Options Aerial View: Playlist from July 1, 2014 Options

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Options July 1, 2014: Happy Independence Day (Just Not Here)
July 4th has a very special meaning to me vis a vis my independence and my radio career. July 4, 1986 was my first-ever appearance on WFMU during an on-air barbecue thrown by Kaz. Luckily for me, that appearance was documented. Unluckily for me, I'm not very good. My Long Island accent is prominent. And I can't seem to figure out how to actually interact with the other "performers", who included Kaz, Jim Ryan and Tom Bergin (except for a scripted piece we did, written by yours truly). We mocked Liberty Weekend, the celebration of the restoration of the Statue of Liberty, and generally made asses of ourselves. But it was thrilling because I was out on my own, living an independent life. And I got the radio bug. Before long I was co-hosting The Nightmare Lounge with Kaz, then I was DJing overnights, then came Aerial View. And now I'm paid to do radio. I'll play some segments from that first appearance tonight while we discuss independence and what it means to you.

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Artist Track Year Format
Augustus Chris T. Pablo  Viva Aerial View Tirado   Options    
Triumph the Insult Comic Dog  Welcome to America   Options 2014  CD 
Horatio Sanz, Brian Stack, Dave Hill  Forget the Alamo   Options 2014  CD 
Chris T., Tom Bergin & Jim Ryan  Don't Blow It! Fireworks Safety   Options 1986  Cassette 
Neko Case, Kelly Hogan  These Aren't The Droids   Options 2014  CD 
Will Arnett, Samantha Bee, et al  Canada - On Top Again   Options 2014  CD 

Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 7/1/14 6:09pm Ken From Hyde Park:

As kids, we'd turn in our gopher tails (5 cents per flickertail and 24 cents per pocket gopher) and spend the money on firecrackers. We'd blow up ant piles and pop empty tuna cans into the air.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 7/1/14 6:13pm Ken From Hyde Park:

At dusk, we'd drive into town to watch the fireworks show. Dad would buy a variety pack and we'd blow them up before going to bed. (Also, 25 cents for those gopher tails.)
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 7/1/14 6:14pm dale:

we used to blow up our old models when we outgrew them. sometimes we'd pretend they were in an accident and pour some gasoline on them and light them to see them melt. today's kids don't know what they're missing.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 7/1/14 6:16pm dale:

my dad came home from that place in the carolinas called 'south of the border' with a bunch of sparklers when he went down to get a mouth full of new dentures. we were in heaven
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 7/1/14 6:22pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Sportsy Talk clearly ran out of material last night. I'm sure it's tough for them to double the amount of things to talk about. Not that it wasn't entertaining, nonetheless.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 7/1/14 6:35pm Greg from Bloomfield:

There was a Super Bowl commercial this year that opened with the question "Is there anything more American...than America?" and I almost spit my beer out from laughing.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 7/1/14 6:47pm Ken From Hyde Park:

I remember the instructions for firecrackers: Light fuse; get away.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 7/1/14 6:48pm Greg from Bloomfield:

As much as America's tendency towards greed and violence frustrates me, I'd say our best qualities are our natural beauty and the fact that we are a cultural powerhouse without equal.
  Tue. 7/1/14 6:51pm flying d-man:

@Ken from Hyde Park: what bothered me about Sportstalk is not the lack of materialen (it was quite informative) but the double standards: one does not hurt other people by p-ing in one's own mouth so why penalize this while supporting a dirty tackle over a schwalbe?
  Tue. 7/1/14 6:52pm Marmalade Kitty:

culture with a battery pack!
  Tue. 7/1/14 6:53pm flying d-man:

.. mouth. so why support a dirty tackle over someone avoiding one by lying down?
  Tue. 7/1/14 6:56pm flying d-man:

I mean: why penalize the p-ing and hurraying a dirty tackle?
  Tue. 7/1/14 6:57pm Marmalade Kitty:

unlucky usa! they gave everything out there! do canada play footie?
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