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At long last, Paul Stanley’s ridiculous Folgers coffee commercial surfaces


  In 2000 Paul Stanley taped a commercial for Folgers coffee that never made it to air—it’s been hotly sought after for video scavengers ever since.

Goofy young Trent Reznor plays a Billy Idol song in his early 80s ‘New Wave’ cover band


  Who’s this fresh-faced New Waver with the asymmetric poodle hairdo? (Hint: It’s not one of the Thompson Twins).

YES. There’s a mashup of the Notorious B.I.G. and the ‘Serial’ theme song


  The success of the This American Life spinoff...

The Dangerous Minds last-minute shopping guide for rock snobs, audiophiles & culture vultures


  Every year I try to compile a list of the stuff that I’d be happy to get if I didn’t already have it.

Punk rock is coming for your children! Arrogant talk show host blows an easy one


  The alarmist punk-rock-is-coming-for-your-children episode of everywhere’s local talk show was practically a genre unto itself around 1980.

Pianosaurus cover ‘Merry Christmas, Baby’ playing toy instruments, 1987


  Pianosaurus were a ‘80s rock band from New York that used toy instruments exclusively. Forming c. 1982, they released a couple of live tapes before putting out their debut studio album,

‘Lost in Space’: Dr. Zachary Smith screams!


  Whoever suggested that “in space no one can hear you scream” had obviously never watched or more accurately heard Dr.

Robin Williams’ friendship with the Stranglers


  When Robin Williams died in August, one of the most unexpected eulogies came from JJ Burnel, the bassist and singer in the Stranglers, who says that he and Williams struck up a friendship in the early 80s.

‘Tis the season for a serving of sheep’s head?


  In Norway, an old tradition has recently been revived: a meal of a sheep’s head with all the trimmings.

Just a week after Pirate Bay raid, Tribler makes shutting down BitTorrent impossible


  When police in Sweden carried out a raid on a server farm in Stockholm on December 9th, seizing servers, computers and other equipment and simultaneously knocking The Pirate Bay and several other prominent torrent trackers (including EZTV, Istole, Zoink and Torrage) offline, it was assumed that...

There’s a Dr. Dreidel for Hanukkah


  Dreidel, dreidel, dreidel, I made it out of… weed? I feel like my blogging mission in life (at least for today) is to let you know there’s a Dr.

‘The Junky’s Christmas’: The William S. Burroughs short film presented by Francis Ford Coppola


  If you have even the most passing knowledge of the life and work of William S.

Slint and Will Oldham discuss that famous ‘Spiderland’ album cover


Brashear, Walford, and Oldham treading water   Spiderland<...

Death defying downhiller nearly skates himself into a bus


  I grew up on a skateboard and have intimate, first-hand knowledge about what it feels like to literally slide on my face across unforgiving concrete after taking a hill way too fast.

Charlie Chaplin: Color photographs on set as the Little Tramp, 1917-18


  Charlie Chaplin made his first appearance as the “Little Tramp” one hundred years ago when he co-starred with Mabel Normand in the short Mack Sennett silent film Mabel’s Strange Predicament.

The man whose stocking expanded: The Fall’s Mark E. Smith reads Lovecraft. For Christmas.


”They say music should be fun / like reading a story of love / but I wanna read a horror story<...

The women of ‘Twin Peaks’ re-imagined as Sailor Jerry style pin-ups


  San Francisco based illustrator Emma Munger is a recent MICA grad who’s working in a comix shop while producing fun portfolios inspired by the famed tattoo artist Norman “

‘It tells you a story, and makes you want to to dance!’: Fantastic 1981 hip-hop report


How wholesome do The Sugarhill Gang look right here? It’s kind of surprising that parents weren’t rushing out to buy their kids some records by these nice boys.

Indian comic book heroine is a rape survivor who fights violence against women and rides a tiger


  Two years ago, a fatal New Delhi gang rape inspired mass protests all over in India, but the the legal reforms (which include things like the banning of acid sales)...

The scream of a thousand corpses: Horrifying sounds of the Aztec death whistle


  The Aztec death whistle, sometimes described as “the scream of thousand corpses” is a frightening sound indeed.


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