Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Tuesday's Overlooked Films and/or Other A/V: the links to reviews and more

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As always, please let me know if I've missed your or anyone else's contribution this week in comments...thanks.

Anne Billson: Crossfire and 12 older films in theaters;  The Technicolor Yawn: Emesis in Film

Anonymous: The Silence; Winter Light; Viridiana

Bob & Ray Throw a Stereo Spectacular


Bhob Stewart: Ray Nelson, propeller beanies and Beany and Cecil; Bonnie and Clyde

The Big Broadcast, 1 May 2016
  • 07:00p Johnny Dollar
    01/15/61 #723 The Very Fishy Matter (CBS) (23:38)
  • 07:30p Dragnet
    08/17/54 #261 Big Cad (NBC) (25:24)
  • 08:00p Gunsmoke
    08/25/57 #281 Grass (07/11/53) (Sus.) (CBS) (29:22)
  • 08:30p Nick Carter
    07/29/45 Case of the Unwritten Letter (Lin-X) (MBS) (29:10)
  • 09:00p Halls of Ivy
    05/24/50 #21 The Fighting Med Student (Schlitz Beer) (NBC) (29:50)
  • 09:30p Nightbeat
    07/03/50 Marty (Wheaties) (NBC) (29:28)
  • 10:00p Suspense
    02/07/48 #283 Donovan's Brain w/John McIntire, Joseph Kearns (Sus.) (CBS) (59:48)























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Monday, May 2, 2016

Underappreciated Music: 2016 so far














The monthly assembly of undervalued and often nearly "lost" music, or simply music the blogger in question wants to remind you reader/listeners of...

Patti Abbott: Night Music; Prince; Beth Orton

Brian Arnold: BatMusic


Jayme Lynn Blaschke: Friday Night Videos

Paul Brazill: A Song for Saturday


Jim Cameron: Ace/BGP: The Message: Soul, Funk, and Jazzy Grooves from Mainstream Records; Shirley Scott: Blue Seven; Elin: Lazy Afternoon

The Scarlet Furies: "David's Theme"


Sean Coleman: Harry Nilsson: A Little Touch of Schmilsson in the Night; Prince;  Paul McCartney: Tug of War; Les Claypool and Sean Lennon: "The Cricket and the Genie"

Bill Crider: Song of the Day; Forgotten Hits; Forgotten Music; More Music 

Elizabeth Foxwell: Double Indemnity: Film Noir at Paramount


Jeff Gemmill: Top 5; Prince; Opal: Happy Nightmare, Baby; Merle Haggard; Diane Birch: Nous; Albums of the Year: 1978-2015; Rumer: Seasons of My Soul

Jerry House: Josh White; Professor Longhair; Eric Von Schmidt; Peter La Farge; Music from the Past; Hymn Time; Brenda Lee; Sleepy John Estes; Oscar Brand: Presidential campaign songs; Jim Kweskin and the Jug Band: "Jug Band Music"; That Was the Week That Was

Brubeck Quartet: "Somewhere"

George Kelley: Do-Wah-Diddy: Words & Music by Ellie Greenwich & Jeff Barry; Born to Be Together: The Songs of Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil The Very Best of the Eagles; Joe Cocker: One Night of Sin

Kate Laity: Song for a Saturday

B. V. Lawson: Your Sunday Music Treat

Evan Lewis: Howlin' Wolf


Steve Lewis (and Jonathan Lewis and Michael Shonk): Music I'm Listening To

Jacqueline T. Lynch: Make Mine Music; Melody Time


Lawrence Person: Shoegazer Sunday

James Reasoner: Middle of the Night Music

Charlie Ricci: Joe Crookston; I Am Shelby Lynne

Bhob Stewart: Slavko Vorkapich: Crime Without Passion; Art Ford's Greenwich Village Party

Vienna: Lena Horne

from FaceBook: 
In your status update please list 12 record albums that have stayed with you in some way. Probably best if you don't take too long & don't think too hard. Not necessarily the coolest or greatest albums so far, just ones that have touched you throughout life.
And please consider tagging 10 friends and also me to allow seeing your list. Thanks! ....


Jeff Gemmill, who tagged me:

Alicia Keys - Element of Freedom
Bangles - Different Light
Beatles - Revolver
Dusty Springfield - Dusty in Memphis
Jackson Browne - Late for the Sky
Lone Justice - self-titled
Marvin Gaye - What’s Going On
Neil Young - Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
Paul Weller - Wild Wood
Peggy Lee - Black Coffee
Rickie Lee Jones - self-titled
Rumer - Seasons of My Soul
Simon & Garfunkel - Bridge Over Troubled Water
10,000 Maniacs - Our Time in Eden


Todd Mason:

The Modern Jazz Quartet: THE LAST CONCERT
The Dave Brubeck Quartet: TIME FURTHER OUT: MIRO REFLECTIONS
The Charles Mingus Band: MINGUS MINGUS MINGUS MINGUS MINGUS
Max Roach and company: [WE INSIST!] FREEDOM NOW SUITE
David Amram: NO MORE WALLS
Miriam Makeba: PATA PATA
The Weavers: REUNION AT CARNEGIE HALL 1963
Doc Watson: THE VANGUARD YEARS
Johnny Cash: DESTINATION VICTORIA STATION (CBS train songs album)
THE KINKS ARE THE VILLAGE GREEN PRESERVATION SOCIETY
The Zombies: ZOMBIE HEAVEN
The Byrds: FIFTH DIMENSION
X: UNDER THE BIG BLACK SUN
Big Star: 3RD/SISTER LOVERS
Husker Du: WAREHOUSE: SONGS AND STORIES
GOD BLESS THE GO-GO'S
The Bangles: DOLL REVOLUTION




Patti Abbott:
TAPESTRY, Carole King, 
TIME OUT, Dave Brubeck, 
RUBBER SOUL, Beatles, 
WEST SIDE STORY, Bernstein and Sondheim, 
FIFTH ALBUM, Judy Collins


Bill Crider:

1. The Kingston Trio -- The Kingston Trio
2. Elvis Presley -- The Sun Sessions
3. Credence Clearwater Revival -- Born on the Bayou

4. Willie Nelson -- Stardust
5. Bob Dylan -- The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan
6. Beatles -- Beatles '65
7. Emmylou Harris -- Quarter Moon in a Ten Cent Town
8. Rolling Stones -- Sticky Fingers
9. Tom Lehrer -- Songs and More Songs
10. The Platters -- Greatest Hits
11. Warren Zevon -- Excitable Boy
12. The Kingston Trio -- Goin' Places



Sergio Angelini:

ABBA THE ALBUM - Abba
CITIZEN KANE: THE CLASSIC FILM SCORES OF BERNARD HERRMANN - Charles Gerhardt (cond)
FISTFUL OF DOLLARS / FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE - Ennio Morricone
FOR SENTIMENTAL REASONS - Linda Ronstadt & Nelson Riddle
THE GERSHWIN SONGBOOKS - Ella Fitzgerald & Nelson Riddle
LA MER / NOCTURNES - Debussy (Pierre Boulez cond)
PET SOUNDS - The Beach Boys
RUBBER SOUL - The Beatles
RHAPSODY IN BLUE - Andre Kostelanetz (cond) / Alec Templeton (soloist)
THE PLANETS - Holst (Adrian Boult cond.)
TIME OUT - Dave Brubeck Quartet
WHOSE SIDE ARE YOU ON - Matt Bianco



Yvette Banek:

LEONTYNE PRICE - The Blue Album - Verdi and Puccini Arias
THE MERRY WIDOW - Franz Lehar - Beverly Sills (the English version)
TIME OUT - Dave Brubeck Quartet

A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS - Vince Guaraldi
THE FOUR SEASONS - Vivaldi (can't remember which orchestra - still have it in tape version, still unpacked)
THE PLANETS - Gustav Holst (can't remember which orchestra - still have the tape version, still unpacked)
WEST SIDE STORY - Leonard Bernstein
THE VERY BEST OF STING AND THE POLICE
SUPERMAN - The Original Soundtrack - John WIlliams (from the first movie)
STAR WARS - The Original Soundtrack - John WIlliams (from the first movie)
STAR TREK - The Original Soundtrack (from the first movie) - Jerry Goldsmith
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 9 - Chicago Symphony
SWAN LAKE - Tchaikovsky - Probably the NY Philharmonic



James Cameron:

John Coltrane: My Favorite Things
Olatunji: Drums of Passion
Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers: Free for All
The Visitors: In My Youth
Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers: In This Korner
Charlie Parker: Bird Symbols
John Coltrane: Live at Newport
The Modern Jazz Quartet: The Comedy
Robert Johnson: King of the Delta Blues Singers
Spanky and Our Gang: Like to Get to Know You
The Allman Brothers Band: Live at the Fillmore
Fats Navarro: Fats Navarro featured with the Tadd Dameron Band



Benjamin Grandizio:

Beck - ODELAY
Ween - PURE GUAVA

Lovage - MUSIC TO MAKE LOVE TO YOUR OLD LADY BY
The Beatles - REVOLVER
The Kinks - ARTHUR (OR THE DECLINE AND FALL OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE)
Mr. Bungle - MR. BUNGLE
Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band - SAFE AS MILK
Frank Zappa - HOT RATS
Girl Talk - ALL DAY
Primus - FRIZZLE FRY
The Dickies - DAWN OF THE DICKIES
Nick Drake - PINK MOON



Matt Paust:

Miles Davis Group: Bitch's Brew
Eva Cassidy: complete works


Karin Montin:

The Zombies: Time of the Zombies


Jeff Cantwell: 

Hmm. This list is pitifully similar to what I would have assembled as a freshman undergrad.
Smog – Knock Knock
Celtic Frost – To Mega Therion

Magnetic Fields – Charm of the Highway Strip
Pestilence – Consuming Impulse
Sun Ra - Lanquidity
My Bloody Valentine – Loveless
Replacements – Tim
Television – Marquee Moon
Pete Rock & CL Smooth – Mecca and the Soul Brother
PJ Harvey – Rid of Me
Silver Jews – American Water
The Bats – Daddy’s Highway



J. Eric Mason:
My brother did a Facebook list of twelve record albums that have stayed with him. Hrm. Mostly there are individual songs that stay with me. Radiohead, Lou Reed, Bad Religion, Nirvana, and many others have multiple tracks on albums I think about nearly as much, but not every track. Entire albums are quite a bit rarer and frankly don't represent exactly what music is most important to me. In roughly chronological order of my first experience here's twelve arbitrary albums where every track comes to mind once in a while, or that I love but no one track is so far ahead of the others.
• Gustav Holst, Die Planeten
• Time Out, Dave Brubeck Quartet
• The Beatles, "White Album"
• The Kinks, Arthur
• Fairport Convention, Liege & Lief
• Prince and the Revolution, Purple Rain
• Peter Gabriel, So
• Big Star, #1 Record (though my version was a combo CD with Radio City, strictly speaking #1 Record was more influential on me)
• The Pixies, Doolittle
• Versus, Two Cents Plus Tax
• Gorillaz, debut
• Zoë Keating, Natoma: One Cello times 6



Tom Kraemer:
Prince Jazz Band: Footprints

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Separated at...



(Popular Library, 1962)
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               (Popular Library, 1965)



































from the Contento index:
    Blood Runs Cold Robert Bloch (Simon & Schuster, 1961, $3.50, 246pp, hc, cover by Tony Palladino)
    Also in pb (Popular Oct ’62).
    • The Show Must Go On · ss Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine Jan 1960
    • The Cure · ss Playboy Oct 1957
    • Daybroke · ss Star Science Fiction Magazine Jan 1958
    • Show Biz · ss Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine May 1959
    • The Masterpiece · ss Rogue Jun 1960
    • I Like Blondes · ss Playboy Jan 1956
    • Dig That Crazy Grave! · ss Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine Jun 1957
    • Where the Buffalo Roam · ss Other Worlds Science Stories Jul 1955
    • Is Betsy Blake Still Alive? · ss Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine Apr 1958
    • Word of Honor · ss Playboy Aug 1958
    • Final Performance · ss Shock—The Magazine of Terrifying Tales Sep 1960
    • All on a Golden Afternoon · nv F&SF Jun 1956
    • The Gloating Place · ss Rogue Jun 1959
    • The Pin · ss Amazing Dec 1953/Jan ’54
    • I Do Not Love Thee, Doctor Fell · ss F&SF Mar 1955
    • The Big Kick · ss Rogue Jul 1959
    • Sock Finish · nv Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine Nov 1957

    Shock! ed. M. C. Allen (New York: Popular Library SP375, 1965, 50¢, 144pp, pb)
    • 7 · The Destructors · Graham Greene · ss Picture Post Jul 24 1954 (+1)
    • 23 · Evening Primrose · John Collier · ss 1940
    • 35 · Miriam · Truman Capote · ss Mademoiselle Jun 1945
    • 48 · Earth to Earth · Robert Graves · ss Punch Feb 1955; ; as “The Steinpilz Method”, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine Apr 1956
    • 54 · The Small Assassin · Ray Bradbury · ss Dime Mystery Magazine Nov 1946
    • 73 · The Hunger · Charles Beaumont · ss Playboy Apr 1955
    • 88 · Thompson · George A. Zorn · ss Story v35 #8 1962
    • 112 · Suspicion · Dorothy L. Sayers · ss Mystery League Oct 1933; Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine Dec 1950
    • 129 · You Can’t Run Fast Enough · Arthur Kaplan · ss Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine Apr 1958
    • 138 · The Man and the Snake · Ambrose Bierce · ss San Francisco Examiner Jun 29 1890

Saturday, April 30, 2016

1941 Retro Hugo Award Finalists--initial whims

Announcement text courtesy File 770

The finalists for the 1941 Retro Hugo Awards were announced on Tuesday, April 26...
There were 481 valid nominating ballots (475 electronic and 6 paper) received and counted from the members of Sasquan, MidAmeriCon II, and Worldcon 75.
BEST NOVEL (352 ballots)
  • Kallocain by Karin Boye (Bonnier)
  • Gray Lensman by E.E. “Doc” Smith (Astounding Science-Fiction, Jan 1940)
  • Slan by A.E. Van Vogt (Astounding Science-Fiction, Dec 1940)
  • The Ill-Made Knight by T.H. White (Collins)
  • The Reign of Wizardry by Jack Williamson (Unknown, Mar 1940)
Mason: The Boye is a dystopian Swedish novel, apparently; Boye perhaps comparable to a combination of Stephen Vincent Benet and Robert Frost in her country, reportedly best and widely known for her poetry.  I'd probably lean toward the White or the Williamson, but haven't yet read either, unless the Boye is very well translated. Reminders of what I need to read. 

BEST NOVELLA (318 ballots)
  • “The Mathematics of Magic” by L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt (Unknown, Aug 1940)
  • “The Roaring Trumpet” by L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt (Unknown, May 1940)
  • “Coventry” by Robert A. Heinlein (Astounding Science-Fiction, July 1940)
  • “If This Goes On…” by Robert A. Heinlein (Astounding Science-Fiction, Feb 1940)
  • “Magic, Inc.” by Robert A. Heinlein (Unknown, Sept 1940)
Mason: I have read "The Roaring Trumpet" and "The Devil Makes the Law" (the original of "Magic, Inc."). Between those, it's almost a toss-up. Really should catch up here, too.

BEST NOVELETTE (310 ballots)
  • “Farewell to the Master” by Harry Bates (Astounding Science-Fiction, Oct 1940)
  • “Blowups Happen” by Robert A. Heinlein (Astounding Science-Fiction, Sept 1940)
  • “The Roads Must Roll” by Robert A. Heinlein (Astounding Science-Fiction, June 1940)
  • “It” by Theodore Sturgeon (Unknown, Aug 1940)
  • “Darker Than You Think” by Jack Williamson (Unknown, Dec 1940)
Mason: File 770 readers note correctly that the Williamson in the original is already a novella, so it's weird it's here (the longer form was published as a novel later). I've read all of these, and "It" is it. In the strongest prose field, perhaps. (Bates was the founding editor of Astounding, and this easily his best-known story, perhaps not least as the source of The Day the Earth Stood Still.)

BEST SHORT STORY (324 ballots)
  • “Strange Playfellow” (a.k.a. “Robbie”) by Isaac Asimov (Super Science Stories, Sept 1940)
  • “Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius” by Jorge Luis Borges (Sur, 1940)
  • “Martian Quest” by Leigh Brackett (Astounding Science-Fiction, Feb 1940)
  • “The Stellar Legion” by Leigh Brackett (Planet Stories, Winter 1940)
  • “Requiem” by Robert A. Heinlein (Astounding Science-Fiction, Jan 1940)
Mason: I have yet to read either Brackett, and it's odd we have so many clumping finalists here...clearly, we see whose work people are nostalgic about. Borges would probably get my nod. But I really like Brackett.

BEST GRAPHIC STORY (92 ballots)
  • Batman #1 (Detective Comics, Spring 1940)
  • Captain Marvel: “Introducing Captain Marvel” by Bill Parker and C. C. Beck (Whiz Comics #2, Feb 1940)
  • Flash Gordon: “The Ice Kingdom of Mongo” by Alex Raymond and Don Moore (King Features Syndicate, Apr 1940)
  • The Spectre“The Spectre”/”The Spectre Strikes! ” by Jerry Siegel and Bernard Baily (More Fun Comics #52/53, Feb/Mar 1940)
  • The Origin of the Spirit by Will Eisner (Register and Tribune Syndicate, June 1940)
Mason: I loved the 1970s Spectre, and would need to read the Eisner item, before I probably do opt for the Spirit over even Capt. Marvel. Early Batman interesting but crude, as I recall. True comics fans might well agonize over this shortlist.

BEST DRAMATIC PRESENTATION (LONG FORM) (250 ballots)
  • Dr. Cyclops written by Tom Kilpatrick, directed by Ernest B. Schoedsack (Paramount Pictures)
  • Fantasia written by Joe Grant and Dick Huemer, directed by Samuel Armstrong et al. (Walt Disney Productions, RKO Radio Pictures)
  • Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe written by George H. Plympton, Basil Dickey, and Barry Shipman, directed by Ford Beebe and Ray Taylor (Universal Pictures)
  • One Million B.C. written by Mickell Novack, George Baker, and Joseph Frickert, directed by Hal Roach and Hal Roach, Jr. (United Artists)
  • The Thief of Bagdad written by Lajos Bíró and Miles Malleson, directed by Michael Powell, Ludwig Berger, and Tim Whelan (London Films, United Artists)
Mason: I like the Disney and Cyclops is worth a look, but The Thief of Bagdad doesn't need a flying carpet here to outpace the competition.. 

BEST DRAMATIC PRESENTATION (SHORT FORM) (123 ballots)
  • Merrie Melodies: “A Wild Hare” written by Rich Hogan, directed by Tex Avery (Warner Bros.)
  • The Adventures of Superman: “The Baby from Krypton” written by George Ludlam, produced by Frank Chase (WOR/Mutual Broadcasting System)
  • The Invisible Man Returns written by Joe May, Kurt Siodmak, and Lester Cole, directed by Joe May (Universal Pictures)
  • Pinocchio written by Ted Sears et al., directed by Ben Sharpsteen and Hamilton Luske (Walt Disney Productions, RKO Radio Pictures)
  • Looney Tunes: “You Ought to Be in Pictures” written by Jack Miller, directed by Friz Freleng (Warner Bros.)
Mason: I guess the third and fourth are shorter than 90'. At the moment, I'd lean "Wild Hare"...

BEST EDITOR – SHORT FORM (183 ballots)
  • John W. Campbell (Unknown Fantasy Fiction, Astounding Science-Fiction)
  • Dorothy McIlwraith (Weird Tales, Short Stories)
  • Raymond A. Palmer (Fantastic Adventures, Amazing Stories)
  • Frederik Pohl (Astonishing Stories, Super Science Stories)
  • Mort Weisinger (Strange Stories, Startling Stories, Thrilling Wonder Stories)
Mason: I'd lean McIlwraith. Even given the year Campbell's having (though next year would be better). Pohl for pluck; he's 19 years old and has the lowest-budgeted sf magazines in the field, but happily has his fellow Futurians to solicit stories from, and several of the better established writers of the time seem willing to throw him a bone or at least stories sometimes foolishly rejected by their usual markets.

BEST PROFESSIONAL ARTIST (117 ballots)
  • Hannes Bok
  • Margaret Brundage
  • Edd Cartier
  • Virgil Finlay
  • Frank R. Paul
  • Hubert Rogers
Note: Category has 6 nominees due to a tie for 5th place.

Mason: Bok by an elegantly elongated nose. Though Finlay would get my nod perhaps tomorrow, as already doing his best work. Frank Paul is a big No, though oddly his abstracts were rather good, as opposed to any sort of figure drawing (every creature in his universe wears jodhpurs). Brundage limited, if good within her compass. Cartier and Rogers doing excellent work. 
BEST FANZINE (63 ballots)
  • Futuria Fantasia by Ray Bradbury
  • Le Zombie by Arthur Wilson “Bob” Tucker
  • Novacious by Forrest J Ackerman and Morojo
  • Spaceways by Harry Warner, Jr.
  • Voice of the Imagi-Nation by Forrest J Ackerman and Morojo
Mason: Bob Tucker the best fannish writer here.

BEST FAN WRITER (70 ballots)
  • Forrest J Ackerman
  • Ray Bradbury
  • H. P. Lovecraft
  • Arthur Wilson “Bob” Tucker
  • Harry Warner
Mason: I might give it to Warner for his utter openness to every sort of literary fannishness. When Tucker's still the best of these as a fan writer. (And novelist.) File 770 folk note HPL is on the ballot several years after death because his work was still trickling out in the fan press.