PATREON PODCAST: “Kaiju Korner” is here!

Kaiju Korner with Kim BrownThe first of three new PNRNetworks podcasts for 2019 is here! “Kaiju Korner with Kim Brown” debuted it’s first episode last night, celebrating Kaiju movies of all shapes and sizes!

Kaiju Korner” is Kim at her very best talking about something she truly loves – Kaiju movies! In her first episode, she goes into how she became a Kaiju fan, why she remains one, and in future episodes, debuting every other Wednesday, she’ll get into the guts of various Kaiju films. Kim has been working for months on getting this new podcast just right, and it’s sure to be fun for Kajiu fans of all ages.

The new podcast is the first of three new podcasts debuting in the next two weeks that are EXCLUSIVELY for Patreon Patrons at the $5/month level and above – it isn’t and won’t be available anywhere else, and you don’t want to miss this fun and exciting look at Kaiju films from Kim’s unique perspective.

To listen to this show, support PNRNetworks, and unlock this and tons of other great Patron-exclusive perks, become a Patron today – head over to http://patreon.com/PNRNetworks and sign up today!

PNR Premiere Dramatic Presentation: “The War Of The Worlds 2018”

PNRNetworks and its family of podcast personalities are pleased to present our second dramatic presentation!

“The War Of The Worlds”, by H.G. Wells, adapted for the podcast medium by TC KIrkham. Presented by the PNRNetwork family of podcasts!

Our players (in alphabetical order): Kim Brown, TC Kirkham, Anthony Lamberti, Courtney Lyon, Eric Lyon, Valerie Lyon, and Matthew McCallum!

This has been in the planning stages since before our original Dramatic Presentation, “Manhattan Hammerdown: As It Happened” was released in January 2018. But because of various issues, we were wondering if we could actually pull this off, with only a couple weeks to spare, but we did it!

This year is the 80th anniversary of the original broadcast of the Orson Welles classic from Mercury Theater Of The Air, and also the 30th Anniversary of the National Public Radio edition from 1988, and the 50th anniversary of the marvelous take on the story from WKBW-AM Buffalo NY in 1968. It’s also the 40th anniversary of the unbelievable musical version from record producer Jeff Wayne! We have tried to pay tribute to all four versions here, and we hope you like what you hear!

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TKR PRESENTS 40BEST: HANSON

It’s time for the launch of my newest TKR series, XXBest! And a shout out from TKR to our peeps on our music and bookstores blog Planet BiblioMusica too!

We’ll kick off this new, hopefully weekly TKR series, with one of the finest and sometimes most unfairly maligned bands around – my boys from Tulsa, Hanson!

For those living in a time warp and who think Hanson has never made it past “Mmm Bop” (and it’s alarming how many poor saps there are like that!), you are about to see what you’ve been missing – some of the best indie rock of the past two decades! Sit back, listen to my 40 favorites, and learn a few tidbits of trivia along the way…

I have been a fan of the brothers since their major label debut, have seen them numerous times in concert, been a card carrying member of their fan club for more than a decade now (I think, might be just less than that), and have been rewarded greatly with incredible tunes the likes of which put to shame much of the crap on the radio today. So sit back and check it out! And don’t forget – LIKE! SHARE! SUBSCRIBE! TWEET! FACEBOOK! And all those assorted things! And please become a patron at http://patreon.com/PNRNetworks !

 

Call To Action: FredFlix needs your help!

We’ve talked about the wonderful YouTube channel called FredFlix on Subject:CINEMA a couple of times in the recent past, and also mentioned and posted some of his stuff over on our Planet BiblioMusica blog. Now, FredFlix needs some help to keep making his wonderful compilation videos and is asking for donations. We’ve done our part with $20 (wish it could have been more), and we hope you will too! Here’s his hilarious donation video – enjoy and please DONATE! We LOVE FredFlix and don’t want to lose him! You can shoot him a donation at https://www.paypal.me/fredflix!

Rex Manning and Co heads for the Great White Way – “Empire Records” becoming Broadway musical

I don’t know whether to be jumping for joy or running for the hills scared to death – Deadline.com is reporting that the 1995 cult classic “Empire Records” is being groomed as a Broadway musical to celebrate it’s 25th anniversary in 2020…(T-T TWENTY F-F-FIVE YEARS?!? ::Gasp:: MY HEART!!)

The film told the story of a harried day in the life of a group of close knit employees of a large mom and pop record store in Jersey, when washed up pop star Rex Manning was coming for a signing after revitalizing his career with a George Michael like career revival. The film barely got a release, and got horrible notices from the snooty film critic community, but the fans embraced it, and time has been very kind to the critics’ reaction as well. At the time I was working in a record store, and ALL of the employees immediately embraced it for its realistic situations, its off the wall sense of humor, and its stellar soundtrack.

The film helped launch the careers of Liv Tyler, Ethan Embry (then known as Ethan Randall), Renee Zellweiger, Robin Tunney, Johnny Whitworth, Debi Mazar, and Rory Cochrane, and also starred Anthony LaPaglia, Coyote Shivers, James “Kimo” Wills, Brendan Sexton III, and of course, Maxwell Caulfield as Rex Manning.

Deadline reports that the film is being developed for Broadway by producer Bill Weiner, who’ll work with the film’s original writer Carol Heikkinen, with new music and lyrics by Zoe Sarnak, the 2018 Jonathan Larson Grant winner for her upcoming musical Afterwords.

All I know is that the new music for the show better damn well leave “Sugarhigh” alone…it’s one of the best numbers in the film, it’s a shame the recorded version doesn’t have Zellweiger’s vocals on it as well, as it does in the film…

We’ll keep you posted…I know I can’t wait for this…I think….just don’t screw it up, please…

A Visit to BookSmith MusicSmith, Orleans MA

Waaaay back in September 2016, during our annual vacation on Cape Cod, we took a trip out to Orleans to visit what’s touted on their Facebook page as the “largest independent book and music store on Cape Cod”. It was quite a ride on the bus – nearly 2.5 hours from Hyannis because of the constant stops – but we finally made it to BookSmith MusicSmith.

Nestled away in the Orleans Marketplace (which looks a lot larger and less a strip mall when looking at their website), this homey little store was one of those delights you have to search out on your travels.

I had a nice discussion with the clerk on duty (I’m terribly sorry, but I didn’t get his name) and he told me that the store had originally been part of the BookSmith chain in MA (the only one left is Brookline Booksmith in Coolidge Corner), and when the original owners sold off the store, they had elected to keep the name. He also generously said we could snap a few photos of the place as well…here’s the sign out in front of the shopping plaza…

Here’s the entrance…that’s Kim coming out the door…

They have a great little room devoted to used vinyl and cassettes…oh MAN I could have spent all day in here…they had a TON of 45s…

Their main floor is also quite impressive…great selection of CDs to choose from…

And from another angle…

and the bookstore section was pretty good too…excuse my fat finger on the lens, please…

All in all, it was a fun trip out there – although it took a while to get out to Orleans, which is about 3/5ths of the way out to the outer edge of the Cape, the trip down was beautiful. The roads are surrounded with trees and fields, with a few houses and businesses dotted along the way. The trip back was also nice, but we had to wait in the hot sun for about 30 minutes to catch the bus home – unfortunately there were no trees in the immediate area. We also found another independent record store across the street from the shopping center, a place called “Instant Karma” but alas we didn’t get a chance to go in and peruse a bit…we’ll have to do that another time.

Thanks to BookSmith MusicSmith for agreeing to let us feature you – we loved the store, which is a vital link for music and books in the outer Cape! You can also check out their Facebook here!

 

PODCAST: Subject:CINEMA presents Front Row Five And Ten #31 – July 4 2017

Subject:CINEMA presents Front Row Five And Ten #31 –  July 4 2017

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IT’S HERE! IT’S HERE! Subject:CINEMA’s brand new spinoff! Welcome to Front Row Five And Ten!

This week – sorry we’ve been away for a while again – we’ve both been hella sick, but we’re back with TC’s choice – it’s our Top Ten Screaming 70s Zonkers – songs that when you hear them, you can’t help but think of the 1970s!

Check out the Spotify playlist of all the songs on our list this week (24 of them, TC HAD to go more than ten…) right here!

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Tears when reading…ok, but not in public? Oh what the hell..

Have you ever had that rare experience where a book made you cry?  I don’t mean just thinking to yourself “Wow, that was sad”, but actually tear up while reading?  Knowing that you won’t put the book down, even when it hurts to continue?

I have.  Twice that I can recall.

The first time it ever happened to me was reading a book that made up part of the “Dragonlance” series.  Being a little Geeky McNerdly Nerd going way back, a series full of drama, adventure and magic sucked me in faster than you can say “Wizards of the Coast”.  I loved the grand sweeping universe of these books, but even more I loved the characters.  They were more than just wispy figures in my mind.  They felt solid – they felt real.

So real that when we lost one, it hurt.  A LOT.

The book was called “Dragons of Winter Night”, and (spoiler alert) the character who died was a knight named Strum Brightblade.  He was the closest thing this world had to a Paladin – he was brave, he was chivalrous, he was a man with a strict code of honor.

In short, he drove the other characters crazy.  Paladins tend to do that.

Yet when he died, sacrificing himself to save the others in his group, it felt like a punch in the chest.  I still remember my eyes welling up, my throat growing tighter and tighter.  Sitting there thinking to myself “No, he’s not really… he is.  He’s gone.”  It hurt more than any pain I had felt before reading a book.  I thought I’d never feel that type of emotional connection to a fictional character again.

Guess how that turned out.

Fast-forward a few years.  I’m not an (alleged) adult, browsing around in a local bookstore.  I find a new book, sit down and start reading.

It was “Remembering Farley”.

BIG MISTAKE.

A compilation of Lynn Johnston’s comic strip “For Better of For Worse” comic strips that dealt with the family dog, “Remembering Farley” was about the rambunctious sheepdog’s life – and (again spoiler alter) his tragic death.  Farley died after saving little April Patterson, who had tumbled into a river.

And there I sat, in the middle of a public bookstore, sniffling away, the words and pictures blurring from the tears in my eyes.

Those moments of pain are treasured memories, strangely enough.  Like a wonderful movie I’ve seen recently brought home, sadness is part of life, and the joy of reading is one that I will always have.

A leisurely day at Barnes And Noble

bnsaugusThere’s something about having an entire afternoon to yourself.  A time when you don’t have to answer to anyone, go where you like, do what you choose, that makes this such an irresistible prospect.

I spent 5 plus hours in a bookstore one day, and it was heavenly.

To set the scene – this was back in the 90’s, when I had a car, and TC worked at Coconuts, a record chain popular at the time.  The store was based in Swampscott, and one Sunday he was scheduled to work from twelve to six.  So being a good SO I offered to drive him and pick him up.

“What are you going to do in the meantime?” he asked.

“Oh, I’ll just go hang out at Barnes & Noble,” I replied.

He looked at me.  “For six hours?” he said, incredulously.

I just smiled.

So I drove him to work, kissed him goodbye, and headed off to the Barnes & Noble on Route One, at the time a rather newish bookstore in my hometown of Saugus.

And read.

And ate in the store’s café.

And read some more.

And browsed through magazines.

And read still more.

And bought a bunch of books.

And went to pick TC up – slightly late because I lost track of time, but I made it.

It was one of the nicest days I ever spent.

Just wandering the shelves, picking up a book here and there, settling in a comfortable chair to browse, and occasionally people watch.  It was great, it was relaxing, it was the perfect Sunday afternoon.

At least for me.