Sunday, January 28, 2007

No such thing as too much reverb

Grab yer board, hop in yer woodie, and hit the beach, because the fine folks at Surf Guitar 101 have released an mp3 compilation of the fine, fine noises made by a passel o' vintage Fenders and Mosrites with the reverb and presence knobs set to "kill" and the whammy bars set to "twangulate." I'm pretty impressed with Chris Fesker's "Deadwood Beach", dp's trippy "The Red Sea" and the Close Outs' "Hella" with its "Wipe Out"-style drum roll insanity. Get it on

Friday, January 26, 2007

We control the horizontal, we control the vertical

In response to Smashing Telly's Top 10 TV intros of all time (where "all time" mostly equals the '70s, apparently), I give you the ones he left out:

Barney Miller. Dear Seinfeld, this is what funk bass is supposed to sound like.

The Prisoner. Mysterious Cold War spy games, a Lotus 7 at full chat and of course the classic "I am not a number, I am a free man!" exchange. Also a favourite of Iron Maiden.

The Outer Limits. I heard a live act sample this intro at a rave once. It blew my mind, maaaaaan.

Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. The last great gasp of the "describe the show with the theme song's lyrics" school of thought. Mind you, I kind of hope they start doing that with new CSI franchises instead of just using random Who songs as-is: "He's a pinball wizard/ There has to be a twist/ A pinball wizard forensic scientiiiiist!"

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Warning time

You know, somebody should have just stuck one of those stickers on Iraq and saved a lot of grief.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Ladies and gentlemen, presenting Uncle Duke

The late, great Hunter S. Thompson on Richard Nixon and more:

"He stands for everything I not only have contempt for, but dislike and think should be stomped out--greed, stupidity, cupidity, the power of positive lying..." Hey, sound like any other Republican presidents you can think of?

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

All Rise for the National Anthem

You know, I never really planned for this place to become all-YouTube, all the time. Smashing Telly, on the other hand, did. Full-length TV programs of excellent quality (content wise) and good-enough quality (bitrate-wise). It's from them that I shamelessly nicked this:

Jimi Hendrix - Live at Woodstock

Wednesday, January 3, 2007

Hinterland Who's High

This is your spider's brain. This is your spider's brain, on drugs.
[via mefi]

Tuesday, January 2, 2007

Behold the screaming flamer

They say the new Immolate Me Elmo doll is a little late in protesting the Vietnam War, but I say you can't blame it for trying. (Not safe for toddlers--unless you want to emotionally scar them for life, in which case have at 'er...)