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Sunday, 30 October 2011

Yet Another Turntable

this is the other turntable i bought in search of a 78rpm-capable one. it came from union, missouri and cost me $22.50. a really neat device in a wonderful condition, probably from the early or mid 60s. it is a portable one, the case is red and beige from the outside and it can play 16, 33, 45 and 78rpm. according to the sellers information it should work fine, but i cant test it becaue i dont have a step down voltage converter yet (i will tell you about the results once i have one). the brand is called vornado, which was the new name of the discount store two guys from 1959 on. thus the turntable must have been produced later than 1959, but as it still looks pretty much like 1950s style, i assume that its from the early 60s.

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Sunday, 30 October 2011

My New Turntable

hey folks, i know its been a while… but, well, heres the news: after obtaining my first shellac record (“come on a my house” by rosemary clooney (yes, she is related to george clooney – shes his aunt), 1951) i was in search of a turntable that can play at 78rpm and already has the special needle you need to play shellac. and then i found this vintage american portable model from philadelphia on ebay (cost me $47) – there will be a LOT of work to do, but im planning to restore it as far as possible.

it is unsure from which manufacturer this turntable is, as its top cover is missing and theres no label or plate on it. its made from bakelite and was produced in the 1950s (as assumed by the seller). the original power cord is missing, so i had no chance yet to turn it on but it looks ok as far as i can see. it was a little dirty from outside and it definitely has to be opened and professionally cleaned, some screwes have become loose after all those decades but i dont think there …

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Sunday, 9 October 2011

A happy barthday, ol’ pal..


John Lennon: The Moldy Moldy Man
(In His Own Write, 1964)

I’m a moldy moldy man
I’m moldy thru and thru
I’m a moldy moldy man
You would not think it true.
I’m moldy till my eyeballs
I’m moldy til my toe
I will not dance I shyballs
I’m such a humble Joe.

dear john, a humble 71st birthday… we still miss you.

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Tuesday, 23 August 2011

R.I.P. Jerry Leiber

 Jerome “Jerry” Leiber

25th April 1933 – 22nd August 2011

now heres maybe the best known leiber/stoller song, to which jerry wrote the lyrics. of course elvis version is the most popular one, but originally it was recorded by this blues lady in the early 50s.
“Hound Dog” performed live by Big Mama Thornton and Buddy Guy in 1965:

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Sunday, 14 August 2011



awesome performance, but this is just to illustrate how lady gaga sounds to me by default :-)

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Wednesday, 29 June 2011

This Is John Walker: A Tribute featuring GARY WALKER


download PODCAST

here it is folks, last weeks tribute to john walker on 88.3 southern FM, as a downloadable podcast for those who – like me – werent able to listen to the show live (due to the time difference between europe and australia i unfortunately was at work when it aired).
but even on top of that, heres gary walkers response to nick, who did the show and gathered all the material for it:
Hi Nick “The Man” Black,
Well where do I start, I listened to your show and I want to tell you and 88.3 team how impressed myself and my family were with your John Walker Tribute. Everyone did a lot of home work and it showed. I haven’t even heard any of the early stuff that John and Judy did, so it was a real treat for me also.
I have done a lot of Radio but yours was one of the of the best, (must get a CD of it)
Once again, well done on the show, and if you need anything more that you would like me to do (Gary Walker …

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Friday, 24 June 2011

“Columbo” dies aged 83

 Peter Michael Falk

16th September 1927 – 23rd June 2011

to bring back some memories, and perhaps make you laugh again:
Peter Falk in: The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast of Frank Sinatra (1977):

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Saturday, 18 June 2011

Los Fabulosos Cuatro


happy birthday, paul!

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Wednesday, 15 June 2011

John Walker Tribute


postponed to June 22
“Purple Haze” 88.3 Southern FM

next week on wednesday, in memory of the recently deceased john maus, there will be john walker special on 88.3 southern FM – a community radio station in melbourne, australia -, hosted by TFR friend nick black. the show will be from 8:00pm to 10:00pm (AEST), but it will be available as a podcast also.
dont miss it, there will be an interview with gary walker! and of course lots of music by the walker brothers and john walker solo recordings – including the two records you can find on this blog.

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Wednesday, 25 May 2011

New Findings


and now for your ears

if you cannot watch this because your country has silly laws for media distribution, try the tor browser at torproject.org or choose a free proxy at hidemyass.com (there you can also find instructions on how to set the proxy connection in your browser if you dont know how to do it); so that you can surf anonymously.

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Tuesday, 24 May 2011

The 70th Bob-day


happy birthday, mr. dylan!

the voice of a generation – well, maybe not literally, but he sure is one of the most important songwriters, poets, philosophers and public figures of the 20th century. virtually everyone knows his name, and the number of his fans speaks for itself.
born in duluth, minnesota on the 24th may 1941 as robert allen zimmerman, his parents abram and beatrice additionally gave him the hebrew name shabtai zisel ben avraham. when he became 18 years old he first called himself bob dylan, with reference to the welsh poet dylan thomas.
just like the typical 1950s teenager he first listened to rock n roll, reportedly elvis, little richard and chuck berry. soon he found folk music to be more interesting – more serious and not as superficial as rock n roll. his favourite singer/songwriter became woody guthrie, and he learned to play all his songs.
dylan then went to new york and released his first lp in early 1962, which was simply titled ‘bob dylan’ and only contained two self-penned songs. his next album would provide the 1960s pacifist hymn, or maybe even his most famous song over all: ‘blowin …

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Sunday, 22 May 2011

The Hipster’s Manifest


yes, i am a hipster.

too bad the image of hipsters thats left in todays societys mind is just a caricature of young, anti-mainstream people, often mixed up with emos and experimentalists – narcissistic underground egocentrics who are just anti- everything. so what about the original hipsters, the real hepcats? in their time they were the real cool cats, not something to make fun of. so i see myself as a hipster in the sense of worshipping those original hepcats, keeping their music, lifestyle and culture alive.

hipsters are all anti-mainstream.

that totally depends on how you define mainstream. today, people like lady gaga are totally mainstream just because they tried not to be. so are the black eyed peas, justin bieber and all the other so-called ‘stars’ i just damn dont care about. i dont dislike them because theyre mainstream, i dislike them because theyre commercial products and not musicians in the original sense (only casting ‘bands’ are worse, because that whole concept leads the word ‘artist’ to the point absurdity). i dislike them because their so-called ‘music’ is crap. (if you disagree at this point, please just dont read on and leave this site. …

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Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Way Down in New Orleans…


happy birthday to eric burdon, who is 70 today.

though rather short in physical appearance, this man is one of the biggest living legends on music history, most notably of course in the british invasion. mostly known for his early years with the animals, of whom he was the singer and a founding member, he continued to be successful with his band war – a 180 degrees turn from the style of the animals.
he still tours today and i was lucky enough to see him live last summer, and witness that he hasnt lost any of his bold personality or his amazing voice.
but for now an all time classic, a song that is stuck in my head all day today. and to this day the animals version of this traditional folk song is the most well-known one: house of the rising sun. incredible how such a deep and rich voice could come out of such a (then) boyish young man… listen and get goosebumps:

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Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Sunshine Superman

its the 65th birthday of donovan philips leitch (‘mellow yellow’, ‘universal soldier’, ‘colours’, and other hits) today, and to celebrate the famous scottish singer-songwriter, below you find a live performance of his evergreen 1968 hit atlantis (also one of my own favourites ;)). this is a song that takes you away like on the waves of the ocean, perfect to listen to if youre near the sea or at a shore or beach. listen closely to his luvly scottish accent in the spoken intro of this song, its nice.

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Sunday, 8 May 2011

The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore

 John Maus (John Walker)

12th November 1943 – 7th May 2011
john walker, former member of the walker brothers, passed away last saturday, aged 67. what a sad thing to happen, as thats not really old anyway. say goodbye to mr. maus, and watch a video with him and sandie shaw singing ‘homeward bound’, for old times sake.

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