Thursday, December 30, 2010

Friday, December 17, 2010

My Top Ten Albums for 2010

I'm not a writer as you probably know by now and I sure as hell hate describing music but we're gonna keep this tradition going. These are my top albums of 2010. Again if it didn't come out on vinyl it doesn't exist. I'm sure I forgot a few but here goes.... in no order:

Forrest Swords - "Dagger Paths" - super trippy dubstep-esque

Grinderman - "2" - straight ahead rock and roll with some good noise

Ted Leo + Pharmacists - "Brutalist Bricks" - I can sing this in the shower, Ted keeps rolling

Spoon - "Transference" - best pop crafted songs, I never get enough SPOON

unFact - "Bleached Valentine" - David WM. Sims experimental bass/guitar project - etherial and dron

Four-Tet - "There is Love in You" - trippy repeative music with vocals as an instrument

Kvelertak - "Kvelertak" - metal album of the year for me, so good, in the same vein as Turgonegro

Coliseum - "House With a Curse" - another good rock record, nothing you haven't heard before but I'm feeling it

Flying Lotus - "Cosmogramma" - sparse beats and all around electro weirdness

Caribou - "Swim" - more electronic goodness

the Roots - "How I Got Over" - just cause they're on TV doesn't mean they don't rip - a solid hiphop chunk for 2010

Black Mountain - "Wilderness Heart" - kinda retro, fun to pull on the influences and I love the male/female lead vocal swaps

SKREAM - "Outside the Box" - king of Dubstep makes a more accessible album, but it still kills

Sharon Jones + Dap Kings
- "I Learned the Hard Way" - sweet, sweet soul this album just kills it

High on Fire - "Snakes for the Divine" - crushing metal from Matt Pike and the boys - you know what it sounds like just turn it up

Dead Weather - "Sea of Cowards" - more heavy on the Jack White than the last album but rocky and groovy

Aloe Blacc - "Good Things" - this one hit me from nowhere a solid modern soul record

Flaming Lips - "Dark Side of the Moon" - this doesn't hit the decks too much but I love the effort, "Embryonic" is good too...

OFF! - "First Four EP's" - makes me wanna go skate

Thou - "Summit" - the most brutal sludge Baton Rouge has to offer this one just slays

White Hills - "Dead in Circles" - reissue but killer, wall of sound knock your teeth out space rock

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Jan Jones for Versace

The 'Mad Men' actress poses completely nude, covered up by a well positioned hand bag for the Spring/Summer campaign for Versace accessories.

Monday, December 13, 2010

New Comedy Central Identity

I know this is getting the cranky designers out there talking about about how lame this is, but I disagree. This is great.

the old logo was weak - blue buildings and the talk bubble - I never liked it. This one is clean and simple, AND I like that it looks like the Copyright mark too. Bring on the new. Good job CC designer.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Friday, December 3, 2010

Henry Gets Violent for National Geographic

“During shows, I have been burned with cigars and cigarettes, butane lighters. Keys have been stabbed into me. I’ve been hit with ashtrays, fists, feet, whatever.”

10 Slowed Down Pop Songs

now I can get into Katy Perry

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Monday, November 29, 2010

Interesting Article on Airliine Security

FTA:
"A short history of airport security: We screen for guns and bombs, so the terrorists use box cutters. We confiscate box cutters and corkscrews, so they put explosives in their sneakers. We screen footwear, so they try to use liquids. We confiscate liquids, so they put PETN bombs in their underwear. We roll out full-body scanners, even though they wouldn’t have caught the Underwear Bomber, so they put a bomb in a printer cartridge. We ban printer cartridges over 16 ounces — the level of magical thinking here is amazing — and they’re going to do something else.

Take all the money spent on new security measures and spend it on investigation and intelligence.

This is a stupid game, and we should stop playing it."

New Album from Electric Wizard

Black Masses

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

30 Rock is Really Just the Muppet Show

what a ripoff!!!! - great read!

Hourly Cost to Fly the President Around in AF1

$181,000 an hour I know we gotta protect him and he needs this, but man to hear the actual number is a bummer to say the least.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

US Budget

If I had to pick one thing about politicians in this country it would be to ask them to balance the fucking budget. This is a nice interactive graphic that lets you slash budget items and see how they play out in the future. Well done graphic designer, well done.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Friday, November 19, 2010

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Monday, November 8, 2010

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Monday, November 1, 2010

Caught Dead in That

Indeed

Vote Against

I totally agree with this article, people are not voting for candidates in this election they are voting against candidates - in my opinion this is not a smart course of action. This fully illustrates that the general public has lost all faith in politics, me included. It's a game in which I will not participate, go ahead and vote.....how's that going for you?
FTA:
"More precisely, it is a rejection of a bipartisan political elite that's lost touch with the people they are supposed to serve. Based on our polling, 51% now see Democrats as the party of big government and nearly as many see Republicans as the party of big business. That leaves no party left to represent the American people."

thanks Wes!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Seth Kills it Again

"Many people in the United States purchase one or fewer books every year.

Many of those people have seen every single episode of American Idol. There is clearly a correlation here."

Deliberately Uninformed.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

New Halloween Mix from MAD DECENT

so good, I haven't heard most of these jams in over a decade. 10000 HOMO DJ's doing Sabbath? man that takes me back, I need to find that 12" great shit! Early 90's flashsback!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

the Vinyl Conflict

still looking for some of those elusive SLAYER records that have been out of print? Yeah me too - I'm missing a couple. Anyway SLAYER is repressing all of them from Reign in Blood to now as a special box set. Thanks for the tip Colin!

Brooklyn Space Program

these guys launch a camera and an iPhone into space via a weather balloon. This is so cool!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Chipotle Ditched Ad Agencies

Mr. Crumpacker(Chief Marketing Officer) points out that the chain hasn't added a menu item in 17 years and it also does not have a regular cadence of pricing promotions. For those reasons, he said, agencies' experience with other fast food chains is irrelevant.

"We've looked at TV; we've looked at it all," Mr. Crumpacker said. "Chipotle was built on word-of-mouth marketing. We're focused on reigniting word-of-mouth marketing, rather than big advertising campaigns."

Love this kind of attitude, and I still love Chipotle.

Banksy Takes on the Simpsons

nice one!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Facebook to Become Bigger than Google in 5 Years

Pretty cool read if you're into this kind of stuff.....

FTA:"Even if every single Facebook user performs just as many searches with Google as ever—including Google Instant, mobile search, and YouTube—Facebook will inexorably grow as big as Google is today and maybe bigger, because Madison Avenue’s brands are less interested in targeting than they are in broadcasting to vast mother-loving buckets of demographically correct eyeballs, and Facebook has become the perfect platform for that."

Monday, October 4, 2010

Golf Photo

This shot of Tiger Woods is cool – but check out the dude on the right side of the picture with the turban and the cigar, wtf???

Friday, October 1, 2010

Why Are Records 12 Inches Across?

Around the same time that Thomas Edison was working on recording and playing back sound on cylinders, Berliner was doing similar experiments with flat discs.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Overcoming a Bias - You May Have an Opinion!

Signs that your opinions function more to signal loyalty and ability than to estimate truth. #9 - You find it easy to conclude that those who disagree with you are insincere or stupid.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Monday, September 27, 2010

He's Fucking Dead

Pat Tillman's brothers speech at his funeral. Balls, and the right call.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Joy Division Law Firm

this is a gag right? with the Factory logo and all??

Friday, September 17, 2010

Murakami at Versailles

The Takashi Murakami show features 22 works including 11 site-specific pieces which aim to create a story within a story. Curator Laurent Le Bon states, "The unique experience seeks above all to spark a reflection of the contemporary nature of our monuments and indispensable need to create out own era." Murakami ties the past to the future by placing bizarre brightly-coloured creatures in ornately decorated stately rooms. The show will be running until 12 December 2010.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Free Climbing a Ridiculous Tower

this makes my hands sooooooooooooo sweaty

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Artworks by Leonid Afremov

I love this guy's work, so much paint he's using on the canvas, like frosting.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Friday, September 3, 2010

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Is It Because?

sweet soul on a Thursday afternoon, check this track from Syl Johnson.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Big Joe Williams

Of course I was turned onto this by AC/DC as a kid, but man Big Joe was the first to play it and he's playing a 9 string guitar. I bet Matt Pike digs this 9 stringer.

more SLO MO

the Lindy Hop in slo-mo

SLO-MO

tennis pro hitting balls in slo-mo

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

the Walking Dead

I dig the comic book, and this looks promising.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Bees Under Glass

this is what happens when you cover a hive hole with a glass jar

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Monday, August 16, 2010

Digging in the Crates

this is pretty good short essay from Ta-Nehisi Coates of the Atlantic on why Andy Rooney doesn't know music. A friend of mine in college would always argue with me about music, I was into anything outside the mainstream and he was into classic rock. All of our arguments ended the same way - I could talk about any band he knew of, but he could never talk about bands I knew of. Ta-Nehisi breaks it down - "Whatever you think of the music, no self-respecting hip-hop head, at that time, could ever get away with saying, "Man, I don't be listening to no Ella Fitzgerald!" Your friends would have looked at you like you were crazy. Knowledge—not the kind of ignorance Rooney evinces here—was prized."

Friday, August 13, 2010

Women in the Tattoo Subculture

maybe because I have been watching so much Miami Ink on the Wii/Netflix - I've had tattoos on the brain, anywhoo here's a brief photoessay on girls that have some ink. NSFW

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Insane in the Brain

Prince Fatty kills it on this Cypress Hill cover

Monday, August 9, 2010

Out Here in the Fields

isolated bass of John Entwistle playing Baba O'riley

Friday, August 6, 2010

Campbell's CEO Sends Letter to Warhol

this is so cool, can you imagine what would happen today with all the lawyers and copyright nonsense?

Tim and Eric Skate Vid

so good, so fun

Monday, August 2, 2010

We Are Skateboarders

trailer for the documentary here man, I need to roll around.

new record from THOU

getting some big press from NPR and you can hear the whole album. Wicked.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Don't Bother Me

some Bad Brains on a beautiful Thursday morning!!!

Monday, July 26, 2010

On July 25th 1980

Back in Black is released by AC/DC. The first album I ever had on vinyl that was my very own. My Uncle Mickey gave it to me on my 10th birthday in 1980. Yes, I still own it. I loved it so much and with some dough from my Grandma from the same birthday I went to the record store and bought Highway to Hell. And then my love affair with Bon Scott began. I truly believe Back and Black is a stellar album but can't to think of what it might have been if Bon had stayed alive. Anyway here's some more on Back in Black.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Custom VW Pool Table

this is so cool! and yes I'm still working on my Mercedes DJ Bar......

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Keith Moon

Won't Get Fooled Again - just the drum track

Monday, July 12, 2010

the Real Life Social Network

brilliant deck from a UX Designer at Google. If you're interested in what's happening right now and where the web is trending this is a must read for you. Thanks Paul.

RIP Harvey Pekar

forget the stupid news about a basketball player leaving Ohio. The real news, sad news is that Harvey Pekar has passed on. Brilliant writer and fellow record enthusiast, at least we have the comics.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Friday, July 2, 2010

the Death of Touch and the Lost Joy of the Unexpected

great read FTA:
"I spent much of my youth, from the moment I could drive, rifling through the musty bins of the used record stores on Coventry Road in Cleveland looking for hidden gems (where I first heard Yo La Tengo playing while I shopped). After college, in NYC, I spent even more hours on St. Mark's rifling through even bigger bins at five or six stores along one small block - they are all gone now. After moving to San Francisco, just over a decade ago, I was introduced to Amoeba Records, a massive former bowling alley on Haight Street still filled with literally millions of pieces of music. Although it still survives, I haven't been in years. I have probably spent a few thousand hours of my life collecting music, flipping through vinyl, inspecting the grooves, breathing in the unique smells of the stores, chatting with the overeducated clerks and peering over the shoulders of the surrounding hipsters looking for tips. "

Thursday, July 1, 2010

DAIM

check this guy out. Some of the coolest 3D graf I have ever seen. More on his own personal site here.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

July New Yorker Cover

only posting for imagery and my love for Escher, not for any political comment on the gulf accident. Excellent illustration from Bob Staake ala M.C. Escher.

Monday, June 28, 2010

I LOVE the New High Life Cans

these are bloody brilliant and I bought a pack last week just because of the packaging, well and that and my love for cheap beer!

I saw a great flick last night

The King of Comedy De Niro and Scorsese in 1982. Bloody brilliant, lots of Taxi Drivers parallels.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Diplo Drops Another Remix

love the Rihanna sample, Diplo drops this one yesterday.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Happy Birthday LP!

1948: Columbia Records puts the needle down on history’s first successful microgroove plastic, 12-inch, 33-1/3 LPs in New York, sparking a music-industry standard so strong that the digital age has yet to kill it.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Inforgraphic on Major Oil Spills of the Past Century

Interesting stuff and puts in to perspective the current spill in the Gulf

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Friday, June 11, 2010

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Gauntlet Hair

"I Was Thinking" great song!!! these guys are from Lafayette CO? awesome!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Ebert Reviews *cough* Sex in the City 2

Electric Boogaloo...... no, kidding. I mean Evert does review it, I'm not sure why though? I'd much rather read his take on Human Centipede but he has vowed not to review that one.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Crazy Train

Randy Rhoads......still got so much soul, yeah I know we've all heard Crazy Train ten thousand times from TV, sport events, elevator muzak etc...... but man it's clips like this that get me through the afternoon......

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

RIP Frank Frazetta

Truly a legend.
Illustrator, comic artist and book cover artist, Frank Frazetta died today at the age of 82. Through his iconic paperback covers of muscular men and half-naked women, he defined what many of us now think of as fantasy. Frank thanks for the amazing art and giving us a hero like Conan. You will be missed.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Fantastic Interview with Jerry Casale of DEVO

really stop what you are doing and read this.

Going back to your early days. You were present at the Kent State shootings in 1970. How did that day affect you?

Jerry Casale: Whatever I would say, would probably not all touch upon the significance or gravity of the situation at this point of time? It may sound trite or glib. All I can tell you is that it completely and utterly changed my life. I was white hippie boy and than I saw exit wounds from M1 rifles out of the backs of two people I knew. Two of the four people who were killed, Jeffrey Miller and Allison Krause, were my friends. We were all running our asses off from these motherf&*$#ers. It was total utter bullshit. Live ammunition and gasmasks – none of us knew, none of us could have imagined. They shot into a crowd that was running. I sopped being a hippie and I started to develop the idea of devolution. I got real, real pissed off.

more Horseback

so good

Horseback

wow! I don't even know what to say about this? It's so good.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Make It Rain

no, no not Fat Joe and Lil' Wayne..... it's Tom Waits with Russell Simmons and Judah Bauer from the Blues Explosion.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Flying Lotus

In case you can't wait until next week to get this on vinyl - you can hear the whole album now - here.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Birds of a Feather

Lots of airline logos If I had to pick one......it would be Condor

Monday, April 26, 2010

new MIA track

no, I'm not posting the video - but if wanna listen - here you go She is heavily sampling the classic Suicide song "Ghost Rider"

Chris Ware's Fortune Cover

rejected by Fortune because of the gags he threw in, click on it to see it larger

Thursday, April 22, 2010

New York's Freedom Tunnel

some killer pics in here

Wheel of Fortune Disasters

I like Wheel of Fortune, I really do. I enjoy guessing the words with my kids when we get to watch together. I also like to see what the "normal" people wear on the show, and of course I like it when the contestants guess something funny and wrong. Here is a grips of Wheel clips gone wrong.....

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Friday, April 9, 2010

Dead Wax

Matrix Messages, I always look at these on my records. Little messages scrawled in the dead wax next to the paper label on vinyl records. This site has complied a few, I'll have to send him some.

GBH

new record from GBH - Perfume and Piss you can preview a couple of tracks up on the site.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Why Do Girls Like Guys Like That?

one of my favorite Weird War songs. Michele's bass is just sick.

Jesus Lizard first tour pics

some cool shots of the Jesus Lizard on their first tour in 1989.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Got Soul?

man this is tight, I am just discovering Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Matt Pike's guitar

nice shot of it here and a grip of other shots from SXSW.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Rotary Phones

some really cool poster/imagery in here

Friday, March 12, 2010

Monday, March 8, 2010

HyperReal painters

killer collection of the Hyper Real School going on at the moment.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Perky Cups

We got a new coffee shop in Denver. Reminds me of Debbie's Donuts.......

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Monday, March 1, 2010

Hit the Lights

first recording of Metallica, pre Cliff Burton and still with Mustaine on guitar, Hetfield hasn't even learned to play yet so he's on the mic sans guitar.

Bricks and Mortar!

"Reflecting shell-shocked dreams....." ahem, check these killer old buildings with fading hand painted ads. Oh, and I totally got this at Coudal.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

HARVEST by haroshi “Skate & Destroy” Exhibition Recap

HARVEST by haroshi has been a refreshing take on recycled artwork, known for producing various items out of used skate decks. Showcasing all of the collective’s work throughout the years, they recently held an exhibition at the PLSMIS Gallery in Tokyo. Some killer stuff in here.

Monday, February 22, 2010

I'm Diggin the Flip Side

I know there's a lot of hate out there for this redesign, but I like it. Simple, clean and refreshing.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Wooden Shjips

Start to Dreaming I can not get enough of these guys, wicked psychedelic band from San Francisco.

Skull Shirts

there's a few in here that are killer

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Thursday, February 4, 2010

$1.9 Trillion MORE in Debt

I'm just curious, do you spend more than you make in your house? I don't, and I certainly think the House of Representatives should be held to a higher standard. Really, this is ludicrous.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Friday, January 29, 2010

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Wednesday, January 6, 2010