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Bad Planning Makes This Team THE Worst of Them All

Saturday, June 20th, 2015

Glory Days. Phillies fans at least have their memories.

PHILADELPHIA (Special to TSD AfterDark) In 1955, the Philadelphia Athletics, who won five World Series in the City of Brotherly Love, left the Delaware Valley for Kansas City for a thirteen-year stretch, before moving to Oakland, California before the 1968 season. They were my dad’s team. I heard many stories about his beloved A’s like Jimmie Foxx, Al Simmons, and Lefty Grove. He was heartbroken when they moved, and simply by default, he switched his allegiance to the National League cellar dwelling Phillies. Sure, he kept his eye on the Oakland A’s during their 1970s heyday, but 2,900 miles more than constitutes a long distance relationship…so, it would now have to be the Phillies.

Yep. The Phillies. (more…)

Steve Weingart and Renee Jones; A Musical Match

Saturday, September 14th, 2013

TSD AfterDark Executive Editor, Tom Alexander is joined by the husband and wife duo of keyboardist, Steve Weingart and bassist/vocalist, Renee Jones for this radio interview.

Leaders and innovators in their own right, they’ve played with the likes of Simon Phillips, Steve Lukather, Dave Weckl, Chaka Khan, and many more. These Los Angeles based musicians talk about their earliest days, their influences and where their brand of jazz fusion/world music is going.

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Remembering Dudley Moore

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

It happens to nearly everyone at one time or another. Someone says you remind them of someone else. Perhaps it’s someone famous. In my case, as far back as high school I heard from several people how I reminded them of Dudley Moore. I bring this up because Moore passed away ten years ago today.  (more…)

Classic Outtake from STONERVILLE: The Cargasm

Monday, March 14th, 2011

In our collaborative screenplay effort, STONERVILLE, which wound up being Leslie Nielsen’s final on-screen appearance, there were days on the set where we just riffed. This scene wasn’t written into the script, but was a gag we’d pull in college on unsuspecting passengers. Pat Cavanaugh and Brian Guest certainly grasped the vibe of this prank. Though it didn’t make the movie, it did appear as an outtake while the credits rolled.

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What Makes Chick Tick?

Friday, December 17th, 2010

Jazz Legend Chick Corea’s Never Ending Musical Journey

By Tom Alexander

Solo Explorations. Another one of Corea's musical journeys.

Solo Piano. Another one of Corea's musical explorations.

FORT LAUDERDALE (Special to TSD After Dark) I saw Chick Corea again for about the thirtieth time in my life I guess. Its probably more than thirty times. I’ll be honest, I lost count about five years ago. I have seen him in nearly every possible context – duos, trios, quartets, quintets, sextets, septets, and with an orchestra in Purchase, New York playing the American debut of his first piano concerto way back in 1986. I was lucky that day, as I took my dad with me. It was the only time he ever got to hear Chick. He passed away later that year. The special moment of having my two heroes in life meet face to face was one of the great memories of my life.

Acoustic. Electric. Classical. Fusion. (more…)

Even the Sportsman Never Drove This Baby

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

If you could drive one car in the world – any one – what would it be?  For me, it’s 007’s Aston Martin.  It was introduced to the world in the third Bond film, Goldfinger.  Not my favorite of the Sean Connery Bonds, (that distinction goes to From Russia with Love) but certainly one of my favorite Bond moments.

Watch the clip, even Connery salivates over this one – although he’s not inclined to show it.

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Slang for Wanker

Friday, July 23rd, 2010


BOCA RATON, FL (Special to TSD After Dark) Spam.  We get a ton of it here at the TSD offices – No, not the canned food product, but SPAM of the unwanted internet junk mail variety.  Lately my inbox has been inundated by ads telling me how I need to spice up my love life with either Viagra or Cialis or a host of other male enhancement products.  What gets me are the headlines, and more specifically all the lovely pet names for penis – or slang for wanker, if you prefer. Slang for Wanker.  I kind of fancy that phrase.  Sounds like an indie band.

Anyway, these are some of the actual terms that have come across the transom that refer to said penis:


Measuring Stick.

Dr. Spank


Crisis Center.

New York Strip.

and…The Butler.

Some admittedly are sharper than others.  But it begs the question, is there any other part of the human anatomy (male or female) that has inspired more pet names?

Imagine it being your job to actually come up with these terms.  Imagine sitting in the office and actually hearing your boss say “Smithers (because that’s the only name they use for the put upon guy with the prick for a boss), I want you to rush out all that discount Viagra spam immediately, and while you’re at it, come up with about two dozen names for dick.”

I’d rather play in an indie band called Slang for Wanker.

Turning Back the Clock: Traffic Jams

Friday, January 29th, 2010

A twenty year old Stevie Winwood leads Traffic in this rare footage from a British TV show hosted by Dudley Moore and Peter Cook. It’s live, innovative, energetic and our pick of the week.

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Remembering Carnac the Magnificent

Friday, December 4th, 2009

Going old school with Johnny and Ed. Sure, some of these jokes are dated, but considering gas was still not a dollar a gallon, who cares?

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Rolling With the Havana Boys

Friday, October 9th, 2009

If you’ve ever partaken in the robust majesty of a Cohiba Havana, you understand. Here’s a look behind the scenes as a master works his magic. This is a nice way to kick off a weekend. Even though, technically, it’s illegal. Not that we condone that kind of behavior. 

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