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 29 September 2016 Options | Before an immense sky

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  Once the realization is accepted that even between the closest people infinite distances exist, a marvelous living side-by-side can grow up for them, if they succeed in loving the expanse between them, which gives them the possibility of always seeing each other as a whole and before an immense sky. -- Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet
DJ Shadow  Transmission 3   Options Endtroducing  MoWax     
De La Soul  Royalty Capes   Options and the Anonymous Nobody  A.O.I. Records 
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Mimi (Goese)  Piece of Cake   Options Soak  Luaka Bop    0:04:27 (Pop‑up)
Buffalo Daughter  I   Options I  Emperor Norton    0:09:14 (Pop‑up)
Fountains of Wayne  Sick Day   Options Fountains of Wayne  Tag/Atlantic    0:12:34 (Pop‑up)
Hoven Droven  Syen (Psychic)   Options Hippa  NorthSide    0:16:51 (Pop‑up)
The Flaming Lips  Waitin' for a Superman   Options The Soft Bulletin  Warner Bros.    0:20:35 (Pop‑up)
 
Music behind DJ:
Tipsy 
Bunny Kick   Options Uh-oh!  Asphodel    0:24:48 (Pop‑up)
Billy Bragg & Wilco  Airline to Heaven   Options Mermaid Avenue Vol. II  Elektra    0:31:30 (Pop‑up)
LB  Sunshine Superman   Options Pop Artificielle  Shadow 
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Charlie Parker  Scrapple From the Apple   Options Yardbird Suite: The Ultimate Collection  Rhino    0:39:26 (Pop‑up)
Wendy Mae Chambers  New York, New York   Options Gravikords, Whirlies, and Pyrophones (Experimental Musical Instruments)  Ellipsis Arts    0:42:28 (Pop‑up)
unknown karaoke singers  New York, New York   Options Audio Kitchen Leftovers: Hairy Eggs 2 (compiled by the Professor)  The Professor    0:43:48 (Pop‑up)
Rita Lee  Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds   Options Aqui, Ali, Em Qualquer Lugar  Abril Music    0:46:31 (Pop‑up)
 
Music behind DJ:
Jerry Goldsmith 
New York Skyline   Options In Like Flint/Our Man Flint (soundtrack)  Varèse Sarabande    0:50:40 (Pop‑up)
Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five  New York New York   Options Message From the Street: The Best of  Rhino    0:55:14 (Pop‑up)
Simon & Garfunkel  Save the Life of My Child   Options Bookends  Columbia 
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The Moldy Peaches  NYC's Like a Graveyard   Options The Moldy Peaches  Moldy Peaches; Rough Trade    1:05:04 (Pop‑up)
Peter Stampfel & the Bottlecaps  Bridge and Tunnel Girls   Options The People's Republic of Rock n' Roll  Homestead    1:08:13 (Pop‑up)
Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers  Lonely Financial Zone   Options Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers  Beserkley    1:12:38 (Pop‑up)
 
Music behind DJ:
George M. Smith 
Strollin' Thru Manhattan   Options Guitar Rarities Vol 1 (various artists)  International Association of Jazz Record Collectors    1:15:40 (Pop‑up)
Jorge Mautner  Sheridan Square   Options Para Iluminar a Cidade  Pirata/Polygram    1:20:45 (Pop‑up)
Leadbelly  New York City   Options       1:25:08 (Pop‑up)
unknown  Juke Box Translation   Options Nueva York: A Tape Documentary of Puerto Rican New Yorkers (compled by Tony Schwartz)  Folkways    1:27:59 (Pop‑up)
Giant Sand  Angels at Night   Options Swerve  Restless    1:31:00 (Pop‑up)
Silver Apples  Missin' You   Options Clinging to a Dream  Chickencoop 
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Herman Düne  Take Him Back to New York City   Options Giant  Source Etc    1:39:37 (Pop‑up)
 
Music behind DJ:
Piero Umiliani 
Open Space   Options To-Day's Sound  Easy Tempo    1:44:32 (Pop‑up)
Drifters  Up on the Roof   Options (collection); 7-inch single (originally)  Atlantic    1:49:15 (Pop‑up)
Dr. Feelgood and the Interns  Mister Moonlight   Options 7-inch single (originally)  Okeh    1:51:44 (Pop‑up)
Lou Reed  Goodnight Ladies   Options Transformer  RCA    1:54:16 (Pop‑up)
 
Music behind DJ:
Johnny Beecher 
Sax Fifth Avenue   Options 45 played at 33  Warner Bros.    1:58:12 (Pop‑up)
  We are a way for the universe to know itself. Some part of our being knows this is where we came from. We long to return. And we can, because the cosmos is also within us. We're made of star stuff. -- Carl Sagan

Listener comments!

Avatar 10:37am Mayuko:

That is a beautiful quote. Will tune in!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:38am Charlie:

Hi Mayuko:)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:58am listener james from westwood:

Excellent to hear a friendly voice today. How do, Charlie, Mayuko, and all!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:59am Michael:

Hiya Charlie.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:59am Michael:

Wings of Desire feel to the photo.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:59am annie:

yay! ... oh i DO love that quote.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:01pm Charlie:

Hi (again) Mayuko, Hello James, Welcome Michael, Hiho Annie!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:02pm Charlie:

That is a photo of the statue at Bethesda fountain in Central Park. Found the pic online. The photographer, Ronald Diel, would appreciate my telling you that it's his picture.
Avatar 12:02pm βrian:

Peeking in beneath the dust ruffles. Good day.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:03pm Charlie:

the sky takes note when we speak
our capes move with the wind
'cause of the wings beneath
this is royalty
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:04pm Webhamster Henry:

This picture looks a little like my band's new album cover (designed by me).
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:05pm Charlie:

Hi there, ßrian, Henry. Please do share more info as it evolves, Henry:)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:06pm doctorjazz:

Hi all!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:06pm Carmichael:

Heya Charlie and alternate streamer types.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:07pm Charlie:

hey, doctorjazz, Carmichael, welcome to the sky
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:08pm Webhamster Henry:

I'm trying not to be too self promotional - I'll just refer you-all to this month's Blast Of Hot Air.
  12:10pm testingwithfire:

Hi Charlie and fellow loungers! Now that Trouble's show is on Thursday morning, I pretty much don't move from my couch from 9 to 2, where I am supposedly working from home.
  12:11pm jan:

Buffalo Daughter, really? so different than what I'm used to.But love it. Nikol says Hi
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:13pm Charlie:

Hi testingwithfire -- hope you're getting some work done ;)
Hi Jan and Nikol!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:14pm Parq:

Oh, this FOW track. This FOW album. I met Chris Collingswood once, and had the honor of telling him that this album did a lot to make the summer of '97 great for me.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:15pm Charlie:

Hi Parq! *Love* this FOW album. Came out right around when I started doing shows at 'FMU. It's like one of the last real rock-pop albums I've really loved.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:16pm Webhamster Henry:

A good segue would be Drink Me's Saint Monday
Avatar 12:17pm ndbob:

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

Henry -- no gots!
hi ndbob! how are things at your nd?
Avatar 12:19pm ndbob:

cloudy, cool, and peaceful:)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:19pm annie:

hi ndbob!
Avatar 12:21pm ndbob:

hi annie!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:21pm annie:

@ndbob, re: the weather; i officially shut both the ceiling fan and the oscillating fan off for the season.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:22pm Webhamster Henry:

Today was my first sock day for the season.
Avatar 12:23pm ndbob:

@annie it cooled down considerably over the weekend - it got into the 90s last week
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:24pm Wendy del Formaggio:

Hi Charlie!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:25pm Uncle Michael:

Charlie just explained Trumps debate sniffery.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:26pm annie:

funny about the socks; heat accumulates in my feet, yet they get so cold. back in the day i could go sockless almost all year, even in snow. unless, well, blizzard.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:29pm annie:

i just love this photo... it IS very "wings of desire"-ish
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:30pm Uncle Michael:

Hey, Wendy...is Gjetost ever seen in the U.S.?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:31pm doctorjazz:

Love that FOW album as well, love all of them, in fact, great band.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:33pm Charlie:

Hey, Wendy! Uncle Michael!
Sock it to us!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:34pm listener james from westwood:

The train that crashed goes on the line that I can see right outside my window. Had I gone to FMU today to volunteer, as I flirted with last week before work got too big to dodge, I might have taken it. Spooky.
Avatar 12:37pm Mayuko:

been listening, but was just trying to finish this long work email and couldn't comment. Hellos again, Charlie, and everyone!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:38pm annie:

what's that book? "The Bridge of San Luis Rey?"
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:38pm Parq:

This is a way-cool version of "Superman", which was one of my first favorite songs back in its original release.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:42pm annie:

oops, a question mark inside a book title?? for shame! i'm SO fired
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:42pm Parq:

And that's why the call him the King of the Segue.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:44pm Charlie:

no grammar police on message boards...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:45pm annie:

i'll go flog myself...
  12:45pm Listening Out There:

Good leftovers...
Avatar 12:45pm Sem Chumbo:

Delicious.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:46pm listener james from westwood:

Ah, Audio Kitchen. Tell it like it is, Professor....
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:47pm Carmichael:

I beg to differ, Charlie. Apparently you've never been to Irwin's board ...
Avatar 12:47pm ndbob:

I loved Audio Kitchen
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:48pm Charlie:

Carmichael -- but the grammar police are never anything but self-appointed: vigilante grammar justice.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:48pm listener james from westwood:

ndbob, it was so perfect on my commutes, which were just about an hour long.
Avatar 12:48pm Brian in UK:

"Understand and judge not" Georges Simenon.

What Ho, Charlie.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:48pm Charlie:

Bob -- me too! What amazing stuff the Professor found.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:49pm Charlie:

Hi Brian in UK, good evening to you!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:49pm listener james from westwood:

Take it from a copy editor: Grammar police are jerks.
Avatar 12:49pm Brian in UK:

Got a cat trying to tap dance on the keyboard.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:50pm Carmichael:

Agreed, Charlie. And they're more nerdy over there, as opposed to being overlordy.
Avatar 12:51pm Brian in UK:

@james on a quick glance I read Grammar as Granma. What's she been up to now.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:52pm annie:

well, i like to hold myself to a standard.. correcting someone in a relaxed medium is just rude.
Avatar 12:53pm βrian:

Are y'all picking on Mary Norris?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:54pm listener james from westwood:

@Brian: Depending on which of my grams you're talking about, either saying something regrettable or asking you what you're drinking. You can tell which one I miss more.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:55pm listener james from westwood:

Met Mary Norris at a copy editors' conference last month. She has the absolute best cackle. And she dishes on New Yorker authors at her Q&As.
Avatar 12:57pm Brian in UK:

@james loving 'cackle'.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:57pm listener james from westwood:

@annie: that's exactly right and exactly why I don't do it. Plus: If these self-appointed grammar nits were any good, they wouldn't be engaging in message-board pecksniffery—they'd be doing it for money.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:58pm listener james from westwood:

@Brian: Hers was the dictionary definition of same. Adds years to your life to hear it.
Avatar 12:58pm βrian:

The OED says that "glamour" is just a corruption of "grammar."
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:58pm Charlie:

Granma police!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:58pm Wendy del Formaggio:

I'm so glad I put the headphones back in in time for Grandmaster Flash! (I'm at work, so I'm only listening intermittently.)
Avatar 12:59pm geezerette:

Yo! Cholly!
Hullo peeepul!
(this greeting dedicated to L James FWW :)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:00pm listener james from westwood:

Someone in the Q&A—another copy editor, yet—told her she and the NYer should abandon its old-style spelling and diaeresis. She paused strategically, then very kindly dismantled him. (It's always a "him.")
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:00pm Parq:

Grandma police?
www.truecrimereport.com...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:01pm listener james from westwood:

Thanks for the dedication, geezerette! Good Thursday to you as well!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:01pm Charlie:

Grammar is just in my DNA. I read everything with a mental correction pencil. Some people don't see grammar, and that's OK too. But it can make us checkers seem snotty sometimes...
Avatar 1:02pm geezerette:

thnx! :D
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:02pm annie:

that word, "cackle": such a great word.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:02pm Charlie:

And hi hello to geezerette!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:03pm Charlie:

I love John McPhee's articles about his copy editors at the New Yorker and what he learned from them.
Avatar 1:03pm geezerette:

:) !
Avatar 1:06pm βrian:

I was just reading a journalist's account, written in the late 30s, that had such spellings as "gaol," "coöperate" and "to-day" Interesting to see how things evolve. @LJames: what did Mary say about the diaeresis? Just a matter of clarity?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:06pm Wendy del Formaggio:

Hahahaha, Moldy Peaches! I haven't thought about them for awhile, even though I kinda love them.
Avatar 1:07pm βrian:

I appreciate the fact that John McPhee could write about, say, dust bunnies in a way that's interesting and compelling.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:08pm listener james from westwood:

βrian: Largely that it was their beloved quirk. There's a chance she's written on this, besides in her book; let me check...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:09pm listener james from westwood:

Ah! Enjoy: The Curse of the Diaeresis www.newyorker.com...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:09pm doctorjazz:

Great Stamfel! He know his music!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:10pm Charlie:

I'll have to look into Mary Norris...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:11pm doctorjazz:

Surfin' Stamfel.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:14pm Carmichael:

I love The Bottlecaps. Beer Cans on the Moon is my favorite album.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:15pm annie:

now and then the head writer for this website i work for just rushes through an article, full of errors and punctuation oversights. ... she has given me permission to go back in and correct them. i guess we all have our talents, she writes i edit.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:15pm Jeff Golick:

McPhee just had a welcome return to the pages of the NYer: www.newyorker.com...

Hi, Charlie, hello, all present!john mcphee
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:16pm Jeff Golick:

(Heh. You can mentally delete that weird addition of "john mcphee" to the end of my comment.)
Avatar 1:16pm ndbob:

heya Jeff!
Avatar 1:22pm geezerette:

L James,funny piece! I have a small collection of copies of "Elements of Style". Reading on the net has shot my grammar and spelling all to hell.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:23pm Doug Schulkind:

Loving this Mautner. Hi Charlie and all nothingdoers!
Avatar 1:23pm βrian:

Soylent Green is tasty people!
Avatar 1:23pm Brian in UK:

Marvellous show, Charlie. Got to head orf to the kitchen. Chin chin.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:23pm Charlie:

Hey Jeff! Will check that article later:)
Avatar 1:25pm Brian in UK:

Hello & go, Doug.
Avatar 1:28pm geezerette:

@Jeff G.: Just read the first few paragraphs of the John McPhee article you posted. It's like a satirical tribute to Roger Angell!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:30pm Jeff Golick:

Spoken like a long-time New Yorker reader, @geezerette.

This translation is amazing.
Avatar 1:32pm geezerette:

"Nueva York" is hilarious!

@Jeff: Best art magazine in America!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:32pm Charlie:

Hi Doug!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:33pm Doug Schulkind:

@geezette
When I was in Maine this summer, I picked up an autographed copy of Roger Angel's latest collection. It was for sale at the Blue Hill bookshop, just down the road from Angel's long-time summer residence in Brooklin, Maine. Angel is one of my great heroes.

As are you, Charlie.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:33pm Charlie:

(tried to say hi a few minutes ago, but my comments froze for a minute -- does that happen to anyone else?)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:33pm Jeff Golick:

I think the combined age of Angell and McPhee is like e to the 10th power or something.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:35pm Doug Schulkind:

John McPhee and Joe McPhee. I would pay to hear that duet.
Avatar 1:35pm βrian:

When I put on my reading glasses, "herpes" turned into "heroes."
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:38pm Charlie:

Right back at you, Doug! (DJ comments-reading-response lag time)
Avatar 1:39pm geezerette:

@Doug:Mine too!

@Charlie, That's happened to me several times.

@Jeff, more proof that doing what you love is good for your health!
Avatar 1:42pm geezerette:

@Doug, I still miss Brendan Gill!
Avatar 1:46pm βrian:

@LJames: thanks for the Mary link.
Avatar 1:47pm Sem Chumbo:

Before The New Yorker put a padlock on its digital archives---it was possible to bypass the home page with a deep link--- I'd spend hours there. It was my John Cheever phase, there was plenty to read.
Avatar 1:50pm geezerette:

@Sem: Yes, the archives are wonderful,and I had a Cheever phase too. :)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:51pm listener james from westwood:

This song always reminds me of my mom's parents' five-story walkup in the Castle Hill section of the Bronx. Quite a view from its roof. You could see the screen of a distant drive-in theater from it.
Avatar 1:51pm ndbob:

excellent show Charlie!
Avatar 1:52pm geezerette:

Great show Charlie!
Great comments,commenters!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:53pm Michael:

One of my favorite stories in the New Yorker was Calvin Trillin's tale of the Tic Tac Toe playing chicken in Chinatown.
Avatar 1:54pm βrian:

What's the proper pairing for a Cheever novel?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:55pm annie:

wow.... i haven't heard this in ages!
Avatar 1:55pm geezerette:

@Michael:haha! :D That was a good one!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:56pm listener james from westwood:

Many thanks, Charlie and all!!
Avatar 1:56pm Sem Chumbo:

Gin, I think, because
"The Sorrows of Gin" seems to have been written from first hand knowledge.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:56pm annie:

:)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:57pm Charlie:

Thanks everyone for hanging out here with me today! As always, you've been agreat crowd. Stay tuned for Matt. See you next time...
Avatar 1:57pm Sem Chumbo:

Thanks, Charlie. Be seeing you, and all, again, the fates willing.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:57pm Jeff Golick:

"First thing every morning when I sit down to eat, I get in my breakfast's face." - Ian Frazier's Shouts & Murmurs NYer piece that made me laugh like a loon.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:58pm Jeff Golick:

Thanks, Charlie!
Avatar 1:59pm βrian:

I expect to hear ice tinkling in glasses when I hear this Johnny Beecher.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:00pm Michael:

Thanks a bunch Charlie!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:00pm Webhamster Henry:

"Gents" heh. Hear you next week, Charlie!
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