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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Various photographers: iPhone panorama fails

As someone much wiser than me once said, "Life is a cutup."

Apparently, if you take panorama photos on an iPhone, and something happens while the shutter's open, the camera will try to stitch the image together in a way that makes sense visually.

Uhhhh, yeah!







Here's more info from knowyourmeme.com.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Day Job Orchestra: FDR rant

(1:15)  I don't know why Ken Burns didn't use this in The Roosevelts-- he's got some Fox News commentator in there, and what he says is at least as much of a fantasy.

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Mondo Beyondo: Rock the Caucuses

(3:21)...and from 10 years later, a comment on the Republicans' efforts during the 2012 primaries.

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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Coldcut: Re: volution

(4:19) From 2002, Coldcut's raging indictment of the British parliamentary elections.  "The lunatics have taken over the asylum!"

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Bill and Tom: Bill Clinton

(1:17) My bit on Clinton is up at Bandcamp but by the time he did his televised mea culpa, I was too disgusted to do anything else on him.  Fortunately, radio hosts Bill and Tom were there to make a contribution to the genre.

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Alen Robin: the Nixon tapes

In honor of the 40th anniversary of the end of the Nixon presidency, here's a little cut and paste.

Alen Robin was a comedy writer when Earle Doud-- who produced the "First Family" John Kennedy comedy records-- picked him to create a series of "press conferences" featuring the (wildly) edited voices of our national leaders.  The album, "Welcome to the LBJ Ranch", was a hit-- apparently the live performance was attended by a still-unknown John Cleese--

and Mr Robin went on to release a few other records based on the same idea.

It's a surprisingly simple concept.  The "interviewer" acts as a straight man for the "subject", and the whole thing's based on altered context.

Today's first offering is from the 1971 "Supershrink" album (available on YouTube), the Nixon psychiatric interview (4:39).
Alen Robin- Nixon 1971

He used most of this routine in his 1974 "Funnyfarm", but added a new bit about the President's king-hell social life (1:17)...
Alen Robin- Nixon 1974 excerpt

...which might have made the producers nervous enough to include this disclaimer at the end of the record (0:25).
Alen Robin 1974 disclaimer

And for those of you interested in audio detritus, here's that twisted, pained little chuckle, one more time--
nixon chuckle
the one minor detail that speaks volumes.  He was a strange man.









Sunday, August 17, 2014

Mr. F. Le Mur: PR Gnus

(15:47) Mr Le Mur cuts up NPR News into deranged confessions and surreal word pictures.  Here's 15 minutes of his stuff in one easy-to-play clip, but there's lots more at the redoubtable Internet Archive site, linked below.

Today's illustration quotes dada rockers, The Bonzo Dog Band.

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Mr. F. Le Mur collection on the Internet Archive