Thursday, 18 December 2014

Sony cancels release of North Korea film The Interview

Jerry Garcia Loveletter To Vogue Cover Girl Up For Auction


Digital Mystics: The Strange Story of the 8-Bit Reggae Underground

Isolated No More

Underground Resistance Speaks of Music and Politics

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Rock Scully (1941-2014) R.I.P.

Rock Scully crossed the great divide this morning. I got the call he was passing just as I was about to load up the car for a visit to Monterey to see him. Those of you lucky enough to have known him know that despite his human frailties, he was a loving, gentle, bright (actually brilliant), handsome, witty and especially charming rogue who brought people together, made them laugh and grow, and had a huge, generous heart.
Our fourteen year love affair felt like it was still in full swing when I spoke to him by phone in the hospital this morning. I could hear his labored breathing and his girl friend, Christina, assured me that he was responsive to my words.
His graciousness and generosity can be summed up in the words he said to me on the day back in the summer of ’69 that we knew for sure that we were in love—When I told him I was six weeks pregnant with my then separated husband, his response was, “You will be so beautiful!” Who could resist that statement at such a vulnerable moment.
He took on Spirit (Acacia) as if she were his own, and then gave me Sage, who will be having her second child, a boy, this coming March.
The years I spent with him, and through him, the Grateful Dead, were some of the most exciting times imaginable—from Woodstock to our farm in Forestville (now the California School of Herbal Studies) to Europe and Saturday Night Live, we were part of a weird kind of rock and roll royalty, and loved every moment of it. For six years we were the New Year’s skeletons, dancing on stage at midnight, often after being dropped from the ceiling tossing roses. We measured the success of a concert by how much our cheeks hurt from smiling, and those experiences set a bar that is rarely reached to this day. It was Rock’s ticket that took me to Egypt that first time in 1978.
My dear, beloved Rock, I wish you smooth, sweet travels in the next stage of your soul’s journey.
Nicki Scully

Neil Young & The Santa Monica Flyers - Palace Theatre Manchester UK (3/11/73)

1. Tonight’s the Night
2. Mellow My Mind
3. World On a String
4. Speakin’ Out
5. Albuquerque
6. New Mama
7. Roll Another Number (For the Road)
8. Tired Eyes
9. Tonight’s the Night
10. Flying On the Ground Is Wrong
11. Human Highway
12. Helpless
13. Don’t Be Denied
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Happy Birthday Chelsea Manning!



Supporters including Molly Crabapple, Terry Gilliam and Michael Stipe send birthday wishes
HERE

Guy in Santa costume pulls off genius bank heist during SantaCon

South Shields Graffiti

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...in case you are scratching your head

Stop Working For Free

Unpaid internships rig the system. Curb them, now

Nick Cave on the Pop Group

On-U Sound All Stars featuring Mark Stewart - Hysteria (Ramsgate Music Hall 18/1114)


This one-off show had a never to be repeated line up!
Bass: Doug Wimbish (Living Colour / Sugarhill Gang / Tackhead)
Vocals: Mark Stewart (The Pop Group/Maffia)
Guitar: Skip McDonald (Little Axe / Sugarhill Gang / Tackhead)
Drums: Perry Melius (Tricky / African Headcharge / Billy Ocean)
Live Dub mix: Adrian Sherwood (On-U-Sound Master-mind)

United States of Audio - Play It All Back: A Tribute To Tack>>Head


A tribute to the world's most underrated pioneers of modern electronic music!
Starting as the house band at Sugar Hill records, Keith LeBlanc, Doug Wimbish and Skip McDonald hooked up with Adrian Sherwood to form Tackhead (aka Fats Comet). Working together with Mark Stewart (as Maffia) and Gary Clail (as Tackhead Sound System) they produced some of the most exhilarating, funky and down-right experimental electronic music of the 1980s. This set charts their career from 1984-1989, mixing in rare dub mixes, alternate versions and interviews with the band members themselves. It's time they got their dues; it's time to Play It All Back: "Tackhead in the Area!"
Tracklisting:
1. Double Dee & Steinski - The Sugar Hill Suite (Castle Music)
2. Tackhead - Body to Burn (World Records)
3. Tackhead- What's My Mission Now - (On-U Sound)
4. Tackhead - Now What? (On-U Sound)
5. Tackhead - Mind at the End of the Tether (12" version) (On-U Sound)
6. Tackhead - Mind at the End of the Tether (LP Version) (Red Rhino)
7. Keith LeBlanc - I'll Come up with Something (World Records)
8. Tackhead - Ticking Time Bomb (World Records)
9. Tackhead - Ticking Time Bomb (12" version) (World Records)
10. Keith LeBlanc - Move (World Records)
11. Tackhead - King of the Beat (On-U Sound)
12. Tackhead - King of the Beat (Live) (Plus Au Sud)
13. Fats Comet & The Big Sound - Bop Bop (World Records)
14. Fats Comet & The Big Sound - Zoop Zoop (World Records)
15. Mark Stewart - As the Veneer of Democracy Starts to Fade (Mute)
16. Keith LeBlanc - No Sell Out (Tommy Boy)
17. Fats Comet - Deejay's Dream (World Records)
18. Fats Comet - Deejay's Program (World Records)
19. Fats Comet - Eat The Beat (World Records)
20. Mark Stewart- Hypnotized (Remix) (Mute)
21. Keith LeBlanc - Heaven on Earth - (World Records)
22. Keith Leblanc - Tack Unit (Extended Interference) (Collision)
23. Keith LeBlanc - Major Malfunction (World Records)
24. Tackhead / Gary Clail- Life and Dreams (World Records)
25. Tackhead - Man in a Suitcase (Red Rhino)
26. Tackhead / Gary Clail - Reality (World Records)
27. Tackhead - Get This (Red Rhino)
28. Gary Clail - Half Cut For Confidence (World Records)
29. Gary Clail- Half a Gram a Shout (World Records)
30. Keith LeBlanc - Mechanical Movements (Yellow Ltd)
31. Keith LeBlanc - Technology Works Dub (World Records)
32. Keith LeBlanc - Technology Works (Collision)
33. Fats Comet- O.K. Bye (World Records)
34. Fats Comet - Rockchester (World Records)
35. Fats Comet - Dub Storm (World Records)
36. Fats Comet- Stormy Weather (World Records)
37. Gary Clail - Hard Left (instrumental) (World Records)
38. Gary Clail - Hard Left (Red Rhino)
39. Keith LeBlanc - You Drummers Listen Good (World Records)
40. Doug Wimbish - Freak Out (World Records)
41. Doug Wimbish - Don't Forget That Beat (World Records)
42. Doug Wimbish - Don't Forget That Beat (Alternate Mix) (Dunk Yer Funk Records)
43. Doug Wimbish - Don't Forget That Beat (Alternate Dub) (Dunk Yer Funk Records)
44. Doug Wimbish - Don't Forget That Beat (Dub Mix) (Dunk Yer Funk Records)
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Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Unfortunately, we have now sufficient experience of terrorist incidents to formulate a simple rule: namely, almost everything said in the first few days after the event will later prove wrong

Young Edward Hopper sent this holiday card to his mother Elizabeth Griffiths Smith

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Monday, 15 December 2014

Jeff Sparrow: The Logic of Torture

Social media teacher at Sydney Uni learns very quickly how NOT to use social media after this tweet

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Euros Childs - EILAAIG (Free Download)

This and other albums available to download at The National Elf Library

Judy Henske - High Flying Bird (Hootenanny 1963)


"If Linda Ronstadt's a torch singer, Henske's a flame thrower." - Andrew Vachss (Blue Belle)
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Bob Dylan and 1 Man


Bob Dylan does a one man concert in Philadelphia for a Swedish TV experiment. "From Experiments Alone - Episode 6 - Bob Dylan"
"Seeing his biggest idol live is in fact often a fantastic experience. But how is it to do it all alone, without anyone else in the audience? Fredrik Wikingsson knows. On November 22 2014 played Bob Dylan in Philadelphia, only for him."

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Forever With Us

Forever with you...
"He touched so many..." What? Where?

Cock Magic

WHAT THE FUCK?


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The General’s Report

How Antonio Taguba, who investigated the Abu Ghraib scandal, became one of its casualties

NYC

Robert Forster: What's the difference between a rock star and a pop star?


Locked in limbo: Australia's forgotten asylum seeker babies

Lawdamercy!


When asked if he was worried that the CIA would target him like they reportedly did John Lennon, Corgan responded that instead, now they “digitally assassinate you,” a point he would later refer back to—also decrying the “lack of political music right now compared to the 1960s.”
The two touched on all sorts of subjects, from Ferguson and the protests surrounding them, to 9/11, to chem trails, to the Illuminati

Mr and Mrs Gira with JG Thirlwell after Swans show at Warsaw, Brooklyn

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Mogwai - Teenage Exorcists

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Project Goliath: Inside Hollywood's secret war against Google

Bowi/Low (1977)



Australians May Get Their Own SOPA

Holy shit!


Rachel Bentley's 'Cutback'

Filmed between 2011 and 2014 in Sydney, Melbourne, Berlin and New York 'Cutback' includes interviews with Australian artists discussing their work, motivations and frustrations.
More interviews and material
HERE
I went to see this great film last night at the world premiere (Sydney doesn't count.) 
My thanks to Rachel and the Invurt crew for the invite

Friday, 12 December 2014

Cutback


Filmed between 2011 and 2014, the CUTBACK documentary project features interviews with more than 40 Australian artists as they discuss their addiction - which is street art and graffiti. Artists discuss their approach to their work, artistic motivations, and frustrations.
CUTBACK is a multi-platform web and feature documentary produced by Rachel Bentley, exploring street art and graffiti in the urban environment
Off to check this out...

Silver X & Allstars - Let's Stand Together


Silver X is a 26-year-old South Sudanese musician who wrote the song "Let's Stand Together." He was displaced from his home in Torrit, South Sudan with his family in 2000. Four years ago he returned to his birthplace from a refugee camp in Uganda to launch his music career and help jumpstart South Sudan's burgeoning music industry

An Oral History of the First Cyberfeminists

Seconded

"Worse still is the whole TED talks phenomenon, which offers the intellectual equivalent of diets in which someone can lose 10 pounds in two weeks without giving up ice cream sundaes or pizza. In just 18 minutes, a person can be exposed to breathlessly earnest genius -- a slickly marketed brand of chicken nuggets for the brain. The talks enable non-scientists and non-technologists to feel smart, but that is not the same as actually being smart or, alternatively, feeling dumb in the way that hard ideas sometimes make you feel -- and should -- when you first encounter them."
- David Rothkopf