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Options May 19, 2016: In the World, But not of It: An Evening with Moondog

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Artist Track Album Year Comments Approx. start time
Moondog with the London Saxophonic  Tout Suite No.1 In F Major - 1.Mov.   Options Sax Pax for a Sax  1994    0:00:34 (Pop‑up)
Moondog with the London Saxophonic  Tout Suite No.1 In F Major - 2.Mov.   Options Sax Pax for a Sax      0:03:34 (Pop‑up)
Moondog with the London Saxophonic  Tout Suite No.1 In F Major - 3.Mov.   Options Sax Pax for a Sax      0:06:43 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
Johnny Coles 
Hobo Joe   Options Little Johnny C      0:09:42 (Pop‑up)
Moondog  Westward Ho!: Ship at Sea – Prairie Schooners on the Oregon Trail   Options Elpmas  1991    0:20:20 (Pop‑up)
Moondog  Suite Equestria (Trail Versus Road And Trail): 1.The Horse 2.The Wheel 3.The Motor   Options Elpmas      0:25:45 (Pop‑up)
Moondog  Marimba Mondo 1: The Rain Forest   Options Elpmas      0:32:21 (Pop‑up)
Moondog  Nero's Expedition   Options Moondog 2  1971    0:37:38 (Pop‑up)
Moondog  No, The Wheel Was Never Invented   Options Moondog 2      0:39:25 (Pop‑up)
Moondog  I'm in the World   Options H'art Songs  1978    0:40:44 (Pop‑up)
Moondog  Aska Me   Options H'art Songs      0:44:11 (Pop‑up)
Moondog  Fujiyama 2 (Lovesong)   Options Elpmas  1991    0:46:32 (Pop‑up)
Moondog  Marimba Mondo 2 - Seascape Of The Whales   Options Elpmas      0:51:08 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
Steve Reich 
Six Marimbas   Options       0:53:57 (Pop‑up)
Moondog  Caribea   Options Moondog  1956    1:06:23 (Pop‑up)
Moondog  Tree Trail   Options Moondog      1:07:05 (Pop‑up)
Moondog  Frog Bog   Options Moondog      1:09:24 (Pop‑up)
Moondog  Surf Session   Options Moondog      1:14:12 (Pop‑up)
Moondog  Up Broadway   Options The Story of Moondog  1957  The Impressions of Moondog as he passes Birdland and the Palladium up the great White Way. (a) Broadway and the 52nd St. The Jazz Corner of the World. A dog trot in 1/4 time, featuring Sam Ulano on drums. (b) Broadway and 53rd. St. The Afro-Cuban Corner of the World - A bumbo in 4/4 time, featuring Suzuko on the yukh, maraca etc.  1:18:09 (Pop‑up)
Moondog  Bumbo   Options Moondog and His Honking Geese Playing Moondog's Music  1955    1:23:00 (Pop‑up)
Moondog  Rabbit Hop   Options Moondog and His Honking Geese Playing Moondog's Music      1:24:03 (Pop‑up)
Moondog  Dog Trot   Options Moondog and His Honking Geese Playing Moondog's Music      1:26:23 (Pop‑up)
Moondog  Oasis   Options Moondog and his Friends  1954    1:28:44 (Pop‑up)
Moondog  Stamping Ground   Options Moondog  1969    1:31:42 (Pop‑up)
Moondog  Witch of Endor   Options Moondog  1969  I - Dance II - Trio: A. Adagio (The Prophesy), B. Andante (The Battle), C. Agitato (Saul´s Death) III - Dance (Reprise)  1:34:18 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
Charlie Parker 
A Night in Tunisia   Options       1:40:34 (Pop‑up)
Moondog with the London Saxophonic  Present for the Prez. (In Memory Lester Young)   Options Sax Pax for a Sax  1994    1:50:05 (Pop‑up)
Moondog with the London Saxophonic  Bird's Lament (In Memory Charlie Parker)   Options Sax Pax for a Sax      1:51:43 (Pop‑up)
Moondog with the London Saxophonic  D for Danny (Dedicated to Danny Thompson)   Options Sax Pax for a Sax      1:53:48 (Pop‑up)
Moondog  Bug on a Floating Leaf   Options A New Sound of an Old Instrument  1979    1:55:32 (Pop‑up)
Moondog  Barn Dance   Options A New Sound of an Old Instrument      1:58:07 (Pop‑up)
Moondog   Oasis   Options A New Sound of an Old Instrument      1:59:11 (Pop‑up)
Moondog with the London Saxophonic  Dog Trot   Options Sax Pax for a Sax  1994    2:03:00 (Pop‑up)
Ensemble Bracelli  Rabbit Hop   Options Bracelli und Moondog  2004?    2:05:56 (Pop‑up)
Moondog with the London Brass and London Saxophonic  Bumbo   Options Big Band  1995    2:08:05 (Pop‑up)
Moondog  Viking I   Options Moondog in Europe  1977    2:10:58 (Pop‑up)
Moondog  Chaconne in G   Options Moondog in Europe      2:13:55 (Pop‑up)
Moondog  Chaconne in C   Options Moondog in Europe      2:18:41 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
Gil Melle 
Weird Valley   Options Patterns in Jazz      2:21:31 (Pop‑up)
Moondog  Suite No. 2 - First Movement   Options Moondog and his Friends  1954    2:31:02 (Pop‑up)
Moondog  Suite No. 2 - Second Movement   Options Moondog and his Friends      2:32:01 (Pop‑up)
Moondog  Suite No. 2 - Third Movement   Options Moondog and his Friends      2:34:19 (Pop‑up)
Moondog  Lullaby (2 West 46th Street)   Options Moondog on the Streets of New York  1953  Suzuko sings in three octaves against Samisen, etc.  2:36:14 (Pop‑up)
Moondog  Utsu   Options Moondog on the Streets of New York    Suzuko plays the Utsu in 5-4 time. Introducing the Utsu, a small keyboard instrument in the 5-tone scale.  2:36:39 (Pop‑up)
Moondog  Chant   Options Moondog on the Streets of New York    Introducing the Uni (7 strings in unison). A pedal point to a two part round for voice and Utsu in 1-2 time.  2:39:03 (Pop‑up)
Moondog  From One to Nine   Options Moondog on the Streets of New York    Nine quarter beat rhythms in Snake Time.  2:39:45 (Pop‑up)
Moondog with the London Brass and London Saxophonic  Invocation   Options Big Band  1995    2:41:49 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
Bird of Paradise   Options Elpmas      2:51:17 (Pop‑up)

Listener comments!

Avatar 6:58pm Flash Strap:

Good good good evening explorers. I hope you do not mind if I play to you tonight three hours of Moondog, because that is my wild plan and I am excited to execute it
Avatar 7:00pm ndbob:

evening Evan and everyone!
Avatar 7:01pm Flash Strap:

Hey Bob!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:02pm melinda:

hi Evan, Bob & those yet to arrive! Looking forward to 3 hours of Moondog.
Avatar 7:03pm Flash Strap:

Hi Melinda! I think I started scheming this show after you made a comment about Moondog in past show, if I remember right
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:04pm Doug Schulkind:

Sublime sublime sublime!
Avatar 7:05pm thesleepylagoon:

Hi, good evening everyone. It's the first time I listen live to the show... I listen to all your shows from the mediatheque. Thank you internet...
Avatar 7:05pm Flash Strap:

Doug! Good evening captain
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:05pm listener james from westwood:

I'm only 1 1/2 pieces in and I'm already much calmer!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:05pm melinda:

Yes, I think you were concerned that it might be going over old territory for some, but it is mostly new for me.
Avatar 7:05pm ndbob:

Heya Melinda!
Avatar 7:06pm Flash Strap:


it's an honor, welcome comrade
Avatar 7:06pm ndbob:

Heya Doug! Sleepy Lagoon!
Avatar 7:06pm Flash Strap:

Listener James!
Avatar 7:06pm ndbob:

and James
Avatar 7:07pm thesleepylagoon:

Normally it's too late for me...
Avatar 7:09pm Flash Strap:

well it's an honor to have you, both tonight and via archive
Avatar 7:10pm thesleepylagoon:

the pleasure is on my side...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:12pm Carmichael:

Heya Flashy and fans.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:18pm Doug Schulkind:

We wave palm fronds o'er your head, Sleepy Lagoon!
Avatar 7:21pm Flash Strap:

Welcome, Carmichael. Warm welcome
Avatar 7:24pm thesleepylagoon:

Sorry Doug, I don't under stand this
Avatar 7:24pm Flash Strap:

Sound sampling on this record is absolute peak-of-form
Avatar 7:27pm Flash Strap:

The Horse:
Whenever Man began to tame the horse,
He had himself a potent power source.

For draft and riding, horses were supreme.
From two to three and more they made a team.

The dog was not his only friend of course.
He knew he had another in the horse.

But he would come to cast his friend aside.
In favour of a motor-driven ride.
Avatar 7:29pm Flash Strap:

The Wheel:
The Incas had no wheel. The Aztecs had no wheel.
The Mayas had no wheel on which to reel.

Before the wheelers came to wage the war they won,
The Aborigines had need of none.

The Natives knew the year the Norsemen would appear,
To rediscover half a hemisphere.

The horse had always been, the horse would always be
The safer source of Man's mobility.

The horseless carriage came to take him for a spin,
On carriage ways and means to do him in.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:30pm Doug Schulkind:

When royalty visits, we place them on the exalted throne and gently cool them with tropical breezes. Sir.
Avatar 7:30pm Flash Strap:

This guy knows how to treat a guest!
Avatar 7:31pm Flash Strap:

The Motor:
On fossil fuel the engine up and ran,
Ostensibly the bosom friend of Man.

In serving Man the motor came to be
The Master, even Man began to see.

If pride preceds a fall it's time he fell
For horses who have ever served him well.

A toiler and a spoiler all in one,
The engine had its day, whose day is done.
Avatar 7:31pm hyde:

hi gang
Avatar 7:32pm Flash Strap:

Hi Hyde! nice to see you pal
Avatar 7:34pm hyde:

someone pass me a palm frond
Avatar 7:35pm Flash Strap:

I was listening to this album while canoeing through a mangrove canal, birdwatching (to little avail) in the sweltering heat and

it really moved me
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:36pm Doug Schulkind:

No, silly, we smoke them *after* the show!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:36pm melinda:

I love the marimbas.
Avatar 7:36pm hyde:

@Doug too late
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:37pm melinda:

This is palm frond music, definitely.
Avatar 7:37pm Flash Strap:

@melinda: On the use of marimbas for this album, Moondog wrote: " The reason I used the marimba so much is because it sounds so realistic, due to its being so percussive."
Avatar 7:39pm Flash Strap:

Nero's expedition up the Nile
Failed ....
Because the water hyacinths ..
Had clogged the river
Denying Nero's vessels passage
Through the Sud of Nubia ......
Avatar 7:39pm thesleepylagoon:

I must say goodbye. It's very late here in Germany... Good Night, till next time.
Avatar 7:41pm Flash Strap:

good night, fellow traveler sleepy lagoon
Avatar 7:45pm Flash Strap:

Aska me about Alaska, if you care a tinker´s damn,
What I have to say about the Russian Bear and Uncle Sam,
Vitus Bering rediscovered Streights that somehow Bear his name,
After they had been discovered many times before he came.
Alexander Baranov, Administra(i)tor to the Czar,
Sat in Sitka with his books and paintings, eating caviar.
Then, in 1867, Seward bought it for a song;
Sing a song of seven million, and a fifth of something Strong.
Playing for itself in gold, some twenty times the price he payed,
"Seward´s Folly" was, by golly, where a killing could be made.
1912, a territory, 1952, a state.
All the Tlingits were so sorry, Uncle Sam had come so late.
When the exploitation´s over and the last exploiter´s gone,
Then whatever left of life and limb can try to carry on.
Avatar 7:47pm hyde:

i wish i had a folly named after me
Avatar 7:48pm Flash Strap:

keep trying!

me too, it would have to be such grand folly, it would be worth it
Avatar 7:48pm geezerette:

Can't believe I'm so late,LOVE MOONDOG!
Thank woo-moo for the archive!!!
Avatar 7:48pm Flash Strap:

english translation:

Fujiyama, take me too.
Now she's gone, my life is through,

Show me where she stood and fell.
There I'll stand and fall, as well,

When she heard I died at sea,
She was bent on joining me,
Unbeknown to her I'd live,
Till I'd have a life to give,

Coming home I'd come too late,
Tide, alone, would seal our fate,

Fujiyama, when I'm gone,
Tell the world that love lives on,
Avatar 7:48pm Flash Strap:

ah hello, geezerette! much more to come!
Avatar 7:49pm Flash Strap:

maybe that's not translation, actually. hell i have no idea what the first part is saying
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:55pm Uncle Michael:

Avatar 7:57pm ndbob:

excellent first hour Evan - catch the rest on the archive!
Avatar 7:58pm hyde:

haha, i almost mentioned steve reich back during marimba mondo. i love this record.
Avatar 7:58pm hyde:

later, ndb!
Avatar 8:02pm geezerette:

Hi Evan, this is great!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:03pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

What a phenomenal human being.
Avatar 8:08pm Little Danny:

This is inspiring me to pull some Moondog outta my personal archives. Wonderful music.
Avatar 8:08pm Flash Strap:

Bye NDB!
Avatar 8:08pm Flash Strap:

Hello RRN63!
Avatar 8:08pm Flash Strap:

oh and hello friend Danny! I know you have some choice cuts in your stacks
Avatar 8:09pm Flash Strap:

I'm glad you think so geezerette!
Avatar 8:09pm Flash Strap:

he's definitely a big influence on Reich and all those guys, of course
Avatar 8:12pm Flash Strap:

OH! late hello to Uncle Michael!
Avatar 8:13pm geezerette:

Yep. he's the big daddy. Up there with Harry Smith & Harry Partch.
Avatar 8:15pm geezerette:

Howdy people!
Avatar 8:16pm hyde:

yeah, i had no idea Moondog lived with Phillip Glass for a while and he and Moondog and Reich would play together. amazing.
Avatar 8:18pm Flash Strap:

to be a fly on that wall
Avatar 8:18pm geezerette:

Wow hyde,imagine.
Avatar 8:21pm geezerette:

Evan your show is our time machine.
Avatar 8:21pm Flash Strap:

boy – that's all it ever wanted to be, really. a time machine
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:30pm Doug Schulkind:

God I love this music so much. (Of course, God knew this already.)
Avatar 8:31pm Flash Strap:

He still likes to hear you say it
Avatar 8:35pm coelacanth:

greetings Evan and Explorers
Avatar 8:37pm Flash Strap:

welcome welcome coelacanth
Avatar 8:41pm geezerette:

Wonder if this has ever been used by a choreographer.
Avatar 8:44pm geezerette:

Wow!!! Didn't know but it felt that way!
(Marta Graham)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:45pm melinda:

This has been a great soundtrack for my evening kitchen tasks.
Avatar 8:45pm geezerette:

Avatar 8:52pm Flash Strap:

this one is one of my all-time tops
Avatar 8:53pm geezerette:

Avatar 9:00pm Flash Strap:

Now, as promised, we circle back and tread some old ground anew, in reverse
Avatar 9:08pm hyde:

sounds good!
Avatar 9:13pm Flash Strap:

Tally ho now to new territory! Still with me Moondoggers?
Avatar 9:14pm geezerette:

He could have scored films. Would be great to see someoe use his work that way.

All the way Evan!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:14pm melinda:

This is so good.
Avatar 9:16pm Flash Strap:

you see his compositions in films from time to time, and it's magic paired to the moving picture, even when the flick doesn't really "deserve" to use him (lookin at you, Pineapple Express)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:16pm melinda:

Geezerette, yeah. I feel like I'm in a movie, kind of.
Avatar 9:17pm Flash Strap:

oh god this part is so lovely
Avatar 9:18pm Flash Strap:

i think they use a Moondog in Big Lebowski, which is a big bit better in my opinion (but such is his greatness that it still feels almost not-good-enough)
Avatar 9:23pm geezerette:

lovely is the word.

Melinda it's so delicate and lyrical...but it sounds absolutely current as well, y'know?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:28pm melinda:

I agree.
Avatar 9:33pm Flash Strap:

I concur as well
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:38pm ifny:

OoOoooo just tuned in and staying for the fun. Left coast <3s Moondog too....
Avatar 9:39pm Flash Strap:

Ah, welcome Ifny!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:41pm ifny:

Thank you Strap of Flash! Your playlist makes me glad to be here, as always.
Avatar 9:41pm Flash Strap:

always glad to have you, friend Ifny
Avatar 9:44pm coelacanth:

i wonder if Moondog knew when he named that that "uni" is sea urchin in japanese...
Avatar 9:47pm geezerette:

ifny,I like your painting.

Howdy coel!
Avatar 9:48pm Flash Strap:

he did seem to have some Japanese under his belt, likely from his marriage to Suzuko, which was around the same time as the Uni. though I wonder what the linguistic connection was for him? really interesting stuff there, C.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:49pm ifny:

@coalacanth: or evoking a big-time Etruscan goddess. This is her, with a lot going on books.openedition.org...
Avatar 9:50pm Flash Strap:

well that's right in his wheelhouse too!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:50pm ifny:

Though there is an eating theme, so perhaps he was thinking of both simultaneously...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:51pm ifny:

geezerette: thanks, I cut it myself ;)
Avatar 9:55pm coelacanth:

hey g!
...wow, that's a great image ifny.
...but yes, i figure he had a solid reason for naming everything.
Avatar 9:55pm Little Danny:

Astoundingly great show Evan.
Avatar 9:56pm geezerette:

This was such a treat. Thanks Evan! :D
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:56pm ifny:

@coelacanth or at least a transubstantiated reason....
Avatar 9:57pm Little Danny:

So I'll be starting off the show with Moondog. I want this transition to be plush and uninterrupted. See y'all in the next room over: wfmu.org...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:58pm ifny:

@Flash Strap: what song were you quoting those lyrics from? Was it by Moondog? Tlingit asking here.
Avatar 9:58pm hyde:

great show. thanks!
Avatar 9:59pm coelacanth:

i met up on the pass...i'll have to start the journey from the beginning at some point.
Thanks! Evan!
ciao y'all.
Avatar 10:00pm Flash Strap:

@Ifny: a song called "Aska Me"
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:00pm ifny:

coelacanth: yah me three. night all.
Avatar 10:01pm Flash Strap:

Thanks so much everyone. It was a real pleasure this evening
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:03pm ifny:

Flash, thanks for catching that! :D Listening now.
Avatar 10:08pm Flash Strap:

you got it, my Tlingit comrade
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