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Options December 19, 2012: Valiantly waging the War on Christmas Music.

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Artist Track Album Approx. start time
Lee Morgan  Yes I Can, No You Can't (edit)   Options The Gigolo  0:00:00 ()
Hatfield & The North  Big John Wayne Socks Psychology on the Jaw / Chaos at the Greasy Spoon / The Yes No Interlude   Options The Rotters' Club  0:03:24 ()
Cogs (Patrick Wray)  Motorhome Melodrama   Options Afternoons  0:11:59 ()
Naomi Hall  Ripenings   Options Honeymoon on Neptune  0:15:49 ()
Optiganally Yours  Geppetto   Options Exclusively Talentmaker!  0:19:19 ()
Susanna Hoffs  Stuck In the Middle With You   Options Susanna Hoffs  0:27:40 ()
Bruce Springsuite  Fuzzy Pink Cadillac   Options Not Quite the Best of the Boss  0:30:58 ()
The Bad Plus  Seven Minute Mind   Options Made Possible  0:34:21 ()
Dokkerman and the Turkeying Fellaz  Mongoose   Options Mongoose  0:40:11 ()
James Wolff  Jesus You Better Come Back Quick   Options 2012 recording  0:45:14 ()
George Formby  With My Little Stick of Blackpool Rock   Options The Ukulele Man  0:52:06 ()
King Short Shirt  Push   Options Road March Classics  0:54:49 ()
Sexton Ming  The Look of Len   Options The Look of Len  1:01:44 ()
Linus Loves  Rock Chk   Options Stage Invaders  1:04:59 ()
Death Cab For Cutie   I Will Possess Your Heart   Options Narrow Stairs  1:08:56 ()
Jason Karaban  Sullivan Ballou   Options Mayfly  1:17:23 ()
Scott Richardson  Father Knew Best   Options Tornado Souvenirs  1:20:10 ()
Jimmie Rodgers  Never No Mo' Blues   Options The Jimmie Rodgers Memorial Album  1:24:12 ()
Fats Waller  A Little Bit Independent   Options Ain't Misbehavin'  1:27:11 ()
Schnauzer Radio Orchestra  Bonus Level   Options Music for a 1950s Video Game  1:35:59 ()
DE.L  Call the Aliens   Options Songs We Wrote  1:38:50 ()
Eddie Murray  My New York   Options Stepping High Dance ... and Other Songs  1:42:22 ()
Ryan Coyle  Straight Lines With Stain and Crease   Options Ryan James Coyle  1:44:40 ()
Half Japanese  Stripping For Cash   Options Music to Strip By  1:46:55 ()
Mighty Sparrow  Wood in the Fire   Options Mighty Sparrow Vol. 2  1:47:58 ()
Manuel Galban & Ry Cooder  Duerme Negrita   Options Mambo Sinuendo  1:51:06 ()
Charles Mingus  Remember Rockefeller at Attica   Options Changes One  1:55:37 ()
Book of Love  Die Matrosen   Options Book of Love  2:01:28 ()
Midlake  He Tried to Escape   Options Bamnan & Slivercork  2:04:32 ()
Fountains of Wayne  The Senator's Daughter   Options Utopia Parkway  2:08:59 ()
Dave King  Homage: Young People   Options Indelicate  2:18:34 ()
Peter Greenwell  Mrs. Worthington   Options Noël & Cole - Let's Do It  2:21:40 ()
Ethel Waters  Shake That Thing   Options The Incomparable Ethel Waters  2:24:09 ()
Misty Roses (vocal: Robert Conroy)  Innsmouth Jewelry   Options Monster Zero  2:27:30 ()
Mike Harrison  Call It a Day   Options Mike Harrison  2:32:17 ()
The Gene Harris Trio with Stanley Turrentine  Yours Is My Heart Alone   Options The Gene Harris Trio Plus One  2:42:14 ()
Caleb  Brilliant Corners   Options Brilliant Corners  2:49:35 ()

Listener comments!

  Wed. 12/19/12 3:07pm Winston Christmas Music Hater:

We shall go on to the end. We shall fight it on the radio, we shall fight it at holiday parties, we shall fight it in the malls, the A&Ps, and the WaWas. We shall defend our aching ears and brains, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight it on the internet, we shall fight it at family get-togethers, we shall fight it at office holiday events. We shall never surrender!
  Wed. 12/19/12 3:09pm S. Goat:

So, what's the reason Irwin is late this time? Is he going to blame cab drivers, pedestrians, Canada geese, the Postal Service, or something different this time?
  Wed. 12/19/12 3:10pm Matt from Springfield:

@Winston: A great piece of oratory. Now let me find an mp3 of George Michael's "Last Christmas" and do a mash-up with that...
  Wed. 12/19/12 3:11pm Matt from Springfield:

Hi Irwin and all!
Nice Jim Flora, as usual. He has art for just about every season/occasion!
  Wed. 12/19/12 3:13pm Michael:

Hey now Irwin. Off to Canterbury quite early.
  Wed. 12/19/12 3:14pm Savory C:

what about was not was in the wawas?
  Wed. 12/19/12 3:15pm Carmichael:

Richard Sinclair! One of my favorite Canterbury artists.
  Wed. 12/19/12 3:15pm Winston Christmas Music Hater:

  Wed. 12/19/12 3:15pm Alison Porchnik:

The only modern Christmas song I make an exception for in my outright hatred of modern Christmas songs is Brian Dewan's cover of "R2D2 We Wish You a Merry Christmas." If you don't know it, you must check it!
  Wed. 12/19/12 3:17pm northguineahills:

Yeah, I'm going to echo Carmichael's sentiments.
  Wed. 12/19/12 3:19pm Parq:

I remember Hatfield and the North distinctly from ca/ 1975, but I never knew where they got their name until I saw the highway sign in the denouement of the graphic novel "V for Vendetta".
  Wed. 12/19/12 3:19pm Matt from Springfield:

Hi Michael, Carm, NGH, Alison and everyone!
Yep, this vibe is very Canterbury, jazzy prog.

@AP: I like Brian Dewan in general, so will hafta look into that!
  Wed. 12/19/12 3:20pm Parq:

No, it was 1974, as it turns out. Their first album, memorably, included a track called "Going Up To People and Tinkling".
  Wed. 12/19/12 3:21pm Matt from Springfield:

Motorhome "Melodrammer"?
  Wed. 12/19/12 3:21pm Alison Porchnik:

He covers this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dUFZklIOFvg
  Wed. 12/19/12 3:24pm Matt from Springfield:

Jon Bon Jovi, huh? Thanks Alison!
  Wed. 12/19/12 3:24pm Alison Porchnik:

Happy Horrodays
  Wed. 12/19/12 3:32pm Zach:

That Optiganally Yours track was cool....haven't listened to any of his side stuff, just Pinback
  Wed. 12/19/12 3:32pm Matt from Springfield:

Woohoo! Disc-Jockey permitted Bacchanalia for the next week! Thanks Irwin!
  Wed. 12/19/12 3:37pm Matt from Springfield:

More solo Susanna Hoffs.
  Wed. 12/19/12 3:39pm Woo:

Ow! Ow! Ouch!
  Wed. 12/19/12 3:40pm Michael:

If Bruce always sounded like this I'd be interested.
  Wed. 12/19/12 3:42pm Matt from Springfield:

Bruce Spring"suite" :)
Not Quite the Best of the Boss, but still quite enjoyable ultra-compressed!

Sing along everyone, you know the words! "Hdfany Ijt wndsdr wit flzke ihe vk of yr bdfnk Cadiiaac"!
  Wed. 12/19/12 3:44pm Mike East:

I liked that song better fuzzy than not.
  Wed. 12/19/12 3:45pm Bessie Smith:

Y'know honey, if your pink Cadillac is fuzzy, I say you oughta get it waxed...
  Wed. 12/19/12 3:57pm Aretha:

Amen, sister.
  Wed. 12/19/12 4:00pm Matt from Springfield:

The George Formby Grill, with Irwin.
  Wed. 12/19/12 4:02pm Woo:

I believe George is honored at the very end of the Beatles Free As a Bird on Anthology I. Look it up.
  Wed. 12/19/12 4:02pm Stanley:

Oo-er missus!
  Wed. 12/19/12 4:05pm Matt from Springfield:

"Push"! Love this one! This in fact was my intro to the soca style of music.
  Wed. 12/19/12 4:08pm jason:

Sitting on the toilet, listening to this "push it" number. Thanks irwin!
  Wed. 12/19/12 4:13pm Matt from Springfield:

Yeah Sexton!

@jason: PuSH IT!
  Wed. 12/19/12 4:15pm Irwin:

sample: "Israel" by Siouxsie & Banshees
  Wed. 12/19/12 4:15pm Stanley:

Sing-a-long Israel?
  Wed. 12/19/12 4:18pm Matt from Springfield:

I like Siouxsie, but haven't heard "Israel" yet.
  Wed. 12/19/12 4:20pm Matt from Springfield:

I like this Death Cab For Cutie as well, but it's refreshing to hear a nice instro version of it. Reminds me of Marco Benevento w/o the vocals.
  Wed. 12/19/12 4:20pm Woo:

Just saw Magical Mystery Tour with Bonzos singing Death Cab For Cutie. Big Paul-is-Dead clue.
  Wed. 12/19/12 4:22pm Irwin:

One of the best stalker songs.
  Wed. 12/19/12 4:24pm Matt from Springfield:

Oh well, just a long intro. Still, I like hearing like backing track, it's a good'un.
@Woo: And, links the Beatles-Rutles-Bonzos full circle.
  Wed. 12/19/12 4:24pm Matt from Springfield:

"Every Breath You Take", written as a stalker song, somehow became more than just that!
  Wed. 12/19/12 4:25pm Matt from Springfield:

Beatles-Rutles-Bonzos-Monty Python, as a matter of fact.
  Wed. 12/19/12 4:32pm G:

@Matt: Only among those who don't pay close attention to lyrics. I've mentioned this to many women over the years, and in almost every case they are shocked initially but then say it's kind of obvious once you think of it. Don't stand so close to me, Sting!

Great wedding song, people :)
  Wed. 12/19/12 4:35pm Matt from Springfield:

Jimmie Rodgers and the yodelin' blues!

@G: "I Will Always Love You" is a breakup song! Though I've never personally seen people have that as a wedding dance, I've heard it happens! :)

Sting's songs with The Police often had a creepy vibe to them, as you point out.
  Wed. 12/19/12 4:38pm Matt from Springfield:

I'm not trying to blow nose! I heard that once you start, you can't stop it!
  Wed. 12/19/12 4:39pm G:

@Matt; Sting was a young guy trying to write something true but not trite about eros, and that is likely to lead into darker areas. I get that.
  Wed. 12/19/12 4:39pm Adrian Monk:

Good Lord, keep that Irwin away from me!!
  Wed. 12/19/12 4:43pm Matt from Springfield:

I got the Sullivan Ba- llou uuuuuuuuus!

@G: I like that, "true but not trite". And see what you mean--"Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" is quite nice, but even that ultimately deals with social anxiety.
  Wed. 12/19/12 4:45pm Matt from Springfield:

"Music for a 1950s Video Game"! Love the drenched layered sound of it!
  Wed. 12/19/12 4:53pm G:

@Matt: See why? People like happy better than the alternative, so there are tons of happy love songs. People know love can end, so there are plenty of straightforward I'm-unhappy breakup songs.

But anything beyond those two obvious possibilities is gonna have a dark component, plus some messiness/complexity, or other traits that correlate with not being immediately appealing or obvious to the preponderance of people.

That last sentence can apply sometimes with FMU programming choices... (Not a slam at all...)
  Wed. 12/19/12 4:56pm Matt from Springfield:

A messy world, an even messier love.
And that "not being immediately appealing or obvious" is a great virtue of FMU!
  Wed. 12/19/12 4:56pm Matt from Springfield:

Mighty Sparrow!
  Wed. 12/19/12 4:58pm northguineahills:

Again, I find myself concurring w/ Matt's exclamation point.
  Wed. 12/19/12 5:01pm Matt from Springfield:

@NGH: Until they install a "Like" button for commenters punctuation, I'm glad to hear that from you the long way!
  Wed. 12/19/12 5:05pm Listening Out There:

Reminds me...it's recipe time:
  Wed. 12/19/12 5:09pm Matt from Springfield:

How very topical--thanks LOT!
  Wed. 12/19/12 5:24pm Laura L:

A hairball for Christmas, how thoughtful! Thanks, Irwin.
  Wed. 12/19/12 5:25pm Matt from Springfield:

Admit it, Andy & Ken! The UCB Theater has a strict "NO Exorcisms" policy! You broke it, now you're kicked out!

...Or, maybe they'll say that because they have been unsuccessful at their scam to collect $5 bills--attendees outsmarted them by paying in singles.
  Wed. 12/19/12 5:25pm amEdeo:

Sub-par holiday efforts are my specialty! Best way to keep them asking for more.
  Wed. 12/19/12 5:29pm Matt from Springfield:

Hey amEdeo!
Subpar gift, or party ideas?
  Wed. 12/19/12 5:30pm dan in falls church VA:

@Matt, a had a friend who was a sort of psyilocybin Catholic who thought Every Breath You Take was really about God watching over all of us. Kid you not.
  Wed. 12/19/12 5:30pm Matt from Springfield:

Noël, the Coward whose material is always strong!
  Wed. 12/19/12 5:32pm Matt from Springfield:

"Psyilocybin Catholic"??! :)
Is that like the Eric Clapton church in "Tommy" where they give drugs and wine for communion?

Hey Dan!
  Wed. 12/19/12 5:32pm G:

@dan: Your friend has some gift for allegory.
  Wed. 12/19/12 5:33pm Matt from Springfield:

761+6=767 .. that's like the third time I've gotten that question this show...
  Wed. 12/19/12 5:33pm G:

You *do* raise the odds of that, Matt. :)
  Wed. 12/19/12 5:35pm amEdeo:

Combine the two Matt, and you've got a subpar soup going! The subpar party is the greatest of subpar gifts!

I show up at your house to throw you and all your pets a party, but I fall asleep halfway through the first dance routine. Also no one else shows up, except for that one person who no one really has much to say to, because they are imaginary.
  Wed. 12/19/12 5:36pm dan in falls church VA:

Well, she was very religious and had converted to Catholicism of her own initiative in adulthood and attended Mass every Sunday and liked to take Ecstasy and mushrooms and occasionally pills and didn't feel there was any conflict here whatsoever. She had her own interpretations and was a fan of Rev. Matthew Fox of "Cosmic Christ" fame who was eventually excommunicated. She was my girlfriend fo awhile. Last I checked in with her she was unhappy about Ratzinger becoming Pope. So, that's what a psilocybin Catholic is. OR what I meant anyway. Is this a tangent or what???
  Wed. 12/19/12 5:37pm dan in falls church VA:

@G, yeah, she had a gift for allegory for sure! And was fun to take drugs and have sex with. & stuff.
  Wed. 12/19/12 5:37pm Matt from Springfield:

@G: That's true! I should try to enter 900 comments sometime, see how many repeats I get :)
  Wed. 12/19/12 5:38pm G:

well, let's not get onto the ups and downs of relationships with mentally unusual people lol
  Wed. 12/19/12 5:39pm dan in falls church VA:

she's was mentally unusual all right. all my girlfriends have been. they would pretty much have to be! ;) lol
  Wed. 12/19/12 5:39pm Mike East:

Matt, I expect to see some type of picture graph charting the different combinations after you attempt that.
  Wed. 12/19/12 5:39pm G:

@Matt: There are never any carrys (e.g., 275+6=281), nor and 0's, so the number of possibilities is actually far smaller than the close to 1000 you might think.
  Wed. 12/19/12 5:40pm Matt from Springfield:

@amE: Heh :) And you could play Imaginary Pretend Radio with Chris M for music, where you pretend you're playing Imaginary Radio with Chris M!

@Dan: Well, you *did* remember that stuff even years later! Some kind of trip!
  Wed. 12/19/12 5:40pm Irwin:

Mike Harrison: ex-Spooky Tooth lead vocalist.
  Wed. 12/19/12 5:42pm Matt from Springfield:

@Mike: Will do! 'Twill be the hit of the WFMU Blog!

@G: I believe that "squared" numbers play some role in the algorithm, but I haven't thought about other such restrictions. Though now you mention it, there AREN'T any "0" answers.
  Wed. 12/19/12 5:43pm Carmichael:

This sounds very Todd-like.
  Wed. 12/19/12 5:45pm pierre:

  Wed. 12/19/12 5:45pm amEdeo:

Matt: I am still processing all of that, several layers to go. BUT I LIKE IT.
What's this about Spooky Tooth?!
  Wed. 12/19/12 5:47pm amEdeo:

  Wed. 12/19/12 5:47pm G:

Actually, it's just copying the first two digits in a three digit number, and then doing one single-digit no-carry addition. Because of no 0s etc. not every possible "first two digits" from 111 to 999 are used. No two digit numbers, either (0-99). See how it may only be 300-400 possibilities, total? I've just mentally done a little logic, I've never worked it out in detail to a final total.
  Wed. 12/19/12 5:50pm Matt from Springfield:

@G: It's been a while since I took statistics, so as long as you don't quiz me on the permutations/combinations formulae! :) But yeah, that's probably the range we're looking at.
  Wed. 12/19/12 5:51pm Matt from Springfield:

Bonsoir indeed, pierre!
  Wed. 12/19/12 5:55pm pierre:

This cool.
  Wed. 12/19/12 5:57pm pierre:

Sorry, just forgot my verb here
  Wed. 12/19/12 6:00pm Matt from Springfield:

GPS Verb™--locate your missing verbs with the touch of a button! :)
  Wed. 12/19/12 6:01pm pierre:

@Matt: this could usefull for me.

(Aaaarg not again)
  Wed. 12/19/12 6:01pm Matt from Springfield:

Excellent show Irwin! Thanks for the fun as always, and I'll see you in 2013! (Maybe...!)

Have a good night everyone!
  Fri. 12/21/12 11:40am Chris from Stroud, England.:

Good show mate. Loved it!
  Fri. 1/4/13 1:35am Emily:

Loving that "Straight Lines with Stain and Crease" song. Great show!
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