01. A short visit – General Tom Thumb calls on the Queen

“On the 20th of February 1844, an advertisement appeared in The Times announcing the appearance of General Tom Thumb at the Princess’s Theatre in Oxford Street. He, his family and his mentor and manager, Phineas T. Barnum had left New York a month earlier aboard the “Yorkshire” bound for Liverpool, and after a short season there had proceeded to London where Thumb appeared for several days at the Princess’s theatre. Barnum saw the short engagement as a way of “advertising” his youthful protégé.” (Victorian History).

02. Baconalia: Denny’s Does Bacon 7 Ways

“Last week, Denny’s unveiled Baconalia—a 10-week celebration of everyone’s favorite pork product. During those weeks, seven new limited-time offer menu items will feature bacon in ways both expected and unexpected: from a BLT and a bacon-packed breakfast plate to slightly wackier items like Bacon Flapjacks and Maple Bacon Ice Cream.” (Serious Eats).

03. 21 Before-Their-Time Mashup Records

“It’s been called “bastard pop” and “bootleg remixes,” but since it’s been appropriated to describe any kind of combination of media, the most common term we have for it is “mashup.” Originally, it was used to describe unauthorized mixes where the vocal track from one song is laid over the instrumental track of another (or more than one) song to create a new tune.” (Flavor Wire).

04. E-40: Supply and Demand

“Being in the rap game for more than two decades would leave some satisfied. Not E-40, though. The Ambassador of the Bay consistently builds upon his legacy, most recently with the releases of Revenue Retrievin’: Overtime Shift and Revenue Retrievin’: Graveyard Shift. Both 20-track discs dropped yesterday (March 29) and reiterate that 40 is still a force to be reckoned with in hip-hop. Forty Fonzarelli speaks with XXLMag.com about his new album, working on a joint album with Too $hort and Lil B.” (XXL).

05. Nightclubbing

“I never visited the Warehouse, the Chicago club where legendary Frankie Knuckles was DJ (and where the moniker “House Music” was born), but I was lucky enough to dance all night at the Power Plant, the club he opened there in the early 1980s. Later, during a visit to NYC in the summer of 1983 (before I moved here in 1987), my friends took me out for a delirious pilgrimage to hear the mighty sounds of Larry Levan at Paradise Garage. This former garage at 84 King Street was a place of few words. Dance was the message. Waitresses, postal clerks, trannies, and bankers all moved with an eloquence absent from ordinary life and transformed that dance floor into a music-fueled perpetual state of grace.” (MOMA).

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