Weekend links 647


A local dispute on the planet Mars. Art by Kevin O’Neill from The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

• “…this image has puzzled enthusiasts of the scientific mystic’s works, both for its obscure provenance and cryptic symbolism. With its pastiche of Renaissance visual style and medieval caption — “A missionary of the Middle Ages tells that he had found the point where the sky and the Earth touch” — the illustration was once thought to have originated centuries before Flammarion published his text.” Hunter Dukes on the enduring mystery of the “Flammarion Engraving”.

• “For Spare, radio, and the waves that carried the music he loved to listen to, were more than just a metaphor for the spirit world. They were an active mode of conveyance for occult energies and vibrations – the swirling, ectoplasmic tendrils from which odd figures emerge in some of his most dense and haunting work.” Mark Pilkington explores Austin Osman Spare’s influence on the world of music.

• At Spine: Design studio Milk & Bone’s designer Alicia Raitt re-imagines all 14 of Kurt Vonnegut’s book covers to celebrate his 100th birthday.

• Farewell to Kevin O’Neill and Nik Turner, both of whom headed to the Western Lands this week.

Mean, moody and magnificent: film noir studio portraits – in pictures.

• Mix of the week: XLR8R Podcast 773 by Roméo Poirier.

• New music: Evergreen by Patrick Shiroishi.

Brainstorm (1972) by Hawkwind | Hurricane Fighter Plane (1985) by Inner City Unit | Brainstorm (1993) by Monster Magnet

4 thoughts on “Weekend links 647”

  1. Yeah, and Mimi Parker from Low. I’ve never listened to them very much but I appreciate the enthusiasm people have for them.

  2. That’s an amusing cover of “Hurricane Fighter Plane”, one of my favourites. I remember when I finally tracked down a copy of “The Parable Of Arable Land” in a collector’s shop in Bayswater; the owner was glad to part with it saying that it was one of the worst L.P.s he’d ever heard (still wasn’t cheap though). Even now, I use the initial “Free-form Freakout” as the ring tone for my phone. Mayo Thompson’s first solo album: “Corky’s Debt To His Father” is good too and surprisingly McCartneyesque. Have you heard Nik’s other garage-punk covers project “Ersatz” by The Imperial Pompadours?

  3. Ha, there can’t be many Familiar Ugly ringtones out there! I used to have Captain Beefheart reciting the first few lines from Golden Birdies on my answering machine. Some people enjoyed that.

    I heard most of Turner’s immediate post-Hawkwind things but only owned the Sphynx album and the first few ICU records. I saw the latter play on many occasions. They enjoyed doing cover versions although I’d forgotten all about the psych EP until I went looking through their discography. The Imperial Pompadours was a Barney Bubbles project which makes it extra special. Also surprisingly close to The Cramps in attitude and choice of songs.

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