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Psychedelic Jim Steranko cover for vintage Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D comic
07.12.2010
06:53 pm

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I’ve written here before of my love for the Nick Fury comics when I was a kid, even going so far as wearing an eyepatch when I was playing (laugh if you will, I was an 8-year old at the time). Here’s another gorgeous and tres psychedelic JIm Steranko cover, this for the origins story of Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., in issue #4, published in September 1968. There’s a mint condition of this puppy for sale on Little Green Footballs, part of Charles Johnson’s Lizard Collection.

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The Apple - Rock and Roll K-Hole.
07.12.2010
06:53 pm

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Menahem Golan

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Imagine José Mojica Marins directing Can’t Stop The Music after snorting the remains of Bob Fosse and Federico Fellini and you may conjure up the demented disco fever that is The Apple. Billed as a “funky fantasy that will rock your world”, this 1980 schlock fest is Xanadu for cokeheads, bouncing a deluge of dance scenes off the viewer’s retinas like a hailstorm of mirrorballs.

In an attempt to replicate the cult success of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, The Apple takes every rock star as Messiah/Satan cliche and tosses them into a pot of boiling Spandex, gold Lurex, and black Lycra. Add a pinch of amyl nitrate, stir in a rusty cock ring, and some Manic Panic hair dye and you’ve got one of the most insanely inspired spectacles since John Travolta slathered on the KY in Staying Alive.
 

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The Rolling Stones performing Lady Jane in 1967 on Ed Sullivan
07.12.2010
06:22 pm

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I’ve been a Rolling Stones nut for practically my entire life, and have dozens and dozens of hours of Stones bootlegs, but for whatever reason this awesome live take of Lady Jane, performed during their fourth appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1967, seems to have slipped right past me. YouTube has been very kind to Rolling Stones fans!

Dig Brian Jones on dulcimer as a cheeky Mick Jagger sings of being an Elizabethan-era kept man. After Jones died, they dropped this song from their stage repertoire. Lady Jane, taken from Aftermath, was a 2-sided single, sharing the A-side with Mother’s Little Helper. The Italian picture sleeve is seen above.
 

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Walter & Sylvester: The Reverend & the Disco Queen

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If you’re like me, your atheism has been challenged by the sheer force of certain metaphysically oriented artforms. One of those forms for me is African-American gospel music. One of the greats of that genre, the Grammy-winning Rev. Walter Hawkins, died yesterday of pancreatic cancer. Hawkins had plenty of Billboard chart success leading his Love Center Choir. Significantly, he’ll also be remembered as head of an Oakland, CA church that wholly embraced and was supported by folks like disco singer, drag queen and gay icon Sylvester.

Hawkins’ initial success came as part of his brother’s group the Edwin Hawkins Singers, which had a crossover hit with 1967’s “Oh Happy Day.” According to Joshua Gamson’s The Fabulous Sylvester, the Legend, the Music, the Seventies in San Francisco:

Hawkins was one of those who left church, but as he grew older he started looking for a way to bring together “all those young people who I knew could not survive in a traditional church setting.”

One of those was the young Sylvester James, who was a well-known child gospel singer in his LA hometown before running away and eventually moving to San Francisco. By the time he’d arrived at Hawkins’ Bible study group-turned-church the Love Center, Sylvester had already done a short stint with local psychedelic drag performance group The Cockettes and performed with the then-unknown Pointer Sisters. When he tells the anecdote about Love Center members’ jaded acceptance of a prostitute into their ranks, Gamson notes: “They took the same attitude to Sylvester. His strangeness, when it was even noticed, was beloved.” In fact, the Love Center Choir would appear on numerous mid-‘80s Sylvester tunes, including “Call Me” and his cover of Stevie Wonder’s “Living for the City.”

When Sylvester died of complications from AIDS in 1988 at age 41, his memorial service was held at the Love Center. According to J. Matthew Cobb of Prayzehymm Online, the gospel industry and the black church in general has a lot of work to do with regards to its gay membership. 

Hats off to Reverend Hawkins. 
 

 
Get: Walter Hawkins and the Love Center Choir: Love Alive - 25th Anniversary Reunion, Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 [CD]
 
Get: Sylvester - Mutual Attraction [CD]

 

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Roman Polanski Free, Swiss Reject Extradition to US
07.12.2010
12:06 pm

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Thank god that Polanski will no longer suffer the indignities of being imprisoned in a Chalet in the Swiss resort of Gstaad. The nightmare is over. Bring on the nubiles!

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Twitter Fail Cthulhu by Robert Cadena
07.12.2010
11:40 am

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“We expect to be back in about 1 million years. Thanks for your patience.”
 
(via Super Punch)

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Harvey Pekar RIP
07.12.2010
08:46 am

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A sad day for American literature, writer Harvey Pekar has passed away at age 70. My first thought is that it’s great that he lived long enough to see his work embraced by a large audience due to the success of the American Splendor film but it’s hard to swallow the loss of another singular and utterly unique American voice. Bon Voyage, Harvey.

(Cleveland) - Famed Cleveland underground comic book writer Harvey Pekar has died at the age of 70.

Cuyahoga County Coroner’s spokesman Powell Caesar confirmed the news to WTAM 1100 Monday morning.

Pekar was found just before 1:00 am by his wife, Joyce Brabner, in their home in Cleveland Heights. The cause of death is not yet known.


Coroner: Harvey Pekar dies (WTAM Cleveland)
 
thx Ned Raggett

 

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Charlie Don’t Surf
07.11.2010
10:56 pm

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Written by Charles Manson as “Cease To Exist” and recorded by The Beach Boys in 1968 as “Never Learn Not To Love” this song was Manson’s near brush with fame as a musician.

Having managed to get close to Dennis Wilson in 1967 (actually living at Wilson’s home for awhile), Charlie impressed Dennis enough with the tune that Wilson decided to record it.

With Dennis on vocals and Carl on drums, here’s The Beach Boys performing “Never Learn Not To Love” on The Mike Douglas Show. While this video has popped up on youtube over the years, this recently uploaded version is absolutely the best quality I’ve seen on the internet.
 

 
Neil Young once said of Manson: “He had this kind of music that nobody else was doing. He would sit down with a guitar and start playing and making up stuff, different every time. It just kept comin’ out, comin’ out.Then he would stop and you would never hear that one again. Musically, I thought he was very unique. I thought he had something crazy, something great. He was like a living poet.”

Following a short public service announcement from Squeeky Fromme, we’ll present “Cease To Exist” as sung by Manson. And don’t feel unclean for liking it
 

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Beat’s Lost Angel

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Alden Van Buskirk is the lost angel of Beat poets. He died at the age of 23 in 1961. His only book of poems, Lami, was published posthumously in an edition of 1000 copies.

It is a visionary book, ahead of its time, written while Alden was living in Oakland and experimenting heavily with drugs, including, pot, LSD and morning glory seeds. In theme and style, he draws inspiration from Blake, Whitman, the French Surrealists and Allen Ginsberg. In fact, Allen wrote the introduction to Lami.

There is virtually no information on this brilliant young poet other than some anecdotal musing by the poet David Rattray who died in 1993 while working on a Buskirk biography.

In his introduction to Lami, Ginsberg writes that in Van Buskirk’s verse “all sorts of weird electronic references, images of robot paranoia, city impulses of supersonic nerve thrill are recorded. What a lovely companion he would have been to talk to on top of roofs and bridges, or sitting with a bottle of wine or delicate martini in the middle of a living rm. floor at 3 a.m.” Indeed.

Van Buskirk should be a legend among devotees of the Beat movement. That he isn’t, astonishes me. His poetry and prose incinerates most of that written by poets far better known. His writing is as edgy and uncompromising as anything being written today. And it is time for you to check it out.
 

Van Buskirk wrote the following while tripping on four packages of blue morning glory seeds and a few hits of pot:

LAMI IN OAKLAND
9/17/61

I am ready to come back to you. I’ve lived my life a million times over in a few hours, seen everything, known too much, & now I’m burnt out, want only love & peaceful madness of America seen & shared with your eyes.
Last night I saw my whole life illumined over & over.
Each time one image/hallucination set it off. Nuance of a line on the gold/black statue tells all childhood sorrows, a tracer on the shell curving through past of dream & real life
too much for anyone, I will burn up, pray for God or codeine pills (I left them behind in Oakland) to stop them, the endless picture/ideograms that spell all knowledge, unlock forgotten nightmares, diabolic comic strip of old illusions running on the wrong reel too fast.
Don’t take It unless you want to know everything simultaneously, hell & heaven, terror & ecstasy -
to be Faust too & endure the humility of weeping repentence for what your life or the distorted images that say this is your life & you believe it helplessly,
perfect knowledge - its terror - wild hallucinations, but hallucinations that won’t stop, but devour time & leave you hung up for eternity;
to take yr imagination out on the straightaway & see what it’ll do
but some other foot steps on the gas:
IMAGES: I wanted to see them all : dig my own mind-movie - hungry-eyed poets of the universe live it all so you can die in an armchair in Oakland,
loose wires burnt out & still sputtering -
clenched jaws, mouth aches today from it. Teeth grated & startled me from Dali comic movies of Mickey Mouse war, troops, guns, explosions, loves in toppling picture puns -
unclench, relax the mouth, dig it, get in there, don’t back off, it’s what you always wanted, all the perfect gestures, classic dada poses of the diabolic genius, angel-monster showman, the stage, its depth - curtains drawn back reveal the scene, but its background unfolds: another universe of actors - they play out in the skull-theater, more rooms, each more painful than the last, one life lived over & over each time triggered by an image whose colors/lines stretch tentacles of remembered sensations into the past, a million deja vues , no one can stand this I say, this is the entire scene, no THIS is,
each image perfect & bottomless, the pain of each registering -
O sleep, blankmind, a drink, imagine blankwall but it breaks open into new shapes more revealing than the last…
is this what you want?
Sure, I dig pretty pot dreams, geometric puns, abstract poem-memories gentle & easy they unfold, body warm, high, a new chevrolet purring easily, not
madmind rocket acceleration at speeds of 4 universe-lives per second, pain of too many mental G’s the take off continues, never levelling out…
apocalypse is a barrage of milleniums / continual explosions of death / birth death / birth, lives
illuminated in the flame.
When I tell you to try it it is afterwards in a room with solid furniture, remember that.

 
You can read Lami in its entirety at the following link: The Lami Book

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California Is A Place
07.11.2010
03:46 pm

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Matt McCullen has been making life-like dolls for more than a decade now, so this is not breaking news. But, his work has never been as lovingly photographed as it has
in this new video from cinematographers Drea Cooper and Zackary Canepari of the website California Is A Place.
 

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