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Animated 1979 Bob Dylan music video for ‘Gotta Serve Somebody’
05.17.2010
02:38 pm

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The mid to late 70s were an odd time for music: On one hand you had all of these amazing performers from the 60s who were now… past their prime and on the other hand you had all sorts of great new and unheard sounds emanating from punk quarters. Bob Dylan’s Slow Train Coming album falls into the first category. It must’ve come out when I was 13 years old and it was simply confusing for me at that age. I bought it (via Columbia Record House!) and when it arrived I slapped it on the turntable and… it totally sucked. Where was the awesome Bob Dylan of Like a Rolling Stone and the other great songs if his they played on the radio? This was… shite.

Over 30 years later, Slow Train Coming still sucks, in my adult opinion—despite the Jerry Wexler production and the Muscle Shoals participation, it sounds like it was recorded with bored, day-jobbing session musicians and the songs are not memorable—but there is a perfectly wonderful—and seldom seen—animated video for the song Gotta Serve Somebody, that remains, for your viewing pleasure.
 

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Los Angeles: clueless about pot then and now
05.17.2010
09:03 am

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(above image: Van Nuys Police Station 1951 via Valley Relics)
 
As our fair city continues to scramble to find more jobs and programs to cut due to massive budget shortfalls it strikes me as more than a little counter-productive to shutter hundreds of thriving, law-abiding small businesses. It’s amazing to me that in 2010 there are those who still fear the demon weed as if it’s anything more than a simple plant capable of providing relief to the ill and inspiration and tranquility to the healthy. People are dumb.
 

Los Angeles has lost over 150,000 jobs in the past year, is on the brink of bankruptcy, and experienced an unexpected 16 percent decline in sales tax revenue last year. And it’s located in a state with its own dire fiscal situation that is also facing unexpected gaps in tax revenue. Yet this week the Los Angeles City Attorney’s office made a move that’s certain to make things worse for its citizens: forcing over 400 functioning businesses to close shop, under threat of jail time.

Don’t worry, though. It’s no big deal. Those businesses are only selling medicine.

Medical marijuana, that is. As detailed in my May Reason magazine cover story, Los Angeles struggled for years with regulating medical marijuana storefronts—which thrived in L.A. as in no other city. In January the city finally came down with an ordinance imposing a variety of new restrictions, including how the businesses handled cash, provided security and lighting, and paid their employees, as well as insisting that the shops were not technically allowed to make a profit.

But the ordinance’s most important effect will be to reduce the 500-plus functioning storefronts serving the city’s medical marijuana community to a mere 70 (with some possible grandfathering that might bring the eventual total higher).

 
Reason.com: Los Angeles Destroys Functioning Businesses in a Recession
 
thx Giga Granada Hills !

 

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Beardless Allen Ginsberg
05.16.2010
09:40 pm

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Beardless

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Newly discovered photo of Allen Ginsberg (sans beard), Cherry Valley NY, 1980. By Cliff Fyman.


(via Steve Silberman)

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Schoolly D live, New York CIty, 1986 (and I was there!)
05.16.2010
07:52 pm

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I was just surfing around the Internet, checking in with a few blogs I follow but haven’t been able to get to this week, and I noticed this post on The Awl about the new video by ‘80s rap sensation Schoolly D, considered by many to be the founder of gangster rap. In the mid-80s, Schoolly D had a string of club hits like P.S.K.: What Does That Mean, Gucci Time, Smoke Some Kill, and Saturday Night. He used little more than a drum machine and a DJ, but his sound was threatening. I was nuts for Schoolly D back then and I was happy to see that his new song, I Just Can’t Help Myself was so great. Don’t call it a comeback, but twenty years(?) is a long time to be away and this tune is awesome.
 

 
But I’m glad I clicked thru to the permalink page because there was the real treasure: live footage of Schooly D in his prime, shot at the Latin Quarter nightclub in New York in 1986. I was at this very show when I was 20 years old. The Latin Quarter was a real “check your gun at the door” kinda place, which meant it had the perfect ambiance for a Schoolly D show. The set was shot for a Dutch TV series about hip hop and I remember the camera crew being there because they ruined the intimidating mood he’d created so brilliantly. In any case, seeing this footage almost 24 years later, I’m glad in hindsight that they were there. As I have said before, who needs memories when you’ve got YouTube…?
 

 

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Accidental Penis blog
05.16.2010
07:16 pm

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Accidental Penis blog: “Because penis is not always intentional.”

Via Alice Lowe’s Twitter feed.

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Racks of Life by Chris Zimmerman
05.16.2010
06:58 pm

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Art

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Chris Zimmerman

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Painting by Chris Zimmerman via Regretsy
 

 
Previously on Dangerous Minds:
Golden Gals Go Wild in Miami
 
(via Regretsy )

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Darwin’s Beetle uses huge jaws to get laid
05.15.2010
09:33 pm

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It always ends in tears.


Thanks, Greg!

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Happy birthday Brian Eno
05.15.2010
10:27 am

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Brian Peter George St. John le Baptiste de la Salle Eno, artist/musician/author/record producer/music theorist/ designer/inventor of ambient music etc. etc. turns 62 today.

Below, Roxy Music tear it up, performing Ladytron on The Old Grey Whistle Test in 1972. Eno’s VSC3 solo comes in at 4:10, but you’ll want to watch the entire thing. The band is in fine form here, especially Phil Manzanera. Bottom: Editions of You on German television, 1972.
 

 

 
More Brian Eno on Dangerous Minds

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Inappropriate Jazz Hands by Derek Chatwood
05.15.2010
09:44 am

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Derek Chatwood

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Check out Derek Chatwood’s portfolio over at Flickr.
 
(via Nerdcore)

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Horrible Christian teabagger rock anthem
05.15.2010
09:42 am

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When your country is going Socialist play guitar about it! I love the pig/politician/pervert. Must be a godless Democrat! Via Christian Nightmares:

A video for Christian shredder Joe Horn’s anti-Obama, anti-Socialism scare tactic propaganda song “Freedom”

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