Culture corner hotlinks

➤ A handful of diverting links


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 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

Harriet Verney ,This is how we do it, i-D magazineThis is how we do it is i-D magazine’s growing guide to the bright young talents worth watching, pulled together by Harriet Verney (right, clothes by Mimi, photographed by Louie Banks), who is described as “a nipple-flashing, bum-pushing, lip-pouting, tongue-lapping, lean-streak of pedigree perfection”. And only 18

✦ Time Out named 123 Bethnal Green Road its best new shop of 2010: here Ross and Michelle refashion vintage clothes and reclaimed fabrics into near-unique quality garments that could have stepped out of your mum’s glossy magazines

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 in Alfie’s Antique Market, Marylebone. Welcome back to the Rank starlet forces sweetheart

Era magazine sets out to be the bible for “the vintage connoisseur — enthusiastic, passionate, trend-setting people who want to celebrate the style, experiences and pleasures of the past”

✦ 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 can be 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

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

Newstran, the metanews translator — “A Free, Anonymous, Multilingual Auto-Translation Portal for International Travelers, Scholars, Researchers, Educators, Students and Information Hounds of All Types and Kinds”. Breathtaking.

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

✦ Eleven years of effrontery and Urban Dictionary still tells it like it is from facebook as verb, to shizzle, wigger and far worse — 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 at the Wayback Machine

Egg, bacon, chips and beans — Russell Davies’ blog finds and photographs those traditional “Full English” starts to the day that are worth a detour

London Review of Breakfasts — upmarket praise and damnation for what should be a better treat than it is. “Because we’ve had enoeuf.”

✦ 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”

The 80s Actual blog says it is an antidote to “all those television shows and online articles of recent years which examine pop culture — and frequently get it hopelessly wrong!” So, a kindred spirit to Shapersothe80s. Andy behind Actual sets out to “examine the decade’s news stories from the emergence of Lady Diana Spencer into the public eye in 1980, to the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989”

Stagecoach, Criterion Collection,Criterion Trailers,

Criterion Collection’s online cinematheque (pictured: John Ford’s landmark 1939 western Stagecoach, fully restored)

✦ 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



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



Created in 1995, AllMusic has proved the most reliable of the many online music encylopedias (mostly flaky) — and the only one to get the British scene right (mostly)

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

Designer Magazine — Gig promoters and Manchester’s third largest source of indie entertainment news set up five years ago for readers who access the web through low-spec computers at university, work or school

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

Pinglewood’s selected beats for the 20-tweens from the self-proclaimed “world’s oldest music blog” at the bleeding edge of popular culture

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 also promotes bands as media partner of the Ja Ja Ja club night

Two Brit pop-slags scour the net daily to uncover the most up-to-the minute pop news

✱ If it’s new it’s at All Tomorrow’s Parties — “the ultimate mix tape”

Kool FM, londonpirates, classiccat, wearepopslags, JMC Recordings✱ Listen to London’s land-based pirate radio stations and download the Pirate Radio toolbar

✱ Peter Robinson tens years on and still exacting Popjustice with attitude

✱ 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 to see who’s playlisting your favourite tune now

If you liked that, you’ll like

3,000 free internet radio stations from 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

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

The British Music Experience is a permanent exhibition beneath the O2 dome in south-east London. It combines audio-visual technology with coveted music memorabilia and says: “Our purpose is to advance the education and appreciation of the art, history and science of music in Britain.” Yeah, right. At least they’ve now slashed their original cheeky ticket prices to £10 max (adults)

Biba, 1973, Champagne and NovocaineA musical walk through the Biba store in 1975 plus soundtracks to other formative scenes

Classic Cat is the catalogue of free downloads for the other world of music. Sample the Rite of Spring that shocked Parisian ears in 1913

Hear five minutes of Ravel in blues mode. Or is it Dada? Sonata for violin and piano in G major, from 1927, played by Duo Montefiore at JMC Recordings

Composer of the Week on the BBC iPlayer

The Official UK Charts — current singles, albums, videos

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



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