Saturday, January 31, 2009

NIKE SOCCER ~ GOOD VS. EVIL!

COCKTAIL NATION #59 ~ THE FRENCH CONNECTION!

COCKTAIL NATION #59 ~ THE FRENCH CONNECTION!

This week Koop Kooper is broadcasting from Paris whilst on a quick business trip.

Coming up on this French inspired show we talk to LA crooner Mark Copeland, a couple of great websites for those into classic films, a useful website for our gal drivers ...news from the world of swank and a whole lot more as Kooper cries out, "Oooh la La" in Paris.

PLAY LIST:
Lushy -French 75
Pink Matini -Sympathique
Mark Copeland -I love Paris
Eartha Kitt-Under The Bridges Of Paris
Frank Sinatra-fly Me To the Moon
Jack Cooper Terry Cooper-Cest Si Bon
Sammy Davis Jr-It's alright with me
Mancini-Charade
Sally Street-Gee Baby Ain't I Good To You
Jack Costanzo—Street Scene
Dicky Doo and the Don'ts-Vive L Amour
Luiz Bonfa-Bossa Nova Cha Cha
Martin Denny-Bingo Oiwake
Sarah Vaughan - Smoke Gets In Your Eyes

TO DOWNLOAD CLICK HERE

NANCY LAMOTT ~ ASK ME AGAIN CD!

NANCY LAMOTT ~ ASK ME AGAIN CD!

I’ve been way behind the curve on this one ~ only recently discovering the amazing voice of Nancy LaMott who tragically died of uterine cancer in 1995 at the age of 43.

Remembered as one of the most brilliant interpreters of the Great American Songbook from her generation, LaMott had a difficult life plagued by illness and other issues. It appears she was loved and adored by anyone who heard her sing or came into personal contact with her. After listening to several of her CDs, I can see (or in this case, hear) why.

Like Eva Cassidy, another special voice, LaMott was gone before the full blessings of her voice and style could mark the world. For jazz and standards fans, seeking out LaMott’s work is very much worth the effort.

TO CHECK OUT THE OFFICIAL NANCY LAMOTT WEBSITE CLICK HERE

FOR THOSE UNFAMILIAR WITH LAMOTT, I'D SUGGEST STARTING WITH HER CD COME RAIN OR COME SHINE. IT WAS MY INTRODUCTION TO HER VOICE AND I WAS BLOWN AWAY.

FOR THOSE FAMILIAR WITH LAMOTT HERE'S A NEWS OF A NEW CD FROM HER WEBSITE:

After Nancy’s death in 1995, many radio DJ’s across the country kept her music alive by playing cuts from her CD’s. But one DJ, Jonathan Schwartz, had access to a special private collection of unreleased recordings that Nancy had given him copies of as gifts. Over the years, Jonathan would regularly play these recordings, and every time he did we would get calls asking, “Which CD is that on? How do I get a copy of that song?” Of course, they weren’t on any CD, so we had a lot of frustrated fans on our hands.

Several years ago we set out to rectify that problem by putting together this compilation. Because these songs were recorded in many disparate venues, most with just a live piano, on all different kinds of equipment of varying quality, live in concert, live on the radio, and in small studios in Atlantic City and New York, the challenge was to get them all to play evenly so they could be listened to on one CD without losing the dynamic range that was the trademark of Nancy’s live performances.

We have tried, in every case, to leave the songs as they were originally sung, so with the exception of raising and lowering volumes and a few small nips and tucks, all these performances are untouched. The result is an intimate, natural look at these songs just as Nancy sang them. No frills, no tricks, just Nancy.

SAMUEL CHELL @ ALL ABOUT JAZZ ON ASK ME AGAIN:

Nancy LaMott's story is the stuff of Hollywood melodrama—and a lesson about time. When she died on December 13, 1995 from uterine cancer preceded by years of battling Crohn's disease followed by an ileostomy, she left behind a scant but distinguished discography of six precious CDs. Even those became unavailable when, after a marriage hastily assembled during the last 45 minutes of her life, litigation ensuing from estate squabbles led to suppression of her recordings for almost ten years. In 2005 a complete, ninth-inning live performance was released (At Tavern on the Green, Midder Music), and in February of 2008 this collection of LaMott performances culled from various sources and venues, ranging from radio programs to a show at the World Trade Center, joined a contemporaneously issued DVD and has enjoyed the widest reception of any LaMott recording to date.

The temptation to pass this one up is admittedly great. An assortment of radio broadcasts and performances recorded under less than optimal musical or technical circumstances, along with the inclusion of "Moondance" and "The Wind Beneath My Wings," might discourage even a LaMott completist. But hers is a unique talent never ceasing to surprise and delight in deeply moving ways. From the very first track the voice is simply stunning, all the more so for being so nakedly exposed. Sinatra and Nelson Riddle, Tony Bennett and Bill Evans, Mabel Mercer and Bobby Short, Elizabeth Schwarzkopf and Gerald Moore—Nancy LaMott and pianist Christopher Marlowe: the messenger and the message are uncluttered and unplugged, the communication forever present and alive, the language of emotion as direct and pure as it gets.

FOR THE FULL REVIEW CLICK HERE

NOIR QUARTERLY!

NOIR QUARTERLY!

HEY!

DOES ANYONE OUT THERE HAVE ANY INFO ABOUT THIS MAGAZINE? HOW MANY ISSUES? ARE THERE ANY STILL AVAILABLE?

BUDDIES LOUNGE #44!

BUDDIES LOUNGE #44!

Join the BIG W as he continues to explorer, with drink in hand, the Space-Age Pop Hi-Fi musical sounds of the 1950’s and the 1960’s in LIVING STEREO!

Show 44 (2/1/08) playlist:

• Saturday Night Is The Loneliest Night of The Week - Frank Sinatra
• Lover - Marty Gold
• Guys And Dolls - Sammy Davis, Jr.
• Hey, Mrs. Jones - Buddy Morrow & His Orchestra
• This Could Be The Start Of Something Big - Ray Charles Singers
• Bachelor In Paradise - Ann-Margret
• Mr. Lucky Goes Latin - Henry Mancini
• Sometimes I’m Happy - Dinah Washington
• Whistle While You Work - Creed Taylor Orchestra
• Swingin’ Holiday - Vic Schoen
• Charade - Wayne Newton
• You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To - Julie London
• Hello Dolly - Ferrante & Teicher
• 'S Wonderful - The Ames Brothers
• The Magic Song (Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo) - Mary Martin
• Nite Trix - The Three Suns
• Cha Cha Cha d'Amour - Dean Martin
• The Duck - Percy Faith & His Orchestra
• Lover Come Back - Doris Day
• Don't Touch My Tomatoes - Josephine Baker
• The Sermon of Samson - Bobby Darin
• Hey, Look Me Over - The J’s with Jamie
• Be My Host - Billy May

TO DOWNLOAD THE PODCAST CLICK HERE

CROOKED ~ ISSUE #2!

CROOKED ~ ISSUE #2!

THE SECOND ISSUE OF CROOKED IS NOW AVAILABLE

FEATURED IN THIS ISSUE:
CLAIR DICKSON
ERIC BEETNER
JAKE HINKSON
PATRICIA ABBOTT
KEITH RAWSON
MICHAEL S. CHONG
BARRY BALDWIN
AND A 13 QUESTIONS INTERVIEW WITH SEAN CHERCOVER

TO READ ISSUE #2 CLICK HERE

CROOKED IS NOW SEEKING SUBMISSIONS FOR ISSUE #3 WITH THE SAME SPECIFICATIONS: 2,000 WORDS OR MORE, PREVIOUSLY UNPUBLISHED, AND WITH A HARDBOILED OR NOIR KICK TO THEM.

PLEASE SUBMIT ON A WORD OR TEXT FILE TO:
geoffeighinger@yahoo.com.

SHORT BARREL FICTION ~ NEW TALES OF THE OLD WEST!

SHORT BARREL FICTION ~ NEW TALES OF THE OLD WEST!

HERE'S THE SCOOP ON A NEW SHORT WESTERN FICTION SITE:

We will seek out the best short stories 2,500 words or less and publish them here each week in this blog. The blog itself is a stepping stone, a test market to see if there is enough interest out there from both writers and readers. You can help by subscribing to, and signing up as a trailhand for, this blog. Leave comments regularly and often. Review the stories and leave the authors feedback. All of it will help us grow.

If we gather a good following of readers and contributors, the next step will be a magazine and possible anthology. For now, if you'd like to submit a story please send it to gnubill@yahoo.com. In the subject line type 'SUBMISSION' and the title of your story. Stories should be attached as a Word document only. We'll have a panel of three readers and acceptance or rejection will be determined by each individual.
The best way to get published is to write well and polish your story until it shines. There is no payment for stories at the moment. Response time is 2-4 weeks. All rights are retained by the author. We reserve the right to publish and archive stories here on this blog. Any future rights will be discussed at the appropriate time. Our hope is that this project will grow into a full-fledged magazine.

We are also interested in original photos and artwork of the old west. Please include your copyright info.We'll drive the herd toward market, but it'll take all the trailhands we can find.

TO CHECK OUT THE FIRST STORY CLICK HERE

ASSASSINATION OF A HIGH SCHOOL PRESIDENT!

ASSASSINATION OF A HIGH SCHOOL PRESIDENT!

I’ve long been a fan of John Hughes finest film, Ferris Buller’s Day Off, as well as the tight, hardboiled, high school set Brick, and televisions modern day answer to Nancy Drew – Veronica Mars. Now, along comes Assassination of a High School President, featuring high school student and wannabe detective Bobby Funke (Reece Thompson, Rocket Science) who teams up with the hot girl in class (Mischa Barton, The O.C.) to solve a mystery involving stolen SAT tests. Bruce Willis is also along for the ride as the school's principal. This is the first feature film from music video director Brett Simon.

I’ve been anticipating this film since it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival over a year ago, when Reece Thompson's performance as Bobby Funke was proclaimed as brilliant and the film was touted as this generation's darker, smarter Ferris Bueller's Day Off?

It premiered in the art circuit theatres this weekend, so hopefully I’ll find it playing near me soon.

NARNIA ~ PREPARED TO SET SAIL IN 2010!

NARNIA ~ PREPARED TO SET SAIL IN 2010!


Remember when things weren't looking too good for poor old Prince Caspian? At the end of December, Disney backed out of financing the rest of the C.S. Lewis Chronicles of Narnia adaptations, and therefore the third film, Voyage of the Dawn Treader, looked dead in the water (pun intended).

Until today. Twentieth Century Fox has agreed to work with Walden Media to dole out the big bucks (we're talking $140 million) for the next installment of the franchise -- but that's all they'd commit to. There's a Christmas 2010 target release date for Dawn Treader, and I think it's safe to say that if it isn't a blockbuster, we won't be seeing the wondrous world of Narnia on the big screen again for a long, long time -- if ever.

Are you listening, Aslan? You better use your magical powers to bring people to the theater two years from now!

TAKEN!

TAKEN!

YOU HAVE TO LOVE A FILM EVEN BEFORE YOU SEE IT WHEN ROGER EBERT STARTS OFF HIS REVIEW WITH THIS PARAGRAPH~

If CIA agents in general were as skilled as Bryan Mills in particular, Osama bin Laden would have been an American prisoner since late September 2001. "Taken" shows Mills as a one-man rescue squad, a master of every skill, a laser-eyed, sharpshooting, pursuit-driving, pocket-picking, impersonating, knife-fighting, torturing, karate-fighting killing machine who can cleverly turn over a petrol tank with one pass in his car and strategically ignite it with another.

DIRECTOR LUC BESSON, WHO IS A GOD AMONG EURO-SPY FILM FANATICS, HAS PRODUCED SOME OF MY FAVORITE ACTION FILMS ~ LA' FEMME NAKITA, THE PROFESSIONAL, AND THE TRANSPORTER MOVIES ~ IS THE POWER BEHIND TAKEN. THIS IS ENOUGH OF A RECOMENDATION FOR ME TO MAKE THE TREK TO THE THEATRE FOR 96 MINUTES OF ALL ACTION, LIMITED PLOT, AND COOL STUNTS.

TO READ EBERTS COMPLETE REVIEW CLICK HERE

BEAT TO A PULP STORY #8!

BEAT TO A PULP STORY #8!

HERE’S WHAT BEAT TO A PULP EDITOR DAVID CRANMER HAS TO SAY ABOUT BTAP’S LATEST OUTING:

February is looking pretty darn good at BEAT to a PULP. First up is Derringer Award winning author, Stephen D. Rogers with
Pajama Party. Don’t be fooled, this ain’t no Annette Funicello sleepover but a slice of hardboiled with a dash of humor as Rogers continues to leave his stamp on the crime genre. His recent stories can be found in Thrilling Detective and on his website.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Over five hundred of Stephen's stories and poems have been selected to appear in more than a hundred publications. His website, www.stephendrogers.com, includes a list of new and upcoming titles as well as other timely information.

TO READ THE STORY CLICK HERE


Next Week: Caveat Venditor, Caveat Emptor by Thuglit's Todd Robinson

Coming Soon: Chap O'Keefe's The Unreal Jesse James

‘ZINE OF BROINZE #5!

‘ZINE OF BROINZE #5!

FOR TOO MANY YEARS TO MENTION BEFORE THE ADVENT OF THE INTERNET AND IT’S ABILITY TO MAKE NITCH INTEREST INFORMATION WIDELY AVAILABLE, I READ, SUPPORTED, COLLECTED, AND EVEN PUBLISHED VARIOUS FANZINES (AND HERE WE HAVE A SHOUT-OUT TO CAP’N BOB NAPIER, BILL CRIDER, ART SCOTT, MYSTERYAPA, AND MANY MANY MORE).

WHILE MOST OF THIS TYPE OF FAN/HOBBY WORK HAS MOVED TO THE INTERNET (AND I’M NOT TALKING ABOUT FAN FIC HERE, BUT INFORMATION AND ARTICLES ABOUT NITCH INTERESTS), IT’S NICE TO SEE THERE ARE A FEW HARD COPY FAN PUBLICATIONS STILL TRIVING.

‘ZINE OF BRONZE IS A FINE EXAMPLE:

It's here at last, issue #5 of the magazine for fans of The Man of Bronze, Doc Savage. It kicks off with a knockout full color cover by Richard Johnson,Jr. and Allen Freeman.

Inside are features such as part 5 of SUPER AMALGATIONS, in which Dennis Kininger reviews the Bantam pbk. reprints of the DS pulps...Jeff Vavra examines The Golden Press Hardcover Doc Savage Novels...and Art Sippo pens a 17 page blockbusting fiction outing, "Andy and Ted's Excellent Adventure", featuring gorgeous accompanying illustrations by Tim Faurote.
Other great interior art by Kevin Duncan, Laurence DuCheney and Terry Pavlet. And check out Terry's Inside front cover illustration of Pat Savage!!! And last,but not least, is Scott McClung's breathtaking full color back cover!

Get your copy now while supplies last! $5.00 postpaid in the USA.


FOR MORE INFO CLICK HERE

TWO HAWKS FROM EARTH ~ PHILIP JOSE FARMER!

TWO HAWKS FROM EARTH ~ PHILIP JOSE FARMER!

Coming May 25th!


In this classic of alternate history by grand master Philip Jose Farmer, Native American bomber pilot Roger Two Hawks bails out over enemy territory in WWII, only to find himself on another Earth-one in which the American continents never rose from the waters, and the ancestors of the American Indians remained in Asia and Europe-an Earth embroiled in a world war of its own, with Two Hawks caught in the middle.

$15.95
300 pages

DOC SAVAGE VOLUME 24!

DOC SAVAGE VOLUME 24!

The Black, Black Witch, Hell Below & The Shape of Terror

The Man of Bronze wages war against the Axis in three pulse-pounding pulp thrillers by Lester Dent (writing as Kenneth Robeson).

First, a desperate plea from occupied France lures Doc Savage into a Nazi trap as he attempts to discover the 400-year-old secret of The Black, Black Witch.

Then, in Hell Below, the Man of Bronze and his beautiful cousin Pat Savage journey to Mexico to prevent high-ranking fugitives from the Third Reich from creating a New World Order.

Finally, Doc Savage must die to prevent the Nazis from obtaining a super weapon that could change the outcome of the war.

This World War II collector's edition showcases the classic color pulp covers by Emery Clarke and Modest Stein, and also features all the original interior illustrations by Paul Orban and historical commentary by Will Murray, author of seven Doc Savage novels.

Sanctum Books
$12.95

THE SHADOW VOLUME 25!

THE SHADOW VOLUME 25!

The Gray Ghost & The White Skulls
Foreword by Everett Raymond Kinstler

"The weed of crime bears bitter fruit. Crime does not pay. The Shadow Knows!" The Knight of Darkness continues his war on crime in two more pulp thrillers by Walter B. Gibson (writing as Maxwell Grant).

First, not even The Shadow's bullets can stop his most formidable foe, The Gray Ghost, a seemingly supernatural adversary.

Then, Lamont Cranston and Margo Lane hunt Nazi treasure and a blond temptress as they attempt to unmask The White Skulls, skeletal-garbed terrorists who leave behind a deadly wake of destruction.

BONUS: The Shadow battles killer ants in The Red Room, a terrifying script from the Golden Age of Radio.

This classic reprint also features both color pulp covers by George Rozen and Modest Stein, classic interior illustrations by Tom Lovell and Everett Raymond Kinstler (who also provides a foreword recalling his early days as a comic book artist and pulp illustrator) and historical commentary by Will Murray and Anthony Tollin.

Sanctum Books
$12.95

THE CAT'S MEOW!

MARTINI IN THE MORNING!

MARTINI IN THE MORNING!

THE ONE GOOD THING ABOUT GRASHING MY BLOG TEMPLATE WAS BEING ABLE TO UPDATE MY SIDEBAR MUSIC PLAYER FEATURING THE LOUNGE MUSIC FORMATE OF MARTINI IN THE MORNING.

RECENTLY MARTINI IN THE MORNING MOVED BACK ONTO THE RADIO VIA 1480 KPHX IN PHOENIX, BUT THEY ARE CONTINUING TO SWING ON THE INTERNET AT:

www.martiniinthemorning.com

Friday, January 30, 2009

WEIRD HORROR TALES!

WEIRD HORROR TALES!

Airship 27 Prod. and Cornerstone Book Publishers are extremely excited to announce the release of their first true horror pulp title. Weird Horror Tales contains thirteen masterful tales of the macabre in the tradition of H.P.Lovecraft.

Penned by Michael Vance, with illustrations by Earl Geier, the book sports a cover by famed artist Keith Birdsong. Edited by Ron Fortier with design by Rob Davis. It is now available at our on-line shop by clicking on the title above.

In a few weeks it will be sold through all major outlets; Barnes & Noble, Amazon, etc.

If you enjoy a good scary yarn, here's a baker's dozen you soon won't forget.

NINJA GOAL! FANTASTIC!

NIKE VS. NIJAS ~ SOCCER!

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES!

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES!

WHAT EVERY JANE AUSTEN FAN HAS BEEN WAITING FOR ~

The Classic Regency Romance—Now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem! By Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies -- Pride and Prejudice and Zombies features the original text of Jane Austen's beloved novel with all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie action. As our story opens, a mysterious plague has fallen upon the quiet English village of Meryton—and the dead are returning to life! Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is determined to wipe out the zombie menace, but she's soon distracted by the arrival of the haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy. What ensues is a delightful comedy of manners with plenty of civilized sparring between the two young lovers—and even more violent sparring on the blood-soaked battlefield as Elizabeth wages war against hordes of flesh-eating undead. Complete with 20 illustrations in the style of C. E. Brock (the original illustrator of Pride and Prejudice), this insanely funny expanded edition will introduce Jane Austen's classic novel to new legions of fans.

Jane Austen is the author of Sense and Sensibility, Persuasion, Mansfield Park, and other masterpieces of English literature.

Seth Grahame-Smith is the author of How to Survive a Horror Movie and The Big Book of Porn. He lives in Los Angeles.

FOR MORE INFO CLICK HERE


A SCRATH OF THE HEAD TO BILL CRIDER

THE CAT'S MEOW!

RAMBO V!

RAMBO V!

A FEW BLOGS BACK WE SAW SLY STALLONE IS STILL LOOKING GOOD AT 62. I'M LESS IMPRESSED WITH THE FOLLOWING NEWS:

SYLVESTER STALLONE is bringing back RAMBO for another big screen outing according to Extratv.com. The action man was suitably impressed with the success of his 2008 film, Rambo, and now he's scouting for locations for a fifth movie. He says, "We're doing another Rambo, but the conflict is whether to do it in America or a foreign country.” His all-action 2008 movie was largely shot in Thailand.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

FORGOTTEN BOOKS ~ PRESTER JOHN BY JOHN BUCHAN!

FORGOTTEN BOOKS ~ PRESTER JOHN BY JOHN BUCHAN!

While most mystery fans are familiar with John Buchan’s The 39 Steps, if only from the movie version, it is not my favorite book to feature Richard Hannay (that would be Greenmantle), nor is it my favorite Buchan book (that would be John McNab).

Still, even more obscure would be my favorite Buchan adventure novel, Prester John. Written in 1910, it was Buchan’s sixth book and made use of the popular African legend of Prester John – a mythical priest king – to supplement a plot about a Zulu uprising in South Africa. It was also Buchan’s first book to reach a wide readership across the world, establishing him as a writer of fast-paced adventures for which he became famous.

Throughout the Middle Ages it was rumored a priest named Prester (Father) John had traveled to Africa to convert the natives. Instead, however, he amassed a huge fortune and made himself king of this mysterious part of Africa.

Despite being written over a hundred years ago, it is still in print in England and Europe. The story is full of lost civilizations, hidden treasures, deepest-darkest Africa, great friendship, ruthless betrayal, explorers of spooky places, tigers and lions, witch doctors, and just plain good, old fashioned, late-Victorian adventures.

The book in reality is the great grandfather of today's thrillers. Perhaps due to Buchan's work, the character of Prester John became a reoccurring figure in pulp fiction and comics throughout the century –
With no less than Marvel Comics featuring Prester John in issues of The Fantastic Four and Thor.

The novel tells the story of young Scotsman David Crawfurd's adventures in South Africa, where a Zulu uprising is tied to the medieval legend of Prester John.

At 19, Crawfurd is a simple shop keeper, but when he becomes involved with John Laputa, a celebrated Zulu minister who has taken the title of the mythical priest-king Prester John, Crawfurd finds himself not only at the heart of a massive uprising of tribesmen – who wish to slaughter all the white settlers for a hundred miles around – but also holding the key to its secret.

In many ways, Crawfurd is similar to Buchan's later, better known, character, Richard Hannay – who first appeared in The 39 Steps.

Buchan was a strong supporter of the British Empire and the British Commonwealth, and this can be seen in this novel. It contains the racial stereotypes and caricatures of its day, for which Buchan can be forgiven as both black and white characters are compellingly and sympathetically drawn. Even though it is a novel of its time, much of its theme of cultural clash is still relevant. Furthermore, Buchan's rich, lively, descriptions of the South African landscape, which he knew well, are memorable.

This is good, old fashioned, adventure storytelling – comparable to King Solomon’s Mines, Allen Quartermain, Beau Gests, The Sea-Hawk, She, Scaramouche, The Scarlet Pimpernel, etc. Indian Jones owes far more to Buchan, and to Prester John, than most movie fans appreciate.

TO READ THE ENTIRE NOVEL ONLINE CLICK HERE

FLY AWAY / THE SONGS OF DAVID FOSTER ~ LIMITED EDITION EP!

FLY AWAY / THE SONGS OF DAVID FOSTER ~ LIMITED EDITION EP!

Fly Away / The Songs of David Foster is an album that brings new life to some of the brighter gems in the immense catalogue of David Foster. Featuring a spectacular cast of vocalists, including Bill Champlin, Jeff Pescetto, Cecily Gardner, Robbie Dupree, Bill LaBounty, Joe Pizzulo, Ole Borud, Bill Cantos, Arnold McCuller, Frank Adahl, Lisa Lovbrand, and the unforgettable Warren Wiebe, backed-up by an elite group of studio musicians, including David Foster himself, Jay Graydon, John Robinson, Michael Landau, Paul Jackson Jr, Nathan East, Abe Laboriel, Neil Stubenhaus, Dan Warner, Jeremy Lubbock, Tollak Ollestad, Ramon Stagnaro, Brandon Fields and many others, this is a once-in-a-lifetime record that will not fail to live up to the expectations of the most demanding Foster fans.

In advance of the release of the full-length album, Contante & Sonante presents a limited edition 3-song EP previewing two of the album’s songs, “In The Stone” and “No Explanation”, plus a BONUS TRACK,”After All”, performed by the soulful Leslie Smith, which is available only on this EP release.

“In The Stone” is a powerful cover of the Foster-penned Earth, Wind & Fire classic. This amazing version is respectful to the original yet presents exciting new elements. The legendary Bill Champlin on lead vocals adds some soul to this funky jam, supported by the smoking Danish All Star Horns and an all-star rhythm section that includes John “JR” Robinson on drums, Nathan East on bass and Paul Jackson Jr. on guitar.

“No Explanation”, originally performed by Peter Cetera for the Pretty Woman soundtrack, is a ballad that Foster co-wrote with singer/songwriter Bill LaBounty. What a treat to listen to LaBounty’s take on his own song! The acoustic setting is perfect for the singer’s evocative performance, supported by the wonderful harmonica of Tollak Ollestad and some tasteful guitar playing by Dan Warner. The result is pure bliss.

“After All” is one the musical gems that Foster created with Jay Graydon for Al Jarreau. Here, an inventive arrangement breathes new life into this smooth ballad, featuring the voice of the very soulful singer Leslie Smith, a horn arrangement by Jan Glaesel, and fantastic musicianship by session greats John “JR” Robinson, Abe Laboriel and Dan Warner. Remember, this wonderful track won’t be included in the full-length album, so you won’t want to miss it!
Here are the EP/CD track listings:

EP:
1. In The Stone (Bill Champlin)
2. No Explanation (Bill LaBounty)
3. After All (Leslie Smith) * bonus track not included on the full-length CD

CD:
1. Prelude (Tomi Malm –featuring David Foster)
2. In The Stone (Bill Champlin)
3. No Explanation (Bill LaBounty)
4. Jojo (Arnold McCuller)
5. The Colour Of My Love (Frank Adahl)
6. Heart To Heart (Jeff Pescetto)
7. Fly Away (Robbie Dupree)
8. Look What You’ve Done To Me (Cecily Gardner –featuring David Foster)
9. Through The Fire (Ole Borud)
10. The Best Of Me (Lisa Lovbrand)
11. Nothin’ You Can Do About It (Frank Adahl)
12. Whatever We Imagine (Bill Cantos)
13. When Will The World Be Like Lovers (Jeff Pescetto, Robbie Dupree, Bill Cantos, Arnold McCuller, Joe Pizzulo and Frank Adahl)
14. Live Each Day (Warren Wiebe)


LINKS:

Contante & Sonante website

EP Press Release

CD Press Release

THE CAT'S MEOW!

BURN NOTICE NEWSLETTER!

BURN NOTICE NEWSLETTER!

COMING UP ON BURN NOTICE!

Michael, Fiona and Sam pose as a gang of ruthless car thieves to stop a thug who is threatening a local high school football star. Meanwhile, Fiona and Michael track down the man responsible for the explosion at Michael's loft.

Tune in tonight at 10/9C for the premiere of "Hot Spot."

If you miss the show tonight, watch the full episode online tomorrow!

Covert Ops 2.0 - You survived Seymour's little test last week, but now the real challenge begins — working with him. Mission #2 starts tonight at 10/9C. Register and you could win a deluxe home entertainment system!

Watch Full Episodes Online - Missed last week's season 2.5 premiere "Do No Harm"? Don't sweat it, you can watch the full episode online for free!

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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

BULLETS, BROADS, BLACKMAIL & BOMBS!

BULLETS, BROADS, BLACKMAIL & BOMBS!

Check out Bruce Grossman’s latest roundup of pulpish classics over at bookgasm . . .

It’s too damn cold here in Massachusetts, to where I just want to snuggle under a blankie and veg out with the TV on. So my reading has been suffering a bit. But to get back on the horse, here’s some simple, fun reading of authors we know and characters we love.

THE DESIRED by Carter Brown — Nothing says comfort more than the novels of Carter Brown. They are fun and breezy and can be devoured like a plate of just-baked cookies. This time out, it’s not the far-world-traveling set, but Brown’s straight-ahead detective, Al Wheeler, who literally crashes into his newest case — that of a runaway car with a barley dressed woman inside and a dead body in the trunk.

It turns out the woman is the daughter of the local labor boss, who is under the watchful eye of a Senate committee, and the dead man in the trunk is none other than the union treasurer. Uh-oh. The Wheeler novels are a little more based in reality, with no globetrotting adventures — just some straight-up detective work with just a touch of Shell Scott libido to go around, which comes in handy as Wheeler tries to find some witnesses who can prove some innocence, only for those witnesses to wind up dead. Wheeler himself becomes a target in this web of deceit.

TO READ THE COMPLETE COLUMN CLICK HERE

DEAN KOONTZ'S FRANKENSTEIN ~ VOLUME 1!

DEAN KOONTZ'S FRANKENSTEIN ~ VOL 1!

With the never ending wait for the third novel in this intriguing series apparently continuing to be never ending, this graphic novel take will have to suffice.

This is a straightfoward adaptation of the first novel in the series, which was also the basis for the short-lived television series.

TO CHECK OUT THE BOOKGASM REVIEW CLICK HERE

CINEMA RETRO ~ SPECIAL ISSUE!

CINEMA RETRO ~ SPECIAL ISSUE!

NEWS FROM THE BEST RETRO MOVIE MAGAZINE ON THE MARKET . . .

Welcome to an exciting new concept for Cinema Retro: the introduction of special magazines that celebrate specific classic and cult films. We routinely get bombarded with letters and E mails from readers around the world who suggest extensive coverage of their favorite films. The problem is, of course, is that even our Film in Focus sections runs only 8 pages – which is certainly enough to do justice to the average movie, but is woefully inadequate to cover all aspects of those films that deserve even more extensive analysis. Thus, we’ll be periodically introducing special stand-alone tribute issues that will be limited edition collector’s items. These editions will be titled Cinema Retro Movie Classics. As with the regular issues of Cinema Retro, we anticipate these will increase in value significantly. We’ve decided to market these separately and not make them part of our subscription plan. This is to ensure that readers who do not have enthusiasm for the specific film in question won’t have to pay for an entire issue dedicated to that movie. However, we feel that the movies we cover in the special editions will probably have broad appeal to the majority of our readership.

We’ve decided that our inaugural special edition will be dedicated to a film that is among the most requested by readers in terms of wanting extensive coverage. If you’re a fan of films of the 1960s, you don’t need to be told that MGM’s Where Eagles Dare is one of the most enjoyable movies of that glorious era. Starring Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood, this was a big budget, slam-bang action adventure – the very first time that novelist Alistair MacLean had written a thriller directly for the screen. Part spy film, part war movie, Where Eagles Dare was just one of a number of outstanding movies that made the year 1969 one of the best in the history of the industry.

Over twenty writers and film historians have collaborated to bring you, what we believe, is the most definitive story behind the making of this blockbuster movie. Apart from the wealth of rare behind the scenes photographs – many taken by cast and crew during filming on location and at the studio – we have gathered stories and quotes from people like director Brian G. Hutton, producer Elliott Kastner, stuntmen Joe Powell, Alf Joint and Bill Sawyer, second unit director Yakima Canutt and his assistant director Anthony Waye (now a producer on the James Bond films), art director Peter Mullins – and many more. Illustrated with film poster artwork from around the world, call sheets, flyers, merchandise, tickets and story board and script pages, this is one tribute to a film you will not want to miss!

There will only be 5000 limited edition copies printed. The issue will run 80 pages - a full 16 pages more than the standard edition of Cinema Retro - but the cost is still the same. The publication date will be June 2009. You can E mail us now to reserve your copy. We do not want payment at this stage, but those of you who contact us will be guaranteed a copy when it is published. However, you are not obliged, at any time, to purchase the magazine.

Prices include shipping:
North America: $14.00
UK: £7.50.
Europe: £9.00.
World (USA/Australia/NZ/Japan): £10.50.

If you are a current subscriber to Cinema Retro in North America or the UK, please indicate so and we will bill you for the magazine only -postage is free!

Please email
cinemaretro@hotmail.com to register your interest NOW!

NOT THE CAT'S MEOW!

THE CAT'S MEOW!

STEVE TYRELL @ CATALINA JAZZ CLUB!

FEBRUARY @ VIBRATO!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

HILARY CAINE MYSTERY VOLUME 2!

HILARY CAINE MYSTERY VOLUME 2!

Created and written by British author M. J. Elliott and set in the England of the 1930's, Hilary Caine is a young woman with a unique gift for solving crimes. She is employed by the English tabloid "Tittle Tattle Magazine" as their in house "Girl Detective," she solves the crime, they write the story. Portrayed in these full cast dramatizations by talented Australian actress Karen, (car-ren), Heaven as a sort of a cross between Sherlock Holmes and Ellery Queen with an independent attitude, Hilary Caine is an exciting addition to the Jim French Productions universe of first rate modern audio mysteries.

“The spirit of Ellery Queen lives on in a new character from Jim French Productions, that prolific provider of radio mysteries. The sleuth in Hilary Caine Mysteries…as written by M. J. Elliott and played by Karen Heaven, is an engaging and original character… in the mode of Golden Age sleuths like Lord Peter Wimsey, Philo Vance, Roger Sheringham, Reggie Fortune, and the early EQ. (the similarity of names, as made clear in the first episode, is a deliberate homage.) The plots are ingenious and fairly clued…the tone humorous and ironic.”

Jon Breen, from Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine June 2006 Issue

THE STORIES IN THIS EDITION INCLUDE:

THE BITTER END - In this special double length story Inspector Finn once again has the able "assistance" of Hilary Caine in seeking to discover who murdered the rich American financier and how did the killer get in and out with no one seeing him… or her?

MYSTERY REPEATS ITSELF - It's murder most foul, but was it one killing or two, and how is it that Hilary is the alibi for the very man everyone says did it, including the victims?


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TONY DESARE ~ RADIO SHOW CD!

TONY DESARE ~ RADIO SHOW CD!

For most of the 20th century, well before the dawn of the digital age, radio was the primary channel for popular music of every kind. More than just a means to transmit sound on a wave to remote locations, radio created an intimate entertainment experience, a fraternal atmosphere wherein the music and everyone associated with it became a friend to the listener.


Radio Show embraces a variety of eras in American popular music, all tied together by the voices of radio announcers who set the tone for each individual track and the recording as a whole. Most prominent and diverse among the announcers is former Saturday Night Live comic and longtime radio personality Joe Piscopo. "He has an amazing, dynamic voice, and he understands all of these radio eras and styles so well," says DeSare. "He gave me a 1950s rock and roll DJ, a late-night jazz DJ, a 1970s AM radio DJ and a talk radio host. He's immensely talented in his ability to change his voice and move in and out of different characters."

More than just a collection of period songs with clever intros, though, Radio Show offers up a historical retrospective of the intimate relationship between the music, the listener and the magic medium that brought them together.

TRACK LISTINGS

1. Radio Show Intro
2. Get Happy
3. A Little Bit Closer
4. Bizarre Love Triangle
5. All or Nothing at All
6. Lazy River
7. Easy Lover
8. To Touch a Woman
9. Johnny B Goode
10. "We Interrupt This Broadcast"
11. The Times They Are A-Changin'
12. A Stranger's Eyes
13. Hallelujah I Love Her So
14. Dreaming My Life Away
15. Prelude

SHERLOCK HOLMES ACTION HERO!

SHERLOCK HOLMES ACTION HERO!

The New York Times presents the first in-depth look at director Guy Ritchie's forthcoming Sherlock Holmes starring Robert Downey Jr. in the title role which goes against the grain by presenting Holmes as a buff, man of action.

IN a filthy, dank labyrinth of rooms below the streets of the East End, Sherlock Holmes was solving a case. That is, Robert Downey Jr., playing Holmes in the forthcoming film “Sherlock Holmes,” was engaged in hand-to-hand, foot-to-stomach combat with a very big and very bad villain (Robert Maillet). Bam! Pow! Ouch! Both characters would end up knocked out on the floor, along with Holmes’s trusty sidekick, Dr. John Watson, played by Jude Law.

Filmed in December, the scene presented a sharp corrective to the popular cinematic view of Holmes, at least the one propagated by the old films featuring the wonderfully named British actor Basil Rathbone. That Holmes occasionally wielded guns, leapt out of carriages and rushed through the fog with Errol Flynnesque panache, but mostly he was a giant brain inside a tweed suit, sexlessly debonair in the way Hollywood liked its leading men in the 1930s and 1940s. His Watson, played by Nigel Bruce, was a lumpy, good-natured, birdbrained foil for Holmes’s brittle brilliance.

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BETTY BOOP BOPPIN TO BROADWAY!

BETTY BOOP BOPPIN TO BROADWAY!

United Press International reported the new musical “Betty Boop” is slated to bow on Broadway during the 2010-2011 season, representatives for the show said Friday.

“Betty Boop,” which is based on an iconic animated character first introduced in the 1930s, will feature music by 15-time Grammy Award-winner David Foster, with a book by Sally Robinson and Oscar Williams.

Produced by Ostar Productions, additional members of the creative team and a production schedule will be confirmed at a later date, the representatives said.

Foster’s songwriting and producing career has spanned four decades and included hits for stars like Celine Dion, Barbra Streisand, Whitney Houston, Josh Groban, Earth, Wind & Fire, Chicago and Andrea Bocelli.

“Betty Boop” will mark Foster’s Broadway debut.

“In the new musical, the inimitable Betty Boop joins her friends Bimbo and Koko to work her irresistible charm in reuniting her grandfather (who has created the greatest invention of mankind) with the long-lost, true love of his life, while saving the Happy Heart Theater from the developer’s bulldozers,” the show’s representatives said in a news release.

THE CAT'S MEOW!

Monday, January 26, 2009

THE CAT'S MEOW!

SEAL ~ SOUL, NEW CD!

SEAL ~ SOUL, NEW CD!

David Foster produced Seal’s new album Soul released by Warner.

Per
www.philstar.com:

The simple title of the CD says it all. Soul. And it is indeed soul. Not just any soul. It is excellent vintage soul covered from recordings from the early days of Motown, which was the Detroit label that turned black America’s music of the heart into fodder for the hit charts.

The artist is Seal, who is now sometimes known as the husband of the beautiful model and Project Runway host Heidi Klum. But Seal is more than that. He has this fantastic voice and is uniquely attractive. He sells lots of CDs, remember Kiss from a Rose, Prayer for the Dying, Don’t Cry and the more recent Amazing, has won lots of awards, including some Grammys and gets critical acclaim for his work.

Soul is Seal’s sixth and newest studio album. Although he has always written his own often innovative material he decided to take the oldies route with this one. But because he is Seal, he is not about to just record any old song just any which way. For one, he was inspired to sing the lead cut, Sam Cooke’s, A Change is Gonna Come by the campaign slogan of now US President-elect Barack Obama when he got the Democratic Party nomination. Seal really knew then that he had to make the CD very special. So to do that, he got the also big selling, lots of awards winning David Foster to produce.

Foster is the man behind many memorable recordings. As the recently-released David Foster and Friends CD and DVD, so clearly shows, he works with only the best. Among them are Celine Dion, Because You Loved Me; Whitney Houston, I Will Always Love You; Barbra Streisand, Somewhere; Andrea Bocelli, The Prayer; Natalie Cole, My Grown-up Christmas List; Peter Cetera, The Glory of Love; Michael BublĂ©, Home; Josh Groban, You’re Still You; Simon and Garfunkle, Bridge Over Troubled Waters; Chicago, Hard Habit to Break and many others. As a result, Soul, which must be Seal’s sleekest recording ever, became a combination of artist Seal, Motown classics and Foster’s legendary production know-how.

Soul by Seal includes A Change is Gonna Come by Sam Cooke; I Can’t Stand the Rain by Ann Pebbles; It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World by James Brown; Here I Am (Come and Take Me) and I’m Still in Love with You by Al Green; I’ve Been Loving You Too Long by Otis Redding; If You Don’t Know Me by Now by Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes; Knock on Wood by Eddie Floyd; Free by Denice Williams; Stand by Me by Ben E. King; It’s Alright and People Get Ready by Curtis Mayfield.

These are titles already enshrined in elite spots in popular music history. That means artists and producers are often reluctant to touch them for fear of not being able to do justice to the songs. Besides, it is almost a given that they would not be able to come up with something that would at least equal the excellent originals. Well, Seal dared and though he never surpassed any Motown icon, how on earth do you match James Brown! He did do very well with his interpretation of the songs. A great bonus is the fact that we have not heard most of these titles in a long, long time, like Free and I Can’t Stand the Rain and to hear them done anew by Seal is a real sweet treat.

THE RETRO COCKTAIL HOUR #482!

THE RETRO COCKTAIL HOUR #482!

Title: Powerhouse
Artist: Buddy Cole
Title: Old McDonald Had a Girl
Artist: Mel Henke
Title: War Dance of the Wooden Indians
Artist: Russ Case and his Orchestra
Title: Crickets On Parade
Artist: Bobby Christian
Title: Lullaby in Rhythm
Artist: Creed Taylor Orchestra
Title: Hey! Bellboy!
Artist: Gloria Wood
Title: Vertigogo
Artist: Combustible Edison
Title: Elmogambo
Artist: Howard Shore
Title: The Sleeve Job
Artist: Pete Rugolo
Title: Toss Me a Scalpel
Artist: Leith Stevens
Title: Needle Stickin' Blues
Artist: Earle Hagen
Title: La Jolla
Artist: Mel Torme
Title: Morning After
Artist: Skip Martin
Title: Tin Tin Deo
Artist: Dizzy Gillespie
Title: Swingin' Village
Artist: Hank Levine and his Orchestra
Title: Say Cheese
Artist: Jackie and Roy
Title: Playboy's Theme
Artist: Octobop
Title: Flutesville
Artist: Det Moor and his Orchestra
Title: Naked City
Artist: Laurindo Almeida
Title: Samba do Soho
Artist: Lisa Ono
Title: Broadway Bossa Nova
Artist: Dave Brubeck
Title: The Days with Jane
Artist: The Helmut Brandenburg Orchestra
Title: Bachelor in Paradise
Artist: Henry Mancini
Title: Moonlight in Vermont
Artist: The Three Suns
Title: Fly Me to the Moon
Artist: The Martini Kings
Title: Down Left
Artist: Carlo Savina
Title: Forbidden Expo in Hawaii
Artist: Low Fidelity Jet Set Orchestra
Title: Coronation
Artist: Martin Denny
Title: Makahaa
Artist: John Zorn
Title: Quietly There
Artist: Cal Tjader
Title: Cool Night
Artist: Heinz Kiesling and his Orchestra
Title: Tree of Life
Artist: Yma Sumac
Title: Call of the Tropical Sun
Artist: Les Baxter
Title: Sounds of the Deep
Artist: Sven Libaek


TO LISTEN CLICK HERE

Sunday, January 25, 2009

SLY STALLONE @ 62!

SLY STALLONE @ 62!

HEMINGWAY'S LOUNGE BRINGS US THIS CANDID SHOT OF 62 YEAR OLD SLY STALLONE GETTING READY TO SHOOT A SCENE IN HIS NEW ACTION FLICK THE EXPENDABLES.

CAN YOU SAY HUMAN GROWTH HORMONE? I KNEW YOU COULD. STILL, IMPRESSIVE NONE THE LESS . . .

COCKTAIL NATION #58 ~ CARRIED AWAY BY STRINGS!

COCKTAIL NATION #58 ~ CARRIED AWAY BY STRINGS!

THIS WEEK YOUR HOST, THE MOST CONGENIAL KOOP KOOPER, SPEAKS TO AN AVID ORCHESTORAL POP RECORD COLLECTOR, HISTORIAN AND AUTHOR JACK CROSLEY, GIVES US SOME NEWS FROM JACK COSTANZO, AND A WHOLE LOT MORE!

STANDBY FOR A FANTASTIC SHOW...MEANTIME DO AS KOOP IS DOING (DOWN UNDER)...HEAD TO THE BEACH AND AVOID THIS CRAZY SUMMER HEAT!

www.cocktailnation.net

Project Pimento-A Shot In The Dark
Scott Morschauvser-Somas Las Bolas
Frank Purcel-Only You
Jackie Davis-Love is just around the corner
Mantovani - Andalucia
Jack Costanzo-Can Can Overture
Don Tiki—Bam-Boozled
Arthur Lyman-Fire down below
Eartha Kitt-April in Portugal
Robert Drasnin-Warm Night Wind
Si Zenter-I've found a new baby
Diana Krall-You're My Thrill
Royal Crown Revue-Take a long drink for me
Sally Street-I'm a Woman
Mark Copeland-Without a song

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LIVE FROM BUDDIES LOUNGE!

LIVE FROM BUDDIES LOUNGE!

FROM STUDIO 67 IN HOLLYWOOD, ENJOY ANOTHER BRAND NEW HOUR OF HI-FI ATOMIC AGE FUN FROM THE BUDDIES LOUNGE ~ PRESENTED IN LIVING STEREO!


Join the BIG W every Sunday evening as he continues to explorers the Space-Age Pop Hi-Fi musical sounds of the 1950’s and the 1960’s in LIVING STEREO!

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Show 43 (1/25/08) playlist:


• Tell All The World About You - Peggy Lee

• One Mint Julep - Sam Butera

• Lover - Frank Sinatra

• Guantanamera - Peter Nero

• My Favorite Things - Eydie Gorme

• Mambo Jambo - John Evans

• Gonna Build a Mountain - Sammy Davis, Jr.

• Love For Sale - Marty Paich

• Sex and the Single Girl - Neal Hefti

• Woman In Space - Mel Henke

• Powerhouse - Buddy Cole

• I Know Your Mother Loves You - Dean Martin

• Something Extra Special - The Ray Charles Singers

• The Last Of The Secret Agents - Nancy Sinatra

• Afrikaan Beat - Bobby Hackett

• This Can’t Be Love - Rosemary Clooney

• Apples And Bananas – Lawrence Welk

• Zoo Be Zoo Be Zoo - Sophia Loren

• Windy - Floyd Cramer

• Chukkan - Alvino Rey

SWINGING @ THE MISSION!

SWINGING @ THE MISSION!

The Midnight Serenaders celebrate the release of their second CD entitled "Sweet Nothin's" with a fabulous evening of 1920's, 30's and 40's music featuring very special guests the Stolen Sweets at the historic Mission Theater in Portland, OR.

Doors open at 8pm show at 9pm.
Tickets are $10 advance and $12 at door.

BEAT TO A PULP ~ BROTHEL JUSTICE!

BEAT TO A PULP ~ BROTHEL JUSTICE!

HERE'S WHAT EDITOR DAVID CRANMER HAS TO SAY ABOUT BEAT TO A PULP'S LATEST STORY . .

I’ve made no secret about it; I’m a fan of Sandra Seamans’ fluid writing style and distinct voice. And I couldn’t be happier that she’s taken to bloggin’. Several times a week, you can read her informative thoughts on writing and she is always on top of the latest e-zine offerings. Sandra mainly writes crime/hardboiled stories, but we’re very happy that she stepped outside of her crime-ridden world to tackle BTAP’s first and, so far, only sci-fi short Brothel Justice. Oh, and thankfully, it seems space is pretty crime ridden too.

About the Author

Sandra Seamans has had over a hundred short stories published in print and online in such places as Out of the Gutter, PulpPusher, and The Thrilling Detective. She has written non-fiction in the form of a humor column and slice of life essays that appeared in various local newspapers and regional magazines. Her first published poem appeared in the new crime poetry chapbook, The Lineup, last year.

Her flash story "Home Entertainment", which was published in the now defunct ezine A Cruel World, was short listed for a Derringer Award by the Short Mystery Fiction Society in 2007. She was also co-editor with the late K.R. Mullin who published the quarterly chapbooks A Flasher's Dozen and The Lone Flasher.

And if this bio hasn't totally bored you to death you can find her blog by CLICKING HERE

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