Monthly Archives: February 2009

links for 2009-02-26

  • from The Wonderful World of Louis Armstrong. Aw, gwan… listen to it. A fine example of context-building in the writing: "…So let the jazz purists frown at what they perceive as the sad ending of Louis Armstrong, singing kids songs. He sure as hell doesn’t sound sad to me and that trumpet solo is the truth, my friends…"
    (tags: musics)
  • via Google Maps Mania, the sort of thing I've been imagining for years, and including layers like Murdock's [semi-bogus] map of ethnic entities. Geography reborn, just as I've been saying since…
  • from The Automata / Automaton Blog, via BoingBoing
    (tags: automata craft)

Katy Hill

It’s somehow not quite fair to rediffuse stuff that appears on BoingBoing (I mean, who doesn’t read BoingBoing?), but this one is just too wonderful to miss:


Over at there’s a discussion of Louis Armstrong’s take on “I’ve Got A Gal in Kalamazoo” that includes a wonderful video clip with an even more right-on intro:

…(Regarding the vocal by Tex and The Modernaires, I once showed this to an old friend from high school and all he could say was, “White people….ugh.”)

[but hang in there –after 4 minutes of whiteface bathos there’s a specTACular Nicholas Brothers dancing take on the tune]: