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Seasonal Favorites V2 (Double Crown Records)

Thu, 2008-11-20 14:07
All this week, I've been writing reviews for CDs that were sent to me at the P.O. Box. This one was sent last Christmas and I'm just finding time to write it up now. This is a crime because the good folks at Double Crown Records were kind enough to send me a copy of " Seasonal Favorites V1 " which I reviewed in January, 2007. What hurts even more is that both volumes are of choice (and I mean CHOICE) surf and garage Christmas tunes. I'm a sucker for surf guitar. Add Christmas and I coul

Yma Sumac

Thu, 2008-11-20 02:46
Πέντε τραγουδίστριες μαζί Η γεννημένη στο Περού τραγουδίστρια, που από κάποιους θεωρήθηκε καλύτερη και από την Κάλλας, άφησε την τελευταία της πνοή σε γηροκομείο στο Λος Άντζελες την 1η Νοεμβρίου 2008. Ίσως καλύτερη και από την Κάλλας. Τόσο καλά για εκείνους, που η φωνή της έφτασε στ’ αυτιά τους. Οι «οκτάβες» της «έτρεμαν». Ξεπερνούσε τις τέσσερις οκτάβες και μπορούσε να τραγουδήσει από νότες χαμηλού βαρύτονου μέχρι νότες πάνω από κανονικής σοπράνο. Τα όριά της φαίνονται στο τραγούδι «Chunch

Random Fandom

Sat, 2008-11-15 14:23
Random Fandom November 15th, 2008 Well my trip to Denver went well. I got a chance to go see The Safes, who played at the Lions Lair . They blazed through a pretty quick set. Every song was sped up to ten. Those dudes were spent…I think they had two shows left to go before heading back to Chicago. Frankie looked like he lost about 20 pounds on the road. Regardless, they were great and gave it everything they had. They played a bunch of tracks from their new EP Sight of all Light, which is act

YMA SUMAC: The Queen of Exotica 1922-2008

Thu, 2008-11-13 20:40
Yma Sumac, the Diva Exotica, the Celine of strange, the Barbra of the bizarre, passed away recently, thus ending the original exotica era - she was the last surviving member of the Mount Rushmore of exotic music after Les Baxter, Martin Denny and Arthur Lyman had all moved on to that big tiki bar in the sky.Sumac was one of my favorite singers. I don't mean favorite exotic or ethnic or '50s singers, I mean favorite singers, period. She possessed an otherworldly, technically astounding multi-octa

Nov. 12, 2008: The scarlet letter

Wed, 2008-11-12 12:06
“Careers, and the college majors for preparing for them, are becoming more specialized. An increase in unusual college majors may foretell the growth of unique new career specialties. Instead of simply majoring in business, more students are beginning to explore niche majors such as sustainable business, strategic intelligence, and entrepreneurship. Other unusual majors that are capturing students’ imaginations: neuroscience and nanotechnology, computer and digital forensics, and comic book

VA - 1997 - Ultralounge Christmas Cocktails II

Wed, 2008-11-12 09:35
1 - Caiola & Ortolani / Jimmy McGriff - Sleigh Ride / Jingle Bells 2 - Lena Horne - Jingle All the Way 3 - Lou Rawls - Merry Christmas, Baby 4 - Julie London - Warm December 5 - Eddie Dunstedter - Let It Snow! / Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer 6 - June Christy - The Merriest 7 - Nat King Cole Trio - All I Want for Christmas (Is My Two Front Teeth) 8 - Nancy Wilson - The Christmas Waltz 9 - Les Brown / Starlighters - I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm / Jing-A-Ling 10 - Jimmy McGriff - I Saw

The Generation Exploitation Podcast #60

Wed, 2008-11-12 01:09
I haven't been podcasting a great deal lately as I have been super busy (lazy) and opting to just post full albums, which is so much faster and easier. But I found some time to put together The sixtieth episode of The Generation Exploitation Podcast this week. It's also available on Itunes if you feel like putting this, or any other episode, on your Ipod. Listen to The Generation Exploitation Podcast #60. Here is the playlist - the show also features various vintage radio airchecks inters

Give Mai Tais A Chance

Mon, 2008-11-10 14:00
Hair of the Dog is Cookthink’s Monday morning cocktail column by Rob Chirico, the author of the Field Guide to Cocktails. Read more about Rob here. Election Day is behind us, and the promise of a new country is ahead. But if there is one vote I would still like to cast, it is a vote to keep winter at bay. And what better candidate for the job than the king of all tiki drinks, the Mai Tai? Like Chablis and Merlot, the Mai Tai has garnered a solidly negative approval rating over the years. Sa

Yma Sumac RIP (TSP radio 07/11/08)

Sat, 2008-11-08 11:26
Yma Sumac: ‘Xtabay’ (1950) From Voice of the Xtabay and other Exotic Delights, UK REV-OLA CREV034CD (1995) ‘Kon-Tiki’ (1955) From Legend of The Sun Virgin, USA CAPITOL RECORDS SM-299 LP ‘Five Bottles Mambo’ (1956) From Mambo!, FRANCE CAPITOL 4832692 CD (1995) ‘Jivaro’ (1957) From Legend of The Jivaro, FRANCE CAPITOL RECORDS 1552981 LP (1984) ‘Indian Carnival’ From Voice of the Xtabay and other Exotic Delights, op cit. ‘Cumbe Majita’ (1953) From Inca Taqui - Chants of the Incans, FRANCE

Saturday, 11/8

Sat, 2008-11-08 04:56
Newsday 5:42NYT 5:33LAT 5:01CS 3:33(updated at 9:10 a.m. Saturday)If you ask me, Byron Walden's Saturday New York Times crossword didn't fight much harder than a Friday puzzle, but there were still plenty of gnarly bits to stumble on.These cool answers weren't so obvious:CLOSED-CIRCUIT TV is clued as a [Feeding tube?].POOL CUES are [Sticks you need to break].TECH-SAVVY is clued as [Like computer programmers].[With 50-Down, like the children in "A Visit From St. Nicholas"] clues ALL and SNUG. Aw,

Exit: Yma Sumac

Tue, 2008-11-04 06:43
LOS ANGELES (AFP) — Legendary soprano Yma Sumac, the "Peruvian Songbird who dazzled music lovers in the 1950s and 60s with her incredible range, died at an assisted living facility in Los Angeles, her website said Monday. She was 86.During the 1950s, Yma Sumac produced a series of legendary lounge music recordings featuring Hollywood-style versions of Incan and South American folk songs, working with the likes of Les Baxter and Billy May. The combination of her extraordinary voice, exotic loo

Yma Sumac

Mon, 2008-11-03 23:19
13. September 1922 bis 1. November 2008Rest in PeaceIf you don't like lounge music then listen to her last album "Miracles" from 1972 where she and Les Baxter try to mix her extraordiary vocal abilities (no words, just sounds) with some kind of hard rock.

RIP Yma Sumac, Voice of the Xtabay

Mon, 2008-11-03 20:30
Yma Sumac, self-styled “Nightingale of the Andes” whose reported five-octave range was the stuff of legend, passed away at an assisted living facility in Silver Lake, California on Saturday, November 1 at the age of 86. Sumac, whose real name was Zoila Augusta Emperatriz Chavarri del Castillo, joined a troupe of traditional Peruvian musicians, singers, and dancers led by Moises Vivanco in 1941; Vivanco later married her and groomed Sumac for stardom. Signed to Capitol Records in 1950, Sumac emb

Don't Let a few bad apples stop you from accessing the Ungodly Power of Transdimensional Entities

Mon, 2008-11-03 19:58
Ask some dour passerby on the street, "Should I feel safe in accessing daemonic realms for personal power?" And they'll probably say no. But don't let that stop you. The Elder Gods are waiting for your call!My own usual weekend solstice debaucheries were put on hold in favor of taping a mess of AIP 60s Lovecraft-adaptations off TCM, many of which--in the bizarre irony twist of fate sort of way which the Elder Gods adore--depicted the exact sort of ceremonies I was shamefully avoiding. It's okay

Farewell to Yma Sumac

Mon, 2008-11-03 19:18
Farewell to Yma Sumac She died over the weekend in Los Angeles. A recluse. Fixated on the 1950s. There’s plenty of great Yma Sumac records to remember her by—Voice of the Xtbay and Legend of the Sun Virgin are her more famous—but to hear Yma Sumac’s 1971 hard rock album Miracles is to know the true melting pot of America: a Peruvian-born singer with a five octave range singing for a heavy metal band arranged by Les Baxter. It’s one of those once-in-a-lifetime albums; there’s nothing else like


Mon, 2008-11-03 14:03
Mars lecture A lecture titled “Latest Results from the Mars Phoenix Mission” by Peter Smith of the Lunar Planetary Laboratory will take place this evening at the Steward Observatory in room N210 at 7:30. Exotica music The UA Archive Ensemble, under the direction of Keith Pawlak, presents a program of Exotica music by Les Baxter and Robert Drasnin.

Les Baxter - The Dunwich Horror

Sat, 2008-11-01 23:12
USA 1970 01. Dunwich 02. Sacrifice Of The Virgin 03. Black Mass 04. Sensual Hallucinations 05. Strange Sleep 06. Cult Party 07. Necronomicon 08. Reincarnation 09. Devil Cult 10. Strange Sleep 2 11. Devil's Witchcraft Download

Les Baxter - The Fall Of The House Of Usher

Sat, 2008-11-01 02:00
USA 1960 01. Prelude 02. Arrival 03. Intermezzo 04. Pavane 05. Fall Download

VA - Elf

Thu, 2008-10-30 20:29
USA - Canada 2003 01. Louis Prima - Pennies From Heaven 02. Ella Fitzgerald - Sleigh Ride 03. Lena Horne - Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow 04. Ferrante and Teicher/Les Baxter - Sleigh Ride/Santa Claus Party 05. Leon Redbone/Zooey Deschanel - Baby Its Cold Outside 06. Jim Reeves - Jingle Bells 07. Brian Setzer - Nutcracker Suite 08. Leon Redbone - Christmas Island 09. Eartha Kitt - Santa Baby 10. Leon Redbone - Winter Wonderland 11. Eddy Arnold - Santa Claus Is Coming To Town 12. Billy

Biker Movie Music!

Thu, 2008-10-30 12:00
Now, I hear you saying, "Vinnie, what the hell does biker movie music have to do with Halloween? And why are you re-sharing someone else's compilation?" Gotta say, biker movie music is the coolest! And two songs on this compilation, "We Have Already Died" and "Satan" (the theme for "Satan's Sadists," a soundtrack that I desperately want) are kinda Halloweenie. As for why I'm sharing someone else's compilation (this album originated at Lost-In-Tyme), I cleaned up most of the tracks, many of whi