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‘Stormin’ The Gates of Hell’ : the rock and roll apocalypse of Pastor Steve Winter

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WinterBand  are an Apostolic Pentecostal rock group led by a ZZ Top-looking religious zealot and badass named Steve Winter. A fire and brimstone nutjob with a beard more flammable than a Rhode Island nightclub, Winter makes Jimmy Swaggart seem like the voice of reason. His hatefilled diatribes against other religious sects, his extreme and bizarre views on Christian doctrine, his appalling attitude toward women, his dozens of wacky Internet sites, and numerous lawsuits against anyone who questions his legitimacy as a religious prophet, portray a man who is operating in the void left by Jim Jones, David Koresh and Marshall Applewhite (Heaven’s Gate cult). Within the Pentecostal community, Winter has accrued an enemies list so long it makes Nixon’s look like a haiku.

Visit his website and you’ll get a glimpse into the brain of one angry and ugly Bible thumper, seething with self-righteous disdain for virtually every sentient being on the planet.

Winter’s a third-rate hustler, a pious Three-card Monte player on the backstreets of holy salvation. The Steve Winter FAQ provides an interesting insight to the nature of his internet spamming and scamming. Google the dude. He’s everywhere, even appearing on religious-themed dating websites.

Clearly, this guy gives me the creeps and that’s why I find him so compelling. His particular strain of holier-than-thou sermonizing coupled with shitty apocalyptic hard rock is far more doom-laden than most Christian rock. His 70s style riffage and uber right wing politics make him the perfect opening act for teabaggin’ asswipe Ted Nugent.
 

more facial hair after the jump

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Picos on blast: Systema Solar and Colombia’s bad-ass sound system culture

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The speakers of El Dragon
 
As familiar as we are with the Jamaican sound system tradition, it shouldn’t surprise us wherever we find the grass-roots praxis of bumping bass through massive speakers in a non-club setting. Witness for example the pico sound systems of the Colombian port city of Barranquilla off the Caribbean Sea, which like their Jamaican counterparts have been in effect since at least the ‘50s.

People debate the origin of the term pico—is it derived from pick-up trucks that transport the speakers, or from the common practice of picking up the needle on a popular record to start again? But there’s no debate that these systems are a crucial way for underground DJs to break tunes from tons of genres, including cumbia, salsa, calypso, dancehall reggae, soukous, champeta (a Carribean-tinged northern Colombian boogie style), Afrobeat and more.

Plus, any pico worth its salt seems to be obsessive enough about its name and theme that it gets its speakers hand-painted accordingly, with imagery ranging from Camacho Indian hunters to burly combat tanks.

The seven-piece Systema Solar seems to be the savviest group to have emerged from the pico scene—they’ve leveraged their versatility into a touring outfit, and have played throughout Europe and parts of the US. As you’ll see here, they know how to harken back to their roots…
 

 
After the jump: El Gran Fidel, plus the New York-based Dutty Artz crew documents how bananas it gets at a pico dance, complete with speaker-diving and hose-downs from the local fire brigade…
 

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Arizona’s SB1070 still in full effect today

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OK, America, here’s how it seems to be going down in Tuscon, AZ as of earlier today, despite the standing federal injunction against SB1070, the state of Arizona’s attempt to enforce national border laws.

Run a stop sign, get detained potentially by Border Patrol.

What now, America? What do we got?
 

 
Hat tip Charlie Bertsch.

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Pentangle: Light Flight
08.02.2010
08:09 pm

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I first heard the baroque folk group Pentangle’s song Light Flight on the British equivalent to TV Toons, a sprawling 2 CD set of 60s and early 70s television themes with Diana Rigg as Emma Peel on the cover. Because the songs were all so short, there were about 50 per CD, but one song stood out among them and it was the Pentangle track. The other day I stumbled across a clip of the group playing the song in front of a studio audience and I also found a clip of the show Light Flight was the theme for, a series called Take Three Girls, a 1969 BBC drama that followed the lives of three young women living together in a flat in London. It was the first series to be broadcast in color on the BBC. From the looks of things here, this appears to be a swinging 60s antecedent to Sex and the City. I’d really love to see this! It says on Wikipedia that of the 26 episodes all but ten of them are thought lost.

Does anyone out there have a copy? It doesn’t hurt to ask…
 

 

 

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Derf Scratch Of Pioneering Punk Band ‘Fear’ Has Died
08.02.2010
05:38 pm

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Punk
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Derf Scratch

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Derf Scratch, a founding member of Los Angele’s punk pioneers Fear, died on July 28. Derf (Frederich Milner) formed Fear with lead singer and vocalist Lee Ving in 1977.

Fear was one of the best punk bands to come out of L.A. They were musically solid, intense and had an outrageous sense of humor. Their songs were confrontational, nihilistic, lewd : throwing satirical jabs at the punk scene, political correctness, feminism, gays, Christians, anything that moved.

Derf left the band in 1982 shortly after Fear released their debut album on Slash Records. It was not an amicable split. He and Ving had fallen out over work habits, drugs, ego. He sold his Fender bass to Mike Watt of The Minuteman and dropped out of the music scene.

Derf died of an undisclosed illness.

For a thoroughly entertaining interview with Derf check out citizen mag

 

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Hate-spewing superstitious moron claims that outlawing gay marriage will improve the economy!
08.02.2010
05:19 pm

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Take a look at this nonsense. Tamara Scott, a representative of the Concerned Women for America spoke at the NOM (National Organization for Marriage, well some people’s marriages at least) rally in Des Moines over the weekend. Scott believes that outlawing gay marriage will help revive the American economy!

This is not simply a party issue. It’s a Biblical issue. Now I expect somebody like SNL will come along and make fun. We’ll see the Church Lady revived. That’s okay. I’d rather have man mad at me than be a stench in the nostrils of the God almighty.”

“It costs you, the taxpayer, as high as $280 billion a year for fragmented families, that’s according to the Family Research Council, May 14, 2009. That’s three trillion a decade…If we would correct the breakdown of the family by one percent, we could save the taxpayer $3 billion a year. To sit back and do nothing — we become part of the problem. We all need to help out here. It’s too big for any of us. There’s plenty of evil to go around.”

She ought to know!

Mean people… Boy are there a lot of fuckin’ mean people around these days. Jesus? Remember him, the dude who hung with the whores and the lepers? That Jesus, right. You know the one. Does anyone reading this think that Jesus—you know, the ONE IN THE BIBLE—would want to ban two people who love each other from being able to marry and have the same protections in the eyes of the law as everyone else? I don’t think so, but I do think Jesus would tell an uptight hateful busybody shit like Tamara Scott where to get the fuck off—“Not in MY name, lady!” What a vile human being. She hates for sport and so people pay attention to her. That’s low. But she cloaks herself in Christianity. OF COURSE.

Bitch ought to find another hobby that doesn’t hurt people. Watch her spiteful, hateful—and nonsensical, anti-intellectual—bullshit below:
 

 
Via Towelroad

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08.02.2010
04:27 pm

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‘Who Killed Captain Alex’: Uganda’s Wild Exploitation Spectacular
08.02.2010
01:13 pm

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Ramon Productions, a film company located in Uganda, is creating some of the wildest exploitation movies to hit the big screen since the heydays of Box Office Spectacular Films, Herschell Gordon Lewis’s company. On a shoe string budget these Ugandan auteurs are delivering maximum bang for the buck. It looks like Bollywood might have some competition.

Ramon’s business credo:

To carry on all or any business of proprietors, managers and renters of cinemas, theatres, opera house concert and dance halls, discotheques, clubs and other places of entertainment of every kind.

These guys can do it all.

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Taking a drive through a wildfire in Russia
08.02.2010
12:27 pm

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Environment

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Russia
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Incredible and utterly frightening video of three men driving through a wildfire in Tamboles, Russia. What were they thinking?! 

 
(via Doobybrain)

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The making of John and Yoko’s Plastic Ono Band LPs

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Over the weekend via that most wonderful invention known as Netflix Instant View I caught an excellent documentary on the making of the John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band LP. I found it to be one of the best Lennon related documents I’ve ever seen, worth watching if only for the moments wherein the gloriously raw vocals are isolated, check out the last few minutes of the below clip. Chills up the spine !

 
That they also touch…

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