Favoriting The Avant Ghetto with Jeff Conklin: Playlist from February 23, 2015 Favoriting

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Unstuck in time, The Avant Ghetto wanders through heavy folk, pastoral noise, spiritual rock, harsh jazz and other dimly lit corners of the universe.

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Favoriting February 23, 2015

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Artist Track Album Label Approx. start time
MV & EE  Canned Happiness   Favoriting Double Double Raw  Heroine Celestial Agriculture  0:00:00 (Pop-up)
Neil Young and Crazy Horse  Ramada Inn   Favoriting Psychedelic Pill  Reprise  0:07:34 (Pop-up)
Rockin' Foo  Familiar Places   Favoriting Rockin' Foo  Hobbit Records  0:23:57 (Pop-up)
Express  Magic Swing   Favoriting Express  Vocal  0:28:04 (Pop-up)
Last Call Of Shiloh  Great Day of the Lord   Favoriting Last Call of Shiloh  Last Call Records  0:31:01 (Pop-up)
Tylympi Kohtalo  Nakemiin, Voi Hyvin Ystavani   Favoriting Psychedelic Phinland:Finnish Hippie and Underground Music 1967-1974  Love Records  0:36:46 (Pop-up)
Stenblomma  Christiana   Favoriting Alla Träd Har Samma Rot  Silence  0:42:10 (Pop-up)
Niels Skousen & Peter Ingemann  Knud Lavard   Favoriting Herfra Hvor Vi Star  Polydor  0:48:04 (Pop-up)
Kevin Aprill  Ywain   Favoriting Sunset Upon An Imaginary Beach of Latent Energy  Del-Val  1:10:05 (Pop-up)
Phil Yost  Touchwood's Dream   Favoriting Touchwood's Dream  North Star  1:16:34 (Pop-up)
The Theatre of Eternal Music  30 x 63 Day of Hummingbird Night (Excerpt)   Favoriting The Theatre of Eternal Music  The Theatre of Eternal Music  1:25:53 (Pop-up)
Avarus  A-V-P   Favoriting Ruskeatimantti  tUMULt  1:38:33 (Pop-up)
Grateful Dead  He's Gone   Favoriting RFK Stadium, 6/10/1973  Grateful Dead  1:56:50 (Pop-up)
Peter Walker  White Wind   Favoriting Rainy Day Raga  Vanguard  2:15:16 (Pop-up)
Sten Bergman  Sorti   Favoriting Lyckohjulet  Gump  2:22:30 (Pop-up)
Popol Vuh  Blätter Aus Dem Buch Der Kühnheit   Favoriting Coeur De Verre  Egg  2:26:07 (Pop-up)
Clay Cantrell  Wraith Visitation #2   Favoriting Dreams of Guns and Indigo Blood  Southern Trust  2:30:33 (Pop-up)
The Family of Apostolic  The Lone Pilgrim   Favoriting The Family of Apostolic  Apostolic/Vanguard  2:35:11 (Pop-up)
Nathan Salsburg  Coll Mackensie   Favoriting Hard For to Win and Can't Be Won  No Quarter  2:37:37 (Pop-up)
P.G. Six  High, Low and In Between   Favoriting Old Man on the Mountain 7"  Amish  2:42:44 (Pop-up)
Scott Witte  The Windmill   Favoriting Sailors Dream  Piggy Rooster  2:47:34 (Pop-up)
Paul Penfield  Just Friends   Favoriting Home Brewed  Rainwater  2:50:22 (Pop-up)
David Wiffen  Driving Wheel   Favoriting David Wiffin  Fantasy  2:56:47 (Pop-up)

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Listener comments!

Avatar 3:02am

Good morning Jeff! Glad I'm able to catch a bit of the show...
Avatar 3:04am
Jeff Conklin:

Hey, Adam. Long time no hear.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:07am

Hello. Uh oh, I know I've stayed up too late if I make it to the Avant Ghetto.
Avatar 3:08am
Joe B:

great Neil cut!
Avatar 3:12am
Jeff Conklin:

Might as well drink some more coffee and buckle up, Ike.

Joe: PP is easily in my top 5 Neil albums these days!
Avatar 3:16am

Good morning Jeff and everyone. I haven't heard this one from Neil.
Another day another cup of coffee.
Avatar 3:17am
Jeff Conklin:

Mauri, 'Psychedelic Pill' is a great album, well worth checking out if you like Young and the Horse at all...
Avatar 3:18am

i'm here for the almost beginning of the Avant Ghetto !

Bonjour Jeff and friends !
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:19am

More of a jasmine green tea kind of guy. Anyway, have to get up in the morning and go to work for $$$ so I can donate generously to WFMU during the marathon! G'night!
Avatar 3:29am

I was searching more for Chu Kosaka on youtube after hearing his music in this show and found some good music. I ended up listening Happy Ends music alot.
Avatar 3:30am

They are called Rockin Foo AND they have a keys player named Michael Raccoon? Sold.
Avatar 3:35am
Jeff Conklin:

Happy to send you down a wormhole, Mauri. You know those guys, Adam?
Avatar 3:37am

Never heard of em. But digging it. And just read that Phil Hartman did their album art…ha
Avatar 3:40am

Sick tunes Jeff, can't wait to have you as my co host in a few weeks!!!!
Avatar 3:42am
Jeff Conklin:

Hell yeah, Herweg!
Avatar 4:10am

Gotta head to snooze-ville, but great to be along for the first hour…goodnight man!
Avatar 4:10am
Sem Chumbo:

Morning, Jeff the C., Along for the rest of the ride.
Avatar 4:13am
Jeff Conklin:

Night, Adam. Morning, Sem.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:29am

hello Jeff & hoodlums
i shan't be here too long
but Hi!
it's sunday night for me and ...
Avatar 4:36am
Sem Chumbo:

Man, this cut is something else!
Jonathan Herweg:

Can't wait to listen to the archives of this show. ..
Avatar 4:50am
the Canterbury wood-elf:

Morning Jeff and Avant-ghettoites. Forgot my headphones this morning, so i'm listening to this Avarus through tiny built-in laptop speakers, ZERO bass but still sounding great...
Avatar 4:51am
Jeff Conklin:

This crew was really something else. Not sure if they've gotten together recently.
Avatar 4:54am

this is fantastic !
Avatar 4:58am
Jeff Conklin:

I fucked that segue up but it could've been cool
Avatar 5:01am
the Canterbury wood-elf:

Worked for me... The Dead in Jersey City no less. Can't hear Phil, but i'm no less Grateful.
sorry but:

I dont like the grateful dead
Avatar 5:03am
Jeff Conklin:

sorry but, not sorry
sorry but:

Jonathan Herweg:

Yeah I've really tried my hardest to get into the dead with very limited success. That being said I like a lot of dead-esque music.

sorry butt
Avatar 5:09am
the Canterbury wood-elf:

it's a long-term osmotic process

No need to apologize ever for playing the Dead (or anything else). You'll never please everybody all the time, so the best thing to do is just follow your muse wherever that takes you (and us). I was listening to another show last week and I commented that the record they were playing made me think the neighbors upstairs were vacuuming. The DJ responded that he was sawing the turntable in half with a table saw. That's how you handle hecklers.
sorry but:

I like this Peter Walker though....
Avatar 5:17am
Jeff Conklin:

I don't hold it against anybody for not liking the Dead if they've given them a fair shot.

And I didn't mean to give the impression that I was sorry for alienating anybody by playing the Dead because I'm not ;)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:18am

the dead would have been good for many years after their first few (good) albums, had bob weir never existed.
...but even with his vacuous,bland-at-best input they did make a patchwork of excellent music almost through the 70s.
Jonathan Herweg:

It's a shame that Phil Yost record Bent city is out of print, I'm dying for a copy.
Avatar 5:22am

I don't get what are the main griefs against the Grateful Dead.
But again, maybe if i'd live in the US, it would be more obvious.
Avatar 5:23am
Jeff Conklin:

This new **cough** reissue **cough** is the only Yost I have on vinyl
Avatar 5:25am
the Canterbury wood-elf:

@pierre Yeah, the Dead have a very different meaning within US culture (and subcultures) than they do in the UK, where no one knows much about them, and liking them doesn't come with a raft of associations and assumptions about yourself!
Avatar 5:30am

@the Canterbury wood-elf: yeah, that's what I find absolutely fascinating about popular culture in general. You've said it very well, and very clearly.

And one of the (many) things that WFMU has taught me, is that there is no shame, or no problem with liking whatever you would like to like. I know it sounds stupid, but when you go to places and you're surrounded by poseurs, it a breath of fresh air.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:33am

pierre, i'm no authority- even with 30+ years association with the band & "dead culture"...but i do think a lot of the negative feeling toward the band is an extention of negative feeling toward the "deadheads"....and i do think "deadheads" represent shallowness,apathy,mindlessness,etc....and generally assuming the role of puppet.
Avatar 5:36am
Sem Chumbo:

Never got the whole Deadhead subtext, likely because I never read reviews or any opinion pieces. Just followed along with the music's evolution and took it as it came.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:36am

personally,i really like their first 3-4 albums -esp.the first and "vintage dead" on sunflower records; love SOME of the material from 1970-'77...then i think coke got the best of them.
Avatar 5:46am
the Canterbury wood-elf:

@pierre I think listening to DJ Stashu removed the last inhibitions I had about allowing myself to enjoy ANY kind of music! It's much easier now...

@coelacanth Yeah, if you read the comments left for GD shows on archive.org (the great majority from self-defining "Deadheads"), it's generally quite depressing. I can't relate, despite sharing a love of the music. The WFMU comments board, contrastingly, is one of the most nuanced, civilised and enlivening online forums I'm aware of.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:47am

Sem, i think if one takes in the grateful dead as one would any other band, & not be influenced by the "culture", it would be perceived differently. they were good musicians,for the most part- especially while pig pen was around.
i own many 'dead albums (by non-deadhead standards) but- would i follow them ("tour" with them,as it's laughably phrased) around the country? NO!
i actually have a life!...and i think that regarding of grateful dead "culture" as a religion,as deadheads do, is what repels most people.
sorry but:

I have fpllowed Dylan round for many a year. Its not a religion.
Avatar 5:51am
Sem Chumbo:

@ coel:The quality of the process of creating art, I think, reflects the value the artist places upon it, at a singular time and place. If the quality resonates with those who experience it, the experience is satisfying.
The difficulty for early adopters is that the initial experience can never be repeated. Both the musician and the listener are always changing, and, I think, change is anathema to *being part* of something.
Good to see you here, btw:-)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:51am

an obsession?
Avatar 5:54am
Sem Chumbo:

Thanks for the ride, Jeff. Got me where I needed to go this morning. See you next time!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:55am

Sem- my body molecules like what you say,but i'll have to meditate on that!
...i'm still a bit drunk!

ciao people
Avatar 5:56am
Jeff Conklin:

Good night/morning, all. Love or hate the Dead, I love you for listening....
sorry but:

You too man
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:59am

Haha! i Love,like,& dislike the dead!
(few things are as western "culture" would like them...black/white)
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