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The Sprawl

Mar 11, 2021 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

With Mickey

Episode 483: Different Trains

The Sprawl
3:00 PM
MF Doom - Eucalyptus
MF Doom Eucalyptus
Special Herbs Vol. 2 Metal Face/High Times 2002
3:04 PM
László Sáry - Studies on Steam Engines
László Sáry Studies on Steam Engines
Locomotive Symphony Budapest Music Center 1998
Composed/Recorded in 1996
3:12 PM
Steve Reich - Different Trains
Steve Reich Different Trains
Different Trains / Electric Counterpoint Nonesuch 1989
Featuring the Kronos Quartet and various narrators.
3:39 PM
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3:42 PM
László Sáry - Locomotive Symphony
László Sáry Locomotive Symphony
Locomotive Symphony Budapest Music Center 1998
4:00 PM
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4:01 PM
Charles Ives - II: Comedy/"Celestial Railroad"
Charles Ives II: Comedy/"Celestial Railroad"
Symphony No. 4 Columbia Masterworks 1965
Leopold Stokowski conducting the American Symphony Orchestra. A symphonic arrangement of the earlier piano piece "The Celestial Railroad"
4:13 PM
John Morris w/ Gene Wilder, Rolfe Sedan & Rick Norman - Train Ride to Transylvania
John Morris w/ Gene Wilder, Rolfe Sedan & Rick Norman Train Ride to Transylvania
Dialogue & Music From Original Soundtrack Of "Young Frankenstein" ABC 1975
4:14 PM
Sonny Terry - Locomotive Blues
Sonny Terry Locomotive Blues
Harmonica and Vocal Solos Folkways 1952
4:17 PM
Vincent Price/Oliver Wendell Holmes - The Broomstick Train
Vincent Price/Oliver Wendell Holmes The Broomstick Train
Tales of Witches, Ghosts and Goblins Caedmon 1972
4:18 PM
John Fahey - The Last Steam Engine Train
John Fahey The Last Steam Engine Train
The Dance of Death & Other Plantation Favorites Takoma 1964
4:20 PM
The Kinks - Last of the Steam Powered Trains
The Kinks Last of the Steam Powered Trains
The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society Pye/Reprise 1968
4:24 PM
Lord Buckley - The Train
Lord Buckley The Train
A Most Immaculately Hip Aristocrat Straight 1969
Recorded in 1956
4:27 PM
John Mayall - Catch That Train
John Mayall Catch That Train
The Blues Alone Ace of Clubs/London 1967
4:29 PM
Daphne Oram - Snow
Daphne Oram Snow
Oramics Paradigm 2007
From 1963. Soundtrack to this film, please watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cl4pJwcE7JI
4:37 PM
Philip Glass & Robert Wilson - Act II, Scene II: Night Train
Philip Glass & Robert Wilson Act II, Scene II: Night Train
Einstein On the Beach Tomato 1978
4:50 PM
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4:53 PM
John Coltrane - Blue Train
John Coltrane Blue Train
Blue Train Blue Note 1957
Chat is archived.
Mickey (host) 3:02:41 PM
Sprawl 483 until 5pm. All aboard.
Liz Bot 3:06:28 PM
🚂
Mickey (host) 3:07:01 PM
Great to have you on board Liz.
Liz Bot 3:07:22 PM
At the beginning of that MF Doom track, did I hear “time to kick back and give yourself a hard time”? I don’t know if I misheard that, but it made me laugh
Mickey (host) 3:08:23 PM
John Lennon on a bootleg saying "Turn on the incense, light the candles, and give yourself a hard time."
Liz Bot 3:08:32 PM
Thanks, Mickey. Also, before it was apparent that these were trains- before the whistles kicked in- I thought I was hearing the sounds of large beasts exhaling through the nose- like a manatee or a rhino or something
Mickey (host) 3:08:46 PM
It always cracks me up too.
Liz Bot 3:09:10 PM
Ahhhhh. Yeah, I like that snippet! Then kick back to this chill MF Doom track!
Mickey (host) 3:09:50 PM
I can dig locomotives as automaton rhinos.
Liz Bot 3:10:07 PM
All aboard the rhinotrain!
Mickey (host) 3:10:17 PM
Hell yeah.
Brian D 3:11:30 PM
Check yer tickets please....
Mickey (host) 3:12:05 PM
Nah, honor system, like Copenhagen
Bud Burroughs 3:12:08 PM
Best train song ever!
Liz Bot 3:12:13 PM
So that’s what Adrian Belew’s Lone Rhino was about
Brian D 3:12:15 PM
Gleis nummer zwei
Mickey (host) 3:12:38 PM
It's up there Bud
Bud Burroughs 3:14:28 PM
I saw the Kronos Quartet on the premier tour for Different Trains a long long time ago. It was very powerful live.
Bud Burroughs 3:15:12 PM
... with tape accompaniment, of course.
Mickey (host) 3:17:19 PM
Bud, that is fantastic. I can only imagine.
Bud Burroughs 3:19:41 PM
The second half of the show included Arvo Pärt's "Fratres", which started my endless obsession with Pärt. It was quite a night!
Mickey (host) 3:23:23 PM
My goodness. This isn't really a competition, but Bud is running away with the "I saw some awesome shit" stories so far today.
Mickey (host) 3:25:57 PM
I saw most of the old Reich Ensemble perform Drumming with So Percussion, and Steve did an interview/Q&A with Adam from So afterwards. I feel very fortunate for that one.
Bud Burroughs 3:26:55 PM
Was that in Princeton a couple years ago? I was there for that one, too. I think it was filmed, but I never heard about it being released.
Mickey (host) 3:30:09 PM
Yeah, that was it. I have some photos somewhere. That was a good night, cuz they showed Stalker from Tarkovsky at the Garden Theatre the same night, and I pulled off going to both. That was a nice, uh, 5 hours.
Bud Burroughs 3:31:33 PM
Wow, that's quite a night!
Mickey (host) 3:33:51 PM
I think it was raining too. My kinda night. Good times.
Bud Burroughs 3:35:48 PM
Going to live events was fun, back before the world ended and everything.
Mickey (host) 3:37:24 PM
It'll be the last thing to come back, small ones anyway, but it'll come back.
Bud Burroughs 3:39:03 PM
Yep. I admit to having vaccine envy.
Mickey (host) 3:40:38 PM
wprb.com/survey
Mickey (host) 3:40:47 PM
Look, I did it.
Mickey (host) 3:41:00 PM
I remembered that part.
Mickey (host) 3:46:28 PM
It should be noted that this piece/cd was fervently recommended to me some months back by Thomas Myernick, aka the Worried Waltzer, and it inspired the compiling of the rest of this show over the last few weeks. Thank you Thomas.
Mr. I 3:46:32 PM
Love this already,I'm a 30+ yrs PRB listener & a life long train enthusiast aka a "former" what real RR employees call a"former" I.e. Those who seemingly foam at the mouth when they here the sound of an approaching train, ideally a real long freight train.
Mr. I 3:47:51 PM
& Apologies for the "former" typo
Mickey (host) 3:48:16 PM
Glad to hear it Mr. I. I'm not super knowledgable on the mechanics, but I've always loved them and their sounds, and ride them while traveling any chance I get. I've got some great recordings of trains in a folder somewhere.
Bud Burroughs 3:49:14 PM
Somehow, I'm not the least bit surprised that Thomas recommended this!
Robbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb 3:49:23 PM
I wasn’t necessarily sure I would fill out the listener survey before, but now I know that for “what you’d like to hear more of” I can write “trains”
Mickey (host) 3:50:10 PM
He's good like that, Bud. One of the best $1.00 I ever spent.
Bud Burroughs 3:50:41 PM
I have a recently acquired 60's record sitting next to me called "The Railroad in Folk Song." No train sounds, but I'm sure you'd enjoy it, Mr. I.
Mickey (host) 3:50:46 PM
The desired effect, Rob of many b's.
Mickey (host) 3:52:09 PM
My version of trainspotting is I write down my car number every time I take NJ Transit to NYC. 20+ years, only 1 or 2 repeats.
Mickey (host) 3:53:06 PM
One of the old brown naugahyde seaters once a decade or so apart.
ǝɹnɔsqꓳ ǝɥꓕ ǝʌɐꓷ 4:03:43 PM
I live adjacent to the northeast corridor, so I call this "ambient music".
Mickey (host) 4:06:25 PM
I spent 2 years in college living in the building directly next to some tracks. Fairly fast-moving freight train every morning at 5:30, and again at 10ish pm. Not a popular opinion, but I loved it.
Mickey (host) 4:31:34 PM
This is the soundtrack to a short film about the intense winter of 1963 in the UK, featuring a train traveling through a very snowy landscape. Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cl4pJwcE7JI
ǝɹnɔsqꓳ ǝɥꓕ ǝʌɐꓷ 4:33:16 PM
I get fast trains every 5-20 minutes. It's fine unless they're working within a mile in either direction. Then each train is required to lean on the horns. Day and night. 🙉
ǝɹnɔsqꓳ ǝɥꓕ ǝʌɐꓷ 4:35:53 PM
That horn sound even made it onto one of my mic breaks last summer.
Mickey (host) 4:36:08 PM
So you could probably get away with a lot of racket on your own then too, right?
ǝɹnɔsqꓳ ǝɥꓕ ǝʌɐꓷ 4:37:08 PM
Yeah, the neighbors are all half deaf by now.
Mickey (host) 4:38:39 PM
Sounds like the perfect opportunity to start a Master Musicians of Jajouka cover band.
Mark 4:42:01 PM
appropriate sound for me as I’m on a converted rail to trail on this almost summery day :)
Mickey (host) 4:42:57 PM
Right on Mark
Mark 4:44:42 PM
i lost my einstein box set a long time ago / don’t know how a train fit into the whole story/opera if there was a story ?
Mickey (host) 4:47:26 PM
I mean, this sounds like a train to me. And now that I think about, so does a lot of Glass' music. I never read the notes to this though, just put it on a space way out.
Mark 4:48:52 PM
i guess from what i just read quickly it’s probably his relativity example we learned in High school / if we had paid attention:)
Mark 4:49:23 PM
it’s a great sound no matter what - pretty mesmerizing
Mickey (host) 4:50:20 PM
I didn't realize it was calle Night Train until I was putting this together. I said "oh shit, look at that" and put it on the list.
Mickey (host) 4:57:46 PM
Folks, this train is rapidly approaching its destination, Doubleplusgood with Lizbot. When the 'Trane fades, please disembark, mind the gap and such, have a pleasant time with Liz, and I'll see y'all next week. Thanks for traveling Sprawl.
Bud Burroughs 4:57:54 PM
The train appears onstage several times throughout Einstein. I assume it's a metaphor for something or other?
Lizbot 4:58:48 PM
I love this the show today! Lord Buckley cracked me up
Mickey (host) 4:58:49 PM
Bud, "A metaphor for something or other" is great description of that and much of the art I consume.
Mickey (host) 4:59:09 PM
Cracked me up, Bud.
Mickey (host) 4:59:17 PM
Thanks Liz!
Bud Burroughs 4:59:28 PM
It's safest to assume that anything I don't understand is a metaphor.
Mickey (host) 4:59:46 PM
Right there with you Bud