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Monday, October 09, 2006

something old and something new

on this special day we celebrate the exploration and discovery of new cultures, before canabalizing them for profit.

first of all, could i be any more obsessed with this song? her name is amy winehouse and this is "Rehab" from her forthcoming album -- tapping into some of that hip hop-meets-swing thing that outkast and xtina have been flirting with most recently. throw in a little etta james-style vocals, an ethnically ambiguous sizzlean british chanteuse (and dj mark ronson), you get this frothing pot of sex. musical candy, sure. empty calories, yeah. but so damn sweet. something new that sounds old.

now here's something old that looks ridiculously new. b-boys could learn a thing or three by watching this 1929 moving picture show, "King of Jazz." who knew poppin' and lockin' was pioneered by a white dude named "Rubber Legs" Al Norman almost 80 years ago?

happy columbus day, y'all.


Blogger starrynite said...

My friend plays bass in a jazz band and he's accompanied Amy Winehouse on a world tour. I don't especially like her, but it's my calim to fame. Haha.

Happy getting-discovered day!

10/09/2006 10:12 AM  
Blogger mr. nice guy said...

yeah, i checked out her older stuff and wasn't that into it. however, the new sound she's got going on is pretty good. i think that's to ronson's credit.

10/09/2006 10:34 AM  
Blogger Papa Bradstein said...

Wow. That Rubber Legs video is amazing. It's always fun to find performances from that time that were filmed, especially smooth operators like him. I just love seeing how much of a premium was clearly placed on smooth moves and looking cool. If only he could have done all that while holding a martini. . .but then again, this was probably during Prohibition.

10/09/2006 5:22 PM  
Anonymous lil said...

In 1964 (I believe) L.B.J. declared oct 9th Leif Ericsson Day. Not columbus day. Leif Ericsson was probably here in Norte Americano well before Columbus landed in COLUMBIA! And, we are named after amerigo vespuci. HMMMM.....

10/09/2006 11:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

MNG, did you have this rubber-legged guy up a few days ago? I have seen this, and I could swear it was here.

10/09/2006 11:53 PM  
Blogger mr. nice guy said...

yeah, anon ... youtube gave me a little surprise and went live with it after telling me that the video failed to post. so it was up for a few hours without my knowing it. bastards!

10/10/2006 9:13 AM  

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