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Live and insane: Video of Devo at Max’s Kansas City in July of 1977
01.17.2013
06:12 pm

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The original photoshop: Letraset, Magic Marker and a Xerox machine.

It’s July 9, 1977 and a mind-blown audience (I was among them) sees and hears what David Bowie called “the band of the future”: Devo.

Satisfaction
Timing X/Soo Bawls
Mongoloid
Gut Feeling

This is about half of their second set. The video quality is rough but the sound is remarkably good.
 

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Miles Davis: Jazz’s ‘dark magus’ as a little boy
01.17.2013
05:48 pm

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I’ve never seen this photo before of a young Miles Davis. I’m not sure how old he would be here, eleven or twelve?

 

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Harry Nilsson performing ‘Don’t Leave Me’ on French TV
01.17.2013
05:02 pm

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There’s so precious little TV footage of Harry Nilsson in his prime—Nilsson famously hated touring, performing live or doing much promotion of any sort for such a major artist—that when something “new” gets uncovered, it’s a rare treat indeed. That it’s one of my top favorite Nilsson songs is so much the better.

Below, Nilsson lip-syncs “Don’t Leave Me,” from his 1968 Aerial Ballet album, on French television.
 

 
Bonus: A promotional film for “Everybody’s Talking” shot in Sweden:
 

 
Previously on Dangerous Minds:
Who is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin’ About Him)?

Another couple of golden clips from the Fort Knox of music video rarities that is Spike Priggen’s Bedazzled blog.

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What’s the most popular conspiracy theory in America?
01.17.2013
03:24 pm

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If you guessed something about how the moon landing was faked or if you think it has to do with reptilians, the JFK assassination or fluoride sapping our precious bodily fluids, keep guessing…

In a new nationwide survey of American voters, Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind project took a look Americans’ belief in political conspiracy theories. The researchers asked respondents about four relatively common-held conspiracy theories: Birtherism (which 36% of all Americans believe in); that the government had advance warning about 9/11 (25% believe that to be true); that Obama stole the recent election (only 19% believe this one, which is surprising); and that George W. Bush stole the 2004 election via rigging the vote (23% believe this).

It was hardly news to read that 64% of registered Republicans voters were “birthers” but so many of them still are? Nearly two-thirds of GOP voters—64% of ‘em—believe that it’s “probably true” that Barack Obama is lying about his birthplace. Remarkable! It’s like it hasn’t abated at all.

Via Alternet:

Belief in conspiracy theories is not unique to Republicans — 56 percent of Democrats believe in one of the four popular myths researchers asked about — but it is more common. Among registered GOPers, 75 percent said at least one of the four theories was likely true.  Moreover, researchers noted: “Generally, the more people know about current events, the less likely they are to believe in conspiracy theories — but not among Republicans, where more knowledge leads to greater belief in political conspiracies.”

THAT’S pretty revealing, isn’t it? Read that last bit, in bold, a second time before continuing, won’t you?

“There are several possible explanations for this,” said Fairleigh Dickinson political scientist Dan Cassino, who helped conduct the poll. “It could be that more conspiracy-minded Republicans seek out more information, or that the information some Republicans seek out just tends to reinforce these myths.”

I can name a bunch of “possible explanations” off the top of my head: Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Sarah Palin, Fox and Friends, Michael Savage, Glenn Beck, Donald Trump and so forth. If you fill your head with shit all day, don’t be surprised when you turn into a complete shithead.

...Republicans are more likely to believe that Obama stole the 2012 election, while Democrats are more likely to think the same about 2004. Thirty-seven percent of Democrats think Bush or his supporters engaged in significant voter fraud to win that year, compared to just 9 percent of Republicans and 17 percent of independents.

9/11 conspiracy theories were also more popular among Democrats, with 36 percent believing that Bush knew the towers would be attacked, while young African-Americans are particularly likely to believe this myth — fully 59 percent believe it.

Dan Cassino from Fairleigh Dickinson has a plausible reason why “birtherism” is still so prevalent (aside, of course, from standard run-of-the-mill American idiocy):

“This conspiracy theory is much more widely believed mostly because it’s been discussed so often. People tend to believe that where there’s smoke, there’s fire – so the more smoke they see, the more likely they are to believe that something is going on.”

I think that’s being a little too kind, but he does have a point. As Robert Anton Wilson once told me “People just tend to believe the last darned thing they heard.”

Below, the “Conspiracy Theory Rock” animation by Robert Smigel that was “mysteriously” cut from SNL, obviously at the behest of Lorne Michaels’ puppet masters!
 

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X-rated disco: ‘Give Your Dick To Me,’ 1980
01.17.2013
02:23 pm

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I’m primarily sharing this because of the glorious picture sleeve! I mean, just look at it!!!

Anyway, the artist’s name is Barbara Markay and her 1980 disco single was called, as you can see for yourself, “Give Your Dick To Me” (the b-side was the PG-rated “Give Your Flesh To Me”).

You can give your love to your mother
You can give your head to your coat
You can give your heart to your music
And honey that ain’t no joke

But since you sure know how to use it
Give your dick to me
Give it to me

Sadly, the song really doesn’t live up to this amazing cover. But here it is below, if you’re curious:
 

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Afrika Bambaataa: Classic videos from the Zulu Nation
01.17.2013
02:17 pm

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Hip hop pioneer Afrika Bambaataa is the subject of this loosey goosey documentary featuring interviews and some classic videos made between 1982 and ‘89. With Jazzy Jay, James Brown, Johnny Rotten and the Afrika Bambaataa Family.

Songs:

Planet Rock
Looking For The Perfect Beat
Renegades Of Funk
Street Happyness
Unity
World Destruction
Free South Africa

Well, a lot of people within government and big business are nervous of Hip Hop and Hip Hop artists, because they speak their minds. They talk about what they see and what they feel and what they know. They reflect what’s around them.” ~ Afrika Bambaataa

Update: For those of our readers that were having problems viewing the video, problem solved!
 


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Life-size Klaus Nomi doll (and sarcophagus)
01.17.2013
01:25 pm

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Artist Pat Keck is a massive Klaus Nomi fan. So much so that she built a life-size wooden Klaus Nomi doll which rests on top of a sarcophagus with lyrics from “The Cold Song” written around the edge.

Apparently Klaus comes equipped with hydraulics, for when you step on the attached pedal, he rises up and his head comes forward with arms moving.
 
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Below, an absolutely stunning performance of “Cold Song”:

 

 

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Children honor Fidel Castro by donning creepy doppelgänger beards, 1959
01.17.2013
12:18 pm

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Dictators can be so cute when they’re not committing mass human rights violations…
 
The children in the picture are actually classmates of Castro’s son, who secretly attended a school in Queens prior to his regime. The photo was taken at a press conference, mere months after the end of the Cuban Revolution.

Below, Ed Sullivan interviews Fidel Castro on January 11, 1959 in Cuba shortly after the Batista regime was overthrown (I love how he refers to Castro’s men as “a wonderful group of revolutionary youngsters”! That’s so in character for Ed Sullivan.)
 

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‘Fear Is A Man’s Best Friend’: Two clips of John Cale live in 1975
01.17.2013
11:52 am

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Clips of John Cale performing live during the 1970s are pretty rare, but these takes on “Fear Is A Man’s Best Friend” and “Buffalo Ballet” at London’s Crystal Palace Concert Bowl, on June 7, 1975 (along with guitarist Chris Spedding) are gems.

Last night in New York, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Cale presented the sold-out “Life Along the Borderline: A Tribute to Nico,” joined by The Magnetic Fields, Kim Gordon, Sharon Van Etten, Greg Dulli, Mercury Rev, Alison Mosshart, Meshell Ndegeocello, Peaches and Yeasayer.

Tonight and tomorrow night, Cale performs his landmark album Paris 1919 (accompanied by the Wordless Music Orchestra) plus new material from Shifty Adventures in Nookie Wood.

“Fear Is A Man’s Best Friend” gets nicely crazed at the end.
 

 
“Buffalo Ballet”:
 

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In Response to Transgate: Elizabeth Veldon makes record label for gender variant and trans artists
01.17.2013
11:07 am

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Noise Artist, Elizabeth Veldon has announced that her record label Black Circle will only promote gender variant and trans artists, who will use the label as a place to air their views, for the foreseeable future. Veldon has told Dangerous Minds that her actions are in response to the recent transphobic articles in the British national press.

‘I am doing this in reaction against the surge in anti-trans articles published in the UK press. This began with Suzanne Moore refusing to apologize for a rather silly comment in the New Statesman, and instead throwing transphobic abuse at anyone who criticised her. She was then given a chance to make transphobic comments in the Guardian.

‘The Observer (the Sunday Guardian) then published an article by Julie Burchill, so full of hate speech that the public reaction against it forced the Observer to withdraw the article.

‘The apology the Observer put in place spoke of ‘causing offence’ but did not recognise that hate speech causes violence, causes hate.

‘This was followed by the Daily Telegraph republishing the article and the Independent publishing several articles defending Burchill and claiming that gender variant people complaining about her article where “a mob,” “bullies,” and “over sensitive.”

‘In addition Caitlin Moran, and the editors of the New Statesman, the Spectator and Vanity Fair have all came out to demand an oppressed minority to respect ‘bullies.’

‘In addition to this many cis gender (that is non trans) people commentating on the stories have sought to tell us what is and is not offensive to us.’

Black Circle is recognized as an important independent Noise and Avant Garde label, with a strong commitment to politics and activism. It also has ‘a policy of not giving a forum to people using hate speech, racist, sexist, homophobic, abelist or agist language.’

Veldon believes that by making Black Circle a focus for discussion on issues of gender, identity and sex, will help educate the public.

‘The intention is to allow those actually effected by this hate speech to have a voice which exists outside of the sound and fury of the comment boards of national newspapers, who would use our outrage to increase click rates and therefore to sell more advertising space.

‘I want to allow the voices of an oppressed minority to be heard, to allow us to contribute to this discussion in our own space and hopefully to educate some people.’

Black Circle have [square], Ars Sonor, Guillotine Munter and Pee-Tura and Elizabeth Veldon ready to release new work over the next few weeks.

The first release will be Elizabeth Veldon’s “A Prayer, A Benediction, A Curse”, which will be available as a digital download and limited edition tape. Veldon has also released “The Ever Present Fear Of Violence (For Julie Burchill)”.

Black Circle will also be releasing a zine, containing writing by all those involved with the releases.

More information from Black Circle here.
 

 
Previously on Dangerous Minds

Transgate: Liberal paper’s hateful editorial opens up ‘free speech’ floodgate


 

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