Alice Coltrane -- the jazz pianist, organist and composer who was the second wife of John Coltrane -- was a devotee of Indian guru Sathya Sai Baba. In the early 1970s, she established the Vedantic Center, changed her name to Turiyasangitananda, and became the swamini (spiritual director) of an ashram in Malibu. She continued to compose music, releasing numerous recordings of spiritual jazz, chants, and swinging devotional songs. Much of this was available only on cassette via the ashram's Avatar Book Institute (and later CD). Last year, perhaps the most stunning cassette from this period, Divine Songs, was reissued on vinyl. First released in 1987, Divine Songs consists of nine deeply soulful, trancey, and moody tracks expressing her deep Hindu influence. Turiyasangitananda sings and plays her signature 70s Wurlitzer Centura organ with accompaniment from her ashram students. And yes, it's still available on CD as well. That's a good thing because finding the new vinyl, released by an outfit called Tummy Tapes (possibly as a bootleg), seems to have become quite challenging. In the meantime, you can groove to the whole album above.
Neglected public payphones in New York City are being turned into “GuyFi” stations: a place where one can rub one out for the sake of “stress relief.” Annalee Newitz reports on the wank booths from a company named “Hot Octopus”… The company reported that at least 100 men used the booth on its opening day […]
You’d be forgiven for thinking the videocassette format long-dead, but it turns out that Betamax is still around. Sony is finally going to withdraw tapes from sale, bringing a 40-year story to an end. The last recorders were sold in 2002. ベータビデオカセットおよびマイクロMVカセットテープ出荷終了のお知らせ [Sony; via The Verge]
A leaked Comcast memo discloses that the company’s consumer data caps have nothing to do with network congestion, contrary to its public claims. The internet service provider has often complained (such as when lobbying against net neutrality) that it must impose limits on service to prevent network congestion. The argument suggests that these measures are […]
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Remember back to the time when people thought java was just a hip way to talk about coffee? Or you vaguely remembered from geography class that it’s an island in the South Pacific? We’ve come a long way since then and now that we’ve rocket blasted into the tech future, you’re going to need to […]
Plastic is so 2013. You don’t want to buy something only to throw it away or lose it and barely care. You like nice things and want to hang onto them. The Plazmatic lighter here is a high quality, high tech alternative to the typical cheap, plastic lighter you get at the old gas station. […]