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Playlist for 08 October 2015 Options | Keeping busy while I wait (with a live solo set from Jake McKelvie)

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Artist Song Album Label Images Approx. start time
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Monareta  Llama   Options Picotero  Nacional    0:00:00 (Pop‑up)
Sizzla  Subterranean Homesick Blues   Options Is It Rolling Bob? A Reggae Tribute To Bob Dylan (various artists)  RAS    0:03:43 (Pop‑up)
Shirley Scott  Rainy Days and Mondays   Options Superstition  Cadet    0:06:09 (Pop‑up)
Todd Rundgren  Breathless   Options Something/Anything  Bearsville    0:11:12 (Pop‑up)
Mummy the Peepshow  Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head   Options That's New Pussycat - Surf Tribute To Burt Bacharach (various artists)  OmOm Music    0:14:20 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
Bunny Kick   Options Uh-oh!  Asphodel 
0:16:39 (Pop‑up)
Vinicius & Toquinho  Sem Medo   Options Vinicius & Toquinho (1974)  Philips    0:20:32 (Pop‑up)
Beach Boys  Busy Doin' Nothin'   Options Friends  Capitol    0:24:12 (Pop‑up)
Lorette Velvette  Come on Over   Options Rude Angel  Okra-Tone    0:27:08 (Pop‑up)
Lolita No. 18  Shakin' All Over   Options Wild Wacky Gift (various artists)  Benten    0:30:51 (Pop‑up)
The Essex  Easier Said Than Done   Options 7-inch single (originally)  Roulette    0:33:12 (Pop‑up)
The Special Pillow  I Love Your Smile   Options Sleeping Beauty  Zofko    0:35:16 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
Shudder to Think 
pH Balanced   Options High Art (soundtrack)  Velvel 
0:39:08 (Pop‑up)
The Bran Flakes  Rodeo Butterfly   Options I Have Hands  Illegal Art    0:42:58 (Pop‑up)
Sandie Shaw  Rose Garden   Options Reviewing the Situation  RPM    0:45:37 (Pop‑up)
Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain  Wonderful Land   Options The Secret of Life  Longman Records    0:48:36 (Pop‑up)
Five Style  Pet the Cow   Options Miniature Portraits  Sub Pop    0:50:44 (Pop‑up)
Young Marble Giants  The Man Amplifier   Options Colossal Youth  Rough Trade    0:53:29 (Pop‑up)
The Gaylets  Silent River (Runs Deep)   Options Let's Do Rocksteady (various artists)  Trojan    0:56:40 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
Raymond Scott 
Tempo Block   Options Soothing Sounds for Baby  Basta 
0:59:17 (Pop‑up)
  Happy to have Jake McKelvie on the show today! He and his band, the Countertops, play around New England and have a couple of albums out. Check out their website, Bandcamp page, Facebook page. Here's a video of the song, "Denny's Parma," and a video of "Mini Monster," from their album, Solid Chunks of Energy. Thanks for coming by and playing today, Jake!
Jake McKelvie   Propeller   Options live in the studio      1:01:16 (Pop‑up)
Jake McKelvie  Animal Tested   Options live in the studio      1:05:07 (Pop‑up)
Jake McKelvie  Denny's Parma   Options live in the studio      1:09:39 (Pop‑up)
Jake McKelvie  Coffee or Soda   Options live in the studio      1:13:27 (Pop‑up)
Jake McKelvie  Time Is a Chew Toy   Options live in the studio      1:16:44 (Pop‑up)
Jake McKelvie  Aside From Your Hair   Options live in the studio      1:20:00 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
chat with Jake McKelvie          
Replacements  I Will Dare   Options Let It Be  Twin Tone    1:31:18 (Pop‑up)
Madeline Bell  Step Inside Love   Options Doin' Things  Philips/RPM    1:34:34 (Pop‑up)
Talking Heads  Don't Worry About the Government   Options Talking Heads '77  Sire    1:36:53 (Pop‑up)
Linda Perhacs  Paper Mountain Man   Options Parallelograms  Kapp; The Wild Places    1:39:50 (Pop‑up)
The English Beat  Can't Get Used to Losing You   Options I Just Can't Stop It  I.R.S.    1:42:51 (Pop‑up)
The Saints  River Deep Mountain High   Options 7-inch single (originally)  EMI    1:45:45 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
George Martin 
Ringo'sTheme (This Boy)   Options A Hard Day's Night (soundtrack)  United Artists    1:50:12 (Pop‑up)
Jake McKelvie & the Countertops  Coming Too   Options Solid Chunks of Energy  Jake McKelvie & the Countertops 
1:52:46 (Pop‑up)
Impi  Sun   Options Impi  Fresh Music    1:56:05 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
Johnny Beecher 
Sax Fifth Avenue   Options 7-inch single  Warner Bros.     

Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:04am Charlie:

Howdy folks. Really looking forward to the live set today from Jake McKelvie! If you're able, I hope you will make a pledge to WFMU's silent fundraiser this month. In order to stay free and freeform, we need your support, and we don't want to do two on-air fundraisers a year, so this is how we raise some needed cash at the time of year when the funds from the marathon start to dwindle. Of course, there are cool new t-shirts and other stuff. You can pledge to my show at the top of the page, or you can use this link: www.wfmu.org... -- thank you!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:06am Charlie:

Here are some links for Jake McKelvie:
Bandcamp: jacobcmckelvie.bandcamp.com
their site: www.jcmandtops.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:45am annie:

sitting quietly..
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:47am Artie Haywire:

sitting noisily...
  12:01pm Listening Out There:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:01pm People Like Us:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:01pm annie:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:01pm Charlie:

Hi Annie, Artie, Listening...PLU!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:01pm mauri:

habba habba
  12:02pm Listening Out There:

Hey...it's Vicki...from Pee Pull Lie Cuss...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:03pm Charlie:

hi mauri, hoopa hoopa
Avatar 12:03pm Sarah N:

sitting comfortably
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:04pm listener james from westwood:

Good Thursday, Charlie and all!!
Avatar 12:05pm Peter Nelson:

So you found the album...cool.
  12:05pm jan:

Checking in!
Avatar 12:05pm Sarah N:

Cumbia Kumbaya Cumbria and now Sizzzz Laaaa, oh yeah.
Avatar 12:07pm ndbob:

afternoon Charlie and everyone!
  12:08pm testingwithfire:

Good afternoon to all my fellow idlers!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:08pm Charlie:

welcome Sarah, James, Peter, Jan, Bob!
Yes, Peter, thanks for the Sizzla tip!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:08pm Charlie:

howdy testingwithfire, thanks for idling here.
Avatar 12:08pm Sarah N:

Hello Charlie, listener james and fellow listeners. This week I am mostly experimenting with onion dye. Plus, homemade chocolate eclairs. So now y'all know.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:11pm Charlie:

funkiest Carpenters cover ever
Avatar 12:12pm Sarah N:

I agree!
Avatar 12:12pm Dominick:

That worked nicely
  12:12pm Listening Out There:

Prob the most upbeat "Rainy Days" version I'll likely hear. Great bass (and B3, I think?).
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:13pm Charlie:

Shirley Scott at the Hammond B3, yes!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:13pm Charlie:

on many records, she plays the bass with her feet.
Avatar 12:13pm Sarah N:

B3 - phwaorrr!
  12:17pm Listening Out There:

Charlie...indeed. Have seen a couple of B3 players that are agile with them feet. Amazing skill to manipulate those long pedals while simultaneously playing the keyboard. Bet they can chew gum at the same time...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:18pm listener james from westwood:

So nice to hear the show live; my last coupla Thursdays I was booked out of the house for things and stuff. Without vitamin C I get scurvy!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:19pm annie:

actually, sitting here planning a cross-country trip, and i have the road atlas to prove it;ndbob, you're in illinois or indiana?
Avatar 12:23pm ndbob:

@annie I'm in Bloomington, Indiana
Avatar 12:24pm ndbob:

where Indiana University is
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:24pm Mike East:

thought this was a cover of that Yes song at the start
Avatar 12:24pm ndbob:

so stop by!
Avatar 12:25pm Dominick:

theme song!
Avatar 12:27pm Sarah N:

Such a cute song.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:27pm Charlie:

Brian Wilson stole his title from my show!
  12:27pm frenchee:

Bloomington, IN, is where I matriculated in parties and boys. Great town, lovely conuntryside. Wait, Brian Wilson had a pocketbook?
Avatar 12:28pm ndbob:

Indeed Frencee
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:29pm Charlie:

hi Dominick, Frenchee! Who have I missed?
  12:33pm Listening Out There:

Great version of this Who song...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:34pm annie:

oh, bloomington! sure, NDbob!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:36pm doctorjazz:

Nice classic by The Essex-hi out there.
Avatar 12:36pm ndbob:

annie great:)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:37pm Charlie:

hey there DocJazz
Avatar 12:39pm still b/p:

Doublin' up -- Amy Goodman in an extended interview with Patti Smith in the background while I listen to this show. Covering a lotta ground, those two. And I think this mix is magically complementary. Media blitz thing sure going on with Patti's book.
  12:39pm Listening Out There:

Oopsy. Shakin' All Over was originally by Johnny Kidd and the Pirates. Should have guessed since The Who started out as an R&B band...
  12:45pm frenchee:

Hi Charlie! Hi bnbob, everybody! this is a boppy number.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:47pm Charlie:

hey still b/p, good to see you, attention divided or not :)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:47pm listener james from westwood:

still b/p: I see such a diverse range of folks citing (and digging) her first book, so I'm not surprised the publisher's got Smith on the road to talk about it.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:59pm Charlie:

Live set from Jake McKelvie coming up after this song!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:02pm listener james from westwood:

Avatar 1:03pm thedunkel:

WOW! This guys sounds awesome!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:03pm annie:

still b/p, you still in portland?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:05pm Charlie:

this guy's fab. so glad he could play on the show.
Avatar 1:05pm still b/p:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:06pm annie:

cool, planning a road trip, have to go up to bangor. it's a "Nick's Diner" tour
  1:07pm Listening Out There:

Enjoying McKelvie. Reminds me a bit of Phil Ochs...
  1:11pm Listening Out There:

BTW, Charlie, the sound is good on our end. You're probably engineering this yourself...?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:11pm Charlie:

Yes, Listening, thanks for letting me know.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:13pm Charlie:

I love his wordplay. (and songs and voice) The band is great too. I'll play a tune later.
Avatar 1:14pm still b/p:

Traveling before the snow flies or swings its fist, annie?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:15pm Charlie:

Does anyone here need a second drink?
  1:19pm Listening Out There:

Time is a chew toy / And you've kicked out all the cotton... :)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:20pm Charlie:

lyrics for this song here: jacobcmckelvie.bandcamp.com
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:21pm listener james from westwood:

Very psyched to hear live music from our far-flung GTDR DJs!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:22pm Charlie:

or here to be more specific: jacobcmckelvie.bandcamp.com...
Avatar 1:25pm Roberto:

Sorry, I was out doing something that prevented me from doing nothing.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:26pm melinda:

Nice live set!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:26pm listener james from westwood:

Applause from this quarter, too!
Avatar 1:26pm ndbob:

excellent set Jake!
  1:27pm Listening Out There:

Clapping Out There
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:33pm listener james from westwood:

Great stuff, Jake and Charlie! Thanks for the live set!
  1:35pm Gary Mitchell:

audio mix was excellent.... Charlie, may I cut my next LP up there?
  1:36pm burpage:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:36pm Charlie:

Hey Gary! Any time.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:37pm Michael:

Is this seat taken?
  1:37pm Gary Mitchell:

Love Madeline's voice.. i think she did background work for Dusty Springfield
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:38pm annie:

charlie, you're in keene, now??
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:38pm Charlie:

yes Annie, moved here 2 yrs ago.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:39pm Charlie:

Gary -- correct you are. And on the collection I have is a song Dusty wrote or co-wrote with her (I forget).
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:39pm Charlie:

Welcome, Michael. Canape?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:40pm Michael:

Why yes, thank you kind host.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:42pm Wendy del Formaggio:

I can't tune in because I have to watch Selectboard meetings on my laptop, but... Hi Charlie! Hi everyone!
Okay, I'm signing off so I can get back to work. Hope everyone is doing well. xoxo
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:45pm melinda:

This English Beat is a nice bit from the past.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:45pm Charlie:

Hi Wendy and Melinda!
Avatar 1:46pm Peter Nelson:

I once got Dave Wakeling to sign my jeans 'cos I didn't have any paper. Great band, The Beat.
Avatar 1:47pm Sarah N:

You so cool Mr Nelson.
Avatar 1:47pm Peter Nelson:

Yeah, in Britain they are just 'The Beat'.
  1:48pm Listening Out There:

A little...? Excellent!
Avatar 1:48pm Dominick:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:48pm Matt F:

I was hoping this'd be the version we'd hear all the way through! Nice!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:49pm Charlie:

Hi Matt -- the only version worth hearing all the way through!
Avatar 1:50pm Peter Nelson:

Eric Burdon's is pretty good.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:54pm Matt F:

No sweat, I can go a couple minutes over at the end of my show if necessary...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:56pm People Like Us:

great show, thanks Charlie :)
Avatar 1:56pm ndbob:

excellent show Charlie!
  1:57pm Listening Out There:

Thanks again! Will be back soon, doing even less than nothing...
Avatar 1:58pm Peter Nelson:

And who's heard of 'Impi' these days?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:59pm Charlie:

Thanks for this one, Peter, would not have heard it otherwise. They were from South Africa, some members from the band the Square Set.
Avatar 1:59pm Sarah N:

Boo hoo - show's nearly over - waa waa :(
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:59pm listener james from westwood:

Thanks once again, Charlie!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:00pm Charlie:

Also, should not have been so brash in my declaration re: River Deep. Will check out Eric Bs version more thoroughly.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:00pm Charlie:

Thanks for tuning in, everyone :)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:00pm annie:

fun fun fun!!!
Avatar 2:00pm Sarah N:

I love this Impi tune! (bawls like an onion)
Avatar 2:03pm Peter Nelson:

The Saints did nail it, for sure, but The Animal's version is pretty epic.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:03pm Michael:

Thanks Charlie!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:06pm Charlie:

Thanks for your pledges, Gary, Lynn, Judy, Holly, Brian, Michael, Wendy, and Vicki!
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