Busy Doing Nothing with Charlie Options | A virtual supermarket sweep of recorded history, with an emphasis on processed cheese.

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Playlist for 02 April 2015 Options | Modern medievalists and other marginalia (for John Renbourn)

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Mahjun  Sec Beurre Cornichon   Options Happy French Band  Gratte-Ciel   
Kay Hoffman  Iste Mundus (Listen: Pop‑up)   Options Floret Silva  Robot  Based on the texts of Carmina Burana.   
Brigitte Fontaine & Areski  Y'a du Lard (Listen: Pop‑up)   Options Le Bonheur  Saravah     
Les Djinns  Nesthel (Listen: Pop‑up)   Options 1970s Algerian Folk and Pop (various artists)  Sublime Frequencies     
Kim Fowley  Ode to Sweet Sixteen (Listen: Pop‑up)   Options Good Clean Fun  Imperial     
Ray Manzarek  Welcome (Ecce Gratum) (Listen: Pop‑up)   Options Carmina Burana  A&M  Based on Carl Orff's version of Carmina Burana. (Produced by Philip Glass and Kurt Munkacsi.) 
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Third Ear Band 
Overture (Listen: Pop‑up)   Options Music from Macbeth  EMI     
Shirley Collins & Dolly Collins  God Dog (Listen: Pop‑up)   Options Anthems in Eden  Harvest  With the Early Music Consort of London.   
Rotary Connection  Turn Me On (Listen: Pop‑up)   Options Rotary Connection  Chess  Plainsong pop. Featuring the human theremin, Minne Ripperton.   
Ars Nova  Pavan for My Lady (Listen: Pop‑up)   Options Ars Nova  Elektra  Makes good use of hemiola, at the ends of phrases.   
The Stranglers  Golden Brown (Listen: Pop‑up)   Options Feline  Epic  3 + 3 + 3 + 4 = Golden Brown 
Gorky's Zygotic Mynci  Meirion Wyllt (Listen: Pop‑up)   Options Barafundle  Fontana  Lynn Childs, father of Zygotic Myncis Euros and Megan, plays shawm and other early instruments on this album's medieval interludes; check the break on this song.   
Gryphon  Kemp's Jig (Listen: Pop‑up)   Options Gryphon  Transatlantic     
The Lorraine Bowen Experience  Spinach Song (Listen: Pop‑up)   Options Greatest Hits Volume 1  Lorraine Bowen  On which Ms. Bowen rocks the crumhorns.   
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Meditation for Cembalo and Synthesizer to praise the Grand Supreme (Listen: Pop‑up)   Options unreleased Soundcloud page  Gelbart     
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Charles W. Dunn 
Beowulf excerpts   Options Early English Poetry  Scholastic     
Seamus Ennis  The Blackbird (Listen: Pop‑up)   Options The Wandering Minstrel  Green Linnet   
Big Blood  No Gravity Blues (Listen: Pop‑up)   Options Big Blood + The Grove  Time-Lag     
Incredible String Band  No Sleep Blues (Listen: Pop‑up)   Options The 5000 Spirits Or The Layers Of The Onion  Elektra; Hannibal reissue     
Brigitte Fontaine & Areski  Bobo (Listen: Pop‑up)   Options Le Bonheur  Saravah     
Steeleye Span  Spotted Cow (Listen: Pop‑up)   Options Below the Salt  Chrysalis   
Rolling Stones  Citadel (Listen: Pop‑up)   Options Their Satanic Majesties Request  London  Psych rock mystery play?   
Merit Hemmingson  Elverumsvisan efter Vickers Johan, Malung (Listen: Pop‑up)   Options Queen of Swedish Hammond Folk Groove  Amigo     
Battlefield Band  The Tamosher (Listen: Pop‑up)   Options At the Front  Topic  "The Tamosher is the things that makes weans" (from the liner notes). Similar version appears on the Shirley & Dolly Collins album, as "Gathering Rushes In The Month Of May."   
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Holographic Riddance (Listen: Pop‑up)   Options Remote Hologram  Kraak     
Sinfonye  Ursula's Virgins (Listen: Pop‑up)   Options Symphony of the Harmony of Celestial Revelations  Celestial Harmonies  Music of Hildegard von Bingen, don't you know. 
Lionheart  Breves dies hominis (Listen: Pop‑up)   Options Paris 1200  Nimbus     
Imitation Electric Piano  Leave Her Johnny (Listen: Pop‑up)   Options Blow It Up, Burn It Down, Kick It 'Til It Bleeds  Drag City  A sea shantey, sung prior to the crew leaving the ship at the end of the voyage.   
Donovan  Bert's Blues (Listen: Pop‑up)   Options Sunshine Superman  Epic   
Kim Fowley  Motorcycle (Listen: Pop‑up)   Options Good Clean Fun  Imperial  Incorporates a cover of this song.   
John Renbourn  Lamento di Tristan/La Rotta (Listen: Pop‑up)   Options The Lady and the Unicorn  Transatlantic  From this manuscript.   
Ray Manzarek  Come, My Beauty (Veni Veni Venias) (Listen: Pop‑up)   Options Carmina Burana  A&M   
The Utility Project  Modern Medievalist (Listen: Pop‑up)   Options 1/33  Utility Project     
Hoven Droven  Brekken (Listen: Pop‑up)   Options Nordic Roots 2 (various artists)  Northside   
John Renbourn  Sweet Potato (Listen: Pop‑up)   Options Sir John Alot Of Merrie Englandes Musyk Thyng & Ye Grene Knyghte  Transatlantic  Booker T & The MGs original version.   
Big Star  The India Song (Listen: Pop‑up)   Options #1 Record  Stax     
Kim Fowley  Good to Be Around (Listen: Pop‑up)   Options Good Clean Fun  Imperial     
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Soft Machine 
Spaced Two (Listen: Pop‑up)   Options Spaced  Cuneiform   

Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:50am listener james from westwood:

The show that bends over backwards to entertain!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:56am Charlie:

I'm nothing if not flexible.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:58am Michael:

Hiya Charlie and James. Hope all is well.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:01pm Brian C.:

Busy doing nothing on a sunny day
Avatar 12:01pm ndbob:

afternoon Charlie and everyone!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:02pm Charlie:

Hi James, Michael, Brian C, ndBob!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:03pm Charlie:

Bob, I've decided that, for the purposes of this show, "nd" stands for "nothing doing"
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:03pm doctorjazz:

Hi all, busy getting ready for a London vacation for 10 days! Gotta get through the work day (late one, too).
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:04pm Charlie:

Hi drJ -- hope you have a great time in London! (I'm not jealous...)
Avatar 12:05pm ndbob:

Fine with me Charlie:)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:05pm doctorjazz:

If I do say so, I deserve it!!! (side benefit of having a daughter doing a semester study there, excuse to go).
Avatar 12:06pm still b/p:

It was in the monasteries that gymnastic learning was preserved while most Europeans toiled without warm-ups and in brute inflexibility.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:06pm doctorjazz:

GREAT opening number, btw!
Avatar 12:11pm schmutz:

been listening to brigitte fontaine/areski's l'incendie all week! & hello all!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:12pm Charlie:

Yeah dr Jazz, those nutty progressive jazz-rock-early music weirdos rule!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:13pm Charlie:

communal music mind, schmutz -- hi
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:17pm Webhamster Henry:

Hooked on Carmina.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:18pm drr:

emphasis on processed cheese
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:18pm listener james from westwood:

It WAS from that piece! My ears did not deceive. Always good to hear bits that aren't "those" CB pieces.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:19pm drr:

and hello from Austin TX
Avatar 12:22pm the Canterbury wood-elf:

A must-play for this show "The Garden of Jane Delawney" by Trees!!
  12:23pm Listening Out There:

Am listening to a meeting now. Will listen to Nothing soon... :)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:25pm doctorjazz:

That Mahjun album is $40 used on Amazon...guess that's not so much these days for vinyl.
Avatar 12:26pm the Canterbury wood-elf:

...and Circulus!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:26pm listener james from westwood:

That Stork had a little something to do with today's Nothing makes me even happier than usual to hear it.

Shirley! Dolly! Jolly!
Avatar 12:29pm Dominick:

Hello all!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:31pm Charlie:

Hooked on Hamsters! Hi Henry. (meet ndbob)
Hey drr.
Hi Canterbury wood-elf -- probably don't have time to find that one!
hi Dominick!
Avatar 12:32pm Dominick:

Oh man, Ars Nova!
  12:32pm Listening Out There:

Listening now. Phew. I Believe in Nothing!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:32pm Brian C.:

This show is going to inspire me to check the archive (usually too lazy)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:35pm Rick from SC:

I love this song. It's been a long time since hearing
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:36pm steve:

oh man... love this song, remember someone giving this to me on a cassette mixtape!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:38pm Webhamster Henry:

Also on Gaylord's 2005 Marathon Mix classic "The Meter Is Running"
Avatar 12:40pm the Canterbury wood-elf:

Gorky's! I'd totally forgotten this existed. Their Kevin Ayers obsession evident to these ears. And nice to hear some Welsh on the stream...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:40pm Charlie:

Hi Rick from SC and steve
Yes Henry, 3+3+3+4 = golden brown
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:44pm listener james from westwood:

Per one of the UK's prime ministers, I sometimes sing to myself, "Gordon Brown, he's outta town ..."
Avatar 12:48pm Roberto:

No you're a real life frog!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:49pm steve:

yeah spinach!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:49pm Parq:

Foster Brooks?
Avatar 12:51pm the Canterbury wood-elf:

It's a beach, near the town of Stackpole. The most beautiful beach in the UK, I reckon...

Big up DJ Stashu!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:54pm listener james from westwood:

"Beowulf" at that lower speed = the Black Speech of Mordor.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:02pm Parq:

Wow, I haven't heard this ISB in decades. I've always thought "The dawn comes sneaking up when it thinks I'm not looking" was a brilliant line. Thanks for reviving a very pleasant memory.
Avatar 1:08pm the Canterbury wood-elf:

Not enough String Band on FMU!
And now Maddie P! Loving this show...
(and perfect listening as i edit some notes on the history of Canterbury in the middle ages!)
Avatar 1:09pm Secret Identity:

What a lovely time!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:10pm Charlie:

fave line:
I mixed some stones with water to see what it would do
and the water it got stony and the stones got watery too
so I mixed my feet with water just to see what would be seen
and the water it got dirty, and the feet they got quite clean
  1:10pm Listening Out There:

"Satanic Majesties Request"...a Stones oddity I actually like...not just the LP cover...
Avatar 1:11pm Even More Secret Identity:

What's that from
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:11pm Charlie:

Hello Secret Identity! (I know who you are :)
Avatar 1:11pm Secret Identity:

No one knows who I am. My identity is super secret.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:12pm Charlie:

i just updated
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:13pm Charlie:

I don't even know my own identity.
Avatar 1:14pm Roberto:

Hmm what's up with the favoriting functionality? The star did a dance but didn't turn gold.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:14pm Charlie:

I'm not sure if I'm a man or a frog.
Avatar 1:14pm Roberto:

Ah there it goes.
Avatar 1:15pm Secret Identity:

You're a frog only if you believe it
Avatar 1:16pm ndbob:

I remember seeing the ISB in the 70s
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:16pm doctorjazz:

Boy, are you guys at FMU getting me in the mood for London!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:17pm Charlie:

Maybe I'm a prince.
Wow bob I'd've loved to have seen them!
Avatar 1:18pm the Canterbury wood-elf:

Today's London is full of milkmaids and crumhorn playing peasants, as I'm sure you know...
Avatar 1:19pm Secret Identity:

The Frogs, He's a Prince: www.youtube.com...
Avatar 1:19pm the Canterbury wood-elf:

Sadly the elf must now split, but I'll be revisiting archivally (and tuning in regularly in future). What an excellently weird show, I'm hooked...
Thanks Charlie!
...and shoutout to Ms. S. Identity : )
Avatar 1:20pm still b/p:

@ Roberto -- sometimes if I just refresh the page myself when that happens, it restores the responsiveness.
Avatar 1:22pm schmutz:

  1:23pm Listening Out There:

Organs in pockets? Is the FCC listening?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:24pm Parq:

Dang my job duties! I missed Steeleye *and* Satanic Majesty's.
Avatar 1:26pm βrian:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:33pm Charlie:

hi Roberto, still b/p !
glad that worked out for you, Roberto.
ha ha, oh, those Frogs.
Hi, βrian
and Parq
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:34pm Charlie:

and Listening out There
  1:35pm Listening Out There:

Charlie, I missed the first part o' the programming, but do you plan on playing any John Renbourn (R.I.P.)?
Avatar 1:36pm Roberto:

Aww yeah that's some bodacious harpsichordery right there.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:37pm KevinfromBayRidge:

Good afternoon Charlie & BDNers all. Hadda holler out loud how much I'm enjoying your auditory selections today!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:41pm Charlie:

Here's one now, Listening.
Was planning on playing more, but got into all the other things it brought up...
Hi there Kevin.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:42pm KevinfromBayRidge:

@ Parq, Hopefully you're close to not having job related encumbrances interfering with FMU listening.
  1:43pm Listening Out There:

Why, thank ye, O Generous Host. I liked his guitar work, even if I wasn't crazy about the folky/medieval music containing it...
  1:43pm Andy the painter:

hey Charlie.
digging this oily -music -inspired music.
I assume you know the verlaines' LP "hallelujah all the way home"...
sometimes a medieval vibe by way of kiwi pop. perhaps informed by album cover, I admit.
Avatar 1:43pm βrian:

Carnita Burrito.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:44pm Charlie:

  1:45pm jan:

Hi Charlie-

Good program!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:47pm Carmichael:

Heya Charlie and busy people. I missed the late Mr. Renbourn, dammit. But I missed Ray Manzarek too ... :)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:48pm Charlie:

hi jan -- i pictured you being here, and now you are here!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:50pm Parq:

Thanks for the good wishes, Kev, but jeez, what a day! Hell, what a week. I think I deserve to close my doors, turn my speakers up to the max and listen to the rest of Charlie's show and all of Fiveash's show. Don't you?
Avatar 1:51pm ndbob:

Indeed Parq!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:51pm Charlie:

"Blow It Up, Burn It Down, Kick It 'Til It Bleeds"
  1:51pm Listening Out There:

[The playlist might be misbehaving today. I'm not sure if those of us listening out there are seeing updates...?]
Avatar 1:53pm Dominick:

I have to reload page for refresh
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:53pm doctorjazz:

that's some serious guitar chops/thanks for a great show
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:54pm KevinfromBayRidge:

Same here
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:54pm Stanley:

Same here, here
  1:55pm Listening Out There:

Dominick, guess you're right. Comments update automagically, not the playlist itself. User error...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:55pm Mike East:

never listened to the lyrics to this until just now. God, I love Big Star. I wanna drink gin and tonic and play grand piano, too.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:55pm Webhamster Henry:

This is such an excellent show, Charlie, and a great example of WFMU-ness
  1:55pm Listening Out There:

Where can I file a feature request? :)
Avatar 1:56pm ndbob:

excellent show Charlie!
Avatar 1:56pm Dominick:

Mr Tweedle, remember your nerves!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:56pm Charlie:

Thanks Henry! Thanks for hanging out, listening, commenting. See you next week. Bye!
Avatar 1:56pm Roberto:

I've heard a lot of Charlie faves from years past today, and very happily so.
  1:58pm Listening Out There:

Thanks again! Great program, record wrangler...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:58pm Parq:

Ted, yay!
  1:58pm Listening Out There:

Thanks again! Great program, record wrangler...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:00pm listener james from westwood:

Excellent show, Charlie! Glad for the democratically compiled playlist!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:01pm Michael:

Wish this recording of Beowulf was handy in college. Wonderfully expansive tunes - thanks Charlie!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:02pm Charlie:

see y'all later!
  4:58pm Katya Oddio:

Fun concept! Yet another cool theme. Thanks, Charlie!
  6:28pm judy from croton:

The Hoven Droven completely blew what's left of my mind. Wish I could get your archives on my i-phone.
Thanks for the great great stuff.
  2:00pm jan:

Great show- hear you next week
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