Friday, January 29, 2016

"Off the Dial" January 29, 2016

(Week 449)

This RADIOLA! cannot but celebrate, despite a particular setback.

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The very first issue of The Syncopated Times is off the press, and it's beautiful. Charter subscriber Glenn Robison dedicated much of his Rapidly Rotating Records for January 24, 2016 to the happy event. I am most grateful!

The Happiness Boys - Twisting the Dials (1928) - How Do You Do? (ASV CD AJA 5628) orig Victor 35953
Willard Robison (w/Ipana Troubadours) - Wake Up! Chill'un, Wake Up! (1929) - from Columbia 1779 D
Fred Elizalde and his Cambridge Undergraduates - Stomp Your Feet (1927) - Timeless CBC 1-005
Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orch - She's No Trouble (1928) - Victor 24893 B
Slim Lamar and his Southerners - Happy (1928) - Retrieval 79006
Frank Munn - Let the End of the World Come Tomorrow (1926) - Brunswick 3250 A
Roy Evans - My Old Lady Blues (1929) - Columbia 1697 D
Sophie Tucker - Aren't Women Wonderful? (1928)- Columbia 5064 (UK)
Original Dixieland Jazz Band (Al Bernard v) - St. Louis Blues (1921) - Victor 18772 A
The Benson Orch of Chicago - Pickin' 'em Up and Layin' 'em Down (1924) - Victor 19386 A
California Ramblers - On Such a Night (1924) - Columbia 91 D
Arthur Fields - Stay Down Here Where You Belong (1914) - Little Wonder 46
Alma Gluck - From the Land of the Sky Blue Water (Eberhart-Cadman) (1911) - Victrola 64190
The Norfolk Jazz Quartette - When I Walked Up I Was Sharp As a Tack (1921) - Okeh 8019 A
The Carpal Tunnel Kid - Impending Doom (Internet Radio Edition) (2007)
Paolo Alderighi and Stephanie Trick - Grandpa's Spells (2014) - Sentimental Journey (ATCD002)
Jimmy Wade and his Dixielanders - Mississippi Wobble (1928) - Timeless CBC 1-050
Mart Britt and his Orchestra (MB v) - Sadness Will Be Gladness (1928) - Retrieval 79006
Piccadilly Revels Band  - Buffalo Rhythm (1927) - Timeless CBC 1-005
Alex Hill and his Orch - Toogaloo Shout (1929) - Timeless CBC 1-050
The Rhythmic Eight (Maurice Elwin v) - Rhythm King (1929) - Retrieval 79059
Jabbo Smith and his Rhythm Aces - Ready Hokum (1929) - Retrieval 79013
Louis Armstrong and his Orch - Some Of These Days (1929) - Vocalion 3202
Billy Cotton and his Band (Nat Gonella and trio v) - Bessie Couldn't Help It (1930) - Timeless CBC 1-005
Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orch (James Rushing v) - Ya Got Love (1931) - Victor 22680 B
Paul Whiteman and his Orch (Irene Taylor v) - So At Last It's Come To This (1932) - Victor 24187 B
Red McKenzie and his Rhythm Kings - Georgia Rockin' Chair (1935) - Brunswick 02105 A
Hal Kemp and his Orch (Skinnay Ennis v) - Stop! You're Breaking My Heart (1937) - Victor 25589 B
Red Norvo and his Orch (Mildred Bailey v) - Please Be Kind (1938) - Brunswick 8088
Billie Holiday - Night and Day (1939) - Vocalion 5377
Jack Smith - The Song is Ended (1927) - Victor 21028 A

Friday, January 22, 2016

"New Year's Revolutions" January 22, 2016

(Week 448)

This RADIOLA! is feeling the "heave" in "upheaval."

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My new venture is The Syncopated Times. (When one door slams in your face, another is blown clean off its hinges.) Please consider subscribing. And speaking of journalism, here's my cover story from the Syracuse New Times a few weeks ago.

Adrian Rollini and his Orch (Clay Bryson v) - Got The Jitters (1934) - orig Banner 32950 (Healey)
Clyde McCoy and his Orch - Tear It Down (1936) - Associated 60660
Willard Robison (w/Ipana Troubadours) - Wake Up! Chill'un, Wake Up! (1929) - from Columbia 1779 D
Johnny Johnson and his Statler Pennsylvanians (trio v) - Thou Swell (1928) - Victor 21113 A
Bix Beiderbecke and his Gang - Ol' Man River (1928) - Columbia 35666
New Orleans Wanderers - Papa Dip (1926) - Columbia DB 2920
Lewis James - Forever (1928) - Victor 21733 B
Ted Brownagle and his Orch (trio v) - Helen (1928) - orig Columbia 1741-D (Healey)
Pawel Faut - Zlamane zycie (Broken Life) (1928) - Victor V 16166 B
Columbia Band - Les Copeland's Rag (1914) - Little Wonder 293
Original Dixieland Jazz Band - Jazz Me Blues (1921) - Victor 18772 B
Isham Jones and his Orch - Sweet Georgia Brown (1925) - Brunswick 2913 B
Victor Opera Co - Gems from Bohemian Girl Pt 1 (Balfe) (1916) - Victor 35603 A
Victor Opera Co - Gems from Bohemian Girl Pt 2 (Balfe) (1916) - Victor 35603 B
Vincent Lopez and his Orch (Bruce Wallace v) - That Certain Feeling (1926) - orig Okeh 40574 (Healey col)
The Carpal Tunnel Kid - You Can't Legally Sing This Song (2007)
Paolo Alderighi and Stephanie Trick - After You've Gone (2012) - Two For One (ATCD001)
The DeReszke Singers - The Long Day Closes (Chorley-Sullivan) (1925) - Victor 45517 B
New Orleans Wanderers - Too Tight (1926) - Columbia DB 2920
Alexander Dobrohotoff - Kamarinskaja (1928) - Okeh 15078
Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians - St Louis Blues (1930) - Columbia 50256 D
Casino Jazzers (Irving Kaufman v) - Heads Up (1930) - Van Dyke 81855 B
Jelly Roll Morton and his Red Hot Peppers - Each Day (1930) - JSP CD 323 (orig Victor 23351)
Hotel Pennsylvania Music (Spitalny) (Bill Coty v) - A Cottage for Sale (1930) - Velvet Tone 2141 V
Morton Downey -  Save The Last Dance For Me (1932) - Perfect 12783 B
The Growler - Calypso Behind the Wall (1938) - Fall of Man (Rounder CD 1141)
Eddie DeLange and his Orch (Elisse Cooper v) - What This Country Needs Is Foo (1938) - orig Bluebird B 10074 (Healey)
Edgar Hayes and his Orch - Fugitive From a Harem (1938) - Decca 1748 B
Teddy Wilson and his Orch (Billie Holiday v) - Nice Work If You Can Get It (1937) - Brunswick 8015
Geechee Wiley - Last Kind Word Blues (1930) - orig Paramount 12951 A
Helen Morgan (Leonard Joy Orch) - Something To Remember You By (1930) - Victor 22532 B
Woody Guthrie - Dusty Old Dust (So Long It's Been Good to Know Yuh) (1940) - Poor Man's Heaven (RCA Victor 82876-50958-2)

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Introducing The Syncopated Times!

Over the past two weeks I have prepared the first ever issue of The Syncopated Times. This was no doubt the hardest work I've ever done in my life. Added to that, it was necessary for me to teach myself newspaper layout from the ground up as I was assembling my first issue. Luckily, I'm fairly resourceful, and a quick study—but I've also had to struggle against my own profound inertia to scale a learning curve that has been more of a right angle. But the first issue is done! In finishing it I've managed to amaze myself.

Last year I began writing for The American Rag, a monthly national paper devoted to the preservation and perpetuation of traditional jazz and ragtime. Though a series of wholly unanticipated circumstances, I purchased the assets of the paper from Don Jones, who published The American Rag over the past twenty years. I am deeply grateful to Don and Cathie Jones for this opportunity, and I am determined to keep their work going in The Syncopated Times far into the future.

Thanks also for the indispensable help of Lew Shaw, Russ Tarby, Gary Price, and Norman Vickers whose work you will find in our first issue.

Since I'm expanding the frequency of issue to twelve per year, at the start of February I'm raising the yearly subscription price to $30 per year in the US (and $55 for two years). I'll maintain the Canadian and Overseas rates at present (as posted on The American Rag website ) but I anticipate expanding to include a digital edition that will make it much more economical for subscribers outside the US to receive content. (And being digital, it will be instantaneous.)

To subscribe, email me at with your name, address, and full nine-digit zip code (and your pledge to subscribe) and I'll add you to the list of subscribers. All current subscribers to The American Rag will automatically receive The Syncopated Times for the duration of their subscription. For new subscriptions, mail yout check for the one or two-year subscription to:

The Syncopated Times
1809 Whitesboro St.
Utica, NY 13502-3719

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Thank You!
Andy Senior
Publisher and Editor
The Syncopated Times