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Friday feelgood song of the week: "Teenage Riot (live)" by Sonic Youth (1991)

Posted in american heroes, American music, Friday feel good songs, youth culture on September 25, 2009 by All Conference Vintage

This footage is from that “1991: the year punk broke (SIC)” movie. This is my favorite song to play drums to on Rock Band II- what a funny world we live in.

Roky Erickson’s apartment

Posted in american heroes, American music, lost souls, movies, playlist on July 31, 2009 by All Conference Vintage

One of the most chilling scenes in an endless stream of chilling scenes in “You’re Gonna Miss Me”, the 2005 documentary about psychedelia’s mad professor 13th Floor Elevators’ Roky Erickson, is when the viewer is given a guided tour of Roky’s apartment. This cachophonous interlude gets at the core of schizophrenia as Roky automatically goes through an obviously familiar routine of creating noise with every available appliance in his dingy apartment to drown out whatever voices torment him. Truly heartbreaking. Add that doc to your queue right now.

previous posts:
Roky Erickson “The creature with the atom brain”

"We Came in Peace for all Mankind" (1969)

Posted in american heroes, badassery, history, made in usa, manliness, technology on July 20, 2009 by All Conference Vintage

Benjamin Franklin on MILFs (1745)

Posted in american heroes, dames, history, manliness, philosophy on June 6, 2009 by All Conference Vintage

Advice on the Choice of a Mistress
by Benjamin Franklin

Philadelphia, June 25, 1745

My dear Friend:

I know of no medicine fit to diminish the violent natural inclinations you mention; and if I did, I think I should not communicate it to you. Marriage is the proper remedy. It is the most natural state of man, and therefore the state in which you are most likely to find solid happiness. Your reasons against entering into it at present, appear to me not well founded. The circumstantial advantages you have in View by postponing it, are not only uncertain, but they are small in comparison with that of the thing itself, the being married and settled. It is the man and woman united that make the complete human being. Separate, she wants his force of body and strength of reason; he, her fitness, sensibility, and acute discernment. Together they are more likely to succeed in the world. A single man has not nearly the Value he would have in the state of union. He is an incomplete animal. He resembles the odd half of a pair of scissors. If you get a prudent healthy wife, your industry in your profession, with her good economy, will be a fortune sufficient.

But if you will not take this counsel and persist in thinking a commerce with the sex inevitable, then I repeat my former advice, that in all your amours you should prefer old women to young ones. You call this a paradox, and demand my reasons. They are these:

Because as they have more knowledge of the world and their minds are better stored with observations, their conversation is more improving and more lastingly agreeable.

Because when women cease to be handsome they study to be good. To maintain their influence over men, they supply the diminution of beauty by an augmentation of utility. They learn to do a thousand services small and great, and are the most tender and useful of all friends when you are sick. Thus they continue amiable. And hence there is hardly such a thing to be found as an old woman who is not a good woman.

Because there is no hazard of children, which irregularly produc’d may be attended with much inconvenience.

Because through more experience they are more prudent and discreet in conducting an intrigue to prevent suspicion. The commerce with them is therefore safer with regard to your reputation. And with regard to theirs, if the affair should happen to be known, considerate people might be rather inclin’d to excuse an old woman, who would kindly take care of a young man, form his manners by her good counsels, and prevent his ruining his health and fortune among mercenary prostitutes.

Because in every animal that walks upright, the deficiency of the Fluids that fill the Muscles appears first in the highest Part: The Face first grows lank and wrinkled; then the neck; then the breast and arms; the lower parts continuing to the last as plump as ever; so that covering all above with a basket, and regarding only what is below the girdle, it is impossible of two women to know an old from a young one. And as in the dark all cats are gray, the pleasure of corporal enjoyment with an old woman is at least equal, and frequently superior, every knack being by practice capable of improvement.

Because the sin is less. The debauching a virgin may be her ruin, and make her for life unhappy.

Because the compunction is less. The having made a young girl miserable may give you frequent bitter reflection; none of which can attend the making an old woman happy.
8thly and lastly. They are so grateful!!

Thus much for my paradox. But still I advise you to marry directly; being sincerely

Your affectionate friend,

B. Franklin

The Wipers on love and reality (1979)

Posted in american heroes, American music, how much art can you take?, philosophy, playlist, punk rock on May 29, 2009 by All Conference Vintage

Sometimes I get these feelings
and I don’t know what to say
Is it that I don’t belong here
Cause I really want to stay
Sometimes I wish that you
Could break up to me
Is this real?

In time I found myself
Wishing that you were here
But then I realized
That all time stood still
Sometimes I wish that you
Could break down to me
Is this real?

Philip K. Dick on reality

Posted in american heroes, reading list on May 29, 2009 by All Conference Vintage

“reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away”
-Philip K. Dick, 1972

Big Bill Haywood says Release all Class War Prisoners (1906-07?)

Posted in american heroes, badassery, chicago, ephemera, history, i'm as mad as hell and i'm not going to take this anymore, made in usa, punk rock, vanishing America on May 8, 2009 by All Conference Vintage

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Big Bill Haywood is one of the forgotten heroes/anti-heroes of American history. He faced down corrupt politicians, craft unions, and corporations back in the days when they would just kill you rather than ruining your credit rating. He flaked out and moved to the Soviet Union later in life, but don’t hold that against him. Read up on him.

The New York Dolls- a band you’re gonna like, whether you like it or not (1973)

Posted in american heroes, American music, badassery, made in usa, New York, showmanship, vanishing America, youth culture on April 22, 2009 by All Conference Vintage

advertisement from Creem Magazine, 1973

Marilyn Monroe with the Chicago White Sox (1951)

Posted in american heroes, badassery, baseball, chicago, dames, history, i am endlessly fascinating, oh the singularity, photography, white sox on April 9, 2009 by All Conference Vintage

Marilyn Monroe with Joe Dobson, Edward Erautt, and Gus Zernial or the Chicago White Sox during a 1951 publicity shoot.
wowie wow wow wow wow! So much to dig about this and so many tags! How beautiful was Norma Jeane?

Florrie Fisher in "The Trip Back" (part 1)

Posted in american heroes, badassery, dames, lost souls, New York, philosophy, showmanship, youth culture on April 1, 2009 by All Conference Vintage

Amy Sedaris has reported in interviews that Ms. Fisher was the inspiration behind her strange and strangely loveable Jerri Blank character on Strangers with Candy.