30 November 2010

Hey, Bruno Mars a 'Grenade' is a Fart Bomb!

Dear FM Radio listeners,
   In general, the swill you listen to sucks. It is, for the most part, pure crap. Lame lyrics. Formulaic rhythm tracks, reinforced by even lamer dance moves. You are, each of you, sheep that march swiftly into slaughter for the new pop fm radio single of the moment. Please, continue downloading your ring-tones...and, I honestly don't mind that you love your pop music. I don't care, that you don't care.

   What I do have strong feelings about, what really gets my panties in a bunch, is Bruno Mars and the fact that he has the balls (or come to think about it, maybe he doesn't have balls...that would explain things) to write the crap he writes, record that crap, perform that crap, sell that crap and not throw up in his own mouth every time he hears his own voice. He has all of the talent of a chicken-choking 15 year old boy.

   In my lifetime, I have survived many a pop star who was without talent, but you Bruno, take the cake. The lyrics to your current single 'Grenade' leave me absolutely dumbfounded. I can think of nothing better to do than to shove sharpened pencils in my ears each and every time I hear your Pledge of Allegiance to the United States of Lame.

   Bruno, buddy, FYI, a grenade is:
-a small shell containing an explosive and thrown by hand.
-the act of placing your hands behind your ass, while simultaneously cupping them & firmly farting into them and then tossing said grenade at the nearest persons face.
-According to reality TVs 'The Situation' of Jersey Shore fame, grenades are the ugly girls at the club that you 'date' just to 'get some'.
-All of the above, if used in reference to Bruno Mars and his talent (term used lightly).

If you (the reader of this Blog) have not heard Bruno's track...God Bless you! I have taken the liberties of jotting a few of Bruno's lyrics down for your enjoyment.

   Yours Truly,

'Grenade' by Bruno Mars

"...To give me all your love is all I ever asked, Cause what you don't understand is
I’d catch a grenade for ya (yeah, yeah, yeah). Throw my hand on a blade for ya (yeah, yeah, yeah). I’d jump in front of a train for ya (yeah, yeah , yeah)...I would go through all this pain, Take a bullet straight through my brain..."

Bang Gang and Screaming Materpiece

Yes, Suzy, there are bands other than Bjork that come from Iceland...meet Bang Gang.

Find What You Get


Recommended viewing 'Screaming Masterpiece'
"Explore the history of Icelandic music with this fascinating documentary set against the stunning backdrop of the country's landscape. From the Vikings to today's inhabitants, residents of this far-north country have compensated for the very long, very dark winters by indulging their passion for music. Performances by Björk, Sigur Rós, Múm and many others provide an inside look into the contemporary sound of this artistic culture...."


Wilco x Intelligentsia Coffee Collab

Chicago's hometown hero's of indie rock, Wilco have collab'ed with Chicago's coffee kings, Intelligentsia to offer a wicked limited package. Wilco is taking pre-orders for the exclusive bundle, which includes 2 lbs of Organic whole bean Ethiopian and 2 mugs (designed by Andy Wickstrom). Pre-orders must be placed before midnight, Dec 5th EST. The beans will then be roasted on Dec 6th & 7th and shipped shortly there after.
Give the gear HERE

19 November 2010

Don Kenn Gallery: Monsters on Post-It Notes

Size does not matter and John Kenn of Denmark proves it! John writes & directs children's TV, has twins and little time for much of anything else. When he's got a free chunk of time, he hijacks the office supplies and makes monster drawings...all on Post-It Notes.
Visit John's Blog: Don Kenn Gallery

18 November 2010

Banksy 'Exit Through The Gift Shop' US DVD Update

As many of you out there have heard, Banksy's 'Exit Through The Gift Shop' is slated to drop in the US, Dec 14th. It has also been confirmed that the US release will include the limited extras that were seen in the UK version...NICE! And yes, Thierry Guetta's aka Mr Brainwash 'Life Remote Control (Lawyer's Edit)' is in fact, included in the DVD extra's...hmmm, I wonder what kind of crazy sh!t the guys have gotten themselves into.

Amazon is selling this baby at $19.99 ($29 list) and is taking pre-orders (hit the link below).


14 November 2010

Stiv Bators, Dead Boys & Lords of the New Church

Stiv Bators of the Dead Boys (who later went on to become Lords of the New Church) played a very significant roll in the early American Punk music scene and later in his/ their career, blurred the lines of glam-punk & Batcave Goth-Rock (that is, Goth-Rock before mall stores like Hot Topic helped to homogenize a whole lifestyle & genre of music for many of us).

A long, long time ago, the Lords of the New Church covered Madonna's 'Like A Virgin'. To add insult to injury, the guys chose an album cover that would make even the strongest of stomachs churn. Dig Stiv Bators, in all his tea-bagging glory. Call me silly, but I don't think Stiv was actually a 'virgin' at the time of this photo shoot...more research will need to be done.

Stiv Bators 'I'm Not That way Anymore'

Dead Boys 'Sonic Reducer'

Secret Colours 'Redemption'

Chicago-based quintet 'Secret Colours' are an experimental psychedelic garage rock band that bring to mind Andy Warhol's Factory days...eating LSD, flopped out on a dirty couch (or floor if you're lucky), whilst The Velvet Underground bombard you with a rolling wall of fuzz-filled-white-noise. Some serious homage is being paid to present day shoegazers like The Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Raveonettes or a 'less-sonic' interpretation of The Jesus and Mary Chain, too. Check 'em out, before they get famous!

Secret Colours 'Redemption' from the self-titled album:

The Jesus and Mary Chain 'Just Like Honey'...man, it's crazy to think that I bought this album nearly 25 years ago.

The Jesus And Mary Chain - Just Like Honey from James Austin on Vimeo.

12 November 2010

Linotype: The Film

"Linotype: The Film is a feature-length documentary film centered around the Linotype typecasting machine invented by Ottmar Mergenthaler. Called the "Eighth Wonder of the World" by Thomas Edison, the Linotype revolutionized printing and society, but very few people know about the inventor or his fascinating machine.
The Linotype completely transformed the communication of information similarly to how the internet is now changing it all again. Although these machines were revolutionary, technology began to supersede the Linotype and they were scrapped and melted-down by the thousands. Today, very few machines are still in existence.
The highly-skilled operators of the Linotype are in a battle against time. If their skills are not passed along to a new generation of operators, the machine will die completely. There is a small group of former operators that want to save the Linotype from the scrap yard but some see this as a fruitless endeavor to slow down progress..."

Slated for release in the early fall of 2011.

"Linotype: The Film" Teaser from Linotype: The Film on Vimeo.


When the crew was sitting around at their morning meeting tossing out 'project' ideas and some guy from across the table said "Hey gang! I've got a great one! Let's show our audience how to make bread. We'll get this dude, he's gotta look like a weightlifting tranny version of Olivia Newton John (circa 'Let's Get Physical'). He'll dance around to some uber shitty-electric 80s swill and pretend to make love to the loaves of bread..." Why, oh, why, didn't everyone take their hot cups of tea and throw it in his face?

10 November 2010


I don't care if you dislike bicycle street trials or if you've even heard of the sport...you need to see this guy, Danny MacAskill. He is in-fukking-sane, defies physics, defies reality. I can not fathom the vast majority of the tricks Danny's pulling off on this here video. Be warned...bring a fresh pair of britches, 'cause you'll mess yourself.

"Filmed over the period of a few months in and around Edinburgh by Dave Sowerby, this video of Inspired Bicycles team rider Danny MacAskill features probably the best collection of street/street trials riding ever seen. There's some huge riding, but also some of the most technically difficult and imaginative lines you will ever see. Without a doubt, this video pushes the envelope of what is perceived as possible on a trials bike..."


The Bumblebeez (formerly known as Bumblebeez 81) are a brother & sister duo from a land down under...Australia, who are known for their anomalous breed of flat beats, hip hop & white-noise smothered rock 'n roll. Their music, it's outside of the box, that's for sure. Their videos, I'd say they're outside of this galaxy.