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ABBA Russian nesting doll set
06.26.2012
05:23 pm

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Yes, totally ridiculous, but I would still own ‘em!

I found a few sets on Amazon for $31.00.

And lastly, for a total mindwarp, ABBA’s “Money, Money, Money” played backwards…
 

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Devo introduces a new optical video system: The laserdisc
06.26.2012
04:08 pm

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Testing Discovision at the Dangerous Minds’ research center.
 
Here at Dangerous Minds, we consider ourselves pretty saavy when it comes to the latest in cutting-edge technologies, so imagine how thrilled we were to hear about the latest in optical video systems from one of our favorite new bands, Devo.

In this exciting clip, the band compares the improved quality of Discovision (aka the laserdisc) over the standard videotape we use at the Dangerous Minds’ tech center. These discs are pretty impressive (colors seem brighter), but we’re not ready to toss out our Betamax machines quite yet. Let’s see how this plays out. We’ll keep you up-to-date as we learn more.
 

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Wild Thing: Maurice Sendak thought about assassinating George Bush and Dick Cheney
06.26.2012
04:04 pm

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Just before he died, Maurice Sendak told The New York Times that he hated people, but the late children’s author may have hated two people a little more than others…

Via ABC News:

In one of the children’s book author’s last interviews before he died of a stroke in May, Sendak said he thought about trying to assassinate former President George W. Bush and former Vice President Dick Cheney.

“Bush was president, I thought, ‘Be brave. Tie a bomb to your shirt. Insist on going to the White House. And I want to have a big hug with the vice president, definitely. And his wife, and the president, and his wife, and anybody else that can fit into the love hug,’” Sendak told The Comics Journal’s founder Gary Groth in an interview that will be published in the magazine’s next edition.

“And then we’ll blow ourselves up, and I’d be a hero,” Sendak continued.

“It would have been a very brave and wonderful thing,” said Sendak, who wrote the whimsical “Where the Wild Things Are.”

Sendak has had his share of unorthodox comments, although none perhaps as violent as pondering a presidential assassination.

In that same Comics Journal interview, Sendak also calls Newt Gingrich, “an idiot of great renown.”

“Wild Thing, I think I love you…”

Via The Comics Journal on Twitter

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DROP DEAD: Clarifying the Republican position on healthcare


 
I love Jonathan Chait’s writing. His New York essays are laser-sharp and well-argued and he’s in the first tier of intelligent political commentators in America today.

With the imminent news from the Supreme Court on the fate of “Obamacare” about to be revealed, Chait’s latest column lays bare the moral issue at the very heart of the debate in a way few other writers have, and really compels his readers to consider what’s at stake.

Several reporters have recently filed dispatches showing in human terms what sort of conditions we would be perpetuating in the event that five Republican Supreme Court Justices, or a potential Republican-run government next year, partially or completely nullify the Affordable Care Act. A man will watch the tumor in his leg grow to the size of a melon, and his wife will sew special pants to fit the growing bulge, because he has no insurance. A woman will hobble around for four years on an untreated broken ankle she can’t have repaired. People will line up in their cars and spend the night in a parking lot queuing for a rare free health clinic.

Maybe these stories sound like cheap emotional manipulation. They are actually a clarifying tool to cut through the rhetorical fog surrounding the health-care debate and define the question in the most precise terms.

Opponents of the law have endlessly invoked “socialism.” Nothing in the Affordable Care Act or any part of President Obama’s challenges the basic dynamics of market capitalism. All sides accept that some of us should continue to enjoy vastly greater comforts and pleasures than others. If you don’t work as hard as Mitt Romney has, or were born less smart, or to worse parents, or enjoyed worse schools, or invested your skills in an industry that collapsed, or suffered any other misfortune, then you will be punished for this. Your television may be low-definition, or you might not be able to heat or cool your home as comfortably as you would like; you may clothe your children in discarded garments from the Salvation Army.

This is not in dispute. What is being disputed is whether the punishments to the losers in the market system should include, in addition to these other things, a denial of access to non-emergency medical treatment. The Republican position is that it should. They may not want a woman to have to suffer an untreated broken ankle for lack of affordable treatment. Likewise, I don’t want people to be denied nice televisions or other luxuries. I just don’t think high-definition television or nice clothing are goods that society owes to one and all. That is how Republicans think about health care.

This is why it’s vital to bring yourself face-to face with the implications of mass uninsurance — not as emotional manipulation, but to force you to decide what forms of material deprivation ought to be morally acceptable. This question has become, at least at the moment, the primary philosophical divide between the parties. Democrats will confine the unfortunate to many forms of deprivation, but not deprivation of basic medical care. Republicans will. The GOP is the only mainstream political party in the advanced world to hold this stance.

The maddening thing is that Republicans refuse to advocate the position openly. The more ideologically stringent ones couch their belief in euphemisms, like describing health care as a matter of “personal responsibility.” But even such glancing defenses are too straightforward for most Republican leaders. Instead they simply rail against the specifics of Obamacare and promise to “replace” it, without committing themselves to an alternative path to universal coverage. It is to maintain this pretense of wanting some different solution that John Boehner warns Republicans to hide the unadulterated joy they will feel if the Supreme Court does their work for them.

 

Thousands of Los Angeles residents showed up for free healcare during an 8 day long free hospital/clinic at the Inglewood Forum in 2009

America stands at a stark crossroads.

Health Care As a Privilege: What the GOP Won’t Admit (New York)

Alan Grayson was obviously right about the Republican’s healthcare plan. Donate to his congressional campaign here.
 

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Trailer Park Boys: John Dunsworth aka ‘Mr. Lahey’ has a YouTube channel
06.26.2012
03:08 pm

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What comes to mind when you hear the word, “Renaissance?” Is it an age of gilded art and flourishing culture? Is it role playing nerds wearing puffy shirts and eating turkey legs? For me, the very first thing that comes to my mind is none of those things. The word Renaissance can be perfectly summed up in the form of one man, actor/artist John Dunsworth.

The work of this man came into my existence late last year and has marked me ever since. But it wasn’t just his talent as an actor, which is meticulous, but his actions as a person. Whether it is in interviews or even some of his interactions with his fans on his Facebook fan page, Dunsworth comes across incredibly real and warm. This is not your garden-variety talented actor, folks, this is a man whose background includes starting an alternative theater in the 1970’s and being not only politically active but also politically educated too. (There are few things more painful than having to read or hear the politically illiterate spew on about politics. You do not have to fear this when it comes to Dunsworth.) And face it, any man who can run around faux-drunk and in his undies on The Trailer Park Boys and then name check Antonin Artaud (the father of the Theatre of Cruelty & overall genius) is a man that is instantly my hero. In short, John Dunsworth is the man.

One of the more fascinating things about Dunsworth is how much he has whole-heartedly embraced the popularity of The Trailer Park Boys and his role as Jim Lahey, former police officer, current drunk and supervisor of the titular park. In addition to doing the occasional stage tour with Patrick Roach, who plays Lahey’s gut-blessed partner Randy on the show, he also released the now out-of-print “Dicshitnary,” a compendium of the many glorious ways one can incorporate the word “shit.” (Some nuggets from the Trailer Park Boys include “shit-rats,” a euphemism for cats, and my personal favorite, the “shitabyss,” which is exactly what it sounds like.) He even has his own YouTube channel, that includes anecdotes, assorted skits, cameos by his TPB cohorts and even a couple of appearances by Lahey himself.

John Dunsworth is a rare breed of a man and artist, one who is not afraid to be silly, surreal and smart, all in one fell swoop. One small example is this clip on his YouTube channel, where, while working on his boat, he talks about art, pop culture and the aforementioned Artaud, all in under two minutes. Enjoy!

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The oldest DJ set-up in the world, 1910
06.26.2012
02:10 pm

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The Gaumont Chronophone System was the world’s first-ever mixer and cross-fader.

In 1910 Gaumont demonstrated his Chronophone system, which synchronised sound and film, at the Gaumont Palace in Paris. The compressed-air amplifier, whiuch he called the Eglephone, was just a part of the whole system. The volume was enough for an audience of 4000. Initially the longest moving picture that could be made with synchronised sound was only 200ft, due to the limited playing time of the Gramophone record. (Projection was at 16 frames per second) Gaumont surmounted this problem by having two gramophone platters; a deft operator could switch between them to give a more or less continuous soundtrack.

 
Read more about it at The Auxetophone.
 

 

 

 
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Ann Magnuson’s ‘The Jobriath Medley: A Glam Rock Fairy Tale’
06.26.2012
01:01 pm

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Photo: Austin Young; Make-up: Travis Pates

Usually when we get requests for Kickstarter, we have to say no because this entire blog would just be Kickstarter links, but Ann Magnuson’s “The Jobriath Medley: A Glam Rock Fairy Tale” project is different because they’ve actually already done most of the thing they want to raise money for, so you can just go online and buy it basically.

For years now, Ann has done a loving musical/spoken word tribute in her live cabaret shows to obscure 70s glam rocker Jobriath Boone (rock’s first out and out “fairy”) and recently she and longtime collaborator Kristian Hoffman have recorded it, with a small orchestra. The new project “combines good old-fashioned storytelling with extraordinarily pretty songs from Jobriath’s phantasmagoric catalogue. Think Mother Goose on LSD!”

Ann writes:

Kristian Hoffman and I both bought the Jobriath albums when they first came out in the early 1880s. Uh, I mean early 1970s. Me as a baby glam rock hillbilly hippie back in West Virginia, Kristian in his suburban enclave in Santa Barbara – where he would sometimes appear along with his best friend Lance Loud on the first TV reality show, AN AMERICAN FAMILY. (FYI: Lance also appears as a character in a pivotal TRUE story told in our glam rock fairy tale!). Oh, and Morrissey also bought the Jobriath albums when he was also a teenage glam-rock-groupie-budding-music-critic-future-rock-star in Manchester England England! (That’s a HAIR reference, by the way. Did you know Jobriath played “Woof” in the original L.A. production? You will when you hear The Jobriath Medley!) Morrissey would later reissue select songs from Jobriath’s two solo albums on the CD “Lonely Planet Boy”. But when we created The Jobriath Medley in 1996 we were unaware of the Morrissey connection (until that Japanese import showed up with the photo of The Moz holding the original Jobriath LP under his arm. A culturally significant moment that was quickly integrated into the text performed at the next live performance of The Jobriath Medley.)

“Grandma, tell me more about the 70s…”

Don’t worry kids, you’ll learn all about that decade of debauchery when you hear The Jobriath Medley! But suffice it to say that back in the early 1970’s everyone was blow, blow, blowing away in platform shoes, glitter eye make up, downing Quaaludes and red wine while being insanely & dangerously promiscuous as we dressed up in glad rags we found in thrift stores so we could emulate the movie stars of the 1930s and 1940s that we watched on The Late Late Show on TV. We were making like Liza Minnelli in CABARET (“divine decadence darling!”) and all we wanted to do was live our lives like we were in a Ken Russell movie!

Jobriath, just like David Bowie and Marc Bolan and Alice Cooper and the New York Dolls among many others, was one of those flaming creatures in the glam rock 70s who didn’t care what other people thought about them. Maybe they really were spacemen from Mars or androgynous aliens or strangers in a strange land OR just glorified hippies dressed up like Christmas trees…

With Kieran Turner’s fab documentary Jobriath A.D. (I loved it) turning a new generation of music fans on to Jobriath, there seems little doubt that Jobriath Boone will be “the Klaus Nomi” of 2012/2013, so jump on the bandwagon NOW and support Ann and Kristian’s DIY tribute to the lonely planet boy.

The Kickstarter page for “The Jobriath Medley” has a number of really great packages for any budget, from a digital download or CD all the way up to one of a kind paintings (Ann is quite expert in painting “fake Basquiats”—I mean to say that she’s fucking genius at it—and one of the packages offers a Basquiat-glam rock themed original artwork).

Dangeorus Minds readers will appreciate knowing that Sparks’ Russell Mael has contributed backing vocals to Ann and Kristian’s cover of Jobriath’s “I’maman.”

Read more about it on Kickstarter.

Previously on Dangerous Minds:
Lonely Planet Boy: An interview with ‘Jobriath A.D.’ director Kieran Turner

Jobriath: Rock’s Fairy Godmother

Bongwater: The Power of Pussy

Below, Ann talks Jobriath:
 

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This is why punk had to happen: Craptastic ‘Rolling Stone’ TV special, 1977
06.26.2012
12:42 pm

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This ridiculously literal Beatles tribute (guess what happens when the line “Woke up, got out of bed, dragged a comb across my head” is sung? Go on, take a guess…) is from a 1977 Rolling Stone magazine TV special.

Featuring Broadway’s original “Jesus Christ Superstar,” Ted Neeley , Yvonne Ellman (JCS’s “Mary Magdalene”), Richie Havens, Patti LaBelle and a dancing Nixon and Kissinger, this will make your flesh crawl after a while… and it goes on forever.

“A Day in the Decade” was a good title for this awfulness. The YouTube poster writes that he found this on an unlabeled Betamax tape at a flea market. Fitting!
 

 
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So you’ve been accused of witchcraft… What do you do next?
06.26.2012
12:32 pm

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Well, you could run for office as a Republican in Delaware, but to “avoid the ultimate punishment,” here’s a handy chart based on the 1487 witch-hunting book, Malleus Maleficarum.

Click here for larger version.

Thanks, Barb!

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That’s Genius! Gza ‘Liquid Swords’ chess set
06.26.2012
11:15 am

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Talk about giving your fans more than just a plain old music release…

One of (the, perhaps?) most influential albums from the whole mid-90s Wu Tang stable is getting re-issued at the end of next month with, yes, its very own chess set. Now THAT is good marketing.

Here’s an interview with the GZA himself, from the most recent SXSW, where he discusses performing with a band, lecturing at Harvard, science, the cosmos, sampling and actually drops the immortal phrase “Rock Sucks! Disco Lives!”:
 

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