Friday, May 30, 2014
Thursday, May 22, 2014
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Balazar, a genius who was killed by a robot orders his brain to be built
into a machine and kept alive. Now he is seeking universal dominance.
Sci-fi enthusiasts from the baby-boom generation are sure to get a solid dose
of nostalgia from this double bill of surreal adventures featuring
Starman, who fought interplanetary evil on late-night TV in America
during the mid-'60s and beyond. Known as Super Giant in his native
Japan, the cowled crusader was featured in four 80-minute films that
were culled from nine featurettes produced by the Shintoho Company (an
offshoot of Toho) in 1957-58. Starman's trademark blend of frantic
action and primitive special effects are on display in both features
(the second and fourth in the series), which pit Starman against
diabolical invaders (in Attack from Space) and an alien brain's mutant
henchmen (Evil Brain from Outer Space). Kids may find the goings-on
alternately corny and disturbing (the mutants are scary, and Starman
racks up a considerable body count), but old-school monster movie fans
will relish this chance to catch up with an old pal. ----Paul Gaita
Director: Koreyoshi Akasaka, Teruo Ishii
Actors: Ken Utsui, Junko Ikeuchi, Minoru Takada
Evil Brain from Outer Space is a 1964 film edited together for American television from films #7, #8 and #9 of the Japanese short film series Super Giant filmed in 1958.
The nine Super Giant films were purchased for distribution to U.S. television and edited into four films by Walter Manley Enterprises and Medallion Films. The three original Japanese films which went into Evil Brain from Outer Space (The Space Mutant Appears, The Devil's Incarnation and The Poison Moth Kingdom) were 45 minutes, 57 minutes, and 57 minutes in duration respectively. The total 159 minutes of the three films were edited into one 78-minute film. Since the three original films were self-contained stories, three different plots had to be edited together, and a considerable amount of all three films dropped. The result has been called, "an alternately mind-blowing and mind-numbing adventure... a non-ending cavalcade of characters, chases, captures, rescues and fight scenes."
Contributing to the difficulties of editing these three films
together was the fact that the first film was in the older 4:3 ratio,
while the latter two films were shot in widescreen format. This necessitated the use of pan-and-scan methods to make the three films match.
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Brams 101, January 1967
Uploaded by elvester
The Stoics were a teenage garage rock group from San Antonio, Texas. This single is their sole release and it's imho sooo damn great. Well, pilgrims this is the proof that you don't have to make dozens of albums to achieve rock'n'roll immortality. Only one single will do...if it is as brilliant like this fine gem.
Uoloaded by ThePsychedelicGarage
Uploaded by yeaaassh
"Best remembered for the rockabilly
classic "Bluebirds Over the Mountain," singer Ersel Hickey was born June
27, 1934, in Brighton, NY. After the 1938 death of his father, his
mother suffered a nervous breakdown and, according to the
www.rockabillyhall.com website, Hickey spent his formative years in a
series of foster homes, ultimately hitting the road with his sister, an
exotic dancer who performed under the name Chicky Evans. He also
traveled the U.S. as a carny before settling in Columbus, OH, landing in
a juvenile home and singing in a local gospel group. Inspired by
Johnnie Ray, in 1951 Hickey entered a Columbus talent contest and took
home top honors, winning $500 and committing himself to a career as a
pop singer. After discovering Elvis Presley's landmark Sun recordings,
Hickey switched his allegiance to rock & roll and in 1955 cut his
debut single, the Fine label effort "Then I'll Be Happy."
While performing in Rochester, NY, Hickey stumbled upon Phil Everly and asked
for his advice on launching a career. Told "Well, you got to have a
song," he wrote "Bluebirds Over the Mountain" literally overnight and
traveled to Buffalo the following morning, where he hired photographer
Gene LaVerne to shoot a publicity still. The resulting photograph is
arguably the zenith of Hickey's career. Rock scribe Peter Guralnick once
wrote: "Take a look at the improbably sculpted helmet of hair, the
tommy-gun guitar stance, the pleated pants, cocked leg, patent leather
casual footwear and turned-up collar...guitar pick poised, background
airbrushed out, every fold of clothing carefully arranged...what volumes
it speaks of aspiration and style, fate and fantasy, revelation in
artifice. It is in effect a self-portrait of rock & roll." LaVerne
also put Hickey in touch with songwriter and manager Mike Corda, who
immediately booked session time at New York's National Studio;
"Bluebirds Over the Mountain" quickly caught the attention of Epic
Records, who insisted on releasing the demo in its original mix, fearing
re-recording might strip the material of its essence.
Epic issued "Bluebirds Over the Mountain" in January of 1958. Despite the
label's enthusiasm, the record reached only number 75 on the Billboard
pop charts, and would prove Hickey's biggest commercial hit. A series of
Epic releases followed, among them 1958's "Lover's Land" and 1959's
"You Threw a Dart" and "I Can't Love Another," before the label
terminated his contract in the wake of 1960's "Stardust Brought Me You."
Hickey then landed with Kapp, issuing "Teardrops at Dawn" and "Lips of
Rose" in 1961 before landing with Apollo to release "The Millionaire"
(later covered by Jackie Wilson) the following year. After Apollo went
bankrupt, Hickey signed with Laurie long enough to release "Some
Enchanted Evening," which would prove his last new recording for four
Making ends meet as a songwriter, in 1964 he did pen the
Serendipity Singers' hit "Don't Let the Rain Come Down." The Toot label
issued his 1967 comeback single, "Blue Skies," with "(Play On) Strings
of Gitarro" appearing a year later. He recorded intermittently in the
decades to follow, cutting "Oh Lord, Look What They've Done to Your
Garden" for Black Circle in 1971, "Waitin' for Baby" for Rameses III in
1975, and "Let Me Be Your Radio" for Parkway in 1982. Later the subject
of Bluebirds Over the Mountain, a typically excellent and comprehensive
Bear Family retrospective, Hickey died following bladder removal surgery
on July 12, 2004. ~ Jason Ankeny, All Music Guide"
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