Urban Soviet Apartments

Interior design studio Gyva Grafika took photos of “Urban Soviet” apartment buildings in Kaunas, Lithuania and created appliqués for a restaurant.

[Image found in here, story here; Reddit comment here.]

Soviet Volga 1962 GAZ-22 Low Rider Prototype Mod

Here’s an un-modified 1962 Volga GAZ-22. I don’t think it had a cast-iron carburetor, but who knows?

From Wiki:

“Only those shipped abroad for export were sold to private customers. All domestic station wagons/estates, with rare exceptions, were never available for private ownership. The Soviet rationale was that allowing such a car to citizens would also make it too available and popular with dealers in the grey market economy [which] was allowed but limited by the state.”

[Found here.]




1971 Soviet Stepwalker, apparently from a hobby magazine.

[Found here, with more cool stepwalkers.]

Saturday Matinee – Маричка, Lucero, Dave Alvin & The Guilty Ones

“Blaxploitation style soviet funk! Фрагмент из музыкального фильма Софии Ротару – Песня всегда с нами 1975 года.”
Hit teh goggle translate. [via]

Lucero‘s “I Want Your Love.” Ben Nichols & Company rocks at the Memphis  Sun Studios in 2012. Jump to 1:10 for the good stuff. There’s a lot of influences in that song, something for everybody, and it reminded me of The Blasters.

Dave Alvin & The Guilty Ones “Harlan County Line” is pure badass grinding blues, and it’s just what’s needed to wrap up this episode of The Saturday Matinee.

Have a great weekend, folks and don’t sweat the weather. We’re working on it.

Saturday Matinee: Past Future & Present Past

Vodpod videos no longer available. from s166.photobucket.com posted with vodpod

No Way. Can’t happen. Get outta here. [Via Snopes.]

1960 precursor to Star Trek from East Germany, according to the U-to0bage description:

Here’s a look at “the world’s largest supercomputer” in the socialist utopian future predicted by a 1960 East German science fiction film

The movie is “Der Schweigende Stern,” released in the west as “First Spaceship on Venus.”

Like other Soviet-bloc films, it forecast a utopian future in which socialist scientific advancement led the world.

In this scene, the scientists are using the supercomputer to decipher an alien message recorded on a device ejected from an alien spacecraft before it crashed.

And speaking of Star Trek, one of the funniest Saturday Night Live clips, (with William Shatner as Captain Kirk, Chevy Chase as Spock, Bill Murray as Bones, on the bridge of the Starship Enterprise after the series was canceled) should have appeared below. But NBC apparently convinced uT00B and g00ggle to drop all the video links for copyright violations. It’s as if NBC wanted to erase all evidence of the years when Saturday Night Live was actually funny.

So here’s this gem [originally scheduled for a later post]: The Dap-Kings featuring Sharon Jones. Music & video uses 1960’s technology for recording and taping this modern band with the stylings of early R&B. “Almost Aretha” is a pretty good compliment.

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