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Favoriting July 19, 2017: Carpe the diem, baby!

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Miriam J. Sabbage, ca. 1915–1920 (LoC)

Artist Track Album Approx. start time
Lee Morgan  Yes I Can, No You Can't (edit)   Favoriting The Gigolo  0:00:00 (Pop-up)
Sumshapes  Mesh Tabbard   Favoriting Cabin Biscuits  0:03:30 (Pop-up)
Evelyn  Smoke & Mirrors (comp. Stephin Merritt)   Favoriting Teenbeat Sampler 1998  0:07:29 (Pop-up)
The Bad Plus  Seven Minute Mind   Favoriting Made Possible  0:10:48 (Pop-up)
Rufus Thomas  The Breakdown, Pt. 1   Favoriting Funkiest Man Alive  0:19:16 (Pop-up)
The Beach Boys  Lonely Days (Alternate)   Favoriting 1967 - Sunshine Tomorrow  0:22:10 (Pop-up)
The Beach Boys  Cool, Cool Water (Alterrnate)   Favoriting 1967 - Sunshine Tomorrow  0:24:06 (Pop-up)
Bent Knee  Holy Ghost   Favoriting Land Animal  0:26:16 (Pop-up)
Batpiss  Paralyzed   Favoriting Rest in Piss  0:31:28 (Pop-up)
Lennie Tristano  Supersonic   Favoriting Lennie Tristano: 1947-1951  0:34:39 (Pop-up)
Kane Strang  Summertime in Your Lounge   Favoriting Two Hearts and No Brain  0:41:22 (Pop-up)
Jean Shepherd  Peter Pain   Favoriting The Vintage Radio Shows, Vol. 1  0:43:37 (Pop-up)
Tom Chang  Djangolongo   Favoriting Tongue and Groove  0:47:54 (Pop-up)
Dave Van Ronk  Clouds (Both Sides Now)   Favoriting The Mayor of MacDougal Street: Rarities 1957-1969  0:54:34 (Pop-up)
TOM WILSON  The Music Factory (ep. 21: Harumi)   Favoriting THE MUSIC FACTORY (MGM-Verve series, 1967-68)  1:03:17 (Pop-up)
Tom Wilson  Help, I'm a Rock / Tom Wilson intro & welcome to Harumi   Favoriting    
commercial  The Velvet Underground (White Light/White Heat)   Favoriting    
Tom Wilson  Harumi interview seg 1   Favoriting    
Appletree Theatre  Lotus Flower   Favoriting Playback   
Tom Wilson  introduces Beacon Street Union track   Favoriting    
The Beacon Street Union  Four Hundred and Five   Favoriting The Eyes of the Beacon Street Union   
commercial  James Cotton Blues Band (self-titled album)   Favoriting    
Tom Wilson  Harumi interview seg 2   Favoriting    
Richie Havens  No Opportunity Necessary, No Experience Needed   Favoriting Something Else Again   
Ultimate Spinach  Baroque #1   Favoriting Ultimate Spinach   
Tom Wilson  introduces Dave Van Ronk track   Favoriting    
Dave Van Ronk  Clouds (Both Sides Now)   Favoriting Dave Van Ronk & the Hudson Dusters   
commercial  Gone with the Wind (soundtrack album)   Favoriting    
Tom Wilson  lunch break at the Music Factory (program mid-point)   Favoriting    
commercial  Sopwith Camel (debut album)   Favoriting    
Claude Hall (from Billboard)  "Love Is Blue" B-side controversy   Favoriting    
Tom Wilson  Harumi interview seg 3   Favoriting    
Harumi  Talk About It   Favoriting Harumi   
Tom Wilson  introduces next Harumi track   Favoriting    
Harumi  First Impressions   Favoriting Harumi   
commercial  Ultimate Spinach (self-titled album)   Favoriting    
Tom Wilson  Harumi interview seg 4   Favoriting    
Harumi  Twice Told Tales Of The Pomegranate Forest (excerpt)   Favoriting Harumi   
Tom Wilson  Harumi interview seg 5   Favoriting    
Harumi  Samurai Memories (excerpt)   Favoriting Harumi   
Tom Wilson & Harumi  introduce Pat Williams track   Favoriting    
Pat Williams  The Look of Love   Favoriting Shades of Today   
commercial  The Beacon Street Union (debut album)   Favoriting    
Tom Wilson  Harumi interview seg 6   Favoriting    
Tom Wilson  Outro (theme: "Help I’m a Rock") and thanks to Harumi   Favoriting    
Francisco Mela  Parasuayo   Favoriting Melao  2:05:51 (Pop-up)
Jamie K. Sims  Viennese Sonatas I (Delicately), II (Crisply), and III (Deliberately)   Favoriting Gentle Woman of a Dangerous Kind: Documentary Film Score  2:12:44 (Pop-up)
Dan Tullis & Joel Clark  Joel, Don't Worry   Favoriting The Tullis & Clark Expedition  2:20:04 (Pop-up)
Chastity Belt  Caught in a Lie   Favoriting I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone  2:23:17 (Pop-up)
Euge  Here's to You   Favoriting En Garde  2:26:46 (Pop-up)
Toby Keith  Rum is the Reason   Favoriting 35 mph Town  2:30:19 (Pop-up)
Sabu (Anthony Ferretti)  I Had the Craziest Dream   Favoriting Sabu's Cassette Letter to DK  2:33:34 (Pop-up)
Oliver Nelson Sextet  The Drive   Favoriting Screamin' the Blues  2:41:00 (Pop-up)
Eva Salina  Pijanica   Favoriting Sings Saban Bajramovic  2:45:38 (Pop-up)
The Gothic Archies  The World is a Very Scary Place   Favoriting The Tragic Treasury: Songs from a Series of Unfortunate Events  2:49:20 (Pop-up)
Weird Al  Tacky   Favoriting Mandatory Fun  2:52:01 (Pop-up)

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Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:26pm

Hello there Irwin. I wanna say thank you for the Joe Frank monologues. I't bizarre, absurd and funny.
Have a great show today man.
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 3:00pm
Alison Porchnik:

Who was Miriam J. Sabbage?
Laura L:

Poor lady probably spent a lot of time worrying about her hair, but it's the emulsion that did her in.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:04pm

Beats me. I don't recognize the mug.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:07pm
The Oscar:

Found her: www.britishpathe.com...
Avatar 3:08pm
Sem Chumbo:

The fish of the day. Steamed not fried I find the best, b aby.

Hello, Irwin, Chusidians, and Chusidian wannabes.
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 3:12pm
Alison Porchnik:

Pop quiz: X = The Bad Plus what
Mark R:

Love the power of the Bad Plus.
Avatar 3:22pm

Good call on going with the Crown Prince of Dance! His section of the Wattstax movie where he does "The Breakdown" live is classic stuff.
Avatar 3:23pm

Hi there everyone ^^ It's great to be back
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:24pm

How was your brief sojourn in the afterlife?
Avatar 3:25pm
Wild Neil:

PEACE all. Gotta install a cold air return using 10 inch ducts in the house. Maybe a 75 foot run when all done. Its HUGE.
Mark R:

Oh, but when it's done, it's gonna feel so niiiiiiice, Neil.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:26pm
The Oscar:

The craziest thing about hearing all these Beach Boys sessions and snippets is the fact that they were assembled into incredibly accessible and successful pop records. You could just as easily taken the same material and built a difficult avant-garde masterpiece.
Avatar 3:27pm
Wild Neil:

BOY they could SING! Those BEACH BOYS. WOW!
@Mark R: It will be WARMER its so COLD in the WINTER.
Avatar 3:27pm
Wild Neil:

Mark R:

OMG I'm sure. Well, sacrifices must be made. For the GOOD OF THE REST OF THE HOUSE, MAN!
Mark R:

This Bent Knee track ROCKS!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:28pm

Land Animal. Outstanding album.
Mark R:

Shame on me, I'm really not familiar with her, she's amazing. I'll definitely have to pick this one up, maestroso.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:31pm

Yeah, and I have to thank Irwin for presenting it to us. Thanks Irwin!
Mark R:

Yay Irwin!
Avatar 3:32pm

Hi there Irwin, that's right ^^ I was feeling sad, so alone with my holy ghost
Mark R:

Only Irwin would know that Lennie Tristano is the perfect follow-up to Batpiss.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:37pm

It's a gift, Mark.

wow i missed the beach boys
Avatar 3:45pm
Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

[...not quoting Python routine mentions bat piss...]
[[...you know it or don't care...]]
Avatar 3:46pm
Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...dunno this Shepherd...but he sounds like ClayPidgeon ;) ...

Is it a Joe Frank week? I've been away and lost track :)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:48pm
The Oscar:

Can anyone recommend a good starting point for Jean Shepherd? (Apart from A Christmas Story, of course)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:48pm

Shepherd totally ripped off both Clay Pigeon AND Joe Frank. Got rich off the backs of both men.
Avatar 3:48pm
Sem Chumbo:

I'm long pitchforks, myself.
Avatar 3:49pm
Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...still he's no HeartyWhite...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:49pm

"In God We Trust (All Others Pay Cash)" is an excellent place to start reading Shep.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:56pm
The Oscar:

An Irwin recommendation has yet to steer me wrong-- I'll check it out! Thanks!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:56pm
Listener Bryan (the Professor):

Wow. Almost thought this was Kurt Wagner singing "Clouds."
Avatar 3:58pm
Sem Chumbo:

DVR, heartbreaking cover.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:58pm

He sang this on one of the Tom Wilson programs, right? So, SO good
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:59pm

This is the solo version. Wilson played the electric version with the Hudson Dusters.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:00pm
Michael 98145:

Loved listening to Shep's WOR programs on a station here on the left coast.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:01pm
Michael 98145:

yes, more please!
Avatar 4:03pm

Hi Irwin. It's 'Sunny.'
Listener Robert:

Darn, I went out to barbecue with the windows closed (banking the cool air in the house) & missed Shep! Got to get the sound working again on this thing or migrate to that new laptop from Nancy to hear the archive.
Avatar 4:09pm
Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Noted: an actual *radio commercial* for 'WhiteLightWhiteHeat'.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:10pm
Michael 98145:

- hard to remember when VU was unknown -

I think I shall prepare some groovy food this evening.
Listener Robert:

Oscar, with Shep just about any starting point is as good. The "Shepherd's Pie" shows he did for NJ Public TV, for instance, are a good selection. 95% of his material (written or spoken) breaks down one of these ways:

1. Short-format comedian schtick, commentary on the contemporary scene. Not what he was best known for, but some of his best, underappreciated stuff IMO.

2. Stories of his semi-fictional shildhood, semi-fictional time in the Army, or probably-factual travels.

3. Talking about show biz or science from his perspective.

4. Unfortunately, Jew's harp, kopf spielen, & singing. Testing fan loyalty.

outta sight
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:14pm
Michael 98145:

Boss Town Sound
Listener Robert:

But of course the best experience of Shep was on stage, "in one". Still, you can also appreciate his narrations & voice-overs, or ephemera such as his shot (along with Ernie Kovacs) at succeeding Steve Allen at "Tonight". I guess they were too out-there, so they wound up with Jack Paar and then Johnny Carson.

I also convinced myself he did a silent TV walk-on as "a German shepherd".
MrSteve in NJ:

Had the pleasure of seeing Ritchie Havens live twice in small venues in early 1970's...awesome!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:22pm
The Oscar:

@Robert Had no idea about the Shepherd/Kovacs Tonight Show-- that sounds incredible! Will definitely check out the Shepherd's Pie stuff-- thanks!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:24pm
Passaic River Blues:

This is such an excellent song.

holy shit how long is this song, it's interesting
Avatar 4:26pm

I hope they Harumi's "What A Day For Me" that was the hit in my house. If they don't... Irwin, please consider my request.
Avatar 4:27pm
Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

( - as it was when it was CountryJoe&theFish's 'Masked Marauder'...)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:27pm

Various WFMU staffers (and former staffers) on Shep when he passed in 1999 (my comments are on page 2):
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:29pm
Passaic River Blues:

@Daniel: I forget the proper title but I think it's modeled as a "suite in four parts" or something like that.

I saw Ronk perform this song at Gerdes Folk City in 87 or so

wait didn't you just play Clouds by van ronk??
Avatar 4:31pm

I'm overcome by the burning desire for a shot of Tullamore Dew

Double play!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:32pm

@Cee, I drank a tanker's worth of Jameson last night. Make sure to self-modereate ...
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 4:33pm
Alison Porchnik:

What's all this about gefilte fish and tapioca?

sopwith sutrah
Avatar 4:36pm

To many, total abstinence is easier than perfect moderation.
- Saint Augustine

I thought Heavy Water was a Jon Spencer side project?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:39pm

St. Augie knew from whence.
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 4:41pm

one of my favs: Everything in moderation, including moderation. - Oscar Wilde
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 4:41pm

and good greetings to you Irwin and assembled listeners!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:43pm
Michael 98145:


This is such a good mix. Thanks.

I "dig" this Harumi album. u can stream it. I think I found out about it on another Music Factory program. Check out the song "Hurry Up Now"

I dig it as well, it's really restoring my faith in the human race, albeit the one that existed in the 60s :'(
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:50pm

"Twice Told Tales of the Pomegranate Forest" is 24 minutes long on the album. The other side of disc two is an 18-minute track. www.discogs.com...

two questions: how much maryjane were these two smokin? and who's the woman in the Ultimate Spinach ad, any idea?
*some chick?
Avatar 4:53pm
Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...when does he get J.EdgarHoover on?...

I want the Harumi record on vinyl. I WANT IT
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:57pm

The guy in the Spinach spot was NYC DJ Rosko, who will be Wilson's guest on ep. 25.
Avatar 4:57pm
Itzall Ablurr:

Dear frenchee, they had to be sailing, no doubt. "Huh-huh-huh-huh-huh"... Far out, man.

This is def one of the more stoned Wilson episodes I've heard. It's great.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:59pm

Despite his cannabis-bent laughter, I don't think Wilson partook. He was surprisingly old school, probably preferred a glass of Chivas.
Avatar 5:01pm
Itzall Ablurr:

Yeah man, a real square in sheep's clothing, but Harumi- now there was someone looking through slots.

very fun ep, thanks Irwin.
Avatar 5:06pm
Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Michael Jeffries - Hendrix's Business Manager. Claimed to be ex-MI5 (Brit CIA basically). Preferred to remain unphotograped...many tales...
Avatar 5:06pm
Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...& allegations...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:09pm

Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:15pm

Jamie K. Sims was the lead vocalist in the new wave band The Cosmopolitans. (EFD was their last drummer.)
Avatar 🎸 5:17pm
Hoboken Jack:

I dig these sonatas, yet wouldn't mind a little Evan Funk Drumming on them.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:19pm

Thanks to Marshall Crenshaw for alerting me to this Sims project.

Those Viennese Sonatas were seriously beautiful.
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 5:23pm
Alison Porchnik:

It's great to hear this after so long!
Avatar 🎸 5:23pm
Listening Out There:

"Let's say...sure!"
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:24pm

There's 52 of 'em, Porchie!
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 5:27pm
Alison Porchnik:

One for each week of the year.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:27pm

That's Numberwang!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:31pm

That is, in fact, Jimmy Buffett's backup band behind Toby.
Avatar 🎸 5:34pm
Listening Out There:

No wonder it sounds so much like (yawn) Jimmy Buffett...
Avatar 🎸 5:35pm
Listening Out There:

...not exciting, like...Sabu...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:35pm

hello Irwin and Irwinians
...that Miriam Sabbage sure had it goin' on. nobody has foam like that any more.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:36pm

In the smoking parlor, her beaus called her "Frothy."
Avatar 🎸 5:36pm
Hoboken Jack:

My man Sabu could use a little EFD too. Some gentle brush work perhaps.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:36pm

"...but you can never take Jersey City out of a guy." Not without a really good set of pincers anyway.

You've made me cautiously optimistic about the future of mankind by saying you'll be airing segments of Jean Shepherd's glorious effusions on these airwaves. I thank you.
Laura L:

Countdown to Sabu! Sure, he's gotta sing!
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 5:40pm

will have cocktail rocks and a pack of smokes ready for Sabu appearance.. (i won't smoke, but i'll want to)
Avatar 🎸 5:47pm
Hoboken Jack:

Just checked out the Cosmopolitans, very much of a B-52s vibe.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:48pm

Yep. Their big "hit" was "How to Keep Your Husband Happy." A new wave novelty.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:54pm

I like where this is heading!
Avatar 5:56pm
Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Just listened to an interview w/ the guys who did the Sgt.Pepper Star Wars album - needless to say - Weird Al's their idol...
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 5:57pm

Thanks, Irwin!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:58pm

Thanks Irwin
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