***  
Pharoah Overlord  Mangrove (track 5) (Listen: Real)   Options Live In Suomi Finland  Viva  Spare and deep, builds rapidly to easy and sustained psych rock, calmer end.

Note: they recorded another live album in 2001, Live Live Live, but it's not as good, and the sound quality gets to be annoying.
 
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Mic break between Sets 5 & 6. Background music played during it: (Listen to this set: Real)
Gate  11.16 (track 4)   Options The Lavender Head Volume 3  Precious Metal  Deep, mysterious, soft.   
 
 
Set 6: a musical cadeau (present) for Keili's cousine. (Listen to this set: Real)
Coralie Clément  Ta Révérence (track 10)   Options Bye Bye Beauté  Capitol  Clément sings: do you still love me?...I just look sad.  ***  
 
 
Mic break between Sets 6 & 7. Background music played during it: (Listen to this set: Real)
Gate  11.16 (track 4)   Options The Lavender Head Volume 3  Precious Metal  Deep, mysterious, soft.   
           
 
Set 7: a musical present for Keili. (Listen to this set: Real)
Les Leiber  Crazy Rhythm (CD 1, track 11) (Listen: Real)   Options Saturday Night Swing Party  Memphis Archives  Les Leiber goes to town on a 10-cent pennywhistle. Les was a newspaper delivery man who, with this song and the next, ascended beyond novelty act all the way to greatness.

Saturday Night Swing Party was a weekly live musical variety radio show. This show was recorded June 12, 1937.
 
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Les Leiber  Nobody's Sweetheart (CD 1, track 12) (Listen: Real)   Options Saturday Night Swing Party  Memphis Archives  Was Les done? NO! Les heads off into warp 10 speed with this one. Speed-metal has nothing on Les.  ***  
 
 
End of show mic break. (Listen to this set: Real)
 

Listener comments!

  Mon. 10/6/08 12:18am John M:

1st time I've heard Scenic. Nice. An outgrowth of Savage Republic, right?
  Mon. 10/6/08 12:25am Andrew:

Yes, it is. When Savage Republic broke up, guitarist Bruce Licher formed Scenic.
  Mon. 10/6/08 12:59am C:

That old radio show you played last week about the sick girl freaked me out for some reason. I'm glad tonight's is a bit lighter.
  Mon. 10/6/08 1:00am Andrew:

Me, too. I think we all needed it.
  Mon. 10/6/08 1:08am D in DC:

One of our local public radio stations occasionally plays Sam Spade. I've always loved Duff's goofy take on the character.
  Mon. 10/6/08 1:14am Andrew:

It's amazing just how good so many of the episodes were - and still are.
  Mon. 10/6/08 1:14am C:

What's the frequency D?
  Mon. 10/6/08 1:24am D in DC:

It's "The Big Broadcast" Sunday nights on WAMU 88.5.
  Mon. 10/6/08 1:28am Andrew:

There are also several stations in iTunes' Talk / Spoken Word folder you should check out.
  Mon. 10/6/08 1:37am C:

Cool! Thanks D and Andrew. I'll definitely check them out. I'm looking forward to re-using my radio.
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