Thursday, October 30, 2008


I'm just sayin'...

Check out Life On Mars. Great show. Not only do you got the most underrated hottie in America in the lead role of a female cop in 1973 who works with Spider from Goodfellas and Harvey Kietel working with this guy from 2008 who gets transported back in time to the cops' precinct in Brooklyn. And Gretchen Mol is disgustingly dope in it.


This is a true heartbreak to hear, as someone who has enjoyed going to this store for many, many years. Anyone who is a collector of anything from rare records to old toys to weird film posters to cereal box tops to old TV Guides, this is truly a sad piece of news. Below is the press release I just received from the store's owner, Ken Farrell. -Ed.


Just Kids to Close Huntington Store

Just Kids Nostalgia of Huntington, NY will soon close its doors. For more than 30 years, collectors have come to Long Island’s north shore to find that elusive collectible –whether it be a scarce TV character figure, a favorite LP from their youth, or a vintage movie poster. I have made the difficult decision to close the retail operation. Over the last ten years or so the collector's market has changed a lot, and it’s only natural that we change too. It’s important for our base of collectors to realize that we are not going out of business, but just changing the way we operate.

It’s said when one door closes, another opens, and this is certainly the case for collectors and dealers who want to take the opportunity to participate in the closing. Literally tens of thousands of vintage collectibles will be sold in the coming weeks, all at huge discounts. Anyone who has seen our store, knows that it’s bursting at the seams. We are going to start sorting through piles, boxes, shelves and drawers that are filled with material that has been stashed away for, in some cases, over a dozen years."

Items to be sold individually or in groups and lots include LP’s, movie posters, thousands of vintage comic books, miscellaneous paper, more than 200 drawers filled with an amazing selection of "smalls," autographs, rock promo posters (tons of Beatles!), movie books, pinbacks, political items, vintage clothing, cereal prizes, original illustration art, toys, games and much, much more.

This is not your every-day sale, and it is important that we clear the store of all items. There is no offer that we will not give serious consideration to. Whether an offer for one piece, for selections and groups, or for the entire store contents, we are ready to deal.

This sale will open to the public beginning at 10AM on Saturday, November 1st, and will continue until everything is sold. To start, all records and movie posters will be sold at half-price, everything else will be 25%-75% off. Dealers and collectors who want the best selection, should keep in mind that new material will be put out on a regular basis. What you don't see on a Monday may very well be there on Tuesday!

Thousands of Records and Movie Posters 50% off. Top grade collector's vinyl in all catagories. Rock, Jazz, Soundtracks, Soul, Reggae, Folk. Movie posters from the 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s plus recent releases. Vintage toys, lunch boxes, advertising, cereal boxes, rock promo posters. (Beatles, etc) Thousands of movie promo buttons, political buttons, bubble gum cards, sports memorabilia. 5,000 Silver Age comic books at $5.00 each, 1200 vintage movie books at $6.00 each. World's Fair, Autographs, Rock Memorabilia..We have a lot of Stuff.

After more than 30 years in Huntington, it’s going to be a bitter-sweet time for me, I've met literally hundreds, maybe thousands of collectors over the years and made many friends. But it’s time for a change, and I am looking forward to seeing some old faces in the coming weeks. Please stop in to say hello if you are in town.

Thank you for your support over the years,

Ken Farrell

Tuesday, October 28, 2008


Acclaimed DJ Mick Boogie has provided this rather killer mixtape that puts the Jiggaman's words against beats constructed from Coldplay songs. Even if you are someone who fancies themselves as a hater of Chris Martin and co., you will feel this right here. Enjoy! -Ed.

Viva La Hova - IT'S HERE

At long last... weeks of work, lots of anticipation, and a few last minute Internet issues (sorry)... we proudly present...

Mick Boogie and Terry Urban present:

or our new host at

Frank 151

1) Intro (produced by Mick Boogie & Terry Urban)
2) Public Speeding (produced by Cookin' Soul)
3) Know My Place (produced by The Amps)
4) Never Changing (produced by nVMe)
5) Miss Trouble (produced by Judah)
6) Back At My Place (produced by Remot)
7) No Love Coming Home (produced by The Kickdrums)
8) Lost Part 1 (produced by Coldplay)
9) A Spy's Prayer (produced by nVMe)
10) Science Is Ignorant (produced by Gooch)
11) The Reverse Fix (produced by Mick Boogie & nVMe)
12) Hola Blanco (produced by Garbs Infinite)
13) Take The Hill (produced by nVMe)
14) Lost Part 2 (remixed by Mick Boogie)
15) Cold Success (produced by 9th Wonder)
16) What If We Cry? (produced by Remot)
17) Beach Chair (produced by Coldplay)
18) Falling In Shadows (produced by 6th Sense)
19) Life of Clocks (produced by Terry Urban)
20) X-Y-Z (produced by Hasan Insane)
All blends/mixes done by Mick Boogie and Terry Urban…

Thank you to our special guest producers for contributing…

Special thanks to Glen Infante, Oncue, Uncle Wes,, Frank 151 & Dan Solomito for their special assistance…

Extra special thanks to Jay-Z and Coldplay for their inspiration, and to Danger Mouse for making projects like this appreciated by the mainstream.

If you like this project, go buy the Jay-Z and Coldplay albums!

Support quality music!

Monday, October 27, 2008


Found this online somewhere, news about the possibility of a full-on Kinks reunion. Was talking to an old pal from high school who is the biggest Kinks fan I know and swore to him this would never happen considering guitarist Dave Davies' stroke and all. But it seems like he will be on the mend. There is talk of a new album too! Let's just hope the new material is more Percy than Phobia, shall we? -Ed.

Rock Legends The Kinks Moving Closer To Reunion

Legendary British rock band The Kinks have taken a step closer to a reunion - frontman Ray Davies' brother Dave is back on his feet after a long illness. The 60s rockers are keen to reunite for live gigs and to record new material, but Davies revealed last month that they were only "three quarters of the way" towards their dream because Dave Davies still feels the effects of a stroke he suffered in 2004.

But the "You Really Got Me" hitmakers are now eyeing up a series of gigs next year - because their ailing guitarist is on the mend.

Ray Davies says, "Dave seems very chipper and on good form. He's moving well and has made good progress. My thought is we'll do it (the reunion)."

The Kinks' "Sunny Afternoon"

Saturday, October 18, 2008

IRT no. 9.5 Fall 2008

Grab it here:

Hope you enjoy it.



Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Neil Young Historic 1968 Set To Be Released by Thanksgiving, Archives Set Delayed

From my man JA Cohen courtesy of

October 13, 2008 , 12:20 PM ET

Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
There's good news and bad news for long-suffering Neil Young fans. The good: highlights from a sought-after Nov. 9-10, 1968, run from the Canterbury House in Ann Arbor, Mich., will be released as "Sugar Mountain: Live at Canterbury House 1968" Nov. 25 via Reprise.

The bad: Young's endlessly delayed "Archives Vol. 1 (1963-1972)" is officially pushed back to some point in 2009. Young has waffled about whether the project will only be available on Blu-ray and DVD or whether there will be CDs sold; the latest word from Reprise is that "Archives" will be Blu-ray only.

"Sugar Mountain," which will not be included in "Archives Vol. 1," was taped a few days shy of Young's 23rd birthday. Young had split from Buffalo Springfield six months earlier, and was testing out his solo material in front of audiences more accustomed to seeing him perform with a band.

The album features future young staples such as "Mr. Soul," "Expecting To Fly," the title track and "Broken Arrow," along with several snippets of between-song banter where Young discusses the menial jobs he held in Toronto and what he spent his first big royalty check on (an old Bentley).

Here is the track list for "Sugar Mountain":

(Emcee intro)
"On the Way Home"
Songwriting rap
"Mr. Soul"
Recording rap
"Expecting To Fly"
"The Last Trip To Tulsa"
Bookstore rap
"The Loner"
"I used to" rap
"Winterlong" (excerpt) and "Out of My Mind" (intro)
"Out of My Mind"
"If I Could Have Her Tonight"
Classical Gas rap
"Sugar Mountain" (intro)
"Sugar Mountain"
"I've Been Waiting for You"
Songs rap
"Nowadays Clancy Can't Even Sing"
"Tuning Rap & the Old Laughing Lady" (intro)
"The Old Laughing Lady"
"Broken Arrow"

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Talking Heads Live in Las Vegas 1979

Please enjoy this excellent Heads soundboard from the Stardust Room in Las Vegas on Sept. 29, 1979, courtesy of the fine anonymous fellows at Guitars 101.

Talking Heads - 1979-09-29 - Las Vegas (Sbd mp3@320)
Talking Heads - 1979-09-29 - Las Vegas
(Soundboard mp3@320)

01 - Artists Only
02 - Stay Hungry
03 - Cities
04 - Paper
05 - Mind
06 - Heaven
07 - Electric Guitar
08 - Air
09 - New Feeling
10 - Building On Fire
11 - Found A job
12 - Psycho Killer
13 - Life During Wartime
14 - Take Me To The River

mirror here:

Wednesday, October 8, 2008


In honor of the Obama T-shirt I just received from, the same one homeboy from Sub Pop noise rockers No Age attempted to rock on the Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson, I found this interesting piece on the Sub Pop website about how CBS tried to pull some bullshit and forbid guitarist Randy Randall from wearing the shirt during the group's performance, scheduled to air later this month. Strange, I thought they were totally for the big O after Katie Couric's painful interview with Sarah Palin... Ed.

Late last week our friends in No Age taped a performance on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, to air later this month, on October 27th. Between the band’s rehearsal and when this taping was to take place, No Age’s guitarist Randy Randall was asked to wear something other than the Obama t-shirt he had on (which you can see and admire in the associated photo here – he looks good, right??). The folks working at the show explained that due to the Equal Time Rule, allowing No Age to perform on TV in an Obama t-shirt would force them to allow similar, equal time for that other, elderly fellow who is running in the upcoming Presidential election. So, after a whole lot of wrestling with his conscience and conversation about the situation, Randy decided to go on with the show, and having hand-written the words “Free Health Care” on the inside of his t-shirt, performed wearing it inside-out.

We got an email from Randy last night and it’s clear that this experience is really not sitting well with him. You can and really should read his note below. And, below that, you can read a post from Arthur Magazine’s editor Jay Babcock about why it’s important for us all to pay attention to what the various artists in our lives have to say. Please take the time to do so!

As a brief side note, after reading through the info about this Equal Time Rule, it seems to cover actual appearances by political candidates (and has been broadened to include stuff like movies starring a political candidate – Reagan in Bedtime for Bonzo, for example). But, it’s tough to understand how that would apply to candidates’ likenesses on t-shirts as well. Had CBS allowed Randy to play a No Age song on TV in an Obama shirt, would they have then been obligated to book a band (or other guest?) who would agree to appear on national TV in a McCain shirt? If that’s the case, and while it’s totally fair and understandable for Randy to construe all of this as censorship, we can sympathize with CBS’s decision here. Think of the unbearably shitty bands they would be forced to book! And, Ted Nugent is SUPER BUSY these days.

More importantly, here’s Randy:

Hello All,

I apologize for mass email but I feel that it is important to get this out to as many people as possible. I have recently come under what can only be called extreme censorship. On Oct 2nd No Age was scheduled to perform on the Late Late show with Craig Ferguson, to be broadcast on CBS later this month. I felt it was important to voice my choice for presidential candidate, Barack Obama, seeing as the episode would air 8 days before election day. We rehearsed on the stage and were waiting to film our performance when I was told that I would not be able to wear my Barack Obama t shirt. I was shocked, it seemed like some kind of joke, especially coming from a show like the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, produced by David Letterman’s production company World Wide Pants. The representatives of CBS said that by wearing an Obama T-shirt I would be violating the FCC rule of equal time for all candidates. However there there is a doctrine of fairness that former President Ronald Reagan and current president George W Bush supported the repeal of in order to allow themselves more time in the media. Regardless, the Equal Time Rule clearly favors candidates with more financial support. Ralph Nader and Ron Paul are not seen nearly as much as Obama and McCain.

I had to look at what I was up against and with 5 minutes before we were supposed to shoot I had only a handful of options. I could either A) walk away from the show and decline from appearing on the show, or B) change my T-shirt. My first choice was A. However, after talking way past the 5 minute mark, Dean and I decided that it would be better to take advantage of the stage we had at our disposal. I decided to make an appeal for “Free Health Care” on my T-shirt seeing as I was unable to voice my support for Barack Obama. Access to affordable health care is an issue very near to my heart for many personal reasons and I am sure that many of you can relate. I have lost and stood by as many of my close family members have battled with terrible illnesses. I have myself gone through traumatic hospitalizations only to come out the other side alive but horribly in debt.

I encourage all of you to speak out about your political views and your feelings about the many issues that are up for discussion at this crucial time in American history. CBS and major media outlets DO NOT speak for me. I do not look to corporate media to inform my views on the issues. Together through our communities we can make a difference and make it a point to express our views in order to shape our world into a better place.

Thank you,
Randy Randall

And, here’s Arthur ed. Jay Babcock’s response:

Who Cares What Musicians Think About Politics? They're Not Experts, They're Artists--Which Is Exactly Why We Should Listen.
Posted Tue Oct 7, 2008 4:11pm PDT by Jay Babcock in The ARTHUR Blog

Last week I got a call from Randy Randall, guitarist for Los Angeles rock duo No Age, who are currently on the Sub Pop record label. Randy was flustered, talking a mile-a-minute, about what had just gone down. The band had just finished performing a song for some sort of Craig Ferguson/CBS TV thing that was to be broadcast October 27--just over a week before the presidential election. Cameras were about to roll when suddently they were told by an on-set CBS underling that something needed to go: Randy's Obama t-shirt.

This wasn't because CBS wanted No Age to go topless. They're keeping that for the spring break special. No, this was because, the CBS person said, the Obama shirt was on-air editorializing--a possible violation of some FCC edict which this person claimed called for equal time to be given to opposing political viewpoints.

One problem: the last remnant of the so-called "Fairness Doctrine" was repealed in 1987; the repeal was upheld by court ruling in 1989.

Since then, corrollary rules of the Fairness Doctrine--the "personal attack" rule and the "political editorial" rule--have also been struck down in the courts, with the last court ruling (and subsequent FCC order) coming in 2000.

In short, there is no fairness rule. Randy's Obama shirt was perfectly broadcastable under every existing law.

But neither No Age nor their people at Sub Pop were aware of the Fairness Doctrine's long-ago demise, and took CBS at their word.

After much deliberation, Randy put on another shirt, which said "Free Health Care," the band played, and the show will, apparently, air.

Some of the slower folks out there may rejoin with, Well who the heck cares what rock musicians think about the election? They should just shut up and play their songs. Leave politics to the experts! On with the doggone show!

What experts are these people talking about? Experts on public policy like the Republican vice presidential candidate? Maybe Bill O'Reilly? Tom Friedman? Rush Limbaugh? Katie Couric? Whoopi Goldberg? All the other nattering goofheads on CBS, ABC, NBC, Fox, CNN and PBS--all of which are underwritten by corporate America, wealthy advertisers, upper-class endowments and the government itself?


The political situation in this country--heck, on this planet--is far too serious to leave it to these so-called experts, useful idiots and outright bought-and-paid-for whores to debate on our public airwaves.

What we need are other voices, the voices that humanity has always listened to in times of trouble: the voices of the visionaries, the poets, the authors, the ones with a longer view and a deeper sense of what's at stake, who can tell us more about what's going on and why, and perhaps bring us new metaphors, new ways of thinking, new ways of seeing, the situation we face. This country desperately needs to better understand what is happening to itself, and to imagine a better future. Well, artists work with imagination and observation - that is their field. It's long past time we let them back in to the discussion. And it's time to listen to what they're saying--and yes, to look at what they're wearing, too. Time is running out.

Jay Babcock is editor and publisher of Arthur, the free all ages counterculture magazine.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008


Burbank, CA- Grammy-winning vocalist and songwriter Seal will release a new album, SOUL, on Warner Bros. Records on November 11, 2008. It is the best-selling artist's sixth studio album and was created in partnership with legendary producer David Foster.

SOUL is comprised of eleven classic soul songs that each evokes their own drama, emotion and romance. Seal brings his unique, signature style to the album and found a great collaborative spirit working with Foster.

"Someone once said ‘...the album will sound like the time you had making it'.... Never before has it been as true as in the process of recording this record," Seal said. "Although David and I had been acquaintances before, we'd never quite managed to work together. Upon doing so, I was quick to realize that I was in the presence of true greatness. I've worked with a lot of producers before, but never have I come across anyone as naturally gifted and knowledgeable as David. If you are fortunate enough to have that combination, then you find that the album-making process tends to go very swiftly, making this the smoothest and most enjoyable album I have ever made. And if you are exceptionally fortunate, you find yourself also having made a great friend. I cannot thank him enough."

"I've made a lot of records in my time, but I've never enjoyed the recording experience more than I have with Seal. I think he's the only singer on the planet that could do this album, bringing something new and fresh to these classics, paying tremendous respect to their heritage, but, at the same time, owning them and making them uniquely ‘Seal.' He was born to sing these songs and all we've got to do is hang on for what is going to be a ‘killer' ride," David Foster said.

The London-born singer first emerged from Britain 's house music scene in the early '90s providing vocals and lyrics for techno artist Adamski's 1990 hit "Killer." The Top Ten debut single "Crazy," followed, and Seal would go on to earn critical acclaim and worldwide commercial success over four albums. Seal's prodigious vocal gifts — his soaring, husky baritone that has become a signature on such hits as "Prayer for the Dying," "Kiss From a Rose," and "Don't Cry" — amplify the emotion he brings to a song.

To learn more, listen to streaming audio, and watch music video clips, please visit his website at .

The track-listing for SOUL is as follows. Please note this is not a final album sequence.

1 . A Change Is Gonna Come - Sam Cooke
2. I Can't Stand The Rain - Ann Pebbles
3. It's A Man's Man's Man's World - James Brown
4. Knock On Wood - Eddie Floyd
5. I've Been Loving You Too Long - Otis Redding
6. Here I Am (Come And Take Me) - Al Green
7. If You Don't Know Me By Now - Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes
8. It's Alright - The Impressions
9. I'm Still In Love With You - Al Green
10. Free - Deniece Williams
11. People Get Ready - The Impressions