Saturday, November 8, 2008

COCKTAIL NATION 49-JACK COSTANZO BRINGS HIS BONGOS TO THE PENTHOUSE!

COCKTAIL NATION 49-JACK COSTANZO BRINGS HIS BONGOS TO THE PENTHOUSE!

Koop Kooper is joined by a legend ....Mr Bongo, Jack Costanzo...we talk about his start in the business, his magnificent career and naturally Bongos.....some sad news on the passing of Yma Sumac and we catch up with Nick Limansky who is the author of Yma Sumac the art behind the legend, a look at the world of Swank with another Kooper live gig coming up plus all the very best classic and neo lounge has been piled up on the penthouse hi fi.

www.cocktailnation.podomatic.com

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email:
thecocktailnation@gmail.com

PLAYLIST:

Combustible Edison-Pink Victim
Sammy Davis Jr That old Black Magic
Jack Costanzo-Latin Affair
Henry Mancini-Something For Cat
Tipsy -Hey
Yma Sumac-Bo Mambo

Martini Kings-Dance of the virgins
Waitiki-The Magic Islands
Vic Flick-Shaken not Stirred
Roni Perez -Fly me to the Moon
Jack De Mello - Makalapua
Mantovani - Perfidia
The Midnight Combo - Soft Waving
Octobop-Girl Talk
Wayne Newton - I wish you love

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Friday, November 7, 2008

BRITISH COMIC OF THE WEEK!





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MICHAEL ANDREW CHRISTMAS SHOW 2008!

MICHAEL ANDREW CHRISTMAS SHOW 2008!

TICKETS ON SALE NOW FOR MICHAEL ANDREW SWINGIN' CHRISTMAS 2008!

Once again, Michael Andrew, The Atomic Big Band, and the Park Avenue Dancers have a wonderful variery show planned for the Holidays.

The show, in it's 4th year, has become a holiday tradition in Orlando. With great music, comedy, variety, and surprise special guests, this year's show promises to be another hit.

In past years, shows have sold out, so please call The Plaza Theatre now for tickets: 407-228-1220

Thursday, November 6, 2008

TOP FIFTEEN BOND GAGETS!

TOP FIFTEEN BOND GADGETS!

COMPUTER WEEKLY.COM HAS PUT TOGETHER A COOL LIST WITH SOME COOL PHOTOGRAPHS . . .

Jet pack - Thunderball (1965)

Not really a gadget but one of the more memorable personal devices that Bond has possessed. After killing Colonel Jacques Bouvar at a chateau, Bond uses the jet pack to return to his car, an Aston Martin DB5. The pack used was developed by Bell Aerosystems as the Bell Rocket Belt which only had a 20 second flying time using a hydrogen peroxide fuel. The scenes in Thunderball were shot using two stuntmen and the shrill sound of the jets was overdubbed with the sound of a fire extinguisher. In 1984, a Rocket Belt was used in the opening ceremony for the Olympic Games in Los Angeles. Jet packs may not have taken over the world but a mild solution of hydrogen peroxide on cotton wool can be used to disinfect and clean keyboards.

Killer briefcase - From Russia with Love (1963)

The briefcase packed a punch containing a folding AR-7 sniper rifle, 40 rounds of ammunition, a throwing knife that popped out of the side, a bottle of tear gas disguised as a bottle of talcum powder and 50 gold sovereigns.

TO CHECK OUT THE COMPLETE LIST CLICK HERE

FORGOTTEN BOOKS: JUST ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE BY A. E. MAXWELL!

FORGOTTEN BOOKS: JUST ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE BY A. E. MAXWELL!

Fiddler, created by A.E. Maxwell (the husband and wife writing team of Ann and Evan Maxwell), is another of the one-named private eyes who bobbed up in the wake of Robert Parker’s eponymous Spenser series.Fiddler is a low-key, yet lethal Southern California gumshoe who is definitely into the finer things in life, including his 427 cubic inch dark blue Ford Cobra and his ex-wife Fiora (she was supposed to be named Fion, but somebody screwed up her birth certificate).

Fiddler has a murky past involving smuggling drug smuggling with his Uncle Jake. When Uncle Jake gets popped, Fiddler decides it’s a good time to hand his ill-gotten gains over to his investment savvy ex-wife wo is still his occasional lover.

Established financially, Fiddler now takes life at an enjoyable pace – only ‘fiddling’ with cases of interest in which he can help an underdog get out from under.

There is some tendency toward over indulgence in the series, especially in the portrayal of Fiddler’s lifestyle, but overall the series was very well written and I was always on the lookout for the next book. Eventually, however, the character of Fiddler slowly changed from violent-loner-out-to-change-the-world-for-the-better to a yuppie version of Nick and Nora Charles of Thin Man fame (something Spenser and Susan Silverman are also sliding toward). Still, the early books in the series are excellent.Despite it’s convoluted and dated plot, the original Fiddler story, Just Another Day In Paradise, remains an excellent read.

Cool, sexy, and sophisticated, Fiddler wasn’t born to be a private eye – he evolved into one with predatory grace. He isn’t in the game for the money, he has plenty of that, he’s just trying to even the score for people who deserve a better break; people like his beautiful ex-wife Fiora, a woman as at home in a boardroom as she is in a bikini. They were divorced for irreconcilable differences – differences which never presented themselves in the bedroom.

Now she’s in trouble and Fiddler smells high stakes.The golden coast of Southern California and the dollar green if Silicon Valley form a backdrop as Fiddler unearths a deadly scheme to smuggle a super sophisticated microchip factory behind the Iron Curtain, piece by classified piece. Almost too late, Fiddler finds he’s playing third violin to Fiora’s ne’er-do-well brother Danny and his mysterious European partner, Volker – a man who’s playing footsie with Fiora.

Their company, Omnitronix, has been supplying the computer goods that have the heat going full blast. The last item to be shipped, the sine qua non of the factory, has been stolen by someone who belongs neither to Omnitronix, the United States, nor the Soviet Union.

Enter the FBI, CIA, and KGB, to find Fiddler holding a corpse that’s not talking and a bag of Russian diamonds.Poised on the cutting edge of other people’s lives, Fiddler finds himself racing to save too more: Fiora and his own.

FIDDLER NOVELS:
Just Another Day In Paradise —1985
The Frog And The Scorpion —1986
Gatsby's Vineyard —1987
Just Enough Light To Kill —1988
The Art Of Survival —1989
Money Burns —1991
The King Of Nothing —1992
Murder Hurts —1993

JAMES REASONER REACHES BOOK 225!


JAMES REASONER REACHES BOOK 225!


DUE TO LACK OF TIME I'M STEALING THIS POST FROM ED GORMAN, NOT ONLY BECAUSE JAMES REASONER IS SUCH A COOL GUY, BUT BECAUSE ED WRITES SO ELOQUENTLY HIMSELF . . .


James Reasoner is a fine writer and a fine guy. The Tainted Archive interviewed him the other day following James' annoucement that he'd just finished book number 225. His recent noir novel Dust Devils ranks among the best crime novels of the past few years.

JAMES REASONER - HOW THE WEST WAS WROTE

James Reasoner is a highly regarded western writer - his books are tightly plotted with realistic characters and engaging plots. His writing style is pacey and the author is always sure to satisfy anyone looking for a well written western novel to pass away a few hours. As well as westerns he's done crime, thrillers and historical fiction. In fact he's currently responsible for 227 books but that number will probably increase before you've finished this article.

He has written under many different names and you may have read him without realising it - I did - I loved Elmer Kelton's Sons of Texas series and I later discovered James wrote the sixth book in the series, Defiant. Chances are you may have a western lurking in the collection written by Reasoner.

He is a man of many names. A true modern version of the pulp writer.

That's not to say Reasoner's work is light weight - far from it. Everything he writes is the result of a consummate professional at work and he has gained many gleaming critical reviews. He has written at least a couple of crime classics - Dust Devils is amazingly good and stuck around in my mind for weeks after reading and his early crime novel, Texas Wind enjoys cult status with paperback collectors. However for this feature it is his westerns of which we are primarily concerned - His recent series of Deadwood novels, not based on the stunning TV series but on the actual history of the illegal town, are excellent semi-fictions that add more flesh to the characters we've come to know from the TV series. "


TO READ THE REST CLICK HERE

THIS IS JUST TOOOOO COOOOL!

THE CAT'S MEOW!


WISEGUYS @ STEVEN'S STEAKHOUSE!


CAROL WELSMAN ADDED TO VIBRATO LINEUP!


THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES CD!


THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES CD!

ON SALE NOVEMBER 11TH!

The original off-Broadway cast recording of THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES!

BUT, you can be the first to own The Marvelous Music of the Wonderettes by ordering your copy NOW!!!

Now Available on PS Classics!

It features all 32 songs heard in the smash-hit show, plus a full-color booklet with photos, essay and synopsis.

The CD will be in stores November 11th, so WONDERETTES fans can grab it NOW by going to:
$15.95

Go to:
Enter Coupon Code: UZ2SVZ to receive $2.00 off the purchase of each CD.

NEW BOOK FROM ROYAL CROWN REVUE'S DRUMMER, DANIEL GLASS!


NEW BOOK FROM ROYAL CROWN REVUE'S DRUMMER, DANIEL GLASS!

HERE'S THE LOW DOWN FOR ALL COOL CATS ON SWINGING ROYAL CROWN REVUE'S DRUMMER DANIEL GLASS' NEW BOOK . . .

Hey Everyone -

I'm extremely proud to announce the release of my newest book/CD package, "The Commandments of Early Rhythm and Blues Drumming." Eight years in the making, the book was co-written with legendary funk drummer Zoro (Lenny Kravitz/Bobby Brown), and is being released by Alfred Publishing (the largest publisher of music instruction materials in the world). It will be officially launched at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention this week in Austin, Texas. Although the book will take a few weeks to arrive in stores, you can get more information, listen to song samples and ORDER AN AUTOGRAPHED COPY NOW at: http://www.myspace.com/commandmentsbook"

I will autograph any book ordered from this website from now through December 31st, 2008.Thanks so much and keep groovin!

DanielP.S. - For a complete description of what's in the book, please visit the following link: http://www.danielglass.com/Commandments.html


Wednesday, November 5, 2008

THUGLIT #28 AVAILABLE NOW!

THUGLIT #28 AVAILABLE NOW!

A MESSAGE FROM JOHNNY KNEECAP

"Under the ribcage and through the lungs to Grandmother's heart we go...."

Oh, sorry, didn't hear you slink in - well, Johnny's back with half deck of holiday fun, just in time to usher in the New Year. A ten pack filled with murder and mayhem to get you through to February.

In the meantime Big Daddy Thug and myself (under the stilleto sharp scrutiny of a certain Lady D.) will take the extra month to re-tool the site and detox, respectively.Maybe even throw out some of these beer cans.
So - pour youself a slug and settle in, it's going to be a bumpy night. Or two.

And a happy Thugsgiving to you all.

IN THIS ISSUE OF THUGLIT:

Papa don’t take no mess.
And the Redneck Rumble is a go!
Hell hath no fury…like Paige
A man’s castle is his home.
You know what hits like a bullet to the head? A bullet to the head.
Yes sir, Sarge, sir!!!!
The first cut is the hardest…or is it the final one?.
Godzilla ain’t got nothin’ on RI-CHU-MAN-SAN!
Next time, go to Applebees…
…and don’t take a taxi.

6TH JESSE STONE TV MOVIE IN THE WORKS!

6TH JESSE STONE TV MOVIE IN THE WORKS!

THIS IS GREAT NEWS FOR MY WIFE WHO ESPECIALLY LIKES THESE ADAPTATIONS WITH TOM SELLECK AS ROBERT PARKER'S SMALL TOWN POLICE CHIEF JESSE STONE . . .

CBS has greenlighted a sixth installment in its "Jesse Stone" movie franchise, starring Tom Selleck as a small-town police chief.The movie has gone into production in Halifax, Nova Scotia, ahead of the premiere of the fifth movie in the franchise from Sony Pictures TV. Airdates for both are yet to be determined."Jesse Stone: No Remorse" will find Jesse (Selleck), having been suspended by the local town council, moonlighting for his friend, State Homicide Commander Healy (Stephen McHattie), by investigating a series of murders in Boston.

Also reprising their roles will be Kathy Baker, Kohl Sudduth, William Devane, William Sadler and Saul Rubinek. Krista Allen is a new addition to the cast.Selleck and Michael Brandman wrote the script and are executive producing. Steven Brandman is producing, and Robert Harmon is directing. "No Remorse" is a production of TWS Productions II and Brandman Prods. in association with SPT.

CALLEN COMING TO DVD IN AMERICA!

CALLEN COMING TO DVD IN AMERICA!

ON TOP OF ESPIONAGE DVD NEWS AS ALWAYS, TANNER'S DOUBLE O SECTION BLOG TIPS US TO SOME GREAT BRITISH MYSTERY SERIES HEADING FOR AMERICAN SHORES VIA ACORN MEDIA . . .

Acorn Media has sent out a press release today announcing the aquisition of more than 30 classic British mystery and drama titles from FremantleMedia Enterprises... including the downbeat Sixties spy classic Callan, starring Edward Woodward as a government assassin who takes no pleasure in his work. The gritty espionage drama is one of the key spy shows of that era still absent on DVD in America, so this is really great news! Several seasons were released in Britain, but are now out of print. The show is currently available in Australia from Umbrella, but without the fantastic extras that make their ITC releases so amazing.

TO READ THE ENTIRE BLOG CLICK HERE

MICHAEL CRICHTON R.I.P.

MICHAEL CRICHTON R.I.P.

Prolific novelist and "ER" creator Michael Crichton has passed away. He was 66. Perhaps best known for being the author of Jurassic Park and its sequel The Lost World, which were turned into a hugely successful movie franchise, his numerous books have sold over 150 million copies worldwide.

In what his family calls an unexpected death, it was revealed that he was waging a private battle against cancer. "While the world knew him as a great storyteller that challenged our preconceived notions about the world around us -- and entertained us all while doing so -- his wife Sherri, daughter Taylor, family and friends knew Michael Crichton as a devoted husband, loving father and generous friend who inspired each of us to strive to see the wonders of our world through new eyes," his family tells ET. "He did this with a wry sense of humor that those who were privileged to know him personally will never forget."

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

WILD WILD WEST ON DVD!

WILD WILD WEST ON DVD!

TODAY'S LOS ANGELES TIMES CARRIES A NICE PIECE ON THE RELEASE OF THE COMPLETE WILD WILD WEST ON DVD . . .

In the mid-1960s, there seemed to be plenty of guys named James running around blowing things up, foiling dastardly plans and making the planet -- and galaxy -- a safer place for Western-style democracies. And they all achieved this with a distinctive style.

British secret agent James Bond did it shaken, not stirred. Starship Capt. James T. Kirk did it with his middle initial. And U.S. Secret Service agent James West did it in very, very tight pants.

Fans of The Wild Wild West, which originally aired on CBS from 1965-69, can revisit the fashion and the adventures of West with today's release of a 27-disc set that includes the entire series plus two made-for-television movies.

TO READ THE COMPLETE ARTICLE CLICK HERE

THE CAT'S MEOW!


Monday, November 3, 2008

COMMANDO CELEBRATES THE ARMISTICE!






COMMANDO CELEBRATES THE ARMISTICE!

STEVE HOLLAND OVER AT BEAR ALLEY TIPS US TO SOME GREAT NEW COMMANDO TITLES . . .

November is a particularly important month for all war veterans. This year will be even more significant as it marks 90 years since the guns fell silent over the many battlefields of the First World War.

To mark this moment in history, one particular war veteran—Commando—has produced a series of eight stories based on the events of the Great War. From the trenches of the Western Front to the skies over Mesopotamia, Commandos heroes will struggle to overcome the odds and arise triumphant.

Editor Calum Laird says, "We are hoping that our special stories to coincide with Armistice 90 will reawaken ex-readers' interest is a title many of them will have thought no longer existed and awaken an interest in younger readers looking for action and adventure stories in a format less intimidating that a full-length novel."

If our stories give an authentic taste of kind of experiences the people who will be honoured this month went through, we’ll be very pleased.

"For comic fans, the artists featured are Keith Page, Carlos Pino, José Maria Jorge, Olivera and Alan Burrows with a cover by Ron Brown. Authors are Ferg Handley, Alan Hebden, Ian Clark, Peter McKenzie, Alan Hemus and Mike Knowles."
Four of the special Armistice 90 books go on sale on November 13, the other four on November 27. Price is unchanged at £1.30 each.

LIQUID BOOKMARKS!

LIQUID BOOKMARKS!

One thing you won’t have to use with the e-book readers is a physical bookmark - which feels a bit sad when you come across something as beautiful as this.

Each one of these bookmarks are hand-made by the designer, so no one looks exactly the same. The product is sold as a set of three: red, white and gray.

The Liquid Bookmark is available from Designboom for $29.
A tip of the fedora to GEEK ALERTS

THE CAT'S MEOW!

A TIP OF THE FEDORA TO FARK

Sunday, November 2, 2008

THE COLLECTED SHORT STORIES OF LOUIS L'AMOUR, VOLUME 6!

THE COLLECTED SHORT STORIES OF LOUIS L'AMOUR, VOLUME 6!

I knew this volume of L'Amour's crime and sports stories was going to be published, but I was delighted to walk into my local brick-and-mortar bookstore and find it awaiting me. I enjoy L'Amour's westerns, but sports fiction is a special obsession of mine -- so, the sports stories, mostly centered in the world of boxing, in this collection are priceless in MHO.

One of America’s most beloved storytellers, Louis L’Amour’s vibrant tales of adventure bring the American West to life. Now, in this sixth volume of collected short stories, L’Amour takes us beyond the frontier with thirty-three gripping stories of crime, sports, and the murky world where the two often meet.

From suspenseful whodunits to rueful tales of fortunes gained and lost, this remarkable collection will enthrall and entertain L’Amour fans old and new. Traversing a vivid landscape, from sunblasted hills and canyons to the nighttime streets of America’s greatest cities, some of Louis L’Amour’s most compelling fiction was set in his own time—whether in the naked electric glare of boxing rings where men go head-to-head with their dreams and demons in an underworld rife with corruption, or along freight docks where laborers toil to earn just enough to get by, or in the penthouses of the rich and arrogant who calculate the odds of how to get even more.

Here are tales of innocents caught in the schemes of criminals, detectives hunting down truths that hide more lies, gamblers and beauties, wiseguys and cops. Here is a world populated by the kinds of people who risk their lives to right a wrong, make a buck, or save a friend.

A war veteran makes a journey to visit the man who saved his life in Korea. Instead he uncovers a killing and finds his own heroic cause….

Confronted with an easy chance to steal, an honest man gives in to temptation—and finds himself ensnared in a web of blackmail and violence….

An elderly Hawaiian seafarer is found dead with a hand-carved figure beside his body. Unraveling his murder will mean solving the mystery of a shipwreck—and of the forces that drive some to take fatal chances and others to kill.

Brimming with thought-provoking characters and situations—from a man who awakens from unconsciousness to find a fortune in a burning house to a man who meets a killer who is supposed to be dead in a seedy diner—these thrilling, atmospheric stories course with authenticity and bear the mark of a timeless master.

THE AVENGER CHRONICLES!

THE AVENGER CHRONICLES!

BLOG BUDDY JAMES REASONER (ROUGH EDGES) LET’S US KNOW ABOUT A GREAT NEW PULP SHORT STORY COLLECTION IN WHICH HE HAS A STORY . . .

My author copies of THE AVENGER CHRONICLES arrived today. This is a new collection from Moonstone Books featuring eighteen stories starring the pulp character whose relatively short-lived series (24 novels) was reprinted in its entirety in paperback by Warner Books during the Seventies. Those reprints were so successful that Warner published twelve new Avenger novels, all ghosted by Ron Goulart under the house-name Kenneth Robeson.

Goulart is back with a new story in THE AVENGER CHRONICLES. Other authors include Howard Hopkins (probably the world’s leading authority on the character), Bob Randisi, Gary Phillips, Will Murray, Paul Kupperberg, C.J. Henderson, Richard Dean Starr, Mark Justice, Joe Gentile, Mel Odom, Martin Powell, Win Scott Eckert, Tom DeFalco, Matthew Baugh, Clay and Susan Griffith, and Dan Wickline. You get not only a fine lineup of writers, but also some fine artwork, including two variant covers.

My story is called “Death in Clown Alley”, and I had a fine time writing it. Where else am I going to get to write about skeleton clowns raising havoc under the Big Top? One of the great joys of this business is that from time to time you get to write about characters whose exploits you enjoyed in your younger days. That happened to me with Mike Shayne, Longarm, Kolchak, and now The Avenger, all of whom entertained me long before I ever became a writer. I’m not old enough to remember The Avenger’s pulp run, but I bought and read all those paperback reprints in the Seventies. While The Avenger wasn’t my favorite pulp character (that honor goes to Doc Savage), I thoroughly enjoyed those original yarns, written by Paul Ernst under the Robeson house-name, and I appreciate the opportunity to add to his adventures.

BETTER THAN THE ALTERNATIVES!

TIS' THE SEASON TO BE JOLLY AFFAIR!

TIS' THE SEASON TO BE JOLLY AFFAIR!

The perfect Christmas gift for yourself or Man From U.N.C.L.E. friend:

The 'Tis the Season to be Jolly Affair, 57 pgs. A sequel to Jill Thomasson's The Do or Die Affair and TV-episode The Brain Killer Affair. The Christmas season is less than jolly for Napoleon and Illya as they face new and old foes in both Manhattan and Canada. $11.00 ppd USA This is a gen story, no slash

Excerpt: When Napoleon walked into Illya's kitchen, his fear was confirmed. Illya lay face down on the tile floor in a puddle of water, his hands tied behind his back. Matted, wet hair covered his head, he wasn't moving.

Napoleon turned him over and pushed the wet bangs from the broad forehead. The pale skin was chilled, his eyelids and lips wore a blue tinge, he wasn't breathing. Solo quickly rolled him over onto his stomach, used his pocket knife to saw apart the cloth bindings, then began artificial respiration. The silence in the room was deafening as the back pressure-arm lift method was repeated. Come on, Illya, breathe. Dammit breath...

And new in print, The Rainbow's End Affair, 64 pgs. When their undercover duties send Napoleon and Illya to the wild Borneo jungle, they must battle THRUSH's Doctor "Grim" Reaper. Can they shut down his little shop of horrors and survive? $12.00 ppd USA This is a gen story, no slash

Excerpt: Reaper shoved his red-angered face within inches of Illya's and waggled a bony finger to stress his chilling ultimatum. "You don't seem to understand, you have no choice! Help with my research or take the place of the dead ape on that table!"

The threat was further enforced by Reaper's henchmen as they stepped forward, rifle muzzles pointed at Kuryakin's head . . .

Please send check or money order to: E. Thomasson, 423 East 14th St.,
Alton, IL 62002-7246

Please note that above prices are in effect for 2008. With increased costs of publishing, including postage, there may be necessary adjustments in 2009.

And, coming in 2009, The Swan Song Affair. A sequel to The Rainbow's End Affair. When a Russian prima ballerina decides to defect, it's a personal affair for Illya. But when the KGB and THRUSH become involved, it becomes a life and death battle for our favorite spies.

THE CAT'S MEOW!


A TIP OF THE FEDORA TO MISS CELLANIA

THE CAT'S MEOW!


A TIP OF THE FEDORA TO MISS CELLANIA

A CAT AND HIS BOX!