Culture corner hotlinks

➤ A handful of diverting links

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UbuWeb, Aspen magazine, Nick Knight,Saatchi showdown,PYMCA✤ All the modern audio-visual art you can swallow at UbuWeb, the most continually rewarding archive online since 1996, inspired by one collector’s passion for Aspen, a multimedia magazine of the arts from the 1960s. Immaculately presented, constantly full of surprise, and free. “UbuWeb is a completely independent resource dedicated to all strains of the avant-garde, ethnopoetics and outsider arts”… Taster among composer John Zorn’s top 10 films at Ubu — Guy Debord’s Critique de la séparation (1961, 18 minutes) can be viewed at Ubu.com with accompanying translation: “The function of the cinema, whether dramatic or documentary, is to present a false and isolated coherence as a substitute for a communication and activity that are absent.”

✤ Global youth culture, lifestyle and music research site PYMCA represents the content of hundreds of creators of photographic, film, design and writing

✤ For 30 years from 1980 i-D magazine had been a publishing legend, spotting the bright young talents worth watching, pulled together by the legendary team of Terry and Tricia Jones. Since 2012 when the erratic hand of Vice magazine’s digital empire took over, the brand has been devalued by breathless naivety. Its unnavigable website undoubtedly hides a few gems but you are challenged at every turn to find them

✤ Now claiming 1.5 million page impressions every month, The Quietus is a six-year-old new-music and pop-culture website published from London. It has given space to 13,000 contemplations on people’s personal passions such as the sorry state of pop marketing… Baby boomers and their myth of a musical golden age… Why Jesus would have been a Pussy Riot fan… A different view of The Stone Roses’ debut etc

Nina’s Hair Parlour,Nina Butkovich-Budden,London, vintage hair

Retro coiffs at Nina’s Hair Parlour

✤ Vintage hair stylist Nina Butkovich-Budden says she combines “the theatrical with the everyday, creating catwalk collaborations, avant-garde advertising and unrivalled hair styles for fans and aficionados”, both men and women, at Nina’s Hair Parlour (by appointment only). Welcome back to the Rank starlet forces sweetheart

✤ The Look blog: Adventures in Rock & Pop Fashion is a knowing trip down Memory Lane for all stylists of any age. An associated blog Paul Gorman is… has a direct line to designer Tommy Roberts, the hugely influential owner of the Mr Freedom boutiques of the 1970s

Coolest of the cool collections are at Showstudio, Nick Knight’s “Home of Fashion Film”

Derek Ridgers ,Alexei Sayle, Ponytail Pontifications , blog
✤ Every original Blitz Kid knows Derek Ridgers who for 35 years as a professional photographer has loved shooting in the subcultural edgelands. He also has a way with words, as his spasmodic blog The Ponytail Pontifications testifies. His work has been seen everywhere, in UK publications such as NME, The Face, The Independent, The Sunday Telegraph, Time Out and Loaded. Above we see his pic of comedian Alexei Sayle, still making his name in 1982 when Derek saw his “alternative” act bomb as a bunch of students took him at face value

picturesonwalls, graffiti, banksy, PYMCA,rockpopfashion,ubu,Saatchi showdown, Pictures On Walls is a street art gallery-shop selling contemporary graphics and outdoor graffiti online. Offers Banksy authentications

✤ Vote weekly for budding artists online on Saatchi’s art showdown

360-degree living: VRmagazine showcases breathtaking panoramic images from worldwide locations, drawing on the first true third-generation website with 360-degree interactive content

✤ VIEW VID: Biomimeticist Adrian Bowyer at Bath Uni takes us beyond web 3.0 and computer printers to a future that’s with us now. This video introduces the RepRap self-replicating 3D printer (cost €500) with which we can all design and make everyday plastic objects such as coathangers using free “open-source” technology under the GNU General Public Licence

Miss Peelpants , Diana Rigg, Emma Peel, Terry O'Neill

Diana Rigg in all her Emma Peel glory: Miss Peelpants comments that she’d rather have a Bates Avengerswear piece. Photos © by Terry O’Neill, for TV Guide, June 1967

✤ Miss Peelpants trawls vintage fashion pages from the 60s and 70s in search of British boutique gear (Clark, Bates, Bender, Hulanicki, Gibb etc) with a view to locating and trading. She doesn’t mind the odd detour that discovers, say, Tyrannosaurus Rex alive and well and living off Ladbroke Grove

3:AM Magazine – “Whatever it is, we’re against it” is a pan-cultural critical website that provides a special place for new writers surveying a dizzying circus-market of philosophy, poetry, critical theory, modern and contemporary marginalia, experiment and innovation. Topics include the pataphysics revolution, the migrant poetry of Athena Farrokhzad and Yahya Hassan, the awe of sculptor Bill Woodrow, peripateticism in Robert Walser, and so on

Hull’s Museum of Club Culture, bravely sited in the city’s fruit-market, hosts occasional projects and multi-media themed exhibitions drawn from nightclub memorabilia, celebrating past and present subcultures and streetstyles from around the world

✤ Today’s front pages from newspapers in 79 countries at Washington’s media Newseum

Latest news of new words from information triage and pancake people to funemployment and vote mobbing at Word Spy, still going strong after 20 years of neology

✤ Fifteen years of effrontery and Urban Dictionary still tells it like it is from facebook as verb, to shizzle, wigger and far worse among its 7.8million definitions — just don’t let mum and dad near

Epic2014, Epic2015, Robin Sloan , Matt Thompson, Poynter,Newstran,Criterion Trailers,Newseum,WordSpy,
Epic 2015: a discomfiting vision of the future of all media, much of which has come into being since this Flash movie was originally shown in 2004 by two graduates at the Poynter Institute. We still await the merger of Google and Amazon into one mighty conglomerate

✤ Every web page ever archived (423 billion pages and counting) at the Wayback Machine

London Review of Breakfasts — upmarket praise and damnation for what should be a better treat than it is. “Because we’ve had enoeuf.” Nine years on, LRB recently went on diversion to Iraqi Kurdistan

Egg, bacon, chips and beans — Russell Davies is still blogging, though his photographic journey through those traditional “Full English” starts to the day is now an archive. Still worth a detour

✤ Rico has dedicated Select Magazine Website to his favourite 90s music magazine and he plans to scan in every single feature, “to give random flashbacks to the 90s music scene”. So far covering 1990 to 2000

Stagecoach, Criterion Collection,Criterion Trailers,

Criterion Collection’s online cinematheque (pictured: John Ford’s landmark 1939 western Stagecoach, fully restored). Stream classic movies for $5 a week, plus auteur forums and buff stuff

✤ View vintage movie best bits in Criterion Trailers on YouTube

solar-powered queen, Maiden, Shoreditch, Bompas & Parr ,jelly✤ Jelly as art? Bompas & Parr designs spectacular food experiences often working on an architectural scale with cutting edge technology. “Projects explore how the taste of food is altered through synaesthesia, performance and setting.” Mm-mm.

✤ The “Shoreditch style” that will come to characterise the 20-tweens is personified in the Maiden Shop on the high street. Kitsch is the only word for its “little things that make your life nicer” — otter eggcup, Miffy light, bookrest lamp, bloody shower curtain, royal wedding knick-knacks plus solar-powered effigy of Her Maj QEII which waves regally when the sun comes out.

UbuWeb, Aspen magazine

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MAKE YOUR OWN MUSIC ♫ ♫

Wolfram’s way to invent your own musical universe

Ron’s online keyboard for creating the unique sounds of the Eighties

RSM’s Sound Junction — composer tools for DIY musicians

✱ An orgy of Sound Toys is being constantly replenished at this meeting place for audio-visual artists

AllMusic, DJhistory,Pinglewood,LondonPirates

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MORE MUSICAL TASTEMAKERS ♫ ♫

Created in 1995, AllMusic was once the most reliable of the many online music encylopedias and the only one to get the British scene right. The relaunched website is a shadow of what went before and much expertise has been junked. Trust to vintage copies of the printed publication

Since 2000, the UK-based DJhistory.com has become the dance-music rendezvous for discriminating deejays, collectors and writers who love the legacy and want to get their facts right

✱ Alex McCann’s Designer Magazine was Manchester’s third largest source of indie entertainment news 1999–2014, attracting 10,000 readers a week through low-spec computers at university, work or school. Let’s hope its archive remains online for ever

Absolute80s pop radio on Switch London in DAB or nationwide through digital TV channels Sky 0200, Virgin Media 951 and Freesat 726

Pinglewood (1983–2011), the self-proclaimed “world’s oldest music blog” at the bleeding edge of popular culture, is now defunct though its archive is eminently consultable

The Line of Best Fit is a UK-based independent online music magazine covering the best in new and alternative sounds and run by an editorial community of creative people. TLOBF was recently elected Most Influential Music Blog in the UK

Two British Pop Sirens scour the net daily to uncover the most up-to-the minute music news

✱ If it’s new it’s at All Tomorrow’s Parties — promoting festivals, concerts and records throughout the world for 15 years

Kool FM, londonpirates, classiccat, wearepopslags, JMC Recordings✱ Read an extensive history since 1989 of London’s land-based pirate radio stations at londonpirates.co.uk, now a ghost site with audio archive

✱ Peter Robinson still exacts his irreverent brand of Popjustice with attitude, giving pop precisely the level of respect it deserves. Daily since the year 2000

✱ Pop news and reviews from Sean Adams at Drowned In Sound, an editorially independent music webzine, founded 1998 in London W2

Free videos at Artistdirect from performers across the music spectrum

Compare radio stations pretends it’s not a robot that discovers who’s playlisting your favourite tune right now

If you liked that, you’ll like last.fm

54,000 free internet radio stations are streaming via Shoutcast

The roots of world music explained at Froots, “the essential folk, roots and world music guide”

All global colours of music are at Mondomix — music, cinema, literature, society, travel, events, reports, artists. Since 1998, “une poignée de journalistes et de réalisateurs web lançait l’un des 1ers magazines musicaux en ligne”

Juno Records, the “world’s largest” online dance music store since 1996

Biba, 1973, Champagne and NovocaineBiba’s Champagne & Novocaine is a musical walk through the Biba store of 1975 in a revue of glam sounds spearheaded by Bowie and Roxy Music

Composer of the Week on the BBC iPlayer

Classic Cat is a catalogue of 6,000 free downloads from the other world of music, classical. Sample Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring that shocked Parisian ears in 1913 and changed the course of modern music

The Official UK Charts — current singles, albums, videos – plus an archive of hits since 1960

Shapersofthe80s picks the landmark pop videos from the Swinging 80s at YouTube, plus uploads

Hear five sensational minutes of Ravel in blues mode. Or is it Dada? In this video, the Blues movement from Sonata for violin and piano in G major (1927), is played by David Oistrakh on his Stradivarius in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory in 1965, accompanied by Vsevolod Petrushansky. As one of the century’s pre-eminent violinists, Oistrakh was allowed to allowed to tour abroad, so performing this “jazz” piece at home represented a courageous public gesture under Soviet-era communism and its leader Leonid Brezhnev

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