Friday, June 01, 2012

Pop culture roundup: Beach Boys, McCartney's Ram

The Daily Beast this week posted a long, very honest look at the Beach Boys' current 50th anniversary tour and LP. It digs under the happy nostalgia and Brian-is-Back wishful thinking and provides true look at the band and Wilson's troubled history and the good-and-bad of where they are now. A fascinating look at one of music's most fascinating acts.

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Pretty much everyone hated Paul McCartney's Ram LP when it came out in 1972. Now it's revered as one of his best solo releases. I just ordered the de-luxe reissue box set, which I hope to review here soon. In the meantime, the Chicago Tribune looks at how an album that once got no respect is now viewed as a pop gem (which it is, by the way).


Vintage Clark Gable promo photo


Thursday, May 31, 2012

BBC Radio this week

Click the links to stream these programs.

Richard Hawley's Rockabilly Radio
Richard delves into his own vinyl collection to celebrate a genre close to his heart

Robin Gibb at the BBC Available on BBC iPlayer
A special tribute to the late Robin Gibb, drawn from over 40 years of BBC archive.

Spirit Having Flown: An Appreciation of Robin Gibb Available on BBC iPlayer
Paul Gambaccini looks back at the life of Robin Gibb and his extensive musical career.

Ziggy Played Guitar
Gary Kemp marks the 40th anniversary of David Bowie's influential Ziggy Stardust album.

The Devil's Foot
Sherlock Holmes tackles in a mystery in a Cornish village

Doctor Who
Time-travelling adventure series

Edgar Allan Poe's The Gold Bug
A tale of piracy, slavery and suspense, dramatised by Gregory Evans. Stars Clarke Peters.

The Inimitable Jeeves
More escapades from P.G. Wodehouse's most famous creations, Jeeves and Wooster

On the Hour Satirical take on the news from the all-star cast including Chris Morris and Steve Coogan

Sax Rohmer - The Green Spider
The mystery of a strange being, a professor and a secret that could transform science.

Space Force
Charles Chilton's sci-fi drama starring Nicky Henson, Nigel Stock and Barry Foster

The Goon Show
Classic material from one of the all-time radio comedy greats

Vintage Disneyland map


Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Preview five tracks from the Beach Boys' reunion album

The Guardian is streaming five songs from the Beach Boys' 50th anniversary reunion album, featuring music written and produced by Brian Wilson, now.

The LP, That's Why God Made the Radio, is out next week.

1960s Batman and Joker posters

The classic Carmine Infantino Batman and Robin poster, plus the Joker.



Monday, May 28, 2012

1970s Shazam! live-action series finally bound for DVD

Warner Archives is dropping hints that a release of the 1970s "Shazam!" may be on the horizon. Everything is cryptic to date, as you can see via these tweets: one, two. WA, as mentioned here before, makes available on-demand DVDs of movies and series not widely available on disk.  Stay tuned for more details as we learn more!

Music new releases May 29, 2012: Supremes at the Copa; Public Image Ltd.; Small Faces deluxe editions; Annette Peacock, more!

Click the links to order discounted items from Amazon.


At the Copa: Expanded Edition by the Supremes


This Is Pil by Public Image Ltd.


Small Faces


From the Beginning


The Unbelievable Voice and Guitar of Jerry Reed/Nashville Underground


I'm the One by Annette Peacock


Wild In The Country & Flaming Star Sessions by Elvis Presley


Avengers


Sandy by Sandy Denny

DVD new releases May 29, 2012: True Blood season four; Maverick complete first season; Lancelot Link; Wing Commander Academy, more!

Click the links to order discounted items from Amazon.


True Blood: The Complete Fourth Season

 
Maverick: The Complete First Season


Lancelot Link: Secret Chimp


Wing Commander Academy: Complete Series


Sing Your Song: Harry Belafonte


Flareup


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