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Music of all kinds that hits me in the pit of my stomach, all arranged to find your sweet spot, too. Plus radio shows from the 1940s & 1950s: dramas, mysteries, sci-fi, detectives, and more.

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Options October 1, 2007: Show 190: filling in for Donna (listen to entire show / each individual set / each individual song)

Show time: 11 PM - 2 AM

The start and end times of each song and set are exact.




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Artist Track Album Label Comments Special
 
Set 1: from quiet & peaceful to dark & urgent. (Listen to this set: )
Stephen Vitiello  3 (track 3) (Listen: )   Options Listening To Donald Judd  Sub Rosa  Recorded in Marfa, Texas, Vitiello recorded and processed the sounds of the landscape, Donald Judd's sculptures, the town's buildings, and the freight train going through town. This track: pretty quiet and peaceful, but there's also a dark and sci-fi aspect.   
Maurizio Bianchi  Die Erbsuende (track 2) (Listen: )   Options Das Platinzeitalter  Incunabulum  Like a dark swarm of angry voices, somewhat tormented and gradually gets more so until it quiets down the last few minutes. Platinzeitalter = Platinum Age. "Die Erbsuende" = The Hereditary Sin.   
Nadja  Incubation / Metamorphosis (track 3: faded out around -2:45) (Listen: )   Options Touched  Alien 8  Dark, slow, soft, bit spacey / druggy, whispery vocals way under; peaceful, actually; even kind of sexy, quiet and calm end.  ***  
Plastikman  Disconnect (track 4: begun at -3:43) (Listen: )   Options Closer  Novamute  Deep beat and Zillatron-like vocals. Zillatron: Bootsy Collins' acid-hardcore band.   
Alan Vega  Traceman (begun -4:34, ended -0:11) (Listen: )   Options Station  Blast First  Distort-o, sustained clubby sound under reverbed "lookin' for a human".

I'd highly recommend almost the entire album.

Note: Alan Vega will be performing at WFMU's next free concert: October 13, at Southpaw, in Brooklyn.
 
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Volt  Testbild (track 3) (Listen: )   Options Volt  In The Red  Urgent and sustained beat.  ***  
 
 
Mic break between Sets 1 & 2. Background music played during it: (Listen to this set: )
Les Chakachas  Love is like a Violin (track 4)   Options Arriba!  RCA International  Phat, sentimental sound. Feels like it's the slow song at the record hop.   
 
 
Set 2: the old radio show portion of the evening. (Listen to this set: )
Mystery In The Air  Beyond Good And Evil   Options (no title)  (no label)  Mystery In The Air...a 1947 summer replacement series of only 8 episodes (for Abbott & Costello!), all of which survive. It offered dramatizations of stories from World Literature, and all starred Peter Lorre. Shows were of exceptionally high quality, and often had something of a dark and hallucinatory feel. And they were all done live.

This episode (# 4 in the series): written by Ben Hecht, Peter Lorre plays an escaped criminal who's murdered a reverend and taken his place (amazingly, noone seems to know what the guy looked like), but winds up falling for the other reverend's daughter - played by series regular and lustrously voiced Peggy Webber. Does he get religion? Does he do the "turnabout", as Lord Buckley would later put it? Does he even live? This episode also stars Henry Morgan, and the cancer-causing series sponsor.

From John Dunning's Encyclopedia Of Old-Time Radio: "Lorre delivered intense, supercharged performances of men tortured and driven by dark impulses. He stood alone at a center microphone, raving and wildly gesticulating, while supporting players worked at a second mike facing him."
 
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Mic break between Sets 2 & 3. Background music played during it: (Listen to this set: )
Les Chakachas  Love is like a Violin (track 4)   Options Arriba!  RCA International  Phat, sentimental sound. Feels like it's the slow song at the record hop.   
 
 
Set 3. (Listen to this set: )
David Soldier, Richard Lair  Thung Kwian Sunrise (track 1) (Listen: )   Options Thai Elephant Orchestra  Mulatta  Music created by elephants at a preserve in Thailand, on instruments designed for them by Soldier, Lair, Ken Butler, and others. NOT a novelty act. This piece: fairly relaxed, gamelan-like, and quiet.   
Tom Recchion  The Elephant God (track 1) (Listen: )   Options Sweetly Doing Nothing  Schoolmap  Metronomic, warm, quiet, feels like you're taking a long and slow voyage to...somewhere peaceful. And no, I didn't notice the title of this piece until after I put this show together.  ***  
rhBand  (track 7: no title) (Listen: )   Options Third Order Parasitism  Drunken Fish  Deep solo tone -> more active -> same deep solo tone.   
MGR  IV (track 4: faded out about -0:39) (Listen: )   Options Nova Lux  Neurot Recordings  On the sentimental, warm and spacey side, low key, a bit acidy. MGR = Mustard Gas And Roses, for those who must know.   
 
 
Mic break between Sets 3 & 4. Background music played during it: (Listen to this set: )
Les Chakachas  Love is like a Violin (track 4)   Options Arriba!    Phat, sentimental sound. Feels like it's the slow song at the record hop.   
 
 
Set 4. (Listen to this set: )
Chris Watson  River Mara At Night (track 5) (Listen: )   Options Stepping Into The Dark  Touch  The sounds of hippos and flying beetles on the River Mara....   
Gyorgy Ligetti  Lontano fur Grosses Orchester (Listen: )   Options Konzert fur Violincello  Wergo  Sort of a high and thin sound.   
Phill Niblock  Harm (CD 1, track 1) (Listen: )   Options Touch Three  Touch  Treated cello, like a single harmonic sound that gradually changes and kind of throbs, gradually builds and gets more intense, quiets down last 4 minutes.  ***  
 
 
Mic break between Sets 4 & 5. Background music played during it: (Listen to this set: )
Les Chakachas  Love is like a Violin (track 4)   Options Arriba!  RCA International  Phat, sentimental sound. Feels like it's the slow song at the record hop.   
 
 
Set 5: let's wind up with some swing, yes? (Listen to this set: )
Ella Fitzgerald  Sam And Delilah (CD 1, track 3) (Listen: )   Options Ella Fitzgerald Sings The George And Ira Gershwin Song Book  Verve  "Delilah was a floozy", and "she wasn't choosy" - until she met Sam (Samson), that is.   
Johnny Hodges  Big Ears (CD 1, track 1) (Listen: )   Options The Complete Verve Johnny Hodges Small Group Sessions 1956 - 1961  Verve  Slinky and stylish soul-jazz toe-tapper happy music, nice and bouncy.  ***  
 
 
End of show mic break. Background music played during it: (Listen to this set: )
Les Chakachas  Love is like a Violin (track 4)   Options Arriba!  RCA International  Phat, sentimental sound. Feels like it's the slow song at the record hop.   

Listener comments!

  Mon. 10/1/07 11:53pm (mta) Tony:

Great music to make love by.
From both of us, thanks so much!
What a nice show.
  Tue. 10/2/07 1:40am doug:

very nice to hear Phil Niblock's piece!
  Tue. 10/2/07 1:43am doug:

but this is Ebow'ed guitar and not cello (I am pretty certain; and I think it is Seth Josel performing)...

Note from Andrew to Doug: Thanks for the interest and the comment.

You're close - the piece you're thinking of is actually the next one on this CD (CD 1, track 2), and is even called "Sethwork". I played the piece before it (CD 1, track 1), which is the cello work, played by Anne Deforce.

As I said on the air, I think the entire 3 CD set is fantastic. Every piece is either close to excellent or something special.

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