"What came first — the music or the misery?" That sad-sack line from High Fidelity more or less sums up most people’s relationship with sad music: necessary and potentially indulgent. But as it turns out, listening to sad music isn’t just an excuse to partake in a pity party — it’s scientifically proven to be healthy.
San Francisco, 1998: Performing on the very stage that Phyllis Diller and Tiny Tim made famous back in the 1960s, The Haters performed The Grinding Gig at the Purple Onion. Two performers each had an electric drill mounted with a grinding wheel. They both pushed the spinning grinders into a live microphone being held up by a third. The mic was slowly worn down to a stub. Applause followed from the cheering audience. This performance lasted 30 minutes.
Both Mayday and Counterpac — who are raising super PAC money to elect politicians who’ll vote against taking money from super PACs — have released new campaign videos that beautifully lampoon the kind of political discourse we get from dark-money elections.
A former top US general has called on Barack Obama to order the destruction the militant group responsible for murdering American journalist James Foley amid conflicting views in the administration on how to respond to the atrocity. Full story here
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I will shake at an increasing rate until this record arrives at my door….