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Options December 8, 2015: Happy Monsters

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Artist Track Album Label Year Approx. start time
The In-Theme          0:00:00 (Pop‑up)
Japanese Language Instruction Tape  Take It Easy   Options       0:01:56 (Pop‑up)
The Dramatics  Soap Breath   Options The Dramatics  Megaphone  1994  0:03:23 (Pop‑up)
Sharon Cheslow & Coterie Exchange  I Love to You   Options Lullabye from the Sky  Decomposition  2003  0:06:26 (Pop‑up)
Perverse  track 1   Options       0:08:22 (Pop‑up)
Steve Fisk  My Head Popped   Options 999 Levels of Undo  Sub Pop  2001  0:10:51 (Pop‑up)
Baron Zen  No More   Options At the Mall  Stones Throw  2006  0:17:03 (Pop‑up)
Sonic Youth  French Tickler   Options A Thousand Leaves  Geffen  1998  0:19:03 (Pop‑up)
Barbara Manning  Daddy Bully   Options Barbara Manning Sings with the Original Artists  Feel Good All Over  1993  0:23:54 (Pop‑up)
That Dog  Westside Angst   Options That Dog  Geffen  1994  0:26:18 (Pop‑up)
Master/Slave Relationship  Where Will I Put My Viscera When I'm Through with It?   Options Being Led Around by the Tongue  MSR  1990  0:28:16 (Pop‑up)
Teenage Jesus & the Jerks  My Eyes (1977)   Options Shut Up and Bleed  Atavistic  2008  0:31:08 (Pop‑up)
Downey Mildew  Sidewinding Home   Options Slow Sky  High Street  1994  0:32:43 (Pop‑up)
Julia Wolfe  East Broadway (1996)   Options UnCaged Toy Piano [w/ Phyllis Chen, toy piano]  Concert Artists Guild  2009  0:41:49 (Pop‑up)
Herbert Howells  Hughes' Ballet, from Lambert's Clavichord (1928)   Options Lambert's Clavichord / Howells' Clavichord  Centaur  2001  0:45:19 (Pop‑up)
Musikkreis MS 20  Die Wirklichkeit   Options SQ-10  Plag Dich Nicht  2001  0:46:31 (Pop‑up)
Amy Denio  Soundcheck   Options Birthing Chair Blues  Knitting Factory Works  1991  0:54:50 (Pop‑up)
Dry Rib  The Lost Keys (198?)   Options Whose Last Trickle ('78–'82)  Hyped to Death  2008  0:58:26 (Pop‑up)
Timber  Reversible Fortune   Options Parts and Labor  Rift  1992  1:02:33 (Pop‑up)
Larry Polansky  Movement for Andréa Smith (1986?)   Options Simple Harmonic Motion  Artifact  1994  1:05:36 (Pop‑up)
Charles Amirkhanian  Never Say Die (1989)   Options V.A.: Music for Swimming Across the Pacific  no label  1999  1:09:40 (Pop‑up)
Jed Speare  Love Object (1986)   Options Sound Works 1982–1987  Family Vineyard  2008  1:19:26 (Pop‑up)
The World of Skin  I Want to Be Your Dog   Options The World of Skin  Product / Rough Trade  1988  1:40:53 (Pop‑up)
Meurtre  Radio Capital   Options V.A.: Sonic Protest 2012  Sonic Protest  2012  1:44:28 (Pop‑up)
Pierre Bastien  Damn Mad   Options Mecanoid  Rephlex  2001  1:50:07 (Pop‑up)
David First  Thought You Said Sherbert   Options V.A.: The Alternative Schubertiade  CRI  1999  1:56:12 (Pop‑up)
Eurythmics  Jennifer   Options Sweet Dreams Are Made of This  RCA  1983  2:05:14 (Pop‑up)
The Styrenes  Cold Christmas Eve   Options And Every Year, Christmas  Atta Disc  1999  2:10:11 (Pop‑up)
Strobe Talbot  Extreme Happiness   Options 20 Pop Songs  Alternative Tentacles  2001  2:12:28 (Pop‑up)
Danny Cohen  Lucy Lucifer   Options Dannyland  Anti-  2004  2:15:21 (Pop‑up)
Roger Doyle  Theme from Emptigon (1972)   Options Oizzo No  RE: DOM / Artware  1975  2:19:46 (Pop‑up)
Mark E. Smith and Ed Blaney  Ludite 2   Options Smith & Blaney  Voiceprint  2008  2:21:19 (Pop‑up)
Pseudo Code  Forget All Those Monsters (198?)   Options Remains to Be Heard Volume 1 & 2  EE Tapes  2015  2:25:12 (Pop‑up)
Belle du Soir  Treasure Island (1981)   Options V.A.: Terrace Industry: M Squared Box, 1980–1983  Ascension  2010  2:35:09 (Pop‑up)
The Murphy Working Stiffs  Eat the Hand That Bites You   Options Metamurphosis  RE: Divine Agency  1988  2:37:30 (Pop‑up)
The Larry Mondello Band  Slut   Options Cassingle  Mondello Music  1989  2:41:29 (Pop‑up)
Geoff Leigh & Yumi Hara  The Mountain Laughs   Options Upstream  MoonJune  2009  2:43:46 (Pop‑up)
Sala-Arhimo  Ilmestys   Options Pelko Pois  Time-Lag  2006  2:49:09 (Pop‑up)
The Out-Theme  Gelbart: My Favorite Vacation [part of] + Die Trip Computer Die: Airborn [part of]   Options       2:58:11 (Pop‑up)

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Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:01pm listener james from westwood:

Good Tuesday, Tony and all!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:02pm JtotheK:

good Tuesday to you as well LJFW, Tony, and all!
Avatar 12:02pm Tony Coulter:

Hey there, James and JtotheK!!
Avatar 12:04pm Mayuko:

That instruction voices sounded sooooo familiar... hello Tony and everyone!
Avatar 12:05pm Tony Coulter:

Hey, Mayuko!
Avatar 12:05pm V Priceless:

Is it soup yet? Hey Tony and all!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:05pm Carmichael:

Hey now, Tony and listeners.
Avatar 12:06pm Tony Coulter:

Hola, V Priceless & Carmichael!!
  12:08pm Dean:

Kid's sick. Listening from home. I emailed you, Tony, yesterday about a Boredcast featuring you. I think the track I was after was the Szemző Tractatus.
Avatar 12:09pm Tony Coulter:

Hey Dean!

Sorry -- hadn't checked my mail yet. That Boredcast show just keeps on coming back!
Avatar 12:20pm Cecile:

thank you! That SY record is so underrated.
Avatar 12:21pm Tony Coulter:

Heya, Cecile!
Avatar 12:24pm Cecile:

love the ming the merciless pic!
Avatar 12:24pm Cecile:

wow! Barbara is one of my favorites too.
Avatar 12:27pm Tony Coulter:

Stuart Moxham of Young Marble Giants co-wrote that Barbara Manning track.
Avatar 12:27pm Cecile:

I need to check my disc out, haven't pulled it out in a while.
Avatar 12:27pm Tony Coulter:

... and produced the album....
  12:35pm Dean:

Had the good fortune of hearing YMG open for Cabaret Voltaire.
Avatar 12:37pm Cecile:

quick weird question - is the label Atavistic Worldwide out of business?
Avatar 12:41pm Cecile:

no new releases in a while, and a lot of things are sold out at places like Revolver and Forced Exposure.
  12:42pm Dean:

I think you're right, Cecile. The latest news (via Google) is from 2008. There's one incidental reference in 2015, but it doesn't reflect any recent activity. Bummer.
Avatar 12:42pm Tony Coulter:

@ Cecile: Really not sure -- but as you say, there don't seem to be recent releases. Could be hibernating, I guess.
Avatar 12:44pm Cecile:

that's too bad, I enjoyed a lot of their stuff.
Avatar 12:44pm βrian:

I'd guess Atavistic returned to the early Anthropocene where they felt more comfortable, after all.
Avatar 12:45pm Tony Coulter:

Ha! (Hola, βrian!)
  12:46pm Dean:

From the Chicago Sun-Times, Feb. 19, 2009, a story suggesting the distributor tanked, thanks, no doubt, to Goldman Sachs.
  12:47pm Dean:

In a move certain to have a wide-ranging negative impact on the independent music scene, Chicago-based Touch and Go Records said Wednesday it will eliminate the part of its operation that provides manufacturing and distribution services to dozens of smaller record labels across the country.

"As much as we love all of these labels," co-founder and owner Corey Rusk said in a statement, "the current state of the economy has reached the point where we can no longer afford to continue this lesser-known yet important part of Touch and Go's operations."

Labels distributed by Touch and Go will need to find a new company to manufacture their CDs and assure their distribution to retailers, by far one of the most daunting challenges in the indie music world.

Rusk said Touch and Go currently distributes about 20 other record labels, though many of those have smaller sub-labels associated with them. The list includes some of the biggest most adventurous companies in the American rock underground, among them Jade Tree, Kill Rock Stars, All Natural, Atavistic, Drag City and Trance Syndicate.

"It's a sad day for music, independent music and punk rock in particular, and the music business as we know it in the real world," said Mac McCaughan of Merge Records, which used to be distributed by Touch & Go.

Rumors that the Chicago company would cease all operations were circulating this week, but Rusk said that the stories that "Touch and Go is gone are not true."
Avatar 12:49pm Cecile:

thanks, Dean, that's probably when it fizzled. The Wrekmeister Harmonies record they put out was probably the last thing they did.
  12:50pm from quebec:

that previous piece sounded like Ligeti. but 1928? so maybe that's where Ligeti got it?
Avatar 12:51pm Tony Coulter:

Hey there, from quebec! Agreed -- very modern-sounding for 1928!
Avatar 12:54pm Tony Coulter:

Hope you all have on your dancing space boots!
Avatar 12:57pm still b/p:

Everybody booted and dancing as the Orange Tang Clan.
Avatar 12:58pm Tony Coulter:

Ahoy, still b/p!
Avatar 1:01pm Mayuko:

This Dry Rib is really nice.
Avatar 1:02pm Tony Coulter:

Glad you like it! The lyrics are fascinating too....
  1:03pm Dean:

Must check out WH! I just picked up a box set of Vandermark Trio stuff. I'd love to hear what he does with that weird collective group.
Avatar 1:06pm Tony Coulter:

Who be WH?
  1:10pm Dean:

Wrekmeister Harmonies, invoked by Cecile up-thread.
Avatar 1:11pm Tony Coulter:

aha! Thanks, D....
Avatar 1:12pm Tony Coulter:

The voice here is Nicolas Slonimsky....
Avatar 1:14pm βrian:

Two baklava + two espressi = inspiration
  1:14pm Dean:

A former colleague of mine knew Slonimsky. His grandfather was Ernst Toch, whom Slonimsky knew and admired.
Avatar 1:23pm Tony Coulter:

Oddly, given the sound of this piece, Jed Speare was a member of Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band offshoot Eazy Teeth. www.discogs.com...
Avatar 1:24pm northguineahills:

I miss espresso and all things coffee. Coffee products no longer keep me awake, and generally make me nauseous and headachey.
Avatar 1:30pm βrian:

My, those bells are a-pealing!
Avatar 1:36pm Tony Coulter:

Greets, NGH!

Coffee is tricky. Too much of it makes me *more* tired.
  1:43pm MrFab:

Hey gang! Funny you should mention Easy Teeth tony - the other half of that duo was late-period Magic Band member Robert Williams, whose solo post-Beefheart works I only recently discovered (thank you, 99cent vinyl bin!). Williams was the poor fool raked over the coals on national tv by Johnny Rotten and Judge Judy.
  1:44pm Dean:

Was just telling my 9YO about this song yesterday, but Iggy's version. Had to specify that there was an Iggy Pop before there was an Iggy Azalea.
Avatar 1:46pm Tony Coulter:

Heya. MrFab! All hail the dollar bins of the world!

@ Dean: How exactly do you explain "I Wanna Be Your Dog" to a 9 year old?
  1:50pm Dean:

Did I say "explain"? He mentioned he wants a dog, and I spontaneously started mumbling the tune, so I had to proceed with a "Back when I was a kid..." story about the Stooges.
  1:51pm Dean:

Let's leave Freud out of this for now.
  1:52pm Dean:

Does Bastien have a tune called "I moan, Naomi"?
Avatar 1:53pm Tony Coulter:

No -- but he should! (Then again, he has a brand new album -- maybe it's on there.)
  1:57pm Dean:

Schubert is desert island music. I could spend the rest of my days with the lieder exclusively.
Avatar 1:57pm Mayuko:

wow, Pierre Bastien has a new album?! I need to check that out!
Avatar 1:58pm βrian:

But she really said "sherbet."
  1:59pm Dean:

From the review of this disk at ClassicalNet: "Music, after all, is only data, and Schubert's data are a great deal better than those of some other composers." Truer words, etc.
Avatar 2:00pm Tony Coulter:

@ Mayuko: Yep -- came out a couple of weeks ago. Need to hear it myself! Here it is: www.discogs.com...
Avatar 2:04pm Mayuko:

oh I like this cover art a lot. Thank you Tony!
  2:04pm listener james from westwood:

Been mired in proofreading but much appreciating the sounds so far!
Avatar 2:05pm Cecile:

pop-up stream is real touchy around theses parts today
Avatar 2:05pm Tony Coulter:

There's no track titled "I Moan, Naomi" -- but there is this one: "Gnostic Illicit Song."
Avatar 2:05pm Tony Coulter:

... on the new Bastien album, I mean....
Avatar 2:08pm Tony Coulter:

Thanks, James!

@ Cecile: Sorry to hear about the pop-up stream techiness. Not aware of any problems on this end....
Avatar 2:09pm βrian:

Mp3 stream seems ok.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:11pm Stanley:

I just got here. Looks like everyone's having fun.
  2:11pm Dean:

"Gnostic Illicit Song" is a doozy of a palindrome.
Avatar 2:12pm Tony Coulter:

Greets, Stanley! You're just in time for the one Christmas song I will play this year....
Avatar 2:14pm Mayuko:

ONLY one Christmas song per year? Glad I caught the rare chance.
Avatar 2:17pm Tony Coulter:

@ Mayuko: Well ... don't hold me to that! I may end up eating my words....
  2:17pm Dean:

You should play at least one more. For instance, Boston Camerata's "Gedeonis Area": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLOVBZpzej0 Or "Orientis Partibus": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6SAUA0IN7Q The last one is sung to a "Sir Ass." Don't find that in too many xmas songs.
  2:22pm Dean:

This brings to mind another xmas song: "No Xmas for John Quays."
Avatar 2:23pm Mayuko:

I hate that I have to go before the show ends! Thank you Tony, I was somewhat feeling melancholic this morning but the music you played has been very comforting.
Avatar 2:23pm Tony Coulter:

Luddites spell "Luddite" as "Ludite."
  2:24pm Dean:

"Ludite" is Latin for "Play!" I'm a Luddite. I know.
Avatar 2:25pm Tony Coulter:

Thanks for showing up, Mayuko! I'm glad today's music helped lift the cloud a bit!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:28pm Rich in Washington:

stupid meetings I've been in all day because of my stupid job I need in order to survive!
Avatar 2:30pm Tony Coulter:

Heya, Rich!

You should all be paid a living wage to listen to FMU all day long.
Avatar 2:45pm Tony Coulter:

Geoff Leigh (on now, on flute) was an early member of Henry Cow, while Yumi Hara is in Frank Chickens. Chicken Cow, I guess!
Avatar 2:52pm northguineahills:

Juat spent too much time refuting one of my father's "FWD:FWD:FWD: Jefferson and the Founding Fathers fought against ISLAM!" For Christ's sake!
  2:56pm Dean:

Leigh also played with Hatfield & the North.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:56pm listener james from westwood:

Thanks, Tony!!
  2:57pm Dean:

Well, of course they fought against Islam for Christ's sake.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:58pm JtotheK:

thanks Tony, enjoyed the show!
Avatar 2:59pm V Priceless:

nice this - thanx T!
Avatar 2:59pm Tony Coulter:

Thanks for showing up everyone. See you next week!!
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