Orkestra Obsolete Performs a 1930s Cover of New Order’s Blue Monday

Orkestra Obsolete performs a cover of the New Order classic Blue Monday using only instruments available in the 1930s.
Orkestra Obsolete Blue Monday cover

To celebrate the anniversary of New Order’s 1983 hit Blue Monday, BBC Arts shared a cover of the song performed using only instruments that existed in the 1930s.

New Order’s classic Blue Monday was released on 7 March 1983, and its cutting-edge electronic groove changed pop music forever. But what would it have sounded like if it had been made 50 years earlier? In a special film, using only instruments available in the 1930s – from the theremin and musical saw to the harmonium and prepared piano – the mysterious Orkestra Obsolete present this classic track as you’ve never heard it before.

Watch Orkestra Obsolete perform Blue Monday below:

h/t Dangerous Minds

Beware the Slenderman Documentary Coming to HBO Following SXSW Premiere

Beware the Slenderman documentary explores the fictional internet boogeyman that drove two girls to attempted murder in Wisconsin.
Beware the Slenderman documentary coming to HBO after SXSW debut

In 2014, two 12-year-old Wisconsin girls lured their friend into the woods, where they stabbed her 19 times and left her for dead in the hope of gaining favor with a fictional Creepypasta character known as Slenderman. Today, those two girls are awaiting trial in a juvenile detention center about five minutes from the Cult of Weird hive, the process delayed by an appeal of the decision to try them as adults.

In the meantime, a documentary from director Irene Taylor Brodsky called Beware the Slenderman is coming to HBO following its premiere this Friday at SXSW.

From the synopsis:

BEWARE THE SLENDERMAN tells the story of the internet’s elusive Boogeyman and two 12-year-old girls who would kill for him. Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier lured their best friend into the woods, stabbed her 19 times, then set out on an odyssey to meet the tall and faceless man known online as Slenderman. Shot over 18 months with heartbreaking access to the families of the would-be murderers, the film plunges deep down the rabbit hole of their crime, a Boogeyman and our society’s most impressionable consumers of media. The entrance to the internet can quickly lead us to its dark basement, within just a matter of clicks. How much do we hold children responsible for what they find there?

Beware the Slenderman screens this Friday, March 11 at 9pm at the Topfer Theatre. There will also be a panel called Down the Rabbit Hole: Slenderman, Children & The Internet happening on Sunday, March 13 3:30pm at the Austin Convention Center. The panel will include Brodsky, as well as Bill Weier, Anissa’s father.

Poster art for the documentary Beware the Slenderman
Beware the Slenderman poster art

Interactive Cannibalism Exhibit Opens at San Diego’s Museum of Man

Explore the history of cannibalism in this one-of-a-kind interactive exhibit at the San Diego Museum of Man. Who’s ready to eat?
Interactive cannibalism exhibit opens at the San Diego Museum of Man
Operation: Cannibal Edition

The Museum of Man in San Diego has launched a new interactive exhibit dedicated to a topic that tends to get us pretty excited here at Cult of Weird HQ: cannibalism. That’s right, consuming human flesh is no longer just humanity’s greatest taboo – it is now educational and wholesome fun for the whole family. Recommended for children ages 10 and up, of course, because gnawing on friends at recess is generally frowned upon.

Cannibals: Myth & Reality aims to humanize the taboo through stories and hands-on activities (no, not eating each other) designed to help you see history’s notorious cannibals in a different light:

  • Hear the emotional first-hand account of the Uruguayan rugby players who, trapped high in the Andes Mountains, resorted to cannibalism to survive.
  • Learn why European explorers falsely used the label of “cannibal” to enslave and control people around the world.
  • Step into the apothecary shop to find out how the human body has been used as medicine.
  • Play the “Donner Trail” video game based on the Donner Party: will you live or die?
  • While stranded at sea, decide who among you will be eaten so that the others may live. Maybe you’ll be the one who draws the short straw!
  • Finally, figure out if you already do things that make you a cannibal, too.

Read more about Cannibals: Myth & Reality here:
Interactive cannibalism exhibit comes to San Diego’s Museum of Man

Cannibalism facts from the Museum of Man Cannibals exhibit