1.23.2020

SOUNDBREAKING: FROM THE CUTTING EDGE OF RECORDED MUSIC


Not sure how I missed this PBS Soundbreaking: From the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music series! But I caught it on Hulu tonight and really loved it! It really delves into the intricacies of making recorded music that the musicians and engineers work so hard to bring to life. Check it out!



Soundbreaking: Stories from the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music is an eight-part documentary series exploring the art of sound recording and music production, charting a century's worth of innovation and experimentation in the creation of recorded music.

The final project of Sir George Martin, legendary producer of the Beatles, the series chronicles the influence and evolution of recorded music on the 20th century and its lasting impact on how we create and relate to music.



Episodes:
The Art of Recording
Painting with Sound
The Human Instrument
Going Electric
Four on the Floor
The World is Yours
Sound and Vision
I Am My Music


Soundbreaking includes more than 150 original interviews with artists: Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Joni Mitchell, Roger Waters, Jeff Beck, Roger Daltrey, Linda Perry, Barry Gibb, Elton John, Debbie Harry, Quincy Jones, B.B. King, Annie Lennox, Dave Stewart, Mark Knopfler, Tom Petty, Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, Lindsey Buckingham, Rosanne Cash, Don Was, Steven Van Zandt, Sheila E, Questlove, Ben Harper, Billy Idol, Beck, Imogen Heap, Darryl McDaniels, RZA, Bon Iver, Nile Rodgers, Nigel Godrich, Q-Tip, Brian Eno, St. Vincent, Mark Ronson, Rick Rubin, Tony Visconti, and others.

MELODY MAKERS NEW DOCUMENTARY AND COMPANION APPLE I BOOK


MELODY MAKERS is not just another music doc. It chronicles the birth of music journalism and the world’s oldest and longest-standing seminal music magazine; Melody Maker.


Through a series of interviews from artists (Ian Anderson/JETHRO TULL, Eric Burdon/THE ANIMALS, Alan White, Steve Howe and Chris Squire/YES, among others) and journalists of the time, the film tells the true story of the rise and fall of the world’s most influential music publication and uncovers an era of tremendous creative freedom.

Barrie Wentzel

At the heart of the story is Barrie Wentzell, Chief Contributing Photographer of Melody Maker Magazine (1965-1975) and his iconic photographic archive of legendary musicians during the birth of the rock 'n roll era, who along with his journalist colleagues gained unprecedented access to bands and musicians that would go on to become the legends of rock n' roll.



Wentzell's photos are the touchstone of this documentary as the photographer and others recount the many untold stories from behind the pictures. Barrie recalls Peter Townshend telling him about an idea he had for a rock opera when Tommy was a concept.



Melody Maker journalist, Chris Charlesworth recalls when the magazine tried to expand into the US market without paying off the mobsters who controlled magazine distribution in key cities such as New York, and PR Keith Altham shares an anecdotal story about a publicity stunt gone awry involving the notorious drummer, Keith Moon, and a hovercraft.


Beyond the visual stories told, Melody Maker includes interviews ERIC BURDON (The Animals), IAN ANDERSON (Jethro Tull), YES (Steve Howe, Chris Squire, Alan White), DAVE COUSINS (The Strawbs), JUDY DYBLE (Fairport Convention), Nazareth (PETE AGNEW & DAN MCCAFFERTY) and SEVE ABBOTT (UK Decay); journalists CHRIS WELCH, CHRIS CHARLESWORTH, ALLAN JONES (Senior Editor UNCUT Magazine); ALAN LEWIS; and other notable subjects PETER WHITEHEAD (filmmaker Charlie My Darling), ROGER DEAN (artist), JEFF DEXTER (DJ/ Promoter), KEITH ALTHAM (PR for The Rolling Stones, The Who) and GLEN COLSON (Stiff Records) to name a few.


Award-Winning Documentary “MELODY MAKERS The Bible of Rock 'n Roll” Companion Interactive Apple Book Now Available

Featuring ERIC BURDON (The Animals), IAN ANDERSON (Jethro Tull), YES (Steve Howe, Chris Squire, Alan White), DAVE COUSINS (The Strawbs), JUDY DYBLE (Fairport Convention), Nazareth (PETE AGNEW & DAN MCCAFFERTY) and STEVE ABBOTT (UK Decay)

In tandem with the theatrical and home entertainment release of the film MELODY MAKERS (December 17. 2019) comes the release of the Melody Makers Companion Apple Book.

An immersive experience, this interactive book takes users through the rise of Melody Maker magazine through a series of rock trivia games, photo puzzles, embedded interviews, and a photographic gallery full of Barrie Wentzell's Legends Series from his iconic rock photographic archive (1965-1975).

The book is a robust partner to the film that offers viewers an added music history experience. The book was “invented” - designed, curated and created - by Canadian filmmaker, and film festival producer Leslie Ann Coles.

1.22.2020

THE STAR AND AQUARIUS: RENEWED POWER AND FAITH


The Star brings hope, renewed power, and strength to carry on with life. It shows how abundantly blessed you are by the universe as evidenced by the various things around you.

Remember that you hold within you all that you need for your fulfillment - the only thing that you need is courage. For this, you have all the reasons to rejoice. To see this card is a message to have faith, for the universe will bless you and bring forth all that you need. Read More About The Star


Represented by the Water-bearer, Aquarius is the quirky sign of the zodiac. Their offbeat opinions and lifestyle often garner a reputation for being eccentric but they like to think of themselves as true individuals. Ruled by rebel planet Uranus, which is the ONLY planet that spins on its side, these colorful personalities march to the beat of their own drums -- known for being worldly and unconventional. More

ERIC BURDON & THE ANIMALS: WHEN I WAS YOUNG - THE MGM RECORDINGS



Eric Burdon & The Animals “When I Was Young – 
The MGM Recordings 1967-1968” 
Release Date February 21, 2020

Esoteric Recordings is pleased to announce the release of a new boxed set featuring all of the albums recorded by ERIC BURDON & THE ANIMALS for the MGM Records label issued between October 1967 and December 1968.

ERIC BURDON & THE ANIMALS came together in December 1966 when the original Animals had ground to a halt. Vocalist Eric Burdon recruited Vic Briggs (guitar, piano), John Weider (guitar, violin, bass), Danny McCulloch (bass) and Barry Jenkins (drums) to form a new group which changed direction away from raucous Rhythm and Blues and embraced Psychedelic rock and the influences of the emerging counter-culture.

Signing to MGM Records in the USA (where he became based) and teaming up with producer TOM WILSON (also famed for his work with BOB DYLAN, THE MOTHERS OF INVENTION & THE VELVET UNDERGROUND), the band’s debut single “WHEN I WAS YOUNG” was released in April 1967 and was a powerful statement, featuring Weider’s violin and Briggs’ fuzzed guitar, becoming a hit in Europe, Australia and the USA.

The B-side of the single-A GIRL NAMED SANDOZ was a psychedelic ode to the Swiss pharmaceutical company which developed LSD. The follow-up single, SAN FRANCISCAN NIGHTS, issued in August 1967, came on the heels of the band’s famed appearance at the MONTEREY POP FESTIVAL in June 1967. This song would be the band’s biggest hit, breaking the top twenty in the UK, Europe, and the USA.

The band’s debut album, WINDS OF CHANGE was issued in October 1967 and featured the singles SAN FRANCISCAN NIGHTS and GOOD TIMES, along with an inventive cover version of PAINT IT BLACK and the psychedelic rockers YES, I AM EXPERIENCED (a tribute to Burdon’s friend Jimi Hendrix) and IT’S ALL MEAT.

The album “THE TWAIN SHALL MEET” was recorded in December 1967 but not issued until May 1968 and featured two further singles, MONTEREY and SKY PILOT (Parts One & Two).

Incredibly 1968 would see a further two album releases by the group in the USA and Europe; “EVERY ONE OF US”, recorded in June and issued in August of that year, was a fine album which saw ZOOT MONEY join the band on organ and piano, but inexplicably the album failed to gain a release in the UK.

By the time of its release, Vic Briggs had departed to be replaced by ANDY SUMMERS (formerly with Zoot Money in the band DANTALIAN’s CHARIOT) on guitar. This line-up recorded the double album “LOVE IS” in Los Angeles in October 1968, issued only as a single LP in the UK, which featured imaginative cover versions of RIVER DEEP, MOUNTAIN HIGH, RING OF FIRE (also a hit single in many countries) and Traffic’s COLOURED RAIN.

  Also included is an illustrated booklet with a new essay and a replica poster. “WHEN I WAS YOUNG – The MGM Recordings” is a fine tribute to the music of Eric Burdon & the Animals.



TRACK LISTING

DISC ONE

WINDS OF CHANGE
(RE-MASTERED STEREO MIX)
RELEASED IN OCTOBER 1967

1. WINDS OF CHANGE
2. POEM BY THE SEA
3. PAINT IT BLACK
4. THE BLACK PLAGUE
5. YES, I AM EXPERIENCED
6. SAN FRANCISCAN NIGHTS
7. MAN – WOMAN
8. HOTEL HELL
9. GOOD TIMES
10. ANYTHING
11. IT’S ALL MEAT
BONUS TRACKS
12. WHEN I WAS YOUNG
13. A GIRL NAMED SANDOZ

A & B-SIDES OF SINGLE –
RELEASED IN MAY 1967

14. AIN’T THAT SO

B-SIDE OF SINGLE –
RELEASED IN AUGUST 1967

15. GRATEFULLY DEAD

B-SIDE OF SINGLE –
RELEASED IN OCTOBER 1967

16. ANYTHING (SINGLE VERSION)

B-SIDE OF SINGLE –
RELEASED IN MAY 1968

DISC TWO

THE TWAIN SHALL MEET
(RE-MASTERED EDITION)
RELEASED IN MAY 1968

1. MONTEREY
2. JUST THE THOUGHT
3. CLOSER TO THE TRUTH
4. NO SELF PITY
5. ORANGE AND RED BEAMS
6. SKY PILOT
7. WE LOVE YOU LIL
8. ALL IS ONE
BONUS TRACKS
9. SKY PILOT (PART ONE) (MONO SINGLE)
10. SKY PILOT (PART TWO) (MONO SINGLE)

A & B-SIDES OF SINGLE –
RELEASED IN JANUARY 1968

11. MONTEREY (MONO SINGLE VERSION)

A-SIDE OF SINGLE –
RELEASED IN MAY 1968

DISC THREE

EVERYONE OF US
(RE-MASTERED EDITION)
RELEASED IN AUGUST 1968

1. WHITE HOUSES
2. UPPERS AND DOWNERS
3. SERENADE TO A SWEET LADY
4. THE IMMIGRANT LAD
5. YEAR OF THE GURU
6. ST. JAMES INFIRMARY
7. NEW YORK 1963 –
AMERICA 1968
BONUS TRACK
8. WHITE HOUSES (SINGLE VERSION)

A-SIDE OF SINGLE –
RELEASED IN NOVEMBER 1968

DISC FOUR

LOVE IS
(RE-MASTERED EDITION)
RELEASED IN DECEMBER 1968

1. RIVER DEEP, MOUNTAIN HIGH
2. I’M AN ANIMAL
3. I’M DYING, OR AM I?
4. RING OF FIRE
5. COLOURED RAIN
6. TO LOVE SOMEBODY
7. AS THE YEARS GO PASSING BY
8. GEMINI
9. THE MADMAN (RUNNING THROUGH THE FIELDS)
BONUS TRACK
10. RIVER DEEP, MOUNTAIN HIGH (SINGLE VERSION)

B-SIDE OF SINGLE – RELEASED IN NOVEMBER 1968

DISC FIVE

WINDS OF CHANGE
(RE-MASTERED MONO MIX)
RELEASED IN OCTOBER 1967

1. WINDS OF CHANGE
2. POEM BY THE SEA
3. PAINT IT BLACK
4. THE BLACK PLAGUE
5. YES, I AM EXPERIENCED
6. SAN FRANCISCAN NIGHTS
7. MAN – WOMAN
8. HOTEL HELL
9. GOOD TIMES
10. ANYTHING
11. IT’S ALL MEAT

1.21.2020

DO'S AND DONT'S AT THE CASINO


A night at the casino can be a great way to unwind with friends. After a long week, there’s nothing better than enjoying some top-class casino action at the Roulette wheel, the Blackjack table, or the in the Poker room.

If you’ve never been to the casino before, it can be a great way to enjoy some social fun. But there are rules and a certain etiquette which must be adhered to when you head to your nearest brick-and-mortar establishment. Here, we’ve put together a quick guide to some of the Dos and Don’ts associated with the casino.

Do respect the dealer

It’s important that you always treat the casino croupiers with maximum respect when playing games. While everyone wants to have a good time, casino workers must remain professional throughout as they deal games of Blackjack and oversee the Roulette table layout, so chances are there won’t be too much banter between players and dealers!

Good manners are essential in the casino, towards both your fellow players and the dealers. The excitement of all the different games can cause some people to get carried away, so remember to always be calm and polite when interacting with the dealer.

Don’t take selfies!

Taking photos is generally frowned upon in a casino, and most establishments do not permit photography on the gaming floor. It may be a temptation to take a few snaps if you’re on holiday in somewhere like Las Vegas or enjoying a classic night out with friends, but selfies and photo taking is usually a big no-no as far as brick-and-mortar casinos are concerned.

Do dress properly

When heading to a casino, it’s important to dress appropriately based on the rules and guidelines put in place by that particular establishment. While some casinos, for example, resorts in Las Vegas, will have a very relaxed dress code, where shorts and t-shirts are permitted, some may adopt a more formal set of sartorial guidelines. It’s best to check ahead of time to avoid any potential embarrassment!

Don’t ask the dealer for advice

If you’re a newbie at the casino, it may be tempting to bombard the dealer with questions and ask for advice on what you should do next. While the dealer may be happy to answer one or two questions regarding the rules of the game, asking them for their advice or opinions is strictly forbidden. Dealers are required to be entirely impartial at all times, so asking them for tips on your next move is not a wise thing to do.

Do turn off your phone when playing

There is nothing worse than being involved in a tense game of Poker or Blackjack, only for someone’s phone to suddenly start blaring an annoying, incessant ringtone.

When playing games, phones should always be switched off to allow players to focus fully on the task at hand. Some players may have large amounts of money at stake, so you don’t want your phone to go off and cause a distraction.

One positive aspect of visiting a casino is that it’s a chance to switch off your phone and enjoy some classic social fun with other people. It’s the perfect excuse to avoid your phone screen for a few hours.
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While a big list of Dos and Don’ts might make the casino sound a bit daunting, the reality is that when everyone respects each other and follows these rules of etiquette, the whole experience is much more enjoyable.

1.20.2020

KIMMER'S OSCAR PICKS FOR 2020


This season of films was pretty good. I was disappointed in The Irishman, though Joe Pesci was wonderful. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood was saved by Brad Pitt. He's nominated for Supporting Actor but should have been in the Lead category. Joaquin Phoenix will most likely win for Lead Actor in Joker. He is always good but how many more Joker movies must we endure?? Enough already...


The 92nd Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 9, 2020, at the Dolby® Theatre at Hollywood and Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT. Full List of Nominees


My favorite picks:

Best Picture:

“Ford v Ferrari”
“The Irishman”
“Jojo Rabbit”
“Joker”
“Little Women”
“Marriage Story”
“1917”
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”
“Parasite”

Lead Actor:

Antonio Banderas, “Pain and Glory”
Leonardo DiCaprio, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”
Adam Driver, “Marriage Story”
Joaquin Phoenix, “Joker”
Jonathan Pryce, “The Two Popes”

Lead Actress:

Cynthia Erivo, “Harriet”
Scarlett Johansson, “Marriage Story”
Saoirse Ronan, “Little Women”
Charlize Theron, “Bombshell”
Renee Zellweger, “Judy”

Supporting Actor:

Tom Hanks, “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”
Anthony Hopkins, “The Two Popes”
Al Pacino, “The Irishman”
Joe Pesci, “The Irishman”
Brad Pitt, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”

Supporting Actress:

Kathy Bates, “Richard Jewell”
Laura Dern, “Marriage Story”
Scarlett Johansson, “Jojo Rabbit”
Florence Pugh, “Little Women”
Margot Robbie, “Bombshell”

Director:

Martin Scorsese, “The Irishman”
Todd Phillips, “Joker”
Sam Mendes, “1917”
Quentin Tarantino, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”
Bong Joon Ho, “Parasite”

Animated Feature:

“How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World,” Dean DeBlois
“I Lost My Body,” Jeremy Clapin
“Klaus,” Sergio Pablos
“Missing Link,” Chris Butler
“Toy Story 4,” Josh Cooley

4 BEST CRIME SERIES ON NETFLIX RIGHT NOW



Police, crime, robberies, and murders have always been a source of entertainment for all the folks on Netflix and other streaming services. It's just the innate element of crime, passion, and drama which deeply attracts the Netflix users into its burrow. Crime drama series has been one of the longest-lasting series on Television, and Netflix is no exception when it comes to that too.

Playing online slots in casinos or Casino Sister Sites might bring you a particular satisfaction, but it probably won't fulfill that inner urge to see some crime, passion, murders, and mystery that you're craving for. For this particular reason, we gathered 4 crime series that are currently streaming on Netflix right now that you need to watch if you haven't already.

Peaky Blinders

Peaky Blinders is an all-time famous and favorite television series and if you haven't been living under a rock for the past year, you might already have heard of it. Peaky Blinders is an English historical fiction and a crime drama which started airing back in 2013, with a classical Thomas Shelby leading his criminal gang, known as The Peaky Blinders, ravishing the streets of Birmingham in 1919, while Chief Inspector Chester Campbell tries to put an end to Thomas Shelby and his hoard of criminals.

When They See Us

When they see us is a small crime drama series which only has a single season with a total of four episodes. However, that didn't stop this season from becoming one of the best crime series of 2019, winning two different Emmy awards.

This crime series is based on five wrongfully accused men in a case termed as the Central Park Five with the accusation being raping a jogger.

This series puts a clear light on the racial injustice occurring in NYC as black men are wrongfully accused, put on trial and jail for a crime they didn't commit, and the story that unravels after that. If you're up for binge-watching When They See Us is a great choice!

Narcos

Narcos revolves around the Columbian drug lord and king Pablo Escobar, withstanding scripted drama scenes based on reality, with various occurrences of actual news regarding the drug cartel. However, the actual story revolves more around the drug trade in Columbia rather than the characteristic of the drug lord himself. Narcos continues with a total of four seasons, with the fourth one made as an entirely separate entity, giving a good insight into the Mexican Drug war.

Bodyguard

Bodyguard is an English popular crime series that has recently aired on Netflix and only contains one season, with a total of six episodes. The story is based around actor Richard Madden who plays war veteran David Budd, who is now a police sergeant. Budd is entrusted with a highly important task of protecting a high-profile politician against those who want him dead for reasons that unravel as the story progresses. With a lot of suspense and drama, binge-watching Bodyguard this weekend might be the best thing you'll ever do!

1.18.2020

SCOTTY BOWERS AND THE SECRET HISTORY OF HOLLYWOOD


I watched  Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood yesterday and loved it. Not because of the tawdry topic of how Scotty set up "dates" for gay celebrities back in the 1950s-80s. I just loved Scotty and his energy, attitude, and sense of humor. What an entrepreneur this man was!


Scotty wrote a book about his life after everyone he was about to "out" had passed away. His book is called Full Service


The documentary is Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood is a 2017 American documentary film about the life of Scotty Bowers, who acted as an unpaid procurer of men in Hollywood from the 1940s to the 80s. It was produced and directed by Matt Tyrnauer, a Special Correspondent for Vanity Fair magazine. The film premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival and was theatrically released on July 27, 2018


Scotty lived to age 96 and what a life he led..

BOSTON STRANGLER CONNECTED TO LAST VICTIM BY DNA


The first true crime book I became obsessed with was The Boston Strangler. Someone gave it to me when I was just 13 (1968) and living at Ft McClellan, Alabama with my family.

I was afraid to let an adult know I was reading this creepy story so I hid the book during the day and late at night I read it under the covers with a flashlight, as I didn't want my book confiscated. The story was terrifying and the Boston Strangler movie with Tony Curtis was pretty good though he was too good looking and not nearly as frightening. The book was much better.


The other day, I was doing some research online and ran into a story that was from 2013. Forensics had finally connected Desalvo to Mary Sullivan, the last victim that was killed in that series of murders. How did I miss that story back in 2013??

After 50 years they finally know he was a killer. It was rumored for years that Desalvo may not have been the Boston Strangler. They knew he was a rapist and now they know he was a murderer as well.



"The DNA test results provide a near certainty to what detectives working on the case knew all along, that Albert DeSalvo the suspect who confessed to sexually assaulting and strangling Mary Sullivan was likely her killer," Police Chief Davis said. "I am proud of the tenacity shown by all of the detectives and analysts working on the case. The ability to provide closure to a family after 50 years is a remarkable thing."

Read more here

1.14.2020

KILLER INSIDE: THE MIND OF AARON HERNANDEZ


Beginning Jan 15 on Netflix is a new True Crime series on the NFL player who was convicted of murder and later committed suicide in prison. what made him turn dark after landing such a lucrative contract with the New England Patriots? There are many questions waiting for answers in my mind.


Reportedly Hernandez blamed his mother for his issues but then most narcissistic disordered people are never to blame for their own actions.

Here is the official trailer from Netflix:


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