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May 14, 2007: The Smell of Refuge

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Artist Track Album Comments New Approx. start time
Rush  Working Man   Rush 

The sound of six million women switiching their radios off.
  0:00:00 )
Psychedelic Furs  Sister Europe   Peel Session, July 30th 1979      0:07:14 )
Lusine  Still Frame   Podgelism 
*   0:12:02 )
Willie Hightower  Somebody Have Mercy   Willie Hightower 
  0:16:36 )
Messer Chups  Night of the Open Coffins   Hyena Safari 
*   0:19:52 )
The Bellrays  Too Many Houses in Here   Grand Fury 
  0:23:11 )
Boris with Michio Kurihara  Doce No. 1   Rainbow      0:27:02 )
Dymaxion  Use Once and Destroy   Dymaxion X 4 + 3 = 38:33      0:38:59 )
Conrad Schnitzler  Live at the German Institure, London, 1972   Con 72 
  0:41:05 )
Alias  Stay Awake   Collected Remixes 
*   0:45:59 )
Ron Franklin  City Lights   City Lights    *   0:50:15 )
Robyn Hitchcock  Sometimes I Wish I Was a Pretty Girl   I Often Dream of Trains 
  0:53:51 )
DM Bob & Country Jem  Girlfriend Stole my Alien   Bum Steer    *   0:55:51 )
Oxbow  Geometry of Business   The Narcotic Story 
*   0:58:29 )
Outhud  Dad, There's a Little Phrase Called "Too Much Information"   S.T.R.E.E.T.D.A.D. 
  1:02:47 )
Salem 66  Seven Steps Down   EP 
  1:16:41 )
Deerhunter  Dr. Glass   Fluorescent Grey EP    *   1:19:57 )
Scotty  Clean Race   Jonny Greenwood is the Controller  Compilation -- Radiohead dude picks and chooses from the Trojan Records vaults.  *   1:23:09 )
Tia Carrera  (Untitled Track)   Heaven / Hell EP 
*   1:26:22 )
The Dream Syndicate  See that my Grave is Kept Clean   Live at Raji's 2xCD 

Blind Lemon Jefferson cover
  1:41:37 )
The Kinks  The Village Green Preservation Society   "Hot Fuzz" 

*   1:46:24 )
Julian Cope  Holy Love   Christ Vs. Warhol 
  1:49:22 )
Soul-Junk  Psalm 1   1959    *   1:53:03 )
Celibate Rifles  Big World   Spaceman in a Satin Suit 
  2:03:09 )
John Fahey  City of Refuge III   City of Refuge 
  2:07:05 )
Opsvik & Jennings  Wrong Place Right Time   Commuter Anthems 
*   2:13:27 )
Enablers  A Not So Pretty Sight in Steinbeck Country   End Note.      2:17:53 )
Gary Jules & Michael Andrews  Mad World   "Donnie Darko" 

  2:21:31 )
Crystalized Movements  Stone Cathedral   Mind Disaster      2:24:45 )
Par1t  Black Mass   Pictures of Pain      2:29:21 )
Mos Def  Ghetto Rock   MP3 
  2:33:41 )
Method of Defiance  (Untitled Track)   Ianmorata    *   2:37:16 )
Quench  Matics   Caipruss    *   2:42:03 )
John Coltrane  Dusk-Dawn   Living Space 
  2:46:19 )
  I don't have a good discussion question this week, so instead I'll throw out a movie question: What'd you think of "Hot Fuzz"? Funnier/better than "Shaun of the Dead"?

If you don't know what the hell I'm talking about or didn't see either of those movies, than your alternate discussion point is to figure out why very few women (like six in the whole world) like the band Rush.


Listener comments!

  Tue. 5/15/07 10:54am zoe:

Mike, have you seen Spaced? I haven't seen Hot Fuzz yet, and probably won't until it's out on DVD.
  Tue. 5/15/07 10:58am Mike Lupica:

I've seen bits of Spaced on YouTube, but I'm planning to investigate it further. Anyone know if it's on DVD in the States? Netflixable?
  Tue. 5/15/07 1:51pm I am Green:

DP: Why the chick aversion to Rush. Maybe we'll get feedback from the six women in the world who browse the web. Could be the frontman's lack of sex appeal, with that big schnoz. That's gonna be my icebreaker question the next cocktail party I go to.

Tia Carrera with six arms, six legs..........hmmm.
  Tue. 5/15/07 3:50pm Paul:

hot fuzz was somewhat lacking. watch spaced dude, its the dogs knackers!! being a directionless mid twenty something smoking weed and trying to find your path in life. i've made a career out of it!!
  Tue. 5/15/07 8:18pm jen:

From one in six... For me, it took a concerted effort to sit down & really listen to Rush (and a very persuasive boyfriend). Two things used to come to mind... pimply boys playing d&d and summer days as a kid, hanging out while my parents got wasted while playing horseshoes and listening to the classic rock station. I've reclaimed Rush as my own...now I just sit back & enjoy it.
  Tue. 5/15/07 10:44pm Mike Lupica:

I am now prepared to accept the possibility of unicorns.
  Tue. 5/15/07 11:06pm A Concerned Viewer:

Probably (definitely) a hugely sexist answer to the Rush question, but I think it has something to do with Geddy's voice. He's just the wrong kind of androgynous - he doesn't have a pretty falsetto like Prince, but he doesn't really have a dude's voice either. I think that leaves Rush with a small percentage of the Team Dresch vote, female-wise.
  Tue. 5/15/07 11:07pm Kramer:

Not to discount the super-proboscis theory, but when one describes the music of a band and leads with 'righteous musicianship', it's a dead cinch the music will appeal to one gender more than another.
  Wed. 5/16/07 10:26am boil:

Girls can't flounce around waving their arms back and forth to Rush. They try, and then stop and look at each other going, "Huh?" One draws a square in the air, and then the other one draws a much more complicated shape, and then the first one laughs and just does a big scribble, and then they both laugh, because math is hard for girls, and Rush is mathy. Rush makes them think they look fat, I guess. Also, you can't just absent-mindedly hum along to Rush at work, it demands stridency, to which girls are averse in public, sort of like passing gas, although I doubt girls excuse themselves from a dinner date to go listen to Rush in the bathroon. OR DO THEY?!
  Wed. 5/16/07 10:31am Mike Lupica:

You sound like a closeted Rush fan with issues, dude.
  Wed. 5/16/07 12:34pm SKM:

I don't think this is a fair test. "Working Man" is not stereotypical Rush. There's no joystick-driven 10-minute drum solo and no double bass kick because Neil Peart isn't in the band yet. There's no synthesized crud that makes "Spirit of Radio" blend into "Tom Sawyer" into "Subdivisions" in a way that puts the YachtRockMegaMix to shame. Without Geddy, this song could easily be any number of other bands who tried to claim the "power trio" mantle that Cream abdicated.

(I will now roll a d20 to avoid self-immolation.)
  Wed. 5/16/07 6:55pm Marisa:

I think Lou Reed also covers "See that my grave is kept clean." And Diamanda Galas, kid you not.
  Thu. 5/17/07 12:09am brian eff:

hot fuzz was a little weaker than shaun of the dead, but i felt like i missed some of the jokes due to weird rural english accents and sorta murky sound at the hamiton square AMC. the other six people there didn't seem to enjoy it as much as i did.

my wife likes rush! probably more than me. she actually owns albums by them, for instance, whereas all i have is mp3s of that 7" they did with "not fade away." i'm more into budgie, man, they're like rush (nerdy/ugly) but WELSH.
  Thu. 5/17/07 8:18am boil:

"You sound like a closeted Rush fan with issues, dude." Who isn't? Guilty as charged.
  Thu. 5/17/07 3:47pm Erik:

I have a female colleague who lists Rush as her favorite band. She is also a sci-fi buff, a computer programmer, and a Canadian.
  Fri. 5/18/07 4:39pm B:

Gosh, poor girl.

and how many gals REALLY like The Fall?
  Tue. 5/22/07 1:09pm billyjam:

I was just on this page trying to link to Mike Lupica's email (since I did his show on 5/21.....But then I started reading this interesting COMMENTS...loved the RUSH and FALL female fans comments...>BUT one that caught my attention was the one with the name TIA CARRERA...Why? Coz on my way to WFMU yesterday to fill in on Mike Lupica's show, as I was walking down 14th Street near Fifth Ave who did I see but Tia Carrerra.....She looked a lil different. Had big ole sunglasses on and her hair in braids.....I would have said HELLO....but I went totally blank on her name.....
  Wed. 5/23/07 6:14pm paula p:

Every girl I knew in sixth grade (including me) loved "Tom Sawyer"...all cool band chicks (I'm talking high school band) appreciated Rush. Am still waiting for the right band to cover "Limelight" and "Subdivisions".
  Wed. 5/23/07 10:36pm zoe:

The Fall >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Rush
  Wed. 11/28/07 3:10pm Bethany:

Got here through the archives and saw the postings Re: Rush...late to the discussion, but I couldn't resist. I'm a girl and I don't like Rush because they suck (you know, musically not technically) just like Tool and Dream Theater and Joe Satriani. Nothing to do with Geddy Lee being ugly, or its lack of danciness (dude, I dance at Acid Mother's Temple shows...you can dance to Rush cause you can dance to anything). And my nerdy boyfriend thinks they suck, too.
  Wed. 2/18/09 2:45pm Christy:

Mike I am doing a book report with my fried Sebastian for school. I read your book Summer Ball and idk wat he read. but i would like to contact you so i could get some info. my email is with WFMU DJ so u can ask them
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