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Marijuana and kittehs
08.04.2010
09:39 am

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Oh noes!
 
(via Daily What)

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DM exclusive: Infamous punk rock snuff film surfaces after 30 years: viewer discretion advised
08.04.2010
01:41 am

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Punk

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‘One Potato, Two Potato’ was filmed in 1981 by an anonymous Austrian artist and punk rock musician who reputedly went mad during the shoot and killed the actors and hung himself while film was rolling.

Rumors of ‘One Potato, Two Potato’s’ existence flourished within the snuff underground, but no one had actually seen it. The film suddenly surfaced in December of 2008 on eBay and was quickly snapped up by a mysterious Austrian collector of the bizarre and occult.

Dangerous Minds obtained a copy of the video from black market sources in Turkey and after consulting our legal team have decided to share this controversial film with our audience. Viewer discretion is advised.

 
thankyou al bird dirt

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Female polka band does world’s best cover of Slade’s ‘Gudbuy T’Jane’
08.04.2010
12:36 am

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There are no words. Thanks to the internet these ladies are immortalized forever. One minute and 15 seconds of musical genius. 

Filmed sometime in the 70’s in Switzerland, this video and group are shrouded in mystery. Anybody know who they are?

 

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Simon & Garfunkel in Quad: Why won’t the record labels give the people what they want?
08.03.2010
09:14 pm

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God bless Tara for putting up with me because when I get obsessed about a certain artist, I can play the shit out of their albums. As I have previously written about, my darling, smart, funny gorgeous wife has put up with an ultra intense reggae jag (the soundtrack to the first two years of our marriage was Big Youth, Alton Ellis, Joe Higgs and King Tubby), as well as additional “phases” (that’s what she calls them) where In the past six months, I’ve practically worn out CDs of the second Faust album, Dylan and the Band’s Basement Tapes set, various Zappa, Kinks, Joni Mitchell records and scores of things from lesser-known bands that I won’t bother to list. I’m one of those idiots who can play the same album ten times in a row for ten days in a row. I wrestle it to the ground and pin it. Suffice to say, my girl has the patience of a saint and a very open mind about music!

For the past week, I’ve been playing a lot of ‘70s Paul Simon and Simon & Garfunkel albums.  I don’t feel like that’s so much of a hardship on Tara because, hey, practically everyone likes Simon & Garfunkel and 70s Paul Simon, don’t they? (And if they don’t they’re idiots and they can go fuck themselves! And if you want to know how I really feel…).

The two things I’ve been listening to the most are the Quadraphonic versions of Bridge Over Troubled Water and Simon’s Still Crazy After All These Years. Both albums are justifiably considered classics and to hear them in a surround sound mix is simply stunning. Mind you, you can’t exactly pick these up in stores.

As I posted about last year when I was guest blogger at Boing Boing, there is a coterie of professional and amateur audiophiles who have been, um, liberating the quadraphonic mixes heard on 8-track and reel to reel releases in the mid ‘70s. They get pristine copies on Ebay (reel to reel tapes are obviously more desirable than 8-tracks for these purposes), play them on refurbished decks capable of handling split tracks, then take the tracks into ProTools and clean them up. Then they take those files into a DVD authoring software and create (often professional looking) menus. Then ISO files are made and uploaded to torrent trackers. All you have to do is download them, burn the files in Toast and now you have a multi-channel DVD-A discs you can play in your DVD player.

This is music that in many cases is literally being lost to time and technological change. Some classic rock albums that came out in the quad format have been put out as legit DVD-A releases (Tubular Bells and Black Sabbath’s Paranoid come to mind) but not most of them. These underground music enthusiasts who are recreating these buried treasures are doing a tremendous favor for deep fanboys and audiophiles, allowing them us to hear some truly incredible things that would have otherwise been trapped in obsolete formats.

Hearing Bridge Over Troubled Water in quad is something akin to a peak religious experience. I stand in the middle of the room—the “sweet spot”—and I CRANK IT UP. Soaking up the intense beauty of that song—and Art Garfunkel’s angelic voice—coming at you from all directions is almost overpowering. So gorgeous. So amazing.

Art Garfunkel must have the most comforting voice I’ve ever heard. Every time I get sick—I mean really sick, puking, feeling like you are going to die and feeling really, really sorry for yourself sick—I usually reach for Simon & Garfunkel’s Greatest Hits (and for whatever Freudian reason a bowl of “Life” cereal). Only Neil Young’s Harvest or Dylan’s Blood on the Tracks have the same calming effect on me. I can’t think of a single singer whose talents rival the purity of Garfunkel’s tenor voice. You can’t top him. He’s the very best of the very best. Paul Simon’s songs are great—some of the greatest American musical treasures—but they are much, much greater because of what Garfunkel brings to the table. Paul Simon is wonderful on his own, don’t get me wrong, but with Artie in the mix his music becomes transcendent.

Take My Little Town.  If you’re reading this far(!) then chances are you’re probably planning to track this stuff down on the Internet. DO look out for the quad version of Still Crazy After All These Years. Obviously, this is a classic album, every track is a gem, with no filler at all. But… the BEST track is My LIttle Town. When Garfunkel is around Simon is just better and even in the stellar setting of this classic album, My Little Town proves the point. And it’s mind-blowing heard in surround sound.

When I was a kid, wanting desperately to be someplace where things were happening and where I’d meet interesting people, My Little Town spoke to me. No one wanted to get out of their town the way that I did. I have loved this song since I was 10-years-old, but man, lemme tell you, the multichannel mix of this song a powerful revelation. 

Having “new” versions of these classic albums helped me get into them again and appreciate them anew. Why hasn’t Columbia or Warners ever reissued BOTW or SCAATY as a surround sound DVD-A releases? Because no one would buy them?!? BOTW was only a number one album in every country in the free world, selling over 25 million copies! SCAATY won a Grammy for best album. These multichannel versions obviously exist in their vaults. It seems crazy to me that the labels wouldn’t jump on the fact that—based on the evidence found on torrent trackers—fans would love to hear these. It’s just leaving money on the table, but even more importantly, most music fans won’t get to experience these Simon & Garfunkel classics as they can best be appreciated on modern sound systems.

From Simon & Garfunkel’s 1968 TV special sponsored by Kraft, here’s a great version of Patterns:
 

 
And I had to include this, too. Witness Simon and an extremely cute—and highly exuberant—little girl on Sesame Street duetting on Me & Julio Down by the Schoolyard. Like I say, Simon’s at his best with Artie, but he’s aces with little Linda here, too! “It’s against the law!”
 

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You may now pre-order Brad Laner: Natural Selections LP
08.03.2010
06:18 pm

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Sayeth my fine imprint Hometapes:

Today is the first day of the rest of your summer. We’re giving you a free song to celebrate. A soundtrack to start your car to, to wring out your towel to, to take a walk to tonight. Brad Laner’s new album Natural Selections comes out August 24. The packaging is at the Hometapes house. The green vinyl is on the truck. I thought I couldn’t be hypnotized by this record any further, any deeper, but my heart just jumped, primally, with the first drum hit of “Eyes Close.” Damn, this is good. You can pre-order the record now and we’ll ship it out to you by, or likely before, that magical August day when Natural Selections belongs to everybody.

Aww, flattery will get you everywhere ! Please do make sure to download the mp3, especially if you grabbed the one from last week which was the wrong mix. oops !
 

 

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The Rutles return with ‘Lunch’!
08.03.2010
05:22 pm

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Baby, you’re a rich man, and goo goo ga joob, but all you need is Lunch: If you happen to be a fan of The Rutles, the “Prefab Four” created by Monty Python’s Eric Idle and Neil Innes of The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band there will be much smileage with this clever fan-made megamix parody of the Beatles/Cirque du Soleil mash-ups created by George and Giles Martin. Dangerous Minds pal Paul Gallagher has the scoop on his Planet Paul blog:

After ‘Monty Pyhon’s Flying Circus‘, Eric Idle went on to write and star in one of TV’s lost comedy classics, ‘Rutland Weekend Television‘.  The series co-starred Neil Innes, Henry Woolf, Gwen Taylor and David Battley, and ran for two series over 1975 and 1976.  ’RWT’ was required viewing for a generation of impressionable youngsters, myself included, who had arrived late to ‘Python’ and were just at the right age to enjoy the brilliance of Idle, Innes et al.

For me, ‘Rutland Weekend Television‘ was better than ‘Python‘, as it was edgier, closer to Spike Milligan‘s ‘Q‘ series and all the better for being mainly one man’s vision.  Now ‘RWT‘ is best known for unleashing The Rutles: Ron, Dirk, Stig and Barry, the original Prefab Four, who first appeared in a comic musical homage to The Beatles’ ‘Hard Day’s Night’ and then later in 1977, through Idle’s and Innes’ genius collaboration with ‘Saturday Night Live’ producer, Lorne Michaels, in the brilliant mockumentary ‘All You Need Is Cash‘.

Now, over 30 years later, The Rutles return with ‘Lunch‘, one fan’s brilliant musical celebration of Idle’s and Innes’ original concept.  ’Lunch‘ owes much to the Cirque du Soleil’s show ‘Love‘, which was based on a cycle of Beatle songs, and even claims to be a collaboration bewteen Rutle Stig O’Hara and Circle of Hay’s founder, Captain Liberty.

Have a listen and hear how Rutlemania brought joy and laughter to the world, and made The Prefab Four wider than Elvis and taller than The Beatles.  Enjoy.

 
The Official Lunch webpage

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Rare Rolling Stones footage : Australia 1966
08.03.2010
02:50 pm

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Here’s some rare footage of The Stones performing ‘Get Off My Cloud’ and ‘19th Nervous Breakdown’ on Australian television show ‘Bandstand’ - February 17, 1966.

Interesting fashion choices: Mick in a polo shirt, Keith and Bill in matching suits.
 

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Claudine Longet is just a Jealous Guy
08.03.2010
02:10 pm

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Tying together a couple of DM memes, here is notorious chanteuse Claudine Longet doing an interesting thing by combining two John Lennon tunes to a predictably charming outcome. Rather chilling lyrically considering her conviction a few years later for misdemeanor negligent homicide. She didn’t mean to hurt you!
 

 
The Rolling Stones found the saga of Claudine…

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H1N1 Flu rapper has new hip hop hit with ‘The Gap Rap’
08.03.2010
12:44 pm

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Dr. John Clarke stars in a public service video he produced called “The Gap Rap.”

Apparently there’s a problem at Long Island Railroad stations with people falling into the gap between the train and the platform. So, Dr. Clarke decided to create his ‘health hop’ video.
 

Dr. Clarke, who captured wide media attention for his H1N1 Flu Rap,was enthusiastic about his new video, “I recognize that gap accidents are quite preventable. I knew that Health-Hop would be a perfect way to spread the message and make an impact.”

Upcoming ‘health hop’ projects for Dr. Clarke : Aids, Global Warming and Lindsay Lohan.

 

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Mesmerizing HD marine life: MORPHOLOGIC
08.03.2010
12:36 pm

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Art
Environment

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aquaculture
MORPHOLOGIC

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Here’s some absolutely stunning and hypnotic HD videos from a marine art collective called MORPHOLOGIC. It’s true color-pallet-bliss.

MORPHOLOGIC is a scientific art endeavor led by marine biologist Colin Foord and musician Jared McKay. With the aquarium as our primary medium, we explore the artistic possibilities of living coral reef organisms via HD vi and site-specific artworks.

Our laboratory/studio is a state certified aquaculture facility perpetuating marine life within the confines of downtown Miami. Working in conjunction with biologists from the Université de Provence in Marseille, France, we are developing a living genetic database, aquaculture techniques, and biological assays of coral species.

Sit back, relax and let the beauty sooth ya.

 

 
More marine gorgeousness after the jump…

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