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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 September 22, 2008: Show 204
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Show time: 12 AM - 3 AM

The start and end times for each individual set and each individual song are exact.


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Artist Track Album Label Comments Special
 
Set 1: a quiet way to calm down after 2 days of great live music at All Tomorrows Parties. (Listen to this set: )
Lawrence English  Soft Fuse (track 2) (Listen: )   Options Kiri No Oto  Touch Tone  Quiet, almost floating sound.   
Aidan Baker  Survival (track 2) (Listen: )   Options Book Of Nods  Beta-Lactam Ring  Best track on CD; beautiful, dreamy, rhythmic, slightly surging, I just keep liking it more and more as it goes along.  ***  
Jasper TX  Black Sleep III (track 3) (Listen: )   Options Black Sleep  Miasmah  Quiet start, a warm and even beautiful ballad, really nice and calming. Hard to believe almost noone at FMU played this CD....   
KTL  Estranged (track 1) (Listen: )   Options KTL  Editions Mego  Beautiful, soft & subtly fluctuating sound, occasional spacey / druggy sounds come in and work well with it.  ***  
 
 
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: )
Quiet, Please  Calling All Souls   Options Originally broadcast October 31, 1948  (no label)  This episode: on Halloween, an innocent man on death row sends his soul out of his body to find out who really did the murders - but he finds out too late: "They hanged you half an hour ago."

The series is now considered by many to be 1 of old-time radio's best science fiction / horror series – if not THE best. It was always very reductive: very few people were in any episode, and all the action centered around 1 extraordinary actor: Ernest Chappell.

Excerpts about Quiet, Please from Dunning's Encyclopedia Of Old-Time Radio:

"...unsung and little-heard in it's day...Creator Wyllis Cooper was radio's best practitioner of an almost surrealistic dramatic form....His characters walked in a fuzzy dream world where the element of menace was ripe and ever-present...."

All in all, superior radio.
 
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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: the psych rock portion of the evening - on the heavier side, this time. (Listen to this set: )
Grails  Belgian Wake Up Drill (track 3: begun at -3:15, ended at -0:35) (Listen: )   Options Black Tar Prophesies Vol's 1, 2 & 3  Important  Sweet, warm and quiet --> easy, dark and heavy acid psych rock.   
Skullflower  Rotten Sun (track 6) (Listen: )   Options IIIrd Gatekeeper  Crucial Blast  Heavy, dark psych rock, calms down near end.   
Assemble Head In Sunburst Sound  D. Brown (track 7) (Listen: )   Options Ekranoplan  Tee Pee  Heavy psych rock.   
F/i  Grandfather Blanga And His Band Light It Up (track 6) (Listen: )   Options Blanga  Lexicon Devil  Heavier and serious psych rock, stately tempo until gets faster last 2:30 or so.  ***  
Hawkwind  You Shouldn't Do That (CD #3, track 4) (Listen: )   Options Greasy Truckers Party  EMI  Easygoing, ambient space-psych rock.   
Cosmic Psychos  Jellyfish (CD #1, track 12) (Listen: )   Options Fifteen Years, A Million Beers  Dropkick  Who would have thought they'd do music that would wind up in a set like this? Me, neither, but psych rock it is.   
Up-Tight  Sweet Sister Session (track 5) (Listen: )   Options Five Psychedelic Pieces  Static Caravan  Easygoing start, slower at times, blues-influenced psych rock, active and almost hallucinatory last few minutes.  ***  
 
 
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: a quiet way to start the show, a quiet way to end it. (Listen to this set: )
The Fun Years  My Lowville (track 1) (Listen: )   Options Baby, It's Cold Inside  Barge  Sentimental, with just a little bit of an experimental edge, gradually building soft harmonies come in.   
James Blackshaw  Shroud (track 5) (Listen: )   Options Litany Of Echoes  Tompkins Square  Sharp and sweet sound, very nice.   
 
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. 9/22/08 12:40am (mta) Tony:

Good morning, Andrew! Just tuned in. Looking forward to your upcoming sets. Thanks for the prior advisory via eMail.
  Mon. 9/22/08 12:46am Andrew:

Thanks, Tony. I'm looking forward to them as well! If anyone wants to be on my email list about my upcoming shows (I send out an email a day before I do a show, containing an outline of what I'm gonna play), you can let me know either here or privately at andrew@wfmu.org.
  Mon. 9/22/08 1:02am Ike:

That set was great. Lovely drifting.
  Mon. 9/22/08 1:16am Andrew:

A different kind of drifting going on now...Especially if you close your eyes or turn off the lights.
  Mon. 9/22/08 1:34am (mta) Tony:

Wow. What a journey! Has anyone noticed the similarity to "The Thin Blue Line" film by Errol Morris? Andrrew?
  Mon. 9/22/08 1:48am Andrew:

I know I saw the movie, but my memory being what it is don't remember it too well....
  Mon. 9/22/08 1:49am Andrew:

I'm glad you liked Quiet, Please!
  Mon. 9/22/08 3:05am (mta) Tony:

The film had an innocent man on Death Row in Texas while the real killer was his new-found buddy.
  Mon. 9/22/08 3:13am (mta) Tony:

Only ther were no ghosts involved, so I guess the analogy doesn't really apply.
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