Sunday, May 28, 2006, 7:27 PM // 0 comments

Pearl Jam - May 27, 2006

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Set 1 Wasted Reprise, Life Wasted, World Wide Suicide, Do The Evolution, Animal, Severed Hand, Corduroy, Marker In The Sand, Given To Fly, Unemployable, Lukin, Not For You, Daughter(W.M.A.), I Am Mine, Jeremy, Present Tense, Why Go, Porch

Encore 1
Better Man, Come Back, Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town, Last Kiss, Alive

Encore 2 State Of Love And Trust, Blood, Even Flow, Comatose, Leash, Rockin' In The Free World, Yellow Ledbetter

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Lukin / Not For You - May 27, 2006 - Pearl Jam
Present Tense - May 27, 2006 - Pearl Jam

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Friday, May 26, 2006, 11:22 PM // 1 comments

The Consummate Sinatra

Frank Sinatra and super fan, Don Altobell - 1960
I recently discovered this list of lists detailing my father's favorite Sinatra:
Swing Albums
  1. Swingin' Affair
  2. Come Dance With Me
  3. Swingin' Lovers
  4. Swing Wasy
  5. Swinging Brass
Ballad Albums
  1. Only The Lonely
  2. Wee Small Hours
  3. Songs For young Lovers
  4. No One Cares
  5. Nice 'n Easy
Songs
  1. To Love and Be Loved
  2. All My Tomorrows (Capitol)
  3. You Turned My World Around
  4. This Was My Love
  5. Night and Day (Capitol)
  6. Learnin' The Blues (Capitol)
  7. River Stay 'Way From My Door
  8. All The Way (Capitol)
  9. A Very Good Year
  10. All Or Nothing At All (Reprise Swing Version)

Tuesday, May 23, 2006, 7:03 AM // 1 comments

Joey's New Ride

Joey AltobelliClick on image to enlarge.

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Monday, May 22, 2006, 4:53 PM // 1 comments

Rock and Roll Rip-Offs

Paul Altobelli
The following is taken directly from the MOJO Magazine message board. This is my brother Stephen's post:

I’m sure we’ve all had these moments where we’ve been listening to a song and thought, “Hey, wait a minute…Haven’t I heard this somewhere before?” And you begin to wonder why there wasn’t a lawsuit. I have five solid examples to offer (plus an Honorable Mention), instances where something key and seemingly original to a hit (or relatively famous) tune turns out to have an uncomfortable similarity to a prior song that for whatever reason isn’t as well known.

In no particular order:
1. “Taurus” by Spirit and “Stairway to Heaven”

2. “You Need Loving” by Small Faces and “Whole Lotta Love”. I’ve heard there’s a story behind this but I’m not fully aware of it. Personally, the first time I heard the Small Faces tune I wondered if Willie Dixon wasn’t the only one who should be suing Plant/Page.

3. “If You Want My Love, Put Something Down on It” by Bobby Womack and “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy?”

4. “Take a Look Around” by The James Gang and The Who’s “Pure and Easy.” Didn’t The James Gang open for The Who in ’69 or ’70?!

5. “Buddy’s Groove” by Buddy Guy and “I’m Losing You” by Rod Stewart

Honorable Mention: The Soul Brother Six’s “Some Kind of Wonderful” and The Faces “Three-Button Hand-Me-Down.” This is pushing it but being a fan of the soul tune first, I found myself singing that song instinctively the first time I heard the Faces classic. And then David Fricke made the same comparison in his liner notes for Faces box so I’m not the only one who thinks that way.

You know what would be great, if in any of these instances—and perhaps it is that way and I’m just unaware of the original LP notes—if the subsequent artist made an acknowledgment of the original. I don’t know if any of these qualify as out-and-out plagiarism (tho “Taurus”/”Stairway to Heaven” is pushing it), but wouldn’t it have been great to see in the liner notes of the Rod’s “Every Picture Tells a Story” LP: “And a special thanks to Buddy Guy for the inspiration behind ‘I Know I’m Losing You’.” (Actually, he thanks the Faces for that!!)

What others have you heard?

Listen / Download - Buddy's Groove - Buddy Guy

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Saturday, May 20, 2006, 3:21 PM // 0 comments

Greatest Farts of the Century

Unbelievably, this is my first fart post.
National Lampoon - Dec 1972 - Greatest Farts of the Century by B. KlibanClick on image to enlarge.

Friday, May 19, 2006, 9:14 AM // 0 comments

Paid Summer Job for Web Startup

Reply to: job-162242976@craigslist.org
Date: 2006-05-18, 5:00PM EDT

Web Savvy intern to help new startup by
1) Administering Paid Search Campaigns
2) Manage customized Landing Pages
3) Track Click through rates
4) Analyze traffic using various tools
5) Maintain custom reporting inside of Salesforce.com
6) Assist in the design of a new integrated PPC product

Training and PPC Mentor will be provided
* Job location is Cherry Hill, NJ
* Compensation: $ 12.5 per hour - 40 Hours per week -- min of 6 weeks
* This is an internship job
* no -- Principals only. Recruiters, please don't contact this job poster.
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* yes -- Reposting this message elsewhere is OK.
* yes -- OK to repost to Job Developers for Persons with Disabilities.

Thursday, May 18, 2006, 9:29 AM // 0 comments

The Greatest Catch Ever?


Aaron Rowand's Catch

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Listen / Download: The Rutles - Ouch!

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Thursday, May 11, 2006, 2:45 AM // 1 comments

A Note to Self: "It's quarter to three..."

Don Altobell Frank Sinatra"It's quarter to three..." is the first line from my favorite Frank Sinatra song, "One For My Baby." I've been thinking a lot about Frank lately for obvious reasons.

Funny enough, it really is quarter to three in the morning and I really don't want to go to sleep. In a few short hours I'm going to bury my father and something inside of me is saying that if I don't go to sleep then tomorrow will never come and Dad will still be with me. I know this is not the case. I will eventually fall asleep and this time tomorrow I'll never see my father's body again.

At this moment in time I really can't explain what I'm thinking or feeling. I know Dad is in a better place now. He isn't suffereing anymore. This is what I wanted. This is what I asked God for so many times, "Please God, take my Dad today." So, if this is what I wanted why do I feel so sad? Well, perhaps I'll find the answer over the course of time and between now and then I'll listen to Frank and think about Dad.

Listen / Download: One For My Baby - Frank Sinatra

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Blink It

Sunday, May 07, 2006, 10:06 PM // 17 comments

Artist and Writer Donald P. Altobell, 68, Succumbs to MS

Don AltobellPainter and illustrator Don Altobell, whose talents as an artist led him to camaraderie with Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack in the early 1960s, died Sunday, May 7, at his home in Maple Shade, New Jersey, after fighting multiple sclerosis for more than 40 years.

Mr. Altobell was born in Philadelphia in 1938 to the late Paul and Anna Altobell. During his teen years, he was a body builder and frequent dancer on the original Bandstand television show. Following his graduation as an art major from Mastbaum Vocational School, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, from which he was honorably discharged. In 1959 he embarked on a career in advertising, beginning at N.W. Ayer, where he worked on accounts including AT&T, Sealtest, and Atlantic Refining (now ARCO). He was also a copywriter and media buyer at other local agencies and an account executive at radio station WRCP, before his MS-imposed retirement in 1972.

Frank Sinatra by Don AltobellAltobell’s talents as an artist opened doors for him, beginning at a very young age: At 12, a sketch of Rocky Marciano so impressed the fighter that he invited young Don to join him for breakfast. Later, Altobell’s passion for music—and especially his hero Frank Sinatra—blossomed in paintings of Old Blue Eyes, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., and Judy Garland that garnered him repeated backstage access at the original Latin Casino in Philadelphia and The 500 Club in Atlantic City. His drawings and writings about music and boxing appeared in publications including The Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News, The Courier Post, The Burlington County Times, Audio magazine, and renowned boxing magazine The Ring. In addition, he wrote a column, “As I See It,” for the MSAA Motivator, the newsletter sent to Multiple Sclerosis Association of America members.

Mr. Altobell is survived by his wife, Martha (nee Mott), sons Paul and Stephen, stepdaughters Stephanie and Pamela, and grandchildren Rachel, Michael, Joseph, Ricky, Shelby, Nicholas, and Evan.

Mr. and Mrs. Donald P. AltobellA viewing for Mr. Altobell will be held at Immanuel Baptist Church, 12 South Poplar Avenue, Maple Shade, on Thursday, May 11, from 9-11 AM, with a memorial service immediately following. The burial will be private.

Mr. Altobell has requested that tissue from his brain and spinal cord be donated to MS research. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Mr. Altobell’s name to the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America.

Click here to view Don's Art & Photo Gallery
Related post: Note to Self - My Dad

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Friday, May 05, 2006, 4:47 AM // 0 comments

The Original Paul Altobell Pt III


Wednesday, May 03, 2006, 11:27 PM // 1 comments

M'm! M'm! Good!


Joe AltobelliJoseph Altobelli - 5 months old, 2006

Mike AltobelliMichael Altobelli - 5 months old, 2003

Paul AltobelliPaul Altobelli, 1 year old, 1966

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Tuesday, May 02, 2006, 4:38 PM // 0 comments

Glowing reviews for Château Beauvallon

Glowing reviews for Mont-Tremblant Hotel Château Beauvallon

TREMBLANT EXPRESS APRIL2006
HOME SECTION - by André courey

The new Château Beauvallon is getting glowing reviews from visitors and locals alike. “The response has been very encouraging”, says Director Jean-Louis Narboni. "Château Beauvallon is getting rave reviews on the travel web sites."

Indeed, the reviews on one of the world’s largest web sites, “Tripadvisor”, attest to Jean-Louis’ comments. “Awesome, awesome, awesome”, writes one visitor from New York, adding, “Kudos to the proprietors for melding traditional warmth and charm with modern amenities”. Another reviewer from Kingston, Ontario, writes, “The service was absolutely excellent from the moment we arrived”. The writer also had high praise for the many amenities. “The hot tub is fantastic, located amongst a beautiful setting”. Still another reviewer in the United Kingdom writes, “I can strongly recommend this new hotel”.

The comments from locals have been equally flattering. “It’s lovely. Everything is in very good taste and the scale is just right. It’s spacious, airy without being too impressive…it’s warm and comfortable”, said several of the 200 invited guests at a reception for the local community. Principal owners Gavin MacDonald, Pierre Dupré and Rich Masterson threw open the Beauvallon’s doors in mid-February with much the same welcoming geniality for which the old inn was so appreciated in Mont-Tremblant in days gone by. It seems those days have returned at the Château Beauvallon, perhaps better than ever. Locals mingled at the inn once again, enjoying the décor, the ambiance and the tasty “hors-d’oeuvres”. Some took advantage of the huge fireplace in the hearth room overlooking the grounds at the back, sitting back in deep, comfortable sofas, sipping cocktails. In an outdoor ceremony charmingly reminiscent of the old days, the local priests, Father Marc Richer and Father Sylvain Desrosiers, gave their benediction to the new Château Beauvallon.

Jean-Louis says he hopes locals will drop in often to enjoy lunch or dinner at the restaurant or refreshments at the bar and the garden terrace this summer. “We’re preparing a host of activities and special events for the summer”, he added. The spirit of the old, historic inn is back.

Rich Masterson, Gavin MacDonald, and Pierre Dupré
Rich Masterson, Gavin MacDonald, and Pierre Dupré

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