Tuesday, October 19, 2010

the Turing test as administered by Simon Cowell

Or maybe Clive Davis . . .

courtesy kmoriyama

Well past the parochial brouhaha regarding Milli Vanilli, supah autotuned vocals and other quaint pop music simulations, the HRP-4C Gynoid brings us all the way to Stepford.

Soon enough the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame will have Iggy droids and Roy Orbitrons doing silicon moves.

Meanwhile, I'll be rewatching Blade Runner and hoping to fit in.

As seen on Waveformless.

If too intense, try this video of Hunter Thompson and a Hell's Angel on Canadian TV. Seen on Pathway To Unknown Worlds.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

ye band posters of olde

Well, one at least. Classic "caught the poster, not the show" scenario. In a sleepy college town long ago.

Okay, one more. Saw these folks at what may've been their first show. Was a fan from that point on:

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

the littlest browncoat

PCL LinkDump posted about this fun, tripped out Man from U.N.C.L.E. fan fiction staged with dolls.

Evidently, the good folks at Tonner Doll Company have whole worlds of character dolls. Including characters from Firefly.

Yes, Mal (browncoat sold separately), Inara (sold out), Zoë and the man they call Jayne.

No sign of/word about Wash, Book, Kaylee, Simon or River Tam. And as these are figure dolls, probably no chance of there being a scale model of Serenity.

Monday, August 23, 2010

the greatest films never made

This page of movie posters from an alternate universe has been making the rounds on the strength of this poster alone.

But I say go there and see how hard it is to pick a favorite. This. So. Rocks.

Okay, okay, my faves (admittedly based on obscure name checking and/or none-too-subtle dislocations):

Andrei Tarkovsky's Micronauts, featuring James Brolin, Tom Selleck and the music of Wendy Carlos.

Ghostbusters, 1960s style, with Vincent Price, Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, a demon possessed Bette Davis and the music of Henry Mancini.

The Star Wars
with Malcolm McDowell, Jacqueline Bisset, Cheech and Chong (as the Droids), music by Bernard Herrmann, direction by Alejandro Jodorowsky, screenplay by Norman Mailer.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

none other than

As seen on Pathway To Unknown Worlds.

Ghosts of the future convene in this ectoplasmic assemblage of pixels & sound.

Cathode irradiation of weeks spent curled by the icy warmth of the set waiting for this show to finally come on.

And here it comes bearing the vestments of Jerry Lee and Tristan Tzara. Ready, set, go.

Friday, August 6, 2010

another patient of the Ward

courtesy 39Online

I may remember this balmy bit of metafiction. It seems familiar. Or may've just read something like it in MAD.

But it's thanks to the good folks at Pleasant Valley Shopping who just posted this and other Montgomery Ward goodness.

Monday, August 2, 2010

blink once for yes

courtesy spikepriggen

Whether you're a fan of Neil, this song or the leggy womens herein, this will break your brain six ways from Sunday.

And to entirely overdo things so as to avoid a third Scopitone post in about as many weeks, two more for the road. Offered without context . . .

coded for mass consumption by hermits

For the film enthusiast, a still pic of that goldurn Godard.

For the person with truly nothing to do and nothing to hear/read & generally puzzle over, this.

Saturday, July 31, 2010


courtesy spikepriggen

I love this theme song and this cover/video treatment thereof. 'Nuff said.

'Cept the above was found whilst in search of a scene from Modesty Blaise where a street organ is playing the theme song (as street organs would in movies gone by).

And that came to mind becsuse of this hi-fi Barrel Organ.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

proper medication

courtesy RhettandLink

I'm saving some of these great ads to watch after my periodontal appointment. But that's no reason for the rest of you to hold back.

Many thanks to the post-Fabulonian cabal who power The Hair Hall of Fame for sharing this Salt Lake Community College Cosmetology ad. After you've tipped your stylist, you can catch the making-of video here for add'l context/laughter.

And now another word or two or three from our sponsors . . .

For those who watch Glee and/or think of Alyson Hannigan one time at band camp:

Freedomize Explorer:

Bucks First:

Thursday, June 24, 2010

block party

As one might read on son of the forest, artist John Borowicz is having a show, Sprawling Conglomerates, at Adam Baumgold Gallery.

It's his first solo in NYC and runs through August 4th.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

out of their damn minds

The folks at PCL LinkDump post two videos that'll work some mighty voodoo: one of sonic DIY buzziness and another of one Bill (Wm. Burroughs) shooting another (Wm. Shakespeare).

An old compat musician/writer Michael W. Dean seeks not the Trail of the Lonesome Pine, but that of the Libertarian Punk out Wyoming way. And one day finds guns, bison and steam (if not in that order).

And he who has brought forth the planet that was FABULON, Chateau Thombeau and Wunderkammer sires within the without. Not crazy, per se. But adhering to the mind of no mind with the beautiful images and such.

Oh, wait--from A Basement of Curiosities, a man, his LP and a story . . .

Monday, May 24, 2010

she sings

courtesy elephantmarch

Don't be thrown by the sample image. This is a bee-you-tee-full story 'bout a singin' gyre-aff (um, giraffe).

Friday, May 21, 2010

food fun & frenzy

courtesy thutranthutran

The ever lovin', ever loopy Food Party as kindly reviewed & generally contextualized on the ever groovin' Love Train for the Tenebrous Empire.

Bon appetit, mes amis.

Monday, May 3, 2010

another attempt at social engineering

Or not.

Friday the 7th @ 7:45 EST there'll be a live reading from The Failure, a new novel by James Greer, here.

Will post now to ensure 4 days and 15 minutes of relevance.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

(more than) two sides of Cathode Ave

1. the burning forest of the what?

Warning: there's disco, nudity and vast amounts of green screening. But given the bubbling semiotic stew herein, you'll be entirely too spun to be afeared or affronted. No brain will emerge unbroken. From the parallel universe loosely known as Italia '78 via the brave ironists of Chateau Thombeau.

2. rain and the polymer leaf

Zimoun dances the metal zephyr and the flailing arc at Disquiet.

3. guiding traffic from a deep space median

A friend found this bit of future fun as prognosticated in 1966 and reviewed by the good folks at Monster Movie Music.

courtesy zeonic6trial

4. but wait, there's more--aka the pong song

Act now and you'll intercept this pixel cloud on a Pathway To Unknown Worlds.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

complex as you wanna be

Bill Altice of the Karen Cooper Complex recently commented quoting what a slew of neat blogs (Mutant Sounds, for instance) said of the crazy sounds these youngsters were putting out circa '81.

But five seconds into the first tune on KCC's Shinjuku Birdwalk, no recommendations were necessary.

Hail, yeah, y'all, let's break some waves . . .

UPDATE--"Jerkin' Pretty" video as embedded here and on good ol' YouTube.

Monday, April 5, 2010

well prepared

Extended Piano from Stephen Cornford on Vimeo.

A kinetic sound sculpture. Two guitar strings are attached to two bass strings of an upright piano. Mechanised bows play the guitar strings, whose vibrations resonate sympathetically through the whole piano. The sound is entirely acoustic.

Actually the above, cool as it is, is my second favorite. Works For Turntable posted here by Everyday Listening you really gotta see. And hear.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

here begins the tale of Danger Island

courtesy kiwimike1

Be ye wary of sunken chests full of Mardi Gras beads and the pirates who love them.

Not convinced? Check out this great page of Danger Island video and info.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

the one & many Chiltons to which we listen

courtesy goodfeelinggs

For more & better reasons than any one favorite song or era taken on its own, losing Alex Chilton has been an esp. hard kick in the teeth. Maybe with Spring on its way or something . . .

Deferring now to these many fans/proponents/mourners:

mrdantefontana and Donna Lethal of PCL LinkDump

Kicksville 66

If Charlie Parker Was A Gunslinger . . .

Pathway to Unknown Worlds


And Now the Screaming Starts

Monster Movie Music

While thinking about the wraiths of Chilton and Dickinson cavorting in a spectral Trans Am.

And of other people/places/things gone way on up & out.

Friday, January 29, 2010

this film (& this dude) be trippin'

courtesy crushingdeath

The Holy Mountain is my new favorite film and the filmmaker, Alejandro Jodorowsky, my new hero.

The movie's much better than the trailer lets on. But the trailer does show enough of the over-the-top scenes so one might say "yes, looks cool" and "no, don't show it to the kids or Auntie Bess".

Thanks to far hipper folks at GLOWING RAW and exp etc for shining the light long & brightly enough to dawn on these far shores of Marblehead.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

the Gobbler

Before my drifting into suspended animation, those two words will beat out "Rosebud".

As seen thanks to PCL LinkDump, the whole crazed thing called The Gobbler. Go now.