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Playlist for 22 December 2016 Options | Forecast

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Artist Song Album Label Images Approx. start time
Piero Piccioni  Tema del Principe Rodrigo (from C'era Una Volta)   Options The Seduction of Piero Piccioni  Cherry Red     
Misty Roses  Clouded Sulphur   Options Villainess  Frog Man Jake    0:01:51 (Pop‑up)
Scott Walker  It's Raining Today   Options It's Raining Today: The Scott Walker Story (1967-70)  Razor & Tie    0:04:48 (Pop‑up)
Marshall Crenshaw  You Said What?   Options #447  Razor & Tie    0:08:44 (Pop‑up)
Skeeter Davis  Raining in My Heart   Options Sings Buddy Holly  RCA Victor 
0:11:53 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
Bunny Kick   Options Uh-oh!  Asphodel    0:14:39 (Pop‑up)
Fred Astaire (singing and dancing) & Ginger Rogers (dancing only)  Isn't This a Lovely Day (To Be Caught in the Rain?) (from Top Hat)   Options Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers at RKO  Turner Classic Movies/Rhino    0:18:22 (Pop‑up)
Scott Bradlee & Postmodern Jukebox  Umbrella, featuring Casey Abrams and The Sole Sisters   Options Top Hat on Fleek  self-released    0:22:41 (Pop‑up)
Rihanna, featuring Jay Z  Umbrella   Options Good Girl Gone Bad  Def Jam    0:25:39 (Pop‑up)
Camper Van Beethoven  The Poppies of Balmorhea   Options New Roman Times  Pitch-a-Tent    0:29:54 (Pop‑up)
The Kills  Dreams   Options Just Tell Me That You Want Me - A Tribute To Fleetwood Mac (various artists)  Hear Music 
0:33:14 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
Las Comadrejas 
Oaxacatelas   Options We Are Ugly, But We Have the Music  Comad    0:38:02 (Pop‑up)
Wreckless Eric  I Wish It Would Rain   Options The Wonderful World Of Wreckless Eric  Stiff    0:42:13 (Pop‑up)
10,000 Maniacs  Like the Weather   Options In My Tribe  Elektra    0:45:50 (Pop‑up)
Edna St. Vincent Millay  Recuerdo   Options In Their Own Voices: A Century of Recorded Poetry (various artists)  Rhino Word Beat    0:49:48 (Pop‑up)
Rotary Connection  Didn't Want to Have to Do It   Options Rotary Connection  Chess 
0:51:10 (Pop‑up)
1000lemmi + Biga  Per Fare   Options Spazionauta EP  Fresh Yo    0:54:15 (Pop‑up)
Wing  Rainy Days and Mondays   Options Wing Sings the Carpenters  Wing Music    0:57:39 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
World Standard 
The Lonely Driver 1952   Options Country Gazette  Asphodel    1:01:25 (Pop‑up)
Paolo Conte  Gli Impermeabili   Options Best of Paolo Conte  Nonesuch    1:05:49 (Pop‑up)
Woody Allen  European Trip   Options Standup Comic  Rhino (reissue)    1:09:39 (Pop‑up)
Tom Waits  Emotional Weather Report   Options Nighthawks at the Diner  Asylum 
1:15:14 (Pop‑up)
Raymond Scott  New Year's Eve in a Haunted House   Options Reckless Nights & Turkish Twilights  Columbia/Legacy    1:18:57 (Pop‑up)
Tiny Tim  Pennies From Heaven (intro)   Options Tip-Toe Thru the Tulips  Bear Family    1:21:10 (Pop‑up)
Louis Armstrong  Pennies From Heaven   Options       1:21:47 (Pop‑up)
South Philadelphia String Band  Let a Smile Be Your Umbrella   Options YouTube video      1:23:02 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
Raymond Scott 
Tempo Block   Options Soothing Sounds for Baby  Basta    1:26:00 (Pop‑up)
Mark-Almond  Organ Grinder   Options Rising  Columbia 
1:31:01 (Pop‑up)
The Watersons  Wassail Song   Options Frost and Fire: A Calendar of Ritual and Magical Songs  Topic    1:33:19 (Pop‑up)
Marilyn Monroe  After You Get What You Want, You Don't Want It   Options Irving Berlin in Hollywood (various artists)  Rhino    1:36:18 (Pop‑up)
XTC  1000 Umbrellas   Options Skylarking  Virgin    1:40:04 (Pop‑up)
Shelleyan Orphan  Shatter   Options Century Flower  Rough Trade    1:43:55 (Pop‑up)
Clifford Brown & Max Roach  Daahoud   Options Clifford Brown & Max Roach  EmArcy/Mercury    1:46:47 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
Jerry Goldsmith 
New York Skyline (from Our Man Flint)   Options In Like Flint/Our Man Flint (soundtrack)  Varèse Sarabande    1:50:57 (Pop‑up)
Sarah Jarosz  Come Around   Options Follow Me Down  Sugar Hill 
1:53:42 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
Johnny Beecher 
Sax Fifth Avenue   Options 45 played at 33  Warner Bros.    1:57:23 (Pop‑up)

Listener comments!

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

Happy Festivus Eve, Charlie and all! Whet your grievances to a fine edge!
Avatar 12:00pm βrian:

Boo, from the balmy isthmus.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:03pm Michael:

Afternoon Charlie. Quite cloudy here – must be snow up your way.
Avatar 12:03pm βrian:

This has that movie-music sound. Is it so?
Avatar 12:04pm Brian in UK:

Hello from the barmy UK. Well, "I did not vote for them" is not a good enough excuse anymore.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:05pm Passaic River Blues:

This is damn good.
Avatar 12:06pm βrian:

In the made-for-TV Christmas special in my mind, there is a scallop tempura food cart just outside of my office ...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:07pm Webhamster Henry:

I was wondering if Mr. Walker would show up for this Weathercast.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:07pm listener james from westwood:

Ahh, Scott.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:08pm Charlie:

Well, hey there, James, ßrian, Michael, Brian in UK, Passaic River Blues, Henry! Happy solstice:)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:08pm Jeff Golick:

Love those photos, Charlie, but nothing will top that Stevie Nicks item in your email. Umbrellas up, everyone. Hello.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:08pm Charlie:

It ain't weather without Scott!
Avatar 12:08pm βrian:

"Not all Scott Walkers are evil. Not all Scott Walkers are evil. Not all Scott Walkers are evil..."
Avatar 12:09pm northguineahills:

@βrian: That shouldn't be as funny as I thought it was....
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:09pm doctorjazz:

Hi all! Too much of nothing (not really)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:14pm Charlie:

Hey there Jeff G, NGH, and doctorjazz -- wot's up?!
Avatar 12:16pm Dominick:

Skeeter singing Buddy = perfect!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:19pm Carmichael:

I love a woman named Skeeter! Heya Charlie and rainees.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:20pm annie:

well, well, well....daogs have been exercised, dragon has been watered, wine in the cup, dishes put away. this pet-sitting is hard!
Avatar 12:20pm ndbob:

afternoon Charlie and everyone!
  12:20pm Steve Krinsky:

HI CHARLIE: I'm listening at station; filling in for Fiveash today.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:23pm Parq:

If listening to Fred and Ginger is like kissing in the mail, then pucker up.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:23pm Lewis:

Just ordered a Bear Family collection of the Davis Sisters... Post holiday fun I expect.
  12:23pm Asher Susswein:

Been awhile, Charlie. Enjoying today's selections!
  12:24pm testingwithfire:

I was going to make a bandwagon joke, but wrong movie. Happy winter, Charlie and company!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:25pm doctorjazz:

WHAT A GREAT VERSION OF UMBRELLA!!! (love All Time Low's version as well).
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:26pm Charlie:

Howdy, Dominick, Carmichael, annie, bob, Steve Krinsky, Parq, Lewis!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:26pm Webhamster Henry:

I enjoy Scott Bradlee and his various projects.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:28pm Charlie:

Henry -- I like PMJ -- what are his other projects?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:29pm Charlie:

Asher -- a blast from de past!
hi testingwithfire:)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:30pm Charlie:

the video for the cover of Umbrella is worth watching: www.youtube.com...
Avatar 12:30pm Brian in UK:

Just got a copy on Lemonade out of the library. She is mad as a mad thing. Is there someone else?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:31pm Webhamster Henry:

Well, Puddles plays with him: www.puddlespityparty.com
And he Saturday Morning Slow Jams are great! itunes.apple.com...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:33pm Charlie:

will check, Henry, thanks
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:34pm Webhamster Henry:

Check out especially the PowerPuff girls! www.youtube.com...
Avatar 12:36pm Dominick:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:38pm Parq:

The Kills singer mumbles much less than La Nicks. I never understood all of the lyrics before.
  12:47pm jan:

Hi Charlie, sorry for being 15 minutes late. It won't happen again if I can help it.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:48pm listener james from westwood:

w00t! 10,000 Maniacs!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:48pm Charlie:

hey jan -- next time, you'll have to go to the principal's office and get a late pass first;)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:48pm listener james from westwood:

(37,824 Maniacs adjusted for inflation)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:49pm Carmichael:

That's a lot of maniacs ...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:49pm Charlie:

james -- today you can only get 6,847 maniacs for 1980s prices;)
Avatar 12:50pm Dominick:

But the mania is a lot stronger these days
Avatar 12:50pm still b/p:

In the five-second weather tease an hour before the news and weathercast, Stevie said,
"All your life you've never seen
Woman taken by the wind."
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:54pm Charlie:

Dominick -- good point
yes still b/p -- Stevie has lots of weather references
Avatar 12:55pm ndbob:

I don;t think I've heard this version before - very nice
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:57pm Charlie:

bob -- lotsa good covers (and originals) on that album -- produced by Charles Stepney
Avatar 1:00pm northguineahills:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:00pm annie:

ha! i thought it was Mrs. Miller
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:02pm Carmichael:

Hey Charlie, do you have any William Hung rain songs?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:09pm Charlie:

Carmichael -- no I don't
annie -- I like Mrs Miller too, but Wing's pitch is much better, and her vibrato narrower:)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:10pm Webhamster Henry:

Mrs. Miller's Whistle trick : an ice cube.
Avatar 1:12pm geezerette:

Woody!!!! :D
Avatar 1:15pm geezerette:

Hi Charlie, rain men & women!
Raining in LA!
Trees are singin'.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:16pm Charlie:

hey, geezerette! glad to hear it's raining in LA!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:17pm Carmichael:

Supposed to rain and snow up here in Northern California tomorrow!
Avatar 1:17pm Roberto:

Heading to L.A. tomorrow night. Good thing they're getting all the rain out of the way now.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:18pm doctorjazz:

Waits in his jazz days. Great album.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:18pm Charlie:

Carmichael -- nice! We had snow here this morning, but that's not unusual...
Avatar 1:21pm βrian:

Great Scott!
Avatar 1:21pm geezerette:

Carm,it's actually exciting, the plants look so much better instantly.
There might be snow in the high desert too.

Roberto, the city's gonna look beautiful for you.
Avatar 1:23pm geezerette:

lLove Raymond Scott. Cartoons in our heads. :)
Avatar 1:25pm geezerette:

Avatar 1:25pm Dominick:

very nice
Avatar 1:26pm Monica:

sassy segue, chaz! love it!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:27pm Webhamster Henry:

I used to do a piano roll medley of Singin' In The Rain, Let A Smile Be Your Umbrella, Button Up your Overcoat.
Avatar 1:30pm geezerette:

Webhamster Henry, have you heard the Helen Kane,"Overcoat" ?
  1:31pm Listening Out There:

The rain dance worked. It's now raining here in this fair city on the west coast...
  1:32pm Listening Out There:

Hey, Monica...you doin' any fill ins around the holiday? Would be great to hear your show again...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:33pm Charlie:

Hey, Monica! Nice to see ya:)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:34pm Charlie:

I bring the rain, LOT, lol...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:46pm Webhamster Henry:

@Geezerette I think I have! And here she is: www.youtube.com...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:49pm doctorjazz:

Brown/Roach! Great stuff!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:50pm Charlie:

that's why they call you doctorjazz...
Avatar 1:51pm ndbob:

excellent show Charlie!
  1:54pm Asher Susswein:

Just like to second doctorjazz's comment
Avatar 1:57pm geezerette:

So much fun,Charlie!
Avatar 1:58pm northguineahills:

Thanks Charlie!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:59pm Charlie:

thanks everyone! Stay tuned for Steve Krinsky!!!! see you next week:)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:59pm listener james from westwood:

Thanks, Charlie! Have a delightful holiday!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:01pm Michael:

Busy like an overworked elf but enjoyed the show – happy holidays to you and Mrs. BDN
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