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  • Punk rock knitting: These cult figure sweaters are easily the most amazing sweaters money can buy

    Kraftwerk sweater by by Amimono Horinouchi
    I’m not the sort of person to really care all that much about, or even notice, expert knitting or “crafting” or embroidery or anything remotely like that. This very sentence will probably mark my first time using the word “felted” and it might very well be the last. I’ve got no business being in a Hobby Lobby. I’m not putting it down, but it’s not my area of interest.

    That was until I saw the jaw-dropping sweaters made by Amimono Horinouchi, a 49-year-old knitwear artiste based in Tokyo. THIS is where my own esoteric interests hit the Venn diagram with wool sweaters hard. When I saw the Kraftwerk sweater, my eyes practically bugged out—they’re all so amazing: Debbie Harry, Ramones, Bowie, YMO—but what could possibly top that insane Kraftwerk sweater???

    And then I saw the one on his website of Throbbing Gristle-era Genesis P-Orridge and was completely and utterly floored.

    Amimono Horinouchi‘s knitwear might be “fashion,” but it is also art.

    According to his Etsy page, which has prices in dollars, the bags sell for less than $200, and the sweaters go for about $600 which I think is a great bargain. He also takes commissions and will even do a sweater of your beloved dog or cat. I’d love to see him working in large tapestries. Incredible!

    Follow Amimono Horinouchi on Twitter.

    Genesis P-Orridge

    Debbie Harry
    More after the jump…

    Posted by Richard Metzger | Leave a comment
    New Albini-engineered experimental music piece uses ‘America’s Funniest Home Videos’ as inspiration
    10:10 am


    Steve Albini
    Kenneth Goldsmith
    Chris Cobilis

    America’s Funniest Home Videos (and its international offshoots) might represent the most lucrative user-generated content project in history—until the arrival of Facebook and YouTube, anyway. A genius by the name of Vin Di Bona realized that there were untold thousands of hours of hilarious content out there just waiting for a network TV outlet, and that the owners of that content would be only too happy to send a major media corporation their videotapes for a chance at widespread TV recognition (and cash too, let’s not forget the cash). So in 1989 ABC began broadcasting the show, which was originally hosted by Bob Saget and, thrillingly, featured the voiceover work of legendary announcer Ernie Anderson (also known as Ghoulardi). The volume of submissions was so thick that it’s said that the show singlehandedly caused the Hollywood post office to take on increased staff.

    The show lasted until—Oh wait. The show, of course, is still on the air even now.

    Recently, noted Australian composer Chris Cobilis has immersed himself in the decades-long output of America’s Funniest Home Videos and its Aussie counterpart Australia’s Funniest Home Videos as part of the process to create an experimental orchestral work inspired by the show. That work, created in collaboration with poet Kenneth Goldsmith and Spektral Quartet and engineered by none other than Steve Albini, is called This Is You and will be available for purchase on Bandcamp on October 28 (but you can pre-order it today).

    In preparation for the work, Cobilis transcribed entire episodes of show, a process that encompassed dialogue, voiceover, and sound FX cues. In addition, he took chunks of audio from the episodes and converted them to MIDI, resulting in a side-scrolling “animated score.” Perhaps the project’s most fascinating aspect is that funny videos on the Internet were shown to the musicians, who were told to “play what they saw” without any prior knowledge of what they were about to see. Each instrument was given different array of videos to play off of.

    Kenneth Goldsmith is a fascinating figure, a renowned poet who is the founding editor of UbuWeb and had a popular show on WFMU for many years. Spektral Quartet is a string quartet that is the ensemble-in-residence at the University of Chicago’s Department of Music. In its 2014 project Mobile Miniatures, Spektral Quartet recorded the (very brief) musical creations of 47 composers including Nico Muhly, David Lang, and Anna Thorvaldsdottir, which were then made available for download as ringtones.

    Steve Albini, of course, was in Big Black, Rapeman, and Shellac and has served as the recording engineer for countless classic albums, including Slint’s Tweez, The Jesus Lizard’s Pure, Superchunk’s No Pocky For Kitty, and Craw’s Lost Nation Road.

    According to press materials, This Is You is described as “a metaphysical feedback loop” that “traces the 25-year history of the TV program Funniest Home Videos in an attempt to describe the prism of existence as solar vanity.” It’s safe to say that we could all stand to give our solar vanity a little look-see.

    Here’s the full piece from Bandcamp:

    Video after the jump…

    Posted by Martin Schneider | Leave a comment
    Famous movie monsters & other ghouls carrying around hot chicks
    10:10 am


    The Mummy

    Actor Glenn Strange (as Frankenstein’s monster) carrying away actress Ann Blyth dressed up as a mermaid for the 1948 film ‘Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid.’
    I’m pretty much laser-focused when it comes to this time of year on maybe three things—watching more horror films than I usually do, breaking out my copy of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds 1996 album Murder Ballads, and of course watching more horror movies than usual. October is a little slice of heaven for yours truly as I’m a die-hard ghoulish kind of girl.

    So as I was deep in the trenches with very important “work related” Internet research about who knows what (though it likely involved Satan and/or rock and roll) when I found a still from the 1968 film La Marca del Hombre Lobo (or “Mark of the Wolfman”).

    Mark of the Wolfman starred Paul Naschy (the stage name of actor, director and writer Jacinto Molina) who was affectionately nicknamed the “Spanish Lon Chaney.” But in that picture, he was holding a frightened chick. And that sent me down a completely different rabbit hole…

    I thought it would be fun to show you a load of images of famous (and maybe some not-so-famous) movie ghouls and other kinds of monstrous man-handlers carrying away their hapless female victims, including at least one bikini-clad damsel in distress.

    A still from the 1965 film ‘Adventure at the Center of the Earth.’

    Christopher Lee in the 1966 film ‘Prince of Darkness.’
    More damsels in distress and the monsters who love them, after the jump…

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    Awesomely evil-looking soaps that really tie the bathroom together!
    10:09 am

    Pop Culture


    If you, like me, are missing that certain evil je ne sais quoi in your bathroom, why not spruce up the place with these wicked-looking hand soaps? I’m seriously digging on these handmade “demonic” soaps called “Art of Dying’” by Canadian artist Eden Gorgós. They’re just too perfect. I’d probably never use the Baphomet as actual soap as I’d hate to watch him slowly dissolve away.

    That would be too sad.

    Anyway, the soaps are made with 100% coconut oil, colored naturally, and scented with pure essential oils. If you enjoy scents like ginger root, sage, birch, sweet mint, spice and citrus… these might be right up your alley. As a side note: they do come unscented, too. You just have to make that request.

    The Krampus-appropriate soaps won’t be available until November 1. These aren’t just for the holiday season, in my opinion, but for all year around!

    Click here to purchase your demoic soap!

    More after the jump…

    Posted by Tara McGinley | Leave a comment
    Night Gallery: A connoisseur selection of bloody, gruesome & sexy Giallo and horror movie posters
    09:58 am



    7 Deaths in the Cat’s Eyes  (Italy/France/West Germany, 1973)    d. Antonio Margheriti     Italian 4F Manifesto     55x78

    You may recall last month, when—against my better instincts as a collector of these things—I recommended my new favorite online movie poster shop, the Los Angeles-based Westgate Gallery. Why spoil one of the least picked-over bastions of high-end movie posters on the entire Internet for myself, right? Well anyway, I did share it with our readers and apparently y’all turned out in force and picked the place clean.

    But fear not, Westgate’s deeply knowledgeable self-described “poster concierge” Christian McLaughlin has unleashed over two hundred new sophisticated eye-popping wall coverings for your perusal and purchase. He obviously had to turn over a lot of rocks (many of them in Italy, from the looks of things) to find posters like the ones you see below. Trust me, you can search through eBay for thousands of pages—I do it all the time—and not find the gold like this passionately persistent and proficient poster prospector can.

    And right now—as in right now and for the next seven days only, there is a 30% off Halloween sale—every item in stock—going on at the Westgate Gallery. Just enter the discount code HFS30 at the checkout.

    Here’s a selection of some of the best from the latest crop of rare posters at Westgate Gallery...

    Slasher Is the Sex Maniac  (Italy, 1972)  d. Roberto Montero     Italian 4F Manifesto       55x78

    Jack the Ripper   (Switzerland/West Germany, 1976)    d. Jess Franco     Italian 2F Manifesto   39x55
    Many, many more after the jump…

    Posted by Richard Metzger | Leave a comment
    NSFW video from The Killers’ Mark Stoermer features Adán Jodorowsky and is completely goddamn insane
    09:11 am


    Adan Jodorowski
    Mark Stoermer

    It hasn’t even been six months since The Killers announced that their bassist Mark Stoermer was taking a break from touring with one of the most preposterously successful rock bands of this century to work on solo material and “to pursue other educational goals.” Just a few months after that announcement, Stoermer’s solo career already bore fruit (we’re not sure about the educational part) in the form of Dark Arts, his first solo album since his self-released solo debut Another Life in 2011. While the album jumps around stylistically, from moody pop to pure psych and even minimal electronics, it’s mostly in debt to the mid-late ’60s, though dark in tone, as the title pretty much telegraphs.

    And his new video for the track “Blood and Guts” is fuckin’ crazytown.

    Director Charlotte Kemp Muhl has loaded the video with escalating outrages; it’s built around a re-creation of Rembrandt’s “The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp,” and climaxes in an orgy of naked women eating the flesh off a crucified man. In between, there are numerous tableaux worthy of Joel-Peter Witkin and Alejandro Jodorowsky, and in fact the latter’s son, composer/musician Adán Jodorowsky, performs a cameo as a priest doling out communion wafers and the d. It’s DM’s pleasure to debut that video for you today.

    Be advised there’s basically NOTHING in it but violence and nudity, so if you’re at work, well, you know...

    Posted by Ron Kretsch | Leave a comment
    There’s an eggplant Emoji vibrator
    08:53 am



    Right now, you’re probably saying to yourself “Finally!” I know I sure am. Frankly I think the friendly poop emoji would make for a better vibrator character but what the hell do I know? Okay, maybe I’m wrong here and the poop emoji would make an excellent buttplug. Or maybe not—it has eyes—now that I think about that, too. Why am I even contemplating such things? I’ve reached rock bottom, apparently.

    Okay, so there’s this eggplant emoji vibrator and it’s selling for $32. As most people know by now, the eggplant emoji is a universal symbol for a penis. It’s called the Emojibator and has “10 vibration settings that always hit the spot.” It’s also waterproof. Good to know. And according to its description, it’s a “healthy serving of vitamin D.”

    I don’t know what else to say except “Here it is, folks….”


    via Geekologie

    Posted by Tara McGinley | Leave a comment
    Stoned: That time Pussy Galore played all of ‘Exile on Main St.’
    08:53 am


    Rolling Stones
    Exile on Main St.
    Pussy Galore

    Supply and demand, my ass! Where’s my fucking 30th anniversary coffee table book and expanded 180-gram vinyl reissue with download code and hand-woven T-shirt for Pussy Galore’s Exile on Main St.? It is the jewel of their catalog, you monsters! PledgeMusic and Kickstarter, j’accuse!

    The NYC scum rock quintet issued their Exile on a limited run of 550 cassettes in 1986. If memory serves, it had something to do with Sonic Youth’s frequently repeated threat that they were going to cover all of the Beatles’ White Album, which they never (really) made good.

    But Pussy Galore “walked the walk.” Listen. To readers familiar with the original 1972 double album, it might sound as if England’s newest hit makers, the Rolling Stones, have caught the plague. And isn’t it about time they did? A few buboes in the groin and armpits might put the Glimmer Twins back in touch with those old country blues. On the other hand, Pussy Galore fans who haven’t heard the ‘86 Exile already will likely be surprised how faithfully Spencer, Cafritz, Hagerty, Martinez and Bert try to play these eighteen songs. The band gathers a terrible momentum over the tape’s 55 minutes, and some of the tunes are even recognizable.

    Discogs presently has just one of these tapes for sale at $150. Alternatively, Jon Spencer is selling a “lame bootleg CD” for $20, while we offer it at a deep discount of $0 below.

    It’s NSFW unless your boss is cool with Julia Cafritz hating everyone’s fucking guts.

    Posted by Oliver Hall | Leave a comment
    ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ is astonishing in black and white and you can ALREADY watch it on Amazon!
    01:03 pm


    Mad Max Fury Road

    With just about zero fanfare, one of the most magnificent of movies ever made has appeared in the past 24 hours on Amazon in a previously unreleased version that is astonishing. The black & white (aka “black & chrome”) incarnation of Mad Max: Fury Road—which director George Miller considers the “best version”—is already streaming on Amazon as you read this. The theatrical release isn’t until Nov. 1 and the Blu-ray box will come after that, so this is quite a surprise.

    You must see it. It takes the already masterful film to places that make it a fresh and thrilling viewing experience, elevating the film in ways that actually surpass the color version. Like mono versions of records that sound more present than their stereo counterparts, MM:FR has an in-your-faceness that is searing in its detail and dimension. The geometry of space in MM:FR is a hyper-real b&w dream world that recalls Cocteau, Fritz Lang and Bergman. Can a black and white movie be psychedelic? Absolutely!

    When I first reviewed Mad Max: Fury Road in May of 2015 I described it as…

    “... a surreal universe as beautifully imagined as those of Alejandro Jodorowsky and Moebius’s concepts for their ill-fated Dune project. And there’s more than a little of Terry Gilliam’s dreamy machinery in the mix. There’s not a frame in the movie that isn’t ravishing and filled with intricate and startling details. Every widescreen landscape is alien and yet familiar. As if David Lean’s T.E. Lawrence had wandered into some post-apocalyptic Arabia.

    MM:FR doesn’t achieve its epic grandeur and high powered velocity with bigger and better toys or special effects (though it does have that), it does it through sheer cinematic brilliance. This is a movie that doesn’t feel like it was composed in a computer and it doesn’t look like a series of video game cut scenes. MM:FR feels alive, palpably real, organic, crafted. It draws you in in ways that today’s special effects films generally don’t. The distancing effect of CGI is minimal. The scale of the movie is both epic and intimate. Astonishingly magical and deeply human. The poetry is in the motion. This is a moving picture in every sense of the word.


    So a film I loved when I first saw it (in both the 2D and 3D versions) is now a movie I rank among the greatest black and white films of all time. If you love the b&w gorgeousness of Jean Cocteau’s Beauty And The Beast, Fritz Lang’s Metropolis and Martin Scorsese’s Raging Bull then you’ll swoon over this new take on Mad Max: Fury Road.

    I agree with George Miller when he says “something about black and white, the way it distills it, makes it a little bit more abstract. Something about losing some of the information of color makes it somehow more iconic.” Black and white is not how we see the real world. It is automatically otherworldly. It is a subtraction that can heighten the way an image is perceived. There is something essential about black and white - shapes and geometry are pushed to the foreground and beyond that is shadow. Imagine seeing Ingmar Bergman’s “The Seventh Seal” in color. Would it be as haunting? Would it be as vivid? I think not.

    More after the jump…

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    John Cale will perform ‘The Velvet Underground & Nico’ live in New York and Liverpool
    12:16 pm


    Velvet Underground
    John Cale

    Velvet Underground bassist/violaist John Cale performed a moody, arty solo take on his band’s already moody and arty debut album, The Velvet Underground & Nico, last spring in Paris. That epochal album will turn 50 this coming spring, and Cale will celebrate by performing it again, on May 26 at Liverpool, England’s docklands, and in New York City on a date/venue yet to be announced. Quoted in The Quietus, Cale offered:

    I’m often reluctant to spend too much time on things past, then a time marker shows up — The Velvet Underground & Nico turns 50. As so many bands can attest to, it is the fulfilment of the ultimate dream to record your first album. We were an unfriendly brand, dabbling in a world of challenging lyrics and weird sonics that didn’t fit into anyone’s playlist at the time.

    Remaining ferociously true to our viewpoints, Lou and I never doubted for a moment we could create something to give a voice to things not regularly explored in rock music at the time. That bizarre combination of four distinctly disparate musicians and a reluctant beauty queen perfectly summed up what it meant to be The Velvet Underground.

    Tickets for the Liverpool show will go on sale Friday, October 28. For a taste of what to expect, here are a few of clips from the Paris show last spring, including Saul Williams guesting on “Heroin,” Mark Lanegan singing “All Tomorrow’s Parties,” and Lou Doillon singing “Femme Fatale.” Hopefully that all happens again at the New York show.

    More after the jump…

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