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Options December 23, 2014: slouching towards bethlehem

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Artist Track Album Label Year New Approx. start time
bill withers  the gift of giving   Options         0:00:00 ()
sly stone/little sister  you're the one parts 1 & 2   Options I'm Just Like You: Sly's Stone Flower 1969-70  light in the attic    *   0:02:36 ()
electrik wurms  heart of the sunrise   Options Musik, Die Schwer zu Twerk      *   0:07:53 ()
balmorhea  in the rowans   Options balmorhea  western vinyl    *   0:11:39 ()
monade  ode to a keyring   Options Socialisme ou Barbarie: The Bedroom Recordings        0:15:05 ()
Vince Guaraldi Trio  the little drum   Options a charlie brown christmas soundtrack        0:19:06 ()
tape  Eagle Miaows   Options casino  hapna    *   0:22:20 ()
jimmy mcgriff  christmas with mcgriff   Options         0:27:52 ()
debbie dabney  i want to spend christmas with elvis ( heartbreak noel )   Options         0:32:58 ()
 
nina simone  do nothing till you hear from me   Options nina simone sings ellington        0:42:07 ()
the flaming lips  a change at christmas (say it isnt so)   Options         0:44:56 ()
tahouline  mdou moctar   Options music from saharan cellphones        0:50:43 ()
dog latin  on christmas   Options         0:54:06 ()
ralph marterie & his orchestra  dig that crazy santa claus   Options         0:57:52 ()
melody's echo chamber  you won't be missing that part of me   Options Melody's Echo Chamber        1:00:01 ()
 
john klein  theme from finlandia   Options the bells of liberty        1:09:03 ()
klaus nomi  silent night   Options WFMU's War on Christmas (V/A)  wfmu      1:11:56 ()
reuben anderson  christmas time again   Options trojan christmas box set v/a        1:13:35 ()
flying lotus  coronus the terminator   Options You're Dead!  warp    *   1:17:52 ()
marvin gaye  purple snowflakes   Options         1:19:27 ()
zilla mayes  calypso blues   Options jukebox mambo vol 2  jazzman record co    *   1:22:33 ()
bernard szajner  Shaï Hulud   Options visions of dune  infine    *   1:25:28 ()
paul williams  do you really have a heart   Options someday man        1:31:55 ()
Tete Mbambisa  trane ride   Options spiritual jazz vol 5  jazzman record co    *   1:46:19 ()
kevin morby   the jester, the tramp & the acrobat   Options Still Life with Rejects from the Land of Misfitoys  woodsist    *   1:47:04 ()
binky griptite  stone soul christmas   Options         1:50:15 ()
cotton top mountain sanctified singers  christ was born on christmas morn   Options Where Will You Be Christmas Day? 24 recordings from 1917-1959  Dust-to-Digital      1:54:10 ()
"jimpson" henry wallace  1/1 murder's home   Options Parchman Farm: Photographs and Field Recordings , 1947-1959  dust-to-digital    *   1:56:54 ()
 
angel olsen  hi-five   Options burn your fire for no witness        2:08:12 ()
East River Pipe  astrofarm   Options The Gasoline Age (LP reissue)  merge  1999  *   2:11:16 ()
big star  jesus christ was born today ( alternate mix)   Options WFMU's War on Christmas (V/A)        2:15:36 ()
harvey averne band  let's get it together this christmas   Options in the christmas groove v/a        2:18:10 ()
james pants  this christmas girl   Options peanut butter wolf presents badd santa v/a        2:20:55 ()
the outlaws  swingin low   Options its hard to believe it: the amazing world of joe meek        2:22:27 ()
red simpson  truckin trees for christmas   Options         2:24:29 ()
petty booka            2:26:19 ()
johnny largo   I'll Be Home For Christmas   Options johnny largo at the optigon        2:27:54 ()
big jack reynolds  Made It Up in Your Mind   Options Escape From The Shadows Of Motown: Mr. Fine Wine's 2014 WFMU Marathon Premium        2:29:41 ()
leonard nimoy  theme from star trek   Options greatest hits from outer space v/a        2:31:55 ()
the ronettes  i saw mommy kissing santa claus   Options         2:34:18 ()
the kinks  skin and bone   Options muswell hillbillies        2:36:45 ()
Dinah Washington  no love, no nothin   Options original queen of soul  fantastic voyage    *   2:40:02 ()
 
dylan thomas  a child's christmas in wales excerpt   Options         2:48:25 ()
jose gonzalez  This is How We Walk on the Moon   Options red hot + arthur russell v/a      *   2:53:17 ()
nicolas michaux  a la vie, a la mort   Options Le Pop 8: Les Chansons de la Nouvelle Scène Française  groove attack    *   2:57:35 ()

Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 12/23/14 9:03am Trouble:

good jule! almost. good tuesday, actually!
Avatar Tue. 12/23/14 9:04am v k:

morning, Trouble - your holiday program is a thing to behold
  Tue. 12/23/14 9:04am posicornia:

A restful day before the day before.
Avatar Tue. 12/23/14 9:04am the Canterbury wood-elf:

What a lovely suprise to see Too-Ticky! My favourite character from the Moomins! Was this image from "Moominland Midwinter", Trouble? That's Tove J's masterpiece, in my opinion.
Avatar Tue. 12/23/14 9:05am the Canterbury wood-elf:

"surprise", sorry (you're an English teacher, i can't let that stand).
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 12/23/14 9:09am Trouble:

canterbury: i found this image on line, it's from an advent calendar using an image by Tove Jansen. i do adore moomin midwinter, it is so unusual. i was just looking at it two nights ago, thinking i should re read it. no worries about grammar or punctuation here: i teach art!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 12/23/14 9:10am sphere:

happy morning, ms. T & co.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 12/23/14 9:10am dale:

ethereal yes cover. i heard someone give this type of treatment to rod stewart's 'young hearts' and really liked it.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 12/23/14 9:13am adrian in mpls:

morning everyone!
Avatar Tue. 12/23/14 9:13am the Canterbury wood-elf:

@trouble I just noticed the advent calendar numbers and perforations. Yeah, MM has quite an otherworldly atmosphere (particularly the mysterious episode that resembles a kind of pagan solstice ritual), striking images (Too-ticky fishing beneath the green ice) and a refreshingly gentle pace. Highly recommended to anyone.
Avatar    Tue. 12/23/14 9:22am Sem Chumbo:

Good morning, Trouble, and all the, I hope, untroubled this day.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 12/23/14 9:24am Trouble:

i think this is a working link for the charlie brown christmas special: if you NEED to see it!
www.hulu.com...
Avatar    Tue. 12/23/14 9:24am SeanG:

Happy Holidays Everyone.
  Tue. 12/23/14 9:27am blee:

Good morning everyone!
I have the Charlie Brown Christmas on vinyl, it's not the soundtrack, but the actual audio from the show. I love it very much, even though they say "stupid" a LOT.
Avatar    Tue. 12/23/14 9:32am V Priceless:

Hey Trouble and all! C. Brown Xmas album is just the greatest! Thanx for playing an excerpt!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 12/23/14 9:35am sugarwolf:

<3<3 moomins <3<3
Avatar Tue. 12/23/14 9:39am Joe McG:

Hey, Trouble! It's Debbie Dabney: "I Want To Spend Christmas With Elvis (Heartbreak Noel)"
Avatar Tue. 12/23/14 9:41am OTB:

Hey Joe, if she married Ornette Coleman, she'd be Debbie Dabney-Coleman!
Avatar Tue. 12/23/14 9:42am Joe McG:

@OTB: Ha!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 12/23/14 9:43am sphere:

ooh did not know about this album. yum!
Avatar Tue. 12/23/14 9:43am v k:

is there a finer Christmas tune than Red Simpson's "Truckin' Trees for Christmas"?

first heard it on Trouble's program ~4 years ago. puts me in the Christmas spirit like none other
Avatar Tue. 12/23/14 9:45am SHAGALOV:

HELLO everyone ! morning for America and evening for Russia! and special morning for @Trouble! ☆☆☆
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 12/23/14 9:46am Trouble:

yes v k that is an excellent christmas song!
Avatar    Tue. 12/23/14 9:47am SeanG:

I wish I was in Tijuana eating barbecued iguana
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 12/23/14 9:49am MD:

PEACE AND LOVE AND A JOYOUS SOLSTICE TO ALL!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 12/23/14 9:49am adrian in mpls:

Wow, a Red Simpson xmas song! Gotta check that out!
  Tue. 12/23/14 9:52am testingwithfire:

I'm on a wavelength far from home
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 12/23/14 10:04am Guido from Cologne:

Guten TZAG everyone !
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 12/23/14 10:06am Polyus:

Listening from the comfort of home for once.
Avatar    Tue. 12/23/14 10:07am Roberto:

NYC pub schools in session today as well.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 12/23/14 10:09am doctorjazz:

Heard that NPR bit as well, he did a fabulous late period Billie Holiday, amazing/funny.
Avatar Tue. 12/23/14 10:09am βrian:

I agree re the Billie Holiday routine. Excellent.
Avatar Tue. 12/23/14 10:11am DJ Stashu:

Pretty bells :) makes me feel like I am in church with my Mom during Christmas when I was a tiny person
  Tue. 12/23/14 10:13am testingwithfire:

uh oh klaus nomi coming up!
Avatar    Tue. 12/23/14 10:13am SeanG:

I plan on listening to this war on christmas comp on Thursday
Avatar Tue. 12/23/14 10:13am the Canterbury wood-elf:

Hey Stashu!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 12/23/14 10:13am Ken From Hyde Park:

Agree. Those bells were the bellsiest.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 12/23/14 10:14am Polyus:

He came from outer space to save Christmas!
Avatar    Tue. 12/23/14 10:14am SeanG:

sail away sail away sail away
Avatar Tue. 12/23/14 10:14am Peanut:

Man I can not wait for the holidays to be over so I don't have to hear this garbage.
Avatar Tue. 12/23/14 10:16am the Canterbury wood-elf:

@Peanut Check out thee archives, 1000s of hours of xmas-free music available all year round...
  Tue. 12/23/14 10:17am Pat:

https://m.soundcloud.com/raftispatnoecker/silent-night-1

me and my mom doin silent night!

merry xmas!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 12/23/14 10:20am Scott Williams:

Hey Pat, good to see you here! Lovely version - the family that sings together...
  Tue. 12/23/14 10:28am dennis diken:

digging the show Trouble! Merry Christmas!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 12/23/14 10:31am Trouble:

good morning dennis! merry merry!
Avatar    Tue. 12/23/14 10:32am Sem Chumbo:

Lurking, baking and listening, and having a good time with all three. Lovin' the show so far, Ms. T..
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 12/23/14 10:34am dale:

man, paul williams is great. planet of the apes notwithstanding
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 12/23/14 10:34am Trouble:

thanks sem chumbo!
Avatar Tue. 12/23/14 10:34am βrian:

@Sem: what's on your menu? We're working on a lemon-almond cake with meyer lemon glaze. Very dense and zesty.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 12/23/14 10:36am doca:

Hey, people, hello, Trouble! Trouble, your show was one of my musical discoveries of the last year, thanks for being amazing.
Avatar    Tue. 12/23/14 10:37am Sem Chumbo:

@ βrian: I am now just baking bialys, in fact I am just now running to the kitchen to move the bottom baking sheet to the top and vice versa. Back momentarily.
  Tue. 12/23/14 10:41am testingwithfire:

@Sem and @Brian: yum. More baking reports, please. I made Florentine shortbread this year, so good. http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/chocolate-dipped-florentine-shortbreads
Avatar    Tue. 12/23/14 10:42am Sem Chumbo:

@ βrian: man, I'd commit some kind of mayhem for a slice of that right now!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 12/23/14 10:42am Trouble:

hey dale!
brian that lemon cake sounds great! i made an almond orange cake a few weeks ago where you cook the oranges in water for an hour then puree them, it would probably work with lemon, i should try it.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 12/23/14 10:43am Trouble:

thank you Doca that is so nice to hear!
Avatar Tue. 12/23/14 10:43am the Canterbury wood-elf:

Digging this modal jazz vibe, Trouble, but you're keeping us playlist-watchers in suspense...who is it?
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 12/23/14 10:44am adrian in mpls:

@ βrian: that cake sounds amazing!!!
Avatar    Tue. 12/23/14 10:45am Sem Chumbo:

@twf: I have also for the holidays made a challah/babka hybrid: using sweet challah bread dough, I rolled out the three braids, covered them with finely chopped unsweetened chocolate, coinnamon and brown sugar, rolled them up, braided them and baked. Oh, so, goooooooood.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 12/23/14 10:45am Trouble:

just made this yesterday: outstanding! orangette.blogspot.com...
Avatar Tue. 12/23/14 10:45am Faye:

awesome show Trouble I love it! great Moomin advent too ;)
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 12/23/14 10:45am robyn:

finally checking in and how delighted i am to see the moomins!
Avatar Tue. 12/23/14 10:47am the Canterbury wood-elf:

Factoid for Moomin fans: the character Too-ticky (seen here with Moomintroll) was based on author Tove Jannson's lover Tuulikki Pietilä.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 12/23/14 10:47am adrian in mpls:

@Sem - that challah/babka hybrid sounds soooo good! i think i'm ready to make a wfmu listener baked goods tour!
  Tue. 12/23/14 10:48am testingwithfire:

@Sem: omg. I have to up my baking game when it comes to breads. That might be my only new year's resolution!
Avatar    Tue. 12/23/14 10:51am Sem Chumbo:

@twf: don't do it. My mistakes made the successes so much sweeter. Been baking a long time and just in the past few years is it all coming together.
You never lack for friends when you can bake:-D
Or something to eat.
Avatar    Tue. 12/23/14 10:51am Sem Chumbo:

@AiM: haHAA!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 12/23/14 10:52am Stevel:

Hanging fire here to see if the flu will prevent a trip to the in-laws/grandparents over Xmas. I'm OK with it either way ( Full disclosure: I'd just as soon stay home, although they are all very nice) but I need to practice my Zen re. letting things fall into place. Oommmmmmmm.
  Tue. 12/23/14 10:52am Mark:

Whoever the f*** "Binky Griptite" is. That name sounds made up.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 12/23/14 10:53am Stevel:

Also, if I stay home, baking will become an option for me as well. Schedule me in for a stop on the tour, please!
Avatar    Tue. 12/23/14 10:53am Sem Chumbo:

@twf: misunderstood. I read ."..have to GIVE UP..."
Yes, by all means, up your game, wonderful way to spend time and make friends.
  Tue. 12/23/14 10:54am Mark:

Nothing more than I enjoy more than flu-infected baked goods.
Avatar Tue. 12/23/14 10:54am βrian:

FWIW, I don't have the recipe on hand, but it's from this book:
www.worldcat.org...
The key is to cut the sugar in half for the glaze and by a quarter for the cake itself. (Sugar can be a muffling hammer, don't you know.)
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 12/23/14 10:55am doca:

Hey, guys, I'm advertising just because it may interest you, but I'm updating the Brazilian translated lyrics blog and I'm trying to finish Jorge Ben's "A Tábua de Esmeralda" today, before I do a Christmas special tomorrow. If you want to take a look at it, go here brazil70translationproject.wordpress.com
  Tue. 12/23/14 10:56am Mark:

I thought I was done buying Christmas comps, but this one might be a must-buy!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 12/23/14 10:56am robyn:

@doca this is my first time seeing this project.. it looks fantastic. i have googled for english translations of jorge ben lyrics in the past and never found anything good. thank you!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 12/23/14 10:57am adrian in mpls:

@ βrian: thanks for posting that link. the ex was a baker, so i've hopelessly fallen out of practice with baking. excited to start doing it again. and i'm with you on sugar-cutting in recipes. and also, as a former library person, i'm totally overjoyed that you posted that link via Worldcat! I'm glad I'm not the only one that does that!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 12/23/14 10:58am doca:

@robyn: Thanks! I have two more to go on this album and I plan to translate Gal Costa's first album later, but it's been so much fun going back to the blog this week
  Tue. 12/23/14 10:59am Mark:

Parchman Farm is a place you really want to try to avoid at all costs.
Avatar Tue. 12/23/14 10:59am βrian:

2nd generation librarian, yo ...
  Tue. 12/23/14 11:00am testingwithfire:

@Brian and @DJTrouble: thks for the links!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 12/23/14 11:00am Adrian in London:

Hi Trouble and Trouble-ettes. Hope everyone has a good Christmas. Love the Moomins advent calendar!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 12/23/14 11:01am robyn:

@doca that's wonderful! some kind souls did a similar favor for english speakers on brassens songs that i really appreciated. i have bookmarked the blog to dig into later!
  Tue. 12/23/14 11:03am testingwithfire:

@doca: much appreciated. I got a very rough translation of O Filosofo from Google years back and always wished there were a better source.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 12/23/14 11:07am Jesse K:

Hi Trouble! I've been to that church in Kansas and heard that carillon! It's pretty epic!
  Tue. 12/23/14 11:08am monicafanya:

MOOMIN! <3
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 12/23/14 11:09am MD:

"IT'S THE END OF THE WORLD ....AND WE BLEW IT!"
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 12/23/14 11:12am Ken From Hyde Park:

I plan to do some rudimentary baking later in the week when the kids are home from school.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 12/23/14 11:15am Brian in UK:

Hello Trouble. Love this East River Pipe album.
Avatar    Tue. 12/23/14 11:16am SeanG:

ALEX
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 12/23/14 11:17am doca:

@testingwithfire: yeah I don't know if I'm a better translator than Google, but certainly I write more commentaries.
Avatar Tue. 12/23/14 11:17am Shagalov:

JESUS! CHRIST!
Avatar Tue. 12/23/14 11:25am v k:

wooohooo
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 12/23/14 11:26am adrian in mpls:

HURRAH!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 12/23/14 11:27am MD:

a real mofo trucker!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 12/23/14 11:27am Greg from Bloomfield:

GAHWAHHUH?! I'm not gonna lie to you guys– I just woke up.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 12/23/14 11:29am MD:

Good Morning Greg!
Avatar Tue. 12/23/14 11:30am βrian:

Good morning, Greg. There's almond lemon cake on the table.
  Tue. 12/23/14 11:31am Mark:

Playing a lot of really down-home music this morning, Trouble--I love it!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 12/23/14 11:34am MD:

Have a Star Trek XMASS!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 12/23/14 11:35am MD:

I had a piece of that Lemon Cake...IT'S DELISH!!!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 12/23/14 11:37am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Hullo ! I wonder if you would enjoy the Personalized (alphanumeric) Snowflake Generator ?!:
snowflake.thebookofeveryone.com...
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 12/23/14 11:41am adrian in mpls:

@ Rev Rabbit - thanks for sharing that! was hoping for snow here for some xmas sledding - but no luck. i'll content myself with making digital snowflakes instead!
Avatar    Tue. 12/23/14 11:41am SeanG:

thanks REV
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 12/23/14 11:45am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Cheers! Know 'no love, no nothin'' from an Ella Mae Morse CD (which is fun & interesting stuff for transition from Swing to R&B to Rock'n'Roll)...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 12/23/14 11:50am Parq:

This Thomas recording is a must-have part of my Christmas, too. Just listening to his magnificent voice enunciating these gorgeous poetic phrases is giving me chills.
Avatar    Tue. 12/23/14 11:52am Sem Chumbo:

Hello, Brian in UK!
Avatar Tue. 12/23/14 11:52am the Canterbury wood-elf:

It's a shame Dylan Thomas felt the need to drop his Welsh accent when reading his work, but I do love this piece too.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 12/23/14 11:55am Brian in UK:

Hello Sem, just seen you on another comments board.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 12/23/14 11:55am Guido from Cologne:

Great show today!
Thanks Trouble!
Avatar    Tue. 12/23/14 11:55am Sem Chumbo:

Thanks so very much, Trouble. Decidely un-Christmas like here in Nova Scotia. Looks like 63 F and rain for Christmas Day, but your show helping plenty to get me in the Christmas mood. See you next time.
Avatar    Tue. 12/23/14 11:57am Sem Chumbo:

Yes, noticed that then tracked you down here. Glad you are healing up and actively thinking about elbow-bending.
  Tue. 12/23/14 11:57am testingwithfire:

thank you Trouble for a great show and merry holidays everyone!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 12/23/14 11:58am adrian in mpls:

thanks Trouble!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 12/23/14 11:58am Brian in UK:

Will be making cakes for work folks next week, to follow on from baking talk earlier.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 12/23/14 11:58am Trouble:

ciao meow les kitties! merry happy! see you next week!
Avatar Tue. 12/23/14 11:58am βrian:

Chomping on hazelnuts yet, BUK?
Avatar Tue. 12/23/14 11:59am OTB:

Thanks for a great show and Merry Christmas Trouble and all!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 12/23/14 11:59am Brian in UK:

All good things, Trouble. Thanks for all your hard work this year.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 12/23/14 11:59am Stevel:

Great show, as always. Best to you.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 12/23/14 12:00pm Greg from Bloomfield:

Happy Holidays, gang!
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