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Options December 9, 2013: Rain flakes and snow drops and mittens for kittens

mittens for kittens

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Artist Track Album Label Approx. start time
The Ben Allison Band  Neutron Star   Options The Stars Look Very Different Today  Sonic Camera Records  0:00:00 (Pop‑up)
Pink Floyd  Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun   Options Ummagumma  Harvest / EMI  0:06:35 (Pop‑up)
Magic Carpathians w/ Thomas Holuj  Song 2   Options The Magic Carpathians & Tomasz Holuj  World Flag Records  0:15:22 (Pop‑up)
Alasdair Roberts & Ivor Kallin  The Newts & The Salamanders   Options The Legend of Saint Columba's Oxter Packet EP  Happy Soul Records  0:23:02 (Pop‑up)
Alexander Tucker  Mullioned View   Options Third Mouth  Thrill Jockey  0:25:55 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
Ben Allison 
The Ballad of Joe Buck   Options The Stars Look Very Different Today  Sonic Camera Records  0:30:20 (Pop‑up)
Alan Stivell  Reflets   Options Reflets  Polydor  0:37:24 (Pop‑up)
Heather Woods Broderick  Left   Options From the Ground  Digitalis  0:42:36 (Pop‑up)
Imago (Gyða Valtýsdóttir)  Serenade Vapour   Options (limited edition 7")  Gyða Valtýsdóttir  0:46:50 (Pop‑up)
Julie Tippetts & Martin Archer  Subside   Options Serpentine  Discus  0:52:00 (Pop‑up)
Juana Molina  Ay, No Se Ofendan   Options Wed 21  Crammed Discs  0:56:49 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
Ben Allison 
The Ballad of Joe Buck   Options The Stars Look Very Different Today  Sonic Camera Records  1:02:19 (Pop‑up)
Lee Ranaldo and The Dust  The Rising Tide   Options Last Night On Earth  Matador  1:08:44 (Pop‑up)
The Chills  True Romance   Options Somewhere Beautiful  Fire  1:17:43 (Pop‑up)
Robert Wyatt  Chelsea   Options '68  Cuneiform Records   1:20:51 (Pop‑up)
Sandstone  Asking Life   Options Can You Mend a Silver Thread?  Lion Productions  1:25:48 (Pop‑up)
Third Ear Band  Inverness: Macbeth's Return / The Preparation / Fanfare / Duncan's Arrival   Options Third Ear Band's Music from Macbeth  BGO Records  1:32:52 (Pop‑up)
Appaloosa  Yesterday's Roads   Options Appaloosa  Columbia  1:37:52 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
Ben Allison 
The Ballad of Joe Buck   Options The Stars Look Very Different Today  Sonic Camera Records  1:41:15 (Pop‑up)
Tash Parker  When It Rains   Options Waking Up  Inertia  1:49:17 (Pop‑up)
Kitchen Cynics  Deep in the Wee Hours   Options Wooden Bird ...Plus  Alan Davidson  1:53:00 (Pop‑up)
Peter Blegvad  Model of Kindness   Options Live at WFMU 1988-89 with Host Jim Price  (WFMU Marathon premium)  1:56:51 (Pop‑up)
Rachel Loshak  Apple Tree   Options So Bright  Rachel Loshak  2:01:20 (Pop‑up)
Lucy Wainwright Roche  The Same   Options There's a Last Time For Everything  Lucy Wainwright Roche  2:04:17 (Pop‑up)
Shoko Hikage  Rokudan No Shirabe   Options Inishie no / Ancient Times  Women's Work Recordings  2:07:28 (Pop‑up)
Orba Squara  Raining Again   Options The Trouble With Flying  RES FREq  2:15:42 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
Ben Allison 
The Ballad of Joe Buck   Options The Stars Look Very Different Today  Sonic Camera Records  2:19:51 (Pop‑up)
Lake  Combat Culture   Options The World is Real  K Records  2:30:56 (Pop‑up)
Van Dyke Parks  All Golden   Options Song Cycle  Warner Bros.  2:34:00 (Pop‑up)
Cheer  Autumn Stare Out   Options Red Walk  Drifting Falling  2:37:49 (Pop‑up)
Roy Harper  The Stranger   Options Man & Myth  Science Friction  2:43:51 (Pop‑up)
Wall Matthews  We Three Kings of Orient Are   Options Star of Wonder  Zen Gardens Music  2:49:09 (Pop‑up)
Goldfrapp  Simone   Options Tales of Us  Mute  2:51:43 (Pop‑up)
Neko Case  Afraid   Options The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You  Anti-  2:55:50 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
Ben Allison 
The Ballad of Joe Buck   Options The Stars Look Very Different Today  Sonic Camera Records  2:58:16 (Pop‑up)

Listener comments!

Avatar Mon. 12/9/13 12:00pm kat330:

Hi, Irene! LOVE the cartoon!
Avatar 🎃 Mon. 12/9/13 12:01pm Sean in Bristol UK:

Hi Irene, hello one and all
Avatar Mon. 12/9/13 12:01pm kat330:

(off now to make lunch, but wanted for once to get in at the top ;)
Avatar 🎃 Mon. 12/9/13 12:01pm Sean in Bristol UK:

Hi Kat, the cartoon is fab
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Mon. 12/9/13 12:01pm braveness23:

B23 here... actually on my way out for lunch but wanted to ask if I could put my coat on this seat and save it for when I get back?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 12/9/13 12:03pm Mike East:

Lunch? Damn, I'm still working on breakfast. First day back after vacation sux.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 12/9/13 12:04pm Irene Trudel:

Hey Everybody! Glad to have you here for however long. @Kat & Sean, I just was looking for a good illustration for today's show and that one popped up on Flickr.

Ah, Lunch! That won't be for a while for me. Enjoy!
Avatar 🎃 Mon. 12/9/13 12:08pm Sean in Bristol UK:

Early Floyd, nice
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 12/9/13 12:09pm common:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Mon. 12/9/13 12:13pm Guido (Cologne):

if I remeber right, the live-part of Ummagumma album originally was intended to finish up with those live-favorites included. But that eventually didn't work out, since the Floyds went on performing most of it till DSOTM / pre WYWH-period.
Avatar Mon. 12/9/13 12:16pm kat330:

Back w/ turkey sandwich on tray. I want to look through the others that were at Flickr when my hands are free.
Avatar Mon. 12/9/13 12:17pm kat330:

And, yes, illustration IS the much better word. Hi, Mr. East!
Avatar Mon. 12/9/13 12:18pm kat330:

And hi, Sean! Scrolling UP the list, so I'm all backwards.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 12/9/13 12:18pm Irene Trudel:

Cool sidebar-- the illustrator is Erik Blegvad, whose son Peter is a fine songwriter and illustrator too.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 12/9/13 12:18pm Tome:

HI Irene , Hi Kiddles,, nice start on a gloomy day,. Still one of my faves is Pink Floyd at Pompeii where they are playing to an audience I believe >..> . bit.ly...
Avatar 🎃 Mon. 12/9/13 12:19pm Sean in Bristol UK:

@Kat, how you getting on with Breaking Bad?
  Mon. 12/9/13 12:20pm lalahartma:

First time tuning in and I loves it.
Avatar Mon. 12/9/13 12:20pm kat330:

@Sean: Aha, funny you should ask! Just got the final Blu-ray before the weekend before this, and finished up all the specials this weekend. :)
  Mon. 12/9/13 12:21pm Peter K.:

"Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun" -- nice choice!
Avatar 🎃 Mon. 12/9/13 12:22pm Sean in Bristol UK:

@Kat, I am heading to Albuquerque in April to pay homage!
Avatar Mon. 12/9/13 12:23pm kat330:

Philo and I both agree it was a *very* satisfying ending. After watching all the specials, I think it's clear why I was drawn to the series (besides Cranston's awesome acting chops): There are SO many women involved in the production, from writing to directing.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Mon. 12/9/13 12:24pm Ken From Hyde Park:

It's like the mild oath I exclaim when I spill milk or stub my toe: "Kittens with mittens!"
Avatar Mon. 12/9/13 12:25pm kat330:

@Sean: Sure hope it will NOT be a case of "never meet your setting heroes." ;)
Avatar 🎃 Mon. 12/9/13 12:26pm bobdoesthings:

Ohhh that's why you don't mess with salamanders.. got it
Avatar Mon. 12/9/13 12:28pm kat330:

This is a sublime set, Irene.
  🎃 Mon. 12/9/13 12:29pm 12539:

This set seems especially well attuned to the weather here in NY.
Avatar Mon. 12/9/13 12:30pm kat330:

I just love the miffed expressions on the parents -- and the sheepish one on the kitty -- for yet *again* losing mittens.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 12/9/13 12:30pm Irene Trudel:

Thanks folks. It's a dreary, winter-like day in NYC and I like to reflect that mood.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 12/9/13 12:35pm Mike East:

a belated hello, kat330
Avatar Mon. 12/9/13 12:37pm kat330:

Also (back to the illustration), such a perfect economy of drawing, conveying all it needs to in a minimal amount of objects and space.
Avatar Mon. 12/9/13 12:43pm Droll:

Cold and dreary here in Seattle (current conditions in avatar), so the show is also spot on here.
Avatar Mon. 12/9/13 12:45pm glenn:

eeew york city. news.nationalpost.com...
Avatar Mon. 12/9/13 12:46pm kat330:

@Droll: I'm not sure there's a spot in the U.S. today that is NOT cold and a bit dreary. The sun does poke out once in a while here though.
Avatar Mon. 12/9/13 12:49pm kat330:

@Sean: Whenever you're back in typing distance, forgot to ask: Did the real-time viewers of "BB" also get to see the alternative ending?

I think I spot Icelandic in the playlist -- and not Bjork!
  Mon. 12/9/13 12:49pm Richard from Venezuela:

Greetings Irene and all the listeners.
Avatar 🎃 Mon. 12/9/13 12:49pm Sem Chumbo:

Ah, just picking up head from the spreadsheets to say thanks, Irene, pour Alan Stivell et sa belle musique de harpe celtique de Bretagne.
Avatar Mon. 12/9/13 12:49pm Billy Jam:

love this track!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Mon. 12/9/13 12:50pm Guido (Cologne):

Peter Blegvad of Slapp Happy?
(English band in Hamburg early 70ies, collaborators with Henry Cow)
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 12/9/13 12:51pm Irene Trudel:

@glenn, Ewww indeed. Now I have to combat even more of those invading buggers, as if I don't have enough in our apartment!
Avatar 🎃 Mon. 12/9/13 12:51pm Sean in Bristol UK:

I was sat outside this morning and you feel the heat of the sun, it was wonderful. Calm before the storm, me thinks, but the shortest day is just around the corner. That's psychologically uplifting
Avatar Mon. 12/9/13 12:52pm glenn:

hey, i don't make the news, i just report it.
Avatar Mon. 12/9/13 12:53pm glenn:

and also, roy halladay retired today.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 12/9/13 12:53pm Irene Trudel:

@Guido, yes indeed! Check out Peter's Leviathan: www.google.com...
  🎃 Mon. 12/9/13 12:54pm 12539:

(and don't forget there's a marathon premium of Peter B's guest appearances on Jim Price's show)
Avatar 🎃 Mon. 12/9/13 12:55pm Sean in Bristol UK:

@Kat, I never knew there was an alternative ending. I am greatly intrigued, I got the box set throughout the post the other day, I haven't opened the packaging, is the alternative ending available on that/
Avatar Mon. 12/9/13 12:55pm kat330:

@Sean: You see my question at 12:49? Dag, I really need flashing neon lights on my avatar. ;) I'd switch in my new "selfie" on my profile page, but that would fade into the background even worse I fear.
Avatar 🎃 Mon. 12/9/13 12:55pm Sean in Bristol UK:

Lovely, lovely set, Irene
Avatar Mon. 12/9/13 12:56pm kat330:

Ooops. Crossing msgs. Oh, well then, you are IN FOR A TREAT! That's all I'll say about that. :)
Avatar Mon. 12/9/13 12:57pm kat330:

And, I can only presume if you're paying for a box set then indeed you'll also get all the bells and whistles.
Avatar 🎃 Mon. 12/9/13 12:58pm Sean in Bristol UK:

@Kat, another BB fan is popping by my place later, I can't wait to pass on the info, thanks for the heads up
Avatar Mon. 12/9/13 1:00pm kat330:

This has a "Tusk"-like beat.
Avatar 🎃 Mon. 12/9/13 1:00pm Sean in Bristol UK:

@Irene, Juana Molina is one of the numerous wonderful artists you have opened my eyes to, is this her new album?
Avatar Mon. 12/9/13 1:01pm Droll:

The sound on this Molina is outrageous! BIG stereo!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 12/9/13 1:02pm Irene Trudel:

@Sean, yes Juana has a new album called "Wed 21." I love what she does musically!
  Mon. 12/9/13 1:08pm van:

Quite late today. Hi Irene
Avatar Mon. 12/9/13 1:11pm kat330:

Ahh, this is real-Lee nice.
Avatar 🎃 Mon. 12/9/13 1:11pm Sean in Bristol UK:

Hi Van. @Glenn, just looking back on the comments, you mentioned Mr Halliday, is that the Phillies pitcher?
  Mon. 12/9/13 1:12pm van:

Hi there Sean
Avatar Mon. 12/9/13 1:12pm kat330:

Irene, can you easily check who is drumming for this "The Rising Tide"?
  Mon. 12/9/13 1:14pm van:

So today's google doodle about Grace Hopper...very cool. I walked over to the American History museum to see the moth remains & log book only to find it not on display.
Avatar 🎃 Mon. 12/9/13 1:15pm Sean in Bristol UK:

Just one baseball themed question @Irene. The Curtis G signing, a major step in the right direction? Promise I won't bring up his topic for the rest of the show!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Mon. 12/9/13 1:15pm braveness23:

B23 here! Where is my coat? I put my coat on a seat to save it before I went to lunch and now I can't find it!

(hi Irene! hi friends and soon-to-be friends)
Avatar Mon. 12/9/13 1:16pm glenn:

sean, yes, but he's signed a one day contract with the blue jays, and will be retiring as a blue jay.
Avatar Mon. 12/9/13 1:17pm kat330:

Hey, Van, thanks for the Google doodle tip!
Avatar Mon. 12/9/13 1:18pm B23's Coat:

I'm calling the c.p.a. on you, buddy. that's the Coat Protection Agency.
Avatar 🎃 Mon. 12/9/13 1:18pm Sean in Bristol UK:

@Glenn, of course, he started his career in the majors there.
Avatar Mon. 12/9/13 1:20pm glenn:

yes. i saw him pitch many times.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Mon. 12/9/13 1:21pm C.P.A.:

We've determined that B23's coat was acting on it's own accord when it declined going to lunch at the Indian buffet and thus does not qualify for protection.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Mon. 12/9/13 1:22pm braveness23:

See! Gimmee back my coat!
Avatar Mon. 12/9/13 1:24pm kat330:

Maybe Steve Shelley?
Avatar Mon. 12/9/13 1:24pm Hound Dog Taylor:

To hell with some jive ass coat. Gimme back my wig!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 12/9/13 1:25pm Irene Trudel:

@kat, the drummer on Lee Ranaldo's album is definitely Steve Shelley.
Avatar Mon. 12/9/13 1:27pm kat330:

Thanks. Quite fine (to my ear) on that "The Rising Tide" track.
Avatar 🎃 Mon. 12/9/13 1:28pm Sean in Bristol UK:

A stonking set, Irene
Avatar Mon. 12/9/13 1:31pm Droll:

I had to look it up, but yes, stonking.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Mon. 12/9/13 1:31pm braveness23:

<B23 add 'stonking' to his vocabulary>
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 12/9/13 1:32pm Mike East:

Lee Ranaldo's gotta slow down. I still haven't picked up his last album before this one.
Avatar Mon. 12/9/13 1:35pm kat330:

Ah, this my kind of music. Love the authentic and the newly composed versions of anything medieval / renaissance music.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Mon. 12/9/13 1:36pm braveness23:

@kat330 I have to admit that last night a Dead Can Dance track actually caused me to get up, go across the room and skip the song.
Avatar Mon. 12/9/13 1:38pm kat330:

Not familiar with them.
Avatar Mon. 12/9/13 1:40pm kat330:

But I certainly appreciate skipping a particular song -- I do it all the time and, with my Internet radio remote, don't even have to "go across the room." ;)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Mon. 12/9/13 1:44pm braveness23:

Dead Can Dance is a band that started off really goth and then went into doing medievally and renaissancey sounding music. I was a HUGE fan for a long time but have been removed from them long enough now to be a bit more objective and realize that a handful of their later songs were garbage.
Avatar Mon. 12/9/13 1:47pm kat330:

@braveness: THIS is a good e.g. of the sort of modern use of old music I love: www.youtube.com...
From "A Clockwork Orange" (sorry for the ad to start off)
Avatar Mon. 12/9/13 1:48pm kat330:

Come to think of it "Overture to the Sun" would have fit the stars / sun theme in the sets.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 12/9/13 1:48pm Tome:

..old music ,,, hey now ,, I resemble that remark ,,,,
  Mon. 12/9/13 1:50pm P-90:

@ DJ Irene: Thanks for playing some EXTRAORDINARILY fine sets today. It's really appreciated.
Avatar 🎃 Mon. 12/9/13 1:51pm Irwin:

Thanks for playing Tash Parker. Great album, passed along by Gotye.
Avatar Mon. 12/9/13 1:52pm kat330:

Sorry, Tome, but my selfie will confirm I do as well. ;) But WRT to medieval music, I think it needs to be something you feel deeply, as if so immediately familiar. I'm convinced it was a past-life of mine.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 12/9/13 1:52pm Irene Trudel:

Thanks for passing it my way, Irwin! Just started listening to it-- good stuff!
  Mon. 12/9/13 1:54pm don d:

John Compton (Appaloosa) atill creating music. Believe he lives in Vermont now. And yes Kooper signed and produced them, around the time he urged Clive Davis to release Zombies' 'Odessey and Oracle'...
Avatar Mon. 12/9/13 1:57pm kat330:

Ah, the illustrator's son.
Avatar Mon. 12/9/13 1:58pm kat330:

A Randy Newman sort of vocal.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 12/9/13 1:59pm Irene Trudel:

Thanks for the update, Don D! I'll have to see what Compton is up to now.
  Mon. 12/9/13 2:17pm don d:

Hikage piece has elements of 'Pictures at an Exhibition' -
Avatar 🎃 Mon. 12/9/13 2:19pm Davee:

Perfect music for today's weather . . .
  Mon. 12/9/13 2:37pm van:

Rats. I've only managed to catch a small part of today's show live. Archives here I come.
  Mon. 12/9/13 2:37pm ian:

dafuq?? lol wut
Avatar Mon. 12/9/13 2:47pm kat330:

Gorgeous guitar.
Avatar 🎃 Mon. 12/9/13 2:48pm PKNY:

Hats off to Roy Harper, indeed.
Avatar Mon. 12/9/13 2:52pm kat330:

Wall Matthews? Huh, we have a Mall St. Matthews over in Lullville.
  Mon. 12/9/13 2:56pm P-90:

Wow, That "We Three Kings" was achingly beautiful, without a trace of false or forced sentiment. This has been the perfect soundtrack for this grey, grey day. Every year there's a moment when I feel the spirit of the holiday season enter me, sometimes it's at the last minute on Christmas eve, usually at some unpredictable point earlier in the month. This morning was it for this year!
Avatar Mon. 12/9/13 2:59pm kat330:

Fine one to end on. Thanks, Irene. Have a great rest of your gloomy, dreary or other weather-wise Monday, all.
Avatar 🎃 Mon. 12/9/13 3:00pm Sean in Bristol UK:

Irene, that was just beautiful, what a wonderful choice of music, thank you so much
  🎃 Mon. 12/9/13 3:00pm 12539:

Thanks, Irene!
  Wed. 12/11/13 8:42am van:

Archive catch up time!
  Wed. 12/11/13 8:57am van:

Loved the Floyd! Rarely hear their original of this, usually only the covers done by other artists. Thank Irene!
  Thu. 12/12/13 10:26am van:

Beautiful rendition by Wall Matthews, thanks for that. I believe that Joshua Bell also played this recently in his live free webcast from his home.
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