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What New York Used to Be
09.08.2009
02:12 pm
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This interesting online portfolio of disappearing New York City storefronts by James and Karla Murray from their book, Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York, really struck a chord with me. The NYC that I used to love disappeared a long time ago. By 1990 I was already feeling like I was walking past the ghosts of all my favorite bookstores, record stores, nightclubs, etc. By 2007, I’d had it with New York—for good—and we moved—quite happily—back to Los Angeles. These photographs made me wistful about the city of my youth and the below video of The Kills has the perfect soundtrack for looking at these fast disappearing reminders of what New York used to be…

 

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The Disappearing Face of New York

Thanks Steven Otero!

Posted by Richard Metzger
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09.08.2009
02:12 pm
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Coil / Nancy Sinatra / Frankie Goes to Hollywood: The Power of Bang-Bang
09.04.2009
05:31 pm
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OK, this is just utterly wrong. Utterly wrong, yet… somehow… strangely… compelling... It’s a 12 minute?

Posted by Jason Louv
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09.04.2009
05:31 pm
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Building The Perfect Bowie Song
08.31.2009
01:59 pm
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Ever hear David Bowie‘s ?

Posted by Bradley Novicoff
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08.31.2009
01:59 pm
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CD Packaging has Built-in Theremin
08.31.2009
11:26 am
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Moldover’s new CD, over 3 years in the making, not only delivers gorgeously diverse music with meaning and musical mastery, it completely redefines what it means to “play an album”... Moldover’s CD packaging itself IS a new musical instrument! The CD is mounted on a custom designed circuit board, intricately patterned and powering a “light-Theremin”. Yes! You play the artwork and it makes sound! Only the musical supervillain genius of Moldover could develop something so stunningly innovative.

 

(via Arbroath)

Posted by Tara McGinley
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08.31.2009
11:26 am
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Susanna and the Magical Orchestra: Love Will Tear Us Apart
08.30.2009
09:57 pm
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Posted by Jason Louv
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08.30.2009
09:57 pm
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TOBACCO: Hawker Boat (Trippy Beta Carnage)
08.29.2009
01:27 pm
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Awesome TOBACCO video featuring Richard Simmons!


(via HYST)

Posted by Tara McGinley
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08.29.2009
01:27 pm
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More Renato Zero
08.28.2009
06:09 pm
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Wow! How did I miss this wild performance when I was last posting here about Italian megastar Renato Zero. This Christo (?) inspired showstopper is a gender-bending treat.

 

 

Posted by Richard Metzger
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08.28.2009
06:09 pm
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Art Brut: DC Comics and a Chocolate Milkshake
08.25.2009
09:00 pm
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This song is practically the story of my life. It might be the story of yours, too!

(From Art Brut vs. Satan)

Posted by Jason Louv
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08.25.2009
09:00 pm
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Miles Davis: Kind of Bloop
08.25.2009
08:04 pm
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8-bit versions of Miles Davis standards. Neat!

(Link here.)

Posted by Jason Louv
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08.25.2009
08:04 pm
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The Velvet Undergound Live: Symphony in Sound
08.24.2009
09:28 pm
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It used to pain me to think that the only footage in existence of the Velvet Underground performing was silent. Think about it: Have you ever seen any sync-sound film of the Velvets in any of the various documentaries made about them, Lou Reed, Nico, John Cale or Andy Warhol for that matter? I didn’t think so, but thanks to the rather enterprising employee of either the Museum of Modern Art or else the Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh who liberated Symphony in Sound you can now see the Velvets in action and actually hear them too! That’s the good part.

The bad part is that this film, made to be screened behind the band onstage during The Exploding Plastic Inevitable “happenings” is pretty boring. It goes on for a LONG time with not much happening besides a drony primitive jam and a frenetic camera zooming in and out. Nico is there (with her young son Ari) but she’s not singing, just hitting a tambourine. Lou doesn’t sing either. At one point the camera droops on its tripod and no one readjusts it for a while. So it’s boring, most Warhol films were boring—Warhol himself always said his movies were better discussed than actually seen—but it is the freaking Velvet Underground playing live on camera for what is probably the ONLY time during their original incarnation, so it’s worth looking at for that reason alone. If you can get over how dull it is, it’s actually pretty cool. There are several versions of this online, this one, from Google Video is merely the longest. I don’t know if this is the whole thing but in the later moments of the bootleg DVD I have, it gets better when the cops show up due to a noise complaint and Warhol has to deal with them himself.

 

Posted by Richard Metzger
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08.24.2009
09:28 pm
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