Friday, February 26, 2010

CHRIS STANDRING @ THE BAKED POTATO!

CHRIS STANDRING @ THE BAKED POTATO!

THURSDAY MARCH 4TH, 2010
SHOWS AT 9:30 & 11:30
$25

BAKED POTATO
3787 CAHUENGA BLVD.
STUDIO CITY, 91604
(818) 980-1615


Already described as extremely cinematic, Blue Bolero by Chris Standring is sure to be one of the most talked about releases of 2010. Although the distinctive vibe that has marked out Standring as one of the most soulful smooth jazz guitarists around remains clearly discernable, for Blue Bolero he adds to it with compositions, arrangements and choice of instruments that show off a different side to his musical persona.

A case in point is the eight minute six second ‘Overture’. In the way striking string arrangements blend with enticing guitar and flashes of acoustic bass this is a tune that can be rightly regarded as a metaphor for the entire album while the title song, with acoustic bass from Larry Steen and violin by Barbra Porter, demonstrates, perhaps for the first time ever, how contemporary jazz can fuse with classical influences in the most perfect of ways.


CHRIS STANDRING - GUITAR
RODNEY LEE - KEYS
LARRY STEEN - BASS
NIKKI GARCIA - VIOLIN
BARBARA PORTER - VIOLIN
TOMM TALLY - VIOLA
CAMERON STONE - CELLO

DEEP, DARK ~ JONATHAN MABERRY!

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AN EVENING AT THE BUDDIES LOUNGE #91!

AN EVENING AT THE BUDDIES LOUNGE #91!

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:

• Swinging On A Star - Frank Sinatra
• One Mint Julep - Xavier Cugat
• Since I’ve Been Gone - Ethel Ennis
• A Hard Days Night - Enoch Light
• Blue Skies - Skip Jacks
• Bang! Bang! - Claus Ogerman
• After You’ve Gone - Art Van Damme
• Hallelujah! - Art Van Damme Quintet
• Diane - Art Van Damme Quintet
• Cry Me A River - Julie London
• I Spy - Warren Barker
• Please Come Home? - Vic Damone
• Haven’t We Met? - Mel Tormé
• The Pussy Foot - Kirby Stone Four
• Cocoanut Wireless - Ray Charles Singers
• College Confidential - Dean Elliot
• Ten Cents A Dance - Anita O’Day
• Fever - George Chakiris
• Rock Around Stephen Foster - Stan Freberg
• Hawaiian War Chant Twist - Les Elgart

TO LISTEN OR DOWNLOAD CLICK HERE

NOIR CORNER: BLACKOUT IN PRECINT PUERTO RICO!

NOIR CORNER: BLACKOUT IN PRECINT PUERTO RICO!

STEVEN TORRES

PER BILL CRIDER:

This is the fifth book in Steven Torres' excellent series, though I believe it was the first written.

Sheriff Luis Gonzalo of Angustias, Puerto Rico, helps recover the bodies of illegal Dominican immigrants washed up on shore near his sister-in-law's village. He can tell that one was murdered, but when he tries to coordinate with coroners and local police, he finds that the body has disappeared.

As he pursues the matter, he receives warnings from a youthful photographer and threatening phone calls that lead him to suspect police corruption. This is a most promising start to a new procedural series that stars a dedicated, sensible "hero" in an almost quaint but decidedly unique locale.

If you haven't read the previous books in the Precinct Puerto Rico series, that's no barrier to reading this one. It's a good place to start. Check it out.

Y/A CORNER: THE PRINCE OF MIST!

Y/A CORNER: THE PRINCE OF MIST!

CARLOS RUIZ ZAFÓN

I THROUGHLY ENJOY TWO OF ZAFÓN’S PRIOR ADULT NOVELS, SHADOW OF THE WIND, AND THE ANGEL’S GAME, SO I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO HIS FORAY INTO YOUNG ADULT TERRITORY . . .

Max Carver's father - a watchmaker and inventor - decides to move his family to a small town on the coast, to an old house that once belonged to a prestigious surgeon, Dr Richard Fleischmann. But the house holds many secrets and stories of its own.

Behind it is an overgrown garden full of statues surrounded by a metal fence topped with a six-pointed star. When he goes to investigate, Max finds that the statues seem to consist of a kind of circus troop with the large statue of a clown at its centre. Max has the curious sensation that the statue is beckoning to him.

As the family settles in they grow increasingly uneasy: they discover a box of old films belonging to the Fleischmanns; his sister has disturbing dreams and his other sister hears voices whispering to her from an old wardrobe. They also discover the wreck of a boat that sank many years ago in a terrible storm.

Everyone on board perished except for one man - an engineer who built the lighthouse at the end of the beach. During the dive, Max sees something that leaves him cold - on the old mast floats a tattered flag with the symbol of the six-pointed star. As they learn more about the wreck, the chilling story of the Prince of the Mists begins to emerge.

SCI-FI CORNER: THE DRAGON FACTORY!

SCI-FI CORNER: THE DRAGON FACTORY!

JONATHAN MAYBERRY


Joe Ledger and the DMS (Department of Military Sciences) go up against two competing groups of geneticists. One side is creating exotic transgenic monsters and genetically enhanced mercenary armies; the other is using 21st century technology to continue the Nazi Master Race program begun by Josef Mengele. Both sides want to see the DMS destroyed, and they've drawn first blood. Neither side is prepared for Joe Ledger as he leads Echo Team to war under a black flag.

In Stoker-winner Maberry's wild second Joe Ledger novel (after Patient Zero), Joe and his comrades from the Department of Military Science (DMS) take on enough villains and their world-threatening plots to fill half a dozen ordinary thrillers.

The dangers Joe and his Echo Team warriors confront include evil boy-girl albino twins born on Christmas, each child marked with a star like the Star of Bethlehem; weaponized genetic diseases; the Cabal, whose goal is worldwide ethnic cleansing; Nazi clones; a race of slaves called New Men; a wide array of mythical beasts (unicorns, centaurs, dragons, elves, etc.); and morphogenetic monsters such as tiger/dogs and insect/humans.

Joe battles these horrors with his usual ferocity, but by the end, even this superhero is reduced to despair by the toll the job exacts. While Joe has announced his retirement, eager readers can look forward to one more volume in this humorous, over-the-top cross-genre trilogy.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

FORGOTTEN BOOKS: MARKED MAN!

FORGOTTEN BOOKS: MARKED MAN!

MEL STEIN

A MARK ROSSETTI FOOTBALL THRILLER


Recently the EURO CRIME blog featured a POST ON SOCCER (or football as it is referred to in Europe) mysteries. This was not supposed to be an all inclusive post, but since I have a collection of soccer mysteries, I immediately noticed a few notable omissions.

Marked Man was the first of a series of three soccer mysteries by Mel Stein. In his everyday life, Stein is a solicitor specializing in sports law, but he is best known as the personal manager for English soccer superstars Paul Gascoigne and Chris Waddle.

Stein’s series features disgraced soccer star turned private investigator Mark Rossetti, and the novels were filled with insider knowledge of how soccer teams operate and the behind the scenes dramas.

MARKED MAN


To the world of football [soccer], Mark Rossetti is a dead man. Ten years ago, on the verge of an international career, he was banned from the game for a crime he didn’t commit. Now, as he struggles to make a living as a private investigator, he’s just a distant shadow in the memories of Hertsmere United’s more nostalgic fans.

Most are far more concerned with Rossetti’s old club’s current dramas, and with its star player, the mercurial, magical Mickey Wayne. Especially since Hertsmere United – only recently rocketed into the league, more recently still in the top half of the Premiership – have a miraculous chance of FA [Football Association] cup [trophy] glory.

For United’s beleaguered chairman, David Sinclair, Wayne is the difference between survival and disaster. Despite its fooballing success, Hertsmere is financially on the ropes, hampered by its dilapidated ground with its small [seating] capacity.

Sinclair’s bankers are demanding he sells Wayne, something his bred-in-the-bone love of the game tells him not to do. Meanwhile, the sharks are closing in on Sinclair, including Chris Handsel, a brutal but popular former player determined to get his hands on his old club. If Sinclair can only hang on to the unpredictable Wayne until Hertsmere can win through to the FA cup final, and if Wayne can help them win, Sinclair might have a chance.

But then, days before the semi, Mickey Wayne vanishes. At last it seems as if Mark Rossetti might have found a role to play in the game that, despite the treatment its dished out to him, is still his life. If only he can find Mickey Wayne . . .

Written with the authority of an author who knows the game from the inside, marked man is both a page-turning thriller and a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the business that is football.

Marked Man and the other Mark Rossetti soccer/football thrillers are nowhere near as accomplished as Dick Francis’ racing thriller, but what sports thrillers are up to that standard – few if any. On the other hand, author Stien does right by making soccer integral to the plot and not just a background against which to play out a compelety unrelated story – my biggest bugaboo when it comes to sports mysteries.

THE MARK ROSSETTI SERIES

MARKED MAN
RED CARD
WHITE LINES

THE AGATHA CHRISTIE NEWSLETTER!

THE AGATHA CHRISTIE NEWSLETTER!

It's less than seven months until Christie Week 2010 and we want to know what you'd like to see!

TO POST YOUR THOUGHTS IN OUR FORUM CLICK HERE

Thank you for all your excellent suggestions so far.

Christie fans across the world are getting involved, from film screenings in London, a touring exhibition in Japan and a celebratory birthday party in Istanbul - the last destination stop in the East for passengers on the Orient Express.

And we're getting involved too - as part of the 120th anniversary year celebrations, in every newsletter of 2010 we'll be taking a closer look at the decades of Agatha Christie's life, you'll find this month's instalment below.


TO FIND ANY YOU MAY HAVE MISSED CLICK HERE

Also, coming soon to agathachristie.com - inspired by suggestions in the forum - will be an epic murder mystery game running from Spring all the way up until Christie Week. Keep your eyes peeled for any suspicious characters appearing on the site over the next few weeks, rumour has it that a murderer from a Christie story is on the loose and they're going to be targeting members of the agathachristie.com community! Be afraid, be very afraid...

CHRIS CHAN'S LATEST BLOG

For those of you familiar with the Blog section of the website you'll certainly know the name Chris Chan - a prolific and highly informed contributor and like us all, a huge Christie fan.

TO READ HIS LATEST PAPER ON THE PLAUSIBILITY OF MURDER IN MESOPOTAMIA'S SOLUTION CLICK HERE

AGATHA CHRISTIE 1900 - 1910

"Life took on a completely different complexion after my father's death. I stepped out of my child's world, a world of security and thoughtlessness, to enter the fringes of the world of reality"

Agatha was eleven years old when her father died in November 1901, Queen Victoria had died that January and it was the start of a brand new century. Still a child, though only just, Agatha's experience of her father's death was limited, kept away from the funeral by her mother and firm in the belief that he had gone to heaven Agatha was able to handle his passing as well as could be expected from a child her age. But it hit her mother hard and it was the way in which she coped with the emotional and also financial situation now confronting the family, that was to mark the start of Agatha's maturation:

"My mother had bad heart attacks since my father's death. They came on her with no warning, and nothing that the doctors gave her helped. I knew for the first time what it was to feel anxiety for other people... By the time I was thirteen or fourteen I felt myself enormously advanced in age and experience. I no longer thought of myself as protected by another person. I had my own protective feelings. I felt responsible for my mother"

Agatha's sister Margaret had by this time married and moved away. The financial problems imposed on them after her father's death meant they had to economise, leaving her mother with few social excursions and almost housebound, unable to walk the hills of Torquay without troubling her heart. Agatha on the other hand found the cutbacks easier and happily spent the next few years bathing in the summer, roller skating in the winter and reading numerous books including the Sherlock Holmes stories and the works of Alexandre Dumas.

Agatha had also started to develop her perspective on marriage and relationships, in fact, she had always imagined marriage over a career. A child of Victorian Britain it was no surprise that she should aspire to marry, and place such emphasis upon it - though not so for the Suffragettes, the Women's Social and Political Union that began life in 1903, their aims and objectives in stark contrast to those of the Victorians. Even later in life Christie's views on women's equality erred on the side of nineteenth century thinking, though as unfashionable as those views now seem, hers were born out of a traditional sense of romance and love without which some of her most popular stories could never have been written.

At fifteen Agatha and her mother let Ashfield once more and moved to Paris, where Agatha attended school, though her dreams of becoming a famous pianist were dashed by persistent stage fright. At seventeen Agatha's mother suffered a serious illness that no doctor could diagnose correctly except to recommend moving to a warmer climate to aid recovery. Cairo was chosen, a place for her mother to rest but also a place for Agatha's next stage of development:

"My mother was anxious that I should have what was considered a young girl's birthright, that is to say that she should emerge like a butterfly from a chrysalis, from a schoolgirl to a young lady of the world, meeting other girls and plenty of young men, and, to put it plainly, be given her chance of finding a suitable mate."

Much dancing and conversing with eligible and not so eligible young men later, a wiser Agatha returned to England. While visiting friends and attending parties she would often meet potential suitors, though none as yet she'd taken much of a shine to. One unlucky chap, in whom Agatha was so disinterested that she couldn't recall his name 'Mr S.' was to experience such rejection:

"...'I can't wait. I have to tell you now. I am madly in love with you. You must marry me. From the first moment I saw you, coming down to dinner, I knew that you were the one woman in the world for me'. It was sometime before I could interrupt the flow of words, and say with icy coldness: 'It is very kind of you, Mr S., I am sure, and I deeply appreciate it, but I am afraid the answer is no.'"

Agatha was in no hurry, there were plenty of dances to come, and it would be at a dance a few years later where she was to meet a young British army officer by the name of Christie.

The closing of the decade saw the introduction of the mass produced motor car, then two years later the aeroplane. Technological momentum was accompanying a world trend towards pacts and alliances between countries vying to build empires, the new century was about to explode into war, an event that would once again shape Agatha's journey towards becoming the most successful author of all time.

Read next month's newsletter for Agatha Christie 1910-1920.

TO CATCH-UP ON ALL PREVIOUS INSTALMENTS CLICK HERE

BAD POLICE COMPOSITE!

BAD POLICE COMPOSITE!

"POLICE ARE LOOKING FOR, UHM . . . ME TONIGHT . . .

HAT TIP TO BILL CRIDER

FANTASY CORNER ~ ANGELOLOGY!

FANTASY CORNER ~ ANGELOLOGY!

DANIELLE TRUSSONI

A thrilling epic about an ancient clash reignited in our time- between a hidden society and heaven's darkest creatures

There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bore children to them ~ Genesis 6:5

Sister Evangeline was just a girl when her father entrusted her to the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration in upstate New York. Now, at twenty-three, her discovery of a 1943 letter from the famous philanthropist Abigail Rockefeller to the late mother superior of Saint Rose Convent plunges Evangeline into a secret history that stretches back a thousand years: an ancient conflict between the Society of Angelologists and the monstrously beautiful descendants of angels and humans, the Nephilim.

For the secrets these letters guard are desperately coveted by the once-powerful Nephilim, who aim to perpetuate war, subvert the good in humanity, and dominate mankind. Generations of angelologists have devoted their lives to stopping them, and their shared mission, which Evangeline has long been destined to join, reaches from her bucolic abbey on the Hudson to the apex of insular wealth in New York, to the Montparnasse cemetery in Paris and the mountains of Bulgaria.

Rich in history, full of mesmerizing characters, and wondrously conceived, Angelology blends biblical lore, the myth of Orpheus and the Miltonic visions of Paradise Lost into a riveting tale of ordinary people engaged in a battle that will determine the fate of the world.

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THE CAT'S MEOW ~ DOUBLE PLAY!


Tuesday, February 23, 2010

FANTASY CORNER ~ FINNIKIN OF THE ROCK!

FANTASY CORNER ~ FINNIKIN OF THE ROCK!

MELINA MARCHETTA


2008 Printz Award Winner Melina Marchetta crafts an epic fantasy of ancient magic, exile, feudal intrigue, and romance that rivets from the first page.


Finnikin was only a child during the five days of the unspeakable, when the royal family of Lumatere were brutally murdered, and an imposter seized the throne. Now a curse binds all who remain inside Lumatere’s walls, and those who escaped roam the surrounding lands as exiles, persecuted and despairing, dying by the thousands in fever camps.

In a narrative crackling with the tension of an imminent storm, Finnikin, now on the cusp of manhood, is compelled to join forces with an arrogant and enigmatic young novice named Evanjalin, who claims that her dark dreams will lead the exiles to a surviving royal child and a way to pierce the cursed barrier and regain the land of Lumatere.

But Evanjalin’s unpredictable behavior suggests that she is not what she seems — and the startling truth will test Finnikin’s faith not only in her, but in all he knows to be true about himself and his destiny.

SCI-FI CORNER ~ VERSION 43!

SCI-FI CORNER ~ VERSION 43!

PHILIP PALMER

IS THIS A COOL PULP COVER OR WHAT?


The Exodus Universe.

Your odds of surviving quantum teleportation are, more or less, fifty/fifty. The only ones crazy enough to try it are the desperate, the insane, and those sentenced to exile for their crimes.

Belladonna is home to the survivors of the fifty/fifty—and is therefore a planet run by criminals and thieves. But when a horrific and improbable murder catches the attention of the Galactic Police force, one cyborg cop—Version 43—is sent to investigate.

Version 43 has been here before and has old friends and older enemies lying in wait. The cop was human once, but now, he is more program than man and will find a way to clean up this planet once and for all.

STEAMPUNK CORNER ~ THE DREAM OF PERPETUAL MOTION!

STEAMPUNK CORNER ~ THE DREAM OF PERPETUAL MOTION!

DEXTER PALMER

A debut so magical… so extraordinary… it has to be read to be believed . . .


Imprisoned for life aboard a zeppelin that floats high above a fantastic metropolis, the greeting-card writer Harold Winslow pens his memoirs. His only companions are the disembodied voice of Miranda Taligent, the only woman he has ever loved, and the cryogenically frozen body of her father Prospero, the genius and industrial magnate who drove her insane.


The tale of Harold’s life is also one of an alternate reality, a lucid waking dream in which the well-heeled have mechanical men for servants, where the realms of fairy tales can be built from scratch, where replicas of deserted islands exist within skyscrapers . . .

As Harold’s childhood infatuation with Miranda changes over twenty years to love and then to obsession, the visionary inventions of her father also change Harold’s entire world, transforming it from a place of music and miracles to one of machines and noise. And as Harold heads toward a last desperate confrontation with Prospero to save Miranda’s life, he finds himself an unwitting participant in the creation of the greatest invention of them all: the perpetual motion machine.

Beautifully written, stunningly imagined, and wickedly funny, The Dream of Perpetual Motion is a heartfelt meditation on the place of love in a world dominated by technology.

FREE E-BOOK ~ THE COSSACK!

FREE E-BOOK ~ THE COSSACK!

THE GOLDEN AGE OF STORIES IS OFFERING A FREE E-BOOK DOWNLOAD OF THE L. RON HUBBARD PULP TALE THE COSSACK . . .

A woman cold as steel, known only as the Duchess, stops at nothing to ensnare her prey. But when the ruggedly handsome lieutenant of her guard, a cossack, becomes the target of her desires, she finds herself with the tables turned—trapped in a net of intrigue she herself set in motion and suddenly she has nowhere to run.

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FREE AUDIO BOOK ~ THE DEVIL’S RESCUE!

FREE AUDIO BOOK ~ THE DEVIL’S RESCUE!

THE GOLDEN AGE OF STORIES IS OFFERING A FREE AUDIO DOWNLOAD OF THE L. RON HUBBARD PULP TALE THE DEVIL’S RESCUE . . .

Edward Lanson has been drifting in a lifeboat far below the Cape of
Good Hope for weeks and seems destined for the watery depths until
an ancient clipper ship rescues him. But what seemed to be salvation
may indeed be his destruction when he is confronted with the captain
of a crew of faceless sailors–a man known only as the Dark One–who
has his own plans for Edward.


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THE JIVE ACES ARE BACK ~ FEBRUARY 26TH!

THE CAT'S MEOW ~ FOUR OF A KIND!

Y/A CORNER ~ TIMERIDERS!

Y/A CORNER ~ TIME RIDERS!

ALEX SCARROW


Liam O’Connor should have died at sea in 1912. Maddy Carter should have died on a plane in 2010. Sal Vikram should have died in a fire in 2029. Yet moments before death, someone mysteriously appeared and said, ‘Take my hand . . .’

But Liam, Maddy and Sal aren’t rescued. They are recruited by an agency that no one knows exists, with only one purpose – to fix broken history. Because time travel is here, and there are those who would go back in time and change the past. That’s why the Time Riders exist: to protect us. To stop time travel from destroying the world . . .

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Alex Scarrow used to be a rock guitarist, then he became a graphic artist, then he decided to be a computer games designer. Finally, he grew up and became an author. He has written a number of successful thrillers and several screenplays, but it's YA fiction that has allowed him to really have fun with the ideas and concepts he was playing around with when designing games. He lives in Norwich with his son, Jacob, his wife, Frances, and two very fat rats.

THIS IS AVAILABLE THROUGH AMAZON.UK AS IT IS NOT YET PUBLISHED IN AMERICA . . .

FOR A COOL U.K. REVIEW CLICK HERE

BOOK SMUGGLERS ~ GIVEAWAY!

BOOK SMUGGLERS ~ GIVEAWAY!

THE COOL GANG OVER AT THE BOOK SMUGGLERS IS GIVING AWAY A COPY OF THE EXCELLENT WHEREVER NINA LIES, THE DEBUT NOVEL FROM THE YOUNG AND EXTREMELY TALENTED LYNN WEINGARTEN.

IN ORDER TO CELEBRATE THE PAPERBACK RELEASE OF THE NOVEL, THE BOOK SMUGGLERS ARE OFFERING UP A GIVEAWAY ON THEIR SITE FOR THREE LUCKY READERS!

TO GET IN ON THE ACTION (BY SIMPLY LEAVING A COMMENT)
CLICK HERE

Monday, February 22, 2010

THE BRITISH ARE COMING!

THE BRITISH ARE COMING!

ENGLAND’S TOP SWING BAND, THE JIVE ACES, ARE BACK ON CALIFORNIA’S WEST COAST! THESE GUYS SWING HARD AND LOUD.


LAST YEAR, THEIR SHOW BLEW THE ROOF OFF IN PASADENA. I’LL BE BLOGGING ABOUT THEIR UPCOMING APPEARANCES, SO MAKE SURE YOU GET OUT TO SEE THEM AND DANCE, DANCE, DANCE!

FIRST UP!

WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 24
THE RHYTHM CLUB
8025 W. MANCHESTER AVE
PLAYA DEL REY, CA 90923
$15 ~ 8PM

FOR TICKETS AND INFO CLICK HERE

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Y/A CORNER: THE AMARANTH ENCHANTMENT!

Y/A CORNER: THE AMARANTH ENCHANTMENT!

JULIE BERRY


A delightful fairytale by a lyrical new voice.

When Lucinda Chapdelaine was a small child, her parents left for the royal ball and never returned. Ever since, Lucinda has been stuck in perpetual servitude at her evil aunt’s jewelry store. Then, on the very same day, a mysterious visitor and an even more bizarre piece of jewelry both enter the shop, setting in motion a string of twists and turns that will forever alter Lucinda’s path.

In this magical story filled with delightful surprises, Lucinda will dance at the royal ball, fall under the Amaranth Witch’s spell, avenge her parents’ death, and maybe—just maybe—capture the heart of a prince.

THE BACHELOR PAD RADIO SHOW!

THE BACHELOR PAD RADIO SHOW!

2/19/10


Esquivel—Mini Skirt (Theme Music)
Pete Rugolo—Teen Age Rock
Jim Tyler—Harlem Nocturne
Chris Connor—Radar Blues
Three Suns—Autumn Leaves
Blossom Dearie—Quiet Nights
Plas Johnson—If You Don't Want Me
Skip Heller—Hurricane Apartment
Camille Savage—Attente
Les Baxter—Whatever Lola Wants
Dean Martin—Lady Of Shady Lane
Pérez Prado—Perfidia
Warren Barker—Rhumba Rhapsody
Xavier Cugat—Singapore Sling
Wayne Newton—Charade
Esquivel—Night And Day
Frank Sinatra—Nancy
Billy May—Children of the Night
Moon-Rays—Our Man Flint
Al Hirt—Meditation
Vic Damone—Deep Purple
Ken Nordine—Azure
Vibes on Velvet—Topsy
Julie London—Give a Little Whistle
Robert Drasnin—La Mar Velours
Frank Hunter—Lost Plateau
Marty Gold—Sentimental Journey
Henry Mancini—Bijou
Project: Pimento—Fever
Martin Denny—Flamingo
Tikiyaki Orchestra—Stranded In Paradise
Don Tiki—Billions of Brazilians
Nat King Cole—Lover Come Back To Me
Si Zentner—Dream Of You
Kirby Stone Four—You Do Something to Me
Bob Florence—It Happened In Monterey

TO LISTEN OR DOWNLOAD CLICK HERE

THE HOCKEY SONG!


THE HOCKEY SONG!

BY WARREN ZEVON. IT WAS GEORGE CARLIN WHO SAID THAT HOCKEY WASN'T A SPORT, IT WAS THREE ACTIVITIES: A GAME, SKATING, AND FIGHTING.

THANKS TO MISS CELLANIA FOR THE CHUCKLE

RAT PACK CORNER JOHNNY COPPOLA ~ GOOD LOOKIN BLUES!

NOIR CORNER: LET IT RIDE!

NOIR CORNER: LET IT RIDE!

JOHN MCFETRIDGE

Vernard ‘Get’ McGetty is back from serving in Afghanistan, back dealing drugs in Detroit and looking to move up with his buddy JT, a guy he met in Kandahar who also happens to be the leader of the Saints of Hell—a notorious Ontario biker gang currently in the process of taking over all North of the border drug traffic.

Commuting weekly across the line into the center of JT’s high flying empire, Get hooks up with Sunitha, a decidedly independent woman who’s gone from working seedy massage parlors to robbing them at gunpoint—and has dreams of a much bigger score: taking the Saints for the millions they have stashed in gold bars.

Meanwhile, the Toronto cops have the Saints under a microscope. Detectives Price and McKeon are getting nowhere with a double drive-by killing on the Gardiner Expressway—a husband and wife returning from a swingers party—and the investigation keeps leading back to the Saints…

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FLASH ~ FREE E-BOOK!

FLASH ~ FREE E-BOOK!

DOWNLOAD FLASH BY JOHN MCFETRIDGE FOR FREE AND THEN PICK UP A COPY OF HIS LATEST NOVEL LET IT RIDE ~ CANADIAN NOIR AT ITS BEST . . .

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ELVIS ’56!

ELVIS ’56!

ALFRED WERTHEIMER


1956 was the year Elvis released his first record, made his first television appearance, and started his movie career. It was the year he became a star. Alfred Wertheimer, then a young freelance photojournalist, was there to document the extraordinary transition. Elvis 1956 features images that are a national treasure, including photographs of Elvis never before published: a unique visual record of one of the most exciting performers of his time, one of the most influential of all time, the first true icon of rock 'n' roll. Here is the first and last unguarded look at Elvis, featuring images of him in every aspect of his life - from performance and with the fans, to the recording studio and at home with his family.

Elvis 1956 serves as the catalogue for a nationally traveling exhibition exhibition developed collaboratively by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery, and the Govinda Gallery to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the legendary rock star's birthday. Lavishly illustrated with 72 tri-tone photographs and with an introduction by curator Chris Murray, essays by E. Warren Perry, Jr. and National Portrait Gallery historian Amy Henderson, Elvis 1956 is a remarkable window into a defining time for rock 'n' roll's most enduring presence.

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