More music picks for your Monday, curated this week by Rob Levy and Widge. If you like what you hear, use the links provided to snag it for yourself from Amazon. Doing so through us gives us kickbacks, and those help pay for stuff like more bandwidth. And also so we can buy more music.
First things first: Rob pointed out this article, in which it’s announced that the National Jukebox website now has a crapload of music available for streaming thanks to The Library of Congress and Sony. This makes “available all pre-1925 acoustic recordings originally made for the Victor Talking Machine Co., the vast majority of which are not now in circulation.” This is huge, folks. Amazing and awesome and huge. Sony gets a big hug from us for doing this.
As a sample, here’s a 1911 recording of Billy Murray and “If You Talk in Your Sleep, Don’t Mention My Name.”
Rob also throws us Ennio Morricone and the badass soundtrack to The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. Here is a live orchestral version of the title track. It is sweet. In regards to the soundtrack, Rob says “One of the best soundtracks ever. Period. End of story.” Agreed.
The expanded version of the soundtrack is available on CD and MP3 download from Amazon. The film is also available on Blu-Ray that comes with a DVD as a combo pack. I will say the MP3 download is just $5 as I type this. Nice.
And if you’ve got some time to kill…check out an entire fifty minute bit from beat box/sound guy Beardyman, who we’ve mentioned before.
A song I really dig by band State Radio is “Calling All Crows.” Here’s lead Radio guy Chad Urmston performing it solo:
Here’s a pick from me…the classic “Shame & Scandal” as covered by Dr. Ring-Ding and the Senior All-Stars.
A great way to get this track (and a bunch of other great ska/reggae songs) is the 1997 compilation Ska Island. You can get it used on Amazon for less than a dollar.
And another classic here…it’s “Book of Slim” by Gene Harris & The Three Sounds.