Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Change Your Mind - Glossy Poster Print

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Broken Sunspot - Glossy Poster Print

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Moonlight Magic - Glossy Poster Print

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

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Sunday, February 9, 2014

The Beatles Profile Playlist

Personal Note on The Beatles:

I first listened to the Beatles, not on radio, LP or cassette but through syndicated reruns of Beatles cartoons that were shown in the mornings of the early 1980s on WSNS Channel 44 (Chicago). I was 8 or 9 years-old and don’t remember what all those cartoons were about but I remembered the music.

From that point onward, I would hear some of their music on the radio, “Yesterday”, “Long and Winding Road” and a few others. There wasn’t a lot of airplay for their music back then. A 9-year-old kid listening to the Beatles wasn’t exactly the “cool” thing to be doing. It was the early 80s with post-punk music and artists like The Police, Blondie, Michael Jackson and others dominating the radio, I would listen to those popular artists but also sought out other music. I remember hearing Paul McCartney, John Lennon and George Harrison songs on the radio but they were, though very good, their solo work and also very modern. The thing that made a huge difference was that The Beatles music was from the 60s. Older music, at that time, was new to me. Except for some Motown hits I heard from that era, I wasn’t familiar with all the songs released back then. But the Beatles music was a doorway to the sounds of Rock n Roll, The 60s and eventually Classic Rock.

It wasn’t until November 19, 1995 that I would understand fully the scope of their importance and influence. It was on that day, ABC television network broadcast the first episode of Beatles Anthology documentary. Over the next 2 nights I was taken back in time and heard songs that were new to me. I was now a complete and total Beatles fan. I would soon purchase the companion music to the Beatles Anthology series on CD as well as their Beatles 1962-1966 and 1967-1970 to have key songs from their body of work.

I would eventually have all their albums in the years that followed on CD and Mp3 formats.

Over the years, The Beatles music has aged very well. The music is a time capsule of hopes and dreams, love and visions. Now there are Beatle fans young and old. Today, a 9 year-old kid is not considered weird or strange listening to them. And that makes me long for the days when their music were brand new to me again….

A few more thoughts:

It’s the Beatles and their music that caused me to create my own personal “Three Point Rule” for greatest artists: Popularity (How many sales? How many hits?), Innovation (Was there anything new created?) and Influence (How many other artists were influenced?). The Beatles fulfilled all these and more…..

The photo on the left from The Beatles 1 Album features them in different scenes and colors. I have always commented on those images as a way to explain their personalities and the music they created, some of the many factors that make music great: John (Imagination) – Paul (Love) – George (Spirituality) – Ringo (Humor)


The Beatles were an English rock band that formed in Liverpool, in 1960. With John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, they became widely regarded as the greatest and most influential act of the rock era. Rooted in skiffle and 1950s rock and roll, the Beatles later experimented with several genres, ranging from pop ballads to psychedelic and hard rock, often incorporating classical elements in innovative ways. In the early 1960s, their enormous popularity first emerged as "Beatlemania", but as their songwriting grew in sophistication they came to be perceived as an embodiment of the ideals shared by the era's sociocultural revolutions.

Starting in 1960, the Beatles built their reputation playing clubs in Liverpool and Hamburg over a three-year period. Manager Brian Epstein moulded them into a professional act and producer George Martin enhanced their musical potential. They gained popularity in the United Kingdom after their first hit, "Love Me Do", in late 1962. They acquired the nickname the "Fab Four" as Beatlemania grew in Britain over the following year, and by early 1964 they had become international stars, leading the "British Invasion" of the United States pop market. From 1965 on, the Beatles produced what many critics consider their finest material, including the innovative and widely influential albums Rubber Soul (1965), Revolver (1966), Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967), The Beatles (White Album) (1968), and Abbey Road (1969). After their break-up in 1970, they each enjoyed successful musical careers. Lennon was shot and killed in December 1980, and Harrison died of lung cancer in November 2001.

According to the RIAA, the Beatles are the best-selling band in the United States, with 177 million certified units. They have had more number-one albums on the British charts and sold more singles in the UK than any other act. In 2008, the group topped Billboard magazine's list of the all time most successful "Hot 100" artists; as of 2014, they hold the record for most number-one hits on the Hot 100 chart with 20. They have received ten Grammy Awards, an Academy Award for Best Original Score and fifteen Ivor Novello Awards. Collectively included in Time magazine's compilation of the 20th century's 100 most influential people, they are the best-selling band in history, with estimate sales of over 600 million records worldwide. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked the Beatles as the greatest artist of all time.

Read More: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Beatles


Beatles Anthology (1/8) - Part 1 featuring In My Life (Video Montage from “The Beatles Anthology)


 THE BEATLES CARTOON Ep1a A Hard Day's Night


 The Beatles - Ed Sullivan Show (February 9 1964)


 The Beatles - '20 Greatest Hits' (US Version)

The Beatles '20 Greatest Hits' (US Version) 

01. 00:00 "She Loves You"

02. 02:19 "Love Me Do"

03. 04:38 "I Want to Hold Your Hand"

04. 07:05 "Can't Buy Me Love"
05. 09:17 "A Hard Day's Night"
06. 11:50 "I Feel Fine"
07. 14:09 "Eight Days a Week"
08. 16:55 "Ticket to Ride"
09. 20:05 "Help!"
10. 22:24 "Yesterday"
11. 24:29 "We Can Work It Out"
12. 26:45 "Paperback Writer"
13. 29:03 "Penny Lane"
14. 32:05 "All You Need Is Love"
15. 35:55 "Hello, Goodbye"
16. 39:23 "Hey Jude" (Edited)
17. 44:32 "Get Back"
18. 47:45 "Come Together"
19. 52:02 "Let It Be"
20. 55:53 "The Long and Winding Road"

From: Doctor Ebbett's Vinyl Transfer... Enjoy!

Twenty years after the Beatles released their first single in the UK (Love Me Do), Capitol and Parlophone commemorated the event with the compilation called 20 Greatest Hits. Three different track lists were produced: for the UK and U.S. markets, and a third for "Europe." The reasoning was that the selection of the twenty greatest Beatles hits varied from market to market, as not all singles were released in all countries. This would be the last LP in the discography of the Beatles to have different versions for the U.S. and the UK. The release dates were October 11, 1982 in the U.S. and October 18, 1982 in Britain.

This compilation sold reasonably well, but did not pass number 50 in the U.S. or number 10 in the UK. Beatles historians took this as an indication that this British rock-band phenomenon of the 1960's had finally been supplanted by newer trend setters in popular music. They had joined the nostalgic, "Oldies" category for good.

The U.S. and European versions of the LP include a trimmed-down version of Hey, Jude (to 5:05). The version in the UK and the releases on cassette in all markets kept the original, 7:11 track. The U.S. version also was distributed in Canada, in spite of the fact that Can't Buy Me Love only went to number 3 there, and two number one hits, All My Loving and This Boy, are not on the record.

Ten of the twenty greatest hits appear on all three versions of the record. In comparison with the UK track listing, the U.S./Canada version has 14 songs in common. Six from the UK release were omitted: The Ballad of John and Yoko, Day Tripper, Don't Let Me Down, Eleanor Rigby, From Me to You, and Yellow Submarine. In their place appears: Hello--Goodbye, I Feel Fine, Ticket to Ride, Penny Lane, Come Together and Get Back. The European track list has 15 tracks in common with the UK version, and omits the following six: Don't Let Me Down, Eight Days a Week, Let It Be, The Long and Winding Road and Yesterday. In their place the European LP inserted: Get Back, Hello--Goodbye, I Feel Fine, Lady Madonna, and Ticket to Ride.


John Lennon - Peace Is Not A Wish

John Lennon - Peace Is Not A Wish 


Friday, January 31, 2014

The Shield (TV Series) 2002-2008

The Shield is an American drama television series starring Michael Chiklis that premiered on March 12, 2002, on FX in the United States and concluded on November 25, 2008, after seven seasons. Known for its portrayal of corrupt police officers, it was originally advertised as Rampart in reference to the true life Rampart Division police scandal, on which the show's Strike Team was loosely based. The series was created by Shawn Ryan and The Barn Productions for Fox Television Studios and Sony Pictures Television.

Several notable film actors took extended roles on the show, including Glenn Close, who was the female lead during the fourth season, Forest Whitaker who guest starred in seasons 5 and 6, Laura Harring in season 5, Franka Potente in season 6 and Laurie Holden in season 7.

The series has received high critical acclaim as well as several awards and nominations. It won the Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Drama in 2002; Michael Chiklis won both the Primetime Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Lead Actor in a Drama in 2002, and the final season won a 2008 AFI Award for best television series.


The Shield is about an experimental division of the Los Angeles Police Department set up in the fictional Farmington district ("the Farm") of Los Angeles, using a converted church ("the Barn") as their police station, and featuring a group of detectives called the Strike Team, a four-man anti-gang unit based on the LAPD's real-life Rampart Division CRASH unit. Rampart was seriously considered as the series name and was even used in some early promotional ads for the series. The show has an ensemble cast, and as a result, usually runs a number of separate story lines through each episode.

Detective Vic Mackey is the leader of the Strike Team, which also consists of Mackey's close friends Shane Vendrell, Curtis Lemansky and Ronnie Gardocki. The Strike Team uses a variety of illegal and unethical methods to prosecute criminals and maintain peace on the streets, while making a profit through illegal drug protection schemes and robbery. The Strike Team isn't above planting drugs on and coercing confessions out of gang members or framing them. Attempts to give the team a fifth member have frequently led to near-catastrophe for the group. As the series progresses, the Strike Team struggle to cover up their crimes in the face of increasing pressure and scrutiny from their superiors.

Other prominent figures at the barn include Captain David Aceveda, detectives Holland "Dutch" Wagenbach, Steve Billings and Claudette Wyms, and uniformed officers Sgt. Danielle "Danny" Sofer, Julien Lowe and Tina Hanlon. The Shield has a variety of subplots, notably Aceveda's political aspirations and his suffering of a sexual assault; Mackey's struggle to cope with a failing marriage, two autistic children and his rebellious eldest daughter; Danny becoming a mother; Vendrell's rocky, new marriage; Lemansky's growing fear for the safety of the Strike Team; Claudette's battle with illness; and Lowe's internal conflicts between his belief in the teachings of the Bible and his homosexuality.

Common themes are the citizens' distrust of police, the social impact of drugs and gang warfare, and the conflict between ethics and political expediency. The majority of conversations between characters on The Shield involve one person using leverage over the other, as well as each person looking out for their own agendas. Most characters are portrayed as having both vice and virtue. For example, Vic's loving relationship with his children sharply contrasts with his thuggish approach to police work, although his brutality is generally directed at those who seem well-deserving of such treatment. For example, in Season 2, the Strike Team prepares to rob the "Armenian Money Train," a money laundering operation of the Armenian Mafia. Another episode had Mackey cornering a serial rapist, then letting him be mauled by a police dog before calling the dog off.

Read More: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Shield

The Shield season 1 trailer



Lawrence of Arabia (1962) Starring Peter O'Toole

Lawrence of Arabia is a 1962 British epic adventure drama film based on the life of T. E. Lawrence. It was directed by David Lean and produced by Sam Spiegel through his British company, Horizon Pictures, with the screenplay by Robert Bolt and Michael Wilson. The film stars Peter O'Toole in the title role. It is widely considered one of the greatest and most influential films in the history of cinema. The dramatic score by Maurice Jarre and the Super Panavision 70 cinematography by Freddie Young are also highly acclaimed. The film was nominated for ten Academy Awards and won seven in total including Best Director, Best Sound Editing, and Best Picture.

The film depicts Lawrence's experiences in Arabia during World War I, in particular his attacks on Aqaba and Damascus and his involvement in the Arab National Council. Its themes include Lawrence's emotional struggles with the personal violence inherent in war, his own identity, and his divided allegiance between his native Britain and its army and his newfound comrades within the Arabian desert tribes.

Read More: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lawrence_of_Arabia_(film)



 Lawrence of Arabia (1962) Original Theatrical Trailer


The Avengers by Alex Ross

The Avengers by Alex Ross 


Darkhawk by Brandon Peterson

Darkhawk by Brandon Peterson


Thursday, January 30, 2014

John Byrne - Comic Book Artist and Writer

John Byrne is a British-born comic-book writer and artist of comic books. Since the mid-1970s, Byrne has worked on many major American superheroes.

Byrne's better-known work has been on Marvel Comics’ X-Men and Fantastic Four and the 1986 relaunch of DC Comics’ Superman franchise. Coming into the comics profession exclusively as a penciler, Byrne began co-plotting the X-Men comics during his tenure on them, and launched his writing career in earnest with Fantastic Four (where he started inking his own pencils). During the 1990s he produced a number of creator-owned works, including Next Men and Danger Unlimited. He scripted the first issues of Mike Mignola's Hellboy series and produced a number of Star Trek comics for IDW Publishing.

Art style

Promotional art for Blood of the Demon #1, a series which was written and drawn by Byrne for DC Comics.

Byrne has himself called the straight line "his least favorite artistic element".

Ron Goulart has called Byrne’s artwork "an eminently acceptable mix of bravura, complexity and storytelling clarity".

In Scott McCloud’s book Understanding Comics, Byrne is charted along with other comics artists in the "Big Triangle". McCloud’s placement of Byrne within it identifies his style as similar to Gilbert Hernandez and Jim Lee, making the point that Byrne’s line style is naturalistic without being overly detailed.

Byrne is color blind for a narrow range of green and brown tones. During the first year that Byrne illustrated Iron Fist, he believed that the protagonist's costume was brown. While he experimented with his own hand-developed lettering fonts in the early 1980s, he has since begun using a computer font based on the handwriting of the letterer Jack Morelli.

Byrne’s artistic style, his layouts and his storytelling have been sources of instruction and inspiration to many comics artists, including Todd McFarlane and Bryan Hitch.

Read More: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Byrne_(comics)


Man of Steel #1 (1986) by John Byrne


Alpha Flight #3 by John Byrne


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