Thursday, November 26, 2015

November's Underappreciated Music: the links

The monthly assembly of undervalued and often nearly "lost" music, or simply music the blogger in question wants to remind you reader/listeners of...

Patti Abbott: Music; Thanksgiving parody

Brian Arnold: Simple Gifts

Jayme Lynn Blaschke: Friday Night Videos

Paul Brazill: A Song for Saturday

Julie London and the Hi-Los: Medley

Jim C.: The Philly Joe Jones Sextet: "Blues for Dracula"

Sean Coleman: Joseph Bridge: "Winter Blues"; Wings Over Australia; Phil Taylor; XTC: Oranges and Lemons

Bill Crider: Song of the Day; Forgotten Hits, Local Charts

Elizabeth Foxwell: Dominik Scherrer: An Inspector Calls

Jeff Gemill: Natalie Merchant: Paradise is Here; Top 5s

John Grant: Vienna Teng: The Fourth Messenger

Jerry House: Daily Music+; Hymn Time

Darol Anger, Sharon Gilchrist and Emy Phelps: "Cherokee Shuffle"

Sam Juliano: Ridgewood Symphony Orchestra: Finlandia, The Moldau, Toccata and Fugue in D Minor and Saint-Saens’ Organ Symphony  

Evan Lewis: Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken (Composer: Hans Erdmann): NosferatuCathy Barton, Dave Para, Bob Dyer: "A Call to Quantrill"

Steve Lewis, Jonathan Lewis, Mike Doran and Michael Shonk: Music I'm Listening To

Todd Mason: Saturday Music Club: some Beatling (covers); reBeatling

Lawrence Person: Shoegazer Sunday

Monk Quartet (Thelonious Monk, Charlie Rouse, Larry Gates, Ben Riley): "Hackensack"

Nathan Rabin: Casablanca Records (courtesy Bill Crider)

Charlie Ricci: Soft Cell: "Tainted Love"/"Where Did Our Love Go?"; J Burn: Burnt Blue; Diana Krall: Wallflower

The Pleasure Seekers, later Cradle, reunion: "What a Way to Go"; "Brain Confusion"; "Ted"

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Tuesday's Overlooked Films and/or Other A/V: the links to reviews, interviews, etc.

Kansas City Bomber
This week's adventures in audio/visual materials that the reviewers think need at least another look (or, occasionally, actually deserve obscurity); thanks as always to everyone, and please let me know if I've missed your or someone else's notable posts.  

--Todd Mason, 
who notes that the Criterion Blogathon is responsible for a few more Criterion DVD and BluRay reviews this week...see Kristina Dijan, Ruth Kerr and Aaron West's citations for guides to the participants and their essays, and hear them on Criterion Close Up; also, Stacia Jones and Rod Lott on the National Lampoon documentary...I was able to non-virtually meet, along with his wife Pamela Scoville and old friend Ray Ridenour, contributor Paul "John Grant" Barnett at what I could attend of the annual convention in the area, the PhilCon, over this past weekend, and it was a very pleasant evening...wish him a happy birthday if you see him soon...he notes his daughter provided him with his most proud-making gift, the token of her Oxfam contribution in his honor...

A. J. Wright: The Fighting Kentuckian

Aaron West: Criterion Blogathon: Day 5

Alien: Resurrection
Anne Billson: Porky's II: The Next Day and other films better than she expected

Anonymous: Easy Living; 5 Fingers; Crazy, Stupid, Love; Noah Beery, Jr.; The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

Bhob Stewart: Giger Museum; Liberace Museum; 1968 Comic Art Convention (NYC), etc.

The Big Broadcast: 22 November 2015
Tony Rome

Bill Crider: Kansas City Bomber [trailer]

Brian Arnold: Simple Gifts: Introduction and "The Great Frost"

B.V. Lawson: Media Murder

Colin: Tony Rome
The Girl Can't Help It

Comedy Film Nerds: CFN vs. Keith and the Girl on The Martian; Rock 'n' Roll Movies with Lord Carrett

Criterion Close Up: Criterion Blogathon, New Releases for February, etc.

Cullen Gallagher: Barquero

Cynthia Fuchs: Democrats; Mimi and Dona; Secret in Their Eyes
June Havoc

David Vineyard: Midnight (1934 film)

Dorian and Vinnie Bartolucci: Lady in the Lake; Trancers

Elgin Bleecker: The Prowler

Elizabeth Foxwell: Black Friday (1940 film); about Anatomy of a Murder

Evan Lewis: Dick Tracy (1950s tv series): "Dick Tracy and FlatTop"

Gary Deane: June Havoc

George Kelley: Spotlight

Gilligan Newton-John:  Mad scientist film bondage (some mildly NSFW imagery)

How Did This Get Made? (featuring guest Lennon Parham): Lifeforce

Iba Dawson: some of the worst...

Ivan G. Shreve, Jr.: The Strange One; The Garment Jungle

Jackie Kashian: Chez Amanda on The X-Files; The Amazing Spider-Man 2
The Deadly Mantis

Jacqueline T. Lynch: Jerome Cowan

James Reasoner: The Deadly Mantis; The Bold Caballero 

Janet Varney: Colin Hanks

Jerry House: Roy Rogers and his peers; X Minus 1: "Nightmare"

John Grant: Curtain at Eight; Crime Unlimited; Flat Two

Jonathan Lewis: Treasure Island (1972 film)
Top 25: Shield for Murder

Juri Nummelin: Morons from Outer Space

Karen Hannsberry: William Conrad; Top 25 Noir Films 

Kate Laity: The Hudsucker Proxy

Kelly Robinson: Criterion and Lynch (and Kelly)

Ken Levine: On Roseanne; further on Roseanne; Undateable; Wish I Was Here and Kickstarter abuse

Kevin Pollack's Chat Show: Vince Gilligan

Kristina Dijan: Criterion Blogathon: Day 4

Laura G:  3 Bad Men; Murder in the Fleet; The 33Pocahontas (1995 Disney animation); 42nd Street (stage)

Lucy Brown: River; Once Upon a Time (current US tv)

Marty McKee: The Final Terror

Mildred Perkins: The Mummy (1959 film)

Mystery Dave: "Captain EO"
the book

Patricia Nolan-Hall: Harry Carey and the Carey family

Patti Abbott: Reflections in a Golden Eye

Rick: 1960s TV series on the road...

Rod Lott: Rattlers; Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon

Ronna and Beverly: Jessica St. Clair

"Rupert Pupkin": Broken Lance

Ruth Kerr: Criterion Blogathon Day 6

Sam Juliano: A Room with a View; Carol

Scott A. Cupp: The Mad Miss Manton

Sergio Angelini: Molle Mystery Theater (radio); Thriller (US tv); et al.: "Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper" and its extensions by Robert Bloch
(...and...A Thriller a Day on that adaptation)
The Mad Miss Manton

Stacia Kissick Jones: Manos, the Hands of Fate; The Night of the Generals; Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead

Stephen Bowie: Sunday Showcase (1959 US tv): "What Makes Sammy Run?"

Stephen Gallagher: Stan Lee's Lucky Man

Danger Theater presents: "The Voice"

North by Northwest

TV Obscurities: The Tammy Grimes Show

Victoria Loomes: Louise Beavers

Vienna: North by Northwest (stage); Leslie Howard; Bad Day at Black Rock

Yvette Banek: La belle et la bete
Beauty and the Beast

Saturday, November 21, 2015

2 Fritz Leiber horror novels in online PDF reproductions of their "natural" habitats (CONJURE WIFE in UNKNOWN WORLDS, 1943; YOU'RE ALL ALONE in FANTASTIC ADVENTURES, 1950)

The links below take you to the highlighted titles as they have been scanned online from their original magazine appearances.


  • , pp. 9-78 - PDF

  • Novelette 

  • , pp. 105-132 - PDF

  • Readers' Departments 

  • , pp. 6-8 - PDF

  • Short Stories 

  • , pp. 79-93 - PDF
  • , pp. 94-102 - PDF

  • [+] Book Reviews (Anthony Boucher and Langley Searles)
     (2 Reviews) 
    , p. 103 - PDF

  • All Stories Complete 

  • , pp. 8-81 - PDF
  • , pp. 84-89 - PDF
  • , pp. 92-99 - PDF
  • , pp. 102-108 - PDF
  • , pp. 110-123 - PDF
  • , pp. 126-127 - PDF
  • , pp. 130-149 - PDF
  •  - PDF
    Illustrating a scene from "You're All Alone"

  • Three "bonus" issue covers (texts not obviously online that I could find...go find the hardcopies/books!):

    The third Leiber horror novel, in its original shorter form, later expanded for book publication as Our Lady of Darkness (and Edward Ferman might be the most underrated editor in the field's history, if his one-time assistant, later Fantastic and Heavy Metal editor Ted White, isn't):

    And another Jones cover...the Virgil Finlay interior illustrations were Much better--
    the Bloch story is an excellent zombie metafiction(!), adapted for television with moderate success (and a good cast save the star) in the early 1970s; the Sturgeon and Simak stories were good, and the McGivern, Sheldon and Phillips stories not too shabby, either...from the intermittently impressive Fantastic Adventures issues in the several years running up to the launch of Fantastic in 1952):