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A pennant-winning battery of songland. Ongoing feature: Single File, a half-hour of randomly selected small records with big holes.

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Artist Track Album Label Year Format Comments New Approx. start time
Harry Richman  Puttin' on the Ritz   Options The Vintage Irving Berlin  New World  1977  LP  From 1930    0:00:00 (Pop‑up)
Alice Faye  Slumming on Park Avenue   Options Alice Faye in Hollywood (1934-1937)  Columbia  1973  LP  From 1937    0:04:08 (Pop‑up)
Bill "Bojangles" Robinson with Don Redman and His Orchestra  Doin' the New Low-Down   Options Follies Scandals & Other Diversions from Ziegfeld to the Shuberts  New World  1977  LP  From 1932    0:06:57 (Pop‑up)
The Mills Brothers  I've Found a New Baby   Options Chronological Volume 2  JSP  2000  CD  From 1934    0:09:09 (Pop‑up)
Ruth Etting  Out of Nowhere   Options Encores  Take Two  1981  LP  From 1931    0:11:59 (Pop‑up)
Sam Browne with Ambrose and His Orchestra  Here Lies Love   Options They Called It Crooning  ASV Living Era  1984  LP  From 1932    0:15:00 (Pop‑up)
Harlan Lattimore  Strange As It Seems   Options The Big Broadcast Vol. 11  Rivermont  2015  CD  From 1932  *   0:17:48 (Pop‑up)
Russ Columbo  When You're in Love   Options Charming Gents of Stage & Screen  Columbia Legacy  1994  CD  From 1934    0:20:48 (Pop‑up)
Paul Whiteman's Orchestra  Are You Making Any Money?   Options Where Have We Met Before? Forgotten Songs From Broadway, Hollywood and Tin Pan Alley  New World  1977  LP  From 1933; vocal by Ramona    0:23:55 (Pop‑up)
Leo Reisman and his Orchestra  The Gold Diggers' Song (We're in the Money)   Options Leo Reisman, Volume 1  RCA Victor  1969  LP  From 1933; vocal by Fred Astaire    0:27:04 (Pop‑up)
Cait Brennan  Good Morning and Goodnight   Options Debutante  Black Market Glamour  2016  CD    *   0:36:15 (Pop‑up)
Pony Time  Time Tells Me   Options Rumours 2: The Rumours Are True  S-S  2016  LP    *   0:39:03 (Pop‑up)
Quilt  Something There   Options Plaza  Kemado  2016  CD    *   0:41:53 (Pop‑up)
Living Hour  There Is No Substance Between   Options Living Hour  Lefse  2016  CD    *   0:45:09 (Pop‑up)
Tara Cross  Rain Sprouts   Options Tempus Fugit  Permis de Construire  1988  CD-R      0:51:12 (Pop‑up)
Cavern of Anti-Matter  Insect Fear   Options Void Beats / Invocation Trex  Duophonic  2016  CD    *   0:56:09 (Pop‑up)
The Bran Flakes  Feelings   Options Ultimate Hits  Future Logic Dev Corp  2016  LP  mid-90s recording  *   1:01:41 (Pop‑up)
The Rock-A-Teens  Woo Hoo   Options Woo-Hoo  Roulette  1960  LP  At 45 (x2)    1:04:34 (Pop‑up)
Roy Clark  Caravan   Options The Roy Clark Guitar Spectacular  Capitol  1965  LP      1:07:33 (Pop‑up)
Freddie Starr and the Midnighters  Peter Gunn Locomotion   Options Mersey Beat '62-'64  United Artists  1974  LP      1:10:14 (Pop‑up)
Puffy  Kore Ga Watashi No Ikiru Michi   Options Jet CD  Epic/Sony Japan  1998  CD  This one goes out to Sheila B.!    1:12:51 (Pop‑up)
Dionne Warwick  I Smiled Yesterday   Options Presenting Dionne Warwick  Scepter  1963  LP      1:16:06 (Pop‑up)
Squeeze  If I Didn't Love You   Options Argy Bargy  A&M  1980  LP      1:18:48 (Pop‑up)
Jonathan King  It's My Party   Options Bubble Rock Is Here to Stay  UK/London  1972  LP      1:22:54 (Pop‑up)
U.K. Subs  She's Not There   Options We Do 'Em Our Way  Music for Pleasure  1980  LP      1:25:34 (Pop‑up)
Single File: a bunch of 45s in a row for no reason at all
Lew Lewis  1-30 2-30 3-35   Options single  Stiff  1980  45      1:34:13 (Pop‑up)
The Everly Brothers  Temptation   Options single  Warner Brothers  1961  45      1:36:13 (Pop‑up)
Sally Skull  Bride of Frankenstein   Options single  Vesuvius  1995  45      1:38:24 (Pop‑up)
The Furnacemen  Sleeping Out the Storm   Options single  Jubilee  1968  45  a.k.a. The Blades of Grass    1:40:43 (Pop‑up)
The Mirettes  To Love Somebody   Options single  Revue  1968  45      1:42:39 (Pop‑up)
Jimmy Reed  Caress Me Baby   Options single  Vee-Jay  1959  45      1:46:01 (Pop‑up)
Red Foley with the Cumberland Valley Boys  Tennessee Saturday Night   Options single  Decca  1950  45  From 1948    1:48:54 (Pop‑up)
The Status Quo  When My Mind Is Not Live   Options single  Cadet Concept  1968  45      1:51:28 (Pop‑up)
Tim Buckley  Who Could Deny You   Options single  Discreet  1974  45      1:54:16 (Pop‑up)
Iggy Pop and James Williamson  Consolation Prizes   Options single  BOMP!  1977  45      1:58:38 (Pop‑up)
Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band  High Castle Rock   Options The Rarity of Experience I & II  No Quarter  2016  CD    *   2:11:14 (Pop‑up)
William Tyler  No Marigolds in the Promised Land   Options Parallelogram  Three Lobed Recordings  2015  LP    *   2:20:23 (Pop‑up)
Disappears  A New Career in a New Town   Options Low - Live in Chicago  Sonic Cathedral  2015  CD  Recorded live in November 2014  *   2:29:30 (Pop‑up)
Heron Oblivion  Beneath Fields   Options Heron Oblivion  Sub Pop  2016  CD    *   2:34:59 (Pop‑up)
Shearwater  Radio Silence   Options Jet Plane and Oxbow  Sub Pop  2016  CD    *   2:42:25 (Pop‑up)
The Verlaines  Crisis After Crisis   Options Juvenalia  Homestead  1987  LP  From 1982    2:48:54 (Pop‑up)
The Kinks  Moments   Options Percy  Essential/Castle Communications  1998  CD  From 1971    2:54:25 (Pop‑up)

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Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:02am Marcel M:

G'mornin' Joe!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:03am Marcel M:

I can't help but picture Gene Wilder and Abby Normal singing/dancing to this.
Avatar 9:03am Wild Neil:

Good morning Joe et al. Peace be unto you all! Hey Marcel!
Avatar 9:03am KP:

Morning, Joe.
Avatar 9:04am wizard frog:

Fred Astaire did some insane tap dancing to this song. He was pretty good at dancing. Fred Astaire.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:04am Marcel M:

Hey Neil, morning.
  9:06am Brendan:

Hi Joe. Cool ! Just watched a movie , 'Blue Skies' last night and Fred Astaire killed it to Puttin' on the Ritz.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:06am doctorjazz:

Morning, all. Nice start to the show.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:10am thedunkel:

Morning Joe! Morning All!
  9:14am Billy London:

Ahh like a cool Monday salve this is
Avatar 9:17am Joe McG:

Good morning, everyone, welcome to the week!
Avatar 9:20am Wild Neil:

@Joe-great songs from the depths of the Great Depression...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:23am annie:

sorry i'm late for class, i was making breakfast.. fore-going the second cuppa coffee
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:25am ChrisB.:

Nothing like a little "Pops" on a Monday.
  9:26am Brendan:

Aww might as well Jump err Leap!
  9:33am Brendan:

The stream went haywire there a sec ago
Avatar 9:36am Joe McG:

@Brendan: Yes, apparently we're having some issues, folks. Are you getting both channels this morning?
Avatar 9:39am bobdoesthings:

good morning! ... what is this about?! wfmu.org... it looks real?!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:40am Parq:

"Good Morning and Good Night" is how I feel. I've had my coffee and oatmeal, and a shower, and now I'm all set to go the hell back to bed.
Avatar 9:43am Joe McG:

I hear you, Parq!
Avatar 9:44am Wild Neil:

@Joe-yes, both channels in my new stereo headphones!
Avatar 9:45am Joe McG:

@Neil: A relief to hear!
  9:46am Brendan:

@Joe, streaming here. Lost a stereo channel for 5 secs , then it sounded like an alt stream came in over you during the set break for a couple seconds. Good since then.
Avatar 9:46am Wild Neil:

@Joe-I was on the phone with NASA tech briefs, so I missed some of that...
  9:47am BrianFromMA:

Ohh, this is great! I was just reading about Quilt on Friday and thinking I needed to check them out. This sounds great, thx for spinning it.
Avatar 9:48am Joe McG:

@Brendan: Thanks for keeping me up-to-date on the audio weirdness! There are gremlins on the wing.
Avatar 9:50am Wild Neil:

@Joe-as they guy who played Captain Kirk said in the Twilight Zone-"There's someone....some...THING,....out on the Wing!!!"
Avatar 9:51am Joe McG:

@Brian: No problem! I'd like to play more than one, I like the band's female singer, too.
  9:52am MONEYBAG$:

I wasn't sure if there was an audio glitch or just something avant garde
Avatar 9:53am Joe McG:

@Moneybag$: Ha! We like you to think that way.
  9:56am Mark R:

Once I was listening to a very experimental electronic piece on FMU--a low rumbling sort of thing. After about 5 minutes I discovered that I had inadvertently switched from radio to turntable on my amplifier and the sound was the needle playing the rubber mat on my turntable.
  9:57am Mark R:

PS I think Wild Neil would really like to tell us about his exciting new stereo headphones.
Avatar 10:00am Wild Neil:

@Mark R. They are Sony MD-XD100's. They are tilted inside to point directly at my earholes. They are can type and surround my ear in luscious clear sound. They were only $15 but now they go for $60 or so on Amazon and are discontinued, kinda like one of those industry-standard Technics turntables. Very happy with them compared to the old 1970's headphones that did not work...
  10:02am Mark R:

These are headphones, not earbuds, right? I love a tasty set of headphones. PS on a related subject, are Dr. Dre's Beats headphones all hype, a little hype or really fine headphones (albeit overpriced).
  10:03am KP:

This is some Cavern
Avatar 10:04am djsheilab:

Morning Joe + all! Annoyed I missed your 30s set. But this giddy spoken word ditty is FAB! I am holding onto the feeling and REALLY feeling that feeling.
Avatar 10:05am Joe McG:

Sheila, I'm glad you're here, I'm going to play a song for you soon!
  10:06am Mark R:

Oh, you loony-loony loony bird! "Woo-Hoo" is probably the best song lyric-wise, ever written.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:08am JtotheK:

good morning all. i was tuned in via the app earlier - great 30s set to start the show!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:08am annie:

the next toy i'm buying is a nice set of headphones... seriously.. and i decent player for streaming radio...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:08am Parq:

Here's a cheery thought. Somewhere today, a greatest-generation grandma is explaining to her teenage granddaughter that, because today is Leap Day, she's allowed to ask boys out on a date. And the granddaughter is looking at her like she is speaking Chinese.
  10:11am Mark R:

Annie, I'm not an audiophile, so take this with many grains of salt, but I use my laptop as my radio, streaming whichever stations I wish (usually WFMU, of course), hooked up through a very good amplifier and some good speakers, I think it sounds great. So if you've got a laptop, all you need is a plug--maybe you don't need to buy a streaming radio player. But you might have better ears than me.
  10:12am Tim 07030:

I believe that was the quick-pickin' side of Roy, with the fun-strummin' held in abeyance.
  Swag For Life Member 10:12am tadpoles:

Mark R.....had to laugh at your turntable story. I once came home to find my toddler son playing with his metal Thomas the Tank Engine train on my turntable where I'd foolishly left a Scott Walker record.

Couldn't get mad at him as I'm sure those of you with kids know that Thomas and his pals go to bed via the big train turntable. Now have a precious Scott Walker LP pristine on one side and scratched to hell on the other. Of course it's only precious cos of the memory and I wouldn't sell it at any price.
Avatar 10:13am djsheilab:

Yeeeeeaaaahhhhhh!!!!! Thanks Joe! Playing this loud!
Avatar 10:15am Joe McG:

@sb: :)!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:16am annie:

thanks mark, i'm ready to graduate to a player i can use and not have to log on to the latop. the ipod touch works fine, but... well... i am looking for a table-top device, i've got a product in mind but well... wait a month and new technology will show up..listener Dale came up with a good one...Grace Digital has some nice refurbished for sale..and reasonably-priced
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:17am annie:

i rarely jump to these purchases swiftly..
  10:18am Mark R:

I'm guessing this Dionne track is the one you're dedicating to Miss Sheila B.
Avatar 10:18am djsheilab:

This Dionne Warwick song! Hadn't heard this before. SO good. Another one to add to the want list.
  10:19am Mark R:

Oh, the Japanese one, of course! But I see you've also won her over with Dionne. Well done, sir.
  10:20am Mark R:

That's one of the great lines ever.
Avatar 10:20am Joe McG:

Singles remind me of kisses, albums remind me of plans. Eh?
  10:20am Tim 07030:

How the HELL can this song be 36 years old this spring?
  10:20am BrianFromMA:

I have the similar Sony MD-XD200, same story: I paid about $15 I see them online five years later for $60, WTF. They sound great for the price and are comfortable but they are "semi-open", not fully sealed. There's a switch on mine marked "music/movie" which is some kind of bass correction
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:20am doctorjazz:

(I use a Squeezebox Touch for streaming, can also stream what's on your hard drive. Can be had used probably about $50. Easy to use in general, but req3uires a bit of set up, which is not that easy, at least not for me...)
Avatar 10:22am Ear Hammer:

Avatar 10:23am Ear Hammer:

This is a one-two punch of happiness.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:23am annie:

yeah, he also recommended squeezebox...see, i'm the shopper who wants to SEE and TOUCH before i purchase, and all these things are online, no chance to fondle before i buy.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:24am Greg from ZONE 5:

Aw, I missed Puffy! Luckily I haven't missed the Debbie Gibson song that I assume is coming up soon…
Avatar 10:24am still b/p:

Purchase Swiftly sounds like a woman of Salem in the witch-hunt era.
  10:24am Brendan:

@sheila Leslie would be proud of Joe
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:24am Lewis:

more cowbell!
  10:25am BrianFromMA:

Tim07030, Time sure gets compressed when listening to music you love. It seems like yesterday when it's decades old.
  10:27am BrianFromMA:

Wow, the same guy who did Everyone's Gone To The Moon? Those crazy Brits.
Avatar 10:27am djsheilab:

@Brendan Indeed! @Greg from Zone S Debbie + maybe "Silent Lucidity" too if we're lucky..haha! ; )
  10:32am BrianFromMA:

When I was a college DJ I couldn't spin punk 45s for too long otherwise I couldn't make it to the bathroom ;)
Avatar 10:34am Wild Neil:

@BrianFromMA-I get anxious when I visit NYC because there aren't a lot of public restrooms available and I go a lot...to the bathroom that is...
Avatar 10:38am Joe McG:

@Brian: Ha, I have to go now... and it's too late! @Sheila: "Silent Lucidity" is VERY unlikely!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:39am Greg from ZONE 5:


Wait…they're the ones that did "Radio Ga Ga", right?
Avatar 10:42am Joe McG:

@Greg; Ha!
  10:43am P-90:

Happy Monday Yipsters and Boingers
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:44am annie:

damn good show, i have to cut out early, though.. bummer.. enjoy the day people. remember to smile and love one another.
Avatar 10:45am Joe McG:

Nice words, Annie, thanks!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:53am ChrisB.:

Status Quo on Cadet Concept? I never knew!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:54am ChrisB.:

The sheer diversity of your singles collection is quite impressive, Joe.
Avatar 10:55am Joe McG:

Thanks, ChrisB. My "taste" is all over the place, so it makes it really hard to be a collector in any sort of meaningful way! I just kind of accumulate favorite records as I go.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:56am Lewis:

@Joe McG - I am familiar with that approach, and its ramifications...
Avatar 10:57am Joe McG:

@Lewis: It would be better if I just liked ONE thing so that I could get everything I want!
  11:02am Mark R:

I'm a big-time Iggy fan but I never heard this single. It's very cool--Williamson plays some nice slide on it.
Avatar 11:08am Kurt Gottschalk:

never knew sally skull before, thanks for playing that. my bit of haphazard googling revealed that it's an all-female band (not one named sally) and that they only released two 7"s. now i wanna hear the flip.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:09am Lewis:

I try to like a limited number of things at a time, but that doesn't really solve the problem
Avatar 11:12am Joe McG:

@Kurt; The one I meant to play was called "Bone Monster."
Avatar 11:12am djsheilab:

@JoeMcG + @Lewis I'm as specialized in my collecting habits as they come, but WFMU is chipping away at my one-track girl-pop mind. It's not good!!!
Avatar 11:13am Joe McG:

@sb: It's a slippery slope! :(
  11:13am Mark R:

Of course, but you couldn't stop giggling because you're in a state of arrested adolescence. "Bone Monster"--"we're targeting a14 year-olds!"
  11:16am Mark R:

This Chris Forsyth track is very interesting. Is this a new release or a re-issue? This could be a mid-70s track, but I really like it.
Avatar 11:16am Joe McG:

@Mark: New release, although he re-does a couple of old songs on it.
  11:16am KP:

This Motel Band always gets to me
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:17am doctorjazz:

Has a bit of a feel of Television, on quick listen (the Forsyth, that is)
  11:19am Mark R:

Yeah I hear that Dr. Jazz--the twin guitar action, right? Really like it. I must confess I'm not familiar with this Forsyth fellow. Good stuff!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:19am doctorjazz:

Not familiar either, the twin guitars, and a certain aggressive edgy energy...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:20am doctorjazz:

You wouldn't think Allman Brothers.
  11:23am Mark R:

No, that's a different twin guitar sound! Not all twin guitar bands sound alike! (Even the Beatles qualify, technically.)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:24am Mike East:

This is that split LP with that droney guy, right? I think Fabio played the other side last week. Love William Tyler. I need more of his music.
Good morning Joe and everybody
  11:24am Mark R:

This William Tyler track is gorgeous.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:25am Carmichael:

Good morning Joe and listeners.
Avatar 11:25am Joe McG:

Hey, Mike--Yes, droney dude on the other side. The other two albums in the set have some folky dudes and some noisy dudes also.
  11:26am Brendan:

Hearing some Jansch influence
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:27am doctorjazz:

Great guitar set so far!
Avatar 11:27am djsheilab:

Gotta sign off now. Thanks for always setting the tone for my week, Joe! And for Puffy!
Avatar 11:28am Joe McG:

Bye, Sheila, have a great week!
Avatar 11:31am V Priceless:

Hey Joe! Digging the show! Way to go!
Avatar 11:32am Joe McG:

Hey, VP, nice to see you!
  11:32am Mark R:

Really loving this whole guitar instrumental set--really beautiful stuff. All by people I've never heard of. So very FMU to blow my mind with people I didn't know existed until this very second.
  11:33am Ignore Function:

This Disappears record is great.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:37am doctorjazz:

I generally think I've heard and know about lots of music, always surprised how much new stuff I hear on FMU as well. Didn't know a single artist in this set, have to do some catching up.
  11:37am Mark R:

Now that it's almost March, I see the 2016 releases are starting to arrive in ample numbers!
Avatar 11:44am Wild Neil:

Heron Oblivion blew...my...mind! You play stuff in genres I might never check out until you play it. So cool, Joe. Good job Mr. Dj!
Avatar 11:45am Whosondephone:

Thank you Joe for helping me break free from my desire only to listen to KISS.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:46am Michael in Seattle:

i think SubPop continues to release some great music after all these years
Avatar 11:47am Wild Neil:

@Whosondephone-my first concert, at the behest of a friend, was Kiss at Brendan Byrne Arena (the Meadowlands) back in 83 or so...the Lick it Up tour....
Avatar 11:48am Joe McG:

@Whosondephone: I feel I've provided a very valuable service if that's the case. Although now I'm in the mood to hear "Love Gun."
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:48am Greg from ZONE 5:

This is a JAM…
  Swag For Life Member 11:51am tadpoles:

Your playlist today Joe reminds me how much I love your show. An eclectic mix of stuff that you obviously love and impart with passion to us. Thanks!
Avatar 11:52am Joe McG:

Why, thanks, tadpoles! I'm glad you guys like some of the same junk I do.
  11:53am Mark R:

Dumb question--is the Tom Verlaine in the Verlaines or did they just pick that name as a tribute or something?
Avatar 11:55am Joe McG:

Thanks for listening, everybody. Have a great week! Stay tuned for the Three Chord Monte...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:56am Ken From Hyde Park:

Checking the calendar and 02/29/2020 is going to be on a Saturday. The next Leap Day that's on a Monday is in 2044. Gosh!
  11:57am TimBk:

Happy Bachelor's Day! So who's getting hitched?
  Swag For Life Member 11:57am tadpoles:

No question Mark R. is dumb. Kiwi band Verlaines named after poet Paul Verlaine. They have a song called "Death and the Maiden" which references him. Cheers
Avatar 11:57am Wild Neil:

Cool show Joe!
Avatar 11:57am Kurt Gottschalk:

wow, that kinks song is really nice. never quite noticed it before - and i have the record. thanks, joe.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:58am tiago:

cheers for the show Joe
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:58am Greg from ZONE 5:

Thanks, Joe!
  11:58am P-90:

Thanks Joe McG!
Avatar 12:14pm Whosondephone:

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