Thursday, January 31, 2008

site devoted to Black horror movies!

Blackenstein!!!!! Blacula!!!!!!!

The Singing Ringing Tree

Very cool. Reminds me of the Solar Winds album...

shape-shifting robots!

Lovecrat Walking Tour

The DC Almanac

A fasinating compendium of local history, lore, scandal and information.

(Thanks for the link, Erik!)

Dueling Pianos - Fats, Jerry Lee & Brother Ray!

And an all-star band - I think they've got Carl Perkins, Ron Wood and Duck Dunn!

Fantastic. It doesn't get any better than this...

(Thanks for the link, Margrete!)

Food Fight!

The history of warfare since WWII - using food. Amazing.

(thanks for the link, Chris!)

Wednesday, January 30, 2008


No way. If the gos ahd wanted me to do this, they would have made me stupid...

Happy Birthday Marty Balin!

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Smokey & The Miracles perform Tears Of A Clown

Great pop/soul.

Tom Waits performs Ol' 55
Another classic. I still remember hearing this on the radio at the crack of dawn one morning, many decades ago, tearing home on Interstate 70 somewhere in the darkened fields of Ohio. I miss that old Omega...

Carole King performs It's Too Late

Yes, I know it got too much airplay in its day, but it's still a perfect King tune. It (and the entire Tapestry album), was inescapable in the summer of '71. She is a national treasure.

Fake Fabs

Beatles knock-offs. Fun stuff!

scenes from The Giant Claw!

One of the greatest bad movies of all time. I remember watching it as a child and thinking it was stupid - and it's lost none of its charm in the intervening years. A classic.

Tanks For The Memories

Food Fight!

Film Trailer for The Yellow Sign!

this younger generation's got no respect....


Cthulego Rising!


Happy Birthday W. C. Fields!


The Raven was published on this date in 1845...

Happy Birthday Henry "Light Horse" Lee!

Happy Birthday Thomas Paine!

Monday, January 28, 2008


The Day SAC Took A Beating

And, the Atomic Plane:

(Thanks for the link, Nick!)

Cassette Culture!

(Thanks for the link, Erik!)

The Dallas fan...

Happy National Kazoo Day!

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Making Fiends news

I really loved the web episodes. I hope success doesn't destroy it...

video for The Doors LA Woman
Great, great driving song. Interesting lyrics, juxtaposing the town and woman imagery - all with the unmistakable background of violence and menace to each, (which I think the video captures) - just like the Doors intended. Does anyone remember the inner sleeve of the album when it was first released, (and before Elektra changed it)? A naked woman, eviscerated and crucified on a telephone pole. Lucky little Lady, indeed....

Blues Image video for Ride Captain Ride!

Remember The Pueblo!!!

Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers film of I'm Not a Juvenile Delinquent
Classic stuff! From the film Rock Rock Rock! Look for a young Valerie "Rhoda" Harper in the crowd....

Aretha and Stevie perform Until You Come Back To Me

Another beautiful soul ballad from two Immortals.

Al Green performs Sha La La
Beautiful song by an essential singer.

Quicksilver Messenger Service performs Fresh Air

So cool!

Graham Parker video for Protection

One of the greatest rockers you've never heard of...

Talking Heads perform Life During Wartime

Urban Guerrilla Disco...

Canterbury Rap

The Bear That Fought Hitler

the history of monster movie magazines


the cutting edge of vending machines
A good capitalist would make sure each machines is flanked by ones selling cookies and snacks...

Watt A ReVolting Sex Act!

the cutting edge of pork ads

Happy Thomas Crapper Day!

Saturday, January 26, 2008

The Church of Google

Eye Made A Mistake

Alert Steve McQueen!

keep your umbrella handy

Horrorfind Weekend coming up in late March

Friday, January 25, 2008

Rambo Statistics

Industrial beer opener

Smoke On The Water - Japanese style...
Fun stuff!

A Hard Days Hava Nagila

a goat?

The Invaders coming to DVD!

Happy National Irish Coffee Day!


Thursday, January 24, 2008

MST3000 News!

The Future!

neat poster for the tank corps

New Game - Alien Invasion!

The 8th Wonder of the World?

obvious lies about DC

There's no way the District Government has 41 computers that actually work, or 41 employees that know how to use them. Silly reporters...

first Cruise and now Snipes

The cult of celebrity seems to be working - these parasites now believe their own film press releases...


The Jedi Church

Cthulhu will smite them for worshipping false gods...

Virginia's legislature protects us from the evils of Sangria

I can't make up my mind - Nanny State or Ninny State....

Happy Paul Pitcher Day!

An obscure Cornish Holiday that I'm single-handedly reviving...

Happy Birthday Benjamin Lincoln!


Happy Birthday John Belushi!

Happy Birthday Neil Diamond!

Happy Eskimo Pie Patent Day!

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Lou Reed and Pavarotti!

Weirdness was made for this...

And then there's Pavarotti and James Brown:

And with Barry White!

Happy Birthday Leadbelly!

Happy Birthday Danny Federici!

Happy Birthday John Hancock!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Rickie Lee Jones performs Last Chance Texaco

Another great 70's ballad. A lonely afternoon sitting watching the sun create lengthening shadows.

Keith Carradine performs I'm Easy from the film, Nashville

One of the great singer/songwriter ballads from the 70's. The synaps start to flicker on me, but I believe this was getting all that airplay around late July and early August of '76. A very hot time, lots of sun, some good times and some bad. Wild parties. Lost weekends. Mateus.

Little Richard performs Lucille

Bedrock! Fantastic! Immortal! The Queen of Rock'N'Roll!

The Who perform Behind Blue Eyes

Beyond Classic.

God performs Layla

kite-powered ship


But Children are still okay, aren't they?

Us ultra-orthodox types are always being persecuted...

Classy Gift Ideas!

I want one for my garden
With careful nurturing and lots of love, maybe it'll take out the neighbor's brats...

Roky Erickson with Billy Gibbons!!!

OWWWWWW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (scroll down the site)

(Thanks for the link, Pete!)

Happy Birthday Robert E. Howard!

Monday, January 21, 2008

RIP John Stewart, Daydream Believer...

some strange little films

marble adding machine


Great Legislative Moments in Virginia
Is it particularly bright for a legislator to admit that he simply can't concentrate on driving if there's a possibility of seeing a rubber replica of a man's testicles? Is it any less bright to insist he's going to buy some for himself and "bring them out here and show them to you"? Thanks, but I'm busy tomorrow....

RIP Suzanne Pleshette

RIP Richard Knerr - Co-Founder of Wham-O

sex and wartime propaganda
Mostly focuses on WWII. An interesting footnote to the conflict.

all sorts of REH/Conan news! (search for the title "By Crom")

Origami In Space

Sunday, January 20, 2008

the return of the Poe Toaster

Shelter From The Storm, circa 78-81...

One of the all-time great lines in cinema is Charles Laughton's Quasimodo capering back to Notre Dame and yelling "SANCTUARY!". It's often been satirized, but there is also something archetypal in it, especially for the young. Sometime between the ages of, oh, 15 and 25, who hasn't felt themselves to be the hunchback, the outsider, in need of a place of calm and some cheer? We look for that place to escape, to cool down; and sometimes we find it.
It was thirty years ago this month I had the pleasure of first meeting my friend Nancy. She was dating my old pal, Edmund, and I started hanging out with them on weekends when I was back from school, and long after I dropped out. Several of you reading this did likewise. Nancy's place quickly became what I like to call The Home For Wayward Adults. Our little band might fluctuate between half a dozen and ten; but there were always people there, and the atmosphere was always friendly. It was where one could go, just to hang out, nurse a hangover or shoot the breeze. All was presided over by Nancy, who was generous to a fault, with her patience and her home. There was always something to eat, and one of my fondest memories is of the pot of chili that seemed to perpetually be available. It tasted great.
An evening might begin or end there, maybe both. I associate at least one marriage with Nancy's place, and quite a bit of the drama and fun, lessons learned and brain cells lost, and just the general living that goes with those times. And I don't want to make it out like this was some dive-like crash pad. Quite the contrary, she had a very nicely furnished townhouse in Western Alexandria. We loitered in quiet style. I'd also like to mention that there was certain innocence to it, (at least in my opinion, although that may say more about me than anything else - so be it). If I'd had kids, I'd hope they'd find similar friends and locales.
Situations change and we've all moved on, and some of those people have even been lost track of; but for a couple of years, hers was the place to hang out at. I write this little missive for several reasons, because there's Al Stewart on the stereo and Cabernet in my glass; because I hope that those of you reading this who are in your teens and early twenties might look for and find a such a friend and place; and to thank Nancy for a generous spirit and putting a little meaning into Dylan's old lyric for giving me, (and others), shelter from the storm. Thanks, Kid.

Where iPods come from

(Thanks for the link, Nancy!)

Friday, January 18, 2008

getting ahead of myself:

We'll be out of town this weekend, (I'm hoping to visit Foamhenge tomorrow!!!); but didn't want to miss any important dates:

Happy Birthday Edgar Allen Poe!

Happy Birthday Janis Joplin!

Happy National Popcorn Day!

Happy Birthday George Burns!

Happy Birthday DeForrest Kelley!

Anniversary of the release of Meet The Beatles!

We were soooo young!

Happy Martin Luther King Day!

cool poster ads

camera phone multi-tasking

pro-fascist, anti-Semitic Bobbie Fischer is dead.

As a True Gamesman, it is always embarrassing and appalling to me how fucking stupid so many of the greats are....

a cute fan flick for an Eric Idle song

(Thanks for the link, Carol!)

Happy Pooh Day!

As our days disappear all too soon...

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Jackie Wilson performs Higher & Higher

One of the Greats. Mr. Excitement!

see Tom Cruise make an ass of himself over scientology

Lousy actor, lousy messiah...

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Dogfish 2008 Release Schedule

robot controlled by monkey brain...

RIP Tom Dawes of The Cyrkle

Just found out about his death in October.

RIP Rod Allen of the Fortunes



The Michael Jackson nesting doll...

a nice article on Vampira and other ghost hosts

a thoughtful article on the economics of the music biz

I am for anything that destroys the current economic paradigm of pop culture....

(Thanks for the link, Erik!)

What country do you live in?

Happy Birthday Benjamin Franklin!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

solar cell news

this sounds sooo cool!

Happy National Nothing Day!

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Cool t-shirt!

The Darwin Awards Winner!

Clearly, this dude was a Four Seasons fan!

Happy Birthday Chuck Berry!

One of my faves.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Glenn Brenner - an appreciation

The kindest thing I can say about pro sports is that I have absolutely no interest in them. I can say virtually the same thing about what passes for TV newscasts these days. I doubt I've watched one in nearly ten years. We are now expected to take entertainment seriously and news as entertainment. I can't stomach it. But there was a time when things were a little more tolerable. News was serious business, and sports was just something fun. I still didn't think anything of it, but one guy, and one guy alone, could get me to watch - Glenn Brenner.
I confess to being somewhat surprised that in a town full of sports fans and tech wizards that there isn't much about Brenner online. Which is a pity. The man was a wisecracking genius at holding your interest - poking fun at himself, the games he covered, and his fellow newscasters. And apparently a genuinely nice guy, which came through every broadcast.
Normally, media people don't do a great deal for me. There are a few locals who've meant something over the years, but only Willard Scott comes close to Brenner, as far as I'm concerned. I am still saddened by his death, which occured on or around this date in '92, and was really personally affected by it when it happened, something that almost never happens.
You mention to an old-time DC resident the Weenie of the Week or the Football predicting Nun and you're guaranteed to get a smile. There are still Glenn Brenner stories circulating around this town, a few are in the post here:

And here are an all too few moments on YouTube:

I don't think I've watched a sportscast since...

Gothic Redneck Lawn Ornaments!

Dunwich Rising!

(Thanks for the link, Nick!)

Happy Mallard Day!

Mallard Day at All Souls College in Oxford celebrates the discovery of a large mallard found in a drain while digging the foundations of the college in 1437.

Griffon, Bustard, Turkey, Capon,
Let to her hungry mortals gape on;
And on the bones their stomach fall hard,
But let All Souls' men have their mallard.
Oh! by the blood of King Edward,
Oh! by the blood of King Edward,
It was a wopping, wopping mallard.

Happy Cakes & Ale Day!

Happy Ratification Day!

On this date in 1784, Congress ratified the Treaty of Paris, thus officially ending the Revolutionary War and making this country independent.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Instant Gay!

So that's how it's done...

have you seen me?

red wine combats ageing

I am immortal...

new online zie devoted to the pulps

Happy Birthday Clark Ashton Smith!

One of my all-time fave writers. The Emperor of Dreams...

Saturday, January 12, 2008

The Cold Call of Cthulhu
Another cute scenario.

The Call of Cthulhu - Blind Date

nice article on horror film maker Val Lewton

Joan Jett video for French Song

Strange little video, but a neat song.

Sly Stone on the Mike Douglas Show

REH's Soloman Kane film on the way!

new Conan movie?

Happy Birthday John Hancock!

Happy Feast of Fabulous Wild Men Day!

Making Fiends coming to TV!

One of my fave cartoons/webcasts. I hope success doesn't ruin it.

Friday, January 11, 2008

the octopus & Mr. Potato Head

two sides of the milk carton will be needed....

RIP Vampira

An original.


SAVOR beer in DC in May

Happy Birthday Big Man!

Happy Birthday Alexander Hamilton!

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Deep Purple perform Smoke On The Water
Ha! Fun stuff! Kids - Once dinosaurs walked the earth, the very ground shaking from their movements...

Rachel Sweet performs BABY

Fun cover. Rachel should have been bigger.

The Jesus & Mary Chain video for Never Understand

Brian Wilson meets the Velvets. Perfection.

REM & Bruce perform Man On The Moon


The John Ford movie you haven't seen.....

We live in a great nation, where any kid can grow up to subscribe to.....

cool bicycle ads

"It was easy", he said off-handedly...

gee....thanks....I guess...

Let's see, out of a nation with millions, we get 38 combat guys, with another couple hundred support dudes; THREE years of "training"; come into the war when Germany is surrendering and Japan is reeling. What berserker fury! Truly a profile in courage, what a contribution, right up there with Andorra.

The Cutting Edge of Banking

(Thanks for the link, Linda!)

Happy Birthday Rod Stewart!

Happy Birthday Jim Croce!

Happy Peculiar People Day!

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Kids: Just Say No

the cutting edge of junk mail...

Alert Captain Hook!

Russia is now officially Third World

Happy Birthday Bob Denver!

Happy Birthday Lee Van Cleef!

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

grave problems in Germany,1518,527134,00.html

insert joke here:

murdering women as an advertising ploy
I enjoy how his necktie is about to jam into the machine, choking him to death as his secretary turns the handle...

for all of you budding coroners...

Gene Vincent performs Be Bop A Lula

One of the original tough guys of rock. Essential.

Jackie DeShannon performs When You Walk In The Room
A great singer/songwriter, (and one of the prettiest women in rock).

Paula Cole video for Where Have All The Cowboys Gone?

always liked this song...

CCR perform Fortunate Son

Another great American band and song. Essential.

AC/DC perform Highway To Hell

Fun stuff!

yea, right....

I can't even get the pack of criminals at the local Saturn dealership to replace the rear windshield wiper. And you think I'm gonna trust them to program my car to drive itself in DC traffic??? No thanks. And there is not enough computer power on earth to successfully drive on Route 7 from Bailey's Crossroads to Seven Corners when the Mosque lets out....

HellBoy II trailer

Zombie Kid Likes Turtles

And don't miss the Remix:

(Thanks for the link, Carol!)

Happy Birthday David Bowie!

Happy Birthday Robbie Krieger!

Happy Birthday Graham Chapman!

Monday, January 07, 2008

Dave Edmunds covers I Hear You Knockin'

Another classic. I don't know where this video is from, but I'm pretty sure that's the legendary Miami Horns backing him...

Ronnie Lane performs Ooh La La

Brilliant. One of the great rockers that all too many people have never heard of. Criminal. Poor Ronnie, RIP.

Cheap Trick perform Surrender

Great, great power pop. Another band that looked like they were going to break through into super stardom around early '79. Remember the promotional bow ties? I always thought they were quite cool!

The 13th Floor Elevators lipsynch You're Gonna Miss Me

Psychedelic Titans. Ultra-Essential. They challenged the heavens, and paid heavily. Euripides knew: "Whom the Gods would destroy they first make mad."

(Thanks for the link, Pete!)

The Bay City rollers perform Saturday Night

A guilty pleasure. Hell, I love this tune - a perfect last gasp of bubblegum innocence before punk blew it all out of the water.

Happy Birthday Charles Addams!

Happy Handsel Day!

Happy Plough Monday!

Sunday, January 06, 2008

Psychedelic Furs video for Heaven

One of the best bands from the early/mid 80's. Those first two albums are classics.

The James Gang perform Walk Away

Classic Joe Walsh.

Bobby Fuller Four lipsyching to Let her Dance/Another Sad & Lonely Night

Poor Bobby - murdered, and another one who should've/could've been bigger...

The dB's perform She's Got Soul

Great band and song. Should've been bigger.

Justin Hayward performs Driftwood

Beautiful song...

another year, and the search continues...

To say one is a collector isn't enough. For to be a good collector one must also be a good hunter. And over the years, if I may say so, I've been a very good hunter indeed. Especially when it comes to the music I enjoy. REM's ultra-rare original version of "Sitting Still", Lick the Tins cover of I Can't Help Falling In Love With You, the almost unheard-of soundtrack to "No Go", the Slickee Boys Christmas single, Bruce Springsteen's answering machine recording - all have succumbed to my patience, my perseverance, and my near-psychotic devotion. The same can be said of my collections of books, magazines, and pop ephemera. And over the years many of you have helped me - with my eternal gratitude.
But to date, two things have really eluded me. And I am asking your help, dear reader. The first recording I only found out about four years ago on a pop station on It was a single released on the Sire label around 1972. It's title was "Something's Gone" by an American group called The Jam, (no - not the much more famous British group of 1977). It's a wonderful power pop song with a near-perfect mid-Sixties feel to it. A minor masterpiece. But I can't find the single anywhere, nor can I find any reference to the group. It's as if they never existed.
The second recording involves my longest search - ever. About 35 years ago, our local radio station, WHFS, used to play a version of I Am The Walrus performed by a group of children. I seem to remember the claim that it had been produced by John Lennon, (but won't swear to that). It was both haunting and amusing. And I can't find it. Can't even find a reference to the damned thing. A few years ago, I went to some ultra-Beatles website that claimed to know everything about everything and listed email addresses to all their experts on all things Beatles, even broke it down as to who knew what, etc. I wrote to the two clowns who claimed omnipotence on recordings about my quest, and the cowards never replied, obviously stumped.
And so I come to you, dear readers. Please. If you know anything about either of these recordings, please let me know. If you know someone who might know - please ask them. Whenever you find yourself in a used record store - please ask. I am not a wealthy man, but these records are so unknown that they can't be selling at collector's prices - no one knows about them!
Thanks in advance. Let's see what 2008 turns up...

Happy Birthday Gustav Dore!

One of the greatest illustrators - ever. Really magnificent, and VERY influential.

Happy Birthday Rowan Atkinson! (a nice history lesson)

Happy Birthday Sherlock Holmes!

Saturday, January 05, 2008

Jo Dee Messina video for Heads Carolina, Tails California

Great song! I've only been in that situation once, many many years ago, and chickened out. Of course, my toss would've included Colorado....

God performs Badge

spirit perform I Got A Line On You (with a host of friends)


Tommy James & The Shondells video for She
Never considered hip, I always liked 'em. Progressive bubblegum.

The Standells lipsynch Dirty Water
One of the greats.

The Bonzo Dog Doo Da Band: The Intro & The Outro

It's probably an acquired taste, but I always really liked this.

wife beating as an advertising tool

Dylan Museum Exhibit

more info on Hitler's supposed attempt to assassinate the Big 3
I continue to remain skeptical of these reports...

I'm running a little late...

It begins...

Greetings From Asbury Park was released on this date in 1973. Suddenly, a lot of us had a soundtrack to our lives. Thanks Bruce!

Friday, January 04, 2008

It's a cold night in DC, very cold.

Neil Diamond performs Cracklin' Rosie
Great song. National Anthem for winos.

True West perform Hollywood Holiday

Poor film, great song. For a few months, the LA Paisley Underground was the hottest thing going. A gem of a secret - you practically had to work in a record store to know about it. One more tattered little memory...

Suzanne Vega video for When Heroes Go Down

My fave Vega tune. Fun lyrics.

Jay & The Americans cover Walkin' In The Rain

Beautiful Brill-era song, one of the last good examples of Italian American-style pop.

The Pogues perfrom Thousands Are Sailing

One of the saddest songs I know. Irish Blues.

Cyndi Lauper performs Money Changes Everything

Great song, (the original by the Brains is also cool...)

Banaarama perform Robert De Niro's Waiting

Fun song, smooth sound.

Nick Danger - Third Eye!!!

Probably the most famous routine by the Firesign Theatre. Brilliant.


live filthy, live healthy
This means my next door neighbors are probably immortal...

Very Good, Young Jedi...

Happy Trivia Day!

Thursday, January 03, 2008

cool t-shirt for fans of Elric

Cthulhu Throw Pillow

THE most misogynistic ad, ever?

I Double-Dog Dare You!

fun with record jackets!

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Karloff, Sinatra, & the 3 Stooges play baseball....

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

The Spinners perfrom I'll Be Around
Ah, loves lost and found...One of the greatest tunes from the 70's. Great lyrics - the type of promise only the young can make and believe...

Chuck Berry performs Reelin' & Rockin'
One of the gods. You just can't overestimate Berry's importance and influence on pop culture.

Kinky sings Sold American

One of the great songs of defeat and retreat. 'Twas back in the Spring of '78 that I was packing up to escape Williamsburg. As always, I was listening to the college station, the great WCWM, and called up to request they play this and provide a soundtrack for my exit, which the DJ immediately and graciously did. I always slink away with Class....

Mr. Loaf's video for Paradise By The Dashboard Light

One of the great rock videos. That's the lovely Karla Devito singing with him.

It's An Outrage!

Is there no end to these biblical plagues? Can't they plow up some more Czech fields or put a few more Bavarians on the night shift? Christ, guys - DO SOMETHING! I am going to be one seriously pissed off dude if there's suddenly a shortage of Stone Arrogant Bastard Ale or Dogfish 90 Minute IPA. As for Dogfish's ridiculous substitute of some sort of ersatz Mayan chocolate beer - no thanks, if I want to throw up, I'll just go traditional and stick my finger down my throat...
At least there's Virginia Gentleman - you're always there for me....

Kinks Reunion???

(Thanks for the link, Pete!)

Happy Birthday El Kabong!

The character debuted on this date in 1960.

Happy Science Fiction Day!

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

the end of corporate control over media

There is nothing nicer than watching a big, fat, spoiled dinosaur, wallowing around in a tar pit, slowly sinking and thrashing around blindly. The recording industry has decided that the only way to make money is to sue the people who buy its product - beautiful! Simply poetic! The twelve or so companies that almost completely own and determine what music you see and/or hear on radio, TV, concert halls and recordings have managed to destroy American pop culture, at least above ground. And now, with parasitical fury, hope to drain the last bit of blood from the very people who've kept them in business. Good riddance to both.
Look to the independents online and in homes. They are the little cultural mammals, scurrying around beneath the dying brontosaurs of WEA, Sony, and Clear Channel.

world's largest gum wrapper

a few thoughts

Had a very nice time last night with some of you at my brother's place (Thanks Ed!). Made it home early to avoid the inevitable checkpoints. Many thanks to John for bringing the mortar - Explosives and champagne always make for a perfect evening!
I hope everyone else had a good celebration. This'll probably be an interesting year coming up, with a new job for me, (and for several of you reading this - Congrats!); and a few new marriages, babies, and homes for others of you, my friends. We'll see how it all goes...

The Pretenders perform on Fridays

Message of Love & Louie Louie! Fantastic.

(Warning - this'll take a minute or two to download)

Happy Feast of Fools Day!


Happy Birthday Betsy Ross!

Happy Birthday Paul Revere!

Happy First Footing!