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Unraveling The Strange Death Of Brian Jones
09.02.2009
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Yesterday’s paper, in this case the Daily Mail, suggests, finally, some fresh interest in solving the case that is the strange and tragic death of Brian Jones:

Police are reviewing the death of Rolling Stone Brian Jones ?

Posted by Bradley Novicoff
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09.02.2009
01:20 am
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Cracking Open The Sheltering Sky
08.31.2009
04:13 pm
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Today’s NYT alerts us to the 60th (!) anniversary of Paul Bowles’ novel The Sheltering Sky.  A race to the limits of experience—and existence—set against North Africa’s unforgiving desert, Sky gave Bowles the means to live with the absolute freedom of his two most famous characters, Port and Kit Moresby.  That freedom would ultimately consume the Moresbys, but Bowles, along with his wife, Jane, lived out their years in Tangier, experimenting with hashish and bisexuality, and nurturing friendships with everyone from Gore Vidal to William Burroughs and Brion Gysin.

It was with Gysin that Bowles met The Master Musicians of Jajouka, a discovery that would later yield Brian Jones Presents: The Pipes of Pan at Jajouka.  Dubbed, dryly, by Burroughs as a “4000-year-old rock band,” The Masters can be seen below playing at the 40th anniversary of Brian Jones’ death.

 
In the NYT: Trusting in the Sheltering Sky, Even When It Scorched

Posted by Bradley Novicoff
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08.31.2009
04:13 pm
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Genesis Breyer P-Orridge: 30 Years of Being Cut Up
08.25.2009
04:46 pm
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INVISIBLE-EXPORTS is pleased to announce 30 YEARS OF BEING CUT UP, a retrospective spanning three decades of collage work by Genesis BREYER P-ORRIDGE…

“30 Years of Being Cut Up” is a three decade retrospective of photomontage and Expanded Polaroids, which includes many works never exhibited before, as well as a sampling of P-Orridge?

Posted by Jason Louv
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08.25.2009
04:46 pm
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Roxanne’s Revenge!
08.25.2009
11:17 am
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Awesome story in today’s NY Daily News about pioneering female rapper, Roxanne Shante’s successful battle to get Warner Music to pay for her doctoral degree:

But Shante, then 19, remembered a clause in her Warner Music recording contract: The company would fund her education for life.

She eventually cashed in, earning a Ph.D. in psychology from Cornell to the tune of $217,000 - all covered by the label. But getting Warner Music to cough up the dough was a battle. “They kept stumbling over their words, and they didn’t have an exact reason why they were telling me no,” Shante said.

She figured Warner considered the clause a throwaway, never believing a teen mom in public housing would attend college. The company declined to comment for this story.


Rapper behind ‘Roxanne’s Revenge’ gets Warner Music to pay for Ph.D

Posted by Richard Metzger
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08.25.2009
11:17 am
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Genesis P-Orridge: All Damn Day
08.23.2009
05:59 pm
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Two hilarious new short films featuring Genesis P-Orridge, by Bob Walles and Tim Whitney.


Posted by Jason Louv
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08.23.2009
05:59 pm
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Kind of Blue by Miles Davis Turns 50
08.21.2009
08:36 pm
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Fred Kaplan at Slate writes an appreciation of one of the greatest jazz albums of all time, Kind of Blue by Miles Davis:

Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue, which was released 50 years ago today, is a nearly unique thing in music or any other creative realm: a huge hit?

Posted by Richard Metzger
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08.21.2009
08:36 pm
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Roger Ebert on Universal Health Care and Sarah Palin’s “Death Squads”
08.18.2009
04:52 pm
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HURRAY, BRAVO and THANK YOU, Roger Ebert for saying this so beautifully! REPUBLICANS ARE ASSHOLES!

imageThe notion of “universal health care” does not mean “socialized medicine.” It means just what it seems to mean. America is the only developed nation on earth that does not provide it. Why does it inspire such virulent opposition? Who is behind it? It is opposed mostly from the far right, whose enthusiasm seems to be encouraged by financial support from some (not all) insurance companies. Those companies have priced American insurance out of the reach of millions.

One result has been that our national life expectancy ranks 42nd among all developed nations. We spend more on medical care that any other nation, and get less than 41 of them. These figures are pretty clear.

I don’t pretend to know if this information is available to the angry people who have shouted down their representatives at town hall meetings. I think I do know where their anger is fed. The drumbeat of far-right commentators fuels it. Their agenda is not health care, but opposition to the Obama administration. It takes the form of demonizing Obama. It uses the tactic of the Big Lie to defame him him. An example of this is the fiction, “he wants to kill your grandmother.” Another is the outrageous statement that he is a racist who hates white people. A person capable of saying that is clearly unhinged and in the grip of unconditional hatred.

“Death Panels.” A most excellent term by Roger Ebert

Posted by Richard Metzger
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08.18.2009
04:52 pm
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Snuff Box: Best Sketch Comedy Show You’ve Never Heard Of
08.13.2009
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Snuff Box is the name of the greatest sketch comedy show you’ve never heard of. I’d venture so far as to say it’s a work of demented genius. Make that two demented geniuses, Matt Berry (IT Crowd, Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace) and Rich Fulcher (“Bob Fossil,” “Eleanor,” etc., on The Mighty Boosh). First broadcast at 11pm on BBC3 in 2006 and never broadcast again, Snuff Box sadly was missed by its target audience, who ended up discovering it anyway, via YouTube and Bit Torrent. (Snuff Box finally came out on DVD in 2008).

Each episode begins with Berry and Fulcher (playing “themselves”) walking down a white hallway, before choosing a door leading to a typically odd “situation.” The pair are employed as government hangmen. They also spend a lot of time in a gentleman’s club (where time travel occurs), nursing whiskeys and swearing. There is a LOT of swearing in Snuff Box, so much so that it gives Deadwood a run for the money. It’s one of the meanest spirited comedies I can think of (not that this is a bad thing, of course).

Here are some of my favorite Snuff Box moments. First, the awkward date:


The Empty Room


The Guitar Lesson


Isn’t it about time Adult Swim picked this sucker up for American audiences??? (Hint, hint).

Matt and Rich Kill Elton John

Mac vs PC

The Swearing Song

Berry and Fulcher interview

Mustard magazine: Berry and Fulcher interview

Posted by Richard Metzger
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08.13.2009
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Peace Pilgrim: 25,000 Miles on Foot for Peace!
08.12.2009
10:24 pm
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Recently came across a book of collected interviews with Peace Pilgrim. Born Mildred Norman in 1908, Peace Pilgrim began to walk across the United States in 1953, with only one set of clothes, no money, would not accept money, and would only eat what food people gave her. She continued her pilgrimage for 28 years, until her death in 1981. Her pilgrimage, of course, was for world peace.

Now that is some sheer fuck-you audacity. That’s what we call a, cough, “inspiring example of how much one person can do with their life by making it an inspiring example.”

You can find lots of her writing here. It’s concise and very direct.

 

Posted by Jason Louv
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08.12.2009
10:24 pm
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The International Times
08.08.2009
11:41 pm
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Check out this complete archive of every issue of Britain’s underground newspaper, The International Times.

The International Times, or “I.T.” as it was known, was the first publication in England to emerge from the counter culture. Along with its contemporary, OZ magazine,  The International Times was heavily influenced by American publications like Paul Krassner’s The Realist, The East Village Other, The Los Angeles Free Press and The Village Voice. I.T’s staff and contributors included notables like Barry Miles, Germaine Greer, John Peel, Mick Farren, and Beat writers like Alexander Trocchi, William Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg. Paul McCartney—a guy much hipper than he’s usually given credit for—often helped the magazine financially.

The Wired Jester quoted co-founder Barry Miles on I.T.‘s beginnings:

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Posted by Richard Metzger
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08.08.2009
11:41 pm
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