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Ken Taylor’s dynamite artwork for the Tarantino Blu-ray boxset
09.17.2012
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Ken Taylor’s artwork for the cover of the upcoming Quentin Tarantino Blu-ray boxset is a stunner. Will the folks at Austin’s Mondo Gallery (who collaborate with Taylor) print a poster of this? I hope so.

Lionsgate is releasing a Blu-ray boxset of all of Tarantino’s films on November 20th. “Tarantino XX: 8-Film Collection” will include Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Kill Bill: Vol. 1, Kill Bill: Vol. 2, Inglourious Basterds, True Romance (screenplay by Quentin) and Death Proof.


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The Color Purple: Win a limited edition trophy of Raekwon’s ‘Only Built 4 Cuban Linx’ Purple Tape
09.17.2012
04:39 pm

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I have to hand it to the crew at Get on Down, they really know how to do shit right. The specialty label known for their innovative packaging that actually has people purchasing physical copies of music again, today released their most ambitious project to date.

The latest in their hip-hop “Master Series” is a deluxe, limited to 1000 edition box set of Raekwon’s legendary “mafia rap” classic, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, considered by some to be the greatest hip-hop album of all time.

From the press materials:

Hip-hop fans who will salivate at this reissue already know the story: in 1995, Wu-Tang Clan frenzy was at an all-time high. First there was the Wu-Tang Clan’s epic 1993 debut Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), which changed the shape of ‘90s hip-hop, with ripples that still resonate today. Then the solo albums, all produced by Wu patriarch RZA: first was Method Man’s Tical (late 1994), then Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version (spring 1995).

By the time Raekwon’s debut was ready, fans were knocking each other over on album release day. And so, on August 1, 1995 as the legend goes, the first 10,000 cassette buyers – NOTE TO YOUNG’UNS: back in 1995, fans bought hip-hop albums on cassette more frequently than CD or vinyl – ran home and opened their plastic cases to discover that the tape itself was a stunning shade of lavender.

 
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The rest, as they say, is history… and limited-edition history at that. After the initial purple versions, RCA Records switched to the usual clear plastic to house the legendary tape. “The Purple Tape” became an instant collector’s item, a Holy Grail for Wu-Tang disciples, coveted by those who could claim to be the earliest devotees of Raekwon’s lyrical genius. The album is still called “The Purple Tape” to this day, by Raekwon and other Wu-Tang members.

But, colors aside, let’s not forget about the album itself! Backed by arguably RZA’s most wide-ranging, hard-hitting and at-times lush beats on any Wu-Tang family album before or since, Raekwon and co-MC Ghost Face Killer run the lyrical gamut, introducing “Wu-Gambinos” slang, dishing out “Ice Cream” for the ladies, and melting “Glaciers of Ice” along the way to influencing just about every MC who followed in their wake.

Boasting five singles – “Heaven & Hell,” “Glaciers of Ice” (promo only), “Criminology,” “Ice Cream / Incarcerated Scarfaces” and “Rainy Dayz” – the album was revered from the get-go, earning 4.5 out of 5 Mics in The Source (retroactively upgraded to 5 Mics in 2002) alongside raves in publications from SPIN to the Los Angeles Times. It went gold in two months.

Beyond Ghost Face (who shines on 12 out of the album’s 17 tracks), guest appearances from Nas, Method Man, Inspektah Deck, Master Killa, RZA and the debut of Cappadonna (aka Cappachino) locked the album as an undisputed classic. It’s a record that hit hard in 1995 and continues to resonate with new fans to this day, 17 years later.

As Raekwon explains in the new “Purple Tape Cassette Box” liner notes book: “A lot of rappers wasn’t being creative [at that time] and we came with a potion that just shocked the game. We introduced shoes, we brought about different names and aliases. That record inspired maybe 95% of the game’s lyrics [afterwards], and integrity on just making music, period. People from our era know how real it is. It’s timeless.”

Weighing in at 4 pounds, the purple cassette is housed in a glass-top, “piano lacquer” display case with gold-colored hardware, embossed white-on-black Raekwon logo and “The Purple Tape” placard on front. It includes a 32-page, hard-cover book with text by Brian Coleman, featuring an in-depth interview with and track-by-track reminisces by Raekwon.

The Purple Tape Cassette Box is only available at GetOnDown.com, but we’ve got one box set for a lucky Dangerous Minds reader. All you have to do to win is this:

First, follow us on either Facebook or Twitter.

Then send an email to RaekwonContest@gmail.com to enter and we’ll chose one winner at random. You must be a resident of the United States and the winner will be chosen and contacted on Friday. Good luck!
 
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The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band: Debut appearance on classic kid’s show ‘Blue Peter’ in 1966
09.17.2012
04:38 pm

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And believe it or not that solo was played on spoons - just like these ones, Blue Peter presenter Christopher Trace tells his audience, at the end of this wonderful, little clip of The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band performing “Won’t You Come Home Bill Bailey?” on the show in February 1966.
 

 
With thanks to Vivian

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Derp, derp, derp: 100-second cavalcade of Republican idiots at Value Voters Summit

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Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia. I hate this fucking guy

In this 100-second “trash compactor” prepared by TPM editor Michael Lester, you can get a pretty good idea of what went down at the Value Voters Summit last Friday.

The thing that usually strikes me about any grouping of Republicans is not how blindingly white they all are, but rather how pinch-faced, nasally and shrew-like most of them seem to be. They’re a very specific type of Caucasian, I suppose. “Cowardly” isn’t the exact word I’m looking for, but Republican men have always struck me as the opposite of what I picture a “hero” to look like.

Anyways, no wonder “the smart, elite people” want nothing to do with them…

Yesterday on Dangerous Minds
Rick Santorum calls Conservatives stupid*
 

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Chantal Akerman’s cinematic tone poem to Manhattan in the mid-70s
09.17.2012
03:48 pm

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The films of Chantal Akerman are meditations on space, interior and exterior, and the emptiness within the clutter of both. There is a sense of alienation and distance in her films that can be chilly and desolate. The rhythms of her film are moored to the urbanscapes and architecture she examines and what drama exists is that which occurs in the day to day pace of life as lived, rarely pumped up by any narrative or cinematic devices. Many lives, particularly solitary ones, are free of of drama. Things are quite ordinary. But the ordinary examined can be quite marvelous.

In Akerman’s experimental film News From Home , the main character is New York City. As Akerman reads from letters she wrote and sent to her mother in Belgium, we watch Manhattan in constant movement, a breathing living thing. But even among the people, buildings, automobiles and streets of the city, there is the quiet, vagabond soul who observes and feels apart from it all. Akerman’s letters are not merely messages from home, they are signs of life. It’s as though she writes to reassure herself that she exists.

Shot in 1977, News From Home , captures New York at a time when many artists, like Akerman, were coming to the city to tap into the energy and to be challenged by the prospects of living in the belly of the beast. It was a wonderful time, but it was also a dark time. In these images, you see a city on the cusp of transformation…for the good and the bad. From a purely historical point of view, to see 90 uninterrupted minutes of Manhattan in the mid-70s is a treat for my eyes. Rich with memories.
 

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Awkward interview with Divine on ‘The Tube’, 1983
09.17.2012
03:34 pm

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Or to be more precise, here’s a very awkward interview with an out-of-drag Glenn Harris Milstead on the British music television show The Tube, from 1983, which is followed by an excellent performance by Divine of her club hit “Shake It Up.”

While it’s understandable that straight-laced, square TV presenters might not know what to make of Divine (whose very raison d’être was to make people laugh by overturning preconceptions of gender and beauty), you would expect the producers of a supposedly hip, youth-oriented TV show like The Tube to be a bit more switched on.

Instead we get an interview by the bumbling Muriel Grey in which she suggests that Divine is insecure, repulsive, and somehow an affront to women. The hapless Grey comes across as the dullest of squares in this clip, which I guess is a danger to be considered when you go up against a glamor icon like Divine, but unfortunately Grey has previous form in conducting cringe-worthy interviews.

Thankfully, Milstead takes it all in his rather large stride, and reacts with the grace befitting a true star:
 

 

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A Speculative List of Jay-Z’s 99 Problems
09.17.2012
03:25 pm

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Since it’s Monday, I guess we can post the speculative list of Jay-Z’s 99 problems by Brandon Scott Gorrell.

Here’s a snippet:

  1. Fear of flying, near-panic and severe nausea during episodes of turbulence.
  2. Unexplained bouts of insomnia.
  3. During bouts of insomnia, genuine, hours-long experiences of fear/ despair that future plans will lead to irredeemable failure and chronic unhappiness, coupled with toxic analytical spirals that further exacerbate inability to sleep.
  4. On Steve Jobs’ bad side when he passed away.
  5. Random, unwelcome visual images of Beyonce performing oral sex on Kanye West, Kanye West having intercourse ‘doggy style’ with Beyonce, and, sometimes, Kanye West’s penis.
  6. Growing addiction to Coke and Mountain Dew.
  7. Worries about posture coupled with angst/ disdain for the fact that good posture is difficult to maintain.
  8. Distress/ distaste about own uneven facial hair pattern.
  9. Major losses of productivity due to recent near-obsessive consumption of cat videos.
  10. Tired feelings of jealousy and resentment for Ryan Gosling; sharp, anxious desire to keep Beyonce away from him at all costs to prevent any possible affair (+ refusal to admit any of this to self).
  11. Unwelcome, distracting, and time consuming psychic digressions and fantasizing concerning, for the most part, a girlfriend he had when he was 22 years old.
  12. Unwanted resentment for Beyonce.
  13. Worries re: porn addiction.
  14. Drinking more than a glass of wine before bedtime disrupts normal sleeping patterns and causes waking around 3 a.m., after which insomnia will often ensue, often leading to problem described in (18).
  15. Extreme fear of spiders.
  16. Not enough alone time.

A Speculative List Of Jay-Z’s 99 Problems
 
Via Nerdcore

 

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Sylvia Plath: A page from her annotated copy of ‘The Great Gatsby’
09.17.2012
03:24 pm

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Some people like to write notes in the pages of their favorite books. Graham Greene liked to annotate the columns of the novels he was reading with notes, criticisms, and small, personal observations. They formed part of a resource for his future work.

Sylvia Plath also liked to annotate the pages of her favorite books. Here is a page from her copy of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby:

She told me it was a girl, and so I turned my head away and wept. ‘All right,’ I said, ‘I’m glad it’s a girl. And I hope she’ll be a fool - that’s the best thing a girl can be in the world, a beautiful little fool.’

“You see I think everything’s terrible anyhow,” she went on in a convinced way. “Everybody thinks so -nthe most advanced people. And I know. I’ve been everywhere and seen everything and done everything.” Her eyes flashed around her in a defiant way, rather like Tom’s, and she laughed with thrilling scorn. “Sophisticated - God, I’m sophisticated!”

Plath underlined the first paragraph, and marked the second with a line, and the word L’Ennui.
 
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Previously on Dangerous Minds

Sylvia Plath’s pen and ink drawings exhibited for the first time


 
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Happy birthday Occupy Wall Street: 125 arrested in Manhattan
09.17.2012
02:44 pm

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Occupy Wall Street marked its one year birthday by occupying Wall Street.
Since 7 a.m. this morning several hundred people have been marching Manhattan and there have been approximately 125 arrests, mostly for blocking traffic and disorderly conduct.

The OWS action is streaming now:
 


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‘Like A Spiritual Orgasm’: Miles Davis plays the Isle of Wight Festival
09.17.2012
01:56 pm

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When Billy Eckstine came to St. Louis, with Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker, Miles Davis went to see them play.

Davis was playing trumpet with Eddie Randle’s Rhumboogie Orchestra, and one day, after rehearsal, he went round to the theater to see Gillespie and Parker perform.

Davis arrived with his trumpet slung over his shoulder, dreaming of how one day he might be up there playing along with the likes of his idols Clark Terry, Dizzy Gillespie or Charlie Parker. Just as he reached the theater, Gillespie appeared, noted Davis’ trumpet and rushed over to the young musician.

‘You play?’ Gillespie asked.

Davis told him he did.

‘We lost our trumpeter, and we need one fast. You got a card?’

Davis nodded ‘Yes’.

‘Then you’re in.’

Davis played with Gillespie and Parker for the next 2 weeks, and this was the start of Mile Davis’ incredible career.

In 1970, Miles Davis played to a 600,000 audience at the Isle of Wight Festival. It was the largest pop festival in history. At the time, many questioned why Davis had agreed to perform at it, as man of his success and talent was middle of the bill, sandwiched between Tiny Tim and Ten Years After.

Davis had just released his double album, Bitches Brew, which proved to be a game-changing moment in Modern Jazz. The album divided critics. Some reviled it, claiming Davis had sold out, and was no longer relevant. But the audience loved it. And Bitches Brew became Davis’ biggest success, going gold within weeks.

In August 1970, Davis decided to play Bitches Brew at the Isle of Wight Festival. It was a myth-making appearance, where Davis improvised much of his performance.

That festival, and Davis’ role in it, are revisited here in Murray Lerner’s documentary Miles Electric: A Different Kind of Blue, which inter-cuts Miles’ astounding performance together with members of his band and those who knew the great man.
 

 

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