Options Surface Noise with Joe McGasko: Playlist from April 14, 2009 Options

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Options April 14, 2009: 78: Eve of Taxation

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Artist Track Album Label Year Format Comments
Dick Robertson  I Paid My Income Tax Today   Options   Decca  1942  78   
Eddie Cantor  Don't Put a Tax on the Beautiful Girls   Options The Early Days (1917-1921)  Original Cast  1998  CD   
Nora Bayes  Taxation Blues   Options   Columbia  1919  78   
Ralph Willis  Income Tax Blues   Options Volume 2 (1951-1953)  Document  1994  CD   
Hank Penny  Taxes Taxes   Options Crazy Rhythm: The Standard Transcriptions  Soundies/Bloodshot Revival  2000  CD  Recorded 1951 
The Harlem Hamfats  Sales Tax on It (But It's the Same Thing)   Options Volume 1 (1936-1938)  Document  1994  CD  Recorded 1936 
Bahkesirli Fuat Bey  Nigris Taxim   Options Open Strings: 1920s Middle Eastern Recordings  Honest Jons  2009  CD   
Prof. Mohamed Abdel-Wahab  Unknown Title   Options   Alamphon  early 20s  78   
Badia Massabni and Her Orchestra  Badia's Dance   Options Victrola Favorites: Artifacts from Bygone Days  Dusto to Digital  2008  CD  Recorded 1930 
Udi Hrant  Siroon Aghcheek   Options The Early Recordings Vol. 1  Traditional Crossroads  1995  CD  Recorded early 30s 
Abdul Hussein Khan Shahazi  Bidad   Options Open Strings: 1920s Middle Eastern Recordings  Honest Jons  2009  CD   
Bob Miller  The Ohio Prison Fire   Options People Take Warning: Murder Ballads & Disaster Songs 1913-1938  Tomkins Square  2008  CD   
Vernon Dalhart  The Governor's Pardon   Options   Victor  1926  78   
Leadbelly  Birmingham Jail   Options Shout On: The Leadbelly Legacy Vol. 3  Smithsonian Folkways  1998  CD   
T.C.I. Section Crew  Section Gang Song   Options Sinners and Saints 1926-1931  Document  1992  CD  Recorded 1927 
The Prisonaires  The Prisoner's Prayer   Options Just Walkin' in the Rain  Bear Family  1990  CD  Recorded 1954 

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Listener comments!

  7:04pm Sean Daily:

First comment! Woo hoo!
  7:05pm Sean Daily:

A nickel tax for kissing a woman on the cheek? What's the tax for shtuping her?
  7:15pm D:

Is this about as right wing as FMU gets?
  7:17pm Sean Daily:

No, it's just an observation of an important annual event. We play Christmas songs at Christmas, so it seems logical to play tax songs at tax time.
  7:17pm G.:

Apparently taxes have always been unpopular, who'd have guessed!

Nice selections as always, Joe...
  7:17pm lou:

  7:27pm Joe:

Thanks, G!
  7:28pm D:

I apologize. That was a stupid joke. I like this music.
  7:36pm Joe:

Thanks, D!
  7:44pm Kenzo:

Thanks, Joe, for reading that Armenian translation! "Let me be shoes for your feet"
  7:45pm Joe:

I know, it's lovely, isn't it?
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