follow us in feedly
  • A girl's best friend is her guitar
  • Activism
  • Advertising
  • Advertorial
  • American-style (Republican) Christianity
  • Amusing
  • Animals
  • Animation
  • Art
  • Belief
  • Books
  • Class War
  • Crime
  • Current Events
  • Dance
  • Design
  • Drugs
  • Economy
  • Environment
  • Fashion
  • Featured
  • Feminism
  • Food
  • Games
  • Heroes
  • Hip-hop
  • History
  • Hysteria
  • Idiocracy
  • Kooks
  • Literature
  • Media
  • Movies
  • Music
  • Occult
  • One-hit wonders
  • Politics
  • Pop Culture
  • Punk
  • Queer
  • R.I.P.
  • Race
  • Reggae
  • Science/Tech
  • Sex
  • Sports
  • Stupid or Evil?
  • Superstar
  • Television
  • The wrong side of history
  • They hate us for our freedom
  • Thinkers
  • U.S.A.!!!
  • Unorthodox
  • Best Of
  • Sponsored Post
  • VICE
  • Paul Williams sings in his ‘Planet of the Apes’ makeup
    06.27.2016
    02:45 pm

    Topics:
    Movies
    Television

    Tags:
    Planet of the Apes
    Paul Williams


     
    Paul Williams, the witty and diminutive singer-songwriter (Carpenters, Three Dog Night)  would often appear on 70s talk shows, games shows, on The Love Boat, in Smokey and the Bandit, on The Muppet Show, celebrity roasts—not to mention his greatest role as “Swan” in Brian DePalma’s campy cult classic Phantom of the Paradise. He was in, or on just about anything back then, including heaping mountains of cocaine (Hence all of that manic energy he used to exhibit back then.)

    Williams also played “Virgil” the smart orangutan in Battle for the Planet of the Apes. He wore his makeup straight from the 20th Century Fox movie set for this memorable appearance promoting the film on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson in 1973 and sang in costume.
     

    Posted by Richard Metzger | Leave a comment
    ‘The Hound of Baskerville’: German pop duo cover Sabbath’s ‘Paranoid’ as a Sherlock Holmes tribute
    06.27.2016
    02:20 pm

    Topics:
    Books
    Music

    Tags:
    Black Sabbath
    Sherlock Holmes
    Cindy and Bert


     
    Jutta Gusenberger and Norbert Berger were a married couple from the western border of the BRD (West Germany) who were staples of the German pop scene in the 1970s. They went by Cindy und Bert, representing West Germany in the Eurovision Pop Contest in 1974 with “Die Sommermelodie.” In a strong year that included Olivia Newton-John and ABBA as competitors, Cindy und Bert finished 14th. Oh well.

    They had a run of charting singles from 1972 to 1979 on the German Top 40 but before all that, in 1971, they turned in a delirious cover of “Paranoid” by Black Sabbath with completely different German lyrics that were all about the hellhound invented by Arthur Conan Doyle in one of his few long-form Sherlock Holmes narratives, The Hound of the Baskervilles.

    More on the strange case of Cindy und Bert, after the jump…

    Posted by Martin Schneider | Leave a comment
    Live Evil: Psychic TV, raising demons live in concert 1983
    06.27.2016
    01:59 pm

    Topics:
    Music
    Occult

    Tags:
    Psychic TV
    Genesis P-Orridge


     
    Psychic TV’s shows, especially in their early years, had an intimidating sense of menace and dark energy. From the minute you walked in, you strongly got the impression that you were somewhere where you shouldn’t be. Early PTV shows were among the most mesmerizing, depraved, insane and just plain hair-raisingly scary concerts I’ve ever attended. I vividly remember seeing them at the Hammersmith Town Hall in fall of 1984 and deciding to step back from the front in case a winged demon materialized onstage and started flying around killing people. You think I’m joking, but I’m not. I didn’t want to be too close to that action, it was like an evil vortex was threatening to open up and suck the entire place into it. The whole thing was like the most twisted Hammer Horror version of what a demonic rock concert would be like. Yep, the best way to describe it would be to say that it was like being in a really weird, mind-bending horror movie, something so far beyond real life as to seem fictional almost.

    In the group’s original incarnation Psychic TV included Peter “Sleazy” Christopherson and Genesis P-Orridge, both late of Throbbing Gristle. The other members were Paula P-Orridge, Alex Fergusson (formerly of Alternative TV), John “Zos Kia” Gosling and Geff Rushton, a.k.a. John Balance. At this time, the group’s sound was a unique mix of exotic instruments (like Tibetan thigh bones and tribal drums), vibraphone, Fergusson’s Velvet Undergroundy guitar drone, a hefty dollop of Throbbing Gristle’s painfully LOUD musique concrète and the various sonic elements we think of as defining the music of Coil, which, of course, Christopherson and Balance soon went on to form, not staying with PTV much beyond their classic 1983 album Dreams Less Sweet.

    Another time I saw Psychic TV live it was in a disused synagogue in London’s Drayton Park earlier that same summer. The “security” were Hackney skinheads. There was no electricity in the abandoned temple, so they’d brought in a portable generator. The circular staircase was illuminated with candles. There was debris, bricks, beer bottles and broken glass everywhere. It was late July, hot, humid and the place smelled of human waste and urine. Genesis played an amplified violin, just sawing away at it, his atonal screeching providing the perfect soundtrack to watching ectoplasm form. It was more of an Aleister Crowley-type occult ritual than anything resembling a rock concert…
     
    Keep reading after the jump…

    Posted by Richard Metzger | Leave a comment
    Listen to over an hour of the jazz/surf background music from 60s ‘Spider-Man’ cartoon
    06.27.2016
    01:17 pm

    Topics:
    Animation
    Music
    Television

    Tags:
    Spider-Man


     
    There were three main ways I learned about Spider-Man as a child. The first was his wordless appearances on The Electric Company. Then as a tween, I came to love the excellent Saturday morning series from the early 1980s, Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends featuring Iceman and Firestar.

    But before all of that was Spider-Man, the animated adventure series that ran on ABC starting in 1967. That series, of course, is the origin of the famous “Spider-Man, Spider-Man, does whatever a spider can!” theme jingle, but the musical bounty of the series hardly ended there.

    The incidental music was credited to Ray Ellis, an arranger and conductor whose primary claim to fame is his orchestration on Billie Holiday’s 1958 album Lady in Satin. In the 1980s and 1990s Ellis was occupied with game shows like Hot Streak, Scrabble, and Scattergories, but his work on Spider-Man is a groovy and atmospheric marvel that rewards further listens, combining surf guitar, luxuriant horns, and some splendid hard bop.
     
    Listen after the jump…

    Posted by Martin Schneider | Leave a comment
    Vintage photographs of dominatrixes
    06.27.2016
    11:41 am

    Topics:
    Fashion
    History
    Sex

    Tags:
    dominatrix


    1968
     
    Here’s a gallery of vintage photographs of women dressed in dominatrix gear. Not all of the women pictured were necessarily dominatrixes by trade, some were no doubt fetish models for BDSM-style magazines back in the day. I’m digging the costumes, hairstyles and… the boots. Just look at those kinky boots!

    I tried to keep this as safe for work as possible. But, you know, it might be a tad NSFW-ish because of the topic.


     

     
    More after the jump…

    Posted by Tara McGinley | Leave a comment
    Snake women, dragons and other esoteric imagery from the alchemical manuscript ‘Clavis Artis’

    002Clavis-Artis.jpg
     
    The renowned composer Nino Rota collected books and manuscripts on the occult. Rota was a child prodigy who went on to compose ten operas, five ballets and many, many choral and chamber pieces. He is now best known for his multi-award-winning film scores for The Godfather, Romeo and Juliet and Fellini’s and

    When Rota died in 1979, a copy of a very strange occult manuscript Clavis Artis was discovered among his personal effects. Rota had purchased this illustrated text from a bookseller in Frankfurt. After his death it was donated to the Biblioteca dell’Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei where it can still be found today.

    Rota’s copy of Clavis Artis is one of only three editions of the manuscript being currently held in Italy and Germany—only two of which are illustrated.

    The Clavis Artis is an alchemical manuscript believed to have been produced in the late 17th or early 18th century—though the title page states the book was written in 1236 AD. The text is attributed to “Zoroaster (“Zarathustra”) the rabbi and Jew” who claimed to have written the book over “a dragon skin.”

    R. et AC
    Secret key for many covert operations
    In the animal kingdom, the kingdom of metals
    and minerals
    CORPUS. SOUL. SPIRITUS.

    Zoroaster
    the rabbi and Jew
    Clavis Artis
    Part one
    The original was written by the author
    over a dragon skin
    World Year
    1996
    Following text was translated
    from Arabic into German
    in the Year of Christ
    1236
    from
    SVFR and AC

    Zoroaster’s manuscript details various rites and practices relating to alchemy. It has been suggested the text may have been lifted from an earlier work, while its author “Zoroaster” may have been Abraham Eleazar—an occultist who wrote another alchemical text L’Uraltes Chymisches Werk in 1735. However both these manuscripts contain imagery to be found in an even earlier alchemical manuscripts by Nicolas Flamel—the man who allegedly found the Philosopher’s Stone.

    Whatever the book’s provenance it is fair to say these illustrations from Clavis Artis are quite beautiful and strange.
     
    001Clavis-Artis-words.jpg
     
    003Clavis-Artis-2.jpg
     
    More magical illustrations from the ‘Clavis Artis,’ after the jump…

    Posted by Paul Gallagher | Leave a comment
    FURR: Meet the band who tried to be like KISS and failed
    06.27.2016
    10:24 am

    Topics:
    Music

    Tags:
    FURR


    The strange cover of the only album by the band FURR.
     
    Reminding one of the sort of off-brand cologne that advertises itself as “If you like Calvin, you’ll love KEVIN!” very little is known about FURR, the curious creation of Jerry Kasenetz and Jeff Katz the dynamic “bubblegum” songwriting and producing duo who brought us The Ohio Express’ “Yummy, Yummy, Yummy” and Ram Jam’s “Black Betty.” And yet you may be familiar with the cover art from the band’s eponymously titled first (and last) album from 1977 in which the four members of FURR are all dolled up like low-budget knock-off versions of KISS.
     

    The back cover of FURR’s only album.

    Now that folks, is what you call originality. KISS, my ass, this is dangerously close to Sid and Marty Krofft territory…

    Here’s what we do know about FURR—they do a pretty sweet cover of a 1966 hit by Louisville, KY band The Rugbys called “You, I” and the rest of the songs on the album (which sound like funkier versions of every song by Grand Funk Railroad) were written by the former bubblegum band hawkers themselves Kasenetz and Katz, as well as a person noted only as “G. Gouldman” otherwise known as the golden-penned songwriter Graham Gouldman of UK artrock band 10cc. The “band” (studio musicians Jeff Woods, George Bruce, Robert Sylvester and John Gunner) disappeared without so much as a trace after the release of the record—unless you count its appearances in various discount bins in record shops since the late 70s.

    Keep reading after the jump…

    Posted by Cherrybomb | Leave a comment
    Chemtrail activists outraged over tacky hotel room artwork
    06.27.2016
    08:51 am

    Topics:
    Activism
    Kooks

    Tags:
    chemtrails


     
    A Change.org petition was recently created by an activist demanding that Marriott hotels remove artwork hanging in some rooms which normalizes and “promotes” the government’s secret use of “chemtrails.” Chemtrails are, according to theorists, “long-lasting trails left in the sky by high-flying aircraft consisting of chemical or biological agents deliberately sprayed for sinister purposes undisclosed to the general public.”

    Conspiracy theorists, depending on which ones you ask, believe that chemtrails are used by the government for solar radiation management, biological warfare, or psychological, weather, or human population control.

    The hotel room artwork in question is a photograph hanging over the bed’s headboard of a blue sky streaked with clouds and jet contrails.
     

     
    The creators of the petition appear to be threatening a boycott over the “outrageous” artwork:

    Marriott’s newly decorated “chemtrail rooms” promote chemtrails and geoengineering by making guests grow accustomed to the sight of chemtrails (as if this is a natural occurrence!) This is outrageous and they should not be promoting this government secret agenda. Please sign to boycott Marriott and raise awareness of the global issue of chemtrails. Whether intentional or unintentional, promotion by Marriott and corporate America will not be tolerated, or the public will hit where it hurts…in their wallets.

    This petition is not a one-off. There are several anti-chemtrail websites that have expressed shock over the hotel chain’s use of this artwork. The website ChemtrailsMustStop.com has an open-letter to Marriott expressing similar intentions to boycott:

    Because you now adorn your hotel rooms with pictures of chemtrails, we thought it was necessary to inform you [Marriott International] that you will now lose a LOT of business.  There are presently millions of Americans who are hip to the poisoning of the atmosphere via chemical engineering operations.  All of us detest this covert military operation.  As a matter of fact it is the single environmental advocacy that everyone joins once they hear about it.  That’s because it is very easy to see the chemtrails on any given day as they are forever right in your face.

    I guess the question remains for conspiracy theorists: what is Marriott’s stake in normalizing chemtrails to their guests? How might they be colluding with the one-world government to promote weather and/or population and/or thought control?

    The truth is out there if only we could have the front desk give the sheeple a wake-up call.

    Posted by Christopher Bickel | Leave a comment
    Incredible NEWLY UNCOVERED 1977 footage of UK punk bands: Damned! Generation X! Adverts! Rich Kids!


     
    With the steady influx of punk rock documentaries, books, and all manner of info (and YouTube fare) coming in from all directions—thankfully eyes are opening to all the wild stuff from the 1920s to the 1950s as much as to 70s punk and other recent upheavals—something like this still truly amazes me, especially since this accidentally seldom-seen footage captures a couple of extra special treasures for the jaded and world-weary punk connoisseur/freak/snob.
     
    drtfj
     
    The footage is from an apparently unaired UK TV show called Impact and was filmed December 21st 1977 by one Mike Mansfield. Mansfield was a producer, most importantly to us of the UK TV show Supersonic which started in 1975 and was a much hipper version of Top Of The Pops. Supersonic featured great performances of glam rockers like T.Rex and others colliding with the punk movement.
     
    gfnv
     
    One of the great surprises here is the only known footage of the five-piece version of The Damned with second guitarist Lu (who is currently playing in PiL, strangely enough) and Jon Moss, later of Culture Club fame, on drums! Also featured are The Rich Kids, former Sex Pistol Glen Matlock’s post-Pistols band with Steve New, Midge Ure (Ultravox) and Rusty Egan (Visage); the amazing Adverts are here and so the great Generation X with vocalist Billy Idol, bassist Tony James (later of Sigue Sigue Sputnik) and Bob “Derwood” Andrews, considered by many (myself included) to be the single best guitarist to come out of the punk rock era.

    No sense in waiting—watch this treat after the jump! Enjoy!

    Posted by Howie Pyro | Leave a comment
    Future Forward event brings 21st Century Futurism to Los Angeles: RSVP for free tickets here
    06.24.2016
    04:17 pm

    Topics:
    Advertorial

    Tags:
    Toyota Prius


     
    The Creators Project, a global network dedicated to the celebration of creativity, arts and technology has partnered with the all-new Toyota Prius to present the Future Forward event series. To that end, they commissioned a set of original works—elaborate technological installations by internationally renowned studios—to premiere as part of a nationwide event series that launched in Spring 2016. Two events, one held in New York and another in Chicago have already taken place. Next comes the Los Angeles event which will be on display at NeueHouse Hollywood showcasing the work of forward thinkers, artists, architects, designers, engineers and inventors who take ideas of speed, change, and technology into their practice.

    A futuristic chandelier that moves in response to heat.

    A star-shaped space that envelopes you in metal, mirrors and light.

    An organic, living wall that reacts to your motions.

    If you’d like to experience these innovations that redefine futurism for yourself, the June 25 event in Los Angeles is open to the public. RSVP here.

    NeueHouse Hollywood 6121 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90028

    @ToyotaUSA
    @TheCreatorsProject
     

    Posted by Sponsored Post | Leave a comment
    Page 1 of 2001  1 2 3 >  Last ›