10.30.2006

CONCRETE RAINDROPS AND BROKEN GLASS














(captions as follows: Bike Kill 4 - moments before contact during Tall Bike Jousting, riding monster bikes, Blinded By The Skull relay race, giant foam skull/battering ram, luchador on a chopper, the monster behind the mask, dirty mattress wrestling, skull rider on a tall bike chopper, Tall Bike Jousting, fireworks fired at the crowd, Japanther performs, Matt And Kim perform at their CD release show at 3rd Ward)

("Ho-ly sh*t, Ho-ly sh*t, Ho-ly sh*t, Ho-ly sh*t.") Yeah, I could write all about this weekend, Bike Kill 4, Matt & Kim's CD release show, etc. But really, if you were there you know how amazing it was. And if you weren't, well there's not much I can do for you. Except show you some photos I suppose.

Bike Kill 4
Matt & Kim CD release show

One thing I cannot show you through photos is how amazing the DJ sets were at the Bike Kill afterparty. DJs Porkchop, Stache (of BLBC), and Lloydski (from C.H.U.N.K. 666) totally killed it. I was exhausted to the point of collapse, covered in joint compound (see the giant foam penis canon from Bike Kill to see where it came from), and starving. . . but I just couldn't stop dancing. I can count on one hand the number of times I've stayed at a party just to listen to the DJ. And this would be the prime example.

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MP3:

Nobody likes you. . . when you're dead. Even on Halloween.

• Zombina And The Skeletones - Nobody Likes You

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10.29.2006

WATCHING THE PARADE OF DEAD FRIENDS



The last time I talked to Brad was when he was risking and fearing for his life in Brazil. I was relieved when he made it out of there in one piece. It grieves me that his course has come to this end. I am barely comforted by a statement made by a friend of mine in reference to my own close call in Brazil, "At least you would have gone out doing what you loved." A very small consolation, but important to remember in this case I think. Brad died trying to change the world for the better. Such an effort is far more than most people can even conceive of in their own life, much less imagine sacrifice their very life in the pursuit of this goal. Be inspired by his example as much as you are saddened by this loss.

A more in-depth and personal report over at Bombs And Shields.

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WILLIAM BRADLEY ROLAND, U.S. JOURNALIST/CAMERMAN, KILLED BY OAXACA PARAMILITARIES - KILLER IDENTIFIED

William Bradley Roland, aka Brad Will, a U.S. journalist and camerman, was shot and killed yesterday in Oaxaca, Mexico, by paramiliaries affiliated with the PRI, the former Mexican ruling party. Will was in Oaxaca covering the continued resistance of teachers and other workers against the PRI-controlled government of the State of Oaxaca. According to reports from New York City Independent Media Center and La Jornada, Will, 36, was shot at the Santa Lucia Barricade from a distance of 30-40 meters in the pit of the stomach by plainclothes paramilitaries and died while enroute to the Red Cross.

Centro de Medias Libres (http://vientos.info/cml) in Mexico City reports that from Will's recovered videiotapes, they have identified his killer as a paramilitary named Pedro Carmona, ex-president of Felipe Carrillo Puerto de Santa Lucia del Camino, a colonia in Oaxaca.

At last report, Will was one of five people who died in the last day, along with 17 wounded, as paramilitaries and federal police poured in to retake the city, according to Centro de Medias Libres. The city had been in the hands of the workers for five months. Will is the first American to be killed in the months-long confrontation. A longtime journalist and activist, he covered land occupations in the Pacific Northwest of the U.S., direct actions and rebellions in Argentina and Ecuador, land occupations in Brazil, and anti-privatization struggles in Bolivia. He was a much-beloved figure in the global justice movement in the U.S. and leaves behind many grieving friends.

Friends of Brad in the U.S. will be calling actions in the next day to demand that the U.S. State Department press the Mexican government to investigate Brad's murder and address the terroristic regime that made it possible. Additionally, they will press for solidarity in the U.S. with the Mexican movement for social justice that Brad gave his life to document in Oaxaca.

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MP3:

Yeah.

• The Microphones - I Can't Believe You Actually Died

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10.26.2006

THE TWITCHY PELVIS ISSUE



Crazy weekend alert:

Friday:
- Halloween Critical Mass (always the best of the year), possibly last chance before cat-n-mouse david-n-goliath NYPD bullying returns to NYC.
- Times Up Halloween Party & legal defense fundraiser (post Critical Mass).
- Matt & Kim first ever CD release party at 3rd Ward in Brooklyn with Japanther (oh yeah, it's gonna be one of THOSE shows).

Saturday:
- Black Label's annual BIKE KILL (I may have mentioned this before).

Sunday:
- Recover, lick wounds, eat food, prepare for the onslaught of CMJ CMGay.

Oh and yeah, I know this isn't real, but damn. If only. My hero.

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MP3:

Cover song streak, I told ya. And if anyone's voice is gonna make me fall in love with a song all over again, it would from that from gullet of Miss Karen O. Just got me.

• The Yeah Yeah Yeahs - The Love I'm Searching For

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10.23.2006

LIVE WITH A VENGEANCE




It's coming. The annual bike apocalypse. This Saturday. If you've missed past years, now is your chance to rectify the error of your ways. Black Label Bike Club presents BIKE KILL.

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MP3:

An ESG cover, in Spanish. Ooooooo yeah.

From the band:
"thanks for posting our cover of "dance" but it should be noted that it's just a demo. the final version, on our album produced by the dust brothers, is very different. thanks."

• Los Super Elegantes - Dance (demo version)

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10.19.2006

BOY, GIRL, SEX, BIKE, WOW



This just in from Time's Up, the NYPD has given it another go redifining their unconstitutional parade law (the main crutch of their Critical Mass persecution). Unfortunately it seems to have appeased important early opponents, such as Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn. Blurb from the NY Times below, more info at OnNYTurf and Razor Apple. Looks like the famous Halloween ride might be the last one before we return to the days of arresting hippies on bikes in NYC again. Sigh.

Oh, and apparently there is also a provision in the works to make it a crime to PROMOTE any such "illegal" activity. That's right, you are now no longer allowed to say what you want about what you want. But wait, I'm sure you knew that already. Anyone else see that movie V For Vendetta?

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Manhattan: New Rules for Parade Permits

By AL BAKER
Published: October 18, 2006
The New York Times

After recent court rulings found the Police Department's parade regulations too vague, the department is moving to require parade permits for groups of 10 or more bicyclists or pedestrians who plan to travel more than two city blocks without complying with traffic laws. It is also pushing to require permits for groups of 30 or more bicyclists or pedestrians who obey traffic laws. The new rules are expected to be unveiled in a public notice today. The department will discuss them at a hearing on Nov. 27. Norman Siegel, a lawyer whose clients include bicyclists, said the new rules "raise serious civil liberties issues."

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MP3:

Covers streak comin' atcha.

• Kelly Hogan And The Pine Valley Cosmonauts - Papa Was A Rodeo

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10.17.2006

THE BRO-DOWN THROW-DOWN



Not sure if you heard about this, but on Friday the 13th a Houston cop tried to forcibly arrest Adam of the Two Gallants. . . while he was performing onstage. Yeah, this cop actually got on stage and tried to arrest Adam in front of the entire audience. Why? Because there had been a noise complaint, at a music venue, during the Two Gallants (sorry, they aren't quite stadium-rocking metal-volume no matter how much you like them). So Officer Cowboy Balls is scuffling with Adam and Tyson on stage, and surprise surprise, the crowd protests. Wanna know what happens next? This cop starts tasering skinny indie rock kids left and right. This works until backup arrives and more arrests are made. So what is the moral of this story? If you're a band, stay the f*ck out of Houston.

Videos of it all going down on YouTube:
- Scuffle onstage, cop calls for backup, and knocks camera to the ground
- Cop assaults cameraman, shoves him into Langhorne Slim's 90 year old upright bass (destroying it), and then goes on the taser-fueled warpath
- Cop hunting kids, taser in hand

More info, pics, and video over at Stereogum.

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MP3:

I hate the original version of this song, but this cover has me reaching for it first thing in my iTunes. That takes skill. And it shouldn't be too surprising, considering this is from the very band that kicked off this whole site back in 2004 (somewhere last month was a two-year anniversary, damned if I can keep track).

• Cloud Cult - Mr. Tamborine Man

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10.16.2006

STAND UP TO BULLY, GET BEAT DOWN,
RINSE, REPEAT



So a good friend of mine has started a little thing at Bluestockings Bookstore where people come talk about their travels. This Wednesday I'll be telling my Brazil story and showing slides along with two other travelers. If you think it'd be funny to watch me sweat and stutter in front of a small room of strangers, then you should come.

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Where Have You Been?

Stories about travel and far-away places. New Yorkers go all over the world but the city has a way of swallowing their homecomings. Orbit the earth and your friends just ask if you missed the pizza.

Tonight offers a chance for travelers to tell stories, to bring the world home, and to share it with the rest of us -- travelers as well as those of us who don't get out much.

Featuring interviews with three intrepids: Ida Benedetto tells us what happened when she introduced Guatemalan coffee farmers to a tea collective in Darjeeling, India; Tod Seelie remembers getting kidnapped in Brazil; and Steve Duncan takes us underneath Minneapolis on an urban exploration vacation.

Interviews by Jeff Stark. Gorgeous slideshows tightly edited and mercifully short.

Bluestockings Bookstore
172 Allen Street, Manhattan
7-8:30p; $5 suggested donation

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CBGB's closed. It's sad, it's true. The thing to remember is not how money-hungry progress devours things that have real significance and history, but that the reason why CBGB's mattered was the people and the bands that put all they had out there. They made it something to miss, but it doesn't have to end with the demise of that lovely, dank, dark pit of punk rock. It can and will continue to happen elsewhere, with new faces and histories. And there is one way you can help: never ever hold back showing your love for a band or your excitement at other people's efforts to make this world more interesting and worthwhile. It's easy to deride something from a detached position, but you're only f*cking yourself. Ripping things just means you're missing out. Be the one with your arms up in the air, climbing the rafters during a set. . . you'll go home with a smile (and maybe a few bruises) rather than the naysayer's neverending sourpuss. And remember, everyone has their own CBGB's.

So the Bad Veins' name might sound just a BIT similar to a CBGB's legend, but that's not the only reason I'm posting them. They are one of the very few unsolicited mp3s that has made it onto the site. Somewhat reminiscient of a Gris Gris-meets-Notwist hybrid (slightly whimsical and whistful), it's a rare occurence when you can listen to a song barely a handful of times and have it feel familiar like old shoes. These Ohio boys give me something I'm happy to drift to as I traverse this city with my hood pulled up and my shoes falling apart.

• Bad Veins - The Lie

• Bad Veins - Fake Baby

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10.14.2006

SLOW-DANCING TO SLAYER



I'm going to take a moment to plug some friends of mine who've done some rad shit lately.

Alex Tampon has come up with a line of t-shirts (it's all about the
"3-D Death"), at Death Attack Limited and Death Attack.

Dogseat invested a lot of time and hard work putting out a photo book of all the hand-made signs that sprouted out of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. It's called Signs Of Life: Surviving Katrina and all the profits from the books go to Common Ground Relief (by far one of the best and most effective relief organizations around) and Hands On Network.

Mr. Force has just started animating some odd stand-up routines, I like this one.

And another friend of mine who's currently in exile at Fabrica in Italy has started a little online rag, Chief Mag (you'll see some familiar names there).

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MP3:

Continuing in the vein of promoting friends of exceptional exception. Here are some tracks off the new demo from Brooklyn-based Leaders. Nod-plodding (in a good way) with metal-born guitars, witnessing the arc of progress they've made from their first shows has been very satisfying.

• Leaders - Driving

• Leaders - Lightheart

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10.12.2006

HAD A ROOF OVER YOUR HEAD TOO LONG


(Adam of the Two Gallants)

I admit that I bitch about biking in NYC a fair bit on here, but I think I should also point out that I am lucky enough to live in one of the most bikeable (although not necessarily bike-friendly) cities in the country. Having the ability to ride pretty much throughout the year, and being able to get to any destination in less than an hour is amazing. Add in a flat landscape where the only real hills are the bridges, and you're almost spoiling us. Now just cut out the drivers trying to kill us and we'd be all set.

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MP3:

Swirling, strings, sultry, slightly sly, soft, sweeping, sinister, and yes St. Vincent starts with an "s" too (sort of).

• St. Vincent - Paris Is Burning

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10.09.2006

GIMMIE HEAD



So I often get crap from people cause I don't post info about things until right before they happen. And this is an entirely warranted complaint. But in an effort to try and not be so last minute, I'm giving you a whole 4 days heads up on this one. It's gonna be a crazy fun rowdy good time show. Come get your pants dirty.

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Gimme Head

A group art show on October, Friday the 13th

Show dates: October 13th –October 27th
Opening Reception: October 13th, Friday the 13th from 6- 10 pm
Where: 49 Bogart St. (Gallery) Brooklyn, NY 11206

Brooklyn, NY (October 13, 2006) Several artists have been invited to participate in a group show called Gimme Head, curated by Dennis McNett. The idea of the show comes from a conversation at the bedside of the legendary Richard Mock. The conversation went like this:

D: I’m sick of looking at those big damn Chuck Close heads.
RM: He’s been doing those for years now.
D: You don’t want to get stuck doing heads over and over
M: well not unless they’re drippin and oozin shit.

Each artist has been asked to submit up to three heads. There will be a variety of animal heads, monster heads, dripping heads, oozing heads, barbequed heads, etc… heads of all flavors will be printed, painted, sculpted, and projected all over the gallery space.

The show will include nearly 50 artists including:
Swoon, Shepard Fairey, Bill Fick, Alice Helander, Mike Houston, Martin Mazorra, Sean Starwars, Lindsay Stadig, FA-Q, Ali Gallagher, Strider, Ghost, Nevett Steele III, Maya Hayuk, Steve Olson, Mike Novak, Tom Billings, Leon Reid, The Amazing Hancock Brothers, Jesse Jones, Crozier Piguet, Florence Gidez, Bill McRight, Bec Stupak, BlairWear TM, Toyo Tsuchiya, Michael Krynski, Damara Kaminecki, Jon Bocksel, JJ Veronis, Eli Vandenberg, Angellina Earley, Tod Seelie, Rachel Budde, Joseph Valesquez, J. Pereira, Jacob Bannon, Frank Russo, Martina Secondo Russo, Maxim Ryazansky, Tom Huck, Michael Alan, Pat Bronowicki, Kevin Golden, Jenny Schmid, Bryan Condra, Dusty Herbig, Rezeon Scum, Eliza Cuttler, Joe Stauber, Peripheral Media Projects, Derrick Riley, Mark Parrish, Peter Vogl, Mike Novak, Dennis McNett, and more….

With musical performance by the Goddamn Rattlesnake

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MP3:

Can you tell that just the idea of CMJ has already worn me out? Well, it has. Sigh. This is a cover of a song by a guy.

• Mat Weddle - Hey Ya

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10.06.2006

BECOME A TRAGIC LOVER


(Lovefoxxx riles up the crowd during Ladytron's set in Cleveland)

There are few things I love more than Ohio in October. However I am making sure that my overnight Greyhound shuttle gets me back in time for this show on Saturday. An all-star lineup, I dare say. Start your autumn off with the right tunes stuck in your head.

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Two Gallants
Langhorne Slim
Trainwreck Riders
The Goddamn Rattlesnake

Sat 10/7
$12
Doors: 8pm
Show: 9pm
at North Six

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MP3:

Dancing with Justin Timberlake, Kylie Minogue, and an acoustic guitar.

• Bell X1 - Like I Love You Slow

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10.03.2006

THE ONLY REASON YOU'RE BORED
IS BECAUSE YOU'RE BORING



In a reception that leaves some of my friends wondering about the veracity of multi-generational curses, I returned home and promptly lost all photos stored on my computer. Yes, all of them, almost 200 gigs worth. Including all the photos taken on my trip down the Mississippi River. After staying up all night trying to restore them, I passed out on a couch and awoke to cat-piss saturated clothes the next morning. Welcome back, sucker.

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So as one can imagine, the culture shock of NYC -> Middle America -> Reno -> NYC can leave one's head a little spun. There are many instances of just stopping, staring, and wondering "What the f-?" An excellent example is this song by country super-star, Toby Keith. The first time I heard it, I just thought "That's weird, a song making fun of the Taliban." But the second time I listened to it something stood out. It was the blood-thirsty cheers of the audience whenever harm was threatened agianst the "camel-herding man." Kinda made my skin crawl. But then again in the process of catching up on all the Israel VS Lebannon news I missed, all I am left with is wondering if the world really is run by four-year olds with guns. . .

• Toby Keith - The Taliban Song

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