Friday, June 13, 2014

Video Find: The New Seekers perform "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing" 1972!

Today's Best Picture Ever: John Lennon!

Pop Culture Roundup: Bill Watterson! Donald Duck! Brian Wilson! Gerry Anderson! Superman!

"Calvin and Hobbes" creator Bill Watterson has been providing some uncredited artwork to recent "Pearls Before Swine" strips.


Donald Duck celebrates his 80th anniversary this week: He first appeared in the animated short, "The Wise Little Hen," in June 1934.. Here's a 1975 New Yorker of his voice: Clarence "Ducky" Nash. And, from the Daily Telegraph: 10 surprising facts about the character.


A variety of interesting -- and, for some folks, alarming -- guest stars are reportedly features on Brian Wilson's in-progress album, including rapper Frank Ocean, Lana Del Rey, Zooey Deschanel, and country singer Kacey Musgrave. Wilson, recently used his Facebook page,  to tell fans critical of the musical guests to back off and let him do his thing:
To my fans: it kind of bums me out to see some of the negativity here about the album I’ve been working so hard on. In my life in music, I’ve been told too many times not to fuck with the formula, but as an artist it’s my job to do that – and I think I’ve earned that right.

I’m really proud of these new songs and to hear these great artists sing on them just blows me away. I love what we’ve done.

I would think that after making music for more than fifty years, my fans would understand that I’ll always do what’s in my heart – and I think that’s why you are my fans. So let’s just wait until the album comes out because I think you just might dig it as much as I do.

Love and Mercy, Brian
All I know is that Brian continues to surprise me with beautiful music -- even after so many years and so many trials and tribulations.  I'll listen with open ears.


Via Spyvibe: Gerry Anderson model kits!


Via Jon's Random Acts of Geekery: Superman Tim Store activity book!

Fab Friday: Vintage Beatles pics!

Beatles news, reviews, perspective and history daily at The Glass Onion!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Video Find: Paper Lace performs "The Night Chicago Died"!

Today's Best Picture Ever: Jimi Hendrix!

New and upcoming pop culture books: Stephen King; Tolkien; George RR Martin; McCartney; Dylan; Comics History; Film Noir; S.H.I.E.L.D., more!

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Mr. Mercedes: A Novel

Beowulf: A Translation and Commentary

The Forgotten Man Graphic Edition: A New History of the Great Depression


The Spirit of '76: From Politics to Technology, the Year America Went Rock & Roll (Kindle Single)

Game of Thrones: A Pop-Up Guide to Westeros

Man on the Run: Paul McCartney in the 1970s

The Dylanologists: Adventures in the Land of Bob

The Art and Flair of Mary Blair (Updated Edition): An Appreciation (Disney Editions Deluxe)

Dylan: The Biography

Michael Jackson, Inc.: The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of a Billion-Dollar Empire

Comics: A Global History, 1968 to the Present

Super Boys: The Amazing Adventures of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster--the Creators of Superman

Jet Set: The People, the Planes, the Glamour, and the Romance in Aviation's Glory Years

Film Noir. TASCHEN's 100 All-Time Favorite Movies

Twee: The Gentle Revolution in Music, Books, Television, Fashion, and Film

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season One Declassified Slipcase

The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel