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Arcade Anthems

Ronnie James Video Games Last Thursday night Antonia and I were watching the video for Lana Del Rey's "Video Games." Antonia pointed out that it was one of the first earnest video game songs she could recall — as most songs about arcade attractions are parody's or novelty songs; campy cantos to clanging coins. So, we Googled "video game songs." While not every song or video on this Kotaku list is as compelling as the next, I recommend sampling every one of these finds — they range from early rap to Kraftwerk-ian synth scores to disco funk to...er...Joe Walsh. To get you started, here are a few of my favorites... Check out this mysterious 1980's duo with their take on "Video Games."
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Jodorowsky 1.0

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Nashville, TN is experiencing a Alejandro Jodorowsky renaissance this month with the Belcourt Theatre’s screenings of some of the auteur’s most important works, leading up to the local premiere of his new film, Dance of Reality.

My fellow local film writers and I all respect the master’s outlandish visuals, his passion for the surreal and his esoteric spiritual explorations, but, of course, his movies aren’t for everyone. After last week’s screening of The Holy Mountain I kept thinking about the film — I’ve watched it many times and this most recent viewing was the second time I’d seen it on the big screen. I came away wondering if I’d seen any other films that paved the way for Jodorowsky, and while early surrealist cinema certainly deserves a nod, if you want to know where Jodo’s roots really dig in, you have to look to the stage, not the screen.

Here’s what the Mutantspace site has to say about Jodorowsky’s Melodrama Sacramental performance piece from 1965…

Alejandro Jodorowsky‘s ‘Melodrama Sacramentral’ was a happening presented by his group, The Panic Movement at the Paris Festival of Free Expression in 1965.Read the rest

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The Photographs of William S. Burroughs

William S. Burroughs Photography

In a recent post I mentioned the January opening of the new photography exhibition Taking Shots: The Photography of William S. Burroughs. I’ve just received a copy of the catalog and I’m planning a review of the volume in an upcoming post or on an episode of Coincidence Control Network.

In the meantime, here is a very insightful little overview of the show featuring the curators at The Photographers Gallery, London. While Burroughs’ paintings are well-known, his work as a photographer is just beginning to be examined and understood. This interview was shot during the installation of the exhibition and it reveals Burroughs’ work behind the camera to be both an extension of the cut-up techniques he developed with the artist and writer Brion Gysin, and the even earlier aesthetic lessons Bill learned as a boy studying the flower arrangements his mother created for their St. Louis home.

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Sun Ra at 100: ‘A Joyful Noise’

This year we celebrate the 100th birthday of the cosmic reign of the avant-garde jazz musician Sun Ra whose official birthday is celebrated on May 22. For those who know the man’s music, there is no need for an introduction here. For neophytes, here is a sampling of the story from the Sun Ra Arkestra’s official website:

Eclectic, outrageous, sometimes mystifying but always imbued with a powerful jazz consciousness, the music of Sun Ra has withstood its skeptics and detractors for nearly three generations. And well it should, since Sun Ra has been both apart of and ahead of the jazz tradition during that time.

Like Duke Ellington and swing-era pioneer Fletcher Henderson, Sun Ra learned early on to write music in an arranged form that showcased the specific talents of his individual Arkestra members, and he has retained the services of some of these musicians to this day: John Gilmore, Marshall Allen, and Julian Priester for example since they first joined in the 1950′s.

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London Calling At 35

The Clash is one of my favorite bands. Sometimes they are my favorite band — it goes back and forth.

If you love the band or — at this late date — if you are new to their music, this series of short docs is a great introduction and a remembrance of one of the best groups in the history of rock; record to record, style to style, sound to sound.

The Clash burned bright and The Clash burned short, but they continue to illuminate music that matters, and, in their own way, they cast their light from Elvis Presley to the crunching guitars coming out of garages around the world to this day.

Celebrating the 35th anniversary of their masterpiece, London Calling, here are all the members of The Clash recounting the triumphs and trials of their incandescent career. This is Audio Ammunition: “This is Radio Clash from pirate satellite…”

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Coincidence Control Network: Episode 65

ccn66 Apologies for the lateness of this show, I (The Ken) have been ill. This week: The Big Dog is off the chain, yeah that's right, Ken's hosting again. That's really all you need to know....no?...ok, this week we discuss The latest activistprank from the Yes Men, New moons and hipsters, Hack your face!, Kim's analogue dream tape, Stuff, The weirdness of Mandella's interpreter, Brazilian football is Smash TV, Nintendo gayness, and Florida's cache of medieval weapons. PersonnelKim Monaghan, Frater Isla, and Ken Eakins
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Coincidence Control Network: File #064 – Man Down! Man Down!

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This week: Our glorious leader Ken is once again unable to reach the epic levels of fitness, and mental agility needed to traverse the rocky rhetoric that is CCN, however, the others are…so, that’s good I guess. Anyway, this week they discuss: Catzilla!, Red Spain, Protestaganda, Lots of stuff about books to look intelligent, authors capitalising on our fascination with Florida, Magickal Magicky Magick, and the death of a legend!

Personnel Joe Nolan, Frater Isla, and Kim Monaghan

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