Friday, May 16, 2008
Another wild Friday night. Twin Towers here was my art project. Almost as good as pickles and hardboiled eggs.
Up first an oddball, Straightedgeracing.com???? Who knew. If you like that check Doublecross which is a killer edge nostalgia blog.
Next up, The Black Oven. You know I don't cook, but if I did black metal baking might be it!
I could probably throw in some Visconti/Carrotop/Gotti kids separated at birth, but I predict Bettini's protege will out perfrom his manscaping. If not this year,soon.
Last up, if you liked "emo" before it meant mall rats in make up, check out Usedbinforever which has some nice downloads of some obscure vinyl nuggets.
Good news is the Gazzetta della Sport has a new translation feature so you can get all the Giro coverage translated way better than babelfish.
Big news is Pettachi getting sacked. If he could get wins without a dedicated lead out train, maybe he would have kept his job. Sounds like a bunch of lead out men will be in search of work next year. Sprinters who can get it down on their own are always more impressive-McEwen, Freire,etc.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
There are thousands of bands who put out a couple singles and disappeared. Some of them manage to throw some petty amazing songs onto those 7"s before they fade away.
Tonka were a band out of SC back in the early 90s?
They had this one song that recently got stuck in my head. Early mornings getting up to ride have made me obsess about getting some coffee and getting motivated so it's no surprise that a song with a lyric like "my first cup of coffee.." would swim up from the dark recesses of my mind. Was it on this record or the "southern by the grace of god" comp7". There was a cool bunch of bands from this area that all had 7"s out on a label called Assorted Porkchops.
Their myspace profile gets it right-kinda Rites of Spring mixed with Jawbreaker. I would add a heavy dose of Crimpshine/Cometbus as well. DC meets East Bay via South Carolina. Think skate vidoe soundtrack-back when they were good! Half the band went on to Assfactor 4, who were a little more popular, but Tonka will always be tops for me.
Apparently you can still get the singles here and a discography CD is in the works! Nice, but so much for it turning up on "Killed by Emo" vol one!
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Stumbled across this on Velonews today and sprayed my coffee across the keyboard...
"In describing the impressive painting, Armstrong, who has become an art aficionado since retiring from racing three years ago, said, “It’s technically a collaboration. The main part is by [Spanish graffiti artist] Gomez Bueno — whose from [former cycling teammate] Chechu [Rubiera]’s hometown in Asturias — and on the left side, Superman and all that, is by Raymond Pettibon, who’s a very important contemporary artist now. They did it together, I bought it at auction. It’s kind of wild, I like it. And there was nowhere else to put it. So I’m going to incorporate more and more art in here … as I’ve already run out of walls [at home].”
"Very important contemporary artist"??? How about fucking genius who helped define SST and American Hardcore in general. What is funnier Armstrong the "art aficionado" or Pettibon and Armstrong coincidentally crossing paths like a tragicomic section of "coffe and cigarettes"? "It's kind of wild" probably sums up 95% of Pettibon's work, but a collabo mural with a graffiti artist doesn't sound wild in comparison to what he pumped out in the 80s. Maybe Armstrong should track down some Tripping Corpse zines. He could have a sweet book collection too, if he didn't hate books.
Pettibon is the man and so is Armstrong(I am only a semi-hater 99 and 2000 were pretty inspiring to watch then and on repeat on the trainer), but together it is almost as lame as "CEO rock bands" which is today's second annoyance.
How the fuck can bad middle aged rock bands make the front page of the Globe when we have earthquakes, cyclones, fires , carbombs, recession, and the Hillary vs Obama show???? This puff piece would have been embarrassing in Boston or the Improper Bostonian, but is inexplicable as front page news. The Globe raises it's prices and then puts shit like this on the front page?? Get serious.