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 16 July 2015 Options | Vampire towers

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photograph by Guillaume Amat
There are no vampires on today's program. Unless you think of the unbridled capitalism that the pope referred to recently as a form of blood-sucking.
"Once you get that first stake driven, nobody can stop you." -- Robert Moses, master builder and developer
-- "I thought Dr. Van Helsing said that." -- Doc Sportello (from Inherent Vice, by Thomas Pynchon)
But no matter how far from the heart of the city skyrocketing rents have driven you, you're never too far away to hear Busy Doing Nothing on WFMU's Give the Drummer Radio Stream.

Artist Song Album Label Approx. start time
Donald Byrd  Black Jack   Options Blue Break Beats (various artists)  Blue Note  0:00:00 (Pop‑up)
Roberta Flack  Compared to What   Options First Take  Atlantic  0:05:42 (Pop‑up)
Ten Wheel Drive  Tightrope   Options Construction #1  Polydor  0:10:53 (Pop‑up)
The Nazz  Loosen Up   Options Open Our Eyes: The Anthology  Sanctuary  0:16:05 (Pop‑up)
Lionel Hampton  Two-Finger Boogie   Options 78, slowed down  Decca  0:17:23 (Pop‑up)
 
Music behind DJ:
Tipsy 
Bunny Kick   Options Uh-oh!  Asphodel  0:21:21 (Pop‑up)
Francis Bebey  New Track   Options African Electronic Music 1975 - 1982  Born Bad  0:24:56 (Pop‑up)
Stevie Wonder  Big Brother   Options Talking Book  Motown  0:32:38 (Pop‑up)
Thiaz Itch  B Line (Lord Invader cover)   Options Binjoum  Proot  0:36:07 (Pop‑up)
Van Dyke Parks  John Jones   Options Discover America  Warner Bros.  0:39:37 (Pop‑up)
Wackie's Rhythm Force  So Much Dub   Options African Roots, Act 3 : Strictly Dubwise  Wackie's  0:42:42 (Pop‑up)
 
Music behind DJ:
Wackie's Rhythm Force 
Good Thing Dub   Options African Roots, Act 3 : Strictly Dubwise  Wackie's  0:45:19 (Pop‑up)
Della Reese  I Got the Blues   Options I Gotta Be Me . . . This Trip Out  ABC  0:48:37 (Pop‑up)
DJ Vadim  Black Is The Night, featuring Katherin DeBoer   Options The Sound Catcher  BBE  0:52:07 (Pop‑up)
Nina Simone  Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair (Jaffa remix)   Options Verve Remixed 2 (various artists)  Verve  0:55:35 (Pop‑up)
Joni Mitchell  Coyote   Options Hejira  Asylum  0:59:27 (Pop‑up)
 
Music behind DJ:
Las Comadrejas 
Oaxacatelas   Options We are Ugly, But We Have the Music  Comad  1:04:27 (Pop‑up)
Beth Orton  Central Reservation   Options Central Reservation  Arista  1:06:31 (Pop‑up)
IQU  Loving You   Options Sun Q  Sonic Boom   1:11:14 (Pop‑up)
Noodles  Crystal Plum   Options Explorer  Delicious  1:15:26 (Pop‑up)
The Clash  Up in Heaven (Not Only Here)   Options Sandinista!  CBS  1:20:11 (Pop‑up)
Super Wild Horses  You've Really Got a Hold on Me   Options Crosswords  Dot Dash  1:24:37 (Pop‑up)
Richie Havens  San Francisco Bay Blues   Options Mixed Bag  Verve  1:27:26 (Pop‑up)
Dirtbombs  Maybe Your Baby   Options If You Don't Already Have A Look  In the Red  1:29:49 (Pop‑up)
Anne Briggs  Go Your Way   Options A Collection  Topic  1:32:36 (Pop‑up)
 
Music behind DJ:
Francis Bebey 
Amomi   Options Un Petit Ivorien  Ozileka  1:36:30 (Pop‑up)
Dim Dim  Friendly Fire   Options Nectarine  Brinkman  1:42:51 (Pop‑up)
Helen Merrill  Because   Options Sings the Beatles  C&L Music/Victor/EMI  1:46:52 (Pop‑up)
Toy  Swingswung   Options Toy  Smalltown Supersound  1:50:05 (Pop‑up)
Thiaz Itch  Sol Picante   Options Binjoum  Proot  1:53:49 (Pop‑up)
 
Music behind DJ:
Johnny Beecher 
Sax Fifth Avenue   Options 7-inch single (45 played at 33)  Warner Bros.   1:58:41 (Pop‑up)


photograph by Nick Hedges, found here


Listener comments!

Avatar 11:57am βrian:

Good Afternoon, Charlie.
Avatar 11:57am Peter Nelson:

Cock a leg.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:59am listener james from westwood:

Howdy, Charlie and all!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:59am Uncle Michael:

Greets!
Avatar 12:00pm ndbob:

Heya Charlie and everyone!
Avatar 12:01pm bobdoesthings:

good afternoon!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:01pm Michael:

Mr. Charlie and all - hello.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:01pm mauri:

heyup!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:02pm Charlie:

Greetings, βrian, Peter, James, Uncle Michael, ndBob, bobDoes, Michael, Mauri. Nice to see ya.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:02pm thatpatsmith:

howdy salutations all
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:02pm Charlie:

βrian -- thanks for sending that picture! I tried to e-mail you back, but my message was returned. That site has great pix on it too.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:03pm Charlie:

and hello thatPat
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:03pm thatpatsmith:

and salty hallelujahs
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:05pm Charlie:

lotsa good tumblr pix goodness (via βrian): thisisnthappiness.com
  12:05pm ?:

Hola, Holla, Hella, Hello all. Swingin' w/Charlie!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:05pm mauri:

wfmu beer cozy tested in sauna!
  12:05pm frenchee:

^^
zat's moi
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:07pm Charlie:

Hiya Frenchee!
Mauri -- are you texting from the sauna now?
Avatar 12:07pm Sarah N:

Whoo hoo Charlie hoy!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:08pm Charlie:

Halloo, Sarah!
  12:09pm gary mitchell:

boogie nights!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:09pm Michael:

Mauri needs the 'FMU soap and expanding sponge for the sauna
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:10pm listener james from westwood:

I love that Tumblr, βrian and Charlie!
Avatar 12:10pm βrian:

Yes, it has an interestingly wry sensibility. When it's not just plain goofy, that is.
Avatar 12:11pm Perri:

Hi Charlie! Hello everyone!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:12pm mauri:

stompin feet sweatin n scrubbin ma back
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:12pm Charlie:

Greets, Gary!
Pleezed ta see ya, Perri!
Avatar 12:16pm Perri:

ooooooooo Nazz!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:17pm Uncle Michael:

True story: Archie Bell was in jail the first time he heard "Tighten Up" on the radio.
Avatar 12:17pm bobdoesthings:

hah nice! I think I'd prefer loosening up to tightening.. but .. hmm they're a bit too loose?! haha this is great
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:17pm Parq:

Wow, never knew about this Nazz schtick.
  12:18pm frenchee:

LOOOOOOSEN UP! yeeha
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:18pm Charlie:

I thought he was away on army duty, uncle M ?
  12:18pm frenchee:

Army, jail....what's the diff again?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:19pm Uncle Michael:

Just because my story may be apocryphal, that doesn't make it untrue!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:20pm Charlie:

haha, yes, and just because something did happen, doesn't mean it isn't fiction also
Avatar 12:20pm bobdoesthings:

what did archie bell go to jail for? tightened up too much? too many new dances in houston tx?
Avatar 12:20pm ndbob:

wow UM
Avatar 12:23pm bobdoesthings:

very Zen charlie.. nothingness with everything that comes with it
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:23pm doctorjazz:

Hi all, nice start to the show, digging it!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:26pm listener james from westwood:

James Ellroy's Underworld books tailed off sharply after "Cold Six Thousand" in my opinion, but the bit in "Blood's a Rover" where an increasingly demented J. Edgar Hoover urges a minion to keep an eye on this possibly dangerous Archie Bell and his insidious Drells was amusing.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:27pm Uncle Michael:

I need my own army of Drells. I could take over my entire neighborhood.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:29pm Charlie:

Drells vs. Pips -- who would win?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:29pm Charlie:

Trick question. Answer: Daleks.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:30pm listener james from westwood:

UM, you'd make quite the Drell instructor.

I'll see myself out.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:30pm Charlie:

oh and hey dr jazz
  12:30pm jan:

Hi Charlie! Nice to hear another Francis Bebey song- instead of the perennial WFMU fave- the Pygmy Love song
Avatar 12:30pm βrian:

Pip: a disease of poultry or other birds causing thick mucus in the throat and white scale on the tongue.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:32pm Charlie:

Hey, Jan, oh i've got many other Francis Bebey faves too...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:32pm Mike East:

nice kalimba riddim.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:33pm Charlie:

βrian -- Ick! (as in the fish disease)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:35pm Charlie:

hi Mike East.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:38pm Parq:

βrian, I was just about to go get my lunch. Thank you for saving me the cost of a sandwich.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:40pm Charlie:

Well, Parq, no poultry today, that's for sure. Me, I gots me a veggie burger right here...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:40pm Mike East:

hey Charlie. Stuck working while my family goes to the beach today. I feel a kid in summer school staring out the window at everyone else having fun.
Avatar 12:45pm bobdoesthings:

pass the dutchie wouldjah'
Avatar 12:47pm Jesse K:

Hi Charlie! It just jumped to the stream for a minute. now you're back
Avatar 12:48pm bobdoesthings:

uhhh something crazy is going on with my stream..? It started playing some molam/thai stuff.. and just jumped back to charlie speaking.. waaaahhh?!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:49pm dave:

Good afternoon Charlie and non-Charlies...
Avatar 12:51pm bobdoesthings:

ughhhhh this della reese. hits the spot
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:52pm Charlie:

Thanks Jesse.
BobDoes -- for some reason, my connection to the stream cut out for a minute and the Drummer stream kicked in, then back to me -- I don't know why --
If it happens again, lemme know!
Avatar 12:54pm bobdoesthings:

@charlie - all good, will do.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:59pm Mike East:

did anyone watch the nina simone documentary on netflix? so heavy.
  1:01pm frenchee:

lordy, barely a chance to wipe the tears from my eyes and you're off playing Joni after Nina....
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:01pm Charlie:

Mike -- I'd like to see that. Is it still available?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:01pm Parq:

Mike, no, I was waiting to hear word on it. Thanks for the recom. Glad it was made-- I was afraid we were going to get stuck with nothing but the biopic.
  1:02pm frenchee:

@bobdoesthings: I had the same problem, thought it was just my work connex.
  1:02pm Ike:

Hey everyone!
Avatar 1:02pm bobdoesthings:

I still gotta watch it! @mike east - still on netflix! should be up awhile i think.. as it is netflix made
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:03pm Charlie:

frenchee -- I just recently realized how much Joni owes to Nina in her phrasing. not that she ain't an original.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:05pm Mike East:

yeah, was just released a couple weeks ago. Its a netflix production, too, so it should be up there a while
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:06pm Mike East:

oops, bob said that. Yeah, its worth watching if only for the old footage of a master. It doesn't really leave you feeling good, though. Not a happy story.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:07pm listener james from westwood:

Beth Orton!
  1:08pm frenchee:

Hi Ike!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:09pm Mike East:

Hey Ike, speaking of Daleks...
Avatar 1:09pm βrian:

I once went to see Beth Orton's belly button in Winooski, VT. That's how I remembered it afterward, at least.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:10pm Charlie:

oh, hey there, Ike
  1:12pm Ike:

Yeah, let's hope we can see Peter Capaldi go up against the intergalactic Drell menace soon....
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:12pm Webhamster Henry:

Loving You Theremin!? Is there a sitar cover?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:13pm Charlie:

βrian -- did she do one of those "singing navel" bits in her act? I would think her belly would've been covered by her guitar.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:14pm Charlie:

Henry -- Isn't there a sitar cover of everything? There should be . . .
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:14pm Uncle Michael:

Is this being played on a balloon?
Avatar 1:15pm northguineahills:

Wow, I haven't heard anything by IQU since the late 90s. I once let crash at my place in '99.
Avatar 1:16pm northguineahills:

Back then, they were on K recs.
Avatar 1:17pm βrian:

It was something about the proximity and the midriff line of view. I don't remember the guitar, but, well ...
  1:18pm Mike in AK:

wow- Ella had memorex, Minnie has the theramin. Impossible to tell which is which!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:21pm Charlie:

Mike in AK -- Minnie *was* the human theremin -- check her out on the first Rotary Connection album!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:21pm Charlie:

Well, βrian, I guess I must ask: innie or outie?
Avatar 1:26pm βrian:

It drew me in ...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:33pm listener james from westwood:

That's no moon ... it's a belly button.
Avatar 1:43pm northguineahills:

Right when you mentioned the Clash, Charlie, I was reading that Tim Farron's (New UK Liberal Democrat leader) hero is Joe Strummer
Avatar 1:44pm Sarah N:

Wow, this is beautiful!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:44pm Charlie:

Well, NGH, not knowing anything about current British politics, that at least is a good thing. Or is it like when a politician just uses some leftie's music to try to get over?
Avatar 1:45pm Sarah N:

Sounds like a Beatle's song to me....
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:45pm Charlie:

Sarah, this is one of Dim Dim's lovely spare ballads. (All Dim Dim is highly recommended.)
Avatar 1:47pm Sarah N:

Thanks Charlie. I thought it was a cover of "In My Life". Lovely.
Avatar 1:47pm bobdoesthings:

wooooooooo... instant clicky star. damn..
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:47pm Uncle Michael:

That's the melody I heard as well.
Avatar 1:49pm Sarah N:

We're all so tuned in and connected, yay!
Avatar 1:52pm Sarah N:

Apologies everyone (especially to Doug!) for my inappropriate apostrophe! It's "The Beatles", of course not, "The Beatle's". Oh the shame of it! Sorry Mum.
Avatar 1:55pm northguineahills:

Well, he's rather liberal for a Liberal Democrat, but he also cited CS Lewis, which can mean anything.
Avatar 1:55pm northguineahills:

Well, he's rather liberal for a Liberal Democrat, but he also cited CS Lewis, which can mean anything.
Avatar 1:56pm Sarah N:

Doh! Now I messed up the commas. Grrrr. Correction: "It's "The Beatles", of course, not "The Beatle's"." Ha ha hee hee. Jolly music.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:56pm Uncle Michael:

Time to run...great show (so far) Charlie!
Avatar 1:56pm ndbob:

excellent show Charlie!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:56pm Charlie:

Nowadaze, Sarah, one's fingers often move faster than one's brain; I'm always typing letters in the wrnog odrer :)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:57pm Charlie:

thanks all, see you next time !
  1:58pm βrian:

Later, Charlie. Thanks for the parting gravitas.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:58pm listener james from westwood:

Thought this Thiaz Itch might have been Cyriak (sp?), but it is a different, similarly delightful artist.
Muchas gracias for the fine programme, Charlie!
Avatar 2:00pm bobdoesthings:

many thanks charlie! great stuff! enjoy the nothingness and all that comes with it.
Avatar 2:01pm bobdoesthings:

AH! The stream bounced again.. now it's all glitchy..
Avatar 2:03pm Sarah N:

Ffffanx deer Charlie. Grrrrate scho. xXx
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:03pm Michael:

Was away for a few but thanks as always, sir.
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