Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Looking for a way to get rid of all that holiday trash?
Check this beast out.
Merry Christmas from the TruStar family
Monday, December 14, 2009
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 1 November, 2007 : – - Given her background, you’d expect Maya Gabeira to be a politician. An activist, perhaps. Or even an academic. But that’s hardly the case. The daughter of Fernando Gabeira, a famous political dissident and founder of the Brazilian Green Party, Maya has avoided the country’s turbulent politics to negotiate another equally treacherous environment: the ocean.
And it’s not your average beachbreak we’re talking about here. Maya, you’ll be intrigued to learn, is all about big waves. How big? Really freaking big. “I get this incredible adrenaline rush every time I see a rising swell,” says Maya. “There’s no way I’m gonna stay on the beach if the waves are pumping – it makes me really excited and I just gotta get out there.”
It’s this kind of attitude that led Maya to win the Women’s Best Overall Performance in the 2007 Billabong Global Big Wave Awards, bagging 5,000 bucks and a truckload of kudos in the process. For those in the know, the award is hardly a surprise, as the twenty-year-old Rio de Janeiro local has gained notoriety for riding some of the world’s hairiest waves.
Her recent roster includes all the heavy-hitters: Mavericks, Waimea, Todos Santos, as well as the horrendously sketchy and shark-infested Dungeons, in South Africa. Where does she find the courage? “Surfing big waves is reflective of your attitude towards life. I think it’s something you learn at home. My dad has a really strong character, is incredibly bright and I’ve learned a lot from him.”
Thursday, December 10, 2009
One of the coolest guys on TV when I was a little nipper. (pre-James Bond)LOS ANGELES – Gene Barry, who played the well-dressed man of action in the television series "Bat Masterson," "Burke's Law" and "The Name of the Game," has died at age 90 of unknown causes, his son said Thursday.
Gene Barry essentially played the same character in all three series, which spanned the 1950s to the 1970s. Always fashionably dressed, the tall, handsome actor with the commanding voice dominated his scenes as he bested the bad guys in each show.
In the first of the three, the Western "Bat Masterson," he was a frontier dandy who rarely resorted to gunplay, choosing instead to beat his rivals senseless with a gold-handled cane.
This is the first episode of the first season. Series ran from 1961 to 1966."Who Killed Holly Howard?"
OK folks, I need some help..... I know, I know "He needs LOT'S of help".
I'm working on my Christmas list for Santa and one of the things I really want is a hat like this one that Woody Harrelson wore in the movie 2012. I don't know what the style is to give anyone a clue. (I know, Santa knows all that stuff!) It's embossed or broqueted around the lower 3-4"
If anyone out there can help a poor alter boy out I would be eternally grateful. (or at least until the year 2012)
Wednesday, December 09, 2009
On a tip from BruceF, who commented on The Civil Tones post, I checked into Crispy's more recent group, Killer Filler. This is the treasure I found.
You can also find their CD "Filler Up!" over at Fat City Guitar Lounge. (http://fatcitycigarlounge.blogspot.com/2009/06/killer-filler-filller-up.html)
The Civil Tones
Re-post (This is one that needs to be heard)Even though this album has been posted up here before and over at D'Boss' Fat City Cigar Lounge it needs to be out there as much as possible for all to hear. One of my favorites. Make it yours.
The Civil Tones are back! The boys from St. Louis stocked the pond full of soul-soaked R&B instrumental grooves and pulled out some fresh catches. The Civil Tones mix together southern soul from the 60s (stuff you might find on old Stax or Hi records labels), early funk, latin grooves, and surf sounds, with arrangements that take sudden twists and turns in tempo, feel, and style. Hey, and they don't have a pretty-boy, ego-inflated lead vocalist to get in the way, but take the most melodic and catchiest parts of their Hammond organ, bass, guitar and drums to fuel the "Civil Tone" sound.
OK, enough talkin', now put Soul Bucket in that CD player and start groovin'!!!
1 Soul Bucket
3 Joe Flamingo
5 East of East St. Louis
6 Papa Burger
7 Road Rage
8 The Return of Sugar Dumplin'
9 Wings for Wanda
10 A Short Hello and a Long Goodbye
11 Billy Juarez
12 Strawberry Hill
13 Soul Bucket (Southside)
Monday, December 07, 2009
Friday, December 04, 2009
Having apparently exorcised his demons by releasing the cathartic Tonight's the Night, Neil Young returned to his commercial strengths with Zuma (named after Zuma Beach in Los Angeles, where he now owned a house). Seven of the album's nine songs were recorded with the reunited Crazy Horse, in which rhythm guitarist Frank Sampedro had replaced the late Danny Whitten, but there were also nods to other popular Young styles in "Pardon My Heart," an acoustic song that would have fit on Harvest, his most popular album, and "Through My Sails," retrieved from one of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's abortive recording sessions. Young had abandoned the ragged, first-take approach of his previous three albums, but Crazy Horse would never be a polished act, and the music had a lively sound well-suited to the songs, which were some of the most melodic, pop-oriented tunes Young had crafted in years, though they were played with an electric-guitar-drenched rock intensity. The overall theme concerned romantic conflict, with lyrics that lamented lost love and sometimes longed for a return ("Pardon My Heart" even found Young singing, "I don't believe this song"), though the overall conclusion, notably in such catchy songs as "Don't Cry No Tears" and "Lookin' for a Love," was to move on to the next relationship. But the album's standout track (apparently the only holdover from an early intention to present songs with historical subjects) was the seven-and-a-half-minute epic "Cortez the Killer," a commentary on the Spanish conqueror of Latin America that served as a platform for Young's most extensive guitar soloing since his work on Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere.
1 Don't Cry No Tears
2 Danger Bird
3 Pardon My Heart
4 Lookin' for a Love
5 Barstool Blues
6 Stupid Girl
7 Drive Back
8 Cortez the Killer
9 Through My Sails