Saturday, June 13, 2009

DOMINO LADY #3!

DOMINO LADY #3!

COMING IN OCTOBER FROM MOONSTONE BOOKS!

Written by Nancy Holder
Art by Steve Bryant
Covers by Matt Larson.

Uncover the sexy romp secrets of our stunning Blond Bombshell in "All That Glitters"! An old school Hollywood marriage of convenience and the mob intertwine in a passion play of lust and greed. There is nothing the Domino Lady won't do to get to the truth...nothing at all.

32 pages, $3.99

FOR MORE INFO CLICK HERE

DEADLY DAMES ~ COMING SOON!

DEADLY DAMES ~ COMING SOON!

Bold Venture Press returns after a long hiatus with the Big Book for 2009 ~ The long-awaited, and so worth the wait DEADLY DAMES, edited by Gary Lovisi!

Sometimes the last man standing is a woman ...

Fifteen stories featuring the women that Mom warned you about. They're lovers, bitches, whores, heroines, and crazies -- They're the deadliest dames you'll ever meet, lurking in this thrill-packed collection! New fiction by Art Cosing, John Sunseri, Wayne Dundee, Vin Packer, Fleur Bradley, Gary Lovisi, Terrence Butler, Ed Gorman, Pearce Hansen, C.J. Henderson, Arlette Lees, Cindy Rosmus, and Michael A. Black, and a classic "Ms. Tree" story by Max Allan Collins. Each story has a striking black and white illustration by Ben Fogletto, and a classic cover by the great Robert Maguire. These yarns forcibly demonstrate that sometimes, the last man standing is a WOMAN.

196 pages, illustrated. $16.95

ALSO COMING IN 2009

BET YOUR OWN MAN
Hardboiled Tales of Pain and Truth
by C.J. HENDERSON

WHERE ANGELS FEAR
by C.J. Henderson and Bruce Gehweiler

FOR MORE INFO CLICK HERE

THRILLING ADVENTURES SUMMER ISSUE!

THRILLING ADVENTURES SUMMER ISSUE!

The resurrection of the classic Pulp Mag continues in this second quarterly issue from AofA! Features a classic thriller from Emile C. Tepperman starring the Suicide Squad, Barry Reese delivers an exciting tale of King Arthur in a setting you might not expect, T.J. Glenn gives us "A Fighting Manual of Mars", and artist/writer Jay Piscopo supplies us with a terriffic cover as well as an all NEW comic book adventure featuring his slam bang character "Commander X"! Add some THRILLS to your summer reading by visiting the Age of Adventure storefront.

This title will be available in the Age of Adventure storefront
by Saturday morning, 13 June!

FOR MORE INFORMATION CLICK HERE

BEAT TO A PULP #28!

BEAT TO A PULP #28!

THE TUT BY PAUL D. BRAZILL!


Oliver had been, for most of his life, a temperate man and survived the sexless marriage—its colourless cuisine and half-hearted holidays—with a stoicism that bordered on indifference. But his patience had been stretched to the breaking point by Gloria's constant disapproval of almost everything he did.

And then there was the "tut."

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Paul D. Brazill was born in England and is on the lam in Poland. He has had stories in A Twist Of Noir, Powder Burn Flash, Thrillers Killers n Chillers, Shoots & Vines, Six Sentences and Flashshots. His print published work is in the book Six Sentences Volume Two and the Finnish magazine Ässä.(ACE). He can be found stalking
'you would say that, wouldn't you?' and Paul D Brazill.

Paul's a terrific writer who's also very conscientious about commenting on other people's stories and blogs. So take a minute to read this cracking story and drop him an attaboy.

Next: "Y Not" by Travis Erwin

Coming Up: Cindy Rosmus with "Kissy-Face"

TO READ BTAP #28 CLICK HERE

THE SEA WRAITHS ~ BY SEAN ELLIS!

THE SEA WRAITHS ~ BY SEAN ELLIS!

The first NEW NOVEL length Secret Agent X Thriller
from the author of "Shroud of Heaven"

Cargo ships are mysteriously disappearing on the high seas. Dozens of men and millions of dollars worth of cargo have been erased from existence. Despite her concern over the long absence of Secret Agent X, Betty Dale, star reporter of the Daily Herald, cannot resist the lure of adventure and sets out to discover the secret of the shadowy villains known as the Sea Wraiths.

Meanwhile, in the City’s organized crime underworld, Nazi agents are hatching a plot to turn New York ’s capos into foot soldiers for the Third Reich, and threatening a quiet peace that has kept the streets free of violence.

Will Secret Agent X emerge from hiding to thwart the machinations of Nazi spies? Or will he rescue his beloved Betty Dale from the clutches of….THE SEA WRAITHS!

This title will be available in the Age of Adventure storefront
by Saturday morning, 13 June!

FOR MORE INFO CLICK HERE

AN EVENING AT THE BUDDIES LOUNGE #59!

AN EVENING AT THE BUDDIES LOUNGE #59!

The “BIG W” is BACK! Come join him as he continues to explorer, with drink in hand, the Space-Age Pop Hi-Fi musical sounds of the 1950’s and 1960’s! Slip on your Smoking Jacket, shake a Martini, then sit back and enjoy the warm Hi-Fi sounds of “An Evening At The Buddies Lounge”...as always, presented in Living Stereo! Bottoms Up!

PLAYLIST:

• I've Got The World On A String - Frank Sinatra
• Crazy Rhythm - Buddy Cole
• Begin The Beguine - Tom Jones
• Sweet Georgia Brown - Barney Kessel
• The Blob - The Five Blobs
• Look At Me - Bobby Darin
• Hang On Snoopy - Floyd Cramer
• Yes I Can - Sammy Davis Jr.
• The Trouble With Harry - Les Baxter
• Frenesi - Four Freshmen
• On The Street Where You Live - Bob
• In The Cool Cool Cool Of The Evening - Ray Conniff
• Volare - Andre Kostelanetz
• If This Isn't Love - Dean Martin
• A Rogue in Rio - Nelson Riddle
• 'Tain't What You Do - Al Hirt & Ann-Margret
• Taxi - Peter Nero
• Six Lessons From Madame La Zonga - Mel Tormé
• My Heart Is A Hobo - Lena Horne
• You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling - George Hamilton
• Mickey Mouse Club March - Frank Comstock
• S'posin - Dick Hyman

TO DOWNLOAD CLICK HERE

LASKO: FIST OF GOD!

LASKO: FIST OF GOD!

WRITER FRIEND AND BLOG BUDDY LEE GOLDBERG GIVES US THIS PREVIEW OF THE NEW FOREIGN ACTION SHOW, LASKO: FIST OF GOD.

LEE DESCRIBES THE SHOW:

“Imagine Walker if he was a monk instead of a Texas Ranger and you've got the gist of this series...fun stuff!”

HERE’S THE OFFICIAL DESCRIPTION:

This action-adventure series tells the story of the young monk Lasko, a master of traditional martial arts, who is there to protect the innocent, save the day when all hope is lost and to intervene when no one else can or will.

Lasko never hesitates, he acts selflessly and determinedly, risking life and limb and struggling with his faith in order to aid those in need. In the pilot episode, a Boeing 737 full of passengers is hijacked on its way from Sudan to Germany, and has to make an emergency landing. While the authorities are still preparing their rescue, Lasko makes it aboard the plane, facing heavily-armed terrorists with only his bare hands...


THE JAZZ BAKERY, ONWARD & UPWARD !

THE JAZZ BAKERY, ONWARD & UPWARD !

Having been displaced by a furniture store, we are now IN HOT PURSUIT OF A NEW HOME. Thus far, out of dozens of proposed sites, we are intrigued by three. I'm not trying to be a tease, but it would be imprudent for me to give you more specific information at this point, since there has been nothing "signed".

I can tell you that the locations of interest are all DEFINITELY ON THE WEST SIDE. Which is to say Beverly Hills, Culver City, and West Los Angeles. All three have a great deal to offer, and all three sites communities are excited about the prospect of having The Jazz Bakery in their midst.

I assure you our POLICY WILL REMAIN EXACTLY THE SAME in our new location: Artists will be presented in a concert format; our reduced student pricing will remain intact; as will our Wall of Fame, populated by the many heartfelt honors you've bestowed upon your favorite players and/or friends. As soon as The Jazz Bakery re-opens in its new permanent home, your Upper Crust card will be extended to allow for "time out." And of course, as always, we will continue as a non-profit organization and maintain our 501(c)3 status. Click here to see the many TAX DEDUCTIBLE ways you can help the Jazz Bakery stay alive!

We've had very little time to prepare for the funding necessary to accomplish this major move, so while we search for our new home, the Jazz Bakery will present individual FUNDRAISING EVENTS. at the state-of-the-art Grammy Museum Theater. The first event scheduled will be SUNDAY, JULY 19TH. Above all, please keep up with our website for artist and reservation information.

The same fine level of artists who define our very core will continue to represent what the name "Jazz Bakery" stands for.

We're counting on your support to make sure the Jazz Bakery continues
ONWARD AND UPWARD!

RUTH PRICE
President & Artistic Director

ruth@jazzbakery.org • The Jazz Bakery

COCKTAIL NATION 78 ~ DENVER MODERNISM SHOW!

COCKTAIL NATION 78 ~ DENVER MODERNISM SHOW!

Koop Kooper back in the chair up high in the penthouse thanks to Brad Parker and the crew at Tiki Shark in Hawaii where it is probably a bit warmer than Sydney. Winter is here and the heater is well and truly cranked up and not a whole lot of time is spent on the penthouse balcony. Tonight we head to the mountains and chat to Dana Cain about the Denver Modernism festival which is coming up, I've got a great site to find coolest bands ...some Tiki Oasis news plus a story about a very smooth criminal.

PLAYLIST:

Spy Fi ~ Shot In The Dark
Martin Denny ~ Taboo
Frank Sinatra ~ -Then Suddenly Love
Jeri Southern ~ You're Driving Me Crazy
Blue Zombies ~ Soulfinger
Martini Kings ~ Enchanted Lovers
Arthur Lyman ~ Love For Sale
Diana Krall ~ Este Seu Olhar
Chet Baker ~ Little Man You've Had A Big Day
Les Baxter ~ Somewhere In Space
Beverly Kenney ~ Undecided
Combustible Edison ~ Dior
Chaino ~ Bim Boo
The SG Sound ~ Cantina Band
Waitiki ~ Flower Humming
Kahuna Kawentzman ~ Tiki Travelling

TO DOWNLOAD CLICK HERE

THE CAT'S MEOW ~ TRIPLE PLAY!




JONNY BLU - THE LATIN SESSIONS!

JONNY BLU - THE LATIN SESSIONS!

Two Shows, One Night with Jonny Blu!

Saturday, June 27
7:00pm ~ 10:00pm
Vitello's
4349 Tujunga Avenue
Studio City, CA
(818) 769.0905

Jonny performs some classic "Latin Standards" from his upcoming album "Taboo" (and a few originals) with an all-star band at the legendary Vitello's in Studio City.

TWO Shows:
1st Show: 7-8 PM
2nd Show: 9-10 PM

**$12 for the show, AND you can come for one show OR both for no extra charge!

Make your reservations asap! 1-818-769-0905
-Plan on having Dinner and/or drinks
Web: www.vitellosrestaurant.com

Band Including:
Bob Malone-Piano
John Chiodini-Guitar
Jimmy Paxson-Drums
Lynn Keller - Bass
Shef Bruton - Trombone
Steve Stassi - TrumpetAnd More!!!

Friday, June 12, 2009

THE KNIGHTMARE PART 2!

THE KNIGHTMARE PART 2!

NEW FROM DECODER RING THEATER . . .

The Knightmare races to Carol Lane's rescue as the top-secret Nazi shock troops of the Murder Legion strike at the reception at the Griffiths Observatory. Can The Knightmare elude the vengeful Lt. McGrath and escape the attacks of fantastic weapons developed in Hitler's evil laboratories? Tune in and find out!

(and remember... Part 1 is still available on the "Showcase" page... click the SHOWS link above for more)

TO DOWNLOAD CLICK HERE

CRIMESPREE MAGAZINE 5TH ANNIVERSARY: ISSUE 30 !

CRIMESPREE MAGAZINE 5TH ANNIVERSARY: ISSUE 30 !

CONTENTS:

Mark Billingham Interview
Top Ten Research List by Gregg Hurwitz
Fiction: DEAR DIARY by Jack Kilborn
Shooting the Dead by Blake Crouch
A Visit to Bath by Margot Justes
Near Disaster at an Ultra-Marathon Race by Jamie Freveletti
Cover Story JOHN CONNOLLY Interview by Jen Jordan
Ayo Onatade
The Jersey Boys by Jeff Cohen and Chris Grabenstein
Footprints: John Creasey by Ruth Jordan
Jack Kilborn Interview
Justin Shady interview
Getting Above it All by David Morrell
Michael Connelly Interview
Craig’s Joint
Crime and Idiocy presented by Jen Jordan
Dialogue with Declan
Fiction: On The Threshold of Death by Raymond Benson
Power of Fans by Seth Heywood
Reed Farrel Coleman
Spencer-Fleming for Hire
Sunshine and Crime by Michael Lister
Young Adult: Genre Crossing by Amy Alessio
Eye On Hollywood
DVD Reviews
Buzz Bin
Book Reviews
Crimespree on Comics
Jerry Ordway Interview
Cooking with Crimespree With Russell McLean

TO BUY OR SUBSCRIBE CLICK HERE

THE FANTASTIC FOURS!

THE FANTASTIC FOURS!

I’m not really into meme challenges, but since friend, Rat Pack fanatic, and prolific writer Bob Randisi dropped my name into play, I figured I’d pony up my answers for the four play meme challenge.

4 MOVIES YOU WOULD WATCH OVER AND OVER AGAIN:

• The Magnificent Seven
• The Commitments
• Streets Of Fire
• Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

4 PLACES YOU HAVE LIVED:

• London, England (born there)
• Vancouver, Canada
• Amsterdam, Holland
• Camarillo, California

4 TV SHOWS YOU LOVE TO WATCH:

• Lie To Me
• Chuck
• Burn Notice
• Eli Stone

4 PLACES YOU HAVE BEEN ON VACATION:

• Venice, Italy
• Vancouver Island, Canada
• Bourton-On-The-Water, England
• Palm Springs, California

4 OF YOUR FAVORITE FOODS:

• Spaghetti Bolognese
• Pork Chops with Apple Sauce
• NY Strip with Baked Potato
• Dessert

4 WEB SITES YOU VISIT DAILY:


• Martiniinthemorning.com
• Kelly’s Lounge Sounz
• Double O Section
• The Rap Sheet

4 PLACES YOU WOULD RATHER BE RIGHT NOW:

• The Cotswold’s
• Venice
• Sorrento
• Palm Springs

4 THINGS YOU WANT TO DO BEFORE YOU DIE:

• Run the Western States 100
• Narrowboat Cruise the British Waterways
• Write my next book
• Serve an LDS Church Mission with my wife.

4 BOOKS YOU WISH YOU COULD READ AGAIN FOR THE FIRST TIME:

• The Razor’s Edge ~ W. Somerset Maugham
• Stotan ~ Chris Crutcher
• The Godwolf Manuscript ~ Robert Parker
• Risk ~ Dick Francis


TAG 4 PEOPLE YOU THINK WILL RESPOND:

• Amber Hansen
• Matt Bradford
• Jason Whitten
• Chris Mills

Thursday, June 11, 2009

FORGOTTEN BOOKS ~ BILLIE’S GHOST BY CHAD HAUTMANN!

FORGOTTEN BOOKS ~ BILLIE’S GHOST BY CHAD HAUTMANN!

Billie’s Ghost, the 2005 debut novel from Chad Hautmann, is a must read for jazz and blues fans. A young widower, suffering from depression, drunkenness, and loneliness, finds his home infiltrated by a woman who may or may not be the ghost of Billie Holiday. She comes and goes without warning and makes him doubt his sanity – this is Laura for the jazz set.

This is a dark, yet lyrical story, filled with the rhythms and beats of Billie Holiday’s voice at its sad, haunting best. And despite the themes of depression, blues, and death, Billie’s Ghost is a satisfying, uplifting read by the time its last page is turned and last note sounded.

It’s been a year since Casey’s wife died, leaving him the youngest widower in Naples, Florida, and in the throes of a seemingly bottomless depression. Now he lives only for nighttime, drinking to forget and listening to Ellington, Coltrane, and Davis. His friends have given up on him, and he’s certainly given up on himself. That is, until Billie Holiday – or someone eerily reminiscent of her – drops into his life.

She calls herself Eleanora, and while she may be the result of Casey’s loneliness and drinking, there is no mistaking that beautiful, had-some-rough-times-voice, so like Lady Day’s. But no matter who she is, she soon becomes the one source of light in Casey’s dark world, helping him to find solace, reenter the world, and rid himself of the guilt that has plagued him since his wife’s death.

Haunting and luminous, Billie’s Ghost is a novel of hope, faith, and learning to move on.

So, more Nicholas Sparks than Dashiel Hammett, but I enjoyed this slim tome. I think you will too, especially if the voice of Billie Holiday in the dark of the night raises your goose bumps.

BURN NOTICE NEWSLETTER!

BURN NOTICE NEWSLETTER!

Michael faces a new foe in Detective Paxson, who has tracked down some explosives Michael has been hiding in a storage facility, forcing Michael to surreptitiously get them out before Paxson gets a warrant. Meanwhile, Michael and team must rescue a kidnapped child by using reverse interrogation.

Moon Bloodgood (Terminator: Salvation) guest-stars in "Question and Answer", premiering tonight at 9/8C!

Missed last week's season premiere?
Watch the full episode online!

THIS WEEK ON THE BURN NOTICE SITE:

Burn Notice Buzz - The Buzz is your one-stop shop for the latest news articles, photos, and videos relating to Burn Notice and all of its stars! All that, plus a Twitter Tracker that captures the latest tweets from Burn Notice fans!

Double the Spy. Double The Prize! Sweepstakes - Want to win weekly prizes just by watching Burn Notice? Pay close attention to each new episode, then answer our trivia question. You'll automatically be entered to win a prize pack that includes a Burn Notice Season 2 DVD, Burn Notice: The End Game book, and a Burn Notice Frisbee!

Ask a Spy - Michael's spy skills are not only used in life-or-death situations, but also in everyday life. Watch the latest Ask a Spy video to see what tips Michael gives as he answers this burning question: Is there any secret to remembering where I left my keys?

Season 3 Wallpaper - Spice up that boring PC or Mac desktop with some Burn Notice wallpaper, newly updated for season 3! Now your friends, family or co-workers will know that you have great taste in television when they see Michael and Fiona gracing your screen.

Season 2 DVD & Blu-ray - Burn Notice Season 2 comes to DVD and Blu-ray this Tuesday, June 16th! The all-new four-disc DVD and three-disc Blu-ray collection includes all 16 episodes from Season 2 and over 3 hours of special features. Pre-order it now!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

THE KNIGHTMARE'S VERY COOL RIDE!

THE KNIGHTMARE'S VERE COOL RIDE!

BILL CUNNINGHAM, CREATOR OF THE NEW RADIO SERIES PULP CHARACTER THE KNIGHTMARE, GIVES US THE LOW DOWN ON HIS PULP HERO'S ULTIMATE MUSCLE CAR. BILL ALSO BLOGS AT PULP 2.0 . . .

Maybe this is an American thing, or possibly an Angeleno thing, but many of our pulp heroes and heroines have been defined by the vehicle they drive (or pilot):

Batman has the Bat-mobile...

The Shadow has Shrevvy the cab driver chauffeur him around in a Yellow cab...

The Green Hornet has The Black Beauty...

and Wonder Woman has her Invisible Plane.

So, while I paint a pretty good audio picture of our horrific hero's car in part one of The Knightmare: The Murder Legion Strikes at Midnight, it was one sharp-eared listener who goes by the handle "Planish" over at the Audio Drama Talk forums who knew the truth...

The Knightmare's rolling arsenal is real.

STEVE LUCKY & THE RUMBA BUMS @ MEMORIES!

STEVE LUCKY & THE RUMBA BUMS @ MEMORIES!

STEVE LUCKY AND THE RHUMBA BUMS, FEATURING MISS CARMEN GETIT WILL BE AT MEMORIES FRIDAY, JULY 3. PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS, YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS THIS FANTASTIC SHOW.

$12 PER PERSON. BAND STARTS AT 9PM. BEGINNER DANCE LESSON AT 8:30 PM FOR $2 MORE.

ONE OF THESE DAYS, ALICE!

ONE OF THESE DAYS, ALICE!

BLOG PALLIE KIETH FROM THE DINO LOUNGE FOUND THIS COOL COSMO COVER FEATURING THE GREAT ONE, JACKIE GLEASON. I LIKE IT ENOUGH TO STEAL IT AND PASS IT ON.

THE WISEGUYS @ MEMORIES IN WHITTIER!

THE WISEGUYS @ MEMRORIES IN WHITTIER!

THE WISEGUYS MAKE A TRIUMPHANT RETURN TO MEMORIES ON FRIDAY, JUNE 12. COME SEE MONTEBELLO'S FAVORITE BAND TEAR IT UP! GREAT FUN.

$10 COVER. BAND STARTS AT 9PM. BEGINNING DANCE LESSON AT 8:30PM, $2 EXTRA.

THERE ARE STILL A COUPLE OF BOOTHS AVAILABLE. $20 GETS YOU A GUARANTEED BOOTH ALL NIGHT LONG.


CALL JOHN AT 714-504-9232 TO RESERVE.

Monday, June 8, 2009

GEORGE MICHAEL: SONGS FROM THE LAST CENTURY!


GEORGE MICHAEL: SONGS FROM THE LAST CENTURY!

HERE’S ANOTHER COOL AND SWINGIN’ DOWNLOAD FROM KELLY’S LOUNGE SOUNDZ . . .


This is George Michael attempting to create yet another post-Wham image. This time he and co-producer Phil Ramone have crafted a warm, intimate album built around a small combo, full orchestra, big band, harp and even a rock band. Unlike his previous post-Wham releases ["Faith" ('87), "Listen" ('90) and "Older" ('96)], George is not concerned about chart success. This is the most relaxed GM yet. The album split his fans right down the middle when they were first confronted with it ten years ago. On the one side those who wanted nothing other than his up-beat duo style a la Wham. On the other, those die-hards, perhaps older and more adaptable types like myself, who were open to a more laid-back, sophisticated sound from the pop star.

Many thanks to Joe Corry, a former radio colleague of mine now living in Australia, for making this share available.


TRACKS:

01) Brother, Can You Spare A Dime
02) Roxanne
03) You've Changed
04) My Baby Just Cares For Me
05) The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
06) Miss Sarajevo
07) I Remember You
08) Secret Love
09) Wild Is The Wind
10) Where Or When It's Right With Me

TO DOWNLOAD CLICK HERE

THE CAT'S MEOW!

BATMOBILE WEBSITE!

BATMOBILE WEBSITE!

HERE'S THE INTRODUCTION TO A VERY COOL NEW SITE BY ERIC SELTZER DEDICATED TO ALL THINGS BATMOBILE . . .

My fascination with the Batmobile began when I was about 4 years old. This photo on the left is circa 1972 with my favorite toy -- a tin battery-operated, blue colored Batmobile. I remember playing with it all the time until it stopped working one day. Thanks to my grandfather, the motor was fixed, but unfortunately the prognosis for Robin's caved in head was grave.

Fast forward 20+ years... My tin toy was LONG gone, but nostalgic for the past, I set out on a search for a big piece of my childhood. I scoured antique and collector shows and after quite a few years, finally found one (remember, this was pre-eBay). It set me back about $250, but I was happy to pay the price. Since then I have owned, at one time or another, over 10 of these tin toys in various colors (black, red, and blue) and various conditions.

Little did I know this quest would eventually lead to my adventures in meeting the creator of this icon and the consuming hobby this website has become.

Since creating the site in 1999, I have had over 6,000,000 visitors & the site has been featured in The New York Times, The Sacramento Bee, Motor Trend, Car Craft, Car and Driver, RC Driver, Car Collector, and RIDES magazine & many other publications. We have also been used as a reference source by Mattel (Hot Wheels) and various DVD's too.

Have fun and to the Batmobile...

TO CHECK IT OUT CLICK HERE

Sunday, June 7, 2009

THE JIVE ACES!

THE JIVE ACES!

We had a blast last night when England’s top swing band, The Jive Aces, touched down and turned Pasadena into the swingingest place on the planet!

In the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, England arguably saved the blues and many blues singers from obscurity. And it was the resurgence of swing and jive in England that led to the American success of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Royal Crown Revue, The Wiseguys, and others. England (with an assist from Japan) also embraced Brian Setzer and the Stray Cats’ rock-a-billy vibes long enough for the Brian Setzer Orchestra’s big band sound to emerge.

Now come The Jive Aces. Formed in 1989, these guys play a uniquely British fusion of jive, boogie-woogie, rock-a-billy, and swing, from standards to originals. On Saturday night, they set over 200 dancers swinging, jiving, jitterbugging, and lindy hopping like it was the end of the world.

Front man, Ian Clarkson (vocals & trumpet) oozed charisma and channeled Bobby Darin as he worked the crowd’s frenzy, and the rest of the band (Ken Smith – double bass, ‘Big” John Fordham – saxes & clarinet, Vince Hurley – piano, Alex Douglas – trombone, Peter Howell – who was out with the flu Saturday so Mark admirably filled in – on drums) in their signature canary yellow suits, black shirts, and red ties, were as sharp as new razors.

Touring in support of their new CD Recipe For Rhythm, the song of the evening had to go to the original London Rhythm. Written by drummer Peter Howell and pianist Vince Hurley, London Rhythm starts by swinging the sounds of Big Ben’s ‘bongs’ and rips on from there – very possibly the song to define The Jive Aces.

Cheers for a great evening that left the crowd sweat soaked and jumping. My feet tapped all the way home.




SECRET SQUIRREL!

SECRET SQUIRREL!

BLOG BUDDY KELLY GANNON OVER AT THE SIXTIES BEAT REMINDED ME OF THIS GREAT SPY CARTOON FROM 1965, SECRET SQUIRREL, WITH HIS SIDEKICK, MORROCO MOLE.

SECRET SQUIRREL WAS KNOWN ON THE SHOW AS "AGENT 000" WORKING FOR THE SPY AGENCY " INTERNATIONAL SNEAKY SERVICE." HIS BOSS WAS "DOUBLE Q." MEL BLANC WAS THE VOICE FOR SECRET SQUIRREL.


MODESTY BLAISE COVER GALLERY!

MODESTY BLAISE COVER GALLERY!

STEVE HOLLAND’S BEAR ALLEY BRITISH COMICS BLOG HAS A GREAT POST FEATURING SOME STUNNING MODESTY BLAISE COVERS.

TO VIEW IT CLICK HERE


BEAT TO A PULP #26!

BEAT TO A PULP #26!

THE LATES OFFERING FROM BTAP IS SIX BULLETS FOR JOHN CARTER BY CHAD EAGLETON.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Chad Eagleton lives in the Midwest, where he is busy trying to figure out how to avoid ever mowing the lawn. His work has been featured in Muzzle Flash, Pulp Pusher, Bad Things, Powder Burn Flash, and A Twist of Noir. Fans and stalkers can find him on Facebook.

TO READ BTAP #26 CLICK HERE

NEXT: PAUL BRAZILL'S "TUT"

SOON: "NOTHING YOU CAN DO" BY JASON HUNT

COCKTAIL NATION 77 ~ MARTINI KINGS!

COCKTAIL NATION 77 ~ MARTINI KINGS!

As Koop Kooper moves into winter down Under, Cocktail Nation gives thanks to good friend Brad Parker and his Tiki Shark crew on the big island. This week, we’ve got some great gigs to attend, we’ll talk to Tony from the Martini Kings, take a look at something from Kava Kon that will interest all collectors, play new music coming out from two key bands, get the info on a very cool festival to check out in the mountains, plus some of the very best classic and neo lounge and exotica on the planet.

Dinah Washington ~ If I Were A Bell

Chaino ~ Sumac

Martini Kings ~ Dance of the Virgins

Astrud Gilberto ~ I'm Nothin Without You

Tikiyaki Orchestra ~ Singapore Swing

Jazz Samba ~ Jazz Heat Bongo Beat

Martin Denny ~ Escales

Kava Kon ~ Polynesia Poppies

Frank Bennett ~ Material Girl

Stolen Idols ~ The Kyoto Protocol

Waitiki ~ Choko Chuni-Chu

The SG Sound ~ 1st Contact

Les Baxter ~ Winds Of Sirius

Mark Copeland ~ Lets Do it

Spy Fi ~ Lullaby Of Walk Don't Gunn

TO DOWNLOAD CLICK HERE

THE CAT'S MEOW!