August 31, 1985: Richard Ramirez, the notorious “Night Stalker,” is captured and nearly killed by a mob the Hollenbeck area in Los Angele, California, after being recognized from a photograph shown both on television and in newspapers. Recently identified as the serial killer, Ramirez was pulled from the enraged mob by police officers.

Crowds gather around a police car at the LAPD's Hollenbeck Station in an attempt to catch a glimpse of the Night Stalker when he is brought in under arrest.

During the summer of 1985, the city of Los Angeles was panic-stricken by a killer who crept into his victims’ homes at night. The Night Stalker, as the press dubbed the murderer, first turned his attention on the men in the house, usually shot any men in the house with a .22 caliber handgun before raping, stabbing, and mutilating his female victims. He cut out one of his victim’s eyes, and sometimes carved satanic pentagrams on the bodies before he left.

By August, the Night Stalker has murdered at least a dozen people, and law enforcement officials were desperate to stop him. One witness, who managed to note the license plate of the car in which Ramirez fled, led police to a single, partial fingerprint left in the vehicle.

Apparently, the task force looking for the Night Stalker had already received information that someone named Ramirez was involved, so only the records for men with that name were checked against the fingerprint.

Although the Los Angeles Police Department’s new multimillion-dollar computer database of fingerprints only contained the records of criminals born after January 1960, Richard Ramirez, who had a record of petty crimes, had been born in February 1960.

When Ramirez was identified as the chief suspect, authorities debated whether to release his name and picture to the public, fearing that it might give him the chance to escape. Nonetheless, they decided to take the risk, and Ramirez, who was actually traveling back to Los Angeles at the time, arrived to find his face and name on the front of every newspaper. READ MORE



BBC Studios are currently producing a major project about The Clash and the punk movement, and are reaching out to fans.

The BBC project will consist of an 8 part podcast series, charting the journey of the band in great detail from beginning to end. But alongside the podcast there will be three short films showcasing some of the best archive of The Clash playing live. We’re therefore looking for fans who were at the following gigs and are willing to share their memories with them:

- Roxy New Year’s Day - January 1st 1977
- Munich, Schwabinger Brau - October 4th 1977
- Rock Against Racism, Victoria Park, London - April 30th 1978
- Glasgow Apollo - 4th July 1978
- Bonds Times Square gigs - May & June 1981
- Shea Stadium, New York with The Who - Oct 12th & 13th 1981

***They’re also keen now to find fans who were at the 16 Tons Tour in Scotland in early 1980 – there’s some fantastic BBC archive of those gigs from the Nationwide programme, with interviews with the fans.***

We would love to hear from fans whose lives were changed by the band. Do you have specific memories of hearing your first Clash record – was it a big deal, hearing their music for the first time, can you remember where you were, what was going on your life, and what emotions hearing their music sparked in you?

They’re looking for interesting anecdotes or experiences which might relate to the following themes:

- finding your favourite band and feeling like you’re hearing music for the first time - finally this is something that speaks to you
- the shock of early Punk
- the look and early fashion of punk
- the experience of punk from the suburbs
- the experience of being let into gigs for free or hanging with the band
- the band influencing or interacting with politics, class, gender and race - music with a message that you thought was important
- the band transcending punk and going mainstream - for good or bad - and breaking America
- what was it like hearing that various members had left the band, or when they split up.

Please get in touch...…….


The Carson Mansion is a large Victorian house located in Old Town, Eureka, California. Regarded as one of the highest executions of American Queen Anne Style architecture, the house is "considered the most grand Victorian home in America."

It is one of the most written about and photographed Victorian houses in California and perhaps also in the United States. Originally the home of William Carson, one of Northern California's first major lumber barons, it has been a private club since 1950.The house and grounds are not open to the public.

William Carson (July 15, 1825 New Brunswick – February 20, 1912 Eureka), for whom the house was built, arrived in San Francisco from New Brunswick, Canada, with a group of other woodsmen in 1849.

After rolling out gold slugs in San Francisco, they joined in the northern gold rush, arriving in the Trinity Mountains via the Eel River and Humboldt Bay. They left the Trinity Mountains to overwinter at Humboldt Bay and contracted to provide logs for a small sawmill.

The house is a mix of every major style of Victorian architecture, including but not limited to: Eastlake, Italianate, Queen Anne (primary), and Stick. One nationally known architectural historian described the house as "a baronial castle in Redwood..." and stated further that the illusion of grandeur in the house is heightened by the play on scale, the use of fanciful detail and the handling of mass as separate volumes, topped by a lively roofscape.

The style of the house has been described as "eclectic" and "peculiarly American." Unlike most other houses dating from the period, this property always has been maintained, and is in nearly the same condition as when it was built.

In May 1964, the house was included in the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) as catalog number CA-1911.This is the only official historical building listing of the house. Although the historic house does merit National Register of Historic Places status, the private club has chosen not to apply for it.

Samuel and Joseph Cather Newsom of San Francisco (and later Los Angeles), were nineteenth century builder-architects contracted by Carson to create the house by 1883.

The Newsoms produced many styles and types of buildings from homes to churches to public buildings including: the Oakland City Hall, the Alameda County Courthouse, and the Napa County Courthouse.

Of their many commissions in California, a few original buildings remain in addition to the Carson house, including the Napa Valley Opera House and the San Dimas Hotel.



As a huge Breaking Bad Fan, I first heard Los Zafiros performing "He Venido". What a song!! Fell in love with the voices and latin guitar. I wondered who were these guys..So here is a bit of bio on the band and their fabulous music and dance moves.. Watch the He Venido video...

Los Zafiros (The Sapphires) were a Cuban close-harmony vocal group working from 1961 until 1970. The group was part of the filín (feeling) movement, inspired by American doo-wop groups such as The Platters. Their music was a fusion of Cuban genres, such as the bolero, with doo-wop, ballads, R&B, calypso, Bossa Nova and early rock and roll.

For those whose lives they deeply touched, Los Zafiros are legends. Music, history, and emotion fuel this dynamic, award-winning tribute to Los Zafiros, produced & directed by noted documentarian Lorenzo DeStefano.

As John, Paul, George and Ringo were forming the Beatles in Liverpool in the early 1960s, another band was coming together in the tough district of Cayo Hueso in Havana. Playing a brilliant mix of American inspired Doo Wop and traditional Latin forms, Los Zafiros, often referred to as “The Beatles of 1960s Cuba”, became a sensation in their native land and beyond before dissolving in the mid 1970s from the effects of the fast life, infighting and changing political and musical tastes.

Leoncio Morúa (Kike)
Miguel Cancio (Miguelito)
Ignacio Elejalde, a counter-tenor, in high register.
Eduardo Elio Hernández (El Chino)
Néstor Milí Bustillo, musical director and guitar.
later, Manuel Galbán (guitar) became musical director, and at times Oscar Aguirre (guitar) substituted.

Evocative archival films and recordings of the group are interwoven with newsreel footage that vividly parallels the Los Zafiros story with life in Cuba at the height of the Cold War. Engaging performance footage and interviews with family members, fellow artists, and friends create a stirring and definitive portrait of the original Sapphires for a whole new audience.




Lost Recordings of obscure but influential Colorado Jam Band ‘Magic Music’ to finally be released on September 14

Originally recorded between 1970-1976 but never released, the album will be available on compact disc and digitally with bonus tracks newly mastered for the movie.

NEW YORK, NY (August 28, 2018) – Colorado’s first acoustic jam band, MAGIC MUSIC, will release their original 1970s recordings for the first time ever on 40 Years in the Making: The Magic Music Movie Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, through The Orchard on September 14.

Track listing:

Porcupine Flats Shuffle
2. Bright Sun Bright Rain
3. Never In My Life
4. Bring The Morning Down
5. Hayin’
6. Eldorado Canyon
7. Down To The University
8. Gandy Dancer
9. Mole’s Stumble
10. The Friend’s Song
11. Cedar’s Sigh
12. Sundance
13. Country
14. Old Man Das
15. Sad And Troubled Lady
16. Better Days
17. Colorado Rockies
18. Cosmic Jingle
Bonus Tracks:

19. Eldorado Canyon/ Sometimes When I’m Lonely

20. The Morning Song

21. Bring the Morning Down (1974)

22. The Morning Song (1974)

The album will be available on all digital and streaming platforms as well as in select independent music retailers. The album complements the award-winning, critically acclaimed documentary 40 YEARS IN THE MAKING: THE MAGIC MUSIC MOVIE written and directed by Emmy-nominated writer-producer Lee Aronsohn (Two and a Half Men, Big Bang Theory).

There are 22-tracks in the collection featuring fan favorites like “Cedar’s Sigh,” “Bring the Morning Down,” and “Gandy Dancer.” The songs are an exuberant reflection of the era, capturing the ideals and optimism of mountain life in the 1970s, the celebration of nature, and love. Three singles, “Cedar’s Sigh,” “Bright Sun Bright Rain”, and “Cosmic Jingle” are currently available for download and streaming in advance of the album’s release.

“We recorded these tracks for various live radio shows, in the studio for broadcast and to give to friends. They are the real-deal: two-track recordings capturing what we did live, no overdubs,” remembers Chris “Spoons” Daniels, one of the long-standing members of the band. “They’ve been mastered to sound fantastic in the modern world of ‘streaming’ and they sound incredible, capturing the essence of the band and the era.”

The recordings are featured throughout the documentary, 40 Years in the Making: The Magic Music Movie. Writer/director Lee Aronsohn was a student at CU Boulder during the band’s heyday. He remembered the music decades later, which is what inspired him to reunite the members of the band and make the film. The release of the soundtrack completes Aronsohn’s mission to share the music of one of his favorite bands with the world.

Magic Music is one of the most fondly remembered bands of the 1970’s Boulder Revolution that included Dan Fogelberg, Steven Stills, Chris Hillman & Manassas, and many more. Living from hand-to-mouth up in the mountains, they delighted local residents, university students and audiences from Minnesota to Phoenix, New York to LA with their original songs, acoustic instruments, and rich harmonies.

They came out of the mountains in school busses and the growing popularity of the band brought them to the brink of success more than once. They played gigs opening for Cat Stevens, Doc Watson, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and Richie Havens among others.

40 Years in the Making: The Magic Music Movie (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

They were offered publishing and recording contracts that they never signed yet they kept touring until they eventually broke up in 1976. The band reunited in 2015 for the documentary and have since been appearing for select performances. They recently performed at the 2018 Rocky Mountain Folks Festival and have performed on Martha’s Vineyard and Napa Valley. The band is currently booking dates for 2019.

Magic Music is George Cahill (Tode), Chris Daniels (Spoons), Rob Galloway (Poonah), Will Luckey (Wilbur), and Kevin Milburn (CW). Past members include Lynn Poyer (Flatbush) (deceased) Bill Makepeace (Das), and Pam Nation (Petunia).



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This should be a day where a wish or ambition of yours is realised. It will be a day of fun, fulfilment and celebration.

Whether this is work-related or to do with friends, family or loved ones, you will want to share any good fortune you have with others.

A day for you to enjoy!

After a long journey, the Nine of Cups symbolizes the finding of self-satisfaction. The emotional journey of the cups is starting to come to a close after the volatile ups and downs you faced in the earlier numbers of this suit. You have struggled to find purpose and joy after loss, you have tasted the different things that life offers, and you have left comfort in order to find greater heights. Here, you have found them, and you are indulging yourself as you celebrate this new stage of your life.

When we look at the Nine of Cups, it can initially seem like one of the most pleasant cards that may appear during a reading. This is also referred as the wish card, which means that the things that you desire for, or your most perfect dream is bound to happen. The Nine of Cups is normally associated with extreme happiness and satisfaction.


The current lineup of the Dixie Hummingbirds is: Ira Tucker Jr., Lyndon Baines Jones, Torrey Nettles, Carlton Lewis, Troy Smith, and Roy Smith.

PHILADELPHIA (Aug. 27, 2018) ― THE DIXIE HUMMINGBIRDS, one of the most enduring and influential gospel groups of all time, yesterday announced its “90th Anniversary Celebration: The Magnificent Flight of the Dixie Hummingbirds,” a yearlong series of related activity surrounding this unprecedented milestone among active musical groups.

The announcement was made during a press conference at the African American Museum in Philadelphia by Ira Tucker Jr., leader of the legendary group, whose late father, Ira Tucker Sr., became its lead singer in 1938 as the group signed with Decca Records and was first propelled to national prominence, ushering in the hard-singing style of gospel music's 1940s and 1950s golden age.

The initial round of activity combining live performances, special appearances, salutes and tributes, will include the following:

· A free, all-ages kickoff concert Wednesday (August 29) at World Cafe Live (3025 Walnut St., Philadelphia) as part of Philadelphia public radio station WXPN’s multi-platform “Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul” project. Doors will open at 7 p.m. for the 8 p.m. performance. The event is SOLD OUT.

· An old-time, stompdown concert on, Sunday, Sept. 16, 3 p.m., at the Oak Grove Baptist Church (2853 N 21st St, in North Philadelphia). For ticket info, call (215) 226-5862.

· A gospel breakfast tribute to the Dixie Hummingbirds on Sunday morning, Sept. 30, 10 a.m., at Girard College in Philadelphia, hosted by Mighty Writers, as the final event of MightyFest, a four-day student literacy festival. Tickets are $75 at www.mightywriters.org.

A reissue of the 2011 CD, Gospel Praise Songs – Powered by Quartets, by The Dixie Hummingbirds and Friends, at a date to be announced this fall. The album contains 10 straightforward readings of the hits of Golden Era quartets with whom the ‘Birds shared the stage, in as close to the original harmonies and arrangement as possible.

Musical accompaniment is provided by Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) students with other “friends” the Crusaders for Christ Church Choir of West Philadelphia, and recently departed Philly soul legend Bunny Sigler. Proceeds will help raise money for the Ira & Louise Tucker Foundation as well as build greater awareness of the historic importance of gospel quartets.

· The 2019 U.S. Touring Stage Production: “From Streetlight to Spotlight.” a fully choreographed production with additional musicians, vocalists and dancers. Auditions will be held in September with Damian Smith, entrepreneur and longtime personal advisor to Stevie Wonder.

The press conference featured a list of prominent celebrities and officials, including Motown legend Stevie Wonder, who phoned in from Atlantic City, and has called the legendary group ``unsurpassed in the history of African American music.'' Wonder produced the 'Birds' 70th anniversary tour, which included the Staples Singers and the Five Blind Boys of Alabama.

Among the longest-lived and most successful groups of their era, the Dixie Hummingbirds are world renowned for their imaginative arrangements, progressive harmonies, and all-around versatility.

Their influence has spread not only over the world of spiritual music, but also inspired secular artists ranging from Jackie Wilson to Bobby "Blue" Bland to the Temptations. The Dixie Hummingbirds have been immortalized in the Vocal Group Hall of Fame, the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, and the American Gospel Quartet Hall of Fame.

The Dixie Hummingbirds were formed in 1928 in Greenville, SC. They made their recording debut in 1939 on Decca, and their singles include "Soon Will Be Done with the Troubles of This World," "Little Wooden Church," and "Joshua Journeyed to Jericho."

In 1942 the group relocated to Philadelphia, where founding member James B. Davis bought a house at 23rd and Girard Avenue, and used it as a rehearsal space. In 2017, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the City of Philadelphia commemorated the rich heritage of the Dixie Hummingbirds with a historical marker dedicated there.

The Dixie Hummingbirds are further immortalized in Philadelphia with a mammoth mural through the Mural Arts organization. The mural covers a building’s wall at 859 North 15th St., just a few blocks away from “Dixie Hummingbirds Way” at 15th & Poplar Sts. In 1988, the Dixie Hummingbirds were honored by the Philadelphia Music Alliance with a bronze plaque along the Walk of Fame.

Most people know the Dixie Hummingbirds’ melodious voices from when they backed up Paul Simon on his 1973 hit “Love Me Like a Rock,” and their own version of the song, recorded at Philadelphia’s legendary Sigma Sound Studios with Stevie Wonder and Paul Simon, that later won them a GRAMMY® Award for Best Soul Gospel Performance.

The Dixie Hummingbirds were the subjects of the critically-acclaimed 1995 film directed by Ashley James, We Love You Like a Rock. In 2000, they were ceremoniously deemed a "national treasure" by the National Endowment for the Arts at the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. That same year, the Dixie Hummingbirds’ 1946 recording of “Amazing Grace” was inducted into the GRAMMY® Hall of Fame. One of their uniforms and GRAMMY award is on display at the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.
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