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Options February 6, 2014: Twinkling Sounds of 4AD with Simon Raymonde interview

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Artist Track Album Label Comments Approx. start time
Dead Can Dance  Mother Tongue   Options The Serpent's Egg  4AD    0:00:00 ()
Hope Blister  Dagger   Options ...Smile's Ok  4AD    0:05:54 ()
Bulgarian State Television Female Vocal Choir  Pilentze Pee   Options Le Mystère Des Voix Bulgares  4AD    0:12:08 ()
This Mortal Coil  Come Here My Love   Options Filigree & Shadow  4AD    0:13:43 ()
His Name is Alive  If July   Options Livonia  4AD    0:17:23 ()
Felt  Primitive Painters   Options Gold Mine Trash      0:21:13 ()
Cocteau Twins  Those Eyes, That Mouth   Options Love's Easy Tears  4AD    0:27:08 ()
Music behind DJ:
Sounds From the Coney Island Boardwalk         0:30:43 ()
  Interview with Simon Raymonde Part 1         0:45:05 ()
The Birthday Party  Nick the Stripper   Options Prayers on Fire  4AD    1:19:57 ()
Music behind DJ:
Sounds of Sideshows by the Seashore         1:23:42 ()
The Wolfgang Press  Dig a Hole   Options Standing Up Straight  4AD    1:28:23 ()
Pixies  Nimrod's Son   Options Come On Pilgrim  4AD    1:32:33 ()
Matt Johnson  Icing Up   Options Burning Blue Soul      1:34:51 ()
Throwing Muses  Call Me   Options In a Doghouse      1:42:12 ()
Ultra Vivid Scene  Mercy Seat   Options Ultra Vivid Scene      1:50:06 ()
Music behind DJ:
Sounds of Sideshows by the Seashore         1:50:36 ()
  Interview with Simon Raymonde Part 2         1:56:02 ()
Cocteau Twins  Ella Megalast Burls Forever   Options Blue Bell Knoll  4AD     
Music behind DJ:
Sounds from the Point Pleasant Beach         2:36:49 ()
Dif Juz  Starting Point   Options Extractions  4AD    2:40:22 ()
Lush  Nothing Natural   Options Spooky  4AD    2:44:07 ()
Pale Saints  Porpoise   Options Flesh Balloon  4AD    2:49:37 ()

Listener comments!

Avatar Thu. 2/6/14 6:00am fred von helsing:

Avatar    Thu. 2/6/14 6:00am Matt from Springfield:

Happy Simon Raymonde Day!
Morning Meghan! Nice score on this interview!
Avatar    Thu. 2/6/14 6:01am Sem Chumbo:

Hiya and good morning, Meghan, FVH and the Matt.
Avatar    Thu. 2/6/14 6:02am Matt from Springfield:

Hiya Sem, FVH and Themers!
So nice to be a "the"!
Avatar    Thu. 2/6/14 6:03am KP:

Good morning, Meghan.
Avatar Thu. 2/6/14 6:03am glenn:

not just matt, but THE matt.
Avatar    Thu. 2/6/14 6:03am Matt from Springfield:

Morning KP and THE glenn! Youse are up early.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/6/14 6:04am Meghan:

There we go!
Avatar    Thu. 2/6/14 6:05am Matt from Springfield:

@FVH: Re: last playlist, include a song in that show called "Trimmer or Wax?" ;)
Avatar    Thu. 2/6/14 6:06am Sem Chumbo:

Avatar Thu. 2/6/14 6:06am pierre:

Bonjour Meghan, listeners extraordinaires !
Avatar    Thu. 2/6/14 6:06am KP:

Or late.
Avatar    Thu. 2/6/14 6:08am Matt from Springfield:

Bonjour listener extraordinaire pierre!

@KP True, as the case may be.
@Sem This is the day, your life will surely change..
Avatar    Thu. 2/6/14 6:09am KP:

Meghan & 4AD is a winning combination. I wouldn't miss it.
Avatar Thu. 2/6/14 6:09am bibi:

bonjour tout le monde.
make me smarter please : is that the original or a slowdive cover ? is slowdive's the original version ?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/6/14 6:10am Meghan:

it's the cover of Slowdive.....
Avatar    Thu. 2/6/14 6:12am fred:

Good morning and others, salut Pierre
I'm sorry to report that the French band Cousteau Twins changed their name to Couteau Twins. No longer a good fit for this show
Avatar    Thu. 2/6/14 6:12am Guido (Cologne):

Hello everyone!
Is it "Four Ay Dee" or "Fourad" or both?
I recently heard "Fourad" on Fench/German TV and was confused.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/6/14 6:13am Meghan:

I'm trying to play a bit more odd 4AD songs to play
Avatar Thu. 2/6/14 6:14am bibi:

thx meghan. worth a cover.
Avatar    Thu. 2/6/14 6:15am Matt from Springfield:

Hi Guido!
Always "Four Ay Dee" (Four A. D.) but a non-English announcer might have flubbed it.
Avatar Thu. 2/6/14 6:15am bibi:

the bulgarian choir was great. somehow reminded me of the brilliant theme from ghost in the shell.
Avatar    Thu. 2/6/14 6:17am KP:

En réalité, since moving to city i have reluctantly become a boring dayside person. It has had traumatic effect on my WFMU experience.
Avatar    Thu. 2/6/14 6:19am Matt from Springfield:

Wow, "If July" is great, it's like 60s folk made trippy!
Avatar    Thu. 2/6/14 6:19am Guido (Cologne):

Thanks Matt.

There were also Russian choirs in the same fashion.
Avatar Thu. 2/6/14 6:20am fred von helsing:

@MvS Waxin' the cat / Shavin' the kitten / Keepin' it warm / Just like a mitten / Wah de doo dah
  Thu. 2/6/14 6:21am KP:

Bonjour, Pierre
  Thu. 2/6/14 6:28am KP:

I have it on stereo
  Thu. 2/6/14 6:29am KP:

Censored again! Wonder how or why that happens.
Avatar Thu. 2/6/14 6:30am bibi:

now couteau twins ? im curious.
Avatar    Thu. 2/6/14 6:31am Matt from Springfield:

Hellllllo there Julie!

No warm weather or fresh pineapple smuggled out!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/6/14 6:33am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

TimeZone Appropriate Greetings ParkPeople !
...the mighty 4AD ! !
...because Five Common Era was - let's face it - a lousy label...
  Thu. 2/6/14 6:36am coalhard:

could you play some Johnny Cash he also stepped into a ring of fire
Avatar    Thu. 2/6/14 6:36am Matt from Springfield:

5CE was just a rip-off that came after...
Avatar    Thu. 2/6/14 6:37am Guido (Cologne):

Facing the Other Way: The Story of 4AD ?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/6/14 6:38am Meghan:

Avatar    Thu. 2/6/14 6:38am Matt from Springfield:

Only 600?? Well I guess a Cliff Notes history would be helpful...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/6/14 6:39am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

- 4ADs visual sense - coveted promo stuff awlright...
Avatar    Thu. 2/6/14 6:39am fred:

@bibi: There's a picture at the top of their bandcamp that still shows the old name: couteautwin.bandcamp.com
Avatar Thu. 2/6/14 6:43am bibi:

@fred, thx first extract sounds real good, but now j'ai faim je file.
Avatar    Thu. 2/6/14 6:46am Guido (Cologne):

Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/6/14 6:50am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...I'm seeing the 'Filth & the Fury' film in my mind's eye...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/6/14 6:51am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...people for whom Punk was over by '77 & the albums came out...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/6/14 7:06am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

- always interesting to me how Artists perceive their own oeuvre differently from the 'inside' then we do on the 'outside'...
...reminded of Joe Strummer observing that when you have the right chemistry w/ others - that is the rarest & must be treasured, & he regrets that...
- This is excellent ! Way to go Meghan ! - Thx.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 2/6/14 7:08am Julie:

I want CT lyrics!!
Avatar Thu. 2/6/14 7:11am glenn:

anything for you, julie. www.lyricsfreak.com...
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 2/6/14 7:12am Julie:

those are probably the "interpretations" he was talking about
  Thu. 2/6/14 7:18am KP:

I'm the same way about box sets. I love them all and open none.
  Thu. 2/6/14 7:19am KP:

Frosty the Snowman?
Avatar    Thu. 2/6/14 7:20am Guido (Cologne):

Great interview!
... and exactly Nick the Stripper ..
... bst song from prayers on fire
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/6/14 7:20am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

- would you agree that Birthday Party is underrated as one of thee great Live bands... / craziest & most intense Live scenes ?...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/6/14 7:20am Spatulator (formerly elwyn5150):

Yay! You asked my question!
Avatar Thu. 2/6/14 7:21am glenn:

especially bear family box sets. they're so expensive that you want to just frame them and put them on the wall.
  Thu. 2/6/14 7:21am P-90:

"...signed a two-page contract back in '82...."
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/6/14 7:23am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...he's certainly the opposite of a difficult & cranky interview here !...
Avatar    Thu. 2/6/14 7:24am Guido (Cologne):

... if I ever had seen them live I'd possibly agree.
It is so embarrassing what i missed!!
i was too young
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/6/14 7:25am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

- I of course only know from Video & some writing...
Avatar    Thu. 2/6/14 7:25am Guido (Cologne):

A lo of bands aren't satisfied about what their fans think is their best work.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/6/14 7:26am Spatulator (formerly elwyn5150):

I wonder how many bands broke up after going into a studio without prep.
Avatar    Thu. 2/6/14 7:26am Guido (Cologne):

Video .. good idea!
I still try to tell people to consider birthday Party ... not always nick Cave a.t.B.S.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/6/14 7:27am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

- yeah - on one hand the Artist of course knows better - on the other hand no one has less perspective than the Artist !...
  Thu. 2/6/14 7:28am KP:

That was a great Valentine's Day show
Avatar    Thu. 2/6/14 7:31am Guido (Cologne):

Anyone familiar with Matt Johnson's "Burning Blue Soul"? (also 4AD some 1981 or so)
I'm not at all in all the other The The, but that one was marvelous!
Lotsa tape-looping and stuff ...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/6/14 7:32am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

- wasn't Matt in his teens still & did it all on a 4-track in his room or something - ?! Great album.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/6/14 7:33am Meghan:

funny you mention that..... it's up next....
  Thu. 2/6/14 7:33am KP:

Genius really.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/6/14 7:35am Meghan:

I'm a huge The The fan.... and I absolutely love that album......
Avatar    Thu. 2/6/14 7:37am Guido (Cologne):

Proofs you're really into it Meghan!

Some Wire-People were involved I red in Wikipedia.
Avatar    Thu. 2/6/14 7:41am fred:

That Matt Johnson track is new to me and clicky-starred
  Thu. 2/6/14 7:43am KP:

Agree, Fred
Avatar Thu. 2/6/14 7:44am groucho:

Sorry I'm late, too busy to read back through the comments, has anyone mentioned 4AD 3D CD by Half Man Half Biscuit? they should have. Hello by the way.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/6/14 7:45am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

'81 was pretty early & 'Burning Blue Soul' had real impact: you heard it & replayed it in your mind. Very surprised you don't know it fred - your knowledge generally shames me !
  Thu. 2/6/14 7:51am KP:

The The was Was Not Was?
  Thu. 2/6/14 7:51am Chris - echolalia radio:

Love that Ultra Vivid Scene track. Suburb show. Sweet mix.
  Thu. 2/6/14 7:51am KP:

Hey I dropped mine off in person
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/6/14 7:53am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...terrifying to think that there were only 13 years between 'Electric Ladyland' & 'Burning Blue Soul'
- but 33 years between 'BBSoul' & now - but it makes sense...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/6/14 7:53am Spatulator (formerly elwyn5150):

Common Meghan... "not a big fan". Be a bit more harsh. :-)
  Thu. 2/6/14 7:53am KP:

I was surprised to see the pixies listed among the 4AD bands.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/6/14 7:54am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

- I liked RedHousePainters - but I like FolkRawk & have a deffo glum side...
Avatar Thu. 2/6/14 7:56am fred von helsing:

4bc would be a Christian label so I guess 4ad must be satanic ?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/6/14 7:57am Meghan:

KP, who did you drop it off with?

Chris, so glad you are enjoying the show!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/6/14 7:58am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

- that's 4 'ad''s - everything on our label has two chords
...& we all have ADD - & OCD too: everything has to be perfect - but just for minute...
Avatar    Thu. 2/6/14 8:00am Guido (Cologne):

I think the Pixies were also not really into the 4AD-artworks, as far it suits the music.
Avatar    Thu. 2/6/14 8:01am Guido (Cologne):

Like LedZep were huge Joni Mitchell fans.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/6/14 8:02am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

- this is a great example of the inside/outside thing - as the Visual Sense on 4AD *was* such a big deal !...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/6/14 8:03am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

- lotsa Folk & Acoustic in Zep.
Avatar    Thu. 2/6/14 8:05am Guido (Cologne):

the Doors opening act for Captain Beefheart or the Turtles.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/6/14 8:07am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...their version of the Pistols in Texas
...I wish *I* could see Doors & Beefheart !
Avatar    Thu. 2/6/14 8:13am KP:

Meghan, there's the rub. it was after 5 pm and i went upstairs and saw like four younger people (not that they are all that way to me) whom i did recognize sitting around the round table in the volunteer. i asked them to drop it off and they seemed actively disinterested.
However i did see both Chris and Scot on way out and they might have more info. In any event it would be easy to run off another, which i was going to do anyway, since i saw it as a keeper.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/6/14 8:15am Meghan:

yeah.... that is sooooo not helpful! They were most likely drunk or on their way to getting drunk. I don't know if I will find it, to be honest.....
Avatar    Thu. 2/6/14 8:17am KP:

In retrospect that seems an accurate assessment. i'll start on new one. That one had some character flaws anyway.
Avatar    Thu. 2/6/14 8:18am Guido (Cologne):

Youhad to spend nights because of page-loading time ... hehehe ... 20 videos at once or so ...
  Thu. 2/6/14 8:21am P-90:

........drunk volunteers? I refuse to believe it, it's inconceivable, no way, it'll never happen
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/6/14 8:25am common:

love evey cocteau twins record...ah, youth. morning peoples!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/6/14 8:25am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...prefer it if the 1st isn't the best - exact opposite of the Contempo Corporate attitude...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/6/14 8:28am common:

YEA! can my band be on your lable, please?
  Thu. 2/6/14 8:30am P-90:

The approach he's describing is the ONLY way, it's always been, you can't have that "stick with me, Kid, Ill make you a star" line of bs
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 2/6/14 8:31am Cheri Pi:

Here! loving this.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 2/6/14 8:34am Cheri Pi:

Meghan, how did your head NOT explode?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/6/14 8:35am Meghan:

Good question. I was super excited and happy to talk with him. But I just went in ready to go and positive and I think it rubbed off. That and I bought him a coffee.....
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 2/6/14 8:37am Cheri Pi:

It did, you sounded like a total pro and he seemed very comfortable and chummy.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/6/14 8:38am common:

that was a great interview! He sounds like a great guy.
  Thu. 2/6/14 8:40am Dirty Old Man:

Interesting interview, especially since I didn't know much about him. You should have pushed him to sign Jeff to one of those half million pound record contracts.
  Thu. 2/6/14 8:41am Chris - echolalia radio:

Great interview!!
  Thu. 2/6/14 8:42am P-90:

@Meghan: Don't you think artists out promo-ing quickly figure out whether you're really knowledgeable and enthusiastic about their stuff, and will relax and warm up to you if they find you're for real? I heard this as a perfect example, he was happy to go on in as much depth as you would ask him to because he wasn't with some schmoe going through the motions
Avatar    Thu. 2/6/14 8:43am KP:

sent msg to scott asking him to look into it. Otherwise another is NP.
Great show, see ya.
Avatar    Thu. 2/6/14 8:43am Guido (Cologne):

Avatar    Thu. 2/6/14 8:43am Sem Chumbo:

Thanks so much for making it possible for us to spend some time with Mr. Raymonde. Engaging Q and A, Ms. M.
Avatar Thu. 2/6/14 8:44am fred von helsing:

Avatar    Thu. 2/6/14 8:44am Guido (Cologne):

some common tastes here
  Thu. 2/6/14 8:45am P-90:

Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/6/14 8:45am Meghan:

I don't know.... sometimes talking to a an artist you really like as a fan could scare them. I just think it's about really well thought out questions......
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/6/14 8:46am common:

i won tickets to the 2nd lalapalooza and lush was one of the first bands. i was so excited...but just missed them. bummer.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 2/6/14 8:46am Cheri Pi:

Avatar Thu. 2/6/14 8:46am fred von helsing:

Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 2/6/14 8:47am Julie:

<3 LUSH <3
Avatar Thu. 2/6/14 8:47am Dave B:


archives for me
Avatar Thu. 2/6/14 8:47am fred von helsing:

= L =
= U =
= S =
= H =
Avatar    Thu. 2/6/14 8:48am Guido (Cologne):

Well thought out questions ... right ... you must get your interview partner get to LIKE the interview! Booring fan- or too often repeated question will make your parnter sleepy.

Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/6/14 8:48am Meghan:

Wow, are you still on LA time?
Avatar Thu. 2/6/14 8:49am Dave B:

advil pm works wonders
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/6/14 8:51am Spatulator (formerly elwyn5150):

Where have you been all night Evil Brady?
Avatar Thu. 2/6/14 8:51am bibi:

that snare came on time.
Avatar Thu. 2/6/14 8:51am Dave B:

wiped out on the ice two doors from home, crushed my shoulder. self medicated
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/6/14 8:52am braveness23:

B23 here. Man, it looks like I missed a show that was right up my alley... Thank goodness for the archives!
Avatar Thu. 2/6/14 8:52am fred von helsing:

oh shit, man
  Thu. 2/6/14 8:52am Chris - echolalia radio:

I agree with @P-90 came through as a fan and very interested. Made for a brilliant interview.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 2/6/14 8:53am Cheri Pi:

B23, do yourself a favor man!!!
  Thu. 2/6/14 8:55am P-90:

@Meghan: I see what you mean, one can easily be starstruck & a little tongue-tied, like the old Chris Farley SNL routine, and the artist just withdraws from that. A pretty famous guitarist once said to me that the same thing happened to him a couple of times when he would meet revered older American blues players in London, "one ends up just speaking in breathless generalities." But if a journalist prepares those questions carefully, like you say, that grounds the interview and allows a real exchange.
Well done! and tell us a little about his shoes that day
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/6/14 8:56am Spatulator (formerly elwyn5150):

What's wrong with Lush? Is it because if you pronounce R and Ls the same, it sounds like Rush?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/6/14 8:56am braveness23:

I've got a massage tomorrow evening. We normally listen to the most recent Trouble archive but I think we will have to listen to this instead!
  Thu. 2/6/14 8:57am dinatekno:

I have been in heaven all morning. You are fantastic! LUSH has been my favorite since my 90's shoegaze days in San Francisco. Lots of E and lots of Lush.
  Thu. 2/6/14 8:58am P-90:

Will there be a show for HATE songs to get equal time? Just askin
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 2/6/14 9:00am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

- oh - Hate is 365...
- I don't hate Lush - they had a couple different sounds anyway
- Interview was the Kewlest...
  Fri. 2/7/14 12:21pm van:

Nice start, but how could it not be with 4AD in the spotlight :)
  Fri. 2/7/14 12:34pm van:

This Mortal Coil - Have always loved, loved them!
  Fri. 2/7/14 1:37pm van:

Just loving his discussion of Elizabeth Fraser, and how she worked within the structure of the songs and how she jotted her lyrics, etc. Fascinating.
  Fri. 2/7/14 1:46pm van:

Wow. Sounds like Cocteau Twins in general could realistically file several lawsuits seeking compensation due, from their own stuff and from This Mortal Coil's first two albums.
  Fri. 2/7/14 2:25pm van:

* fast forwards past Pixies *
  Fri. 2/7/14 3:22pm van:

Just a fantastic interview. WELL DONE! Simon is so real, honest, fresh, well spoken, insightful. Must. Listen. Again. #Bookmark

Thank you so much Meghan!
  Mon. 8/29/16 12:24pm David McCormack:

Cocteau Twins love this band so much, Beatrix this is my favorite song by them http://lyricsmusic.name/cocteau-twins-lyrics/treasure/beatrix.html
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