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Five Finger Death Punch may be the stupidest rock and roll band to walk the earth
09.02.2010
11:09 pm

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I’ve been working on my list of the best videos of 2010 and until I saw this vile piece of crap I hadn’t even thought of beginning a ‘worst of’ list. But this knucklehead cover of ‘Bad Company’ by a bunch of tough guy poseurs from L.A. with the mucho macho name of Five Finger Death Punch really blows chunks.

Promoting their album, the repugnantly titled War Is The Answer,  this video is by far one of the stupidest things I’ve seen that lays claim to being rock and roll.

Considering it’s a song about ruthless outlaw killers, trying to re-work ‘Bad Company’ into a militaristic anthem is just plain idiotic. But even worse, the footage of the band in Iraq, brandishing guns, playing G.I. Joe and buddying up to actual soldiers, is pathetic and offensive. These pricks ain’t patriots, they’re assholes exploiting a war to sell a few records. Fuck em!

I can’t imagine seeing a more noxious video in 2010 unless Ted Nugent comes up with something new in the next few months. If these guys weren’t so stupid, they’d be dangerous…like bed bugs or crab lice.
 

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Miles Davis beer: Bitches Brew
09.02.2010
09:07 pm

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Miles runs the brew-doo down! In honor of the 40th anniversary of Miles Davis’s jazzrock fusion masterpiece, Bitches Brew, Dogfish Head brewers have released a new commemorative beer. Not only is “Bitches Brew” a bitchin’ name for a brew, of course, that iconic Mati Klarwein cover painting makes the coolest label I think I’ve ever seen.

Miles Davis’ seminal Bitches Brew album was a game changer – a bold fusion of rock, funk and jazz. To honor the 40th anniversary release, Dogfish Head has created a bold, dark beer that’s a fusion of three threads imperial stout and one thread honer beer with gesho root. Like the album, this beer will age with the best of ‘em.

Speaking of Bitches Brew, I’ve been listening to this album a lot lately—I’ve always loved it—because I got the most amazing quadraphonic bootleg version of it. Apparently sourced from a reel to reel quad master, it sounds utterly incredible, as if you were in the room with Miles, Wayne Shorter, John McLaughlin, Jack De Johnette, Chick Corea, Dave Holland and the others, when these tracks were being laid down. Plus the sonics are uncrushed by modern remastering. Truly an audiophile’s delight. I can’t believe Sony is putting out a $125 box set of the, ahem, “definitive” Bitches Brew box set for the second third time  and they didn’t bother to offer the multichannel version!
 

 
Via Laughing Squid

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Voodoo Dubstep: Cape Town, South Africa’s rising star, Spoek Mathambo
09.02.2010
06:18 pm

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Incredibly slinky new track/music video from Cape Town, South Africa’s rising star—artist, musician, graphic designer, writer—Spoek Mathambo.  This guy is brilliant!

This is lovesick dubstep at it’s best, ghostly and syrupy through the koppies and quarries of Cape Town.

The video for “War on Words,” features the story of a heartbroken widow performing pagan ceremonies to bring her dead husbands back to life…if only for a night. Her lovers are maggot ridden corpses, struggling through the dark passages of purgatory.

Sounds good, right? It is. Very good. He describes his sound as “dark township tech house sothocore new wave zulu funky.” That seems right!
 

 
More Spoek Mathambo after the jump!

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CannaCare ad: California’s first medical marijuana commercial

This is the first known medicinal marijuana advertisement to be aired on television. Commercial provided by permission from CannaCare. This spot first ran on FOX 40 in Sacramento, California in August of 2010.

 

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Portraits of musicians on vinyl records

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I really like these hand-painted vinyl records from artist Daniel Edlen. According to his web site, Daniel also does drawings of authors on their books. I’m partial to the Zappa, natch.

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See more of Daniel’s work after the jump…

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The world’s biggest drum machine eats Stockholm

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One of the aural drivers of the 20th century—and the bane of many traditionalist stick-men—the drum machine has a rather undersung legacy.

The first drum machine was invented in the early ‘30s by Leon Theremin on commission from Henry Cowell.

The biggest one was recently built and toured around Stockholm by Propellerheads, the Swedish bad boys behind Reason music software. Kids stomped on it, and its interface was projected onto a big-ass building downtown. Bring that thing over here!
 

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Joy of the Blood of the Stars: Messiaen’s Turangalîla Symphonie
09.02.2010
02:36 pm

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Olivier Messiaen is one of my absolute favorite 20th century classical composers whose body of work is all wonderful, totally worth investigating and far too huge to try to cover in one post. For now I’ll simply present what I consider to be one of the most powerful, violent and mezemerizing pieces of music anybody’s ever likely to hear, the 5th movement of his Turangalîla Symphony, composed between 1946 and 1948 and performed here by The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain (in truth the only version I could find on YouTube, but they do a smashing job). Note the prominent use of the early electronic instrument, the Ondes Martenot, essentially an elaborate keyboard controlled Theremin, later use extensively by Radiohead.

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Facebook status update lesson 101
09.02.2010
01:29 pm

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No, you really can’t beat that…

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Over-the-top stunt scene from Telagu blockbuster ‘Magadheera’: watch out Michael Bay!
09.02.2010
01:04 pm

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Telagu film

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2009 Indian mega-hit Magadheera is the most expensive film produced in the Telagu language of Southern India. Telagu (Tollywood) films don’t have Bollywood budgets, but Magadheera , a tale of reincarnation spanning 400 years, delivers maximum bang for the buck and, in this scene, some big laughs.

Directed by S.S. Rajamouli (watch out Michael Bay) and starring Ram Charan Teja.

The DVD is available here.
 

 

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What will become of the unfinished work of Harvey Pekar?
09.02.2010
12:33 pm

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Fascinating article from The New York Times about the travails of finishing up the work of the late Harvey Pekar, in particularly the innovative digital stories told online at Smith magazine’s Pekar Project. Sadly, it looks like some all-too-human jealously is threatening to derail completion of the work. What’s transpired after the writer’s death seems like, well, one of his own autobiographical tales. In fact, it’s pretty much classic Pekar:

As the Pekar Project continued, it became apparent that Ms. Brabner was displeased with one contributor in particular: Ms. Seibel, the only female artist involved, and the only one who worked face to face with Mr. Pekar.

Ms. Seibel, whose husband and three children also became acquainted with Mr. Pekar, said that Ms. Brabner would abruptly pull Mr. Pekar out of their telephone conversations, and that she tried to interfere with a Brooklyn book-signing event at which Ms. Seibel appeared with Mr. Pekar in November. Ms. Seibel said Mr. Pekar told her these conflicts were “for him to worry about,” not her. “He put it under his business,” she said. (Ms. Brabner declined to comment on these matters.)

No one in their artistic circle believes the relationship between Mr. Pekar and Ms. Seibel crossed professional boundaries, but some could see how it strained Mr. Pekar’s marriage.

“A part of him was enjoying the attention he was getting from this very good-looking young woman,” said Mr. Parker, one of the Pekar Project artists. “And, naturally, Joyce, how could she enjoy that? You don’t have to be a psychologist to see that one’s not going to be good.”

Not even Mr. Pekar’s death quelled the tensions between Ms. Seibel, who has said she spent part of his last day alive with him, and Ms. Brabner.

 
The Unfinished Tale of an Unlikely Hero (The New York Times)

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