Dirty work: Film preservation, archiving and the magical movies of Bill Morrison


 
I’m pretty sure I washed my hands at least 20 times today, and any OCD-type compulsions that I might have do not lend themselves to handwashing. So why did I do that? Why so many times? And why did I do it so many times in such a short span of time (I…
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‘King Kong’: Watch a 10-year-old blind pianist play Frank Zappa’s concert showstopper


 
In the clip below you can watch a 10-year-old blind Swedish pianist by the name of Mats Öberg play the shit out of Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention’s sixties concert centerpiece “King Kong.” Not only is the interview …
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The ultimate hipster-takedown song: ‘F*ck off with your ukulele orchestra’


 
Ever since the early years of this century, the affable punk singer Eddie Argos has pioneered a cocky and brash form of nice-guy humility, which he has often employed to brilliant effect; in his best-known combo, Go to Source

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‘Feed the World’ with bad music: The wacky world of charity singles


 
In the mid-1980s, the pop music scene had this idea that recording songs with superstar ensemble bands would change the world. Nobody (especially not Sir Bob Geldof) stopped to consider that maybe it was a little condescending, a little patronizing, and a little bit OH I DUNNO colonialist to want to “fix”…
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The savage heterosexuality of macho Australian glam rock band Rabbit


Australian glam band Rabbit. Former AC/DC vocalist Dave Evans is pictured in the center.
 

“If I was a parent and read this, I wouldn’t let my kids anywhere near this mob, numbnuts described them as frenetic, violently hedonistic and Dave himself was described as savagely heterosexual.”

—a …
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Short-lived, almost-forgotten satire mag ‘Americana’ took a shiv to FDR’s America


 
We think of the era of below-the-belt satirical media with a left-wing edge as a thing that was more or less invented in the postwar era, particularly the 1960s and 1970s, as the rise of alternative newspapers ushered in a style of humorous, scurrilous, no-holds-barred sloganeering that was unafraid to transgress the usual borders…
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Meet the David Bowie of Brazil: The wild, weird glam tropicália hybrid of Secos e Molhados


 
Secos e Molhados (“The Dry & Wet”) was a hybrid glam-rock/Tropicália band formed in Brazil in 1971 during the most repressive phase of the military dictatorship. The band was short-lived, recording just two albums, but launched the career of feminine-sounding vocalist, Ney Matogrosso. Their name apparently refers to different categories of food…
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Meet the man with the world’s largest collection of Coca-Cola cans


 
Davide Andreani first drank a Coke when he was six years old. A native of Pesaro, along the Adriatic coast of Italy, Davide doesn’t recall anything special about the beverage at first sip. His father would often travel for business and one of the things he would bring back to his son…
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‘The Dance of Death’: Gnarly Medieval woodcuts of Hans Holbein

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‘The Expulsion from Paradise.’
 
The miser’s gold won’t save him, nor the knight his belted armor, Death holds dominion over all and is indifferent to our pleading.

The story of Hans Holbein’s woodcut…
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Jefferson’s Cock: This rarely discussed Replacements side project was fronted by their roadie

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Bill Sullivan has been the tour manager for a number of acts, including Bright Eyes, Yo La Tengo, Soul Asylum, and Syl Johnson. But it all began with the Replacements. Sullivan worked as a roadie for the group, from their first tour in 1983 through their 1989…
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