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‘Autobahn Road Journey Music’ krautrock playlist: Rock out with your wienerschnitzel out
08:46 am


Electric Würms

A krautrock mix prepared by Wayne Coyne and Steven Drozd of Flaming Lips. Their Electric Würms side project Musik, Die Schwer Zu Twerk (“Music that’s Hard to Twerk to”) comes out on CD, vinyl and iTunes via Warner Bros. Records tomorrow, August 19th.

“Krautrock” - Faust
“Mushroom Head” - Can
“After Eight” - NEU!
“Aquirre” - Popul Vuh
“Spoon” - Can
“Zum Wohl” - Cluster
“I’m Goin’ Mad” - Scorpions
“Dino” - Harmonia
“Neon Lights” - Kraftwerk
“Jennifer” - Faust

Electric Würms will be playing in the UK at the End Of The Road festival in Dorset on August 31 followed by a headlining show at the Village Underground in London on September 1.


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‘The Dream of Color Music’: Abstract animator Oskar Fischinger, Harry Smith’s favorite director

Harry Smith, the eccentric experimental filmmaker, artist, anthropologist, bohemian mystic and record collector, first encountered Oskar Fischinger’s animated films in 1947, when he was helping organize the experimental film festival Art in Cinema for the San Francisco Museum of Art. Fischinger’s work had a profound effect on Smith. According to Rani Singh, executor of the Harry Smith Archives, Smith traveled to Los Angeles in July 1947 on the festival’s behalf to connect with SoCal filmmakers. “There he met James and John Whitney, Kenneth Anger, and, most important, Fischinger, who became a seminal influence. Fischinger was one of the few artists Smith ever credited as an inspiration for his work.” William Moritz goes a step further, claiming that Smith didn’t take up abstract filmmaking until he saw Fischinger’s and the Whitneys’ work in connection with Art in Cinema. (Smith himself claimed to have started making his movies in 1939.)

Here’s how Smith described Fischinger’s influence in a 1977 interview with Moritz, quoted in American Magus Harry Smith: A Modern Alchemist:

You can tell how much I admire Fischinger: the only film of mine that I ever gave a real title to was Homage to Oskar Fischinger (Film No. 5, in the current scheme of things). I learned concentration from him—visiting his home and seeing how he could sit serenely in that small house, crawling with what seemed like a dozen children, and still paint those stunning pictures. That great film Motion Painting makes the process seem deceptively simple—and it was simple for him: the images really did just flow from his brush, never a ruler or a compass, all-freehand—but you can’t see all the obstacles he had to overcome in order to even work at all. Something so wonderful happened in that film, and in those paintings, something so much better than all the Pollocks and other stuff that the museums fight to get hold of. Did anyone ever fight to save Fischinger’s things?

Among the “obstacles” Harry referred to might have been that one time the Nazis branded Fischinger’s work entartete Kunst (degenerate art). In 1936, Fischinger fled to Los Angeles, where he worked for Paramount, MGM, and Disney in rapid succession. Film historian William Moritz wrote “Fischinger found it extremely difficult to work in studio situations.” Fischinger designed the Bach sequence for Fantasia, but quit without credit because Disney altered his designs to be less abstract. Fischinger also contributed to the special effects of the Blue Fairy’s wand in Pinocchio according to Moritz.

The first time I saw Motion Painting No. 1, it was on a big screen with the volume cranked, and I nearly jumped out of my seat. It’s not going to have the same effect streaming from Russia or wherever on your laptop, but it’s still glorious.

Oskar Fischinger’s Motion Painting No. 1
More after the jump…

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Behold the miraculous Aphex Twin jerk sauce stain (available on eBay)
06:34 am


Aphex Twin
barbecue chicken

I’m an avowed atheist, but I have to admit, the recent discovery of a nearly perfect Aphex Twin logo in Jamaican jerk sauce on a plate in a London restaurant has me reconsidering my entire belief system.

The holy plate has popped up on and is available for £2.20 (as of this writing; about $3.67) from user “2014ukhines” (100% positive feedback in the last 12 months). There are five bids on the plate already.

Here is the description:

Mysterious and miraculous jerk sauce apparition.

I have no explanation.

Jerk chicken was from Yum Yum in Clapton, London.

Here is a picture of Yum Yum, the restaurant from which the sanctified jerk sauce emanated:

The infamous “Windowlicker” video, directed by Chris Cunningham:

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Rock snob alert: Dig the Soviet bloc psychedelia of Hungary’s Omega
06:20 am


Soviet Union


From the Dangerous Minds archives:

One of the most influential bands ever to come out of the Eastern Bloc, Hungary’s legendary Omega have been at it since 1962, the same year the Rolling Stones first got together. Give or take a couple of early members departing and a period of inactivity during 1987-1994, they are one of the longest-running acts in rock history and with one of the most stable line-ups.

Omega’s sound has obviously changed over their five decades, travelling light years from their early Beatles-influenced pop songs towards something kinda like early Status Quo fuzz box guitar meets the Moody Blues classical rock (or sometimes like a Slavic version of schlager), then a prog rock sound in the 70s that gave way to harder rocking wail (and even disco) by later in that decade. The 1980s saw them develop a spacerock thing that continues to be their signature sound.

Since Omega recorded songs in both magyar and in English, and regularly toured in England and Germany (The Scorpions are known to be big fans) they are one of the most popular groups to originate from the Communist bloc.

In any case, it’s more Omega’s early material that I like the best, so that’s what I’m going to post here. I hadn’t thought about this band in years until one of our readers, Kjirsten Winters, reminded me of them. I was shocked by how many amazing vintage clips of this band exist. Feast your eyes and ears on Omega…

Start with the mind-bending “Tékozló fiúk” (“Prodigal Sons”) from 1969. Play it LOUD!

More Omega after the jump

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Electric Würms are ‘Fixing a Hole’: Exclusive premiere from upcoming Flaming Lips album

Electric Würms will be making an appearance on the upcoming Flaming Lips album With a Little Help from My Fwends, their Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band tribute. In the guise of their Electric Würms alter egos, Wayne Coyne and Steven Drozd cover “Fixing a Hole” on the album, which comes out on October 28 on Warner Bros. Records. Other participants include MGMT, members of Wilco, Miley Cyrus, My Morning Jacket, Tegan and Sara, Dinosaur, Jr.‘s J Mascis and Maynard James Keenan of Tool.

Some of the proceeds from the album are being donated to the Oklahoma City-based Bella Foundation which helps low-income, elderly or terminally ill pet owners with the cost of their vet bills, because at some point we all might need a little help from our fwends.

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Manly men doing their CrossFit workout in tight little SLAYER pants
12:47 pm



When you get to a certain age, you finally realize you gotta start going to the gym. I’m one of those people who it finally dawned on a few years ago and yes, I now go. Since I’ve been going, I’ve noticed the gym culture of burly, over-muscled “manly-men” doing their relentless CrossFit workout. The one that punishes everyone around them! You know the ones I’m talking about. The guys who let a thousand pounds of weight drop with a thud that could be mistaken for an earthquake (at least here in LA) whilst loudly grunting and looking you right in eyes panting like a caged panther. I’m pretty sure this is a joke video, but I’m not totally sure, either!

Anyway, this CrossFit-thingy video sums up my worst gym nightmare. But what really grabbed my attention are those nifty spandex SLAYER pants. Just look at ‘em! And if you’re all like “I must own those tiny and tight little SLAYER pants!” you can get them here.


via reddit

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You gotta have ‘Fwends’: Flaming Lips talk Fab Four
11:15 am


The Beatles
Flaming Lips
Electric Würms

In which Wayne Coyne and Steven Drozd discuss The Beatles’ profound inspiration on the way they work and With a Little Help from My Fwends, their upcoming song-for-song tribute album covering Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

Heavy “fwends” who’ll collaborate with the Lips include Miley Cyrus, My Morning Jacket, Tegan and Sara, Dinosaur, Jr.‘s J Mascis and Tool singer Maynard James Keenan. As their Electric Würms alter egos, Coyne and Drozd themselves cover “Fixing a Hole” on the collection.

With a Little Help from My Fwends will be released on Oct. 28 with some of the proceeds from the album getting donated to the Oklahoma City-based Bella Foundation which helps low-income, elderly or terminally ill pet owners with the cost of their vet bills.

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Talking stamps: Tiny vinyl record postage stamps that were playable, 1972
10:50 am


vinyl stamps
talking stamps

Known as the “first talking stamps” in 1972, these tiny vinyl postage stamps from Bhutan were totally playable and when the needle was put on the record stamp you heard Bhutan’s national anthem and a capsule history of the nation. Talking stamps were thin plastic embossed records with removable back to expose the adhesive.

A pretty interesting concept, right? I’ve never seen one in the flesh, but from what I’m seeing on eBay, they’re highly collectable (an entire set is around $495.00) and even still legal for mailing use.

WFMU has a few samples of what these tiny vinyl stamps sound like. You can listen to them here.




via WFMU and Bhutan Today

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Lesbian emojis are as adorable as they are sapphic!
09:50 am



As you can see, subtlety is a valued principle in today’s contemporary art.
Graphic designer Kimberly Linn and writer/actor Katie Streeter have breached the latest frontier in gay liberation—lesbian emojis. It was in the midst of Linn’s post-break-up depression that the idea was hatched, and now their rapidly growing Instagram account has almost 7,400 followers. There are a lot of lesbians with smart phones—the gay agenda is at hand!

The are the immediately recognizable emojis of stereotypical aesthetics, like the bow tie and the flannel. Then there are cultural signifiers that might go over the heads of the unaffiliated—the Home Depot, for the girl who can swing a hammer, and the moving van, a nod to the ladies’ rep for rapid cohabitation.  I (naturally) favor the vulgar ones—the pillow princess, the turkey baster, lesbian bed death, the double-clicked mouse, and, cleverly, the scissors.

The fish taco though… bold move, ladies.

moving van

flannel shirt

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Woman tried to poison roommates after they caught her having sex with dogs
08:04 am



If you’ve ever wondered what kind of person would…

The story goes that Ernest Hemingway once made a $10 bet that he could make readers cry with a six-word short story. Hemingway wrote:

“For sale: Baby shoes. Never worn.”

That story may be apocryphal, but in this case, packing a narrative into a single sentence or even a title was pretty easy. However inducing tears in the reader is unlikely to happen this time. Something else maybe, but not necessarily “sadness” per se...

Via The Raw Story:

An Albuquerque woman tried to poison her two roommates after one of them caught her having sex with a dog, police said.

One of the roommates said she found 53-year-old Shari Walters lying nude in a backyard shed with her German shepherd, Spike.

Walters admitted to having sex with both of the roommate’s German shepherds, the woman said.

A male roommate who had been dating Walters broke up with her “because she was having sex with dogs,” police said.

I really can’t say I blame ‘im!

The Gollum-esque Walters is alleged to have spiked their water with rubbing alcohol and of putting toilet bowl cleanser in the meal she had prepared for them. She also is said to have admitted that she’s been having sex with canines since the apparently not-so-tender age of 14.

Walters was charged with aggravated battery, cruelty or extreme cruelty to animals, and assault with intent to commit a violent felony. Not to mention, her photo is plastered all over the Internet today in a, uh… dogfucker kinda context. Both roommates were treated for minor injuries and poisoning.

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