Saturday, June 5, 2010

TV COPS VS. REALITY!

TV COPS VS. REALITY!


MY FIRST GUEST POST OVER AT THE TAINTED ARCHIVES BIG TV COP WEEKEND IS UP AND RUNNING . . . APPARENTLY, I’M PRETTY SNARKY . . .



‘WHO LOVES ‘YA, BABY?’ ~ THEO KOJACK

Well, it certainly isn’t the writers of TV cop shows. They are more than willing to sacrifice realism for the sake of story. But who can blame them? After all, story is what television is all about – it’s an escape from reality. Still, there are some consistent aggravations that immediately snap the delicate suspension of disbelief between the writer and a viewer with actual law enforcement experience . . .


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COCKTAIL NATION # 127!

COCKTAIL NATION # 127!

Thanks to Tiki Shark, it’s the Cocktail Nation thanks with Koop Kooper. Tonight Koop talks to vibes legend DJ Bonebreak, Tiki Mug maker Captain Pharaoh has a new mug to let us know about, and a giveaway is on the cards. The Ask Koop segment is back along with a look at the world of swank and a track from the new Waitiki 7 album, New Sounds of Exotica.

PLAYLIST:

Royal Crown Revue ~ Brazil
Voodoo Island ~ Shot In The Dark
DJ Bonebrake ~ Abstract
Martin Denny ~ Exotica
HB Radke ~ Straighten Up And Fly Right
Abe Lagrimas ~ As Time Stood Still
Don Tiki ~ Jungle Julie
Waitiki 7 ~ Flower Humming
Spy Fi ~ WEB Theme
Linda Lawson ~ Mood Indigo
Koke Band ~ Moon of Manakoora
Martini Kings ~ Teach Me Tonight
Len Stevens ~ Quiet Village
Patti Page ~ I've Got My Eyes On You

TO LISTEN OR DOWNLOAD CLICK HERE

THE CAT'S MEOW!

A POLICEMAN'S LOT ~ GARY DOBBS!

BEAT TO A PULP #77!

BEAT TO A PULP #77!


COLLISION ~ DAVID KING


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


I'm a daily peruser of David King's distinctive Pics and Poems blog with posts on everything from reviews of books, pictures of original pieces of art, and his own poignant, and sometimes humorous, haikus. Dave's poem "I am the man who swallowed the boy" impressed upon me the need to have his work featured in BTAP. Poetry and I are strange bedfellows. I am unable to compose it or critique it properly, but I know when I like it, and I like Mr. King's prose a whole heck of a lot. I approached him about contributing some lines for our Weekly Punch and he delivered in a big way. So without further ado, here's David King at BEAT to a PULP with "Collision."


ABOUT THE AUTHOR


David King went to art school, intending to teach art and paint during the holidays, but became interested in helping Special Needs kids and went that route instead. He began writing seriously after retirement. Following a self-published novel, he turned to poetry. His interests still gravitate towards art and poetry (obviously!) but he's also interested in pretty much everything else. He's married with an adult son and daughter and lives in Surry, United Kingdom.


ALSO A SPECIAL BTAP GIVEAWAY . . .


BTAP has purchased some stamps with our logo including the boxer image and we are set to give them away! These are legitimate stamps that can be used on your regular snail mail for those of you who still use the U.S. Postal services and for those who don't, well, you'll have a nice addition to your stamp collection. Two lucky winners will receive a sheet of ten stamps just by leaving a comment on "Collision." Names will be tossed into a hat for a random drawing on Saturday, June 12th and the two winners will be announced on next week's BTAP blogger post.


TO READ THE LATEST BTAP STORY CLICK HERE

THE LIFE AND OPINIONS OF MAF THE DOG, AND OF HIS FRIEND MARILYN MONROE!

THE LIFE AND OPINIONS OF MAF THE DOG, AND OF HIS FRIEND MARILYN MONROE!

ANDREW O’HAGAN

COMING DECEMBER 2010


In November 1960, Frank Sinatra gave Marilyn Monroe a dog. His name was Mafia Honey, or Maf for short. He had an instinct for celebrity. For politics. For psychoanalysis. For literature. For interior decoration. For Liver Treat with a side order of National Biscuits.

Born in the household of Vanessa Bell, brought to the United States by Natalie Wood’s mother, given as a Christmas present to Marilyn the winter after she separated from Arthur Miller, Maf offers a keen insight into the world of Hollywood’s greatest star. Not to mention a hilarious peek into the brain of an opinionated, well-read, politically scrappy, complex canine hero.

Maf was with Marilyn for the last two years of her life, first in New York, where she mixed with everyone who was anyone—the art dealer Leo Castelli, Lee Strasberg and the Actor’s Studio crowd, Upper West Side émigrés—then back to Los Angeles. She took him to meet President Kennedy and to Hollywood restaurants, department stores, and interviews. To Mexico, for her divorce. With style, brilliance, and panache, Andrew O’Hagan has drawn an altogether original portrait of the woman behind the icon, and the dog behind the woman.





A TIP OF THE FEDORA TO ULTRA SWANK

BISH ~ THE INTERVIEW!

BISH ~ THE INTERVIEW!

GARY DOBBS HAS POSTED HIS INTERVIEW WITH ME OVER AT THE TAINTED ARCHIVE BLOG AS PART OF THE BIG TV COPS WEEKEND.


IN MY DEFENSE, I CAN ONLY SAY GARY GOT THE DROP ON ME AND CONDUCTED THE INTERVIEW AT GUNPOINT . . .


AND, WHILE VISITING THE TAINTED ARCHIVE, DON’T FORGET TO CHECK OUT GARY’S NEW, AND EXCELLENT WELCH COP NOVEL, A POLICEMAN’S LOT, IN WHICH JACK THE RIPPER AND BUFFALO BILL CODY FIND THEY ARE NO MATCH FOR INSPECTOR FRANK PARADE . . .


TO CHECK OUT THE INTERVIEW CLICK HERE


TO CHECK OUT A POLICEMAN’S LOT CLICK HERE

PULP CENTRAL: THE ADVENTURERS!

PULP CENTRAL: THE ADVENTURERS!

TOM ROBERTS / BLACK DOG BOOKS


THIS IS ANOTHER EXCELLENT PULP TITLE FROM BLACK DOG BOOKS ~ BEAUTIFULLY PUBLISHED AND FILLED WITH TOP NOTCH TALES . . .

Imitation Is the Sincerest Form of Flattery

Doc Savage was the first one-character magazine of its type. Within six months, there were nineteen imitators of which I knew. The stands were flooded with one-character magazines.
— Lester Dent, author of Doc Savage

In the years between the Great Depression and World War II, the all-fiction pulp magazines were flourishing on newsstands across the United States. Within the pulps were born many of the icons of popular culture that shaped America's entertainment for generations to come--Tarzan, Zorro, Fu Manchu, The Shadow, and others. One of the most prominent and popular pulp heroes was Doc Savage, the Man of Bronze, a physical superman and scientific genius. With his crew of assistants, utilizing an array of gadgets of his own invention, he traveled the world and battled a dazzling assortment of villains through 181 issues of the magazine.

Doc Savage and The Shadow were the earliest one-character magazines, shaping and defining a genre that came to be known as "the hero pulps." Each had a host of imitators, with names like The Black Bat, The Green Ghost, The Crimson Clown, and Don Diavolo, written by a variety of writers such as Paul Chadwick, Victor Rousseau and William G. Bogart.

This collection assembles four pulp heroes who attempted to rival Doc Savage: Secret Agent X, Captain Hazzard, Super Jim Anthony, and "Adventurers, Inc.," headed by Rush Randall.

With an introduction by Doc Savage author Will Murray.


Cover art by Tom Roberts.

Read the thrilling exploits of:

•Secret Agent X in "Kingdom of Blue Corpses" by Paul Chadwick writing as Brant House

•Captain Hazzard in "Python Men of the Lost City" by Paul Chadwick writing as Chester Hawks

•Super Jim Anthony in "Dealer in Death" by Victor Rousseau writing as John Grange

•Rush Randall and Adventurers, Inc. in "The Crazy Indian" (a rejected Doc Savage novel) by Wm. Bogart

FOR MORE INFO CLICK HERE

Friday, June 4, 2010

MASKED!

MASKED!

WELCOME TO THE SECOND “GOLDEN AGE” OF SUPERHEROES AND HEROINES!


Superheroes have come a long way since the “Man of Steel” was introduced in 1938. This brilliant new collection features original stories and novellas from some of today’s most exciting voices in comics, science fiction, and fantasy. Each marvelously inventive tale shows us just how far our classic crusaders have evolved—and how the greatest of heroes are, much like ourselves, all too human.


In “Call Her Savage,” MARJORIE M. LIU enters the dark heart of a fierce mythic heroine who is forced, by war, to live up to her own terrible legend.


In “A to Z in the Ultimate Big Company Superhero Universe (Villains Too),” BILL WILLINGHAM presents a fully-realized vision of a universe where epic feats and tragic flaws have transformed the human race.


In “Vacuum Lad,” STEPHEN BAXTER unveils the secret origins of the first true child of the space age—and disproves the theory that “nothing exists in a vacuum.”


In “Head Cases,” PETER DAVID and KATHLEEN DAVID blast through the blogosphere to expose the secret longings of a Lonely Superhero Wife.


In “The Non-Event,” MIKE CAREY removes the gag order on a super-thief named Lockjaw . . . and pries out a confession of life-altering events.


Also includes stories by Mike Baron • Mark Chadbourn • Paul Cornell • Daryl Gregory • Joseph Mallozzi • James Maxey • Ian McDonald • Chris Roberson • Gail Simone • Matthew Sturges . . . and an introduction by Lou Anders, “one of the brightest and best of the new generation of science fiction editors” (Jonathan Strahan, The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year).

TALES OF THE GOLD MONKEY!

TALES OF THE GOLD MONKEY!

Fabulous Films is releasing Tales of the Gold Monkey -The Complete Series, in the U.S. on June 8th.


This set from Fabulous Films includes the complete series -- The 2 hour pilot movie and the 20 subsequent hour long episodes -- uncut. Also included for certain will be a new 30+ minute Making-of documentary and interviews with cast and crew including Stephen Collins, Caitlin O'Heaney, Tom Greene (writer/producer), and Harvey Laidman (director). Other bonus material from the U.K. release has not been confirmed for the U.S. release yet. These include: episode synopses; series synopsis; cast biographies; 3 Photo galleries (a stills gallery, an artifacts gallery, and Caitlin's original costume gallery); episode commentary by Tom Greene (5 episodes); and a 26 page Collectors Booklet.


In a backwater corner of the South Pacific a young American adventurer and his ragtag group of friends become involved in death-defying hi-jinx, transporting people-on-the-run in a well-worn Grumman Goose seaplane. Set in 1938, this series captures the ambiance and character of a mysterious romantic era.

THE BEST FROM ADVENTURE VOLUME 1, 1910–1912!

THE BEST FROM ADVENTURE VOLUME 1, 1910–1912!

EDITED AND WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY DOUG ELLIS


BLACK DOG BOOKS - COMING SOON!

Adventure Magazine first appeared in late 1910 and soon, attracting top name authors, became renowned for the type of fiction its name implied. It grew into a powerhouse in the genre fiction field, and was later dubbed by Time magazine, the "No. 1 Pulp." But in its early years, the magazine printed a surprisingly wide variety of fiction types—from westerns to light-hearted comedy, from South Seas tales to adventures set in the deepest jungles—to even works that could be deemed science fiction.

Culled from its first 26 issues, this collection brings together 30 of the best tales that appeared therein, including rarely or never-before reprinted works by Talbot Mundy, Damon Runyon, Rafael Sabatini, William Hope Hodgson, R. Austin Freeman, James Francis Dwyer, Frank L. Packard and others.


BLACK DOG BOOKS

THE WEIRD ADVENTURES OF THE BLOND ADDER!

THE WEIRD ADVENTURES OF THE BLOND ADDER!

LESTER DENT

It’s 1933 and pulp writer Lester Dent has created a new hero
who used gadgets to solve mysteries and fight crime.
No, it’s not Doc Savage, but Lee Nace, the Blond Adder!

This volume collects for the first time all five Lee Nace adventures from the pages of Ten Detective Aces. The majority of these have not seen the light of day since their original publication nearly 80 years ago!

We’ve gone back to the original manuscripts to restore deleted passages and also included Lester Dent’s original character Bible for the Blond Adder series.

Rounded out by an all-new introduction by pulp historian Will Murray, it’s the must-own pulp publication of the year.


290 pages!


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LOUNGE CENTRAL: NIKKI YANOFSKY ~ NIKKI (CD)!

LOUNGE CENTRAL: NIKKI YANOFSKY ~ NIKKI (CD)!

Sixteen-year-old Nikki Yanofsky is poised to break out as one of the year's most-exciting new artists with her self-titled CD Nikki. The press has hailed Yanofsky as a "young Ella Fitzgerald"--from jazz to originals, she is among the most unique vocalists in recent time. She has been captivating audiences from jazz festivals around the world and most recently appeared at the 2010 Winter Olympics. Her song "I Believe" has sold 4x platinum in Canada, garnering the highest first week of any Canadian artist in Soundscan history.Nikki is produced by 15-time Grammy®-winning producer Phil Ramone and Grammy® winning songwriter / producer Jesse Harris (best known for his work on Norah Jones' Come Away With Me). "For Another Day" is the focus track and will be worked at AAA radio in the coming months. PBS pledge show Live From Montreal will begin airing in all major markets in May 2010.

TRACKLIST:

01. Take The "A" Train
02. Never Make It On Time
03. I Got Rhythm
04. For Another Day
05. God Bless The Child
06. Cool My Heels
07. You'll Have To Swing It (Mr. Paganini)
08. Bienvenue Dans Ma Vie
09. First Lady
10. On The Sunny Side Of The Street / Fool In The Rain
11. Grey Skies
12. Try Try Try
13. Over The Rainbow
14. I Believe (Bonus Track)

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AUDIO CORNER: DIS BELIEF!

AUDIO CORNER: DIS BELIEF!

NEW FROM 19 NOCTURNE BOULEVARD . . .

ADAPTED BY JULIE HOVERSON FROM THE STORY "TLON, UQBAR, ORBIS TERTIUS" BY JORGE LUIS BORGES


Do things still exist when you look away?

What if you stare too hard at something that shouldn't be there - does it give it more reality?

"What kind of a place is it?

Why it's an old man's cottage, can't you tell?"


TO LISTEN OR DOWNLOAD CLICK HERE

AN EVENING AT BUDDIES LOUNGE #100!

AN EVENING AT BUDDIES LOUNGE #100!

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:

• I Ain’t Got Nobody - Lean Horne
• The “In” Crowd - Erine Heckscher
• Roses of Picardy - Buddy Greco
• Camelot - Les & Larry Elgart
• I Walk The Line - Eydie Gormé
• 77 Sunset Strip - Ralph Marterie
• Baby-O - Dean Martin
• The Best Is Yet To Come - David Carrol
• Two Ladies In de Shade of de Banana Tree - Sammy Davis, Jr.
• Come Fly With Me - Frank Sinatra
• Up, Up And Away - Dick Hyman
• Me And My Shadow - Lou Rawls
• Up A Lazy River - Si Zentner
• The Lady Is A Tramp - Della Reese
• Dragnet - Buddy Morrow
• Let There Be Love - Steve Lawrence
• Anna - Hugo Montenego
• Baby, Baby Wait For Me - Peggy Lee
• That Old Back Scratcher - Allan Sherman
• String Of Trumpets - Billy Mure
• On The Sunny Side Of The Street - Keely Smith

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TV COPS WEEKEND @ THE TAINTED ARCHIVE!

TV COPS WEEKEND @ THE TAINTED ARCHIVE!

GARY DOBBS HAS KICKED OFF THE TV COPS WEEKEND OVER AT THE TAINTED ARCHIVE BLOG . . .


The TV Cops Weekend is go. And we've got some great stuff for you - from now until midnight Sunday (BST) the Archive goes TV Cops mad with interviews, reviews, features and some great guest bloggers.

HERE’S THE IMPORTANT BIT . . .

All of our guest bloggers have come up with the goods and I am proud to be able to present such a wealth of talent under the Archive's TV Cops banner - the highlight of the weekend will be an interview with serving police officer, Paul Bishop or Bish to his friends. Paul is a 33 year veteran of the LA Police Department and will be giving us a unique insight into all those TV cop shows. Bish has also kindly devoted his time to bish-bash out a couple of great guest blogs

TO CHECK OUT ALL THE ACTION CLICK HERE

LOUNGE CENTRAL: RACHEL PRICE ~ THE GOOD HOURS (CD)!

LOUNGE CENTRAL: RACHEL PRICE ~ THE GOOD HOURS (CD)!

Rachael Price and her touring trio (Warren Wolf on Piano, Erik Privert on Bass & Dave Brophy on Drums) perform the repertoire from their live concerts, which has dazzled audiences and garnered rave reviews across the county. The Los Angeles Times proclaimed she is "clearly a talent with extraordinary potential." Jazzpolice.com exclaimed that Price has "uncanny scatting ability and sophisticated phrasing . . . No unheralded artist has hooked me as quickly as did 20-year-old songstress, Rachael Price."

TRACKLIST:

1. That Old Black Magic
2. The Trolley Song
3. I Only Have Eyes for You
4. You Go To My Head
5. Skylark
6. Lagrimas Negras
7. Stairway to the Stars
8. Serenade In Blue
9. From This Moment On
10. Mood Indigo
11. Love You Madly

LOUNGE CENTRAL: ROBERTA GAMBARINI ~ SO IN LOVE (CD)!

LOUNGE CENTRAL: ROBERTA GAMBARINI ~ SO IN LOVE (CD)!

Every once in a while, a truly great singer comes along who possesses the beauty, individuality and talent to remind us of the magic and majesty of the human voice: that singer is Roberta Gambarini, celebrated throughout the world by fans, critics and many of the world's greatest musicians. With the August 25, 2009 release of `SO IN LOVE,' Roberta Gambarini affirms her status as the "true successor to Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, and Carmen McRae" (Boston Globe) and "the best singer to emerge in over 60 years."

Roberta didn't set out to call the new album `So In Love,' but looking back at the song list after the recording, she realized that the "album is all about love: the love between a man and a woman, the love of song, children, and most of all, the love of life." As Roberta explains, she rarely goes into the studio with a "concept," instead she says that she tries "to let the songs come out of a balance between life experience and reflection," capturing the music I feel in the moment."

Joining her in this adventurous journey is a group of "exceptionally talented, sensitive, and sympathetic musicians," who are long-time supporters, friends, and collaborators of Roberta since her arrival in the States from Torino, Italy.


TRACKLIST:

1. So In Love
2. Day In Day Out
3. Get Out Of Town
4. Crazy
5. That Old Black Magic
6. Estate
7. Beatles Medley
8. I See Your Face Before Me
9. From This Moment On
10. You Must Believe In Spring
11. This Is Always
12. You Ain't Nothing But A J.A.M.F.
13. Medley From "Cinema Paradiso"
14. Over The Rainbow

Thursday, June 3, 2010

JAZZ CENTRAL: SPENCER DAY ~ VAGABOND (CD)!

JAZZ CENTRAL: SPENCER DAY ~ VAGABOND (CD)!

SPEND A SUMMER NIGHT UNDER THE STARS WITH SPENCER AT A FREE CONCERT!!


AS PART OF THEIR CONCERTS IN THE PARK SERIES, SPENCER WILL BE PERFORMING ON SATURDAY, JUNE 5 IN CONSTITUTION PARK IN CAMARILLO, CA.


THE FREE CONCERT STARTS AT 7:30 PM. CONSTITUTION PARK IN CAMARILLO IS LOCATED AT THE INTERSECTION OF CARMEN DR. AND PASEO CAMARILLO.


Vocalist-songwriter-pianist Spencer Day is an artistic vagabond, a modern-day musical nomad. Born in Utah, raised in rural Arizona, currently living in Los Angeles with extended residencies in New York and San Francisco, Day has called many places home. Along the way, he has wandered amid the expansive and diverse landscape of American music, developing an artistic sensibility that borrows from numerous sources: jazz, musical theater, cabaret, soul, folk, traditional pop and contemporary pop are just the tip of the iceberg.


Day uses intuition and improvisation as his primary tools to craft a sound that is traditional and familiar, yet fresh and innovative at the same time, creating a blend too subtle to parse into neatly defined categories. Vagabond, his new release and his first on Concord Jazz, cements his reputation as a balladeer for the new century whose creative voice is distilled from the best elements of the previous one.


TRACKLIST


1. Till You Come to Me

2. Someday

3. Everybody Knows (The Family Skeleton) 3:22 $0.99

4. Weeping Willow 4:25 $0.99

5. Joe

6. Vagabond

7. Summer

8. Vagabond Reprise

9. Little Soldier

10. Out of My Hands

11. I Got a Mind to Tell You

12. Maybe (Tuesday Morning)

13. 25

14. Better Way

FORGOTTEN BOOKS: 87TH PRECINCT DOUBLE PLAY!

FORGOTTEN BOOKS: 87TH PRECINCT DOUBLE PLAY!

EIGHT BLACK HORSES / FIDDLERS

ED MCBAIN


In anticipation of the upcoming BIG TV COPS WEEKEND over at THE TAINTED ARCHIVE blog (in which I will have several featureed posts), I’m going for a double play this week because, to paraphrase the famous potato chip jingle, when it comes to McBain’s 87th Precinct novels, I bet you can’t read just one . . .


I discovered McBain’s 87th precinct novels in the mid-seventies, picking my first, Cop Hater, off a drugstore paperback rack. I read the novel straight through, heading out early the next morning to find more titles.


Over the years I’ve read a lot of McBain, enjoying his Mathew Hope novels and his tales based on warped fairytales, but it was always the boys of the 87th Precinct who were my first love. McBain just got cops. He understood them as human beings, warts and all, without judgment. The cops of the 87th are real because they make mistakes, show prejudices, and get hurt – both physically and emotionally – yet they are always there for each other.


McBain also understood the multi-stranded nature of detective work. Unlike other police procedural novels where the focus is usually on a single case, McBain was a master of weaving multiple strands from multiple cases into a seamless mix.


My favorite 87th Precinct novels featured McBain’s only returning villain, the Deaf Man. The boys of the 87th always had to rise to the occasion as the deaf man taxed them to the max. When the Deaf Man turned up like a bad penny, readers knew they were in for a hell of a ride along with the detectives.


I believe Eight Black Horses is the last appearance by the Deaf Man, and while it doesn’t pack as much humor as some of his earlier appearances – with each successive appearance the Deaf Man gets more dangerous – the tension is ratcheted up significantly.


EIGHT BLACK HORSES


It all got terribly confusing when the Deaf Man put in an appearance….


…and the criminal mastermind is making his presence known by the dead bodies that are turning up around Isola. Then there are the notes - with cryptic patterns including eight black horses dancing across a page - that look like they mean nothing. But Detectives Kling, Carella, and Meyer know that with the Deaf Man, the seemingly meaningless always means something. Something bad. And as late fall hurtles toward Christmas, the Deaf Man is counting down the days, luring the cops of the 87th Precinct with a series of taunting clues - all leading toward a horrifying act of revenge orchestrated by a psychopathic killer.


WITH
McBain’s passing, the last book in the 87th Precinct series, Fiddlers, is a bittersweet tale for longtime fans, but serves as a good introduction for new readers. All of the 87th’s disparate crew of detectives has a role or puts in a cameo appearance during the investigation.

FIDDLERS


A killer living the high life is exacting the last full measure of revenge.

As his victims pile up, the 87th falls prey to the FMU or first man up rule. Since the initial victim, a blind violinist shot in the face, was done on the 87th's turf, all subsequent murders are theirs as well.

More are not long in arriving; each victim shot in the face at close range with the same 9mm Glock.


The whole cast of the 87th is stretched thin trying to track down clues in geographically disparate killings. This gives McBain license to update us on such matters as the romance between Bert Kling and Sharyn Cooke and Fat Ollie Weeks's courtship of Patricia Gomez. All are searching for the one lead that will pan out gold.

WHILE McBain had expressed his desire for the 87th Precinct to close down when he did, I don’t believe he intended Fiddlers to be the last novel in the series. While there are intimations of the end in Fiddlers, too many of the characters’ personal storylines are left open and ongoing – Carella is faced with teenage trouble on the home front; perpetual ladies man Bert Kling has his love life explodes with disastrous consequences; and Fat Ollie Weeks finds his inbred prejudice at risk as he falls in love with Patricia Gomez and the loss of his essential Ollie-ness.


Usually, these issues would be wrapped up or continued in the next 87th novel, but will now go unresolved. However, Fiddlers, is a perfect example of why the 87th Precinct series has become iconic. McBain created multi-dimensional characters – cops are engaged in a never-ending fight against the darkness, yet somehow never become dark themselves. They are basically good, decent, public servants who do their jobs and do them well, despite the frustrations and lack of monetary rewards.

INTERNATIONAL CRIME CORNER: A POLICEMAN’S LOT!

INTERNATIONAL CRIME CORNER: A POLICEMAN’S LOT!

GARY DOBBS


THIS IS AN EAGERLY ANTICIPATED POLICE PROCEDURAL WITH A REAL DIFFERENCE – A WELSH COPPER TAKING ON JACK THE RIPPER WITH A WILD WEST TWIST . . .


A POLICEMAN’S LOT


Think you know the Jack the Ripper story?


Think again!


Inspector Frank Parade carries out his daily duties in the Welsh industrial town of Pontypridd, duties complicated by the unprecedented presence of 500 members of Buffalo Bill Cody’s Wild West Show encamped outside the town, not to mention the thousands attending the show every day. A series of depraved murders quickly makes things even more complicated. Buffalo Bill stands squarely in his path when Parade tries to investigate the likely possibility that one of the hundreds of show members is involved. And soon enough Parade’s own superiors are blocking his inquires, too. Still more deaths occur as Parade sifts through the thin evidence available and finds a trail that may lead to the perpetrator of the most heinous crime of the 19th Century—London’s “Ripper” murders.


Shocking revelations come thick and fast.


The greatest criminal mystery in history is about to be solved by a Welsh copper and an American Legend.


THE eBOOK IS NOW AVAILABLE FROM SOLSTICE PUBLISHING AT THE REALLY NEAT PRICE OF $4.99 / £2.51


FOR MORE INFORMATION CLICK HERE

JAZZ CORNER: JAZZ INSIDE NY MAGAZINE!

JAZZ CORNER: JAZZ INSIDE NY MAGAZINE!

FREE DOWNLOAD

June Issue - Jazz Inside NY Magazine

The June 2010 issue of Jazz Inside NY Magazine (80 pages), available free in print and as a downloadable digital edition designed for jazz lovers worldwide. . .

Features an interview with pianist McCoy Tyner ~ conducted by Dimitry Ekshtut. McCoy discusses his early development in Philadelphia, connections with John Coltrane, Benny Golson and others and his upcoming performance at George Wein’s CareFusion NY Jazz Festival.

Jazz Inside’s Summer Festival Guide – Part One of Three – features local, regional, national and international festivals and their dates, locations, websites, and lineup of artists. Readers will also find an extensive preview of the Montreal Jazz Festival and George Wein’s CareFusion New York Jazz Festival.

This issue features a focus on Saxophone with the Annual Sax Lovers Celebration. You’ll get up close and personal and inside the music and the minds of Steve Wilson, Miguel Zenón, Mindi Abair, Igor Butman, Justin Janer, Tim Ries, Brian Landrus, Jaleel Shaw, Steve Slagle, and Myron Walden.

Additional artist interviews in the June issue of Jazz Inside include Sue Mingus, talking about the Mingus Big Band and its residency at The Jazz Standard. Pianist Muhal Richard Abrams, who receives a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Vision Festival discusses his career and philosophies. Billy Terrell, vocalist, composer, manager, publishers discusses his career and the cutting-edge techniques he is employing to promote recordings by jazz artists.

In a new column entitled, "Deeper Perspectives," Jazz Inside Magazine's June 2010 issue features the character theme of Honesty – gathering the perspectives Billy Drummond, Tony Romano and Peter Eldridge.

The CD Spotlight section highlights releases by Paul Carr, Bill Carrothers, Bill Charlap and Rene Rosnes, Alan Ferber, Butch Harrison, Brian Hogans, Justin Janer, Beat Kaestli, Oleg Kireyev, Keith Javors, Thomas Kneeland, Jeff Lorber, New York Art Quartet, One For All, Jean-Michel Pilc, Avery Sharpe, Carol Sloane, Tony Romano, John Stein & Ron Gil, Peter Erskine – The Trio and Neil Wetzel. There is also an extensive review of the DVD collection, Masters of American Music including the newly available videos of John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, Sarah Vaughn, Billie Holiday and others.

MP3 audio files of tracks from some of these recordings are available for free download at Jazz Inside's Jazz Audio Wall CLICK HERE

This month’s installment of Ira Gitler’s Apple Chorus is entitled Spotlight on Jon Faddis and Allan Harris.

Comprehensive monthly calendar and event listings for the number one jazz market in the world - New York - span 16 pages.


FOR MORE INFO CLICK HERE

BURN NOTICE NEWSLETTER!

BURN NOTICE NEWSLETTER!

BURN NOTICE ~ SEASON 4 ~ PREMIERES TONIGHT!


Michael helps Fiona and Sam protect a lawyer against the city's most dangerous biker gang. Meanwhile, he must team up with an unlikely ally to stop a looming terrorist threat... but quickly finds that no mission is without its price.


Don't miss "Friends and Enemies", premiering tonight at 9/8C. Not able to catch it tonight? Watch it online tomorrow!


MORE BURN NOTICE:

  • MICHAEL'S LOFT - Take an interactive tour of a place that few get to see up close – Michael's Loft! Ever wonder what a spy keeps in his fridge or under the sink? Now you can find out, because this week we're taking a look at Michael's kitchen.

  • KNOW YOUR ENEMY - As a spy, the difference between life and death is being able to quickly tell your enemies from your assets. In this quiz, read the clues and try to identify the Burn Notice villain. The faster you pick them out, the bigger the reward.

  • MATT NIX INTERVIEW - Wondering what to expect in Season 4? In this all-new video interview, Burn Notice creator Matt Nix talks about Jesse – the new member of the team, Michael's new clients, upcoming guest stars, his favorite moments, and much more!

  • ASK A SPY - See how Michael's vast knowledge and experience as a spy can be applied to everyday life! This week, Michael gives spy tips on how to deal with a noisy neighbor!

  • SEE IT LIKE A SPY - Michael Westen has a knack for improvising gadgets, but how does your own spy savvy compare? We'll name a different gadget, and you'll have to decide which items will get the job done. This week: building a Thumb Print Spoofer.

  • SEASON 3 DVD - Michael Westen is back in business and dressed to kill in the spectacular third season of Burn Notice. Get all 16 episodes from season three in this 4-disc set, plus special behind-the-scenes features and the 2009 San Diego Comic-Con panel!

COMICS CORNER: QUEEN SONJA #7!

COMICS CORNER: QUEEN SONJA #7!

WRITER: ARVID NELSON

DYNAMITE COMICS


Queen Sonja craves adventures and she's found it in writer Arvid Nelson's thrilling "Red Queen" story arc! Throw in the beautiful art of artist Jackson Herbert and you'll see just why Queen Sonja is the best fantasy book on the racks!


PRICE: $2.99


FOR MORE INFO CLICK HERE

SCI-FI CORNER:INTERGALACTIC MEDICINE SHOW!

SCI-FI CORNER:INTERGALACTIC MEDICINE SHOW!

NEWS FROM ORSON SCOTT CARD'S INTERGALACTIC MEDICINE SHOW . . .

VERSION 2.0 IS HERE!


The biggest and most obvious changes are two-fold (as befitting a v2.0):

1) Our web designer worked long and hard to give IGMS a cleaner, sharper look. Navigation around the site will be simpler. With each new issue, the background will change to showcase some aspect of the issue's cover art. Explore it; I think you'll find it an intuitive and pleasantly easy experience.

2) We now have something available that our readers have been asking for for a long time: an annual subscription. From now on, instead of having to purchase each issue individually, you can buy a year's worth of IGMS at one time and then not have to worry about it again; each issue will be there for you, ready and waiting as soon as it's published.

And there's particularly good news (and a good reason to subscribe); the way our new subscription will work, you will not only have access to each new issue as it is published, you will immediately have access to every issue already published. That means that if you missed any of our previous issues, your $15 dollars will gain you access not just to the next six bimonthly issues, but to all sixteen issues already published. And that unrestricted access will last as long as you keep your subscription current. That means for those of you who've only read an issue or two, you'll be getting every story we've ever published for less than a buck an issue.

So, if you've seen IGMS mentioned in numerous Year's Best anthologies, on Locus's recommended reading list, or on any number of awards ballots, and wondered what the magazine was all about, there's never been a better time to try us out at: www.intergalacticmedicineshow.com or www.oscigms.com.

Thanks,
Edmund R. Schubert
Editor


CURRENT ISSUE CONTENTS

Issue 17 June 2010

STORIES


Ten Winks to Forever
by Bud Sparhawk

An Early Ford Mustang
by Eric James Stone

Sparrowjunk
by Margit Schmitt

Sister Jasmine Brings the Pain
by Von Carr

Frankie and Johnny, and Nellie Blye
by Richard Wolkomir

Bonus OSC Story Serialization
Eye for Eye – Part One
by Orson Scott Card

IGMS AUDIO

An Early Ford Mustang, by Eric James Stone
Read by Tom Barker

TALES FOR THE YOUNG AND UNAFRAID

Nice Kitty
by David Lubar

INTERGALACTIC MEDICINE SHOW INTERVIEWS

InterGalactic Interview With Paul Di Filippo
by Darrell Schweitzer

TO CHECK OUT THE INTERGALACTIC MEDICINE SHOW CLICK HERE

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

TRIED &TRUE ~ CLAY AIKEN (CD)!

TRIED & TRUE ~ CLAY AIKEN (CD)!

CAN’T SAY I’VE BEEN MOVED BY ANYTHING CLAY AIKEN HAS PRODUCED SINCE HIS STAR TURN ON AMERICAN IDOL, BUT THIS ALBUM OF WELL PRODUCED STANDARDS FROM JAZZ LABEL DECCA RECORDS IS EXCELLENT . . .

Clay Aiken has never sounded more at home than he does singing the lushly arranged classics on his fifth studio album Tried and True — the international pop phenomenon’s first album for Decca Records. The bulk of the album — which showcases Aiken’s powerful tenor voice and considerable interpretive gifts — is made up of songs from the ’50s and ’60s that Aiken grew up listening to as a child in Raleigh, North Carolina.

TRACK LISTINGS


1. Can't Take My Eyes Off You
2. What Kind Of Fool Am I?
3. It's Only Make Believe
4. Misty
5. Mack The Knife
6. It's Impossible
7. Unchained Melody
8. Suspicious Minds
9. Crying (duet with Linda Eder)
10. There's A Kind Of Hush
11. Moon River (featuring Vince Gill)
12. Who's Sorry Now
13. Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

FOR MORE CLICK HERE

DUTCH WORLD CUP SHIRTS!

DUTCH WORLD CUP SHIRTS!

IT’S BEEN DONE BEFORE, BUT THE EFFECT IS STILL FUNNY! THESE SHIRTS WERE DESIGNED FOR THE DUTCH FOOTBALL FEDERATION FOR THE 2010 WORLD CUP TOURNAMENT BEGINNING NEXT WEEK IN SOUTH AFRICA . . .

HAT TIP TO NEATORAMA

YOUNG SHERLOCK HOLMES: DEATH CLOUD!

YOUNG SHERLOCK HOLMES: DEATH CLOUD!

ANDREW LANE


JUST DEDUCED MY COPY FROM AMAZON.UK AND CAN’T WAIT TO DELVE INTO THE PAGES . . .


The year is 1868, and Sherlock Holmes is fourteen. His life is that of a perfectly ordinary army officer’s son: boarding school, good manners, a classical education – the backbone of the British Empire. But all that is about to change. With his father suddenly posted to India, and his mother mysteriously ‘unwell’, Sherlock is sent to stay with his eccentric uncle and aunt in their vast house in Hampshire. So begins a summer that leads Sherlock to uncover his first murder, a kidnap, corruption and a brilliantly sinister villain of exquisitely malign intent . . .


The Death Cloud is the first in a series of novels in which the iconic detective is reimagined as a brilliant, troubled and engaging teenager – creating unputdownable detective adventures that remain true to the spirit of the original books.


THE YOUNG BOND DANGER SOCIETY NEWS TELLS US THE NOVEL IS DEDICATED TO YOUNG BOND AUTHOR CHARLIE HIGSON.


FOR FULL DETAILS CLICK HERE

ESPIONAGE CENTRAL: AGENTS OF TREACHERY!

ESPIONAGE CENTRAL: AGENTS OF TREACHERY!

EDITED BY OTTO PENZLER

THIS ONE ALMOST SLIPPED BY LIKE A SPY IN THE NIGHT, BUT I CAUGHT MY COPY TODAY . . .

Astonishingly, as mystery maestro Penzler points out in his cogent introduction, there has never been, until now, a collection of original stories devoted to spy fiction. Penzler has assembled 14 of the biggest names in the thriller genre—such as Lee Child, Joseph Finder, Stephen Hunter, Gayle Lynds, and David Morrell—who all rise to the challenge of writing a short story set in the complex world of international espionage.

This unique anthology's best entry, Charles McCarry's The End of the String, which depicts an intelligence officer's role in a planned coup aimed at a despotic African president-for-life, will evoke comparisons with John le Carré and Graham Greene. The superlative writing is matched by the variety, which ranges from tales with clever twists to straightforward ones, some contemporary, others with historical settings.

COMIC TWART ~ TARZAN!

COMIC TWWART ~ TARZAN!

IT'S TARZAN WEEK OVER AT COMIC TWART AS ILLUSTRATED BY FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA'S COOL PULP EFFORT ABOVE . . .

TO CHECK OUT THE REST OF THE COOLNESS CLICK HERE

THE CAT'S MEOW!

COMING THIS WEEKEND AT THE TAINTED ARCHIVE!

COMING THIS WEEKEND AT THE TAINTED ARCHIVE!

THE BIG TV COP WEEKEND!


THUGLIT #37!

THUGLIT #37!

AVAILABLE NOW . . .

TO CHECK IT OUT CLICK HERE

KINDLE STYLIN'!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

HANGING WITH THE GRANDKIDS IN SAN ANTONIO!

THE CAT'S MEOW ~ TRIPLE PLAY!

BOOK COVERS THAT REALLY SHOULD EXIST!

BOOK COVERS THAT REALLY SHOULD EXIST!

THESE MADE ME LAUGH . . .

TO CHECK OUT PENGUIN BOOK COVERS THAT SHOULD EXIST CLICK HERE

A TIP OF THE FEDORA TO THE RAP SHEET

WISH FULFILLMENT CENTRAL!

WISH FULFILLMENT CENTRAL!

NEWS FROM COMMANDER BOND.NET . . .

James Bond’s 1964 Aston Martin DB5, dubbed by auto auctioneers RM Auctions on Tuesday as the “world’s most famous car,” will go under the hammer in London in October and is expected to fetch over $5 million.

It is the first time the distinctive silver-colored car has been available to the public to buy.

FOR THE FULL ARTICLE CLICK HERE

CINEMA RETRO ISSUE #17!

CINEMA RETRO ISSUE #17!

NOW SHIPPING WORLDWIDE . . .

NEWS FROM CINEMA RETRO . . .

IF YOU HAVE NOT RENEWED YOUR SUBSCRIPTION FROM LAST SEASON, PLEASE DO SO TODAY TO ENSURE YOU DO NOT MISS ISSUES #16 AND #17. UPON RECEIVING YOUR RENEWAL, BOTH ISSUES WILL BE SHIPPED TO YOU RIGHT AWAY- AND YOU'LL ALSO RECEIVE ISSUE #18 WHEN IT IS PUBLISHED IN DEC/JAN. YOUR SUPPORT IS GREATLY APPRECIATED.


Don't miss these highlights from the latest issue of Cinema Retro:

• Interview with cover girl Valerie Leon about her fascinating career including roles as a Bond girl and Hammer horror star.

• Ten page tribute to the classic horror film The Haunting featuring Todd Garbarini's unpublished interview with director Robert Wise and John Exshaw's fascinating history of the film, including insights from star Richard Johnson.

• Dean Brierly's unpublished interview with David Carradine, who discusses the Kung Fu years.


• Producer David V. Picker recalls the filming of the cult comedy classic Smile starring Bruce Dern and Barbara Feldon.

• Tony Dalton provides exclusive photos from Ray Harryhausen's amazing archive of original film props.


• Christopher Gullo looks at the cult Blaxploitation/voodoo film Sugar Hill and interviews director Paul Maslansky and star Don Pedro Colley.

• Storm in a D Cup: Dave Worrall celebrates the career of buxom beauty June Wilkinson.

• How the West
Was Won: Tom March takes us on a road trip to visit the present day locations seen in the Cinerama classic.

• Cinema Retro reunites The Men From U.N.C.L.E. at the Players Club when David McCallum makes a surprise appearance at our black tie dinner for Robert Vaughn - exclusive photos.

• Raymond Benson provides with his choices for the best films of 1976.

• Gareth Owen looks at the shooting of The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes at Pinewood Studios.

• Plus the usual extensive news about movie soundtracks, film-related books and hard-to-find DVDs.