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Space helmets galore
08.11.2010
04:57 pm

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Here’s a fun space helmet collage. Now, can you name all the famous faces? 
 
(via Das Kraftfuttermischwerk)

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Reflectovision: Infomercial for a metaphysical appliance

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A funny and clever student film from 1978, heavily influenced by Firesign Theater, about a paranoiac’s dream device which might actually be useful, if not extremely amusing to wear. This is somehow related to the Orchid Spangiafora LP (but I’m not quite sure how, exactly) which features in the 2nd installment of the Dangerous Minds Radio Hour, coming soon to an internet near you.

Wherever you go, there you are. Wherever you are, there you go… Follow yourself to unknown destinations. Chase after yourself on a mysterious voyage of self-discovery…

 
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John Lurie’s disappearing act: the strange tale of a Loung Lizard and his stalker

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For friends and fans of John Lurie, there’s a disturbing article in the current issue of The New Yorker . The title of the piece is ‘Sleeping With Weapons’’ and it’s a strange and sad tale. John has been in hiding for the past 18 months to avoid a former friend who is supposedly stalking him. In addition, he has a mysterious illness that has kept him a virtual prisoner in his apartment for the past six years, until now.

For those of you unfamiliar with Lurie’s history, he’s been a significant and prolific member of New York’s downtown art scene since the 1970s. His band The Lounge Lizard’s were at the forefront of the late 70s New York ‘no-wave’  music scene. He starred in Jim Jarmusch’s pioneering indie film Stranger Than Paradise, along with more than a dozen other films. He hosted TV’s Fishing With John, has done film soundtracks and is a highly regarded painter. Now his own life has taken on a melodramatic turn that seems like a performance from hell.

The alleged stalker, John Perry, was Lurie’s closest friend. The two had a serious falling out and Lurie feared that Perry intended to kill him. John fled New York and for awhile moved into the Big Sur home belonging to Flea, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ bass player. In October of 2009, he moved to Palm Springs, California. He’s been incognito ever since. His relationship with Perry sounds like a romance turned extremely toxic, but Lurie has made it clear that this was no love affair. The dynamic is weird, to say the least. What the hell happened? It remains unclear.

I’ve crossed paths many times with John since the during late-70s and John’s no shrinking violet. This is not the kind of man who is easily intimidated. So, there must be something seriously wrong to compel him to leave his home and hide out. I noticed in the past year that his Facebook messages were often angry rants that sounded like he was in the throes of either drink, exhaustion or deep frustration…perhaps all three. I knew there was a problem. He has since deleted his original Facebook page and replaced it with another. Strange behavior for a man who has always managed to handle being in the public eye.

Proving that you’re the target of a stalker is difficult, particularly if you’re male. According to friends who have spoken to him in the past year, Lurie wants his nightmare to go public because it’s the only way the cops will take the whole thing seriously. On the other hand, is John Perry actually stalking Lurie? And why hasn’t he been heard from? How much of this is in Lurie’s head?

You can read the article at The New Yorker’s website but you have to subscribe. Pick up the print addition or wait until it pops up on the internet for free. I’ll publish a link to the full article on Dangerous Minds once it becomes available on the net.

Here’ a scene from Jim Jarmusch’s Down By Law featuring Lurie and Tom Waits, followed by a Lurie interview on French TV and The Lounge Lizards performing live in Germany in 1989.

 
Lounge Lizards and Lurie interview after the jump…

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Anthony Bourdain and Nick Tosches discuss ‘The Last Opium Den’

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Anthony Bourdain and Nick Tosches discuss Nick’s book The Last Opium Den. Nick is one of my favorite writers, a dude who walks it like he talks it.

Driven by romantic, spiritual, and medicinal imperatives, Nick Tosches goes in search of something everyone tells him no longer exists: an opium den. From Europe to Hong Kong to Thailand to Cambodia, he hunts the Big Smoke…

This clip reminds me a bit of Richard’s wonderful interview with Mick Farren about speed, with some Guinness thrown in.
 

 

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World’s worst children’s show

 
Bad acting (one of the puppets sounds Jerry Lewis), lousy jokes, a macrame space ship, cheesy special effects, what’s not to like? Join Moonshine, Lester and Solar on their exciting travels through incredibly bad stock footage.

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Beat Star Baths Remixes L.A. Underground Legend Brad Laner
08.11.2010
10:55 am

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Sorry for the further self-promo but I’m so stoked about this new remix by the wonderful Baths that I had to post it here too.

​For the uninitiated, it’s time to get right with L.A. music.

Brad Laner first rose to local and national prominence in the first half of the ‘90s with his group Medicine.

Those dream-pop beginnings led to countless hours of home tape experimentation that stretched into the aughts and through countless projects: Steaming Coils, Lusk, Savage Republic, Electric Company, the Internal Tulips, Amnesia.

The dude’s kept busy, which is why it’s a surprise that on August 24 he releases what’s only his second official solo album, Natural Selections, on the estimable Hometapes label.

It’s also a surprise that he hasn’t crossed paths with the extended L.A. beat scene family (Dublab, Alpha Pup, Low End Theory) yet. Until now, that is, as Chatsworth home-recorder Baths has given Laner’s already glitchy rock collage “Crawl Back In” the remix treatment.

And the video for the original tune:

Brad Laner - Crawl Back In from Josh Laner on Vimeo.

 
Beat Star Baths Remixes L.A. Underground Legend Brad Laner (L.A. Weekly)

 

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Mr. Walkie Talkie wishes you Good Morning
08.11.2010
10:32 am

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I dunno, maybe I’m just a sucker for anything recorded in mid 70’s Germany with synthesizers and a disco beat. The name Mr. Walkie-Talkie doesn’t hurt, either ! The mind boggles…

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Nick Cave does not take himself as seriously as you think he does
08.11.2010
09:54 am

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Grinderman

 
The new Grinderman single, Heathen Child. Directed by John Hillcoat (The Road, The Proposition). This is excellent!

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Fox News has the _____est viewers

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Stupidest? Meanest? Grumpiest? Racist? Jingoistic? Xenophobic? Most ignorant of history? Most likely to be married to a cousin?

Close, but the answer won’t come as a huge surprise: Oldest. From The Hollywood Reporter:

In a survey released by analyst Steve Sternberg, Fox News has the oldest audience among fully distributed cable networks. The network’s average viewer last season was 65 years old, according to Nielsen. Heck, it’s viewers are even older than viewers of Hallmark Channel, Military Channel and Golf Channel.

Perhaps the reason viewers tend to leave Fox News on all day racking up hours of big Nielsen numbers is they can’t actually change the channel?

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Wednesday morning WTF video: grim grinning ghosts
08.11.2010
03:08 am

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