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Options October 30, 2007: Ed Askew & Joshua Burkett Live Set And Interview

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After languishing in obscurity for decades, the music of idiosyncratic singer-songwriter Ed Askew is finally getting the attention it deserves. Ask The Unicorn, his 1968 debut album for ESP-Disk, has often been compared to the work of labelmates Pearls Before Swine. Askew's equally wonderful second album, Little Eyes, was recorded a few years later but remained unreleased until the De Stijl label pressed a limited edition LP in 2003. This year, they finally made it available on CD. Although Askew once accompanied himself on a kind of Latin American soprano guitar called a tiple, carpal tunnel syndrome now prevents him from playing. For this live session, contemporary psychedelic folk artist Joshua Burkett plays the instrument for him.


Artist Track Album Label Approx. start time
Zoser  Dark Of The Morning   Options A Lethal Dose Of Hard Psych  Arf! Arf!  0:00:00 (Pop‑up)
Atomic Rooster  Death Walks Behind You   Options Atomic Rooster  Elektra  0:03:32 (Pop‑up)
Pax  Firefly   Options Dark Rose  Lazarus Audio Products  0:11:09 (Pop‑up)
Stud Cole  The Witch   Options Burn Baby Burn  Norton  0:15:12 (Pop‑up)
Porter Wagoner  Moments Of Meditation   Options The Rubber Room  Omni  0:23:42 (Pop‑up)
Euros Child  Outside My Window   Options The Miracle Inn  Wichita  0:26:38 (Pop‑up)
Cat Power  Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again   Options I'm Not There  Sony  0:29:51 (Pop‑up)
22 Band  Mousso La Tintani   Options Venez Voir!  Editions Sylphone Conakry  0:36:42 (Pop‑up)
Abyssinians  Peculiar Number   Options Satta Massagana  Heartbeat  0:43:03 (Pop‑up)
Karen Dalton  One May Morning   Options Cotton Eyed Joe  Megaphone  0:53:45 (Pop‑up)
Alasdair Roberts  On The Banks Of Red Roses   Options No Earthly Man  Drag City  0:58:11 (Pop‑up)
Dino  Para Hacer Musica, Para Hacer   Options Montevideo Blues  Lion Productions  1:01:41 (Pop‑up)
The Gist  Clean Bridges   Options Embrace The Herd  Cherry Red  1:06:26 (Pop‑up)
Eric Richards  Chicken Pull   Options The Bells Themselves  New World  1:09:23 (Pop‑up)
Nordvagr/Drakh  The Betrayal Of Light   Options The Betrayal Of Light  Tumult  1:22:33 (Pop‑up)
KTL  Loud Game   Options KTL3  Or  1:27:41 (Pop‑up)
Speedos  She's A Shocker   Options Aylesbury Goes Flaccid  Castle  1:38:16 (Pop‑up)
Ten Feet  Got Everything But Love   Options Nothing Comes Easy  Psychic Circle  1:40:48 (Pop‑up)
Maps  I'm Talking To You   Options Boston Underground 1979-1982  Moulty  1:43:18 (Pop‑up)
Raxola  Who Do You Think You Are   Options Raxola  Radio Heartbeat  1:46:04 (Pop‑up)
Karen Beth  Come December   Options Attack Of The 50 Foot Folksinger  No Label  1:51:52 (Pop‑up)
Tom James Scott  Openings   Options Red Deer  Bo'Weavil  1:57:07 (Pop‑up)
Ed Askew  City Of Glass   Options Little Eyes  De Stijl  2:01:15 (Pop‑up)
Ed Askew & Joshua Burkett  Live On WFMU   Options     2:04:53 (Pop‑up)
Ed Askew  Interview   Options     2:28:38 (Pop‑up)

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Listener comments!

  9:12am Sam Hayne:

Good morning Mister Hatch! Lovin' this set.
  9:14am Hatch:

Thank you sir!
  9:28am Eric Hoffsten:

RIP Porter, who is joined by Charlie Nothing (d. Oct 23) and Lance Hahn of J Church (d. Oct 12) on that ferry crossing the river Styx.

Gonna be an interesting set...
  9:39am Fern:

Was that Cat Power doing Dylan? Liked it.
  9:41am Hatch:

It sure was... how'd I leave that off the playlist?!?!
  9:47am Fern:

Two great tastes that go great together!
  9:55am Jeff:

22 Band. These guys are great (or those guys were great).
Was that from a CD or an MP3?

Most of the Syliphone stuff is from Guinea (think Orchestra Baobab). There is a recently released smoking 2CD comp of Syliphone high points.

Also see:

  10:00am Hatch:

That was a CD-R, though it looks like it was burned straight from an LP. Not sure if it's commercially available.
  10:08am jeff:

It's way out of print. When I googled it it came up in Liz Berg's play list too, probably with the typo in the label name and everything, so I was optimistic.

Anyway, the available comps are great too.

Also thanks for the Karen Dalton. I've been craving more of her rootsy stuff for years and didn't think anything like this might come to light.

And Moxhams now? Nice.
  10:13am wendy:

Did I hear something about Northampton?
  10:27am Hatch:

You sure did... Joshua Burkett, who lives in Northampton, will be accompanying Ed Askew during his live performance on today's show.
  10:51am hatchfaninJCityFightingStyle:

what is the awesomeness that is playing in your background whilst you speakth....
  10:52am Hatch:

That was "Chelsea Boys" by Marz.
  10:55am hatchfaninJCityFightingStyle:

thank you! looking forward to the live set!

  11:11am timmAy:

is that a 12 string yukalaylee?
  11:14am Hatch:

Basically, yes... a tiple.
  8:52pm Salvador Salgado:

Hello Hatch, I just finished listening to an MP3 of your interview with Ed Askew. I was very impressed by his music and most especially the origin of the recording of Little Eyes. In 1969 I was a member of the group Cro Magnon who also recorded our first and only LP on ESP Disk. I believe that the name of the engineer Ed could not recall was a Scandinavian man named Ono Schultz. He was the sole engineer during the two weeks we recorded Orgasm. As you may know, Orgasm was also never released. The producer and brain child behind the concept for Cro Magnon, Brian Elliott passed away tragically in an automobile accicent around 1976 and we all went our separate ways. Listening to Ed's story brought back many fond memories for me. Ed's music is beautiful -- his live set was dreamlike and thank you very much for presenting this psychedelic-folk pearl!


Sal Salgado, member of the Connecticut Tribe
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