Thursday, February 28, 2008

Bonney & Buzz - Bang It Again! CD Coming March 18

Bonney & Buzz - Bang It Again! CD - 17 Twangy Euro-Instro Classics!!!

Bonney & Buzz are back with their second CD for Double Crown - a 17 track classic called Bang It Again! The duo features Bill Bonney of The Fentones ("The Mexican" and "The Breeze & I") and Pete "Buzz" Miller ("Can Can 62" and "Totem Pole"), who was also half of the popular Shig & Buzz duo. They are joined by a bunch of accomplished musicians on drums, bass and percussion. You’ll find seventeen classics, including “Raunchy”, “F.B.I”, “Last Date”, “The Breeze & I” and more!

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Monday, February 25, 2008

Dodge Turbine Car Of The Future + Bali Hai Restaurant

Just stumbled across this cool family film taken in the 60's, where they're driving around in a Dodge Turbine car (only 50 made) and having dinner at the Bali Hai Restaurant.

Improv Everywhere Brings Desktop Computers To Starbucks

The Starbuck's stores here in Bellingham already resemble the computer labs we had in the 90's at Western Washington University - this group takes things a step further.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Journey With The New Singer They Found On YouTube

Apparently Journey has gone through a few singers since Steve Perry left the group. The latest is a guy from the Philippines who fronted a Journey cover band - they found him on YouTube, and just like the movie Rock Star, they drafted him in as their new singer. I'm not a big Journey fan, but I have to say, this guy sounds close enough to satisfy fans as they make the rounds at county fairs all over the US this summer.

Kraftwerk - Performing "The Robots" On Soviet TV

An absolutely amazing video of Kraftwerk, performing "The Robots" on Soviet TV in the 80's. I'm not normally a huge fan of lipsyncing, but it's cool seeing them on stage, with their robot counterparts watching from the audience.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

The Production Of An RCA Records From 1942

These amazing YouTube videos show the amazing process for making records in 1942, from start to finish. No embedding allowed for these, so you'll have to click through for part 1 and part 2.

Let's All Go to the Science Fair!!!

This video comes from my favorite Fortune & Maltese record, released by Hillsdale Records about 10 years ago .

Tex Avery's TV of Tomorrow

55 years later, it seems like a lot of the things in this cartoon have come true.

Cool Lego Hot Rod

My kids and I build with Lego all the time - we even have a robotics set which we use to build programmable cars. My oldest likes to build dragsters, and they're pretty cool, but this Lego hotrod is simply mindblowing - looks like they've even used stock bricks (although some of them are probably fairly hard to find). There are a bunch of detailed photos here.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

World's Greatest Music Collection On Ebay - 3.3 Million Records/CDs

I don't have a spare $3 million, or a spare warehouse, for this huge collection, but take a look at this auction on Ebay. 3 million LP's, 300,000 CD's and loads of 7"s and 78's. Check out the Q&A as well.

Amazing Staircase Bookshelf

When we moved into a new house a couple of years ago I was able to reduce my book collection by 2/3, but if we hadn't moved, our old house had a stairs that would have been perfect for this sort of thing. I like how they made little areas on each step that allow you to sit and select a book from each "shelf", as well as the skylight that brings light into the whole area.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Manic Street Preachers Cover "Umbrella"

The Manic Street Preachers are one of my favorite non-surf/instro bands, but when I heard that they did a cover of Rhianna's "Umbrella" I kinda rolled my eyes. However, I've got to say it works - they've made it sound like an outtake from their excellent This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours LP.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Fugly $140,000 Hot Wheels Car

I'm perfectly happy with the $0.99 Hot Wheels cars that my kids buy at the local grocery store - $140k could buy you a pretty sweet REAL car, that you can actually drive and stuff..... (Gizmodo)

2001: A Space Odyssey Done MST3K Style

2001: A Space Odyssey is condensed to 5 minutes, with added MST3K style commentary.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

WFMU Battle of the Bogus Beatle Bands

Round 3 Of WFMU's "Battle Of The Bogus Beatle Bands" has been posted - you can click on this link to see all 3 rounds so far, with plenty of downloadable MP3's.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Spongebob Classics - Casablanca, Singing In The Rain & The Godfather

The voice crew behind Spongebob Squarepants read through the dialogue of three classic films.

Turkish Star Wars Movie (aka Dünyayı Kurtaran Adam)

This is just way beyond bad - Ed Wood used plenty of stock footage in his films, but whoever put together this Turkish sci-fi film went WAY beyond that - they used a ton of footage from Star Wars, inserted some Turkish actors and dialogue, added a dash of Raiders of the Lost Ark and Phantom of the Opera theme music, and voila - they had a movie! I have to admit, I didn't make it all the way through, but I'm sure you'll find lots of other borrowed material in this little gem.

Monday, February 11, 2008

A Classic Grammy Moment From 1985

It's a monster keyboard/keytar jam with Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, Thomas Dolby and Howard Jones!

Will.A.Am At the Grammy's - Don't Play This YouTube Clip!!!

The Grammy's weren't half bad this year - the Daft Punk/Kanye thing was kinda cool (I was a big fan of TRON in the 80's), the Morris Day segment was good and Keely Smith can still sing like she used to. I didn't make it all the way through the show, so I missed this moment....this is truly awful

Las Vegas - Rockabilly Rave USA + Mondo Lounge In Early October

Mark your calendars - in early October there will be two great festivals going on in Las Vegas - Rockabilly Rave USA and Mondo Lounge. I had already made plans to go to the rockabilly fest, either as a vendor or just as a spectator, but I just got word that there will be a second festival in Las Vegas that weekend. As if there wasn't enough to do in Las Vegas! Just cruise on over to the two websites and see for yourself. I'm not sure if I'll be going on my own, with my wife, or with the whole family. If this wasn't enough for you, or you're looking for some side trips to do while in Vegas, check out Trusted Tours & Attractions - they've got all kinds of helicopter tours, trips out to Hoover Dam and the Grand Canyon, and much more. Las Vegas is known for it's adult activities, but Trusted Tours & Attractions has plenty of family vacation ideas. We've done a couple of Las Vegas trips with my whole family and my mother in law, so we can do family stuff during the day and then she watches the kids at night - it all works out pretty well. Last time we all went down we had a great time seeing Tom Jones, an Elvis impersonator (I think his name was "The Dream King") and drinking while walking up and down the strip. With two great fests packed into 5 days hopefully I'll see some of you in Las Vegas in October!

Friday, February 08, 2008

Dancing man wearing a horse mask cooks wild mushrooms.

Ummm...I really don't know what to say about this. All I can say is that you might think twice before playing this clip. It's totally SFW, however, the images you see will become etched in your mind for weeks. This seems like it could be an outtake from Borat...kinda makes me wonder what the inspiration behind this is.

Gilligan's Island - Unaired Pilot Episode

Not sure I dig the calypso theme music, but the is still cool nevertheless. I have a feeling it'll get trashed by YouTube soon though....

70's Pop Explosion - ABBA + Andy Gibb + Olivia Newton John

This YouTube clip is pretty mindblowing - ABBA, Andy Gibb, Olivia Newton John in one room, murdering Beach Boys songs - doesn't sound like they did much rehersal for this, but gotta give 'em an A for effort! - Beach Cruisin' Bicycles

I stumbled across a company today that does for bicycles what Easy Rider did for choppers - it's at, which features a variety of mens' beach cruisers (they have ladies and kids beach cruisers too). Many of the bikes have traditional styling, however, the one that really caught my eye was the one in the photo shown here. It's not really my style (although it'd be fun to try it out), but it looks like something my kids would love to have. I can't tell from the website how well these do in the sand, although many of the photos show the bikes in the sand, so maybe they'd work okay. Or perhaps "beach cruisers" are used to get to and from the beach, on sidewalks, trails and roads. I live in Washington, with no nearby beaches, so I'm not really sure what the scene's like in California, Florida, etc. I know that these bikes definitely look cool and are reasonably priced - men's bikes start at $139.00. My wife rides a cruiser, with a basket in front, and it really works well on areas that are relatively flat - she has a blast on it. Her cruiser is in good shape, but if it ever breaks down I'm going to show her this site!

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Pearl Jam Support Barack - Kill Bill Haley Song

This is just awful, worse than Eddie Vedder's mohawk of a few years ago - Pearl Jam (minus Eddie, who despite his political views, wisely stayed out of the studio on this one) rip through the Bill Haley & The Comets classic, "Rock Around The Clock", but change it to "Rock Around Barack" - get the MP3, if you dare, here.

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Vintage Valentine's Day Cards

I like to make my wife a personalized Valentine's Day card each year - sometimes I start from scratch, but often I do a little cut n' paste to put one together. I just stumbled across a Flickr group that has a bunch of vintage V-Day cards - throw one of these into Photoshop and in no time you'll have something sweet for your gal or guy.

Payperpost - A Unique Website For Bloggers

A week or two ago I mentioned the fact that every once in a while I would be including paid reviews on this blog site. I'm hoping that over time I'll be able to include reviews that are appropriate to this blog (there have been just a few so far). It seems like when you first sign up there are a limited number of options, but over time the options will increase. I found a great one through a Google search called payperpost, which is quick and easy to get started with, and they seem to have the largest selection of available items and websites to write about. The user interface on their website it easy too - login is a snap and with just one click you get a list of all items and websites that are available to write about, and this list changes every day. Payments are quick too - it's linked to Paypal and payments are sent promptly. the money that comes in from these paid ads will go towards Double Crown Records and The Continental Magazine - hopefully enough will come in so I can add another release or two to our schedule each year. At PayPerPost there is a large amount of variety, so if you are a blogger you're bound to find something of interest to write about!

Recreating Super Mario Brothers

This is an interesting version of the long-time favorite Super Mario Brothers.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

L'Aerotrain - A French 60's/70's Hovercraft Train

The French worked on a hovercraft train the 60's and 70's, but abandoned the concept in favor of the TVG high speed train system. This video is a glimpse of what could have been....

Margaya - By The Firebirds

I found this clip on YouTube, apparently from a documentary called Papa Oom Mow Mow released back in 1994. I've always loved this song, "Margaya". The Firebirds do an excellent version in this clip. To stimulate some conversation here, please leave a comment with your favorite version of "Margaya".

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

The Col-Pop - Soda & Food In One Cup At BBQ Chicken

This is either genius or a bad marketing gimmick, but at a small (but growing) Asian fast food chain called BBQ Chicken they have a to-go meal featuring chicken nuggets and soda in a cup. Check out this video to get the full scoop.

Col-Pop: The Future of Fast-Food Technology from Adam Kuban on Vimeo.

Monday, February 04, 2008

Dick Dale at Fender NAMM 2008 Gala

Dick Dale is currently recovering from a bout with cancer - so far it sounds like things are going okay and hopefully he'll be able to get back on the road soon. To tide you over until then there are some great Dick Dale videos on YouTube, including this recent one.