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Madame Pamita's Wax Works

by Madame Pamita

Weird old Americana recorded in 2008 on 1898 wax cylinder: Rural blues, jug band and proto-jazz played on ukulele, musical saw, banjeaurine and other odd and lovely antique instruments.
Genre: Folk: Folk-Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Madame Pamita's Theme Song
1:29 $0.99
2. Cocaine
3:07 $0.99
3. My Southern Can is Mine
2:05 $0.99
4. Three Wishes
1:50 $0.99
5. Do Whatever You Please
1:40 $0.99
6. Love is Good
2:03 $0.99
7. Good-By, Miss Liza Jane
1:49 $0.99
8. Mother was a Sporting Girl
2:07 $0.99
9. Moving Day
2:08 $0.99
10. He's in the Jailhouse Now
2:06 $0.99
11. Willie the Chimney Sweeper
2:06 $0.99
12. No Bad News
2:11 $0.99
13. Malaria (feat. Patrick Weise)
1:07 $0.99
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Album Notes
The World’s Foremost Euphonious Prognosticatrix: Madame Pamita!

Enter into the Curious and Sublime World of Madame Pamita's
Parlor of Wonders, an old-time medicine show filled with mysticism, music and melodrama: an entrancing array of spectacles both quaint and queer.

Madame Pamita uses the powers of euphonious prognostication
to tell audience member fortunes and plays songs written both by herself and by those who have moved on to the great beyond - rural blues, old time, jug band and proto-jazz numbers about romance and revenge and mirth and mayhem on an assortment of odd and bizarre vintage instruments: Imperial Banjeaurine, Banjolele, Marxophone, Polka-Lay-Lee, Autoharp and Tiple; as well as a 115 year-old banjo and early 20th century ukuleles.

Fans of Harry Smith’s Anthology of American Folk Music, Alan Lomax’s field recordings or what Greil Marcus likes to call “the Old Weird America” will be transported to the birth of recorded music when an evening’s entertainment meant surprises, amusements and a singular experience like no other!

Madame Pamita has also had the pleasure of recording her songs using wax cylinder equipment from the 1890s and made these 13 tracks available to the public at large through the miracle of compact disc fabrication.

Before embarking on her mystical quest, Madame Pamita was a featured performer on the Dime Museum Circuit with The Neptunas, Cheap Chick, Dime Box Band, The Birdinumnums and as the Impresaria of The Grand Ole Echo.

In early September of the year 2008, Madame Pamita set out for Long Island, New York to record a series of songs she had been performing for "Madame Pamita’s Parlor of Wonders” on the Medicine Show circuit. Along with her esteemed colleague, Mister Patrick Weise, she ventured into the Victorian-era recording facilities of one Mister Peter Dilg, collector of antique recording devices, music
historian and, most importantly, the only man in the United States with a state-of-the-art 1898 wax cylinder recording machine.

Recorded without the use of electrical devices!

Over the course of two magical days, thirteen songs were performed and recorded. Using absolutely no electricity during the playing or recording process, Patrick and she projected their voices and instruments acoustically into antique metal cones (once owned by Thomas Edison himself) and onto 100-year-old wax cylinders. Everything was recorded live with no tracking and no post-recording fixes. What you hear is the recording exactly as it was performed, with the same vitality and exciting recklessness of the early days of reproduced sound.

The Ultimate in Low Fidelity!

The result is probably unlike anything you’ve ever heard. The 1898 version of hi-fi is the ultimate collection of lo-fi: thirteen songs that clock in at under two and a half minutes each (except for one number recorded at half-speed). Absolutely nothing has been added or subtracted. They come complete with the pops, scratches and scintillating surface noise of the recycled cylinders they were recorded on.



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Steve Lawsongatch

Wow, they don't makem like this anymore. This really blew me away. Makes you think about how music recordings, despite technology, have lost alot of essence and spirit. Here I see it is still possible to recapture that lost ambience. I love the heck out of this record. I love the songs, I love the style, I love the packaging. It has been a long time since I was truly excited about getting a new recording in such a way. I'm sure Alan Lomax is somewhere in Heaven weeping tears of joy.

Amanda Strain

So much fun to open!
The fun starts immediately out of the gate with this album. I have never enjoyed opening a cd as much as this one. The artwork, fortune, etc. added such a special touch to the experience. I could almost see Madame Pamita laboring over each one with loving care. The music doesn't disappoint either. After getting used to the sound of the grainy quality of the recording, I found it endearing and whimsical. I love how many of the songs seem to have a wink and a sly smile behind them. Standouts are Do Whatever You Please and Mother Was A Sporting Girl. This has been in constant rotation in my car since it arrived. Thank you!!

Robin Carpenter

Madame Pamita's Waxworks by Madame Pamita
I love this record! Not just for its quirkiness and nostalgic charm (there are lots of singer/uke players demonstrating those virtues just now) but also for the sheer quality and enthusiasm of the singing and playing.The songs include not only imaginitive re-readings of old favourites (to me anyway)like Charlie Poole's 'Moving Day', Dick Justice's 'Cocaine' and other marvels of the old-time country, jugband and ragtime eras, but excellent new songs in a similar vein. Some, if not all of these are, I suspect, from the pen of Madame Pamita herself, but I couldn't fnd any credits on the packaging.
Ah, the packaging - a real treat for the eye and for the psyche. The disc comes in an individually numbered slipcase, containing appropriate gifts like mystic talismans, a tarot reading and a fortune telling game. Love and care has gone into this album and it shows. Like Madame herself, it is quite unique, and I wish them both good fortune!

Sarah Holcombe

Mystic Adventure
Fortune smiled on me one day as I read about Madame Pamita on a music blog. Curious about what I might find, I ordered a copy of her CD. It was one time that curiosity rewarded me generously. It's difficult to describe how wonderful the whole experience is. The music is unique and gives an overall sense of timelessness. Rather than detracting from the overall effect, the pops and scratches heard because of the imperfections of the wax cylinders just lends a mystical feel to the whole thing. Listening to it transports me to another time when mystery was good and hints were more beautiful than full revelations. Madame Pamita is so talented and full of interesting ideas about how to make music. She's lively, vivacious and a little bit naughty. (Three of my favorite things!)

Another added delight was the unique packaging of the CD. The artwork was beautiful, and included a tarot card wrapped in lovely handmade paper just for me, complete with written fortune. Also enclosed was a lucky penny in a tiny waxed paper envelope, as well as a paper fortune teller (the old timey kind, like you made in grade school) in a small envelope, closed with a wax seal. When I first saw all the goodies I got, I thought I couldn't be more impressed with the personal touches ... but then I listened to the CD. It was a journey of mystic adventure.