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lizziedavis on 08/03/2012 at 12:00PM

MP3 of the Day: Hank Penny, "Alabama Jubilee"

photoHank Penny should be a household name. But the reason he isn't is the same reason that this release cooks: attitude. Seems Hank wouldn't take shit from anybody. As a result, he burned a lot of bridges and missed more than a few opportunities to further his career.

He started his first band, the Radio Cowboys, in 1935 and later became a regular on the Boone County Jamboree out of Cincinnati. He acted in a couple of Westerns, yukked it up on Spade Cooley's TV show in the 40's, DJ'd here and there across California and Kansas, and tore up clubs across the country from the 30's to the 70's. (via.)

A couple years ago, Bloodshot Records put together 30 of Hank's best as part of its Bloodshot Revival country reissue series. Sample what you've been missing with "Alabama Jubilee" below.

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miscellaniac on 04/27/2012 at 04:00PM

Preservation Week 2012 Mix

Although Preservation Week 2012 is winding down, that's no reason to stop the celebration. Ease into the weekend with this mix which pays tribute to time, the past, and how some things are just too good to let lapse into oblivion.

FMA curator, Cylinder Preservation and Digitization Project (CPDP) gives us a taste of vaudevillian debauchery with Sophie Tucker.  Early 20th century Canadian folk fiddler, Isidore Soucy, is a highly jig-able offering from Excavated Shellac, also an FMA curator.

Lock up your gun before you listen to western swing pioneer, Spade Cooley, from Bloodshot Records' Bloodshot Revival Series.

Giraffe rocks out the fleeting nature of existence. Roger McGuinn updates a traditional folk song as part of his Folk Den Project

Vermillion Sands gives a "country-tinged fuzz pop" nod to the cold figure of history.

Big Blood honors the weary archivist with dream-like precision. Experimental one-man band, Newage Hillbilly, says it plainly and psychedelically.

R. Stevie Moore gives us the unbridled joy of "Records" (both vinyl and administrative). 

The Paperhead waxes nostalgic and Romanian synth and drum quartet, Karpov Not Kasparov, compose the sonic equivalent of an hourglass. 

Computer artist/programmer, Valentina Vuksic's finds new uses for old technology. Whether in reference to souls or back issues of Punk Planet, Boss Hog, declares that they have "Saved." 

CPDP generously shares with us an anonymous recording of farm animals from the early 1900s. 

Free-psych-noise-electro-unclassifiable Oakland-based Kreamy 'Lectric Santa ruminates on dystopia.  Oneida's 2006 live performance still resonates powerfully, well into this milennium. 

Self-taught lo-fi multi-instrumentalist hyphenator, Spencer Owen, pleads with the future.  Long-running WFMU show, Antique Phonograph Music Program, shares some vintage avian ventriloquism courtesy of Edward Avis and Howard R. Garis

And Wooden Shjips' "For So Long" is an epic, driving collision of mind-altering sparsity that travels the path of its own stylistic origins.

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FMAmp3 on 04/26/2012 at 04:00PM

MP3 of the Day: Spade Cooley, "Better Do It Now"

One of the most notorious figures in country music history is western swing pioneer Spade Cooley. Cooley was known as the "King of Western Swing" in his heyday, but due to a gruesome incident in his private life, he is often viewed these days more as the Sid Vicious of Western Swing. His is a model lesson in how a brilliant musical legacy can be overshadowed by unsavory personal problems. (via JoeMc, "He Did It Then" —> Read More)

This song features Tex Williams on vocals, and can be found on Shame On You, a set of music from Space Cooley & The Western Swing Dance Gang featuring Tex. The collection was issued by Bloodshot Records' Bloodshot Revival Series.

The Bloodshot Revival Series is a fantastic historical resource for country music in the early/mid 1900s, with a focus on the music of Bloodshot's hometown of Chicago.

Browse more promotional Bloodshot Revival/Soundies tracks on the FMA, and pick up these fantastic reissues at Bloodshot Records. Show 'em some love in honor of Preservation Week (#preswk12)!

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