“C’mon You Totney Wildcats… Give!” – Fred Astaire in A Damsel In Distress (1937)

This clip really doesn’t need many words. Instead simply sit back and enjoy as Fred Astaire dances and drums his way through “Nice Work if You Can Get It” from the 1937 film A Damsel in Distress.

A Psycho Acapella – Petra Goes to the Movies (2013)

I’ll be back later with a longer post, but I thought this might be of interest to those of you following the blog.

Petra Haden
Petra Haden

I don’t know much about Petra Haden. According to Wikipedia, she “is an American violinist and singer. She is or has been a member of several bands, including That Dog, Tito & Tarantula, and The Decemberists; has contributed to recordings by The Twilight Singers, Beck, Mike Watt, Luscious Jackson, Foo Fighters, Green Day, Queens of the Stone Age, Weezer, The Rentals, Victoria Williams, Yuka Honda, The Gutter Twins, and Cornelius. She is the daughter of the jazz bassist Charlie Haden; the triplet sister of bassist Rachel Haden (her bandmate in That Dog) and cellist Tanya Haden (married to singer and actor Jack Black) with whom she has performed as The Haden Triplets; and the sister of bassist-singer Josh Haden, leader of the group Spain.”

She’s also recently come out with a rather fascinating CD entitled Petra Goes to the Movies. It features her singing a capella arrangements of music and themes from various movies. I haven’t had a chance to listen to the whole thing yet (though it can be found streaming on YouTube), but what  have heard is pretty impressive. Both her vocal style and the arrangements make for quite a unique listening experience.

The track listing for the CD is:

1. Rebel Without A Cause Main Title – Rebel Without A Cause – 2:50
2. God’s Lonely Man – Taxi Driver – 2:01
3. Cool Hand Luke Main Title – Cool Hand Luke – 2:08
4. Cinema Paradiso – Cinema Paradiso – 3:01
5. A Fistful Of Dollars Theme – A Fistful Of Dollars – 1:51
6. Psycho Main Title – Psycho – 2:03
7. Goldfinger Main Title – Goldfinger – 2:11
8. Carlotta’s Galop – 8 1/2 – 3:01
9. It Might Be You – Tootsie – 5:15
10. The Planet Krypton – Superman – 1:22
11. Superman Theme – Superman – 3:55
12. My Bodyguard – My Bodyguard – 2:50
13. Pascal’s Waltz – Big Night – 1:24
14. Calling You – Bagdad Cafe – 4:47
15. Hand Covers Bruise – The Social Network – 4:21
16. This Is Not America – The Falcon and the Snowman – 4:59

For a taste of what to expect, here’s a YouTube video of Pertra’s version of the theme from Hitchcock’s Psycho:

I’ve gotta say I was pretty blown away the first time I heard that. Anyway, if you’re interested, the CD can be purchased through Amazon. (I’ll put a link up on the site’s Facebook page, since apparently WordPress doesn’t allow ’em on these free pages – or at least I haven’t figured out yet how to do it properly.) (Oh, and while you’re there, why not go ahead and click on the “like” button? It’s a great way to stay up-to-date on what’s happening – and going to be happening – here.)

Until next time, happy viewing (and listening)!