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Swiss Surrealist Artist H.R. Giger Has Died

Posted by Billyjam, May 13, 2014 09:59am | Post a Comment

Word arrived early this morning from several European sources including Swiss Public Television that renowned Swiss artist H.R. Giger passed away yesterday (May 12) following serious injuries sustained after falling down stairs. He was 74. Born Hans Rudolf Giger the influential fantasy realism artist (surrealist painter, sculptor, and set designer) is best known to most for being part of the special effects team that won an Academy Award for effects and design work on Ridley Scott's film Alien. He also worked on the special effects artwork for such other movies as Aliens, Alien 3, Alien: Resurrection, Species, Dune, Batman Forever, and Poltergeist 2

H.R. Giger is also known for doing the cover artwork for numerous albums over the years including Emerson, Lake & Palmer's 1973 release Brain Salad Surgery (pictured left), Danzig's 1992  release Danzig III: How the Gods Kill, and the Dead Kennedys' 1985 LP Frankenchrist for which he did the highly controversial "Penis Landscape" poster insert in the original record sleeve. That controversial poster, which was a painting of rows of penises and vulvae, almost bankrupted Alternative Tentacles at the time after its owner and DKs lead man Jello Biafra was brought to trial over indecency charges brought by the then burgeoning PMRC (Parents Music Resource Center). Much of Giger's fantastic realism and surrealism work was of so-called "biomechanoids" as seen in photo with him below. Currently on exhibit through June 13th the Galerie SansvoiX in Leipzig (DE) is Giger's "Zeitgeist" that includes the piece in photo at top of page. More info.

(In which we research the magic of 3.14.)

Posted by Job O Brother, November 22, 2011 02:09pm | Post a Comment

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Unlike many, I look forward to Thanksgiving not because of what I get to eat, but what I get to cook. For this reason, I love to host the holiday. In a village like Los Angeles, it’s usually easy to find many lost little lambs who’ve no place to eat (and no ability to manage kitchens themselves). Honestly, it’s like flunking Home-Ec is a requirement to moving to the City of Angels; I guess Type-A personalities don’t have a lot of patience for braising.

Nothing makes me feel more like a magical wizard than when cooking-challenged people like my boyfriend watch me prep food. Am I roasting zucchini or casting a sleep spell on the whole kingdom? Because his reaction would be interchangeable in either event.

gum pie

I learned to cook from my Mom; sometimes instruction was direct, but mostly I just hung around the kitchen while she cooked and made a nuisance of myself, learning by observation. I was hypnotized by corn starch and its ability to turn any liquid in to a thick sauce. Separating an egg seemed like a delicate and ancient Chinese dance, and gee whiz…! See what you can do when you whip those egg whites?

There were some causalities, from which I grew wiser. One sneaky bite of unsweetened chocolate taught me that some of life’s greatest pleasures can come from something so foul. I learned Tupperware cannot be used like a pot on the burners, and soon after I learned how hard it is to clean cooked and melted plastic off a grill. One of the few scars I have on my body is on the knuckle of my left thumb from the first time I learned how to use a peeler – I don’t remember what fruit I cut myself on, but I’ve always remembered how to hold the instruments securely since then. Oh! And I learned it doesn’t take very many bittersweet chocolate chips to destroy an appetite.

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IT'S THE REAL THING: COCA COLA COMMERCIAL MUSIC

Posted by Billyjam, July 29, 2009 06:29am | Post a Comment


coca colaArtists' music being used in commercials was once a touchy subject. And it is still is, but to a lesser degree nowadays than in bygone decades, it seems. It also depends on what context the music is used and what exact song by which artist is being utilized. Some commercially popular music is just geared to be a jingle. But traditionally the typical "serious" artist felt lending their art in exchange for cash as the soundtrack to some shallow TV commercial geared to sell (the word "pimp" would often be used) cars or washing detergent was the ultimate sellling of your soul to "the man."

And of course, if said artist's music is reactionary, revolutionary, anti-authoritarian, protest type music, it really is contradictory to have it included in a cheesy TV ad -- hence the reason Jello Biafra fought so hard against his litigating former friends/bandmates who he insisted were trying hard to make a quick buck by selling the rights of the Dead Kennedys' song "Holiday In Cambodia" to be used in a Levi's commercial.

But even less politically overt artists than Biafra are against their music being used in commericals. Still, there are exceptions to every rule. A good example is Jack White, who has long been opposed to the White Stripes' music being sold for use in a commercial. Reportedly over the years he and his bandmate white stripeshave been approached many times and turned down the offers to use the Stripes' music in commercials. But he wasn't opposed to composing a whole new song for a TV commercial a few years ago; he penned the sixties Brit psychedelic inflected tune called "Love Is The Truth" (reminiscent of the Small Faces' hit "Itchycoo Park") with the repeated lyrics "Love is the truth/ It's the right thing to do," to be used in a Coca Cola ad.

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Coachella 2009 30/30 Initiative: The Hold Steady

Posted by Amoebite, March 19, 2009 05:08pm | Post a Comment
30 Coachella Bands in 30 Days

127 Bands, 5 Stages, 3 Days and 1 Mean Sunburn.

"Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival - April 17-19th, 2009 or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Find 30 Reasons To Love a Weekend in the Desert."

-By Scott Butterworth
   
 
Day #3 - Artist #3 - The Hold Steady:

I hate to start off with what I'm about to do, because I think the world of rock and roll journalism has no shortage of the cliche, metaphor-based music review, but it jumped out at me. I couldn't help it. You know, the kind of description like:  "(insert new awesome band)'s album sounds like the aftermath of a night out on the town, when the band is using the crosswalk at Abbey Road after leaving the pub, and is run down by a bus driven by Pink Floyd."

The Hold Steady - Stay PositiveWell, I'm going to do it anyways. When I first heard "Stay Positive," the title track off The Holdy Steady's 2008 album, I sensed something unique, yet so familiar, from the Brooklyn-based (by way of Minneapolis) band. The formula instantly popped into my head. Ready for this? I promise it's the only cheesy metaphor I'll be using. If Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band were constestants on the improv sketch show Whose Line is it Anyway and were told to sing a song in the style of the Dead Kennedys, ala Wanye Brady, we would get "Stay Positive."

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All For One

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, January 17, 2009 09:55pm | Post a Comment
bronco salvaje y tierno lp coverbronco salvaje y tierno 7" cover
crlos y jose corridos y rancheras lp covereligio salinas y su conjunto lp coverdead kennedys frankenchrist lp cover
los hermanos michel interpretan a: jose alfredo jimenez lp coverengland's enchanting beverly sisters lp coverx-ray connection get ready 12" ps
canta lalo garcia lp coverlos jinetes lp coverlos marismenos lp cover
kfwb disc/coveries lp coverelias ruiz y sus comanches lp coverlos rebeldes ritmicos lp cover
loverboy heaven in your eyes 12" psstonebolt new set of changes lp coverlet's sing his praises lp cover
la sonora santanera de mexico a la habana lp cover trio nodarse y ritmos cosas guajiras lp cover

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