D. L. Menard, 1932 – 2017

August 22, 2017

“La Porte En Arrière (The Back Door),” written and performed by D.L. Menard, who died late last month.

More:

“D.L. Menard, ‘the Cajun Hank Williams,’ Is Dead at 85,” Jon Pareles, New York Times

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The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore

August 21, 2017

“The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore,” written by Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio, recorded by The Walker Brothers in 1966. It was originally recorded by Frankie Valli the year before.

Music for Eclipse Day 2017.

Remastered stereo version here.

Related:

“Total Eclipse in the Music Division!” Cait Miller, In the Muse, Library of Congress blog

“What Folklore Tells Us About Eclipses,”  James Deutsch, Smithsonian

“When is the next total solar eclipse?” Brian Resnick, Vox

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Waltz No.2 from the Jazz Suite No.2

August 20, 2017

Waltz No.2 from the Jazz Suite No.2 by Dmitri Shostakovich, arranged and performed by the Cellostrada Quintet. Shostakovich composed this in Leningrad in 1938, commissioned by the USSR State Jazz Orchestra.

Cellostrada Quintet, Kraków, Poland: Cellists Radosław Bukała, Michał Dąbek, Miłosz Krcha, Marcin Kulig and Michał Świstak.

Cellostrada website

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What’cha Gonna Do About It

August 20, 2017

“What’cha Gonna Do About It,” by The Remo Four, on Bremen TV’s “Beat Club,” 1966.

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Woebegone

August 20, 2017

“Woebegone”, written by Shelby Lynne and performed by her in the studios of KINK.FM, Portland, OR, 2011.

Shelby Lynne website

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Woman in Me

August 19, 2017

“Woman in Me,” written by Carleen Anderson, performed by her on France’s “One Shot Not” in 2010.

Carleen Anderson website

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Jug Band Music

August 19, 2017

“Jug Band Music,” written by John Sebastian and recorded by him with his band, the Lovin’ Spoonful, in 1966.

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Superman and the The Mad Scientist

August 19, 2017

“The Mad Scientist,” a 1941 Superman cartoon by Fleischer Studios. released in Technicolor by Paramount Pictures Superman. Based on the characters created by Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel; story by Seymour KneitelIzzy Sparber, and Jay Morton. Directed by Dave Fleischer. Animation: Frank Endres and Steve Muffati. Music by Winston Sharples and Sammy Timberg. Voice actors: Joan Alexander (Lois Lane), Jackson Beck (narrator), Bud Collyer (Superman/Clark Kent), Jack Mercer (Mad Scientist),Julian Noa (Perry White). The actors had worked on The Adventures of Superman radio show since 1940.

More:

“The Real Heroes of Superman, Part 3,” Nina Kincaid, Flixens

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Nice! Not Nice!

August 18, 2017

“Nice! Not Nice!” The President Show, on Comedy Central.

Related:

“Why The President Show Might Just Work,” David sims, The Atlantic

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Removing Confederate Monuments

August 18, 2017

“I didn’t start the problems with race in this country, but I did force the people of New Orleans to confront them,” reflects Mayor Mitch Landrieu. 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival.

The monuments:

More:

‘The Confederacy lost and we’re better for it’: New Orleans mayor,” USA Today

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