Category Archives: 09 – September

September 28

I enjoyed the challenge of connecting Amadou & Mariam to Wyclef Jean via a reasonably logical sequence.

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September 21

We begin with a brand new public service announcement from the kids at the Robot Supply & Repair Store in Ann Arbor (read about 826!), in which they recount their trip to outer space. My favorite part comes when they encounter aliens: “Fire at them to see if they’re friendly.”

There’s a set of soundtrack musics nestled in here, which reminds me of a joke that’s not funny:

Q. What do you get when you mix The Exorcist with drunken Germans?
A. Tüßülär jügs by Brave Combo.

Contained herein are 10 minutes of noize. Richard Pinhas and Merzbo provide this particular section. They are described, respectively, as a French prog rock guitar hero and the Japanese god of noise.

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Incidentally, here’s a joke that is funny:

Q. What’s the difference between a Greyhound bus stop and a crab with breasts?
A. One is a crusty bus station, and the other is a busty crustacean.


Because you’re so patient when I take a while to post recent shows, I have a gift for you. Here are two episodes of the limited-edition program that we aired exclusively during the summer of 2011. If I could find the dern program guide for this landmark era, I would reproduce the show description for you here; alas. In a nutshell, Move Your Ass was a show in which DJs encouraged listeners to nurture their health by following along with workout records. It was a 30-minute show that aired on weeknights, Monday through Thursday. The show has been discontinued and will be missed…but by now we’ve built a respectable “fitness” section in our music library…! Freeform radio at its finest.

This show aired during the first week ever of Move Your Ass and features helium balloons. The health disclaimers herein became recorded intros and promos for the program during the summer. Jen Johnson (of “It’s Hot In Here” fame) and I tag-teamed this one. Some choice moments: “Why can’t they afford a full-size leotard? Or a full-size child?” “It’s really hard to go to your work when you’re sweaty all the time. I should know.” Put the snippets into context by working out with us–

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This other show aired later, after Jen had hurried off to Uganda to be eaten by crocodiles. I was left to my own devices, which included a maximum strength weight loss subliminal tape program, Jewish stretching, a toy monkey, double the Bonnie Prudden, and more. By listening, you can discover what the high-pitched squeaking of Mickey Mouse sounds like when the LP is sped up to 45 rotations per minute (that does the trick when there are no helium balloons floating around). This episode of Move Your Ass is dedicated to the kids. including those that are not yet born. the belly babies.

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September 7: Howard Fishman interview on air

The show begins with what one listener described as “whimsy”. To be honest, I was biding time with whimsical tunes while getting my act together and preparing the world for what was to come–a phone interview with musician Howard Fishman.

Previously, Howard and I chatted on our chellulars about everything from the Donner party to the ecstatic truth. Hear here how the pre-recorded interview sounded on the air.

Stay tuned all the way through to hear brass band musics and tap dancing.

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September 7: Interview with Howard Fishman

This interview will air on 88.3 FM (in southeast Michigan) or via your computer next Wednesday morning, September 7, at 9-11am Eastern time.

Howard Fishman will play at the Kerrytown Concert House with his quartet on Friday, September 9, at 8pm.

I spoke with him on the phone–me at the WCBN studio, Howard somewhere in Brooklyn amid the barricade of canned food he erected against Hurricane Irene–and interspersed some of his musics into the interview. A special treat for you, dear listener (amid a multitude of highlights), is Howard’s first-ever phone performance of a song that can be heard almost nowhere else.

Enjoy him virtually and in person, why don’t you?

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