29 April 2009

i'm in trouble with another man . . .

The new Strange Boys album on In the Red is fucking fantastic and has been in constant rotation for the last week. It's got everything you love about 60's garage rock: jangle guitars, fuzz when there needs to be, tight drums that lean more towards feeling than technical precision, lackadaisically disaffected vocals (as if Dylan kicked it with the Kinks instead of the Band) and so on. This stuff could easily be snuck onto a Pebbles or Nuggets comp and most would not be wise to the fact that it was made some 40 years after the OG shit.

Here's one of my favorites from the album:
Heard You Wanna Beat Me Up

and here's a vid of the boys in action:


getting dirty as the clothes get clean

My new favorite laundromat:


23 April 2009


In the name of Satan, ruler of Earth, the King of the world, the Chief of the Serfs, I command the forces of darkness to bestow their infernal power upon us. Save us, Lord Satan, from the treacherous and the violent. Oh Satan, Spirit of the Earth, God of Liberty, open wide the gates of Hell and come forth from the abyss by these names . . .

22 April 2009

Explaining Lex Talionis to a 13 year old?

Children at Colony Middle School in Palmer, AK taunt a moose to death. Literally.

What is the right course of action here? My gut always tends towards ol' Hammurabi. Taunt and so be taunted. 'Release the names and let the people scorn' seems somewhat fitting, no?
Is that healthy, though? Won't that only solidify sociopathic tendencies in an extremely impressionable mind through shame and isolation? Probably.

I sure would hate to see the little fuckers squeak away without fair recompense, though.

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On a completely different note:

A fella that once sent me a CDR of his band covering the entirety of one of my all-time favorite records recently let The David Foster Wallace Audio Project loose upon the internets. You should check it out.

17 April 2009

I'm really looking forward to "The Freak of Araby," the upcoming SRB release on Drag City.

From the DC website:

"And speaking of neat, the opposite of that is embodied in the hulking, unkempt form of our very-own world conqueror, Sir Richard Bishop! Pure fascination has driven him from here to darkest Asia and points in between enough times as would take to encircle the globe from pole to pole with ¼” recording tape. He can’t help it — the sound made when indigenous creatures pick up their funky little instruments of choice motivates the man, calling him to pick up his own mighty axe and master their sounds, incorporating their culture into his! After years of such triumphant exploration, Sir Rick found himself unusually empty one afternoon at his estate in the Northwestern woods. Where to go, what to do? Could it be that he finally wanted to go…home? Mmmm…could be! Therein, of course, lay the problem. Sir Richard Bishop is a bi-country bastard to begin with, which might explain at least half of the madness. Anyhoo, this crisis clearly required a return to his Lebanese side of his roots. Tossing aside his beloved acoustic guitar, which he’d grown so sick of lately anyway, he picked up an electric and assembled a band to take the middle-eastern sounds that had so entranced him all his life to a new level of madness and mastery. The tapes that resulted were delivered to our doorstep, all sweated on and stained with olive juice and Arak and with a single phrase scrawled on top of the box: “The Freak of Araby.” It is under this title that we shall release to you the latest musical excursion of Sir Richard Bishop on the 26th of May, 2009:

You can stream some tracks over at the new Sir Richard Bishop & His Freak of Araby Ensemble Myspace Page.

Check out a recent SRB interview at FACT Magazine.

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Also,be sure to swing over to Arthur to check out "Stimulus, Ass-Backwards", another great piece from Douglass Rushkoff

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And then put this in your pipe and smoke it:

"Under capitalism, man exploits man. Under communism, it’s just the opposite.” ~ Albert Camus

13 April 2009

Bruce Pinchbeck's short film on Philly's very cool Pedal Co-Op won the film category in this year's National Geographic Preserve Our Planet Film & PSA Contest. Check it out:

In other bicycle related news:

Boston's Mayor Menino is hoping to institute the nation's biggest bike-share program.

On a local level, the Municipality of Anchorage is having an open house to present their Draft Bicycle Network and Draft Bicycle Plan at Wendler Middle School from 5:30pm to 7:30pm this evening.

10 April 2009

just add baking soda

09 April 2009

something to chew on

"Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys."

PJ O'Rourke

06 April 2009

paranoia runs deep, into your life it will creep

Michele Bachman is balls out crazy:

I'm still in awe that someone actually lost a race to this nutbag!

I can only imagine what her constituency is like. Horny white guys with fat dairy-fed wives that elected her cause they want to fuck her would be my first guess.

Unfortunately, we here in AK have to live with a very similiar situation and constituency.

via Wonkette,

03 April 2009

this is asinine

Palin, Ruedrich call for Begich resignation

It wasn't that long ago that Palin was calling for Uncle Ted to resign.

Shannyn Moore lays things bare in a great piece over at the Huffington Post.

UPDATE: It's just gets better and better up here. Young wants Stevens to run against Palin for Gov.

02 April 2009

01 April 2009

Mayors Income, Tennessee

Awesome Tom Gauld cartoon that originally appeared in The Guardian a ways back.
Check out more of his work over at Cabanon Press or at his Flickr where, among other things, one can see the sketchbook pages that led to the cartoon above.