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Playlist for 28 April 2016 Options | Towers of song

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  When I found out that music has structure to it, just like a bridge has, right away I began to get interested. . . . I found out there's plenty of difference between one symphony and another symphony. Beethoven, Mozart, and Brahms were the boys I liked. All three of them, they took themes that were simple, like an architectural figure, but they could get cathedrals out of them, believe me they could. -- James M. Cain, "Career in C Major" (1946)
Jim Noir  Tower of Love   Options Tower of Love  Barsuk 
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Gordon Jenkins  Magical City (Elliott Lewis, narration)   Options Manhattan Tower  Capitol    0:03:40 (Pop‑up)
Big Lazy  France   Options Postcards From X  Tasankee    0:06:33 (Pop‑up)
Nancy Walker & Cris Alexander  Come Up to My Place   Options On the Town  Columbia Legacy 
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Etienne Charry  Je Tue le Temps   Options 36 Erreurs  Tricatel    0:12:29 (Pop‑up)
Big Boy Pete  A Dog Called Doug   Options Homage to Catatonia  Dionysus    0:15:34 (Pop‑up)
Spike Milligan  Tower Bridge   Options 7-inch single (originally)  Parlophone 
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The Eye-Full Tower  Carol Cartoon   Options 7-inch single (originally)  International, a Division of Shelby Singleton Productions    0:20:47 (Pop‑up)
 
Music behind DJ:
Lester 
On the Boulevard   Options Boulevard du Swing  Lost 
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Tune-Yards  Sunlight   Options bird-Brains  4AD    0:27:20 (Pop‑up)
Chassol  Samak   Options Big Sun  Tricatel    0:30:52 (Pop‑up)
Robert L. Hines, as Toby Jones  Jones Big Ass Truck Rental and Storage   Options YouTube video      0:35:00 (Pop‑up)
Publio Delgado  Jones Big Ass Truck Rental and Storage - Harmonizer   Options YouTube video   
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0:36:30 (Pop‑up)
Felipe Continentino  Jones Big Ass Truck Rental and Storage - Harmonizer + Drums   Options video posted on Facebook      0:38:02 (Pop‑up)
Scott Johnson  John Somebody (excerpt)   Options John Somebody  Nonesuch    0:39:35 (Pop‑up)
Pere Ubu  I Will Wait   Options Dub Housing  Chrysalis    0:43:31 (Pop‑up)
Juana Molina  Ferocisimo   Options Wed 21  Crammed Discs 
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Petra Haden  Relax   Options Sings The Who Sell Out  Bar None    0:48:32 (Pop‑up)
Scorpions  Cothoza Mfana   Options Mbube Roots: Zulu Choral Music from South Africa, 1930s-1960s  Rounder 
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Music behind DJ:
Lester 
Exhibitions Lester   Options Boulevard du Swing  Lost    0:53:30 (Pop‑up)
Joseph Bertolozzi  The Elephant on the Tower   Options Tower Music  Innova 
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Harry Partch  Castor & Pollux - A Dance for the Twin Rhythms of Gemini: II   Options Plectra and Percussion Dances  Bridge    1:04:00 (Pop‑up)
Tom Waits  Singapore   Options Rain Dogs  Island    1:05:42 (Pop‑up)
Tom Ze  Ma   Options The Best of Tom Ze  Luaka Bop 
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Francis Poulenc  Organ Concerto (excerpt), Hansjorg Albrecht, organ, Bach Collegium Munchen   Options Concertos For Keyboard Instruments  Oehms Classics    1:11:55 (Pop‑up)
Quartet San Francisco  What Is Hip? (Tower of Power)   Options Whirled Chamber Music  ViolinJazz Recordings    1:14:25 (Pop‑up)
Miya Masaoka Trio  Evidence   Options Monk's Japanese Folk Song  Dizim 
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Stina Nordenstam  Purple Rain   Options People Are Strange  East West    1:21:32 (Pop‑up)
Joseph Bertolozzi  Glass Floor Rhythm   Options Tower Music  Innova 
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1:25:05 (Pop‑up)
Dennis Coffey & the Detroit Guitar Band  Scorpio   Options 7-inch single (originally)  Sussex    1:27:37 (Pop‑up)
 
Music behind DJ:
Lester 
In My Souffle   Options Boulevard du Swing  Lost    1:32:00 (Pop‑up)
Rosemary Clooney  Something's gotta Give   Options Clap Hands Here Comes Rosie  RCA    1:36:27 (Pop‑up)
June Tabor  Meditation   Options Some Other Time  Hannibal 
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Leonard Cohen  Tower of Song   Options I'm Your Man  Columbia 
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Laura Gibson  Empire Builder   Options Empire Builder  Barsuk    1:46:16 (Pop‑up)
Gordon Jenkins  Closing (Elliott Lewis, narration)   Options Manhattan Tower  Capitol    1:51:15 (Pop‑up)
Bob Dylan  Talkin' New York   Options Bob Dylan  Columbia    1:53:12 (Pop‑up)
 
Music behind DJ:
Lester 
On the Boulevard   Options Boulevard du Swing  Lost 
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1:56:26 (Pop‑up)

Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:56am Charlie:

images of Jumièges, Abbey Church of Saint-Pierre, Seine-Maritime département, Normandy, France. en.wikipedia.org...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:14am annie:

listening to an archived GF show until your musical selections replace it. good morning charlie
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:15am Charlie:

Nothing can replace Gaylord Fields' musical selections ;)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:22am annie:

i know, i forgot how great his shows are.. and coming on just before monica.. a priceless sunday evening.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:24am annie:

and, on a personal note, have you ever eaten at the nick's in west swanzey?
Avatar 11:32am βrian:

Has the band started to set up yet?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:33am annie:

still in the green room, i think
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:41am annie:

βrian, have you seen that movie yet? "sunset song"?
Avatar 11:44am Les Nelsons:

Nous attendons.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:55am Carmichael:

Will you play some Tower of Power, Charlie? :) Pre-show hello, everyone.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:57am annie:

hey carm!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:57am Carmichael:

Heya Annie!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:00pm Michael:

Hey Charlie and hey all. Lovely Thursday here.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:03pm Charlie:

Hi all -- can someone tell me if I'm on? I'm having some major computer issues last minute, thanks!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:03pm listener james from westwood:

Good Thursday, Charlie and all! Looking forward to this towering achievement in radio!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:04pm annie:

carm , it looks like no powell's for the road trip.. and i'm trying to convince my kid to go to sanfran.. .. this is going to be a tough trip..might halve the tour to east-coast west coast. there is a nick's in pacifica and one in w.sacramento. i miss the coast..
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:04pm Uncle Michael:

Ahoy.
  12:04pm gary mitchell:

jim noir sounding very fine
Avatar 12:04pm Les Nelsons:

Alors...le Jim Noir!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:05pm listener james from westwood:

This wouldn't be Manhattan Tower, would it?!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:06pm listener james from westwood:

Yes!! Listened to this LP heavily as a lad!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:06pm Charlie:

OK then! Might nbot be able to comment much today -- stay tuned!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:07pm annie:

where is the "like" button!!??
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:07pm Parq:

Yeah, I remember feeling like this.
  12:07pm gary mitchell:

yeah same here, james
Avatar 12:08pm Mayuko:

Hello!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:08pm Parq:

<puts hand to his mouth, stage-whispers> I still do.
Avatar 12:09pm Les Nelsons:

Will we be hearing old LC's 'Tower Of Song' at some point, I wonder?
  12:11pm Listening Out There:

Gweetings, Chollie! Diggin' the Gordon Jenkins & his new sound...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:13pm Uncle Michael:

Cris:
3.bp.blogspot.com...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:18pm doctorjazz:

Hi all, here for some nothingness.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:20pm testingwithfire:

Good afternoon Charlie and tower climbers!
Avatar 12:20pm holland oats:

greets peeps
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:20pm mauri:

hiya wfmu nothindoers
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:22pm Carmichael:

Annie, I'm very close to West Sac. And you'd be 1 hour from the coast, 1.5 from San Francisco.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:22pm Parq:

Spike Milligan! I thought maybe it was Zarcherley.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:26pm annie:

yeah, carm, i lovingly eyed the proximity to the leftern water bits.. might require a whole diff trip.. our end city was LA, but i have to be back here by 25/8 and i've no way to return cheaply. still pondering.
Avatar 12:27pm ndbob:

afternoon Charlie and everyone!
Avatar 12:28pm Brian in UK:

Army Sargeant: What are you doing there?

Spike Milligan: Well everyone's got to be somewhere.

Hello Charlies everywhere
  12:29pm Listening Out There:

"Internet" and "problem" in the same sentence. Imagine...
Avatar 12:35pm βrian:

Que c'est tout un mélange aujourd’hui ! C'est génial.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:35pm Charlie:

checking in to say hi to all you groovy people! having a computer issue today -- happy to be streaming!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:37pm listener james from westwood:

Jones!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:38pm Webhamster Henry:

Publio Delgado has done a whooole lotta these Jazz/YouTube improvs
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:39pm listener james from westwood:

LOL @ the accompaniment!
Avatar 12:39pm βrian:

My wife has fun explaining the "big-ass" modifier to ESL students.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:39pm Uncle Michael:

It's a towering achievement.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:41pm Stepchild:

Why I listen to WFMU, embodiment thereof
  12:41pm Listening Out There:

He was a sortuva...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:42pm Parq:

How disappointing. I was expecting that "Jones Big Ass Truck Rental and Storage with Guitar, Bass and Drums" would be next.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:42pm doctorjazz:

WOW, haven't heard John Somebody in ages, have the vinyl somewhere of it, listened to it a ton when it came out.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:43pm Charlie:

the Jones big-ass concerto next!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:44pm JP from KC:

Ah, there's that balls-out weirdness I'm ever so fond of! Thanks, Charlie!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:44pm Charlie:

annie -- no i've never eaten at Nicks. it's a seafood joint. probably never will. it's not a diner y'know :)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:50pm annie:

oh, really?? welly welly... might not go up there then.. hhmm. thanks charlie
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:51pm Charlie:

Yes Henry that was Publio delgado -- I have links for all the Jones pieces, but can't access them right now -- will add links later!
Avatar 1:04pm βrian:

Oh, the banshees of famine do scream now, for the hour of victuals draws on apace.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:09pm Parq:

This Waits album is from that period in the late 80s when Marc Ribot was just freaking everywhere.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:11pm Charlie:

ribot makes that album
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:12pm Charlie:

sticker on back of this tom ze cd -- bought used at sounds on st marks place many moons ago :)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:13pm Parq:

Charlie, they're gone, you know.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:14pm Charlie:

yes, so i've heard, along with many of my old haunts . . .
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:14pm Michael:

And sadly the St. Marks Bar and Grill.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:15pm doctorjazz:

Ribot was/is fabulous, gives everything that angular, jagged, intense feel
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:16pm Goyim in the AM:

Ribot, yes; but also, I would hasten to add, Larry Taylor.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:17pm Carmichael:

Hey, Tower of Power! I knew you could do it, Charlie!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:28pm Parq:

Goyim, after I saw Ribot perform a few years back, I was comparing him to his Lounge Lizards predecessor, Artoo Lindsey. Artoo's playing was wild, almost like percussion. Ribot's playing, despite its similar sound was precise and deliberate, each sound falling exactly where he intended it to.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:32pm Parq:

Dennis Coffey, another cool guitarist, from a different era. Saw him at the Ponderosa Stomp's all-Detroit show at Lincoln Center in summer 2010.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:34pm Goyim in the AM:

Arto Lindsay (for thus is his name spelled) would be the first to tell you that he can't play guitar except as a percussion instrument. Got nothing but love for both guitarists. Larry Taylor's bass playing is hugely rhythmic, hugely melodic, and a big part, maybe most, of the Tom Waits tracks I still like.
Avatar 1:43pm Erella:

Hey annie!
Avatar 1:44pm Erella:

Loving the music you're playing Charlie !
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:48pm Charlie:

glad to hear it, Erella :)
Avatar 1:52pm ndbob:

excellent show Charlie!
  1:54pm Listening Out There:

Gordon Jenkins reprise. More excellentness!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:56pm doctorjazz:

Bobby D, when he (and I) was young...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:56pm Mike East:

funny...that Leonard Cohen song put Dylans "She Belongs To Me" in my head...similar melody.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:57pm Charlie:

thanks, everyone, for your presence and your comments, which i will read later. check back for more links and pix. see you next week!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:58pm listener james from westwood:

Thanks mightily for the show, Charlie!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:02pm Michael:

Well done Charlie as always. See ya next time.
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