Wednesday, October 31, 2007

I'm Not There Soundtrack CD

Yesterday I worked the late shift at the No Joke Is True place in beautiful downtown Newark.  Since I did not have to arrive until 1 PM I had time to stop at Borders just outside of Penn Station on 33rd Street.  I bought the greatly anticipated (for me at least) the soundtrack CD for I'm Not There which will play at the Film Forum starting on November 21.  The  2 CD set includes covers of Bob Dylan songs that will be heard in the film.  Generally I arrive home at 6 and it is a ritual in the Slutsky household for Lee to pick a CD to be played from 6:15 PM until 7:00 when Jeopardy comes on.  So today, we had time to listen to the first 7 cuts on the first of 2 CDs.  I really enjoyed Tombstone Blues by Richie Havens who in the past has done a fine job covering Dylan.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Hot Pastrami on Rye at Bens

I had a craving for a pastrami sandwich today.  The Kosher deli in my neighborhood closed about 12 years ago since Flushing became more Asian and less Jewish.  So, we took a short drive to Ben's in Bayside.  From there we went to Barnes and Nobles where we bought Lee a basketball book.  Then, it was on to Crocheron Park where we took a walk along Little Neck Bay.  My next pastrami sandwich will be on Dec 1 at Bens in midtown Manhattan where Alan B, a regular reader of this journal, will be the happiest man on the face of the earth since his "next event" will become a reality.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Bob Dylan - the Other Side of the Mirror

The next month will be very eventful for Bob Dylan fans.  Today I received from Sony Music the DVD titled The Other Side of the Mirror.  It features performances at the Newport Folk Festivals from 1963-65.  We watched the first half of it today.  Lee was pleasantly surprised to see a performance of Johnny Cash singing It Ain't Me Babe.

The soundtrack of the move I'm Not There comes out Tuesday October 30th while the movie will be released on November 21.

It was raining for most of the day.  I always hate it when it rains on the weekend, but what can we do.  This morning I spent sometime reader the Autobiography of Eric Clapton.  In the afternoon we saw the Tyler Perry movie Why I Got Married.

Saturday Night Oldies was only 30 minutes tonight since WABC is carrying the Ranger game.  Mark Simone had Bruce Morrow as his host plugging his new book that I bought from  Right now I am listening to a retrospective of WNEW-FM on WFUV.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Lee Picked the wrong movie again

We let Lee pick the movie again today and he chose a real loser.  We went to see The Comebacks a really stupid football movie.  Even if you like football, save your money and do not see this movie.  I must say that Lee has better tastes in music.  Please see below:




Saturday, October 20, 2007

CW Post Football Today

We had a choice today:

CW Post Football at 12 noon

Hofstra Football at 4 PM

We chose the CW Post game since the weather gets cold and windy in the late afternoon.  Also since we got home at 3 PM, I can hear the entire Saturday Night Oldies show.  I don't bring my radio to sporting events like one of the regular readers of this blog.  Anyway  South Connecticut State College beat CW Post 42-17.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

24th Wedding Anniversary Today

It was 24 years ago today that Karen and I were married at the Old Westbury Hebrew Congregation.  We had about 140 people at the wedding.  It is a little sad to look at the photos and see how many people have passed away since then.  Anyway I will take this opportunity to recall a radio link to my wedding.

In the early 1980s there was a syndicated show called Soundtrack of the Sixties.  It first was heard on WCBS-FM when Murray the K was the host.  Sadly, Murray became ill and Gary Owens was the new host.  Gary is best known for his role on Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In, but for years has been a disk jockey in Los Angeles.  At that point the show was heard from 8 AM - 11 AM on Sunday mornings on WYNY which at that point was an Adult Contemporary Station at 97.1 FM.  I sent them a letter saying that I would be listening to the show on the way to my wedding and asked that three Beatles songs be played.  Beatles music was featured at the wedding.  Anyway, the morning of the wedding my best man Herb Hollander picked me up.  We listened to the show on the way, but there was no dedication.  I few weeks later I received a package from the producers of Soundtrack of the Sixties.  It was a cassette tape with Gary Owens wishing us a happy weeding and played the three Beatles songs that I requested.  Better late than never.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Second Anniversary of this blog

I don't remember what prompted me to start a blog two years ago.  I don't remember why I chose the AOL blog, but its still going.  Thanks to everyone who posted or just lurked here.

After Breakfast with the Beatles I will watch the Red Sox Indians game.  These playoff games run at leat 3 1/2 hours so I don't want to sit at the boob tube for all that time.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

History of Queens Conference at Queens College

I really wanted to do something completely different today so I attended a conference about the history of Queens.  There was no charge so there was absolutely nothing to lose.  Anyway, the introduction was given by Boro President Helen Marshall.  After the plenary session, there were several sessions with vaious talks.  I attended:

1.  The origins of Queens College.

2. I really wanted to hear a talk about the role of Robert Moses in the planning of Flushing Meadows Park but the speaker had to cancel.  Instead I heard a talk about the Queens Fram Museum in Little Neck.

3. The development of Forest Hills.

It was a full day conference but I decided to leave after the morning session.  It was a nice Fall day, and I didn't want to stay indoors the entire day.

Sunday, October 7, 2007

I'm Not There is coming

I'm Not There is a forthcoming movie (November 21) which traces the life and career of Bob Dylan,  What is unique about the film is that 6 actors will be playing Dylan at different times in his legendary career.  Today the cover story of the New York Times Magazine talked about the film and its producer Todd Haynes.(

Movies by and about Dylan for the most part have not been accepted by mainstream audiences.  I sense that I'm Not There will only be of interest to Dylan enthusiasts.  The soundtrack CD will be released on October 30th.   On the same day there will be a release of a DVD of his performances at the Newport Folk Festival.

I was trying to get to Brian Matthew's show on BBC2 but I found this hour long compilation of Dylan concert recordings.



Saturday, October 6, 2007

Hofstra Football Today

Today we saw our first football game of the season.  We go to college football since it is almost impossible to go a Jets or Giants game unless you have season tickets.  It most be a fortune to buy them through Ebay or Stub Hub.  The Hofstra tickets are an affordable $10.  They beat the University of Maine 38-13.  If you want to read about the game please go to

Saturday Night Oldies was only 1/2 hour tonight since WABC was committed to broadcasting Army Football.  I am listening to WOGL the "oldies" station from Philadelphia tonight.  Hmm, people in the radio business, just don't like to use the expression oldies any more.


Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Almost 3000 hits

In almost 2 years there have been 3000 hits to this blog.  This number is misleading since it includes my hits to my own journal.  I'd like to thank the people who have read my posts that range from the ridiculous to the sublime.  At least there will be no posts about the Mets until next spring.  Thanks to:

Alan B - Saturday Night Oldies and WCBS-FM Enthusiast

Din G - the big Yankees fan from NJIT

Mike B - former NJIT colleague now out in Arizona.  Hey Mike, are you rooting for the Red Sox or the Diamondbacks?

Mike S - fellow Forest Hills High School Alumnus

Louise A - whom I met on the Jay Buckley Baseball tour this summer

Frank D - another Saturday Night Oldies  and WCBS-FM Enthusiast

Heather H - NJIT colleague and Bob Dylan enthusiast

Several People who asked for the MP3 file of the novelty song Noshville Katz

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