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Playlist for 02 April 2015 Options | Modern medievalists and other marginalia (for John Renbourn)

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Mahjun  Sec Beurre Cornichon   Options Happy French Band  Gratte-Ciel   
Kay Hoffman  Iste Mundus (Listen: )   Options Floret Silva  Robot  Based on the texts of Carmina Burana.   
Brigitte Fontaine & Areski  Y'a du Lard (Listen: )   Options Le Bonheur  Saravah     
Les Djinns  Nesthel (Listen: )   Options 1970s Algerian Folk and Pop (various artists)  Sublime Frequencies     
Kim Fowley  Ode to Sweet Sixteen (Listen: )   Options Good Clean Fun  Imperial     
Ray Manzarek  Welcome (Ecce Gratum) (Listen: )   Options Carmina Burana  A&M  Based on Carl Orff's version of Carmina Burana. (Produced by Philip Glass and Kurt Munkacsi.) 
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Third Ear Band 
Overture (Listen: )   Options Music from Macbeth  EMI     
Shirley Collins & Dolly Collins  God Dog (Listen: )   Options Anthems in Eden  Harvest  With the Early Music Consort of London.   
Rotary Connection  Turn Me On (Listen: )   Options Rotary Connection  Chess  Plainsong pop. Featuring the human theremin, Minne Ripperton.   
Ars Nova  Pavan for My Lady (Listen: )   Options Ars Nova  Elektra  Makes good use of hemiola, at the ends of phrases.   
The Stranglers  Golden Brown (Listen: )   Options Feline  Epic  3 + 3 + 3 + 4 = Golden Brown 
Gorky's Zygotic Mynci  Meirion Wyllt (Listen: )   Options Barafundle  Fontana  Lynn Childs, father of Zygotic Myncis Euros and Megan, plays shawm and other early instruments on this album's medieval interludes; check the break on this song.   
Gryphon  Kemp's Jig (Listen: )   Options Gryphon  Transatlantic     
The Lorraine Bowen Experience  Spinach Song (Listen: )   Options Greatest Hits Volume 1  Lorraine Bowen  On which Ms. Bowen rocks the crumhorns.   
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Meditation for Cembalo and Synthesizer to praise the Grand Supreme (Listen: )   Options unreleased Soundcloud page  Gelbart     
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Charles W. Dunn 
Beowulf excerpts   Options Early English Poetry  Scholastic     
Seamus Ennis  The Blackbird (Listen: )   Options The Wandering Minstrel  Green Linnet   
Big Blood  No Gravity Blues (Listen: )   Options Big Blood + The Grove  Time-Lag     
Incredible String Band  No Sleep Blues (Listen: )   Options The 5000 Spirits Or The Layers Of The Onion  Elektra; Hannibal reissue     
Brigitte Fontaine & Areski  Bobo (Listen: )   Options Le Bonheur  Saravah     
Steeleye Span  Spotted Cow (Listen: )   Options Below the Salt  Chrysalis   
Rolling Stones  Citadel (Listen: )   Options Their Satanic Majesties Request  London  Psych rock mystery play?   
Merit Hemmingson  Elverumsvisan efter Vickers Johan, Malung (Listen: )   Options Queen of Swedish Hammond Folk Groove  Amigo     
Battlefield Band  The Tamosher (Listen: )   Options At the Front  Topic  "The Tamosher is the things that makes weans" (from the liner notes). Similar version appears on the Shirley & Dolly Collins album, as "Gathering Rushes In The Month Of May."   
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Holographic Riddance (Listen: )   Options Remote Hologram  Kraak     
Sinfonye  Ursula's Virgins (Listen: )   Options Symphony of the Harmony of Celestial Revelations  Celestial Harmonies  Music of Hildegard von Bingen, don't you know. 
Lionheart  Breves dies hominis (Listen: )   Options Paris 1200  Nimbus     
Imitation Electric Piano  Leave Her Johnny (Listen: )   Options Blow It Up, Burn It Down, Kick It 'Til It Bleeds  Drag City  A sea shantey, sung prior to the crew leaving the ship at the end of the voyage.   
Donovan  Bert's Blues (Listen: )   Options Sunshine Superman  Epic   
Kim Fowley  Motorcycle (Listen: )   Options Good Clean Fun  Imperial  Incorporates a cover of this song.   
John Renbourn  Lamento di Tristan/La Rotta (Listen: )   Options The Lady and the Unicorn  Transatlantic  From this manuscript.   
Ray Manzarek  Come, My Beauty (Veni Veni Venias) (Listen: )   Options Carmina Burana  A&M   
The Utility Project  Modern Medievalist (Listen: )   Options 1/33  Utility Project     
Hoven Droven  Brekken (Listen: )   Options Nordic Roots 2 (various artists)  Northside   
John Renbourn  Sweet Potato (Listen: )   Options Sir John Alot Of Merrie Englandes Musyk Thyng & Ye Grene Knyghte  Transatlantic  Booker T & The MGs original version.   
Big Star  The India Song (Listen: )   Options #1 Record  Stax     
Kim Fowley  Good to Be Around (Listen: )   Options Good Clean Fun  Imperial     
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Soft Machine 
Spaced Two (Listen: )   Options Spaced  Cuneiform   

Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 4/2/15 11:50am listener james from westwood:

The show that bends over backwards to entertain!
Avatar Thu. 4/2/15 11:56am Charlie:

I'm nothing if not flexible.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 4/2/15 11:58am Michael:

Hiya Charlie and James. Hope all is well.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 4/2/15 12:01pm Brian C.:

Busy doing nothing on a sunny day
Avatar Thu. 4/2/15 12:01pm ndbob:

afternoon Charlie and everyone!
Avatar Thu. 4/2/15 12:02pm Charlie:

Hi James, Michael, Brian C, ndBob!
Avatar Thu. 4/2/15 12:03pm Charlie:

Bob, I've decided that, for the purposes of this show, "nd" stands for "nothing doing"
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 4/2/15 12:03pm doctorjazz:

Hi all, busy getting ready for a London vacation for 10 days! Gotta get through the work day (late one, too).
Avatar Thu. 4/2/15 12:04pm Charlie:

Hi drJ -- hope you have a great time in London! (I'm not jealous...)
Avatar Thu. 4/2/15 12:05pm ndbob:

Fine with me Charlie:)
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 4/2/15 12:05pm doctorjazz:

If I do say so, I deserve it!!! (side benefit of having a daughter doing a semester study there, excuse to go).
Avatar Thu. 4/2/15 12:06pm still b/p:

It was in the monasteries that gymnastic learning was preserved while most Europeans toiled without warm-ups and in brute inflexibility.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 4/2/15 12:06pm doctorjazz:

GREAT opening number, btw!
Avatar Thu. 4/2/15 12:11pm schmutz:

been listening to brigitte fontaine/areski's l'incendie all week! & hello all!
Avatar Thu. 4/2/15 12:12pm Charlie:

Yeah dr Jazz, those nutty progressive jazz-rock-early music weirdos rule!
Avatar Thu. 4/2/15 12:13pm Charlie:

communal music mind, schmutz -- hi
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 4/2/15 12:17pm Webhamster Henry:

Hooked on Carmina.
Avatar Thu. 4/2/15 12:18pm drr:

emphasis on processed cheese
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 4/2/15 12:18pm listener james from westwood:

It WAS from that piece! My ears did not deceive. Always good to hear bits that aren't "those" CB pieces.
Avatar Thu. 4/2/15 12:19pm drr:

and hello from Austin TX
Avatar Thu. 4/2/15 12:22pm the Canterbury wood-elf:

A must-play for this show "The Garden of Jane Delawney" by Trees!!
  Thu. 4/2/15 12:23pm Listening Out There:

Am listening to a meeting now. Will listen to Nothing soon... :)
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 4/2/15 12:25pm doctorjazz:

That Mahjun album is $40 used on Amazon...guess that's not so much these days for vinyl.
Avatar Thu. 4/2/15 12:26pm the Canterbury wood-elf:

...and Circulus!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 4/2/15 12:26pm listener james from westwood:

That Stork had a little something to do with today's Nothing makes me even happier than usual to hear it.

Shirley! Dolly! Jolly!
Avatar Thu. 4/2/15 12:29pm Dominick:

Hello all!
Avatar Thu. 4/2/15 12:31pm Charlie:

Hooked on Hamsters! Hi Henry. (meet ndbob)
Hey drr.
Hi Canterbury wood-elf -- probably don't have time to find that one!
hi Dominick!
Avatar Thu. 4/2/15 12:32pm Dominick:

Oh man, Ars Nova!
  Thu. 4/2/15 12:32pm Listening Out There:

Listening now. Phew. I Believe in Nothing!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 4/2/15 12:32pm Brian C.:

This show is going to inspire me to check the archive (usually too lazy)
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 4/2/15 12:35pm Rick from SC:

I love this song. It's been a long time since hearing
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 4/2/15 12:36pm steve:

oh man... love this song, remember someone giving this to me on a cassette mixtape!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 4/2/15 12:38pm Webhamster Henry:

Also on Gaylord's 2005 Marathon Mix classic "The Meter Is Running"
Avatar Thu. 4/2/15 12:40pm the Canterbury wood-elf:

Gorky's! I'd totally forgotten this existed. Their Kevin Ayers obsession evident to these ears. And nice to hear some Welsh on the stream...
Avatar Thu. 4/2/15 12:40pm Charlie:

Hi Rick from SC and steve
Yes Henry, 3+3+3+4 = golden brown
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 4/2/15 12:44pm listener james from westwood:

Per one of the UK's prime ministers, I sometimes sing to myself, "Gordon Brown, he's outta town ..."
Avatar Thu. 4/2/15 12:48pm Roberto:

No you're a real life frog!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 4/2/15 12:49pm steve:

yeah spinach!
Avatar Thu. 4/2/15 12:49pm Parq:

Foster Brooks?
Avatar Thu. 4/2/15 12:51pm the Canterbury wood-elf:

It's a beach, near the town of Stackpole. The most beautiful beach in the UK, I reckon...

Big up DJ Stashu!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 4/2/15 12:54pm listener james from westwood:

"Beowulf" at that lower speed = the Black Speech of Mordor.
Avatar Thu. 4/2/15 1:02pm Parq:

Wow, I haven't heard this ISB in decades. I've always thought "The dawn comes sneaking up when it thinks I'm not looking" was a brilliant line. Thanks for reviving a very pleasant memory.
Avatar Thu. 4/2/15 1:08pm the Canterbury wood-elf:

Not enough String Band on FMU!
And now Maddie P! Loving this show...
(and perfect listening as i edit some notes on the history of Canterbury in the middle ages!)
Avatar Thu. 4/2/15 1:09pm Secret Identity:

What a lovely time!
Avatar Thu. 4/2/15 1:10pm Charlie:

fave line:
I mixed some stones with water to see what it would do
and the water it got stony and the stones got watery too
so I mixed my feet with water just to see what would be seen
and the water it got dirty, and the feet they got quite clean
  Thu. 4/2/15 1:10pm Listening Out There:

"Satanic Majesties Request"...a Stones oddity I actually like...not just the LP cover...
Avatar Thu. 4/2/15 1:11pm Even More Secret Identity:

What's that from
Avatar Thu. 4/2/15 1:11pm Charlie:

Hello Secret Identity! (I know who you are :)
Avatar Thu. 4/2/15 1:11pm Secret Identity:

No one knows who I am. My identity is super secret.
Avatar Thu. 4/2/15 1:12pm Charlie:

i just updated
Avatar Thu. 4/2/15 1:13pm Charlie:

I don't even know my own identity.
Avatar Thu. 4/2/15 1:14pm Roberto:

Hmm what's up with the favoriting functionality? The star did a dance but didn't turn gold.
Avatar Thu. 4/2/15 1:14pm Charlie:

I'm not sure if I'm a man or a frog.
Avatar Thu. 4/2/15 1:14pm Roberto:

Ah there it goes.
Avatar Thu. 4/2/15 1:15pm Secret Identity:

You're a frog only if you believe it
Avatar Thu. 4/2/15 1:16pm ndbob:

I remember seeing the ISB in the 70s
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 4/2/15 1:16pm doctorjazz:

Boy, are you guys at FMU getting me in the mood for London!
Avatar Thu. 4/2/15 1:17pm Charlie:

Maybe I'm a prince.
Wow bob I'd've loved to have seen them!
Avatar Thu. 4/2/15 1:18pm the Canterbury wood-elf:

Today's London is full of milkmaids and crumhorn playing peasants, as I'm sure you know...
Avatar Thu. 4/2/15 1:19pm Secret Identity:

The Frogs, He's a Prince: www.youtube.com...
Avatar Thu. 4/2/15 1:19pm the Canterbury wood-elf:

Sadly the elf must now split, but I'll be revisiting archivally (and tuning in regularly in future). What an excellently weird show, I'm hooked...
Thanks Charlie!
...and shoutout to Ms. S. Identity : )
Avatar Thu. 4/2/15 1:20pm still b/p:

@ Roberto -- sometimes if I just refresh the page myself when that happens, it restores the responsiveness.
Avatar Thu. 4/2/15 1:22pm schmutz:

  Thu. 4/2/15 1:23pm Listening Out There:

Organs in pockets? Is the FCC listening?
Avatar Thu. 4/2/15 1:24pm Parq:

Dang my job duties! I missed Steeleye *and* Satanic Majesty's.
Avatar Thu. 4/2/15 1:26pm βrian:

Avatar Thu. 4/2/15 1:33pm Charlie:

hi Roberto, still b/p !
glad that worked out for you, Roberto.
ha ha, oh, those Frogs.
Hi, βrian
and Parq
Avatar Thu. 4/2/15 1:34pm Charlie:

and Listening out There
  Thu. 4/2/15 1:35pm Listening Out There:

Charlie, I missed the first part o' the programming, but do you plan on playing any John Renbourn (R.I.P.)?
Avatar Thu. 4/2/15 1:36pm Roberto:

Aww yeah that's some bodacious harpsichordery right there.
Avatar Thu. 4/2/15 1:37pm KevinfromBayRidge:

Good afternoon Charlie & BDNers all. Hadda holler out loud how much I'm enjoying your auditory selections today!
Avatar Thu. 4/2/15 1:41pm Charlie:

Here's one now, Listening.
Was planning on playing more, but got into all the other things it brought up...
Hi there Kevin.
Avatar Thu. 4/2/15 1:42pm KevinfromBayRidge:

@ Parq, Hopefully you're close to not having job related encumbrances interfering with FMU listening.
  Thu. 4/2/15 1:43pm Listening Out There:

Why, thank ye, O Generous Host. I liked his guitar work, even if I wasn't crazy about the folky/medieval music containing it...
  Thu. 4/2/15 1:43pm Andy the painter:

hey Charlie.
digging this oily -music -inspired music.
I assume you know the verlaines' LP "hallelujah all the way home"...
sometimes a medieval vibe by way of kiwi pop. perhaps informed by album cover, I admit.
Avatar Thu. 4/2/15 1:43pm βrian:

Carnita Burrito.
Avatar Thu. 4/2/15 1:44pm Charlie:

  Thu. 4/2/15 1:45pm jan:

Hi Charlie-

Good program!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 4/2/15 1:47pm Carmichael:

Heya Charlie and busy people. I missed the late Mr. Renbourn, dammit. But I missed Ray Manzarek too ... :)
Avatar Thu. 4/2/15 1:48pm Charlie:

hi jan -- i pictured you being here, and now you are here!
Avatar Thu. 4/2/15 1:50pm Parq:

Thanks for the good wishes, Kev, but jeez, what a day! Hell, what a week. I think I deserve to close my doors, turn my speakers up to the max and listen to the rest of Charlie's show and all of Fiveash's show. Don't you?
Avatar Thu. 4/2/15 1:51pm ndbob:

Indeed Parq!
Avatar Thu. 4/2/15 1:51pm Charlie:

"Blow It Up, Burn It Down, Kick It 'Til It Bleeds"
  Thu. 4/2/15 1:51pm Listening Out There:

[The playlist might be misbehaving today. I'm not sure if those of us listening out there are seeing updates...?]
Avatar Thu. 4/2/15 1:53pm Dominick:

I have to reload page for refresh
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 4/2/15 1:53pm doctorjazz:

that's some serious guitar chops/thanks for a great show
Avatar Thu. 4/2/15 1:54pm KevinfromBayRidge:

Same here
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 4/2/15 1:54pm Stanley:

Same here, here
  Thu. 4/2/15 1:55pm Listening Out There:

Dominick, guess you're right. Comments update automagically, not the playlist itself. User error...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 4/2/15 1:55pm Mike East:

never listened to the lyrics to this until just now. God, I love Big Star. I wanna drink gin and tonic and play grand piano, too.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 4/2/15 1:55pm Webhamster Henry:

This is such an excellent show, Charlie, and a great example of WFMU-ness
  Thu. 4/2/15 1:55pm Listening Out There:

Where can I file a feature request? :)
Avatar Thu. 4/2/15 1:56pm ndbob:

excellent show Charlie!
Avatar Thu. 4/2/15 1:56pm Dominick:

Mr Tweedle, remember your nerves!
Avatar Thu. 4/2/15 1:56pm Charlie:

Thanks Henry! Thanks for hanging out, listening, commenting. See you next week. Bye!
Avatar Thu. 4/2/15 1:56pm Roberto:

I've heard a lot of Charlie faves from years past today, and very happily so.
  Thu. 4/2/15 1:58pm Listening Out There:

Thanks again! Great program, record wrangler...
Avatar Thu. 4/2/15 1:58pm Parq:

Ted, yay!
  Thu. 4/2/15 1:58pm Listening Out There:

Thanks again! Great program, record wrangler...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 4/2/15 2:00pm listener james from westwood:

Excellent show, Charlie! Glad for the democratically compiled playlist!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 4/2/15 2:01pm Michael:

Wish this recording of Beowulf was handy in college. Wonderfully expansive tunes - thanks Charlie!
Avatar Thu. 4/2/15 2:02pm Charlie:

see y'all later!
  Thu. 4/2/15 4:58pm Katya Oddio:

Fun concept! Yet another cool theme. Thanks, Charlie!
  Mon. 4/6/15 6:28pm judy from croton:

The Hoven Droven completely blew what's left of my mind. Wish I could get your archives on my i-phone.
Thanks for the great great stuff.
  Thu. 4/9/15 2:00pm jan:

Great show- hear you next week
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