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The London Jazz Four: Interpret Songs by Lennon and McCartney
02.27.2012
04:16 pm

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Songs by The Beatles re-interpreted by The London Jazz Four, from their rare 1967 album of fab covers, Take A New Look at The Beatles. The London Jazz Four were assembled by Steve Race (yes, he of the dummy keyboard fame from quiz show Face the Music), and consisted of Mike McNaught (keyboards), Jim Philip (flute), Brian Moore (bass), Mike Travis (drums). The quartet original cut a couple of vanity tracks, which proved so popular that an album soon followed. The following tracks manage to improvise on the Lennon/McCartney originals, with use of harpsichord, marimba, glockenspiel, and vibraphone, creating a light swinging versions of the songs, which at times develop (“Rain”) and improve (“Michelle”) on the originals.
 

“Paperback Writer”

“The Things We Said Today”

“Rain”

“Michelle”

“Norwegian Wood”
 

Bonus: Jerry Fielding and the Hollywood Brass take on The Rolling Stones’ “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”
 
With thanks to Simon Wells
 

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Handy illustrated guide to gang signs
02.27.2012
03:29 pm

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Especially handy for your mom and dad.

“Guide to Gang Signs” by Pleated Jeans.

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‘Here’s the story of a lovely lady…’
02.27.2012
03:00 pm

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Being typecast as the ultra-bland all-American father figure “Mike Brady” must’ve been painful for an actor with Robert Reed’s talents.

Dr. Milo writes on YouTube:

Robert Reed went to elaborate lengths to distance himself from the character of Mike Brady after the “The Brady Bunch” ended in 1974. Here he is seen as Dr. Pat Caddison, after his sex change operation in the second part of “The Fourth Sex” episode of “Medical Center” from September 15, 1975. The big reveal occurs at about the 3:15 mark. The same year Reed would play an IRS agent who makes obscene phone calls in “The Secret Night Caller” TV movie.

Despite the fact that there is an undeniably fun element to seeing “Mike Brady” wearing a dress, this is a pretty moving scene and very well-acted.
 

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‘60 Minutes’ on Dungeons and Dragons from 1985
02.27.2012
01:46 pm

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Fascinating almost 30-year old 60 Minutes piece that exemplifies the hysteria around Dungeons and Dragons in the ‘80s. Looking at all this with hindsight it seems obvious that the kids who harmed themselves and others were gonna do that anyway. Near the beginning when Ed Bradley shows all the different newspaper articles about the suicides and the violence, it seems so disingenuous and manufactured, like 60 Minutes needed to build up the credibility of their assertion before proceeding, fanning the flames of the controversy as they did so. Still it’s an interesting time capsule moment from 1985.
 

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Characters from ‘The Wire’ made into little wind-up toys
02.27.2012
11:29 am

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From Left to right: Jimmy McNulty, Bunk Moreland, Bubbles, Omar Little, and Kima Greggs.
 
These wind-up toys of the cast from The Wire made me happier than a pig in shit! Especially the “Omar Little”! Mister Frothee designed these lil’ guys and writes on his Flickr page, “They’re each about 2.5 inches tall, and have weird proportions due to the small motors they contain.”
 

“Omar Little”

Previously on Dangerous Minds:
Only fans of ‘The Wire’ will get this

Via Super Punch

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Techno Viking action figure
02.27.2012
09:48 am

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Apparently Square Enix Products is manufacturing a “Techno Viking” action figure, although, I can’t find it anywhere on their website. Is this an Internet joke, is it real? I don’t rightly know. 

All we need now is a Trololo guy figure.

For pure shits and giggles or…. a severe migraine, I present to you without commercial interruption: Ten solid hours of the Techno Viking:
 

 
With thanks to Niall!!!

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A girl’s best friend is her guitar: ‘Horseheads’ by Divorce
02.27.2012
08:37 am

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Divorce poster design by Croatoan Design
 
Divorce is a femme-thrash four piece from Glasgow, Scotland, quickly picking up a reputation for being one of the best live acts in the UK. I have posted about Divorce on Dangerous Minds before—a fitting tribute, I felt, to the newly-wed future King of England and his blushing bride—and now the band are back with a new 7” release on Milk Records called “Horseheads,” with a strange accompanying video.

Fans of both spiky, angular post-punk and the heavier end of hardcore will find a lot to like here. Drummer Andy Brown describes their influences as “loud, ugly and offensive. Anything that luxuriates in the joys of noise.” He adds that “genres and middle-class whiteboy whining can get fucked.” I second that emotion.

The video for “Horseheads” features a humanoid-chicken pecking at a pentagram-emblazoned snare drum (a nod perhaps to the infamous ‘Chicken Lady’ character from Kids In The Hall?) but as Brown states:

“The fact that there’s no-one dressed as a horse in the video has not gone unnoticed. The song’s not about horses anyway, it was named after the town that our vocalist Jennie comes from in America - only she really knows what it’s all about!”

There is, indeed, a village in upstate New York called Horseheads that describes itself as the “gateway to the Finger Lakes”. Visitors will be glad to know that, as of the 30th of January 2012, the drinking water from well number five is safe and does NOT require a “boil water advisory”. I don’t know what they’re putitng in the water in Horseheads, but I sure am glad it somehow turned out like this:

Divorce “Horseheads”
 

 

For more info on DIvorce (including upcoming tour dates and current releases) visit the Divorce the Band blog.

Previously on Dangerous Minds:
Screw the Royal wedding - listen to Divorce instead

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Rebel recorder: A very punk interview with Glen E. Friedman


 
Legendary punk, post punk, hardcore, hip-hop, photographer (and Dangerous Minds pal) Glen E. Friedman gives an excellent interview to Paradigm Magazine. He discusses Occupy Wall Street, the importance of your voice being heard in political debate and the importance of of having a rebellious attitutude:

If you’re inspired to do something, if you want to do something, if you have some kind of feeling that you should do something … then you should just do it; don’t let what other people’s preconceived ideas of good behavior, or whatever it is, limit you to thinking what you should and shouldn’t do.

 

 

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Have a seizure with Bear In Heaven
02.27.2012
08:21 am

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Yes, another new video by another Hometapes band, but hey, when the goods are this potent I am compelled to share. Bear In Heaven are not content with merely making accessibly catchy dance rock for hipsters of all ages. No, they also are intent on altering your brain’s chemistry via the severe abuse of the zooooooom. Move over, strobe lights, here’s something far worse for you !
 

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‘Unnecessary’ quotation marks
02.27.2012
07:31 am

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Hey COCO, whatcha doin’ with you hands there?
 
Via Copyranter and The “Blog” of “Unnecessary” Quotation Marks

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