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Options April 24, 2019: I'm against abolishing the Electoral College but tuition should be free.

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Gary Stewart (1957–2019) and James Austin (left) at Rhino Records
photo: Bart Batholomew

Artist Track Album Approx. start time
Beaver Harris 360° Experience  Double Arc Jake   Options A Well Kept Secret   
Better Oblivion Community Center  Dylan Thomas   Options Better Oblivion Community Center  0:07:57 (Pop‑up)
Happy Apple  Koala Bear Wearing a T-Shirt with Your Corporate Logo   Options Please Refrain from Fronting  0:11:32 (Pop‑up)
Wand  Walkie Talkie   Options Laughing Matter  0:15:23 (Pop‑up)
Bobby Timmons  A Little Busy   Options Easy Does It  0:19:44 (Pop‑up)
Micropixie  Como Mínimo   Options Como Mínimo  0:26:52 (Pop‑up)
Monsoon  You Can't Take Me With You   Options Monsoon featuring Sheila Chandra  0:32:14 (Pop‑up)
Callie Ryan  Femminile   Options Health  0:36:22 (Pop‑up)
Diego Barber  Jacaranda   Options One Minute Later  0:39:39 (Pop‑up)
Moving Panoramas  Forever Gone   Options In Two  0:48:46 (Pop‑up)
The Clientele  Girl from Somewhere   Options Bookshop Casanova  0:53:35 (Pop‑up)
Irwin Chusid  Remembrance of Gary Stewart (1957–2019)   Options    
Herbie Hancock  Mimosa   Options Inventions and Dimensions  1:02:21 (Pop‑up)
Heather Woods Broderick  I Try   Options Invitation  1:10:38 (Pop‑up)
Brian Dewan  Big Rock Candy Mountain   Options Words of Wisdom  1:14:59 (Pop‑up)
Odetta Hartman  Widow's Peak   Options Old Rockhounds Never Die  1:17:25 (Pop‑up)
Steven Bernstein  Darling Nikki   Options MTO, Vol. One  1:21:09 (Pop‑up)
Moondog  Symphony No. 47 - three movements   Options Erk  1:33:29 (Pop‑up)
Roar  Wondering Why   Options Pathétique Aesthétique  1:38:22 (Pop‑up)
The Electric Flag  Groovin' Is Easy   Options A Long Time Comin'  1:41:13 (Pop‑up)
Twist  Benefits   Options Benefits  1:44:13 (Pop‑up)
Bernays Propaganda  Laẑi me, laẑi me   Options Politika  1:48:37 (Pop‑up)
Liliput  Do You Mind My Dream   Options LiLiPUT  1:52:31 (Pop‑up)
Solar  Remember Rockefeller at Attica (comp. Mingus)   Options Suns of Cosmic Consciousness  2:00:49 (Pop‑up)
Unloved  Raymond Scott   Options Guilty of Love  2:06:23 (Pop‑up)
Christian McBride  Shake and Blake   Options Conversations with Christian  2:12:33 (Pop‑up)
Daniel Powter  Bad Day   Options Free Loop EP  2:18:15 (Pop‑up)
Big Heet  On a Wire   Options On a Wire  2:21:56 (Pop‑up)
The New Pornographers  The Jessica Numbers   Options Twin Cinema  2:24:05 (Pop‑up)
Zephyr & Mars English  Rock & Roll McDonalds (comp. Wesley Willis)   Options recorded, arranged and performed by Brandon Jemeyson  2:27:12 (Pop‑up)
Balance  Breaking Away   Options In for the Count  2:29:02 (Pop‑up)
Freddie Hendrix  St. Peter's Walk   Options Jersey Cat  2:37:35 (Pop‑up)
It's a Beautiful Day  The Grand Camel Suite   Options Choice Quality Stuff  2:42:38 (Pop‑up)
Circus Maximus  Oops I Can Dance   Options Circus Maximus  2:45:23 (Pop‑up)
Julia Jacklin  Head Alone   Options Crushing  2:48:37 (Pop‑up)
Orange Peels  I Don't Wanna Shine   Options Circling the Sun  2:51:46 (Pop‑up)

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Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:06pm Carmichael:

Heya Irwin. Who is Gary Stewart?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:06pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Gary Stewart obit: www.nytimes.com...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:09pm Phillippe Bastille:

Howdy Irwin and friends. Time to Jazzercise!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:10pm Michael 98145:

another sad loss
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:11pm Phillippe Bastille:

Oh my, Gary's death by suicide. Hard to see that.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:19pm Booz:

That Beaver Harris was a pm jumpstart. Was v sorry to hear about Gary Stewart.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:25pm The Oscar:

Afternoon! I'd heard about Gary Stewart's passing, but reading the obit above really drove it home for me. As a budding record dork growing up in the '90s, his work shaped me in ways I'm probably still only just grasping.
  3:28pm flashbazbo:

This makes up for lee Morgan. Let me get this right. No lm in the library?
Avatar 3:31pm Irwin:

Plenty of Lee in the lib, but I got here 1 min b4 airtime.
Avatar 3:59pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

I see Gene Clark & Carla Olson...RIP Gary Stewart - who improved all our lives.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:00pm Phillippe Bastille:

Never enough Clientele IMHO
  4:01pm Laura L:

Well, hello--busy day but am tuned in and I agree with Phillippe.
Avatar 4:01pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Agree w/ LL agreeing w/ PB, &tc.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:07pm Phillippe Bastille:

Beautiful tribute, Irwin. Lotsa love and respect shines through.
Avatar 4:08pm Listening Out There:

As usual, great tunes. Irwin, do you mind if I plug a worthwhile Gofundme for the great cartoonist, Gahan Wilson, who's dealing with severe dementia?
Avatar 4:08pm geezerette:

I'm sorry you've lost a good friend, Irwin.
Always loved Rhino Records; lovely tribute.
Now I know where the cheerfulanarchic spirit of the company came from.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:08pm strudlzrout:

I love me some Mimosa.
  4:09pm berbo:

Irwin's description of Rhino sounds pretty much what I had imagined.
Avatar 4:09pm Irwin:

LOT: Post the Gahan link, feel free.
Avatar 4:10pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Touching. Condolences.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:12pm Parq:

Jeez, he sounded like a great guy. Always breaks my heart when anyone, but especially someone like that, takes his own life. There has to be way we can work toward preventing that. There just has to be. Condolences on the loss of your pal, O'l Pal.
Avatar 4:16pm Listening Out There:

About Gahan Wilson: He's one of our great cartoonists, published in his books, National Lampoon, New Yorker, Playboy, etc. Friends and family are raising $ through Gofundme for the specialty care that he needs. They over halfway to their fundraising goal. :) You can read his son Paul's account of this and contribute at the link. Thanks! www.gofundme.com...
Avatar 4:19pm Listening Out There:

Also, I recommend the 2013 documentary "Born Dead, Still Weird" about Wilson. One reason for the title is that he would have died at birth except for a sharp doctor. Great film that shows many of his famous fans. And...you can watch him draw and drink from a measuring cup.
Avatar 4:26pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Gahan was before Gary Larson. Just sayin'.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:30pm zopa:

There is no escaping the Indigo's Closer I Am to Fine. I was in Portland last week visiting my better half. She had a presentation to give in Vancouver, so I wandered around the Farmer's Market. An acoustic guitar duo was playing *that* song, and I all I could think of was Irwin's treatment. Big smiles.
Avatar 4:31pm Irwin:

zopa: I'm giving it a rest. It will not rest long.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:35pm zopa:

In hindsight, I should have asked them if they knew the Thong Song.
Avatar 4:36pm Lixiviated Life:

So wy not a little bit of Moondog right now?
Avatar 4:37pm Lixiviated Life:

asked and answered
Avatar 4:39pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

You heard one blind person who stood on a busy NYC corner & composed his own sort of classical music in his own notation system in cardboard you heard 'em all...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:46pm Ike:

Re: "Big Rock Candy Mountain": I had no idea Turks were ever stereotyped as hard-ass bosses, or just as jerks or villains in general. Or was that just an easy rhyme from before "jerk" was in common circulation?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:49pm Michael 98145:

@LOT, thank for that link, despite the sad news ..
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:51pm Phillippe Bastille:

Gotta do some yardwork. Thanks for a great show, Irwin. Sorry again about the loss of your friend.
Avatar 4:52pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Irwin Sets. Are Good.
  4:53pm Laura L:

@LOT--thanks for the info--didn't know. I was lucky to design the big book "Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Artists and Writers Who Made the National Lampoon Insanely Great" for my pal Rick Meyerowitz. It has a chapter with fine selections of Gahan's work and very nice text by Rick about Gahan. I'll make sure Rick knows if he doesn't already somehow. What a tough reality.
  5:06pm flashbazbo:

@Laura: Cool! The Lampoon had great graphic style. I switched from Mad to the Lampoon very young. Gahan Wilson had a strip called "Nuts" about puberty. Hit close to home there. I remember Rick Meyerowitz did a mural of the whole watergate gang engaging in coprophagia, with Ketchup bottles in their hands. Tell him we need him back.
Avatar 5:08pm Listening Out There:

@flashbabo: Was just reading "Nuts" after seeing the documentary. Great series about growing up and grownups. Seems a heckuva lot more realistic than Calvin and Hobbes or Peanuts, though I like those too.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:11pm Parq:

I loved "Nuts" too, all the more because it was obviously about a city kid who lived in an apartment building. When I first started reading it, I didn't yet realize that this was a perspective that was about to disappear from the face of pop culture. I also loved GH's large-format cartoons, brilliant color renderings of scenes that would have done Charles Addams proud. "I Paint What I See", indeed.
  5:11pm flashbazbo:

Hm. I only made the "peanuts" "Nuts" connection just now. I'm right on top of stuff.
Avatar 5:13pm Irwin:

I don't know why this track is called "Raymond Scott." Doesn't contain any RS samples, doesn't quote his melodies, doesn't sound like RS. Guess it's just a quirky title.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:14pm Parq:

I never thought of the "Nuts" title as a riff on "Peanuts" -- the title panel always had a pic of an acorn, as in "mighty oaks from little acorns", and I figured "Nuts" was just a reference to acorns.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:15pm Parq:

Irwin, intended as a tribute to him, maybe?
Avatar 5:16pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Electronic where RS is Mechanical?
.../ The Monster from the Id having a stroll contemplating Vince Guaraldi...
  5:23pm flashbazbo:

@Parq: I always had the acorn as entendre #1, and certain pubertal sex characteristics, that descend, as #2. But it never hurts to have extra meanings around.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:23pm G:

American Idol, dismissal song, early 2000s
Avatar 5:24pm Irwin:

Did this guy have a 2nd hit?
Avatar 5:24pm Irwin:

Or did he have a bad decade?
  5:25pm Laura L:

The big Lampoon book has 4 of the Nuts pieces (and the first was published in Jan. 1972)! The book also has the wonderful "Strange Beliefs of Children" and "God Is Money." I must say the book is very worthwhile and was one of the most fun books I've done, because the material is great and Rick Meyerowitz is Rick Meyerowitz. Flashbazbo, he'll be amused you recall the Watergate gang.
  5:28pm flashbazbo:

@Laura: The grins on the faces, with forks and knives and condiments was vivid and unforgettable.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:28pm G:

Powter, wiki page, discography, singles section:

Never hit the main Billboard US chart again, had two low charting adult US singles, charted sometimes low and sometimes higher in other countries. Never charted after 2013. Bad Day was 2005
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:29pm Parq:

Ah, great New Porns track.
Avatar 5:29pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Neato drumms.
  5:32pm spodiodi:

they will put the pounds on you
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:32pm G:

Michelle Moore?
  5:33pm Listener Robert:

Somebody desperate enough to cover Wesley Willis?!
  5:34pm berbo:

A "rock'n'roll X" song with nutritional advice ? Wesley was a genius.
Avatar 5:35pm MayJillar:

I feel like I'm in an '80s montage. Maybe like me trying on different suits and coming out of the dressing room and winking with a sly smirk.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:40pm Doug in JC:

Up there with the Dead Milkmen's "Nutrition"
  5:42pm flashbazbo:

And Little Feat Rock and Roll Doctor.

Maybe Harry Nillson had one.
  5:49pm David in London:

Irwin, my wife and I have just heard 'Breaking Away' for the first time courtesy of your spin just now. It's quite clearly the greatest song ever written and we have now already re-watched it four times on YouTube. There may soon even be retro 80s dance moves thrown in the hallway. Hats off to you sir. (And to the mighty Balance).
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:50pm Mike East:

That wesley willis cover made me happy.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:51pm Little Danny:

This Circus Maximus has some great tracks on it. Underrated folk rock LP overall
Avatar 5:52pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Loves the FolkRawks.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:54pm Z-pulpa:

oooh this is an instant classic!
Avatar 5:56pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

She was on SheilaB's apologizing for her gittar skills
... - ? - ! - ??
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:57pm Phillippe Bastille:

Wow, great time to walk back in the house. Love me some Julia
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:58pm Michael 98145:

Thanks again, Irwin. Exceptional radio as always.
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