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This beautiful short film about Dan Newton was shot here at Hymie’s by local filmmaker Lucas Langworthy. We have featured Dan (aka Daddy Squeeze) here several times, including a rare interview post, because we love his music. If you have never seen him perform you are missing something magical — check out his website to find a calendar that includes all kinds of shows.

Dan deserves the legendary status we bestow on so many local figures — his singing, playing and timing on his first-ever solo disc last year sound strikingly like Spider John, and with the Cafe Accordion Orchestra he has sold out the Cedar every January for years — but what we really love about Langworthy’s short film is how it captures Dan. He is as awesome as you would want your favorite rock star to be, and about a million times more genuine. We were really honored to give them a place to shoot, and our only regret is that Dan didn’t play just a little more when they were done talking.

There are so many things about this that are bizarre we don’t even know where to start… whether its real or fake, racist or not, sacrilegious or not….

And this song spent a few weeks near the top of the Irish charts (there are Irish charts, by the way) in 2000…

Songs about escaping from school are as old as rock & roll, part of a grand tradition — here’s a fun one from the local scene…

One of the only things as awesome as the original songs Alex ‘Crankshaft‘ Larson writes are the videos he makes for them.

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“Five O’Clock Whistle” by Duke Ellington and his Orchestra

A tragedy of sorts, recorded by Duke Ellington and his Orchestra in September 1940, during the “Blanton-Webster” days when the band was in its best form. Not long ago we featured the unique contributions of bassist Jimmy Blanton here on the blog — that so remarkable a musician should have lived such a short life is a genuine tragedy. His was not the only heartbreaking story in this brief period when Ellington led what was arguable the best jazz orchestra ever assembled.

This song just one of many that featured Ivie Anderson, whose ten year tenure with the Ellington Orchestra is regarded as the best stint a singer had with the legendary organization. “Five O’clock Whistle,” was cut by several other singers, notably a young Ella Fitzgerald, but Anderson’s is by far our favorite — with help from the imitable Cootie Williams, of course. Like Blanton, Ivie Anderson was sadly not long for this world. Chronic asthma forced her to leave the Orchestra just two years after recording this track, and in 1949 she died at the young age of forty-four having not recorded again. Her last track with the Ellington Orchestra was the equally silly “Hayfoot, Strawfoot” from a 1942 session.

In this scene from the 1933 movie Bundle of Blues, Anderson sings “Stormy Weather” with Ellington and his Orchestra. Although she could scat as well as Ella Fitzgerald, what distinguished Anderson’s singing was how naturally she approached a song — sometimes singing so simply it would seem easy to do. It wasn’t though, and no singer could fill her shoes, though, and vocal numbers became much less common for the Ellington Orchestra after Anderson left — with the exception of Al Hibbler, no other singer would be so regularly employed by the maestro.

Benny K

Benny K made this fun video last week to help his fans find Hymie’s, but of course if you’re reading this you have probably already visited us here.

Benny’s a local folk singer whose first disc, 10,000 Saints, earned him a reputation as bright, insightful songwriter. He’ll be releasing a new EP, Four Years, this weekend, and we were surprised when he approached us about hosting the release celebration show with a performance here in the shop on Saturday.

Four Years takes on the subject of Wisconsin’s controversial conservative governor, Scott Walker, who progressives hope will have an uphill battle for re-election this fall. Benny K plans to tour the Badger State between now and election day. Have a listen to the title song — you might, like us, feel Benny sounds like a younger Larry Long
(one of our favorite Minnesota folk singers). He’s joined on the new EP by keyboardist Lightnin’ Joe Peterson.

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“Four Years” by Benny K

Here’s another video, for a track from 10,000 Saints. Gus and Nova really liked this one, but we had to read all the text to them. Benny’s got a good sense of humor that’s really missing in a lot of music these days. Sometimes a little bit of that makes a sad story a little easier on the soul, a spoonful of sugar and all…

Benny’s CD release show for Four Years will be here at Hymie’s on Saturdady at 5pm. Self-described “garage folk singer” Nate Houge will be providing a foot-stompin’ opening set. Hope to see you here!

Hymies RSD Block Party

Join us once again for our annual Record Store Day Block Party! Hymie’s will close off 39th Avenue with an outdoor stage and record sale (along with a beer garden sponsored by Merlins Rest Pub), 14 awesome local bands throughout the day, plus tons of special Record Store Day exclusive releases!

Black Diet
(album release)
Brian Just Band
Chastity Brown
The Ericksons
Martin Devaney
Adam Kiesling & Mikkel Beckman (Corpse Reviver)
Brian Laidlaw and the Family Trade
Jake Manders
Pennyroyal
The Poor Nobodys
Southside Desire
Ben Weaver
Whiskey Jeff and the Beer Back Band
The White Whales

Sound provided by Mother of All Sound, in partnership with Radio K and sponsored by Pabst Blue Ribbon!

Speaking of Radio K, our headline act recently performed “Cry,” a song from their much-anticipated debut album, on Off the Record.

Yes, we will have special Record Store Day releases! Due to their limited nature, we can’t promise you what we will have until they begin to ship. We have put in the largest order for special release we’ve ever sent this year — and there are many exciting things coming out this year.

We are especially excited that Black Diet will be releasing their first album here on Record Store Day — it will not be a limited edition release because once everyone hears this band they’re going to want to take them home!

Oh Jeremiah

Hey check out this video of Mississippi folk singer Oh Jeremiah — he adds a variety of pedal board loops to his acoustic guitar performance. He will be playing some of his songs here at Hymie’s while he’s in town today at 3pm. Thought you’d like to know because, as Roland Kirk says, “You all are the hippest people in the world.”

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seeger how to play the five string banjoOne of the most monumental figures in American music, Pete Seeger, passed away yesterday in New York City, where he was born ninety-five years earlier. In announcing his death, Seeger’s family says he passed peacefully in his sleep after a short stay in the hospital, that he had been chopping wood just ten days earlier, and that family and friends were at his side. One can hardly imagine a more fitting finale for a man of such grace, humility and kindness, just as one can hardly describe the scale of our loss — Seeger was one of the last living links to a near-lost era, the America before Harry Smith’s Anthology revived our pride in our folk traditions, the America that struggled for worker’s rights, the America that looked to its past for solutions to the problems of the present, the America that looked to its future with reverent responsibility.

Seeger’s father, Carl Louis Seeger Jr., worked in musicology during the discipline’s infancy. His mother was a composer and violinist. In his life-long immersion in the folk music of all people, the younger Seeger would introduce or re-introduce so many things to Americans, ranging from the Wimoweh chorus of “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” (a Zulu folk song) to the Book of Ecclesiastes. His exploration of world music, dating to the forties, was nothing short of revolutionary — our own little collection of Seeger’s records contains music from Bach, Beethoven and Grieg, as well as Japanese folk tales and songs from the Spanish civil war.

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“Viva La Quince Brigada”

Pete Seeger often said with pride that he’d sung for hobo camps and Rockerfellers all the same — and that he loved his country, in spite of a lifetime of political activism that confounded his critics. More than merely a political figure, Seeger was a lifelong music educator (he once said his most rewarding experiences were singing with children at schools) — his records are almost ubiquitous in our collections, there are so many of them! They provided us with an introduction to performing (the track at the beginning is from his 1954 album How to Play the Five String Banjo), to our own history and its lessons, and to our responsibilities towards the future.

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“Goodnight Irene”

goodnight ireneSeeger’s successful folk group, the Weavers, saw their career derailed by the McCarthy-era blacklist, only a few years after they sold more than two million copies of their version of “Goodnight Irene” (a record which, yes, did inspire the name of our pal, the everlovin’ record store dog). Activists and folk purists derided the group for diluting its message, but Seeger and his bandmates — Ronnie Gilbert, Lee Hays and Fred Hellerman — defended their choice, saying it was good to bring folk music to the people.

Seeger and Hays were called to testify before the House Committee on Un-American Activities in 1955, after an FBI informant identified both as Communists. While many chose to plead the Fifth Amendment when called before the committee, Seeger refused to testify, citing his First Amendment right — he was found in contempt (though this was overturned six years later).

The Weavers were unceremoniously dumped by Decca Records, their recordings out of print and effectively banned from the airwaves. They broke up (reuniting for occasional anniversary concerts, the last of which was released as Together Again in 1981). Seeger left the group in protest after they provided the music for a cigarette commercial in 1958, and his solo career struggled during these years (it was not until 1967 that he was again able to appear on television).

As ever he was at the center of controversy, performing for the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour his protest song, “Waist Deep in the Big Muddy.” Seeger’s scathing indictment of President Johnson’s Vietnam war policy was cut from the broadcast by CBS, but eventually aired the following January.

seeger big muddy

Seeger wrote (often with collaborators) a number of songs that became folk standards — “Where have all the Flowers Gone?” and “If I Had a Hammer” for instance — and helped establish many others. His adaptation of a passage from the Book of Ecclesiastes has become cinema short-hand for the sixties ever since the Byrds’ cover of it topped the Billboard chart in 1965, and he was one of the first to popularize “We Shall Overcome,” which became the anthem of the Civil Rights movement.

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“We Shall Overcome”

seeger unionSeeger was no stranger to providing protest music — His 1941 album with the Almanac Singers, Talking Union and Other Union Songs contained several that became standards during the era in which working people struggled for the basic rights we take for granted today. Here is their recording of Florence Reece’s song, “Which Side are you On?” which was written during the 1931 United Mine Workers conflict in Harlan County, Kentucky. Her home was illegally searched and her children terrorized, and she wrote the song, based on a Baptist hymn, on a calendar in her kitchen.

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“Which Side are you On?”

 

seeger gazette

Other Seeger songs were not so famous, but right on the money. On the 1958 Folkways album Gazette he offered his take on a variety of current events, from the arms race to the overcrowding of classrooms in public schools — here, for instance, is the story of Sherman Wu, a student at Northwestern University who was rejected by Psi Upsilon fraternity because he was Chinese. The fraternity, which said defended itself in part by saying that “an Oriental in the house would degrade it in the eyes of other fraternities and make it more difficult to get dates from the sororities,” was not reprimanded or punished in any way by the University.

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“The Ballad of Sherman Wu”

Sherman Wu, the reluctant Civil Rights figure, remained at Northwestern, pledging to another fraternity, and completing a doctorate. While there he went on a date with Ann-Margaret (then still Ann-Margaret Olsson), proving the fraternity’s racist defense groundless. After earning a PhD, Wu worked on the Apollo program (in “reaction jet control systems”) and taught for nearly three decades at Marquette University in Wisconsin.

seeger american industrialAnother record from Seeger’s enormous Folkways Records catalog delved deeper into the history of the American working people, finding ballads from as far back as the turn of the nineteenth century. The first song on American Industrial Ballads is the heartbreaking tale of a cobbler who finds his craftsmanship will soon become obsolete.

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“Peg and Awl”

Another lesser-known piece of music by Pete Seeger has long been a favorite of ours — In fact, selections from his Goofing-Off Suite, were played at our wedding reception nearly a decade ago. On this ambitious 10″ album, Seeger adapts a variety of works to the five string banjo, including Bach’s famous canata “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” and passages from Beethoven’s seventh and ninth Symphonies.

seeger goofing offAlthough he would begin to accompany himself on the twelve-string guitar in the sixties, Seeger’s legacy in inextricably linked with that of the banjo in American popular music. His playing was light, less percussive than the folk traditions from which he often drew inspiration, and often beautifully nuanced, as on this performance of Irving Berlin’s “Blue Skies” from the Goofing-Off Suite.

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“Blue Skies”

Seeger’s lanky frame was often accented by the unique banjo of his own invention, three frets longer than most. With his bright sense of humor and affable nature, it’s no wonder Seeger was so suited to serve as “America’s tuning fork” (as the President recalled in a statement yesterday). For many his Folkways album How to Play the Five-String Banjo was more than merely an introduction, and for many others his records of childrens’ songs were treasured.

abiyoyoThis video below is shaky, but so wonderful you’ll enjoy watching it anyway — in it Seeger performs “Abiyoyo” for probably the thousandth time at the 2011 Newport Folk Festival.

seeger sesame streetSeeger’s 1974 album with Brother Kirk on the fairly new Sesame Street label featured him performing several folk favorites, as well as “This Land is Your Land” and Bill Steele’s “Garbage,” where he was backed by a troupe of monsters led by Oscar the Grouch (we posted Biff Rose’s sillier version a while back).

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“Garbage”

Seeger’s epic career was one of our last living links to Woody Guthrie, who he sang with in the Almanac Singers in the 40s. Seeger, perhaps more than anyone else, has been responsible for popularizing Guthrie’s “This Land is Your Land,” a song that was originally written in angry response to Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America.” Tired of hearing it sung by Kate Smith on the radio, Guthrie originally wrote the chorus to be “God blessed America for you and me.” It was and by changed, and was a concert favorite of Seeger’s. He also recorded an album with Arlo Guthrie in 1981 (Precious Friends), and the two pals last performed together in November of 2012. You might, if you haven’t read enough by the end of this epic post, enjoy reading what Arlo had to say about Seeger yesterday on his Facebook page.

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“This Land is Your Land”

seeger i can seeSome of Seeger’s political statements seem naive today, and his backpedaling over Stalin and other subjects is silly at best. He never claimed to be a political leader, but merely a folk singer and, at times, a teacher of music like his father had been. In the sixties he said, “I’m more conservative than Goldwater. He just wanted to turn the clock back to when there was no income tax. I want to turn the clock back to when people lived in small villages and took care of each other.”

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“Down by the Riverside”

pete and sonny

He is today again united with his wife, Toshi-Aline Ōta, who passed away last summer shortly before their seventieth anniversary, but surely mourned by millions. He played such an enormous role in everything we know and love about music and it’s potential to bring people together. Yesterday several people came into the record shop looking for his albums, and we talked about favorite songs and how long we have loved them. It’s up to us now, to share them with our children.

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“Passing Through”

Filmmaker Christopher Lange visited Hymie’s last fall and created a short film about our experience running a record shop. He originally planned it to be the first in a series about the role small businesses play in communities, and we hope he will make additional films like this one.

Lange has created a production company with a friend, Black Square Productions. We’ll add a link to this post after they get their new website up and running.

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