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Options January 20, 2015: A sweet winter's eve with Don Bikoff.

Popping in to play a few tunes for a wintery night, Don Bikoff is a fingerstyle guitarist who has had a resurgence thanks to the reissue of his debut "Celestial Explosion." Bikoff returned to the studio after that long break to put out last year's "Hallowed Ground." To shake things up a little for this show, Don dropped by for the evening with a couple of guitars and an armload of vinyl to co-host with Irene.

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Artist Track Album Label Approx. start time
Dave Ray  Go My Bail   Options Snaker's Here!  Elektra  0:00:00 ()
Mance Lipscomb  Spanish Flang Dang   Options Texas Songster  Arhoolie  0:01:42 ()
Rev. Gary Davis  Maple Leaf Rag   Options The Guitar & Banjo Rev. Gary Davis  Prestige  0:03:53 ()
Hamza El Din  Fegir Nedan (Call to Worship)   Options Music of Nubia  Vanguard  0:06:38 ()
John Fahey  Finale   Options America  Takoma  0:12:20 ()

Live set by Don Bikoff
Don Bikoff  12-String Blues   Options     0:23:56 ()
Don Bikoff  C'mon to my Kitchen (Robert Johnson)   Options     0:27:15 ()
Don Bikoff  St Louios Blues (Blind Willie McTell)   Options     0:31:47 ()
Don Bikoff  The Boca Rag   Options     0:35:32 ()
Don Bikoff  My Creole Belle (Mississippi John Hurt)   Options     0:38:40 ()
Don Bikoff  Samson and Delilah (Rev. Gary Davis tune)   Options     0:42:27 ()
Eric Von Schmidt  Cold Grey Dawn   Options Eric Sings Von Schmidt  Prestige  0:47:08 ()
Lightnin' Hopkins  Guitar Lightnin'   Options Lightnin' Strikes  Verve Folkways  0:51:49 ()
Manitas de Plata  Grenada   Options Flamenco - The Spain of Manitas  Columbia  0:56:13 ()
Milton Kaye  Button Up Your Overcoat   Options Nickelodeon and Calliope: Hiccups from the Gaslight Era  Cook Laboratories  1:01:09 ()
Little Milton  My Babe   Options The Best of Little Milton  Chess  1:03:26 ()

Another set of live music by Don Bikoff
Don Bikoff  Ballad of John Henry   Options     1:14:48 ()
Don Bikoff  The Panama Limited (Bukka White)   Options     1:18:47 ()
Don Bikoff  That'll Happen No More (Blind Blake)   Options     1:29:48 ()
Don Bikoff  Green Rocky Road (Dave Van Ronk)   Options     1:33:58 ()
Don Bikoff  Ain't Nobody's Business But My Own   Options     1:37:53 ()
Robbie Basho  Salangadou   Options Robbie Basho Sings  Takoma  1:46:11 ()
Rev. Robert Wilkins  Prodigal Son   Options VA: The Blues at Newport part 2  Vanguard  1:51:24 ()
Norman Blake  Miller's Reel   Options Old and New  Flying Fish  1:59:50 ()
Fred McDowell  I'm In Jail Again   Options My Home is in the Delta  Testament  2:01:39 ()
Big Maybelle  Maybelle's Blues   Options     2:05:55 ()

Another set of live music from Don Bikoff
Don Bikoff  Make Me a Pallet on Your Floor   Options     2:12:45 ()
Don Bikoff  Separation Blues (Patrick Sky)   Options     2:15:49 ()
Don Bikoff  Max's Tune   Options     2:21:37 ()
Don Bikoff  Mean Old Frisco   Options     2:24:19 ()
Don Bikoff  If I Had a Boat   Options     2:29:10 ()
Don Bikoff  St. James Infirmary Blues   Options     2:34:36 ()
Don Bikoff  Travelling Riverside Blues   Options     2:39:01 ()
Don Bikoff  Bicycle Built for Two / Grandfather's Clock / Freight Train / Guibi Guabi   Options     2:45:01 ()
Tim Buckley  I Never Asked to be Your Mountain   Options Goodbye and Hello  Elektra  2:48:48 ()
Led Zeppelin  Black Mountain Side   Options Led Zeppelin  Atlantic  2:55:10 ()
Music behind DJ:
John Fahey 
Finale   Options America  Takoma  2:56:52 ()

Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 1/20/15 9:02pm JakeGould:

Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 1/20/15 9:04pm duke:

Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 1/20/15 9:05pm Mike East:

whoa, psychedelic picture, Irene. What time can we expect Mr. Bikoff?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 1/20/15 9:11pm redkayak:

Hi all.....
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 1/20/15 9:12pm Irene Trudel:

Don is right here! He is programming the music for us tonight in addition to playing.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 1/20/15 9:17pm Mike East:

Excellent! Well, good evening to both of you, and all the commenters.
Avatar Tue. 1/20/15 9:18pm gongoleer:

Hi Irene & Don, I love that even in the north country of Vt. I can hear you. What a treat! Wish I were there. Loving your selections as always. Maybe you'll play something off the "basement tapes". Hey Don, great to hear your voice. I'll be listening till the end. SB
  Swag For Life Member Tue. 1/20/15 9:34pm golde:

this is a nick drake song
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 1/20/15 9:36pm Ken From Hyde Park:

The state of the union attendees should send their applause your way!
  Tue. 1/20/15 9:41pm Andrew:

Suddenly remembered what's special about Tuesday evening. Not used to the new time yet. Sounds good!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 1/20/15 9:47pm Mike Sin:

Well, this was a nice surprise to hear Don Bikoff on WFMU after a long ride home. I was quite fortunate to engineer a set from Don Bikoff on Jeffrey Davison's show a few years ago, and it was quite a superb experience.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 1/20/15 9:54pm JakeGould:

Loving this!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 1/20/15 9:54pm JakeGould:

How’s the Union? Anyone know the state it’s in?
  Tue. 1/20/15 9:56pm Guitar man:

This is a dream show for me Irene xoxo
  Tue. 1/20/15 10:05pm Robert:

I just got back from a political meeting, and this is a good refuge from more politics in the form of the state of the union address.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 1/20/15 10:06pm redkayak:

This IS an awesome set...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 1/20/15 10:06pm JakeGould:

Personally putting the kibosh on political discussions and gentrification discussions in 2015. Just sick of it all.
Avatar Tue. 1/20/15 10:10pm gongoleer:

i'm watching lips move but hear nothing new being said. The music is a sweet & finer alternative. A huge thank you.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 1/20/15 10:12pm Ike:

@Jake@10:06, tell that to Jake@9:54(2)! XD
Avatar Tue. 1/20/15 10:13pm gongoleer:

Yes they do exist in pockets throughout the U. S.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 1/20/15 10:13pm JakeGould:

Ike, you revealed my ruse! Ack!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 1/20/15 10:15pm JakeGould:

Here is a list of male barbershop groups. It doesn’t get much whiter. www.singers.com...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 1/20/15 10:17pm JakeGould:

“Yes they do exist in pockets throughout the U.S.” Not in my pocket.
Avatar Tue. 1/20/15 10:17pm gongoleer:

Ratings are through the roof. Your audience is international and O'bama's is mainly National.
  Tue. 1/20/15 10:17pm Hugh C:

My sister belongs to a Sweet Adelines Society, they always perform with a barbershop quartet...she's in rural Colorado...they compete all over, vieing for a national championship.
Avatar Tue. 1/20/15 10:20pm Van in DC:

Hi Irene.

Oh snap. I just realized it's Tuesday. Not Monday.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 1/20/15 10:21pm JakeGould:

And here are female barbershop groups. www.singers.com...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 1/20/15 10:22pm JakeGould:

Van, is “Sonny & Cher” playing on your clock radio?
Avatar Tue. 1/20/15 10:23pm Van in DC:

Irene - loved your engineering for Caitlin on Jeffrey's show this past Saturday. For anyone who missed it:

Avatar Tue. 1/20/15 10:24pm Van in DC:

Sonny? Cher.

Cher? Sonny.

Sonny? Tree....

Cher? Crazy....
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 1/20/15 10:25pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...phew...great to be home away from the schlubs @ the local pub, just to see my Irish Trad pals
...some kinda master Live we got here ! - the real stuff
...great photo!...
Avatar Tue. 1/20/15 10:26pm Van in DC:

Mr. Bikoff, wanted to ask you if classical guitar has been any influence on you?

In particular, I can't help but think of David Russell when I sometimes hear you play. And that is meant as a huge compliment.
Avatar Tue. 1/20/15 10:28pm Van in DC:

No pinkeys! :)
Avatar Tue. 1/20/15 10:29pm Van in DC:

Thanks for that Irene & Don.
Avatar Tue. 1/20/15 10:34pm Van in DC:

* applause *
  Tue. 1/20/15 10:38pm Hugh C:

Ahhh, memories of Dave Van Ronk....saw him so many times, drunk, sober, mostly drunk.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 1/20/15 10:38pm JakeGould:

The version of “Green, Green Rocky Road” from Inside Llewyn Davis: www.youtube.com...
Avatar Tue. 1/20/15 10:40pm Van in DC:

Okay Don, you now have to be a semi-regular co-host for Irene's show.

We're expecting that.

Just so you know.
Avatar Tue. 1/20/15 10:41pm Van in DC:

I just never can get enough of Don's guitar. Many thanks for showing up.
Avatar Tue. 1/20/15 10:44pm Van in DC:

Samantha Fish - incredible blues guitarist / vocalist, also helps out. FMU has no idea who she is sadly.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 1/20/15 10:45pm JakeGould:

Irene, great show. Don Bikoff is awesome.
Avatar Tue. 1/20/15 10:46pm Van in DC:

There's a youtube of Samantha with Buddy Guy even. BUDDY FREAKING GUY.

Avatar Tue. 1/20/15 10:47pm Van in DC:

Oh, like...here.

Avatar Tue. 1/20/15 10:51pm Van in DC:

loving this
Avatar Tue. 1/20/15 10:54pm Van in DC:

So we're in Don's DJ'ing...?
  Tue. 1/20/15 10:54pm Carmichael:

Oh hey, hi Irene. Hi folks.
Avatar Tue. 1/20/15 10:55pm Van in DC:

CARM! Hi ya.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 1/20/15 10:56pm Irene Trudel:

Yes, Don's picking the music for the whole show tonight.
Avatar Tue. 1/20/15 10:56pm Van in DC:

Oh! I figured the John Fahey would have been you Irene :)
Avatar Tue. 1/20/15 10:57pm Van in DC:

So far, Don's stuff is a kind of curious mix between Irene / Doug / Jeffrey from what I have heard so far. I likes. ;)
  Tue. 1/20/15 10:58pm Carmichael:

Hi Van! And yay, Don!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 1/20/15 10:59pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Irene, is it in your power to announce over the air that the state of WFMU is just super? Actually, it's probably one blown transmitter away from financial troubles. Tonight, it's in fine shape.
Avatar Tue. 1/20/15 11:01pm Van in DC:

Now see, this right here is about as far away from classical guitar as I can envision. But I like it.
  Tue. 1/20/15 11:02pm Carmichael:

That's Mississippi Fred McDowell.
Avatar Tue. 1/20/15 11:02pm Van in DC:

snap crackle pop - love that too
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 1/20/15 11:03pm Irene Trudel:

Oh, right Van, the Fahey is my choice for talkover. I wasn't really counting it.
Avatar Tue. 1/20/15 11:03pm Van in DC:

Now I'm really kind of curious if Mr. Bikoff is a fan of Doug's Give the Drummer Some show...?
Avatar Tue. 1/20/15 11:04pm gongoleer:

Anybody ever hear of British guitarist Davey Graham? What an inventive player.
Avatar Tue. 1/20/15 11:05pm Van in DC:

I missed the Fahey playing but glad I know you at least a little by now :)
  Tue. 1/20/15 11:06pm Carmichael:

Weren't we just talking about Lightnin Hopkins/Albert Collins/Texas Alexander over on the Drummer stream?
Avatar Tue. 1/20/15 11:07pm Van in DC:

NOW we're talkin'! (blues)
  Tue. 1/20/15 11:07pm Squish:

Hey folks….new listener in Wisconsin!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 1/20/15 11:07pm Irene Trudel:

Thanks Kevin! Glad to know our state of affairs at WFMU is in good order.
Avatar Tue. 1/20/15 11:08pm Van in DC:

hi Squish! You could not have picked a better time or show to debut here :)
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 1/20/15 11:09pm Irene Trudel:

Cool Squish! Glad to have you for this special show
Avatar Tue. 1/20/15 11:09pm Van in DC:

@ gongoleer: I don't know Davey Graham but will now have to research ... thanks!
Avatar Tue. 1/20/15 11:11pm Van in DC:

Well...you have that Buddy Guy / Samantha Fish youtube link to follow up with now....



Avatar Tue. 1/20/15 11:13pm Van in DC:


Avatar Tue. 1/20/15 11:15pm Van in DC:

So, is this in the new performance area, the horribly named one? Or in the love room, or whatever it is called...? I forget.
Avatar Tue. 1/20/15 11:16pm Van in DC:

And of course, someone is snapping photos to post later...?
  Tue. 1/20/15 11:16pm Carmichael:

That was Railroad Bill.
  Tue. 1/20/15 11:17pm Carmichael:

Or Freight Train.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 1/20/15 11:17pm redkayak:

According to wikipedia - a pallet can also be a straw mattress
  Tue. 1/20/15 11:19pm Hugh C:

Patrick Sky!
  Tue. 1/20/15 11:19pm Carmichael:

Davey Graham, poor loon that he is, is a master guitarist. Just don't mention Bert Jansch or John Redbourn, he goes nuts about those 2.
Avatar Tue. 1/20/15 11:19pm gongoleer:

@van in dc, i believe he's deceased but was really prolific and as I said innovative. You'll be surprised! He had a lot of influence on my appreciation & understanding of guitar players after hearing Don way back when.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 1/20/15 11:19pm Mike East:

Been really enjoyable tonight...great one to archive! Time to lock up. I'll catch the end in the car. Peace all.
Avatar Tue. 1/20/15 11:20pm gongoleer:

@carmichael, you're not kidding. That's the truth.
Avatar Tue. 1/20/15 11:20pm Van in DC:

Thanks gongoleer, I will definitely do a research of him
Avatar Tue. 1/20/15 11:21pm Van in DC:

Safe travels Mike East
Avatar Tue. 1/20/15 11:22pm Van in DC:

Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 1/20/15 11:23pm Irene Trudel:

G'nite Mike!
Avatar Tue. 1/20/15 11:24pm Van in DC:

* more applause *
Avatar Tue. 1/20/15 11:24pm gongoleer:

according to wikipedia, Patrick Sky is recognized as an expert in building and playing the Irish uillean pipes, often performing with his wife, Cathy. He has also published several books on the subject.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 1/20/15 11:24pm Mike East:

thanks guys! (freakin Dead cover band is taking their sweet ass time gettin' outta here...)
  Tue. 1/20/15 11:24pm Carmichael:

Van, his famous work was Mood something, Blues Mood, Blues Indigo, jaysis its been too long.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 1/20/15 11:26pm Irene Trudel:

Thanks for the update, gongoleeer! I often wonder about these older musicians and should take more time to look 'em up on the web. They're a lot easier to find now.
Avatar Tue. 1/20/15 11:26pm Van in DC:

Well, not famous to me but I live a sheltered life. That's why I'm here at FMU trying to expand my horribly limited horizons. :)
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 1/20/15 11:27pm JakeGould:

Van, don’t be too hard on yourself. The Internet does make it easier to research forgotten artists and even support them. All good.
Avatar Tue. 1/20/15 11:27pm Van in DC:

Mike East - in dc by chance...?
Avatar Tue. 1/20/15 11:28pm gongoleer:

Famous only if you were alive in the late 60's/early 70's.
Avatar Tue. 1/20/15 11:28pm Van in DC:

JakeGould - oh, I support. I do indeed.
Avatar Tue. 1/20/15 11:29pm Van in DC:

Old or "Ole"?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 1/20/15 11:31pm Mike East:

no, Van NYC.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 1/20/15 11:31pm Irene Trudel:

Old, according to a quick web search.
Avatar Tue. 1/20/15 11:32pm Van in DC:

Ah okay well still safe travels Mike.

And, okay, Irene. Thanks for "search"ing and not, you know, "googling" :)
  Tue. 1/20/15 11:36pm Carmichael:

This sounds like a good Am blues tune. The E7 gives it away ...
Avatar Tue. 1/20/15 11:36pm gongoleer:

@Irene Trudel, Yes internet helps. Amazing what's out there to discover. @van in DC, it's older not ole. Some of us listeners are dinosaurs.LOL. HI DON.
Avatar Tue. 1/20/15 11:36pm Van in DC:

Avatar Tue. 1/20/15 11:38pm Van in DC:

Just saying - this particular Irene show will be revisited by me on the magical FMU archives many times I suspect.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 1/20/15 11:39pm JakeGould:

Koko the Clown sings “St. James Infirmary” www.youtube.com...
Avatar Tue. 1/20/15 11:39pm Van in DC:

Yes indeed. Beautiful.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 1/20/15 11:40pm Irene Trudel:

Thanks Jake! One of my all time faves from the amazing minds of the Fleischers.
Avatar Tue. 1/20/15 11:41pm Van in DC:

See....somewhere right in here is where I can get a classical guitar kind of influence from like a David Russell. I don't know why exactly but there it is.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 1/20/15 11:41pm JakeGould:

You’re welcome Irene. Cab Calloway collaborated a lot with the Fleischers. www.youtube.com...
Avatar Tue. 1/20/15 11:43pm Van in DC:

  Tue. 1/20/15 11:44pm Carmichael:

Jake, you also heard the Cab Calloway. So i'm NOT crazy!
Avatar Tue. 1/20/15 11:44pm gongoleer:

ask him to play "our tune" xlv(forty five)
Avatar Tue. 1/20/15 11:45pm Van in DC:

just three more hours to play live Don. Keep going.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 1/20/15 11:46pm JakeGould:

“The Fleischers put popular, modern music at the center of many of their films, building entire cartoons around jazz legends such as Cab Calloway, Louis Armstrong and Don Redman. These cartoons often featured the Fleischers’ signature combination of live action and animation; in fact the earliest known footage of Cab Calloway in performance can be seen in the Fleischer classic Minnie the Moocher.” www.fleischerstudios.com...
Avatar Tue. 1/20/15 11:46pm gongoleer:

see if he'll do an encore with xlv.
Avatar Tue. 1/20/15 11:47pm Van in DC:

I could honestly listen to Don play this 12 string all night.
  Tue. 1/20/15 11:47pm Carmichael:

OK, HERE'S Fright Train.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 1/20/15 11:48pm JakeGould:

“Old Man of the Mountain” is creepy. The old man of the mountain gets a hippo pregnant and then the rest of the cartoon is basically him harassing Betty Boop.
  Tue. 1/20/15 11:48pm Carmichael:

ha ha. "freight"
Avatar Tue. 1/20/15 11:48pm Van in DC:

Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 1/20/15 11:48pm JakeGould:

The full “Snow White” cartoon here. www.youtube.com...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 1/20/15 11:49pm JakeGould:

And here is “Minnie the Moocher” with an amazing live opening with Cab Calloway. youtu.be...
Avatar Tue. 1/20/15 11:51pm gongoleer:

Wonderful show Irene. Don, outstanding as usual. Like the new song too. SB
Avatar Tue. 1/20/15 11:52pm Van in DC:

So that was don dot bikoff at gmail? did I get that right?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 1/20/15 11:54pm Irene Trudel:

Don's email is donald.bikoff@gmail.com
Avatar Tue. 1/20/15 11:54pm Van in DC:

Thanks Irene. I was just about to follow up that I'll hear it again on archive but many thanks :)
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 1/20/15 11:55pm JakeGould:

Before the show ends, thanks for the show and the tangential memories as well!
Avatar Tue. 1/20/15 11:57pm Van in DC:

Many thanks Irene!!

Special thanks to Mr. Bikoff!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 1/20/15 11:57pm Irene Trudel:

Thanks for all the great comments, and for tuning in. Catch everybody next week. Live music then too, with The Cellar and Point.
Avatar Tue. 1/20/15 11:59pm gongoleer:

same time same station. Blessings to all.
  Wed. 1/21/15 12:04am Carmichael:

Yes, thank you both very much!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 1/21/15 5:03am Sean in Bristol UK:

Wow, what a great show, Don Bikoff was awesome and great to hear some of Don's choices of music. And great comments from all The Trukeepers, I always read them. Great show, Irene, thank you to you and Don.
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