laughing with alan watts and the wild hogs

WHO REC­OM­MENDED "WILD HOGS"? This fur­sh­lug­giner film is poorly con­ceived and pre­dictably point­less! It is a biker-comedy (of which we haven't had one in years—thank Wholly Grom­mett!) with an im­pres­sive if mot­ley cast. There are four male leads, two roles filled by a cou­ple of se­ri­ous ac­tors that I en­joy see­ing in just about any­thing. Un­for­tu­nately, a pair of sup­pos­edly funny ac­tors that I rarely en­joy in any­thing oc­cu­pies the other two roles. Wild Hogs also boasts an im­pres­sive sup­port­ing cast with an­other fave (and un­der­used) se­ri­ous ac­tor, along with one of my fav­er­avest ever actresses—even if her tal­ent and… Con­tinue Read­ing laugh­ing with alan watts and the wild hogs

so like, what's with all the dvd packaging?

WHAT'S WITH THE DVD PACK­AG­ING? A sim­ple ques­tion, right? Why so many dif­fer­ent boxes jack­ets sleeves what­ever? Why no uni­for­mity or user friend­li­ness? And I don't even want to start on the way DVDs be­gin: the var­i­ous way-too-f*cking-clever man­ners in which bored techs find to align the chap­ters or choices in the open­ing min­utes of the video is of­ten con­fus­ing and frus­trat­ing! Today's record al­bum is the same as yesterday's In 1948, Columbia Records in­tro­duced the 33⅓ rpm long-playing record as a com­mer­cial medium for lis­ten­ing to recorded mu­sic. As a medium of its time, it was damn near… Con­tinue Read­ing so like, what's with all the dvd pack­ag­ing?

is this the most valuable picture sleeve in the world?

On Au­gust 30, 1968, Lon­don Records pulled Street Fight­ing Man from the Rolling Stones’ re­cently re­leased BEG­GARS BAN­QUET al­bum and is­sued it as the group’s follow-up sin­gle to Jumpin’ Jack Flash. Lon­don Records had or­dered a run of pic­ture sleeves for the sin­gle, which was the norm for any Amer­i­can record by the Rolling Stones. The norm was usu­ally a posed photo of the group, but for Street Fight­ing Man / No Ex­pec­ta­tions, some­one in London’s graph­ics de­part­ment opted for an­other kind of im­age all to­gether. The Stones’ pic­ture sleeve used two im­ages de­pict­ing po­lice bru­tal­ity taken from one of the many… Con­tinue Read­ing is this the most valu­able pic­ture sleeve in the world?

ken thorne chose to chase the tyrol to the bitter end

In the early 1970s, I dis­cov­ered that when a British fan bought a copy of the Beat­les’ 1965 al­bum HELP! (Par­lophone PMC-1255/PCS-3071) in the UK, he got a Beat­les al­bum with four­teen (14) new Beat­les record­ings. When an Amer­i­can fan bought the same ti­tle (HELP!, Capi­tol MAS/SMAS-2386) in the US, he got an “orig­i­nal sound­track al­bum” with only seven (7) new Beat­les record­ings! The rest of the record was padded out with five (5) pieces of “in­ci­den­tal mu­sic” com­posed and arranged by some­one named Ken Thorne. Some­how, it seemed that the Amer­i­can record-buyer was get­ting the short end of… Con­tinue Read­ing ken thorne chose to chase the ty­rol to the bit­ter end

alive and well and still writing in the oh-so-hot pacific northwest

As I as­sid­u­ously tackle the next part of my ex­tended say on the movie Wild In The Streets and its at­ten­dant sound­track mu­sic for my Rather Rare Records (dot­com) site, I found my­self in need of a Del Shan­non fix. And, once fixed, I thought I would fill in the gap be­tween WITS posts by shar­ing some of his work!  So, I took the time away from the record­ings and the ac­tual records as­so­ci­ated with the Wild In The Streets movie (which is re­quir­ing far more re­search and ra­ti­o­ci­na­tion time than ex­pected) and wrote a two-parter the late, great Del Shan­non.  The first… Con­tinue Read­ing alive and well and still writ­ing in the oh-so-hot paci­fic north­west

listen people, to what I say

In early 1966, my sis­ter bought Herman's Her­mits' new sin­gle, Lis­ten Peo­ple. She pro­ceeded to play it night and day, dri­ving my bother and me to be­yond dis­trac­tion. In fact, sooooooooooo far be­yond dis­trac­tion, that we de­cided, “Nev­er­more!” _________________________________________________________________________ This en­try on the Herman's Her­mits sin­gle Lis­ten Peo­ple from 1966 has been moved from this web­site to my new web­site, Rather Rare Records (rather​rar​ere​cords​.com). It has been rewrit­ten ex­panded and in­cludes two videos of two ver­sions of the song (one from 1965, one from 1966). I have also changed the piece's ti­tle to “lis­ten peo­ple and don't play that… Con­tinue Read­ing lis­ten peo­ple, to what I say