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Options April 20, 2017: The Laughing String: A Science Experiment

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Artist Track Album Year Comments Approx. start time
The Beach Boys  Vega-Tables (various sessions)   Options The Smile Sessions  1966    0:00:48 ()
Shin Joong Hyun  "J" Blues 72   Options Beautiful Rivers and Mountains: The Psychedelic Rock Sound of South Korea's Shin Joong Hyun 1958-1974    with the Golden Grapes  0:03:22 ()
Jade  My Mary (More Than Ever)   Options Faces of Jade  1970    0:18:18 ()
Henry Jacobs  excerpt from "The Fine Art of Goofing Off"   Options The Fine Art of Goofing Off      0:20:51 ()
Music behind DJ:
Gunner Møller Pedersen 
Stoned - An Electronic Symphony Part 1   Options Stoned - An Electronic Symphony  1974    0:22:46 ()
Henry Jacobs  Dean Marlon Group Demonstration   Options The Laughing String  1959    0:30:31 ()
Tommy McCook & The Supersonics  Dub With Strings   Options Pleasure Dub  1976  remixed by Errol Brown  0:31:30 ()
Slim Gaillard  Travellin' Blues   Options Opera in Vout      0:33:51 ()
Kevin Ayers  Stranger in Blue Suede Shoes   Options Whatevershebringswesing  1972    0:36:44 ()
Henry Jacobs  For the Residents of Texas   Options The Wide Weird World Of Henry Jacobs / The Fine Art Of Goofing Off      0:39:58 ()
Kim Fowley  The Trip   Options The Trip / Big Sur, Bear Mountain, Ciros, Flip Side, Protest Song 7"  1965    0:41:15 ()
The Seeds  900 Million People Daily (All Making Love)   Options The Future (sessions)  1967    0:43:51 ()
Henry Jacobs  For the Sick   Options The Laughing String  1959    0:52:46 ()
Les Baxter  Psychedelic Senate   Options Shape of Things to Come  1968  Max Frost and the Troopers  0:54:14 ()
The Beach Boys  Psycodelic Sounds: Moaning Laughing   Options The Smile Sessions  1966    0:56:01 ()
The Pawnshop  My Shade   Options The Telegraph is Calling 7"  1971  Alessandro Alessandroni (Braen) & co.  0:57:17 ()
Henry Jacobs  Alleluia   Options The Wide Weird World Of Henry Jacobs / The Fine Art Of Goofing Off      0:59:57 ()
Athanor  Urizen (Your Reason)   Options Flashback  1973-1981    1:00:40 ()
The Beatles  Carnival of Light (segment 3)   Options Carnival of Light  1967    1:05:09 ()
Bob Dylan and the Band  All American Boy   Options The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11  1967    1:07:53 ()
Shorty Petterstein (Henry Jacobs)  It's No Laughing Matter   Options The Wide Weird World of Shorty Petterstein  1958    1:11:45 ()
Gene Pitney  I Laughed So Hard I Cried   Options       1:12:09 ()
The Beach Boys  Vega-Tables (Demo)   Options The Smile Sessions      1:12:56 ()
Henry Jacobs  Beatniks, Bohemians, And Business Failures   Options The Laughing String  1959    1:14:27 ()
The Turtles  Down in Suburbia   Options You Baby  1966  wr. Bob Lind  1:15:30 ()
Henry Jacobs  Scarekicks   Options The Wide Weird World Of Henry Jacobs / The Fine Art Of Goofing Off      1:19:32 ()
Baby Grandmothers   Somebody Keeps Calling My Name   Options Somebody Keeps Calling My Name / Being is More Than Life 7"  1968  Swedish group, Finnish release  1:21:05 ()
Henry Jacobs  Squares   Options The Laughing String  1959    1:30:08 ()
Bond + Brown  Amazing Grass   Options Two Heads Are Better Than One  1972    1:31:11 ()
Henry Jacobs  Reflexive Sound Therapy   Options The Wide Weird World Of Henry Jacobs / The Fine Art Of Goofing Off      1:36:07 ()
Elias Tanenbaum  For The Bird   Options Arp Art  1972    1:37:20 ()
Charlie Nothing  The Psychedelic Saxophone Of Charlie Nothing   Options The Psychedelic Saxophone Of Charlie Nothing  1967    1:44:14 ()
Henry Jacobs  Emergency Use Only   Options The Laughing String  1959    1:45:43 ()
Henry Jacobs  Drumhead Jones   Options The Wide Weird World Of Henry Jacobs / The Fine Art Of Goofing Off      1:47:27 ()
Sun City Girls  Gurnam   Options Jacks Creek  1994    1:50:09 ()
Kevin Ayers  Champagne Cowboy Blues   Options Whatevershebringswesing  1972    1:58:36 ()
McGough & McGear  So Much To Love   Options McGough & McGear  1968    2:01:40 ()
Music behind DJ:
Gunner Møller Pedersen 
Stoned - An Electronic Symphony Part 2   Options Stoned - An Electronic Symphony  1974    2:05:34 ()
Harlem Underground Band  Smokin Cheeba Cheeba   Options Harlem Underground  1976    2:21:23 ()
Maxayn  Doing Nothing, Nothing Doing   Options Maxayn  1972    2:28:01 ()
Paul McCartney  Check My Machine   Options McCartney II  1980  (bonus track)  2:34:23 ()
Ras Michael & The Sons of Negus  Hear River Jordan Roll   Options Love Thy Neighbour  1979  prod. Lee Perry  2:39:57 ()
D.R. Hooker  Forge Your Own Chains   Options The Truth  1972    2:44:26 ()
The New Tweedy Bros.  Danny's Song   Options The New Tweedy Bros!  1968    2:49:40 ()
Slim Gaillard  Laughing in Rhythm   Options Laughing In Rhythm      2:51:20 ()
Music behind DJ:
Artie Shaw 
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes   Options       2:53:39 ()

Listener comments!

Avatar Thu. 4/20/17 6:35pm Flash Strap:

On this psychedelic day, Explorers Room would like to invite you to participate in a science experiment from your own home. All you need is a laughing string! To be elaborated upon shortly I'm sure with the aid and guidance of Henry Jacobs and his team

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Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 4/20/17 6:58pm Scraps:

Avatar Thu. 4/20/17 6:58pm Flash Strap:

Scraps! new 'cut, looks good
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 4/20/17 7:00pm Scraps:

Why thanku!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 4/20/17 7:02pm doctorjazz:

Hi all!
Nice Beach Boys start!
Avatar Thu. 4/20/17 7:02pm Flash Strap:

Hi Doc!
Avatar    Thu. 4/20/17 7:03pm Little Danny:

Evening Flash, evening Explorers!
Avatar    Thu. 4/20/17 7:03pm hyde:

hello all!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 4/20/17 7:04pm Scraps:

luv Vegetables! Let's see if we can hear Mick Jagger
Avatar Thu. 4/20/17 7:04pm Flash Strap:

Eevening Hyde, LD!

Did we all come wrapped up in our Laughing String, I wonder

I'm laughin I know that
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 4/20/17 7:05pm Scraps:

Oup! Never mind then
Avatar Thu. 4/20/17 7:05pm Flash Strap:

I know Paul is on that track Scraps, but I don't think I ever heard of Mick being in on it – is that a thing to know?
Avatar Thu. 4/20/17 7:10pm Flash Strap:

This guy is just such a great guitarist, what a cool session
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 4/20/17 7:12pm doctorjazz:

Cool psychedelic jam.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 4/20/17 7:12pm Scraps:

Did I misremember?
Avatar Thu. 4/20/17 7:14pm Flash Strap:

Not sure. I know that McCartney plays the celery on the Vega-tables sessions. That I know
Avatar Thu. 4/20/17 7:15pm Flash Strap:

anyway did everyone have a good day on this day?
Avatar    Thu. 4/20/17 7:15pm hyde:

my day was ok. made some muffins.
Avatar Thu. 4/20/17 7:16pm Flash Strap:

blueberry ?
Avatar    Thu. 4/20/17 7:17pm hyde:

Avatar Thu. 4/20/17 7:17pm Flash Strap:

Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 4/20/17 7:19pm doctorjazz:

Fine day on this end; usually work late Thursday nights, nice to have the Explorer company.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 4/20/17 7:20pm doctorjazz:

Talk about psychedelic and McCartney, backwards tape stuff on this Jade, no?
Avatar Thu. 4/20/17 7:20pm Flash Strap:

Avatar Thu. 4/20/17 7:24pm Doug Schulkind:

Greetings to Admiral Strap and all goofer-offers!
Avatar    Thu. 4/20/17 7:31pm Little Danny:

Henry Jacobs is so cool
Avatar Thu. 4/20/17 7:33pm Flash Strap:

Greetings Honorable Admiral with Honours Doug and COMPLETELY AGREED Danny

Lot of Jacobs tonight, so get ready. he is our guide and our tormentor in the lab
Avatar    Thu. 4/20/17 7:33pm Little Danny:

Avatar    Thu. 4/20/17 7:34pm Little Danny:

Doug! How goes the end-of-semester madness?
Avatar Thu. 4/20/17 7:34pm Flash Strap:

I second that query Cap'n
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 4/20/17 7:37pm doctorjazz:

Yeah, Doug, how's the papers and exams going?
Avatar Thu. 4/20/17 7:39pm Flash Strap:

Kevin Ayers is such a weirdo
Avatar    Thu. 4/20/17 7:40pm Little Danny:

To my knowledge this is the first time I've actually heard Kevin Ayers. Is he always so VU-ish? I seriously dig!
Avatar Thu. 4/20/17 7:44pm Flash Strap:

he's all over the place. he's like terminally lazy, but really creative. Hard to say... you should check him out. he did do a famous concert with Nico and John Cale. And a some stuff with Eno.
Avatar Thu. 4/20/17 7:46pm Flash Strap:

I really like Ayers' Whatevershebringswesing and a lot of Bananamour, but have sort of struggled with a lot of the rest of it. But I can't stop coming back to what I like, I'll say that
Avatar Thu. 4/20/17 7:47pm Flash Strap:

Maybe my favorite Seeds song here. Some of the best Sky Saxon guitar outside of Ya Ho Wa
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 4/20/17 7:48pm Scraps:

He's Soft Machine. Not really VU-ish as at the same time, American and England, VU and Soft Machine. To me...
Avatar    Thu. 4/20/17 7:49pm Little Danny:

Sky Saxon's lyrics are so endearingly dumb
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 4/20/17 7:50pm Scraps:

Little Danny, I would think you would like =Joy of a Toy=
Avatar Thu. 4/20/17 7:50pm Flash Strap:

Fair point, though his solo stuff doesn't have much of the jazz-math that a lot of Soft Machine has, at least later on. He's extremely Canterbury scene, and that's a fact we can all agree on I'm sure of it

I like Joy of a Toy too, I forgot that one
Avatar    Thu. 4/20/17 7:51pm Little Danny:

Thanks for the tip, Scraps!
Avatar Thu. 4/20/17 7:52pm Flash Strap:

@LD re: Saxon – and the delivery sells it! always the same sneering vowels, no matter the subject
Avatar    Thu. 4/20/17 7:52pm Little Danny:

My knowledge of the Canterbury Scene is pathetically limited
Avatar    Thu. 4/20/17 7:53pm Little Danny:

Totally! Saxon was forever vocally in the same gear, but oh what a gear it was
Avatar Thu. 4/20/17 7:58pm Flash Strap:

One of the best Italian psych nuggets out there, this one. So spy-heavy
Avatar Thu. 4/20/17 7:59pm Doug Schulkind:

@Little Danny
Just finished the third of three finals. Now I have two papers to finish by Tuesday. I could sleep for a month.
Avatar    Thu. 4/20/17 8:00pm Little Danny:

Good luck sir, I feel yer pain!
Avatar Thu. 4/20/17 8:02pm Flash Strap:

Holy shit Doug. That brings back feelings I had repressed. Best of luck!
Avatar    Thu. 4/20/17 8:04pm Little Danny:

Same, Flash. Serious PTSD over here.
Avatar Thu. 4/20/17 8:05pm Flash Strap:

Athanor is so good
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 4/20/17 8:05pm melinda:

hello explorers!
Avatar Thu. 4/20/17 8:06pm Flash Strap:

Hello Melinda!
Avatar Thu. 4/20/17 8:08pm Flash Strap:

I don't know why that Carnival of Light stuff isn't talked about more
Avatar Thu. 4/20/17 8:10pm Flash Strap:

"pickin a hot storm up over the ocean" hysterical delivery
Avatar Thu. 4/20/17 8:14pm Doug Schulkind:

@Flash Strap
You never want to repress a holy shit. God would smite you with an enema of the people.

Thanks and good night. I'll be here all week.
Avatar Thu. 4/20/17 8:17pm Flash Strap:

Doug's got his laughing string out!
Avatar Thu. 4/20/17 8:18pm Flash Strap:

Seriously, this is SUCH a good Turtles song. It's everything that's good about the Turtles, in my opinion
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 4/20/17 8:19pm melinda:

This is great, I agree.
Avatar    Thu. 4/20/17 8:24pm Little Danny:

Baby Grandmothers is a record I lust after
Avatar Thu. 4/20/17 8:26pm Flash Strap:

Oh I bet! I imagine this is quite the lusted-after 7" in your collectors' underworld. They didn't press very many of these, if I recall
Avatar Thu. 4/20/17 8:28pm Flash Strap:

Plus it's just INSANELY good. Unfathomably fuckin awesome
Avatar Thu. 4/20/17 8:31pm Flash Strap:

"rare hamburgers"
Avatar Thu. 4/20/17 8:33pm Flash Strap:

This whole record is just a pure beam of bizarre
     Thu. 4/20/17 8:36pm geezerette:

one hit wonders
     Thu. 4/20/17 8:38pm geezerette:

What an excellent party this is.
Avatar Thu. 4/20/17 8:38pm Flash Strap:

H o w d y Geezerette!
     Thu. 4/20/17 8:40pm geezerette:

Howdy back Evan !
Avatar Thu. 4/20/17 8:42pm Flash Strap:

How are you tonight and how was your day and how nice it is to have you with us!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 4/20/17 8:42pm Scraps:

Luv this!
Avatar Thu. 4/20/17 8:42pm Flash Strap:

me too man, it really gets me
     Thu. 4/20/17 8:46pm geezerette:

:D And how nice of you to say so Evan!
I'm feeling no pain, can't complain, right as rain!
What an incredibly great playlist.
Avatar Thu. 4/20/17 8:47pm Flash Strap:

Very glad to hear it G! and thanks!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 4/20/17 8:47pm melinda:

Was there an explanation of the Laughing String before I joined the party?
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 4/20/17 8:48pm Scraps:

All you bongoists!
Avatar Thu. 4/20/17 8:51pm Flash Strap:

haha, yes, sort of. it's an enigmatic concept that loosely maps to pot parties or whatever, but not so neatly that it's an actual metaphor. It's completely bizarre and surreal. it's my way of undermining the day and celebrating the cause at the same time, and playing a lot of classic psych sounds while disrupting them with clinical surrealism
Avatar Thu. 4/20/17 8:53pm Flash Strap:

in other words, i got wrapped up in my laughing string and came up with the show between peals of absurd chuckles and belly laughs of Deep Thoughts
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 4/20/17 8:53pm melinda:

Ah, I get it. I like the bizarrity.
     Thu. 4/20/17 8:54pm geezerette:

Well done ,man! Got MY synapses in a twist.
Avatar Thu. 4/20/17 8:54pm Flash Strap:

This Sun City Girls was almost universally panned every time it was released... but I really like it. I love it man!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 4/20/17 8:54pm Scraps:

now this is Sun City Girls at best
Avatar Thu. 4/20/17 8:55pm Flash Strap:

thanks friends
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 4/20/17 8:55pm Scraps:

Avatar Thu. 4/20/17 8:55pm Flash Strap:

glad to hear someone else agrees Scraps!

Have you heard Live Room? maybe my #1
     Thu. 4/20/17 8:55pm geezerette:

This is like the Free Form of my childhood.
Avatar Thu. 4/20/17 8:56pm Flash Strap:

"one o them devil-familiars!"
Avatar Thu. 4/20/17 8:57pm Flash Strap:

"he made a sound that smelled so bad"
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 4/20/17 8:59pm melinda:

the sound that smelled bad, haha. I liked that too.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 4/20/17 8:59pm Scraps:

Flash, yep!
Avatar Thu. 4/20/17 9:03pm Flash Strap:

McGear = McCartney's kid brother (if you didn't know). He;s really good sometimes!
     Thu. 4/20/17 9:12pm geezerette:

So much playful weirdness.Bo ho sweet spot was fulcrum between about '55-'6; humor/media/music/fffashion/art/...pretty much everything but horrible hippymfood.
     Thu. 4/20/17 9:14pm geezerette:

oops...did not mean to post! Your show altered my consciousness, m-aaaaaaaa-nnn.
Avatar Thu. 4/20/17 9:23pm Flash Strap:

@G: Hahaha, happy to intercept your secret mind-altered messages

This is the greatest song on the subject of all time
Avatar Thu. 4/20/17 9:24pm Flash Strap:


     Thu. 4/20/17 9:27pm geezerette:

Rolling on floor,laughing helplessly...no,wait,that's a flash...back...
Avatar Thu. 4/20/17 9:27pm Flash Strap:

Sis really came through I guess
Avatar Thu. 4/20/17 9:34pm Flash Strap:

god that was good. i got blissed
Avatar Thu. 4/20/17 9:36pm Flash Strap:

Every time I listen to the official McCartney II, I'm so depressed this isn't actually on it. It's such a trip
Avatar Thu. 4/20/17 9:37pm Flash Strap:

Love McCartney II though, with or without those sweet bonus tracks
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 4/20/17 9:38pm Scraps:

McCartney II has some of his trippiest stuff
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 4/20/17 9:38pm Scraps:

Avatar    Thu. 4/20/17 9:38pm Little Danny:

Wow, this McCartney!
Avatar Thu. 4/20/17 9:38pm Flash Strap:

agreed, much agreed
     Thu. 4/20/17 9:39pm geezerette:

This is great.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 4/20/17 9:40pm Scraps:

I think much Beatles fans had given up on Paul by the time of McCartney II. It really is a underrated album
Avatar Thu. 4/20/17 9:42pm Flash Strap:

Somewhere I have a rough draft of a show called The Stoned Genius of Paul McCartney that attempts to track all his wackiest stuff, but with the Beatle boys you always feel like a kid in shorts and somebody's already written the book
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 4/20/17 9:43pm Scraps:

I have a friend who's a Rolling Stone writer who, several years ago, picked my brain for weird McCartney solo stuff. I supplied ten tracks, I think four of which came from II
Avatar Thu. 4/20/17 9:43pm Flash Strap:

along with Ram, it's the best MCartney I think. Then I guess McCartney I and Wings Wild Life and Red Rose Speedway. Would love to hear the opinions of others
     Thu. 4/20/17 9:44pm geezerette:

You really should do it though!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 4/20/17 9:44pm Scraps:

I really like that Ras Michael album also!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 4/20/17 9:45pm Scraps:

Band on the Run is still good, imo
     Thu. 4/20/17 9:45pm geezerette:

It's a great idea,Evan.
Avatar Thu. 4/20/17 9:46pm Flash Strap:

Oh me too! one of the best Perry productions, occasionally a real rival to Heart of the Congos in my book. Which is leaving aside that Ras Michael drops classics with or without Perry in the mix. Dadawah is legend
Avatar    Thu. 4/20/17 9:46pm just julia:

i wanna hear your wacky mccartney show, shorts and all! no surprise, just sayin. also, not related, i love "forge your own chains" so. much.
Avatar Thu. 4/20/17 9:47pm Flash Strap:

@G: You've convinced me to dust it off and see what can be done with it
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 4/20/17 9:47pm Scraps:

Dadawah is awesome
Avatar Thu. 4/20/17 9:47pm Flash Strap:

@Julia: you just sealed the deal!

and boy oh boy, i legitimately can't hear this song enough times
     Thu. 4/20/17 9:48pm geezerette:

Avatar Thu. 4/20/17 9:48pm Flash Strap:

tho it'd be hard to resist just playin Ram all the way through
Avatar Thu. 4/20/17 9:49pm Doug Schulkind:

My high school sweetheart's last name was Negus. I'd be lying if I hadn't from time to time, thought about the possibility of producing my very own little son of Negus.
Avatar Thu. 4/20/17 9:49pm Flash Strap:

Doug! You made that joke last time I played Ras Michael! Get out of the kitchen you little scamp! you're incorrigible!
     Thu. 4/20/17 9:50pm geezerette:

Agree,"Forge Your Own Chains"incredible.
Avatar Thu. 4/20/17 9:50pm Doug Schulkind:

Dammnit! I forget what material I've used where. I basically have five comments that cycle and recycle.
     Thu. 4/20/17 9:52pm geezerette:

haha, PERFECT sign off.
Avatar Thu. 4/20/17 9:52pm Flash Strap:

haha Doug you never cease to astound, in reruns or no
     Thu. 4/20/17 9:55pm geezerette:

Thanks for all the insanity.
Avatar    Thu. 4/20/17 9:56pm Little Danny:

That Slim Gaillard was just the greatest
Avatar Thu. 4/20/17 9:57pm Doug Schulkind:

I bet I also said this about a previous Explorers Room, Flash Strap: What a perfectly marvelous radio program! (Like me, Sir, you are so predictable!)
Avatar    Thu. 4/20/17 9:57pm Little Danny:

We are laughing to keep from crying over at the Cool Blue Flame: wfmu.org... Please join in!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Thu. 4/20/17 9:57pm Scraps:

Yay thank you!
Avatar Thu. 4/20/17 10:00pm Flash Strap:

Thanks all!

And Doug, a guillotine for any fool who describes you as predictable
Avatar Thu. 4/20/17 10:01pm Flash Strap:

Good night, Jah Bless, solidarity with Venezuela, much love!
Avatar Thu. 4/20/17 10:01pm Doug Schulkind:

I KNEW you were going to say that!
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