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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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Artist Track Album Label Approx. start time
Jefferson Airplane  Crown of Creation   Options Crown of Creation  RCA  0:00:00 (Pop‑up)
Jefferson Airplane  Wild Tyme   Options After Bathing at Baxter's  RCA  0:02:32 (Pop‑up)
Jefferson Airplane  We Can Be Together   Options Volunteers  RCA  0:05:50 (Pop‑up)
Paul Kantner/Jefferson Starship  Home / Have You Seen the Stars Tonite / X-M / Starship   Options Blows Against the Empire  RCA  0:11:19 (Pop‑up)
Paul Kantner & Grace Slick  Holding Together   Options Sunfighter  Grunt / RCA  0:24:21 (Pop‑up)
Träd, Gräs, och Stenar  The Last Time / I Ljuset Av Din Dag   Options Live '72  1/2 Special Skivor & Trams  0:32:54 (Pop‑up)
Coypu  Baltea   Options Floating  MIE  0:53:31 (Pop‑up)
Former Selves  Morrina   Options Morrina  Auasca  1:08:41 (Pop‑up)
Rhyton  Scylla and Charybdis   Options Navigating By Starlight  MIE  1:25:14 (Pop‑up)
Tamburlaine  The Flame Of Thoriman   Options Sat No More  Tartar  1:46:58 (Pop‑up)
Plain Jane  You Can't Make It Alone   Options Wayfaring Strangers: Cosmic American Music  Numero Group  2:02:02 (Pop‑up)
Steve Young  Montgomery in the Rain   Options Seven Bridges Road  Rounder  2:05:39 (Pop‑up)
Dino Valente  Me and My Uncle   Options Dino Valente  Epic  2:10:01 (Pop‑up)
Dick Gaughan  Now Westlin Winds   Options Handful of Earth  Advent  2:13:49 (Pop‑up)
William Ackerman  Murray's Song   Options Childhood and Memory  Windham Hill  2:18:24 (Pop‑up)
John James  Evening Comes Quickly   Options John James  Transatlantic  2:22:03 (Pop‑up)
Bob Hadley  Whistling in the Wind   Options On the Trail of the Questing Beast  Kicking Mule  2:26:14 (Pop‑up)
David Habeck  The Aftermath   Options The Circle Meets Itself Each Time Around  Makin' Jam  2:30:45 (Pop‑up)
Allan Wachs  Pretty Face   Options Mountain Roads & City Streets  True Vine  2:34:21 (Pop‑up)
Mistress Mary  And I Didn't Want You   Options Wayfaring Strangers: Cosmic American Music  Numero Group  2:38:28 (Pop‑up)
Paul Penfield  Dream of Mine   Options Home Brewed  Rainwater  2:42:17 (Pop‑up)
Folkal Point  Once I Knew a Pretty Girl   Options Folkal Point  Zeitgeist   2:44:41 (Pop‑up)
Fraser & DeBolt  All Through the Stone House   Options This Song Was Borne  Roaratorio  2:55:17 (Pop‑up)

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Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:02am coelacanth:

one of my favorite J A songs.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:03am coelacanth:

good morning/evening Jeff
and all
Avatar 3:03am Sr.Blanco:

good morning!
Avatar 3:05am Jeff Conklin:

Morning, all.
  3:06am Eric Hat:

Morning sir.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:09am coelacanth:

this one too!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:28am pacific standard simon:

Oh man, I'm missing all the good stuff!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:28am pacific standard simon:

Wait, where's the love for Signe?
  3:29am Nick:

Nice to hear the Paul Kantner tribute. Thanks Jeff. Yeah dittoing PSS - Are you aware Signe Toly Anderson passed away too? Oddly, the same day as Kantner...same ages too.
Avatar 3:32am Jeff Conklin:

Yes, I read about Anderson just prior to getting on air. Strange coincidence.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:33am pacific standard simon:

It's like John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both dying on July 4th, 1826. Which they did.
Avatar 3:36am Sr.Blanco:

Another significant coincidence: Willian Shakespeare and Miguel de Cervantes died on April 23rd, 1616.
Avatar 3:40am Jeff Conklin:

I wasn't on the air when all of those dudes died :(
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:41am pacific standard simon:

Here's a good one: "[Aldous] Huxley died at 5:20pm, London time, on 22 November 1963. About ten minutes later, CS Lewis died. Just under an hour after that, of course, JFK was shot and killed in Dallas. There may never have been a deadlier 70 minutes for celebrity[.]"
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:43am pacific standard simon:

Also: "Trio of funnymen Milton Berle, Dudley Moore & Billy Wilder all died on 27 March, 2002."
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:46am pacific standard simon:

That last one could also be labelled 'trio of talented but obnoxious jerks.'
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:50am pacific standard simon:

This is a great track. Don't know why it sounds strange, yet familiar.
  3:54am Josh:

Is anyone else having an issue with the web stream? It's a total mess for me, cutting in and out...
Avatar 3:56am Jeff Conklin:

That stinks, Josh. Restart maybe?
  3:57am Nick:

@Josh - I'm hearing it fine using itunes 128k mp3. Sorry you're having problems.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:58am pacific standard simon:

Not I, said the little red hen. Might be your internet provider.
  3:58am Josh:

It was my computer! Absolutely fine after a reboot. What a peculiar manifestation of a bug. Thanks for the replies though, kind people. Happily back in the bosom of the avant ghetto...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:00am pacific standard simon:

Environments record music bed?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:06am pacific standard simon:

Back in the day, you could get a free copy of Blows Against the Empire by subscribing to Rolling Stone.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:06am coelacanth:

that's correct,i'm pretty sure. "sign"
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:07am pacific standard simon:

I pronounce Signe "See-nay", but I could be very wrong.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:12am coelacanth:

i may be wrong instead, but i'm going by a friend who has far more authority than myself,and most people, in the field of languages.
  4:12am Nick:

She did some music after moving to Portland, but yeah not much. Marty Balin said in a statement today "I imagine that she and Paul woke up in heaven and said, ‘Hey what are you doing here? Let’s start a band.'" Ha!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:13am pacific standard simon:

Most of my favorite JA tracks feature Marty or Grace or Jorma. Paul was the one I had trouble with picking out of the mix.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:16am pacific standard simon:

I used to see Paul, though, hanging out at Mabuhay Gardens (North Beach, San Francisco). He was a fan of teh new wave.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:19am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

@pss: Nov. '63 is my birth month (I was b. the 3rd) - but I didn't know they all died on the 22nd w/in 70 minutes! Also that day: 'With the Beatles' was released, & after JFK coverage on the BBC, the 1st episode of 'Dr. Who', called 'An Unearthly Child'.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:20am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Saturday the 30th was just Marty Balin's B-Day.
  4:23am Nick:

Wow, that's wild. One of my favorite Airplane songs is "Today", co-written by Kanter and Balin.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:31am pacific standard simon:

"Today" also features Jerry Garcia on guitar.
  4:32am Nick:

Did Garcia play a lot with them?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:37am pacific standard simon:

There were a lot of Airplane/Dead jam bands, but Garcia specifically went into the recording studio with the Airplane during the recording of Surrealistic Pillow. Garcia was especially prolific in his sharing of his exploration of the pedal steel guitar.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:39am pacific standard simon:

As a studio musician, I should have said.
Avatar 4:39am Jeff Conklin:

Legend has it Garcia produced SP but because of record company mumbo jumbo had to be given only a "spiritual adviser" credit.
  4:40am Nick:

Cool, thanks for the info
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:46am pacific standard simon:

My favorite JA tracks are "It's No Secret" and "She Has Funny Cars", so that should tell you everything you need to know about my prejudices.
Avatar 4:53am the Canterbury wood-elf:

Last night I prepared a Signe/Paul tribute for my monthly podcast. I also chose "Crown of Creation", plus "DCBA-25", "Eskimo Blue Day" (live at Woodstock) and a couple off the first album with Signe ("High Flying Bird" and "Run Around"). A shame it took two deaths to remind me how much I love the Airplane.

And yeah, there are some great jams recorded with Garcia at the house in Fulton Street.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:57am pacific standard simon:

Good for you and your listeners, wood elf! :-)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:00am pacific standard simon:

The thing is, I can't find that monthly podcast online. Help me.
Avatar 5:04am the Canterbury wood-elf:

@pss It's canterburywithoutborders.blogspot.com. The next episode won't go out until later in the month. Lots of archives to explore tho'!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:05am pacific standard simon:

I love The Youngbloods and I cannot lie...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:08am pacific standard simon:

Thank you, elf. You got the beat.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:17am pacific standard simon:

Dino Valenti always puts a bad taste in my mouth, in spite of the fact that he wrote one of the best hippie songs ever. He never recorded the best version of any song, including the ones he wrote himself.
Avatar 5:18am Jeff Conklin:

His Me and My Uncle is the best in my opinion...And 'Shame on You Babe' is all-time killer that was left off the album for some insane reason.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:22am pacific standard simon:

I'll take The Dead for "Me And My Uncle". Don't know the other.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:31am Guido from Cologne:

Good morning, late but enjoying.
Avatar 5:31am Jeff Conklin:

Weir makes it cheesy. Dino's is actually a little scary
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:38am pacific standard simon:

The best story about "Me And My Uncle" is that John Phillips didn't even remember writing it, he was so drunk. After Judy Collins recorded it and started sending Phillips royalties, they had to sort it out.

As for Weir's interpretation, we will have to agree to disagree. I don't think that there is a serious interpretation of that song.
Avatar 5:39am joeray:

Another great show, thanks Jeff!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:43am pacific standard simon:

That actually sounded a lot like Jerry Garcia on pedal steel.
  5:45am greysquad:

hmmm, missed the Kantner/Jefferson air/starship tribute in the beginning, looking forward to the archived version... great show, nonetheless!
Avatar 5:46am joeray:

@Canterbury wood-elf: very cool playlists, I will be listening to your podcast archives this week!
Avatar 5:48am the Canterbury wood-elf:

@joeray Glad to hear it (but always a shame to take people's ears away from WFMU). There's an earlier archived series which is even more Canterbury Scene oriented: canterburysoundwaves.blogspot.com
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:48am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

I was a little brother - one of the typical ways one becomes a Music Nerd, I think
- so, Jefferson Airplane was some of the earliest music I was exposed to in my whole life. Even the album covers are especially evocative to me. Ah me - Mortality...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:49am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Mr. elf: Do you know if I Copy & Paste that RSS into iTunes I may subscribe to you there?
Avatar 5:55am the Canterbury wood-elf:

@Jeff Dick Gaughan's name is pronounced "Gochan" with a guttural "ch" (more like a "k"). Great show by the way, thanks!
Avatar 5:56am the Canterbury wood-elf:

@RRN63. I still haven't figured out the whole RSS thing. I suspect my podcasts aren't listed on iTunes, but perhaps I'm wrong (I don't use it). I know I have listeners who subscribe via RSS clients though. Let me know how you get on...
Avatar 5:56am joeray:

@Canterbury wood-elf: Listening to your archives won't cut into my favorite WFMU shows. I especially love the Canterbury artists, so that's even better news! Thanks.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:58am coelacanth:

Thanks Jeff
ciao all
Avatar 6:00am BEAVO:

Lost in a flood, sounds like something from Mighty Wind, the record lable you had to punch the hole yourself.
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