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Mood:  silly
From Film Fun magazine, July 1931 :

A funny line from "Horsefeathers", starring the Marx brothers...

Romeo:"Doesn't a kiss like that make you crave another?"

Blonde:"Yes, but there's nothing I can do about it. He's out of town!"

Karen and I want to wish everyone a safe and happy
New Year, and remind you to keep away from bootleg hooch...cheers!

Keep your eyes peeled here on the site for details about the January Zeitgeist event, at which we will
be playing a few songs... some with the accompaniment of the lovely Ms. Kitty Heels and her wonderful, warbling saw.

Posted by Renée on Tue 12/30/03 | Post Comment | View Comments (2) | Permalink


Mood:  cheeky
If you find yourself with the desire to hear some great early 20th century music, and have some time on your hands (because you won't be able to tear yourself away!), check out Dismuke's Virtual Talking Machine. It's all selections from someone's 78 collection, in streaming Real Audio.
Simply smashing!

One more cheeky tidbit from Parisian Paragraphs, 1928...

"There's a big difference, girls, between a ride in a Ford and one in a Rolls Royce, but the walk back is just the same!"

Posted by Renée on Tue 12/23/03 | Post Comment | Permalink


Mood:  lucky
I first heard vague murmurings about this somewhere in the ether, months ago...but, it's true, it's happening, and here's the scoop:
Newport in the Jazz Age!

Having loitered in a daze, senses overwhelmed, around a few of the mansions in their normal, Victorian presentation, I can say that this should be one stunning affair! Or, series of affairs, rather.
The timing could not be better, as I know I, for one, am in need of something dazzling to tide me over til the already-longed-for arrival of spring.
Jazz Age dresses and accoutrements should fit the bill!

Posted by Renée on Mon 12/22/03 | Post Comment | View Comments (1) | Permalink


Mood:  silly
If any passing person just happens to have the piano
sheet music for any of these three tunes, "Eadie Was a Lady", "Remember My Forgotten Man", or "Cigarettes, Cigars" (all from the 30s, so could be included in a 30s anthology music book), and would be willing to photocopy it/them for us, we would be most grateful.
I'm beset with consternation, being unable to find these titles. I would even mail you my tears of gratitude in a small, glass vial, should you wish it...unless, I hope, a liner note name drop would serve as well!
Please email us if you can come to our rescue.
These are great songs that I would love us to be able to play.

In the meantime, a bit of humor...

Mother: "Willie, I want you to go in and get acquainted with your new nurse, and kiss her nice."

Little Willie: "Yes, and get my face slapped like Papa did!"

from "Parisian Paragraphs," circa 1928

Posted by Renée on Sun 12/21/03 | Post Comment | Permalink


Mood:  mischievious
I just today received a wonderful CD in the post...one that I ordered from amazon.
It's called "Banned! 20 Risque Songs From the 20s and 30s", and is put out by the wonderful label
ASV. This particular CD is made up of transfers of old 78
recordings of songs which were banned for their supposed lewdness. The titles alone give a chuckle:
"She Was Just a Postman's Daughter,But...", "Nellie the Nudist Queen", and "With My Ukelele in My Hand,"
to name but a few. Quite entertaining! It makes one quite long for the days when double entendre could be so scintillating. Plain old entendre seems to be the norm these days.
In any case, check out ASV's website.
Along with some great, old vaudevillian recordings from the 00s and 10s, they produce scads of 20s and 30s volumes. One of the really fun ones, that Karen has, is called "Flappers, Vamps, and Sweet Young Things." Amazon and even Borders carry some of their titles.

Posted by Renée on Sat 12/20/03 | Post Comment | Permalink


Mood:  lyrical
Karen and I have been saving up all our chutzpah in a couple of Mason jars and are now working on vocals
for many of our tunes. The music of the 20s and 30s is not only great instrumentally, but many of the lyrics are quite entertaining as well. We really want to share this with our listeners!
Some of the songs we've been honing our vocal chops on include the personal favorite "Ten Cents a Dance" (most famously sung by the enchanting Ruth Etting), "Am I Blue?", the snappy "Are You Makin' Any Money?", the silly "Pink Elephants", "Second Hand Rose", "My Blue Heaven", and "April Showers."
Let us tell you...playing a cello and singing is much like spinning plates whilst riding a bicycle, but by Jove, practice makes perfect! Fortunately, we love a good challenge.
Stay tuned for further developments!

Posted by Renée on Fri 12/19/03 | Post Comment | Permalink


Mood:  chatty
Though the actual films of the 1920s are quite enjoyable, modern films that are set in (or partly in) the 20s are often quite wonderful to watch, too.
It's fun to get taken in by the lovely costumes and
great music and often elegant settings of a well-made film, though perhaps absolute authenticity might not always be a huge priority.
Nevertheless, here is a short list of some of my
favorite, "modern" films that give a glimpse into the 20s:
"The Cotton Club" (great Cab Calloway scenes!)
"The Cat's Meow" (costumes and tunes to die for!)
"Chaplin" (the silent film era, behind the scenes.)
"The Legend of 1900" (see the Jelly Roll Morton piano duel...smokin'!)
"The Great Gatsby" (I prefer the Redford version.)
"Enchanted April" (Polly Walker as a weary, jaded flapper is wonderful!)
"Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle" (Mrs. Dorothy Parker, that is!)
"Sweet and Lowdown" (ok, it leans a bit towards the 30s, but so do we! Great Django Reinhardt-like playing and a peek into the seedy music scene.)
"Henry and June" (this is 30s, too, but so steamy
and gorgeous!)

There are bound to be some I've missed...can't have seen 'em all. Do deposit further suggestions below!

Posted by Renée on Wed 12/17/03 | Post Comment | View Comments (2) | Permalink


Our friends at Silent Ghost Cinema have now posted the video for The Broken Doll Meets Sad Sue. We had lots of fun recording the soundtrack, especially the part where Jeff the Bunny takes a spill! Hope you enjoy the show.

{psssst! We think Miss Bianca makes a fabulous Sad Sue, don't you??}

Posted by Karen on Tue 12/16/03 | Post Comment | Permalink


Mood:  lucky
We just finished a bit of recording for a short Silent Ghost Cinema film score. We had way too much fun with it - but more news on that later. Just wanted to let people know that we've got a brand new mp3 posted on our music page:

For better or for worse...The song I'm Looking Over a 4-Leaf Clover is probably most recognized by our generation from Warner Brothers' Bugs Bunny cartoons, though it actually predates Mister Bunny by a few years ; ) We hope you enjoy!

(originally posted 12/05/03)

Posted by Karen on Thu 12/11/03 | Post Comment | Permalink


We were so thrilled, on Sunday November 23rd, to be a part of the Frolic Room variety show at the Paradise Lounge. It was quite a venue, with cabaret seating and a nice stage. The organizers, the girls of Thru The Keyhole Burlesque could not have been nicer, and our fellow performers were more than pleasant. We were to play a song alongside the talented saw player, Ms. Kitty Heels, who we have recently taken up with. Look for her around these parts in the future!

We played the song "My Blue Heaven," with Ms. Heels sawing a lovely soprano between us. After us came lots of titilating burlesque numbers, some comedy skits, some bellydancing, a moustacioed drag king,
and finally an acrobatic extravaganza performed by the Daredevil Chicken Club. All this was held together by a most amusing, naughty French emcee who had us all in stitches. Mon Dieu! Do take a look at the photographic evidence. And excellent evening of entertainment, all around. We are pleased to have been asked back to perform in the December
14th line-up. See you there!

(originally posted 12/04/03)

Posted by Renée on Thu 12/11/03 | Post Comment | Permalink

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