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Dorian Cope: August 11, 1958, The Dockum Sit-In
08.12.2009
01:57 am
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Radical blogger (and wife of Julian) Dorian Cope on this day in history:

Fifty-one years ago today on 11th August 1958, the owner of the Rexall chain of drugstores throughout Kansas walked into Dockum?

Posted by Jason Louv
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08.12.2009
01:57 am
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Lifelike Sculptures by Adam Beane
08.12.2009
01:20 am
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Goddamn these are great!  Sculptor Adam Beane says, “The excellent art directors I’ve worked with have been instrumental in my growth as a sculptor, a communicator and a businessman. They have frequently allowed me to push projects beyond expectations and as a result, I have become known for dynamic compositions, action poses, nuanced drapery work and my ability to capture likenesses with expressions.

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Adam Beane


Thanks Christopher Paige!

Posted by Tara McGinley
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08.12.2009
01:20 am
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Man Plays Bass and Performs Breast Exam on Himself
08.11.2009
11:57 pm
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This gets pretty interesting at around 1:16.


(via Coilhouse)

Posted by Tara McGinley
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08.11.2009
11:57 pm
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The Jazz Butcher Conspiracy: Peter Lorre
08.11.2009
10:07 pm
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Peter Lorre, Peter Lorre, you can trust him, he’s a brick, he’s a brick! (From Pat Fish.)

Posted by Jason Louv
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08.11.2009
10:07 pm
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World Party: Ship of Fools
08.11.2009
08:36 pm
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OK. If you watch this video, you’re going to have some mental hurdles to cross. You’re going to have to cope with the fact that, yes, that guy with the Aretha Franklin voice belting it out like he grew up singing gospel in a Harlem church… yes, that guy DOES look like a 13-year-old who just beat you at Magic: The Gathering. And then, if you’ve never heard of this band before, you’re going to wonder why. Because Karl Wallinger and World Party recorded some of the best singles of the last three decades, and still, STILL, nobody knows. That might be why, when you watch the second video, which might be almost, impossibly, an even better song than the first, you’ll notice that Mr. Wallinger apparently switched hobbies from Dungeons and Dragons to alcohol. Where is this guy? How was he so awesome? Will he return to save us?

Posted by Jason Louv
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08.11.2009
08:36 pm
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Tough times in the porn industry
08.11.2009
05:29 pm
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Apparently the pornography business isn’t as recession proof as they thought it was. Larry Flynt and Joe Francis even appealed to the government for taxpayer funded relief. With the pr0n onslaught from the Internet cannibalizing DVD sales, how will the “jizz biz” survive long term?

From the Los Angeles Times:

For Stern, 23, the rapid decline of job opportunities in the porn business over the last year has been dramatic. She has gone from working four or five days a week to one and now has employers pressuring her to do male-female sex scenes for $700, a 30% discount from the $1,000 fee that used to be the industry standard.

Less than two years ago, Stern earned close to $150,000 annually, sometimes turned down work and drove a Mercedes-Benz CLK 350. Now she’s aggressively reaching out for jobs and making closer to $50,000 a year.

As for that Mercedes? She’s replacing it with a used Chevy Trailblazer—from her parents.

“The opportunities in this industry really are disappearing,” Stern said. “It’s extremely stressful.”

Tough times in the porn industry by Ben Fritz

Posted by Richard Metzger
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08.11.2009
05:29 pm
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When Did Americans Turn into a Bunch of Raving Lunatics?
08.11.2009
04:34 pm
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From an alarming article posted on Esquire’s website by John H. Richardson:

image If a majority of our conservative population and that much of its elected leadership think that even some of this “birther” stuff is remotely possible, some very dark times may be heading to this country. Early this spring, I spent two very long days traveling around Kentucky with Orly Taitz, one of the leading “birthers” in a nation full of them. So I can tell you with confidence that this is much, much crazier than most people imagine ?

Posted by Richard Metzger
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08.11.2009
04:34 pm
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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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