Options Andy Waltzer: Playlist from September 24, 2008 Options

Sweet, swirly, sullen, and swoony. Silky, sorrowful, sad, and sugary. Some sensational songs. Spoken, sung, sincere. Sleep, sigh, and spin. Sssss.

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Options September 24, 2008: special spacial program

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Artist Track Album Label Year Format Comments
 
Open Bar Mitzvah or Torah Torah Torah!
Thalia Zedek & Chris Brokaw of Come  Do I Love You?   Options Knitting On The Roof  Knitting Factory  2000  CD  A little skit for the skittish, to begin the bumpy portion of the program. Bumpy because I was dazed from leaving the rural midwest, being thrust in Torah carrying fame for a Bar Mitzvah service in NJ, and then bouncing from the East Village to WFMU. Oi and Oy. 
J Mascis  a little ethnic song   Options Guitarrorists  No. 6  1991  CD  Isn't that a quaint little title? I love songs that are soothing and sweet but repetitive to the point that they start to feel like water torture. 
Quickspace  Hadid   Options Hadid/Queen Of The Downs  Kitty Kitty Corporation  1998  7"  Ecstasy was a terrible drug for me to try. This song reminds me of walking slowly up a Park Slope street, walking the dog I was dog sitting, walking with heavy feet to the apartment, putting on Hadid by Quickspace, and literally falling on the floor with a crash upon the first notes. I had a bruised forehead the following morning. It's a good record by the band that used to be Th' Faith Healers. 
Catherine Howe  It Comes With The Breezes   Options What A Beautiful Place  Numero  1971  CD  This just has that early 70's feeling where psychedelia and easy listening connect and songs have titles like "It Comes With The Breezes". For some reason, someone told me if I liked this singer I would like the video of Patti Smith singing "You Light Up My Life". I can't see the connection, but if you are so inclined it's on youtube. 
 
Music behind DJ:
some 
sort   Options of  animal  sounds    recorded 
 
the slow steam rising off a coffee cup is selecting these songs
Josephine Foster  Garden Of Earthly Delights   Options The Coming Gladness  Bo'Weavil  2008  CD  So incredibly beautiful, this feels like either the happiest or saddest music ever. 
Matteah Baim  Wounded Whale   Options Death Of The Sun  DiCristina  2007  CD  A strangely calm song from this Metallic Falcons member, strange because I learned in school that a wounded whale reacts quite violently. By the way, I just saw this album for about $2 on Amazon and I recommend it highly! 
Spokane  Middle School   Options Little Hours  Jagjaguwar  2007  LP box set  Over the past few years this band have created music that is beautiful and hushed. It's the perfect soundtrack for just before dawn, that moment when you have some senses alert and some asleep and everything feels like impressions. 
Gonzales  Armelodie   Options Solo Piano  Universal  2005  CD  I didn't think I would fall for this one, being on the fence about Gonzales and his past music. But this really hits the spot in that melancholic, Erik Satie/Les Disques Du Crepuscule sort of way. 
Julie London  How Deep Is the Ocean?   Options Lonely Girl/Make Love To Me  EMI Gold  1956.2003    Gorgeous song sung by a voice of smoke, feathers, and sighs. 1956 recording, reissued in 2003. 
 
weebles wobble but they don't fall down
The Mekons  Come And Have A Go If You Think You're Hard Enough   Options Me  Quarterstick  1998  CD  This song makes me smile and want to start a drunken pillow fight in the back of a dark stinky sweaty bar. 
Kim Tolliver  Come & Get Me- I'm Ready   Options Come & Get Me- I'm Ready  Chess  1973  CD-R  Outstanding soul singer, with great lines like "I'm serious as cancer/just waiting for your answer". 
David Thomas  Enthusiastic   Options More Places Forever  Twin Tone  1985  LP  Amazing music from the singer behind Pere Ubu- definitely one of those "other 80's" albums that had the sort of emotional qualities many albums of the decade had but at the same time was completely in a different realm. 
La Volume Courbe  Ain't Go No/I Got Life   Options I Killed My Best Friend  Astralwerks  2006  CD  French singer, with guests from My Bloody Valentine, as well as Hope Sandoval and David Roback, with a sideways version of the tune from Hair. 
Bobbie Gentry  Poppa Won't You Let Me Go To Town With You?   Options Chickasaw Country Child: The Artistry of Bobbie Gentry  Shout! Factory  2003  CD  I always try to relate personally to every song I like, but when I try with this one it's disturbing. By the way, if ever you are bored have a look at the great Bobbie Gentry clips on youtube. 
Kris Kristofferson  Just the Other Side of Nowhere   Options Me And Bobbie McGee  Sony  1971  CD  Just a sweet, sad, Lee Hazelwood-ish song that hits the spot. 
 
asleep in an elevator
Red Krayola  I'm So Blase   Options Hazel  Drag City  1996  Vinyl  Of all the Red Krayola albums, some of them classics, this is the one that reaches me emotionally. There is a sense of the absurd that floats alongside a kind of sadness- this is the lead off song. 
Aluminum Group  Wheat & Tare   Options More Happyness  Empyrean Records  2003  CD  This song is pure seduction, just close your eyes and drift in it and see if you don't agree. 
MC Honky  Soft Velvety 'Fer   Options I am the Messiah  Spinart  2003  CD  There is probably something wrong with me that caused me to once cry while hearing this- there is something so casual and tragic about this and it just sort of sneaks up on you. By the way, it's a side thing for E of The Eels. 
Curtis Mayfield  Dirty Laundry   Options Dirty Laundry: The Soul of Black Country  Trikont  2005  CD  This is something I sing while walking around the small town in Minnesota where I live- it's all too true. 2005 compilation, of course the song is from way back. 
Bill Drummond  Going Back   Options The Man  Creation  1996  LP  A real left field album from Bill Drummond, of the KLF and former manager to Julian Cope/Teardrop Explodes, joined by members of The Triffids. There's something surreal and moving to hear him in his Scottish brogue singing this song. 
 
i was riding my bike down hill when i was thrashed by a raspberry and the impact almost made me fall off the bike, and to get my bearings i stopped and sat by a pond- this set is inspired by how that felt.
Kiwi Animal  Performance   Options Music Media  Sonic Squid  1984  LP  Duo from New Zealand, one of whom needs to have his mouth washed out with soap. 
Will Rigby  Heart's Expired   Options Sidekick Phenomenom  Egon  1985  LP  There's something of a beautiful animal with only 3 legs nature to this song. For me it captures just how pathetic and sweet love and the failure of it can be. Ex DB's member. 
Jad Fair & Kramer  California   Options Roll Out The Barrell  Shimmydisc  1988  LP  There's something so tragic about the first line. & this captures the surreal psyche hallucination feel of the best Kramer productions. & a subdued Jad is pretty affective. 
The Monkees  Opening/The Porpoise Song   Options Head OST  Colgems / Rhino  1968  CD  This psyche song from the freakout/60's comedown Monkees album and movie "Head" thoroughly captures for me what it was like to do whippits while listening to "We Are The World" in the back of a car in 1988. 
Hymie's Basement  You Die   Options Hymie's Basement  Lex  2003  CD  The coupling of Andrew from Fog and the singer from Why? Another soundtrack to falling down slowly. 
The Instruments  Papillion   Options Papillion  Orange Twin  2007  CD  After listening to this, it's hard to know if it was heard or dreamt- it's like the song version of angel food cake. 
 
cuddling up, cautiously
Claudine Longet  Sleep Safe   Options Cuddle Up With Claudine Longet  Munster  2003  CD  This the creepiest "lullaby" type song next to Rosemary's Baby. If someone sang me this lullaby I would certainly have a gun under the pillow, just in case. 
Marina Celeste  Chansons de Helene   Options Cinema Enchante  MSI  2007  CD  The singer from La Nouvelle Vague, from her album of songs from great French films (also released as a bonus disc with her Acidule album). 
Rose McDowall  Make It Easy On Yourself   Options Angel Of Ashes: A Tribute To Scott Walker  Transformadores  2005  CD  A voice I have had a crush on since I first heard Strawberry Switchblade while in grade school. Rose brings out the sorrow and pleading desperation in the Scott Walker classic. 
Grouper  Invisible   Options Dragging A Dead Deer Up A Hill  Type  2008  CD  Haunting and drifting, trance like and hypnotic. It reminds me of the title, but becoming lost in the fog while dragging the deer (can't think of why I would be doing that though) and not knowing what to do. 
Sybille Baier    Colour Green  Orange Twin  1973.2006  CD  Sad and fragile beauty, a bit like Vashti Bunyan and early Bridget St John if their music was cast in shadows. Recorded in the early 1970's. 
Francoise Hardy  Why Even Try   Options One Nine Seven Zero  Universal  1970  LP  From the 1970 English language album from Francoise, a beautiful record of folk with rock and psyche tones. 
 
Eyes Wide and Dreaming
Birdie  Sidewalk   Options Triple Echo  It  2001  CD  Perfect indie pop from Birdie, starring Debsey from The Dolly Mixture and Paul from East Village. 
Nosotrash  Pez Globo   Options Cierra La Puerta Al Salir  Elefant  2005  CD  One of my very favorite Spanish indie pop bands, chill up the spine minor chord loveliness. 
Celia Cruz  Es la Humanidad   Options Son con Guaguanco  Nascente  1968/2008  CD  Perfection.... 
Emma Nordenstam  Bryggen   Options Sanger 18-22  Vesper  2007  Reel tape  The sister of Stina Nordenstam. 
Marisa  Taberna da Glória   Options Viagem  CDR  1973  CD-R  Beautiful early 70's Brazillian singer. 
Lisa Li Lund  All My Trials   Options Li-Lund Ran Away  Smoking Gun  2005  CD  I love her voice! Lisa also sings with Herman Dune, and this is from her solo album- covering a great song, and joined by some of the lovely folks from NYC's Olive Juice studios. 
 
Music behind DJ:
some 
sort   Options of  animal  sounds    recorded 
 
onto the off ramp, slowly
Marissa Nadler  Diamond Heart   Options Songs III: Bird on the Water  Peacefrog (UK)  2007  CD  I used to go to a club on St Marks (before it moved) called Sine, and my favorite thing would be when a song was so beautiful that it held the audience spellbound to the point you could hear a feather fall. This is definitely the sort of song that would get that reaction. 
Richard Youngs  I Am The Weather   Options Autumn Response  Jagjaguwar  2007  CD  This album is an experience, it honestly is unlike any other I have heard- twisted, nerve wracking, and beautiful all at once. 
Silje Nes  Recurring Dream   Options Ames Room  Fat Cat  2008  CD  Another bit of slightly strange pop, feels as though it is half being dreamt and half being performed. 
The Czars  Angel Eyes   Options Sorry I Made You Cry  Bella Union  2006  CD  Well, I am a sucker for a song like this- deep,. sappy, sweet, and seductive. Have a drink of whiskey, sit back, close your eyes and let this voice wash over you. The whole album is full of covers, each one you can imagine being performed by someone engulfed in shadows. 
Ocassional Keepers  Elsinore   Options True North  LTM  2008  CD  Members of The Field Mice, Trembling Blue Stars, Aberdeen, etc with the sort of perfect pop confection that they have been creating (alongside haunting and dark songs) since I picked up the first Field Mice single from Chris at his pre Other Music perch, Kim's Underground. 
  Thanks for listening! I am looking forward to the next show. Please feel more than free to send any letters via this page or at andywaltzer@hotmail.com I wish all of you the very very best!!

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