Eli Weinberg Nelson Mandela portrait wearing traditional beads and a bed spread. Hiding out from the police during his period as the “black pimpernel,” 1961
I heard that Mandela used heaps of disguises during this time, two favourites being a milkman and a chauffeur. Badass. I think I’d have been better served learning from him than the Scarlet Pimpernel, whose TV movie practically raised me in the late eighties. There’s not nearly enough Pimpernels today. If I was going to be a Pimpernel today, what colour would I be, maybe flannelette? Or maybe I’d be the first Shrimpernel.
There’s three more Arrested Development clips over here, but I’m going to wait.
By my calculations this drops at 5pm on Sunday, Melbourne time.
If we could get Netflix here I think a lot of people would subscribe, I guess most peeps will have turn to the pirates to get their fix. I wonder if pirates have targets, KPIs, and dickhead teamleaders like every other damn service delivery business.
I still can’t get my head around the idea that you can watch them in any order…
Joseph Fadler Electric Clothes Drying Promotional Campaign, 1956
Doug White Man aiming pistol in field with spotting scope on tripod next to him, (No date)
Joseph Fadler Skiing on Les Gran Teton, 1967
Doug White The famous Merle’s Drive-in, (No date)
This is exactly the sort of thing I love.
Modernist Los Angeles brought to life in online exhibition. A bunch of Angelino history professors have gone through the 70,000 photos in the archive of a local electrical firm, telling the story of twentieth century LA.
These shots were taken by photographers employed by Southern California Edison, LA’s main electrical power suppler during the 20th century, to promote its work in electrifying the city.
The photographers were given a fairly bald brief, to document both domestic and commercial electricity use, as well as local electrical production. However, we think these archival shots, as presented by profs Deverell and Hise, look more like some unworldly collaboration between Ed Ruscha, Raymond Chandler and Bernd and Hilla Becher, than your usual corporate promotional brochure.
A small community in Cherán, Mexico has banded together to rid itself of the violent La Familia Michoacana Cartel who is illegally logging the area. Here a member of the reforestation team with the best moustache in history makes a phone call after lunch.
Talking Heads Psycho Killer (B-Side) ft Arthur Russell on cello
This alternate version of “Psycho Killer” just resurfaced thanks to an Arthur Russell tribute event boasting “never-before-heard and unreleased songs” from the great cellist/producer. All recent reports have followed suit on that description, but in truth this cut was a B-side to the 1977 single — albeit buried a bit on a reissue disc ever since. Regardless, it’s an awesome take everyone should hear. The drama Russell brings to the strings (un)settles the mental battle David Byrne describes in early stages between making it “aggressive-sounding,” which “the singer in the song says you shouldn’t do,” and “if you kind of downplay it.” The twain shall meet above.
The afternoon’s action began quietly enough, with an American soldier on patrol waving off a man trying to sell him a melon. Suddenly, a truck bomb detonated, smoke filled the air, and an injured woman began to wail, while a soldier slumped against a wall, applying a tourniquet to his own severed arm.
In the subsequent chaos, it was hard to tell who was doing what, and why: gun trucks began rolling down the streets, dodging a live goat and letting off round after round as insurgents fired RPGs (mounted on invisible fishing line that blended in with the electrical wires above our heads) from upstairs windows; blood-covered casualties were loaded into an ambulance while soldiers went door-to-door with their weapons drawn; and, in the episode’s climax, a suicide bomber blew himself up directly beneath us, showering our tour group with ashes.
The war comes home. (with a gift shop) (that only accepts cash)
This song goes out to my dear mate Haylz who is a bit under the weather at the moment. Had the best Youtube party ever with her just the other night. Get well soon dear! Follow her on the gram @HayleyCallander
Been all over Playitasitlathes today and it’s been delivering! Made myself a little tmac mixtape.