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"Whatever you now find weird, ugly, uncomfortable and nasty about a new medium will surely become its signature."

"Whatever you now find weird, ugly, uncomfortable and nasty about a new medium will surely become its signature." | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it

Whatever you now find weird, ugly, uncomfortable and nasty about a new medium will surely become its signature. CD distortion, the jitteriness of digital video, the crap sound of 8-bit—all of these will be cherished and emulated as soon as they can be avoided. It’s the sound of failure: so much modern art is the sound of things going out of control, of a medium pushing to its limits and breaking apart. The distorted guitar sound is the sound of something too loud for the medium supposed to carry it. The blues singer with the cracked voice is the sound of an emotional cry too powerful for the throat that releases it. The excitement of grainy film, of bleached-out black and white, is the excitement of witnessing events too momentous for the medium assigned to record them.


Brian Eno, A Year With Swollen Appendices

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Believe The Hype, Prince Was A Hooper Before His Music Career

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vintage archives of Prince being talked about as a talented hooper on the Bryant Junior High School basketball team.

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Every Prince Hairstyle from 1978 - 2013

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  In a musical career that has spanned 36 years over 5 decades, Prince (10 platinum albums, thirty Top 40 singles) is known for constantly reinventing his style. In a glorious chart by artist ...
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Otis Redding stories

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Fifty years after the release of his debut album, Otis Redding remains one of the most soulful, evocative voices in popular music. His songs have been the soundtrack to true love and heartbreak, some of the greatest film scenes of all time, lazy days and steamy nights. This page will be a collection of people’s stories from all over the world, giving fans new and old a glimpse into the meaning that an Otis song adds to the human experience.

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"Weird Al" Yankovic - Word Crimes

Music video by "Weird Al" Yankovic performing Word Crimes. (C) 2014 ...

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A clever new track for wordsmiths and grammar lovers track on Weird Al's Mandatory Fun LP.

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Track on Weird Al's Mandatory Fun LP which is not only funny but allows me to dance guilt-free to the groove of Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines'.

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Finally, I can get my groove down to the sexy music behind Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' without gagging! A track on Weird Al's Mandatory Fun LP.

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The lost Mod who may have inspired The Who’s ‘Quadrophenia’

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In the climactic scenes of the film Quadrophenia, based on The Who’s concept album, Jimmy (Phil Daniels) rides a prized Mod scooter along the cliffs at Beachy Head, East Sussex, before hurling it over the cliff on to the sea-lashed rocks below. It’s a symbolic end to Jimmy’s life as a Mod, as a follower believing in false idols, like his hero Ace Face (Sting) (whose scooter he stole), a local Mod leader, who turns out be nothing more than a bell-boy lackey. Jimmy’s fall is central to the film, and to Pete Townhend’s album. But Jimmy’s symbolic crash may have actually been inspired by the death of Mod teenager, Barry Prior in 1964.

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50 years later, old soul finds new fans - KALW

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No matter how talented they were, many singers who recorded in the 60s did not rise to stardom, leaving a surplus of soul singles behind.

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Penthouse Interview: Pete Seeger, January, 1971

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“I would say every artist is, in effect, trying to figure how the human race can be saved from itself. So in those days when we sang for the union workers, and today when I go around and sing on a picket line, I’m not really being all that different. Artists who say ‘We’re only interested in art for art’s sake’ are fooling themselves, I think.”

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The Songs Otis Redding Might Have Sung - The Atlantic

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Death came too soon for too many of the 1960s' musical talents, but there's a special tragedy to Otis Redding. When Redding's Beechcraft H18 airplane crashed into Lake Monona in Madison, Wisconsin on December 10, 1967, the singer and songwriter was only 26 years old; Redding died at a younger age than Jimi Hendrix, than Janis Joplin, than Brian Jones, than Jim Morrison. That fact becomes even more remarkable when we consider how prolific Redding was. He scored his first national hit, "These Arms of Mine," in 1962, at the age of 21, and by the time of his death he had placed 20 more singles into the Billboard charts. In the two years after his passing he would place an additional 10.

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What does a $4,000 vinyl record sound like?

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You do know that an analog Vinyl Recording has more fidelity and frequency reproduction than anything you are using today right? Best case scenario you are using DAT tape, which I doubt. Worst case scenario you think that ...

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An opinionated woman obsessed with objects, entertained by ephemera, intrigued by researching, fascinated by culture & addicted to writing. The wind says my name; doesn't put an @ in front of it, so maybe you don't notice. http://www.kitsch-slapped.com
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A Marketing Mix
Adventures in advertising and marketing - the contemporary, the historical, and the hysterical. http://deanna.dahlsad.com/
Antiques & Vintage Collectibles
Collecting old things; heirlooms and new to you things! Companion to http://www.inherited-values.com/
Colorful Prism Of Racism
Racism past and present. Companion to http://www.kitsch-slapped.com/category/colorful-prism-of-racism/
Consumption Junction
Consumerism meets marketing; who & what manipulates the free market of goods & services. See also: http://www.kitsch-slapped.com/category/ze-big-mouth-promotions-stuff/
Crimes Against Humanity
From lone gunmen on hills to mass movements. Depressing as hell, really.
Cultural History
The roots of culture; history and pre-history.
Dare To Be A Feminist
I do. http://www.kitsch-slapped.com/category/hey-sister-can-you-spare-some-social-change/
For Art's Sake-1
Art, crafts, and the people who make them. To inspire and purchase. Companion to http://www.ululating-undulating-ungulate.com/
Herstory
History as this woman sees it. The serious, the kitsch, the opinionated. Companion to http://www.kitsch-slapped.com/
In The Name Of God
Mainly acts done in the name of religion, but also discussions of atheism, faith, & spirituality.
Kinsanity
Let's just say I have reasons to learn more about mental health, special needs children, psychology, and the like.
Kitsch
Mostly vintage and retro "badness" but you can decide how delicious it is. http://www.kitschy-kitschy-coo.com/blog/
Nerdy Needs
The stuff of nerdy, geeky, dreams.
Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic
The meaning behind the math of the bottom line in publishing and the media. For writers, publishers, and bloggers (which are a combination of the two).
Sex Positive
Sexuality as a human right.
Vintage Living Today For A Future Tormorrow
It's as easy to romanticize the past as it is to demonize it; instead, let's learn from it. More than living simply, more than living 'green', thrifty grandmas knew the importance of the 'economics' in Home Economics. The history of home ec, lessons in thrift, practical tips and ideas from the past focused on sustainability for families and out planet. Companion to http://www.thingsyourgrandmotherknew.com/
Visiting The Past
Travel based on grande ideas, locations, and persons of the past.
Walking On Sunshine
Stuff that makes me smile.
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Links to (many of) my columns and articles.