Saturday, February 14, 2009

AN EVENING AT THE BUDDIES LOUNGE - SHOW 47!

AN EVENING AT THE BUDDIES LOUNGE - SHOW 47!

Join the BIG W as he celebrates Valentine’s Day, with drink in hand, for an hour of Space-Age Pop LOVE songs from the 1950’s and the 1960’s in LIVING STEREO!

Show 47 playlist:

• Wild Is Love - Nat King Cole
• I Wish I Were In Love Again - Sid Ramin
• Fit As A Fiddle (And Ready For Love) - Doris Day
• (I Love You And) Don’t You Forget it - Henry Mancini
• It Looks Like Love - Dean Martin
• World Without Love - Marty Gold
• Let’s Fall In Love - Anita O’Day
• Happy In Love - Tak Shindo
• I Can’t Give You Anything Buy Love - Four Freshman
• She Loves You - Count Basie
• You’re Just In Love - Louis Prima with Sam Butera & The Witnesses
• This Can’t Be Love - Ella Fitzgerald
• A Very Special Love - Shorty Rogers
• Let There Be Love - Sammy Davis, Jr.
• My Love - Les Brown
• Everybody Loves My Baby - Warren Kime
• I’m In Love With The Honorable Mr. So and So - Sue Raney
• I Love Paris - Alvino Rey
• Wives And Lovers - Nanacy Wilson
• I Love You - Paul Weston
• Love Is Just Around The Corner - Mel Tormé

TO DOWNLOAD CLICK HERE

COOL JAZZ: THE COCKTAIL HOUR!

COOL JAZZ: THE COCKTAIL HOUR!

NEW FROM FAT CITY CIGAR LOUNGE:

Usually a collection with a title like Cool Jazz: The Cocktail Hour and a cover shot of upwardly mobile folks sipping martinis wouldn't raise eyebrows. Behind the deceptive cover, though, is a sampler from one of the more adventurous jazz labels in the U.S., Evidence.

Packed in its 13 tracks are a handful of Sun Ra’s most swinging tunes, including "Plutonian Nights," "State Street," and the R&B burner "Great Balls of Fire" (sorry, no relation to Jerry Lee Lewis' tune).

Ra alumni Michael Ray puts a New Orleans touch on his "Beans and Rice" while piano player Ed Kelly teams up with Pharoah Sanders for sophisticated soul-jazz on "Pippin'."

Singer Carmen Bradford brightens the collection with sheer exuberance on two tunes, "Chicago Hello" and "Rough Ridin'." This is the hippest cocktail hour around and a great introduction to the Evidence roster.

TRACK LIST


1 Pippin' Ed Kelly, Pharoah Sanders
2 Plutonian Nights Sun Ra
3 Beans and Rice Michael Ray, Cosmic Krewe
4 Rough Ridin' Carmen Bradford
5 West Oakland Strut Ed Kelly, Pharoah Sanders
6 Great Balls of Fire Sun Ra
7 Samba Kelly, Ed Ensemble
8 Use Your Hands Babatunde Lea
9 Kingdom of Not Sun Ra
10 The Golden Lady Sun Ra
11 Chicago Hello Carmen Bradford
12 It'll Be Alright David Hardiman
13 State Street Sun Ra

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BIONIC BULLET DODGING BODY ARMOR!

BIONIC BULLET DODGING BODY ARMOR!

HAVING BEEN HIT WHILE WEARING BODY ARMOR AND SUFFERING BROKEN RIBS AND A HELLISH BRUISE (BUT VERY HAPPY TO BE ALIVE), I’M READY TO WEAR THIS NEXT GENERATION OF BODY ARMOR (DESPITE THE NAYSAYERS) . . .


IBM has filed for a patent on technology that would heighten reflexes, making it possible to actually dodge bullets. This body armor continuously scans the area for incoming projectviles. When one is detected the system delivers a shock to the body’s muscles, thus creating a reflexive movement away from the incoming bullet.

The present invention relates generally to the protection of an individual against a projectile propelled from a firearm. More particularly, the present invention relates to a body armor system and its method of use that is capable of detecting a projectile propelled from a firearm, computing the trajectory of the projectile, and moving the individual out of the path of the projectile to avoid being hit.


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HOTEL EVERLAND!

HOTEL EVERLAND!

Everland is a hotel with only one room including a bathroom, a king-size bed and a lounge. What makes it so different is that - because it is also an art installation - this hotel travels! The Everland has been ‘parked’ in the most unsual places, like the roof-deck of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Leipzig, Germany.

Now the hotel is in Paris, high above the city, with a spectacular view on the Eiffel Tower from its place at the roof of Palais de Tokyo.

Considering how unique a night in this hotel is, the price is not so crazy: you can get the only room and the unique view for 333 Euros during the week, 444 Euros during the weekends.

TO CHECK IN OR JUST CHECK IT OUT CLICK HERE

THE CAT'S MEOW!

Friday, February 13, 2009

BUDDIES LOUNGE #46!

BUDDIES LOUNGE #46!

From STUDIO 67 in Hollywood, celebrate the 50th anniversary re-broadcast of Stan Freberg's classic "Oregon! Oregon! A Centennial Fable in 3 Acts". Other rare comic gems from Mr. Freberg fill out this brand-new hour of Hi-Fi Space-Age fun from the BUDDIES LOUNGE..... presented in LIVING STEREO!!!!

Show 46 playlist:

• Oregon! Oregon!
• Omaha!
• Kaiser Foil Salesman Faces Life!
• Freberg Underground - The Flackman & Reagan!
• Freberg Underground - Folk Songs For Our Time

An Evening At The Buddies Lounge will be back on 2/14 with a salute to love!!! Don't Miss It!

TO DOWNLOAD CLICK HERE

GUNS OF THE BLACK BAT!

GUNS OF THE BLACK BAT!

Age of Adventure enters the world of Pulp Heroes
with its line of $5 Pulp Adventure Digests!

These 100 page digest sized books are full of ALL NEW slam bang ACTION, MYSTERY, and SUSPENSE and all for only 5 bucks! The first release features the hero from the classic Black Book Detective, The BLACK BAT in two mysterious thrillers by Wayne Skiver. Guns of the Black Bat releases from the all new AofA storefront this March, but you can PRE-ORDER NOW and receive a free catalog featuring artwork and upcoming releases in this exciting new line of Pulp Adventure fiction!

Future volumes include Ki-Gor, Doctor Satan, the Griffon, Dr. Art Sippo's NEW Sun Koh series, and an ongoing Dracula series!

SHANTARAM!

SHANTARAM!

"The sharp edge of a razor is difficult to pass over; thus the wise say the path to Salvation is hard." — Katha-Upanishad (Epigraph from The Razor’s Edge)

When I was sixteen, I had my world rocked when I read The Razor’s Edge by W. Somerset Maugham. What I took from that book had a profound influence on my life and philosophy throughout my late teens and early twenties. Later, I came across another book, Round The Bend by Nevil Shute, which while very different from The Razor’s Edge in setting, was told in a similar style and tone and rang with the same truths.

In 2005, I discovered Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts . While I can’t say this epic novel had the same reforming, life changing effect on me as the two previously mentioned novels, I found it a joyful return to similar themes and storytelling. While the first two novels changed me, Shantaram invigorated me – taking me back to the wanderlust of my early years.

I am now listening to the massive 35 CD audio book version of Shantaram and am blown away all over again – not just by the story, but just as much by the performance of reader Humphrey Bower who absolutely nails every voice and every character. This is a masterful performance worthy of every audio award out there.

In book form this 920 page epic journey through India will not be for all tastes. The storytelling here is languid and unhurried, punctuated by sudden violence and stunning revelations – much like India itself where the story takes place.

Publisher’s Weekly's review reads in part: “If there are occasional passages that would make the very angels of purple prose weep, there are also images, plots, characters, philosophical dialogues, and mysteries that more than compensate for the novel's flaws. A sensational read . . .” I could not agree more.

For me, Shantaram (Man of God's Peace) possibly came along at just the right time. I’d been feasting on a diet of lean noir novels and short story collections, so I was rested and willing to embark on a much longer novel journey.

And what a journey – on each page I found a unique twist of phrase, or a delightful witticism, a stunning verbal word picture, or an incisive philosophical take on the world, and much more. The power of wonder in the storytelling drew me into the pages and made it’s story my story. Clearly autobiographical – the first draft written while Roberts was imprisoned – there is a realness where Robert’s has given of everything inside of him the freedom he physically did not have himself.

Like The Razor’s Edge and Round The Bend, Shantram’s events have sunk deep into my consciousness – becoming false memories as real as those I actually experienced. I will treasure this book for a long time to come.

THE CAT'S MEOW!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

FORGOTTEN BOOKS: TIEBREAKER BY JACK BICKHAM!

FORGOTTEN BOOKS: TIEBREAKER BY JACK BICKHAM!

I have a very large collection of sports mysteries. They vary widely in quality, but among the best (not necessarily Dick Francis level, but among the best of the rest) are Jack Bickham’s tennis/spy series featuring reluctant agent Brad Smith.

I Spy with Culp and Crosby were the first to perceive of an international tennis star as a spy, but really did little but pay lip service to Culp’s tennis cover and Cosby’s tennis trainer cover during the series. Bickham does an excellent job of integrating the international tennis scene into each of the six books in his series.

Here’s the write up from the first in the series, Tiebreaker, from 1989:

Brad Smith doesn’t play tennis these days except in celebrity pro-am tournaments. He can still be found courtside, though, in his new role as a journalist. And, sometimes in and old function: As a contract worker for the intelligence community. The world of international tennis is the perfect cover, and has been since Brad’s days as a Wimbledon champion.

It is for the CIA that Smith goes to Belgrade, for the first major championship to be played there. He liked the idea of the trip and liked his target even more: Danisa Lechova, young, beautiful, a brilliant tennis player…and a woman who must be brought out from behind the Iron Curtain.

Too late, Brad realizes that the game of espionage is much like tennis – in order to win, you have to set up your opponent.

Lechova has to come over because her brother, a KGB operative wants to defect – but only if she is free. The first problem is, she doesn’t know she has a brother.

The second problem is Brad has been set up – he’s playing the net and there’s no one to protect his baseline.

Ahh, the days of the KGB the Iron Curtain and defecting spies – don’t you miss ‘em? Bickham’s prose is readable and his character likable. As the series went on, tennis became an even more integral part of each story – unlike most sports mystery series where the sport often takes more and more of a back seat.

The books are also remarkable for Bickham’s alternating chapters of first and third person narratives – experimental in it’s time, and relatively successful.

The Brad Smith Tennis Mysteries:

Tiebreaker
Dropshot
Overhead
Breakfast At Wimbledon
Double Fault
The Davis Cup Conspiracy

LET’S ROLL KATO!

LET’S ROLL KATO!

Moonstone Books, who have done great prose collections for Zorro, The Avenger, The Night Stalker, The Spider, The Phantom, and a whole bunch more, got the New York Comic Con’s pulp panel buzzing with news they obtained the rights to publish a series of Green Hornet and Kato prose anthologies.

Joe Gentile, publisher of Moonstone Books, will edit the books, which will include the work of many of today's top writers. Go to Moonstone Books for more info coming soon.

Let's roll, Kato!

AFRICAN MYSTERIES!

AFRICAN MYSTERIES!

THE EURO CRIME BLOG HAS AN GREAT POST ON SOME UPCOMING AFRICAN SET MYSTERIES . . .


Here are a few novels coming out in the next few months set in Africa:

I've been lucky enough to receive today a review copy of Malla Nunn's A Beautiful Place to Die, which is to be published in the UK in March and of which I've heard great things.

When an Afrikaans police captain is murdered in a small South African country town, Detective Emmanuel Cooper must navigate his way through the labyrinthine racial and social divisions that split the community. And as the National Party introduces the laws to support the system of apartheid, Emmanuel struggles - much like Martin Cruz Smith's Arkady Renko - to remain a good man in the face of astonishing power. In a considered but very commercial novel, Malla Nunn combines a compelling plot with a thoughtful and complex portrayal of a fascinating period of history, illustrating the human desires that drive us all, regardless of race, colour or creed. "A Beautiful Place To Die" is the first of a planned series of novels featuring Detective Emmanuel Cooper.

TO READ THE FULL POST CLICK HERE

BRITISH MYSTERIES ON ITV ~

BRITISH MYSTERIES ON ITV!

INFO FROM A ITV (BRITISH TV CHANNEL) PRESS RELEASE:

ITV has commissioned a new series of Doc Martin and three more episodes of Foyle’s War.

The broadcaster’s decision to recommission the dramas follows the news that another long-running favourite, Wire in the Blood, has been axed, and that doubt hangs over the future of popular series Heartbeat.

In its announcement today, ITV said Foyle’s War, created by Anthony Horowitz and starring Michael Kitchen, will return with three new episodes, while Martin Clunes will reprise his role as Doc Martin in a new eight-part series to be filmed in Cornwall.

Elsewhere, ITV director of drama Laura Mackie has also commissioned eight new Agatha Christie films, including Murder on the Orient Express. This will star David Suchet as Hercule Poirot, and will run alongside three other Poirot dramas.

At the same time, Julia McKenzie - who later this year will make her first appearance as Jane Marple - will begin production on four new Marple films.

THE CAT'S MEOW ~ RACOON VERSION!

THE CAT'S MEOW!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

UNOFFICIAL JAMES BOND SHORT STORY!

UNOFFICIAL JAMES BOND SHORT STORY!

THE HMSS WEBLOG HAS A FACINATING POST REGARDING A LITTLE KNOWN PIECE OF BOND FICTION ~

As we’ve discussed before, the British film historian Adrian Turner did a 1998 book on Goldfinger, the 1964 film that made 007 a huge film franchise. But the book also contained something else: a James Bond short story.

The story, The Scarlet Letter, is not an officially authorized Bond story. But, in the U.S. at least, there’s something called “fair use” of copyrighted material, which includes parody. We suspect Turner could make the case his story was a parody of Bond, something that would not be confused with the real thing.

However, the story combines elements of sometimes maligned fanfiction. In this case, Turner tied Goldfinger in with Marnie, the Alfred Hitchock film that starred Sean Connery. In the piece, an aging Bond gets a letter from the daughter of Pussy Galore about the demise of her mother.

TO READ THE FULL POST CLICK HERE

CHERUB’S TEEN SPIES ON THE BIG SCREEN!

CHERUB’S TEEN SPIES ON THE BIG SCREEN!

I’VE BLOGGED ABOUT ROBERT MUCHAMORE’S TEEN SPY CHERUB SERIES IN THE PAST, COMPARING IT FAVORABLY TO THE ALEX RIDER SERIES, BUT WITH A MORE REALISTIC GROUNDING. NOW THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER TELLS US BBC HAS ANNOUNCED A FEATURE FILM VERSION ~

BERLIN -- BBC Films is getting into the big-screen franchise business for the first time in its history, commissioning a script based on the first of a series of teenage spy books written by Robert Muchamore.

Billed as "more Bourne than Bond," the series of novels are known as the Cherub books. Ronan Bennett has written a screenplay for BBC Films for the first outing and helmer Chris Smith, who shot to commercial success with his big screen debut "Creep" will direct.

BBC Films board member Joe Oppenheimer said the shoot is planned for August, but no budget has been drawn up yet. Billed as a kids' actioner, the movie will include skateboard chases and lots of action. It will be produced by Sarah Radclyffe with Hanway Films selling worldwide in Berlin. The BBC said is hopes to partner with a studio on the project with a view to creating a franchise. There are five books in the series to date.


A TIP OF THE FEDORA TO THE DOUBLE O SECTION

BULLETS, BROADS, BLACKMAIL & BOMBS ~ BUBBLIN’ CRUDE!

BULLETS, BROADS, BLACKMAIL & BOMBS ~ BUBBLIN’ CRUDE!

BRUCE GROSSMAN HAS HIS LATEST BOOK COLUMN OVER AT BOOKGASM ~

Oil, that is … black gold, Texas tea. Now that everyone is probably still singing the rest of that theme song, onto this week’s column. Real simple, it’s about oil — the stuff that heats some homes and makes the car go vroom. It also gives me a chance to clear out a few more books from my never-dwindling pile.

THE OPEC OBJECTIVE by Michael Hammonds — What looks from all accounts to be some never-ran men’s adventure series actually is a pretty good 1981 thriller — not great, but enjoyable nonetheless. I went into it with low expectations. It starts out with a prisoner being held by some local sheriffs waiting for the FBI to come pick him up, only to have both the cops and prisoner being killed by men in suits. That definitely piqued my interest.

TO READ THE FULL COLUMN CLICK HERE

BAMBOO CLUB ~ MARCH!

SINATRA ~ JOBIM SESSIONS!

SINATRA ~ JOBIM SESSIONS!

THANKS TO KELLY’S LOUNGE SOUND BLOG FOR THIS SCARCE SINATRA DOWNLOAD ~


First some historical background regarding this collaboration between Sinatra and Jobim:

Apparently, the only a vinyl test pressing and 3500 8-track cartridges were produced before the Sinatra/Jobim collaboration was cancelled for reasons unknown. A memo was then issued by Warner ordering the destruction of all but three copies of the 3500 8-track tapes.

The memo was sent to all retailers and distributors recalling all unsold copies. A further effort was even made to get back all the sold copies through another recall. Whether or not these efforts were successful are to this day unknown, but there are fewer than 5 copies of the 8-track tape known to exist.

The double LP album featured here was published only in Brazil by producer Roberto Quartin and has never been released before either on vinyl or CD. It contains all the songs played during therecording sessions between Sinatra and Jobim.

Three of these songs, Bonita, Sabiá and Desifinado were not included in any of the two previous record releases featuring Sinatra and Jobim, but were on the 8-track cart recalled by Warner.

Make any sense out of all that? Worry not if your answer is negative. We're just here for the music – delicate and light as a breeze across naked skin. There are a lot of layers here – strings, guitar, percussion, delicate trumpet – all of superbly to underscore rather than compete with each other. It is super cool bossa nova laid atop shaved ice.

Disc 1:

01) Baubles Bangles And Beads
02) I Concentrate On You
03) Dindi
04) Change Partners
o5) Quiet Nights
06) If You Never Come To Me
07) Girl From Ipanema
08) Meditation
09) Once I Loved
10) How Insensitive
11) Drinking Again

Disc 2:
01) One Note Samba
02) Don't Ever Go Away
03) Wave
04) Bonita
05) Someone To Light Up My Life
06) Off Key (Desifinado)
07) Drinking Water (Agua de Beber)
08) Song Of The Sabia
09) This Happy Madness
10) Triste

TO FIND THE DOWNLOAD CLICK HERE


THE CAT'S MEOW!

CAT REMOTE CONTROL!

CAT REMOTE CONTROL!

A REMOTE CONTROL FOR YOUR CAT? GOOD LUCK WITH THAT!

VIA THINKGEEK:

Cats are known for many things. The dexterity to always land on their feet and the cleanliness of their fur coats. The ability to knock over a lamp or slam into a screen door and casually continue along as if nothing happened. The nerve to shred your furniture with their claws and somehow look cute doing it. The thoughtfulness of bringing home their latest bird catch and dropping it off at the backdoor as a "present" for you.

Cats are not known, however, for their ability to learn and obey the commands of their owners. That's where the Control-a-Cat Remote Control can come in handy.

Simply point at your cat, press buttons on the remote and hope for the best. With buttons for "Stop Scratching", "Show Affection", "Remain Aloof" and others, you'll be in control in no time. It's finally your turn to make your cat do what you want.

Point at subject, press button, hope for the best
21-button novelty remote control
No batteries required - powered by wishful thinking

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

SHOTS IN THE DARK ~ A SURF/LOUNGE TRIBUTE TO MANCINI!

SHOTS IN THE DARK ~ A SURF/LOUNGE TRIBUTE TO MANCINI!

1996 release (featuring the lovely Rose McGowan on front & back covers) on Donna Records/Del-Fi, a full color picture CD featuring '90s surf & instrumental acts covering 20 of Mancini's finest and best known. Includes Poison Ivy (of The Cramps 'Peter Gunn Theme', The Blue Hawaiians 'Charade', Wonderful World Of Joey 'Days Of Wine And Roses', Wiskey Biscuit 'A Shot In The Dark', Nan Vernon 'Moon River', Man Or Astroman? 'Touch Of Evil' & more.

Track Listing

1. Banzai Pipeline
2. Baby Elephant Walk
3. Peter Gunn
4. Charade
5. Something for Cat
6. Mr. Lucky
7. The Pink Panther Theme
8. Lonesome
9. The Party
10. Monkey Farm
11. A Shot in the Dark
12. Touch of Evil
13. Days of Wine and Roses
14. Dreamsville
15. Push the Button, Max!
16. Charade
17. Mr. Yunioshi
18. Arabesque
19. Experiment in Terror
20. Moon River

A SPOT ON REVIEW OFF AMAZON:

This is one of the most addicting albums ever recorded and though the songs were around thirty years old when this was released it was by far the freshest release of 1996, perhaps the entire decade.

Henry Mancini's songs remain theoretically intact but are presented in such a different context, mostly a hard edged, surf rock reverb guitar meets late 50's space-age, bachelor-pad swing sound, that it instantly became one of the most ambitious tribute albums ever contemplated. There are plenty of musical quirks that would seem absurd but work to perfection: a laughing clown (don't ask) in the midst of "The Pink Panther Theme", a "space phone" (again, don't ask) on "Lonesome", and best of all, actual vintage NASA transmissions floating through the mesmerizing "Dreamsville". Each group went out on a limb with their interpretations and somehow it pulled together to form a cohesive and deviously entertaining whole.

Unlike many instrumental albums, either compilations or by a single group, the songs don't all blend into one another. Each is unique unto itself and the album is aided by three vocal tracks, all sung with a sort of half-drunk casual lounge cool, that further serve to break up the flow nicely, with the most haunting version of "Moon River" ever heard to close the album out.

Add to the mix excellent packaging, great liner notes with background on Mancini, plus bios and pics of each of the performers and how they approached these songs, and you have an indispensable album. If I could recommend one CD that most people, regardless of overall music taste and knowledge, probably never heard of, this would be it.

DEAD MAN’S BROTHER!

DEAD MAN’S BROTHER!

ROD LOT HAS A GOOD REVIEW OF THE LATEST HARD CASE CRIME OFFERING OVER AT BOOKGASM ~

Zelazny fans — of which there are many — may rejoice in the publication of a lost novel, THE DEAD MAN’S BROTHER, nearly 14 years after his death. But don’t expect another entry in THE CHRONICLES OF AMBER; after all, Hard Case Crime doesn’t publish science fiction.

Reformed art smuggler Ovid Wiley now deals in art legally in a New York City gallery. On page one, he awakes to find his former partner — from his illegal days — stabbed to death on the floor of the place. Wiley has no idea why, so he decides to lie to the cops about him knowing the corpse at all. But because he has no way to prove he didn’t do it, Wiley is thrown in the clinker.

TO READ THE FULL REVIEW CLICK HERE

NIGHT AND DAY ~ ON SALE FEBRUARY 24!

NIGHT AND DAY ~ ON SALE FEBRUARY 24!

Paradise, Massachusetts, police chief Jesse Stone confronts a town's darkest secrets in the shocking new novel from the New York Times bestselling author Robert B. Parker

Dear Chief Stone:
I know you have been looking for me . . . I won’t turn myself in. I probably should, but my obsession won’t let me. What I know is that my life is becoming more unbearable every time. I need to see. I need to know their secret.
The Night Hawk


Things are getting strange in Paradise, Massachusetts. Police Chief Jesse Stone is called to the junior high school when reports of lewd conduct by the school's principal, Betsy Ingersoll, filter into the station. Ingersoll claims she was protecting the propriety of her students when she inspected each girl's undergarments in the locker room. Jesse would like nothing more than to see Ingersoll punished, but her high-powered attorney husband stands in the way. At the same time, the women of Paradise are faced with a threat to their sense of security with the emergence of a tormented voyeur, dubbed "The Night Hawk."


Initially, he's content to peer through windows, but as times goes on, he becomes more reckless, forcing his victims to strip at gunpoint, then photographing them at their most vulnerable. And according to the notes he's sending to Jesse, he's not satisfied to stop there. It's up to Jesse to catch the Night Hawk, before it's too late.

THE CAT'S MEOW!

Monday, February 9, 2009

BLOSSOM DEARIE, R.I.P.

BLOSSOM DEARIE, R.I.P.

Blossom Dearie, the American singer whose little-girl voice and jazzy piano arrangements offered a unique approach to show tunes and the Great American Songbook, died Feb. 7 ather home in Greenwich Village after a long illness. She was 82.

Into the 2000s, the blonde Ms. Dearie was tickling the ivories and singing her signature tunes, including "I'm Hip" and "Peel Me a Grape," in the now-defunct Danny's Skylight Room on Restaurant Row in the Broadway theatre district.

Salty and seemingly sometimes more committed to her keyboard
and mike than to her audience, she was known for telling listeners and waiters to make less noise while she worked. At Danny's, the septuagenarian was not above being a pitchwoman for her CDs, on sale at the venue. Sometimes personally prickly, she nevertheless greeted fans and signed autographs after shows.

Ms. Dearie was born in East Durham, NY, near Albany, in 1926. She reportedly got her first name, Blossom, after a neighbor brought the Dearie family peach-tree blossoms to celebrate her birth. Her given name was Marguerite.

She showed an interest in the piano as a child, and was seduced by jazz over classical. After high school, she moved to New York City. In the late 1940s and '50s, Ms. Dearie sang with jazz bands and plunged into the jazz-club community. She performed in Paris, which led to many fresh contacts for the singer. Norman Granz of Verve Records
signed her to a contract of six albums, and the CD re-releases of those discs have now reached new generations.

With her chunky glasses, pageboy haircut and decidedly unsexy look, she nonetheless had a kittenish, wispy voice that was unlike any in pop music. While artists such as Peggy Lee or Julie London boasted smoky sexuality, Ms. Dearie, for decades, always sounded a little bit like a 14-year-old girl caught up in the cigarette smoke and syncopated swirl of the Manhattan club scene.

Her beloved early-career discs include "Blossom Dearie," "May I Come In?," "My Gentleman Friend," "Blossom Dearie Sings Comden and Green," "Once Upon a Summertime," "Give Him the Ooh-La-La" and "Soubrette Sings Broadway." In recent years Verve released two Dearie compilations (in the Diva series and the Jazz Master series) drawing from the label's vaults.

Ms. Dearie also wrote her own songs, collaborating with Johnny Mercer, Jack Segal, Johnny Mandel, Duncan Lamont, Mariah Blackwolf, Sandra Harris, Walter Birchett, Dave Frishberg, Len Saltzberg, Michael Conner, Jim Council and more. Her songs - many recorded in the 1970s and into the 1990s, sometimes boasting unusual "mod" arrangements and singular vocal riffs - include "Bye-Bye Country Boy," "I'm Shadowing You," "Sweet Georgie Fame," "Long Daddy Green," "Flame to Fire," "Touch the Hand of Love," "Winchester in Apple Blossom Time," and more.

Latter-day recordings of her own work were released independently on her own label, Daffodil Records ("Our Favorite Songs," the two-disc "Blossom's Own Treasures"and "Blossom's Planet," among others).

Some of her best known and most loved recordings are of songs by Dave Frishberg, Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Cole Porter and Michel Legrand.

Ms. Dearie once told Tony Vellela of the Christian Science Monitor, "I choose material that I like. The music has to be of a certain standard. If the music is no good, I'm not interested in the song."

In 1983 Ms. Dearie was the first recipient of the Mabel Mercer Foundation Award.

A new generation of listeners knew her voice from the 1970s educational cartoon TV series "Schoolhouse Rock!," for which she sang "Figure Eight," "Mother Necessity" and "Unpack Your Adjectives." She also sang obscure show music on the idiosyncratic record producer Ben Bagley's series of "Revisited" series on his own Painted Smiles label.


AMC ~ THE PRISONER SNEAK PREVIEW!

HOW TO CALL THE POLICE!

HOW TO CALL THE POLICE!

George Phillips , an elderly man, from Meridian, Mississippi, was going up to bed, when his wife told him that he'd left the light on in the garden shed, which she could see from the bedroom window.

George opened the back door to go turn off the light, but saw that there were people in the shed stealing things. He phoned the police, who asked "Is someone in your house?"

He said "No," but some people are breaking into my garden shed and stealing from me.

Then the police dispatcher said "All patrols are busy. You should lock your doors and an officer will be along when one is available."

George said, "Okay." He hung up the phone and counted to 30. Then he phoned the police again.

"Hello, I just called you a few seconds ago because there were people stealing things from my shed. Well, you don't have to worry about them now because I just shot them." and he hung up.

Within five minutes, six Police Cars, a SWAT Team, a Helicopter, two Fire Trucks, a Paramedic, and an Ambulance showed up at the Phillips' residence, and caught the burglars red-handed.

One of the Policemen said to George, "I thought you said that you'd shot them!"

George said, "I thought you said there was nobody available."

MODESTY BLAISE!

MODESTY BLAISE!

CURT PURCELL'S GROOVY AGE OF HORROR BLOG TAKES ON TWO MODESTY BLAISE NOVELS (ONE OF MY FAVORITE SPY SERIES) AND GETS A BIG SURPRISE . . .

This double-shot is my first dose of Modesty Blaise. For some reason, I've always had the impression that MB was some light pop-cultural confection only marginally more serious than the "spoofs" it inspired. I say, "for some reason," but the reasons are pretty clear to me. First, the comic strip beginnings; second, the way the movie has been characterized in the unanimously scathing reviews I've read; third, the reputation for camp and spoofiness that has settled over Groovy Age popular spy entertainment in general; and finally the fact that even the MB novels were to some degree packaged as such. Although the McGinnis cover of Sabre-Tooth accurately depicts a scene from the novel, without O'Donnell's grim context and serious rationale, it looks like some broad comedy gag (you can almost hear the exaggerated burlesque-show music).

I should have known better when the so-called spoofs (like Lady from L.U.S.T. and Cherry Delight) turned out to be starker and darker and better in general than their covers promise. But then I almost fell out of my seat when John Grace said on the Eurotrash Paradise forum, "From what I remember [of the Modesty Blaise paperbacks], the best hand-to-hand combat scenes ever written."

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THE CAT'S MEOW!

THE RETRO COCKTAIL HOUR #493!

THE RETRO COCKTAIL HOUR #493!

Title: Harlem Mambo
Artist: Dave Barbour and his Orchestra
Title: Relax and Mambo
Artist: Machito and his Afro-Cubans
Title: Begin the Beguine
Artist: Esquivel and his Orchestra
Title: Tequila
Artist: Warren Kime / Brass Impact
Title: Touch of Evil
Artist: Henry Mancini and his Orchestra
Title: Quiet Village
Artist: Living Percussion
Title: Mai Tai
Artist: Les Baxter and his Orchestra
Title: Safradesia
Artist: Don Ralke and his Orchestra
Title: Paradise Found
Artist: Shorty Rogers
Title: Bongosville
Artist: The Latin All Stars
Title: Bembe Negro
Artist: Don Ralke
Title: Montevideo
Artist: Pete Rugolo and his Orchestra
Title: Like Young
Artist: Linda Lawson
Title: McDougal Street Blues
Artist: Jack Kerouac / Steve Allen
Title: Mulholland Falls
Artist: Dave Grusin
Title: Staccato's Theme
Artist: Elmer Bernstein
Title: Girl in a Sportscar
Artist: Alan Hawkshaw
Title: Speeding Down the Highway
Artist: Arling and Cameron
Title: Waldmadchen
Artist: Gustav Brom Big Band
Title: Beach Party 2
Artist: Keith Papworth
Title: Titelmusik Rio Amore
Artist: Gerhard Heinz
Title: Cocktails con Laura
Artist: Balanco
Title: Clear Waters
Artist: Alan Parker / Alan Hawkshaw
Title: Pictures in the Sand
Artist: Les Baxter
Title: Black Orchid
Artist: Cal Tjader
Title: Voodoo Dreams
Artist: Les Baxter and his Orchestra / Plas Johnson
Title: And So Is Love
Artist: The Buddy Collette-Chico Hamilton Sextet
Title: Bongo Riff
Artist: Pete Rugolo and his Orchestra / Jack Costanzo
Title: Kookin' for Kookie
Artist: The Frankie Ortega Trio / Sy Oliver Orchestra
Title: At the Strip
Artist: Swingerhead
Title: Peter Gunn Theme
Artist: Mundell Lowe and his All-Stars
Title: Peter Popgunn
Artist: John Schroeder and his Orchestra
Title: Kriminal Seq. 23
Artist: Roberto Pregadio / Romano Mussolini

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FREE AGENT ~ THE SPY THRILLER IS BACK!

FREE AGENT ~ THE SPY THRILLER IS BACK!

COMING IN MAY 2009 ~

In July 1945, MI6 agent Paul Dark took part in a clandestine mission to hunt down and execute Nazi war criminals. He will discover that everything he understood about that mission, about its consequences, and about the woman he once loved, has been built on false foundations.

Now it's 1969, and a KGB colonel has walked into the British High Commission in Lagos, Nigeria, and announced he wants to defect. His credentials as a defector are good: he has highly suggestive information indicating that there is yet another double agent within MI6, which would be a devastating blow to an organization still coming to terms with its betrayal by Kim Philby and the rest of the Cambridge Ring. Dark has been largely above suspicion during MI6's years of self-recrimination - but this time he's in the frame. For some it would be flight or fight time. But when you discover that everything you've taken for granted turns out to be untrue, and when your arrest may be only moments away, then sometimes the only option is flight and flight... whatever the consequences.

FREE AGENT is an intense, twisting thriller set between London and Nigeria during the height of the Biafran War. It's a novel of innumerable cliff-hangers, all set within a constantly evolving moral universe, and the surprises keep coming right up until the last page. This is a remarkable and riveting debut novel, and the first in a trilogy featuring Paul Dark.

TO READ THE FIRST CHAPTER CLICK HERE

THE CAT'S MEOW!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

JOKER SKI MASK!

JOKER SKI MASK!

The Dark Knight Joker Combination Ski Mask & Winter Beanie. Inspired by the dark knight movie, this officially licensed Joker Ski Mask & Winter Beanie will keep you warm on the coldest days. It also looks pretty darn mean too! The Joker's face has been printed the line up with your face for an eerie effect that will have you looking like the joker in no time. You can use this ski mask over your entire face or roll it up as a winter beanie.

TO CHECK IT OUT AT AMAZON CLICK HERE

HUMANS ARE AMONG US!

HUMANS ARE AMONG US!

Who the enemy is might just depend on your perspective …

Here’s a clever ad campaign for the Sci Fi TV channel by Agostino Toscana and Luca Lorenzini, illustrated in the style of old paperbacks by Mike Koelsch.

A SCARY SCREAM OUT TO NEATORAMA

SPYCAST ~ PODCAST!

SPYCAST ~ POD CAST!

HMSS WEBLOG TIPS US TO A COOL SERIES OF PODCASTS FROM WASHINGTON DC's INTERNATIONAL SPY MUSEUM

HMSS reports the museum, for your listening pleasure, is putting out a pretty terrific podcast on a monthly basis. Called, naturally enough, SpyCast, its topics run the gamut from the history of America’s intelligence services to the hardware of spycraft; there are interviews with everyone from former MI5 chief Stella Remington to actor/spy buff Robert DeNiro. Fascinating stuff, all of it.

SpyCast is hosted by Peter Earnest, executive director of the museum. He was previously, and for many years, a CIA case officer (that means real spy), so he knows, presumably, whereof he speaks.

You can subscribe via iTunes, or go straight to THE SOURCE and download what interests you.

BEER BOTTLE DOMINOS!



BEER BOTTLE DOMINOS!

THIS IS WHY I DON'T DRINK ~ SOMEBODY HAS WAY TOO MUCH TIME ON THEIR HANDS!

ENCYCLOPEDIA OF TV SPIES IS HERE!

ENCYCLOPEDIA OF TV SPIES IS HERE!

NEWS FROM SPY WISE’S WES BRITTON ~

If you're a fan of Burn Notice, Chuck, or 24, then you've joined the millions of viewers who've loved the adventures of classic secret agents for over 55 years. In over 200 programs, TV spies have been cultural trend-setters from The Man From U.N.C.L.E. to The Six Million Dollar Man. They've been espionage blended with science-fiction,gritty and realistic, docu-dramas, mini-series, comic spoofs for adults and entertainment for the very young. And, as Wes Britton demonstrates in his new Encyclopedia of TV Spies, the genre is full of nuggets and rarities even the most devoted spy-watcher may have missed.

On March 1, 2009, Bear Manor Media will release The Encyclopedia of TV Spies, and they promise a treasure-trove of surprises. What do you know about The Piglet Files, Doomwatch, The Sandbaggers? Has your DVD diet included Passport to Danger, Man in a Suitcase, Sleepers? That's what The Encyclopedia of TV Spies is all about-the icons of TV past, the obscure, the neglected classics, and the misfires. If you're a spy buff or a fan of TV history, this is one that belongs on your bookshelf!

Before Bond, before Maxwell Smart and Mrs. Emma Peel, we’'ve enjoyed a wide variety of TV Spies. From 1951’'s Dangerous Assignment to today'’s Burn Notice, we'’ve watched cloak-and-dagger adventures from popular successes like Alias and Mission: Impossible to thoughtful mini-series like The Sandbaggers to cartoons and even live animals in shows like Lancelot Link, Secret Chimp. Our TV secret agents have worn masks and capes (Adventures of Zorro), fought in the historical past (Hogan’s Heroes, Jack of All Trades), been as stylish as Napoleon Solo in The Man From U.N.C.L.E., or have been as frumpy as George Smiley in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.

No one knows more about the wide vista of these undercover operatives than Dr. Wesley Britton, author of the highly-acclaimed 2004 history of the genre, Spy Television. Now, Britton has compiled the first indispensable reference book on television espionage unveiling the secrets behind our beloved favorites, the nuggets we might have missed, and the programs that disappeared without a trace after their short original runs. Britton provides the behind-the-scenes creative process for TV spies drawn from both extensive research and his interviews with many participants. He uncovers the reasons why some dramas were either unforgettable hits or regrettable misses.

But The Encyclopedia of TV Spies is more than a historical overview—. Britton offers analysis of the elements that made key shows innovative and trend-setting and why some of the best productions ever made never jelled with the networks or audiences. And, like a “Special Edition” DVD, The Encyclopedia of TV Spies also includes extra features including articles on tie-in novels and how to collect TV spy music.

In short, no entertainment library is complete without The Encyclopedia of TV Spies, and no fan of television should be without it. Every reader should expect to discover surprises and suggestions for their own viewing, and will find themselves seeking out the best dramas and comedies available on DVD or online.

HERE'S WHAT THE EXPERTS SAY ABOUT THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF TV SPIES:

"This is an invaluable reference book for anyone interested in the history of television, and that of spies on the small screen . . . They're all here: contemporary spies, Western spies, war time spies, cold war spies, serious ones, funny ones, mysterious ones. . . You get the background on over 200 shows, the creators, the stars, the characters, with behind the scenes intrigue as well as that which was put on the screen. A triumph in research. A must read. More so, a must own."

Marc Cushman, author of I Spy: A History and Episode Guide to the Groundbreaking Television Series

". . . this exhaustive directory covers television programs from 1951 to 2008, and it is a delightful stroll down memory lane . . . The Encyclopedia is rich with photographs, and each entry contains a concise but thorough synopsis, marvelously describing the show and tipping the hat to directors, producers, and actors. Dr. Britton clearly demonstrates his extensive knowledge of television espionage, packaging it in a way that is informative and, at the same time, very fun to read."

Bill Raetz, author of the World Espionage Bureau novels including The Lie Detector, Surveillance, and Romanian Skylark

" . . . Britton's book is a long overdue and desperately needed reference work that should be a part of any serious TV library. It covers every conceivable aspect of the TV espionage genre and will satisfy both the curiosity of fans and the scholarly needs of researchers."

Lee Goldberg, executive producer, Diagnosis: Murder, author of the Monk tie-in novels

"Covering the past six decades, with entries set out in alphabetical order, followers of all these secret missions and undercover operations will be surprised to find just how many television spies they did not know about . . . The contents are well set out, there are appendices and lists with all the dates and descriptions provided . . . this book is an entertaining and easy read."

Roger Langley, author of Patrick McGoohan: Danger Man or Prisoner?

"Finally an authoritative reference source for information on the spy stories that have graced and disgraced the small screen since the earliest days of television . . . Highly recommended for spy-fiction fans everywhere."

T.H.E. Hill, author of Voices Under Berlin

" . . . I learnt something new about many shows I've spent years watching, and learnt of plenty of new shows I should spend many years watching. This is truly a stunning collection of research covering every aspect of spies on television."

Ian Dickerson, Honorary Secretary, The Saint Club

WHERE DO YOU GET THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF TV SPIES?

Bear Manor Media is now accepting pre-orders for Wes Britton's The Encyclopedia of TV Spies!

Publication date: March 1, 2009
Format: softcover
Pages: 497
ISBN: 1-59393-325-8
Price: $29.95

FOR MORE ORDERING INFORMATION CLICK HERE

Wesley Britton
www.Spywise.net

BEAT TO A PULP #9!

BEAT TO A PULP #9!

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


Caveat Venditor, Caveat Emptor
by Todd Robinson

First, congrats to Todd and everybody at Thuglit, for the Edgar nomination of A Sleep Not Unlike Death by Sean Chercover, from their Hardcore Hardboiled collection. Hardcore is packed full of brutal, nasty, well-written tales we have come to expect from Big Daddy Thug and crew. I’ve read several in this collection and all are equally riveting. Todd has been kind enough to supply us with our ninth Weekly Punch at BTAP that’s an adrenalin rush to the end. Enjoy.

Next Week: The Toll Collectors by Chris F. Holm

Coming in March: A Stash of Goods by Barbara Martin

*We are looking for stories to fill the month of May at Beat to a Pulp. A harboiled yarn of a time-traveling cowboy who finds himself fighting Blackbeard on the high seas -or something pulpy like that- would be most welcome.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Todd Robinson is the creator and Chief Editor of the multi-award winning crime fiction website THUGLIT.COM. His short fiction has appeared in Plots With Guns, Beat To A Pulp, Out of the Gutter, Pulp Pusher, Demolition, and Danger City. His writing has been nominated for a Derringer Award, shortlisted for Best American Mystery Stories, and selected for Writers Digest's Year's Best Writing 2003. His non-fiction editorials have appeared in Crimespree Magazine. He is also the editor of the crime fiction anthology Thuglit presents: Hardcore Hardboiled (2008 Kensington Books) and the upcoming Thuglit presents: Sex, Thugs and Rock & Roll (2009 Kensington Books).

TO READ THE FULL STORY CLICK HERE

COCKTAIL NATION #60 ~ THE TIKI BEAT!

COCKTAIL NATION #60 ~ THE TIKI BEAT!

KOOP KOOPER IS DIGGING THE TIKI BEAT THIS WEEK FOR COCKTAIL NATION!
Another week in the Penthouse as we turn on the hi fi and spin some of the very best classic and neo lounge across the globe with a bunch of new vinyl records that I picked up in thrift stores across Sydney...tonight we chat to Marcus Thorn about his Tiki Beat Art show in Australia, there's a new book by Wes Britton about tv spies to let you know about,plenty of gigs to check out in our look at the world of swank plus we get to play a track from the new Jimmy Vargas album Black Halo that will be released US nationally in March 2009.

www.cocktailnation.net

Jimmy Vargas/Black Dahlia's - Can Can Hell Mambo
Sg Sound - Palm Spring Overdrive
Waikiki Beach Boys - Sophisticated Hula
Lenny Dee - Never On Sunday
Bert Kaempfert & Orc - That Happy Feeling
Combustible Edison - Summer Samba
Nina Simone -The Other Woman
Hugo Montenegro - For a Few Dollars more
Diana Krall - I've Got You Under My Skin
Lush Strings - Ebb Tide
Lushy -Tradewinds
Mark Copeland -Too Darn Hot
SpyFi - Mission Impossible
Richard Hayman and His Orch - Caminito
The Purplepit - Back In Black

TO DOWNLOAD CLICK HERE

BUBLE IN THE BOOTH FOR CANUCKS-HAWKS GAME!

BUBLE IN THE BOOTH FOR CANUCKS-HAWKS GAME!

Canadian-born crooner Michael Buble has a new gig, and he’s done it without the benefit of an audition.

Buble will join play-by-play man John Shorthouse in the radio booth Saturday night to provide colour commentary for the Canuck-Chicago Blackhawks game at GM Place.

The Grammy Award-winning singer will be filling in for regular analyst Tom Larscheid, who is in Utah where he is being inducted into the Utah State Sports Hall of Fame. BUBLE IS CURRENTLY IN LOS ANGELES RECORDING A NEW ALBUM WITH PRODUCER DAVID FOSTER AND WILL FLY UP SATURDAY.

“I think he’d like to be at the morning skate, but recording a new album probably takes precedence,” Shorthouse said today with a chuckle. “My anticipation is Michael is going to watch the game, talk about it and maybe reference some old Canuck stuff, which he’s very good at and very faniliar with.

“It should be fun. Michael is a huge Canucks fan and hopefully it will make for some decent radio.”

Buble recently became a part-owner of the Western Hockey League’s Vancouver Giants.

THE CAT'S MEOW!