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The bizarre and the beautiful: two great new videos from SSION
02.25.2013
04:41 pm

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Whoever said the Internet killed the video star was talking crap. If anything, the Internet has given birth to a new kind of video star: one you actively have to seek out, rather than wait passively for them to be beamed into your goggle box.

The perfect example is SSION, all-American dance-pop chanter and video director, and originator of the unibrow-meets-mustache hairdo. SSION, aka Cody Critcheloe, is creating a video for each track on his (brilliant) album Bent as an ongoing project, and we have featured his work numerous times here on DM.

The latest SSION video release is a clip to accompany the track “High,” a bonus song from the official Bent label re-release last year (and not on the original free download release from 2011.) It’s great, needless to say, especially if you have a fetish for karaoke videos, but I’ve still not managed to post about what is probably SSION’s best video yet, the clip to accompany the track “Luvbazaar.”

Lip syncing drag queens, gum-popping schoolgirls, empty theaters, heaving parties, New York city streets, shopping interludes, the return of platform desert boots, a Tarantino-esque glowing case, and a David Lynch-style appreciation of the absurd, it’s all here. 

SSION’s website has had a revamp and is well worth visiting (and don’t forget to check out the clip for “High” too) but for now here’s the bizarrely beautiful “Luvbazaar”:
 

 

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Can’s ‘Mother Sky’ as it was used in the 1970 British cult classic ‘Deep End’
02.25.2013
04:04 pm

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“Mother Sky,” from Can’s Soundtracks album, was used to great effect in Jerzy Skolimowski’s Deep End, the tale of a teenage stalker obsessed with a young woman (model Jane Asher)

Deep End was thought to be “lost” but a new film print was released in British cinemas in 2011, with a deluxe BFI produced Blu-ray DVD coming soon after. You can occasionally catch it on Turner Classic Movies. In a 1982 with Kristine McKenna for the NME, director David Lynch described Deep End as the only film he ever liked that was shot in color.

Below, “Mother Sky” as the song was used in the film:
 

 
Blistering live version of “Mother Sky” on German television, 1970.  Holger Czukay, Irmin Schmidt, human metronome Jaki Liebezeit, Michael Karoli and the most singular vocalist in all of rock history, Damo Suzuki.
 

 
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Deadlock: See Can’s ‘Soundtracks’ music as it was used in the 1970 film

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Bob Hope’s space-age home on the market for $50 million
02.25.2013
03:19 pm

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Bob Hope’s Palm Springs home is for sale. It’s an architectural marvel designed by the visionary John Lautner in 1973. The futuristic dwelling is almost 24,000 square feet, costs $50 million and is conveniently located close to the Coachella Fest for you rock ‘n’ roll billionaires out there. Move quick because this won’t be on the market long. Contact Partners Trust.
 
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Happy Birthday George Harrison
02.25.2013
02:48 pm

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The quiet Beatle was born on this day in 1943. Harrison died on November 29, 2001 at the age of 58.

Below, George Harrison and heavy friends performing “Wah Wah” (a song about dealing with Paul McCartney’s ego) at the famous Concert for Bangladesh, 1972:
 

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Salvador Dali’s transsexual muse Amanda Lear in her first TV commercial, 1967
02.25.2013
02:17 pm

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Lear photographed by David Bailey for the December 1971 Dali-edited issue of French Vogue.

The glamorous Amanda Lear in her first TV commercial appearance, circa 1967, for Révillon’s Detchema fragrance.

The music is by cult figure French soundtrack composer, François de Roubaix.
 


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Trippy lip makeup that looks like an eye
02.25.2013
01:34 pm

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I like this. Lip makeup that looks like an eye by Swedish artist Sandra Holmbom.

I wish there was a YouTube tutorial on how to do this. There will be soon, I suppose!

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The Beatles rehearse ‘Hey Jude’ with George Martin
02.25.2013
01:13 pm

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From Wikipedia:

The Beatles recorded 25 takes of “Hey Jude” at Abbey Road Studios in two nights, 29 and 30 July 1968. These were mostly rehearsals, however, as they planned to record the master track at Trident Studios to utilize their eight-track recording machine (Abbey Road was still limited to four-tracks). One take from 29 July is available on the Anthology 3 CD. The master rhythm track was recorded on 31 July at Trident. Four takes were recorded; take one was selected. The song was completed on 1 August with additional overdubs including a 36-piece orchestra for the song’s long coda, scored by George Martin. The orchestra consisted of ten violins, three violas, three cellos, two flutes, one contra bassoon, one bassoon, two clarinets, one contra bass clarinet, four trumpets, four trombones, two horns, percussion, and two string basses. While adding backing vocals, the Beatles asked the orchestra members if they would clap their hands and sing along to the refrain in the song’s coda. Most complied (for a double fee), but one declined, reportedly saying, “I’m not going to clap my hands and sing Paul McCartney’s bloody song!”

Ringo Starr almost missed his drum cue. He left for a toilet break—unnoticed by the other Beatles—and the band started recording. In 1994, McCartney said, “Ringo walked out to go to the toilet and I hadn’t noticed. The toilet was only a few yards from his drum booth, but he’d gone past my back and I still thought he was in his drum booth. I started what was the actual take, and ‘Hey Jude’ goes on for hours before the drums come in and while I was doing it I suddenly felt Ringo tiptoeing past my back rather quickly, trying to get to his drums. And just as he got to his drums, boom boom boom, his timing was absolutely impeccable.”

I like the bit about two minutes in when George Harrison is rambling on and on about something and he finally asks George Martin “You know what I mean?” but it’s obvious that even though Martin nods his head in the affirmative, that he was no idea what Harrison meant.

Imagine if there was this sort of documentation of all of their recording sessions, eh?
 

 
The famous “Hey Jude” live promo film directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg as it aired on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.
 

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Facebook, Twitter and MySpace: Gateways to Heroin
02.25.2013
12:42 pm

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A perplexing 2010 anti-drug campaign from the Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence.

I’m not entirely sure what you’re supposed to take away from this? First off, who still uses MySpace??? And secondly, she looks perfectly fine and healthy hooked on heroin! I don’t see a problem.

Here are some choice reddit comments about the poster:

StewieBanana: I have a Heroin account. It’s stupidly addictive and no where near as enjoyable as it used to be.

ToInfinity_MinusOne: It went downhill after my parents joined.

lllillll: Their sharing feature is really insecure and I’ve heard a lot of users end up with a virus.

Deathwave88: I went on Twitter, now I inject 5 marijuanas a day.

JammieDodgers: Jesus, this is some fucked up sensationalism. Sure heroin is bad but it’s not as bad as MySpace.

ChickenNoodle519: Yeah, it’s unthinkable that someone would go from Twitter immediately to MySpace.

Via reddit

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‘Face to Face’: Fascinating extended interview with Bertrand Russell, 1959
02.25.2013
12:18 pm

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Thirty minutes with British philosopher, mathematician, Nobel winner and anti-nuclear activist Bertrand Russell, conducted by the BBC’s John Freeman in 1959. Russell was 86 years old when this was shot. The format of this program, Face to Face, is fascinating, almost like an interrogation, with lighting just as harsh. The camera zooms in on the subject and they rarely cut away.

Among other topics, the famously free-thinking Russell explains why he’s not a Christian, writing his own obituary, his childhood, how the beauty of the planet was being destroyed during his lifetime and how smoking (literally) saved his life.

At the end Freeman asks the great humanist, historian and thinker:

“Suppose, Lord Russell, this film were to be looked at by our descendants, like a Dead Sea scroll in a thousand years’ time. What would you think is worth telling that generation about the life you’ve lived and the lessons you’ve learned from it?”

Lord Russell gives some very good advice:
 

 

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Ku Klux Klan on a ferris wheel, 1928
02.25.2013
10:49 am

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A bunch of idiots from Cañon City, Colorado preening in their white robes at a carnival, April 26, 1928.

Here’s the backstory:

Klan members were invited by W. H. Forsythe, owner of the outfit and a Klansman from Fort Collins, to don their gowns and pose for a group portrait.

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