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Playlist for 02 August 2012 Options | Instrumentutionalized: The Piano

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Luciano Chessa, filmed by Terry Berlier.

Artist Song Album Label Comments Approx. start time
Christian Marclay  Frederic Chopin   Options More Encores  No Man's Land / Recommended    0:00:00 (Pop‑up)
Starr Player Piano  demo record   Options 78      0:02:25 (Pop‑up)
Starry9Angel  Chopin Nocturne in F sharp Major op. 15, no. 2   Options YouTube video    video here  0:03:57 (Pop‑up)
Michel Petrucciani  Caraven (Herbert remix)   Options Blue Note Revisited (various artists)  Blue Note    0:07:31 (Pop‑up)
Lyon & Healy Empress Electric 88-Note Piano  Too Busy   Options Here's a Nickel - Play Me a Snappy Tune!  Concert Recordings    0:12:04 (Pop‑up)
Barbara Minkus, as Lucy  Schroeder   Options You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown  King Leo/MGM    0:14:30 (Pop‑up)
Hoagy Carmichael  The Old Music Master   Options Ole Buttermilk Sky  MCA    0:17:25 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
Tom Recchion 
Free of Ice   Options Chaotica  Birdman 
0:19:38 (Pop‑up)
Ferrante & Teicher  Blue Skies   Options Dynamic Twin Pianos  United Artists    0:24:18 (Pop‑up)
Chitose Okashiro (with J.Y. Song)  Tong Poo (for four hands)   Options Ryuichi Sakamoto Piano Works  ProPiano    0:26:19 (Pop‑up)
Scavenger Quartet  Lucy's Piano   Options Whistling for Leftovers  Snowdonia    0:31:15 (Pop‑up)
Beth Sorrentino  Such a Beautiful Day   Options Nine Songs, One Story    free download; buy it here  0:34:34 (Pop‑up)
Moondog  I'm Just a Hop Head   Options H'art Songs      0:38:40 (Pop‑up)
Duke Ellington  Who Knows?   Options Piano Reflections  Capitol    0:41:29 (Pop‑up)
Al Jazzbo Collins  Little Red Riding Hood   Options Steve Allen's Grimm Fairy Tales for Hip Kids  Brunswick    0:43:57 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
Tom Recchion 
Out of the Dunes   Options Chaotica  Birdman 
0:47:11 (Pop‑up)
DJ Matsuoka  Piano Objective   Options Excellent Bird 12-inch single  Compost    0:51:14 (Pop‑up)
Apes of God  How to Pick Up Girls, part 1   Options How to Pick Up Girls!  Oracular Laboratory    0:54:29 (Pop‑up)
Liz Phair  Canary   Options Exile in Guyville  Matador    1:00:46 (Pop‑up)
Chick Corea  Song for Sally   Options Piano Improvisations Vol. 1  ECM/Polydor    1:04:05 (Pop‑up)
unknown  Blue Skies   Options John Oswald: Mystery Tapes      1:07:30 (Pop‑up)
Vince Guaraldi Trio  Linus and Lucy   Options A Charlie Brown Christmas  Fantasy    1:10:24 (Pop‑up)
R. Stevie Moore  Explanation of Artist   Options Phonography      1:13:14 (Pop‑up)
R. Stevie Moore  Goodbye Piano   Options Phonography  Flamingo; Sundazed, Recommended 
(from the video)
1:13:43 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
Tom Recchion 
Doomed Ships   Options Chaotica  Birdman    1:16:39 (Pop‑up)
David Boeddinghaus  A Real Slow Drag (Scott Joplin)   Options Crumb (soundtrack)  Ryko    1:21:07 (Pop‑up)
Bob and Ray  Concerto of Life   Options radio broadcast      1:24:47 (Pop‑up)
Maurice Ravel  Toccata, from Le Tombeau de Couperin   Options Masters of the Roll, vol. 8: Piano Music of Ravel  James Stewart Music    1:28:51 (Pop‑up)
Eve Beglarian  Landscaping for Privacy   Options Tell the Birds  New World  text: Linda Norton  1:32:47 (Pop‑up)
Thelonious Monk  Rhythm-a-Ning   Options Criss Cross  Columbia    1:39:54 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
Tom Recchion 
Is It A Baldwin?   Options Chaotica  Birdman 
1:43:39 (Pop‑up)
Cy Marshall  Remember Veix   Options Soundtracks    here  1:46:28 (Pop‑up)
Tom Waits  The Piano Has Been Drinking (Not Me)   Options Small Change  Asylum    1:49:42 (Pop‑up)
Ernie Kovacs  Happy Birthday to a Book Worm   Options Percy Dovetonsils... thpeaks  Omnivore  info  1:53:05 (Pop‑up)
Blossom Dearie  Some Other Time   Options Sings Comden and Green  Verve    1:55:05 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
Richard Povall 
From an Unknown Fragment   Options Impossible Rags  Frog Peak Music 
1:59:04 (Pop‑up)

Listener comments!

  11:18am Vicki:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:24am charlie:

and the show will have no overlap from this show I did for Radio Boredcast: www.wfmu.org...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:24am charlie:

hi vicki!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:25am Vicki:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:26am Vicki:

so many pianos, so many time signatures
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:27am charlie:

i should play all the pieces at once and see who finishes first and award a medal...
  11:28am doyle dean:

Hi, bye. A little 'un on the way home from dance camp....we'll tune in and do a few pas de deux or somesuch. (my guess is it'll be a someSUCK if I'm involved)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:32am charlie:

have fun at dance camp, doyle! oh, the (f)utility...
  11:41am kat330:

Hello, Charlie! I'm busy grating cabbage for cole slaw. Likely less on my keyboard here but listening raptly to your keyboards today.
  11:44am gary mitchell:

oboy, my favorite instrument
  11:44am ?:

happy thursday, folks! good day, charlie!
  11:49am Michael:

hey now charlie, hey now everyone. Patiently waiting....
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:51am charlie:

well hey there kat, gary, ? and michael...
  11:52am kat330:

Will the mystery guest please come from behind the curtain?!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:57am charlie:

patiently waiting...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:57am charlie:

busy eating fruit salad, yogurt and nuts
  11:59am kat330:

I'm beginning to question the existence of ?
  11:59am Mr. Tough:

Put that spoon down and play music!
  12:03pm northguineahills:

I love this Marclay album. The Serge Gainesbourg and Zorn pieces are nice.
  12:03pm gary mitchell:

the most appealing attributes..
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:07pm charlie:

I love hearing Chopin played by amateur pianists....
  12:10pm northguineahills:

After Faye's set earlier, it's starting to look like piano day at WFMU.
  12:10pm listener james from westwood:

that's odd; i came thru as a question mark. i will now cry 96 tears. howdy again, all!
  12:13pm Anchovy Paste:

This has got me all keyed up.
  12:15pm Doug S.:

Just arrived! Is that a photo of Frederic choppin'?
  12:17pm listener james from westwood:

^^^ thread winner
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:17pm charlie:

That's Georges Sand...
  12:25pm kat330:

@LJfW: I no longer doubt your existence. :)
  12:27pm kat330:

Just finished my busy grating a whole cabbage and escaped with on the minor mishap of nicked thumb knuckle. Better than usual. Now off to make / eat some luncheon.
  12:29pm Ricardo Montalban:

Am I crazy, or is this a song that was done by YMO?
  12:30pm Ricardo Montalban:

Oh, duh. I just read the album title. I guess I AM crazy, as well.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:31pm charlie:

i believe you are right, ricardo, it's by ryuichi sakamoto
  12:31pm Dervish:

Loved your sub show for Tony, Ricardo.
  12:31pm Katya Oddio:

Fun theme, Charlie!
  12:31pm ndbob:

Heya Charlie and everyone!
  12:31pm still b/p:

Will 88th comment win a prize today?
  12:32pm ndbob:

In Baltimore for a few weeks... @Gary - I will email you re a time to get together
  12:32pm Ricardo Montalban:

Has anyone ever broke down Ferrante and Teicher's discography as to where their cool and weird records are and where their insipidly commercial albums are?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:33pm charlie:

and an overdue hello to NGH, James, Dervish, Katya, Bob and still b/p (lol, btw)
  12:33pm kat330:

@s b/p: Dunno, but be comment #86 and you're outta here.
  12:35pm gary mitchell:

the Ferrante and Teicher LPs on Westminster are a gas... after that, it's hit and/or miss
  12:37pm Katya Oddio:

Alright! Comfort Stand Recordings representin'!
  12:38pm jan:

just got back to my computer and domestic sound system. Much better than iphone to hear this great music.
  12:38pm kat330:

So nice to hear autumn, the cat. :)
  12:41pm Ricardo Montalban:

@gary mitchell; Thanks! You can't hardly go through thrift store bins without seeing a half dozen F&T albums.
They DO have one really weird Christmas LP, which I have. I'll have to see what label it's on. I generally loathe Xmas albums, but this one's really strange. Prepared piano, etc.
  12:42pm Katya Oddio:

Two consecutive songs for me tied to Irwin. We once traveled upstate New York hunting for the ghost of Moondog.
  12:44pm Katya Oddio:

Beth also shared "Such a Beautiful Day" (produced by Irwin Chusid) on the free netlabel Comfort Stand Recordings.
  12:47pm Holly in NC:

@Ricardo: Why yes! http://www.spaceagepop.com/ferrante.htm

And you can dl 'Soundblast' from my never-updated blog here: http://hollisterbanister.blogspot.com/2011/05/ferrante-teicher-soundblast-sound-of.html -
which includes links to other F&T goodness.

Best trivia ever - F&T used to practice at Steven Tyler's (Aerosmith) Grandma's Boston apartment!

Oh, and hi Charlie & everyone. I'm eating yogurt too :-)
  12:47pm kat330:

Thanks, Katya!
  12:50pm Ricardo Montalban:

@ Holly: Muchas gracias!
  12:52pm kat330:

Just for today, it should be GTPR, eh?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:53pm charlie:

Hi Holly! Thanks for the links and you too Katya.
  12:58pm listener james from westwood:

gotta jet out for the moment; will try to grab the tail end of this tiger of a show!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:58pm charlie:

:) kat330
  12:58pm Katya Oddio:

Still wish he would turn his site Space Age Pop Music (spaceagepop.com) into a book.
  12:59pm Laura L:

Andy Breck-manish!
  1:00pm Katya Oddio:

"How To Pick Up Girls" or is it "How To Get Beat Up By Girls"?
  1:01pm gary mitchell:

breckman's lines have succeeded twice for him so far
  1:02pm still b/p:

Alex plays the audio angle mo' better:
"What you got back home, little sister, to play your fuzzy warbles on? I bet you got little save pitiful, portable picnic players. Come with uncle and hear all proper! Hear angel trumpets and devil trombones. You are invited."
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:03pm charlie:

you mean his two marriages, gary?
hi Laura!
  1:05pm Ike:

Oh wow, thank God(dess) that the pick-up line record is over. Whew.
  1:05pm kat330:

Unphair, maybe, but personally one of my bêtes noires...
  1:06pm gary mitchell:

yeah.. the man has a million lines, he's fmu's comic laureate
  1:12pm Katya Oddio:

His Ed Wynn vocal quality makes him funny to me
  1:13pm Katya Oddio:

Such a classic from the Vince Guaraldi Trio! Yay! Thanks, Charlie.
  1:13pm kat330:

"Für Elise" for the modern era: simplicity = elegance.
  1:31pm Rachmaninoff:

Wonder if I'll get to Rach your world today?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:33pm charlie:

No doubt, Rach-y
  1:41pm gary mitchell:

monk.. how appropriate
  1:51pm Rachmaninoff:

My Prelude in G Minor is one for listeners to look up. Whatevs.
  1:54pm Laura L:

I love Mr. Dovetonsils, thank you, Charlie.
  1:56pm gary mitchell:

man, i love this lady
  1:57pm kat330:

Today's BDN, how do I love thee? Let me recount the 88 ways....
Booya, Charlie! Thanks and so long everyone!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:57pm charlie:

Blossom Dearie singing Comden-Green-Bernstein = the Rachmaninoff of the show tune world?
  1:57pm Holly in NC:

Love Blossom.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:57pm charlie:

me too, mr mitchell
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:58pm charlie:

Hey y'all -- thanks for turning the pages for me today! See you next time.
  1:59pm Michael:

And I love Ms. Dearie. Thanks for the ivory memories charlie. Great stuff.
  2:00pm ndbob:

excellent show Charlie - I'll catch the part I missed on the archive
  2:00pm Katya Oddio:

Fans of Blossom Dearie, you might enjoy Monica's tribute show in the archives.
  2:02pm gary mitchell:

thanks katya
  2:02pm Katya Oddio:

Here's a fun album of ragtime player piano performances from the Free Music Archive and Kazoomzoom.
  2:03pm Katya Oddio:

AND selections from some toy piano albums

Wonderful show, Charlie! Thanks!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:04pm charlie:

Thanks everybody, see ya!
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