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Options February 14, 2016

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Artist Track Album Approx. start time
Bob James Trio  Untitled Mixes   Options Explosions  0:00:00 ()
Yes  Soundchaser   Options Relayer  0:05:05 ()
Mira Calix  Too Slim for Suicide   Options V/A: Extreme Music from Women  0:14:42 ()
Microstoria  edu   Options Init Ding  0:18:26 ()
 
James Harlow  Fates Rataplan   Options James Harlow  0:30:14 ()
Ludicra  Tragoedia   Options Hollow Psalms  0:36:28 ()
Steve Maclean  Piano 1   Options V/A: Flies in the Face of Logic  0:38:48 ()
Woo  Ruby Past Lives   Options Awaawaa  0:41:50 ()
Kode 9  9_drones   Options Nothing  0:45:11 ()
 
Eric Dolphy  Images   Options 12 Classic Albums 1959–1962  0:55:34 ()
Sonny Simmons  Chudan Tsuki   Options Chasing the Bird?  1:01:15 ()
Sun Ra & His Solar Arkestra  Immeasurable/Outer Spaceways Incorporated   Options Wake Up Angels  1:06:10 ()
Thiago França: Space Charanga  Abdu   Options R.A.N.  1:10:54 ()
The Microscopic Septet  Wishful Thinking   Options Take the Z Train  1:17:23 ()
 
My Cat Is an Alien  The Dance of Oneirism #2   Options The Dance of Oneirism  1:29:29 ()
Lullatone  A Mobile Over Your Bed   Options Songs That Spin in Circles  1:37:27 ()
İlhan Mimaroğlu  Prelude No. 20   Options Outstanding Warrants  1:42:59 ()
Sato Michihiro   SM/BF/FF 1   Options Rodan  1:45:17 ()
Anthony Child  Down in the Gulch   Options Electronic Recordings from Maui Jungle Vol. I  1:50:14 ()
Mice Parade  Into the Freedom World, pt. 1   Options Mokoondi  1:50:59 ()
 
Sam Spence  Sylvia   Options Sam Spence Sounds  1:59:28 ()

Listener comments!

Avatar Sun. 2/14/16 10:00pm Dave Mandl:

Evening, listener-friends.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sun. 2/14/16 10:01pm Uncle Michael:

Good evening. This is not the Bob James I have filed away in my head.
Avatar Sun. 2/14/16 10:05pm Dave Mandl:

@UM: I think there's more than one, so maybe, maybe not.
  Sun. 2/14/16 10:07pm setrak:

is this the 2%? loved the bob james, was that with gordon mumma?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sun. 2/14/16 10:08pm common:

diggin the yes, dave. been a while
  Sun. 2/14/16 10:08pm DaveinPA:

waiting for a voice-over from Clay...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sun. 2/14/16 10:09pm coelacanth:

hello Dave & others

yes, this Bo James is nothing like the bland bob james that i've heard.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sun. 2/14/16 10:09pm Cliff:

Good evening Dave and everybody. Love this Yes song, haven't heard it in ages :D
Avatar Sun. 2/14/16 10:09pm Dave Mandl:

And hey there setrak, common, Dave, coelacanth.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sun. 2/14/16 10:09pm coelacanth:

or the "Bob" James either.
Avatar Sun. 2/14/16 10:10pm Dave Mandl:

And welcome, Cliff.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sun. 2/14/16 10:10pm melinda:

I missed the Bob James. Howdy.
Avatar Sun. 2/14/16 10:11pm Dave Mandl:

@setrak: Yes Gordon Mumma is on that record!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sun. 2/14/16 10:11pm Cliff:

LOL, DaveinPA! Yeah, he's one of the only other DJs around here willing to dig out the prog.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sun. 2/14/16 10:11pm coelacanth:

...and for a long time Relayer was my favorite yes album. -not a popular opinion, it turned out.
Avatar Sun. 2/14/16 10:11pm Dave Mandl:

Ahoy, melinda.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sun. 2/14/16 10:13pm Cliff:

coelacanth, Relayer is my favorite too. Though that may just be because I taped it off of my dad's record when I was in high school and played it on my walkman almost every day going to school. What do most fans consider Yes's best album(s)?
  Sun. 2/14/16 10:14pm Syd:

Hiya Dave! Great start.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sun. 2/14/16 10:16pm redkayak:

Evening, everyone :)
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sun. 2/14/16 10:17pm maestroso:

Hats off for playing Soundchaser Mr. Mandl. Contains one of the five best synth solos ever performed.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sun. 2/14/16 10:18pm Uncle Michael:

What are the other four?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sun. 2/14/16 10:19pm coelacanth:

Cliff, similarly,(sort of) relayer was a gift from my brother (on 8-track tape!) and for a while was the only yes album i had besides "fragile". on saturdays i'd smoke some herb, put headphones on and enjoy Relayer,and try to deconstruct it in my head.
Avatar Sun. 2/14/16 10:19pm Tome:

LOVED the Fragile ,, Close to the Edge yes album yes, ,, then for a long time the Tales,, .. Relayer Yes,, ,, even after that even liked ,, Tormato,, and a lot of stuff after that ,, but I still love this Yes the best ... > bit.ly...
Avatar Sun. 2/14/16 10:19pm Dave Mandl:

Evening, maestroso, red, Syd.
Avatar Sun. 2/14/16 10:20pm Dave Mandl:

And Tome!
Avatar Sun. 2/14/16 10:20pm Tome:

great Stuff Dave as always hey !
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sun. 2/14/16 10:23pm Cliff:

My dad had Tales from Topographic Oceans, but no copies of Fragile or Close to the Edge (judging from google image search of the covers). I listened to both and liked Relayer better, so that's what got put on the walkman
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sun. 2/14/16 10:23pm coelacanth:

close to the edge became a favorite at some point too; but after all these years, and despite its commercial appeal, i'm sure that Fragile is my fave.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sun. 2/14/16 10:24pm coelacanth:

i'm going to pull out my Bob James album and see if i overlooked something.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sun. 2/14/16 10:25pm Cliff:

Well me and coelacanth like it, Dave! :D
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sun. 2/14/16 10:27pm Cliff:

I used to have the entire 1st side memorized note-by-note, and could recall the whole thing in my head whenever I was bored at school. Great way to get through 22 minutes of a boring class!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sun. 2/14/16 10:29pm coelacanth:

what appeals to me most about relayer is the intricate bass and guitar playing, and the seemingly odd time signatures, that seem to resolve into 4/4 & 6/8 signatures if you keep track.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sun. 2/14/16 10:29pm coelacanth:

(...or did i imagine that?)
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sun. 2/14/16 10:31pm coelacanth:

by the way Dave, Excellent set on Joe's show last week!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sun. 2/14/16 10:31pm common:

i also love relayer. just sayin
Avatar Sun. 2/14/16 10:32pm Dave Mandl:

@coelacanth: Why, thank you.
  Sun. 2/14/16 10:32pm mark Flynn:

Relayer is Yes' most over the top album but that's because of the addition of Patrick Moraz who was a technical virtuoso compared to Rick Wakeman, whom in retrospect, probably kept them from going over the top.

Hard to believe considering his album "The 8 Wives of Henry The 8th"
Avatar Sun. 2/14/16 10:32pm Dave Mandl:

I liked Relayer a lot at the time too. But I was a very big Yes fan back then.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sun. 2/14/16 10:33pm Cliff:

I have no idea, don't know the first thing about music theory, but the intricacy of the sound of that album is what appealed to me too. It was like space alien music or something, blew my 15-year-old mind. (Also I think Dad was trying to get to me quit listening to nothing but grunge and "alternative" all the time and broaden my horizons a bit, haha)
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sun. 2/14/16 10:34pm Ike:

Greetings and salutations.
  Sun. 2/14/16 10:35pm Mdurek:

mm nice strings
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sun. 2/14/16 10:35pm redkayak:

I never cared much for Yes in those years, but did like Rick Wakeman. Go figure!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sun. 2/14/16 10:36pm Cliff:

common, then you are now officially anointed and can join the cool kid's Yes fan club, and forget about all them dorks who prefer Close to the Edge.
Avatar Sun. 2/14/16 10:36pm Dave Mandl:

Hey there, Messrs Ike and Mdurek.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sun. 2/14/16 10:36pm common:

happy about that cliff!
  Sun. 2/14/16 10:38pm Mdurek:

ahoy !
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sun. 2/14/16 10:39pm coelacanth:

i like close to the edge!
and, coincidentally, "and you and i" must've been one of the first, if not THE first, "rock"/"pop" song i ever heard on wfmu...probably in 1978.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sun. 2/14/16 10:46pm Cliff:

Yeah, I like Close to the Edge too. But I'm not afraid to say I like Relayer better to any snobby Yes fans who say that is not a proper opinion to hold.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sun. 2/14/16 10:46pm common:

same here cliff
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sun. 2/14/16 10:47pm Michael in Seattle:

Seven Samurai !!

This is wonderful. I grew up with Real radio; what happened to it?? It's so discouraging.
Thank you for WFMU.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sun. 2/14/16 10:52pm coelacanth:

i knew relayer and fragile and didn't try to hear other yes. i liked it but i 60s revolution music was my focus! then these stoner girls befriended us (at least!) and they were super into yes and grateful dead. close to the edge was their main.
...so i have a fond connection to it.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sun. 2/14/16 10:54pm coelacanth:

jamesharlow1.bandcamp.com...
  Sun. 2/14/16 10:56pm Eric Hat:

Evening Dave and friends.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sun. 2/14/16 10:56pm JakeGould:

Salutations!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sun. 2/14/16 10:57pm Cliff:

We meet again, JakeGould
Avatar Sun. 2/14/16 10:57pm Dave Mandl:

Evening, Eric and Jake!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sun. 2/14/16 10:57pm coelacanth:

howdy
Avatar Sun. 2/14/16 10:57pm Dave Mandl:

And Hello M in S. Thanks. This is totally real radio.
  Sun. 2/14/16 11:01pm Eric Hat:

I used yr show as an example in a debate on whether or not 'real radio' still exists. I'd say I won...while striving to maintain my non-competitive lifestyle.
Avatar Sun. 2/14/16 11:06pm Dave Mandl:

@Eric: Aw, thanks.
  Sun. 2/14/16 11:07pm Fred:

Right On
  Sun. 2/14/16 11:09pm Eric Hat:

Thank you, Dave.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sun. 2/14/16 11:14pm Michael in Seattle:

Supposedly Pandora and such has replaced radio; but i totally disagree. There is so much music out there that needs to be discovered. Or rediscovered.
Avatar Sun. 2/14/16 11:16pm Dave Mandl:

I'm actually a Pandora algorithm, but don't tell anyone.
  Sun. 2/14/16 11:22pm Eric Hat:

An algorithm that actually shares information about the songs it plays... And sounds so human at that!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sun. 2/14/16 11:28pm Cliff:

I was born in '78 and during the 80's the only station our parents would let us listen to in the house was the local oldies station* that only played "the best hits from the '50s, '60s, and early '70s!" Late at night I would sometimes sneak a portable radio into bed with me and covertly listen to the local pop stations 93Q and Y94 (yes, my way of rebelling against my parents was rocking out to Madonna & Cyndi Lauper).

So, did I miss out on "Real Radio" when I was growing up? I know I've never hear another radio station as freeform as WFMU, in fact it never even occurred to me before I came across WFMU 10 years ago that a radio station would regularly play completely different genres of music or let the DJs play whatever they feel like.

* WSEN in Syracuse....I was thinking/hoping just now that it was WHEN, makers of the infamous FCC-banned EBS test jingle (youtu.be...) but some googling shows that they they have an Adult Contemporary format. Well, we weren't allowed to listen to THEM either in the house, so at least my sometime-draconian parents have some good taste ;)
     Sun. 2/14/16 11:29pm Listener Robert:

No, officially it's still the Washington's Birthday holiday. "President's Day" was adopted by a couple of states as the holiday name, but not generally.
  Sun. 2/14/16 11:31pm KP:

I saw "George Washington's Birthday" recently, I think on NYC parking advisories. Also NYC observed Lincoln's birthday Friday for alt/side
  Sun. 2/14/16 11:31pm Eric Hat:

Ha! I had to sneak FMU growing up through the eighties and nineties! Never knew it would be available world wide one day. True miracle of the modern day.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sun. 2/14/16 11:32pm Michael in Seattle:

I'm much older than you, Cliff. So, here in the left coast we had such Free Form radio as KRAB. When FM was new and unfettered.
  Sun. 2/14/16 11:32pm Eric Hat:

Along with WVKR. Don't know where I'd be without those stations. Probably in a mall. Or church.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sun. 2/14/16 11:33pm Cliff:

Btw, my parents eventually mellowed out by the end of the 80's and let us listen to whatever we wanted to, so I didn't miss the glory of "Smells Like Teen Spirit" breaking the charts in '91, thank God.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sun. 2/14/16 11:41pm Cliff:

Our local college station, Z89, played mostly hip-hop and club music during the day (not that there's anything wrong with that), but Saturday evenings they had a three-hour long show dedicated to "alternative" music where I got to hear things like Stereolab or Front 242 or other bands I would've never been exposed to otherwise. So even our college station here wasn't your typical college station, it had a strict format for most of the day.

WFMU and WICB in Ithaca, NY were the two stations that helped keep me sane in college and grad school!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sun. 2/14/16 11:44pm Michael in Seattle:

Saludos, Cliff. I witnessed the birth of SubPop. Here in Sea Wash we had KCMU for college station freedom.
  Sun. 2/14/16 11:50pm ?:

diggin' the sounds Dave!! hello other listeners
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sun. 2/14/16 11:50pm Alejandroool:

oops ^ that was me
Avatar Sun. 2/14/16 11:50pm Dave Mandl:

Hey, Alejandroool. Thanks.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sun. 2/14/16 11:54pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...listening btw...
Avatar Sun. 2/14/16 11:54pm Dave Mandl:

@RRN63: Noted!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sun. 2/14/16 11:55pm Cliff:

Michael in Seattle: Grunge music kind of smashed its way into our rock station, 95X, they just could not resist the overnight success of Nirvana no matter how much the older Djs may have wanted to ;) They still kept playing plenty of classic rock along with it though and even the hair-metal for a while. U2's album "Achtung Baby" and R.E.M.'s "Out of TIme" came out around the same time and I remember both of them too being a huge deal at that station and getting played a lot. But they never played any of the more indie stuff that you'd hear on college radio, except for R.E.M. which was already plenty mainstream by then.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sun. 2/14/16 11:56pm Cliff:

So I didn't actually get to listen to what people usually think of as "college radio" until I actually started going to college! :)
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sun. 2/14/16 11:57pm Alejandroool:

I love hearing mutilated name pronunciations actually
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sun. 2/14/16 11:58pm coelacanth:

Cliff @11:33 i actually never heard of nirvana (the band) until c.1993! i had given up on "commercial radio" in the early 80s and "rock" in general.
it revived me in a big way when i heard that.
Avatar Sun. 2/14/16 11:59pm Dave Mandl:

Night, folks. Thanks for listening/commenting, and have a great week!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sun. 2/14/16 11:59pm coelacanth:

Thanks Dave!
see y'all.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 2/15/16 12:02am Cliff:

coelacanth, it was amazing to witness the old order getting overturned so quickly at the end of '91 and thereafter thanks to Nirvana.

Thanks Dave, and goodnight everyone, and thanks for putting up with my ramblings about the Syracuse radio scene ;)
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