30 December 2012

French and Saunders ABBA parody

15 December 2012

St. Roch Cemetery 1941

21 November 2012

Pictures From a Drawer, Photos from Cummins Prison, Arkansas

From the site: "It is a miracle that they even survived, were it not for the foresight of Bruce Jackson, who stumbled upon them in a prison drawer when he was photographing a state prison farm in Cummings, Arkansas. The year was 1975, and old pictures like that were considered junk." For those of us who travel Highway 65 frequently, the "Beware of Hitchhiking Prisoners" sign is just outside of this prison.

20 August 2012

"Portrait of Billy Gunn", James Dean

Most of my friends know how infatuated with James Dean I am. Imagine my shock to find out today that he was a fantastic artist as well as a great and totally perfect actor. Pictured below is his final painting, "Portrait of Billy Gunn". Here's a link to a website which catalogues several actors/rock stars and their art. Check out Janis Joplin's, which is much better than I would have thought. David Bowie's art is also very good. Be sure to check out his painting, "Boy in Berlin". RIP Phyllis Diller.

Benny Andrews "Mourners" 1962

This is on display at the Ogden Art Museum in CBD New Orleans. All of Benny Andrews's pieces there are fantastic. Go see it!

14 August 2012

RIP Joe Kubert

Really sad to read that Joe Kubert has died. He was a comic book artist who drew for Hawkman and other DC Comics, but what I remember him for is my youth's obsession with X-Men trading cards, some of which he drew (including the one pictured here). His sons, Andy and Adam, drew for X-Men when I began to become interested in comics. A real loss. RIP Joe.

10 August 2012

31 July 2012

Pontchartrain Beach

I am embarrassed to admit that I had no idea that the beach that I [used to] swim in all the time used to be the home of a theme park before it was UNO's campus. Elvis Presley and Fats Domino played shows there. Blows my mind. Closed in 1983; no remnants anywhere. Here are some pics and info.

18 June 2012

St. Hyacinth of Caesarea

From Wikipedia: Hyacinth was a Christian living at the start of the 2nd century, who is honored as a martyr and a saint by both the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church. According to tradition, he served as chamberlain to the Emperor Trajan. When he was discovered to be a Christian, Hyacinth was imprisoned in Caesarea, Cappadocia, and underwent numerous scourgings. He was deliberately served only meat which had been blessed for sacrifice to the official Roman gods, the eating of which was banned by both Judaism and Christianity. Thus he starved to death in A.D. 120.[1] It is claimed that it is his body which is preserved and venerated in the abbey church of the former Cistercian Abbey of Fürstendfeld, of which the church is the only surviving structure.

Thank you, Mr. Riggsdiculous

08 May 2012

My favorite abandoned New Orleans places in one Flickr set

One Tumblr account has taken several pictures of New Orleans's best abandoned landmarks: One set on the Six Flags; one of the Milne Boys' Home, an old orphanage on Franklin Ave in Gentilly where Louis Armstrong learned how to play trumpet; one of the Market Street Power Plant in the Irish Channel; and one of the Dixie Brewery on Tulane Ave. The entire Tumblr can be seen here. Be sure to check out the 87 Drive-In Theatre and the Falstaff Brewery even though they aren't in New Orleans. Seen here is a picture of the Milne Boy's Home in 1950.

19 April 2012

RIP Levon Helm


Boy, April 19 sure sucks dick. Levon Helm from The Band died following a long bout with cancer. He was a native Arkansan like myself, and he really was my Arkansas hero. The Band's first two albums are some of my very favorites, and I'll be goddamned if he isn't my favorite part of them. Below is a video of the music for the Band's take on the Boss's "Atlantic City," on which he played drums, guitar, mandolin, and sang. RIP Levon.

RIP Jonathan Frid


The "Dark Shadows" actor who played Barnabas Collins on the '60s horror soap opera died of natural causes, only a few weeks before the new movie directed by Tim Burton came out. I hope he got to see it; or at least, I hope that if it sucks, he didn't. RIP Frid. You'll always have a place in my heart.

22 March 2012

Making of "We Are the World" 1985

Speaking of....
Here's a making-of documentary about the "We Are the World" project, which I had never heard of before.

21 March 2012

Northern Lights "Tears Are Not Enough"


I know the subject matter isn't funny, but do the words "Canadian version of 'We Are the World'" not want to make you laugh? We're talking Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, and other R&R Hall of Famers like Anne Murray and Corey Hart ("Sunglasses At Night"). This video gave me a real chuckle the other day.
Also, please notice with this random appearance of John Candy that ALL famine aid songs must contain a strictly non-singing celebrity; otherwise, it can't be a success. I give thanks to you, Dan Aykroyd. I give thanks to you.

Japanese Fart Wars of 1885


Yeah, there's a whole set.

13 March 2012

Dyatlov Pass Incident


Here's the Wikipedia article on the Dyatlov Pass Incident, where nine hikers in the USSR died mysteriously while hiking in the Ural Mountains.
According to Wiki, "Investigators at the time determined that the hikers tore open their tent from within, departing barefoot into heavy snow and a temperature of −30°C. Though the corpses showed no signs of struggle, two victims had fractured skulls, two had broken ribs, and one was missing her tongue. Their clothing, when tested, was found to be highly radioactive."

24 February 2012

John Peel's Record Box

For some time now, John Peel has been one of my biggest heroes. I loved his dedication to finding and broadcasting new music, especially since punk rock was the thing that got me through high school and gave me some of the best times of my life. When I became a DJ, John Peel was such a huge influence. And when I played punk rock late at night, I felt like I was broadcasting music to people who hadn't ever heard real punk before, much like John Peel. I think all two of them really appreciated it (thanks for listening, Mom and Dad!).
This is a documentary about the box full of 45s that he would escape with if his house ever caught fire. Pitchfork embedded it in a post discussing how his enormous record collection will soon be digitized and put online for the world to hear. I'm pretty excited about it.

10 February 2012

Cynthia the Famous Mannequin


So the story goes:

"In 1937, LIFE Magazine launched the career of an up-and-coming starlet in a multiple-page photo spread that, overnight, made “Cynthia” a household name. In very short order she became an A-list celebrity; was given her own television talk show and starred on the silver screen; was sent jewels and dresses by top fashion houses; was briefly engaged to one of radio’s biggest stars; hobnobbed with the former king of England; and became one of the most recognizable faces in the fashion world.
There was only one minor catch: Cynthia was a mannequin. Not a mannequin in the way a supermodel is a mannequin. But a mannequin mannequin. A made-of-plaster mannequin. Hers was a stranger-than-fiction tale that encompassed the highest circles of New York and London society, the very the lowest brow of American entertainment — and even (as so many improbable, compelling stories so often do) touched on a grisly murder investigation."

I'm not sure if I believe it, but hey, it's interesting nonetheless.
Here's the link for the photoessay on Cynthia and her creator.

Photos of Rock Stars with their Parents


Check out this article, portraying rock stars (like Richie Haven, above) with their parents in the good old 1970s. Also included is Grace Slick, Michael Jackson, and Frank Zappa.

30 January 2012

Arkansas, 1900-1960s


Someone graciously uploaded some family photos from the early 20th century, most of them in Arkansas. Check it.

23 January 2012

Max WITH A SAX

Vermin Supreme


I know I'm a tad late on this one, but this is an actual video of lesser-known presidential candidate named Vermin Supreme. Vermin Supreme is one hilarious bastard and has now secured my vote after throwing glitter on another lesser-known candidate and declaring him gay (seen at the end of this video).

12 January 2012

Hidden in the Open: A Photographic Essay of Afro American Male Couples


Trent Kelley has collected 150 years' worth of photographs depicting gay black couples. His Flickr page contains the pictures and a short article on the subject.

05 January 2012

List of Australia's Big Things


Someone took a ton of time to create a Wikipedia page of large things in Australia. This one, for instance, is The Big Dead Fish. I strongly recommend you check it out.
Note: There are a lot of big things in Australia.