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Keith Richards: experimental synthesist
05.21.2010
08:29 pm

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I had no earthly idea about this until just this moment.  From the rare movie Umano non Umano by Mario Schifano. Shot in ‘69, released in ‘72.
 
thx Matt Devine !

 

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Oliver Reed: Wild Thing!
05.20.2010
12:11 pm

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How the below clip escaped inclusion in my previous post on the stupendously great British actor (and even greater talk show guest) Oliver Reed is UTTERLY beyond me!  So, with Ned’s Atomic Dustbin (?!) as his backing band, here’s a relatively coherent Reed taking The Troggs standby, Wild Thing, out for a spin.  Oh, and please watch to the end.  The Reedster makes a hysterically inappropriate comment regarding his Women In Love costar Glenda Jackson.

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Funky and obscure Krautrock:  Alex Oriental Experience and Can
05.18.2010
11:51 am

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Here’s an essential and intriguing missing piece of the Krautrock puzzle : A German man known simply as Alex (Alexander Wiska) plays Turkish pop music on his electric saz backed and produced at Inner Space studios, on his first two LPs, by most of the members of Can ! Below is an entertaining fan made clip for the song “Derule” which is a cover of a popular Turkish tune propelled by the incomparable drumming of Can’s Jaki Liebezeit.
 
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Mutant Sounds: Alex Oriental Experience
 
Previously on DM : THE DANGEROUS DISKOFOLK OF DERDIYOKLAR

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RIP “Big Boy” Breyer P-Orridge
05.18.2010
12:32 am

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I am very sad to announce the passing of Genesis Breyer P-Orridge’s white Jack Russell Terrier mix, Big Boy. Those who have followed Gen’s work for the last several years will likely instantly recognize the white dog.

Having been put in charge of walking and looking after Big Boy many, many times, this is a sad day for me.

Dearest friends and One True TOPI Tribe

Today, after battling various symptoms courageously, our BELOVED and ADORED best friend and superbly loving being dropped his body. He had been suffering from mixed symptoms that were a result of lymph cancer that had spread throughout his body. All of which got more intense and debilitating until he chose to move on to another form of being.

“Biggie” was cradled in my arms as he let go of this form of existence and we told him to look for his “Mummy” Lady Jaye.  As we spoke those words he looked up to me, licked my left hand directly on the two wedding rings and then kissed my face looking directly into my eyes. We felt a shiver run through us as Lady Jaye and Big Boy connected with each other and then with my SELF….

In the two plus y-eras since Lady Jaye dropped her body that we have been almost lost and disabled by grief “BigBoy” a/k/a “Biggie” has been my solace, my constant source of love and consolation. Without his loyal and unconditional love we’d have been totally lost. He was rescued from being abandoned, tied to a fence on xmas eve. We count our SELF blessed by his arrival in our lives.

R.I.P.  “BIG BOY” BREYER P-ORRIDGE

(RIP Big Boy)

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The Ian Curtis walking tour
05.18.2010
12:09 am

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In a fairly ghoulish move that’s sure to attract attention, Manchester now has a walking tour to the sites where the late Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis lived.

“It is unlikely to be the most lighthearted walking tour on offer this summer. But one taking in the places that helped shape lives of Joy Division and their frontman Ian Curtis is expected to attract hundreds of fans of the influential band to Macclesfield, the singer’s home town, this year.

A key stop will be 77 Barton Street where Curtis lived with his wife, Debbie, wrote many of his songs and, at 23, killed himself exactly 30 years ago tomorrow. The walk will continue to the town crematorium where a memorial –bearing the words of the song Love Will Tear Us Apart – has become a shrine for fans around the world”

(Via Feasting on Roadkill)

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Beardless Allen Ginsberg
05.16.2010
09:40 pm

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Newly discovered photo of Allen Ginsberg (sans beard), Cherry Valley NY, 1980. By Cliff Fyman.


(via Steve Silberman)

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Happy birthday Brian Eno
05.15.2010
10:27 am

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Brian Peter George St. John le Baptiste de la Salle Eno, artist/musician/author/record producer/music theorist/ designer/inventor of ambient music etc. etc. turns 62 today.

Below, Roxy Music tear it up, performing Ladytron on The Old Grey Whistle Test in 1972. Eno’s VSC3 solo comes in at 4:10, but you’ll want to watch the entire thing. The band is in fine form here, especially Phil Manzanera. Bottom: Editions of You on German television, 1972.
 

 

 
More Brian Eno on Dangerous Minds

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LAFMS videos by Jonathon Rosen
05.14.2010
01:22 pm

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Excellent videos for LAFMS stalwarts The Doo-Dooettes, Tom Recchion and David Toop by NYC artist Jonathon Rosen.

These videos evolved out of the copious material that was generated for live performances with the great musician/composer Tom Recchion. Working as a live mix video-instrumentalist with music as evocatively visual as this, was (and is) for me, a matter of letting the video elements self-assemble themselves. In other words, rather than force a narrative, as much as possible I strive to be a conduit - using the sound as my guide, and let the visuals tell me what they want to be.

 
Doo-Dooettes, Loop Rendered (excerpt).
Music by the Doo-Dooettes from the CD Think Space on Organ of Corti.
Remixed and reconfigured by Tom Recchion.
Video animation & editing: Jonathon Rosen.
 

Apartment Thunder.
Music from David Toop’s CD Black Chamber (Sub Rosa).
Musicians: David Toop, Tom Recchion.
Animation / Editing / Direction: Jonathon Rosen

 

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RIP Craig Kauffman
05.14.2010
08:54 am

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Craig Kauffman, maker of sublime ultra-minimal vacuum molded acrylic wall hangings and original member of the famed Ferus gallery gang in the mid-60’s (along with the likes of Eds Ruscha and Kienholz, Wallace Berman, Warhol, etc) has died. I’ve always loved his somewhat erotically-shaped and candy-like art-for-art’s-sake and what I’ve heard described as a “finish fetish”. Oh, so smooth and shiny !
 
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Los Angeles Times: Craig Kauffman dies at 78; artist captured the ethos of Los Angeles
 
thx Patrick Scott !

 

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An Open-Source History of Mondo 2000
05.13.2010
06:58 pm

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Ken Goffman, R.U. Sirius, also know as Ken Goffman was the editor/co-founder of Mondo 2000, one of the most visionary and influential publications of late 1980s and ’90s. He’s looking to use Kickstarter to finance a “collective memory project” about the magazine and its history, for posterity. It’s certainly a worthy subject to my mind. Goffman’s project would take the form of a physical book and possibly become a documentary, too. Kickstarter has a podcast interview about the project and the history of Mondo 2000.

This project stemmed from your original desire to do a memoir, but seems to have become something much more.

Originally, I had the idea that I could work with the idea of memory and perception in the context of writing a memoir. I probably didn’t remember my life that accurately, and perhaps not that interestingly, but if I made my memoir open-source and brought people who had their own memories of interacting with me in their own lives — during the late ’60s/’70s and the period when I was doing Mondo 2000 and earlier magazines — then something really interesting would come of that. It’d be a literary experiment and an exploration of memory and psychology.  That’s where it started.

On one level it seemed really self-indulgent; in another way, it seemed like a fairly original project.  There’ve been a lot of books where it’s “as told to,” starting with a book called Edie by George Plympton, where they go around and talk to a whole lot of different people and quote them verbatim about some person’s life and what they witnessed.

My feeling was this would dig a little bit deeper, more interactive and more probing. Eventually, largely as a result of thinking about raising capital to get started on Kickstarter, trying to get the equivalent of the small amount book companies give for an advance, I decided I needed to narrow my focus.  People would be interested in doing this just with Mondo 2000 and the magazines that preceded it.  So it was narrowed down to a period from 1984-1997, starting with a magazine called High Frontiers that mutated into Reality Hackers and then Mondo 2000.

Mondo 1995: Up and Down With the Next Millennium’s First Magazine by Jack Boulware (SF Weekly)

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