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Options February 22, 2019: Stare With Your Ears: A Brief Tribute to Ken Nordine



Stare With Your Ears

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Artist Track Album Label Year Format Comments Approx. start time
Ken Nordine  Word Jazz Episode One   Options Word Jazz Radio Show  WBEZ    MP3     
 
Music behind DJ:
Fred Katz 
Elegy   Options Fred Katz and his Jammers  Decca  1960  LP    0:02:55 ()
Ken Nordine  Sound Paintings   Options Word Jazz  Dot Records  1957  LP    0:04:14 ()
Ken Nordine  Anytime, Anytime   Options Son of Word Jazz  Dot Records  1957  LP    0:11:19 ()
Ken Nordine  My Baby   Options Word Jazz  Dot Records  1957  LP    0:13:25 ()
Ken Nordine  I Used To Think My Right Hand Was Uglier Than My Left   Options Son of Word Jazz  Dot Records  1957  LP    0:16:01 ()
Ken Nordine  Black   Options Colors: A Sensuous Listening Experience  Asphodel  1995  CD  Orig. released 1966 on Philips.  0:18:31 ()
Ken Nordine  Gold   Options Colors: A Sensuous Listening Experience  Asphodel  1995  CD    0:19:50 ()
Ken Nordine  Bury It Yourself Time Capsule   Options You're Getting Better: The Word Jazz Dot Masters  Hip-O Select  2005  CD    0:21:37 ()
Ken Nordine  The Vidiot   Options Word Jazz  Dot Records  1957  LP    0:24:27 ()
Ken Nordine  Manned Satellite   Options You're Getting Better: The Word Jazz Dot Masters  Hip-O Select  2005  CD    0:29:56 ()
 
Music behind DJ:
Fred Katz 
Imagination   Options Fred Katz and his Jammers  Decca  1960  LP    0:32:16 ()
Ken Nordine  All The Things You Are   Options Love Words  Hamilton   1959  LP    0:36:10 ()
Ken Nordine  Set Up / Speech Rehearsal   Options Allied High Fidelity "Voice and Vision" Store Opening  WFMU's Beware of the Blog  1957  MP3  via Bob Purse  0:37:00 ()
Ken Nordine  Six Commercials In Search Of A Client [excerpt]   Options Words We Live By / Six Commercials In Search Of A Client  Evatone Soundsheets  1970?  MP3    0:41:46 ()
Ken Nordine  Control the World   Options Six Anti-Drug PSA’s  WFMU's Beware of the Blog  ?  MP3  Bob Purse again.  0:44:59 ()
 
Music behind DJ:
Fred Katz 
Dexterity   Options Fred Katz and his Jammers  Decca  1960  LP    0:45:59 ()
Ken Nordine  Live on Night Music   Options Night Music Episode #119  NBC Television  1989  MP3    0:47:48 ()
Ken Nordine  Conqueror Worm   Options Closed On Account Of Rabies - Poems And Tales Of Edgar Allan Poe  Mercury  1997  CD    0:51:33 ()
 
Music behind DJ:
Fred Katz 
Imagination   Options Fred Katz and his Jammers  Decca  1960  LP    0:54:27 ()
 
BONUS CONTENT!
Ken Nordine  Radio Play: Two Heads Are Better (1950)   Options Seven Classic Albums Plus Bonus Tracks  Real Gone  2013  CD    0:57:21 ()

Listener comments!

Avatar Fri. 2/22/19 7:00pm Martinibomb:

No I DO THE ROCK!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 2/22/19 7:00pm Rich in Washington:

Hello!
Avatar Fri. 2/22/19 7:00pm Don-O:

Rock out with Ken!!!!
Avatar Fri. 2/22/19 7:00pm Mr Fab:

I do the roll!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 2/22/19 7:01pm Otis Fodder:

Staring, ahem, listening.
Avatar Fri. 2/22/19 7:01pm Mr Fab:

Sad we had to lose Nordine, but hey, we get this whole show, so...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 2/22/19 7:01pm Rich in Washington:

Hi Don-O!
Hi Mr. Fab!
Hi Martinibomb!
Hi Otis!
Thanks for tuning in everyone!
Avatar Fri. 2/22/19 7:02pm Don-O:

Yo-Yoddle to you, Rich!
Avatar Fri. 2/22/19 7:02pm Martinibomb:

The guy had a good life he lived way longer than most people. And wow his studio was kinda impressive.. was looking thru some documentarys/interviews he was an impressive fellow. Colors first album I bought at Tower Records Beaverton when I first moved here
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 2/22/19 7:03pm Linda Lee:

how sweet hearing this. thanks Rich.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 2/22/19 7:04pm Rich in Washington:

Hi Linda Lee! Glad to see you here!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 2/22/19 7:04pm Linda Lee:

i feel as if Ken's voice is one of the threads running through my time.
Avatar Fri. 2/22/19 7:05pm Mr Fab:

Martinibomb, "Colors" was one of the LAST albums I bought on vinyl from the late great Rhino Records store.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 2/22/19 7:05pm Linda Lee:

wouldn't miss it!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 2/22/19 7:05pm Rich in Washington:

Oh man. The Beaverton Tower was my mecca as a teenager!
Avatar Fri. 2/22/19 7:06pm Martinibomb:

got my copy of Joe Meeks' I hear a new world there too
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 2/22/19 7:06pm Rich in Washington:

I know what you mean, LL. His voice was everywhere in my youth, so by the time I first heard his Word Jazz program, it was amazing.
Avatar Fri. 2/22/19 7:07pm Martinibomb:

I never got to shop at Rhino tho an old roommate ended up working there for awhile
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 2/22/19 7:07pm Rich in Washington:

There was one dude who worked that store, and if it had his scrawled 'RECOMMENDED!' on the label, I knew I had to buy it.
Avatar Fri. 2/22/19 7:08pm Martinibomb:

Really? You got to hear Nordine when you were a kid? Yeah I just walked into tower and it was there and I thought hmm.. this looks interesting
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 2/22/19 7:08pm Rich in Washington:

My copies of these records are really 'well loved'.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 2/22/19 7:09pm Rich in Washington:

Yeah. OPB ran Word Jazz in the late 70s and KBOO also played the Now Nordine program. We just found some Ken reel to reels in storage that got sent to him last year, which apparently he didn't have them.
Avatar Fri. 2/22/19 7:09pm Mr Fab:

Nordine really was one of the last surviving figures from the original Beat era, wasn't' he?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 2/22/19 7:09pm Linda Lee:

i grew up in nyc in the 60s & 70s, sure i heard him on public radio..
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 2/22/19 7:10pm Linda Lee:

not sure how you'd hear him outside metro areas.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 2/22/19 7:10pm Rich in Washington:

I guess he was. How's Ferlinghetti doing?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 2/22/19 7:11pm Rich in Washington:

Good thing we disabled that dead air thingamajig
Avatar Fri. 2/22/19 7:11pm Martinibomb:

@Linda yeah you wouldn't i grew up in the woods so... had a lot to learn when I moved to a metro. always feel ike I'm trying to catch up still.. hahah
Avatar Fri. 2/22/19 7:11pm Mr Fab:

Oh yeah, Ferlinghetti's still hanging in there, City Lights Books protected by the San Fran government I believe against development into condos
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 2/22/19 7:11pm Linda Lee:

i know i am! no such animal i suspect :-)
Avatar Fri. 2/22/19 7:12pm Martinibomb:

I didn't even know who Kraftwerk was hah
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 2/22/19 7:13pm Linda Lee:

i hope i never catch up really..
did hear kraftwerk on the radio in junior high. we thought they were hilarious.
Avatar Fri. 2/22/19 7:13pm Martinibomb:

I think I have an outsider's ear because of where I was raised tho.. so not all bad
Avatar Fri. 2/22/19 7:13pm Mr Fab:

I gotta lot of respect for the small-town kids who worked to get hep. I didn't have to do anything really, was just around me.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 2/22/19 7:15pm Rich in Washington:

Radio and later zines and magazines were my lifeline. And later record mail order catalogs. I was really fortunate to have a really weird radio station, KBOO, within earshot.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 2/22/19 7:15pm Linda Lee:

i feel the same way, growing up in ny *but* of course you have to seek things out that will really interest you. not everything will.
Avatar Fri. 2/22/19 7:16pm Martinibomb:

I think there were 50 people in my highschool if that gives you an idea
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 2/22/19 7:16pm Linda Lee:

nice! that's nice.
Avatar Fri. 2/22/19 7:17pm Martinibomb:

the only thing that saved me were used bookstores.. like who's this Martin Denny guy.. yeah I kinda like this stuf.. Lol
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 2/22/19 7:18pm Linda Lee:

people who say we don't need libraries or bookstores really don't know what they're talking about.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 2/22/19 7:18pm Rich in Washington:

There was something like 1500 in my high school but most were dullards.
Avatar Fri. 2/22/19 7:18pm grantbob:

Yes... Martin Denny and Lex Baxter were a gateway.
Avatar Fri. 2/22/19 7:19pm Martinibomb:

@Rich my wife grew up in Vancouver and has fond memories of KBOO
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 2/22/19 7:20pm Rich in Washington:

Oh wow! I had no idea, Martinbomb! That's cool!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 2/22/19 7:21pm Linda Lee:

i attended an arts high school in nyc ~ by senior year i sort of stopped going & went into the streets.
Avatar Fri. 2/22/19 7:21pm Martinibomb:

I could kinda get Souther Oregon state college radio with Dr. Demento from time to time if conditions were right.. AM waves can travel far
Avatar Fri. 2/22/19 7:21pm Don-O:

Zines seemed to be my gateway to a lot of this....then I discovered KXLU-FM in L. A., then I discovered Factsheet Five in Tower Records then it went on from there.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 2/22/19 7:21pm Rich in Washington:

Yes. I think we can all trace our musical weirdness to the good Doctor.
Avatar Fri. 2/22/19 7:22pm Don-O:

Speaking of KXLU, there was and still is Molotov Cocktail Hour! I still listen to them.
Avatar Fri. 2/22/19 7:22pm βrian:

Picture windows. Who knows what those are, anymore?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 2/22/19 7:23pm Rich in Washington:

Hi βrian!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 2/22/19 7:23pm Rich in Washington:

Thanks for tuning in!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 2/22/19 7:23pm Linda Lee:

should i confess right here that i've never heard dr demento? :-)
Avatar Fri. 2/22/19 7:24pm Don-O:

I remember listening to the Doctor and his old four hour show on KMET. I got my first taste of Leon Redbone, Tom Waits and Zappa.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 2/22/19 7:24pm Otis Fodder:

The good Dr. D, network of the Sub-G, and thrift stores were my gateway in the mid-late 80s. However, did not get into Nordine fully until mid-1990s when Colors was reissued on CD, then I was like, why did I bypass those Word Jazz LPs in bins before.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 2/22/19 7:24pm Rich in Washington:

HA! No worries, LL! Maybe it was a weird adolescent boy thing. He can sort of polarize people.
Avatar Fri. 2/22/19 7:25pm Martinibomb:

@Otis yup! That's the CD I picked up.. I mentioned earlier first purchase at Tower Records beaverton
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 2/22/19 7:25pm Linda Lee:

my own life was demented enough, apparently :-D
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 2/22/19 7:27pm Rich in Washington:

I fairly recently bought this really cheap Nordine collection off Amazon (not this one) and it had most of his early records EXCEPT Colors. I was sort of mad, then looked for it online and it was by then out of print again and expensive. Then not a week later, I went to a Salvation Army and found a new CD of Colors for a buck. SO weird.
Avatar Fri. 2/22/19 7:27pm Don-O:

Well, Dr. D just put out that Punk CD set.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 2/22/19 7:28pm Linda Lee:

this vidiot thing is very amusing.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 2/22/19 7:28pm Rich in Washington:

This is one of my favorite pieces by him.
Avatar Fri. 2/22/19 7:29pm Mr Fab:

Dr D, like Mad Magazine, tapped into a smart - or at least, a smart-ass - youth's first sense that the adult world was preposterous, so feel free to laugh at it.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 2/22/19 7:30pm Rich in Washington:

My whole family was raised on Mad Magazine. My parents would read it first and then it would get passed down the line.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 2/22/19 7:31pm Linda Lee:

loved Mad as a kid, for sure. loved it visually!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 2/22/19 7:33pm Otis Fodder:

Time seems to move slow with Ken. Only 30 minutes, but it seems much longer and in this case, this is a VERY good thing.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 2/22/19 7:34pm Linda Lee:

it is. absolutely.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 2/22/19 7:34pm Rich in Washington:

I used magic time compression technology.
Avatar Fri. 2/22/19 7:35pm Martinibomb:

agreed!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 2/22/19 7:35pm Otis Fodder:

Whatever you are doing, keep doing.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 2/22/19 7:36pm Linda Lee:

just decided: the next cat who adopts me will be named Ken Nordine.
Avatar Fri. 2/22/19 7:36pm βrian:

Ooh, those brushes on the high hat! That mellifluous voice!
Avatar Fri. 2/22/19 7:37pm Mr Fab:

ha, this is like one of those cheesy spoken word celebrity records
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 2/22/19 7:38pm Linda Lee:

interesting to hear his 'off mike' voice!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 2/22/19 7:40pm Rich in Washington:

I hope the cat has the voice for it!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 2/22/19 7:41pm Rich in Washington:

We briefly adopted a stray tom that I insisted on calling Early Tom Waits because of his deep, broken up meowl. No one else would call him that.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 2/22/19 7:41pm Linda Lee:

wouldn't that be sweet!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 2/22/19 7:41pm Rich in Washington:

This thing is just a mic check but it's amazing.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 2/22/19 7:42pm Linda Lee:

brilliant! Early Tom Waits! :-)
Avatar Fri. 2/22/19 7:42pm βrian:

Was it true that Early Tom Waits for no man?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 2/22/19 7:42pm Linda Lee:

yes, beautiful mic check.
Avatar Fri. 2/22/19 7:43pm Mr Fab:

he was an Early Tomcat?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 2/22/19 7:44pm Rich in Washington:

We eventually found him a home with friends who had less cats than us, so, he didn't wait too long.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 2/22/19 7:45pm Linda Lee:

my kinda crowd. more & less cats.
Avatar Fri. 2/22/19 7:48pm βrian:

"Fewer cats," insists my grammarous beloved.

But more cats is preferrable to less cats, in any case. Just ask Colette.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 2/22/19 7:48pm Otis Fodder:

Really nice wide retrospect Rich! Thannnnnnnnks (in a long Nordine voice).
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 2/22/19 7:48pm Linda Lee:

thank you for the show, Rich! everything's set right again.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 2/22/19 7:48pm Linda Lee:

it is fewer cats, but who's countin?
Avatar Fri. 2/22/19 7:49pm Martinibomb:

when are we going to start the, "Pets Of Sheena's Jungle" fan page?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 2/22/19 7:49pm Rich in Washington:

Yay! Glad I could set SOMETHING right!
Avatar Fri. 2/22/19 7:49pm βrian:

Thanks, @RIW. I shall revisit this show and share it with fellow Nordine Nerds.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 2/22/19 7:49pm Otis Fodder:

Whaaaaat, I'll start taking pictures of my cat. When, when?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 2/22/19 7:50pm Rich in Washington:

Thanks, Otis!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 2/22/19 7:50pm Linda Lee:

how does the 80s work sound dated, but the earlier stiff doesn't? got to be the instrumentation!
Avatar Fri. 2/22/19 7:50pm Mr Fab:

"Night Music" cool show. used to VHS it.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 2/22/19 7:51pm Rich in Washington:

βrian: Thanks for listening!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 2/22/19 7:51pm Rich in Washington:

I know, LL! Weird, isn't it?
Avatar Fri. 2/22/19 7:52pm Martinibomb:

we have a slack channel for Freeform Portland where everyone posts photos of their pets it's hilarious and awesome and super popular among the volunteers
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 2/22/19 7:53pm Linda Lee:

that Chuck Mangione flavor :-D
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 2/22/19 7:53pm Rich in Washington:

I took a picture of my boy kitty Tigger playing with my turntables and I occasionally see it pop up on the web. It's kind of funny.
Avatar Fri. 2/22/19 7:54pm Mr Fab:

yeah, that would be Dave Sanborn...still, they really did have a lot of great guests on that show
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 2/22/19 7:54pm Linda Lee:

Tigger! where can we see him Rich?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 2/22/19 7:54pm Rich in Washington:

Just an amazing show. I would just watch dumbfounded that it was on network television. The Residents and Conway Twitty.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 2/22/19 7:55pm Linda Lee:

oh of course! Dave Sanborn!
Avatar Fri. 2/22/19 7:55pm Martinibomb:

that's it eh?? Okay well thanks for book ending another great week of radio Rich!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 2/22/19 7:56pm Rich in Washington:

But wait! There's more!
Avatar Fri. 2/22/19 7:57pm Martinibomb:

4mins to be exact haha
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 2/22/19 7:57pm Rich in Washington:

Thanks for listening everybody! MWAAAH!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 2/22/19 7:57pm Linda Lee:

fantastic. thanks again Rich!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 2/22/19 7:58pm Rich in Washington:

This is Ken narrating. Weird, eh?
Avatar Fri. 2/22/19 7:58pm Mr Fab:

really great job, Rich. Thx for diggin up those obscurities, got track em down now
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 2/22/19 7:58pm Rich in Washington:

Gotta go rescue the wife from the snow. See you!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 2/22/19 7:59pm Rich in Washington:

I mean pick her up from the fire station, where we park when it snows. Nothing too urgent.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 2/22/19 7:59pm Linda Lee:

what a strange show!
Avatar Fri. 2/22/19 8:00pm Martinibomb:

okay have a good weekend everyone!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 2/22/19 8:00pm Rich in Washington:

Sounds like Don-O's show is starting again!
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