Saturday Matinee – Buddy Merrill, Neil LeVang, Tommy Emmanuel with Billy Strings, & Molly Tuttle

Saturday, 6 June 2020 by

Buddy Merrill played for Lawrence Welk‘s Champagne Music Makers for twenty years before he decided he didn’t like playing on camera.

You might not know his name, but you’ve heard his work.
Neil LeVang was one of the greatest studio guitar players of all time, played on many TV shows and movie soundtracks. Lawrence Welk hired him when Buddy Merrill was drafted.

Tommy Emmanuel & Billy Strings do things with guitars that just aren’t supposed to be done [via].

One more. Molly Tuttle has the perfect voice and style for this John Hartford cover. If that ain’t morning roadtrip music, nothing is.

Have a great weekend, watch out for the guys in black, and we’ll see you back here tomorrow for stuff.

The .Gif Friday Post No. 387 – The Karma Lesson, Slo-Mo Gravity & Head Banger [Plus Bonus!]

Friday, 5 June 2020 by

[Found here, here and here.]


Here’s a bonus protest .gif found on Twitter – with audio! Go full screen! We’re on your side!

 

Here’s The Proof

Thursday, 4 June 2020 by

[Found here.]

Souvenir Cartridge

Wednesday, 3 June 2020 by

“This bullet was found on the roof of Kuwait International Hotel where the invaders camped during their last days. Today, the KIH presents you this limited edition souvenir for “GOOD LUCK” just as the hotel survived the war without major damage. November 1991″

Found that tucked away in my home office desk. I think it’s a .50 caliber Browning NATO casing, but I wasn’t smart enough to photo the head stamp before I mailed it off to a veteran friend.

Above: Kuwait International Hotel after occupation by Iraqi forces in 1991. Much of the interior was burned out as these pictures show. More on cartridge casings here.

Barberella

Tuesday, 2 June 2020 by

[Found here.]

My WebEx Meeting Notes for May 2020

Monday, 1 June 2020 by

9AM daily. Pen on paper, 8-1/2 x 11

[Meeting notes for April 2020 here.]

Slightly Thaumatropical Hot Links

Sunday, 31 May 2020 by

Ken Nordine – Flibberty Jib – 1957

Matches.

Tesla Valve.

The Buffalo Song [ht/ JW].

Very cool interactive photos of WWII [h/t B&P].

Tesla Valve demonstration… using propane [h/t Phil].

Fun Facts To Know And Tell:

A new kind of spider was discovered in 2012. It has a velvet body and lives underground, hence the genus name LouReedia.

“After hearing the Guinness Book of World Records planned to name him the most litigious man, one federal prisoner did what he does best — he sued.” Story here.

Dr. Tatiana’s Sex Advice to All Creation reports that sea turtles need to watch their backs, because bottle-nosed dolphins enjoy having sex with them (as well as with sharks and eels). [Source]


[Top image: On 16 May 2020, the USS Portland disabled a UAV with a laser. Story & video here.]


From the Archives: 1 year ago. 5 years ago. 10 years ago.


Saturday Matinee – Lou Reed, Tom Waits & Popa Chubby

Saturday, 30 May 2020 by

Lou Reed had an incredible a vocal range. In 2015, as he was about to be (posthumously) inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, his sister wrote about their early years in A Family In Peril.

Tom Waits‘ “Telephone call from Istanbul” from the movie Big Time. The missus-to-be and I saw it at the Nuart in L.A., and I remember it being damn surreal.

Popa Chubby (aka Theodore Joseph “Ted” Horowitz) cranks out Hambone Willie Newbern‘s “Roll and Tumble Blues” (1929).

Have great weekend, folks, and be sure to wear a mask and maintain proper social distance if you decide to go looting and burning businesses in your neighborhood. See you back here tomorrow.

The .Gif Friday Post No.386 – Slappin’ The Turtle, The Cat in the Mat & Clear Glass

Friday, 29 May 2020 by

[Found here, here and here.]

Time.

Thursday, 28 May 2020 by

[Found here.]


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