Tuesday, September 25, 2007

See you in a week!

We're off for a short trip to New England. Will be visiting my mother's family's hometown as well as attending Dougstock! See you Tuesday!


hand soap...

With just a few days to go, I want to remind folks to visit the Gothtober Halloween countdown site during the next month. It's always fun and interesting. (You can also view last year's Calendar).

Crue's video for Don't Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)

Silly band , but a great pop song.

Blondie perform Picture This

Great band, those first three albums are classics.

The Outsiders perform Time Won't Let Me

Great tune.

The 1910 Frutigum Compnay - Indian Giver

I always loved this song...

Happy Birthday Rocky Horror!

Debuting on this date in 1975.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Washington Psychotronic Film Society (now in Arlington!)

The Spooky Movie Film Festival (in Fairfax!)

And the Festival is opened by Count Gore De Vol!!!!

some Halloween sites of note

There are probably hundreds of thousands of sites devoted to Halloween. Here are a few I’ve found useful at one time or another. I’ve stayed away from most of the commercial sites dealing with costumes and special effects. One can find them easily enough. Someday I may post some of my faves for house decorating – but not this season. I’ve tried to concentrate on places that might be of use to folks who aren’t experts, and have divided these listings into several broad categories. If you’re aware of any pro or home haunts in the DC region (that have a web site) that aren’t listed here, please let me know, I’d be obliged.

First of all, here are some sites of general interest, with lots of links, some history of the holiday, sound effects, recipes, costumes, pictures, etc.

These are home pages for commercial, semi-commercial, and inspired yard haunts in the greater DC region.

Here are some sites dedicated to listing pro & semipro haunts (and corn mazes) around the country.

Haunting Pro sites

Sites devoted to Home Haunts

more on Wuss Nation

more on nano recon vehicles

Judge Seuss

Phil Ochs performs The Highwayman
Have never seen this video before. Ochs is one of my faves.

The Counter-Revoltuion Begins Against Wuss Nation!
"We show them how to make good choices" says the bureaucratic ass.....

The Necronomicon Tarot

It was 40 years ago today that Hey Jude reached #1...

40 years, my gods....

Happy Birthday Jim Henson!

The Muppets Rule!

Sunday, September 23, 2007

German forgery efforts in WWII

An interesting footnote.

Happy Birthday Ray Charles!

Genius. Essential.

Happy Birthday Bruce!

Happy Equinox!

Saturday, September 22, 2007

I've always suspected this about those Texas vegetables...

new DVD documentary about Bruce

cool t-shrits and drinkware!

The H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival is coming!

Happy Birthday Professor Kingsfield!

Friday, September 21, 2007

new book on Conan coming soon

cool little animated film

Heart perform Crazy On You
Always thought this was one of the best songs from '76. I always thought the Wilson sisters should've done better and stayed away from mainstream formulas that engulfed them in the 80's. Oh well, that first album was wonderful...

The Buckinghams perform Kind Of A Drag
Under-rated band. Great sound, one of the first to integrate horns successfully into rock.

The Standells perform Sometimes Good Guys Don't Wear White

Great mid-Sixties garage rock. I love this song.

The Beau Brummels perform Laugh Laugh
Great Top 40 band.

CCR performs Travelin' Band
One of the greatest R&R bands. Amazing.

Gravestone Girls

Some beautiful art here.

A-12 spy plane unveiled at CIA HQ

that vacation house...

a nation of poison

I'm just curious, is there anything from China NOT made out of lead, rat poison or engine coolant?

Proof that you can't get smart at MIT
What a dumb fuck.

the next birdbath for the Manor!

good article on one person's Halloween decorating ideas and sources,0,7228544.story

With the Equinox upon us, I'm now getting in Full-Halloween mode here. Will try posting up a list of valuable links for the Holiday in the next two weeks.

Happy Birthday Chuck Jones!

Genius. Essential.

Happy Birthday H. G. Wells!

Happy Pig's Face Day!

"Pig's Face Day is celebrated every other year in the village of Avening in the Cotswolds. A story of unrequited love, it goes back over 900 years when Matilda fell in love with an Englishman, Brittic, who was on a mission to Flanders. He did not reciprocate. She later married William the Conqueror and when she joined her victorious husband in England, almost her first act was to have Brittic, who lived at Avening Court, thrown into gaol, where he died. Overcome with remorse, Matilda commissioned a church to be built at Avening which was completed in 1080 and in celebration, she feasted the builders with boar's head - colloquially Pig's Face."

Happy Devil's Nutting Day!

Another obscure holiday I'm resurrecting.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

My fave "Start of School" commercial

Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes perform I Don't Want To Go Home

I've seen at least one weak performance by Southside, but I've also seen some great ones. One of the best White R&B singers and bands - ever. When he's cooking, Southside can take a song and add a depth of emotion to it that is almost painful. Linda and I caught the Jukes at Merriweather about twenty years ago and they opened with the old Supremes hit of Stop! In The Name of Love. It was unbelievable - one of the most energetic and joyful performances I've ever seen - a near religious experience. And the Jukes are one of those bands that can play for hours and get better and better. You never leave a Southside concert early.

The Sex Pistols perform God Save The Regime

One of the great kicks in the ass to pop culture! Charming lads! Perfectly timed and executed.

Bowie performs Changes

My second favorite Bowie song, (after Heroes). Great song to have out on the radio when you're a teenager...

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

Man, I wish I'd seen this tour. One of the best bands ever assembled. Leon Russell wrote this little love song to Rita Coolidge, (both were in this group).

Spencer Davis video of Gimme Some Lovin'
With Little Stevie Winwood. Ow!

the trophy

The Skull of Frankenstein!

Happy Birthday Jay Ward!

One of my faves. Genius. Essential.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

another gonzo ad

I swear this looks like a Glen Baxter model: "Rupert lectured for hours, but was unable to convince the wooden fish to vote Tory" or "Even the wearing of his best ascot couldn't get Lance noticed by the carved haddock".

THE tacky album cover

Wonderfully repellent and compellingly sleazy. And by all that is Holy, what the hell is the Open Face Sandwich Club?!? My mind reels with the possibilities!

The Hipster PDA ;)


getting old

Linda and I walked into a local Burke & Herbert Bank to do some business, (I demanded tens and twenties and told 'em not to sound the alarm for at least 5 minutes...); and she alerted me to a long-lost sound - the clickey clack of someone actually TYPING ON A TYPEWRITER!!! I watched in amazement as an actual human being pounded away on one of the old contraptions - and it sounded great! The old days came flooding back. I felt like Scrooge with the Ghost of Christmas Past - I was a child again! I wanted to pelt someone with a snowball, go sledding, watch a TV show in black & white, listen to a 45, play murder ball, order a Chicken Delight and drink Tyrolia. It was amazing.

The Thief

Hello, Darwin Awards....

Bruce joins Joan Jett to perform Light of Day
Jersey's finest son meets Rockville's finest daughter. It doesn't get any better than this, comrades. THIS is religion.

Jane Wiedlin's video for Blue Kiss

Known mostly for her work with the Go Go's, Wieldin is a wonderful songwriter and recording artist. Her tunes can be beautiful, sensitive, cute, and fun. Another in a long line of underappreciated performers.

Dave Edmunds performs I Knew The Bride When She Used To Rock & Roll

One of the great British rockers. Our wedding song....

Deep Purple perform Smoke On The Water
Yes, it's dumb; but you just can't get it out of your head. Classic high school rock...

Los Lobos video for Will The Wolf Survive
Great band and song.

nice article on up & coming radios for soldiers

nice article on "battle batteries"


Obviously based on the lolcats site (

Some rare Beatles footage


4000 Years of Chinese culture, wiped out....

Gerbils In Space!

Insert Richard Gere joke here...

Beware of Eyebrow Bandits!

new (to me) horror & Cthulhu review blog

Looks pretty neat!

Arrr Matey!!! Happy Talk-Like-A-Pirate Day!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

The Cat Lady

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

dying languages

At some emotional level, I consider this quite sad; but I also consider it inevitable. It wouldn't surprise me to see only 10-12 languages commonly spoken by the end of this century.

Johnny Rivers performs Secret Agent Man

So cool. Theme to the American release of Patrick McGoohan's Secret Agent TV series. My personal theme song in the mid Sixties, always running in my head - cause the odds were I wouldn't live to see tomorrow...

The Circle Jerks video for I Wanna Destroy You

A good cover of an old Soft Boys tune (which I couldn't locate any footage of). Punk meets neo-psychedelia. Neat!

38 Special perform Hold On Loosely

A guilty pleasure. Most groups like this do nothing for me, but I've always liked 38 Special's music.

Leon Russell covers Jumpin' Jack Flash & Youngblood

Another great cut from the Concert for Bangladesh. Leon is one of those living legends in pop culture, with a resume a mile long. The Master of Space & Time...

Ringo sings It Don't Come Easy
My favorite Ringo song; this is from the Concert for Bangladesh.

Homemade laser

Wishbook Web - Christmas Catalogs from the Past

I wish they had the ones from Sears in the 60's. For those of you too young - there was a real sense of ritual and excitement to these things, much like the childhood memories evoked in Sheppard's Christmas Story. They'd be dropped off on your front doorstep around the second or third week of October. As far as we were concerned, that was the official start to the Christmas greed-fest. Within 72 hours the whole catalog would be memorized, underlined, bookmarked, and cross referenced. A merciless 24-hour-a-day lobbying effort would be directed at the parents, backed by vague threats and allusions to blackmail and extortion, only ending on Christmas morning with the inevitable sack of coal and stack of switches....

a Yahoo group devoted to Unviersal Monsters

a blog devoted just to Frankenstein

We're #2 And Growing Stronger!

Watch out, L.A.!

True Gamesman

going to school

Happy Birthday Rochester!


Happy Play-Doh Day!

Monday, September 17, 2007

Transvision Vamp - Baby I Don't Care
Another great and forgotten band. They, and this song, should have been huge. It's like some sort of pop Frankenstein monster - with parts from all sorts of 60's & 70's sub-currents.

Lesley Gore - California Nights

My fave Lesley Gore song. A truly bizarre presentation of it on an episode of Batman!

The Lovin' Spoonful perform Do You Believe In Magic (followed by You Didn't have To Be So Nice)
Essential. A great version from the legendary TNT show. John and his autoharp, Zally clowning around. One of my all-time favorite songs and bands. To be successful, R&R and R&B had to capture more than the usual boy/girl thing. They had to encompass the whole of our lives, successes and failures, danger and daring, and also a certain innocence and longing. The Spoonful provided that last part. I can only echo some old liner notes from one of their albums, listening to these old tunes and when they were written and wonder how the hell we got to where we are today.

Johnny Winter covers Johnny B. Goode
You gotta have guts to cover Chuck Berry, and you better be damn good - Winter succeeds. This is a fun version.

The A's perform CIA

One of the great lost power pop bands. Saw 'em once at the old Ontario Theater and thought they were great. They played this tune, a perfect little DC number...

RIP Jake Einstein

(Thanks for the link, Pete!)

Cruel & Unusual Punishment

life in Albania

All Hail Norton I!

On this date in 1859, Joshua Norton proclaimed himself Norton I, Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico. A Discordian Saint and a personal fave of mine. Long live the Emperor!

And here's to you, Anne Bancroft!

Happy Birthday Friedrich von Steuben!

One of my heroes.

Happy Birthday Fee Waybill!

Happy Birthday Elvira!

Happy Constitution/Citizenship Day!

Sunday, September 16, 2007

The first UAV kills for the Army

Get A Life! er, uh, Get A Death!

Cthulhu Jewelry!

Happy Birthday Lauren Bacall!

So very very cool. One of my faves. Center of one of the best erotic scenes Hollywood has ever come up with:

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Classic Schlock!

That Ghost Host With The Most, Count Gore De Vol, does it again! This week he's showing that Classic Mexican horror film, The Wrestling Women Versus The Aztec Mummy. THAT'S Entertainment!

America perform Sister Golden Hair

I know that 70's soft rock is waaay out of fashion, but I've always enjoyed America and this is probably my fave tune by 'em. There are times of simplicity in everyone's life, generally early on; when both the successes and the failures, the good times and the bad are very instinctual and basic. These guys' songs remind me a little of that.

NRBQ perform I Got A Rocket In My Pocket
One of the great rock bands, underappreciated, as usual. I wish I could play a piano like Terry. Soooo cool!

Paul & Paula - Hey Paula

Go ahead and laugh - I always liked this balled. Very sweet.

ZZ Top perform La Grange

Great stuff! Take John Lee Hooker and stick him out on the desert plains of West Texas and this is what you get!

The Wish...

Essential For Oktoberfest

critical essays on Fritz Leiber now available

new book - High Seas Cthulhu

Awww, Mr. PotatoHead gets ready for Halloween!

Happy Birthday Torgo!

Happy Felt Hat Day!

I'm a slave to fashion...

Friday, September 14, 2007

The Mamas & Papas perform California Dreamin'
Perfect vocals; but where's John's hat?! I just found out a few months ago that Cass grew up on my street, about seven blocks down!

Frankie Valli & The Four Season perform Let's Hang On

People tend to forget how big these guys were in the early and mid 60's. They had some great songs, and this is probably my fave.

Golden Earring - Radar Love

One of the the GREAT driving songs. May the gods help anyone in front of me when this comes on the radio at night...

Ian Dury & The Blockheads perform Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll

Maslow's Pyramid for the modern ages.

The electric Prunes perform Get Me To The World On Time
Lousy video quality. But one of my fave garage/psychedelia songs and bands. Brilliant stuff!

Dingo Killed My Baby


Happy Holy Nut Day!

This old and forgotten holiday, (which I am hereby resurrecting) is sometimes combined with another - Devil's Nutting Day; but the two traditions are slightly different. Today, any Hazelnuts eaten will posses "magical powers" . Good luck!

King Arthur on trial!

My next bed!

Pass the pea soup!

Happy Birthday Clayton Moore - The Lone Ranger!

Probably my first/earliest childhood memories of television. And one of my first heroes, (along with Zorro and Robin Hood).

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Getting Old

I was in a HALLMARK store yesterday and the sound system was playing the Stones' Street Fightin' Man...

The Dream Syndicate perform Tell Me When It's Over
Noisy psychedelic music of despair - I love it...

video of Lee Hazelwood & Nancy Sinatra's Some Velver Morning
In a decade literally crammed to the rafters with interesting songs, this was one of the most. Fascinating and mysterious lyrics, a beautiful combination of baroque pop/country goth/paisley pop pyschelia. One of those tunes that gets better around the fourth or fifth drink. Hazelwood was a weird little genius and is sorely missed.

Righteous Brothers - You've Lost That Loving Feeling

Probably the best example of blue-eyed soul, ever. Perfect vocals and great Spector production. This is an example of everything clicking just right.

The Barbarians play Hey Little Bird

Another good garage band, featuring Moulty on drums (who had a hook for a left hand which he used to drum with - how cool is that!?!). Created one of the first odes to guys with long hair - Are You A Boy, Or Are You A Girl? Fun stuff!

The Count 5 perform Psychotic Reaction

Wonderful first generation Garage Rock, just when it was turning to psychedelia.

Dion sings The Wanderer


When Damian Satan Sold Pork & Beans

Wuss America

Ask A Ninja - Ninja Babysitters


the church of Dr. Who

Arrest the usual suspects...

Etch-A-Sketch Art

The Vampire Star...

The Invisibility Cloak

Isn't this how "Day fo the Triffids" begins?,,2167082,00.html

Bud probably will buy Bud

Sad. I wouldn't use that swill to flush with...

Happy Anniversary to The Muppet Show!

It premiered on this date in '76. One my fave, and one of the best, TV shows of all time. Jim Henson was a genius, and is sadly missed. Timeless. Essential.

The Star Spangled Banner

Francis Scott Key wrote the national anthem on the night of Sept 13-14th in 1814. I confess that I've never liked it. No one can sing it, no one knows all the words, it's too slow, the tune is stolen from the Brits, etc. I think Yankee Doodle would have been a good choice, or better yet, this little gem. Cheers!

Scrambled Eggs

Yesterday was released on this date in '65.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Whew! Cancel my life insurance policy!

My Pope of Cthulhu Credentials Questioned!?!?

I hope this so-called judge rethinks his decision soon. I certainly wouldn't want any tentacled "accidents" to happen to him. ... Meanwhile, I now hereby pronounce you all Spawn And Wife. Amen.

Rod Stewart & Ron Wood perform Every Picture Tells A Story

Fantastic song from one of the best albums - ever. Rod & The Faces could rock!

The Byrds perform Chestnut Mare
Unfortunately, it's only a partial recording. I was going to say this was one of my fave Byrds' tunes; but hell, I love everything this band has ever done! Essential.

Badfiner perform No Matter What
Probably the national anthem of the modern power pop movement. Great song and tragic band.

Dylan & Harrison perform If Not For You


Burkittsville to ignore the only reeason anyone would want to visit there

Halloween is coming, and so is Boo at the Zoo

You'll take my chainsaw

When you pry it from my cold, dismembered hand...

The Return of Led Zep,,2167509,00.html?gusrc=rss&feed=networkfront

Play Freebird! Er, I mean Stairway!!!!

The Daily Caption

If you like this kind of humor, be sure to check out Glen Baxter's comic books - He's THE MASTER.

the ultimate ceiling problem

great moments in museum realism

Awww, a timely birth

cute Irony t-shirt

Happy Defenders Day!

Happy Birthday H. L. Mencken!

One of my faves...

Here We Come...Walin' Down The Street...

The Monkees TV show debuted on this date in '66.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

The Counter Revolution

Lou Reed performs Walk On The Wild Side

Ah, that's it - a little East Coast decadence. High school games, cheap wine, and full of worry. Amusing that one can get nostalgic over early 70's Weimar America...

John Mellencamp's video for Check It Out

Sometimes Mellencamp's rural Midwest schtick gets a little too much for me, (I was born in a LARGE town...). But I do enjoy quite a few of his tunes, and this is my favorite. Good instrumentation and a weariness in the lyrics I can identify with more and more.

The Saints perform I'm Stranded

One of the first punk/new wave bands to get a major contract. Unjustly ignored by the public. They were a great group.

The Hollies perform On A Carousel

Cool band with a great sound.

fun & fancy wine labels
Linda and I were noticing this in our shopping more and more. Three weeks ago I purposefully went down the aisles of Total Wines just picking up bottles based on the cleverness of their labels - and they ended up being pretty good! No great finds, but no duds either.

The Pint Lives!

a bad day for muggers


He replaced Pete Best on this date in 1962...

Monday, September 10, 2007

Only 50 Days Till Halloween!

The Seekers perform Georgy Girl

Interesting movie, great pop song. I don't know if folks much older OR younger than me would really appreciate this tune, but it captures the times it was recorded in nicely.

The Moody's video for Nights In White Satin

Wonderful band and sound. Those mid-period seven albums are Essential.

The Ramones perform Blitzkrieg Bop


Nick Lowe & Rockpile perform Cruel To Be Kind
The Jesus of Cool with one of the best bands ever.

Cockroaches - The Ultimate Solution

The Right Stuff: Buzz Aldrin thinks crazed diaper wearers are A-OK!

There's something very wrong with NASA....

I miss the old days...

Solar Plane News

Vincent advertises shrunken heads!

The Inflatable Haunted House!

For All MST Fans: Manos - The Rock Musical!!!

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Stevie and Lindsey perform Landslide
My fave Nicks tune. Beautiful. Written in Colorado, of course...

The Pogues - Thousands Are Sailing
One of the most moving and saddest songs I know. The anthem of the Irish diaspora. This is for Cathy O'Brien...

REM perform Cuyahoga
Wonderful wonderful song. (not the best sound quality...)

Spike Jones In Hi-Fi

One of my fave Halloween records!

The Return of Indiana Jones!

computer keyboard fun!

neat business cards!

the world's most beautiful libraries

Fantastic! (I am only slightly miffed that they left mine out...)

Kirk in HD DVD


Was released by john on this date in 1971. One of those albums I played nearly every day for a year or two. Essential.

Happy Birthday Otis Redding!

Probably my favorite R&B singer. Unbelievable.

Happy Teddy Bear Day!

Happy Grandparents Day!

Saturday, September 08, 2007

great book reviews ;)

Gel- Cookery

You won't be hungry after viewing these...

Bestiality as an advertising tool

By Hook Or By Crook

The Monkees - Pleasant Valley Sunday

Another group that I feel is much more interesting than most folks give them credit for. Some of the best songwriters of the era wrote their hits, and Nesmith was no slouch at early country rock.

Peter & Gordon perform I Go To Pieces


Bad Company perform their signature song

Another great Paul Rodgers band.

Vanesa Paradis video for Sunday Mondays

Nice, vaguely sixties girl sound.

review of the film, Cthulhu

The Japanese Air Guitar Champ...

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Get A Life!

Star Trek premiered on this date in '66.

Happy Birthday Sid Caesar!

Happy Birthday Peter Sellers!

Friday, September 07, 2007

The Blues Magoos - We Ain't Got Nothin' Yet
And yet another fave. Fantastic tune from '67. Listening to Cousin Duffy on WPGC...

The Byrds perform 8 Miles High

Love this band. Another essential.

The Jam's video for Going Underground

Great band and song. Pity they never made it in the States.

Aerosmith perform Back In The Saddle


the rolling hamster

the next "Great Pyramid"?

Revenge of the Pets!,,2-2004092008,00.html

There's a horror movie in all of this...

Square Watermelons

more info on the new Prisoner box set!
Very cool! Essential!

news from Star Trek - New Voyages

I like these guys.


Something for Beatles fans... Apple Corps Ltd. has just announced that EMI will be releasing Help! on DVD as a 2-disc set on 10/30. The film has been restored and will feature a newly-created Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack. Extras will include the 30-minute The Beatles in Help! documentary, a missing scene featuring Wendy Richard, the The Restoration of Help! and Memories of Help! featurettes, 3 trailers for the film and 1965 U.S. radio spots for the film hidden as Easter eggs in the menus. This 2-disc set will be released in TWO different versions - a standard Digipack version and a special deluxe boxed set. From the press release, the deluxe box will contain: "a reproduction of Richard Lester's original annotated script, 8 lobby cards and a poster, plus a 60-page book with rarely seen photographs and production notes from the movie.

(Thanks for the notice, Pete!)

Happy Birthday Chrissie Hynde!

Brilliant, Beautiful, Essential. I still remember the first time I heard that debut album - walking into the old Kemp Mill Records off of Braddock Road. The thing had just been released and the clerk put it on their sound system. Ten seconds into their cover of Stop Your Sobbing and I was hooked. Great sound.

Happy Birthday Buddy Holly!


Thursday, September 06, 2007

Time to learn hot key commands!


(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Pete Shelley's video for Homosapien
Cool 80's dance tune, with a nod and a wink. Fun stuff!

Jim Croce performs Operator
One of my faves. Beautiful ballad.

Janis performs Ball & Chain at Monterey
Wonderful. Essential.

From The Crow - NIN covers Dead Souls

Fantastic version, (as is the original by Joy Division).

a nation of wussies

Kinkiness in Ads

Here's something your kids will never see:


Life In DC - "Coming Together"

neat article on Pulsallama!
I thought I was the only one who remembered this song! (Yes Missy, I own the fabulously rare 12" of it....). The Devil Lives In My Husband's Body gets played on Halloweens here at the Manor! (You can listen to it at the above site). Neat!

Film Wars!!!

My friend Vanessa just wrote me the following: "There's a new movie coming out in Russia called Mongol. Part of the promotional campaign is a contest to "win a DNA test to see if you are a descendant of Chingiz Khan." Supposedly 1 out of 200 people is a descendant. Where else could you win a medical procedure by seeing a movie?"

I love William Castle-style film promotions! And I can't believe we'd sit back and let the Russkies win this "Promotions War". I suggest we immediately up the ante by offering:
1. Free VD shots for anyone viweing the Happy Hooker, etc.
2. Glow-in-the-dark crucifixes for attendees of vampire flicks. Roast garlic could be served on the popcorn.
3. Cans of pea soup for Exorcist fans.
4. Outdoor thermometers to be handed out at all showings of An Inconvenient Truth.
5. Free flea collars for all patrons of werewolf movies.
6. Coupons for Fava Beans at showings of Silence of the Lambs.
7. Pet chameleons handed out during Godzilla movies.
8. Free gerbils for anyone attending a Richard Gere film.

I tell you, we must win this race, and we will!!!

Happy Birthday Lafayette!
One of the greats.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Gerry Rafferty - Baker Street

Ah, summer of '78... Very cool sound. Reminiscent of my boy Al Stewart. I know I am alone in this opinion, but I believe this song is based on a rather obscure Discordian sci-fi story called the Clam of Catastrophe by Arthur Cover.

Cheap Trick perform Tonight It's You
Great power pop.

Free perform All Right Now

Wonderful rock'n'roll! Good Paul Rodgers vocal.

Kevin Ayers performs May I
Great forgotten artist and song from the 70's. Very pretty.

Cheetos - Dusty Death Device
A nation of wussies...

Horror & Sci Fi flics on TV

With Halloween approaching, we can now expect to see an upgrade in darker films on TV:

Halloween Themed Garden Plants

The Friendly Skies

Happy Birthday Al Stewart!

One of my faves. Some of the most literate and interesting lyrics in pop music. Cold & dark nights in Gtown with my friends, contemplating a crime...

Happy Birthday Bob Newhart

Wonderful comedian. Master of the one-man phone conversation.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

old habits are hard to break, eh Fritz?

a revolution in battery technology?

Very exciting, if true...

Grand Funk Railroad - We're An American Band
Classic mid-70's cock rock. So stupid it's fun, and a great sound you can't get out of your head. Great to go with that second six pack...

Sonny & Cher perform I Got You Babe
All the soap opera drama and glam got in the way of the fact that this was one of the better folk rock groups. Sonny could combine a pseudo Phil Spector sound and commercialism with Dylanesque pretensions and come up with some pretty neat Top 40 tunes.

Chad & Jeremy perform A Summer Song
A very pretty song, I always liked it. Another good end of Summer song.

Little Steven & The Disciples Of Soul - Under The Gun
One of my faves - very cool song.

get that Christmas shopping in!

Because nothing says you care more than panda poo...

MMMMMMMMM, Steamed Crap!

Monday, September 03, 2007

Hidden Songs

Pretty neat!

Yea, like I need this...

There's A Fungus Among Us

neat pics!

a rose by any other name...

Steely Dan - My Old School
A nice start-of-school song! In its day, the unofficial anthem of William & Mary. It's always neat hearing this song sober, very different from the days when it was released... To all of you about to start classes, I wish you better luck than I ever had. As for me, time for some Virginia Gentleman...

Frampton - Baby I Love Your Way
Yes, yes, I know, I know. Throughout the mid and late 70's this was overplayed and he was overexposed. But I still think this was a very pretty love song and it still reminds me of more innocent and hope-filled days. Another good end-of-summer song.

Jay & The Americans - Come A Little Bit Closer
Fun song by a fun group.

Star Trek, New Voyages - The Return of Sulu!

Pretty cool!

Sly & The Family Stone perform Hot Fun In The Summertime (and others)

My fave Summer tune. If I'm home, I always listen to it every Labor Day, and have been doing so since its release in '69. Beautiful, beautiful song.

True Grit Days in Ridgway!
(you might need to log into this site to view the link - sorry)

A celebration of one of my fave films in one of my all-time favorite spots on Earth. I've been in and around Ridgway dozens of time over the course of my life, and been stopping in and eating at the True Grit Cafe for at least twenty years now. As many of you old-timers know, I consider that whole region a second home. Just beautiful....

(Thanks for the link, Dolores!)

Papa Was A Rolling Stone...
The events in the song took place on this date...

Treaty of Paris Day!

It was signed on this date in 1783, concluding the Revolution.

Happy Labor Day!

Sunday, September 02, 2007

The Shangri-Las perform Give Him A Great Big Kiss

So cool! Along with the Ronettes, THE best of the girl groups.

The Stranglers perform Get A Grip On Yourself
They never got much respect, but I always considered The Stranglers to be one of the better and more interesting bands to come out of late 70's Britain. A mix of Doors-like danger and intelligence.

Jefferson Airplane perform Somebody To Love

Classic. Essential.

Ricky Nelson plays Travelin' Man & Lonesome Town

Sometimes, too white bread, but very good with ballads.

Happy VJ Day! (Official)

Happy National Beheading Day!

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Speed Demon Photography

Pretty neat!

A Slogan For DC...
There are some good suggestions here, (mostly the rude ones), but I'm sorry, "Bitch Set Me Up!" is the only appropriate one...

alien demon women sell bras!

How To Hide An Airplane Factory


Star Trek film rumors...

New Ultra-Box Set of The Prisoner Being Released! (at least in Britain...)

new studies of lightning "Sprites"

interesting genome discovery

site devoted to the events in Europe leading to WWII
Reasonably good resource, (the maps need better captioning and descriptions).

new Kinky Friedman DVD!