Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Edgar Allan Poe
Read by Christopher Walken
Sit down kiddies and turn the lights down low. Uncle Trustar is back with a shot little story read by one of the alltime greatest caricature actors of our time. From The Devil to a dapper dance man, Mr Walken can do it all. He does magic with Poe's classic, The Raven.
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Sunday, October 17, 2010
Yes, kiddies, ol' Trustar does do a few things that don't have a soundtrack to it. One of my other passions is reading, specifically the strange and creepy types. Major horror fan is I. While I don't have as much time to read like I used to I do follow some of my favorite writers and a few specialty publishing houses. A news flash I received this week was in regards to a free e-book posting on the WOWIO book site. Here is a fresh new e-book to treat your eyes and mind to.
The Painted Darkness
by Brian James Freeman
When Henry was a child, something terrible happened in the woods behind his home, something so shocking he could only express his terror by drawing pictures of what he had witnessed. Eventually, Henry's mind blocked out the bad memories, but he continued to draw, often at night by the light of the moon.
Twenty years later, Henry makes his living by painting his disturbing works of art. He loves his wife and his son, and life couldn't be better… except there's something not quite right about the old stone farmhouse his family now calls home. There's something strange living in the cramped cellar, in the maze of pipes that feed the ancient steam boiler.
A winter storm is brewing, and soon Henry will learn the true nature of the monster waiting for him down in the darkness. He will battle this demon and, in the process, he may discover what really happened when he was a child — and why, in times of trouble, he thinks: “I paint against the darkness.”
But will Henry learn the truth in time to avoid the terrible fate awaiting him… or will the thing in the cellar get him and his family first?
Written as both a meditation on the art of creation and as an examination of the secret fears we all share, The Painted Darkness is a terrifying look at the true cost we pay when we run from our grief — and what happens when we're finally forced to confront the monsters we know all too well.
If that don't grab you by the boo boo I don't know what will.
Uncle Trustar says "Check it out!"
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Ripped @ a towering 320 w/ 3% Recovery
Review by Bruce Eder
The group's second album, with Ian Anderson (vocals, flute, acoustic guitars, keyboards, balalaika), Martin Barre (electric guitar, flute), Clive Bunker (drums), and Glen Cornick (bass), solidified their sound. There are still elements of blues present in their music, but except for the opening track, "A New Day Yesterday," it is far more muted than on their first album -- new lead guitarist Martin Barre had few of the blues stylings that characterized Mick Abrahams' playing. Rather, the influence of English folk music manifests itself on several cuts, including "Jeffrey Goes to Leicester Square" and "Look Into the Sun." The instrumental "Bouree," which could've passed for an early Blood, Sweat & Tears track, became a favorite concert number, with an excellent solo bit featuring Cornick's bass, although at this point Anderson's flute playing on-stage needed a lot of work. As a story-song with opaque lyrics, jarring tempo changes, and loud electric passages juxtaposed with soft acoustic-textured sections, "Back to the Family" is an early forerunner to Thick As a Brick. Similarly, "Reasons for Waiting," with its mix of closely miked acoustic guitar and string orchestra, all hung around a hauntingly beautiful folk-based melody, pointed in the direction of that conceptual piece and its follow-up, A Passion Play. The only major flaw in this album is the mix, which divides the electric and acoustic instruments and fails to find a solid center, but even that was fixed on later CD editions. (The original LP had a gatefold jacket that included a pop-up representation of the band that has been lost on all subsequent CD versions, except for the Mobile Fidelity audiophile release.) [In late 2001, Stand Up was re-released in a remastered edition with bonus tracks that boasted seriously improved sound. Anderson's singing comes off richer throughout, and the electric guitars on "Look Into the Sun" are very well-delineated in the mix, without any loss in the lyricism of the acoustic backing; the rhythm section on "Nothing Is Easy" has more presence, Bunker's drums and high-hat playing sounding much closer and sharper; the mandolin on "Fat Man" is practically in your lap; you can hear the action on the acoustic guitar on "Reasons for Waiting," even in the orchestrated passages; and the band sounds like it's in the room with you pounding away on "For a Thousand Mothers." Among the bonus tracks, recorded at around the same time, "Living in the Past," "Driving Song," and "Sweet Dreams" all have a richness and resonance that was implied but never heard before.
1 A New Day Yesterday
2 Jeffrey Goes to Leicester Square
4 Back to the Family
5 Look into the Sun
6 Nothing Is Easy
7 Fat Man
8 We Used to Know
9 Reasons for Waiting
10 For a Thousand Mothers
11 Living in the Past
12 Driving Song
13 Sweet Dream
Saturday, October 09, 2010
At a buzzin 320
Yes, our friend GSD (Greek Surf Demon) has been at it again, bring us all a hint of the tried and true tempered with some very nice variations upon the theme. Something to play over and over in the fading summer time sun.
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Friday, October 08, 2010
by Richard S. Ginell
Sergio Mendes took a deep breath, expanded his sound to include strings lavishly arranged by the young Dave Grusin and Dick Hazard, went further into Brazil, and out came a gorgeous record of Brasil '66 at the peak of its form. Here Mendes released himself from any reliance upon Antonio Carlos Jobim and rounded up a wealth of truly great material from Brazilian fellow travelers: Gilberto Gil's jet-propelled "Roda" and Joao Donato's clever "The Frog," Dori Caymmi's stunningly beautiful "Like a Lover," Harold Lobo's carnival-esque "Tristeza," and Mendes himself (the haunting "So Many Stars" and the title track). Mendes was also hip enough to include "With a Little Help From My Friends" from the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper LP. As things evolved, though, the one track that this album would be remembered for is the only other non-Brazilian tune, Burt Bacharach's "The Look of Love," in an inventive, grandiose arrangement with a simplified bossa beat. The tune just laid there on the album until Mendes and company performed it on the Academy Awards telecast in 1968. The performance was a sonic disaster, but no matter; the public response was huge, a single was released, and it become a monster, number four on the pop charts. So much for the reported demise of bossa nova; in Sergio Mendes' assimilating, reshaping hands, allied with Herb Alpert's flawless production, it was still a gold mine.
3 Like a Lover
4 The Frog
5 Tristeza (Goodbye Sadness)
6 The Look of Love
7 Pardizer Adeus (To Say Goodbye)
8 Batucada (The Beat)
9 So Many Stars
10 Look Around
Like a jacked up muscle car with a blown V8, this little set of tunes will put you back into your seat. Hold on for some spirited surf-a-billy sounds.
1 Talking Pipes (Edit)
2 Magnum Dutch
3 Hobie McGregor
4 Talking Pipes (Full Version)
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Thursday, October 07, 2010
The film version was directed by George Abbott, as he did the earlier stage version, with assistance from Stanley Donen. With the exception of Tab Hunter in the role of Joe Hardy (replacing Stephen Douglass), the Broadway principals reprised their stage roles. The film is very similar to the stage version. A notable difference between film and stage versions, however, was Gwen Verdon's performance of the song, “A Little Brains”. For the film version, Verdon’s suggestive hip-movements (as choreographed by Bob Fosse and performed on stage) were considered too risqué for a mainstream American film in 1958, and so, in the film, she simply pauses at these points. Similarly, the film was released in the United Kingdom under the title What Lola Wants, to avoid use of the word "Damn" on posters, hoardings and cinema marquees.
Joe Boyd, a middle-aged fan of the ill-fated Washington Senators baseball team, wishes he could help them out. His wishes suddenly come true when "Mr. Applegate" magically appears, and offers to turn old Joe into a young baseball slugger "Joe Hardy", with the catch that he must give his soul to Applegate and leave his beloved wife Meg. Joe agrees, but with an escape clause: by a certain time he can renounce the deal and return to his wife and former life.
As young Joe becomes a star on the Washington Senators, he misses his wife and wants to return. Applegate has "Lola", another of his "Lost Souls", seduce Joe and convince him to stay with Applegate ("Whatever Lola Wants"). Joe misses the deadline and appears to be lost forever, but Lola helps him. He both helps the Senators beat the New York Yankees and break the spell and return home.
Sunday, October 03, 2010
The Surfside IV are: T-Ray (guitar), Cap'n Tubesock (guitar), Nilla (bass), and Scotty Bravo (drums).
Killer instrumental surf sounds from Phoenix, Arizona...hundreds of miles from the nearest ocean. Fueled by a love of a Fender guitar drenched in spring reverb and the big surf beat (and perhaps a mai-tai or two), we don our fezzes and salute the lost art of playing real music with real instruments. See you at our next show!
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