my own jazz theater and oum is contemplative

So, last week I watched that Triplettes de Belleville movie, I liked it okay, but my absolute favorite part is there was this zany retro cartoon vaudeville intro with the super catchy theme playing (when i told the people i watched the movie with that was my favorite part they said i "missed the point" of the movie, i guess i agree). Well I want to get the soundtrack but i haven't yet, but thankfully freshman year Oum dated a jazz guitar performance major who copied her like twenty some jazz guitar cd's which she hates cos they don't sing enough. I find the early stuff to be the most charming. So here are some picks of what i been listening to this week. (This stuff is all new to me so any recommendations anyone might have are encouraged/appreciated)

Eddie Condon- Darktown Strutter's Ball
Django Reinhardt- Avalon
Oscar Aleman- Limehouse blues
Josephine Baker- La Petite Tonkinoise (Oum's pick. very cool, thanks)
Lonnie Johnson & Eddie Lang- Hot fingers (not really the same thing but included anyway)

here's oum's picks.
In Thailand there is a place called the Golden triangle, that is where this music comes from. I don't have much to say about the music except i listen to it in the early mornings and especially bright days and i think it is very beautiful. the song "free trio" is an exception to this though, it is a late night adventure!
These songs come from Music And Songs From The Golden Triangle on the Buda label.

Mr. A-Be-Dme- New Year
Mrs. A-Sa-Ma- My Love
M. Tai-Yae- Free Trio

we hope you enjoy,

image is a photo of Josephine Baker


  • At 2:39 PM, January 21, 2006, Blogger radio tinman said…

    thanks! i love this stuff. you guys have a great blog here. i read everyday.

  • At 2:42 PM, January 21, 2006, Blogger AKARAFF said…

    thanks for the thai tunes. I love to find things like this. There is so much out there that I don't even know how to find. It's sites like yours that helps me answer that question.



  • At 4:58 PM, January 21, 2006, Blogger like a eagle said…

    this thai stuff is awesome!

  • At 5:03 PM, January 21, 2006, Blogger Squashed said…

    "which she hates cos they don't sing enough."

    I have this bizarre theory, like painting, there is a degree of familiarity and abstractness.

    so a 'photo' of photolike painting of a face/person, would be very familiar, on the other end of spectrum would be absolute abstract... drip of paints, textural colors, dada-ism, etc. Most of the time, a person would need more context than what can readily seen in the picture.

    Sam with music, except the 'object/photo' is spokenwords.

    the farther it is from spoken word, the more abstract it becomes.

    spokenwords/lyrics--melody--rythm--harmony--texture--tones--wave/accoustic character.

    Most pop songs has very clear lyrics, strong melody, well structured short rythm pattern, repetitive harmony, and common instrumentations.

    but all those are very limiting after awhile. observe how all genre of music always started out simple then evolve to something remotely different from spoken words.

    take rock for eg. most edgy rocks are in form of post-rock/math rock. tossing out human voice, rift. (explosions in the sky, slint, etc...)

  • At 6:06 PM, January 21, 2006, Blogger Kahlo said…

    Uaaa... I enjoy so much this amaziiing music. Josephine Baker is one of my favourites french singers :D

    Really good stuff, wonderfull choice!

  • At 11:53 PM, January 21, 2006, Blogger rentstrike said…

    I like that part of the movie best too.

  • At 11:13 AM, January 22, 2006, Anonymous Moka said…

    Great jazz picks! Avalon is one of my favorite Django's songs. Unfortunately my jazz knowledge is very poor so I can't recommend you anything really awestrucking yet, Although, my father does have some good jazz albums, try Ben Pollack, King Oliver's Creole jazz band, Oscar Peterson, Stephane Grappelli or Jack Teagarden.
    Hope this was helpful...

  • At 2:37 PM, January 22, 2006, Blogger annulla said…

    Honey, Where You Been So Long? is a great source for early jazz & blues (not always easy to tell the difference). http://prewarblues.org/

  • At 8:01 AM, January 23, 2006, Blogger Makrugaik said…

    Check out Jaga Jazzists, now called simply called Jaga, from Norway. Extremely talented.

  • At 8:18 AM, January 23, 2006, Anonymous LC said…

    Great! Josephine Baker is really awesome!!!!
    Try Alberta Hunter, specially when she sings Darktown Strutter's Ball and Georgia on my Mind. Another one I like so much is Cab Calloway. He appears in The Blues Brothers singing Minnie The moocher.
    He also appears in Betty Boop's cartoons, as well as Louis Armstrong and others.
    Really good music - I love this stuff.

  • At 6:05 PM, January 23, 2006, Blogger crish and oum said…

    whoa, 10 comments good work, crish!

    thanks all for the recommended stuff it all has been written down for our next music raid! we'll check it fo'sure.
    y'all anulla is right, honey is a great great mp3 blog. we are fans fo' sure.

    squashed- i dunno what is going on with that comment.. i just like singers. i think so music has such context these day that very little of it is really abstract or unfamiliar to people like us, even post-rock. btw, is there like a post rock revivial going on?


  • At 12:10 PM, February 13, 2006, Blogger Durium said…

    Just to inform you about my new Oscar Aleman web log:

    Keep swinging



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