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‘What Do You Do?’: How to subvert the fake edginess of today’s advertising
01.13.2012
06:23 pm
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If you’ve ever been exposed to any of the unbearable bunch of slick miscreants that comprise the mainstream marketing industry, you know two things about them—they think they’re extremely clever and they like to high-five. And you can just almost hear those proverbial high-fives in the background of the groan-worthy paen to supposed non-conformity that is the latest Chevy Silverado commercial.

The original spot features an everyman Silverado owner pondering the metaphysical implications of the admittedly greviously banal question “What do you do?”, meaning, of course, how do you make money? Problem is, that kind of dopey pondering is now as banal as the question itself.

Blogger Flowbear breaks it down:

Ok, so ultimately the message the commercial is trying to convey is the ol’ ‘Merkin corporate standby, “If you buy our product you’re a rugged individual who, like Thoreau, cannot be bound up by definitions or constrained by the strictures of society. And like Whitman, you contain multitudes. You’re not like everybody else, everybody else being sheep and ciphers.” In this, the commercial is only as egregiously awful as just about every other commercial ever made. It becomes uniquely terrible in trying to be specific about the unique multiplicity of the asshole—our hero—in question.

Thankfully the Goatsilk arts crew in Missoula, MT have struck back with a spoof that takes a nice, direct jab at the pretense. Check it out:
 

 

Posted by Ron Nachmann
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01.13.2012
06:23 pm
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Ernie Kovacs’ six minute film noir
01.13.2012
06:05 pm
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Fifty years ago today Ernie Kovacs died in a car accident. He was 43-years-old. A tragic end for a hugely talented artist.

Kovacs elevated television comedy to a fine art. Innovative, subversive and diabolically funny, he created a surreal style of humor employing cutting edge visual techniques and envelope pushing irreverence that influenced a wide range of TV shows from Saturday Night Live and SCTV to Sesame Street and Monty Python.

In this six minute compression of cine-semiology, Kovacs pays homage to film noir classics such as Touch Of Evil (the tracking shots), Psycho, Asphalt Jungle and Night In The City with a hint (as I see it) of Jean Genet and Godard. The soundtrack is Béla Bartók’s “Concerto for Orchestra” and it creates a beautiful sense of dread.

This first aired in 1961 and it still seems fresh today. The highly-stylized sets, feral cat, dead-eyed baby dolls and hallucinatory effects have the eerie dreaminess and sense of camp that David Lynch, the Kuchar brothers and Kenneth Anger would explore years later.

No telling where Kovacs would have taken his art had he lived. Sadly, it came to an end on a dark street in Los Angeles on January 13, 1962 when Kovacs lost control of his car while allegedly attempting to light one of his ubiquitous cigars.
 

Posted by Marc Campbell
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01.13.2012
06:05 pm
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Paula Deen to hawk diabetes medication?
01.13.2012
02:12 pm
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Paula Deen is one of those people who, when life gives her lemons, she makes a lemon pie with ham and two sticks of butter.

Apparently Deen has Type 2 diabetes. The rumor going around today is that the saucy Southern TV chef—well known for her high calorie, high fat foods—has signed a multimillion-dollar endorsement deal with Novartis, the big pharmaceutical company.

Surely she can’t continue to preach the gospel of deep-fried Doritos pies and Twinkies-stuffed Thanksgiving turkeys working as the spokesperson for a diabetes medication or will Deen re-brand herself and start showcasing newer healthier recipes more in tune with the basic tenants of nutrition (and common sense)?

Deen has faced withering criticism for the high amounts of fat, salt and sugar in her dishes. When Deen’s cookbook for kids, “Lunch-Box Set,” was published in 2009, Barbara Walters asked her, “You tell kids to have cheesecake for breakfast. You tell them to have chocolate cake and meatloaf for lunch. And french fries. Doesn’t it bother you that you’re adding to this?”

Last August, “No Reservations” host Anthony Bourdain called Deen “the worst, most dangerous person to America” and said she should “think twice before telling an already obese nation that it’s OK to eat food that is killing us.”

Below, the celebrity chef gets hit in the face with a frozen ham:
 

 
Via The Daily What

Posted by Richard Metzger
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01.13.2012
02:12 pm
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1968 interview with Jimi Hendrix’s grandmother: ‘I knew he had music in him’
01.12.2012
07:20 pm
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Vancouver radio deejay and TV personality Jack Webster interviews Jimi Hendrix’s paternal grandmother Nora in 1968.

At the very beginning of the interview, she describes seeing her grandson perform for the first time at the Vancouver Pacific Coliseum earlier that year.

It’s unfortunate that Webster steers the conversation in the direction of Hendrix’s drug use. I personally would have preferred to hear more of Mrs. Hendrix’s amusing take on the Vancouver concert.

“The way he was picking that guitar. I don’t see how he could stand all that noise.”

“I knew he was musical, but I didn’t know he had that much music in him.”

Mrs. Hendrix had a musical background herself, having spent her youth in a touring vaudeville troupe as a dancer. Years later, she co-founded the Vancouver branch of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. She died in 1984 at the age of 100.
 

Posted by Marc Campbell
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01.12.2012
07:20 pm
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Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s FBI file in its entirety
01.10.2012
02:09 pm
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Rich Jones, of Gun.Io, says one of his hobbies is “liberating government documents using Freedom of Information Act requests.”

He’s done just that, by obtaining the full FBI profile of Wu-Tang Clan member Russell Tyreese Jones aka Ol’ Dirty Bastard.

From Gun.Io:

Some gems include:

  • “The WTC is heavily involved in the sale of drugs, illegal guns, weapons possession, murder, carjacking and other types of violent crime.” [p5]
  • Connections to the murder of Robert “Pooh” Johnson and Jerome “Boo Boo” Estrella. [p6]
  • Connection to murder of Ishamael “Hoody” Kourma. [p13]
  • A shoot-out with the NYPD. [p15]
  • Arrest for felony possession of body armour. [p16]
  • Connections to the Bloods Gang. [p17]
  • Found in possession of large bags full of paper currency. [p40]
  • Details of his being robbed and shot while staying in the Kingston projects. [p45]
  FBI File of Russell “Old Dirty Bastard” Jones (via The World’s Best Ever)
Posted by Tara McGinley
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01.10.2012
02:09 pm
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What if Photoshop was an actual beauty product?
01.10.2012
12:26 pm
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I want to shake Jesse Rosten‘s hand, the writer and director of this awesome fake commercial titled “Fotoshop by Adobé.”

Jesse says, “This commercial isn’t real, neither are society’s standards of beauty.”
 

 
(via Nerdcore)

Posted by Tara McGinley
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01.10.2012
12:26 pm
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Queen: Rarely seen promotional video for ‘Liar’, from 1973
01.09.2012
05:24 pm
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Even back then, Freddie Mercury looked like a rock star.  Brian May, Roger Taylor and a young John Deacon looked as if they wanted to be rock stars. Almost forty years on, this video of Queen from 1973 is still impressive, and shows why they were so successful.

“Liar” was Queen’s second US single release in 1974, taken from their eponymous 1973 debut album release. Originally titled “Lover”, the song was written by Freddie Mercury in 1970, when he was still Farrokh Bulsara. The track was a favorite of Queen’s early live shows, is noted for its use of Hammond organ and its backing vocals from bass player Deacon.

This footage of Queen was shot at Brewer Street, along with a version of “Keep Yourself Alive” for promotional purposes in 1973, but a different version, shot at BBC studios, was used instead.
 

 
Previously on Dangerous Minds

Freddie Mercury’s Gorgeous Banana Hair


LEGO Freddie Mercury


 
Bonus track “Keep Yourself Alive” from same video shoot, after the jump…
 

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Posted by Paul Gallagher
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01.09.2012
05:24 pm
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‘Gimme Shelter’ outtake: The Grateful Dead, Mick Jagger and Charlie Watts
01.08.2012
08:20 pm
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In this footage shot by the Maysles brothers on December 6, 1969 for the film Gimme Shelter, The Rolling Stones and The Grateful Dead wait for a helicopter on a pier in San Francisco to take them to the Altamont Speedway.

Jagger, in not so sympathetic devil-mode, foppishly preens and sashays like rock royalty, much to Jerry Garcia’s amusement, while attempting to force an unyielding Charlie Watts to bestow a kiss upon a groupie’s forehead. As Jagger continues to egg Watts on, Charlie responds with the classy retort “Love is much more of a deeper thing than that.. it is not flippant, to be thrown away on celluloid.”

Later that day, the whip would come down.

This footage never appeared in the final cut of Gimme Shelter. It did eventually turn up on DVD as part of the Get Yer Ya Ya Yas Out boxset.

Michael Azerrad has written an insightful piece on The Gimme Shelter outtakes on his blog.
 

Posted by Marc Campbell
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01.08.2012
08:20 pm
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Happy Birthday David Bowie: Ziggy turns 65
01.08.2012
12:19 pm
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As you are no doubt already well aware from multiple postings on your Facebook wall, David Bowie officially became a senior citizen today.

I have to admit that I was saddened by reading what The Guardian’s killjoy, Alexis Petridis, had to say about this milestone:

It’s a cliche when a rock star reaches 65 to mention the time when it didn’t look like they’d make pensionable age, but with David Bowie who marks the milestone on Sunday, it’s almost unavoidable. Look at a picture of him in the mid-70s, when he was ravaged by cocaine, living off a diet of red peppers and milk and so paranoid that he apparently kept his own urine in a fridge lest persons unknown steal it: this is not a man destined to make old bones.

It wasn’t just the drugs: there was something about the intensity with which he worked during that decade - the scarcely-believable ten-year creative streak that begins with the 1970s The Man Who Sold The World and ends with the 1980’s Scary Monsters And Super-Creeps – that suggests an early demise. Someone that burns that brightly probably isn’t going to burn for long.

Under the circumstances, it’s hard to begrudge him his ongoing semi-retirement: he last made an album in 2003, and for the best part of a decade has made only sporadic public appearances, the odd special guest spot here and there. It was precipitated by emergency surgery on a blocked artery, and lurid rumours about the state of his health have abounded ever since.

Ouch. The idea of a world without David Bowie (even if he’s not in the public eye much these days) is something I’ve never really contemplated. Thanks a bunch, Guardian, for ruining my morning!

Well, if you’re in a more celebratory mood, you can trawl through the Bowie-related back items here on Dangerous Minds. I daresay our Bowie posts here gather up some of the very best Bowie-related multi-media you’re going to find out there.

In England—well, in Brixton at least—they’ve put him on the currency, a proper tribute for a local lad (insane).

And here’s an oblique treat, a very different take on “Golden Years” as performed by Peter Glaze and Jan Hunt on the BBC childrens show, Crackerjack, in 1976:
 

 
Thank you Paul Gallagher, for that crazy clip…

Posted by Richard Metzger
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01.08.2012
12:19 pm
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9 Seconds of Iggy vs. The Thin White Duke
01.07.2012
07:12 pm
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‘Hello, I’m David Bowie. Make way for the Homo Superior.’

Find similar here.
 

 

Posted by Paul Gallagher
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01.07.2012
07:12 pm
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