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Unstuck in time, The Avant Ghetto wanders through heavy folk, pastoral noise, spiritual rock, harsh jazz and other dimly lit corners of the universe.

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Options November 3, 2019

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Artist Track Album Label Approx. start time
Party of the Sun  Waters Again   Options Trekker  Trailing Twelve Records  0:00:00 (Pop‑up)
Morning  Only to Say Goodnight   Options Struck Like Silver  Fantasy  0:03:34 (Pop‑up)
Mother Tuckers Yellow Duck  Middlefield County   Options Starting a New Day  Capitol Records  0:07:04 (Pop‑up)
Big Front Yard  In Your Wagon   Options Big Front Yard  Thylacine Records  0:12:09 (Pop‑up)
Index  I Met a Man   Options Black Album / Red Album / Yesterday & Today  Lion  0:18:44 (Pop‑up)
Bluebird  I Shall Be Released   Options 7"  Jerden   0:21:56 (Pop‑up)
Kent Harrison Boyles  Before I'm Gone   Options Kent Harrison Boyles  Kent Harrison Boyles Self-Released  0:25:14 (Pop‑up)
Roger McGuinn  Lost My Drivin' Wheel   Options Roger Mcguinn  Columbia  0:30:30 (Pop‑up)
Bert Jansch  Open Up the Watergate (Let the Sunshine in)   Options LA Turnaround  Charisma  0:34:55 (Pop‑up)
Young & Renshaw  Mary Come Now   Options This Is Young & Renshaw  Bell  0:37:19 (Pop‑up)
Love  Singing Cowboy   Options Four Sail  Elektra  0:40:40 (Pop‑up)
Wet Tuna  Poor Old Interstellar   Options Water Weird  Three Lobed  0:46:01 (Pop‑up)
Grace Cummings  The Look You Gave   Options Refuge Cove  Flightless  1:04:48 (Pop‑up)
Owen Tromans  Marin Pale's Ghost   Options Between Stones  Sacred Geometry  1:08:43 (Pop‑up)
Donovan Quinn  I Wanna Be Your Ghost   Options Absalom  Soft Abuse  1:12:22 (Pop‑up)
Richard Youngs & Raül Refree  Another Language   Options All Hands Around the Moment  Soft Abuse  1:16:25 (Pop‑up)
Fumio & Osamu   Ronshuiko   Options Shin Chugoku  Atlantic (Japan)  1:24:18 (Pop‑up)
Moon Bros.  Temporary Thoughts   Options The Easy Way Is Hard Enough  Western Vinyl  1:28:06 (Pop‑up)
Andrew DR Abbott  Heaton Wild Woods   Options Dead In Chellow Dean  Feeding Tube / Cardinal Fuzz  1:33:45 (Pop‑up)
J.R. Bohannon  Dusk   Options Dusk  figureeight  1:37:12 (Pop‑up)
The High Sheriffs  Villagers   Options High Sheriffs  Garden Portal  1:42:50 (Pop‑up)
Itasca  Plains   Options Spring  Paradise of Bachelors  1:46:52 (Pop‑up)
Beau   Morning Sun   Options Beau  Dandelion  1:55:36 (Pop‑up)

Listener comments!

  10:03pm tfunk:

sup Jeff
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:04pm Wendy del Formaggio:

Hey Jeff!
Avatar 10:05pm Jeff Conklin:

Hey all. Not too late to pledge, we're behind :/
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:06pm fleep:

Good evening, Jeff.
  10:07pm Carmichael:

Aloha Amigos.
Avatar 10:10pm Jeff Conklin:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:11pm Wendy del Formaggio:

I just pledged. Will the pumpkin show up so quickly?... I'm about to find out.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:11pm Wendy del Formaggio:

Avatar 10:13pm Jeff Conklin:

Thanks Wendy!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:14pm Wendy del Formaggio:

Sure thing! Thanks for all you do to make Sunday nights sound so good. With Therese, Gaylord, and your show, it's a fab line-up.
Avatar 10:15pm Yennifer:

Evening, Jeff and all
  10:15pm Chris Wardell:

Sup, Jeff. I just pledge in the Avant Ghetto’s honor. ✌️
  10:15pm RCU-Keith:

Lovin this vibe so far. This is perfect night driving music.
  10:17pm Chris Wardell:

Maybe slip in a Phish tune every now and then.
  10:17pm Jeff Conklin:

That is, Chris.

@keith: Agreed! (But drive safe)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:21pm Ignatatus666:

Greetings Jeff
Smash that goal tonight
Avatar 10:22pm Jeff Conklin:

Avatar 10:24pm Yennifer:

This cover <3
  10:24pm judy from croton:

David crosby yes great and timely
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:25pm melinda:

  10:25pm judy from croton:

Now you’re really reading my mind
Avatar 10:25pm Jeff Conklin:

Hey Yennifer, judy, and melinda and anyone i missed
  10:27pm RCU-Keith:

Oh man, that was great. I’ve only ever heard Index from their cover of “Eight Miles High,” but this makes me want to check out the rest of their recordings right away.
  10:27pm Carmichael:

2 words: Oz. Ric.
  10:29pm Carmichael:

Helpless helpless ...
Avatar 10:29pm Yennifer:

@Carmichael, yes, my thoughts as well
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:31pm sboston:

Absurdly good vibes on the air tonight
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:33pm melinda:

yes, love the vibe
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:34pm Tome:

HI Jeff & Everyone,,, this is the show where it's like ahhhh,, ,, just how it should be !<>!!
Avatar 10:34pm Jeff Conklin:

When has this show ever been what it shouldnt be ;)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:36pm Tome:

the ride has been Spectacular sll the way ! then and now !
Avatar 10:37pm Yennifer:

Has anyone seen that Laurel Canyon doc on netflix? If not, don't waste your time...
  10:38pm Carmichael:

Good ol’ Bert.
  10:40pm Carmichael:

@Jeff, wha? That’s like Red Green saying it’s like reverse psychology, only backwards.
Avatar 10:42pm sadiwn:

had that instant "woah, what's this?" reaction just now from this Young & Renshaw
  10:43pm highway:

happy birthday Bert Jansch...a request for John Martyn sometime...thanks Jeff
  10:44pm Jeff Conklin:

Martyn will be around someday
  10:45pm Jeff Conklin:

@sadiwin Sadly the rest of he album is a bit meh
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:45pm Irwin:

Arthur Lee's "departure album" after Forever Changes.
  10:47pm Franco Twinkie:

Four Sail is 50 years old. Arthur Lee has ridden off into the sunset.
  10:47pm Carmichael:

I love Love.
Avatar 10:48pm Jeff Conklin:

@Irwin: Theres a fair amount of good stuff post-Four Sail imho, Out Here is great!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:48pm Irwin:

It was all downhill after Forever Changes. I liked quite a few tracks on Four Sail, Out Here, and False Start, but the mojo was gone. I air "Love Is More Than Words (Or Better Late Than Never)" once a year. Check the playlists!
  10:49pm Carmichael:

Arthur suffered his 3rd strike in life.
Avatar 10:49pm Jeff Conklin:

Fun fact: Love is one of the two bands I've permanently damaged my skin for
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:51pm Irwin:

It wasn't just Arthur who spiraled down. Did any other member of the FC band do anything of note afterwards? Bryan McLean either had a solo album or a posthumous compilation, but who else had an Act II?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:51pm Irwin:

Lee allegedly fired the band's original drummer because "he did something with his mouth."
Avatar 10:52pm Jeff Conklin:

Jay Donnelan went on to be in Morning, who i played earlier. Two great albums
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:52pm Irwin:

Jeff: Where is the epidermal damage and to what extent?
Avatar 10:53pm Jeff Conklin:

Avatar 10:53pm Franco Twinkie:

Well, no one would dispute Arthur Lee was a very erratic guy, but it was utterly ridiculous to expect another Forever Changes. That album was a one in a lifetime manifestation.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:53pm Irwin:

Donnellan wasn't in the FC band. He debuted on Four Sail.
Avatar 10:54pm Jeff Conklin:

Oh misread, thought we were talking FS. The tattoo is available for public viewings at the xmas party.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:55pm Irwin:

Congrats. You've hit your goal. No need to thank me (until your next mic break).
Avatar 10:55pm Jeff Conklin:

Avatar 10:57pm Franco Twinkie:

The Blue Thumb Love was a great hard rock band. They could be excessive, but Arthur Lees skill set was still intact. Plus, they looked real sharp!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:58pm Irwin:

Out Here was a diluted double album. Too much filler. Would have made an excellent single disc release.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:00pm Irwin:

Now let's talk about Spirit, a great, great band with a terrible, terrible drummer.
  11:01pm Dean:

Bands that rip off CSN&Y? Then you must be a huge fan of Starcastle.
Avatar 11:03pm Franco Twinkie:

Irwin, Agreed. More Willow Willow, less of Gary Rowels and George Suranoviches whackery But the times dictated double album sets.
  11:03pm ParUbi:

Hey there
  11:04pm Carmichael:

Don Conka was from my hometown area, and died eventually from a heart attck.
Avatar 11:04pm Franco Twinkie:

Hard Meat was on the soundtrack of Pacific Vibrations. A surfing movie trapped in amber.
  11:05pm Carmichael:

Irwin, I love Spirit. Was Ed Cassidy a bad drummer?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:06pm Irwin:

John Densmore and Nick Mason were awful drummers. If you combine their awfulness you have the inept, hamfisted drumming of Spirit's Ed Cassidy. A jazz drummer who couldn't play rock. Rock can be sloppy, but it shouldn't be clumsy.
Avatar 11:07pm Franco Twinkie:

I saw Jay with Arthur at UCLA. I guess there were no hard feeling after their purported fist fight at a show in Oakland.
  11:07pm Dean:

Nick Mason...yeah, abysmal. I recall watching that stupid Pink Floyd movie thinking how miserable a drummer they had.
  11:08pm Dean:

Densmore? Who knows where the crappiness with that band started?
Avatar 11:09pm Jeff Conklin:

I tracked down Colorado Purple Gang from the PAcific Vibrations soundtrack and they sent me a bunch of unreleased music that you've heard if you've been listening to this show for a while...
  11:09pm Carmichael:

I know nothing about drumming. I’ll take y’alls word for it.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:09pm brycepunk1:

Love your show so much! I hate that I have to go to bed now. Thank you for all the amazing music through the years. :)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:10pm Irwin:

Cassidy: nothing like a rock drummer whose fills always seem to conclude a half-beat before the rest of the band comes back in. Nick Mason is dreadful. That idiotic, lumbering beat. A drummer without chops.
Avatar 11:12pm Jeff Conklin:

@bryce: thanks brother g'night
Avatar 11:15pm Franco Twinkie:

Best rock drummer I ever saw was Aynsley Dunbar. Runner up - George Suranovich.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:15pm Irwin:

Great drummers: Billy Ficca (Television, Waitresses); Mitch Mitchell (Hendrix); Jim Gordon; Tony Newman; Alex Van Halen; Joe Franco (Good Rats); Dino Danelli (Rascais); Dave Mattacks (Fairport); Phil Collins; Budgie (Siouxsie); Dave King (Bad Plus); Gavin Wallace-Ailsworth (Bent Knee); Animal (Sesame Street). That's just rock. Don't get me started on great jazz drummers, it'll never end.
  11:16pm Dean:

Jim Black (kinda rock, kinda not), Bill Bruford (same), Billy Mintz (jazz)...
Avatar 11:18pm Franco Twinkie:

Oh yeah! Billy Ficca. Subdued but steady....and he swings!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:18pm Irwin:

Max Roach and Art Blakey were monsters. No one could touch 'em. Joe Morello was brilliant. And John Bonham wasn't too shabby.
  11:20pm Dean:

I remember hearing Fantomas with Dave Lombardo. I dig Slayer, but what a fucked up mess he was at that show. He was to drums what Laswell is to bass: molasses.
Avatar 11:21pm Franco Twinkie:

Elvin Jones, Chester Thomson, John French, Ritchie Hayward.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:21pm Irwin:

Franco: Ficca seems underappreciated. Every part on every TV song is worth paying attention to. Start with ""Venus."
  11:22pm Dean:

De Johnette. Scott Amendola.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:22pm Irwin:

Note: Ringo wasn't a drummer. He was a Beatle.
  11:23pm Dean:

And yes, Collins could be a stellar drummer when he wanted to be one.

Hamid Drake.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:23pm Irwin:

Let's not forget our own Dennis Diken. A R&R jackhammer.
Avatar 11:23pm Franco Twinkie:

I agree, Irwin. In The early days, Verlaine and Lloyd could really go into outer space, but Billy kept them on a leach.
  11:23pm Dean:

Well, then, Nicky Beat. K.K.
  11:25pm Dean:

Fritz Hauser
  11:25pm yes:

Thanks for the calming tunes , Jeff
  11:26pm Dean:

Gerry Hemingway
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:26pm Irwin:

Billy Martin, Elvin Jones, Philly Joe, the guy from Spoon (can't think of his name), Stanton Moore.
  11:26pm Dean:

Steve Reich

(joking, for christ's sake)
  11:27pm Dean:

Motian, Lovens...did I mention Billy Mintz?
Avatar 11:28pm Franco Twinkie:

K.K. Barrett Was rock steady, but because of the electro primitive nature of The Screamers, who knows what he could really do. I never saw The Brainiacs so I can't say.
Avatar 11:28pm Jeff Conklin:

@yes: Welcome
  11:28pm Dean:

The dude from Def Leppard isn't half bad.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:29pm Irwin:

One of the best drum showcases I've ever witnessed was a complete surprise: Richard X. Heyman with the Doughboys. His drumming was a focal point. He had technique, speed, and showmanship.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:30pm Irwin:

Dean: I see what you did there!
  11:32pm Dean:

Russ Kunkel?
Avatar 11:33pm Franco Twinkie:

Mel Taylor was very good. Not a basher, but very loud because he had great technique.
  11:34pm Dean:

Tomas Haake, for sure.

Lars Ulrich, for sure not.
Avatar 11:35pm Franco Twinkie:

I saw Drumbo solo, then get off his drum stool and tap dance!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:35pm melinda:

@Dean haha
  11:36pm Dean:

Watts the name of that guy who keeps rhythm for the Stones? He's pretty good.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:39pm Irwin:

Let's not forget Han Bennink, the greatest cheese-drum soloist.
  11:40pm Dean:

Bennink, of course! I heard him drum with Hemingway. And Sven-Ake Jahansson.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:42pm mb:

A late hello.

Still getting mileage off that Mark Fry tune you played last week Senor Conklin.

Oh fave drummers: Chad Taylor, Joe Russo, Billy Martin, Ches Smith, Milford Graves, so many
  11:42pm Dean:

Alex Cline is actually really good.
  11:43pm Dean:

Susie Ibarra
Avatar 11:45pm Franco Twinkie:

I love Charlie Watts! Very steady and unflappable, plus he slugged Mick Jagger and knocked him down. In a fist fight, a great drummer will always knock the stuffing out of a dancer.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:45pm Irwin:

Terri Lyne Carrington is good, but I never seem to like her music.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:47pm Irwin:

Honorable mentions: Sheila E.; Georgia Hubley.
  11:48pm Dean:

John Cowsill.

I don't in fact stand by that, but I saw him backing Dwight Twilley at a tiny club in Buena Park, CA. Fond memories.
  11:49pm Dean:

Hey! Phil Seymour
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:49pm Irwin:

I stood thru five songs by the White Stripes at Maxwell's before the chick drummer dashed any further interest I had in the band.
  11:51pm Dean:

Mani Neumeir
Avatar 11:52pm Franco Twinkie:

Richard Delvy. I never saw The Challengers, but his stick work on K-39 is real nice.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:52pm Irwin:

Keith Moon: you either love him or hate him. No middle ground.
  11:54pm Ryan from Detroit:

Itasca jam -great loose sway, tasteful wah... so good
  11:54pm Dean:

Hmmm, I would have imagined that Moon would have prompted more subtle responses. He was obviously talented. Yet he was excessive. I love him, but I can easily imagine hating him.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:55pm mb:

Who are 3 that you base your style off of, Irwin?
  11:56pm Dean:

Drummers that you love or hate? Neil Peart. Stewart Copeland. I hate them. But I acknowledge that there are contrary opinions.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:56pm Irwin:

I always wanted to be Mitch Mitchell or Dino Danelli, but any comparisons are laughable.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:57pm Tome:

Clem Burke !,.! well I always liked him !<>!
Avatar 11:57pm Franco Twinkie:

I like Keith! He liked to break stuff. After I take a shower, I'm going to practice my rudiments till the sun comes up! Night all.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:58pm mb:

Thanks DJ Jeff Conklin
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:58pm Irwin:

Dean: Stewart Copeland is a wizard. Amazing versatility. Great example of a very musical drummer; uses the kit for more than just rhythm. Love his drumming, in and out of the Police. Don't underestimate him.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:59pm Irwin:

Thanks, Jeff, for providing a nice soundtrack to our drum dish.
  12:00am Dean:

Sorry, Irwin, but to my ear Copeland is a mere time-keeper, a metronome. He has awful tone, no respect for the skin.
Avatar 12:00am Jeff Conklin:

Thanks, all. Good night and thanks for listening.

Rasheid Ali.
  12:01am Dean:

Hell, yes, Rasheid Ali, and Sunny Murray!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:06am Irwin:

I see your Sunny Murray and raise you a Clifford Jarvis!
  12:09am Bob O:

Favorite Keith Moon story. He used to bring plumbing tools to his hotel room. He would then proceed to remove the toilet bowl from the bathroom and dressed in a horse riding outfit, replete with helmet, sit on the bowl in the hotel elevator reading a newspaper, and press every floor button, just to see the looks on people's faces when the doors opened... ;)
  1:55am moelarryandjesus:

Phenomenal show. Sorry I missed it live.
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