Friday, August 31, 2018

Remembering Russ Heath - Star-Spangled War Stories

We conclude our tribute to the great comics artist Russ Heath with a selection of covers he created for  DC's Silver-Age dinosaurs vs. soldiers stories in the Star-Spangled War Stories title. Cover scans from the Grand Comics Database.












New music releases Aug. 31, 2018: The Band; Even More Dazed And Confused; Anna Calvi; Roger Miller tribute; Nick Mason; Slim Gaillard

The Band - Music From Big Pink - 50th Anniversary Super Deluxe

The Band - Music From Big Pink - 50th Anniversary

Soundtrack / Even More Dazed And Confused

Anna Calvi - Hunter

King of the Road - A Tribute to Roger Miller
(With Ringo Starr, Dolly Parton, Dwight Yoakam, Eric Church, John Goodman, Loretta Lynn, Lyle Lovett, Kacey Musgraves, Brad Paisley, Rodney Crowell and others)

Nick Mason - Unattended Luggage

Try A Little Sunshine: British Psychedelic Sounds Of 1969

Slim Gaillard - Groove Juice: The Norman Granz Recordings + More

The Soul Of Baltimore: The Ru-Jac Records Story 1963-1980

Pop Culture Roundup: Steve Ditko

Via Comic Book Resources: The Marvel Monsters of Steve Ditko.


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Also via CBR: Ditko doesn't speak, or does he?




Thursday, August 30, 2018

Coming up: "The Shadow Knows" - spooky songs comp from Bear Family Records



Out Nov. 9 (a tad late for Halloween). Available for pre-order now from Amazon.

Details:

The Shadow Knows
34 Scorching Tracks From The World Of Horror

1-CD with 40-page booklet, 34 tracks. Total playing time approx. 75 minutes.

Bear Family's nightmarish contribution to the Halloween season and other dark nights of horror!
'The Shadow Knows', a 'horror film in sound' that freezes the blood in your veins!
The title song is performed by two artists: The legendary Link Wray and the great Coasters!
34 nostalgic horror songs and rarities from 1934 - 1982.
A unique compilation that relies on real scary effects and does not repeat the Purple People Eater or the Monster Mash!
Included are Screamin' Lord Sutch with his classic Murder In The Graveyard and the rare Kay-Starr version of the Bing Crosby classic The Headless Horseman. 
Britain's Tommy Bruce with a soulful horror version of Speedy Gonzales as Monster Gonzales as well as the legendary Gene Cardos Orchestra, who shocked the world with Zombie in 1934!
Extremely rare recordings like Dead by The Poets, a short-lived doo-wop group from Los Angeles, or The Swanks with their brute instrumental Ghost Train can be heard here.
'Horror Of Dracula'! Rare radio film trailers of the 50's like Ed Wood’s 'Plan 9 From Outer Space' complete the picture! 
A compilation that did not yet exist in this form and that will take your breath away!

Halloween - from Ireland via the USA back to the European continent, the originally probably Celtic customs gained the status of a cult celebration before All Saints' Day. Halloween is celebrated every year on the night of October 31st to November 1st. At the same time it is a young epitome of pure horror and spookiness.

But Bear Family's 'Season Compilation' is not limited to the theme for one night, Halloween. We have the ubiquitous horror, the fear of terror, the born-again, the zombies and the ghosts that are in our heads and the phantoms from the horror stories and movies.

Dive into the realm of darkness and unexpected horrors with 'The Shadow Knows'! 'The Shadow Knows' delivers the perfect audio soundtrack not only for Halloween. Whenever you want to be closer to your demons, insert this CD into your player.
We wish you a scary and entertaining time.

Songs

Various - Season's Greetings - The Shadow Knows (CD) Medium 1
1: Monster Gonzales Tommy Bruce & The Bruisers
2: Murder In The Graveyard Screamin' Lord Sutch
3: Graveyard The Phantom Five
4: Frenzy Screamin' Jay Hawkins
5: Midnight Monsters Hop Jack & Jim
6: The Ghost Hop The Surfmen
7: The Monsters Hop Bert Convy
8: I Was A Teenage Werewolf Movie Trailer
9: Wolf Call Lord Dent & The Invaders
10: Rockin' In The Graveyard Jackie Morningstar
11: Goofy Dry Bones The Goofers
12: Black Sunday Movie Trailer
13: Zombie Gene Kardos & His Orchestra
14: Strollin' Spooks Ken Nordine & His Kinsmen
15: Dragonfly Tommy Dee & The Mellotones
16: Ghost Satellite Bob & Jerry
17: Plan 9 From Outer Space Movie Trailer
18: Creature From Outer Space Sonny Day & The Tony Ray Combo
19: Ghost Train The Swanks
20: Tennessee Hillbilly Ghost George Morgan
21: The Headless Horseman Kay Starr with The Billy Butterfield Quintet
22: Ghost Trains Hank Snow
23: Ghost Riders In The Sky The Chantays
24: The Boogie Man The Cadillacs
25: Horror Of Dracula Movie Trailer
26: Vampira Bobby Bare
27: The Cat Rod Willis
28: The Shadow Knows The Coasters
29: Dead The Poets
30: Goo Goo Muck Ronnie Cook & The Gaylads
31: Demon Lover Lynn Cornell
32: The Rockin' Ghost Archie Bleyer
33: Spooky George Barnes  
34: The Shadow Knows Link Wray & His Raymen  

Remembering Russ Heath - The Sea Devils

Continuing our tribute to the great comics artist Russ Heath, who died at age 91 last week. Here's cover art from one of his best-loved series. Cover scans from the Grand Comics Database.















  

Time Capsule: Harry Nilsson on "Playboy After Dark" Aug. 30, 1968


Wednesday, August 29, 2018

New: Marvel Holiday Pop! figures from Funko

Pretty cute:






The horror/suspense art of Russ Heath

Continuing our tribute to the great comics artist Russ Heath, who passed away at age 91 last week. Cover scans from the Grand Comics Database.











  

Coming Up: Lee Hazelwood's lost surf album


Out Sept. 14. Pre-order from Amazon now.

Details:

Deep in the LHI tape archive hid a mysterious tape marked “Woodchucks.” The tape held a "lost” instrumental surf album recorded by Lee Hazlewood in the early 1960s. Some of the songs have been recorded by The Astronauts, Jack Nitzsche, Dick Dale and His Del-Tones, Takeshi Terauchi, The Ventures, John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin), The Trashmen, The Challengers and The Surfaris. Lee’s original recordings have never been released. Bask in the reverb drenched twang of Lee Hazlewood’s original versions for the first time ever!

Light in the Attic Records is proud to continue it’s Lee Hazlewood archive series with this very special release. Not a reissue, but rather a brand new, never before released time capsule from the surf era. Lee Hazlewood’s Woodchucks Crusin’ for Surf Bunnies is the perfect soundtrack for sun-baked skin and salty waves, hot rods and summer love. It’s the soundtrack to the American dream in the early 1960s and it comes from California. Though Lee and Suzi Jane Hokom hadn’t met yet, they were both living that dream…Suzi with her group The Surf Bunnies and Lee on his brief surf music tangent with albums like Al Casey’s Surfin’ Hootenanny, Hal Blaine and the Young Cougars and The Glaciers From Sea to Ski.

“He was trying to do too much at that period of time. He was just throwing stuff around, but this sounds like a complete project. If there was an airplay record in there, he probably could’ve had a band go out and be the Woodchucks or whatever he wanted to call them. It’s a good surf album. I really loved it. He was a master…there’s no question about it. He invented sounds that no one was doing.” – Shackleford and “Lonely Surfer,” Marty Cooper.