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Options February 12, 2018

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Artist Track Album Label Approx. start time
Brigid Mae Power  I'm Grateful   Options The Two Worlds  Tompkins Square  0:00:00 (Pop‑up)
Ezra Feinberg  Experience Near   Options Pentimento and Others  Related States  0:04:27 (Pop‑up)
Moby Grape  He   Options Wow  Columbia  0:14:27 (Pop‑up)
Turid  To the Children of Song My   Options The Essence Of Swedish Progressive Music 1967-1979 (Pregnant Rainbows For Colourblind Dreamers)  Premium Publishing  0:10:16 (Pop‑up)
Ilyas Ahmed  Two Steps Away   Options Closer to Stranger  MIE Music  0:19:05 (Pop‑up)
Turning  Instrumental 1   Options Turning EP  Structure vs. Chaos Music  0:22:58 (Pop‑up)
Robert Haigh  Koto Line   Options Creatures Of The Deep  Unseen Worlds  0:30:35 (Pop‑up)
The Nightcrawlers  Modern Pre-Flight   Options The Biophonic Boombox Recordings  Anthology  0:36:51 (Pop‑up)
Laurie Spiegel  Patchwork   Options The Expanding Universe  Unseen Worlds  0:47:18 (Pop‑up)
Grateful Dead  Black Throated Wind   Options Winterland Arena, SF, CA, 11/11/73  Bootsville  1:04:48 (Pop‑up)
Grateful Dead  Looks Like Rain   Options Winterland Arena, SF, CA, 11/10/73  Bootsville  1:11:14 (Pop‑up)
Grateful Dead  Weather Report Suite   Options Winterland Arena, SF, CA, 11/11/73  Bootsville  1:19:24 (Pop‑up)
Ha-Za-Ma  Lock the Wind Pain   Options Under the Radioactive Fallout  Sloow Tapes  1:34:06 (Pop‑up)
Headroom  Aomidori   Options Headroom / Dire Wolves  Pome Pome Tones  1:44:42 (Pop‑up)
Matt Lajoie  The Ripple   Options The Fountain  Flower Room  1:50:43 (Pop‑up)
Itasca  Snow Melt   Options Morning Flower  Dove Cove  2:07:14 (Pop‑up)
Plankton Wat  Dream Cascade   Options Hidden Path  Sky Lantern  2:13:53 (Pop‑up)
Sagas  The Mysteries of Mirror Lake   Options The Last Door  Deep Water Acres  2:18:03 (Pop‑up)
Kenji Endo  Cats Are Sleeping, Niyago   Options Niyago  URC  2:29:29 (Pop‑up)
Bridget St. John  Fly   Options Green Leaves: Nick Drake Covered  Mojo Magazine  2:41:37 (Pop‑up)
Millard & Dyce  Catch Me a Falling Leaf   Options Open  Kaymar  2:45:18 (Pop‑up)
Richard, Cam & Bert  If You Knew   Options Limited Edition  Trilogy  2:48:45 (Pop‑up)
Richard Thompson  For Shame of Doing Wrong   Options Small Town Romance: Live/Solo in New York, 1982  Hannibal Records   2:55:57 (Pop‑up)

Listener comments!

  12:01am JefffromCanada:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:02am mb:

Good evening to the Jeff/Jefffs
  12:04am JefffromCanada:

Evening mb!
  12:04am MONEYBAG$:

In the mood for some real primal jams, like a '79 Lost Sailor
Avatar 12:07am Jeff Conklin:

Morning, everybody
  12:07am JefffromCanada:

Nice, some more Ezra F. New to me and was hoping for more.
  12:08am Hippie Jesus:

Evening / morning to all the fellow Ghetto Peeps!
  12:08am J:

80s Dead. Tonight's the night. I can feel it...
Avatar 12:10am Jeff Conklin:

Ha. You guys are the best.
Avatar 12:11am grtyvr:

morn/evening folks
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:11am sberger:

Evening/Morning all...
  12:12am Agent Peter:

180 minutes of the Big 80's Brent Mydland hilites!
Avatar 12:12am Jeff Conklin:

Hey sam, hey grtyvr
  12:13am Agent Peter:

'tis the first show since the passing of Mr. Barlow?
  12:14am Agent Peter:

a kindler, gentler Mobey Grape. Wow indeed!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:16am Zetti:

Hi friends, happy to be here.
Avatar 12:17am Jeff Conklin:

That Grape was a special request from my father. Today was his birthday. Only request ever granted on this show!
  12:18am chris_in_space:

here for a bit before I fade out. Soundin’ good.
  12:19am zenkoan:

very cool that your dad listens in...I wonder how many hosts can attest to that
  12:20am Hippie Jesus:

Happy Birthday Mr. Conklin! Was he able to locate your Sonic Youth article?
Avatar 12:22am Jeff Conklin:

No sign of the SY article yet but I haven;t given up hope!
  12:28am zenkoan:

maybe your dad is about to join the chat board and share some interesting anecdotes about your early musical influences?
  12:31am Agent Peter:

You'll probably have to wait until "Bring your Father to Work Day" falls on a Monday.
Avatar 12:32am Jeff Conklin:

Well he bought me a VU CD when I was in sixth grade....
  12:32am JefffromCanada:

Nice segue there Jeff. Seamless.
  12:35am Bosco:

is the song Instrumental 1 by Turning, that you just played, available to get anywhere?
Avatar 12:38am Jeff Conklin:

Turning EP: returning.bandcamp.com...
  12:39am Bosco:

Thanks, man.
  12:43am MONEYBAG$:

once you've gone biophonic you can't go back
Avatar 12:43am Number Six:

Good Evening, Jeff & All! Love the Nighcrawlers! Can't believe they managed to slip under the radar for so long.
  12:43am JefffromCanada:

There’s a Philip Glass element to this.
  12:44am zenkoan:

and a mike oldfield element
Avatar 12:45am Number Six:

& Tangerine Dream...
Avatar 12:46am Jeff Conklin:

I *think* I'd heard the name before but this Anthology reissue is the first I've heard them. Really digging it!
  12:46am yipie:

the first time i met john perry barlow he asked me somewhat randomly if i knew what coprophagia meant
  12:46am MONEYBAG$:

It almost sounds like Brent is adding his tinkly plinks
  12:47am saucerful:

Yeah, I thought Mike Oldfield as well...happy birthday to Jeff's dad!
Avatar 12:47am Number Six:

Which makes sense since they're from roughly the same time.
  12:48am J:

Night crawlers is sounding nice
  12:49am J:

Reminding me a little of Matthew Young
Avatar 12:49am Number Six:

I was actually hearing some more of this last night.
  12:50am Eric Hat:

Morning Jeff. Thanks for the Spiegel. And good Morrow all.
  12:51am saucerful:

She's so amazing...
Avatar 12:53am Number Six:

This is also quite good.
  1:03am MONEYBAG$:

is "rural psychedelia" a thing outside of Flying Saucer Attack?
  1:04am zenkoan:

Hope Cassidy is coming up: flight of the seabirds, scattered like lost words, wheel to the storm and fly...
  1:06am saucerful:

I think of early 1970s psych folk when I think of "rural psychedelia"...hippies out in the field haha. RIP Mr. Barlow for his work with the Dead and Electronic Freedom Foundation. We need EFF now more than ever.
  1:06am Agent Peter:

That's a tune by the Rezillos
  1:08am MONEYBAG$:

Just a little sweetness, just a little light
  1:10am Agent Peter:

Could have picked one where Bob remembered the words!
  1:13am MONEYBAG$:

Bobby only remembered Me and My Uncle all the way through, which is why they played it 1419 times
Avatar 1:13am Jeff Conklin:

Bob remembering lyrics is the most un-Grateful Dead thing imaginable.
  1:18am Agent Peter:

You're thinking of 80's Bobby..
  1:22am Hippie Jesus:

Has anyone here been listening to the Cocaine & Rhinestones podcast: https://cocaineandrhinestones.com/ The Murder Ballad Of Spade Cooley (episode 3) and Rusty & Doug Kershaw: The Cajun Way (episode 13) are well worth your time. A good bit of Neil Young recording stories in the Kershaw episode.
  1:22am Mark R:

Wasn't Bob's inability to remember his words precisely the way he wrote them the reason Robert Hunter strongly suggested he work with Barlow instead?
  1:22am MONEYBAG$:

It's hard not to think about 80s Bobby
  1:23am Ryab:

Great for my drive home :)
  1:27am MONEYBAG$:

I think Hunter got pissed off at him for adding a dumb line to Sugar Magnolia and that was the end
  1:30am Mark R:

Yeah something like that is what I heard, Moneybag$. I guess not forgetting words as much as improvising them, and Hunter thought of his words as sacred canon, not to be messed with.
  1:42am J:

I'll take Bobby forgetting lyrics over John Mayer's weird American Idol voice any day of the week
  1:43am J:

The guy can play a guitar, but I wish he wouldn't sing. It's a show ruiner
  1:45am Mark R:

He is a surprisingly good guitar player. I saw him play with Clapton a few years ago and he more than held his own. He didn't sing.
Avatar 1:45am Jeff Conklin:

That's my biggest issue with DeadCo. His singing kills me.
  1:46am saucerful:

Kills as in sucks, or kills as in slays?
Avatar 1:47am Jeff Conklin:

Bad kills. I can't take it.
  1:47am saucerful:

Ah, too bad...
Avatar 1:48am Jeff Conklin:

Eh, it's fine. Saves me from shelling out big $$ to see those shows...
  1:49am saucerful:

haha Yes, let's look at the bright side!
  1:50am Hippie Jesus:

Loving this Headroom track!
  1:51am J:

@Jeff yeah it's so bad. I went to the Hollywood Bowl shows last year with an open mind (and after months of blind shit talking, on principle. It's John Mayer) and while I enjoyed the shows on many levels, his shitty voice was like a bad taste in my mouth that lasted way too long. No one needs a Mayer version on a Jerry tune stuck in their head for weeks on end; but it happened. Trump's America, I guess ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  1:53am J:

Just say it: John Mayer is the actual worst. There are so many better people they could have gotten to fill those shoes. Ah, I shouldn't have gotten started on this...
  1:53am J:

I can deal with his playing. Actually sorta dug some of the shit he was doing, but he's also a Berklee dude so
  1:54am Tidy666:

John mayer is lacking in the vocal dept.not so inspired.
  1:56am J:

His voice has too much "emotion" for me. Also frosted tips
  1:58am Tidy666:

Johnny k fell by the wayside.jerry g is gone...saw john in Ithaca...20people present!19 minute bird song.vs.arenas full of bad yesterdays!
  2:05am saucerful:

Yeah, I meant Electronic Frontier Foundation...
  2:09am Tidy666:

People always disrespect the grateful dead...but they sure do get comments!love your work mr.Conklin!thanks!
  2:12am dave b.:

Mayer grew on me.
He came to the band my accident. Weir played with him while Mayer was filling in hosting one of the
late-night television shows.
They clicked.
John K. was a good fit with Furthur but I think Mayer was more widely accepted by some of the other core GD members.
These guys are in their golden years,
Enjoy whats left of it.
So long as there are still original members of the band involved, it still gets my interest.
John Barlows contribution to the legacy of the GD is well documented and will continue in the music.

Rest in Peace
  2:17am Tidy666:

Thanks Dave b.you captured the spirit of g.d.as long as there are living members...thank you .
  2:21am J:

@dave it's hard to enjoy what's left when Mayer sings. When he's not, it's pretty decent. But, overall, Dead & Co have been my least favorite iteration. Sad that it will probably be the last too
  2:22am J:

No matter, I am first and foremost a GRATEFUL DEAD fan. These other things are just... well, other things.
  2:25am ?:

Good Morning Jeff & everybody & Happy Birthday Mr. Conklin!
  2:25am Tidy666:

We will sing dead songs around the end times camp fire...broke down,bird,franklins,etc,etc,etc!
  2:25am Mark R:

Nothing compares to the actual Jerry-still-alive Grateful Dead. The surviving members have every right to keep playing the Dead's music, experimenting with different members (I remember when Joan Osborne was in there for a hot minute), a lot of people seem to enjoy it, so what the hell. But of course, it's NOT the Grateful Dead.
  2:28am dave b.:

The Grateful Dead ended the day Jerry passed away. Its been "other things' from that point on. Still, "other things' Other ones" etc contain much of the musical DNA.

I would hope that Mayer will soon go on to resume his own music career.
With that, there will be more of something from these guys. Ratdog would be a possibility for Bob. Phil Lesh is hunkered down in his own
Mickey and Billy will stay busy.
  2:30am J:

@dave b. Exactly!
  2:32am J:

As Jeff pointed out, the upshot of not being too stoked on these other things is... save money haha. I can't fathom having to tolerate Mayer for a full tour. Yeesh
  2:33am Mark R:

Meanwhile the last Dead song ended about an hour ago, and we're still talking about 'em. Is there no love for these brilliant acoustic warriors Jeff has so carefully curated for us this past hour?
  2:33am J:

I do think Dead & Co is the last stop though. They're gonna wring every penny out of this cash cow that they can. THAT is what these tours are about anyway. Def not the money. Shit, Bobby even said so. Kinda gross
  2:35am Tidy666:

Dry humpin the cash cow!20 bucks is 20 bocks!
  2:37am J:

@Mark good point; though as someone else pointed out, the Dead certainly bring out the discourse lol
  2:39am J:

Actually I take it back: the DeadCo tours are about T-shirts
  2:43am dave b.:

Jeff's show always has bands on that I never heard before. It draws me in to keep listening.
The is the beauty and charm of a great DJ on free form radio.
It's like being taught by a brilliant teacher/professor.

Real radio, real people.
  2:44am Mark R:

Nice, Dave. I concur.
  2:44am J:

Agreed! One of my favorite shows on FMU for this reason
  2:50am Stefan:

Good Moning Jeff, thanks a lot!
Avatar 2:57am Jeff Conklin:

Thanks for hanging, all. See you next time
  2:59am J:

Thanks for the tunes Mr Conklin!
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