edison - tonka truck from edison on Vimeo.
Hat tip to Dr. Karl Karlson for the link. Shit is pretty tiiiiiight.
I am all about Birds of Tokyo, a relatively new Aussie band getting a ton of buzz.
This song and video is entitled, "Plans"
The lead singer is also frontman for hard rock band, Karnivool, whom I saw last Friday at the Bowery Ballroom.
Two successful rock bands at the same time? Kid is fucking talented.
Vampire Weekend covering one of Springsteen's greatest tunes, "I'm Goin Down"
Recorded live Sat Aug 28 2010, from Vampire Weekend's second night in Vancouver.
According to the band, this is the first time they've ever played this cover live.
I'm diggin it. x
HeadCount: "Vote Again 2010" from HeadCount on Vimeo.
HeadCount asked some of our favorite musicians why they think voting in the midterm elections is so important. See what Ben Harper, The National, Michael Franti, Thievery Corporation, and many others had to say. HeadCount.org.
Peep it, folks. This November is kind of a big fucking deal.
Just as he’s promised, Kanye West has released his weekly treat to us and it’s NSFW, but it’s definitely worth listening to.
On “Monster,” he’s joined Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Bon Iver and Nicki Minaj (which one of these is not like the others? If you guessed Bon Iver, you’d be right).
Each artist takes a different verse on what it means to be a monster, and, somehow, we can’t figure out how, it works out. Nicki Minaj is the clear star here who’s delivery is the most schizophrenic, but all of the artists have moments of glory here. The one constant is a relentless beat. We’re also quite fond of Bon Iver’s part.
The track will appear on “Watch the Throne,” a 5-track set coming from West and JAy-Z this fall, according to a recent tweet from West.
This isn't fucking rocket science people, and my god it was only a couple of years ago that this nightmare ended...
What a very short, SHORT memory the right has in this great country. Fact.
I am really starting to vibe on this group...
Peep this, and let me know what you think.
I don't know if this is the answer, but something has to compete with the racist idiots in the Tea Party.
Drunk girls rule. x
Happy Friday, motherfuckers!
Now this is a sexy Friday summer jam.
Bringin up some incredible memories of driving in my Jetta, packed with friends, through the Colorado sunshine.
This is so funny I actually started crying...
Please, someone get this guy a bottle of water.
This is fucking amazing. Fact.
From Artists House Music:
David Purcell from NYU discusses the copyright laws in the music industry today. He thinks that copyright law is principally sound and believes that specific issues in copyright law need to be isolated, addressed, and amended. Many of these issues are related to new technologies in the music industry.
Look at this stripped down bobber... What a mean motherfucker.
From Bike EXIF:
Philip Van Geest runs Dark Star Kustoms in The Hague, Holland, and he’s making a name for himself with his fabricating skill and eye for good proportions. This Harley WL bike is called ‘The Merlin’, and it’s the star of the latest issue of Greasy Kulture magazine. The handlebars are from a Belgian ‘Flandria’ moped, the headlight from a bicycle and the petrol cap from an East German ‘Stimson’ moped.
The primary chain cover once did duty as a step on a Russian sidecar, and the rear wheel is from a pre-unit Triumph … you get the idea. The engine is a 1942 Harley-Davidson WL (750cc flathead) which Philip got in exchange for a BMW bike. (The “engine was scrap metal” he says, and it had to be rebuilt). But the rest of the machine is almost all handmade from scratch by Philip: this includes the frame, the neat little tank, and the ribbed mudguard.
The rumor mill was abuzz today about Scott Weiland and company possibly lip synching at their NJ concert.
I guess Scott took a pretty gnarly fall during Stone Temple Pilots' set and didn't miss a note...
See for yourself in the video above.
Hope not, because that is not a good look for a freshly reunited rock band.
MGMT's newest single, "Congratulations" comes with a very odd video.
Saw them last week at Radio City Music Hall. Amazing show.
Seriously, this man is a fucking inspiration. A true humanist and populist.
And I love him.
Here he is discussing this unbelievable debate about a mosque being built near Ground Zero.
New Rule: If you are not a New Yorker and did not lose anyone on 9/11, then mind your fucking business.
I am so sick and tired of Red State politicians using my city as a talking point.
Fuck off. We like our progressive city. And we like our Muslim population. A lot.
The long saga of free music streaming service Project Playlist looks like it will end in a classic case of “out of the frying pan and into the fire.”
Any hope that the company’s worries were over when it settled with Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group dropped its suit in May could be dashed if UMG succeeds in stopping Project Playlist from paying off millions of dollars-worth of debt with a $15.7 million loan from the label. The label filed papers to that effect on Monday as part of Playlist.com’s ongoing Chapter 11 bankruptcy, in which the company said it only had $2.2 million in total assets, little of it in cash.
Now called simply Playlist, the site allows users to create and share playlists using either song files that are hosted by the company itself or on third-party servers. When it plays the files that live on playlist.com, the service racks up millions of dollars in royalty costs. When the files play from external servers, the site functions, in a sense, as a playable search engine.
As the screenshot from its Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing shows (right), Project Playlist now owes millions of dollars in royalty costs to each of the major labels for playback of the music it hosted, having finally reached licensing agreements with all four major labels by May of this year. Those hard-won licensing agreements may well spell doom for Playlist.com, as they have for so many other start-ups.
The founder of Elektra Records discusses technology and the future of the music business.
This guy is a fucking legend, so listen up... x
Hat tip to my man B-Rizzle, aka Brian, for sending this my way.
# of tweets, daily: 70 million
# of tweets, monthly: 2 billion
# of registered users: 145 million
# of account sign-ups, daily: 300,000
@amazonmp3 followers: 1,489,543
# of photos uploaded onto Facebook, monthly: 2.5 billion
# of photos uploaded to Facebook, annually: 30 billion
# of approved photos typically needed by a band, 2000: 6-9
# of approved photos typically needed by a band, 2010: 300-400
#2 search engine in the world (separated from Google)
# of videos rotated by MTV, during its 80s prime: 30-40 per week
# of views for Tyler Hilton's cover of�Kings of Leon's �"Use Somebody": 748,099
#2 search engine in the world (separated from Google)
# of videos rotated by MTV, during its 80s prime: 30-40 per week
# of views for Tyler Hilton's cover of�Kings of Leon's �"Use Somebody": 748,099
# of downloaded apps, App Store: > 5 billion (as of June)
# of artist apps typically downloaded (per artist): < 100,000
Some interesting facts and figures from Digital Music News.
It's about fucking time.
Check em out on Facebook.
The Coffee Party USA.
Coffee Party USA aims to reinvigorate the public sphere, drawing from diverse backgrounds and diverse perspectives, with the goal of expanding the influence of the People in America's political arena. We do not require nor adhere to any preexisting ideology. We encourage deliberation guided by reason amongst the many viewpoints held by our members. We see our diversity as a strength, not a weakness, because we believe that faithful deliberation from multiple vantage points is the best way to achieve the common good. It is in the responsible and reasonable practice of deliberation that we hope to contribute to society.
Coffee Party USA is made up of people acting independently of political parties, of corporations, and of political lobbying networks. To this point, all products created and hours logged for Coffee Party have been carried out in the spirit of volunteerism. In the coming months and years, we hope to transform our disappointment in our current political system into a force that will return our nation to a course of popular governance, of the People by the People for the People.
We are diverse — ethnically, geographically, politically, in age and in experience.
We are 100% grassroots. No lobbyists here. No pundits. And no hyper-partisan strategists calling the shots in this movement. We are a spontaneous and collective expression of our desire to forge a culture of civic engagement that is solution-oriented, not blame-oriented.
We demand a government that responds to the needs of the majority of its citizens as expressed by our votes and by our voices; NOT corporate interests as expressed by misleading advertisements and campaign contributions.
We want a society in which democracy is treated as sacrosanct and ordinary citizens participate out of a sense of civic duty, civic pride, and a desire to contribute to society.
Coffee Party USA is a call to action. Our Founding Fathers and Mothers gave us an enduring gift — democracy — and we must use it to meet the challenges that we face as a nation.
What a gorgeous piece of iron. Perfect little cafe racer.
I know I've said it before, but this is the bike I'd like my girlfriend to ride...
From Bike EXIF:
Back in October 2009 , I was deliberating on whether or not to post an orphaned CL350 café racer: orphaned because it was proving impossible to locate the owner or the history of the bike. In the end I took a punt on it, and it turned out that the owner was a follower of Bike EXIF, so the full story emerged. That owner was graphic designer Jonathan Wood, and he’s just sent in details of his latest bike. “After completing my CL350 cafe racer build I didn’t really think I’d do another 350. But a friend of the family had this little gem of a 1972 CL350 with only 2800 miles on it, and the deal was too good to pass up. So I decided to do this one in a completely different style. I drew my inspiration from vintage dirt-track racers, and also from the Japanese Brat Style of building.”
It’s a testament to the classic lines of the CL that this bike hasn’t been heavily modified. The fork has been lowered 1.5″ by cutting and re-threading the damper rods, cutting the springs, and putting in some thicker oil. Jonathan fitted a modified Jeep rock guard inside the stock headlight ring , plus new handlebars, grips and custom length cables. The stock 19″ front and 18″ rear wheels are now shod with Coker’s Firestone Deluxe tires—the classic Brat Style rubber. New 11″ shorty shocks lower the back-end a couple of inches, the front fender was removed and the rear fender was bobbed. The bike also got new mini billet turn signals at all four corners. The pipes are stock but with 10″ slash-cut tips bolted on instead of the stock ‘suitcase’ muffler.
This is impressive... and a good start in the live music revolution.
Oh, and next time you feel like you don't have a voice, remember this story...
How We Present Pricing and Fees
We get it – you don’t like service fees. You don’t like them mostly because you don’t understand what the heck they are for. We’ll try to do a better job in this space over the coming months of helping you understand our business, and how our fees compare to others in the industry (both in ticketing and ecommerce in general). But the reality of the live entertainment business is that service fees have become an extension of the ticket price. Most of the parties in the live event value chain participate in these service fees either directly or indirectly – promoters, venues, teams, artists, and yes, ticketing companies – and service fee rebates are our largest annual expense at Ticketmaster.
All of the research we’ve done, and all of our conversations with fans like you tell us that the way we present these fees in the check out process is a huge frustration for you and hurts ticket sales. You just want to know UP FRONT in the buying process how much of your hard earned money you are being asked to pay for a given seat. If we are as transparent as possible with you sooner in the purchase process, you can make the decision about how much you want to pay to go to an event. The problem is that historically we haven’t told you how much you have to pay for a given seat until very late in the buying process. And our data tells us this angers many of you to the point that you abandon your purchase once you see the total cost, and that you don’t come back. The data also says (and this is the important piece) that if we had told you up front what the total cost was, you would have bought the ticket! So by perpetuating this antiquated fee presentation, fans are getting upset, while we and our clients are losing ticket sales.
This practice changes today. Over the next few days we are rolling out a new way of presenting pricing and fees on Ticketmaster.com. Going forward, just like almost every other business in the world, we’ll tell you up front how much you can expect to pay for a certain ticket. We’ll still break out the “face value” from the other fees where required, and we haven’t broken down per-order fees yet (although you will begin to see many of our clients move to truly all-in pricing, because they know it sells more tickets and makes you happier). This user experience mirrors what you see across the web from leaders in their field – Amazon, Apple, Expedia, Zappos and more. It’s not complicated, it’s just the right thing to do.
If you are not a New Yorker, or did not lose anyone on 9/11, then you are not allowed to join this debate.
End of fucking story.
This has got to be the weirdest Phish story I had ever heard...
And now thanks to my boy Josh, I have a link to prove that it was TRUE.
(yes, the title of this post is a Shawshank Redemption reference)
From The Gothamist:
Barton Gray, a 31-year-old Connecticut resident, topped off a June 22nd Phish show at Great Woods in Mansfield, Massachusetts like any other phan: selling nitrous oxide in the parking lot of a Red Roof Inn, throwing rocks at the cops who came to bust him, then running off into the woods. And as a perimeter of police closed in around him, Gray disappeared into the sewers, where he got lost for two days because most of the pipes are about 2 feet in diameter, and not wide enough for him to turn around.
It wasn't until June 25th that he began heaving a manhole cover up and down in the parking lot of a Stop & Shop, and a manager at the supermarket was able to help him out. Gray wandered off, but then came back, prompting the manager to call police and report an intoxicated man on the premises (presumably offering heady nugs for their "extra.") Patrolman Roy Bain, who responded to the call, tells the Sun Chronicle Gray was "extremely disheveled," speaking nonsense, was "dirty," and "looked like he'd been dragged through a briar patch." In other words, he looked pretty much the same as when he showed up for the Phish concert two days earlier.
Bain took Gray to a local hospital, but didn't connect him to the incident at the Red Roof Inn until he talked about it with the department's court prosecutor. Fortunately for Gray, the local police decided not to press charges, probably figuring that two days in the sewer and a lifetime spent following Phish was punishment enough. [Via Yemblog]
My old boss and mentor inked this kid to his Universal imprint.
Joe Brooks performing his song, "Superman"
Already, the video has nearly 1.5 million views.
Cheers to Lava on a great signing and best of luck.
New single and video from Arcade Fire's latest album, The Suburbs.
Song is called "Ready to Start"
I am diggin this one. And love the live footage clip.
Arcade Fire is one of the best bands on the planet.
Of Montreal's new single and video for "Coquet Coquette"
Song is decent, but the video is fucking weird, as we have come to expect from the band.
Canibalistic cavemen fighting on the beach. Totes.
Owen Husney, a manager, talks about today's lack of artist development by the record companies and the importance of a fan base.
If bands want quality guidance from a label they need to have already proved themselves independently.
So, in Owen's words, you need to present yourself / your band on a silver platter.
The labels don't want to do any work.
Essentially, you need to build up your own fanbase and prove that you can sell records independently in order to get label attention.
So why sign with a major label? I've been asking myself that for quite some time now...
I got my hippie groove on with my brother, Brett, this week at Jones Beach.
Phish performed an incredible two sets of classics and newbies.
It was an amazing performance, but sadly marred by a tragedy.
During set break (Phish plays two sets of music every night) some kid dove off the upper deck into the mezzanine.
Unfortunately, my brother and I were in that section and experienced it rather closely.
I was on Matt Pinfield's morning show on 101.9 WXRP today discussing the incident.
Hands-down one of the most fucked up experiences of my life... and definitely the biggest buzzkill.
I'm assuming the band was not informed of it, because they came out and launched into an epic 2nd set.
Kids, don't do drugs.
This is my new favorite song...
And man do I love the video!
New single from the man, the myth, Cee Lo Green.
That is my kind of fuckin title. x
My British mate, Paul, is performing tonight at Recoup Lounge on the LES.
If you're out and about tonight, roll through with us. 9pm.
The after party is at White Noise in the E. Village.
Here he is interviewed in New York this week...
Love the fucking shades, you limey cunt!
The 10 Most Disastrous Music Industry Deals, from Digital Music News:
(1) Terra Firma's acquisition of EMI, $4.7 billion (2007)
Even Guy Hands admits he made a colossal mistake on this one. One of the last super-leveraged buyouts before the bust, EMI has now become a $4.7 billion-plus toxic mess for Terra Firma.
(2) CBS' acquisition of Last.fm, $280 million (2007)
Scrobbling is cool and all - and this is still a very cool site - but few would "recommend" this deal today. Amidst predictable ad monetization challenges, the company has since switched to pay-only in certain European countries, outsourced full-length videos, and bid adieu to the original founders.
(3) Bertelsmann's investments in Napster, $100 million (2000-onward)
In retrospect, Bertelsmann was the forward-thinking maverick. But in the moment, that stance created a legal sinkhole for the company, accused of facilitating widespread infringement by keeping the P2P alive. The in-fighting lasted years before expensive settlements torpedoed Bertelsmann with hundreds of millions in losses.
(4) MP3.com acquisition by Vivendi, $372 million (2001)
Before MySpace was even conceptualized, MP3.com was setting huge records for IPO valuations, label lawsuits, and band profiles. Problems quickly followed the inflated purchase, and the site was quickly dumped by Vivendi Universal in 2003.
(5) The Robbie Williams 360-Degree Deal, $160 million (2002)
Williams loves being able to walk the streets of Los Angeles without being recognized. EMI, which structured the pricey deal, is somehow less thrilled by that freedom.
(6) The Sony BMG Joint Venture (2004)
The 50-50 JV was like "tying two sinking rocks together," according to one executive, and this seemed like a dead weight from the beginning. Bertelsmann walked away, and the combination was ultimately purchased by partner Sony Music Entertainment by 2008.
(7) WMG's Investment in Imeem (2009)
"We do not intend to make more digital venture capital investments," WMG chairman Edgar Bronfman told investors after suffering a $16 million write-off on Imeem in 2009. MySpace subsequently scooped the property for well under $1 million.
(8) WMG's Purchase of Bulldog Entertainment, $16 million (2007)
Bulldog Entertainment Group was best known for coordinating tony concerts in the Hamptons. The company eventually cratered with estimated losses of $30 million.
(9) Any Deal Involving PlaysforSure...
This was a mistake that caused endless suffering, for music service (Yahoo Music, MTV Urge, Wal-Mart), player (Sony, SanDisk, Samsung), and consumer alike. In fact, even Microsoft bailed on its DRM-heavy solution with the launch of Zune.
(10) Best Buy's Exclusive on Chinese Democracy...
Some comebacks are better than others, and Best Buy was left carrying a truckload of Guns N' Roses CDs. That did little to kill the big box exclusive, however, as plenty of big-name artists have used the concept to shift serious tonnage.
By now you have all probably heard about the Insane Clown festival last weekend.
Their fans, "Juggaloos" decided to attack Tila Tequila while she was "performing" onstage.
Now I am no fucking fan of Tila Tequila, but this was absolutely fucking disgraceful.
The second shot is after she was pelted in the face by rocks, bottles, and human feces.
Yeah, just let that sink in for a minute... They threw shit at her. Utterly revolting.
I don't care who it is, no human being should be treated this way... especially a woman.
Here is an interesting take on the story from Bob Lefsetz' Letter.
But PLEASE read this article from Vice Magazine... from someone that witnessed it first hand.
The trailer for Joaquin Phoenix and Casey Affleck's new documentary...
"I'm Still Here"
I called this whole persona thing a hoax from the beginning.
Just sayin... x
I'm a big fan of Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
But this right here just brought the man crush to a whole new level.
Here he is, covering Carole King's "Natural Woman" at the HitRECord.org party on Monday.
Thirty Seconds To Mars - Closer To The Edge
Thirty Seconds to Mars | MySpace Music Videos
Say what you will, but Jared Leto's band 30 Seconds to Mars is the real deal.
And this tour video is absolutely fucking stunning. Well done, boys...
If that clip doesn't get you excited about rock n roll, then I don't know what will.
Long live Rock n Roll. x
Buzz act The Maine is the next up on Billboard's Mashup Mondays.
I'm really diggin this series. Hats off to the folks at Billboard.
Obviously, the cover is Outkast's "Roses"
This is the bike I ride. Well, a slightly older model.
Mine's a '78. This gorgeous specimen right here is a '73.
From Bike EXIF:
If the CB750 is the archetypal café racer motorcycle, Steve ‘Carpy’ Carpenter must be the epitome of the café racer builder. He’s a Londoner now based in Orange County, California, and his name is legend amongst CB750 aficionados. This latest Carpy creation is called BRG750—a reference to the British Racing Green paint—and it’s based on a 1973 CB750K. (That means it has a SOHC engine good for almost 120mph, and was one of the last CBs to rule the roost before serious competition arrived in the form of Kawasaki’s 900cc Z1.) Carpy’s attention to detail is legendary, and that’s a big part of his reputation. He’ll grind all the tabs and brackets off a bare bead-blasted frame, and clean up the welds. Then he’ll go over it with a file looking for imperfections of any kind. And then he’ll bake the whole thing in an oven for a day or so, to release any oil residue hiding in the joints.
After this particular frame was painted silver and clear-coated, Carpy washed it with thinner and baked it for a another three times, “Just to make sure that all the oil deposits that sit behind welds from years of riding finally get cleaned—or burnt—out. Silver will show any defect up.” Carpy has documented the rest of the build on his website, and if you check it out you’ll see that this CB750 is in better condition now than when it rolled off the factory floor. Virtually every part that is worn or likely to fail has been replaced by a NOS Honda item, including a complete new wiring loom and switchgear. BRG750 now lives in Kansas City with its new owner, Montgomery Drake, and I’m green with envy.
I love this fucking song...
Lead singer Dax Riggs with his former band, Deadboy and the Elephantmen.
"Stop, I'm Already Dead"
His new solo band is playing Mercury Lounge Saturday and Sunday.
Who's in? x
This here is Beatle Bob. A music fanatic.
He is about to witness his 5,000th live music concert in 5,000 consecutive days.
What a fucking legend. I can't wait to see this documentary.
This is the type of stuff that drives me each and every day in this bullshit business of ours.
Rock n fucking Roll, Bob. My hat's off to you, sir...
Reason #628 of why Jack White is fucking rock n roll.
Here is the master telling off a bunch of industry assholes at Don Hill's in Manhattan last week.
Gaga is so rock n roll.
All the haters were all over her performing at this year's Lollapalooza.
Well, guess what, she silenced all of them... Fact.
This is kind of amazing, but the problem is - and always has been - that this fucking moron's fanbase don't carae that she is an uneducated beauty queen. For some strange reason, the majority of Republicans in this country would rather have some idiot hick represent them over an ivy league graduate with a knack for leadership... Oh, and they clearly do not like anyone that has mastered Proper English.
It's pretty rare, given all of her handlers, to catch Sarah Palin in an unscripted exchange with a critic. But here's an uncomfortable clip showing Palin confronting an Alaskan teacher who'd welcomed Palin's crew with a "WORST GOVERNOR EVER" sign.
Palin was in Homer, Alaska to shoot parts of her Discovery Channel documentary/travel show, Sarah Palin's Alaska. A local teacher named Kathleen Gustafson caught Palin's attention there with her "WORST GOVERNOR EVER" sign. The audio can be difficult to hear — especially with Todd Palin and another flack comically trying to block the videographer for a while — but here's a transcript of the first part (via Think Progress):
GUSTAFSON: You swore on your precious Bible that you would uphold the interests of this state, and then when cash was waved in front of your face, you quit.
PALIN: OH, you wanted me to be your governor! I'm honored! Thank you!
GUSTAFSON: I wanted you to honor your responsibilities. That is what I wanted. I wanted you to be part of the political process instead of becoming a celebrity so that you could (inaudible). And if that's the best you could do, then good for you. If that's the best you could do.
PALIN: Here's the deal. Here's the deal. [...] That's what I'm out there fightin' for Americans to be able to have a Constitution protected so that we can have free speech…And also there…
GUSTAFSON: In what way are you fighting for that?
PALIN: Oh my goodness!
GUSTAFSON: In what way?
PALIN: To elect candidates who understand the Constitution, to protect our military interests so that we can keep on fightin' for our constitution that will protect some of the freedoms that evidently are important to you too.
GUSTAFSON: By using your celebrity status, certainly not by political status.
God, I love this girl...
Miss Grace Potter just fucking kills on this new one, "Paris (Ooh La La)"
Huge crush. Mega crush.
Marry me, Grace. x
Gorgeous song from Hollywood Records act, Alpha Rev.
This one is called, "New Morning"
What a fucking BEAST.
It just moved a little.......................
From the one and only, Bike EXIF:
Now it looks like the turn of Taiwan, helped by classy new magazines such as Free Biker. This hunkered-down Sportster custom is called Guerrilla: it’s just graced the pages of Free Biker, and comes from an upstart new Taipei shop called Rough Crafts. According to builder Winston Yeh, “The initial idea for this bike was to get it to look custom, without being too ‘far out’—because Taiwan has a crazy regulation that all bikes bigger than 250cc have to pass an annual exam after they are older than five years.
The bike is compared to the stock picture and if it looks too different, it will be hard to pass. With that in mind, I tried to create a bike that has similar profile to stock. So you probably think it’s ‘normal’ from far away, but you can see the customization when up close.” The bike takes Harley’s Nightster theme a step further, with a chopped front end, new bars, bodywork and lighting—and a terrific exhaust system that adds to the compact, muscular vibe.
I already loathed Boehner, but this is just stunning.
Yes, I know that campaign ads can be misleading, but dig a little and you'll see this one is spot on.
Come on, voters, don't let me down this November. Get rid of these assholes.
We need fresh blood in Congress... desperately.
Man do I love me some Janelle Monae...
Here's her new single, "Cold War"
Holy fucking hell.
My old boss and mentor just sent this my way.
Black Veil Brides. "Perfect Weapon"
They're on the road right now with a band I'm working with, Modern Day Escape.
Saviors of rock n roll? Discuss...
In honor of the overturning of Proposition 8 by California Federal Court...
I had to re-post this epic video from Funny or Die, "Prop 8 - The Musical"
Now let's just hope Elena Kagan is a Supreme Court Justice by the time this inevitably reaches our nation's highest court.
Equality for ALL. x
This is so stunningly gorgeous that it actually kind of hurts a bit.
And yes, she reminds me of Steve McQueen... a true legend.
From Bike EXIF:
Drags & Racing is an Italian custom shop owned by the flamboyant Dino Romano, and he’s been putting out a steady stream of custom Triumphs and Harleys for twenty years now. Dino’s latest creation is this Bonneville, and he’s done a remarkable job in giving a modern Triumph an authentic vintage look. (So we’ll forgive him the ubiquitous Steve McQueen reference—the bike is called ‘La Grande Fuga’, meaning Great Escape.) There’s a suicide shift on the left, the exhaust has been cannibalized from an Iveco van, and the seat is a genuine 1939 Harley-Davidson item.
The matte green military paint is equally authentic: it’s from a sixty-year-old cache discovered in a Czech warehouse. La Grande Fuga has attracted a lot of attention on the Italian custom scene, and Dino can build you one for around US$24,000. Given the level of customizing going on here—with virtually all bodywork and controls being hand-made—that sounds like a pretty good deal.
This is Andy McKee. And I think he is rad.
I have never seen this video. My buddy John just sent it my way.
It has 31 MILLION fucking views!
Absolutely gorgeous, man.
Diggin this British Columbia rock n roll outfit, Yukon Blonde.
This is the video for "Wind Blows"
Signed to Nevado Records. Enjoy. x
The incredible Talib Kweli performed last night at the Brooklyn Bowl with a live backing band.
What a fucking show. Band killed and the Bowl is one of the hottest venues in New York City.
Absolutely blown away. Of course, he closed with this scorcher... and blew the fucking roof off.
And this is why I love my friends...
Within minutes of sharing this video, Dr. Karl Karlson sent me the Autotune remix.
Fucking amazeballs. I can't stop laughing. And I can't stop crying...
Run and tell that, HOMEBOY!
This amazing footage is from the great city of Huntsville, Alabama.
No, there is absolutely nothing funny about rape. BUT...
I want this fucking guy in my neighborhood. He is hi-larious.
This is the bike my dream girl would ride...
From Bike EXIF:
If I were looking for a lifestyle change, hanging out in Bali building custom bikes and surfboards would be near the top of my list. The guys at Deus have obviously been thinking along the same lines, because they’ve just set up the Deus Canggu bengkel (workshop). And this bike is one of the first fruits of their labors. Called ‘Inari’, after the Japanese Shinto spirit of fertility and success, it’s based on a humble 1976 Honda CB100—one of the most popular bikes in Indonesia.
Virtually nothing of the original machine remains, though: the engine has almost doubled in size to 180cc, and the front and rear suspension is from a Yamaha 225. And despite Inari’s diminutive size, she carries her Bratstyle influence well. Yes, she’s a lightweight bike, but the motorcycling environment in Bali is very different to what most of us are used to—and the local custom scene reflects that. Here, Deus is creating smaller bikes with robust suspension and simple mechanicals that don’t require a degree in electronics to fix.
This is your brain on drugs.
I kept waiting for something to happen.
And then it did...
The Dirty Heads cover the Stones' "Paint it Black"
For those in the know, this is my favorite Stones tune.
Not fucking bad. Always cool for a band to tweak a classic and make it their own.
Yes, I have been waiting a long, long time to use that headline.
That being said, I want more Weiner. More more MORE.
He is on a fucking ROLL. Come on GOP, try and defend yourselves against this vote.
Just fucking try.