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Options June 8, 2012: Sad Tomorrows (with a Top 40 Request from Wadada Leo Smith)
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Artist Track Album Label Year Format Comments Approx. start time
Marvin Gaye  Sad Tomorrows   Options   Tamla  1971  45     
Dave Burrell  Spanish Swat   Options The Jelly Roll Joys  Gazelle  1991  CD  Composed by Jelly Roll Morton  0:02:17 ()
Benoît Delbecq / François Houle  The Mystery Song   Options Because She Hoped  Songlines  2011  CD  Composed by Duke Ellington  0:08:55 ()
Aki Takase / Han Bennink  Hat and Beard   Options Two for Two  Intakt  2011  CD  Composed by Eric Dolphy  0:15:35 ()
Christian Enrico Sciubba   All Blues   Options Tortuga: Flamenco Jazz Guitar  self-released    CD  Composed by Miles Davis  0:19:15 ()
Anthony Braxton  Composition no. 106f   Options Solo (Koln) 1978  Leo  2002  CD    0:25:54 ()
Joan Wildman and Hans Sturm  Sketches   Options Numbers  RogueArt  2011  CD  Composed by Roscoe Mitchell  0:31:10 ()
Henry Threadgill Zooid  So Pleased, No Clue   Options Tomorrow Sunny / The Revelry, SPP  Pi Recordings  2012  CD    0:37:36 ()
Southwest Chamber Music  Black Church   Options Ten Freedom Summers  Cunieform  2012  CD  Composed by Wadada Leo Smith  0:44:39 ()
Wadada Leo Smith  interview   Options           1:03:37 ()
Otis Redding  Try A Little Tenderness   Options Dreams to Remember: The Otis Redding Anthology  Rhino  1998  CD    1:18:35 ()
Lester Bowie  The Great Pretender   Options The Great Pretender  ECM  1981  CD    1:23:11 ()
Weird Weapons  Buckram   Options 2  Creative Sources  2010  CD    1:39:54 ()
Aaron Moore & Shilpa Ray  Talk Robot   Options     2012  WAV  from Snake Bites Tail - http://www.snakebitestail.com/7/  2:11:42 ()
Maya Beiser  Samai Nahawand   Options Kinship  Koch  2000  CD  Composed by Simon Shaheen  2:25:55 ()
Bahar Movahed   The remainder Allah Waisy   Options   Traditional Crossroads  2012  CD  Composed by Ali Akbar Moradi  2:31:43 ()
Amir ElSaffar Two Rivers Ensemble  Al-Badia   Options Inana  Pi Recordings  2012  CD    2:34:49 ()
The Home of Easy Credit  Arches of Gold   Options The Home of Easy Credit  Northern-Spy  2012  CD    2:40:39 ()
Melgún   Leda prova col pavone   Options La macchina che moltiplica a per tre  Fringes  2000  CD    2:47:41 ()
Listen With Sarah  My Little Hula Girl (WWW Remix)   Options My Little Hula GIrl  Cherryade  2007  CD-R    2:54:03 ()
Petula Clark  The Show is Over   Options Beautiful Sounds: The Petula Clark Songbook  Castle  2000  CD    2:57:35 ()

Listener comments!

  Fri. 6/8/12 3:00pm G:

What's goin' on?
  Fri. 6/8/12 3:05pm kat330:

  Fri. 6/8/12 3:08pm Dead Corporate Eyes:

this is like a drink of cool water after the smoky haze of Bryce's show. not that I didn't love the smoky haze!
  Fri. 6/8/12 3:09pm BSI:

  Fri. 6/8/12 3:09pm Parq:

DCE, it's early yet.
  Fri. 6/8/12 3:12pm pierre:

Bonjour KURT !
it's not often that i can listen to your show live, and i'm glad i do it.
Avatar Fri. 6/8/12 3:13pm bryce:

bonjour, pierre!
& hello to everyone!
  Fri. 6/8/12 3:13pm Tom from NCal:

Whoa this music restarted my day into a new whirlpool.
  Fri. 6/8/12 3:14pm Mike East:

take that costume off, Kurt
  Fri. 6/8/12 3:14pm northguineahills:

The Russians are writing off the Czechs.
  Fri. 6/8/12 3:15pm G:

Had to wiki it. "Sad Tomorrows" is the B side of "Mercy Mercy Me"...
Avatar Fri. 6/8/12 3:16pm DJ KG:

oops, sorry for making like i was bryce. i'm not.
  Fri. 6/8/12 3:18pm Mike East:

thanks for saving me the effort, G!
  Fri. 6/8/12 3:18pm northguineahills:

Wow, Bennink doing Dolphy!
  Fri. 6/8/12 3:22pm Dead Corporate Eyes:

The gif actually works really well with flamenco. Oddly.
  Fri. 6/8/12 3:24pm kat330:

Loving all this. If commenters are less active than when the music is rawking raucous or weird, it's not because we're enjoying it any less. Just a note for the record.
  Fri. 6/8/12 3:28pm northguineahills:

Wow, Braxton doing Gillespie (don't recognize it)
Avatar Fri. 6/8/12 3:29pm DJ KG:

miscued. this is comp 106f. but he does play 'you go to my head' on this record.
  Fri. 6/8/12 3:36pm Hud II:

Whatever happened to Toni Braxton? Yeah, I know I could Google it, but sometimes I'd rather lean on the WFMU Collective's knowledge.
Avatar Fri. 6/8/12 3:38pm DJ KG:

  Fri. 6/8/12 3:40pm Mike East:

I like to do the same thing, Hud II. Unfortunately, I don't know how much info the WFMU Collective would tend to have on Toni Braxton...although I'm consistently surprised by how much this crowd knows.
  Fri. 6/8/12 3:43pm northguineahills:

what about Tony, Toni, Tone?
  Fri. 6/8/12 3:46pm still b/p:

She's a woman of the world...the reality TV world. With her family. Don't know what they're doin' for the watchin' on the program, on accounta I haven't done the watchin'.
  Fri. 6/8/12 3:47pm G:

Wiki on recent Toni Braxton events: "Braxton was involved in the 7th season of the reality show Dancing with the Stars. Her professional partner was Alec Mazo. She was voted off in week five of the competition. It was announced on October 6, 2010 that Braxton once again had filed for bankruptcy. A reality series entitled Braxton Family Values, starring Toni and her sisters, debuted April 12, 2011 on WE tv. WE tv ordered a 13-episode second season of the show after the third episode of the first season. On September 18, 2011, Braxton was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame."
  Fri. 6/8/12 3:50pm northguineahills:

Smith writing for strings, curious. I like!
  Fri. 6/8/12 4:03pm northguineahills:

One of the best live shows I've ever seen was Wadada Leo Smith and Anthony Braxton at Tonic around 2005. Ecstatic!
  Fri. 6/8/12 4:11pm Indeed:

We need a Class Civil Rights Movement!
  Fri. 6/8/12 4:12pm D'Oh:

I think that may have been tried
  Fri. 6/8/12 4:19pm kat330:

Great interview. And WHAT a song this is...
  Fri. 6/8/12 4:22pm Mike East:

Holy crap I love Otis Redding.
  Fri. 6/8/12 4:23pm G:

Otis: "I don't wanna go, but I GOTTA GO!"
  Fri. 6/8/12 4:26pm kat330:

@DJ KG: Btw, glad your summer schedule remains the same. Here's the deal on my mistake w/ a June Friday the 13th: I wasn't looking at a calendar when I wrote that comment last week. I was recalling something said or typed from your show early in the year when you mentioned 3 Friday the 13ths upcoming, and I seriously remember it as Jan., April and June at that time. So the third one is actually next month. Glad I straightened that out. :)
  Fri. 6/8/12 4:27pm Calendar:

I am what I am, and that's all that I am.
Avatar Fri. 6/8/12 4:28pm DJ KG:

no worries, kat. the july friday the 13th call for submissions will be up next week.
  Fri. 6/8/12 4:28pm kat330:

@Calendar: Well, I try not to look ahead and remain in the moment instead.
  Fri. 6/8/12 4:29pm kat330:

Hey, an unexpected rhyme! Okaydoke, Kurt.
  Fri. 6/8/12 4:30pm Carmichael:

Good Friday afternoon, KG and everyone.
  Fri. 6/8/12 4:32pm kat330:

Carm, we can always count on you to be the guest who shows up fashionably late.
  Fri. 6/8/12 4:34pm Carmichael:

I wanted to get here on time, but I'm in government and it's fiscal year end. No time to breathe, much less hear.
  Fri. 6/8/12 4:35pm kat330:

As a fill-in one time, Kurt, are you sorry to see A440 go? Have you ever considered hosting a show devoted to classical music? When I saw the replacement was Minor Music and before I learned differently, I was hoping it was all music played in a minor key -- like Young is doing on his Americana.
Avatar Fri. 6/8/12 4:37pm DJ KG:

for the record, i did bethany's show twice but that's neither here nor there. i loved doing her show, but personally wouldn't want to do a show that's any one genre.
Avatar Fri. 6/8/12 4:37pm DJ KG:

jesse's a great guy, though! i'm looking forward to listening to minor music.
  Fri. 6/8/12 4:37pm northguineahills:

Damn, this sizzles (Bowie)
  Fri. 6/8/12 4:39pm Carmichael:

Interesting, as I was about to say you seem to be giving over your show to jazz this afternoon. And that's fine, but I always expect FMU to morph in and out of genres (as only it can).
  Fri. 6/8/12 4:40pm kat330:

(Oops.) I can understand that, but it was only one hour. The all-minor-key music intrigues me, and it certainly can cross all genres. Since a wee one, I've leaned toward minor over major. Innate melancholia I presume.
Avatar Fri. 6/8/12 4:41pm DJ KG:

carmichael, that's certainly true. getting to interview leo smith struck close to my heart and i had to play some aacm. like ... a lot of it. but we're moving toward other pastures now.
Avatar Fri. 6/8/12 4:42pm DJ KG:

also - the freedom to play lots of genres is the same freedom as the freedom to just play one.
Avatar Fri. 6/8/12 4:46pm DJ KG:

(as long as you're free to do so)
  Fri. 6/8/12 4:50pm Dead Corporate Eyes:

innate melancholia...I love it!
  Fri. 6/8/12 4:50pm Carmichael:

I know that buckram is stiff fabric (i.e., a bookcover), but I first thought this song may be an homage to Buck Ram, the 60s pop producer. I'm thinking way too much ....
Avatar Fri. 6/8/12 4:52pm DJ KG:

... who wrote "the great pretender"! you're thinking just the right amount.
Avatar Fri. 6/8/12 4:52pm bryce:

wow, this is really great
  Fri. 6/8/12 4:52pm kat330:

@DCE: Nice to see you so enthusiastic about sadness! :)
  Fri. 6/8/12 4:54pm kat330:

A link to find out what all instruments are involved here, IOW, what weird weapons are being wielded?
Avatar Fri. 6/8/12 4:56pm DJ KG:

guitar, bass and drums
  Fri. 6/8/12 4:56pm kat330:

That's it? And just one on each? Very nice.
Avatar Fri. 6/8/12 4:57pm DJ KG:

yup. it's a trio.
  Fri. 6/8/12 5:00pm kat330:

The Buck stops and continues on w/ DJ Ruppture. Ram on!
Avatar Fri. 6/8/12 5:02pm DJ KG:

marvin gaye looks really good dancing to this.
  Fri. 6/8/12 5:05pm kat330:

Yeah, finger snappin' and arm rolls.
  Fri. 6/8/12 5:06pm G:

Not all minor key music is sad. Some is just somber or solemn etc.
  Fri. 6/8/12 5:08pm northguineahills:

Didn't Wadada Leo Smith add Ishmael to his name recently?
  Fri. 6/8/12 5:09pm kat330:

True dat, G. I recall my mother sort of chiding me as a child for liking so many things in minor key and not being so enthusiastic with Sousa march music.
Avatar Fri. 6/8/12 5:12pm DJ KG:

ngh - i don't want to speak to much for the man, but i believe he made a choice to use 'ishmael' in his personal life but not as a performer.
Avatar Fri. 6/8/12 5:13pm DJ KG:

i quite like the woody guthrie verse 'way off yonder in a minor key' that billy bragg and wilco did, on mermaid ave. vol. 2, i believe
  Fri. 6/8/12 5:14pm Matt:

Wow - this is really nice, too.
  Fri. 6/8/12 5:14pm kat330:

Yeah, yeah, good reference, great lyric.
  Fri. 6/8/12 5:18pm sue:

Thought I heard my baby crying upstairs. No. Just this song.
  Fri. 6/8/12 5:19pm kat330:

I think melancholia being associated with minor key is just a way for the majors to keep down the minors, as it is in general. But it's the wonderful interplay of both in a composition that always brings me the greatest happiness.
"I Know Something About Love" was an early song where I learned how the switch-up affected me.
  Fri. 6/8/12 5:22pm Carmichael:

It's an easy way to describe the feelings found in some minor key songs, although not accurate at all in my opinion. Take an obvious example, Sultans of Swing. Played in Dm, it's not sad, somber or brooding at all. It's uptempo and driving, especially the solo back end. That's more of how I associate moods with minors.
  Fri. 6/8/12 5:23pm kat330:

I suppose uroborus was already taken as a domain name.
Avatar Fri. 6/8/12 5:25pm DJ KG:

well, the minor key does come from the same flattened third that defines the blues, as mentioned in the interview earlier. it's not _always_ melancholy, but the dropping (or bending) a note as in a wail of sadness is common in the music of many different cultures.
  Fri. 6/8/12 5:26pm kat330:

Right, Carm, and like G pointed out, minor can connote serious or somber, like the majesty of Profofiev's minor-key themes in Romeo and Juliet.
  Fri. 6/8/12 5:28pm kat330:

Kurt, Mom didn't understand why her baby girl loved the blues so much either. :)
  Fri. 6/8/12 5:30pm kat330:

Vying outside against this lovely Shaheen piece is an ice cream truck playing Turkey in the Straw. Now why don't those trucks ever play minor-key tunes?
  Fri. 6/8/12 5:32pm slugluv1313:

ahhhhh Shaheen :)
  Fri. 6/8/12 5:34pm kat330:

I see the typo disease is still very much with me. I've even boosted the size of the comments field to help with what went on yesterday. My eyes, sigh. ProKofiev, of course...
  Fri. 6/8/12 5:35pm slugluv1313:

AND this lovely Bahar Movahed piece (MUST get my own copy of this album!!!) -- SUBLIME!!! thank you Mr. Kurt Gottschalk!!!
  Fri. 6/8/12 5:38pm kat330:

@slugluv1313: I believe the FMU home page graphic fits your comment perfectly: Sublime. :)
  Fri. 6/8/12 5:39pm slugluv1313:

oh no, kat330!!! i have über case of typo disease -- had hoped no-one else was afflicted so -- i BANISH yours, FOREVERMORE!
  Fri. 6/8/12 5:39pm kat330:

I like how Marvin is moving to this track.
  Fri. 6/8/12 5:40pm slugluv1313:

@ kat330 -- omg i had not even seen that -- WOW!!!! just fit the mood/music PERFECTLY!!! :)
  Fri. 6/8/12 5:41pm vanya:

yeah, marvin is totally in it!
  Fri. 6/8/12 5:41pm kat330:

Mine is eyesight issues and thinking faster than my fingers can move. The latter's always been the case, but at least my eyes used to catch them all before putting it out there. I was omitting entire words yesterday. It was a mess.
  Fri. 6/8/12 5:41pm adam:

  Fri. 6/8/12 5:43pm kat330:

I was trying to quickly search to see if Young's Americana includes a minor-key version of Turkey in the Straw but wasn't able to confirm. Anyone know offhand?
  Fri. 6/8/12 5:47pm kat330:

Found it. Nope, no Turkey in the list.
  Fri. 6/8/12 5:56pm kat330:

Well, leaving to get dinner prep underway. Thanks, Mr. Gottschalk, for a most sonorous (not snore-ous :) afternoon! Later all.
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