Josef “Jeff” Sipek

Marion's Attic

Today, while spending some quality time on IRC, a link to Marion’s Attic appeared on my screen. Instead of describing what’s going on, I’ll just quote the website:

My show features recorded music with the original records from the 1890’s to the early 1930’s. The theme of the show varies each week. One week may feature early brown wax cylinders and another week may have 20’s dance music. Two-minute wax, Blue Amberols, and Diamond Disc Recreations are featured frequently.

I listened for about 30 mins, and it was quite interesting to hear recordings over 100 years old.

Max Raabe & Palast Orchester

This is a bit dated, but I feel like making a note of it anyway…

On November 1st, I was told by a friend that Wikipedia article: Max Raabe was going to have a show the next day in Carnegie hall in the City. I couldn’t say no — and it was worth it. As wikipedia states: “He and his orchestra specialise in recreating the sound of German dance and film music of the 1920s and 1930s.”

I’d say that about 50% of the songs he did were in English, and the other 50% were in German. I didn’t understand the songs that were in German, but from what I figured out, they lyrics are absolutely awesome. (E.g., a song about his gorilla that lives in a villa in the zoo and is very happy because the gorilla doesn’t know about politics.)

Anyway, if you got an MP3 or some other audio format of Max Raabe, listen to it, you might enjoy it because it’s different from other music you tend to hear these days.

The trip to the city was pretty painless. Finding Carnegie hall was pretty simple. And the trip back was equally painless. Sorry, no photos.

We Build This City

Wow. Just wow. Today, I was listening to the radio on my way to work (CBS FM if you must know), and We Build This City came on. Fun song if you ask me. Near maybe 2/3 of the song, there are these few seconds where there is a “news radio station”-type segment. Well, CBS decided to have some fun, and they had the voice of the dude doing the show at the time properly distorted to make it sound like the original. He of course plugged CBS, but it was awesome :)

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