Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Watch for a trillion dollar lawsuit.
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...
I love this guy. Vaudeville meets Rock'N'Roll.
And yet another of those long forgotten early 70's groups I really liked who never got anywhere in the States.
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.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Another long-forgotten 80's band who had a great sound and should have been much bigger.
40 years later, and I never get tired of those old Doors albums. Beautiful.
Perfect Brit psychedelia.
Great pop group from the mid 60's.
A great ad. I know that whenever I'm anxious, someone trying to jam something up my ass calms me down right away!
Happy Beggars/Goosy/Devils/Tick-Tack/Cabbage/Trick/Gate/Mischief/Corn Night!
The greatest radio broadcast of all time. Essential. It can be downloaded here: http://senior.billings.k12.mt.us/otrannex/grovers/index.htm
Monday, October 29, 2007
I love the Internet...
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.
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.
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.
One of my faves by a quirky and great songwriter.
It's a pity this tune has become a soundtrack for a bunch of worthless TV commercials, it was a great power pop song...
Wonderful news! If only the real show would return!
(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)
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!)
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.
Sunday, October 28, 2007
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.
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Cute! Reminds me a little bit of that old Daffy Duck cartoon.
(Thanks for the link, Rob!)
Friday, October 26, 2007
From Archie McPhee - of course!
The Ninth Gate is pretty cool...
Another fine songwriter who should've been bigger.
I love this tune. Great song for driving at night.
An English character who never made it over here.
Fascinating, (and also probably the plot for a horror movie...)
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.
Cool. Many thought Bolan would be THE NEXT BIG THING in 72. Never caught on in the States, though...
Such a fun band and sound. "Quirky" doesn't begin to cover it!
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...).
Fun song from one of the great American bands.
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.
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.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
One of the great power pop bands.
Great song. Clegg's another artist who should've been bigger.
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).
Neat song, but I have no idea what it's about...
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?
Tries to escape from the Germans, again!
I'm sure the DC cops are taking notes....
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
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...
Another great song, when Top 40 mattered...
Words of Wisdom....
So cool. I've always believed this is based on the film Nosferatu...
One of my fave artists performing one of my fave songs. Wonderful double entendre symbolism here.
(Thanks for the link, Carol!)
Someone had taken Edward Gorey's Dracula playbook and made a silent movie about Dracula using it. Neat!
One of the great pop songwriters. Fantastic!
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
Great band. Great song, probably my fave by them.
Not the best quality video, this is from the fun little punk horror film, Return of the Living Dead.
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Always liked this song.
Wonderful. If not for Little Richard, Wanda would have been the Queen of Rock'N'Roll...
Wonderful tune. Very good early Seventies' sound.
Such a cool sound and song.
(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)
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.
Friday, October 19, 2007
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!
Depressives, cynics, pessimists, and goths Rejoice!
One of the greatest soul songs ever, and one of my fave videos. Classy. Pure '68 Retro. Perfect.
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.
One of those amazing performers who's probably better known amongst musicians than the general public. A very big influence.
Another great pop group that should have been bigger.
Great band and song. One of the best songs about occultists...
One of the best bar bands ever. They're are a lot of memories connected to this song...
AND councilwoman Martha Reeves! Cool! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhcflDSUMvc
(Thanks for the link, John!)
Kinda cool, but the spirits couldn't tell me what the capital of North Dakota was...
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!
Thursday, October 18, 2007
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...
An Ameircan original. Pure dark L.A. - Raymond Chandler's spiritual son...
The song got way too much airplay back in '75. But I always liked it - very pretty.
Wasn't this in Robocop?
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?)
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
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.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Just discovered this version. Wow! Hope more stuff comes out from those sessions.
I love it! Another great video of a fantastic song. Essential.
Neat video and cool song. Reminds me of a particular Mad Hatter's Tea Party we had so many years ago...
From the good folks at Archie McPhee, of course!
Monday, October 15, 2007
(Thanks for the lnik, Mathew!)
The long-lost ill begotten son of Buddy Holly and an acid tab.
Poor Carey had label problems, etc. and never got a good break. But I always enjoyed this song; some nice irony in there...
Cool, they change the whole tone of the song.
I love this tune. Pure late 70's Brit pub/punk.
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Great song. Save me from tomorrow....
One of the great horror movies. Required viewing. Essential.
Weird. An L.A. local TV creation. Borsht Belt meets children's puppet show meets Monsters.
The Shadow Out Of Tim (sic)...
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...).
Friday, October 12, 2007
I always loved this song...
An elemental force of nature. The Ur-root of American punk and metal. Essential.
Fun band. Those first three albums were wonderful.
The Return of Creepy & Eerie Comics!!!
(Thanks for the news, Phil!)
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Classic mid sixties top 40.
Fun band! Great power pop. Jane Wiedlin is a very under-rated songwriter.
Wonderful songwriter and performer. Should've been bigger.
Silly costumes, great sound.
Great performer, one of the best blue eyed soul singers going.
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
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...
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
Classic beautiful tune. So many memories of times and hopes gone by..
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...
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 Classmates.com 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...
Monday, October 08, 2007
Now we can get serious about Halloween!
Just discovered this site - lots of neat downloads including the Ronald Coleman version of the Dunwich Horror!
Sunday, October 07, 2007
A guilty pleasure. One of the few Disco songs I really liked.
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.
Spooky spooky band. That first album was a wonderfully challenging blend of techno-rockabilly and madness.
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.
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...
Always enjoyed this song from a misspent youth...
So cool...The God of Hellfire...
Saturday, October 06, 2007
Fantastic rock band. Brian Wilson meets the Velvet Underground.
Beautiful Sister Morphine....
Great song by one of the great songwriters. Classic.
Classic song with an all-star backing band. Weird to hear it while sober...
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.
Friday, October 05, 2007
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...
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!
It's absolutely criminal how many bands get lost in the shuffle. What a great band the Groovies were....
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.
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.
Thursday, October 04, 2007
Classic late-period British pub rock.
So young! A great song (about the internal sexual politics in the group). Perfect Phillips arrangement and harmonies.
Perfect song for a fall evening.
Fantastic. Can't underestimate the importance and influence of Sabbath...
I believe the Four Seasons had something to say about this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMnzRYK7RrU
I can't imagine the type of courage those guys had.
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.
Essential for celebrating Halloween and the Black Month!
Janis died on this date in '70.
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
Just visitied Nederland last June, a delightful mountain town that happens to host the annual Frozen Dead Guy Festival, http://www.nederlandchamber.org/FrozenDeadGuyDays/.
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.
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!
Great song and band. One of my faves.
Another nice example of early 70's prog rock.
The Cthulhian rock band!
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"...
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.
Captain Kangaroo premiered on this date in '55.
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
Cool video! (Thanks for the link, Mike!)