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Saturday, September 1, 2018 Favoriting
Labor of Love: Radio Ping-Pong w/ Katie Gentile:
Indie Rock vs. World Music Cover Song Battle!

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The seventeenth edition of an annual late summer tradition: Rob Weisberg and longtime sidekick Katie Gentile play radio ping-pong, trading tracks back and forth. Rob bounces popular and unpopular music from around the world off Katie's vintage and contemporary indie rock. It's genre-clashing at its FMU-iest.

This year's special theme: World and non-world cover versions!

Rob, as you may know, is an unpaid radio DJ and record geek. Katie, on the other hand, is an academic, blogger, author, open-water swimmer and violinist in the band The Special Pillow.

Katie’s most recent book is The Business of Being Made (Routledge, 2016). The Special Pillow's latest album is Sleeping Weird (Zofko, 2018).

This Week's Playlist:

(* = new)

Angela Kalule: Me and Bobby McGee Favoriting / Various Artists: Last King of Scotland OST (0:00:00 Pop-up)

The Magick Heads: When I Kiss the Teacher Favoriting / ABBAsalutely: A Flying Nun Tribute to the Music of ABBA (0:04:56 Pop-up)
Flying Nun

Shikisha: Pretty Vacant Favoriting / Belt It Out! (0:07:47 Pop-up)

The Pooh Sticks: Dying For It Favoriting / 7" / Fierce Recordings (0:11:12 Pop-up)

Bogard Brothers: That Will Be the Day Favoriting / Various Artists: Flying Rock / Global Village (0:17:12 Pop-up)

Swell Maps: 14th Floor Favoriting (0:19:43 Pop-up)
TV Personalities Cover

Taraf de Haidouks: Corinna, Corinna Favoriting / Various Artists: From Another World: A Tribute to Bob Dylan / Buda Musique (0:23:24 Pop-up)
This song was first recorded by Bo Carter (Brunswick 7080, December 1928) and many others since...

Johnny Hallyday: Le Coeur comme une Montagne Favoriting / Hollywood (0:28:10 Pop-up)
Cover of Isn't It Time by the Babys

Ushu Uthup: Lelo Dil Mera (I Will Survive) Favoriting / 24 Carats (0:31:29 Pop-up)

Vomit Launch: Block of Wood Favoriting / Not Even Pretty + Teenbeat (0:37:44 Pop-up)
Bats cover

Angelique Kidjo: Houses in Motion Favoriting / Remain in Light / * (0:40:15 Pop-up)
GIG: Angélique Kidjo's Remain in Light / Resistance Revival Chorus @ Central Park Summerstage. Thursday, September 27, 2018. 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm (Doors open 6:00 pm).

Dinosaur Jr.: Just Like Heaven Favoriting / You're Living All Over Me (on the 2005 Merge and Imperial reissues) / Merge (0:45:36 Pop-up)

Ananda Shankar: Jumpin' Jack Flash Favoriting / Ananda Shankar (0:47:46 Pop-up)

The Jam: So Sad About Us Favoriting / Direction, Reaction, Creation (0:50:48 Pop-up)

Norma Waterson: St. Swithin's Day Favoriting / Norma Waterson / Hannibal (0:54:21 Pop-up)

Esso Trinidad Tripoli Steel Band: Cecilia Favoriting / The Esso Trinidad Steel Band (1:02:12 Pop-up)
Related Event: Tonight is the Steel Band Panorama at the Brooklyn Museum, one of the many events ahead of the annual Caribbean Carnival / Parade on Eastern Parkway on Monday

Elf Power: Nothing's Going To Happen Favoriting / Nothing's Going to Happen (1:04:58 Pop-up)

Patricia Motaung and the Super Five: Save Me Favoriting / 7" (1:10:33 Pop-up)

Of Montreal: Spanish Dance Troupe Favoriting / Covers EP / Polyvinyl (1:13:45 Pop-up)
Gorky's Zygotic Mynci cover

Maloko: In the Midnight Hour Favoriting / Soul on Fire (1:16:29 Pop-up)

The Feelies: Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey Favoriting / Crazy Rhythms / Stiff (1:20:32 Pop-up)

Occidental Brothers Band: Bizarre Love Triangle Favoriting / Odo Sanbra (1:24:22 Pop-up)
New Order Cover

Billy Bragg and Joe Henry: Early Morning Rain Favoriting / Shine a Light (1:34:42 Pop-up)

Emilio el Moro: El Submarino Amarillo Favoriting / Grandes Éxitos de Emilio el Moro (1:38:16 Pop-up)
Originally on a four-song 7" - Cartagenera / Submarino Amarillo / Amor Amargo / La Banda Borracha, 1967

Dump: I Want To Be With You Favoriting / I Can Hear Music bonus cd (1:42:13 Pop-up)
Neil Innes cover

Isaya Mwinamo: Bamba la Africa Favoriting / Various Artists - Before Benga Vol. 2 - The Nairobi Sound / Original Music (1:43:44 Pop-up)

Yo La Tengo: Cast a Shadow Favoriting / Genius + Love = Yo La Tengo / Matador (1:46:36 Pop-up)

Feufollet: Baby's on Fire Favoriting / Single / Valcour Records (1:48:57 Pop-up)

Cave Story: Helicopter Spies Favoriting (1:53:46 Pop-up)
Swell Maps cover

Yat-Kha: Ramblin' Man Favoriting / Re-Covers (2:03:03 Pop-up)
Hank Williams Cover

Ed Kuepper: Finding You Favoriting / Various Artists - Love Goes On (2:07:33 Pop-up)
Go-Betweens Cover

Musicians of the Nile: Tangled Up in Blue Favoriting / Various Artists: From Another World: A Tribute to Bob Dylan / Buda Musique (2:12:18 Pop-up)

The Boo Radleys: There She Goes Favoriting / Various Artists - So I Married An Axe Murderer OST (2:18:52 Pop-up)

Fanfare Ciocărlia: Born to Be Wild Favoriting / Various Artists - Borat OST (2:20:55 Pop-up)

Primal Scream: City Slang Favoriting / Single (2:24:00 Pop-up)

Monsoon: Tomorrow Never Knows Favoriting / Third Eye / The Mobile Suit Corporation (2:32:41 Pop-up)

The Springfields: Million Tears Favoriting / Reach For The Stars / Summershine (2:36:13 Pop-up)
Pastels cover

Ondatrópica: I Ron Man Favoriting / Ondatrópica / Soundway (2:39:14 Pop-up)

Shonen Knife: Top of the World Favoriting / Various Artists: If I Were A Carpenter (2:42:07 Pop-up)

Opium Jukebox: War Pigs Favoriting / Bhangra Bloody Bhangra, A Tribute To Black Sabbath (2:55:57 Pop-up)

Eugenius: Indian Summer Favoriting / Oomalama / Atlantic (2:55:06 Pop-up)

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National Immigration Law Center: Established in 1979, the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) is one of the leading organizations in the U.S. exclusively dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of low-income immigrants.

National Immigration Forum: The National Immigration Forum is one of the leading immigrant advocacy organizations in the country, with a mission to advocate for the value of immigrants and immigration to the nation.

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International Refugee Assistance Project: The International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) organizes law students and lawyers to develop and enforce a set of legal and human rights for refugees and displaced persons. Mobilizing direct legal aid and systemic policy advocacy, IRAP serves the world’s most persecuted individuals and empowers the next generation of human rights leaders.

International Rescue Committee: The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future.

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Listener comments!

Avatar 🌍 6:08pm Bas NL:

Hello Rob!
Avatar 🌍 6:08pm Bas NL:

And hello Katie!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:09pm Rob & Katie:

Hi Bas! Hi everyone!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:12pm katie:

hi Bas
Avatar 6:15pm slugluv1313:

hi Katie and Rob! always love your shows together
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:17pm listener 126464:

omg what a song by what a band!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:20pm katie:

HI Kathy
Avatar 🌍 Swag For Life Member 6:35pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Go, Rob! Go, Katie!
Avatar 6:52pm

Hola rob and all, turned on my 30+yo onkyo and heard Angelique. I saw her Remain in Alan Licht (see what I did there?) show at Lincoln Ctr last year. Really throbby and fun. (Who's hungry? Cat and me am!)
Avatar 🌍 6:53pm Bas NL:

Ha! Yes, this Ananda Shankar track is on your Marathon Premium! Just got that in last week.. The whole Premium is fantastic btw!
  7:03pm Stashu:

Rob! Katie! I love you two! Love these crazy songs!!!! Xoxoxoxoxo
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:07pm katie:

Hi Stashu!
Avatar 7:08pm TDK60:

Hello, been a while. Isn't this a Tall Dwarfs cover?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:09pm katie:

Yes it is. Nothing's going to happen. Here by Elf Power
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:10pm Rob:

Thanks Bas!
Avatar 7:12pm TDK60:

Recently back from England where I attended Fairport Convention's annual Cropredy fest.
  7:14pm Gaylord Fields:

Just came in during the last break, and can probably listen till the next one, and l
I’m loving what I hear. Happy Labor of Love Day to you both!

(And damn, I should have played my 45 of this Patricia Motaung song on my show that followed Aretha’s death!)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:14pm Rob:

That's great TDK60! We may get to Fairport tonight, we'll see...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:16pm katie:

Hi Gaylord and Kathleen. Safe travels. Thanks for the tips. Coming soon...
Avatar 7:20pm TDK60:

Also saw Sun Ra Arkestra this afternoon at Union Pool in Brooklyn. Wonderful.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:26pm steveo:

Hi Rob. Congrats on the indisputably largest box on the new fall schedule!
Avatar 7:26pm Megaroni:

Punk rock on TPSP! Great mixture tonite
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:27pm steveo:

In other Fairport-related news, Richard Thompson is playing in NYC on 11/11.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:29pm Rob:

Thanks steveo and well, size isn't everything - or is it? And hi Megaroni!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:32pm coelacanth∅:

greetings Rob & Katie & others
  7:33pm Tamar:

Labour of Love or Labor of Love? Either way, it’s always a treat to hear you two do your ping-pong thing.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:33pm Smilty69:

Fun show, Rob & Katie. Thanks!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:37pm katie:

Hi Tamar. I go Canadian with the 'u'. But I'm not in charge.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:37pm Rob:

Hi and thanks Smilty69, Tamar and coelacanth∅!
Avatar 🌍 Swag For Life Member 7:40pm chresti:

Hi Rob, Katie and friends around the world!
  7:45pm Dennis Diken:

Fabulous show! Love it!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:45pm spodiodi:

Aloha everyone, and many thanks, Rob & Katie
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:46pm Rob:

Hi and thanks Dennis and Chresti!
  7:49pm Steve:

This show is great I need to find that cover of octopus’ garden
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:50pm katie:

Thanks Dennis.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:51pm Franco Twinkie:

I love this! I'll be back shortly to drive you nuts with my exasperating opinions about covers. But first I got to unplug the shower drain.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:51pm Rob:

Thanks Steve!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:52pm Rob:

Thanks Franco Twinkie - it's our least original show ever!
  7:55pm andrewb:

Dear fellow listeners, i'm trying to to find a song I heard about a year ago "the farther one travels" A George Harrison/ Confucius collaboration it turns out, but kind of a stripped down hillbilly version. Might have heard it on Scotts' show but searches futile. possibly re-titled?
  7:56pm Steve Swartz:

Rob + Kate! I *lurved* that Eno cover.
Avatar 7:58pm Blues Mandinga:

Greetings from Baranquilla, Colombia!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:58pm Rob & Katie:

Thanks Steve S!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:59pm coelacanth∅:

the inner light
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:01pm coelacanth∅: the trypes? (
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:02pm coelacanth∅:

oh that link fails. andrew search for "the inner light" there's only i think 3 artists that aren't the beatles.
  8:04pm andrewb:

thanks C!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:08pm Franco Twinkie:

No, No, No, Rob! This is wonderful. You can really go to the nutty place with this one. It's a bottomless well.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:14pm Rob:

Thanks Franco Twinkie. Greetings from Jersey City Blues Mandinga!
  8:14pm Carmichael:

Heya Rob and ... uh ...trannies? Rimmers? Never mind ....
Avatar 8:17pm TDK60:

Didja Know? Dept.> Brisbane, Australia has a bridge named after the Go-Betweens.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:17pm Rob:

Hi Carmichael, Transpacificans maybe?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:20pm katie:

@TDK60 - wow. I did not know that. Aptly named.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:22pm coelacanth∅:

if you've ever wondered why i sometimes say "Rob and 'Palanese'" it's a reference to the Aldous Huxley book "island" and the relative paradise of "pala".
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:22pm coelacanth∅:

hey nice figs, Franco!
Avatar 🌍 Swag For Life Member 8:25pm Ken From Hyde Park:

My head is abuzz from some Vietnamese iced coffee I just had. I should've gotten that early in the afternoon. I'll be up all night now.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:25pm coelacanth∅:

this is such a good biker song
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:26pm Rob:

Well Ken, sometimes there's a price to pay for sugary goodness...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:26pm Franco Twinkie:

Thanks Coel. They'll be a fig pie sometime this week end. BTW I saw your ancient comment about Obray Ramsey's Cold Rain And Snow. You are my comrade for sure!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:31pm coelacanth∅:

Franco i don't recall the comment but i'll take the camaraderie!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:33pm Art:

"manbackannouncing" -- good one!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:35pm Rob:

Thanks Art!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:42pm Franco Twinkie:

Rob, you're not the only addle brained old fucker around here. In the listening audience I suspect their are plenty of senior-muso-goofball-hipsters who hold their collective noses at NPR weekend programming.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:48pm maestroso:

Love these Rob-Katie shows!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:54pm katie:

Thanks maestroso
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:55pm coelacanth∅:

always interesting
Thanks Katie! Thanks Rob!
Avatar 🌍 8:57pm Bas NL:

Thanks Rob & Katie!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:57pm katie:

Thanks all for listening.
Avatar 8:58pm slugluv1313:

thanks so much, Rob and Katie!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:58pm Franco Twinkie:

Made my afternoon. Thanks.
  8:59pm Steve Swartz:

So much cover-y goodness! Goes great with grilled chicken sausages and cucumber salad.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:59pm Rob:

Thanks Bas, Franco Twinkie, Slugluv, coelacanth∅, Maestroso and everyone!
Avatar 🌍 Swag For Life Member 8:59pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Well done, good night!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:59pm steveo:

thanks, folks!
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