Jacob Smigel's Eavesdrop project

EAVESDROP : a wealth of found sound (80 min. on one CD) Curated by Jacob Smigel.
Eavesdrop is a collection of anonymous recordings found by Jacob Smigel at thrift stores, yard sales, and in trash bins over the past four years. Smigel waded through audio or micro-cassettes, 8-Tracks and home-recorded records to find tape letters, telephone conversations, audio diaries, weird field recordings, amusement of children,fights/crying, etc...
Eavesdrop focuses exclusively on this type of material, and instead of adding music to the
clips Smigel served as preservationist (or curator) to present the listener with the most powerful recordings in their natural state. “Some are funny, some are ridiculous, others make no sense,” said Smigel, “and a few are so ‘perfect’ I can't believe I actually found them.”
Eavesdrop is 80 minutes, comprised of 40 tracks. The album includes 28 pages of track notes, transcripts, background information, and additional resources. Album art is a collage of found photos collected over the past two years. Each CD
is stuff with unique found things.

If you want to hear samples of the album or simply buy it, go HERE
. And now, please take a look at what i found in the package when i received the album HERE. Thanks Jacob !


Smoking Cigarettes

I've found this little hand-written paper in the street, here in Toulouse, and it's surprisingly written in english !
Yesterday i was sharing songs talking about cigarettes with a friend of mine who is actually, believe me or not, testing japanese cigarettes as a part time job ! So i decided to make this little compilation "Ma Copine
By the way, i should REALLY quit smoking !

Elmer Bernstein - theme from the magnificent 7 Malboro commercial (1950)
Sons Of The Pioneers - Cigarettes, Whuskey and wild wild women
Tex Williams - smoke, smoke, smoke that cigarette
Eddie Constantine - cigarette, whisky et p'tit pépé (1947)
Gillians Hills - ma première cigarette (1960)
click on song titles to download.


America Blah Blah


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"Xanadu" film quote/french dubbing

Man Chau Po Orchestra "titoli"
Connie Francis "wanting things"

Johnny Sea "day for decision"

Lonesome Valley Singers "it's got to be done"

Satan's Pilgrim "John's mood" At home with the ...

Skeeter Davis "the end of the world"
My Fun "song seven" - The quality of something audible (2005)
Squallor "blah blah blah"
Stuck In A Clam "a walrus before xmas" (2006)
Vernon Lenoir "banlieue blues" - YAWK! - WMrecordings (2006)
Seymour Rexite "misirlou"
Danai "misirlou"
Dick Dale "tribal thunder" + Rabbi Abulafia "misirlou"
Dick Dale and The Deltones "misirlou"
Vernon Lenoir "misirloucious" - Sator arepo tenet opera rotas -EgoTwister records #ew001! (2005)

Learn more about the obscur origins of the song misirlou and listen to other covers at Dinosaur Gardens , another nice music blog dedicated to old and strange records.

should i stay or should i go (by Tony Blair) / imagine (by G.W.Bush) / Sunday bloody sunday (by G.W.Bush). These are tracks have already broadcast on doyouspeakenglish (my Bro sent them to me few months ago), i have only recently discovered that they were coming from RX2008 's videos at ThePartyParty.com ! A true master of cut & paste technique. Hilarious !


I love my vinyl records

Rare, out of print, unusual records from the forgotten planet
This post is dedicated to all the vinyl addicts, i found faithful collectors publishing reviews about their own rare, strange and beautiful out-of-print records on the web, with precious informations or just personnal feelings and emotionnal comments. And often for your listening pleasure mp3s for free too ! (when the links have not been removed by some obscure internet copyright agency patrol, i doubt !).
So, here comes a spontaneous rough selection i've made tonight, my visits change quickly from one to another, partially because often when a new one open another one close.

Xtabay's World : a great music blog from Oceania, west of Krakatoa, dedicated to Exotica, Space Age Pop and Lounge. You can find archives of whole mp3 albums in .zip format (downloadable from RapidShare). Hope you'll enjoy your visit to the mysterious world of Xtabay. Good Hunting !
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------Rangeraver's Departure Lounge
"The place where good music lives"!
"I am sure you will find something to your taste! Please fasten your seat belt and ease into my selections of Groovy Lounge, Big Band Latin Bossa, Smooth Jazz, Kitsch Classics, Library Music and of course, Easy Listening Cocktail Muzak."

"Let's Fly !" RangeRaver.

Vinyl Vulture is a U.K. based website featuring selected interesting albums reviews : Library Music, Kraut rock, Soundtracks, hip-hop, funk ... They also run their own label Licorice Soul records : funk killer reissues on 45.

Waxidermy.com is a website dedicated to unusual vinyl oddities, compulsively collected by Ed Slavin and Jeff Hassett, soon followed by other contributors. I found interesting tips about the cleaning of dirty old records. Something great with all these websites is that you always find an album or artist you have never heard about before ... And of course you can download lots of MP3s for free there too.
The Tofu Hut
last blug not least)
Can you think of any albums that you would LIKE to see made illegal? (see related topic from 09/05/2005 here)

I've been impressed by the amazingly HUGE list of links. A MUST SEE. OOoops, i realised too late that the last post made on this blog was from the month of
July ! shit ! i haven't noticed that this one could be closed by now too.
D. Bo is an anti-bush activist operating from his basement using his lyrics, internet, a printer, a Mc Hammer sample and a camera ! Oh yes, and here comes the video
He is selling his songs for 0,99$ , but there is also "
Songs I don't let you pay for, maybe because there's no music". L I T E R A L L Y : i found an html page with his songs' lyrics on it !!!
: P Thanks Tofu Hut.
If you want to learn more about collecting vinyl records, i received a mail today from Robert Benson, he has wrote an e-book about that topic, you can find it ,as well as many interesting articles about the vinyl culture, on his website collectingvinylrecords.com