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Of LSD and BLTs: ‘I highly recommend this restaurant for anyone high on acid!’
04.04.2013
03:42 pm
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Jerry Garden—apparently a man who enjoys both fine dining and tripping—reviews The Sparrow restaurant located in Plateau Mont-Royal, Montréal.

Jerry Garden starts out with “Just finished eating at sparrow.” I imagine Jerry tripping feverishly and saying to himself, “Must. Get. Back. Home. And. Write. Review. For. The. Sparrow.”

Please enjoy Jerry’s review of The Sparrow via Urban Spoon:

Just finished eating at sparrow and had a great time! I must say that this is the best restaurant in Montreal to attend while high on acid.

My dining partner and I dropped two tabs of LSD right before entering the bar. It’s probably a good thing that the waitress took a half hour to come to our table as by that point we were tripping balls. I ordered a st Ambroise oatmeal stout and my friend ordered a varietal of scotch. It was while he was ordering that I noticed that the flowery print on her shirt seemed to meld into the extravagant wallpaper (which also featured sounds of tw rainforest and real bird calls).

For an entree, I ordered the BLT and she got the hamburger. My BLT was great and the overflowing boar bacon juice moisturizer my hands nicely. My dining partner could not approach her burger as they kept returning it too rare (she swears that the patty was pulsating and full of blood, perhaps still alive).

After we finished, we waited for what seeme like forever before we got the bill. To our amazing surprise, the bill had been there the whole time and the waitress abruptly asked us to settle up. I was simply having too great a time with the ceiling fans and over-the-top wall paper! Sparrow rules, as does LSD.

I got pretty confused while trying to sort out the bills in my wallet as the colors seemed to bleed together and almost speak to me… But our waitress was so helpful with the math!

I highly recommend this restaurant for anyone high on acid!

With thanks to Reuel!

Posted by Tara McGinley
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04.04.2013
03:42 pm
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Elvis from Hell: Alan Vega’s rarely seen ‘Video Babe’
04.04.2013
03:41 pm
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Alan Vega’s Elvis fetish is in full effect in the rarely seen “Video Babe” from 1983.

While Vega does Elvis, Martin Rev does a killer Nancy Sinatra.
 

Posted by Marc Campbell
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04.04.2013
03:41 pm
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Star Wars characters modeling fur for Vogue in 1977
04.04.2013
02:10 pm
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Ahhhh, the 70s. A decadent decade chock-full of disco dust, fur coats, Jerry Hall and Star Wars. Here’s a tribute to all of that (and so much more) summed up in a Vogue fashion spread from 1977.
 
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Via The World’s Best Ever

Posted by Tara McGinley
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04.04.2013
02:10 pm
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Douglas Rushkoff: ‘Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now’
04.04.2013
02:09 pm
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For the first time in a long time, I recorded a new Dangerous Minds interview show, this time with my old friend Douglas Rushkoff who was in Los Angeles on Tuesday doing press and media appearances—like Joe Rogan’s podcast and Jason Calacanis’ This Week in Start-Ups—to promote his new book, Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now (This was actually taped in Jason’s TWIST studio starting about two minutes after he and Doug finished up).

As I say at the end of the interview, I think Present Shock is Rushkoff’s best yet and I think it’s going to be his best-selling book, as well. Present Shock addresses certain key issues about modern life and where technology is taking all of us, so this isn’t a book aimed at advertising creatives or cyber theorists, it’s a very “big picture” book for everyone who wants to understand where we are, and we’re we’re headed in the always on “now.”

Douglas Rushkoff: Present Shock, the Boing Boing interview by David Pescovitz
 

Posted by Richard Metzger
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04.04.2013
02:09 pm
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‘The Black Sabbath Show’: A lost cartoon from 1974?
04.04.2013
12:42 pm
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No, this wasn’t Black Sabbath’s attempt to make their own Yellow Submarine, this is actually just a (pretty darned brilliant) parody from the short-lived Comedy Central series, TV Funhouse.

The band goes on vacation in Hawaii to unwind after a tour. Ozzy, naturally, is portrayed as a befuddled idiot, Bill’s drunk as hell and Geezer and Tony are stuck-up, disapproving snobs. Produced by Robert Smiegel, animated by John Schnall and written by Metalocalypse co-creator Tommy Blacha.

Some drug-damaged YouTube commenters—and no doubt Ozzy himself—seem to think they remember this from the 1970s!!!
 

Posted by Richard Metzger
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04.04.2013
12:42 pm
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Pursuit of the Hirsute: Hairy Chest Sweater ‘from the 1970s’ is truly disturbing
04.04.2013
12:07 pm
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This “70s Hairy Chest Sweater” by Firebox gives me a serious case of the grodies. I get that’s (admittedly bear-y funny) the point, but how on earth were they able to make it look so… oily?

Perhaps it’s the 100% polyester fiber content?

They have a disclaimer, too: “Actual increase in virility and masculinity is debatable.” So you’ve been warned.

You can purchase one of your own for $60.49 here.
 
 
Previously on Dangerous Minds:
‘Eraserhead’ and Wire’s ‘154’ album cover sweaters

Awesome Kraftwerk sweater

‘The Big Lebowski’: Replica of The Dude’s sweater

Full-body ‘onesie’ sweater

Via Das Kraftfuttermischwerk

Posted by Tara McGinley
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04.04.2013
12:07 pm
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James Brown meets ‘Game of Thrones’
04.04.2013
11:32 am
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This mash-up of James Brown’s “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World” works freakishly well with the Game of Thrones theme song. I would have never thought of these two songs paired together in a million years, but the proof is in the pudding.

One minor quibble though, anyone who watches Game of Thrones knows “It’s a Woman’s Woman’s Woman’s World.”

 
Previously on Dangerous Minds:
‘Future Shock’: James Brown’s *very 70s* TV dance party

James Brown meets Alfred Hitchcock

James Brown vs Led Zeppelin - ‘Whole Lotta Sex Machine’

Posted by Tara McGinley
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04.04.2013
11:32 am
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Headline of the Day: ‘Bearded Woman Attacked At Crucifixion’
04.03.2013
07:15 pm
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‘Bearded Woman Attacked At Crucifixion’ may sound like a bogus, but this incredible headline comes from a rather bizarre story in the Brighton Argus:

A beard-wearing woman was attacked as she crucified Jesus.

The crime of Passion took place as the woman played a priest during the open air retelling of the Easter story.

Jeanie Civil’s attacker ripped her beard from her face and punched her during a performance of The Passion of Christ in Brighton on Easter Sunday

He yelled “Shame on you!” before Mrs Civil’s fellow cast members, dressed as soldiers, held him back.

He was bundled into a police car.

About 1,000 people were watching Mrs Civil playing Joseph Caiaphas in the grounds of St Peter’s Church when the man jumped up and attacked.

Yesterday Mrs Civil said: “He was hooded. He leapt up and punched me.

“He then pulled my beard from my face. It really hurt and it was very shocking.”

Mrs Civil – a psychologist, psychotherapist and author – said she wondered if the man was an ardent Christian who disliked her character’s actions towards the saviour.

We hope Mrs. Civil has recovered from the assault.

Full story here. Photograph Damian Barr.
 
With thanks to Ben Marlowe
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Posted by Paul Gallagher
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04.03.2013
07:15 pm
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‘I am officially very poorly’: Author Iain M. Banks has terminal cancer
04.03.2013
05:34 pm
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Author Iain Banks announced today on his website that he has cancer of the gall bladder, and is unlikely to live more than a year.

Banks is recognized as one of the most talented and original writers of his generation. His work divides between novels—such as The Wasp Factory, The Crow Road, and The Bridge; and Science-Fiction (written under the name Iain M. Banks)—Consider Phlebus, Surface Detail and The Hydrogen Sonata.

Banks wrote in his statement:

I am officially very poorly. After a couple of surgical procedures, I am gradually recovering from jaundice caused by a blocked bile duct, but that – it turns out – is the least of my problems.

I first thought something might be wrong when I developed a sore back in late January, but put this down to the fact I’d started writing at the beginning of the month and so was crouched over a keyboard all day. When it hadn’t gone away by mid-February, I went to my GP, who spotted that I had jaundice. Blood tests, an ultrasound scan and then a CT scan revealed the full extent of the grisly truth by the start of March.

I have cancer. It started in my gall bladder, has infected both lobes of my liver and probably also my pancreas and some lymph nodes, plus one tumour is massed around a group of major blood vessels in the same volume, effectively ruling out any chance of surgery to remove the tumours either in the short or long term.

The bottom line, now, I’m afraid, is that as a late stage gall bladder cancer patient, I’m expected to live for “several months” and it’s extremely unlikely I’ll live beyond a year. So it looks like my latest novel, The Quarry, will be my last.

As a result, I’ve withdrawn from all planned public engagements and I’ve asked my partner Adele if she will do me the honour of becoming my widow (sorry – but we find ghoulish humour helps). By the time this goes out we’ll be married and on a short honeymoon. We intend to spend however much quality time I have left seeing friends and relations and visiting places that have meant a lot to us. Meanwhile my heroic publishers are doing all they can to bring the publication date of my new novel forward by as much as four months, to give me a better chance of being around when it hits the shelves.

There is a possibility that it might be worth undergoing a course of chemotherapy to extend the amount of time available. However that is still something we’re balancing the pros and cons of, and anyway it is out of the question until my jaundice has further and significantly, reduced.

Lastly, I’d like to add that from my GP onwards, the professionalism of the medics involved – and the speed with which the resources of the NHS in Scotland have been deployed – has been exemplary, and the standard of care deeply impressive. We’re all just sorry the outcome hasn’t been more cheerful.

Very sad news indeed.
 

 

Posted by Paul Gallagher
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04.03.2013
05:34 pm
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In her vagabond shoes: Nico sings ‘New York, New York’
04.03.2013
04:43 pm
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It isn’t until halfway through this experimental film clip that we encounter the formidable Nico face to face. It’s 1982 and she’s well into the heroin addiction that made her performances unpredictable and often sad affairs. In this case though, the chanteuse, the song and the smack seem to meld into something quite perfect in its world-weary and haunting way.

The clip is from Mr. Dead And Mrs. Free, a production of Chelsea’s store-front performance space The Squat Theater. Many artists and musicians, from Andy Warhol to Sun Ra and The Lounge Lizards, found the Squat a friendly environment for their experiments.

In his review of the play, critic David Sterritt wrote:

Their most recent show, Mr. Dead And Mrs. Free, also includes long film sequences, which eventually give way to a bizarre cabaret act, a battlefield scene, and an inscrutable sculpture in the shape of a giant baby with TV sets for eyes.

For many of us who tramped through the city’s darker nights of the soul, the lyrics in “New York, New York” cut a little deeper. Nico brings the kind of spin to the tune that speaks to the mad side of Manhattan.

“These vagabond shoes
They are longing to stray
Right through the very heart of it
New York, New York”
 

Posted by Marc Campbell
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04.03.2013
04:43 pm
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