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Jefferson on WFMU playlists

Here's a page attempting to transcribe playlists for Jeff Mangum's radio shows on WFMU. He doesn't always make clear what he's playing, so it's tricky to make an accurate list. Please email with any additions or corrections.
Where possible, I've included additional links for track/artist information or purchase availability. For more, try searching around on Google or Amazon.

 

October 14, 2002: Listen (show #1)
¬ "To Animate The Body With The Cocoon of the Her Unconscious Christ The Mother Removes Her Death Body of 1910 Only To Be Reborn In The Same Spirit as a School of Blow Fish Believing in the Coming of the Milk Christ" - The Long Warm Wall of Alfred Snouts {This lengthy titled track is an original Jeff Mangum sound collage, described in Jeff's interview with Pitchfork from February 2002: a long string of vivid sounds... A cathedral bell, a man coughing, an accordion playing, hooves clomping, children cheering, a snippet of a woman telling a dream in a lilting English accent: "...and he brought me and my sister up the tower, and he showed me my parents, who he turned into pieces of fish..."}
¬ "Mumbly Grumbly Bugger" - Sarah Mouthpie (?)
¬ "The Blessing" (excerpt) - James Wright (poem)
¬ (Minatures) - Patrick Bortella (?)
¬ (Greek Oriental Songs and Dances) - Marika Papagika (Folklyric label)
¬ "This Little Light of Mine" - Edith Hillman Boxill and Friends (more info, more info, music therapists for peace)
¬ "Old MacDonald" (Music Therapy) - Dancing Tree (www.thedancingtree.org)
¬ "Wormed Suite No. 4" (?) - Beach Boys {I'm not sure where this comes from, but it's a montage of music clips and dialog from the Beach Boys, circa Smile sessions.}
¬ Sonate Baroque (Chrysopee Electronique - Bourges, Vol. 4) - Alain Savouret
¬ "Ceremonial Dance of the Secret Society of the Way People"? - recorded by Hugo Zin (?) (Le Chant De Monde label)
¬ "Nerve Beats" (excerpts) (live show recorded in 1973) - Hans Bennink (available)
¬ "The Dog Month Lease" (Father, Your Left Leg Is Screaming At Me Again) - Harriet Lung Fish (?)
¬ "Edwin's Hovering Hairpiece" - A Hawk and a Hacksaw
¬ "(Adult Cheetah) WAITING: Close up against a baobab tree, a cheetah, waiting... " (Outside the Circle of Fire) - Chris Watson (www.chriswatson.net, available)
¬ "Trio Goes East" (live in 1992) - Conrad Bauer Trio (Peter Kowald on bass) (available)
¬ "Barstow (Eight Hitch-hiker's Inscriptions from a Highway Railing at Barstow, California)" - Harry Partch (recorded 1943) (more info)
¬ "You Are My Flower" - Carter Family (available)
¬ "Curving Water" (Hawaiian Strings, 1961) - Webley Edwards
¬ "Storise Khoro Goliamo" [Bulgaria] (Secret Museum of Mankind, Vol. 2) - Mita Stoycheva (more info, available)
¬ "Hindustani Guitar Instrumental" (You Can Tell The World About This)
¬ "Dilbar" [Samarcan] (Secret Museum of Mankind, Vol. 3) - A. Mirzaeva (more info, available)
¬ "Wedding of the Bird Princess" (Music From Southern Asia) - album put out by the Methodist Church
¬ "Trava Re Alani" (Greek Oriental Songs and Dances) - Rosa Eskanazi (available)
¬ (?) - Kurt Schwitters
¬ "Study For Player Piano No. 25" - Conlon Nancarrow (available)
¬ "Trouble In the East" (Crisis) - Ornette Coleman
¬ "California History" - Bethany, Amanda, and Todd
¬ "I'm Not Sayin'" - Nico (available)
¬ "Choral from Beethoven's Fifth Symphony" - Pete Seeger
¬ Harriet Bowfish (?)
¬ "When the Springtime Comes Again" - John Fahey (available)
¬ "Weddell Seals" (Antaritca) - Douglas Quin (available)
¬ Rock Bottom [album in its entirety] - Robert Wyatt (available)
¬ Dondestan [selections from] - Robert Wyatt (available)
¬ "Alien" (Shleep) - Robert Wyatt (available)
¬ "P.L.A." (Old Rottenhat) - Robert Wyatt (available)
¬ "Free Will And Testament" (Shleep) - Robert Wyatt (available)
October 21, 2002: Listen (show #2)
¬ {The first 50 minutes or so seems to be a sound collage, likely put together by Jeff himself. He doesn't mention the sources, but there's an abundance of animal noises, several minutes of a drone (just a taste of what Jeff had in store for show #4), some various jazz, and some Yoko Ono (a bit of "Airmale" and then "Don't Count the Waves" (available) with Jeff mixing lots of stuff over it.) The violin drone is courtesy of Tony Conrad (more, available), then Yoko comes in over the top of it, with extra animal noises, etc. Then some Art Ensemble of Chicago comes in, then a little bit of Karlheinz Stockhausen's "Hymnen". Then a bit off the Art Ensemble of Chicago's "Tutankhamun" (available). Then some Mauricio Kagel from "Acustica" (more). Then more Art Ensemble drumming, vocal, and trumpet - in comes Pierre Henry with the whipping and batting sounds from "La Homme a la Camera" - pig sounds, more mixing with all of the above. (Big thanks to John Fernandes for helping identify much of this!)}
¬ "Postal Workers Cancelling Stamps at the University of Ghana Post Office"
¬ A Jaw Harp Improvisation - Anton Bruhin (more info)
¬ "The Bridge" - Sun Ra (available)
¬ "Jesus Blood Never Failed Me Yet" - Gavin Bryars (story behind the song, available)
¬ "The Sinking of the Titanic" - Gavin Bryars (available)
¬ "Yodeling with Rotating Coins" (snippet)
¬ "Kismet" - The Green Brothers. Novelty Band (recorded by Thomas Edison, May 18, 1920) (available)
¬ "Olé" - John Coltrane (available)
¬ "Ascension [Edition II]" - John Coltrane (available)
¬ "Male Capercallie Display in the Caledonian Pine Forest in Speyside, Scotland" - Chris Watson (available)
October 28, 2002: Listen (show #3)
¬ {The show starts off with some screwy sounds, like a couple kids speaking gibberish musically. Jeff throws this in a couple more times throughout the show. UPDATE: It's actually people playing an Inuit music game. (more info.. It's track six ["Assalalaa"])}
¬ "Canada Glacier" (Antarctica) - recorded by Douglas Quin (available)
¬ "Yodeling with Rotating Coins" - Shutsy Choir (?) (more info.. near bottom of page)
¬ "Bournovalio" - Marika Papagika (available)
¬ "Yankee Doodle Fantasy" - Harry Partch (Recorded in 1944)
¬ "A Hard Row to Hoe" - A Hawk and a Hacksaw (available)
¬ "Romceacsa" - A Hawk and a Hacksaw (available)
¬ "Song For The Carnival" [Bolivia] - Sophia Canavera (?)
¬ "Leila and the Poet" - Halim El-Dabh
¬ "Dance of the Howling Monkeys" [Brazil] Anthology of Vocal Expression (3 cd box set on the Le Chant Du Monde label)
¬ Jaw Harp Solo [Sweden] - Anton Bruhin
¬ "Introduction to the Ritual to the Origins of the World" [Paraguay]
¬ "Moondog Monologue" - Moondog (available)
¬ "Something For Trane That Trane Could Have Said" - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (available)
¬ "Canada Glacier" (Antarctica) - recorded by Douglas Quin (available)
¬ "Brown Howler Monkeys" [Rain Forest of Brazil] - recorded by Douglas Quin (available)
¬ "Day By Day" (Music Therapy with the Developmentally Handicapped) - Edith Hillman Boxill and Friends
¬ "Shoo Fly" - Edith Hillman Boxill and Friends (more info, more info, music therapists for peace)
¬ {Then there's about 50 minutes of various stuff that Jeff doesn't identify. Perhaps another sound collage he put together? Lots of odd noises, world music, a woman reading a story, and children singing the Beatles' "I Am The Walrus"}
¬ "What??" - Folke Rabe (available)
¬ "Piece For Plung Orchestra" [Bangladesh] - Ritual Mouth-Organs Of The Murung (available)
¬ "Imaginary Landscape" - John Cage
¬ "Natural VLF Radio Waves" - recorded by Stephen P. McGreevy (Music of the Magnetosphere)(more info, more info)
November 4, 2002: Listen (show #4)
¬ {The infamous "one-note" show! Actually, it's kinda cool. A drone of a chromatic E-flat is played for the first two hours of the show. Jeff never identifies the instrument or artist responsible, but turns out the the recording is of violins and is courtesy of Tony Conrad (more, available). There's some slight variance, sounding a bit like bagpipes.. it's not like someone just holding down a single note on an electric keyboard. Following the drone, Jeff plays an hour of John Coltrane, including the Live at the Village Vanguard Again! album in its entirety.}
¬ "Naima" (Live from the Village Vanguard, May 28, 1966) - John Coltrane (available)
¬ "Intro to My Favorite Things [Jimmy Garrison bass solo]" (Live from the Village Vanguard, May 28, 1966) - John Coltrane (available)
¬ "My Favorite Things" (Live from the Village Vanguard, May 28, 1966) - John Coltrane (available)
¬ "Father and the Son and the Holy Ghost" (Meditations) - John Coltrane (available)
¬ "Compassion" (Meditations) - John Coltrane (available)
November 11, 2002: Listen (show #5)
¬ "The Grand Calliope" (Orbitones, Spoon Harps & Bellowphones) - Leonard Solomon (available)
¬ three songs by Marika Papagika {titles unidentified by Jeff}
¬ "Isa Lei" [Fugi] (Secret Museum of Mankind, Vol. 1) - Andi Thakambau (more info, available)
¬ "Kapirigna" [Ceylon] (Secret Museum of Mankind, Vol. 1) - Foneska and Party (available)
¬ "Dance Song" [Rumania] (Secret Museum of Mankind, Vol. 1) - anonymous group (available)
¬ "Lord, I Just Can't Keep From Cryin'" - Blind Willie Johnson (available)
¬ "Soul of a Man" - Blind Willie Johnson (available)
¬ "Dark was the Night (Cold Was the Ground)" - Blind Willie Johnson (available)
¬ "Run to Jesus for Refuge" - Charles Barnett (recorded by Alan Lomax) (available)
¬ "Gospel Train" - Silver Leaf Quartet (recorded by Alan Lomax) (available)
¬ "Wishes of Welcome" [New Caledonia] (Secret Museum of Mankind, Vol. 2) - anonymous men's group (available)
¬ "Storise Khoro Goliamo" [Bulgaria] (Secret Museum of Mankind, Vol. 2) - Mita Stoycheva (available)
¬ "Choral from Beethoven's Fifth Symphony" - Pete Seeger
¬ "Horses on a Stick" - Judy Henske & Jerry Yester
¬ "History of the Universe - lecture 1" (Cambridge Lecture Series) - Stephen Hawking
¬ "Seagulls" - Chris Watson
¬ "History of the Universe - lecture 2" (Cambridge Lecture Series) - Stephen Hawking
¬ School children in India
¬ {Then there are 3 or 4 various tracks that Jeff never identifies.}
¬ "(?)" - John Coltrane
¬ "Little Suite" - Roscoe Mitchell Sextet [Art Ensemble of Chicago] (available)
November 18, 2002: Listen (show #6)
¬ "Natural VLF Radio Waves" (June 2, 1996, 4:15am) (Music of the Magnetosphere) - recorded by Stephen P. McGreevy (more info, more info)
¬ Antarctica [nature field recordings album in its entirety] - recorded by Douglas Quin (available, Quin's website)
¬ Chamber Music of Central Java
¬ "Mo-Mo" (Sacred Flute Music From New Guinea, vol. 1: Madang) - Damaindeh-Bau (available)
¬ "Piece For Plung Orchestra" [Bangladesh] - Ritual Mouth-Organs Of The Murung (available)
¬ 6 or 7 songs from Marika Papagika {titles not identified by Jeff}
¬ Some world music Jeff recorded in a library somewhere and lost the information for.
¬ "The Swan" (The Art Of The Theremin) - Clara Rockmore (available)
¬ "Natural VLF Radio Waves" (June 2, 1996, 4:15am) (Music of the Magnetosphere) - recorded by Stephen P. McGreevy (more info, more info)
November 25, 2002: Listen (show #7)
¬ "Study For Player Piano No. 17" - Conlon Nancarrow (available)
¬ "Little Suite" - Roscoe Mitchell Sextet [Art Ensemble of Chicago] (available) {combined by Jeff with sounds from a farm}
¬ "tuba clothes hangnog"? - Tuba Folk Ensemble ?
¬ ? [Papua New Guinea]
¬ "God Don't Ever Change" - Rev. Pearly Brown (available)
¬ "Jubilee Anthem" [Nigeria] (The Secret Museum of Mankind, Vol. 1) - Eleja Choir (more info, available)
¬ "Song of Nightingale" (Folk Music of Kashmir) Folkways label
¬ "The 'Water Drum'" [Cameroon] - Baka Pygmy Music (available)
¬ "Song for Gathering Mushrooms" [Cameroon] - Baka Pygmy Music (available)
¬ "?" [Indonesia] - musicians of desetana dow ?
¬ Mountain Songs & Yodeling Of The Alps {one side of the album} - Fritz Liechti & Family (Folkways label)
¬ "Yodeling with Rotating Coins" - album put out by the Swiss Government {unusual instruments record}
¬ "Tsonkinata (Tsonka's Tune)" [Bulgaria] (Song of the Crooked Dance: Early Bulgarian Traditional Music, 1927-42) - Ahmed Saliev (more info, available)
¬ "Kapitan (Captain)" [Bulgaria] (Song of the Crooked Dance: Early Bulgarian Traditional Music, 1927-42) - Zah. Atanasova (more info, available)
¬ "?" - Rosa Eskanazi
¬ {After this point, Jeff seems to get lazy and stops identifying what he plays. I've been able to figure out a few things that he played on earlier shows, but there are a lot of question marks, as you can see.}
¬ ?
¬ "Run to Jesus for Refuge" - Charles Barnett (recorded by Alan Lomax) (available)
¬ ?
¬ "Lord, I Just Can't Keep From Cryin'" - Blind Willie Johnson (available)
¬ ?
¬ ?
¬ ?
¬ "Piece For Plung Orchestra" [Bangladesh] - Ritual Mouth-Organs Of The Murung (available)
¬ ?
¬ ? {sounds like a hammered dulcimer solo}
¬ ? {nature field recording... probably VLF waves or Antarctica}
¬ ? - John Coltrane
¬ ? - Roscoe Mitchell Sextet [Art Ensemble of Chicago] (available) {With different animal sounds mixed in.}
¬ ? {field recording... animal noises}
December 9, 2002: Listen (show #8)
¬ Tuva, Among the Spirits: Sound, Music and Nature in Sakha and Tuva [album in its entirety] Smithsonian Folkways label (available)
¬ A Love Supreme [album in its entirety] - John Coltrane (available)
¬ "Spiritual" (Live from the Village Vangaurd, 1961) - John Coltrane (with Eric Dolphy) (available)
¬ "Transition" - John Coltrane (available)
¬ Song of the Crooked Dance: Early Bulgarian Traditional Music, 1927-42 [several selections from] (more info, available)
¬ Music on a Long Thin Wire [excerpt] - Alvin Lucier (more info, available)
December 16, 2002: Listen (show #9)
¬ ? {nature field recordings}
¬ "What??" - Folke Rabe (available)
¬ "Evolution" (Live in Seattle, 1965) - John Coltrane (available)
¬ "Afro-Blue" (Live in Seattle, 1965) - John Coltrane (available)
¬ "Cosmos" (Live in Seattle, 1965) - John Coltrane (available)
¬ "Out Of This World" (Live in Seattle, 1965) - John Coltrane (available)
¬ "Body And Soul" (Live in Seattle, 1965) - John Coltrane (available)

 

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