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Options December 3, 2015: Sounds for Baby: Birth, Development, Lullabies
You Were Born. And So You're Free. So Happy Birthday.

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Artist Track Album Label Year Comments
Steve Gruskin  Sounds of the Womb   Options Sounds of the Womb       
Music behind DJ:
Sounds of the Womb          
Laurie Anderson  Mach 20   Options United States Live    1984   
Adrian Wagner  Star Child   Options Merak    1988   
Zero Kama  Azure-Lidded Woman (Pregnant Womb of Non)   Options The Secret Eye Of L.A.Y.L.A.H.    1984  Supposedly played entirely on human bones and skulls 
The Residents  Birth   Options Eskimo    1979   
Laurie Anderson  Born, Never Asked   Options Big Science    1982   
Scott Walker  Boy Child   Options Scott 4    1969  credited to "Scott Engel" 
Eddie Harris  A Child is Born   Options Eddie Harris Sings the Blues    1972   
Pete Levin & Bill Comeau  The Nativity (Birth Narrative)   Options Resurrection: The Amplified Bible Of Heavenly Grooves  Trunk  2001   
Linda Martell  Color Him Father   Options Plantation Gold: The Mad Genius of Shelby S. Singleton and Plantation/SSS Records 1967-1976       
Neil Young  New Mama   Options Tonight's the Night    1975   
David Bowie  Kooks   Options Bowie at the Beeb    1971   
Music behind DJ:
Kevin Braheny 
Lullaby for the Hearts of Space   Options Lullaby for the Hearts of Space    1980   
Raymond Scott  Lullaby   Options Soothing Sounds for Baby, Volume 1 (1 to 6 months)    1962   
Raymond Scott  Nursery Rhyme   Options Soothing Sounds for Baby, Volume 1 (1 to 6 months)    1962   
Raymond Scott  The Happy Whistler   Options Soothing Sounds for Baby, Volume 2 (6-12 Months)    1962   
Raymond Scott  Toy Typewriter   Options Soothing Sounds for Baby, Volume 2 (6-12 Months)    1962   
Raymond Scott  Little Miss Echo   Options Soothing Sounds for Baby, Volume 3 (12 to 18 months)    1962   
Abe Lyman's California Orchestra  Dirty Hands! Dirty Face!   Options 78"    1928  with Al Jolson, I think 
Cab Calloway & His Orchestra  Angels With Dirty Faces   Options 78"    1938?  not sure who's singing here 
Dusty Springfield  I Can't Wait Until I See My Baby's Face   Options Where Am I Going?    1967   
Music behind DJ:
Kevin Braheny 
After I Said Goodnight   Options Lullaby for the Hearts of Space    1980   
Bruce Haack  Mudra   Options The Way-Out Record for Children    1968  with Miss Nelson (Esther Nelson) 
Bruce Haack  African Lullaby   Options The Electronic Record for Children    1969  with Miss Nelson (Esther Nelson) 
Moondog  Lullaby   Options Moondog    1956   
Kenny Graham & His Satellites  Lullaby   Options Moondog and Suncat Suites    1956   
Moondog with Julie Andrews & Martyn Green  Bedtime Songs and Lullabies   Options Songs of Sense & Nonsense - Tell It Again    1956   
Sven Libaek  Nocturnal Lullaby   Options Inner Space    1973   
Arthur Lyman  Lullaby of the Leaves   Options Leis of Jazz    1959   
Martin Denny  Bamboo Lullaby   Options Exotica Vol. III    1959   
Arthur Lyman  Whispering Reef Lullaby   Options Hawaiian Sunset    1959   
Byron Morris & Unity  Transcendental Lullaby   Options Vibrations in Time    1973-78   
Muzzy Marcellino  Whistler's Lullaby   Options Birds of a Feather    1958   
Tomita  Lullaby   Options Firebird    1973  Stravinksy 
Harry Nilsson  Lullaby in Ragtime   Options A Little Touch of Schmilsson In The Night    1973   
Music behind DJ:
Steve Gruskin 
Sounds of the Womb   Options Sounds of the Womb       

Listener comments!

Avatar 7:01pm Mayuko:

Good evening!
Avatar 7:01pm ndbob:

evening Evan and everyone!
Avatar 7:02pm Flash Strap:

Hello Explorers!
Avatar 7:02pm ndbob:

Heya Mayuko!
Avatar 7:02pm Flash Strap:

Mayuko, Bob, wonderful to see you!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:02pm Rich in Washington:

Avatar 7:02pm Flash Strap:

Hello Rich!
Avatar 7:02pm Mayuko:

Hi ndbob! and all!
Avatar 7:03pm hyde:

i admit, this show theme frightens me a little
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:03pm melinda:

I feel soothed already. Good evening!
Avatar 7:03pm Flash Strap:

Get ready Hyde!
Avatar 7:03pm Flash Strap:

Hi Melinda!
Avatar 7:05pm ndbob:

Hello Melinda and Hyde!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:08pm melinda:

Hi ndbob!
Avatar 7:08pm hyde:

hiya ndb! (and everyone else....)
Avatar 7:14pm Flash Strap:

I admit this is a, uh, unusual theme this evening. I promise to keep it interesting!
Avatar 7:18pm ndbob:

I remember my friend - who listens to a lot of unusual music - playing this - and it totally freaked out his cat
Avatar 7:19pm Flash Strap:

hahaha the residents are not cat music: true
Avatar 7:22pm Flash Strap:

God, Laurie Anderson is just the best, the best
Avatar 7:23pm northguineahills:

I somehow got a hold of Laurie Anderson's "United States" vinyl box set. It tre nice. About a decade ago, she sat next to me at my friend's bar/club. She's a very down-to-earth women.
Avatar 7:24pm Flash Strap:

jealous of the box set NGH! and welcome!
Avatar 7:26pm hyde:

finally, the playlist scrolled down enough that i don't need to look at baby drool!
Avatar 7:27pm Flash Strap:

Hyde, I think you might have a baby phobia. Which is reasonable enough
Avatar 7:30pm hyde:

i guess it is kind of obvious that i'm not really a baby guy.
Avatar 7:32pm Flash Strap:

me either, really. certain babies are ok by me, though
Avatar 7:34pm hyde:

yeah, my nephew and his wife brought over their new kid on Thanksgiving. It was cute enough.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:34pm melinda:

My sister had the Big Science album when I was 11 or so and I felt so cool and avant garde when we listened to it. I think it was the first time I'd heard music where someone talked instead of singing.
Avatar 7:36pm ndbob:

I lost track of Laurie Anderson's music - but I listened to a lot of her early stuff.
Avatar 7:36pm Flash Strap:

One of my favorite records, total mindblower. I still feel cool and avant garde when I hear it! Just like the first time
Avatar 7:37pm ndbob:

Unlikely cover version here - the Plantation Gold collection is great
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:39pm melinda:

1982 was a great music year for me.
Avatar 7:40pm ndbob:

@Melinda what were some of your other 1982 faves?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:40pm melinda:

Aw, I love Kooks! One of the best baby songs.
Avatar 7:41pm Flash Strap:

i second that, bob
Avatar 7:41pm Flash Strap:

it really is, Melinda. it's undeniable in it's earnest sentiment, and from one of the least vulnerable songwriters of all time
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:46pm melinda:

@ndbob: I think it was the year I started watching MTV and I was 11, so it was just really exciting. Men at Work was one of my favorites. Also Stevie Nicks' Leather and Lace. I was still young and innocent and grooving on top 40 tunes.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:47pm melinda:

Men at Work *were* one of my faves.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:49pm Doug Schulkind:

Explorers Vroom!
Avatar 7:50pm ndbob:

@Melinda I like Men at Work - they inspired me to try Vegemite - only once - I still kind of groove on Top 40 tunes at times - tho not that much recently
Avatar 7:52pm Flash Strap:

Hi Doug!
Avatar 7:53pm Flash Strap:

I always though Men at Work's "Antarctica" was an overlooked treasure of the period
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:53pm Doug Schulkind:

Speaking of men at work, my wife boards a plane for Sydney in about eight minutes. Good evening, Admiral Strap and good evening Explorers!
Avatar 7:54pm ndbob:

@Doug Hear you tomorrow!
Avatar 7:54pm Flash Strap:

Safe travels, Mrs. Drummersome!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:55pm Doug Schulkind:

Be there or be non-Euclidean, ndbob!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:57pm melinda:

I don't remember Antarctica, I'll have to look it up. I do still like Men at Work and get excited when I hear the opening sounds of 'Down Under'.
Avatar 7:57pm Flash Strap:

oh shit! i was thinking of the Men Without Hats, sorry
Avatar 7:58pm hyde:

Men at Work Without Hats
Avatar 7:59pm northguineahills:

Raymond Scott isn't played enough, that's for sure!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:59pm melinda:

Haha! I don't know their Antarctica either. Safety Dance was good but brings back negative junior high memories for me, I guess my golden age of top 40 was over then.
Avatar 8:00pm ndbob:

I need to go but can stay in chat for a while - excellent show Evan - catch the rest on the archive!
Avatar 8:00pm Mayuko:

I love all of the 3 baby albums of his! (not commenting much since I'm also man at work right now but listening!)
Avatar 8:01pm Flash Strap:

thanks for listening bob, always good to have you in whatever form and for however long
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:02pm melinda:

Soothing Sounds for Baby vol.2 was the first sort of ambient-techno music I bought.
Avatar 8:02pm Flash Strap:

I'm just glad you're listening, Mayuko at Work, no need to feed my comment box if it conflicts with productivity
Avatar 8:02pm Flash Strap:

Is anybody familiar with Raymond Scott's cartoon jazz (my guess is, probably yes). Just blows my mind that it's the same guy
Avatar 8:03pm ndbob:

You mean like "Twilight in Turkey"?
Avatar 8:03pm Flash Strap:

yeah, exactly
Avatar 8:04pm hyde:

i agree with ngh. raymond scott is amazing. there's a cool video on youtube of the r.s. quintette playing "powerhouse" from the 50's.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:04pm Uncle Michael:

Flash, are you aware that almost everything we know about Raymond Scott is thanks to brother Irwin Chusid?
Avatar 8:05pm hyde:

@Flash Strap yeah, i have a couple of the cd's of the warner bros tunes. amazing stuff.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:05pm Doug Schulkind:

Otherwise known as "Ol' Pal Irwin," WFMU's longest-running deejay.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:06pm Uncle Michael:

The Carl Stalling Project likely never happens without Irwin's earlier Scott reissue.
Avatar 8:07pm Flash Strap:

I had no idea!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:07pm melinda:

I didn't know that Uncle Michael but I'm not surprised. I was delighted when I found out he was the one responsible for the Langley Schools Music Project, which I'm a big fan of.
Avatar 8:07pm hyde:

@UM i have that reissue, but i never noticed that before. cool.
Avatar 8:08pm Flash Strap:

That's so utterly amazing. I am just humbled before the light of knowledge here
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:08pm Uncle Michael:

Oops, that's backwards. Irwin did the '92 reissue after the '90 WB comp.
Avatar 8:08pm ndbob:

I remember when Irwin first played the Langley Schools music on the Incorrect Music Show - what a discovery!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:09pm Uncle Michael:

Yeah, Irwin is managing Scott's musical legacy.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:10pm melinda:

I wasn't listening to WFMU back then but learned of it when they featured it and him on an NPR segment. Still great.
Avatar 8:10pm hyde:

i also have a cool 12" lp of the Raymond Scott Orchestra from the forties. It's on bluebird or hindsight, one of those big band reissue labels.
Avatar 8:11pm Flash Strap:

There's so much about WFMU that I need to learn
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:11pm Uncle Michael:

I bought the Scott comp when it came out...many years before I heard of WFMU.
Avatar 8:11pm ndbob:

@Melinda sure is:)
Avatar 8:16pm Flash Strap:

@Hyde: I think I have the one you're talking about. Rock and Roll Symphony?
Avatar 8:21pm hyde:

@Flash oops, wandered off. yeah, that's the one. i got it for like four bucks!
Avatar 8:24pm Flash Strap:

Yeah, I got it for a song at some record convention, too. Not his most experimental work by any means, but pretty enjoyable stuff
Avatar 8:26pm ndbob:

I've had Raymond Scott 78s before
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:26pm Doug Schulkind:

@Sir Flash
And WFMU has so much to learn of the elegant threads you add to the tapestry.
Avatar 8:26pm hyde:

@ndb nice!
Avatar 8:31pm hyde:

now what the heck am i going to do on thursday nights until after christmas??? i guess i'll just put on mort garson and hang out with my plants.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:32pm Doug Schulkind:

Whose sari, now?
Avatar 8:34pm Flash Strap:

Aw, thanks Doug. I'm happy to be a strand in this great textile
Avatar 8:34pm northguineahills:

Wow, Bruce Haack did another children's record. I have another one that I believe is from the early 70s.
Avatar 8:34pm Flash Strap:

I'll miss you too, Hyde!
Avatar 8:35pm Flash Strap:

He did quite a few, I believe. He was prolific.
Avatar 8:35pm hyde:

hmmm, there is apparently a documentary about Bruce Haack (Haack: The King of Techno )
Avatar 8:37pm Flash Strap:

i want to see that!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:38pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Glad yer here (...since ARTxFM Lousiville put 'Fuzzbox' on too early...)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:38pm melinda:

I didn't know there were records like this for kids in the late 60s. Great stuff.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:39pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...coordinated w/ Hearty White's discussion of babies tonight?
Avatar 8:39pm Flash Strap:

Hey Rabbit!
Avatar 8:39pm hyde:

Bruce Haack was also on Mr Rogers' Neighborhood! www.youtube.com...
Avatar 8:39pm Flash Strap:

For those interested in Haack, he made an utterly delightful appearance on Mr. Rogers
Avatar 8:40pm Flash Strap:

hyde, you beat me to it!
Avatar 8:40pm hyde:

Avatar 8:40pm Flash Strap:

It's a really fun watch, they're both such gentle guys and Rogers is so into the synthesizers
Avatar 8:41pm Flash Strap:

there was a blog or tumblr i came across a while back that was all about early synth on kid's shows...
Avatar 8:41pm hyde:

fun fact: i actually saw mr. rogers live (without bruce haack)
Avatar 8:41pm northguineahills:

Woah, thanks hyde!
Avatar 8:41pm ndbob:

Wow Hyde!
Avatar 8:42pm northguineahills:

Another Irwin fave, Moondog.
Avatar 8:42pm Mayuko:

I remember that Bruce doc film, but it wasn't as exciting as I had expected. Also it's many years ago I watched it so I only remember he was from Canada (which I didn't know), went Juilliard (?) and he was pretty frustrated that he didn't become successful as mush as he had thought, something like that. I couldn't really get who really he was as a human, and as an artist.
Avatar 8:42pm Flash Strap:

that's really cool, Hyde. How old were you?
Avatar 8:43pm Flash Strap:

I think he was a pretty weird guy, with real alcohol problems.
Avatar 8:43pm ndbob:

I had a Haack children's record but don't remember which one
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:43pm Doug Schulkind:

Watch this after Explorers Room:
Fred Rogers defending the funding of public broadcasting at a Senate hearing, 1969: www.americanrhetoric.com...

Avatar 8:44pm Mayuko:

From what I heard it seemed like Irwin knows way more about Bruce Haack too, than what was in that doc film!
Avatar 8:44pm Flash Strap:

i love that video
Avatar 8:44pm hyde:

i was five. mr rogers came to boston and i apparently MADE my mother take me. i don't really remember it, but i also made my mother stand in line until we could get an autographed picture, which i had for years.
Avatar 8:45pm Flash Strap:

how wonderful. I'm jealous
Avatar 8:47pm Flash Strap:

I have no idea how Moondog ended up in a studio with Julie Andrews, right at the beginning of his career, but it happened
Avatar 8:49pm northguineahills:

I"ve seen that before, Doug, amazing.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:49pm melinda:

Avatar 8:50pm hyde:

this is such a cool record
Avatar 8:50pm Flash Strap:

It's a long time coming, but there will be a Sven show soon, maybe in the spring. I will work too hard on it and it will be too long
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:51pm Doug Schulkind:

Libaek and enjoy it.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:52pm melinda:

I look forward to the Sven marathon whenever it happens.
Avatar 8:53pm Flash Strap:

thanks, melinda, that gives me strength. can't wait to do it, but i feel like i should wait till adventuring weather
Avatar 8:55pm ndbob:

Moondog and Julie Andrews - how strange
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:55pm melinda:

Strange but good.
Avatar 8:58pm Flash Strap:

On the whole, it;s probably my least favorite Moondog record, but it's good in little flashes. Julie Andrews is always welcome, the angel
Avatar 9:06pm Flash Strap:

Love ol' Muzzy
Avatar 9:09pm Flash Strap:

I think this is only on CD reissues of Firebird... it's not on my LP copy, anyway
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:11pm melinda:

Lullaby from space.
Avatar 9:11pm Flash Strap:

yeah, pretty eerie stuff
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:17pm melinda:

Great show!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:18pm Dave in Vermont:

You actually put me to sleep for a little while. Once I get this drool cleaned up I will have to check out the archive.
Avatar 9:18pm northguineahills:

danke flash, nice lullabies, too bad it's not sleepy time yet!
Avatar 9:21pm hyde:

thanks, man. this was not nearly as frightening as i had feared. good luck with your move and all. catch you when you're back!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:22pm Doug Schulkind:

Explorers Womb.
Avatar 9:22pm Flash Strap:

Hi Dave! in Vermont!
Avatar 9:23pm Mayuko:

Thanks Evan, good night all!
Avatar 9:23pm Flash Strap:

Nailed it Doug. That was the most perfect pun and you found it
Avatar 9:24pm Flash Strap:

Thanks Hyde, for the well wishes! Thanks NGH, I won't make you go to bed yet. Thanks Melinda! And thanks Mayuko!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:25pm Dave in Vermont:

nice one @Doug
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:27pm Dave in Vermont:

thanks for the bottle @Mayuko
  5:45pm Happy Baby:

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