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Options May 19, 2016: In the World, But not of It: An Evening with Moondog

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Artist Track Album Year Comments Approx. start time
Moondog with the London Saxophonic  Tout Suite No.1 In F Major - 1.Mov.   Options Sax Pax for a Sax  1994    0:00:34 ()
Moondog with the London Saxophonic  Tout Suite No.1 In F Major - 2.Mov.   Options Sax Pax for a Sax      0:03:34 ()
Moondog with the London Saxophonic  Tout Suite No.1 In F Major - 3.Mov.   Options Sax Pax for a Sax      0:06:43 ()
Music behind DJ:
Johnny Coles 
Hobo Joe   Options Little Johnny C      0:09:42 ()
Moondog  Westward Ho!: Ship at Sea – Prairie Schooners on the Oregon Trail   Options Elpmas  1991    0:20:20 ()
Moondog  Suite Equestria (Trail Versus Road And Trail): 1.The Horse 2.The Wheel 3.The Motor   Options Elpmas      0:25:45 ()
Moondog  Marimba Mondo 1: The Rain Forest   Options Elpmas      0:32:21 ()
Moondog  Nero's Expedition   Options Moondog 2  1971    0:37:38 ()
Moondog  No, The Wheel Was Never Invented   Options Moondog 2      0:39:25 ()
Moondog  I'm in the World   Options H'art Songs  1978    0:40:44 ()
Moondog  Aska Me   Options H'art Songs      0:44:11 ()
Moondog  Fujiyama 2 (Lovesong)   Options Elpmas  1991    0:46:32 ()
Moondog  Marimba Mondo 2 - Seascape Of The Whales   Options Elpmas      0:51:08 ()
Music behind DJ:
Steve Reich 
Six Marimbas   Options       0:53:57 ()
Moondog  Caribea   Options Moondog  1956    1:06:23 ()
Moondog  Tree Trail   Options Moondog      1:07:05 ()
Moondog  Frog Bog   Options Moondog      1:09:24 ()
Moondog  Surf Session   Options Moondog      1:14:12 ()
Moondog  Up Broadway   Options The Story of Moondog  1957  The Impressions of Moondog as he passes Birdland and the Palladium up the great White Way. (a) Broadway and the 52nd St. The Jazz Corner of the World. A dog trot in 1/4 time, featuring Sam Ulano on drums. (b) Broadway and 53rd. St. The Afro-Cuban Corner of the World - A bumbo in 4/4 time, featuring Suzuko on the yukh, maraca etc.  1:18:09 ()
Moondog  Bumbo   Options Moondog and His Honking Geese Playing Moondog's Music  1955    1:23:00 ()
Moondog  Rabbit Hop   Options Moondog and His Honking Geese Playing Moondog's Music      1:24:03 ()
Moondog  Dog Trot   Options Moondog and His Honking Geese Playing Moondog's Music      1:26:23 ()
Moondog  Oasis   Options Moondog and his Friends  1954    1:28:44 ()
Moondog  Stamping Ground   Options Moondog  1969    1:31:42 ()
Moondog  Witch of Endor   Options Moondog  1969  I - Dance II - Trio: A. Adagio (The Prophesy), B. Andante (The Battle), C. Agitato (Saul´s Death) III - Dance (Reprise)  1:34:18 ()
Music behind DJ:
Charlie Parker 
A Night in Tunisia   Options       1:40:34 ()
Moondog with the London Saxophonic  Present for the Prez. (In Memory Lester Young)   Options Sax Pax for a Sax  1994    1:50:05 ()
Moondog with the London Saxophonic  Bird's Lament (In Memory Charlie Parker)   Options Sax Pax for a Sax      1:51:43 ()
Moondog with the London Saxophonic  D for Danny (Dedicated to Danny Thompson)   Options Sax Pax for a Sax      1:53:48 ()
Moondog  Bug on a Floating Leaf   Options A New Sound of an Old Instrument  1979    1:55:32 ()
Moondog  Barn Dance   Options A New Sound of an Old Instrument      1:58:07 ()
Moondog   Oasis   Options A New Sound of an Old Instrument      1:59:11 ()
Moondog with the London Saxophonic  Dog Trot   Options Sax Pax for a Sax  1994    2:03:00 ()
Ensemble Bracelli  Rabbit Hop   Options Bracelli und Moondog  2004?    2:05:56 ()
Moondog with the London Brass and London Saxophonic  Bumbo   Options Big Band  1995    2:08:05 ()
Moondog  Viking I   Options Moondog in Europe  1977    2:10:58 ()
Moondog  Chaconne in G   Options Moondog in Europe      2:13:55 ()
Moondog  Chaconne in C   Options Moondog in Europe      2:18:41 ()
Music behind DJ:
Gil Melle 
Weird Valley   Options Patterns in Jazz      2:21:31 ()
Moondog  Suite No. 2 - First Movement   Options Moondog and his Friends  1954    2:31:02 ()
Moondog  Suite No. 2 - Second Movement   Options Moondog and his Friends      2:32:01 ()
Moondog  Suite No. 2 - Third Movement   Options Moondog and his Friends      2:34:19 ()
Moondog  Lullaby (2 West 46th Street)   Options Moondog on the Streets of New York  1953  Suzuko sings in three octaves against Samisen, etc.  2:36:14 ()
Moondog  Utsu   Options Moondog on the Streets of New York    Suzuko plays the Utsu in 5-4 time. Introducing the Utsu, a small keyboard instrument in the 5-tone scale.  2:36:39 ()
Moondog  Chant   Options Moondog on the Streets of New York    Introducing the Uni (7 strings in unison). A pedal point to a two part round for voice and Utsu in 1-2 time.  2:39:03 ()
Moondog  From One to Nine   Options Moondog on the Streets of New York    Nine quarter beat rhythms in Snake Time.  2:39:45 ()
Moondog with the London Brass and London Saxophonic  Invocation   Options Big Band  1995    2:41:49 ()
Music behind DJ:
Bird of Paradise   Options Elpmas      2:51:17 ()

Listener comments!

Avatar Thu. 5/19/16 6:58pm Flash Strap:

Good good good evening explorers. I hope you do not mind if I play to you tonight three hours of Moondog, because that is my wild plan and I am excited to execute it
Avatar Thu. 5/19/16 7:00pm ndbob:

evening Evan and everyone!
Avatar Thu. 5/19/16 7:01pm Flash Strap:

Hey Bob!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 5/19/16 7:02pm melinda:

hi Evan, Bob & those yet to arrive! Looking forward to 3 hours of Moondog.
Avatar Thu. 5/19/16 7:03pm Flash Strap:

Hi Melinda! I think I started scheming this show after you made a comment about Moondog in past show, if I remember right
Avatar Thu. 5/19/16 7:04pm Doug Schulkind:

Sublime sublime sublime!
Avatar Thu. 5/19/16 7:05pm thesleepylagoon:

Hi, good evening everyone. It's the first time I listen live to the show... I listen to all your shows from the mediatheque. Thank you internet...
Avatar Thu. 5/19/16 7:05pm Flash Strap:

Doug! Good evening captain
Avatar    Thu. 5/19/16 7:05pm listener james from westwood:

I'm only 1 1/2 pieces in and I'm already much calmer!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 5/19/16 7:05pm melinda:

Yes, I think you were concerned that it might be going over old territory for some, but it is mostly new for me.
Avatar Thu. 5/19/16 7:05pm ndbob:

Heya Melinda!
Avatar Thu. 5/19/16 7:06pm Flash Strap:


it's an honor, welcome comrade
Avatar Thu. 5/19/16 7:06pm ndbob:

Heya Doug! Sleepy Lagoon!
Avatar Thu. 5/19/16 7:06pm Flash Strap:

Listener James!
Avatar Thu. 5/19/16 7:06pm ndbob:

and James
Avatar Thu. 5/19/16 7:07pm thesleepylagoon:

Normally it's too late for me...
Avatar Thu. 5/19/16 7:09pm Flash Strap:

well it's an honor to have you, both tonight and via archive
Avatar Thu. 5/19/16 7:10pm thesleepylagoon:

the pleasure is on my side...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 5/19/16 7:12pm Carmichael:

Heya Flashy and fans.
Avatar Thu. 5/19/16 7:18pm Doug Schulkind:

We wave palm fronds o'er your head, Sleepy Lagoon!
Avatar Thu. 5/19/16 7:21pm Flash Strap:

Welcome, Carmichael. Warm welcome
Avatar Thu. 5/19/16 7:24pm thesleepylagoon:

Sorry Doug, I don't under stand this
Avatar Thu. 5/19/16 7:24pm Flash Strap:

Sound sampling on this record is absolute peak-of-form
Avatar Thu. 5/19/16 7:27pm Flash Strap:

The Horse:
Whenever Man began to tame the horse,
He had himself a potent power source.

For draft and riding, horses were supreme.
From two to three and more they made a team.

The dog was not his only friend of course.
He knew he had another in the horse.

But he would come to cast his friend aside.
In favour of a motor-driven ride.
Avatar Thu. 5/19/16 7:29pm Flash Strap:

The Wheel:
The Incas had no wheel. The Aztecs had no wheel.
The Mayas had no wheel on which to reel.

Before the wheelers came to wage the war they won,
The Aborigines had need of none.

The Natives knew the year the Norsemen would appear,
To rediscover half a hemisphere.

The horse had always been, the horse would always be
The safer source of Man's mobility.

The horseless carriage came to take him for a spin,
On carriage ways and means to do him in.
Avatar Thu. 5/19/16 7:30pm Doug Schulkind:

When royalty visits, we place them on the exalted throne and gently cool them with tropical breezes. Sir.
Avatar Thu. 5/19/16 7:30pm Flash Strap:

This guy knows how to treat a guest!
Avatar Thu. 5/19/16 7:31pm Flash Strap:

The Motor:
On fossil fuel the engine up and ran,
Ostensibly the bosom friend of Man.

In serving Man the motor came to be
The Master, even Man began to see.

If pride preceds a fall it's time he fell
For horses who have ever served him well.

A toiler and a spoiler all in one,
The engine had its day, whose day is done.
Avatar    Thu. 5/19/16 7:31pm hyde:

hi gang
Avatar Thu. 5/19/16 7:32pm Flash Strap:

Hi Hyde! nice to see you pal
Avatar    Thu. 5/19/16 7:34pm hyde:

someone pass me a palm frond
Avatar Thu. 5/19/16 7:35pm Flash Strap:

I was listening to this album while canoeing through a mangrove canal, birdwatching (to little avail) in the sweltering heat and

it really moved me
Avatar Thu. 5/19/16 7:36pm Doug Schulkind:

No, silly, we smoke them *after* the show!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 5/19/16 7:36pm melinda:

I love the marimbas.
Avatar    Thu. 5/19/16 7:36pm hyde:

@Doug too late
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 5/19/16 7:37pm melinda:

This is palm frond music, definitely.
Avatar Thu. 5/19/16 7:37pm Flash Strap:

@melinda: On the use of marimbas for this album, Moondog wrote: " The reason I used the marimba so much is because it sounds so realistic, due to its being so percussive."
Avatar Thu. 5/19/16 7:39pm Flash Strap:

Nero's expedition up the Nile
Failed ....
Because the water hyacinths ..
Had clogged the river
Denying Nero's vessels passage
Through the Sud of Nubia ......
Avatar Thu. 5/19/16 7:39pm thesleepylagoon:

I must say goodbye. It's very late here in Germany... Good Night, till next time.
Avatar Thu. 5/19/16 7:41pm Flash Strap:

good night, fellow traveler sleepy lagoon
Avatar Thu. 5/19/16 7:45pm Flash Strap:

Aska me about Alaska, if you care a tinker´s damn,
What I have to say about the Russian Bear and Uncle Sam,
Vitus Bering rediscovered Streights that somehow Bear his name,
After they had been discovered many times before he came.
Alexander Baranov, Administra(i)tor to the Czar,
Sat in Sitka with his books and paintings, eating caviar.
Then, in 1867, Seward bought it for a song;
Sing a song of seven million, and a fifth of something Strong.
Playing for itself in gold, some twenty times the price he payed,
"Seward´s Folly" was, by golly, where a killing could be made.
1912, a territory, 1952, a state.
All the Tlingits were so sorry, Uncle Sam had come so late.
When the exploitation´s over and the last exploiter´s gone,
Then whatever left of life and limb can try to carry on.
Avatar    Thu. 5/19/16 7:47pm hyde:

i wish i had a folly named after me
Avatar Thu. 5/19/16 7:48pm Flash Strap:

keep trying!

me too, it would have to be such grand folly, it would be worth it
Avatar    Thu. 5/19/16 7:48pm geezerette:

Can't believe I'm so late,LOVE MOONDOG!
Thank woo-moo for the archive!!!
Avatar Thu. 5/19/16 7:48pm Flash Strap:

english translation:

Fujiyama, take me too.
Now she's gone, my life is through,

Show me where she stood and fell.
There I'll stand and fall, as well,

When she heard I died at sea,
She was bent on joining me,
Unbeknown to her I'd live,
Till I'd have a life to give,

Coming home I'd come too late,
Tide, alone, would seal our fate,

Fujiyama, when I'm gone,
Tell the world that love lives on,
Avatar Thu. 5/19/16 7:48pm Flash Strap:

ah hello, geezerette! much more to come!
Avatar Thu. 5/19/16 7:49pm Flash Strap:

maybe that's not translation, actually. hell i have no idea what the first part is saying
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 5/19/16 7:55pm Uncle Michael:

Avatar Thu. 5/19/16 7:57pm ndbob:

excellent first hour Evan - catch the rest on the archive!
Avatar    Thu. 5/19/16 7:58pm hyde:

haha, i almost mentioned steve reich back during marimba mondo. i love this record.
Avatar    Thu. 5/19/16 7:58pm hyde:

later, ndb!
Avatar    Thu. 5/19/16 8:02pm geezerette:

Hi Evan, this is great!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 5/19/16 8:03pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

What a phenomenal human being.
Avatar    Thu. 5/19/16 8:08pm Little Danny:

This is inspiring me to pull some Moondog outta my personal archives. Wonderful music.
Avatar Thu. 5/19/16 8:08pm Flash Strap:

Bye NDB!
Avatar Thu. 5/19/16 8:08pm Flash Strap:

Hello RRN63!
Avatar Thu. 5/19/16 8:08pm Flash Strap:

oh and hello friend Danny! I know you have some choice cuts in your stacks
Avatar Thu. 5/19/16 8:09pm Flash Strap:

I'm glad you think so geezerette!
Avatar Thu. 5/19/16 8:09pm Flash Strap:

he's definitely a big influence on Reich and all those guys, of course
Avatar Thu. 5/19/16 8:12pm Flash Strap:

OH! late hello to Uncle Michael!
Avatar    Thu. 5/19/16 8:13pm geezerette:

Yep. he's the big daddy. Up there with Harry Smith & Harry Partch.
Avatar    Thu. 5/19/16 8:15pm geezerette:

Howdy people!
Avatar    Thu. 5/19/16 8:16pm hyde:

yeah, i had no idea Moondog lived with Phillip Glass for a while and he and Moondog and Reich would play together. amazing.
Avatar Thu. 5/19/16 8:18pm Flash Strap:

to be a fly on that wall
Avatar    Thu. 5/19/16 8:18pm geezerette:

Wow hyde,imagine.
Avatar    Thu. 5/19/16 8:21pm geezerette:

Evan your show is our time machine.
Avatar Thu. 5/19/16 8:21pm Flash Strap:

boy – that's all it ever wanted to be, really. a time machine
Avatar Thu. 5/19/16 8:30pm Doug Schulkind:

God I love this music so much. (Of course, God knew this already.)
Avatar Thu. 5/19/16 8:31pm Flash Strap:

He still likes to hear you say it
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 5/19/16 8:35pm coelacanth:

greetings Evan and Explorers
Avatar Thu. 5/19/16 8:37pm Flash Strap:

welcome welcome coelacanth
Avatar    Thu. 5/19/16 8:41pm geezerette:

Wonder if this has ever been used by a choreographer.
Avatar    Thu. 5/19/16 8:44pm geezerette:

Wow!!! Didn't know but it felt that way!
(Marta Graham)
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 5/19/16 8:45pm melinda:

This has been a great soundtrack for my evening kitchen tasks.
Avatar    Thu. 5/19/16 8:45pm geezerette:

Avatar Thu. 5/19/16 8:52pm Flash Strap:

this one is one of my all-time tops
Avatar    Thu. 5/19/16 8:53pm geezerette:

Avatar Thu. 5/19/16 9:00pm Flash Strap:

Now, as promised, we circle back and tread some old ground anew, in reverse
Avatar    Thu. 5/19/16 9:08pm hyde:

sounds good!
Avatar Thu. 5/19/16 9:13pm Flash Strap:

Tally ho now to new territory! Still with me Moondoggers?
Avatar    Thu. 5/19/16 9:14pm geezerette:

He could have scored films. Would be great to see someoe use his work that way.

All the way Evan!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 5/19/16 9:14pm melinda:

This is so good.
Avatar Thu. 5/19/16 9:16pm Flash Strap:

you see his compositions in films from time to time, and it's magic paired to the moving picture, even when the flick doesn't really "deserve" to use him (lookin at you, Pineapple Express)
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 5/19/16 9:16pm melinda:

Geezerette, yeah. I feel like I'm in a movie, kind of.
Avatar Thu. 5/19/16 9:17pm Flash Strap:

oh god this part is so lovely
Avatar Thu. 5/19/16 9:18pm Flash Strap:

i think they use a Moondog in Big Lebowski, which is a big bit better in my opinion (but such is his greatness that it still feels almost not-good-enough)
Avatar    Thu. 5/19/16 9:23pm geezerette:

lovely is the word.

Melinda it's so delicate and lyrical...but it sounds absolutely current as well, y'know?
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 5/19/16 9:28pm melinda:

I agree.
Avatar Thu. 5/19/16 9:33pm Flash Strap:

I concur as well
Avatar Thu. 5/19/16 9:38pm ifny:

OoOoooo just tuned in and staying for the fun. Left coast <3s Moondog too....
Avatar Thu. 5/19/16 9:39pm Flash Strap:

Ah, welcome Ifny!
Avatar Thu. 5/19/16 9:41pm ifny:

Thank you Strap of Flash! Your playlist makes me glad to be here, as always.
Avatar Thu. 5/19/16 9:41pm Flash Strap:

always glad to have you, friend Ifny
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 5/19/16 9:44pm coelacanth:

i wonder if Moondog knew when he named that that "uni" is sea urchin in japanese...
Avatar    Thu. 5/19/16 9:47pm geezerette:

ifny,I like your painting.

Howdy coel!
Avatar Thu. 5/19/16 9:48pm Flash Strap:

he did seem to have some Japanese under his belt, likely from his marriage to Suzuko, which was around the same time as the Uni. though I wonder what the linguistic connection was for him? really interesting stuff there, C.
Avatar Thu. 5/19/16 9:49pm ifny:

@coalacanth: or evoking a big-time Etruscan goddess. This is her, with a lot going on books.openedition.org...
Avatar Thu. 5/19/16 9:50pm Flash Strap:

well that's right in his wheelhouse too!
Avatar Thu. 5/19/16 9:50pm ifny:

Though there is an eating theme, so perhaps he was thinking of both simultaneously...
Avatar Thu. 5/19/16 9:51pm ifny:

geezerette: thanks, I cut it myself ;)
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 5/19/16 9:55pm coelacanth:

hey g!
...wow, that's a great image ifny.
...but yes, i figure he had a solid reason for naming everything.
Avatar    Thu. 5/19/16 9:55pm Little Danny:

Astoundingly great show Evan.
Avatar    Thu. 5/19/16 9:56pm geezerette:

This was such a treat. Thanks Evan! :D
Avatar Thu. 5/19/16 9:56pm ifny:

@coelacanth or at least a transubstantiated reason....
Avatar    Thu. 5/19/16 9:57pm Little Danny:

So I'll be starting off the show with Moondog. I want this transition to be plush and uninterrupted. See y'all in the next room over: wfmu.org...
Avatar Thu. 5/19/16 9:58pm ifny:

@Flash Strap: what song were you quoting those lyrics from? Was it by Moondog? Tlingit asking here.
Avatar    Thu. 5/19/16 9:58pm hyde:

great show. thanks!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 5/19/16 9:59pm coelacanth:

i met up on the pass...i'll have to start the journey from the beginning at some point.
Thanks! Evan!
ciao y'all.
Avatar Thu. 5/19/16 10:00pm Flash Strap:

@Ifny: a song called "Aska Me"
Avatar Thu. 5/19/16 10:00pm ifny:

coelacanth: yah me three. night all.
Avatar Thu. 5/19/16 10:01pm Flash Strap:

Thanks so much everyone. It was a real pleasure this evening
Avatar Thu. 5/19/16 10:03pm ifny:

Flash, thanks for catching that! :D Listening now.
Avatar Thu. 5/19/16 10:08pm Flash Strap:

you got it, my Tlingit comrade
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