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The Dirty Three perform on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series
10.18.2012
12:39 am

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The Dirty Three appear on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series and planet Earth briefly wobbles on its axis, rights itself, and then resumes spinning in the fashion we’re most accustomed to.

Set List:

“Rain Song”
“The Pier”
“Last Horse On The Sand”
 

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Die Antwoord’s gorgeous and hilarious video for ‘Fatty Boom Boom’
10.16.2012
04:11 pm

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They’ve done it again…
 
Die Antwoord rapper Ninja teams up again with directors Terence Neale and Saki Fokken Berg to drop another mad Die Antwoord video on us for “Fatty Boom Boom” from their Ten$ion album released earlier this year.

The group’s camp describes it as:

a bright and colourful African adventure, complete with wild animals, zef savages singing and dancing in the streets, and a special guest appearance by a sneaky little prawn star.

 

 
Previously on Dangerous Minds:
Pre-Zef Die Antwoord in a strange little film called Picnic
Die Antwoord: Another transmission from the edge of madness
Brand new from Die Antwoord: I Fink U Freeky

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Herbie Hancock demonstrates a Fairlight CMI synth on Sesame Street in the early 1980s
10.16.2012
02:47 pm

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Herbie Hancock demonstrates his Fairlight CMI on Sesame Street circa 1983.

The Fairlight Computer Music Instrument (CMI) was a state-of-the-art Synthesizer/Sampler workstation when it hit the market in 1979 and its rep has endured. Finding one today for sale is nearly impossible. They’re highly collectible among people who collect such things.

The little girl whose voice is being sampled, Tatyana Ali, went on to star on The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air.
 

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‘Editions Of You’: Roxy Music (w/ Brian Eno) live at Montreux, 1973
10.16.2012
12:24 pm

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Insanely great live Roxy Music performance from Montreux at the Golden Rose Festival, April 29, 1973. Even if the sound is a little ropey (and Eno’s microphone does not appear to be working at all) this is a pretty worthwhile clip for Roxy fans, as they’re really putting their back into it, here.

Like much European TV of the era, the camera operators hardly know where to point their gear, but eventually you do get a glimpse of Eno at work during the number’s crazed synth solo.
 

 
HT to WFMU

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‘We Got Power!’: Photojournalism ‘zine of California hardcore now anthologized
10.16.2012
10:29 am

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Greg Ginn, Henry Rollins, and Chuck Dukowski of Black Flag
 
One of the hallmarks of punk rock has been its imperative to record its own history as it happens. Zines and independent magazines have been integral to the scene from the start, and in those pre-internet days they were often a lifeline to a community you felt a solidarity with, even if you were the only punk in your town. That being said, We Got Power!: Hardcore Punk Scenes from 1980s Southern California is one of the most thorough and lush compendiums of any punk movement.

David Markey and Jordan Schwartz started the ‘zine We Got Power! in 1981 in southern California as teens. At a time and a place when punk music felt both anachronistic and oddly incongruous with the California surfer culture, they played in and documented the bands that defined an entire wave of punk rock. The sophistication of the photography is singularly intimate, and the accompanying essays give a naked accounting of the moment. It includes every issue, plus retrospective essays from the likes of Black Flag’s Henry Rollins, Mike Watt of Minutemen, and The Adolescents’ Tony Adolescent (who, by the way, is now an elementary school teacher and autism advocate). The mood is analytical and historical, without any nostalgic sentimentality or bitterness. As a child of the 80s, this was always the music I swiped from my friends’ cool older brothers, and it’s strange to look at the pictures and see them looking so fresh-faced and young here. It’s even more affecting to read their reflections on that youth.

It looks (and feels) like a coffee table book, but We Got Power! is a primary historical document with forwards by the subjects, themselves. Zines like this have allowed us to be our own historians, and that’s so incredibly meaningful. Because, who else can you trust?
 
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Mike Muir of Suicidal Tendencies: punks raising punks

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‘Unknown Pleasures’: The story behind Joy Division’s iconic album cover
10.16.2012
09:59 am

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Graphic designer and artist Peter Saville tells the interesting back-story on how the now iconic Joy Division Unknown Pleasures album cover art came to be in 1979. 
 

 
Via Nerdcore

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‘Hello Again’: Uncensored Andy Warhol-directed video for The Cars, 1984 (NSFW)
10.15.2012
05:22 pm

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Andy Warhol co-directed this seldom-seen video for The Cars’ single, “Hello Again,” with Don Munroe in 1984. It featured Manhattan “It Girl” fashion designer Dianne Brill (above), a young Gina Gershon, Benjamin Liu (as Ming Vauze), Warhol himself as the bartender and my late friend John Sex, the guy with the boa constrictor.

From an entry dated Thursday, March 29, 1984, pages 560-561 in The Andy Warhol Diaries:

It was raining and snowing out and this was the day we had to film all day doing the Cars video for their song “Hello Again” at the Be-Bop Cafe on 8th Street. Benjamin [Liu] came in drag to pick me up for shooting. He was going to be in it, too.

I had to be a bartender and wear a tux. The crowd of extras looked like the old Factory days—Benjamin in drag, and a bald-headed mine in a Pierrot outfit, and John Sex with this snake. And then there was Dianne Brill with her big tits and hourglass figure. The Cars were cute.

They finally got to my part at 8:00 and I had to sing a song but I couldn’t remember the words. And I had to mix a drink while I was doing it, and with my contacts on I couldn’t see the Coke button on the soda dispenser.

And that meant being face to face with the Cars for a while, and it was hard to talk to them. I didn’t know what to say. I finished at 9:15. One of the kids gave me a ride home.

 

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The Dreamer Is Still Asleep: Ring pays homage to the band Coil
10.15.2012
05:13 pm

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The website An Occult Experiment is making these sterling silvers rings as an homage to the band Coil.

The outside reads the dreamer is still asleep in a mix of raised / recessed lettering over a blackened background.  The inside is engraved the dreamer is still dreaming followed by a chaosphere.

The ring comes in various sizes and can be ordered at the website.

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Neil Young and Crazy Horse: Full set from ACL 2012
10.15.2012
03:21 pm

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Of the dozen or so shows I saw this past weekend at Austin City Limits, the highlights, for me, were Die Antwoord and Neil Young. Two very different musical entities that both delivered outstanding performances within their particular styles. Die Antwoord was dynamic, funny and hugely charismatic. The 10,000 plus people in the audience went apeshit for Ninja and Yolandi and it’s easy to see why: the duo brought some much needed energy and hard beats to the fest.

Young was the storm after the storm. Hitting the stage after a series of monsoon-like downpours, Neil and Crazy Horse were epic. Young may have played these songs hundreds of times but he continues to make them sound heartfelt and fresh. Of all the shows I saw at ACL, this was the purest, heaviest and most bliss-inducing rock ‘n’roll, out-punking Iggy and wiping the floor with Jack White.

Neil Young and Crazy Horse at ACL - Saturday, October 13:
 

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Eartha Kitt laughs in the face of a documentarian asking if she would compromise for a man
10.15.2012
10:24 am

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Eartha Kitt giving a dance lesson to her dear friend James Dean
 
It’s fair to say that actress, singer, and dancer Eartha Kitt never stood on ceremony, and fairer still to say she always gave a very blunt accounting of the facts, no matter how gauche the topic.
 
In her brutally honest autobiography, I’m Still Here: Confessions of a Sex Kitten,‘Kitt gave every detail of the torrid love affairs that became such a part of her public persona.

The CIA kept a fat file on her romantic life after she made Ladybird Johnson cry. When invited to the White House to discuss President Johnson’s plans to combat crime, Kitt spoke so vehemently against the Vietnam War as to bring the First Lady to tears, saying, “You send the best of this country off to be shot and maimed. They rebel in the street. They will take pot…and they will get high. They don’t want to go to school because they’re going to be snatched off from their mothers to be shot in Vietnam.”

After that, it’s really no surprise when her CIA file refers to her as a “sadistic nymphomaniac.” But really, knowing Eartha, they could have just asked.
 

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