Fandom Soundtrack creates literary soundscapes for a pair of Karen Lowachee novels - even if you are unfamiliar with the author you should check out some of the amazing music that's been assembled here....
The venerable Fluxblog has Electrelene and The Constellations
Coverville devotes the latest show to the late Paul Hester
Up this week is a fun and cool little album from obscure country/folk singer Joe Lisi. I don’t know if he is related to the actor Joe Lisi or this Joe Lisi but a quick glance at the liner notes to this album reveal a guy who has led an interesting life. Seems he worked for the United Auto Worker’s Union as a recreation director traveling around the United States giving workshops on recreation and setting up recreation programs for summer schools. The UAW also took advantage of his musical talents lining him up to play for the political campaigns of Adlai Stevenson, John F. Kennedy, and Lyndon B. Johnson, among others
Exotic Dreams :
Ethel Azama Martin Denny produced this debut record for his young protege. Arranged by Paul Conrad. Ethel also appears on Arthur Lyman classics Bwana A and Leis of Jazz. The lady kept pretty good company. Enjoy - Vic
The "Sleepwalk" Guitars of Dan and Dale :
In honor of my fellow Accordion Thief and weird vinyl addict Faustus Pringle, I bring you this strange meld of what happens when you mix spy-theme guitars with accordion. The result? Bizarre at best. Can't find a lot about these guys on Google except some lists of records on the Diplomat label. Sad, because it's catchy in a quirky, "Pat Boone on Acid" kind of way..
1. "Invocation Of My Demon Brother" A Soundtrack By Mick Jagger (1969)
"The complexity and detailed work of Anger really presents itself in this short film. Invocation was made on A,B and C film rolls, and the C roll is one image made into a loop, the soldiers jumping from the helicopter. The music of the film is cutting, ugly and nerve wracking, composed by Mick Jagger on a Moog Synthesizer. Anger referred to it as 'an attack on the sensorium'."
There were countless variations of this classic produced during the Golden Age of children's records. This one features the lovely singing voice of Jeanette MacDonald, one of Hollywood's great actresses during the 1930s and 40s.
Like so many of us I grew up watching these teen (or maybe even pre-teen i guess) mysteries. I was a huge fan of the Hardy Boys books so I made sure never to miss an episode - my favorite was the one with Paul Williams guest starring - and I probably saw most of the Nancy Drews', if only to see Pamela Sue Martin. I'm sure most of The Hardy Boy's female audiance was there merely to ogle the lads - though Shaun Cassiday was but a shadow of big brother KeithDavid in the teen idol department.
The series have aged better than I expected - not well mind you, just better than I had anticipated. The source material's occasionally a bit dodgy and, despite episode titles frequently promising supernatural thrills and chills, the plots and performances feel very much like the NBC Mystery Movies (Columbo, McCloud, McMillan & Wife, The Snoop Sisters) translated into afterschool specials.
Former and future B-list celebrities abound as guest stars - Jamie Lee Curtis, Mark Harmon, Dick Gautier, Bob Crane, Ricky Nelson and so on - and Shaun, for better or worse, starts singing after a few shows.
Extras - none. There's is a cool reproduction poster though.
Those of us who grew up watching these will absolutly want to check this set out - younger folk may not have the same nostalgia filter in place and so are likely to wonder what the fuss is all about.
Iconic 80s band The Smiths are to be studied by some of the world’s leading academics during a special conference.
The famous Indie quartet, credited with putting the ’miserable’ in Manchester, will be analysed, constructed and deconstructed by scholars from around the world during a three-day conference in their home city next week.
"...In case of alien abduction these dog tags may save
your life. The crucial data an alien will need to get
you back to Earth is die stamped into these dog tags...
...Engraved with several methods of locating Earth
in the Galaxy, an alien pilot does not need to
understand any human language to use this
information. The mathematical location of Earth in
relation to several important pulsars is
represented by the radial diagram. Earth's
relation to the solar system is shown at the
top. Also included is a schematic of Earth itself
and it's major land masses..."
Many Saturday mornings I would race my bike to a nearby department store, arriving just in time to see the peacock in Living Color at the beginning of NBC's "The Howdy Doody Show." The rich, beautiful color was simply overwhelming! The improvement of COLOR over drab black and white TV was even more apparent than today's high definition television when compared to standard definition broadcasts. Even the most casual observer couldn't helped but be impressed by the lifelike color images we take for granted today. The advent of color television was truly a revolution!
Father Domenick Graziadio - Haven of Sound "...Up this week is a humdinger of a platter served up by Father Domenick Graziadio, the Catholic priest with the Mario Lanza sound. Backed only by a piano, Father Domenick offers up his interpretations of some of the great songs of the American musical theater. And boy does he belt 'em out! You can tell he is a big fan of Broadway by his enthusiastic delivery..."
Found this while browsing Willy's fantastic site - for the 60's pop anorak here's a collection of contents (not the content mind you, just a listing of featured articles and reviews and so forth) from the NME's 1953 - 1969 issues...wow!
Marvelous site dedicated to the preservation of the remaining great old movie palaces. I hadn't visited in awhile but surfed over while researching a story on Staten Island's St George Theater and ended up spending way too much time browsing through all the site has to offer. Great stuff for film fans and lovers of the grand old movie going experience that has been slowly going the way of the Silent's.
"The idea is pretty simple: People who create video, music, photos, audio clips and other personal media can store their stuff for free on Ourmedia's servers forever, as long as they're willing to share their works with a global audience."
Farmer Fudd chases the wacky wabbit out of his carrot patch and into the woods, where he stumbles upon the gates of Storyland. Once inside, Bugs takes us through several Mother Goose nursery rhymes. We have rated this fairly hard to find album as excellent.
Launch the audio stream and open the storybook. As you listen, advance the pages whenever you hear Elmer Fudd ring his magic gong! You can also download the Storybook Video torrent, which combines both audio and visual into one movie file.
Nifty interactive demo from a company that creates those call center robo-voices we've all come to know and love/loathe. Enter up to 250 characters and select the voice you'd like to hear read your text (everything from Brit accents to Valley girls) and either stream or download the result. So cool...
Did you love Trio's Pilot Season programming? Do you want to torture yourself reading about cool series that may never get picked up by the networks? Or do you just want to impress your buds with your inside knowledge of what's on the TV radar...
BRIAR & GRAVES (FOX) - Elizabeth Rohm ("Law & Order") and Charles Mesure ("Boogeyman") will play the title roles of Briar and Graves respectively in the drama pilot, about a hard-living priest (Mesure) who partners with a female doctor (Rohm) to investigate unexplained religious phenomena.
THE E-RING (NBC) - Dennis Hopper ("The Last Ride") has joined the cast of the pilot, a behind-the-scenes ensemble drama set at the Pentagon. He'll play Col. McNulty, a former special ops officer in the project, which also stars Benjamin Bratt, Sarah Clarke, Aunjanue Ellis and Leonor Varela.
DIRTBAGS (FOX) - The Melissa Joan Hart-led comedy pilot is set to tape on Friday, April 15 at Fox Studios. The 20th Century Fox Television-based project revolves a group of twentysomething friends in a blue-collar suburb of Boston, some of whom have never left and others who have ventured out and returned.
EVERYBODY HATES CHRIS (UPN) - Reggie Hudlin ("Serving Sara," "The Boondocks") has been tapped to direct the Chris Rock-produced comedy pilot, a "Wonder Years"-esque take on the world of an eldest child living in a strict home and attending a predominantly white school in 1982.
Eventually most of these pilots, no matter how great a cast or pedigreed a producer they may have, will bite the dust. The Futon Critic covers these orphaned shows as well... they already have a roundup of the pilots that failed to curry favor last year and the list sounds better than most of what was eventually greenlit.
- "Do you believe in Feast because you can make it for a price and you can flip it for a bigger price? Or do you believe in Feast because you really think it's the best movie? ... You're sitting two seats away from the Master of Horror who's telling you it SUCKS!!!"
...at least they chose Gulager as director - I sense an slowly unfolding but exquisite train wreck in the weeks to come.
Zowie! Potluck is the little brother album to better-known "Jumping at the Left Bank". This album demonstrates the "potpourri of tunes freshly styled by a bright new vocal group" claimed by LP's the cover.
I know library LPs are often a mixed bag but I find this series (and particularly the later LPs) to contain some of the most varied and entertaining big band sounds I know of. It's Euro Space Age Pop music. Lutereau should be crowned as the European Esquivel.
Think I'm exaggerating ? Well, listen for yourself...
Tolkien inspired Christian folk rock - if the very thought of this pairing leaves you cold you may be missing out on a fairly wonderful album - try it and see - you might still hate it but at least you gave it a shot...
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Words cannot express how badly I want to see this...nor how apathetic my dear wife is to my pleas...I'll take some small comfort in the fact that it looks like it's going to be a big hit and I'll have months and months to try to wear down the missus. Of course by the time I'll get to see it the original cast will be long gone...
Still, the uninitiated may be bewildered when laughs arrive even before a scene gets under way. The mere appearance of a figure in a certain costume (say, a headpiece with ram's horns) or the utterance of a single word (i.e., "ni") is enough to provoke anticipatory guffaws among the cognoscenti. Punch lines come to seem almost irrelevant.
The museum was founded in 1882 when objects of local interest began to gather in the field where the museum now stands, due to the natural action of the wind and rain.
In 1886, visionary Whoft philanthropist, Manimal MacCorkindale proposed building some walls around the objects, forming Framley's first museum.
A door fitted in 1932 cemented the museum's popularity.
Over the next sixty years, over fourteen thousand items and nearly two hundred visitors came through the museum's doors. Some were old, some were beautiful, some required a great deal of restoration, but all were welcomed to the Framley Museum Collection, as it came to be known.
This past Christmastide I clued my wife in to the who dollar DVD phenomena and the happy result was a stocking overflowing with these bargain basement gems. I've been meaning to post some reviews but haven't found the time...luckily Aaron Neathery has...and now that I know that Down Among the Z Men is out there somewhere I think it's time for another Dollar Tree road trip....
Sure, you start out with just one or two.. "Say! I was looking for a copy of Rescue From Gilligan's Island!" you say. But, OH no.. You can't just buy the one DVD, can you? I mean, what the hell is Slipstream, anyway? And HOLY CRAP, it has Mark Hamill and Bill Paxton in it!! AND IT'S DIRECTED BY STEVEN "TRON" LISBERGER!!! So into the basket it goes.. and what's this? Cathy's Curse? A 1977 Canadian Exorcist rip-off?? YOW!! And before you know it, you're up to your neck in public domain goodness, cheap cardboard sleeves all over the bloody place.
...Professor Murray drew attention to the fact that the hand was missing from the skeleton when found, and suggested it was the sign of a black magic execution. She linked it with 'The Hand of Glory', traditionally obtained at the dead of night when it would be cut from the body of an executed criminal hanging from the gibbet or gallows. The hand was supposed to possess powerful magic, and was used to protect its owner from evil spirits, to reveal where treasure was buried or even to put people to sleep. She also drew attention to the 'ancient tradition' that the spirit of a dead witch could be prevented from causing any more harm by being imprisoned in the hollow of a tree. Subsequently the 'Witch' theory, where witchcraft was indistinguishable from black magic and 'Bella' had been put to death for some serious crime against a mysterious coven, became briefly popularIf no real identity was found for the murdered woman then at least a nickname surfaced.
Around Christmas 1943, graffiti began to appear on the walls of empty buildings in various parts of the West Midlands area. The first - "Who put Luebella down the wych–elm?" was followed by many other slight variations...As time passed the messages took on what was to be their settled form for years to come: 'Who put Bella in the wych–elm?' they asked. It was thought that the original messages, carefully written in chalk in three-inch-deep capital letters, were probably written by the same hand, working at night.
Allen was, along with the likes of Monty Python, Pete and Dud, Kenny Everett and Benny Hill, one of earliest exposures to the wonderful world of British (and, obviously, Irish) comedy - what he was doing on American television I can't imagine - nor can I remember what station he was on - but I do remember the impact he had on my own view of humor...
Dave Allen, the Irish comedian renowned for his relaxed story-telling style with cigarette in hand and whiskey tumbler at his side, has died in his sleep. He was 68...
...The show pioneered his distinctive mix of sketches and straight-to-camera monologues, and introduced his trademark habit of sitting down to tell jokes with a drink in hand, as if he was esconced in a bar and the television audience were his fellow drinkers. Such was his professionalism, the amber-coloured fluid in the glass was in fact ginger ale.
His show also won a reputation for being controversial, with its frequent pops at the odd behaviour of priests and congregations, faintly bawdy sketches, and Allen's lapses into bad language.
Netmusic.com is offering the long shelved necrophillia comedy Dead Girl as a free Video on Demand for one day only on March 16th. Judging by the reviews at the IMDB even gratis may not be that much of a bargain...
Director Adam Coleman Howard went on to make the even less well regarded Dark Harbor.