Archive for the ‘Retro’ Category

Buy a bug or shoot the mule. Your choice.

Wednesday, 4 August 2021

   Three years back, the Hinsleys of Dora, Missouri, had a tough decision to make.
   To buy a new mule.
   Or invest in a used bug.
   They weighed the two possibilities.
First there was the problem of the bitter Ozark winters. Tough on a warm-blooded mule. Not so tough on an air-cooled VW.
   Then, what about the eating habits of the two contenders? Hay vs. gasoline.
   As Mr. Hinsley puts it: “I get over eighty miles out of a dollar’s worth of gas and I get where I want to go a lot quicker.”
   Then there’s the road leading to their cabin. Many a mule pulling a wagon and many a conventional automobile has spent many an hour stuck in the mud.
   As for shelter, a mule needs a barn. A bug doesn’t. “It just sets out there all day and the paint job looks near as good as the day we got it.”
   Finally, there was maintenance to think about. When a mule breaks down, there’s only one thing to do: Shoot it.
  But if and when their bug breaks down, the Hinsleys have a Volkswagen dealer only two gallons away.

[Genuine VW ad found here.]

Saturday Matinee – Barbara Mandrell, Ry Cooder, John Lee Hooker & Bonnie Raitt

Saturday, 24 July 2021

Steel guitar prodigy Barbara Mandrell appeared numerous times on The Johnny Cash Show. (This one is from the 1976 Christmas Special.)

I asked a comely waitress, “Is this a new teaching?” She said, “There is no God but God, and Ralph Mooney is his name.”

Ry Cooder, one of the greatest slide guitar players ever, paid tribute to Mooney in 2018.

Let’s stay with the slide. Bonnie Raitt & John Lee Hooker (1912, 1915, 1917, 1920 or 1923-2001) got down and dirty in 1991.

That’s a wrap – for now. Have a great weekend, stay cool if it’s hot, relax if it’s not, and we’ll be back tomorrow with something.

1969 Conceptual Design – Santa Monica Freeway Interchange Festival

Wednesday, 14 July 2021

Archigram‘s neo-futurism was not far off the mark…

[Top images found here. 2nd image via Google Maps, 3rd previously posted in here.]

Reciprocornous Hot Links

Sunday, 11 July 2021

Hair-Net, The 5 Peaks, (1985?) Jay-R Records From Pueblo, Colorado, Gerald Gantt, Robert Stallworth, Casey Hynes and Joel Scherzer recorded in the 70’s as The Four Shades, The Five Bucks, and as The 5 Peaks in the late 80’s for the Jay-R label. The 45 rpm credits M. Simpkins as the songwriter. [Heard on The Hound.]

Pretty trippy.

Irresponsible.

Wide load [via].

Packing problem.

Layout Collection.

PLEASE adopt Hank.

Creeps me right out.

How to catch tardigrades.

Where to get away from it all.

When Mom’s almost home [via].

Belgian Prime Minister got vaccinated.

Average Faces of Native American Tribes?

Random objects in the London Museum of Science.

Canadian Chris Sky predicted it in October 2020.

[Top image: Lum York.]


From the Archives: 1 year ago. 5 years ago. 10 years ago.


Soviet Era KGB Telephones

Tuesday, 6 July 2021

At first I though it might be a gag/hoax/photoshop, then I found this:

[Top images found here.]

Saturday Matinee – Otis Rush, Dale Watson and Fred Wesley & The New JBs

Saturday, 3 July 2021

I went downstairs, made a cup of coffee, had a chat with the neighbor, took the clothes in, came back up to my laptop, and he was still holding the first “Well”.

Otis Rush (1934-2018) plays Willie Dixon‘s classic I Can’t Quit You Baby. Can’t confirm the date or show of this vid.

Dale Watson, keeper of the true country music flame and the Memphis sound (despite hailing from Austin) is right up there with Johnny, Willie & Waylon – and a lot of others.

Fred Wesley & The New JBs is comprised of:

Fred Wesley – trombone
Gary Winters – trumpet
Phillip Whack – saxophone
Bruce Cox – drums
Dwayne Dolphin – bass
Reggie Ward – guitar
Peter Madsen – keyboards

Happy Independence Day weekend to all. Don’t get too ‘splodey tomorrow – you’re gonna want to be whole come Monday.

I’m sure it meant something.

Tuesday, 29 June 2021

From Lustige Blätter 1919.

Funny papers was the title of a German-language satire magazine. After a brief start-up phase in Hamburg, the magazine was published as a weekly newspaper from 1886 to 1944 in Berlin. It was founded and published by the writer Alexander Moszkowski.

[Image found here. Note that there is no Wikipedia entry for  Lustige Blätter in English.]

Telaesthesial Hot Links

Sunday, 20 June 2021

Polly Put Your Kettle On, Sonny Boy Williamson (1947)Williamson’s final recording session took place in Chicago in December 1947, in which he accompanied Big Joe Williams. On June 1, 1948, Williamson was killed in a robbery on Chicago’s South Side as he walked home from a performance at the Plantation Club. After his death, Alex “Rice” Miller stole the name for his own performances and recordings.

Sonny Boy Williamson – Vocals, Harmonica
Blind John Davis – Piano
Big Bill Broonzy – Guitar
Willie Dixon – String Bass
Charles Chick Sanders – Drums

Kitty, Daisy and Lewis did a great cover, previously posted in here. Note that Williamson’s lyrics differ from the children’s rhyme.


Kay’s Fudge.

Robot Squid.

That’s Noody.”

A lung in a box.

Black Hawk Ham.

Tough summer job: Mail Boat Jumping.

16-year-old Prathamesh Jaju did this.

Why are you still wearing a mask outside?

Kid wore an I Voted For Joe Biden t-shirt & got reactions.

Someone Found a Color 8mm Home Video from 1939.

Google AI identified an image of a toy turtle as a rifle.

[Top image found here.]


From the Archives: 1 year ago. 5 years ago. 10 years ago.


 

California’s Big Squirt

Tuesday, 15 June 2021

[Questionable brilliance from 1951 found here, via here.]

Saturday Matinee – Old Buckers, Roy Buchanan, Pete Anderson & The Swamp Shakers

Saturday, 12 June 2021

Buckin’ and beer. Buck dancing is related to clogging, flat footing, step dancing, and this film from the 1950s refers to it as skiffle. You already know about beer.

Roy Buchanan, aka “The World’s Greatest Unknown Guitarist,” from a PBS documentary 1971. Buchanan was most famously associated with a 1953 Fender Telecaster nicknamed ‘Nancy’. In 1988 he was arrested for public intoxication and was found hanged from his own shirt in the Fairfax County Virginia Jail. He was 48.

Pete Anderson was “the very first true rocker in the entire former Soviet Union” and formed The Swamp Shakers in Riga, Latvia, in 2009. Anderson passed away in 2016, but The Swamp Shakers continue performing as a trio.

Getting kinda late, so I’ll wrap this up and send it off to the internest. Have a great weekend, we’ll have more fun tomorrow.


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