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Occultism, cinema and architecture: How a ouija board built the Bradbury Building

  As a native Angeleno, I love my city and its architecture. Mostly I love the insane stories that lie within each building’s walls, especially if they somehow involve strange occult groups or bizarre happenings.

LeRoy Neiman’s legendary Femlins and his racy artwork for Playboy magazine

One of artist LeRoy Neiman’s famous Femlins on the cover of Playboy magazine. “I‘m not a scene painter; I‘m the scene painter.” —American artist LeRoy Neiman in an interview with Cigar Aficionado magazine.

Remastered music from lost psych gods The Damnation of Adam Blessing

  By purloining their band name from a pulp crime novel, The Damnation of Adam Blessing sealed their fate.

A lonely planet full of isolated unhappy souls: One man’s potent takedown of ‘antisocial’ media

  When Facebook switched on just over a decade ago, a friend described the shiny, newly minted social media platform as being like a great big cocktail party where one could drift in and out of conversations (drink in hand no doubt) meet new people, renew old acquaintances, and share ideas and...

A whole bunch of flamboyant clothing worn over the years by Russell Mael of Sparks

  Of all the acts that are featured regularly on Dangerous Minds, Sparks might be the one for whom the term “wags” is the most appropriate.

The surreal psychedelic art of Giovanni Forlino

A painting by Giovanni Forlino.   Giovanni Forlino is a young artist who works out of a studio in Manhattan.

‘I Got You Babe’: The Rolling Stones camp it up miming to Sonny and Cher, 1965

  Hosting Ready Steady Go! in September of 1965, The Rolling Stones camped it up in this “mime contest” version of Sonny and Cher’s hit—then at the top of the pop charts—“I Got You Babe.” First Ready Steady Go!

Branded to Kill: Japanese cult director Seijun Suzuki’s deepest cuts

  In early February, I attended a weekend of rare Seijun Suzuki films at the American Cinematheque here in Los Angeles.

Frankenstein and his Bride get mind-melting makeovers

Frankenstein’s monster reimagined as Franken Berry (the General Mills cereal monster mascot) by Michael Burnett.

‘Re-Animator’: Get a Herbert West action figure with bonus dead cat and Dr. Hill’s head

  I’ve never been a huge fan of comedic horror, but there are three movies (all from the ‘80s) that I think got the formula unquestionably right: Street Trash (1987), Brain Damage (1988) and the best one of all, 1985’s Re-Animator.

Meet Chandra, the pre-teen who released a fantastic post-punk record in 1980

  Chandra Oppenheim was just twelve years old when her debut album, Transportation, was released. Until recently, I wasn’t familiar with Chandra, but when I did hear Transportation for the first time, I was immediately taken with it....

I was a teenage Goth, Punk, Hesher, Hip-Hop, Raver: Photographs of fashionable youth from the 1980s

The 1980s encapsulated in one photo.   If you remember the eighties, you were probably there. Big hair, bad music, and terrible fashion.

‘Babalú’: Ricky Ricardo big-ups Santería’s ‘Lord of Pestilence’

Babalú-Ayé   Is I Love Lucy the real Treasury of the True Dharma Eye, the Vault of the Adepti, the Island Beneath the Sea?

‘The Good Morty’: Pitch-perfect ‘Rick and Morty’-themed Chick tract parody

  I’ve been a big Rick and Morty...

ROMANCE! New music from NYC’s psych stalwarts Oneida

  Because parts of Brooklyn, NYC have culturally exploded to serve as an East Coast counterpoint to Portland, OR as the USA’s epicenter and incubator of all that is gratingly and ephemerally hip, it might be hard to remember that this phenomenon (and the shockingly rapid gentrification that followed

Depeche Mode, the Flaming Lips, others re-record their own songs in ‘Simlish’

  Back before the intricacies of the thoroughly made-up ancient language of Dothraki in Game of Thrones entranced the more dorkish among us, that same sort of person spent his/her time immersed in Simlish, a language that was created for the world of

‘The Endless Night: A Valentine to Film Noir’ an epic supercut of toxic masculinity and shady ladies

  Set to the tune of Massive Attack’s “Angel,” Serena Bramble’s 2009 remix project “The Endless Night: A Valentine to Film Noir” is a “video love letter that distills film noir movies into their atmospheric essence.” Bramble, an editor and

The Surrealist Pop Art of Till Rabus (NSFW)

‘Crânerie n°2’ (2012).   Till Rabus is a Swiss artist who uses his work to ask questions about our existence.

Cock rock: Dig the groovy, sleazy sounds of The Plaster Caster Blue Band

  I’m sure that many readers of this blog are familiar with the legendary Plaster Casters, the Chicago groupies who made Plaster of Paris molds of rock star cocks, starting in the late 60s with Jimi Hendrix and later the...

Alice Cooper was in a long forgotten rock opera with members of The Who, Roxy Music & Moody Blues

  Around 1974, Alice Cooper fully morphed from a group’s name to that of a solo artist.