It's true: the Republican Study Committee, which comprises around 165 GOP members of the House of Representatives, announced on Thursday their intention to eliminate funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
Let's go to the floor and hear what Senator Tankerbell...
Many renderings of iconic LPs here, all done using MS Paint. Some are quite remarkable, some ridiculous. More info, from Marc Fischer's Flickr page:
The drawings in this collection were primarily made by various users in discussion forums on the websites www.foreverdoomed.com and www.stonerrock.com. Using MS Paint, and other rudimentary computer...
Billy Joel was angry at this live concert taping in the former Soviet Union due to the fact that the lighting crew kept shining on the audience. This made the kids stop dancing, because they were nervous the secret police would see their faces on video and harass them later....
This is one of those silly Facebook exercises where someone "tags" you, and you come up with a list of favorite whatevers. I got poked by this one a couple of times, and, since it involves the expressing of contempt, I figured I'd give it a go. It was actually kind of fun to take my music critic knives out of the drawer, which have retained something...
We're playing those mind games together
Pushing the barriers, planting seeds
Playing the mind guerrilla
Chanting the mantra, peace on earth
We all been playing those mind games forever
Some kinda druid dudes lifting the veil
Doing the mind guerrilla
Some call it magic, the search for the grail
John Parr performed the theme song for the film St. Elmo's Fire. He also wrote this little gem, "Naughty, Naughty" — which, to my knowledge, hasn't appeared in anything other than my '80s nightmares.
Happy birthday, Elizabeth B!
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This is one of those must-watch-all-the-way-through videos. Apparently, Dan Deacon is involved, but it's really about the drunk guy's epic rant:
In mini-Juggalo news, Violent J's progeny, Violent J.J.(!!!), is launching his own music career at the tender age of... um, I'm guessing 5? The song is called...
Our good pal Delancey Leathers has stumbled across the Three Golden Secrets to Blogging:
1. Hilarious/compelling concept
2. Concept is infinitely repeatable
3. Content is easy to produce.
I came up with these rules off the top of my head, but I still think they’re valid. Interesting that The Contrarian doesn’t quite hit the mark. Delancey’s...
“Come on! Let’s get some tacos!”
With this line, Val Kilmer’s slithery performance in Oliver Stone's The Doors comes to a close. No doubt that Jim Morrison was one of rock's most intriguing front men, yet by the end of his short life, he was a tubby, poor man’s Burroughs with a penchant for whiskey, women and Mexican food.
The Doors were...
My friend Elizabeth introduces the following video thusly:
"This guy basically solves the complicated perplex that is rock and roll music. I might be the only person who truly enjoys this stuff, for I am a scientist."
"This guy" happens to be lo-fi psych hooligan Brother JT, who I actually used...
Oldsters and '80s fetishists will no doubt recall the song "99 Luftballons" by German synth-pop-punk act Nena. In 1983, the tune lit up roller rinks across the globe. "Luftballons" was more than just a day-glo earworm — it painted a disturbing picture of hair-trigger Cold War defense systems and the threat of accidental annihilation.
But it wasn't...
It’s been a busy news week, and I’m sure a lot of things are going through your mind: the oil spill, Israel’s attack on a flotilla carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza…or maybe you’re just wondering when the hell Sarah Palin’s fifteen minutes of fame will finally end.
But even in the midst of national and international tragedy, you surely...
I had this really fucked up dream... Okay: I'm 16 and I'm in my parents' house, the old one. It's the middle of the night and I'm sitting on the couch, watching TV out on our screened-in back porch. It's different though, because the night feels bigger and weirder, like some vast uncharted region of outer space. And there's only a few TV stations -- no cable,...