Saturday, December 31, 2011

The latest on this year's Frozen Dead Guy Days in Nederland, Colorado

Neat-o!  I've never been to the Festival, (and it's got to be brutally cold there in March), but have been to Nederland and enjoyed the town and the beautiful scenery around it. 

Happy Birthday Burton Cummings!

Happy Birthday George Marshall!

Happy Hogmanay!

Happy National Champagne Day!


Friday, December 30, 2011

Another example of how complex geopolitics can get

One can debate who is good and/or evil, and who is right and/or wrong. But I would remind folks that geopolitics is always messy. Even with the nazis and Japanese coming right out of central casting for ultimate bad guys, we must remember that the Allies were not always sainted. It would be easy to condemn Irish short-sightedness, etc., but please remember that these decisions were being made by people who had just fought the British in their own bloody war for (semi)independence, and already experienced there own atrocities, (look up any good history about the black & tans...). When one gets into the various captive peoples and nations under the Soviets, the world-wide colonies of France, Belgium, Holland, and Britain, etc. etc. - It gets complicated and not very 'black & white".
I would say, (as I've stated in the past), that almost all of these peoples were naive in their understanding or hopes for the outcome. Oh, I suppose the Irish might have been made mere captive peoples, (but still much worse than even a continuing British occupation would have been); but the various Slavic groups hoping for an end of oppression and murder from Stalin would have faced much worse under hitler, as would many of the Asian colonies hoping for better times through a Japanese win.  It gets complicated...

The Employment Plea

This is wonderful!

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Happy 30th to the Capitol Steps!

A photographic tour of abandoned brothels

Actually, the title is more interesting than the photos...

Happy Birthday Mike Nesmith!

Happy Birthday Tracey Ullman!

Happy Birthday Skeeter Davis!

Happy Birthday Patti Smith!

Genius. Essential.

Happy Birthday Davy Jones!

Happy Birthday Bo Diddley!

Happy Birthday John Otto!

A mad visionary of Western Colorado.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

A nice remembrance of Ed "Big Daddy" Roth,0,4747407.story

I was sooo into this guy's artwork when I was a kid.

The biggest asshole in DC...

Happy Birthday Ray Thomas!

Happy Birthday Mary Tyler Moore!

Happy Birthday Marianne Faithfull!

Happy Birthday Barbara Steele!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

A nice interview with Nils Lofgren

RIP Sean Bonniwell

(Thanks for the link, Perry!)

Happy Birthday Alex Chilton!

Happy Birthday Nichelle Nichols!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

RIP Jim Sherwood

(Thanks for the link, Perry!)

Boris Karloff: This Is Your Life

Fun stuff!

(Thanks for the link, Erik!)

Happy Birthday Mike Pinder!

Happy Birthday Sydney Greenstreet!

Happy Birthday Marlene Dietrich!

One of my faves. It's interesting - A lot of her movies I consider to be awful. Even some of the more famous ones. But she just shines through.

Happy National Fruitcake Day!


Monday, December 26, 2011

RIP Vinny Manniello of Springsteen's old band, The Castiles

Happy Birthday to I Want To Hold Your Hand!

Released in the states on this date in 1963.

Happy Birthday Monterey Pop!

A great movie about my fave music festival. Premiered on this date in '68.

Happy Birthday Elisha Cook!

One of the greatest character actors of all time. One of those people whose name nobody recognizes, but they you show 'em a photo or a film clip, and they immediately say, "Oh yea, I know that guy!"

Happy Birthday Steve Allen!

Happy Wren Day!

Happy National Candy Cane Day!


Happy Boxing Day!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

The Christmas Card


Portal Christmas Tree

A new movie about the Cthulhu Mythos - The Black Goat!


Happy Birthday to The Exorcist!

Premiered on this date in 1973.

Happy Birthday Shane MacGowan!

Happy Birthday Cab Calloway!

Happy Birthday Humphrey Bogart!

Happy Birthday Rod Serling!

Happy National Pumpkin Pie Day!


Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Beer In Space!

At last, the full promise of the space program has been realized.

Britain's Money Trees

How odd. I've not heard of this before.

My next stereo amp

kim jong-il's monster movie

Darth Vader In Love

Santa VS Satan VS Zombies

He's On The Move!

Happy Birthday Fritz Leiber!

Happy National Eggnog Day!


Friday, December 23, 2011

The Sugar Plum Fairy performed by Tesla Coils!

Very cute! Victor Frankenstein would be proud!

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

French Crime

Hamburger Helper

The Santa-Friendly Chimeny

Santa VS Satan VS Zombies

Happy Festivus!

Happy Birthday to The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly!

Premiered on this date in 1966.

Happy Roots Day!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

And so, this is Christmas..

Another chapter in my long, convoluted, contradictory, and complicated history with the Holiday.  I probably won't be doing too much posting over the next few days.  So I will take this opportunity to wish you, gentle readers, a Happy Holiday, (if and whatever you celebrate at this time of year).  One of the things I like about this time of year, is that it provides an excuse to get together with family and friends, perhaps my favorite activity of all.  Some of you reading this will be part of that.  We'll have fun - we always do, and it means more to me than you imagine.
And for those of you not a part of that, I sincerely hope that you can enjoy similar get-togethers with your own circles.  It's important.  The older you get, the more you'll realize that. 
Another aspect of these times, for me, will be remembering those who used to be a part of my life and these celebrations, who are no longer around.  Pop folklore tells us that Halloween is the time for ghosts.  But for me, it's always this Season.  The Manor is full of them.  (Once again - the older you get, the more you'll probably understand this). 
And so, gentle reader, I wish you a time of happiness, health, and safety.   See ya tomorrow...

Bruce performs Santa Claus Is Coming To Town!

A Classic. 

The coolest song on Sesame Street!


(Thanks for the link, Carol!)

Happy Birthday to My Name Is Trinity

Premiered on this date in 1970.  A great spoof of spaghetti westerns.

Happy Birthday to The Mummy!

Premiered on this date in 1932.

Happy Birthday James Burke!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Terry Gilliam's Christmas Card


(Thanks for the link, Tom!)

Jason & The Straptones perform I Found The Brains Of Santa Claus

Ah, that warm and cheery Christmas feeling!

first trailer for The Hobbit

(Thanks for the link, Tom!)

Happy Birthday to The President's Analyst!

One of my fave movies.  Premiered on this date in '67.

Happy Mumping Day!

Happy Midwinter's Day!

Happy Birthday Frank Zappa!

Happy Birthday Vampira!

Happy National Hamburger Day!


Happy National Kiwi Fruit Day!


Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The Waitresses perform Christmas Wrapping

One of my faves, a great tune.

Happy Birthday to The Graduate!

Premiered on this date in 1967.

Happy National Fried Shrimp Day!


Monday, December 19, 2011

Jimmie James channels Bette Davis performing Feliz Navidad

Happy Birthday Phil Ochs!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Cthulhu Family Car Stickers!

The Flirtations perform Christmas Time Is Here Again

A nice holiday song from the late 60's that's almost forgotten today.

Happy Birthday to The Grinch!

Premiered on this date in 1966. Brilliant. Essential.

Happy Birthday to For A Few Dollars More!

My fave spaghetti western. Premiered on this date in 1965. Fun stuff!

Happy Birthday Keith Richards!

Happy Birthday Michael Moorcock!

Happy Birthday Christopher Fry!

My favorite playwright, creator of the character Thomas Mendip.....

Saturday, December 17, 2011

It's Christmas Time!

And nothing says it better than the Star Wars Holiday Special!  Generally regarded as the most embarrassingly bad thing EVER broadcast on TV;  it lurches from boring to cringe-worthy to head scratching inanity with ease.   I heartily recommend it!

Tim Burton is remaking Frankenweenie

I love the original.

Beach Boys Reunion

I mean, this is nice and all, I guess.  But it's really always been about Brian.  Al Jardine has always seemed like a nice guy, and Johnson is okay, (although a long way from being a "founder" like the article makes out.  But Mike Love is a bitter old dick.  We'll see how it goes, I guess.

Soviet parachutes with retro rockets

Neat looking.  I'd be curious how the landing actually goes.  I know that the Soviets were almost obsessed with airborne stuff back in the 30's and early 40's.  The rumor, (probably true), is that attempts were made for manned tanks to even be air-dropped.  It didn't work...

Underground DC

My hometown.  As is usual nowadays with the Post, the article is pretty light.  For instance, it misses out on the Weather Mountain installation, some of our old missile silos and their command centers, as well as one legend that is still debated:  a secret tunnel from the Pentagon to the White House. 

Twinkle Twinkle Little Vagina

This is one of those situations where I start to wonder about people's perceptions, judgement and motivations.  I mean, if no one had taken the time to bring it up, this whole thing would amount to less than nothing.  But now, loads of people, myself included, want to know what these hand gestures are, etc. 

The Donation

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Toyota's vision of the future

What's most interesting to me about this is how downright uninteresting that I found it.  Basically, great tubs of cash and time are going to be spent making my (very expensive) car a little light show.  This reminds me of those old hi-fi speakers you could buy from Lafayette Electronics that had little "psychedelic" lights in the speaker screen that would pulse with the music, (maybe...).  Pardon me while I yawn with delight.  Like so many other car commercials, this seems devoted to boys too young to drive a car (holographic babes chatting me up as I drive - give me a fucking break).  I'd be more interested in something that has a very low carbon imprint, both in it's manufacture and its operation, something with interesting safety features; and of course, laser beams to destroy those who are in my way. 

A letter to IKEA

The Other Space Race

Nice little synopsis of other countries' efforts.

Melanie performs We Wish You A Merry Christmas

Happy Birthday to Curse of the Demon!

One of my faves, and one of the greatest horror movies of all time. Brilliant and Essential.

Happy Birthday to The Simpsons!

The show premiered on this date in 1989. Brilliant. Essential.

Happy Kendricks!

Happy Birthday Paul Rodgers!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Darlene Love performs Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)

Perhaps Phil Spector's finest hour. And Darlene is an American Treasure.

A Very Zombie Holiday!

Happy Birthday Benny Andersson!

Happy Birthday Billy Gibbons!

Anniversary of the Boston Tea Party!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Mr. Mojo's Christmas

Fun stuff!

The Nativity From Hell

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

The Fabs Last Stand

Brilliant! Tee Hee!

(Thanks for the link, Erik!)

Happy Birthday Young Frankenstein!

Another brilliant comedy.  Premiered on this date in '74.

Happy Birthday to One Two Three!,_Two,_Three

One of my fave comedies.  Brilliant.  Premiered on this date in 1961.

Happy Birthday Dave Clark!

Happy Birthday Alan Freed!

Happy Birthday John Hammond, Sr.!

Happy Bill of Rights Day!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Snail Racing!

The drama! The passion!

Jimi Hendrix performs a Holiday Medley

Happy Birthday to I'm Gonna Git You Sucka!

One of my faves.  Premiered on this date in 1988.

Happy Birthday Spike Jones!

Genius.  Essential.

Happy Birthday Patty Duke!

Happy Birthday Morey Amsterdam!

Happy Halcyon Days!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011


An interesting collection of historical spies

Killing Your Friends Through Facebook - The App

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Creepy Christmas Songs

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Ray Charles performs Christmas Time

A Classic.

Happy Birthday Dick Van Dyke!

Happy Ice Cream Day!


Monday, December 12, 2011

Colbert & Krampus!

Tee Hee!

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Chad Vader takes on red light cameras!

Captain Sensible performs One Christmas Catalogue

Krampus Animation! The child licking Christmas Demon!


(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Sound Art

Fun stuff!

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Happy Birthday to The Wolf Man!

Premiered on this date in 1941.

Happy Birthday Robin Tyner!

Vocalist for the legendary MC5. Essential.

Happy Birthday Edward G. Robinson!

Happy Birthday Karl Wagner!

One of my all-time fave authors. A master of horror and sword & sorcery.

Happy Birthday Dinonne Warwick!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

RIP Bob Burnett,0,2538736.story

It was a very different time.  One that's easy to make fun of, now.   I guess you had to be there...

Happy Birthday to The Capitol Steps!

DC's own satire troupe.  Formed on this date in 1981 - 30 years ago!

The Tutor

I weep...

Weird Al performs Christmas At Ground Zero

new edition of an REH biography

Happy Birthday V For Vendetta!

Fun movie. Premiered on this date in 2005.

Happy Birthday George Mason!

Saturday, December 10, 2011


Squishable Cthulhu!

fanvid for The Ravers performing Punk Rock Christmas

Movie title of the day

"Manos" in HD!

Some thoughts on the future, and the singularity...

Happy Birthday CBGB's!

Opened on this date in 1973.

Happy Birthday Emily Dickinson!

Happy National Lager Day!


Wreaths Across America Day

I've written of this each year that I've been aware of it.  Normally, such activities aren't really to my taste or nature.  But going out to Arlington and viewing the whole scene is quite moving.

Friday, December 09, 2011

Cthulhu waterglobe!

That "new car" smell...

V For Vendetta!

The Santa Dash

Return of the mammoth?

Wuss Facebook

Realistic Dwarf Talk

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones perform Christmas Time

One of my faves. 

Happy Birthday to Charlie Bown Christmas!

A true Classic. Maybe the best Holiday soundtrack of all time.

Happy Birthday Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.!

Happy Birthday Michael Dorn!

Happy Birthday Margaret Hamilton!

Happy Birthday Joan Armatrading!

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Lennon performs Happy Xmas (War Is Over)

A Classic. 

Anniversary of the murder of John Lennon

Happy Birthday Jim Morrison!

Happy Birthday Flip Wilson!

Happy Birthday Sinead O'Connor!

Happy Birthday Jerry Butler!

The Iceman....

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

The Ramones perform Merry Christmas (I Don't Want To Fight Tonight)

RIP Dobie Gray

(Thanks for the link, Perry!)

the friendly skys

I've said it before:  flying has become nothing but a series of worries, hassles, injustices and insults.  Virtually anywhere East of the Mississippi that I plan on visiting are going to now involve car trips.  As tiring as it gets, it's still worth it to me to avoid what flight has become.

AbFab next month!

Happy Birthday Tom Waits!

Happy Birthday Vlad Tepes - Mr. Excitement!

Happy Birthday Eli Wallach!

Happy Birthday Harry Chapin!

Happy Birthday Allan B. Calhamer

Inventor of the boardgame, Diplomacy. One of the greatest games of all time. Essential.

Happy Letter Writing Day!

A lost art....

Today is Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

hitler's hot in Qatar, apparently

My ol' penpal, Infidel757, just posted a disturbing story about Russian nazis. And now this. Yes, I'm sure that many Arabs are all delighted with the antisemetism,and I know that adolf wasn't above trying to gain some Arab support during the war.  But the fact of the matter is that it's well known that Germany and Italy both had imperial plans for the region, and scant regard for the people living there.  Just because someone hates who you hate doesn't mean they don't hate you just as much.  As for Virgin, I agree with the person in the article. Carry it, but don't promote the damn thing.   It's an important book and should be studied by anyone seriously interested in modern history, political philosophy, and evil, (I've read it twice).  But to make it the bluelight special...  Shame on you bastards...

When radio was cool, and dangerous: The WGTB story

I miss them so much...

Disturbing snowmen...

(Thanks for the link, Audrey!)

Skeleton Santa in Leesburg!

(Thanks for the link, Linda!)

Movie trailer for Josh Whedon's Cabin In The Woods

Kirsty & the Pogues perform Fairytale of New York

A great Holiday-time song. Leaves you laughing and crying at the same time. RIP Kirsty...

My Drunk Kitchen takes on pizza!

Firesign Theatre live radio broadcast on 12/8!

Very cool!

(Thanks for the link, Erik!)

Happy Birthday David Ossman!

Genius. Essential.

Monday, December 05, 2011

The Most Modern Cover Band

(Thanks for the link and title, Mathew!)

Iranian Intelligence - a little late...

Tee Hee! I can hardly wait for Tehran to announce the sinking of the Titanic!

My kind of Christmas Tree ornament!

fanvid for Bobby Goldsboro performing Look Around You (It's Christmas Time)

A guilty pleasure, but I really love this song.

The Virgin Diaries Kiss

Fun stuff!

(Thanks for the link, Audrey!)

Now More Then Ever....

The Digital Nativity Story

Very cute!

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Nativity Sets - from Hell....

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Happy Birthday Little Richard!

Elvis may be considered the King. But Rich was the Queen!

Happy Birthday Alvy Moore!

Happy Ninja Day!

Happy Repeal Day!


Sunday, December 04, 2011

MTV's Holiday commercial

The commercial is great! And the rubes treating it seriously makes it all the funnier.

Keith Emerson performs I Believe In Father Christmas

The Battle of Annandale

Some very good friends of my family owned a house right where this took place, one could still see the old embankment where the railroad was to run in back of their house, . And they'd go out and pick up old bullets from the ground where the skirmish had taken place.

Happy Birthday Southside Johnny!

One of my faves.

Happy National Cookie Day!


Saturday, December 03, 2011

Bowie & Bing perform Little Drummer Boy

A classic moment in pop culture.

NORAD's Santa Tracker site is up

I know that it's corny. But I've always liked this.

Happy Birthday Ozzy!

Happy National Apple Pie Day!


Friday, December 02, 2011

RIP Alan Sues

Bowie performs Heroes

My fave song by him.  It was around this time, in '77 that this video was made, for the last Bing Crosby Christmas special.  (Bingo had died by the time it was aired, if I remember correctly).  The whole shiny bleakness of Eno's production is just a perfect fit for the hopeless, romantic, spit-in-your-eye desperation of the song.  It was appropriate then, and now....

fanvid for The Moody Blues performing Thinking Is The Best Way To Travel

Another fun tune from one of my fave groups.  Great late 60's psych-pop.

fanvid for The Monks performing Skylab

One of the great instrumentals of the past 35 years.  Fun stuff!

The Kinks perform Father Christmas

Shoot Me....

(Thanks for the link, Hannah!)

An escape from a sunken sub

An extraordinary tale from WWII.

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

What bored (and brilliant) Welshmen do....!

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

The 56 Best/Worst Similes

All of these are entertaining, some of them are pure genius.

(Thanks for the link Carol!)

Tis The Season....

The return of Karl Straub to Rock'N'Roll!

Karl's an old acquaintance of mine, and one of the finest songwriters to ever come out of DC (along with Mary Chapin Carpenter, Marvin Gaye and Jim Morrison).  His CD's while performing with the Graverobbers are all excellent, and the ultra-limited edition Christmas cassette he put out is a minor classic and has become the traditional soundtrack for us decorating the tree here at the Manor.

Happy Birthday Jonathan Frid!

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Simon & Garfunkel perform Silent Night/7:00 News

The end of cursive?

I'm ambivalent about this.  My handwriting has always been poor, and now verges on the shameful.

The biggest insect!


(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

A ncie slam on the Grammy's

I confess I gave up paying attention the them around puberty.  The awards and show simply don't represent what I like in pop culture.

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

RIP Keef Hartley

(Thanks for the link, Perry!)

A gift for the Star Wars geek in your life...


A Wonderful interview series with Burt Bacharach

(Thanks for the link, Erik!)

The Critic...

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Railgun news

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

Happy Birthday John Densmore!

Happy National Pie Day!