Black Craft offers this excellent Edgar Allan Poe hoodie with a quote from his poem "A Dream Within A Dream" on the back.
Last night, The Flaming Lips and Sean Lennon performed "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds" on the Late Show With David Letterman. I found it quite wonderful. It's part of the show's musical series this week celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' first performance on the Ed Sullivan Show.
Amazon posted its list of "100 Books To Read In A Lifetime." Of course, no such list could ever please everyone, but there are quite a few surprising and "unpopular" picks included. They say: "We wanted the list to cover all stages of a life (which is why you'll find children's books in here), and we didn't want the list to feel like homework." "100 Books To Read In A Lifetime"
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illustration: Dylan Roscover
Tomorrow (Friday, 2/7), I'll be speaking at the Lift Conference
, a digital tech and culture event taking place in Geneva, Switzerland. It was in Switzerland where Albert Hoffman first synthesized LSD in 1938 so I decided to give a talk about the intersection of psychedelic culture and computer technology from the 1960s to the present and beyond! My very short presentation is titled: "Just Say Know: A Cyberdelic History of the Future." I'm speaking at 16:00 CET tomorrow during a session called "Counterculture inspiring industries
." What a great topic for a panel! There are a slew of great speakers at Lift and you can stream the conference here
And if my topic interests you, I highly recommend you check out these two fantastic books about the trippy early daze of computer culture:
• John Markoff's "What the Dormouse Said: How the Sixties Counterculture Shaped the Personal Computer Industry"
• Fred Turner's "From Counterculture to Cyberculture: Stewart Brand, the Whole Earth Network, and the Rise of Digital Utopianism."
My friend Terry Ashkinos is a veteran of San Francisco's underground rock scene, having performed for years in bands like Elephone and, most recently, Fake Your Own Death. Terry, who by day molds the minds of our youth as a middle school social studies teacher, spent last summer in Berlin on a teaching fellowship. Alone and inspired, he wrote a handful of tunes that would become the foundation of El Terrible, his new group that now includes Scott Eberhardt on drums and vocals, and Adrian McCullough on bass, synth, and backing vocals. Tomorrow, El Terrible releases its first EP, on Breakup Records. Recorded by Rogue Wave's Rob Easson, it's an excellent self-titled collection of four dark, spare, and beautiful post-punk tracks. The album is available as a digital download for $4. Add $1 more and you get a limited-edition yellow cassette. Yes, cassette. Stream the whole thing above and purchase it over at El Terrible's Bandcamp page.
El Terrible's live debut and record release party is tomorrow night, Friday (2/7), at The Hemlock Tavern in San Francisco's enchanting Tenderloin neighborhood.
And here's an interview with Terry in today's San Francisco Chronicle: "El Terrible plays dark and dense rock"
photo: Charles Gatewood
Today is William S. Burroughs's 100th birthday. Happy birthday, Uncle Bill!
Celebrate at the The William Burroughs Centenary, where you can find information about WSB events happening this year.
And below, the lovely song "Seven Souls" by Burroughs and Material, in which Bill reads from his novel The Western Lands.
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BB pal Tom Kalil, Deputy Director for Technology and Innovation at the White House, sends word of the first White House Maker Faire taking place later this year. From the White House Blog:
Inspired by “Joey Marshmallow” and the millions of citizen-makers driving the next era of American innovation, we are thrilled to announce plans to host the first-ever White House Maker Faire later this year. We will release more details on the event soon, but it will be an opportunity to highlight both the remarkable stories of Makers like Joey and commitments by leading organizations to help more students and entrepreneurs get involved in making things.
Meanwhile, you can get involved by sending pictures or videos of your creations or a description of how you are working to advance the maker movement to email@example.com, or on Twitter using the hashtag #IMadeThis. Take Joey’s advice – don’t be bored, make something. Maybe you, like Joey, can take your making all the way to The White House.
"Announcing the First White House Maker Faire"
In 1969, French avant-garde chanteuse Brigitte Fontaine played a beautifully eccentric set at the Théâtre du Vieux-Colombier in Paris with the radically experimental Art Ensemble of Chicago. The show, titled Comme à la radio, features Fontaine weaving her free-verse poetry through the AEOC's far out bass-driven percussive grooves and trance-inducing woodwind phrasing. Actor/musician Areski Belkacem, Fontaine's longtime collaborator, guests on hand drums. Check out the title track above! The fine folks at the excellent Superior Viaduct archival label have now reissued Comme à la radio on vinyl and CD, following up on their reissue of Fontaine's amazing 1968 debut Brigitte Fontaine Est…Folle.
photo: Kate Harmer/Hum Creative
BB pal Nick Harmer
, bassist for Death Cab for Cutie
, made a portrait of Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch out of Skittles. Why, Nick? "Because GO HAWKS!" More photos below.
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This week, I was fortunate to catch a gorgeous acoustic set by Andy Cabic of Vetiver and Eric Johnson of Fruit Bats. They played their own songs, of course, but also some lovely covers of singer/songwriters they both admired and that I had never heard of. I took careful notes and when I got home, I lost myself in the music of one Ted Lucas. In the late 1960s and 1970s, Lucas was a busy Detroit musician who had his own bands but also played sitar and other instruments on Motown albums by The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, and The Supremes. (Here's a 1974 radio interview with Lucas.) In 1975, Lucas self-released his only solo LP, nicknamed The OM Album. Lucas died in 1992 and The OM Album was reissued a few years ago by Yoga Records. It's absolutely stunning and I can't wait until the new vinyl edition, promised by Yoga for later this year, hits stores. Until then, you can still buy the CD and digital download: Ted Lucas (Yoga Records)
And if you aren't hip to the stunning sounds of Andy Cabic/Vetiver or Eric Johnson/Fruit Bats, check 'em out pronto!
Remember last year when the family of a four-year-old boy ordered him a Burger King Kids Meal and found a pot pipe packed with weed? Not to be outdone, an employee at a McDonald's in Pittsburgh, PA was busted selling heroin in Happy Meal boxes. According to police, Shantia Dennis, 26, told drive-through dope customers to use the code phrase: “I’d like to order a toy.” (WGHP)
Here's another bit of evidence supporting today's Boing Boing special feature about why "At 40 Years Old, Dungeons & Dragons Still Matters": The excellent Numero Group record label is issuing a compilation from mostly-uknown 1970s hard rock groups who really dug D&D. The music set, titled Warfaring Strangers: Darkscorch Canticles, ships on March 1 and, if you're patient, there's a special edition box set coming May 30 that includes a D&D-inspired board game called Cities of Darkscorch! (via Pitchfork, thanks COOP!)
Over at Collectors Weekly, BB pal Ben Marks interviews Widespread Panic bassist Dave Schools, but not about his music. Turns out, Schools is an avid collector of Hot Wheels, Wacky Packs, and vinyl records.
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Now in the Boing Boing Shop, this classic design featuring Jackhammer Jill in all her beauty. Just $20, along with our other fantastic Boing Boing t-shirt designs! Available in men, women, and kid sizes. Collect 'em all!
Above is designer Ken Isaacs inside his Knowledge Box, a 1962 invention meant to educate students through "a rapid procession of thoughts and ideas projected on walls, ceilings and floor in a panoply of pictures, words and light patterns." At right, technicians work on the slide projectors that project the imagery inside the box. More over at LIFE.