Friday, May 01, 2009

Pop links: Shazam! Buffy! Batman Family! Hulk Blog! Beatles! Byrds! Haunted Mansion! Free Comic Book Day!

From Big Glee! A 1974 TV Guide article about the live-action "Shazam" TV series. I remember reading this when it came out! Go to the blog to see a large scan.


Awesome: It's a Buffy paper-craft model!


Hey, I was just speaking fondly of DC's Batman Family the other day and now Geek Orthodox has posted a gallery of the beloved mag's covers.


Me read Hulk Blog! Hulk Blog good!


Experts believe George Harrison forged the signatures of the other Beatles so a girl dying from leukemia would receive complete set of Fab autographs on pictures the band sent her back in the 1960s.

At first glance they appear to be genuine autographs signed by all four Beatles, but Harrison was thought to have practiced and practiced until he could reproduce the flamboyant signature of drummer Ringo Starr, and those of John Lennon and Paul McCartney. And slight differences when compared with authenticated signatures, lead experts and the auction house to believe it highly likely they were forged by The Beatles' lead guitarist in order not to disappoint a young leukaemia victim, who was one of the group's biggest fans.


Video from Booksteve: The Byrds along with Noel Harrison(!) cover the Beatles "Good Day Sunshine" in 1968.


Learn story of Disney's "Haunted Mansion."

You'll learn how the wish of one man to provide a loving home for his family, became the nightmare that destroyed one generation after the next. The 32 minute story is visualized through the art work of over 40 talented artists. Nearly 300 original pieces of artwork were created exclusively for the story! The short films voice cast includes actor Neil Patrick Harris (Doogie Howser MD, How I Met Your Mother), Corey Burton (The Haunted Mansion Holidays Ghost Host), Peter Renaday (The Ghost Host from the classic 1969 Haunted Mansion LP), and voice guy extraordinaire Brian Sommer! Find out how your favorite characters came to live and die inside Disneyland's Haunted Mansion and the surprising way their stories intertwine.


Don't forget tomorrow is Free Comic Book Day. Visit your local shop to pick up some goodies. Learn more here.

Beatles magazine covers pt. 1

Video find: John Lennon - I'm Losing You with half of Cheap Trick

John Lennon - I'm Losing You - alternate studio version with Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen and Bun E. Carlos and King Crimson/studio bassist Tony Levin.

Nielsen, Carlos and Levin did this track with Lennon during the "Double Fantasy" sessions, but it wasn't released until the Anthology: John Lennon collection in 1998. Presumably this video was recorded to promote that, but I'd never seen it before. Kinda cool.

Upcoming pop culture DVDs: Dollhouse; Transformers series; Father Knows Best; UK Life on Mars; Peyton Place; Petticoat Junction; Zabriskie Point, more

Upcoming DVDs of possible interest to pop culture fans. Click the links to pre-order discounted titles from Amazon. Proceeds help support this site.

Dollhouse: Season One
4 DVDs, out July 28.

Transformers: The Complete First Season (25th Anniversary Edition)
3 DVDs, out June 16.

Father Knows Best: Season Three
5 DVDS, out June 9.

Life On Mars: Series 1 (U.K.)
Out July 28.

Secret Diary of a Call Girl Season 2
2 DVDs, out June 30.

Peyton Place: Part Two
5 DVDs, out July 14.

Petticoat Junction: The Official Second Season
5 DVDs, out July 7.

The Jack Lemmon Film Collection (Phffft! / Operation Mad Ball / The Notorious Landlady / Under the Yum Yum Tree / Good Neighbor Sam)
6 DVDs, out June 9.

Zabriskie Point
1 DVD, out June 30.

For All Mankind [Blu-ray]
1 DVD, out July 14.

The Jetsons: Season Two, Vol. 1
3 DVDs, out June 2.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

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