5.31.2005

MY HOW TIME FLIES WHEN YOU'RE WAITING
FOR THE WORLD TO END

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photos from saturday's Black Label "Banana Hammock" spandex-only party. you can see the rest of them here.

also, if you're feelin' photos from the weekend, you can see friday's Critical Mass + after party here.

okay i normally don't condone sending hate mail, but this is probably one of the better exceptions i can think of in recent history. a company that steals street artists images and puts them on t-shirts (info page here). t-shirts which are named after the street artists whose work was ripped off. therefore not only taking the images themselves, but using the artists hard-won reputations to help sell them. so fuck 'em, send all the hate mail you can muster HERE (jw@0009.org). it can make a difference if they get deluged with, er, "complaints." thanks to Wooster Collective for heads up on this.

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for some reason, when looking at the photos from saturday night, this song came to my head. it's really good too.

• Afrika Bambaataa - World Destruction


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5.27.2005

WHEN EVERY STORY STARTS WITH
"WE WERE RUNNING FROM THE POLICE"

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CRITICAL MASS WEEKEND!
for those about to ride. . . we salute you.

Crit Mass = friday; Bike Fetish + Banana Hammock party = saturday

STILL WE SPEAK!
A rally to support free speech and freedom of assembly
Friday, May 27, 6:00 p.m.
Union Square South, 14th St & Broadway, Manhattan

Come join us as we speak out against NYC's suppression of our rights to free speech and assembly. The NYPD continues to harass and arrest cyclists during group rides like Critical Mass and has recently revoked or denied permits for peaceful rallies, such as those of the anti-war demonstrators. Speakers include City Councilmember Gail Brewer, Civil Rights Attorney Norman Siegel and other distinguished speakers. Performers include Rude Mechanical Orchestra. For more information please visit
http://www.stillwespeak.org/
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CRITICAL MASS (Manhattan)
Friday, May 27, 7 p.m.
Union Square North (or anywhere else)

Link up! Find other bikers and ride together for safety and strength. The most recent flier lists at least four starting spots. Choose one that appeals to you.
http://www.scorcher.org/screed/riding.html#onthemove
http://www.times-up.org/cm.php
http://www.critical-mass.org/
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REVEREND BILLY TIME'S UP! FUNDRAISER SHOW and
AFTER-PARTY
Friday, May 27, 8:30 p.m.
Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
St. Mark's Church, Corner 10th St. & 2nd Ave.
$10+ (nobody turned away)

Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Gospel Choir will raise money for TIME'S UP!, which is being sued by the City. The show will include a re-enactment in cardboard of the fateful night of April 27th, when cyclists threw their bikes over the St. Mark's fence. There'll also be food, music, silent auction and free valet bike parking.
http://www.revbilly.com/
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AFTER HOURS DANCE PARTY
Friday, May 27, midnight
Location to be announced at After Party
$2

Dance to the best of the 80s at the Arrestees Release Party.

* see yesterdays post for info about saturday events.

* check out the rap sheet of Critical Mass-boogeyman, Assistant Chief Bruce H. Smolka, Jr. brought to you in abreviated version by Indymedia.

* even more pro-bike stuff brought to you by Transportation Alternatives:

Radically Reeducate Errant Motorists

It happens all the time: A car door flings open directly in front of you. A motorist grazes your arm hair as he speeds past you. A truck driver double parks, blocks the bike lane and forces you to veer into traffic.

What do you do in these situations? Seethe? Shout? Rap your hand on their hood?

Now you have an alternative: serve the errant motorist with a take-home lecture on cyclists' rights.

This brilliant card, conceived and designed by Matthew Willse of theCoup, cites key laws and stats that prove to motorists that you have a legal and a moral right to a safe riding environment. While these cards will not improve safety as much as say, widespread traffic calming and speed cameras, they will help save your sanity in traffic, and if enough get distributed, will raise much needed awareness about cyclists' rights.

Download copies today or email info@transalt.org for a batch of 12 cards mailed directly to you.

* and as said on The Stencil. . . "meathead breathes fire." i have such frat-boy humor sometimes.

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about time i posted some This Bike Is A Pipe Bomb for Critical Mass. i miss the days of blasting this out of my bike boom box. but nowadays you gotta keep your head down, hood up, feet on the pedals. . . and don't stop for nobody (except little old ladies, they most likely aren't cops). monday's post should be pretty nuts.

• This Bike Is A Pipe Bomb - This Is What I Want

• This Bike Is A Pipe Bomb - The Argument


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5.26.2005

I WANT TO SHOWER, BUT I CAN BARELY BREATHE

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today's headline brought to you by some misheard Rolling Stone's lyrics.

heads up for saturday's serious party. this will be the best thing to happen until all hell breaks loose on june 25th. now, anyone got a spandex jumpsuit i can borrow? no, seriously. that shit is expensive. (full body-painting doesn't qualify, i was told)

Black Label Presents:
BANANA HAMMOCK - How low can you go?

Mandatory spandex party. With Djs Sir Porkchopington, Smelly Finger, and Monsieur Andersonique. Free magic punch. Complimentary Slim Jims, hot dogs, and baby carrots.

Chicken Hut
Willoughby and Spencer, Brooklyn
11p; $3 benefits annual BLBC family reunion in Minneapolis

NOTE: The poster demands that you "keep it tight." We think that's their way of saying that you have to be in Spandex -- or else.

* and of course don't miss the Bicycle Fetish party during the day on havemeyer and grand in williamsburg.

BICYCLE FETISH DAY
Saturday, May 28, noon -6:00 p.m.
Havemeyer Street between Grand and Hope Streets (just over the Willamsburg bridge)

How HOT is your bike? Come to Williamsburg this Saturday and show it off! BICYCLE FETISH DAY is a chance for all of us celebrate our babies. The block will be closed to car traffic and open to all people who fetishize their beloved bicycles. There will be contests, jousting, food, music and prizes by local bicycle friendly vendors. TIME'S UP! will be rocking the tunes on our sound bike and whipping out some serious smoothies on our latest creation, Sweet Blenda, the Bike Blender.

Representing their unique styles will be clubs such as; The Civic Riders Bicycle Club, The Moustache Riders, Classic Riders Bicycle Club, Puerto Rico Schwinn Club, Black Label Bicycle Club, Bicycle Works NYC, Bicycle Cherry, Foodswings, NYC Bikes,

At 4 p.m. TIME'S UP! will take the stage and host the "Who Can Break Thru the Orange Netting?" Contest. Sign-up starts at noon at the TIME'S UP! table. Limited number of entries, so sign up early!

and totally unrelated, dumb but funny.

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here's some dancehall to play repeatedly while you figure out what jiggles best in your spandex body-condom.

• 112 - Na Na Na (Dancehall Remix)


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5.25.2005

VISCERAL IS THE ONLY TRUTH

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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.

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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

Bonus:
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.


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5.24.2005

IDEAS ARE EMPTY WITHOUT EXECUTION

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finally, a follow up article on Brandie's death. it doesn't really answer the questions people have about the truck driver and such, but it's nice that someone is recognizing the impact this is having on people, i guess. can anyone define "involuntary manslaughter" for me? seriously.

and hey democrats. . . QUIT CAVING!

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wow. it's like i'm trapped in a speeding train car on a rainy day in europe heading somewhere far away, alone, and there is nowhere else in the world i'd rather be. but does the "scraping" guitar sound disrupt this song for anyone else? i go back and forth on it.

• Saw - Through The Fire


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5.23.2005

THAT'S WHAT THE END OF THE HONEYMOON LOOKS LIKE

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reason #533 to love nyc:
the weirdness of watching a 300 lb black woman with a bulldog's lower lip dancing on the subway platform in a simple two-step. . . to no music (she didn't have any headphones on). yet it syncs up perfectly with the slightly ambient song by The Microphones playing softly in your headphones.

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would you like to know how professional i am? allow me to demonstrate. . . i do not know anything about this artist except his name, that it is one guy, and he's from atlanta. that's it. i'm hoping/guessing that there is someone else out there (possibly from atlanta?) who might have some info on Tech-lo. if not, well enjoy anyway, it's good.

• Tech-lo - Tech-lo


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5.20.2005

BURNIN' BRIDGES TO COOK YOUR RICE

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so the weekend IT list:

- friday = show at Lit with an all-girl Devo cover band, called Deva.
- saturday = Parts & Labor playing with Ian MacKaye's new band The Evens at the East River Bandshell from 2-6, for FREE (courtesy of the East River Music Project).
- sunday = early Japanther and Aa loft show in the mckibben dorms. info here. and Big Blue Kickball sunday night at mckarren park, starting around 9:30 pm. and when the first game or two are over, you can ride home and watch some friends of mine makes asses of themselves in an RV on PBS (12:30 am). it will actually be an interesting show/doc, but i have to make fun of them. . . otherwise i would be out of character.

there is also a street art walking tour on saturday and sunday (2 pm) hosted by The Wooster Collective, however i was told you had to rsvp otherwise you were out of luck. but it seems they've just given up on that idea now. so go to this on sunday before the Japanther show. win win.

oh yeah, and this is what happens when a porn-referring website links to your measly lil' photo website. in fact, it's gonna get ofquiet.com shut down until the billing cycle rolls over. so yeah, thanks a lot.

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and since The Evens are playing this saturday, here's a sample from their album to help you decide if you are psyched or trepidatious about going to the show. although outdoors, on the river, with Parts & Labor, for FREE? i'm not sure of a better way to spend your saturday afternoon regardless.

• The Evens - Sara Lee


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5.19.2005

TRAGEDY AROUND YOU LIKE GUM ON THE SIDEWALK

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i just can't stop going back to read this and laugh.

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holy sh*t. hell froze over. i found a Hole song that isn't god-awful. it is a cover, of course, but i can totally tolerate this. i never thought i would ever post anything by Hole, but that goes to show what i know. here they are covering Dylan's near-perfect masterpiece "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue." possibly the most often repeated song in my head ever. . . although my dirty secret is that i like the Van Morisson version better than Dylan's. oh yeah, did i mention she sounds like a man? well she does.

• Hole - It's All Over Now, Baby Blue


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5.18.2005

REMEMBER THOSE DAYS?
CAUSE IT'S STILL THOSE DAYS

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punk show tonight kids. Jane Doe is a pretty fun place to see shows, in the totally-reminds-me-of-high-school-in-cleveland kind of way. dimly-lit crowded room full of crazy punks tradin' 40oz's.

Show @ Jane Doe
93 Montrose ave, this Wednesday May 18th 2005 at 7pm.

Sexy (From Oakland, CA the best pop punk ever!!!)
Cry Baby MacArthur (Brooklyn young)
Bent Outta Shape (Saviors Brooklyn)
Hot New Mexicans (Southern Bluesish)
Japanther (leaving for a long tour)

there's also another Japanther show on sunday in bushwick at the mckibben dorms. details forthcoming.

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speaking of high school, i really liked this song when it came out my freshman(?) year. and now i found an acoustic version. i don't think it's better than the original, but since hardly anyone has heard this song in almost a decade, i don't think it really matters. we'll just chalk this up as a "nostalgic post."

• Therapy - Screamager (acoustic)


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5.17.2005

LOSE YOUR JOB, LOSE ALL YOUR FRIENDS,
THEN START LIVING

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street art by SWOON.

oh hell yeah at the iraq/iran border, facing iraq (click to enlarge).
courtesy (in a round-a-bout way) of Chiasm.

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Beatallica are a group of dudes who cover Beatles songs in the style of Metallica. they got sued and shut down by sony for infringing on the rights to Beatles songs, even if the Beatallica songs clearly fell under the legal classification of "parody." Beatallica fought sony and f*ckin WON. probably in large part due to the help from Metallica and their lawyers, who went to bat on behalf of Beatallica. which was probably just Metallica trying to redeem themselves for the bad rep they got for demonizing file-sharers, but whatever, help is help.

• Beatallica - And Justice For All My Loving

Bonus:
Download both of their albums here: (torrent files, requires BitTorrent, which is free)
• Beatallica - Self Titled
• Beatallica - A Garage Dayz Nite


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5.16.2005

MAKIN' ENEMIES LIKE SPILLIN' DRINKS
IN THE DARK

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so i finally went to visit this mythical alphabet city dwelling of the infamous Zipco. damn that boy has some strange taste in furniture. not really all that comfortable either. and he had this poor pet monkey wandering around whimpering with all this stuff stuck in him. . . but if you got anywhere near it, he would just hiss and snarl at you before going back to wandering and whimpering. whatever, the man rides a zebra bike, what did you expect?

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so these guys stumbled across my roommate, The Goddamn Rattlesnake, on myspace and promptly set up a show for both of them to play. there was some talk about the new genre of "Death Country" and it was humorous. they played together and we were all really impressed. this one song they played was stuck in my head for days and i was pissed i wasn't able to get a copy of their cd at the show. well now i have it and i can finally share that great song that felt instantly familiar and classic. so here's a little O' Death to start your monday right.

• O' Death - Angeline


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5.13.2005

BREAKIN' YER FACE JUST TO GET A PIECE

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okay, you all can stop pestering me now. the "whos who" gallery on ofquiet.com has been updated. so please, stop with the 4 am phone calls. really.

and i got clipped by a livery cab's sideview mirror on essex this morning. strange thing though, he actually stopped. then got really pissed when i asked for his name and license plate number. it ended up with him racing up to a parked police car and ranting to an officer trying to eat her breakfast that i had been swerving all over the road, it was my fault, etc. she just looked at him unamused and told him to call 911. kinda funny in a "wow, nyc just doesn't care" kind of way. i told her i was fine but was taking the necessary precautions. she didn't even look at me.

i have to admit, it's kind of hard to even consider at cops as on-your-side in any way after being reminded in the film last night of how they've been physically trashing Critical Mass riders. the footage of the cops going ape-wild last august with the batons and pepper spray was especially unnerving. train a culture for violence. . . you're gonna get violence.

and i almost totally forgot. . . 2 events this sunday. "Pimp Your Ride" hosted by Toyshop Collective in Tompkins Square Park at noon. and then "Grub" later in the evening at Rubulad hosted by Visual Resistance. come get some sweet sweet love, people.

Pimp Your Ride
Bike decorating workshop. Too embarrassed to tow your date on the handlebars of that ugly old wallflower of a whip? It doesn't have to be that way. Ride your shame to the south end of Thompkins Square Park from 1 - 4 pm on Sunday the 15th and we will pin stripe you, accessorize you (with the best glam we can find in the garbage) and otherwise provide you with the tools to get that bam pow. We will provide materials but you are more than welcome to bring your own and share techniques.

Thompkins Square Park, South End
May 15 (Sunday): 1:00 PM-4:00 PM

Grub
A cheap, simple dinner for strangers and co-conspirators. We are a small group of people who do a lot of other things in New York, like decorate subways and throw parties in the streets. We work with several collectives and art groups, like Toyshop, Madagascar Institute, and Visual Resistance. At Grub we're just offering dinner. Whether you are active in other collectives, your neighborhood, your backyard
garden, or just new to town, we invite you to our table. To get a little squishy, we are looking for practical ways to build community. We are particularly inspired by weekly dinners served at squats in Amsterdam in Berlin, where you can get a cheap, tasty meal and catch up with friends in a cozy room. We like parties as much as anyone, but we think there should be places to talk without a pounding sound system.
We are not gourmands nor fancy cooks; we offer simple food simply prepared. We will only be able to serve 40 people, first come first serve. There will be plates for vegans and vegetarians alike. Please come early and hang out.

Rubulad
338 Flushing, at Classon, Brooklyn
G train to Flushing or Classon stations, B61 bus to Flushing
6:30p doors, 7p dinner; pay what you want, bring your own booze

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so i know i already posted something from The Blow not too long ago. . . but i can't get this track out of my head, off my playlist, or out of any mix i've made since hearing it. so i think it's time i shared it. it totally makes me think of that late-spring/early summer time when it's just starting to get hot. . . and all the parties full of half-dressed bodies with flushed faces and sly looks of invitation filling up lofts and bars in brooklyn. . . oh yeah, THAT'S why i live here, right.

• The Blow - The Sky Opened Wide Like the Tide


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5.12.2005

WHO ACTUALLY HAS A DISHWASHER?
THAT ONLY HAPPENS IN MOVIES

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if you live in america, you probably know SUV City.

and a while ago i posted this thing about a guy who was going to kill and eat a bunny unless he got like $50,000. at the time he had broken $20,000 (which is kind of ridiculous in itself). his deadline was june 30th. however, it seems like someone else couldn't wait that long. it's kind of humorous, especially since "toby" looks like bad KFC chicken. and it's a funny play on some romantic Magnetic Fields lyrics.
(thanks Bo)

oh yeah, and this, here, tonight.

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okay, i'm not sure what i can really say about this. i don't know who it's by, but it is just what the title says. harmonica meets beatbox. innovative? or just a bastardization?

Harmonica Beatbox


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5.11.2005

LOSIN' IT TO THE LATE NIGHTS

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this is pretty messed up/unnerving. courtesy of Visual Resistance.

and i didn't know satan got himself a children's book publishing deal, i guess he must have been pretty jealous of Jon Stewart.

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sorry kids, can't shake this bad funk since i heard about the accident on sunday night. i went and read Brandie's myspace profile and that kind of sent me back down again. things don't make no sense sometimes. so here's the most optimistic song i could find today. unfortunately i don't know who it is by, so if any of you music experts out there could help me out it would be appreciated. it's a cover of a Natalie Merchant song. thanks.
UPDATE: lau is tellin' me that it's Maria McKee, and i'm gonna go with that until someone can prove me wrong. thanks lau.

• Maria McKee - Life Is Sweet


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5.10.2005

BILLY JOEL WAS RIGHT

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it's a f*ckin' sad day today.

Bicyclist killed by garbage truck

A Brooklyn woman riding her bicycle in the East Village was killed shortly before midnight Sunday when she was struck by a private sanitation truck.

Brandie Bailey, 21, of 260 Moore St. in East Williamsburg was rushed to Beth Israel Medical Center, where she was dead on arrival, police said.

Police said Bailey was riding her bike at the intersection of Avenue A and East Houston Street when she was struck by a truck belonging to East Coast Trucking Service in Manhattan.

The truck driver, who was not identified, apparently did not realize he had hit the woman and kept going, police said. He and his truck were later located 23 blocks away at East 21st Street and Second Avenue.

Police said no summonses or charges were filed. The incident was still under investigation late Monday.

Company officials could not be reached for comment.

-- NY Newsday

NY Post article (registration required)
NY Newsday article (same as above)

i just saw her last thursday at Red Bamboo. . . if anyone has any information as to the details of what happened or why the driver wasn't charged, it would be greatly appreciated.

i just can't believe this. . . some people aren't meant to go so early. they just aren't.

in a mild attempt to try and put a positive side to a sad event. go to this and support the bike culture in nyc (not to mention it should be fun).

the Bicycle Film Festival proudly presents "Still We Ride," a documentary on the excessive crackdown on Critical Mass by the city of new york. watch the trailer. . . and buy tickets. the 7 o'clock is close to sold out, and the 9 o'clock is over half sold.

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i have been waiting for this for months. . . and finally friends of mine, Matt & Kim have recorded a demo. at long last you can enjoy the frenetic happy danceable keyboard/drums goodness that is made by two of the cutest and happiest people in nyc. cause i could use something to cheer me up.

• Matt & Kim - Silver Tiles


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5.05.2005

TRACK BIKES ARE THE NEW STRAIGHT EDGE

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um, gonna be out of town till tuesday. my lil' sis (NOT pictured above) is graduating from college, and she'd kill me if i was M.I.A. pretty damn good excuse to go to florida for a few days. i wonder how many key lime pies i can eat before i puke or pass out. . . guess i'll have to find out and report back.

i just got an email from a nyc acquaintance and maker of awesome films (ever see "Warriors: The Bike Race"?). his new one is debuting at the Bicycle Film Festival this year, called "Still We Ride." it's a documentary about the crackdown on Critical Mass by the city of new york. here's his update:

Chris from TEAM SPIDER here,
been busy, making a movie about the police crackdown on the monthly CRITICAL MASS bike ride.

at current count,
- i've been arrested twice,
-had camera smashed once,
-snuck another night vision camera in a paddy wagon with me,
-had 2 bikes stolen by police armed with power-saws,
-scored police surveillance footage / aka amateur porn,
-worn a wire to finally get cop statements,
-been pictured in handcuffs on the front page of the NY Times metro section
-been labeled by the police commissioner as a propagandist.
-found a new Team Spider band mate while in Pier 57/ Guantanimo on the Hudson
...( welcome ben stewart, violin)

all for my stinkin movie:
-STILL WE RIDE-
0h... and also for a dying document called the first amendment

-chris

watch the trailer. . . and buy tickets to his film EARLY, it will sell out.

and i know i'm really late with this one, but here's a big NY Times shout-out to our boy Leon. the Times might always be a bit behind the times, but at least they do catch up every so often. now we just got to get those pics of you in your "american terrorist" disguise printed somewhere. you really almost did get hypothermia for them. you EARNED it, dammit!

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okay, i had written this post months ago, it was huge. however blogger really sucks sometimes and lost the whole damn thing. it took me over 2 hours then, and i don't have that kind of time anymore. anyway, the point being that this track is possibly one of the most perfect songs ever. . . i am totally serious. it is by The Raincoats. i'll let Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic.com give you the background:

"The Raincoats were one of the most experimental bands that immediately followed the initial burst of punk rock in the late '70s. With their minimalistic approach to guitar-driven folk-rock, the band developed a distinctive, jagged sound, punctuated by a shrill violin. The Raincoats were also one of the first all-female post-punk bands, which wasn't common in the late '70s and early '80s. When they were recording, the band gained a small cult following in their native England and an even smaller audience in America; they broke up in 1984."

right, so now to the good part. Kurt Cobain was a huge fan of The Raincoats, he was constantly mentioning them to every journalist that would listen. He was such a fan that word is he wouldn't sign to a major label unless they agreed to let him re-issue the entire Raincoats back catalog. needless to say, he got what he wanted. later on he worked to get the band back together to join Nirvana on their 1994 world tour. unfortunately, Kurt bowed out before that ever happened. however The Raincoats decided to continue on. they eventually did tour and recorded the EP "Extended Play" with Steve Shelley of Sonic Youth on drums. . . with two of the songs coming from a John Peel session. the track below is from this EP, recorded in 1994. go buy it, seriously, right now. it doesn't get much better than this.

• The Raincoats - Don't Be Mean

Bonus:
(my other favorite Raincoats song, from the album Odyshape)
• The Raincoats - Only Loved At Night


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5.04.2005

RECOGNITION IS THE LAST THING YOU SHOULD BE COUNTING ON

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last night at Happy Endings. . . Dj Pussy threw it down with antlered girl while all the almost-pretty hipsters watched and continued to feel self-conscious.

so my roommate gets a lot of junk mail because someone somewhere screwed up and decided he had a lot of money to invest. usually the free subscriptions to Forbes and whatnot are more of an annoyance than anything else. but he just got this in the mail the other day, and now i am unnerved by the obvious and blatant implications. although at least the sneaking suspicion that one of the main impetuses behind the iraq war was profits from weapons manufacturing and rebuilding costs seems to have a bit more validity now. take a look for yourself.
front
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you so know what i am doing with my lunch money from now on. . .

"The wheels of this city are not spinning smoothly. Something is broken. The next rally is on May 27. It's a good thing that people on both sides wear helmets."
Critical Mass gets a note in the New York Times today. (free log-in required)

alternatively, here's a negative personal account of a motorist's (but a pro-bike motorist) encounter with San Fran's Critical Mass. normally i wouldn't bother, but this is balanced enough and well written so as to communicate their point effectively. definitely worth a read, especially if you are a CM rider.

and here's another taste of "The Daily Doom Report" (title mine) compiled by the people over at Citizens For Legitimate Government. feelin' good about the world today? this'll wipe that sentiment right off yer face.

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this cover comes on special request, so i can't save it for the comp. it's from the Black Sabbath tribute due to drop tomorrow called "Everything Comes & Goes: A Tribute To Black Sabbath." the album features the likes of Four Tet, Matmos, Paul Newman, Ruins, and the Curtis Harvey Trio. This track is the only recorded evidence of the latter act, as they actually broke up between recording it and the actual release of the album. . . which is a damn shame. anyway, it's great, so enjoy.

• Curtis Harvey Trio - Changes


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5.03.2005

IF GOD IS GOOD, HE SURELY WORKS
IN MYSTERIOUS WAYS

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winds of change are a blowin'. . . where you gonna end up next?

so there is an art/music show coming up this weekend, at Asterisk in bushwick. i'll be showing some photos i took on my frequent trips back to ohio during my father's recovery last year. the show is called "Traces of Me or How I Learned to Draw." i actually won't be at the opening, my (future CIA) lil' sister is graduating college and would probably kill me if i was MIA on her. so go drink free wine, dance around, fall down, have fun and take scandalous photos without me. oh, and maybe look at the art at some point.

"Traces of Me or How I Learned to Draw"
with works by

Tod Seelie
Matt Lucas
Vadis Turner
Ryan Watkins-Hughes
Mike Quinn

Music by:

Stay Fucked
Mistakes
Lycaon Pictus
People

dj Sean O'Sullivan all night!

Saturday, May 7th

Come for the art show and some cheap wine 6:30 (free!!!)
or, if you must, come at 8:30 or so for the party and the bands. (5$
for the bands after 8:30...sorry....they work hard so you can dance)

Asterisk* Art Project
258 johnson ave at bushwick ave
L train to Montrose, one block downhill, turn left

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i've had this stuck in my head since friday morning. . . all on the ride from brooklyn to noho i just kept repeating it in my head. i haven't been able to get away from it since. i guess it has become my personal anthem as of late. . . and i think it might have something to do with the fact that i just found out that i might not be employed much longer at my current location. might be right back to painting overpriced apartments and clubs. yeah, that is a job that i do not miss.

• Camper Van Beethoven - When I Win The Lottery


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5.02.2005

"WOW, CRITICAL MASS IS FULL OF CUTE BOYS"
-HEARD FROM A CUTE FEMALE BYSTANDER

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some photos from the weekend. Critical Mass and subsequent arrests followed by some parties. . . including the Swoon sleepover at the Deitch studio (no sleeping allowed), and the Puberty Press inaugural book launch party (which provided free tattoos, hence the inside-lip moustache piece above).

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i just got this in my inbox from an artist over at Embedded Music. i gave it a few listens over the weekend and quickly found it growing on me. there's an interesting casual not-taking-myself-too-seriously quality that i like. give Cool Calm Pete a couple spins. this is the title track and lead single to the upcoming album "Lost." the 12" drops on 6/14, and the album on 7/12. so enjoy this potential summer jam early, courtesy of the fine people over at Embedded Music.

• Cool Calm Pete - Lost (clean)


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