About #@$% time – The Ultra Seven Complete Series DVD box set is finally coming!!!

With the release of an über-affordable Ultraman: The Complete Series DVD collection from Mill Creek in 2009, many of us hoped that it would only be a matter of time before "Ultra Seven," the popular 1967 follow-up to "Ultraman," would also punch its way into the American marketplace. And now, according to August Ragone, author of Eiji Tsuburaya: Master of Monsters, this long hoped for collection is finally coming! December 2012 will bring fans the eagerly-awaited release of Ultra Seven: The Complete Series, a six disc collection from Shout! Factory. This striking boxed set will include all 48 episodes* of the Ultra Seven TV series in the original Japanese with English subtitles. Also included with the discs is a 24-page booklet on the making of Ultra Seven written by August Ragone, and a...special surprise bonus?! The release of Ultra Seven is slated for December 11th. Pre-orders can be placed today with the good folks over at Amazon.com($34.99 SRP). So grab a purple crayon, kiddies, scribble this baby down on your 'wishmas' list, and make sure to stay on Santa's good side from now until December 25th. If you can do that, then it's highly likely that Christmas this year will be incredibly mer–ultra.

*Batteries the controversial episode 12 ("From Another Planet With Love") not included.



It's Saturday again, gang, and you know what that means? You betcha! It's time for Your Kung Fu Sucks! Grindhouse Cinemas™ to bring another installment of the Monsta Mashin' Matinee to your desktops! This month's creature feature is a showing of Korea's first entry into the daikaiju genre with the 1967 classic, Yongary: Monster from the Deep (aka Great Monster Yongary). As always, this Vintage Video™ is available as a free mp4 download courtesy of the fine folks over at Archive.org. But you're also more than welcome to watch it front-row-and-center at the YKFS blog. But do bring your own popcorn, Sno-Caps and Jujubees, please.


Ghostface Killah & Adrian Younge give you "Twelve Reasons to Die"

In this hard-knock life of ours, there are three things we can always count on: death, taxes, and Ghostface Killah. And on November 20th, this ever reliable member of the Wu-Tang clan is dropping his 10th solo album, Twelve Reasons to Die. Produced in collaboration with Adrian Younge, the maestro behind the Black Dynamite soundtrack, and executive produced by Wu Abbot the RZA, you can bet your candy store money that this album will be on some next level $#@%. As such, in the direction of the next logical level, Ghostface (aka Tony Starks, aka Iron Man) is also launching a related comic book project in December! With Christmas right around the corner, the Twelve Reasons to Die album and comic book sound like they'd make great stocking stuffers for the Wu-fan who has everything–like you, me and everyone we know.


Prelude to The Man with The Iron Fists - "The Encounter," narrated by the RZA

Eric Calderon and RZA, the creators behind the sights and the sounds of the smash hit Afro Samurai, brings to the web an artful-looking prequel to the Universal Pictures film The Man with the Iron Fists. Check out the YouTube exclusive video by clicking here.

Director: RZA 
Release: 11/2/2012 
Studio: Universal Pictures 
Website: http://www.ironfists.com

[GFM] Nat King Cole – Autumn Leaves

Grown folks music.

[Press-N-Play®] Nat King Cole – Autumn Leaves (English Version)
[Press-N-Play®] Nat King Cole – Autumn Leaves (Japanese Version)

The Enlightenment of 'Uncle Rush' in Forbes

      (Image Credit: ForbesLife)

"The Enlightenment of Russell Simmons" by Forbes Staff writer Hannah Elliot appears in the November 5, 2012 issue of Forbes Life. Read the entire article for free-ninety-nine by clicking here.


Russell Simmons on stillness

"When Albert Einstein developed the theory of relativity, he was operating out of a state of stillness. When Biggie Smalls wrote his greatest rhymes, he was operating out of a state of stillness. When Thomas Edison invented the lightbulb, he was operating out of a state of stillness. When Gandhi went on his first hunger strike, he was operating out of a state of stillness too.
  Stillness is the fertile soil in which imagination is nourished, and ideas can grow to incredible heights. The stillness inside of us is a field of dreams from which we can reap our most abundant harvests."

– Russell Simmons

Source: Super Rich, pg. 32


Soul Clap for Piano in D Minor

There's something deeply soulful about to the piano strokes of the appropriately nicknamed Soul Hug. It's hard to explain, but if you're the kind of listener who hears music deeply, then maybe no explanation will be necessary. Maybe you'll be similarly affected by the pure and simple sound of a solitary piano under the hands of a musician with a sincere passion for the instrument, and a knack for hitting just the right notes.

The nine original songs on Soul Hug's recently released Elepianote EP are mellow and sweetly melodic. If you're not in the right mindset for that today (or tonight), it's okay. Save it for when you need something in that vein, and nothing else in your mp3 player is doing it. And when that time does come, do what I did: Press play, lower your eyelids, and see where the music takes you.

As for me, I'm wandering into a hotel lobby in some strange city situated in the Pacific Rim of my frontal lobe. It's just after 2 AM when I push inside the nameless hotel through the brass-and-glass revolving doors. Once inside, my ears are caught by the warming notes of a piano that beckon to me from around a nearby corner. Following the sound, I'm guided to the doorway of a dimly lit bar.

Stepping inside the double-doored entrance, my eyes make out the dimly lit shape of a young, hip-hop-looking cat who's seated at a piano, twenty or so feet away. His head is wrapped in a brown wool-knit cap with its brim 'broken off' to the left. A lit Marlboro pokes out from the lips of a thinly haired goatee. His slim frame is garbed in a white tee-shirt and baggy Phat Farm blue jeans that flood down over the tops of wheat-colored Timberlands.

Like myself, the musician is also in town from someplace else far away. Needing an escape from the solitary confinement of his friendless hotel room, he took to wandering the hotel's hallways. Before long, he'd found the sanctuary that he needed in this darkened bar with a Wurlitzer piano parallel parked in a corner.

Mesmerized by the plinking of the keys, I slink into the cushioned booth just inside the entrance. As my eyes finish adjusting to the darkness, they reveal to me that I'm not alone here; hidden in the cushions of other booths nearby are a dozen more mesmerized listeners who were–just as I was–beckoned there by the warming allure of piano notes. 

A skinny little server saunters over and asks what I'll be having. I ask what the guy at the piano is drinking. "Thirty-year-old sake," she replies with a knowing smile. Slowly, I nod my head to signal agreement. And as she twirls her narrow hips to leave, I place a palm on the small of her spine, and ask that she also take a bottle to the wandering virtuoso with his fingers on the keys.


1. Love Note 
2. 月下美人 (Gekkabijin) 
3. Street
4. Three Color Of Night View
5. Kiss 
6. 侍 Samurai 
7. World Prayer 
9. Pirates of Legend  

Link courtesy of J-MP3 
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Thanks to Mr. Tang @ Word is Bond for the Soul Hug hook-up (by way of Otokaze).


Freight train of thought

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Art: NG Crew (Fyse, El Mac, Equis), Tucson, 2001
Photos © 2002 St. Paco