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 14 May 2015 Options | Merz!

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Artist Song Album Label Images Approx. start time
Mission Creep  The Burton Fly   Options Lucky Dog EP  Mission Creep    0:00:00 (Pop‑up)
Borrah Minnevitch and his Harmonica Rascals  Caravan   Options Borrah Minnevitch and his Harmonica Rascals (10-inch record)  Capitol 
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0:02:43 (Pop‑up)
Dave Brubeck Trio  Let's Fall in Love   Options Distinctive Rhythm Instrumentals (10-inch album)  Fantasy 
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0:05:48 (Pop‑up)
Gelbart  Vermona   Options World War I Hamster Diorama  Defekt    0:08:34 (Pop‑up)
Patty and the Emblems  Mixed Up Shook Up Girl   Options 7-inch single (originally)  Herald    0:10:45 (Pop‑up)
Psapp  Curuncula   Options Tiger, My Friend      0:12:47 (Pop‑up)
Dva  Nunki   Options Nipomo  Northern Spy    0:18:27 (Pop‑up)
 
Music behind DJ:
Tipsy 
Bunny Kick   Options Uh-oh!  Asphodel    0:21:59 (Pop‑up)
Daniel Johnston  Speeding Motorcycle   Options Yip/Jump Music  Homestead    0:27:00 (Pop‑up)
Tico & The Triumphs  Motorcycle   Options 7-inch single (originally)  Amy    0:30:16 (Pop‑up)
Gary Glitter  I'm the Leader of the Gang (I Am)   Options Glitter and Gold (10-inch record)  Epic 
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0:32:14 (Pop‑up)
Harold and Mary Jane LeCrone  Windmill   Options Rhythm Record: Physical Fitness for Primary Children  Rhythm Record Company 
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0:35:32 (Pop‑up)
Jimmy Durante  I'm the Guy Who Found the Lost Chord   Options In Person (10-inch LP)  MGM 
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0:36:32 (Pop‑up)
Jeri Southern  I Won't Be Around Anymore   Options 7-inch single  Decca    0:39:46 (Pop‑up)
Beth Sorrentino  I'm Not Living Here   Options Would You Like to Go: A Curt Boettcher Songbook  Basta    0:42:52 (Pop‑up)
 
Music behind DJ:
R. Stevie Moore 
track 3, track 4   Options Skips 2  R. Stevie Moore    0:46:29 (Pop‑up)
Brian Eno  Burning Airlines Give You So Much More   Options Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy)  Polydor    0:52:35 (Pop‑up)
Peter & Gordon  I Go to Pieces   Options I Go to Pieces  Capitol    0:55:50 (Pop‑up)
Faye Wong  Thou   Options Chang You (Sing and Play)  EMI    0:57:56 (Pop‑up)
Bob Dylan  Father of Night   Options New Morning  Columbia    1:02:13 (Pop‑up)
Anna & Elizabeth  Little Black Train   Options Anna & Elizabeth  Free Dirt    1:03:46 (Pop‑up)
Jenny Hval  That Battle Is Over   Options Apocalypse, Girl  Sacred Bones    1:07:17 (Pop‑up)
clouddead (why?, dose one, odd nosdam w/ illogic)  And All You Can Do Is Laugh (excerpt)   Options And All You Can Do Is Laugh (10-inch EP)  Mush 
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1:11:50 (Pop‑up)
clouddead (why?, dose one, odd nosdam w/ dj signify)  Apt. A (excerpt)   Options Apt. A (10-inch EP)  Mush 
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1:13:49 (Pop‑up)
Ethel Smith  Alla en el Rancho Grande - Las Altenitas   Options Souvenir Album (10-inch album)  Decca 
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1:15:49 (Pop‑up)
 
Music behind DJ:
Los Comadrejas 
Oaxacatelas   Options We are Ugly, But We Have the Music  Comad    1:18:08 (Pop‑up)
Pygmies of the Ituri Rainforest  Men's Elephant-Hunting Song   Options Echoes of the Forest  Ellipsis Arts    1:25:18 (Pop‑up)
Kurt Schwitters  Zweiter teil: Largo   Options Ursonate  Wergo    1:26:52 (Pop‑up)
Monks of Sherab Ling Monastery  Mahakala Puja: Invocation and Offering to Mahakala (excerpt)   Options Sacred Tibetan Chant  Naxos World    1:30:01 (Pop‑up)
Kurt Schwitters  Zweiter teil: Largo   Options Ursonate  Wergo    1:30:59 (Pop‑up)
J.D. Robb  Retrograde Sequence From A Tragedy   Options Electronic Music: From Razor Blades To Moog  Folkways/Smithsonian    1:33:42 (Pop‑up)
Kurt Schwitters  Zweiter teil: Largo   Options Ursonate  Wergo    1:36:52 (Pop‑up)
unknown  excerpt   Options Chinese opera, or something  Mee Shing Radio Co. 
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1:37:31 (Pop‑up)
Il corso di inglese della BBC  excerpt   Options Calling All Beginners  British Broadcasting Corporation 
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1:39:12 (Pop‑up)
Dario Marianelli  Quattro Sabatino   Options The Boxtrolls (movie soundtrack)  Back Lot Music    1:41:06 (Pop‑up)
Ike Mathews  African Feeling   Options Pop Guitar Sketches (found here, compiled by Flash Strap)  Editions Montparnasse    1:43:42 (Pop‑up)
Marzipan Marzipan  Cheatin' Heart   Options EP 2  Marzipan Marzipan    1:46:08 (Pop‑up)
Guess Who  Your Nashville Sneakers   Options Rockin'  RCA    1:47:39 (Pop‑up)
 
Music behind DJ:
Thomas Stronen 
Dispatches   Options Pohlitz  Rune Grammofon    1:50:22 (Pop‑up)
Aphex Twin  4   Options Richard D. James Album  Sire/Warp    1:54:56 (Pop‑up)
 
Music behind DJ:
Floyd Cramer 
Last Date   Options 7-inch single, slowed down  RCA    1:59:01 (Pop‑up)

Listener comments!

Avatar 12:01pm ndbob:

afternoon Charlie and everyone!
Avatar 12:01pm duke:

Howdy Charlie.
Avatar 12:03pm βrian:

Greetings from the isthmus.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:04pm Carmichael:

California in the house. Hiya, Charlie.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:04pm Doug Schulkind:

A rare afternoon home on a Thursday. Finally getting to do Nothing!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:06pm listener james from westwood:

How do, Charlie and all!! Enjoy that Nothing, Doug!
  12:07pm flash strap:

loved that last one. there are surprisingly so many harmonica versions of Caravan
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:07pm Lewis:

Finally a thursday where I am not too busy to listen to nothing….
  12:08pm flash strap:

i love this show and almost never get to hear it live. this is a thursday to remember
Avatar 12:09pm ndbob:

Greetings Evan et al
Avatar 12:10pm βrian:

@Lewis: You heard that Russ announced? We have a glimmer of hope.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:11pm drr:

Gelbart is good without the videos, but, wow, the videos.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:11pm Charlie:

Hi all! Will check in in a bit.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:11pm doctorjazz:

Love this track, haven't heard it in...in...kinda mixed up myself...
Avatar 12:13pm schmutz:

hey there!
Avatar 12:14pm Jesse K:

Howdy doers!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:19pm Charlie:

Wow, nice crowd! Good to see you all. Hors d'oeuvres will be coming around soon.
  12:20pm Pete:

Hurray for nothing.
Avatar 12:23pm Jesse K:

I have fergola salad if anyone wants some?
  12:23pm Sarah:

Hurray doubled! xxx
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:26pm Lewis:

@Brian - missed that! yes that is a glimmer in the darkness! I hope that things are not to out of sorts in Madison the Tony Robinson thing looks sketchy from this far away...
Avatar 12:26pm Roberto:

This frog! Lololol
  12:27pm Tamar:

This frog!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:27pm Webhamster Henry:

Speeding Motorcycle is a WFMU signature tune!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:27pm Mike East:

ah, Daniel!
Avatar 12:28pm northguineahills:

Daniel Johnston! I also like the version he does w/ Yo La Tengo.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:28pm Doug Schulkind:

Yes it surely is, Webhamster Henry. So so much heart.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:30pm Charlie:

Hi to: ndBob! Duke! βrian! Carmichael! Doug! James! Flash Strap! drr! drJazz! Schmutz! JesseK! Sarah! Lewis! Roberto! Tamar! Henry! Mike East! NGH!
Avatar 12:31pm ndbob:

great one!
Avatar 12:32pm still b/p:

Think I'd like to see/hear Speeding Motorcycle inserted as the opening theme to The Wild One while Brando and buddies are doing the fake riding in front of a screen.
Avatar 12:33pm βrian:

Yes, that was a bad deal, but the D.A. has been thorough and honest. Training and policies need some critical attention, though. This is a huge problem.
Avatar 12:35pm northguineahills:

I don't think I've ever heard Gary Glitter before, Kind of odd that I could miss someone so popular.
Avatar 12:37pm schmutz:

oh jimmy hachachacha
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:37pm Webhamster Henry:

Thanks for playing my request, Charlie!
Avatar 12:38pm Jesse K:

@northguineahills, he's blackballed but people still love him at huge sports arenas
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:39pm Charlie:

NGH - if you've ever watched a football game, you would probably have heard "rockand roll part 2"
@Henry -- glad to oblige.
Avatar 12:39pm βrian:

@NGH. Me, too. I only heard of him in the past few months.
Avatar 12:40pm Jeff:

Oh, look - you're digging into that ten-inch collection you posted pictures of on the 'book.

Nice.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:42pm Charlie:

Yes, Jeff. And hi Ted.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:44pm doctorjazz:

I have to work (darn!), which means I pop in and out of the room with the music, but this is a great set!
Avatar 12:45pm northguineahills:

Hmm, I've been to many football games, and can't recall any songs that I didn't recognize.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:48pm Mike East:

@ngh - "the hey song"
Avatar 12:48pm northguineahills:

ahhh, the Rush Limbaugh song...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:49pm Webhamster Henry:

rrrrrakete be be, fmms! p'giff! kwiiii?! Another signature WFMU tune!
  12:49pm jan:

Thanks for that fact: I did not know the origin of 'Merz' - must have not paid attention in Art History. Great show, as always.
Avatar 12:52pm Jesse K:

I'll be at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston this afternoon! www.icaboston.org
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:54pm Parq:

Some of Eno's best lyrics (and that's going some) in "Burning Airlines".
Avatar 12:55pm northguineahills:

(my parents have been listening to Limbaugh since the early 90s)
  12:55pm flash strap:

can't wait to hear you wrangling that unruly art-crowd again, Kaminsky
  12:56pm flash strap:

@Parq: I agree, and generally think Tiger Mountain is the pinnacle of Eno's lyrical abilities. Judy's Jungle and Fat Lady of Limbourgh are basically genius, I think.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:03pm Parq:

Oh man, one of my favorite obscure Dylan tracks. The wordless vocal refrain and the piano arrangement just kill me.
  1:09pm Pete:

Now that's a coincidence....I've been listening to Anna & Elizabeth back to back with Jenny Hval too!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:15pm Uncle Michael:

I have to apologize in advance for tomorrow not being Nu-Disk Friday.

Loving the show today, Charlie.
  1:18pm flash strap:

anybody ever see that amazing ethel smith/donald duck short?
Avatar 1:19pm still b/p:

If I have to come in from the kitchen one more time to restart the stammering lurching player after a hiccup...
But as long as I'm at the computer, I'm getting star-clicky for Ethel.
Avatar 1:23pm northguineahills:

ClouDdead put out some good tunes back in the day....
Avatar 1:29pm Dominick:

yes indeed
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:43pm Mike East:

suddenly hungry for cheese.
Avatar 1:44pm northguineahills:

I'm going to have to skip out early, thanks Charlie, lot's of fun was had!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:51pm Carmichael:

Hey Charlie, I haven't heard these hosers in many a year. Saw them once, back in the day. Wolfman Jack also made an appearance.
Avatar 1:54pm ndbob:

excellent show Charlie!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:57pm Charlie:

I saw them once too, Carm!
Thanks Bob
See y'all next time
Might be taking next week off...
Avatar 1:57pm Roberto:

Dead Dogs Two! That was the cLOUDDEAD song from way back I was trying to remember.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:58pm Charlie:

that was my fave too Roberto
Avatar 2:00pm βrian:

Please don't go!
  2:00pm jan:

over and out!
Avatar 2:00pm Roberto:

Have a great week off!
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