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Options October 6, 2010: One thing you can count on—when you hear a great track on WFMU, the rest of the album will suck. No need to thank us.

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Artist Track Album Approx. start time
Lee Morgan  Yes I Can, No You Can't (edit)   Options The Gigolo  0:00:00 (Pop‑up)
Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan  Time of the Season   Options Hawk  0:03:25 (Pop‑up)
Colonel Trip & Captain Future (w/Sexton Ming & Phil Purdon)  Lesser Known   Options Campfire on Bubble Mountain  0:07:29 (Pop‑up)
Animals & Men  Sugartown   Options Convulsive EP  0:09:16 (Pop‑up)
Sabu  The Oracle   Options Gettin' Soulful (comp)  0:15:18 (Pop‑up)
Kapt. Kopter & the (Fabulous) Twirly Birds (Randy California)  Mother and Child Reunion   Options self-titled  0:19:57 (Pop‑up)
Amanda  The Pickle People   Options Monumental Whopper Turmoil Jam  0:22:39 (Pop‑up)
Computer Magic  Hiding From Our Time   Options Hiding From Our Time  0:24:43 (Pop‑up)
Shannon  Abergavenny   Options Heritage Records single HE814  0:27:25 (Pop‑up)
Wild Man Fischer  It's Nice to Have Things   Options The Fischer King  0:30:22 (Pop‑up)
Swan Dive  Runway   Options single B-side  0:32:47 (Pop‑up)
Scritti Politti  E Eleventh Nuts   Options White Bread Black Beer  0:37:12 (Pop‑up)
El Ten Eleven  Connie   Options self-titled  0:39:43 (Pop‑up)
Super Furry Animals  (Drawing) Rings Around The World   Options Rings Around the World  0:54:14 (Pop‑up)
Steely Dan  Bad Sneakers   Options Katy Lied  0:57:22 (Pop‑up)
Arcade Fire  Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)   Options The Suburbs  1:00:59 (Pop‑up)
Ducktails  Deck Observatory   Options Landscapes  1:05:48 (Pop‑up)
Mary Lou Lord  Lights Are Changing   Options Got No Shadow  1:11:58 (Pop‑up)
Lifeguards  Product Head   Options Product Head single  1:23:59 (Pop‑up)
The Brady Bunch  I Just Want to Be Your Friend (comp. Curt Boettcher)   Options It's a Sunshine Day: The Best of the Brady Bunch  1:27:29 (Pop‑up)
Kim Richey  I Will Follow   Options Chinese Boxes  1:29:53 (Pop‑up)
Leonard Cohen  Ballad of the Absent Mare   Options Recent Songs  1:32:33 (Pop‑up)
The Collectors  Lydia Purple   Options self-titled  1:38:47 (Pop‑up)
Wire  In the Art of Stopping   Options Read & Burn  1:41:26 (Pop‑up)
Broadcast  I Found the Fragrance Separate from the Flower / Black Cat   Options Tender Buttons  1:45:07 (Pop‑up)
Goldfrapp  Road to Somewhere   Options Seventh Tree  1:51:00 (Pop‑up)
Tom Waits  Shore Leave   Options Swordfishtrombones  2:00:28 (Pop‑up)
Feist & Ben Gibbard  Train Song   Options Dark Was the Night- A Red Hot Compilation  2:04:12 (Pop‑up)
Grade 3 students at the Laedi School  scary song zombiefied   Options grade 3 compositions  2:07:24 (Pop‑up)
Randy California  Lani by the Sea   Options The Euro-American Years (1979-1983), Vol. 1  2:09:49 (Pop‑up)
Groundhogs  Over Blue   Options Solid  2:13:01 (Pop‑up)
The Streets  On the Flip of a Coin   Options Everything Is Borrowed  2:16:23 (Pop‑up)
Amanda  Help Me Brenda   Options Monumental Whopper Turmoil Jam  2:23:46 (Pop‑up)
Gruppo Sportivo  Mission a Paris   Options 10 Mistakes  2:27:45 (Pop‑up)
Field Music  Closer at Hand   Options Tones of Town  2:31:52 (Pop‑up)
Blood, Sweat & Tears (Al Kooper edition)  House in the Country   Options Child Is Father to the Man  2:34:24 (Pop‑up)
Anubian Lights  Lazytown   Options Naz Bar  2:37:17 (Pop‑up)
Nathan Van Cleave  I Sing the Body Electric   Options The Twilight Zone (original TV soundtracks, Vol. 5)  2:44:11 (Pop‑up)

Listener comments!

  3:05pm Transmitter:

Yes you can, No I can't
  3:05pm Dead Corporate Eyes:

hello WFMU folks. hope your day is swell.
  3:06pm Wha:

Maybe you can. I'm sure I can't...
  3:09pm Matt from Springfield:

Isobell Campbell followed by Sexton Ming!
Swell indeed, DCE.
  3:16pm AnAnonymousParty:

Sweet hat! Is it available through the auction?
  3:16pm Volunteers:

What, no door to door limo service?
  3:18pm Matt from Springfield:

The Magic Factory, like Willy Wonka's?! Which character does Andy Breckman compare to?
Is "Laura" the listener "Laura L" I see on the playlists?
  3:18pm Sean Daily:

Not even close to first comment! Woo hoo!
  3:21pm Matt from Springfield:

As of now someone's willing to pay $137.50 for 52 Jandek CDs, and 8 are willing to pay more than $50.

Irwin, are you sure they don't just want it for your autographed book, so they can forge your signature?
  3:25pm Matt from Springfield:

Amanda! The Flying Pickle People Eater!
  3:27pm pandamans:

  3:29pm Dept. of Rhetorical Questions:

@pandamans: Because.
  3:30pm pandamans:

  3:31pm Matt from Springfield:

Wow, who is this Shannon? Someone Welsh?
  3:31pm Wha:

"Paradise people." How could I forget.
  3:32pm PMD:

Sorry I'm late to the party... Hi Irwin!
  3:33pm Robert:

Thanks. That one I'd known only as a jingle (background music, really, in a commercial) for White Owl cigars. Or maybe it was another brand.
  3:34pm v k:

bad ass tune - "It's Nice to Have Things" - trying to figure out if lyrics r deep or i'm overly pensive
  3:35pm Dead Corporate Eyes:

did he just say "a piece of ass"? I pray nobody else heard that in the office here.
  3:35pm Robert:

The lyrics made more sense in the cigar ad:

"To really appreciate our cigar, you've gor to smoke one of theirs.
"Take one puff of theirs, then take one puff of ours, that's the test."
  3:52pm ellior:

Good drivin under cumulous clouds music l10-11 that is....
  3:57pm ebay:

Calling all Jandek obesssives/completists!!! Comes complete with openended admission to a closed ward, so you have time to admire and listen to everything! :-)
  4:00pm Matt from Springfield:

Bad Sneakers! I just made a fairly good "instrumental" reduction backing track of this with Audacity.
  4:02pm its me nate:

Poor Pandamans, first he missed out on Amanda, and now Steely Dan
  4:02pm Popo:

steely dan, I had no idea you were one of those!
  4:04pm Dead Corporate Eyes:

why does this remind me of Blondie?
  4:05pm v k:

Arcade Fire question: i enjoy this band; but how in the world did they go from ~indie to selling out MSG overnite? is this the best self-promoting band ever? how did this happen?
  4:05pm Matt from Springfield:

@DCE: It's usually Win who sings for Arcade Fire, first time I heard a female singing with them. I myself didn't know who this was until I checked.
  4:08pm Matt from Springfield:

@v k: Industry buzz combined with AF's willingness to promote: in '07 they were an officially declared "NEXT BIG THING" and so get all these interviews and covers of mags. You just KNOW when someone's been declared one. I myself think they're good but overrated. (Look at today's show title: obviously this then is the only good track from their new album!)
  4:08pm Green Day:

@ v k -- Dunno, beats us.
  4:09pm drewo:

Great show Irwin, thanks.
Just back from 3 months away from NYC. I am very depressed. Thanks for lifting some of the gloom.
  4:09pm wtf?!:

This is my first time hearing the much heralded Arcade Fire...blech...cheap Cocteau Twins...and not even good.
  4:10pm Matt from Springfield:

Quiet down, Green Day! It was '94 when you were a NBT! And again in '96...and in '04/'05, and sort of in '08...look, you're not punk if you play the Tonys! So there!
  4:13pm Matt from Springfield:

@wtf?!: (WTF is that name?) That song is not typical of AF's sound, but if you don't like that, then don't bother with the rest of their material, which is mostly below that one. 80s sound, ultra-compress it, call it "indie".
  4:13pm Green Day:

Hey, this line of work doesn't come with retirement benefits. Gotta make hay while the sun shines.
  4:15pm coolio:

word life green day - dont wanna be star-fade fire..
  4:16pm Dead Corporate Eyes:

is this a Bevis Frond cover?
  4:16pm Matt from Springfield:

From the composer of "Rap! The Musical!" comes "Punk! The Musical!"

Oh, that's right, shit...
  4:17pm Butthead:

Heh heh, hey Bevis, you're covered in Mary Lou Frond.
  4:19pm Bevis:

heh heh...Cool...
  4:25pm Laura L:

Thank you! The book really is insanely great. Go ahead, people, spend your hard-earned dollars--buy the book and be happy.
  4:26pm Dead Corporate Eyes:

Uncle Bob!
  4:28pm Matt from Springfield:

The Lampoon fake yearbook is superb--lovely for humor both subtle and blatant.
  4:29pm David:

I missed AMANDA!!! noooooo!
  4:31pm Matt from Springfield:

The BB was just in the wrong era--now in the 90s when they were competing along Grunge bands and still acting like they did on the show, that was funny!
  4:31pm Brady Bunch:

At least WE never sold out.
  4:35pm Partridge Family:

We were cooler
  4:36pm Matt from Springfield:

This is more country than usual, musically almost a bit like Kristofferson.
  4:39pm Irwin:

I think Emmylou covered this
  4:39pm Aharon:

Not that I don't like this, but why do about 2/3 of Leonard Cohen songs also sound like brilliant parodies of Leonard Cohen songs?
  4:39pm Bob Zimmerman:

Cohen copies himself? You mean after he copied me first?
  4:43pm Matt from Springfield:

By the end of Cohen's song, I say it's more Western. Country AND Western, you know, both kinds! Still, Emmylou would do a great version of that.
@Aharon: Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery :)
  4:47pm Dead Corporate Eyes:

Broadcast!! I love Trish!!
  5:08pm Matt from Springfield:

Vashti Bunyan's song!

Thanks to Irwin, I can get informed of great artists without having to learn about them from commercials (as I first heard Nick Drake and Vashti).
  5:19pm Matt from Springfield:

Encore from The Streets! Keep it up!
  5:19pm Ike:

Hi everybody! What a stressful day. I'm glad that's over! Whew! Time to celebrate. Oh and I'll defend Arcade Fire. Their "Funeral" is (probably) my vote for best pop/indie album of the 00s.
  5:25pm David:

  5:26pm Matt from Springfield:

Brenda's had enough -- but Matt hasn't!!!
Brrrrrriiiing it Amanda!!
  5:27pm KC in MKE:

The afternoon just got better
  5:28pm David:

"Sniff it Mama!" LOL
  5:28pm Exception:

The rest of this Amanda album does *not* suck.
  5:29pm myearsbleeding:

God I miss Kenny G.
  5:29pm David:

  5:30pm ROOFLESS:

What's the Amanda story? I always hear her on WFMU but my web searches have only led me to a relatively uninformative MySpace. Is this some noise guru's kid or something?
  5:31pm Matt from Springfield:

@Roofless: Amanda IS the noise guru. AND the kid. And the GURU. And the NOISE.
  5:32pm David:

Is she on Facebook?
  5:32pm Confusedus:

Amanda is a blatant rip-off of underground purk nonagarian Miranda
  5:33pm Matt from Springfield:

@Exception: Correct! Although strictly speaking, several tracks of this album have been played on WFMU, and the entire album probably will be soon. So, it's not really "a great track" but several over succeeding shows.
@David: YES! You can join the Amanda group!
  5:34pm David:

What's it called? Imma look for it now
  5:42pm MrFab:

ROOFLESS: listen here for part 1 of the Amanda story:
  5:50pm Matt from Springfield:

I remember that TW episode. Good soundtrack, typical of the era.
  5:54pm President Hoover:

  5:56pm Matt from Springfield:

Have a good evening everyone!
Great show Irwin!
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