John Waters: Subversive Success When I was young there were beatniks. Hippies. Punks. Gangsters. Now you're a hacktivist. Which I would probably be if I was 20. Shuttin' down MasterCard. But there's no look to that lifestyle! Besides just wearing a bad outfit with bad posture. Has WikiLeaks caused a look? No! I'm mad about that. If your kid comes out of the bedroom and says he just shut down the government, it seems to me he should at least have an outfit for that.
"Now, my friend Adams was accused of a crime he didn't commit, so he escaped into the mountains, leaving behind the only life that he ever knew."
In 1977, three years after the popular movie The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams
introduced the story of John "Grizzly" Adams to the public, a TV show of the same name premiered. [more inside]
Yesterday, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley signed Senate Bill 97, the Scottsboro Boys Act
allowing for posthumous pardons
. Bentley has said
he wanted to close a chapter of state history. The Scottsboro case led to a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision
against excluding Blacks from juries. [more inside]
The World According to John Coltrane
is a one-hour documentary, featuring lots of music footage and interviews with prominent jazz musicians such as Wayne Shorter, Tommy Flanagan and many others. It's an excellent primer on the enormously influential saxophonist's life and music.
The pitch was simple: “John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Blues Brothers, how about it?” But the film became a nightmare for Universal Pictures, wildly off schedule and over budget, its fate hanging on the amount of cocaine Belushi consumed. Soul Men: The Making of The Blues Brothers
], eccentric Silicon Valley mogul and creator of a McAfee antivirus software, lowered his taxes by relocating to Belize a few years ago. But his expatriate neighbor Gregory Faull was not a fan
McAfee's dogs, prostitutes and partying. After Faull was shot to death last month Belize police named McAfee a "person of interest" in the case. McAfee went on the lam and invited Vice Magazine
to join him, which must've seemed like a good idea at the time. McAfee was soon arrested and has since been fighting extradition back to Belize from a Guatemalan jail. McAfee said yesterday he just wants to return to a "normal life" in the U.S.
Ötzi the Iceman
died around 3,300 B.C., yet his body was preserved frozen in the Alps until 1991. DNA sequencing
of Neandertals (who died out about 35,000 years ago) suggests modern humans with ancestry outside of Africa carry a few percent of Neandertal genes due to interbreeding. Now (in a blog post knocking down a re-interpretation of the Neandertal DNA evidence) paleontologist John Hawks previews an upcoming publication of his examining Ötzi's DNA:
If we took as a baseline that Europeans have an average of 3.5 percent Neandertal, Ötzi would have around 5.5 percent (again, the actual percentage would be highly model-dependent). He has substantially greater sharing with Neandertals than any other recent person we have ever examined.
, Previously (Neandertals)
In 1971, "decades before any state had seriously considered legalizing gay marriage, long before anyone had thought of creating—never mind repealing—a policy called “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,” before Reagan, before AIDS, before the American Psychiatric Association determined that homosexuality was not a mental illness, and before half the people currently living in America were even born, a man named John Singer stepped into the King County marriage license office in Seattle." Meet Faygele ben Miriam, the radical activist who pioneered the fight for same-sex marriage in Washington State, 41 years ago. Via.
Garden of Your Mind:
Mister Rogers Remixed
In the wee morning hours of September 20th, 1961, Betty and Barney Hill drove down New Hampshire's Route 3, through the Franconia Notch, and into the UFO history books
. Five years later, John G. Fuller's account of their story, The Interrupted Journey
, became the most well known alien abduction case of all time. Fuller's book was adapted into a made-for-TV movie
The book and movie brought the "Greys"
into the public consciousness as the quintessential UFO occupants, although it has been alleged
by skeptics that the Greys themselves were inspired by an episode of the TV show The Outer Limits
Last year, the state of New Hampshire erected a historical marker
at the site of the alleged abduction.
and believers have been debating the case for decades now. Interestingly, a UFO enthusiast named John Oswald published an account
in 1980 that claimed "Mrs. Hill was unable to 'distinguish between a landed UFO and a streetlight'", which even included a photo of said streetlight. It was not until 2007 that a science fiction writer who lives in the area where the "abduction" took place published an article which reveals the real "UFO"
and puts forward a plausible explanation
. [more inside]
If you want to hear the rock solidest, rock steadiest, rock of Gibralterist rock drumming that's ever been rocked in the history of rock, then you want to hear this
"It was hot as blazes as we tore through the south side, pulling up at lights all the people laughing at the white kids doing their little dance in the car." John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats performs 'The Sign,
' by Ace of Base, interspersed with a story about the song and hand-signal dancing.
is two amazing singers. You've already heard her unforgettable voice
at normal speed. But as John Oswald
and others show, slowed down
, it becomes something hauntingly lovely
Here is Left-Handed Toons (By Right-Handed People)
, a weekdaily webcomic drawn by two guys, Justin and Drew, using their "off" hands, and with their "off" brains. They have a lot of series. Here's some highlight strips.
When script guru John August
, writer of films such as Big Fish
, posted a fairly casual post
advocating teaching children piano and guitar over certain woodwind instruments, the response
was fairly heated
and resulted in Mr. August putting his blog on a comment holiday
John Neville, best known for an array of theatre roles
, with legions of fans for his portrayal of Baron Munchausen
in Terry Gilliam's movie and "the well-manicured man" i
n the X-Files, has died.
That is all.
We hear from the deranged millionaire
Happy birthday John Lee Hooker! Let's celebrate by listening to some of your older tunes! "Gonna take you down by the riverside, gonna tie your hands, gonna tie your feet, got the mad man blues
" ... "Now the war is over
, and I'm broke and I ain't got a dime" ... "You know I'm a crawling king snake
, baby, and I rule my nest" ... "Gonna get up in the mornin', goin' down highway 51
" ... "Well I rolled and I tumbled
, babe, I cried the whole night long" ... "I feel so good
, let me do the boogaloo"
I Knew It Was You
: Before his tragically early death from lung cancer at the age of 42, John Cazale acted in only five films -- The Godfather, The Conversation, The Godfather Part Two, Dog Day Afternoon, and The Deer Hunter -- and each was nominated for Best Picture. Yet today most people don't even know his name. I KNEW IT WAS YOU is a fresh tour through his movies which helped define a generation. With Al Pacino, Meryl Streep, Robert De Niro, Gene Hackman, Francis Ford Coppola, Sydney Lumet and Steve Buscemi. (documentary, 39mins)
The Who in 1965
. They are featured in a French documentary on the Mods. You can skip ahead to the Who live songs if you are not in the mood to watch the whole documentary.
From Google Translate: "Discover the new English youth in the district of Hammersmith, London suburbs and particularly the movement "mods" or "Modern", new dandies, mavericks ouvrier.Les interviews from rural youth about drugs, Police headquarters, politics, racism, society in general, alternate with concert footage of WHO on a small stage in London. Interview in French Kit Lambert, manager of the WHO, about Teddy Boys movement, rockers, mods."
Let's dust off our turntable, and the hash pipe
and break out the C.O.B.
, which is
Clive's Own Band
, Clive being Clive Palmer
, one of the founders of The Incredible String Band, who left after the success of their first album, took his money, and left England to live in alone in India. Later, in the early seventies, living off porridge and crackers in a caravan with Mick Bennett and John Bidwell, he released two 'progressive folk' albums, Spirit of Love
and Moyshe McStiff and the Tartan Lancers of the Sacred Heart
, which some have called the best folk albums to have ever come out of Britain. Produced with Ralph McTell
So where would you go looking if you wanted to find the deepest and sickest cold wave synth-beats of all? Then I think we would have to look all the way back to John Bender
, avant-garde synth
pioneer, who released three seminal albums
in the early '80s
and then just disappeared, forever. What else sounds this fantastic, and has that addictive, computerized, lo-fi ice beat? Maybe Ultravox, and the frosty, hollow majesty of Hiroshima Mon Amour
. Or Soviet
with Candy Girl, or Lori and the Chameleons and Touch
"For friends and fans of John Lurie,
there’s a disturbing article in the current issue of The New Yorker. The title of the piece is Sleeping With Weapons
(sadly, abstract only for non-subscribers) and it's a strange and sad tale. John has been in hiding for the past 18 months to avoid a former friend who is supposedly stalking him. In addition, he has a mysterious illness that kept him a virtual prisoner in his apartment for six years." [more inside]
Video of University of Maryland student John McKenna being punched, kicked, and beaten with clubs by Prince George's County police.
McKenna was charged with disorderly conduct and assaulting a police officer; the police report claims that he had punched the officers and their horses, and that his injuries were due to being kicked by the horses. The video shows otherwise.
LONDON, the Metropolis and Glory of the Kingdom, was anciently the Seat of the British Empire; and since, stiled commonly, the Royal Chamber of our Kings
. The Kings Chamber, the Heart of the Commonwealth, and a Short Draught of the whole Kingdom: As it was once described by Sir Edward Coke, sometime Recorder of this City. It may boast it self to be the largest in Extent, and the fairest built, the most Populous, and best inhabited (and that by a Civil, Rich and Sober People) of any in the World. And for a general Trade throughout the Universe, all other must give her the Precedence. [more inside]
It's getting close to Christmas, and for many people that involves putting a train set running around the tree
. Seasonal displays
of elaborate layouts
are popular as well this time of year. One man had the ultimate train set. [more inside]
A 47 year old NYC photographer says to hell with it. He takes his 10 thousand dollars or so and buys a spot of land.
You are miles and miles from anywhere
. John Wells wants to build something for himself and inspire others. John has built the Field Lab and invites all who are interested to explore the idea of living off the grid
... that is to use only the power you produce and eat what you grow. He has gotten a little attention
...but for the most part has stayed out of the spotlight. You can follow his day to day blog
and live a little vicariously. Note: If you want a tour...show up with a six pack or something. Its a long drive to town and he will forever be your friend.
Just ease on into one of the most laid-back grooves to ever weave its way through a New Orleans junkyard, and join the procession as the estimable Dr. John is led through the rusting automobiles on a mule
. After that, you'll be ready to enter the Inner Sanctum of Deep Mystic Hoodoo, with the good Doctor as your intoning, night tripping guide through the Zu Zu Mamou
hallucinations. You won't be the same, afterwards...
It's harder to be more obscure and unheralded
than John Henry Timmis IV
. He barely even tried to sell his own music, almost always giving copies away of his impossibly rare loner-punk 45's. Dieing in 2002, almost 15 years after his last single, from complications resulting from alcoholism, after suffering from the degenerative ear/skull disease mastoiditis-- his potential hardly tapped... until now
Film buffs may know him as the director/producer of the longest movie ever made
, The Cure for Insomnia
staring Lee Groban
reading his same titled 4,080 page poem spliced with porn and heavy metal, clocking in at 87 hours.
Virtually unknown until the song "Death Trip" appeared on an obscure bootleg punk compilation Staring Down the Barrel
. Interest peaked enough for Plastic Crimewave's Secret History of Chicago Music article
to have a write up on him and Drag City/Galactic Zoo
to reissue his forgotten masterpiece, Cosmic Lighting
. [more inside]
Happy St. Patrick's Day!
Now watch the greatest fight in movie history (SLYT).
As jazz fans know, fifty years ago on March 2, 1959, Miles Davis, Bill Evans
, John Coltrane
, Cannonball Adderley,
Paul Chambers and Jimmy Cobb met at the Columbia 30th Street Studios in NYC for the first session of Miles new album, Kind of Blue
. (Link goes to the 50th anniversary collector's box set edition page at amazon.) It was the touchstone for many other future recordings bearing its mighty influence and it fostered several high profile careers, and a new modal sound for jazz. Kind of Blue
went on to be certified platinum, selling 4 million records,
the most ever for a jazz album. Bill Evans had left the band in late 1958, but was called back by Miles for the sessions, which included his new pianist Wynton Kelly on one track only, Freddie Freeloader.
The tunes they did that day, "So What"
, "Blue in Green"
(written by Evans, though credited to Miles) and "Freeloader" all became standards as did "All Blues" from the April session. Documentaries and entire books have been written on this one album alone. The phenomenon lives on. (previously
on AskMeFi, but just on Trane and Miles.)
Pfaff. Five Myths
about Prison Growth.
When the modern oil industry began 150 years ago
, many speculators moved into Northwestern Pennsylvania. Among them was John Wilkes Booth, who walked off the stage and onto the oil fields in an attempt to increase his fortunes with the Dramatic Oil Company
. [more inside]
Ladies and gentlemen. Thank you very, very much for waiting! And now, won't you welcome please the isolated
bass of John Entwistle.
(Good stuff at 01:22 on second link).
is the father of modern bouldering. In the early 1960s, he took his gymnastics training in to the field and pioneered the use of chalk
and dynamic moves
in climbing. In 1961, he climbed the 30 foot height of The Thimble
, widely considered to be the first 5.12
ascent in the world, and did so without a rope.
A devotee of body weight exercises
, he could perform a one-arm front lever
and several one-finger pull-ups. During his time as a gymnast he engaged in competitive rope climbing
(formerly an Olympic sport), which is making a bit of a comeback in the Czech Republic
(if you think it looks too easy, try it with one arm
). [more inside]