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  • "Jambalaya" - Instrumental country music cover on synth-bagpipes, by Yours Truly

    09/02/2015 11:59:32 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 54 replies
    Me, via YouTube (as Hopalong Ginsberg) ^ | 9/2/15 | Performed by me (as "Hopalong Ginsberg"); song by Hank Willams
    "Jambalaya" is one of the world's greatest songs. What could possibly make it better? Bagpipes! I record my songs under the stage name of Hopalong Ginsberg. Slings and Arrows was already registered with ASCAP. That's not a joke.
  • Atari games buried more than 30 years ago in New Mexico landfill

    09/02/2015 10:11:19 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 34 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 9/2/15 | By Associated Press and Daily Mail Reporter
    A cache of Atari game cartridges dug up in a New Mexico landfill last year has generated more than $100,000 in sales over the last several months. The April 2014 dig ended speculation surrounding an urban legend and proved it to be true that Atari discarded hundreds of games, including E.T. The Extraterrestrial, more than 30 years ago. In addition to the E.T. cartridges, Joseph Lewandowski found more than 60 other titles including Asteroids, Missile Command, Warlords, Star Raiders, Swordquest, Centipede and Super Breakout.
  • James Bond writer says Adrian Lester would be a better Bond than Idris Elba

    09/01/2015 3:46:41 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 81 replies
    James Bond writer says Adrian Lester would be a better Bond than Idris Elba; Twitter explodes; Update: Horowitz apologizes Folks are furious today at Anthony Horowitz, the British novelist chosen by Ian Fleming’s family to continue write James Bond novels, and some comments he made about the appropriateness of black actor Idris Elba as the next James Bond. First up, here is what Horowitz is quoted as saying in an interview he gave to the Daily Mail:
  • Apple's next pursuit: Its own original programming a la Netflix?

    09/01/2015 7:51:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    CNN Money ^ | 09/01/2015 | By Brian Stelter
    Is Apple about to enter the world of original programming, and if so, what sort of programming is it pursuing? Those questions are swirling in media circles after a Monday night report from Variety, a Hollywood news fixture, that Apple (AAPL, Tech30) is exploring such a move. One thing is for certain: Apple executives are reaching out to high-level entertainment industry types for confidential talks. An executive familiar with the outreach to Hollywood said Apple is assessing whether it should start to bankroll original TV shows and movies. This would put Apple into close competition with streaming services like Netflix...
  • Red Rose Tea chimps (Burgh Thing?)

    08/30/2015 10:35:58 PM PDT · by re_nortex · 51 replies ^ | Published on February 11, 2013 | MrAlcue You Tube account
    Another late night/early morning whimsical post concerning music and a memorable TV commercial. Here's the link to the 1960's Red Rose song, very catchy.
  • Why only Baptist and Secular Music @ my Catholic Father's Memorial?

    08/30/2015 3:41:30 PM PDT · by lee martell · 46 replies
    August 30, 2015 | lee martell
    My father passed away earlier this month at age 86. I traveled from California to Michigan for the memorial service. My oldest sister took charge in getting all the hard work done. She's always been the responsible one, even now. She wrote the obit, contacted friends, ordered the flowers, and booked a room at a local funeral parlor. I offered to help her, but being out of town, it was practical that she and my other siblings make the necessary connections. My Dad used to coach boxing, and there were many, many people there, giving heartfelt testimonials. At first, I...
  • Otis Rush -- So Many Roads

    08/30/2015 9:45:38 AM PDT · by Yardstick · 3 replies
    YouTube ^ | 1975 | Otis Rush Got some goosebumps listening to this song, so I figured I'd post it.
  • New Documentary Reveals the Strange Life of Korla Pandit

    08/29/2015 7:21:51 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Joe Rosato Jr.
    In the category of unusual entertainers, there are few who could hold a candle to Korla Pandit. There was the jeweled turban. The hypnotizing gaze into the TV camera. And the exotic organ playing that earned him the moniker “the godfather of exotica. ” For 15 minutes every afternoon between 1949 and 1951 on Los Angeles’ KTLA, Pandit would hold court on his own live TV broadcast — drawing in viewers with his alluring expressions and his unusual organ playing. He would go on to appear in more than 900 broadcasts during his career, which included cameos in Hollywood films....

    08/29/2015 6:31:40 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 18 replies
    YouTube ^ | Nov 10, 2013 | JIMBLUESROCK CHANNEL
    THE FULL ALBUM BY THE SKY SAXON BLUES BAND. (1967) TRACK LISTING: SIDE A 00:00 Pretty Girl 02:07 Moth And The Flame 06:02 I'll Help You (Carry Your Money To The Bank) 09:37 Cry Wolf 15:46 Plain Spoken SIBE B 18:40 The Gardener 23:36 One More Time Blues 26:04 Creepin' About 28:53 Buzzin' Around
  • ‘Hamilton’ Opens On Broadway, Bigger And Better Than Ever – Review

    08/29/2015 5:30:36 AM PDT · by iowamark · 11 replies ^ | 8/6/2015 | Jeremy Gerard
    Every great musical improves on second (and third, and fourth) hearing; Hamilton, which opened Thursday night at Broadway’s Richard Rodgers Theatre after an extended run last winter at the Public, is no exception. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s electrifying adaptation of Ron Chernow’s celebrated biography of the least-known U.S. Founding Father is not, to use that cliché, a game-changer. It is, in truth, the quintessence of a Broadway musical destined for the record books: Of-the-moment in its rolling, roiling waves of rap used to tell its tale yet timeless in its unembarrassed detours into the sentimental ballads and roof-levitating choral numbers that are...
  • Why Vinyl Sounds Better Than CD, Or Not

    08/29/2015 1:06:53 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 95 replies
    SCIENCE FRIDAY, NPR ^ | February 10, 2012 1:00 PM ET | John Dankosky
    JOHN DANKOSKY, HOST: Up next: how to tell your CD from your MP3, from your AAC. But first, let's start with the LP. When I was a kid, music took up a lot of room - not in your hard drive, but in your life. Being an audiophile meant devoting shelves and shelves and shelves and shelves to your album collection. And when you moved out of your parents' house, out of your first apartment, you hauled milk crates filled with your music collection onto your next life. And these days, most of us probably get our music in the...
  • Meeting Between Eminem and Minister Louis Farrakhan Was ‘10 Years in the Making’

    08/28/2015 8:01:59 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    The Root ^ | Aug. 27 2015 | DIANA OZEMEBHOYA EROMOSELE
    The Nation of Islam leader said that he and the Detroit rapper had a “beautiful dialogue.” At first glance, Minister Louis Farrakhan and Eminem may look like an odd pairing. But not so much, when you think about how Detroit is such a significant starting point for the Nation of Islam. Both men—Minister Louis Farrakhan and rapper Eminem—have strong ties to the city. The minister and Eminem met in Detroit earlier this week, and according to an Instagram post by an NOI member, the meeting was “over ten years in the making.” Hajj Hasaun Muhammad, describing the meeting as...
  • Donald Trump needs a "Theme Song"

    08/28/2015 2:46:05 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 125 replies
    My Dark And Foreboding Mind............... | 08-28-2015 | Red Badger
    Donald Trump needs a theme song for his campaign, to get people more excited. Anybody have any suggestions?
  • Carlos Santana Reunites Original Band Members, Including Former Homeless Man Found in Oakland

    08/27/2015 8:37:33 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 62 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 8/27 | Tamara Palmer
    A formerly homeless Oakland man has a new shot at an old dream. Bay Area legend Carlos Santana has recorded a new album with original members of his band including Marcus Malone, a percussionist who was living on the streets of Oakland until the two were reunited by KRON reporter Stanley Roberts by chance. Roberts was filming a story about illegal trash dumping in Oakland in December 2013 for his "People Behaving Badly" segment when he encountered Malone among the ruins, stopping to talk to him. He soon learned (and later verified) that Malone was an original member of the...
  • ZZ Top - Francine (Original 1972 version)

    08/26/2015 9:54:56 PM PDT · by DemforBush · 28 replies
    Youtube ^ | N/A | N/A
    Great little tune off of ZZ Top's second album (Rio Grande Mud). Original 1972 version.
  • Keith Richards Riffs: 'Sgt. Pepper's' Was 'a Mishmash of Rubbish'

    08/26/2015 1:52:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 72 replies
    CNN ^ | Todd Leopold
    The Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" may be regularly ranked among the greatest albums of all time, but it's nowhere near the top of Keith Richards' list. In an interview with Esquire, the Rolling Stones guitarist dismissed the 1967 classic as "a mishmash of rubbish." "There's not a lot of roots in that music. I think they got carried away. Why not? If you're the Beatles in the '60s, you just get carried away -- you forget what it is you wanted to do," he told Esquire's Scott Raab. "You're starting to do 'Sgt. Pepper.' "Some people think...
  • Inside the Burger Restaurant Where Hank Williams Uttered His Last Words

    08/26/2015 12:03:49 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    Munchies ^ | August 26, 2015 | Mason Adams
    They placed Hank Williams in a wheelchair and hauled him from the Knoxville hotel to his powder-blue Cadillac convertible, where his driver, a college freshman named Charles Carr, waited. Loaded on booze, morphine, chloral hydrate, and vitamin B12, Williams crawled into the back seat, wrapped a blanket around himself, and laid down. Tasked with ferrying Williams to a New Year’s Day gig in Dayton, Ohio, Carr drove out of Knoxville, Tennessee, and into legend. Near midnight, Carr stopped in downtown Bristol, Virginia, to get gas and look for a relief driver. He went to a cab stand and noticed a...
  • A Playlist for Wednesday, 26th of August in the Year 2015

    08/26/2015 2:09:33 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX
    Yahoo ^ | 2015-08-26 | various
    Published on Sep 15, 2013 1 From Trunch To Stromness 0:00 2 The Queen Of All Everything 11:58 3 Rogue Bagel 19:50 4 Daisies And Rubies 28:19 5 Signals From Bob 38:37 6 382 Seaside 46:25 7 Roflcopter 53:10 8 A Shower Of Sparks 1:00:32 Music "From Trunch to Stromness" by Ott (Google Play • AmazonMP3 • iTunes • eMusic)
  • Iron Maiden And The Book Of Souls Go Jumbo On Massive 2016 World Tour

    08/25/2015 7:30:07 PM PDT · by wastedyears · 15 replies ^ | Iron Maiden
  • Iron Maiden dedicate new song 'Tears Of A Clown' to Robin Williams

    08/25/2015 7:04:45 AM PDT · by wastedyears · 29 replies
    NME ^ | 8/24/2015 | Luke Morgan Britton
  • The Story Behind “Bohemian Rhapsody,” the Weirdest Rock Classic Ever

    08/25/2015 5:46:21 AM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 62 replies
    A Journal of Musical Things ^ | August 25, 2013 | Alan Cross
    I remember exactly where I was when I first heard “Bohemian Rhapsody.” The radio–a Juliette multi-band on my dresser–was tuned to Winnipeg’s CFRW on a weekday winter’s evening. The DJ–I wish I remember who–came on and said “This next one is kind of weird. You’ve probably never heard anything like it, so sit back and take a listen.” After the first two lines, my young teenaged brain locked up, a metaphorical beachball spinning somewhere slightly beyond the auditory cortex. Something didn’t compute. What IS this? Is it a joke? Some novelty song? A rock opera? They can’t be serious, right?...
  • Foo Fighters Ride Into Westboro Baptist Church Protest With a Rickroll

    08/22/2015 8:52:47 PM PDT · by wastedyears · 12 replies ^ | 8/22/2015 | Ashley Iasimone
    Westboro Baptist Church targeted a Foo Fighters concert at Kansas City's Sprint Center on Friday, Aug. 21, and the band fired back -- with a Rickroll.
  • SiriusXM’s Yacht Rock channel is perfect new summer soundtrack

    08/22/2015 5:18:37 PM PDT · by SamAdams76 · 63 replies ^ | August 22, 2015 | Dawn Lee
    All it took was hearing the opening strains of Christopher Cross’ profound, “Sailing” online at SiriusXM’s new Yacht Rock channel online before bookmarking it on the computer. It was already locked in on the car radio. The station programming two-week trial began Aug, 21 at 5:00 p.m. ET on SiriusXM Channel 31. The good news is that it is a featured channel all the way through Labor Day weekend. The bad news is that, currently, that’s when it ends, too. If you love the music of Christopher Cross, Toto, Boz Scaggs, Steely Dan, Michael McDonald, Player, and more, this is...
  • Hot Jazz Saturday Night - August 22, 2015 (vintage jazz show)

    08/22/2015 5:07:13 PM PDT · by deks · 26 replies
    88.5 WAMU FM ^ | August 22, 2015 | Rob Bamberger
    CLICK "Listen Live" at the top of the page for live stream: From 8 until 11 p.m. EST, the air is filled with vintage jazz, swing, and big band recordings from the '20s, '30s, and '40s
  • "Your Daddy Was Drunk And Your Mama Was Lonely (3rd mix)" - a country song by Yours Truly [vanity]

    08/22/2015 1:46:35 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 27 replies
    Me, via YouTube (as Hopalong Ginsberg) ^ | 8/22/15 | Me, as "Hopalong Ginsberg"
    This is the first song I recorded as Hopalong Ginsberg. Since I didn't make a lyrics video at the time, I decided to do so now, and to simultaneously take the opportunity to clean the mix up a bit. It's still pretty amateurish (1st song, remember?), but I think it gets the point across.I write and record my music under the nom de plume Hopalong Ginsberg. If I hang around the chem lab without protection, it becomes a nom de fume. For a free MP3 download of this song, click either here or here.
  • Bond girl Honor Blackman talks about turning 90, Sean Connery and her career highlight

    08/22/2015 7:20:08 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 42 replies
    She may be celebrating her 90th birthday but Bond girl Honor Blackman is not ready to slow down yet. Speaking to the Press Association from her house in Spain, she revealed she would still like to travel, watch more theatre and see more movies. Blackman found international stardom as Bond Girl Pussy Galore aged 38, alongside Sean Connery, in 1964′s Goldfinger.
  • Wild Horses, the movie, written and directed by Robert Duvall.

    08/22/2015 5:49:12 AM PDT · by LouAvul · 35 replies
    Absolutely a propaganda piece defending poor, persecuted, oppressed homosexuals. I was sorely disappointed that an actor of Duvall's stature would create such an awful movie. Horribly written. Poorly directed. Amateurishly acted. I was interested to learn that the female lead, possibly the worst actor in the bunch, is actually Duvall's wife in real life. Mr. Duvall, you've had a spectacular career. You don't want to be remembered for tripe like this.
  • Video: Dancing Girl Spurs Public Anger in Saudi

    08/21/2015 7:41:00 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Thursday, August 20, 2015
    A girl caught on camera dancing with men at a shopping festival in Saudi Arabia triggered public anger and some called for punishing its organizers. A U-Tube film published by Sada daily showed the girl, wearing short-sleeve T-shit and a tight jeans, trotted to folklore music with local men attending the festival in the Southern Saudi province of Asir. “Viewers of the film expressed anger at what happened at the festival and called on authorities to punish its organizers for allowing a girl to dance with men,” the paper said. Gender-mixing in public places in conservative Saudi Arabia is strictly...
  • Step Inside Alanis Morissette’s Home Meditation Room: ‘It’s Where I Go to Tune In to Emotions’

    08/21/2015 5:48:14 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 37 replies
    In the September issue of Women’s Health, Morissette gave readers a tour of her special ’90s-angst-free room, which she calls her “talk pit.” “It’s kind of where I go to tune in to emotions, get divine messages through prayer. I do my gratitude lists in there,” she said. “I carve out different goals, I journal, I read, I listen to meditation — I do all my practices in there.” The singer, who meditates almost every morning, admitted she’s trying to address her self-diagnosed work addiction. ... “If I’m going through a particularly troubled time, I’ll use grapefruit. If I’m mired...
  • Apple’s Dr. Dre apologizes for past abuse of women, Apple issue statement

    08/21/2015 12:59:39 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 15 replies
    Mac Daily News ^ | August 21, 2015
    In a sign that the uproar was threatening not only his reputation but also his business dealings, Dr. Dre, who has previously spoken dismissively or vaguely about the allegations [including criminal charges, that Dr. Dre physically abused women], which are decades old, confronted them on Friday in a statement to The New York Times,” Joe Coscarelli reports for The New York Times. “While he did not address each allegation individually, he said: ‘Twenty-five years ago I was a young man drinking too much and in over my head with no real structure in my life. However, none of this is...
  • Because its' August

    08/21/2015 11:13:09 AM PDT · by pabianice · 4 replies
    YouTube ^ | 8/21/15
    Thank you, Sunrays.
  • Son of Sam Peckinpah [music video]

    08/21/2015 2:26:20 AM PDT · by Fhios · 6 replies
    Youtube ^ | '90s | Elliot Smith
    [Deke Thornton: [addressing his posse] You think Pike and old Sykes haven't been watchin' us. They know what this is all about - and what do I have? Nothin' but you egg-suckin', chicken stealing gutter trash with not even sixty rounds between you. We're after men - and I wish to God I was with them. The next time you make a mistake, I'm going to ride off and let you die] An epic movie quote from IMDB entry on "The Wild Bunch".
  • "Cheese" - a heavy metal song, by Yours Truly [vanity]

    08/20/2015 12:34:59 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 25 replies
    Me, via YouTube (as Hopalong Ginsberg) ^ | 8/20/15 | Me, as "Hopalong Ginsberg"
    Yes, this a death metal / black metal song about cheese. I really don't know what I can add to that. I write and record my music under the stage name Hopalong Ginsberg. I do not write it under duress, but sometimes it sounds like it. For a free MP3 download of "Cheese" click either here or here.
  • A novel 40 years in the making: "The Man Who Falls In Love With His Wife"

    08/19/2015 6:47:49 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 19 replies
    LinkeddIn ^ | August 8, 2015 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    I wrote the first draft of this novel circa 1976 when I was living on West 105th Street in Manhattan. The original title was Crucial Moments. Somehow I got Joe Fox, a huge name at Random House, to look at the opening chapters. He actually called me up to say: not for him. (Imagine this big shot talking to a nobody. Clearly, it was another age.) Probably I did another two or three edits and in 1992 I showed it to an agent. She said: I love it. She took me on as a writer because of this book and...
  • That Time Donald Trump Was Parodied in ‘Gremlins 2’

    08/19/2015 5:27:45 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    New York Post ^ | August 19, 2 | Lou Lumenick
    “Who knew? We never imagined he’d run for president,” says director Joe Dante, who parodied Donald Trump as a major character 25 years ago in the horror comedy sequel “Gremlins 2: The New Batch.” John Glover receives third billing as “Daniel Clamp,” a wacky, publicity-loving real estate developer and best-selling author who wants to level part of downtown New York to create the “Clamp Chinatown Center, where business gets oriented.” Much of the action takes place at the mogul’s brand-new “Clamp Premier Regency Trade Center” in Midtown — obviously modeled on the Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue, which opened in...
  • Cher Threatens to Move to Jupiter If Donald Trump Is Elected President

    08/19/2015 11:16:48 AM PDT · by nikos1121 · 97 replies
    The Wrap ^ | June 19, 2015 | Reid Nakamura
    The pop icon railed on Trump in a series of tweets Cher probably won’t be voting for Donald Trump in 2016. The billionaire host of “The Celebrity Apprentice” announced his presidential bid on Tuesday, and the pop icon was not happy about it. In a series of Tweets, Cher took Trump to task, declaring him a “Loudmouth *sshole, Who’s terrified of Windy Days.” “Donald Trump Can’t come up with a hairstyle that looks human,how can he come up with a plan to defeat ISIS,” she wrote in a reply to another user. Despite her assertion that the only state Trump...
  • Harry Connick Jr.'s Daughter Charged With Providing Alcohol to Minors at New Canaan House Party

    08/19/2015 9:45:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    NBC New York ^ | 08/19/2015 | Jessie Sawyer
    Musician/actor and American Idol judge, Harry Connick Jr.'s daughter is accused of providing alcohol to underage guests at a party she hosted this past weekend at her family's New Canaan home while her parents were away, according to New Canaan police. Georgia Connick, 19, faces charges of permitting minors to possess alcohol and procuring alcohol for minors, according to New Canaan police. Someone called police just after 1 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 15 to report underage drinking was going on at a party at the Connick family's West Road house in New Canaan. When police arrived, they discovered a lot...
  • NOFX - NO HIPPIES NO EXCEPTIONS (Kicks Out Tiedied Fan)

    08/18/2015 3:57:52 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    TMZ ^ | 8/18
    Fat Mike doesn’t want hippies to use the side door at NOFX concerts … he doesn’t want them to come at all because the punk rockers have a very strict NO HIPPIE policy, as one guy found out the hard way. The lead singer stopped a concert in Halifax, Nova Scotia last week and offered an old dude decked out in tie-dye $100 to leave, because his Grateful Dead t-shirt was ruining his mojo. Fat Mike, who's even penned a track called "It's My Job to Keep Punk Rock Elite," tells TMZ he'd rather "listen to Dick Cheney play guitar...
  • Rosie O’Donnell’s 17 Year-Old Daughter Chelsea Is Missing

    08/18/2015 2:06:18 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 42 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 8/18 | MEG WAGNER, DAREH GREGORIAN
    Rosie O'Donnell is asking for help finding her missing 17-year-old daughter. Police in Nyack, N.Y., are hunting for Chelsea O'Donnell, who was last seen a week ago, and her mother tweeted that she “may be in NYC.” She may also need help. The teenager had stopped taking her prescription medication and needs immediate medical attention, the desperate O'Donnell said on her website Tuesday. "Chelsea, like millions of people, lives with mental illness," said O'Donnell's spokeswoman, Cindi Berger. "It has been a difficult road for Chelsea and her family and they just want her back safe." ROSIE O'DONNELL 'STOLE' ADOPTED DAUGHTER:...
  • CHELSEA O’DONNELL MISSING (Rosie's Daughter)

    08/18/2015 10:30:37 AM PDT · by windcliff · 92 replies
    Rosie O'Donnell's Blog ^ | Aug 18th 2015
    Rosie O’Donnell’s 17 year old daughter, Chelsea O’Donnell was reported missing. Nyack, New York police authorities have been looking for her in the Rockland County area since Sunday, August 16. She was last seen Tuesday, August 11. She was wearing a black sweatshirt hoodie, dark ripped blue jeans, women’s grey converse sneakers and a black backpack. Chelsea has a large tattoo on her right side of a dream catcher with the word ‘Breathe.’ She left home with her 6 month old therapy dog named Bear. The dog is a 9 lbs brown and black terrier. Chelsea stopped taking her medicine...
  • When Black Music was Conservative [And What Happened Since]

    08/18/2015 9:56:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 53 replies
    Townhall ^ | 08/18/2015 | Howard Husock
    Contemporary African-American music—especially rap and hip-hop—has become synonymous with and notorious for its suggestive and explicit lyrics. Women are often portrayed as sex toys, violence is glorified, denunciations of law enforcement are routine, and middle-class upbringings go unacknowledged, lest they undermine the artists’ street credentials. A few decades ago, however, black popular music—what’s come to be known as “classic soul”—was notable for featuring lyrics that celebrated marriage and downplayed obstacles to black progress. Its lyrics championed the sort of family life that lays the groundwork for upward mobility and the optimism associated with a period of social breakthroughs and economic...
  • Elvis world saddened by loss of Ginger Alden's husband on anniversary of death

    08/17/2015 11:56:43 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 8 replies ^ | august 17, 2015 | jack dennis
    The husband of Ginger Alden, known throughout the world as Elvis Presley’s fiancé and the last person to see him alive on August 16, 1977, passed away on the 38th anniversary of the singer’s death. “I have some very very tragic and devastating news,” Rosemary Alden Starkey, sister of Ginger Alden Leyser posted on Facebook Monday evening. “Ginger's husband Ron passed away late evening of August 16th. We are all still in shock over his untimely passing. Please keep Ginger and her son Hunter and The Leyser Family as well as our Family in your thoughts and prayers. I am really...
  • Ailing Surf Guitar Legend Dick Dale Is Touring to Stay Alive -- Literally

    08/17/2015 1:19:30 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 22 replies
    Billboard ^ | August 13, 2015 | Chris Willman
    Rock's original legends are aging into their 70s and 80s, but you rarely hear about the severity of their health issues, since an ongoing touring career involves maintaining the appearance of physical vitality, if not eternal youth. Count Dick Dale as the exception: The "king of the surf guitar" may just do for real talk about senior maladies what he did for reverb and amps in the early 1960s, being perhaps the one seminal musician of his generation who's eager to rock you like a hurricane and talk about extreme renal failure. Dale's health concerns have become an unlikely viral...
  • Finally, A Non-Embarrassing Classical-Music Scene in a Blockbuster Movie

    08/17/2015 8:53:29 AM PDT · by Borges · 12 replies
    The New Yorker | 8/11/2015 | Alex Ross
  • Route 29 Batman is killed after his Batmobile breaks down along a Md. highway

    08/17/2015 8:05:56 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 26 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | August 17, 2015 | Michael S. Rosenwald and John Woodrow Cox
    The Route 29 Batman, whose roadside encounter with Montgomery County police three years ago made him a viral sensation around the world, has died. Lenny B. Robinson, the 51-year-old Maryland man who drove a black Lamborghini and dressed as Batman to visit sick children in hospitals, was struck by a car on Interstate 70 Sunday night near Hagerstown, Md., after his Batmobile broke down. He was coming home from a car show in West Virginia. Robinson had just stopped at a gas station, where he met a family whose children were interested in his custom-made car, state police in Hagerstown...
  • THE HATEFUL EIGHT - Official Teaser Trailer - The Weinstein Company

    08/16/2015 7:50:14 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 27 replies
    THE HATEFUL EIGHT - Official Teaser Trailer - The Weinstein Company
  • Without Ska, There Would Be No Reggae

    08/15/2015 3:18:18 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 70 replies
    PRI ^ | August 14, 2015 | Traci Tong
    If there's one musical style that epitomizes summer, it might be the loping island style of ska. It caught fire in early '60s Jamaica, a precursor to reggae. Player utilities PopoutShare 00:0000:00 download This story is based on a radio interview. Listen to the full interview. But ska has gone through a few iterations. Ska is really a fusion of American R&B with Jamaican jazz, says Brad Klein, a Minneapolis-based filmmaker who traced the history of ska in a documentary, "Legends of Ska. Without Ska, there is no reggae." "Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, and Jimmy Cliff ... all started in...
  • Henry Cavill is super bad in ‘Man from U.N.C.L.E.’

    08/15/2015 10:48:10 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 44 replies
    Armie Hammer has given several of the worst performances in recent years — see, or rather don’t, “Mirror Mirror” and “J. Edgar.” The big surprise in “The Man from U.N.C.L.E” is that Henry Cavill is even worse. Much worse: Cavill gives the most slappable performance of the year as Napoleon Solo, a CIA agent who, in 1963 Europe, is forced to work with Russian counterpart Illya Kuryakin (Hammer) to help the daughter (Alicia Vikander) of a German atomic scientist stop neo-Nazis from acquiring the Bomb.
  • From Phyrst to Last: Remembering Ernie Oelbermann

    08/15/2015 7:49:29 AM PDT · by FlJoePa · 3 replies ^ | 8-14-15 | Michael Garrett
    There are some people who are so integral to the character of a place that they become something larger than themselves. Ernie Oelbermann, legendary owner of the Phyrst and bandleader of the Phyrst Phamily band, was one of the those people. He wasn’t just an older man with a smile and a banjo; he was a defining part of what living in State College was like for countless residents and Penn State alumni. His daughter Kathy DiMuccio recalls a familiar scene from every Saturday night during the 32 years he owned the bar and performed with his rotating cast of...
  • This week in history: Mozart completes his last symphony - No. 41 ("Jupiter")

    08/15/2015 7:29:49 AM PDT · by nwrep · 6 replies
    Various ^ | August 15, 2015 | nwrep
    Mozart finished his last symphony, no. 41 on August 10, 1788. It was nicknamed "Jupiter" after his death. Certainly it is the loftiest and most magisterial of Mozart's symphonies, with a formal and ceremonial quality in keeping with its key of C major. Although today we think of C major as the plainest and most basic of keys — all white notes on the piano — in the late 18th century it was usually associated with court and high-church pomp since it was well suited to the valveless trumpets of the period. And we find two of them adding brilliance...