Happy St. Patrick’s D...

Pogue Mahone
I first heard The Pogues when I was a junior in college, working a journalism internship at an alternative music and arts paper in Lansing, MI. My editor was into his job mostly for all the free music he was mailed and all the free shows he was invited to. Like all good music journalists, he loved music. He loved…

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Nine New Dead Sea Scrolls

Dead Sea Scrolls
Scholars have discovered nine new Dead Sea Scrolls that had been overlooked during the discovery of the documents in Qumran in the 1950′s. Part of the reason for the oversight might be the diminutive sizes of these new finds. Times of Israel explains: Phylacteries, known in Judaism by the Hebrew…

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Agent Cooper’s “...

Twin Peaks Cooper and Diane
For fans of David Lynch’s classic cult TV show, Twin Peaks, the secrets of the Black Lodge and the Log Lady’s prophecies hold an endless fascination. But, in a show full of dark mysteries, the relationship between agent Dale Cooper and the never-seen “Diane” may be the most intangible of them…

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Frazetta Fantasy Museum A R...

The Destroyer by Frank Frazetta
If you are a fantasy fan…wait…scratch that. If were ever a boy child, you probably love the art of Frank Frazetta whose iconic renderings of Conan the Barbarian, Tarzan and countless scantily clad damsels, priestesses and Amazons are the stuff that being a 13-year-old male is made of. The Nerdist website…

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American Zoetrope at 45

The Gang
This year we will be celebrating the 45th anniversary of Francis Ford Coppola’s production house American Zoetrope. Conceived of as an alternative to the Hollywood movie machine, Zoetrope first opened its doors in San Francisco in 1969. Here is a note about the beginning of the dream from the American Zoetrope…

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25 Years After Cassavetes

John Cassavetes
25 years ago, in February of 1989, filmmaker John Cassavetes died. One of the greatest actors of his generation, Cassavetes mostly turned his back on appearing in front of the camera in favor of self-financing a series of highly personal, deeply polarizing films that continue to vex critics, actors, directors and…

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High Office

United States of Higher Conciousness
Marijuana has always had a place in the American counterculture — from the Jazz Age to the Digital Age. Nowadays, the U.S. scene is as chaotic as ever, caught in a netherworld between budding legality and the antique stranglehold of reefer madness repression. Antique Stranglehold is the name of my new band,…

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Coincidence Control Network...

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This week: We doff our hats to the head Ghostbuster Harold Ramis, Indian big cats scare Isla and Kim, Kurt Cobain is immortalised in stone, 13 year old flipflop, South America and Europe don’t know how the Internet works, and Ass Robots! The future now! Personnel – Joe Nolan, Frater Isla, and Ken…

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Coincidence Control Network...

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This week: Isla promos the homo..wait, I fancy some human heads with my Ramen, Ken has that sinking feeling, The Bible: the gift that keeps giving, Isla’s Florida report, Crowd-sourcing the cure for cancer, and those crazy Aztecs and their manuscripts. Personnel – Frater Isla, Kim Monaghan, Roejen Razorwire…

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R.I.P., P.K.D.

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This week, I’m remembering Philip K. Dick who died after a series of strokes on March 2, 1982. I first read A Scanner Darkly in the early 1990′s. The book was written in 1977, but it takes place in the early 1990′s and I was dumbfounded at how Dick had predicted slacker culture nearly two decades…

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