See and Hear Joe Jack Talcum’s recording of “Railroad Bill” – Live in Philadelphia

In 1932 George Saliba, inventor of our Presto, wrote a book called Home Recording and All About It, a punk rock title if ever there was one. And we’ve felt like The 78 Project was at many times a very punk rock endeavor. Lugging the gear through gardens, up mountainsides, around the country. We and our artist collaborators are always stripping it down, rolling up our sleeves, improvising, and always at the moment of truth, performing passionately.

It is why, when we were introduced to Joe Jack Talcum of Dead Milkmen by the gracious folks at the International House Philadelphia, and when he agreed to cut a record live at our Philadelphia screening of The 78 Project Movie earlier this month, we were thrilled. It felt like a perfect fit for the DIY, come-what-may nature of this journey, and for what was very much a hometown screening, a return to our Delaware Valley roots.

Joe’s “Railroad Bill” rides the rails and conducts his life with abandon and glee. And his story unfolds, twists and turns in exactly that spirit over the course of Joe’s vivid, driving performance.

Joe Jack Talcum – “Railroad Bill”
Shot at the International House in Philadelphia, PA, January, 2015

Recorded at the International House in Philadelphia, PA on January 15, 2015

New Year’s – A found Presto recording of Celeste & Doris Dennis at the 1939 New York World’s Fair

When we enter into a New Year, we are never sure what we will find. We can look back on the year past and count all the things that happened most unexpectedly, both challenging and wonderful, but we will never know what the year ahead holds until we begin to live it.

As we cue up 2015 on the turntable of time, we feel optimistic.

IMG_8635+smlIt’s a most beautiful trait in human beings, our ability to marvel at what is possible. To delight in potential and progress. It helps us through otherwise trying times. We have found this to be true all year as we forged new paths in our journey, released two soundtrack albums and a feature film, cut records, put many more thousands of miles on the car, improvised, attempted to innovate, came out alive and happy.

All of this is why this found souvenir recording of two sisters at the 1939 New York World’s Fair – bought months ago without knowing its contents purely because it was made on a Presto – seemed like just the right tone to usher in the New Year. The record begins with the host at the Macy’s Pavilion asking, Celeste, won’t you tell me what you think of the worlds fair? To which Celeste replies, Why it’s simply wonderful…

There are many things in 2015 that we can’t know yet to expect. But we are looking forward with wonder and awe, to the year ahead and what it will bring. And we are looking back with gratitude at the year we’ve just lived and all the things it contained that we never could have wished for, but wanted more than anything.

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Adam Faucett’s “Moonshiner” 78, recorded live at the CALS Ron Robinson Theater in Little Rock, AR

We love a gentle winter lullaby and a sweet, cheery carol, but sometimes your holidays just need a little holler. That’s why we wanted to share this recording from our nationwide theatrical release tour to screen The 78 Project Movie.

This September as we journeyed once again across the country, we made a stop in Little Rock, AR, where The Oxford American presented a screening of The 78 Project Movie in the beautiful CALS Ron Robinson Theater. Onstage after the screening, local musician Adam Faucett joined us to craft a very distinctive live 78. Adam wowed us all with his mighty voice, performing “Moonshiner” a capella. It’s a performance that remains as commanding on record as it was in the room.

Thank you again to Adam Faucett, our great friends at the Oxford American and everyone who came out to see the film screen in Little Rock.

Two Movie Clips to Warm Your Winter’s Morning

Waking up to this chilly December morning, we thought some warm memories might be in order. Enjoy these two clips from The 78 Project Movie, of Joe Bussard at home in Maryland, and the Reverend John Wilkins in Mississippi. They’re both featured tracks on the Original Soundtrack to The 78 Project Movie on vinyl + digital, now available in The 78 Project Shop!

Joe Bussard – “Guitar Rag”
Shot in Frederick, MD, December 2012

Reverend John Wilkins “I Want Jesus to Walk with Me”
Shot at Hunters Chapel in Como, MS, August 2012

The Big Bright “I Never Will Marry” – recorded live at the Film Society of Lincoln Center

We enjoy traveling immensely, whether it’s for filming or for screenings of the film. But there’s no place like home, and there’s no time to be there that is quite as warm as the winter. These last two weeks at home as the holidays have drawn closer, we’ve been thinking about all of that for which we’re deeply grateful. The opportunity to connect with you through music and film, in person and online, is the thing we find ourselves most thankful for this year.

Being at home also reminds us of the very first time The 78 Project Movie screened in our hometown of New York, and we wanted to share that happy memory with you this holiday weekend, by streaming the one-of-a kind acetate The Big Bright cut that night.

When we were fortunate to be invited to premiere our movie at the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater this past August, we wanted to make it an unforgettable evening. But even with all our excitement and preparation, we couldn’t have dreamed how beautiful the night would turn out to be. That is thanks to the overwhelming support of our family, contributors, friends and fantastic New York filmgoers, and also because of the stunning recording by The Big Bright.

Without the need for amplification, the music was alive and sweet.  The gentle harmonies of Fiona McBain and Liz Tormes and the sweet drone of Glenn Patscha’s pump organ lured us all closer, to the edges of seats, our senses piqued by the deep feeling of the performance. We were all hushed in our hope to drink in every part, every second, of those three minutes.

Thank you again to The Big Bright, our friends at the Film Society of Lincoln Center and everyone who came out to see the film screen in New York City for the very first time.

 

Patterson Hood “Tramp in the Rain” – recorded live at Athens Ciné

Touring to bring The 78 Project Movie to theaters and to watch the film together with audiences has been a gift to us. It’s given us a whole new set of memorable experiences. Making the movie brought us into new places and introduced us to new friends, and showing the movie has once again been a journey of connections and momentous events.

We traveled to Athens, GA in September on the invitation of the Athens Ciné, an independent movie theater run by truly the kindest, coolest folks, and Patterson Hood generously offered to join us there to cut a live 78 after the screening. Patterson sang a warm and visceral rendition of “Tramp in the Rain,” a family song from his childhood. As all of us in the room let out the breath we had been holding during his performance, Patterson explained that his grandmother sang the song to him when he was a child, as a lullaby at night. He had learned his words, and the subtle and sure style of singing them, from her.

 

Thank you again to Patterson, the fine folks at the Athens Ciné, and everyone who came out to see the film.

We hope you’ll be able to see The 78 Project Movie on the big screen. Take a look at our sidebar for a new batch of screenings coming up both in the U.S. and abroad.

 

 

The Original Soundtrack to The 78 Project Movie is out in stores and online!

We’re thrilled to announce that the Original Soundtrack to The 78 Project Movie is now available! This collection of 15 one-of-a-kind songs can be purchased on vinyl + digital in The 78 Project Shop and in independent record stores worldwide, or digital-only on iTunes and Amazon.com.

The album features tracks by John Doe, Victoria Williams, The Bo-Keys feat. Percy Wiggins, Gaby Moreno & Adam Levy, The Reverend John Wilkins, Louis Michot, Corey Ledet & Ashlee Michot, John Reilly & Tom Brosseau, Joe Bussard, John Paul Keith, Ben Vaughn, Coati Mundi, Sea of Bees, Little Wings, Ella Mae Bowen, and The Easy Leaves, recorded direct-to-disk for The 78 Project Movie.

We can’t wait for you to hear these once-in-a-lifetime performances in their entirety.

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Complete Track Listing:

Side A

1. TAKE THIS HAMMER Victoria Williams
with Gabe Noel
Recorded in Echo Park, Los Angeles on January 10, 2013

2. IN MY TIME OF DYING Sea of Bees
Recorded in Sacramento, CA on January 2, 2013

3. ‘TRAPE MON CHAPEAU Louis Michot, Corey Ledet & Ashlee Michot
Recorded in Arnaudville, LA on September 17, 2013

4. CARELESS LOVE John Reilly & Tom Brosseau
Recorded in Los Angeles on January 11, 2013

5. I WANT JESUS TO WALK WITH ME Reverend John Wilkins
Recorded at Hunters Chapel in Como, MS on September 5, 2012

6. SKIP TO MY LOU John Doe
Recorded in Fairfax, CA on January 1, 2013

7. AFTER YOU’VE GONE Gaby Moreno & Adam Levy
Recorded in Studio City, CA on January 7, 2013

8. GUITAR RAG Joe Bussard
Recorded in Frederick, MD on December 18, 2012

Side B

9. NOBODY KNOWS THE TROUBLE I’VE SEEN Little Wings
Recorded in Topanga Canyon, CA on January 7, 2013

10. BILLY BOY Coati Mundi
Recorded in Murrieta, CA on January 6, 2013

11. DEEP RIVER The Bo-Keys feat. Percy Wiggins
Recorded at Molly Fontaine in Memphis, TN on September 5, 2012

12. WORRIED MAN BLUES Ben Vaughn
Recorded in Wonder Valley, CA on January 5, 2013

13. THE LOVE OF GOD Ella Mae Bowen
Recorded in Franklin, TN on August 30, 2012

14. THE KNOXVILLE GIRL John Paul Keith
Recorded at the Hi Tone in Memphis, TN on September 2, 2012

15. SADDLE FORK (COTTON FIELDS) – The Easy Leaves
Recorded in Santa Rosa, CA on December 30, 2012

 

More Chances to See The 78 Project Movie in Theaters, Pre-Order the Vinyl Soundtrack

Greetings from London, where we are readying ourselves for a big week ahead at the BFI London Film Festival! The 78 Project Movie screens twice during the coming week, and we can’t wait for these two great opportunities to share the film with our supportive UK friends. But as we traveled across the Atlantic, more screenings were being organized by cool cinemas across America. We want to make sure you have all those dates close at hand so that if there’s a screening at your local theater, you can head over, see The 78 Project Movie, and support the folks in your town who work hard to bring independent movies to the big screen.  So, please take a look at our Sidebar - there are upcoming screenings in New York State, Florida, Vermont, Tennessee, Colorado, New Jersey and Massachusetts!

 

Also, don’t forget to reserve your copy of The 78 Project Movie Soundtrack on vinyl. It’s available now for pre-order in our shop!