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The run-around drill sergeant of love meets the freeform radio nurse in an international popularity crisis. Twang, dub, noise, rockers, aliens, drum machines, foreigners, imported goods, songs, rumbles, hollers, blips and squiggles, along with an occasional musical number.

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Artist Track Album Label Year Format Comments Approx. start time
Luther & Toby  Valhalla   Options Karny Sutra  Hit Thing  2003      0:00:00 (Pop‑up)
Fay Lovsky  Underwater   Options Cinema  Basta  1996    '85  0:03:30 (Pop‑up)
Skylab vs Deluxe  Twister   Options Textures (V/A)  Volume  1996      0:06:18 (Pop‑up)
Peder Mannerfelt  Patient Boy   Options The 3D Printed Songbook  Peder Mannerfelt  2018      0:12:49 (Pop‑up)
Parrish Smith  1725 Theban   Options Esplendor  L.I.E.S. (Long Island Electrical Systems)  2017  12"    0:17:47 (Pop‑up)
Nick Klein  The God in Vodka   Options Lowered Flaming Coffin  Alter  2018      0:24:27 (Pop‑up)
Twinkle³  Let's Make a Solar System 2   Options Let's Make a Solar System  ini.itu  2010  LP    0:39:35 (Pop‑up)
Nuslux  Untitled   Options Split w/ Olli Aarni  Lal Lal Lal  2017  Cassette    0:46:44 (Pop‑up)
David Lee Myers   Double Slit   Options Superimpositions  Cronica  2017  Cassette    0:49:20 (Pop‑up)
Para  Matrjoschka   Options Paraphon  Freifeld Tonträger  2017      0:55:35 (Pop‑up)
Audrey Chen & Richard Scott  Barrel Eye   Options Hiss and Viscera  Sound Anatomy  2017      1:10:28 (Pop‑up)
Tasos Stamou  Homo Sapiens   Options Caveman  Moving Furniture Records  2018  LP    1:13:09 (Pop‑up)
Chie Mukai + Justin Simon  日 月 (Hi Tsuki)   Options 日 月  Mesh-Key  2017  12"    1:30:50 (Pop‑up)
Christobal Tapia de Veer  Luring   Options Black Mirror: Black Museum  Lakeshore  2018      1:36:15 (Pop‑up)
Scott Tuma  All the Ragged Glory   Options Ragged Hollow  Hitt  2016  12"  Split w/ Nevada Greene  1:38:51 (Pop‑up)
Clutter, Ann Wilson & Susan Matthews  Sanctuary   Options Here Comes The End Of The World (Music For Compilations, 2001-2016)  Sirenwire  2017      1:52:28 (Pop‑up)
Stuart Staples  Friday Night   Options Friday Night  Lucky Dog  2005  7"    2:04:34 (Pop‑up)
Hans Lüdemann  Canvas 3: Ungeist und Geist   Options Unitarism  Jazz Haus Musik  1994      2:10:06 (Pop‑up)
Cellutron & the Invisible  Alien Activity from the 45th Parallel   Options Reflecting on the First Watch, We Uncover Treasure Buried for the Blind  Green Mountain  1978  LP    2:13:04 (Pop‑up)
Lise-Lotte Norelius  Hungry Galaxy   Options Sky  Firework Edition  2017      2:26:35 (Pop‑up)
Cooper Bowman  A3   Options Six Loops For Gregorian Sweepstakes  Altered States Tapes  2017  Cassette    2:37:16 (Pop‑up)
Gintas K  Episode #5   Options Acousma Light  Bandcamp  2018      2:43:39 (Pop‑up)
Twice a Man  Russian Tractors   Options Music for Girls  Frizz Bee  1983  LP    2:47:27 (Pop‑up)

Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:03pm Uncle Michael:

Hey now.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:05pm Chop Scott:

Ah-Sir Daniel!

Love the Luther & Toby intro--Cheers!
  9:08pm Michele:

Daniel I unplugged the phone in studio a during shut up weirdo. Cam you makes sure its plugged back in? I forgot if i did it not. Thanks and sorry!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:08pm Ike:

Hey fellow commenters, wasn't part of that L&T track used as an opening theme or something for a past FMU show?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:13pm fleep:

Abundant finely textured greetings
Avatar 9:13pm JakeGould:

Avatar 9:14pm JakeGould:

Government shutdown at the end of the show! Whoop! Whoop!
Avatar 9:15pm coelacanth∅:

greetings Daniel & Bluminaries
  9:22pm tom from Glasgow:

hey Daniel and pals
  9:22pm Mike Wolf:

Bluminati here to bring down this government
Avatar 9:25pm Mayuko:

@Ike I was wondering the same thing!
  9:27pm MUWFInMA:

as the veneer of democracy starts to fade...
Avatar 9:27pm JakeGould:

@Mayuko (and Ike): The neighborhood strays survived the cold! When it thawed I checked the usual places and the cats were back… But some of them… I just gotta say, those were some of the meanest “don’t fuck with me” cat faces I have ever seen in my life.

And I’ve seen mean street cats since I was a wee kid.
Avatar 9:28pm coelacanth∅:

Mike Wolf you're cutting it close
...and where's your pack?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:31pm cklequ:

Am i late?
  9:31pm Stashu:

Daniel I never usually say things like this, but you're killin' it whatever it is aaaand I love the title of this song something about vodka haha
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:31pm Daniel Blumin:

Uncle M, Chop Scott, Ike, fleep JakeG, coela, tom, Mike, MUWFInMA, hallos! A bit late to thee party over heres... Not sure, Mayuko. Michele, I'll take a look at that there phone! Gummint shutdown be damned!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:32pm Daniel Blumin:

cklequ, nevah!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:32pm Daniel Blumin:

Avatar 9:32pm coelacanth∅:

it does sound like vodka though
Avatar 9:33pm JakeGould:

“God in Vodka” is a fave Damien Hirst piece of mine.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:33pm cklequ:

And here i am drinking gin like an idiot.
  9:33pm Stashu:

Hi Tom and Mayuko. From behind screens!
  9:33pm Stashu:

Behind the screens!
  9:34pm Stashu:

Tom I have found the magic of Walt Solek. Thank you.
Avatar 9:35pm coelacanth∅:

hmm maybe i'll drink like an idiot tonight. if so, i'll drink whiskey like an idiot.
  9:35pm Stashu:

Avatar 9:35pm JakeGould:

Drink like the government is gonna shut down in 2 hours and 25 minutes!!!
  9:35pm Stashu:

Bloom town
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:36pm Uncle Michael:

I think I found Solek's magic wallet.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:36pm cklequ:

@Jake - I've been drinking like that for the past year.
Avatar 9:36pm JakeGould:

@UncleMichael: “So shines a good deed in a weary world...”
Avatar 9:37pm JakeGould:

@cklequ: Well spank me with a copy of Forbes while I watch “Shark Week!”
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:39pm melinda:

hi radio friends!
Avatar 9:41pm coelacanth∅:

hi melinda!
Avatar 9:49pm grtyvr:

howdy folks....
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:53pm Ken From Hyde Park:

The rise of the Blumination!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:55pm Daniel Blumin:

Howdo, melinda, grtyvr, & Ken! A bit slow over here trying to pilot this vehicle!!! Watch out for the dumptrucks!
Avatar 9:59pm Mayuko:

Hi Ms Stashu!
Jake, when it was a little warmer last week there were a bunch of kittens on my street too. Not sure how they can survive this temperature!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:01pm Fox:

Halloooooo hooomans.
Avatar 10:02pm JakeGould:

@Mayuko: From what I have seen is they find a warm spot—like near some heating vent on the side of a building—and all pile on top of each other to stay warm. Some people who are nice to strays will build small homes for them from a small suitcase-sized cooler with a hole cut out of the side. Fill it with an old blanket and the cats will do the rest.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:03pm Fox:

@Jake: I turned all the Amazon Fresh totes they never took back into cat homes around my neighborhood. They are insulated!
Avatar 10:05pm grtyvr:

Back when I lived in a cold climate ( i mean cold 40 bleow cold ) a friend had a cat that was so pi**** off about their new baby that it moved out and lived in the back alley for a week when it was 40 below. Would not even come in to eat. They fed it outside.... It lost part of its ear that winter.....
Avatar 10:06pm JakeGould:

@Fox: Very good thinking! Also, outside of some fish stores are large styrofoam boxes that are good for shelters as well.

But—like in my neighborhood—there are lots of people of all ages that care for these cats. I came home at like 1:30am one of the crazy cold night and some neighborhood guys who are construction workers, were climbing the fence of a church to catch cats and bring them indoors.

@grtyvr: Now that is one willful cat!
Avatar 10:06pm khd:

nice kitty
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:06pm cklequ:

Years ago I walked by a Red Cross center early on a exceptionally cold winter morning and saw a cat sleeping on the doorstep. When I approached it, I realized the poor guy was dead.

And a few years later I had a landlord who would throw rocks at the strays trying to keep warm under his car.
Avatar 10:07pm Layet Johnson:

Thanks Daniel. This music is perfect for drawing to.
Avatar 10:08pm JakeGould:

@cklequ: Some people are shits. May that poor frozen cat be in heaven now.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:09pm cklequ:

@Jake - Yeah, that landlord was a shit in more ways than one.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:09pm melinda:

I liked the Matrushka dolls. But now that you mention it a piece of chocolate on the inside would have been even better.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:09pm melinda:

Poor kitties.
Avatar 10:10pm JakeGould:

Do people hide their weed in Matroshka dolls?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:10pm melinda:

Jake I'm sure someone does.
Avatar 10:12pm JakeGould:

@Mayuko: This is an example of the basic kind of storage container shelter some people make. Actually it’s kinda nested, but it’s still basic. alleycatadvocates.org...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:13pm Fox:

A few years ago I was walking to work in Manhattan, and was early for a change. I walked up a street I normally don't, and I heard a kitten crying. I couldn't find it. Then I realized it was coming from the engine of a taxi parked on the side of the street. I was afraid the car would be started and the kitten would die, so I started asking passers by what to do. Someone suggested the fire house up the block. So I knocked on the door, and the most stereotypical idea of a fireman answered the door. Big hulking dude with sandy hair and mustache.

"Hi! I don't mean to adhere to stereotypes but there's a cat that's caught in a car and someone told me I should ask you to help and I don't know what else to do so if you might possible help?"

Soon after half a dozen firemen walked up the block with some tools, pried the hood of the taxi up, and right in the center was a terrified cat. The firemen handed her to me: "Here you go!"

I showed up to work late, AND with a kitten.

(I found her a home)
Avatar 10:13pm coelacanth∅:

for a while i stashed my herb in an empty potassium supplement jar, marked "pot" (short for potassium, of course)
  10:14pm sinner:

D. Blumin used to play with The Minutemen.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:16pm melinda:

That's a nice story Fox. You did a good thing.
Avatar 10:16pm coelacanth∅:

Fox now i'm impressed by you, happy for that kitten; but sad for the (presumably) innocent taxi car owner!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:18pm Daniel Blumin:

Thanks be onto you, Layet!!! Hello, sinner!
Avatar 10:19pm JakeGould:

We didn’t have cats at home growing up, but my mom—off the boat immigrant lady factory worker from Poland—would do this: We‘d walk around the neighborhood, and if I spotted a cat behind a fence or something she’d just have no qualms about trespassing on the property, just grabbing the cat and bringing it straight to me.

I knew it was wrong to do when I was a kid but it was funny to me then an now. The looks on neighbors faces were great too.
Avatar 10:19pm coelacanth∅:

and sinner, you? (don't tell me stryper!)
...we all know now you play for Gnod.
Avatar 10:20pm JakeGould:

The Sinner? Posting on Shabbos?
Avatar 10:23pm Mayuko:

@Jake Ha, that's a good system for cats. I don't quite understand this community cat thing though, aren't outdoor cats responsible for many birds and small animals extinctions? I rather hope the Industry City PetCo abduct them all and find them home so they don't need such nice shelter to begin with...
  10:23pm ms_a:

Hi Daniel!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:27pm Fox:

@Mayuko: Yes, that is an issue. That's why the community cat organizations try to trap-neuter-return the cats if at all possible. It's the most humane way to not let the suffer, not kill them, but try to minimize their effects on the natural habitat. In cities, though, they tend to keep the rat population in check more than they have any effect on birds. I think.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:27pm Daniel Blumin:

ms_a! How goes it up in the northern lands???
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:29pm Fox:

@Mayuko: But you are right, and the effect cats have on native species of birds is quite often overlooked.
Avatar 10:29pm JakeGould:

@Mayuko: Well, some feral cats just will never be adopted. I hope many do! Honestly so many strays I have seen in the industrial areas of Sunset Park seem simply abandoned so I think that is cruel. That said, I am not sure the statistics about cats being bird killers are 100% correct. This NPR study explains it: “… their piece has been published in a highly credible publication, but they admit the study has many deficiencies. We don't quarrel with the conclusion that the impact is big, but the numbers are informed guesswork.”

The thing is real strays, the ones who really distrust people are unadoptable so the best thing to do is give them as good a life as they can get. Happy the PetCo in Industry City is there. That whole area is filled with strays. Tons!

Avatar 10:30pm JakeGould:

Anyway… Clocking out to get some more leg rest. Thanks Daniel!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:33pm fleep:

Thanks for playing the whole Tasos Stamou piece, it's quite a performance, all in one take.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:36pm Daniel Blumin:

See ya, JakeG! fleep, glad ya dug!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:38pm cklequ:

I came home on my lunch break one February to find a bird flying around my apartment. Not sure how it got in, the windows had been shut for months. Plants knocked over and bird poop everywhere. But my dumb cat was sitting on the bed with a look on her face that said "What do you want me to do about it, idiot? It's your damn apartment."

Serves me right for adopting a pacifist cat.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:41pm George of Troy:

Hey there, Daniel! Good evening to ya!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:42pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Must've been an egg sitting around that finally hatched.
Avatar 10:43pm coelacanth∅:

(that, or it found the key under the mat)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:45pm cklequ:

I think the cat let the bird in just to piss me off. She was always kind of grumpy.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:49pm Daniel Blumin:

George! Good to see ya!
  10:50pm ms_a:

@cklequ, I had a chickadee land on on the plant on my desk in a basement apartment. I deduce it came in through the broken windows on the other side of the building to get warm for a night and squeezed through a hole to my brighter side. It was very good about coming to the window to be let out. But I really thought I was losing my mind when I first saw it...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:55pm melinda:

A hummingbird once landed on me, on my shirt pocket. It had been trapped in the entry vestibule of a shopping mall, and I think it was confused.
Avatar 10:55pm coelacanth∅:

chickadee's are (by my experience anyway) very bold and smarter than many other birds. (and beautiful)
Avatar 10:56pm coelacanth∅:

melinda Wow!
Avatar 10:57pm Mayuko:

@Fox that's true, without those stray cats Sunset Park would have been totally conquered by rats, since people here leave so much garbage on sidewalk all the time! Huge rat population to hunt indeed before going after birds.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:58pm melinda:

It was so cool! I chalk it up to bird disorientation, but it was a nice experience all the same.
Avatar 10:58pm khd:

this is the Ann Wilson from Heart I assume
Avatar 10:59pm khd:

very good track btw, i wanna dig deeper
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:01pm melinda:

There have been several instances of cats being poisoned (perhaps unintentionally) or mysteriously dying in my neighborhood. I always kept my kitty inside anyway, but if I had another cat I would definitely not let them out. I would also make more of an effort to create activities for them to compensate for the lack of outdoor access.
Avatar 11:07pm coelacanth∅:

my favorite hummingbird experience is i was working in my garden and stopped and was standing very still under my small tree on the edge just looking out -at my garden, beyond my garden... and a dark green hummingbird flew in and hovered directly in front of my face about 3-4 feet out.
it was awe inspiring but it kept moving closer by maybe 6" increments and i hastily decided that if it mistook my mouth or an eye for a flower it might hurt, so (foolishly, now i think) i moved just a hint and it took off.
Avatar 11:09pm Layet Johnson:

Is Stuart Staples "Tinder Sticks," Daniel?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:10pm Daniel Blumin:

Yes, indeed, Layet!
Avatar 11:11pm Layet Johnson:

The best! Thanks!
Avatar 11:22pm rbrt:

★ this alien activity track is great >:D
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:25pm Daniel Blumin:

human rbrt, thank you!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:39pm Fox:

Grim scifi soundscapes always make me so happy.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:42pm Daniel Blumin:

Fox, you've come to the right place this January night!!! Thankses fer the earses!
  11:46pm JakeGould:

Am back. Like grim sci-fi. Not a lot of it out there anymore.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:46pm fleep:

Sounds like a problem in the engine room again. Gonna check.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:47pm cklequ:

I was planning on sleeping about 15 minutes ago, but these sounds keep hitting me.
  11:48pm JakeGould:

13 minutes to complete government shutdown.
Avatar 11:49pm Hams:

Government Shutdown 2018
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:50pm fleep:

At midnight all Federal buildings in DC will crumple up like the house in Poltergeist and descend into the ground.
Avatar 11:50pm Scottie∅:

captain it's fuckin' bonkers down her i don't think she can take much more!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:51pm cklequ:

..and all your mail will explode.
  11:51pm JakeGould:

What happens to the flags?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:52pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Like a nitwit, I have the TV on C-SPAN and expecting to see some kind of debate or voting going on. Just the narrator lady taking calls from citizens and video of the Senate floor with old gasbags milling about. The Paint Drying Channel would be more exciting.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:52pm fleep:

The flags go to Flag Heaven, where Betsy Ross takes care of them.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:53pm cklequ:

The flags will all be hugged by the sitting president.
It's all in the constitution.
  11:53pm JakeGould:

My flag.
Avatar 11:53pm coelacanth∅:

flags will be lowered, have a wfmu logo stamped on them with a crude linoleum block, and raised again.
  11:54pm JakeGould:

@coelcanth: WFMU doesn’t have a fancy budget.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:55pm cklequ:

Even yours, Jake.
It's your civic duty to allow the president to hug your flag.
  Swag For Life Member 11:55pm 12539:

Thanks, Daniel!
  11:56pm JakeGould:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:56pm Ken From Hyde Park:

The FCC shuts down, so it's cuss city when Jack Mello takes the mic.
Avatar 11:57pm coelacanth∅:

Daniel do you happen to have any old russian tractor spark plugs laying around? i'm trying to mobilize here, but...
  11:57pm JakeGould:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:58pm cklequ:

Makes sense to me, Ken.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:59pm fleep:

Stroked by the President, lowered, block stamped, re-raised, and then on to Flag Heaven. EVEN YOURS JAKE
  Swag For Life Member 11:59pm 12539:

Jake's flag!
  12:00am JakeGould:

Sven Golly!
Avatar 12:00am coelacanth∅:

"don't tread on this shithole"
Avatar 12:00am coelacanth∅:

Thanks Daniel!
Avatar 1:03am Layet Johnson:

I have the same recurring dream
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:31pm Daniel Blumin:

Thanks, 12539, coela & everyone fer helping us forget wretched anniversaries! Onwards and upwards, Freeformists!!!
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