New Star Trek movie pictures

Upcoming CDs: George Harrison; rockabilly; Sonic Youth; Costello; Shawn Phillips; Marshall Crenshaw; Madness; Les Baxter; Who Sell Out deluxe; more!

Here's a look at some upcoming CDs of possible interest. Click the links to pre-order discounted CDs from Amazon.

Let It Roll: The Songs of George Harrison by George Harrison

Rockabilly Legend by Warren Smith

John Cage: Sculptures Musicales, Twenty-Six with Twenty-Nine, Twenty-Six with Twenty-Eight & Twenty-Nine, Eighty / Christina Fong, Prague Winds, Karen Krummel, Michael Crawford, Glenn Freeman, The Chance Operations Collective by John Cage

Red Hot by Billy Lee Riley

Arkansas Wild Man by Sonny Burgess

Boppin' Blue Suede Shoes by Carl Perkins

Queen Of Rock 'N' Roll by Brenda Lee

The Eternal by Sonic Youth

Infinity in Sound, Vols. 1 & 2 by Esquivel

Goldwax Northern Soul by Various Artists

You Heard Them Here First - First Recordings By Famous Or Influential Artists by Various Artists

About Time - The Terry Callier Story 1964-1980 by Terry Callier

Here And Now by Peter Holsapple and Chris Stamey

Guitar Man by Duane Eddy

Contribution/Second Contribution by Shawn Phillips

Secret, Profane and Sugarcane by Elvis Costello

Jaggedland by Marshall Crenshaw

Crystal Blues Symphonies: The Psychedelic Years by Tommy James & the Shondells

Liberty of Norton Folgate by Madness

Space Escapade by Les Baxter

Who Sell Out (Deluxe Edition) by The Who

Pop links: Wolverine sucks? McCartney meets King Kirby!

Early reviews of "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" aren't looking too good, reports Newsarama.


The Beatle photo blog has pics of Paul McCartney's 1976 meeting with comic book genius Jack Kirby. Kirby gave Paul and Linda specially drawn illustration after learning of Macca's tune "Magneto and Titanium Man," which was inspired by Kirby's Marvel Comics creations.

Hanna-Barbera character rings

Video find: Harry Nilsson on the Smothers Brothers Show

Here's a great segment of Harry introduced by Tommy. Harry goes on to sing several of his best-known songs and even provides a brief songwriting tutorial.

Pop links: Plastic Ono Band redux; Batcave garage sale; Flash Gordon comics; Hammer horror comics; Everett Raymond Kinstler

Yoko Ono is convening a new Plastic Ono Band to back her performance at the upcoming Meltdown Festival in London. Jazz legend Ornette Coleman, who Ono collaborated with back in her pre-John Lennon days, has selected those to perform, who also include Sean Lennon, Patti Smith and Robert Wyatt.


Adam West holds a Batcave garage sale:


Geek Orthodox shares some vintage Flash Gordon comic book covers.


Harry Green Eyeball presents a Brian Bolland-illustrated adaptation of Hammer Studio's "Vampire Circus" from 1978.


Golden Age Comic Book Stories pays tribute to pulp illustrator and comic book artist Everett Raymond Kinstler.

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Video find: Badfinger - "Day After Day"

Watch Lost tonight!

See a preview for tonight's episode. Read spoilers here! Visit the Lost Season 5 blog for a full roundup of everything that happened.

New comics April 29, 2009: Little Lulu; Green Lantern power battery; Mad hits 500; Avengers Masterworks in paperback; Muppets; Sherlock Holmes

Releases of interest this week. Click the links to order discounted titles from Amazon. Proceeds help support this site! Thanks!

LITTLE LULU VOL 19 ALAMO & OTHER STORIES This is one of those "I don't read it, but I'm glad it exists titles for me." Successful reprint series of one title means more reprint series of other titles, some of which I love, so I'm glad this one is doing so well for Dark Horse.


MAD MAGAZINE #500 I don't read Mad anymore, but 500 issues of ruining young minds is something to celebrate!

I've browsed through previous issues of this and it looks like a cool anthology title. Maybe a good buy for younger readers. And Fred Hembeck says he has some strips set to appear in upcoming issues. I'll definitely be watching for that. Speaking of such anthologies, though, I wish there were more of them. I have fond memories of DC's Batman Family title and the "Dollar Comics" World's Finest. Bring 'em back!

MARVEL MASTERWORKS AVENGERS TP VOL. 1 An affordable reprint of the first 10 issues of the Avengers in color.

MUPPET SHOW #2 The first issue of this title got good reviews from various Web comic reviewers. Looks like fun.

SHERLOCK HOLMES #1 I'm a Holmes fan, so I'll definitely give this one a look-see.

Pop links: Kaluta! The Specials! Fun Boy Three! Dick Tracy! Bronze Age Marvel Comics!

The Pictorial Arts is in the midst of a series of posts celebrating the fabulous artwork of Michael Kaluta. Today's entry: A nicely illustrated adaptation of one of Edgar Rice Burrough's "Carson of Venus" tales. Check out the rest of the blog for more great Kaluta art.


From Bedazzled, a vintage video of The Specials performing (more miming, actually. But it's still cool) their classic "Ghost Town" on Britain's "Top of the Pops" in 1981. I remember well getting that EP when it came out.

And in another Specials-related post: The Fun Boy Three performs "Our Lips Are Sealed," a tune co-written by Specials/Fun Boy Three singer Terry Hall and the Go-Gos' Jane Wiedlin.


Fred Hembeck continues his YouTube explorations (hey, he's on a pop culture safari!) and turns up 1947's "Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome," featuring Boris Karloff in the villain's role.


Diversions of the Groovy Kind shares some stunning Marvel Comics' splash pages from the height of the Bronze Age, right about the time a young me was getting into funny books.

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