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The Finnish punk rock band made up of Down syndrome and autistic members that almost won Eurovision
11.02.2015
09:15 am

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Earlier this year, the punk rock band Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät, or PKN, represented Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest, making it all the way to the semi-final before getting knocked out. What makes this band’s ascent to nearly-claiming Europe’s top song-writing prize so remarkable is the fact that all four members of the group are developmentally disabled.

Essentially, PKN is the punkest band in existence.
 

 
PKN formed in a charity workshop for adults with developmental disabilities in 2004 and eventually debuted in 2009. The band’s song “Kallioon!” was featured in the 2009 film Vähän Kunnioitusta which gave them a great deal of national exposure.

As their fame grew, they became the subject of the 2012 documentary The Punk Syndrome. Their continued success led to them entering and winning Finland’s national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest. Their entry, initially to raise awareness for people with Down syndrome, sent them as their country’s representative to Eurovision. Incidentally, they were also the first punk band to compete in the Eurovision contest.

The band is so beloved that Posti, Finland’s postal service, issued a PKN postage stamp in May.
 

 
The band’s album Best of Greatest Hits is available as an MP3 download.

Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät embodies everything I’ve ever loved about punk rock, from being a voice for the socially rejected, to the indictment of virtuosity as a prerequisite for making powerful music, to the overall “fuck you, I’m me, deal with it, have fun or get lost” spirit—this band is truly transcendent, and their groundbreaking success gives us all a little bit more hope for humanity.
 
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Freaking people out who suffer from Trypophobia (fear of holes) during Halloween
10.30.2015
10:22 am

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I had no idea there was such a thing called trypophobia where one has a fear of tiny clusters of holes on human flesh or objects. In fact, there’s a whole subreddit dedicated to this phobia.

Well, since it’s Halloween, folks are trying to outdo each other’s trypophobia with some “holey” images. I have to admit, the longer I look at these, the more I’m starting think I might be a trypophiliac myself!


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Pancake
 

Lotus pod
 

Chest to scalp hair transplant
 
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A horrifying collection of scary vintage dolls that will make your flesh crawl
10.15.2015
11:43 am

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To get you into the Halloween spirit here, dear Dangerous Minds readers, here is a collection vintage dolls and dummies to make your skin crawl.


 

 

 

 
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Russian artist paints Putin portraits with her boob
09.29.2015
09:27 am

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St. Petersburg-based artist, Irina Romanovskaya, has been causing a stir in her Mother Russia by painting portraits of political leaders, including Vladimir Putin, with her boob.

Romanovskaya has noted that “paintings painted with breasts sell well and for a lot.”

Has late capitalism come to Russia?
 

Vladimir Zhirinovsky, founder and the leader of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia, as painted by Romanovskaya’s left boob.
 
The artist, quoted in a Russian article posted to her LiveJournal, translated [in amusing broken-English] via Google Translate:

In this unusual technique I decided to draw a well-known politician. Zhirinovsky bright politician, how could I not draw him ... for a portrait Vladimir Zhirinovsky, I chose the color purple, my favorite. I heartily Vladimir Zhirinovsky! Artist Irina Romanov painted a portrait of Vladimir Zhirinovsky [with her] breast. Especially since breast painting difficult to draw, the process is very time consuming and not fast any inaccuracy can lead to what is necessary to re-start all over. For the portrait used only breast. In this technique, I have in front of strangers do not draw. Irina Romanov technique will update continuously , working hard and getting the hang of drawing [with] breasts and body. Foreign collectors often buy my works, paintings painted [with] breasts [sell] well and expensively sold. [Her] works are in private collections in Russia and abroad.

 

Vladimir Putin, as painted by Irina Romanovskaya’s left boob.
 
In the video below, she demonstrates the process… which is remarkably totally safe for work.

There’s a “Left boobs painted by left boob” joke someone could make here, but I think serious breast art aficionados such as ourselves are above all that, aren’t we?
 

 
Via: Weird Universe

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‘Seven Up’: The mind-expanding Krautrock album Timothy Leary made on the run from the law
09.18.2015
08:49 am

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The tale of acid sage Dr. Timothy Leary’s prison escape and subsequent exile is among the most amusing stories in the annals of drug culture lore—though sentenced to an absurd twenty years for utterly petty offenses including possession of a couple of roaches, Leary was able to game the prison system: as a reputable Harvard psychologist, it happened that he himself had designed the psychological examinations he was given by prison administrators to determine his security and work situations. He got himself assigned to a cushy gardening job in a minimum security facility, from which he handily escaped, issuing an outlandish revolutionary screed to taunt authorities shortly after he fled. Via a series of sneaks involving the Weather Underground, the Black Panthers, an arms dealer, and a socialite whom he eventually married (how has this not been a TV mini-series yet? Get on this, Netflix…) Leary ended up in Switzerland, where he met with the German Kosmiche band Ash Ra Tempel, with whom he recorded the album Seven Up.
 

 
Formed by musicians from Eruption and Tangerine Dream, Ash Ra Tempel mostly shunned structured songs in favor of lengthy and often downright fierce improvisations. Their albums typically featured two side-length compositions, a feral freakout on side one, and a more ambient, electronics-driven suite on the flip, presumably to help sand the edges off from side one. From Peter Buckley’s Rough Guide Rock:

Manuel Göttsching (guitar) and Hartmut Enke (bass) had played together in various psychedelic blues and pop combos for a few years before they formed Ash Ra Tempel in August 1970 with drummer/keyboardist Klaus Schultz, who had just left Tangerine Dream. The most cosmic of the Krautrock bands, Ash Ra Tempel became legendary for their wild improvisational free-form live jams, influenced by Pink Floyd but eschewing songs to take the concept of space-rock much further, enhanced by both Schultz’s and Gottsching’s interest in experimental electronic music.

Schultz soon left for a solo career but several other musicians passed through the group’s revolving door, and with some of them Göttsching and Enke recorded the amazing Schwingungen (1972). With the idea of recording the ultimate psychedelic trip, Ohr label-head Rolf Kaiser next took Ash Ra Tempel to Switzerland to party endlessly and to record the album Seven Up with LSD guru Timothy Leary, who was living there in exile. The results were a more song-orientated first section, with Leary singing, followed by several conventional rock songs melded into a single track divided by spacey electronic segues.

 
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‘You can’t handle the drums!’: Percussion whiz turns iconic movie monologue into jazz
09.17.2015
08:57 am

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Hotshot Brazilian jazz drummer Felipe Continentino maintains a YouTube channel and Facebook page, both of which showcase his sick skills on the skins, but what caught my ear last night was his rather freakish ability to improv in time to movie dialogue.

This is unreal.

Continentino “plays” the famous “You can’t handle the truth!” scene between Jack Nicholson and Tom Cruise from A Few Good Men and absolutely NAILS IT:
 

 
Continentino has also uploaded a video of himself drumming to Publio Delgado’s guitar interpretation of the infamous “Jones Big Ass Storage” viral video.

Between Continentino and Delgado, it’s clear that there are some musicians out there operating on a much higher level, albeit with strange priorities, who make the rest of us fumbling with instruments look completely useless.

This is simultaneously incredible and dumb as shit, but, DUDE, go on with your bad self:
 

 

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This latex Woody Allen mask will be the most horrifying thing you’ll see all day
09.11.2015
11:19 am

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I found this completely by accident yesterday searching for something that wasn’t even Woody Allen-related. What in the name of Silence of the Lambs did I stumble upon? Apparently this latex Woody mask was sold on eBay back in 2007. I-I, I have no words…

This is as hellish as it gets, mi’ frenz.

I can’t find much background information on it, but you can click on this link and maybe you’ll have better luck than me.

All I can say is, if you’re able to get your hands on one these for Halloween, you’ll definitely be the creepiest-creepster creeping around your burg. Ugh.
 

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State fair accepts, then rejects Bill Cosby portrait made from rapeseed
09.02.2015
08:59 am

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Rapeseed, more commonly known in the U.S. as “canola,” can be used to make vegetable oil, bio-diesel, animal feed, or—apparently—portraits of Bill Cosby, the famous comedian accused of drugging and having non-consensual sex with nearly 50 women.

The Minnesota State Fair accepted Nick Rindo’s rapeseed portrait of Bill Cosby as an entry into its crop art competition—but before it could become a blue-ribbon prize-winner, it was removed by Fair administrators after complaints came rolling in.

Rindo’s portrait had the word “rapeseed” in parentheses on the portrait’s label, and was allowed entry into the competition after the Fair’s crop art superintendent made one small alteration—covering the word “rapeseed” with a piece of tape. According to superintendent Ron Kelsey: “We call everything canola in this country.”

Apparently the tape was not enough to keep controversy away. Outraged emails poured in. One even called the portrait “pro-rape,” which was not Rindo’s intention at all.

Rindo stated on his Facebook page, “The guy in charge let it in. The Administration received too many angry emails, so they came down and removed it. I imagine it’s in a corner of shame somewhere.”

A second seed-portrait by Rindo, of Star Trek’s Mr. Spock, was allowed to remain in competition.
 

 
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Uplifting movie themes played in a MINOR key suddenly become evil, oppressive, militaristic
08.20.2015
12:46 pm

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Last week I posted here about a musician who had taken a handful of iconic horror soundtracks and turned them “soothing, triumphant, and dorky” by reworking them in a major key.

One of my favorite things about blogging stuff I think is cool is that sometimes the people you are blogging about read what you wrote and respond to it.  In that previous article I had mentioned that John Carpenter’s Halloween soundtrack, playing in a major key, sounded a lot like the Chariots of Fire theme (mashed up with “Baba O’Riley”).  I went on to say, ” the Halloween theme left me wondering… what would the Chariots of Fire theme sound like in a minor key? I bet it’d be scary as hell. Perhaps Mr. Gordon can get on that and let us know?”

Well folks, Mr. Gordon DID get on that and Dangerous Minds got a nice email from him:

I’ve taken Christopher’s advice and converted Chariots of Fire plus a few other classics to a MINOR key.

So here we have the themes from Indiana Jones, Police Academy, The Great Escape, Chariots of Fire, and Jurassic Park—all reworked into a minor key. The results here are just as interesting as the major key horror soundtrack revisions.

Indiana Jones in a minor key suddenly sounds militaristic and would be an appropriate theme if the Nazis had been the film’s protagonists, seeking to rescue the ark from the idiot American archaeologist with no idea of its power.

Police Academy in a minor key suddenly becomes an epic sword and sorcery theme. It’s the sound of Conan (the barbarian, not the late night host) marching through the desert, trying to solve the riddle of steel and defeat the evil Captain Mauser.

The Great Escape theme sounds like a montage sequence from a Jewish comedy.

Chariots of Fire, as I imagined, does indeed sound like a horror soundtrack. Specifically one that is very ‘80s and very Italian.

Jurassic Park‘s theme in a minor key is utterly oppressive. It sounds like slavery.

Check them all out here:
 

 

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Time to start thinking about breaking out the hooved leggings for the Pagan holidays
08.20.2015
10:14 am

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It’s hard to believe that another summer’s almost over. It won’t be long before the dreaded holiday season is bearing down upon us like Bill Cosby in a rutting reindeer sweater once again. After all, there are only 126 shopping days left until Christmas. Can you believe it? With that ominous deadline looming large on the horizon, what rational person has the time to think straight, much less participate in the crass commercialization of that most holy of days—Black Friday—by getting all of the family handgun Christmas shopping squared away before Santa’s annual home invasion drill down the chimney?  Maybe it’s time to take a deep breath, wash a Xanax down with some of last year’s slightly expired eggnog, and think upon simpler times. More Pagan times.

An Etsy shop doing cosplay the hard way, Chaos Costumes, features a line of hooved leggings suitable for your next Pagan holiday celebration.
 

 
Shop owner, Blair Ondria, specializes in designing, fabricating, and selling a line of very unusual “custom fantasy costumes and accessories.” Most of her designs are based on creatures with hooves—from horses to fauns, creatures both real and mythical, creatures with both cloven and non-cloven hooves. In fact, the only creature with cloven hooves whose costume they don’t seem to stock is Donald Trump.

Bear in mind that the holiday season begins with Halloween (or Samhain) —and that’s only two-and-a-half months away— so get cracking if you’re looking to receive your faun hooves in time to frolic in a glen (or whatever) on October 31st.  Just add horns, a tail, and a pan flute, and you’re either a satyr dreaming of nymphs, or a hirsute Zamfir ready to serenade his flock.

Halloween out of the way, we have to deal with the agony of a traditional family Thanksgiving. I suggest you score a pair of these werewolf stilts, brandish a turkey drumstick in one hand and a flagon of mead in the other, and attend your own private Bacchanalia until the alcohol and tryptophan kick in to put you out of your misery. With any luck, the synergistic effect will allow you to sleep until December 5th.
 

Or perhaps line the family up for the traditional holiday Osculum Infame.
 
December 5th (or 6th, depending on your ancestry) is Krampusnacht, on the eve of the feast of Saint Nicholas. In Alpine folklore, Saint Nicholas, who rewards good children, has an evil, devilish counterpart called Krampus , who appears on Krampusnacht to punish the children who have misbehaved. This antithesis of Saint Nicholas is a hairy beast with cloven hooves and the horns of a goat. Needless to say, a pair of cloven-hooved leggings are tailor-made for creating a Krampus costume to wear on Krampusnacht while running wild in the streets, whipping townfolk with branches, and stuffing children into gunny sacks.
 

“A tisket, a tasket, stuff this brat into a basket.”
 
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