Saturday, November 21, 2009

Y/A CORNER ~ THE HUNCHBACK ASSIGNMENTS!

Y/A CORNER ~ THE HUNCHBACK ASSIGNMENTS!

ARTHUR SLADE

A GRIPPING NEW SERIES COMBINES STEAMPUNK, SPYING, AND A FANTASTIC VICTORIAN LONDON!


The mysterious Mr. Socrates rescues Modo, a child in a traveling freak show. Modo is a hunchback with an amazing ability to transform his appearance, and Mr. Socrates raises him in isolation as an agent for the Permanent Association, a spy agency behind Brittania’s efforts to rule the empire.

At 14, Modo is left on the streets of London to fend for himself. When he encounters Octavia Milkweed, another Association agent, the two uncover a plot by the Clockword Guild behind the murders of important men. Furthermore, a mad scientist is turning orphan children into automatons to further the goals of the Guild. Modo and Octavia journey deep into the tunnels under London and discover a terrifying plot against the British government. It’s up to them to save their country.

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When Mr. Socrates, a member of the shadowy Permanent Association, hears of a hunchbacked infant with the ability to transform his appearance, he decides to take him in. Naming him Modo, he raises the boy in isolation, training him to become a secret agent.

When Modo turns fourteen, his education is complete. He must first survive in London on his own, then, with the help of beautiful Octavia, he uncovers a sinister plot being carried out in the very sewers beneath London.

Will they be able to stop the mad scientist Dr. Hyde and his even more terrifying associates before they unleash their monstrous plans upon unsuspecting Londoners?


BEAT TO A PULP#51!

BEAT TO A PULP#51!

They Come From Above by Cormac Brown

HERE’S THE WORD FROM BTAP EDITOR DAVID CRANMER . . .


Ok, so everyone except the editor/publisher seems to understand the BTAP guideline: New material only. This week, for the second time, we are publishing a story that has been previously released to the blogging world.

Cormac Brown had me riveted with a flash piece he posted earlier in the year on Cormac Writes. I couldn’t get his finely-written Twilight Zone style tale out of my head so I asked Cormac if he would be interested in slightly expanding his story for BTAP. He graciously agreed making “They Come From Above” the first flash fiction piece at BEAT to a PULP.

Maybe you remember reading it, but don’t let that stop you from checking out this freshened up version from a very talented writer. You won’t be disappointed.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

"Cormac Brown" is my pen name. I'm an up-and-slumming writer in the city of San Francisco, CA and I'm following in the footsteps of Hammett...minus the TB and working for the Pinkerton Agency. Some of my stories have appeared at Powder Burn Flash, Six Sentences, Flash Fire 500, Clarity of Night, Astonishing Adventures Magazine, and Crooked Magazine. You can find ME at
cormacwrites.blogspot.com

TO READ THE STORY CLICK HERE

NEXT WEEK: "BROTHERLY LOVE" BY J.E. SEYMOUR

ALL MAN!

ALL MAN!

J. KINGSTON PIERCE OVER AT THE RAP SHEET TIPS US TO THIS TOME FOR HEMINGWAY ENTHUSIASTS . . .

ALL MAN!: HEMINGWAY, 1950S MEN’S MAGAZINES, AND THE MASCULINE PERSONA

WRITTEN BY DAVID M. EARLE


During the 1950s, Hemingway was in two plane crashes, won a Nobel Prize, published a best-selling novel, and had five movies released based on his work. He had always been a public figure, but during these years his fame rose to that of celebrity. Splashed on the pages of men’s magazines were articles titled “Hemingway, Rogue Male,” “Hemingway: America’s No 1 He-Man,” “Hemingway: War, Women, Wine, and Words,” and “Hemingway: King of the Vulgar Words and Seduction.”

These articles appeared not in the mainstream men’s magazines like Esquire, Field & Stream, and Playboy, but in the pulp men’s adventure magazines of Vagabond, Rogue, Modern Man, Male, Bachelor, Sir Knight!, and Gent.

Kitschy, extreme, and often misogynistic, these magazines capture the hyper-masculinity of the postwar decade. And Hemingway was portrayed as a role model in all of them. Using these overlooked and sensational magazines, David M. Earle explores the popular image of Ernest Hemingway in order to consider the dynamics of both literary celebrity and mid-century masculinity. Profusely illustrated with magazine covers, article blurbs, and advertisements in full color, All Man! considers the role that visuality played in the construction of Hemingway’s reputation, as well as conveys a lurid and largely overlooked genre of popular publishing.

More than just a contribution to Hemingway studies, All Man! is an important addition to scholarship in the modernist era in American literature, gender studies, popular culture, and the history of publishing.


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AN EVENING AT THE BUDDIES LOUNGE #78!

AN EVENING AT THE BUDDIES LOUNGE #78!

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

PLAYLIST:

• As Long As I'm Singing - Bobby Darin
• Italian Street Song - Billy May
• 'S Wonderful - Shirley Bassey
• Jordu - Floyd Cramer
• Downtown - Frank Sinatra
• All Of Me - Esquivel
• Let's All Sing Like The Birdies Do - Buddy Greco
• Across The Alley From The Alamo - Ira Ironstrings Orchestra
• I’m Gonna Live Till I Die - Sarah Vaughan
• One Note Samba - Quincy Jones
• That’s All - Peggy Lee
• Banzai Pipeline - Henry Mancini
• Alright, Okay, You Win - Nancy Wilson
• The Race Is On - Si Zentner
• The Girl From Ipanema - Steve Lawrence
• Cubano Chant - Martin Denny
• Luigi - Louis Prima
• A Swingin; Safari - Anita Kerr Singers
• Mess Around - Ray Charles
• Red River Rock - Johnny & The Hurricanes
• A Whale Of A Tale - Kirk Douglas
• Wifes And Lovers - Julie London
• I've Got Plenty To Be Thankful For - Bing Crosby

Bonus Thanksgiving Track!

• Take An Indian To Lunch - Stan Freberg

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COCKTAIL NATION #101 ~ SOUTH OF THE BOUDOIR!

COCKTAIL NATION #101 ~ SOUTH OF THE BOUDOIR!

Thanks to Tiki Shark it's Koop Kooper gazing out across Sydney Harbour and the bright lights of the city which are sparkling off the harbour while the flashing lights of the boats moored animate the water like a shield Of marvellous gold .Coming up on the show we talk to Fluid Floyd from Don Tiki to find out about the new Album South of the Boudoir, I have new music from Pink Martini, a very cool album I picked up this week from a thriftstore by Robert Goulet...our regular segment Ask Koop plus a look at the world of swank with a stack of events to put into the organiser of your phone. Let the Swank Times Roll !

PLAYLIST:

Waitiki7 ~ Octopus Menagerie
Pink Martini ~ Ninna Nanna
Don Tiki ~ Odd Man Out
Henry Mancini ~ Something for Cat
Robert Goulet ~ Lush Life
Skip Heller ~ Hand To Eye
Martini Heaven ~ Breakfast At Tiffany's
Roni Perez ~ The Coffee Song
Israel Cachao Lopez ~ Mambo
SG Sound ~ The Cantina Band
Martini Kings -Patricia
Sammy Davis Jr ~ Azure
Vikki Carr ~ Like Love
Brasil 66 ~ The Joker
Spy Fi ~ Neptune
Steve Lawrence ~ Girl From Ipanema

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19 NOCTURNE BOULEVARD ~ HOSTEL TERRITORY!

19 NOCTURNE BOULEVARD ~ HOSTEL TERRITORY!

FEATURING THE DEADEYE KID

WRITTEN BY JULIE HOVERSON


Even in the middle of a blizzard, Lem and Fanshaw find someone in need of help - outlaws have taken over a Quaker hostel, holding the proprietress and her children hostage.

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VEIL OF LIES!

VEIL OF LIES!

THIS IS THE TRADE PAPERBACK EDITION, WHICH HAS A FAR SUPERIOR COVER THAN THE ORIGINAL HARDCOVER RELEASE . . .


Set in 1384 in London, Jeri Westerson introduces Crispin Guest, an amateur sleuth, in Veil of Lies, the first in a series of medieval noir mysteries.

Former knight turned tracker (the medieval equivalent of a private eye), Crispin Guest, is called to the compound of a successful but reclusive cloth merchant who suspects his wife of infidelity and wants Crispin to look into the matter. In dire need of money, Crispin reluctantly agrees and discovers that the wife is indeed up to something. But when he comes to inform his client, he finds the merchant dead in a sealed room, locked from the inside.

Now Crispin has come to the unwanted attention of the Lord Sheriff of London and finds himself in the middle of a complex plot involving dark secrets, international intrigue, and a missing religious relic — one that lies at the very heart of this heinous and impossible crime.

DANGER MAN ~ THE COMPLETE FIRST SERIES!

DANGER MAN ~ THE COMPLETE FIRST SERIES!

TANNER HAS THE FULL SCOOP ON THIS ESSENTIAL DVD RELEASE OVER AT HIS DOUBLE O SECTION BLOG . . .

Danger Man: The Complete First Series, containing all thirty-nine of secret agent John Drake's half-hour, black and white adventures, will be out on January 25, 2010. This is the seminal Sixties spy series, setting the template for a decade's worth of ITC shows even before Dr. No hit theaters. (In fact, it was based on his performance as Drake that McGoohan was supposedly considered for the Bond role.) Danger Man was the true beginning of the Sixties spy boom–and it's excellent.

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Friday, November 20, 2009

RED PANDA ADVENTURES #54 ~ TERROR WALKS THE NIGHT!

RED PANDA ADVENTURES #54 ~ TERROR WALKS THE NIGHT!

NEW FROM DECODER RING THEATRE!


The struggle against dark times has been a long and bitter one, and the fight to not give in to that darkness is constant. A rash of inexplicable disappearances cause the police to conclude that the citizens of the city are losing that unequal struggle. But can it really be a rash of suicides, or is there something much deeper, much darker behind this? And will even the Red Panda be able to resist when... Terror Walks The Night?

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THE SHERLOCK HOLMES COLLECTION!

THE SHERLOCK HOLMES COLLECTION!

SURVIVING EPISODES FROM THE BBC SERIES COME TO DVD!


Only five episodes of the BBC s celebrated 1960s Sherlock Holmes series survive. Coincidentally, all five star the inimitable Peter Cushing (Star Wars) as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle s legendary detective, with Nigel Stock as Dr. Watson. And, fortunately for Holmes fans, they have finally been made available on DVD in North America, courtesy of A&E.

Having already starred as Holmes in the famous Hammer film Hound of the Baskervilles, Cushing was uniquely suited to craft the definitive portrayal for these five captivating televised mysteries. For his first outing as the BBC s Holmes, Cushing revisits the moors of Dartmoor for a feature-length version of Holmes most well-known case, The Hound of the Baskervilles. Subsequent adventures pit his vaunted intellect against murderers, cannibals and Australian bushwackers in faithful productions of The Sign of the Four, The Blue Carbuncle, A Study in Scarlet and The Boscombe Valley Mystery.

Actors: Peter Cushing, Nigel Stock, Douglas Wilmer, Peter Madden, Grace Arnold

Format: Box set, Color, DVD,
NTSC Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only)
Number of discs: 3
Studio:
A&E HOME VIDEO
DVD Release Date: December 15, 2009
Run Time: 290 minutes

LITTLE JACK HORNER ~ ROBERT LESLIE BELLEM!

LITTLE JACK HORNER ~ ROBERT LESLIE BELLEM!

PULPVILLE PRESS - NOW AVAILABLE!


From 1943 to 1947, six stories starring Little Jack Horner were published in HOLLYWOOD DETECTIVE pulp magazine under Bellem's pen name of Jerome Severs Perry. Here are all six stories, reprinted in facsimile format. All were first published in Hollywood Detective pulp magazine

CONTENTS:

HOMICIDE PLUM
THE SEER SEES DEATH
MURDER AT AUCTION
THE BIG FIX
A CORPSE COMES HOME
KILLERY IN THE CARS

TRADE PAPERBACK
7X10
142 PAGES

$15

THE CAT'S MEOW ~ DOUBLE PLAY!

100 FREE AUDIO BOOKS YOU SHOULD HAVE READ/LISTENED BY NOW!

100 FREE AUDIO BOOKS YOU SHOULD HAVE READ/LISTENED BY NOW!

HERE’S A LINK TO SOME GREAT FREE AUDIO BOOK DOWNLOADS . . .


With so much school work to do, it may seem impossible to get any extra reading in, but luckily, there are free audio books available to help you out. Whether you need to catch up on reading that you skipped over in high school or would enjoy expanding your horizons with books you haven’t read but feel you should have, download these books and listen any time.

TO GET THE LIST CLICK HERE

JOHNNY RED!

JOHNNY RED!

THIS ISN’T DUE TO BE PUBLISHED UNTIL FEBRUARY 2010, BUT I WANTED TO GIVE A TEASER TO ONE OF TH GREAT BRITISH COMIC STRIPS . . .


Britain's best-loved aerial combat comic returns in a gorgeous hardback library edition!

When pilot Johnny Redburn is discharged from the RAF for striking an officer, he is forced to join the Merchant Navy. But a German sneak attack forces Redburn back into the air – in a stolen Hurricane!

Redburn aims for Russia, planning to save his plane and career, but on landing, meets the 'Falcon Squadron' of the 5th Soviet Air Brigade, who are under German attack! Redburn takes to the skies once more - to fight for Russia!

The classic series by Tom Tully ("Roy of the Rovers") and Joe Colquhoun ("Charley's War") makes its explosive debut and includes a new introduction by comics legend Garth Ennis ("The Boys", "Preacher', "War Story") and a feature on air combat!

WINTER WONDERETTES!

WINTER WONDERETTES!

“Santa Claus is Coming to Town”—and so are the girls from The Marvelous Wonderettes!

They’re preparing to celebrate the season by “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” and walking through a “Winter Wonderland,” except they’ll be making sand castles instead of snow balls because The Wonderettes will be in Laguna Beach
for a new production of Winter Wonderettes at The Laguna Playhouse November 24 – December 30.

The Laguna Playhouse production features new costumes and a new set that retains the intimacy of El Portal productions yet offers the opportunity for even more audience members to get in on the fun.

You might say The Laguna Playhouse knows how to “Ring Those Christmas Bells,” but don’t wait to buy Winter Wonderettes tickets — the girls leave Laguna at the end of December, so get your tickets to Winter Wonderettes
before they’re sold out! Otherwise, “Christmas Will Be Just Another Lonely Day.”

And because we want all Marvelous Wonderettes fans to “Run, Rudolph, Run” to see this show, we’re offering you a special offer: save 25% on tickets to see Winter Wonderettes at The Laguna Playhouse.

It’s a deal even “Santa Baby” would love!

To receive the 25% discount, be sure to mention or input code 1544 when ordering your tickets.

Call 949/497-2787

or go to


to order your tickets.

CHUCK NEWS!

CHUCK NEWS!

My facorite current spy series, Chuck, returns to NBC on Sunday, Jan 10th, 2010. On Jan 10th, there will be TWO new episodes, with an additional one on Monday Jan 11th! Three eps in two days. Above is the poster and below is the trailer for season three.

A PRINCESS OF MARS!

A PRINCESS OF MARS!

CANDELIGHT STORIES HAS A GREAT PODCAST FEATURING THE EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS NOVEL A PRINCESS OF MARS . . .


This is the first John Carter of Mars novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs, the author of the Tarzan books. It was his first novel, published in 1917 and it’s a work of rip-roaring science fiction that has inspired many of the great writers in the genre. The story concerns soldier John Carter who is mysteriously transported to the red planet where he fights to protect his princess against impossible odds and many peculiar creatures. The book is very much a product of its time, with outdated ideas about the red planet and outdated social ideas. But if you can just go along for the adventurous ride, you are in for a sci-fi space opera swashbuckling treat.

TO DOWNLOAD THE CHAPTER PODCASTS CLICK HERE


A TIP OF THE FEDORA TO SFF AUDIO

STEVE TYRELL @ CAFE CARYLE!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

SCREAM OF THE BIKINI!

SCREAM OF THE BIKINI!

CINEMA RETRO ADDS A FINAL TOUCH TO THIS WEEK’S SPY GIRLS POSTS WITH THE LOW DOWN ON A NEWLY RELEASED ‘60S SPY SPOOF . . .


As our regular readers know, Cinema Retro likes to help publicize innovative independent films relating to those glorious by-gone years of the 60s and 70s. Thus, when we were contacted by Darrett Sanders, one of the producers of the new 60s spy spoof Scream of the Bikini, we were immediately hooked.

The film has been winning accolades on the festival circuits and is playing limited engagements in theaters. The official web site is worthy of a visit, as it is chock-full of sexy production stills and retro posters like the one above that perfectly emulates those wonderful old door panels that used to grace movie theater lobby doors.

DETAILS:

Scream of the Bikini is a 1960s action-spy-thriller by acclaimed South American director, Fernando Fernandez.

Jasmine Orosco and Paola Apanapal - in their English language film debuts - are Bridget and Sophia: gorgeous super models by day, brutal bounty hunters by night. Murder, intrigue and pillow fights await our beautiful leading ladies at every turn, as they match wits and martial arts with a coterie of madmen and women bent on world domination.

Filmed somewhere in South America in 1966, and poorly translated and dubbed by Germans, this unintentionally funny James Bond meets Barbarella love child plumbs the seedy depths of the international fashion model/psycho-killer underworld with a boldness that only a gun to the head can provide.



FOR THE OFFICIAL WEB SITE
CLICK HERE

FORGOTTEN BOOKS: THE JANE BOND ADVENTURES BY MABLE MANLEY!

FORGOTTEN BOOKS: THE JANE BOND ADVENTURES BY MABLE MANLEY!

Since the theme of the blog this week has tended heavily toward spy girls, I thought I would bring to my weekly Forgotten Books post two little known spy girls/James Bond related novels from a series featuring James Bond’s lesbian twin sister, Jane Bond . . .

What? You didn’t know James Bond had a lesbian twin sister? Well, you do now. And you can read her adventures in these two Bond parodies by Mable Maney . . .


A San Francisco artist and satirist, Maney spins lesbian pulp adventure tales out of perky feminine archetypes from the 1950s and 1960s, including Nancy Drew/Nancy Clue, Cherry Ames/Cherry Aimless, the Hardy/Hardly Boys, and James/Jane Bond.

Per the Enclopedia of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Culture (GLBTQ):

Though on the surface her novels play out as mischievous parodies of heroines such as Nancy Drew, behind their convoluted and merrily implausible plots is a conscious awareness of the era's class and gender issues. At the same time Maney, an unabashed advocate for the place of butch/femme relationships in lesbian culture, actively reappraises the gender assumptions of the present.

Maney switches gears in her next two novels, Kiss the Girls and Make Them Spy (2001) and The Girl with the Golden Bouffant (2004). In the insouciant 1960s, the renowned Agent 007's sister--Bond, Jane Bond--must thwart a plot against the queen and outsmart some really obnoxious FBI rivals in a Las Vegas showdown (respectively). She is abetted by two cagey and tenacious operatives, Bridget and Bibi, fashionista femmes whom one is well advised not to cross. It is amazing what kind of high-tech weaponry you can pack into a charm bracelet.

Although created as parodies of earlier times, Maney's novels are mordant commentaries on the conformity of a lesbian culture that, in her opinion, takes itself too seriously. She notes that gay men have a longstanding camp tradition and feels that lesbians need something similar. Her characters may well provide the foundation.

KISS THE GIRLS AND MAKE THEM SPY

Sometimes the Best Bond for a Job is a Jane . . . Jane Bond.

"What's the story on Bond?"

"Your man is a homicidal depressive paranoiac," the doctor reported.

"I know that. I want to know what's wrong with him!

And be straight with me, man. No medical mumbo jumbo."

"He's lost his nerve."

N. had suspected as much. After a long while spent staring at the jagged skyline of London, N. came to a decision. He had no other choice but to go through with Pumpernickel's ridiculous plan.

The dastardly Sons of Britain (SOBs) are plotting to overthrow Queen Elizabeth and bring the Duke of Windsor and Wallis Simpson back to power - a trifle for the inimitable James Bond. However, the many years of wining and dining beautiful women have taken their toll on poor 007 and a "rehabilitation" in a sanatorium is in order. But if word gets out that 007 is "indisposed", the evil SOBs will surely succeed.

Enter Bond, Jane Bond, James's lesbian twin sister and haoless bookstore employee, who steps in to masquerade as her brother at an awards ceremony with the queen. It's up to some unexpected heroes to save the day. The Powder Puff Girls – makeup salespersons by day, secret agents by night – step in to secure the future of Britain while Jane keeps her brother's reputation intact...both in and out of the bedroom!

GIRL WITH THE GOLDEN BOUFFANT

Another hilarious Bond parody in the shape of THE GIRL WITH THE GOLDEN BOUFFANT. James Bond's out of commission and his sister Jane must step once more into his shoes, his smoking jacket, and his girlfriend's bedroom...

When James Bond lands in hospital as the result of a nasty facial burn – while lighting a bird's cigarette, his hair pomade explodes – Jane Bond, his lesbian twin sister and occasional impersonator, once again dons suit and scars to masquerade as her infamous brother. Her destination: the annual spy convention in the glamorous Las Vegas of the Rat Pack era.
Her assignment: to keep her brother's reputation intact through a carefully plotted program of gambling, boozing, and womanising.

Along for the ride are British Secret Service Agent Cedric Pumpernickel, Jane's only ally in the male spy world, and glamorous girlfriend, and G.E.O.R.G.I.E. agent, Bridget St Claire, who finds herself the unwilling love interest of a scrawny lounge singer who, along with his pack of friends, begins a campaign to bed her.The relatively ordinary convention – featuring the latest in jet pack transportation and stylish decoder rings – becomes the scene for murder when someone tosses an Estonian secret agent off the observation deck of Hoover Dam.

Days spent at the blackjack table – and nights in the arms of her beautiful girlfriend – come to an abrupt end as Jane uncovers a nefarious plot to eliminate all the best spies of the western world.

Complicating the plot is a romance gone sour: an affair between Agent Pumpernickel and musical sensation Liberace has ended badly, and when Pumpernickel takes to his bed with a box of chocolates and a copy of Queen magazine, Jane must become England's top–action man and stop the killer before he stops her.

Okay, so this isn’t my normal reading, but everyone should get equal access when it comes to fiction. If this is your bent, you’ll probably enjoy Maney’s engaging wit and biting satire. And if you are a Bond completest, these belong on your shelf.

TO READ A REVEALING INTERVIEW WITH MANEY CLICK HERE

THE CAT'S MEOW ~ TRIPLE PLAY!

THE VOICE OF FRANK SINATRA (1946)!

THE VOICE OF FRANK SINATRA (1946)!

WOW! WHAT A GREAT AN UNUSUAL DOWNLOADABLE EARLY SINATARA ALBUM POSTED BY KELLY’S LOUNGE SOUNZ . . .


"The Voice of Frank Sinatra" was the first Sinatra album recorded as such. Initially issued by Columbia Records on March 4, 1946, as a set of four 78-rpm records (and later reissued as a 10" LP in 1948 and as two 45-rpm EPs in 1952), it was a collection of eight songs recorded at two sessions in 1945. At both sessions arranger/conductor Axel Stordahl used a string quartet and a rhythm section plus single added color instruments, a flute here, an oboe there. The songs were all romantic ballads and, in a clear precursor to the Sinatra "concept" albums on Capitol Records in the 1950s, they were all standards of an earlier era. The leadoff track "You Go to My Head" (copyright 1938) was the most recent composition and the rest all came from earlier in the '30s except the Gershwin composition "Someone to Watch Over Me" which had been introduced back in the 1926 musical "Oh, Kay!".


Sinatra seemed to be deliberately looking back to, and reinventing the crooner era of the early '30s on such songs as "(I Don't Stand) A Ghost of a Chance", co-written by his mentor, Bing Crosby, and "Paradise", popularized by Crosby's early rival Russ Columbo which closed the album. Sinatra was using the vintage material to treat popular music in a more formal and serious way and Stordahl, with his classical influences, abetted this pursuit.

"The Voice of Frank Sinatra", which quickly topped the album charts, signaled a new direction for Sinatra that would take him beyond the screams of the bobbysoxers even though it would be some time before that direction was clearly marked out. ~ William Ruhlmann

TRACKLIST:

Side 1:
01) You Go To My Head
02) Someone To Watch Over Me
03) These Foolish Things
04) Why Shouldn't I


Side 2:
01) I Don't Know Why I Just Do
02) Try A Little Tenderness
03) A Ghost Of A Chance
04) Paradise

TO DOWNLOAD CLICK HERE

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

NICK FURY & ARTIST PAUL GULACY LIKE SPY GIRLS TOO!

THE CAT'S MEOW!

MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS!

MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS!

In a press release yesterday, ITV announced that principal photography has begun for the television adaption of Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express, starring David Suchet as Hercule Poirot.

The star-studded international cast includes Dame Eileen Atkins, Hugh Bonneville, Jessica Chastain, Sam Crane, Marie-Josée Croze, Serge Hazanavicius, Barbara Hershey, Toby Jones, Susanne Lothar, Joseph Mawle, Denis Ménochet, David Morrissey, Elaina Satine, Brian J. Smith, Stanley Weber and Samuel West.

David Suchet said, “It's an honor to have such a wonderful international cast on board for this world famous murder mystery. Writer Stewart Harcourt has created an exquisite script. His attention to detail is impeccable.”

Murder on the Orient Express will be filmed on location in Malta and London. No air date was announced.

ITV also notes four new Poirot films, Appointment with Death, The Clocks, Three Act Tragedy and Hallowe’en Party, have completed filming and are awaiting scheduling.

FOR THE FULL PRESS RELEASE CLICK HERE

THE WINGS OF THE SPHINX ~ ANDREA CAMILLERI!

THE WINGS OF THE SPHINX ~ ANDREA CAMILLERI!

IN MY OPINION, CAMILLERI’S MYSTERIES ARE SECOND ONLY TO DONNA LEON’S COMMISSARIO BRUNETTI NOVELS WHEN IT COMES TO GIVING THE READER A FEEL FOR THE REAL ITALY. . .


Food, love, and murder-Sicilian style-in the gripping eleventh installment of The New York Times bestselling Montalbano mystery series.

Things are not going well for Inspector Salvo Montalbano. His relationship with Livia is once again on the rocks and-acutely aware of his age-he is beginning to grow weary of the endless violence he encounters. Then a young woman is found dead, her face half shot off and only a tattoo of a sphinx moth giving any hint of her identity.

The tattoo links her to three similarly marked girls-all victims of the underworld sex trade-who have been rescued from the Mafia night-club circuit by a prominent Catholic charity. The problem is, Montalbano's inquiries elicit an outcry from the Church and the three other girls are all missing.

Andrea Camilleri is an international bestselling author. He lives in Rome. Stephen Sartarelli is an award-winning translator and poet. He lives in France.

The Wings of the Sphinx, will be published on 29 December by Penguin USA.

THINGS ARE SWINGIN’ ~ PEGGY LEE (1958)!

THINGS ARE SWINGIN’ ~ PEGGY LEE (1958)!

KELLY’S LOUNGE SOUNZ TREATS US TO A DOWNLOAD OF A LESSER KNOWN PEGGY LEE ALBUM . . .


Midway through a small lull in her live performance career Peggy Lee recorded the LP Things Are Swingin' in Hollywood during May, 1958, at the same sessions that produced the biggest hit of her career – Fever (though not on the original LP, it was added to the 2004 reissue as a bonus track).

Still,
Things Are Swingin' isn't a high point in Lee's career especially when considered among her many successes of the late '50s like the following year's Beauty and the Beat! Though her instincts and powers of bewitchment were faultless as ever, she betrayed a few weaknesses in her normally excellent voice perhaps a result of her semi-retirement at the time and the ten-piece studio orchestra – including session heavyweights Don Fagerquist, Barney Kessel, Bob Enevoldsen, Howard Roberts, Pete Candoli, and Shelly Manne – isn't given much to work with by conductor Jack Marshall.

Scattered moments of brilliance abound however including Lee's own title song (a staple of her later live show, written with Marshall), the sleepily sensual
You're Getting To Be a Habit With Me, and Alright, Okay, You Win, a bluesy lead that became a hit in 1958 alongside Fever. ~ John Bush

TRACKLIST:

SIDE 1:
01) It's A Wonderful World
02) Things Are Swingin'
03) Alright, Okay, You Win
04) Riding High
05) It's Been A Long Long Time
06) Lullaby In Rhythm

SIDE 2:
01) Alone Together
02) I'm Beginning To See The Light
03) It's A Good Good Night
04) You're Getting To Be A Habit With Me
05) You're Mine You
06) Life is For Living

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