Saturday, May 2, 2009

RED PANDA ADVENTURES 47 – ENDGAME!

RED PANDA ADVENTURES 47 – ENDGAME!

NEW FROM DECODER RING THEATRE . . .

For years now, a shadowy organization has targeted the city and its citizens. Time after time the Terrific Twosome has defeated their most diabolical efforts and time after time the Syndicate has risen from the ashes, changed its stripes and begun it's campaign of terror anew. Who would have thought that the worst thing they could possibly do was give up? Will anything be left standing after we enter....The Endgame?

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THE CAT'S MEOW ~ TRIPLE PLAY!


JULIE LONDON ~ ABOUT THE BLUES (1957)!

JULIE LONDON ~ ABOUT THE BLUES (1957)!

Of all the girl singers back in the day, three rise above all the others – Anita O’Day, Keeley Smith, and Julie London. Of those three, Julie London has always been my favorite – she owns the song Cry Me A River, and her velvet voice and physical beauty make her the most classic of torch singers.

Julie London ~ About The Blues, download courtesy of KELLEY’S LOUNGE SOUNDZ, is Julie at the peak of her vocal power. Kelley is not exactly a Julie London fan (he’s more of a Peggy Lee kind of guy), but kudos to him for having the class to post this LP anyway.

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FEMME NOIR: DEMON BAT!

FEMME NOIR: DEMON BAT!

Today is Free Comic Book Day at comic book stores all around the country. Among the day's offerings is a sampler comic from Ape Entertainment, Cartoonapalooza #2. Among the stories in this special comic is a new Femme Noir adventure by BLOG BUDDY Chris Mills and Joe Staton, aided and abetted by accomplices Mark Stegbauer and Michael Watkins.

If you can’t get out to your local shop today and pick up a copy, Chris has posted the pages for his new Femme Noir story, Demon Bat, on his blocg.

TO CHECK IT OUT CLICK HERE

DANNY GANS ~ R.I.P.

DANNY GANS ~ R.I.P.

I’VE SEEN AND ENJOYED GANS SEVERAL TIMES IN VEGAS. HE EPITOMIZED THE FIGURE OF A PROFESSIONAL ENTERTAINER. HE’LL BE MISSED.

PER YAHOO NEWS:


LAS VEGAS – Singer-actor-impressionist Danny Gans, who spent more than a decade as one of the most popular entertainers in Las Vegas, died Friday. He was 52.

Gans was pronounced dead in his bed shortly after police and paramedics were summoned to a report of a man not breathing at Gans' home about 3:45 a.m., said police spokesman Todd Rasmussen.

Foul play was not suspected, Rasmussen said. A Clark County coroner's spokeswoman said an autopsy was pending, and Rasmussen said police were investigating "according to standard procedure."

Gans' manager and longtime friend, Chip Lightman, said Gans was in good health but slept poorly after Wednesday's show and took a nap late Thursday afternoon, a day off. He stayed in bed into the evening, and his wife, Julie, summoned police when she couldn't rouse him after 3 a.m.

"This makes no sense," said Lightman, who said Gans didn't use illegal drugs, didn't smoke and had no apparent medical issues. "I managed him 18 years and health was never an issue."

Lightman described Gans, who had a bit part as third baseman Deke in the 1988 baseball film "Bull Durham," as an energetic health nut who watched his diet, loved to perform, and relished his involvement in Las Vegas area fundraisers and philanthropic causes.

Daniel Davies Gans grew up in Torrance, Calif., met his wife in college in San Luis Obispo, and parlayed a comedy and impression routine he developed on bus rides as a minor league baseball player into a fledgling entertainment career, Lightman said.

"Danny at that time was just a fun guy on the bus," he said.

After Gans hurt his leg playing baseball, he made a first comedy club appearance on a dare. It worked, and he began honing his routine as a variety show performer in Palm Desert, Calif., before touring the country as a banquet performer for business groups.

In 1995, Gans began a one-man show, "Danny Gans on Broadway: The Man of Many Voices," at the Neil Simon Theater in New York.

"A hardworking, eager-to-please entertainer who does rapid-fire imitations of show-biz personalities ranging from Tony Bennett to Al Pacino to Sarah Vaughan," AP Drama Critic Michael Kuchwara said of Gans in a review.

"He's fun — if you like your impressions in 60-second doses."

Gans' dexterity switching through the voices of John Travolta, Clint Eastwood, Rodney Dangerfield, Wayne Newton, Woody Allen, Robin Leach, Bill Cosby and others in "The Twelve Days of Christmas" impressed Kuchwara, who characterized Gans' humor as "the cozy comedy of ... nudge-nudge, wink-wink reaction."

The reviewer said a duet between Kermit the Frog and Jimmy Stewart made "a great twosome."

Officials at Wynn Resorts, where Gans had performed four nights a week at the 1,500-seat Encore Theater since Feb. 10, and at The Mirage, where he performed from April 2000 to November 2008, said they were stunned by Gans' sudden death.

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Friday, May 1, 2009

AN EVENING AT THE BUDDIES LOUNGE ~ SHOW 55!

AN EVENING AT THE BUDDIES LOUNGE ~ SHOW 55!

Join the BIG W every Sunday evening 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!

PLAYLIST:

• Alright, Oaky, You Win - Peggy Lee
• Back Bay Shuffle - Terry Gibbs
• Papa Loves Mambo - Perry Como
• Mannix - Lalo Schifrin
• Not Near The Girl I Love - Jack Jones
• Man Of Mystery - Al Caiola
• On The Road To Mandalay - Frank Sinatra
• Richard Diamond - Buddy Morrow
• Theme From Checkmate - Johnny Williams
• All Or Nothing At All - Keely Smith
• Gringo A-Go-Go - Al Hirt
• The Way You Look Tonight - Mel Torrmè
• A Walk In The Black Forest - Herb Alpert

• Sam's Song - Dean Martin & Sammy Davis
• The Magnificent Seven - Henry Mancini
• Batman - Ray Martin
Lemon Tree - Trini Lopez
• Girl From Ipanema - Ray Charles Singers

• Anything Goes - Mrs. Miller
• The James Bond Theme - Hugo Montenego
• Walt Disney & the 1964 World's Fair
• Twist Of Hava Negeela - Perez Prado

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CASINO MOON!

CASINO MOON!

THE LATEST OFFERING FROM HARD CASE CRIME HITS ME LIKE A HAYMAKER . . . A NOIR NOVEL WITH A BOXING BACKGROUND – I’M OUT FOR THE COUNT WITH THIS ONE . . .

THE ONLY THING HARDER THAN GETTING INTO THE MOB...
IS GETTING OUT.

For Anthony Russo, an Atlantic City mobster’s son, the chances of escaping a life of crime are slim. They hinge on his plan to back a washed-up boxer’s comeback bid, and that, in turn, hinges on winning the help of a sexy round card girl who’s gone toe-to-toe with the current champion—in the bedroom...

New York Times best-selling author of Slipping Into Darkness, Slow-Motion Riot, and The Intruder Winner of the Edgar Award for best first novel
Acclaimed crime reporter for New York magazine

CASINO MOON

Peter Blauner
Cover art by Ricky Mujica

READ A SAMPLE CHAPTER

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"A gritty novel with integrity and style."
— James Patterson

"Terrific...This book has it all...Peter Blauner is a brilliant young writer."
— James Ellroy

"You could cut a lip on his dialogue...a honey of a writer."
— The New York Times

SINATRA TWICE!

SINATRA TWICE!

TWO NEWLY ISSUED SINATRA ALBUMS FOR ALL THE LOUNGE LIZARDS AMONG US . . .

MY WAY (REMASTERED EDITION)


Recorded in 1969 and featuring a mix of rock covers and standards, My Way showcased what would become Frank Sinatra's signature song. Creating a middle ground between the traditional pop Sinatra loved and the contemporary pop/rock that dominated the charts in the late 1960s, this is the album that showed Sinatra's timeless artistry could encompass all music. Out of print for over a decade, My Way is now reintroduced to celebrate its 40th Anniversary with two special bonus tracks along with liner notes from U2's Bono.

Produced by Don Costa and Sonny Burke, My Way was released in March 1969 and features a varied collection of contemporary pop songs, including Simon and Garfunkel’s “Mrs. Robinson,” The Beatles’ “Yesterday,” Ray Charles’ “Hallelujah I Love Her So,” and the iconic title track, “My Way,” which would become his career theme song. The song occupies a special place in popular music, influencing generations of musicians, from Elvis Presley to the Sex Pistols, both of whom conspicuously recorded their own versions. Famous Sinatraphile Bono, who contributes the My Way 40th Anniversary Edition liner notes, wrote of the song, “..[it’s] a boast – more kiss-off than send-off – embodying all the machismo a man can muster about the mistakes he’s made on the way from here to everywhere.” Also included are two unreleased tracks: Stevie Wonder’s classic “For Once In My Life, recorded on August 13, 1969 for the Sinatra television special, and a live version of “My Way,” recorded on October 24, 1987, at Reunion Arena in Dallas.

TRACKS:

1. Watch What Happens
2. Didn't We
3. Hallelujah, I Love Her So
4. Yesterday
5. All My Tomorrows
6. My Way
7. A Day in the Life of a Fool
8. For Once in My Life
9. If you Go Away
10. Mrs. Robinson
11. For Once in My Life (rehearsal)
12. My Way (live)

LIVE AT MEADOWLANDS

Recorded live in concert at the legendary Meadowlands Arena in New Jersey, this is the most sought after Sinatra concert recording. Housed in a striking package and presented with a 24 page collectors' book of rare photos and extensive notes by long-time Sinatra associate Hank Cattaneo, this previously unreleased recording features 21 digitally remastered songs on one compact disc.

Live At The Meadowlands, recorded March 14, 1986, features 21 previously unreleased tracks. For this now-legendary hometown show, Sinatra showcased songs from every phase of his stellar career, mixing standbys such as “One For My Baby,” “You Make Me Feel So Young,” and “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” with late-period classics such as “L.A. Is My Lady” and “Theme From New York, New York.” The long-anticipated release of Live At The Meadowlands holds special significance among Sinatra fans as it’s one of the most sought-after and hard-to-find concert recordings of his career. Hank Cattaneo, Sinatra’s long time production manager and confidante, wrote the set’s liner notes.

TRACKS:

1. Overture
2. Without A Song
3. Where Or When
4. For Once In My Life
5. Nice 'n' Easy
6. My Heart Stood
7. Change
8. It Was A Very Good Year
9. You Make Me Feel So Young
10. The Gal That Got Away
11. Theme From New York, New York
12. Monologue
13. Come Rain Or Come Shine
14. Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered
15. Moonlight In Vermont
16. L.A. Is My
17. I've Got You Under My Skin
18. Someone To Watch Over Me
19. One For My Baby
20. Mack The Knife
21. New York Bows

SINATRA SINGS GREAT SONGS FROM GREAT BRITAIN (1962)!

SINATRA SINGS GREAT SONGS FROM GREAT BRITAIN (1962)!

ANOTHER GREAT DOWNLOAD FROM KELLEY’S LOUNGE SOUNDZ . . .

I understand this was the only Lp Sinatra recorded outside the US. He was at the end of a long, tiring European tour which ended in London. He recorded this album over three sessions spanning June 12-14, 1962. Robert Farnon, although Canadian-born, was considered the best arranger-conductor operating in Britain at that time. Andre Previn was reported to have mentioned to songwriter Johnny Mercer that "Robert Farnon was the greatest living string writer in the world". Others who admitted to Farnon's influence included Nelson Riddle, Don Costa, Quincy Jones, Marty Paich, Neil Hefti, Torrie Zito and Johnny Mandel (just to name the best who worked with Frank Sinatra), plus, (among those who didn't, but wished they had) Henry Mancini, Roger Kellaway, and John Williams.

TRACKS:


01) The Very Thought Of You
02) We'll Gather Lilacs
03) If I Had You
04) Now Is The Hour
05) The Gypsy
06) Roses Of Picardy
07) A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square
08) Garden In The Rain
09) London By Night
10) We'll Meet Again
11) I'll Follow My Secret Heart

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THE CAT'S MEOW!

INTERESTING PROMOTION!

Thursday, April 30, 2009

SHIRLEY BASSY ~ THIS IS MY LIFE!

SHIRLEY BASSY ~ THIS IS MY LIFE!

NEWS FROM THE SHIRLEY BASSIE FAN CLUB . . .


Bringing you up to date with some news for fans of Shirley Bassey...

NEW CD: THIS IS MY LIFE/DOES ANYBODY MISS ME

Some exciting Bassey news at last - the CD we've all been waiting for is out next week! Another beautifully presented release from Beat Goes On featuring two stunning (and previously very hard to get hold of) albums from the late-sixties, released digitally remastered for the first time.

For the best price
CLICK HERE to order from HMV (currently £8.99 including UK P&P)

Also available at:
Amazon UK, Amazon USA, Amazon DE, Amazon FR and Play.com

COMMENTS ENABLED ON THE BASSEY BLOG!

The whole blog team have been thrilled with the positive response to the relaunched blog and always enjoy reading the many messages and comments that you kindly send in. I'm pleased to announced that the comments form is now being enabled on all new blog articles so you may add your own thoughts and comments and participate in discussions about anything on the blog. All positive (or constructive!) comments are very welcome. You'll find a comments form at the bottom of each page and the most recently discussed items will remain in the bottom right hand corner of the screen.
CLICK HERE to visit the blog and start making comments today!

SONGS OF SHIRLEY BASSEY WEBSITE

A few of you contacted me in the past few weeks following the removal from the internet of my no longer updated "Songs of Shirley Bassey" website. Unfortunately a combination of legal, personal and financial pressure led to my decision to remove it. I appreciate that many of you found it a useful resource for information and apologise for the inconvenience caused and for not giving you any notice. If you require any information from the site, feel free to drop me an email any time and I will more than gladly send the information to you.

NEW SHIRLEY BASSEY ALBUM & TOUR DATES?

I have been bombarded with messages following various recent rumours that Shirley Bassey will be releasing a new album and announcing a live concert tour. I have absolutely no information concerning these rumours and cannot confirm if they are true. Please be assured that if anything is announced I will do my best to a message out to this mailing list. My fingers are crossed but I'm not holding my breath!


NEVER THE BRIDE RELEASE NEW ALBUM & LAUNCH NEW SITE

As I'm sure you will know, the incredibly gifted and talented Catherine Feeney and Nikki Lamborn, who wrote and produced Shirley Bassey's hit The Living Tree and produced her Get The Party Started album, are part of their own band called Never The Bride. Since discovering them (thanks to Bassey!) I have become a great fan of their music and I'm delighted to share with you today the exciting news that they have recently released a superb new album of their own, Vancouver 97. I heartily recommend this stunning recording to Bassey fans everywhere. DavidB, Pieter, Astrid and myself were lucky enough to receive copies a few weeks ago and haven't been able to stop playing it since!

You can listen to some songs from the new album and become a fan on
Never The Bride's Facebook page and may purchase your own copy of the CD from Never The Bride's recently relaunched and improved website. From 18th May, the album will also be available to purchase from Amazon UK, Amazon USA, Amazon DE, iTunes and various other online stores and some are already taking pre-orders.

NEVER THE BRIDE IN SHEFFIELD

Never The Bride are playing at the Boardwalk in Sheffield (UK) on Saturday 6th June. DavidB, myself and a few other friends are making the trip for what is sure to be a great night of live music. If any of you would like to come along too it would be great to see you there. For more information and to get ticket visit the
Never The Bride website.

STEVEN PASQUALE: SOMETHIN' LIKE LOVE!

STEVEN PASQUALE: SOMETHIN' LIKE LOVE!

Steven Pasquale, the ruggedly handsome leading man best known for his work as fireman Sean Garrity on FX s hit series Rescue Me, unbuttons his collar and rolls up his sleeves for an album of romantic jazz-tinged classics. Somethin Like Love, his debut solo album, finds him invoking his musical stage roots including: The Light in the Piazza, for which he created the lead role of Fabrizio, and his Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk-nominated performance in: A Man of No Importance as he offers signature interpretations of some of the most enduring standards in the Great American Songbook.


In twelve selections ranging from a haunting rendition of the Johnny Mercer gem: Laura, to a wistful: In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning, to a swinging starry-eyed: On the Street Where You Live, Pasquale aligns with acclaimed jazz musician John Pizzarrelli for an alluring new album that will surprise and delight his fans.

THE CAT'S MEOW!

PIZZARELLI AT THE BLUE NOTE THIS WEEK!

PIZZARELLI AT THE BLUE NOTE THIS WEEK!

John Pizzarelli returns to the famed Blue Note Jazz Club in New York for the first time in seven years to sing selections from his latest CD With A Song In My Heart, a tribute to Richard Rodgers. Pizzarelli, on guitar and vocals, will be joined by his quartet, featuring Martin Pizzarelli on bass, Larry Fuller on piano and Tony Tedesco on percussion.

Shows are Tuesday, April 28 through Sunday, May 3, 2009 with sets at 8pm and 10:30pm. The cover is $45 at tables and $30 at the bar. The club is at 131 W 3rd. St, New York, NY 10012. Doors open at 6:00 PM. Call (212) 475-8592 for more information, or visit
www.bluenote.net.

I NEEDED THESE THE OTHER DAY!


Wednesday, April 29, 2009

THE RAT PACK ERA ON AMERICAN IDOL!

The Top 5 American Idol contestants took on Songs From The Rat Pack Era last night and actually did a great job. Standards from the Great American Songbook are probably completely lost on the teen and tween fans who rabidly follow AI. I doubt if they’ve even heard of the Rat Pack, let alone heard any of the songs from the era before. Still, these songs sounded fresh and were injected with some of the vibes that have carried Michael Buble and Renee Olstead onto current contemporary charts.

I can’t say I initially understood the choice of R&B singer Jamie Foxx to act as the contestants’ mentor for the week - exactly what is his connection to the Rat Pack or The Great American Songbook? Perhaps the decision was made on the strength of his portrayal of Ray Charles and the fact he is a classically trained pianist. More likely Foxx was chosen because he has a new movie opening in theatres – utilizing the same marketing ploy leading to the choice of so many of Idol’s mentors (i.e. who has a new CD, single, movie, struggling Vegas show, or cause they need to plug).

Foxx, however, was a refreshing surprise. He was genuinely attentive to each singer, displaying enthusiasm for their auditions and actually offering helpful advice. This was particularly true in the case of contestant Matt Giraud – for whom Foxx initially had no comments, but then (after having a second to figure it out) called Giraud back into the room and gave him the key to fixing his performance.

Kris Allen opened the show crooning his way through The Way You Look Tonight, making it the closest performance of the evening to the Rat Pack in vocal styling and delivery. Kris is a dark horse in the competition. I thought he’d be gone in the first couple of weeks. But, while I think he initially survived due to the ‘cute’ factor, he’s actually come a long way and has grown on me as a performer. His very cool arrangement during disco week turned me into a fan, and he did a great job changing up some high notes in his Rat Pack performance to make the song his own.

Seventeen year old sensation Allison Iraheta was up next with Someone to Watch Over Me. This kid has killer chops, but she was a bit out of her element. She pulled it together in the last third of the song when she hit her power notes, but the rock edge to her voice – which has carried her brilliantly to this point in the competition – couldn’t deliver the clarity the song demanded.

This should have been the bluesy Matt Giraud’s week to star. But, singing My Funny Valentine in the lower key recommended by Jamie Foxx, I felt his delivery was hesitant, almost too carefully delivered, without the smooth connectiveness needed to hold the difficult to sing song together. Like Allison, his performance was great, but not outstanding. My money is on him to be the next contestant to go.

The pace picked up, however, with Danny Gokey singing Come Rain, Come Shine. He had the Rat Pack swagger down and his vocals were dead on. I’d buy a CD of standards by this guy right now. Gokey is this year’s Taylor Hicks – he’s got rhythm, but it’s definitely white guy rhythm. His upbeat, big band finish to the song brought the house down and deservedly so.

The theatrical Adam Lambert, who has had this competition in the bag for weeks now, delivered another over the top, yet brilliant performance with Feeling Good. This guy doesn’t just sing a song, he gives a whole performance, paying attention to everything from his costume (yes, in Adam’s case it’s a costume, not just a suit), to his choreography, to the delivery of unusual arrangements that fit his vocal pyrotechnics. There are probably people out there that hate Adam either for who he is or for his style, but I think he’s the real deal.

Only Danny Gokey and maybe – in a real long shot – Kris Allen stand a chance to unseat Adam Lambert as this season’s competition comes to a close. However, I doubt any of these guys will return to sing the standards in their future careers, so it was a treat to see them performed in the Idol Dome.


Tuesday, April 28, 2009

IN THE HEAT ~ IAN VASQUEZ!

IN THE HEAT ~ IAN VASQUEZ!

HERE’S WHAT BOOKLIST HAD TO SAY ABOUT ANOTHER NOVEL WITH A BOXING BACKGROUND . . .

Aging boxers turned sleuths just could be a crime-fiction trend. First we had welterweight Eddie Caro in David Fulmer’s The Blue Door (2008), set in 1950s Philadelphia, and now, from a different hemisphere, we have Miles Young, an aging heavyweight in contemporary Belize. Eddie knows he’s done after a particularly tough loss and takes up sleuthing on the rebound, but Miles is looking for one more payday and agrees to help a rich woman find her missing teenage daughter as a way of paying the fight promoter. Naturally, the case turns out to be more complicated than first appears—the girl and her boyfriend have absconded with a wad of cash belonging to a local gangster—and soon enough Miles is in well over his head. Subplots involving Miles’ estranged wife and his young daughter—as well as the coming-of-age traumas of the runaway teens—add heft, but this is a straight-ahead, hard-boiled detective story overlaid with superb atmosphere. The Belize setting puts Caribbean noir on the genre map—think Florida without the neon, or an ever-so-slightly-less-bent version of Kent Harrington’s Tijuana (in Dia de los Muertos, 1997).

PEGGY LEE ~ THE BLUES AND JAZZ SESSIONS!

PEGGY LEE ~ THE BLUES AND JAZZ SESSIONS!

THE INIMITABLE PEGGY LEE JUST SANG THE HECK OUT OF EVERY SONG SHE TOUCHED. THIS IS A GREAT COMPILATION ALBUM DOWNLOAD COURTESY OF KELLY'S LOUNGE SOUNDZ . . .

This, of course, is a compilation. It's also been called "The Best Of Peggy Lee - The Blues & Jazz Sessions" and that's precisely what Blue Note Records had in mind when they chose the tracks. This is what Stephen Thomas Erlewine of All Music Guide has to say about the album:

"The Best of Peggy Lee: The Blues & Jazz Sessions" is an 18-track collection that culls the highlights from Lee's 30-year tenure at Capitol Records. Since the compilation covers
such a large time period, it's not surprising that the music doesn't all hold together -- it's clear when one song was recorded in the '50s and the other in the '70s. Nevertheless, the quality of the music is very strong, demonstrating that Lee was much more than a mere pop singer -- she was a talented blues and jazz vocalist, as well.

Tracks:
01) Why Don't You Do Right
02) For Every Man There's A Woman
03) Fever
04) Well Alright, OK, You Win
05) Blue Prelude
06) Hallelujah I Love Him So
07) Just For A Thrill
08) Goin' To Chicago Blues
09) I'm A Woman
10) See See Rider
11) You Don't Know
12) Call Me
13) Whisper Not
14) The Thrill Is Gone
15) Seventh Son
16) Please Send Me Someone To Love
17) Momma's Gone, Goodbye
18) I'm Gonna Go Fishin'

TO DOWNLOAD CLICK HERE

BRIMSTONE ~ ON SALE MAY 5TH!

BRIMSTONE ~ ON SALE MAY 5TH!

NEWS FROM ROBERTPARKER.NET ~

Author Robert B. Parker takes aim at the Old West with this brilliantly crafted follow-up to Resolution and Appaloosa, again featuring guns-for-hire Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch.

When we last saw Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch, they had just put things to right in the rough-and-tumble Old West town of Resolution. It's now a year later, and Virgil has only one thing on his mind: Allie French, the woman who stole his heart from their days in Appaloosa. Even though Allie ran off with another man, Virgil is determined to find her, his deputy and partner Everett Hitch at his side. Making their way across New Mexico and Texas, the pair finally discover Allie in a small-town brothel. Her spirit crushed, Allie joins Everett and Virgil as they head north to start over in Brimstone. But things are not the same between Virgil and Allie; too much has happened, and Virgil can't face what Allie did to survive the year they were apart. Vowing to change, Allie thinks she has found redemption through the local church and its sanctimonious leader, Brother Percival. Given their reputations as guns for hire, Everett and Virgil are able to secure positions as the town's deputies. But Brother Percival stirs up trouble at the local saloons, and as the violence escalates into murder, the two struggle to keep the peace.

MORE NEWS ~

RESOLUTION, the New York Times bestseller featuring Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch, will be available in paperback on May 5TH.

CHASING THE BEAR: A Young Spenser Novel will be published on May 14TH.

See how it all began for one of literature's most famous P.I.s---Spenser!
For almost forty years, Robert B. Parker's inimitable private investigator Spenser has been solving cases and selling millions of books worldwide. Now, for the first time, see how it all began as the Mystery Writers of America Grand Master sheds light on Spenser's formative years spent with his father and two uncles out West. This is an event book for every fan of Spenser, and a revelation for teens about to discover an American icon.

The next Spenser novel THE PROFESSIONAL will be published on October 5TH.

Boston P.I. Spenser returns in a flawless addition to New York Times–bestselling author Robert B. Parker’s flagship series.

A knock on Spenser’s office door can only mean one thing: a new case. This time the visitor is a local lawyer with an interesting story. Elizabeth Shaw specializes in wills and trusts at the Boston law firm of Shaw & Cartwright, and over the years she’s developed a friendship with wives of very wealthy men. However, these rich wives have a mutual secret: they’ve all had an affair with a man named Gary Eisenhower—and now he’s blackmailing them for money. Shaw hires Spenser to make Eisenhower “cease and desist,” so to speak, but when women start turning up dead, Spenser’s assignment goes from blackmail to murder.

As matters become more complicated, Spenser’s longtime love, Susan, begins offering some input by analyzing Eisenhower’s behavior patterns in hopes of opening up a new avenue of investigation. It seems that not all of Gary’s women are rich. So if he’s not using them for blackmail, then what is his purpose? Spenser switches tactics to focus on the husbands, only to find that innocence and guilt may be two sides of the same coin.

RUMPOLE AT CHRISTMAS!

RUMPOLE AT CHRISTMAS!

THE EURO CRIME BLOG TIPS US TO THE NEW VIKING HAS BOUGHT A LAST NOVEL FROM THE NOW DECEASED JOHN MORTIMER. RUMPOLE AT CHRISTMAS, WILL BE PUBLISHED IN OCTOBER 2010 – GREAT NEWS FOR ALL RUMPOLE FANS!

Monday, April 27, 2009

AN EVENING AT THE BUDDIES LOUNGE ~ SHOW 54!

AN EVENING AT THE BUDDIES LOUNGE ~ SHOW 54!

Join the BIG W every Sunday evening 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!

PLAYLIST:

• Big Beautiful Ball - Johnny Mercer
• All Keyed Up - Floyd Cramer
• More - Bobby Dairn
• The “In” Crowd - Percy Faith
• Jeresy Bounce - Buddy Cole
• Let’s Do It - Tina Louise
• Johnny One Note - Johnny Williams
• I Hear Music - Ella Fitzgerald
• The Deputy - Jack Marshall
• Ridin’ High - Sid Bass
• Downtown - New Christy Minstrels
• The Swingin’ Eye - Si Zentner
• Summer Wind - Frank Sinatra
• 1, 2, 3 - Vic Schoen
• I Know a Place - Sammy Davis, Jr.
• A La Mode - Art Van Damme Quintet
• Stop Breaking My Heart - Tom Jones
• It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World - Nelson Riddle
• I'm Gonna Change Everything - Dean Martin
• The Sounds Of Silence - Carmen McRae
• Hammer Blow - Skip Martin

TO DOWNLOAD CLICK HERE

THE BARFIGHTER!

THE BARFIGHTER!

I THOUGHT LAST YEAR’S THE FIGHTER BY CRAIG DAVIDSON WAS ONE OF THE TOUGHEST LOOKS AT BOXING I’D EVER COME ACROSS. THE BARFIGHTER BY IVAN GOLDMAN ISN’T QUITE AS BRUTAL, BUT IT’S CLOSE, AND SMACKS WITH REALISM AND GENUINE PATTER.

PER PUBLISHER’S WEEKLY . . .

Goldman, a columnist for Ring magazine, brings to life the sleazy underbelly of professional boxing in the 1980s, where double crosses, thievery and cheating were commonplace. After instigating a bar brawl that leads to his arrest, former army-trained boxer and journalist Lee Cheskis lands in anger management class. There he meets Marvin, the former gangbanger who is desperate to box. Lee introduces Marvin to Eddie, the salty old boxing trainer and gym owner, who discovers that Marvin is a natural.


As Marvin works his way up from small auditoriums to big arenas, it becomes obvious just how seedy and disreputable the boxing world really is as fighters, fights and allegiances are easily bought and sold. Goldman's ear for dialogue and snappy pace make this latest an entertaining read, and boxing fans may recognize some of the sport's famous personalities as inspirations for the characters. Though the boxing-as-salvation story is nothing new, readers will root for this little band of misfits to succeed against the odds.

THE CAT'S MEOW ~ TRIPLE THREAT!


TIKI DANGLE BELLY RING!

TIKI DANGLE BELLY RING!

Just in time for Mother’s Day, Pugster has created a tiki-themed dangle belly ring. It’s made of 12-gauge surgical steel and a purple rhinestone. $7.99

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A TIP OF THE TIKI TO TIKI TALK

AL HIRT ~ THE HORN MEETS THE HORNET!

AL HIRT ~ THE HORN MEETS THE HORNET!

THIS IS A VERY COOL RCA LP DOWNLOAD, WHICH INCLUDES MY FAVORITE VERSION OF THE GET SMART THEME . . .

Green Hornet Theme/The Hornet’s Nest/Night Rumble/"Get Smart" Theme/Theme from "Run for Your Life"/Batman Theme/The King Kong Theme/(Theme from) The Monkees/Tarzan (Tarzan's March)/T.H.E. Cat/(Theme from) Run Buddy Run.

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PARKER: THE HUNTER ADAPTATION BY DARWYN COOKE!

PARKER: THE HUNTER ADAPTATION BY DARWYN COOKE!

THIS IS IN THE GOTTA HAVE CATAGORY . . .

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LANCE STAR ~ SKY RANGER!

LANCE STAR ~ SKY RANGER!

HERE'S THE WORD FROM PULP MAVEN RON FORTIER . . .

Hold on to your hats, pulp aviation fans. Amazon has just put our first Lance Star-Sky Ranger anthology on sale!

Yes sir, pulp readers, they've slashed the price for a limited time only! Simply click on to the title above the cover and take advantage of the savings. The book features four brand new, action packed, high flying yarns by Win Scott Eckert, Frank Dirscherl,Bobby Nash and Bill Spangler and illustrated by Rich Woodall.

If you've wanted a copy of this dynamite collection, now is the time to pick up a copy. Don't say we didn't warn you.

Editor Ron Fortier

THE CAT'S MEOW!

JIM ANTHONY ~ SUPER DETECTIVE!

JIM ANTHONY ~ SUPER DETECTIVE!

HE’S BACK!!

Airship 27 Productions and Cornerstone Book Publishers are thrilled to present the all new adventures of one of pulpdom’s most cherished two-fisted action heroes, Jim Anthony – Super Detective. Half Irish, half Comanche and all American, Jim Anthony is the near perfect human being in both physical strength and mental intellect. He’s a scientific genius with degrees in all the major fields. Operating from his penthouse suite, which also houses his private research laboratory, he ventures forth into the world at large as a champion of justice, a modern knight righting wrongs and defending the helpless.

Now, Jim Anthony and his trusted associates are back in three original action packed tales. Here are flying ace Tom Gentry, Anthony’s right hand man; Mephito, his Comanche medicine man grandfather, Dawkins, the prim and proper butler and the lovely Dolores Colquitt, as tough as she is beautiful. Writers Erwin K.Roberts, Andrew Salmon and B.C. Bell have produced a trio of suspenseful stories guaranteed to recapture the thrills and spills of those great, original pulp adventures. This, the first volume in the series, also features an introductory article on Jim Anthony’s history, contributed by pulp historian, Norman Hamilton.

Edited by Ron Fortier and designed by Rob Davis, the book contains eleven illustrations by Pedro Cruz and a stunning cover by Chad Hardin, done in the style of the original Jim Anthony magazine. This is one pulp book fans do not want to miss. All brought to you by Airship 27 Productions; Pulp Fiction for a New Generation!

Release date: 04/13/2009 $21.95

Sunday, April 26, 2009

SOPHIE MILMAN NEW CD ~ TAKE LOVE EASY!

JONNY BLU @ VIBRATO ~ MAY 31ST!


JONNY BLU @ VIBRATO ~ MAY 31ST!

One of our favorite contemporary crooners is back in town ~ Jonny Blu will be taking the stage at Vibrato with his new Latin Sessions show! You don’t want to miss it!

Vibrato - Jonny Blu "The Latin Sessions"
May 31, Sunday -- 8:00 PM
2930 Beverly Glen Circle Bel Air, California
310-474-9400

No Cover! - But come for dinner/drinks

www.vibratogrilljazz.com

THE RED PANDA #46 ~ THE CRIMSON DEATH!

THE RED PANDA #46 ~ THE CRIMSON DEATH!

FROM DECODER RING THEATRE:

Three members of the Sanitarium Board of Directors have met an untimely end, each apparently at the hands of a different super-powered villain. But since all three supposed killers were under lock and key, there must be more to the Madhouse Murders than meets the eye. Can the Red Panda stop the spread of... The Crimson Death?

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THE CAT'S MEOW ~ STUNT CAT!

AN EVENING AT BUDDIES LOUNGE #53!

AN EVENING AT BUDDIES LOUNGE #53!

Join the “Big W” this week as he celebrates, with drink in hand, the 85th birthday of HENRY MANCINI!!!! For the next hour slip on your Smoking Jacket, shake a Martini, then sit back and enjoy the warm Hi-Fi LIVING STEREO sounds of Mancini on “An Evening at the Buddies Lounge”.

PLAYLIST:

• It Had Better Be Tonight - Lena Horne
• Latin Golightly – Henry Mancini
• Tiger! – Henry Mancini
• Pie-In-The-Face Polka – Henry Mancini
• Days Of Wine And Roses - Frank Sinatra
• Megeve – Henry Mancini
• What's Happening!! – Henry Mancini
• Experiment In Terror - Al Caiola
• Bachelor In Paradise (Demo) – Henry Mancini
• The Tiber Twist – Henry Mancini
• Charade – Bobby Darin
• Something For Cat – Henry Mancini
• Main Title/Mr. Hobbs – Henry Mancini
• Mr. Lucky – Henry Mancini
• Baby Elephant Walk - Anita Kerr Singers
• The Pink Panther Theme – Henry Mancini
• Something Loose – Henry Mancini
• Peter Gunn - Ray Anthony
• Moon River - Steve Lawrence
• Hong Kong Fireworks – Henry Mancini
• Speedy Gonzales – Henry Mancini

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COCKTAIL NATION #70 ~ RIDE ‘EM TIKI COWBOYS!

COCKTAIL NATION #70 ~ RIDE ‘EM TIKI COWBOYS!

Thanks to the Tiki Shark, this weekend on the show we have a laugh with Bob Newhart from his famous album the buttoned down mind of Bob Newhart, hukilau news, the winners of our Sinatra CD competition, plus some cool events to attend across the world as we link up the world of swank via the Cocktail Nation .

PLAYLIST:

Cocktail Preachers ~ Spy Fi
Waitiki ~ Ruby Chet Baker ~ Oh, You Crazy Moon
Anita O'Day ~ Fly Me To The Moon
Sammy Davis Jr. ~ Someone Nice Like You
Blossom Dearie ~ Quiet Times
Lushy ~ Suspicious Melody
Frank Sinatra ~ I Concentrate On You
Tiki Cowboys ~ Tiki Lady
Roni Perez ~ I'd rather have you
Les Baxter ~ Hong Kong Cable Car
SG Sound ~ Escapade Velocity
Martini Kings ~ Tequila
J.J. Debout ~ Sun-Kissed Chicks
Martin Denny~ Jungle Flower


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THE CAT'S MEOW ~ CAT AMBUSH!

I SPY ON YOUTUBE!

I SPY ON YOUTUBE!

NEWS FROM HMSS WEBLOG!


YouTube recently cut a deal with Hollywood studios that is enabling complete episodes of some old TV shows to be on YouTube. One of the shows is I Spy, the groundbreaking 1965-1968 series that featured white and black agents paired together. It also helped make a star of Bill Cosby.

So far, only five episodes of the first season are on YouTube. Also, YouTube appears to have decided to not permit the episodes to be embedded on Web site. In any event, the episodes available (and we’re linking them via their titles) are as follows:

FOR A FULL LISTING OF THE AVAILABLE EPISODES CLICK HERE

THIRTY PIECES OF SILVER BY G.G. PENDARVES!

THIRTY PIECES OF SILVER BY G.G. PENDARVES!

Introduction by Robert Weinberg

Best known for her numerous contributions to Weird Tales, G.G.Pendarves wrote for many magazines. This collection brings together seven of her tales of adventure and revenge set against the stark backdrop of the Arabian sands.

Cover art by Howard Brown.
Trade paperback / 146 pages / $14.95

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BODYGUARD AND OTHER CRIME DRAMAS BY ROGER TORREY!

BODYGUARD AND OTHER CRIME DRAMAS BY ROGER TORREY!

Introduction by multi-Edgar Award nominee Ron Goulart

A pathfinder and groundbreaker of the hard-boiled school of detective fiction, a prolific contributor to the legendary BLACK MASK magazine during the 1930s, as well as Dime Detective, Detective Story, and many other titles, Roger Torrey has sadly garnered only minimal recognition in the fifty years since his death, missing out on the paperback boom and the revival that many of his contemporaries enjoyed. This first major collection of his hard-boiled crime work brings together 8 stories, 7 reprinted for the first time.

BONUS:


Also included is the first ever bibliography of the fiction of Roger Torrey by Tom Roberts and Joel Lyczak.

Trade paperback / 211 pages / $19.95

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THE SKULL SQUADRON: THE AIR-WAR STORIES OF LESTER DENT!

THE SKULL SQUADRON: THE AIR-WAR STORIES OF LESTER DENT!

The Lester Dent Library, Volume 2 ~ With an introduction by historian Will Murray

Duck as the sound of the Vickers machine guns echo again while Spads and Fokkers tumble through the skies in these 11 thrilling tales of mystery and adventure set against the backdrop of World War I. First time in book form, this volume collects all of Dent¹s published air-war stories. An instant collector¹s item!

BONUS:
The appendices include submission notes, story synopses and other background material taken from Dent¹s surviving personal papers.

Cover art by Rudolph Belarski.
Trade paperback / 228 pages / $24.95

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DEAD MEN'S BONES: THE AIR-ADVENTURE STORIES OF LESTER DENT!

DEAD MEN'S BONES: THE AIR-ADVENTURE STORIES OF LESTER DENT!

The Lester Dent Library, Volume 1 ~ With an introduction by historian Will Murray From the writer of DOC SAVAGE comes high-octane adventure! Ride the skies in this collection of 8 thrilling tales, many appearing in print for the first time in decades, collecting all of Dent¹s published air-adventure stories.

An instant collector’s item! If you like Doc Savage, you’ll love these two-fisted sky adventures! BONUS: The appendices include submission notes, story synopses and other background material derived from Dent’s personal papers.

Cover art by George Rozen.
Trade paperback / 224 pages / $24.95

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THE PHANTOM DETECTIVE COMPANION!

THE PHANTOM DETECTIVE COMPANION!

A 400+ page study on The World's Greatest Detective!

This book contains a reprint of Tom Johnson's Phantom Detective index, long out of print. And it's been completely updated and rewritten with more information and identified authors. All the covers are depicted, as well as a complete reprint history.

This book also includes nearly 100 pages of Phantom Detective-related articles, many written by Will Murray. Over 100 pages of Phantom Detective comic book adventures are included, as taken from the pages of Thrilling's comic book titles of the era. And, complete for the first time from the original manuscripts, two rejected Phantom Detective synopses from the mid 1930s, as written by Charles S. Strong and Harold Ward! All this under a cover never before seen on a Phantom Detective pulp!

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NEW VERSION OF DANGER: DIABOLIK THEME SONG!

NEW VERSION OF DANGER: DIABOLIK THEME SONG!

Here's a catchy new version of the song Deep, Deep Down from Mario Bava's Danger:Diabolik by Mike Patton's Mondo Cane.






A TIP OF THE FEDORA TO CINEMA RETRO