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The Saturday Matinee – Mississippi Fred McDowell, Roscoe Holcomb & The Dixie Hummingbirds

Saturday, 6 February 2016

Mississippi Fred McDowell‘s version of Bukka White‘s “Shake ‘Em On Down.” (This version is hot, too.)

Roscoe Holcomb plays “Graveyard Blues.” Pure Appalachian finger style guitar. So where can we go from here? Oh wait. I know.

The Dixie Hummingbirds are one of the greatest soul Gospel groups ever, with a track record dating to 1928. We’re all on God’s Radar whether you accept it or not, and that’s a wrap for this edition of the Saturday Matinee.

Saturday Matinee – Russian Love Bugs, Romanian Finger Flute, Buddy Guy & Stevie Ray Vaughan

Saturday, 30 January 2016

Love Bugs in 1912 Moscow. [via]

„Digi Fonful” ieste un instrument muzical inventat de Ştefan Popescu, fost concurent la „Românii au talent .În ciuda numelui, instrumentul nu are nicio componentă digitală. Digi Fonful, care seamănă cu un fluier, este făcut să cânte cu ajutorul unui deget introdus într-un capăt al intrumentului şi al aerului suflat printr-un orificiu.În clipul de mai sus îl puteţi vedea pe cel mai mare „virtuoz” al Digi Fonfului, Ştefan Popescu, în acţiune.

Well, duh. [via]

Buddy Guy from February 2015, pushing 80 years at the time of that interview. He always looked like he had fun playing, as he did in this 1989 vid with Stevie Ray Vaughan:

That wraps it up for this edition of the Saturday Matinee. Have a great weekend, and we’ll have more fun tomorrow.

Saturday Matinee – Glenn Frey & The Eagles, and Tom Waits

Saturday, 23 January 2016

One of my favorite Eagles songs. I played that record so much you could see daylight through the grooves. R.I.P Glenn Frey.

The Eagles made me a bluegrass fan with “Midnight Flyer.”

Another favorite from that same album was “Ol’ 55.” It was years later that I found out it was written by Tom Waits.

Head down, chin up, and have a great weekend, folks.

 

 

Signature Service Hot Links

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Gas Can Guitar Boy

Why A Pair of Pants?

“Pants” is an abbreviation for “Pantaloons,” originally a two-piece garment, with one sleeve for each leg, both tied around the waist. The codpiece was a polite, yet not-so-polite, appurtenance. Pantaloons (with or without codpieces) were a hit in France in the late 1600s. What a surprise.

The word “pantaloons” comes from the French pantalon, derived from Italian pantalone, named after San Pantalone, aka Saint Pantaleone, aka Saint Panteleímon.

St. PantaleoneThat guy was pretty cool. He practiced medicine until he became a Faith Healer and was accused of witchcraft in 305AD. He survived being set on fire with torches, being dipped in molten lead, tied to a rock and thrown into the sea, fed to wild animals, torn apart on the rack, and a beheading. He freed a bunch of slaves, too. Once he agreed that beheading was usually lethal, he was beheaded a second time and he died.

The origin of the taunt “Liar, liar, pants on fire!” is related.

Straatsen in the Netherlands [via].

Hexaflexigon burrito. Do it. Eat it.

Some of these DIY illusions are cool.

RHNB = Red Hot Nickel Ball. Nice video collection by a guy who knows what to do with one.

El Niño – He’s a-comin’ ta gitcha, and Google Maps has you covered.

We’ve all seen ’em. They’re called dickheads.

Don’t do this [via].

Do this instead. [Top image screen-capped from that video and doctored a tad.]

Saturday Matinee – Tanya and Dorise, Robert Cray & Samantha Fish

Saturday, 16 January 2016

Pink Floyd. In the rain. Wish you were here.

Tanya – Violin & Skates
Dorise – Guitar
Nathan – Tenor Banjo
Syd Barrett – Muse

Sometimes the Utoobage is great, sometimes it fails, but it still amazes me. I was looking for a live video of Robert Cray‘s “I Wonder,” but no dice. I’ll post this one anyway because it’s so sad and purty.

Lookout. The Prom Queen’s got a gun, and ya’ll better not call her a Prom Queen because Samantha Fish is gonna jam it down your throat, and here’s proof.

Have a great weekend, folks, see you tomorrow for more stuff.

 

Saturday Matinee – Rowan Atkinson, The All Night Long Blues Band, Samantha Fish & Satchmo

Saturday, 9 January 2016

Rowan Atkinson plays air drums with brilliance.

The All Night Long Blues Band at The Cat Head Store in Clarksville Mississippi, 2013. There’s something both absurd and awesome going on there, and I like it.

This one’s a jawdropper. Samantha Fish kills it on a 4-string cigar box guitar. From Wiki:

During the summer of 2013, Fish was called up on stage to play with a skeptical Buddy Guy who was so impressed with her playing on the guitar, he declared with a beaming smile to his audience, “When this kind of shit happens, I’ll play all night!”

Let’s wrap it up with some Satchmo. This 1933 version of “Dinah” was some great jump blues.

Have a great weekend and we’ll roll again tomorrow.

Saturday Matinee – The Bosstones, Ska-P & The Skamonics

Saturday, 2 January 2016

I’m kind of on a ska kick. It helps me decompress after all the holiday festivities, so here we go.

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones‘ “The Rascal King” from 1997.

Ska-P rocks from Madrid. From what I gather, they’re a popular anarchist ska band in Europe.

This cover of “Tainted Love” by The Skamonics is kind of interesting.

Happy New Year, have a great weekend, folks, and I’ll be over this nasty head cold soon.

 

Saturday Matinee – Okudart, TV Ad Extended Cut & The Alabama Blacksnakes

Saturday, 26 December 2015

Okuda San Miguel transforms abandoned church into Kaos Temple. [Related post herevia].

GEICO extended cut.

How bout some rough cajun booze-rock blues? Give a listen to “Interstate Love” by the Alabama Black Snakes… then read this.

Saturday Matinee – Pre-Christmas Festivities

Saturday, 19 December 2015

That’s a cover of one of the best songs of The Phil Spector Christmas Album from 1963, but it’s not Christmas until I hear Leroy Anderson‘s “Sleigh Ride” sung by The Ronettes.

This corrupted and irreverent version of the traditional song always amuses me even though the missus hates it.

Have a great weekend, folks, and I’ll make up for this later. Honest.

The Saturday Matinee – Capuchin Monkeys, The Cramps, The Two Man Gentlemen Band & Tuba Skinny

Saturday, 12 December 2015

This clip from Frans de Waal’s TED presentation amuses me (and I may have posted it previously).

The Cramps were a product of the legendary 1970s CBGB NY punk scene, as were these folks:

Okay I lied. The Two Man Gentlemen Band never played at CBGBs (which stood for Country, Blue Grass & Blues in case you didn’t know). Let’s go for one more.

Tuba Skinny is a modern day traditional classic.

Have a great weekend, folks, and we’ll be back tomorrow, rain or shine.


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