Friday, June 25, 2010

Wilco's Jeff Tweedy covers Beyonce

This is pretty good.

The Kinks -- one more to remember Pete

So long Pete Quaife -- original Kinks bassist dies

Quaife was the Kinks' bassist up through 1969 and was therefore present on most of the band's classic albums. Sorry to hear this news. There has been much discussion in recent years about a reunion of the band's original lineup and, sadly, that's no longer possible.

The original Kinks are one of my all-time favorite bands (my most favorite, if they tend to be on the stereo at the moment) and I'm sure many of my fellow Kinks fans are saddened by this news. So, let's remember Pete with one of the loveliest pop tunes ever:

New t-shirts for the well-dressed Jack Kirby fan

A couple of cool shirts coming out soon from Graphitti Designs:

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Deal alert: Complete Dick Van Dyke Show on DVD for $73.99

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Catching Pete Townshend's guitar

Here's a cool post from a fan who caught a Gibson SG that Pete Townshend tossed into the crowd at the Who's Metropolitan Opera House performance on June 7, 1970.

Green Hornet

The way I see it, the Green Hornet was never really an original enough, or interesting enough character to get all purist about, so this flick, which obviously plays the hero at least somewhat for laughs, seems ok to me. Seth Rogen is always fun to watch, plus it looks like there will be a cool car, gas guns and lots of karate action on hand. So long as they find a spot to incorporate Al Hirt's cool, swinging version of "Flight of the Bumblebee" it seems like this flick will be pure, dumb fun.

Hold your horses on Beach Boys reunion, says Brian Wilson

Looks like Brian Wilson has forced former bandmate Mike Love to do some backtracking on recent comments about Brian possibly rejoining the boys for a 50th reunion tour. Here's a statement that just went up on Brian's website:

Statement on the Beach Boys 50th Anniversary
As The Beach Boys approach 2011-2012 touring season, which will mark their 50th anniversary as a band, speculation continues to grow among fans and media as to reunion possibilities among all the original surviving members. In response to recent stories Mike Love had the following comments: "The Beach Boys continue to tour approximately 150 shows a year in multiple countries. At this time there are no plans for my cousin Brian to rejoin the tour. He has new solo projects on the horizon and I wish him love and success. We have had some discussions of writing and possibly recording together, but nothing has been planned. I, as I¹m sure he is, am proud and honored that The Beach Boys music has endured these 50 years, but felt the need to clarify that there are no current 'reunion' tour plans."

Personally, I doubt a reconstituted Beach Boys would be any better than seeing Brian live with his excellent touring band. Mike Love's Beach Boys are set to play my town this summer and I have no desire to see them. A Beach Boys without any Wilson brothers or Al Jardine in tow just doesn't seem like the Beach Boys. I've seen Brian live, though, and would jump at the chance to see him again.

Marvel Comics artist self-portraits: John Romita Sr. and John Buscema

Two of the all-time greats, in their own hand.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Album art for Brian Wilson's Gershwin album

This just turned up on Brian's Facebook site. The album is out Aug. 24. Rumors are also afoot that he may rejoin the Beach Boys for a 50th anniversary tour next year.

Tonner Dolls announces Zatanna figure

Here's a look:

New vinyl LP releases June 22, 2010: Chemical Brothers, Robert Pollard, Kiss solo picture disks, Paul Weller

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Further (CD/DVD)Moses on a SnailGene Simmons [Picture Disc]Paul Stanley [Picture Disc]Ace Frehley [Picture Disc]Peter Criss [Picture Disc]Find the Torch Burn the Plans Pt. 1

Discounted new CD news releases June 22, 2010: Chemical Brothers, Abba, P.F. Sloan, Robert Pollard, Cameo Parkway vocal groups, Bubblegum Music, How to Strip for Your Husband, Great Googly Moo

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FurtherVoulez-Vous (Bonus Dvd)You Baby-Words & Music By P.F. Sloan & Steve Barri Moses on a SnailVol. 1-Remember Me Baby-Cameo Parkway Vocal GroupsBubblegum Music Is the Naked TruthAnn Corrio Presents: How to Strip for Your HusbandGreat Googly Moo - And More Undisputed Truths

Discounted new DVD releases June 22, 2010: Entourage, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Riverworld, Death Race 2000, Tom and Jerry Deluxe Anniversary Edition,

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RiverworldEntourage: The Complete Sixth SeasonAvatar The Last Airbender: The Complete Book 1 (Collector's Edition)Death Race 2000 (Roger Corman's Cult Classics)Tom & Jerry: Deluxe Anniversary Collection (2pc)