Friday, February 28, 2014

Video find: Buck Owens and His Buckaroos perform "My Heart Skips a Beat" 1966!


Seen on eBay: Mexican Batman comic has seen better days




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Today's best picture ever: Vincent Price


Pop culture roundup: Twister! Miley Cyrus and the Flaming Lips! Beatles!

The Guardian explores the origins of "Twister."
Mel Taft, head of development at Milton Bradley, arranged to get the game played on The Johnny Carson Show. Carson was enticed on to the Twister board to play live with Eva Gabor, wearing a very low-cut gown. The next morning, Mel was standing in a queue 50 deep at Abercrombie & Fitch, which was rumoured to have Twister for sale. It became the game of 1966 and the royalties started rolling in.


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Here's an unexpected duo: Miley Cyrus and the Flaming Lips.




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There are a lot of Beatles-related commemorative magazines on the newsstands these days -- all focused on the 50th anniversary of the band's first American visit. Which mags are best? Beatles Examiner offers a handy guide here.


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More than 100 John Lennon manuscripts, many used in his 1960s books, are up for auction at Sotheby's.
The works are from the collection of Tom Maschler, who in the 1960s was the literary director of Jonathan Cape, Lennon’s British publisher. In the Beatles’ early years, it was widely known that Lennon had a comic literary side. He created a handmade magazine, “The Daily Howl,” during his elementary school years, and during the first flush of the Beatles’ success in Liverpool, he wrote several articles for a local music magazine, Mersey Beat. Mr. Maschler met with Lennon in 1963, and persuaded him to compile some of these pieces as a book.


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Booksteve unearths a rare, and rather unexpected, bit of Jack Kirby artwork.


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I could do this job! Man makes £4 a pop taking pics of tourists crossing the street in front of London's Abbey Road Studios, where the Beatles recorded nearly all their songs.



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Jon shares a wonderful assortment of vintage Captain Marvel house ads.


Fab Friday: Beatles at the railway station







Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Video find: Eartha Kitt performs "I Want to Be Evil"!



Blue Note to release 100 jazz classics on vinyl in 75th anniversary celebration

Starting March 25, the Blue Note label will start rolling out a series of vinyl releases celebrating the jazz legacy.

You can see the list of releases here.

If you're not a jazz fan, but interested, you really can't go wrong with any of these.

Blue Note was noted for its great sound (the contribution of engineer Rudy Van Gelder), great performances (unlike many jazz labels, which gave artists little time to prepare for sessions, Blue Note paid for rehearsals ) and fabulous cover art (the work of designer Reid Miles has been a huge influence on graphic designers over the years).

Here's the first batch of LPs. For those just getting interested in jazz, the Coltrane LP is accessible and grooving - a nice step forward if you enjoy Miles Davis' Kind of Blue (the classic jazz LP everyone seems to own, or should). For the more adventurous, check out Dolphy and Larry Young. All five of these are great, though.



Behind the scenes: Creature from the Black Lagoon!


Today's best picture ever: Shatner and Nimoy get Mad



Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Video find: The Contours perform "Do You Love Me," 1962!



More pics from Captain America: Winter Soldier

Marvel's second Cap film is set to open April 4.











Today's best picture ever: Pete Townshend


New comics Feb. 26, 2014: Breath of Bones; Fantastic Four Masterworks 10; Thor by Simonson 4, more!

Click the links to order discounted items from Amazon.

Highlights this week:


Breath of Bones: A Tale of the Golem


Marvel Masterworks: The Fantastic Four Volume 10


Thor by Walter Simonson Volume 4


The Ages of Wonder Woman: Essays on the Amazon Princess in Changing Times