Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Happy Robert Anton Wison Day!!!

July 23 is Robert Anton Wilson Day. 

Here is a video that I found on the old youtube: 
"Recorded live in San Francisco/Haight-Ashbury comedy club, The Other Cafe, as part of its Comedy Showcase series. Includes a question & answer segment during second half. A humorous and illuminating examination of churches, cults and faiths from around the world by philosophical entertainer, Robert Anton Wilson."


Stormy Weather

Time spent out of doors and in nature is never wasted time and sometimes you get to see something as awe inspiring as this.  Imagine what someone must have thought eons ago if they had seen something like this forming over them.  Small wonder that gods and such are often accompanied by stormy weather.  Even knowing that it is a supercell and how it is formed doesn't diminish the grandeur of such a sight.

Goes well with Neil Tyson Degrasse and Etta James

Saturday, July 20, 2013

An excerpt from Aldous Huxley's "The Doors of Perception" read by Rudolph Schirmer. Music is from the song An Ending (Ascent) by Brian Eno.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Drug Addiction (1951)

"...Started by a friend..." It gets real good at the seven minute mark. There really is so much to this propaganda flick.

The New Dutch Masters

This is some of the most original, freaky shit that I've seen in a long time.  Described here as "Renaissance paintings on LSD," I don't think that even begins to touch it.  This is like HP Lovecraft stories by way of Vermeer cross pollinated with Sesame Street, Clive Barker and various tattoo and street artists...then you get to throw acid into the mix...Enjoy.

Christian Rex van Minnen painting

More after the jump if you want...or if you want to see this guy's whole oeuvre, check this

Beat the Heat

There's probably nothing much colder than surfing in New Jersey in the winter time.  Just imagine the icy cold water as you go about your day today in "THE HEATWAVE THAT ATE THE NORTHEAST!!!!"

Sand Barlem Shake from Russ Roe on Vimeo.

"Experiments in the Revivial of Organisms" Redux or "Life Beyond the Dead"

Though I could expound on the Dead for a while, and probably will at one point, my musical interests go well beyond what they have to offer.  A quick scan down any of my musical related posts will bear that out.  Here are some nuggets that I found this morning that spin in an entirely different direction.

Consider the first one an appetizer to the main course...the inimitable DJ Shadow remixing some tune I've probably never heard before, but it's music nevertheless.

 The main course is this mix.  Pretty chill for a hot Wednesday morning.  I wish I was outside listening to this by a pool somewhere, but sadly I'm just sitting here in front of a computer.

And for the visual accompaniment...If the Northeast insists on being this hot, I'm going to look at pictures of hunting cabins north of the Arctic Circle.  Here


Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Experiments in the Revival of Organisms (1940)

"This disturbing film records the successful experiments in the resuscitation of life to dead animals (dogs), as conducted by Dr. S.S. Bryukhonenko at the Institute of Experimental Physiology and Therapy, Voronezh, U.S.S.R. Director: D.I. Yashin. Camera: E.V. Kashina. Narrator: Professor Walter B. Cannon. Introduced by Professor J.B.S. Haldane."
Part of the Prelinger Archives

Destination Earth - Oil Industry Film (1956)

Oil and competition are what make America great in this old industry film...

(via achive.org)
“You can find inspiration in everything; and if you can’t, look again” Sir Paul Smith

Thursday, July 11, 2013

The Flying Man by Marcus Alqueres

"A new superhero is coming, only this time it's on his terms. Will he still be considered a hero?"

The Flying Man from Marcus Alqueres on Vimeo.

(via dangerousminds.net)

Grateful Dead: August 14, 1971

No question, I'm deadhead.  I've been listening to them since I was about 12 or 13 years old and pretty much love the band and the imagery associated with the band.  I hadn't given them a good listen in a while, but about two years ago I dusted off some of my favorite bootlegs and have been reinvigorated.  I usually give them a break when the weather starts getting cold here in the northeast, but once springtime rolls around and I can start driving around with the windows down, the dead just seem like a natural pairing.

The "Steal Your Face" (often called the "deadhead") might be one of the greatest designs of all time.  At first glance, menacing as all hell, but if you know the band and their music it becomes decidedly less threatening.

Adding to this renaissance of sorts is this little gem I discovered on a music blog I like to frequent called Aquarium Drunkard.  They really nail what I have always thought about the band which is that, "There is a raw stigma that runs parallel with the mention of the Grateful Dead. Far too often the circus surrounding the band trumps the actual music, instead placing more emphasis on skeletons, dancing bears, hacky sacks and other vestiges of the ‘parking lot’ scene." While I do love a lot of the imagery what is more important to me is that when they're rocking they're essentially an great rock and roll band.

This show from 1971 really highlights that fact.  It's a burner and as always crank your speakers up to get the full flavor.

The whole thing is stellar, but some of the highlights include, "Bertha, "Sugaree," "Big Railroad Blues,"Sugar Magnolia," and "Truckin' - The Other One" and for some reason, it's not showing in the list of song, but if you click on "Not Fade Away" and then use the controls to go forward one song, the diamond is "Going Down the Road Feeling Bad"  

Monday, July 8, 2013

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Lance's Bewery Tour

" ...Lance Rice is a gifted beer historian with a photographic memory. For nearly forty years Lance has used his computer-like mind to memorize a staggering amount of knowledge in beer and brewery history. Yet even more astonishing is the fact that Lance has never been able to share his passion with the world… Lance is autistic..."

"Lance’s Brewery Tour will show the world the beauty of autism. It will inspire and give hope to those touched by autism. The film and the book have potential to become landmark works of art in both cinema and literature – but that is just the beginning..."

read more at (http://lancesbrewerytour.com/)

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