Month: May 2011

Retrotisements — Classic Ads from Car Companies of the Past

Retrotisements — Classic Ads from Car Companies of the Past

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The list of car makes and manufacturers no longer with us is a long one indeed. And seemingly growing all the time. Here's the first of many looks back at the cars of yesteryear -- Retrotisement style! Oldsmobile (1897 -- 2004) The Six (1934) 1960 sedan 1966 Vista Cruiser (familiar to fans of That '70s Show) DeSoto (1928 -- 1961) 1937 convertible sedan 1956 Fireflite sedan Hudson (1909 -- 1957) 1940 Six Touring Sedan 1955 Hornet Hollywood coupe Plymouth (1928 -- 2001) 1929 coupe 1967 Barracuda 1989 Voyager minivan Maxwell (1904 -- 1925) 1922 sedan 1925 sedan Related articles A Man Built a Car from 1906 Using Google Books [Google] (gizmodo.com)
Album cover of the week: The Birth of Bebop and Blues

Album cover of the week: The Birth of Bebop and Blues

Album Cover of the Week, Music
While digging up information for yesterday's edition of Sunday Jazz, I came across this old jazz compilation from Remington Records called The Birth of Bebop and Blues (RLP 1031). This 10" LP contains seven songs, many of which feature legendary saxophonist Charlie "Bird" Parker playing with Clyde Hart's All Stars. They were originally recorded for the Continental Records label, and later transferred in various combinations to Remington in the early '50s. I don't have any info on the graphic design or illustration, but I can say that I've seen quite a few Continental/Remington covers and they are very cool indeed.
Sunday Jazz: Vintage Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie for Memorial Day

Sunday Jazz: Vintage Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie for Memorial Day

Music, Sunday Jazz
Memorial Day is upon is once again, and so for this edition of Sunday Jazz I'm offering up a pair of wartime-related jazz numbers. They're billed to Clyde Hart's All Stars and feature Hart on piano, but the true attractions were jazz immortals Charlie Parker on alto sax and Dizzy Gillespie on trumpet. Information on the recording sessions varies, but it seems that these tracks were laid down in New York City on January 4, 1945 -- just a few months before Hart's death from tuberculosis. They also feature Rubberlegs Williams on vocals. Listen carefully to his rather loopy performance, which sounds that way for a very strange reason. Seems Rubberlegs helped himself to some of Bird's coffee, which happened to be laced with Benzedrine. Yup, that explains a few things. So what's the Memori...
So fresh — 10 Led Zeppelin songs that will never get old

So fresh — 10 Led Zeppelin songs that will never get old

Music
If you listen to classic rock radio enough, you'd think that the only songs Led Zeppelin recorded were "The Ocean, "Whole Lotta Love," or "Over the Hills and Far Away." As much as I love those songs, enough already. The good news is that despite a lot of Zep's catalog being way overexposed, plenty of their songs still sound fresh to this day. So here's a list of 10 Led Zeppelin cuts that will never, ever get old. 1 -- "Poor Tom" (from Coda, 1982) It's hard to imagine Led Zeppelin III being any better, but this track (recorded during those sessions) would've done just that. Above all else -- Robert Plant's understated vocals or Jimmy Page's delicate acoustic guitar -- John Bonham's ridiculously bouncy drumming makes this track. 2 -- "Communication Breakdown" (from Led Ze...
Prepare for a funky summer from the New Mastersounds

Prepare for a funky summer from the New Mastersounds

Music
Unless you're a connoisseur of modern-day funk and soul you likely haven't heard of the New Mastersounds. That's a shame, because for more than a decade this Leeds-based outfit has been churning out some of the tightest, most hip-shaking grooves around. The quartet is currently touring the United States and recording their upcoming album here (Tornillo, Texas to be precise) -- a first for them. In another change, the band will be adding vocals to their previously instrumental attack. To give fans a preview of what's to come, the New Mastersounds recently released a cool behind-the-scenes video for the making of the album, Breaks From the Border. Check it out: Related articles The New Mastersounds: Spring Tour (jambase.com)
The 10 Deadliest Tornadoes in World History

The 10 Deadliest Tornadoes in World History

Featured Posts, Listcruft
In spite of all our technological advancements and so-called human ingenuity, we are ever at Mother Nature's mercy. 2011's deadly tornado in Joplin, Missouri -- just one of many to strike the American Midwest that weekend -- is a stark reminder of that fact. In total, more than 1,000 tornadoes touched down in the U.S. in April 2011 -- the most active month on record. But while the U.S. is home to the most tornadoes on a yearly basis, advances in research and early detection have helped reduce the number of fatalities from twisters. As a result, the list of the 20 deadliest tornadoes (or tornado outbreaks) ever contains just five from the United States. Here are the full top ten. Some of these totals are estimates of course, owing to time or lack of properly published information. #1: D
Sunday Jazz: Remembering Hank Jones

Sunday Jazz: Remembering Hank Jones

Music, Sunday Jazz
It's been just over a year since jazz piano great Hank Jones died at the ripe old age of 91. As I've opined before on this site, Jones is probably the one musician most responsible for making me love jazz. So it's only appropriate this weekend to remember the Jazz Master, Hank Jones. This is a video about Hank compiled for his memorial service in June of last year. I encourage you to watch it, and then seek out some of his voluminous and always entertaining music. Related articles The Weekly Mixtape: 3/4/11 (Five-star jazz) (popdose.com) The Reading Party: Urbanity (slog.thestranger.com)
Album cover of the week: Mob Rules

Album cover of the week: Mob Rules

Album Cover of the Week, Music
It's hard to believe, but we lost Ronnie James Dio one year ago today. It seems only right to pay small tribute to his musical legacy, and so here we have 1981's Mob Rules. It was the second and last studio album Black Sabbath released with Dio as frontman until the one-off reunion disc Dehumanizer in 1992. It's every bit as sinister and metal as the cover indicates. The cover painting is by fantasy/science fiction artist Greg Hildebrandt. It's essentially a recreation of his 1971 work, Dream 1: Crucifiers. Here's the original: I'm guessing the addition of the band and album names didn't escape your notice, but did you catch the fact that the hook on the left side of the original was changed to a crucifix for the album cover? Also, the blood stain in the fabric (skin?) was ma...