In this episode of Sanford and Son, “Fred’s Treasure Garden,” which aired on Nov 29, 1974, Grady finds some pot growing in the junkyard, mistakes it for wild parsley, makes a nice big salad out of it and hilarity ensues.
Even without Redd Foxx , this is some high grade shit. The roots of stoner humor.
“Madwoman of the Sacred Heart.” Graphic novel by by Moebius and Jodorowsky.
On the heels of sharing The Holy Mountain with DM readers, I thought an Alejandro Jodorowsky documentary might be timely and this is a good one.
In 1994 French film maker Louis Mouchet interviewed Jodorowsky and a bunch of his friends and collaborators, including director Fernando Arrabal, Peter Gabriel, Marcel Marcea and artist Moebius.
Jodorowsky is witty and wise as he discusses his masterpieces El Topo and The Holy Mountain, his failed Dune project, the Tarot, his role as a teacher and reluctant new age guru. He’s kind of like Freud on psychotropics.
I hope you enjoy this fascinating look into the mind of a modern magician and trickster who is constantly evolving and adapting to new technologies and formulating new philosophies.
“As soon as I define myself I’m dead.” ~ Alejandro Jodorowsky.
Alejandro Jodorowsky’s El Topo and The Holy Mountain truly define the meaning of the words “head movie.” Both films have the capacity to alter your consciousness while you’re watching them and long thereafter. Like the afterglow of a deeply profound dream, El Topo has been a part of me, shifting the gears in the soft machine of my brain, since I first saw it in 1971 at a midnight screening in Denver, Colorado when I was 19 years old. It was in every respect a spiritual experience.
Years later, when I saw The Holy Mountain the impact was less transformative than seeing El Topo, but I was still thoroughly blown away by Jodorowsky’s Technicolor alchemy. His celluloid transmission was light years ahead of its time. Made in 1973, the film’s look and attitude seem totally of the moment. Yes, it has its hippy dippy moments and goes soft in places, but overall it’s an amazing piece of film making that in its visual design - sets, costumes, symbols, color palette - is as cutting edge as anything made by contemporary directors like David Lynch, Quentin Tarantino, Chan Wook-park or Gaspar Noé. The movie is breathtaking. And it looks like it cost 20 times its $750,000 budget. Amazing.
If you’ve never seen The Holy Mountain, I suggest you see it on the big screen. Its visual wonders should be allowed to overwhelm and engulf you.
For home viewing, THM has been released in a beautiful Blu-ray transfer that is vast improvement over the fifth-generation bootlegged VHS copies that used to circulate among hardcore fans way back in the days before Jodorowsky’s praises were being sung by Marilyn Manson and Daniel Pinchbeck.
Normally I wouldn’t steer Dangerous Minds’ readers to a YouTube upload of something as visually sumptous as The Holy Mountain, but this happens to be really nice looking. Watch it and you’ll probably want to own it in remastered form, either on DVD or Blu-ray. Consider this as a kind of introduction, a full-length teaser, a first date with someone you’ll eventually marry.
Watch in 720p for a nice hi def image. This version has English dubbing, which is unfortunate but it doesn’t really diminish the overall experience.
If you watch the show, you know Breaking Bad is as addicting as meth, but a lot more fun and better for your health. The fourth season is finished and the big question among fans is where is the show gonna go next in its twisty turny road to its fifth season conclusion. Well, those nutzoid Taiwanese animators over at Next Media Animation have come up with what they think is going to happen and it’s batshit crazy.
Danish band Baby Woodrose explores psychedelia with a sure sense of what makes it sound and feel right. This particular track, “Down To The Bottom,” from their sixth studio album Third Eye Surgery, could be a lost track from Love’s first album. Yes, it’s that good. Vocalist and band mastermind Lorenzo Woodrose delivers a vocal that has the the big, beautiful, sardonic snarl of Arthur Lee.
Fans of The Seeds, Music Machine, Thirteen Floor Elevators and good old fashion head music, should find this track sonically fulfilling. And the video gives you something trippy to look at.
If you like what you hear, do what I did and download Third Eye Surgeryhere.
A collection of 10 different limited edition Yellow Submarine posters (in two box sets) by artist Tom Whalen are going on sale on May 29th at the Dark Hall Mansions’ website.
The posters are officially licensed from The Beatles’ Apple company and they’re stunners. They’ll probably sell faster than Kraftwerk at MOMA tickets, but scoring a set would be sweet. I’m in.
The posters release seem to be timed to coincide with the June 5th release of the newly-restored Yellow Submarine on DVD and Blu-ray. Having recently seen the restored digital version on the big screen, I can testify to its mind-altering beauty.
In last week’s episode of Mad Men, smug Madison Avenue advertising honcho Roger Sterling drops acid for the first time, thumbs through a magazine with the above image and then looks into a mirror, seeing himself with a similar situation going on with his own hair.
The ad was actually real and so was the product: “Great Day For Men” hair dye. The gentleman modeling the two-tone ‘do? None other than future “Ted Baxter,” the great Ted Knight!