James Stache in the Badlands and a crazy middle-america billboard, photos by Richie and James

James Stache is one hell of a kid. he throws down the craziest tunes you have never (like really, never) heard that get you shakin' without pause, he gets his head cracked open by a tall bike landing on him, wins races on pink kids bmxs, and then rides across the US on a freakin' track bike (ie. no gears, no brakes). . . and lives to tell it all. you can go up to him and be like "James! you're crazy! how do you do all of this?" and he'll just smile shyly and hop on his bike and ride to brazil or something. but he'll probably send you a postcard. right now he's in europe riding from italy to ireland. oh yeah, and he's going to be an architect (and knows way too much about good music on top of it all). . . bonkers.

* actually, a related note: any european readers out there willing to help a wayward cyclist or two? their route is italy --> ireland, by way of slovenia, austria, czech republic, germany, netherlands, belgium, and france. holla at a brother, jamesmulry at gmail.com.



do you like The Kills? i do. so here is a track they did under different names, VV (Alison) and Hotel (Jamie) from the compilation If The Twenty-First Century Didn't Exist, It Would Be Necessary to Invent It on Kill Rock Stars.

• VV And Hotel - Restaurant Blouse

well, sort of. Fluxblog beat me to posting one of my favorite songs of last fall, swedish gem The Concretes covering The Rolling Stones' "Miss You." so while i won't be posting it for a while now (if at all), that shouldn't stop you from enjoying it. go here and download it while you can.

buy music, especially independent.


  1. i totally grabbed that shot too (didn't publish it though). whoa. His travel photolog is fantastic.

  2. yeah, i asked permission first. golden rule and all. . .

  3. seriously though, what the fuck is metanoia? the sensation that enables american equilibrium?

  4. 1 entry found for metanoia.
    Main Entry: metanoia
    Part of Speech: noun
    Definition: spiritual conversion or awakening; fundamental change of character
    Etymology: Greek `change one's mind, repent'

  5. james stache5/25/2005 5:44 PM

    from http://www.metanoiamissions.org/
    "Metanoia is the Greek word for repent. When one truly "repents," there is such a powerful inward transformation that his direction in life is changed."

    what doesnt make sense is the "love letters- baby", i've never heard that line in any form. what are some other love letters- besides l-o-v-e ?

    and i did have one front brake on the tour. its really hard skidding with all the added weight on the rear wheel.

    thanks for the post

  6. that italy <-> ireland bike jaunt sounds sweet. except that it is obviously an italy to france trip [by way of slovenia, austria, czech republic, germany, netherlands, belgium] and then a sweet ferry-based cooldown over to ireland. or am I missing something?

  7. jesusfuck > muchthanks for kills and such/ (by way of toomuchhaha) stop therain >