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The lazy calm at the week's start. A few live performances included, but mainly music with an ear tilted toward string-driven things. (Visit homepage.)

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Options April 6, 2009: Showers for April bring buds and the M Shanghai String Band

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Artist Track Album Label Format
Joe Townsend & Martin Green  Friday Morning / Swirly Wurly   Options Return to the Woods     
QQQ  Spring   Options Unpacking the Trailer  New Amsterdam Records   
Curved Air  Jumbo   Options 2nd     
The Reverend John DeLore  Take a Ride   Options Ode to an American Urn     
Chicha Libre  El Borrachito   Options      
 
Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks  Who Are You?   Options Tangled Tales  Surf Dog   
Reynold D. Philipsek  Beatnik Pie   Options East Side  ReiPhi Records   
Wretched Refuse String Band  Working on a Building   Options      
Cedar Hill Refugees  Whitehouse Blues   Options Pale Imperfect Diamond  Effigy Records   
Fred Eaglesmith  Killing Me II   Options Tinderbox     
Anbjorg Lien  Inque   Options Baba Yaga     
 
 
Live performance by The M Shanghai String Band
 
On the cusp of releasing their 3rd album, the 11-piece M Shanghai String Band is still practicing a playful slant on Bluegrass and Americana. Their new album, "The Mapmaker’s Daughter," captures the same energy that we’ve come to expect from the M Shanghai mob, in the highest fidelity yet. "Mapmakers" is testimony to their years of performing together. The M Shanghai String Band make their return WFMU to play live.
M Shanghai String Band  Meteor Storm   Options      
M Shanghai String Band  Angel Full of Burbon   Options      
M Shanghai String Band  The Mapmaker's Daughter   Options The Mapmaker's Daughter    CD 
M Shanghai String Band  Same Old Moon   Options      
M Shanghai String Band  Cookie Jar   Options The Mapmaker's Daughter    CD 
M Shanghai String Band  Dying Day   Options      
M Shanghai String Band  No Home in This World   Options      
M Shanghai String Band  Sun is Gone   Options     CD 
M Shanghai String Band  Groundhog Day   Options     CD 
John Fahey         
Peter Biedermann  Christiania   Options Rumination     
Robin Williamson  The Yellow Snake   Options The Iron Stone  ECM   
Arborea  River and Rapids   Options House of Sticks  Borne!   
Nick Pynn  The Market and The Murder   Options Music from Windows  Round   
 
Christopher Tignor  Left in Fragments   Options Core Memory Unwound  Western Vinyl   
Garrett Pierce  When All We Knew Was No   Options All Masks  Crossbill Records   
Anathallo  Noni's Field   Options Canopy Glow  Anticon Records   
Fleet Foxes  Heard Them Stirring   Options Fleet Foxes     
Fleet Foxes  Your Protector   Options Fleet Foxes     
Balustrade Ensemble  Glorianders   Options Capsules  Darla   
Good Old War  We've Come a Long Way   Options Only Way to Be Alone  Sargent House   
Robyn Hitchcock & the Venus 3  Goodnight Oslo   Options Goodnight Oslo  Yep Roc   

Listener comments!

  Mon. 4/6/09 3:02pm Pearly Sweets:

Take us on home, Irene!
  Mon. 4/6/09 3:03pm V K:

this show makes me happy
  Mon. 4/6/09 3:03pm Sean Daily:

Second comment! Woo hoo!
  Mon. 4/6/09 3:14pm Kenneth:

Still no Pictish Trail set? :(
  Mon. 4/6/09 3:14pm GP:

This reminds me of John Adams ( composer, not the ex-president)...whoa...everything just went pink on me!
  Mon. 4/6/09 3:15pm Parq:

Whew, Miss I, after a beatbath like Miz Liz gave out today, your show is a welcome chance to catch one's breath.
  Mon. 4/6/09 3:19pm French:

Like german schlager
  Mon. 4/6/09 3:22pm still b/p:

The color says flamingo is the spirit animal for this DJ shift.
  Mon. 4/6/09 3:24pm Cecile:

what did I miss?
Not the Sylvester. Yay!!!!!!
  Mon. 4/6/09 3:27pm Pearly Sweets:

High-Five, Cecile!
  Mon. 4/6/09 3:29pm Cecile:

Yes, sir! And 1 one million karma points for knowing Prince Charles!
  Mon. 4/6/09 3:35pm Pearly Sweets:

It is a shame. Prince Charles, much like a Slyvester, is one of those musicians that no matter how excited I am about them... my friends and family can never back me about them. They just don't like to shake their booties, I guess.
  Mon. 4/6/09 3:38pm Cecile:

Yes, I'm with you, Paerly. And it's a shame, I think.
I love the Funkadelic, but they aren't the only game in town.

Disclaimer - I only speak for my friends and familyu. YMMV.
  Mon. 4/6/09 3:40pm Cecile:

We're getting premiums that fast? AWESOME!
  Mon. 4/6/09 3:44pm Pearly Sweets:

When I start drinking I'm not so much talking fast as I am laid out on my ass.
  Mon. 4/6/09 3:58pm bcsterrett:

I love this. Do all of Eaglesmith's songs sound like this?
  Mon. 4/6/09 4:25pm Pearly Sweets:

My legs are bruised from all of the hamboning I've been doing at my desk.
  Mon. 4/6/09 4:31pm Cecile:

this has been a dancing fool kind of day here on 'FMU.
  Mon. 4/6/09 4:33pm Cecile:

did you just get a sex change, Pearly?
Or did I misidentify you earlier?
  Mon. 4/6/09 4:34pm Irene:

Oops! I just assumed from the name...
  Mon. 4/6/09 4:35pm Pearly Sweets:

No mic, guys. But thanks for giving my legs a break. Cecile - Sex change from earlier. Much like an amphebian I can alter according to my surroundings. It's a tucking motion, actually.
  Mon. 4/6/09 4:36pm Pearly Sweets:

No worries, Irene. You had a 50/50 guess.
  Mon. 4/6/09 4:37pm Cecile:

bwah, pearly!
  Mon. 4/6/09 4:41pm Sean Daily:

C'mon, Irene! I'm a GUY. Guys want power chords. And naked chicks. And machine guns. And car chases. And farting. And naked chicks in car chases farting power chords and shooting machine guns.
  Mon. 4/6/09 4:43pm Cecile:

you just don't want to admit you've been doing a jig this whole time, Sean.
  Mon. 4/6/09 4:46pm Sean Daily:

Dammit! Caught by my archnemesis Cecile. You win this round, Mr. Cecile... But I shall return! And next time, into the radioactive-shark-with-frickin'-lasers-on-their-heads tank for you!
  Mon. 4/6/09 4:51pm Pearly Sweets:

I love a good string band and this interview/performance/etc. has been quite entertaining. The faster the better. There is a reason my mouth waters whenever I put on my Japonize Elephants album (usually because every other song is about bacon.)
  Mon. 4/6/09 4:53pm Cecile:

I await you return, worthy foe.
We will face off in the squared circle again.
And this time I will put my training to use.
  Mon. 4/6/09 4:53pm miketp:

just checking in caught the band in the studio . sounds good. also seen curved air at the old fillmore east 1970. female vocals and violin and lots of herb
  Mon. 4/6/09 4:55pm Pearly Sweets:

Cecile, if the Nova's have taught me but one thing, it is that you need to do the hammerlock, you turkey neck.
  Mon. 4/6/09 4:56pm Cecile:

Truer words were never spoken.

And, yay! John fahey.
  Mon. 4/6/09 4:56pm Pearly Sweets:

Then call him a pencil necked geek and hit him in the head with a chair. This is how every fight is won. Any fight that "Ends" without this happening is, in fact, not over.
  Mon. 4/6/09 4:59pm Cecile:

No, the folding chair is like the epilogue in the movie, the second encore for the band, the bit of chocolate with your coffee at the end of the meal.

It is the final bit of puntuation you need for closure.
  Mon. 4/6/09 5:01pm Pearly Sweets:

Why can't wrestling be as good as it was prior to the late/middle 1990s. I mean there were decades of fantastic nonsense to melt your brain!
  Mon. 4/6/09 5:02pm Pearly Sweets:

It became less campy and more... I don't know? Rednecky? Which is hard to say... it was pretty rednecky to begin with...
  Mon. 4/6/09 5:04pm Cecile:

Yeah, it didn't have to flaunt it.
It was quietly and proudly lowbrow.
And you had the great characters like Baron Von Raschke and Vern Gagnon.

(I haven't watched that much wrestling myself, but you pick up a lot by osmosis in Minnesota.)
  Mon. 4/6/09 5:05pm Cecile:

The Baron even showed up in a Low video. And was the subject of a one-man play recently.

And of course, we had a wrestler governor...
  Mon. 4/6/09 5:05pm Cecile:

Gagne, not Gagnon.
  Mon. 4/6/09 5:06pm Parq:

Back from a [blessedly] rare all-hands meeting with the Big Bosses. Sorry that I was not here for Sean's Tarzan impression. And to 'Cile, I say, if only you would say "I care", I'd let you fold the folding chair.
  Mon. 4/6/09 5:07pm Pearly Sweets:

I love campy lowbrow stuff. It was more like a carny sideshow where you just know all of these people live in a small city outside of clearwater, florida when they retire.
  Mon. 4/6/09 5:07pm Cecile:

lol, Parq.
  Mon. 4/6/09 5:07pm Pearly Sweets:

In real life, however, I think they either turn to Christ or die.
  Mon. 4/6/09 5:08pm Cecile:

I know! Like where Lobster Boy (Man) was murdered.
  Mon. 4/6/09 5:13pm annie:

irene, i have no idea if it is the pink that is subduing me or the music or both. love the laid-back tunes.
  Mon. 4/6/09 5:15pm Pearly Sweets:

Irene has had a big show almost every week since the marathon! She's blowing up with guests!
  Mon. 4/6/09 5:19pm Cecile:

ITA, Pearly. Always something good.

And, yay! Jinx Lennon!
  Mon. 4/6/09 5:36pm Cecile:

wow, this is on anticon?
Isn't that an experimental hip-hop label?
  Mon. 4/6/09 5:42pm Carmichael:

So, let me see:

Martin Green
Dan Hicks
Fred Eaglesmith
John Fahey
Robin Williamson
Carmichael in boring meeting.

One of these things is not like the other ....
  Mon. 4/6/09 5:44pm Cecile:

this seems weird, but the Fleet Foxes dude phrases kind of like Nina Simone, a little, maybe?
  Mon. 4/6/09 5:47pm Carmichael:

I got a Sting vibe. But in a good way, ethereal and mystic. Not the Top 40 Sting.
  Mon. 4/6/09 5:47pm Ben:

Keep your secrets with you, safe from the outside
  Mon. 4/6/09 5:49pm Pearly Sweets:

Still no fleet foxes for me. Though I will say Irene's placement in today's show made me enjoy it more than I have any other time I've heard the foxes.
  Mon. 4/6/09 5:49pm Pearly Sweets:

So bully for you, Irene!
  Mon. 4/6/09 5:54pm Pearly Sweets:

This Good Old War is really hitting the spot for today. Like in a really good way and if my life were a movie I'd like the camera to pull back and the credits to start.
  Mon. 4/6/09 5:54pm rick armstrong:

While I really like the Fleet Foxes album, they sound a bit too much like a My Morning Jacket knockoff. Actually, this Good Old War band sounds like My Morning Jacket, not sure which came fist in this case. However, it can be said that Jim James has helped to launch many bands.
  Mon. 4/6/09 5:57pm Ben:

It's impossible to have a band that isn't outsourced from other bands before them. Uniqueness is prized, refinement is nothing bad either. I enjoy the Fleet Foxes personally.
  Mon. 4/6/09 6:00pm Carmichael:

I hear the Beatles and Del Amitri. Which is good to my ears.
  Wed. 4/8/09 12:31pm Cool As Folk:

thanks Irene for spinning the Garrett Pierce track, sounded great
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