Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Just One Fix

if you've ever been a fan of Ministry or have seen them live you'll dig this...... I saw them in Denver on the Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste and they were bloody brilliant. They even included a song recorded live in Denver from that show on the live album "In Case You Didn't Feel Like Showing Up"

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Top Ten List of Albums/Songs for Me of 2009

In no order these were my faves of the year:

King Khan and the Shrines - What is?!

Flaming Lips - Embryonic

DEATH - For the Whole World to See

Slayer - World Painted Blood

Mastadon - Crack the Skye

Felt3 - Tribute to Rosie Perez

Skream - Burning Up

Amanda Blank - Might Like You Better

The Billy Childish Story - Archive From 1959

Thrill Jockey Compilation - Records Toreism

The Feelies - Crazy Rythyms (reissue)

The Dead Weather - Horehound

Spoon - Got Nuffin

Jesus Lizard - 7" box set

Dan Sartain - Bohemian Grove

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Diplo drops a new one

full on rip down of the almighty Barrington Levy's 'Murderer' SICK!

New Flaming Lips album

Embryonic - so good!
Noisy - check
Stony lyrics - check
Beatles and Floyd moments - check
And record one is blue marbled vinyl, record two is yellow marbled vinyl with a gatefold sleeve and the cd of the whole album included. Worth it.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Thinking about Dio

RONNIE JAMES DIO Diagnosed With Stomach Cancer

Wendy Dio, the wife and manager of legendary heavy metal vocalist Ronnie James Dio (DIO, HEAVEN & HELL, BLACK SABBATH, RAINBOW), released the following statement to BLABBERMOUTH.NET:

"Ronnie has been diagnosed with the early stages of stomach cancer. We are starting treatment immediately at the Mayo Clinic. After he kills this dragon, Ronnie will be back on stage, where he belongs, doing what he loves best, performing for his fans.

"Long live rock and roll, long live Ronnie James Dio.

"Thanks to all the friends and fans from all over the world that have sent well wishes. This has really helped to keep his spirit up."

Ronnie James Dio, 67, has performed with ELF, RAINBOW, BLACK SABBATH, and his own band DIO. Other musical projects include the collective fundraiser "Hear 'n Aid". He is widely hailed as one of the most powerful singers in heavy metal, renowned for his consistently powerful voice and for popularizing the "devil's horns" hand gesture in metal culture. He is currently involved with HEAVEN & HELL, a project which also includes former BLACK SABBATH bandmates Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Vinny Appice. Their first studio album, "The Devil You Know", was released on April 28, 2009.

DIO cancelled its European tour last week after Ronnie was taken ill. The band's lineup for the trek was supposed to include WHITESNAKE/ex-DIO axeman Doug Aldrich due to the fact that the group's regular guitarist, Craig Goldy, had prior touring commitments with BUDGIE in Australia.

Snippet taken from Collecting Vinyl Records Blog

Get well Ronnie!!!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Drawing is Thinking

Milton Glaser draws and lectures on why drawing is essential in order to see the world. One of my favorite things to do, especially at the end of the day with a beverage and a record and KT. Me? I love the ballpoint pen, black Papermate. OK, that was a little personal. ;)

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

I Told You I Was Freaky

Flight of the Conchords new album is so dope, the music is great, the packaging is above excellent. Embossed cover, 24" X 24" full color poster of the album cover, full color dust cover with each of their faces on each side, a 12" X 12" song book with all the lyrics and the guitar tab!!!

AND

it's Purple Marbled Fucking Vinyl!!!!!

Vinyl fooking rules!

New Column From John Reidy

East Coast bias—live from the Mountain time zone

104.3 The Fan's programming leaves local sports coverage at a disadvantage

Thursday, November 5, 2009

the latest Numbers on Vinyls Growing Popularity

The resurgent vinyl market isn’t showing any signs of slowing down. In fact, recent figures released by Nielsen SoundScan indicate that overall U.S. vinyl sales will once again set a benchmark in 2009, with sales up 50% through the first five months of the year. SoundScan predicts vinyl sales will reach 2.8 million units in 2009, up from 1.9 million in 2008, a record since SoundScan began tracking sales data in 1991. Already in 2009, vinyl sales have topped 1 million. Rock albums account for 70% of all vinyl sold, but country vinyl is enjoying a growth spurt. Year-to-date country vinyl sales are already at 15,000 copies, compared with 5,000 for the comparable period in 2008.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

A Sobering Read About the State of Things in the USA

Great read from Peggy Noonan at the WSJ FTA - "This is something new in modern political history, and I'm not sure we're fully noticing it. Americans are starting to think the problems we are facing cannot be solved.

Part of the reason is that the problems—debt, spending, war—seem too big. But a larger part is that our government, from the White House through Congress and so many state and local governments, seems to be demonstrating every day that they cannot make things better. They are not offering a new path, they are only offering old paths—spend more, regulate more, tax more in an attempt to make us more healthy locally and nationally. And in the long term everyone—well, not those in government, but most everyone else—seems to know that won't work. It's not a way out. It's not a path through."

Monday, November 2, 2009

the Coming Death of Cable TV

seriously.....who has cable? you know there's an internet out there? and HD signals blowing through the air.....and get this, for free!!! FTA: "Apple is pitching a monthly subscription service to the TV networks, an iTunes-based alternative to cable packages that would cost about $30 per month. Apple wants to launch the service early next year, provided it can get broadcast and cable TV programmers to sign up, Kafka reports."

bloody brilliant marketing campaign

link from Jason Kottke

Alie and Georgia present the The McNuggetini

oh man, it's Monday morning

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Friday, October 23, 2009

30 Killer Shots of People Smoking

So good, this makes me miss smoking. I used to love to have a smoke when the sun goes down and it's just a little chilly outside.....

Thursday, October 15, 2009

the Man Who Souled the World

Saw an excellent documentary last night on Steve Rocco and how he started World Industries. A must see if you're a fan of skateboarding or if you want the origins of World, Jackass, Big Brother, Spike Jonze, Girl, etc......

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

taking a quick break

no updates for a bit y'all, I'm out town soooo I can't really comment on the surf in Denver now can I? XOXOXOX - AaronX

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Word Painted Blood - artwork revealed!

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SLAYER Reveal Album Art for World Painted Blood

Slayer’s World Painted Blood, the band’s highly-anticipated new album set for a November 3 release (American Recordings), will initially ship with four special collector’s edition CD covers. Each of the four covers will display one-fourth of a provocative continental map illustrated with human skulls and bones; when placed together, the four images form a complete and grisly map of the world (see above).

All four of the initial CD packages will include a special blood-red, see-through top panel with the map displayed beneath it.

The World Painted Blood Deluxe Edition will have its own special layout of the map cover art and will be in a double-digipak housed in a blood-red, see-through plastic sleeve. The Deluxe Edition will include the World Painted Blood CD, the “Playing With Dolls” DVD, a 20-minute animated graphic novel featuring music from the album (including part of a new non-album song), and an expanded booklet.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Friday, September 4, 2009

World Painted Blood

Slayer Reveals New Album "World Painted Blood" Details

Slayer's upcoming album "World Painted Blood" will be released Tuesday, November 3rd in North American and Monday, November 2 to the rest of the world.

There will be three different editions of the album: Limited edition CD with multiple CD covers, Deluxe edition CD/DVD, and a high-quality, 180-gram vinyl edition.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Al Gore and Great Britain

this is an article from 2007, however it is interesting that if the film is shown to students it needs to be accompanied by a teacher telling students about the numerous inaccuracies of the film.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Monday, August 10, 2009

Friday, August 7, 2009

Britain's Energy Future

Great read from the Economist FTA: "All this leaves Britain in a hole. The lights are dimming, but green targets are an argument against new coal plants, security-of-supply concerns make gas dicey, lack of time rules out nuclear, and worries about practicality dog renewables."

It's Why We Love Our Records

"Keeps me fit. I've been up and down all day changing records."

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Powell Peralta Sticker Set

I had at one time most of these Man, VCJ still hits me like a ton of bricks. So rad.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Paint Stick Doors

My good friend Pamela makes
these doors go visit her site and give them a look, they are more impressive in person. Killer!

7 Detroit Photographers

more great images of Detroit

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Feet First

Some great photography from Tom Robinson all of his sets are very nice, but I'm loving Feet First on a Tuesday morning.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Ghostbusters '59 Caddie for sale

wow! this is the real deal!!!!

there's only 4 hours left on the auction while I post!

Urban Mobility - PUMA

I just picked up a pair of Puma Madison EVO Lace L shoes and they are so awesome. Nothing beats a pair of new shoes, and I love me some Puma.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

TILT

Saw a good documentary last night called "TILT" - pretty neat, talks about the challenges pinball - specifically Williams faced in the '90s and how they came to build "Revenge From Mars". If you were playing pins in the 90's this will click with you, spending a good deal of the 90's with a beer on the glass of my favorite pin - FIRE by Williams at the Lion's Lair with Boyd Rice spinning - this one hits home.

BECK

Beck takes on the Velvet Underground and Nico

Friday, June 19, 2009

Monday, June 15, 2009

Jimmy's Scooter

The Lambretta Li 150 Series 3 offered here is the actual machine ridden by Phil Daniels’ character, James 'Jimmy'' Cooper in the 1979 film, 'Quadrophenia', inspired by The Who’s double album of the same name. After filming finished, the 'Jimmy Bike' was sold to scooter dealers Rafferty Newman and put on display in the window of their shop in Portsmouth. It was subsequently purchased by Eddie Harris who then sold it on to Paul Marsh, both these owners being Portsmouth residents. So rad.

the Rumble

Asked for a tune that kids could dance "The Stroll" to, Link Wray came up with this powerfully menacing guitar instrumental on the spot, and the crowd went wild, demanding encores. When he couldn’t recreate the distorted sound of his live version in a studio, Wray poked holes in his amp speakers, cranked up the tremolo, and was then able to capture what he wanted in three takes -- for a cost of $57. Originally titled "Oddball," it was renamed after the gang fights in "West Side Story" by a record producer’s daughter. Wray’s primal guitar influenced a generation of rockers including Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, the Kinks, Jimmy Page and Neil Young. Bob Dylan called "Rumble" the "greatest instrumental ever." Pete Townshend said, "... if it hadn’t been for Link Wray and ‘Rumble,’ I would have never picked up a guitar."
RUMBLE

been out on vacation

but now I'm back. Phew. Here's some neat abandoned theaters.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Whiskey

my brother Phil brought some Stranahans over the other day and we drank some so, so, so good

Friday, May 29, 2009

mmmmmmmmound

here's a blog I can dig or stack

Monday, April 27, 2009

top list of great drum beats

It's funny New Order gets a nod - but man that beat is so iconic, how could you leave it out? but Ringo? c'mon....Ringo?!?!?

wanna see what it's like in North Korea

shot from China great pics as usual from Boston.com

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Newt drops some facts against Gore propaganda

now, I know Newt is not my favorite person however, he drops some serious facts against the blatant lies that Gore fills the American public's head with. Gore will not be regarded by history as the hero he positions himself as.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

More on record collecting

great article, that reminds me of me however I had my first cd player in '86, but I kept buying vinyl for a while, then I really only bought cds from about '89-'94 and then I flipped back to vinyl only.

Paintings from Luke Chueh

fantastic!

New pics from Cassini of Saturn

maybe the 2nd coolest planet in our system

Thursday, April 9, 2009

And then there's this!

Birth Simulator oh, I'm bringing one of these to the next party

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

how to tell if a movie is going to suck

nice graph on how to tell a movie will suck - in case your BS detector is not as good as mine

Kill Your Shuffle

Decent list of albums that should be listened to top to bottom rather than on shuffle some good ones in here - Deltron 3030, Dr. Octogon, Nebraska, Quadrophenia and some obvious obligatory crap - In the Aeroplane over the Sea, the Wall.......

Zappos lets you watch shoe buying

neat app where you can watch people buy shoes I love shoes, so maybe this is of more interest to me than your average bear.

Friday, April 3, 2009

why have vinyl records become so popular again?

"The question is how could a format that was virtually dead suddenly become so enormously popular again, especially with young crowd, who was not even born at the prime of the format. This article will take a brief look at the history of the vinyl record in order to understand what factors made this possible."
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the Substance of Style

fantastic review of why Wes Anderson movies are the way they are and who and what styles, people, and illustrators have influenced him. Watch the video on the right side. I'm a little biased, being a huge Anderson fan - my favrotie movie of all time being Rushmore, but I like all of his films.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Thursday, March 26, 2009

GQ names 50 most stylish

all the usual suspects in here with a few contemporaries thrown in.....Cobain, Beck......good stuff

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Shell dumps hydro, wind, and solar

Shell will no longer invest in renewable technologies such as wind, solar and hydro power because they are not economic, the Anglo-Dutch oil company said today. It plans to invest more in biofuels..... pretty interesting stuff. Despite Al Gore's propaganda I predict we will see more of this. Alternative energy is just not cost effective, and when it comes down to it Americans are not going to double their electrical bills to run on solar or some other fantasy.

Cover of MGMT "Kids"

done on iPhones and iTouches very well done ladies!

Hubble busts out a pic of four moons across Saturn

so rad

Friday, March 13, 2009

Monday, March 9, 2009

Nightline Vinyl

ABC's Nightline does the obligatory "They still make Vinyl Records" story - good-golly wow! even though it's Nightline's piss, I like seeing the old record pressing plant and indie record stores. Although I wish records were getting cheaper, as they increase in popularity the price keeps going up too. Scored some goodies this past weekend Denver's legendary Wax Trax Records. Hard to believe I've been going there for 24 years.....

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Paul's Boutique remastered

when someone asks what the album of MY GENERATION was/is I have two answers, the first is the Beastie Boys - Paul's Boutique from 1989, the second is the Stone Roses first record from 1988. For me and my circle of people these albums are the stuff of legend. I was 19 when Paul's Boutique came out and I bought it the day it came out on vinyl in New Orleans. It's too easy to rave about it today, but in the time it was released it was more than epic. I haven't heard the remaster yet, but I'm betting they loudened it up a bit. Anyway the links here are to the new site dedicated to the album. Enjoy.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

American Hero Ben Davis - R.I.P.

legendary clothing maker, and my favorite maker of jeans passes away at the age of 94 His grandfather Jacob Davis is responsible for inventing "jeans" along with Levi Strauss - the co-patented the rivet on clothing.

ESPN interviews Aaron Draplin

One of my fave graphic designers gets interviewed over at ESPN

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

celeb tattoos

quite a few in here of your fave celeb bozo

Kid Cudi

I've been rocking this 123Klan mix for a bit now and love their mix of the Kid Cudi of Day N Nite, so here's the video of the original. So Rad.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Pics from Evan Hecox Andenken show last Friday

good times had by all - Evan kicked it out in the new Andenken space, check out the giant woodcut of the cars in Mexico City.....so badass. And the huge paintings of faces were very nice too. If you get the chance get down and see them in person, worth your trip down to 30th and Larimer. Epic.

Fantastic Industrial Photography from Japan

so very cool lots of steel buildings at night. Here in Denver we have an industrial part of town with some oil and gas refineries to the North known as Commerce City, but it's no where near as big as this. It's one of my favorite places to ride my Vespa.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

more on the death of print

Newsweek is planning a redesign and some shifts in content to fashion an opinionated take on events, aimed at a much smaller, and wealthier, readership. FTA - "Thirteen months ago, Newsweek lowered its rate base, the circulation promised to advertisers, to 2.6 million from 3.1 million, and Mr. Ascheim said that would drop to 1.9 million in July, and to 1.5 million next January."

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Buy Glen E. Friedman's books here

Fuck Your Heroes is here, the Idealist is also worth looking at, really great stuff.

Xeni from BoingBoing interviews Glen E. Friedman

so good, Friedman probably my fave photographer of all time gets interviewed. Don't miss the end where he talks about the cover he shot of the Circle Jerks classic "Golden Shower of Hits". And if you don't own his book "Fuck You Heroes" you should pick it up.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Abandoned Theater

fantastic photos inside an abandoned Chicago Theater via Coudal.

the Good Life

I saw a good flick last night, called "the Good Life" it's about loner who works at a gas station and a movie theater and it's got Harry Dean Stanton and Zooey Deschanel and Donal Logue. Good, weird, depressing, happy, good stuff.

Friday, January 23, 2009

6 month exposure

some pretty neat shots in here from cameras taking 6 month exposure photographs

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Monday, January 5, 2009

REMI

the greatest soccer video prankster, this brings a smile to my face every time

top 12 virals for 2008

top 12

Pinball Database

search for your fave pin and you know mine......

lost record collection

Great article in the Stranger, and man I feel you brother. FTA:"If anything, my obsession with record collecting has only intensified following this catastrophe. It's as if I need to be physically immersed not only in the sounds, but also in the vessels from which they emanate. I crave the totems that announce to my visitors (and the world) that my taste is impeccable. Sorry, but your thousands of MP3s on your hard drive can't compete with an entire room jammed floor to ceiling with wax."