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Propaganda for Nitwits: Tea Party Patriots get all ‘Hunger Games’ (The Music Video)
03.28.2013
12:48 pm

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Oh look… a shining city on a hill!

The Tea party, that supposedly populist political movement who never saw a tax cut for a billionaire it didn’t like BECAUSE FREEDOM, doesn’t really seem to quite “get” pop culture, even as they try desperately to emulate it, in ham-fisted efforts to appear hip.

Take for instance, Tea Party Patriots: A Movement On Fire! an odd exercise in far right, endtimes-themed agitprop that was screened at the recent conservative Republican confab, CPAC. The clip is a slickly produced, but paranoiac nod to both V for Vendetta and The Hunger Games that seems to be advocating for a decidedly non-democratic overthrow of the government. I picture inbred morons with Mountain Dew mouth watching and thinking “I would totally do that… if I could just lift myself off this couch…”

What “side” do these fucking planks pretend to themselves that they’re on, anyways?!?! Imagine what these folks would do if they were able to “take back” their country…

In The Hunger Games, the 1% live in obscene, preposterous luxury while the miserable proles are forced to work themselves to death and if they’re really unlucky, they get to participate in a spectator sport reality show (Sound like any country you know of, or maybe live in?). I don’t really think the Tea Party Patriots see themselves the same way that others see them, do you?

Heroes or zeroes, this is how the Teahadists are trying to appeal to young people. Imagine the flies this shit will attract! Superb!
 
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FUN FACT: In 2011, Tea Party Patriots co-founder Mark Meckler was arrested at LaGuardia Airport in New York and charged with criminal possession of a weapon when he presented a Delta Airlines agent with his Glock!
 

 
Ultimately, the thing that Tea Party Patriots: A Movement On Fire! reminded me of was this brilliant sketch from That Mitchell and Webb Look:
 

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The Motörizer Bunny: Lemmy celebrates Easter?
03.28.2013
12:24 pm

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Eat the rich, save the bunnies…

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Shine On You Shitty Diamond: Worst Pink Floyd Cover Band. Ever.
03.28.2013
10:55 am

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I can’t even give an ‘A’ for effort for this (obviously sincere) rock shit sammich. What were they thinking?!
 

 
Thanks, Linus Robinson!

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Orson Welles explains how to gamble, 1978
03.27.2013
07:51 pm

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Since he was so often forced to finance his own work, Orson Welles was a man who didn’t tend to turn down a lot of paying gigs, even if that saw the storied director of Citizen Kane and The Magnificent Ambersons participating in utterly embarrassing shit that was way beneath his dignity. How else to explain The Late, Great Planet Earth and Nostradamus: The Man Who Saw Tomorrow, films that aren’t even mentioned on his IMDB page?

But certainly a career lowpoint was reached in 1978 when the deep-voiced Paul Masson wine spokesman hosted Caesars Guide To Gaming with Orson Welles, an industrial film for Caesars Palace, where one of Hollywood’s greatest cinematic geniuses provides tips and insights into playing blackjack, roulette, craps, baccarat, and even slot machines, for prospective guests of the hotel casino. Orson Welles and Caesars Palace, what could be classier?
 

 

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Actresses Without Teeth
03.27.2013
05:09 pm

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Again, I’m proven right that… there is a Tumblr for everything! This time it’s Actresses Without Teeth!

Now all we need is an Actors Without Teeth. I’d love to see the horror of Gary Busey without his famously bad veneers.

As a side note: Is it me, or do all of these ladies kind of look like Mark E. Smith?

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‘You Forget to Answer’: Nico sings about Jim Morrison on French TV, 1972
03.27.2013
03:34 pm

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In one of her very few televised appearances, Nico performs “You Forget to Answer” on French TV’s POP2 program in 1972. The songs’s cryptic lyrics convey the despair the avant garde ice queen felt over hearing of the death of her former lover Jim Morrison and how she was unable to reach him by phone on the day he died. It would eventually appear on her 1974 album The End, which takes its title, of course, from her infamously doomy cover of the already infamously doomy Doors’ original.

Talk about low budget, it looks like they’ve got her singing in a rec room or something, here, but still, once she gets started, it’s like she blots outs everything else and pulls this remarkable, spine-tingling black musical shadow from deep within her desolate junkie soul.

In case it passed you by, last November Universal Music Group put out an expanded 2 CD edition of The End and it sounds a lot better than the old CD does (comparing the two, it sounds like the earlier “budget” disc that Island put out in 1994 wasn’t even mastered for CD). I’ve gotten massively into this album over the past few months, playing it from start to finish on headphones in the darkness (the way it was obviously meant to heard) dozens of times.

Produced and arranged by John Cale and featuring Brian Eno (doing some astonishing things on his VCS3 synthesizer) and Phil Mananzera, The End is clearly not for everybody—or even most, or even many, people when you get right down to it—but to my ears, the new deluxe set, with outtakes, OGWT performances (audio only), Peel sessions and her controversial take on “Das Lied Der Deutschen” from the June 1st, 1974 concert (If Jimi Hendrix could play “The Star Spangled Banner,” why couldn’t Nico perform the German national anthem?) makes for one of the most satisfying releases of the past 12 months.
 

 
Below, Dangerous Minds pal Danny Fields tells the “meet cute” story of how he introduced Nico and the Lizard King at The Castle in Los Angeles.
 

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The bleakest, saddest book EVER written
03.27.2013
01:34 pm

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The title kinda says it all, does it not?

There are some terrific reviews (natch) for Marie T Smith’s Microwave Cooking for One on Amazon. One reviewer claims it was a “cure for lonliness” [sic].

Learn more (or shed some tears) at the official site for Microwave Cooking for One.

Thank you kindly, Barbara Rininger!

 

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Rock snob alert: Dig the Soviet bloc psychedelia of Hungary’s Omega
03.27.2013
01:26 pm

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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.
 
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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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Inflatable love dolls: Deceptive vintage advertising at its finest
03.27.2013
12:44 pm

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Copyranter posted these amazing “life-size inflatable doll” ads from 1971.

According to all the ads, there was a “money-back guarantee” within 10 days if you weren’t 100% “satisfied” with your love doll. I wonder how many returns they got and how long this, er, campaign lasted?
 
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Via Copyranter

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Tangerine Dreamy! It’s ‘Sexy Men Of The Synthesizer’
03.27.2013
12:38 pm

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Hey folks, check out these sexalicious muso hunks fingering and fiddling with their simply enormous knobs! Like Geddy Lee, they are guaranteed to give you a rush!

In a word: PHWOAR…
 
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Keith “Beefcake” Emerson!
 
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Udo Hanten - he could have put somone’s eye out!
 
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Tangerine Dreamy!
 
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And yes, that’s a Philip Glass cum face.
 
Lots more pics, to satisfy all your synth/hunk needs, can be found at Sexy Men Of The Synthesizer on Tumblr.

Thanks Freddy!

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