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Options June 15, 2017: Fringe, Romance, Contraband, Lend Me Your Era! (An Evening with Robert Wyatt)

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Artist Track Album Year Comments Approx. start time
Robert Wyatt  At Last I Am Free   Options Nothing Can Stop Us  1982  Chic cover, original 7" released 1980  0:00:16 (Pop‑up)
Robert Wyatt  Little Red Riding Hood Hit the Road   Options Rock Bottom  1974  with Ivor Cutler (voice)  0:04:30 (Pop‑up)
Robert Wyatt  Alifib   Options Rock Bottom  1974    0:13:33 (Pop‑up)
Robert Wyatt  Alife   Options Rock Bottom  1974  with Alfreda (Alfie) Benge  0:18:56 (Pop‑up)
Robert Wyatt  Born Again Cretin   Options Nothing Can Stop Us  1982    0:25:08 (Pop‑up)
Robert Wyatt  To Mark Everywhere   Options The End Of An Ear  1970    0:29:25 (Pop‑up)

Music behind DJ:
Robert Wyatt 

To Saintly Bridget   Options

The End Of An Ear 



0:30:27 (Pop‑up)
Matching Mole  Gloria Gloom   Options Matching Mole's Little Red Record  1972  Brian Eno on synth  0:42:02 (Pop‑up)
Robert Wyatt  Alliance   Options Old Rottenhat  1985    0:47:52 (Pop‑up)
Robert Wyatt  The United States of Amnesia   Options Old Rottenhat  1985    0:52:10 (Pop‑up)
Robert Wyatt  East Timor   Options Old Rottenhat  1985    0:57:48 (Pop‑up)
Robert Wyatt  Stalin Wasn't Stallin'   Options Stalin Wasn't Stallin' / Peter Blackman - Stalingrad 7"  1980  originally performed by The Golden Gate Jubilee Quartet, 1943  1:00:28 (Pop‑up)
Robert Wyatt  Song For Che   Options Ruth is Stranger than Richard  1975  wr. Charlie Haden  1:03:49 (Pop‑up)
Robert Wyatt  Pigs... (In There)   Options Abuse - Artists For Animals  1986  Slip records compilation  1:07:48 (Pop‑up)
Matching Mole  Starting In The Middle of the Day We Can Drink Our Politics Away   Options Matching Mole's Little Red Record  1972    1:09:58 (Pop‑up)
Robert Wyatt  Left On Man   Options Dondestan  1991    1:12:18 (Pop‑up)
Robert Wyatt  Shipbuilding   Options Shipbuilding / Memories of You 7"  1982  wr. by Clive Langer & Elvis Costello  1:15:49 (Pop‑up)
The Happy End  Turn Things Upside Down   Options Turn Things Upside Down  1990    1:18:43 (Pop‑up)

Music behind DJ:
Robert Wyatt 

Las Vegas Tango (Part 1)   Options

The End Of An Ear 



1:24:02 (Pop‑up)
Robert Wyatt & Peter Blackman  Stalingrad   Options Stalin Wasn't Stallin' / Peter Blackman - Stalingrad 7"  1980    1:37:55 (Pop‑up)
The Golden Gate Jubilee Quartet  Stalin Wasn't Stallin'   Options   1943    1:42:54 (Pop‑up)
Robert Wyatt  Free Will and Testament   Options Shleep  1997    1:45:59 (Pop‑up)
Robert Wyatt  The Duchess   Options Shleep  1997    1:50:12 (Pop‑up)
Robert Wyatt  Blues in Bob Minor   Options Shleep  1997    1:54:28 (Pop‑up)
The Wilde Flowers  Impotence   Options Tales of Canterbury - The Wilde Flowers Story  196?    2:00:01 (Pop‑up)
Matching Mole  Instant Pussy   Options Matching Mole  1972    2:02:16 (Pop‑up)
Soft Machine  A Certain Kind   Options Soft Machine  1968  wr. Hugh Hopper  2:05:03 (Pop‑up)
Nick Mason  I'm A Mineralist   Options Nick Mason's Fictitious Sports  1981  This is really a Carla Bley LP, credited to Nick Mason (who does drum on it) by Columbia records for marketing purposes  2:09:05 (Pop‑up)
Robert Wyatt  Solar Flares   Options Ruth is Stranger than Richard  1975    2:15:16 (Pop‑up)
Robert Wyatt  Muddy Mouse (b)   Options Ruth is Stranger than Richard  1975    2:20:44 (Pop‑up)
Robert Wyatt  5 Black Notes And 1 White Note   Options Ruth is Stranger than Richard  1975    2:21:31 (Pop‑up)
Robert Wyatt  Little Red Robin Hood Hit the Road   Options Rock Bottom  1974  with Ivor Cutler (voice)  2:26:27 (Pop‑up)
Robert Wyatt  Arauco   Options Nothing Can Stop Us  1982  wr. by Chilean folk singer/hero Violetta Parra  2:32:37 (Pop‑up)
Wyatt/ Atzmon/ Stephen  At Last I Am Free   Options ´..........For The Ghosts Within´  2010    2:36:45 (Pop‑up)

Music behind DJ:
Wyatt/ Atzmon/ Stephen 

In A Sentimental Mood   Options

´..........For The Ghosts Within´ 



2:39:31 (Pop‑up)
Robert Wyatt  Red Flag   Options Nothing Can Stop Us  1982  wr. 1889 by Jim Connell, official anthem of the Labour party since its inception  2:53:31 (Pop‑up)
Robert Wyatt  To The Old World (Thank You For The Use Of Your Body, Goodbye)   Options The End Of An Ear  1970    2:55:24 (Pop‑up)
Robert Wyatt  Age of Self   Options Old Rottenhat  1985    2:56:40 (Pop‑up)

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Listener comments!

Avatar 6:46pm Flash Strap:

Evening explorers
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:55pm doctorjazz:

Hey, Flash!
Looks like a good show coming up!
Avatar 6:57pm Flash Strap:

Hey Doc! I think it should be good, but then again I adore Robert Wyatt
Avatar 7:03pm Flash Strap:

By way of explanation:

Tonight in the Explorers Room, we celebrate the surprise success of Corbyn in the UK – and the broader, hopefully hopeful implications that result has for left politics going forward – by spending an evening with the music of Robert Wyatt. I probably would have done this show regardless of the electoral outcome; it's a necessary tonic in victory or defeat. In 1972, Wyatt asked, "how long can I pretend that music's more relevant than fighting for a socialist world?" The music resulting from that conundrum gives us an invaluable vision of socialist-informed art: not only steadfastly political, unflinchingly critical, and committed to the cause of human emancipation, but also absurdist, experimental, endlessly playful, romantic, and deeply personal. Tonight we'll hear from a variety of Wyatt's solo and collaborative projects, both political and poetic (as if the two weren't one). Tune in and hear He of the Great Voice.
Avatar 7:05pm geezerette:

Avatar 7:05pm quinn:

Avatar 7:06pm Flash Strap:

This album, Rock Bottom, is really as good as an album can be. One of the great works of musical art of the 20th century! Long may it play
Avatar 7:07pm Flash Strap:

Geezerette! Quinn! How grand to see you both! Welcome and how are yous?
Avatar 7:09pm Flash Strap:

everytime i hear that part, where the song goes into reverse, i actually turn inside out, true story
Avatar 7:10pm Flash Strap:

that there, that's Ivor Cutler
Avatar 7:10pm geezerette:

Feeling fine and likewise heartened by Ms. May's rebuff.
Avatar 7:10pm hyde:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:11pm Doug Schulkind:

Oh God am I glad to be here. Sanctuary.
Avatar 7:12pm Flash Strap:

Hyde! Helloooooo!

Ah, and Doug! Happy to be here with you my friend
Avatar 7:12pm hyde:

@Doug you mean like that J Geils tune? i don't think Flash is playing that tonite
Avatar 7:13pm geezerette:


Yessir Doug, shelter from the storm.
Avatar 7:13pm hyde:

Avatar 7:14pm quinn:

Avatar 7:15pm geezerette:

:) !

Howdy Quinn!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:15pm Doug Schulkind:

I have been dealing with a hospitalized father that past 10 days. Things were looking really crappy. On Sunday afternoon, I had the "It's time to start thinking about hospice" conversation with the doctor. By Monday evening, my father was awake with eyes open and talking from a chair. A fairly miraculous transformation. Just moved him to skilled nursing rehab today. A whirlwind.

That kind of sanctuary.
Avatar 7:16pm Flash Strap:

Doug, that is good news.
Avatar 7:18pm geezerette:

Glad for you and your family Doug. A very happy Fathers Day to all.
Avatar 7:18pm hyde:

@Doug yow. glad to hear that.
Avatar 7:18pm Flash Strap:

This here is some of the best work on the complex nature of love and partnership, and the inherent limitations of language to express the intensely personal, ever. The second part where Alfie (his wife) rejoinders is just, completely amazing and moving. even though it's in gibberish
Avatar 7:21pm Flash Strap:

also: great sax, man! I never figured out who's playing it
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:22pm doctorjazz:

That is good news indeed, Doug. Happy Father's Day!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:23pm Doug Schulkind:

I think it's Gary Windo on sax. Also, the great South African trumpeter Mongezi Feza plays on this record.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:24pm Doug Schulkind:

Feza played on the "Little Red Riding Hood" tune.
Avatar 7:24pm Flash Strap:

They were really close, Wyatt and Feza

I'm not real familiar with Windo, need to get to know
Avatar 7:25pm geezerette:

I hear a little Moondog influence.
Avatar 7:27pm Flash Strap:

I think so too! I know he's a big Yusef Lateef fan as well, and loves Max Roach
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:27pm Doug Schulkind:

Listening to Wyatt makes me weepy. My friend Michael King was close to the man and wrote the book Wrong Movements: A Robert Wyatt History. King took his life two years ago, and I am still madsadmadsadmadsad.

Michael King: cuneiformrecord.blogspot.com...
Avatar 7:27pm hyde:

apparently, Gary Windo also plays on the 1982 Joe Piscopo LP "New Jersey"! maybe don't start with that.
Avatar 7:30pm Flash Strap:

What an awful loss, Doug, I'm so sorry. I'd like to read that. I've read some parts of his biography, "Different Every Time" and it's awfully interesting.
Avatar 7:43pm Flash Strap:

I like Matching Mole at least as much as Soft Machine, if not more to be honest
Avatar 7:47pm Flash Strap:

look at this beautiful man: media.digitalphotogallery.com...
Avatar 7:48pm quinn:

i love him
Avatar 7:50pm geezerette:

That face tells you everything.
Avatar 7:52pm Flash Strap:

I love that someone as gentle and kind as he is is willing to offer such a sharp rebuke to centrist/conservatism. it means more coming from him
Avatar 7:52pm northguineahills:

Matching Mole was the first Robert Wyatt that jumped out at me (and I dug Soft Machine), and I didn't discover MM until '99. After that, everything else he touched made sense.
Avatar 7:53pm Flash Strap:

NGH! Hello fellow
Avatar 7:54pm Flash Strap:

There are degrees of amnesia, ways to forget
Ways to remember all the good that you've done
And if you can't get a witness remind yourselves
Nobody's just perfectly good all the time
And if you killed all those redskins long, long ago
Well, they'd all be dead now anyway, anyway
Don't let that ghost disconcert you – the lord will provide
A nice little headstone for the brave Cherokee

So let's have no reservations, let's have a clean sweep
Clearing the way for the land of the free
Let's hear it for civilisation once more
Build your aryan empire in peace
Avatar 7:56pm Flash Strap:

NGH, I think that moment came for me when I heard End of an Ear, oddly enough. though the first Wyatt lp i heard was Shleep, and I love that
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:05pm melinda:

hi explorers!
Avatar 8:05pm Flash Strap:

melinda! hi hi hi
Avatar 8:06pm northguineahills:

My college roommate got Schleep, but it didn't work for me at the time. By the time I moved to NYC, it finally clicked.
Avatar 8:06pm Flash Strap:

This record never gets its due, it's amazing
Avatar 8:07pm Flash Strap:

@NGH: I hear that. I still haven't clicked with Comicopera or to a lesser extent, Dondestan, but I know I will one day
Avatar 8:09pm Flash Strap:

"I suddenly thought what that building must be like from the inside"
Avatar 8:12pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Everybody feels like RobertWyatt is their own friend.
Avatar 8:15pm Flash Strap:

Hi Revrab! great to see you. He is everyone's own friend
Avatar 8:16pm Flash Strap:

OF COURSE we're going to hear Shipbuilding. I'm not a man of stone
Avatar 8:18pm Flash Strap:

jesus, this song
Avatar 8:29pm northguineahills:

The 1975 Indonesian invasion of East Timor was rather horrific....
Avatar 8:40pm Flash Strap:

Big time horrific. And of course we totally enabled the Indonesian regime when we supported Suharto's coup in the name of anti-communism
Avatar 8:41pm Flash Strap:

"Carpenters who had built houses wanted only to build
Painters who painted pictures wanted only to
paint more
Men who sang life strong in laughter wanted only to
sing more
Men who planted wheat and cotton wanted only to
plant more"
Avatar 8:45pm Flash Strap:

The Golden Gate Jubilee Quartet : s3.amazonaws.com...
Avatar 8:52pm Flash Strap:

Eno on this one
Avatar 9:02pm Flash Strap:

I love how he sounds virtually the same, 30, 40 years apart
Avatar 9:08pm Hams:

very cool show, flash. just tunin' in. ..just this past year i started delving into wyatt's old eps & all, where before i only knew ROCK BOTTOM, almost by heart, & RUTH...
Avatar 9:08pm Flash Strap:

he lays down some gorgeous drums at the end of this
Avatar 9:08pm Flash Strap:

Hi Hams!
Avatar 9:09pm Hams:

Avatar 9:10pm Flash Strap:

I love Ruth... in fact, I'm about to play some from it!
Avatar 9:11pm Flash Strap:

Such an absurd conflation with minimalism: "Phillip Glass is mineralist to the extreme"
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:14pm Doug Schulkind:

Plotzing big time over here.
Avatar 9:16pm Flash Strap:

good plotz or bad plotz? I understand there's one of each
Avatar 9:18pm northguineahills:

I have a face-to-face interview for a senior GIS position at a hydrology & soil science environmental firm tomorrow morning. They want my school transcripts to see my classes I took. I haven't been in grad school in 15 years, and haven't taken a chemistry or calculus class in 20 years. Been cramming for the last two weeks, as I have no idea where this interview will go....
Avatar 9:20pm Flash Strap:

wow! good luck brother NGH! I hate providing transcripts, I always feel like, if you wanna see em so bad, you get em

seriously. good fortune to you NGH. May it go exceedingly well
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:20pm Doug Schulkind:

  9:21pm Doctorjazz:

Once again, this show is really an education (for me...), cool stuff!
Avatar 9:23pm northguineahills:

Now I need matching mole3 (or a mole units of the mammal mole in mole sauce).
Avatar 9:23pm northguineahills:

Thanks. Its actually a job I want in a location I'd want to live in.
Avatar 9:24pm Flash Strap:

Joyplotz for me too then!

So glad to hear it, Doc! I love love love playing this music, and I'm so glad that somebody can gain something from my doing so

That's crucial, NGH. I'll incant a spell on your behalf tonight at the shrine
Avatar 9:25pm Flash Strap:

eno on this one too
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:25pm Doug Schulkind:

Pretty sure Mongs is on Ruth Is Stranger, too. ♥.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:26pm coelacanth∅ sneaking in like i've been here:

hello Evan and Explorers
Avatar 9:27pm northguineahills:

I don't believe I've heard this album. This one really stands out.
Avatar 9:27pm Flash Strap:

Oh, he is! for some reason I thought he passed away in '74
Avatar 9:29pm Flash Strap:

Hi Sneaky Coelacanth!
Avatar 9:30pm Flash Strap:

Mongezi Feza died right after that LP, in 1975. It really shook Wyatt up and contributed to a lull in solo output. His contributions to Rock Bottom and Ruth is Stranger than Richard are invaluable
Avatar 9:31pm Flash Strap:

these lyrics, read by Cutler, are a reprise of those that appeared much quicker in Little Red Riding Hood Hit the Road. It's really cool in the context of the album
Avatar 9:32pm Flash Strap:

it's super essential in my book, NGH (Ruth is Stranger than Richard)
Avatar 9:34pm Hams:

i've always like that laugh at the end of "red robin". ..can't think of a more conclusive laugh.
Avatar 9:35pm quinn:

I had to leave for most of the show, but one of his lesser... acclaimed(?) songs that I can never get enough of is Worship from Dondestan. I listen to it on repeat.
Avatar 9:35pm northguineahills:

I understand Robert's Spanish very easy (must be my gringoness). Always wanted to hear Violetta Parra. It took me forever to find recordings of Victor Jara.
Avatar 9:36pm Flash Strap:

agreed, Hams! so good
Avatar 9:39pm Flash Strap:

I wish I had your spanish, NGH. I translated it for myself, but it wasn't very intelligible

Quinn, I need to give that one a close relisten, then
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:40pm Uncle Michael:

Just loving Wyatt Night.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:46pm Uncle Michael:

Nick Mason can afford to pay all our hospital bills.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:52pm Uncle Michael:

Thanks, Evan.
Avatar 9:53pm northguineahills:

Gotta jump, thanks!
Avatar 9:55pm Flash Strap:

Hi Uncle!

Thanks to you, NGH! Best of luck tomorrow
Avatar 9:57pm Flash Strap:

Thanks all, goodnight
Avatar 9:59pm Flash Strap:

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Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:03pm coelacanth∅:

Thanks Evan!
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