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A pennant-winning battery of songland. Ongoing feature: Single File, a half-hour of randomly selected small records with big holes.

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Artist Track Album Label Year Format Comments New Approx. start time
SUSS  Ursa Major   Options High Line  Northern Spy  2019  MP3    *   0:00:00 (Pop‑up)
Scenic  Down Black Canyon Road   Options Incident at Cima  Independent Project  1995  CD      0:06:04 (Pop‑up)
Marc Ribot y Los Cubanos Postizos  Aurora en Pekin   Options Marc Ribot y Los Cubanos Postizos  Atlantic  1998  CD      0:08:43 (Pop‑up)
Big Lazy  Cardboard Man   Options Dear Trouble  Tasankee  2019  CD    *   0:14:15 (Pop‑up)
Dawn Riding  Honey Is Gold   Options Last Spring  The Long Road Society  2019  LP    *   0:18:35 (Pop‑up)
Marisa Anderson  Woven   Options My Body, 'Tis of Thee  Centripetal Force  2019  CD    *   0:23:06 (Pop‑up)
Chris Brokaw  Swimming, Tuesday   Options End of the Night  Vin Du Select Qualitite  2019  LP  you can also choose to swim on Monday, if you like  *   0:27:02 (Pop‑up)
Steve Gunn  Temple Walk   Options Imaginational Anthem, Vol. 5  Tompkins Square  2012  CD      0:30:16 (Pop‑up)
Sachiko Kanenobu  Sora Wa Fukigen (Moody Sky)   Options Misora  Light in the Attic  2019  LP  From 1972  *   0:33:43 (Pop‑up)
Arlo Guthrie  Opening Credits (Amazing Grace)   Options Alice's Restaurant Original MGM Motion Picture Soundtrack (50th Anniversary Edition)  Omnivore Recordings  2019  CD    *   0:36:20 (Pop‑up)
Bozmo  Hobby Job   Options Hot Sick Vile and Fun - New Sounds from San Francisco  Rocks in Your Head  2019  CD    *   0:49:32 (Pop‑up)
Dry Cleaning  New Job   Options Sweet Princess EP  It's OK  2019  MP3    *   0:52:10 (Pop‑up)
Art Brut  Good Weekend   Options Bang Bang Rock & Roll  Downtown Recordings  2006  CD      0:55:53 (Pop‑up)
Art Brut  Bad Weekend   Options Bang Bang Rock & Roll  Downtown Recordings  2006  CD      0:57:46 (Pop‑up)
Art Brut  Really Bad Weekend   Options Bang Bang Rock & Roll  Downtown Recordings  2006  CD      1:01:03 (Pop‑up)
Cookie Brooklyn & The Crumbs  Is There Logic in Pop?   Options single  Epic Sweep  2019  45    *   1:04:43 (Pop‑up)
Trash Kit  Dislocate   Options Horizon  Upset! The Rhythm  2019  LP    *   1:08:36 (Pop‑up)
Sacred Paws  Shame on Me   Options Run Around the Sun  Merge  2019  CD    *   1:11:29 (Pop‑up)
Haircut One Hundred  Baked Bean   Options Pelican West  Arista  1982  LP      1:14:01 (Pop‑up)
Peter Laughner  See No Evil   Options Peter Laughner (Box Set)  Smog Veil  2019  CD  From 1977  *   1:17:59 (Pop‑up)
Paul McMahon  Diamonds   Options Paul McMahon  Neutral  2019  LP    *   1:22:50 (Pop‑up)
Single File: a bunch of 45s all played in a row for about a half-hour
Crazy Elephant  Sunshine, Red Wine   Options single  Bell  1969  45      1:34:29 (Pop‑up)
Robert Palmer  Man Smart, Woman Smarter   Options single  Island  1976  45      1:36:38 (Pop‑up)
Wendy Alleyne  You Got to Have an Understanding   Options single  WIRL  1976  45      1:38:54 (Pop‑up)
Kenny Young  Silk Milk   Options single  GTO  1974  45  weird!    1:41:38 (Pop‑up)
Van Dyke Parks  The Eagle and Me   Options single  Warner Bros.  1970  45      1:44:59 (Pop‑up)
Candi Staton  Never in Public   Options single  Fame  1969  45      1:47:25 (Pop‑up)
The Contrasts (Featuring Bob Morrison)  Mississippi Woman   Options single  Monument  1968  45      1:49:49 (Pop‑up)
Off Broadway usa  Full Moon Turn My Head Around   Options single  Atlantic  1979  45      1:52:04 (Pop‑up)
Elton John  Empy Garden (Hey Hey Johnny)   Options single  Geffen  1982  45      1:56:38 (Pop‑up)
Shahram  Woman   Options Shahram  Pharaway Sounds  2013  CD  late '70s, my guess    2:11:34 (Pop‑up)
Bananagun  Do Yeah   Options single  Full Time Hobby  2019  CD    *   2:15:01 (Pop‑up)
Gyedu Blay Ambolley and Zantoda Mark III  Woye De Adofo   Options Control  Mr Bongo  2019  CD  From 1980  *   2:17:57 (Pop‑up)
Ziad Rahbani  Sayidi Aatina   Options No Borders: Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg 2019 Marathon Premium  WFMU  2019  CD-R    *   2:25:23 (Pop‑up)
Hot 8 Brass Band  Sexual Healing   Options Butter Original Motion Picture Soundtrack  Tru Thoughts Recordings  2012  MP3      2:28:33 (Pop‑up)
9th Ward Marching Band  Crazy Train   Options Sneakin Up the Street  Rhinestone  2011  LP      2:33:14 (Pop‑up)
Sibley High School Stage Band  Soul Sacrifice   Options Poly High - School Bands Play the Classics  Amalgamated Incorporated  2003  CD  From 1971    2:36:33 (Pop‑up)
Cho and Random Impetus  Brother Sister   Options single  SHSF  2019  45    *   2:41:15 (Pop‑up)
Patrice Rushen  Number One   Options Remind Me: The Classic Elektra Recordings 1978-1984  Strut  2019  LP  12" version from 1982  *   2:45:21 (Pop‑up)
Jim Gilstrap  Put Out the Fire   Options Swing Your Daddy  Roxbury  1975  LP      2:51:12 (Pop‑up)

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Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:03am Listener Scott:

Thank you in advance for laboring today on the airwaves, Joe
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:03am fleep:

Labor Day greetings
Avatar 9:03am fred:

Good morning Joe and listeners
  9:03am Paula Grace:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:06am annie:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:06am Krys O.:

Howdy, Joe!
Avatar 9:10am Joe McG:

Hey folks, thanks for coming on board to keep me company today. Holidays tend to be a little quieter over here. Let's enjoy some music together this morning! Happy Labor Day!
Avatar 9:10am Diezel Tea:

Eyy, it's Joey McGaspar Noe and noisy table tops, eyyy. Great start!
  9:16am V Priceless:

Hey Joe!
  Swag For Life Member 9:17am tadpoles:

Very nice Joe. Cheers.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:19am Corey:

Morning Joe and everyone. Glad to be tuning in this holiday morning!
Avatar 9:20am Joe McG:

I'm really glad you all could make it because there's going to be an EAS test later in the show!
  9:22am Edw:

I didn't realize I was in need of some waltzing around the apartment this morning, but it sure is fitting the mood!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:23am Listener Scott:

This is gorgeous. Gonna go get me some.
Avatar 9:23am Joe McG:

@Edw: Labor Day should be relaxed, right?
Avatar 9:24am Brian in UK:

Hey Joe.
Avatar 9:25am Brian in UK:

Is this women in Labor Day.
  9:26am Edw:

Indeed. Always great to catch your shows live, you have a way of connecting to whatever is going on.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:28am Rob W & Katie:

We're really looking forward to your EAS test Joe!
Avatar 9:29am herb.nyc:

It's multi task time here, w bfast and feeding cat and labor / refugee news on wnyc AND lovely songs on wfmu. Good day to all. Wait, EAS Test?!
Avatar 9:30am Joe McG:

@Rob W & Katie: Believe me, it's going to be something to forget!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:34am Aaron Working In Newark:

Good morning Joe!
  9:38am Listener Alexandra:

Howdy from the Left Coast, Joe :-)
  9:41am Kimzilla:

Hi Joe! Great to see you yesterday and to hear you today!
  9:44am Mikezahir:

Hi joe!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:44am Karen in Sleepy Hollow:

Happy Labor Day to those working and not working today. If you find yourself in my neighborhood be sure to swing by Sleepy Hollow Cemetery and visit Samuel Gompers' grave. He made sure you saw his grave 1st, before you saw Andrew Carnegie or William Rockefeller.
  9:44am queems:

good morning joe & all! i’m listening with my family out on lake wallenpaupack which is pretty close to scranton.
  9:44am seedfriend:

You go! Life is too short. More harp.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:45am melinda:

Love Alice's Restaurant.
Avatar 9:47am EzSezz:

Alice's Restaurant is a great movie. Much sadder and darker view of 60s than song suggests.
Avatar 9:50am northguineahills:

still relevant today, EzSezz….
Avatar 9:50am Brian in UK:

Just painted the fascia boards on our house. So, fully energised.
  9:51am The Butterman:

I’m happy to have my amazing art teaching job. Going into year 21 tomorrow. Well, I’ll be happy on Thursday when students are there. First I have to survive 2 days of meetings though.
  9:53am chresti@ work:

Good morning from Griffith Park
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:53am Karen in Sleepy Hollow:

Teaching art is the fun part @Butterman, the business part of teaching sucks though
Avatar 9:56am Joe McG:

I have to re-see "Alice's Restaurant"! Congrats on the art teaching gig, Butterman! Congrats, Brian. Hi, all!
Avatar 10:00am Brian in UK:

Don't you love those flat English vocals.
Avatar 10:00am Joe McG:

Hey Alex and chresti, up very early on the west coast!
Avatar 10:00am tak:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:00am Hughie Considine:

I wonder if the singer from Art Brut speak-sings his way through non-musical life. Morning, Joe!
  10:00am The Butterman:

True that Karen!
Avatar 10:01am fred:

I still have a "popular culture no longer applies to me" Art Brut T-shirt
Avatar 10:02am tak:

you should've forgotten about it
  10:03am The Butterman:

Thanks joe,you’ll be happy to know that my first class each Monday walks into the sounds of your opening track. They just look at me confused. Yep, yep, yep.
  10:04am phillippe bastille:

goog morning Morning Joe and friends!
Avatar 10:04am Joe McG:

@Butterman: Excellent!
Avatar 10:05am Brian in UK:

Joe, are you following with Happy Mondays?
Avatar 10:05am Joe McG:

@Brian: Ha ha, wish I'd thought of it!
  10:06am Bill W:

Every time I hear Art Brut, I have a vision of the singer's hilariously bad mustache (when he had one).
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:06am annie:

are you having story time today? have any clint eastwood reading anyhing? os even singing?
Avatar 10:07am Joe McG:

@annie: No Story Corner today, maybe next week! :)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:07am annie:

  10:15am Bill W:

I am now going to make pancakes, a Surface Noise first for me.
Avatar 10:16am Joe McG:

@Bill: A noble endeavor.
Avatar 10:18am RobinSays:

I love Haircut One Hundred! Thanx for playing them:) I wish they'd get back together and tour.
Avatar 10:20am Joe McG:

@RobinSays: I can't imagine! I would go for sure.
Avatar 10:23am RobinSays:

I love HOH's musicality and the sunniness of their songs. I always feel like dancing when I hear them:)
  10:25am tripod:

Joe, you’re making my workday. Thanks!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:26am Rob W:

Apologies for a long (and late-reaction) post: But speaking of the "Alice's" reissue: Curious how the epic "Alice’s Restaurant Massacree" became a Thanksgiving radio tradition, I stumbled upon a funny and rather WFMU-relatable story: "…the song’s first true breakthrough… was ‘Alice’s’ Feb 1967 radio debut on WBAI. Said Arlo: ‘I’d been a big fan of WBAI... one night (long before the album was released) they asked me to perform live. I had no idea they were taping it, although it wouldn’t have stopped me from performing. I loved those guys.’" By May, WBAI was receiving so many requests to play ‘Alice,’ it became a fund-raising gimmick. ‘WBAI… would play it after they’d been pledged enough money... Eventually they were playing it so often, they took pledges to STOP playing it, and…raised even more money.'”(Source: tiny.cc...). Needless to say the Thanksgiving spin of "Massacree" is NOT a WFMU tradition... but WFUV still plays it every Thanksgiving. As do various other stations (mostly on the east coast of the US with a few exceptions).
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:35am fleep:

Single up!
Avatar 10:36am Joe McG:

Great story, Rob, thanks! @tripod: Sorry you have to work, but glad I can help a little.
  10:39am melinda:

@Rib interesting history
  Swag For Life Member 10:39am tadpoles:

#Rob...WKZE out of Red Hook still plays it twice on Thanksgiving!!

Nice to hear Paul McMahon Joe....a talented local lad...he's excellent at improv. songwriting.
Avatar 10:39am Brian in UK:

Early Robert Palmer backed by Little Feat on records was tops.
Avatar 10:41am Joe McG:

WMMR in Philadelphia used to do the "Alice's Restaurant" thing, too, but I don't know if they still do. Or if they still exist as a rock station, actually.
  10:44am SeanG:

hiya Joe! always liked Art Brut, great live band
Avatar 10:46am Joe McG:

@SeanG: I remember seeing them and having a great time!
Avatar 10:47am Brian in UK:

Joe, this is not Recess!!!
  10:50am melinda:

Fun singles.
Avatar 10:50am Joe McG:

@Brian: Sure it is! :)
Avatar 10:50am Malcolm:

i love you candi
Avatar 10:51am Brian in UK:

Oh I forgot, all day recess.
  10:52am Bill W:

I remember that "Alice's Restaurant" was the first film I ever saw at the Museum of Modern Art. I won't say what year, but Jimmy Carter was president.
  10:55am johnk77:

great show selecter
saw muddy waters blues band
in the sculpture garden
of moma
Avatar 10:57am Joe McG:

Thanks, melinda, johnk. @jk77: Wow! Muddy and Rodin all in one place.
Avatar 10:57am Brian in UK:

Don't forget the pickle.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:59am Hughie Considine:

I feel like a bullet in the gun of Robert Ford saying this, but this may be more warped than I can handle.
Avatar 10:59am Brian in UK:

EJ sounds a bit like Jackson Browne.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:01am Karen in Sleepy Hollow:

Daaamn, ain't heard this one in ages
Avatar 11:01am djsheilab:

You are playing my all-time favorite Elton John song. HEAVEN.
Avatar 11:01am tak:

this is what i answer my phone to sometimes
Avatar 11:01am Joe McG:

@Hughie: Ha ha ha
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:01am coelacanth∅:

Rob (@10.26) Stashu played alice's restaurant for thanksgiving a year or 2 ago. she said it was the first time she'd ever heard the whole song. it was fun to listen to it together and getting her reaction to it as her first time.
(i'd also not heard it for a decade or 2)
Avatar 11:01am Joe McG:

@Sheila: In 1982, this song used to make me cry!
  11:02am morphe':

Elton lookin'g like my Hasid cousins....
Too Kool for School
Met a lovely Hasid once at the bust stop while
squatting in Stoke Newington (NW London).
I was quite ever so happy - 2 Bklyn Jews meeting in North London via
Avatar 11:03am Brian in UK:

Joe, was that the remix?
  11:03am johnk77:

hard to overstate
how hip
geffen records was
in 1982
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:04am Rob W & Katie:

EAS update: Joe, you nailed it! We knew you would.
  11:04am morphe':

ps Hasid reunion at the Stoke Newington bus stop = 1987
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:06am common:

Joe, all
  11:10am morphe':

Red Wiine in Madrid(17:08) - with , in the house, spicy pizzas y avocado salad!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:11am coelacanth∅:

Scott! why's Scott leaving?!
  11:14am morphe':

no stream???? espana
Avatar 11:14am Joe McG:

@coelacanth: I'm sure he'll talk about it today. He's off for a schedule, but he'll be back, I have no doubt at all!
  11:15am morphe':

Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:16am coelacanth∅:

thanks Joe. it's just hard to imagine that's all!
Avatar 11:18am Joe McG:

@coelacanth: I know! I have a hard time imagining it myself.
Avatar 11:18am Brian in UK:

Joe, are you going to see Kevin Morby tomorrow?
  11:19am prudy:

hey guys, where is the new schedule posted? Can't find it!
Avatar 11:20am Joe McG:

@Brian: I may drop in! I saw him last time he played here and he was very good. I was going to say "Whoops, I should've announced that," but it's sold out.
Avatar 11:20am Joe McG:

@prudy: We'll try to get it up on the home page in the next day or so.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:21am TicklePolyester:

Loving this set. Thanks, Joe!
  11:21am prudy:

sorry, it sounded like it had been made public...
  11:22am melinda:

I’m bummed that In Real Life is not returning.
  11:22am morphe':

Brian Uk- Kevin Morphe' was my cousin.. Working in Shannon airport..
Lost his mind, family and house and threw himself in the Liffey(DuB) on freezing xmas night ... He will not be at the show..
Avatar 11:25am Joe McG:

@Tickle: I like the name TicklePolyester!
Avatar 11:27am Brian in UK:

When at junior skool I was called BriNylon. It was new at the time. Happy days!
  11:28am morphe':

I liked PolyStyrene!!!
Is she breathing??
Avatar 11:28am Brian in UK:

@morphe' that is sad.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:30am coelacanth∅:

Poly Styrene is not breathing.
rest in peace.
Avatar 11:31am djsheilab:

Joe, you are KILLING it today!
  11:31am morphe':

Brian Uk - it was at least a quick end to one of our Morphe' lives...
My mothers side was the the stable side ... they say I look like her so
I will have a LONGGGG difficult life.. no quick ends!!! Too many mouths to feed!!! ISREALITES>>> "GET UP EVERY MORNIN..."
  11:31am prudy:

enjoying the show Joe...thanks.
Avatar 11:31am Roberto:

Well some shorts got wet but in the end, the kitchen faucet has been fixed. I WIN!
Avatar 11:33am Joe McG:

@sheilab: :) :) :)
  11:35am Mandy:

the nostalgia I feel listening to marching bands is indescribable. love marching band music, especially covers.
Avatar 11:36am djsheilab:

OH MY GOD!!!! And to think it could get any more bonkers?!!!! You're bloody brilliant, Joe!
  11:36am The Butterman:

What is this Butter motion picture and why don’t I know it?
  11:37am SeanG:

i wanna hear a randy rhoads trumpet solo
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:39am steveo:

good morning; i'm extremely glad to be listening!
Avatar 11:39am Joe McG:

Can anyone remember the name of that excellent high school band that was so funky? Two CD collection came out a few years ago. Drawing a blank!
Avatar 11:42am Brian in UK:

@morphe' "Wake up every morning slaving for bread, so that every mouth can beee fed"
  11:43am morphe':

Joe: worked in St Mark's bookshop (1980s) 10 years and can still na remember : names, titles, etc.. but I know who ya are spaeking of..
did they play at Obama's ...
  11:43am JakeGould:

Hey Joe! Happy Labor Day!

And does this compilation ring a bell? With the “Douglass High School Stage Band?”

  11:44am JakeGould:

I would dare to say the “Langley Schools Music Project” as well, but that is more than a few years ago.
  11:45am Dean:

Not high school, but Oakland Elementary School Arkestra has three CDs.
Avatar 11:46am Roberto:

Ex-DJ Charlie played a fair amount of high school band recordings way back when. I couldn't get enough of them.
  11:46am JakeGould:

I would just like to wish a happy Labor Day to the laundromat workers working today, the bagel shop guys as well and finally the U.S. Postal Service doing deliveries today or unloading trucks overnight. Oh! And the day laborers a few blocks away that are always out there rain or shine.
Avatar 11:47am Joe McG:

No, Jake, they were from a black high school, made about 4-5 records. They even made a documentary about them. Killing me that I can't remember.
  11:47am morphe':

Brian UK - EXACTLY - Was a school teacher in Bed Stuy for 27 years ..
Taught Antigone, MacBeth And The Harder They Come(film) as one unit= Ancient and Modern Tragedy = Grief from the supervisors - energy from the youth... ps IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK!!!
Avatar 11:47am Joe McG:

Maybe it was a college band, now I'm not sure.
  11:48am JakeGould:

I know! “Kashmere High School Stage Band,” right?
Avatar 11:49am Joe McG:

Damn, Jake, that's it! Thank you!!!!
  11:49am JakeGould:

You are welcome!
Avatar 11:51am Joe McG:

Sadly, we don't have the "Texas Thunder Soul" collection in our library. I'll bring it next time!
Avatar 11:51am Brian in UK:

@morphe' how come that Madrid is right in the middle of Spain and miles from the sea but manages to have fresh fish?
Avatar 11:51am Roberto:

Does anyone remember Context '70? A collection of recordings by Rockville Center, NY high school students from the early '70s.
  11:51am cronbat:

Yes, Kashmere from H-town!
Avatar 11:52am Brian in UK:

Joe, how do you get inside your front door for records?
  11:52am JakeGould:

And here is the Discogs page for the 2011 comp for anyone who cares. www.discogs.com...
Avatar 11:53am Joe McG:

@Brian: Funny you should say that, I just made a pile of records I want to sell by my door last night!
  11:56am morphe':

Brian UK: Fresh fish in Madrid???? I am from many Islands.. BKLYN, Ireland, T&T, Jamaica, Cuba .. I take the train every Thursday(almost) to swim and eat in Valencia, Bilbao or Alicante... FRESH FISH (FYI - never eat a BKLYN WHITE FISH - was our code language for a condom in the Narrows..)
Avatar 11:56am Joe McG:

Hey everybody! Thanks for listening and commenting today. Enjoy your day today and your week. Welcome to September. Hope it's a good one for you! See you next Monday.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:57am fleep:

Thanks, Joe!
Avatar 11:57am Brian in UK:

Joe, looks like you have some happy listeners today, me being one of them. Thanks. Have a peaceful day everyone.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:57am coelacanth∅:

Thanks Joe!
  11:57am morphe':

thanks joe!!!!!!
Avatar 12:00pm Brian in UK:

Anyone noticed that there is a bit of a nip in the air, well over here at least. Summer in the rear view mirror.
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