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 26 May 2016 Options | Under the piano, the beach

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Artist Song Album Label Images Approx. start time
Los Holys  Holys Psicodelicos   Options Back to Peru (various artists)  Vampi Soul    0:00:00 (Pop‑up)
The Monkees  Porpoise Song   Options Head  Colgems; Rhino    0:02:08 (Pop‑up)
Caetano Veloso  The Empty Boat   Options Caetano Veloso (1969)  Philips    0:04:56 (Pop‑up)
The Three Degrees  Collage   Options The Sound of Philadelphia (various artists)  Soul Jazz    0:09:06 (Pop‑up)
Brigitte Fontaine & Areski  Le Goudron   Options Comme à la Radio  Saravah 
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0:12:03 (Pop‑up)
Keith Mansfield  Funky Fanfare   Options KPM 1043 - Beats Incidental  KPM Music Library    0:16:15 (Pop‑up)
 
Music behind DJ:
Tipsy 
Bunny Kick   Options Uh-oh!  Asphodel    0:17:42 (Pop‑up)
Yacht  Le Goudron   Options single  DFA    0:24:13 (Pop‑up)
Carl et Les Hommes Boites  Le Chanteur   Options Vol. 4  La Souterraine    0:27:46 (Pop‑up)
Linton Kwesi Johnson  Di Great Insohreckshan   Options Making History  Mango    0:31:52 (Pop‑up)
Portishead  Strangers   Options Dummy  Go! Discs / London 
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0:35:54 (Pop‑up)
Syd Barrett   Long Gone   Options The Madcap Laughs  Harvest / EMI    0:39:39 (Pop‑up)
J.B. Lenoir  Mississippi Road   Options Folk Music in America, Vol. 7: Songs of Complaint & Protest  Library of Congress 
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0:42:23 (Pop‑up)
Miriam Makeba  Kulo Nyaka   Options Sangoma  Warner Bros.    0:45:23 (Pop‑up)
 
Music behind DJ:
Seefeel 
Plainsong   Options Quique  Astralwerks    0:47:36 (Pop‑up)
Roxy Music  Both Ends Burning   Options Siren  Atco    0:53:49 (Pop‑up)
Britta Phillips  Daydream   Options Luck or Magic  Double Feature 
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0:58:56 (Pop‑up)
The Doors  Wishful Sinful   Options The Soft Parade  Elektra    1:02:26 (Pop‑up)
Carmen Tejada  Gira, Gira   Options Voices in My Lunchbox (various artists)  Plug Research    1:05:19 (Pop‑up)
Laura Gibson  Five and Thirty   Options Empire Builder  Barsuk    1:10:21 (Pop‑up)
Moondog  Death When You Come To Me   Options Moondog (1956)  Prestige / Fantasy 
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1:15:03 (Pop‑up)
 
Music behind DJ:
Hala Strana 
Grain   Options Heave The Gambrel Roof  Music Fellowship    1:17:02 (Pop‑up)
Sonny Simmons  A Distant Voice   Options Complete ESP-Disk Recordings  ESP-Disk 
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1:21:42 (Pop‑up)
Brigitte Fontaine & Areski with the Art Ensemble of Chicago  J'ai 26 Ans   Options Comme à la Radio  Saravah    1:29:08 (Pop‑up)
Joey Ramone  The Wonderful Widow of Eighteen Springs (text: James Joyce)   Options Caged/Uncaged (various artists)  Cramps 
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1:32:11 (Pop‑up)
Don Cherry & Ed Blackwell  Sun of the East   Options Mu  BYG; Affinity    1:34:41 (Pop‑up)
Lalo Schifrin  More Plot, from "Submarine"   Options Best of Mission Impossible  GNP Crescendo    1:38:24 (Pop‑up)
 
Music behind DJ:
Antoine Duhamel 
Alice au pays des syllogismes, from Weekend   Options Bandes Originales Des Films De Jean-Luc Godard: Pierrot le Fou/Week-End  Universal Music France    1:41:11 (Pop‑up)
Moondog  Moondog Monoluge   Options More Moondog  Prestige    1:44:14 (Pop‑up)
Don Cherry & Ed Blackwell  Terrestrial Beings   Options Mu  BYG; Affinity    1:52:26 (Pop‑up)
 
Music behind DJ:
Black Sabbath 
Laguna Sunrise   Options Vol. 4  Warner Bros.    1:56:42 (Pop‑up)
  (sous le piano, les chiens)      
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Listener comments!

Avatar 11:57am βrian:

Au-dessus du piano, le ciel azur.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:00pm Michael:

Howdy host. Hallo all others.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:01pm JP from KC:

Hullo Charlie and do-nothings!
Avatar 12:01pm βrian:

Rowdy host, even.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:02pm thatpatsmith:

hey there
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:02pm listener james from westwood:

Afternoon, Charlie, and good Thursday, all!!
Avatar 12:03pm Little Danny:

Great start to the show, Charlie.
Avatar 12:03pm βrian:

Where's is the editorial contingent? James, etc.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:03pm doctorjazz:

Time for more nothingness...
(Anyone know why the 128k MP3 might work on my office computer when used from an archive, but not when streaming? The pop up works, so it's no big deal, but just curious...)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:03pm Cliff:

Hey Charlie & folks, I'm gonna attempt to put a computer back together during this show
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:04pm JP from KC:

I have the stopwatch, Cliff. Your time starts.... NOW!
  12:04pm Listening Out There:

I'd write a comment, but I feel like...Doing Nothing...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:05pm Parq:

< stock "on porpoise" joke >
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:06pm Charlie:

Why, wouldja look at that? I turn my back for a minute, and a crowd has gathered:)
Greetings ßrian, Michael, JP from KC, thatpat, LJFW, Little Danny, doctorjazz, Cliff, Listening Out There, Parq!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:06pm Cliff:

I didn't claim I was gonna finish before the show ended JP
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:07pm JP from KC:

Tick-tock, Cliff...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:07pm Charlie:

Good luck to you Cliff. Your progress is a real . . .
Cliff-hanger ;)
Avatar 12:11pm Little Danny:

Killin' it with psych-pop gorgeousness Charlie!
Avatar 12:11pm βrian:

Ooh, talk taxonomy to me!
  12:12pm gary mitchell:

Whatta version... far cry from when will i see you again
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:13pm Charlie:

Hi Gary! Yes that cover is a happy meeting of song and performers.
  12:13pm jan:

I just got hear! I had a meeting that just ended. what did I miss?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:16pm Charlie:

Hi Jan! You've missed some "psych-pop gorgeousness," according to Little Danny :)
  12:16pm gary mitchell:

this one gets better every second
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:17pm Charlie:

lyrics to the Brigitte Fontaine song here:
www.redefinemag.com...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:17pm Cliff:

JP, dude, you claim to be a Gen-Xer in spirit but I don't hear a lotta slack comin' from ya.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:17pm Cliff:

Charile - ZING!
Avatar 12:18pm βrian:

I like the "berceau au tombeau" rhyme. Simple pleasures, I guess.
Avatar 12:18pm ndbob:

afternoon Charlie and everyone!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:18pm Cliff:

Honestly if I just get all of the dustbunnies wiped outta this old case & fans that'll be a good start
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:19pm JP from KC:

That's a valid point, Cliff. Now get back to work. Or don't. It's whatever... That better?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:20pm Cliff:

*eyeroll*
Avatar 12:20pm βrian:

@Cliff: sushi?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:21pm Cliff:

Hai!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:23pm Stepchild:

Hi everyone!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:24pm Uncle Michael:

I have arrived.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:29pm Charlie:

Hi there, ndbob! Stepchild! Welcome, Uncle Michael -- tu es arrivé!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:36pm Parq:

Wow, Linton Kwesi Johnson -- what a WFMU fixture he was, back in the day.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:37pm listener james from westwood:

Ooh, I needed some Portishead today.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:37pm Charlie:

That LKJ album has stood the test of time.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:37pm Cliff:

What's the story on Linton Kwesi Johnson, Parq?
Avatar 12:41pm ndbob:

one of my fave Syd songs
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:43pm Charlie:

Cliff -- LKJ -- UK-based so-called "dub poet" -- very political
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:46pm doctorjazz:

Love this J.B.!
Avatar 12:48pm geezerette:

J.B. Lenoir,no one else plays this!
WFMU is the best.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:50pm Charlie:

hey there geezerette -- yup, wfmu plays it all
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:50pm Cliff:

Thanks for the info, and for Seefeel, Charlie!
Avatar 12:52pm geezerette:

Charlie your nothing is so much better than most somethings!

Howdy all you clever, charming woof-moos.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:53pm Cliff:

Woofmoo right back atcha geeezerette
Avatar 12:54pm geezerette:

Cliff! :D
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:54pm Cliff:

I thought it wuz "keek" Charlie? ;)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:56pm Cliff:

Like quinoa: "keen-wah"
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:57pm Parq:

Cliff, nothing off-center, just that he was played heavily by FMU during his heyday in the late 70s and early 80s. I bought his album "Forces of Victory" on the strength of hearing him on FMU, and as Charlie says about the later album, it didn't disappoint.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:57pm Jeff Golick:

Love this Roxy cut.

Hi Charlie! All assembled!
Avatar 12:58pm βrian:

Quinoa, quinoa won't be just any nah!"
Avatar 12:58pm geezerette:

haha,right? :)
keen-wah wah
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:59pm Cliff:

Quinoakawocka
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:01pm Cliff:

Thanks Parq, I liked that one track I heard, sounds like someone else I can add on my long list of peeps to check out :D
Avatar 1:01pm geezerette:

what does a double-ended candle holder look like?

keen wacka wacka !!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:01pm Charlie:

Cliff -- I will take your pronunciation correction under advisement.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:02pm Charlie:

and now I want quinoa
Avatar 1:03pm βrian:

"Britta Phillips was born in Boyne City, Michigan, " says w'pedia. Go figure.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:03pm Cliff:

It's one of the few grains I'm allowed to eat anymore, along with oats and corn aaaaaannndddd..... I guess that's it
Avatar 1:03pm geezerette:

it might be healthy but a little goes a long whey.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:03pm Parq:

By the way, Cliff, I dig the Addams gif on your profile page. Mrs. Parq and I are big Addams Family fans, and like many of the best couples nowadays, we regard Morticia and Gomez as role models.
Avatar 1:04pm geezerette:

feeling a little horse?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:04pm doctorjazz:

THE DOORS! (always hated this album...)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:04pm Carmichael:

Good day Charlie and fellow Nothings. Unfortunately, I have to do a few somethings ...
Avatar 1:04pm βrian:

I love quinoa, but lord, it breaks the bank. Back to short-grain brown rice for me.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:05pm Parq:

@ Geezerette:
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Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:05pm Cliff:

Parq I ganked that animgif from Julie's fill-in last Sunday, but I have to complain at someone at the station before I get Speshul Privlidgiz to use it as an avatar
Avatar 1:07pm geezerette:

Parq! love it! :)
Avatar 1:08pm βrian:

Agitated gifs are Satan's spawn.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:08pm Charlie:

Hi anyway, Carmichael something-doer.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:10pm Cliff:

Oh yeah, rice! I knew I was forgetting one of them
Avatar 1:11pm geezerette:

thought this was yoko oh no on a good day. :)
Avatar 1:15pm geezerette:

( Carmen Tejada I meant.)
  1:15pm jan:

Pretty song: Five and Thirty.
Avatar 1:16pm geezerette:

Rice pudding is good!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:18pm Cliff:

LOVE rice pudding
Avatar 1:18pm geezerette:

Also risotto. Mochis. Rice crackers...
Avatar 1:19pm geezerette:

Rice wine. Rice vinegar.
Is sesame oil OK?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:20pm Cliff:

Yes risotto and rice crackers. They often sneak gluten into mochi though. Gotta read those labels
Avatar 1:21pm geezerette:

Paella! Yum.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:22pm Cliff:

Paella!!
Avatar 1:22pm geezerette:

:D !!!
  1:23pm βrian:

Kheer, baby. With piles of cardamom.
Avatar 1:23pm geezerette:

Yum!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:24pm Cliff:

Errrmm.....why would sesame oil be a problem? The RN told me nuts & seeds are generally ok.

Oh man, I think there useta be a good Indian restaurant in town, gotta check if it's still around
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:24pm Mike East:

Ive got some arroz con pollo for lunch...wish it had some seafood in it, but I didn't have time...or money for it.
Good afternoon, Charlie and nothing doers!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:25pm Parq:

Happy birthday, Moondog. I enthusiastically second Irwin's endorsement of this book. I won it asn a MC prize in a past marathon, and it was an amiable companion for much of my summer of 2011.
www.goodreads.com...
Avatar 1:25pm geezerette:

Biryana.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:26pm Charlie:

Hi Mike East
Parq -- that book looks good!
on the rice theme: Congee!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:26pm Jeff Golick:

Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.
Avatar 1:26pm geezerette:

:)!
  1:26pm rf:

delightful
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:27pm Cliff:

Pilaf! I used to know someone on Second Life who logged in from the middle of Siberia, she gave me a pilaf recipe that I gotta try one of these days
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:27pm Charlie:

Hi Jeff! Sonny Simmons has made you materialize!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:28pm Jeff Golick:

Oh, I've been here. Roxy was the drug what done it first.
The original album for Simmons has a great cover: www.discogs.com...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:29pm Cliff:

That gal was always kvetching about how cold it was outside, but otherwise she was cool.
Avatar 1:30pm geezerette:

The viking of 6th ave. + Positively 4th st.

Right, rice Pilaf! Tons of good food you can eat!
  1:31pm βrian:

Gomez Addams is kissing your arm, Charlie.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:31pm Charlie:

Jeff -- love that cover!
ßrian -- "I love it when you speak French!"
Avatar 1:31pm geezerette:

Jeff what a great photo. Nice link.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:40pm listener james from westwood:

Ah, I know that M:I music!
::carefully cuts blue wire::
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:41pm Cliff:

Mission Impossible music is good inspiration for gettin' this computer fixed up back together Charlie, thanks ;)
  1:41pm jan:

Ah Cinnamon and Barney and Mr Phelps. This show will self destruct in 19 minutes
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:41pm Carmichael:

"Good morning Mr. Phelps ..."
  1:42pm Listening Out There:

"Your job, should you choose to accept it..."
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:44pm Cliff:

We heard Joey Ramone?! How did I miss that??
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:45pm Cliff:

They used to show M:I reruns on the local PBS station Saturday nights, good stuff
  1:46pm Listening Out There:

Moondog and Miles Davis have the same birthday, BTW...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:47pm Charlie:

Happy birthday, Miles!
Avatar 1:48pm geezerette:

Two kinds of cool. :)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:49pm Cliff:

geeezerette - you mean my Siberian ladyfriend?
Avatar 1:51pm geezerette:

haha! Don't know her! Sounds like a Gemini.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:51pm Cliff:

In my mind, I picture her looking like Olga Podluzhnaya. vk.com...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:52pm Cliff:

Oh ok, I thought you were pointing out my unintentional pun about her being cool even though it was always cold outside.
Avatar 1:55pm geezerette:

Meant Moondog & Miles but your girlfriend's imaginary aspect is impressive.
You're a brave man Cliff!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:56pm Parq:

In any event, I think we can all agree that "My Siberian Ladyfriend" would be a good name for a band.
Avatar 1:56pm ndbob:

excellent show Charlie!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:57pm Cliff:

That's nothing! You should hear her play her jaw's harp! www.youtube.com...

Thanks fer the show today Charlie!
Avatar 1:58pm geezerette:

Love your taste Charlie,great show.
  1:59pm βrian:

Pad Thai and good bye. Thanks, Charlie
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:59pm Michael:

Well done Charlie as always. Much appreciated!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:59pm listener james from westwood:

I'd never heard that monologue of his; thanks for playing that, and for this whole delightful show!
Avatar 2:00pm geezerette:

Wow Cliff! Looks like trouble to me! :)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:00pm Cliff:

Whooaaaa another Julie fill-in!!!!
  2:00pm Listening Out There:

Thanks, Charlie! Will catch what I missed from El Archive...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:00pm doctorjazz:

fun show, time now to do SOMETHING again!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:01pm Charlie:

Thanks all! See you next time I see you.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:01pm Cliff:

geeezerette, I so want her to come kidnap me in the middle of the night on horseback and carry me away to Yakutsk. *swooooon*
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