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Jimmy Kimmel tricked people at Coachella into pretending they’ve heard of bands that don’t exist
04.23.2013
01:14 pm
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This is so fucking cringe-worthy funny. Painfully funny.

Some people in the YouTube comments are calling shenanigans on this ‘cause there’s no way someone could be that gullible. I have no idea, but it’s still good entertainment!

 
Via BuzzFeed

Posted by Tara McGinley
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04.23.2013
01:14 pm
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‘Evil Blog Comment Spammer’ accidentally exposes his entire template on website
04.23.2013
12:45 pm
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GitHub user Scott Hanselman writes:

Evil Blog Comment Spammer just exposed his template through some error and the whole thing showed up in my comments.

What’s one to do when that happens? POST THAT SHIT!
 
A few choice selections from the list:

~ I am sure this {article|post|piece of writing|paragraph} has touched all the internet {users|people|viewers|visitors}, its really really nice |pleasant|good|fastidious} {article|post|piece of writing|paragraph} on building up new {blog|weblog|webpage|website|web site}.

~ Wow, this {article|post|piece of writing|paragraph} is {nice|pleasant|good|fastidious}, my {sister|younger sister} is analyzing {such|these|these kinds of} things, {so|thus|therefore} I am going to {tell|inform|let know|convey} her.

~ {Saved as a favorite|bookmarked!!}, {I really like|I like|I love} {your blog|your site|your web site|your website}!

~ Woah! I’m really {loving|enjoying|digging} the template/theme of this {site|website|blog}. It’s simple, yet effective. A lot of times it’s {very hard|very difficult|challenging|tough|difficult|hard} to get that “perfect balance” between {superb usability|user friendliness|usability} and {visual appearance|visual appeal|appearance}. I must say {that you've|you have|you've} done a {awesome|amazing|very good|superb|fantastic|excellent|great} job with this.

I’m pretty certain this asshole spammer has commented on Dangerous Minds. If not, then they all have the same fucking template.

You can read the entire mind-numbing template here.
 
Via Nerdcore

Posted by Tara McGinley
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04.23.2013
12:45 pm
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Cops confiscate the biggest joint EVER
04.23.2013
11:48 am
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Police confiscate a 2.5lb doobie at Porter Meadows during the annual UC Santa Cruz campus-wide smoke out on 4/20.

According to the YouTube description:

This is not staged, these cops were in fact confiscating this from the event.

snip~

It almost lived to see the day…

It would take a small army of Cheech and Chongs to smoke this fatty!
 

Via The World’s Best Ever

Posted by Tara McGinley
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04.23.2013
11:48 am
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Dusty Springfield on ‘The Dating Game,’ 1968
04.23.2013
10:05 am
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Wait… Dusty Springfield appeared on The Dating Game? Apparently so!

Wonder why she seems so disinterested? Such a distinguished set of cheeky chappies to choose from. I do hope Dusty wasn’t really obliged to go on a skiing vacation with “Bachelor # 2. I kinda doubt it. That might have gotten awkward (During the credits a voice over says “Celebrity dates are subject to availability.”)

Of historical note, “Bachelor #1” was Milt Kamen, a stand-up comic who was Sid Caesar’s TV stand-in and who allegedly invented many of the bits Caesar is famous for.

File this one under: “Huh?”
 

Posted by Richard Metzger
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04.23.2013
10:05 am
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‘The Hitmaker’: excellent doc on the legendary Nile Rodgers
04.23.2013
08:02 am
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Nile during his Soul Glo phase
 
This 2013 BBC documentary about living legend Nile Rodgers could not be more appropriately named, seeing as he has just given Daft Punk the biggest hit of their careers. Thankfully, this program includes none of the recent “Get Lucky” hyperbole (I mean, I like that song and all, but enough is enough already!) Judging by the concert footage it was filmed last summer.

You may know most of Rodger’s incredible story already (and if you haven’t read his autobiography Le Freak, you are really missing out on one of the best music biogrpahies of recent years) but there’s enough anecdata to make it a very worthwhile watch.

My own personal fave story is the one concerning Rodgers’ initial work on “Let’s Dance” with David Bowie. Worried that he may have been taking Bowie in too much of a “dance” direction, Nile asks him if perhaps the track is too funky, to which Bowie responds: “Is there such a thing, Nile?”

Try getting that quote, in Bowie-voice, out of your head the next time you see either of these two legends.
 

Posted by Niall O'Conghaile
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04.23.2013
08:02 am
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Early Marc Bolan: ‘Warlord of the Royal Crocodiles’ on US TV, 1969
04.22.2013
06:41 pm
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Another nugget of early Marc Bolan gold: Tyrannosaurus Rex performing “Warlord of the Royal Crocodiles” (from Unicorn) on Philadelphia’s The Hy Lit Show in 1969.

Handsome as life
He’s our lord and we trust in him
To move like the wind
As our friend and guardian.

The elements and oceans congregate on his brow
And he stalks in style like a royal crocodile.

His chariot legs
Are tree green and autumn brown
His crown of dusk is a glimpse of things to be.

In palaces and temples near the dwellings of man
If he can he’ll smile ‘cos he’s a Royal Crocodile.

After their American tour, Bolan would sack his hard-partying bongo player, Steve Peregrin Took and replace him with Mickey Finn.
 

Posted by Richard Metzger
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04.22.2013
06:41 pm
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Have a trashy birthday John Waters!
04.22.2013
06:08 pm
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The Pope of Trash turns 67 today.

In March a website called the National Report published an obituary for Waters with the headline: “Acclaimed Cult Filmmaker, John Waters … Drops Dead at 67!”

The Fellini of Baltimore is still very much with us.

Below, Werner Herzog on his discovery that John Waters is gay:
 

Posted by Richard Metzger
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04.22.2013
06:08 pm
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Michael Shannon reads the insane Delta Gamma sorority girl letter
04.22.2013
04:02 pm
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Here’s actor Michael Shannon reciting the epic email rant by a Delta Gamma sorority member from Maryland that Gawker leaked last week.

This is everything I hoped it would be! Even more. Not remotely safe for work!

 
With thanks to Kevin K!

Posted by Tara McGinley
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04.22.2013
04:02 pm
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Persian Pop Princess, Googoosh: ‘Some of the rarest unheard pop music in the world’
04.22.2013
02:26 pm
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Have you ever heard of Googoosh?  Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Until yesterday, I had never heard of Googoosh either, but today my life is all the better for it.

So what IS a Googoosh, you’re wondering? Or rather WHO is Googoosh? This was the question I asked myself when I was poking around the Finders Keepers website and was struck by the above, well, very striking, album cover.

Here’s what Finders Keepers had to say about their Googoosh collection:

The East’s best kept secret? Despite being a national treasure to generations of free-thinking Iranians and one of the most well-known and loved songbirds from the East, Faegheh Atashin (most famously known as Googoosh or Gougoush) is ironically also the performer of some of the rarest unheard pop music in the world.

Originally pressed on the diminishing vinyl format in the mid-1970s her songs and performances were banned after the Iranian revolution of 1979 resulting in her records, and millions of others, being forbidden, hidden and destroyed. Preserved in some part via the rise of global compact cassette culture in the 1980s some of Googoosh’s most famous songs have become anthemic amongst international Iranian communities whilst in darker contrast dozens of 45 b-sides and commercially stunted album tracks remain as distant and nonexistent memories in the mind of the most devout fans and fastidious vinyl librarians.

Finders Keepers’ first Googoosh release focuses on a handful of these lesser-spotted tracks - the ones that didn’t get away. Herein many will find the singer at her beguiling best with an urgency and yearning in her voice that is arguably unrivalled by so many contenders under the often disposable femme-pop umbrella. Mid-tempo pop peons with pulsating rhythm sections awash with expertly orchestrated strings (akin to that of some of the most intense Italian or French film composers) provide the backdrop for unrequited love songs revealing poetic premonitions of impeding cultural heartbreak. Other carefully selected tracks take cues from Googoosh’s most unlikely influences, such as jazz, bossa and early disco, unconsciously inducing political paranoia from the era’s imminent anti-pop restrictive regime. Combining inspiration from a deep-rooted history of Persian poetic verse and indelible Arabic songcraft these lost tracks, from the artist known amongst Farsi speaking fans throughout the world as ‘Iran’s Daughter,’ have most certainly, finally earned a place in the hearts of “outernational” music lovers like yourself.

If you’re anything like me, the above description has you salivating to hear more. Luckily, living as we do, in the Age of Consumer Enlightenment, I had but to type ‘Googoosh’ into Google to have dozens upon dozens of vintage Googoosh performances piped directly into my own home.

Rare no more, I suppose. Google ‘Googoosh’ for yourself. Her music lives up to the advanced hype! She’s got her own uniquely Googooshian thing going on for sure, but for sake of pop culture shorthand, imagine a combination of Cher (her campy, over the top conviction makes her a soul sister of our pop icon), Histoire de Melody Nelson-style orchestral pop and a hefty dollop of disco/funk with a decidedly Eastern flavor. Count me in!

Here’s the first thing I randomly found, “Talaagh,” and it’s a great place to start (certainly worked for me!):
 

 
Faegheh Atashin was born in 1950 in Tehran. Primarily known as a singer in Iran, she also starred in movies, including the top grossing Iranian film of all time, Dar Emtedade Shab, in 1977. According to most accounts in English, Googoosh seems to be the undisputed icon of female singers from that part of the world and began performing onstage at the tender age of just three. In the mid-1970s, before the fall of the Shah, she was at the height of her fame.

Googoosh stayed in Iran for over two decades after the Islamist revolution banned female singers, but after 2000 moved to the West (she’s rumored to live in Beverly Hills) and began to perform again to sold-out audiences around the world. 99% of the people reading this, myself included until yesterday, will never have heard of her, but Googoosh is selling out prestigious venues like Wembley Arena, the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, and the Royal Albert Hall where she performed last month.
 

 
More Googoosh after the jump…

READ ON
Posted by Richard Metzger
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04.22.2013
02:26 pm
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Perhaps Dunkin’ Donuts needs a better abbreviation for their Coconut Iced Coffee
04.22.2013
02:11 pm
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A friend of mine posted this photo to her Facebook wall today and wrote:

Dunkin Donuts, may I suggest a better abbreviation for a coconut iced coffee???

She then said:

And I even tipped!

With thanks to Rebecca!

Posted by Tara McGinley
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04.22.2013
02:11 pm
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