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A few words about love, from everyone’s favorite hopeless romantic, Ayn Rand
03.12.2013
11:16 am
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Gotta hand it to her—the woman rocked the asymmetrical bob like no other
 
The 1959 Mike Wallace interview of Ayn Rand is chock-full of lovely little horrors to satiate my anti-capitalist smugness, but for my money (see what I did there?), you can’t beat hearing the woman (whose philosophies bolstered Alan Greenspan’s chairmanship of the Federal Reserve for nearly 20 years) wax romantic. Hint: it involves currency, “virtue,” and very few of us are deserving.

Keep in mind, this is also the woman who defended her rapist protagonist, saying If it was rape, it was rape by engraved invitation.
 

Posted by Amber Frost
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03.12.2013
11:16 am
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Anne Pigalle: Homemade promo for new single ‘Queen Maria’
03.12.2013
09:27 am
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Fresh from her hit appearance at Franko B’s Untouchable Casa Nostra, the wonderful Anne Pigalle has released her latest single “Queen Maria” with a delightful homemade video.

Ms. Pigalle’s latest album available here, which is also being released as a limited edition art painting CD as well. Madame Sex portrait by Kevin Cummins.
 

 

 

Posted by Paul Gallagher
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03.12.2013
09:27 am
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A Great Jock ‘n’ Roll Swindle?: Film fame for Scottish Hip Hop Hoaxers
03.11.2013
08:30 pm
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It was the author of Peter Pan, J. M. Barrie, who said it best:

‘There are few more impressive sights in the world than a Scotsman on the make.’

As a Scot, I believe this to be often the case, and am pleased, therefore, to report the premiere of a film at SXSW, which tells the story of 2 Scots on the make with their very own Jock ‘n’ Roll Swindle.

The Great Hip Hop Hoax tells the story of friends Billy Boyd and Gavin Bain, who duped ‘everyone from Sony Music to MTV into believing [they] were LA-born rappers Silibil N’ Brains, tipped for the top in the hip hop industry.’

As blog site Arbroath reports the would-be Hip Hop duo were:

‘Angered at the sneering from London record industry executives searching for the British Eminem, the duo set out to fool the music business into believing that they were brash Californian rappers. The deception began after a disastrous audition in London in 2001. Speaking in the documentary, Dundee-born Mr Bain, 31, aka Brains, describes how “the vibe just changed horribly” the minute they started “talking in a Scottish accent”.

Getting nowhere fast, Mr Boyd, aka Silibil, adopted an American accent as a joke, and the lie began. “Out of spite we decided to develop these characters and that’s when Silibil ‘N’ Brains were really born.” Taking their inspiration from MTV music videos, they prepared for “the biggest role that we’d ever play”. The Great Hip Hop Hoax, which has its world premiere at the South by South West (SXSW) Festival in Austin, Texas, on Thursday, tells the story of their rise and fall. By 2003, the duo were back in London with a spot at a music industry showcase. A management deal followed and they soon had a six-figure recording contract with Sony. Tipped as the “next big thing” by MTV, they played with Eminem’s D12 band at Brixton Academy, and partied with Madonna and Green Day.

Their plan was to make it before coming clean, to show that if you have talent, your nationality shouldn’t matter. But in the world of hip hop, which is all about “keeping it real”, they forgot who they really were. They lived in constant fear of being exposed. “We believed that if we got found out that we’d have to pay all the money back …. We didn’t know if we’d go to jail for fraud,” said Mr Bain. “We completely forgot that we were Scottish ... I was definitely going a little cuckoo.” They were trapped – never releasing a record in case their lies were exposed. “It drove us from being best friends to hating each other,” Mr Boyd recalls. Things came to a head in June 2005, when the pair had a furious fight. The next day Mr Boyd returned to Scotland. There was no big announcement and no outcry, as they had never released a record.

The resultant film The Great Hip Hop Hoax was made in conjunction with the BBC and Creative Scotland and is described as:

Californian hip-hop duo Silibil n’ Brains were going to be massive. What no-one knew was the pair were really students from Scotland, with fake American accents and made up identities.

The Great Hip Hop Hoax (92 minutes) is a film about truth, lies and the legacy of faking everything in the desperate pursuit of fame. The American dream, told by people who’d never even been to America.

The Great Hip Hop Hoax a film by Jeanie Finlay will premiere at SXSW, more details here.
 

 
Via Arbroath and The Courier, with thanks to Tara!
 

Posted by Paul Gallagher
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03.11.2013
08:30 pm
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Pantyface: Is this new Japanese fetish sexy or just stupid?
03.11.2013
06:17 pm
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Well I guess not necessarily “new” since the book titled Kaopan was published on February 14, 2013. But it’s sure as shit new to me and perhaps maybe you, too?

Kaopan—which is a the name of this particular fetish and the same name as the book—is a combination of kao, meaning face, and pantsu, or panties. However, when using Google translate “Kaopan” or “かおぱん” translates to “Face Bread.” Make of that what you will…

Not much I can say about this except “Yep, you wear panties on yer face…”

Apparently even when you swim, play the recorder or chillax with a friend, you just put on your best pantyface. All casual-like…

I’m not sure if I should label this post NSFW… I mean, is it really NSFW? I’m truly perplexed. Is this actually sexy?
 
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Via WFMU and Rocket News

Posted by Tara McGinley
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03.11.2013
06:17 pm
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Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds live in Moscow, 1998
03.11.2013
05:10 pm
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There are several excellent full length concerts by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds on YouTube. This strong 1998 set, recorded in Moscow for Russian TV, is one of the very best of them.

Numbers that The Bad Seeds normally do at the end of shows or as encores are front-loaded here, so by the the middle of this it gets pretty incendiary, with the Russian audience going (appropriately) nuts. Then the maelstrom subsides for some prettier moments, including a moving “Into My Arms” (surely every bit as great a love song as George Harrison’s “Something,” ain’t it?)

“Do You Love Me?”
“Right Red Hand”
“From Her to Eternity”
“Henry Lee”
“The Mercy Seat”
“The Weeping Song” (duet with Blixa Bargeld)
“Lime Tree Arbour”
“Deanna”
“The Ship Song”
“Into My Arms”
 

Posted by Richard Metzger
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03.11.2013
05:10 pm
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Hot rails to hell: Dangerous Minds at SXSW
03.11.2013
05:04 pm
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The new face of indie rock.
 
Every year I say I’m not goin’, but once again I will be at SXSW. I live in Austin, so it’s hard to avoid. I plan to spend more time this year checking out new bands and avoiding the crush of people trying to get in to see major label warhorses like Green Day, Stevie Nicks, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Nick Cave and Iggy and The Stooges. If established acts are what you’re interested in, there’s plenty of free shows (no badges or wristbands required), including Flaming Lips, The Coup, The Zombies (with Argent and Blunstone) and Tegan & Sara.

As SXSW continues to grow far beyond its humble origins, there’s hundreds of alternative events that are keeping the original vibe alive. If you’re coming, be sure to check out sites like the Unofficial SXSW Guide and SXSW Side Parties Database.

With Prince, Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake and Lil Wayne added to the 2013 schedule, SXSW continues its long death march to Grammy Awards irrelevancy. Help me keep it real. If you’ve got a band, a film or some cool product you’d like to talk to me about, contact me at marcdangermind@gmail.com.

 

Posted by Marc Campbell
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03.11.2013
05:04 pm
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Swanky ‘Cadillac bicycle’ is a work of art
03.11.2013
04:14 pm
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I like this 1950s-era fiberglass Cadillac bike designed by Robert Egger in 1998.  This belongs in a museum!

Below, another piece by Egger that I think is quite stunning.

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Via Neatorama

Posted by Tara McGinley
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03.11.2013
04:14 pm
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Sex, guys & videotapes: Meet Amy Gwatkin, London’s most transgressive artist (NSFW)
03.11.2013
04:09 pm
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“They’re being brave and so am I,” explains photographer/artist Amy Gwatkin in her impeccable Queen’s English, sat in her white walled studio, pretty much bent double in her chair with nerves.

We are watching unedited footage for her new film installation Risk Assessment, which opens tomorrow night in Dalston. On the screen, in black and white, a fleshy, pale, aged man’s shoulder twitches and shakes with an effort that can only be called self-explanatory. “We’re being brave together—the one cannot exist without the other, the voyeur needs the exhibitionist, the exhibitionist the voyeur.”

“I’m not exactly an artist,” she continues. “Most of the year I spend interviewing people about shoes… photoshoppping already beautiful teenagers…” The otherwise employed fashion photographer (whose work has recently appeared in Dazed & Confused, EXIT, and The Independent, among others) pauses, letting us acknowledge what looks a lot like the old man’s petite mort. “But for a month of two every year I have the chance to make something that isn’t for anyone else—and I keep on coming back to this project involving naked men. First of all photographing them, now filming them.”

In 2010, Gwatkin posted an ad in the notorious casual encounters section of Craigslist (the world’s favorite sexual sewer). It read, “Exhibitionists Wanted.” Out of over 90 responses, she picked out ten that didn’t immediately scream “murderer”—EXCESSIVE CAPS LOCK AND BAD SPELLING BEING THE DEAD GIVEAWAY THEIR (sic)—and set about photographing these masturbating strangers, at their homes, at her studio, and even in the bushes of Hampstead Heath.

She then spent weeks with the resulting images, “obsessively” photographing, zooming in, and reprogramming them, in a way she concedes was partly about distancing herself from the subject and the experience. “The effect it created was almost overwhelming, like a vortex. At some point all the men became an amorphous mass. It was difficult to differentiate between the bodies.”

The resulting “vortex”—144 black and white prints forming a large, neat rectangular collage—was titled Nothing Happened (an allusion to the kind of questions she was asked whenever she described her work-in-progress). When I first laid eyes on this unique, powerful work of art, at the private view two years ago, an enthralled crowd milled about beneath it all night long, as if it were a stained glass window in a cave.

Gwatkin considers Risk Assessment her most significant work since. If in Nothing Happened, the participants’ bodies and identities were smudged and even obliterated, here they are given much more autonomy. Gwatkin acknowledges that she in turn is no longer hiding from the experience, the taboo. Everything is, to put it mildly, a lot less oblique, though Risk Assessment never fails to still somehow straddle that not-famously-fine line between the beautiful and the grotesque.

Now you can enjoy the linked, well, “teaser,” exclusively prepared for Dangerous Minds. Be warned, it’s pretty strong stuff.

Risk Assement runs as part of the show “FOR” (also featuring the work of Bella Fenning and Anna Leader), at SixtySevenA, at City Studios, 67a Dalston Lane, London E8 2NG, Tuesday 12th March 6-9pm, and runs until 28th March. By appointment only.

Posted by Thomas McGrath
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03.11.2013
04:09 pm
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An effervescent Patti Smith… and her clarinet, 1979
03.11.2013
03:18 pm
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I know she’s giving Rockpalast presenter Alan Bangs a hard time here, but she still seems so sweet and so earnest!

Lenny Kaye seems to be attempting to salvage a sense of professionalism, much to the host’s relief, I’m sure, who appears to be struggling to translate every little Noo Yawk nuance into German.
 

 

Posted by Amber Frost
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03.11.2013
03:18 pm
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Battle of the David Lynch baked goods: ‘Blue Velvet Cupcakes’ or ‘Eraserheard’ cake pops?
03.11.2013
03:03 pm
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I can’t decide which non sequitur confection best captures the morbid nature of the Lynchian milieu, what say you?
 
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(The artist behind the cake pops also does full casts of Vincent Price’s head in chocolate!)

Posted by Amber Frost
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03.11.2013
03:03 pm
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