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Meanwhile on a faraway planet called Japan


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Meanwhile back in Sarah Palin’s inlaws place

Squeal like a piiiigggggg boy!

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Spring Break has really become dangerous lately

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How 80s synth music was made

“And I ran, I ran so far away-e-ayyyy! Couldn’t get away-e-ayyyy …”

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Top 10 Poodle Rock Metal bands

A scholarly analysis of the hall of shame that was eighties Poodle Rock!

The only thing worse than the hair and outfits was the muzak!

Oh, the horrors!

From backtotheeighties.

Nothin’ but a good time

One of the more distinctive music genres from the 80s was hair metal. Musicians had long hair since the 60s, but those hard rockers in the 80s just took it that little bit too far…

There is some argument about who fits in this genre, and while KISS, Van Halen and Areosmith were the model that half these bands were based, they were certainly around long before this particular scene.

Also, there is no metal in Bon Jovi and while Guns N Roses are another band that are roped in to the lot, I believe their music shows little resemblance to the following bands…

HAIR METAL BANDS

Mötley Crüe
Probably the first true hair band and the model that countless bands looked to in the years to come. They’ve showed amazing endurance and still manage to top the charts in this day and age.

Check out: Shout at the Devil is one of the best rock records ever made.

Ratt
They followed shortly behind the success of The Crue and wore their Van Halen and Judas Priest musical influences on their sleeves.

Check out: Their only big single Round and Round and the underrated Nobody Rides for Free.

Poison
Open Up and Say…Ahh! was the first album I ever bought and I broke my collar bone two days before I was supposed to go to their concert….however, I did meet guitarist C.C. DeVille in a memorable interview once and many regard them as the seminal hair metal outfit and Every Rose has its Thorn as the proto-power ballad.

Check out: Every Rose and their 3rd and darker album Flesh & Blood.

Whitesnake
English hair metal at its best. Dave Coverdale always liked to get more romantic than his American counterparts and he’s still going strong today.

Check out: Still of the Night live DVD

Def Leppard
Their Hysteria album sold more than any other band on this list and they made themselves a household name for at least a while – their drummer lost an arm and their guitarist died and they slowly went downhill.

Check out: Their hard-rocking peak Pyromania.

Skid Row
They just scraped in with a couple of albums before grunge crushed the whole scene. I have a cool photo of me and Sebastian Bach on stage together and we’re also using one of his songs at our wedding…

Check out: Self-titled debut.

L.A. Guns
The off-shoot that started Guns N Roses, this band lays somewhere in between. Underrated and underplayed.

Check out: Over the Edge single and their latest album Tales from the Strip.

Warrant
Another band that scraped in at the tail end, they will always be remembered for their cheesy anthem Cherry Pie, but are well known in the industry as brilliant song smiths.

Check out: Inspired singles Uncle Tom’s Cabin and I Saw Red.

Vixen
Hard-rocking hair metal girls at their best. I interviewed band founder Jan Kuehnemund of the all-girl band a year or two ago and she was all class.

Check out: Their self-titled debut

Scorpions
Germany’s hair metal heroes. These guys have been around forever, and they just keep on going.

Check out: Singles Rock You Like a Hurricane and Wind of Change.

Other notable mentions:

Quiet Riot, Stryper, WASP, White Lion, Winger, Dokken, Tesla, Cinderella, Lita Ford, Twisted Sister, Hanoi Rocks, Extreme, Great White, White Cross, Y&T, Firehouse, Faster Pussycat, Europe, Steelheart, Vain, Danger Danger, Nelson


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Jon Stewart’s smackdown of Jim Cramer and CNBC’s failure as a watchdog

Yap, this is a tad late! So what? We can never tire of watching the idiot windbag Jim Cramer getting the kicking he so dearly deserves!!

Full un-edited version directly from Comedy Central – uncensored and even better:

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Weinberg to be replaced by son on Springsteen Europe shows

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Bruce Springsteen’s regular E Street Band drummer Max Weinberg will be replaced by his son in a string of European shows this summer, so his dad can concentrate on his TV career.

Weinberg’s band The Max Weinberg Seven will take over as the house band on America’s Tonight Show in June – and the group’s first TV appearances in Los Angeles coincide with Springsteen’s shows in Europe.

So the respected drummer has offered up his talented 19-year-old son, Jay, as his E Street Band replacement.

In a statement, Springsteen jokes, “We promise to return him (Jay Weinberg) in one piece.”

Max Weinberg joined the E Street Band in 1974 and hasn’t missed a single show since. His son, who drums for heavy metal band The Reveling, has reportedly been rehearsing with the E Street Band in New Jersey for the past week.

E Street Band guitarist Steve Van Zandt recently told Rolling Stone magazine he couldn’t imagine touring without Max Weinberg: “It’s hard for me to picture a show without Max, honestly … There’s no drummer that could replace Max. There might be someone temporary that comes in and we’ll have to adjust the show accordingly.

“What nobody understands is that not only is Max a great drummer, Max reads Bruce’s mind. You can’t learn that. That’s impossible to learn. You could spend months rehearsing and you’ll never get that.”

Jay Weinberg becomes the latest rock offspring to replace his father in current classic rock line-ups – Rick Wakeman’s son Adam has taken over keyboard duties in Yes and Jurgen Blackmore has taken his father Ritchie’s place in the reunited Rainbow line-up. Meanwhile, Eddie Van Halen’s teenage son Wolfgang has signed on as Van Halen’s permanent bass player.

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Sexy Recession !

The unemployment lines look much much better in Japan!

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Dead Palestinian babies and bombed mosques – IDF fashion 2009

A T-shirt printed at the request of an IDF soldier in the sniper unit depicting a heavily pregnant Palestinian woman in the crosshairs above a slogan reading “One shot, two kills.’



“…Dead babies, mothers weeping on their children’s graves, a gun aimed at a child and bombed-out mosques – these are a few examples of the images Israel Defense Forces soldiers design these days to print on shirts they order to mark the end of training, or of field duty.

The slogans accompanying the drawings are not exactly anemic either: A T-shirt for infantry snipers bears the inscription “Better use Durex,” next to a picture of a dead Palestinian baby, with his weeping mother and a teddy bear beside him.

A sharpshooter’s T-shirt from the Givati Brigade’s Shaked battalion shows a pregnant Palestinian woman with a bull’s-eye superimposed on her belly, with the slogan, in English, “1 shot, 2 kills.”

A “graduation” shirt for those who have completed another snipers course depicts a Palestinian baby, who grows into a combative boy and then an armed adult, with the inscription, “No matter how it begins, we’ll put an end to it…”

An extract above from a very disturbing story which shows the real mindset of Israeli soldiers, from the online edition of the Israeli daily newspaper ‘Haaretz’ here.

Another story here explores how during Operation Cast Lead, Israeli forces killed Palestinian civilians under permissive rules of engagement and intentionally destroyed their property, as evidenced by soldiers who fought in the offensive.

Yet another story here alleges that IDF soldiers were given orders to fire upon the rescuers of injured Gazan civilians! “Rules of Engagement: Open fire also upon rescue,” was handwritten in Hebrew on a sheet of paper found in one of the Palestinian homes the Israel Defense Forces took over during Operation Cast Lead.

More Israeli soldier’s stories here.

Following the damning testimony the other day from IDF soldiers involved in the January assault on Gaza that unarmed civilians were deliberately killed, claims by warmonger Ehud Barak that the Israeli army is the most moral in the world are now at last clearly being shown to be insane.


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Suicide / Bruce Springsteen – Dream Baby Dream

Suicide would prove as influential as The Clash. Listening to their self-titled 1977 debut from the vantage point of late 2002, it’s all so obvious: the synthpop, techno, and industrial dance sounds of the ’80s and ’90s, and now the new New Wave of electroclash, all gesture back to that foundational album.

– Wilson Neate

A seminal track from Messrs. Alan Vega and Martin Rev, AKA the hugely influential Suicide!

With assistance from Ric Ocasek of The Cars and the inspirational figures of Englishman Michael Zilkha and Frenchman Michel Esteban (the brains behind ZE, New York’s then newest and hippest record label), the group released this famous track as the double A side single “Dream Baby Dream/Radiation” back in 1979.

The lyrics here won’t exactly win the Nobel literature prize, but the song is about much more than that and is a wonderful powerful piece nevertheless.

A song way ahead of its time, with a beautifully obsessive tone and lush, repetitive structure, Dream Baby Dream is now regarded as the classic Suicide record.

Suicide went on to be a huge influence on a slew of bands the likes of Joy Division, U2, New Order, Stereolab, Sisters of Mercy, Radiohead, The Cars and even Bruce Springsteen.

Springsteen used an interesting pared down solo keyboard version of “Dream Baby Dream” to close the concerts on his 2005 Devils & Dust Tour. See below.

Some good Suicide links:

keep that flame burnin’
keep that flame burnin’
forever

dream baby dream
dream baby dream
forever, and ever
forever, and ever

I see that smile on your face
yeah
yeah, makes you free
I see that smile
oh..

dream baby dream
dream baby dream
dream baby dream
dream baby dream
forever …

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Boris Carmi – Woman on Tel-Aviv beach, c late 1950’s

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Cassic Brassaï shots

Brassaï, the pseudonym of Gyula Halász, (9 September 1899 – 8 July 1984), was a hugely influential Hungarian photographer, sculptor, and filmmaker who rose to fame in France in the 1920’s.

Halász was born in Brassó, Romania, to a Hungarian father and an Armenian mother.At age three, his family moved to live in Paris, France for a year, while his father, a Professor of Literature, taught at the Sorbonne.

As a young man, Gyula studied painting and sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Budapest, before joining a cavalry regiment of the Austro-Hungarian army, where he served until the end of the First World War.

In 1920 Halász went to Berlin, where he worked as a journalist and studied at the Berlin-Charlottenburg Academy of Fine Arts.

In 1924 he moved to Paris where he would live the rest of his life. Living amongst the huge gathering of artists in the Montparnasse Quarter, he took a job as a journalist. He soon became friends with Henry Miller, Léon-Paul Fargue, and the poet Jacques Prévert.

Gyula Halász’s job and his love of the city, whose streets he often wandered late at night, led to photography.

He later wrote that photography allowed him to seize the Paris night and the beauty of the streets and gardens, in rain and mist.

Using the name of his birthplace, Gyula Halász went by the pseudonym “Brassaï,” which means “from Brasso.” As Brassaï, he captured the essence of the city in his photographs, publishing his first book of photographs in 1933 titled “Paris de nuit” (“Paris by Night”).

His efforts met with great success, resulting in his being called “the eye of Paris” in an essay by his friend Henry Miller.

In addition to photos of the seedier side of Paris, he also provided scenes from the life of the city’s high society, its intellectuals, its ballet, and the grand operas. He photographed many of his great artist friends, including Salvador Dalí, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Alberto Giacometti, plus many of the prominent writers of his time such as Jean Genet, Henri Michaux and others.

Brassaï was a founding member of the Rapho agency, created in Paris by Charles Rado in 1933. His photographs brought him international fame leading to a one-man show in the United States at the George Eastman House in Rochester, New York, the Art Institute in Chicago, Illinois, and at New York City’s Museum of Modern Art.

As well as a photographer, Brassaï was the author of seventeen books and numerous articles, including the 1948 novel Histoire de Marie, which was published with an introduction by Henry Miller. His Letters to My Parents and Conversations with Picasso, have been translated into English and published by the University of Chicago Press.

After 1961, when he stopped taking photographs, Brassaï concentrated his considerable energy on sculpting in stone and bronze. Several tapestries were made from his designs based on his photographs of graffiti.

Brassaï died on 7 July 1984 in Beaulieu-sur-Mer, Alpes-Maritimes, in the south of France and was interred in the Cimetière du Montparnasse in Paris.

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Ansel Adams Wedding Photo


January 2, 1928
Virginia Best and Ansel Adams
Photographer not specified
Scanned from: Ansel Adams, “An Autobiography”

Wonderful candid shot of the seminal American photographer from birdwatcher

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Meanwhile back at ye olde orgy !

“I say Reginald, fancy a sandwich old chap?”

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Family

Lovely work from mogimogi

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Brassaï – Conchita with sailors, Place d’Italie, Paris, 1932

“OK Boys, who’s first?”

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Grimm Fairy Tales No. 39 Cover

Nice work by david-nakayama

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So here’s my cover for GRIMM FAIRY TALES #39, which plays on the famous parable about a scorpion hitching a ride on a fox’s back only to sting the fox midstream, killing them both. (It’s his nature, you know.)

Sela plays the part of the fox in our image, of course. 🙂

I decided to go back and personally tweak the colors on this one, and I’m really glad I did. I’ll let you guys be the final judge, but I like to think that the image reads more clearly now, looks tighter and cleaner, and ‘ pops’ just a bit more.

Also, due to popular demand, I put Sela’s strap in the scorpion’s pincer, making this cheescake about 50% cheekier. ;D

Pencils, color: Me (with thanks to Nei Ruffino)

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House MD – Family Guy

Nice work from Jukkart

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House MD drawn in the style of Family Guy-toon.

Really liking both shows. Currently in Finland, we’ve only got season 3 of House so looking forward of more!

Medium: Pen-tool in Photoshop CS

House MD (c) Fox 2008
Family Guy (c) Seth MacFarlane

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