Watch the music video that's making karens and qanon hysterical about Adult Swim today

Adult Swim is Cartoon Network's late-night counterpart, showing adult-oriented shows, animations, art and so forth. It's been doing so since 2001, with Cowboy Bebop, Aqua Teen Hunger Force and Rick and Morty among the popular faves. Last night, however, an angry lady found out about it and all hell broke loose on Twitter.

Celebs waded in. Internet "Free Thinker" Robbie Starbuck has reached the limit of his free-speech principles: "What redeeming value or non-evil value does this bring to adults? This is a celebration of death, evil, rot & darkness."

The video that they're freaking out about is PreBirth by Mike Diva, embedded at the top of this post. It features pyramid-headed figures drumming with baby dolls, which giggle along no matter how extreme the treatment. To anyone with a passing familiarity with pop culture, Satanic Panic and the edgy surrealism of music videos, it's a darkly-humorous joke about how consumerism breaks, molds and manipulates us into becoming the gleeful demonic spawn of capital—or something like that, anyway.

It's presented in the most comically offensive way possible using the capirote symbology of Christian cultism and the retro occultism of The Omen, Rosemary's Baby and all that followed. Read the rest

Madness performs with a string quartet from their "London lock up"

Madness was supposed to go on a U.S. tour this year but COVID changed that. But, that didn't stop the English ska band from making music with a string quartet from their studio, all socially distanced. The resulting 36-minute concert "Two Mad Men and a String Quartet" is a joy.


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Why Trump's naked corruption is less interesting than conspiracy theories about Clinton

Yesterday, Paul Krugman wrote that he expects Hillary Clinton will get "Gored" by press innuendo over the next few weeks. Today, The Washington Post's Paul Weldman wonders why Read the rest

Alfonso Cuarón's "Ikea"

Just this weekend I snuck into Ikea to grab just one very specific thing, and within minutes I was angry and confused. [Video Link via Kottke] Read the rest