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‘Christianity is Stupid’: Negativland takes on religion in ‘It’s All In Your Head’


  The other day I was pondering how I would explain the whole “Why are we here?” / “Is there a God?” concept to my (hypothetical at this point) child and discussing this with my wife who is about as religious as I am (i.e: not at all).

Man with Alzheimer’s disease drew a series of self-portraits over the years


William Utermohlen’s self-portrait from 1967   British artist William Utermohlen was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 1995.

Sleep is for Sissies: Before ‘Repo Man,’ there was Alex Cox’s mind-bending student film ‘Edge City’


  Edge City, a/k/a Sleep Is for Sissies, is director Alex Cox’s first movie. Made for $8,000 while Cox was a student at UCLA, the 36-minute picture already includes a number of the distinguishing features of his works.

Fugazi: Red Medicine for the White House, live in Washington, DC, 1991


  Dischord Records, the independent punk label of immeasurable historic importance founded by Minor Threat/Fugazi/Evens singer Ian Mackaye, made an intriguing announcement recently: In January 1988, after only ten shows, Fugazi decided to...

The 1960s photography of Dennis Hopper


Self-portrait   I am a child of the 1970s, so Dennis Hopper really means two things to me,

Get hypnotized by the psychedelic slo-mo hula hooping for Bishop Allen’s new album


  Bishop Allen is one of those indie bands that’s been quietly buzzing around for nearly ten years—I knew about them because they’re a former Brooklyn-based group with the weird distinction of being on Dead Oceans, a label...

Bogie and Bacall’s forgotten radio drama


Promotional standee for Bold Venture sponsored by Genesee Beer, 1951. When the great Lauren Bacall died recently at 89, her obituaries routinely mentioned her relationship with Humphrey Bogart, and their onscreen chemistry in the four...

Johnny Cash’s musical ad for the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, 1971


You are in no position to give health advice, Mr. Johnny Cash!   Johnny Cash certainly lived his paradoxes—a champion of the rebel, yet oddly reverent of the powerful.

Entertainment: Gang of Four, live in Zagreb, 1981


  A blog I will never be able to read recently posted a gleaming gem of a video—professional footage of six live Gang of Four songs, performed in Zagreb, Yugoslavia (now Croatia, of course), around the height of the band’s strength.

Electric Würms: ‘I Could Only See Clouds’ exclusive video premiere


  The world premiere of the decidedly lysergically-informed new Electric Würms music video, “I Could Only See Clouds” directed by Wayne Coyne.

Marxist Minstrels: The Beatles want to sexually hypnotize you into Communism!


  If you’re like me, you can’t resist a good piece of moral panic red-baiting propaganda, especially when it’s directed at a social phenomenon that seems so chaste by today’s standards.

Stockhausen’s audacious ‘Helicopter String Quartet’


  It was a series of dreams that inspired the composer Karlheinz Stockhausen to write his controversial Helikopter-Streichquartett or The Helicopter String Quartet in 1992-93.

Red Headed Card Shark: Card Tricks with Willie Nelson


  It doesn’t get any better than watching Willie Nelson working some fancy card wizardry on his sister, Bobbie Lee Nelson.

ChávezPro: Hugo Chávez’s handwriting is now a revolutionary, anti-imperialist font


  Hugo Chávez’s regime was a mixed bag, but though the Bolivarian bureaucracy has its issues, the advances he made have seen him canonized among poor and working class Venezuelans.

Trance out to the gorgeous sounds of Cluster and Eno


  Cluster, fittingly, is the name of a band around which the Krautrock family tree starts to look more like a tumbleweed.

Flaming Lips talk Krautrock


  Steven Drozd and Wayne of Flaming Lips talk about their favorite Krautrock groups. Their Electric Würms side project Musik, Die Schwer Zu Twerk (“Music that’s Hard to Twerk to”) comes out on CD, vinyl and iTunes via Warner Bros.

Extreme Jazz: Miles Davis at the cutting edge of of the cutting edge, live in Vienna, 1973


  In the work of German composer Karlheinz Stockhausen—who Miles Davis admitted was a huge influence on him musically—there is a trademark thing he does where one sound will suddenly cut through all the rest, like some sort of electronic squiggle noise, distinguishing itself from everything else goi

‘The General Erection’: John Lennon reads from ‘A Spaniard in the Works’


  John Lennon reads “The General Erection” from his second book of collected (nonsense) writing A Spaniard in the Works: Azure orl gnome, Harrassed Wilsod won the General Erection with a very small marjorie over the Totchies.

‘Sid and Nancy’: The sitcom


  Robert Jones created this Sid and Nancy meets Growing Pains mash-up that gets funnier and funnier the longer it plays.


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