The Future of Weed: High Country, the new documentary from Vice is really nice to inhale and watch. This THC-saturated film takes an interesting look at the advances in weed growing technology that the city of Denver and surrounding areas are making on the Hi-Tech Herbal tip. Even if you do not puff the devil’s weed, this is a must see…Excuse me while I load my bong again and press play – I’m not zoning out, I’m tuning in!
Stop whatever you are doing and let these 12 minutes and 17 seconds inspire you. You are about to watch The Art Of Punk: CRASS featuring the works of Dave King and Gee Vaucher. CVLT Nation salutes our homie Bryan Ray Turcotte of Fucked Up + Photocopied fame (one of the greatest books about punk flyers ever made!) and Bo Bushell on their killer series about Punk Art brought to the world by MocaTv….My life would not be what it is today if it was not for CRASS. They are more than a band to me, they are a part of my life story…Enjoy this on-point look at their ART!
What was the sign of a good hardcore logo during the 80′s? If kids could write it out themselves on their notebooks, tees, shoes etc…then you knew you had a winner. One of the most iconic logos ever has to be the Black Flag bars. Our homie Bryan Ray Turcotte of Fucked Up + Photocopied fame (one of the greatest books about punk flyers ever made!) and Bo Bushell have teamed up with MocaTV for a new series about Punk Art. The first installment is about the Black Flag bars – check it out!
Sarah R. Brady is a very talented human and her new documentary about NIK TURNER from Hawkwind proves it even more. Even from the trailer of this film, you can see that the full movie is going to be special. Sarah plans to release NIK TURNER and the Power of Orgone in August as a interactive web based documentary, so stay tuned. In the meantime, make sure to tune in and check out the preview below!
KADAVAR‘s recent album Abra Kadavar released April 13th via Nuclear Blast has earned this German old school psychedelic rock band high praise, with comparisons to the likes of Pentagram and Black Sabbath. I know my Sabbath-loving daughter is losing it on my lap right now listening to “Doomsday Machine” (below) and its making it pretty hard to write this post! KADAVAR have a healthy appreciation for the vintage aesthetics and sounds of the classic era of metal, but apparently they are experienced in the problems with vintage transportation. Check out this video of KADAVAR talking vintage cars below!
Via Dangerous Minds
Rebels: A Journey Underground is an excellent Canadian documentary history of “the counterculture” produced for television in the late 1990s and narrated by Kiefer Sutherland. It’s the work of writer/director Kevin Alexander, who did a great job with it. More people should see it. I’m happy to see that the series has been posted in full on YouTube.
The six-part series covers a wide swath of historical countercultures moving from William Blake and 1830s Parisian bohemians to mostly 20th century movements like hippie, Jazz, Beatniks, punk, and what was at the time the series was produced, the brave new world of cyberspace.
In the final episode, “Welcome to Cyberia,” I tell the story on camera of the now notorious corporate fuck-up that resulted in Disinformation receiving well over a million dollars in funding from John Malone’s TCI. This sum included $300,000 worth of marketing money—spent by yours truly in late 1996—that saw it featured on the Netscape homepage for five MONTHS. (If you’re too young to know what Netscape refers to, it was a 90s predecessor of the browser that you are using right now, so that was a very big deal. It was kind of like being on the homepage of virtually everyone who wasn’t logging on using AOL or Compuserve).
When Malone (an extreme conservative dubbed “Darth Vader” by Al Gore) saw Disinformation for the first time, his reaction, I was told by two people actually in the room, was “We paid for this anarchist bullshit? Get rid of it!”
Part 1: Society’s Shadow
From Bohemia and 19th century European romanticism, this film looks back through history to uncover the beginning of “new vision” thinking in Western civilization and its links to what is now called counterculture. From 1830s Paris to New York City’s Greenwich Village at the turn of the 20th century, it follows the paths which brought Europe’s most rebellious voices to America. Includes profiles of William Blake, Victor Hugo, Theophile Gauthier, Charles Baudelaire, John Reed and Woody Guthrie.
BILLIE HOLIDAY represents many different things to many different people…To me, she was the originator of a vocal style that could make you feel the pain of all of the downtrodden souls around you. She was an independent woman who waved her freak flag high and did not give a fuck what people thought. BILLIE HOLIDAY was willing to put her life on the line and sing against the injustice of the lynching that was taking place all over the south. Even to this day, when I hear her sing “Strange Fruit” my heart turns black! Anything I write would never be enough to describe the impact this woman had on humanity! In my book, BILLIE HOLIDAY was the voice of doom before there was doom…Downtuned music is all about the blues, and this was pure blues…So check out this kick ass documentary about BILLIE HOLIDAY now!
If there is one thing the BBC is excellent at, it’s making fun of Americans. They search out the weirdest, most horrifying aspects of American culture and put it on British TV, programs that would never be shown by Americans to Americans. Case in point – BBC’s Strangelove series chronicles the weird shit people in America (for the most part, although there are some Brits and Germans thrown in) fall in love with. No surprise, the mechaphilia episode, My Car is my Lover, is set in the States. This documentary follows two self-professed “mechaphiles,” or men who are sexually involved with their cars. Whether it’s a stuffed-lion-loving old hippie who is in a long term (and open) relationship with his female VW bug, Vanilla, or it’s the young man exploring his car sexuality with several of his male-gendered cars (he’s straight, but “gay for cars”), this episode is freaky and hilarious in so many ways. Of course, since it’s British television, they have no problem putting a half naked pot bellied old man on camera, pleasuring himself on an Escalade. OK – don’t let that mental image deter you from watching this, it is a must see if you are interested in the incredibly strange foibles of humanity. Start your week off right with My Car is my Lover!
Who did I fear in 1982? I feared the media and all of the lies they put out about my generation. I was scared that my mom would ship me off to a boot camp that would march the punk rock out me. I remember watching this documentary with my mom called We Destroy the Family: Punks vs. Parents, and it was not fun times. Serena Dank was a money hungry asshole. Check out what the hardcore kids of 1982 had to deal with…When I watch this, I totally realize why the kids were disconnected from the parents!