Monday, July 12, 2010

The Flaming Lips Are My Favourite Band I Don't Really Like All That Much

To be fair, I've never heard an entire album by them, just a bunch of random Youtube videos. And I really do heart their overall presentation, the whole thing where Wayne Coyne is the MC of a neverending New Years Eve party, everyone is blitzed on LSD, and it's all gotten a wee bit weird.

From the little I've managed to wrap my ears around, though, all I can say about their brand of lysergic, slightly discordant and clangy pop is that it's just stunningly okay. (And Mercuy Rev do it better)

I just CANNOT, however, for the life of me see an interview with Wayne Coyne and not only read it once, but usually several times, and some bits repeatedly, just to make sure I truly got that. Almost everything he says is pure gold, like the following bit I culled from this week's Eye Magazine, in which he talks about the "accidental" musical/artistic journey he has found himself on with The Flaming Lips:

"I see this thing unfolding, and I don't know where it's going...I don't know whether if, at the end of this - or if there is an end - we won't just say, 'Wow, the world is more horrible than it is beautiful and I wish I didn't know that.' But I guess we don't really have a choice. We have to be curious andkeep searching, and we don't know what we're going to find."

Yeah. Wayne Coyne. Poet laureate of those who are still wowied by the holy what-the-fuckness of it all. Fuck yeah...

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Have a drug-free psychedelic experience via Toshio Matsumoto’s Atman (1975)

“Toshio Matsumoto’s early 1970’s feature length film Funeral Parade of Roses is widely cited as a big influence on Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange but today we have a truly mad short subject by said director, a simple yet brain-frying (epileptics, beware !) infrared study of a lone, masked subject in a landscape, replete with a chaotic electronic score by Toshi Ichiyanagi. Dizzying and possibly bad for you!”

Thanks Dangerous Minds!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Rammellzee passed away yesterday. Rammellzee is probably best known for Beat Bop, the above record that Basquit did the cover for. He was also in Stranger than Paradise. Rammellzee bboyd, wrote graffiti and rapped. You might remember him as the dood freestyling with a shotgun at the end of Wild Style.

He became a scuplter, painter and performance artist. Or maybe he always was.
Bboy, graffiti and rapping could all fall into those categories.

He was big on the idea that letters were symbols in a intergalatic war of language.
Regardless Rammelzee was one of the orginal weirdo’s in Hip Hop so put him in a cannon that includes Sun-Ra, MF Doom and the Rza. He was assicioated with Afro-Futurism, but he called himself a Gothic Futurist..

I high suggest you listen to this podcast Uncommon Radio did with a very throurough interview with Rammelzee. He talks about the history of hip hop, method acting/skitzophrenia, being self-taught, creating mythology and tons of other uber-interesting things.

Think Sugarhill Gang Meets Philip K Dick.

Scroll down her and click to hear the interview at Uncommon Radio

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Friday, July 2, 2010

A Brave New World

“Tomorrow you’re all going to wake up in a brave new world, a world where the Constitution gets trampled by an army of terrorist clones, created in a stem-cell research lab run by homosexual doctors who sterilize their instruments over burning American flags. Where tax-and-spend Democrats take all your hard-earned money and use it to buy electric cars for National Public Radio, and teach evolution to illegal immigrants. Oh, and everybody’s high!"
— Stephen Colbert
"New thoughts are rare to me now. Thoughts that are worth dancing with in my mind. Thoughts I want to buy a drink, that I want to ask home, that I want to seduce and be seduced by me. That I want to be brave for. Thoughts that scare me..."


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