5.07.2021

TAINTED LOVE NEW RELEASE! 40 YEAR CELEBRATION OF SOFT CELL'S HIT

SOFT CELL Celebrate 40 Years Of TAINTED LOVE With Special Collector’s Single Release!

Los Angeles, CA - The year was 1981 and British synth pop duo Soft Cell had just watched their debut single “Memorabilia” fail to chart. Feeling the pressure from their label, the band went for broke with a risky maneuver, releasing their downtempo cover version of a 1964 Northern Soul tune by Gloria Jones called “Tainted Love.” The gamble paid off as the single rocketed to the top of the charts, becoming the best-selling single in the UK for that year as well as helping make their debut album Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret one of the most iconic synthpop albums of all-time!

Now, in celebration of the single’s 40th anniversary, a special collector’s limited edition vinyl EP is being released. Featuring a recently recorded version of the song produced by versatile German producer/artist Jürgen Engler of Die Krupps, this deluxe single release also includes a stunning, never-before-released acapella mix that showcases Marc Almond’s brilliant voice and several remixes including a brand new one from producer DJ Hell. And as a special bonus treat, the release also features a fantastic bonus track, a rare duet between Almond and Andi Sex Gang from 1983!

Tainted Love will be available for a limited time only on 12” colored vinyl in a gatefold jacket, 7” colored vinyl, digipak CD, and on digital platforms everywhere!

Order the 12” vinyl: https://cleorecs.com/store/shop/soft-cell-tainted-love-limited-edition-colored-vinyl/

Order the 7” vinyl: https://cleorecs.com/store/shop/soft-cell-tainted-love-limited-edition-pink-7-vinyl/

Order the CD: https://cleorecs.com/store/shop/soft-cell-tainted-love-cd/

Stream/download the digital version:https://orcd.co/soft_cell_tainted_love

More buying options: https://recordstoreday.com/UPC/889466228513

12” Track List:
SIDE A
1. Tainted Love (2021 Mix by Jürgen Engler)
2. Tainted Love (Instrumental Mix)
3. Tainted Love (Acapella Mix)

SIDE B
1. Tainted Love (DJ Hell Remix)
2. Tainted Love (2019 Remix)
3. Tainted Love (Club Crasher Remix)
4. The Hungry Years - Marc Almond & Andi Sex Gang

7” Track List:
SIDE A
Tainted Love (2021 Mix by Jürgen Engler)

SIDE B
The Hungry Years - Marc Almond & Andi Sex Gang

5.03.2021

DETROIT TV LEGEND: JOHNNY GINGER WAS MY FAVORITE

Johnny Ginger

Johnny Ginger (Galen Grindle) was born in Toledo, Ohio. His parents, Ray and Edna, were a Vaudeville family act performing at the Paramount Theater in Toledo. His brother, Kenny, was a tap dancer in the family act. One day they brought little Johnny up onstage to sing "Sonny Boy" and he was an instant hit. As a teen he performed stand-up comedy in clubs all over Toledo, Detroit, and Canada.

Walter Brennan and Johnny Ginger

Johnny had been working as a comedian under the name Jerry Gale when he auditioned to present a program for WXYZ-TV based around re-runs of The Three Stooges. Given the role, WXYZ vice president John Pival insisted that he work under the name Johnny Ginger, the name is taken from a bottle of Johnny Bull Ginger Beer.


Ginger's afternoon show, Curtain Time Theater (which was always pronounced "Thee-A-ter"), entertained kids from 1957 to 1960 on WXYZ-TV Channel 7.

Johnny Carson and Johnny Ginger

The live portions of the show were broadcast all around the television station, with Ginger in his janitor costume of bib-overalls and driving cap. By the early 1960s Johnny adapted a new character inspired by the Jerry Lewis film The Bellboy, that of the head bellboy at the Rocky Plaza Hotel, run by Mr. Rocky. Johnny did every voice on his show. Soupy had a support team...Johnny wrote and performed the show entirely alone.  The show became The Johnny Ginger Show.

Stage Hand/Janitor and Bellboy

He introduced a new generation of kids to The Three Stooges and even played the part of Billy The Kid in the Stooges last film, The Outlaws Is Coming.


Johnny Ginger was in my opinion, the REAL DEAL...He didn't fake it for the kids..we knew he genuinely cared about his little fans. Johnny and I have been talking a lot by phone and he has told me many times how outraged he felt seeing other celebrities mistreat their fans.  He has never disrespected one of his fans.


He visited many sick children in hospitals on his own time and dime. You can see the genuine concern in his face for this little girl in the photo above. My sister Patti and I watched his show every day before school for years.. all my school friends did too.  Lots of the boys tried to copy his dance moves and comic style but there is only one Johnny Ginger..



Johnny told me that he does write his shows in advance but they flow like improvisation.  His mind works faster than any normal humorist.  In Johnny's world, he plays all the roles.. The voices just flow into each other as do his songs.

Johnny was close friends with Soupy Sales..It took a while for Soupy to warm up to the seriously funny and energetic young Johnny.  Some serious competition me thinks...But eventually, they performed together a lot.

Johnny does a great impression of Soup..



Johnny was a real-life gunslinger... he was a 45 quick draw champion....He is so great in western parts.


Johnny left Detroit for Hollywood and appeared on a great episode of The Rifleman.

Obviously I am not one of the boys in the photo below but that is what we did back then... we sat on the floor as close as we could get to the TV.  No wonder we're all blind now!


Kevin, Randy, and Rocky Grindle top 3 of Johnny's sons.

The many kiddie shows back in this time were vehicles to promote cartoons and products.  We suffered through pitch after pitch to get to the cartoon. Mickey Mouse Club was really tough to watch.. We loved the Disney cartoons so we watched patiently to see them. With Johnny Ginger we really found him interesting and funny! We endured the cartoons to get to back to watching Johnny! Truth!



The Johnny Ginger Show was canceled in 1968. Ginger went on to host Captain Detroit for WKBD-TV.

 Always cool...Johnny Ginger

Johnny lives in his hometown in Toledo now and is very close with his 7 kids! OY... They love him dearly as do I. He and I get on the phone for hours and crack each other up!  I laugh out LOUD at him still! Hardly anything makes me really crack up but Johnny stills does such fun streaming routines...

At the end of every Johnny Ginger show, he signed off with goodbye to Mom, Dad, Patti and All... We all thought he was talking to us. Me especially having a sister named Patti. 



SEE YOU REAL SOON JOHNNY!! WE ALL LOVE YOU XK

5.02.2021

CBD AND YOGA: PERFECT BLEND FOR IMPROVING HEALTH

Yoga and meditation uplift you on a spiritual note and keep the external distractions away. With regular yoga practice, you can enhance the mindset and overcome your fears. Also, it helps in limiting the distractions and makes you focus on the task at hand. With a better body to mind connection, you are likely to embrace life in the present moment without being a slave of the past. In case you’re a yoga enthusiast who wishes to progress on the path further, consider the natural herbs and supplements. With the best CBD gummies to improve sleep, you can accelerate the spiritual progress and achieve the desired results much faster.

Here are the top reasons to combine your yoga practice with some nutritious and effective herbal remedies like cannabis.

May Enhance Concentration Levels

With regular yoga sessions, you can calm your mind and achieve stable psychological health. The small movements and breathing exercises ensure a well-balanced cognition and aid in proper mindfulness. On top of this, cannabis therapy aids in better focus and keeps the external distractions at bay. It contains high levels of endocannabinoids that act on your brain and stimulate the neurological pathways. Further, the chemicals boost the levels of dopamine and enhance memory. Along with this, it works on the focus and allows you to focus on the essential tasks.



Can Improve Sleep Quality

Psychological ailments can affect your sleep duration and lead to sleep disorders in the long run. In case you suffer from anxiety or depression, you must stick to regular yoga practices. It helps in reducing the levels of stress hormones like cortisol and induces a sense of well-being. Also, yoga asanas incorporate flexibility and rectify your sleep cycle. You can combine your yoga practice with cannabis extracts to boost your sleep quality. Along with this, it can enhance the levels of melatonin and correct your sleep cycle. Try out the cannabis strains that lead to a refreshing, consistent, and gratifying sleep routine.

May Stabilize Your Mood

One of the best ways to uplift your mood and stay away from mood swings is through mindfulness. You must stick to regular yoga sessions to boost your personality. Also, you might consider cannabis supplements to uplift your mood and ensure a stable mindset. The active components present in cannabis act on the 5-HT receptors and increase the levels of several neurotransmitters. As the levels of serotonin increase, you may experience contentment and mood stability in the long run. You can go for an Interest free credit card. Don’t forget to incorporate cannabis extracts in your daily routine for maximum benefits.
Final Verdict

Yoga is a spiritual practice that enhances your focus, flexibility and curbs stressful reactions and Total Shape of your body. It helps you build up a body to mind connection and works upon the awareness aspects. Also, you are likely to gain better confidence and physiological well-being with regular yoga and meditation. All you need to do is combine the yoga sessions with cannabis extracts to achieve the maximum results. It acts on your brain’s receptors and increases self-awareness. Furthermore, it can enhance your ability to tolerate stress and come out with better endurance. Don’t forget to fetch reliable cannabis strains to boost your physical as well as psychological well-being.

4.25.2021

KEN SETTLE PHOTOGRAPHED CHRIS CORNELL'S LAST SHOW IN DETROIT


Last night I was watching Autopsy: The Last Hours of...with my favorite Medical Examiner Dr. Michael Hunter. I happened to turn it on right when the episode featuring the sad suicide of Soundgarden's lead singer and guitarist Chris Cornell

Dr. Michael Hunter

Autopsy: The Last Hours interviewed our pal Detroit Rock Photographer Ken Settle. Ken photographed that last Soundgarden show in Detroit at the Fox Theater.  


I hadn't realized that Ken Settle was at that last Soundgarden show.  After I finished watching the episode I found Ken online and we chatted a bit about his thoughts about that night.


RK Ken, how did you come to be interviewed on the Autopsy show?

KS  A day or two after that show, it became known that I photographed Chris's last show. I started being asked to do interviews about that experience, including Billboard Magazine, Rolling Stone, and the BBC for a radio show. 


The producers for Autopsy in researching for the show saw my photos from the show and the interviews that I had done. They asked me if I would do an interview for the episode they were putting together. 

I suggested to them that a good place to shoot the interview would be at The Fillmore Detroit (once known as The State Theatre), because it was the first theatre headlining show that Soundgarden did in Detroit was there. 

Ben Doughty, who was a good friend, and also the general manager at the Fillmore, organized the interview for 8 am on March 21, 2018.

We actually did that interview right on the same stage that Chris graced in the early days, with Soundgarden. 

I still can't think about that show, or Chris, without getting really emotional.

The man put his entire soul into every performance and when you look back at it, it seemed that he was telling his own story in the songs of Soundgarden. 


I STILL feel that Chris showed moments of pure joy on stage that final night like I had never seen him do before. I felt it when I was photographing him. Although some moments he also seemed REALLY very insular and deep into his own thoughts on stage that night as well. It was such a tragedy. A very sad tragedy that we lost him that young. He was a once in a lifetime singer and such a great guy.

After it was on the news that Chris had died, fans came by The Fox Theatre and had a vigil and left tributes to his memory. Here are some photos of that.




RK Thanks for sharing your experience and photos with us Ken!

PINK SUPER MOON MONDAY APRIL 26


The first supermoon of 2021 will be an April ‘Pink’ moon.  

On Monday, April 26th the very first super moon of the season will emerge in the night sky.

The April supermoon of 2021 will reach its fullest phase at 11:31 p.m. Eastern time on Monday, April 26. The big moon will start to rise in the east-southeastern sky in the New York City region at 7:24 p.m. Monday and will set in the west-southwestern sky at 6:26 a.m. Tuesday, according to TimeAndDate.com

This moon is referred to as the “pink” moon since it’s a full moon occurring within the month of April and commemorates the start of when many pink, spring flowers start to bloom. According to the Farmer’s Almanac, it’s named after the wildflower native to eastern North America known as the Phlox subulata, or “moss pink.”

WELLINGTON = Tuesday * 27 April 2021 * 3:31:32 pm (NZST)
SYDNEY = Tuesday * 27 April 2021 * 1:31:32 pm (AEST)
TOKYO = Tuesday * 27 April 2021 * 12:31:32 pm (JST)
BEIJING = Tuesday * 27 April 2021 * 11:31:32 am (CST)
BANGKOK = Tuesday * 27 April 2021 * 10:31:32 am (ICT)
DELHI = Tuesday * 27 April 2021 * 9:01:32 am (IST)
DUBAI = Tuesday * 27 April 2021 * 7:31:32 am (GST)
MOSCOW = Tuesday * 27 April 2021 * 6:31:32 am (MSK)
BERLIN = Tuesday * 27 April 2021 * 5:31:32 am (CEST)
LAGOS = Tuesday * 27 April 2021 * 4:31:32 am (WAT)
LONDON = Tuesday * 27 April 2021 * 4:31:32 am (BST)
RIO = Tuesday * 27 April 2021 * 12:31:32 am (BRT)
SANTIAGO = Monday * 26 April 2021 * 11:31:32 pm (CLT)
NEW YORK = Monday * 26 April 2021 * 11:31:32 pm (EDT)
MEXICO CITY = Monday * 26 April 2021 * 10:31:32 pm (CDT)
CALGARY = Monday * 26 April 2021 * 9:31:32 pm (MDT)
LOS ANGELES = Monday * 26 April 2021 * 8:31:32 pm (PDT)
ANCHORAGE = Monday * 26 April 2021 * 7:31:32 pm (AKDT)
HONOLULU = Monday * 26 April 2021 * 5:31:32 pm (HAST)

4.17.2021

PROCOL HARUM NEW EP: MISSING PERSONS (ALIVE FOREVER)


Music Legends Procol Harum To Release New EP “Missing Persons”

Esoteric Antenna label is pleased to announce the release of a new CD EP by the legendary PROCOL HARUM.

“Missing Persons” was completed during the lockdown, after founder and lead singer Gary Brooker rediscovered a CD of rough mixes of two studio tracks the band had laid down during a previous session. “They weren’t written last week, neither are they old,” says Gary, but the precise date of the original recordings remains a mystery. With the world locked down Gary and the band revisited these tracks and they now proudly sit alongside the band’s venerable catalog.

The title track “Missing Persons (Alive Forever)” is a particularly poignant and emotive song, and a fine example of the musical tradition of Procol Harum. Gary adds: “Keith Reid’s lyrics sound incredibly apt for the time we’re living in, this is the sound of Procol Harum today.” The EP’s other new song “War Is Not Healthy” is also a touching observation of war and its impact on humanity.

This is Procol Harum at their timeless best.



(Photo by Deacon Comms)

Procol Harum
Gary Brooker (vocals, piano)
Geoff Whitehorn (guitar)
Josh Phillips (organ)
Geoff Dunn (drums)
Matt Pegg (bass)

Tracklist
1. Missing Persons (Alive Forever)
2. War Is Not Healthy
3. Missing Persons (Alive Forever) (Edited Version)



To pre-order: https://www.cherryred.co.uk/product/procol-harum-missing-persons-alive-forever-ep/

For more information: https://www.procolharum.com/

4.12.2021

BATHROOM TILES KNOWN FOR THEIR ELEGANCE


Though there are plenty of areas to focus on when it comes to creating a lovely house. However, bathrooms are the smallest ones among all, and without any doubt, they receive the most attention. Nowadays, they are just not only meant for taking a shower; they have become a place of comfort and relaxation. This is why people have now started taking ideas that are rustic, elegant, contemporary, kitschy, or retro.

But how can one achieve any of these styles and moods? Well, porcelain tiles have always been in the limelight. The so-called chameleon in the tile world is known for delivering a marble finish look with a lot less worry and maintenance. Not only this, the tile option is a popular choice as they are highly water and stain-resistant. Sounds great, right?

Looking forward to the marketplace trends, then countless designs are inspired by fashion runways, animal prints, fabrics, and exotic locales. For instance, an Ice Blue Arabesque Glossy Porcelain Tile is a perfect reflection of the Moroccan style highly adopted by architects in the world. Want to know more in detail? Here’s a quick review of the two most famous types of porcelain tiles. Take a look.

They normally come in the glazed and through-bodied form. The glazed ones have more of a hard finish or a wear layer that is normally colored. Known for being dense and durable, they are available in a wide range of designs and colors. Whereas the through-bodied tiles are more scratches and chip styles. They don’t hold any sort of glaze on them and are highly recommended for countertops, walls, and floors.

Know what to consider while finding the most ideal porcelain tile for your bathrooms.

The foremost thing to focus on is to know whether they are tough enough or not. Wondering why? Because porcelain tiles are known for standing up with heavy foot traffic and bearing all the water flashes for years and years.

The very next thing is to understand how to properly clean them. Not to worry, as they are much easier to maintain and clean with time. Just moisten, sweep, or simply vacuum them twice a month. Always keep in mind that porcelain tiles are not meant to be cleaned with some sort of scouring pads or steel wools.

Now, what is the biggest mistake that most people make with these tiles is not paying attention to the underlayment. Porcelain tiles are generally installed on a compact subfloor that’s rigid and smooth as well. It can nimbly go with plywood, cemented base, or even a concrete slab.

Lastly, the only lowdown is that these specific tiles are a perfect mix of minerals and clays that are definitely fired at extremely acute temperatures. That’s why they are found to be denser and harder than the ceramic tiles available in the market. What else makes them popular enough is that they prevent any sort of odor, bacteria, or stain from building upon them. How can we forget to mention that the myriad of colors and designs deliver elegance to the whole space and that too at much cheaper prices?

Have you tried the on-trend of porcelain tiles for your bathroom?

3.25.2021

STREAMING PLATFORMS: THE BEST MARKETING TOOLS FOR THE MUSICIAN

Фотография: Caught In Joy. Источник: Unsplash.com

Now in the parliamentary proceedings against YouTube in the United Kingdom - in the situation of dissatisfaction with the level of payments from the largest video hosting site, lots of people are beginning to see it only as a tool for marketing and attracting the attention of listeners. Let's discuss whether this makes sense.

Nothing new

In the '30s and '40s, when the Western pop music industry was gaining momentum, a lot of writers and performers worried about technological innovations would only hurt their careers. There was nothing surprising about that - back then, producers would simply gather musicians in the studio, put on a couple of microphones, and ask them to play everything the way it usually sounded in concert. The recordings of the studio sessions really sold out quickly, so there was a risk of a decline in ticket sales for the performances - some of the audience lost interest in them and were satisfied with the material, which they could start and listen to on their own at any time.

That's why the unions defended the right to a steady income from recordings and tried to compensate for the losses from the lack of attendance at shows. But the labels were in no hurry to meet their demands, and there were strikes throughout the '40s. Unionists were forbidden to cooperate with record companies, but it was very difficult to influence the work of the latter. 

The labels had managed to restock before the conflict started, plus they were releasing hits of the previous years and working with the so-called "hillbillies", which were not part of the professional communities and could record where and how they saw fit. And not everything was banned: musicians came to play on the air of radio stations, recorded vocals, which was quite acceptable, and cooperated with government agencies (by the way, this is how the number of publications on V-Discs was increased in those years - these were records designed exclusively for members of the U.S. Armed Forces).


Just a couple of years after the strikes were over, twice as many records were sold - the demand for them certainly increased. It was not until 1948, when mass television was already in full swing, that the labels made some concessions, albeit very small ones in terms of compensation for musicians. The use and dissemination of musical creativity for commercial purposes was becoming ubiquitous, and the approach to compensation for authors and performers simply had to be reconsidered. They suffered the most from the strikes - the public listened to what the labels and radio stations put out, forgetting everything else.

As the former Coinbase engineer stressed in his blog, only those who staked on reaching the widest possible audience instead of fighting for a slight increase in the thickness of the wallet came out of the crisis situation with minimal losses.

What now?

History repeats itself almost completely. While some complain about the level of payments from streaming services and YouTube, others see their advantages in this platform, and others are looking for more profitable opportunities for themselves in the form of selling royalty free music on platforms like taketones.com. The most obvious is the opportunity to reach an audience of many millions with a total of two billion users. To help with the recommendation of content in this case are the algorithms of the platform, which in addition is still a free video hosting. With the help of potential flaws or without it, it is worth recognizing that YouTube dominates its niche and the music component is no exception. While 20 million people subscribed to the company's streaming service last February, the number of listeners increased by 50 percent over the next seven months. In this case, we are talking about regular payments, which means a likely increase in compensation for the streams. Representatives of the platform have already openly stated that in just four years YouTube will become a leader in this indicator.


Can authors and performers demand anything when a company provides them with such a massive infrastructure and opportunities? Many people bypass payment disputes and use their YouTube channels to promote their music on paid streaming services. For example, the authors of "lo-fi" compositions, who, according to the laws of the genre, cannot make money from advertising, do so.

So music on one streaming platform actually becomes a marketing tool for other tracks, performances, and merch. Another thing is that with the latter two points, things are not quite the way musicians would like them to be in the world. What in such a situation they can promote - apart from their own profiles on alternative platforms - and whether they can make money just by not letting their fans forget about them, as their colleagues did in the old days, it is still difficult to understand. Let's see how the situation is going to develop and analyze its dynamics in some time.

3.19.2021

SOLAR ECLIPSE OF THE SUN AND MOON


Solar Eclipse of the Sun and Moon

Have you ever experienced sudden darkness in the sky except the weather is not cloudy? Some of you may see it. For those who haven't experienced it, this article is for them. The sun doesn't have to get shadowed only by the clouds, the condition could be done by something else! Are you excited to know? Let's see how far we can go to the secret world of the sky.

The condition is called a solar eclipse. Do you know what is it?

What is Solar Eclipse?

At a particular time of each year, the moon comes between the Earth and the Sun. And the moon creates a shadow over the earth. Theoretically, this occurrence is a solar eclipse.

Usually, the situation happens at the phase of the new moon. The time when the moon passes directly between the two planets. The shadow of the moon casts over the earth. And the sun gets behind the moon. After that, we can’t see the sun under the moon's shadow. And the situation is scientifically called Solar Eclipse.

But the solar eclipse is not that simple process. We need to know more about it if anyone is interested to understand the world of the sky and its elements. There are various types of solar eclipse, and several factors are affecting the condition. People like to see and experience this type of event that happen rarely, solar eclipse tours is the best thing you must go at least once in your life.

Types of Solar Eclipse:

There are four types: Total Solar Eclipse, Annual Solar Eclipse, Partial Solar Eclipse and Hybrid Solar Eclipse

Of all solar eclipses-

Total solar eclipses are 28%;

35% are partial;

32% annular; 

5% are hybrids.

Total Solar Eclipse:


The total solar eclipse is called the happy moment of nature. Usually, the sun is four hundred times greater than our silvery moon. But, when the moon comes four hundred times closer to the Earth than the sun, the Total Solar Eclipse happens. The orbital planes intersect. The new moon completely covers the disk of the sun, so the sun can’t be visible from the earth.

The casting shadow are of two types-

Umbra: A dark and slander cone shape.

Penumbra: a light, funnel shape shadow.


A total solar eclipse happens on the Earth about every eighteen months. The time of the total solar eclipse may last as long as 7 minutes 31 seconds. The time may come much shorter.

Annular Solar Eclipse:

The Annual Solar Eclipse is another beautiful scenery to watch. And this is quite different from the firstly mentioned Total Solar Eclipse. It is different because half of the sun shows during the annual solar eclipse. The dark shadow of the moon's umbra can extend out for no longer than 235,700 miles. During the eclipse, the ant-umbra reaches the ground. And anyone looks up past either side of the umbra and sees the "ring of fire" around the moon.

The annual eclipse lasts for a maximum of 12 minutes 30 seconds.

Partial Solar Eclipse:


The Partial eclipse happens only the penumbra which is the partial shadow, passes over the sun. In this process, some part of the sun always remains in view. During the eclipse, how much of the sun people can see depends on some specific conditions. It lasts longer than above two solar eclipses.

Hybrid Solar Eclipse:

The Hybrid means it doesn't belong to only one. So, the Hybrid Solar Eclipse comes the same. The solar eclipse is called Annual-Total(A-T) Eclipse. This eclipse occurs when the distance of the moon is nearby. The A-T eclipse starts as an annular eclipse because the tip of the umbra falls short of making contact with Earth. Then the moon becomes total. Because the roundness of the planet reaches up. Then finally it returns to the annular toward the end of the path.

Don't and dos:

If you are so excited to watch the occurrence, make sure to use a protective eyeglass like lead glasses. Because watching with bare eyes can cause blindness. So, be careful about this!

Wrap up:


The solar eclipse is a natural occurrence. If you want to be the eye witness of history, don't miss the opportunity to watch the Solar Eclipse in the sky.

3.05.2021

HARRY BENNETT'S YPSILANTI CABIN Q&A WITH BOB FOX

Harry Bennett Cabin north of Ypsilanti (photo courtesy of Bob Fox)

Recently I received an interesting email from the current owner of the property where one of Harry Bennett's old cabins still stands. It is in terrible shape and the roof is gone, but still, it's another cool Harry Bennett/Henry Ford structure made of cement but created to look like logs.

The new owner found my other stories about Harry Bennett's buildings and contacted me to see if I had information on this old cabin. 

I did visit the cabin once back in the 1970s with my friend Pat Soraruf. So I had very few memories of the place. However, another friend of ours lived there for 3 years! So I found Bob Fox on Facebook. He graciously answered my questions for this post.

Retrokimmer Q&A with Bob Fox

RK:
  How did you find out about this cabin?

BF: New Year’s morning, 1969, after going to midnight mass and staying up all night, Pat Soraruf took me on a hike all the way from town to see this place that was hidden in a woods 1/2 mile from the nearest road. The door was open and inside there was an old couch. We built a fire in the fireplace to warm up and then fell asleep on the couch before walking back to town.

RK:  What were your first thoughts when you saw the cabin?

BF:
I loved the place. It was like being in a fairy tale. There were panels where the walls opened revealing hidden passages. And across the yard, the underground rooms were like the best forts a kid could ever build. It was also quiet there in the woods, making it feel like a place far -far away from all the troubles challenging teenaged life in the 60s.

RK: What were the coolest things about the cabin? Do you know when it was built?

Big Stone Fireplace

BF: The coolest thing was the architecture. The sculptured cement walls looked like logs complete with knots, bark, and growth rings. Also, the inside stonework and the woodwork (pine paneling) were top-notch. The higher one looks at the chimney over the fireplace, the bigger the stones get. Where the pine work met the stonework, the scribbled joinery was perfect. Eventually, I would learn how to do that, and I can’t ever do scribe work even now without thinking about those perfect fits at the cabin.

Floorplan by Bob Fox

RK: The worst things about living in the Cabin?

BF: The worst thing was not having electricity and running water, but those were also the things that made the place what it was. If the cabin had utilities, it wouldn’t have been available to me on my budget when I actually moved to the place 6 years later. I bought a generator, and eventually, with incredible do-it-yourself optimism, I got the well working again too. 

If I did it again now, I would call a well guy and throw down the credit card. There were two brick outhouses (octagon-shaped) that had toilets that were supposed to flush automatically when you stood up. Wish I had detailed photos of those. Anyway, I would run new plastic lines to those now and get it all working as fast as I could. Even as a kid, not having an outhouse and having to go in the woods was a drag.

Floor Plan by Bob Fox

RK: What were the unique architectural features? Generator room info, sugar shack, etc. Interior. Exterior.

BF: The cabin complex was probably built in 1941—the same time as the concrete barn that is still by the road. The cabin was often referred to as (Harry) Bennett’s Hideout. The one bunker had a passive make-up air feed and the door seemed to be strategically set facing away from Detroit. 

We speculated that Henry Ford had it done that way because he might have been aware of the possibility of atomic bomb development. When I was living there in the 70s, all the drains for the cabin and the bunkers still worked, as did all the underground electrical transmission lines. 


I bought a generator and set it up in the generator/well bunker and the power worked in both the cabin and the other underground room; probably still works because underground power lines last a lot longer than above ground. Only the waterlines had gone bad, probably because they went so long without having water in them they rusted and disintegrated.


RK:  How long were you there and what prompted you to give it up?

BF: I moved into the Cabin on August 1, 1975. I had a deal with the man who ran the horse farm and who lived in the farmhouse in the front, Tom Ewing. I did all the maintenance in exchange for having the cabin. 

Things changed sometime in 1977 or 1978. There was a gas leak in Tom’s house that filled the attic. One night he turned off the kitchen light and the place exploded. There were big stories about that in the newspapers. He wasn’t killed because the place had double rafters and didn’t cave on him, even though the walls were blown out. 

Ewing said that Bennett had it built that way because often it wasn’t a house bomb that would kill someone, but the house falling on them. Tom moved elsewhere and someone else took over the farm. 

One day I came home and all my stuff had been stolen—tools and everything. It was more than I could recover from so I moved on. By then my father was retiring and leaving where he lived on Deep Run Farm on the south side of Ypsilanti—another amazing place, probably more amazing than the cabin really—and it had also been used and influenced by Henry Ford (as were many other places in the area). I took Deep Run Farm over in 1979 and lived there until it was turned into a shopping center in 2002.

current state

RK: What do you think the cabin was probably used for and by whom?

BF: There were lots of rumors and speculation about how Ford and Bennett used the cabin. There are 2 little rooms with a connecting passage up inside the fireplace. A steel ladder to reach them that was hidden behind a secret opening next to one of the fireplaces. The spaces had cement block walls and were easily big enough for a couple people to hide inside.

The vents opened and everyone that knew about them thought they were probably gun ports. Behind another folding panel, there was a cocktail bar with a separate outside entrance—that bar had to be for Bennett’s boys because Henry Ford did not party.

Bob Fox 1970s in front of the Cabin

While I lived at the cabin, I kept diaries and journals. The journals have entries from other people that also lived there with me and participated in what we had going on. For instance, we didn’t have electricity most of the time, so we played a lot of acoustic music which turned into homemade music parties that we called Moon Squallors—but that’s another story.

3.04.2021

BADFINGER RELEASES NEW LP OF COLLABORATIONS WITH MUSIC ICONS


Classic Rock Icons BADFINGER Release Full-Length Album Of Collabs Featuring Veteran Stars Of Rock, Blues & Pop!

Includes performances by Matthew Sweet, Todd Rundgren, Rick Wakeman, The Legendary Pink Dots, Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson, Rick Springfield, Sonny Landreth and more!

Los Angeles, CA - You’ve grooved to Matthew Sweet’s “Baby Blue,” played air piano along with Rick Wakeman on “Come And Get It,” and swooned hearing Rick Springfield’s voice on “Love Is Gonna Come At Last” - but now the wait is finally over as the full-length collaboration between Joey Molland’s Badfinger and a stellar line-up of special guest superstars is finally released! No Matter What - Revisiting The Hits gathers an immense amount of talent on one album - in addition to the aforementioned, guests include Jethro Tull frontman Ian Anderson, blues legend Sonny Landreth, eclectic art rockers The Legendary Pink Dots and many more - who offer their unique twists on some of Badfinger’s biggest, most era-defining hits from the Paul McCartney-penned “Come And Get It” to “Day After Day,” to the monster ballad “Without You.” The latter was originally released by Badfinger in 1970 but became a global phenomenon when Harry Nilsson recorded a version in 1971, and then it conquered the airwaves again in 1994 courtesy of Mariah Carey’s bombastic version, and now Rock Hall Of Fame nominee and producer/songwriter/guitarist extraordinaire Todd Rundgren offers a passionate rendering of the song that is by itself worth the price of admission to this great collection.

No Matter What - Revisiting The Hits will be available on both digipak CD and in superb-looking tri-color (red, white & blue) vinyl!


Order the album: https://orcd.co/badfinger_no_matter_what

TRACKLIST:
1. No Matter What feat. Mark Stein (Vanilla Fudge)
2. Come And Get It feat. Rick Wakeman
3. I Don’t Mind feat. Carl Giammarese (The Buckinghams)
4. Day After Day feat. Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull), Terry Reid & Manchester String Quartet
5. Love Is Gonna Come At Last feat. Rick Springfield
6. Baby Blue feat. Matthew Sweet
7. Midnight Caller feat. The Legendary Pink Dots
8. Suitcase feat. Sonny Landreth
9. Sweet Tuesday Morning feat. Albert Lee
10. Without You feat. Todd Rundgren

3.03.2021

CACTUS RELEASES NEW ALBUM: TIGHTROPE!!

Classic Rock Legends CACTUS Balance Power & Precision On New Album TIGHTROPE!

Los Angeles, CA - ‘70s classic rock legends Cactus came to be known as The American Led Zeppelin, a moniker they owned by virtue of their explosive blues-rock stylings, subdued yet undeniably brilliant musicianship, not to mention their energetic and vivacious stage presence which made them a staple of arena rock venues around the globe. Now the band has returned with a smashing new album called Tightrope that strikes a delicate balance between powerful, driving rockers and more complex, heady album tracks. 

Still led by iconic drummer Carmine Appice alongside long-time members Jimmy Kunes on vocals and Randy Pratt on harmonica, Tightrope is according to Appice “one of the best Cactus albums we’ve ever done. From playing to production and songs, we really took a step up!” They are joined by new lead guitarist/vocalist Paul Warren (ex-Rod Stewart, Tina Turner, Joe Cocker) and James Caputo on bass. Tightrope will also give long-time Cactus fans a reason to cheer as it includes special guest appearances from original Cactus guitarist Jim McCarty and singer Phil Naro!
 

Tightrope will be available on digipak CD, a deluxe 2LP set with a gatefold jacket and colored vinyl, and of course, digital platforms everywhere starting April 2.

Order the album: https://orcd.co/cactus_tightrope

Track List:
1. Tightrope
2. Papa Was A Rolling Stone
3. All Shook Up
4. Poison In Paradise
5. Third Time Gone
6. Shake That Thing
7. Primitive Touch
8. Preaching Woman Man Blues
9. Elevation
10. Suite 1 & 2: Everlong, All The Madmen
11. Headed For A Fall
12. Wear It Out

FOR ALL THINGS CACTUS:
www.cactusrocks.net

TIPS FOR PICKING THE PERFECT PLUS SIZE PROM DRESS

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Being a girl does not define a particular shape and size. There is no ideal size for being beautiful. Beautiful is a plus-size woman, a pear-shaped woman, and a thin woman too. Everybody knows this. Unfortunately, it is still difficult to find a plus-size dress for parties and prom nights. 

For a trendy, affordable, and flattering plus size prom dress, we have to scroll through numerous fashion pages, research many social media platforms, and whatnot. Still, we do not get what we desire. But you can see a lot of plus-size models and fashionistas in such pretty dresses. Where do they get it from? Why don't you own a dress like that? How should you buy that ideal prom dress? Hold on! We have got answers to all these questions. If you want to flatter everybody with your looks, stay with us, and you'll rock it.

Fabulous tips to get you an amazing prom dress

Find  the appropriate designers

The fashion industry is full of fashion designers. Sadly, not all of them design plus-size dresses that are graceful and trendy at the same time. If not the designers, you should find the right store with a rundown of popular designers on one platform. 

It makes it easier to compare different plus-size dresses designers and picks the best one. You can explore the bestselling section to find what shoppers like the most. These stores offer the right fit and highlight the best features of your body. Whatever your preference be, different designers can satisfy different choices.


A fit that enhances your figure

Break the stereotypes that say plus size prom dresses can't be sexy and beautiful. The latest trends for prom dresses include sweetheart necklines, chiffon fabrics, and empire waists. These are the features you should be looking for while purchasing a plus-size gown in 2021. The top-notch designers tailor gowns with all the above features. The dresses with sweetheart necklines are ideal for heavy busts, while the empire waist highlights the hourglass body shape. If you want to stay away from strapless, various designers at the fashion store offer more neckline styles.

Ravishing and fashion-forward!


As we said before, similar to dresses of other sizes, plus size dresses should be fabulous and mirror the latest fashion trends. Prom dresses in 2021 include glitz, colors, chiffon fabrics, and glamour. Balance your personality and style with the season's latest trends, and you'll be set to rock all those long plus size dresses. Pair the dress with matching accessories and the right pair of heels.


Find the ideal colors

This season, rule the prom look with pastor color pallets. Fashion stores with top designers stock dresses that are fit for the spring season. However, it is no hard and fast rule to restrict yourself to pastels. You can also go with classic colors like navy or black. Some designers offer these shades in irresistible designs that can also work as plus-size wedding dresses. Find out your style and the right color for a dazzling look.

Accessories

Never forget that your dress is always prettier when paired with matching accessories. Get your prom accessories to add charm to the prom dress. Prefer to buy dazzling earrings with short plus size dresses and lightweight accessories with embellished gowns.


Above all, the way you carry yourself and the confidence you own will win the crown. You can rock the stage if you move onto it in that charming dress with a beautiful smile. For everything else, leave it on the right online fashion store.

3.02.2021

GREATEST NOTE TAKING APPS FOR 2021

  

The greatest note-taking applications for the year 2021

We write down different types of information and notes regularly, whether attending a customer conference call, at our homes or elsewhere. The notes can be a witty quote from someone or a contact number. At times, the information we need to take note of can be visual, such as a flyer picture having some essential details. The market is awash with thousands of note-taking apps; hence, you have to choose the one that suits your purpose. This article by Writezillas.com will help you the best note-taking app that suits your purpose. These apps are available in both Android and iOS, while you can access others through web browsers.

Evernote

It is the best note-taking app that allows users to capture different digital information, coupled with great organizational features. You have a choice to take notes in different formats such as annotated web pages, videos, audio, pictures, and texts. You can even organize your notes into virtual notebooks and manage those notes using shortcuts and tags.

OneNote

This Microsoft’s productivity product is the best for the business environment. OneNote is a free-form information collection app that allows users to capture everything and organize it on a flexible electronic canvas. Users either have an option to type their notes by hand, type, or even scan pages or handwritten notes.

Dropbox Paper

At times, we have to collaborate with colleagues in gathering and sharing information on a project. In such circumstances, a great collaborative note-taking app such as Dropbox paper comes in handy. Dropbox paper provides a collaborative workspace where teams can conduct meetings, brainstorm and review ideas, add and edit notes. It also serves as a task management tool that allows users to allocate to-do lists and even add datelines. Annotations allow users to add comments to a particular section of a picture.

Simplenote

This product is the simplest app for taking notes in the market. The product offers users an easy way to keep ideas, lists, and notes. Simplenote is the best in terms of efficiency and speed. You launch the app and start typing your notes. Once you have your notes, you can edit them whenever you need to. The product comes with a lightning-fast search function that allows users to quickly search what they are looking for with changing entries as you kind the search keyword.

Apple Notes


For either iPad or iPhone users, they do not need to search for other note-taking apps since Apple Notes is sufficient for taking notes. Users can write down to-do lists and textual notes from this app. You can also add sketches of notes, scanned documents, and web links. Users can use Apple’s virtual assistant called Siri to create a new note and even dictate the note’s contents.

Google Keep

Google Keep is the note-taking app by Google for devices running the Android operating system. Google Keep enables users to write down everything ranging from capturing photos to typing textual information. Users can speak a voice memo, and this app will transcribe it for you. The notes get organized as electronic sticky notes, and users can assign each a different color easy of identification.

Zoho Notebook

This product is different from the other products since it uses a different approach in organizing each note. It comes with a card-based design.

2.26.2021

FULL SNOW MOON FEBRUARY 27, 2021



WHEN TO SEE THE FULL MOON IN FEBRUARY 2021

February’s full Snow Moon reaches peak illumination at 3:19 A.M. EST on Saturday, February 27. For the best view of this Moon, look for it on the night of Friday, February 26; it will drift above the horizon in the east around sunset and reach its highest point in the sky around midnight. See when the Moon will be visible in your area.

WHY IS IT CALLED THE SNOW MOON?

The full Moon names used by The Old Farmer’s Almanac come from a number of places, including Native American, Colonial American, and European sources. Traditionally, each full Moon name was applied to the entire lunar month in which it occurred, not just to the full Moon itself.


The exact time of the next full moon is:
Saturday * 27 February 2021 * 3:17:19 am (EST)
Moon sign: Virgo 08° 57'

Here you find this time converted into different timezones for other cities:
WELLINGTON = Saturday * 27 February 2021 * 9:17:19 pm (NZDT)
SYDNEY = Saturday * 27 February 2021 * 7:17:19 pm (AEDT)
TOKYO = Saturday * 27 February 2021 * 5:17:19 pm (JST)
BEIJING = Saturday * 27 February 2021 * 4:17:19 pm (CST)
BANGKOK = Saturday * 27 February 2021 * 3:17:19 pm (ICT)
DELHI = Saturday * 27 February 2021 * 1:47:19 pm (IST)
DUBAI = Saturday * 27 February 2021 * 12:17:19 pm (GST)
MOSCOW = Saturday * 27 February 2021 * 11:17:19 am (MSK)
BERLIN = Saturday * 27 February 2021 * 9:17:19 am (CET)
LAGOS = Saturday * 27 February 2021 * 9:17:19 am (WAT)
LONDON = Saturday * 27 February 2021 * 8:17:19 am (GMT)
RIO = Saturday * 27 February 2021 * 5:17:19 am (BRT)
SANTIAGO = Saturday * 27 February 2021 * 5:17:19 am (CLST)
NEW YORK = Saturday * 27 February 2021 * 3:17:19 am (EST)
MEXICO CITY = Saturday * 27 February 2021 * 2:17:19 am (CST)
CALGARY = Saturday * 27 February 2021 * 1:17:19 am (MST)
LOS ANGELES = Saturday * 27 February 2021 * 12:17:19 pm (PST)
ANCHORAGE = Friday * 26 February 2021 * 11:17:19 pm (AKST)
HONOLULU = Friday * 26 February 2021 * 10:17:19 pm (HAST)

HOW DO CAR LOANS WORK?


How Do Car Loans Work?

Car loans are the act of purchasing a vehicle to pay it monthly or yearly. If the borrower fails to make the payment on time, then the lender will keep the asset as collateral as security for a loan. When you take out a car loan from a financial institution, you pay back the money with the rate of interest, thus affecting your monthly income. Collateral minimizes lenders' risk as the lender can seize the asset and sell it to recoup its losses.

Types of Auto loans 

Auto loans

Auto loan establishes consumer credit to grant for personal use, which is usually unsecured. There are two types of auto-loan, namely: Secured and Unsecured.

Secured Auto Loans Vs. Unsecured Auto loans

Lenders use secured auto loans to consolidate the vehicle you are purchasing as collateral. Collateral is something that helps ensure a loan. However, unsecured auto loans directly aim at the physical property like houses or monetary assets like investments, savings, or future paychecks, leaving no collateral.

Direct financing and Indirect financing

Direct financing enables the borrower to take advantage of lower interest rates. Lenders like banks and online finance companies offer loans to customers to purchase their vehicle from a dealership. It provides the quickest way to borrow money directly from the financial markets, instead of using third-party services.

The opposite of direct financing is indirect financing. It refers to the financing method in which the borrowers borrow money from the financial market through any third-party intermediary.

New and old car loans

Buying a car is a hard decision as you have a range of models to choose from, and you also have the option to decide whether to buy a new or a used car. It determines based on the value of a customer's car. For instance, buying a new car loan can save your time as it wouldn't require you to change the battery, engines, etc. In contrast, an old car can be time-consuming as it does not ensure the latest machine or technology.

Private party loans

Private party sales prices are considerably lower than they are at dealerships as it deals with the involvement between individuals. Buying a car from a private seller could help you save money. Sales prices in private part loans tend to be lower through private sellers than at a dealership.

Where to Get Auto Loans

Car loans are available from:

Dealerships: It is a company that has the approval to sell a specific brand of goods.

Advantages:

It has the authority to sell specific commodities

Dealers are important figures in the market as they keep markets in securities. It promises powerful audience-building tools

Banks and credit unions: These are financial institutions that offer products and services such as checking accounts and loans to secure your money. However, banks publicly trade while credit unions provide more-personalized services. 

The advantages of banks and credit unions include:

Banks offer an easy way to save your loans. On the other hand, credit unions provide some of the best rates on credit products such as car loans, mortgages, and credit cards

In banks, funds get transferred from one account to the other very fast. Credit unions provide higher savings amounts and lower interest rates on loans.

Online direct lenders: It is the quickest financial institution wherein money is deposited in your account as soon as the next business day if approved.

Advantages of online direct lenders comprise:

It verifies your information to get approved in minutes.

It is available the whole week to help you through the online application process.

It provides a broader selection of lenders and lending products to choose.

It does not limit to qualification requirements.

How to apply for Auto Loans

Documents: Documentation helps assure continuity of care, which protects against lawsuits and complaints.

Application form: Filling out a printed job application form seems like a task. However, in-car loans, lenders provide quick application forms, which you can fill out within few minutes.

Offers and sign-in: Offers are another great way of selling expenses in car loans. You will be assigned multiple offers by the lenders, and you can sign in once reviewing the proposals.

Final approval of your loan: After the three steps, you don't need to stress and wait for the results to be out.

The Bottom line

Now that you have read about a car loan's workings, you are entirely safe to apply for car loans. The steps are simple and less time-consuming.

2.25.2021

BEST RETRO FILMS STREAMING NOW ON NETFLIX


Netflix has always been industry-leading in terms of bringing the best library of content for our favorite TV and films for us to digest in the comfort of our own homes. Ever since it burst onto the scene back in 2013, Netflix has been able to deliver a library for just about everyone. Today we look at some of the best retro films on the streaming application right now. 

Shawshank Redemption

One of the best retro films in the world, never mind just on Netflix, finds itself on the streaming service in early 2021 that is Shawshank Redemption. 

A classical film in which banker Andy Dufresne is convicted of a double murder despite him pleading his innocence. Defresne spends over 19 years in the Shawshank State Penitentiary, the film follows his friendships with inmates including Red. Andy uses his accounting skills to his benefit in by working for the Warden.  He earns respect from fellow inmates and guards by going against the rules. 

Goodfellas

Another classic that is a must-watch, finds itself on Netflix right now is Goodfellas which is a gangster movie masterpiece and will go down in history as one of the best films ever. 

Goodfellas follows the story of a 1970’s New York gangster named Henry Hill who looks to climb the ranks in the organized crime world. With a star-studded cast including Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci, and Lorraine Bracco, this is one of the best retro films of all time.

In recent times, we have seen a trend of Netflix users migrating over to onlinecasinos.site to use as a form of entertainment whilst they have finished watching their favorite retro films. 

These particular sites have been beneficial during the past year as they have been able to offer a form of entertainment during lockdown months due to being an online service and many of us looking for new and alternative ways to stay entertained during this period. 

Bonnie and Clyde

And finally, another classic retro film that resides on Netflix right now is Bonnie and Clyde which features Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway in the famous Bonnie and Clyde tale. 

Bonnie falls in love with an ex-prisoner called Clyde Barrow and together they start a violent crime spree across the country, stealing cars and robbing banks. 

A very famous story across the world, filmed incredibly and played to perfection by the main actors makes it go down as one of the best retro films on Netflix right now.
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