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‘Get Under the Spout…’: Odd image from Christian magazine
06.27.2011
12:13 pm

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Oral Roberts Ministries


Miracles: Oral Roberts Ministries Magazine: August 2010 Vol. 3, No. 3
 
Yes this is real and not from a 70s porn magazine.

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Vile Republican policies set the stage for socialist revolution in America


 
If you can watch this without feeling really (really) shitty about what America has become—or just sobbing—then you must be a fucking Republican.

I was so enraged when I watched this that I felt like my teeth were going to break. (Florida governor Rick Scott can thank his lucky stars he was not in my office at the time. The nicest thing I’d like to do to him is spit right in his face).

ONE QUARTER of American children are living in poverty. In the richest country in the history of the world.

One out of four. HOW is this possible? (Hint: It has a lil’ sumpthin’ sumpthin’ to do with the top 1% having most of the wealth and wealth-producing assets and the entire system being rigged for their exclusive benefit. You can probably work the rest of it out yourself.)

It’s not for some “mysterious” reasons that we’re in this situation. The people who decided to give the super-rich tax cuts while these kids got doomed to such impoverished childhoods HAVE FIRST AND LAST NAMES.

And ADDRESSES.

23.7 trillion dollars for Wall Street and fuck all for these kids?

They don’t vote. Yet.

These kids aren’t dumb, imagine what attitudes they’re going to have towards “the system” (and Republicans!) in another decade? Could even the most callous free-marketeer blame them?

They are being shaped now. Their eyes seem wide open to me.

It’s almost funny—-I said “almost”—to ponder that it’s the likes of “conservatives” Rick Scott, Wisconsin governor Scott Walker, Michigan governor Rick Synder—-NOT TO MENTION THE ENTIRE REPUBLICAN PARTY—who history will see as being the ones who set in motion the policies that saw a generation of American children raised in Dickensian poverty. Polices that, historically, will be seen to have set the stage for inevitable socialist uprising in America. (Doubt what I am saying? Let’s talk again in 2021, ‘kay?).

If even 60 Minutes is running stories like this one, how much longer will it take before there are massive demonstrations and rioting in the streets?

This country needs another WPA like it did in during the FIRST Great Depression and it needed it three years ago. I don’t know about where you live, but here in Los Angeles, the roads sure have a hell of a lot of potholes that need fixing (it’s becoming a disgrace). Do you reckon that the fathers of any of these children would turn a state roads job down?

How much longer can the center hold? Is it even worth it to try to keep it together any longer?
 

 
Previously on Dangerous Minds:
THIS is what America has become, a cruel, cruel society

 

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Fully-operational LEGO Minimoog
06.27.2011
10:43 am

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Music

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Moog
Legos
Minimoog


 
The Arvo Brothers built this replica Minimoog made of LEGOs and say “Fully-operational MIDI Interface - demo video coming soon.” I’m damn curious to see this video and wonder how it’s going to sound?  I’ll keep you updated once they post it.

Below, a photo of a Minimoog for comparison.


 
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‘My Little Pony’ characters sing Reggie Watts’ ‘F*ck Sh*t Stack’
06.27.2011
10:12 am

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My Little Pony
Reggie Watts


 
I’ve been avoiding posting all these My Little Pony lipsynching videos making the rounds on the Internet i.e. My Little Wu-Tang Clan’s “Shame on a Nigga.” However, this one had me in hysterics.

 
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V: A musical tribute to Thomas Pynchon by Richard and Mimi Fariña


 
Novelist and folk singer Richard Fariña is the missing link (or “Kevin Bacon” if you prefer) connecting author Thomas Pynchon (the best man at Fariña’s wedding to Mimi Baez) and Bob Dylan. Some have called Fariña an out-sized influence on the young Dylan, who allegedly aped the older man’s world-weary bohemian attitudes and persona. (It was also Fariña who allegedly suggested to Dylan that he hitch his horse to a then-rising star Joan Baez (his sister-in-law), ditch the folk thing, and start a new genre of music: poetry that people could dance to).

Richard and Mimi Fariña (along with Bruce Langhorne on tambourine), recorded this vaguely Near East-sounding dulcimer drone on their 1963 album Celebrations for a Grey Day, as a tribute to Pynchon’s first novel, V. Fariña said of the song, which seems like it was inspired by the Alexandria of V‘s chapter five, in the liner notes:

“Call it an East-West dreamsong in the Underground Mode for Tom Pynchon and Benny Profane. The literary listener will no doubt find clues to the geographical co-ordinates of Vheissu, the maternal antecedents of the younger Stencil, and a three-dimensional counter-part of Botticelli’s Venus on the half-shell. May they hang again on a western wall.”

Fariña, whose claim to fame was the “road” novel Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me, died tragically on April 30, 1966, in a motorcycle accident. It was his wife’s 21st birthday.  Fariña was just 29. Thomas Pynchon later dedicated his classic 1973 novel, Gravity’s Rainbow, to Richard Fariña.

Thomas Pynchon on Richard Fariña
 

 
Thank you, Elixir Sue!

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Astro Look: Amusing 60s German TV commercial
06.27.2011
09:15 am

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I believe this “futuristic” commercial from 1967 is for nylon stockings.

 

 
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Paul Newman and James Dean screen test for ‘East of Eden’
06.26.2011
09:03 am

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Movies

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History
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Paul Newman
James Dean

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A star paring that never was - James Dean pouts as Paul Newman jokes in their screen test for East of Eden.
 

 
With thanks to Eurico de Barros
 

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Dangerous Minds Radio Hour Episode 24
06.25.2011
02:12 pm

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It’s the time of the year many folk think of vacation. Join Dangerous Mind’s host Nate Cimmino for a different vacation trip (note from Nate:  As I was preparing this, my mom passed away. At first, I thought this was simply about space travel, but came to realize it was literally about passing from one realm to another. So this is dedicated to my mom, and my Dad, who came from the beyond to get her. We’re not ever alone—Elizabeth Ruth Cimmino (May 2, 1924-June 23, 2011).  Although there’s nothing here she would actually listen to, she’d have wanted me to finish this edition, and always allowed me my own expression.)
 
01. Attilio Mineo- Science of Tomorrow (Excerpt)
02 Beach Boys- Let’s Go Away For A While (bed under intro)
03. David Rose- Forbidden Planet
04. Alexander Courage - Star Trek Soundtrack Intro
05. Andreas Dorau & Die Marinas- Fred Vom Jupiter
06. Dick Hyman & Mary Mayo-Space Reflex
07. Uncle Monster Face- Escape To Outer Space
08. The Kinks- Supersonic Rocket Ship
09. Captain Beefheart- Space Age Couple
10. Sun Ra- Love In Outer Space
11. Tiny Tim- If I Could Ride A Spaceship (excerpt)
12. Paul Kantner & Jefferson Starship- Have You Seen The Stars Tonight
13. Harry Nilsson- Spaceman
14. Hawkwind- Master Of The Universe
15. Modern Jazz Quartet- Visitor From Venus
16. Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain- Medley:  Life On Mars / My Way / For Once In My Life / Born Free / Substitute
17. The Byrds- Space Odyssey (mono)
18. Sun Ra & His Astro’Infinity Arkestra- Adventure In Space
19. Bernard Herrman- Space Stations
20. Lothar & The Hand People- Space Hymn
21. RHPS soundtrack- Science Fiction Double Feature Reprise (Instrumental)

Various Sounds, effects and instrumentals: Strobe Crystal Green By Gil Melle’ from the Andromeda Strain Soundtrack, SFX from Paul Kantner & The Jefferson Starship, David Van Tiegham: And Now This, and Head: Cannabis Sativa and Lysergic Acid Diethalimide.
 

 
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Bruce Conner: The Artist Who Shaped Our World

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I find it difficult to watch Adam Curtis‘s various acclaimed documentaries without thinking: how much has he taken from Bruce Conner?

Indeed without Conner, would Curtis have developed his magpie, collagist-style of documentary making?

I doubt it, but you (and Curtis) may disagree.

The late Bruce Conner is the real talent here - an artist and film-maker whose work devised new ways of working and presciently anticipated techniques which are now ubiquitously found on the web, television and film-making.

Conner was “a heroic oppositional artist, whose career went against the staid and artificially created stasis of the art world”. Which is academic poohbah for saying Conner kept to his own vision: a Beat life, which channeled his energies into art - with a hint of Dada, Surrealism and Duchamp.

Conner was cantankerous and one-of-a-kind. He would wear an American flag pin. When asked why, he said, “I’m not going to let those bastards take it away from me.”

He kicked against fame and celebrity, seeing art as something separate from individual who created it.

“I’ve always been uneasy about being identified with the art I’ve made. Art takes on a power all its own and it’s frightening to have things floating around the world with my name on them that people are free to interpret and use however they choose.”

Born in McPherson, Kansas, Conner attended Witchita University, before receiving his degree in Fine Art from Nebraska University. At university he met and married Jean Sandstedt in 1957. He won a scholarship to art school in Brooklyn, but quickly moved to University of Colorado, where he spent one semester studying art. The couple then moved to San Francisco and became part of the Beat scene. Here Conner began to produce sculptures and ready-mades that critiqued the consumerist society of late 1950’s. His work anticipated Pop Art, but Conner never focussed solely on one discipline, refusing to be pigeon-holed, and quickly moved on to to film-making.

Having been advised to make films by Stan Brakhage, Conner made A MOVIE in 1958, by editing together found footage from newsreels- B-movies, porn reels and short films. This single film changed the whole language of cinema and underground film-making with its collagist technique and editing.

The Conners moved to Mexico (“it was cheap”), where he discovered magic mushrooms and formed a life-long friendship with a still to be turned-on, Timothy Leary. When the money ran out, they returned to San Francisco and the life of film-maker and artist.

In 1961, Conner made COSMIC RAY, a 4-minute film of 2,000 images (A-bombs, Mickey Mouse, nudes, fireworks) to Ray Charles’ song “What I Say”. With a grant from the Ford Foundation, Conner produced a series of films that were “precursors, for better or worse, of the pop video and MTV,” as his obituary reported:

EASTER MORNING RAGA (1966) was designed to be run forward or backward at any speed, or even in a loop to a background of sitar music. Breakaway (1966) showed a dancer, Antonia Christina Basilotta, in rapid rhythmic montage. REPORT (1967) dwells on the assassination of John F Kennedy. The found footage exists of repetitions, jump cuts and broken images of the motorcade, and disintegrates at the crucial moment while we hear a frenzied television commentator saying that “something has happened”. The fatal gun shots are intercut with other shots: TV commercials, clips from James Whale’s Frankenstein and Lewis Milestone’s All Quiet on the Western Front. The film has both a kinetic and emotional effect.

REPORT revealed “Kennedy as a commercial product”, to be sold and re-packaged for arbitrary political purposes.

REPORT “perfectly captures Conner’s anger over the commercialization of Kennedy’s death” while also examining the media’s mythic construction of JFK and Jackie — a hunger for images that “guaranteed that they would be transformed into idols, myths, Gods.”

Conner’s work is almost a visual counterpart to J G Ballard’s writing, using the same cultural references that inspired Ballard’s books - Kennedy, Monroe, the atom bomb. His film CROSSROADS presented the 1952 atomic bomb test at Bikini Atoll in extreme slow motion from twenty-seven different angles.

His editing techniques influenced Dennis Hopper in making Easy Rider, and said:

“much of the editing of Easy Rider came directly from watching Bruce’s films”

The pair became friends and Hopper famously photographed Conner alongside Toni Basil, Teri Garr and Ann Mitchell.

Always moving, always progressing, having “no half way house in which to rest”, Conner became part of the San Francisco Punk scene, after Toni Basil told Conner to go check out the band Devo in 1977. He became so inspired when he saw the band at the Mabuhay Gardens that he started going there four night a week, taking photographs of Punk bands, which eventually led to his job as staff photographer with Search ‘n’ Destroy magazine. It was a career change that came at some personal cost.

“I lost a lot of brain cells at the Mabuhay. What are you gonna do listening to hours of incomprehensible rock’n’roll but drink? I became an alcoholic, and it took me a few years to deal with that.”

Conner continued with his art work and films, even making short films for Devo, David Byrne and Brian Eno. In his later years, Conner returned to the many themes of his early life and work, but still kept himself once removed from greater success and fame. He died in 2008.

Towards the end of his life he withdrew his films from circulation, as he was “disgusted” when he saw badly pixelated films bootlegged and uploaded on YouTube. Conner was prescriptive in how his work should be displayed and screened. All of which is frustrating for those who want to see Conner’s films outside of the gallery, museum or film festival, and especially now, when so much of his originality and vision as a film-maker and artist has been copied by others.
 

‘Mea Culpa’ - David Byrne and Brian Eno.  Directed by Bruce Conner
 
Previously on Dangerous Minds

‘The Loving Trap’: brilliant Adam Curtis parody


 

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Poetic justice for Buju Banton: 10 year prison sentence for 2009 coke bust
06.25.2011
12:06 pm

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Buju Banton


 
On Thursday, Jamaican singer Buju Banton was sentenced to ten years in federal prison for his role in setting up a five kilo coke deal in Florida in late 2009. Concealed weapons charges were dropped against the Grammy Award-winning singer and the sentence was the most lenient that the judge could have given him under the sentencing guidelines. His lawyer say they’ll appeal, but good luck with that…

Banton is one of those guys who thinks he’s more clever than he is. Even though I admit to liking some of his music—he’s an undeniably a big talent, one of the best musicians of his generation on the island—his rampant homophobia and smart-ass posturing to gays rights groups has always made me think he was a total asshole. And what is a Grammy winner doing making drug deals, anyway? He doesn’t have enough money already? He thinks he’s a tough guy, but I wonder how tough he’ll be in a federal penitentiary. I don’t suspect Banton is going to have a very easy time with all the “batty boys” he’s going to meet in prison. Some of them probably don’t appreciate his lyrics that advocate shooting gays in the head and burning them alive. That’s the way it goes. Karma’s a bitch, Buju-baby.

Below, Jamaicans react to Banton’s sentencing in Florida.
 

 
Previously on Dangerous Minds:
Buju Banton Comes Out of the Closet

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