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A pennant-winning battery of songland. Ongoing feature: Single File, a half-hour of randomly selected small records with big holes.

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Options January 2, 2017: Like a Ripple in a Stream

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Artist Track Album Label Year Format Comments New Approx. start time
Fats Waller & His Rhythm  You Meet the Nicest People in Your Dreams   Options A Good Man Is Hard to Find  Bluebird  1995  CD  From 1939    0:00:00 (Pop‑up)
Chester Leighton & His Sophomores  Star Dust   Options The Big Broadcast Volume 11  Rivermont  2015  CD  actually Ben Selvin and His Orchestra. vocal: Smith Bellew; from 1931    0:05:12 (Pop‑up)
Vaughn De Leath  I Can't Give You Anything But Love   Options Dancing the Devil Away  Document  2006  CD  From 1928    0:08:06 (Pop‑up)
Maurice Chevalier  You Brought a New Kind of Love to Me   Options This Is Maurice Chevalier  RCA  1972  LP  From 1930    0:11:24 (Pop‑up)
The High Hatters  Singin' in the Bathtub   Options   Victor  1929  MP3  vocal: Leonard W. Joy    0:14:07 (Pop‑up)
George Olsen & His Music  The Last Roundup   Options Beyond the Blue Horizon  ASV/Living Era  2002  CD  vocal: Joe Morrison; from 1933    0:17:25 (Pop‑up)
Isham Jones & His Orchestra  More Than You Know   Options The Great Isham Jones & His Orchestra  RCA Victor  1964  LP  vocal: Joe Martin; from 1934    0:20:24 (Pop‑up)
Nick Lucas  Always   Options Tip-toe Thru' the Tulips  ASV/Living Era  2000  CD  From 1926    0:23:22 (Pop‑up)
Johnny Green & His Orchestra  Easy Come, Easy Go   Options Eddie Condon's World of Jazz  Columbia  1973  LP  vocal: Lee Wiley; from 1934    0:26:27 (Pop‑up)
Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra  Great Day   Options   Columbia  1929  MP3  vocal: Bing Crosby    0:29:30 (Pop‑up)
Lynn Blessing  An Awakening   Options Sunset Painter  Fallout    CD  From 1969    0:42:00 (Pop‑up)
Hazel English  Make It Better   Options Never Going Home EP  Canvas Club  2016  CD    *   0:46:37 (Pop‑up)
Colin Newman  We Means We Starts   Options Not To  Sentient Sonics  2016  CD  previously unreleased 1982  *   0:49:47 (Pop‑up)
Ed Sirrs  I Think I Think Too Much   Options Rhythm on the Radio: Oval Records Singles 1974-1987  Ace  2016  CD  From 1979  *   0:53:08 (Pop‑up)
Solange  Weary   Options A Seat at the Table  Saint/Columbia  2016  CD    *   0:56:41 (Pop‑up)
Beck  Debra   Options Midnite Vultures  DGC  1999  CD      1:00:00 (Pop‑up)
Flight of the Conchords  The Most Beautiful Girl (In the Room)   Options Flight of the Conchords  Sub Pop  2008  CD      1:05:34 (Pop‑up)
Prince  The Most Beautiful Girl in the World   Options The Beautiful Experience  NPG  1994  CD      1:09:36 (Pop‑up)
Rozetta Johnson  Holding the Losing Hand   Options A Woman's Way: The Complete Rozetta Johnson 1963-1975  Kent Soul  2016  CD  From 1971  *   1:14:02 (Pop‑up)
Darlene Jackson  Does She (Sleep on My Side of the Bed)   Options Super Duper Love: Mainstream Hits & Rarities 1973–76  Kent Soul  2016  CD  From 1975  *   1:17:28 (Pop‑up)
Tee Mac  Night Illusion   Options Night Illusion  Soul Jazz  2016  CD  From 1980  *   1:20:30 (Pop‑up)
Dick Hyman  The "In" Crowd   Options Happening!  Command  1966  LP      1:24:56 (Pop‑up)
Single File: a bunch of 45s in a row
The Bob Seger System  Ramblin' Gamblin' Man   Options single  Capitol  1968  45      1:36:29 (Pop‑up)
The Alan Bown  Little Lesley   Options single  Music Factory  1968  45      1:40:02 (Pop‑up)
Cicero Blake  Dip My Dipper   Options single  Susie  1985  45      1:41:10 (Pop‑up)
Ella Fitzgerald  And the Angels Sing   Options single  Verve  1965  45  live in Germany, apparently!    1:44:19 (Pop‑up)
The Act  Too Late at 20   Options single  Hannibal  1981  45      1:48:02 (Pop‑up)
George Jones  Our Private Life   Options single  Epic  1974  45      1:51:19 (Pop‑up)
Albert Brooks  Phone Call to Americans (Letter to Americans)   Options single  Asylum  1975  45      1:53:41 (Pop‑up)
Jazz Composers Orchestra  Little Pony Soldier   Options single  JCOA  1971  45  vocals: Jack Bruce, Carla Bley, Don Preston    1:57:08 (Pop‑up)
The Laurie Sisters  You Take Your Road (And I'll Take Mine)   Options single  Mercury  1955  45  with Hugo Peretti and His Orchestra    2:01:46 (Pop‑up)
Debbie Reynolds  Am I That Easy to Forget?   Options Am I That Easy to Forget?  Dot  1960  MP3      2:18:57 (Pop‑up)
Les Paul & Mary Ford  Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams (And Dream Your Troubles Away)   Options Warm and Wonderful  Columbia  1962  LP      2:21:02 (Pop‑up)
Bert Jansch  Morning Brings Sweet Peace of Mind   Options Living in the Shadows  Earth  2016  CD  outtake from 1995  *   2:24:40 (Pop‑up)
Dean McPhee  The Blackbird   Options Devon Folklore Tapes Volume V - Ornithology  DFTV/Folklore Tapes  2016  EP    *   2:27:15 (Pop‑up)
Fleetwood Mac  World in Harmony   Options The Best of Fleetwood Mac  Reprise/WEA  1973  LP  1970 b-side    2:38:01 (Pop‑up)
José Mauro  Arrail da Lua Cheia   Options Obnoxius  Far Out Recordings  2016  CD  From 1970  *   2:42:02 (Pop‑up)
Colin Blunstone  Misty Roses   Options Live at the BBC  Windsong International  1995  CD  "Old Grey Whistle Test," 1971    2:44:25 (Pop‑up)
David Ackles  I've Been Loved   Options Five & Dime  Columbia  1973  LP      2:48:33 (Pop‑up)
Warren Zevon  Don't Let Us Get Sick   Options Life'll Kill Ya  Artemis  2000  CD      2:53:44 (Pop‑up)

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Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:03am annie:

shelter from the storm!
  9:04am Kimzilla:

Good not to be at work so I can listen LIVE!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:04am pantz:

Morning Joe! Welcome to the FUUUTUUURE!
Avatar 9:04am dale:

good morning! r.i.p. rich conaty.
  9:06am V Priceless:

Happy New Year, Joe! Yes, RIP Mr. Conaty.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:07am Guido from Cologne:

happy new year Joe!
  9:07am moose:

I had no idea, wow
Avatar 9:07am Mailman Tom:

Sunday nights will never be the same. R.I.P. Rich Conaty
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:07am melinda:

hi Joe and others!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:08am Ken From Hyde Park:

Wake and Bake leads right into Boing Boing.
Avatar 9:09am Joe McG:

Happy new year, everybody, so glad you can be with me today.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:10am Uncle Michael:

The Bastards (tm) are making me sit in my cubicle today. *grumble*

Fix my day, Joe.
Avatar 9:10am Sem Chumbo:

Vaughn De Leath: architect?
Hiya, Joe and all.
Avatar 9:10am quinn:

happy new year! my family and i are grateful for joe mcgasko on the radio this morning!
  9:10am P-9O:

Happy New Boing, Joe Mc G!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:14am Webhamster Henry:

Hi Joe! Where's the Marx Brothers version?
Avatar 9:15am dale:

i only knew the bugs bunny version of singin' in the bathtub
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:16am Webhamster Henry:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:16am melinda:

I had previously thought this was a Cheap Suit Serenaders original.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:16am pantz:

Are you giving me the high hat?! This music makes me want to watch Miller's Crossing again.
  9:18am frenchee:

rich tribute, Joe ☆ ☆ ♥♥♥
  9:21am Kimzilla:

Why am I thinking of a Hurd of turtles being herded right now? Thanks Joe!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:22am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Howdy dawgies.
Avatar 9:23am Joe McG:

I'm paying tribute to one of my favorite DJs for this first half-hour today, which I'll talk about at the mic break.
  9:23am trouble:

i love this new sounding music from 2017!
Avatar 9:24am Joe McG:

@kimzilla: ha! @trouble: I'm always hip to the new sounds. ;)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:26am Webhamster Henry:

Nick Lucas was the original "Tiptoe Thru the Tulips" singer!
Avatar 9:28am Brian in UK:

Hey Joe, took me five gos to sign in, this could be a long show/day/year.
Avatar 9:31am dale:

bing being uncharacteristically powerful
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:31am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

1917 has widely been thot the year of 'The 1st Jazz Record' by the 'Original Dixieland Jass Band' (...who were Italians or something??...& tho' some rumbling about other recorded evidences) - so we've reached the Centennial.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:33am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

I think Bing was right in there & a pretty outspoken Jazz booster when it was looked down on as 'race music'? He's always credited as the Pioneer Crooner, &tc.
Avatar 9:36am Paul D:

Happy New Year
  9:37am fredr:

Wow Joe! I didn't know about Rich Conaty, hence your opening set. Listened to him for many years.
  Swag For Life Member 9:40am tadpoles:

Thank heaven for recorded music.
  9:42am KH:

Joe, that would be "Monkey Business." Great start to Surface Noise and RIP Rich Conaty.
Avatar 9:43am Joe McG:

Ah, thanks, KH. I can never keep them straight in my mind. "Monkey Business" is the best one.
  9:44am DaveinPA:

If you're into re-using old calendars, you can find which ones work for the current year, thusly: https://www.timeanddate.com/calendar/repeating.html
Avatar 9:46am KP:

Happy New Year, Joe and everyone. Off to good start!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:48am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...MonkeyBiz - packing all the people into the room on the ship...in the 20thCentury we had three stations via antenna - & they apparently owned movies they'd show once a year. When the Marx Bros. came up it was a treat. This way we were informed of the earlier part of the century - & thus the whole edifice of the 20thC recedes as one over the horizon of the sea of time (if accessible on YouTube & the like)...
Avatar 9:51am Joe McG:

Thanks for the link, Dave. Agree with you folks that this legacy of recorded sound is worth preserving, as much as we can. Preferably not on bad mp3s.
Avatar 9:58am jiepar:

solange! exactly what my heart desired at this moment
  9:59am Cooh John:

Good morning Joe and all. Starting 2017 right.
  10:01am Harpo:

Happy New Year All....
Joe thanks for the Conaty set...as soon as i heard the first 2 songsI Knew Why..

If any one is from NYC area Old ch. 5 played all the Marx Bros.

Customs Agent to Harpo: If Your Maurice Chevalier! Sing me a song......
Harpo has wind up record player behind him With Chevalier record playing that winds down.....

Stateroom scene is from Night at the Opera.....
Avatar 10:03am Joe McG:

@Harpo: That scene makes me howl!
Avatar 10:04am jiepar:

more disco swagga from Beck, pls
Avatar 10:08am jiepar:

yeyeahh perfect ha
  Swag For Life Member 10:08am tadpoles:

Right on Joe! The Beck was reminding me of FOTC! Excellent.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:10am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...if zee nighteeengale - shee sing lahk yoo - she seeng much better than yoo do
...always a limited set of people would get that reference
...& these are today's Chevalier spoofers, I suppose!...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:13am Hughie Considine:

Loving the falsetto fest, Joe -- I'm thinking Pete Wingfield's "18 With a Bullet" would fit right in.
Avatar 10:18am Joe McG:

@Hughie: Ha, good idea!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:33am Webhamster Henry:

2016 didn't get Dick Hyman, someone should interview him! He's turning 90, having a birthday show in Sarasota.
Avatar 10:37am Joe McG:

@Henry: Damn, you ain't kidding! I didn't know he was still alive. Maybe I will get in touch...
Avatar 10:39am Marc Francis:

Avatar 10:41am Joe McG:

I just saw the ghost of Nachum Segal, which distracted me! Sorry about the 45 blooper.
  10:41am melinda:

This has a nice vibe
  10:43am Listner Alexandra:

Good morning, Joe :-)
Avatar 10:43am Brian in UK:

Joe was the flip of the Alan Bown called We Can Help You?
Avatar 10:44am Joe McG:

Glad you're listening, Alex, I have something for you after Single File. @Brian: No, it's "Storybook" (which is actually the A-side). Happy new year, Brian!
Avatar 10:46am Brian in UK:

Joe HNY to you my friend. Hope the cold clears up soon.

Saw The Alan Bown in '68. Yes, that old!
  10:47am John W.:

Happy New Year Joe! What you will be spinning in 2017 is something to look forward to.
Avatar 10:49am Joe McG:

Thanks, Brian. Wowzer! @John: Thanks for the kind words! Happy new year to you, too! I'm having as much fun doing this as I ever did, so I hope to play music for you for a long time to come....
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:49am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

- some thing Ella is on a panel w/ some noted Symphony Conductor - & she says 'I'm not a musician' - & he says 'are you going to make me disagree w/ you?' Musician is exactly what she is.
Avatar 10:51am Joe McG:

@RR63: Almost more a musician than a singer, if that makes any sense!
  10:53am Listner Alexandra:

Can't wait...I actually got up at 7 am so I wouldn't miss too much of the show :-)
Avatar 10:58am Joe McG:

@Alex: Aw, sorry to make you wait! I was trying to get it into the second set, but it just didn't fit once I went in the soul direction.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:00am Scraps:

Carla "I hate to sing" Bley
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:01am Scraps:

Q: Do you know what Carla's maiden name was?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:01am Scraps:

A: Borg
  11:02am Listner Alexandra:

It's all good, friend. My 7 am is your 10 am ;-)
Avatar 11:03am Joe McG:

Thanks for the Carla Bley trivia, Scraps!
Avatar 11:07am Brian in UK:

Joe. That medication is working well.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:07am MD:

That was great! All My questions have been answered!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:11am Scraps:

Lyrics for Escalator Over the Hill by Paul Haines.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:13am MD:

The Alan Bown District!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:14am MD:

Yeah I have been listening from home all week...Weird!
  11:14am blaumann:

Cicero Blake was born in Mississippi. He moved to Chicago in the fifties.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:15am MD:

I like my potatoes a bit sluty...
  11:16am melinda:

I want to hear what Chastity Potato sounds like too.
Avatar 11:16am Brian in UK:

The discussion with Brian, Fabio and others is worth a listen.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:16am MD:

toes also...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:16am Scraps:

Apparently Ramblin Gamblin Man was a hit in its original release, peaking at 17
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:17am MD:

333 a band!
Avatar 11:18am Sem Chumbo:

There will be beer.
Joe, the Nostradamus of Jersey City.
  11:20am Listner Alexandra:

Best "son" ever :-) And best song ever!!!
Avatar 11:22am Sem Chumbo:

The Hunter Thompson-Debbie Reynolds connection:
"According to Terry Gilliam's commentary on the Criterion DVD, in the scene where Raoul and Gonzo raise havoc at the Debbie Reynolds concert, the voice heard in that scene that is supposed to be Reynolds singing actually IS Reynolds. Gilliam is friends with Carrie Fisher, Reynolds' daughter, who spoke to her mother about recording a couple lines for the movie, and Reynolds agreed. "
Avatar 11:23am Joe McG:

@Alex: Glad you enjoyed it! @Sem: Nice story, and happy new year to you!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:23am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

- because she was that Kewl.
- Les & Mary :)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:24am Guido from Cologne:

There is that John Cale Song on Nico#s first album "Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams" with the line "Dream Your Troubles Away".
Any relation?
Avatar 11:25am Brian in UK:

@Sem read(infused) the book never wanted to see the film much as I like Terry Gilliam.
Avatar 11:25am Joe McG:

@Guido: I don't remember! :)
Avatar 11:28am Sem Chumbo:

Know large swaths of the book almost by heart. BiUK. And you are correct, we carry our own set designers etc. in our heads, though Gilliam is some kind of twisted genius.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:31am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

It doesn't end up harming the book - just one vivid illustration. (It got to where everything Kewl had to presented by Johnny Depp - but that's ok. So we have the same heroes - we're the same age...) There was already Ralph Steadman - which is definitive.
Avatar 11:31am northguineahills:

Faye was playing a track off the Devon Folklore Tapes yesterday, and that track was awesome too!
  11:32am melinda:

I like the Blackbird. Tweet tweet
Avatar 11:33am Joe McG:

@ngh: This is a very short but lovely EP!
Avatar 11:34am Brian in UK:

Sem the opposite was true of Le grand Meaulnes. I saw this amazing 1967 film then read the book.

then fell in love with Brigitte Fossey.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:35am common:

happy new thing, joe and all.
Avatar 11:36am dale:

we heard some of this last folklore tapes last night. how does one get a digital copy if it's just a limited issue vinyl pressing?
Avatar 11:36am Joe McG:

Heya, common, ain't it nice we got this new thing? Let's see what we do with it.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:36am common:

  11:37am Jeff g.:

Thanks for the 17 good vibez Joe.
  11:37am jiepar:

Avatar 11:37am Sem Chumbo:

Much obliged, Brian, left some tabs open to look into it later today. As always, thanks for the lead, or "chumbo" as we like to call it here.
Avatar 11:37am Joe McG:

@dale: I don't know, but it's a very pretty artifact if you can get your hands on an old turntable.
Avatar 11:38am Joe McG:

Same back to you, jeff g. Keep up the good work!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:39am Ken From Hyde Park:

My dear mother just called to alert me that the Rose Bowl parade is on TV commercial-free on the Hallmark Channel. Had to refer to the listings to find out what channel number that is.
Avatar 11:42am Brian in UK:

If only the acid had not fried Peter Green's mind.
  11:45am Brendan:

Hi Joe and Surface dwellers. Late to the great sounding show, but here I am ( rock you like a hurricane).
Avatar 11:45am Joe McG:

Happy new year to you, Brendan!
  11:49am Frank Zaatar:

Fantastic version of Misty Roses by Colin Blumstone. Any idea who arranged it?
Avatar 11:49am Sem Chumbo:

Une bonne nouvelle année à vous @ Joe, et la santé pour en profiter pleinement.
Avatar 11:50am Brian in UK:

Delicious, Joe. Perfect.
Avatar 11:50am Joe McG:

Merci, Sem! :)
Avatar 11:51am Joe McG:

@Frank: No, but likely Rod Argent. @Brian: I finally found it on vinyl last month!
  11:52am judy from croton:

Oh, Joe,
What a show.
Moves me so.
Avatar 11:53am dale:

wow - this is a downer. a beautiful downer.
Avatar 11:53am holland oats:

never heard this, v beautiful
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:54am Scraps:

Ackles sounds like he's very influenced by Scott Walker
Avatar 11:54am holland oats:

string section sounds identical to blunstone track
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:55am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Relations of Eleanor Rigby
...& presumably some Art Music I'm ignorant of...
  11:55am Brendan:

@dale it was the perfect antidote to to walking on sunshine
  11:55am Listner Alexandra:

Completely perfect last song, Joe :-)
Avatar 11:56am Joe McG:

Thanks for listening today, everybody. Got a bit serious and morose for a new year's day. I guess, but there's hope in there, right? Anyway, have a great week and I'll see you next time!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:56am pantz:

Great show, Joe. See ya next Monday.
Avatar 11:56am Brian in UK:

Get well soon, Joe.
Take care everyone.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:57am Scraps:

Wikipedia says Elton John and Elvis Costello were "fervent admirers" of Ackles.
Avatar 11:58am northguineahills:

Thanks Joe!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:00pm Scraps:

Google Translate says "obnoxious". :-)
  3:07pm Mark in Toronto:

It just occurred to me re: Dick Hyman
"If it ain't Baroque, don't fix it!"
  3:22pm Joe McG:

Ha ha!
  10:44pm Listener Robert:

Darn, I just now (over a year later) found out Rich Conaty died.
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