10.27.2005

KILL IT GOOD



first, i just feel i have to say that i have been homeless and traveling without the comfort of my own computer/music library FOR THREE MONTHS STRAIGHT. so if you have a problem with the general lack of, or the quality of the posts. . . shut your face and buy me a laptop. otherwise, idontwannahearit.

and it's that time again, Black Label's BIKE KILL 3 is upon us. . .

soon will be the most epic weekend of our lifetimes:

BIKE KILL THREE

///FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28
BK3 PREPARTY
BROOKLYN SCAVENGER HUNT
FRIDAY AFTERNOON
lots of fun challenges, riding around brooklyn, starting the shit-talking early.
*details to come

FREE SHOW & SCAVENGER HUNT AWARDS
x DORIC (MINNEAPOLIS)
xx GUNS FIRE MAYHEM (last show ever...)
xxx IMAGINARY PEOPLE
xxxx LAKE
8 PM
cheap bar by the EMPTY VESSEL PROJECT crew
*at Fort Seriously
http://www.fortseriously.org/
97 Montrose Avenue, #1
BKLYN NY

///SATURDAY OCTOBER 29th
BIKE KILL THREE, FREE!
this is a FREE block party for EVERYBODY

on SANFORD and WILLOUGHBY
map

EVENTS FOR EVERYONE - RIDE YOUR BIKE OR COME TRY OURS!
see video from bike kill 2
or pictures from other parties
BIKE KILL 1
BIKE KILL 2
BIKE BRAWL
RUN FOR YOUR LIFE

OUR THIRD YEAR, AND BIGGEST YET!
DON'T MISS IT!

love, blacklabelnyc
blacklabelnyc.com
blacklabelnewyork@hotmail.com

by bike: take the manhattan bridge to park ave, ride east to sanford
st, turn right.
by train: G to bedford/nostrand, exit at nostrand, walk north to
willoughby, turn left.

see you there, bitches. . .

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MP3:

so i have been hoarding covers for some time in anticipation of getting back on the cover compilation project. but the musical options available to me are just getting way too thin. so here's a cover of Turbonegro by the norwegian Null$katte$nylterne. which is mainly appropriate because i spent a good part of last night hanging out with a girl sporting a mild black eye and bruised lower lip from an "incident" at a recent Turbonegro show in seattle. see, there is rhyme to my reason. sort of.

• Null$katte$nylterne - Sailor Man


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10.21.2005

STOP BEING A GUILTY BYSTANDER



seattle has been a lot of fun. i've had some great people showing me around. and today not only was i able to enjoy all-you-can-eat-sushi, but i also got to hide from the cops in an abandonded warehouse. it was just like old times again.

and the System Of A Down debate rages on (courtesy of Nick). . .

http://www.somethingawful.com/articles.php?a=3202
http://www.somethingawful.com/articles.php?a=3240

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MP3:

this is from Nick, who has not been feeling my musical selections as of late. . .

this might not be your scene, but this is my favorite song for tokyo's autumn nights. this is off an out-of-print release, so it should be ok. it was recorded on prestige, which was known for making quick and dirty records so the players could use the fast money to buy heroin. it was probably recorded in one take, by superb players, giving it a sound which is both delicate and raw. miles is barely breathing through a muted trumpet, the drums are brushed so lazily that it sounds like a continuous beat in some places and the piano's waveform clips from the poor tape recorder, all of which combine to give the track a wonderful vintage radio sound. even if you don't post it, i hope you like it.

Miles Davis Quintet (Red Garland(Piano), Paul Chambers(Bass), "Philly" Joe Jones(Drums), John Coltrane (Saxophone), Miles Davis (Trumpet)
"It Never Entered My Mind"
off the LP "Workin' With the Miles Davis Quintet"

-nick

p.s. also look out for the bow work on the upright towards the end. so good.

• Miles Davis Quintet - It Never Entered My Mind


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10.19.2005

ALL HAIL SHE WHO WAILS



so. sucka is still somewhere. but not here. so let this little rattlesnake tell you a little somthing. i have been looking forward to this past monday for awhile. one of my favorite bands were coming to town. all the way from japan. which. as you all know. is far away. so anyway. boris. or shall a say BORIS! may be a contender for one of the best shows i have seen in new york (second to fantomas.). the knitting factory was packed to the ceiling with dudes with beards (ha.) and skinny/fat metal kids and progrssively tuned art noise types intermingled with other music stack crawlers. the ever amazing stoner rock god, wino (st. vitus, the obsessed, probot) and his new band hidden hand opened up. they were dope. but boris. these dudes/dudette were so loud and heavy and powerful and extreme and tight and beautiful and marvellous that they actually produced wind. its true. a moderate breeze was being emitted from the stage. so stella. anyway. these guys are made up of a drummer with a gong. a bassist/guitarist with a double neck guitar/bass. and a female guitarist no more than five feet tall with a orange full stack. awww. yes. i was so blown away i couldn't write about it until now. my night was made extra extreme when i was recognized at the knitting factory as the infamous goddamn rattlesnake. just so happens the dude was a fan. and a super awesome dude. he tipped me off to the boris afterparty. what?!? where?!? cakeshop. shut up. cakeshop!?!? but that is small. and these guys are huge. it just wouldn't work. it would be the like seeing cliff burton era metallica playing in your bathroom. it can't be true. well it was. free beer and boris about four feet away from my ears. i didn't sleep that night. god bless your tiny little japanese hearts. i am forever in debt. more photos here.

love.
the goddamn rattlesnake

post script: i am aparently playing in chinatown. at an afterhours bar. in the basement of a pizza place. that used to be an opium den. it starts at midnight. on friday. corner of mott and kenmare (delancy). brother reverend and the weight (poor boy's other band) and also playing. that is all i know. weird.

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MP3:

so. boris. this is the shortest song of theirs that i own. they have one song called absolutego and it is over an hour long. this one is shorter. it is from the record 'amplifier worship" how sick is that. amplifier worship. yes.

• Boris - Hama


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10.16.2005

FALL AMERICA



so on my last day in chicago i got into a discussion with an old friend about how System Of A Down is actually not another trashy Nu-Metal band, but rather an interesting and progressive act that has been yoked with the unfortunate Nu-Metal label. he cited things like their minimal cd packaging and title for "Steal This Album", which was the opposite of the expensive and almost excessive packaging of the same album on vinyl (not-so-subtle pro-vinyl stance). to his credit, my friend did have the fact that they choose bands like Hella and The Mars Volta to tour with them. but i'm still skeptical to say the least. anyone out there able to back him up?

oh, and i hit seattle on monday, vancouver after that. anything good going on? i hear Judas Priest may be in vancouver around the same time. . . hmmmm.

and the Bike Kill is coming october 29th. start sharpening your handlebars and digging out your face masks. it's gonna be brutal (as always). lookin' forward to seeing some Cut Throats in action again.

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MP3:

you know what the world has always needed? an electro-pop new wave cover of Minor Threat. this one goes out to Nick (that lil' limp-wristed b*tch).

• The Soft Pink Truth - Out Of Step


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10.14.2005

BEAUTIFUL AND BAD NEWS



i so often forget what a great city chicago is. and everytime i come back i feel like i am impressed all over again. so bike-friendly (and with friendly bike shops too, trying finding that in nyc), mexican food everywhere you turn, thrift stores that might actually have something you want, a nice coastline, cool kids and bars and shows. damn. what more could one ask for? except possibly slightly less extreme summers and winters. . . yeah it probably didn't hurt coming here during some really gorgeous fall weather.

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MP3:

a friend of mine slipped this in to my inbox as the perfect friday jam. not only is it that, but it's also the perfect song for a particular little personal dedication. not going to say much more than that, except that goddamn was ODB a genius. . . oh and you can find more about Rhymefest (aka "Mista Blue Collar") on his webpage.
* i have a feeling my friend who sent this to me probably ran across it on Razorblade Runner. so pay the man a visit, he has better shit than i do anyway.

• Rhymefest feat. ODB- Build Me Up


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10.10.2005

MYSTERIOUS MACHINATIONS

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jesus
jesus works hard (thanks, damn ham)

so unsurprisingly things don't always go as planned. my car busted while in lansing michigan and i am still waiting to have it repaired. but my plans to hit seattle and vancouver have not disappeared. i just might not be driving there anymore. although i will be tossing the dice on a drive to chicago as soon as i have wheels again. other than that, i don't have much to say. lansing is a weird little place, but not in the old-and-rundown kind of way that i love. however i have been able to eat every meal for free so far, so that's a plus. thank god for college towns with college student specials.

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MP3:

so being in lansing michigan is weird. wandering around all day in lansing michigan is weirder. being stranded here with the only tolerable radio station being classic rock just adds to the whole experience. combine that with watching some vh1 hair metal special last night and you just might forget that other music has been made since the mid-80s. i think i just did.

• Warrant - Blind Faith (Acoustic)


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10.08.2005

PUNISHED FOR YOUR AMBITION

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hey look, my friend Cat made a music video. i'm looking forward to her new Bright Eyes one.

i'm leaving tomorrow morning to do some traveling through the northern states, hopefully culminating in a nice little visit to seattle and vancouver. so if anybody's out there, give me a holler. here's hopin' and prayin' that my piece 'o shit car can make the trek. mufflers are just extra weight, after all.

and konichiwa, bitches.

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MP3:

i originally found this on Fluxblog, but it seemed appropriate here. and it's really good, in a great-beat-with-a-sense-of-humor kind of way. or just see what Mr. Perpetua had to say. i'm not going to vouch for the other efforts by Robyn (in fact i will warn you away from them), but this is a gem.

• Robyn - Konichiwa Bitches


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10.07.2005

WE'RE NOT ALL IN THIS TOGETHER

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so i went to see Built To Spill last night in cleveland. it was a good performance and all that. . . but the crowd? what the f*ck? people were crowd surfing and moshing (well trying to) during mellow-happy-guitar-noodling Built To Spill. one guy almost got his ass kicked for going around and feeling up girls from behind. and a girl standing next to me got singed a bit when someone threw a lit cigarette over their shoulder into the crowd. it was just damn weird.

oh yeah, japan's coming soon. . . i swear/hope.

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i love it when people send me music. it doesn't happen all that often, but usually when it does i like what i receive. so i guess that's better than getting a boat-load of crap. i also love it when people send me music that matches up with my emotional landscape in unexpected and yet comforting ways. a friendly german (my favorite kind) sent this my way. i've heard it before, but damned if i can find a copy of it on my computer. so thanks to her now you all can enjoy how this song REALLY should be sung.

• Les Reines Prochaines - Opfer Dieses Liedes (Wicked Game)


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10.06.2005

AMONG THE HILLS OF SAN FRAN

checkpoint

opens tonight! go!

THURSDAY OCTOBER 6
CHECKPOINT
Bike Art Opening | Red Ink Gallery | 7-12 PM
1035 Market Street | FREE
Btw. 6th and 7th Use Stevenson St. Entrance.
Beverages provided by Speakeasy.

CURATED BY: Mike Martin + John Stewart + Brendt Barbur

The influence of the bicycle on the contemporary urban dweller is expressed in the artwork and lives of those participating in this show. These artists are at the forefront of fervor for street bike culture that is happening around the world.

EXHIBITING ARTISTS:

Shaun O’Dell
Thomas Campbell
Taliah Lempert
Peter Sutherland
Swoon
Ricky Powell 
Mike Martin
John Stewart 
Eric Zo
Julia Chiang
Cheryl Dunn
Amy Bolger
Massan Fluker
Jeff Anderson
Cyclecide
John Bucklin
Gabe Morford
Andrew Sutherland
Jason Chaste
John Trippe
Patrick Trefz
Silver Warner
Jessica Findley
Tod Seelie
Benny Gold
Dustin Klein
Kevin White
David Mashburn
Nick Haggard
Steve Macdonald
Ryuta Nakajima
Amanda Marsalis
Moses Nadel
Bryce Kanights
Charlie Becker
Justin Fines
Brendt Barbur
Miriam Wilson
Josh Lazcano

10.02.2005

STREET MAGIC

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so it is done. i started working on curating the exhibition "Street Magic" over a year ago. . . and it is finally done. it was definitely more work than it was fun, but i think it's a pretty damn impressive sampling of street artists that are creating really compelling and important work. so it was worth it. the exhibition will be up for the month of october, if you're in the cleveland area check it out. here's a photo of one of the artists, Brad Downey, speaking about his work after the screening of his documentary "Public Discourse" at the opening last night. many thanks to Brad for making the 8+ hour drive out for the opening (and then having to do the drive again, right after the opening, to be back in nyc for work the next day). and thanks also to Erin, the gallery director, for staying up till 6 am with me every night that we had to in order to pull off the installation in just a few days. and Jake Kelly, this guy did all the stuff i was too tired to do, and for that i am grateful (a few more of his illustrations here). next step? bringing this deal to nyc. . .

so on my first free day in a few weeks, what did i do? pug dog costume contest, yes you read that right. being in ohio makes you enjoy weird things, i swear.

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so when i stay at my mom's house in ohio, my bedroom is actually the nook at the top of the stairs. it's not so bad, i have a window that looks out over the neighbor's roof and in the distance you can see the smoke stacks from the nearby power plant. anyway, it's a bit of an odd room nonetheless, and i find my musical tastes get rather poppy when i'm staying here. something about everything being white and beige and soft and new and smelling nice, i think. so for whatever reason, i've been playing this track a lot as of late. a rather new band i think, Cassettes Won't Listen do that dreamy-happy-poppy thing that goes so well with sleeping under the comforter you've had since you were seven.

and look ma, i'm on myspace!

• Cassettes Won't Listen - Cutting Balloons


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