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Options December 16, 2015: Grand Central Shuttle (Fill-in for Gary Sullivan)

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Artist Track Album Label Year Format Comments Approx. start time
Johnny Griffith, Inc.  Grand Central Shuttle   Options   RCA  1972  45    0:00:00 ()
The Cramps  TV Set   Options Songs The Lord Taught Us  I.R.S.  1980  LP    0:02:39 ()
Sarah Rose Taylor   Tristan und Isolde (Prelude to Act I)   Options Wagner: Wesendonck-Lieder Elgar: Sea Pictures  MSR Classics  2015  CD  Composed by Richard Wagner  0:05:59 ()
Anne Renouprez / Peter Tomek  Kompositionen zu Goethe's Faust   Options Lieder & Sonate für Mathilde Wesendonck  Pavane Records  2013  CD    0:17:15 ()
Diamanda Galas  Birds of Death   Options Defixiones Will & Testament  Mute  2003  CD    0:18:54 ()
Savina Yannatou  La cantiga del fuego   Options Songs of Thessaloniki  ECM  2015  CD    0:23:31 ()
Gretsis & S. Stamos  Greek Rhapsody   Options Greek Rhapsody: Instrumental Music From Greece 1905-1956  Dust-to-Digital  2014  CD    0:27:33 ()
Claude François   Fleur sauvage   Options Claude François: Best of          0:38:15 ()
Paolo Angeli  Melilla   Options S'Û  AnMa / ReR  2015  CD    0:42:33 ()
Lefty Frizzell  I'm An Old, Old Man (Tryin' To Live While I Can)   Options Look What Thoughts Will Do  Sony  1997  CD  Originally released in 1953  0:48:52 ()
Ernest Tubb  Too Old to Cut the Mustard   Options Retrospective Vol 2  MCA  1987  CD    0:51:14 ()
Robert Ashley  The Church (After the Fact)   Options Perfect Lives: An Opera for Television  Lovely Music, Ltd.   1991  CD    1:01:45 ()
Randy Hostetler  Part 3   Options Happily Ever After  Frog Peak Music  1999  CD    1:26:22 ()
Bongwater  Folk Song   Options The Power of Pussy  Shimmy Disk  1990  LP    1:35:57 ()
Negativland  untitled / untitled   Options It's All In Your Head  Seeland  2014  CD    1:45:29 ()
Komar & Melamid and Dave Soldier  The Most Unwanted Song   Options The People's Choice Music  Dia Center  1997  CD    1:59:53 ()
Sara Budde / Eileen Mack / Argeo Ascani / Alex Hamlin.   Telescope   Options Telescope  Physical Editions  2015  CD  Composed by Tristan Perich - https://tristanperich.bandcamp.com/album/telescope  2:21:33 ()
Norberto Lobo And Joao Lobo  Tak for Sherman   Options Oba Loba  Shhpuma  2014  CD    2:28:41 ()
Prince  Black Muse   Options HitNRun Phase Two  NPG Records  2015  MP3    2:34:56 ()
James Brown  Caledonia   Options       CD    2:42:24 ()
World Saxophone Quartet  Night Train   Options Rhythm and Blues  Elektra/Nonesuch    CD    2:45:41 ()
John Hollenbeck  Up, Up and Away   Options Songs We Like a Lot          2:49:27 ()

Listener comments!

Avatar Wed. 12/16/15 7:00pm ndbob:

heya Kurt and everyone!
Avatar Wed. 12/16/15 7:01pm Kurt Gottschalk:

we have signal? started off weird....
Avatar Wed. 12/16/15 7:05pm glenn:

well, the devil's in the details.
Avatar Wed. 12/16/15 7:05pm ndbob:

been fine so far - after that start
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 12/16/15 7:06pm Carmichael:

Oh, hi Kurt! And hello Lux & Ivy.
Avatar Wed. 12/16/15 7:06pm glenn:

well, ivy, anyway.
Avatar Wed. 12/16/15 7:07pm Kurt Gottschalk:

it always takes me a minute to get used to this studio
Avatar Wed. 12/16/15 7:07pm Kurt Gottschalk:

hi everyone!
Avatar Wed. 12/16/15 7:08pm glenn:

hi kurt, and all.
Avatar Wed. 12/16/15 7:10pm Kurt Gottschalk:

hello to lux, too.
  Wed. 12/16/15 7:10pm Dean:

Why just yesterday I was commenting on another show about "bleeding chunks" of Wagner, arias and preludes torn from their contexts, trailing fatty ligaments and veins, for the sake of satisfying the fan of Wagner who can't afford the time to listen to the whole damn opera.
  Wed. 12/16/15 7:11pm Dean:

And I love that Elgar "Sea Pictures." You can play that, too, if you like.
Avatar Wed. 12/16/15 7:11pm Kurt Gottschalk:

aaaaaaaaaaah hahahahhahaha!
Avatar Wed. 12/16/15 7:12pm glenn:

who has 10 hours to listen to wagner?
  Wed. 12/16/15 7:14pm Dean:

Precisely. Not me, that's for fucking sure.

Ah, but this is an arrangement for organ! That's different.
Avatar Wed. 12/16/15 7:17pm glenn:

it's like berlin alexanderplatz. i applaud fassbinder for doing it, but i'm not going to sit in a theatre for 15 hours to watch a movie.
Avatar Wed. 12/16/15 7:18pm glenn:

although veronika voss is my all time favourite film.
  Wed. 12/16/15 7:20pm Dean:

I know somebody who saw BA way back when in one day, a two-part affair with lunch in the middle. He loved it. Some nights I tease my kids and offer to rent it from Redbox. "We'll all get cosy in bed at 7:30 and watch the movie until...10:30 tomorrow morning!"

I attended the LA production of "Angels in America," which is more like seven or eight hours. Too glitzy for me. I'd see the first half in workshop, which was spectacular. But once the production team decided to inject its own vision of spectacle the show was doomed.
  Wed. 12/16/15 7:22pm Dean:

When she was just a toddler, I called my 4YO daughter "My little Diamanda Galas!"
Avatar Wed. 12/16/15 7:24pm Kurt Gottschalk:

  Wed. 12/16/15 7:24pm Richard Gruesome:

Do you take requests?
  Wed. 12/16/15 7:26pm Dean:

A bit like Esther Lamandier here. Same repertoire.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 12/16/15 7:28pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Three-headed dawg ! Three-headed dawg !
I been listening to Kurt Gottschalk w/ a three-headed dawg !
  Wed. 12/16/15 7:28pm Dean:

Er, same era, different region.
  Wed. 12/16/15 7:29pm Doug Schulkind:

Eenie meenie minie minotaur!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 12/16/15 7:31pm Uncle Michael:

It's all Greek to me.
  Wed. 12/16/15 7:35pm Dean:

I know a bit of Greek. For instance, σκατά. It means shit.
  Wed. 12/16/15 7:39pm Dean:

That "Cantiga del fuego" was *later* than the Greek Rhapsody track? Yow.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 12/16/15 7:39pm listener james from westwood:

Evening, Kurt and all!
  Wed. 12/16/15 7:40pm Dean:

Originally written and performed by Chat Stevens.
Avatar Wed. 12/16/15 7:44pm northguineahills:

holas minotaurians!
Avatar Wed. 12/16/15 7:51pm northguineahills:

Paulo Angeli likes to use a lot of traditional Sardinian instruments. They're a lot of fun to look at (channels Sun Ra's 'Strange Strings')
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 12/16/15 7:51pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...& I was thinking I would listen for the contrast to Honky Tonk Radio Girl @ 8...
  Wed. 12/16/15 7:54pm Hambone:

"cut the mustard"?!!
Avatar Wed. 12/16/15 7:54pm northguineahills:

Well, I'm still old enough to cut the cheese!
  Wed. 12/16/15 7:55pm Hambone:

..must be pretty old then.
Avatar Wed. 12/16/15 7:55pm ndbob:

excellent first hour Kurt! bye for now
  Wed. 12/16/15 7:56pm Hambone:

the mustard, that is.
Avatar Wed. 12/16/15 8:03pm northguineahills:

The wife is going to see Laurie Anderson tomorrow. I couldn't afford it, but at least I got to chat w/ her at a bar once back in 2005.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 12/16/15 8:04pm Jeff:

Wait, what? There's a Kurt show and I didn't know to listen in?
Avatar Wed. 12/16/15 8:05pm Kurt Gottschalk:

laurie's super nice. i once went to a fundraiser reception at the kitchen and i knew she was going to be there so i had my friend back home fax the school report her daughter did about how laurie was her hero. laurie seemed pleased by it.
Avatar Wed. 12/16/15 8:05pm Kurt Gottschalk:

hi jeff. i forgot to run audition.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 12/16/15 8:07pm Jeff:

Avatar Wed. 12/16/15 8:09pm Kurt Gottschalk:

Avatar Wed. 12/16/15 8:12pm northguineahills:

@Kurt: She was invited by Keiko. She sat next to me, and I could barely contain by school boyish enthusiasm. We talked about normal stuff about music and arts. As I left, I mentioned I had her vinyl box set for United States of America (she only ID'ed herself as Laurie).
Avatar Wed. 12/16/15 8:14pm Kurt Gottschalk:

nice. i sat next to her and lou at the movies once. it was 'giant' - the james dean / liz taylor movie. i think it was laurie's turn to pick the movie because lou was fidgeting, sleeping, trying to use the light off the screen to read his watch ...
Avatar Wed. 12/16/15 8:16pm northguineahills:

Thanks Kurt, I should be back before 10.
Avatar Wed. 12/16/15 8:35pm coelacanth:

howdy Kurt and all
Avatar Wed. 12/16/15 8:37pm Kurt Gottschalk:

hey, coelc!
Avatar Wed. 12/16/15 8:41pm coelacanth:

hey who made that gif of the last party i threw?
Avatar Wed. 12/16/15 8:42pm Kurt Gottschalk:

your next door neighbor
Avatar Wed. 12/16/15 8:44pm coelacanth:

oh,yeah. he should be glad i didn't invite him,after he saw all those people fall (accidentally) into the fire pit.
Avatar Wed. 12/16/15 8:45pm Kurt Gottschalk:

Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 12/16/15 9:07pm Uncle Michael:

I can see a Walmart from my window.
Avatar Wed. 12/16/15 9:07pm Kurt Gottschalk:

weird. do you live in alaska?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 12/16/15 9:08pm Uncle Michael:

It's not a Russian Walmart.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 12/16/15 9:09pm Uncle Michael:

It's about a half mile away. I can't see it when the trees have leaves but I can this time of year. I long for spring.
Avatar Wed. 12/16/15 9:10pm Kurt Gottschalk:

Avatar Wed. 12/16/15 9:11pm Kurt Gottschalk:

i know it's an old story but i actually saw wal-mart kill my mom's town in west tennessee. there's nothing downtown anymore. everyone shops at wal-mart and everyone lives at wal-mart. they should just build a dormitory on the roof.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 12/16/15 9:13pm Uncle Michael:

It's kind of awful. I've never been in this one near me. It went up about ten years ago. I shop at a store across the street from it. We lost three other grocery stores in the area after it opened. It does damage even here...but nothing like what they did to rural towns.
Avatar Wed. 12/16/15 9:14pm Kurt Gottschalk:

i knew it was bad but i always thought it was an exaggeration until i saw it.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 12/16/15 9:16pm Uncle Michael:

I'm close enough to lot of mall towns to have watched that happen.

We shopped for bulk stuff at a Sam's Club until we got a Costco an hour away. It's a good excuse for going to the bigger city. Big city amenities and no supporting Satan.
Avatar Wed. 12/16/15 9:19pm Kurt Gottschalk:

coelcanth parties with satan.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 12/16/15 9:19pm Uncle Michael:

like it's 1999
  Wed. 12/16/15 9:20pm Dean:

I can see a Chipotle and a Walgreen's from my window. Kinda convenient, if you think about it, under the present circumstances.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 12/16/15 9:20pm Uncle Michael:

What are the present circumstances?
Avatar Wed. 12/16/15 9:21pm Kurt Gottschalk:

i live in manhattan and i see a tree-covered hill out my windows.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 12/16/15 9:21pm Uncle Michael:

This is a track that I think I want to hear exactly once but that I'll be sad when it ends.
  Wed. 12/16/15 9:22pm Dean:

Chipotle outposts around the country (NW and here in CA, at least) serving tainted food, making folks mighty ill.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 12/16/15 9:23pm Uncle Michael:

Well, I can't really complain...I live on six wooded acres...which is pretty much all I can see till the leaves drop and I can see that damned Walmart.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 12/16/15 9:23pm Uncle Michael:

I hadn't heard that, Dean.
Avatar Wed. 12/16/15 9:24pm coelacanth:

my town would rally against walmart coming in. cvs was stopped. the village (downtown,where i live) has an ordinance against chain-business now; but that didn't pass until after a starbucks and a mobile mart were there.
Avatar Wed. 12/16/15 9:25pm Kurt Gottschalk:

when i moved to nyc in the 90s there wasn't an ordinance of chains, they just didn't have them. it was one of the first things i noticed. now they're everywhere.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 12/16/15 9:27pm Uncle Michael:

The only strange thing about chains in NYC is who would patronize such places with the diverse wealth of options available there. Of course the answer is probably risk-averse tourists and commuters.
Avatar Wed. 12/16/15 9:28pm coelacanth:

...oh,yeah and 2 other petrol stations,and little chains- like a korean/japanese restaurant that's one of three.
  Wed. 12/16/15 9:29pm Dean:

Blech, it's worse than I thought:

"Forty-five people in six different states have contracted food poisoning after eating at a Chipotle restaurant this fall, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

"Most cases, 26, were in Washington State. The CDC also reported two cases in California, two in Minnesota, two in New York, one in Ohio, and 13 in Oregon. At least 16 people have been hospitalized."--ThinkProgress, November 21, 2015
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 12/16/15 9:29pm Uncle Michael:

I grew up in a big city and choose now not to live in one but when I visit them...I'm looking for the flavor of the city, not the familiarity of a strip mall.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 12/16/15 9:30pm Uncle Michael:

That news is good for Qdoba.
  Wed. 12/16/15 9:32pm Dean:

Which is why I often head to the local public library. But then I have a perverse fondness for strip mall familiarity, too. There's one in Victoriaville, site of the annual Musique Actuelle. I'd grab coffee there and watch the locals shop. Having grown up in an LA suburb, I felt entirely at home, even if I didn't ever hang out at the mall as a kid. Also, the Victo mall was all French. But still, the same kinds of shops.
Avatar Wed. 12/16/15 9:33pm coelacanth:

UM, there are many places in this village to get coffee and such- several of which serve excellent quality for less money than shitty,burnt,overpriced starfucks; yet business is booming for them. the students from long island and many of the tourists go there, i guess for the reasons you stated.
Avatar Wed. 12/16/15 9:34pm Kurt Gottschalk:

the chains in nyc work the way they do everywhere else. they're bigger and cheaper and eventually push out the competition. it might be harder to pull off, i'm not sure, but it's the same mode of operation.
  Wed. 12/16/15 9:35pm Dean:

Also, it's easier for the chains to move in, a function of their being bigger. That's why it's called capitalism.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 12/16/15 9:38pm Uncle Michael:

When I was in Manhattan last March, for the first time in about six years, I still saw enough of what makes it New York to still be New York, I think. I didn't feel cornered into frequenting chains. I still make it to Chicago about twice each year and it's the same way.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 12/16/15 9:39pm Uncle Michael:

I suppose it's connected to the way Times Square famously changed. My last two visits to Times Square were in 1975 and 2009.
Avatar Wed. 12/16/15 9:41pm Kurt Gottschalk:

yeah, it's still nyc, uncle mike, but it's changed.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 12/16/15 9:41pm Uncle Michael:

It's the only constant.
  Wed. 12/16/15 9:43pm Dean:

As they say in Victo, "Plus ça change..."
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 12/16/15 9:49pm Uncle Michael:

This is delicious.
Avatar Wed. 12/16/15 9:55pm northguineahills:

While waiting to meet a friend for a drink, I was reading Dec '14s Wire (i'm way behind) and came across Kurt reviewing the New Opera Days Fest in Ostrava, Czechia, and he interviews Kamala Sankaram!, a friend of mine that used to play w/ me years back! Cheers Kurt!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 12/16/15 10:00pm Uncle Michael:

Take your time, Kurt...no one is up next!
Avatar Wed. 12/16/15 10:03pm coelacanth:

Thanks Kurt!
gnight animals.

(..."early christmas eve"?)
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 12/16/15 10:03pm Uncle Michael:

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