Thursday, January 28, 2010

"Stuff, Etc." January 29, 2010

(Week 195)

UPDATE: This program is now available for download in 128k mp3 format: HOUR 1 and HOUR 2.

As the name implies, this RADIOLA! is a miscellany of recordings that somehow has coalesced into surprising coherence. Most selections are from original shellac source documents, except where noted.

Tune in at 8 PM Eastern Friday to WHCL (with direct streaming here or here). The show will be uploaded to my Live365 station shortly this weekend.

Annette Hanshaw (as Patsy Young) - Don't Be Like That (1929) - Velvet Tone 1829 V
Adrian Rollini and his Orch - Stuff, Etc. (1936) - Decca 807 B
Willard Robison w/Ipana Troubadours - Wake Up! Chill'un, Wake Up! (1929) - from Columbia 1779-D
Broadway Bell Hops (Jimmy Flynn v) - Hello Bluebird (1926) - Velvet Tone 1272 V
McKenzie's Candy Kids - Hot Honey (1925) - Vocalion A 15166
Thomas Waller - Soothin' Syrup (1927) - Victor 20470 A
Ethel Waters - Waiting at the End of the Road (1929) - Columbia 1933 D
Frank Crumit - Three Little Words (1930) - HMV B 3722
Red Nichols and his Five Pennies - The Sheik (1930) - Brunswick 4885
King Oliver and his Orch - Don't You Think I Love You (1930) - Victor 23001 A
Georgia Washboard Stompers - Sophisticated Lady (1933) - Bluebird B 5089 A
Mound City Blue Blowers - I'm Gonna Clap My Hands (1936) - Champion 40103 A
Ross Gorman and his Virginians (Heaney and White v) - Ev'ry Little While (1926) - Velvet Tone 1379 V
Southampton Society Orch (IK v) - I Miss My Swiss (1925) - Perfect 14457
The Astorites (Paul Hagan v) - It Made You Happy When You Made Me Cry (1926) - Velvet Tone 1303 V
R. Crumb & His Cheap Suit Serenaders - Persian Rug (1976) - Chasin' Rainbows (Shanachie 6002)
R. Crumb & His Cheap Suit Serenaders - Mysterious Mose (1976) - Chasin' Rainbows (Shanachie 6002)
Arthur Collins - Any Rags! (1903) - Victor 31433
Van and Schenck - Carolina in the Morning (1922) - Columbia A3712
American Quartet - Strut Miss Lizzie (1921) - Victor 18799 B
McKenzie's Candy Kids - If You Never Come Back (1925) - Vocalion B 15166
Frank Trumbauer and his Orch - I'm Comin' Virginia (1927) - Brunswick 7703
King Oliver and his Orch - Struggle Buggy (1930) - Victor 23001 B
Dinah - You Can't Stop Me From Lovin' You (1931) - Decca F2593 A (UK)
Reilly and Comfort - You've Got Me Crying Again (1933) - Decca F 3574 B (UK)
Boswell Sisters - There'll Be Some Changes Made (1932) - Brunswick 6291
Fletcher Henderson and his Orch - Blue Lou (1936) - Vocalion 3211
Georgia Washboard Stompers (Cal Clement v) - My Pretty Girl (1933) - Bluebird B 5089 B
Glen Gray and his Orch - Casa Loma Stomp (1933) - Victor 24256 B
Geechee Wiley - Last Kind Word Blues (1930) - mp3 (orig Paramount 12951 A)
Ethel Waters - Trav'lin' All Alone (1929) - Columbia 1933 D
Red Nichols and his Five Pennies - I Want To Be Happy (1930) - Brunswick 6830

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

It's All Fun and Games Until Somebody Gets Hurt

Owing to people constantly pirating his painstaking and excellent restorations, Glen Richards of the Hot Dance & Vintage Jazz Pages is calling it a day. I can hardly blame him:

Hello, everyone!

I know it's been a very long time since I've written (and updated the site!); life has a way of asserting itself when we least desire it. I've been struggling the problem of finding my recordings all over the internet (and commercial projects), all used without permission or even acknowledgment of their origin. When I started this site (back in 1997!) I knew this would be a problem, but I had hoped I would be able to ignore it. I can no longer do it; providing new content is never easy, and to have it used against my wishes simply makes doing this no longer fun.

I will no longer be posting any new content to the website. I have many recordings prepared and have purchased and scanned numerous photos and magazines that I will not release because of the work of a number of unscrupulous and unprincipled people. I made the mistake recently of looking through and various BitTorrent files and was amazed at how much of my stuff is used without any attribution. I had a fellow write to me the other day, accusing *me* of stealing stuff from YouTube and passing it off as my own! The arrogance and outright stupidity of so many people simply overwhelms me.

So, yes, I'm taking my bat and ball and going home. And yes, I *do* angrily blame thieves like "" and others for taking my files, removing the copyright notices (and resampling the files, poorly) and them posting them to bitTorrent, and the like. It is you, and people like you, that have made this once enjoyable hobby an exercise in extreme frustration. "F*ck the RIAA" you put in many of the files you stole from me, but you haven't hurt them at all - you've made certain I'll not make new content available ever again. I hope it was worth it! The website will continue to be open but I will be removing all files and closing the Downloads and Replays pages. I'm sorry this has to affect the majority of folks who have followed my usage guidelines and asked for permission to use the files (*always* freely given, by the way), but I don't enjoy this "hobby" anymore.


Thanks for all the great music, Glen--your efforts are deeply appreciated. And they'll be missed.

Monday, January 25, 2010


The amazing film by Nina Paley featuring the recordings of Annette Hanshaw. The animation is brilliant--and the music is incomparable.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

"Going Away Blues" January 22, 2010

(Week 194)

UPDATE: This show is now available for download in 128k mp3 format: HOUR 1 and HOUR 2.

RADIOLA! will be broadcasting on WHCL this Friday. It's been a strange year thus far, characterized by losses both public and personal. This program acknowledges those losses while opting to celebrate life.

Also featured is a special tribute to the great Al Gallodoro composed and played by his daughter Joni Gallodoro. (Inquiries about "Ode to Gallodoro" may be addressed to

Tune in Friday at 8 PM Eastern to WHCL-FM (with direct streaming here and here). The show will be uploaded to my Live365 station soon.

(Also, check out the new website for Bryan Wright's Rivermont Records.)

Original Indiana Five - Rarin' to Go (1927) - Jazz Oracle BDW 8034
Coon-Sanders Orch - After You've Gone (1929) - Retrieval RTR 79019
Willard Robison w/Ipana Troubadours - Wake Up! Chill'un, Wake Up! (1929) - from Columbia 1779-D
Milton Charles w/Guy Lombardo R.C.'ns - The Spell of the Blues (1928) - Take Two TT 511 CD/2
Leroy's Dallas Band (Percy Bagsby v) - Going Away Blues (1928) - “Sunshine Special” Frog DGF 60
Edwin J. McEnelly's Orch - Take Your Tomorrow (And Give Me Today) (1928) - Rivermont BSW 1140
Helen Savage w/ The Dixie Syncopators - It's Bad For Your Soul (1929) - “That's My Stuff” Frog DGF 7
Lloyd Smith and his Gut-Bucketeers - Wake Up, Sinners (1930) - “That's My Stuff” Frog DGF 7
Coon-Sanders Orch - On Revival Day (1932) - Retrieval RTR 79019
Jeanette James and her Synco Jazzers - The Bumps (1927) - “Alexander, Where's The Band?” Frog DGF 13
New Orleans Owls - The Nightmare (1926) - “The Owls' Hoot” Frog DGF 2
King Mutt and his Tennessee Thumpers - Nut House Stomp (1929) - “Good Time Mamma” Frog DGF 70
Hattie Hudson - Doggone My Good Luck Soul (1927) - “Sunshine Special” Frog DGF 60
Ben Norsingle - Black Cat Blues (1928) - “Sunshine Special” Frog DGF 60
Katherine Henderson - Have You Ever Felt That Way? (1928) - “Speakeasy” Frog DGF 40
Joni Gallodoro - Ode to Gallodoro (2009) - Private Recording (Larry Barrecka studio 11-13-2009)
Dan Levinson and his Swing Wing (Molly Ryan v) - A Brown Bird Singing (2008) - "At The Codfish Ball" Loupgarous LG-1004
Reginald Foort - Memories of You (1931) - “Pioneers of the Theatre Organ” Take Two TT511CD/2
Jesse Crawford w/Nat Shilkret and the Victor Orch - Maybe (1926) - Take Two TT511CD/1
Edwin J. McEnelly's Orch - Spanish Shawl (1925) - Rivermont BSW 1140
Guy Lombardo R.C.'ns w/Kate Smith - River, Stay 'Way From My Door (1931) - Columbia 2578-D
The Four Musketeers - Take Me Away From The River (1933) - Columbia DB 1076 (UK)
Memphis Jug Band - I'll See You In The Spring When The Birds Begin To Sing (1927) - Frog DGF 15
Coon-Sanders Orch - Deep Henderson (1926) - Retrieval RTR 79019
Thomas Morris' Seven Hot Babies - The Chinch (1926) - “When a Gator Hollers” Frog DGF 1
Kansas City Stompers - Shanghai Honeymoon (1929) - “Good Time Mamma” Frog DGF 70
Dick Leibert - Star Dust (1940) - “Pioneers of the Theatre Organ” Take Two TT511CD/2
Georgia Washboard Stompers - Chasing Shadows (1935) - Jazz Oracle BDW 8036
Duke Ellington and his Orch - Chatterbox (1937) - The Best of Duke Ellington 1932-1939, Disc 3
The Rhythm Maniacs - A Cottage For Sale (1930) - Decca F 1799 A (UK)
Violet Lorraine - Don't You Cry When We Say Goodbye (1934) - Decca F 5266 A (UK)
Nora Bayes - Just Snap Your Fingers At Care (1920) - Columbia A3360

Thursday, January 14, 2010

"A RADIOLA! Winter Carnival" January 15, 2010

I'm offering another show from the archives this week, originally broadcast February 19, 2007--and appropriately Winter-themed. Some excellent jazz here, including selections by Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks and The West End Jazz Band.

This show is available for download in 128k mp3 format here: HOUR 1 and HOUR 2. A lower-bitrate version is available at THIS LINK, and it has been uploaded to my Live365 station.

Friday, January 08, 2010

"The Voyage of Life" (YOWZAH #7) January 8, 2010

This week I'm playing a show from the archives--"The Voyage of Life" from the WPNR YOWZAH! series originally broadcast August 8, 2007.

In "The Voyage of Life" I offered a musical tribute to the four-painting series "The Voyage of Life" completed by Thomas Cole in 1840. The first version of this series hangs in the Munson-Williams-Proctor Art Institute in Utica, and is a moving allegory of the sweep of an individual's existence.

I programmed selections that refer to elements within the paintings, the ages they represent, and the theme of rivers generally. Each hour refers to a different painting and the "age" it represents. Most Uticans have seen the paintings and are familiar with them, but if you'd like to refresh your memory of them, you may do so at this link.

(The paintings reproduced in this link are the second set completed by Cole in 1842, which now hang in the National Gallery of Art.)

128k mp3 files of this program may be downloaded here: HOUR 1, HOUR 2, HOUR 3, and HOUR 4. A lower bitrate version of this program is posted HERE. It will also be available on my Live365 station.