Friday, October 31, 2008
Let's face it, if you're one of the "Monster Kids" amongst the baby boomer generation, then this song and Bobby are legends. The man was the Guy Lombardo of Halloween, and no party is complete without at least one rendition of his hit. A Classic.
I've always wanted to bowl a 300 - now, I'm not so sure...
(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)
One of my faves, (and for some reason, his website is down....).
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Piffle. Mine is an entire power plant capable of challenging Hoover Dam in its power output...
a final plug for NeverendingRadio
HAPPY HALLOWEEN FROM THE INSANE UNCLE OZMA!Uncle Ozma will be hosting his annual Halloween live broadcasting marathon this Thursday and Friday October 30 and 31.I'll be live providing the spooky soundtrack to your horrible Halloween antics again this year.I'll be taking your scary requests and DEAD-ications starting 10 AM Pacific Time Thursday until I pass out or the zombies get me!Tune in to NeverEndingWonder Halloween Radio here:http://www.NeverEnd ingWonder. comCome chat with the Insane Uncle Ozma!http://neverendingw onder.myg5. com/IRC/
If you aren't spending Halloween here at the Manor, this is the BEST source for Halloween music that I know of. Highly recommended!
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
(Thanks for the link, Chris!)
From a man who really did walk with zombies...
I know, I know - it needs more cowbell... One of those bands that were once on the cutting edge....
My fave song by Led Zeppelin. I think it's one of the most sinister tunes that I know of. The words, rhythm and beat all combine into something dream-like and otherworldly. It works perfectly as a soundtrack to Jonathan Harker's carriage ride to Dracula's castle in Nosferatu. It goes well with a bottle of cabernet...
Ah yes, disturbing little song. I remember when I first heard it on the radio back in high school, thinking this was the freakiest thing I'd ever heard.
Beer bottle caps....I'm a gazillionaire!
(Thanks for the link, Chris!)
Monday, October 27, 2008
Amazing, I thought I was the only one who remembered this band and album - an entire LP* based on the works of Poe. Very cool.
(*Missy - it's fabulously rare...)
One of the great occult pop songs...
Another amazing footnote to WWII.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
I love this sketch...
Saturday, October 25, 2008
And so, we slowly but surely see the latest efforts at pop technology turn into corporate sludge. I knew this would happen - it has to. The very nature of the market demands it. In a few years you'll be paying for a satellite feed that is no more interesting than the current crap on free radio. Internet radio is where it's at guys, because the market doesn't matter when any dude with a thousand dollars can put on a show...
There's some disagreement on when this day is celebrated - either today or on Halloween itself. Do both!
Friday, October 24, 2008
Another interesting little tidbit of WWII history.
An interesting little tidbit of WWII history.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
There's only one Screamin' Jay...
Of course, this discovery will not surprise in the least anyone of a Cthulhoid nature. Just wait till they find out what awaits them in those mountains....
I don't think we're in Kansas anymore.....
We must stem this phenomena, nipping it at the bud, and leave blogging to those of us with roots in the community who are capable of branching out into new areas. Besides, I suspect this whole operation is evidence of graft...
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
I've always preferred a more "hands-on" approach to learning....
(Thanks for the link, Chris!)
Monday, October 20, 2008
I guess my only question is what all these sleepy people are doing listening to Michael Stipe?
I can't believe that those of us who purchased the earlier box set are now being punished for our enthusiasm...
(Thanks for the link, Ed!)
I've written a bit about Buchwald in the past, I'll just say that he's always been a reminder of happier times for me.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
And Autumn's Closing In...
Black Widow performing In Ancient Days http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CExXz8zp7T0&feature=related
Black Sabbath fan video for Behind The Wall Of Sleep/N.I.B./Basically http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxhkXw1rW5c
Coven fan video for Black Sabbath http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZlgRf4ec1c
Dream Syndicate fan video for Halloween http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOOnSC_SEGw
The Ramones video for Pet Semetary http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eEOZA2k3Plw
Roky Erickson performing Creature With The Atom Brain http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PJ21m2PfhU
The X-Files intro http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q9SHxgeHiR0
My fave name for a war...
Saturday, October 18, 2008
The irony, (and there' s always irony here at the Manor), is that one of the main reasons I wanted such portability was so we could take the machine into the living room, sit in front of the fireplace and listen to the collection of old radio shows I have on MP3 files. So, we're spending a small fortune on 2008 technology in order to be entertained by 1938 technology. Go figure.
I'll also take this opportunity to thank my friend John for helping hook all of this stuff up and get it working properly - we couldn't have done it with out you, man. Nearly six hours of work and all it cost was some shoo-fly pie and some Arrogant Bastard beer. We really appreciate it!
'Twas on this date in 1970 that Bunnyman made the first of several infamous appearances, just up the road from where I sit in the Manor. There's been so much bullshit written about him over the years that I don't know whether to be amused or appalled, (like many of you, I remember quite well when this was occuring). The above link is the definitive story. As for me, on the darkest of nights, I can still hear him hippity hoppiting along, spreading terror....
Friday, October 17, 2008
(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)
It's possible, there were all sorts of schemes going on in that dark year, but I would tend to err on the side of caution. First of all, I seem to remember some statistics regarding America supplying a lot of food to Spain and how this would have been cut off should they have openly attacked Britain. Another factor is that the Spanish army, frankly, sucked. It's sucked for several hundred years, in fact, and the civil war had not exactly left the country in great fortune. Like other supposed and public "neutrals", (Portugal, Sweden, and Switzerland), Spain WAS pro nazi - how could it not be; but didn't want to expend any more effort than it had to, especially when such effort might involve serious consequences, (like an American invasion in 1944). Franco was smart, and thus stayed in power, (much to my disgust). I might note that in addition to his contributions to the nazi cause listed in the article, he also sent a division to help fight the Russians, the "Blue Division". So much for Mr. Neutrality.
On the other hand, Britain had much better relations with fascists than our modern historians grant them. Right up until September of '39, the British were much more afraid of Stalin than Hitler and often ignored the latter or even helped him if they thought it would thwart the former, (one must dig deep to ferret out this information, it is not popular...). During the Spanish Civil War, Gibraltor would alert Franco to Russian supply ship movements to the Republicans so that his German and Italian allies could locate and bomb them. You see, "blowback" didn't start with Afghanistan. History is quite interesting...
A dear friend of our family was a bomb disposal expert for Britain DURING the war. A remarkably humble and calm man...
Very cool article. I remember visiting the Florida attraction, I think in '70, and this was my fave ride.
(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)
I am honestly bummed by this news, though it's not unexpected. Levi and the Tops were one of the greats. A wonderful voice.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
One of my faves...
the cutting edge of briquets...
-->The Associated Press
CORNING, Calif. -- The family of a dead elderly woman cremated her remains on a makeshift barbecue and continued collecting her retirement checks amounting to more than $25,000, authorities in Northern California said. Ramona Allmond's daughter and grandson were arrested Sunday on suspicion of embezzlement, elder abuse and disposing of a body without a permit.
Allmond, 84, likely died of natural causes, though investigators were still trying to determine the exact cause of death, said Tehama County sheriff's Capt. Paul Hosler.
Allmond's daughter, Kathleen Allmond, 50, and Allmond's grandson, Tony Ray, 30, told investigators their relative died in December. They left her body on her bedroom floor for a week before cremating the remains in their backyard fire pit, Hosler said.
Investigators said the two kept collecting Allmond's monthly retirement checks, amounting to more than $25,000. Sheriff's Detective Richard Knox said they may have been trying to honor Allmond's desire to die at home and be cremated.
The two were arrested after Allmond's son grew suspicious about her whereabouts.
Both were in jail in lieu of bail, with arraignment scheduled for Thursday. The sheriff's department said they do not yet have attorneys.
(Thanks for the story, Peter!)
Birthday of Noah Webster...
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
This makes me WANT to take drugs...
I've seen this coming, particularly the need for it with modern weapon systems and aircraft. This is going to happen, and it's going to be big. And from there, we start talking about Borg...
all sorts of robot news!
Monday, October 13, 2008
Classic conditioning. Is there anything in this article/study that wasn't well known by Psychology undergraduates 40 years ago?
Sunday, October 12, 2008
The Wolfsbane Is Blooming At The Manor!
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Just down the road from the Manor, of course!
Along with listings of his local Halloween appearances.
A great patriot.
Friday, October 10, 2008
One of my faves. Dave understands rock'n'roll. I'll always remember an irreverent interview he had (I think it was with Rolling Stone). He said, "I won't go down in history - but I will go down on your daughter!" That, ladies and gentlemen, is rock'n'roll....
Thursday, October 09, 2008
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Monday, October 06, 2008
Actually, a lot of my books act like this already...
My friend Mathew just turned me on to these guys (thanks Mathew!). Is anyone else familiar with them?
I've been studying Revolutionary era history off and on for many years. This is wonderful!
Sunday, October 05, 2008
Saturday, October 04, 2008
From count Gore DeVol's site, of course!
I would love to be at the trial when this arrest picture is entered as evidence!
Just toss the kid in too....
Friday, October 03, 2008
Thursday, October 02, 2008
It was late '76 and this song was all over the radio. Edmund's uncle owned an old house out west of Bluemont in what was then abandoned farmland, (there are probably a thousand townhouses there now...). Then, it was the middle of nowhere. About half of the roof had collapsed in on the second floor, and that area was covered in about 3 inches of bird/raccooon/whatever shit; but the remaining four or five rooms were serviceable, and so we decided to have a Halloween party out there. To get to the place was tricky, you took Route 7 to some little road, travelled a while to another smaller blacktop, then a hundred yards or so down a private dirt driveway to an old Black man's shack, where you had to abandon the vehicle, jump a creek and walk another 50-60 yards through dense woods to the ruin. All through the Fall we'd travel up there, clear a path through the woods, built a primitive bridge across the creek, and swept out the house as well as we could, and made peace with the old guy in the shack. We were set for a night that will live on in legend. Halloween came, and the god's showed their disapproval of our plans by unleashing one of the worst rainstorms I've ever seen. The world was water. I left my car on the last blacktop and stumbled in total darkness down the dirt driveway, I'd rather risk my car to redneck vandals than getting stuck in the mud at the bottom of buttfuck Virginia.
As I stumbled across our now treacherously slippery "bridge" and groped my way through the newly hewn path in the woods, I wondered if anyone would be there. But there was a glow in the distance, and Edmund, Scott and a few others huddled inside. Over the the next hour or two a couple more dozen showed up. It was a night of heroes and madmen. Oh, it was a godawful place and night to be out. But duty called to the Elite. After all, there was a party, and we were professionals. Some of you reading this were there. And amongst that number, a few of you might even remember it. From fragments still kicking around inside my brain, I know I had fun. There was at least one near bottle fight, (Fortunately, the beer had been emptied from it before Bob smashed the end off te bottle. There's no reason to be uncivilized about these things). There were oil lamps and candles everywhere, and for weeks thereafter most of us were sneezing and/or coughing up black soot. Life spans were shortened that evening. It's a wonder we didn't upset a flame and burn the damn place down, (not that it would have burned, being totally drenched in rain). Those memory fragments tell me that the overall party was a cross between Animal House and a Black Mass. Vincent Price meets John Belushi.
I had to work the next day, so left around midnight, and managed to claw my way through the mud back to my unmolested car. Many spent the night, which was the sane thing to do. But hey, it was the mid 70's, sanity was out of style.
At any rate, we were talking about Heart and Magic Man. The tie-in is that there was a little magic there and then that night; some nice synchronicity with that song as it played on the radio, so long ago....
Great, great song....
Fantastic song and performance. Little Anthony Rules!
A wonderfully soft song of decadent slouching....
It's early June of '67 and my family is loading up the trailer to go to Colorado. School is out in a few days, and I'm sitting around on a brilliantly sunny Saturday with my little RCA transistor radio listening to WPGC and this song comes on. I don't have any responsibilities, and not a care in the world.
Great country pop song.
I know it's contrived, but I always liked this song and these guys...
Sigh, now my old megaset is out of date....
The NeverEndingWonder Halloween Radio Empire is online for the 2008 Halloween Season!The 8th Annual Halloween Extravaganza began October 1st on NeverEndingWonder. com and promises to be their biggest and best Halloween Celebration yet!In addition to broadcasting the widest varity of Halloween themed music & comedy on three award winning Halloween Radio stations every October, The NeverEndingWonder Halloween Radio Empire announced an exciting new feature this year: The Voices of Halloween! This audio series will present Halloween greetings, memories and station IDs from some of the most infamous names to horror fans, as well as many names they will be happy to learn. You'll hear the renowned Forrest J. Ackerman himself, as well as David Hedison (star of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea and the original version of The Fly), David Chomiak (writer of Fido), Sean Keller (writer of Dario Argento's upcoming film Gaillo), as well as other horror writers, horror film actors, makeup and effects artists, horror hosts, musicians and others!This proves to be the biggest and best year yet on NeverEndingWonder Halloween Radio, which boasts an expanded playlist with thousands of new songs and dozens of new albums sure to delight Halloween fanatics. New soundtracks this year include the original 1932 production of the Mummy, Flowers in the Attic, Teen Wolf, The Lost Boys, John Carpenter's Ghosts of Mars and Christine as well as many standout soundtracks from great horror films of the last few years including 1408, Grindhouse, The Mist, Behind the Mask the Rise of Leslie Verson, Zodiac, Pan's Labyrinth, Sweeney Todd and more. More variety in Halloween themed music will be in evidence as well with more rock, classical, alternative, horror punk, horror pop, punkabilly, rockabilly, psychobilly, horror surf, Gothic, industrial, and other types of music from such artists as Alice Cooper, Pink Floyd, Hawkwind, Blue Oyster Cult, Lacuna Coil, This Mortal Coil, Type O Negative, The Meteors, Man or Astro-Man, kings of Wizard Rock Harry and the Potters, Michale Graves, Wednesday 13, Elvis Hitler, Rob Zombie, White Zombie, Midnight Syndicate (including their hot of the presses new CD Dead Matter: Cemetary Gates) and of course, much more.Naturally the ever popular twice daily doses of spooky Old Time Radio shows will be back at noon and midnight Pacific Time.Welcome to Weirdsville - the Silly Side of Halloween has expanded their offerings this year as well, presenting dozens of rare cut-in or break-in novelty records, more monster novelty songs from the monster heyday of the 50s and 60s. New albums added include The Addams Family TV theme Album, At Home With The Munsters, Mike Hoffman's Monster University Touchdown and Astro Al's Psychodelic Drive-In Music.Halloween On Broadway is back again this year, presenting strange, off the wall and out of this world musicals like Rocky Horror, Little Shop of Horrors, Sweeney Todd, Phantom of the Opera and so much more. New this year are the Sweeney Todd soundtrack featuring Johnny Depp, David Bowie's Labyrith soundtrack, the expanded edition of Nightmare Before Christmas and Mike Hoffman's Western Gothic Spaghetti and Blood!You can tune into the stations of the NeverEndingWonder Halloween Radio Empire here:http://www.neverendingwonder.com/NeverEndingWonder Radio can also be accessed on iTunes by going to their radio section and looking in the ECLECTIC genre.The insane Uncle Ozma will be repeating his insane stunt from last year and will broadcast live shows Oct. 30 & 31 for as long as he can stay awake!
This is just SO COOOL! I'm gonna nag Linda until she gets me one....
(Thanks for the link, Chris!)
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
One of our greatest Naval heroes, now almost forgotten. Don't Give Up The Ship...