Archive for July, 2011
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ad feedback Walter Paisley, nerdy busboy at a Bohemian café, is jealous of the talent (and popularity) of its various artistic regulars. But after accidentally killing his landlady’s cat and covering the body in plaster to hide the evidence, he is acclaimed as a brilliant sculptor – but his new-found friends want to see more of his work. Lacking any artistic talent whatsoever, Walter has to resort to similar methods to produce new work, and soon people start mysteriously disappearing… Written by Michael Brooke
Walter Paisley is a bit of a square and he very much envies the hip beatniks he sees at the club where he works as a busboy. Walter has dreams of being an artist but has no talent. He tries sculpture but has little success until he finds a unique way of capturing vivid images of a dead cat, a dying man and a sexy model. His employer soon figures out exactly what Walter is up to but when his work becomes a hit, would rather have the money. Written by garykmcd
House panel approves bill forcing ISPs to log users’ web history | The Raw Story: “The House Judiciary Committee approved legislation on Thursday that would require Internet service providers (ISPs) to collect and retain records about Internet users’ activity.
CNET reported the bill would require ISPs to retain customers’ names, addresses, phone numbers, credit card numbers, bank account numbers, and temporarily-assigned IP addresses for 12 months.
The bill passed by a vote of 19 to 10, and is aimed at helping law enforcement track down pedophiles.
“The bill is mislabeled,” Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), a senior member of the panel told CNET. “This is not protecting children from Internet pornography. It’s creating a database for everybody in this country for a lot of other purposes.”"
Audit: Fed gave $16 trillion in emergency loans | The Raw Story: “The U.S. Federal Reserve gave out $16.1 trillion in emergency loans to U.S. and foreign financial institutions between Dec. 1, 2007 and July 21, 2010, according to figures produced by the government’s first-ever audit of the central bank.
Last year, the gross domestic product of the entire U.S. economy was $14.5 trillion.
Of the $16.1 trillion loaned out, $3.08 trillion went to financial institutions in the U.K., Germany, Switzerland, France and Belgium, the Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) analysis shows.
Additionally, asset swap arrangements were opened with banks in the U.K., Canada, Brazil, Japan, South Korea, Norway, Mexico, Singapore and Switzerland. Twelve of those arrangements are still ongoing, having been extended through August 2012.”
21st-Century Slaves: How Corporations Exploit Prison Labor | World | AlterNet: “There is one group of American workers so disenfranchised that corporations are able to get away with paying them wages that rival those of third-world sweatshops. These laborers have been legally stripped of their political, economic and social rights and ultimately relegated to second-class citizens. They are banned from unionizing, violently silenced from speaking out and forced to work for little to no wages. This marginalization renders them practically invisible, as they are kept hidden from society with no available recourse to improve their circumstances or change their plight.
They are the 2.3 million American prisoners locked behind bars where we cannot see or hear them. And they are modern-day slaves of the 21st century.
SF jury acquits man who forgot mushrooms were in his backpack | The Raw Story: “On Friday, a jury in San Francisco found a man not guilty of possession of psilocybin mushrooms on the grounds that he had forgotten they were in his backpack, and therefore could not knowingly be in possession.
The argument was made by Deputy Public Defender Kimberly Lutes-Koths, who took on the case of Eric Meoli. Meoli was arrested for riding his bicycle on a BART platform on May 25. When he handed over his backpack to police, they found a small amount of “magic” mushrooms in an inner pocket.
According to Lutes-Koths, Meoli, a cannabis-club worker, provided ten dollars’ worth of legally-obtained marijuana to “a hippy in Golden Gate Park” who was having trouble sleeping. The hippy gave Meoli the mushrooms in return and Meoli purportedly put them in his backpack and forgot about them for months.
“One of the elements of the law requires that the defendant know of the presence of the substance,” said the attorney. Prosecutors were unable to establish that Meoli knew the mushrooms were there. As a result, the jury returned a not-guilty verdict.
This Week In Dallas Music History: The Vas Deferens Organization is Not For Everyone – Dallas Music – DC9 At Night: “In this edition of This Week In Dallas Music History, former Observer music writer Matt Weitz wrote a 1996 piece on the Vas Deferens Organization — an avant garde music collective that engineered recordings so strange, they made Ariel Pink sound like The Beatles.
Interestingly enough, though, it was because of an Ariel Pink recording in Dallas this year that we featured the Vas Deferens Organization in a story about Dennis, Aaron, and Stefan Gonzalez — a local jazz family that connected with Pink because of their relationship with members of the VDO.
Pink isn’t the only high profile artist with connection to VDO, though. This piece features an interesting story of how VDO members Eric Lumbleau and Matt Castille tricked members of Medicine and Mercury Rev into recording on a project called Transcontinental Conspiracy. “
$200.00? Should have held on to a few….
Vas Deferens Organization – Ninth Ward Fourth World (Vinyl) – Buy at Discogs Marketplace: “Vas Deferens Organization – Ninth Ward Fourth World Label: Free Dope And Fucking In The Streets Catalog#: Fdafits 33.3-1 Format: 100 × Vinyl, LP Country: US Released: 2010 Genre: Electronic Style: Experimental”
MUTANT SOUNDS: PRE-RELEASE ANNOUNCEMENT FOR VAS DEFERENS ORGANIZATION & BRAD LANER-TRANSCONTINENTAL CONSPIRACY-FULLY REMASTERED REISSUE WITH BONUS TRACK: “In conjunction with the new Polish label Niklas , I’m pleased to finally announce the imminent CD re-release of the first of Vas Deferens Organization’s two collaborations with Medicine/Steaming Coils/Electric Company mastermind Brad Laner. Transcontinental Conspiracy not only marked our first collaboration with Laner, but it also contains contributions from three members of the legendary Mercury Rev (Grasshopper, Suzanne Thorpe and Jason Russo). This 15 year anniversary edition has been dramatically remastered by Vas Deferens Organization and comes equipped with both an exclusive and brand new 10 minute VDO & Laner track from 2010 called Scheming Foils and with brand new packaging design courtesy of the fine folks at Niklas, who’ve made this all possible.
They’ve described this album thusly on their site: “An absolutely must-have rock avantgarde classic of the 90s., one of best albums on its field, where advanced studio sonic experimentation meets refined influences of Faust and Can, funk, electronics, breakbeats and Dadaist humour – and results in long, crazy, multi-layered suites – a quintessence of what we call post-rock”
You can download one minute long samples in full .wav audio of three of these tracks here , to give you a better sense of it’s remastered sound quality and to absorb what lies in wait with the bonus track.
The official release date for this CD is July 31st, 2011. It will be available at that date to order worldwide from Polish distributors Serpent . A list of further distributors will be made available on the Mutant Sounds announcement on the day of it’s official release. Wholesale and distributor inquiries should be directed to Monotype Records
A full press release for this album can be downloaded via the above Niklas link.”
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An absolutely must-have rock avantgarde classic of the 90s., one of best albums on its field, where advanced studio sonic experimentation meets refined influences of Faust and Can, funk, electronics, breakbeats and Dadaist humour – and results in long, crazy, multi-layered suites – a quintesence of what we call post-rock…
Geneva Jacuzzi At the Detroit Bar, Costa Mesa Ca July 14th… Really Great Show.
Saw Geneva Jacuzzi at Detroit tonight, I was stunned! She was AMAZING!!!
“It’s a very sad life. It’s part of Satan, I think, to say this is gay.” – The Dish | By Andrew Sullivan – The Daily Beast: “That’s how Michele Bachmann described LGBT orientations while attending an “ex-gay” conference in 2004. Jeremy Hooper unearthed the clip (transcribed here), which drips with condescension and ignorance:”