Friday, June 5, 2009

R. Crumb Sampler

We're having a happy music theme today, since it's been raining around here all week –and I couldn’t resist this gem to start things off right. It is from the R Crumb Handbook and is a greatest hits comp – sort of. Contains selections recorded by the various groups he was with from 1972 – 2003. This includes R. Crumb and his Keep On Truck’in Orchestra, The Cheap Suit Serenaders, Fiddlin’ Ian McCamy Quartette, Les Primitifs Du Futur, and the Crumb Family.

These amazing bands of well humored and talented musicians bring an all too forgotten music back to life. These guys tackle old time music with such enthusiasm, musical talent, and just plain "hepness", that this collection is entertaining without any sense of feeling like a museum piece. Their talent and pure love of music are unmistakable in the instrumentation and vocal work of these songs. Their playing is flawless (you probably haven't heard the steel guitar, banjo mandolin, or musical saw played with such virtuosity as here), the tunes are mostly fun and spirited, and the music styles are varied. This set resurrects instruments and music long past, but is never out of style. Mr. Robert Crumb has certainly left his mark on this world in very unique ways and in the hands of the Cheap Suits, and the other groups he’s been associated with -- old-time music is alive and well. A+

River Blues, Wisconsin Wiggles, Get A Load of This, Cheap Suit Special, my Girl's Pussy, Suit's Crybaby Blues, Fine Artiste, Hula Medley, Wild Horse, 3 in 1 Two Step, Creole Belles, Georgia Camp Meeting, Cruelle Tendresse, Valse D'Amour, Mazurkas, Schottische, In The Pines, St. James Infirmary, Little Buttercup, Baby Face



cosmo said...

I've always thought Mr Crumb was a jazz collector addict (as depicted in Harvey Pekar's American Splendor).
This comp is happily amazing.


Unknown said...


I don't know how else to contact you except for leaving a comment...

I would like to ask you if you could blog on the 7th annual Musical Saw Festival in NYC, please, where an attempt to
break the Guinness World Record of the 'Largest Musical Saw Ensemble' will be conducted.
The current record, set in Poland last year, is 27 musical saw players.
Will we set a new record in NYC on July 18th?

The festival includes a concert, an art exhibit and a workshop - all centered around the musical saw, of course.

A video from last year's festival:

I hope that you would consider mentioning our unique event in your blog, please. It would be
huge help to reach out to saw players (we need as many as possible for the Guinness attempt!). Musical saw players
should contact the festival a.s.a.p. through the festival's

When: Saturday, July 18th, 2pm
Where: Trinity Church, 31-18 37th Street (37th street at 31st Ave), Astoria (Queens), NYC
Admission: $10
More info:

Thank you very much,
all the best,


Keith said...

This is my first time visiting your blog. I really like it. Cheers!

Brad said...

Just discovered your swell blog, lots of great stuff to puruse. If you investigate requests, I'd love to hear Project: Pimento, a neo-lounge theramin-based band that has a few releases out there. Cheers.

DaBoss said...

Brad: Will do. I do try to fill requests if they fit in the overll flow of things and don't cost too much. Will check into it - others have requested them too.

Have passed the word around about the Musical Saw Festival to some fellow bloggers and musicians - will do a formal announcement closer to the event time. Thanks for stopping by and including us in your quest.

Te lo dice Kaspar: said...

Thanks a lot for sharing it!!

Best wishes from Barcelona,

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