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Glen Campbell sings Wichita Lineman
07.20.2010
10:29 pm
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A quick ode to a beautiful and enigmatic tune: Glen Campbell‘s hit version of Jimmy Webb‘s Wichita Lineman. Surely one of the most haunting and even creepy of all love songs and packed with unanswered questions. Has he gone mad, hearing voices in the static of the power lines or has he tapped her phone ?  When I hear this song I actually can picture myself up a lonely telephone pole on some bleak and empty highway somewhere, my heart full of longing. Plus: A tasty Fender VI solo !

 
Thanks Nicole Panter !

Posted by Brad Laner
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07.20.2010
10:29 pm
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Out with the Old Spice
07.16.2010
02:39 pm
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As insane as Utah can seem to be, the Multimedia Production Unit at the Brigham Young University’s Harold B. Lee Library have come up with a pretty good spoof response to Procter & Gamble’s soon-to-be-very-tiresome Old Spice Man campaign. Ad writers will never beat out college-kid smarmy smarts.
 

Posted by Ron Nachmann
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07.16.2010
02:39 pm
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Explore The IT Crowd’s basement!
07.14.2010
11:58 pm
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Via our friends at Nerdcore, here’s an extremely cool—and extremely detailed—panoramic fly-through of the set of the very delightful The IT Crowd television comedy. Walk in the footsteps of Moss, Roy and Jen! Check out all of their stuff!

It’s the middle of the new series and it’s even better than the last. This go ‘round, I have laughed myself senseless at Richard Ayoade’s Moss enthralling a bunch of idiotic businessmen with his D&D prowess and Moss’s ninja quiz show skills. And Matt Berry… what a comic genius! All I can say is this: I wish there was a drug I could take that would turn me into Douglas for just one day. One day. Is that too much to ask?

I also laughed heartily at the name of the rock group, Sweet Billy Pilgrim, a reference, of course, to the character in Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five, right? I made a mental note to email series creator Graham Linehan and tell him what a good chuckle I had at this great literary name he’d come up with, but before I did, I decided to Google Sweet Billy Pilgrim just in case. I’m glad I did as it actually is a real group! That would have been really embarrassing.

(Tara, being both from Ohio and a big Guided By Voices fan, wanted me to show you this particular zoom in on some of the details, hence the above screen grab)

Posted by Richard Metzger
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07.14.2010
11:58 pm
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Look Around You DVD Screening & Q & A*: An Intimate Evening with Robert Popper & Peter Serafinowicz
07.09.2010
07:03 pm
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Dangerous Minds readers who are lucky enough to live in Los Angeles (I love saying that) get yourself over to the Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theatre’s website right away to reserve your FREE tickets to a special screening with the creators of one of the single best, most genius comedy series of ALL TIME (so say I!):

Come and witness the nonsensical wonders of science as Robert Popper & Peter Serafinowicz present an audio/visual presentation of handpicked episodes from their BAFTA nominated comedy series Look Around You: Season One, on the day of its DVD release. The critically acclaimed series, which first premiered on BBC AMERICA and currently airs on Adult Swim, guides us through a series of madcap science experiments. In Season One, viewers observe a colony of ants build an igloo, find out the largest number in the world and more.

*Please ensure you have your copybooks at hand as you will be asked to take down notes from the screen.

Tickets are FREE but a reservation is required. Limit TWO tickets per customer.
Tickets will be released on Friday, July 9th.

The password is “thants”

Below, the wonderful “Germs” episode:
 

Posted by Richard Metzger
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07.09.2010
07:03 pm
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Breaking Bad print: The Cook
07.09.2010
12:12 pm
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The Cook.12×24. 4 color. Hand pulled silkscreen. On 100 lb cougar white paper and wooden edition.
 
The Cook by artist Tim Doyle.
 
(via Mister Honk)

Posted by Tara McGinley
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07.09.2010
12:12 pm
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Stones in the Park: The big-time rock era born in Hyde Park 41 years ago today
07.05.2010
10:55 am
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After a couple of drug-bust-heavy years off the road, the Rolling Stones were at a few turning points as of July 5, 1969. Their back-to-basics Beggars Banquet album signaled the end of the rainbow dream of Their Satanic Majesties Request, and a return to a therapeutic blues mode that would last them long into the ‘70s. Most importantly, guitarist Mick Taylor of John Mayall’s Blues Breakers had replaced a drug-soaked Brian Jones, and Jones had been found drowned in the pool of his Sussex home two days before their previously booked free performance in Hyde Park. The Stones decide to go on with the show. As shown below, Britain’s leading independent Granada Television was there.

Granada put the biggest rock concert in England’s history to that point (250,000 people, with Woodstock planned for a month later) into context by chatting with the band, the fans and members of the amazingly efficient Kent chapter of the Hells Angels. Unfortunately, the Stones’ next huge concert would demonstrate that the Kent Angels neglected to exchange notes with their West Coast brothers about how to best secure a large crowd…
 
Please note: Live Video seemed to be the only free video site that’s hosting the full documentary. Unfortunately, the user experience after the jump is less than optimal—the video just starts and buffers a lot. It seems best to just pause the screen and let it load before playing. Please remember that it’s free, and that for best results you can buy the DVD by clicking the link below.
 
Get: The Stones in the Park [DVD]

READ ON
Posted by Ron Nachmann
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07.05.2010
10:55 am
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Have a safe 4th of July !
07.02.2010
12:56 pm
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Posted by Brad Laner
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07.02.2010
12:56 pm
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Teletubbie from Hell
06.28.2010
11:37 am
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Exactly what the world needs…

And yet another Teletubbie is subjected to the horrors of circuit bending. This poor fellow has been gutted and halved, and his skull has been de-fluffed so that his electronic guts could be relocated behind his face (a major improvement, I dare say). He is now rebuilt and can happily jabber on, speaking the eloquent language of circuit bent toys, like a power tool being tossed about in a blender that is tumbling down several flights of metal stairs. Poetry. Enjoy!

(via Mister Honk)

Posted by Tara McGinley
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06.28.2010
11:37 am
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Diego Maradona loves his players but he’s so not gay. OK?
06.23.2010
05:01 pm
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Even if you’re a soccer layman who knows the name Pele, you’ve likely also heard the name Diego Maradona. The legendary 49-year-old Argentine player and coach, who captained his national team to win the 1986 World Cup is known as much for his off-field controversies (like his 20-year cocaine habit) as for those on-field, including his “Hand of God” goal.

During this week’s World Cup activity, Diego got handed a true moment when a journalist’s question about the current Argentine captain’s cuddly treatment of his excellent players got mistranslated into an intimation about the way El Diego swings.
 

 

Posted by Ron Nachmann
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06.23.2010
05:01 pm
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K-Strass the yo-yo prankster strikes again !
06.23.2010
11:37 am
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How does he manage it ? God, I love this guy !

 
Previously on DM : BRILLIANT YO-YO PRANKSTER K-STRASS

 

Posted by Brad Laner
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06.23.2010
11:37 am
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