SuicideGirls' Missy Suicide Talks About Her "Beautiful Sorority of Badass Babes"


SuicideGirls cofounder Missy Suicide describes her most famous creation as a "beautiful sorority of badass babes from around the world." In 2001, at 24 years old, Suicide, born Selena Mooney, along with partner Sean Suhl launched this, one of the earlier, still-running social networking sites from Portland, Oregon.

If you're not familiar with SuicideGirls, it features sexy photos of hot punk and rockabilly women, decorated with tattoos and not afraid to show their boobs or their personalities.
"It has evolved over the years, but it's stayed relatively true to its initial intent," Suicide says. "As a result, it's been a kind of pioneer in the internet community space." She admits to being a web nerd herself. "The way people can use the internet to come together to exchange information, to basically connect on such a global scale, is fascinating to me. It's something I geek out about."

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Nat King Cole and Ten Other Musicians Who Sang After Death

United States Library of Congress's Music Division

Halloween might be over, but with Natalie Cole coming to town, we can't help but think of those singers who have come back from the grave to croon a bit.

Cole had a career resurgence back in 1991 when she released an album of duets with her father, Nat King Cole, titled Unforgettable... With Love. The quality that made that album both a Grammy winner and chart-busting success was that by 1991, Nat King Cole had been dead for 26 years.

Here are ten other dearly departed artists who managed to sing with the living from the afterlife.

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Lord of the Riffs Trilogy: A Weirdo Attempts to Leave or Explain the "Cult" of the Melvins


Part 1: Fellowship of the Melvins

In 2010, ABC News correctly identified legendary rock group, the Melvins as a "cult band." Meanwhile, the growing "Melvins Army" presently consists of close to a million devotees worldwide. The fact is, the Melvins are not a "rock and roll band" at all. They deliberately defy any genre or scene that may claim them as their own, for reasons which we will now expose.

After more than 20 years of investigation, we have discovered that beneath their "rock star" exterior, the Melvins are, without a doubt, a dangerous cult. An ancient fraternity, if you will, dating back to the dark and medieval days of 1983. Their live show is a Druid-like séance, with band members wearing phantom-like priestly garments. Midway through their "performance," an ethereal communion and baptism takes place. Their musical shows are ritualistic initiation ceremonies, coercing the unsuspecting concert-goer into an unearthly secret society. The band's members are like undercover agents, sent by a trust of giant insects from another galaxy.

See also: The Melvins' King Buzzo: "They All Think I'm Insane"

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Puppet Master Jim Hammond Explains Day of the Dead Fort Lauderdale's Roots (VIDEO)

Jim Hammond Discusses the Road to Day of the Dead South Florida from Voice Media Group on Vimeo.

A peculiar thing is happening this weekend, a salute to the Mexican tradition of honoring those whom we have lost and who have, somehow, turned to dust and left this planet. This special holiday, Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, comes around once a year and takes over downtown Fort Lauderdale for two days of revelry. Saturday and Sunday, roughly 9,000 attendees will show up in full-on sugar-skull makeup -- ornate face paint with floral designs and striking black-and-white skeletal details -- and clad in authentic holiday garb to join a massive skeleton-puppet processional while mariachi bands sound off among the folkloric ballet dance troupes, an artisan craft crypt component, and an installation of ofrendas altars. Food trucks, tequila, and burlesque will also figure into the weekend's festivities.

But what's odd about this popular fifth-annual event is that we're not in Mexico, and South Florida has a relatively small Mexican population. Moreover, the event's founder, Jim Hammond, director of the Puppet Network, is not of Mexican descent. And yet, the Florida Day of the Dead Celebration kicked off in 2010 with just 700 attendees and now brings in thousands each year.

So why, as Hammond himself asks, "is a crazy gringo from Vermont" putting on one of the city's best-attended events? And one that's well-funded to boot, by $40k in John S. and James L. Knight Foundation grant monies? Hammond explained all this and more to New Times.

See also: Photos of Day of the Dead 2013 in Fort Lauderdale

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Vague Information on "The Takeover a Record Store Tour" This Monday in South Florida

Ian Witlen

Perhaps you received an invite on Facebook to a mysterious event dubbed "It Is The Takeover A Record Store Tour." The description for the October 6 event reads: "2 notorious troublemakers with nothing better to do will be taking over South Florida record stores with protest and pizzaz. It is on a Monday so quit your job and get on the dole for rock and roll. The music police will take over the store until you scream for more."

No times or locations are listed, so we hit up Mr. Entertainment (or Mr. E, if you're nasty) for more information on the affair.

His response was, "Rumor has it two dangerously witted songsmiths armed with only guitars and disguise will hold hostage all record store patrons with song and dance."

Vague, we thought. So we wrote back, "Are you cool with talking with me on the phone about it?"

"Only if you disguise my voice and blackout my face."

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Macabre Drawing Time: Asylum Sessions at Undergrounds Coffeehaus


By MR Sheffield

It's 9 p.m. in a dark room behind a local coffee shop. A statuesque young woman with blue and pink hair poses on the stage holding a Styrofoam skull with nails driven into it, a mask partially obscuring her face, a plastic dagger sheathed at her side.

It's not a haunted house or an insane asylum, it's Asylum Sessions, a weekly drawing class that allows artists to delve into their dark sides. Most drawing classes are sterile, uptight, focused on nudes and formal technique. Not so here where the models are culled from the crowd and all are encouraged to put pencil to paper to see what twisted nightmares they may create.

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Yoga Noir at Undergrounds Coffeehaus Offers Alt Rock and Espresso with Your Lotus Position


By Sean Chambers

Yoga Noir is an unusual way to stretch limbs and find your center. Instructor and creator Jacquie Roach made sure that there wasn't just one thing about these classes that make them special, but a slew of little cool things.

First of all, it takes place in a coffee shop.

Aileen Liptak, the owner and manager of Undergrounds Coffeehaus happily had Roach set up shop in this eclectic, artsy, and caffeine-fueled environment. Roach says she was "drawn to the idea of a modernized alternative class of yoga," which would be "more geared to people who may be hesitant to actually try yoga out at a studio." And it gave her a chance to add her own flair to this ancient practice.

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Echos Myron United Different Generations of South Florida Artists and Musicians

Monica McGivern

Sometimes Hollywood, Florida, is a weird place. Sometimes you see things there that you never thought you'd see. Sometimes the streets are desolate with nothing but the neon lights and bits of music bursting from storefronts, lending breath to the boulevard. Sometimes the streets are packed beyond recognition. Wine-drunk and liquor-drunk folks strolling side by side. The place is sometimes a siren.

Opening night at the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood for Echos Myron -- a musically focused exhibition curated by Holly Hunt's Beatriz Monteavaro and Kreamy 'Lectric Santa's Priyadarsini Ray -- was a song that lured the most colorful young culture-seekers to Harrison Street. They came from both Broward and Miami to witness a brazen showcase of artists who make music and musicians who make art.

But really, is there a distinction?

See also: Echos Myron at the Art and Culture Center in Hollywood (Slideshow)

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Jason Handelsman's Psychedelic and Personal Exploration of Echos Myron Art Show

Art by the author.

Disclaimer: Jason Handelsman will be exhibiting his artwork at this Echos Myron show.
Did you know that one of the most evil men in the history of the world, who was culpable for the systematic slaughter of millions of innocent people, was a struggling multi-media artist like us? The fact that he could not get into art school stoked his hatred for Jews and homosexuals and his fascination with ancient symbols led him to a cosmic planetary level of completely negative turmoil.
I do not want this to happen to you. I want your innovative artwork (as a reflection of your life) to be so extremely positive so that it remodels our big beautiful world into an even more magnificent place. You are an incredible person, and I love you so much.

See also: Beatriz Monteavaro and Priya Ray Curate Echos Myron Exhibition with Art by Musicians

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NFL Asks Money to Perform the Super Bowl Halftime Show: An Imagined Correspondence

Sayre Berman
This is what Chris Martin's face must have looked like when hearing the news.

The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this week that the National Football League asked representatives of Katy Perry, Rihanna, and Coldplay how much they would pay to play next February's Super Bowl halftime show.

While the NFL generally hasn't paid its Super Bowl halftime performers in the past, it did at least cover those act's travel and production expenses. But seeing as how last year Bruno Mars and the previous Super Bowl's Beyoncé performance brought an uptick in those acts' touring revenue, the NFL figured they might as well wring every dollar asking candidates, according to the Wall Street Journal, "to contribute a portion of their post-Super Bowl tour income to the league, or if they would make some other type of financial contribution, in exchange for the halftime gig."

Here's how we imagine the NFL's correspondence with musicians went regarding this matter.

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