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Leonard Bernstein explains the rock revolution to squares in 1967’s ‘Inside Pop’ doc
03.26.2013
04:07 pm
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“A lot of the kids who are walking around the street with long hair.. a lot of the kids that you see from time to time—and retch over—are going to be running your government for you.”
—Frank Zappa

For a while now, tantalizing bit and pieces of Inside Pop: The Rock Revolution, a 1967 CBS News special presented by the great Leonard Bernstein have popped up on YouTube but this is the best version I’ve seen.

This program marked the first time that pop music was presented as a legitimate art form, with sympathetic host Bernstein lending an intellectual gravitas to the proceedings that only he could bestow upon the “strange and compelling scene called pop music.” It’s fascinating to watch the famous composer/conductor look straight at the audience as he tries to make sense of what rock music was becoming, one would presume, for a “square” middle-aged audience. The second part of the show goes into the field and was mostly shot in 1966.

One of the ultimate time capsules of the moment when the world went from black and white to vivid color in the space of one year. This must have been riveting television in its time, because it still is.

With great bits from Frank Zappa, Graham Nash, Tim Buckley, Herman’s Hermits, Reger McQuinn and the legendary performance of Brian Wilson’s “Surf’s Up” that will cause your mind to explode into a million pieces if you are a Beach Boys fan. Inside Pop also includes 15-year-old Janis Ian performing “Society’s Child,” a then highly controversial song about interracial romance. It was Bernstein’s championing of the song that saw it become a hit. Before Inside Pop aired, radio programmers were still skittish about the number.
 

 
Thank you kindly, Dalton Anthony!

Posted by Richard Metzger
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03.26.2013
04:07 pm
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EVERY Woody Allen stammer
03.26.2013
03:26 pm
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A 44-minute long video montage of every time Woody Allen stammered in all of the films he’s ever appeared in. But what about all of the TV appearances, comedy records and documentaries on Allen? He stammers in all of ‘em.

How long did it take the editor make this?! Talk about dedication to the art of Woody Allen’s stammering!

 
With thanks to Edward Ludvigsen!

Posted by Tara McGinley
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03.26.2013
03:26 pm
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Too Much Junkie Business: Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers live at the Lyceum Ballroom, 1984
03.26.2013
02:43 pm
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Apropriatey walking onstage to Elmer Bernstein’s theme for The Man With the Golden Arm, Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreaks perform a shambolic, but great, set at London’s Lyceum Ballroom in 1984.

I remember debating on whether or not to see this very gig before ultimately deciding not to for reasons I can no longer recall. Of course it became regarded as a legendary show, my bad! You can get a pretty good sense of what Walter Lure thought of the proceedings at approximately 18:12.

Back then a concert like this at a place like London’s Lyceum Ballroom would have cost you only about 4 pounds…
 

Posted by Richard Metzger
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03.26.2013
02:43 pm
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The Red Equals Sign: Support Marriage Equality AND Black Flag!
03.26.2013
02:37 pm
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You probably noticed your Facebook news feed awash with the Red Equal Sign today (it’s a symbol for marriage equality). Well, some evil genius decided to support not only marriage equality, but Black Flag, too!

h/t Kip Silverman

Posted by Tara McGinley
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03.26.2013
02:37 pm
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Patchwerk lets you control a massive analog synthesizer from your browser
03.26.2013
01:57 pm
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Neat concept, although I had a hell of time connecting. Perhaps there’s too many folks on the server tryin’ to show off their mad Eno-esque joystick skillz?

The interface on this site is linked to a physical synth cabinet connected to the world’s largest homemade modular synth, currently housed at the MIT Museum. Turn a knob here, and Patchwerk will turn a motorized knob on the cabinet. If someone at the Museum grabs a knob, you’ll see it turn too.

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When you first connect, you’ll be in OBSERVE mode, which means that you can hear the synth and see what the controllers are doing, but won’t be able to activate the knobs or buttons yourself. To switch to CONTROL mode, enter your name in the box at right. There can be up to 10 people acting as controllers at one time. If there are already 10 signed on, you’ll be added to a queue.

 

 

 
Via WFMU on Facebook

Posted by Tara McGinley
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03.26.2013
01:57 pm
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Klaus Nomi on NYC’s 10 O’Clock News, 1981
03.26.2013
01:15 pm
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How’s about a little experimental New Wave opera from outer space to get you through your Tuesday? Try this clip of a super friendly Klaus Nomi on a 1981 New York TV newscast.

You can tell that the reporter did her research and made such an unlikely subject for the times into nice little digestible local news story. Nomi’s completely adorable here—his pastry metaphor is downright endearing!
 

Posted by Amber Frost
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03.26.2013
01:15 pm
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‘Seduction Through Witchcraft’: Witch House from 1969 (featuring Louis and Bebe Barron)
03.26.2013
01:08 pm
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In 1969, Louise Huebner, the “official” witch of Los Angeles, recorded a spoken word album of her successful book Seduction Through Witchcraft for Warner Brothers Records, who were no doubt happy to cash in on the notoriety of a celebrity occultist in the era of Anton LaVey and Sybil Leek.

Tailor-made for the acid-head occultniks of the time, Huebner lays some sexy pop magic on her listeners, including cuts like “The Self-Fascination Ritual for Increased Power,” “The Demon Spell for Energy,” “Orgies - A Tool of Witchcraft” and “The Earthquake Spell for Unwanted Lovers.”

Seduction Through Witchcraft features a musical score by circuit-bending electronic music pioneers Louis and Bebe Barron of Forbidden Planet fame (Huebner’s late husband, Mentor Huebner, was a leading Hollywood production illustrator and storyboards artist who did uncredited designs for the film). It’s one of the Barron’s most obscure works, and not even listed on their Wikipedia page. I noticed that much of the online information about the record completely neglects to mention them.

Seduction Through Witchcraft is quite good fun. It was briefly released on CD, but that’s been out of print for years. In 2009, Scorpio Music put out a 180 gram vinyl LP version that’s still around.
 
Below, “The Demon Spell for Energy”:
 

 
“Orgies - A Tool of Witchcraft”:
 

Posted by Richard Metzger
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03.26.2013
01:08 pm
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Down with the Sickness: enter the filthy world of Kurt Dirt
03.26.2013
12:59 pm
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Dangerous Minds, it’s time that introduced you to my good friend, and member of the Tranarchy family, Mr Kurt Dirt. Usually we keep him in the basement so as not to freak out the visitors, but he’s been scratching at the trapdoor lately, so we’ve decided let him loose for a while.

Kurt is a bit of a sick puppy. After years of gigging on the live circuit, Kurt decided to pack all the “band” nonsense in and go it alone (though he still puts on one mean live show, featuring bare back gorillas, dancing demons and women in cages.) He makes music that sounds like vintage late 80s/early 90s Wax Trax, and cites Fad Gadget, Big Black and My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult as his major influences. By some incredible kind of osmosis, though, he somehow manages to take all those influences and make music that’s even MORE camp than the originals, which is surely some kind of magical feat. 

Another one of Kurt Dirt’s major influences is the soundtrack to Tetsuo, and on the topic of films soundtracks, Mr Dirt has just finished scoring the upcoming Troma release Return To Nuke ‘Em High and is about to start work on the score for the sequel. Kurt Dirt and Troma films is a match made in heaven (or, rather, the deepest bowels of hell.)

That Troma influence is loud and clear in his new video, “Love Sick”. Taken from his debut solo release, the Rat Burger EP, this clip takes the viewer into a disgusting nether land of licking used diapers and literally fucking skulls. Yep, it’s pretty sick, all the more for the authentic, scratchy, video look. Kurt says:

I just wanted to make the most horrible thing I could really, something that makes you feel like you shouldn’t be watching it. I choose to shoot it on 8mm video8 handy cam so that it would have worn down, tenth generation look of a video nasty era VHS movie. You see horror movies these days like saw etc that are 1000 times more graphic but they just feel way too clean, like your watching an MTV video. Visually I’d say we ripped off Hershell Gordon Lewis, Troma, Tobe Hooper and Harmonie Korine the most.

Kurt Dirt “Love Sick” (NSFW)
 

 
You can buy “Love Sick” (and the Rat Burger EP) and get more info on Kurt Dirt at KurtDirt.net.


BONUS!

After the jump, two more Kurt Dirt videos from Rat Burger, “I’m Filth” and “Beat Me Up Buttercup”...

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Posted by Niall O'Conghaile
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03.26.2013
12:59 pm
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Hannibal Lecter proudly displays his Anime art
03.26.2013
12:31 pm
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Silence of the Anime... Indeed.
 

Posted by Tara McGinley
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03.26.2013
12:31 pm
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Luna Lee plays SRV: ‘Scuttle Buttin’ gayageum version
03.26.2013
07:46 am
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By now you’ll have probably heard Luna Lee’s cover of Jimi Hendrix’s “Voodoo Chile” on the gayageum. Now have a listen to Luna’s scintillating version of Stevie Ray Vaughan‘s classic “Scuttle Buttin’”.  Ooft.
 

 
With thanks to Woody Mcmillan
 

Posted by Paul Gallagher
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03.26.2013
07:46 am
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