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Prince gets freaky in S&M-themed music video for ‘Automatic’


  “Automatic” is one of the eleven songs that appear on Prince’s fifth record—and first double album—

In the flesh: The voluptuous models who brought the famous female vampire Vampirella to life


Model Barbara Leigh as Vampirella on the cover of issue #78 (May, 1979.)   Comic book vampire/alien and femme fatale superhero Vampirella first crashed to Earth in her spaceship after departing her home planet of “Drakulon” (where instead of water the rivers ran full of blood) in the first issue of

Girl gangs: Portraits of Chicano girl culture from the 1990s


  Artist Guadalupe Rosales established and curates Veteranas and Rucas an Instagram account dedicated to documenting Chicano youth culture of Southern California in the 1990s.

Electric Mayhem: Muppet band retro concert posters


  Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem, the house band from The Muppet Show are arguably the coolest Muppets in existence.

Vintage burlesque dancers and stripper portraits from the 1960s


  The Internet has a fair selection of vintage images of strippers and burlesque dancers from the nineteen-forties, the fifties, sixties, seventies, and so on.

Covetable action figures based on classic and obscure 80’s horror films up for grabs!


A custom action figure based on the 1982 slasher film, ‘Pieces’ by Dan Polydoris of Death By Toys. $40 (two available).

Wendy O. Williams’ PSA on how not to get venereal disease


  What with super gonorrhea getting the Trump bump and billboards in my neighborhood warning of a “syphilis tsunami,” this sure feels like a good moment to remember Wendy O.

David Lynch recites Captain Beefheart’s ‘Pena’


Don Van Vliet, ‘Crepe and Black Lamps’ (via beefheart.com)   Among the treasures stored on Magic Band alumnus Gary Lucas’ Soundcloud is this recording of David Lynch reading “Pena” from Trout...

Attention crate diggers: Next time you see a record called ‘Walkin’ My Cat Named Dog,’ BUY IT!


  One-hit-wonder Norma Tanega is known only for “Walkin’ My Cat Named Dog,” her soulful, folky quasi-novelty song of 1966 that reached #22 in the pop charts early that year.

Ornate erotic pipes to help enhance your post-coital smoke


An antique erotic Meerschaum pipe.   Many of the sensual pipes in this post are made of Meerschaum—or as it is known in the world of geology, sepiolite.

‘F for Fake’: Orson Welles asks ‘What is reality?’ in dazzling masterpiece of oddball art cinema


  “If my work hangs in a museum long enough, it becomes real.” —Elmyr de Hory If you’ve seen Orson Welles’ late period quasi-documentary F for Fake, then you know about the mysterious art forger Elmyr De Hory.

Uncanny worlds and bad dreams: The strange, surreal, and macabre paintings of Jolene Lai


  Jolene Lai was working as a designer for an advertising company when a conversation with an artist friend made her realize her true vocation: I had a moment of ‘epiphany’.

An assortment of bizarre bed linens (and a peed on pillowcase) that probably won’t help you get laid


A BDSM-themed duvet from CafePress.   CafePress can be a weird place, man. Of course, it’s not like I didn’t know that already.

Former Republican Presidential candidate Herman Cain’s strange obsession with ‘Twin Peaks’


A tweet from former presidential candidate Herman Cain’s official Twitter page from Monday, July 17th, 2017.

Redact yourself: Identity-protecting censor bar sunglasses black out your eyes


  Long, long before Lady Gaga did it, way back during the Reagan, Bush, and Clinton “eras,” we had to make do with identity-redacting shades made from cardboard, like the ones the members of Negativland posed in, or the pair of “...

Stunning stills, movie posters and lobby cards from David Lynch’s ‘Blue Velvet’


A fantastic movie poster for ‘Blue Velvet’ by Italian artist Enzo Sciotti.   I found the movie poster pictured above for 1986’s Blue Velvet, by Italian artist Enzo Sciotto, so inspiring...

Stunning stills. movie posters and lobby cards from David Lynch’s ‘Blue Velvet’


A fantastic movie poster for ‘Blue Velvet’ by Italian artist Enzo Sciotti.   I found the movie poster pictured above for 1986’s Blue Velvet, by Italian artist Enzo Sciotto, so inspiring...

Mondo mayhem: Sex, blood and horror, the art of Enzo Sciotti


An arresting image by artist Enzo Sciotti for the 1984 film ‘Heavenly Bodies’ (billed in Italy as ‘Scratch Dance’).

Gorgeous color Autochromes of American women from over 100 years ago


‘Woman’s face’ (circa 1915).   A clairvoyant once told me I’d soon be working on a very big book. Her words sounded good.


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