My boy Steve tweeted this amazing short film.
I love this on so many levels, but mostly because I am constantly wondering what people are listening to as they walk by me in this great city.
This might be my favorite song of 2011.
City and Colour, "Fragile Bird"
Thanks to Bill for sending me the video.
New track from the incredible French electronica geniuses, Justice.
This is amazing.
One of the best Between Two Ferns yet.
Will Ferrell and Zack Galifinakis.
Thanks to Nico for the link.
That's good beer.
But that's brilliant fucking advertising.
Brooklyn, STAND UP.
Fallon doing his amazing Neil Young impression, but this time with Graham Nash and David Crosby.
My boy Elus and his BRONX crew, Triboro, dropped this fun new track on us last week.
"Video Game" is a cool throwback to samples of old school games from our childhood.
Well done, boys. Hopefully we'll hear some more from these dudes real soon.
Big up to Elus and the BRONX.
This girl is hilarious.
Best. Cooking Show. Ever.
I love this on so many levels.
And this is what made me fall in love with them...
My favorite song of the last ten years. FACT.
"Sometime Around Midnight"
New song from one of my favorite bands of the decade.
The Airborne Toxic Event, "Changing"
And they roll up to the club on vintage Hondas...
So fucking rock n roll.
Great song, great video.
Been diggin this band for a while, but just got turned onto this track.
The Naked And Famous.
"Punching In A Dream"
Been a fan of Amos Lee for years.
Finally got to meet him on one of our summer rooftop parties at Capitol/EMI.
Such a humble gentleman.
Little does he know, we all think he's a genius.
Great new song - and adorable video - for his latest single, "Flower"
What are your thoughts on the new solo record from Steven Tyler?
Cool video, I guess.
It really doesn't get much cooler than this shit right here, folks.
Eddie Vedder and Johnny Depp playing "Society" from the Into The Wild soundtrack.
Vedder's song from that film, obviously. I love this song so much.
This was filmed at their big charity gig in support of the West Memphis Three.
It came up on my Ray LaMontagne station on Pandora, so I looked up videos.
And I can't believe that I missed this clip from last year. Wow. Amazing. x
Well, this happened last night in London.
The surviving members of Pink Floyd reunited onstage tonight at London's 02 Arena during a stop on Roger Waters' Wall tour - marking only the second time that Nick Mason, David Gilmour and Waters had played together in the last 30 years. Waters and Gilmour performed "Comfortably Numb" as the crowd at the arena went absolutely insane, and during the finale of "Outside the Wall," Gilmour returned to the stage alongside Mason, who played a tambourine.
As he did on the original 1980/81 tour, Gilmour played his epic solo on the top of the Wall. Last July, Waters promised that Gilmour would play the song during one show on the tour, but drummer Nick Mason's involvement was kept a secret. They last performed together at Live 8 in 2005. Original keyboardist Richard Wright died in 2008.
Great video from Asher Roth and Nottz.
"Enforcing The Law"
Obviously, a tribute to "Training Day"
And Part 2
Stewart at his finest.
He fucking OWNS those morons over on Fox News.
It would be even funnier if people didn't actually watch these shows for information.
Ailes and company should be ashamed of themselves.
Not their greatest, but pretty damn good.
Michael Bolton kills in this new one from The Lonely Island.
Here's a fresh addition to my "I <3 NY" series here on PUMP Sessions.
Some crazy, racist fucking lunatic stripped down and started attacking folks on a 6 Train platform.
My only questions is: Why the hell did it take that cop so long to take him down?
And he needed help from a passerby.
Funny or Die! absolutely crushed it with this clip.
The real Obama killed Osama speech from the White House.
This is absolutely amazing.
Cyndi Lauper joins Arcade Fire onstage last weekend at Jazz Fest in New Orleans.
And together they play, "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun"
At last, the Beasties drop the official video for "Make Some Noise"
So so so FUN.
What an incredible song.
Greg Holden, "Bar on A"
A New Yorker, by way of London, by way of Aberdeen, Scotland.
This is hands-down my song of the week.
Enjoy. And happy Friday. x
Titus Andronicus takes us on a New Jersey adventure in their new video.
I'm loving it.
President Obama visited New York City yesterday to honor the fallen.
The awe and respect this man commands is absolutely electric.
Gaga dropped her new video today for "Judas"
Love the motorcycles.
Yup, that's about it. x
Finally, we get a taste of Eddie Vedder's new solo ukelele project.
Here is the video for the lovely "Longing to Belong"
One of the greatest voices in rock n roll history.
This is gorgeous. x
“Obviously, you can’t bring back the friends you lost,” Mr. Obama said to the crew at a firehouse in midtown Manhattan that lost 15 men, an entire shift, at the World Trade Center. “What happened Sunday sent a message: When we say we will never forget, we mean what we say.”
- NY TimesWell said, Mr. President.
I sent the clip below to my boy B-Rock, who is a diehard NIN fan.
This is what he returned with.
Dillinger Escape Plan with NIN performing "Wish"
Live at the Soundwave Festival in Perth, Australia on March 2nd, 2008.
This is fucking sick.
Brand New covering one of the greatest NIN songs "Wish"
Live in Allentown, PA last week.
This old Yamaha has been turned into a fucking beast. The dark, natural colors, stripped lines, taped pipes, custom shocks, every single detail.
From Bike EXIF:
Carlo Romanin is a bike builder from Melbourne, Australia, and he’s taken this ‘86 XJ900 to a different level. “In many ways, the XJ900 is like your typical Aussie man,” he says. “Simple, unfussy and gets the job done. What better base for a custom?” The XJ had all the attributes Romanin was looking for, including a bulletproof motor that reportedly revs to 12,000rpm. “When I finished the bike and tried to choose a name, it turned out the name had chosen us. The ’9 Hunge’ was born—along with our brand Halfway There Motorcycles.” (A ‘hunge’ or ‘hungey’ is Australian slang for a hundred.)
Romanin got rid of all unnecessary metal and plastic, removing almost 30kg of fat. He replaced the traditional rear shocks with two gas-filled dirt bike shocks. “We threw out the rule book; it’s how we want our suspension to feel.” The frame, bars and steering elements were stripped back and then powdercoated in grey, to give an understated, chic look. The oversized headlight somehow pulls it all together, and the Benelli tank gives the build a further lift.
“When you sit on the 9 Hunge and you look down past the tank, you see the four-cylinder engine jutting out from either side,” says Romanin. “It’s not a traditional café racer look—they tend to be more compact and tighter. But I just love that reminder of the power available at the turn of the throttle.” And power there certainly is: a stock XJ900 puts out almost 100hp at the crank.
It’s a great first effort from a company so new, its website is just a landing page. Halfway There’s next custom will be a ’71 Triumph 650: we’re looking forward to seeing what that one looks like.
I ignored this news for the last 5 days because it was absolutely ubiquitous on the blogosphere.
EVERYONE was talking about Miley Cyrus covering Nirvana in Quito, Ecuador this past week.
So I finally gave it a spin. And it's pretty fucking awesome.
Well done, Miss Miley.
As long time readers will know, I absolutely adore Priscilla Ahn.
Clearly I don't watch Dancing With The Stars - but not offended if you do.
Though I am so glad I saw this.
Lovely ballerina, Patricia Zhou, dances to Priscilla's amazingly perfect song, "Dream"
Beautiful on every level. x
Wow. These kids are blowin up.
And justifiably so.
My crush Amy has got some fuckin PIPES.
Nick and Amy of Karmin played with the legendary Roots Crew yesterday at Tufts University.
Even Black Thought was impressed.
What a spectacular voice on this lovely lady down in Nash Vegas.
Absolutely gorgeous. x
Aaron Dean is new to me.
My buddy Nico turned me onto him today.
"Minneapolis" is a gorgeous song.
The video is really fun, too.
I hope to hear a lot more from this guy. x
I can not even begin to express my excitement in words... THE legendary Ace Cafe will be coming to the USA.
I hope to all that is good in this world that one shop will be in New York City.
Brooklyn would be a perfect spot. Just sayin... x
Thank you, Bike EXIF, for making my fucking WEEK.
EXCLUSIVE Some great news for café racer fans Stateside: the legendary British Ace Cafe is setting up shop next year in the USA. Ten new outlets are planned, and arrangements for the first one are close to being finalized. If you can’t wait for that, then you can get a taste of the Ace Cafe vibe by heading to the Dime City Cycles grand opening event in Tampa, Florida on Saturday 14 May: a temporary Ace Cafe will be erected for the duration of the celebration, stocked with classic motorcycling memorabilia. Ace Cafe boss Mark Wilsmore (above) will be flying in to join Dime City’s Jason Michaels and Herm Narciso on the day, and helping to judge the vintage ride-in bike show. (We’ll be there too—in spirit—because Bike EXIF is sponsoring the Best In Class award.)
“We see the introduction of Ace Cafe to North America as a huge opportunity to help keep the history alive for younger generations to experience,” says Jason Michaels. “We are at the beginning of an authentic garage revival in the American motorcycle industry and the Ace will provide the much needed additional fuel to help us all reach the ton.” If you’re in the south-western States, mark the Dime City opening in your diary. With the cameras of HD Theater’s Cafe Racer TV in attendance too, it’s shaping up to be a helluva party.
Read the full release here.
Some tool attempted to start a U-S-A chant on a New York City subway yesterday.
And everyone in the car completely ignored him.
He must be new to town. x
Hat tip to Vic for the post.
This is so adorable.
Shot in Melbourne, Australia, on a... Friday.
Oh, Katy... How I love thee. x
It's quite clear that this is my favorite blog on the interwebs, but every once in a while I am truly stunned.
This machine is so perfect, so sexy, so frightening, that I just want to jump on her and ride til I can't feel my arms or legs.
Then I'll take a break for a cold beer, and ride some more... Wow, what a work of art.
As always, from Bike EXIF:
There’s a new kid on the custom block. It’s an English outfit called Spirit of the Seventies, and it’s bucking the current European trend for all things raw and grungy. The company was started by Tim Rogers and graphic designer Kev Taggart, friends who share an obsession for motorcycles “and other beautifully designed things.” Their aim is simple: to motorcycles that are “nostalgic, characterful, and sophisticated.” They’re up to build #3, but the machine you see here is Spirit II, the personal ride of managing director Tim. Constructed by mechanic Martin Taylor, it’s based on a 1979 Yamaha XS750 triple, a motorcycle originally geared for touring.
The frame has been de-lugged and powder coated, and the bodywork is custom-made. That includes the carbon fiber seat unit with leather seat pads—inspired by the 1997 Bimoto V Due—and a tail unit also in carbon fiber. The motor has replaced by the Yamaha’s later XS850 unit and fitted with K&N filters, and a ceramic-coated exhaust fettled by Gibson. SOTS has changed the stance of the bike for the better, fitting an 18” wheel at the front and Hagon shocks at the back: these are longer than the stock shocks, pushing the nose of the bike down a little and putting more weight onto the front end.
The tires have are reasonably sticky Avon Roadriders, and the front brake system is a Yamaha hybrid of R6 and FZR400 components. Other parts come from LSL—a long-time Bike EXIF favorite—including the clip-ons, headlamp brackets and master cylinder. To tighten up responses even further, SOTS has fitted a Tomaselli quick-action throttle and grips.
The result is just the right side of slick, with a strong retro graphic style and the promise of very entertaining riding. Keep an eye out for the name—I think we’ll be hearing a lot more about Spirit of the Seventies in the coming years.
[Images courtesy of Grant Robinson.]
I couldn't resist. So many assholes on the social networking sites are ranting about Obama "taking credit" for this.
Of course he's taking credit for the assault on Bin Laden's compound. It was under his fucking command.
Yeah, keep trying to bring him down. He's far from perfect. But he's better than anyone you could offer up.
Another fun video from the Canadian boys in Hollerado,
"Got To Lose"
In their words:
Here is our new video. Just like Americanarama, it was directed by the president of awesomeness, Greg Jardin. Once again it was done in one take, with one camera. We love doing one take videos with Greg because they make us feel like we are in elementary school gym class. This shoot was basically a giant obstacle course that we had to try and figure out before our two days of shooting time expired. The cameraman also had a really hard job because he had to memorize the choreography for everyone so that he could follow it all.
The dancers are from an awesome troupe called the Atomic Cherry Bombs. They worked for weeks on this choreography and refused any payment besides flowers and cupcakes. Also, one of the dancers holds the world record for the largest collection of Bruce Lee paraphernalia.
We shot the video in the studio that Charlie Chaplin built almost 100 years ago. Later Jim Henson took over and used it to throw awesome muppet parties. This explains how our drummer Jake is so effortlessly channelling the ghost of Animal. I also found it funny that the two days of the year that it rains in Los Angeles happened to be the same two days that we shot a video where the only props were 53 umbrellas. Maybe it was Charlie Chaplin's way of wishing us good luck.
directed by GREG JARDIN
How adorable is this?
My lovely mother sent me this.
Oh, how I miss Echo Park and Los Angeles.
Thoroughly impressed with Mr. Meyer's performance.
But someone was most definitely not amused.
Donald fucking Trump.
Hat tip to my man Nicky G for the reminder.
Totally spaced the dinner this year.
The President killed at the 2011 White House Correspondent's Dinner.
Hilarious, brilliant, witty.
Lefsetz can't stop raving about this guy.
Finally looked up some songs after a few of his posts about James McMurtry.
I can't say his voice is exceptional, or the songs have hooks.
But his lyrics speak to me like few others do these days.
Life in this country is fucking hard. And the wealthy have control.
It's about fucking time somebody is singing about it.
"Down Across The Delaware"
I'm going to see him at The Bell House in Brooklyn on June 18th.