Sunday, March 31, 2013
The rest of this record has it's moments. Barney Bernard, "Cohen on the Telephone" is pretty funny what happens when people really aren't communicating with each other. Rudy Vallee "Old Sow Song," is funny. Johnny Standley's "It's in the Book," is really funny. Beatrice Kay doing "Hooray Hooray I'm Going Away," kind of reminds me of "They're coming to take me away." Red Ingle and His Natural 7 doing "Cigareets, Whuskey and Wild, Wild Women," is excellent.
The lesser moments of the album are the aforemetioned Okeh Laughing record, which I find down right annoying as all hell. Moran and Mack, "Two Black Crows," sounds like a couple of drunks having a conversation. Robert Benchley's "Uncle Tom's Cabin" I just don't get the punch line to the joke.
Since today is the beginning of the Baseball season here in the states and Canada, with the Texas Ranger vs the Houston Astros, what better way to start the season with Abbott and Costello doing "Who's on First."
So, while my wife and I where on vacation up in British Columbia we decided to go on our first ever "ghost tour,"
I have to say it was a lot of fun, 90 min of walking around downtown Victoria hearing tells of the ghost that haunt the provincial capital of British Columbia.
The one thing that always gets me when I'm reading a book about ghost from a town, region or in this case a tour, is being told that were ever they are is the most haunted place anyplace. I mean come on how can every place be the most haunted? Seems like a marketing ploy or bragging to me. Oh, well.
On to the review of the tour, We had a lovely English gent as our guide, it was a pretty large group on the tour, which made getting around and keeping up interesting at times.
Their stories are pretty well researched and I was familiar with some of the stories that where told. I enjoyed the story of poet Richard Service who hated Victoria so much that when he died in the Yukon his ghost came back and haunted his former room above the bank which he worked as a teller before he moved on to the Yukon. His Ghost only was there for nine days and then moved on. Seems kind of strange to come back to a place that you hated in life, but as the guide said maybe he wanted to make sure that he really hated the place before he headed out for whatever was next for him.
There was a lot of other stories that where told some tragic some kind of funny. I would definitely recommend this tour if you have even a fleeting interest in ghost.
You can get your tickets at the Information Centre at 812 Wharf Street or at the beginning of the tour, which starts at the same location.
I honestly didn't experience anything, my wife said that she heard some voices of the undead, you never know.
The post before this one covers a book that I recommend that you read before the tour, you can find a copy of it at Munro's Books 1108 Government Street in Victoria.
John Adams also is the person behind the "Ghostly Walks Walking Tours," of Victoria, BC.
One thing that I liked about this book is it does make a good companion for the Ghost Walk, as it give a little more detail than you get on the tour, however the tour covers a lot of downtown Victoria that the book does not.
The map in the front of the book could be used to do a kind of self guided tour if one wanted to do so.
A quick read, and definitely worth wile.
Printed by Discover the Past, Victoria, BC 6th printing 2010
Saturday, March 30, 2013
It took me a little while to really get into the whole monolog thing, but once I did I really enjoyed what he was doing and went on to read a couple of his books and buy a couple of cassettes of his monologs.
This is one of his monologs. Basically the monolog is about him deciding to buy a house in the Catskills and the problems that he has looking for a house and the problems don't end once he settles on a house and buys it. Having bought three houses in my life, I have to say I understand some of his issues that he runs into, as I have run into strange things in my house buying experiences, so I can sympathies with him.
This is an interesting monolog that you really should listen to.
Released in 1992 Gang of Seven Inc.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Friday, March 15, 2013
I had kind of forgot about this San Francisco, CA group, until we were talking about them at work today. It was then I remembered how much I enjoyed their work not only under The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy, but also as the Beatnigs, who recorded on Jello Biafra's Alternative Tentacles label in the 80's.
On this record we have some pretty good rap with left wing leaning lyrics. My favourite songs are the cover of the Dead Kennedys "California Uber Alles,"also "Television, the Drug of the Nation," and "Famous and Dandy (Like Amos n' Andy).
Released on cassette in 1992 on 4th and Broadway.
Thursday, March 14, 2013
I grew up watching reruns of "Hogan's Heroes" on TV and fell in love with the show and the characters in it.
Okay I know it's TV and all, but being a little kid it was a lot of fun watching the POWs out smarting Sgt, Schultz (John Banner) and Col.Wilhelm Klink (Warner Klemperer), Wolfgang Hochstetter (Howard Caine) and the rest of the Nazis. It wasn't until I was a lot older I realized that most of the main German Characters were actually Jewish as is Robert Clary.
Side note on Howard Caine, he was an accomplished fiddle player if any one has any of his music on MP3s let me know, I'd love to hear it.
Now on to the record, I find it strange that of all the cast members to not be on this album is Bob Crane, after all he was alive when this was done in 1966. He was a radio DJ at one point so why wasn't he on this album? I don't know hope someone out there does.
Over all the songs on this record are done really well and it's pretty enjoyable.
This was released in 1966 on Sunset Records. It was released in Mono and Stereo, this version is in Stereo.
Don't worry, I'll get back to more traditional music, just taking a little side journey.
This is a very interesting novelty record. A few of the songs I'm pretty sure everyone has heard Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner mangling songs, however there are a few others on this record that I'd never heard before.
Both of the Sabastian Cabot songs are really good and worth a listen to. "It's Can't be Me Babe," and "Like a Rolling Stone," as is Jack Webb of Dragnet fame doing "Try a little Tenderness," Mae West doing "Twist and Shout," is just okay.
The rest are pretty much yawners. If you are looking for something different give this a try.
Released on Rhino Records in 1988
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
King was born near Keithville, LA Feb. 5th 1923.
My favourite King song is the aforementioned "Wolverton Mountain," which according to Wiki was based on an uncle of country music singer Merle Kilgore, who lived on Woolverton Mountain in Arkansas. Apparently King worked on Kilgore's version of the song and polished it up and it became an instant hit.
Thursday, March 7, 2013
I was shocked, as I truly love the music of Stompin' Tom. Canada has lost a true legend in the music scene, Stompin' Tom Conners has passed away on March the 6th at his home in Halton Hills, ON, he was 77.
I only learned of Stompin' Tom about 13 years ago or so when my great friend Pete turned me on to Stompin' Tom's music.
Stompin' Tom reminds me a lot of Johnny Cash and a dash of Wilf Carter for good measure. His songs were very Canadian and focused on Canadian subjects for the most part.
It really is sad that most people outside of Canada have never heard of Stompin' Tom. Trying to find his music in the states is damn near impossible. I have found one of his records here in the states, and they guy who sold it to me had no idea who Stompin' Tom was. Here is a guy who was taken away from him mum at a young age and really set out and made a name for himself.
It's hard for me to believe that this Canadian icon, who brought us the "hockey song," which was played on the CBC for Hockey night in Canada is no longer with us. Rest in Peace Stompin Tom.
As a memorial to Stompin' Tom I've uploaded some albums of his, I think I already posted a while ago, but the links no longer work. So, if you want to hear some good music, here is your chance. Special thanks to the person that sent me the cartoon. (I can't remember your name but thanks). Also thanks to Pete for sending me the picture below.
a very sad,
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
What we have here is a child's book with records to go along with the story. It's a pretty good learning tool and I had a few of these type of setups when I was a kid growing up, but I haven't thought of them in years.
The story features:
Bill Boyd as Hopalong Cassidy
Andy Clyde as California
Rand Brooks as Lucky
Topper as himself (topper is Cassidy's horse).
None of the towns people of the bad guys are listed and are probably forgotten thru the sands of time.
The story is that Hopalong, California and Lucky go riding into town where they are mistaken for bandits that just robbed the local bank. Needless to say they all end up in jail, until Hopalong uses his trusty horse Topper to break them out of jail. Hopalong and Lucky break out and go looking for the bandits, while California stays behind to prove that they aren't really the bandits and are going to go hunt the real bandits down and bring them to justice.
Now if you suspend reality for a second this is a pretty interesting story, however I find it kind of hard to believe that:
1. You can use your horse and a rope to take out the bars of the Jail
2. No one would hear someone doing it.
3 Lastly that criminals would be stupid enough to follow someone just because they are wearing a mask and singing.
I guess if I was six years old I'd fall for it, but I haven't been six in a long time. It's still kind of fun to listen to even for someone who really doesn't like westerns that much.
Being lazy I did not copy the pages of the book so if you where hoping for that, sorry.
Bill Boyd who plays Hopalong was born in Fannin County, TX but his parents moved to Dallas during the great depression and that's when it appears Bill got started in radio as a musician and actor. It looks like he also has some strange connection to the Texas swing band The Light Crust Doughboys, a truly great band. (I might do something on them down the road.)
Bill Boyd died in December 7th, 1977 in Dallas, TX
Andy Clyde if I am right is Andrew Allan Clyde who was born in Blairgowire, Perthshire, Scotland on March 25th, 1892 and died May 18th 1967 in Los Angeles, CA. He had a very long career in silent movies and also did a little work on TV, mostly westerns.
Rand Brooks was born in St. Louis, MO September 21st, 1918 and died September 1st, 2003 in Santa Ynez, CA. He was once married to Lois Laurel daughter of Stan Laurel of Laurel and Hardy fame. He also Ran a large private ambulance company in Los Angeles County after he left show business.
As for Topper, who knows.
This was released in 1950 on Capitol Record Reader.
Based in Kansas City, Mo "American Truck Historical Society" is a pretty neat organization, that almost makes me want to make a trip to Kansas City, a place I haven't been in a long time.
They are dedicated to preserving the dynamic history of trucks, the trucking industry and it's pioneers.
Along with membership you get a subscription to their publication "wheels of time" which is quite and interesting read. I really like the for sale part of the magazine, but for some reason I can't convince my wife the need for a semi in the drive way. Oh well win some lose some. Please check out the web site www.ATHS.org for more information.
They also have a very cool online store.
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Side A: is W.C. Fields delivering a couple of stories. It's not his "A" material but its still pretty good. Also, I don't think this is is only recordings, I'm pretty sure there are some other stuff floating around.
Side B: is Mae West and let me tell you this is what makes this record shine. All of West songs are enjoyable and the style is very wide ranging from jazzy selections to more Vaudevillian .
I think that Rusty Warren got some ideas for her songs from listening to Mae West. Maybe one day I'll get around to posting some of Rusty Warren's records.
I'm not sure when this was released but I think from what research I've done it's around 1946. It was released on Proscenium Records of New York.