I, like the two generations before me, grew up with Mel Blanc. If you don’t know, he was the voice of almost all the cartoons that were good back in the day. Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, Daffy Duck, Yosemite Sam, Elmer Fudd, Barney Rubble, Sylvester and Tweety, shit.. even the roaches in the old RAID commercials (kills bugs dead).
In 1981, at least according to the Internet, Mel Blanc shared the bill with none other than Hunter S Thompson on the old NBC David Letterman show. Oh to be a page in the green room for that night. I bet it was the craziest thing ever.
I only recently learned of this awesome song by Taj Mahal. I’ve been aware of Taj Mahal, of course, but not very deeply at all.
This song is soooo infectious you may ruin relationships because you won’t be able to stop singing it. It’s ok. It’s worth it. Let it soak in good, like Robatussin. Get that tussin into the bone. It’s the coolest thing ever.
I woke up this morning
With the blues 3 different ways
One said to go
The other two said stay
If you would like 5 points added to your score then watch this performance of Leaving Trunk from 2009, with the Allman Brothers. I love it when he steps back and says, “Somebody pay the guitar” to two of the bestest guitar players around, Warren Haynes, and Butch Trucks.
Archaeologists in Cambridgeshire have excavated 8 wooden dugouts from the mud of ancient creekbed. Ranging from 9 meters ib length, to little runabouts only 2cm thick, the boats are remarkably well preserved. As you can see, the decorative marks on the side are perfectly visible. Perhaps those designs were used to identify the boat, given that there may have been hundreds of thousands of such vessels in use from 1600 – 1000 BCE.
This great Robert Anton Wilson talk popped up in my Google Alerts a couple of days ago. The subject of the conference at which RAW was speaking was psychedelics, but before he got there, Uncle Bob veered into political territory.
He discusses the anagrams of some of our presidents, before discussing what was then our future, but is our present. He asserted that the children growing up in the middle East during Operation Desert Storm, would foster a great hatred toward the West, particularly the United States, and would bring that rage to our soil. After the first George Bush’s war, his son came in and finished the job. Kaboom.
Anyway this talk is a complete joy to listen to, and it touches on some stuff you don’t often hear from our beloved heretic. It’s the Coolest Thing Ever.
This is a sad video, but one I’d not seen before. It was recently discovered and posted in the forums of my favorite Led Zeppelin site, Royal Orleans.
There’s not really any good footage of band members, although you can see a bunch of people file past the hearse, as Bonzo’s casket is being loaded. The service itself was said to be heart wrenching, with people wailing and sobbing, as one would expect.
John Bonham was only 32 when he died. That’s 13 years younger than I am now. It’s a tragedy to his young family, his poor widow, and his parents and siblings.
This footage pushes that point home to me, much more so than the “death of a rock god”
Add salsa or lime juice if you want. I don’t give a fuck.
Eat Like You Give A Fuck
I came across this on Tumblr, where I’m 3 times the age of the average user, yay. Thug Kitchen is a vegan recipe site that’s not all uppity and smug about being vegan. “Eat Like You Give A Fuck” is their motto. Love it.
The information is awesome, the recipes are hilarious, and if you want to keep your shit intact, son, you best listen. (see below about how lycopene helps prevent dick cancer. It’s the Coolest Shit Ever.
I have a great deal of love for Ginger Baker. There’s a movie out about him, and apparently, he’s a super duper asshole, but I don’t care. I’m never going to meet him and it has no impact on my appreciation of his amazing drumming.
At some point in the early 1990′s, someone decided to film a cooking show called Rock n Roll Kitchen. To film the pilot they chose, incomprehensibly, Ginger Baker to be their rock star guest. It’s the craziest thing ever.
While the host is called aside for some notes from the director, someone walks up to Ginger and asks him for rolling papers. Rather than being taken aback, he asks if the young man will be rolling a joint, to which the young man answers in the affirmative. Then Ginger looks for his cigarette pack, in which (one assumes) he keeps his rolling papers.
It’s a short clip, it’s weird, and aside from the rolling papers bit, we find out that Ginger Baker knows how to say ‘halibut’ in Swedish. Enjoy.
Robert Anton Wilson, of whom I’ve written so many times he has a category on my blog, gave this talk somewhere 1988ish. It was recorded and distributed on VHS tape, presumably by the organization that held this get together, but never made it to the digital realm, at least publicly. The uploader of this unexpected gem bought the tape at a garage sale, and was good enough to convert and upload this wonderful talk.
For almost 2 hours (there’s some bullshit bookending the talk itself) Robert Anton Wilson, he of Masks of the Illuminati and Prometheus Rising, speaks about the connections between the Vatican Bank, the CIA, and the illicit cocaine business. It’s absolutely fascinating. All your favorites are here. The Knights of Malta, International Banking, Nazis, the CIA, P2, Grand Orient Lodge, masonic murders, the mafia, and of course billions of 1970/80′s dollars in cocaine/heroin money.. all laundered through a network set up, and run, by the Vatican bank.
This is a treat and a half because until recently, no one knew it existed. So, enjoy!
Y’all know I love me some Patrice O’Neal. I’ve posted his material before. I fell in love with comedy of Patrice O’Neal watching him on the Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen, and from then on, I was a fan.
This video is about a half hour long, and worth the time. Enjoy it. I think it’s the funniest thing ever.
I saw this on Pinterest and instantly was transfixed. No, not because I can see his dong, but thanks. The entire piece conveys weariness, rest, and also, readiness to go back for more. His ear is even cauliflowered.
Lyssipus of Sikyon was a legendary sculptor from the 3rd Century, BCE. He is the guy who sculpted the four horses of Florence (stolen by Crusaders from the hippodrome in Constantinople). Read about him here. It’s the coolest thing ever.
The liberal use of the n word is jawdropping. The pastor of this lovely Southern church decided to reach out to “the kids” and connect with them through their Urban music. Ok, points for earnestness, but minus several million for execution. Still, the complete wrongness of it all makes it the funniest thing ever.
There are few bands that have grown and matured as well as Radiohead. It’s been 20 years since Creep, and almost every album they’ve released has been a new direction, and sound. Kid A is mindblowing still, 13 years after it’s release. Ok Computer is 16 years old and still works as a masterpiece of rock.
In Rainbows is now 5 years old, and it just now has hooked me. It’s sophisticated, mature, and complex as hell. As with all good bands, they’re much better live, and I prefer the From The Basement live performance of In Rainbows, to the studio album.
This song, Reckoner, is absolutely lush, gorgeous, and an aural pleasure for all ears. The subtle groove is insane. I’ve never grooved on a tamborine before, but Ed O’Brien’s entrance at the 3 minute mark is sheer perfection. Every member is great at their instrument, and many others. Colin, Ed, and Jonny all play percussion when not playing their primary instruments. At the end of the song, you can see Jonny move from guitar, to keyboards smoothly, and every beat that he’s not playing the keyboard, he’s shaking a shaker (shaped like a lemon. yesterday i woke up sucking a lemon… get it?). In an age when digital can replicate anything, it’s refreshing as hell to see musicians playing music.
Add on to that Thom Yorke’s amazingly pure voice, and excellent musicianship with the SG, and you have an amazing band, playing an amazing song, amazingly well. Enjoy it. If you don’t like it the first time, let it soak for a bit, and go back again. It’s really, really, good. It’s the coolest thing ever.
The European Space Agency has released some really cool pics of the surface of Saturn’s moon, Titan. That image is the first photo of a river system on another world. I love Cassini porn, as I’ve posted before, and I hope to live long enough to see the discovery of life elsewhere, be it microbial or giant monsters that eat us all. It’s all good, and it’s the coolest thing ever.
You never cross a Sugarbaker woman, because if you do, they roll their eyes back and let the demon take over. Holy Shit. This is a completely inadvertent find (meaning I found it myself and didn’t snatch it from another, funnier, blog). If you watch it and survive, you will live forever in the land of eternal summer. You laugh you lose.
This is from a yoga video made by the star of Designing Women, and spokeswoman for torticollis, Dixie Carter. The humor is quite juvenile, I admit, but watching her eyes roll back in her head as she does the Lion pose creeped me the fuck out. So I wanted to share it with you. It may not be the funniest thing ever, but it’s the creepiest.