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Hurricane Sandy benefit showstoppers: Sirvana
12.13.2012
06:31 pm

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Who would have thought that the highlight of the Hurricane Sandy benefit would be an absolutely badass performance by Sir Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear (a Germ meets The Beatle)?

The helter skelterish song is “Cut Me Some Slack” and it was written collectively by the group during a jam session. McCartney, playing a cigar-box guitar, does some amazing solo stuff. This really did exceed my, and most people I’ve talked to, expectations.

The rest of the show was pretty routine with a bunch of older rockers playing stuff from decades ago. Good cause, though. Contribute here.
 

 

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Tiger B. Smith, totally insane early 70s German proto-metal guitar rock
12.13.2012
04:32 pm

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A friend of mine burned me a 4-channel quadraphonic version of Tiger B. Smith’s 1972 Tiger Rock album recently. The hirsute fuzzrocking, boogie-happy German trio (when they’re good) recall Slade, The Sweet, Hawkwind, The MC5, The Edgar Broughton Band, and especially Jimi and Black Sabbath, but about half the album is just bloody awful.

Thankfully this unsung group left behind this boffo clip, all dressed up and rocking out at the top of their game (with a stuffed animal in the shot the whole time, which makes it somehow even better).
 

 
After the jump, more from the wild men of Tiger B. Smith….

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Sonny Rollins, Ken Nordine, Was Not Was and Leonard Cohen together on late night TV
12.13.2012
04:09 pm

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Sonny Rollins, pre-Night Music.
 
Night Music, hosted by Jools Holland and David Sanborn and produced by Hal Wilner, ran on late-night TV from 1988 to 1990. It was a particularly smart show, featuring many musicians who did not appear that often on television. This episode is a perfect example of its eclectic and sophisticated offerings.

From 1989: Was Not Was, word jazzist Ken Nordine (rare to see him perform live), Sonny Rollins and Leonard Cohen.

Hello Operator (Was Not Was)
Kim (Sonny Rollins)
Tower Of Song (Leonard Cohen)
Winter Sketch aka Don’t You Wish (Ken Nordine)
Who By Fire (L. Cohen/S. Rollins)
I Can’t Turn You Loose (Was Not Was)
 

 

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Saul Bass poster design ideas for Stanley Kubrick’s ‘The Shining’
12.13.2012
02:26 pm

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Bobby Solomon of The Fox is Black posted a few rough sketches made by Saul Bass before he came up with the winner for Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining.

According to Solomon, “I’ve read online that Kubrick made Bass go through at least 300 versions of the poster until finally ending on the extremely alien looking version we now know.”

You can see larger images over at The Fox is Black website.
 
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Via Nerdcore

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Deadlock: See Can’s ‘Soundtracks’ music as it was used in the 1970 film
12.13.2012
02:07 pm

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There were three songs on Can’s Soundtracks album that were used in Deadlock, a film directed by Roland Klick and released in 1970. This is the opening scene and titles. What an amazing and intense piece of music to work with.
 

 
Bonus clip of The Can performing “Deadlock” live on German TV with Damo Suzuki adding his distinctive vocalizing.
 

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Best Holiday Remix of ALL TIME: Butter dance + Wham!
12.13.2012
12:27 pm

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A lovely holiday remix featuring Indonesian artist Melati Suryodarmo’s “EXERGIE - butter dance” and Wham!‘s “Last Christmas.”

Butter makes everything better…

 
Via Boing Boing

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Enter the Dangerous Minds ‘Twelve Days of Zappa’ Christmas Give Away!
12.13.2012
11:16 am

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UPDATE: The winner is Richard Swanson! Congratulations!

Thanks to the kind folks at the Universal Music Group, Dangerous Minds will be giving away TWELVE, that’s right, TWELVE Frank Zappa CDs, personally selected by yours truly, the arch Zappa freak who is sitting beneath a painting of Frank and the Mothers of Invention above my desk as I type this.

Did I say twelve? I meant THIRTEEN Zappa albums (and some selections contain multiple discs)!

My selection concentrates on my favorite era of Zappa’s vast oeuvre, the early years when he worked with his best collaborators, in my opinion at least, the original Mothers.

“These Mothers is crazy. One guy wears beads & they all smell bad.”—Suzy Creamcheese

The lucky winner will receive:

Freak Out!
Absolutely Free
Lumpy Gravy
We’re Only in It for the Money
Uncle Meat
Hot Rats
Burnt Weeny Sandwich
Weasels Ripped My Flesh
Ahead of Their Time
You Can’t Do That on Stage Anymore, Vol. 5
The Lost Episodes
Mystery Disc

Plus one glorious example of Zappa’s admittedly sketchier, mid-period: the sprawling 3-CD set, Läther, making this prize a BAKER’S DOZEN of Zappa goodies for one lucky reader!

To enter, it’s simple: First you must be signed up to receive the Dangerous Minds Daily Newsletter via email (look for the sign-up widget in the top toolbar of this page) and “like” the official Frank Zappa Facebook fanpage. Then you have to leave a comment below, telling us why you deserve to win.

One newsletter subscriber will be chosen by the editors of Dangerous Minds to receive this musical bounty. The winner will be picked on Monday, December 16th, 2012. Good luck!

Below, an incredible hour and twenty minutes of some of the best footage of Frank Zappa and the original Mothers of Invention that you will ever see—high quality, too—shot in various places along their 1968 European tour:
 

 
Big thanks to UMe’s Adam Starr!

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Real life ‘Hunger Games’: Newspaper tells two reporters to decide which one gets fired
12.12.2012
06:28 pm

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Welcome to America, 2012…

WOW this shit is lowdown and cowardly.  Via Romenesko:

The Kansas City Star has told reporters Karen Dillon and Dawn Bormann that one of them has to leave the paper, and they — not management — have to decide who goes.

“Dillon has seniority, so she has the option of taking it or not taking it,” says a KCConfidential.com source. “And if she does, Dawn gets laid off. Dawn’s a great person but I think Karen will vote in favor of herself because she’s got teenage kids at home.”

I emailed the two reporters and editor Mike Fannin to confirm this process. Dillon did — I haven’t heard back from Fannin and Bormann — and tells Romenesko readers that “we’ve not made an official decision” on who gets to stay. “It’s one of the most difficult situations I’ve ever faced.”

Since the original story was posted, it’s been announced that Dawn Bormann is the one out of a job.

As Jim Romenesko points out, as a young reporter, Karen Dillon had the scoop on Paul Reubens’ 1991 arrest at a porn theater in Florida

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Carry On X-Men
12.12.2012
06:15 pm

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The only film I want to see this Holiday Season - Carry On X-Men - a fabulous poster by comics artist and writer Chris Weston.

From the back row, Jim Dale as Cyclops, Bernard Bresslaw as Colossus, Hattie Jacques as Storm, Peter Butterworth as Beast, Joan Sims as Dr. Jean Grey, Kenneth Williams as Magneto, Barbara Windsor as Rogue, Kenneth Connor as Professor Charles Xavier, Sid James as Wolverine, and Charles Hawtrey as Nightcrawler. Now this is how to do the X-Men!
 
Previously on Dangerous Minds

Carry On Zombie
 
Via Chris Weston

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McDonald’s CEO made almost 600x as much as the ones who do all the real work
12.12.2012
04:29 pm

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A Bloomberg article today tells of Tyree Johnson, a Chicago man who works at two different McDonald’s to (barely) keep a roof over his head.

He even catches hell from one of his managers for smelling of the other McDonald’s when he shows up for his second shift!

“I hate when my boss tells me she won’t give me a raise because she can smell me,” he said.

Johnson, 44, needs the two paychecks to pay rent for his apartment at a single-room occupancy hotel on the city’s north side. While he’s worked at McDonald’s stores for two decades, he still doesn’t get 40 hours a week and makes $8.25 an hour, minimum wage in Illinois.

This is life in one of America’s premier growth industries. Fast-food restaurants have added positions more than twice as fast as the U.S. average during the recovery that began in June 2009.
The jobs created by companies including Burger King Worldwide Inc. and Yum (YUM)! Brands Inc., which owns the Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and KFC brands, are among the lowest-paid in the U.S.—except in the C suite.

The pay gap separating fast-food workers from their chief executive officers is growing at each of those companies. The disparity has doubled at McDonald’s Corp. in the last 10 years, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. At the same time, the company helped pay for lobbying against minimum-wage increases and sought to quash the kind of unionization efforts that erupted recently on the streets of Chicago and New York.

Tyree Johnson would have to work for over a hundred years—or put in about a million hours of minimum wage work—to earn the $8.75 million that McDonald’s paid former CEO Jim Skinner last year.

Breathtaking, innit?

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