Yes! Frank Zappa is my favorite musical artist. Even over The Clash, The Beatles, & Skrillex! So, it's no surprise that over the years that I've made mashups, I've often dipped into his musical well for inspiration. Luckily, for me, so very many of you have loved my Zappa mashups.
I decided to collect all the ones I'd released and post it as one album, when the awareness of what I'd done hit me fresh, & I got motivated to double the project with many new mixes with Mr. Zappa. I was quite aware of how fine many of the previously released tracks were, so I was wary to make sure these new ones were fun, & listenable.
To keep this rather ad-like spiel to a minimum, I'd like to quickly mention many of the artists I combined with Frank Zappa tunes. There's Britney, 3 Doors Down, The Ramones, Yes, Depeche Mode, The Beatles, Ozzy Osbourne, The Cure, Donovan, Cream, Alice Cooper, Frank Sinatra, Elton John, The Black Keys, Mary Hartman, Monty Python's Flying Circus, Jimi Hendrix, Talking Heads, Sonic Youth, Ken Nordic, Nirvana, INXS, Queen, & many more!
Jan. 29, 2016: birthday: W.C. Fields (Writer's Almanac)
When he was filming movies, he kept a flask of mixed martinis near at hand, referring to it as his "pineapple juice." He often quipped about his drinking, saying things like, "Once, during Prohibition, I was forced to live for days on nothing but food and water." And, "Everyone must believe in something. I believe I'll have another drink." And, "If I had to live life over, I'd live over a saloon."
Lily Hay Newman: It's the Beginning of the End for CFL Bulbs (Slate)
Today CFLs have peaked and begun to decline because of competition from light-emitting diode alternatives. LED bulbs give off a warmer light, have fallen in price to rival CFLs, and are even more energy efficient. And now the decline of CFLs in the United States is receiving a full-blown nail in the coffin: On Monday, GE announced that it will cease to manufacture CFLs by the end of 2016.
"Whip inflation now ", Gerald Ford's widely ridiculed speech to Congress October 8, 1974.
Randall was first and correct with:
Alan J answered:
Got my first (and only) job during the time of that catch phrase
That was Gerald Ford, whose wife was one of the truly great first ladies.
Jim from CA, retired to ID, said:
Stephen F replied:
Those words wore spoken by Gerald R. Ford, He was not my favorite candidate.
The wind moved out and light rain moved in. At the moment the groundhog would not see his shadow. Not that it matters.
Randy ( "If you got time to breathe, you got time for music." Briscoe Darling ) wrote:
That would be Jerry Ford, whom Dick Cheney was Chief of Staff. Ironically, Jimmy Carter gets the blame for the economy of the late 70's in today's political climate. Don't ya just hate it when the bills for Viet Nam come due?
Kevin K. in WashingtOM, DC responded:
It was President Gerald Ford. In the attached picture, you will see his
corny "WIN" (short for "Whip Inflation Now") button on his left lapel as
George Harrison pins the much cooler "OM" button on his right. On December
13, 1974, the Quiet One visited the Clumsy One at the White House.
Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali replied:
Gerald Ford and his WIN buttons. If you were frugal, didn't overspend and saved your extra money, government wouldn't have to do something radical like enact wage and price controls to deflate the inflation of the those times. More unrealistic Repuke bullshit. Wow, what a bunch of bad memories did that bring up. Remember that Ford was the asshole that pardoned the Dickster.
Actually snowed a little bit this morning.
Lois Of The Hangovers answered:
Aghh, Gerald Ford...bad memories...head hurt...PARDON NIXON...no justice...Hillary wins SIX FUCKING COIN TOSSES...yeah, coin toss. That's seems like a legit way to choose the next leader of the "free" world...jesus...kill me. Could have at least had a spelling bee or something...
Daniel in The City said:
Jerry Ford. I remember the WIN buttons.
DJ Useo responded:
It was that dingleberry Ford. You might have gathered I have a low opinion of him, as I have for every president I've ever experienced.
Toadies to the rich, each & every one of them. Bah!
Today I was of course disgusted with the news "coverage" of the stinking presidential caucases.
I literally saw reporting that directly contradicted each other.
Some of the sites I was viewing had blank sections where news normally was posted. Not suspicious at all! Haha! ;)
"Whip Inflation Now" was not just a speech-it was a public relations campaign to enlist American citizens to hold back the increases in wages and prices of the 1970s, supposedly by increasing personal savings and taming spending habits.
Patriot Act NSA Spying Unconstitutional Section 215 National Security Letters Must End
My name is Marc Perkel and I have decided to announce that I will not comply with the so called "Patriot Act" laws requiring me to disclose information about my customers. If I receive a national security letter I will immediately photograph it, post it online everywhere I can, and then make a video of me burning it. I will then await my arrest. If you want to put me in jail then come get me mother fucker.
Sunny, but colder than seasonal. Got down to 37° last night.
CBS starts the night with a FRESH'2 Broke Girls', followed by a FRESH'Mike & Molly', then a RERUN'Criminal Minds', followed by a FRESH'Code Black'.
Scheduled on a FRESHStephen Colbert are "Dr." Phil McGraw, Mark & Jay Duplass, Michael Eric Dyson, Anderson Paak and the Free Nationals.
Scheduled on a FRESHJames Corden, OBE, are Rosie O'Donnell, Nikki Glaser, and the winner of "MasterChef Junior".
NBC opens the night with a FRESH'The Mysteries Of Laura', followed by a FRESH'L&O: SVU', then a FRESH'Chicago PD'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Fallon are Martin Scorsese, Gillian Jacobs, and the Chainsmokers.
Scheduled on a FRESHSeth Meyers are Alan Cumming, Matt Harvey, Alexander Chee, and Russell Simins.
On a RERUNCarson 'The Scab' Daly (from 12/10/15) are Ron Perlman, Ratatat, and "Goodnight Mommy".
ABC begins the night with the FRESH'Madoff', followed by a FRESH'American Crime'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Kimmel are Channing Tatum, Regina King, and Kopecky.
The CW offers a FRESH'Arrow', followed by a FRESH'Supernatural'.
Faux has a FRESH'American Idol', followed by a FRESH'Hell's Kitchen'.
MY has 'TMZ (Not So) Live', followed by 'Hollywood Today (Not So) Live'.
A&E has 2½ hours of old 'Duck Dynasty', followed by a FRESH'Duck Dynasty', then another FRESH'Duck Dynasty', and an old 'Duck Dynasty'.
AMC offers the movie 'The Fugitive', followed by the movie 'The Bourne Supremacy', then the movie 'The Day The Earth Stood Still'.
[6:00AM] RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 7-Zayna Flaming Grill, Part 1
[7:00AM] RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 8-Zayna Flaming Grill, Part 2
[8:00AM] RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 5-Burger Kitchen, Part 1
[9:00AM] RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 6-Burger Kitchen, Part 2
[10:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 8-Human Nature-Part 1.
[11:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 9-The Family Of Blood-Part 2.
[12:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 19-Manhunt
[1:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 20-The Emissary
[2:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 21-Hollow Pursuits
[3:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 22-The Most Toys
[4:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 23-Sarek
[5:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 24-Menage a Troi
[6:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 25-Transfigurations
[7:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 26-The Best of Both Worlds (Part 1)
[8:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 1-The Best of Both Worlds (Part 2)
[9:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 2-Family
[10:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 3-Brothers
[11:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 23-Sarek
[12:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 24-Menage a Troi
[1:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 25-Transfigurations
[2:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 26-The Best of Both Worlds (Part 1)
[3:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 1-The Best of Both Worlds (Part 2)
[4:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 2-Family
[5:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 3-Brothers (ALL TIMES EST)
Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of BH', 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', 'Newlyweds: The First Year', followed by a FRESH'Newlyweds: The First Year', then a FRESH'Watch What Happens Live'.
FX has the movie 'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 2', followed by the movie 'The Purge'.
History has 'American Pickers', another 'American Pickers', followed by a FRESH'American Pickers', then a FRESH'Pawn Stars', and another 'Pawn Stars'.
[6:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Going to California
[6:30AM] THAT '70S SHOW-I Can't Quit You Baby
[9:30AM] THE X-FILES: FIGHT THE FUTURE
[12:15PM] THE X-FILES: I WANT TO BELIEVE
[5:15PM] DEEP IMPACT
[8:00PM] THE MATRIX
[11:00PM] THE MATRIX RELOADED
[2:00AM] THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS
[5:30AM] PORTLANDIA-Going Gray (ALL TIMES EST)
[11:30AM] The Game
[2:30PM] Killer Elite
[9:00PM] Breaking Bad-No Mas
[10:04PM] Breaking Bad-Caballo Sin Nombre
[11:08PM] Breaking Bad-I.F.T.
[12:12AM] Breaking Bad-Green Light
[1:16AM] Killer Elite
[3:45AM] Brothers (ALL TIMES EST)
SyFy has the movie 'Resident Evil', 'Face Off', followed by a FRESH'Face Off', and 'The Magicians'.
Scheduled on a FRESHConan are Josh Brolin, Tom Segura, and Cage the Elephant.
Co-creator Peter Gould, from left, actor Bob Odenkirk and Co-creator Vince Gilligan attend the season two premiere of "Better Call Saul" on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016, in Culver City, Calif.
Photo by Richard Shotwell
Lady Gaga will perform at two of February's most-watched events as she sings the national anthem at the Super Bowl and leads a tribute to David Bowie at the Grammys.
The National Football League announced that Lady Gaga would sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" at Super Bowl 50 on Sunday in San Francisco, where British rockers Coldplay will be the halftime entertainment.
Lady Gaga was separately announced Tuesday as a performer at the Grammy Awards on February 15 where she will lead a tribute to Bowie.
The tribute will be directed by Nile Rodgers of Chic fame, a longtime friend of Bowie who produced his disco-infused 1983 album "Let's Dance."
Yoko Ono poses for photographers in front of a work entitled "Morning Beams/River Bed," at a press event to mark the opening of her exhibiition "Land of Hope" at the Museum of Memory and Tolerance in Mexico City, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016.
Photo by Rebecca Blackwell
James Corden, who won a Tony Award for his Broadway turn in One Man, Two Guvnors before CBS tapped him for The Late Late Show, will host the 70th annual Tony Awards in June.
Corden, who regularly shows off his singing chops with the "Carpool Karaoke" segments on Late Late Show, seems a smart choice for the gig. He's got the stage chops and the Broadway experience to satisfy the New York industry, and at the same has enough of a rising profile, on TV and on social media, that his involvement in the Tonys could attract wider attention beyond a core audience of theater fans.
Corden's selection also keeps it in the family for CBS, which has broadcast the Tony ceremony for years. Corden stepped behind the desk on CBS' Late Late Show in March 2015.
As Tony host, Corden will follow in the footsteps of last year's co-hosts Alan Cumming and Kristin Chenoweth, whose turn at the podium was largely received tepidly. Neil Patrick Harris, Hugh Jackman and Sean Hayes also have had a go at hosting in recent years.
Amazon.com Inc plans to open up to 400 physical bookstores, an executive of a major U.S. mall operator said on Tuesday.
Amazon dipped its toe into the waters of brick-and-mortar stores with the opening of a bookstore in its home city of Seattle in November. An expansion of bookstores, which the company has not confirmed, would be a surprise reversal from the online retailer credited with driving physical booksellers out of business.
"You've got Amazon opening brick-and-mortar bookstores and their goal is to open, as I understand, 300 to 400 bookstores," Sandeep Mathrani, chief executive of General Growth Properties Inc , said on Tuesday, responding to an analyst's question after it reported earnings.
On the call, Mathrani compared Amazon's plans to similar moves by eyeware company Warby Parker or men's clothing retailer Bonobos, both of which opened physical stores after finding success online.
Any move by Amazon to expand stores would further antagonize long-time rivals like Barnes & Noble Inc , the largest U.S. bookstore chain, which operated 640 bookstores across the United States as of January. Shares of Barnes & Noble fell more than 5 percent on Tuesday.
Conservationists announced Monday the "amazing discovery" of a previously unknown lion population in a remote northwestern region of Ethiopia, confirming local reports with camera trap photographs for the first time.
Lions were spotted in the Alatash National Park on Ethiopia's border with Sudan, lion conservation group Born Free said.
"The confirmation that lions persist in this area is exciting news," Born Free Foundation said in a statement.
"With lion numbers in steep decline across most of the African continent, the discovery of previously unconfirmed populations is hugely important."
Hans Bauer, a lion conservationist from Oxford University who led the tracking expedition in Ethiopia, said there could be up to 200 lions in the area.
Lion numbers are estimated to have declined by between as much as three-quarters since 1980, and occupy less than a tenth of its historic range across Africa.
The National Park Service needs to broaden its appeal to millennials as it celebrates its 100th birthday this year, the director of the agency said Tuesday as he touted civil rights sites that aren't traditionally viewed as parks to a younger audience.
Park Service Director Jon Jarvis spoke during a visit to the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site, marking the formerly all-white institution that was desegregated by nine black students in 1957.
Part of the plan to attract more 18- to 35-year-olds to national parks, Jarvis said, includes a "Find Your Park" website and social media campaign that the service and the National Park Foundation launched last year to promote the parks and encourage people to share their experiences.
Jarvis said the effort includes highlighting civil rights sites such as Central High School. He also plans a visit this month to the Colonel Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers Monument in Ohio, which commemorates one of the first African-Americans to graduate from West Point and the first black to achieve the rank of colonel in the U.S. Army. After that, he plans to visit the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park.
Members of the Endiablada brotherhood march towards a cemetery to pray for the deceased fellow believers and relatives during the "Endiablada" traditional festival in Almonacid del Marquesado, Spain, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016. The "Endiablada" (The Brotherhood of the Devils) festivals are celebrated each Feb. 2-3 in the central Spanish town of Almonacid del Marquesado since medieval times, or before. In the festival, men from the town dress up as devil-type characters in colorful jumpsuit costumes and red miter hats. They don large heavy copper cowbells around their waists, which clang incessantly as they walk, dance and jump through the town's winding streets and visit the cemetery. The Feb. 2 procession, the "Candelaria" (Candlemas), represents the Virgin Mary presenting baby Jesus to authorities in the temple 40 days after Christmas. The protocol is believed to have caused her some embarrassment and the accompanying bell-clanging characters are thought to be a way of diverting the public's attention.
Photo by Daniel Ochoa de Olza
One of the nation's fastest-growing motorcycle clubs is composed largely of military, police officers and prison guards. It also embraces the regalia and traditions of outlaw biker gangs - a choice that has provoked deadly clashes with other groups.
The Iron Order club insists it is a law-abiding, charitable brotherhood of family men who just like to ride. But experts say its members are increasingly becoming entangled in violence with other biker groups, blurring the line between professionals who are sworn to uphold the law and a biker culture with a long history of criminal activity.
It's not uncommon to for law enforcement to join motorcycle clubs. Some groups exist exclusively for police, such as the Blue Knights, which has almost 20,000 members and performs community services year-round. A source of friction is that the Iron Order consists of both law enforcement and other professions, and it adopts emblems more common to well-established gangs, according to experts.
The Iron Order group formed in 2004, seeking the mystique of outlaw gangs without the crime, he said. The founders liked the motorcycle fellowship, which reminded them of the camaraderie of a military unit or a police department.
A combination photo of the front (L) and back (R) of a papier mache caricature figure for a carnival float of Russian President Vladimir Putin being prepared for the upcoming Rose Monday carnival parade in Mainz, February 2, 2016.
Photo by Kai Pfaffenbach
A gun and knife fight at a Denver motorcycle show that left one person dead and seven wounded was between an outlaw biker gang and a club with many law enforcement members, lawyers for both groups said on Sunday.
Lawyers for the Iron Order Motorcycle Club, whose members include large numbers of law enforcement and the military, and the Mongols Motorcycle Club, which federal authorities deem an "outlaw motorcycle gang", each blamed the other side for starting Saturday's brawl.
Denver police said they had not yet arrested anyone in connection with Saturday's violence at the Denver Motorcycle Expo, an annual show and swap meet at the city-owned National Western Complex, although one "person of interest" was questioned by investigators.
Four people were shot, one fatally, one person was stabbed and three others sustained injuries that did not involve weapons during the fight, police said. A second day of the motorcycle show planned for Sunday was canceled.
Designer John Varvatos' Men's Fall/Winter 2016 fashion is presented in a "multimedia experience" in the John Varvatos store as rock music blared on Bowery on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016, in downtown New York.
Photo by Leanne Italie
More rain and snow are falling on California this winter, improving the snowpack and reservoir levels but cutting into conservation.
State water regulators were expected Tuesday to extend the drought emergency after announcing that conservation fell off in December. Residents used 18 percent less water than in December 2013, but that was the worst showing in seven months of tracking and fell well short of Gov. Jerry Brown's goal of 25 percent.
California, however, will likely beat its long-term conservation goal, saving a combined 25.5 percent since Brown issued the mandate in June calling for savings from 2013 use rates, the State Water Resources Control Board reported.
State water managers are looking ahead to April 1 - when the Sierra Nevada snowpack is historically at its deepest before melting and feeding rivers and streams and replenishing depleted reservoirs.
The snowpack's depth then will signal whether drought conditions are easing after the state's driest four-year period on record.
Handler John Griffiths holds up Punxsutawney Phil during the annual celebration of Groundhog Day on Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, Pa., Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016. The handlers say the furry rodent failed to see his shadow at dawn Tuesday, meaning he "predicted" an early spring.
Photo by Mark Pynes
Hong Kong Ocean Park worker poses with a pygmy marmoset, the world's smallest monkey, in Hong Kong, China February 2, 2016. The Chinese New Year of the Monkey falls on February 8, 2016.
Photo by Bobby Yip
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