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Music For Listeners 11/29/2008

1) The Beastie Boys-"Country Mike's Theme"  From the CD 'Anthology'.
2) Ernest Tubb-"Thanks a Lot"  From the CD 'Retrospective Volume 2'.
3) Scissors for Lefty-"Ornamental"  From the brand new CD E.P. 'Consumption Junction'.
4) Kaiser Chiefs-"You Want History"  From the brand new CD 'Off with Their Heads'.
5) Cut Off Your Hands-"Happy As Can Be"  From the CD E.P. 'Happy As Can Be'.
6) Ox.Eagle.Lion.Man-"If This is A Man"  From the brand new CD E.P. 'Opus 2: Obscured By A Setting Sun'.
7) Bricolage-"Turn U Over"  From the brand new vinyl 7" single for "Turn U Over".
8) Flashguns-"Timehouse Blue"  From the brand new UK CD single for "Timehouse Blues".
9) The Grates-"Carve Your Name"  From the CD 'Teeth Lost Hearts Won'.
10) Love is All-"Wishing Well"  From the brand new CD 'A Hundred Things Keep Me Up at Night'.
11) All The Saints-"Sheffield"  From the CD 'Fire on Corridor X'.
12) Sexy Kids-"Sisters Are Forever"  From the brand new CD single for "Sisters Are Forever".
13) The Spinto Band-"Ain't This the Truth"  From the CD 'Moonwink'.
14) The Muslims-"Extinction"  From the vinyl 7" single for "Extinction".
15) Findlay Brown-"Nobody Cared"  From the brand new CD 'Love Will Find You'.
16) From-"One Spring Away"  From the brand new download single for "One Spring Away".
17) Architecture In Helsinki-"That Beep"  From the brand new CD single for "That Beep".
18) Boy Crisis-"L'homme"  From the brand new 7" single for "L'homme".
19) School of Seven Bells-"Connjur"  From the brand new CD 'Alpinisms'.
20) Empire of the Sun-"Walking On A Dream"  From the brand new CD 'Walking On A Dream'.
21) Jay Jay Pistolet-"Always On My Way Back Home"  From the brand new UK CD E.P. 'Happy Birthday You'.
22) Slow Club-"Slow Club Summer Shakedown"  From the CD E.P. 'Let's Fall Back In Love'.
23) El Guincho-"Kalise"  From the CD 'Alegranza'.
24) Micah P. Hinson and the Red Empire Orchestra-"Throw the Stone"  From the CD 'Micah P. Hinson and the Red Empire Orchestra'.
25) Laura Marling-"Man Sings About Romance"  From the CD 'Alas I Cannot Swim'.
26) Buen Chico-"Tell em!"  From the brand new CD 'Our Love’s Enormous'.
27) The Fireman-"Lovers In A Dream"  From the brand new CD 'Electric Arguments'.
28) The Lovely Sparrows-"Bury the Cynics"  From the CD 'Bury the Cynics'.
29) White Denim-"Shake Shake Shake"  From the vinyl 7" single for "Shake Shake Shake".
30) Peter Broderick-"With the Notes in My Ears"  From the CD 'Home'.
31) The Orb-"Molten Love (Orbits of Venus Mix)"  From the CD 'Orblivion - Remastered and Expanded'.
32) "The Mid Morning Recording"      The Firesign Theater-'Waiting for the Electrician or Someone Like Him'
For a little while, somewhat semi-annually, I played the first piece from this album during the Thanksgiving weekend broadcast. The piece, be it in a rather funny and satirical way, pretty much sums up in about nine minutes time, the overtaking of American soil by the Europeans. (I guess the piece is considered a "thanksgiving pageant", but I haven't confirmed if that is something the group labeled upon it, or if it gained that label following its release.) So, once again we find ourselves upon another holiday season, and this time maybe the "true white-brother" has come to serve our country. (Hey, I'm stretching a bit, but he is half white and half So, this year, instead of playing just the classic "Temporary Humboldt County", I thought it would be great to freak some unsuspecting listeners out with this incredible debut recording from one of the best political comedy teams to ever be assembled. The first three pieces of the record are supposed to represent the political past, present, and possibly, very silly future of the United States. Indians Treaties in the first, 60's commune living in the "present", and the hippie culture overtaking power in the future. Those pieces are strange in their own way, but the album really gets weird and screwy on the second side. The title track of this recording runs the full-length of the second side, and it is certainly one of the best comedy recordings ever. It wouldn't have been SO GOOD, if they didn't have Gary Usher produce the album. He worked on several albums by The Byrds, Gram Parsons, Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys, and he brings that same 60's spatial atmosphere to this comedy album. The end result is a trippy and high-fidelity mind movie that begs for your understanding.....but can you keep up? As with some of the best movies, you may want to listen to this second side a couple of times through, and then you'll slowly start to realize what the hell is going on. Let's just say, I wouldn't want to be the main character of the title track, and some of you paranoid conspiracy theorist out there may say that living in America, we all are. This album may be a little outdated with some of the more verbose 60's slang references, but the humor is just as fresh now as when I first heard it myself over twenty years ago. I hope everyone finds this one just as fun as I do. My favorite album by The Firesign Theater....and that's saying a lot!
"Corn!....Now we can make tortillas!....We've been waitin' for this for hundreds of years....I JUST INVENTED TACOS!!!"
"Have you seen the palace?....Not yet, but I certainly intend to.......Ah, you must, you must, it won't be here much longer, they are cleaning it."
Michael - MFL

33) James-"Sayonara"  From the CD 'Wah-Wah'.

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