Sunday, May 28, 2017

May'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: Rhiannon Giddens: "Come, Love, Come"

Brian Arnold: Galactic Empire

Jayme Lynn Blaschke: Friday Night Videos

Augusta Bluegrass Women: "Road to Carolina"


Paul D. Brazill: A Song for Saturday

Jim Cameron: Todd Barkan

Sean Coleman: Paul McCartney: Flowers in the Dirt; Yes: Close to the Edge

Bill Crider: Song of the Day; Forgotten HitsEarl Sinks

Jawbox: "Mirrorful"


Jawbox: "Static"


Jawbox: "Cornflake Girl"

Jeff Gemmill: Rumer: Seasons of My Soul; Jan and Dean: Folk 'n' Roll; Fazerdaze: Morningside;  Top 5; Graham Parker live 2017;  Erin O'Dowd; Courtney Marie Andrews live 2017;  Juliana Hatfield 1993; Hatfield's letter and lock of hair; Hannah Layton Turner (of Hannah's Yard); Maria McKee live 2003; Garland Jeffreys: 14 Steps to Harlem

Jerry House: The Sons of the Pioneers; Hymn Time; Music from the Past

George Kelley: The Beatles: Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band deluxe multidisc set

Kate Laity: Song for a Saturday

B. V. Lawson: Your Sunday Music Treat
Concerto for Theremin by Anis Fuleihan; Satie: Gymnopédie No.1


Jeanne Lee and Ran Blake: "Something's Coming"


Jeanne Lee and Ran Blake: "A Taste of Honey"


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


Maltin on Movies: composer Michael Giacchino

J. Eric Mason: Foxygen: "San Francisco"


Kliph Nesteroff: Hanna-Barbera Records

Andrew Orley: Nobody's Listening

Lawrence Person: Shoegazer Sunday


Charlie Ricci: The Allman Brothers Band: Hittin' the Note

Stereo Williams: George Harrison (courtesy Bill Crider)

The Zombies: "Beechwood Park" (text interview)


The Zombies: Remember You


The Zombies: Any Other Way


Saturday, May 27, 2017

Overlooked A/V: the links to the reviews, discussions and more: film, television, radio, podcasts and more: new links added

The (usually) weekly assembly of links to blogposts, reviews, essays, podcasts and other items of interest about audio/visual work, usually first-rate and deserving of one's attention but sometimes less so and sometimes deserving of obscurity, up to and including opera, stage drama, conventions, museum exhibits, videogames (and boardgames), and more. Terribly sorry for some weeks and some days delay; it really has been one damned thing after another of late..Thanks to all who have produced the items linked to below! And please let me know if I've missed yours or someone else's.  
Remembrance of Roger Moore, Dina Merrill and others will be found among the blogs and posts below. 

A. J. Wright: Whispering City; Marilyn McCoo

Alice Chang: Dark Souls; PlayStation 4; Persona 5; Ori and the Blind Forest

the Allan Fish Online Film Festival 2017

Anne Billson: Diamonds Are Forever (Cat of the Day)

The Big Broadcast: 21 May 2017 

Bill Crider: Our Miss Brooks (1956 film) [trailer]; She's All That [trailer]; Return of the Lash; The Man in the Iron Mask (1939 film) [trailer]; Mainly Millicent: with Roger Moore as James Bond (1964)








Dan Stumpf: Return to Warbow: Sing and Like It; The Hustler 

Dana Gould: Eddie Pepitone; Ken Reid; Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?; Lizzie Borden

David Cramner: backgammon in film and literature; Aldous Huxley on TechnoDictators

David Vineyard: This Man is News

Earl Green: Trying Times (courtesy Brian Arnold)

Elgin Bleecker: Naked City (1948 film); Line of Duty

Elizabeth Foxwell: Shield for Murder: 99 River Street; George V. Higgins speaks (1985); House by the River; David C. Raskin: Lie Detection and the Judicial System (1975 lecture)

Evan Lewis: The Maltese Falcon and related matter: The Adventures of Sam Spade: "The Kandy Tooth"; The Maltese Falcon (1941 film); Satan Met a Lady; The Maltese Falcon (1931 film); &...Star Trek Continues: "Pilgrim of Eternity"; The Brasher Doubloon

The Faculty of Horror: The Descent

George Kelley: Cabaret (current stage production); The Grace Kelly Collection

Hal Horn: Underrated 1987 films

How Did This Get Made?: Stealth; My Stepmother is an Alien

Iba Dawson: The Get-Down; Turner Classic Film Festival 2017: Ntrate; Pre-Code Films

International WatersGraham Elwood; Guy Branum; Caroline Mabey; Lucy Pearman; host Dave Holmes; Bil Dwyer, Ophira Eisenberg, Tom Bell, and Holly Burn

Trials of O'Brien: "Picture Me a Murder" A one-season series for Peter Falk; early tv work, in this episode excerpt, for Joanna Pettet (long-term media crush), Jessica Walter, Alan Alda, Charles Grodin, Claude Akins; series semi-regular Elaine Stritch, as Falk/O'Brien's receptionist, doesn't appear in this first 9 minutes of the episode (a battered but watchable teaser to encourage you to buy gray-market copies)

Ivan G. Shreve, Jr.: Spotlight Scandals; the color episodes of The Andy Griffith Show; The Mysterious AirmanTrials of O'Brien; Never Let Me Go; Calvin and the Colonel; Feel My Pulse; Afraid to Talk; Crime Does Not Pay: "A Thrill for Thelma"; Blondes and Redheads: Pre-Code Comedy Classics, Volume 2; Swiss Family Robinson (1940 film); Early Women Filmmakers

J. Kingston Pierce: Roger Moore; more on Moore

Jack Seabrook: The Alfred Hitchcock Hour: "The Gentleman Caller"; "Return of Verge Likens"; "Bed of Roses"
Jonathan Lewis: Rage (1972 film); The Night Evelyn Came Out of the GraveThe Treasure of Pancho Villa; Ghost Town (1988 film)

Judy Gold/Kill Me Now: Felicia Michaels

Karen Hannsberry: Great Villain Blogathon; Five Stars: Jean Harlow, Norma Shearer, Barbara Stanwyk, Joan Crawford and Bette Davis; Hold Your Man

Kate Laity: "Witches" at September Gallery

Ken Levine: next season's sitcoms; sitcom writing underachievement

Ken Reid/TV Guidance Counselor: Stephen Bissette, horror/comics guy

Kim Newman: Kaboom; Don't Let Him In; Cobra Woman

Kliph Nesteroff: The Steve Allen Christmas Show (1961); The Paul Lynde Show (with guest Jodie Foster).[..a vintage example of sub-par sitcom writing...]; East Side, West Side: "The Beatnik and the Politician" with Alan Arkin

Kristina Dijan: The Invisible RayUnion Depot; Great Villains Blogathon; The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974)

Laura G: Disneyland; Split Second; Dina Merrill and Roger Moore; Daredevils of the Red Circle; Challenge to Lassie; Spencer's Mountain; All the King's Men; Hollow Triumph; The Big Heat; Iron Man (1951 film); The Man Who Cheated Himself; Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival 2017

Lindsey D: Eyewitness (1956 film); Let's Make It Legal; Topper Returns; Extraordinary Tales; Two on a Guillotine

The Long Shot: Tim Baltz; Helen Hong; Paul Danke; Jordan Brady

Louis Fowler: South Bronx Heroes; The Firm

Maria Alexander: What Star Wars (including the radio series) meant for me...

Mark Anthony Lacy: Top 12 1960s sexploitation films

Martin Edwards: Dead Man's Evidence; Don't Talk to Strange Men; Crimefest; AlliedThriller of the Year (stage); Danger by My Side; Stranger in Town





Patricia Abbott: 30 Rock; 1984 (1984 film); Late Night with David Letterman; A Quiet Passion 

Patricia Nolan-Hall: Ricardo Cortez; Simon and Laura; Five Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, James Cagney, Laurel and Hardy, John Wayne; A Tree Grows in Brooklyn; Dial M for Murder (1954); Little Boy Lost; Me and My Pal; The Far Country

Paul D. Brazill: Dog SoldiersLast Cab to Darwin; Len and Company 

The Projection Booth: The Lost One; The Ninth Configuration; Who is Arthur Chu?; Mommie Dearest; Wanda Whips Wall Street; Rick Marx; Tami Stronach

Raquel Stecher: The Beguiled; Dancing Lady; What's Up, Doc?; The China Syndrome

Ren Zelen: Something Wild

Rick: The African Queen; Five Stars: Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr, David Niven, Katherine Hepburn; Young Sherlock Holmes; Billy Wider; Marlowe; 
equestrian films

Rod Lott: Wolves at the Door; The Circle; Rest Stop: SST: Death Flight; SnakeEater; SnakeEater II: The Drug Buster; The Belko Experiment

Ruth Kerr: Night Nurse; You Can't Take It With You; Five Stars: Ida Lupino, The Nicholas Brothers, Thelma Ritter, John Wayne; Stella Dallas; TCM Classic Film Festival


Salome Wilde: A Woman's Face (1938 Sweden and 1941 US); Laird Cregar; Five Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Jean Gabin, Ida Lupino, Lauren Bacall, Peter Lorre; Nazi noir: The Murderers are Among Us; Turn the Key Softly; noir and the Oscars; Finger of Guilt (aka Intimate Stranger)

Scott A. Cupp: Arsene Lupin; The Giant Claw; The Neanderthal Man (1953 film); Reaper: Pilot 

Sergio Angelini: Last Resort; The Woman in Green The Marseilles Contract

Stacia Kissick Jones: Johnny Guitar; Gas-s-s-s

Stacie Ponder: The Fog

Friday, May 26, 2017

Friday's "Forgotten" Books: links to the reviews and more.

The second pass (with additions and corrections) for this Friday's crop of reviews of books, and magazines and more, that the contributors feel might warrant more attention than they've received or received of late (except for this which are warnings). A few contributors will probably be added over the course of the day, as they upload their reviews...if I've missed yours or someone else's, please let me know in comments. Thanks, everyone!  Todd Mason

Sergio Angelini: Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch

Mark Baker: The Miser's Dream by John Gaspard

Yvette Banek: Put Out the Light by Ethel Lina White

Les Blatt: Arsène Lupin: Gentleman-Thief by Maurice Leblanc

John Boston: Amazing: Fact and Science Fiction Stories, May 1962, edited by Cele Goldsmith

Bill Crider: The Best of Keith Laumer; Dragon Society and Dragon Venom by Lawrence Watt-Evans

Jose Cruz, Peter Enfantino and Jack Seabrook: EC Comics, March 1953

Scott Cupp: The Willful Princess and the Piebald Prince by "Robin Hobb" (Megan Lindholm)

William Deeck: The Dogs Do Bark by Jonathan Stagge

Martin Edwards: High Seas Murder by Peter Drax

Will Errickson: Surrogate by Nick Sharman

C. C. Finlay: The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, January 1957, edited by "Anthony Boucher"

Paul Fraser: The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, May/June 2017, edited by C. C. Finlay

Barry Gardner: A Superior Death by Nevada Barr

Rich Horton: Rodney Stone by A. Conan Doyle

Jerry House: Adventures into the Unknown, #1, Fall 1948, edited by Richard Hughes--the first horror anthology comic (some Classics Illustrated issues and similar work preceded it...)

TracyK: Murder...Now and Then by Jill McGown

George Kelley: The Prentice-Hall Anthology of Science Fiction and Fantasy edited by Garyn G. Roberts

Joe Kenney: Dragon Hunt by Dave J. Garrity; Moonraker by Ian Fleming

Margot Kinberg: Fatal Enquiry by Will Thomas

Rob Kitchen: Dietrich and Riefenstahl: Hollywood, Berlin and a Century in Two Lives by Karin WielandThe Dead of Winter by Rennie Airth

Marvin Lachman: Net of Cobwebs by Elisabeth Sanxay Holding

B. V. Lawson: Miss Pink at the Edge of the World by Gwen Moffat 

Evan Lewis: The Maltese Falcon comics adapted from Dashiell Hammett's novel, illustration by Rodlow Willard

Steve Lewis: Straits of Fortune by Anthony Gagliano; The Burglar Who Traded Ted Williams by Lawrence Block; The Fast Buck by Bruno Fischer; Catastrophe Planet by Keith Laumer

Gideon Marcus: Galaxy Magazine, June 1962, edited by Frederik Pohl

Phil Noble, Jr.: Filming Live and Let Die by Roger Moore

Matt Paust: Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's by John Elder Robison

James Reasoner: Trouble at War Eagle by W. C. Tuttle

Richard Robinson: Killer in the Rain by Raymond Chandler


Gerard Saylor: Doc by Maria Doria Russell

Dan Stumpf: Alder Gulch by Ernest Haycox

"TomKat": The Weight of Evidence by Roger Ormerod