Child-bearing machines, net café refugees and bottom-biting bugs: Top 60 Japanese buzzwords of 2007
Pop Life Art
and its associated blog
focus on celebrity art, heavy on t
. One of my happy discoveries is Martin Mull's collection
, but I bemoan the lack of any wildlife art from Radar O'Reilly
. If you're a pop culture junkie, here's a little advice on celebrity art collecting
from an expert.
Before there were videogames, growing up in England in the late 1960s though the 70's we had Action Transfers
. The Letraset company branched off its division of hand set rub-on transfer fonts into full blown action scenes, with Cowboys & Indians
, famous historical battles
, natural disasters
. This collector has dozens of sets
, scanned in high resolution
& never used.
For many kids, the space age
made its TV debut years before Sputnik with 1950's TV space serials.
1950 - Space Patrol - The Hidden Treasure of Mars
. (Part two
1954 - Rocky Jones' Space, Space Ranger - Rocky's Odyssey
. (Chapters two
1954 - Flash Gordon - Deadline at Noon
and Akim the Terrible
. [more inside]
From hair styles
, this site has amassed a massive fashion photo collection
of groovy celebrities and swingin' stars from the '60s and '70s.
We're drowning in quirk.
It is the ruling sensibility of today’s Gen-X indie culture, defined territorially by the gentle ministrations of public radio’s This American Life
; the strenuously odd (and now canceled) TV sitcom Arrested Development
; the movies of Wes Anderson; Dave Eggers’s McSweeney’s
Web site; the performance art, music, and writing of Miranda July
; and the just-too-wacky-to-be-fully-believable memoirs of Augusten Burroughs
. It’s been 20 years of beneficent, wide-eyed gazing upon the oddities of our fellow man. David Byrne
probably birthed contemporary quirk around 1985— halfway between his “Psycho Killer” beginnings with the Talking Heads
and his move to global pop—when he sang the song “Stay Up Late”: “Cute, cute, little baby / Little pee-pee, little toes.” (As it happens, Byrne appeared on July’s recent book tour.) Jon Cryer’s “Duckie” Dale in Pretty in Pink
came a year later, and quirk was on its way.
What, no Bill & Ted
? NY Magazine's interesting and diverse (or at least conversation-engendering) list of the top 15 pop-culture "duos" of all time
. They cleverly narrowed down the list by eliminating non-equals (e.g. Batman & Robin), duos within groups (e.g. Spock & Kirk), & romantic couples (e.g. Mork & Mindy). Fans of classic comedy duos might
(they're also missing the most dynamic duo
in the history of mankind).
, America's Dream Girl
*, has been a potent pop culture event
ever since her rise to fame in Disney's
1998 remake of Parent Trap
. As the first red haired child ever hired by Ford Modeling Agency
at the age of 3
, Lohan clearly had her young eye aimed at Hollywood. Her breakout role came with the 2004 release of Mean Girls
. Skyrocketed into the public consciousness, Lohan quickly released two pop albums
and pumped out classic films such as Herbie: Fully Loaded
and Georgia Rule
. With Britney Spears's descent into oblivion
and Paris Hilton's problems with the law
, Lohan appeared ready to supplant Britney as The It Girl
. But with her rocky personal life and her love of night clubs
, the party scene
, strawberry quick
, and after problems with her studio
, and running low on cash
, people wondered, could Lohan turn her life around? Sadly, that appears to be a no
. After being charged with a DUI on Thursday
for an accident in May
, Lohan was charged
with another DUI
(and cocaine possession) Monday morning after chasing another car
. A story is quickly unfolding involving a fired assistant
, bad damage control
, a bar at a rehab center
, prison chic
, more bad parenting
and a request for privacy / denial of drug possession
were also released. Is she the next Pete Doherty
When Fangirls Attack
is a compilation of articles and essays about women in comics.
Skeptoid: Critical Analysis of Pop Phenomena was born in October, 2006 to help fight the good fight against the overwhelming majority of noise in the media supporting useless alternative medicine systems, psychics preying upon the vulnerable, the erosion of science education in the classroom, xenophobia of advanced energy and food production methods, and generally anything that distracts attention and public funding from scientific advancement.
Episodes feature such prominent MeFi discussion material as organic food myths, blood for oil, chiropractics,
Links are to podcast transcripts. Full episode guide.
Mariah Carey album covers in Saudi Arabia
. These appear to be genuine
, not a hoax (although the album covers on the Megastar website
don't appear to have been changed). From the comments
on the post: Actually, I think she looks better in the covered up pictures. Via Mini ZuD.
You love pop culture trivia quizzes. Am I wrong
In 1997, a geeky little boy from New Mexico became one of the first major web celebrities when he reached out to meet his future girlfriend
. He talks about the impact that this unexpected celebrity had on his life
. Apparently, after years of eschewing the web, he's all grown up and he's looking for "bois" on MySpace
(sound is NSFW). (via szanalmas, possibly NSFW).
of George Petty pinups
. And 16 more
. Hell, have 5 pages
worth. More about the Petty Girl
, an advertising and pop culture icon with an often unfinished
look who made her first appearance in Esquire
in 1933 and whose elegant line
quickly became famous. [via Bibi's Box, which has lots more Petty and pinup links] [warning: busty pinup girls]
The UKs Celebrity Big Brother provokes a diplomatic incident
after bullying and alleged racism in the Big Brother house. At the center of the furor are Shilpa Shetty
, massive bollywood film star, and Jade Goody, a previous Big Brother content famous for being a previous big brother contestant and her odd views on geography
. Both Jade and Shetty are now up for eviction, with the formerly popular Jade being widely expected to be evicted
. She could face trouble on the outside, where already an anti-bullying charity she represents has dropped her
. Meanwhile Shetty has become favorite to win
"Can I ask you what your favorite commandment is?"
Woody Allen interviews Billy Graham
. Part 2
. YouTube single-link FPP.
Japan in America: the Turn of the Twentieth Century
- an exhibit of ads, cartoons, art and other popculture artifacts from the decades leading up to WWI. (image menu is at the bottom of the page)
- The Movie!
If it bombs, the reviews should be comedy gold.
"And on the rare occasion when nonwhite heroes were included, names like Black Panther and Black Lightning telegraphed the difference"
(NYT). Nonwhite and non-traditional superheroes aren't new, but a "lesbian socialite" Batwoman
is. How about "The Great Ten," a "Chinese government controlled superteam"
also to be featured in the ongoing "52" Series
from DC comics (an alternate superverse bereft of A-league stars like Batman and Superman)? When I was a kid, it was pretty shocking to know of at least one gay superhero
(and a Canadian to boot), but I wasn't aware that there were actually so many
. Of course, the irrepressible Stan Lee
claims he created the first gay superhero in the persona of Pvt. Percival Pinkerton
. (Previous mefi discussion of Pavitr Prabhakar, the "Indian Spiderman" here
Dan Goodsell (of the unbelieveably great - and previously linked
- Tick Tock Toys
) has been keeping a blog
for the last six months or so covering a variety of subjects (including his webcartoon, Mr Toast
), but largely focused on U.S. pop culture ephemera of the 50's though the 70's, with a ton of great stuff
Ben Frost is a painter, performance artist and illustrator who currently lives in Australia. His work explores themes of alienation, dispossession, and perversity that exists behind the facade of contemporary western society. By subverting mainstream iconography from the advertising, entertainment and political spectrum he creates a visual and conceptual framework that is bold, confronting and often contraversial.
Retrocrush is celebrating the Year of the Dog with a tribute to the 100 greatest dogs of pop culture history
. (via presurfer)
. Is your favorite famous canine on the list?
Unbelievably ass kicking playlist
of french pop culture hits from the 60's. Featuring the ever zany Brigitte Bardot
, Jaques Dutronc
, France Gall
, Serge Gainsbourg
, and more.
from Helsinki, Finland. You're probably familiar with Japanese street style, and
how they're dressing in Shibuya
but what are things like on the other side of the world? Some Hel fashions look
Some recall the 'world
between the wars
although not for the head. Sometimes just...eek!
Metal marries Neko Musume
, in which religion will the
children be raised? Of course this is
Helsinki: "When I dress up the most important thing is not to be cold!"
(son of Stan
) appeared in Encyclopædia Britannica's 1980s commercials
and became something of a pop culture icon
). But before pitching reference books, he had a surprisingly eccentric childhood
, not even getting a name until he was five. In the meantime, he has done other things
and, of course, started blogging
. Also, he likes the ladies
:: A Halloween Bonanza!
White plastic chairs
- Jens Thiel blogs his research
of the ubiquitous chair we all love to hate for an upcoming monobloc monograph and museum exhibition. The first chair emerged midcentury, devil spawn of a noble
heritage. Today, some fear
the monobloc population rivals or exceeds that of humans. Some view the chair as art
, others see their place in history
, but I agree with the wag who dubs them tupperware containers for lard butts
"Fascinating is the word I use for the unexpected." One Man Safari
is a daily updated treasure chest
and infinitely pretty pictures
, from the days that were.
I am 8 bit
is a celebration of the pixelated graphics of 80s videogames, at LA's Gallery Nineteen Eighty Eight
. A hundred artists have produced paintings, sculptures and designs
inspired by the two-dimensional imagery of the pre-PlayStation era. The exhibition runs from April 19 until May 20. More information
, including highlights from the gallery, appear at Game Informer. It remains to be seen if the other ninety-nine artists can match the quality of Sean Clarity
's exceptional reworking of the cover to NES classic Excitebike
implores his queer peers: What's the Gayest Thing You've Ever Done?
• ''That is SO gay
! I've been thinking about that expression a lot lately. What does it mean? Is it a playground epithet that is simply in vogue with the grown-ups? Or is it a sign that gay culture is so integrated into the pop culture that even the hets now see the evidence of homo-style in their everyday lives, and make jokes about it?" A followup to the original post, Part II
: Flaming Son of "Gay, Gayer, Gayest"
What do Captain Marvel and the dad from "My Three Sons" have in common? This guy knows
. In fact, he knows more about The Captain
(not that other Captain Marvel
-- there is
) and his entire superheroic family
than anyone else on the planet. You may think your obsessions are impressive, but you've got nothing on Walt Grogan
Welcome to Scrappyland.
A site devoted to a long-lost cartoon character from the 1930s.
Bubbles the Artist!
If you've been looking for a Pee Wee Herman dinner plate
, a greeting card
featuring Paul Lynde, or a painting
of John Belushi drinking himself to death, then look no further. (If you love crappy disco midi files, you'll want to keep your speakers turned up.)
Community Values, Corporate Profit and Pornography
"Popular culture isn't popular because members of the "tax-hiking, government-expanding, latte-drinking, sushi-eating, Volvo-driving, New York Times-reading, body-piercing, Hollywood-loving left-wing freak show" (to borrow a line from a campaign ad this year) are the only customers. It's because there is an unquenched thirst for it, and the corporate profiteers (who are members of and contributors to both political parties) see a nationwide market for it." What will we tell the children?
Squeal Like a Pig dot com
- Online home of actor Bill McKinney
, best known as the villain from Deliverance
. There's not much on the site but there is Real versions of three tracks from Bill's album, Love Songs From Antri
In the late 90s, I used to buy a magazine called Gadfly
. They ceased publication
in 2001. Today I found out that the editor has a blog
and he appears to be republishing some of Gadfly's contents in an attempt to get people to buy back issues
. Read interviews with George Plimpton
, Emmylou Harris
, Ben Marcus
, and The Wachowskis
. Don't like interviews? There's also articles on Lou Reed
, Anais Nin
, Brian Wilson
, Jack Nitzsche
, Lester Bangs
, and people you may never have heard of
. Their film coverage
was also almost always interesting.
Art hits the arcade. Play the classic game while enjoying the Piet Mondrian-style background. Who says art isn't fun?
So, why don't you like doing interviews?
Modest Mouse's Isaac Brock takes the piss. [wmv]
Screw Howard Stern
. But Save Sandra Tsing Loh
The radio culture wars have claimed an unlikely victim, and an unlikely victimizer (America's favorite NPR station, KCRW).
"Each Gum Blonde is 100% chewed bubblegum on a plywood backing. No paint or dye is used. The colour is inherent to the gum - the mixing of colour takes place inside the mouth during chewing using an endless variety of flavours ...."
- your one-stop resource for those half-remembered Rock 'n' Roll Christmas songs of today and yesteryear. I'm partial to the novelty tunes of the '50's and '60's
myself (as well a bit of punk
), but you can also check out the lists of Hanukkah Hits
, Surfin' Christmas
, and keep up with the latest Christmas releases
So the issue of India's rise in the IT world ("penetrating America's economic core
," worries Business Week
) has been discussed (here
), but what about their influence in pop culture? It's hard to escape Panjabi MC
in the UK. Jay-Z and Missy Elliott sampled S.Asian music, and now Britney Spears has a bhangra-flavored remix
(even if her love of "Indian spiritual religions" doesn't mean she's heard of Hinduism
). And there's more -- a Baywatch actress is the first foreigner to star in a Bollywood flick
. From Pop Idol to American Idol, now there's Bollywood Star
. "Bend it Like Beckham" director Gurinder Chadha is doing a Bollywood version of "Pride and Prejudice."
Is this just the exotic flavor of the month, or a cultural shift in line with the economic changes ahead? (and, just for fun -- a dig at the whole S.Asian music collaboration thing, from a site that appears to be The Onion for British Asians)
Home of the Lost Cartoons
Bad Toon Rising
- Think you remember what Mickey Mouse looks like? Daffy Duck? Bart Simpson? Ok - grab a scrap of paper and draw that character. Right now. (No peeking!!) Some other people already have, and these are the results.....
The Picture of Everything
. If it is a thing, it's in this here picture. [props to Ober Dicta
is to the iconic saucer-eyed urchins
of the '60s as Salvador Dali is to Hickory Dickory Dock. His delicate palette, fine details and classical references offer compelling counterpoint to the deliciously disturbing imagery of les tykes terrible
in collections such as "Blood: Miniature Paintings of Sorrow & Fear"; "Bunnies and Bees: Paintings Created to Illustrate DIVINE TRUTH in Accordance with the Secret Principles of SCIENCE AND SOUL"; and "The Meat Show: Paintings about Childen, God, and USDA Grade A Beef". Plus, they're kids - with big eyes