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Guy walks around festival dressed as Steve Aoki; stupidity (and many selfies) ensue
12.02.2014
09:41 am

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I’m not going to assume that you have all heard of Steve Aoki but for brevity’s sake, he’s an American house musician, DJ, record producer, founder of Dim Mak Records and the son of the guy who founded Benihana. He’s also famous for throwing pies at “tank-top-sporting EDM bros” while he performs.

A fellow named Jarrad Seng silently walked around the Stereosonic festival in Perth, Australia dressed up as… Steve Aoki. Because why not, right? This was Seng’s answer to all viral catcalling videos that have been making the rounds on the Internet the past few months. He’s outdone them all.

As someone in the YouTube comments points out:

He’s like the pied piper of shit heads.

The whole video is ridiculously funny and mind-numbingly stupid. Jarrad Seng kind of looks like Steve Aoki if you squint and stand on yer head while taking a huge bong hit. Okay, he looks nothing like him. Both are Asian guys with long hair and beards, but that’s about it. However, NO ONE is the wiser and people just can’t wait to get a selfie with this ersatz “Steve Aoki”!

In the comments on reddit, heroinaddict111 added this, “A guy I know was bragging that he met him and I thought he looked a little weird.” Photo, below:


 
The worst (or funniest) part of the video is when the real Steve Aoki is performing ON THE STAGE while Seng is in the crowd dressed up as him. And people still apparently have no idea that the guy they’re high-fiving and taking selfies with is not Steve Aoki.

 
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‘Devotees’: Beautiful mutants create insane DEVO tribute album, 1979
12.02.2014
08:18 am

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The cover for the first DEVO album was “inspired” by the logo of golfer Chi Chi Rodriguez

The enduring vogue for tribute compilations can probably be traced back to an origin in the late ‘80s, when the Johnny Cash tribute ‘Til Things Are Brighter and the Neil Young tribute The Bridge both earned critical raves and much college radio spinnage. But though the concept didn’t catch real fire until almost the turn of the ‘90s, it had been around. Witness 1979’s Devotees Album, the DEVO tribute album produced by L.A.‘s legendary radio station KROQ.
 

 
The album differs substantially from most tribute comps, which are typically heavily curated affairs, like the popular and long-running “Red Hot and [whatever]” series. The aforementioned Johnny Cash trib was assembled as a labor of love by members of the Fall and the Mekons, years before Cash’s resurgence in popularity. But this DEVO tribute is basically a collection of fan art! KROQ invited listeners to submit DEVO covers, and the selections that made it to the comp were determined in a contest. So instead of marquee names, you have a lot of genuine weirdo shit, crafted by creative obsessives, few of whom were ever heard from again. As such, it’s a mixed bag, ranging from shitty-but-endearing efforts you maybe never need to hear more than once in a blue moon, to totally brilliant mix-tape staples.
 

 
Another effect of its mob-sourced curation is that there are repeaters, which is usually a tribute comp no-no: the album contains three versions each of fan favorites “Mongoloid” and “Jocko Homo.” Amusingly, two of the “Jocko Homos” included music played on touch tone telephones. The first was “Jocko Bozo,” a clown-themed sendup by the Firemen. Some YouTube smartass dubbed that cut over some actual DEVO live footage, and I’m not 100% sure how I feel about that, but you can watch it here. The second was by the Touch Tone Tuners, who, true to their name, played ALL their track’s music on a phone. Embeddable media for that one seems nonexistent, but the ever-helpful WFMU has an MP3 of it online.

Another big winner is the Bakersfield Boogie Boys’ version of “Okie from Muskogee,” the presence of which is a bit of a headscratcher—did DEVO ever do that song? I can find no evidence that they did, but that hardly matters, as this track was so well received that Rhino gave that band an EP all their own, which is so ridiculously DEVO-ish in its robotic affect and squared-off synth textures, I’m sure someone out there thought the BBBs were actually just DEVO playing a prank.
 

 
Finding the LP in its entirety online is difficult, or I’d have just streamed the whole damn thing for you. It’s never come out on CD, which is amazing, not just because it’s DEVO-related, but because the original LP was released by the reissue-happy Rhino Records. Fortunately, re-sale prices for the LP on Amazon and Discogs are perfectly reasonable. But despite the paucity of sharable tracks, there is an illuminating contrast yet to draw—two versions of “Mongoloid,” one a fairly straight, if silly, take, and the next a disturbingly lysergic “Revolution #9”-ish mishmash, redolent of dorm room delirium tremens.
 

 

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‘Weed Snobs’ pretty much nails weed snobs
11.26.2014
10:13 am

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Meet pompous old Yale buddies Richard and Sebastian, who have expert knowledge on the finer things in life and who also happen to be world class “weed snobs.”

Much like wine tasting, Richard and Sebastian take you on an amusing journey through weed class snobbery.

There are too many choice quotes to pick out. I think this is my favorite by far:

Richard: First off I’m going to start off with a Philly blunt of your Super Sour Dies. Uh, now your Pre-98 Bubba Kush... that’s a Bubba Kush that’s definitely prior to 98, correct?

Waiter: Of course, Sir. We import from a boutique nursery whose Bubba clones directly descend from the original Pre-98 plant.

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This video is a production of Weed Maps, an extremely useful website that reviews local dispensaries. More of these, please! Thanks.

 
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Bland Aid: ‘Fleece the World (Let Them Know It’s Pantomime)’
11.25.2014
09:18 am

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Who the fuck are these people?

You knew this would happen. Somewhere in the back of your mind you knew this was bound to happen, even as you hummed along to that charity single raising money and awareness about Ebola, poverty and alike, you thought someone, somewhere, would eventually get it together to put an end to all those privileged pampered pop star millionaires getting a buzz out of telling people what to do (you know who they are…). Well, you were right. Someone has done just that. And they’re called Bland Aid and their song is “Fleece the World (Let Them Know It’s Pantomime).”

Bland Aid wants you to remember:

Charity begins at home, please supply your local tramp with butties [sandwiches] and a brew this Christmas

Or, if you know any homeless people, why not show them some love this Christmas and buy them a Bob Geldof boxset?
 

 

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‘Christopher Walken in the air’... What MORE could you want?
11.24.2014
10:18 am

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Why this exists… I simply do not know. But it does and I think I’m a better person for having watched it. Whatever drugs the person was on who made this must’ve been pretty spectacular because well, they came up with this.

And just in time for the holiday season to spread some Walken cheer. I’ll be walken in a winter wonderland… and so will you!

PS - It’s a damned earworm to boot! You’ve been warned.

 
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Google Street View f*ck fingers
11.24.2014
09:20 am

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Back in 2011 artist Michael Wolf started to collect images from Google Street View of folks flippin’ the bird at the Google Maps Camera Cars as they passed by them. Wolf has amassed quite a collection by this point as you can imagine. The exhibition is called “A Series of Unfortunate Events” which is dedicated to Google Street View mishaps and its subset of the series is simply titled “Fuck You.”

I’ve only known one person to be captured by the Google Maps Camera Car. Unfortunately, my friend was hipped to his appearance on Google Street View by someone who recognized him while looking for apartments on Craigslist. The person said to my friend, “Hey man, I saw you on Google Street View. You’re on a little girl’s pink bike.” My friend immediately looked up the coordinates and lo and behold, there he was, riding a Huffy pink bike—which he borrowed from his youngest sister ‘cause his bike had a flat tire—while holding a bag of take-out tacos.

I’m sure if he could do it all over again, he’d flip Google the bird, too.


 

 

 
More after the jump…
 

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Homophobic hate preacher tweets cartoon mash-up admitting he’s a ‘homosexual sodomite’

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Anti-gay self-ordained fruitcake “pastor” Dr. James David Manning accidentally tweeted a satirical cartoon mash-up—in which he confesses to being a “homosexual sodomite”—to his 4,215 Twitter followers.
 

 
“Pastor” Manning—a guest of Sean Hannity’s from time to time—was last seen propagating claims that Starbucks allegedly was using “sodomite semen” to flavor their lattes (This is hardly a secret: they had to get it somewhere and as everyone knows semen farmers tend to turn a blind eye as to the sexual orientation of their “studs.”) Manning has urged his followers to boycott the coffee franchise for putting jizz in their drinks.

In Adam Reake’s video, “Pastor” Manning of the ATLAH World Missionary Church in Harlem, is seen as a cartoon figure discussing the “semen” coffee story:
 

 
Reake continues his “interview” with Manning in a follow-up animation:
 

 
Via the Independent.
 

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A gin-soaked Advent calendar for the perfect boozy X-mas season
11.21.2014
09:42 am

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I’m not a religious person, nor do I really care about the holidays—I just see it as a giant excuse to eat like a damned fool—but this Ginvent calendar I could totally get on board with. 

Instead of those boring, tasteless chocolates nestled behind the cardboard “windows” why not switch it up with 30ml bottles of gin?

There are two flavors to choose from: The Botanical Ginvent Calendar and the Ginvent Calendar (which offers a selection of gins from around the world).


 

 
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‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ melting Nazi face candle
11.20.2014
11:27 am

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This is one of those clever ideas that make me want to kick myself for not thinking of it first... Anyway, Firebox is selling a face-melting Major Arnold Toht candle (the sinister SS agent whose face melts off at the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark).

According to UK-based Firebox, “Thankfully it melts a lot slower than his face does in the film.”

It’s £20 or around $30 + shipping.


 

 

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Concept Barbie doesn’t just have realistic proportions—she has scars, acne, freckles & cellulite
11.19.2014
02:55 pm

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Graphic designer/amateur toymaker Nickolay Lamm plays with Barbies a lot. First he came up with the make-up-free Barbie—worrying that she was “a little bit too hypersexualized,” which is strange, since I see women walking around my neighborhood with a face fulla slap, and the kids don’t seem to be scarred from it. Then he came up with a “proportional” Barbie, whose body matched that of an average 19-year-old woman (according to the Center for Disease Control)—a noble aim, but I find it misguided, and a little patronizing.

I tend to think projects like this misjudge children’s intellect—not everything in a child’s play or fantasy world is somehow internalized like some kind of insidious timebomb of self-loathing, and while Barbie’s uncanny proportions certainly indicate something rotten about our perspective on women’s bodies, I honestly think their effect on little girls is negligible. I’d argue Barbie’s freaky shape and perpetual Tammy Faye Bakker-ish makeup is a symptom—but not the cause—of self-esteem problems with women and girls—but what do I know? I’m just a woman who grew up healthy and happy playing with Barbies! As I have said before:

On some level, hyper-realistic dolls are a bit silly anyways, since anyone who’s ever been around kids will admit you can draw a smiley face on a jar of pickles and they’ll play with it like a doll. In many parts of the world, dolls don’t attempt the detail of Barbie, and people don’t have to think about dolls’ “bodies.”

That being said, what children do like about dolls—far more than any adult-invented concept of body idealization—is interaction, and Lamm may have actually come up with something a little girl (or at least John Waters), might be really interested in playing with. The Lammily doll now comes with decals for acne, freckles, moles, blushing cheeks, scrapes, bruises, scars, stretch marks and even cellulite. I do believe children are better at distinguishing fantasy and reality than Lamm thinks, and I do not think little girls give two shits about the literalism of their dolls (I also played with pink unicorn dolls—they did not leave me disappointed with regular old brown horses, I assure you), but it is a scientifically proven fact that stickers and accessories are basically crack for kids!

Lamm says he “wanted to show that reality is cool,” and asks, “a lot of toys make kids go into fantasy, but why don’t they show real life is cool?” Maybe it’s because doll-play is literally a fantasy, in that children are animating an inanimate object! Kids will have plenty of time to contend with reality; they still play with dolls that “wet themselves,” for example, so the doldrums of domesticity have not lost their appeal to young eyes, even in the wake of Barbie and her Dreamhouse. I think Lamm should have a bit more faith in little girls—their intellectual independence and their critical reasoning skills—but playing with scars and bruises? That’s something I think they could get into, even if it’s not for the reasons he thinks.
 

Mole
 

Scrape
 

Scar
 

Cellulite
 

Stretch marks
 
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