‘The world’s strangest book’ is now the world’s strangest calendar
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Several years ago DM highlighted the reprint edition of Codex Seraphinianus, what we termed “the strangest book in the world.” For those who don’t know, Codex Seraphinianus is, as my DM colleague Em described it, “a figurative, as well as literal, encyclopedia of weirdness insofar as it describes in great detail the basic physics, flora and fauna, and even the vaguely human-like society of a world that doesn’t happen to exist,” all lovingly described in “a language—and even a script—that no one to date has ever decoded.”

Just a few weeks ago we ran a follow-up interview with Luigi Serafini, the author of Codex Seraphinianus, to promote the new reprint edition of his 1984 book Pulcinellopaedia Seraphiniana, which is almost as weird

I was tickled to learn that for the first time the Codex has entered the wall calendar market. For each of the twelve months there is a vibrant tableau brimming with curious creatures and Serafini’s fanciful invented script, and in case that isn’t enough, a good many of the individual days on the calendar part feature bizarre Serafini images on them as well. It’s simply a gorgeous visual feast of addictive weirdness.

The Codex 2017 calendar was “personally designed by author Luigi Serafini.” The current list price for Codex Seraphinianus is $125, and even at Amazon’s discounted price of $91.99, that’s still probably a bridge too far for some of the book’s potential readership. One nice aspect of the Codex Seraphinianus calendar is that it makes the Serafini genius far more affordable. List price is $14.99 but Amazon will sell you one for just $10.49.



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Marc Almond sings Aleister Crowley
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Since I have already weighed in on the monumentally brilliant new 10 CD Marc Almond box set Trials of Eyeliner: Anthology 1979-2016 (spoiler: I loved it) I will just direct you to that, but I do want to say that several weeks later I am still deeply into it. If you are looking for something new to give your full attention to—especially if you’re a fan of, say Nick Cave or Scott Walker—then Trials of Eyeliner is the high quality rock snob box set of this Xmas season, hands down. Anyone picking it up who is barely familiar with Almond’s non-“Tainted Love” career is surely in for something… profound. As a long, longtime major major Marc Almond fan, I would almost envy the discovery of his genius via this one fabulous package and not doled out over the decades.

It’s 10 CDs and you can find it for around $75 on Amazon. It would still be a bargain at twice the price. I can’t say enough good things about it.

Anyway, when I posted about Trials of Eyeliner last month, there was one thing on it that I wanted to hold back on, and present later on its own to call your attention to it especially. One of the “deep cuts”—indeed one of the very deepest cuts of all—is Almond’s emphatic performance of one of the only songs known to have been composed (in this case co-written) by the Great Beast hisself, Mister Aleister Crowley.

The sheet music for this song, referred to in a footnote, was thought to have remained unpublished and lost. None of the major Crowley collections throughout the world had a copy, but in 1991, a copy was discovered.

“The Tango Song” was written by Aleister Crowley and set to music by Bernard Page. It’s a musical adaptation of Crowley’s poem “The Tango,” first published in The Equinox Vol I, No 9 in March of 1913 as part of a short play co-written by Crowley and Mary D’Este (the mother of the great madcap Hollywood film director Preston Sturges):

What is money to the bliss
Of the honey of a kiss?
What are rank and fame and fashion
To the ecstasy of passion?

Give me dancing!
Give me wine!
Bright eyes glancing—-
Yours in mine!
Kisses sucking
Up my breath—-
Give me passion!
Give me death!

Were the town of Paris mine,
Its renown should drown in wine
I would pay the land of France
For a day and night of dance.

Dreams entrancing float above
Music, dancing, wine and love.
Sober sinks the sobbing breath;
Smiles the sphinx of sleep and death.

More after the jump…

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Literal lyrics of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ provide basis for gripping four-minute crime movie
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Mike Myers, Penelope Spheeris and company weren’t the first people to capitalize on the out-there strangeness of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” which as a six-minute song incorporating plentiful operatic elements and an incomprehensible melodramatic narrative of sorts, was not exactly the template of a chart-topping pop hit, which it was twice, once after Queen released it on Halloween 1975 and then again after Wayne’s World used it in a signature bit in 1991.

The song’s lyrics lay it all out there emotionally—“Mama, Didn’t mean to make you cry, If I’m not back again this time tomorrow, Carry on, carry on as if nothing really matters, I sometimes wish I’d never been born at all,” etc.—and in one of rock music’s most memorable bridges, sprinkles in a bunch of European keywords for spice: “Scaramouche, will you do the Fandango? Galileo Figaro Magnifico-o-o-o….”

Who knows what it all is supposed to mean, but it’s a catchy brew by any standard. Corridor Digital have just released “Literal Bohemian Rhapsody,” a short film in which 100% of the dialogue is simply the lyrics of the movie spoken without music, in order; you can do it if you conceive of the situation as an R-rated crime drama that is just a tad absurd.

Check it out. 

via Daily Dot

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Chris Butler of The Waitresses is writing the longest song ever, and he wants YOUR help!
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We all know The Waitresses, right? “I Know What Boys Like?” The Square Pegs theme song? Surely at least “Christmas Wrapping”? That band was the product of the storied Northeast Ohio scene of the late ‘70s, forming when Akronite Chris Butler, a veteran of 15-60-75 (The Numbers Band) and Tin Huey, moved to New York and assembled a group with Television’s drummer Billy Ficca, improv jazz sax giant Mars Williams, and the unforgettably droll and flippant Cleveland vocalist Patty Donahue (RIP 1996). That band recorded a version of Butler’s “I Know What Boys Like” that became an underground hit. The band went on to make two LPs, Wasn’t Tomorrow Wonderful? and Bruiseology before breaking up in 1984, when Williams joined the Psychedelic Furs.

Since then, Butler has continued an edifying if low-key music career, writing and editing music criticism, serving as a producer, and of course writing, playing, and recording original music. (He also made some headlines in the ‘oughts for unknowingly buying the Ohio home in which cannibalistic serial killer Jeff Dahmer grew up. You’d think that kind of thing would have been in the disclosures.)

In 1995, Butler wrote a five-minute pop song called “The Devil Glitch,” which ended with a numbing number of variations on its main vamp, the phrase “Sometimes you can fix something by just [whatever].” Joking around with a musician pal, Butler determined that what was there wasn’t enough, and wouldn’t it be hilarious to fill an entire CD with just the one song? And so it was that, with collaborators, a 69-minute version of the song was recorded, exactly fitting the capacity of a CD, and that version was accepted by The Guinness Book of World Records as the longest song ever recorded. And of course, in the digital era, there are no mechanical limitations on the length of a release, and so now hearing the entire song occupies approximately four and a half hours of a listener’s life. Because I’m not a sadist, here’s the original 5-minute version. Longer versions can be streamed at infiniteglitch.net.

Well, four and a half hours still isn’t enough for Butler. On December 4th, Akron’s Hive Mind art space posted the following, from Butler, to a Facebook event called “Grand Open Call to Submission for The Infinite Glitch,” which is exactly what it says in the title:

You got all that? Great! The range of dates on the event page would seem to imply that the call for submissions is open until December 18th, but info on the “Contribute” tab on Butler’s own “Devil Glitch” site doesn’t mention any ending date. It’d sure be cool to hear a lot of submissions from Dangerous Minds’ readers—we KNOW there are plenty of musicians and writers who follow us.
More after the jump…

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