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In 1997, Trent Reznor put together a fever-dream of a soundtrack album for David Lynch's film Lost Highway. Over 20 years later, it still has the same power it had when first released. [If you can listen to this album as a single work rather than broken up, I recommend that.] Side A: I'm Deranged (Edit) (D. Bowie), Videodrones: Questions (T. Reznor), The Perfect Drug [video] (Nine Inch Nails), Red Bats With Teeth (A. Badalementi), Haunting & Heartbreaking (A. B.), Eye (The Smashing Pumpkins)

Side B: Dub Driving (A.B.), Mr. Eddy's Theme 1 (B. Anderson), This Magic Moment (L. Reed), Mr. Eddy's Theme 2 (B. A.), Fred & Renee Make Love (A. B.), Apple Of Sodom [images NSFW] [video] (M. Manson)

Side C: Insensatez (A. C. Jobim), Something Wicked This Way Comes (Edit) (B. A.), I Put A Spell On You (M. M.), Fats Revisited (A. B.), Fred's World (A. B.), Rammstein (Edit) (Rammstein)

Side D: Hollywood Sunset (B. A.), Heirate Mich (Edit) (Rammstein), Police (A. B.), Driver Down (T. R.), I'm Deranged (Reprise) (D. B.)
posted by hippybear at Sun, 22 Apr 2018 07:47:27 GMT

China on Film is a two-part documentary (1, 2) from Singapore's ChannelNewsAsia and Make Productions which uses surviving fragments of film to illustrate parts of the history and culture of China from the 1890s up to the end of the 1940s. Experts and scholars provide context and scenes are contrasted with contemporary views of the same locations. (content warning: sequences covering war and other conflicts depict injuries and death)

Historical footage is drawn from the British Film Institute's film collection of the same name; it's geo-locked unfortunately, but some of the original film fragments are available on Youtube.
posted by XMLicious at Sun, 22 Apr 2018 07:31:52 GMT

Preacher Danny Ray Johnson rode the Trump train to the Kentucky House of Representatives by posting racist anti-Obama memes on Facebook and posing as a 9-11 (and L.A. Riots) first responder. Investigative podcast The Pope's Long Con, from the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting and Louisville Public Media, methodically dismantles Johnson's long series of lies and abuses. A heroic journalistic effort and engaging listen that examines how a serial scammer was able to rise to power.

(If you're interested in the podcast, I recommend listening to the full series before reading the rather shocking postscript.)
posted by latkes at Sun, 22 Apr 2018 03:49:53 GMT

German photographer Christian Vieler is noted for his photos of dogs trying to catch treats. If still photos aren't good enough, this Buzzfeed YouTube playlist leads off with dogs mostly missing thrown treats. (It also includes a slow-motion video of dogs eating peanut butter. You're welcome.)
posted by Johnny Wallflower at Sun, 22 Apr 2018 03:48:55 GMT

How Cirque du Soleil Turns Gymnasts Into Artists
posted by Etrigan at Sun, 22 Apr 2018 01:28:56 GMT

BlueBoy BlueMr. Blue SkyBluebirdBluebird Is DeadBirmingham BluesMidnight Blue.
posted by Fizz at Sun, 22 Apr 2018 00:16:28 GMT

Maybe you've seen it. In the years since it was filched from Jerry's profile and uploaded to Reddit, the picture has become a meme of uncommon endurance and ubiquity. It remains the first Google Image search result for both "m'lady" and "tips fedora"... Jerry Messing, former child actor for "Even Stevens" and "Freaks and Geeks" discusses his history in show business and in private life, and how he feels about his image being co-opted by the internet entire.
posted by Slap*Happy at Sat, 21 Apr 2018 23:48:40 GMT

"She walked into my life in Gucci sandals and Céline glasses, and showed me a glamorous, frictionless world of hotel living and Le Coucou dinners and infrared saunas and Moroccan vacations. And then she made my $62,000 disappear." [Vanity Fair]
posted by Charity Garfein at Sat, 21 Apr 2018 22:19:07 GMT

After rampant internet speculation may have affected the enjoyment of people watching the first season of HBO's Westworld the production team has released Westworld Season 2: A Primer so people do want explanation can have it, and people who don't can avoid it.
posted by the man of twists and turns at Sat, 21 Apr 2018 20:03:31 GMT

Is it OK to drink the water you left out overnight?

Great news: You're going to make it.
posted by veggieboy at Sat, 21 Apr 2018 19:04:51 GMT

Everybody seems to be hugging everybody these days: is this okay? Her specific point in this article is the hugging of strangers, especially those met on a blind date.
posted by MovableBookLady at Sat, 21 Apr 2018 17:55:22 GMT

The Third Major Red-State Teachers Strike of 2018 Will Start Next Week (NYMag) As education struggles continue to spread across the US — from Arizona to Colorado to North Carolina — there is an urgent need to learn from the experiences of both Oklahoma and West Virginia. Jacobin's Eric Blanc sat down with organizer and scholar Jane McAlevey to discuss some of the major strategic lessons of these recent strikes - A Strategy To Win
posted by The Whelk at Sat, 21 Apr 2018 17:42:05 GMT

A Conversation With Country Legend John Prine, Your Favorite Songwriter's Favorite Songwriter. "Egg & Daughter Nite, Lincoln Nebraska, 1967 (Crazy Bone)" is one of the new songs on "The Tree of Forgiveness," his first album of original material since 2005. There's also a short mini-documentary, John Prine: The Road to "The Tree of Forgiveness."

John Prine: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert, March 12, 2018

John Prine - A Message from Bill Murray

Youtube playlist: The Tree of Forgiveness
Knockin' On Your Screen Door

I Have Met My Love Today

Egg & Daughter Nite, Lincoln Nebraska, 1967 (Crazy Bone)

Summer's End

Caravan of Fools

The Lonesome Friends of Science

No Ordinary Blue

Boundless Love

God Only Knows

When I Get To Heaven
posted by mandolin conspiracy at Sat, 21 Apr 2018 15:22:36 GMT

Frankie was Frank Hunt. He had been badly wounded in the same incident that killed Hines, and in January 1983, Schumann went to visit Hunt at his home in Bega. "I knocked on the door, and I don't think he was very impressed," Schumann said. "I was this long haired, bearded, left-wing firebrand ... but because I was a friend of Mick Storen's, he let me in the house, and I played him the song, and he was knocked sideways too
In an interview with The Sydney Morning Herald, John Schumann tells the story behind his classic Vietnam War song.
posted by MartinWisse at Sat, 21 Apr 2018 12:39:54 GMT