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 January 2017 Options | Inchoate incantations

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Artist Song Album Label Approx. start time
Donna Regina  Blue Echo   Options A Quiet Week in the House  Karaoke Kalk   
Kahimi Karie  The Harder They Come   Options k.k.k.k.k.k.  Le Grand Magistery  0:02:05 (Pop‑up)
Trio  Tutti Frutti   Options Trio and Error  Mercury  0:06:23 (Pop‑up)
Eric Donaldson  Cherry Oh Baby   Options The Harder They Come (soundtrack, reissue)  Island  0:08:16 (Pop‑up)
Teddy Bears  Cobrastyle feat. Mad Cobra   Options 12-inch single  Atlantic/Big Beat  0:11:13 (Pop‑up)
Love Child  He's So Sensitive   Options Okay?  Homestead  0:14:12 (Pop‑up)
France Gall  Laisse tomber les filles   Options Lounge Legends series  Polydor  0:15:40 (Pop‑up)
 
Music behind DJ:
Tipsy 
Bunny Kick   Options Uh-oh!  Asphodel  0:18:40 (Pop‑up)
Allen Ginsberg  Complaint of the Skeleton to Time   Options The Lion for Real  Island  0:22:47 (Pop‑up)
Johnny Beecher (aka Plas Johnson)  Jack Sax the City   Options 7-inch single  Warner Bros.  0:25:42 (Pop‑up)
The Fiery Furnaces  Straight Street   Options Blueberry Boat  Rough Trade  0:28:45 (Pop‑up)
Gelbart  Spacetime Reverie   Options Preemptive Musical Offerings to Satisfy Our Future Masters  Gagarin  0:33:47 (Pop‑up)
Nellie McKay  Not So Sweet Martha Lorraine   Options My Weekly Reader  429 Records  0:36:20 (Pop‑up)
Eno/Cale  Lay My Love   Options Wrong Way Up  Opal/Warner Bros.  0:41:14 (Pop‑up)
 
Music behind DJ:
Raymond Scott 
Tempo Block   Options Soothing Sounds for Baby  Basta  0:46:17 (Pop‑up)
De Danaan  Carolan's Draught   Options Selected Jigs, Reels & Songs  Shanachie  0:50:52 (Pop‑up)
John Kirby Orchestra  Raggle Taggle Gypsies (Maxine Sullivan, vocal)   Options Loch Lomond  Circle  0:53:24 (Pop‑up)
Cate Le Bon  Love Is Not Love   Options Crab Day  Drag City  0:55:52 (Pop‑up)
Barbara Mason  Yes I'm Ready   Options 7-inch single  Arctic  0:58:56 (Pop‑up)
Guess Who  A Wednesday in Your Garden   Options Wheatfield Soul  RCA  1:01:57 (Pop‑up)
Wyatt/ Atzmon/ Stephen  What a Wonderful World   Options For The Ghosts Within  Domino  1:05:15 (Pop‑up)
 
Music behind DJ:
Las Comadrejas 
Oaxacatelas   Options We Are Ugly, But We Have the Music  Comad  1:11:04 (Pop‑up)
Shelleyan Orphan  Buzzin' Fly   Options Sing A Song For You (Tim Buckley Tribute) (various artists)  Manifesto  1:15:01 (Pop‑up)
Johnny Cash  That Lucky Old Sun   Options American III: Solitary Man  American Recordings  1:20:30 (Pop‑up)
Los Lobos  Buddy Ebsen Loves the Night Time   Options Colossal Head  Warner Bros.  1:23:10 (Pop‑up)
David Sedaris  The Cat and the Baboon (read by Elaine Stritch)   Options Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk  Hachette/Little, Brown  1:26:01 (Pop‑up)
Rosemary Clooney & Perez Prado  Watermelon Heart   Options A Touch of Tabasco  RCA  1:31:07 (Pop‑up)
 
Music behind DJ:
Brave Combo 
Watermelon Heart   Options Musical Varieties  Rounder  1:33:59 (Pop‑up)
Dufus  Freedom   Options Ball of Design  Roir  1:38:11 (Pop‑up)
Thomas Mapfumo and the Blacks Unlimited  Emma   Options Ndangariro  Hannibal/Carthage  1:44:40 (Pop‑up)
Danielle Denin  Je Lis Dans Tes Yeux (I'm Looking Through You)   Options Michel (EP)  Philips  1:51:55 (Pop‑up)
Tucker Zimmerman  Keep That Fire Burning   Options Tucker Zimmerman  self-released  1:54:20 (Pop‑up)
 
Music behind DJ:
Johnny Beecher (aka Plas Johnson) 
Sax Fifth Avenue   Options 45 played at 33  Warner Bros.  1:58:00 (Pop‑up)

Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:37am Charlie:

Welcome.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:48am annie:

hi charlie... ! i know i'm early, i'm multi-tasking and want to remember to listen in.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:50am Charlie:

thank you annie -- please set a timer for me too;)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:57am annie:

hehe, sure ... i'll poke you when it's time
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:59am Parq:

< sneaks in, pours coffee, finds seat in back, sips coffee, exhales deeply, mutters to self >
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:00pm Michael:

Charlie! Annie! Parq! Happy Day Before, you know...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:01pm annie:

morning parq!!!hey charlie, it's time!! hi michael!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:02pm Charlie:

Hi annie, Parq, Michael! Thanks for the wake-up call, Annie;)
Avatar 12:02pm βrian:

The cat drug me in, very gently. Good day, all.
Avatar 12:04pm βrian:

No Listener James today?
  12:07pm sugarwolf:

Hello! I am busy doing something :(
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:08pm Charlie:

Hi ßrian -- look whut the cat drug in:)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:08pm Charlie:

sugarwolf! -- thanks for saying hi:) maybe you can be listening while doing that something?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:09pm thatpatsmith:

hi Charlie
Avatar 12:10pm Wilson K:

Yes I used to rock out to this on the Lee Scratch Perry Open the Gate record... yessss
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:11pm Charlie:

well, hey, thatpat and Wilson K -- glad to see ya
  12:14pm βrian:

Same "Trio" who did "Let me in, let me out"?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:17pm Charlie:

ßrian -- yes, same album -- great album! also "Da Da Da" same album
Avatar 12:20pm βrian:

I had a co-worker whom I could make do *anything* if I promised not to sing that "Anna" song.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:24pm Charlie:

haha! letmeinletmeout:)
Avatar 12:25pm Wilson K:

Hard left... love it
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:26pm Uncle Michael:

How's everyone enjoying the last day in America?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:28pm Charlie:

Hi Uncle Michael -- so far so good -- how's by you?
  12:28pm Listening Out There:

I'm reading Robbie Robertson's book, and he describes how members of The Band routinely ducked Allen Ginsburg when he's show up at Big Pink (house of important recordings) with his melodium.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:29pm Uncle Michael:

I'm enjoying doing all the things I might not ever be able to do again. It's great.
Avatar 12:30pm βrian:

"Moving Vans Arrive at White House to Remove All Traces of Competence, Dignity":

www.newyorker.com...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:31pm Michael:

Time to resurrect Ginsberg’s “Birdbrain” I think.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:31pm Charlie:

yes, Michael
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:39pm Uncle Michael:

Gimme an F.
  12:39pm jan:

Late to the party! Nice looking receiver on your page!
Avatar 12:41pm geezerette:

Great version! Love Ms. McKay.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:42pm Charlie:

hi jan -- thanks for saying hi:)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:43pm Michael:

Wonderful album
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:43pm Charlie:

hey, geezerette! happy thursday to you
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:43pm Charlie:

yes, Michael, love this one
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:43pm Charlie:

"I am the termite of temptation"
Avatar 12:44pm geezerette:

Oh god, filled with dread...eek, eek, eek...
Howdy Charlie and other sane people!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:44pm Charlie:

Tomorrow I will still be reading the three books I am in the middle of right now...
  12:50pm Carmichael:

Heya Charlie and fellow hand wringers. The big storm last night kicked my house's ass. No heat, no fences, trees everywhere in the streets, just got power back. I blame Trump.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:54pm Charlie:

Carmichael -- wow:( Hope you're ok. Where are you anyway?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:55pm Webhamster Henry:

I like this kind of take on an old folk tune!
  12:57pm Carmichael:

In sacramento, Charlie. Yeah, we're OK, just a pain to dig out and adjust to things.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:57pm Webhamster Henry:

I don't live too far from Big Pink, but it holds no mystic significance for me.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:58pm Charlie:

Hi Henry -- yes, me too!
Avatar 1:01pm βrian:

It's 1965 again.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:03pm Charlie:

It's always 1965 here
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:08pm Parq:

What a nice version of "Wonderful".
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:08pm Parq:

Does anyone else think Tom Waits could do a great version of "Wonderful World"?
  1:08pm Listening Out There:

Good version of What a Wonderful World. Have not heard it. Maybe better than Louis Armstrong's, maybe as good as The Ramones'.
Avatar 1:08pm βrian:

Yes, nice version. But I'm not thinking what he's thinking.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:09pm Parq:

Henry, is that in West Saugerties? My grandparents lived there (in West S, not in Big Pink).
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:10pm Charlie:

Parq -- yes, and yes
LOT (hi) -- yes, I love Louis' and Joey Ramone's versions very much too:)
Avatar 1:12pm βrian:

Wha - hah - kah - tay - las.
I'm digging it.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:13pm doctorjazz:

Sounds like Suzzie Roche pleading with Mr. Sellack.
Hi all ("give me a broom and I"ll sweep my way to heaven")
Avatar 1:13pm βrian:

"Your job, Mr Lewis, should you choose to accept it, is to get busy doing nothing."
Avatar 1:14pm geezerette:

We're ALL speechless!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:18pm Charlie:

hi doctorjazz -- you caught my reference:)
ßrian -- yes, that is the correct pronounce-e-ation
  1:20pm melinda:

Hi people
Avatar 1:24pm geezerette:

Hi melinda! How you doin'?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:25pm Charlie:

greetings, melinda -- thanks for dropping in:)
  1:26pm melinda:

I'm ok. I remembered to bring my earbuds to the coffee shop but the ambient music is drowning out FMU, will have to find another seat.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:28pm Webhamster Henry:

Yeah, Elaine Stritch!
Avatar 1:28pm geezerette:

Definitely! You can't miss this Sedaris story! :)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:28pm Uncle Michael:

When did David Sedaris start sounding exactly like Elaine Stritch?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:28pm Uncle Michael:

Oops...typed too soon!
Avatar 1:29pm geezerette:

Since he stopped sounding like Billie Holiday. :)
Avatar 1:30pm βrian:

The best we could manage was an accordionist.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:31pm Charlie:

"on a cat, it's classy" :)
Avatar 1:31pm geezerette:

heh heh...
Avatar 1:31pm Mayuko:

Just tuned in and the first thing I heard was "baboon". Glad I made it here even though very late!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:32pm Webhamster Henry:

@Parq Big Pink is sort of in "Saugerstock.", so yes, near W. Saugerties rd.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:33pm Charlie:

Hi Mayuko! Welcome to the baboon party;)
Avatar 1:34pm βrian:

Orangutans feel they're unfairly getting too much attention, these days.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:38pm Parq:

Henry, west of the Thruwau, then? My grands lived over on the other side, on the Manorville Road toward the Katterskill Falls.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:38pm Uncle Michael:

"There went your tip"
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:40pm Charlie:

Yes, Uncle Michael, good one!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:42pm Uncle Michael:

I recommend saving that teachable moment for after you've exited the cab.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:43pm Uncle Michael:

"I'm a 20% tipper, except to racist motormouths."
Avatar 1:43pm βrian:

According to our local style guide, it's "doofus." Huh.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:43pm Charlie:

Yes, good strategy, UM. And one that might come in increasinly handy...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:43pm Uncle Michael:

"Dufo, what a crazy guy."
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:44pm Charlie:

ßrian -- I always thought, "doofus" looked more, er, doofus-like.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:45pm Charlie:

doofalicious
Avatar 1:45pm βrian:

Don't get yourself an Über stalker!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:47pm Charlie:

UM -- I had to look up that Wally Cox reference -- never heard that!
Avatar 1:49pm βrian:

Wow. The voice of Underdog, even!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:50pm Uncle Michael:

The other side of the single is the great "There's a Tavern in the Town".
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:50pm doctorjazz:

Loving this Thomas Mapfumo, keeping me from getting work done (so, I'm "busy doing...")
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:53pm Uncle Michael:

Thanks for the show, Charlie.
Avatar 1:54pm βrian:

Everything sounds better in French.
Avatar 1:54pm geezerette:

dedicated to faux pres.
Thanks for nothing Charlie!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:54pm Charlie:

Uncle Michael -- have a good show tomorrow -- the world needs it!
Avatar 1:55pm βrian:

"Occupé à ne rien faire," for example.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:56pm Charlie:

d'accord:)
Avatar 1:56pm βrian:

Four minutes until lunch time!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:57pm Charlie:

Thanks for joining me today, fellow sane humans!
Avatar 1:58pm βrian:

Je crève de faim !
Thanks, Charlie.

And, yes, Thanks, Obama!
Avatar 2:00pm βrian:

I "read" in your eyes.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:00pm Michael:

Thank very much Charlie. See you next week. Hopefully. Fingers crossed.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:02pm Charlie:

oh, right, ßrian -- thanks for the correction!
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