Sunday, March 31, 2013

John Lennon's Letter To Paul And Linda McCartney Go Up For Auction: Expected To Fetch 70, 000.00

A letter John Lennon wrote to Paul McCartney and his late wife Linda will be up for auction and is expected to sell for about $60,700 (£40,000), NME reports.
Written in 1971, in the wake of the Beatles' break-up, the letter will be up for sale on May 30th as part of an online auction organized by Profiles in History. There's no word on the actual contents of the letter.
Last year, a draft of a 1971 letter Lennon wrote to Eric Clapton expressing his admiration for and a desire to collaborate with the guitarist was auctioned off (also by Profiles in History): "Eric, I know I can bring out something great, in fact greater in you that had been so far evident in your music," Lennon wrote. "I hope to bring out the same kind of greatness in all of us, which I know will happen if/when we get together."
Not all Lennon letters have sold at auction: Last year, another note to Paul and Linda – a six-page rant about the end of the Beatles and how he and Yoko Ono were treated – failed to sell at Christie's in London after bids didn't reach the £63,000 reserve price.
Several other items of Beatles memorabilia have been up for auction lately, including a custom-built VOX guitar played by both Lennon and George Harrison around the time of Magical Mystery Toursigned photos of the group playing Shea Stadium, and an autographed copy of their classic Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

* Story via Rolling Stone *

Pussy Riot Update: Did 60 Minutes Do Them A Disservice?

A member of Pussy Riot freed on appeal last year says she has no regrets about the "punk-prayer" protest that prompted Russian authorities to arrest her and two bandmates, who are currently serving time in labor camps. 
Yekaterina Samutsevich told 60 Minutes last night that Pussy Riot's February 2012 demonstration against Russian President Vladimir Putin on the altar of Moscow's main cathedral helped bring attention to a repressive political system controlled by leaders unwilling to tolerate dissent.  
"We want the government to leave power, because we consider it illegitimate," Samutsevich told Lesley Stahl. "But we're advocating for a peaceful overthrow."
Samutsevich said Putin rigged the election that returned him to Russia's presidency last year. "The elections weren't legitimate," she said. "There was vote rigging. There was false counting. It was clear that the president put himself in power."
Since then, she said, "Putin has brought in a new level of repressive government measures in Russia."
Samutsevich, Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova were convicted last August after a trial that drew criticism from the likes of MadonnaPaul McCartney and other musicians.
Sergei Markov, a political spokesman for Putin, acknowledged that the government was hard-pressed to bring charges against Pussy Riot, finally settling on "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred" to make an example of the women and discourage other protestors. Asked whether authorities intervened in favor of a harsher penalty than the women deserved, Markov answered, "Absolutely."

That, Samutsevich said, is why none of the three members of Pussy Riot considered begging for mercy in court. "The whole process was so unfair to us from the beginning," she said. "It's strange when you're innocent. Are you supposed to ask for forgiveness from the judge who's ready to put you away for several years? No, this wasn't even discussed."
Samutsevich and Pussy Riot's drummer, who identified herself only as "Kot," said they're not through protesting. "I'm here to say you shouldn't give up," Kot said. "What happened to us is unacceptable."
"It's a fight, it's an ongoing fight," Samutsevich said. "Just because there was a court case doesn't mean that we're going to stop and shut our mouths. We have a lot of things to say. We're going to continue to work, continue to do what we do.

Pussy Riot on 60 Minutes:

And then there's this: 

British Cinema At It's Worst: Flesh Eating Transexual VS Psychotic Killer Bees

British film maker Ben Robinson has a wicked sense of humor and an amazing talent for re-creating the lysergic look of films by Dario Argento, Mario Bava (with Goblin-like soundtrack) and the tweedier, but equally bizarre, classic Hammer productions - particularly the ones with breasts and bongos.
Slash Hive and Trannibal, Flesh Feast are mock trailers for films that I only wish existed.

Now working as Benito Robinsini, Robinson has something newer and grander to assault the eyes and minds of film buffs: “the world’s first Arab sci-fi, musical, comedy, starring lounge singers Ahmed and Nahla, also known as ‘Topaz Duo’, fighting to save the world with music and love.”
This time around, Robinson has nailed the look of recent Bollywood and Kollywood sci-fi epics like Ra.One and Enthiran .
Mr. Robinson, you are a genius. Time for a feature length production, don’t you think?
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An Audience Of Zero: Michell Shocked Finally Loses It showing Up At Cancelled Show Dressed As A Condom

Paul Horne uploaded this rather sad video to YouTube yesterday. Michelle Shocked showed up at one of her cancelled gigs in an act of defiance or protest or something. Apparently she was communicating only via Etch A Sketch and no one could be bothered to stop and ask her questions or maybe people were just uncomfortable approaching somebody wearing a hazmat suit, a condom-like cap and black duct tape across her mouth.
Horne describes his video thusly:
Michelle Shocked continues to unravel, showing up to her cancelled show at Moe’s Alley in Santa Cruz on March 28, 2013. Dressed in white, wearing a shirt that says “Gimme wit not spit” on the back and “Fun/Fag Palliance” on the front. She’s taped her mouth closed and is playing her guitar in the parking lot, to an audience of zero.
I guess this is what happens when even God stops taking your calls.

Shocked is hopping mad in this clip.

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Friday, March 29, 2013

What Happened To The Guys That Used To be ' The Next Kurt Cobain' ?

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California surf-rockers Waaves’ TKT album Afraid of Heights Came Out, and the critical consensus has solified around two key points: 1) It’s pretty freaking good, and 2) It sounds a lotlike Nirvana. Does Wavves frontman Nathan Williams have aspirations of being the new Next Kurt Cobain? That’s a crown that’s been placed on many heads in the past 20 years, and it comes with its own set of rules. You should be a rock star, or at the very least not a pop star. You should be “real,” which in this case means grungy, and kind of a rebel. You should be able to look comfortable and also slightly uncomfortable with the prospect of blogs and magazines calling you the voice of your generation. (It goes without saying that you also should probably be a white dude.)

Twenty Musicians Who Made More Money Than God

You can easily guess the wealthiest living musicians, but how do they stack up to the richest musicians ever? It helps to emerge at the right time (the late 1960s and early ‘70s or the mid- to late-‘90s, the two moments when the now-shrunken industry was at its largest), make shrewd investments (in publishing and elsewhere, but also by capitalizing on one’s own brand), and working across different media platforms (television, film, and touring). Adjusting fortunes going as far back the the pre-rock-and-roll era for inflation, we made some surprising discoveries.
20 Richest Artists
1. Andrew Lloyd Webber: $1.2 billion
Webber became the richest musician in history practicing one of its oldest forms: musical theater. His ubiquitous works, which include Jesus Christ Superstar, Cats, and The Phantom of the Opera, continue to bring in bundles with theatrical stagings, soundtrack recordings, and film adaptations. (It helps that live theater has proven resistant to recent economic challenges.) On top of all this, Webber’s Really Useful Group, which he wisely set up in 1977, profits from his works in any form, incorporating ticketing agencies and venues.

Don't Stop Belivin': Everyman's Journey Trailer Available Now On I Tunes And Vod

I’ve yet to see ‘Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey’ but I’ve heard great things. Looking forward to checking this one out. Here’s the synposis:
Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey follows the real life rock ‘n’ roll fairy tale of Filipino Arnel Pineda, who was plucked from YouTube to become the front man for iconic American rock band Journey. In this Cinderella story for the ages, Arnel, having overcome a lifetime’s worth of hardships, must now navigate the immense pressures of replacing a legendary singer and leading a world-renowned band on their most extensive world tour in years.

A Stop Motion History Of The World

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A Stop Motion History of the World world video art stop motion history animation
Just spotted this wonderfully crafty stop motion piece from director Kevin Parry that follows the history of the world from the big bang through, well, I don’t want to ruin it. Lovely work. (via the awesomer)

The Superhero In Me Is Tired

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A great image by Manchester-based photographer Rosie Hardy who has a killerphotostream.

Sancho's Family Tree Revealed!

Forty Apes serial documentary deadpan animals
Photographed in Indonesia and the Republic of Congo by James Mollison. (via accidental mysteries, now on design observer)

The First Ever Seamless Photograph Of An Entire Redwood Tree

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Photographer Nick Nichols and National Geographic built a robotized rig with three cameras to capture this enormous 1,600 year old redwood tree in California. The final composite is stitched together from 84 photos. Here’s a video of how they did it. (via theo)

Photos Of President Obama I Bet You Have Never Seen

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Retrobama retro portraits politics Obama editorial documentary black and white
Retrobama retro portraits politics Obama editorial documentary black and white
Retrobama retro portraits politics Obama editorial documentary black and white
Retrobama retro portraits politics Obama editorial documentary black and white
I’ve never seen these incredibly candid photos of President Obama before. For someone who runs this site I can’t imagine how these have eluded me. (via how to be a retronaut)

A Six Year Old Boy. Underwater. Riding A Shark.

A six year old boy. Underwater. Riding a shark. what the what? water nature kids documentary
So what did you do when you were six? I played with Legos, watched a TV show called 3-2-1 Contact, and ate Trix cereal. That was pretty much my day-to-day. But this fearless child is on a road less traveled. His name is Enal and he lives with an Indonesian fishing community known as the Bajau Laut. In this photo captured by James Morgan, he swims with sharks in a penned off area underneath his home that rests on stilts in Wangi, Indonesia. Via the photographer’s web site:
Whilst few young children are now born on boats, the ocean is still very much their playground and whilst they are getting conflicted messages from their communities, who simultaneously refrain from spitting in the ocean and continue to dynamite its reefs, I still believe they could play a crucial role in the development of western marine conservation practices. Here Enal plays with his pet shark.
The next time I tense up watching my three-year-old son do something audacious in the park or walk out “too far” into the deeper end of the swimming pool, I think this image will seriously put things into perspective. Time to get some pet sharks. The photograph won theTelegraph’s 2010 Travel Photographer of the Year award. Seriously, look at that smile! (via lustik)

The UFO Welcome Center: Welcome To Planet Earth

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Welcome to Planet Earth:  The UFO Welcome Center UFOs space documentary DIY architecture
Welcome to Planet Earth:  The UFO Welcome Center UFOs space documentary DIY architecture
After encountering aliens in the 1990s Jody Pendarvis of Bowman, South Carolina began construction on an enormous 30-foot spacecraft in the front yard of his home (this also coincided with his failed campaign for mayor of Bowman, but that’s another story). Lacking any formal plans or blueprints Pendarvis built the entire structure by hand and claims to dwell inside it several months each year, keeping vigilant watch for extraterrestrials through a portal in the roof called the Lookout Center. Documentary filmmaker Mikey Livingstoncaptured this touching portrait of a rather bizarre man in his short film, Welcome to Planet Earth. (via vimeo)

Left Behind Suitcases From An Insane Asylum

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Suitcases from the Willard Asylum for the Insane insanity history documentary deadpan
Suitcases from the Willard Asylum for the Insane insanity history documentary deadpan
Suitcases from the Willard Asylum for the Insane insanity history documentary deadpan
Suitcases from the Willard Asylum for the Insane insanity history documentary deadpan
The Willard Asylum for the Insane was an institution in Willard, New York designed help people with chronic mental illness, and was in operation from 1910 through the 1960s before being closed by the state. In 1995 New York State Museum staff were given access to the secrets left behind decades before when the doors were shuttered. After an initial investigation they became aware of an entire attic full of suitcases in the pathology lab building, the personal belongings of patients admitted to the asylum who supposedly never left. In an effort to archive and document the history of the institution photographer Jon Crispin has been given the rare opportunity to photograph the contents of each suitcase and has launched an extremely successful Kickstarter project to help fund the endeavor.
While I fully recognize the fascinating and historical nature of these very personal items, and applaud the museum staff and Crispin for their preservation work, I can’t help but feel a tinge of sadness and unease for the circumstances under which these belongings became separated from their owners. To me they seem like the time capsules of lives arrested, their contents suggesting the hope of a continued life elsewhere: everyday objects for grooming, hobbies, fashion never to be used again. Eerie.
See more contents from the suitcases on Crispin’s blog.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Bowie Produces Ava Cherry: The Black Barbarella


It’s been, what, two-three days since my last Bowie-related post? Well fear not, fans of the Dame, here’s another… 
The gorgeous Ava Cherry was David Bowie’s mistress and lover during the mid-70s. She was one of his back-up singers, the Astronettes, along with the late Luther Vandross.  In the clip below, you can see her steal the show when Bowie was performing “Footstompin’” (which later got reworked into “Fame” with John Lennon) on The Dick Cavett Show in 1974. (Is it possible to be any hotter than this woman???) This is pretty much the moment where the Diamond Dogs tour gave way to his Young Americans Philly Soul obsession

In late 1973, an Ava Cherry album was planned and partially recorded with Bowie producing, but due to lawsuits with his-then manager Tony DeFries, the album was shelved for 22 years. The tapes that existed had some Bowie originals along with some oddly chosen covers from the Beach Boys, Frank Zappa and Bruce Springsteen. What appears to be a semi-official release came out in 1996 as People From Bad Homes. The material was released again in 2009 as The Astronette Sessions.
In truth, it’s not that great. I wish I could tell you it was some undiscovered gem of what Bowie called his “plastic soul” phase but it’s, at best, a curiosity for intense Bowie freaks. The most memorable track is probably “I Am A Laser” which was later re-worked into “Scream Like A Baby” on Bowie’s Scary Monsters album in 1980. In this rehearsal recording, you can hear Bowie in the background leading the band and calling chord changes.
Note the rap and the line about her “golden showers.” (I wonder if “Golden Years” has a meaning that has hitherto escaped us?)
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Record Number Of Costume Changes In A One Take Music Video by Eytan and the Embassy

Eytan and The Embassy Breaks Record for Most Costume Changes in a One Take Music Video music video
Eytan and The Embassy Breaks Record for Most Costume Changes in a One Take Music Video music video
I’m loving this new video from Brooklyn-based band Eytan and The Embassy that features no less than 18 costume changes in a single take. The video, which took a day to rehearse and 30 takes to get right, features Eytan being transformed into famous rock and pop legends from John Lennon to Bruce Springsteen and even a final appearance by Deadmau5. See the making-of here. (via laughing squid)

The Dance Crazy That Can Break Your Dick


Doctors from local hospitals in Kingston, Jamaica, report that they’ve been seeing a record number of broken dicks in the past few months. They attribute this to the increased popularity of daggering. Dr Alverston Bailey advised men to seek medical help if they suspect their penises have been broken. Signs of a fractured penis include a loud popping noise, followed by excruciating pain, swelling, and sometimes blood.

Reggae dance craze daggering has been banned in Jamaica, but no amount of banning can keep a good thing down…unless it gets broken. As a public service to Dangerous Minds readers, here’s an instructional video from Major Lazer that could save you from unwanted suffering.

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Inflatable " Love Dolls " Deceptive Vintage Advertising At It's Finest

Copyranter posted these amazing “life-size inflatable doll” ads from 1971.
According to all the ads, there was a “money-back guarantee” within 10 days if you weren’t 100% “satisfied” with your love doll. I wonder how many returns they got and how long this, er, campaign lasted?

Via Copyranter
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The Saddest Most Depressing Book Ever Published: Fact, Not Opinion

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First It Was Just On Weekends: Orson Wells Explains How To Gamble At Cesar's Palace 1974

Since he was so often forced to finance his own work, Orson Welles was a man who didn’t tend to turn down a lot of paying gigs, even if that saw the storied director ofCitizen Kane and The Magnificent Ambersons participating in utterly embarrassing shit that was way beneath his dignity. How else to explain The Late, Great Planet Earth and Nostradamus: The Man Who Saw Tomorrow, films that aren’t even mentioned on his IMDB page?
But certainly a career lowpoint was reached in 1978 when the deep-voiced Paul Masson wine spokesman hosted Caesars Guide To Gaming with Orson Welles, an industrial film for Caesars Palace, where one of Hollywood’s greatest cinematic geniuses provides tips and insights into playing blackjack, roulette, craps, baccarat, and even slot machines, for prospective guests of the hotel casino. Orson Welles and Caesars Palace, what could be classier?

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This Is My Good Eye: Some Things You Should Know About Your Third Eye

Located in nearly the direct center of the brain, the tiny pinecone-shaped pineal gland, which habitually secretes the wondrous neurohormone melatonin while we sleep at night, was once thought to be a vestigial leftover from a lower evolutionary state. 

Celebrate Easter Like A Rock Star!

Joking, but he would be entertaining at any family holiday dinner, no doubt...

Eat the rich, save the bunnies…
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Just One More Reason To Love Willie Nelson! Toking It Up For Gay Marriage!

Country music’s outlaw icon and great American artist Willie Nelson, was asked about his take on marriage equality for Texas Monthly magazine:
Texas Monthly: For better or worse, you’ve also grown into a reputation as something of an authority on marriage itself.
Willie Nelson: I’ve been there and back a few times. It’s not perfect, so why should we expect it to be perfect for everybody?
Texas Monthly: But to be clear, you think everybody should be able to get married?
Willie Nelson: Absolutely. I never thought of marriage as something only for men and women. But I’d never marry a guy I didn’t like.
Texas Monthly: A lot of people think this battle echoes the fight for civil rights in the sixties.
Willie Nelson: It does. It’s about human rights. As humanity, we’ve come through so many problems from the beginning to here. I guess it finally had to come around to this. This is just another situation, another problem. We’ll work it out and move on.
Texas Monthly: And what do you think they’ll say when they look back on this?
Willie Nelson: We’ll look back and say it was crazy that we ever even argued about this.
BOOM! Score one for the red-headed stranger!
Texas Monthly invites readers to use Willie’s boss weed-equality avatar themselves. The design was created by the Austin-based design agency Helms Workshop.

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

A Google Street View Stop Motion Animation: Address Is Approximate

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Address is Approximate is a fun animated short using stop motion animation and stills from Google Street View by UK filmmaker Tom Jenkins. Music by one of my favorites,Cinematic Orchestra. (via vimeo)

Chris Cornell, The Wilson Sisters, Jerry Cantrell and Mike McCredy to Jam At Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready and Alice In Chains guitarist/vocalist Jerry Cantrell are set to join Heart for their performance at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next month. Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell will induct Heart. The 28th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony takes place on April 18th in Los Angeles.
Heart recorded a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Ring Them Bells” in 1993 with the late Layne Staley, and have strong ties to the Seattle Grunge music scene. Ann Wilson also performed on songs on Alice In Chains’ 1992 EPSap.

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Chandelier Made Of Thousands Of Gummy Bears by Kevin Champeny

Xana's Art Pick Of The day! Chandelier Made from 3,000 Gummy Bears by Kevin Champeny multiples lighting candy bears
Chandelier Made from 3,000 Gummy Bears by Kevin Champeny multiples lighting candy bears
Chandelier Made from 3,000 Gummy Bears by Kevin Champeny multiples lighting candy bears

I don't know weather to eat it or light up my favorite room!

A Favorite Xanaland Movie ' True Romance ' Get's A Tribute In The Form Of A Porcelain Honey Bear Bong

This limited edition bong, appropriately called “Floyd,” is named in honor of the wake-n-bake stoner character played by Brad Pitt in True Romance.
It’s from New York-based artist Glen Baldridge and while I do like the idea, the$525.00 price tag seems a wee bit steep!
Below, “Floyd” and his famous bong:

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Silence Of The Anime: Hannibal Lecter Proudly Displays His Anime Art

Silence of the Anime... Indeed.