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Discoveries of a Pop Music Archaeologist

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Month: June 2014

“Fast Talkin’ Louisiana Man”: Merle Kilgore in Character

Merle Kilgore, we learn from the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame website, signed more than a few recording contracts in his life: 1953:  signed his first recording contract with Imperial Records 1959:  recorded albums for Starday (contract presumably signed) 1961:  signed recording contract with Mercury Records 1963:  signed with MGM

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"Lazaretto"
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Jack White’s Ultra Vinyl of the Future

With this month’s “ultra vinyl” release of Jack White‘s latest solo work, Lazaretto, it would appear that my Fabulous Las Vegas Roulette multi-track LP has, indeed, met its match.  White seems to be aiming for the fences on this special project, as Lazaretto goes to extraordinary lengths to maximize those

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"Fabulous Las Vegas Roulette"
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Fabulous Las Vegas Roulette: Multi-Track LP

The most “futuristic” piece of vinyl in my record collection, by far, would have to be the Fabulous Las Vegas Roulette multi-groove LP.  To fully appreciate the specialness of this disc, I must first bring up that classic Trivial Pursuit question: Q:  How many grooves are on one side of

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“Cindy Electronium”: Shockingly Futuristic

Hard to believe this piece of music was made in 1959 – sounds quite contemporary to me: YouTube comments are almost universal in declaring Raymond Scott to be ahead of his time, with many remarking upon this recording’s resemblance to “chiptune” or “8 bit” (i.e., video game) music of the

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“Swimmy”: Sounds of a Buchla Box?

I am very appreciative that Scholastic Video, in partnership with Weston Woods, has done such a consistently great job adapting children’s literature for the small screen and in a way that appeals to people of all ages. One such adaptation is the story of a fish named Swimmy, who shows

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Adrian Belew
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‘Sounds in Space’: Ken Nordine Revels in Stereo’s Wonder

This early stereo demonstration record by the fine folks at RCA Victor features spoken word parts by Ken Nordine (the maestro of “word jazz” – check out this ‘kinetic type’ animation clip for “Green” from Nordine’s Colors album) as between-song stereo banter.  The recordings, which feature mainly orchestral works (pop,

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“Hello L.A., Bye-Bye Birmingham”: The Other John(ny) Marr

Love the soulful harpsichord that opens this track from the only album ever recorded by John Randolph Marr: “Hello L.A., Bye Bye Birmingham”     John Randolph Marr     1970 Such a memorable title for a tune few people have ever heard of – and yet this song has been recorded

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Ruthie & the Wranglers Turn 25!

DC-area readers, take special note —  Ruthie & the Wranglers are turning 25: Check out these live performance videos of Ruthie & the Wranglers: “Give Me a Lift“: “Revenge of Surftilicus“ Check out these video clips of The Bumper Jacksons in action: “When the Sun Goes Down in Harlem“ “Ragtime

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“The Return”: Folk Opus – No Joke*

For their one and only recording on Elektra Records, The Ship would seamlessly link their group’s name with the album’s title and concept:  A Contemporary Folk Music Journey. The provocative quote on the album’s back cover – “I’m a sailor of the waters & the sun —  I can fight

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“Sail Away”: Tom Rapp Does Singles?

Tom Rapp, with three high school friends in the mid-60s, formed Pearls Before Swine – a “psychedelic folk group” – and were initially signed to ESP Disk, for whom they recorded two albums that hovered somewhat on the periphery of pop (although “I Saw the World” from second album, Balaklava,

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