Saturday, March 7, 2009
Join the BIG W every Sunday evening as he continues to explorer, with drink in hand, the Space-Age Pop Hi-Fi musical sounds of the 1950’s and the 1960’s in LIVING STEREO!
SHOW 50 PLAYLIST:
• Runnin’ Wild - Ella Fitzgerald
• The Lady Is A Tramp - Les Brown
• That Old Black Magic - Tom Jones
• You Came A Long Way From St. Louis - Ray Rasch & the Pipers 10
• In The Cool Cool Of The Evening - Steve & Eddie
• Get Smart - Al Hirt
• I Could Have Danced All Night - Perez Prado
• How Are Ya’ Fixed For Love? - Frank Sinatra & Keely Smith
• Latin Golightly - Barney Kessel & his Men
• Dry Bones - Marty Gold
• Detour - Dean Martin
• Can-Can - Nelson Riddle
• Bee-Bom - Sammy Davis, Jr.
• Cherokee - Buddy Cole
• You’re The Cream In My Coffee - Ray Conniff Singers
• Experiment In Terror Twist - Henry Mancini
• The James Bond Theme - Si Zentner
• Slow Boat To China - Peter Nero
• Wives and Lovers - Wayne Newton
• Boogie Woogie Baker Man - Betty Allan, Diane Pendleton & Gloria Wood
• Hello, Dolly - Nancy Wilson
• Isn’t It Romantic - Alvino Rey
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Friday, March 6, 2009
TIPS FROM YE OLD AIRCHIEF, RON FORTIER:
Warner Brothers Animation released their latest gem this past week, WONDER WOMAN. After years of giving us fans great animated TV shows and movies starring Superman and Batman, this feature starring DC's most popular female hero was long overdue.
It is a grand retelling of her origin with terrific animation throughout and great performances by voice actors Kerri Russell as Wonder Woman and Nathan Fillion as the man she comes to love, pilot Steve Trevor. Filled with tons of action, adventure and a saucy bit of adult humor, this is one of the finest animated movies Ye Old Airchief has ever seen and enjoyed. We cannot recommend it enough. Do yourselves a favor and go buy, or rent, this entertaining movie.
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FIVE WEEKS AND COUNTING TILL WE TOUCH DOWN IN THE CITY OF ROMANCE ~ CAN’T WAIT.
During the 2008 Venice Film Festival, Dan Kitwood, an entertainment photographer from Getty, took the opportunity to make some aerial images of Venice.
The “City of Water” is located in northeast Italy, spanning 118 islands in the Venetian Lagoon. Buildings in Venice were constructed on wood piles driven into the mud, sand and clay layers under the lagoon. Many of the buildings in Venice still sit on these piles driven more than a thousand years ago.
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Large libraries, be they university or city, aren’t just good for research and circulation. They also often have amazing special collections centered around singular, often esoteric, topics. These collections are often donated via will by individuals who collected the items over a lifetime of obsession. Many library patrons may not realize it, but often these special collections are surprisingly accessible. The items usually don’t circulate, but libraries often put on exhibits or provide special reading rooms for people who want to take in the collection. There are many, many special collections around the world worthy of discussion, but here are 15 that we found particularly interesting.
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Thursday, March 5, 2009
I know this is sacrilege, but I have never been much enamored of William Campbell Gault’s adult mystery novels. He is, however, one of my favorite young adult sports authors. On a few occasions, he combined his love of sports with more adult themes with some success, as in The Canvas Coffin.
My name is Max.
I’m a worried man.
I manage Luke Pilgrim, the best middleweight around. Last night my boy gets hit – bad. He goes on to slap the other guy silly, but he don’t remember a thing . . .
He don’t remember the knockout. He don’t remember this gorgeous red-head he gets cozy with . . .
What’s worse, Luke forgets he even goes out with this doll and that he comes back late – very late. So maybe I got a punchy champ on my hands.
But that’s the least of my worries. Because this morning I see a picture in the paper. It’s a she-corpse in a negligee, with her beautiful face bashed in. She’s a B-girl named Brenda Vane . . .
And she’s Luke’s red-head, which he don’t remember . . .
I have a couple of dozen boxing novels from this same era, and The Canvas Coffin is one of the better ones – despite being more of an expanded version of one of Gault’s sports pulps short stories. Still, it’s a tight little story with some good action.
TANNER OVER AT DOUBLE O SECTION HAS STARTED A COOL THREAD COMBINING SPIES AND COSTUMED ADVENTURERS. YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS IT . . .
Welcome to Costumed Adventurer Week on the Double O Section! I know, I know. “Costumed Adventurers?” you’re thinking (if I may be so bold as to presume). “What do superheroes have to do with spies?” You’re thinking you hit the wrong blog. However, in the Sixties there was a pretty close relationship between superheroes and spies. In 1966, James Bond and Batman were about the biggest things going in American pop culture. As all things popular did, that seeped into Italian pop culture, and specifically Italian knock-off culture. The Italians, you’ll recall, made a cottage industry out of cranking out budget imitations of whatever was big in Hollywood. Thus, the Eurospy genre and the Italian superhero genre (based on Italian comic books known as fumetti) were closely related. So closely, in fact, that were it not for the skintight costumes themselves, it would be hard to tell the difference between their spies and their superheroes. Masks brought no nobility to Italian heroes like Argoman or Flashman. They behaved just as badly as their secret agent counterparts–and were often played by the same actors. (Note the two different posters for The Fantastic Argoman–one marketing it as a fumetti and the other as a spy/caper picture retitled How to Steal the Crown of England.)
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Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Tomorrow, we’ll be featuring a lengthy interview with Spy-Fi’s Tom Pervanje, and he’ll be talking about spy surf in general, and his band’s latest album, Black Tie Spy. So stay tuned for that!
ABC has announce the cancellation of the American version of Life on Mars ~ based on the British series of the same name ~ in which (in the American version) New York City police detective, Sam Tyler, is flung back in time after being the victim of a hit and run in 2009.
Apparently, ABC will allow Life On Mars to “complete its 17-episode freshman series order with the season finale written as a series finale that will wrap the loose story ends, explain how Tyler got transported back in time, and (maybe) bring him back to his own time.”
This is actually too bad as I felt the show was just beginning to come into its own. Still, Ashes To Ashes, the British sequel to its own version of Life On Mars, starts Saturday on BBC America.
Thank you for supporting MartiniInTheMorning.com! Thank you for supporting OUR MUSIC! There were once over 1000 radio stations in the USA playing OUR MUSIC. Now, by most estimates, there are fewer than 300. The Great American Songbook is made up of hundreds of songs, the Greatest Songs Ever Written - that collectively, are America's greatest contribution to the arts. It is up to us to insure that this music passes from our parents and Grandparents, through our hearts, to the next generation and the next.
Our goal? By December 31, 2009 - 100 new radio stations, all carrying MartiniInTheMorning.com programming. With your help, it will happen! Click Here to read more about how YOU can help make this happen!
And what's not to like? Steve Tyrell once told me that when you find a 20 something loving a song that's 60, 70, maybe 80 years old, you know there's something special going on. It has never been more true than today. I can give you example after example of 20, 30, 40 and 50 something listeners - people who've grown up on the music of their generation, falling in love with the songs of George and Ira Gershwin, Jimmy McHugh and Dorothy Fields, Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter and so many others. As Randy on American Idol would say...Check it out, dog...there's a belief, conventional wisdom, in the radio industry that there isn't an audience for OUR MUSIC, other than the folks who grew up with it. And sadly, those in charge in the radio industry believe this music's popularity will pass away as the original audience does. WE RESPECTFULLY DISAGREE.
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L.A. County Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure
Sunday, March 15
Team Martini - Our Public Works Department
Team Martini is the Public Works Department for the Lounge Lizards in Exile community. Our Orange County Team Martini has raised tens of thousands of dollars, as the OC Race for the Cure #1 Small Corporate Fundraiser. We need YOU to help us fight breast cancer. 1 in ever 9 women will fight breast cancer in her lifetime. We're walking for them and invite you to Click Here to make a donation, sponsoring us as we walk, to join our Los Angeles County Team Martini on March 15th, or recruit your own team. Our fight isn't over till breast cancer is cured.
The Greatest Songs Ever Written are easier to listen to at MartiniInTheMorning.com! And there are more ways to listen! MartiniInTheMorning.comhas players that work with every computer and WiFi Radio platform. Add to that FlyCast.fm, software that lets you listen to MartiniInTheMorning.com on your iPhone, Blackberry and Google's Android/G1 phones. To get hooked up with MITM on your phone, download the FlyCast app (iPhone store for iPhones, FlyCast.fm for other devices), then enter http://martini.flycast.fm to connect!
You can also watch MartiniVision on your iPhone! Download the Ustream Viewing App from the iPhone App Store. It's as exciting as watching paint dry...on the go!
Thanks for taking the time to read up on MartiniInTheMorning.com. We have never been closer to reaching our goals, to bring The Greatest Songs Ever Written to the broadest possible audience, through every media distribution platform available. Our Internet audience is growing every day, and 1480 KPHX in Phoenix is just the beginning of our efforts to place MartiniInTheMorning.com on radio stations across the USA. In these uncertain times, MartiniInTheMorning.com on AM, FM and FM/HD radio stations serves as a solution for struggling broadcasters, and delivers OUR MUSIC to a grossly underserved, practically ignored audience. Click Here for tips on how you can play an ongoing role in our mission to SAVE OUR STANDARDS!
Brad "Martini" Chambers
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
MYRON IS BACK!
Let’s get to the news.
HOLD TIGHT is now out in paperback — as of March 2nd.
LONG LOST, the return of Myron, Win and the whole gang, will be released on March 31 in the USA and April 30th in the UK. LONG LOST is, methinks, the most action-packed and fastest paced of all the Myron books — an international thriller with global implications. The ending will shock and chill you.
TELL NO ONE, the top grossing foreign film of the year and a Best Movie of the Year selection by both the NY Times and LA Times, will also be out in DVD on March 31 (already out in most other countries). It is in French with English subtitles. (Variety announced that an American remake will soon be in the works – no details yet).
Aussie singer-songwriter MISSY HIGGINS, whose smash single WHERE I STOOD is enjoying plenty of radio play, joins me on book tour in San Francisco, San Diego, Houston, St. Louis, Chicago and Boston. Missy and I did an event together in NYC and everyone had great fun – a little music, a little discussion on the creative process, signed books, CDs and DVDs. These events are ticketed and space is limited! Please see my appearances page for details.
From March 6th to 14th, Brussels, France (Paris, Nantes, Lille, Vincennes, Strausborg)
From March 31st onward: NYC, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Diego, Houston, St. Louis, Chicago, Boston, NJ, DC, West VA.
May 5th to 8th, UK (Glasgow, Leeds, Milton Keynes, London).
See my appearances page for all tour details.
Facebook: Friend me here.
Twitter: Uh, Twitter or whatever me here.
MySpace: Friend me here.
I am developing a one-hour dramatic series for TNT, based on an original idea. The series, called HERO COMPLEX, follows the exploits of three unlikely crime-fighters — a stunning lawyer, a brooding doctor and a psychotic social worker who all share a dark, childhood secret. More on this as I know more. The Myron series isn’t happening for now. We’ll see.
That’s all for now.
The next issue of Bachelor Pad Magazine is in the works! It is at the printers right now and should be ready by early March. Make sure to find us at Viva Las Vegas in April!
You now get more Bachelor Pad Magazine for the same price! We know times are tough, and all around you companies are skimping on their products. Not us! Issue 7 will be filled with 48 pages of Atomic Age goodness! (That's four more pages than last time.) Here's what's in store for the new issue:
On the cover, our tropical temptress Cardinal Cyn!
Knock-out pin-ups from Roxi Dlite, Lulu Bell, and Brooklyn Babydoll!
A tribute to the Queen of Pin-Ups, Bettie Page.
We chat with B-movie queen, Tura Satana, star of Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!
Out of this world fiction from writer Scoot Baseler.
Advice on how to impress a bump-and-grind girl from writer Dan Cohen.
Another speak-easy review from Don Spiro.
More lushy laffs from Tipsy Thomas.
Gags from TJ Rappel of Krushervision, Scooter Harris from Studio Hadra,and "Atomic Toonz" from Frankie Ill.
Columns from Cherry Capri, Heidi Van Horne, Penny Starr Jr., and Will "The Thrill" Viharo!
Drink recipes from mixologist Dr. Bamboo.
Plus much more!
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The Cocktails & Cheesecake Party returns to Las Vegas for a third time bringing you another night of burlesque, pin-ups, and jet set living!
This year’s Cocktails & Cheesecake Party is a midnight rendezvous featuring music, burlesque, photo opportunities with pin-ups, and all sorts of cocktail culture fun.
Past Cocktails & Cheesecake Parties, in 2006 and 2008, were huge hits receiving great press coverage from Las Vegas Weekly and Vegas Magazine.
Vegas favorite, GooGoo Muck, will be spinning tunes. Sound and lighting will be provided by 2nd Life Entertainment.
Sunday, March 1, 2009
IN THIS COMIC TITLED "OTHER VADERS," ARTIST ADAM MCCAULEY IMAGINED A WORLD WHERE THE SITH LORD HAD GONE OUT TO DO OTHER THINGS LIKE BEING COUNTRY MUSIC STAR OR A REAL ESTATE MOGUL INSTEAD OF A STAR WARS VILLAIN.
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NOT QUITE MONTY PYTHON!
OKAY, SO I'M EASILY AMUSED. I DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU CALL A PARODY OF A PARODY, BUT I STILL WATCHED THE WHOLE TEN MINUTES!
AS PART OF GATORADE’S NEW BRANDING CAMPAIGN (APPARENTLY RESEARCH SHOWS MORE PEOPLE WILL BUY SUGAR WATER IF IT’S CALLED “G”), TBWA/CHIAT/DAY AND TARSEM TEAMED UP TO MAKE A BRILLIANT PARODY OF MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL. ENJOY THIS TEN MINUTE FILM, AS KING KEVIN GARNETT AND VARIOUS OTHER ATHLETES GO ON A QUEST FOR HYDRATION.
CAN’T SAY IT MADE ME WANT TO BUY MORE . . . G, BUT I’D BUY A PAGAN KAREEM AND HIS TALKING GOAT HERALD TOY IN A SECOND.
I just discovered this collection of Great American Songbook standards by Swedish chanteuse Lisa Ekdahl. A sultry voice wrapped around classic jazz trio arrangments.
According to her official biography, Ekdahl is a Swedish singer, composer, lyricist and recording artist who has recorded albums both in the English and in the Swedish language.
Her debut album sold quadruple platinum and brought her to into superstardom overnight in her native country, where she is mostly known for her strong song writing and Swedish lyrics.
Several European countries has fallen for her understated way of performing jazz standards and original bossa nova songs. Her laid back style, matched with her fragility and sensitivity has dazzled fans and critics alike. She's a three times Grammy Award Winner.
Ekdahl has recorded three albums in English: When did you leave Heaven, Back to Earth and Lisa Ekdahl sings Salvadore Poe.
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