cab calloway!

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i was trying to explain to my sibling that rotoscoping isn’t always bad and i showed them this clip bc it has a deep place in my heart + i just love the fleischer brothers a whole ton u 3u

Cab Calloway- St. James Infirmary
  • Cab Calloway- St. James Infirmary
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Post Great Depression 1930s music was something that resembled a lot of sorrow or deep dark emotions, a lot alike the music that came out just after WWI

Betty Boop was a popular cartoon that hid a lot of dark undertones, Cab Calloway’s cover of St. James Infirmary is one of my favorites because of how eerily good it is 

View of singer and actress Pearl Bailey in a scene from the musical “Hello, Dolly!” Bailey stands on staircase. Stamped on back: “Direct from Broadway, David Merrick presents America’s greatest musical. Pearl Bailey in Hello, Dolly! Co-starring Cab Calloway. Directed and choreographed by Gower Champion.” Handwritten on back: “Pearl Bailey.”

  • Courtesy of the E. Azalia Hackley Collection of African Americans in the Performing Arts, Detroit Public Library
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Folks, I’m goin’ down to St. James Infirmary,
See my baby there;
She’s stretched out on a long, white table,
So sweet, so cold, so fair.


Let her go, let her go, God bless her,
Wherever she may be,
She will search this wide world over,
But she’ll never find another sweet man like me.


Now when I die, bury me in my straight-leg britches,
Put on a box-back coat and a stetson hat,
Put a twenty-dollar gold piece on my watch chain,
So you can let all the boys know I died standing pat.


An’ give me six crap shooting pall bearers,
Let a chorus girl sing me a song.
Put a red hot jazz band at the top of my head
So we can raise Hallelujah as we go along.


Folks, now that you have heard my story,
Say, boy, hand me another shot of that booze;
If anyone should ask you,
Tell ‘em I’ve got those St. James Infirmary blues



A word or two on the Don't Starve OST and character development

Ok so when @itstheblob brought up the topic of character ages recently I thought about where that would leave Willow and I deduced that it was probably around 1900 to 1924 when she was promptly abducted (I think that was the official date? Idk) And now suddenly her comment :

Maxwell’s Phonograph- “I like more exciting music.”

makes a lot more sense because by the time she was older she really wouldn’t have been listening to very much ragtime. (Fun fact: Rhapsody in Blue was first recorded in 1924. Stuff like that was probably more up Willow’s alley. It’s really too bad DS doesn’t take place in the 1930s. She probably would have loved Cab Calloway)

So then I got to thinking about the DS soundtrack and how I always thought it was a mishmash of genre but then it occurred to me that it isn’t random at all, not by a long shot.

The Main Title of both DS and DST are Waltzes. Maybe it’s just because the ¾ time signature is easy to bastardize or it could be because one of the core dances of the Victorian Era was the Waltz, particularly in England. It’s easy to imagine small babah boi Maxwell sitting slouched in a ballroom and wanting something a little less droll. (Although at it’s inception the Waltz was fairly scandalous, but then again for Victorian England that says very little).

Luckily for him ragtime happened and it was LIT, so it’s nice to see that the shadow people ruined any shred of dignity it might have had by playing it on a continuous loop while he sat affixed to the nightmare throne. It’s also the music Wilson would have grown up listening to, but keep in mind that its popularity began to dwindle by 1910 or so, meaning that the music of the current era, (around kidnappin’ time) would have been early Jazz. Your Gene Austins and your Gershwins and your “let’s see how we can tick off the older generation in newer, more surprising ways” music.

These genres are what the soundtrack derives influence from and it is my jam.

Olivia, Dhani and George Harrison. Photo © Sipa Press/REX

“‘Like, my boy’s nine, and he just loves Chuck Berry. When I did that Prince’s Trust concert last June - that was the first time he ever saw me hold a guitar onstage in front of people. He’s got to know a bit about the Beatles, but I’ve never pushed that on him or tried to say, ‘Look who I used to be.’ I did my two cute songs: “Here Comes the Sun” and “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.” He came back after the show, and I said, 'What did you think?’ He said, 'You were good, Dad, you were good [slight pause]. Why didn’t you do 'Roll Over Beethoven,’ 'Johnny B. Goode’ and 'Rock & Roll Music’?’ I said, 'Dhani, that’s Chuck Berry’s show you’re talking about!’

Dhani discovered Chuck Berry through a roundabout route. His mother, Olivia, a California girl, dug out the Beach Boys’ 'Surfing U.S.A.’ after Dhani heard the song in the movie 'Teen Wolf.’ Then, Harrison says, 'I said, “That’s really good, but you want to hear where that came from,” and I played him “Sweet Little Sixteen.”’ … 'I made him a Chuck Berry tape,’ Harrison says, 'and he takes it to school with his Walkman.’

Does his father approve? 'Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis - there hasn’t been any rock & roll better than that,’ Harrison says plainly.” - Rolling Stone, 1987 [x]

“George liked listening to Mozart the most at home. And old classics like Cab Calloway or Hoagy Carmichael. He gave our son Dhani a musical education by playing records to him that he thought were relevant. Or if there was a cover version on the radio, he explained to Dhani what the original version was. That’s how our son was introduced to Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly and other rock ‘n’ roll classics.” - Olivia Harrison, translated from Spiegel, 17 October 2014 [x]

dante-heller  asked:

Can you explain what Rotoscoping is, please?

By definition: “Rotoscoping is an animation technique used by animators to trace over motion picture footage, frame by frame, when realistic action is required.”

Basically it’s just tracing over real-life footage in order to make the movement in animation seem more realistic. It was mostly used during the early stages of animation. A lot of early cartoons used it when they wanted to achieve more realistic movement.

Notable examples would be the Betty Boop “Minnie the Moocher” (1932) cartoon, where Cab Calloway’s dance routine was rotoscoped. (Lol if you watch it, the jump is so obvious)

Disney’s “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” (1937) used it too on their human characters. (The latter worked a little bit more in it’s favor since the characters were already realistic looking)

Rotoscoping has a bit of a “love it or hate it” reputation nowadays. Since it’s not particularly easy to meld rotoscoped animation with a more “cartoony” style. Along with being seen to some as a “shortcut.” It either looks more natural to some, or looks distracting to others since it tends to stand out.

In YOI’s case, they very clearly used rotoscoping for the ice-skating sequences. It’s kind of the reason why the animation sorta jumps around in quality. Some people will find the use breathtaking, others find it a bit uncanny. It’s not a bad thing to use the technique, but it is something of note.

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@fablesfromthecreed tagged me to show my home screen, my lock screen, and the last song I listened to. (Thanks! :D) My home screen and lock screen look pretty much the same. I’ve been using this since Syndicate was announced, I think. I’m too lazy to change it up, but it doesn’t hurt to look at Jacob, does it?

As for the song, it’s ”Minnie the Moocher” by Cab Calloway, accompanied by a Betty Boop short. Old cartoons are so weird and trippy! :D

Nobody But You, a queer 20′s/30′s mix by 221bees

Don’t Wake Me Up Let Me Dream - Howard Lanin’s Orchestra / I Don’t Want Nobody But You - Park Lane Orchestra / Masculine Women! Feminine Men! - Irving Kaufman / You’re The Cream In My Coffee - Jack Hylton’s Orchestra / Chicago Breakdown - Louis Armstrong / Concentratin’ (On You) - Connie Boswell / There Ain’t No Sweet Man Worth The Salt Of My Tears - Bix Biederbecke & Bing Crosby / Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man - Jack Hylton & His Orchestra / Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out - Bessie Smith / Basin Street Blues - Cab Calloway / After You’ve Gone - Fats Waller & Benny Payne

Tagged by @rihannsu to list the first 10 songs to play on shuffle.

1. Embraceable You - Frank Sinatra

2. The Rite of Spring - Igor Stravinsky

3. Etude No. 4 - Philip Glass

4. Spanish Caravan - The Doors

5. Ma Mere L’oye - Maurice Ravel

6. Bad Boy - The Beatles

7. Gone - John Hiatt

8. Boo-wah Boo-wah - Cab Calloway

9. Only Ones Who Know - Arctic Monkeys

10. Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat) - Digable Planets

I’ll tag @frigate-essex @imperiumsinefine @epicurean-world @tartanpheasant @rightbrainjayne