Busy Doing Nothing with Charlie Options | A virtual supermarket sweep of recorded history, with an emphasis on processed cheese.

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Playlist for 19 May 2016 Options | Intruder invitation

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Artist Song Album Label Approx. start time
Small Faces  Ogden's Nut Gone Flake   Options Ogden's Nut Gone Flake  Immediate   
Daedelus  Pursed Lips Reply (with Sach)   Options Invention  Plug Research  0:02:10 (Pop‑up)
June Christy  Off Beat   Options The Song Is June / Off Beat  Capitol  0:05:18 (Pop‑up)
The Clash  The Crooked Beat   Options Sandinista!  CBS  0:08:14 (Pop‑up)
Halo Maud  A la fin   Options Vol. 6 (various artists)  La Souterraine  0:12:45 (Pop‑up)
The Pastels  Thank You For Being You   Options Truckload of Trouble  Seed  0:16:40 (Pop‑up)
 
Music behind DJ:
uncredited 
Let It Be   Options Electone: International for Dancing vol 2    0:20:19 (Pop‑up)
Liliput  You Did It   Options Liliput (2-cd compilation)  Kill Rock Stars  0:24:11 (Pop‑up)
BJ Block & Dawn Pemberton  Just Be   Options The Land of Make Believe    0:27:40 (Pop‑up)
Le Futur Pompiste  Pleasant Solutions   Options Your Stories and Your Thoughts  Siesta  0:31:22 (Pop‑up)
MPB4  Poema do Mar   Options MPB4  Elenco  0:34:46 (Pop‑up)
Silver Apples  I Have Known Love   Options Contact  Kapp; MCA  0:37:18 (Pop‑up)
John Barry  The Human Jungle   Options The EMI Years, Vol.3, 1962-1964  EMI  0:41:05 (Pop‑up)
Goldfrapp  Happiness   Options Seventh Tree  Mute  0:43:27 (Pop‑up)
 
Music behind DJ:
Piero Umiliani 
Coast to Coast   Options To-Day's Sound  Right Tempo  0:47:37 (Pop‑up)
The Bran Flakes  The Music From Another Planet   Options Hey Won't Somebody Come and Play?  Happi Tyme  0:51:02 (Pop‑up)
Susanna  Intruder   Options Sonata Mix Dwarf Cosmos  Rune Grammofon  0:53:31 (Pop‑up)
Nick Drake  Things Behind the Sun   Options Pink Moon  Island  0:58:39 (Pop‑up)
Judy Mackenzie  Sally Brown   Options Resurrection: The Amplified Bible Of Heavenly Grooves (various artists)  Trunk  1:02:33 (Pop‑up)
cast  Happiness   Options You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown (original cast album)  Decca  1:06:57 (Pop‑up)
Britta Phillips  Daydream   Options Luck or Magic  Double Feature  1:10:24 (Pop‑up)
 
Music behind DJ:
Las Comadrejas 
Oaxacatelas   Options We Are Ugly, But We Have the Music  Comad  1:14:03 (Pop‑up)
Ripple and Murmur  Peaches   Options Sounds of Underart    1:18:07 (Pop‑up)
Karen Mantler  Catch As Catch Can   Options Business Is Bad  Xtra Watt/ECM  1:21:26 (Pop‑up)
Diagram Brothers  I Didn't Get Where I Am Today By Being a Right Git   Options Some Marvels of Modern Science  New Hormones  1:27:35 (Pop‑up)
Laurie Anderson  Ramon   Options Strange Angels  Warner Bros.  1:31:31 (Pop‑up)
Moe Tucker  Stayin' Put   Options I Spent a Week There the Other Night  Sky Records  1:36:24 (Pop‑up)
 
Music behind DJ:
World Standard 
The Lonely Driver 1952   Options Country Gazette  Asphodel  1:39:53 (Pop‑up)
The 5th Dimension  Requiem: 820 Latham   Options The Magic Garden  Soul City  1:43:57 (Pop‑up)
Fred Thomas  The Night Wind (Ellie Rusbridge, vocal; lyrics: Emily Brontë)   Options The Beguilers  F-IRE  1:47:45 (Pop‑up)
George Shearing  Simple Sideman   Options The Fool on the Hill  Capitol  1:50:29 (Pop‑up)
Incredible String Band  You Get Brighter   Options Wee Tam  Elektra  1:52:37 (Pop‑up)
 
Music behind DJ:
Johnny Beecher 
Sax Fifth Avenue   Options 45 played at 33  Warner Bros.  1:58:24 (Pop‑up)

Listener comments!

Avatar 11:03am βrian:

Can't wait to see that S-Car go!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:40am annie:

it's a good thing there's that cancel button
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:55am Charlie:

hello ßrian and annie!
@annie -- ?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:57am annie:

i typed an inane comment then clicked cancel.. i want to be clever, not inane.
Avatar 12:00pm βrian:

Nice incense, Charlie. Sandalwood?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:00pm Webhamster Henry:

Got plenty of Nothin' today, Charlie?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:01pm thatpatsmith:

ooo-wah-ooo
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:01pm Webhamster Henry:

Today's program: a salute to the wah-wah pedal.
  12:02pm listener james from westwood:

How do, Charlie and all! iPhone = finally can listen live while working offsite!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:02pm Carmichael:

I used to play Frogger a lot, too. Heya Bri Bri and fellow nothing doers.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:02pm Michael:

Greetings all.
Avatar 12:05pm βrian:

Is there an equation to express the volume of nothing? As in, if the pressure goes down, the nothing increases?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:06pm mauri:

millions and millions of nothing everyone.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:07pm Webhamster Henry:

Universal gas equation:
pv=nRt , where P=>0
  12:07pm jan:

checking in
  12:08pm Nikol:

CZECHing in
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:09pm Webhamster Henry:

There is no volume of nothing, but -96db is pretty quiet
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:10pm Charlie:

ßrian -- that's the smell of the candle burning at both ends.
Henry -- I got plenty o' nothin'!
hi thatpat, greetings Carmichael! hi Michael! James! jan! Nikol! (haha!)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:10pm Charlie:

this program is the measure of nothing
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:12pm Uncle Michael:

Rub-a-
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:15pm Charlie:

hallo, Uncle Michael!
Avatar 12:15pm βrian:

À la fin, on arrive à ne rien faire.
Avatar 12:16pm Little Danny:

This Halo Maud is great!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:18pm Charlie:

Hi Little Danny! Here's the dl link: souterraine.biz...
Avatar 12:22pm Little Danny:

awesome, thanks Charlie
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:22pm JP from KC:

Salutations, Charlie! I dig that track you're talking over. What is it?
  12:23pm βrian:

"In the end," "At the end," etc.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:24pm Jeff Golick:

Gadzooks.
Avatar 12:26pm ndbob:

afternoon Charlie and everyone!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:26pm Charlie:

hi JP, howz things in KC?
heya, Jeff
ah, thank you, ßrian
howdy, ndBob!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:30pm JP from KC:

Nice and Sunny here in the Midwest, but I'm trapped in a windowless office, so I'll have to get my sunshine from WFMU... and my Vitamin C from this Orange highlighter.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:30pm Uncle Michael:

Little Danny, I was on Office Naps this morning, researching a track for tomorrow.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:30pm Uncle Michael:

JP is not in KC right now, are you, JP?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:32pm JP from KC:

Drat, I've been outed. I am not in KC right now. I am bumming around the office here in Topeka.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:33pm Uncle Michael:

That's what I'm doing...till the game comes on.
Avatar 12:34pm βrian:

Elsewhere in the midwest: Flocculated blue skies over the isthmus today.
Avatar 12:35pm geezerette:

Raising my cup to you all. It's morning on the west coast and the music's the cream in my coffee.
Avatar 12:36pm geezerette:

...so mellow.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:37pm Charlie:

hello geezerette --
@JP -- hmm, orange highlighter with vitamin C -- that's a good product idea
Avatar 12:37pm βrian:

@geezerette:
c2.staticflickr.com...
Avatar 12:38pm geezerette:

:D!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:38pm Charlie:

ßrian -- scalding!
  12:39pm listener james from westwood:

How do I like them Apples? Quite a lot actually.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:43pm Charlie:

dem electronic apples
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:44pm Webhamster Henry:

ooh Mellotron flutes!
Avatar 12:45pm geezerette:

@Brian: ixquick-proxy.com... Snappy.
Avatar 12:48pm βrian:

@geezerette: When those guys are booked for Monty Hall, I'll make the trip.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:50pm melinda:

hi peoples!
Avatar 12:51pm ndbob:

hi Melinda!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:52pm melinda:

hi bob!
Avatar 12:52pm geezerette:

haha!

Hi Melinda!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:52pm melinda:

Love the Bran Flakes. I need to check out more of their stuff.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:53pm melinda:

hi geeze!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:53pm Charlie:

welcome, Melinda!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:53pm melinda:

hi Charlie!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:53pm Charlie:

The Bran Flakes recently released a best of. I'll find the link in a minute.
  12:54pm judy from croton:

True facts are my favorite kind.
Avatar 12:55pm βrian:

Those flying saucers are orphans, searching for their flying cups.
Avatar 12:58pm geezerette:

:)
Avatar 12:59pm Erehwonite:

thebranflakes.bandcamp.com
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:01pm Charlie:

Hi Erewhonite! and thanks for the Brank Flakes link :)
Hi judy -- only the facts on busy doing nothing.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:02pm Michael:

I won that on Charlie's show ! ^^ That Susanna was ne w to me and interesting - reading her site, she works with a dude from Jaga Jazzist.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:05pm 1ke:

Hi folks! I'm editing some of Doug's favorite crypto-fascist metadata right this instant! (Really more like saccharine techno-evangelist hoo-ha.) Read or edited anything interesting (or stupid) lately?
Avatar 1:05pm βrian:

What better place to do nothing than Erehwon?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:05pm Webhamster Henry:

Interesting how the melody has bits of Happiness from Clark Gesner's You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:07pm Charlie:

Hello Ike (or 1ke)! Nice to see ya. Crypto-fascist metadata -- next round's on me!
I edited my wife's doctoral dissertation lately. It's interesting!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:07pm Charlie:

@Henry -- funny you should say that...
  1:09pm famous original sugarwolf:

@1ke: reading Grace Jones' memoir and working on The English and Their History
Avatar 1:10pm geezerette:

This is great!
How can something be so silly and sweet at the same time?
And what a segue!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:10pm Webhamster Henry:

I don't need to have a show because there are plenty of others doing my segues.
Avatar 1:10pm Erehwonite:

In France happiness is 'apenis.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:10pm doctorjazz:

Boring meeting until now, just got here, he all.
Avatar 1:10pm βrian:

What was that film where the French cabbie bid goodbye to two visiting women: "I 'ope you find ah-penis." ?
  1:11pm famous original sugarwolf:

Skip Hinnant!!
Avatar 1:11pm βrian:

Oh dear, our synapses overlapped!
Avatar 1:12pm Erehwonite:

Filthy minds think alike.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:12pm Charlie:

Hi sugarwolf!
Skip Hinnant as Schroeder,
Gary Burhoff as Charlie Brown
Bob Balaban as Linus
Reva Rose as Lucy
Bill Hinnant as Snoopy
Avatar 1:13pm βrian:

But mine is freshly shampooed!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:14pm Charlie:

hey there dr jazz
Avatar 1:14pm geezerette:

I'm laughing too much to type. :D
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:16pm Jeff Golick:

I'm reading Electric Eden, about British folk music, from ye olden daze to nowish. Frolicking with Fairport and Pentangle now. (in the book, that is.)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:18pm Uncle Michael:

Bob Balaban: heir to the Balaban & Katz movie theatre empire.
Avatar 1:18pm ndbob:

sounds really good Jeff
Avatar 1:20pm geezerette:

I'm reading Point and Line to Plane by Kandinsky.
Electric Eden sounds like a lot more fun.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:21pm doctorjazz:

Mentioned this elsewhere, got to see a bit of Richard Thompson on the Joan Baez Tribute on PBS, nice to see him in a (limited) role, mostly acoustic lead, got to sing part of 1 song.
Avatar 1:22pm geezerette:

Uncle Michael,Bob Balaban is in everything! Huge filmography.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:27pm melinda:

Interesting tidbit about Bob Balaban, UM.
  1:28pm famous original sugarwolf:

I know Bob Balaban's doorman
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:28pm Parq:

Was just reading up on the original off-BW production (at Theater 80, later a revival movie house and now again an off-BW legit theater). Joe Raposo worked on it also, as musical director. Although he didn't write any of the songs, it seems to me that they strongly bear his personality. Probably his own work was influenced by his working on that show.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:31pm Charlie:

Hi Parq! I actually saw that production at Theater 80 St Marks when I was a kid! It made a huge impact on me. Then, when I was in high school, I went to a lot of revival films there. Also the Thalia uptown.
Avatar 1:33pm Roberto:

I saw Bob Balaban at a Chase ATM one time.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:35pm Parq:

God, but this Laurie track is haunting.
Avatar 1:38pm βrian:

Well, I need to go stalk a felafel with extra tahini sauce. Thanks for the radio oasis, Charlie.
  1:39pm Listening Out There:

Nice set, this...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:43pm Guido from Cologne:

Lovely show today!
cheers!
Avatar 1:44pm Roberto:

This nothing is a welcome respite from all the something going on out there. Thanks as always, Charlie!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:49pm Charlie:

seeya, ßrian
Roberto -- that was one of Bob's biggest roles ;)
Hi Listening and Guido -- glad you're enjoying.
Roberto! all the nothing that fits.
Avatar 1:49pm geezerette:

Wonderful show Charlie!
Avatar 1:49pm northguineahills:

Thanks Charlie!
Avatar 1:52pm ndbob:

excellent show Charlie!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:54pm Charlie:

Hi northguineahills!
thanks for hitching a ride with me today, everyone :)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:56pm Parq:

Another one as only you can do it, Charlie. You're a good man.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:57pm KevinfromBayRidge:

Wunnerful show, Mr Lewis!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:57pm Webhamster Henry:

I also saw YAGMCB at 80 St. Marks. The animated version is not bad!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:58pm KevinfromBayRidge:

All this....And ISB!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:59pm Jeff Golick:

Noice! Thanks, Charlie!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:00pm Michael:

Yea - what they said. And thanks!
Avatar 2:01pm Erehwonite:

Well chill dude. Ta.
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