Vinyl Halloween Figurines

Sources: The Mary Sue – By Carolyn Cox | All Things Michael

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A Large Evil Corporation previously gave us Cornetto Trilogy figurines and a vinyl Jareth the Goblin King, but they have really outdone themselves with this Halloween set. Click through for a pocket-sized zombie Michael Jackson, Carrie, and dancing Christopher Walken. If you dare!

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Win A New Test Pressing Of The Jackson Five’s Lost Studio Debut From The Reader And Secret Stash

Sources: Chicago Reader – By Peter Margasak | All Things Michael

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Next Tuesday eclectic Minneapolis label Secret Stash launches a yearlong reissue program that will give deluxe treatment to singles released on the constellation of Chicago soul imprints owned and operated by brothers George and Ernie Leaner between 1962 and 1971. The first 25-track installment (on a single CD and double vinyl) will focus on singles released on the One-derful label, featuring Chicago fixtures such as Otis Clay, McKinley Mitchell, Betty Everett, and the Five Dutones alongside lesser-known artists including the Lucky Laws, the Admirations, Liz Lands, and Beverly Shaffer.

The singles are a gritty mix of hard soul and raw R&B—blue-collar Chicago music at its best. Subsequent compilations in the Secret Stash series will each focus on another imprint run by the Leaners, among them Mar-v-Lus, M-Pac!, Halo, Midas, and Toddlin’ Town; they’ll be released every other month through next September. The Leaners were also a vital force on Chicago’s Record Row in another way: in 1950 they founded United Record Distributors, the first and largest black-run distribution company in the country.

Secret Stash is also taking preorders for a subscription series that comes in several flavors. The priciest option, at $200, includes all the CDs and vinyl, plus seven bonus seven-inches containing tracks not on the six compilations and a CD compiling the seven-inches. The cheapest option, at $90, gets you the six CD releases along with that bonus CD of seven-inches.

One of those seven-inches is a previously unreleased version of “Big Boy,” the Jackson Five’s first single, recorded at the One-derful studio months before the 1968 version issued by Steeltown Records in Gary, Indiana. The Steeltown single is the Jackson Five’s debut release; the One-derful tape, on the other hand, is the group’s first known studio recording, but it was shelved for 42 years and considered lost. Jake Austen told the story of its rediscovery in an epic 2009 Reader feature, and then followed up in 2010 after he was finally able to hear the music.

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Now the Reader and Secret Stash are giving away a seven-inch test pressing of the One-derful version of “Big Boy”—but you have to show off your knowledge to claim the prize. (You may find it helpful to read Austen’s two Reader stories—hint, hint.) The person who gets the most questions right wins; in the event of a tie, the earliest response wins. Please send your answers to jackson5@chicagoreader.com by 1 PM on Wednesday, October 22. While you read the questions below, click here to listen

1.) Name the music director at One-derful Records who wrote the Jackson Five single “Big Boy.”

2.) What’s the date on the studio worksheet for the Jackson Five’s “Big Boy” session at One-derful?

3.) Who is the young guitarist who appears on the One-derful version of “Big Boy” but not the Steeltown version?

4.) What was the address of the One-derful studio where the Jackson Five recorded?

5.) Who’s the engineer who handled the digital transfer of the One-derful recording of “Big Boy” in September 2010?

 

 

 

Long Island Zombies Prepare To Break A World Record And Help Several Charities For 5th Annual Thrill The World Event

Sources: Patch | All Things Michael

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Islip, NY – Long Island Zombies are once again preparing to join the ranks of thousands of fellow zombies around the world in an attempt to break the world record for the largest simultaneous performance of Michael Jackson’s Thriller dance. The local event is scheduled for Saturday, October 25th, 2014 from 3PM to 6:30PM, with the official world record dance attempt taking place at 6PM local time and will be one of the many synchronized worldwide charitable events. Thrill Long Island 2014 will take place at Islip Town Hall West, located at 401 Main Street, Islip, NY. Free parking will open at 2:45 p.m. Families are encouraged to attend an afternoon full of fun – with free prizes, a 50/50 raffle, basket raffles, and more! Everyone is encouraged to come dressed in their best Halloween costume, as there will be a costume contest open to all ages and costume categories, with free prizes awarded to the best costumes in attendance! Following the contest, there will be a Halloween Dance-Off contest in three different age categories: Children, Teens, and Adults. All are welcome to enter the competition for the chance to win fun prizes!

Once again, this event is being sponsored by the South Shore Community Organization, part of the Town of Islip’s network of community Youth Agencies, as well as the Town of Islip Youth Bureau. Thrill Long Island has also partnered with Island Harvest, Long Island’s largest food pantry network, in an effort to help fundraise and collect non-perishable food to feed the hungry on Long Island. Other partnering companies, organizations, and agencies include LongIsland.com, Victoria’s MakeUp Artist, Youth Enrichment Services, LI Flash Mobs, and LifeOnLongIsland.com. As in the past, this event unites the community through music and dance to raise funds for various charities. In addition to supporting Island Harvest, Thrill Long Island will be donating to the locally-based Sandy Relief non-profit organization, Neighbors Supporting Neighbors Babylon, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Thrill Long Island is seeking youth and adults to participate in this fun, exciting and charitable dance event. The “Thriller” routine is VERY easily learned using a simple system that requires absolutely no dance experience. If you think you have two left feet – don’t worry! All you need to do is learn a few simple words to prompt the steps and you’ll learn the dance in no time. Entire families and groups are welcome! Registration to take part as a dancer starts on-site at 3:10PM, with a FREE dance rehearsal taking place at 3:30PM, all in preparation for the world-record attempt taking place that same evening at 6PM sharp. Advanced registration is not required, but encouraged, and is available on the organization’s website, www.ThrillLongIsland.com. All participants are required to dress in their most creative zombie costumes, so please show up in-costume as none will be provided by the organization! Free make-up retouches will be provided by Victoria’s MakeUp Artist.

The public is invited to attend the performance, bring non-perishable food to donate and/or make monetary donations, and enjoy a thrilling performance! T-Shirts commemorating this 2014 event will be available for purchase at $13 each, any size.

To date, the fiscally sponsored non-profit, Thrill Long Island, has collected and donated thousands of dollars and thousands of pounds of non-perishable food to charities across the country, including St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the American Red Cross, the ASPCA, and more locally, Island Harvest. This non-profit organization, founded in 2010 by university student, choreographer, and Thrill Long Island Director, Bryan Ramirez, has been a major contributor to the worldwide Thrill The World event.

For more information about the 5th Annual Thrill Long Island event, to view photos and videos of past events, and to register in advanced as a dancer or volunteer, visit their website, www.ThrillLongIsland.com.You can also contact the organization directly by emailing them at info@ThrillLongIsland.com.

 

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TYREKE EVANS PERFORMS IMPRESSIVE “MOONWALK” TRAVEL THAT GOES UNCALLED

Sources: DimeMag – By Spencer Lund | All Things Michael

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It’s hard to be an NBA ref. We try our best to give them the benefit of the doubt, but they’re often found by fans to be lacking. Last night, when Anthony Davis was busy destroying the Pelicans, his teammate, Tyreke Evans, performed an egregious travel of at least four steps backwards in an impressive moonwalk display that went completely unnoticed by the refs.

By way of the always-entertaining and usually on-point r/NBA reddit community, comes this gem. After ‘Reke collects the ball from the swiping hands of Nene and Otto Porter, he moonwalks back from Porter’s defense before making his move.

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There’s no call, but it was an impressive display of the dance popularized by the estimable Michael Jackson.

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See Classic Album Covers Brought To Life In Cool New Video: Michael Jackson, David Bowie And More

Sources: Gizwise – By Andrew Trendell | All Things Michael

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The iconic album sleeves of Michael Jackson, Madonna, Prince, Bowie, The Smiths and Prince have all earned themselves a place in our record collections and on our walls, but have you ever wanted to see them brought to life to beatbox? 

Well, now you can – thanks to Tel Aviv comic artist Roy Kafri who has made an incredible animated music video for the beatbox-based track ‘Mayokero’.

It’s brilliant, hypnotic and actually pretty unnerving to watch Bob Dylan, Lionel Richie and more come to life. Understandably, the owner of these records can’t cope with having them in his possession any more, so eventually trades them in for a Mini Disc player.

 

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Halloween Songs To Get In The Spirit Of The Season [Video]

Sources: GuardianLV.com – By  Jonathan Gardner| All Things Michael

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With Halloween a little over a week away, party planners rush to make last minute acquisitions to make their shindig perfect. Decorations must be hung, food and candy distributed, and, of course, no Halloween party is complete without some music to get in the spirit of the season. While Halloween does not have the same massive musical outpouring that Christmas does, there are some time-tested classics that should be added to any seasonal playlist.

5. Time Warp - 1973, Rocky Horror Show: There is no better way to get the party-goers moving than putting on this number. A classic song from the cult-classic Rocky Horror Picture Show, Time Warp teaches the listener how to “Do the Time Warp” with a catchy tune and just the hint of something sinister behind it. While the lyrics do instruct how to do the accompanying dance, they also mention a descent into madness and “a snake of a guy with devil eyes.”

4. Werewolves of London - 1978, Warren Zevon: The song has been covered by numerous artists, but no one can perform this absurd hit like the original singer. Werewolves of London easily has the best opening lyrics on the list, discussing the connection between the mythical beast and its love for Chinese food. A fun party game would be to see how many people can resist joining Mr. Zevon in the telltale werewolf howl spread throughout the tune.

3. Ghostbusters – 1984, Ray Parker, Jr.: The theme song of the film by the same name, Ghostbusters has been a staple of Halloween music since the beginning. One can not go through October without hearing the catchy, pop beat at least once. Parker Jr. did such an excellent job with the pseudo-commercialized jingle that it earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Song in the 57th Academy Awards. Just watch out for any oversized baked goods that may be terrorizing the city and don’t cross the streams.

2. Monster Mash – 1962, Bobby “Boris” Pickett: One of the few songs that was specifically made for Halloween, rather than simply adopted by the holiday, Monster Mash references all of the classic movie horrors, from the Wolf-man to Frankenstein to Dracula and his son. Though the lyrics claim the dance is simply a variation of the “Transylvanian Twist,” the Monster Mash was actually heavily influenced by the Mashed Potato dance craze popular at the time.

1. Thriller – 1983, Michael Jackson: The undisputed No. 1 Halloween song, the “King of Pop” proved to be the King of Halloween when he released Thriller in the early 1980’s. The funky, deep bassline of the song, interspersed with various creepy sound effects, like doors slamming or dogs howling, make it the perfect song to get the party into full-swing. The 14-minute music video, which shows off Jackson’s unique chorographical skills, will have party-goers shuffling like zombies throughout the night. Horror buffs will also recognize the voice of horror movie legend Vincent Price among the lyrics.

Honorable mention: A Nightmare On My Street - 1987, DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince: Not quite good enough to make the Top 5, this horror rap tells the story of The Fresh Price’s encounter with Freddy Krueger, the villain from the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise. However, the real horror came later, as the use of the character got the rap group in a bit of hot water, after they were sued by New Line Cinema for copyright infringement.

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Jeans ‘n Classics: King of Pop Remembered In Show

Sources: Oa Online – By Gregory Blane| Edited By – All Things Michael

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Organizers hope to celebrate the life and music of Michael Jackson with lead singer Gavin Hope and the Midland-Odessa Symphony and Chorale.

Conducted by Gary Lewis, the MOSC will join Hope and the Jeans ’n Classics vocal and rock ensemble for an epic ride through the King of Pop’s incredible music legacy.

While not a tribute act, Jeans ’n Classics interprets the music of legendary rock and pop artists, like the King of Pop, with their own signature flair.

Jeans ’n Classics set out to create a concert that people would love, Hope said. Peter Brennan’s orchestration of Jackson’s music remains accurate to what one might hear on a studio album.

“We try to make people feel like he’s there. There’s not an unrecognizable tune in the concert,” Hope said.

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For Michael: The Music of Michael Jackson is not only one of the most popular Jeans ’n Classics acts; it’s also one of Hope’s favorite to perform.

Hope said he first heard the King of Pop’s music as a kid, and he would pick up all of his magazines,

albums, and videos at the local record shop.

“I adored his music, and it just spoke to me. I got to know a lot about his music from when he was doing the Jackson 5, all the way up to ‘Thriller,’ and beyond. And the incredible thing is that his music lives on forever.”

The show is packed with spins, jumps, and moonwalks by Hope and the cast. Hope said that everyone ends up having a lot of fun at a Jeans ’n Classics concert.

“With Michael’s music, young people, tweens, middle age people, and older people alike are clapping their hands, smiling, and having a great time. I remember doing a show in Calvary, Alberta, and by intermission, there were people literally standing up and dancing in the aisles; I never thought that I would see that at an orchestra concert,” Hope said.

Hope said he was astonished to see hats, white gloves, and a few red Thriller jackets being sported by the audience. “I saw a woman that was 78-years-old, and she was dancing with a white glove that she knit herself. There’s such a wide variety of people that his music touches.”

Hope recommends “For Michael’ to “anyone who has a heartbeat and likes to have a good time … It’s naturally fun. ‘Why should you see the show?’ is like ‘Why would you eat chocolate?’ It’s that good.”

If You Go

  • What: For Michael: The Music of Michael Jackson feat. Gavin Hope and MOSC Orchestra.
  • When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
  • Where: Wagner Noël, 1310 N FM 1788, Midland, TX 79707.
  • Tickets: $25-$45.
  • Visit: www.wagnernoel.com

 

 

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The Biggest Moments in Ed Sullivan Show History: The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Jackson 5 and More

Sources: Music Times | All Things Michael | MJ Upbeat

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It’s unreal to contemplate that Ed Sullivan has been dead for 40 years as of October 13. No figure, and we mean no figure who wasn’t a musician themselves, had a bigger impact on the listening habits of Americans than Sullivan did. Need proof? Check out seven of the biggest musical moments on The Ed Sullivan Show, listed chronologically.

Bill Haley and The Comets (1955)

Many of the stories revolving around Ed Sullivan’s musical guests involve how conservative the host was. That may be true but that didn’t stop him from being the first TV host to feature the new genre of rock ‘n’ roll on his program. Bill Haley and his Comets took to the air during 1955 to play a brief version of what would become its signature song: “Rock Around The Clock.” For as devil-riddled as the style was supposed to be, Sullivan would make a legacy of bringing hundreds of rock acts onto his show, including…

Elvis Presley (1956)

Presley was already an established star before he appeared on Sullivan’s show but his appearance only further confirmed the fears of parents and his own sexual magnetism. It’s legend that Sullivan demanded Presley only be shot from the waist up…and just that. A legend. Sullivan told others in interviews leading up to the event that any sexual nature in the performance could be edited using camera angles, however Elvis’s performance itself was full-body and unedited. He would return for two more appearances in years to come.

The Beatles (1964)

This was more than one of the biggest moments in music television: It was one of the biggest moments in both American music and American television history, drawing 73 million viewers. The Beatles’ appearances over the course of three weekends on The Ed Sullivan Show made the band an instant sensation in the United States, one that hasn’t been matched since Michael Jackson (we’ll get back to that). The Sullivan appearance has been hailed as the official beginning to the British Invasion.

Jackson 5 (1969) 

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Pop groups of the ’70s were all fairly talented and all seemed to industrially assembled to some degree. None were as impressive and well established as the Jackson 5 however. The harmonies, the dance moves, the legitimate familial storyline and most of all, youngest brother Michael. This was the first time most of America met Michael Jackson, which essentially means that the three biggest performers in pop music history (Jackson, The Beatles and Presley) were brought to you, to some degree, by Sullivan.

James Brown (1966) 

James Brown was already huge by the time he appeared with Sullivan for the first time during 1966 and he needed the publicity less. What makes his first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show so noteworthy is strictly for his ability as a performer. Anyone who had the chance to catch Brown live or listen to Live At The Apollo knows how dynamite the King of Soul was onstage. Both his footwork and voice set him apart from the majority of all performers. Ever.

The Doors (1967)

Perhaps the most legitimate instance of Sullivan’s family-friendly intentions coming through is his clash with The Doors during 1967. The host insisted that Jim Morrison remove the line “girl we couldn’t get much higher” from the band’s hit “Light My Fire.” The vocalist, of course, forgot *cough cough* and delivered the line—which seems relatively mundane now. The band would never appear on the show again although it’s argued whether that decision was made by the host or by the band’s irritable management.

The Supremes (1969)

You can argue with Sullivan’s approach to “controversial” material but you have to at least give him kudos for his support of black performers during that era. The Temptations and Supremes played dozens of performances on the show but perhaps the most relevant was The Supremes last appearance during 1969, when Sullivan would announce to America following the gig that Diana Ross was leaving the group to pursue a solo career.

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