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Vol. 3.08 2/23/15
MUSINGS OF MAGIC
  • Nice to see C-Life back on the floor especially with Hymie Shamah hosting photo ops for visitors outside his booth.
  • There is always a crowd at the Chaser booth and this year Hadi had them gasping and grasping for his newest Tom Petty design.
  • Howard Schomer has a great Hi Fidelity team and they all give great dinner complete with controversial social commentary.
  • And never let it be said that Rockoff doesn't give a great lunch, complete with Premier League highlights. 
  • Any doubt about how lovely the new Just Funky dresses might be as samples were dispelled by their charming creative director (and part time model), Shivani Arora.
  • Looking for outstanding graphic t's in all kinds and colors? Stop into a Liquid Blue display booth year in and year out.
  • Best new Woodstock design was delivered in person to Linda Weiss by the Completely Independent Nic Wastell of CID.
  • Goodie Two Sleeves continue to take the most obscure art and help it to find retail homes.
  • Feisty, frivolous and funny was Bioworld's Raj Malik especially at the expense of Adam Sokoloff and creative director Chic Connell.
  • MJC are kicking serious butt and their latest designs make butts look better thanks to Mark Siegel and Steven Elliott.
  • Ron Finestone's Levis jackets are as usual: awesome.
  • Jem Hybrid continue to have excellent product extensions and a booth with rock and roll attitude to benefit them.
  • Impact Merchandising are set to be the initial distributor to Perryscope's new Heavy Metal titles.
  • Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday aptly named as the food flowed at the Anthill reunion dinner hosted by Philcos and attended by Cathy Cleghorn , Kimberley Bierley, Jami Galbraith, a gray-haired guy and special guest Linda Weiss.  
  • And finally, why is it called a mini bar if their prices are always so maximum?
THE WEBBIES
Although he did not quite predict the tighty whitey walk on by host Neil Patrick Harris, our entertainment editor and Webbman himself did in fact have his Oscar foresight this year having correctly predicted 20 of 24 awards including Best Actor award by Eddie Redmayne. A glitzy affair with no major upsets but nice to see Whiplash and The Grand Budapest Hotel grab their share of the spotlight. Speeches of the night went to a very courageous Graham Moore (winning for screenplay of The Imitation Game) alongside a fiery Patricia Arquette (winning Supporting Actress for Boyhood). Notwithstanding how lovely was Lupita or awesome Anna K, actresses need to be asked more on the red carpet than "Who are you wearing tonight?" John Revolting needs to keep his hands to himself. An amazing performance by John Legend and Common who in winning for their Glory were revealed to actually be John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn. More silly old white men's rules.
PETTY'S PAL PASSED
In 2003 Howie Epstein bassist, with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers died of a suspected drug overdose in New Mexico. He had replaced The Heartbreakers' original bassist Ron BlairEpstein also worked with Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Stevie Nicks, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, Linda Ronstadt and Del Shannon.
FOREIGNER UNDER A ROCK
Last week Kid Rock announced his annual low dough summer US tour with very special guests Foreigner where all tickets and t's go for $20 and the beers for $4. Value shopping at its best.  Click here for tour dates
THIS DAY IN MUSIC    FEB 23
1944 Born on this day in Texas, Johnny Winter, albino blues guitarist and singer whose work with Rick Derringer and brother Edgar Winter was amazing.  Winter died at the age of 70 on 16th July 2014 in Zurich, just days after playing at the Lovely Days Festival in Austria.
1952  Also born on this day, was Brad Whitford, guitarist with Boston's bad boys  Aerosmith.
1955 Three years later and over in England  popped out Howard Jones, singer, songwriter, keyboardist who had the 1983 UK No.2 single What Is Love, plus 9 other UK Top 40 singles.
1965 Filming began on The Beatles follow up to A Hard Day's Night on location in the Bahamas with the then working title of Eight Arms To Hold You.
1972 After nearly five years of marriage, Priscilla Presley moved out of Elvis' California home. Their divorce would be finalized on October 9, 1973, with Priscilla being awarded an outright cash payment of $725,000 as well as spousal support, child support, 5% of Elvis' new publishing companies and half the income from the sale of their Beverly Hills home.
1978 Winners at this year's Grammy Awards included Fleetwood Mac, Album of the year for Rumours, The Eagles, Record of the year for Hotel California and Best pop vocal performance, The Bee Gees for How Deep Is Your Love.
1978 David Coverdale's Whitesnake made their debut at the Sky Bird Club, Nottingham, England.
1980 U2 appeared at The Moonlight Club, at The Railway Hotel in London, tickets cost £2.
1988 Michael Jackson played the first of two nights at Kemper Arena in Kansas City, Missouri, the first shows on the second leg of his Bad World Tour.
2003 Norah Jones cleaned up at the 45th Grammy Awards. The singer, songwriter won, Album of the year and Record of the year, Song of the year, Best new artist, and Best female pop vocal for Don't Know Why. Other winners included Best male pop vocal, John Mayer, Your Body Is A Wonderland; Best male rock vocal, Bruce Springsteen, The Rising; Best female rock vocal, Sheryl Crow, Steve McQueen; Best rock performance by group, Coldplay, In My Place; Best rap album, Eminem, The Eminem Show
2010 London's Abbey Road studios was made a listed building, protecting it from plans to radically alter it. Culture Minister Margaret Hodge listed the studios on the advice of English Heritage saying it had "produced some of the very best music in the world" including Pink Floyd and of course The Beatles who used Abbey Road for 90% of their recordings, naming an album after the studios in 1969.
BAND AIDS
HIGH ON THE HOG
Album Facts:
Released: February 27th, 1996
  • High on the Hog is the ninth studio album by Canadian-American rock group The Band, released in 1996.
  • Songs include Bob Dylan's Forever Young (which was intended as a tribute to Jerry Garcia), a live recording of Richard Manuel performing She Knows, and the closer Ramble Jungle (which features vocals by Champion Jack Dupree).
  • A 2006 CD reissue on the U.S. label Titan/Pyramid Records includes two bonus tracks, the first of which is Young Blood; the other is the Sam Cooke cover Chain Gang, which was previously unreleased.
 JUST THE FLOYD FACTS, MA'AM
  • This Day in Pink Floyd
1967 Pink Floyd recorded sessions for their debut album The Piper at the Gates of Dawn at Abbey Road Studios in London. The Beatles were also working at Abbey Road, recording Lovely Rita for their Sgt. Pepper Album.
1968 During a short European tour Pink Floyd appeared at Pannenhuis in Antwerp, Belgium.
1972 Pink Floyd started recording the film soundtrack album Obscured By Clouds at Strawberry Studios near Paris, France. This, the group's seventh studio album, was released in June 1972, after being recorded in only two weeks of sessions while the band were also in the middle of recording Dark Side of the Moon album.
1977 Pink Floyd played the second of four sold-out nights at Pavilion de Paris, in Paris France.
FLOYDIAN FLEECE
While too much of the country is still cold, the fashionable Floyd fan will be rather toasty thanks to these two new fleece designs from Liquid Blue and FREEZE.
ONLY OTIS
Newest Otis Redding licensee Rosser Riddle keeping it simple but warm.
WORLD OF WOODSTOCK TRIVIA
Jimi Hendrix's E-String broke when he was playing Red House and he played the rest of the song with five strings.
John Sebastian wasn't originally scheduled to perform. He was enlisted when several of the acts were late in arriving due to the traffic going to the festival. 
The character named "Woodstock" from Peanuts was named for the festival.
WOODSTOCK PRODUCT OF THE WEEK
"Peace, please!" say CID and we agree.
POLICE PRODUCT PLACEMENT OF THE WEEK
The arresting gal in ABC's The Goldbergs has got it.
PRODUCT OF THE WEEK
The man cave just got cozier thanks to RockOff, or so thought the selection committee who picked this Pink Floyd barstool as the product of the week. Bottoms up.
MAGICAL PHOTOS OF THE WEEK
Congratulating artist Stephen Fishwick on his stupendous rendition of the dove on guitar logo are Woodstock Ventures partners Joel Rosenman and Doug Roberts along with Get Down Art supremo Brandon Donofrio. Also along for a hug was project brand manager, the always smiling Linda Weiss.
Junkfooders Lorne Bloch and President Jennifer Sommer projecting their latest Pink Floyd offerings at Project.
SONGS OF THE WEEK
Johnny Winter's Mean Town Blues live @ Woodstock 1969
Jimi Hendrix's
Red House live @ Woodstock 1969
Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker's
Kings Highway
Little Feat's Cold, Cold, Cold
The Rolling Stones' She's So Cold
Muddy Waters' Cold Weather Blues
Sly and the Family Stone's Everybody is a Star  


 
BEAUCOUP DU FROMAGE

Carly Rae Jespen's Call Me Maybe Actually don’t call anyone. A pop confection that went stale as soon as it was released.
Captain & Tennille's
Muskrat Love A 1973 stinker with lyrics that make absolutely no sense.
THAT WAS THE WEEK THAT WAS
Michael Jordan turned 52 in a week for winning new designs and concepts at Magic, ENK, Project, and Pool and windy wintery weather wherever one went in most of the midwest and northeast of North America. Last night Sting and Paul Simon ended their down under run in Perth while the winners shone in Hollywood knowing  even the losers get lucky sometimes. This week as vacationing Tom Conaty wears mouse ears in Florida. Netflix junkies await the return of House of Cards and I the end of a 28 day Diet Coke purge. Have a good one, all.



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