Archive for November, 2009

20 Actors (finale)

November 29, 2009

Some formidable names to conclude the series (now at 100 actors and 100 actresses):

Patrick McGoohan, Orson Welles, David Niven, Robert Vaughn, James Coburn, Edward Everett Horton, Walter Huston, Alan Arkin, Vic Morrow, Peter Falk, George Sanders, Steve Buscemi, Ralph Meeker, Joe Shishido, Broderick Crawford, John Turturro, Charles Bronson, Jackie Gleason, Ben Gazzara, Peter Lorre.

Image sources: IMDb, Dr. Macro, Google Images, and my own screen shots.

(related posts: 20 Actors, 20 (more) Actors, 20 Actors (coda), 20 Actors (encore), 20 Actresses, 20 (more) Actresses, 20 Actresses (grand finale), 20 Actresses (ultimo), 20 Actresses (encore))

Temposphere, KFAI 11/28/09

November 28, 2009

Although some stumblebum was announcing the show, the flow of music on tonight’s edition of Temposphere was quite scintillating, ranging from the vintage R&B of Stevie Wonder (listen to that track Visions from Innervisions – just gorgeous) and James Brown to contemporary samba soul by Seu Jorge and Ed Motta to deep roots from Junior Reid and the Itals to the hipster jazz vocals of Mark Murphy and The Third Wave, and much, much more. The magic of internet streaming allows you to enjoy the show at your leisure during the next two weeks so by all means partake. The playlist is posted at the KFAI site and here as well, after the break.

I’ve lost the source of the vintage photo above but it’s from one of those saucy image sites like All Thing Amazing.

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Roscoe & Luke

November 19, 2009

Co-stars and housemates Roscoe Arbuckle and Luke The Dog, Hollywood, 1920.

Original print available on eBay for just under 2 Gs.

20 Shots: Scandal Sheet (1952)

November 17, 2009

Directed by Phil Karlson from a story by Samuel Fuller. With Broderick Crawford, John Derek and Donna Reed. Cinematography by Burnett Guffey.

Global Beat, KFAI 11/11/09

November 11, 2009

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Antonio Carlos Jobim, Jose Gonzales, The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Juana Molina and Baaba Maal were among the artists heard on today’s edition of Global Beat on KFAI. The show is available as an MP3 stream for two weeks at the KFAI site and playlists as always are posted there and here, after the break.

photo crop from a Monkey Business still found on auction at eBay.

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Temposphere, KFAI 11/07/09

November 7, 2009

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Tonight’s episode of the Temposphere program on KFAI found us wandering through a familiar terrain of Afrobeat, Reggae, Samba and Salsa while taking a diversion into what I’m now calling “smoky folk”. Lots of new music (Havana Cultura Band, Shawn Lee & Clutchy Hopkins, Mayra Andrade) was leavened with a strong base of classics (Tim Hardin, Erykah Badu, Jimmy McGriff, and all too briefly The Love Unlimited Orchestra – full track next time!). If you missed the show during its live broadcast all is forgiven – you still have a decadent two weeks to enjoy it via MP3 stream (even better than live because you can deploy the pause function when necessary) available at the KFAI archives. Playlists available both there and here by clicking through.

Image is from Vintage Poster.

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Cruel Gun Story (1964)

November 3, 2009

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Cruel Gun Story (part of the marvelous Nikkatsu Noir set from Eclipse) is a pitch dark heist caper that builds to crescendos of violence that rival the nonstop mayhem of Dashiell Hammett’s demented, apocalyptic story Nightmare Town. Joe Shishido is the hard as nails ringleader of a group of misfits who commandeer a truck full of racetrack money. It seems to be a foolproof plan to get rich but things of course go terribly wrong …