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Street interviews, listener call-ins, vinyl gluttery, sporadic normalcy, original floperas and fiktion, blatant talking over songs, politix, tenderness, and a vague undercurrent of angst. Right up your alley!

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Options January 2, 2014: Story - Dumpground Dan + Fabio/Samantha/Callers/Clay's Classics!

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Artist Track Album Label Year Format Comments Approx. start time
Initial Banter
Fabio's Fade
Alice Cooper  Shoe Salesman   Options Easy Action  Straight  1969  LP  Had the wrong CD in the original Clay's Classics sleeve. CC2 was in there by mistake. Hence the errant Alice, which I love anyway. I love Shoe Salesman. David Briggs production.   
  Fabio wasn't in the room and I experienced mild panic. Played a 2nd song.
Puzzle  On With The Show   Options Puzzle  Motown  1973  LP  Motown horn rock. Like it! This was on CC2. By the way, Puzzle did do two LPs. I also blew the high note and in doing so reminded myslef of why I should not sing on the air. Embarrassing.   
Waiting For Fabio to Return from the Can
Cannot BUY a Call. Embarrassing.
  We actually did shake hands.
No Calls
  I was dying here.
I Decide to Bail
Dumpground Dan - A Story by Clay Pigeon
ARTIST"S MUSIC FEATURED IN THE BACKGROUND - Daniel Trowbridge - Charles Ives - Chick Corea - Jordan De La Sierra Oliver Messiaen - Bill Black Combo - John Barry - Tim Story - Thee @ucking Champs - Carlos Santana - Wind Courtesy of Disney's Halloween LP -
  I would have liked to have added my own background music to this. As it is, the artists whose background music I used really help this thing along. I wanted to rewrite it, but, since there was a blizzard happening, I played it. Hope you enjoyed it.
Back in the Studio w/ Fabio and Samantha
Fabio Snaps
Nobody's Calling ...
Brooklyn Stuff
A Caller Calls
Holiday Drinking
Almond Milk and Vodka
Drinking Until You Are Drunk
Caller #2 in Monmouth County
Snow Owl!!!
Delicate Lace
Princeton Nassoons  Golden Lady   Options The Princeton Nassoons - 1978    1978  LP     
  Hope you enjoyed the show. I had intended to go out and interview people over the holidays, but it didn't pan out. It's hard to record in the c-c-cold, too! Maybe next week. So, I ended up writing a story. I'm fearful of totally burning out the Clay/Fabio thing. Just winging it week-to-week, to be honest. We'll see where it leads. I do appreciate your listening. Starting to think about Marathon and premiums and all that. Much to do in the next few weeks. I hope you'll stay with me and keep listening. Drop me a line sometime. dusty@wfmu.org. I'm also on Facebook (Pigeonnaires) and ClayPigeon39. On Twitter, as well. And Soundcloud. Posted a BUNCH of stuff there. Stay warm, enjoy the winter, and HAPPY NEW YEAR everybody! Always remember ...


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Listener comments!

Avatar 6:04pm david_:

hi pigeonistas... starting the new year off with some Alice... I like it!
  6:04pm p.moss:

Clay this one's great
  6:04pm that diabetic guy:

  6:04pm ?:

It's starting to feel like this show should change its name to The Dusty Show with Clay Pigeon & Fabio.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:04pm Matt from Springfield:

Yeah! "Diumvirate" officially, up there in lights!

Hi Clay and Fab and all Pigeonnaires!
Happy 2014!
  6:05pm p.moss:

Clay this one's great
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:05pm steve:

sweet sweet horn rock
Avatar 6:06pm Rev. Turnip Druid:

Speaking o "diumvirates," the rhythm section on this Puzzle track had me thinking Triumvirat...
Avatar 6:07pm glenn:

they could be the bifurcate.
Avatar 6:07pm david_:

we need some diumvirate duel Truth and Reconciliation.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:08pm Matt from Springfield:

It's a wintery slushy mix in VA right now.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:09pm Matt from Springfield:

How long's the story? PUT IT ON!
Avatar 6:10pm david_:

i'd like to hear the story.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:10pm Matt from Springfield:

The eternal, existential struggle between Clay, and his material.
The score always adds up to: Clay 99, Material 98.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:11pm SeanG:

keep Talking!
Avatar 6:12pm david_:

muskrat susie, muskrat sam...
  6:12pm Clayfan:

Dreamcatchers and Thighmasters!
  6:13pm Sumac:

What I love the most about this story is the demented aspect.
Avatar 6:14pm Clay Pigeon:

I wrote this last night so it's pretty rough. Happy New Year you guys! 2014. Glad you're here. Truly.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:14pm Matt from Springfield:

Starting to snow, too!!...:)
Avatar 6:15pm david_:

2nd appearance of Dr. Pepper in a Clay story to my knowledge... the other involved fishing...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:16pm Matt from Springfield:

@david: I'm sure those aren't the only two mentions.
Avatar 6:18pm dale:

this reminds me of jim reeves 'the blizzard' - great song about a guy becoming a popsicle. lemon or lime you'd have to ask alice cooper
Avatar 6:18pm david_:

sounds to me carla's mom needs some of that colorado legal shrubbery
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:19pm Matt from Springfield:

Dump Ground Dan...and Safety Stan...
Avatar 6:19pm Clay Pigeon:

Usually it's Mr. Pibb.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:20pm Matt from Springfield:

@dale: Oh yeah, Betsy Nichols may have played that one on Toothpick Rhythm.
Avatar 6:20pm Clay Pigeon:

My town had Careful Harold. I'm sure he factored in to this tale.
Avatar 6:20pm david_:

oh i'm sure, Matt.. I'm trying to separate out stories in particular... though I suppose there's a fine line :)
  6:20pm Sumac:

Hey Clay, I was just trying to be funny with the demented comment. This is fun. Thanks.
  6:20pm Nellie:

This is an incredible story! A+
  6:22pm phat:

that's the first time I've heard Epply mentioned in a story, ever.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:22pm Matt from Springfield:

"Carefulled" Harold
"Cautious" Martius...
  6:22pm phat:

Avatar 6:23pm Clay Pigeon:

Sumac: Demented is fine. - Nellie: Thank you! - Phat - Wanted to get that in there. I love Epply.
  6:23pm Clay Fan:

Enjoying the story! Another treasure! Be sure to ask Fabio about his job on 42nd. It's a great story. . .
Avatar 6:23pm david_:

love these scandinavian names... a little midwest flavor.
Avatar 6:25pm Clay Pigeon:

Lots of names from my hometown , david. mixed together, of course. i have a "tense" problem. Keep switching from past tense to present.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:25pm Matt from Springfield:

This is great!

(If you're enjoying this story, read the short story/watch the short film of Jack London's "To Build A Fire"--nother great freezing-to-death-slowly narrative)
Avatar 6:26pm Clay Pigeon:

I'll ask him Phan. He'll be back on at story's end ...
Avatar 6:27pm The Guz "Slim Pickins":

Somehow the static on the 91.1 airwaves makes this story sound better
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:27pm Matt from Springfield:

@Guz: Wow, that would make this even better!
Avatar 6:28pm david_:

don't lie down, dan!!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:28pm Matt from Springfield:

Course, the Analog Pigeon recording adds that effect to the sound all by itself! :)
Avatar 6:28pm dale:

clay, i'll bet you do your stories on a pad of paper too.
Avatar 6:28pm The Guz "Slim Pickins":

@matt this story is making me cold!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:28pm Matt from Springfield:

@david: He's a goner, for sure. Always ends the same way...
Avatar 6:29pm Clay Pigeon:

haha matt
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:29pm steve:

To Build a Fire! My 5th grade teacher made us read that... i remember at the time it was way over my head, i couldn't make any sense of it, i just remember (i think) crackling spit and a wolf?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:31pm Matt from Springfield:

@steve: It has many levels to it ... that part is one of the factoids I carried away from it; apparently the narrator claims your spit will freeze and crack on the ground at -40 degrees--and at -60 it will crack BEFORE it hits the ground. Hope I never get to verify that firsthand..!
Avatar 6:34pm dale:

famous episode in 19th century of about 125 school children dying in a blizzard in minnesota. teachers sent them home just as it started but a lot never made it.
  6:35pm phat:

I didn't know anybody would ever say, "I love Eppley". That is a sentence I never expected to hear.
Avatar 6:36pm glenn:

The Cremation of Sam McGee
There are strange things done in the midnight sun
By the men who moil for gold;
The Arctic trails have their secret tales
That would make your blood run cold;
The Northern Lights have seen queer sights,
But the queerest they ever did see
Was that night on the marge of Lake Lebarge
I cremated Sam McGee.

Now Sam McGee was from Tennessee, where the cotton blooms and blows.
Why he left his home in the South to roam 'round the Pole, God only knows.
He was always cold, but the land of gold seemed to hold him like a spell;
Though he'd often say in his homely way that "he'd sooner live in hell."

On a Christmas Day we were mushing our way over the Dawson trail.
Talk of your cold! through the parka's fold it stabbed like a driven nail.
If our eyes we'd close, then the lashes froze till sometimes we couldn't see;
It wasn't much fun, but the only one to whimper was Sam McGee.

And that very night, as we lay packed tight in our robes beneath the snow,
And the dogs were fed, and the stars o'erhead were dancing heel and toe,
He turned to me, and "Cap," says he, "I'll cash in this trip, I guess;
And if I do, I'm asking that you won't refuse my last request."

Well, he seemed so low that I couldn't say no; then he says with a sort of moan:
"It's the cursèd cold, and it's got right hold till I'm chilled clean through to the bone.
Yet 'tain't being dead—it's my awful dread of the icy grave that pains;
So I want you to swear that, foul or fair, you'll cremate my last remains."

A pal's last need is a thing to heed, so I swore I would not fail;
And we started on at the streak of dawn; but God! he looked ghastly pale.
He crouched on the sleigh, and he raved all day of his home in Tennessee;
And before nightfall a corpse was all that was left of Sam McGee.

There wasn't a breath in that land of death, and I hurried, horror-driven,
With a corpse half hid that I couldn't get rid, because of a promise given;
It was lashed to the sleigh, and it seemed to say: "You may tax your brawn and brains,
But you promised true, and it's up to you to cremate those last remains."

Now a promise made is a debt unpaid, and the trail has its own stern code.
In the days to come, though my lips were dumb, in my heart how I cursed that load.
In the long, long night, by the lone firelight, while the huskies, round in a ring,
Howled out their woes to the homeless snows— O God! how I loathed the thing.

And every day that quiet clay seemed to heavy and heavier grow;
And on I went, though the dogs were spent and the grub was getting low;
The trail was bad, and I felt half mad, but I swore I would not give in;
And I'd often sing to the hateful thing, and it hearkened with a grin.

Till I came to the marge of Lake Lebarge, and a derelict there lay;
It was jammed in the ice, but I saw in a trice it was called the "Alice May."
And I looked at it, and I thought a bit, and I looked at my frozen chum;
Then "Here," said I, with a sudden cry, "is my cre-ma-tor-eum."

Some planks I tore from the cabin floor, and I lit the boiler fire;
Some coal I found that was lying around, and I heaped the fuel higher;
The flames just soared, and the furnace roared—such a blaze you seldom see;
And I burrowed a hole in the glowing coal, and I stuffed in Sam McGee.

Then I made a hike, for I didn't like to hear him sizzle so;
And the heavens scowled, and the huskies howled, and the wind began to blow.
It was icy cold, but the hot sweat rolled down my cheeks, and I don't know why;
And the greasy smoke in an inky cloak went streaking down the sky.

I do not know how long in the snow I wrestled with grisly fear;
But the stars came out and they danced about ere again I ventured near;
I was sick with dread, but I bravely said: "I'll just take a peep inside.
I guess he's cooked, and it's time I looked"; ... then the door I opened wide.

And there sat Sam, looking cool and calm, in the heart of the furnace roar;
And he wore a smile you could see a mile, and he said: "Please close that door.
It's fine in here, but I greatly fear you'll let in the cold and storm—
Since I left Plumtree, down in Tennessee, it's the first time I've been warm."

There are strange things done in the midnight sun
By the men who moil for gold;
The Arctic trails have their secret tales
That would make your blood run cold;
The Northern Lights have seen queer sights,
But the queerest they ever did see
Was that night on the marge of Lake Lebarge
I cremated Sam McGee.
  6:36pm phat:

Or read.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:36pm Matt from Springfield:

@dale: Wow, never heard about that.
Avatar 6:37pm glenn:

john deere makes snowmobiles?
Avatar 6:38pm glenn:

look at that - John Deere designed & built snowmobiles from 1972-1984.
Avatar 6:38pm dale:

little house on the prairie 'borrowed' the story line too. glenn - i have a john deere spitfire. 200 cc kohler engine. they made a liquifire too, one of the first liquid cooled snowmobiles. they made them on the same line as mowers in the off season.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:38pm Matt from Springfield:

Waste not...want not...
  6:39pm phat:

This story is not making me feel any warmer in the 10 degree weather, just southwest of Eppley.
Avatar 6:40pm glenn:

my old girlfriend left me for a tractor salesman.

i got a john deere letter.
  6:40pm phat:

And my drafty apartment.
Avatar 6:41pm dale:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:42pm Matt from Springfield:

Good rapid fire piano fingerin' here! Who plays this, Clay?
Avatar 6:44pm Clay Pigeon:

That's Chick Corea, Matt
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:45pm Matt from Springfield:

Ah, that's a familiar name on this show! Thanks Clay!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:45pm Matt from Springfield:

And thanks for this timely, chilling story, Clay!
Nice dense slice of gothic Americana.
Avatar 6:46pm dale:

i hope they had ambrosia at dinkys. good story!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:47pm SeanG:

hilarious glenn!
  6:47pm Clayfan:

Wow, another wonderful story. Thanks Clay!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:47pm Matt from Springfield:

Hi Samantha! I enjoyed the fill-in you did! Introduced me to a lot of great tunes.
Avatar 6:49pm dale:

fripps 'exposure' is great. the three piece suit was that, peter gabriel's first, and unbelieveably a darryl hall solo album
Avatar 6:49pm dale:

tugboat never calls anymore
Avatar 6:50pm the glowing one:

I only like the snow when I get to stay inside.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:50pm Matt from Springfield:

@dale: He's called in the past couple months! Check the comments for mentions, I know he's called in this Fall.
Avatar 6:51pm glenn:

that's fucking groady.
Avatar 6:52pm dale:

well that's it - i'll NEVER have almond milk again
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:52pm Matt from Springfield:

Godspeed You! Black Emperor!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:52pm steve:

i drink an almond milk almond butter smoothie every day, almond milk and vodka sounds great
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:52pm Matt from Springfield:

"Almond milk + vodka -- the drink you don't WANT to remember!"
Avatar 6:55pm david_:

that snowy owl could've been a harbinger in the story.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:56pm Matt from Springfield:

Though the bright-eyed fox running through a cloud of snow was a great image.
  6:56pm moleculechaser:

I saw a snowy owl also in lavallette, a bit south of Monmouth, right on the beach dunes on thanksgiving, they are quite rare to be in this area, but other people have seen them in the area this year also!
Avatar 6:57pm dale:

a delicate lacing?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:57pm Greg from Bloomfield:

Happy New Year, Clay, Fab & Samantha!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:57pm Pete from Boston (and NJ):

Hello Clayniacs.

Samantha, you sound a lot like Sue P. whose show Solid Gold Hell is a glaring omission from this season's schedule. Are you two the same person?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:58pm Matt from Springfield:

Ah, but they ARE *Nations*! Like that she interpreted the instruction that way! :D
Avatar 6:59pm dale:

she's a thinker, not an .order taker
  6:59pm Nellie:

Check out my pic of the snowy owl if you want on IG name: nellies11
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:59pm Matt from Springfield:

Great show! Thanks Clay, Fab, Samantha, callers and everyone!

And Happy New Year! Always Remember, the Past...Don't Forget, the Future!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:40pm Matt from Springfield:

Your other conjoined twin half needs to pull his weight--what's he got to say?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:42pm Matt from Springfield:

Dawn of the Dead! Original mall zombie film.
  9:34pm nellie:

One of the best New Year's 2014 present...thanks for taking my call! :)
  12:20pm E Rivera:

Clay, this story is horrifying and one of the best I've ever heard on your show, great job, perfect for the weather outside here in Chicago.
  2:33pm ballou:

thanks for the wonderful story! keep up the good work... many thanks
  9:02am yuri:

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