Friday, July 01, 2016

Listen to Doctor Who "The Curse of Davros" on BBC Radio 4 now

The fugitive Doctor joins forces once more with Philippa 'Flip' Jackson to beat back the Daleks' incursion into 21st century London.
But the real plan of Daleks mastermind, Davros, is taking shape nearly 200 years in the past, on the other side of the English Channel at the Battle of Waterloo...
Stars Colin Baker as the Sixth Doctor, Lisa Greenwood as Flip, Terry Molloy as Davros, Ashley Kumar as Jared and Jonathan Owen as Napoleon Bonaparte.

New Music Friday: David Bowie; Patty Duke; Delfonics, more

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Pop Culture Roundup: David Tennant; DC Secret Origins; Peggy Carter, more

Netflix has ordered a "Lost in Space" reboot.


Neil Gaimin will re-tell Norse myths in his next book.

“To get the opportunity to retell the myths and poems we have inherited from the Norse was almost too good to be true,” Mr. Gaiman said in a statement released by his publisher. “I hope the scholarship is good, but much more than that, I hope that I have retold stories that read like the real thing: sometimes profound, sometimes funny, sometimes heroic, sometimes dark, and always inevitable.”

Via The Bristol Board: A great Harvey Kurtzmann 'toon:


The DVD/Blu-ray for "Captain America: Civil War" will include a "Doctor Strange" teaser among other extras.


Former "Doctor Who" star appeared on Samantha Bee's "Full Frontal" this week, reading angry tweets about Donald Trump's visit to Scotland.


A post from Crivens! Comics and Stuff reminded me of this cool DC Comics series:


A new trailer for Marvel's Puzzle Quest mobile game features 1940s Peggy Carter as Captain America:

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Meanwhile in 1966 ... Batman stuff!

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So long, Scotty Moore

Elvis Presley's first guitarist, Scotty Moore, has passed away at age 84. He was crucial to developing the sound of rock'n'roll guitar, blending influences from country, swing and blues. Here he is on a talk show from a few years back:

They Made This: Captain America party lights

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The Minus 5 meets the Monkees

Power pop purveyor Scott Mccaughey, famed for his days with Seattle's Young Fresh Fellows and collaborations with R.E.M., Wilco and Robyn Hitchcock, is paying tribute to a prime influence with a new Monkees-themed record.

Of Monkees and Men isn't a covers record, but includes a lineup of tunes inspired by and titled after the Pre-Fab Four's members. It's also got an awesome cover.

Here's the skinny:
Of Monkees and Men, McCaughey’s fandom has reached new heights, and of his obsession with ‘60s rock, AXS notes, “The Minus 5 always adds up to a good time for nerdy rock history buffs,” but adds, “It’s also fantastic, even if you aren’t a nerd.”
“I was eleven years old when I first heard ‘Last Train To Clarksville,’” McCaughey remembers. “And I became a lifelong Monkees fan in that moment.” With

The album features nine original songs, that pay heartfelt homage to the Monkees as well as other friends and artists influential to McCaughey’s musical psyche. Side One tackles each member of the Monkees in song, starting with the ten-minute epic “Michael Nesmith,” and ending with “Boyce & Hart,” which praises the songwriting team behind many beloved Monkees hits. Side Two bows to iconic actor Robert Ryan, the brilliantly literate Portland-based Americana band Richmond Fontaine, and, in “Blue Rickenbacker” and “Weymer Never Dies,” two lost comrades that loom large in McCaughey’s development into a rock and roll lifer.

1. “Michael Nesmith”
2. “Davy Gets the Girl”
3. “Song for Peter Tork”
4. “Micky Is a Cool Drummer”
5. “Boyce & Hart”
6. “Blue Rickenbacker”
7. “Robert Ryan Is Among Us”
8. “Richmond Fontaine”
9. “Weymer Never Dies”

Pop Artifact: Harvey Comics calendar 1954

New comics for June 29, 2016: Astro Boy; Green Arrow; Justice League; Donald Duck; Mickey Mouse, more

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Cool! Ramona Flowers collectible figure from Mondo

The Ramona Flowers Collectible Figure has been a long time coming, and we couldn't be more excited to finally get her out in the world. An American expatriate, ninja delivery girl, and traverser of subspace, Ramona is the object of Scott Pilgrim's love. Too bad she's got seven evil exes he must defeat. The Ramona Flowers Collectible Figure, from the Scott Pilgrim comic series, is based on the art of creator Bryan Lee O'Malley, features 7 points of articulation with interchangeable accessories!

Accessories Include:
Titanium Baseball Bat (+1 Against Blondes)
Large Hammer (+2 Against Girls)
Subspace Suitcase & Strap (Storage Capacity: Unknown)
2 x Interchangeable Right Arms
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Unreleased sessions by funk queen Betty Davis - produced by Miles Davis - on the way

Light in the Attic has just announced the upcoming release of Betty Davis: The Columbia Years 1968-1969, which collects a long-rumored by never-released session produced by jazz great Miles Davis.

For nearly half a century, rumors have circulated about a historic session recorded in 1969 at Columbia’s 52nd Street Studios in NYC. If it took place, it would have been the historic first collision of Miles Davis’ jazz and Jimi Hendrix’s psychedelia — all under the leadership of funk queen Betty Davis.
Today we are beyond thrilled to announce that the rumors are true. The Columbia Years 1968-1969 are the never-before-heard sessions that planted the seeds for Bitches Brew and Betty's groundbreaking funk albums. Oh and, the music is as electric as you would imagine. Also included in this release is an amazing Betty Davis session that took place in Los Angeles in 1968 with Hugh Masekela and The Crusaders.
The landmark NYC sessions were produced by Miles and Teo Macero and featured Betty on vocals, accompanied by Jimi Hendrix Experience drummer Mitch Mitchell, guitarist John McLaughlin, Herbie Hancock on keys, and Dylan/Miles session bassist Harvey Brooks. Other players included bassist Billy Cox (Band of Gypsys), saxophonist Wayne Shorter, and organist Larry Young.
The Columbia Years 1968-1969 is available now as a deluxe LP on "Solid Gold" wax with a poster, as well as on black wax and CD. It is also available as a 3-LP or 3-CD bundle along with Betty's Self-Titled debut (1973), They Say I’m Different (1974), and a poster.
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Comic Art: Jack Kirby's "Gods" portfolio