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The Who Sell Out…to Schlitz: TV commercial from 1982
06.29.2012
02:08 pm

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The Who and Schlitz hooked up to sponsor the band’s 1982 tour.

The Who “Schlitz Rocks America” tour was comprised of 40 dates and cost Schlitz approximately two million dollars to promote.

Should have been Heinz Baked Beans.
 

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‘London Calling’: Jools Holland’s personal guide to London’s musical history

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Musician, cheeky-chappie, and renowned Boogie-Woogie pianist, Jools Holland takes a personal tour through the theaters, music halls and performance venues, at the heart of London’s diverse musical history.

Unlike Chicago blues or Memphis soul, London has no one definitive sound. Its noisy history is full of grime, clamour, industry and countless different voices demanding to be heard. But there is a strain of street-wise realism that is forever present, from its world-famous nursery rhymes to its music hall traditions, and from the Broadside Ballad through to punk and beyond.

Jools’s investigation - at once probing and humorous - identifies the many ingredients of a salty tone that could be called ‘the London sound’ as he tracks through the centuries from the ballads of Tyburn Gallows to Broadside publishing in Seven Dials in the 18th century, to Wilton’s Music Hall in the late 19th century, to the Caribbean sounds and styles that first docked at Tilbury with the Windrush in 1948, to his own conception to the strains of Humphrey Lyttelton at the 100 Club in 1957.

On the way, Jools meets Ray Davies, Damon Albarn, Suggs from Madness, Roy Hudd, Lisa Hannigan, Joe Brown and Eliza Carthy who perform and talk about such classic songs as “London Bridge is Falling Down”, “While London Sleeps”, “Knocked ‘Em in the Old Kent Road”, “St James Infirmary Blues” and “Oranges and Lemons”.
 

 

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Zimmy Zimmy shock treatment: Bob Dylan and the Plugz


 
Bob Dylan was and is one of rock n’ roll’s great punk rockers. From being howled at for going electric at Newport to being called “Judas” for turning it up to 11 with The Hawks at Manchester’s Free Trade Hall, Dylan hasn’t really given a rat’s ass about what people think. And that continues to be true right up to the present as Dylan re-sculpts his songs into all kinds of weird and fascinating new shapes. A Dylan concert is never without a shitload of surprises, often brilliant and just as often frustrating.

In this clip from a March 1984 episode of the Letterman show, Dylan, backed by L.A. Chicano punkers the Plugz,  gives his tune “Jokerman” a primitive power pop punch that signaled Dylan’s return to the secular world of rock n’ roll. Again, reborn. But this time Jesus ain’t driving the tour bus.
 

 
More Dylan with the Plugz after the jump…

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South Park Throbbing Gristle
06.27.2012
07:35 pm

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‘Family Guy’ creator Seth MacFarlane donates Carl Sagan papers to US Library of Congress


 
Seth MacFarlane, creator of “Family Guy,” has donated funds to the Library of Congress so it can acquire the personal papers of astronomer Carl Sagan, library officials announced today. Via Art Beat:

Mr. MacFarlane never owned Sagan’s papers, but he covered the undisclosed costs of donating them to the library. The papers filled more than 800 filing-cabinet drawers and include correspondence with other scientists, drafts of Mr. Sagan’s academic articles, as well as screenplay drafts for the movie “Contact,” which was based on Mr. Sagan’s novel. His grade-school report cards and a drawing he made as a child about the future of space exploration were also included. “All I did was write a check, but it’s something that was, to me, worth every penny,” MacFarlane told The Associated Press by phone from Los Angeles. “He’s a man whose life’s work should be accessible to everybody.”

Mr. MacFarlane said he watched “Cosmos” as a child and read all of Mr. Sagan’s books. “He was an enormous and profound influence in my life,” Mr. MacFarlane said. “He played an essential role — some would say the only role at the time — in bridging the gap between the academic community and the general public.”

MacFarlane is forgetting about Jonathan Miller and Joseph Campbell, but point taken.

Mr. MacFarlane met Mr. Sagan’s widow and collaborator, Ann Druyan, at an event a few years ago that brought together Hollywood screenwriters and directors with scientists. They agreed to collaborate on a follow-up to “Cosmos,” with Mr. MacFarlane serving as producer. Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson will host the series, which is scheduled to begin production this fall.

Neil deGrasse Tyson taking up Carl Sagan’s mantle for a reboot of Cosmos produced by Seth MacFarlane? I’d watch that.

Someone alert reddit!

Speaking of Seth MacFarlane, his feature film debut, Ted, comes out later this week.

Below, an “edited for rednecks” version of Carl Sagan’s classic Cosmos TV miniseries from Family Guy.
 

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Hūsker Dū?: Before Bob Mould
06.26.2012
05:28 pm

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The origins of indie rock are rooted in a game whose name when translated means “Do you remember?”

Bob Mould would have been a toddler around the time this commercial aired on TV.
 

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This is why punk had to happen: Craptastic ‘Rolling Stone’ TV special, 1977
06.26.2012
09:42 am

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This ridiculously literal Beatles tribute (guess what happens when the line “Woke up, got out of bed, dragged a comb across my head” is sung? Go on, take a guess…) is from a 1977 Rolling Stone magazine TV special.

Featuring Broadway’s original “Jesus Christ Superstar,” Ted Neeley , Yvonne Ellman (JCS’s “Mary Magdalene”), Richie Havens, Patti LaBelle and a dancing Nixon and Kissinger, this will make your flesh crawl after a while… and it goes on forever.

“A Day in the Decade” was a good title for this awfulness. The YouTube poster writes that he found this on an unlabeled Betamax tape at a flea market. Fitting!
 

 
Via Nerdcore

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Knitted Pee-wee’s Playhouse


 
Super knitter Allison Hoffman created this fun, fun, fun knitted Pee-wee’s Playhouse for the upcoming Sew Nerdy show from June 30 through August 11 in Lauderhill, Florida . She even went so far as to make a life-size working battery-operated Clocky. Holy cow!

All the pieces will be available to purchase online through Bear and Bird Gallery.

I’m lovin’ Miss Yvonne.
 

 

 

 
Previously on Dangerous Minds:
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Via Super Punch

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Christians prove evolution is a lie, with help from the Loch Ness Monster


 
Via The Herald, Scotland (abridged):

Schoolchildren in Louisiana are to be taught that the Loch Ness monster is real in a bid by religious educators to disprove Darwin’s theory of evolution.

These private schools follow a fundamentalist curriculum including the Accelerated Christian Education (ACE) programme to teach controversial religious beliefs aimed at disproving evolution and proving creationism.

One tenet has it that if it can be proved that dinosaurs walked the earth at the same time as man then Darwinism is fatally flawed.

The textbooks in the series are alleged to teach young earth creationism; are hostile towards other religions and other sectors of Christianity, including Roman Catholicism; and present a biased version of history that is often factually incorrect.

One ACE textbook – Biology 1099, Accelerated Christian Education Inc – reads: “Are dinosaurs alive today? Scientists are becoming more convinced of their existence. Have you heard of the ‘Loch Ness Monster’ in Scotland? ‘Nessie’ for short has been recorded on sonar from a small submarine, described by eyewitnesses, and photographed by others. Nessie appears to be a plesiosaur.”

Another claim taught is that a Japanese whaling boat once caught a dinosaur. It’s unclear if the movie Godzilla was the inspiration for this lesson.

Well, If you believe in the existence of one mythical being, why not believe in them all?

Perhaps one day the popular BBC kids show The Family Ness will be revered as gospels:
 

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‘Killing Time at Home’: A dark tale of our disposable world

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I greatly admire Neil Coslett‘s award-winning animation Killing Time at Home from 2003, it’s a dark little tale that stays with you long after viewing. Originally produced by Nicola Black as part of the Mesh scheme, which Blackwatch Media ran for Channel 4 television in 2000 and 2007, producing 27 new digital animations that were shown on TV and at film festivals. It would be good to see Black kick-start a scheme like this again, and hopefully have Coslett make a follow-up to his superb wee film.
 

 

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