Friday, February 26, 2016

Yoga : Aligning to the Source

The film introduces audiences to the vast subject of Yoga. Millions of people around the world today practice some from of Yoga and this film explores the origins of Yoga, its development and practices, its integration across religions in India, the science behind it and its successful spread all over the world. It demonstrates how Yoga can be a comprehensive set of tools for life, for realigning one's mind and body in equilibrium and for accessing a higher sense of consciousness and awareness.
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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Australian Dadaist Barry Humphries (Uncut Version)

John Barry Humphries, AO, CBE (b 1934) is an Australian comedian, actor, satirist, artist, and author. Humphries is best known for writing and playing his on-stage and television alter egos Dame Edna Everage and Sir Les Patterson.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Marley: The Story Of Bob Marley(2012)

The life story of musician, revolutionary and legend Bob Marley, from the early days to international superstardom. Features rare footage, performances and interviews.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

The Wormwood Star (1956)

This dramatic short film is a dark and beautiful portrait of the occultist, artist, poet and bohemian Marjorie Cameron (1922-1995). Cameron was married to Jack Parsons until his death in 1952. Jack Parsons was a rocket scientist who had been a founding member of the JPL and who was also a devout follower of the new religious movement founded by English occultist Aleister Crowley in 1904, Thelema. Parsons was the head of the Agape Lodge, a branch of the Thelemite Ordo Templi Orientis (OTO).

Marjorie Cameron

From Dangerous Minds
Curtis Harrington told Cameron biographer Spencer Kansa in his book, Wormwood Star: The Magickal Life of Marjorie Cameron
"Before I made the film I’d heard from Renate [referring here to painter Renate Druks] that Cameron had spent some time in the desert trying, through magical means, to conceive a child by the spirit of Jack Parsons without success.  Cameron never spoke of Jack directly, but I do remember feeling sometimes when I talked to her, of her going off into a realm that I didn’t understand at all. It was sort of an apocalyptic thing and it’s there in her poetry."
What you should know as you watch this is that the vast majority of Marjorie Cameron’s paintings were destroyed by her—burned—in an act of ritualized suicide. There are very few pieces by Cameron that have survived—a few paintings and some sketches—and The Wormwood Star is the only record of most of them (outside of the astral plane, natch. What does survive of her estate is represented by longtime New York gallerist Nicole Klagsbrun). Cameron has long been a figure of fascination for many people and I think I can say with confidence that this film meets or even far exceeds any expectations you might have for it.

Art as Ritual Discussion Panel, Applied Mythology Project's Dark Paradise Exhibit

As part of the Dark Paradise exhibit curated by Yin Shadowz and the Applied Mythology Project at LAST Projects Gallery in Hollywood in Oct./Nov. 2015, a diverse group of women come together to discuss "Art As Ritual" in today's world, exploring the topic from various perspectives including depth psychology, folklore, popular culture and the occult, mysticism, social justice, and inequity. The panel explores the archetype of the new perennialist, the postmodern search for authenticity in expressive culture, the role of magic in everyday life, living one's life as art, the role of ritual in art-making practices, and inequity of space for creative exploration. Panelists include Jennifer Selig, professor at Pacifica Graduate Institute and author on depth psychology and archetypal studies; Sabina Magliocco, professor at CSUN, ethnographer, and author on folklore and the Neopagan revival; Tanja M. Laden, founder of PopCurious, writer and biographer of Marjorie Cameron,; Maja d'Aoust, practicing white witch, artist and speaker on esoteric studies; and Rochelle Martin, Chicana artist. The panel is moderated by co-curators Kristin Trammell and Meagan Boyd.
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Wednesday, February 17, 2016


I first head this jugalbandi performed by Pandit Kishen Maharaj & Vidwan Umayalapuram K Sivaraman in 1996, Twenty years ago, in a large house on the bank of the Ganges at Nagwa, near Varanasi. It blew me away then, as it does now. I would later that year see Pandit Kishan Maharaj perform. A master of the tabla.

Kishan Maharaj (1923-2008), by the time he was eleven, began performing in concerts. Within a few years, Kishan Maharaj was sharing the stage with stalwarts like Faiyaz Khan, Omkarnath Thakur, Bade Ghulam Ali Khan, Bhimsen Joshi, Vasant Rai, Ravi Shankar, Ali Akbar Khan, Vilayat Khan,and many others.

Maharaj had the ability to play cross-rhythms and produce complex calculations, particularly in tihai patterns. Known as an excellent accompanist, Maharaj was extremely versatile and capable of playing with any accompaniment, be it with the Sitar, Sarod, Dhrupad, Dhamar or even dance.

Maharaj gave a number of solo concerts during his career and also gave `Sangat` to some great dancers like Sri Shambhu Maharaj, Sitara Devi, Natraj Gopi Krishna, and Birju Maharaj.
Among all his compositions, his "Tala Vadya Kacheri" with the Mridangam Vidwan, "Palghat Raghu" stood out. Maharaj extensively toured and participated in several prestigious events across the world, including the Edinburgh festival and the Commonwealth Arts festival in the United Kingdom in 1965.

Maharaj won the Padma Shri in 1973 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2002. For many years, he was married to Savita Devi, daughter of Siddheshwari Devi.

Umayalpuram Kasiviswanatha Sivaraman (born December 17, 1935) is an Indian mridangam player. He was awarded with the Padma Vibhushan, India's second highest civilian honor, on the occasion of the country's 61st Republic Day observance on January 26, 2010 and received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Kerala in 2010.

Umayalpuram Sivaraman was born in 1935 to Dr. P. Kasivishwanatha Iyer and Smt Kamalambal. His father was an avid practicioner of music, adept in playing the violin and mridangam. At an early age, his father got Sri Sivaraman initiated in mridangam through the gurukula system with eminent mridangam masters.

Umayalpuram Sivaraman completed his schooling at the Municipal Primary school and Town high school in Kumbakonam and the Kalyanasundaram High School in Thanjavur. After schooling, he obtaining the B.A degree from the Kumbakonam Government College, and completed his graduation in law from the Madras Law College in 1958. Then Sri Sivaraman enrolled for the M.L. course at the Madras University and completed one year. Drawn to a service in the Indian Administrative Serivces, Sri Sivaraman also spent a few months preparing for the I.A.S exams. While Sri Sivaraman was trained as a lawyer, he received advice from eminent lawyers including late N. Raghunatha Iyer of The Hindu and late C.K. Venkatanarasimhan who was a secretary of The Music Academy who urged Sri Sivaraman to continue his musical career with the prediction that he would rise to great heights in this profession.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Artistic Visionary and Guide Rosaleen Norton

Known in the scandal press of 1950s Australia as 'The Witch of Kings Cross' Rosaleen Norton (1917-1979) was an artist, occultist and cultural revolutionary. According to her later biographer, Nevill Drury, "Norton's esoteric beliefs, cosmology and visionary art are all closely intertwined – and reflect her unique approach to the magical universe." She was inspired by "the 'night' side of magic", emphasising darkness and studying the Qliphoth, alongside forms of sex magic which she had learned from the writings of English occultist Aleister Crowley. A new documentary about Rosaleen Norton is being made. Here is a snippet of it:

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Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Beasts Of Bourbon - Live Phoenician Club Sydney - December 1991 & April 1992

Swamp punk from the back alleys of Darlinghurst......

- Chase The Dragon
- Driver Man
- Save Me A Place
- Bad Revisited
- Black Milk
- Drop Out
- Ride On
- Hard For You
- Straight, Hard and Long
- Let's Get Funky