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On the one hand, I think Tiny Tim being famous is the type of thing that could only have happened in the 1960s, on the other, I kind of wish he was around today and had access to the technology of Youtube and outlets like 'Billy on the Street' or 'Funny or Die.'

 

It's an interesting proposition, Elitist. For a time, you couldn't turn on a T.V. set without running into Tiny Tim or Pat Paulsen (does anyone remember him? I loved him as a kid, but he can't seem to make me crack even a grin now). Could he have cut it at any other time? I can't help but think he would have, somehow. He was a truly determined guy. He gave it his all when he performed and he was unique.

 

I like the work Tim did with Brave Combo in the middle 90s. Brave Combo can be hilarious on their own, but together with Tiny Tim they made a lot of inspired lunacy.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eL0Xq03eZWw

 

Terry Gross held an excellent interview with him at the same time.

http://www.npr.org/t...storyId=5447267

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Since we're posting Tiny Tim...

 

 

 

My favorite Christmas song.

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The fact that Tiny Tim made that "Santa Clause Has Got the AIDS" song, making light of the disease at a time when the world was still too terrified to make jokes about it, makes me wish he was indeed still around. He was also ready, willing, and able to insert his own brand of insanity into his own stuff as well as a plethora of collaborators (i.e. Brave Combo). A remarkable weirdo.

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We're all fans of weird and/or little-seen cinema, right? I also love weird, ambitious animation. Guess what? I'm a nerd. Anyway, Trailers From Hell recently posted their commentary on this movie (which you can see here: http://trailersfromhell.com/coonskin/), which reminded me of its existence. Also, with the Ralph Bakshi discussion posted by klem_johansen in the thread for Episode 87, I thought posting this trailer here would be timely and appropriate. I present to you Ralph Bakshi's 'Coonskin:'

 

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A friend of mine cut together a 13 minute *ahem* "highlight reel" for Alien Beasts, a 1991 shot-on-video horror/sci-fi movie. Please, watch the entire thing:

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I keep thinking that speaking Japanese and being familiar with the product or service on offer might ruin the enjoyment this commercial gives me. But then again, probably not. I don't think anything I could do would ever enable me to comprehend this.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QXIv7VLzEzU

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I know this is going viral right now and has some 20 million views, but I'm trying to deal with it. Looking at his other videos, I don't believe he has the disabilities this video might lead you to assume. But what is this? Is he this terrible, or is he an excruciatingly funny comic genius? I'm hoping for the latter. I just hope he's in on the joke and not the Tommy Wiseau or William McGonagall of the music world.

 

I love it that the girl doesn't dance any better than he does in this video.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iq_d8VSM0nw

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#484 Vince_Frost- that drummer is doing his own thing, not sure if he even cares what the other bandmates think... the caption for that should be some people beat to the sound of there own drum...

#485 brax520, not sure what that has to do with punk....

 

Yello as cool as they are, really had some terrible music videos.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltzFO2zQpuA

this video reminds me of the movie tape heads with John Cusack, in that it glue some pointless clips together in a music video and call it art.

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I still enjoy the music of yello it holds up to time, still.

 

Notes: 1:22 min you know what this video really needs is some arnold and cats.

Now can we get some more mice in mouse traps too please!..

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Jarrycanada,

 

That was a hunk a hunk of burning surrealism, thank you! I loved Yello as a teenager, Snakefinger too. I listened to a lot of Ralph Records bands back in the day. I extracted about all the enjoyment I could out of The Residents, but they can be hard to warm to.

 

I noticed a tiny clip in Yello's "The Race" at 0:45 in from the video "Machine Civilization" by World Order, a strange and interesting Japanese group. I post one of their videos for your consideration. I admire this group's style and dedication. They even manage to squeeze in a lot of social commentary about life in Japan, gender roles and our global, mechanized society.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35hCo_grAqw

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brax520,

 

I see your "Russian punk" band and raise you a Gypsy punk band of the first water, Gogol Bordello.

Granted, the violin, washboard, accordion and air drill are not traditional punk instruments, they do get the job done.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StZwrbKHnG4

 

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Jarrycanada,

 

That was a hunk a hunk of burning surrealism, thank you! I loved Yello as a teenager, Snakefinger too. I listened to a lot of Ralph Records bands back in the day. I extracted about all the enjoyment I could out of The Residents, but they can be hard to warm to.

 

I noticed a tiny clip in Yello's "The Race" at 0:45 in from the video "Machine Civilization" by World Order, a strange and interesting Japanese group. I post one of their videos for your consideration. I admire this group's style and dedication. They even manage to squeeze in a lot of social commentary about life in Japan, gender roles and our global, mechanized society.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35hCo_grAqw

 

This explains everything leading up to the Terminator movies. why skynet became self aware LOL

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Big joke until someone falls to her death then gives you a public service announcement on retail safety!

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1hlBg1gJyU

 

This is one of a series of strange, darkly funny Canadian safety films called prevent-it. They're like tiny horror movies a la Landis's _American Werewolf in London_ in that each victim delivers a cogent lecture just before or after dying.

 

Be warned, the first one in particular is nightmare fuel, it will leave afterimages. Get through that one, and you're home free for the rest.

 

The world of safety films is a weird one. The makers seem fraught with conflicting goals and interests.

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Attempts at communication gone woefully awry utterly slay me. Maybe it's not really that funny, but I have no resistance to it. Abbot and Costello and Badlipreading have the same effect on me.

 

Props to the singer for having the guts and naivety to sing this in English, then post it to the hell that is Youtube, where I'm sure it was downloaded, altered, and reposted in the form we see here. There are many of these videos on youtube by this guy and his various "collaborators."

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7oGx2dImE8

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Do It Yourself videos are generally utilitarian and humorless by nature.

 

The Hang drum was invented by a microscopic, perversely anti-commercial Swiss company so much more capricious than Mussolini or even Steve Jobs ever dared to be. PANArt may, or may not, make a limited number of handmade Hang drums each year. Their clientele is made up entirely of street musicians working in and around subways. PANArt can do what they damn well please. To get a Hang drum, you should make an appointment and fly to Switzerland for an interview with the two guys in the company so they can make sure your heart is pure and your intentions are good. After all of that, maybe they will sell you a Hang drum. It might take six months to a year to fulfill your order though. It's also possible they could lose interest and move on to making pasta. They're a parable, not a company.

 

It's probably cheaper and easier to buy a hang drum for $6k--$8k on Ebay if one ever becomes available. IF it's authentic. You could try to get a drum made by a competitor, but they're about as difficult as PANArt because they're all using the same business model.

 

Or you could try to make one...

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPNe8oQXM_E

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There's a lot going on here. I think this youtube based movie review of The Night of One Thousand Cats is meant for people who don't have access to imdb.com, or youtube.com, or the internet, or perhaps electricity. The unseen reviewer creatively draws illustrations to accompany his narration of the plot of the film. Didn't they do this on Reading Rainbow? I also love that he feels compelled to write out a line of dialog for us to admire.

 

This is part two; It's my favorite part!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Gvz3RA4tlY

 

 

The entire review (parts 1 and 2) is about 20 minutes long. If you should happen to feel you might save some time watching the actual movie, here you go. Animal lovers should give this a miss. For what it's worth, I find the way the cats are treated in this quite troubling.

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These binaural ASMR videos are apparently supposed to be relaxing or something, but they really just kind of creep me out and make me think of lonely people. For the full intended effect you're supposed to wear earphones while watching so that you can actually feel like you just survived some domestic abuse(?) or are getting a zombie makeover.

 

 

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These binaural ASMR videos are apparently supposed to be relaxing or something, but they really just kind of creep me out and make me think of lonely people. For the full intended effect you're supposed to wear earphones while watching so that you can actually feel like you just survived some domestic abuse(?) or are getting a zombie makeover.

 

My goodness, those are creepy and interesting. I'm looking around at other ASMR videos on youtube. I had no idea people were doing this with binaural recording. For the porn industry this could bring a whole new meaning to the phrase "giving head."

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