The Mother of All Funk Chords

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Who said there’s not an art to remixing? The Israeli artist Ophir Kutiel, otherwise known as Kutiman, created this video by weaving together scenes and tracks from 22 separate music videos, all found randomly on YouTube. (Find the full list below the jump.) First he layered in the drums, then the bass and the guitar.


Neil Young’s Film “Le Noise” Debuts Online

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It’s a double shot of Neil Young. This week, the Canadian singer-songwriter released his latest album, Le Noise, along with an accompanying 38 minute black & white film. Directed by Adam Vollick, the movie features a live performance of the full album recorded at the studios of Daniel Lanois in Los Angeles.


Puppet Making with Jim Henson: A Priceless Primer from 1969

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Give Jim Henson 15 minutes of your time, and the father of the Muppets will teach you how to make your own puppets, using nothing other than household items – socks, potatoes, tacks, tennis balls, rubber bands, wooden spoons, and the rest.


The Adventures of Philip Marlowe: Hear the Classic Radio Episodes (1947-1951)

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During the 1930’s and 1940’s, Raymond Chandler gave life to the detective Philip Marlowe, perhaps the most memorable character of the hardboiled crime fiction tradition. Marlowe took center stage in Chandler’s influential novels, The Big Sleep and The Long Goodbye. And, before too long, he started appearing in adaptations for radio and cinema.


John Waters: The Point of Contemporary Art

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If contemporary art baffles you, if you’ve ever looked at contemporary art and wondered “what’s the point?,” then give sometimes controversial filmmaker John Waters four minutes of your time. He’ll break it down for you in simple, if not crude, terms: “Contemporary art’s job is to wreck whatever came before it.


Ira Glass Cameo on The Simpsons

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If you didn’t watch the season premiere of The Simpsons this weekend, here is what you missed: The host of This American Life, Ira Glass, making a brief cameo appearance and poking some fun at his ever popular show. Watch above.
Meanwhile, speaking of Ira Glass, be sure to get his thoughts on Why Creative Excellence Takes Time.


David Simon, Creator of The Wire, Named 2010 MacArthur Fellow

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The 2010 MacArthur Fellows were named today. The latest “genius” grants go to 23 recipients, including David Simon, the creator of The Wire, the long running HBO show that was really (Simon once said) “a political tract masquerading as a cop show.” Above, Simon talks more about the thread running through his work.


Jason Schwartzman Introduces New Yorker iPad App

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The New Yorker iPad app. It’s finally out, and they have actor Jason Schwartzman taking the wraps off in a witty video. Give The New Yorker points for creativity.
Now the big question. Will readers pay $4.99 to have the pleasure of reading each weekly issue on the iPad? That’s $234 over a year.


Dick Tracy: The Original Film Series Online

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Chester Gould first introduced Dick Tracy, the legendary police detective, to the American public in 1931, back when he launched his syndicated comic strip – a strip that he would continue writing until 1977.


Stairway to Heaven

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Without these guys, you wouldn’t have broadcast radio or TV. It’s hard to watch beyond the 1:30 mark. Thanks Ian for sending along…


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