Last meeting of 2018 a roaring success

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Highlights of the meeting included strange, eight-inch Victor scroll records (right) from Japan brought that Glen brought in to share with the club.

The final NESPRS meeting of 2018 spun out in Topsham, Maine on Sunday October 21. Both old and new business was discussed. We ate lunch and dinner together and listened to some mighty fine records.

A particular treat was seeing some strange, eight-inch Victor scroll kiddie records from Japan. Glen brought them in and no one could ever remember seeing anything like them before. Both 10 and 12-inch scroll records are common but not so these eight-inchers. Victor issued a few 7-inch kiddie discs (singles and sets) during the depression era, but no 5-inch discs, to anyone’s knowledge.

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The 2019 club meeting schedule (pending a few confirmations) was penciled into the calendar. Club President Troy R. Bennett is on the hunt for east meeting locations.

2019 Meeting Schedule
– Sunday April 28 East
– Sunday May 19 West
– Sunday June 23 East
– Sunday July 21 West
– Sunday Sept. 22 West
– Sunday Oct. 20 East

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Club Librarian Spike Hyssong examines a record.

Club Librarian and game master Spike Hyssong treated us to a wonderful Family Feud style trivia game. Most questions were answered correctly but Spike managed to stump the club’s collective wisdom a few times. For the record (ha!) Troy’s team beat Tony’s team this time — by two points.

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Glen (from left) Warren and Doug.

That’s all for this year, folks. Have a wonderful winter of collecting and listening. We’ll see you all in April. Keep it tuned here through the cold weather for hot tips and cool tunes.

Keep your needle in the groove,
TROY R. BENNETT, President NESPRS

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119,818 records and cylinders — and still counting

The Great 78 Project is a community effort in the preservation, research and discovery of 78rpm records and cylinders. Thousands of records have already been digitized and preserved by the Internet Archive, George Blood LP, the Archive of Contemporary Music and others.

The project brings all the collections together in one place on the internet. You can search by year, type of music or nearly any kind of metadata like artist, label or title. When you find what you’re looking for, you can listen for free.

You can even download the music.

You can also embed the music you find, like I did below. Click away and hear “You Ain’t Goin’ To Heaven No How” by Joe Liggins and his Honeydrippers from 1946 on Exclusive.

Stay in that spinning groove,
TROY R. BENNETT, President NESPRS

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Russell`s Hot Six: Sweet Mumtaz

This is a hot number! It’s listed here as Brunswick 81003. It was also released as Vocalion 1010. This side features Kid Ory on the trombone and Johnny St. Cyr on banjo.

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Laurel and Hardy’s 78s

There’s a new movie coming out soon about Laurel and Hardy. The trailer looks pretty good, I’d say. Here’s a 1933 short comedy film by the famous duo called “Busy Bodies.”

It features a great 78rpm record gag in the first couple minutes.

Enjoy!

Stay in the groove,
TROY R. BENNETT, President NESPRS

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2018 meeting schedule

Hi folks,

I hope winter is treating you well and you’re snuggled up to a warm turntable, spinning those records you love. Plans are afoot for this year’s series of club meetings. The schedule is as follows. Mark your calendars.

  • Sunday April 15 East
  • Sunday May 20 West
  • Sunday June 17 East
  • Sunday July 15 West
  • Sunday Sept. 16 West
  • Sunday Oct. 21 East

Details still need to be finalized but the east meetings will be somewhere in the Bath-Brunswick area of Maine and the west will be in the vicinity of Lebanon, NH. Watch this space for further developments.

Until then, stay in the groove,
TROY R. BENNETT, president

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Annual fall ‘General Membership’ meeting a success

Spike checks through the 'fore sale' records during during the social hour — which really last two hours every meeting.

Spike checks through the ‘fore sale’ records during during the social hour — which really last two hours every meeting.

That’s all for this year folks. Thanks for coming to the meetings. I had a great time and I know you did, too. Next year’s meeting schedule is posted just to the right –>.

The venue for the Maine meetings will get ironed out over the winter. As you can see, all meetings will be on Sundays in 2017. We’ll also be working on an online club directory in the new year so we can all get a better idea of what we collect. That way, we can all be on the lookout for good records for each other.

Starting in April 2017, we’ll have a door prize of $25 at every meeting to be used towards dinner, afterwards.

Let’s shake the trees over the winter months and find some new members and also keep in touch with all our current ones through the cold and snowy days ahead.

Stay in the groove,
TROY R. BENNETT, President NESPRS

An unusual record label out off Massachusetts.

An unusual record label out off Massachusetts.

Spike (left) and Warren share a laugh.

Spike (left) and Warren share a laugh.

David takes a closer look.

David takes a closer look.

Glen shows off a record with an extra hole. Do you know why?

Glen shows off a record with an extra hole. Do you know why?

A Vogue picture disc that went at auction today.

A Vogue picture disc that went at auction today.

Henry had books for auction items at this meeting. Reading about records is almost as fun as listening to them.

Henry had books for auction items at this meeting. Reading about records is almost as fun as listening to them.

Jerry sells at auction.

Jerry sells at auction.

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Bones And Grooves: The Weird Secret History Of Soviet X-Ray Music, via NPR

Western music may have been changing the world in the 1950s, but if you happened to be in Russia you were out of luck. State censorship was in full effect in the Soviet Union, and sneaking in, say, an American rock record was close to impossible. But a few industrious music fans managed to find another way.

Stephen Coates, the leader of a British band called The Real Tuesday Weld, happened on this secret history by accident. Several years ago on a tour stop in St. Petersburg, he was strolling through a flea market when a strange item caught his eye.

“I thought, ‘Is that a record? Or is it an X-ray?’ I picked it up, and it seemed to be both,” he recounts. “They guy whose stall it was was a bit dismissive — I think he wanted me to buy something else. But I brought it back to London, and I was fascinated by it. So I started to dig, and that has led me on a very strange journey.”

Coates is now an obsessive of what is nicknamed “bone music” — makeshift LPs etched into used X-rays, which were playable on a turntable and provided a fitting disguise for their contraband contents. He’s collected his findings in a new book called X-Ray Audio: The Strange Story of Soviet Music on the Bone, and he joined NPR’s Michel Martin to talk about it. READ MORE

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