Aretha Franklin passed away today after a long battle with Cancer. She was my favorite of all women vocalists. Unique beyond words and the energy of a titan. Nothing stopped Aretha... Your music and life force will never be forgotten. RIP Ms Franklin.


Here is a fantastic tribute from Roger Friedman of  Showbiz-411

Aretha was born in Memphis, Tennessee to Reverend CL Franklin and his wife Barbara on March 25, 1942. She was one of four children, all of whom are gone now. Her sisters were Irma and Carolyn, and there was a brother, Vaughn.

The family relocated to Buffalo and then to Detroit where Reverend Franklin became a famous preacher at the New Bethel Baptist Church. *In Memphis, among the people he married were the great DJ and R&B star Rufus Thomas, and his wife.)

It was there that Aretha began singing. Aretha’s mother, Barbara, left Reverend Franklin and died in 1952, just before Aretha’s 10th birthday. Aretha was raised after that by her father and a number of women including singer Mahalia Jackson.

Here are my personal TOP 10 favorites 
(no particular order) of Aretha'smultitude of hits...


SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, the 15-time Emmy® Award-winning show that sparked America’s fascination with dance, returns to the road this fall with the installment of its blockbuster annual tour, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE LIVE! 2018.

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE LIVE! 2018 features the Top 10 contestants from Season 15 which include the following: Jensen Arnold, Hannahlei Cabanilla, Genessy Castillo, Evan DeBenedetto, Jay Jay Dixonbey, Magdalena Fialek, Darius Hickman, Chelsea Hough, Cole Mills, and Slavik Pustovoytov with more cast announcements to come.

Fans can witness the hottest show-stopping routines from Season 15 as well as original pieces choreographed specifically for SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE LIVE! 2018. The tour promises to be an unforgettable night of dance by some of the world’s most talented performers up-close-and-personal, boldly transporting the small screen experience, enjoyed by millions, to the stage.




Dissolution tracklisting
Not Naming Any Names [02:05]
Try As I Might [04:26]
Threatening War [06:37]
Uncovering Your Tracks [04:29]
All That You've Got [03:27]
Far Below [04:36]
Pillar of Salt [01:25]
White Mist [11:05]
Shed A Light [05:20]

The Pineapple Thief Release New Single & Video For "Try As I Might" Taken From Their Forthcoming Album Dissolution

The Pineapple Thief have launched their brand new video for “Try As I Might”, the new single from their forthcoming new studio album Dissolution . The highly anticipated follow up to 2015’s Your Wilderness, is the band’s second album to feature King Crimson and Porcupine Tree drummer Gavin Harrison.

Vocalist, songwriter and guitarist Bruce Soord explains his dystopian view “The video follows the theme of the song and the album - if you sign up to this hyper connected world we live in, then you have to live with the consequences. Try as you might to get out of it.”

The Pineapple Thief online:
Website: www.thepineapplethief.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/thepineapplethief
Twitter: www.twitter.com/pineapplethief
Instagram: www.instagram.com/thepineapplethief

The Pineapple Thief have grown to become one of the leading lights of Europe’s experimental rock domain, Your Wilderness produced 4m+ album streams, a #7 in the UK Independent Charts and two extensive headline European tours culminating at London’s Islington Assembly Hall where the concert was recorded for the live release Where We Stood, and their new album Dissolution promises to propel the band to even greater heights.



On this day in 2003, a major outage knocked out power across the eastern United States and parts of Canada. Beginning at 4:10 p.m. ET, 21 power plants shut down in just three minutes. Fifty million people were affected, including residents of New York, Cleveland and Detroit, as well as Toronto and Ottawa, Canada.

Although power companies were able to resume some service in as little as two hours, power remained off in other places for more than a day. The outage stopped trains and elevators, and disrupted everything from cellular telephone service to operations at hospitals to traffic at airports. In New York City, it took more than two hours for passengers to be evacuated from stalled subway trains.

Small business owners were affected when they lost expensive refrigerated stock. The loss of use of electric water pumps interrupted water service in many areas. There were even some reports of people being stranded mid-ride on amusement park roller coasters. At the New York Stock Exchange and bond market, though, trading was able to continue thanks to backup generators.

Authorities soon calmed the fears of jittery Americans that terrorists may have been responsible for the blackout, but they were initially unable to determine the cause of the massive outage. American and Canadian representatives pointed figures at each other, while politicians took the opportunity to point out major flaws in the region’s outdated power grid.

Finally, an investigation by a joint U.S.-Canada task force traced the problem back to an Ohio company, FirstEnergy Corporation. When the company’s EastLake plant shut down unexpectedly after overgrown trees came into contact with a power line, it triggered a series of problems that led to a chain reaction of outages. FirstEnergy was criticized for poor line maintenance, and more importantly, for failing to notice and address the problem in a timely manner–before it affected other areas. Read More Here



Movie: Vertigo (Kim)
Artist: Malika Favre
Date: 2018
Numbered: Hand numbered
Signed: Hand signed
Format: Screen print
Edition: Kim, Limited edition of 120
Size: 24 X 36 inches

To celebrate the 60th anniversary of Alfred Hitchcock’s film Vertigo. Dark City Gallery have teamed up with artist Malika Favre to produce a special pair of posters.

The first piece is titled ‘Kim’. It is 24 x 36 inch screen print, with a limited edition of 120, numbered and hand signed by Malika Favre and hand screen printed by White Duck Editions.

This poster will be available to purchase on Monday 13th August at 5:00PM (UK time). Visit Dark City Gallery: https://bit.ly/2vXPNdx

Movie: Vertigo (James)
Artist: Malika Favre
Date: 2018
Numbered: Hand numbered
Signed: Hand signed
Format: Screen print
Edition: "James", Limited edition of 120
Size: 24 X 36 inches


The Star indicates hope for the future, inspiration and contentment. With this Major Arcana card in your Tarot spread you will find yourself feeling very positive, motivated and free. You will be feeling very serene and in tune with the universe as The Star is a card of spiritual connection.

The Star is a very positive omen. It is the period of calm and stability that follows the storm that was The Tower. The Star indicates that you have come through your tough times with a renewed sense of yourself and the world around you, you are full of calm, well-balanced energy and you are open to healing the wounds of the past.

Whatever mental, emotional, physical or spiritual issues you were experiencing are now behind you and you are ready to embrace what your future holds. Trust that the universe has a plan for you and trust the feeling you have that everything is going to be OK.

 You will be feeling confident in yourself and people will like you for who you are with this card in your Tarot reading. The Star can also indicate creativity and artistic flair, so now would be a great time to take up an artistic hobby. READ MORE


LAS VEGAS (August 2018) – On Wednesday, Aug.8, Cannabition, Las Vegas’ first and only immersive cannabis museum and the world’s only cannabis-themed experience of its kind, took delivery of its most historic and iconic artifact — “The Red Shark” — Gonzo Journalist Hunter S. Thompson’s beloved 1973 Chevrolet Caprice convertible.

This marks the first time Thompson’s car will be on public display, courtesy of Thompson’s widow, Anita Thompson. Keneh Ventures, Cannabition’s investment partners in New York and Aspen, Colorado, facilitated the deal to exhibit the Red Shark and provided the introduction to Anita Thompson at Owl Farm.

The Red Shark was memorialized in Thompson’s seminal book, “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.” In 1991, dear friends of Thompson presented him with the red 1973 Chevrolet Caprice—intended to be his own personal version of the Red Shark he referenced in the book.

It was Thompson’s personal car that appeared in not only the 1998 film adaptation of the book, but also on the covers of two subsequent Thompson books, “Better Than Sex: Confessions of a Political Junkie” (1994) and “Hey Rube: Blood Sport, the Bush Doctrine.”

 Adventures in this car have been chronicled by Thompson in his memoir, “Kingdom of Fear,” and various ESPN articles and letters. Depp, Ralph Steadman, Walter Isaacson, Bill Murray and other good friends have also chronicled adventures in the Red Shark.

Anita Thompson says she chose to make “Hunter’s big and beautiful” car part of Cannabition, where it will be on public view, to coincide with the growing prevalence of legalized recreational cannabis.

“Now is the time to celebrate the decriminalization of cannabis and remember those who are still in jail. We are all on this journey together. Over the years, I have had many offers [for the car]. I know Cannabition is the right place for my husband’s car and this is the right time for his fans to see it,” says Thompson. “For me, the Red Shark has so many great memories—it was where Hunter proposed to me! He absolutely loved his car and I know it will be great in hands.”

When Cannabition opens later this month, the Red Shark will be on display and surrounded by never-before-seen photos and home videos of Thompson with his car.

Born in 1937 in Louisville, Kentucky, and known as one of the most important writers of the 20th century, Hunter S. Thompson was a journalist, author and the founder of gonzo journalism, a type of writing free of objectivity in which the journalist becomes part of the story. His famed literary works include “Hell’s Angels” (1967) and “The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved” (1970). He is best known for “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” (1972). The latter was eventually adapted into two films. Thompson died at Owl Farm in Aspen, Colorado, in 2005.

In 1991, dear friends of Thompson presented him with the gift of a red 1973 Chevrolet Caprice—an homage to “The Red Shark” referenced in his most famous book. (The car referenced in the book was a rental car, not owned by Thompson.) This spectacular classic car, also dubbed “The Red Shark,” appeared not only in the film adaptation of the book, but also on the covers of two subsequent Thompson books, “Better Than Sex: Confessions of a Political Junkie” (1994) and “Hey Rube: Blood Sport, the Bush Doctrine.” When Thompson’s car arrives in Las Vegas next month, it will be the first time it will have left Owl Farm since 1999.

Cannabition is Las Vegas’ first and only immersive cannabis museum and the world’s only cannabis-themed experience of its kind to date. Opening in late August, Cannabition will feature elaborate cannabis-inspired installations created by leading experiential exhibit and event designers.



He requested them to take his body down the river to this his favorite haunt, and on the pinnacle of this towering bluff to bury him on the back of his favorite war-horse, which was to be buried alive under him, from whence he could see, as he said, “the Frenchmen passing up and down the river in their boats.”

He owned, amongst many horses, a noble white steed, that was led to the top of the grass-covered hill. With great pomp and ceremony, in the presence of the whole nation and several of the fur-traders and the Indian agent, he was placed astride of his horse’s back. With his bow in his hand, his shield and quiver slung, with his pipe and his medicine bag, with his supply of dried meat, his tobacco-pouch replenished to last him through the journey to the beautiful hunting grounds of the shades of his fathers.

With his flint, his steel, and his tinder to light his pipe by the way; the scalps he had taken from his enemies’ heads could be trophies for nobody else, and were hung to the bridle of his horse. He was in full dress, and fully equipped, and on his head waved to the last moment his beautiful head-dress of the war-eagles’ plumes.

 In this plight, and the last funeral honors having been performed by the medicine-men, every warrior of his band painted the palm and fingers of his right hand with vermillion, which was stamped and perfectly impressed on the milk-white sides of his devoted horse.

This all done, turfs were brought and placed around the feet and legs of the horse, and gradually laid up to its sides, and at last over the back and head of the unsuspecting animal, and last of all over the head and even the eagle plumes of its valiant rider, where all together have smouldered and remained undisturbed to the present day.





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LSD Tour: Lucinda Williams/Steve Earle/Dwight Yoakam

Dwight Yoakam has sold more than 25 million albums worldwide, and he is a 21 TIME!!  nominated, multiple GRAMMY Award winner. 

In addition to his musical career, Yoakam is a respected film and television actor, whose films include Sling Blade, Panic Room, David E. Kelley's Amazon series Goliath, and director Steven Soderbergh's feature Logan Lucky with Channing Tatum and Daniel Craig.


Three-time GRAMMY Award-winning folk leader Lucinda Williams recently re-recorded her 1992 classic Sweet Old World for it's 25th anniversary, and three-time GRAMMY Award recipient and Americana legend Steve Earle is also touring this year in support of Copperhead Road's 30th anniversary.

Friday, August 17 at 6:30 PM
Meadow Brook Music Festival
3554 Walton Blvd, Rochester Hills, Michigan 48309


Bluegrass greats join Dwight Yoakam for this rip-roaring take on his back catalog.The renditions of “Guitars, Cadillacs” and “What I Don’t Know” are done with grit, spit, and swing, while a stunningly convincing rendition of “Purple Rain” turns Prince’s showstopper into a gliding bluegrass ballad.

Here is one of my favorite tracks on Swimming Pools and Movie Stars (though I love them all)  Listen to all tracks HERE

Just had to share this video of Keith Urban, Brothers Osborne and Dwight at the Stagecoach Festival it's GREAT!

Here are my very favorites of Dwight's LPs
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