Friday, February 16, 2018
Adler had quite a story. Discovered playing for pennies in Times Square, he hit it big in vaudeville, and I mean Big. Famous composers writing things for him to play, kind of big. And no one had ever thought of the harmonica as a serious instrument.
The Commie Fighters turned his name into mud, after he fought back and sued them for libel. But they kept it in court until he ran out of money for lawyers. Couldn't buy a job in the US after that. He moved to England, where at least he could work. And thus to the Goons, where he regularly performed as "Max Geldray".
Probably the greatest harmonica player we'll ever hear. His birthday was Feb 10th.
Larry Adler, 1955: Brazil
Thursday, February 1, 2018
Friday, January 12, 2018
Monday, December 11, 2017
In explanation: "the Wilhelm Scream" is a sound effects clip of a man shrieking. It was first used in western movies in the early 1950's. At some point, foley artists-- who put together film sound effects-- made it a running gag and started using it all the time, in dozens, maybe hundreds of films. This piece was created from one of many compilations available on YouTube.
About the bit: it sounds like the scream is on a loop and all the other sounds are tossed over it. Not quite. It's actually a bunch of clips played in sequence, and the screams are all synced to a click track-- which I left in for the rhythm.
Wilhelm, the Immortal
Friday, December 8, 2017
Saturday, December 2, 2017
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Talk about hiding things in plain sight. All those photos, we never noticed there wasn't an agent within 20 feet of the President when he was shot. Not a one.
I wonder how Oswald worked that out.