Do you play in an obscure band? Want to gain exposure to hundreds of thousands of people in a short amount of time? If you’re the band Super Quest, it’s easy: just put together a great viral video. In this video (below), you can learn how to death metal in just one minute, courtesy of Super Quest’s Jawn Whitten.
Transgender Dysphoria Blues releases on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 on the band’s own label, Total Treble. Click here for a track listing.
The band released two incredible seven-inch albums earlier this year (Crooked Drunken Sons and Rustbelt Nation) and have plans to release new content early in 2014.
Street Dogs on Tour
12/06 Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
12/07 Las Vegas, NV @ LVCS
12/15 Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
12/19 Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
12/20 New York City, NY @ Highline Ballroom
12/21 Boston, MA @ House Of Blues
12/22 Asbury Park, NJ @ Asbury Lanes
Check out all of the dates and locations below and click here for tickets when they go on sale November 15, 2013.
Flogging Molly on Tour
2/15 Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
2/16 Tampa, FL @ The Ritz Ybor
2/18 Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
2/19 Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
2/21 Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
2/22 Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore Charlotte
2/23 Norfolk, VA @ The Norva
2/24 Philadelphia, PA @ The Electric Factory
2/26 Boston, MA @ House of Blues
2/27 New York City, NY @ Roseland Ballroom
2/28 Silver Springs, MD @ The Fillmore Silver Spring
3/01 Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
3/03 Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s
3/04 Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
3/06 Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore Detroit
3/07 Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room
3/08 Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
3/09 Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
3/11 St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
3/12 Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theater
3/14 Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
3/15 Las Vegas, NV @ The Pool (The Cosmopolitan)
3/17 Tempe, AZ @ Tempe Beach Park
3/20 Houston, TX @ House of Blues
3/21 Austin, TX @ Stubb’s
3/22 Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
3/23 New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
Used properly, Facebook — all social media, really — is a great way to keep in touch with family and friends who you may not get to see very often. You know, like this:
“Hi Mom, check out this photo of Billy taking his first step!”
“Congratulations on your wedding anniversary!”
“Are you going home for Thanksgiving? Maybe we can all get together for some drinks!”
Used conventionally, Facebook — all social media, really — is a great way to stalk the object of your affection, broadcast your ill-informed opinions and blurry photos to anyone willing to pay attention, engage in arguments with people you went to high school with (or complete strangers) and otherwise wouldn’t give a shit about, and spread bizarre, semi-morbid stories fed by websites as click-bait to maximize the thin profitability of low-paying banner ads. Human nature influences Facebook’s content; Facebook, in turn, provides the inertia that propels this perpetual motion machine of narcissism and sensational journalism.
But something occurs to me every day: Maybe I should appreciate that Facebook and the media that siphons its information via Facebook keeps me updated, in real time, to the brutal realities that exist in our world. Surely, the world has always been an awful place — but now, more so than ever before, we have to acknowledge it constantly as it pours in from all corners of the globe…all while we sit in a desk chair, impotent and unable to do anything about it.
It’s a pretty awful feeling. Honestly, if I didn’t have the occasional tearjerker Upworthy post showing up every now and then, I’d have to abandon all hope in humanity.
I work from home, and Facebook is a constant presence; a mindless diversion at-the-ready that sits open, all day long, on my desktop. So this is what my life has become: Less than five minutes of scrolling this afternoon, November 11, 2013, provided me with the following headlines. Every day is like this.
Your Vagina Isn’t Just Too Big, Too Floppy, and Too Hairy—It’s Also Too Brown (source)
Artist nails his own testicles to the ground in front of horrified tourists (source)
Rock Band Massacred During Horrific Murder-Suicide in Brooklyn, New York (source)
Brutal: Inside the world of child cage fighting (source)
40 Armed Gun Advocates Intimidate Mothers Against Gun Violence In A Restaurant Parking Lot (source)
The world’s oddest jobs – from armpit sniffers to dog-food tasters (source)
Six Televangelists Under Investigations; Living High on Hog, 10.5 Million Dollar Mansions, Lear Jets, Rolls-Royces, From Donated Moneys (source)
Woman Was So Drunk She Tried Wearing a Cheeseburger as a Shoe After Caught Having Sex in Public (source)
Stolen dog believed to have been gang raped (source)
Girl throwing puppies in river on video in Bosnia won’t face charge (source)
U.S. Veterans Face Staggering Epidemic of Unemployment, Trauma & Suicide (source)
Alanis Morissette’s ‘Jagged Little Pill’ to become Broadway musical (source)
Repeat after me: He-Man has more power than Jesus. This is the mantra that kicks off seven of the most insane/awesome moments in television history.
Back in the good old 1980s, author Phil Phillips and Pastor Gary Greenwald recorded a television program about the demonic agenda promoted by all of our favorite ’80s toys — and believe me, if you played with it, they covered it here. It’s all bad. This video contains seven minutes of some of their best gems. You won’t want to watch it all, but you probably will.
When you finish, check out our list of the top ten 1980s toys.
Leave it to Stephen Colbert and his cutting, faux-Fox News-style sense of humor to provide some of the best possible commentary on both the Washington Redskins name controversy and the bullying scandal with the Miami Dolphins. When you’re done watching, read this excellent article on the Incognito-Martin bullying scandal by Brian Phillips.
The Skull on “The Silence of the Lambs” Movie Poster Is Actually Made of Naked Women – Salvador Dali’s “In Voluptas Mors”
Fun fact about the movie poster for the 1991 movie The Silence of the Lambs: the skull on the backside of the moth covering Jodie Foster‘s mouth is actually a photo of naked women from 1951, “In Voluptas Mors.” It was conceived of by Salvador Dali and was shot by Philippe Halsman.
Second fun fact: the moth it depicts is real. The death’s-head hawkmoth is a real moth found primarily in Europe, and it appears to have a human skull on its back.
Check out the photos below, including the actual Dali artwork, and a photo of the real death’s-head hawkmoth:
Not surprisingly, one of the best-selling musicians on the planet is also the world’s most-pirated. Research conducted by online anti-piracy company MUSO reveals that The Beatles are the most-pirated artist in the world by a long-shot.
MUSO compiled its top 10 most-pirated artists by monitoring site which respond to its own takedown requests, and The Beatles, with 187,687 uploaded files have more than twice as many files as the second-most pirated band, Fleetwood Mac.
Via Music Week, here are the top 10 most-pirated musical acts in the world:
01. The Beatles – 187,687 uploaded files
02. Fleetwood Mac – 729,84 uploaded files
03. Bob Marley – 60,024 uploaded files
04. Led Zeppelin – 59,011 uploaded files
05. Cliff Richard – 56,576 uploaded files
06. Stevie Wonder – 45,496 uploaded files
07. Jimi Hendrix – 44,093 uploaded files
08. Elvis Presley – 40,794 uploaded files
09. ABBA – 35,193 uploaded files
10. Rolling Stones – 34,444 uploaded files
The Onion announced Friday it is ending the last of its print editions and moving to an all-online format, as print advertising revenue has dried up.
Onion, Inc. President Mike McAvoy says its focus has been on “growing the digital side” of the business, and that that “while the print edition is an important part” of its history, the company is excited about new digital opportunities.
The last print editions — in Providence, Milwaukee, and the paper’s home city of Chicago — will run on December 12, 2013. (via Politico)
According to an announcement on the official website, Star Wars: Episode VII will officially open in theaters on December 18, 2015:
“We’re very excited to share the official 2015 release date for Star Wars: Episode VII, where it will not only anchor the popular holiday filmgoing season but also ensure our extraordinary filmmaking team has the time needed to deliver a sensational picture,” said Alan Horn, chairman of Walt Disney Studios.
The film is currently still in pre-production, with director JJ Abrams and Lucasfilm vet Lawrence Kasdan taking over writing duties from Oscar-winning original writer Michael Arndt. Reasons are still unclear why Arndt (Toy Story 3) was taken of the project. (via RS)
Sci-fi is often praised for its ability to use technologically advanced future scenarios to act as a mirror on current events. Usually, these broad, galaxy-hopping tales allow readers to realize the small scope of their petty, childish personal and political issues, giving them a chance to reframe their rigid moral belief systems. Star Trek, Star Wars, Dune, the Foundation series — all unified by common lessons of love and the tragic costs of hate. Which is why it is no small irony that Orson Scott Card is homophobic.
It is both funny and sad that such a gifted writer has nothing worthwhile to say on the subject of LGBTA rights. Instead, backed by his tired religious convictions, he makes the same, dry, awful arguments that we’ve come to expect from our basement-dwelling politicians. The great-great-grandson of award-winning polygamist Brigham Young moralizing against social taboos? With that hilarious hypocrisy, he might as well be touring with Dave Chappelle.
To the people who still deny Orson Scott Card’s homophobia, feel free to read the man’s own words below and offer a context to make them seem any less despicable than they clearly appear to be. If there is an appropriate context for claiming that gays and lesbians are simply the confused byproducts of rape, I’m all ears. Until then, let’s all go out to see that Ender’s Game movie and try to forget that the man behind it has threatened to bring down the government if it legalizes same-sex marriage.
“Laws against homosexual behavior should remain on the books, not to be indiscriminately enforced against anyone who happens to be caught violating them, but to be used when necessary to send a clear message that those who flagrantly violate society’s regulation of sexual behavior cannot be permitted to remain as acceptable, equal citizens within that society.”
“If the Church has no the authority to tell its members that they may not engage in homosexual practices, then it has no authority at all. And if we accept the argument of the hypocrites of homosexuality that their sin is not a sin, we have destroyed ourselves.”
“The dark secret of homosexual society — the one that dares not speak its name — is how many homosexuals first entered into that world through a disturbing seduction or rape or molestation or abuse, and how many of them yearn to get out of the homosexual community and live normally.”
“There is a myth that homosexuals are ‘born that way,’ and we are pounded with this idea so thoroughly that many people think that somebody, somewhere, must have proved it.”
“No matter how sexually attracted a man might be toward other men, or a woman toward other women, and no matter how close the bonds of affection and friendship might be within same-sex couples, there is no act of court or Congress that can make these relationships the same as the coupling between a man and a woman.”
“Regardless of law, marriage has only one definition, and any government that attempts to change it is my mortal enemy. I will act to destroy that government and bring it down.”
“Legalizing gay marriage is not about making it possible for gay people to become couples. It’s about giving the Left the power to force anti-religious values on our children. Once they legalize gay marriage, it will be the bludgeon they use to make sure that it becomes illegal to teach traditional values in the schools.”
“There’s no need to legalize gay marriage. I have plenty of gay friends who are committed couples; some of them call themselves married, some don’t, but their friends treat them as married. Anybody who doesn’t like it just doesn’t hang out with them.”
“Ender’s Game is set more than a century in the future and has nothing to do with political issues that did not exist when the book was written in 1984… It will be interesting to see whether the victorious proponents of gay marriage will show tolerance toward those who disagreed with them when the issue was still in dispute.”
Artist Creates Incredible Historical Scenes With Miniature Model Cars and Forced Perspective Photography
Check out these amazing photos shot by model maker and photographer Michael Paul Smith. Smith uses his die-cast model car collection, minimal backdrops, and forced perspective in the real world to create shots of a fictional town he has created named “Elgin Park.” Smith simply uses a point-and-shoot camera and eyeballs his shots.
Below are photos of the set-up and the final products. Click here for an interview with Smith.
The El Rey Network — an English-language television and digital network founded by Robert Rodriguez — has announced that production has begun on a TV adaptation of From Dusk Till Dawn, the 1996 film directed by Rodriguez and written by Robert Kurtzman and Quentin Tarantino, who starred alongside George Clooney, Harvey Keitel, Juliette Lewis, and Salma Hayek.
Rodriguez will direct the first two episodes of the series. The series has been greenlit for 10 episodes, and recasts the Seth and Richard Geko roles (originally played by Clooney and Tarantino) with D.J. Cotrona and Zane Holtz, adding Jesse Garcia to play a new character, Texas Ranger Freddie Gonzalez. Don Johnson joins in a recurring role as Sheriff Earl McGraw, played in the original by Michael Parks.
A press release described the series as such:
Based on the thrill-ride film, “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series” is a supernatural crime saga centered around bank robber Seth Gecko (Cotrona) and his violent, unpredictable brother, Richard “Richie” Gecko (Holtz), who are wanted by the FBI and Texas Rangers Earl McGraw (Johnson) and Freddie Gonzalez (Garcia) after a bank heist left several people dead. While on an escape route to Mexico, Seth and Richie encounter former minister Jacob Fuller and his family who they take hostage. Using the family RV to make a run for the Mexican border, chaos ensues when the group detours to a strip club that is unknowingly populated by vampires, and forces them to fight until dawn in order to get out alive. The series deepens the tone of the film, adds new characters and backstories and expands the Mesoamerican mythology behind the vampires.