Friday, June 14, 2019

Watch: "Veronica Mars" season 4 teaser


New Music Friday: Bruce Springsteen; Twin Peaks Season Two Music; Carole King; Buzzcocks; Calexico and Iron & Wine; Roger Daltrey

Click the links to order vinyl, CDs or downloads from Amazon.

Pop Culture Roundup: William S. Burroughs; Lost in Space; Tintin; Doctor Who; Yogi Bear; Alex Toth

ITEM! A new book charts the influence of Beat Generation writer William S. Burroughs on rock'n'roll.


ITEM! Lost in Space comics from around the world!


ITEM! The cover to the very first Tintin story sold for more than $1 million.


ITEM! Why go outside this summer? The streaming service Pluto just added a 24/7 Classic Doctor Who channel.


ITEM! Remembering the Yogi Bear Show.


ITEM! Black Canary by the great Alex Toth. (Remember when I recently said DC needs to do a big collection of its Toth stuff?)


Thursday, June 13, 2019

Listen: Sharon Jones-Charles Bradley posthumous single "Hey Brother (Do Unto Others)"

Daptone Records is releasing the single, featuring both of the late vocals backed by the Dap Kings, on June 28.



Details:


It is with great pride that we celebrate this milestone with you. This, Daptone's 100th 45rpm release, features an unprecedented collaboration of talent from our legendary roster of artists.

The A side, 'Hey Brother' is a song written by The FRIGHTNRS and originally performed on their acclaimed rock-steady LP, Nothing More to Say. In the wake of the tragic loss of their singer, DAN KLEIN to ALS just before the album's release, we felt it to be a fitting tribute as well as an ideal composition to re-imagine as a soulful collaboration between all of our dynamic vocalists. Here we have SAUN & STARR, The FRIGHTNRS, JAMES HUNTER, NAOMI SHELTON, DUKE AMAYO, LEE FIELDS, and of course the late great monarchs of our family, CHARLES BRADLEY and SHARON JONES, all performing shoulder to shoulder on record for the first and only time, singing a message of righteousness and brotherhood over a groove sewn seamlessly together by members of The DAP-KINGS and MENAHAN STREET BAND.

On the flip, 'Soul Fugue,' is an epic battle between two massive orchestral armies composed and arranged obsessively by BOSCO MANN based on the Fibonacci series and the number 100. From the left speaker, a battalion made up of all of Daptone's many brass players is lead by the great DAVE GUY on first trumpet to the beat of Dap-King legend HOMER STEINWEISS on drum set. From the right, all of our woodwind players charge into battle behind IAN HENDRICKSON-SMITH on lead alto saxophone with Dap-Kings stage drummer BRIAN WOLFE pounding the kit. With current and past members of The DAP-KINGS, ANTIBALAS, The BUDOS BAND, MENAHAN STREET BAND, The EXTRAORDINAIRES, The SOUL PROVIDERS, and The DAKTARIS, The 100 KNIGHTS ORCHESTRA crammed into the studio on the rarest of days, February 29th, 2016 to absolutely devour this gargantuan instrumental.

What started as an ambitious thank you to you, our beloved fans, has now also become a loving tribute to the brothers and sister we've lost since it's inception: Charles Bradley, Dan Klein, Cliff Driver, and our eternal Queen, Miss Sharon Jones. So, thank you, friends, for all the years you've helped us to "Keep Putting Soul Up". May this disc forever live as a token of our gratitude, and keepsake of the times when our departed loved ones shared the stage with us.

Coming Up: "American Comic Book Chronicles: 1940-44"


Out July 2. Order now from Amazon.

Details:

The American Comic Book Chronicles continues its ambitious series of FULL-COLOR HARDCOVERS, where TwoMorrows' top authors document every decade of comic book history from the 1940s to today! 

Kurt Mitchell and editor Roy Thomas composed this volume about the “Golden Age” of the comic book industry, a five-year period that presented the earliest adventures of such iconic super-heroes as Batman, Captain Marvel, Superman, and Wonder Woman. 

It was a time when America’s entry into World War II was presaged by the arrival of such patriotic do-gooders as Will Eisner’s Uncle Sam, Harry Shorten and Irv Novick’s The Shield, and Joe Simon and Jack Kirby’s Captain America. 

It was when teenage culture found expression in a fumbling red-haired high school student named Archie Andrews. But most of all, the first five years of the 1940s was the age of the “packagers” when studios headed by men like Harry A Chesler, Will Eisner, and Jerry Iger churned out material for a plethora of new comic book companies that published the entire gamut of genres, from funny animal stories to crime tales to jungle sagas to science-fiction adventures.

These are just a few of the events chronicled in this exhaustive, full-color hardcover. Taken together, American Comic Book Chronicles forms a cohesive, linear overview of the entire landscape of comics history, sure to be an invaluable resource for ANY comic book enthusiast!

Records We Missed: "The Chicago Conspiracy Trial" performred by the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble