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"I listened yesterday. It's no reflection on you but I could'nt see where you were going or what you were going for. This early seventies thing did'nt get noticed the first time and you talk about friends of like Dealney and Bonnie who had records out like we're supposed to remember who they are. Then you play this long winded free jazz stuff that really grates on my nerves. And that noise without a beat and sounds like someones being pinched. Then you play a reggae song, I think you called it Dub, to what, be cool? You seem to really fetishize the whole folk thing too which is obnoxious to us who don't even care. I liked it when you played that punk song though. I like Joe Belock a lot." (Visit homepage.)

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neil rolnick  wakeup   Options      
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nocturnal emissions  infected   Options fruiting body lp  LP   
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oswald  don;t   Options      
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grant hart  letting me out   Options the argument     
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grant hart  awake, arise   Options the argument     
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grant hart  i will never see my home   Options the argument     
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embryo  people from out the space   Options opal     
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peter catham  oh good god   Options a man's mouth     
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byron westbrook  dance in free fall   Options body consonance     
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minimal compact  the howling hole   Options deadly weapons     
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3 teens kill 4  5/4   Options no motive     
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grong grong   grong grong   Options grong grong     
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spk  with love from china   Options machine age voodoo     
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material girls  drained   Options mg vs iq     
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public humiliation  the bowler   Options it all started when i was five     
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yanomamos  side 1\   Options quizas    featuring grant hart 
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philip catherine  when it is   Options september man     
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lost bayou ramblers  aloha   Options golden meadow     
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chuck johnson  balm of gillead   Options balsams     
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cal hand  they only moved the stage   Options the wylie butler     
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jody harris / robert quine  termites of 1938   Options escape     
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grant hart  2541   Options 2541     
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david nance  negative boogie   Options du the negative boogie     
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david nance  d.l.a.t.u.m.f. blues   Options do the negative boogie     
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syd barrett  octopus   Options the madcap laughs     
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bump  state of affairs   Options s/t     
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uncle wiggly  big epic   Options      
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stefen christensen    shake off the village     
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the nots  live at goner records   Options      
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swell maps  let's build a car   Options      
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c-schulz  glockenspiel / tri-top   Options fruhe jahre     
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daniel lentz  river of 1000 streams   Options river of 1000 streams        2:29:43 ()
quentin tomlieri  6   Options prepared piano     
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norberto lobo & eric chenaux  the chattal   Options the byre     
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grant hart  is the sky the limit   Options     Grantzberg Vernon Hart, March 18, 1961—September 13, 2017 Grant Hart would have loved the aftermath of his own death. Furious text messaging in the middle of the night seeking confirmation and commiseration. Condolences from acquaintances and media outlets who haven’t come out of the woodwork in years. Emails from the Associated Press at 4:45AM. The clamoring for details. When and where? What kind of cancer? He loved to stir the peanut butter. Actively sought the circus, metal or otherwise. To know him was to… I’m not sure “love him” is the right choice of words. I had a ton of respect for the guy. I enjoyed his company. I certainly liked him. Is there a word to describe that region between love and like? It’s impossible not to love/like a guy who sends you a Bob Mould diss Someecard at 2:47AM. How can you not love/like someone who insists on a high end sushi restaurant for your first meal together and then promptly orders enough food to cover his next two meals. Grant was tortured for sure, but he had a hell of a lot of fun bringing you in on the joke, even if you were part of the punchline. I began chasing him in the summer of 2010. Getting him on the phone was impossible: Call once, hang up, call again hang up. If he wanted to talk, he’d pick up on the third ring. Email was the best way to reach him, his replies speedy and thoughtful. I’d never even been to Minneapolis the first time we met in a dark, closed downtown hotel bar that he’d somehow finagled away for us to meet in. It was August—which in Minnesota means hot and muggy. He suggested a trip to the lake to cool off, and guided my rented P.T. Cruiser through residential twists and turns to a place I would later find out was called Hidden Beach by locals. We stripped down to our underwear and began wading out and were soon neck deep. He turned to me and asked, “Do you know where we are?” And I had no idea. “This is where I shot the cover for New Day Rising.” It was one of those moments where you know you’re not the first to experience it, that he’d taken several people out swimming on Cedar Lake while the sun was setting and then used their connection to his past to cement a relationship. But it sure felt special in that moment. That was the real Grant Hart, disarming and masterminding all at once. He green-lit the project shortly after. Things began arriving in the mail with no rhyme or reason. An original print of the earliest Hüskers promo photo. The slides for Metal Circus. A CD-R of his long-gestating double album The Argument. A gigantic Land Speed Record poster. He was nothing if not generous. Grant came to town to play an under-attended gig at Martyr’s in the dead of winter, his alligator skin boots held together with duct tape barely keeping his feet from frostbite. On our break room table he sketched out what would become the first official Hüsker Dü project in more than 25 years and then asked to be dropped at the train station. A few days later, an email arrived: “Great to see you this weekend. It could have been longer, the meal better, etc. But it was good. After recovering from the shock of the news I started to picture how I think the demos record should look. I see a very colorful, optimistic, almost new wave look. I think this will fit well with the material. As a nod to [Terry] Katzman I think calling it Savage Young Dü is good.” The next five years moved at a snail’s pace. We somehow managed to get an expanded 2x7” version of their debut single out, but with the band embroiled in a lawsuit the breaks were pumped on anything considered non-essential business. And yet, my relationship with Grant continued in the background. We traded messages every few months, almost always prompted by him. He always asked about my kids and somehow remembered my daughter’s name. “How’s Clementine?” he’d ask. He always called when he came to town, as if I was the only person he knew in Chicago. “I’m down at the train station, come pick me up,” he’d say. When asked why he didn’t give me a little notice on his arrival, he’d reply: “If you don’t know when my next gig is, you’re not paying close enough attention.” We didn’t pick the project back up until late 2015. The emails were no longer in ALL CAPS. He was less erratic, more thoughtful. Something was different. I went up to Minneapolis in the spring of 2016 to pick up all the master tapes and files that he’d been threatening to let me take for half a decade, and while sharing a moment in the sun, he turned into me and said, “I’ve got cancer.” But he didn’t dwell. Instead he told me about the two wonderful developments in his life. He’d finally met someone worth staying with and he wanted to marry her. Her name was Brigid. And after many years estranged from his son, the two had reconciled and were speaking regularly. We hugged at parting, his stubbly face scratching my neck. When I got home, this was waiting in my inbox: “By the way, I feel very positive about beating this thing in my guts. Your meditations undoubtably help. I have a whole monastery full of Carmelites praying thanks to Brigid's mother, and yes...even doctors.” As the box went into development his correspondence increased. “New old material is being discovered every week,” he wrote. “This will continue for the rest of MY life, at least. I insist that we proceed with what we have according to plan and not delay the November release while waiting for any Holy Grails to materialize.” The last time I saw Grant was in March of this year. I was in Minneapolis to gather a few more bits and bobs and scheduled time to go to dinner. He wanted pizza and suggested Red’s Savoy in downtown St. Paul. He ordered enough to have leftovers the next day. He was a bit gaunt, but wisecracking and flirting with the waitress all the while. This time we shook hands at the end. He was too weak for a hug. When plans were made to fly out to the Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle to pour through his archives, he wanted to join. But when it came time to go, he suddenly cooled to the idea and withdrew from the project entirely. “Can you get it out before I go?” he asked. I’m sorry we failed, Grant. We pushed as hard as we could to get this beast into the wild, but it wasn’t hard enough. You told me several times that you thought the material was subpar, that there were too many photos of Greg Norton, and insisted we change the title at the last moment just to see everyone scramble. And now it’s two months to the release date and everyone is sad and asking a million questions. It’s chaos down here and you’re probably looking down with your arms crossed, a gigantic, mischievous grin running ear to ear. Just a boy living on Heaven Hill. - Ken Shipley/ Numero Group 
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husker du  sorry somehow   Options candy apple grey     
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Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 9/15/17 9:07am Cheri Pi:

Good morning JA, welcome to Fridays
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 9/15/17 9:07am maestroso:

Welcome back JA!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 9/15/17 9:07am George of Troy:

Yo, John! Welcome back to the 'waves.
Avatar    Fri. 9/15/17 9:07am duke:

Ya JA!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 9/15/17 9:07am Marcel M:

Mr. John Allen. Good to see you.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 9/15/17 9:09am Ken From Hyde Park:

It's JA in the FRI AM!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 9/15/17 9:09am Polyus:

Great to have you back, man.
Avatar    Fri. 9/15/17 9:10am Sem Chumbo:

Hello, John, and JA / AM folk.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 9/15/17 9:10am ausmanx:

goodness, for a moment there i thought the Zionist propaganda was back, but no, it quality JA!
Avatar Fri. 9/15/17 9:11am John Allen:

hi everyone! and I mean everyone.
Avatar Fri. 9/15/17 9:12am D. Lightfoot:

This is more conducive to work on a Friday morning than Mr. Pigeon's stoner Cheerios cavalcade
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 9/15/17 9:13am Threemoons:

Love the "acid for breakfast" vibe here...off to work!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 9/15/17 9:15am BennettCap:

JA in the AM. I like the way it stammers off the tongue. Good morning!
Avatar Fri. 9/15/17 9:23am listener monica:

No one is sadder than i am at Grant's checking out.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 9/15/17 9:25am steveo:

Hello Mr. Allen. Nice to hear you in this slot. You tricked me with the show name. Ha ha. Great opportunity to make Nachum's Friday closer/sabbath song your theme song though.
  Fri. 9/15/17 9:28am V Priceless:

Nice to hear you here, Mr. A
  Fri. 9/15/17 9:30am Ajay:

Nice to hear the Grant Hart tracks. Thinking of him here in Amsterdam
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 9/15/17 9:31am ausmanx:

loved grant and everything of and around husker du. good evening, mr ajay
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 9/15/17 9:33am ausmanx:

can't believe he was working on an album about ted kaczynski too, really hope that gets released (ted is completely fascinating...)
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 9/15/17 9:34am Andrew Waterloo:

wow. Grant Hart being played on both the main and drummer stream.
  Swag For Life Member    Fri. 9/15/17 9:42am BnowB:

John Allen's profile quote is hilarious...
  Swag For Life Member    Fri. 9/15/17 9:45am BnowB:

with my life i trust .. cheerios and all
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 9/15/17 9:47am AndrewC.:

You're on the schedule again?! Fantastic, and I won't miss the middle of the show every week due to lunch. Very pleased!
  Fri. 9/15/17 9:47am cat:

happy you are back on the air. jewish arabs in the morning
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 9/15/17 9:48am Cheri Pi:

just heard that Charlie Tolnay (Grong Grong) has passed away :'(
  Fri. 9/15/17 9:48am dmart New Mexico:

This is EXACTLY how I feel this morning. Thank you!
Avatar Fri. 9/15/17 9:49am John Allen:

cheri, what, like yesterday?
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 9/15/17 9:53am Cheri Pi:

A few hours ago according to his band
  Fri. 9/15/17 9:53am JakeGould:

Good Shabbos to all… Wait…
  Swag For Life Member    Fri. 9/15/17 9:57am BnowB:

Love this song by Minimal Compact - the howling hole minimal-compact.bandcamp.com...
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 9/15/17 10:00am Cheri Pi:

<3
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 9/15/17 10:02am AndrewC.:

from wikipedia: 'a major contributor to the "Pigfuck" sound'
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 9/15/17 10:03am Planet Tyler:

JA in the AM - what a great show title! Carrying it on!
  Fri. 9/15/17 10:04am Cecile:

Hola! Shit, Pi, what a week.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 9/15/17 10:04am pantz:

Pigfuck sound? Is that anything like Country?
  Swag For Life Member    Fri. 9/15/17 10:05am BnowB:

WB .. loving homage on FMA and FMU home page ... still a bit gutted. 33 year listener.. RIP WB my-castle-of-quiet.blogspot.com
Avatar Fri. 9/15/17 10:07am Wild Neil:

@Dmart in NM....I went to NMSU, class of 2002!
Avatar Fri. 9/15/17 10:07am Wild Neil:

Hey, that rhymes!
  Fri. 9/15/17 10:08am Cecile:

Pants, that's probably from an Xgau article that lumped people like Swans, Big Black, SY together in the 80s and chastised them for not being hippies. Laugh was on them because they all were, in different ways.
  Swag For Life Member    Fri. 9/15/17 10:21am BnowB:

John Allen u killing it
  Fri. 9/15/17 10:24am dmart New Mexico:

Go Aggies Wild Neil!
Avatar Fri. 9/15/17 10:24am Wilson K:

I love this. I'm smashing my Snark tonight!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 9/15/17 10:27am Polyus:

You make it sound so romantic, John.
  Fri. 9/15/17 10:30am Joel:

haha JA in the AM that is awesome
Avatar    Fri. 9/15/17 10:31am BronwynB:

morning JA and everybody! so pumped for this
Avatar Fri. 9/15/17 10:35am Wild Neil:

@Dmart-what is your location if I may ask?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 9/15/17 10:38am northguineahills:

Didn't know grant hart was in yanomamos, excellent to find that out. Thanks JA! Finally going home as I got power very late last night, Didn't expect to spend more then a week away from work. Slainte!
Avatar    Fri. 9/15/17 10:43am BronwynB:

The Yanomamo or Yanomami are a tribe in the Amazon. There is a weird kiddie musical about them fighting to stop the destruction of the rainforest or something that we did in middle school. I played the jaguar and sang a song about how I love eating people. The end.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 9/15/17 10:44am Garbaggio Toblerone:

It would appropriate to end your set with It's time to say good shabbos.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 9/15/17 10:45am kimgland:

hey John, so glad you`re back
Avatar Fri. 9/15/17 10:45am officina:

Welcome back JA...!
  Fri. 9/15/17 10:59am Mike Wolf:

It's that ol' New World of Sound sound that I like so much!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 9/15/17 10:59am Guido from Cologne:

Just ordered Cal Hand from Discogs.
Really only this one album.
Thanks 4 inspiration!
Avatar    Fri. 9/15/17 11:01am BronwynB:

I'm jealous JA. I wanna go to New Orleans and have jambalaya and listen to jazz. I want to drive down there from Hannibal MO but sadly I can't drive. Someone join me on this quixotic road trip. I'll buy you jambalaya.
Avatar    Fri. 9/15/17 11:02am BronwynB:

Mmm, Bryce sandwiches. I bet they taste like minimalism.
Avatar    Fri. 9/15/17 11:02am BronwynB:

Or possibly maximalism.
Avatar    Fri. 9/15/17 11:03am Rev. Turnip Druid:

may i hello please
  Fri. 9/15/17 11:05am maja:

Best News you're back!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 9/15/17 11:05am Cheri Pi:

HAIL-O your holy turniptude
Avatar    Fri. 9/15/17 11:12am BronwynB:

my 2nd favorite syd tune!!! i love octopi. and syd.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 9/15/17 11:12am Cheri Pi:

I've spent years listening to this song
Avatar    Fri. 9/15/17 11:13am BronwynB:

although octopi is technically not a real word. hippopotami, however, is.
Avatar    Fri. 9/15/17 11:13am BronwynB:

the real plural of octopi is octoPODES. i love octopodes!!!
Avatar    Fri. 9/15/17 11:14am BronwynB:

like this lil buddy: www.reactiongifs.com...
  Fri. 9/15/17 11:18am Sloane:

I swear I think Alice Cooper played "Octopus" on his show 3 or 4 nights ago.
Avatar Fri. 9/15/17 11:20am dfb:

this is great stuff thanks
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 9/15/17 11:21am Glenn L:

Big Epic! Haven't heard this in years!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 9/15/17 11:22am maestroso:

I regret that I had not heard of Uncle Wiggly until these past few days.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 9/15/17 11:22am Glenn L:

Classic Wm. Berger song!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 9/15/17 11:22am AndrewC.:

First favourite: Waving my arms in the air. Probably.
Avatar    Fri. 9/15/17 11:25am BronwynB:

first favorite is actually golden hair
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 9/15/17 11:26am Mick:

Great show, JA. Such good, if heartbreaking, tributes. 2541 kind of wrecked me for a few minutes there.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 9/15/17 11:27am frozen_peas:

wonderful show this morning!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 9/15/17 11:27am Polyus:

I don't remember Nots doing anything quite that cool the one time I saw them.
Avatar    Fri. 9/15/17 11:29am quinn:

nice to have you back!
Avatar Fri. 9/15/17 11:40am Honeybear:

@maestroso - that's what life is like when you listen FMU - "why didn't I even know about this group 30 year ago? What was wrong with me back then?" - like every day you listen, pretty much
  Fri. 9/15/17 11:43am dmart New Mexico:

Fantastic show. Wild Neil--soy un burqueno
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 9/15/17 11:50am Cheri Pi:

!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 9/15/17 11:51am Jeezy:

WHAT NO!?!?!?!?!?!?!
I just saw him open for Meat Puppets at Brooklyn Bowl!!!
  Fri. 9/15/17 11:58am Mike Wolf:

This is the sonic tribute to Grant i was looking for, thanks JA.
Avatar Fri. 9/15/17 11:59am Wilson K:

I love this new show. I hereby express my gratitude.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 9/15/17 12:00pm steveo:

thanks john
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Fri. 9/15/17 12:05pm steveo:

the bryce bonus...
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