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A curious coincidence:

This morning I posted on my Design Observer blog about the waveform as a visual symbol of music (and sound), noting the role of SoundCloud in the spread of this stealth iconography. An hour or so later, I happened upon the below: User Gizmo has uploaded the intro to a rendition of “SJI” to SoundCloud. You can hear it — and see it — below.

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One of the more unanticipated sub-themes of “SJI”-mining has been the recurrence of the song’s role as a burlesque number. Back in 2006 this site featured a Q&A with the former “September Rose” on that subject. In 2009 I posted a video of one Charlotte Treuse performing to SJI, and later added some further details about the contemporary performer and the context in which she performs. With that as background, I will now share with you a more recent burlesque performance using “SJI,” featuring Miss Bruise Violet — described in the intro to the video below as “the green-haired wonder.” Those of you who feel suitably mature: check it out.

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By the ever-popular Some Guy, but weirdly enjoyable. Gorgeous uke.

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Via friend of no notes Alex Rawls and his colleagues at Offbeat:

“St James Infirmary” by Jeremy “Mojo” Phipps and the Outsiders feat. Maddie Ruthless on the latest CD Looters 2011.

Billed as “St James Infirmary (Dub) by Jeremy Phipps and the Outsiders feat. Maddie Ruthless,” it sounds more ska/reggae than dub to me, but I’m not exactly an expert. (Feel free to set me straight in the comments.) Anyway, Ruthless has a nice voice and the vibe, whatever its proper label, is excellent. Worth a listen!

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A MetaFilter link to a Fred Astaire/Jonah Jones “SJI” rendition on YouTube (mentioned on this site in 2007), sparks some chatter about the tune, with various MeFi-ers naming their favorite versions and so on. Some unusual picks in there, for sure.

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I get a Google News Alert once a week, designed to ferret out any developments in the world of “St. James Infirmary.” This week it turned up something on what I guess is a music-sharing site called Acid Planet, where it appears music-makers are able to post their creations. One such creator, identified as The Incomplete Orchestra, has up a really great remix of “SJI,” using the famous 1928 Louis Armstrong version as a starting point for a long, mesmerizing, soulful re-imagining of the tune, with quiet hip-hop flourishes and a slow-trance beat. I really like it.

You can listen to it here.

To my great annoyance, you cannot download it, however. What a drag! I’d love to have this in my iTunes library, so I didn’t have to go to one specific site every time I wanted to hear it again. Oh well.

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On the Ed Sullivan show (noted earlier):

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