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Maps to the Stars: Beautiful astronomical drawings from the 19th century

The Great Comet of 1881.   Étienne Léopold Trouvelot was a French artist and astronomer who produced some 7,000 illustrations based on his astronomical observations during his lifetime.

How to lie in 14 steps: the WikiHow guide to dishonesty

  Writing for Esquire in 1969, Gore Vidal laid bare a “demagogic strategy” William F. Buckley used to befuddle opponents: If one is lying, accuse others of lying.

When Quentin Tarantino played an Elvis Impersonator on ‘The Golden Girls’

  In 1988, before Quentin Tarantino had sold his scripts for True Romance or Natural Born Killers, leading the way to secure a deal to direct his first film Reservoir Dogs, he appeared for a few seconds as an...

Cabaret Voltaire to perform live in the U.K. for the first time since 1992 next month

  The greatest musical act in world history to take its name from a Swiss Dada touchstone,

‘The Rock and Roll Singer’: On tour with the legendary Gene Vincent in 1969

  Never underestimate the power of imitation. Elvis Presley never toured Britain. The only time the King set foot in the UK was during a brief stopover to refuel the army plane that was taking him home at

The ‘degenerate art’ of Rudolf Schlichter

A surrealist-style painting by German artist, Rudolf Schlichter.   At the age of 26, while he had been pursuing his studies at the Art Academy of Kunstakademie in Karlsruhe, German artist Rudolf Schlichter was drafted into the army.

Real Horrorshow: The short-lived ‘Clockwork Orange’-themed punk band Molodoy

  I’m pleased to have a reason to call attention to the Sheffield Tape Archive, an absolutely unbeatable resource helping to preserve an essential part of our collective musical heritage.

Vladimir Putin sings Radiohead’s ‘Creep’

  Some evil genius took footage of Vladimir Putin singing Fats Domino’s “Blueberry Hill” and somehow edited to look like Putin is instead singing Radiohead’s “Creep.” It’s very Lynchian, to say the least, and not...

Revealed: David Gilmour, Mark Knopfler, Lemmy can’t play without the little diagrams with the dots!

  In 1991 the British comedy program French and Saunders showed an...

‘Steady Diet of Something’: Cooking oatmeal and spicy Pop Tarts with Fugazi

  The Fall 1989 issue of Flipside had features on Pixies<...

The space burial of Dr. Timothy Leary and ‘Star Trek’ creator Gene Roddenberry

  Twenty years ago, the perihelion of the Hale-Bopp comet coincided with the mass suicide of the Heaven’s Gate cult, whose members believed death was a sure way of hitching a ride on a spaceship.

Want to feel good about yourself? Want to feel like you’re on acid or ecstasy? Then watch this.

  I noticed this video of a naked clay figure making the rounds on Facebook, but I never clicked play.

Who were Simon Dupree and the Big Sound? (And why you should care)

  I have been madly in love with a song called “Kites” by Simon Dupree and the Big Sound for… well for longer than I care to admit to in public.

The punk rock portraits of the Screamers’ Tomata du Plenty

  The Screamers were one of the essential components of the L.A. punk scene of the late 1970s and early 1980s, although they famously never put out a studio LP.

Modern Life Sucks: Satirical illustrations of our brave new world

  We’re all owned. We’re bought, bartered, liked, sold, conned, shared and used everyday to make other people money.

If you have OCD, you’re gonna HATE ‘The most unsatisfying video in the world EVER’

  This video is poking fun at those “satisfying” videos on YouTube where everything seems to come together perfectly.

Helmets of blood: The Lost Gospels of Al Jourgensen

  First of all, let’s face it, there is no way to overestimate Ministry’s influence on rock ‘n’ roll.

Chuck Barris is dead, but the scandalous ‘Popsicle Twins’ will live forever

  Well, the CIA lost their greatest assassin today. Gong Show host Chuck Barris has died, aged 87.  Dumb but beautiful and entirely emblematic of the decade in which it flourished, The Gong Show was quintessential 1970s junk TV, a swirling, whirling dimestore cocktail of low-watt celebrity worship, vaudeville schmaltz, and punk ferocity.

A Marilyn Monroe-themed house is up for sale and it’s batshit crazy-looking

A shot of the living room in the Marilyn Monroe-themed house in Dublin currently up for sale.   If your dream has ever been to move to Ireland and live in a house that was once owned by Marilyn Monroe’s number one fan, then you may finally get to live...

‘I’d Kill for Her’: New music and video from The Black Angels

  Austin, TX’s Black Angels have risen to join psychedelia’s premier standard bearers in the decade or so since they found their way onto the world’s radar after the release of their first LP Passover.