Friday, June 23, 2017

Pop Culture Roundup: Captain Marvel; comics covers

Via Slay, Monstrobot: The girls all faint over that dreamy crooner, Captain Marvel.


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Via BoingBoing: Classic comics covers as balloon art.


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

New Brian Wilson compilation features two unreleased tracks

Playback: The Brian Wilson Anthology collects 18 tracks from Wilson's solo career, including two never before released. The album is out Sept. 22. You can pre-order it on CD or vinyl now from Amazon.

The new tracks are "Some Sweet Day," from Wilson's early 1990s sessions with Andy Paley (other tunes from that era have never been officially released) and a new track especially for this release,  "Run, James Run," which was the working title of Pet Sounds' instrumental title track, originally composed as a James Bond them.

Here's the complete track listing:
  1. Love and Mercy (from the Brian Wilson album)
  2. Heroes and Villains (from Brian Wilson Presents Smile)
  3. Surf’s Up (from Brian Wilson Presents Smile)
  4. Melt Away (from Brian Wilson)
  5. Let It Shine (from Brian Wilson)
  6. Some Sweet Day
  7. Rio Grande (from Brian Wilson)
  8. Cry (from Imagination)
  9. Lay Down Burden (from Imagination)
  10. The First Time (from Live at the Roxy Theater)
  11. This Isn’t Love (from Live at the Rox Theater)
  12. Soul Searchin’ (Duet with Carl Wilson) (from Gettin' In Over My Head)
  13. Gettin’ In Over My Head (from Gettin' In Over My Head)
  14. The Like in I Love You (from Brian Wilson Reimagines George Gershwin)
  15. Midnight’s Another Day (from That Luck Old Sun)
  16. Colors of the Wind (from In the Key of Disney)
  17. One Kind of Love (from No Pier Pressure)
  18. Run, James, Run

Pic: The Master returns to "Doctor Who"

Here's a first look at John Simms, reprising his role as the Master on this week's episode of "Doctor Who." Nice Roger Delgato-style goatee!


New on video June 20, 2017: Car Wash

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Car Wash


Monday, June 19, 2017

Batcaves: What will $800 buy?

From Mego to Lego, various folks have made Batcave playsets and replicas (a fancier name for playset). But this must be the most elaborate to date: Factory Entertainment's "1966 Series Batcave Desktop Sculpture," yours for only $799.99.

The set includes LED lights, a "pulsating color change effect" for the cave's atomic power core, flashing lights on select monitors and screens, and a rotating turntable for the Batmobile (not included!).

Looks like fun, and look is all I can do.

Batman '66 action figures from Funko up for order

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Pop Artifact: Superman Colorforms set



Pop Pick: "Jonny Quest: Original Television Soundtrack"

Everything, of course, was cool about Jonny Quest - the characters, the look, the action, the whole kid-as-adventure-hero premise - but one of the coolest was the swinging soundtrack.

Now that music gets its due in a limited edition, 2-CD package from the excellent outfit, La-La Land Records. The set is packed with jazzy, exotic, adventure-filled themes and cues that will soundtrack any scenarios you can conjure in your head. Lots of crackling drums, brass stabs and grooving bass, with the occasional tabla and flute thrown in. Most of the music was composed by Hoyt Curtin, who also created music for "Top Cat," "The Flintstones" and other series.

A detailed booklet provides great historical background on the series and how the music was created. You can order the album here.