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Options April 25, 2018: Limits (taking care) (Show #586) | Download full MP3

Brand new collage today, full of strange, lazy, loopy studies, meditations on saying no, phone calls from Canada, and a happy ending.

"I feel like this show was created for me. So many reminders I needed to hear and feel. Gifts. Practice it over and over and over."
"Such a gently aggressive meditation."
"This was a nice one."
"I'm listening to your Last Ever Radio Show for the First Time, and I'm falling more and more in love with it with every passing moment. Your monologues are delightfully hypnotic. Thank you so much for doing this beautiful work(/p l a y). It's incredible."

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Artist Track Album Year Comments Approx. start time
Dave Matthews Band  Crash   Options Crash  1996  Loop, forwards  0:00:00 (MP3 | )
Dave Matthews Band  Crash   Options Crash  1996  Loop, backwards  0:03:15 (MP3 | )
Ken  Do something that you knew was you   Options   2018    0:04:23 (MP3 | )
Dave Matthews Band  Crash   Options Crash  1996  Loop, backwards  0:06:43 (MP3 | )
Lemon Jelly  Nice Weather for Ducks   Options Lost Horizons  2002    0:06:57 (MP3 | )
Moondog  What's the Most Exciting Thing   Options Moondog 2  1971  Layers  0:09:46 (MP3 | )
David Lynch  Some people love to be lost   Options       0:10:48 (MP3 | )
Donald Swartz  TWX in 12 Bars (Wall $treet Week theme)   Options   1972  Layers of teletypes  0:12:41 (MP3 | )
Donald Swartz  Opening to Wall $treet Week (with Louis Rukeyser)   Options   1972  Complete with intro narrator  0:13:30 (MP3 | )
Liz Phair  Shatter   Options Exile in Guyville  1993  Loops  0:16:20 (MP3 | )
Logan Lerman  There is so much pain, I don't know how to stop noticing it   Options The Perks of Being a Wallflower  2012    0:17:49 (MP3 | )
One-Minute Vacation  Ducktown TN - Yard Birds (Ducktown TN 3/31/08)   Options One-Minute Vacations  2008    0:19:32 (MP3 | )
Field recording  Buenos Aires birds   Options       0:21:14 (MP3 | )
Field recording  Morning birds   Options       0:22:17 (MP3 | )
One-Minute Vacation  Sam the Bird (Cohasset MA 3/24/08)   Options One-Minute Vacations  2008    0:22:31 (MP3 | )
Live phone call      2018  and Ken breaths  0:25:07 (MP3 | )
Ken  You can ask for anything (Boundaries monologue)   Options   2018  Over Liz Phair live looping. Thank you for taking care of yourself  0:27:19 (MP3 | )
Liz Phair  Shatter   Options Exile in Guyville  1993  Continued live looping atmosphere  0:38:06 (MP3 | )
Ken  You can stay for as long as you want (this is the last chance)   Options   2018  You don't have to leave the moment. You don't have to leave this dream.  0:39:01 (MP3 | )
Live phone caller  Someone said Canada   Options   2018  (East coast)  0:48:09 (MP3 | )
Ken  That's what happens   Options   2018    0:52:20 (MP3 | )
Live phone caller  In Canada (it's beautiful here today)   Options   2018  (West coast) (I love everything about Canada)  0:52:48 (MP3 | )
Liz Phair  Shatter   Options Exile in Guyville  1993  Loops  0:56:32 (MP3 | )
Ken  Identification   Options   2018    0:57:36 (MP3 | )
Live phone caller  Rich in Washington (suddenly I'm falling)   Options   2018  Mouth open wide but no sound. With live stream looping  1:00:50 (MP3 | )
David Mitchell, Robert Webb  Potatoes aren't vegetables   Options Peep Show, season 7 episode 5: Seasonal Beatings  2010  With live stream looping. "Potatoes aren't veg. (Uh, yes, they are.) Oh. Um, are they? Uh, I mean they kind of are. But not really. (Well, what else are they?) Are you sure potatoes are veg? Aren't they... not earth, but like salt? I mean tomatoes are fruit and potatoes are... bread? No. I mean, they're wheaty. They don't go in the drawer in the fridge, so, yeah? They're not exactly cabbage, are they? I mean, they're brown. They're nice!"  1:04:17 (MP3 | )
R.E.M.  Daysleeper   Options Up  1998  Loops  1:07:03 (MP3 | )
Emma Watson, Logan Lerman  What did you want? You can't put everybody's lives ahead of yours   Options The Perks of Being a Wallflower  2012    1:08:45 (MP3 | )
Claire Danes  Sometimes someone says something really small, and it just fits right into this empty space in your heart   Options My So-Called Life      1:10:21 (MP3 | )
Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet  This is it, it's gonna be gone soon. What do we do? Enjoy it.   Options Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind  2004    1:10:45 (MP3 | )
Jon Brion  Theme   Options Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind  2004  Loops  1:11:14 (MP3 | )
Emma Watson, Logan Lerman  Why do I and everyone I love pick people who treat us like we're nothing? We accept the love we think we deserve   Options The Perks of Being a Wallflower  2012  Loop  1:13:25 (MP3 | )
Def Leppard  Promises   Options Euphoria  1999  Loops  1:14:14 (MP3 | )
Stevie Wonder  He's Misstra Know-It-All   Options Innervisions  1974  Loops  1:14:54 (MP3 | )
Kathryn Beaumont  If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, and everything would be what it isn't   Options Alice in Wonderland  1951    1:20:13 (MP3 | )
Martin Donovan, Hal Hartley  Ignorance is the necessary condition of human happiness   Options Surviving Desire  1992    1:20:32 (MP3 | )
Martin Donovan, Hal Hartley  My biggest fear is this   Options Surviving Desire  1992    1:21:02 (MP3 | )
Martin Donovan, Adrienne Shelly, Hal Hartley  Television makes these daily sacrifices possible, it deadens the inner core of my being   Options Trust  1990    1:21:33 (MP3 | )
Hal Hartley  No matter what I achieve, I always have this irritating sensation of emptiness and futility   Options Ambition  1991  I want the image I have of myself and myself to become one  1:22:01 (MP3 | )
Hal Hartley  When two images or sounds are juxtaposed in a relationship that is not concrete...   Options Ambition  1991    1:22:12 (MP3 | )
Katherine Hepburn  All my life I've stayed at parties too long, because I didn't know when to go   Options Summertime  1955    1:23:06 (MP3 | )
David Huddleston  Are you surprised at my tears, sir? Strong men also cry. Strong men also cry.   Options The Big Lebowski  1998    1:23:41 (MP3 | )
La Düsseldorf  Rheinita   Options Viva  1979  Loops  1:23:59 (MP3 | )
Kraftwerk  Radioaktivität   Options Radio-Aktivität  1975  Loops  1:24:19 (MP3 | )
Vangelis  Chariots of Fire theme   Options Chariots of Fire  1981  Loops  1:25:35 (MP3 | )
The Lovin’ Spoonful  Me About You   Options Revelation: Revolution '69  1969    1:30:58 (MP3 | )
Lemon Jelly  Nice Weather for Ducks   Options Lost Horizons  2002    1:32:13 (MP3 | )
The Brothers Johnson   Strawberry Letter #23   Options Right on Time  1977  Loops  1:33:02 (MP3 | )
Magnapop  Snake   Options Magnapop or Rubbing Doesn't Help  1992?  Loops, taking over atmosphere  1:34:16 (MP3 | )
Ken  All we have are memories (I don't know what I want)   Options   2018  Everyone tries in the ways they know how. Something is always going to hurt. Something is always going to go well.  1:36:47 (MP3 | )
Live phone caller  Broken, drowning (you can't know nothing)   Options   2018    1:41:52 (MP3 | )
Magnapop  Snake   Options Magnapop  1992  Loops  1:47:03 (MP3 | )
The War on Drugs  In Chains   Options A Deeper Understanding  2017  Loops  1:48:03 (MP3 | )
Ken  Forever making the same mistakes, reinventing the wheel   Options   2018  Mostly over War on Drugs In Chains loops, and a little over Magnapop Snake loops  1:50:48 (MP3 | )
The War on Drugs  In Chains   Options A Deeper Understanding  2017  Loops  1:54:37 (MP3 | )
Ken  Identification   Options   2018    1:54:51 (MP3 | )
The War on Drugs  In Chains   Options A Deeper Understanding  2017  Loops on out  1:56:19 (MP3 | )

Listener comments!

Avatar Wed. 4/25/18 4:59pm geezerette:

More,more,more!
Avatar Wed. 4/25/18 5:00pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

@geezerette: How do you like it?
Avatar Wed. 4/25/18 5:02pm geezerette:

Kenzo,sunny side up!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 4/25/18 5:02pm fred:

Wow, a new show? I suddenly worry I was supposed to be at a gig somewhere
Avatar Wed. 4/25/18 5:04pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

@fred, I know, I was afraid to do it in case it made you too busy
Avatar Wed. 4/25/18 5:05pm geezerette:

Loving this. Listening for hidden messages. :D
Avatar Wed. 4/25/18 5:06pm geezerette:

Howdy,Fred.
Avatar Wed. 4/25/18 5:06pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Man oh man, I never learn to fall in love with the 128k live stream. I recommend the higher quality archive links, and then seek ahead to where we are now: 6'20 wfmu.org... or wfmu.org...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 4/25/18 5:06pm coelacanth∅:

the last ever???
Avatar Wed. 4/25/18 5:07pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

This is it. There is no more time
Avatar Wed. 4/25/18 5:08pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

@geezerette: Me too
Avatar Wed. 4/25/18 5:09pm geezerette:

!!! :D
Avatar Wed. 4/25/18 5:09pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

All the ducks are swimming in the water
Avatar Wed. 4/25/18 5:09pm geezerette:

Except one.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 4/25/18 5:10pm fred:

I like that picture
Avatar Wed. 4/25/18 5:10pm geezerette:

Swinging on the moon.
Avatar Wed. 4/25/18 5:10pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

One of the most amazing places I've seen on earth
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 4/25/18 5:10pm steveo:

usually leave work at 5; utterly confused; there's an archive of the show that's only barely started?
Avatar Wed. 4/25/18 5:10pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

@steveo: Thank you for being confused
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 4/25/18 5:11pm steveo:

my pleasure
Avatar Wed. 4/25/18 5:11pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Check this out, timestamps to go back and hear what barely happened yet
Avatar Wed. 4/25/18 5:12pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Lathe of Heaven sample about dreams becoming reality wanted right here
Avatar Wed. 4/25/18 5:14pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Who here watched Wall $treet Week every week as a kid
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 4/25/18 5:14pm Ike:

Holy shmow, it's the Wall $treet Week music! I forgot how fun it was. I haven't heard that in 30 years, probably.
Avatar Wed. 4/25/18 5:15pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

TWX in 12 Bars en.wikipedia.org...
Avatar Wed. 4/25/18 5:15pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Ike! Ha, glad to share the moment
Avatar Wed. 4/25/18 5:15pm geezerette:

Kenzo,I'm leaving my ears in your care while I walk my eyes elsewhere. I trust you that much.
Avatar Wed. 4/25/18 5:16pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

I was watching a few episodes recently and noticing that all the major underwriters were banks and investment firms that eventually defrauded people out of billions
Avatar Wed. 4/25/18 5:17pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Pretty much the entire show was him encouraging you to keep your money in investments, most of which crashed as the principals took off with the bag.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 4/25/18 5:17pm Ike:

I watched it often as a kid, but usually only some of it without understanding it. I think. Probably usually wandered off after a little while. Don't think I realized at the time that I was just tuning in for the music.
Avatar Wed. 4/25/18 5:17pm geezerette:

...Are we living in Wall Street World?
Avatar Wed. 4/25/18 5:19pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

We're living in Liz Phair's Guyville
Avatar Wed. 4/25/18 5:19pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

@geezerette: I appreciate the opportunity for you to take care of yourself
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 4/25/18 5:19pm fred:

"banks and investment firms that eventually defrauded people out of billions". Isn't that their business model?
Avatar Wed. 4/25/18 5:20pm geezerette:

:::::) !
Avatar Wed. 4/25/18 5:21pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Wall $treet Week + Liz Phair loops + birds in Tennesse
Avatar Wed. 4/25/18 5:21pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

@fred: Yes, it's nice to get to go back and play the tapes of it
Avatar Wed. 4/25/18 5:24pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Birds inspired by last week's airport caller's talk of her bird recordings
Avatar Wed. 4/25/18 5:25pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

For the high-quality audio experience, use one of the archive links (wfmu.org... or wfmu.org... ), and then seek ahead to where we are now: 25'45
Avatar Wed. 4/25/18 5:26pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Rich in Washington, methinks
Avatar Wed. 4/25/18 5:28pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Boundaries monologue
Avatar Wed. 4/25/18 5:29pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

You can re ward people
Avatar Wed. 4/25/18 5:32pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

You don't have to shout through the door, because I'm not available. The door's closed. You can be anywhere else you want to be. You just can't be over here.
Avatar Wed. 4/25/18 5:33pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Feel free to tell that to someone else; I'm not available right now.
  Wed. 4/25/18 5:38pm R:

I feel like this show was created for me. So many reminders I needed to hear and feel. Gifts. Practice it over and over and over.
Avatar Wed. 4/25/18 5:40pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

You don't have to leave this dream
Avatar Wed. 4/25/18 5:42pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

This is the last chance
Avatar Wed. 4/25/18 5:43pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Every now and then, those moments close
Avatar Wed. 4/25/18 5:43pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

You don't have to write the whole letter (to your 6th grade teacher)
Avatar Wed. 4/25/18 5:46pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

You can stop talking any time you want
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 4/25/18 5:49pm coelacanth∅:

never heard of "wall street week". if i had i surely would have not watched it, except if there was some reason to watch it. (like the music)
- my younger sister and i watched the Jack LaLane fitness show when we were home from school during the day. we watched it for only one reason - because sometimes he brought his german shepherd on the show to do tricks. (and demonstrate fitness?)
Avatar Wed. 4/25/18 5:52pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Louis Rukeyser brought surprises. Also I wasn't the one who turned it on each week.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 4/25/18 5:55pm fred:

This reminds me of Nihilist Spasm Band
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 4/25/18 5:55pm northguineahills:

I had the worst sushi of my life in Montreal.
Avatar Wed. 4/25/18 5:55pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

@coelc I wonder if someone has made a German shepherd Jack LaLane supercut
Avatar Wed. 4/25/18 5:57pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

@fred: 29 minutes of talking?
Avatar Wed. 4/25/18 5:59pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

@ngh In Canada
Avatar Wed. 4/25/18 5:59pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

@R Practicing over and over
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 4/25/18 6:00pm fred:

Bill Exley can probably talk for 29 minutes straight, but not during a show
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 4/25/18 6:01pm northguineahills:

(actually l was looking at sushi menus before she called, have yet to eat today, was feeling under the weather, but feeling mostly better now).
Avatar Wed. 4/25/18 6:01pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Rich in Washington
Avatar Wed. 4/25/18 6:03pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

I tried leaving the Liz Phair loop but missed it too much
Avatar Wed. 4/25/18 6:13pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

For the high-quality audio experience, use one of the archive links (wfmu.org... or wfmu.org... ), and then seek ahead to where we are now: 1:13:50
Avatar Wed. 4/25/18 6:15pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Def Leppard + Emma Watson + Jon Brion + Stevie Wonder
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 4/25/18 6:18pm northguineahills:

Leaving work in a bit, thanks Kenzo!
Avatar Wed. 4/25/18 6:19pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Thanks for being here ngh, In Canada
Avatar Wed. 4/25/18 6:20pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Thanks for Mike Lupica for turning me onto this Stevie Wonder track on vinyl
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 4/25/18 6:24pm Rich in Washington:

why did I think Hal Hartley was a 60s/70s director? I don't get me.
Avatar Wed. 4/25/18 6:26pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Gosh, Hal Hartley is THE epitomy of the 90's
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 4/25/18 6:29pm Rich in Washington:

I slept through most of the 90s.
Avatar Wed. 4/25/18 6:30pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

The Unbelievable Truth was technically 1989
Avatar Wed. 4/25/18 6:30pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Wake up, watch all the Hal Hartley and Eric Stoltz films you missed
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 4/25/18 6:30pm fred:

Umm, I hear that Vangelis usually charges a million or so a second for that one
Avatar Wed. 4/25/18 6:30pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

This loop is called "bloop, tappa"
Avatar Wed. 4/25/18 6:31pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

@fred He has me on account
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 4/25/18 6:31pm Rich in Washington:

OK! I'll make a whole jar of Sanka and stay up all night.
Avatar Wed. 4/25/18 6:35pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Loop makes me think of Negativland
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 4/25/18 6:35pm Rich in Washington:

Me too. I had used it as my ringtone for a few years. I almost reflexively reached for my phone.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 4/25/18 6:36pm Rich in Washington:

The Perfect Cut was their pinnacle. Just perfect. Every cut.
Avatar Wed. 4/25/18 6:37pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

I won't argue
Avatar Wed. 4/25/18 6:40pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

For the high-quality audio experience, use one of the archive links (wfmu.org... or wfmu.org... ), and then seek ahead to where we are now: 1:41:00
Avatar Wed. 4/25/18 6:48pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Magnapop appeared in nearly every show of my for some 90's times
Avatar Wed. 4/25/18 6:49pm geezerette:

such a gently aggressive meditation. Thanks,Kenzo!
Avatar Wed. 4/25/18 6:49pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

8 minutes to nothing
Avatar Wed. 4/25/18 6:49pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

@geezerette: Aww shucks
Avatar Wed. 4/25/18 6:49pm geezerette:

:D !
  Wed. 4/25/18 6:50pm Ian!:

I am not a "someone"! I am Number 6! I mean I am a free man! In Canada.
Avatar Wed. 4/25/18 6:51pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Clears my head every time
  Wed. 4/25/18 6:51pm possibilitywaves:

Hi Ken! I am very glad to soon be able to listen to each of the new shows and recently aired ones that i have missed as well!!
Avatar Wed. 4/25/18 6:51pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

@Ian!: You are someone
Avatar Wed. 4/25/18 6:52pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

@possibilitywaves: May you get lost and found!
  Wed. 4/25/18 6:52pm possibilitywaves:

Thank you for creating them and for the archive being as amazing as it is!!
Avatar Wed. 4/25/18 6:52pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Hard work, good work, work for play
Avatar Wed. 4/25/18 6:52pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

I'm so glad you were here
Avatar Wed. 4/25/18 6:54pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

We're going to make a mistake
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 4/25/18 6:54pm fred:

I prefer learning new mistakes, but I guess that's become they come easily to me
Avatar Wed. 4/25/18 6:56pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

It's too late not to make a mistake
Avatar Wed. 4/25/18 6:57pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Reminder: The archive sounds a lot better than the live stream. Also, I love you
Avatar Wed. 4/25/18 6:59pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

Farewell and until last time
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 4/25/18 6:59pm fred:

Thanks Kenzo, this was a nice one. And thanks for the tip about the better sounding archive
Avatar Wed. 4/25/18 7:00pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

@fred Glad you liked it! I figured this one would be terrible but I usually get that wrong
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