Options A Rough Mix with Steinski: Playlist from June 20, 2014 Options

A big record collection, a long memory, and a short fuse.

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Options June 20, 2014: People Talking #1: Monologists

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Artist Track Album Label Year Format Comments Images
Intro            In which I attempt to justify everything. 
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Ruth Draper   A Boston Matron At An Art Exhibition (Listen: Pop‑up)   Options Selected Monologues  BMG    CD  One of the first monologue artists, one of the best. Everyone else in this show owes her, big time. Both Patricia Norcia and Annette Benning have revived her works onstage. Wikipedia 
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Joyce Grenfell  Shirley's Girlfriend (Listen: Pop‑up)   Options Joyce Grenfell Requests The Pleasure  DRG/Polydor    LP  Monologist, singer, actress. Don't sleep on the film "The Belles Of St. Trinian's" with Grenfell, staring Alastair Sim. B&W hilarity from postwar Britain. 
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Lord Buckley  The Hip Einie (Listen: Pop‑up)   Options A Most Immaculately Hip Aristocrat  Enigma Retro    CD  A treasure, to be sure. There's a great bio by Oliver Trager 
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Music behind DJ:
Future Loop Foundation  

What's Your Name(Quantic Mix) (Listen: Pop‑up)   Options

 

 

 

 

Mumbling 

 
Spalding Gray (r.i.p.)  Monster In A Box (Excerpt) (Listen: Pop‑up)   Options Monster In A Box  Gang Of Seven  1992  CD  One of the best-known downtown NYC monologists.  
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Laurie Anderson  Night Flight From Houston (Listen: Pop‑up)   Options The Ugly One With The Jewels And Other Stories  Warner Bros.    CD  Another of the very well-known and ridiculously talented people to emerge from the downtown NYC arts scene. 
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Laurie Anderson  The Rotowhirl (Listen: Pop‑up)   Options The Ugly One With The Jewels And Other Stories  Warner Bros.    CD  And she used to work with Andy Kaufman, too.   
Eric Bogosian  WXTC/Retarded Ernie from Voices Of America (Listen: Pop‑up)   Options Eric Bogosian  Neutral Records    Vinyl  And another of the downtown stars. Perhaps not quite so well known as Gray or Anderson, excellent on stage, also works in films and voiceovers. 
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Eric Bogosian  X-Blow (Listen: Pop‑up)   Options Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll  SBK Records    CD  Some mighty powerful business up in here.   

Music behind DJ:
Trumpet Thing 

Far Away (Listen: Pop‑up)   Options

Buddha Bar V 

 

 

 

Stein gasses on about something or other 

 
Anna Deavere Smith  Al Sharpton #1 (Listen: Pop‑up)   Options Fires In The Mirror      MP3  Well worth running this down on youtube ; her portrayal of the characters is stunning. Wikipedia 
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John Leguizamo  Manny The Fanny (Listen: Pop‑up)   Options Mambo Mouth      MP3  As I recall, this really did premiere in the hallway of the American Place Theater. It was great. Now he's out of the hallway and on Broadway (or just off), and in films. Check him out on youtube. Wikipedia 
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Whoopi Goldberg  The Old Raisin (Listen: Pop‑up)   Options Whhopi Goldberg Direct From Broadway (1985)      MP3  This show was excellent. This piece didn't make it to the original performance recording. I always suspected it was because the ending was kinda blah, but who knows. Reading an interview with Mike Nichols (who directed the show), I found out about Ruth Draper. Wikipedia 
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Music behind DJ:
Arpadys 

Spatial Reggae (Listen: Pop‑up)   Options

 

 

 

 

The sound of the breezes in the treeses. 

 
Danny Hoch  MC Enuff (Listen: Pop‑up)   Options Jails, Hospitals, & Hip-Hop  caseroc productions    CD  What a cool piece. I've sampled it extensively. He's on point, soulful, and he rocks the house. Can I get a aight?. website 
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Danny Weizmann  The Wet Dog Shakes (Listen: Pop‑up)   Options The Wet Dog Shakes  New Alliance Records    CD  Finally - an opportunity to play this without editing. "Moses knew what time it was; Aaron told the people." Excellent performance, excellent writing, hilarious. website 
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Music behind DJ:
Ursula 1000 

Slinky (Listen: Pop‑up)   Options

The Now Sound 

 

 

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So I says to him, I says: 

 
Rick Reynolds  Only The Truth Is Funny (excerpt) (Listen: Pop‑up)   Options Only The Truth Is Funny  Gang Of Seven    CD  I love his segues between moods. And he's funny.And he's repped by Rollins & Joffe. Wikipedia youtube 
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T.J. Miller  T.J. Miller Has A Seizure (Listen: Pop‑up)   Options This Is Not Happening  Comedy Central    MP3  The truth. Scary. Funny. Snatched from YouTube. Wikipedia 
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Music behind DJ:
Fila Brazilia 

Nature Boy (Listen: Pop‑up)   Options

Another Late Night 

 

 

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And then he says to me: 

 
Danny Hoch  Public Service Announcement (Listen: Pop‑up)   Options def poetry jam      MP3  A reminder not to drift too far from one's roots. 
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Trumpet Thing  Far Away (Listen: Pop‑up)   Options Buddha Bar V        Then this other guy comes up and says:   
Ralphie's Bop City  Letting Go (Listen: Pop‑up)   Options       Cassette  Thanks to everyone who called. I've posted a multi-piece description of the project on my blog, which is at the car wash right now. As soon as it's dry, I'll post the links. 
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Listener comments!

  12:19pm Close Listener:

The Ruth Draper Wikipedia link needs to be fixed.
  12:43pm pq ribber:

Without Jean Shepherd in this group, it is woefully incomplete. Some pretty weak links, as well. Some greats, here, but a bunch of entries that seem to be here out of 'political correctiness'
  12:07pm davd from ks:

,,there is some good stuff here!!
  6:31pm fxo:

it's 'bout time...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:09pm fred:

The link to the Ruth Draper Wikipedia page looks broken because of the trailing '/'. It should be: en.wikipedia.org...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:25pm fred:

Same goes for Lord Buckley, the final '/' should not be there, the link should be en.wikipedia.org...
I'm guessing it's intentional by now, with comments blocked
  7:09pm Steinski:

Hey y'all - thanks for the heads up on the Draper and Buckley links, I think they're fixed now.
  7:10pm Steinski:

I don't think comments are blocked, as far as I can tell.
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