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I remember about five or six years ago, I heard a cover of Come on In My Kitchen done in the kitchen at a college party, acapella, most likey from the south, with really deep syncopated rythyms provided by boot stomps and the like. Can't find it again. It was a video on youtube.
I'm looking for heavy intense driving emotional engaging longform metal and drone tracks. I prefer instrumental but hit me with whatever you gots. General preferences below the fold! But please open my mind to what's out there. I can't wait to hear what you come up with. [more inside]
At 20:25 in this video about the York Museum of Automata, they show a fantastic automaton called The Birth of Venus, by Katie Rowe (spelling uncertain). I wasn't able to google up any more information about this artist, using multiple spelling variations of the name. The museum has been gone for 20+ years and has no significant web presence. I'm familiar with a lot of late 20th century automata artists through Cabaret Mechanical Theater and associates, but I'd never encountered this artist before!
My friends' eldest child is turning 6, and I'd like to make her a playlist of female artists. Her favorite, favorite song since she was three is On The Road Again. Other Willie Nelson songs are apparently okay, especially if they've got some imagery to them (her next favorite song for a while was Willie's cover of Pancho And Lefty). Lately apparently she's gotten into vocals-free surfer rock, specifically Dick Dale. I'd like to make her a playlist of female vocalists that might contain one or two new favorite songs. Suggestions? [more inside]
In the last 7-10 days, I saw a bar chart of different countries' stimulus/relief amounts, most likely on a major English-language news site. The bars were ranked by amount of relief as a percentage of GDP, with the U.S. at the top. The U.S. bar included all three U.S. COVID relief bills, showing how much of the U.S. total each bill comprised. If it helps, the bars were yellow. Can you please help me find it?
Looking for songs with sardonic, pithy lyrics that contain deep truths, folk / traditional Western European preferred. [more inside]
I found a few by Googling, but have I missed any? The list so far is inside. [more inside]
I'm trying to track down an old TV-movie on someone else's behalf, about two boys home from military school, one of whom shoots and kills a person with no remorse. Any ideas? More details inside! [more inside]
Saw a cropped poster on Etsy of the JR Tokyo map and I'm looking for a full size version. Anyone know where I can purchase or print one? [more inside]
I lost a beautiful website and I'm trying to find it again! In a media studies class in college, one of the discussions was about a website of illustrated stories. Each story was a single image many times larger than the computer screen size. The way you 'read' the story was to drag the screen to uncover more and more of the image. If you've ever seen anything like this (XKCD's "click and drag" comic works this way), please post the link, especially if it sounds like the horror stories site I'm describing. Thank you! [more inside]
Please share anything in film or video format, from Tik Toks to documentaries to fiction films, that effectively makes a case to decrease police and prisons.
My lack of artistic vocabulary, combined with red-green colorblindness for extra difficulty, have produced an impasse trying to describe and learn more about a color palette trend I've noticed (and gotten obsessed by) over the last few years. Details and links to examples below. [more inside]
When I lived in Ohio, community theaters groups operated independently (Footlighters, Tri-County Players, etc.) but were also members of OCTA (Ohio Community Theater Association). This seemed a loose affiliation that administered the organization of theaters while letting people from the community audition for any show they wanted w/o the need to be a member of any individual theater group or theater organization. [more inside]
A friend is writing their thesis about climate change story-telling in movies. They're having trouble finding stories that paint a more hopeful picture of futures where we've actually managed to avert worst-case dystopian scenarios. What fiction (preferably science fiction) movies would you recommend? [more inside]
I'm looking for people to share their thoughts (or memorable books, articles, quotes, etc) on why consuming fiction has value. In my gut it feels valuable, I love fiction and consume a lot of it, but I find it hard to articulate why! Note: if you're the sort of person who doesn't like these sort of navel gazey posts, really not looking for "just enjoy it, whatever, chill out" type answers! [more inside]
On the latest episode of The Rookie (don't judge me), there's a scene with cult members in white robes standing on the edge of a roof (awaiting their ascension, as they do). But it reminded me very strongly of a very similar scene in another show which I cannot remember and it's very annoying. Does it ring any bells with you? [more inside]
I've been listening to the same music for a while: The Beatles, Magnetic Fields, Harry Nilsson, Morphine, QOTSA, The Kinks, Weezer, Nirvana, Me First & The Gimme Gimmes, and Daft Punk. I need some new choices to change up my playlist. Please send me your favorites. [more inside]
I would love to know how to research audiobooks to help me decide which ones to listen to. I subscribe to Audible, and I used to just browse their best-seller and other lists. However, I have hit a wall. I am finding that there is not enough turnover in their lists to browse, so I am no longer finding things that I want to listen to that way. I thus now have a backlog of credits, but I am hungry for something new to listen to. Is there a better way to find audiobooks? I am open to both fiction and nonfiction, but I find that I can only follow "easier" books in audio form. For complex material, I need to be able to reread sections.
I need to make images for what will either be an Instagram channel or a YouTube channel. [more inside]
I'm looking for a short film that premiered on Vimeo somewhere between 2007 and 2015. It was a film that took you through the cycle of a human life, including birth and death, and it was made primarily/entirely of very short stock footage clips collaged together with, as far as I can remember, natural audio. Ring a bell?