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Today Is Fat Tuesday

Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday in French) in New Orleans, Louisiana, is a Carnival celebration well-known throughout the world.

The New Orleans Carnival season, with roots in preparing for the start of the Christian season of Lent, starts after Twelfth Night, on Epiphany (January 6). It is a season of parades, balls (some of them masquerade balls), and king cake parties. It has traditionally been part of the winter social season; at one time “coming out” parties for young women at débutante balls were timed for this season.

Celebrations are concentrated for about two weeks before and through Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras in French), the day before Ash Wednesday. Usually there is one major parade each day (weather permitting); many days have several large parades. The largest and most elaborate parades take place the last five days of the season. In the final week of Carnival, many events large and small occur throughout New Orleans and surrounding communities.

“Walkin’ To New Orleans” – Fats Domino

“Mardi Gras In New Orleans” – Professor Longhair

February 23, 2010 Posted by | Old Music, Video | , , , | Leave a comment

Blast From The Past – The Banana Splits

The Banana Splits Adventure Hour was an hour-long, packaged television program that featured both live action and animated segments. The series was produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions, and ran for 31 episodes.

The series costumes and sets were designed by Sid and Marty Krofft and the series’ sponsor was Kellogg’s Cereals. The show was Hanna-Barbera’s initial foray into mixing live action with animation. The hosts of the show were Fleegle, Bingo, Drooper and Snorky (a dog, gorilla, lion, and elephant).

The show’s live-action segment Danger Island, a cliffhanger serial, as well as the short-lived Micro Ventures, an animated series consisting of only four episodes, ran alongside with the animated segments Arabian Knights and The Three Musketeers.

Actor Jan Michael Vincent (billed as Michael Vincent) appeared in the live-action component Danger Island; all the live-action material filmed for the series’ first season (including the Banana Splits and Danger Island segments) was directed by Richard Donner.

Each show represented a meeting of the “Banana Splits Club,” and the wraparounds featured the adventures of the club members, who doubled as a musical quartet, meant to be reminiscent of The Beatles and The Monkees. The main characters were Fleegle, a beagle; Bingo, a gorilla; Drooper, a lion, and Snorky (called “Snork” in the theme song lyrics), an elephant. Fleegle would assume the role as leader of the Banana Splits and preside at club meetings. The characters were played by actors in fleecy costumes similar to later Sid and Marty Krofft characters such as H.R. Pufnstuf.

Top Mash Up artists Go Home Productions add a modern mix.

February 23, 2010 Posted by | Blast from The Past, Television, Video | , | Leave a comment

Tracey Thorn

After an 18-year career with partner Ben Watt in best-selling alt-pop duo Everything But The Girl (1982-2000), followed by a self-imposed hiatus to start a family, Tracey Thorn re-emerged in 2007 to a wave of critical acclaim with the glittering autobiographical folk-disco of ‘Out Of The Woods’. It was her first strictly solo album since 1982’s indie classic ‘A Distant Shore’.

Now she is back with another album: the starkly beautiful ‘Love And Its Opposite’ on partner Ben Watt’s Strange Feeling Records.

The album is released on May 17 (May 18, Nth America). Click HERE for a FREE download of the album’s opening track ‘Oh, The Divorces!’, or listen below.

February 23, 2010 Posted by | New Music, New News, Uncategorized, Video | , | Leave a comment

   

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