Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Rock Stars - Then & Now

(Thanks for the link, Carol!)

Another sign of the End Times - The Candwich

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Happy Birthday to A Big Hand For The Little Lady

One of my fave movies, and the only one I know of to accurately present True Gamesmen.  Premiered on this date in 1966.

Happy Birthday Clint Eastwood!

Happy Birthday John Bonham!

Monday, May 30, 2011


Sly and the Family Stone are one of my favorite groups.  I consider them to be absolutely essential to our culture.  And my fave song by them is this, Hot Fun In The Summertime.  It was released in the Summer of '69, and since then I've made it a habit to listen to it at the start and end of each Summer.  It forms the perfect bracket to the season.  Over forty years, now.  And so another turn of the wheel occurs.  See ya tomorrow....

The Cramps perform New Kind Of Kick

One of the greatest rock bands performing one of the greatest rock songs.  Sounds even better after the fourth bourbon...

fanivid for Mojo Nixon & Skid Roper performing Jesus At McDonalds

A personal fave.  Brilliant post-Jonathan Richmanesque rock'n'roll.

fanvid for Otis Redding & Carla Thomas performing Tramp

One of my all-time fave R&B songs.  A perfect combination of fun and funk.  Masterpiece.

Steely Dan performs Reelin' In The Years

And while we're dealin' with graduations, this was going through my head and the radio waves at the time.  Movin' on...

fanivd for Seals & Crofts performing We May Never Pass This Way Again

Ah, as I'd mentioned before, this time of year evokes so many memories.  My own high school graduation was a blur - frankly, I couldn't wait to get out of there - social loser, shy, iconoclast, subversive - these are not Senior Prom material.  But over the years I see the news reports about the proms and graduations, and the kids for whom it's important, and this song comes to mind.  For better or worse, (and for me - much better), you can't go back, kids.

The (Real) Cutting Edge of Evidence Gathering

Headline of the Day

'Tis Summer...

Last night, saw the first firefly of the year; First air quality warning of the year; First Heat Advisory Warning of the year (it'll be in the mid 90's and is supposed to feel about ten degrees warmer than that).  Welcome Summer, in all your heat-sapping, insect laden, sweat-drenched, malarial fury!

More turns to the mystery of Rudolf Hess

I tend to discount most of the supposed wild tales and mysteries surrounding WWII, but there are several important ones that I believe have real legitimacy. And of those, the major one is the flight of Rudolf Hess. To make a long story short, there appears to be circumstantial evidence pointing in either direction - an unhinged fool on a silly romantic quest, or a real chapter in secret negotiations between Britain and Germany. The main difficulty is that we'll probably never know for sure. Churchill was no fool, particularly when it came to self promotion and historical record. He would have kept a very tight hand on any documentation that he felt affected his legacy, and would have had it destroyed the moment it was no long needed.

Happy Birthday Mel Blanc!

Memorial Day

It seems weird to me to wish someone a "Happy" Memorial Day. I will simply wish you a safe and peaceful one.

Happy Birthday to Copacabana

Premiered on this date in 1947. The last movie with Grouch as the star.

Sunday, May 29, 2011


Headline of the day

The Stones' promo video for We Love You

Everly Brothers outtakes CD!

Creepy Magazine T-Shirts!


I'll be lighting a candle to the memory of Robespierre tonight....

(Thanks for the link, Ed!)

Happy Birthday Melissa Etheridge!

Happy Birthday Patrick Henry!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Darwin Award Nominee

I only regret that he's alive to receive it....

Johnny Winter coves Johnny B. Goode


The Sisters Of Mercy cover Gimme Shelter

Wonderful version. Brings out the bleakness quite nicely...

Millie performs My Boy Lollipop

If I remember correctly, this was the first Top 40 U.S. hit by a Jamaican artist.

The Toys perform Lover's Concerto

One of my faves when I was a kid.

fanvid for The Shirelles performing Baby It's You


A site for people who believe The Onion is real...

(Thanks for the link, Infidel753!)

RIP Gil Scott-Heron

Ringo's going on tour!

Live performance and press conference on June 1st.

Happy Birthday Dr. Guillotin!

Happy Birthday John Fogerty!

Happy Birthday Gladys Knight!

Happy Slugs Return From Capistrano Day!

Happy National Hamburger Day!


A nice article on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Friday, May 27, 2011

Jimi Hendrix performs Fire

So cool...

The mystery of the Leatherman

Cool! I've not heard of this fellow, before now. A nice little historical mystery.

(Thanks for the link, Nick!)

Monash, Melbourne's Matriculating Miss Miraculously Materializes Missing Mass!

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

RIP Jeff Conaway|main5|dl1|sec1_lnk3|66575

I always liked his character on Babylon 5.

Just another day in DC

It is interesting that the DC government is claiming the thieves might be posing as road contractors. Given our area's culture, my guess would be that they ARE road contractors....

more on the Vatican's pro-nazi stance

Geopolitics is never pretty.

newly available (online) MI5 files on nazi saboteurs in America

Very interesting. The overall story is pretty well known, but I look forward to reading the details.

I'm waiting for the limerick defense....

The dark side of online gaming - prison labor???

As a serious and life-long gamer, I consider to be amazed at the fanaticism (and money) that some of these online gamers exhibit. I'm also deeply envious of the game designers, who have managed to get around narcotics laws and create something that is (apparently) just as addicting, and just as lucrative.

What type of D&D Character would you be?

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

The experiment in gender

Actually, I'm not sure I see this as anything but a more publicity-laden example of what at least a few parents have been trying since the early days of "Women's Lib" - trying to break some of the traditional gender mold, etc. I'd also point out the child rearing practices of the American and British upper class in the Victorian and Edwardian eras, at least for boys, tended towards what we view as the feminine. This was sometimes taken to extremes, (read Patrick MacNee's autobiography for an example).

(Thanks for the link, Mike!

God Save The Queen

Released by the Sex Pistol on this date in '77. I still remember running out to Penguin Feather to pick up the (import) single....

Happy Birthday Dashiell Hammett!

Happy Birthday Ramsey Lewis!

Happy Birthday Christopher Lee!

Happy Birthday Vincent Price!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

fanvid for Jorma Kaukonen performing Genesis

One of the most beautiful songs I know of. See ya tomorrow.

The Cars perform You're All I've Got Tonight

Ah yes, Winter of '79, a very cold one, indeed; and this song was perfect for it.

Elton's video for Empty Garden

Great lament for John.

fanvid for Nico covering Heroes

And we jump into the void, and float downward....

fanvid for Martha & The Vandellas performing Dancing In The Street

Pure Motown.

PunkinChunkin's web site

I think this is very cool!

Thriller meets Bollywood

Tee hee!

fanvid for Indian Puddin'N Pipe performing Hashish

A fine little bit of forgotten psychedelia. 

Sounds like an interesting premise to an Ingmar Bergman movie

Aww, look at the cute lil' turtle, OH MY GODS - KILL IT WITH FIRE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Great McDonald's Crusade Against The Amish

OLD Light...

Pretty neat.

Roadside America on your GPS!

For once, I think I see a reason to get a GPS.

My First Cthulhu


Happy Birthday John Wayne!

Happy Birthday Stevie Nicks!

Happy Birthday Bobcat Goldthwaite!

Happy Birthday Matt Stone!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011


Star Trek porn - minus the porn

Get a life!

How much is that nazi in the window?

Sigh. My friend Dennis originally sent me this link a few days ago, (Thanks Dennis!); and I didn't publish it. As I explained to him, the reason why is because my bullshit detector is really buzzing away on this one. For one think, I've spent most of my life studying the War, as well as studying Fortean and psychic phenomena and belief systems - and I've never heard even a whisper about this before now. Frankly, I'd like to see some peer-reviewed documentation.
Secondly, it's quite possible that people were doing this type of "research", but they were either delusional crackpots or professional liars and con-men. Germany was full of these types before and during the rise to power of the nazis, and hitler and himmler supported them in various ways and at various times*. Talking dogs for the SS sounds like just one of many schemes floating around at the time, and a particularly silly one, (if the report in this book is true). I just don't think this thing has legs - if it did occur, it was VERY small potatoes on the fringe of research and certainly didn't go anywhere, (puppies debating voting for Hindenburg - give me a fucking break...). It wouldn't surprise me if this whole thing was just a joke/scam.

*At one point there were TWO "hollow earth" theories being promulgated within the nazi heirarchy.  One, that we were on the outside of a hollow sphere, the other that we were on the INSIDE!  These guys were off their meds.

Better late than never

new pyramids being discovered in Egypt

Neat! I love Egyptology, partially because I suspect that we don't know as much as we think we do about it. There are new discoveries and revelations to be made!

Headline, and story, of the day

tornado VS tractor trailer


(Thanks for the link, Mike!)

a nice day..

     As most of you know, Autumn is my favorite time of year. But as I grow older, the period right now begins to rival it. Those days between May Day and the Solstice seem more and more valuable to me, I just love the way the light is, particularly the long shadows it casts in the early evening. The bug count is still low, (at least around here), the plants are all fresh and not yet forming a jungle. One can just start to get some fresh produce at the farmers' markets, and a small flood of pleasant memories come seeping out of my brain.
     It's a time when school would be ending.  Sweet freedom! And it usually meant a vacation to Colorado.  Just those two events alone would be enough nostalgia to make it a favorite time for me.  But there's a lot of little chapters left, even so.   In my childhood it meant picking strawberries out at our friends Christine and DeEarle's farm - long since paved over in the suburban sprawl.  Or sitting on my Uncle Harry's front walkway, watching the sun go down, with its last rays bathing the Rocky Mountains in the background.  It could mean hunting for box turtles, or pic-nicing at Mt. Vernon.  Later on, it might be having my friend Millie drive all the neighborhood kids up to 7/11 (with her Brand New Drivers License!) for Slurpee's; or playing Cleeba (a local game) at night and keeping the whole area awake with our shouts and taunts.  And later still, this time meant canoeing on the C&O or traipsing through Gtown; heading out to hear bad folk music at the Iguana Club, or getting lost with my friend Rick on some Hunter Thompson-esque sojourn in search of the next party.  Some nice days.
Here's some tunes.

Willing to trade!

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

Blood of the Vines

A subsidiary of the blog for Trailers From Hell, (which I also highly recommend); this one is my kind of blog - discusses the pairings of wine with horror movies. I'm right with you, boys....

Happy Birthday Paul Weller!

Happy Birthday Hal David!

Happy Birthday Richard O'Brien!

Happy Towel Day!

Happy National Wine Day!


Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Night Sun performing Living With The Dying

nice old-fashioned prog rock.

New video from Well Hung Heart - We Rule The World

The People Of Walmart - the music video

(Thanks for the link, Mike!)

Happy Birthday Tommy Chong!

Happy Birthday Patti LaBelle!

Happy Birthday Mr. Zimmerman!

I'd write about him more, but the Chinese forbid it.  I'm sure Bob would understand....     ;)

Happy National Escargot Day!


Monday, May 23, 2011

film from the Iceland volcano


(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

The cutting edge of under-age drinking

Check out the dates.
If he'd waited just one more day....

Tee Hee! My cheap-ass Saturn could have made that.

I believe that the group, War, dealt with this issue a while back:

Snob rubbers

As I've said many times before - I love it when someone comes up with an idea to separate stupid wealthy people from their money....

Punishment leads to Civilization

Robert Plant & John Bonham - before Led Zep

Pretty neat!

The Rapture - the Taiwanese view

I love the line, "Sucks to be you."

Radium condoms

I assume this represents two forms of birth control in one: the condom, and sterilization.

See-Through Frog

Pretty neat!

Culling the Herd....

The Mothership lands at the Smithsonian

Happy Bithday to The Thin Man! ((the film)

Premiered on this date in 1934.  One of my faves.

Happy Birthday Douglas Fairbanks, Sr.!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

? & The Mysterions perform 96 Tears

So cool....

fanvid for Shockabilly covering Psychotic Reaction

Fun stuff! Eugene Chadbourne is an under-appreciated rock iconoclast.

Southside performs Love On The Wrong Side Of Town

One of my fave songs by one of my fave performers.

Jethro Tull performs Hymn 43

Fun stuff!

The first Quantum PC is now for sale, (supposedly)

18 locations censored on Google maps

a nice interview with Ringo

An attempt to rehabilitate lord haw haw

Sigh. I do not believe in punishing children for what their parents have done. Nor do I expect them to necessarily turn on their parents, regardless of their crimes. So I will excuse this poor woman. But it's all rubbish. Haw haw got let off lightly, death was too quick and not nearly painful or humiliating enough. I couldn't care less how many passports he had, nor what nationalities they were. As for his supposed British "patriotism" - well yes, as long as you fit his aryan ideal of what was British. Otherwise, he'd just as soon shoot you. The guy was a pig, a pardon would be a sign of a deep moral cowardice and mendacity.

Elvis Costello performs Waiting For The End Of The World

Photo list of Yugoslavian monuments

Pretty interesting collection.

Stereo Speakers

Happy Birthday Bernie Taupin!

Happy Birthday Arthur Conan Doyle!

(Un)Happy World Goth Day!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

End of the World Newcast

(Thanks for the link, Tom!)

The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets perform The Sounds of Tindalos

Cthulhu Rock!

fanvid for Nite City performing Nite City

A Ray Manzarek band in the mid 70's that almost nobody remembers.  I always loved these guys; got to see 'em perform at the Warner Theater and they put on a nice show.  Nice example of the slightly darker side of L.A. rock at that time (as opposed to all the soft rockers like the Eagles and Jackson Browne, etc.)

Gladys Knight & The Pips perform Midnight Train To Georgia

Always liked this tune, even though the backing vocal style verges on the silly.

A new blog devoted to Dark Shadows

Headline of the Day

Boating In Virginia - the cutting eddge

Barney arrests Otis

Great moments in carolina tax money expenses.  They'll get my checkerboard when they pry it from my cold dead hand.

a reissue of the complete Fantasy Fan for sale!

This is very tempting...

Apparently, it's the theme for the day

It's sort of amusing on how perspectives work out. The people who think that they're leaving the earth today think that they're the fortunate ones. And yet, I believe that those of us who are supposed to be "Left Behind", will be much better off in their absence....

Happy Anniversary to Bogey & Bacall!

One of the great romances. The date also happens to be my wedding Anniversary. Thanks for a great 29 years, Linda!

Happy Birthday Ron Isley!

One of the greats.

Happy Armed Forces Day!

Friday, May 20, 2011

The Stranglers' video for Walk On By

A minor classic.

Gaithersburg Book Festival starts tomorrow!

Suzanne Vega performs marlene On The Wall

Always liked this song. Very pretty.

The Smithereens perform Behind The Wall Of Sleep

Great power pop song and band.

I only read it for the articles

Endangered Species,20491/

So true...

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Dracula - Beware!

Camel performs Never Let Go

Very pretty music.

Jane Austen + iPhone

Tomorrow's weather report.....

It's starting...

We were in Old Town yesterday and stopped by the Christmas Attic. They'd just started putting out Halloween decorations for sale....

Three more Kinks reissues on the way!

A nice review of Port City Brewery,0

Clearly, the Universe needs Beano

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

FAQ for Students during the Rapture

Tee Hee!

(Thanks for the link, Chris!)

Great responses to Facebook misspellings

(Thanks for the link, Audrey!)

Great moments in google Searches

(Thanks for the link, Audrey!)

Just another day in DC 'education'

Happy Birthday Joe Cocker!

Happy Birthday Jane Wiedlin!

Happy Birthday Cher!

Happy National Pick Strawberries Day!

Yum!  My knees won't allow me to do it anymore, but I have fond memories of Linda and I going out each Spring to pick 20+ pounds of berries out in Maryland. 

Mike the Headless Chicken Festival starts today!

Woo Hoo!  Situated in my Mother's hometown of Fruita, Colorado!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Warning Labels....

(Thanks for the links, Mike!)

Politics on the cutting edge...

(Thanks for the link, Mike!)

RIP Edward Hardwicke

Your tax dollars at work

The cutting edge of getting behind on one's work

We're running late!

Parrot cooperation established

I love stuff like this.

The cutting edge of ice cream trucks

Robots "invent" their own "language"

I'm not sure I agree with the way these terms are defined in the article...

Wargamers VS Somali Pirates

Of course, I'm rather old fashioned about these things, the way you defeat raiding is by killing the people doing the raiding, and those that support them, and anyone benefiting from it. This technique is called warfare, it's very serious and ugly and shouldn't be taken lightly or without the most serious consideration. But when it is entered in it must be done so with eyes wide open and a goal of victory. Everything else just leads to heartbreak and failure.

Another bionic hand operation


A Beatle in Benton, IL

A documentary about George Harrison's visit to his sister living in the US, before the Beatles Invasion. A quirky little film about a footnote in Beatlemania.

(Thanks for the heads-up on this, Erik!)

More details on the obl raid

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

The CDC Warns Against Zombie Outbreak

Um, right.... I've got the chainsaw sharpened and primed, boys...

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

Churchill's nazi cousin-in-law

Another footnote to the war; and I agree with one commenter to the article - I hope there will be more serious and in-depth studies of British (and American!) political currents of the 30's and 40's, particularly those that were pro-nazi and/or pro-appeasement. A lot is already documented, and a lot more needs to be.

Happy Birthday Joey Ramone!

Happy Birthday Pete Townshend!

Happy Birthday Dusty Hill!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Billy Ocean performs Love Really Hurts Without You

I think this may be THE best Motown song NOT produced by Motown.

video for Paul Kantner's Planet Earth Rock & Roll Orchestra

I know he's not very popular, but I've always loved Kantner's radical sci-fi epics.

The Everly Brothers perform Bowling Green

Not a big hit, but it's my favorite tune by the Brothers.

fanivd for The Knaves performing The Girl I Threw Away

One of the great unsung garage bands of the mid-60's.

A Classic: We Didn't Start The Flame War

I had no idea the going rate was so low!

Wuss America

The House That Dialed 911,0,870561.story

The perfect App for DC!

A possible improvement to hearing?

No chianti?

The Standells to record a new album!

The Horror Host Graveyard

A wonderful resource for fans of the genre.

The Ultimate D&D Dice Bag

Plan 9 - The Remake

Hmmm, I'm not sure how I feel about this...

Where, When & How to participate in Rocky Horror

A new controversy over jet fighter development in WWII

Quite interesting, if true. 

Salem's Haunted Happenings Calendar for October

"Chords Of Fame", a Phil Ochs documentary, is now online!

Just another day in PG County....,dc

Happy Birthday Jack Bruce!

Happy Jamestown Day!

Happy Birthday David Byrne!

Happy Birthday to Getting Straight!

A fun movie which premiered on this date in 1970. Although it takes place in an imaginary college in California, THIS is what my high school was like during that period. (I believe this might have been Harrison Ford's first film role....)

Happy Birthday to Let It Be

Released on this date in 1970, (some sources put the date earlier, but I think this is correct)

Happy Birthday L. Frank Baum!

Happy Birthday Eno!

An interview with The Bowman Body from 1974

A legendary local horror host.

Happy Birthday Mark Mothersbaugh!

Happy Visit Your Relatives Day!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Hi-Tech War Dogs

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

Headline of the Day

I wonder what the Yard is hiding?

The official explanation is so ridiculous that it insults one's intelligence. 

New evidence on how language may be an innate part of us

Blotto's video for Goodbye Mr. Bond

Fun stuff!

Happy Birthday Craig Ferguson!

Happy Birthday Maureen O'Sullivan!

Happy Birthday Dick Montana!

Happy Birthday Trent Reznor!

Happy Pack Rat Day!

Monday, May 16, 2011

The Shaggs - The Musical

These gals are legends...

The Owl & The Cat

Very cute!

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Happy Birthday to Pet Sounds!

Issued on this date in '66.

Happy Birthday Jonathan Richman!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Lindisfarne performs Lady Eleanor

Another British folk rock band almost totally unknown in the States.

Jerry Jeff Walker performs L.A. Freeway

Beautiful song; rings True.

Chicago & Me

How the Mighty have Fallen...

Does forgery count in the Talent Competition?

The cutting edge of infidelity denial

Dealing with nazi monsters in one's past

I feel terribly sorry for these people, who have committed no crimes, and I also admire them.  There is so much denial and hiding throughout history, both personal and grand-scale.  I prefer at least trying to meet it head on with honesty and a level head.  That's what many of these folks seem to be doing, despite the immense emotional costs.  I'm a big believer in the old adage about those who ignore the past are more likely to suffer repeats of it in their own lives.  I feel much safer in the company of these Germans than the vast numbers of their countrymen wallowing in denial, subterfuge and lies. 

Cheesecake....and celery, the pictures of Art Frahm

Oh Dr. Freud - Call for you on Line 1.

(Thanks for the link, Infidel753!)

Happy Birthday Eno!

Happy Birthday L. Frank Baum!

Happy Birthday to Let It Be! (the LP)

Released on this date in 1970, (although some sources place it earlier - I think this is the correct one).

Saturday, May 14, 2011

the cutting edge of home invasion

The cutting edge of jewelry for cat lovers


Ah yes, the Fine Quality that mindless authoritarianism always instills....

another reason to hate facebook

It's amusing to this old timer to see the oh-so-hip tech crowd hasn't figured out that many people may actually share a given name. It's called a phone book, pal - check it out sometime, you'll be surprised....

Beautiful sci-fi art from Daniel Xiao

Dino D-Day

Happy Birthday Jack Bruce & David Byrne!

3-D Glasses VS V-2 Rockets

An interesting footnote to the War.

Friday, May 13, 2011

A review of the Bier Baron (the place that replaced our world-famous Brickskeller)

Bong of the Dead

Bunnyman - The Movie

Unfortunately, this appears to have absolutely NOTHING to do with our local legend...

Ah yes, the Decadent West.....

I will leave it for you, Dear Reader, to imagine my comments/jokes/puns regarding this...

(Thanks for the link, Chris!)

'Cause breaking up is hard to do...

The Battle of Agincourt - the rock version

I believe someone's competing with Al Stewart for most obscure historical references in a song.

The cutting edge of bomb maker aliases

What a rube...

Happy Friday the 13th!

The Old Ways die hard in Germany

Interesting, isn't it? The whole case rides on the seeming technicality that this alleged human being is a German citizen, based on a decree from hitler, not any postwar government. So, the next question is - are all of his other decrees followed with equal fidelity and enthusiasm? If not, why not? Jews were denied citizenship at the same time and by the same monster; is that decree still considered in German court cases? I never believed that Germany was truly de-nazified. there's overwhelming evidence to the contrary, for those willing to go beyond the usual American/German/NATO propaganda of the 50's and 60's. But I'm surprised that the children and grandchildren want to continue with this crap.

When Ents Attack

more signs of the End Times

Posting is going to be light for the next ten days

Am going to be pretty busy this week.

To catch up

Happy Birthday to Stevie Wonder, Getting Straight, and Richie Valens. And Happy Leprechaun Day and Jamestown Day!

Gamera Flies!

I know that it's very modest, but I think stuff like this is very cool and can lead to greater things, even in unexpected directions in invention and research.

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

Zero Charisma

A wonderful new satire film involving D&D.

(Thanks for the link, Tom!)

Why I've not been posting lately:

Apparently, this problem has also deleted a variety of posts from the past day or two. Sigh....

a wonderful article and interview with Booker T!

One of the Greats!

(Thanks for the link, Erik!)

Mr Zimmerman digs the hole deeper

So, the Chinese are liars.  And then none of them know who he is or what he's sung - but he sells out concerts there, regardless.  Right...  And he just happens to randomly play songs from place-filler albums, rather than the tunes that made hims a superstar - just by accident, eh?  How....convenient......
Nope, I'll stand by my original assessment.  In fact I think this vapid non-reply to the critics backs it up.  Mr. Zimmerman is a genius.  No doubt about it.  But he's also a self-promoting song and dance man who will do whatever he thinks is necessary to make a buck.  Even lie.  Even to kowtow to authoritarians for more millions to pile onto the stack he already possesses. 
Depending how you count it, this is either the third or the fourth "Dylan has sold out" episode that I've lived through.  It's time people figured it out - he's never sold out, because he never bought in.  He just can write like he did - and do so perfectly.  People can't believe he doesn't believe.  Grow up.  Just enjoy the tunes and the poetry, leave the needless hero worship behind.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

The Next Olympic Sport

Whatever happened to MySpace?

The beginning of an explanation for Gulf War Syndrome

Fascinating.  A childhood friend of mine actually died from this after the first Iraqi War.  I admit that some of the symptoms that some of the troops complain of could (possibly) be diagnosed as psychological reactions to the stress and fear that combat induces - and were.  The original term was "hysteria" which the early psychoanalysts incorrectly and damningly categorized as a purely female phenomena - thus creating a major stigma for any men, particularly troops, suffering from it.  And so we got a whole bunch of new catch phrase describing the same thing, but in more "manly" terms:  shell shock, battle fatigue, etc.  But the stigma still remains.  But this new research sounds like it's going to lead to a serious review of earlier denials and diagnoses.

May is Zombie Awareness Month

And if you drive on Route 1 around here, pretty much every day of the year involves Zombie Awareness...

Roky Erickson bobble head!

Meanwhile, in a Galaxy Far, Far Away....

Awww! Don't you just love those cute childhood movies?

I suspect that a similar incident is what started the Black Death...

(Thanks for the link, Jim!)

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

fanvid for The Great Society performing Somebody To Love

The original version. I love it too....

fanivd for The Damnation of Adam Blessing perfoming Back To The River

Does anybody besides me remember these guys? I think they're a perfect example of early 70's mid-Western hard rock.

Curtis Mayfield performs Gypsy Woman

I just love Curtis' voice.

Joan Armatrading perfoms Show Some Emotion


NRBQ performs I Got A Rocket In My Pocket

A classic by one of the most under-appreciated bands of all time.

Bruce's son gets into music...

Happy Birthday Burt Bacharach!

Happy Birthday Avalon Hill!

The famous wargaming company was founded on this date in 1954 by Charles S. Roberts. In it's heyday it was THE gaming company. The tattered remnants of it remain, but the glory is long past.

Happy Birthday Steve Winwood!

Happy Birthday George Carlin!

Happy Limerick Day!

A human-powered helicopter

Neat!  And I love the name!

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

The cutting edge of radioactive sushi detection

Coming to a RenFest near you!

A nice satire of the NYT

The National Jukebox

historic recordings online from the Library of Congress.  Fun stuff!

I thiink we have our next Pink Panther film plot line

I guess Robin moves up in rank now?

Wuss America

Stories like these are now a daily occurence.  I am clearly unqualified to be a school administrator. I could never muster the pettiness and wussiness necessary for the post. An entire profession characterized as little-hitler nannies, ninnies, bullies, commissars, snitches and spoiled brats; so thin skinned and orchid-like in their reaction to anything outside of their own petty little bureaucratic fantasy worlds that it's a wonder they've survived long enough to be a thorn in the side of anyone who has a real life. Pathetic.  My contemporaries and I could never get through grade school (much less high school) today.  Apparently, we're too tough for 'em....

Great moments in ham sandwich mathematics


If this photo is "real", (and I wouldn't bet the farm on it), I wonder what the hell that thing is?

The cutting edge of ice cream

Guiness cuts out cut offs

"Jet Man" over the Grand Canyon


von Braun a fraud?

Ha!  Wouldn't that be a twist on Operation Paperclip?  I've always subscribed to the Tom Lehrer view of Werner, (who, for some reason, was buried in Alexandria, just down the street from my old high school)

New tune from Well Hung Heart!

One of my fave contemporary bands.

A nice article on the female side of the British Invasion

RIP Dolores Fuller,0,5525788.story

Ed Wood's leading lady...

DC Brau releases their second beer!

I've yet to sample these guys' brews.

Another sign of the End Times:

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Zombies in Falls Church!!!

Very nice article about Roy Orbison and the new CD/DVD collection

(Thanks for the link, Erik!)

Happy Birthday to Bride Of The Monster!

An Ed Wood Classic! Premiered on this date in 1955.

Happy Birthday Eric Burdon!

One of my all-time fave groups was the Animals. Part of my DNA, now.

Happy Birthday Phil Silvers!

One of my faves.

Happy Birthday Salvador Dali!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

fanivd for The Urban Verbs performing The Angry Young Men

Another wonderful band from DC. The Verbs were an art rock band who actually managed to get a national record contract on WB, and then were totally ignored. This was practically my theme song in '80. I'm no longer young, nor angry; just old and bitter....

True West performs And Then The Rain

One of the great neo-psychedelic bands. I loved those guys.

video for The Nazz performing Open My Eyes


Little Richard performs Long Tall Sally

Wonderful! The Queen of Rock'N'Roll!

The Go Go's perform Our Lips Are Sealed

Fun stuff!

Pentagram performs Sign of the Wolf

Probably the heaviest band out of DC. I regret never seeing them, but I suspect that, even now, I'm too young and impressionable...



I am sooo into this. Would love to be invited to an event!

I'm trying! I'm trying!

As NoVa grounds to a halt

I've written about aspects of this before, this is going to destroy driving around large chunks of NoVa. A lot of bribes were paid to stick these offices where they're going. It's going to be much worse than this article implies.

Bruce featured on the vocals of a new song,,20488204,00.html

An inforgraphic for The Lord of the Rings

Ha! Very strange.

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

One apartment = 24 rooms

Pretty neat!

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Can Kirs Kristofferson live this down?

Escargot Epic!

Everybody must get stoned, Your Honor.,0,7196414,full.story

Crows VS bin laden

I imagine something along these lines:

And then the hard drive broke....

Did Bajorans kill bin ladin???

That Vulcan Death Grip gets 'em every time!

Happy Birthday Donovan!

Happy Birthday Bono!

Happy National Shrimp Day!


Monday, May 09, 2011

Liz Phair's video for Extraordinary


video for Lenny Kravitz performing Are You Gonna Go My Way

So cool.  A classic video and song.

fanvid for Chicago performing Does Anyone Really Know What Time It Is

It is a beautiful Spring day in DC, and I was able to spend a fair portion of it strolling around Old Town.  This seems like a perfect song for such a time. 

fanvid for The Misunderstood performing Children Of The Sun

A very good psychedelic band that you've never heard of.  If I remember correctly, they were Californians who didn't get anywhere here and moved to London, where they at least achieved a certain cult status.  Pity, they were cool.

fanvid for The Marvelettes performing Beechwood 4-5789

One of the first great groups out of Motown.  Fun stuff!

Lucifer's Friend performs Lucifer's Friend

A wonderful band and sound, almost unknown in the States.

The Spooky Movie Film Festival is coming in October!

This is probably the premier event for horror movie buffs in the DC region. I've not been (yet), but have seen efforts from past Festivals, and they're quite good. The teaser for 2009 is a wonderful little take on trick or treating and monster movie fans in DC:

Pretty hairy...

We had a fun time at the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival, as always, (Thanks, Rick & Susan!). But my gods, the place is getting crowded. There were lines everywhere and for everything. You couldn't even get into many vendors' booths for all the people milling about. And if you did squeeze in, you might well get stuck there for ten minutes trying to get back out. I'm amazed at how popular knitting (and the associated activities like dyeing, spinning and weaving) has become in our oh-so-hi tech age.

Explore the Night Sky

This is a wonderful!

"Nick Risinger traveled the world, using a robotic camera mount and six air-cooled cameras, each fitted with their own lenses and filters, to capture the entire night sky in one image; the largest full true-color sky survey. The project took a year to complete, and Risinger logged 60,000 travel miles. The final image is made up of over 37,000 individual photos, has a resolution of 5,000 megapixels, and took months to piece together. Risinger says, 'Travel was necessary as capturing the full sphere of the night sky brought with it certain limitations. What might be seen in the northern hemisphere isn't always visible from the south and, likewise with the seasons, what may be overhead in the summer is below the horizon in the winter. Complicated by weather and moon cycles, this made for some narrow windows of opportunity which we chased through the remote areas of Arizona, Texas, Nevada, Colorado, California and Oregon.'"

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Cthulhu Blanket

RIP John Walker

Happy Birthday to the Muppets!

Happy Birthday Dave Prater!

Sunday, May 08, 2011

The "hybrid" car...

The cutting edge of robbers' disguises

Apparently, Germany is no longer a part of NATO...

(Thanks for the link, Dennis!)

The Friends of Old-Time Radio Convention

The World Above The World

A collection of proto-science fiction from French authors of the 19th century. This sounds fascinating!

site for the new Conan movie

We'll see. I confess to being something of a snob when it comes to Robert E. Howard's works. He was a master storyteller, and the Ah-nold films didn't do them justice, in my opinion.

Site for the new Pirates of the Caribbean film

"There But For Fortune" is coming out onDVD in July!

Woo Hoo!

A wonderful article on the Library of Congress's attempts to archive film and music,0,3320526.story

This is sooo cool! I hope we can get first-rate streaming of many old film classics, soon.

(Thanks for the link, Erik!)

A nice little Cthulhu Collage

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Furry Day!

Happy Birthday Ricky Nelson!

Happy Birthday Bob Clampett!

Anniversary of the death of Mordecai Anielewicz & end of Warsaw ghetto uprising

A Martyr and A Hero.  The Uprising is one of those tragic events of bravery and desperation that just defy my puny efforts to describe it. 

Happy V.E. Day!

Saturday, May 07, 2011

An airport in miniature

(Thanks for the link, Nick!)

45 Grave is back with "Night of the Demons"!

One of the best of the L.A. horror punk bands.

Happy Birthday Darren McGavin!

Happy Birthday Gabby Hayes!

THE Ultimate Sidekick.

Happy National Roast Leg Of Lamb Day!


Friday, May 06, 2011

The Cats Of War...

Tee hee!

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Cheap Trick performs Surrender - Mariachi Style

Ha! Fun, but the band dominates the sound too much, they need to let the Mariachi guys get up front more.

A video montage of five cities

Very pretty. I'd love to see something like this done for DC and Seattle.

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

An interesting addition to the debate about the French resistance during WWII

And once again, we see how complicated geopolitics can get. I'd point out that much anti-nazi resistance (even in France)was Communist based and Russian directed, and yet that is frequently ignored in Western histories of the conflict. There are subtleties to what happened, and how it's reported.

The Bush Tetras perform Cowboys In Africa

So cool. One of those bands whom you had to practically work in a record store to have heard of at the time.

Jerry Jeff Walker performs Navajo Rug

Sigh...great song.

Kiki Dee performs I Got The Music In Me

A fine vocalist who should've been bigger.

fanvid for Parliament performing Flashlight


Marmalade performs Reflection Of My Life

Never very big in the States, I always liked this band.  Solid Top 40 Brit pop from the late 60's and early 70's.

Lou Reed performs Sweet Jane


The Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival begins tomorrow

If you're into knitting, spinning and so on, this is Ground Zero for it on the East Coast.

Reissue of REM's Life's Rich Pageant (with plenty of extra cuts)


new book on Shane MacGowan

The Velvet Unknown

A very cool article about a key (and yet barely remembered) player in the avant garde.

(Thanks for the link, Erik!)

Cthulhu Scarf

Happy Birthday Sigmund!

Think I'll smoke a cigar....

I Can't Get No...

On this date in 1965, Keith Richards created the classic guitar riff that
would become "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction." He played it
for Mick Jagger in a hotel room in Clearwater, Florida.

Happy Birthday Orson Welles!

Thursday, May 05, 2011

More and more, life resembles an article in The Onion

Bacon Shoes!

(Thanks for the link, Audrey!)

consumer complaint

One of the last war criminals

Another footnote to the War.  Hungary's alliance with Germany (and this dude's apparent pride in it) is itself a microcosm of the many ironies and contradictions that warfare and geopolitics can stir up.  The alliance was always shaky and pretty forced, (Hungary didn't want to end up like Yugoslavia when it rejected an alliance with hitler).  Despite the alliance with Germany, Hitler hated the Hungarians; never trusted them.  When it became obvious that they were putting out peace feelers to the Russians, he even had the leader's son kidnapped to force his resignation (Operation Panzerfaust - a fascinating commando operation).  My personal suspicion is that if the nazis had won the war, the Magyars would have found their safety and influence steadily chipped away at, until they were treated as the Slavs were to be - enslaved, and their country absorbed into a greater reich.

Last Reunion of "The Hump" Pilots

Happy Birthday Bob Seger!

Seger doesn't seem to garner much respect or enthusiasm these days, but I've always been a fan, since I first heard Ramblin' Gamblin' Man, back about a thousand years ago. A journeyman rocker carrying on the Chuck Berry tradition, and adding some beautiful ballads as well. Seger was perhaps the first of any rock musicians to start to deal with the whole process of how to age (gracefully?) within the genre. I can appreciate that....

Happy Birthday Michael Palin!

Genius. Essential.

Happy National Hoagie Day!


Happy National Oyster Day!


Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Sense & Sensibility & Sea Monsters!

Neat-O!  And don't forget the Meowmorphosis:

(Thanks for the links, Mathew!)

Ah, I shall bring back the Old Days with this app...

(Thanks for the link, Audrey!)

The Great Debate Continues

Thank goodness he didn't drink Tab.  I remain untainted.

John Prine performs Hello In There

One of the prettiest, truest, and saddest songs, ever. 

Eddie & The HoT Rods cover Get Out Of Denver

I absolutely adore this band, one of my all-time faves.  Completely unknown in the States.  A perfect representation of that oh-so-brief time in Britain when pub rock was giving way to punk.

Alice Cooper performs No More Mr. Nice Guy

Fun stuff!  Classic Alice....

Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes perform The Love I Lost

Very cool, reminds me of cruising along the GW Parkway with the radio blaring away on a Spring afternoon, many years ago.

James McMurtry performs Painting By Numbers

Great tune.

Sometimes a movie title just screams out "Great Artistry"

Patti LaBelle is selling cooking seasoning

The "Twinkie Defense" has competition

I'd wait at least three days before declaring him dead....

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Shit happens

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Nose-stylus phone

And let's not forget the meat stylus, as well:

(Thanks for the links, Mathew!)

Someone's not happy about osama....

Happy Birthday Dick Dale!

Happy Birthday to The Mummy! (the remake)

Great film!  Premiered on this date in 1999.

Happy National Homebrew Day!

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Cute or Creepy?

(Thanks for the link and title, Mathew!)

fanvid for Randy Alvey & The Green Fuz performing Green Fuz

Ah, this appears to only be known to the cognoscenti.  One of the worst recorded garage songs of all time, (and that's saying a lot), and yet also one of the best - ever.  This is first rate mid-60's rock'n'roll.  Essential.

fanvid for The Cookies performing Chains

A great King/Goffin tune performed by one of the best girl groups.

The Hollies perform Look Through Any Window

Great sound. The Hollies did have their hits here, but they should've been bigger, nevertheless.

The Pretenders perform Message Of Love

Wonderful song.

The latest in squirt gun technology!

Neat-O!  I had a passion for these things in grade school.  That, and water balloons.  This is so cool!

(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)

Happy Birthday to The Black Cat!

Premiered on this date in 1934.  A classic horror movie.

Happy Birthday to The Cocoanuts!

The first Marx Brothers film.  Wonderful!  Premiered on this date in 1929.

Happy Birthday Pete Seeger!

Happy Brithday Frankie Valli!

Happy Birthday James Brown!

Happy Nettle Day!

Monday, May 02, 2011

An airstrike on Iran?

hmm, curious. 

Great moments in Billboard History

(Thanks for the link, Audrey!)

My new fave term: "Double Tap"

Today is Yom HaShoah

It'll be interesting around here

With osi whacked, it'll be interesting to see what, if any, reactions will consist of.  Needless to say, DC is going to go through more rounds of security measures (as I'm sure places like NYC and London will as well).  We'll see what happens.  It's going to be a hassle, regardless.

Got Him!

News is still coming in, (and I am still digesting it), but it is nice to hear of osi's violent demise.  Hopefully, it was slow, painful and without dignity, but I suspect the SEALS are too efficient and professional  to allow sentiment to enter into their activities.  One and all of the people responsible are to be congratulated.  It is a great day!  I will add, speaking just for myself, that I subscribe to the idea that vengeance is best served coolly, if not ice cold; and there should be more courses served.  There are ten years of "missing time" and a huge compound to be accounted for.  A lot of people, (read:  Pakistanis) who knew about this dude, and supported him handsomely.  We're not talking peasants, we're talking the ruling circles.  They loved him.  They deserve to share his fate. 

Happy Birthday to Miracle On 34th Street!

Premiered on this date in 1947.  (Why they didn't go for a Fall./Winter release will always puzzle me).  One of my fave movies.

Happy Birthday Link Wray!

Happy Birthday Lesley Gore!

One of my faves.

Happy Ducking Day!

One of those obscure holidays from the past that I am reviving.

Sunday, May 01, 2011

Headline of the Day

Happy Birthday Judy Collins!

Happy Birthday Louis Nye!

Happy Herb Day!

(I reject the revisionism in the date....)

Happy May Day!