Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Talking Heads - Psycho Killer

Nice video collage. Danger lurked just beneath the surface in '77. I hate people when they're not polite...

Aretha - I Say A Little Prayer


Ze Mad Dogs & Ze Englishmen & Joe Cocker - Delta Lady

Dion - Runaround Sue!

Great song. Horrible video. Is this the whitest, most bloodless audience ever?

I will never bathe again...

a nice counter-attack against the drones who control pop culture

She Gives A Damn!

(Thanks for the link, Mike!)

The cutting edge of melee weapons

(Thanks for the link, Mike!)

True Gamesman

(Thanks for the link, Mike!)


Manfred Mann - Prophets Of Doom!!!

Remember two of their hits - "Pretty Flamingo" and "Fox On The Run"! Coincidence - I THINK NOT!!!


Tee Hee!

new study of Karl Wagner out!

Get Your Own Necronomicon writing journal!

Happy Anniverssary, Arthur & Mary!

Today would be my maternal grandparents' 100th wedding anniversary.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Poems, Prayers, Promises

John Denver has always been the height of uncoolness, but the song title above has always struck a deep chord within me. We all look to the future, we all have our hopes, some of us even plan; and youthfulness can add a certain hubris to the mix. But the gods can be cruel, and we are just human, afterall. What remains are the memories of those long ago aspirations and the friends who we shared them with, as they shared theirs. I had the privilege of doing that with several of you reading this, often down in my parents' basement, in front of the fireplace, so many years ago. We've travelled quite a road.
I love that line - How long it's been since yesterday...

Scotty Jr.

John Cale, Lou, & Nico - Femme Fatale
New York Cool meets German Ice. Nico brings a haunting and gaunt fatalism to everything.

5th Dimension - Wedding Bell Blues
Ah, Friday nights with the radio on PGC; Millie driving us up to Giant Music to get the latest singles with a stop at McD's for some fries.

Sam & Dave - Soul Man

With God As My Witness - WKRP is finally being released on DVD!

The last sitcom I paid any attention to. Captures a moment in radio history that was already dead by the time it aired. A fun show with some genuinely charming moments.

a snake that uses other's poison

a VERY old beer recipe from Dogfish Brewery

Monday, January 29, 2007

Headless Spectre Radio!

Drop Dead! Online! (including the giant Chicken Heart!)

Ian Hunter - We Gotta Get Out Of Here
That's the wonderful Mick Ronson on lead and the double-wonderful Ellen Foley on backup vocals, (she's the woman who recorded Paradise By The Dashboard Light with Mr. Loaf). Ian, of course, was one of the mainstays of British rock in the 70's....

SONiA - Who's So Afraid
Baltimore's Finest, one of my fave folkies. She and her sister were originally billed as Disappear Fear and made several wonderful albums.

Spirit - I Got A Line On You

It's kinda strange hearing this and not being in a car doing 80 mph down Braddock Road at midnight...

Tull - Teacher

Jefferson Starship (featuring David Freiberg) - Harp Tree Lament
A rare live version; originally from the LP, Baron von Tollbooth & The Chrome Nun. One of the most interesting and under-rated albums of the 70's.

live like a Hobbit!

(thanks for the link, Mathew!)

I blame Sauron...

hmmm, so much for a towel
Next time I'm in the wilderness I'm taking my trusty Bic!

Dogs: 0 Python: 11

Memory Game

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)


Her eyes will follow the cursor, and you can change the voice.

(Thanks for the link, Missy!)

mind-controlled wheelchair,72580-0.html?tw=rss.index

The Cthandelier!


Poe's "The Raven" was first published on this date in 1845...

Happy Birthday W. C. Fields!

Happy Birthday Thomas Paine!

One of the Essential Men of the Revolution, and now the most forgotten...

Sunday, January 28, 2007

interesting article on one of the great double/triple agents of WWII,,2102-2565230,00.html

very nice article on old fashioned Halloween art

Happy National Kazoo Day!

Saturday, January 27, 2007


The Ramones - Rock & Roll Radio

The Supremes - Stoned Love
Perfect. One of the greatest songs out of Motown, (and that's saying a lot). When Diana left the Supremes to try and fulfill Barry Gordy's fantasies, most folks probably thought that'd be it for the group. But for a couple more glorious years they soldiered on, and put out some of the best albums of the era with several major hits - Nathan Jones, Floy Joy, and Karen's fave - Up The Ladder To The Roof. Really amazing stuff.

The Chocolate Watchband in Riot On Sunset Strip!

A VERY cool band...

CAS Audio Books! Woo Hoo!

Johnny Thunders - Live at Max's, 1980

He covers I'm Not Your Steppin' Stone, and Great Big Kiss!

A Star Is Born!

Happy Thomas Crapper Day!

Friday, January 26, 2007

Star Wars - Turkish Style!

Mary Chapin Carpenter - This Shirt
DC's finest. A very nice lady, and a wonderful poetess.

Paul Rever & The Raiders - Kicks!
Anyone else remember racing home from school to catch "Where The Action Is"?

The Pogues - Thousands Are Sailing

One of the best groups of the past 25 years singing one of their best (and most under-rated) songs. A three minute lesson in history and loss.
Here's to you, Cathy O'Brien, wherever you are!

the cutting edge of "throwing in the towel"...

Dracula's Greatest Hits for download!!!!

Another great, and rare, horror/satire album. Classic.

The Politics of Zombies

Interesting book reviews and analysis - really!

Thursday, January 25, 2007

oh my....

The Battle of Helms Deep portrayed by gummi bears....

R.B. Greaves - Take A Letter Maria

interesting sounding book on book & record stores,reynolds,74930,10.html,0,4445167.story?coll=cl-bookreview

(Thanks for the links, Erik!)

Spike Jones In Hi-Fi available for download!!!

This is one of the great funny Horror/Halloween albums, produced by the Master: Spike Jones. One of my faves. Nice sendups of Bela, Alfred Hitchcock, and others.

The End Of A Landmark

Dixie Liquor wasn't the best liqour store in DC, it wasn't the nicest, the best stocked or much of anything else. But it was strategically placed, right there as Key Bridge emptied all of us Northern Virginians into Gtown and its 18 year old drinking age. On a Friday night you could see a solid phalanx of high schooler cars making a beeline across the Potomac right into Dixie's microscopic parking lot.
It was also the first thing you saw in Gtown when crossing the river, a portal sign to Cafe de Paris, Clydes, Winstons, Crazy Horse, the Bayou, Pall Malls, the Cellar Door, Gunchers and another dozen bars and clubs lost in the haze and the fog of time and alcohol.
I'd also note that it was located at the bottom of the infamous Exorcist Steps, (as seen in the movie). Still forbidding. And Dixie was there, cashing in with their Exorcist Boubon, (I think I still have that bottle somewhere or another).
At any rate, it's gone. And I know that it was never particularly important, but it was one of the last bits of a Georgetown that no longer exists...

New York Dolls - Looking For A Kiss

Wanda Jackson, The Queen Of Rockabilly - Rock Your Baby!


Carl Perkins - Blue Suede Shoes!

Elton performs Bennie & The Jets

Military Heat Ray!

Gnome Apocalypse!

Holy Matirmony

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Ghost Mouse!

Graham Parker video - Local Girls

One of the most under-rated rockers - ever. The first five or six albums should be in every serious pop collection...

Jimi Hendrix - The Pause That Refreshes!

Putting Parakeet

more news on military's insect robots,72543-0.html?tw=wn_index_1

The Not-So-Silent Killer...

Nanobot news,72448-0.html?tw=wn_index_1

Abbie Normal

Happy Paul Pitcher's Day!

An obscure Cornish miner's holiday that I hope to revive...

"The eve of St. Paul's day is marked in this town by a singular custom called "Paul's Pitcher," the intention or origin of which it is difficult to divine. The boys of the town, after nightfall, slink along the streets and hurl a pitcher into every house which is left incautiously open. "

Happy Birthday John Belushi!

Happy Eskimo Pie Day!

Happy Birthday Neil Diamond!

I know, I know, I keep saying it - he's a lot cooler than you think he is. Someday I'll get around to writing why...

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Jesus & Mary Chain Reform!,,1997047,00.html?gusrc=rss&feed=1

Very cool...

interesting article on nazi forgery efforts during WWII

Cthulhu VS The World!

The Horror! The Horror!

Happy Birthday John Hancock!

Monday, January 22, 2007

Johnny Winter - Johnny B. Goode

The Isleys - That Lady

video of Traffic performing Paper Sun

Odd little thing...

new info on the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising of WWII

I've always been amazed by those guys and what they were able to accomplish in the face of impossible odds. One of the most stirring stories in war that is full of such.

Liar Liar!

And pants on fire!

Happy Birthday Robert E. Howard!

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Cannibal Holocaust!

As I am typing this, it has just started snowing in DC. If you can believe our weathermen, (which I don't), accumulation should be light. It matters not. By nighfall the city will be paralyzed and we will have reverted to a level of savagery and chaos that will make the Dark Ages look like an ice cream social.
We are prepared, and in addition to food, ammunition, and a case of Virginia Gentleman, I have carefully secured my library so that once the Spring thaw hits, those of us who survive can learn again the Old Ways and rebuild our Civilization to what it was in the Before Times...

At The Mountains Of Madness - The Movie!

Serge Gainsbourg & Jane Birkin - Je T'Aime
I can already hear some of you snickering (Pete), but this was and is a very cool tune. One of the few foreign language hits on American radio in the late 60's, (the only one?); and one of the last gasps of AM radio. Oh some stations wouldn't play it, but the ones that did saw their ratings go up. If I remember correctly, WPGC wouldn't put it on, but WEAM would, (it might have been vice-versa, memories fade like old radio signals...). One Friday night in '69, I heard it being played. After it finished, there was about a five second pause and then the DJ came back on saying - "I've just watched a turntable melt...". It really shook people up at the time, and I think it still holds up well.
The video is just still photos, but I could look at stills of Jane Birkin all day long, thank you very much.

Lulu - Shout!

Brenton Wood - Gimme Little Sign

Cultist On Board

Cthulhu Barware

a great yard haunt

tinkertoy computer

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Coffin Furniture & Furnishings

Interesting site on cryonics

(Thanks for the link, Infidel753!

Meet The Beatles!

Was released on this date in 1964...

Happy Birthday Bones!

Friday, January 19, 2007

for all fans of REH...

Volume I of the Collected Fantasies of CAS now available!


RIP, Denny

Venus In Furs covers Baby's On Fire

Nils Lofgren performs Moontears!

One of DC's finest...

Ozark Mountain Daredevils - If You Wanna Get To Heaven

I know they were lightweights, but I always liked these guys...

Pete Sheely video of Homosapien

the return of the Poe Toaster

Skeleton Sculptures...

New Radio Drama - Lovecraft's "At The Mountains Of Madness"

the pen holder...

some more on Buchwald...

this quote made me smile...

Cthulhu Leather Mask for sale on Ebay

Happy National Popcorn Day!

Happy Birthday Edgar!

Happy Birthday Pearl!

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Art Buchwald, RIP

And one of the last pieces of my childhood ends. My father had been following Buchwald since his days at the Herald Tribune. And he loved the gentle satire. He introduced me to the column around when I was in fifth grade. I think my Father's intention was to use the humor in it to get me interested in the politics that it was referring to. Needless to say, it worked (probably not always in ways anticipated by him...).
Political satire is something of a craps shoot. Those engaged in it seem to shine during one era and not another. Also, times and tastes can change, and that certainly affected Buchwald and probably the popularity of his column. I think his high-point was the 60's, particularly the Johnson and early Nixon Administrations. And I confess that by the 1980's I only occasionally picked up on it. But to the Post's credit, they kept publishing him right up to the end, a last vestige of its up-and-coming Glory Days of the 60's and 70's.
But there was one column I would read each and every time - his annual Thanksgiving one, ( It's printing became a minor D.C. tradition, and my father always got a kick out of it. Every year my folks would come over for the annual feast, and Dad, with a bit of a twinkle in his eye, would always ask me if I'd read it, and I would of course always affirm that my duty had been accomplished. It was a little psychic touchstone between us. One that I kept up after his passing. And I also placed a copy of it with him at his funeral. A final connection.
I wrote Buchwald a couple of years ago about that and received a very gracious reply. My mother also had the opportunity to meet him several times as he visited the shop she worked at for his Holiday shopping and they always had a pleasant chat.
The Post's article goes into more detail about his accomplishments and the help and inspiration he brought to others combating depression. But for me, Art Buchwald will always be a reminder of something my father and I could share.
So, here's to the memory of a true Washington institution and a nice guy. May Art be where he always gets the best table at Sans Souci!

new book devoted to the writings of Karl Wagner!

One of my fave horror/sword & sorcery authors...

Move Over, NFL...

Sound Faster Than Light?

Happy Pooh Day!

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Flying Lizards - Money

Slade - Weer All Crazee Now...

Ah, stupid, early 70's, pointless excess. And cheap Scotch - must have cheap Scotch...

Clarence "Frogman" Henry - Ain't Got No Home!

One of my faves...

Stevie - Fingertips!

Disguise That Doberman!

Create Your Own Secret Society!

A Franco-British Union?!?!

No way. I don't believe it. This is a faked document. A French Socialist agreeing to an English Queen?!?! Fake, totally fake. I know it without seeing it.

interesting article on "memory molecules"

latest on laser weaponry

Get A Life!

Happy Birthday Benjamin Franklin!

One of the Essential Men of the Revolution!

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

The Sarcophagus Store

Happy National Nothing Day!

Monday, January 15, 2007

Happy Birthday Chuck Berry!

The Real King of Rock'N'Roll! A brown eyed handsome man. His "Golden Decade" collection is a keystone in any serious pop music library. Essential.

Happy MLK Day!

Sunday, January 14, 2007

The Association - Windy
A warm gentle day in early summer, listening to Cousin Duffy on my little blue transistor radio. Not a cloud in the sky, not a care in that child's world...

Darlene Love covers Dancing In The Street


Fun stuff!

(Thanks for the link, Missy!)

Truly, The "Cutting Edge" Of Cartography

"On The Lamb.." BWAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!

ARRRR MATEY! Hoist The Black Flag O' File Sharing!

Shivver Me Hard Drive!

ultra-cool tombstone for halloween decorating!

Ha! A Search Engine For Cranky Boomers!

Happy Ratification Day!

Today commemorates the Ratification of the Treaty of Paris by the Continental Congress in 1784, thus officially ending the War of Independence and making the U.S. an independent nation. The date is almost forgotten now...

Saturday, January 13, 2007

more Star Trek rumors...

Happy Birthday Klarkash-Ton!

Probably my fave fantasy author. Genius. Essential.

Friday, January 12, 2007

Silly Walks!

(Thanks for the link, Missy!)

school daze...

You know what I say, spare the garrotte and spoil the child...

the cutting edge of horticulture

(just read the last sentence...)

evidence of the new "Aurora" plane?

See The Inca Ruins Of Nepal!

Spy Coins!

Happy Feast of the Fabulous Wildmen Day!

Thursday, January 11, 2007

The "Return" Of Kirk...

A Plug: For Children, And Those Who Wish They Were...

My friend Willie will be appearing in the musical play for children, Seneca: The Library Mouse, next month at the Gala Theatre in the District. Details may be found here:

I confess to not having yet had the pleasure of seeing Willie perform, but am sure his humor, intelligence, and enthusiasm will shine through!

Our Jerry, Who Art In Heaven...

Religious Arguments Are Always The Most Dangerous

my next real estate purchase...

RIP Lily Munster

Happy Birthday Alexander Hamilton!

Happy Birthday Big Man!

Wednesday, January 10, 2007


a touch of Winter...

It finally got cold around here. Not as cold as this bourbon, but it'll do. There's a blaze in the fireplace and some embers in this glass. Here's some tunes for a frosty night...

the cutting edge of BBQ Grills

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Happy Peculiar People Day!

And you know who you are...

Happy Birthday Jim Croce!

Hated his silly juke joint tunes, (like Bad, Bad, Leroy Brown), but loved his ballads. The 70's could be lonely, and Croce could provide a backdrop like few others.

Happy Birthday Rod, You Wear It Well...

There have been highs and there have been lows. There has been genius and there have been disappointments. But the man is a survivor and a talent, and Every Picture Tells A Story is still one of the best rock albums ever, (and the Faces one of the best bands, ever). Stewart may be able to take or leave Rock, and even take or leave his talent, but he understands it, and has it, and when he uses it, you have religion...

a new SETI?

The Honest Boss...

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

fascinating spy story from WWII,,2-2537272,00.html

Country For Sale

Happy Birthday Little Buddy!

Happy Birthday Angel Eyes!

Monday, January 08, 2007

The Lego Aircraft Carrier

(Thanks for the link, Mike!)

Tailoring for Zombies

Curses Inc.

When Aliens Attack!

You will NOT be suprised to know that these guys live down the street from me...

Happy Birthday Bowie!

Happy Birthday Robby Krieger!

Happy Birthday Graham Chapman!

Happy Plough Monday!

Sunday, January 07, 2007


The Christmas decorations are put away, the champagne is long gone, and we begin a new calendar with little more than cold dark. In summer the dark is inviting and even invigorating. But in January it's just leaden. It neither hides nor reveals, just dampens. It's a period for deseperate plans, or remembering old treacheries. Here's a possible soundtrack:

Happy Birthday Chalres Addams!

Saturday, January 06, 2007

James Brown on Soul Train!

(This'll take a few minutes to download...)

Places That Are Gone

Incredible! WTOP Radio is doing a series of interviews about places/events in DC rock'n'roll history. There's some cool stories here, (including the George Thorogood - Nighthawks guitar duel on M Street). Essential listening for anyone who was here in the 70's.

The Return of Indy

From the Coming Attractions website:

Indiana Jones Sequel on the way in 2008!The fourth "Indiana Jones" film appears to be destined for a 2008 big screen premiere. All of the "Indiana Jones" principals released the necessary statements over the weekend confirming that production on "Indy IV" will begin in June with an eye toward a May 2008 release. Once again, Lucas will produce, Harrison Ford will star, and Steven Spielberg will direct. Frank Marshall and Kathy Kennedy will return to produced.The final and approved script was written by frequent Spielberg collaborator David Koepp, not that anybody knows what Koepp finally wrote. The plot is being kept under tight wraps with little information provided on how Harrison, now 64, will be able to get back to business as the titular swashbuckling archeologist. In his own statement, Ford contributes, "I'm delighted to be back in business with my old friends. I don't know if the pants still fit, but I know the hat will."LucasFilms Ltd. will produce the fourth film with Paramount distributing. No official release date has been set, but May 2008 is already packed with potential blockbusters including "Iron Man," "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian" and the long-gestating "Speed Racer" feature.

Elric Audiobooks!

Happy Birthday Sherlock!

Happy Birthday Black Adder!

Friday, January 05, 2007

Zappa performs Camarillo Brillo live (cut off a little at the end)
My fave Zappa tune. A fun and fascinating tune about the occult underground and fads in the late 60's and 70's. VERY realistic. You had to be there...

Boyce & Hart - I Wonder What She's Doing Tonight
They wrote half the hits by the Monkees, and then had this one on their own. And for you trivia buffs, they did one or two guest appearances on Bewitched...

Human league perform Seconds

A sound of cool sadness.

Juluka performs Scatterlings
A great and vastly under-rated song and band.

The Cutting Edge Of, Well, Er, Uh...It's Just The Cutting Edge!

(Thanks for the link, Mike!)

Terabyte hard drive


neat new water wheel

beating a dead horse

It Begins....

Bruce released Greetings From Asbury Park on this date in 1973. The soundtrack to the lives of some of you reading this. One of the most important and influential records in the history of pop music. Essential.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

a nice hit on how clueless the Post has become

Move Over, Citizen Kane...

I'm happy to announce that there's now a full-length documentary about every Coloradoan's favorite fowl - Mike The Headless Chicken. I, of course, have worshipped at his majestic statue in the thriving metropolis of beautiful downtown Fruita and I encourage each of you to undertake your own Hajj there and partake of his essence. It will change your life...

Well, I guess they will make her over...

FYI - Collector's Choice Music is re-releasing most of Dionne's early records. One of the great vocalists of our time singing songs by one of the greatest songwriting teams of our time.

Marshall Crenshaw - You're My Favorite Waste Of Time

Power Pop Perfection. If AM radio still existed he'd be a veritable God on it.

Shawn Colvin, Roseanne Cash & DC's Own Mary Chapin Carpenter perform Dylan!
(with G.E. Smith on guitar)

Fun stuff!

Sam & Dave - Soul Man

Warm warm weather here...
Perhaps it is global warming, but regardless, this has been one mild Winter here in DC so far. I was outside in a t-shirt today. It's only really been cool enough to have a fire in our beloved fireplace about three times so far this season; I've only counted a few morning frosts, and I don't think the daytime temperature around our place has ever gotten into the 30's. It's been like the last week of October has spread out over ten weeks. My one concern is that all the trees and flowers will be budding and blooming only to get sucker-punched by some hellish ice storm in February or March that'll leave them devastated through Spring. The rosemary bushes are looking great, however...

Sir Ringo?

Neat TV's!

Bean-bag chairs to die for...

Satire is even deader....,2933,240997,00.html?

I can think of nothing more appropriate than religious scholars wallowing around in shit and arguing over who did what to whom.

Blue Origin Space Vehicle Revealed

Only 300 Days Until Halloween!

Happy Trivia Day!

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

the banana

cancel my appointments...

The harbinger...

More REH News

Another atrocity by the Mexican Government!

Will nothing rid us of these tyrants?!?

(Thanks for the link, Pete!)

Code Talker Holiday

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

The Queen of Rock'N'Roll!

Johnny Burnette - The Train Kept Rollin'

Wild genius...

Iggy Pop - I'm Bored

(he ain't the only one...)

The Poe Birthday Bash

nice Am Rev resource

The Return of Harcourt Fenton Mudd

Happy Birthday El Kabong!

Happy Science Fiction Day!

Monday, January 01, 2007

for all fans of CAS

THE site for info about one of my fave authors: Clark Ashton Smith and his fantasies. New material is constantly being added to it. Essential.


Happy Birthday Paul Revere!

Happy Handsel Monday!