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Ten Million Slaves

September 20, 2010

St James Infirmary Blues

August 13, 2010

Kids of today need more cartoons like this!

Fleischer’s Snow White was animated by ONE person, produced by a Jewish animation studio, in the Depression, featuring images of gambling and alcohol, starring a jazz singer.

This is the great Cab Calloway singing St James Infirmary Blues in Fleischer’s Snow White:

I’m guessing the ‘Oh Koko’ that opens the White Stripes version is a reference to this?

There definitely seems to be more than a dash of this to the Wiyo’s Dyin’ Crapshooters Blues too.

Edit: from the song’s Wikipedia entry:

Bob Dylan used the melody in his song “Blind Willie McTell” (released on Bootleg Series, Volumes 1–3), named for blues singer Blind Willie McTell (who recorded a version of the song under the title “Dying Crapshooter’s Blues”); the song makes reference to a “St. James Hotel.”

(via Kottke)

Jug Band

August 26, 2009

Seeing this* reminded of a post I started writing months ago about a possible side-project for The Cock Pheasant involving me on cigar box, John on jug, someone on diddley-bow, someone on washboard.

I think we might have to evolve from just folking to a full on folk/jug/blues/celt/spirituals/roots/sea shanty/gypsy punk outfit. Complete with outfits**.

I am now going to go and listen to these:

*Want.

**Though possibly not like the Eugene Hutz-alike who was dancing near us during Deathray Trebuchay