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Wayne Mason's "Swallowing Purgatory" Will Destroy Your Sanity

Put this one on for alarm clock madness. Loud, louder.

You'll wake up wondering who has been shooting tear gas cannister and slowly running glass shards up and down your flesh and why the devil are there bombs dropping outside your bedroom window.

Warning! This track might fuck you up. Proceed with caution.

Paxman Vs. Brand: I Guess Celebrities Are A Little Different In Britain

This video was really making the rounds on my Facebook feed this morning. I was pretty taken aback because, while I'm used to celebrities being left of center, I can't recall anyone who's called for an outright worldwide socialist revolution, as Brand does in this interview. I suppose Michael Moore comes closest, but he became famous because of his his political documentaries and writings, not for something like acting, where the artform can be separated from the artist's personal views.

This interview blew my mind in a lot of ways. I'm still mulling over what I think of it, so for now I'll just leave it here:



Justin Symbol's "Emerald City"

Well, then. So Justin Symbol is working on his debut solo album and from what he's released so far, I'm damn excited to hear the whole thing.

The video for his song "Emerald City" was directed by Jazeel Gayle, an obviously talented dude. I'm sure this thing was shot in maybe one or two locations and on a minimal budget, but that doesn't stop it from having a mythic feel. The genius was the merging of clips from The Wizard of OZ seamlessly with the new footage through the use of lighting and editing. The right shading here, the right colors there, add an odd juxtaposition or two and the video looks much bigger than its budget. Gayle and Symbol have created  a very interesting world here.

The song itself is a little more psychedelic, a little more pop than the stuff we heard Symbol sing with his band Nursing Home. The pop elements dull the edges a bit, curbing some of the nihilism and rage that we heard on Nursing Home's self-titled debut EP.

For my part, …

Teen Wolf: The Most Inspiring Werewolf Movie Ever Made

I don't give a shit what came after this movie. Teen Wolf, the original 1985 movie about a small town kid who leads his basketball team to victory after discovering that he can turn into a werewolf, is the only thing with that title worth watching. I watched this VHS tape so much when I was a kid that the picture got all snowy and the tape finally gave up on itself and died.

And this was all from a recording of a TV broadcast where they replaced the word "dick" with "it." Boy howdy, was my young mind saved from being traumatized by foul language.

Anyway, Scott Howard, the aforementioned teenage wolf, uses his superpowers for a good cause: getting his high school basketball team to the "regional championship." But when the big game comes, Scott decides that, goddamn it, if they're going to win the game, they're going to do it on their own, without the help of a superhuman creature that somehow never made the national news or even anything beyo…

You're Gonna Want Jamie and Peter Miller's Brains!

Brains! (My B.F. Freddy) is a funny, lovingly-made tribute to the campy horror movies that many of us grew up on in the 1980's. The flick opens with writer/director Jaime Miller getting a series of spooky prank calls. Who can it be? "But it was just a B movie!" the voice on the other end of the line says, and then the hilarity really begins.

There's plenty of campy gore, monsters and even a zombie band, in which my old friend Ben Gallaway plays one of the guitar players. Take note: his official credit is "Scantily Clad 'Flea' Zombie." The other guitar player in the group, played by Jaime's husband Peter (who also helped with the special effects) is listed as "Cobain" Zombie. Hey, take this as a warning! Okay? Good. Let's go...

Jaime and Peter wrote the song about a year ago. I believe that one day it will replace "Monster Mash" as the ultimate Halloween novelty song. I mean, I don't want to overplay things here, but …

The Beat Generation's Saddest Moment

Ah, so here it is: one of the saddest meltdowns in literary history: Jack Kerouac on William Buckley's Firing Line. And it's caught on tape forever. Bravo! Or not.

Well, anyway, most people familiar with Beat Lore know the story. Jack was incredibly drunk, acting like a buffoon and saying crazy things like the reason we were fighting the Vietnam War was so that the Vietnamese could get jeeps into their country. Kerouac was there to discuss politics, something he obviously knew nothing about. But, more importantly, it was a subject he found repellant and preferred not discussing at all. During one of the few lucid moments on the program, Kerouac explains that, to him, the Beat movement meant "beatitude," and he wasn't at all happy with what he saw as a spiritual movement being dragged into politics.

There's an especially sad moment where Kerouac points out angrily that Allen Ginsberg, by now a chubby and bearded Hippie, is sitting in the audience. Ginsberg wa…