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Taschen’s Jazz Covers
08.11.2009
04:11 pm
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Miles DavisSorcerer and Archie Shepp’s The Magic of Ju-Ju are just two of the nearly 700 jazz albums getting their deluxe due in Taschen’s newly released (and assuredly hefty) book, Jazz Covers.

This volume features a broad selection of jazz record covers, from the 1940s through the decline of LP production in the early 1990s.  Each cover is accompanied with a fact sheet listing performer and album name, art director, photographer, illustrator, year, label, and more.

But it’s not all psychedelic skulls and Cicely Tyson.  The folks at Taschen fleshed the project out with contributors ranging from John Coltrane authority, Ashley Kahn, to famed Blue Note producer, Michael Cuscuna.
 
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Taschen Books: Jazz Covers

Prince of Darkness: Essential Audio Only Track Off Miles Davis’ Sorcerer

Posted by Bradley Novicoff
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08.11.2009
04:11 pm
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Voluptuaries and Vivisections Art Show: A Celebration of Sex, Murder, and Anarchy
08.11.2009
04:04 pm
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Voluptuaries and Vivisections: A Celebration of Sex, Murder, and Anarchy curated by Thomas Negovan and Century Guild. A selection of rare 19th and 20th Century Symbolist work. Decadence, dandyism, sex, and murder: this work provides windows into the darkest corners of human compulsion. La Luz de Jesus invites you to be a part of an unprecedented show that explores the taboos that have titillated and tormented since the turn of the century. Masterpieces of lithographed poster art from 1880-1940 illustrating subjects ranging from seminal S&M literature to STD warnings to serial killers will be shown.

Opening night party, Friday August 14, 8-11 pm at La Luz de Jesus, 4633 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90027

Posted by Richard Metzger
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08.11.2009
04:04 pm
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John Lydon: Elizabeth’s Jester
08.11.2009
03:10 pm
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I recently surfed into some old Public Image videos and it all seemed obvious suddenly: Johnny Rotten was Elizabeth’s court jester. I mean, watch that video and tell me he wouldn’t have been a court jester 600 years ago, or wasn’t in the 70s and 80s.

That made sense to me. It says a lot about cultures, and how they don’t change?

Posted by Jason Louv
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08.11.2009
03:10 pm
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Rush Limbaugh: Swastikas Everywhere!
08.11.2009
02:21 pm
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Evidently, the fertile, painkiller-fried imagination of Rush Limbaugh has detected a connection between the swastika and President Obama’s symbol for health care reform.  The results?  Alarmist truth-stretching at its most amusing (and syntax-mangled)!  The LA TimesChristopher Knight sorts it all out, or tries to:

‘You will find that the Obama health care logo is damn close to a Nazi swastika logo,’ Limbaugh asserted to his listeners.  ‘I’m going to show you people watching on the Dittocam this, and there Nazi symbol you are: The middle frame is the Obama health care logo.  At the bottom is an official Nazi logo, eagle and everything, spread wings, or bird with spread wings.’

There’s just one hitch: Asserting a resemblance between the two logos is like saying Limbaugh resembles Gary Busey because both men have two eyes, a nose, a mouth and a drug addiction.  Obama’s health care logo includes no eagle, Roman symbol of imperial authority, and it has no swastika, the bent-arm cross designed by Hitler himself as the emblem of National Socialism.  Instead, the Obama design surmounts the red, white and blue landscape of his presidential campaign logo with a caduceus, the winged staff entwined with serpents that derived from the rod of Asclepius, son of Greek god Apollo.  An ancient symbol of healing, the rod is often used as a medical logo.  So the Obama design shows a medical symbol above the American landscape.

Rush Limbaugh Flunks Graphic Design 101

Rush Speaks: The Swastika In Obama’s Health Care Reform Symbol

Posted by Bradley Novicoff
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08.11.2009
02:21 pm
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Freed: Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs
08.11.2009
01:00 pm
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Severely ill and stroke-prone, Last of The Great Train Robbers Ronnnie Biggs was released by British officials into the free light of day last Friday.  After the ‘63 robbery, which involved the mail car hijacking of what would be roughly $70 million in today’s dollars, Biggs and his cohorts were quickly rounded up.  The money wasn’t—the bulk of it has never been recovered.  And after scaling a 30-foot prison wall and skipping off to Rio, it looked like Biggs wouldn’t be, either.  That is until 2001, when craving “a pint of bitter,” Biggs returned to England to resume his sentence. 

Beyond his decades as a fugitive, though, what best cemented Biggs’ outlaw celebrity status back home was his cavorting with The Sex Pistols.  Shortly after their final performance at Winterland, the Pistols flew down to Rio and recorded a couple of tracks with Biggs.  Their “collaborative” results—No One Is Innocent and Belsen Was a Gas—surfaced in both the film and soundtrack for Julien Temple’s The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle, from which a vid of Innocent can be seen below.

 
In The LA Times: Great Train Robbery Outlaw Gains His Release

Posted by Bradley Novicoff
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08.11.2009
01:00 pm
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The Comedy Genius of Sharon Horgan
08.11.2009
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Actress/writer Sharon Horgan (right) is amongst the first ranks of British comedic talent. Up there with Ricky Gervais, Steve Coogan and The League of Gentlemen. But I don’t mean to compare her solely to males, I’m merely comparing her to other writer-performers. Horgan’s so good that, like her closest contemporary Julia Davis, her work so thoroughly transcends the notion of “female comedy” or “comedy for women” that it would be ridiculous to insist upon it.

Still, Horgan does happen to be a female, and a very attractive one at that. The series she is best known for Pulling (the second series comes out today on DVD in America) follows the travails of three single women in dead-end jobs and even worse relationships. Her acting style is similar in many ways to Warren Beatty or Gary Shandling’s awkward hemming and hawing, half-finished sentence school of acting (ugh, there I go with male comparisons again). With creative partner, Dennis Kelly, she knows how to write for her strengths. Like Gervais and Larry David, Horgan is a master at finding uncomfortable truths in the in-between moments of life. It’s tempting to describe Pulling as Sex and The City meets Curb Your Enthusiasm.


Sadly, the suits at the BBC—for whatever DUMBASS reason—decided not to renew Pulling for a third series. They did commission a one-off ending to the series, so it was neatly tied-up, but boy did they drop the ball on this one… However, the BBC’s loss is America’s gain as Horgan has reportedly signed a deal with HBO (Great move, HBO!)

Here are two more scenes from Pulling, one where Horgan’s Donna meets an old friend on the street and a second clip featuring fan favorite Karen in a typically awkward encounter in the supermarket.

More Sharon Horgan brilliance: In this painfully observed scene from Horgan and Kelly’s ensemble comedy for Channel Five, Angelo’s, husband and wife police partners, Dave and Karen visit the fertility clinic.

The Awl’s Alex Balk likes Pulling, too

‘There’s no moral centre to Pulling because we don’t have one!’

Posted by Richard Metzger
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08.11.2009
12:08 pm
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ColorSuckr: Extract Colors From Photos
08.11.2009
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Colorsuckr is great browser-based tool for designers and artists. Input any picture and—voila—Colorsuckr automatically creates a palette for you. I tried to come up with the most colorful image I could think of and for whatever reason, I came up with Bjork. She’s colorful!

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ColorSuckr

Posted by Tara McGinley
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08.11.2009
01:04 am
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Hubcap Prayer Wheel: Burn Rubber, Burn Karma
08.10.2009
09:13 pm
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Dangerous Minds pal Erik Davis sent us news of his wife, Jennifer Dumpert’s new project, The Hubcap Prayer Wheel:

Hubcap Prayer Wheel is a high-quality vinyl decal that depicts the most popular mantra in Buddhism, Om Mani Padme Hum. Long ago in Tibet, people inscribed this mantra onto prayer wheels that were turned by hand, but also by water or wind—a premodern version of sacred automation. With every spin of the wheel, by your own labor or otherwise, the prayer spread through the universe. So by affixing the decal to your hubcap, you can convert your car into a mobile prayer wheel. With Om Mani Padme Hum revolving as you drive, you can help ease your karma while radiating wisdom and compassion into your life and into the world.

Hubcap Prayer Wheel

Posted by Richard Metzger
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08.10.2009
09:13 pm
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Announcing the Oops Design Award Nominees
08.10.2009
05:22 pm
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Behold a couple of the er… “winners” in this year’s crop of nominees for the Oops Design Award. Aren’t some of these just gorgeous?

Oops organizers have selected:

1. Ugliest product design of the year
2. Silliest product design of the year
3. Most useless product design concept of the year

There are plenty more of these “winners” on their website.

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Via Oddee (thank you Mister Mark Jordan of London, England!)

Posted by Richard Metzger
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08.10.2009
05:22 pm
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Japanese Neon Light Fighting
08.10.2009
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You have to hand it to the Japanese, they know violence sells and they market it like no other country can.

But this has to be the dumbest sport in history, two fat guys pounding each other with neon-rods until they?

Posted by Richard Metzger
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08.10.2009
05:11 pm
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