Monthly Archives: July 2009

Songs of the Boy Singers – The Boy Singers of the Boles Home, Quinlan, Texas (1964)

boysingers1About the Boy Singers
The Boy Singers, organized in 1961, are boys from 7 to 14 years of age, whose voices are unchanged. They have appeared from coast to coast under the auspices of the churches of Christ. Songs recorded in this album are part of the repertoire of their annual three month concert tour.
The Boy Singers specialize in religious music, hymns, spirituals, and the more familiar songs used in church worship, suitable for youthful, unchanged voices. Their concerts are always in an a cappella style, and demonstrate the beauty of the unaccompanied human voice and its profound effect on upon the hearer.

Mary Had a Baby – The Boy Singers of the Boles Homes

Dead Wax 01

The run-off groove on a record, also called dead wax, is the non-functioning portion of a vinyl record that sits between the label and grooves. This space is utilized by record manufacturers to record serial numbers and other numeric information, but it is also a free space for artists and record producers to inscribe inside jokes, hidden messages and personal tributes. These are a few of my favorites.

Fugazi – EP (Discord, 1988) : A-side “SERVED AT THE CAPTAIN’S TABLE.” B-side “WHO’S SIDE ARE YOU ON?”
Minutemen – What Makes A Man Start Fires (SST 1982) : A-side “BONES – THE LIST… THE LIST IN THE DREAM?” B-side “…AND THE GUESTS CAME IN THROUGH LITTLE FUNNELS… DRIPPING”
Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – Summer in the Southeast (Seanote, 2005) : Side 1 “PRO LIFE”, Side 2 “PRO CHOICE”, Side 3 “THE FOOTPRINT OF THE AMERICAN CHILDREN”, Side 4 “THE GREATEST JIHAD IS THE CONQUEST OF SELF”