Category Archives: Digressions: ACA

The Uman Condition

Looks like I’ll have to try to make it out to the Beep Beep Gallery — this stuff is incredible.

“Removed,” Naomi Uman.


NSFW, if heavy breathing and naughty talk will get you in trouble.


What if Tyne Daly had been born twenty years later and was an Indian action star?

She’d be Malashree, star of the new release Shakti.  Read more about her in this great piece at Twitch.



I hope you’re ready for some good old-fashioned ass-kickin’

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Thirty-Year Time-Shift

So why did I stay up til 2:30a again last night?  I blame John Peel: how could I not listen to his show when he’s playing insane/great stuff like this?

Of course he played that record, Saal 2’s “Beschaftigung Maskulin” (sorry, don’t know how to make the umlaut in WordPress), during one of his late-night broadcasts in 1980; I was staying up late with Peel more than 30 years after the fact, time-shifting my bleary-eyed listening by a generation.  Weird.

As for Saal 2, there’s lots to learn about them from our friend the Web — if you can read German (note: I can’t).  They released a new LP on Vinyl on Demand (an intriguing-looking label for the techno obscurantists/fetishists among you) as recently as 2005, and host “brandneue songs und mehr” on the MySpace.

I have a funny feeling that I know what I’ll be doing (and where I’ll be surfing) at 2:30a tonight.


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John Peel, by Stuart Hampton

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Monochromatically Eponymous

In listening to the 1980 John Peel show (I’m still wallowing in nostalgia, as noted previously), I became pleasantly reminded of The Monochrome Set’s entry in one of my favorite genres, the eponymous band song.  (I’ll go out on a limb and suggest that the genre is a scourge of middlebrow critics — can you imagine a “Hey, Hey, We’re The Brown Eyes”? If such a thing exists, feel free to destroy it on my behalf).

“The Monochrome Set,” The Monochrome Set (1980)

As a lagniappe: here are a few more eponymous band songs that I love.  I hope you’re going to be insomniacally surfing the YouTubes to find some of your faves too!

“(Hey, Hey) We’re the Monkees,” The Monkees


“Everything’s Archie,” The Archies

“Join the Professionals,” The Professionals (here covered by The Fabulous Stains, the titular (if not eponymously named) stars of Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains (and yep, that’s Diane Lane.  And also yep, you should Netflix this movie tonight).

“The Yachting Type,” The Yachts (a slight cheat, perhaps, but I love this song)

And a cheat:

“Jocko Homo (Are We Not Men?)”, DEVO



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Fake, but not phony

On authenticity and the sublimity of the fake:

Dan Reines, “Letter from LA” (1999)

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Lashing out at fans

Japanese pop sensation Kyary Pamyu Pamyu has a new video out called “Tsukematsukeru”; the song is about false eyelashes (at least according to the blogosphere), and, sure enough, KPP wears three sets of ’em in the video.

And what if you find yourself, like, really into the triple-stacked eyelash look? Well, fortunately for you KPP just happens to be selling false eyelashes, in convenient 3-paks. Ain’t product integration grand?

…and if you’re brain isn’t throbbing quite enough after “Tsukematsukeru” and you’re craving a tiny bit more of a migraine, this video, for KPP’s megahit “PONPONPON,” should help you achieve maximum freakout:

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Harvey Nix, Girl Power, and the Walk of Shame

What Would Angela McRobbie Say? Probably something like this:

“The young woman could also expect as a result of her enthusiasm for work and careers to gain some tangible sexual freedoms in the form of access to leisure culture, to a sex life which need not be tied to marriage and having children, and to a climate where the sexual double standard was to be lifted so that the young woman could heartily enjoy sexuality with impunity, indeed she could also now get drunk, and even behave badly within certain limits (as Bridget Jones tumbles out of taxis onto the street after a long night in the wine bar). As long as she did not become a single mother who would be reliant on welfare she could gain access to sexual pleasures which in the past had always been the privilege of men (hence the new female market for soft pornography and the growth of so-called porn chic). The new sexual contract tied women to enjoying the freedom to consume, having earned her own wage (and so triggering the enormous expansion of the female fashion-and-beauty business corporations) while also offering them the entirely nebulous idea of ‘consumer citizenship’. What was omitted was encouragement to a more active form of political participation.”

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Good for your heart

I just added the following song to my Trash Aesthetics syllabus (for the week we’d be covering MAD, EC Comics, EERIE, and other “Bad Mags“). I don’t know about you, but my heart feels a lot better already!

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“What is the truth about vampires?”

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Well, I’m not sure you’re going to learn that, exactly — or anything, really — from this trailer for Jean Rollin’s La Vampire Nue/The Nude Vampire (1970). But you may find your mind blown. I have to find the soundtrack pronto and start annoying my whole family!

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Dumber and Dumberer

“Every visit to the cinema leaves me, against all my vigilance, stupider and worse.”

Theodor Adorno, Minima Moralia

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