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How to buy the best possible audio system (for the least amount of money)

  Buying audio equipment is an addiction for some people (99.99999999999% of these “people” being male people, of course).

Smackdown: World leaders brawl

Turkish parliament, fighting over a security bill.   One of the fun parts about living in a (sort of) democracy is transparency (at least, ostensibly).

The Playboy Club Bunny Manual of 1968

  These delightful scans of the Playboy Club Bunny Manual of 1968 come from “Bunny Regina,” who worked at the Detroit Playboy Club from July 1968 (if her inscription is any indication) to sometime in 1969.

Li’l Lager: Baby bottles that look like beer bottles

  You’re probably not going to get a Parent of the Year award for this one, but fuck it, it’s funny. Introducing the Li’l Lager Baby Bottle that looks like your tiny tyke is hip to homebrew.

‘Gang War’: Incredible 1982 rock opera is finally being released and we have a preview + interview

  In 1977, a small label out of Ft. Lauderdale, Soul Deep Records, released the debut LP by one Frederick Michael St.

‘There’s no medicine for regret’: Incredibly misogynist venereal disease posters from WWII

  Oh, 1940s anti-VD posters, the only place where a girl’s cooch might be worse than Hitler! During World War II, propaganda was deployed to spark the purchase of war bonds, to get you to ...

‘Satisfaction’ shootout: DEVO VS the Residents VS the Rolling Stones (spoiler: the Stones don’t win)

  The news release heralding Superior Viaduct’s reissue of the Residents’ deeply messed-up “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” b/w “Loser = Weed” single contains a quotation that rang oddly familiar to me: The Residents’ 1976 version of The Stones’...

Did the Beatles’ inventor promise to build them a flying saucer?

Magic Alex and John Lennon, 1968   If you’ve ever read a biography of the Beatles, you’ve probably come across the name of Alexis Mardas, or “Magic Alex,” as John Lennon called him.

Squeal like a pig!: The world champion pig squealer is a really STRANGE dude

  France: a nation that has given the world such eminent artists, writers, scientists and philosophers as Henri Matisse, Simone de Beauvoir, Albert Camus, Françoise Sagan, Jean-Paul Sartre, Coco Chanel, Marcel Duchamp, Isabelle Adjani, Luc Besson, Juliette Binoche and Edith Piaf, now brings us Noël

Banksy tours Gaza: creates dark, thought-provoking stencil series and video

  Banksy’s back, and this time he’s traveled to Gaza to get the world’s attention. Never one to shy from controversy, the artist’s website was recently updated to show 4 new pieces that he spray-painted in bomb-ruined Gaza, along with...

Einstürzende Neubauten attacks its audience with Molotov cocktails, 1983

Neubauten at The Cat Club in NYC, 1986, via Seele Brennt   Everyone and her uncle should seize the opportunity to see Einstürzende Neubauten play.

Diane Keaton takes on death itself in her kooky afterlife documentary ‘Heaven’

  In 1987, the news that Diane Keaton had directed a movie about the celestial firmament was met with bumfuzzled curiosity among the general populace, who had hitherto not had the slightest notion that she had harbored any such ambitions.

Teeny-tiny models of early synthesizers and analog recording equipment

  I’m smitten with these tiny models of vintage synthesizers called “Analogue Miniatures” by artist Dan McPharlin.

Mary Poppins goes all death metal: ‘A spoon full of glass helps the hate go down’

  Yes, we’ve all seen dozens of these parody death metal videos. I believe the first one I saw was Louis Armstrong’s death metal version of “What a Wonderful World.” At the time I thought it was bloody brilliant.

‘We use the music as an exorcism’: Cabaret Voltaire takes over ‘Night Flight,’ 1985

  For many ‘80s teens, the dearly beloved USA Network program Night Flight was a gateway to a whole wide world of cool shit that wasn’t being played anywhere else.

‘You jive white motherf*ckers!’: Jazz legend Freddie Hubbard spectacularly blows his cool onstage

  The year is 1966 and legendary jazz trumpeter Freddie Hubbard is onstage in Graz, Austria as a sideman for Sonny Rollins.

Forget that shitty ‘CBGB’ film, ‘Blitzkrieg Bop’ from 1978 takes you inside the real CBGB

  Three aspiring musicians: Richard Hell, Tom Verlaine and Richard Lloyd were looking for a place “where nothing was happening” for their band Television to play.

A magazine gave every San Francisco mayoral candidate the replicant test from ‘Blade Runner’

  There’s nothing more irritating than the evasive non-answers politicians mete out for the press and public.

‘He’s a Woman, She’s a Man’: The Scorpions’ transgressive transgender lust anthem

  Sure, everyone knows Germany’s Scorpions from their 1980’s (thinning) Hair Metal hits “Rock You Like a Hurricane” and “There’s No One Like You,” but The Scorpions career goes back much further.

Houses in Motion: The spellbinding ‘Flying Houses’ of Laurent Chéhère

  Award winning French photographer, Laurent Chéhère beautifully lifts the viewer into the stratosphere with these mesmerizing works of photo manipulation from his “Flying Houses” series.