Monthly Archives: February 2013

80 Brazilian 78’s! How many zeros is that?

One time in the record store, Scott came up to me like a dealer in an overcoat and whispered, “Hey Bub, have I got a deal for you.” He had gotten a collection from a collector, and within it there were four boxes of records from Brazil. The short version is I got them. Inside were about 80 unique records, different labels and most in the original paper sleeves. There were also Ten, 10 inch 33 1/3 RPM LP’s with incredible art work on the covers.

Here is a link to a radio show from 2009 that featured these Ten, 10 inchers.

The music ranges from carnival sambas to forro to vocal trios to stuff that would have been heard in the best elevators or dentist offices in Rio. There was another surprise, a small rattling noise from one of the boxes.

In the bottom of a smoked-Gray cordial glass sit a small pile of stones and shells.
These shells and stones were within the creases of a box of 78 RPM records from Brazil.
I like to think that someone played these records on a beach, before I was born
and that these stones and shells have been waiting
like the music on these records
to be out again.

Who’s your DADA

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On October 5, 2004, Dig Up The Roots featured a program of DADA, Futurist, and Surrealist recordings from Tristan Tzara, Kurt Schwitters, Marcel Duchamp, and many others.. Love them or hate them, these artistic mavericks and malcontents of the early Twentieth century blew apart the traditional worlds of artist and audience, creating a foundation for generations of freaks and weirdos who followed to destroy rational thought in their own ways. It may be a stretch to call some of these recordings music… but that’s why radio dials spin. Interviews, Noise machines AKA Intonomuri , Sound poetry and word bending, dissonant neo classical music. This was a very enjoyable show to do and stretched the definitions of Roots music.

Here is the playlist:

Luigi Russolo
Veglio di uno Citta – 1914
dada FOR NOW A Collection of Futurist and DADA Sound Works
ARK Records DOVE 4

Antonio Russolo
Corale ane Serenata – 1921
dada FOR NOW

Filippo Tommaso Marintti
Definizione di Futurismo – 1924
FUTURISM & DADA REVIEWED
Sub Rosa CD 012-19

Arthur Honegger
Pacifica 231 – 1923
dada FOR NOW

Hugo Ball
Gadji Beri Bimba & Seepferdchen und Flugfische – 1916
dada FOR NOW

Tristan Tzara, Marcel Janco, Richard Huelsenbeck
L’amiral cherche une maison a louer – 1916
dada FOR NOW

Luigi Grandi
Cavalli + Acciaio – 1935
FUTURISM & DADA REVIEWED

Filippo Tommaso Marintti
La Battaglia di Adriamopoli
FUTURISM & DADA REVIEWED

Marcel Duchamp
La Mariee Mise a Nu…MeMe – 1980
FUTURISM & DADA REVIEWED

Richard Huelsenbeck
Inventing Dada – 1959
FUTURISM & DADA REVIEWED

Tristan Tzara
Dada into Surrealism – 1959
FUTURISM & DADA REVIEWED

Kurt Schwitters
Cigarren – 1921
dada FOR NOW

Kurt Schwitters
The real disuda of the nightmare – 1946
dada FOR NOW

Raul Haussman
Soundrel – 1946
dada FOR NOW

Wyndham Lewis
End Of Enemy Interlude – 1940
FUTURISM & DADA REVIEWED

Guillaume Apollinaire
Le Pont Mirabeau – 1912
FUTURISM & DADA REVIEWED

Hugo Ball
Karawane, Wolken Katzen und Pfauen – 1916
dada FOR NOW

Jean Cocteau
La Toison d’Or + Les Voleurs d’Enfants – 1929
FUTURISM & DADA REVIEWED

Brion Gysin
Interview

William S Burroughs
Origin Of Cut-Ups & Creepy Letter
The Best Of William S Burroughs VOL 4
Giorno Poetry Systems

Thomas Schmit
No. 13 from Sanitas-200 Theatre Pieces – 1962
Tellus#14 FluxTellus

George Brecht & James Tenny with George Maciunas
Entrance(excerpt)……Exit(excerpt) – 1962

The show ended with Talking Heads I Zimbra, which is a Hugo Ball poem, but this is not included on the recording. However, as a bonus and just when you thought the world was getting safe again for weirdos, there is this to show you how weird the main stream can be: Marie Osmond reading DADA poetry…

Happy Pancake Day – Old New Orleans

Happy Pancake Day! Some people refer to this day as Mardi Gras.

This radio show was broadcast on 02/05/2008 and is 2 hours of tunes from, about and in some way relevant to New Orleans. We heard Jelly Roll Morton talk about Mardi Gras and Indian songs he remembered from his childhood. Primordial jazz from the likes of Sam Morgan, Louis DuMaine and the Humphrey Brothers (Willie and Percy) blowin’ down Jerico with The Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

The Ancient Mix Master showed up with a few 78’s. A great set on Capitol called The History of Jazz Vol 1: The Solid South. We also heard Mississippi: A Journey in Tones (Mississippi Suite), for orchestra by Ferde Grofé. This version conducted by André Kostelanetz. I played it out of sequence so we started in New Orleans and ended in Minnesota, the land of sky blue water.

The show ended with another aspect of mardi gras: hooch, hoodoo and hopheads.

Playlist Tracks:

Preservation Hall Jazz BandJoe Avery
Album: Preservation Hall Jazz Band Vol 1; Label: CBS

Jelly Roll Morton’s Red Hot PeppersCreole Songs
Album: The Library Of Congress Recordings Vol 5; Label: Swaggie

Ferde GroféMississippi Suite: Mardi Gras / Huckelberry Finn / Old Creole Days / Father of Waters
Album: Mississippi: A Journey in Tones Mississippi Suite; Label: Capitol

VariousMardi Gras Freak-Out Scene
Album: Easy Rider Soundtrack; Label: Dunhill

Jelly Roll MortonIndian Songs
Album: The Library Of Congress Recordings Vol 5; Label: Swaggie

Sam Morgan’s Jazz BandOver In Gloryland / Everybody’s Talking about Sammy
Album: Jazz The World Forgot V 1 2; Label: Yazoo

Preservation Hall Jazz BandTiger Rag
Album: Preservation Hall Jazz Band Vol 1; Label: CBS

Louis Dumaine’s Jazzola 8Pretty Audry
Album: Jazz The World Forgot V 2; Label: Yazoo

Lead BellyRock Island Line
Album: The History of Jazz Vol 1: The Solid South; Label: Capitol 78’s

Zutty Singleton’s TrioLulu’s Mood
Album: The History of Jazz Vol 1: The Solid South; Label: Capitol 78’s

Eddie Miller’s Crescent City QuartetCajun Love Song
Album: The History of Jazz Vol 1: The Solid South; Label: Capitol 78’s

Wingy Manone’s Dixieland BandThe Tailgate Ramble
Album: The History of Jazz Vol 1: The Solid South; Label: Capitol 78’s

Nappy LaMare’s Louisiana Levee LoungersAt The Jazz Band Ball
Album: The History of Jazz Vol 1: The Solid South; Label: Capitol 78’s

Boswell SistersRock and Roll
Album: Roots Of Rock N’ Roll 1927 – 1938 Vol 1; Label: Frémeaux Associates

Louis JordanJunco Partner
Album: Junkers, Jivers Coke Fiends: Vintage Songs About Drugs 1926 – 1952; Label: Buzzola

Louis JordanSomebody Done Hoodooed The Hoodoo Man
Album: Diabolical Hoodoo: Vintage Songs About Devilry, Doom Hellfire 1920 – 1952; Label: Buzzola

The Memphis Jug BandRukus Juice Chitlin’
Album: Juice Head Baby: Vintage Songs About Booze and Bars 1925 – 1953; Label: Buzzola

The Mississippi Jook BandHittin’ The Bottle Stomp
Album: Juice Head Baby: Vintage Songs About Booze and Bars 1925 – 1953; Label: Buzzola

Cab CallowayMinnie The Moocher
Album: Reefer Madness: A Collection Of Vintage Drug Songs 1927 – 1945; Label: Buzzola