Friday, June 16, 2017

Beth Ditto - Fake Sugar - News - Now Streaming on NPR

For most of us Beth Ditto is relatively unknown. For years she was part of the band called The Gossip. They released their final album in 2012, A Joyful Noise. Prior to leaving the band Beth Ditto released a solo self-titled EP in 2011.

Since then, she has only made guest appearances. On others recordings and has occupied herself with promoting her own clothing line, and has also been involved with cosmetics and jewelry. Aside from her many interests, you can learn a bit more from her memoir that you can easily find on Amazon “Coal to Diamonds: A Memoir.”

Beth Ditto's first full-length Album as a solo artist, is out now.
Beth said she spent two years writing the tracks, and that should give you an indication of the quality she was striving for. On this new album, Fake Sugar she gets there! It is solid start to finish!

Her new album may be the biggest surprise of the year because of how good it is. For sure this is the new direction of pop-rock and the songs here are extremely infectious. Beth is a powerhouse vocalist that impresses everyone. Her talent cannot be denied and her music is great!

Check it out before you buy it at the following NPR link.

Beth Ditto - Fake Sugar - Track List

1. "Fire"
2. "In And Out"
3. "Fake Sugar"
4. "Savoire Faire"
5. "We Could Run"
6. "Oo La La"
7. "Go Baby Go"
8. "Oh My God"
9. "Love In Real Life"
10. "Do You Want Me To"
11. "Lover"
12. "Clouds"

Monday, June 12, 2017

Lindsey Buckingham Christine McVie - New Album Streaming Online

Here's an album that no one thought would ever happen – a first ever collaboration from Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie. OK, it's actually a little bit more than that. It also features Mac band mates Mick Fleetwood and John McVie performing the rhythm section of these tracks. In fact the songs are so typical of what you get with a Mac album that is what you almost get here.

Strangely, there's that one magical element missing that keeps this from being a Fleetwood Mac album and it's the absence of the Welsh Witch.

No clue as to what is going on with that. Regardless, you are still getting a collection of ten new songs that are all amazing.

Best tracks are In My World, On With The Show, Red Sun, Too Far Gone...but I am sure that you'll like all of the new songs.

Although this new album is not a Mac album proper, it should not be overlooked, because it's packed tightly with 10 new songs of amazing quality. There's impeccably brilliant guitar performances from Lindsey that tells you this effort is no lazy knock-off. The variety of string arrangements indicates also that this is well thought out. One can only imagine that there must be numerous takes of these tracks in order to achieve such fantastic results.

Lindsey and Christine are on top of their game here in every way. The new album they give us, adds yet another memorable chapter to rock's longest running soap opera!




For any Fleetwood Mac fan, you'll really love this new album.

The whole album is available to stream online with YouTube.
Just click on the video above.

Rock On!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Chuck Berry's New Album Chuck - Reviewed

The spectacular new album “Chuck” is filled with familiar and memorable guitar play and features reworked classics with new lyrics "Lady B. Goode" is a sequel to "Johnny B. Goode," and "Jamaica Moon" is a rewrite of "Havana Moon." The first single is “Big Boys.” It's his first new album in 38 years, and it's a classic already.

It's a Berry record all through and there's no over produced garbage in this set. It's a refreshing new album that has that classic throwback feel. What's more it's a family affair and the overall impression I get is that this was a fun project. It has the fun feel to it and that along with his touring band, appearances from Tom Morello and Gary Clark Jr. and three generations of Berrys – Chuck, his son Charles Berry Jr., and grandson Charles Berry III, along with his daughter Ingrid make this an album to get for sure.

The album is lyrically reflective and is dedicated to Themetta "Toddy" Berry, his wife of 68 years. He sings about her in a few songs, while the gospel-tinged “Darlin” is for his daughter Ingrid. Some of the songs date back to the eighties and nineties, he's worked on this album off and on for many years, never was he in a hurry as he put performances and touring as his top priority. Still, he tinkered away here and there until he had a complete album.

Chuck is scheduled for release on Friday, June 16th, but you can stream it first with the link below.

Although not a single, the song Dutchman is the best new song on this album.
Check it out!

Stream Chuck Berry's Final Album Chuck on NPR 4 FREE

CHUCK - Track List
1. Wonderful Woman
2. Big Boys
3. You Go To My Head
4. 3/4 Time (Enchiladas)
5. Darlin'
6. Lady B. Goode
7. She Still Loves You
8. Jamaica Moon
9. Dutchman
10. Eyes Of Man

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Remembering the day after in 1989


The bravest man in this photo probably died on this day in 1989, but he will never be forgotten He will live forever in the hearts of many


Even after all of these years there is no reliable information about the identity or fate of the unknown protester.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

The Top 10 Movies of the month of May 2017

The Top 10 Movies of the month of May 2017

1 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
2 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
3 Alien: Covenant
4 Snatched
5 King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
6 Baywatch
7 Everything, Everything
8 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul
9 Lowriders
10 The Wall

Here's your top ten films from the month of May. A longer list of feature films that are still in live release can be found with the provided link below. The link below also gives you more detailed information about theater showings, percent change, studio budgets and more. This brief post only highlights the top ten films from the past month.


Cheers!

Friday, May 19, 2017

The Cassandra Crossing 1976

Passengers on a European train have been exposed to a deadly disease. Nobody will let them off the train so what happens next? Suspense...intrigue...lots of characters and sub-plots.

The Cassandra Crossing is a 1976 Disaster - Thriller film directed by George Pan Cosmatos and features an All-Star cast that includes Richard Harris, Sophia Loren, Martin Sheen, Burt Lancaster, Lee Strasberg, Ava Gardner and O. J. Simpson.

An infected Swedish terrorist stows away on this train and inadvertantly infects other passengers. The suspense builds as the Dr. aboard begins to suspect the disease is not as serious as originally thought: after a number of the passengers have become infected, only a few of those have actually died. He radios in suggesting the infected portion of the train be uncoupled and isolated, but encounters resistance and discovers that there is no intention of stopping the train.

Because, as the Dr. suspects if the train should fall, and the Cassandra Crossing collapses, it will neatly cover-up the fact that the U.S has been harboring germ warfare agents in a neutral country. With time running out the passengers on the train work together to stop the train before it reaches the Cassandra Crossing. Will they make it?

It's an All-Star cast epic disaster film that might have been better recieved if the fad for such films had not already passed.

This movie has a little bit of everything, and it's not often that you'll see Burt Lancaster in a role of an unscrupulous character. They only thing this film doesn't have is your usual Sonny Bono cameo, my guess is he wasn't available during the shoot.

What I like best about this film is that the ending is unsettled, it's not predictably resolved into some blissful Hollywood happy ending. The end is yet to be determined. So enjoy.

*Feel free to download and or repost this film, share it with your friends, they may like it as well.


Cast

  • Sophia Loren as Jennifer Rispoli Chamberlain
  • Richard Harris as Dr. Jonathan Chamberlain
  • Burt Lancaster as Col. Stephen MacKenzie
  • Martin Sheen as Robby Navarro
  • Lee Strasberg as Herman Kaplan
  • Ava Gardner as Nicole Dressler
  • Ingrid Thulin as Dr. Elena Stradner
  • O. J. Simpson as Haley
  • Lionel Stander as Max (Train Conductor)
  • Alida Valli as Nanny
  • Ann Turkel as Susan
  • John Phillip Law as Major Stack
  • Lou Castel as Swedish terrorist
  • Ray Lovelock as Tom
  • John P. Dulaney as Bobby
  • Thomas Hunter as Captain Scott
  • Fausta Avelli as Caterina

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Monday, May 8, 2017

Summer Day Camp 2017 - Canton Parks and Recreation

Canton Parks & Recreation is hosting a 10 week Summer Day Camp for children ages 6 to 12 years of age.

The 10 Week Program begins MONDAY, JUNE 5th and runs through FRIDAY, AUGUST 11th. It is a Monday through Friday Day Camp Program.

NEW Location: Weis Park
2600 Harvard Avenue N.W., 44709
Regular Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Kids will enjoy different themed activities throughout the week, and will also take special field trips during the week, and see special guests during each week.

This program is a great way for children to make new friends and create long lasting memories.

Our little one is extremely excited for these new adventures.

For parents in the Stark County area, you should check this out.

For more information about Summer Day Camp please contact the office at 330-456-4521



Blondie - Pollinator Review w/ Fun Single (Official Audio)

Blondie - Pollinator
Reviewed May 8th, 2017

You know how you feel when you buy a new album? Sometimes you put out good $$ and like what you get, while other times, what you pay for leaves you disappointed. This album is a sure bet, you'll be glad you bought it! From start to finish it's among the best out so far this year!

Blondie's career as a band spans decades. Early on their albums were merely vehicles to sell singles. In their early days, there were plenty of singles. Late in their career, there are still singles, but they appeal mostly to adult contemporary audience. The strength of Blondie music today is in how they have matured into a better band.

Now they make great albums, better albums than their early work. Their work today is more polished, with better arrangements. Their music is better performed, with top-notch production.

Most of the new album consists of songs they were offered from artists such as Sia, Charli XCX, Johnny Marr and others. Pollinator features guest contributions from Joan Jett - The Gregory Brothers - John Roberts - Adam Johnston & Laurie Anderson.

Usually when an artist relies too heavily on contributions and collaborations from others their effort fails, but that doesn't happen here. The contributors compliment Blondie, they don't dominate their sound. All of the songs are really strong and this is an album you'll be glad you bought and I'm sure you'll play it over and again. It really is an album where all the songs are strong, from beginning to end, and that's are rare thing to find these days. It's a perfect party album, and if you read other articles about this new album Blondie says they are serious about fun, and with this new effort you will get plenty of that.

Fans can look forward to seeing Blondie and Garbage on the co-headlining "Rage and Rapture Tour" that will run from July 5th in Saratoga, California, and wrapping up on August 12th in Dallas, Texas.

Their single “Fun” was a Number 1 hit back in February.
Other great tracks include, Long Time, Doom or Destiny, My Monster, Gravity and my favorites are the last two songs Fragments that then leads to their hidden bonus track of Tonight.


The hidden track 'Tonight' is in my opinion the best track on the album.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Check Out YouTube's New Design

YouTube Dark Mode
YouTube has a new look

The new design aims to be simple and consistent. It has more white space. The white background comes across as smoother and more pleasing, but it is not too different from the previous design, and the squared icons get replaced with round thumbnails.

The biggest change is that you have more control options available through your icon in the top right, and of course now you can turn on a new "dark mode," this replaces all the white UI and makes it easier on the eyes. The dark mode switch is in the new profile menu, which you can access by clicking on your profile picture in the top right.

The design isn't rolling out for everyone yet. So, if you want to try it out, go to your youtube.com and add /new - youtube.com/new

You can easily switch back to Classic Mode by clicking your profile picture in the upper right and scrolling down to select it.

YouTube says it will have "quicker feature development from here on out." It cites the dark theme as the first of these Polymer-enabled features and says, "This is only the beginning—you can look forward to more powerful new features coming soon!"

The new design looks good, but the downside so far is that enabling it will also disable your YouTube downloading extensions that you may have installed. Try it out and remember you an always switch back to classic mode. Extension developers are probably already writing new code for the new design.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Top 10 Movies of April 2017

The Top 10 Movies of the month of April 2017

1 The Fate of the Furious
2 Smurfs: The Lost Village
3 Going in Style (2017)
4 Gifted
5 The Case for Christ
6 How to be a Latin Lover
7 Baahubali 2: The Conclusion
8 The Circle (2017)
9 Unforgettable (2017)
10 Born in China

Here's your top ten films from the month of April. A longer list of feature films that are still in live release can be found with the provided link below. The link below also gives you more detailed information about theater showings, percent change, studio budgets and more. This brief post only highlights the top ten films from the past month.
 
Cheers!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Michelle Branch Hopeless Romantic New Album Out Now!

Four months into the new year, and the new music coming out thus far has not been much to get excited about.

Well be glad you landed here on this blog page, I am going to point you in the right direction, I've found a new album by an artist many have forgotten about, and haven't heard from in many years. Michelle Branch has just released her first album in 14 years and it's called Hopeless Romantic.

The new album came together in 2015-2016 and Michelle finally signed with Verve. 

The album was just released on April 7th and it's better than anything she has ever done before. She has developed what she calls her new sound and made it more personal. Her new sound she describes as “laid back rock.”

The album's real strength is in the quality of all of these songs, they are all great. Several will become singles, that I'm sure of. It's a well crafted album with excellent production and musicianship. The vocals are as perfect as all of the songs.

If you're looking for new songs to plug into and be able to play again and again then this album is for you!

The album is so good it will be among the year's best and very likely one of the most talked about.

For more about Michelle's long absence from music follow the link provided, and read the nice piece by Alyse Whitney.



Rock On!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The Original Fast And The Furious 1955 Full Movie

Forget all about Vin Diesel, Jason Statham, Dwayne Johnson, Charlize Theron, Scott Eastwood, and Michelle Rodriguez...at least until the weekend!

This Fast and Furious Flick is a Roger Corman Classic production from 1955 and stars a guy with one of the coolest names ever, John Ireland. John Ireland plays Frank Webster.



After breaking out of jail, Frank Webster, who's been serving time for a murder he did not commit, is on the run. He quickly gets spotted in a little cafe and has to fight to get away. In his escape he takes hostage a young woman named Connie and her Jaguar.

She tries to escape a few times, which leads him to treat her more roughly than he wanted to, but of course they eventually fall in love. Frank plans to escape into Mexico by entering a race that crosses the border.

The plan never happens as, Connie informs the police. She wants Frank to clear his name, and in the end he finally agrees.

It's a pretty straightforward Roger Corman film from long ago. It is interesting to watch and this film is where the new franchise takes its initial inspiration from. Today's movies rely more on special effects and stunts, but the old classics live on. They have more character and seem to be more real and genuine.

This was a B-Movie that did well and has an excellent cast and direction.




For those of you who love the old classics check it out on YouTube.

In the final closing moments of the film Frank's best line was, 
“It isn't what you are that counts...it's what you get taken for.” - Frank Webster

Check it out
Enjoy!

Amazon Launches Amazon Cash

Amazon Launches Amazon Cash, another way to shop its site without a bank card

Amazon recently launched Amazon Cash, a new service that allows consumers to add cash to their Amazon.com balance by showing a bar-code at a participating retailer, then having the cash applied immediately to their online Amazon account. The service supports adding any amount between $15 and $500 in a single transaction.

Amazon Cash is now available at these brick-and-mortar retailers in the U.S. CVS Pharmacy, Speedway, Sheetz, Kum & Go, D&W Fresh Market, Family Fare Supermarkets, and VG’s Grocery. Amazon says that other stores will be added in the future.

Amazon Cash is really aimed at the cash customer. Yes, believe it or not, there’s quite a few folks out there who don’t have a bank account, credit cards or even a debit card. Many of these people don't even shop online and never have. Amazon Cash is just another way for people to experience online shopping without having to worry over issues with credit/debit cards.

More than a quarter of all consumers are still cash consumers, so this new program could be enticing to some of these shoppers.

The new service is for anyone who just wants to deposit some cash in their Amazon.com account, without hassle. The big advantage here is that, as soon as you checkout at the register, the funds are available in the customer’s Amazon account, and there are no fees!

You do need to have an Amazon account and from there go to manage funds and print out your bar-code that can be re-used anytime. I'd keep the barcode scanned in a photo or a file on my phone, but you can also print it out and keep it in your wallet or purse.

Customers only need to show their bar-code to the cashier, and tell them how much cash they want to apply to their account. The cashier then scans the bar-code and the customer pays with their cash.

The funds will be available instantly. Customers are alerted to this via a notification sent to their email or registered phone number with Amazon.


*This is not to be confused with Amazon's Gift cards.
The only bad thing here is the very limited number of retailers taking Amazon Cash. Hopefully it will expand to include many others, including the ones you frequently use.

Cheers!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Top 10 Movies of March 2017

March was not a very good month for the movie makers. Four of the top ten came out in the very last week of the month and two of those opened on the 31st.

Here's your top ten films for the month of March and remember to follow the link provided to find out more.

A longer list of feature films that are still in live release can be found with the provided link below. The link below also gives you more detailed information about theater showings, percent change, studio budgets and more.
This brief post only highlights the top ten films from the past month.

Box Office Mojo

SOURCE: Boxofficemojo.com

Cheers!

Friday, March 10, 2017

Another Beatles Hoax - 1958 Liverpool Police Film Believed to Feature Earliest Glimpse of The Beatles

This misleading Billboard headline and subsequent article claims to show The Beatles’ John Lennon and Paul McCartney, along with Paul’s brother Michael, on a rooftop watching the annual Police Horse and Dog Show.

The film is actually a Liverpool police recruitment film from 1958. Michael McCartney says…  “Wow! That could definitely be us.” He went on to say “It was a really big occasion in Liverpool and that’s what we used to do every summer –- take deck chairs and climb onto the concrete shed and watch a free show. And I think there is every chance John would have been there that year – absolutely. His friend, Pete Shotton, was a police cadet. And George could easily have been there, too. It’s bloody mad – absolutely fascinating and unbelievable!”

The complete film runs 41:38 long and is on YouTube. The glimpse of the Beatles comes at 34:33 in the film. The article claims that the footage shows Paul McCartney, along with his brother Michael, and Lennon on a rooftop at their home at 20 Forthlin Road. This brief glimpse may or may not be them, it’s at too far of a distance, and it is a glimpse of only two seconds. This maybe them, but I doubt it. The film also shows the three on a rooftop beginning at 31:52 through 32:05. I just don’t think that these three can be John, Paul and Michael. These boys are much younger than they should have been in 1958. It’s obvious to me that these three young boys are just other persons unknown. Maybe with a bit of publicity on this film, one of them may come forward.

Lastly, I go right back to what Michael McCartney did say...and that was 'That could definitely be us.' You see, he doesn't come right out and say it's them, because most likely it's not. He realizes that someone else might step forward and claim to be these young boys and one would think for sure that if you have good enough memories of these shows, you'd also definitely be able to recall being stopped and questioned on the rooftop. These things lead me to believe that this is just another of those Beatles hoax's that will never be resolved to everyone's satisfaction.

See for yourself, and leave a comment with your opinion.
Cheers


The video in question is at this link https://youtu.be/xmFDcZVDopE



Source: The original article by Steve Marinucci was posted 3/9/2017 at the link below

Monday, March 6, 2017

Lorde - Melodrama Album Cover Art Revealed Now!

After posing for a few days to get the shot they selected. The Brooklyn-based artist Sam McKinniss set about to capture in vivid color the youthful nighttime attitudes Lorde herself wanted to project outwards.

She simply asked the artist to create, and capture a kind of colorful teenage restlessness with excitement, energy and potential. She wanted that to be put into color.

Sam McKinniss says...“It has this kind of lushness and sensitivity to light and color and touch that I bring to my portraits, so it felt like a collaboration.”

That's really the story behind the cover art to Lorde's forthcoming album Melodrama.

Lorde says the blue-lit portrait for the album cover, is all about "nighttime attitudes."

There's still no release date set for the new album that is due out in the early part of summer.

I think the color is very vivid and the pose is interesting, and I can see how it will pair well with the theme of the new album...we like it.

You can check out the cover art for yourself...leave a comment below and let us know what you think. 

How to Display a PDF on Blogger

How To Put PDF or any document on Blogger in easy to follow step by step instructions.






Blogger is a great publishing platform, and it's used by millions every day. There are a few shortcomings with the service, but then again none of the blogging platforms are perfect.

One of the shortcomings with blogger is the lack of plug 'n play support for importing documents or pdf files into a new post.

If you're a Blogger, there may come a time when you want to display a word doc or pdf in a new post. Without already knowing what to do, you'll inevitably start searching google for an easy way to do this.

You can search all day, high and low, but you won't find any better information than what I am going to give you right now.


To embed a pdf follow these simple steps

  1. Upload your file to your Google Drive. ( It would be a good idea to put your blogger pdf's in a separate folder,to help you stay better organized.)
  2. Double click and open your file in Google Drive.
  3. At the top right where there are 3 dots next to the printer and download icons, click and open the 3 dots and select at the top Share.
  4. At the bottom right of the pop-up select advanced.
  5. Where it says...Specific people can access click > change.
  6. At the top of this pop-up select On – Public on the web, and then click save and then click done.
  7. Go back to the 3 dots at the top right side of your file next to the download and printer icons and select the 3 dots and select open in new window.
  8. Finally, select the 3 dots again, at the top right of your file, and this time select embed item. Copy the html code in the pop-up box and select OK.

That's all there is to it, it's very simple and after you've done it a few times you won't need to search for ways to do it.

But, that's not all...once you have your code, go back into Blogger and on your post in edit mode you'll see 2 tabs at the top of your unpublished post, one says compose, and the other says html. Select the html tab, and simply paste your code there.


Prior to publishing your post, you'll want to see it in preview to make sure it all looks the way you want it to. There's a good chance that when you see your post in preview that the pdf is off the page, proportionately too wide and doesn't look right. Not to worry...this is easily fixed by going back to your post in edit mode, and again select the html tab. Open this and look for your pdf html code and there you'll see that your code is probably set to a standard height at 480 and the width at 640. To fix this, just select the number following the width and set that to 580. Changing only the width is all you need to do, then go back and preview it again and you'll see that your file fits perfectly side to side and looks the way it should.

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Friday, March 3, 2017

What Songs did Ringo write & sing with The Beatles

Beatles fans are everywhere and yet there are many who are not aware of Ringo's contributions.

How many songs did Ringo sing with The Beatles?
Did Ringo write any of The Beatles songs?
Did Ringo Starr himself write any of the Beatles' songs?

The above are a sampling of popular questions with regard to what Ringo's contributions were.

The straight facts are that Ringo wrote only 2 songs for The Beatles, "Don't Pass Me By" and "Octopus's Garden."

He is also credited as a co-writer on 5 other songs: "What Goes On" - "Flying" - "Christmas Time (Is Here Again)" - "Dig It" and lastly a song John Lennon said was a lousy little ol' instrumental track simply called “12-Bar Original.”

Although he did not write that many songs for The Beatles he did actually sing lead vocals on 11 songs, and they are as follows...

Boys, I Wanna Be Your Man, Matchbox, Honey Don’t, Act Naturally, What Goes On, Yellow Submarine, With A Little Help From My Friends, Don’t Pass Me By, Good Night, Octopus’s Garden…and there you have it. Just the straight facts!

* Something to keep in mind...if you get a chance to see Ringo's All-Starr Band in concert, you should make it a top priority. Put it at the top of your bucket list. He really is an awesome entertainer and you'll be treated to 5 or 6 Beatles songs along with his solo hits and his All-Starr Bands solo hits. His shows are more than just a show, his concerts are experiences, and there's nothing that compares to an All-Starr Show with the lovable Ringo getting by with a little help from his friends.

Although there are no dates announced as of this posting, he will be releasing a new album, and will tour later on this year.

Stay up to date on all things Ringo here http://www.ringostarr.com/

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