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"I listened yesterday. It's no reflection on you but I could'nt see where you were going or what you were going for. This early seventies thing did'nt get noticed the first time and you talk about friends of like Dealney and Bonnie who had records out like we're supposed to remember who they are. Then you play this long winded free jazz stuff that really grates on my nerves. And that noise without a beat and sounds like someones being pinched. Then you play a reggae song, I think you called it Dub, to what, be cool? You seem to really fetishize the whole folk thing too which is obnoxious to us who don't even care. I liked it when you played that punk song though. I like Joe Belock a lot." (Visit homepage.)

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Artist Track Album Label Year Format Approx. start time
neil rolnick  wake up   Options ex-machina  innova  2016  CD  0:00:00 (Pop‑up)
stooges  gimme danger (bowie mix)   Options raw power  columbia  1973/2xxx  CD  0:24:08 (Pop‑up)
tsol  red shadows   Options change today?  enigma  1984  LP  0:24:29 (Pop‑up)
damned  just can't be happy   Options machine gun etiquette  chiswick  1979  LP  0:24:41 (Pop‑up)
black market baby  this years prophet   Options senseless offerings  black market baby  1982  LP  0:28:34 (Pop‑up)
stains  young nazis   Options s/t  sst  1983  LP  0:31:07 (Pop‑up)
bl'ast  surf and destroy   Options the power of expression  wishingwell  1986  LP  0:42:55 (Pop‑up)
lou champagne system  silent walking   Options no visible means  pterodactyl  1984  LP  0:44:36 (Pop‑up)
nic potter  ocean blue   Options the blue zone  voice print  1990  LP  0:51:03 (Pop‑up)
michael gendreau  ghosts of logical resoning   Options polvo seran, mas polvo enamorado  public eyesore  2018  LP  1:00:25 (Pop‑up)
maria somerville  undoing   Options all my people  no label  2019  EP  1:02:04 (Pop‑up)
hania rani  now run   Options esja  gondwana records  2019  LP  1:06:35 (Pop‑up)
dominique lawalree  please do not disturb   Options first meeting  ergot / catch wave  2017  LP  1:13:12 (Pop‑up)
rip hayman  dreams of india & china   Options dreams of india & china  recital  2019  LP  1:20:44 (Pop‑up)
minoru muraoka  soul bamboo   Options bamboo  mr. bongo  1970/2019  CD  1:42:18 (Pop‑up)
nickolas mohanna  tower   Options smoke  aagoo  2019  LP  1:47:30 (Pop‑up)
regular music  hyppolyte and aricie   Options s/t  rough trade  1985  LP  1:54:37 (Pop‑up)
ziad rahbani  prelude   Options abu ali  wewantsounds  1978/2019  CD  2:02:33 (Pop‑up)
zaine griff  the beating of wings   Options figures  polydor  1982  LP  2:12:58 (Pop‑up)
hamish kilgour  funk rmxs   Options 10"  bada bing  2019  10"  2:18:41 (Pop‑up)
eric copeland  beat it   Options trogg modal vol. 2  dfa  2019  LP  2:30:18 (Pop‑up)
colman  inside these walls   Options daedalus  musique plastique  1986/2018  LP  2:34:27 (Pop‑up)
verticle lines  theme from beach boy (instrumental)   Options 12" EP  tuff city  1982  12"  2:40:41 (Pop‑up)
beach surgeons  chicken skin planet   Options VA: plastic dance 2  cache cache  2019  LP  2:47:10 (Pop‑up)
f-dorm  ditch   Options commune  scrapes  2019  LP  2:52:59 (Pop‑up)
nkisi  a2   Options 7 directions  uiq  2019  LP  2:56:24 (Pop‑up)

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Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:03am randyfrommichigan:

hello from the other side
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:03am Cmurtha:

WAKE UP. Hello everyone
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:05am MD:



Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:08am Ken From Hyde Park:

Set the calendar for Friday. That's the day we wake up.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:09am sphere:

hello fellow Allenites.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:09am karlward:

Pretty sure very Friday morning starts with JA calling the station at 8:59 from a heliport in Brooklyn, telling Clay to cue up "Wake Up," and then a helicopter ride to the roof of WFMU, where JA is descending from a rope ladder literally right now to take over the station controls.
  9:10am LukeL:

Ya know what karl that sounds pretty realistic actually
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:11am karlward:

I have heard reports of falling vinyl copies of "Wake Up" occasionally hitting pedestrians in Lower Manhattan. I suspect these reports are related.
  9:12am LukeL:

LOL. Btw what's this song sampling?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:12am steveo:

interesting programming choice
  9:12am Doobois:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:13am AndrewC.:

Hey! Once is enough!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:13am Mick:

Delayed arrival of the helicopter?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:13am Aaron Working In Newark:

Good Morning JA
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:13am karlward:

Oh no something's wrong with the rope ladder!
  9:13am Jay Goges:

Johnny?? Hahhaa
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:13am Zetti:

I could listen to "wake up" all day long. Luv it.
  9:14am Doobois:

Too much is never enough.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:14am stephen adams in the uk:

wake up by neil rolnick twice excellent
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:15am Rob (Jerzcity):

Really wouldn't mind if it went all the way til 12....oh never mind
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:15am steveo:

play a cart!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:15am Rob (Jerzcity):

Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:16am Krys O.:

  9:16am dano59:

Ok this one was different! Can't wait to get the theme on vinyl
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:17am George of Troy:

Hola, JA
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:20am AndrewC.:

I still miss the days of getting 10 mins of Jewish tunes when JA was late...
Avatar 9:20am John Allen:

hey man, not my problem. someone left their spotify account open. good morning!
Avatar 9:24am V Priceless:

Yay! Damned! Hey John, peeps!
Avatar 9:25am Diezel Tea:

Eh, it's Johnny Allenheaths in da AM, eh...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:29am karlward:

Olivia wearing a John Allen mask?
  9:29am convoy_pt2:

Wow havent heard this song in a long time ☠️☠️black market baby!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:30am TomDash:

JAZZ is cool and all, but I'm really digging the rock this morning!
Avatar 9:30am Rev. Turnip Druid:

Just got here and WHOA. Everything after Rolnick has been my record collection outta high school. Bonus points for th'BM Baby.
  9:30am John from Florham Park:

Morning fellow listeners
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:31am steveo:

oh, hi John, sounding good; happy friday
  9:32am John from Florham Park:

Hello stevo
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:32am Aaron Working In Newark:

Nice set so far. Just what the dr ordered.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:33am karlward:

Am I the only one who heard an insane cut up of the last half hour of Clay's show on the radiorethink stream just now? It was grabbing random 5 second chunks of the last half hour and playing them out of order. I reloaded the radiorethink window and it works fine now. Like I said I thought Olivia was glitching the stream or something.
  9:33am Listener Robert:

I commented on Irwin's show about the evidence from the Summer 1986 LCD that DJs were hard to get -- 4 & 5 hour shows, DJs taking 2 SCHEDULED shows a week, a bit of listener art consisting of a note calling for help because needing someone to sub for them.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:33am steveo:

hello, other John :)
  9:37am John from Florham Park:

@Karlward never heard of radiorethink
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:38am Rob (Jerzcity):

Maj. Disclaimer!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:42am steveo:

ugh that's no fun, sending a bucket of bears
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:43am Dave:

That happened to me last year, you need an antihistamine. Being deaf in one ear is horrible.
  9:45am Andy the painter:

enjoyed the rocking first set! (at least my half)
good luck with the stuff in yer head, john. drywall dust?
  9:47am Doobois:

Feel better soon, JA. And thank you for your service.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:47am Haiku Henry:

John Allen, I hear you're in a punk mood today. Check out Surfbort. Punk rock at it's finest.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:53am Rob (Jerzcity):

@HH - unfortunately they're raising the question of how punk is it to be sponsored by Gucci. Surfbort and Amyl and the Sniffers.
Avatar 9:56am crateslinger:

Anybody know what's going on in Brooklyn/Queens? On my way in I passed literally 9 million fire trucks headed south through Williamsburg and Long Island City.
  9:57am Mike tp:

getting potted with Potter.....JA very nice..
Avatar 9:57am crateslinger:

I supposed I could put on NPR or 1010 WINS, but wait a minute, nah...
Avatar 9:57am Beast of Boonton:

John Allen - Have a shot of Dr. Dewars
Avatar 9:58am crateslinger:

Sorry I missed the punk, but oddly I don't miss punk...
  9:58am Andy the painter:

@listener robert i picked up a couple old LCD’s at the record fair. from 86/87, from before i started listening in 91. pretty fascinating, at least for this fmu head. (the letter from the anonymous listener complaining how the “real wfmu” is gone, and SMK’s response?)
  9:58am Listener Robert:

I do that H2O2-in-the-ears sideways on the pillow too. Hate when I can't tell whether muffled hearing is an outer or middle ear problem, but usually I have wax regardless.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:59am Ike:

Dead air?
Avatar 9:59am crateslinger:

all a sudden I hear nothing on the stream for a minute or two.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:59am Booz:

Love hearing about the old LCDs
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:59am Ike:

Oh it's just very low and hummy and Bryce-tastic.
Avatar 10:00am crateslinger:

maybe it's got something to do with the firetrucks and helicopters over lower manhattan... shit.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:00am Booz:

This air is the deadest.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:01am sphere:

ah there we go
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:01am Booz:

Correction, undead air.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:02am Ken From Hyde Park:

Deadly Air
  10:02am Listener Robert:

Andy, many of us must've heard about WFMU the same way I did in 1980, and listened only at night to the likes of Frank O'Toole, Pat Duncan, Paul Cavanaugh (and Morbid) and Jim Price, and got a mistaken impression of WFMU, thinking it was all punk, not realizing that's just how things lined up temporarily for us. That letter writer apparently thought the rest of WFMU's programming was some new departure. He was a little snotty, Ken was a little snotty back.
Avatar 10:03am Flowbarian:

HEY You will hate this: but take a ton of goldenseal extract and orange peel zest and clove - it will clear you out poor baby.
Avatar 10:04am John Allen:

i'll get on that, thanks Flow
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:07am Haiku Henry:

@Rob (Jerzcity) - Makes me think of when Rollins did the Calvin Klein ad. Maybe it makes them more punk? or not? Still love both Surfbort and Rollins. Amyl and the Sniffers are great too.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:10am Mister Dobalina:

Perfect composition for a perfect Friday.
  10:10am Andy the painter:

robert: yeah, i figured that exchange was along those lines. very interesting for me to get a peek into an institution i love before my time.
  10:11am Andy the painter:

into a period before my time.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:13am Ike:

I haven't had nearly as much trouble since I started eating local honey but my allergies and sinus problems already come and go randomly anyway, so maybe the local honey is just tasty and actually has no woo-woo curative home-remedy effects at all. I have no idea. I really need several clones of myself so I can do experiments on them. Some of them get local honey, some of them get goldenseal and valerian root or dandelion extracts or whatever nasty thing is the current fad, some get expensive kombucha, some of them just get thwacked with wet noodles.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:14am Krys O.:

Listener Robert, I was on the air from 1985-1991 and on some schedules I had two shows a week. One week, I also did three fill-ins. Five shows in one week! But our reception was only within a 50 mile radius, so it was for naught.
  10:14am Listener Robert:

And the funny thing is, I might have already had that LCD in the moldy papers in the garage, don't remember if I was getting it that far back, got this copy recently from a friend who also subscribed. But back then I didn't listen to as MANY programs as now, and at the time of that issue I'd just moved into a shadow zone that made WFMU only an occasional treat for a while.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:15am Zetti:

For the ear... the Mullein plant Verbascum Thapsus. Mullein ear oil extract.
  10:16am Listener Robert:

And not archived either, Krys, except for whatever cassettes you might've made and kept yourself or that listeners made off air.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:16am Krys O.:

There is some wild mullein growing near my office in Roseland.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:17am Barney Grubbs:

I suspect these things work differently for everybody, but combo of allegra and morning/evening saline nose spray has been working okay this year (subbed in the saline this year for azelastine spray and seems to working). But for clogged ear stuff I give in & take a pseudoephedrine.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:17am Krys O.:

Listener Robert, I used to tape my show each week, but only a few survived due to theft or attrition. The Subgenius rants that I did are still preserved in the archives.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:19am Zetti:

Yep, Mullein is a common vanguard weed. The leaves are super soft and was used as toilet paper back in the day. The plant is also known as cowboy toilet paper.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:20am Krys O.:

Good to know, Zetti. Useful info for the zombie apocalypse.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:20am The Oscar:

Mornin' all! I was actually just having hellish ear problems as well this past week. Wound up just blasting it all out with an ear syringe full of warm water. It was... productive. Anyway, I can hear again!
  10:21am Listener Robert:

Krys, YOU did the Subgenius? I'd assumed those came from Ivan Stang. I listened to some of those in the 1980s, only I wasn't sure it was on WFMU rather than another station.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:26am Booz:

RIP Dominique Lawalree
  10:32am Mike tp:

wow I have LCD from eighties catalogs of curioities N synthetic pleasure newsletters.enjoying since 1981. I've been much better for it
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:34am Krys O.:

Listener Robert, I featured a half hour of tapes from Stang, but I wrote rants to introduce each feature.
  10:35am passiflora:

those metal wares!
Avatar 10:39am crateslinger:

@Krys O. - did you have anything to do with the UHF broadcasts of WFMU television in the early 90'z? Very subgeniusy.
  10:41am LukeL:

hERE comes the train! :)
  10:46am ledzeppelinsucks:

工作在这里堆积得更高。如果计算机所有者错过了他们的约会,则推迟了这个项目。在网络故障期间我必须离开这里。 TSOL听起来很棒。
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:50am Zetti:

Did anyone else attend or remember the concert promoted by Richard of Synthetic Pleasure with Don Slepian and Emerald Web? OMG, that was an amazing show.
  10:51am Listener Robert:

Krys, I do recall someone's talking before or after taped segments from Stang, but I don't recall whether I thought those fun or just annoying interruptions. But then, such is the work of a DJ, huh?
  10:52am Listener Robert:

Zetti, both I and my friend, unknown to each other at the time, listened to Synthetic Pleasure, but I had another friend who was friendly with Don Slepian. I have the latter's Music Through The Ages calling card.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:57am Passaic River Blues:

This is pretty incredible.
  10:57am Listener Robert:

Then again my friend, Greg who recently gave me that old LCD, had mixed up Synthetic Pleasure with Vin Scelsa's program, so I'm not really sure what he listened to. We each have a lot of trouble with names, and the intervening decades don't help with memory.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:58am ɨkɛ:

To be more specific, I've been getting the Highland Valley Apiaries honey at Trader Joe's. Like I said, no idea if it's actually got any woo-woo magic in it or my lack of allergy problems lately is a coincidence, but it's really goddamn delicious.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:59am Krys O.:

1. No, I had nothing to do with the UHF broadcasts. 2. I wasn't the only one who featured the Subgenius tapes. Here is a link to my archives to judge for yourself again. wfmu.org...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:59am Zetti:

@Listenr Robert, I'm pretty sure Slepian lives in the Poconos and continues to make music.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:03am ɛɨk:

Pseudoephedrine used to work well for me, but I seem to have gotten acclimated to it now. Either that or the Man neutered its powers so that bikers can't make meth out of it anymore.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:10am steveo:

i've been taking capsules stuffed with live bees; does wonders
  Swag For Life Member 11:12am destructo:

An old roommate told me his uncle or something had his sinuses cauterized. Very rarely had any sinus problems but when he did, the stuff just came pouring right out because they were basically just smooth tubes, like those windy drinking straws.
Avatar 11:12am John Allen:

Steveo, looking at the backend of the comments board, you are the 100th comment today! To celebrate, I will go with that suggestion and eventually block you from ever commenting again
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:14am ɛɨkɛɨ:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:15am steveo:

i'm sure i deserve nothing less, JA; nice set
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:15am Passaic River Blues:

Nice, the "Ashes and Diamonds" guy!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:16am tim from champaign:

Hi everybody! This is Professor Griff?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:21am Krys O.:

Zbigniew Cybulski was the James Dean of Poland. I would free the bees from their capsule. My dad had one nostril cauterized because of frequent epistaxis which I also suffer from. I had my throat cauterized when I was a kid due to frequent sore throats. Having a needle stuck in the back of my throat hurt like a mofo.
  11:23am Listener Robert:

Thanks, Krys, maybe I'll relive those nights. I won't complain if it turns out I want to skip your intros, because even with your favorite DJ, aren't there SOME times you shout back at the radio, just get one with it? OTOH, I might prefer to listen to ONLY your intros, better than the part from Stang, in which case I'll tell you.

Thanks for the tip, Zetti. I think Don Slepian was then a Jerseyite and my friend Ed's interaction with him was over interests other than music. I think I tried to phone him once on a long shot he'd be interested commercially in a completely other thing of mine.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:25am Krys O.:

Lori Paisley, Don Slepian and Yanni were in heavy rotation on Richard Ginsburg's show.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:37am Booz:

Yanni has deeper roots in FMU than I thought.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:38am blee:

Really digging the show today. JA on a Friday is the best.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:38am zopa:

I used to work for a Cybulski. This one:
Avatar 11:50am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

damned damned chicken
Avatar 11:50am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

gimme ranger
Avatar 11:51am cuteCloud:

pretty sure this is where i live
Avatar 11:51am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:53am Booz:

TIL that "Verticle" is not a typo and that 12" goes for $50-$80
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:54am Krys O.:

Thanks, JA!
  11:55am Chi Bill:

I believe more people would enjoy chicken skin planet than commercials, hype and stale music than currently do, if only they knew WFMU.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:56am sphere:

thanks Mr. Allen. Good healing vibes to you.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:56am steveo:

thanks JA. very good music today; hope your ear clears asap
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:58am Booz:

thx JA, enjoy yr symptom
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:01pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Thanks, JA. Enjoy your chopper ride back to Brooklyn.
Avatar 12:02pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:04pm Zetti:

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