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Motörhead trash a hotel room
05.17.2012
11:38 am

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Lemmy and Phil “the Animal” Taylor getting up to some hotel trashing shenanigans on French TV. They also put the French journalist in a headlock towards the end.

“We are not violent!”

 

 
Via WFMU

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Bad-trip visual overload for garage rockers The Black Jaspers’ ‘Scum of the Moon’
05.17.2012
11:19 am

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Here’s a wonderful bit of darkly lysergic quick-cut photo collage for “Scum of the Moon,” the new single by Berlin-based Montreal trash-punker King Khan’s side project The Black Jaspers.

Posted by the charmingly named YouTuber LSD210SCUM, this rather incredible vid captures the extreme spirit of Khan & Co.’s ditty, and is pretty fun to just watch and randomly pause. As one commenter noted, “If you watch this video three times, you’ll be declared legally insane.”

Unfortunately, there are no shots of our King’s Cannes nightclub dalliances with a certain constantly rehabbing and self-reinventing starlet, but hey, can’t have it all…
 

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Nascent Nas: Pre-‘Illmatic’ demos, 1991/92
05.17.2012
10:46 am

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There’s a new Nas single out. And guess what? It’s nothing special.

Indeed, it’s been so long since Nas was truly great that these days, it’s much more interesting to listen in to the slim period of his creative life when his finest hours were still to come. I’ll take pre-fame Nas over his current output any day.

On these 1991/1992 demos the teenage emcee oozes potential through his Kool G Rap chrysalis. In the first two tracks, Illmatic fans will recognize countless scraps of rhyme that would find themselves transplanted into more fully-realized verses within a couple of years, while the last track, “Nas Will Prevail”-–complete with great Wild Style-esque video-– is an obvious precursor of “It Ain’t Hard to Tell,” with everything from the backing track to the rhyme scheme as instantly recognisable as they are embryonic. Magical stuff. Rewarding, too.
 

 

 
Below, “Nas Will Prevail”
 

 

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Thermonuclear death race this Friday in Austin!
05.16.2012
10:35 pm

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More epic brilliance from the geniuses at the Alamo Drafthouse.

If you live in the Austin area or if you’re planning on being here Friday, May 18, this a must-see event.

Alamo Drafthouse and Film School Rejects will be screening a brand new 35mm print of The Road Warrior preceded by a Thermonuclear Death Race - four cars in a demolition derby!  The shit hits the fan at the Thunderhill Raceway. Only the strong and the weird survive.

Here’s some vintage demolition derby film footage to get you in the mood. It ain’t thermonuclear, but it’s pretty damn hot.
 

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John Waters picked up hitchhiking in Ohio by indie rock group!
05.16.2012
06:26 pm

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This really happened today: Somewhere “in the middle of Ohio,” the aptly named New York-based indie rock band Here We Go Magic picked up film director John Waters who had stuck out his thumb on an interstate highway ramp. Via DCist:

Update 2:45 p.m.: Band member Michael Bloch tells us, “There’s a hydro-fracking boom in western Pennsylvania. You can’t get a motel room. We had to drive til 4AM, and finally found a Days Inn in eastern Ohio. Getting back on the highway this morning, there was a man at the side of the on-ramp with a sign that read ‘to the end of Rte 70.’ Jen wanted to pick him up, but we drove past him. As we passed by, our sound guy said ‘John Waters.’ Luke said, ‘Yep, definitely John Waters.’ We got off at the next exit and circled back. He was still there. We pulled up, opened the door and asked where he was coming from. ‘Baltimore,’ he said. And we said ‘Get in, sir.’ “

Via the @HereWeGoMagic tweetstream:
 

 
HT Stereogum

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Salem Witch Trial: Best ‘Private Eye’ cover on Hackgate
05.16.2012
06:15 pm

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British satirical magazine Private Eye has published one of its best covers in a wee while, commenting on the charges of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice against former News of the World editor, Rebekah Brooks, her husband and 4 others, over allegations that she tried to conceal evidence from detectives investigating ‘phone hacking and alleged bribes to public officials.

The Eye‘s headline makes reference to Brooks claim she is the victim of “a witch hunt”, which is bloody ironic coming from her. Expect more wailing and gnashing of teeth soon.

Follow Private Eye on twitter.
 

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The banks have enslaved us: A 12-year-old girl’s devastating critique of the banking system
05.16.2012
05:06 pm

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Shove it up your ass, Jamie Dimon!

She’s talking about Canada, but you can more or less just fill in the name of your country and the same eternal truths will apply… A must-see. Truly, a must-see.

A video of 12-year-old Victoria Grant giving a lecture at a recent Public Banking Institute conference has spread via the Internet. In it, Grant talks about the history of the Canadian banking system and the effects of ‘collusion’ between governments and financial institutions. Video courtesy of Public Banking Institute.

For more information see publicbankinginstitute.org or moveourmoney.net.

Via Bloomberg, believe it or not…
 

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Vulcan Child (Slight Return): Spock and Jimi Hendrix shootin’ the shit
05.16.2012
04:35 pm

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Reportedly this photo was taken some time in September of 1970, right before Hendrix passed away.

Via If Charlie Parker Was A Gunslinger

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Losing My Religion: How Christian conservatives are forcing the young from the faith


 
On a blog post that’s been shared tens of thousands of times in the past few days, Rachel Held Evans, author of A Year of Biblical Womanhood writes of how Christianist haters like Tony Perkins, Maggie Gallagher and Bryan Fischer are forcing younger Christians to chose between their gay friends and their religion.

From “How to win a culture war and lose a generation”:

When asked by The Barna Group what words or phrases best describe Christianity, the top response among Americans ages 16-29 was “antihomosexual.” For a staggering 91 percent of non-Christians, this was the first word that came to their mind when asked about the Christian faith. The same was true for 80 percent of young churchgoers. (The next most common negative images? : “judgmental,” “hypocritical,” and “too involved in politics.”)

In the book that documents these findings, titled unChristian, David Kinnaman writes: “The gay issue has become the ‘big one,’ the negative image most likely to be intertwined with Christianity’s reputation. It is also the dimensions that most clearly demonstrates the unchristian faith to young people today, surfacing in a spate of negative perceptions: judgmental, bigoted, sheltered, right-wingers, hypocritical, insincere, and uncaring. Outsiders say [Christian] hostility toward gays… has become virtually synonymous with the Christian faith.”

Later research, documented in Kinnaman’s You Lost Me, reveals that one of the top reasons 59 percent of young adults with a Christian background have left the church is because they perceive the church to be too exclusive, particularly regarding their LGBT friends. Eight million twenty-somethings have left the church, and this is one reason why.

Rachel Held Evans has closed comments on her essay, writing “I want to keep this a safe place for conversation.”

You won’t wonder why after you’ve read the responses from some of her supposedly Christian readers…
 

 
Via Dan Savage/Joe.My.God

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Life imitates Internet: Meme art exhibit at Gallery 1988
05.16.2012
03:19 pm

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L.A.‘s Gallery 1988 is currently mounting an exhibit of meme-inspired artwork simply called “Memes.” The exhibit runs through May 24 and it looks like a whole lot of fun.

I’ve chosen a few of my own favorite pieces to whet your appetites. For more meme goodness visit Gallery 1988’s website.
 

Bruce White -“Star Wars Kid”
 

Darin Shock - “You Are So Dumb!”
 
Check out more meme art after the jump…

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