Saturday, July 24, 2010
Thanks to Tiki Shark, it’s the Cocktail Nation with Koop Kooper. On this week’s show, we find out about a mai tai festival coming up in Hawaii, and the tiki festival in Portland, Oregon next week. On the Ask Koop segment, Koop tackles the friendly neighborly wave and let us know how to spread the lounge sound.
Voodoo Island ~ Hypnotique
Jimmy Vargas ~ Torchin The EL Rocco
Cherry Capri ~ Tie Another Mai Tai On
Lucas Vigor ~ Night Light Blues
Bob Thompson ~ Just You, Just Me
Combustible Edison ~ Summer Samba
Vicki Carr ~ Invitation
Frank Sinatra ~ Mr Success
Lushy ~ Riptide
George Shearing ~ An Affair To Remember.
Martini Kings ~ Hawaii Five O
Al Caiola ~ Thunderball
Rhonda Burchmore ~ Zing Went The Strings
Martin Denny ~ Quiet Village Bossa Nova
Skip Heller ~ The Collector
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COMING IN OCTOBER FROM MOONSTONE BOOKS!
WRITER: AARON SHAPS
ART: DANILO GUIDA
COVERS: TOM GRINDBERG
A "Return of the Originals" event. He is a ghost. No lock can delay him. No walls can repel him. He is the Phantom Detective. Enter the shadows with the World's Greatest Sleuth, as he takes you on a journey beyond the flickering electric glow of our world, into a universe of psychedelic noir. Plus second feature: the first Moonstone appearance of The Green Ghost by Eric Fein, Win Eckert, and David Niehaus!
32 PAGES ~ $3.50
GRAPHIC NOVEL ~ COMING IN OCTOBER!
WRITTEN, ART, AND COVER BY DARWYN COOKE.
Cooke is back and following up the New York Times best-selling Hunter with a heart-pounding sequel: The Outfit. After evening the score with those who betrayed him, and recovering the money he was cheated out of from the syndicate, Parker is riding high, living in swank hotels and enjoying the finer things in life again. Until, that is, he's fingered by a squealer who rats him out to the Outfit for the price they put on his head... and they find out too late that if you push Parker, it better be all the way into the grave!
160 PAGES ~ $24.99 ~ OCTOBER 6
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In June 1982, Tom & Ginger Johnson released a Special Issue of a new pulp fanzine, titled ECHOES, a name selected by pulp historian Robert Sampson.
In August, Vol. 1 #1 was released, but the numbering system began with the Special Issue (#1), forever causing confusion among collectors and subscribers.
ECHOES became the longest running pulp fanzine to-date, ending in August 1998 with Issue #100 as a magazine; the September issue began another 76 issue run as a newsletter, for a total of 176 issues, plus Echoes Revisited in June 2002.
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SUMMER 2010 ISSUE
AVAILABLE JULY 26TH FROM AGE OF ADVENTURE!
The second hard ridin' issue rounds up an ALL NEW Masked Rider story titled "Six Gun Hell" by Barry Reese, "Bullets and Brimstone" by Shelby Rhodes, and Tommy Hancock brings back The Man from Shadow Limb for another lead slingin' visit! More great new fiction as Teel James Glenn introduces us to Josiah Silence; the Ghost Maker!
There’s also a look at Jonah Hex from Comic book cowboy to his new movie and a fond remembrance of the classic TV Western, "Cheyenne" starring Clint Walker.
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Join the BIG W every Friday evening as he continues to explore, with drink in hand, the Space-Age Pop Hi-Fi musical sounds of the 1950’s and the 1960’s in LIVING STEREO!
• Just In Time - Steve Lawrence
• In The Mod - Glenn Miller Orchestra
• Mr. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang - Shirley Bassey
• Sloop John B - Les & Larry Elgart
• Other Side Of The Tracks - Barbara McNair
• The Old College Try Cha-Cha - Henry Mancini
• Alright, Okay, You Win - Jesse Belvin
• I Love Paris - Stan Kenton
• Now You Has Jazz - Crosby & Armstrong
• When I Fall In Love - Nat “King” Cole
• I Found A New Baby - Lena Horne
• All That Meat - Mel Hanke
• Hey, Jealous Lover - Frank Sinatra
• 1 2 3 - Ray Ellis
• Downtown (in Spanish) - Ray Conniff
• A Walk In The Black Forest - Ernie Heckscher
• Things We Said Today - Big Ben Banjo Band
• I’m Beginning To See The Light - Bobby Darin
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I had so much fun watching Salt, I almost don’t care Bond 23 is on indefinite hiatus. Angelina Jolie, starring as the namesake Evelyn Salt is a CIA agent forced to run from her employers when she’s accused of being a Russian spy by a defector.
Salt was originally written as a man’s role, and it’s fascinating to see how the plot adapts itself to having a woman in the part. However, this is but one of the many changes and reverses director Phillip Noyce and writer Kurt Wimmer throw into the mix – along with a stunningly effective tribute to From Russia With Love’s Rosa Kleb. I was certainly the only one in my group of friends to get it, but any dedicated Bond fan will wear a secret smile.
Salt has to be my favorite movie of the year, and my favorite espionage themed movie in forever. For the first twenty-five percent of the film, I was even able to suspend my disbelief regarding the stunts, until Salt jumps to the roof of a second moving vehicle (I was with her through the first), and the action finally moves into the over the top realms of Bond and Bourne. However, unlike the Bourne films and the last Bond outing, you can actually follow the action in Salt and come to believe Jolie is a bonafide action star with actual depth to her acting chops. I was particularly impressed with the running scenes, where Jolie displays great body mechanics – the girl can run. Even the pakur-style fighting sequences and chases are kept within the realm of momentary possibility because Jolie is a true athlete.
Don’t worry about the plot as it’s as thin as a spider’s web. It’s simply there to connect the action sequences – just go along for the ride. There are twists and turns galore, some of which are obvious while others actually produce some surprises. Between the rousing music and the frenetic pace, Salt puts you into oxygen debt because you often forget to breath.
Who is Salt? Is she good, bad, or something inbetween? You won't know until the end. Salt is not great art, but it’s not supposed to be. It’s supposed to be a fast paced action film, and on that level it delivers in spades.
Friday, July 23, 2010
So, it is with great enjoyment that I am meandering through this teriffic collection of essays and round table discussions involving numerous members of The International Association of Media Tie-In Writers, all edited by TV/media guru Lee Goldberg.
Get it now,and enjoy some great writing about writing!
Just yesterday I saw the most recent play version of The 39 Steps, a satire/melodrama take on John Buchan’s original novel The Thirty-Nine Steps, Hitchcok’s iconic 1935 film version, as well as tributes to multiple other Hitchcock films.
While I enjoyed the play for its physical comedy and inventive nature, part of me longed to return to the Clubland Heroes setting of the original novel – and with a little help from my Kindle, I was able to do so during intermission.
Published in 1915, The Thirty-Nine Steps was Buchan’s first foray into the romance novel (i.e. thriller novel, as we know the genre today), or in Buchan’s own words a shocker.
John Buchan wrote The Thirty-Nine Steps while he was ill in bed with a duodenal ulcer, an illness which remained with him all his life. The novel was his first "shocker", as he called it — a story combining personal and political dramas. The novel marked a turning point in Buchan’s literary career and introduced his famous adventuring hero, Richard Hannay. He described a "shocker" as an adventure where the events in the story are unlikely and the reader is only just able to believe that they really happened.
Buchan's son, William, later wrote that the name of the book originated when the author's daughter, then about age six, was counting the stairs at a private nursing home in Broadstairs, where Buchan was convalescing. "There was a wooden staircase leading down to the beach. My sister, who was about six, and who had just learnt to count properly, went down them and gleefully announced: there are 39 steps." Some time later the house was demolished and a section of the stairs, complete with a brass plaque, was sent to Buchan.
I thoroughly enjoyed immesing myself back into The Thirty-Nine Steps, and look forward to reading the other Hannay novels, which I remember as being even better better written than Buchan’s first effort.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
A SMOOTH AND COOL DOWNLOAD FROM KELLEY’S LOUNGE SOUNDZ . . .
This stereo LP was released by Columbia Records in 1961.The disc has the original Columbia red and black 6-eye label. Lionel Hampton (vibes) is featured with an orchestra -- three tracks are arranged and conducted by Ted Macero and the remainder by Jack Pleis. Thanks to Gerhard for this share.
01) Deep Purple
02) Stairway To The Stars
03) Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me
04) Over The Rainbow
05) Once In A While
06) Gone Again
01) Star Eyes
03) On Green Dolphin Street
04) The Blues I Got Commin' Tomorrow
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HERE’S ANOTHER BOOK I WAS ATTRACTED TO BY ITS COVER . . .
From Karen Siplin, the author of His Insignificant Other and Such a Girl, comes a passionate and edgy love story about a savvy female celebrity photographer and a small town white contractor that asks, where does a black woman born and raised in the big city go when she wants to escape, and what happens when she gets there?
After one too many run-ins with irate A-List celebrities and their bodyguards on the streets of Los Angeles, paparazza Jimi Anne Hamilton has decided to throw in the towel. But when she planned to ride her BMW K 1200 motorcycle from California to New York, she didn't count on having her cross-country adventure interrupted by a motorcycle thief. After the brutal attack, which sees both her motorcycle and camera equipment stolen, she finds herself left with only her helmet, a few clothes, and a bag of money she swiped from her attacker. Disillusioned and hurt, Jimi chooses to recuperate in a nearby town where she meets Caleb Atwood, a local contractor fighting his own demons.
Jimi and Caleb make a mismatched pair: black and white, highbrow and low. But in Caleb, Jimi believes she has found someone who is as much of an outsider as she feels. With Whiskey Road, Karen Siplin again succeeds in giving readers a story about opposites who manage to see what no one else can - that they're right for each other.
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Tuesday, July 20, 2010
I'M INCLUDING THIS TITLE MAINLY BECAUSE OF THE VERY COOL COVER . . .
From a wartime brothel to the intricate high society of 1870s Brussels, Under the Poppy is a breakout novel of childhood friends, a love triangle, puppetmasters, and reluctant spies.
Under the Poppy is a brothel owned by Decca and Rupert. Decca is in love with Rupert but he in turn is in love with her brother, Istvan. When Istvan comes to town, louche puppet troupe in tow, the lines of their age-old desires intersect against a backdrop of approaching war. Hearts are broken when old betrayals and new alliances—not just their own—take shape, as the townsmen seek refuge from the onslaught of history by watching the girls of the Poppy cavort onstage with Istvan's naughty puppets . . .
Under the Poppy is a vivid, sexy, historical novel that zips along like the best guilty pleasure.
Raphael is a dumpsite boy. He spends his days wading through mountains of steaming trash, sifting it, sorting it, breathing it, sleeping next to it. Then one unlucky-lucky day, Raphael’s world turns upside down.
A small leather bag falls into his hands. It’s a bag of clues. It’s a bag of hope. It’s a bag that will change everything. Soon Raphael and his friends Gardo and Rat are running for their lives. Wanted by the police, it takes all their quick-thinking, fast-talking to stay ahead. As the net tightens, they uncover a dead man’s mission to put right a terrible wrong.
It’s three street-boys against the world . . .