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Options September 1, 2008: Show 202
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Show time: 12 AM - 3 AM

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Artist Track Album Label Comments Special
 
Set 1: softly rhythmic and The Lost Patrol. (Listen to this set: )
Stephan Mathieu  Auf der Gasse (track 5) (Listen: )   Options Radioland  die Schachtel  Mathieu's description of his CD reads "Radioland is exclusively based on realtime processed shortwave radio signals....", but don't let this scare you away. The proof is in the listening: the track we hear is a very softly rhythmic and calming piece of music.   
The Lost Patrol  Fades From View (Listen: )   Options Midnight Matinee  (no label)  This is a finished version of a song that will be on their upcoming CD, due out sometime in October. When I listened to this song, I wasn't sure how I'd fit it into a set. Then, when I listened to "Auf der Gasse", I just knew the 2 songs would blend together.

Midnight Matinee is the most likely title of their upcoming CD.

I'd highly recommend listening to the live set they played on my show last week.
 
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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: )
Sam Spade  The Bluebeard Caper   Options Originally broadcast August 8, 1948  (no label)  The plot this time: insurance fraud. A woman stunt artist & boyfriend keep killing her off for the money -- at least until our hero is called in to solve the case. A lot of fun, solidly tongue in cheek.

Howard Duff stars as Spade, and Lureen Tuttle as Effie.

Another semi-coherent plot to be sure, but this is one of the key reasons this series was / is so beloved. The Adventures Of Sam Spade, Detective (the official title) was on the air from 1946 - 1951, and many episodes survive. The series remains the greatest detective series ever on old-time radio.

Just 13 weeks after the series began, "...Duff had become Spade, overcoming two intimidating handicaps -- the image of Bogart and the power of the novel. Compared to Bogart's dour and straitlaced Spade, Duff's was a cutup: a hard-knuckled master of street-level whimsy and sarcastic comeback. His sense of burlesque was superb. The Adventures Of Sam Spade was its own entity, owing little to the forces that had created it." (Dunning's The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio).

We'll probably be hearing another episode very soon.
 
 
 
 
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: a long excerpt from James Blackshaw. (Listen to this set: )
James Blackshaw  Lost Prayers And Motionless Dances (track 1: begun at -27:07, ended at -13:01)   Options Lost Prayers And Motionless Dances  Tompkins Square  This is the heart of the piece, and, to me, is by far the best part. The guitar is luminous.   
 
 
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!  RCA International  Phat, sentimental sound. Feels like it's the slow song at the record hop.   
 
 
Set 4: darkly & gently rocking back & forth on a slowly surging sea. (Listen to this set: )
Nurse With Wound / Xambuca  Salt Marie Citar (the entire CD)   Options Salt Marie Citar  Xambuca  Very faint the first 2 minutes or so, sitar and music gradually come in and the music builds slowly with darkness and waves, gentle surges back and forth, like rocking in the dark on a ship on a slow moving sea -- until it gets more active and stormy. Calms down at end.

Nurse With Wound describes the work as "a reinterpreted augmentation of Salt Marie Celeste".
 
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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: 2 great pieces of rock & psych rock played back to back for the first time. (Listen to this set: )
Richard Lloyd  Field Of Fire (CD 1, track 9) (Listen: )   Options Field Of Fire Deluxe  Reaction  One of the great rock songs ever. This is the original, longer version - not the remixed and shortened version on CD #2. I understand why Lloyd remixed the entire original album (it's contained on CD #2 of this 2 CD set) but, in this case, at least, the original is magical. Lloyd's guitar is luminous.  ***  
The Warlocks  Jam Of The Warlocks (track 6) (Listen: )   Options Warlocks  Bomp!  From their 1st album. Anticipatory start, like the band's getting ready for what's to come - a piece of at-times ecstatic psych rock.

I've been thinking almost every day for weeks about playing these 2 songs together.
 
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Mic break between Sets 5 & 6. 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 6: this sure isn't Top 40 rock. (Listen to this set: )
Religious Knives  Growth (track 4) (Listen: )   Options Resin  No Fun Recordings  Lonely & western sounding guitar, fairly minimalist, slow, quiet.   
Scenic  The Acid Gospel (track 3) (Listen: )   Options The Acid Gospel Experience  Hidden Agenda  Quiet synth-based beginning for almost 1st 2 minutes, the band gradually comes in, it takes a few minutes to develop - then very nice listening, really dreamy rock.   
 
 
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!

  Thu. 10/23/08 2:44pm Ed:

Andrew, I see your '???' after Kalinkaland. No, this CD is self-released.
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