Andrew Combs: “Rainy Day Song”

Combs Rainy Day

Chimesfreedom is a big fan of the debut album from singer-songwriter Andrew Combs, Worried Man. So we are excited that his second album, All These Dreams, will be released on March 3, 2015.

Below is the lead track from the upcoming album, “Rainy Day Song.” From the sound of it, we are not expecting a sophomore slump from Combs. Check it out.

What do you think of “Rainy Day Song”? Leave your two cents in the comments.

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    10 Years of YouTube

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    Remember a decade ago when you used to get so much more work done than you do today? Then along came YouTube and your productivity sharply dropped. In February 2015, YouTube turns ten years old, and what better way to celebrate the last decade than to remember all those time-wasting viral videos.

    So, The Daily Conversation has put together a YouTube supercut to remind us of those epic moments we watched on our computers. Some moments were world-changing, while others were just plain fun. Check it out.

    What is your favorite YouTube viral video? Leave your two cents in the comments.

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    Laurel and Hardy on Film In the 1950s

    Laurel Hardy 1956

    We are used to seeing Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy as relatively young men in films from the prime of their career together that spanned 1926-1945. By chance, both did appear as even younger men in the movie The Lucky Dog (1921), although it was before the two became a team. As for after the 1926-1945 period, following the main years of their career together, the two men did appear together in the 1950s before Hardy passed away.

    Their last feature film together was an Italian-French production called Atoll K, which was released in 1951 and marketed in the U.S. as Utopia and in the U.K. as Robinson Crusoeland. It had been more than six years since Laurel and Hardy had appeared together in their previous film, 20th Century Fox’s The Bullfighters (1945). Below is the trailer for Utopia (1951).

    At the time of the filming of Atoll K/Utopia, the two men were not in good health as the production faced various challenges. Most considered the resulting poorly dubbed film a disaster. If you would like to watch the entire movie, it is available on YouTube.

    After Atoll K, around 1954, Laurel and Hardy appeared on the TV show This is Your Life, hosted by Ralph Edwards. The series surprised and honored people by recounting their life and bringing on people who knew them. In this episode devoted to both Laurel and Hardy, the guests included Buster Keaton.

    Finally, a silent home video captured Laurel and Hardy in 1956 at the Reseda, California home of Stan Laurel’s daughter, Lois. Stan Laurel had been born with the name Arthur Stanley Jefferson on June 16, 1890 in the United Kingdom, so he was around 66 years old at the time of the video. He would live awhile longer until he passed away on February 23, 1965 in California.

    Oliver Hardy, whose birth name was Norvell Hardy, was born on January 18, 1892 in Georgia, so he was around 64 at the time of the home video. Hardy earlier had a heart attack in 1954 and at the time of the video, he only had about a year to live as he passed away on August 7, 1957 in Los Angeles.

    So, check out this 1956 home video from the UCLA archives, which may be the last time the two giants appeared together on film. Even without sound, you can see the spirit of the two men as they look into the camera one last time.

    What is your favorite Laurel and Hardy moment? Leave your two cents in the comments.

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    “The Right Time” To Hear a New Brian Wilson Track

    Pier Pressure

    Brian Wilson has released a video for a new song “The Right Time” from his upcoming No Pier Pressure album. And if you prefer more than one Beach Boy, the new song also features David Marks and Al Jardine, who sings lead on the song.

    Check out “The Right Time.”

    Wilson originally planned to do the album with the Beach Boys, but after a falling out with the band he decided to feature various guests on No Pier Pressure, including Jardine and Marks. The album, which Capitol Records will release on April 7, also features Kacey Musgraves, fun.’s Nate Ruess and She & Him’s Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward.

    What do you think of “The Right Time”? Leave your two cents in the comments.

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    Batman’s Evolution

    Different Batmans

    Most of us have watched different movies, TV shows, cartoons, and actors take on Batman through the years. But Jacob T. Swinney came up with the idea to revisit the various incarnations in one video, The Evolution of Batman. Beginning with serials from the 1940s, Swinney takes us on an exciting tour through the years.

    Check out The Evolution of Batman.

    The Evolution of Batman in Cinema from Jacob T. Swinney on Vimeo.

    For a list of all of the shows and movies featured in the video, head over to Vimeo.

    What is your favorite version of Batman? Leave your two cents in the comments.

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