Friday, January 28, 2011

Fuck It Fridays: Craft - Fuck The Universe

It's Friday and you know what that means! For this Fuck It Friday we have 'Craft' delivering spine chilling black metal the way it should be. Inspired by early black metal acts such as Burzum and Dark Throne, they've definitely created a sound of their own after 3 releases. Pumping drums, dark atmospherics and ghastly vocals make this one helluva track. Definitely not for the faint of heart! 2yr Anniversary Tonight

I've never been one to join online forums. I'm already anti-social as is, plus I don't need to know who's jerking who off. But for some reason or another, I felt there was one particular forum that was necessary to join and that was Mainly because I was building my first fixed gear conversion and was looking for parts people might be selling. Soon enough I started logging in daily for info on rides, events, stuff for sale, not to mention all the good people I was meeting. Now, it's been 2 years since I've been a member and I can't imagine a day without

Tonight, right after the Critical Mass ride, close friend and forum administrator Rydel will host the MiaFixed 2 year anniversary party at BAR in downtown. Beers, bites, bikes and bike-films will be ever the weather is going to be in the pleasant 50's.
See you all there!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Frigid Fury

I absolutely love videos of riders mashing through city streets, especially good old NYC. Just last week, New York's BodaBoda crew put together this terrific video, filmed throughout the city with solid footage of riding in the dreary winter of the north, and what a winter it's been! I tell you, ever since I started riding I've really learned to appreciate the beautiful south and the weather it offers year round. In other words, I don't miss all that slush and snow one bit!

Archival Thursdays: Megadeth - Peace sells but who's buying (1986)

The very first Megadeth song I ever heard in my life was the title track off this album. 'Peace sells but who's buying' is Dave Mustaine's 2nd full length after leaving Metallica and is probably one of the bands best releases to date as it's surely a metal classic. The concept of this album revolves around the cold war era and it's politics, delivering a final result of hammering thrash and kick ass riffs. The opening song "Wake up dead" sets the theme for things to come, and after listening to the title track "Peace sells but who's buying", I was immediately sold and became a Megadeth fan por vida!

I found this record years ago in a used bin at the old Yesterday & Today records in Miami before they moved to their current location.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Vintage Irak

In such a drab world, a person with character goes a long way. It's something you see less and less of these days unfortunately. But back when New York was somewhat affordable, not so long ago I might add, there lived a crew that ruled the streets and these dudes we're definitely filled with character! That crew was Irak and they set the pace for what was and what will be without even knowing it. See below why things are so different now than they were before.

RIP Sacer.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Archival Thursdays: Air - Modular Mix 12" (1996)

Air's music has always provided a counterbalance to the driving rhythms of most electronic music. The french duo started releasing quality compositions over 10 years ago with 'Modular Mix' being the start of a long, successful career as it was their very first record. Released on James Lavelle's legendary Mo'Wax label, this was where it all began. Laced with polished beats, sleazy samples and spaced out jazz, this 12" is a must have for any fan of Air, or the great Mo'Wax label for that matter. The title track "Modular Mix" is a perfect example of the depth these boys had even back then. And what about that Source Direct remix? Smooth shit eh?

I bought this record from back in 2003 since I couldn't find it anywhere else.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Grime Street

Tonight is the grand opening of the new Grime Street bike shop in New York's LES. In case you haven't heard, the Grime crew are all the rage these days. If you're in town, be sure to check out this solid affair...and who knows, you might even get a Grimeburger!

Dumped 8.0

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Twelve Ounce Prophet x Futura

Tomorrow, Twelve Ounce Prophet will drop their long awaited collaboration with legendary street artist Futura 2000. They filmed this awesome video in the process with great attention to detail, plus music from one of my favorites, Blue Sky Black Death is featured. Check it out below, grab your tees here.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Fuck It Fridays: Dozer - Born a legend

Friday afternoon has arrived and being that it's a long weekend, now is the proper time for one of my 'Fuck It Fridays'. This time around we have stoner-metal gods Dozer kicking down the door with their classic "Born a legend". These swedes are on point when it comes to songwriting and lack nothing when it comes to a genuine sound. Raging vocals, complex guitars, along with rolling drums and plenty of bad-assery make this track fucking irresistible and addictive to the core. Crank it loud!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Archival Thursdays: The Other People Place - Lifestyles Of The Laptop Café (2001)

Of all the many projects the late James Marcel Stinson created during his time such as Drexciya and Elecktroids, The Other People Place holds a special place in my heart. "Lifestyles Of The Laptop Café" is a perfect blend of warm fuzzy electronics, pure minimalism, and that detroit techno sound we've all grown to know and love. Gifted tracks such as "Let me be" are perfect for those long winter nights, and my personal favorite "Moonlight rendezvous" touches all emotional angles. Unfortunately, Mr. Stinson passed one year after the release of this LP and was his last recorded work documented.

I was lucky enough to find this release at NYC's Other Music back in 2001.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Dark side of the lens

Dark side of the lens is a brilliant short film by world renowned surf photographer Mickey Smith. Words cannot describe the beauty portrayed in this video, so I'll just leave it at that! And if you're into photography and haven't seen this yet you really need to get out more! Check it out in all it's HD glory, below.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Archival Thursdays: Monster Magnet - Mastermind (2010)

When stoner rock legends Monster Magnet stated they were working on a new album after 3 years I knew this project would either make them or break them. After the failure of both of their previous releases, '4-Way Diablo' and 'Monolithic Baby', the Jersey boys definitely required a much different approach. They were in dire need of a proper restructure, so they went back a few years, stuck to their older sound, kept it simple and in the process created a sonic masterpiece which is incredibly compelling in its own fashion. The opening track "Hallucination Bomb"goes straight for the jugular right from the start and keeps building momentum, track after track, especially after listening to "100 Miles Away", you'll know exactly what I'm talking about. Very solid release from Dave Wyndorf and the boys.

Monster Magnet vinyl is hard to acquire therefore I had to get this release off eBay about 7 months ago.

No Cassettes

Almost 2 years ago I posted a trailer on here for California based track bike film "No Cassettes". Created by cyclist/filmatographer Chris Fonseca, No Cassettes is a collage of great riders, solid music, beautiful spots and just pure cycling footage. It's also a great insight on the early days of the track bike scene and how it's progressed into what it is today. Even though it's shot throughout the Golden State, there are plenty of east coast riders that appear throughout the film as well such as Toronto's Tom Mosher and NYC's Eugene Hood. Just recently, Chris placed the entire film online on his Vimeo account. Be sure to check it out.

NO CASSETTES Moive from Chris Fonseca on Vimeo.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

New Year, New Life

Welcome to 2011...what a year it's going to be! As some of you readers may already know, there's a huge change coming in my life this new year. Wifey is expecting our first child this coming July and I couldn't be more emotional, yet full of joy and excitement. The birth of a new life is something beautiful and it sure will change me in a lot of ways like never before. Check out the sonograms below, amazing! These were taken about 3 weeks ago when she was 8 weeks pregnant, by now it's developed a bit more. If you look at the top scan, you can already see a head and little arms/extremities. We won't know if it's a boy/girl for a few more weeks as it's still too early to tell. I would love to have a boy, but I would also love to have a girl...let's hope for the best.

It's a new year. A new chapter of my life.

What a great first post of the year!