Archive for the ‘Pop Cult’ Category

Here’s One I Prepared Earlier

For my birthday Dr Sharl got me a wicked little Wacom drawing tablet. Takes some getting used to, but with a bit of help from Jackson Pollock, adequate results are obtained in a snap:

Opening bid at 10,000 euro. Anyone?

Could Be Worse. Could Be Wuthering Heights.

You’re Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain!
With an affinity for floating down the river, you see things in black and white. The world is strange and new to you and the more you learn about it, the less it makes sense. You probably speak with an accent and others have a hard time understanding you and an even harder time taking you seriously. Nevertheless, your adventurous spirit is admirable. You really like straw hats.

… or so says The Book Quiz

Frank Zappa Meets Ed Wood

Brilliant. And slightly NSFW I suppose. Glen or Glenda?

Part one:

Part two:

Via Shakesville.

NoSo

Take your myspace, your facebook, your twitter, your pownce, your virb, your mashable — and ram it up yer snout. Finally here’s a social network I wouldn’t mind subscribing to: NoSocial. From the about page:

NOSO is a real-world platform for temporary disengagement from social networking environments. The NOSO experience offers a unique opportunity to create NO Connections by scheduling NO Events with other NO Friends.

Save your money don’t go to the show!

YMCÄ

Watch in awe as Finnish band Gregorius rock out on The Village People’s YMCA:

I’m speechless. Brilliant.

Update: Phax, of Finnish persuasion, comments:

The bassist is actually Pekka Pohjola, who played with Finnish prog band Wigwam and Mike Oldfield among others and was reportedly supposed to record with FZ himself, as “FZ especially liked to play with Bassist Pohjola, whom he had met already during his previous visits. He was planning to record something with Pekka, but this plan was never realised.”. Small world eh?

Small world indeed.

On The Road

Amazing photo gallery of the “new American Beatniks”. Surely the girl pictured to the left below is a Zappa fan…

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Orange Sunshine

Aah the late 60s. Hippies! Summer of love! Groovy music!

LSD.

Check this trailer for an upcoming documentary of The Brotherhood Of Eternal Love, entitled Orange Sunshine:

More about The Brotherhood docu here:

The group’s headquarters, a Laguna Beach head shop called Mystic Arts World, mysteriously burned down in 1970, and two years later, law enforcement indicted several dozen members of the group. Those who weren’t arrested fled overseas. The story of the Brotherhood is one of the strangest chapters of American counter-cultural history, yet 40 years after its inception during the so-called Summer of Love, it’s one that remains little-understood and, outside the confines of Laguna Canyon, all but unknown.

“As one former member — who spoke on the condition of anonymity — told me, ‘If you remember it, you weren’t there.’”

Heh.

Incredible Recordings

Ever heard of Alessandro Moreschi? He’s the world’s only recorded true castrato, and you can give him a listen here — along with nine other incredible recordings. The audio of a Russian exorcism is not for the faint of heart though…

Big Bottom!

Hee, still funny after all those years. :)

Namer’s Remorse

… something Zappa obviously never suffered from.
The Baby-Name Business:

Karen Markovics spent months reading baby books and scouring Web sites before settling on Nicole Josephine. But now, four years later, Mrs. Markovics says she wishes she’d chosen something less trendy — and has even considered legally changing her daughter’s name to Josephine Marie. “I’m having namer’s remorse,” she says.

… and no: we haven’t subscribed to the Pregger’s Daily newsletter — yet.

I’m Very Pregnant That I’m Late

Linguistic Mystic has a rather hilarious post on the joys of foreign language miscommunication. Just one of many quotes:

A co-worker of my dad’s name is Dick de Cock, which is a perfectly normal name in the Netherlands. However, when he got a promotion and suddenly had to travel all over the world, he got a lot of weird looks.

Ten Commandments For Guitarists

… as brought to you by Cpt. Beefheart.

8. DON’T WIPE THE SWEAT OFF YOUR INSTRUMENT You need that stink on there. Then you have to get that stink onto your music.

(via looptron)

Hope I Die Before I — Uh Never Mind

The classic American midlife crisis has found a new outlet: garage-band rock ’n’ roll. Baby boomers across the US — mostly middle-aged dads who never quite outgrew an obsession with the music of their youth — are cranking up their amps and living their rock ’n’ roll fantasies.

“We recommend ‘Mustang Sally’ as a good starter song,” Mr. Lamond said. “A bad starter song is anything by Steely Dan, or Frank Zappa. Or Yes.”

Sicko

If you’re a Michael Moore fan, check this out: Sicko, his latest documentary, is available on GoogleVideo in its entirety!

It Was 36 Years Ago Today

… John Lennon and Yoko Ono joined Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention on stage at the Fillmore East where they performed three songs – “Well (Baby Please Don’t Go)”, “Scumbag”, and “Au”. Yoko arranged for the event to be filmed and audio of the songs were later released on John Lennon’s album, “Some Time in New York City“. Just in case the Sgt. Pepper album’s 40th anniversary hype has been getting on your nerves, here’s a clip of the rather infamous “Scumbag“. More, as ever, on YouTube.