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Mourning Sun

MOURNING SUN by Tobe Damit ”I always felt like some kinda extra-terrestrial, like an elephant in a glasshouse, and all I was saying was fucked up and dumb and clumsy, I had my head up in the sky and there was just no hope for it to come back down on my shoulders.” Woke up […]

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The New You?

Are You Being Replaced or Possessed? by Tobe Damit Originally and according to the first tales and stories about doppelgängers, these malevolent doubles (not twins) were creatures that were exact replicas, evil creatures from another dimension whose main goal would be to replace us in this world and all was needed for them to do […]

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IN-SHADOW

A Modern Odyssey by Lubomir Arsov Embark on a visionary journey through the fragmented unconscious of the West, and with courage face the Shadow. Through Shadow into Light. “No tree, it is said, can grow to heaven unless its roots reach down to hell.” -C.G. Jung This film was created with earnest effort, diligence, and […]

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The Adding Machine

Protected by U.S. and Foreign Patents Burroughs Adding Machine Company, Detroit, Michigan Made in U.S. America ”What does the money machine eat? It eats youth, spontaneity, life, beauty, and, above all, it eats creativity. It eats quality and sh*ts quantity” -William S. Burroughs NOW… DESTR0Y ALL RATI0NAL TH0UGHT! Grove Press has just put out a spanking […]

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Free Tibet

Monks Are Setting Themselves on Fire Again In the remotest regions of China, inhabited by the country’s Tibetan minority, an appalling uprising is under way. In the past year more than 50 monks have died after setting themselves on fire to protest against government repression. Their uprising is mostly hidden from public view because journalists […]

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Weapons of Unique Creation

Bull Shotgun Paintings During his later years in Kansas, Burroughs developed a painting technique whereby he created abstract compositions by placing spray paint cans in front of, and some distance from, blank canvasses, and then shooting at the paint cans with a shotgun. These splattered canvasses were exposed in various Galleries during the early 1990s.  In an interview with […]

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Alien Zone

Vintage cult horror film, 4 short stories with a common thread plot: A man who is having an affair with a married woman is dropped off on the wrong street when going back to his hotel. He takes refuge out of the rain when an old man invites him in. He turns out to be […]

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ARAKI

Tokyo Lucky Hole Notorious in his native Japan for his challenging, emotionally raw images and explicit depictions of sexuality and mortality, Nobuyoshi Araki has courted controversy for the last five decades. Simultaneously erotic and historical, Araki reflects Japan’s unique combination of strict tradition and constant innovation. His fascination with Tokyo is manifest in his work, delving […]

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BRUTALISM

Bold, Brutal Concrete Brutalism, perhaps the most reviled of all architectural styles, has seen a bit of a renaissance and it’s now cool to think of Brutalist buildings as forgotten masterpieces. There’s no denying that these striking, massive concrete buildings appear as bold and dramatic in black and white photos as they are austere,  dehumanizing […]

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¥O-LANDI VI$$ER

SPOOK ASEM We see here Yolandi Visser completely undertaking her role as ”Mumma” as it is required in the movie ”Chappie”. This was filmed way back though when Yolandi was pregnant with her beloved daughter Sixteen Jones Die Antwoord , a South African rap group formed in Cape Town in 2008 formed by rappers Watkins Tudor Jones a.k.a Ninja  and Yolandi Visser, and producer […]

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The Beauty of the Beast

Transformer: The Complete Lou Reed Story by Victor Bockris Updated after Reed’s death in October 2013, Transformer, The Complete Lou Reed Story definitely offers a lot more than one can possibly expect from a biography. Saying that Transformer encompasses everything you can possibly want to know about the life and times of the rock icon/artist/persona would still be a huge understatement. Going way […]

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The Immaculate Fix

F.F. Coppola Presents A Short by Nick Donkin Fantastic narration by Burroughs about Danny, a poor unfortunate junkie who reveals his last remains of selflessness and humanity despite his urgent physical predicament. Directed by Nick Donkin and Melodie McDaniel. William S. Burroughs wrote the story and narrates the film; he also appears in live-action footage at […]

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Your Pretty Face Is Going to Hell

The Dangerous Glitter of David Bowie, Iggy Pop, and Lou Reed by Dave Thompson (3 shows in 3 nights!) A Few Chosen Extracts: Aylesbury Friars would be Bowie‘s final show for a month, before he headed into the studio first and then Mott the Hoople. It was also designed to be Bowie’s introduction to an American […]

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Nico 1988

 A Biopic About Nico By Moze Halperin       When it’s announced that a figure with a famed history is getting a biopic, it of course feels a. inevitable, b. secretly kinda exciting insomuch as it prompts internal dream-casting brainstorms, and also prompts the often very unmet hope that perhaps this could be one of those biopic that doesn’t suck, and c. […]

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NEGATIVE GIRLS

by Victor Bockris Positive Intro      This piece was literally dictated to me in one to two hours. I don’t think I changed a word of the original text. It was not easy to get it published in 1979. All the magazine editors were frightened that it would raise the ire of the feminists. Although […]

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Coney Island Blondie

WHEN HARRY MET DEBBIE… “Hi, it’s Deb.  You know, when I woke up this morning I had a realization about myself.  I was always Blondie.  People always called me Blondie, ever since I was a little kid. What I realized is that at some point I became Dirty Harry.  I couldn’t be Blondie anymore, so I […]

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Perverse Portraits

Tokyo People Photographed in their Bathtubs For his series Couple Jam, Tokyo-based Photographer Hal visited underground Tokyo bars in the Red Light District. These hidden places in Shibuya and Kabukicho, were more than influential for the photographer, as there he often finds models to pose for his perverse but interesting photographs. From strippers to businessmen, Hal […]

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Michael Hutter

Terrible Discoveries Hutter’s surreal works are as magical as they are strange. His work is pitched at that enjoyably nebulous zone which lies on the borderlands of fantasy, science fiction and surrealism, from which hybrid visions emerge that are never too defined in one direction or another. His paintings remember the works by Bruegel or Hieronymus Bosch. Related […]

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Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages

Originally filmed in 1922, this version was updated in the mid 1960’s to include english narration by William S Burroughs while he was in London. The writer and director Benjamin Christensen discloses a historical view of the witches through the seven parts of this silent movie. First, there is a slide-show alternating inter-titles with drawings […]

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The Nameless

Nobody, I’m Nobody! by Tobe Damit ”No Name” Maddox a.k.a Charles Manson will die one day. That day whether we like to admit it or not. Some sort of pop icon will die, the devil according to many, Jesus to some others and both intertwined in one according to his followers and the members of The Family. The […]

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Charles Burns

The Atrocious Dimension His plots play out like fever dreams, swirling through time and perception, but Charles Burns’ aesthetic style alone is enough to make you queasy. In a class on underground comix, I was assigned Burns’ most popular tome, Black Hole, as an introduction to contemporary comic art. During the second session on Burns, a few of my […]

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Post-Mortem Photography

Sleeping Beauties By today’s standards the practice of post-mortem photography (also known as memorial portraiture or mourning portrait) might be considered somehow creepy but once put in its proper context, it will come out as a completely different picture. Post-mortem photography is the taking of a photograph of a deceased loved one and was a normal part of American and […]

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The Trouble with Angels 

Ray Caesar Ray Caesar says that issues with his father contributed to the arrival of Harry, an “alternate,” when he was 10. The boy is disguised as a girl in Caesar’s art, and remains present in his daily life as an alter ego. “Harry is beyond anger – he enjoys it,” says Caesar. “My job is […]

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Dino Valls

Surreal Psychic Surgery on Ethereal Bodies Born in 1959 in Zaragoza but living and working in Madrid, Dino Valls is one of the Spanish representatives of the vanguard of figurative art. His painting, elaborating and expanding the methods of past masters, centers on the human psyche by using figurative techniques only as a formal support in which to project a […]

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The Paintings of Naoto Hattori

The Eye’s Mind I came across Naoto Hattori’s work in Juxtapoz magazine back in the 90’s, and have periodically checked up on his latest creations ever since.He makes swirling amalgams of humans, animals, aliens, dolls, plants…intertwining like a grand mad scientist DNA experiment. Naoto Hattori was born in 1975 in Yokohama Japan, studied Graphic Design […]

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Wayne Martin Belger’s Transcendent Art

Chambers of Pure Enlightment To judge by price at auction and in galleries, and its popularity through museum exhibits, books and photo fairs, fine art photography is now in the lofty realms of well, fine art. Granted these aren’t grandma’s snapshots of birthdays and vacation landscapes, but rather images from classicists like Diane Arbus, Jacques […]

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Creepy Nightclubs

Weird but Awesome Those that are drawn to the more creepy side of life will be thrilled to find out that 1920s Paris was obsessed with all things macabre. And that goes for nightclubs, too. During the 20th century, a number of different cabarets opened across the city, complete with gargoyle ceilings, bone chandeliers and […]

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Misplaced Identities. Broken Desires.

DOLL FACE by ANDREW THOMAS HUANG A machine with a doll face mimics images on television screen in search of a satisfactory visage. Doll Face presents a visual account of desires misplaced and identities fractured by our technological extension into the future. I know this is nothing new, it’s been out there for years but maybe […]

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Travis Louie

Strange Discoveries Travis Louie’s paintings come from the tiny little drawings and many writings in his journals. He has created his own imaginary world that is grounded in Victorian and Edwardian times. It is inhabited by human oddities, mythical beings, and otherworldly characters who appear to have had their formal portraits taken to mark their […]

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No One Here Gets Out Alive!

Is Everybody In? The Bold Truth About  Morrison’s Tragic Death  When legendary poet and lead singer of The Doors, Jim Morrison, aged 27, was found dead in his bath on a hot day of July  3rd 1971 in the apartment he was sharing in Paris with his girlfriend Pamela Courson at 17 rue Beautreillis, a […]

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Electrik Emotions

Jimi Hendrix by Moebius 1966                                                                A few images of Jimi Hendrix done in France by the creator (after the great Jack Kirby) of Silver Surfer, the famous French […]

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The Dark Angels of Altamont

Gothic Requiem for the Flower Power      I thought it would be interesting to gather some bands that, for a short while during the late 60’s had a look that was some sort of mix between romanticism and what is nowadays called ”goth” with a slight psychedelic touch. I thought some of you might not exactly […]

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FAN XIAOYAN’S FLESH AND STEEL

Steel Dreams Are Made of These.. It’s the arrival of a new era, a new kind of human being, a new power, a new sen­sa­tion… a sur­re­al­is­tic vir­tual world in which men and women are equally physically adapted in terms of strength and abilities.  Fan Xiaoyan‘s series of sculptures flesh and metal are combined with an […]

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Chappie (2015)

Directed by Neill Blomkamp and starring Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel, Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver & Die Antwoord.  What would happen if the world’s first artificially intelligent robot had to learn everything from the equivalent of human infancy and be thought every life lesson possible by straight-up South African gangsters?  This is the question that Chappie […]

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Gerard Malanga

Interview with an American Poet by Tobe Damit Gerard Malanga has been one of the most innovative, inspired, active and versatile artists who’s career spans over almost 6 decades. He is an actor, filmmaker, photographer, poet and he also choreographed the music of the Velvet Underground for Warhol’s multimedia presentation The Exploding Plastic Inevitable. He […]

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Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

Directed by George Miller and starring Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron & Nicholas Hoult.  “What a lovely day!”  What a lovely day indeed, in this post-apocalyptic Australian outback, where bands of ruffians riding improbable motor-vehicle contraptions are trying to catch you as soon as you let your guard down.  This is the world of Mad Max: […]

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Oblivion (2013)

Directed by Joseph Kosinski and starring Tom Cruise & Morgan Freeman. Oblivion is a very beautiful movie that gorgeously blends reality and rendered elements together to spectacular effect.  The story is set on a post-apocalyptic Earth following an all-out war (that humanity won) against a race of invading aliens and that left the planet devastated.  […]

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Dredd (2012)

Directed by Pete Travis and starring Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby & Lena Headey.  I wasn’t expecting anything special when I originally watched this, and I must say that I was pleasantly surprised by this concise & energetic action sci-fi flick that finally properly honors the legendary Judge Dredd.  The movie doesn’t waste any time on […]

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Peel Slowly… (part II)

Q and A with Up-Tight co-author Victor Bockris This is (obviously) the follow-up to Peel Slowly… , my review of Up-Tight/The Velvet Underground Story, previously published here on Loud Alien Noize, it is with great pleasure that I once again have the opportunity to interview Victor Bockris who co-wrote Up-Tight with Gerard Malanga. Up-Tight is without question the […]

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King Kong (2005)

Directed by Peter Jackson and starring Naomi Watts, Adrien Brody, Jack Black & Andy Serkis. First of, let me say that this movie seems like a love it or hate it affair, but I feel that most of its detractors are misguided in that they’re blaming a popcorn movie for being exactly that: a popcorn […]

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Atomic Blonde (2017)

Directed by David Leitch and starring Charlize Theron, James McAvoy & John Goodman. A savvy cold war spy thriller/action movie set during the fall of the Berlin wall executed in thru ‘80’s fashion.  From its soundtrack expertly picking thru the best of the decade’s catalog of hits to the frigid blue tone of its color […]

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