Monday, December 31, 2007
Soupe de Poissons
Originally uploaded by Cock robin
Nothing stimulates the appetite more than having your food appear that it is making a desperate, last-ditch attempt at freedom by leaping from the bowl.
Unless it being a witness to a near act of zucchini-on-chicken violation....
Originally uploaded by Cock robin
As the tradition says here I'm posting an old pic of me. This one is from 1977.
Dressed for success.
I hope 2008 will turn out to a better year for me.
2007 hasn't been very nice.
I also hope that this blog will continue to sparkle (with or without me).
December brought (like always) a lot of visitors to PCL. We were very close to 50.000.
I think we haven't had that encouraging stats since 2 years back.
I really would like to thank the rest of the PCL team for being such a generous and fun bunch of kids.
Hugs to you.
And I wish all of you A HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!
/Z aka mrdantefontana
Sunday, December 30, 2007
This little confection satisfies my insatiable need for foreign language covers of British & U.S. pop music--Meet the Brazilian Bitles!
You'll almost be inclined to murmur "wow", from the not quite properly tuned "O Homem So" (Nowhere Man) to the practically satisfactory version of "Satisfaction" and an Ambien-infused "Groovy Kind of Love"....it's deep-fried pop goodness with a synthetic aftertaste from Brazilian Nuggets.
And seen in the video below, they couldn't even get the hair-shaking thing right, either.
Saturday, December 29, 2007
on NBC-TV 's Nat King Cole show in 1957
Ray Charles and Billy Preston - Agent Double-o Soul on The Johnny Cash Show 196?
Friday, December 28, 2007
A little taste of Egyptian jazz with a Latin flavor from Salah Ragab and the Cairo Jazz Band, found at the appropriately named Orgy in Rhythm.
As usual I am a day late and a dollar short, or however the saying goes, wouldn't it have been nice to have a copy of Divine's cha-cha heels tirade from the 1974 classic "Female Trouble" to play on Christmas day? Well, you're ready for next year anyway, with an unofficial "mini-soundtrack" of Female Trouble, courtesy of Universal Horror Sounds. Also contains "Dig" by Nervous Norvus, and Divine's divine performance of the title tune.
And wouldn't Divine have been pleased with how slim she was made to look in the unofficial soundtrack album jacket?
Thursday, December 27, 2007
An exhaustive description of what library music is (I found it rather exhausting as well), and a history of some of its most famous composers can be found here.
Killer Library collection, including music from Reg Tilsley, Ib Glindemann, Heinz Kiessling, Pierre Arvay, and then there's a lot of people you've never heard of.
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Desperate times apparently call for desperate arcade games, as evidenced by these World War II vintage arcade games "Kill the Jap" and "Trap the Jap". Not quite fun for all.
I know, we're all sick of Christmas, but I had to post just one more. This one was a staple of holiday programming in the Chicago area for many years.
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Saturday, December 22, 2007
This year's PCL holiday get-together was a rousing success, with a surprise visit from a special guest (seen here about 3:17 in).
Fun was had by all....until the zip guns came out. Oh well!
The PCL boys chipped in and bought me what I always wanted.....my own entourage of back up dancers! Thanks guys!
Watching these clips reminded me of my own foray into public-access horror-hosting back in the early '90s, Chester's Chillers [Link]. I'll have to check into getting some episodes up on YouScrewed.
Friday, December 21, 2007
"Mera Naam Chin Chin Chu", sung by Geeta Dutt and performed by Helen, from the 1958 movie Howrah Bridge.
Thursday, December 20, 2007
The Museum of Arts & Design in NYC presents their exhibition Pricked: Extreme Embroidery now through March 9, featuring updated versions of handcraft traditions. I read about the exhibit in a great article in the NY Times about Pearl Lam, a Shanghai decorator who commissioned a sofa featuring hand-embroidered images from a gay bondage magazine (that part of the artwork must be on a different part of the sofa than what is shown below). A twin of Ms. Lam's sofa appears in the exhibition.
What a great addition a sofa like that would be in my family room. "Welcome Aunt Tillie....some tea and scones? And won't you sit over here on the divan....?"
Originally uploaded by Uh … Bob
Sadly, fashionable eyewear of this caliber is hard to come by. I sure wish I could find me a pair of the "Firefly" frames, or one of the other latest styles of Bop glasses.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Just ask Komeda:
It's all so....Christmas-y!
More forró music for your listening & dancing pleasure--this time by Mestre Zinho, as offered by Forró em Vinil. How do you say "thanks" in Portuguese?
And check out the rest of the album covers on the site for a superior collection of snappy headgear, yes indeedy.
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Great, now there's something else I have to tell the Orkin man to set out traps for--Conway Twitty's "Happy the Christmas Clown" is a magical l'il fella who apparently breaks into homes and secretly wraps gifts to put under your tree. This song has to rank near the top of all-time horrible Christmas songs--to call it "insufferable" would be generous.
(image snitched from Stephen W. Terrell's Web Log)
A treat for Xmas from the Korn Kobblers who include one amusing festive novelty song on their "A Real Earful" CD which is probably still available somewhere. Some great song titles include "Don't Shoot The Bartender He's Half Shot Now" and "I'm My Own Granpa".
Downloadable treats including: "Don't Give Me No Goose For Christmas Granma" can be found from the excellent folks at Boot Sale Sounds
Listen to The Mockingbird
Learn more about the boys here: The Korn Kobblers
Monday, December 17, 2007
Playboy bunny, Angela Dorian (aka Victoria Vetri). Photo and drawing. You guess.
Swapatorium is back in business and is as always bringing the goods with a twist.
Straight from the flea market comes these drawings done by a US soldier while in Vietnam.
The Revival Blog ultra-recommends Popshopping Vol. 1 and Popshopping Vol. 2.
And, yea, this is super ultra cool stuff. Groovy and fun music from German Commercials 196o-1977.
Music that makes you want to buy stuff.
Updated: Weirdomusic tells us that these honeys are still in print. Get em here.
Links removed. Buy! Buy! Buy!
Lord, I need some Dramamine after watching this video, that set is something ELSE. The wallpaper reminds me of Father Ted's bathroom.
Though the best part for me is that the model's dangling legs seem to stay in frame for like about 10 minutes. "Tout les sha-la-la-la tout les whoa-whoa..."
Thank you Mr. Battlecat for your wonderful recommendation of this video. If you want to learn about Cloclo's life (and untimely yet bizarre death) and see the world's dorkiest snowball fight, click here.
Sunday, December 16, 2007
What a lovely way to spend an afternoon, browsing through some collections of vintage Mexican wrestling posters while listening to bands with names like "Los Loud Jets" and "Los Yaps" and Juan "El Matematico", on a collection of 1960s Mexican rock entitled CLASSICOS DEL ROCK & ROLL MEXICANO, (including covers of "You Really Got Me" and "I'm Not Your Stepping Stone"--and best of all, "Wild Thing") courtesy of the Twilight Zone.
(poster via Santo and Friends)
"Possibly there once existed a football card company guy whose whose sole task was to induce the players to assume poses that would make these tough guys look incredibly dorkish."
Saturday, December 15, 2007
La Grivoise (1960) Grimaud, France.
Sexy french playing cards game from the 60's, see full deck here.
Translation: Do you love love? // Does this concern you?
Friday, December 14, 2007
What more could you possibly as for?
Btw - If you enjoyed the Apa State Mental songs posted here you can now get fully equipped by visting this page (and then click ad).
/Z aka mrdantefontana
WFMU points to UBU Web's archive of this performance of Andy Warhol's Exploding Plastic Inevitable with The Velvet Underground (1966) with copious appended notes and a downloadable .avi of the performance to project on the wall at your next party
Very high wow factor, no?
Dirt-eating is an ancient tradition that is practiced all over the world and although the demise of the practice has been predicted for many years, it still persists, particularly in rural areas of the South.
The dirt-eating tradition appears to have been handed down from generation to generation and several years ago it was not uncommon to see women gathered together sharing a pan of dirt.
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"Not suggested for human consumption."
The Chicago Tribune has an edifying article about the history of fake vomit from ancient times to the present (including the primitive stone models found in Tutankhamen's tomb that fooled no one--OK, I made that part up). The Cadillac of the genre is shown above, containing helpful hints on the packaging such as "Sprinkle with water to make it look more realistic". And, for the more resourseful, basic recipes for producing a homemade version for personalized holiday gift-giving.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
These postcards have been printed in the 1950's, in my hometown Toulouse (France). From time to time i bought some in a thrift shop (un bazar) near my apartment, they have tons of them. You can find more kitschissime postcards scans from the 60s and 70s on my Flick'r "nostalgia" set.