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Options November 30, 2015: Down to the River (with Special Guest Amanda Petrusich)

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Artist Track Album Label Year Format Comments New Approx. start time
Donato Dozzy  Downhill to the Sea   Options The Loud Silence  Further  2015  CD    *   0:00:00 (Pop‑up)
Sam Spence  Electric Texas   Options Sam Spence Sounds  Finders Keepers  2015  CD  early 70s  *   0:07:53 (Pop‑up)
Kosmischer Läufer  Jenseits des Horizonts   Options The Secret Cosmic Music of the East German Olympic Program 1972-1983 - Volume 3  Unknown Capability Records  2015  CD    *   0:11:14 (Pop‑up)
Keith Levene  Sunshine Days 3   Options CZ2014 (The Commercial Zone)  Keith Levene  2015  CD    *   0:20:10 (Pop‑up)
Shana Falana  Gone   Options Set Your Lightning Fire Free  Team Love  2015  LP    *   0:22:53 (Pop‑up)
Esmerine  Funambule (Deux Pas de Serein)   Options Lost Voices  Constellation  2015  CD    *   0:28:04 (Pop‑up)
Craven Fops  Ravi Shankar   Options Half a Cow: Doing It for the Kids Since 1990  Half a Cow  2015  CD  From 1990  *   0:42:47 (Pop‑up)
Sauna Youth  Try to Leave   Options Distractions  Upset the Rhythm  2015  LP    *   0:45:52 (Pop‑up)
Chook Race  Clever   Options About Time  Chook Race  2015  LP    *   0:50:26 (Pop‑up)
The Wild Poppies  Stare at the Sun   Options Heroine: The Wild Poppies Complete Collection (1986-1989)  Manufactured Recordings  2015  CD  From 1987  *   0:51:12 (Pop‑up)
The Lighthouse Keepers  Seven Years   Options This Is Hot Too  Hot  1986  LP  From 1985    0:54:53 (Pop‑up)
Smudge  Don't Want to Be Grant McLennan   Options Half a Cow: Doing It for the Kids Since 1990  Half a Cow  2015  CD    *   0:58:27 (Pop‑up)
The Go-Betweens  One Thing Can Hold Us   Options Send Me a Lullaby  Jetset/Circus  2002  CD  From 1982    1:00:49 (Pop‑up)
Single File: a bunch of random 45s lined up in a row
Maxine Weldon  Maggie's Farm   Options single  Columbia  1973  45      1:07:33 (Pop‑up)
Danny Davis and the Nashville Brass  Superstar   Options single  RCA  1973  45      1:10:26 (Pop‑up)
Frank Sinatra  Bein' Green   Options single  Reprise  1970  45      1:12:23 (Pop‑up)
Lee Konitz with the Gerry Mulligan Quartet  Lover Man   Options single  Pacific Jazz  1953  45      1:15:31 (Pop‑up)
The Coachmen  Seasons in the Sun   Options single  Capitol  1967  45      1:18:34 (Pop‑up)
Morgan-Fisher  Geneve   Options single  Cherry Red  1979  45  cover of John Otway song    1:21:39 (Pop‑up)
Aretha Franklin  If You Don't Think   Options single  Atlantic  1973  45      1:24:52 (Pop‑up)
Wet Bull  Strutin'   Options single  Claridge  1976  45      1:28:51 (Pop‑up)
The Wedding Present  Don't Cry No Tears   Options single  RCA/BMG  1992  45      1:31:50 (Pop‑up)
Today's guest is music journalist Amanda Petrusich, author of the recent book about 78 collectors "Do Not Sell at Any Price: The Wild, Obsessive Hunt for the World's Rarest 78rpm Records" as well as the Nick Drake "Pink Moon" book in Continuum/ Bloomsbury’s 33 1/3rd series. She also writes intelligently about music for Pitchfork, the Oxford American, and The New York Times. Recently, she has started a series of articles for The New Yorker. Today we play music and chat!
Interview with Amanda Petrusich Part 1                 
Geeshie Wiley  Last Kind Words   Options Last Kind Words (1926-1953)  Mississippi  2006  LP  From 1930    2:00:06 (Pop‑up)
Interview with Amanda Petrusich Part 2                 
Skip James  I'm So Glad   Options I'd Rather Be the Devil: The Legendary 1931 Sessions  Rev-Ola  2007  CD      2:09:42 (Pop‑up)
Interview with Amanda Petrusich Part 3                 
Bruce Springsteen  The River   Options The River  Columbia  1980  LP      2:53:52 (Pop‑up)
Hank Williams  Long Gone Lonesome Blues   Options The Complete Hank Williams  Mercury Chronicles  1998  CD  From 1950    2:25:46 (Pop‑up)
Roscoe Holcomb  Old Smoky   Options San Diego State Folk Festival 1972  Tompkins Square  2015  LP    *   2:29:00 (Pop‑up)
Interview with Amanda Petrusich Part 4                 
The Allman Brothers Band  Whipping Post   Options The Allman Brothers Band  Atco  1969  LP      2:53:36 (Pop‑up)

Listener comments!

  Mon. 11/30/15 9:02am famous original sugarwolf:

Good morning!!
Avatar 🎃 Mon. 11/30/15 9:04am V Priceless:

Mornin' Mr. Joe! Hope you had a swell holiday!
Avatar 🎃 Mon. 11/30/15 9:07am Joe McG:

Hi, FOS and VP, welcome to the program. I hope you had a nice holiday, too!
Avatar Mon. 11/30/15 9:07am Cheri Pi:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Mon. 11/30/15 9:08am doncaballero:

Hey All!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Mon. 11/30/15 9:11am sphere:

hello people :)
Avatar 🎃 Mon. 11/30/15 9:11am thedunkel:

Good Morning Magic McGasko and other fellow sleeve tricksters!
Avatar 🎃 Mon. 11/30/15 9:11am Joe McG:

Good morning CP and dc. Hope you're A-OK.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Mon. 11/30/15 9:12am Ken From Hyde Park:

Ah, cyber sounds for Cyber Monday.
  Mon. 11/30/15 9:12am P-90:

Yip, yip, (*leftover turkey burp*) yip.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Mon. 11/30/15 9:12am doncaballero:

These East German Olympic jams have been my spirit animal the last few weeks. Yet another amazing find via WFMU.
Avatar 🎃 Mon. 11/30/15 9:13am Joe McG:

Hello, Ken, thedunkel, P-90, sphere. Welcome to my Monday morning sphere.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Mon. 11/30/15 9:15am sphere:

Also, that label Unknown Capability has a great name. Thanks, Joe!
  Mon. 11/30/15 9:15am Claw!:

Greetings, Earthlings!
Avatar 🎃 Mon. 11/30/15 9:18am Joe McG:

Happy Monday, Claw!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 11/30/15 9:20am Zach:

excellent coding tunes this morning, much obliged
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Mon. 11/30/15 9:20am Guido from Cologne:

hello Joe!
how are the oscillators doing?
good vibrations?
Avatar 🎃 Mon. 11/30/15 9:23am Joe McG:

Thanks for coming, Zach! Hey Guido: My oscillators are beginning to hum pleasantly.
Avatar 🎃 Mon. 11/30/15 9:25am KP:

Ho, Ho, Ho Joe!
Avatar 🎃 Mon. 11/30/15 9:26am Joe McG:

I was going to say "Too early!", KP, but it no longer is.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Mon. 11/30/15 9:27am Ken From Hyde Park:

Morning, Claw! How was your Thanksgiving, a treat or a treatment?
Avatar 🎃 Mon. 11/30/15 9:28am duke:

Morning all
Avatar 🎃 Mon. 11/30/15 9:29am Joe McG:

Howdy, duke.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 11/30/15 9:33am Marcel M:

Good morning Joe and friends.
Avatar 🎃 Mon. 11/30/15 9:34am Joe McG:

Marcel, hello to you and I hope the morning isn't too unwelcome.
Avatar 🎃 Mon. 11/30/15 9:35am bobdoesthings:

Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 11/30/15 9:39am Marcel M:

Thanks Joe. Its not TOO unwelcome. But biking to work after binge eating and drinking for the last 4 days is going to be rough.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Mon. 11/30/15 9:41am Ken From Hyde Park:

My son missed his school bus this morning. I was driving north at 7:30 and the way the sun and shadows were illuminating the shoreline on the west shore of the Hudson R. was pretty neat.
Avatar 🎃 Mon. 11/30/15 9:44am Joe McG:

Hi, bob! @Marcel: I admire your dedication to fitness. @Ken: Sounds enlightening!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 11/30/15 9:44am common:

Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 11/30/15 9:45am Marcel M:

@Joe: Its more about my dedication to not take the train but I will take your admiration nonetheless ;-)
Avatar 🎃 Mon. 11/30/15 9:45am Joe McG:

Hey, common!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 11/30/15 9:47am common:

good to be awake and able to listen to your show, joe! hello all
Avatar 🎃 Mon. 11/30/15 9:48am V Priceless:

Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 11/30/15 9:52am common:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Mon. 11/30/15 9:57am doctorjazz:

Hi all. Quick question...is the new FMU home page temporary, or is it meant to stay as is? Much harder to navigate than the old one (though the old one wasn't very stable at my work PC).
  Mon. 11/30/15 9:59am famous original sugarwolf:

I have the day off after four long days of work so I'm being so so lazy today
Avatar 🎃 Mon. 11/30/15 9:59am Joe McG:

Hi, doctorjazz. The new web site isn't temporary, but it's still being worked on. We're paying attention to listeners' input, so thanks for yours.
Avatar Mon. 11/30/15 10:04am Paul D:

Wow this is some of my fave music
Avatar 🎃 Mon. 11/30/15 10:09am Joe McG:

G'morning, Paul D, and thanks for listening!
Avatar 🎃 Mon. 11/30/15 10:10am Rev. Turnip Druid:

Avatar 🎃 Mon. 11/30/15 10:10am βrian:

I used to live on Mad Maggie's farm. No relation, I'm sure.
Avatar Mon. 11/30/15 10:11am Ben Uno-Air Logic:

Made it just in time for Single File!
Avatar 🎃 Mon. 11/30/15 10:11am Joe McG:

Hey Brian, Rev.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Mon. 11/30/15 10:11am Uncle Michael:

I didn't find this version when I was looking!
Avatar 🎃 Mon. 11/30/15 10:12am Joe McG:

Hey, Ben! Hey, Uncle Michael--weird one, huh?
  Mon. 11/30/15 10:12am famous original sugarwolf:

I'll always regret not buying the record of JC Superstar songs in Hungarian at Footlights Records.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Mon. 11/30/15 10:13am Uncle Michael:

Weird and wonderful.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 11/30/15 10:13am Greg from ZONE 5:

Morning, all! UGGGGH.
Avatar 🎃 Mon. 11/30/15 10:14am Joe McG:

@sugarwolf: That sounds AMAZING! Hey, Greg! Everyone: Greg did the logo on my playlist page. It's nice, isn't it?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Mon. 11/30/15 10:18am doctorjazz:

Loving Single File! Great Konitz!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 11/30/15 10:20am Listener Scott:

That's one jaunty version of one of the most maudlin songs ever written.
Avatar 🎃 Mon. 11/30/15 10:20am βrian:

Stereophonic, Joe!
Avatar 🎃 Mon. 11/30/15 10:22am Joe McG:

@Listener Scott: It's so happy...and yet so sad!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Mon. 11/30/15 10:22am Ken From Hyde Park:

Greg also makes playlist graphics for Stashu and Matt Warwick, maybe others, from ZONE 5. Plus, the marathon pledge-o-meter.
  Mon. 11/30/15 10:23am A down Charlotte Street:

Enjoying these 45s so far Joe.
Avatar 🎃 Mon. 11/30/15 10:26am Joe McG:

Thanks, A!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 11/30/15 10:29am common:

pretty great, joe
  Mon. 11/30/15 10:32am famous original sugarwolf:

Is 90.1 off the air for anyone else?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 11/30/15 10:33am Greg from ZONE 5:


Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 11/30/15 10:40am Ear Hammer:

Amanda! She also did a 33 1/3!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Mon. 11/30/15 10:40am Ken From Hyde Park:

90.1 works for me just now. The DJ and guest are speaking.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Mon. 11/30/15 10:41am Uncle Michael:

Hear hear for Watertown!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Mon. 11/30/15 10:43am Uncle Michael:

Is Mack McCormick in the book?
Avatar Mon. 11/30/15 10:45am Sean B.:

Good Morning @JoeMcG
Single File today was just what it should be=Eclectic, moving and bittersweet!. The Aretha cut killed!, Sinatra was just what the doctor ordered & I had the Terry Jacks version on 45 When I was very young;I hadn't heard the song in a very long time. Thanks. Hoping you had a great thanksgivng day.
Avatar 🎃 Mon. 11/30/15 10:48am V Priceless:

Spidey sense!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Mon. 11/30/15 10:48am Ken From Hyde Park:

Sorry, I missed the name of the guest. Who is speaking here? She has interesting stories.
  Mon. 11/30/15 10:54am famous original sugarwolf:

@KenHP: thanks, it's back for me. Maybe just my radio.
  Mon. 11/30/15 10:54am Greg Red:

I still miss the Voice music section. Still haven't found a place I like to go as much. Anyone have good recommendations?
  Mon. 11/30/15 10:54am A down Charlotte Street:

@Ken Amanda Petrusich
  Swag For Life Member Mon. 11/30/15 10:54am Alfredo Garcia:

@KenHP www.amandapetrusich.com
  Mon. 11/30/15 10:55am Ike:

Wow, she has a great voice. I could listen to her talk all day. Give her a show!
Avatar 🎃 Mon. 11/30/15 11:01am Jeff:

Testing a posting thing. (Oh, and hello!)
  Mon. 11/30/15 11:01am A down Charlotte Street:

The American Primitive compilation with Last Kind Words on it is astounding.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Mon. 11/30/15 11:01am Ken From Hyde Park:

Cool, thanks!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Mon. 11/30/15 11:04am -Ken:

90.1 is indeed of the air but I did manage to get it back at very low power.
  Mon. 11/30/15 11:05am Dean:

Much of the charm of Ward Marston's digital transcriptions of 78s of classical vocal recitals is a function of his refusal to use noise reduction.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Mon. 11/30/15 11:06am Guido from Cologne:

Cream played the hospital bills for Skip so to say
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 11/30/15 11:08am Marcel M:

The straight ahead white boy electric blues is just boring. Once it got taken into "hard rock" territory it became its own unique thing. But that in-between period is pretty lame.
Avatar 🎃 Mon. 11/30/15 11:09am Brian in UK:

Hey Joe & Amanda.
Crackles make it real.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Mon. 11/30/15 11:10am Guido from Cologne:

Roughly said:
Electric Blues tends to repete over and over rules and schemas while original Country Blues often enough doesn't care about rules at all. Skip James is a good example.
  Mon. 11/30/15 11:10am KP:

Cream's "I'm So Glad" is much more Jack Bruce than Eric Clapton.
  Mon. 11/30/15 11:11am Dean:

Gotta disagree. I mean, "Goin' Home" is as white, virtuosic, electric as you can get, but it works. And then there's Cedell Davis's work, which wouldn't translate well to acoustic. I think the problem with a lot of electric blues is in the engineering. The instruments need space and air.
Avatar 🎃 Mon. 11/30/15 11:11am Joe McG:

I knew we'd get you going with this dissing of British blues! :)
Avatar 🎃 Mon. 11/30/15 11:12am Brian in UK:

Clapton is NOT god, he's a very naughty boy.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 11/30/15 11:15am Marcel M:

I wasn't trying to imply white people can't play the blues, I was refering it more as a "genre." I feel that during that time it was pure emulation until a unique sound was found. Lots of black blues musicians played eletric guitar as well.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 11/30/15 11:17am Marcel M:

Clapton's THING with the blues was keeping it pure... which is kind of respectable in a way but its also the reason I never liked him. Always though it was boring. Not pushing the envelope.
  🎃 Mon. 11/30/15 11:18am tadpoles:

Just a thought - it took the British - Alexis Korner / John Mayall etc - to introduce the likes of Skip James to white America. Should have been the other way around.
  Mon. 11/30/15 11:19am Dean:

I heard you right, Marcel M. Ten Years After is a white band, but more importantly they represent a genre, an approach to emphasizing the blues in rock.

Clapton:blues::Wynton Marsalis:jazz?
  Mon. 11/30/15 11:19am KP:

Oh no
  Mon. 11/30/15 11:22am A down Charlotte Street:

Argh Springsteen.
Avatar Mon. 11/30/15 11:26am SheWolf:

I maintain that this is one of the most depressing songs I've ever heard. Gets me in the guy every time. Blech.
  Mon. 11/30/15 11:27am KP:

Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 11/30/15 11:27am Jeezy:

Two amazing river songs... But after which line did Bruce make "that sound"? I missed it! :-(
Avatar 🎃 Mon. 11/30/15 11:28am Jeff:

Years ago when I was attempting to teach myself to do something at all with the harmonica, I kept working on trying to get that note-bending at the beginning of the riff in _The River_ right.
  Mon. 11/30/15 11:28am Brendan:

Good morning Amanda, Joe and folks. Rivers seem more apt topics for blues than lakes.
Avatar 🎃 Mon. 11/30/15 11:29am Jeff:

"...and I strolled down to the lake, a bloody mary in my hand..."
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Mon. 11/30/15 11:34am ChrisB.:

Oh, Joe, you seem to have skipped over Brucie on your playlist. Leave no trace?
  Mon. 11/30/15 11:38am Jeremy:

Glad to hear Amanda on WFMU!
Avatar Mon. 11/30/15 11:38am Kurt Gottschalk:

i've been enjoying this entire interview but i want to jump in now to say how glad i am to hear 'cubist blues' mentioned in this context. such a unique record.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Mon. 11/30/15 11:40am Greg from ZONE 5:

You guys are smart.
  Mon. 11/30/15 11:41am Dean:

Ward Marston, Ward Marston, Ward Marston
  Mon. 11/30/15 11:44am Ike:

People treat life and news events that way too, not just music. If it's canned and safely in the past, it's easier to take, easier to understand. "I just wasn't made for these times" and such.
Avatar Mon. 11/30/15 11:45am Kurt Gottschalk:

"shoot out the lights" was done on 33.3
Avatar 🎃 Mon. 11/30/15 11:49am Joe McG:

Thanks, Kurt!
  Mon. 11/30/15 11:51am Dean:

Nick Drake is perhaps a bad example of the Nick Drake myth. He wasn't all that unknown during the mid-to-late-'70s, and it seems to me there has always been a murmur of a conversation about his recordings.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Mon. 11/30/15 11:53am doctorjazz:

Did someone scream "Whipping post"?
Avatar Mon. 11/30/15 11:54am BEAVO:

What Nick Drake song was used in a car commercial?
  🎃 Mon. 11/30/15 11:54am tadpoles:

Lovely interview thanks to you both.
Avatar 🎃 Mon. 11/30/15 11:55am Brian in UK:

Nick Drake never seemed unknown to me over here growing up when his records were issued. Just not popular.
Avatar 🎃 Mon. 11/30/15 11:55am βrian:

Coming up on the less trodden path:

The Magic Hour with Jeff Golick
Avatar 🎃 Mon. 11/30/15 11:56am Joe McG:

Thanks everyone for listening and commenting, and thanks to Amanda for coming down! Have a great week!
Avatar Mon. 11/30/15 11:56am Kurt Gottschalk:

good of belock to let you go 15 minutes into his show so you could play this track.
Avatar Mon. 11/30/15 11:57am Cheri Pi:

lol :)
Avatar 🎃 Mon. 11/30/15 11:57am KP:

Good lord
  Mon. 11/30/15 11:58am Dean:

That Allman Bros. tune was used for a commercial for I Can't Believe It's Not Whipping Cream.
Avatar 🎃 Mon. 11/30/15 11:58am βrian:

Lots Of Luck?
  Mon. 11/30/15 11:58am Brendan:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Mon. 12/17/18 11:55am steveo:

ciao Joe, thanks!
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