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MC5’s Rob Tyner kicking out the jams on electric autoharp


 
MC5’s Rob Tyner sings an homage to Detroit’s infamous rock venue the Grande Ballroom, which in spirit was the Fillmore of Michigan. Tyner is introduced by pioneering Detroit deejay Dave Dixon.

Both these guys were on the cutting edge of the Detroit music scene in the late 1960s and beyond. Dixon was known for having a less than pleasant disposition but was a hugely influential presence on Detroit radio, a surly John Peel of sorts. Tyner of course was the front man for the Motor City 5. Odd to see him playing an electric autoharp but this ode to his rock and roll past is sweet and a little bit sad.

“Grande Days” appeared on Tyner’s only solo album Blood Brothers released in 1990. Tyner died a year later of a heart attack at the young age of 46. This TV appearance was filmed shortly before he died.

Tyner may the only person to wear biker gloves while playing an autoharp. Beautiful.
 

 
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Is this the most bizarre chewing gum commercial ever made?
07.11.2011
08:38 pm

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Advertorial
Television

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Vivident


 
This commercial for Vivident will stick to the underside of your brain like a piece of gum to your shoe.
 

 
Via copyranter

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Hey vinyl lovers: ‘Living Stereo’ introduced by RCA, 1958


 
RCA Victor introduces “a miracle,” their Orthophonic, high-fidelity, home stereo sound system.

Bob Banks, one-time RCA Victor marketing manager of radio sales and their Victrola division, narrates this short film introducing the RCA’s new “living stereo” records and stereophonic hi-fi gear. The year was 1958, ground zero for the birth of the “space age bachelor pad” as my pal Byron Werner so famously dubbed it.

The demonstration utilizes left and right-hand sections of orchestra married together to create the fullness of “living stereo” and gives you a stereo stylus’s POV as it travels across a record groove (“a canyon of sound!”). If you are a vinyl fan, it’s pretty fun and informative.
 

 
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First look at Al Pacino as Phil Spector
07.11.2011
06:44 pm

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Phil Spector
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David Mamet


 
Al Pacino as Phil Spector. This photo was taken in mid-town Manhattan during the filming of an HBO bio-pic on Spector being directed by David Mamet.

I’m not buying the look. Pacino just doesn’t resemble Spector to my eyes (he looks like an aging Rock Hudson). But taking into account Pacino’s tendency to create some over-the-top characterizations we might not notice the gap between reality and artifice. I’m looking forward to it.

Via indiewire

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Wingnut Woodstock: A look at the supporters of Rick Perry’s prayer and fasting event


 
A look at some of the deranged Christianist leaders supporting the prayer and fasting event Texas Governor Rick Perry is sponsoring along with the American Family Association, the anti-gay/anti-Islam/anti-modern world far-right religious organization that hates pretty much everybody except other Christian white people. It’ll be the Woodstock of wingnuts this August in Houston!

Earlier this year, Rick Perry asked all Texans to pray it would rain for three whole days to relieve drought conditions and halt raging fires. Maybe Texans didn’t pray hard enough, because it didn’t work. Now he wants the entire country to get together, as Americans, to pray to the invisible man in the sky so that he will solve our nation’s seemingly intractable problems! Sounds like a plan to me. Not a very good one, but a plan nevertheless.

This video was put together by Right Wing Watch but it almost plays like it was cut by one of the Everything is Terrible collective. No wonder young people are leaving religion behind in record numbers. I just pray Perry never holds an elected office higher than governor of Texas.
 

 

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The Patti Smith Group live in Stockholm, 1976
07.11.2011
05:51 pm

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Punk

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Stockholm
Land
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Time Is On My Side


 
The Patti Smith Group in Stockholm October 1976.

Things kick-off with Patti passionately stating her mission as a poet and punk rocker, which includes some words to live by from Franklin D. Roosevelt. The interviewer is popular Swedish radio and TV personality Lennart Wretlind. And then we’re off to a concert at The Konserthuset where the group does killer versions of “Land” and “Time Is On My Side.”

Patti tears it up!
 

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‘The Cigarette Duet’ by Princess Chelsea
07.11.2011
05:33 pm

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Music

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Princess Chelsea.


 
I love this new deadpan music video for “Cigarette Duet” by creepy/cute New Zealanders, Princess Chelsea.

Listen to it just once, and you’ll have a very hard time getting this catchy, witty number out of your head. Taken from their debut album, Lil’ Golden Book, which their label Lil’ Chief describe as “the soundtrack to an old Disney movie meets Kraftwerk fronted by Enya in a 60s production of Les Mis… set in space.

Order a copy of Lil’ Golden Book from Lil’ Chief Records.
 

 

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Explore the world of Mod Cinema with Colorspace Vol. 2
07.11.2011
05:07 pm

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Fashion
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Dante at ModCinema recently sent me a another volume of his fantastic 2-hour Colorspace compilations exploring the “mod” aestheitic of the 60s/70s.

As I wrote before about the first volume: “Professional graphic designers and design snobs will love it.” One of the ultimate DVDs to leave on at a party. Colorspace Vol 2 might even be better than than its predecessor and that’s a hard act to follow:

Modcinema presents its second two hour compilation of vintage movie trailers, music, and TV ads exploring 60’s/70’s pop culture. This volume features appearances by Raquel Welch, Marianne Faithfull, Soft Machine, Jane Birkin, Cher, Ronnie Bird, Serge Gainsbourg, Nancy & Lee, Johnny Harris Orchestra, Michel Polnareff, Tammi Terrell, Annie Girardot, Shocking Blue, Françoise Hardy, The Carpenters, Anna Karina, and Los Bravos. Fabulous 60’s fashions by André Courrèges, Mary Quaint, Paco Rabanne, choreographed dancing and so more! Plus it comes with cool artwork!

Video quality is A+. Order a copy of Colorspace Vol. 2 at ModCinema.com

Below, one of the treats in store for purchasers of Colorspace Vol. 2, Lee Hazelwood and Nancy Sinatra sing “Some Velvet Morning” on her 1968 NBC TV special, Movin’ With Nancy.
 

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Kubrick’s letter of praise to Ingmar Bergman, 1960
07.11.2011
04:18 pm

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Stanley Kubrick
Ingmar Bergamn


 
February 9, 1960

Dear Mr. Bergman,

You have most certainly received enough acclaim and success throughout the world to make this note quite unnecessary. But for whatever it’s worth, I should like to add my praise and gratitude as a fellow director for the unearthly and brilliant contribution you have made to the world by your films (I have never been in Sweden and have therefore never had the pleasure of seeing your theater work). Your vision of life has moved me deeply, much more deeply than I have ever been moved by any films. I believe you are the greatest film-maker at work today. Beyond that, allow me to say you are unsurpassed by anyone in the creation of mood and atmosphere, the subtlety of performance, the avoidance of the obvious, the truthfulness and completeness of characterization. To this one must also add everything else that goes into the making of a film. I believe you are blessed with wonderful actors. Max von Sydow and Ingrid Thulin live vividly in my memory, and there are many others in your acting company whose names escape me. I wish you and all of them the very best of luck, and I shall look forward with eagerness to each of your films.

Best Regards,
Stanley Kubrick
 
Via Letters Of Note

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Rock and roll family trees: NY Punk rock
07.11.2011
04:10 pm

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Music
Punk

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John Peel
Peter Frame
New York punk rock


 
Narrated by the legendary John Peel and based on music writer Peter Frame’s extensive rock and roll family trees, this 1995 documentary features some tasty interviews with members of The NY Dolls, Patti Smith, Blondie, The Ramones, Television, Talking Heads, Richard Hell, Jayne County and more.

If you’re like me, you can’t get enough of that New York punk rock.