Come on Down to David Byrne’s Giant Suit Emporium: We’re Burning Down the House with Savings!

A funny bit of comedy that accompanied David Byrne's recent visit to The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, where he performed 'Everybody's Coming To My House,' the lead track off of his new album American Utopia. Pick up the album. Catch one of his concerts this summer. And don't miss his new uplifting web site, Reasons to Be Cheerful.

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A Big Archive of Occult Recordings: Historic Audio Lets You Hear Trances, Paranormal Music, Glossolalia & Other Strange Sounds (1905-2007)

Aleister Crowley in ceremonial garb, 1912, via Wikimedia Commons

We've all had our wits scared out of us by films, images, and the written word, but somehow few forms work their haunting magic quite so effectively as sound alone. Think of the snap of the twig in the woods or the creak of the staircase in the empty house — or, to take it farther, the sound of possessed children speaking in tongues. You can hear recordings of that and other unusual phenomena at Ubuweb, which hosts the collection Occult Voices – Paranormal Music, Recordings of Unseen Intelligences 1905-2007.

The eerie recordings on offer include "audio documents of paranormal phenomena including trance speech, direct voices, clairvoyance, xenoglossy, glossolia including ethnological material, paranormal music, 'rappings' and other poltergeist manifestations as well as so-called 'Electronic voice phenomena.'"




A rich mixture indeed, and one that begins with those possessed kids, all of them recorded in the post-Exorcist late 1970s and early 80s; you can hear the eight-year-old "Janet" sounding not unlike the devil-filled Linda Blair in the recording embedded above.

Later we hear from mediums like Britain's famed Leslie Flint, one of the last of his kind to ostensibly speak directly in the voices of the channeled deceased, including figures as accomplished and distinctive as Oscar Wilde in 1975 (above), Charlotte Brontë in 1973, and Winston Churchill in 1980.

The collection also contains the voice of Arthur Ford, who made his name as a medium by claiming to have made contact with the spirit of Harry Houdini. In the clip above, you can hear five minutes of Ford's final Houdini séance, conducted in 1936.

No collection of occult materials would be complete, of course, without something from Aleister Crowley, surely the most famous occultist in modern history, and one known in his time as "the wickedest man in the world." Just above we have Crowley reciting "The Call of the First Aethyr," a piece of occult poetry he recorded in a 1920 session that produced the only known recordings of his voice.

Though Crowley, like many of the other spiritualists captured here, hailed from Britain, much of the material in the collection comes from Germany, especially the kind of paranormal music heard just above. But no matter where in the world these recordings were made, and whether or not you believe in the existence of other realms beyond that world, describing any of the recordings gathered here will leave you grasping for any adjective besides otherworldly.

Enter the archive of Occult Voices here.

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The “True” Story Of How Brian Eno Invented Ambient Music

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Introducing the Librarian Action Figure: The Caped Crusader Who Fights Against Anti-Intellectualism, Ignorance & Censorship Everywhere

We've featured action figures that pay tribute to some cultural icons like Edvard Munch, Vincent Van Gogh and Frida Kahlo. But now comes a new action figure that honors a less appreciated cultural force--all of the great librarians, those crusaders for the printed and electronic word, who "keep it all organized for us and let us know about the best of it." Standing almost four inches tall and made of hard vinyl, the librarian action figure is based on Seattle librarian Nancy Pearl. She has "a removable cape that symbolizes how much of a hero a librarian really is." The action figure should come in handy in your own fights again anti-intellectualism, censorship and ignorance. Enjoy!

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What Happens When a Cat Watches Hitchcock’s Psycho

Let's suspend disbelief for a moment and watch Hitchcock give new meaning to "scaredy cat." Enjoy.

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The Vincent Van Gogh Action Figure, Complete with Detachable Ear

If you liked Mr. Potato Head, you may love the Vincent Van Gogh Action Figure, which raised $142,000 on Kickstarter this summer and can now be purchased for $35 over at the Today is Art Day web site. Made of PVC and standing 5 inches high, the action figure comes with:

  • 2 removable ears (Van Gogh cut his left ear)
  • 1 bandaged ear
  • 1 paintbrush
  • 5 masterpieces and 1 cardboard easel
  • 10 fun facts about the artist on the box

Other figures included in the collection include Frida Kahlo and soon Vermeer, da Vinci, Magritte and Rembrandt. Enjoy.

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What Happens When a Jazz Musician Accidentally Texts His Wife with Voice Recognition…While Playing the Trombone

 

A couple of days ago, Paul Nowell (aka Paul the Trombonist) sent out this simple tweet, showing what happened when his iPhone's voice recognition system happened to capture his trombone session and turned it into words. The tweet went viral. And now, 65,000 "Retweets" and 198,000 "Likes" later, you can see how the original recording session went down. Enjoy the demo below:

 

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