Music Monday: Branford Marsalis Quartet, Edison Chair, Cowboy Junkies & More…

Branford Marsalis Quartet

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.

First up, while trawling through music I missed in 2012, I came across the latest release from the Branford Marsalis Quartet. And it has one of my favorite album titles of last year: Four MFs Playin’ Tunes. And it’s a very apt title as well: here’s them performing the track “The Mighty Sword” from the album live. These guys are so good it’s just ridiculous. (Amazon: CD, MP3.)


By | 2017-09-24T22:28:14+00:00 March 25th, 2013|Music Whenever|0 Comments

13 Days of Xmas 2011, Day 11: Fun With British Radio Shows

Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers and Harry Secombe from The Goon Show

As we were looking around for what to do next during 13 Days of Xmas, I saw that last year we had taken a moment to offer up some Christmas goodies from I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue, the mother of all panel show mayhem. So looking to British radio (much as we’ve done elsewhere and recently, too), I’ve decided to throw you a couple of episodes.

First up, we have David Mitchell chairing a 2008 special Christmas episode of The Unbelievable Truth. Even if you’re not familiar with how the show works, you’ll catch on quickly. It’s brilliant simplicity and, of course, it doesn’t make it over here stateside in any form.

Also, a Christmas episode of The Goon Show, which was Harry Secombe being flanked by the vocal stylings of Peter Sellers and Spike Milligan with the results being utter madness. This episode was, from what I can read, recorded in 1956 for broadcast outside England. It didn’t get broadcast in England until 1988. From what I can tell, this isn’t available stateside in any form either.


By | 2017-09-24T22:34:10+00:00 December 23rd, 2011|13 Days of Xmas|0 Comments

15 British Radio Shows You Should Be Listening To

BBC announcer

It’s well known–much to the chagrin of my friend and compatriot, radio DJ Rob Levy–that I don’t listen to the radio. If I do manage to know something about what’s “new and hip” (or whatever the hell you kids are calling it these days (and get off my lawn)) on the radio, it’s either by accident or, more recently, because I stumbled across it on the “What’s New” tab of Spotify.

However, what I mean is that I don’t listen to American radio. I listen to scads of British radio shows because, like television, they simply do it better. It occurs to me that some of you out there who also might want something different to listen to…you might need a guide as to what to look for. So I have snagged a list of fifteen…to give you a variety to choose from. Ken started me on this addiction and then I just went apeshit on my own with it. I listen to more of these shows on my iPod than I probably do music, frankly. Anyway, you get the show, when it was, who was on it, why you should give a damn, how you get it and what to look for if you want to try it out. A high point, if you were. Enjoy.

By | 2017-09-24T22:35:19+00:00 November 16th, 2011|Stimuli|11 Comments

Win The Peter Sellers 5-Film Collection on DVD!

Peter Sellers 5-Film Collection DVD cover art

The Peter Sellers 5-Film Collection is out from Lionsgate, and has…well, exactly what the title says: five of his films: Carlton Browne of the F.O., Heavens Above!, I’m All Right Jack, The Smallest Show on Earth and Two-Way Stretch. Fans of Sellers are probably aware of them, but the general public isn’t. Now’s your chance to get to know them, because we’ve got a spare set here for giveaway. What a deal.

Enter to win using the form below–and enter once a day, even–and if we draw your name, you win. It’s that simple. Good luck!


By | 2017-09-24T23:05:49+00:00 February 19th, 2009|Contests|2 Comments

Headsup: Avoid Aliens and Cursed Antiques

There’s a lot of stuff coming out each week that people want you to buy. Too much stuff. I’ll try and wade through it on your behalf. Enjoy.

Alec Guinness 5-Film Collection DVD cover art
Peter Sellers 5-Film Collection DVD cover art

Lionsgate is essentially re-releasing the contents of the respective collections put out by Anchor Bay (and now discontinued) for both Peter Sellers and Alec Guinness, with one exception. First, the Guinness collection is the same five films as before: The Captain’s Paradise, Kind Hearts and Coronets, The Ladykillers, The Lavender Hill Mob and The Man in the White Suit with the same lack of features. The Sellers collection was originally a six-film under Anchor Bay, and now it’s Carlton-Browne of the F.O., Heavens Above!, I’m All Right Jack, The Smallest Show on Earth and Two-Way Stretch. What’s missing is Hoffman. Either set is worth owning, while the Sellers completist will definitely want that box, anyone who doesn’t know Alec Guinness’ work definitely needs the Guinness set. You can get the six-film version of the Sellers set on Amazon used for a reasonable price. The Guinness set you can snag here.


By | 2017-09-24T23:05:51+00:00 February 17th, 2009|Headsup|2 Comments

John Cleese on Python and The Panther

John Cleese

So Coraline looks like it’s going to come out ahead of the abysmal looking Pink Panther 2–which is good. Were it to be otherwise, I would have pushed this giant red button and blown up the world. Because let’s face it: when fake Clouseau beats Gaiman and Selick, then we need to just turn it all over to the roaches. In fact, I think that’s what happened to the ancient lost civilizations of South America. They had their own version of the live action Alvin and the Chipmunks movie which grossed some obscene amount of coin and then somebody said: “Oh forget it. Fuck this.” And overnight, their world was gone.

Cautionary tale, that. Anyway, all of that said, here’s a great bit from Jimmy Kimmel where John Cleese came on the show to promote that wretched sequel. The majority of the clip is fantastic, since he’s talking trash about the other Pythons and then relating a story about when he and Graham used to write for Peter Sellers. Then you can turn it off when they show the clip from the new movie.

Update: The clip has been made private, so here’s where you can still find it.

Found via Chortle.


By | 2017-09-24T23:06:02+00:00 February 8th, 2009|Stimuli|0 Comments

Peter Sellers Has Been Working Like a Dog

Peter Sellers as Richard III in A Hard Day's Night

1965 saw the show The Music of Lennon & McCartney. It was a tribute to The Beatles starring The Beatles, with a focus on how many people had covered their stuff and in how many languages it had been performed. One of the performers on the show was Peter Sellers. Here are some outtakes from his performance of “A Hard Day’s Night (Richard III Remix)”:

Direct link for the feedreaders.

Incidentally, if you haven’t heard all of the Beatles covers Sellers did, you can sample them at And if you don’t own them on CD, this collection is a good primer but somehow I didn’t see this one before–four discs including all the Beatles covers. Damn. That’s nice.

For the actual final version of the Sellers performance from that show plus some of the Beatles stuff from it as well, head below the break.

By | 2017-09-24T23:23:03+00:00 December 28th, 2007|Stimuli|0 Comments