John Lennon: 30 Years Ago

It simply doesn’t seem possible, but it’s true: today marks the thirtieth anniversary of John Lennon’s tragic death. It’s a particularly difficult subject for me to discuss because, in so many ways, his music occupies a very special, very deep, and very personal place in my life.  John, always ebulliently self-effacing, would smirk and slag […]

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The My Way Killings

Apparently, doing it your way can get you killed. The New York Times reports that the Philippines has been hit by a series of murders all supposedly provoked by karaoke versions of the Frank Sinatra classic “My Way.”  Apparently over a dozen people have been bumped off after singing the song in karaoke bars leading […]

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69 Years Ago Today …

Today John lennon would have turned 69 years old, had he not been so brutally taken away back in 1980. It doesn’t seem possible that he’s been gone nearly 30 years, anymore than it seems possible that, had he lived, the Beatles’ founding member would be flirting with 70.  I put it down to the […]

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Favorite Website of the Week: Janet Klein and her Parlor Boys

I heart Janet Klein because she’s no gimmick:  this  Southern California native is the genuine article. A neo- flapper who has brought to life the all but forgotten sound of early 20th century music in the most extraordinarily authentic way. It is a feat that is possible only because she happens to be consummate authority […]

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Beatles Downloads–Pulled from the Internet

It was, of course, too good to be true. Yesterday we were thrilled with the exciting news that Norwegian broadcaster NRK had legally released Beatles songs for download. Today our shoulders are shrugged and all we can say is, if it sounds too good to be true it probably is. NRK  has had to pull […]

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Beatles Downloads – for Free and for Real

According to BoingBoing, a Norwegian broadcasting company called NRK signed a deal with TONO that gives NRK the rights to publish podcasts of all previously broadcasted radio. This means that NRK can publish the show ‘Our Daily Beatles.’ The show tells the story of each Beatles song ever recorded in chronological order. So no need […]

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John Lennon Animated Video “I Met the Walrus”

OK, now this is clever. Cheers to Current and BoingBoing for this one. Earlier this year, director Josh Raskin was nominated for an Oscar for his animated short film “I Met the Walrus.” Yesterday being the anniversary of John Lennon’s cruel assassination, it is only right to highlight it here on the Pictorial. This five […]

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John Lennon Animated Video "I Met the Walrus"

OK, now this is clever. Cheers to Current and BoingBoing for this one. Earlier this year, director Josh Raskin was nominated for an Oscar for his animated short film “I Met the Walrus.” Yesterday being the anniversary of John Lennon’s cruel assassination, it is only right to highlight it here on the Pictorial. This five […]

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The Beatles White Album: It Was 40 Years Ago Today

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of The Beatles’ legendary White Album, I’ve decided to post a vid from the recording sessions. As you know, the White Album has become synonymous with explosive creativity (nevermind the “self indulgent filler” as Rolling Stone calls its many transitional pieces) and has remained fresh to this day because […]

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The Bob Dylan/Johnny Cash sessions

How’s this for iconic? The unreleased tracks from Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash’s recording sessions in 1968 are now avilable for download on the internet courtesy of the uber cool Aquarium Drunkard website. This really needs no introduction, so stop reading this blog and START DOWNLOADING NOW. (The site also has MP3’s for Neil Young’s […]

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