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Options December 3, 2015: Sounds for Baby: Birth, Development, Lullabies
You Were Born. And So You're Free. So Happy Birthday.

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Artist Track Album Label Year Comments
  Intro          
Steve Gruskin  Sounds of the Womb   Options Sounds of the Womb       
 
Music behind DJ:
 
Sounds of the Womb          
Laurie Anderson  Mach 20   Options United States Live    1984   
Adrian Wagner  Star Child   Options Merak    1988   
Zero Kama  Azure-Lidded Woman (Pregnant Womb of Non)   Options The Secret Eye Of L.A.Y.L.A.H.    1984  Supposedly played entirely on human bones and skulls 
The Residents  Birth   Options Eskimo    1979   
Laurie Anderson  Born, Never Asked   Options Big Science    1982   
Scott Walker  Boy Child   Options Scott 4    1969  credited to "Scott Engel" 
Eddie Harris  A Child is Born   Options Eddie Harris Sings the Blues    1972   
Pete Levin & Bill Comeau  The Nativity (Birth Narrative)   Options Resurrection: The Amplified Bible Of Heavenly Grooves  Trunk  2001   
Linda Martell  Color Him Father   Options Plantation Gold: The Mad Genius of Shelby S. Singleton and Plantation/SSS Records 1967-1976       
Neil Young  New Mama   Options Tonight's the Night    1975   
David Bowie  Kooks   Options Bowie at the Beeb    1971   
 
Music behind DJ:
Kevin Braheny 
Lullaby for the Hearts of Space   Options Lullaby for the Hearts of Space    1980   
Raymond Scott  Lullaby   Options Soothing Sounds for Baby, Volume 1 (1 to 6 months)    1962   
Raymond Scott  Nursery Rhyme   Options Soothing Sounds for Baby, Volume 1 (1 to 6 months)    1962   
Raymond Scott  The Happy Whistler   Options Soothing Sounds for Baby, Volume 2 (6-12 Months)    1962   
Raymond Scott  Toy Typewriter   Options Soothing Sounds for Baby, Volume 2 (6-12 Months)    1962   
Raymond Scott  Little Miss Echo   Options Soothing Sounds for Baby, Volume 3 (12 to 18 months)    1962   
Abe Lyman's California Orchestra  Dirty Hands! Dirty Face!   Options 78"    1928  with Al Jolson, I think 
Cab Calloway & His Orchestra  Angels With Dirty Faces   Options 78"    1938?  not sure who's singing here 
Dusty Springfield  I Can't Wait Until I See My Baby's Face   Options Where Am I Going?    1967   
 
Music behind DJ:
Kevin Braheny 
After I Said Goodnight   Options Lullaby for the Hearts of Space    1980   
Bruce Haack  Mudra   Options The Way-Out Record for Children    1968  with Miss Nelson (Esther Nelson) 
Bruce Haack  African Lullaby   Options The Electronic Record for Children    1969  with Miss Nelson (Esther Nelson) 
Moondog  Lullaby   Options Moondog    1956   
Kenny Graham & His Satellites  Lullaby   Options Moondog and Suncat Suites    1956   
Moondog with Julie Andrews & Martyn Green  Bedtime Songs and Lullabies   Options Songs of Sense & Nonsense - Tell It Again    1956   
Sven Libaek  Nocturnal Lullaby   Options Inner Space    1973   
Arthur Lyman  Lullaby of the Leaves   Options Leis of Jazz    1959   
Martin Denny  Bamboo Lullaby   Options Exotica Vol. III    1959   
Arthur Lyman  Whispering Reef Lullaby   Options Hawaiian Sunset    1959   
Byron Morris & Unity  Transcendental Lullaby   Options Vibrations in Time    1973-78   
Muzzy Marcellino  Whistler's Lullaby   Options Birds of a Feather    1958   
Tomita  Lullaby   Options Firebird    1973  Stravinksy 
Harry Nilsson  Lullaby in Ragtime   Options A Little Touch of Schmilsson In The Night    1973   
 
Music behind DJ:
Steve Gruskin 
Sounds of the Womb   Options Sounds of the Womb       


Listener comments!

Avatar Thu. 12/3/15 7:01pm Mayuko:

Good evening!
Avatar Thu. 12/3/15 7:01pm ndbob:

evening Evan and everyone!
Avatar Thu. 12/3/15 7:02pm Flash Strap:

Hello Explorers!
Avatar Thu. 12/3/15 7:02pm ndbob:

Heya Mayuko!
Avatar Thu. 12/3/15 7:02pm Flash Strap:

Mayuko, Bob, wonderful to see you!
Avatar    Thu. 12/3/15 7:02pm Rich in Washington:

Hello!
Avatar Thu. 12/3/15 7:02pm Flash Strap:

Hello Rich!
Avatar Thu. 12/3/15 7:02pm Mayuko:

Hi ndbob! and all!
Avatar    Thu. 12/3/15 7:03pm hyde:

i admit, this show theme frightens me a little
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 12/3/15 7:03pm melinda:

I feel soothed already. Good evening!
Avatar Thu. 12/3/15 7:03pm Flash Strap:

Get ready Hyde!
Avatar Thu. 12/3/15 7:03pm Flash Strap:

Hi Melinda!
Avatar Thu. 12/3/15 7:05pm ndbob:

Hello Melinda and Hyde!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 12/3/15 7:08pm melinda:

Hi ndbob!
Avatar    Thu. 12/3/15 7:08pm hyde:

hiya ndb! (and everyone else....)
Avatar Thu. 12/3/15 7:14pm Flash Strap:

I admit this is a, uh, unusual theme this evening. I promise to keep it interesting!
Avatar Thu. 12/3/15 7:18pm ndbob:

I remember my friend - who listens to a lot of unusual music - playing this - and it totally freaked out his cat
Avatar Thu. 12/3/15 7:19pm Flash Strap:

hahaha the residents are not cat music: true
Avatar Thu. 12/3/15 7:22pm Flash Strap:

God, Laurie Anderson is just the best, the best
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 12/3/15 7:23pm northguineahills:

I somehow got a hold of Laurie Anderson's "United States" vinyl box set. It tre nice. About a decade ago, she sat next to me at my friend's bar/club. She's a very down-to-earth women.
Avatar Thu. 12/3/15 7:24pm Flash Strap:

jealous of the box set NGH! and welcome!
Avatar    Thu. 12/3/15 7:26pm hyde:

finally, the playlist scrolled down enough that i don't need to look at baby drool!
Avatar Thu. 12/3/15 7:27pm Flash Strap:

Hyde, I think you might have a baby phobia. Which is reasonable enough
Avatar    Thu. 12/3/15 7:30pm hyde:

i guess it is kind of obvious that i'm not really a baby guy.
Avatar Thu. 12/3/15 7:32pm Flash Strap:

me either, really. certain babies are ok by me, though
Avatar    Thu. 12/3/15 7:34pm hyde:

yeah, my nephew and his wife brought over their new kid on Thanksgiving. It was cute enough.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 12/3/15 7:34pm melinda:

My sister had the Big Science album when I was 11 or so and I felt so cool and avant garde when we listened to it. I think it was the first time I'd heard music where someone talked instead of singing.
Avatar Thu. 12/3/15 7:36pm ndbob:

I lost track of Laurie Anderson's music - but I listened to a lot of her early stuff.
Avatar Thu. 12/3/15 7:36pm Flash Strap:

One of my favorite records, total mindblower. I still feel cool and avant garde when I hear it! Just like the first time
Avatar Thu. 12/3/15 7:37pm ndbob:

Unlikely cover version here - the Plantation Gold collection is great
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 12/3/15 7:39pm melinda:

1982 was a great music year for me.
Avatar Thu. 12/3/15 7:40pm ndbob:

@Melinda what were some of your other 1982 faves?
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 12/3/15 7:40pm melinda:

Aw, I love Kooks! One of the best baby songs.
Avatar Thu. 12/3/15 7:41pm Flash Strap:

i second that, bob
Avatar Thu. 12/3/15 7:41pm Flash Strap:

it really is, Melinda. it's undeniable in it's earnest sentiment, and from one of the least vulnerable songwriters of all time
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 12/3/15 7:46pm melinda:

@ndbob: I think it was the year I started watching MTV and I was 11, so it was just really exciting. Men at Work was one of my favorites. Also Stevie Nicks' Leather and Lace. I was still young and innocent and grooving on top 40 tunes.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 12/3/15 7:47pm melinda:

Men at Work *were* one of my faves.
Avatar Thu. 12/3/15 7:49pm Doug Schulkind:

Explorers Vroom!
Avatar Thu. 12/3/15 7:50pm ndbob:

@Melinda I like Men at Work - they inspired me to try Vegemite - only once - I still kind of groove on Top 40 tunes at times - tho not that much recently
Avatar Thu. 12/3/15 7:52pm Flash Strap:

Hi Doug!
Avatar Thu. 12/3/15 7:53pm Flash Strap:

I always though Men at Work's "Antarctica" was an overlooked treasure of the period
Avatar Thu. 12/3/15 7:53pm Doug Schulkind:

Speaking of men at work, my wife boards a plane for Sydney in about eight minutes. Good evening, Admiral Strap and good evening Explorers!
Avatar Thu. 12/3/15 7:54pm ndbob:

@Doug Hear you tomorrow!
Avatar Thu. 12/3/15 7:54pm Flash Strap:

Safe travels, Mrs. Drummersome!
Avatar Thu. 12/3/15 7:55pm Doug Schulkind:

Be there or be non-Euclidean, ndbob!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 12/3/15 7:57pm melinda:

I don't remember Antarctica, I'll have to look it up. I do still like Men at Work and get excited when I hear the opening sounds of 'Down Under'.
Avatar Thu. 12/3/15 7:57pm Flash Strap:

oh shit! i was thinking of the Men Without Hats, sorry
Avatar    Thu. 12/3/15 7:58pm hyde:

Men at Work Without Hats
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 12/3/15 7:59pm northguineahills:

Raymond Scott isn't played enough, that's for sure!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 12/3/15 7:59pm melinda:

Haha! I don't know their Antarctica either. Safety Dance was good but brings back negative junior high memories for me, I guess my golden age of top 40 was over then.
Avatar Thu. 12/3/15 8:00pm ndbob:

I need to go but can stay in chat for a while - excellent show Evan - catch the rest on the archive!
Avatar Thu. 12/3/15 8:00pm Mayuko:

I love all of the 3 baby albums of his! (not commenting much since I'm also man at work right now but listening!)
Avatar Thu. 12/3/15 8:01pm Flash Strap:

thanks for listening bob, always good to have you in whatever form and for however long
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 12/3/15 8:02pm melinda:

Soothing Sounds for Baby vol.2 was the first sort of ambient-techno music I bought.
Avatar Thu. 12/3/15 8:02pm Flash Strap:

I'm just glad you're listening, Mayuko at Work, no need to feed my comment box if it conflicts with productivity
Avatar Thu. 12/3/15 8:02pm Flash Strap:

Is anybody familiar with Raymond Scott's cartoon jazz (my guess is, probably yes). Just blows my mind that it's the same guy
Avatar Thu. 12/3/15 8:03pm ndbob:

You mean like "Twilight in Turkey"?
Avatar Thu. 12/3/15 8:03pm Flash Strap:

yeah, exactly
Avatar    Thu. 12/3/15 8:04pm hyde:

i agree with ngh. raymond scott is amazing. there's a cool video on youtube of the r.s. quintette playing "powerhouse" from the 50's.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 12/3/15 8:04pm Uncle Michael:

Flash, are you aware that almost everything we know about Raymond Scott is thanks to brother Irwin Chusid?
Avatar    Thu. 12/3/15 8:05pm hyde:

@Flash Strap yeah, i have a couple of the cd's of the warner bros tunes. amazing stuff.
Avatar Thu. 12/3/15 8:05pm Doug Schulkind:

Otherwise known as "Ol' Pal Irwin," WFMU's longest-running deejay.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 12/3/15 8:06pm Uncle Michael:

The Carl Stalling Project likely never happens without Irwin's earlier Scott reissue.
Avatar Thu. 12/3/15 8:07pm Flash Strap:

I had no idea!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 12/3/15 8:07pm melinda:

I didn't know that Uncle Michael but I'm not surprised. I was delighted when I found out he was the one responsible for the Langley Schools Music Project, which I'm a big fan of.
Avatar    Thu. 12/3/15 8:07pm hyde:

@UM i have that reissue, but i never noticed that before. cool.
Avatar Thu. 12/3/15 8:08pm Flash Strap:

That's so utterly amazing. I am just humbled before the light of knowledge here
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 12/3/15 8:08pm Uncle Michael:

Oops, that's backwards. Irwin did the '92 reissue after the '90 WB comp.
Avatar Thu. 12/3/15 8:08pm ndbob:

I remember when Irwin first played the Langley Schools music on the Incorrect Music Show - what a discovery!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 12/3/15 8:09pm Uncle Michael:

Yeah, Irwin is managing Scott's musical legacy.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 12/3/15 8:10pm melinda:

I wasn't listening to WFMU back then but learned of it when they featured it and him on an NPR segment. Still great.
Avatar    Thu. 12/3/15 8:10pm hyde:

i also have a cool 12" lp of the Raymond Scott Orchestra from the forties. It's on bluebird or hindsight, one of those big band reissue labels.
Avatar Thu. 12/3/15 8:11pm Flash Strap:

There's so much about WFMU that I need to learn
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 12/3/15 8:11pm Uncle Michael:

I bought the Scott comp when it came out...many years before I heard of WFMU.
Avatar Thu. 12/3/15 8:11pm ndbob:

@Melinda sure is:)
Avatar Thu. 12/3/15 8:16pm Flash Strap:

@Hyde: I think I have the one you're talking about. Rock and Roll Symphony?
Avatar    Thu. 12/3/15 8:21pm hyde:

@Flash oops, wandered off. yeah, that's the one. i got it for like four bucks!
Avatar Thu. 12/3/15 8:24pm Flash Strap:

Yeah, I got it for a song at some record convention, too. Not his most experimental work by any means, but pretty enjoyable stuff
Avatar Thu. 12/3/15 8:26pm ndbob:

I've had Raymond Scott 78s before
Avatar Thu. 12/3/15 8:26pm Doug Schulkind:

@Sir Flash
And WFMU has so much to learn of the elegant threads you add to the tapestry.
Avatar    Thu. 12/3/15 8:26pm hyde:

@ndb nice!
Avatar    Thu. 12/3/15 8:31pm hyde:

now what the heck am i going to do on thursday nights until after christmas??? i guess i'll just put on mort garson and hang out with my plants.
Avatar Thu. 12/3/15 8:32pm Doug Schulkind:

Whose sari, now?
Avatar Thu. 12/3/15 8:34pm Flash Strap:

Aw, thanks Doug. I'm happy to be a strand in this great textile
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 12/3/15 8:34pm northguineahills:

Wow, Bruce Haack did another children's record. I have another one that I believe is from the early 70s.
Avatar Thu. 12/3/15 8:34pm Flash Strap:

I'll miss you too, Hyde!
Avatar Thu. 12/3/15 8:35pm Flash Strap:

He did quite a few, I believe. He was prolific.
Avatar    Thu. 12/3/15 8:35pm hyde:

hmmm, there is apparently a documentary about Bruce Haack (Haack: The King of Techno )
Avatar Thu. 12/3/15 8:37pm Flash Strap:

i want to see that!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 12/3/15 8:38pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Glad yer here (...since ARTxFM Lousiville put 'Fuzzbox' on too early...)
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 12/3/15 8:38pm melinda:

I didn't know there were records like this for kids in the late 60s. Great stuff.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 12/3/15 8:39pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...coordinated w/ Hearty White's discussion of babies tonight?
Avatar Thu. 12/3/15 8:39pm Flash Strap:

Hey Rabbit!
Avatar    Thu. 12/3/15 8:39pm hyde:

Bruce Haack was also on Mr Rogers' Neighborhood! www.youtube.com...
Avatar Thu. 12/3/15 8:39pm Flash Strap:

For those interested in Haack, he made an utterly delightful appearance on Mr. Rogers
Avatar Thu. 12/3/15 8:40pm Flash Strap:

hyde, you beat me to it!
Avatar    Thu. 12/3/15 8:40pm hyde:

heh.
Avatar Thu. 12/3/15 8:40pm Flash Strap:

It's a really fun watch, they're both such gentle guys and Rogers is so into the synthesizers
Avatar Thu. 12/3/15 8:41pm Flash Strap:

there was a blog or tumblr i came across a while back that was all about early synth on kid's shows...
Avatar    Thu. 12/3/15 8:41pm hyde:

fun fact: i actually saw mr. rogers live (without bruce haack)
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 12/3/15 8:41pm northguineahills:

Woah, thanks hyde!
Avatar Thu. 12/3/15 8:41pm ndbob:

Wow Hyde!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 12/3/15 8:42pm northguineahills:

Another Irwin fave, Moondog.
Avatar Thu. 12/3/15 8:42pm Mayuko:

I remember that Bruce doc film, but it wasn't as exciting as I had expected. Also it's many years ago I watched it so I only remember he was from Canada (which I didn't know), went Juilliard (?) and he was pretty frustrated that he didn't become successful as mush as he had thought, something like that. I couldn't really get who really he was as a human, and as an artist.
Avatar Thu. 12/3/15 8:42pm Flash Strap:

that's really cool, Hyde. How old were you?
Avatar Thu. 12/3/15 8:43pm Flash Strap:

I think he was a pretty weird guy, with real alcohol problems.
Avatar Thu. 12/3/15 8:43pm ndbob:

I had a Haack children's record but don't remember which one
Avatar Thu. 12/3/15 8:43pm Doug Schulkind:

Watch this after Explorers Room:
Fred Rogers defending the funding of public broadcasting at a Senate hearing, 1969: www.americanrhetoric.com...

Amazing.
Avatar Thu. 12/3/15 8:44pm Mayuko:

From what I heard it seemed like Irwin knows way more about Bruce Haack too, than what was in that doc film!
Avatar Thu. 12/3/15 8:44pm Flash Strap:

i love that video
Avatar    Thu. 12/3/15 8:44pm hyde:

i was five. mr rogers came to boston and i apparently MADE my mother take me. i don't really remember it, but i also made my mother stand in line until we could get an autographed picture, which i had for years.
Avatar Thu. 12/3/15 8:45pm Flash Strap:

how wonderful. I'm jealous
Avatar Thu. 12/3/15 8:47pm Flash Strap:

I have no idea how Moondog ended up in a studio with Julie Andrews, right at the beginning of his career, but it happened
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 12/3/15 8:49pm northguineahills:

I"ve seen that before, Doug, amazing.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 12/3/15 8:49pm melinda:

Sven!
Avatar    Thu. 12/3/15 8:50pm hyde:

this is such a cool record
Avatar Thu. 12/3/15 8:50pm Flash Strap:

It's a long time coming, but there will be a Sven show soon, maybe in the spring. I will work too hard on it and it will be too long
Avatar Thu. 12/3/15 8:51pm Doug Schulkind:

Libaek and enjoy it.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 12/3/15 8:52pm melinda:

I look forward to the Sven marathon whenever it happens.
Avatar Thu. 12/3/15 8:53pm Flash Strap:

thanks, melinda, that gives me strength. can't wait to do it, but i feel like i should wait till adventuring weather
Avatar Thu. 12/3/15 8:55pm ndbob:

Moondog and Julie Andrews - how strange
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 12/3/15 8:55pm melinda:

Strange but good.
Avatar Thu. 12/3/15 8:58pm Flash Strap:

On the whole, it;s probably my least favorite Moondog record, but it's good in little flashes. Julie Andrews is always welcome, the angel
Avatar Thu. 12/3/15 9:06pm Flash Strap:

Love ol' Muzzy
Avatar Thu. 12/3/15 9:09pm Flash Strap:

I think this is only on CD reissues of Firebird... it's not on my LP copy, anyway
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 12/3/15 9:11pm melinda:

Lullaby from space.
Avatar Thu. 12/3/15 9:11pm Flash Strap:

yeah, pretty eerie stuff
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 12/3/15 9:17pm melinda:

Great show!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 12/3/15 9:18pm Dave in Vermont:

You actually put me to sleep for a little while. Once I get this drool cleaned up I will have to check out the archive.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 12/3/15 9:18pm northguineahills:

danke flash, nice lullabies, too bad it's not sleepy time yet!
Avatar    Thu. 12/3/15 9:21pm hyde:

thanks, man. this was not nearly as frightening as i had feared. good luck with your move and all. catch you when you're back!
Avatar Thu. 12/3/15 9:22pm Doug Schulkind:

Explorers Womb.
Avatar Thu. 12/3/15 9:22pm Flash Strap:

Hi Dave! in Vermont!
Avatar Thu. 12/3/15 9:23pm Mayuko:

Thanks Evan, good night all!
Avatar Thu. 12/3/15 9:23pm Flash Strap:

Nailed it Doug. That was the most perfect pun and you found it
Avatar Thu. 12/3/15 9:24pm Flash Strap:

Thanks Hyde, for the well wishes! Thanks NGH, I won't make you go to bed yet. Thanks Melinda! And thanks Mayuko!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 12/3/15 9:25pm Dave in Vermont:

nice one @Doug
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 12/3/15 9:27pm Dave in Vermont:

thanks for the bottle @Mayuko
  Wed. 4/27/16 5:45pm Happy Baby:

Wonderful!
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