Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Tim Curry video for Anything Can Happen On Halloween

the invisible tank?

view Plan 9 From Outer Space online!

a nice article on Bela and Boris

life in DC

Watch for a trillion dollar lawsuit.

the crystal ball

Iowa taxes Halloween

Of course the solution is to use the Evangelicals' own accusations against them and claim that the pumpkins are religious implements in service to Our Dark Lord, Beelzebub, and thus cannot be taxed. Costumes, decorations, candy, etc. would all be exempt as holy relics...

Big brave fascists are afraid of trick or treaters

Alice Cooper video for He's Back - The Man Behind The Mask
I love this guy. Vaudeville meets Rock'N'Roll.

Atomic Rooster perfroms The Devil's Answer

And yet another of those long forgotten early 70's groups I really liked who never got anywhere in the States.

Jethro Tull perform The Witches Promise
Wonderful sound...

Happy Birthday Kinkster!

The original Asshole from El Paso. They ain't makin' Jews like Kinky anymore!

Bobby "Boris" Pickett performs The Monster Mash

THE Anthem for Halloween, and his last performance of it. Not since Guy Lombardo has a performer been so associated with a single holiday. It's one of those tunes I've practically grown up listening to. This'll be the first season without Pickett out there performing it on TV or at a Halloween show. RIP Bobby, it won't be quite the same without you.

Happy Halloween!!!

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

And yet another MST 3000 Revival!!!

Easterhouse video for 1969

Another long-forgotten 80's band who had a great sound and should have been much bigger.

The Doors video for Break On Through
40 years later, and I never get tired of those old Doors albums. Beautiful.

Traffic performs Dear Mr. Fantasy
Perfect Brit psychedelia.

The Buckinghams perform Don't You Care

Great pop group from the mid 60's.

life in DC

Scared Straight

A great ad. I know that whenever I'm anxious, someone trying to jam something up my ass calms me down right away!


for all you bacon lovers out there

The Great Pumpkin House!


It Was Delicious!

Happy Beggars/Goosy/Devils/Tick-Tack/Cabbage/Trick/Gate/Mischief/Corn Night!

And good luck, Detroit!

Mars Attacks!

Today is the anniversary of the landing of Martians at Grover's Mill, New Jersey in 1938.

The greatest radio broadcast of all time. Essential. It can be downloaded here:

Happy Birthday Grace Slick!

Happy Birthday Ruth Gordon!

One of my faves. I consider Harold & Maude to be an influence on my life.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Trick Or Treat Bags

I love the Internet...

Halloween Wine Tasting!

Peggy Lee performs Is That All There Is
One of the few non rock/pop/soul songs that I really like. One of the darkest sets of lyrics ever written. The National Anthem for Cynics.

Van Morrison performs Moondance

Morrison is one of those people who I find more and more interesting over time. I pick up something new every time I listen to his records.

Fleetwood Mac performs Rhiannon

Another one that's probably gotten way too much airplay and exposure. But it's really a wonderful song and works on a couple of levels. I saw Mac a couple of times over the years. The performance they did of this song at the old Cap Centre in '76 (I think it was 76...), was incredible. It was one of those performances where everyone was talking about Nicks the next day. Really special.

Warren Zevon video for Werewolves Of London
One of my faves by a quirky and great songwriter.

The Romantics video for What I Like About You

It's a pity this tune has become a soundtrack for a bunch of worthless TV commercials, it was a great power pop song...

The Bots Are Back - The Return of MST3000 (sort of)!!!

Wonderful news! If only the real show would return!

and for you Opear buffs....

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Star Wars fans, BEWARE!

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

The Paul Lynde Halloween Special is out on DVD!

This is so cool! Lynde is always great, and we get to see the one and only Margaret Hamilton reprise her role as THE archetypal Witch! I'm ordering this right now!
(Thanks for the link, Erik!)

Happy Birthday Ralph Bakshi!

Another fave of mine. I'm sure I've watched his animated film, Wizards, a score of times and I love it more and more. He's often suffered from a lack of funding, and that has affected his work and projects. But he was out there making American animation count for something when it had all but been abandoned to corporate hacks in the 70's.

Happy Birthday Bill Mauldin!

One of my faves.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

an exellent article & downloads on Gene Moss

His album, Dracula's Greatest Hits, is an essential at the Manor on Halloween!

more whiny wussiness

You know, each year I love Halloween more and more. And I think it's because it drives all the worrywarts, nannies, spoil sports, fear mongers, tattle tails, puritans, and chicken littles batshit crazy. They go about every October, gibbering and moaning about how dangerous it is, how awful it is, how offensive to their delicate flower sensibilities it is, and that it should only be for children/adults/nobody. Yet, every year it continues, often getting more popular, certainly getting more profitable for the businesses engaged in it. It's the holiday they couldn't kill.

The Redneck Page

(Thanks for the link, Rob!)

Happy Birthday to Elsa Lanchester, The Bride of Frankenstein!

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Welcome, Great Pumpkin!

A Request

Comrades, at this time of year it's traditional for the local papers and media to publish articles on local folklore, ghosts, monsters, witchcraft, etc. I collect these articles. Most are pretty pedestrian, but sometimes there's a new (to me) tale amongst them. I'd appreciate it if you'd let me know of any articles like this dealing with the DC region, (say, within a hundred miles of the Capitol). Thanks in advance!

Animator VS Animation

Cute! Reminds me a little bit of that old Daffy Duck cartoon.

(Thanks for the link, Rob!)

Happy Birthday Garry Tallent!

Happy Birthday John Cleese!

Genius. Essential.

Say the secret word...

You Bet Your Life premiered on radio on this date in 1947.

Happy Allantide!

Another of those holidays that there seems to be some debate as to when it actually occurs.

Friday, October 26, 2007

The Manitou Springs Coffin Races start tomorrow!

The Instant Villain Disguise Kit

From Archie McPhee - of course!

Horror Host Panel!

AMC Monsterfest Schedule

The Ninth Gate is pretty cool...

The Small Faces perform Itchycoo Park

Such a cool band.

Steve Forbert performs Good Planets Are Hard To Find & Romeo's Tune
Another fine songwriter who should've been bigger.

Sniff'N The Tears video for Driver's Seat

I love this tune. Great song for driving at night.

Screaming Lord Sutch video for Jack The Ripper

An English character who never made it over here.

Growing eyeballs in the Lab...

Fascinating, (and also probably the plot for a horror movie...)

Five Days Till Halloween!

Happy Frankenstein Friday!

Thursday, October 25, 2007


With Halloween just around the corner, I will once again recommend folks check out that Ghost Host With The Most; Count Gore De Vol. A fixture on DC television for many years, the good Count is a wonderful resource for current horror happenings, as well as a treasured reminder of the past glories of local TV. One of my faves.

T Rex performs Jeepster

Cool. Many thought Bolan would be THE NEXT BIG THING in 72. Never caught on in the States, though...

The B52's video for Planet Claire

Such a fun band and sound. "Quirky" doesn't begin to cover it!

Screamin' Jay Hawkins performs I Put A Spell On You
An R&B original. (If you're from the Washington Post, please don't view this performance, it'll be much too scary for your delicate sensibilities...).

ZZ Top perfrom Gimme All Your Lovin'

Fun song from one of the great American bands.

wuss nation
Pity the Posties, having to deal with all that spooky scary stuff for one night a year - poor babies! Not like those tasteful child-like celebrations the writer claims to remember from decades age - which I very much doubt, (I have a running wager that everyone at the Post is under 25 years old, or acts like it). When the writer wistfully talks of yesteryear's tricks, she only mentions toilet paper on houses, not the fires, overturned outhouses, etc. that caused an outcry in the earlier part of this century. So much for Edenic innocense. Only a Postie lives in such hyper-bourgeois circumstances as to be worried about a prop that costs over $2700 and is used once a year affecting their lives. Yea, your average reader sure has to worry about THAT little puppy showing up. (I am still fuming about an article a couple of weeks back babbling about how JUST EVERYONE was getting their own personal chef, and how ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL it was. Not all of us, unlike the millionaires at the Post, were born in a Gtown Salon. They need to get a grip).
At any rate, I'm sure all the helicopter parents are now rushing around, making sure that precious Junior is kept locked up next Wednesday, lest he see all the spookiness and turn into a gibbering mass of worthless cowering flesh, (which is to say, imitating his wuss parents). People get more and more pathetic.

what a crock

I may never drink Sam Adams again, (which will be easy with Stone and Dogfish breweries around...). How the hell does the government let someone copyright a 200 year old patriot's name?!? This is ridiculous! And anyone associating him with brewing as some sort of justification is like associating George Washington with powdered wigs - true, but hardly defining.

"Into the Valley of Death..."

Today is the anniversary of the Charge of the Light Brigade at the Battle of Balaclava. One of those actions that should be studied thoroughly by anyone wishing to join the military...

Happy Punkie Night!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

The dB's perform She's Got Soul
One of the great power pop bands.

Shocking Blue video for Venus

Ah, high school....

Johnny Clegg & Juluka video for Scatterlings

Great song. Clegg's another artist who should've been bigger.

video of Zep performing Communication Breakdown
I know that the overexposure almost killed them. But I still enjoy Led Zeppelin, (as long as I don't have to hear them on the radio EVERY five minutes).

The Guess Who perform Albert Flasher

Neat song, but I have no idea what it's about...

one of the weirdest ads...

Let's see, we have a sort of fascist cherub controlling an army of bicycles and asking what else we want. Exactly who was this marketed to?

nanotech leads to hand held super computers

Charlie Brown & The Great Pumpkin - The "R" Version

AMC's Monsterfest one-minute horror movies

Kinda neat.

the cutting edge of bagpipe advertisements

Steve McQueen Reincarnated!
Tries to escape from the Germans, again!

Belgian Police
I'm sure the DC cops are taking notes....

Cthulhu takes on the oil industry?!?

great moments in tavern crime

Happy Birthday Butch & Sundance!

One of the great baby boomer movies. So many views and memories in this. Released on this date in '69.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Intro credits to Coronet Blue

One of the coolest TV shows, ever, and now completely forgotten and unavailable. Sort of a cross between The Fugitive and The Prisoner, (with a cool title song by Johnny Rivers). Lots of conspiracy and paranoia here. Should've been big...

The Nazz video for Open My Eyes
Another great song, when Top 40 mattered...

George Thorogood & The Destroyers perform I Drink Alone

Words of Wisdom....

The Cars perform Just What I Needed

So cool. I've always believed this is based on the film Nosferatu...

Al Stewart performs On The Border

One of my fave artists performing one of my fave songs. Wonderful double entendre symbolism here.

Bowie performs the theme from Cat People

carve an online pumpkin!

(Thanks for the link, Carol!)

Betty Boop's Halloween Party!

office supplies...


Someone had taken Edward Gorey's Dracula playbook and made a silent movie about Dracula using it. Neat!

some neat bookshelves

Happy Birthday Weird Al!

Happy Birthday Ellie Greenwich!

One of the great pop songwriters. Fantastic!

Happy Birthday Johnny Carson!

Pop culture used to be a near monolith; it is totally fragmented now. I don't find that to be a particularly bad thing, but occasionally it's nice to have at least a small patch of psychic common ground. Carson and the Tonight Show were probably about the last example of that. One of the best humorists of his generation, Johnny's talent was unique - reacting funnily to bad jokes, rather than relying on good ones.

Monday, October 22, 2007

The Who perform Behind Blue Eyes
Great band. Great song, probably my fave by them.

45 Grave video for Party Time
Not the best quality video, this is from the fun little punk horror film, Return of the Living Dead.

Bauhaus video for Bela Lugosi's Dead

Do The Lurch!

My cousin Taylor is appearing in a stage production of Poe!

You can catch the promo for The Fall Of The House Of Usher here . I just think this is so cool! She makes a lovely corpse... Way to go, Taylor!

Happy Birthday Bobby Fuller!

Sunday, October 21, 2007

The Necktie That Spells "Class"!

Florence Henderson is revolting

Very very strange...

Ten Days Till Halloween!

a nice article on Jack Elam

interesting tank design...

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Human League performs Seconds

Always liked this song.

Wanda Jackson performs Fujiyama Mama

Wonderful. If not for Little Richard, Wanda would have been the Queen of Rock'N'Roll...

Grand Funk performs Closer To Home

Wonderful tune. Very good early Seventies' sound.

Steve Wynn performs Halloween (the Dream Syndicate song)

Such a cool sound and song.

an oldie but goody:

If Mary Poppins were a horror movie:

Monster initial Stickers Name Generator

neat video - Halloween Awakening

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Elric reissue on the way!

Happy Birthday Bela!

Happy Birthday Art Buchwald!

My father used Buchwald's columns to get me interested in politics back in grade school. It worked. Art was the last of the "old" Washington Post and the another lost part of the old DC I grew up with.

Happy Birthday Maragaret Dumont!

The ultimate straight "man".

Happy Birthday Tom Petty!

Friday, October 19, 2007

The Portsmouth Sinfonia Online!

Without a doubt, my fave orchestra. You haven't lived until you've heard the William Tell Overutre or Also Sprach Zarathustra performed by the Sins!

curious little poster from WWII

"Control" is out today (the Ian Curtis movie)

Depressives, cynics, pessimists, and goths Rejoice!

Rod Stewart & Ron Isley video for This Old Heart
One of the greatest soul songs ever, and one of my fave videos. Classy. Pure '68 Retro. Perfect.

John Cale performs Mercenaries
My fave Cale solo song, a wonderfully dark tune about the profession. Saw him perform it at an amazing show at the old Cellar Door about 28 years ago. Unfortunately, all I can find is this one truncated clip. The original song is about twice as long and twice as interesting.

Jack Scott performs The Way I Walk

One of those amazing performers who's probably better known amongst musicians than the general public. A very big influence.

The Turtles perform Happy Together

Another great pop group that should have been bigger.

Country Joe & The Fish perform Not So Sweet Martha Lorraine

Great band and song. One of the best songs about occultists...

Southside & The jukes perform I Don't Want To Go Home

One of the best bar bands ever. They're are a lot of memories connected to this song...

Berry Gordy Blvd!

AND councilwoman Martha Reeves! Cool!

upcoming horror movies on TV

The History Channel takes on Halloween online

some true urban legends

(Thanks for the link, John!)

My kind of hotel!

Nina Hagen meets Don Rickles

The Harmonic Convergence...

just in time for Halloween: The virtual Ouija Board

Kinda cool, but the spirits couldn't tell me what the capital of North Dakota was...

Save The Tree Octopus!

Halloween Hangman

Joy Division Reissue!

New - Ramones Live on DVD!

The World Turned Upside Down

The Yorktown Surrender took place on this date in 1781.

Anniversary of the start of the War of Jenkin's Ear

There are big wars and small, noble and stupid, bloody and savage; but this is the one with the coolest name! I look forward to a future filled with the wars of Casandra's Chin, Melanie's Knee, and Rubin's Hangnail!

Happy Birthday Tor Johnson!

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Nilsson video for Daybreak
Top 40 vampire music from the early 70's. Weird little tune that I've always liked. On the surface, it's just another pop song, but there's something in the beat and rhythm that hint at an otherworldliness too...

Stan Ridway perfroms The Big Heat & Drive She Said
An Ameircan original. Pure dark L.A. - Raymond Chandler's spiritual son...

Michael Murphey performs Wildfire
The song got way too much airplay back in '75. But I always liked it - very pretty.

Santana performs Black Magic Woman


Donovan performs Season of the Witch


"Tattoos" for the blind...


The Robot Revolt Begins Now

Wasn't this in Robocop?

Washingtonian Restaurant survey
You can vote for your fave eateries here. Just for the record, I love and voted for L'Auberge, Shineys, Laporta's, Five Guys, the Vienna Inn, Hard Times and the Hong Kong Palace ... I've listed their websites for those who have them, (Ralph - when are we going to see one for Laporta's?)

nice site about Jeepneys

Lovecraft On Stage!

Snowball the Dancing Cockatoo

(Thanks for the link, Ed!)

Happy Birthday Bunnyman!

It started on this date in "70. Never has so much bullshit been printed about an incident. Today, the accounts provided are wrong in almost every detail. The above link is what really happened. It's interesting to note that there were apparently "copycat" reports throughout the area after the initial incidents, (I remember there being a TV news report of a Black Bunnyman roaming about!). Readers will not be surprised to note that these incidents took place just down the road from The Manor. Sometimes, late at night, when there's a full moon, one can hear a mysterious hopping noise....

Wednesday, October 17, 2007


the (supposed) plot to assasinate Churchill, Stalin & Roosevelt

It might be true, but I'd like to see some better documentation. I find it difficult to believe that a Ukrainian guerrilla intelligence office somehow managed to get this information under any circumstances. I'd also be curious about the logistics of such an airborne assault. The nazis would almost have to have Turkish cooperation to do so, (that wouldn't surprise me in the least...), but there would have been Allied fighter to contend with as well. On the other hand, Skorzeny was a real hotshot. If anyone were going to attempt it, he'd be the man. But I've read quite a lot about him over the years and can't recall the claimed admission on his part about it, (though perhaps my memory is at fault here). Like I said, would love to see some more backup here.

Happy Anniversary Hollywood Squares!

First broadcast on this date in 1966.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

The Byrds & Earl Scruggs perform You Ain't Goin' Nowhere

Just discovered this version. Wow! Hope more stuff comes out from those sessions.

The Troggs perform Wild Thing

Classic. Genius. Essential.

Neptunes' remix video for Sympathy For The Devil

I love it! Another great video of a fantastic song. Essential.

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers' video for Don't Come Around Here No More
Neat video and cool song. Reminds me of a particular Mad Hatter's Tea Party we had so many years ago...

Canned Heat perform On The Road Again

So cool....

just in time for halloween - The Voodoo Pop!

From the good folks at Archie McPhee, of course!

The 2007 D.C. Zombie Lurch!!!

Cthulhu Soap

Happy Dictionary Day!

Monday, October 15, 2007

Ultimate Post-Its

(Thanks for the lnik, Mathew!)

Roky Erickson tunes in long enough to sing Night Of The Vampire

The long-lost ill begotten son of Buddy Holly and an acid tab.

Tony Carey performs It's A Fine Fine Day
Poor Carey had label problems, etc. and never got a good break. But I always enjoyed this song; some nice irony in there...

Fun Boy 3 perform Our Lips Are Sealed

Cool, they change the whole tone of the song.

Tom Robinson Band perform 2-4-6-8 Motorway

I love this tune. Pure late 70's Brit pub/punk.

The Clash perform Train In Vain
Great great band.

neat dance performance

The Field of Screams in Olney, MD

The X-Wing Fighter...

Victorian Sleigh Hearse


Sunday, October 14, 2007

World Party performs Ship of Fools
Great song. Save me from tomorrow....

Nosferatu Online!!!

One of the great horror movies. Required viewing. Essential.

very rare - Karloff & Lurch (Ted Cassidy) on Shindig

Audio-only, unfortunately.


Weird. An L.A. local TV creation. Borsht Belt meets children's puppet show meets Monsters.

Lords of Logistics

new album by those Cthulhuesque rockers - The Darkest Of The Hillside Thickets

The Shadow Out Of Tim (sic)...

New Lovecratian movie on the way: The Whisperer In Darkness!

From the good folks at the HP Lovecraft Historical Society; the same ones who brought us The Call of Cthulhu film! Filmed In Mythovision!

And don't forget their new ultra-cool Cthulhu Idol! (This would make a wonderful Holiday gift for that extra special cultist in your life...).

Punkin' Chunkin'!

Extreme Pumpkin!

Zombie Pumpkins

Friday, October 12, 2007

Boz Scaggs performs Lido Shuffle

I always loved this song...

video of the MC5 - Kick Out The Jams MOTHERFUCKERS!

An elemental force of nature. The Ur-root of American punk and metal. Essential.

The Ramones video for Pet Sematary

RIP Guys....

Blondie perfroms Picture This
Fun band. Those first three albums were wonderful.

Danger! Danger! Will Robinson!

The Return of Creepy & Eerie Comics!!!

Just heard that Dark Horse comics got the rights to the old Warren Publications and plans to start reissuing Creepy and Eerie, (in addition, I notice they've got the rights to EC Comics and are starting that resissue program!)!!! This is fantastic news for all fans and students of horror.

(Thanks for the news, Phil!)

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Los Bravos perform Black Is Black

Classic mid sixties top 40.

Phantom Blackberrys

Ozzy perform Mr. Crowley


The Go Gos - We Got The Beat

Fun band! Great power pop. Jane Wiedlin is a very under-rated songwriter.

Liz Phair video for Polyester Bride

Wonderful songwriter and performer. Should've been bigger.

Paul Revere & The Raiders perform Kicks

Silly costumes, great sound.

Billy Price covers Nickel & A Nail
Great performer, one of the best blue eyed soul singers going.

Happy Pulaski Memorial Day

Happy Anniversary Saturday Night Live!

It premiered on this date in 1975.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

my new hero

I hate cable companies. In fact, I don't believe I've ever talked to anyone who liked their cable company. Customer service usually lies somewhere between the Gestapo and a Monty Python skit. I'm still trying to figure out where in the Constitution it gives county and city governments the right to grant TV monopolies to whoever can bribe the council members. I can't tell you how much I resent the primitive pricing structure, (why can't I just buy access to the six stations I care about, rather than some stupid bloated tier system encompassing such classics as the Mexican soap opera channel and the Persian Rug Network?). And our old cable company in Alexandria was the pits! I bet they used exposed tin wires to transmit the signal. Not only would the whole thing go out EVERY rain storm, but sometimes they'd shut it off with the mere prediction of rain. The most pathetic monopolies around...


Dogfish Head finally opened an alehouse at Seven Corners! We just got back from lunch there - Yummy!

I despair...

mystery plane outline...,46.741955&z=17

very nice article on pumpkin varieties

Death - The Final Frontier...

Happy Birthday Ed Wood!

Happy Birthday Emily Dickinson!

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

With laser beams attached to their heads!

Simon & Garfunkel perform America
Classic beautiful tune. So many memories of times and hopes gone by..

The Electric Hellfire Club video for Incubus
So cool...

Zep performs Misty Mountain Hop
My favorite Led Zeppelin song. In my younger days we'd get an old 16mm of Nosferatu and play it at parties with me adding a modern soundtrack to the proceedings. Hop was great during Harker's journey to Transylvania. I really got get a setup allowing me to create a DVD of my experiments...

The Stones perform Brown Sugar


Abby Normal was the name, I think...

T.C. Williams 2.0
As I type this, the city is knocking down my old high school. All I can say is that the demolition crews are probably enjoying a contact high unmatched anywhere this side of a Cheech & Chong movie. As with so much else of importance in my life, I have very mixed feeling about TC. On the one hand, I truly believed I received a stellar education there - both academically as well as socially and including a healthy dose of "street smarts". The time and the place could not be matched for thrills and chills, seriousness and inanity, and challenges both academic and criminal. What a ride!
On the other hand, I couldn't wait to get out and never saw any great reason to focus on that part of my past, (I'm not one of the dudes you'll see hanging out at or going to class reunions). It was just something to get through while waiting for the much neater activities of college and adulthood to begin. There's always a bit of childishness in high school, and we knew it, even then - in the old neighborhood it was not uncommon to caution someone being immature by accusing them of acting "high school".
I was one of the nerds amongst the faceless masses there; there are no sports victories, dates with cheerleaders, or magic nights at the prom pulling on my tattered mind. But there was the excitement of racial, social and political turmoil and challenges, of a core group of teachers who really did help make things interesting, (some of whom are mini-legends in NoVa folklore), and a cast of characters combining every strata, strain and subgroup in our society at that time. A fascinating mixing bowl of intellectuals, jocks, drug addicts, thugs, subversives, drones, nerds, poets, Jesus freaks, occultists, musicians, creeps, pervs, clowns, hippies, stoners, kooks, earth freaks and prophets. The lunch-time cafeteria resembled the cantina scene from Star Wars - and there was always something weird, strange, violent, illegal, funny, fascinating or downright stupid going on. Many of us were smart asses, -, but unlike now, the emphasis was on BOTH words. There was a heavy strain of discordian humor running through my years at TC: people staring and laughing at the ceiling to see who would follow suit; surreal demands (One group demanded, and got after much lobbying, a room set aside each lunch period for showing 3 Stooges films. The same people then formed a group that began lobbying to shut the 3 Stooges activity down...); and clubs and activities for every notion - we had two literary journals, an official school paper and at least SIX underground newspapers my last two years there, (I am not making this up). The administration was outmaneuvered and frequently cowed by the times and the people that represented them. The petty tyranny of earlier days fell apart amidst an onslaught of rapier-like political attacks and some good old fashion criminality, (hall passes could be obtained for a buck in any hall my freshman year, by junior year they had been done away with and we were on an open campus; the same evolution occurred with the dress code and other regulations).
It is somewhat ironic that the city has decided to tear down and replace the newest school in the system with another, (why couldn't they take down that faux-deco mausoleum - George Washington?), but so be it.
I would end this with the usual "If walls could talk", but any alumni would just figure I'd found that stash of brown acid they'd left in the C-Hall locker bay. I'll just repeat that it was an interesting ride - one I'm glad I went on, and one I'm glad is long over. I may well go to the new opening, the first time I've been in an Alexandria high school in 30+ years, just to see the new digs. But I suspect I'm heading for a little disappointment...

Cthulhu Art!

Happy Birthday Jackson Browne!

Happy Birthday John Lennon!

Happy Leif Erikson Day!

Monday, October 08, 2007

Now we can get serious about Halloween!

In the Spring, it's the swallows returning to Capistrano. In October, it's the Wolfsbane blooming at the Manor. Halloween is here! Watch out for Lon Chaney Jr.!

True Gamesman (radio controlled tank models)

Lovecrat audiobook downloads

Just discovered this site - lots of neat downloads including the Ronald Coleman version of the Dunwich Horror!

cancel my appointments...

Happy Columbus Day/International Day of Solidarity With Indigenous People

Pick a side...


Was released on this date in '71.

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Yvonne Elliman - If I Can't Have You

A guilty pleasure. One of the few Disco songs I really liked.

999 video for Homicide
Great British power punk from the early 80's. One of those songs where you just want to put your head between the stereo speakers and push the volume up till you bleed.

Suicide perfrom Ghost Rider

Spooky spooky band. That first album was a wonderfully challenging blend of techno-rockabilly and madness.

Graham Parker performs No Protection

One of the great pissed-off guys in rock'n'roll, and another grossly and criminally under appreciated genius. Those first 7 or 8 albums are Essential.

Al Stewart performs Time Passage

In interviews, Al is pretty disparaging about this song, which is a shame, it's one of my faves. If what's left of my memory still serves me correctly, it was released around this date twenty years ago. It was a sad time in my life, (and for several of you as well...), and that's nicely reflected in the wistfulness of this tune. Another good one to listen to after the third bourbon. Time passages...

Thunderclap Newman perform Something In The Air

Always enjoyed this song from a misspent youth...

The Crazy World of Arthur Brown performs Fire!
So cool...The God of Hellfire...

Happy Birthday John Mellencamp!

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Jesus & Mary Chain video for Just Like Honey
Fantastic rock band. Brian Wilson meets the Velvet Underground.

Marianne Faithfull performs Broken English

Beautiful Sister Morphine....

Jerry Jeff Walker performs LA Freeway

Great song by one of the great songwriters. Classic.

David Bromberg performs Oh Sharon

Classic song with an all-star backing band. Weird to hear it while sober...

I need to post one of these by the Manor...

The Zombie Crossing sign:

nice listing of major Halloween events around the country

very nice article on pretzels

Linda and I are old fans of Sturgis and visit there regularly, (we were there on Monday...), although they're under new management and it remains to be seen if quality will be maintained.

Happy Mad Hatter Day!

Friday, October 05, 2007

New life and a New World

This is going to be very interesting, and I feel like it's going to be one of those situations where any assumptions or predictions about its future may not be all that accurate, (as seen from a hundred years from now). I suspect this'll lead to things no one has thought about before...

I Am Legend coming to film (again)

some Halloween events around DC

great amateur video for Coven's "Black Sabbath"- just in time for Halloween!

One of the classic, (and rare) occult rock albums put to vidoe with scenes from the famous and ground breaking silent movie, Haxan. Quite neat!

The Flamin' Groovies perform Shake Some Action

It's absolutely criminal how many bands get lost in the shuffle. What a great band the Groovies were....

Only 25 Days Until Halloween!

The Stranglers perform Hanging Around
The Stranglers never seemed to get much respect, which is a pity - I thought they were one of the coolest bands going. Great songs and sounds.

Judy Collins performs Send In The Clowns

Beautiful song. Have seen Collins perform it a couple of times now. The best was in the summer of 76 or 77 at Merriweather with Roger and Margrete and my stupid date, whose name I've mercifully fogotten, (she spent the entire concert obsessively playing with one of those stupid little glow-in-the-dark wands that used to be sold at such events; what a ninny...). It was a beautiful clear night and I just laid back and let the sound gently wash over me, (while studiously ignoring the bimbo beside me). Very moving.

A nation of wussies & the war on Halloween

just in time for Halloween - The Blacula movie trailer!!!

Tee hee!

the cutting edge of computer hardware recycling

Halloween Lights Synched To Music


new medical technology - spinning a new organ


D30 - the next Kevlar?

The Ig Nobel Awards

the love that dare not speak its name

Where The Great Old Ones Are...

Archie McPhee & the patron saint of bacon...

Love Me Do...

This, the first Beatles record, was released on this date in '62...

IT'S....Monty Python's Anniversary!

Happy Anniversary to You Bet Your Life!

Great show...

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Art For Art's Sake!

He's not your grandfather's Bismarck...

Ian Gomm performs Hold On

Classic late-period British pub rock.

The Mamas & Papas video for I Saw Her Again

So young! A great song (about the internal sexual politics in the group). Perfect Phillips arrangement and harmonies.

The Kinks perform Tired Of Waiting

Classic. Beautiful.

The Moody Blues perform Nights In White Satin
Perfect song for a fall evening.

Black Sabbath perform Paranoid

Fantastic. Can't underestimate the importance and influence of Sabbath...

Death By Sherry...

I believe the Four Seasons had something to say about this:

Czech heroes' graves discovered

I can't imagine the type of courage those guys had.

Death To The Scumbags Of The RIAA!
The sooner we get rid of the clowns who own the labels and the laws that protect them, the sooner we'll see a renaissance in pop music.

another plug for NeverEndingWonder radio

Essential for celebrating Halloween and the Black Month!

new Elvira "reality" show coming up

good interview with Ellie Greenwich

Lovecraft's "At The Mountains Of Madness" coming to film!

I met a girl who sang the Blues, & I asked her for some happy news,

but she just smiled and turned away...

Janis died on this date in '70.

Happy National Taco Day!

Happy Birthday Sputnik!

Wednesday, October 03, 2007


That Special Bond...

Mmmmm! Gummy Tape Worm!

more silliness in Nederland

Just visitied Nederland last June, a delightful mountain town that happens to host the annual Frozen Dead Guy Festival,

Thai Food Of Mass Destruction

A True Angler

MWI (Mowing While Intoxicated)

The Cthulhu Pipe...

life in DC
At this point, I cannot imagine anyone working for the DC government who isn't terminally corrupt, incompetent or a combination of the two. Organized crime has nothing on us. We are the Olympian Ideal.

Salem's haunted Parade streaming live online tomorrow

Eddie Money video for Take Me Home Tonight (with Ronnie!!!)

I know, most people think he's a ween, but I've always like Money and I really enjoy this song. And anything with Ronnie gets 5 Stars!

Tull performs Teacher

Great song and band. One of my faves.

Procol Harum perform Conquistador

Another nice example of early 70's prog rock.

Darkest of the Hillside Thickets video for Color Me Green

The Cthulhian rock band!

Yes perform Roundabout

Classic early 70's prog rock...

the cutting edge of littering

THE two-headed turtle!


NoVa hedonists - Rejoice!

Penzey's Spices has opened in Falls Church!

Cthulhu Crunch!

Happy Birthday Ming The Merciless!

Charles Middleton: what a great Bad Guy!!!! One of my role models for management. I've always wanted to write one of those books for clueless rising supervisors entitled something like "Ming, The Manager" or "Management Techniques & Secrets of Ming"...

Happy Birthday Eddie Cochran!

Cochran was probably my fave of all the early white rock'n'rollers. Along with Buddy Holly, he died much to soon and I feel was destined for much greater fame and success. No serious pop music collection is complete without him. Essential.

Oh Rob!

The Dick Van Dyke Show premiered on this date in '61. Probably my all-time fave sitcom. Brilliant.

Happy Birthday Captain!

Captain Kangaroo premiered on this date in '55.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Halloween Radio on Never Ending Wonder!

Great Stuff!

Happy Birthday Charlie Brown!

Happy Birthday to The Twilight Zone!

Happy Birthday Budd Abbot!

Happy Birthday Groucho!

the Thai train...

(Thanks for the link, Mike!)

The Etch A Sketch Man

Cool video! (Thanks for the link, Mike!)


Just got back, had a fantastic time at Dougstock with Doug, Patricia, Zoe, Chris, Mariela, Marcello and Alexsandro, (Thanks Gang!). We travelled through some portions of New England we'd never been to before, and got to visit the village of my mother's ancestors, Heath, Massachusetts. The old house is still standing from when my grandfather was born in it, got to meet a third cousin who now owns the property, and located the graves of my great grandmother and great great grandfather. Very cool.