Cover, Jeffrey Vallance’s reprinted edition of Blinky the Friendly Hen.

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A Dismal Decade

Eighties nostalgia is a sad and sick thing. In Dazed and Confused, Richard Linklater’s early-’90s exercise in ’70s nostalgia, the character Cynthia (played by Beck’s…
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Minor History Needs More Mining

In Branden W. Joseph’s book, Beyond the Dream Syndicate: Tony Conrad and the Arts After Cage, Joseph precipitates his excursion into the minutiae of the…
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Library Music: More Weird, More Normal

It’s been getting harder to tell the difference between weird and normal lately. Case in point: the current flurry of activity documenting the burgeoning interest…
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Doug Harvey, Cup of Coffee, 2003, watercolor on paper 24 x 18 in.

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1001 Prompts for Beginning Painters (Part 1)

NOTE: Ultimately, the correct response to each of these prompts is one or more paintings. 1. How is a painting different from the screen of…
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The Anarchist in Me

I first realized I was an “anarchist”—somebody who doesn’t believe in government—when I first heard the word, probably when I was 11, right around the…
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UNDER THE RADAR: TEMPORARY SERVICES

UNDER THE RADAR: TEMPORARY SERVICES

About a month ago Virginia Katz cajoled me into leading a discussion at her regular public salon at Eastside International gallery at LA’s Brewery art…
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FILM: Wild Wild Country

FILM: Wild Wild Country

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When I initially started hearing the buzz surrounding filmmaker brothers Chapman and Maclain Way’s Netflix documentary series about the Indian guru Bhagwan Rajneesh’s failed attempt…
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From The Secret World of Renaldo Kuhler, courtesy of Blast Books, Eudell “Eutie” Eulon Dellaston, roommate of Beulis Euliona Hulleston.

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The Secret World of Renaldo Kuhler

I have a confession to make: I am Miroslav Kyropnik! (crickets) One of my sub rosa projects at UCLA was the creation of a body…
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Page from Crap Hound #5: Hands, Hearts & Eyes, 1996

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Sean Tejaratchi's Liartown!

This whole end-of-net-neutrality panic is a bit of a mystery to me. Sure, it sucks, but what were people expecting? That businessmen would suddenly do…
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Over Easy p. 28

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Mimi Pond’s Wild Ride, In Two Volumes

Mimi Pond is a legendary figure in LA—part of the generation of independently-minded cartoonists nurtured—then dumped—by the alternative media, she also wrote the first-aired episode…
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Jordan Belson, Mandala, 1953

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Visual Music 1947–1986 from the CVM Archive

Avant-garde artistic movements have a funny way of morphing into the mainstream—witness the fridge-magnet ubiquity of Impressionist paintings, or the integral role of appropriated samples…
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Panter with his new book, photo by Jody Culkin.

UNDER THE RADAR: Gary Panter

A New Graphic Novel and Candle-Making

Gary Panter wears many hats—visionary punk cartoonist, Emmy-award winning designer for Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, psychedelic lightshow revivalist, cutting-edge graphic designer, experimental musician, candlestick maker. Having dazzled…
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C.M. Coolidge, A Friend in Need, 1903.

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Less Art Accountant

The He-Man Action Movie Appreciation Society meets regularly to interrogate promising high-budget mainstream shoot-’em-ups in the context for which they were designed—big, loud movie theaters….
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Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present

Tony Conrad is one of the unlikeliest figures to be the subject of the kind of late-career historical recontextualization that authenticity-starved hipster youth have made…
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HyperNormalisation

I first became aware of the remarkable documentarian Adam Curtis a few years ago, when I stumbled across The Century of the Self, a four-part…
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Spectress and Sacred Datura/Peaked Experience album art, photo by Heather Rasmussen.

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What's Making What Noise

Installation artist and drone improviser Gabie Strong has been a playa in the surprisingly vigorous Los Angeles experimental music community for some time, with her…
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