Category Archives: Music

Harry Manx in Elgin

Finally got to see him. Lots off songs played on the Mohan Vena. Very nice concert space at Elgin Community College. We sat at a table with a very nice couple who have roots to the Old Town School of Folk Music. Manx returns to Evanston in March.

Estate Sale Ukulele

I was down in Phoenix last year and picked up a Ukulele for $10 at an estate sale. The Ukulele came with a couple of books; Illustrated 5-Minute Guaranteed Ukulele Course 1927 and Fifty Famous Favorites for the Ukulele 1954 edition.   The owner purchased the Fifty Favorites and a set of strings from K&B Music in Albuquerque for $1.14 on June 30, 1960.   Two pages of handwritten song notes were also present on a couple of bridge scoring sheets dated 1926.   The Ukulele was sold with a canvas snap case.  I could not find any identifying marks on the instrument.  The instrument is approximately 21 inches long. Click on the picture for a page of images.

Dr. Bob is a offered to give it a fix.   Dr. Bob even did a video.   It came back as good as new.  Thanks Dr. Bob!

Tom Walsh of the Ukulele Hall of Fame Museum took a look at some photos and gave this very nice overview on the history of this instrument.

I believe that your ukulele was made by the Harmony Co. of Chicago, Illinois in the 1920s. At the time, Harmony was owned by Sears, and is believed to have produced many (or possibly all) of the ukuleles sold by Sears under the Supertone brand name. Harmony also sold instruments to other musical instrument dealers around the country.  Your ukulele looks exactly like a high-end Supertone model that was offered by Sears during the 1920s. The headstock shape and inlay patterns are distinctive to the company that made the Supertone ukuleles, as is the shape of the bridge. At the time, Harmony did not generally put its own name in the instruments it manufactured. Instead the particular retailer would put in its own label. Your ukulele likely had a paper label in it at one time, as a matter of fact the black spot inside the soundhole may be from glue from the label.

It most likely made by Harmony and sold by Sears as a  Supertone, but it is possible it was sold through a different retailer. The 1926 date you mentioned from the bridge scoring sheets sounds about right to me. Yours is a fancy model with the “rope” trim on the top and back and up the neck. It also looks to be in very nice condition for and 80+ year old instrument.

Thank you Tom!

Nação Zumbi – Zombie Nation

Nação Zumbi is a band from Brazil.  I heard the song “Inferno” from their album Fome du Tudo on Tony Sarabia’s Friday night radio program on WBEZ 91.5. I was driving in the car and the song caught my attention. A heavy worldbeat sound with great guitar and drums. Nação Zumbi is a huge band in Brazil. Their ablum was not easy to find in the US.  I managed to track down a copy of Fome de Tudo on ebay but you can find it on Amazon

Tony Sarabia wrote this about Nacao Zumbi:
“The music of Nacao Zumbi comes from the northeast of Brazil-home to the Cajun-y sounding forro music, which Nacao sometimes incorporates, along with other styles from that region.”

Fome de Tudo was produced by Mário Caldato Jr.. Mario C has produced many great albums but this Nacao Zumbi album is a work of Art, his Masterpiece!

This is one of my favorite albums. This is a desert island album.   A sonic delight!

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Check out their great video for the song Bossa Nostra:

Making of Fome de Tudo


BrandNewDay (NorthSouthConnect)
is an American living in Brazil who follows Nacao Zumbi. Nacao Zumbi must be amazing live.

Track listings and lyrics are after the break…

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Video: VDGG Shank Hall Milwaukee 27 June 2009

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Video clip with a taste of the Van der Graaf Generator show at Shank Hall in Milwaukee on 27 June 2009. Peter Hammill, Guy Evans and Hugh Banton. “Lifetime” from the album Trisector.

Shank Hall is a classic concert venue. Milwaukee is my favorite city to attend concerts, the fans are always supportive and really into the music. The Strawbs were the opening act, Dave Lambert’s playing and vocals on the song “Ghosts” were outstanding. The Strawbs were the perfect opening act for VDGG.

I had an extra ticket to this show. There is a tattoo parlor across the street from Shank Hall, there were a few people standing out front and I offered the extra ticket for free with no takers. Too busy getting tats or marking tats to see VDGG.

This is the Trisector lineup of VDGG. I heard quite a few people before the show saying that they would like to have David Jackson in the band and they don’t know how this line-up will sound. Trisector has been out for over a year with the trio lineup. Paraphrasing a quote that I read recently: This is the Van der Graaf that you get, take it!

Shank Hall is kind enough to allow photos during the performance. Of course, during my first photo, a flash went off in the house. I triple checked my camera to insure that the flash would not fire. I DID NOT FIRE A FLASH!

The VDGG crowd is getting older and wiser. I did see a guy up in the front of the house get up and fall over a chair during the show. He got up then was looking on the ground for something. My first thought was that thirty years ago he would have been looking for his stash box, he’s now probably looking for his cheater eyeglass case. There was another guy up in the front who was singing to “Man-Erg”, he even had the dramatic arm motions. Wonder if Johnny Rotten sings along to VDGG?

Set List:
Interference Patterns
(In the) Black Room
Lemmings
Lifetime
All That Before
Gog
The Sleepwalkers
Over The Hill
Man-Erg

Nutter Alert

Wayside Music has the latest Van der Graaf Generator – Live at the Paradiso DVD. This might be a good one to grab if you missed the shows on this tour. Hope you saw a show.

How Many Time Zones?

Eleven

Eleven

Negativland – Time Zones.

Miguel Soares did an amazing video to Time Zones. It is not even funny how perfect this video is for the song. Check out his page for Time Zones and see some of his other works.

Video for Negativland’s Time Zones


YOUR ATTENTION PLEASE. AT THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE INTERNATIONAL
TIME BUREAU, COMMENCING AT TWENTY-THREE (23) HOURS, FIFTY-NINE (59)
MINUTES, SIXTY (60) SECONDS UTC, AN EXTRA SECOND WILL BE INSERTED INTO THE
NVS TIME SCALE. THIS ADJUSTMENT IS REQUIRED TO MAINTAIN INTERNATIONALLY
COORDINATED UNIVERSAL TIME AS BROADCAST FROM THESE STATIONS, IN CLOSE
AGREEMENT WITH UT1, OR ASTRONOMICAL TIME.