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Record Machine: Oddball Flexi Discs

Flexi discs — those thin sheets of plastic or coated paper containing music and other recordings — used to be included in magazines, fan club gifts, or other giveaways. Their popularity waned once CDs took more of a market share in the ’90s, but now Pirate Press is reviving the format with releases from Deerhoof, Napalm Death, and […]

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Forgotify, the Last Frontier: “I Never Know”

‘Tis the season for… jazz combos?

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Music

Forgotify, the Last Frontier: “Un Gelato per Tutti 2”

This translates to, AN ICE CREAM FOR EVERYONE! Sounds like a tune that’s right up my alley, even though I have to wear three pairs of socks and two hoodies to not freeze to death in my apartment. 

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Music

Forgotify, the Last Frontier: “If I Had You”

Dinah Washington led a prolific and successful career, but died before her time due to weight loss drugs.

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Forgotify, the Last Frontier: “While We’re Young”

Bob Thompson, inventor of “Space Age Pop,” recorded this piece of music with the Bob Thompson Orchestra and the Bob Thompson Chorus. Chill out, Bob Thompson, we know it’s all about you.

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Forgotify, the Last Frontier: “You Don’t Know What Love Is”

Don’t mind me, I’ll just be over here crying in the corner because I just fell in love with an artist who retired from music in 1966. 

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Forgotify, the Last Frontier: Week 5

This week dumped me into a musical world almost completely unknown to me, and, surprisingly, unknown to Wikipedia as well. 

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History

The Phonograph: A Love Story

I admit it. I am madly, deeply and irrevocably in love with my 1920 Victor Victrola phonograph that I restored last year. I’d always wanted a Victor Victrola phonograph, because as I’ve discovered, the history of the phonograph is the social history of the early twentieth century.

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Music

Esperanza Spalding: Better than Bieber

Last week at the Grammys, Esperanza Spalding rode in as the dark horse of the night, winning Best New Artist. (I will mention only one other female artist was nominated in this category: Florence and The Machine. Although women did have a pretty big take-home: 16 awards in all.) It had many people saying, “Who?” […]

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Lunchtime Poll

Lunchtime Poll: 2/11

We’re asking you to dig a little deeper today.  Our lovely new header inspired me to do some YouTubing today, looking for some videos of the great ladies of jazz.  Listening to Billie Holiday and Dinah Washington, I can’t help but compare them to current musicians.