Saturday, February 7, 2009

SEX MOB DOES BOND!

SEX MOB DOES BOND!

THANKS TO FAT CITY CIGAR LOUNGE FOR THIS VERY COOL BOND/BIG BAND DOWNLOAD ~


Trumpeter Steven Bernstein is not your typical jazz cat. First off, he plays a slide trumpet. Secondly, it's not often you find a downtown musician interested in playing music that is both accessible and humorous. Thus, it's no surprise that his band the Sex Mob (with special guest John Medeski on organ) does select renditions of songs from five James Bond flicks. Bernstein captures the original sophisticated feel of the music, mostly composed by John Barry. Tunes like "Battle at Piz Gloria" are subdued and dreamy, while the carnival-like "007" is more upbeat, sounding like it was played by a bunch of drunken spy-sailors on furlough. Something that will make you scratch your head, tap your foot, and giggle, Sex Mob Does Bond captures everything that is fun and quirky about this band, and makes a great tribute album in the process. Mission accomplished. --Tad Hendrickson

If you are a Bond fan this is for you. Many different variations on this make it a gem - even with no guitars. Although, it sometimes goes a little experimental which some people find to be a bit annoying. But those tracks that stick out are GREAT, but prepared for some acid jazz and experimental jazz thrown in the mix. Good for parties.


1. Dr. Yes
2. Teasing The Korean
3. This Never Happened To The Other Feller
4. 007
5. Battle At Piz Gloria
6. You Only Live Twice
7. Bond With Bongos
8. Oddjob's Pressing Engagement
9. Bond Back In Action Again
10. Over And Out
11. Dawn Raid On Fort Knox
12. Nobody Does It Better
13. Dr. Yes (Reprise)

TO DOWNLOAD CLICK HERE

SURF SPIES AND JAZZ!

SURF SPIES AND JAZZ!

MISTER 8's SPY BLOG HAS A GREAT POST ON SURF SPY MUSIC WITH SOME VERY COOL LINKS . . .

Surf rock is a genre of instrumental music, where the lead reverb-drenched melody is usually played by an electric guitar or saxaphone, or occasionally a Hammond organ or electric piano. Perhaps the most well-known surf songs are Miserlou, the Dick Dale track prominently featured in Pulp Fiction, Wipeout by the Surfaris, or Pipeline by the Chantays.

One sub-section of surf rock is spy surf, or spy rock, typified by jazz-influenced melodies in minor keys (many in E-minor), and twangy riffs played on the fat low strings. Influenced primarily by the work of Vic Flick (guitarist on the original Bond theme), and those who followed him in creating spy themes of the 60s, spy surf bands like Spy-Fi or Seks Bomba often mix covers with originals.

TO READ THE FULL POST CLICK HERE

RADIO DELUXE WITH JOHN PIZZARELLI BACK IN L.A. ON KKJZ!


RADIO DELUXE WITH JOHN PIZZARELLI BACK IN L.A. ON KKJZ!

NEWS FROM JOHN PIZZARELLI'S NEWSLETER:

Radio Deluxe with John Pizzarelli will resume airing in Los Angeles on KKJZ 88.1 FM beginning Sunday, February 8 at 9 PM.

KKJZ dropped the show last fall to feature more local programming, but due to listener demand they are bringing back Radio Deluxe this weekend.
Our thanks go out to KKJZ for their committment to the finest jazz programming and for welcoming Radio Deluxe back to their outstanding line up. And thanks to all our loyal listeners in Los Angeles for your support.

BUDDIES LOUNGE ~ SHOW 45!

BUDDIES LOUNGE ~ SHOW 45!

The BIG W is pulling out all the stops tonight to celebrate “An Evening At The Buddies Lounge” First Anniversary on the air! A 90 minute fun filled musical jubilee of his favorite Hi-Fi Space-Age pop classics…in Living Stereo. Black Tie is optional.

• South Of The Border - Mel Tormé
• Johnny One Note - Anita O’Day
• The Green Hornet - Al Hirt
• The Lively Ones - Mel Hanke
• I Got Rhythm - Dick Schory
• Matchmaker - Eydie Gormé
• A Swingin’ Safari - Bert Kaempfert
• Open Up The Doghouse - Nat King Cole & Dean Martin
• Burke’s Law Theme - Herschel Burke Gilbert
• A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square - Bobby Darin
• Pass The Peace Pipe - Sammy Davis, Jr.
• Mr. Ghost Goes To Town - John Burzon Trio
• The Swinger - Ann-Margret
• McHale’s Navy Theme - Nelson Riddle
• The Lady Is A Tramp - Buddy Greco
• Get Me To The Church On Time - Rosemary Clooney
• River, Stay ‘Way From My Door - Frank Sinatra
• M Squad Theme - Stanley Wilson
• Big Spender - Peggy Lee
• The Patty Duke Show Theme - WB Studio Orchestra
• Buttons & Bows - Dinah Shore
• Let’s Hang On - Mrs. Miller
• I Dig Chicks - Jonah Jones
• Dance With A Dolly - Damita Jo
• Promise Her Anything - Tom Jones
• The Fugitive Theme - Si Zentner
• I Like The Look - Henry Mancini
• Yellow Rose Of Texas - The Hi’Lo’s
• Bacoa - Les Baxter
• Mannix - Lalo Schifrin
• Mucha Muchacha - Esquivel


TO DOWNLOAD CLICK HERE

BLACK JACK JUSTICE ~ THE PROBLEM OF THE PERPLEXING PASTICHE!

BLACK JACK JUSTICE ~ THE PROBLEM OF THE PERPLEXING PASTICHE!

NEW ~ FROM DECODER RING THEATRE

Two solid days of surveillance can take it out of anybody. Two nights without sleep and things don't make a lot of sense. But when Trixie Dixon, Girl Detective starts mixing her metaphors with Trixia Dixon, Lady Consulting Detective Extraordinaire... well that can't be good, can it?

TO DOWNLOAD CLICK HERE

THE CAT'S MEOW!

Friday, February 6, 2009

THE AVENGER VOLUME 1!

THE AVENGER VOLUME 1!

Justice, Inc. & The Yellow Horde

The Pulp Era's most intriguing superhero returns in his first two epic adventures by Paul Ernst writing as Kenneth Robeson.

First, a devastating personal tragedy forges adventurer Richard Henry Benson into a Man of Steel, leading him to assemble the crime-fighting team called Justice, Inc.

Then, murder sets The Avenger on the trail of The Yellow Horde, the secret treasure of the Aztecs.

This instant collector's item showcases H. W. Scott's classic pulp covers, and reprints all the original interior illustrations by Paul Orban. Pulp historian Will Murray provides commentary, revealing how The Shadow's Walter Gibson and Doc Savage's Lester Dent helped develop The Avenger, a character who also appeared in Street & Smith and DC comics.

Sanctum Productions
$12.95

THE SHADOW VOLUME 26!

THE SHADOW VOLUME 26!

Vengeance is Mine! & Battle of Greed

"Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow Knows!" The Master of Darkness deals out retribution and redemption in two classic pulp thrillers by Walter B. Gibson writing as Maxwell Grant.

In Vengeance is Mine!, The Shadow hunts a terrorist whose murderous bombing rampage extends to the Cobalt Club itself.

Then, in Battle of Greed, The Shadow offers second chances to a trio of broken souls in the most unusual Shadow novel of all time.

BONUS: The Shadow teams with Chick Carter, Boy Detective, in a rare crossover from the Golden Age of Radio. This instant collector's item showcases the original color covers by George Rozen and Graves Gladney, the classic interior illustrations by Tom Lovell and Edd Cartier, and historical commentary by Will Murray, Anthony Tollin and John Nanovic.

Sanctum Books
$12.95

DOC SAVAGE VOLUME 25!

DOC SAVAGE VOLUME 25!

The Red Skull & The Awful Egg

The greatest superhero of the pulp era returns in two power-packed novels by Lester Dent writing as Kenneth Robeson.

In The Red Skull, Doc Savage follows a murderous gangster to Arizona where a subterranean secret that could transform the world lies in wait.

Then, the Man of Bronze and his Iron Men journey to the South Dakota Badlands in search of a fugitive murderer, where they discover the prehistoric terror of The Awful Egg.

This deluxe pulp reprint features the original color covers by Walter Baumhofer and Emery Clarke and all the classic interior illustrations by Paul Orban. Historical commentary is provided by Will Murray, author of seven Doc Savage novels.

Sanctum Books
$12.95

MICKEY SPILLANE: SEX & SADISM!

MICKEY SPILLANE: SEX & SADISM!

CULLEN GALLAGHER HAS SCANNED A GREAT ARTICLE ABOUT MICKEY SPILLANE OVER AT HIS PULP SERENDA BLOG ~

For all you Spillane fans out there, I've scanned an article called "Sex, Sadism and Scripture" by Mark Murphy that was published in True: The Man's Magazine (July 1952). Written shortly after the release of Kiss Me Deadly, the article examines the "Mike Hammer" phenomenon that was sweeping the country and racking up millions in sales - 10,395,716 at the time of the article.

FOR CULLEN’S FULL POST AND THE SCANNED ARTICLE CLICK HERE

SATURDAY MORNING CARTOON FEST AND CEREAL PARTY!

SATURDAY MORNING CARTOON FEST AND CEREAL PARTY!

Okay, here's an idea whose time has come. The Alamo Cinema chain's Downtown Cinema in Austin, TX, is hosting a Saturday morning cartoon and cereal party. All the really cool cartoons you grew up (Thundercats)with plus a bunch that probably drove you crazy (Care Bears) plus fifty different kinds of sugary cereals ~ rot your brain and your teeth at the same time for a full two and a half hours!

FOR FULL DETAILS CLICK HERE

THE CAT'S MEOW!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

FORGOTTEN BOOKS ~ HIGH HAT BY GREG MANDEL!

FORGOTTEN BOOKS ~ HIGH HAT BY GREG MANDEL!

In 1992, entrepreneurial publisher Randy L. Byrd got it into his head that it would be a good idea to package mini-novels (AKA: short stories) as 3”x4” paperbacks, in 12 different genres, publishing a new batch once a month, selling them via mail order, hotel gift shops, and those supermarket checkout racks which feature zodiac / puzzle / diet secret books secured above the tabloids and next to TV Guide (the old version), Archie Digests, and Reader’s Digest. However, after two months, or possibly three, old Larry decided his Dime Store Novels idea was a bust and folded his tents.

I have the first 24 of these curiosities that I’ve hung onto for all these years – more as a reminder of how to commit publishing suicide than for the worth of the mini-novels themselves. Still, there are a couple of titles I remember fondly, including High Hat by Greg Mandel – featuring the Pope as a private eye, an idea so outrageous and blasphemous you have to love it.

High Hat – He’s ready for mystery. He’s ready for danger. He’s ready for Lent. He’s the High Hat, a hardboiled Pope with a night job, the Vatican’s only private eye, and his up to his pointy dome in trouble.

Deep in the bowels of the Holy City, the big Pontiff comes face to face with his nemesis, the Amish Mafia, and uncovers a fiendish plot to steal St. Peter’s bones. Now the hardboiled holy man must slip into his alter ego to crack a caper that mixes dangerous dames and the Mennonite Menace with a load of dynamite and a very hungry octopus.


As you can tell, there is something here to offend everyone. Perhaps not surprisingly, High Hat is the only title from the Dime Store Novels series that has had an extended life. It appears an longer version of High Hat was recently re-released by Ken Arnold Books (who?) in 2008.

TO CHECK OUT THE LATEST VERSION AND READ A SAMPLE CHAPTER CLICK HERE

NIKE SOCCER -- TAKING IT TO THE NEXT LEVEL!

HEART AND SOUL ~ MAEVE BINCHY!

HEART AND SOUL ~ MAEVE BINCHY!

MAEVE BINCHY IS A GUILTY PLEASURE. HER CHARACTERS AND HER STORY TELLING ABILITY TAKE A BACKSEAT TO NOBODY. THE ITALIAN CLASS IS MY FAVORITE BINCHEY NOVEL, BUT I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS NEW OUTING.


With the warmth, humor, and compassion we have come to expect from her, Maeve Binchy tells a story of family, friends, patients, and staff who are part of a heart clinic in a community caught between the old and the new Ireland. Dr. Clara Casey has been offered the thankless job of establishing the underfunded clinic and agrees to take it on for a year. She has plenty on her plate already—two difficult adult daughters and the unwanted attentions of her exhusband—but she assembles a wonderfully diverse staff devoted to helping their demanding, often difficult patients: the infectiously cheerful nurse; the indispensable office manager who can’t quite manage her own life; the Polish girl who’s come to Ireland to put a bad love affair firmly in her past and the booming Irish economy in her future; the young doctor who has a special touch with his patients; the physical therapist who undertakes a very different kind of therapy involving a local priest and a stalker.


Before long they manage to establish the clinic as an essential part of the community and Clara must decide whether or not to leave a place where lives are saved, courage is rewarded, and humor and optimism triumph over greed and self-pity.

Heart and Soulis Maeve Binchy at her heartwarming storytelling best.

BURN NOTICE NEWSLETTER!

BURN NOTICE NEWSLETTER!

COMING UP ON BURN NOTICE:


Michael poses as a corporate security specialist to help a wealthy art dealer track down a hacker in the company. The security breach turns out to be more complicated than Michael or his client imagined, and things take a deadly turn.

Tune in tonight at 10/9C for the premiere of "Seek and Destroy," featuring Seymour from Covert Ops 2!

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

Covert Ops 2.0 - Last week, you identified the woman behind Seymour's missing chip. Now you get to make your first move against her — cloning her cell phone. Mission #3 starts tonight at 10/9C. Register and you could win a deluxe home entertainment system!
See it Like a Spy - Michael Westen has a knack for improvising gadgets, but how does your own spy savvy compare? Each week we'll name a different gadget, and you'll have to decide which items will get the job done. This week: Counterfeit Money Detector.
Mobile Fan Club - Join the Burn Notice Mobile Fan Club today and play the Michael Westen Adventure Game! Plus you'll receive tune-in alerts, behind-the-scenes updates, and weekly Watch-to-Win trivia questions for a chance to win an official Burn Notice Tech Pack!
Watch Full Episodes Online - Missed the first two episodes of season 2.5, "Do No Harm" and "Hot Spot"? Don't sweat it, you can watch the full episodes online for free!
What is your Best Covert Ops Cover ID? - Next time you need a cover ID, don't just pick one at random! You need an ID that fits your personality and skill set. Answer these simple questions and get an ID that fits you to a T!

STEVE TYRELL @ CATALINA JAZZ CLUB ~ UPDATED TIMES!

THE CAT'S MEOW!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

BOND UNBOUND MOVIE MARATHON ON ENCORE!

BOND UNBOUND MOVIE MARATHON ON ENCORE!

February 6 – 8 ~ Tune in for a 48-hour marathon of back-to-back 007

Encore TV has scheduled a 48-hour celebration of James Bond this upcoming weekend.

The world’s most renowned spy is coming to Encore for a whole weekend of action, intrigue and beautiful women. Bond Unbound delivers the best of 007 in a 48-hour marathon of back-to-back Bond. From Sean Connery’s classic debut in Dr. No, to the swagger of Roger Moore in The Spy Who Loved Me, and the intensity of Timothy Dalton in Licence to Kill, Encore delivers the best of Bond in one adrenaline-charged weekend. So get ready for girls, gadgets and guns, starting 6 February at 7:00pm, only on Encore.

For further information, visit
EncoreTV.com. The full schedule follows below. Note that all times at ET/PT:

Friday, 6 February:
7:00pm: Dr. No
8:50pm: From Russia with Love
10:50pm: Dr. No

Saturday, 7 February:
12:45am: Thunderball
3:00am: A View to a Kill
5:15am: Never Say Never Again
7:35am: The Spy Who Loved Me
9:45am: Octopussy
12:00pm: You Only Live Twice
2:00pm: The Man with the Golden Gun
4:10pm: Goldfinger
6:05pm: For Your Eyes Only
8:15pm: Diamonds are Forever
10:20pm: Live and Let Die

Sunday, 8 February:
12:30am: Licence to Kill
2:45am: On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
5:10am: Dr. No
7:05am: Moonraker
9:15am: From Russia with Love
11:15am: For Your Eyes Only
1:30pm: The Living Daylights
3:45pm: Diamonds are Forever
5:50pm: Thunderball
8:05pm: The Spy Who Loved Me
10:15pm: You Only Live Twice

LADY ACTION @ NY COMIC CON!

LADY ACTION @ NY COMIC CON!

I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THIS IS ABOUT BEYOND THE POSTER, BUT IT MADE ME LAUGH SINCE IT STRUCK ME AS POWER RANGERS FOR ADULTS ~ WELL, CHRONOLOGICAL ADULTS, ANYWAY . . .

BULLETS, BROADS, BLACKMAIL & BOMBS ~ NEWSSTAND NOIR!

BULLETS, BROADS, BLACKMAIL & BOMBS ~ NEWSSTAND NOIR!

BRUCE GROSSMAN HAS POSTED HIS LATEST REVIEW COLUMN AT
BOOKGASM . . .

Most people are familiar with two long-running mystery digests: ALFRED HITCHOCK’S MYSTERY MAGAZINE and ELLERY QUEEN’S MYSTERY MAGAZINE, from which lots of stories have appeared in book form over time. But this column shines a light on a publication probably forgotten by a number of folks: MIKE SHAYNE MYSTERY MAGAZINE. I recently came into the possession of about 21 of these digests, all in fantastic shape and packed with some top-notch writing, so let’s delve into some of these bite-sized treasures.

TO READ THE FULL COLUMN
CLICK HERE

LIL' ABNER!

LIL' ABNER!

TOM LISANTE OF SIXTIES CINEMA BRINGS US UP TO SPEED WITH THIS ALERT POSTED AT CINEMA RETRO . . . AND PROVIDES A GREAT EXCUSE TO POST THE ABOVE PHOTO OF JULIE NEWMAR STRUTTING HER STUFF AS STUPEFYIN' JONES!


On Friday Feb. 6 at 11:30PM EST, the very entertaining musical Lil'Abner makes its debut on Turner Classic Movies and it is one of my favorites. All of Al Capp's comic Dogpatch characters come to life in a big colorful musical based on the Broadway hit with energetic dance numbers choreographed by Michael Kidd, a rousing song score, and a first-rate cast chock full of scantily clad starlets and muscle studs. Who can ask for anything more?

As Sadie Hawkins Day nears, Daisy Mae (Leslie Parrish) hopes to catch naive studly Li'l Abner (Peter Palmer) in Dogpatch's traditional race to finally win his hand at marriage. But burly Earthquake McGoon (Bern Hoffman) wants Daisy and dumb ole Li'l Abner justs wants to pass the days away fishin'. Senator Phogbound (Ted Thurston) then spoils the fun when he informs the Dogpatchers that their town is to be used as ground zero for atomic bomb testing. To save their homes, they need to come up with one reason Dogpatch is necessary to the country. They then put their faith in Mammy Yokum's (Billie Hayes) Yokumberry tonic, which Abner has been taking all his life, and turns out of shape men into muscle Gods. Scheming Gen. Bullmoose (Howard St. John) wants his hands on the tonic to get rich and sends sultry Appassionata Von Climax (Stella Stevens) to seduce it from dumb ole Abner who treks to Washington to plead the town's case. Does the big lunk give in to her wiles or does he save Dogpatch from going ka-boom?

TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE CLICK HERE

BLACK MOON RISING!


BLACK MOON RISING!

A QUICK SHIFT OF THE GEARS TO BILL CRIDER FOR THIS CAPER FILM MEMORY JOG.

WILD WEST MONDAY!

THE CAT'S MEOW!

VALENTINE'S DAY @ VIBRATO!

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY FROM STEVE & EYDIE!

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY FROM STEVE & EYDIE!

RECIEVED AN EMAIL FROM STEVE LAWRENCE AND EYDIE GORME'S WEBSITE INVITING EVERYONE TO COME AND CELEBRATE VALENTINE'S DAY WITH STEVE & EYDIE BY LISTENING TO THE BELOW TRACKS:
♪♫
EYDIE IN LOVE
♪♫
THE WARM HOURS
♪♫
AND COZY

♥ IT SURE WORKED FOR ME AND MY SWEETIE ♥

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

MISTER 8!

MISTER 8!

Armstrong Sabian, blog master at Mister 8 tells us to mark our calendars for February 15th, because that’s the day he plans to unveil the first installment of the first chapter of his spy comic Mister 8, titled “The Art of Storytelling.”


Stay tuned for more updates, and perhaps some sketches over the next two weeks!

FIREPROOF ON DVD!

FIREPROOF ON DVD!

THIS WAS ONE OF MY FAVORITE FILMS FROM LAST YEAR AND IT HAS JUST BEEN RELEASED ON DVD.

REDBLOG HAS A NICE REVIEW:

Q: What was the highest-grossing independent film of 2008?

A: The subject of this post, Fireproof.

I know a ton of you out there are saying to yourself, "Huh? I've never even heard of this movie! How could it have done so well for itself?"

The secret of Fireproof's success is that its distributors remembered the three most important words from Marketing 101: Know Your Audience.

Produced for a paltry $500,000, this tale of a strained marriage went on to earn over $33.4 million during its 18-week run in 905 theaters, mostly thanks to a grass-roots publicity campaign targeted at Christian congregations. It promised its audience a faith-based story, and it delivered.

TO READ THE COMPLETE REVIEW CLICK HERE

ALPHA: THE EXCHANGE!

ALPHA: THE EXCHANGE!

THANKS TO THE EURO-CRIME BLOG FOR THIS TIP!

This graphic novel was published in July last year, in English for the first time, by cinebook.According to comicrelated.com it was a "French comic first published in 1995 and 1996 by Darguad-Lombard", and they go on to say:

"This is the first volume in a series. Is it worth following? If you have any interest at all in the international espionage/crime genre you will thoroughly enjoy this. If you enjoy realistic artwork helping to tell that story, you will certainly like this. If you enjoy both, you've hit the jackpot!"

TO READ THE COMPLETE REVIEW CLICK HERE

COLUMBO LIVES!

COLUMBO LIVES!

CRIPPEN & LANDRU, WHO PUBLISH A LINE OF CONSISTENTLY EXCELLENT SHORT STORY COLLECTIONS, HAS 14 NEW LT. COLUMBO STORIES ON TAP BY COLUMBO CO-CREATOR WILLIAM LINK.

TO CHECK OUT CRIPPEN & LANDRU CLICK HERE

A SHRUG OF THE TRENCH COAT TO THE RAP SHEET


THE DAY THE MUSIC DIED!

THE DAY THE MUSIC DIED!

Fifty years ago today, a plane crashed shortly after taking off from Clear Lake, Iowa, killing all four people aboard. They were pilot Roger Peterson, Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and J.P. Richardson, known as “The Big Bopper”. February 3rd, 1959 became known as The Day the Music Died.


Monday, February 2, 2009

MORE SHERLOCK HOLMES!

MORE SHERLOCK HOLMES!

Two new sherlock holmes books from Black Coat Press


"His kind lived among you from the very beginning, often seen but never properly observed. Your legends knew them, but did not fully understand them, calling them vampires, werewolves or elves, deeming them mere demonic spirits rather than patient neighbors. They inherited the Earth when your own species destroyed itself, by means of wars fought with the most terrible of weapons: plagues to which your cousins had better immunity than your own masters attempted to reserve for themselves."

"If Copplestone had found a certain way to Heaven, I would not follow him; I would prefer to take another path, even if it were the road to Hell, in order that I might be the first to tread it."Dracula."I can see no alternative but to conclude that we might be living in a brief interval between the event that marked our species for destruction and the execution of the sentence; a moment of history that is scheduled for demolition, but retains meanwhile a shadowy provisional existence.

"Sherlock Holmes.From 1895, when the means of visiting the future through drug-induced "timeshadowing" is discovered by Professor Copplestone, to 12 million years AD, when the Universal Engine seeks to determine the cosmos' ultimate fate, the vast tapestry of time is the theater of a time war between the Overmen, descendents of the vampires, Humanity, and the shadowy intelligence that waits at the End of Time.Sherlock Holmes, the great detective, Count Dracula, the reluctant vampire, the mercurial Oscar Wilde, William Hope Hodgson, freshly returned from the Night Land of the Great War, the visionary H. G. Wells, Alfred Jarry, Camille Flammarion, and many other figures from the literary firmament, become pawns and players in a conflict that spans the entire course of universal history.

and


1907. A mysterious criminal known as Fantômas terrorizes London. Only Sherlock Holmes believes in his existence, and he has begun laying the groundwork to arrest him, but Fantômas strikes first, and murders the Great Detective in circumstances that point suspicion at an innocent man. A young Harry Dickson and Sherlock Holmes' niece, Emily, must expose Fantômas before Scotland Yard sends her fiancé to the gallows. But where the King of Detectives is concerned, there are always wheels within wheels...

This never-before-translated play was initially performed in Belgium in 1914 for a few weeks before World War I began and has never been restaged since. The play was translated and adapted by Frank J. Morlock, author of Sherlock Holmes: The Grand Horizontals in which Holmes also crosses swords with Fantômas.The book includes an introduction, afterword and chronology of Fantômas by Jean-Marc Lofficier.

A TIP OF THE DEERSTALKER TO WIN SCOTT ECKERT

ROME NOIR!

ROME NOIR!

JUST IN TIME FOR MY TRIP TO ITALY AKASHIC BOOKS COMES OUT WITH THEIR NEXT NOIR LOCALE . . .


Rome provides a fertile setting for this groundbreaking collection of original stories, all translated from Italian.

Brand-new stories by: Antonio Scurati, Carlo Lucarelli, Gianrico Carofiglio, Diego De Silva, Giuseppe Genna, Marcello Fois, C.D. Formetta, Enrico Franceschini, Boosta, Francesca Mazzucato, Maxim Jakubowski, Evelina Santangelo, Nicola LaGioia, Tommaso Pincio, Antonio Pascale, and Nicoletta Vallorani.

Rome Noir looks beyond the tourist facade of Italy's capital. This is the real city of Fellini, Pasolini, and countless other major artists who devoted their lives to depicting the grandeur and decadence of this ever fascinating metropolis.

Both a modern city suffocated by traffic fumes and cars and a repository of knowledge and Classical monuments, Rome (with its hills and ruins) is a perfect conduit for an excursion into the many facets of modern noir. Here, Rome takes a place of honor amongst Akashic's growing collection of anthologies devoted to the dark streets of cities. Assembled by award-winning British editor and writer Maxim Jakubowski, who has enjoyed a long relationship with Italy, and Italian conference organizer and filmmaker Chiara Stangalino, Rome Noir collects some of the biggest talents of the Italian crime and literary scene: Carlo Lucarelli, Gianrico Carofiglio, Diego De Silva, Francesca Mazzucato, Antonio Scurati, Tommaso Pincio, Boosta, and many others.

From Stazione Termini, immortalized by Roberto Rossellini's films, to Pier Paolo Pasolini's desolate beach of Ostia, and encompassing famous landmarks and streets, this is the sinister side of the Dolce Vita come to life, a stunning gallery of dark characters, grotesques, and lost souls seeking revenge or redemption in the shadow of the Colosseum, the Spanish Steps, the Vatican, Trastevere, the quiet waters of the Tiber, and Piazza Navona. Rome will never be the same.

JUNGLE GIRL VOLUME 1!

JUNGLE GIRL VOLUME 1!

ROD LOTT HAS A COOL REVIEW OF THIS TITLE OVER AT BOOKGASM . . .

First order of business: With Frank Cho’s name big and bold on the cover of JUNGLE GIRL: VOLUME 1, just how different can it be from his SHANNA, THE SHE-DEVIL? Well, both not and a lot, as it turns out.

Not, in that the basic draw here is exactly the same: A bosomy blonde wearing a jungle bikini aids humans and fights dinosaurs. And a lot, in that JUNGLE GIRL — try as it might — isn’t nearly as smart, snarky or sexually appealing. That said, it’s more pulp-oriented fantasy than SHANNA’s techno-savvy sci-fi approach. Both books have their pleasures, assuming you’re a straight male with a thing for curves.

TO READ THE FULL REVIEW CLICK HERE

THUGLIT ISSUE #29!

THUGLIT ISSUE #29!

TO CHECK IT OUT CLICK HERE

PANCHO SANCHEZ @ VIBRATO!

STEVE TYRELL @ CATALINA JAZZ CLUB!

CAT HUMOR!

THE CAT'S MEOW!

THE RETRO COCKTAIL HOUR #492!

THE RETRO COCKTAIL HOUR #492!

Title: Pharoah's Curse
Artist: Tony Martinez and his Mambo Combo

Title: Acapulco
Artist: Les Baxter and his Orchestra

Title: Jungle Drums
Artist: Jack Cooper

Title: The Happy Medium
Artist: The Johnny Frigo Sextet

Title: Return to Paradise
Artist: Henry Mancini and his Orchestra

Title: Polynesian Suite
Artist: The Buddy Collette Septet

Title: Flamingo
Artist: Phil Moore and his Orchestra

Title: Hawaiian Eye Theme
Artist: Werner Muller and his Orchestra

Title: Nylon Jungle
Artist: The Martini Kings

Title: Caravan
Artist: Connie Russell

Title: Arabian Drums
Artist: The Lombardo Twins / Dee Richards

Title: Oh Calcutta
Artist: The Milt Okun Arrangement


Title: Pagan Ritual
Artist: Mandingo

Title: Rumble
Artist: Ralph Carmichael

Title: Headline
Artist: Kenyon Hopkins

Title: Theme from The Saint
Artist: Edwin Astley

Title: Seven Golden Men
Artist: Armando Trovaioli

Title: Symphonie pour un Massacre
Artist: Michel Magne

Title: Arsenic
Artist: Marc Lanjean

Title: Blue Star
Artist: Benny Carter and his Orchestra

Title: Sounds in the Night
Artist: Shaynee Rainbolt

Title: Lot of Living to Do
Artist: Johnny Hawksworth and his Orchestra

Title: Superstars (Heavy Action)
Artist: The KPM All-Stars

Title: Take Off
Artist: Barbara Moore

Title: Bikini Girls
Artist: Sven Libaek

Title: Allora il Treno
Artist: Bruno Nicolai

Title: Jonny's Harp
Artist: Jonny Teupen

Title: Malibu Beach
Artist: Tony Kinsey

Title: The Girl from Ipanema
Artist: The Tokyo Cuban Boys

Title: Fly Me to the Moon
Artist: Enoch Light and his Orchestra

Title: Flight in the Andes
Artist: Les Baxter / 101 Strings

Title: By the Time I Get to Phoenix
Artist: Kurt Edelhagen and his Orchestra

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Sunday, February 1, 2009

IN BED WITH BOND!

IN BED WITH BOND!

SENSE OF CINEMA HAS A CURRENT ARTICLE WITH AN INTERESTING TAKE ON BOND AND HIS WOMEN SHOWING HE MIGHT NOT BE THE CAD EVERYONE ASSUMES . . .


Dominated by the Villain, Fleming’s woman has already been previously conditioned to domination, life for her having assumed the role of the villain. The general scheme is (1) the girl is beautiful and good; (2) has been made frigid and unhappy by severe trials suffered in adolescence; (3) this has conditioned her to the service of the Villain; (4) through meeting Bond she appreciates human nature in all its richness; (5) Bond possesses her but in the end loses her. (1)

Umberto Eco began a new era of Bond scholarship when this passage first appeared in Il caso Bond: le origini, la natura, gli effetti del fenomeno 007 in 1965 (then, The Bond Affair, 1966).

Eco posited a model that he argues fits (with small qualifications) 13 of the 16 major women in Ian Fleming’s Bond novels.

This model is widely supported, especially by Tony Bennett and Janet Woollacott in Bond and Beyond: The Political Career of a Popular Hero, published in 1987. They even argue that Eco’s analysis applies to the Bond films.

Variously differing views are taken by O. F. Snelling in Double O Seven: James Bond: A Report , Kingsley Amis in The James Bond Dossier , Tim Greaves in The Bond Women: 007 Style, and Maryam d’Abo and John Cork in Bond Girls Are Forever: The Women of James Bond, among others.

This article begins with a brief look at the creation of Bond, followed by a detailed look at 007’s sexual partners (the Bond Women) in the books and films. It is followed by a point-by-point examination of the Eco model, in an attempt to accurately define the true Bond Woman.

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THE CAT'S MEOW!

NOIR QUARTERLY ~ THE LOW DOWN!

NOIR QUARTERLY ~ THE LOW DOWN!

YESTERDAY, I ASKED FOR INFO ON THIS COOL LOOKING ZINE I'D JUST SEEN MENTIONED ELSEWHERE. I GOT A QUICK RESPONSE FROM BLOG BUDDY CHRIS MILLS, WHO IT TURNS OUT WAS THE MOVING FORCE BEHIND NOIR QUARTERLY IN THE '90s. TODAY, ON HIS ATOMIC PULP BLOG, HE GIVES US THE LOW DOWN:

Paul Bishop was asking about this early project of mine over on his blog yesterday. The story behind the magazine that I created, edited and art directed (and did production on, and typeset, etc.) back in the mid-Nineties, NOIR: The Illustrated Crime Fiction Quarterly, is pretty convoluted and after a decade-and-a-half or more, I'm not sure I remember it all.

But I'll try.

At the time that I first conceived of the magazine, I was working for a small indie comics publishing outfit called Alpha Productions. I had persuaded the guys – particularly publisher Leni Gronros – to take a chance on another pet project, a private eye comics anthology called The Detectives, and it had sold fairly well, especially by our standards. This bought me a little goodwill, I guess, and when I suggested to Leni another hare-brained idea of mine – a comic-book sized "pulp" magazine containing illustrated crime fiction and hardboiled comic stories – he agreed to give it a shot.

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NIKE SOCCER ~ THE CAGE MATCHES EXTENDED VERSION!