Monday, January 17, 2011

RIP Remmy Ongala

An obituary from The Guardian here.
Here's a mixtape from his three best albums and his AIDS PSA "Things with Socks"  (condoms, get it?) that was banned from Tanzanian radio and became a hit nonetheless.  (Check track 6.)


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Here's a video of The Doctor performing in 1988:

Sunday, January 16, 2011

In Memoriam Tony Moore

Tony in a recent photo with the text book he so lovingly crafted for the course he created.
I spent most of the day yesterday with my friends Brenda and Brian, children of my dear friend Tony Moore, who passed away this week.  (Details in The Courier-Post article here.  An earlier profile from October here.)
Aside from being a dynamite teacher, a gentle man, and a novelist, Tony was also one of the most fanatical devotees of recorded music.  (If The Prof said the man had an enormous music collection, you know what that means.)  We searched throughout his recordings for sounds that meant something special for his memorial service.  Brenda remembered a passage from his novel No Second Eden in which the protagonist hears a bluesman sing the great spiritual "You Got to Walk That Lonesome Valley."  She quickly located this version by Mississippi John Hurt:

Click on the thumbnail below for the audio version:

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Twelfth Day of Christmas: A Jingle Jammin' Bonus

Just in time for the 6th, an epiphany--a song I'd never heard and added to the latest Christmas mix (vol. 52).  Enjoy!

Monday, January 3, 2011

A Trio of Cinematic Obits

Hideko Takamine.  Read about Naruse's muse at the Daily Notebook on Mubi, and don't foget to take the link to see the Siren's tribute.

Pete Postlethwaite.  Notice in The Guardian here.

Per Oscarsson.  Mike Sragow's appreciation at his blog here.

UPDATE:  ANOTHER FILM DEATH.  Word has just reached the prof that Ann Francis has died.  Details later...