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1960s Japanese garage band The Cougars: Trippy and beautiful B&W video

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Sixties Japanese garage band The Cougars perform “Aphrodite” in this beautiful black and white video. Go go heaven. This looks like it could have been directed by Seijun Suzuki.
 

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Jimi Hendrix playing ‘Hound Dog’ on acoustic guitar at a party, 1968
10.06.2010
09:57 am

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This is rare and I can’t find any info on it. Reputedly it was shot in 1968. Anyone know where?
 

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Groovy medley, Hullabaloo 1965:  The Byrds, Jackie DeShannon, Michael Landon

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Go-go time. Spike Priggen unearthed this poppy medley from Hullabaloo, 1965.  Michael Landon singing “You Were On My Mind’  is a smooth groove.

 

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Waxidermy: Ridiculous album covers to LOL over
10.06.2010
09:19 am

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Some of the better specimens spotted over at Waxidermy (where there are tons more like these on their “Wall of Bone”).
 
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Japan’s amazing retro New Wavers, Polysics
10.06.2010
08:49 am

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Taking their cues from Devo, Yellow Magic Orchestra and The Plastics, Japan’s hardest-touring band, Polysics, have a way with retro-futurism. From the looks of their amazing “period piece” music videos and fashion sense, you’d just assume this was a Japanese New Wave group from the 1980s that you never heard of, but no, that’s not the case, they formed in 1997. Much of the time they sing in a made-up “space language” so you don’t even have to speak Japanese to appreciate the lyrics. Their briskly played tunes and odd time signatures also sound like The Fall (to me at least) in a playful mood, so what’s not to like here?

Here are a couple of great examples of the what Polysics do. First up is “New Wave Jacket.” I love this song and video:
 

 
Below, “Each Life, Each End.” The Devo influence is rather unmistakable here…
 

 
Polysics tour outside of Japan frequently. Don’t miss their energetic show when they’re in your neck of the woods on their next tour.

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Jerk this!
10.05.2010
11:33 pm

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Jerkin’ on the Lower East Side. Music by Heavy Feet.
 

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TV mindfuk: Druids Of Stonehenge on The Joe Franklin Show
10.05.2010
09:42 pm

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New York garage-psych band The Druids Of Stonehenge on the Joe Franklin Show 1968.

Vocalist Dave Budge, guitarists Carl Hauser and Bill Tracy, bassist Tom Workman and drummer Steve Tindall came together in 1965 as r&b ravers The Druids. In 1968 they went psychedelic and changed their name to The Druids Of Stonehenge. This clip of the band on the Joe Franklin Show has to be one of the weirdest of the 1000s of weird moments on Franklin’s loveably nutty TV program. Franklin, who knew alot about music and film pre-dating the sixties, was comically clueless when it came to rock and roll, as evidenced by his inept attempt to be “with it’ in this wonderfully warped video.

The Druids Of Stonehenge had a good rep for their live performances at New York nightclubs like Ondine’s and Cheetah, but this performance on the Franklin Show is pretty dreadful. Their take on Billy Holiday’s ‘God Bless The Child’ borders on the sacrilegious, but the arrangement, a total rip of ‘Paint It Black’, is the kind of wackiness that makes rock and roll the unruly mess I love.  
 

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‘Jason Vorhees’ on talkshow
10.05.2010
05:42 pm

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“Jason Vorhees” from the Friday the 13th series on The Arsenio Hall Show in 1989. I really don’t miss the 80s.

Via World of Wonder

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The single most inexplicable thing that happened in an American church this past Sunday?
10.05.2010
03:45 pm

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WTF??? What would these lyrics mean out of context besides nothing whatsoever?

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Auto Portrait: Joe Coleman at Dickinson Gallery, NYC
10.05.2010
02:38 pm

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Above, a painting of Joe Coleman and its life-sized doppelganger.
 
Dangerous Minds pal, the great painter Joe Coleman, has a major new art show, “Auto Portrait.” opening in New York at the end of the month, and running from October 28 to December 22, at the prestigious Dickinson Gallery. If you live in the NYC area, this is one art show that should not be missed!

From the press release:

NEW YORK—Dickinson is pleased to announce an exhibition of new work by Brooklyn-based painter Joe Coleman.

The Artist:
Coleman’s portraits create complete biographies by surrounding their subjects with interweavings of minuscule images and explanatory text. Artist and viewer embark on exploratory excavations of the subject’s life through the painting. Coleman’s jewel-box approach means that one experiences the paintings afresh at each viewing, uncovering ever more details and nuances that were previously undetected. An admirer of Northern artists such as Bosch, Brueghel and Grunewald, Coleman employs the same attention to detail and delicate sense of scale, utilizing dual and single haired brushes in conjunction with magnifying lenses to create his refined masterpieces. Like those artists, Coleman also displays a propensity for the gruesome and grisly and often attempts to both dissect and glorify the terrible in many of his paintings, unmasking with brutal honesty the truth of human nature.

The Exhibition:
Centering around a full-length self-portrait, the artist’s largest and most ambitious painting to date, AUTO-PORTRAIT is an exhibition of new work which provides a fascinating insight into the life of this artist. Depicting himself almost life-size, this portrait is set against the usual tapestry of minuscule portraits and scenes from the artist’s life, presenting the viewer with captivating insights into the enigmatic artist at its center.

Around this large-scale composition will be a series of small, religious icons. Painting on ‘found’ folding dyptichs and tryptichs, coleman has produced a group of family portraits, self portraits, and highly personal subjects, with the intensity of religious icons. The devotional format not only gives each picture a sense of veneration, but also references Coleman’s long-professed obsession with early renaissance painting.

Auto-biography has long been the focus of Joe Coleman’s painting, and this new body of work represents the artist’s most personal and intimate group of paintings to date. None of the works in the show have been previously exhibited or published.

A fully illustrated catalog will accompany the exhibition.

 
Joe’s also got a new YouTube channel, just launched, where you can view close-up scans of the details of his incredible paintings, such as his 1997 portrait of actress Jayne Mansfield, “American Venus.”
 

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