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John Peel’s Record Collection: Online from tomorrow, May 1st
04.30.2012
05:16 pm
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John Peel’s Record Collection will go online tomorrow, 1st May. The John Peel Center for Creative Arts will start uploading details of the DJ’s famed collection. Each week 100 discs will be made available, covering every genre of music, and unveiling 2,600 albums over the coming 6 months.

Tom Barker, Director of the John Peel Center for Creative Arts explains:

Each of these releases of 100 records will be accompanied by one mini documentary video of a featured artiste for that week. These are pretty special, as the artistes have been chosen by Sheila, John’s wife, and their children - so they are all artistes who meant something to John and his family.

When you come to the website you will see John Peel’s home studio, from which you will be able to access the contents of the record collection as it is added each week, as well as other videos added each week, photos, peel sessions and radio shows. Once in the collection you will be able to move up and down the shelves of the record collection, picking out certain choice records and going through the first 100 as though you were standing in front of the shelves in John’s studio.

You will be able to see the hand-typed cards that John diligently typed for every album in the collection, the record sleeves, as well as listening to tracks via spotify and itunes where available.

And because we know that John meant a great deal to many people, we will be helping you to connect with other music lovers and Peel fans through our John Peel Archive social media accounts. Look out for never-before seen material, like letters to John, being exclusively released via social media. This will also be a great way to stay up to date with new material being released each week - so please do ‘follow’, ‘like’ and say hello - we want to hear from you and your stories of John.

In our heads throughout the planning process, has been making sure that we do John (and his fans) proud and ensure that the legacy of this legendary man lives on.

We hope you like the John Peel Archive - and that John would have done too.

Check the site from tomorrow on to see what goodies will be uploaded.

Updates will be tweeted on the John Peel Archive .

John Peel on Facebook, G Plus and Pinterest

Now here’s a John Peel Day Mix made by ttfb.

01. “Itchy Cut” - Cowcube
02. “New Rose”  - The Damned
03. “The Voice Of John Peel” - Delia Derbyshire
04. “O Superman” - Dan The Drummer
05. “Hard Row” - The Black Keys
06. “Cuntry Music” - Listen With Sarah
07. “Diddy Wah Diddy” - The Magic Band
08. “Shotgun Funeral” - Party Of One
09. “High Resolution” - Dj Rupture
10. “Two Sevens Clash” - Culture
11. “Death Letter” - Son House
12. “The Classical” - Pavement
13. “Groovin’ With Mr Bloe” / “Green Eyed Loco Man” - The Fall
14. “YMCA” - Galactic Symposium
15. “The Light At The End Of The Tunnel (Is The Light Of An Oncoming Train)” - Half Man Half Biscuit
16. “My Radio Sounds Different In The Dark”  - The Would Bes
17. “The Kill” - Napalm Death
18. “Live At Maida Vale” (Excerpt) - Jeff Mills
19. “Abridged Too Far” - People Like Us
20. “Speed” - Pico
21. “Roy Walker” - Belle And Sebastian
22. “Doctor ?” / “Chime” - Orbital
23. “Dr Dre Buys A Pint Of Milk” - Grandmaster Gareth
24. “Tokyo Registration Office” - Hyper Kinako
25. “Dracula Mountain” - Lightning Bolt
26. “The Nation Needs You” - The Cuban Boys
27. “John Peel Is Not Enough” - Clsm
 

 

Posted by Paul Gallagher
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04.30.2012
05:16 pm
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Short-haired George Carlin on ‘What’s My Line?’ in 1969
04.30.2012
04:24 pm
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George Carlin—who began his career as a fairly conventional, TV-friendly stand-up before he began discussing those “seven dirty words”—appeared as a celebrity guest on What’s My Line? in 1969.

Soupy Sales zooms in pretty quickly to guess Carlin’s identity despite his best efforts to remain inscrutable, if not incomprehensible.
 

 
Via Everlasting Blort

 

Posted by Richard Metzger
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04.30.2012
04:24 pm
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When Siouxsie Sioux met Paris Hilton
04.30.2012
04:11 pm
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How did I miss this wonderful exchange that happened between Siouxsie Sioux and Paris Hilton a little over 10 years ago?! THIS is why I adore Siouxsie!

Let’s hope Siouxsie runs into Kim Kardashian next!

Posted by Tara McGinley
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04.30.2012
04:11 pm
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General Strike. No Work. No Shopping. Occupy Everywhere

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Marxist anthropologist David Harvey talks to Democracy Now’s Amy Goodman about what to expect during tomorrow’s May Day protests.

On Tuesday, May 1st, known as May Day or International Workers Day, Occupy Wall Street protesters hope to mobilize tens of thousands of people across the country under the slogan, “General Strike. No Work. No Shopping. Occupy Everywhere.” Events are planned in 125 cities. We speak with leading social theorist David Harvey, distinguished professor of anthropology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, about how Occupy Wall Street compares to other large-scale grassroots movements throughout modern history.

“It’s struck a chord,” Harvey says of the Occupy movement. “I hope tomorrow there’ll be a situation in which many more people will say, ‘Look, things have got to change. Something different has to happen.’”

David Harvey’s latest book is Rebel Cities: From the Right to the City to the Urban Revolution.
 

 
Via Alternet

Posted by Richard Metzger
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04.30.2012
03:22 pm
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Documentary on tattoo legend Stoney St. Clair
04.30.2012
03:03 pm
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Alan Govenar and Bruce Lane’s Stoney Knows How is a short and sweet look at one of the tattoo world’s great characters.

Stoney St. Clair started developing his craft at the age of 16. He learned the art of tattooing from some of the best skin pounders in the business, including Ted and Bob Liberty, Frisco Bill Moore and a stint with Charlie Wagner on New York City’s Bowery.

Stoney tattooed while using a wheelchair, which he called his “struggle-buggy.” It didn’t keep him from doing what he had to do, which was “to pursue my profession with intelligence and skill, wishing not to offend anyone, but instead, with my love of mankind, to do what good I can before I die.” Stoney passed away in 1980.

Director Bruce Lane describes his film:

Stoney Knows How is a visit with a master of the Oldest Art In The World - Tattooing. Disabled by arthritis since the age of four, confined to a wheelchair, his growth stunted, Stoney St. Clair joined the circus at 15 as a sword-swallower. A year later, he took up tattooing, and traveled with circuses and carnivals for 50 years. As we watch him at work, we see the determination which led Stoney to use his crippled hands in an art where mistakes are permanent, and we realize Stoney has overcome his handicap to heal himself and others with the magic of symbols. The film ends with a visit by New Age tattoo master Don Ed Hardy to Stoney, who gives him a souvenir tattoo.”

Here’s Stoney Knows How in its entirety. Cinematography by none other than Les Blank.
 

Posted by Marc Campbell
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04.30.2012
03:03 pm
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Talking about Talking Heads
04.30.2012
03:01 pm
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Andy Zax, who lovingly prepared Talking Heads’ oeuvre for CD re-issue a few years back (including the stellar 5.1 surround mixes) in conversation with novelist Jonathan Lethem about his new “33 1/3” series book on Talking Heads’ Fear of Music for The Los Angeles Review of Books podcast.

Jonathan Lethem is a novelist, critic, and professor of English at Pomona College. His new book Fear of Music (reviewed tomorrow for the Los Angeles Review of Books by Evan Kindley) is the latest in Continuum’s 33 1/3 series of monographs on individual record albums. Andy Zax is an L.A.-based writer and record producer who, in the mid 2000s, prepared Talking Heads’ entire catalog (including Fear of Music) for CD reissue. In this podcast, they discuss the ins and outs of this highly unsettling record (the band’s third), air some rare ephemera from the archives, and share some reminiscences of adolescence. Produced by Oliver Wang.

It’s two articulate guys sitting around bullshitting about music, so if that’s your kind of thing, listen below:
 

Posted by Richard Metzger
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04.30.2012
03:01 pm
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Rapist Beware!
04.30.2012
02:18 pm
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Before I start, the above image is a CUCUMBER. SHE IS MUNCHING ON A CUCUMBER. Strategically, placed, I’ll grant you, but a CUCUMBER nonetheless…

Anyway, martial arts legend Lou Casamassa’s 1990 self-defense video Rapist Beware! trains women on defending themselves from sexual predators and… CUCUMBERS.

Brought to you by the fine folks at Everything is Terrible.
 

 
Via High Definite

Posted by Tara McGinley
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04.30.2012
02:18 pm
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The Man Who Huffed The World: David Bowie at The Grammys, 1975
04.30.2012
02:13 pm
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Backstage with Simon & Garfunkel and John & Yoko

An alarmingly zonked David Bowie presents the award for the Best Rhythm and Blues Song by a Female Artist at the 1975 Grammy Awards.

Wait for Aretha Franklin’s quip near the end.
 

Posted by Richard Metzger
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04.30.2012
02:13 pm
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Never mind the Nyan Cat, here’s Nyan Waits!
04.30.2012
01:27 pm
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Nyan Waits had me giggling with “WTFness” on this gray, over-cast Monday here in Southern California.

Not much else I can add, just click here to enjoy some Nyan Waits. Turn it up!

Via Laughing Squid

Posted by Tara McGinley
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04.30.2012
01:27 pm
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Angry, anatomically correct ‘He Shou Wu’ plant
04.30.2012
12:35 pm
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Here’s a surly-faced “rude root” from the He Shou Wu plant, harvested in Southern China by Farmer Lu Chen. Even though Lu Chen has been offered good money for this well-endowed “rude root,” he ain’t sellin’.

“I think it is a sign that my farm will have new fertility and that I’m going to have a bumper crop this year.”

Via Austrian Times and Nerdcore

Posted by Tara McGinley
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04.30.2012
12:35 pm
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