You're a Monk, I'm a Monk, We're All Monks
is a short video introduction to The Monks, a band founded in 1964 by five American soldiers in Germany
. They put out only one album, the abrasive, noisy, minimalistic Black Monk Time
in 1965, that sounded like nothing else at the time. They also dressed in all-black, shaved monkish tonsures in their hair and wore bits of rope as neckties. In 1966 they appeared on German TV shows Beat-Club
and Beat, Beat, Beat
, and played three songs on each, Boys Are Boys and Girls Are Choice
, Monk Chant
, Oh, How to Do Now
, I Can't Get Over You
. Aaron Poehler interviewed The Monks and wrote about their history
back in 1999. That same year they
got back together
at the Cavestomp festival. And here The Monks are being interviewed by a hand-puppet
on public access television in Chicago. [The Monks previously on MetaFilter]
Could you last 46 days on dopplebocks alone
? One man is about to find out -- in the spirit of European monks centuries ago, he's giving up food during Lent. "For the next 46 days, under the supervision of a doctor and spiritual advisor, Wilson will drink only Illuminator and blog about the journey
"If there were any justice in the world the Greek bankers would be in the streets marching to protest the morals of the ordinary Greek citizen." Michael Lewis investigates Greece's economy.
"In Greece the banks didn’t sink the country. The country sank the banks."
In this terrific Vanity Fair piece, Michael Lewis visits Greece and examines a country where the general sense of civil society and trust has broken down, allowing mismanagement of the country's finances and economy on an unbelievably massive scale. [more inside]
Concept art for the Alien 3 that never was
- Before the Walter Hill version was shot, entirely in brown, by David Fincher there were many iterations
of the Alien 3 script. One of the more exotic ones was the Vincent Ward & John Fasano
"monks in space" script
, illustrated here. [via io9
Can the Burmese people rescue themselves?
A powerful piece
by George Packer in the New Yorker
on the recent history and current conditions in Burma
Monks Succeed in Cyclone Relief as Junta Falters.
In Burma (Myanmar) the Buddhist monks
are doing more than anyone to help the victims
of Cyclone Nargis. At the same time, Burmese officials are trying to stem the influence of the monks
by forcing survivors who have sought refuge in monasteries to return to their shattered homes
. [Via Barbara's Buddhism Blog.]
Over the past eight years, photographer Justin Guariglia
has slowly but surely won the trust of the notoriously secretive warrior monks of the Shaolin Temple. Shamelessly taken from kottke.org, because this is some amazing photography and video. [more inside]
Monks march again in Burma.
Approximately one hundred Buddhist monks marched in protest oif government policies in the central city of Pakokku yesterday. One monk who spoke to journalists claims more marches will be organized.
Will we see a resurgence of the mass marches--and crackdowns--of August and September?
The Hanging Monastery of Xuankong
is is one of China’s unique and remarkable feats of architectural engineering. It is built about a third of the way up a vertical cliff
in Golden Dragon Canyon
. The temple consists of forty caves, or rooms, including six main halls, but its characteristic feature is the elaborate wooden façade
precariously resting on timbers jutting out horizontally and vertically
from the cliff.
The Monks Formed in the early '60s by American G.I.s stationed in Germany
. After their discharge, the group settled in Germany to concentrate on finding a unique sound, and soon began to shave their hair into Monk's tonsures
and appear in cassocks
. One of the truely original
bands of the 60's, The Monks are now often refered to as 'proto-punk
'. The Monks experimented
fervently, developing a unqiue sound, with heavy bass, repetitive but amelodic rhythms, nursery rhyme style, yet powerful vocals
and a good helping of feedback
. They recorded only one albumn, Black Monk Time
, until their 1999 reunion
.Hear some tracks from the albumn
See and hear The Monks Live in Germany
, Also, check out Monks - The Transatlantic Feedback
, a documentary (with trailer
, though there seems to be something wrong with it). [Trivia: the song I Hate You can be heard in the background in one scene in the bowling alley in The Big Lebowski]
. (warning, music on first link.)
The six Belgian breweries Achel (little English)
, Rochefort (unofficial site)
, Westmalle (no English)
, and Westvleteren
, along with the Dutch brewery De Konigshoeven
/La Trappe (first is English link to monastery, second is non-English brewery site.)
are the only recognized producers of Trappist beers
, although the latter
was only recently granted the appellation after several years without it. Ranging from the relatively commercial and large-scale operations of Chimay
and La Trappe
to the other extreme of Westvleteren
, who want to live quietly and don't want their beer distributed
, these beers are considered some of the best in the world
Long ago in the town of Palermo in Sicily some monks got together and decided that they wanted to start praying to one of their own after he had passed to the Great Beyond so they embalmed him
. Four hundred years and 8,000 corpses later you can see the Capuchin Catacombs
Building Coffins Boosts Monks' Coffers
. Trappist monks at the New Melleray Abbey
in rural Iowa turned to casket-making five years ago after their farming operation went under. But the casket business is good. So now, in between prayers, the monks can be found in the wood shop.
A monstery mystery.
A tale of confused monks, hoarded books, secret passageways, hidden cupboards and, ummm, CCTV.