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Industrial-Strength Pilsner's Picks Is Back!

Now listen up, all you Red-Hot Mamas and Finger-Poppin' Daddies, old Pils is back with a full stack of twelve sizzlin' platters, after that short playlist and short run last month due to some internet hoo-hah that's better off forgotten. The Virtual Victrola is all wound up and has a brand-new tungsten needle, so get ready to croon into June!


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Comment by Tome Wilson on June 5, 2015 at 10:50am

The music is good, as are the production values, but it suffers from HBO-itis where they linger on Bessie's abuse and lesbian lovers for shock value.

Comment by Pilsner Panther on June 4, 2015 at 8:58pm

Not yet; someone else just told me about it. Historical re-creations of great musical lives of course depend on how well the music is handled; sometimes, the results aren't so good, especially if the the subject is as unique as Bessie was. Also, the scriptwriters sometimes play too loosely with the biographical facts. I'm putting it on my viewing calendar, though, because I'm intrigued— it could be a really fine film.

Comment by Tome Wilson on June 4, 2015 at 9:22am

Great choice!

Speaking of Bessie, did you catch the HBO movie they just released about her?

Comment by Pilsner Panther on June 3, 2015 at 8:37pm

Thanks, Tome. That's what I get for using AT&T's tin-can-and-string internet service, but at least it's farily cheap. And of course, always, "you get what you pay for," no matter what it is.

Anyway, my playlist is a very tasty one this month, and I think that the standout performance in the group (among many) is the immortal Bessie Smith, "Empress of the Blues," accompanied on piano by the equally great James P. Johnson, "Father of Harlem Stride Piano." Their musical understanding of each other's art is not just close, but intimate. 


Comment by Tome Wilson on June 3, 2015 at 11:45am

Welcome back from MAFIAA jail!

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