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Brian Wilson arrested for ‘failing to surf’: Rare footage from 1976
05.01.2011
12:25 pm

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It’s OK: The Beach Boys’ 15th Anniversary TV Special aired in 1976 on NBC. It was a weird affair created when Brian Wilson was at the lowest ebb of his struggle with substance abuse and depression. Produced by Lorne Michaels and written by John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd, the show features a barely willing Wilson lured back into the studio and, in a bit that is both funny and sad, onto the beach and a surfboard. As most of us know, Brian was not a surfer and in this clip he’s barely a pedestrian. I have a feeling this may have been therapeutic for Brian.
 

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Ultra-mod TV show ‘The Village Square’ from the swinging sixties
05.01.2011
12:53 am

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Three Villagers and a Farfisa.
 
The Village Square was a weekly TV series that originated in Charleston, South Carolina and was syndicated all across the USA. It aired every week from 1965-68. The show’s house band The Villagers would cover current top 40 hits while the Village Dancers would Frug and Pony in their ultra-groovy go-go boots

In this video, The Villagers cover “Funky Broadway’ while singer Dana Douglas displays his signature serpentine dance moves. Down South, even the white kids know how to mess that shit around.
 

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Sartre Wars: The Existential Menace
04.27.2011
03:39 pm

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“Hell is Jar Jar Binks!”

 

 
Thank you Matt Cornell!

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What if Batman was a figment of Bruce Wayne’s imagination?
04.27.2011
02:25 pm

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The second trailer to The Batman Complex, an imaginary film made from assorted movies is now up on YouTube. Like the first, it plays with the Batman myth of what if Batman was merely a figment of Bruce Wayne’s imagination. The trailer’s creator explains:

Here we have a full length (well, a bit longer than the norm, but hey, what can you do…hahaha) theatrical trailer that delves a little deeper into the story behind The Batman Complex. As explained in the teaser, the gist of the idea revolves around a few fun topics, mainly the whole “what is real?” train of thought, and also every fans desire, deep down or upfront, to be Batman at least once in their lives. LOL. And so, I tried to craft a story where we see what happens when someone takes their dream of being Batman a little bit too far. An idea, after all, is a truly resilient parasite.

While some of it is still left a bit ambiguous (both unintentionally and intentionally - while there’s only so much that can be strung together, I often like to leave a little bit open so as to see what fellow fans are able to imagine/create), I believe it offers a bit more than the teaser. As you might be able to tell, the theatrical trailer takes on less of a “horror” vibe than the teaser. For this extended look, I wanted to focus more on the character aspects (and a bit of the tragedy as well), and attempt to move past the initial shock of the psychological twist. One aspect I tried to hint at was the paralleling descent of both Bruce and Cobb. As Cobb and the team go deeper into Bruce’s mind, they start to encounter the truly dark issues that his subconscious houses. As a result, Cobb himself gets caught up in the obsession of all that lingers in the mind of a Batman. There are a couple fun things in there that are best left to surprise, but all in all, I’m relatively happy with how it turned out. It’s fairly fast paced and doesn’t leave much room to breath, which helps amplify the tension I think.

It’s a well constructed trailer and a more than interesting take. Check here for the first trailer.
 

 
Previously on DM

Robin the Boy Wonder as Holden Caulfield in ‘The Catcher in the Rye’


 

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The ‘Star Trek’ uprising of 1968: The gathering of the geeks
04.25.2011
11:28 pm

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In January of 1968, a couple hundred Caltech students gathered in front of NBC Studios in Burbank to protest the impending cancellation of the “Star Trek” TV series.

While a war was raging in Vietnam, these proto-hipsters (check out the fashions, man) felt compelled to deal with more pressing matters, a shitty TV show.

The uprising to save “Star Trek” worked. NBC picked up the series for the 1968-69 season.

In Vietnam, two months after the “Star Trek” protests, Charlie Company entered the village of My Lai and the slaughter began. This time, the trekkies stayed home and watched TV, contented as cows on Venusian plains.
 
Thanks, Nerdcore

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When Dads were cooler than their kids: The Original Hipsters
04.25.2011
03:58 pm

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Your dad didn’t give a fuck before you did. He smoked, drank, fucked, fought, and pissed into the wind of life. Then one night, while jacked on mescaline, he screwed your mom. It was just supposed to be one night. But, that tryst became bastardized when you were conceived from it. Your dad had to settle down. So hipsters, next time you’re out drinking on a Tuesday night or biking without a helmet, remember you’re the bastard love baby of your dad’s not giving a fuck attitude.”

 
“Dads: The Original Hipsters” is a compendium of photographs culled from the net that illustrates that hipsterism ain’t nothing new, in fact it’s ancient. Check out these shots of dads being cooler than you.

You can view more of these groovy artifacts at “Dads: The Original Hipsters” website. The captions are often much funnier than the pictures themselves.
 

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Your dad wore Chuck Taylors before you did. Those were his “Just do it” shoes. He could run faster, jump higher and ride your mom longer because of them. The only training you hipsters have done in those shoes are Natural Spirit chain smoking marathons and smug bike rides to dive bars. I wish time travel was real, just so your dad could kick your own ass for wearing the shoes that he made a legend.”

 
More old school hipsters after the jump…

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Prominent Los Angeles graffiti artist Revok arrested
04.25.2011
07:12 am

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Jason Williams, a.k.a. Revok, one of the best known graffiti artists in Los Angeles, was taken into custody Thursday at LAX as he prepared to board a plane bound for Ireland. The arrest was for an outstanding warrant he had failed to pay restitution on.

WIlliams is a member of the Mad Society Kings, or MSK, graffiti crew. He is being held in the Los Angeles County Jail in lieu of $320,000 bail, according to the Los Angeles Times.
 

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‘Titties and Carrot Cake’
04.23.2011
12:44 am

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Thug Friends have dropped their new video, “Titties And Carrot Cake,” and I don’t know what to say other than I fucking dig it. Another awesomalishtic track from Really Real Nigga Shit Records.

Me and my homie TwiggyKix have come a long way since starting our rap group, Thug Friends, two weeks ago. (It hasn’t really been long at all, but fuck it #doe.) We’d like to thank everyone who has played a part in getting this done. WE LOVE Y’AAALLLLL, MAYNE! *wipes tear*… Alright, enough of that shit. Here’s the video. It’s Thug Friends, ho!

This diabolically funny parody of crunk rap from the mad geniuses at Made Monarchs is gonna go viral. Why? Because it’s not just funny, it’s a catchy as hell song and everybody loves titties and carrot cake.

When it comes to titty milk, I like mine slightly chilled and served in a shot glass.
 

 
Via Absolut-ism.com

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Greenwich Village weirdos get haircuts on national TV in 1966
04.22.2011
02:16 pm

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Somehow how I missed this. Must have been because I was eating acid instead of watching TV.

The Hi-5 (Seth Evans, Jeffrey Comanor, Ted Barron, Vic King, Pam Robins) play “Did You Have to Rub It In” and get their hair cut on this episode of I’ve Got A Secret aired on March 7, 1966.

At first I thought the Hi-5 were a bunch of actors posing as a band, but no, the group were real and had a very brief recording career, releasing one single, “Did You Have To Rub It In,” on Vanguard Records.

And no, that is not Brad Laner on bass guitar.
 

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Patti Smith: Queen of the pirates
04.21.2011
08:57 pm

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Patti Smith plays dress-up for a pirate-inspired photo shoot by Annie Liebovitz in the London studio where the latest Johnny Depp pirate movie is being filmed for Disney. The shoot took place last September.

In the video, Patti makes the connection between rock and rollers and pirates and manages to look like both.

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