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David LaChapelle’s American Jesus at Paul Kasmin Gallery
07.21.2010
04:53 pm

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One of several extraordinary portraits of Michael Jackson currently being exhibited at the Paul Kasmin Gallery in New York City by David LaChappelle. Longtime admirers of LaChappelle’s work, will note the reappearance of the angel wings that were once almost his trademark in the 1980s.

Shown for the first time in New York is part of a series which began over a decade ago including three large-scale photographs depicting Michael Jackson as a modern day martyr. Of all of the subjects LaChapelle has portrayed, Jackson unquestionably lived one of the most epic and dramatic lives of our time. Such sentiment is shown with biblical connotations and is hauntingly represented in these images.

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Anti-Drug Porn
07.21.2010
04:12 pm

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The Meth Project is the largest advertiser in Montana, reaching 70-90% of teens three times a week. This is saturation-level advertising.

I wonder if teens find these ads scary or just more of the same old slasher and torture porn shit they watch on tv and at the multi-plex. The ads radiate the same butcher shop verite of Hostel and The Saw series.

Meth is a dirty drug, but I’m not sure the scare tactics of The Meth Project are going to be very effective in a world where kids are no longer easily spooked.
 

 
Will these videos, like the drug scare films of the sixties, become instant camp.
 

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“The whole world becomes kaleidoscopic”: Birthday Boy Marshall McLuhan Meets Norman Mailer

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Marshall McLuhan would have turned 99 years old today, and his status as the god-daddy of media studies still seems pretty rock-solid. I wasn’t previously aware of how often the Canadian theorist appeared on TV, and was especially unaware of his November 1967 duet with New York novelist Norman Mailer on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation show The Summer Way, bravely moderated by Ken Lefolii.

Recovered from recent treatment for a benign brain tumor he suffered while teaching in New York, McLuhan gamely tugs at a few of Mailer’s pretensions. Mailer is recently back from levitating the Pentagon with the Yippies, with the siege of Chicago during the 1968 Democratic Convention in his future.

McLuhan pops off a bunch of gems, including:

The planet is no longer nature, it’s now the content of an artwork.

Nature has ceased to exist…it needs to be programmed.

The environment is not visible, it’s information—it’s electronic.

The present is only faced by any generation by the artist.

Communications maven Michael Hinton goes speculative on his hero’s televised meeting with the Jersey-raised boxer-novelist, but of course it’s best to just check the thing out yourself.
 

 
More after the jump…
 

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Stringy The Talking Guitar
07.21.2010
02:03 pm

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Electronic music pioneer Alvin McBurney, known by his stage name Alvino Rey, created the first electric guitar in 1927 when he attached electrical wiring to his banjo and played it through a radio speaker. In 1935 Rey produced the very first electronic pickup for Gibson’s ES-150.

In this video, Rey, using his steel guitar, appears to be creating the singing voice for bizarro “Stringy The Talking Guitar.” In fact, it was Rey’s wife Louise, in tandem with Rey’s guitar sounds, that created the effect. Louise was backstage with a carbon throat microphone attached to a piece of plastic tube running to Rey’s amplifier. She would provide the words and Rey would alter them by sliding the steel bar along his guitar strings. Rey and Louise were able to create some otherworldly sounds using this technique, including the weird voice of Stringy. Rey’s invention eventually evolved into the talk box, appearing to mindnumbing effect on the Frampton Comes Alive album.

Rey recorded with Esquivel, Martin Denny, The Surfmen and played on many “exotica” albums as well as film soundtracks, including Elvis’s Blue Hawaii. He died in 2004 at the age of 95.
 

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‘NYC Underground Blues Legend’ Gblue Gets Down And Dirty
07.21.2010
12:29 pm

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Self described “NYC underground blues legend” Gblue is so underground I’ve never heard of him. But, this video is real good and Gblue does have an authentically down and dirty sound. Not much info on the man, just a bare bones page on reverbnation.

Gblue, if you see this, send me a message or post a comment.

David Olson did a terrific job on the video mix.

thankyou Binky Philips

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I BeWeave Specializes In Homosexual Hairdos!
07.21.2010
03:13 am

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Dangerous Minds is thrilled to introduce our new sponsor I Be-Weave Hair Salon and the delightful Shocantelle Brown.

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More metal than you: Man rocks out with mini surfboard
07.21.2010
01:23 am

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Seriously, what in the name of boogie-board-hell is going on here?
 
(via Unique Daily)

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She’d Kill For A Smoke: The Deadly World Of Cigarette Girl
07.20.2010
11:47 pm

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Cori Dials, looking a bit like Tura Satana, stars as nicotine addicted Cigarette Girl. Set in the near future, when cigarettes sell for $65 a pack, Cigarette Girl is a small time hustler in the black market distribution of cancer sticks. When she runs afoul of the major players in the tobacco world, all shit breaks loose.

Based on the trailer, this grade Z action flick looks inspired by the films of Roger Corman, Russ Meyer and John Carpenter. It’s the sixth film directed by Memphis-based film maker Mike McCarthy. Currently making the film festival circuit, I suspect Cigarette Girl will probably be a direct to DVD release. If it’s as trashy fun as this trailer, count me in.

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Big Star Bass Player Andy Hummel, R.I.P.
07.20.2010
10:00 pm

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In the above photo, Jody Stephens and Andy Hummel (on the right) at the Alex Chilton memorial this past March during SXSW.
 
Big Star bass player Andy Hummel has died at the age of 59. Cause of death was cancer. Hummel formed the band with Alex Chilton, Chris Bell and Jody Stephens. It’s been a rough year for Big Star - Chilton died in March.

Chris Bell died in 1978. Stephens is the only surviving member of one of rock’s most influential bands.

While recording Big Star’s debut album, guitarist Bell and Andy shot this 16mm footage.

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Dirty Album Covers
07.20.2010
09:14 pm

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See more of them here.

Via Lady Bunny Blog

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