Thursday, December 30, 2010
I purchased this double LP version at the now defunct Virgin Megastore in South Miami. Happy New Year everyone!
Monday, December 27, 2010
Now, everyone knows I've been an avid hockey fan for decades and that my favorite time of the year is during the NHL Winter Classic which is an outdoor hockey game played annually on New Years Day. Well, HBO 24/7 created a series properly titled The Road To The Winter Classic which is a four-part documentary chronicling the preparation of the Washington Capitals and the Pittsburgh Penguins for this years outdoor game, which takes place at the home of the Pittsburgh Steelers, the great Heinz field. The documentary follows them on home and road games and gives unprecedented access on the functionality and politics of an NHL hockey team. You'll see Capitals head coach Bruce Boudreau lose his cool and throw "F" bombs like there's no tomorrow, great rookie pranks, locker room footage and traditions, and for the ladies, Alex Ovechkin in his briefs. Plus you'll hear what is actually being said on the ice, which is what I always wonder, especially during fights, penalties and that non-stop chirp players do to one another. One word...Excellent! It's basically all you ever wanted to know about what goes on behind the scenes of an NHL team. Highly recommended if you're into the game and it's got great music too, as most HBO 24/7 shows do.
Below are the first and second episodes , which aired December 15th and 22nd. The next episode is this Wednesday, December 29 at 10:00 PM. For more info and photos, click here.
Thursday, December 23, 2010
I grabbed this release about a year ago off eBay. This particular copy is the 1996 re-press.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
He was an inspiration to me as well as many cyclists here in Miami, especially with his hard style of riding, his love for cycling, his endurance and always winning alleycat races, and finally his large, perfect smile. He was the most skilled fixed-gear rider in our scene and always looked out for his boys with his huge heart he wore on his sleeve. I'll remember the rides we had, the laughs, the advice you gave me, the blunts we smoked, the way you aggressively corked on Critical Mass, the crazy offers you threw at me when I sold bike parts...all those things will come into focus each and every day on my way to work as I drive right by the scene. May you finally rest in peace, Ferny. Forever young, forever 25. Thanks for everything man, see you on the other side.
My deepest, sincerest condolences go out to his family and close friends. Check here for info on any memorials, group rides, etc.
Friday, December 17, 2010
Since this is probably the last Fuck It Friday of the year, I wanted to go out with something new and fresh. Monuments are a UK progressive metal outfit that have been ripping shit up as of late in Europe. Just recently formed, they don't even have a full length release yet. "Admit Defeat" is one of their first singles out there, and has gained huge success overseas as well on the net with sites such as Last.fm and Youtube. You know these guys are onto something after listening to this hell of a track. Loaded with 8-string riffs, bashing beats and unparalleled energy, this is a perfect song to end the year with...turn it loud!
Thursday, December 16, 2010
I found this release at a thrift shop on Steinway Street in Astoria, Queens back in 2000 when I lived there.
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Thursday, December 9, 2010
I found this release at the now defunct Blue Note Records back in 2001.
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Deftones, The Murder City Devils, Monster Magnet, Machines of Loving Grace, Megadeth, Tesseract, Tool, Quasimoto, Slipknot, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Burial, Danzig, Dozer, Korn, Bochum Welt, Madvillain, Bush, System of a Down, Limp Bizkit, Motörhead, Mudvayne, Hatebreed, Fellsilent, Kyuss, Rage Against the Machine, Drowning Pool, Dudley Perkins, Interpol, The Sword, Team Shadetek, Live, Godsmack, MF DOOM, P.O.D., Gang Starr, The Verve, Madlib, Lootpack, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Radiohead, Black Sabbath, Legowelt, Black Moon, Linkin Park, The Pharcyde, Porno for Pyros, Foo Fighters, UNKLE, Pete Rock, Portishead, Aphex Twin, DJ Krush, The Smiths, Diplo, Giorgio Moroder.
Also, while you're at it check out this website which allows Last.fm users to generate banners with all your favorite band logo's so you can paste anywhere. You can have it generate your overall favorite bands which you play frequently or your favorite bands from 3 or 6 months ago. I generated one from my most recent favorite bands and below is the outcome. Dope!
Monday, December 6, 2010
Friday, December 3, 2010
It's Friday afternoon, the weather is a beautiful 50 degrees, and I'm ready for the weekend! Starting it off, we have US metal legends Mastodon with total epicness on the track "Hearts Alive". Clocking in just over 13 minutes, it delivers ass kicking riffs, dense rhythms and complex textures. Released off their classic concept album "Leviathan" in 2004, this has to be my personal favorite title. Pure raw sludge metal is the best way to describe this band and this song is a perfect example of the Mastodon sound. Be sure to lend them an ear!
Thursday, December 2, 2010
What makes this film so interesting is the way everything is presented to you by british narrator Rhys Ifans, it almost seems like it's all a hoax. There actually has been much speculation that the film and story of Mr. Brainwash are a hoax concocted by Banksy himself. Among the most questionable aspects of his character in the film is the absence of any footage of Thierry actually creating his uncannily Banksy-like images. When he is shown "working," he is only seen splattering paint using aerosol cans to haphazardly color images and clumsily attempting to paste up a poster, which was hilarious! Other aspects of the Mr. Brainwash character seem deliberately comical, such as him being pushed in a wheelbarrow after supposedly breaking his foot, but I'll leave it up to you to be the judge. View the extended trailer below. A must see!
I purchased this release back in 2003 from the best place to buy electronic records online, Forced Exposure.
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Check out this quick, five minute edit Crihs made of the annual Bombing Broadway race which runs all the way down Broadway from uptown to downtown. Plenty of skitching going on, near misses and tight spots. Serious stuff, see for yourself below.
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
These days, Overtown is still predominantly black and is one of the roughest, crime ridden areas in Florida. I happen to live just one block east of those railroad tracks that separate Overtown from the rest of Downtown Miami and let me tell you, it's an entirely different world and way of living. Check out this short, solid video below produced by photojournalist Stretch Ledford, which provides a detailed insight into the urban-underbelly of Miami. It's filmed using Cannon 5D's so the quality is superior. Great work!
Friday, November 19, 2010
The film 'Downtown 81' is a real-life snapshot of the hip, drug fueled clubland that was downtown Manhattan during the post-punk era of the 1980's and tries to explain the identity of Jean-Michel Basquiat at the same time. It's basically a day in the life of Basquiat as he wanders around NYC trying to sell a painting he made in order to pay his rent. He was recently evicted and would wander different downtown clubs trying to pick-up women so they could take him home and give him a place to sleep, which in real life was going on with the artist as during the actual making of the film, Basquiat was homeless and would sleep in the production offices. Throughout the movie, several real-life downtown superstars make appearances, such as Blondie, James Chance, Fab-5 Freddy, Lee Quinones and a few others you might recognize. It was originally titled 'New York Beat', but the film was later abandoned due to various financial issues. Then in 2000 after original writer Glenn O'Brien purchased the rights to the film, it was resurrected as 'Downtown 81'. Just over an hour and ten minutes, I'm totally in love with the music and footage they display throughout and the way it's captured on film. A must see!
You can view the entire film below. Unfortunately, the audio is of slightly poor quality due to the original dialogue audio being lost, therefore actor Saul Williams stepped in and dubbed the late Basquiat's voice. However, the musical soundtrack, mostly live club performances recorded on location using a RCA 24 track mobile unit, survived. Be sure to also check out the 1996 biopic/drama feature film titled 'Basquiat' as well, which is based on his life and death. For more on Jean-Michel Basquiat, click here.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
I purchased this box set pre-order from Portishead's online store back when it was released.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Friday, November 12, 2010
It's Fuck It Friday time and I'm delivering some more UK experimental/progressive metal. This time we have Fellsilent, possessing a technical polyrhythmic style of music, these boys are relentless. The track "Immerse" packs one hell of a punch and is one of my favorites off their debut album, 'The Hidden Words' which came out in 2008. Sadly, they broke up in April 2010 before they can make another album and are now doing separate projects, such as TesseracT. Give em' a listen!
Thursday, November 11, 2010
I bought this original version at Sweat Records here in Miami during the summer of 2007.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
"I don’t want to pass through life like a smooth plane ride. All you do is get to breathe and copulate and finally die. I don’t want to go with the smooth skin and the calm brow. I hope I end up a blithering idiot cursing the sun - hallucinating, screaming, giving obscene and inane lectures on street corners and public parks. People will walk by and say, “Look at that drooling idiot. What a basket case.” I will turn and say to them, “It is you who are the basket case. For every moment you hated your job, cursed your wife and sold yourself to a dream that you didn’t even conceive. For the times your soul screamed yes and you said no. For all of that. For your self-torture, I see the glowing eyes of the sun! The air talks to me! I am at all times!” And maybe, the passers by will drop a coin into my cup."
Monday, November 8, 2010
The film begins by giving the impression that the robots are the underclass in society and had a vibe of robo-racism seeping through. Sheldon is the quiet librarian type, following the rules and living out a pretty lonely and sad existence. He rides the bus daily to and from work in Los Angeles where he works as a library shelver. One day at the bus stop, Sheldon meets the rebellious Francesca who happens to be driving (something the robots are not allowed to do). A human woman reprimands Francesca for driving a car, saying that she is 'not allowed'. He sees Francesca at the bus stop once more, this time with a car full of passengers. Francesca turns the car around and convinces Sheldon to let her give him a ride home. The group ends up at a shopping mall, hanging out in the parking lot. Francesca and Sheldon walk off together, and Francesca falls, injuring her knee. Sheldon repairs her knee with his toolkit. They begin to date. At night, they sleep together, sharing the same recharging cable. Francesca tells Sheldon about her dreams, which he thought was clearly impossible for robots. At a rock club, Francesca's arm is detached while she dances. Sheldon fixes it by transplanting his arm. Later, she stumbles home without a leg. Sheldon transplants his leg, despite Francesca's protests, telling her that he had a dream about it. Finally, he gets a phone call summoning him to the hospital, where Francesca lies on an operating table, torn in two. Sheldon donates the rest of his body to her, leaving only his still functioning head. Francesca is discharged from the hospital in a wheelchair, cradling Sheldon in her lap. Basically the film follows their story together and the happiness they enjoy while spending time with each other. Inevitably things start to go wrong and Sheldon ends up sacrificing various body parts to keep his love alive.
Ever since the days of Spike Jonze's 'GoldFish' skate video, I've always found interest in all of his work. Smart, unique, different and emotional is the best way to describe this film. The video is beautifully shot and full credit to all involved. Check out the official website here where you can view the entire film, view the trailer below. The soundtrack is out now via the wonderful Chocolate Industries.
Thursday, November 4, 2010
I purchased this online about 1 year ago.
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
I totally agree and I wish I could have seen this in person. Down in those tunnels there is no bullshit, just real art displayed the way it should be. Read the entire article here, view the short video here, and peep some photos below.
Photos courtesy of Pac and Workhorse.