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Mandolin

Dave Apollon – The Mandolin Virtuoso – Short Movies

Dave Apollon was one of the most successful mandolin players in the 1930s. He produced many shows, and luckily some of his performances were also filmed and survived until today. So it is now possible to watch this great mandolin player. I have compiled some recent resources with films and music by Dave Apollon.

Dave Apollon – The Wishing Stone

Short film in good quality

7 Short Films

Compilation of 7 short films – poor image quality, but the sound is good.

LP & Laundry – Dave Apollon – Mandolins! Mandolins! Mandolins! Mandolins!

Listen to side one of the LP Mandolins! Mandolins!
Mandolins! Mandolins!

Playlist – Dave Apollon – Mandolins! Mandolins! Mandolins! Mandolins!

The LP “Mandolins! Mandolins! Mandolins! Mandolins!” was released in 1960 (find more at discogs here) – you can find it at youtube now:

Additional Information

I have collected newspaper clippings from the 1930s and 1940s – you can find it here: Dave Apollon Mandolin Virtuoso

Biography of Dave Apollon (acoustic disc)

choro

Brasileirinho – The Sound of Rio – A Film…

n his movie “The Sound of Rio – Brasileirinho” Mika Kaurismäki has made a great portrait of the Brazilian choro. I had not seen this movie until now, but I have recently found this movie (with the Portuguese title “Brasileirinho – Grandes Encontros do Choro”) on youtube. If you are interested in Brazilian choro and have not seen this movie you should take the chance to watch it now.

An interview (in German) about  the movie: Interview mit Mika Kaurismäki auf www.bluerhythm.de.

The soundtrack of the movie is available as CD. You can buy the DVD and CD on amazon (partnerlink):

Brasileirinho – The Sound of Rio

With Trio Madeira Brazil, Teresa Cristina, Yamandu Costa, Zezé Gonzaga, Paulo Moura, Luciano Rabelo, and many more great musicians from Brazil.

I have collected short videos from the movie in the following playlist. Sometimes the complete movie is also available.

Additional Information

Website Mika Kaurismäki

Brasileirinho – Grandes Encontros do Choro in the movie database

Wikipedia about the movie  Brasileirinho(German)

Interview mit Mika Kaurismäki (German)

Interview: Mika Kaurismaki – Moro No Brasil

More blog posts about choro and Brazilian music:

ukulele

Roy Smeck – Ukulele, Hawaiian Steel-Guitar, Banjo – The…

Some days ago I have listened to a radio show with historical recordings, a show that did especially include a set of recordings by Roy Smeck – The Wizard of the Strings. Two pieces recorded in 1928 were followed by an interesting set of live recordings from 1977 .  Maybe my favorite song from this radio show  is I want my momma in which Roy Smeck makes his steel-guitar talk.

This is the complete list of songs form this radio show:

Roy Smeck – ukulele ; Henri Klickmann – piano 12th Street rag Needle Type disc N-138 1928
Roy Smeck – octachorda ; Carson Robison – guitar Twilight echoes Needle Type disc N-136 1928
Roy Smeck – electric Hawaiian guitar ; John Goodman – guitar Third man theme live at ENHS 1977
Roy Smeck – electric Hawaiian guitar ; John Goodman – guitar I want my momma live at ENHS 1977
Roy Smeck – ukulele Tea for two live at ENHS 1977
Roy Smeck – ukulele I want to be happy live at ENHS 1977
Roy Smeck – ukulele & harmonica Ragtime medley live at ENHS 1977

You can listen to the Radio Show at: http://wfmu.org/playlists/shows/8210

(needs Media Player Classic to play)

Roy Smack was one of the super stars of the 1920s and 1930s. He took part in the very first movies with sound recording, and he also was one of the first to use some multi track recording techniques. This can be seen in the following video where Roy Smeck plays four different instruments:

Another great movie shows Roy Smeck’s imitation of “Bill Robinson’s Tap and Stair Dance”. Roy Smeck uses his ukuulele as a fantastic drum set replacement.

Roy Smeck could play the ukulele and the harmonica at the same time, and without any device to hold the harmonica. He just holds the harmonica with his lips and plays it – you can see this in the following video after ca. 4:40.

Read more “Roy Smeck – Ukulele, Hawaiian Steel-Guitar, Banjo – The Wizard of the Strings”

Americana

New one-hour Radio Special: O Brother Where Art Thou…

O Brother, Where Art Thou – 10 years ago I have listened to the soundtrack of this movie very often, and I have watched the DVD several times.

If you like this movie like me you might be interested in this radio special which is available at Airplay direct:

New one-hour radio special looks back on the 10th anniversary of the O Brother Where Art Thou film and multi-platinum, “Album of the Year” Grammy-winning soundtrack that helped define the last decade of Americana music.

Hosted by journalist David Wild, produced by Jon Grimson. With new and archival interviews, previously released and unreleased music from the new 2-CD Deluxe Edition.

http://airplaydirect.com/music/obrother/

Playlist “O Brother, Where Art Thou”