My head just exploded because the the two epic spiraling vortexes of iconic American pop have met and merged and made my head explode and it's exploded. Like a Rolling Sex Machine
(Mildly NSFW-ish lyrics)
Youtube user strizzalo does a slow, sensitive, acoustic cover
of The Bloodhound Gang's "The Bad Touch."
Later this year will mark the 45th anniversary of Bill Cosby's first self-titled sitcom
, The Bill Cosby Show
. Ten years ago, the original jam sessions were released, which are notable for the "various collection of notables who steal the show with contributions at various points."
Pianist Les McCann, sax man Ernie Watts, and guitarist Arthur Adams get things going on "Groovy Gravy
," Tom Scott shows some legit chops on "Toe Jam
," while Jimmy Smith offers sampling of his Hammond B3 on the interlude "Jimmy Cookin' On Top
." If seeing Quincy Jones and Bill Cosby get top billing confused you, the album credits reference their roles
, which are not front-and-center, except for some vocal improv by Cosby on "Hikky-Burr
." You can hear more tracks on Grooveshark
, and if you're into more of that modern dance remixery, you might (also) enjoy The New Mixes, Vol. 1
, which can also be sampled on Grooveshark
The Music Scene
is a television series aired by ABC as part of its Fall 1969 lineup. The show featured performances from the top musicians of the week as compiled by “Billboard Magazine” and had a number of hosts, including David Steinberg and Lily Tomlin. Many huge names of the era, including The Beatles, James Brown, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Three Dog Night, Tom Jones on the initial program and Janis Joplin, Bobby Sherman, The Miracles, Sly & the Family Stone, Isaac Hayes, Stevie Wonder, Bo Diddley and Mama Cass Elliot, (who co-hosted as well as performed) among many others, appearing on subsequent shows. [more inside]
Here's forty four minutes and forty four seconds of James Brown: said to be the total of all his appearances on Soul Train
"Posing For Posture"
"Posture photos," as they were then called, were taken of every incoming student at many prestigious colleges in the first half of the 20th century, as a part of the registration process. George L. Hersey '51, now a professor of art history at Yale, says, "I was told to show up at the swimming pool, I took my swim test and posed. We were expected to show up and do this." Students acquiesced in the days of single-sex colleges because nudity was a normal part of the college experience, Knight says. "We never wore bathing suits in the swimming pools, it was considered more hygienic that way," he says. "The House [swimming] races were in the nude." And so posture photos were snapped and collected--and saved for later research which was intended to link physique to temperament. This practice--led nationwide by a Harvard researcher--remained widespread through the 1950s and 60s. [more inside]
American cinematographer Garrett Brown
to be inducted
into the National Inventors Hall of Fame
for the invention of the Steadicam
"Most American high schools are almost sadistically unhealthy places to send adolescents."
Does the "worst of adult America looks like high school because it’s populated by people who went to high school in America?" [more inside]
Barrett Brown (previously
, researcher, and activist
formerly associated with Anonymous, was raided
at his Dallas home on September 12 and brought into Federal custody in Texas. Video and audio of the raid exist, as Brown was hosting a video chat at the time of the raid. (Brown's girlfriend was present during the raid and has published a partial account
.) Brown now faces indictment
on counts related to his comments about an individual FBI agent in three Youtube videos
he had posted in the day before his arrest, and to some of his recent tweets (including a retweet of a Fox News commentator's 2010 remark
about Julian Assange). [more inside]
California has become the first state in the country to ban
the so-called "reparative" ex-gay therapy for people under the age of 18 years old. "This bill bans non-scientific 'therapies' that have driven young people to depression and suicide. These practices have no basis in science or medicine and they will now be relegated to the dustbin of quackery," Brown said in a statement to The San Francisco Chronicle. [more inside]
Crooked Timber's online seminar
on David Graeber's Debt: The First 5000 Years
). [more inside]
William Brown was a man who recorded a handful of blues on Sadie Beck's Plantation on July 16, 1942 for Alan Lomax
. Once thought to be the same man as the Willie Brown who played with Son House and Charley Patton--and was immortalized in Robert Johnson's Crossroad Blues
--the consensus now is that William Brown was a different man, about whom
we know next to nothing. Certainly, the handful of recordings we have that feature him supports this. The Willie Brown who recorded Future Blues
and M & O Blues
was an archetypal Delta bluesman, with both songs being stripped down versions of Charley Patton's Screamin' and Hollerin' the Blues
, among others, and Pony Blues
, respectively. The William Brown
who recorded Mississippi Blues
, Ragged and Dirty
and Make Me a Pallet on the Floor
plays and sings nothing like that Willie Brown. That we know nothing about him and never heard any more of his music is one of the many tragedies of recorded blues. [more inside]
Meet Barrett Brown
, the heroin-addicted former journalist
who's the self-proclaimed face of Anonymous. [previously]
Matthew Irvine Brown
has written 18 short pieces specifically to be played in iTunes shuffle mode. The fragments can be downloaded from his site to create your own original track. A liking of glitch
will probably increase your enjoyment.
In 1967, Ken Nordine (previ
) did a themed album of his "Word Jazz" titled "Colors" that consisted of over 30 short poems/riffs about specific colors. Recently, cuts from that album have become popular soundtracks for exercises in animation...
A lot of them use the currently-trendy "kinetic typography" -
Brown (with a Brown Owl)
while others use paper cut-outs -
Coral (starts at 1:00)
Maroon (a rhyming Cartoon)
Plus three versions of Yellow, with J.R. 'Bob' Dobbs
, with a character resembling PacMan
with blobby cut-outs and a cut-off ending
Finally Flesh, but without animation
is a collaborative blog and podcast from evolutionary biologist Casey Dunn
, who uses it as a teaching tool at the Dunn Lab
at Brown University. The Lab investigates ways in which evolution has produced a diversity of life, and the blog includes neat, invertebrate zoology-related videos that may cover anything from "mating when you're stuck to a rock"
to Flying with Squid
to Diving for Jellies
. (Via) [more inside]
His first recording of it from the late sixties
. A video filmed in 1978 of Burnside playing Jumper on the Line
outside his home in Independence, MS. It's part of the Alan Lomax Archive
. R.L. plays it acoustic in 1984
. R.L.'s son Duwayne plays it
this summer with Kenny Brown, R.L.'s former sideman.
Chinese is a rather difficult language.
That's why Rep. Betty Brown
(R), of Texas, suggests that Asians change their names to something "that’s easier for Americans to deal with." Via.
On Tuesday, Conservative MEP Daniel Hannan
took the opportunity to "skewer" Gordon Brown
in the kind of biting rhetoric rarely, if ever, seen in UK parliament. Despite having alerted UK press organisations, including his own part-time employer
, Hannan's speech was not picked up by the UK press until... it started getting a heavy push from the US punditocracy
. [more inside]
British jobs for British workers? Workers at a Total refinery in north Lincolnshire walked out in protest
over an Italian firm importing Italian and Portuguese workers to complete an expansion. Since Wednesday, the walk out at the Lindsey refinery has snowballed into a mass industrial action across the UK
. The majority of the strikes and protests have been by energy workers, though some in other sectors (steel) hit by closures and vulnerable to job offshoring have joined the action in solidarity. Brown's government is trying to respond
, without much success.
Now even your plants
can twitter you.
The stuff of legend, Van Halen's "No brown M&Ms" concert rider (most recently mentioned on MetaFilter here
) has made the rounds by word of mouth, and word of internet, for years. Now, the Van Halen 1982 World Tour backstage rider has been found. It consists of 53 typewritten pages and contains the M&Ms prohibition - which actually says M & M's (WARNING: ABSOLUTELY NO BROWN ONES)
- as well as other interesting demands, excerpted at The Smoking Gun. Via
Coming in at just under $860,000, the take for the recently auctioned estate
of James Brown
fell well short of the two million that Christie's had hoped for. You'll want to browse the collection
for yourself, of course. If I had the extra scratch, I'd have sure bought this
Fritz Langs M
by comicbook artist Jon J Muth
, a 2007 Brown University graduate and recent recipient of the Draper Richards Fellowship
and the Rainer Arnhold Fellowship
, is the 2005 Founder and Executive Director of
, a non-profit community-based organization in Kenya. KOMAZA's mission is to "end chronic poverty in Kenya by promoting health, economic growth, education, and infrastructure development" through a tree farming social enterprise
. Partnering with the Tree Biotechnology Project
, KOMAZA plants fast-growning, drought-tolerant Eucalyptus trees
as a cash crop for rural, substinance farming communities. [more inside]
was a Mississippi Delta bluesman blessed with the kind of slightly gravel-tinged voice that emanates authority. His recording career was a very short one, however, consisting of precisely one day
, and yielding precisely two songs
. Very little is known about Bailey himself, and the identity of the 2nd accompanying guitarist on his only known recording remains a mystery, though there has been some some speculation
. I've been doing a little speculating myself, regarding some of Bailey's lyrics, and any of you blues linguists who might want to help fill in the blanks, please see the [more inside]. [more inside]
another beautiful guitarist from louisiana
Such a wise cat he even could replace t-bone walker in a minute. Well, so he said with his enthralling voice
. He was such a beautiful singer
. Unique violin player
. He disappeared in the aftermath of hurricane katrina. Peace.
Three out of four middle-managers are theives. Derren Brown
, psycho-illusionist, gives a business-motivational seminar. Or so it seems. Really, he's using techniques of suggestion to 'program' his marks so that when presented with the opportunity (and a toy gun) they will commit armed robbery. Not everyone
thinks its funny. Less grisly
than his previous stunts. Nifty flash website he's got.
Michael Brown starts Disaster Planning Firm
After doing a "heck of a job
", the former Commissioner of the International Arabian Horse Association teaches others how to avoid stepping in shit.
It was just horrifying how quickly they became what I told them they were.
The day after Martin Luther King Jr. was murdered in 1968, Jane Elliott
, a elementary school
teacher in Riceville
, conducted her Blue Eyes Brown Eyes exercise
with her students, dividing them by eye color to ilustrate prejudice and racism. Since retiring from teaching in the early 1980s she's repeated the exercise for adults in corporations, at colleges, and on Oprah
PBS's 1985 documentary A Class Divided
is viewable online [Real and Windows Media]
, as are parts of the 2002 documentary Australian Eye [QuickTime and Windows Media]
; both feature participants' reactions
. (Related: different reflections
by a participants in similar exercises; and a program evaluation
of the exercise.)
Ms. Elliott recently said
, "What is distressing is that I get the same results today with adults that I got using the exercise with children in 1968."
I couldn't remember the name of that guy who does fruit
and veggie art
. No, not Kei Kosa
, he's trippier
than this fellow. Not Greg Brown
(not to be confused with "mural Greg Brown
" of Alien Saucer Crash
and Buckethead Man with Paddleball
fame) either, though Brown's cool too, sometimes whimsical
, sometimes (woo!) suggestive.
Fruits and vegetables have often been used suggestively, in advertising
or even classics, maybe the innuendo of Joachim Beuckelaer's art
such as Woman Selling Vegetables.
No, the guy I was thinking of takes into consideration the intrinsic character
of each piece
he "sculpts." I remember! It's Saxton Freymann!
(...maybe influenced by the Thai fruit-n-veggie carving tradition?
does not approve.)
Now there's a time but I say none like now:
After the eastern cantilever span of the Oakland-Bay Bridge collapsed
in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake
, CalTrans engineers recommended replacing it
with a cable-stayed bridge
. The estimated cost was roughly 1 billion and would be completed in 2003--that is, until the Mayors Brown got involved.
Then-SF-Mayor Willie Brown objected to the new design
, saying the abutment at Yerba Buena island would interfere with his planned condominium development. Brown coaxed the Navy--who owned the land on which the foundation would be built--into preventing CalTrans from performing soil-engineering tests, saying the new bridge wasn't safe, making references to other bridge disasters
, and interviewing engineers all over the Bay Area until he finally found one who agreed with him.
Jerry Brown--former governor of California
and current mayor of Oakland--voiced his opposition
, calling the design a "bland viaduct" and proposing an international competition to design "a world-class bridge." When CalTrans told Brown his objections were a year late, he dug up an old Frank Lloyd Wright design
and asked CalTrans, "Say, can we put trains on it, too?"
The delays and design changes have increased the cost to over five billion, and its completion date is anyone's guess. According to Governor Schwartzenegger,
this is the Bay Area's problem, not California's. (Fine then! Can we have our water back?)
Fifteen years, two audits, and one angry architect
later, the questions remain: how and by whom will this new bridge be funded, what
will it look like, and will it be finished
when the The Big One
Brown Equals Terroist
- the story of a photography student who refuses to provide his ID to a security officer, and is swiftly confronted by Homeland Security. His ongoing struggle with the event is chronicled in the related blog
Black, White & Brown.
A great 9-part video feature on the NYT site (registration required) featuring a discussing between Cornel West and Henry Louis Gates, Jr. commemorating the 50th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education.
label-mates with Morrissey
), releasing a pair of on-line only
live CDs, cheesing off
a pizza chain, and getting its back catalog
is developing software with InQuest Technologies
that will tie together the band's official web site
, the 24/7 Ween Radio
broadcast, a message board, chat rooms and the ability to trade live concert mp3s without being confused
with The Gourds
(just try searching for "Gin & Juice"
on your favourite peer-to-peer program). The band hopes to have the program bundled with it's new release quebec
(yes, with a small q
) on August 5th.
"Sometimes you just have to make the cats."
Civil War buffs Ruth and Rebecca Brown have created thousands of clay cats in Union and Confederate uniforms.... the twins bring history to life by creating sweeping battle scenes and dioramas of dramatic moments, as interpreted with clay cats. Via Obscure Store
(and here comes mr. hand, Oh Noooooooo!)
Students for Suicide Pills?
On October 12th, 1984, 1900+ students turned out to vote on a referendum asking that their university's Health Services be allowed to offer cyanide pills in the event of nuclear war.
57% of students said they wanted it.
"Brown Students Steal Univ. Paper"
File Under: When headlines get into this weird intentional?/unintentional? pun thing.