Jon Ward of Excavated Shellac Interview and Listening Session on DubLab

For anyone with a “thing” for old records in languages other than English, Jon Ward’s Excavated Shellac blog is the best site on the web, hands down. Every Sunday night, he posts a side of a lovely 78 rpm disc, recorded during the first half of the 20th century from various places across five continents. And it’s made available as free downloads in a spirit of open-hearted sharing. (There’s a fabulous mid-20s Syrian fiddle record featured this week.)

Recently, the dublab site has posted a great two-hour mp3 of Ward himself playing some great stuff, most of which hasn’t been included on ES before and best of all, he chats between tracks about the records and his interest in them. Just wonderful.

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About Jay Babcock

I am an independent writer and editor based in Tucson, Arizona. In 2023: I publish an email newsletter called LANDLINE = Previously: I co-founded and edited Arthur Magazine (2002-2008, 2012-13) and curated the three Arthur music festival events (Arthurfest, ArthurBall, and Arthur Nights) (2005-6). Prior to that I was a district office staffer for Congressman Henry A. Waxman, a DJ at Silver Lake pirate radio station KBLT, a copy editor at Larry Flynt Publications, an editor at Mean magazine, and a freelance journalist contributing work to LAWeekly, Mojo, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Vibe, Rap Pages, Grand Royal and many other print and online outlets. An extended piece I wrote on Fela Kuti was selected for the Da Capo Best Music Writing 2000 anthology. In 2006, I was somehow listed in the Music section of Los Angeles Magazine's annual "Power" issue. In 2007-8, I produced a blog called "Nature Trumps," about the L.A. River. From 2010 to 2021, I lived in rural wilderness in Joshua Tree, Ca.

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