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M.I.A.:  Rapper Ties Her Own Tongue.
07.15.2010
01:34 pm

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For a person who makes her living constructing rap songs, M.I.A. is stunningly inarticulate in this video.

I’m waiting to hear from Vanilla Ice on global warming and Sir Mix-A-Lot on obesity in America.

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Horiyoshi III: Master Skin Carver
07.15.2010
12:20 pm

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Initially drawing in freehand and then using needles and bamboo tools to fill in detail and color, Horiyoshi III will spend years creating a tattoo for clients willing to spend tens of thousands of dollars to have their skin etched with one of his masterworks.

Johnnie Shand Kydd who shot this beautiful video for Nowness describes Horiyoshi’s work:

“They are called skin carvers [because the process involves] sharpened bamboo being pushed again and again into the skin, creating gradations like you would in a brush stroke on a painting. That’s where he shows himself as a great artist. Acting on impulse and creating harmony where there wasn’t beforehand.”

Below, Japanese master skin carver Horiyoshi III working his magic.
 

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Kid-made Super 8 Sound version of The Exorcist
07.15.2010
11:53 am

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It’s safe to say we’re all scarred for life from seeing The Exorcist as kids but these kids worked it out in an exceptional way. The sound design in particular is a marvel of resourcefulness.

In 1974 while THE EXORCIST was still playing in the theaters, my friends and I made a version of our own called THE DEMONIC POSSESSION. Originally the title was going to be MALEDICTION but we figured nobody would know what that is. Filmed in Pittsburgh, Pa and Atlanta, Ga, the film was made on SUPER 8 SOUND and runs 60 minutes. This is an excerpt. Miraculously the film was made without ANY parental censorship or supervision. A film by CLIFF CARSON Cinematography by BILL BURTON

 
Thanks Brian Ruryk !

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Japanese WTF Commercial Of The Day
07.15.2010
11:53 am

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Japanese television commercials are absolutely insane. This one combines urinating with geysers of blood in an effort to compel you to buy some tea. Can you imagine this ever appearing American TV?  You gotta love the Japanese, they’re kooky.

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Ferris Bueller’s Cameron vs. Fight Club

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I think this is absolutely great. Definitely mashup-magic of the day!

From Classy Hands:

Inspired by one of our favorite websites, /Film.com, which ran an article called “The Ferris Bueller Fight Club Theory” last year. The piece hypothesized that Cameron could have possibly imagined his whole Day Off, and that Ferris was actually his own Tyler Durden.

 
(via Daily What)

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Acid Mothers Temple Are Coming For Your Children
07.14.2010
11:07 pm

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Here’s some raw footage I shot of a recent Acid Mothers Temple show in Austin, Texas. If you’re unfamiliar with the band, this video is a good introduction. A Japanese “soul collective” who’ve been together, in various forms, since 1995, the Mothers fuse psychedelia, Krautrock and white noise with throat singing vocals into a singular sound that is aggressive and beautiful. Their song titles and album covers pay homage to Zappa, The Beatles, Hendrix, and Fillmore poster art combined with their own day-glo Zen Buddhist spin. While they derive much inspiration from hippie iconography and attitude, they are unlike any band I’ve experienced - hardcore and mystical.

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Maidstone: The day Norman Mailer ate Rip Torn’s ear
07.14.2010
09:51 pm

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Maidstone a film directed by Norman Mailer in 1971 is a bizarre phantasmagoria of a film. Ostensibly about a movie director who decides to run for President, Maidstone brings to mind the films of Bunuel and Antonioni with a cinema verite funkiness that seems very much a product of the ass end of the sixties. Mailer described it as ” a revolutionary film”. Well, the revolution came and went without much fanfare. The movie died at the boxoffice and has been out of circulation for 40 years. Recently, it’s become available on French gray market DVDS.

While the bulk of the movie is a bit of a self-indulgent bore, the ending has to be seen to be believed.

Mailer had completed principal photography on Maidstone but felt the film was unresolved. So, he and his co-star Rip Torn improvised a scene in which Torn’s character was to kill Mailer’s. Problem was, Torn, who was allegedly zooted on amphetamine and LSD, went waaaay too far, actually smashing Mailer on the head with a hammer, drawing blood and Mailer’s ire. Mailer, in turn, jumped Torn, biting and ripping Rip’s ear. The brawl escalated in full view of Mailer’s screaming children. Film was rolling.
 
This is the uncut scene. Check out Rip’s facial expressions. Is he acting? Or in need of an exorcist?

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I love the Relayer LP by Yes
07.14.2010
09:36 pm

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A little late night listening inspired by Marc’s post. I felt the need to present one of the best recorded pieces by Yes, the much-maligned yet utterly wonderful UK prog band: The nine and a half minute epic (what else?) Sound Chaser from 1974’s Relayer LP. The by turns angular, noisy (check all the subtle micro-synth bits scurrying across the stereo field) and lovely classically structured song reflects a band emboldened by their huge fame to stretch out and attempt something decidedly outside of pop music. Also our man of the day, Steve Howe is a total demon here. Wild and unpredictable, with a nasty, almost Link Wray-esque tone. This is not your bog standard hippy-prog rock. Once again, please excuse/ignore the goofy visuals in the fan vid below.

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Explore The IT Crowd’s basement!

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Via our friends at Nerdcore, here’s an extremely cool—and extremely detailed—panoramic fly-through of the set of the very delightful The IT Crowd television comedy. Walk in the footsteps of Moss, Roy and Jen! Check out all of their stuff!

It’s the middle of the new series and it’s even better than the last. This go ‘round, I have laughed myself senseless at Richard Ayoade’s Moss enthralling a bunch of idiotic businessmen with his D&D prowess and Moss’s ninja quiz show skills. And Matt Berry… what a comic genius! All I can say is this: I wish there was a drug I could take that would turn me into Douglas for just one day. One day. Is that too much to ask?

I also laughed heartily at the name of the rock group, Sweet Billy Pilgrim, a reference, of course, to the character in Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five, right? I made a mental note to email series creator Graham Linehan and tell him what a good chuckle I had at this great literary name he’d come up with, but before I did, I decided to Google Sweet Billy Pilgrim just in case. I’m glad I did as it actually is a real group! That would have been really embarrassing.

(Tara, being both from Ohio and a big Guided By Voices fan, wanted me to show you this particular zoom in on some of the details, hence the above screen grab)

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Happy Birthday to us: Dangerous Minds turns one today!

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With all of these nutty Bastille Day celebrations going on (huh?) I nearly forgot to mention that Dangerous Minds officially turns one year old today. You can stroll through the very first week’s posts here.

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