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Are Nick Cave and Warren Ellis training to be pro wrestlers?
07.28.2011
05:43 pm

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Nick Cave slings Warren Ellis to the stage floor while performing “Get It On” in Belgium earlier this month. Was it part of the act or some real shit being worked out between two old friends? Maybe they’re training for the WWF? Tag team duo The Grinder Men!

The smackdown occurs around the 1:30 mark. Cave hurls Ellis to the canvas, maracas flying.  Ellis is back up in a flash with a flying kick, but doesn’t connect. The crowd goes wild.
 

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Amy Winehouse Teapot


 
The Amy Winehouse teapot by artist Charles Krafft and Mike Leavitt. As Dangerous Minds pal Adam Parfrey puts it, “Here’s how everyone can enjoy Amy Winehouse forever, and also pour poppy tea…”

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Back to the nineties: Fabulous scans of ‘Select’ music magazine

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Fuck me but pop music hasn’t changed much in 20 years. Headlining this year’s UK festivals is the very best of what the 1990s had to offer, Radiohead, Primal Scream, Pulp, The Prodigy, The Charlatan, and even, er, U2. Okay, the Gallagher brothers are unlikely to kiss-and-make-up, but there are still rumors about a Blur reunion, which means we can party like it’s 1995.

The very thought could make a fan weak-eyed and teary-kneed for the glorious UK music mag Select, which faithfully documented the very best of music during the decade.

Select‘s dedication to Brit Pop was only part of its appeal, for what made the magazine delightful, fun and certainly essential, was the quality of its writers who penned columns, interviews and reviews in its silky pages.

Now these names read like a Who’s Who of TV and pop culture, from the darkly handsome genius of Graham Linehan, through the grumbling brilliance of wit and wisdom from David Quantick, to the ever-smiling J. B.Priestly of pop, Stuart Maconie, and let’s not forget Miranda Sawyer, Alexis Petridis, Andrew Collins, Sarra Manning, and Caitlin Moran.

To jump start the memories, some kindly soul has scanned a damn fine selection of covers and some lovely features from Select magazine “to give random flashbacks to the 90s music scene.” How cool is that? Answers on a postcard, please.

Now check the Select scans here.
 
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Previously on dangerous Minds

David Quantick: The Music Industry Hates You


 
More groovy covers, after the jump…
 

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Intense Jack Kerouac tattoo
07.28.2011
01:23 pm

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On the Road


 
Tess Adamski’s Jack Kerouac tattoo by Thor at Yonge Street Tattoos.

(via Everlasting Blort)

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Trailer for Kevin Smith’s controversial new film ‘Red State’
07.28.2011
01:00 pm

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'Red State'


 
If this out-of-control trailer is any indication, then Kevin Smith’s new independently-produced horror film, Red State, really takes the whole Deliverance , crazy Christian, Westoboro Baptist, David Koresh-thing to a whole new level. The title alone piqued my curiosity and for sure, this trailer had the intended effect (on me at least). If horror films function as some sort of pop culture marker or indicator of mass fears and nightmares, it’s fascinating to consider how fanatical Christians are rapidly becoming archetypal Hollywood bad guys in the new century. (Of course Red State’s release is rather well-timed with the recent tragedy in Norway…)

Kevin Smith has been self-distributing Red State in a traveling roadshow, appearing himself as part of the attraction before the film premieres on pay-per-view on September 1. Smith will be attending a slate of screenings next month Los Angeles:

Kevin Smith and SModcast Pictures are proud to announce a one week exclusive Academy Award qualifying run of Red State beginning Friday, August 19th at Quentin Tarantino’s legendary New Beverly Cinema. Each screening of Red State will be followed by a live Q&A with writer - director Kevin Smith.

Red State had its controversial and much talked about debut at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, where Smith bought the distribution rights for $20.

Smith decided to self distribute the film and immediately set up 15 special screenings throughout the U.S. as part of the “Red State U.S.A. Tour”. The tour began at the historic Radio City Music Hall in New York on March 5th and finished one month later at the infamous Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles.

More information at the Red State website
 

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Republican Healthcare
07.28.2011
12:24 pm

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U.S.A.!!!

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Remember what former Representative Alan Grayson famously said about the GOP plans to reform US healthcare:

Don’t get sick, and if you do get sick, die quickly.

 

 
(via The High Definite)

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Free ‘Murdoch Block’ browser plug-in for Murdoch-free web-surfing


 
In today’s social media connected world, when you fuck up, you can fuck up LARGE. But when you’re an international media conglomerate with a several billion-dollar market cap that a sizable portion of the European and North American populations already find to be a noxious, corrosive, evil influence on modern life, and you fuck up, you fuck up in ways that can cost your investors billions.

The Murdochs are now social pariahs in the UK. No one is going to stand up for them, no one at all. How much longer can they credibly continue to do business in Britain? Not a pretty picture for a public company to be in. Expect their shareholders to start fleeing as the holes they dug for themselves are revealed to be deeper than anyone ever imagined as deep as everyone has always suspected.

Of course, as the Murdoch/News International/NewsCorp death spiral takes new twists and turns—like today’s blockbuster revelations—we’re sure not going to hear about the company’s travails from a NewsCorp outlet, are we? But who wants that shit anyway? Problem is, Murdoch and co. own so much of the media that it’s hard to keep track of what is theirs and what’s not. A new browser plug-in called MurdochAlert will alert web surfers when then unwittingly happen upon a website owned by parent company NewsCorp or one of their subsidiaries. From the MurdochAlert free download page:

NewsCorp agents in multiple countries have been arrested for hacking into the phones and computers of at least thousands of innocent people. Since the Murdoch family controls 100+ high-traffic domains, it is difficult for average users to know which sites could potentially place them at risk.

MurdochAlert identifies the domains that may place users at risk for Murdoch-related hacking. MurdochAlert shows a bottom warning box whenever you visit a Murdoch-controlled sited.

Nicely! And then there is Murdoch Block, which is a bit more hardcore and will block Murdoch-owned website altogether:

Install this app to if you want to estimate News Corp’s influence on your internet life, install it to make a statement to the Murdoch empire or install it because you’ve just had enough lies.

Thousands of these plug-ins have been downloaded in the past few days.
 

 
Via News Junkie Post

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Death row meals of famous murderers


 
Photographer Jonathon Kambouris’s upcoming book and site titled “The Last Meals Project” details death row inmates and their meal choices in their final hours. According to his website, an inmate’s last meal is public record.

Justice may not always be served because the innocent can be proved guilty and the guilty can be proved innocent. Choosing the last meal is a significant ritual because the accuracy and validity of this choice is the only answer one can ultimately accept.


The Last Meals Project
 

 

 
More last meals after the jump…

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Security cam footage of the bombing in Oslo
07.28.2011
10:25 am

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A security camera in an Oslo branch of the Digital Implus electronics chain caught what it was like when the mayhem erupted:

APTN has released dramatic footage of the Friday blasts in Norway. CCTV in an electronics store has captured the moments just after the blast. The footage shows windows breaking and people running for cover just as bomb detonates outside.

 

 
Via Exile on Moan Street

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Björk on Icelandic politics
07.28.2011
09:46 am

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Photography and artwork by Sam Falls

The August issue of Dazed & Confused magazine is guest edited by Björk. Dazed editor-in-chief, Rod Stanley interviewed her at home in Brooklyn. In an online excerpt from that conversation, she discusses her involvement with politics in her native Iceland.

“I thought I would never ever get involved in politics, because when I was younger you couldn’t get un-cooler than that! Then I saw how they were planning to change Iceland from an untouched natural spot into something like Frankfurt. People my age and younger didn’t have a voice.” Björk explains that she gave a concert that “30,000 people came to ... 10 per cent of the nation!” but felt that this changed nothing, and started workshops with her friend, the author and philosopher Oddn} Eir Ævarsdóttir, to encourage young businesses. Then the 2008 bank crash happened, almost wiping out the Icelandic economy overnight.

“All these economists were like our best mates by then, so we were right in the centre of it. And a lot of people in my generation who never cared about politics before were like, ‘This is an emergency situation!’ It was kind of amazing, though, because we’re such a small country that we can actually make changes.” Some of Björk’s friends even formed a political party called the Best Party, with a stand-up comedian running for mayor. “And he won! Much to his surprise! So now for 11 months all these punks have been running the city! We started a petition, and before I came here to complete my album we had a karaoke marathon for five days — it was amazing ... we got 40,000 signatures, and there are only 350,000 people in Iceland. Then we delivered it to the Prime Minister; that was a moment! We will see what happens, but at least it raised awareness.”

“It was a lot of work, but if you do all that work and don’t follow it up it’s never going to change anything.”

Read more:
Björk: Violently Appy at Dazed Digital

Below, a brilliant in-concert version of Meredith Monk’s “Gotham Lullaby.” Recorded live at Union Chapel with Brodsky Quartet in 1999:
 

 

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