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Dangerous Finds: Kim Deal quits Pixies, Gene Wilder hates ‘Wonka’ remake and Mick Jagger, age 15
06.14.2013
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Kim Deal quits the Pixies - Pitchfork

Gene Wilder trashes Charlie & the Chocolate Factory remake ‘I think it’s an insult’ - The Wrap

Scientists stand against companies who pick and choose which studies to use - Science Insider

Motörhead will receive the Metal Hammer Golden God Award on June 17th - List

In Texas, businesses are denying workers healthcare, overtime, and workers comp—and the government is OK with it - Salon

Robert Downey Jr. ruins a kid’s life by not wearing his Iron Man suit - Dlisted

When Bob Dylan was young and flirty - Slate

Mick Jagger, 15 years old, shows off his rock climbing shoes on British TV (1959) - Open Culture

Buzz Aldrin speaks out against Tang - Boing Boing

Darth Vader TIE fighter wheelchair - Neatorama

Video of professional rock climber Cedar Wright performing a 600-foot rope drop/swing in Ukraine - Geekologie

The Bling Ring is Sofia Coppola’s most stylish, least interesting film - Vulture

A fox cub coming to people so they can help him - YouTube

The Texas psychic responsible for giving local law enforcement officials a bogus tip on a mass grave at the home of a Liberty County couple will need to pay $7 million for the damage she caused - Gawker

From the Mouths of Babes: Toddlers’ speech is far more advanced than previously thought - Science Daily

Bernard Sumner to tell the stories of Joy Division, New Order in 2014 autobiography - Slicing Up Eyeballs

Below, Pixies perform “Cactus” live in 1989:

Posted by Tara McGinley
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06.14.2013
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Happy Birthday Che Guevara, lean mean killing machine
06.14.2013
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And who is this strapping young man, you ask? Why it’s Ernesto “Che” Guevara in 1951, 22 years old, sporting a preppy tie and beardless! He would have been 85 today, probably still adorning hipster-dipster tee-shirts and setting up forced labor camps.

In Che’s own words:

“Hatred as an element of struggle; unbending hatred for the enemy, which pushes a human being beyond his natural limitations, making him into an effective, violent, selective, and cold-blooded killing machine. This is what our soldiers must become.”

Che Guevara, still inspiring young historically-challenged ignoramuses and extremely violent types from beyond the grave…

Posted by Amber Frost
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06.14.2013
03:13 pm
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WTF?: An outdoor toilet in Scotland?
06.14.2013
02:09 pm
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Santa delivering his presents early?

Either that, or perhaps some disgruntled customer taking revenge on the emporium below? Fish & Shits?

Not much else to be said about this picture other than to reassure Dangerous Minds’ readers that we do have indoor toilets in Scotland. I should know—I live in the Bonnie country.
 
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Via The Poke (25 Reasons Why We Love Scotland)
 

Posted by Paul Gallagher
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06.14.2013
02:09 pm
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‘Andy and His Grandmother’: Home recordings made by Andy Kaufman
06.14.2013
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Comedy fans take note: Drag City will be releasing previously unheard “field recordings” made by the legendary dada comic Andy Kaufman in the late 1970s that show Kaufman pulling friends, family members and total strangers alike into his provocative acts of real life mayhem and reality-altering pranks. (My best friend once gave him a lift home from LAX. Kaufman, then a highly recognizable face on network televison, was hitchhiking).

Andy & His Grandmother was edited down from from 82 hours of micro-cassette tapes by Vernon Chatman, one of the geniuses behind Wonder Showzen (he’s also the voice of “Towlie” on South Park) and Rodney Ascher (the director of Room 237). SNL’s Bill Hader provided some connecting narrative and context between tracks and Bob Zmuda (who often played Kaufman’s “Tony Clifton” character) wrote the liner notes.. This is not some re-hash of Andy Kaufman material you’ve heard before.

The album drops on July 16th, below is a brief, confusing and very tantalizing audio edit for the upcoming release, exclusively for Dangerous Minds readers:
 

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06.14.2013
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Marijuana farm busted because of cop’s farts
06.14.2013
12:48 pm
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Apparently cop farts ruin everything. This happened in Leicestershire sometime in June 2013.

Via Arbroath:

The officer in the back enjoyed a high protein diet, and suffering with flatulence. The officers in the front seats of the car were forced to wind down the windows.

On doing so the officers smelled what they thought was cannabis. They asked their colleague in the back what he had been eating, and after fits of giggles and denials, they realised that the cannabis smell was in the air in the street outside.

All three officers’ suspicions were now raised, and they left the car to get some fresh air and find the cause of the cannabis smell. 200 metres further along the road the officers, following their noses, found a cannabis factory with a crop worth £12,000.

Seven individuals were arrested. Damn you, cop farts!

Via Arbroath and Nerdcore

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06.14.2013
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‘My Dad Was In A Band’: Hilarious new blog, just in time for Father’s Day
06.14.2013
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Last week Drafthouse Film‘s creative director Evan Husney contacted me about “co-presenting” this great new idea he’d had for a website that would be called My Dad Was In A Band.

Naturally I immediately clicked on the link and well, proceeded to laugh my ass off, not only at the astonishing Harry and the Hendersons-looking “inverted Mohawk” of the fellow above—he’s from a band called “Hot Ice”(!)—or just the hilarious concept in general, but for the fact that I personally know one of the “dads” who was initially submitted to My Dad Was In A Band.
 

 
That’s right, one of the dads who was in a band, Brian Chatton, is the father of one of my oldest friends, Charlotte Chatton. I’ve seen Brian at Thanksgiving dinners and parties going back the the mid-1990s. Now, I knew that he was a musician, and that he’d had a “one hit wonder” with his 80s group Boys Don’t Cry (remember “I Wanna Be a Cowboy”?) and that he’d been in both Meatloaf and Jon Anderson’s touring bands, but what I didn’t know was the he had recorded an ecological psychedelic rock opera in 1968 with his band “Flaming Youth” who happened to include an 18-year-old pre-Genesis Phil Collins on drums!

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Brian’s younger daughter, Emily Chatton explained to My Dad Was In A Band:

My dad wore a leather catsuit with domino buttons when he married my mum and his platform shoes were taller than his brides. His first band of many was called Flaming Youth, he was the lead singer and Phil Collins [third from the left in the photo above, that’s her father squatting second from left] was the drummer. Together they released a concept album called Arc 2 that told a futuristic tale about how man uses up all the resources on Earth. Even when singing about such things as civilization needing to find another planet to live on I’ve noticed that my dad has a hard time keeping a straight face on camera, he’s tickled from the inside out

Flaming Youth’s rock opera was written by the established hit-making team of Alan Blaikley and Ken Howard who penned songs for the likes of Petula Clark, Frankie Howerd, Engelbert Humperdinck, Eartha Kitt, Lulu and Elvis Presley. They were un-credited on the album, apparently so as not to jeopardize their more conventional pop careers.

Although Arc 2 came out to extremely positive reviews—it was even awarded The Sunday Times’ “Rock Album of the Year” award in 1969—it wasn’t a hit and remains virtually unheard to this day. Flaming Youth, did, however appear for a five song set on Dutch television and four of those numbers have been uploaded to YouTube.

Band members here are “Flash” Gordon Smith on guitar; Ronnie Caryl on bass; Brian Chatton, organ; Phil Collins, drums and organ. Happy Father’s Day to all of the group!
 

 
The single “From Now On” sung (lip-sync’d) by a young Brian Chatton. He’s in his early 60s now and the guy hasn’t changed a bit!
 
More Flaming Youth after the jump…

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Posted by Richard Metzger
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06.14.2013
12:44 pm
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Richard Brautigan reading from ‘Trout Fishing in America’ and ‘In Watermelon Sugar’
06.14.2013
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Some rarely seen footage (it’s not like there is a lot if it, you’ll note that they ran out of it pretty quickly) of poet and novelist Richard Brautigan cut over readings from his classic Trout Fishing in America and the novella In Watermelon Sugar.

Richard Brautigan was once one of the most widely read poets and novelists of 60s and 70s America. He wasn’t quite as famous as say, Kurt Vonnegut or Allen Ginsberg, but he was up there. Brautigan was especially revered in counterculture circles. In the Dean Koontz novel, One Door Away From Heaven, one of the characters, a drug addict, believes that she would be able to unlock the occult secrets of the universe, if only she could understand the deeper meanings of In Watermelon Sugar.

It’s a tragedy—seriously, it’s a damned shame—that he is now all but forgotten. Fans of both Vonnegut and Tom Robbins will find much to appreciate in Brautigan’s work.

An album, Listening to Richard Brautigan, recorded in 1969, was supposed to come out on The Beatles’ experimental Zapple label managed by Barry Miles, but Zapple didn’t last that long (It eventually came out on EMI Harvest).

Previously on Dangerous Minds:
Richard Brautigan: The Voice at the Heart of Nowness
 

Posted by Kimberly J. Bright
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06.14.2013
11:31 am
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Striking, but misguided Chicago ad campaign wants to lower teen pregnancy with pregnant teenage boys
06.14.2013
11:24 am
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We’re already fully aware of the overwhelmingly largest factor in teen pregnancy: poverty.

Say it again! Poverty!

It’s pretty easy to figure out. Aside from the fact that poverty often prevents young people from being able to obtain birth control and abortions, if you’re fairly destitute, it doesn’t necessarily make that much sense to a young girl to wait to start a family. When there are no middle class incentives, it’s damn-near impossible to impose middle-class values. Telling a girl from the ghetto, barrio, reservation, or trailer park to wait to have kids doesn’t have much resonance when a family is potentially one of the only truly rewarding projects she can look forward to. (Wait? Wait for what? Grad school?)

Combine that with a chronically deficient sex education system and you’ve got yourself a recipe for “babies having babies.” The state of Illinois recently expanded its sex ed program, but Chicago’s teen pregnancy rate is still 1.5 times the national average and well above the levels of other developed countries. So what’s the answer? Should we invest in free clinics? Or maybe in education or jobs or social programs that give young people a future with goals that aren’t child-rearing?

No! We should make super-creepy ads and put them on public transportation! Because that’s what the kids like nowadays—it’s all Justin Bieber and Tumblr and ads on the sides of buses! It’s so easy—why didn’t we think of it sooner?
 
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Chicago launched a poster campaign depicting pregnant teen boys because… I have no idea. I guess they wanted to illustrate that fathers have parental responsibilities, too? Thing is, statistically, they don’t. Only about 58% of child support gets collected in this country, and while I’m not one to deny the existence of dead-beat dads, how in the hell is a boy in high school going to support a baby anyway? Oh. right, I know, drop out! Nothing like a vicious cycle to really set up a kid for success!

Earlier this year, my own city of New York released a similarly creepy campaign trying to “convince” teens not have babies with a winning combination of shame and patronizing them—teens love that! The affect is one of being lectured by one’s own hypothetical future children, if your hypothetical future children use comic sans and lecture you like stupid white men who work in the Mayor’s office.
 
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I know the people in charge are out of touch, and I know most likely that they have never been poor. But were they never teenagers, either?

Posted by Amber Frost
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06.14.2013
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David Lynch: A Must-See interview on ‘Scene By Scene’ from 1999
06.14.2013
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David Lynch doesn’t like giving interviews. He has to be coaxed by interviewer Mark Cousins, to give answers to his questions.

Mark Cousins: David Lynch, you don’t like doing interviews, do you?

David Lynch: No I don’t.

Mark Cousins: Why are you sitting on this sofa then?

David Lynch: To do you a great favor.

Lynch certainly does a great favor here, in this fine documentary Scene By Scene, as the cult director goes on to explain his thoughts on films and film-making:

A film is its own thing. And in an ideal world, I think film should be discovered knowing nothing, and nothing should be added to it, and nothing should be subtracted from it.

The usually taciturn Lynch then opens-out about his life; his insecurities (why he once wore three ties); his ideas on the speed of rooms; why he doesn’t follow politics (‘I don’t understand the concept of two sides’); and his response to criticism in his portrayal of women:

..the problem is that somebody sees a woman in a film, and then mistakenly assumes that that is the way the person sees all women, when in actuality it’s just that particular woman within this particular story.

The interview concludes with Cousins asking Lynch about his thoughts on mortality.

Inside, we’re ageless.  And when we talk to ourselves, it’s the same person we were talking to, the same age, when we were little, and it’s the body that’s changing around that ageless center.

Recorded prior to the release of The Straight Story, this fifty-minute documentary, made by BBC Scotland, gives great insight into David Lynch and his method of film-making.

Watch it—before it’s gone!

A full transcript of the interview with David Lynch can be found here.
 

 
Via IndieWire
 

Posted by Paul Gallagher
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06.14.2013
10:54 am
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Just a photo of a ravenous Johnny Cash eating cake
06.14.2013
10:31 am
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Here’s a photo of Johnny Cash hoarding a delicious looking strawberry cake all for himself. I guess he didn’t like sharing desserts. Or forks!

Photo circa 1970s.

Via Retronaut

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