Saturday, July 31, 2010

INCEPTION!

INCEPTION!

This year’s biggest summer blockbuster, Inception, would have made a good episode of the Twilight Zone – the original half-hour version. Yes, like most big action summer movies, Inception is bloated and self-congratulatory, so impressed with its own coolness it forgets being cool isn’t enough – you still have to tell an engaging story. And there-in lies Inception’s biggest flaw, it’s boring. BORING. Watching Inception is like watching somebody else play a multi-shooter video game, mildly engaging to start, but quickly yawn inducing.

It’s not that I didn’t get Inception’s story of dream invasion. Anybody who has ever read a Phillip K. Dick short story, will quickly pick up on the overly convoluted, exposition heavy, always twisting back on itself, multi-layered nonsense. The concept is fine, but a concept isn’t a story, nor does a concept in and of itself provide characters to care about.

There wasn’t a single character in Inception with enough depth to make them anything more than cardboard cut outs. Inception is all about concept and flashy CGI, and at two hours and twenty minutes long there’s no there there.

All of Inception’s main characters spend the last half of the film worried about not making it back from the dream world and ending up in limbo – which is the level of dream hell where viewers are placed for most of the film.

It isn’t that Inception is too smart, it’s that Inception isn’t smart enough.

AN EVENING AT THE BUDDIES LOUNGE #105!

AN EVENING AT THE BUDDIES LOUNGE #105!

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:

• Blue Skies - Della Reese
• Who Needs You - Shorty Rogers
• I Hear Music - Peggy Lee
• On The Rebound - Floyd Cramer
• About Yourself - Nat “King” Cole
• Poor People Of Paris - Sid Ramin
• Real Thing Comes Along - Dean Martin
• Ostrich Hunt - Les Baxter
• He Love Me - Carmen McRae
• Volare - Hugo Montenegro
• The Best Is Yet To Come - Jesse Belvin
• Man From U.N.C.L.E. - The Challengers
• It Had Better Be Tonight - Buddy Greco
• Around The World - Felix Slatkin
• Dobie Gilles - Jud Conlon's Rhythmaires
• A Sign Of The Times - Les Brown
• Enjoy Being A Girl - Barbara McNair
• Star Fire - Bob Thompson
• If I Had A Hammer - Leonard Nimoy
• This Land Is Your Land - Bing Crosby
• Leavin' Soon For New York - Horne & Belafonte

TO LISTEN OR DOWNLOAD CLICK HERE

COCKTAIL NATION #135 ~ BRAD PARKER PAINTS FOR THE MASSES!

COCKTAIL NATION #135 ~ BRAD PARKER PAINTS FOR THE MASSES!

Thanks to Tiki Shark, it’s Cocktail Nation with Koop Kooper! On the show this week, Koop is joined by Brad Parker to talk about Brad’s art and his involvement in the Mai Tai Festival on the Big Island. We’ll also find out about a new book on Audrey Hepburn, and the Ask Koop segment examines the tricky situation of eating your partner’s chocolates in the middle of the night. There’s a new tiki mug from Frankies Tiki Room available, some cool events at which to hang out across the world, plus the best lounge exotica hand picked especially for you . . .

PLAYLIST:

HB Radke ~ Shake Shake Shake
Pink Martini ~ Ninna Nanna
Waitiki 7 ~ Ruby
Chaino ~ Bongo Samba
Combustible Edison ~ Impact
Voodoo Island ~ Shot In The Dark
Les Baxter ~ Lust
Xavier Cugat ~ Daiquiri
Blue Dahlia ~ In the Still of the Night
Ray Conniff-Caravan
Octobop ~ Minor Yours New
Morty Show ~ Ladies Man
Jackie Gleason ~ Me and my shadow
Esquivel ~ Yeyo
Richard Hayman ~ Girl From Ipanema

TO LISTEN OR DOWNLOAD CLICK HERE

Friday, July 30, 2010

PULP NOW: BLACK BAT DOUBLESHOT: BLACK DEATH #2!

PULP NOW: BLACK BAT DOUBLESHOT: BLACK DEATH #2!


COMING IN NOVEMBER FROM MOONSTONE BOOKS!


WRITER: MIKE BULLOCK

An army of junkies threatens the projects and only Black Bat has the fix they need. Meanwhile, Death Angel investigates what would turn a man from spurned lover to homicidal spree killer. Before the caped crusader patrolled the streets, before horn head prowled the back alleys, the original dark avenger hunted evil men. The Black Bat is back and hell's coming with him!

32 PAGES, $3.50


MOONSTONE BOOKS

HONEY WEST #3!

HONEY WEST #3!

COMING IN NOVEMBER FROM MOONSTONE BOOKS!


WRITER: ELAINE LEE


New story arc, part 1 of 3! Honey is hired by an anonymous employer, Honey goes undercover on the set of low-budget sci-fi film Amazons of Mars to investigate the mysterious death of Zu Zu Varga, queen of the B-movies. It looks like murder, but who had motive? Was it the scheming ingenue, the down-on-his luck director, the jealous agent, or the ageing teen heartthrob? Robots, aliens and murder in 1960s CA!

32 PAGES, $3.50


MOONSTONE BOOKS

PULP NOW: SECRET AGENT X #1!

PULP NOW: SECRET AGENT X #1!

COMING IN NOVEMBER FROM MOONSTONE BOOKS!


WRITER: MEL ODOM

A Moonstone "Return of the Originals" event! Join Buffy novelist Mel Odom, who shows Secret Agent X as the ultimate spy.Ê He works within the US as well as overseas, against spies and scientists, battling men with guns and emerging super weapons. His greatest asset is that no one knows who he is, but that makes him a loner, just a man, in his war against the Nazis and other predators that align themselves against the United States. He can be anybody, anywhere...you will never see him coming. Plus: The Green Lama!

32 PAGES ~ $3.50

MOONSTONE BOOKS

PULP NOW: GREEN LAMA UNBOUND!

PULP NOW: GREEN LAMA UNBOUND!

NOW AVAILABLE FROM AIRSHIP 27 PRODUCTIONS!


Airship 27 Productions and Cornerstone Book Publishers are thrilled to announce the release of their second book starring the Master of the Mystic Arts, the Green Lama, in a brand new, full length novel by Adam Lance Garcia. THE GREEN LAMA – UNBOUND is a cover to cover literary roller-coaster ride of action and adventure by one of the finest new pulp writers on the scene today.

When Jethro Dumont’s friend, Jean Farrell, disappears on the small Greek island of Samothrace, he and associates fly off to rescue her. Upon their arrival, they discover the forces of evil have gathered in this out of the way place in search of the Jade Tablet and the unholy grimoire known as the Necronomicon. It is the book of rituals that will allow the Nazis and their allies to call forth the Great Old Ones, led by the demon god, Cthulhu.

Now it is up to the Master of the Mystic Arts, the Green Lama, to uncover the mysteries of those ancient rites and thwart the powers of chaos. But before he can do so, he will have to use all the unique skills at his command at the same time rely on the bravery and loyalty of his friends. THE GREEN LAMA – UNBOUND is a non-stop pulp thriller that explores the Green Lama’s past, detailing for the very first time elements of his origin never made known before.

Pulp Factory Award nominated writer Adam Lance Garcia also provides a special essay on his trip to the Kendell Foster Crossen Archives at Boston University, shining more light on the man who created the Green Lama. Accompanied by the masterful artwork of Pulp Factory Award nominated artist Mike Fyles, with designs by Pulp Factory Award winner, Rob Davis, THE GREEN LAMA – UNBOUND belongs in every pulp fans library.

“Both Adam Garcia and Mike Fyles have a strong affinity for the Green Lama,” added Ron Fortier, Editor of Airship 27 Productions. “It is so clear in their work that this was more than just another project to them, but a true labor of love for these talented creators.” THE GREEN LAMA – UNBOUND is sure to become a modern day pulp classic.


PRICE: $24.95

AIRSHIP 27 PRODUCTIONS ~ PULP FICTION FOR A NEW GENERATION!

THE CAT'S MEOW!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY KOOKIE!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, KOOKIE!

EDD BYRNES, WHO ROSE TO FAME AS KOOKIE, THE HIP PARKING ATTEDANT IN THE SHOW 77 SUNSET STRIP IS APPROPRIATELY 77 YEARS OLD TODAY.

HAT TIP TO THE RAP SHEET

Thursday, July 29, 2010

FORGOTTEN BOOKS: THE T.D. STASH CRIME ADVENTURE SERIES!

FORGOTTEN BOOKS: THE T.D. STASH CRIME ADVENTURE SERIES!

W. R. PHILBRICK (PSEUDONYM FOR RODMAN PHILBRICK)


Living in Key West, Florida, T. D. Stash is a professional fishing guide and an unlicensed detective. Apparently, the author came up with the idea for the series after he “built a houseboat in the Keys and saw the local denizens up close and personal.” I’d say it’s possible the real reason was an attempt – not necessarily unsuccessful – to emulate the success and style of Travis McGee, the original beach bum detective.

There were three books in the T.D. Stash series:

NEON FLAMINGO

Drugs, dames, death – a bubbling brew of danger in the Florida keys.

A kidnapping, a country music star, and a psycho loose in the mangroves.

Keys To Trouble

A young kid in over his head in the kind of snow that doesn’t melt but kills. An aging rock star running out of voice and money. His Brit wife, as beautiful, cold and cutting as an icicle. A female cabdriver who turned the meter off when it came to sex. A local lawman who played by the rules and a narc who made his own. A woman painter who liked her landscapes bare and her men nude. A kidnapping that was either real or faked, and a corpse that couldn’t be denied.

T. D. Stash thought he had seen everything in anything-goes Key West. But the laid-back fishing guide, sometimes private eye, was wrong. And unless he got to the bottom of drugs, deceit, greed and sex, he would wind up dead . . .

THE CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION

Sunken gold becomes blood money in a gulf stream storm of sex and slaying.

A con man, an underwater treasure hunt, and a hurricane.

The Rosario, a Spanish galleon loaded with gold, sank four centuries ago off the Florida Keys. Now a smooth-as-silk-tongued treasure hunter named Harper King said he had the key to finding that fortune, with a lot of other people’s money. And it was up to T. D. Stash, laid-back fishing guide and part-time detective operating out of Key West, to put on his sleuthing cap, climb into diving gear, and plunge into the depths of a mystery where hammerhead sharks below the surface were nothing compared the human ones above it. In less time than a hurricane could wink its eye, Stash was deeply immersed in a case of ghoulish greed where sex was the ultimate sales pitch and death the final payoff. . .


TOUGH ENOUGH

One of the best since Travis McGee.

Rapacious developers, killer alligators, a murderous femme fatale, and an eight-year-old girl who is 'tough enough' to take on her mother's killers - with the help of our intrepid hero. Set in Key West and the Everglades.

Swamp Fever

T. D. Stash, part-time sleuth, was over his cool head in dirty business in the Everglades: There was an adorable little girl who claimed her loving father wanted her to be an adorable corpse . . . a tycoon who bred killer alligators for profit and pleasure . . . a sex kitten with skin you’d love to touch and claws you didn’t want to feel . . . a pair of twin sadists who offered a double dose of pain for your money. And as Stash cast his line for the savage secret below the surface of the swampland, the fever of fear rose in direct proportion to death’s chilling revelations . . .

While these are out of print, they can still be found via the usual used book sources on the Internet. While somewhat derivative, any of T.D. Stash’s adventures can provide pleasurable diversion while not adding anything new to the genre.

My suggestion, however, would be to return to the source of this type of adventure by pulling out your battered copies of John D. McDonald’s Travis McGee tales, or even Randy Wayne White’s original Dusky MacMorgan series (originally written under the pen name Randy Striker) starting with The Key West Connection.

ERIN BOHEME @ VITELLO’S UPSTAIRS!

ERIN BOHEME @ VITELLO’S UPSTAIRS!

ERIN IS A RISING YOUNG JAZZ SINGER, BEST KNOWN FOR HER HIT SINATRA TRIBUTE - ONE NIGHT WITH FRANK. I'VE SEEN HER PERFORM ON A COUPLE OF OCCASIONS AND SHE IS DYNAMITE . . .

AUG. 13 & 14
8:00 & 10:00PM

VITELLO'S UPSTAIRS
4349 TUJUNGA AVE.
STUDIO CITY, CA

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

FANTASY CORNER: THE CARDINAL’S BLADES!

FANTASY CORNER: THE CARDINAL’S BLADES!

PIERRE PEVEL


Welcome to seventeenth-century Paris, where intrigue, duels, and spies are rife and Cardinal Richelieu's men may be prevailed upon to risk life and limb in the name of France at a moment's notice. And with war on the horizon, the defense of the nation has never been more pressing.

Danger is rising from the south--an insidious plot that could end with a huge dragon-shaped shadow falling over France, a shadow cast by dragons quite unlike the pet dragonets that roam the cities like stray cats, or the tame wyverns men ride like horses, high over the Parisian rooftops. These dragons and their descendants are ancient, terrible, and powerful ... and their plans contain little room for the lives or freedom of men.

Cardinal Richelieu has nowhere else to turn; Captain La Fargue and his elite group of men, the Cardinal's Blades, must turn the tide. They must hold the deadly Black Claw cult at bay, root out traitors to the crown, rescue prisoners, and fulfill their mission for the Cardinal, for their country, but above all for themselves.

It's death or victory. And the victory has never been less certain.

Author Pierre Pevel, born in 1968, is one of the foremost writers of French fantasy today. The author of seven novels, he was awarded the Grand Prix de l'Imaginaire in 2002 and the Prix Imaginales in 2005, both for best novel.

THE CAT'S MEOW!

Y/A CORNER: THE MARY QUINN MYSTERIES

Y/A CORNER: THE MARY QUINN MYSTERIES

Y. S. LEE

THE AGENCY #1 ~ A SPY IN THE HOUSE!


Introducing an exciting new series! Steeped in Victorian atmosphere and intrigue, this diverting mystery trails a feisty heroine as she takes on a precarious secret assignment.

Rescued from the gallows in 1850s London, young orphan (and thief) Mary Quinn is surprised to be offered a singular education, instruction in fine manners — and an unusual vocation. Miss Scrimshaw’s Academy for Girls is a cover for an all-female investigative unit called The Agency, and at seventeen, Mary is about to put her training to the test. Assuming the guise of a lady’s companion, she must infiltrate a rich merchant’s home in hopes of tracing his missing cargo ships. But the household is full of dangerous deceptions, and there is no one to trust — or is there? Packed with action and suspense, banter and romance, and evoking the gritty backstreets of Victorian London, this breezy mystery debuts a daring young detective who lives by her wits while uncovering secrets — including those of her own past.

THE AGENCY #2 ~ THE BODY AT THE TOWER

Mary’s second adventure as an undercover agent forces her to relive some harrowing childhood experiences as she seeks the identity of a murderer.

Mary Quinn is back, now a trusted member of the Agency, the allfemale detective unit operating out of Miss Scrimshaw’s Academy for Girls. Her new assignment sends her into the grimy underbelly of Victorian London dressed as a poor boy, evoking her own childhood memories of fear, hunger, and constant want. As she insinuates herself into the confidence of several persons of interest, she encounters others in desperate situations and struggles to make a difference without exposing —or losing —her identity. Mary’s adventure, which takes place on the building site of the clock tower of the Houses of Parliament, offers a fictional window into a fascinating historical time and place.

FANTASY CORNER: BIRTH OF A LEGEND!

FANTASY CORNER: BIRTH OF A LEGEND!

THE FANTASY BOOK CRITIC BLOG HAS AN EXCLUSIVE ON A SHORT PREQUEL TO THE LATE DAVID GEMMELL’S NOVEL, THE FIRST CHRONICLES OF DRUSS THE LEGEND.

ON THE FOURTH ANNIVERSARY OF GEMMELL’S PASSING, THIS IS HUGE FOR FANS OF HIS COMPELLING STYLE OF ACTION FANTASY.

FOR FURTHER INFO AND TO READ THE STORY CLICK HERE

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

IT’S TIME TO FIGHT!

IT’S TIME TO FIGHT!


HERE’S THE WORD FROM AGE OF ACES . . .


Age of Aces is proud to announce the launch of:


FIGHTTHEEMPIRESTATE.COM

as an intriguing new promotional site for:


THE SPIDER VS. THE EMPIRE STATE


What if our history was pulp history? This new site treats the central conflict of the Black Police Trilogy as if it were real, offering photographs and posters from the New York rebellion of 1938 to delight fans of the book and to hook non-fans into the crazy world of The Spider.


FOR THE FULL ANNOUNCEMENT CLICK HERE

RAT PACK CENTRAL: ROBIN & THE 7 HOODS ~ SAN DIEGO!

RAT PACK CENTRAL: ROBIN & THE 7 HOODS ~ SAN DIEGO!

ALL ABOUT JAZZ HAS A COOL ARTICLE ON THE OPENING OF ROBIN & THE SEVEN HOODS AT THE OLD GLOBE THEATRE IN SAN DIEGO STARTING ON JULY 30TH . . .

Robin and the 7 Hoods," opening Friday at the Old Globe, is a celebration of Cahn and Van Heusen at their catchiest, the score a late '50s-early '60s swing-a-thon.


“Come Fly With Me," “(Love Is) The Tender Trap," “Come Blow Your Horn," “My Kind of Town (Chicago Is)," “All the Way," “High Hopes," “Ain't That a Kick in the Head" and more--a veritable soundtrack for the Rat Pack of the early 1960s: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Joey Bishop and Peter Lawford.

Of course, songs alone do not a good musical make. A story that entertains, acting that engages, and dancing that leaves 'em gasping in the aisles would be helpful.

Enter Casey Nicholaw. The 48-year-old director-choreographer of “Robin and the 7 Hoods" is the man charged with generating all those components and bringing them together with the music.

TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE CLICK HERE

THE CAT'S MEOW!

U.N.C.L.E. HEADQUARTERS SIGN!

U.N.C.L.E. HEADQUARTERS SIGN!

SOMBODY ON e-BAY IS PUSHING THE EDGE OF THE COLLECTING ENVELOPE . . .

This is a very graphic and durable custom replica banner - large
15in x 49in glossy banner, thick 13oz material.

Has 4 grommets in corners. You can request no grommets if you prefer. We will clean trim the edges. Very good detail. See close up photos.
We went to great lengths to get as close to the original entry sign to the U.N.C.L.E. headquarters, Del Florias Tailor Shop.

I was able to collaborate with a highly respected collector of U.N.C.L.E. memorabilia to get this sign as close as possible to the original, which was destroyed many, many years ago.

I will be offering this sign in different variations, one to include a collectible framed high quality print. I can also be cut out as a decal. Inquire for more details.

Great for any collector.

FOR FURTHER DETAIL CLICK HERE

SPALDING'S RACKET!

SPALDING'S RACKET!

DEDICATED TO PROMOTING THE BEST IN INDEPENDENT AUTHORS AND THEIR BOOKS ON THE INTERNET, SPALDING'S RACKET IS A NEW BLOG HOSTED BY NICK SPALDING – AUTHOR OF LIFE WITH NO BREAKS . . .

NOT EVERY ENTRY HERE IS GOING TO BE OF INTEREST OR EVEN NECESSARILY READABLE, HOWEVER, THERE MAY BE A HIDDEN GEM OR TWO AND IT’S NICE TO SEE SOME COVERAGE GIVEN TO INDIE AUTHORS . . .

TO CHECK IT OUT CLICK HERE

SNAFU!

SNAFU!

NEW FROM 19 NOCTURNE BOULEVARD

WRITTEN BY JULIE HOVERSON

A GROUP OF SPACE MARINES ON THEIR FIRST TRAINING RUN MEET UP WITH SOMETHING ... NASTY.

WHAT KIND OF A PLACE IS IT?

WHY IT'S A DERELICT SPACESHIP, CAN'T YOU TELL?

TO LISTEN OR DOWNLOAD CLICK HERE

DRAGON!

DRAGON!

NEW FROM 19 NOCTURNE BOULEVARD

WRITTEN BY JULIE HOVERSON

WHEN A DRAGON SHOWS UP TO THREATEN A TYPICAL FANTASY MEDIEVAL HAMLET, CAN A KNIGHT BE FAR BEHIND? OR DOES THAT SEEM A LITTLE .... CONVENIENT?

WHAT KIND OF A PLACE IS IT?

WHY IT'S A FARM, JUST OUTSIDE A FANTASY MEDIEVAL HAMLET, CAN'T YOU TELL?

TO LISTEN OR DOWNLOAD CLICK HERE

MURDER IS MY BUSINESS!

MURDER IS MY BUSINESS!

BRETT HALLIDAY

COVER: ROBERT MCGINNIS

AVAILABLE NOW FROM HARD CASE CRIME . . .

Ten years ago, private eye Mike Shayne did a job for one of the richest men in El Paso, digging up dirt on a boy courting the tycoon’s daughter. Now the daughter’s back, all grown up and dangerous. And so’s Shayne—but this time it’s to investigate murder...

First publication in 20 years!

One of the most popular detectives of all time, Mike Shayne starred in more than 70 novels, a dozen movies, a TV series, radio dramas, comic books, and the long-running Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine

FILMMAKER SHANE BLACK, CREATOR OF LETHAL WEAPON AND KISS KISS BANG BANG, ON THE WORK OF BRETT HALLIDAY . . .

In this age of private eyes with cats, funny neighbors, and relationship woes—here’s to 40’s thriller writer Brett Halliday, whose baffling, bullet-paced capers have come to light again.

Halliday’s books were marvels of misdirection. Red herrings, skewed motives, mistaken identities—he did everything but come to your house and bang cymbals. Halliday’s plots are byzantine gems. This is back when mystery writers were so much smarter than you and me. Want an engrossing read? Pick this one up.

Never heard of this book? No matter. It’s been waiting patiently, poised to dazzle you with raw, ingenious storytelling. Halliday is the king of the baffler novel. Pure pleasure.

How long can Halliday’s best-selling books remain dormant, undiscovered...? The answer: not a minute longer, thanks to Hard Case Crime.

TO READ A SAMPLE CHAPTER CLICK HERE

BOND: SOME ARE BORN GREAT!

BOND: SOME ARE BORN GREAT!

THE YOUNG BOND DOSSIER HAS THE SCOOP ON A LONG LOST BOND SHORT STORY – MOST LIKELY WRITTEN BY DR. NO/FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE SCREENWRITER JOHANNA HARWOOD – FEATURING THE YOUNGEST BOND YET AND PUBLISHED IN 1959 . . .

PER THE YOUNG BOND DOSSIER . . .

This amazing discovery was first revealed by author Charles Helfenstein in his major new book, The Making of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (Amazon, Amazon.co.uk). In the chapter about the OHMSS novel, Helfenstein mentions that a Young Bond parody was printed in the house magazine of Bond publisher Jonathan Cape in the spring of 1960.

FOR THE FULL SCOOP AND TO READ THIS CLEVER STORY CLICK HERE

RAT PACK CENTRAL: SINATRA ~ SEPTEMBER OF MY YEARS!

RAT PACK CENTRAL: SINATRA ~ SEPTEMBER OF MY YEARS!

CONCORD MUSIC GROUP REISSUES FRANK SINATRA’S POIGNANT 1965 REPRISE CLASSIC

September of My Years set for release on August 31, 2010

Nearly a half-century after its initial release, Concord Records ushers in the bittersweet season of autumn with a digitally remastered version of Sinatra’s September of My Years. On license from Frank Sinatra Enterprises (FSE), the album is set for release on August 31, 2010.

In the spring of 1965, Sinatra huddled with his arranger and friend, Gordon Jenkins, to record September of My Years, a collection of 13 songs from an iconic balladeer taking stock in a life well lived and recommitting himself to making the best of the years ahead. It was an album that spawned such classics as “This Is All I Ask,” “Once Upon a Time” and of course, “It Was a Very Good Year.” Four Grammys and 45 years later, the 1965 album is considered one of the finest recordings of his career.

In addition to the 13 songs from the original recording, the reissue also features two bonus tracks – a live version of “This Is All I Ask” and an alternate version of “How Old Am I?,” which was released as a single in 1968. The packaging also includes extensive new liner notes, an engaging mix of first-hand historical record and personal reflections penned by music journalist Stan Cornyn, who won a Grammy AwardÒ for his liner notes to the original recording.

In the decades since the original release of September of My Years, an entire generation has come of age and is now making its own peace with the insidious nature of time. Sinatra’s songs speak as much to them as they do to listeners of a previous era.

“There’s something about him and his voice that resonates with people, and it continues to move people throughout the years and the generations” says reissue producer Charles Pignone. “I don’t know what that X factor is. It’s something that means different things to different people. It’s probably better that nobody knows what it is. It’s a great honor to Frank Sinatra that we still talk about this music so many years after it was recorded. We see how quickly things change in this world, and yet he’s still relevant. People still want to hear Frank Sinatra.”


TRACK LIST:

September of My Years
How Old Am I?
Don’t Wait Too Long
It Gets Lonely Early
This Is All I Ask
Last Night When We Were Young
The Man in the Looking Glass
It Was a Very Good Year
When the Wind Was Green
Hello, Young Lovers
I See It Now
Once Upon a Time
September Song

BONUS TRACKS:

This Is All I Ask (live)
How Old Am I? (single version)


Monday, July 26, 2010

PULP NOW: ILLUSTRATEURS!

PULP NOW: ILLUSTRATEURS!

THERE'S SOME GREAT PULP ART BEING CURRENTLY FEATURED ON THE ILLUSTRATEURS BLOG.

TO CHECK OUT ALL THE EXAMPLES CLICK HERE

BRITISH COMICS CORNER: THE BEST OF VICTOR!

BRITISH COMICS CORNER: THE BEST OF VICTOR!

PER BLIMEY, IT'S ANOTHER BLOG ABOUT COMICS . . .

Here's something I bet most of us hadn't anticipated. This October, Prion Books are publishing The Best of The Victor, a 176 page hardback dedicated to the classic D.C. Thomson adventure weekly. The book is edited by ex-Dandy editor Morris Heggie and if it's anything like last year's book on Bunty that Morris compiled hopefully it will cover the history of Victor by looking at various strips throughout its run.

More news as I receive it, but for now you can pre-order the book from Amazon for £11.89. (Otherwise the R.R.P. is £16.99)

FOR MORE INFO CLICK HERE

COMIC TWART ~ NICK FURY!

COMIC TWART ~ NICK FURY!

I MISSED THE VERY COOL NICK FURY WEEK OVER AT COMIC TWART INCLUDING THE VERY COOL EFFORTS BY FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA ABOVE AND MITCH BRIETWIESER BELOW.

TO CHECK OUT THE OTHER ENTRIES CLICK HERE

PULP NOW: DOC SAVAGE ~ FRANCAVILLA STYLE!

PULP NOW: DOC SAVAGE ~ FRANCAVILLA STYLE!

MY FAVORITE PULP ARTIST FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA TAKES ON THE MAN OF BRONZE . . .

PULP NOW: THE PULPSTER!

PULP NOW: THE PULPSTER!

AVAILABLE IN AUGUST . . .

PERFECTION POINT!

PERFECTION POINT!


LEE GRUENFELD HAS WRITTEN A NUMBER OF EXCELLENT GOLF NOVELS UNDER THE PSEUDONYM TROON MCALLISTER, INCLUDING MY FAVORITE – SCRATCH .


NOW LEE SENDS WORD OF HIS LATEST PROJECT . . .


I want to tell you about my latest book being released on September 1. I'm doing it personally this time to assure you that, even though my name won't be appearing on the cover, it's really my book!


I ghost-wrote The Perfection Point with my friend John Brenkus, the host and executive producer of "Sport Science" on ESPN. It's one of the most exciting book projects I've ever been involved in. The following from the book jacket describes it well:

Until 1954, common wisdom and scientific knowledge considered a sub-four minute mile impossible for human physiology. And then Roger Bannister broke the mark, followed quickly by a host of other athletes. Today, the world record stands at 3 minutes 43 seconds. But even that number doesn't tell the full story of how fast humans can run a mile. While world records are a mark of how well people have done, they don't explain how well people can do - or what the absolute limits of human performance are. Now, in "The Perfection Point", John Brenkus, the host, creator, and executive producer of ESPN's "Sport Science", provides an in-depth look at the outer edge of what's possible for a variety of sports. In breezy, highly readable style and easy-to-comprehend language, Brenkus applies statistics, physics, and physiology to explore such questions as: What's the highest someone can dunk a basketball? What's the most weight someone can bench press? What's the farthest we can hit a baseball or drive a golf ball? What's the fastest a human can run 100 meters?

Beginning with current world records, Brenkus seeks to find the limits of human ability to pinpoint the perfection point - a speed, a height, a distance that humans can get closer and closer to but never exceed. For years coaches, pundits and fans have speculated about the extremes of human performance. "The Perfection Point" finally provides the answers.

The Perfection Point is available for advanced orders (at a nice discount) at: AMAZON.COM and BARNES & NOBLE

I hope you have as much fun reading it as I did writing it.

TO VISIT LEE’S WEBSITE CLICK HERE

Sunday, July 25, 2010

RETRO CENTRAL: FIFTH AVENUE, 5 A.M.!

RETRO CENTRAL: FIFTH AVENUE, 5 A.M.!

AUDREY HEPBURN, BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S, AND THE DAWN OF THE MODERN WOMAN

SAM WASSON

JUST RELEASED IN e-BOOK FORMAT . . .


Audrey Hepburn is an icon like no other, yet the image many of us have of Audrey—dainty, immaculate—is anything but true to life. Here, for the first time, Sam Wasson presents the woman behind the little black dress that rocked the nation in 1961. The first complete account of the making of Breakfast at Tiffany's, Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M. reveals little-known facts about the cinema classic: Truman Capote desperately wanted Marilyn Monroe for the leading role; director Blake Edwards filmed multiple endings; Hepburn herself felt very conflicted about balancing the roles of mother and movie star.

With a colorful cast of characters including Truman Capote, Edith Head, Givenchy, "Moon River" composer Henry Mancini, and, of course, Hepburn herself, Wasson immerses us in the America of the late fifties before Woodstock and birth control, when a not-so-virginal girl by the name of Holly Golightly raised eyebrows across the country, changing fashion, film, and sex for good. Indeed, cultural touchstones like Sex and the City owe a debt of gratitude to Breakfast at Tiffany's.

In this meticulously researched gem of a book, Wasson delivers us from the penthouses of the Upper East Side to the pools of Beverly Hills, presenting Breakfast at Tiffany's as we have never seen it before—through the eyes of those who made it. Written with delicious prose and considerable wit, Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M. shines new light on a beloved film and its incomparable star.

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FRANKIE LAINE ~ GUNFIGHT AT THE O.K. CORRAL!

FRANKIE LAINE ~ GUNFIGHT AT THE O.K. CORRAL!

A DOWNLOAD OF ONE OF MY FAVORITE MALE SINGERS FROM FAT CITY CIGAR LOUNGE . . .

Popular vocalist of the '40s and '50s who successfully straddled the line between Jazz vocalist, crooner and Western singer. After his initial success as crooner and Jazz vocalist in the mid-to-late '40s, Laine switched gears when he signed up with Columbia Records and began recording Country & Western Pop. Laine's husky baritone was a perfect match for tracks like 'Rawhide', 'Gunfight At The OK Corral', 'Sixteen Tons', 'High Noon' and other like-minded audio treats. While sales remained good in the States, his popularity increased in the UK and Europe, who adored his Easy Listening musical tales of the dusty roads of the Old West and the aching pains of a broken heart. Good stuff here y'all.

TRACKLIST:

01 - Gunfight At The O.K. Corral
02 - High Noon (Do Not Forsake Me)
03 - Mule Train
04 - Riders In The Sky
05 - Rawhide
06 - Blowing Wild (The Ballad Of Black Gold)
07 - Jealousy
08 - Moonlight Gambler
09 - Rose Rose I Love You
10 - Granada
11 - Jezebel
12 - Rain, Rain, Rain
13 - Answer Me (Mutterlein)
14 - The Rock Of Gibraltar
15 - I Believe -
16 - Sunny Side Of The Street
17 - That Lucky Old Sun
18 - Hummingbird

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SURF GUITAR CENTRAL: SR. BIKINI!

SURF GUITAR CENTRAL: SR. BIKINI!

3 MASCARAS EN ACUSTICO!

A COOL CHANGE OF PACE FROM FAT CITY CIGAR LOUNGE . . .


A change of pace. Nice acoustic treatments of your favorite surf songs by Sr. Bikini. This is skillfully played, and a bit lo key - good for summer relaxing. Similar to the DuoTones in style and flavor. Recommended.

TRACKLIST:

01 Apache
02 Theme for the young lovers
03 Casino Shangai
04 Nightmare In Mazatlan
05 La Española
06 Estrella
07 Ella
08 Nocturna
09 Baja
10 Mr. Moto

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PULP NOW: FIGHT THE EMPIRE STATE!

PULP NOW: FIGHT THE EMPIRE STATE!

AGE OF ACES’ SPECTACULAR PUBLICATION OF THE SPIDER VS. THE EMPIRE STATE – COLLECTING NORVELL PAGE’S BLACK POLICE TRILOGY FEATURING THE SPIDER – HAS SPAWNED A SEPARATE WEBSITE RAN BY CHRIS KALB . . .


The War for New York

Outside of New York State, not many people ever learn about the strange events there during the Summer and Fall of 1938. The public’s anxieties over the Great Depression, combined with a lavishly financed political campaign, made way for the election of a puppet government controlled by shadowy criminals in league with industrialists; What followed was nothing short of a pillaging of New Yorkers’ wealth, jack-booted thugs patrolling the streets, grisly concentration camps on American soil, and an epic rebellion by the citizenry.

Of all the incidents that exemplify the unrest of the Great Depression the “War for New York” stands out as the biggest—but also the least palatable to historians. One would think that a state’s flirtation with totalitarian rule, and the public’s violent fight against it, would be fodder for hundreds of academic best-sellers, but this is not the case. Perhaps they are uncomfortable criticizing the 1938 New York state legislature’s take on income redistribution, deregulation of Industry, and concentration of power because they are not that far removed from those of later, more “legitimate” politicians.

This site has been created to get the word out on this “lost” episode in history—if only to serve as a cautionary tale—and to honor the forgotten heroes that saved a state’s democracy, if not the country’s own soul.

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ESPIONAGE CENTRAL: YOUNG BOND DOSSIER!

ESPIONAGE CENTRAL: YOUNG BOND DOSSIER!

WE ARE BEING TEASED BY ONE OF THE BEST SOURCES FOR JAMES BOND NEWS, THE YOUNG BOND DOSSIER, WHO GIVES UYS THIS PROMISE . . .

A long-lost nugget of James Bond literary history will be revealed tomorrow at The Young Bond Dossier.

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THE CAT'S MEOW!

NOIR NOW: KITTEN NOIR!

ESPIONAGE CENTRAL: BOX 13!

ESPIONAGE CENTRAL: BOX 13!

BOOKGASM’S ROB LOTT DEBRIEFS US ON THIS ESPIONAGE RELATED GRAPHIC NOVEL . . .


As if FRIDAY THE 13TH and WAREHOUSE 13 don’t already help give that number an air of danger and mystery, now there’s BOX 13 to continue the tradition. What’s inside the title container? I ain’t tellin’.

The graphic novel from HIGH MOON‘s team of David Gallaher and Steve Ellis originally was presented online in 13 motion-comic chapters, but this start-to-finish collection is the only way to read it, if you ask me. The less you know about it, the better, but Gallaher’s script involves spy-novel author Dan Holiday. Between books, his hobby is researching the CIA’s controversial MKULTRA project, which involved altering subjects’ mental states via drugs and hypnosis.

Apparently, Dan has learned a little too much, because when he finds a black box left behind at his signing, with the number 1 on its top, he wakes up in a hospital with no memory of the events happening after opening it. And there are 12 more to go.


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NOIR NOW: 50 BEST FILM NOIR POSTERS!

NOIR NOW: 50 BEST FILM NOIR POSTERS!

PULP WRITER BILL RAETZ’S BLOG TIPS US TO THE MOVIE POSTER SHOP’S LISTING OF THE 50 BEST FILM NOIR MOVIE POSTERS OF ALL TIME.

THERE IS ALSO A SCENES NOIR MATCHING GAME AT THE SITE.

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LOUNGE CENTRAL: AS YOU REMEMBER THEM!

LOUNGE CENTRAL: AS YOU REMEMBER THEM!

BILLY MAY ~ 1972

A GREAT INSTRUMENTAL DOWNLOAD FROM KELLY’S LOUNGE SOUNDZ FEATURING THE ARRANGMENTS OF THE GREAT BILLY MAY . . .

DISC 1:

01) Blue Tango
02) Song From Moulin Rouge
03) Girl From Ipanema
04) I'll Be Seeing You
05) In The Arms Of Love
06) Poor People of Paris
07) To Love Again
08) Java
09) Thunderball
10) The Odd Couple

DISC 2:

01) Theme From Route 66
02) Yellow Bird
03) Ruby
04) Reflections
05) Mission Impossible Theme
06) Mr Lucky
07) Greensleaves
08) Calcutta
09) Airport Love Theme
10) Tonight We Love

DISC 3:

01) The Look Of Love
02) Love Letters
03) What Now My Love
04) Irma La Douce Theme
05) Sail Along Silv'ry Moon
06) Red Roses For A Blue Lady
07) Our Waltz
08) Little Bird
09) Laura
10) Apartment Theme

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