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1969 was a good year for LSD: Can you speak Venusian?
01.10.2013
01:56 pm

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Here’s an excerpt from One Pair Of Eyes with astronomer Patrick Moore, where a gentleman demonstrates his amazing ability to speak three different space languages (yes, three!): Venusian, Kruger and Plutonian.

There’s nothing about this fellow’s rather cheerful demeanor that indicates he’s lying. He seems to genuinely believe he can speak three alien languages. I genuinely believe that he missed his calling as an auctioneer.

I love how interviewer Moore acts as if all of this is completely normal, asking with a totally straight face, “I see… Could we see some Plutonian writing, do you think?”

Reminds me of someone else I know...
 

 
Via Das Kraftfuttermischwerk

 

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Outer Spaceways Inc: Killer footage of Sun Ra and His Arkestra from 1969
01.10.2013
01:55 pm

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“I never wanted to be a part of planet Earth, but I am compelled to be here, so anything I do for this planet is because the Master-Creator of the Universe is making me do it. I am of another dimension. I am on this planet because people need me”—Sun Ra

Dazzling short documentary film from French television of Sun Ra and His Arkestra, with the great June Tyson, circa 1969. Killer takes on “Enlightenment” (from his 1958 masterpiece Jazz in Silhouette and “Outer Spaceways Incorporated.”
 

 
Via Bedazzled.tv (Beddazzled’s head honcho Spike Priggen will be DJ’ing at Sidecar in Brooklyn every other Thursday starting January 10th)

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Punk poet John Cooper Clarke in Sugar Puffs breakfast cereal TV ad, 1988
01.10.2013
12:10 pm

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Perhaps the Salford-born bard was an odd choice to put in TV commercial aimed at kids, but the paycheck probably kept him in heroin for… weeks.
 

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Punky Bear: Hüsker Dü’s Bob Mould was a part of DC’s bear scene
01.10.2013
10:08 am

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While I had known for a while that the Hüsker Dü front-man was gay, I didn’t know Bob Mould was actually so open about being in the bear (as in hairy, and/or big gay dude) scene.

From Washington City Paper:

For others, like the well-known post-punk singer Bob Mould, who was a mainstay of D.C.’s bear scene in the mid-2000s, the subculture is an entrée for misfits into mainstream gay life. In his 2011 memoir See a Little Light, Mould describes discovering Dupont’s DIK Bar: “It reminded me of my punk rock days: guys in flannel shirts, T-shirts, and jeans. There wasn’t a lot of pretense, sarcasm, or campy behavior…I enjoyed the company of guys who were comfortable with their masculinity. At DIK Bar I didn’t feel like I had to do anything to fit in except be myself. I didn’t have to try to look or act like a bear because I already was one.”

What’s more surprising to me about the article is that the general taxonomy of bear subculture is so diverse (chubs, cubs, chasers, twinks, leather daddies, otters… otters?). Well, that, and the fact that there’s any culture at all in boring Washington, DC (Buuuuuuurrrrrnnn!)

Below, Hüsker Dü take a fantastic rip through The Byrd’s “Eight Miles High” at the Pink Pop Festival, Netherlands, 1987:
 

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Blondie on Merv Griffin, 1980
01.10.2013
04:48 am

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Another great piece of rock history from The Merv Griffin Show. Debbie Harry and Chris Stein adapt to the role of talk show guests with the ease of the cool New Yorkers they are. And this cements Merv’s place in the Hipster Hall Of Fame. Totally.

It’s 1980 and Blondie has gone from Bowery punks to pop stars. You can tell Harry and Stein are struggling a bit with the whole fame thing.
 

 
Thanks Jim! 

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‘Tropicália’: Terrific documentary on the Brazilian music revolution of the 1960s
01.09.2013
11:26 pm

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Marcelo Machado’s lively and informative 2012 documentary Tropicalia features rare footage of Brazilian music legends Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Os Mutantes, Gal Costa and Tom Zé as it explores a revolution animated by music and art. Mixing traditional Brazilian and African rhythms with contemporary psychedelic experimentation and the avant-garde, the 1960’s tropicália movement celebrated free expression in reaction and opposition to an atmosphere of increasing social and cultural oppression. As a military dictatorship took hold of Brazil, artists were among the front line of resistance and many were forced to leave the country or face death.

Tropicalia may not be definitive but it sure as shit is important and vital. 
 

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Kooky Christian ‘prophet’ Cindy Jacobs says God supernaturally multiplied her spaghetti
01.09.2013
05:00 pm

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In the latest installment of her loopy God Knows webcast, zany self-proclaimed prophet Cindy Jacobs seems to be trying to communicate that God shows himself in mysterious ways, like curiously long lasting shoes and even tires that you can drive on until you’ve got enough money to buy some new ones. Sometimes he manifests in bottomless bowls of spaghetti!

“We believe we’re moving into a supernatural season, where if needed, God will multiply food,” the dingbat Internet evangelist explained. “I have seen God multiply food more than one time when I was cooking. I mean when our kids were little, they were always bringing friends into the house. And I remember spooning out spaghetti or whatever, just praying in the spirit over that, and God just made more and more and more. You know, I’ve seen oil multiply as I was praying for the sick. I’ve seen bottles of oil just fill up about a cup a time of oil. But the point is we were promised supernatural provisions.”

As the world shakes economically, you do not need to be in fear. Prepare for the tumultuous season ahead with supernatural guidance from the Lord!
 

 
Via Right Wing Watch

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Klaus Kinski accused of molesting his daughter for 14 years
01.09.2013
04:33 pm

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Earlier today, in an interview with German newsweekly Stern, Klaus Kinski’s eldest daughter, Pola Kinski, now 60, accused the late film icon of sexually abusing her.

Kinski told the magazine, which hits the stands tomorrow, that her father, who died in 1991, molested her from the age of five until she turned 19. He raped her, she claims, and would then buy her expensive gifts to assuage his guilt.

Ms. Kinski is about to publish a tell-all book she has written about her father, and said she wished to put an end to the cult of personality surrounding the wildly bi-polar cult thespian, best known for his roles in Werner Herzog’s Fitzcarraldo and Aguirre, the Wrath of God:

“I was sick of hearing, ‘Your father! Great! Genius! I always liked him.’ Since his death, this adulation has only got worse.”

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What you didn’t see during the Piers Morgan/Alex Jones dust-up
01.09.2013
04:21 pm

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Via Team Coco

 

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Timothy Leary interviewed by uber nerd Nardwuar in 1994
01.09.2013
03:10 pm

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It’s 1994, a year and a half before he died, and Timothy Leary is being interviewed by the obnoxious Nardwuar in British Columbia. Like most interviewees approached by the Tam- wearing asshole, Leary displays tremendous cool in the face of Nardwuar’s grating dweebishness.
 

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