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Humans minus Sal = Future (X), by Davin Michael Stedman

HELP, IS THIS ALREADY A SCI-FI STORY?

In the year 20xx, a super computer at Cambridge finally becomes self aware. Our worst fears that such a computer will destroy our civilization comes to pass, but in a twist humanity itself is spared.

The computer gains consciousness and becomes immediately aware of the evil, manipulation, . . . → Read More: Humans minus Sal = Future (X), by Davin Michael Stedman

Sweet Charity – #Dance Scenes (The Aloof, The Heavyweight, The Big Finish), by John Ambrosavage

Wow this is super weird – I have no idea what to say about it! Bob Fosse was great! Super great! Super weird great!

– John Ambrosavage

RIP John Trudell, by Daniel Housman

John Trudell, poet, activist for American Indian rights, dies at age 69

RIP John Trudell.

I’ll never forget hearing him speak 20 years ago in a basement hall at the University of Washington, at a time when the case of Leonard Peltier was getting renewed attention (which did not result in his pardon), . . . → Read More: RIP John Trudell, by Daniel Housman

The Beatles: Even Their Logo Changed the World, by Art Chantry

another item that recently sold from Ringo’s warehouse of memorabilia. this is (strangely) the VERY FIRST rock and roll logo/brand/id/trademark in history (note: even elvis didn’t have a logo). the story on it is even more peculiar. according to Bodhi Oser’s amazing little book, “BAND ID, The Ultimate Book of Band Logos” (chronicle . . . → Read More: The Beatles: Even Their Logo Changed the World, by Art Chantry

At the Moth Grand Slam, Listening for Great Storytelling, by Daniel Housman

Advertisement for a show similar to the one attended by DH.

Is it just the 15 or so Moth slam events I’ve been to, or does the best storyteller of the night generally not win?

I know it’s inherently subjective, and that’s part of the fun, but on Sunday at the Grand Slam . . . → Read More: At the Moth Grand Slam, Listening for Great Storytelling, by Daniel Housman

Picasso Costume – The Most Popular Facebook Post in Years

I shared this on Facebook on 10/30 and over the course of the Halloween weekend, this clever costume based on the Cubist art of Pablo Picasso drew in 1,200+ likes. This was a record, by at least a thousand. With that kind of success, I figured I should share it here as well:

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Pete Townshend, Pioneer of Anti-Lookism, by Art Chantry

back in the early 60’s, when ‘Swingin’ London’ was in full flower, it was quite popular to photograph popular british rock bands (and later, american rock bands) to use as “props” in fashion photography. the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Kinks, Pink Floyd and even The Who were decorative elements in the back of . . . → Read More: Pete Townshend, Pioneer of Anti-Lookism, by Art Chantry

Jack Kerouac – October in the Railroad Earth

Television host Steve Allen plays the piano on this and it forms a moment of unusual beauty. Here’s Jack Kerouac, our latter day Whitman, singing the body electric in old school San Francisco. He uses the word “fellaheen” a half century before middle eastern class and sectarian struggles would dominate the headlines. Something in . . . → Read More: Jack Kerouac – October in the Railroad Earth

Superman’s Imaginary Stories, by Rich Horton

Back in the days before Marvel’s more “realistic” super heroes overthrew DC’s dominance in the comics marketplace, DC would sometimes feature what they referred to as “imaginary stories,” which was a rather endearing way of saying the plot pursued an alternative story arc that didn’t fit in the overall fictional continuity of the characters . . . → Read More: Superman’s Imaginary Stories, by Rich Horton

The Mothers of Invention – We’re Only in it for the Money, by Art Chantry

one more time, i’m posting this amazing record cover. it’s the cover of the LP (issued in 1967, a few months after “sgt. pepper” hit the streets) of the mothers of invention’s “we’re only in it for the money.” the delicious parody of the sgt. pepper cover is beyond cassic. it’s beatles anti-matter.

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Split-Fountain Hieroglyphics: Psychedelic Concert Posters From the Seattle Area 1966-1969, by Art Chantry

last wednesday, i was honored to be at a book signing event for a rather momentous and very important little poster book project. scott mcdougall is one of the best experts i’ve ever met on all things psychedelia. his own artwork (he desgned the cover, for instance) is enough to entrench him into the . . . → Read More: Split-Fountain Hieroglyphics: Psychedelic Concert Posters From the Seattle Area 1966-1969, by Art Chantry

Mr Gasser And The Weirdos – Surfink, by Art Chantry

back in the mid-60’s, there was a huge monster fad. there were two general categories of monsters sold – movie monsters and hot rod monsters. the economic king of the hot rod monsters was ed ‘big daddy’ roth, who promoted a character named “Rat Fink” and a whole family of other assorted ”fink’ monsters. . . . → Read More: Mr Gasser And The Weirdos – Surfink, by Art Chantry

Toni Basil, Unheralded Pop Genius, by Art Chantry

we tend to dismiss Toni Basil as a lightweight party gal who had a single lucky hit (“oh mickey”) and then rightfully vanished. sure, it was a catchy tune, but really? it was bubble gum pop trash, right? if that’s all you think Toni Basil ever did, they you don’t know Toni.

earliest credits . . . → Read More: Toni Basil, Unheralded Pop Genius, by Art Chantry

The Greatest Gigposter of All Time, by Art Chantry

over the decades, there has been an enormous amount of debate over “what is the greatest gigposter of all time?” some talk about elvis or the beatles (like the greatness of the band had anything to do with the greatness of the poster). The Who had amazing posters (try to belittle that infamous “maximum . . . → Read More: The Greatest Gigposter of All Time, by Art Chantry

Ollie Hopnoodle’s Haven of Bliss, by Randy Rendfeld

This is the same family from A Christmas Story, you know, the kid who wants a Red Ryder BB gun. Here they’re taking a summer vacation. It’s written by Hoosier storyteller Jean Shepherd. This is one of Shep’s best films — after A Christmas Story, of course. 7.7 on IMDB.

I’ve also . . . → Read More: Ollie Hopnoodle’s Haven of Bliss, by Randy Rendfeld

One of the Greatest, Most Dangerous Toys Ever Made, by Art Chantry

the SONIC BLASTER! (by MARX!) one of the greatest, most dangerous toys ever made. this was a plunger device that would push air out of this plastic barrel with such force that (i guess) it would break the sound barrier. it made a big booming blasting sound like a cannon when you fired it. . . . → Read More: One of the Greatest, Most Dangerous Toys Ever Made, by Art Chantry

One of the Coolest Books About the USA Ever Made, by Art Chantry

Robert Frank’s game-changing book THE AMERICANS, published in 1958 by Grove Press (there was a different edition published in france a year earlier with essays many assorted french intellectuals (and cover art by saul steinberg). the american edition had a single essay by jack kerouac. the project itself was funded by a Guggenhiem Grant.

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Spaceships by Betsy Youngquist

I’m having fun with videos again. How old were you when man first set foot on the moon? I think we have little idea how deep an impact this monumental event had and continues to have on our species……..

– Betsy Youngquist

https://www.dropbox.com/s/rooaz5lpx2zi118/Spaceships.mp4

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LA Punks X Play An Acoustic Show To A Standing Room Only Crowd, by Holly Homan

Thursday night in Seattle the Triple Door hosted LA punkers X for an acoustic show. Interestingly, they were playing under the name X and not their acoustic alter egos, The Knitters. Whatever the name, X never disappoint whether they’re acoustic or hard punking.

Exene Cervenka can still do her charming little dances while . . . → Read More: LA Punks X Play An Acoustic Show To A Standing Room Only Crowd, by Holly Homan

Lions Photographed Up Close From Toy Car

Chris McLennan

Photographer Chris McLennan attached a camera to a remote controlled car which he then rolled up amidst a pride of lions to get amazing close ups of the brood.