6.20.2019

WHAT'S BOOTSY COLLINS UP TO NOW?


Bootsy Collins Launches Bootzilla Records & Digs Deep into 50+ Years of Unreleased Archives. Bootzilla Records Archives, Volume 1 EP out June 28, 2019.

Watch Video for “Bootsy Play-Cation” (featuring The Rubber Band) Filmed in 2012, Previously Unreleased


Reissue LP My Mind Set Me Free: The House Guests Meet The Complete Strangers & Bootsy, Phelps & Gary out August 23 (Shake It! Records)


“Got my diamonds out of hock and I’m ready to funk!” says Bootsy Collins, who has launched his own label Bootzilla Records, the new home for Bootsy's personal archives and current projects. For over 50 years, Bootsy has collected music, collaborations, interviews, films and more, from his time with James Brown’s Original J.B.’s, Parliament-Funkadelic, Bootsy’s Rubber Band and beyond. On June 28, Bootzilla Records will release Bootzilla Records Archives, Volume 1, part of an ongoing series.

The House Guests

“We'll be sharing unreleased music from the past, music from the present, and music far into the future,” says Collins. “Let's just say that the Star-Gate has been opened, and the fountain of youth is pouring love, health and Bootsyful motivation across this nation. Stone-cold, funked-up history in the making!”


Bootzilla Records Archives, Vol. 1 track listing

Crushin' on U (featuring Ouiwey) - Recorded in 2018
Bootsy Play-Cation (featuring The Rubber Band) - Recorded in 2012
Z-Declassified (with Buckethead, Catfish Collins, Bernie Worrell,
Razor Sharp Johnson, Fred Wesley)
When I'm Dancing - Recorded in 2006
Nothin' but U (featuring Chew Fu)

My Mind Set Me Free: The House Guests Meet The Complete Strangers
& Bootsy, Phelps & Gary

For the first time ever as an official release, the House Guests’ complete recordings will be available on August 23 (Cincinnati’s Shake It! Records).

The nine-track collection of obscure singles titled My Mind Set Me Free: The House Guests Meet The Complete Strangers & Bootsy, Phelps & Gary will be released as a limited-edition LP and all formats.

An invaluable if an unsung piece of funk history, The House Guests - Bootsy with Phelps “Catfish” Collins (guitar), Frank “Kash” Waddy (drums), Clayton “Chicken” Gunnells (trumpet) and Rufus Allen (vocals)- are the link between the Original JB’s and Funkadelic.

Catfish Collins & Bootsy Collins

Many, many ecstatic concertgoers, as well as two of the greatest bandleaders in the history of R&B, soul, and rock, have wanted the House Guests, albeit not necessarily by that name. When James Brown wanted them, they were called the Pacemakers; when Brown employed them on some of his most important and influential hits, they were known as the Original JB’s; and when the Motor City visionary George Clinton recruited them, they came to be known as Funkadelic.

Later, they developed a groundbreaking school of psychedelic space-funk as the Complete Strangers and, finally, Bootsy’s Rubber Band.

But for a brief, fleeting moment of divine semi-obscurity, at home in funk-rich Ohio and on the great American road, they were the House Guests. “Couldn’t nobody tell us we weren’t doing it right, because we didn’t really care,” Bootsy recalls today, bursting into one of his spirit-filling laughs.


“We just loved what we were doing, we loved each other and we loved traveling. We were just having a great time. And it all showed in the music.”

The House Guests track listing
My Mind Set Me Free
What So Never to Dance
Fun in Your Thang Pt. 1
Fun in Your Thang Pt. 2
House Guest Girls
Be Right Back
Say Something Good
Together
Love and Understanding

More information on The House Guests can be found here.

6.17.2019

PHENOMENA'S ANTHOLOGY CELEBRATES 25TH ANNIVERSARY!


Phenomena’s Anthology Features the Best and the Rarest Tracks From the Original Trilogy – Out Now!

This 25TH ANNIVERSARY compilation has been fully endorsed by Tom Galley, who personally compiled the track list.




Featuring special guests:
Glenn Hughes
John Wetton
Brian May
Cozy Powell
Mel Galley
Neil Murray
Ric Sanders
John Thomas
Ted McKenna
Keith Murrell

This BEST OF compilation features the #1 HIT SINGLE ‘Did It All For Love’ sung by John Wetton.

This compilation also features final mixes of the RARE tracks ‘Assassins in the Night’, ‘Running with the Pack’ and ‘Stealing Heaven’.

The rare 12” Remix of ‘Did It All For Love’ is included along with a PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED 12” Remix of ‘Still The Night’.

6.13.2019

WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ACOUSTIC AND ELECTRIC VIOLIN?


Knowing the difference between an acoustic violin and its electric version can help you take advantage of the best instrument as a string musician. This is a crucial step in improving your skills while achieving advanced status as a violinist. In addition, you can discover other essential techniques that will help you build a successful career in music.

Acoustic Violin Details

Acoustic violins have a hollow structure to increase vibrations of violin strings. They are designed with a sound box to naturally amplify sounds when the strings vibrate against each other. You hear the sound right from the time it is played. However, for many people, it’s more difficult to play an acoustic violin than its electric counterpart.

The best advantage of acoustic violins from electric versions is the weight. Obviously, an acoustic instrument is more lightweight and manageable due to its traditional construction. You only have to carry a 480-gram classical violin when you choose the acoustic model. Plus, its natural amplification produces more classical tone than the electric amplification.

Electric Violin Details

On the other hand, electric violins have a solid structure in order to boost amp for better sound quality. They don’t have a sound box, but they are created with an external device like speakers or amp so that the sound will be heard across the theater. Slight sound passes off from the instrument, but it’s barely audible.

With plenty of colors and designs, electric violins instill a new experience for modern string musicians. In fact, they amaze beginners and students who want to learn the art of playing stringed and bowed instruments like the violin. It opens possibilities that composers and violinists can explore so that new skills and techniques can be learned.

When it comes to the strings, classical violins only have 4 strings while the electric violins have more than 4 strings. In terms of design, acoustic violins have traditional styles and are unfortunately limited. But if you choose the electric violin, you can enjoy unlimited designs and sizes depending on your personal preferences.

Conclusion

When choosing a musical instrument, it’s important to consider what makes you feel more confident and comfortable. Violins have their own pros and cons for every purpose and use. If you think that an acoustic design is best for you, then go for it. But if you want to experiment and be modern, the electric violin can help you create interesting sounds.

6.12.2019

FULL STRAWBERRY MOON AND JUPITER JUNE 17 2019


This month's full moon occurs on Monday, June 17 at 4:31 a.m. EDT, but the moon will appear full the night before and after its peak to the casual observer, making for an extra special night show for Father's Day. June's full moon is known as the Strawberry Moon, though it has many other nicknames by different cultures. Read More

The next full moon will be:
Monday * 17 June 2019 * 4:30:40 am (EDT)
Moon sign: Sagittarius 25° 53'

In other time zones:

WELLINGTON = Monday * 17 June 2019 * 8:30:40 pm (NZST)
SYDNEY = Monday * 17 June 2019 * 6:30:40 pm (AEST)
TOKYO = Monday * 17 June 2019 * 5:30:40 pm (JST)
BEIJING = Monday * 17 June 2019 * 4:30:40 pm (CST)
BANGKOK = Monday * 17 June 2019 * 3:30:40 pm (ICT)
DELHI = Monday * 17 June 2019 * 2:00:40 pm (IST)
DUBAI = Monday * 17 June 2019 * 12:30:40 pm (GST)
MOSCOW = Monday * 17 June 2019 * 11:30:40 am (MSK)
BERLIN = Monday * 17 June 2019 * 10:30:40 am (CEST)
LAGOS = Monday * 17 June 2019 * 9:30:40 am (WAT)
LONDON = Monday * 17 June 2019 * 9:30:40 am (BST)
RIO = Monday * 17 June 2019 * 5:30:40 am (BRT)
SANTIAGO = Monday * 17 June 2019 * 4:30:40 am (CLT)
NEW YORK = Monday * 17 June 2019 * 4:30:40 am (EDT)
MEXICO CITY = Monday * 17 June 2019 * 3:30:40 am (CDT)
CALGARY = Monday * 17 June 2019 * 2:30:40 am (MDT)
LOS ANGELES = Monday * 17 June 2019 * 1:30:40 am (PDT)
ANCHORAGE = Monday * 17 June 2019 * 12:30:40 am (AKDT)
HONOLULU = Sunday * 16 June 2019 * 10:30:40 pm (HAST)

THE LAVENDER SCARE NEW DOCUMENTARY PREMIERES ON PBS JUNE 18


THE LAVENDER SCARE Premieres Nationwide on June 18 at 9:00PM on PBS re-airing on digital channels throughout June.

With the United States gripped in the panic of the 1950s Cold War, President Dwight D. Eisenhower deemed homosexuals to be “security risks” and vowed to rid the federal government of all employees discovered to be gay or lesbian.

Over the next four decades, the longest witch-hunt in American history, tens of thousands of government workers would lose their jobs for no reason other than their sexual orientation.


But the mass firings have an unintended effect: they stirred outrage in the gay community, helped ignite the gay rights movement, and thrust an unlikely hero into the forefront of the LGBTQ fight for equality.

Partly based on the award-winning book by historian David K. Johnson, THE LAVENDER SCARE illuminates a little-known chapter of American history and serves as a timely reminder of the value of vigilance and social action when civil liberties are under attack.

Director Josh Howard is a producer and broadcast executive with more than 25 years of experience in news and documentary production. He has been honored with 24 Emmy Awards, mostly for his work on the CBS News broadcast 60 Minutes.


AUDIBLE BRINGS STAN LEE'S ALLIANCES" A TRICK OF LIGHT TO DETROIT!


Audible brings an exclusive early listen of the highly anticipated Audible Original, Stan Lee’s Alliances: A Trick of Light, performed by Yara Shahidi, to local comic book store, Vault of Midnight (1226 Library Street, Detroit, MI 48226), enabling local store-goers to be among the very first to hear the audio event of the summer – one of Stan Lee’s final collaborations - weeks before its official release!

A Trick of Light, written by Stan Lee and Kat Rosenfield, created by Stan Lee, Luke Lieberman and Ryan Silbert, and performed by Yara Shahidi (Black-ish, The Sun is Also a Star) is a first-of-its-kind audio storytelling event that invites listeners to unleash the power of their own imagination, and bring to life an epic origin story featuring brand-new superheroes set within a tech-centric, highly-connected world, unnervingly reminiscent of our own (full synopsis).

The audio will exclusively play in-store beginning on Monday, June 10th leading up to the Thursday, June 27th premiere date. A limited amount of A Trick of Light posters and stickers will also be given to the store for customers.

6.11.2019

HANK WILLIAMS MADE HIS GRAND OLE OPRY DEBUT JUNE 11 1949


In the tragically short life of country legend Hank Williams, Sr., there were many broken relationships, both personal and professional, that resulted from his self-destructive behavior. One such relationship was with the most important institution in his chosen field: The Grand Ole Opry.

Shortly before it cost him his life, Hank’s drinking cost him his membership in the Opry, just three years after his triumphant debut. That debut, however, remains one of the most famous in the history of the live country-music performance program broadcast weekly on WSN Nashville since 1925.


Hank Williams took to the microphone for his Grand Ole Opry debut on June 11, 1949, electrifying a live audience at Ryman Auditorium that called Williams out for six encores and had to be implored not to call him out for more in order to allow the rest of the show to go on.



Hank Williams was only 25 years old when he was invited to appear for the first time on the Grand Ole Opry. As a young man growing up dirt poor in southern Alabama, he began supporting his family at the age of seven by shining shoes and selling peanuts, but by 14 at least, he was already performing as a professional musician. Read More

HALSTON: THE RISE AND FALL OF A CELEBRITY DESIGN ICON


America’s first superstar designer, Halston rose to international fame in the 1970s, creating an empire and personifying the dramatic social and sexual revolution of the last century. Reaching beyond the glitz and glamour, acclaimed filmmaker Frédéric Tcheng reveals Halston’s profound impact on fashion, culture, and business.

HALSTON The new documentary film captures the epic sweep of the life and times of the legendary designer Roy Halston Frowick, the man who set women free with his unstructured designs and strove to “dress all of America."


Framing the story as an investigation featuring actress and writer Tavi Gevinson as a young archivist diving into the Halston company records, Tcheng expertly weaves rare archival footage and intimate interviews with Halston’s family, friends, and collaborators including Jacqueline Kennedy, Liza Minelli, Andy Warhol, and Iman.

What results is a behind-the-headlines look into the thrilling struggle between Halston’s artistic legacy and the pressures of big business.



DIRECTED BY: Frédéric Tcheng
FEATURING: Tavi Gevinson
ORIGINAL INTERVIEWS WITH: Liza Minnelli, Marisa Berenson, Joel Schumacher, Gino Balsamo, Karen Bjornson, Walter Bregman, Alva Chinn, Pat Cleveland, Bob Colacello, Fred Dennis, Carl Epstein, Tom Fallon, Don Friese, Lesley Frowick, R. Couri Hay, Sassy Johnson, Naeem Khan, Malcolm “Nick” Lewin, Michael Lichtenstein, Podie Lynch, Patricia Mears, Nancy North, Michael Pellegrino, John David Ridge, Faye Robson, Fred Rottman, Joel Smilow, Paul Wilmot, Jeffrey Wirsing, Peter Wise, Lisa Zay

WEBSITE: http://www.halston.film
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/halstonfilm
TWITTER: https://twitter.com/halstonfilm
INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/halstonfilm


Prodigiously talented, Halston reigned over fashion in the 1970s and became a household name. But everything changed in the Wall Street era. With his empire under threat, Halston took the biggest gamble of his life.


Fame from a Pillbox Hat

Born in 1932 in Des Moines, Iowa, Halston was the son of James Edward Frowick and his wife Halle Mae. His given name was Roy Halston Frowick, but his family always referred to him with his middle name so as not to confuse him with his Uncle Roy.

Later moving to Indiana at the age of ten, the family was not aware that in the not so distant future, Halston would be one of America’s most influential designers, creating outfits for such notable names like Liza Minnelli, Jackie Kennedy, Elizabeth Taylor, Rita Hayworth, and Bianca Jagger.



6.10.2019

6 QUESTIONS WITH ARTIST/PAINTER JOHNNY BEE BADANJEK!


In the top 2 of my favorite legendary rock drummers, Johnny Bee Badanjek (Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels, Edgar Winter, The Rockets, Alice Cooper, Dr. John, Albert King, Nils Lofgren, The Romantics) is also a very accomplished artist/painter.

"The Pipe Smokers Go Stark Raving Mad." 

Bee's work has been featured at Art Prize in Grand Rapids and many other galleries. I really enjoy his work and am excited that Detroiters will get an opportunity to see Bee and his art on display this coming August 2-31 at the Detroit Artist Market. 

Was thinking the other night that I really don't know much about Bee's art process and this new 6 question Q&A was the result. Thanks, BEE!!

Self Portrait

RK: Who are some of your personal art heroes?

BEE: Art is a long history! There may be hundreds of painters I like, but I'll just name a few. Caravaggio, Eugene Delacroix, Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Arshile Gorky, Jackson Pollack,
Willem De Kooning, Joan Mitchell.

Chaålis Abbey

RK: What are your top 5 favorite tools to work with?

BEE: I work in Oil and Acrylic Paint. Prismacolor Pencils, Black Ink, and Pastels.


RK: What motivates you to paint?

BEE: I always liked drawing as a kid. And I thought that I would be an artist. But I started playing the drums and got sidetracked for fifty years before I came back to art. I think it's (art) just something you have to do. In order to be a real artist, you have to close the door and throw your bank book away. And become an Isolated stranger to the rest of the world. " Painters are like magicians of Insecurity."


RK: Do you sketch first or paint straight to canvas?

BEE: I do both. Sketching helps the mind loosen up and start ideas flowing. And other times you just start painting and see what comes out. Most of the time you end up in a different place from where you started.


RK: What artist/genre do you most identify with?

RK: I like artists from the Mid-century who came from the New York School. Abstract Expressionists! I would say my painting is like an Abstract-Figuration with squiggles and scumbling!

Transcendental

RK: What’s your favorite of your artwork

BEE: I have a few favorites. (1.) "The Boy With The Moon Rock Eyes." (2.) "A Small Utopia (Portrait Of Mary Cobra." (3.) "The Pipe Smokers Go Stark Raving Mad." (4.) "Erasing A Cobra With Moon On A String." (5.) "The Artist And His Mother."


NEW SINGLE FROM AERONAUTICAL ENGINEER/MUSIC PRODUCER DR CHRISPY


San Francisco, CA – DR CHRISPY (aka Dr. Chris Boshuizen) is an award-winning aeronautical engineer, music producer, and songwriter who has spent the last 16 years tragically torn between two loves: Music and Space Exploration.

His new single “VOYAGER AT THE HELIOPAUSE” will release online everywhere music is streamed and sold on June 14, 2019. The single is a tribute to the NASA Voyager spacecraft that launched in 1977 and returns stunning images from our solar system that inspired Chris to pursue his passion for space.

Accompanied by a music video featuring historically accurate animated recreations of those classic images, “VOYAGER AT THE HELIOPAUSE” is a soothing and ambient electro space jazz track.

DR CHRISPY runs his home studio in San Francisco where he is actively writing and recording new music. DR CHRISPY’s first full-length album VHS released in 2018 and was widely praised by national and international reviewers.


A collection of mostly instrumental tracks, Chris began writing VHS in 2003 while traveling as an aerospace engineer. The tracks were written all around the world and capture the vibe of each place and moment in time.

Having worked at NASA for almost five years inventing new kinds of spacecraft, Chris went on to cofound the company Planet Labs, which launched and monitors over 200 spacecraft that create a daily map of the global environment.

During all this, Chris spent nearly every spare moment writing music on the one instrument he always had with him: his laptop. Much of his music was written at airports or on planes, and over a 16-year period, he has amassed an impressive catalog of material with over 300 tracks.


Wanting to get some of his music out to the world, Chris decided to pursue his art full-time, adopting the nickname “Chrispy” that was given to him by his NASA co-workers. Unlike other notable “doctors” in the music industry, DR CHRISPY has a Ph.D. in Physics, and in 2014 he won the Advance Global Award for being the Greatest Australian Not Living in Australia.

Chris bought his own computer in 1998, but using it for homework was an afterthought. Instead, he built an audio workstation complete with an 8-channel studio sound card and mixing desk and set out to learn studio engineering and mixing.

He also took up frequent guitar lessons, but over time his music workstation was replaced with a laptop, and as his space career took off, Chris naturally developed a new habit of producing electronic music while traveling. After completing his Ph.D. in Physics at the University of Sydney he found a position at NASA Ames Research Center in Northern California, one of NASA’s 10 centers around the US.

There Chris worked on several fascinating projects, including a lunar lander, an electric airplane, and he also co-invented the world’s smallest satellite called PhoneSat.

With the success of PhoneSat, Chris and his friends were emboldened to try something ambitious, so they left NASA to start Planet Labs.

Today Planet Labs has launched over 200 satellites that were designed under Chris’s leadership. Leveraging his years of experience with computer music, Chris has taught the introductory workshop on electronic music production at the last two annual Taxi Road Rallies in Los Angeles.

Chris has no regrets about pursuing his space career but always felt music would one day become his focus. With a lifetime of music production experience and a lower-stress job that afforded him a bit more free time, he assumed his alter-ego as DR CHRISPY and suddenly entered a prolific phase of writing with the feeling he now had something to say.



DR CHRISPY’s goal as an artist is to connect music and tech while bringing a message of hope and empowerment to his audience.

In 2016, DR CHRISPY began creating lyrical songs in addition to his instrumental music. This material will be released on his next album project. Chris still hopes one day to take himself beyond the Earth’s atmosphere and feels he still has the passion to start another space company one day.

You can catch more of Chris’s space and technology thoughts on his personal twitter account at twitter.com/cboshuizen.

“VOYAGER AT THE HELIOPAUSE” will release online everywhere music is streamed and sold on June 14, 2019.

For more information about DR CHRISPY please visit: http://drchrispy.com/ or https://drchrispy.bandcamp.com/album/vhs

6.09.2019

RELEASE OF LESLIE VAN HOUTEN OVERRULED BY GOVERNOR AGAIN!


Associated Press, last Monday governor Gavin Newsom overruled a parole board’s January decision to free Van Houten, after former governor Jerry Brown denied her release twice in previous years.

“While I commend Ms. Van Houten for her efforts at rehabilitation and acknowledge her youth at the time of the crimes, I am concerned about her role in these killings and her potential for future violence,” Newsom wrote in his decision, according to the AP.

“Ms. Van Houten was an eager participant in the killing of the LaBiancas and played a significant role,” he added.



A former homecoming princess, Van Houten was convicted — along with other members of Charles Manson‘s “family” — of the brutal 1969 slayings of Los Angeles grocer Leno LaBianca and his wife, Rosemary. She was 19 and the youngest of the group at the time.

OHIO DOCTOR CHARGED WITH MURDERING PATIENTS WITH FENTANYL

Husel after he made his 1 million dollar bail

CBS NEWS — An Ohio doctor has been charged with murder in the overdose deaths of 25 patients. Authorities said the deaths of the victims, who were between 37 and 85 years old, were intentional.

First, Dr. William Husel lost his job, then his right to practice medicine and now he could lose his freedom. At his arraignment, his coat and tie were replaced with handcuffs and a jailhouse jumpsuit, in keeping with someone who stands accused of murdering 25 of his own patients, one of the biggest homicide cases in U.S. history.



Prosecutors said the 43-year-old doctor knowingly ordered potentially lethal doses of the painkiller fentanyl for those patients, with no other purpose than to hasten their deaths. His arrest followed a six-month criminal investigation.

"This breach of a doctor's oath is vile and worthy of today's actions and that begins the process of holding this accused killer criminally accountable," said Columbus Police Chief Tom Quinlan.

Investigators found Husel ordered doses that were 10, 20 and even 40 times more than deemed appropriate, often after telling a family member their seriously ill loved one was actually brain dead.

TOY STORY 4 PREMIERES JUNE 21!


Toy Story 4

Woody (voice of Tom Hanks) has always been confident about his place in the world, and that his priority is taking care of his kid, whether that’s Andy or Bonnie. So when Bonnie’s beloved new craft-project-turned-toy, Forky (voice of Tony Hale), declares himself as “trash” and not a toy, Woody takes it upon himself to show Forky why he should embrace being a toy.

But when Bonnie takes the whole gang on her family’s road trip excursion, Woody ends up on an unexpected detour that includes a reunion with his long-lost friend Bo Peep (voice of Annie Potts). After years of being on her own, Bo’s adventurous spirit and life on the road belie her delicate porcelain exterior. As Woody and Bo realize they’re worlds apart when it comes to life as a toy, they soon come to find that’s the least of their worries.


Grab a kid or two and go see Toy Story 4. The kiddie movies that adults love as well. New characters we really look forward to seeing more of are  Ducky and Bunny voiced by the fun duo Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele. We loved them in Fargo1.

Check them out here..Loved this clip



Lots of new cast members for T4: Betty White (Bitey White), Carol Burnett (Chairol Burnett), Keanu Reeves, Christina Hendricks, and more. See full cast & crew

Catch up on the first 3 Toy Story movies:

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