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“A Hallow Tale” by Zombie Sam

January 16, 2015

Goth metal done right! Alice Cooper’s theatrics meet Frank Zappa’s composition skills. The multi-layered sound is gritty without losing melody.

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“Le Tigre” by We Like Monsters

January 14, 2015

Have your friends been putting a hand on your shoulder, looking you in the eyes, and asking if you’re okay? Has anyone suggested that you “Seek therapy” or “Get a puppy?” Then you may be suffering from what hippie psychologists refer to as being “Totally Bummed Out, Dude” (or Babe). We’ve got just the thing…

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“Do I Wanna Know?” by Arctic Monkeys

January 12, 2015

Cartoons are on my mind this week, because of the events in Paris last week. There’s a video for a song I like, but I’ve been hesitant to run it because some of the images are distasteful, in my humble opinion. So I’ve been self-censoring. The thing is, it’s a catchy tune, and the graphics…

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That’s How I Got To Memphis – Tom T. Hall (Newsroom Cast)

January 9, 2015

“If you love somebody enough, you’ll follow wherever they go — that’s how I got to Memphis.”

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“Rolling In The Deep” by Adele

January 7, 2015

A powerful voice, expressing anger at a betrayal. Maybe not anger, but that feeling of loss that comes with instant acceptance, a resignation that dreams have been wiped away. An anthem for many, we imagine. Adele is propped up by a decent band, including a talented drummer, but we don’t get to see them. Maybe…

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“Mexican Radio” by Wall Of Voodoo

January 5, 2015

Apple says: …frontman Stan Ridgway’s songs were Americana at it’s darkest and least forgiving, full of tales of ordinary folks with little in the way of hopes or dreams, getting by on illusions that seem more like a willful denial of the truth the closer you get to them. That’s a lot to pile on…

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“Just The Way You Are” by Bruno Mars

January 2, 2015

The animation on this is very well done. Bruno croons away at his girl while drawing her using the tape from a cassette. That’s awesome. But I think people are missing something here. She was listening to that tape! He comes in all hat on his head and takes the tape player from her and…

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“Linus And Lucy” by Vince Guaraldi Trio

January 1, 2015

Our wish for your New Year is that your life should bring you this kind of joy and exuberance. The clip is from a well-known low-budget cartoon, which captures the innocence and freedom of childhood perfectly.

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Christmas Match Game

December 20, 2014

Every year we drag out this rusty piece of software, originally written for the web in 1994. It’s a tradition, and our way of saying Happy Holidays to you and yours. Enjoy!

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Allison Crowe: Newfoundland Vinyl II (& Cohen’s Hallelujah)

December 2, 2014

We have a new tweep, and she can sing! Please welcome: Allison Louise Crowe (born November 16, 1981) is a Canadian singer, songwriter, guitarist and pianist from Nanaimo, British Columbia who lives in Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador, communities spanning the breadth of Canada. (Wikipedia) In 2013, Crowe appeared in “Man of Steel” – a movie…

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That Was Close!

November 27, 2014

DO NOT watch this if you have any kind of heart problem, including one not caused by a heart valve or whatever that commercial says. These people brushed close to the edge — but escaped! The little dog is the first one that made me sit up.

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Walk Away – The Blue Valentines

November 20, 2014

A single by The Blue Valentines from their forthcoming album ‘Tales of Drunkenness & Cruelty…’ “The sound of bourbon and candlelight, barbed wire and roses!” The Blue Valentines are a duo featuring Wily Bo Walker & Kareña K.  Alternative, Gypsy, Blues (and, apparently “Swampy”): The Blue Valentines are currently recording their debut album ‘Tales of Drunkenness &…

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Vintage Trouble: Jezzebella

November 13, 2014

Their fans are called TroubleMakers.  Formed in 2010, this California band is finally getting some well-deserved notice. With a sound that instantly puts you in a smoke-filled gin joint, they wowed the crowds at Austin City Limits. Debut album ‘The Bomb Shelter Sessions’ available now all over the world. An opening act for Bon Jovi and…

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PSY – Gangnam Style

November 4, 2014

Remember Psy? He’s one of a group of artists from YG Entertainment, the one who broke all-time records on YouTube with his song Gangnam Style. Yeah, that was months ago. It’s over with. But listen anyway — you know you want to, and we have choices. We went looking for the best remix/parody of Psy’s…

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The Halloween Story

October 28, 2014

Halloween is the day before “All Saint’s Day,” also known as “All Hallow’s Day” — a hallow is a saint — which is where we get the word. But what about the rest of it? Candy? Spookiness? What’s that all about? Here’s the story: Halloween is a Christian holiday. It’s the day before the big…

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Justin Bieber — “Boyfriend” is a Horror Show

October 24, 2014

I joked about a petition that demands Canada apologize for Justin Bieber, but then I felt guilty. I try to keep an open mind, and I realized I have never actually heard a Justin Bieber song…. So I surf on over to YouTube and pick one that has a lot of views (hoping to get…

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Agatha Christie’s Poirot in New Novel

October 16, 2014

One of Agatha Christie’s most famous characters, Hercule Poirot, has a new story. The “Belgian upstart,” famous for using his “little grey cells” to solve crimes, was last seen in the novel Curtain. She wrote the novel in the early 1940s, during World War II. Christie had the novel locked away in a bank vault for…

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Phantom Limb: Draw the Line

September 25, 2014

If you were Frankensteining Yolanda Quartey’s voice in a lab, you’d take equal parts Aretha Franklin and Dolly Parton, a dash of Tina Turner, and a spoonful of Janis Joplin. On a map, you might pick a spot south of Mowtown and north of Nashville — but you’d be off by an ocean. Quartey, and…

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Lily Bishop – No Strings Attached

September 17, 2014

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, unless you come back to work on Monday and there he is — and now you have to work with him. Laura Todd has a consensual fling with the handsome and wealthy Fox Thornton. When she returns to work, Fox is there, investigating why her company is missing money…

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Zebrahead – Call Your Friends

September 12, 2014

When  Zebrahead throws a party, it’s time to call your friends. This band was formed in La Habra, California in 1996 when four friends who shared the same practice space decided to leave the bands they were in and start a new one. 15 years and 10 albums later, they’re touring the world and having as…

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J.T. Shepherd – Charlotte: A Haunted High School Adventure

September 11, 2014

J.T. Shepherd has never seen a ghost. But he seems to like them. He has five books available on Amazon, and all of them are haunted. Charlotte is the first book in his “Haunted High School Adventure” series. In all of these books, the heroine is named Lisa Donovan. She is accompanied by her ghost…

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10 Things to Do Before You Give Up

September 10, 2014

We have all been there, right? Nothing seems to be working, you’re not seeing any progress, and everyone, including you, has lost faith that you can do it. Maybe it’s time to give up. Okay, maybe it is. Life isn’t always rainbows and sparkles. Maybe you’re going in the wrong direction. Maybe your dream is not…

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Lazy Habits – Even Out

September 9, 2014

Jack and Jill went up the hill to fetch a pail of water, Jack fell down and broke his crown — well, no, that isn’t what happened, according to the band Lazy Habits. Jack was selling drugs, it turns out, and Jill was a gold-digger who whacked him on the head with a metal pipe. Lazy…

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William Lobban: The Glasgow Curse

September 8, 2014

There’s a notorious criminal following me! On Twitter, that is, and it’s former criminal, if you please. William Lobban, a gangster so vicious no prison in Scotland would take him, finished paying his debt to society in an English penitentiary in 1988. Now he’s a bestselling author. His gritty and brutally honest autobiography, The Glasgow Curse,…

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Kongos: Come With Me Now

September 5, 2014

I hear a radio announcer say “…from South Africa.” My ears perk up. There’s a Gideon Stevens in South Africa (but I’m in North America.) I don’t know him, but just knowing he’s there keeps South Africa on my watchlist. So when I heard about a band named “Kongos” — from South Africa — gaining…

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Tin Man and Rabbit

September 4, 2014

My first novel, a romantic adventure titled Tin Man and Rabbit, is now available as an ebook. The paperback edition will be available soon. It’s the story of Tom and Lisa, both a little gun-shy from previous relationships…. Tom is being coerced into selling his childhood home, and Lisa is the real-estate agent who gets the contract to…

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Ode an die Freude ( Ode to Joy ) Beethoven Symphony No.9

September 3, 2014

This will lift your spirits: a bass player walks out into a public square and puts his top hat on the ground. He stands, bow at the ready, waiting. A young girl walks up and drops some money into the hat. He begins to play. As he continues, a cellist joins him. A few moments…

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The Magic of Reading

September 2, 2014

When I was in first grade, six years old, one day, after much preparation, we went to the library. The whole class lined up, and we marched single-file down the hall and into (ominous music) The Library. I wasn’t particularly impressed. Big room, lots of books. Meh. We didn’t even have access to the whole room,…

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