It's Friday — I don't wanna work, you don't wanna work. So let's just agree that we're not going to get anything done and spend the next few hours wasting time on the Internet. It's a deal! But before I retire to the wanton chaos of the tubes, I'd like to use my bully pulpit here on the Cream to beg and plead with the fine folks at the Belcourt to please, please, please book SoulBoy when, and if, it ever gets a stateside release. Ya, it looks a little treacly with all the boy-girl lovey-dovey bullshit, but it's definitely the first narrative film to deal with the Northern soul scene that would lay down the groundwork — along with the contiguous happenings in New York's underground disco scene — for dance-music culture as we know it. Pretty please? OK, moving on to the time-suck portion of our day ...
* Check out this great article in the NYT about the unfortunately named "sissy bounce" scene in New Orleans. Hip-hop is one of the most viciously heteronormative genres out there, and knowing that there's a healthy, thriving gay and trans community working within the genre, and outside of what I like to call "Coastal Irony Zones," gives me hope that the genre might actually move beyond some of it's knuckle-dragging tendencies. Also, Big Freedia writes filthy lyrics, which I love no matter where you put your whatsit. [NYT]
*Foxy Brown (you remember her, right?) got arrested this week for shakin' dat ass ... at her neighbor, which just seems like a poor way of resolving community disputes, but whatevs. [Daily Swarm]
* “Some punk bitch rookie cop named Fisher #10026 Made the arrest of his bullshit career today. Arresting the Notorious Ice T for no seatbelt.” There aren't enough LOLZ in the world. [AV CLUB]
* Heavy Metal Parking Lot director Jeff Krulik is in the process of making Heavy Metal Picnic, but he's struggling with the fact that most people aren't that interested in tailgaters screaming at a camera sans, ya know, narrative and shit. I mean sure, the original was a brilliant piece of cinema verite, but Harry Potter Parking Lot was like skull-fucking a dead horse. [Washington City Paper via Daily Swarm]
*Today's arts and crafts project: Build your own Daft Punk helmet from scratch! No seriously, some dude built one of those shiny light-up helmets from motherfuckin' scratch! It's crazy! Be sure to check out the time-lapse video of the helmet's construction. [Gizmodo]
*And if that's not nerdy enough for you, why not build an 8-bit synthesizer out of an old home organ? [YouTube via Aaron Irons, Master of the Internet]
* And of course, I'd be remiss to not mention Tennessee's greatest contribution to Internet culture yet: Basil Marceaux. [via the Internet godz and WSMV]
You guys got any awesome web detritus? Leave it the comments. I ain't gettin' shit done for the rest of the day.