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Prisontown: The Malefactors of Great Wealth

Unique music video for “Prisontown” by a group with such a cool name, The Malefactors of Great Wealth.

The video uses seldom-seen archival footage from the infamous “Narcotic Farm” in Lexington, KY, a prison for drug addicts which once housed writer William S. Burroughs, musician Sonny Rollins, and actor Peter Lorre, among thousands of others. From the 1930s until 1975, if you were convicted of a drug-related crime, this was where they would send you. (As you might also suspect, human drug testing went on there and the CIA did clandestine research on LSD at the Narcotic Farm, too).

No surprise there were a lot of musicians about. Find out more about the Narcotic Farm here.

Thank you J.P. Olsen!

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Your weekend dose of Orange Sunshine

Here’s your weekend dose of psychedelia.

Visuals: loops from the Joshua Light Show, Mark Boyle and Joan Hills’ liquid lights for London’s UFO club, Jerry Abrams, Robert Breer and Derek Jarman.

Music: Country Joe and The Fish, Nico, Soft Machine, Docdail and Exitmusic. The Abrams clip says Blue Cheer, but it’s Country Joe in this mix.

Thanks to Gary for the UFO loop. Animated gif from Lysergioacid

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Headshop Hobbit: Odd 1960s ‘Lord of the Rings’ stickers

The intersection of Tolkien and “The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers”???

Over on BB Submitterator Ethan Freak writes: “Legolas looks more like a crime-fighting Robin than elf, Aragorn wields an ax, Tom Bombadil is sporting some groovy bellbottoms, & Frodo resembles a pig on crack. The best might be Gandalf “Keep on Truckin’” the Gray. These groovy Lord of the Rings stickers were recently spotted at a Tolkien convention. As you’ll see, the anonymous artist has taken liberties with Tolkien’s vision. Where they originally came from, no one seems to know. Shall the stickers be destroyed in the fiery chasm whence they came?”

See more Tolkien hippie stickers over at Ethan Gilsdorf’s website. He has a fun back-story to go along with these unearthed stickers. 


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NSFW Caribbean sleaze: Jamaican director takes on The Weeknd’s ‘Wicked Games’

The elusive The Weeknd…
This spring has seen 20-year-old Toronto-based R&B singer Abel Tesfaye—who does business as The Weeknd—zoom suddenly across the radar screen of the alt-music blogosphere and into the starry-eyed attention of pop star Drake and still-boring institution Rolling Stone.

And as if you need further proof of the irrelevance of the music industry, he’s done it as an unsigned artist on the strength of House of Balloons, a free downloadable mixtape of his tunes.

The hype surrounding Tesfaye springs from a couple of factors. One is the anxiously defiant swagitude in his smooth, loping, MDMA-tinged electro-soul sound. The other is the guy’s tantalizingly un-R&B low visual profile, which has resulted in the dissemination of a handful of mostly black-and-white photos of the handsome cat.

Tesfaye’s relative anonymity has also resulted in his fans producing some video interpretations of his tunes. Most of these have gone for a pretty literal black-&-white noir-city-apartment setting & narrative.

But Jamaican indie filmmaker Storm Saulter—director of the feature Better Mus’ Come and curator of the New Caribbean Cinema series—sets his disturbingly sunshine-soaked take on The Weeknd’s “Wicked Games” off the waters of his home island’s coastal parish of Portland.

After the jump: a more typical, though well-crafted, take on “What You Need”…

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Mexican police seize diamond-encrusted and gold-plated automatic weapons from drug cartel
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Current Events

drug dealers
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The feared Mexican drug cartel La Familia was behind the shooting down of a police helicopter, authorities say and they were given a tip-off about a big meeting that was to take place in the group’s stonghold area of Michoacan. That information led to a police shoot-out that the killed eleven suspected members of the cartel, and 36 others, including three known top leaders were captured.

The Mexican police also confiscated several jewel-encrusted or gold-plated automatic weapons. From the BBC:

“They were hiding in Jalisco, waiting for instructions from their boss and planning an attack on a group which calls itself the Knights Templar, with which they’re at war,” Mr Rosas told reporters at a news conference.

The police commissioner described the Knights Templar as an offshoot of La Familia, which had split from the cartel after the killing by security forces of La Familia leader Nazario Moreno in December 2010.

Police said they seized 70 long-range weapons and 14 pistols, many of them encrusted with gold, silver and precious stones.

They also secured more than 20,000 rounds of ammunition and 40 bullet-proof vests.

Fighting between rival factions of the La Familia cartel displaced at least 2,000 people from their homes in Michoacan state this week.

Imagine having so much money that you could have a gold-plated automatic weapon! That’s some real James Bond shit. Perhaps Harry Winston and Tiffany’s need to get in on the “luxury” arms trade? They’re leaving BIG money on the table if they don’t!


Previously on DM: Logo narco: The branding of Mexican drug cartels.

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‘Star Wars’ vs. ‘Withnail and I’
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Star Wars
Withnail and I

“The joint I am about to roll requires a craftsman and can utilise up to twelve skins. It is called a Camberwell Carrot.”

Yoda gets Danny the drug dealer’s lines from Withnail and I.

“This will tend to make you very high.”

Via Popbitch

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DIY Homemade Absinthe
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English Russia has a DIY recipe for the “Green Goddess.” Apparently it’s the real deal—not the absinthe-in-name-only stuff you can buy at a liquor store. I remember drinking some absinthe once, but to be honest I didn’t experience the decadent Baudelaire-style head trip I was promised. Maybe it was because I wasn’t drinking this hooch?

Stage One. Infusion.
Ingredients: Alcohol 80% and herbs (the most common bought in the chemist’s, in grams per 1 liter of alcohol):

Wormwood: 100 g
Fennel (fruit): 50 g
Anise: 50 g
Mint: 15 g
Melissa: 8 g
Chamomile: 3 g
Cumin: 10 g
Angelica: 10 g

It would be nice to add 5-10 g of hyssop, but it is difficult to find. The substance should be kept in a dark place at room temperature for 7-15 days. You can certainly speed up the process, infusing the substance for 24 hours at a temperature of 40 C, but this will worsen the result.

The craft of making absinthe ain’t easy, there are a few more steps and ingredients involved—you can follow all of ‘em here.

(via Nerdcore)

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What your grow room looks like after the cops visit

The Saginaw County Sheriff’s Department has claimed their “destruction policy” will change after a legal medical marijuana grower released photos of his basement grow room following a “visit” from the police, reports Toke of the Town:

Deputies will discontinue their policy of destroying all grow room equipment when they serve search warrants at the homes of medical marijuana patients or caretakers, Saginaw County Sheriff’s Detective Randy P. Pfau claimed.

Edwyn W. Boyke Jr., 64, of Saginaw Township, released the sobering photos after the raid conducted by deputies and federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents in the basement of his home, reports Gus Burns of The Saginaw News.

The police raid of Boyke’s home and the resulting photos raised public concern about police procedures when dealing with legal marijuana patients.

Police claim Boyke violated marijuana laws, and in the raid destroyed equipment which the medical marijuana patient said cost him $7,000.

“It’s so new to us, this new law,” Detective Pfau whined, “so we’re acting on protocol that’s been in place… forever with manufacture of marijuana.”

Not mentioned by Pfau is the simple fact that Michigan voters legalized the medicinal use of marijuana almost two years ago, which seems to this writer to be adequate time, even for thick-headed, pot phobic cops to learn the damned laws have changed, already.

Pfau claimed the old way of doing things was to “take a portion” of the grow equipment to present as evidence and document the rest with photos and inventory sheets.

Because the possession and farming of marijuana is no longer inherently illegal, due to Michigan’s medical marijuana law, Pfau said deputies will “adjust their procedures.”

Now, does that just mean they’ll smile more while they bust up patients’ equipment and destroy their medicine? Stay tuned.

Photos by Edwyn W. Boyke.
Via Toke of the Town

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Man takes epic bong hit
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This dude must have lungs of steel! One question, where did all the smoke go?

(via I Heart Chaos)

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‘14 Hour Technicolor Dream’: London be-in, 1967

The “14 Hour Technicolor Dream” be-in which took place at Alexandra Plaza Palace in London was the English art and music community’s answer to the San Francisco acid tests. It was intended to raise money for counter culture newspaper the International Times which was facing an obscenity trial but it ended up being a financial bust.

No one seems to be absolutely clear as to every musician that played the event. There were dozens invited but not all showed. Among the ones that did were The Soft Machine, Arthur Brown, Yoko Ono, The Flies, The Move, The Pretty Things, Pete Townshend, The Deviants and Pink Floyd. Jimi Hendrix and John Lennon were in the audience.

What Is Happening? made for British TV show “Man Alive” focuses on the audience, dancers, performance artists, gawkers and the event in general. While it’s not a concert film it still has the energy of rock and roll.

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