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9 songs about cats

Posted by Eric Brightwell, September 30, 2014 03:52pm | Post a Comment
Although LOLCat Bible literalists believe differently, people of science generally hold the view that 
cats first domesticated humans at least since 7500 BCE, when the inhabitants of a neolithic village on Cyprus gave a feline (not native to the island) a ceremonial burial. What we know call the domestic cat was more truly feral when it split off from the African wildcat (Felis silvestris lybica), much earlier, some 10,000 years ago. They likely enjoyed a symbiotic relationship with humans -- proving their usefulness to the Natufians of the Levant by preying on mice whilst ignoring (since they are obligate carnivores) the Natufians' mouse-attracting stores of grain. 


African wildcats
African wildcats in the wild (image source: Seasons in Africa)

Eventually cats moved were promoted from rodent catcher to household members and even divine beings. In Egypt cats were sacred and associated with the goddesses Isis, Mafdet (also spelled Maftet), and Bastet (also known as Baast, Ubaste, and Baset). The Greek historian Herodotus wrote that when a cat died, Egyptians would go into mourning, shaving their eyebrows to mark the loss of a family member. Cats were famously mummified and afforded dignified (by human standards) burials in Egypt. In 1888 a farmer discovered a tomb outside Beni Hasan which contained the mummies of about 80,000 cats (and some other animals). 
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Neolithic grave with a human and a cat (left) and mummified Egyptian cats (right)

The reverence afforded to cats in ancient North Africa probably strikes most humans today as excessive and strange. However even the most insensitive amongst us usually react with repulsion, horror, and indignation when they learn that in places like Guangdong, Guangxi, Japan, Korea, Melmac, Mparntwe, Okinawa, Peru, Switzerlandcats have traditionally been eaten or used in medicine. It seems a bit rich to me when coming from people who think nothing of eating a fish, bird, cow, or pig.  

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Room 8 

In placs where felines are off the menu they have inspired artists like the 9th Century Irish monk who wrote, "Pangur Bán," Gioachino Rossini, T.S. EliotSakiHiroyuki Morita. Although there were famous cats before the advent of the internet (e.g. Room 8 of Elysian Heights), it might appear to aliens observing our planet that it was invented to honor them -- the modern incarnation of feline worship passed down from ancient Egypt. Our modern pantheon includes Ceiling Cat, Happy Cat, Grumpy Cat, Hipster Kitty, Keyboard Cat, Lil Bub, Maru, Missy the CatNekopan, and Nyan Cat, to name but a few.

Top Ten Snoop Dogg Collaborations

Posted by Billyjam, September 30, 2014 03:13pm | Post a Comment
Love him or hate him you can't avoid him. Snoop Dogg is everywhere at all times it seems. Whether the Long Beach CA artist born Calvin Broadus, who began his rap career a quarter of a century ago, is in the studio or on stage somewhere Snoop Dogg is an ever present, highly visible pop culture figure.

Over the weekend he was the man of the hour as host of the big 2014 BET Hip Hop Awards. Meanwhile his studio output is a non stop laundry list of releases that boasts countless collaborations with anyone from indie rappers to pop stars. A couple of weeks ago I heard the new track he collaborated with Bay Area female vocalist Goapele on (a remix of the Oakland singer's disco-throwback styled single "Hey Boy"). Around that same time I heard excerpts from his fifth and latest in the Thats My Work mix tape series with Tha Dogg Pound (Kurupt and Daz Dillinger, along with production from DJ Drama). Then over the weekend I was reading somewhere that he recently confirmed that he's got a collaborative full length project in the works with Pharrell (with whom he has done one off tracks with before including the 2004 hit single "Drop It Like It's Hot").

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Chromeo Get Down With HAIM and Jon Heder in "Old 45's" Video

Posted by Billy Gil, September 30, 2014 12:01pm | Post a Comment

chromeo white women lpChromeo's new video for "Old 45's" (from White Women) stars the band's Dave 1 in a dance-off vs. some roadhouse waitresses. Look for cameos from HAIM and Napoleon Dynamite's Jon Heder. The video is a collaboration with SSENSE, who did the fashion and styling, including clothes from Chromeo's new fashion line with Surface to Air.

White Women is out now. Watch the booty-shakin' video below:

 

 

Toro y Moi's Bassist Cavorts Around California in a Giant Mask in Cloud Nothings' New Video

Posted by Billy Gil, September 30, 2014 11:50am | Post a Comment

cloud nothings now hear in videoCloud Nothings have a new video for their Here and Nowhere Else track "Now Hear In." Toro y Moi touring guitarist Jordan Blackmon directs Toro Y Moi bassist Patrick Jeffords on a trip through various California locales as the song gets more manic, from the Hollywood Walk of Fame (hey, that's just down the street!) to the beach, bro, while wearing a middle-aged man mask. There's also some sort of B-movie sci-fi/lo-fi stuff happening, and Blackmon describes it as "a loose cyclical theme of identity and ego-birth/death."

Watch it below via Pitchfork. The critically acclaimed Here and Nowhere Else is out now.

Paul Reubens Is a Speed Demon in TV on the Radio's "Happy Idiot" Video

Posted by Billy Gil, September 30, 2014 11:31am | Post a Comment

tv on the radioTV on the Radio have unveiled a video for their track "Happy Idiot" (from the forthcoming Seeds) that stars Paul Reubens aka Pee-wee Herman as a race car driver who loses his shit.

The clip, which also stars "Dr. Who's"/Guardians of the Galaxy's Karen Gillan, is described by TVOTR's Tunde Adebimpe is described as such (via Pitchfork):

 

 

 

I had this idea for the video that I thought would never happen, of Paul Reubens as a race car driver who slowly loses his mind. I took it to Funny or Die and they said, 'That's great, let's go for that.'"

I got to speak with him over the phone about doing it and, in between being blindingly nervous that I was actually talking to an actor who had shaped a LOT of my world view and trying not to freak him out by saying so, he mentioned that he's been a fan of the band for awhile. He liked the idea, and, somehow, here we are with Paul as a race car driver losing his mind.

Karen Gillan was absolutely great. We were really psyched to work with her, because she's basically sci-fi royalty, and a great person. Full on geek fest in the desert. 

It was really fun to do, love how it came out. I think our fans will like it. I hope so. The cool ones will anyway. The rest can suck it. I don't exactly know what 'it' is. But they can find it. And they can suck it.

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