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dvd on 07/12/2012 at 01:00PM

MP3 of the Day: Steve Gunn, "Trouba"

We just caught wind today of this great compilation put together by the folks at Soundeyet in Greece. It features a well-curated selection of contemporary free form artists (Amen Dunes, Nettle, D. Charles Speer, Astral Social Club, & more) playing Rebetika, a raw form of Greek folk music from the 1920s and 30s.

The ablum is called A Steady Diet of Hash, Bread, & Salt so it should come as no surprise that it's bursting with psychedelic meditations and interpretations on/of Rebitika music. Here's one such offering from psych-folk/guitar soli stalwart Steve Gunn, and be sure to grab the whole compilation here.

Steve Gunn - "Trouba" (04:05)
Steve Gunn - "Trouba" (04:05)
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glennten on 01/28/2012 at 12:00PM

The Roots of American Standup: Nat M. Wills

Nat M. Wills can be said to be one of America’s first modern comedians. A popular vaudeville entertainer and recording artist from the early 20th century. He is best known for his "happy tramp" persona, performing satirical numbers, and parodies of popular songs of the day.

Modern American stand up draws it roots from this art form among various other traditions that were popular in the late 19th century. The material itself often used stereo typical portrayals of ethnic groups through crude impersonations (most commonly African-Americans). Unfortunately the racial tones in American vaudeville performances were very common during its time, and is evident on Wills' "No News" among several other of his recordings.

Wills was born in Fredericksburg, VA in 1873. His birth name is said to be Louis McGrath Wills, but very little is know about his early life. After his family moved to Washington D.C. he began his career on the stage at a young age, and performed in various shows throughout the United States.

Wills died at the age of 44 in 1917. He was an auto enthusiast who was said to be working on a car in his garage with the doors closed, and succumbed to Carbon monoxide poisoning. Automobiles were relatively new at the time, and it is possible that he was unaware of the poisonous fumes that were emitted from a running engine, some also speculate that he may have committed suicide.

His recordings maintain a lightheartedness, but my favorite track "Saving Up Coupons for Mother" is pretty dark as he sings about puffing away on cigarettes for coupons to ironically purchase a tombstone for his “Pa”.

For further reading about Wills, and the Vaudeville genre check out No Applause--Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous by Trav S.D. And to hear more Nat Wills’ there is a collection of his works available at

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katya-oddio on 12/24/2010 at 09:30AM

Voices of Christmas Past

"Julaftonen (Christmas Eve)" watercolor c. 1905 by Carl Larsson (1853–1919)

Twelve years ago, the vintage recordings website Dawn of Sound released a compact disc collection of public domain early recording artifacts called Voices of Christmas Past. The recordings were cylinders and acetates from 1898 to 1922. Every year after the release, the website was inundated with requests for the CD. Once it was out of print, Dawn of Sound released it online for free.

Apart from the religious material, there are some fun winter-themed treats, two pieces from Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker, and some spoken old time radio theatre selections.

Dawn of Sound writes:

The artists featured here were pioneer recordings artists whose names were well known in the era they lived. They helped start what is now known today as the record industry. They were popular artist in their time, and their records sold well in an era when movies were silent and radio and television did not yet exist.

Of all things Christmas nothing is more traditional than the singing of carols and songs....


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katya-oddio on 12/24/2010 at 09:30AM

Voices of Christmas Past

"Julaftonen (Christmas Eve)" watercolor c. 1905 by Carl Larsson (1853–1919)

Twelve years ago, the vintage recordings website Dawn of Sound released a compact disc collection of public domain early recording artifacts called Voices of Christmas Past. The recordings were cylinders and acetates from 1898 to 1922. Every year after the release, the website was inundated with requests for the CD. Once it was out of print, Dawn of Sound released it online for free.

Apart from the religious material, there are some fun winter-themed treats, two pieces from Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker, and some spoken old time radio theatre selections.

Dawn of Sound writes:

The artists featured here were pioneer recordings artists whose names were well known in the era they lived. They helped start what is now known today as the record industry. They were popular artist in their time, and their records sold well in an era when movies were silent and radio and television did not yet exist.

Of all things Christmas nothing is more traditional than the singing of carols and songs....


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