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Options February 24, 2008: By REQUEST: No Academy Awards Banter

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Artist Track Album Label Comments
The Story of Modern Farming  Sidespring   Options Someone New  d"Autres Cordes   
The Balustrade Ensemble  The Museums of Sleep   Options Capsules  dynamoPHONE   
Mike Ellis  Chicago Spontaneous Combustion Suite   Options Chicago Spontaneous Combustion Suite  Alphapocket   
Dmitri Shostakovich  10 Aphorisms   Options     performed by Melvin Chen 
Boxhead Esemble  Nocturnes 2 and 10   Options Nocturnes  Atavistic   
Sawako  White Sky Winter Chicada   Options Hum  12k   
Television Pickup  Absolute Kelvin   Options De Jag Var Lille Var Alting Storre  Boogiepost   
Roumi Petrova  Rebeck Player   Options Enchanted Rhythms: Cello Music from Bulgaria  MSR Classics   
Paul Bley Trio  Batterie (Carla Bley)   Options Closer  ESP-Disk   
Eric Dolphy  Variants on a Theme by Thelonious Monk (composed by Gunther Schuller)   Options Vintage Dolphy  GM   
Kahil El'Zabar's Ritual Trio with Billy Bang  Big M   Options Live at The Rive East Arts Center     
Todd Hammes  Marimba, Pan and Tabla   Options Music for Percussion  Innova   
Cato Salsa Experience and The Thing with Joe McPhee  Witch (Gerry Roslie)   Options Two Bands and a Legend  Smalltown Supersound   

Listener comments!

  9:26pm ?:

so here she is. guten abend grosse fr B.... public transpooooort, eh? why not ride your horse to work like 'every'body else?
  9:45pm ?:

hellheavn, there is a fair chance, frau B, that the hole fucing whirld is watchin those screwed o'scars tonight ... thusly 'your' mmmmusic sounds even besser
  9:47pm ?:

ps: meant to ask: do you like pumpernickel bread. do you bake?
  9:58pm bethany:

I swore I wouldn't mention the Academy Awards on the air this evening to offer listeners a hermetically sealed mainstream culture-free program. But I'll comment here.


I happen to REALLY LIKE the Oscars myself and I'd be watching if I weren't here.

Think about it: there is LOTS of TALENT and ART that is being recognized tonight. Feel free to argue, but that's my take.

NOW: if anyone out there is watching ad keeping track of awards - please fill me in!!! Post a comment when awards are announced!!

Let the noisy/pretty mainstream/periphery comment war begin. Just keep me in the loop with the winners, ok?
  10:19pm ?:

all time favorite here: hatchet ... beats a(ny) hammer, B
  10:20pm bethany:

Everyone is watching television. So quiet in here!!
  10:21pm ranjit:

not me! i'm trying (and failing) to make a Trumpet Marine!
  10:23pm ?:


As we have already covered this problem in Chapter Four where we first broached the dilemma of life, let us refresh our memories here. We saw that there really was no way to overcome the real dilemma of existence, the one of the mortal animal who at the same time is conscious of [alarmed at!] his mortality. A persons spends years coming into his own, developing his talent, his unique gifts, perfecting his discriminations about the world, broadening and sharpening his appetite, learning to bear the disappointments of life, becoming mature, seasoned&#8212;finally a unique creature in nature, standing with some dignity and nobility and transcending the animal condition; no longer driven, no longer a complete reflex, not stamped out of any mold. And then the real tragedy, as Andr&#233; Malraux [1901 - 1976] wrote in The Human Condition: that it takes sixty years of incredible suffering and effort to make such an individual, and then he is good only for dying. This painful paradox is not lost on the person himself&#8212;least of all himself. He feels agonizingly unique, and yet he knows that this doesn't make any difference as far as ultimates are concerned. He has to go the way of the grasshopper, even though it takes longer.

We said that the point was that even with the highest personal development and liberation, the person comes up against the real despair of the human condition. Indeed, because of that development his eyes are opened to the reality of things; there is no turning back to the comforts of a secure and armored life. The person is stuck with the full problem of himself, and yet he cannot rely on himself to make any sense out of it. For such a person, as Camus said, "the weight of days is dreadful." What does it mean, then, we questioned in Chapter Four, to talk fine-sounding phrases like "Being cognition," "the fully centered person," "full humanism," "the joy of peak experiences," or whatever, unless we seriously qualify such ideas with the burden and the dread that they also carry? Finally, with these questions we saw that we could call into doubt the pretensions of the whole therapeutic enterprise. What joy and comfort can it give to fully awakened people? Once you accept the truly desperate situation that man is in, you come to see not only that neurosis is normal, but that even psychotic failure represents only a little additional push in the routine stumbling along life's way. If repression makes an untenable life liveable, self-knowledge can entirely destroy it for some people. Rank was very sensitive to this problem and talked about it intimately. I would like to quote him [Otto Rank] at length here in an unusually mature and sober psychoanalytic reflection that sums up the best of Freud's own stoical world-picture:

{Freud:} A woman comes for consultation; what's the matter with her? She suffers from some kind of intestinal symptoms, painful attacks of some kind of intestinal trouble. She had been sick for eight years, and has tried every kind of physical treatment....She came to the conclusion it must be some emotional trouble. She is unmarried, she is thirty-five. She appears to me (and admits it herself) as being fairly well adjusted. She lives with a sister who is married; they get along well. She enjoys life, goes to the country in the summer. She has a little stomach trouble; why not keep it, I tell her, because if we are able to take away those attacks that come once in a fortnight or so, we do not know what problem we shall discover beneath it. Probably this defense mechanism is her adjustment, probably that is the price she has to pay. She never married, she never loved, and so never fulfilled her role. One cannot ever have everything, probably she has to pay. After all, what difference does it make if she occasionally gets these attacks of indigestion? I get it occasionally, you do too, probably, and not for physical reasons, as you may know. One gets headaches. In other words, it is not so much a question as to whether we are able to cure a patient, whether we can or not, but whether we should or not. {end Freud}

No organismic life can be straightforwardly self-expansive [>inflatit] in all directions [rather: bifurcathinkgly: straightcrookedly all over&under ... self-inflating & remore-shrinking]; each one must draw back into himself in some areas, pay some penalty of a severe kind for his natural fears and limitations. It is all right to say, with Adler [Alfred Adler 1870 - 1937], that mental illness is due to "problems in living,"&#8212;but we must remember that life itself is the insurmountable problem.' [dod 270].
  10:24pm Tom (The Bactrian Support Network):

I didn't get to see any movies this past 2007 - and Sunday night is WFMU for me - I'll see the results after the 11pm news though just out of curiosity .. just zoning out and enjoying the show here as I always do - I just discovered WFMU earlier past year and was missing out on a LOT - I only remmeber like 25 years ago Pat Duncan haha...
  10:30pm oscar:

Javier Bardem!!!
  10:35pm Kyle:

3 great free downloads
  10:46pm oscar:

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: No Country for Old Men beat out There Will Be Blood
  11:16pm Genghis Cannoli:

This set is sublime space bliss. Thank you, B-Rykz0r, U r forevarmoar teh most uberest. (On another note... the comments system does not allow umlauts. That is lame. Plz rectify?)
  11:17pm oscar:

  11:41pm pete:

score: Dario Marinelli for "Atonement" (unfortunately, the real best score wasn't even nominated...)
  11:45pm bethany:

TRUST ME if I had gone on mic to talk about the Oscars I would have only talked about Jonny Greenwood's score!!!
  12:00am me:

did you say handmade instruments next week?? how cool!
  12:02am axlotl:

The Dolphy was sublime.
  4:43am s.fraud:

to o_night_special. R.D.Laing wrote schizophrenia as reaction to abnormal society totally normal.FREUD was coke head sex obessed .
  11:40am d s:

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