6.29.2006

THE HORIZONTAL RAIN POINTS THE WAY



There's a memorial ride tonight for the two cyclists killed this week. It's right after work, and won't take you out to Bayridge or anything. So swing by, ride with some friends, and show your support for those that dare to ride the two wheels. From Time's Up!:

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MEMORIAL RIDE FOR TWO CYCLISTS KILLED THIS WEEK!
Carl Nacht, 56, was killed by an NYPD tow truck making a right turn across the Hudson River Greenway. Derek Lake, 23, was killed on Houston Street while trying to maneuver around a dangerous construction site. Come out and remember these two cyclists and help draw attention to unsafe conditions for New York cyclists. Please bring flowers.

Meet Thursday, June 29, 6:30 p.m. West Side Greenway at 46th Street (in front of the Intrepid). Details, stops, and time frame here.

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MP3:

Here's a track from jangly fitful local boys Vic Thrill. Somewhat reminds me of Professor Murder, with less cowbell. They also happen to be playing an outdoor show on friday in Brooklyn. Worth checking out if you're not already planning on braving Don Hills to see Pixeltan.

• Vic Thrill - Hi On Wade

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6.27.2006

KILL ME WITH KINDNESS



Sometimes you can forget that you live in NYC. But when a lesiurely bike ride home can quickly end with your friend in cuffs in the back of an unmkarked car. . . there's no where else you could be (and no, we didn't run any red lights). So after waiting for over half an hour to talk to a desk sergent, you then have to ride home alone carrying his bike bag. Pretty sad way to end a night really.

However I've just found out that another cyclist was killed this morning, making it three this month (the doctor who was hit by an NYPD tow truck on the west side bike path, the woman killed by a dump truck in Far Rockaway, and now a filmmaker on Houston). So all this seems pretty trivial in comparison. Of course there is the obvious point that between getting arrested or getting killed, riding a bike in this city is a dangerous undertaking by any standards. Details of the fatalities on Bike Blog.

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MP3:

Here's some Disarray (from mid-80s Japan) courtesy of 7 Inch Punk. Cause my friend would be mad if I didn't post something punk and angry to go along with his arrest picture (one of many, unfortunately).

• Disarray - Social Victim

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6.25.2006

GOING THROUGH SECURITY WITH CHANGE IN YOUR POCKET BECAUSE A PAT-DOWN IS AS MUCH AFFECTION AS YOU CAN GET



The only thing that sucks more than coming home from vacation, is coming home to find yourself burglarized. . . again. And to top it off, I'm homeless/couch-surfing till the Fourth of July (which means no regular internet access of course). Should be fun.

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MP3:

When I was in high school/college, the orginial version of this song (by Tuscadero) was one of my favorites.

• Snoozer - Nancy Drew

look ma! i got myspaced!

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6.16.2006

IT WOULD BE TORTURE TO BE FRIENDS
WITH YOU



So I am off for a bit, heading out of town on matters of family concern (and for some necessary decompression time). I would say that I hope that some of the other Sucka-affiliates would step in and fill the gap I will be leaving due to the impending lack of internet access. . . but since that seems pretty unlikely, I'll just skip it. Apologies for the lack of attention as of late. Between some mad work schedules, preparing to sublet my apartment, working on the Mississippi raft project, and having a few of my personal relationships implode (with homeless-inducing results). . . things have been a bit hectic. On the plus side, one of my recent assignments was to photograph a party where a group of girls dressed as gnomes danced around together and stripped naked. I love this city.

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MP3:

It seems that everybody likes The Editors. Except for me. But if there's one thing we've proven around here, it's that a mediocre band can get a lot more attention if they cover a popular song. And so they did.

• The Editors - Feel Good Inc

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6.13.2006

I WANT TO BE YOU FOR A DAY... SO I CAN UNDERSTAND WHY YOU JUST DID THAT



Stiff Records put out an LP back in the 80s called "The Wit And The Wisdom Of Ronald Reagan". . . It was completely blank. The union of genius and balls make wonderful things.

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MP3:

I've mentioned before how "Bad Man" by The Oblivians is possibly my favorite song. Well I came across this cover, and it provides as much confusion as it does pleasure. Apparently one of the Oblivians is involved, along with what sounds like a toy xlyphone. A mellow take on a truly great song, just another way to enjoy it.

• Greg Oblivian And The Tip Tops - Bad Man

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6.09.2006

VIGILANTE JUSTICE: DARWIN APPROVED



So I learned something new today. If you're riding a bike with un-taped and un-capped bullhorn handlebars, and some asshole SUV cuts in front of you (while driving up onto the sidewalk) so quickly that you smash into them, even though you'll be scraped and bruised, you'll have done some serious damage to their paint job. Almost a fair trade-off, I guess.

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MP3:

Here's a lukewarm, soft-on-the-inside, countryish, folkyish cover of The White Stripes "My Doorbell" done by the Long Goners. Well what? Not everything can always be a banger.

• Long Goners - My Doorbell

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6.07.2006

WHERE ARE THE NEO-DADAISTS WHEN WE NEED THEM?



(two very different photos shows, two photo shows I'm in)

So some of you may have wondered where I've been lately (although most of you just download my podcast and never read this thing anyway). Well I've been busy, busy preparing work for these two exhibitions: The 6th Annual Vice Photo Issue Exhibition and Depth Of Field, a juried show of 16 Pratt alumni photographers from the past 10 years. The Vice show will have work from one of my websites, Everyday I Live, and the Pratt show will be exhibiting photos from another (very different) website, Of Quiet. The Vice show opens on saturday in Chelsea, the Pratt show opens next thursday the 15th, although you should rsvp if you wanna go (check the invite). I've also been learning how to build bikes at Times Up, shooting events for the Village Voice (like a kung-fu version of "The Importance Of Being Earnest"), designing cards for the Bicycle Film Festival, going to Grub, and working on getting ready to build a raft to go down the Mississippi in August (yes, really). So yeah, that's my excuse. If anyone can recommend a really good/affordable place to get drums scans in the future, maybe this won't have to happen again.

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MP3:

I recently posted about cops in Winnipeg, Canada going apeshit on Critical Mass riders. Well a nice reader submitted a great track to accompany that post. . . John K. Samson (from Propagandhi and The Weakerthans) doing "One Great City! (I Hate Winnipeg)."

• John K. Samson - One Great City!

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6.05.2006

YOU CAN FIND WHAT YOU WANT IN NYC...
YOU JUST FIND A LOT OF THINGS YOU DON'T WANT ALONG THE WAY





(photos from the Todd P Roosevelt Island show and Aa performing)

Todd P put on a nice little laid back outdoor acoustic shindig over at the southern end of Roosevelt Island on Sunday. It was really pleasant. And how often do you get to see Kim of Matt & Kim play the drums on a cardboard box?

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MP3:

So my roommate, the Rattlesnake, was telling me about a friend's band called Ghettoblaster. The band was one guy who recorded midi-esque video game riffs on tape, then played them through one ghetto blaster boom box that broadcasted the signal to an army of other boom boxes while he played drums along with them. So I went looking for this band on myspace, and found another band instead. But then I got requests to track this band down, so I had the Rattlesnake do it for me. And he found it. So there ya go. It's good, way better than the LA band of the same name.

• Ghettoblaster - Come With Me If You Want To Live

• Ghettoblaster - Dr. Pepper Fireworks

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6.04.2006

I'D SMILE, BUT THEN I'D HAVE TO PUNCH YOU



(Matt & Kim, carnage ensues)

Yep, the day finally came. The Matt & Kim video for "5K" is finally available, directed by the lovely and enthusiastic Colin Moore and titled "Don't Try This At Home." Go back and see the fun you missed all over again.

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MP3:

So my roommate, the Rattlesnake, was telling me about a friend's band called Ghetto Blaster. This band was one guy who recorded midi-esque Maiden riffs on tape, then played them through one ghetto blaster boom box that broadcasted the signal to an army of other boom boxes while he played drums along with them. So I went looking for this band on myspace, and found another band instead. I don't know much about them, except that they are from LA and they did a weird cover of Eminem. So there ya go.

• Ghetto Blaster - What I Am

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6.02.2006

SADLY YOU CANNOT BE POLICE AND HUMAN
AT THE SAME TIME


(Stencil work by Banksy)

Apparently the NYPD and the city's crackdown on bike-riding hippies (ie. Critical Mass) has impressed the Canadians, so they're giving it a try in Winnipeg. Check out some of the massively disturbing video of police officers assaulting cyclists (as in picking a fight, not while attempting to arrest anyone), kneeling on heads, and even arresting a guy in a giant blue teddy bear suit. All for riding bicycles, of course. I guess NYC is exporting more than bad haircuts these days. All the more reason why keeping up the fight to achieve a hassle-free Critical Mass ride in NYC is important. If we lose here, the crackdown will spread. So pony up and donate to the organizations that are tirelessly fighting the good fight, Time's Up! and Freewheels.

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MP3:

Yeah.

• Uncle Tupelo - Life Worth Livin'

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