RIP: Dave Brubeck

Dave Brubeck at piano

Your friend and mine, Jonathan Maberry, mentioned that it's been a rough week for the good guys. And we have now lost one of the best.

As I've mentioned elsewhere, my first memory is of music: Bob Dylan's "Stuck Inside of Mobile With the Memphis Blues Again." The musical artist that I heard next was either Miles Davis or Dave Brubeck. So when he came to my hometown for a concert and I got to meet Dave Brubeck and shake his hand, I was gobsmacked. Apart from my immediate family, Brubeck was one of the people I had known for as long as I could remember. I have never been without a copy of the album Time Out. When one mysteriously dematerializes from my possession, I replace it. It's Just How Things Operate.

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By |December 6th, 2012|Stuff You Need to Know|0 Comments

Music Monday: Bat For Lashes, Alt-J, Helldorado & More...

Bat For Lashes

More music picks for your Monday, curated by Rob & Widge. If you like what you hear, use the links provided to snag it for yourself from Amazon. Doing so through us gives us kickbacks, and those help pay for stuff like more bandwidth. And also so we can buy more music.

Rob: The Haunted Man, this deep new third album from the Mercury Prize-Nominated Bat For Lashes (aka Natasha Khan) highlights her growth as a songwriter who is not afraid to speak her mind. She got there by drawing and illustrating her thoughts, resulting in songs that are dark, sparse and filled with resonance and emotion. The album's two singles, "Laura" and "All Your Gold" show just how good she can be at making her point and framing it in melody and vibrant instrumentation.

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By |December 3rd, 2012|Music Whenever|0 Comments

Music Monday: Metric, Sigur Ros, Union of Knives & More...

Metric in acoustic mode

More music picks for your Monday. If you like what you hear, use the links provided to snag it for yourself from Amazon. Doing so through us gives us kickbacks, and those help pay for stuff like more bandwidth. And also so we can buy more music.

Oh, Metric. You with your Emily Haines and your devastating cover versions. And your cover of the Tom Waits-penned Marianne Faithfull classic, "Strange Weather," makes me want to drink almost as much as the two better known cited versions. Just perhaps a lighter whisky. Just keep covering the songs and killing us softly. No, we're fine, thanks.

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By |November 26th, 2012|Music Whenever|1 Comment

Your Weekend Justice #180: Capuchin Keggers at the Abandoned Laundry

It's Weekend Justice: the Internet's #1 audio trainwreck. It's the podcast that stars the crimefighting child-like miscreants that were once devised by Franklin W. Dixon to stars in books to be used to punish bad little boys and girls who spent too much time in front of the television. Little did the Stratemeyer crew know what they were unleashing upon the world...

Trapper John MD

Agenda:

  • Dumping the cyber British lady
  • Ranking sports. Plus drugs and marriage and laws!
  • Jon and Serv reveal [REDACTED] and the secret of [REDACTED]
  • Serv gets in a word edgewise. Or four.
  • Spazhouse Mystery Hour!
  • Remembering John Denver. And brownies.
  • Eagle Scout benefits
  • Rox on patrol!
  • World War Z and That One Guy
  • Skyfall (SPOILERS)
  • American Horror Story (mild SPOILERS)
  • Anne Frank, Nazi Hunter
  • Replacement Elmos
  • Walking Dead (heavy SPOILERS)
  • Misguiding Light
  • Boardwalk Empire (slightly bulky SPOILERS)
  • Rob's Movie Festival Report
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    By |November 16th, 2012|Podcasts, Weekend Justice|1 Comment

    Headsup: Redheaded Archers, Original Vampires & That Large Bird

    There's a lot of stuff that comes out all the time, and the companies are want your attention and mostly...your coin. But, you know, it's your coin and you have to take care where you spend it. With these posts we try to take you through recent releases so you can make up your mind. If you find the info here to be of use, do us a favor and purchase stuff from Amazon through us. Especially if you were going to buy the stuff anyway. That gives us kickbacks, which help pay for things. Like the server. And coffee. And therapy. We thank you.

    Entourage: The Complete Series DVD
    Even the Rain DVD
    Sunset Boulevard Blu-Ray

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    By |November 15th, 2012|Headsup|0 Comments

    Stuff You Need to Know: RZA to Direct the Original Khan

    Yes, sorry, we've been away...but we've been trapped down in this hellhole with rats, a huge hole in the floor and a pendulum. Long story. Anyway, here's the gist: a lot of sites try to turn a bunch of press releases into blog posts and articles. You wind up reading 500 words to find out some start from The CW is now the tertiary lead in Saw XIV. Not here. We distill all of that stuff into an info smoothie that you can suck down in one sitting and get on with your life. Enjoy.

    (If you do enjoy, stuff that we cite here as up and coming or of interest--if you're going to buy it from Amazon anyway, if you do it through our links, we get kickbacks. Thanks in advance for your support.)

  • Speaking of which, the Amazon deal of the day is for the Alien Anthology on Blu-Ray for 64% off. That's just $25 for a sweet, sweet set. Normally it's $69.99. Only available today and until they run out.
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    By |November 14th, 2012|Stuff You Need to Know|0 Comments

    Music Monday: Dana Leong, Firewater, Animal Collective & More

    Dana Leong

    More music picks for your Monday. If you like what you hear, use the links provided to snag it for yourself from Amazon. Doing so through us gives us kickbacks, and those help pay for stuff like more bandwidth. And also so we can buy more music.

    We open with a cover that I stumbled upon--it's Dana Leong taking the lead on a fantastic and wild version of Firewater's "Another Perfect Catastrophe." And I don't normally post two versions of the same song, but when you have an opportunity to hear somebody (in this case, Edmar Castaneda) accompanying a trombone with a harp on a Firewater song? You just, you know, go for it. That kicks us off after the break. (Image by Mat Szwajkos, taken from the Glide Magazine interview with Leong.)

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    By |November 12th, 2012|Music Whenever|0 Comments

    The Sound Board DragonCon 2012 Special: Britpop

    Britpop by Pop Bakery

    Recorded at DragonCon 2012, the three of us partnered with the Brit Media track for yet another iteration of this, a discussion of British music which roams (despite the attempt by special guest star Aaron Poole to keep us on topic) from place to place. Our fifth panelist and special guest star is Kim, who will attempt to keep us relatively mainstream.

    As always, you have various and sundry table noises that we can't avoid because we were all seated at the table. And I have no idea where the damn interference is coming from. And we apologize in advance for any questions you can't hear. Also, please note: some sort of interference occurred for a few seconds around thirty minutes in that would have made you bleed from the ears, so we had to lose that short bit.

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    By |November 10th, 2012|Podcasts, Sound Board|0 Comments

    Kickstarter Kthursday #7: Smith Tapes, Killer Chihuahuas & Cthulhu Combat

    Frank Zappa: Smith Tapes Box Set

    It's no secret that we're big on posterity around here. It's important to keep stuff around so it can be enjoyed/studied/maybe-even-understood by future generations. Hence we lead off this round of Kickstarter fun with The Smith Tapes Box Set. Video comes after the break but the gist is this: Howard Smith, Village Voice writer and DJ, conducted interviews between 1969 and 1972. You might have heard of some of the people he talked to: Jim Morrison, Frank Zappa, John Lennon & Yoko Ono, Joe Cocker and scads more. The original tapes of these interviews have just recently seen the light of day again. They're going to be released via iTunes--a hundred of them--eventually.

    However, for those people who still appreciate physical products--they're doing a limited edition, numbered twelve-CD boxed set with eighteen interviews on it. The Kickstarter supports the creation of this set. (The Zappa disc cover art is pictured.) While the set is too pricey for me, there are ways to get in on a lower level and support the project. Hell, I just wish they had a way to pledge and get the digital version. But regardless, this is a sweet project and it looks amazing--and better yet, from the snippets they make available, it sounds like it's going to be fantastic.

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    By |November 8th, 2012|Headsup|0 Comments

    Music Monday: Diamond Rings, Matt & Kim, Eytan & the Embassy and More...

    Diamond Rings: Free Dimensional

    More music picks for your Monday, co-curated by Rob & Widge. If you like what you hear, use the links provided to snag it for yourself from Amazon. Doing so through us gives us kickbacks, and those help pay for stuff like more bandwidth. And also so we can buy more music.

    Just note: any prices we quote are accurate as of when this post goes up.

    First up, we have from Ontario (as David Letterman is about to explain), Diamond Rings and their new album Free Dimensional. Rob says, "You are best off to not deny this is a dance record. Just embrace it and groove to its off-kilter quirkiness." As for me, I'm trying to figure out what two or three musicians from the 80s had their DNA spliced together by a mad scientist. I want to say Billy Idol is one. Give me some time, I'll come up with the others.

    The track here is "Runaway Love."

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    By |November 5th, 2012|Music Whenever|0 Comments