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Read This: The Sad, Scary Suicide Of Charles Moore

charles_r_moore_minister-th-701x336Y’all probably know by now that when I’m not running Kittysneezes, I’m an associate editor over at Unicorn Booty (UnicornBooty.com if you’re nasty), too — which probably explains why my articles over there also post here.

But that only includes stories that I write — which means KS fans who don’t have Unicorn Booty in their RSS feed (seriously, add UB to your RSS!) miss out on some really great pieces.

One of those pieces is this one, by UB editor-in-chief (and good friend), Daniel Villareal: Why A 79-Year-Old Progressive Methodist Minister Burned Himself Alive. It’s the heartbreaking story of Rev. Charles Moore, a Methodist minister who had long advocated for progressive causes — fighting racism and homophobia, helping the poor, and generally being an amazing human being.

But when he retired, he fell into a depression as he no longer had an outlet for his advocacy… so he decided to have one final, shocking act of activism.

Daniel worked very hard on this story, and it shows — interviews with people who knew Moore, lots of background on Moore’s life and death, and, well, just really good journalism.

I cannot recommend this story enough — and that goes even if I didn’t work for Unicorn Booty! Seriously, it’s amazing; I did nothing on this story, and yet I’m proud just to be published by the same people who put that out.

So yes: READ IT.

NOW:

Why A 79-Year-Old Progressive Methodist Minister Burned Himself Alive

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Haley Pharo – Prisoner

Haley Pharo’s new music video for “Prisoner” from her self-titled debut is a great little slice of electronic pop music.  Her record’s produced by Andrew Dawson, and this song was co-written with King Logan. (Pharo and Logan have also co-written a two other cuts from the record.)

I love the sparseness of the track, and I’m always a sucker for space imagery as well. Space is magnificent.  If you’re in the mood for some cool pop music that’s a little bit different than the stuff that’s on the radio, but still undeniably pop, check this out! Continue reading

Kate Nash – Fri-End?

I really enjoy Kate Nash‘s music — from her first piano-based album Made of Bricks, to the more 60s-girl-groupy My Best Friend Is You, and her newest album, Girl Talk, which is a bit more of a punky vein.  The new single from Girl Talk is “Fri-End?”, and here’s a retro-inspired video clip for the song, featuring many different colored Kates.  And when you’re done with that, pick up Girl Talk.  It’s real good.  (My Best Friend Is You is also really good, but I think got an unfair shake critically, since folks were probably expecting Made of Bricks Part II.  I know I was… but I was pleasantly surprised and dug it quite a bit on its own merits.) Continue reading

Press Play And Record

Cover featuring Patti Smith for the week of 21...

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I just stumbled on a great blog — I guess it’s been around for a while, but only recently updated with a big batch of stuff.  And what a cool batch:  Press Play & Record has posted all (but one — they’re still looking for 1984’s “Neon West” tape) the cassettes that came with NME in the 1980s.  It seems that the tapes (and now CDs) that come with NME (and Q) seem to be way cooler than their American counterparts.  I’m not really necessarily sure why that is, but hey.  Perhaps it’s just that it’s artists I don’t know versus ones I do know (and tend to know suck).  It’s all about the UNKNOWN.  But there are some really great gems here — lots of Billy Bragg, some Elvis Costello (including a demo of “Watching the Detectives“), The Freshies‘ “I’m In Love With The Girl On The Virgin Megastore Checkout Desk” and “Shellfish Bamboo” by Frank Chickens.  Not to mention quite a bit of cuts from Cabaret Voltaire, the Fall and Television Personalities.  And a whole mess of stuff I don’t even know.  (Also some stuff I’m kinda “ugh” on, like some U2 and stuff like that… but, then, I threw my lot in with Negativland long ago.)  So, yes.  Check it out.  It’s around 48 cassettes’ worth of music… all properly tagged no less… and most of those tapes are C-90s.  So… yeah.  ENJOY.
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The Chessmaster II

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I always thought the boxy guitar that John Flansburgh of They Might Be Giants used in videos like “The Statue Got Me High” or “(She Was A) Hotel Detective” was super cool.  Apparently so did Mike Buffington, as he built himself an exact replica.  This is a short video documentary about the process, including showing it to Flans himself, who is suitably impressed.  Seriously, it’s an awesome guitar.
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Doug Funnie Is Crazy

Doug

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Doug is probably the most forgotten of the original set of Nicktoons.  It was created by Jim Jenkins, and was kind of quiet and unassuming, with a bit of weirdness thrown in — an obsession with beets and quails, f’rinstance.  Anyway, someone on Tumblr, identifying as Porkchop (Doug’s dog, if you don’t remember), is going through all the episodes — I’m not sure if it’ll just be the Nick ones or the later ones done for Disney, too — for a blog titled, simply, Doug Funnie Is Crazy.  Porkchop shows not only Doug Funnie’s psychosis (persecution complex, depression, hallucinations, etc.) but the potential roots of his problems (terrible parents and authority figures, mostly).  Given that each episode is a journal entry, we’re seeing the world from Doug’s point of view — which may involve him making things up out of whole cloth sometimes. 

 

Anyway, it’s an amusing blog and tends to bring back memories of watching a television show; obviously, the best kind of memories.

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Let Me Shine For You

Lindsay-Cover-JPEGLet Me Shine For You is a free, 5-track EP of chillwave music based on samples from and reinterpretations of Lindsay Lohan songs.  You can stream it or download it.

From the label’s website:

Inspired in part by Lindsay Lohan’s grotesquely fascinating black hole existence and in part by my unwavering belief in the power of pop music as an artform, I saw an opportunity to create something interesting with her music, and decided to ask some friends to reinterpret some of Lindsay’s songs. “Tri Angle Records Presents: Let Me Shine for You” is the result. Even though we are all fond of Lindsay in our own ways, there is no FREE LINDSAY agenda here. We all love pop music and this is merely an experiment. All of our intentions are very sincere.

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"Space Oddity" as a Children's Book

bowies-space-oddity-as-a-childrens-bookThis is via Lee, but I guess I’m beating him to the punch this time in terms of putting it on OST.  Someone, namely Andrew Kolb, did David Bowie’sSpace Oddity” as a children’s book.  The illustrations are great, but I still think this would only be for if you had children who were very naughty and you wanted to make them cry.  A lot.  Especially when they ask how Major Tom gets home. And  you say “He doesn’t.” And then they ask how he eats food up there. And you go “He doesn’t! He dies!” like in the Michael Ellis sketch on Monty Python.  Major Tom is an ant.
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