Saturday, May 21, 2011

JAZZ CORNER: MELANHCOLY BABY!

JAZZ CORNER: MELANCHOLY BABY!

JAMIEE PAUL

Jazz vocal maven, Jaimee Paul, lends her sultry, bluesy pipes to an eclectic collection of jazz, blues and pop standards. While delivering impressive tributes to the likes of Billie Holiday ("Don't Explain", "You've Changed"), Etta James ("Don't Cry Baby", "A Sunday Kind of Love"), Nina Simone ("I Want A Little Sugar In My Bowl"), Paul also puts her unique spin on such contemporary classics as U2's, "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For", Curtis Mayfield's, "People Get Ready", and Bill Wither's "Ain't No Sunshine."

TRACKLIST:

1. Don't Cry Baby
2. Ain't No Sunshine
3. Come Rain Or Come Shine
4. I Want A Little Sugar In My Bowl
5. You've Changed
6. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
7. A Sunday Kind Of Love
8. Big Spender
9. Don't Explain
10. What'll I Do
11. People Get Ready
12. Smile
13. My Melancholy Baby

Y/A CORNER: THE UNWANTEDS!

Y/A CORNER: THE UNWANTEDS!

LISA MCMANN

AUGUST 2011

Quill prevails when the strong survive. Using this notion as the core of their society, the people of Quill partake in a yearly ceremony, wherein children at the age of thirteen are divided into three categories–the Wanteds, the Necessaries, and the Unwanteds. Wanted children will move on to schooling and training to join the Quillitary and fulfill their roles in maintaining an efficient life for all, while Necessaries will take on farm work and similar duties. Any child who has shown a propensity toward emotion or creativity is deemed Unwanted, and sent for elimination.

Thirteen-year-old Alex tries his hardest to be stoic when his fate is announced as Unwanted, even while leaving behind his twin, Aaron, a Wanted. Upon arrival at the destination where he expected to be eliminated, however, Alex discovers a stunning secret–behind the mirage of the “death farm” there is instead a place called Artime, where every Unwanted child has been welcomed by a man named Mr. Today.

Artime is a special place full of art, music, theater, and magic, where each child is taught to cultivate their creative abilities and learn how to use them magically, weaving spells through paintbrushes and musical instruments. Everything Alex has ever known changes before his eyes, and it’s a wondrous transformation.

But it’s a rare, unique occurrence for twins to be separated between Wanted and Unwanted, and as Alex and Aaron’s bond stretches across their separation, a threat arises for the survival of Artime that will pit brother against brother in an ultimate, magical battle.

STEAMPUNK CORNER: ALL MEN OF GENIUS!

STEAMPUNK CORNER: ALL MEN OF GENIUS!

LEV AC ROSEN

SEPTEMBER 2011

Inspired by two of the most beloved works by literary masters, All Men of Genius takes place in an alternate Steampunk Victorian London, where science makes the impossible possible.

Violet Adams wants to attend Illyria College, a widely renowned school for the most brilliant up-and-coming scientific minds, founded by the late Duke Illyria, the greatest scientist of the Victorian Age. The school is run by his son, Ernest, who has held to his father’s policy that the small, exclusive college remain male-only. Violet sees her opportunity when her father departs for America. She disguises herself as her twin brother, Ashton, and gains entry.

But keeping the secret of her sex won’t be easy, not with her friend Jack’s constant habit of pulling pranks, and especially not when the duke’s young ward, Cecily, starts to develop feelings for Violet’s alter ego, “Ashton.” Not to mention blackmail, mysterious killer automata, and the way Violet’s pulse quickens whenever the young duke, Ernest (who has a secret past of his own), speaks to her. She soon realizes that it’s not just keeping her secret until the end of the year faire she has to worry . . .

ZOMBIE CORNER: UNDERTAKERS ~ RISE OF THE CORPSES!

ZOMBIE CORNER: UNDERTAKERS ~ RISE OF THE CORPSES!

TY DRAGO

On a sunny Wednesday morning in October, a day that would mark the end of one life and the beginning of another, I found out my grouchy next door neighbor was the walking dead. When you turn around expecting to see something familiar, and instead see something else altogether, it takes a little while for your brain to catch up with your eyes. I call it the ‘Holy Crap Factor.’

Forced to flee his home and family, twelve-year-old Will Ritter falls in with the Undertakers-a rag-tag army of teenage resistance fighters who’ve banded together to battle the Corpses . . .

Y/A CORNER: CHILDREN OF PARANOIA!

Y/A CORNER: CHILDREN OF PARANOIA!

TREVOR SHANE

SEPTEMBER 2011

ALL WARS HAVE RULES

Rule Number One: No killing innocent bystanders.

Rule Number Two: No killing anyone under the age of eighteen.

Break the rules, become the target . . .

In a world where anyone you meet may be your mortal enemy, the first to kill is the last to survive.


Since the age of eighteen, Joseph has been assassinating people on behalf of a cause that he believes in but doesn’t fully understand. The War is ageless, hidden in the shadows, governed by a rigid set of rules, and fought by two distinct sides—one good, one evil. The only unknown is which side is which. Soldiers in the War hide in plain sight, their deeds disguised as accidents or random acts of violence amidst an unsuspecting population ignorant of the brutality that is always inches away.

Killing people is the only life Joseph has ever known, and he’s one of the best at it. But when a job goes wrong and he’s sent away to complete a punishingly dangerous assignment, Joseph meets a girl named Maria, and for the first time in his life his single-minded, bloody purpose fades away.
Before Maria, Joseph’s only responsibility was dealing death to the anonymous targets fingered by his superiors.

Now he must run from the people who have fought by his side to save what he loves most in this world. He must renounce the rules and the black-and-white comfort of good versus evil and take responsibility for a life other than his own. As Children of Paranoia reaches its heart-in-throat climax, Joseph will learn that only one rule remains immutable: the first to kill is the last to survive.

SCI-FI CORNER: SKYSHIP ACADEMY!

SCI-FI CORNER: SKYSHIP ACADEMY!

THE PEARL WARS

NICK JAMES

SEPTEMBER 2011

CONTROL THE PEARLS, CONTROL THE WORLD

A devastated Earth’s last hope is found in Pearls: small, mysterious orbs that fall from space, and are capable of supplying enough energy to power entire cities. Battling to control the Pearls are the Skyship dwellers—political dissidents who live in massive ships in the Earth’s stratosphere—and the corrupt Surface government.

Jesse Fisher, a Skyship brat, and Cassius Stevenson, a young Surface operative, cross paths when they both venture into forbidden territory in pursuit of Pearls. Their chance encounter triggers an unexpected reaction, endowing each boy with remarkable—and dangerous—abilities that their respective governments would stop at nothing to possess.

Enemies thrust together with a common goal, Jesse and Cassius make their way to the ruins of Seattle to uncover the truth about their new powers, the past they didn’t know they shared, and a shocking secret about the Pearls.

SPACE PULP: IDOL HANDS!

SPACE PULP: IDOL HANDS!

THE ROSCO LITTLE ADVENTURES . . .

JARED PROPHET

PERIL PRESS, MAY 2011 ~ $2.99

Cargo Pilot Rosco Little just wanted to make his run and get paid; not run for his life. Just looking at the girl, he knew she would bring him no end of trouble. But having seen her, it was far too late. And the gods always require a sacrifice.

This is the first in a series of rollicking space adventures for Cargo Pilot Rosco Little. This time Rosco falls in with bad sorts determined to extract a large glowing gem from the Idol's Hands . . .

8000 WORDS

007 MAGAZINE ARCHIVE FILES: DR. NO!

007 MAGAZINE ARCHIVE FILES: DR. NO!

AVAILABLE NOW!

THIS ISSUE IS A 36 PAGE DELUX GLOSSY A4 LIMITED EDITION PUBLICATION SPOTLIGHTING VARIOUS ELEMENTS OF DR. NO (1962, FEATURING RARE AND NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN IMAGERY COUPLED WITH INFORMATIVE AND DEFINITIVE INFORMATION . . .

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COMING ATTRACTIONS!

COMIC TWART GETS IN THE RING!

COMIC TWART GETS IN THE RING!

IS MMA FIGHTER WEEK OVER AT THE COMIC TWART BLOG . . .

ABOVE IS ILLUSTRATOR REV. DAVE JOHNSON’S TAKE ON MMA FIGHTER NICK DIAZ . . . PRETTY COOL . . .

TO CHECK OUT THE OTHER WEEKLY ENTRIES CLICK HERE

THE CAT'S MEOW!

MANNIX’ MILLIONS!

MANNIX’ MILLIONS!

MANNIX ALWAYS GOT HIS MAN, BUT APPARENTLY DIDN’T GET HIS MONEY . . .
PER THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER:

Mike Connors, star of the classic 1960’s detective series Mannix, has sued Paramount and CBS Television Studios claiming he has never been paid royalties on the show despite being owed millions of dollars. Connors, 85, filed the suit Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court . . .

FOR THE FULL ARTICLE CLICK HERE

Friday, May 20, 2011

AN EVENING AT THE BUDDIES LOUNGE #134!

AN EVENING AT THE BUDDIES LOUNGE #134!

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’m A Brass Band - Sammy Davis, Jr.
• The Swingin’ Eye - Si Zentner
• Always True To You In My Fashion - Della Reese
• Mack The Knife - Dick Human
• Lucky In Love - Sarah Vaughan
• Bobby Darin Interview – November 1964
• Hello Dolly - Bobby Darin
• Sunday In New York - Bobby Darin
• Charade - Bobby Darin
• My Heart Is A Hobo - Lena Horne
• Christopher Columbus - Buddy Cole
• Let’s Fall In Love - Peggy Lee
• That’s Life - Frank Sinatra (mono version)
• Playboy Theme - Nelson Riddle
• Say “Si Si” - Bing Crosby  and Rosemary Clooney
• Bob Flanigan Interview - March 1964
• If I Were A Bell - Bob Flanigan and John Gray
• Standing On The Corner - The Four Freshman
• Give Me The Simple Life - The Four Freshman
• Tijuana Taxi - Glenn Miller Orchestra

TO LISTEN OR DOWNLOAD CLICK HERE

MR. SUAVE'S SWINGIN' COKCTAIL LOUNGECAST #4!

MR. SUAVE'S SWINGIN' COKCTAIL LOUNGECAST #4!

THE NOW SOUND FROM WAY IN

Welcome to Mr. Suave's Swingin' Cocktail Lounge. This week on the modcast it's the now sound from way in. That's right, seal your shaker I'm gonna mix up a cocktail concoction that will leave you jonesing for more more more: more loung sounds, more bachelor pad music, and most importantly, more martinis. The show is packed with iconic now sounds from the likes of Syd Dale, Joe Bucci, James Taylor Quartet, Piero Piccioni, Corduroy and more . . .

PLAYLIST:

Les Baxter – Tropicando
Piero Piccioni – Easy Dreamer
Allessandro Alessandroni – Skyscrapers
Neal Hefti – Man Chases Man
Magnetic4 – Martini Shake
Corduroy – Long Cool & Bubbly
The James Taylor Quartet – Music To Watch Girls By
Chase – Get It On
Syd Dale – The Hollywood Scene
The Leading Figures – Artistry In Rhythm
Joe Bucci Trio – Topsy

TO LISTEN OR DOWNLOAD CLICK HERE

SPY~FI: SYD DALE ~ SECRET SERVICE!

SOCIAL DISTORTION ~ MACHINE GUN BLUES!

AUDIO DRAMA CORNER: ONE OUT OF TEN!

AUDIO DRAMA CORNER: ONE OUT OF TEN!

ADAPTED BY JULIE HOVERSON FROM A SHORT STORY BY J. ANTHONY FERLAINE (PUBLISHED IN FANTASTIC UNIVERSE, NOVEMBER 1956)

SOUND AND MASTERING BY NEIL GUSTIN OF TWILIGHT AUDIO THEATER

NEW FROM 19 NOCTURNE BOULEVARD . . .

Ask Mrs. Freda Dunny where her home town is. Go on – we dare you.

What kind of a place is it?

Why it's a TV Studio in 1956 - can't you tell?

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AUDIO DRAMA CORNER: THE JINGLES!

AUDIO DRAMA CORNER: THE JINGLES!

WRITTEN BY JULIE HOVERSON

NEW FROM 19 NOCTURNE BOULEVARD . . .

Life is a dream . . . Or is a dream life?

Life is just a dream, duh-dee, dah-duh-dah, spend my whole life loving you, bah-dee-bah-dah-dah, promise to be true - LIFE would be a dream, sweetheart - hello, hello again, sh-boom it's a wonderful day again....

What kind of a place is it?

Why it's your living room, can't you tell?

TO LISTEN OR DOWNLOAD CLICK HERE

THE RED PANDA ADVENTURES!

THE RED PANDA ADVENTURES!

THERE WILL BE RAIN TONIGHT

NEW FROM DECODER RING THEATRE . . .

Which is more deadly, the battle you thought was lost, or the fight you thought you had won? In the chaos of war, only one thing is certain . . . There Will Be Rain Tonight!

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COMING ATTRACTIONS!

BIZARRO STRIKES AGAIN!

RAT PACK CENTRAL: RING-A-DING DING!

RAT PACK CENTRAL: RING-A-DING DING!

CONCORD MUSIC GROUP ISSUES 50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION OF FRANK SINATRA’S INAUGURAL REPRISE RECORDING

RING-A-DING DING SET FOR RELEASE ON JUNE 7, 2011

Concord Records marks the 50th anniversary of a pivotal transition in Frank Sinatra’s career with a digitally remastered version of Ring-A-Ding Ding. Under license from Frank Sinatra Enterprises (FSE), the album is set for release on June 7, 2011.

By the end of the 1950s, Sinatra had spent nearly ten years on Capitol, where he’d made some outstanding recordings. But at the dawn of a new decade, he was eager to establish a creative environment of his own making — one that would open up new territory to explore and take him a step closer to realizing his unique creative vision.

The result was the establishment of Reprise, his own record label and his primary base of operations for the remainder of his career. His initial recording on the new label was Ring-A-Ding Ding, a 1961 album that not only captured Sinatra at the top of his game with a self-confident swagger, but — with the help of songwriters like Sammy Cahn and James Van Heusen, and arrangements by Johnny Mandel — also captured the optimistic tenor of the period.

In addition to the 12 songs from the original recording, the 50th anniversary reissue also features two bonus tracks — “Zing! Went The Strings of My Heart” and a previously unreleased version of “Have You Met Miss Jones?” The packaging also includes extensive new liner notes by Frank Sinatra Jr., who shares personal memories of his father during the founding of Reprise and the making of the album as well as annotations and insights for each track.

“As the new decade began, like Midas, everything Sinatra touched turned to gold,” says Frank Jr. “His movies were box office blockbusters, his records were gold, his concerts were standing room only, and with the help of his tireless efforts, he had been very instrumental in helping his friend John F. Kennedy become the 35th President of the United States. It was no wonder that for Frank Sinatra, the period of time in which he was living could only be referred to as ‘Ring-A-Ding Ding.’ The music in this premier Reprise recording reflected that state of mind in every note.”

TRACKLIST:

Ring-A-Ding Ding
Let’s Fall in Love
Be Careful, It’s My Heart
A Foggy Day
A Fine Romance
In The Still of the Night
The Coffee Song
When I Take My Sugar to Tea
Let’s Face the Music and Dance
You’d Be So Easy To Love
You and the Night and the Music
I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm

BONUS TRACKS:

Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart
Have You Met Miss Jones? (previously unreleased)

RAT PACK CENTRAL: FRANK SINATRA AROUND THE WORLD

RAT PACK CENTRAL: FRANK SINATRA AROUND THE WORLD

ON DVD FROM SHOUT! FACTORY ~ JUNE 7

Shout! Factory will release Frank Sinatra Around the World on DVD June 7, 2011. Following on the heels of the critically-acclaimed 7-DVD box set Frank Sinatra: Concert Collection, the two-DVD set will include four legendary performances from around the world.

It also marks the first time that the famous Sinatra in Japan DVD is released apart from its inclusion in the Concert Collection box. The set features newly restored and remastered audio and video, making this a must-own set for Sinatra fans worldwide.

The four legendary Frank Sinatra concerts collected in Around the World include:

DVD 1

OL’ BLUE EYES IS BACK

With Special Guest Gene Kelly
Filmed in front of a live audience on a soundstage in Hollywood, but with the feel of an intimate concert, this “comeback” special proves the Chairman hadn’t lost a step.

Aired November 18, 1973. 11 performances, 50 minutes.

SINATRA: THE MAIN EVENT

Charged with the electricity of a heavyweight prizefight, The Main Event was filmed live at Madison Square Garden, a venue usually reserved for sporting events and rock ’n’ roll concerts.

Aired October 13, 1974. 13 performances, 53 minutes.

DVD 2

SINATRA IN CONCERT AT ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL

Princess Grace of Monaco introduces Sinatra to the adoring crowd in this London concert, which was filmed on the eve of the Chairman’s temporary retirement.

Aired November 22, 1970. 13 performances, 51 minutes.

SINATRA IN JAPAN: LIVE AT THE BUDOKAN HALL, TOKYO

This incredibly rare concert has only ever been released in Japan, making this collection a must-have for Sinatra fans. Entering his 70th year, Ol’ Blue Eyes never sounded better.

Aired 1985. 17 performances, 71 minutes.

Released in November 2010 by Shout! Factory, The Frank Sinatra: Concert Collection box set which includes Around the World, contains over 14 hours of television and concert performances from the ’50s through the ’80s, a box-set exclusive compilation of vintage performances and a 44-page book featuring rare photographs and notes by Sinatra scholar Bill Zehme.

PERFORMANCES:

DISC 1

OL’ BLUE EYES IS BACK

1. You Will Be My Music
2. I Get A Kick Out Of You
3. Street Of Dreams
4. I’ve Got You Under My Skin
5. I’ve Got The World On A String
6. Medley: Last Night When We Were Young/Violets For Your Furs/Here’s That Rainy Day
7. Medley With Gene Kelly: We Can’t Do That Anymore/Take Me Out To The Ball Game/For Me And My Gal/Private Skinny
8. Nice ’N’ Easy – duet with Gene Kelly
9. Let Me Try Again
10. Send In The Clowns
11. You Will Be My Music

SINATRA: THE MAIN EVENT

1. Introduction by Howard Cosell
2. Instrumental Medley: It Was A Very Good Year/All The Way/My Kind Of Town
3. The Lady Is A Tramp
4. I Get A Kick Out Of You
5. Let Me Try Again
6. Autumn In New York
7. I’ve Got You Under My Skin
8. Bad, Bad Leroy Brown
9. Angel Eyes
10. You Are The Sunshine Of My Life
11. The House I Live In
12. My Kind Of Town
13. My Way

DISC 2

SINATRA IN CONCERT AT ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL

1. Introduction by Princess Grace Of Monaco
2. You Make Me Feel So Young
3. Pennies From Heaven
4. I’ve Got You Under My Skin
5. Something
6. The Lady Is A Tramp
7. I Get Along Without You Very Well
8. Didn’t We
9. One For My Baby
10. I Will Drink The Wine
11. I Have Dreamed (From The King And I)
12. My Kind Of Town
13. My Way

SINATRA IN JAPAN:

LIVE AT THE BUDOKAN HALL, TOKYO

1. The Lady Is A Tramp
2. Fly Me To The Moon
3. My Way
4. I’ve Got You Under My Skin
5. Something
6. I Get A Kick Out Of You
7. My Kind Of Town
8. Someone To Watch Over Me
9. All Or Nothing At All
10. Mack The Knife
11. Luck Be A Lady
12. L.A. Is My Lady
13. Strangers In The Night
14. Come Rain Or Come Shine
15. Pennies From Heaven
16. One For My Baby
17. Theme From New York, New York

PULP NOW: THE DOMINO LADY!

PULP NOW: THE DOMINO LADY!

NEW AUDIO PROJECT COMING SOON FROM AUDIOCOMICS COMPANY!

The AudioComics Company is proud to present the second characters in their original pulp audio project will be THE pulp vixen of the 1930′s, the scourge of LA herself, The Domino Lady!

First introduced by Lars Anderson in Saucy Romantic Adventures and Mystery Adventures, The Domino Lady is the alter-ego of Ellen Patrick, a wealthy UC Berkeley graduate out to avenge the murder of her father, District Attorney Owen Patrick, in the Raymond Chandler-esque Southern California of 1935. While she brandished a .45 and syringe of knockout serum, her greatest weapon was her sexuality, which she would use to disarm her unsuspecting opponents. Routinely stealing from her targets, she donates most of the profits to charity after deducting her cut, leaving a calling card with the words “Compliments of the Domino Lady” behind.

DL appeared specifically in “spicy pulp” magazines, pulps that typically featured semi-pornographic short stories. Such magazines had smaller print runs (and were as a result a few cents higher in price) and were usually sold “under the counter” upon request. Only a handful of Domino Lady were published, all of which were collected in Bold Venture Press’ Compliments of the Domino Lady, featuring a cover from the one and only Jim Steranko. In addition, Moonstone Books has published a new series of Domino Lady comics and prose stories. The AudioComics Company’s world-premiere productions will mark the first time that the alter-ego of Ellen Patrick has ever appeared in an audio format.

Portraying the Domino Lady will be San Francisco Bay Area actress and filmmaker Karen Stilwell, who has a unique tie to AudioComics. Click on the link below for more information about Karen Stilwell.

The first Domino Lady project will be a three-part serial authored by one of the country’s leading DL historians, Rich Harvey, with the first part, “All’s Fair in War,” recording this fall in San Francisco, alongside AudioComics’ first two Green Lama audio adventures. The name Rich Harvey is synonymous with pulp stories and pulp history in the United States; a New Jersey-based graphic designer, writer, and publisher, his Bold Venture Press imprint specializes in reprints of classic pulp fiction, among them Pulp Adventures magazine and Compliments of the Domino Lady, the reprint collection that thrust the Domino Lady back into the pulp limelight. He also sponsors an annual gathering of pulp enthusiasts, the Pulp Adventurecon, in New Jersey. Rich cites Dashiell Hammett as his favorite author and biggest influence, and next on the list is Warren Murphy and Richard Sapir’s The Destroyer series.

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PULP NOW: HIGH ADVENTURE #118!

PULP NOW: HIGH ADVENTURE #118!

TEN DETECTIVE SPECIAL ISSUE

COVER: RAFAEL DE SOTO

FEATURING:

THE PATROL PAWN

JOHN K. BUTLER

As the prison gates clanged behind Dave Scott, he was greeted by lovely Vonnie Lang, the girl who had framed him. And he accepted her strange offer to help him establish his innocence by proving the guilt of gambler Jake Leonardo. But the girl had double-crossed him once for Leonardo, and if she cheated again, Scott would die.

A LADY ON THE LAM

G.T. FLEMING-ROBERTS

Who was lovely Louis Dean? Kapel said she was his ward—she denied it. Homicide called her a murderess—she swore she was innocent. Detective Fuzz Magraw tried to help her—she attacked him. Yet Magraw continued to believe in her.

7X10 ~ 110 PAGES

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ADVENTURE HOUSE: FRANK ROBINSON PULP COLLECTION AUCTION!

GUNS OF NAVARONE ~ MARX PLAYSET!

GUNS OF NAVARONE ~ MARX PLAYSET!

WHEN DAN LUFT COMMENTED ON MY GUNS OF NAVARONE FORGOTTEN BOOKS POST, HE MENTIONED HE HAD A FRIEND WHO HAD MARX'S GUNS OF NAVARONE PLAYSET . . .

I WAS SURPRISED THE GUNS OF NAVARONE HAD BEEN POPULAR ENOUGH TO SPAWN A PLAYSET, BUT A QUICK CHECK OF THE INTERNET SHOWED LOTS OF ENTRIES ON E-BAY AND VARIOUS OTHER AUCTION SITES.

THE SHEER SIZE OF THE PLAYSET, HOWEVER, MAKES IT SOMETHING OF A WHITE ELEPHANT COLLECTIBLE WHEN IT COMES TO STORAGE . . .

NOIR NOW: THE RED SCARF!

NOIR NOW: THE RED SCARF!

GIL BREWER ~ $5.00

From one of the masters of noir comes perhaps his most compelling novel. Roy Nichols is trying to make a go of running a motel with his wife, but forces are conspiring against them. The highway that was supposed to run past their motel may never get built, and their business is drying up.

When Roy stumbles upon a briefcase loaded with cash, his problems seem to have miraculously disappeared. But in Gil Brewer's world, good fortune is never free and greed inevitably leads to destruction.

THE TROUBLE WITH BLONDES!

TAKE A CHANCE E-BOOKS ~ SETUP ON FRONT STREET!

TAKE A CHANCE E-BOOKS ~ SETUP ON FRONT STREET!

AN ONGOING SERIES HIGHLIGHTING POSSIBLY DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH E-BOOKS BY RELATIVELY UNKNOWN AUTHORS, FOUND WHILE CRUISING THE E-BOOK SHELVES ON AMAZON WITH PRICES THAT MAKE THEM WORTH TAKING A CHANCE ON . . . SOME MAY BE CRAP, SOME COULD SHOW POTENTIAL, OTHERS (I SUSPECT VERY, VERY, FEW) MIGHT BE GREAT – TAKE A CHANCE . . .

TODAY’S FIND . . . NOIR!

SETUP ON FRONT STREET

MIKE DENNIS ~ $2.99

Key West, 1991. Don Roy Doyle is back in town. Tough and quick-witted, he's fresh out of prison, where he served three years for a diamond swindle. Now he's back to collect his share of the proceeds, about $200,000, but the money has vanished.

A local family dynasty which has controlled the island's politics for generations, a cop with a grudge, the FBI, and the Russian mob all have a stake in the action. They're convinced Cuba is on the verge of "opening up", and they all want Doyle gone.

In this tightly-knit town, who can be trusted? And how long can Doyle stay alive?

Setup On Front Street takes you inside the world of Key West noir, a world tucked way back in the shadows, where the tourists never go.

TAKE A CHANCE E-BOOKS ~ ONE FALL!

TAKE A CHANCE E-BOOKS ~ ONE FALL!

AN ONGOING SERIES HIGHLIGHTING POSSIBLY DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH E-BOOKS BY RELATIVELY UNKNOWN AUTHORS, FOUND WHILE CRUISING THE E-BOOK SHELVES ON AMAZON WITH PRICES THAT MAKE THEM WORTH TAKING A CHANCE ON . . . SOME MAY BE CRAP, SOME COULD SHOW POTENTIAL, OTHERS (I SUSPECT VERY, VERY, FEW) MIGHT BE GREAT – TAKE A CHANCE . . .

TODAY’S FIND . . . WRESTLING FICTION!

ONE FALL

SPENCER BAUM ~ $2.99 ~ FREE FOR LIMITED TIME

With one kick, Joey Hamilton has sent the world of professional wrestling into chaos. In his first World Title match, on national television, Joey botched a simple maneuver, turning a scripted wrestling match into a nightmarish reality.

Now the World Champion is injured and the locker room is in tatters. With the top spot open, veteran wrestlers are jockeying for position, hoping to become the next megastar, and Joey is their target.

With a unique look behind the scenes at America's most violent dramatic art, One Fall shows the world of professional wrestling in its rawest form. It is a world of violence, drug abuse, backstabbing, and desperation. But it is also a world of pride, honor, guts, and most of all, passion.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

ROCKABILLY: THE TWANG HEARD 'ROUND THE WORLD!

ROCKABILLY: THE TWANG HEARD 'ROUND THE WORLD!

THE ILLUSTRATED HISTORY

MICHAEL DREGNI

It was the twang heard 'round the world: Rockabilly was born out of country, bluegrass, jazz, and the blues in the 1950s, becoming rock ’n’ roll and ruling the world. Here’s the story of Elvis Presley’s first Sun records that inspired all. And here’s Carl Perkins, Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochran, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, and many more rockabillies from the golden years of 1955–1959, in a book chock full of photos, collectible memorabilia, movie posters, rare records, fashion, and rebel lifestyle. Includes contributions from noted music journalists Greil Marcus, Peter Guralnick, Luc Sante, Robert Gordon, and more.

The story continues today, with a rockabilly revival that began with stars, such as the Stray Cats and Robert Gordon, spreading around the globe from Europe to Japan. Today, rockabilly is better than ever, with bands like Rev. Horton Heat and others playing the music and living the life from Memphis to Helsinki to Tokyo.

There’s still good rockin’ tonight!

A CAST OF ROCKABILLY STARS:

Interviews and Reminiscences from Brian Setzer, Wanda Jackson, Carl Perkins, Charlie Feathers, Sonny Burgess, Billy Riley, Scotty Moore, Cliff Gallup, James Burton, Rev. Horton Heat, Tav Falco, Heavy Trash, Glen Glenn, Dale Hawkins, Rose Maddox, Barbara Pittman, Jim Dickinson, Pat Cupp, Paul Burlison, Ronnie Hawkins, The Cramps, Ray Campi, Johnny Carroll, and more . . .

ADDED ATTRACTIONS:

Featuring articles by Greil Marcus, Peter Guralnick, Luc Sante, Robert Gordon, Deke Dickerson, David McGee, Craig Morrison, Randy McNutt, Dan Forte, Garth Cartwright, Vince Gordon, and more

More than 600 rare photographs, concert posters, singles and LPs, memorabilia and collectibles—from Elvis to the Stray Cats to today

Don’t dare miss the best of Hillbilly Bop!

WHAT'S GOOD FOR THE GOOSE . . .

THE CAT'S MEOW ~ DOUBLE PLAY!

CRIME JAZZ: JAZZ GRAPHICS AND SPY SET!

CRIME JAZZ: JAZZ GRAPHICS AND SPY SET!

MR. CRAIG DELIEVES ANOTHER OUTSTANDING RIP OVER AT HIS FUNKY FROLIC BLOG . . .

A very cool KPM from 1969 by Peter Thomas, Derrick Mason and featuring one track from Bryan Daly. As the title suggests the mood is slinky and mysterious with the early songs having bass, drums, organ, sax and flute playing the main roles . . .

TRACKLIST:

Track 1 - Jazz Graphics No.1
Track 2 - Jazz Graphics No.2
Track 3 - Jazz Graphics No.3
Track 4 - Jazz Graphics No.4
Track 5 - Jazz Graphics No.5
Track 6 - Free Jazz
Track 7 - International Espionage
Track 8 - International Excitement
Track 9 - International Incident
Track 10 - International Situation
Track 11 - International Swinger
Track 12 - International Link 1
Track 13 - International Link 2
Track 14 - International Link 3
Track 15 - International Link 4
Track 16 - International Link 5
Track 17 - International Underscore
Track 18 - International Intrigue
Track 19 - International Tension
Track 20 - International Dossier
Track 21 - International Danger
Track 22 - International Suspense
Track 23 - International Shock
Track 24 - International Stab
Track 25 - International Retreat

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THE DREAMSVILLE PODCAST!

THE DREAMSVILLE PODCAST!

WORD FROM THE COOLEST CAT, SKIPPER BARTLET . . .

Hopefully, the troubles of last month are over. I've changed the podcast up a bit. Not anything major, but I think it sounds better. Big thanks go out to Ralph Alfonso for taking the time to do some swingin' voice overs for me. Enjoy Folks!

PLAYLIST:

Irving Joseph - Prison Break
Skip Martin - Hammer Blow
Oscar Brown Jr. - But I Was Cool
Saroff and The Cool Ones - Blue Prelude
Christopher Logue with the Tony Kinsey Quintet - Steep Gloom Among Pine Trees
The Quartet Of Muhammad Habeebalah - Sneaking
Andrew Hale - Hard Bop Chase
Roy Eldridge - The Gasser
Jackie McLean - Lost
Three Bips And A Bop - Professor Bop
Kay Martin And Her Bodyguards - The Heel
Julie London - Black Coffee
Betty Hutton - Chicken Hawk
Curtis Amy - Blue Bongo
Gregory Corso - Sun: A Spontaeous Poem
Andrew Hale - L.A. Noire Main Theme

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TAKE A CHANCE E-BOOKS ~ HITTING BACK!

TAKE A CHANCE E-BOOKS ~ HITTING BACK!

AN ONGOING SERIES HIGHLIGHTING POSSIBLY DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH E-BOOKS BY RELATIVELY UNKNOWN AUTHORS, FOUND WHILE CRUISING THE E-BOOK SHELVES ON AMAZON AT PRICES MAKINGE THEM WORTH TAKING A CHANCE ON . . . SOME MAY BE CRAP, SOME COULD SHOW POTENTIAL, OTHERS (I SUSPECT VERY, VERY, FEW) MIGHT BE GREAT – TAKE A CHANCE . . .

TODAY’S FIND . . . THRILLER!

HITTING BACK ~ A SHORT STORY ~ $.99

LINDA L. RICHARDS

An unthinkable disaster changed her forever. She lost everything she ever thought she wanted. And more. Now she’s hollow inside. Hollow but searching. The only time she feels even partially alive is when she’s paid . . . to kill . . .

FORGOTTEN BOOKS: THE GUNS OF NAVARONE!

FORGOTTEN BOOKS: THE GUNS OF NAVARONE!

ALISTAIR MACLEAN

In 1990 the British Crime Writers' Association placed The Guns of Navarone 89th on its The Top 100 Crime Novels of All Time list, which is somewhat odd because it isn’t a crime novel at all. In reality, it is one of the greatest WWII, high adventure, novels of all time. It is also the book, which when I was eight years old, hooked me into a lifelong reading habit.

MacLean has been out of fashion for years, especially as his later works had little of the impact generated by his early novels. However, the film adaptation of The Guns Of Navarone was brilliant, becoming iconic over time. I feel it is one of the best book to movie transitions ever, and as a result, most people are at least familiar with the title.

The plot is simple – an Allied commando team is sent to destroy the powerful guns in an impregnable German fortress overlooking the Aegean Sea. The guns have wreaked havoc with Allied naval ships and are preventing over 2,000 isolated British soldiers from being rescued. While Navarone is fictional, the action is based on the real events surrounding the Battle of Leros in World War II.

THE GUNS OF NAVARONE

An entire navy had tried to silence the guns of Navarone and failed. Full-scale attacks had been driven back. Now they were sending in just five men, each one a specialist in dealing death.

In The Guns of Navarone, MacLean began his magic formula of strong characterization played against violent action, environmental dangers, and betrayal, which would come to be a staple of his best works. The three principal characters in The Guns Of Navarone – New Zealand mountaineer-turned-commando Keith Mallory, American demolitions expert "Dusty" Miller, and Greek resistance fighter Andrea Stavros – are among the most fully drawn in all of MacLean's work, and the only ones who deserved a sequel (Force 10 From Navarone) and later resurrection by British author Sam Llewellyn (Storm Force From Navarone).

While I classed the film as brilliant, the book is even better – incredibly suspenseful and excellently told. The scenes involving MacLean’s small team of specialists, making their way to the cliffs protecting the Navarone guns, and then scaling their heights, are among the most riveting and thrilling to ever be put on the page. I become breathless even reading them again and knowing how it all comes out.

Along with Where Eagles Dare, The Guns Of Navarone is MacLean at the height of his powers. If you only know the Navarone of the films, you’ll find much more to enjoy at the source.

NOIR NOW: STREET RAISED!

NOIR NOW: STREET RAISED!

PEARCE HANSEN ~ $2.99

When Speedy raises from prison, he hitchhikes home to Oakland only to find his brother Little Willy a homeless crack head and his best friend Fat Bob bouncing in San Francisco's underground hardcore clubs. When two of their childhood homeboys get wrapped in chains by Mexican slangers and thrown in the American River alive, our heroes somehow get it together enough to plot revenge.


Sure, it maybe takes the edge off Speedy's game a little when he starts playing house with beautiful phone psychic Carmel, and it complicates things a bit more when Louis, the same cop who put him in prison, starts dogging their steps like an unwelcome relative. But when a racist coven of skinz comes howling for Speedy & Carmel's blood, and a serial killer with a monster in his head decides Speedy is the answer to all his unholy prayers, things get really interesting . . .


"One of the best writers I know. Imagine James Ellroy coupled with GR Martin and overseen by Willeford. But PH really needs no comparison to any other writer; he’s created his own compelling dark universe that ratchets up noir to an astonishing level.” ~ Ken Bruen

"STREET RAISED is a full-tilt, dead-on descent into the Bay Area underworld, with lovably flawed characters and stunning dialogue. Every page, it seems, has something to marvel at. This is literary crime of the highest order, on par with the work of the great Eddie Bunker. Pearce Hansen is a major new talent." ~ Jason Starr


“STREET RAISED is a scar of a book, but it's a beautifully healed scar. Gutsy, fast-paced, written in an electric style. Recommended.” ~ Joe Lansdale




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THE TROUBLE WITH BLONDES!

HAT TIP TO WIN SCOTT ECKERT

COCKTAIL NATION #173!

COCKTAIL NATION #173!

On the show this week, Koop talks to NYC longtime Loungers Jack Fetterman and Gina Haase about their work in NYC and the origins of the Lounge Scene. Koop will also explore what your martini order says about you, a book on Cary Grant, plus the best Lounge and Exotica from across the globe . . .

PLAYLIST:

Buddy Greco ~ Somethings Gotta Give
Sir Julian ~ Movin At Midnight
Vibes On Velvet ~ Topsy
Stereophonic Space Sound Unlimitede ~ Crimeville
Mr Ho’s Orchestrotica ~ Moai Thief
Hollyridge Strings ~ And I love Her So
Waitiki ~ Manila
Martini Kings ~ Nylon Jungle
HB Radke ~ Just a Gigolo
Nelson Riddle ~ Naked City Theme
Jackie Gleason ~ Serenade In Blue
George Shearing ~ I wished on the Moon
Jonah Jones ~ Marchetta

THIS SHOW WILL BE AVAILABLE ON SATURDAY

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