Slim Cessna ~ Hold My Head

by on December 13, 2013

Here’s a sinister Pied Piper epic from Slim Cessna’s Auto Club, a gothabilly ensemble out of Denver (still lonesome for her heroes) with a shared ancestry with 16 Horsepower. The clip is not your standard low-grade gig video; The song is killer, and you can feel the crowd-sweat, the ticky-tack dance floor under foot, and even smell the yeasty beer mats. This would have been the kicker at …
Read the rest

2 comments

Have A Great Great October

by on November 9, 2013

Whoops, Great October whizzed right by with nary a mention. Have a great belated GO, everyone and enjoy the New New Model Red Army Choir as they lay down some lucky. h/t Jackie Hutter

(According to the comments, these are Ministry of the Interior uniforms)

Not much celebrated in Putin’s Russia, nonetheless it is the Day of the Great October Revolution (November 7), so storm and occupy the Winter Palace …
Read the rest

3 comments

Thomas Pynchon’s Sofas

by on October 17, 2013

Take A Load Off

(Brand name: Axn, Agency: 1861 United)

I seem to recall having had more than one testy tete-a-tete while perched on the edge of this very piece of furniture. The original prototype is owned by Dr. Hilarius who makes use of it in psycho-analytical practice (having obtained it in the hotly contested, but rarely mentioned crying of lot 48). Rest upon these eggs and tell me
Read the rest

Comments Off

GULag Humor

by on September 23, 2013

A new ZEK* arrives in the GULag. Her cellmates size her up, then send over one of their number to make inquiries.

- So what did you get?
New ZEK: I got 20 years.
- What for?
New ZEK: For nothing.
- Aha! You are a liar. They only give you 10 years for nothing.

(Ba-Bom Ching) Thank you very much, you really have been a wonderful audience.

*Labor …
Read the rest

Comments Off

Poster Cat For The Professional Left

by on September 23, 2013

Yes, I am writing a blog post about my cat. If you have a problem with that, take it up with her (though I do not advise it; she’s moved up a few weight classes since the photograph below was taken).

ProfessionalLeftKittie

Marmalade’s rocket to fame began with an appearance as the leftwing blogosphere’s equivalent of a Sun Page 3 Girl – an Internet Kitty on the website for The Professional
Read the rest

2 comments

Swamp Buggy Bad Pussy Riot

by on September 14, 2013

In light of the recent furor over Vladimir Putin’s audacity in addressing the American public through the Op-Ed pages of the New York Times, I re-post a video I made in support of Pussy Riot, using Swamp Buggy Badass by Quintron and Miss Pussycat. Putin can look into the eyes of a sturgeon and read its soul.


Read the rest

Comments Off

A Small Firey Cubist

by on September 9, 2013

Avocado, El Dorado, Pablo Picasso

Much as I love the Modern Lovers and have been enriched by the music of Jonathon Richman, I find it hard to believe that Picasso was never called an asshole – perhaps not as often as me, but it must have happened at least once or twice.…
Read the rest

3 comments

Dept Of Black Banjo

by on August 9, 2013

The Carolina Chocolate Drops give new life to the near forgotten genre of Afro-American banjo and fiddle music. I will be enjoying them later today at the Edmonton Folk Music Festival. The awesome sauce should be sweet and savory, with zing.

Hit Em Up Style


Read the rest

Comments Off

Do Androids Need Buddhist Non-Attachment? (And A PowerWasher)

by on August 9, 2013

BlueFairy-700

The Blue Fairy from A.I. Artificial Intelligence

1. The robot who loved his ‘mom’ too much

2. The robot who loved whoever came into the room, too much

Robot Programmed to Fall in Love with a Girl Goes too Far

Kenji was part of an experiment involving several robots loaded with custom software designed to let them react emotionally to external stimuli. After some limited environmental conditioning, Kenji first demonstrated


Read the rest
Comments Off

Snaps From The Underground ~ Soviet/Post-Soviet Punk

by on August 8, 2013

Red Teddies, Leningrad 1984 c/o Alexander Boyko, from the archive of Ruslan Ziggelya

From the Barrelhouse has assembled an excellent gallery of images from the Russian underground scene (1980 – 2012): Teds, Mods, Punks, Bikers (and of course, Pussy Riot). Check them all out.

Willie and friends shooting the movie “Without a uniform.” Volgograd, 1988. From the archive of Villi.

Read the rest

Comments Off

Positive Money

by on August 6, 2013

Financialization 101: How banks eat the economy, and transfer wealth to the 1 percent.


Read the rest

Comments Off

The (Brief) History Of A Dangerous Idea

by on June 27, 2013

BlythFind yourself a comfy chair and strap in tight. The g-force may be a little unpleasant as you reach escape velocity, but it’s worth the initial struggle to get up to speed with a man who speaks with the force and spittle of a Glasgow gale. Mark Blyth has been doing the rounds on the interview circuit promoting his book Austerity: the history of a dangerous idea. He recently …
Read the rest

3 comments