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March 5, 2010 7:39 PM   Subscribe

[NSFW]Concrete TV -- bringing you an audiovisual mashup of pornography, drugs, violence, rock'n'roll, the 1980's, and humor** -- via NYC Public Access Channel 67, Friday nights at 1:30 AM.
posted by not_on_display (22 comments total) 27 users marked this as a favorite

 
I do not understand.
posted by Meatbomb at 7:50 PM on March 5, 2010 [1 favorite]


*checks back of neck for wires*

Someone put my subconscious on teh internets.
posted by carsonb at 7:52 PM on March 5, 2010 [1 favorite]


Imma let you guys in on a little secret that I learned in college:
Sped up porn + mute button + Philip Glass = mindblowing.

That being said, these videos are awe-inspiring. And someone really likes thongs.
posted by giraffe at 8:29 PM on March 5, 2010


I feel bad because I wasted my teen years and early twenties, which I know because I recognized wayyy more of those clips than I should have.
posted by infinitewindow at 8:30 PM on March 5, 2010


This is awesome, and it's not just the ADHD medication making me say that.
posted by A Thousand Baited Hooks at 8:55 PM on March 5, 2010


There's nothing quite like a fast-cut mashup of foot fetish porn, Jackie Gleason, and the Olsen Twins to make me long for a nice hot shower and a living will.
posted by xthlc at 8:57 PM on March 5, 2010 [2 favorites]


This is amazing
posted by KokuRyu at 9:03 PM on March 5, 2010


I love this. It's like 80's comic book notions of TV coming to life. I kept expecting Max Headroom to pop in.
posted by converge at 9:15 PM on March 5, 2010


Oh my goodness, towards the end of the "drugs" video there was a clip from "The Wizard of Speed and Time" which was one of my favorite videos as a child and is actually sitting in my VCR right now~~~
posted by rebent at 9:16 PM on March 5, 2010 [1 favorite]


A 2007 hour-long interview with "Concrete Ron" Roncheleau, the creator of Concrete TV.
posted by not_on_display at 9:44 PM on March 5, 2010


 
posted by eyeballkid at 9:53 PM on March 5, 2010


totally speechless from the awesomeness
posted by eyeballkid at 9:54 PM on March 5, 2010



This is awesome, and it's not just the ADHD medication making me say that.


Yours wore off too, huh.

I don't know if it's that, my inner VJ, or being of a particular generation, but I can't stop watching these.

Mr. Mustachio wonders what the fuck is wrong with me, and I think that's reasonable.
posted by louche mustachio at 11:43 PM on March 5, 2010


I mean, I could give him my shpeil about being fascinated by how editing and music recontextualizes images, but we'd be no closer to an answer and he's already heard it.

Plus he's probably reading this anyway.

(Could you bring me another beer if you are? Thanks, bbay.)
posted by louche mustachio at 11:55 PM on March 5, 2010


All I can think about while I watch this is how busy the person must be whose job it is to make sure all the rights holders of the original material get paid.

Or maybe they've got something worked out ahead of time with most of them? Seems like it'd be a big headache if not.
posted by ODiV at 12:04 AM on March 6, 2010


So that's what I was watching last weekend. I have to say though, I wasn't impressed; the only reason I kept it on for more than 5 minutes was to see where it was going, but it quickly became apparent that it doesn't 'go' anywhere. Then again, I may be biased and jaded, as nothing on community access TV will probably ever impress me after growing up with Industrial Television out here on Staten Island's CTV.
posted by Venadium at 12:06 AM on March 6, 2010 [1 favorite]


On the same tip, The Emergency Broadcast Network:

http://cdn.distribut.es//mediatronica/joshualpearson/joshualpearson/EBN_Menu.html
posted by RTQP at 7:15 AM on March 6, 2010 [2 favorites]


posted by ODiV
"Or maybe they've got something worked out ahead of time with most of them? Seems like it'd be a big headache if not."

I think the whole idea is that they don't bother with the rights, just as if you made a collage with scissors and magazines and glue, you could claim that it's re-purposed and outside of copyright law.

I didn't link to one of the Concrete TV links on youtube because the soundtrack had been stripped, I'm guessing because there was a sound clip used that the copyright holder objected to.
posted by not_on_display at 8:32 AM on March 6, 2010


It's like "The Obvious" available from Flash Video but thirty years later. No links provided because searching for the title and the publisher bring up a bazillion hits and I can't figure out how to chip away all the wrong ones. "The Obvious" was a low-budget video collage circulated on videotapes in the 1980s, made up only of... well, exactly the sort of thing that Concrete TV just did.

I offer this for those who want more of the same, not to say Concrete TV stole the idea or aren't as good.
posted by eccnineten at 9:13 AM on March 6, 2010 [1 favorite]


YES! Before I canceled my cable and moved away from New York City I sat through 6 hours of episodes on my DVR and taped them to VHS that I bring out for special occasions.
posted by wcfields at 9:50 AM on March 6, 2010


My love of Billy Jack came from Concrete TV (he loved to use the 'three rules').

All we need now is some links to Knit Bootie (creeeeepie!) and Gregg Brown. No Dog the Cat (NSFW) please. Are there any serious aficionados of MNN here? I've been trying to find any reference online to a cooking show from the mid-90's. I think the host was male, and he lived in the East Village and the point, more or less, was that you could do some really good (gourmet?) cooking in your average (read: impossibly small) EV apartment. It was as messy and convoluted as you might imagine, and just a straight cooking show. Anyone remember the title?
posted by 99_ at 10:48 AM on March 6, 2010 [1 favorite]


Ugh, the one for porn has been removed. Thumbs down, YouTube.
posted by elder18 at 7:05 PM on March 6, 2010


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