Ethan Persoff's heavily embellished mixtape: Live at Harry's Loft

Ethan Persoff alerted me to his wonderful collection of audio enchantment, called Live at Harry's Loft.
Many people who visit our library of weird printed items are surprised to find just as many pieces of odd and unheard music. Rare records on unimaginable subjects: An entire PSA album from Barbra Streisand about putting clothes on "little retarded children", anti-abortion music, craft tapes for inmates. Other great sideshows. Good jokes, too.

Anyway, we make heavily embellished mixtapes with this material, and after five years have finished our eighth album, Live at Harry's Loft. Music made from: Rare political hollering, unheard privately pressed messages, exploitation tracks, PSA's against sex & drugs, and worse! and better! Including celebrity appearances from: Sammy Davis Jr, Barbra Streisand, Kenny Rogers, a constantly looping Loretta Lynn, and Lorne Greene.

Live at Harry's Loft by Ethan Persoff

Full album containing eight jukebox singles.


  1. That’s pretty sweet, but really I’d love to see what someone like LemonJelly could do with those old tracks. In these ones, the additions are a little… random. I feel like they need a but more musicality.

  2. I’m listening now and enjoying! Pretty cool that track 2 is Disneyland – anybody feeling Down and Out?

  3. Listened to a bit, and…wow, that’s just awful. Old tracks with random sounds (cuckoo clocks, comedians, baby’s crying) completely obliterating anything interesting about the original stuff.

    (Hideous site, too, while I’m busy hatin’…)

  4. Some of the sounds are a little random, but some of it works quite nicely. The best stuff reminds me of a less-smartass Negativland, and how can you not love a breakdown of Sammy Davis Jr. saying “it’s no joke at all when you have a nervous breakdown”?

  5. In Heaven everything is fine – when you sleep, do you have dreams? You’ve got your good thing and you’ve got mine.

  6. Yes, rather Negativlandish, though darker, creepier and weirder, I think but certainly not without its funny bits. The Kleptones do mostly mash-ups but check out A Night At the Hip-Hopera for a fun and more mainstream take on Queen. This is lotsa fun, thanks!

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