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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

this guy rules!




remember a few months ago when a guy dressed up like darth vader and robbed a bank? well i sure do! i meant to post about it at the time that it happened and since i was in uber lazy mode with this blog then, it escaped me. haha. but i was looking at my notes for the blog today and i was like "holy shit! HOW DID I MISS THIS!!!!" and knew that i had to right my wrong. even a few months later, its still too good to pass up...i'm also up way past my bedtime and need to get to sleep cuz i have to work tonight, so i figured this would be good since i'm too tired to think up a "proper" post. haha. anyway, above is a pic of the dark lord in action, and below is a link to an article about it and another pic. the bank down the street from my house that i GO TO ALL THE TIME was robbed a few months ago as well...it wasn't vader but some scary dudes with assualt rifles who fled the scene ON FOOT and got away. to my knowledge have yet to be aprehended...sure makes me feel all warm and fuzzy on the inside! i think this guy should dress as chewbacca next and rob another bank. hahahahahahaha. but chewie can't force choke anyone so perhaps darth is the better bet. hahahaha. read on, read on!


http://gothamist.com/2010/07/22/darth_vader_robs_bank_photos_oh_yes.php


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no this shit ain't legal!










but try and stop me!




i make my *new* mark on a random door in nyc. the same day i drew on a van too...but it was already heavily tagged up, so i didn't feel that bad. haha. i have been sticking to mostly spray painted stencils for the last 6 months or so, but i'm thinking of getting some "proper" vinyl ones made up again (i still have a limited amount of version 2 stickers left and a SUPER limited amount of the original hoos sticker from 05. shit!) and i was thinking of using this in lieu of a more formal design. we shall see. maybe i'll do both.







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random....



-http://www.veganvixens.com/
-steve and i officially have matching mr. t shirts. we pity the fool(s).
-http://jerkethic.com/ (blog by ainsley. someone i knew once upon a time)
-got my DJ shadow tickets yesterday. they were a little pricey, but i know it'll be worth it.
-pistachio’s might possibly be one of the best thing to ever exist. ever.
-sometimes i wonder why i don't just walk away from the things that drain the life out of me. i just keep hoping things will change, but in the end, they never really do.
-comic writing happened today. oh yes. now i need to stop being a bum and get the ball rolling on the art since that's all on me.
-i'm debating if i want to buy a hardcover copy of david sedaris' new book that came out yesterday, squirrel seeks chipmunk:a modest beastiary a collection of fables "detailing animals in strange adult situations" i could wait til it comes out in softcover...or download it for my (not)kindle...actually i have to see if it's available to DL. hmm...choices, choices.
-i was quite surprised to learn the other day (via joss whedon's commentary) that the first 2 seasons of buffy the vampire slayer were shot on 16mm film. being a semi-retired camera dork (of the still variety, but with a little interest/knowledge in the motion variety as well) who was, and still is somewhat, absolutely fascinated with small format film (i shot part of a portfolio in college on 110 film just because and was known for using odd format and toy cameras all throughout school), i looked further into usage of 16mm film for modern tv. turns out the first season of sex and the city as well as multiple seasons of scrubs and stargate sg-1 were all shot on 16mm. i really had no idea it was so widely up until the last 90s and early 2000s, i thought everything was shot on 35mm at that point (and moving towards DV). the wikipedia article is interesting (if you're a big camera dork like me anyway) and gives a lot of examples of stuff shot with 16mm. get your geek on and read that shit! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/16_mm_film



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i juuuust found out that corin tucker formerly of the masterful sleater-kinney (one of the bands that shaped my late teenage and early 20s years) is releasing a solo record entitled "1,000 years" on october 5th. i was bummed when they went on "indefinate hiatus" in 2006, but i managed to see them a number of times over the years and i was also able to catch them at their 2nd to last east coast show (and i think 4th to last show period if i remember right) in philadelphia on 7/31/2006. that ended up being a really fucking shitty night for me on a personal note (the night i found out i had been promoted to the "former drummer" of the band i was in at the time) but it was one hell of a show. i fought my way through a rabid and super sweaty crowd to snap the above shot, one of my favorites i took of them in all the times i saw them. anyway, i'm def excited to hear the record and also due to the fact that sara lund of unwound is on it as well. check the link below for an interview with ms. tucker




http://www.exclaim.ca/articles/multiarticlesub.aspx?csid1=148&csid2=6&fid1=49881




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Monday, September 27, 2010

shuffalump part 3





thomas edison with an early phonograph. i wonder what he'd think of ipods....hmm...




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it's a rainy, gross day, and i've got to work overnight tonight so i have to go to bed soon. what better time to get a shuffalump going on?!? it's been a number of months since i've done one and i really want to do them more regularly. we shall see how well i do...if there were a slacker olympics, i'd be a gold medalist for sure. haha. anyway...here goes...a baker's dozen served hot and fresh from my ipod (which is now up to 15,778 songs which is not counting the newly added things i still have to update)




14 iced bears- coming down (jangly c86ish sounds from this classic group. i discovered them on a blog some time in 2005 and bought a cd compilation of theirs at a record store in seattle that same year. the clerk seemed suprised that someone knew of their existence, but that's me, full of suprises. haha)
the flakes- cryin' shame (don't know much about the flakes...they came to me by way of a compilation the sound of san francisco featuring...duh. anyway, this is a rocking and slightly garagey sounding love ditty reminiscent of days gone by. its fun enough, though i don't think i really need to hear much more aside from this track cuz it's kinda already been done enough for me)
vampire weekend-campus (from their 1st record, you know the one with the less controversial cover art. haha. i have a little bit of a soft spot in my heart for VW, and this song reminds me of a not so distant time in my life which saw me walking on eggshells around a person i truly cared for, but wanted out of my life because she made me so insane. she has since vacated my life and while i do think of her sporadically, it served the both of us for the better. "how am i supposed to pretend, i never want to see you again....")
green day-rest (this is from GD's very first record, 1989's 39/smooth. this is a classic, i grew up on this record and learned how to play drums listening to this-among a few others. these days i don't listen it all that much, but when it does pop up, i get a nostalgic smile and feel old. haha. its crazy that GD formed when the guys were 15 years old and 23 years later, are one of the biggest bands in the world. even more so that people in their late 20s and early 30s such as me are still listening to them like we did in our youth. that's some staying power)
john williams- the princess appears (yes yes, this is from star wars and i don't care how dorky that makes me! john williams is a brilliant composer and to me, the songs from the various movies he's scored stand completely on their own. aside from star wars, he did indiana jones, schindler's list, jaws, and the harry potter films just to name a few. this particular piece of music is beautiful and melancholy and hopeful all at once...much like the first images we see of princess leia. ok, i'll stop myself before i go to far off the dork deep-end. haha)
nerf herder- nikki webster (ironic that a band with a name from a princess leia quote would pop up immediately following a song about her. haha. yes, this band got their name from the insult the princess threw at han solo in empire strikes back when she calls him a scruffy looking nerf herder. this is a snotty punk song about being in love with a 3'4" girl straight from the days of my youth-though this came out in 2000 and i was already outgrowing this kind of stuff-its fun to hear stuff like this now but in moderation since i am waaaay more low key now than i was then. haha. NH's other claim to fame was providing the theme song to buffy the vampire slayer for all of the show's 7 season run; they also performed on the show during the 7th season)
radiohead- pulk/pull revolving doors (from amnesiac this track is layered mostly with electro sounds and delayed guitars; as in the opposite of something like nerf herder aka kind of stuff the "older" me lives for. haha. radiohead was amittedly a band i couldn't get into for a long time, but then one day it hit me how great they are. at that point, i never looked back)
my dad vs. yours- pray for short cops (i discovered MDVY on a blog in 2006 and it was love at first listen. instrumental music and in particular semi intense-but not too crazy- instrumental rock music is my favorite thing pretty much ever so i was thrilled to find this band. i aquired all i could find by them which sadly was a mere 12 tracks and to this day, haven't found much else. their website says they are currently recording a new album, but i have no idea how long that has been posted; their wikipedia entry has also been deleted. its a shame, cuz they really had a good thing going, strong musicianship in their songs, and songs that were hauntingly good without getting EPIC ala explosions in the sky. i'm going to do some more digging out there and will update if i find anything else out)
sleepover-mirah (this song is a tribute to K records singer/songwriter mirah. the chorus is straight out of her song "murphy bed" this song and band in general just makes me smile. there is a lot of nostalgia in this shuffalump and this song reminds me of the place i was in from about 18-21. it came out this year, but could easily pass for a late 80s c86 band. i don't know all that much about them, i got the album from a random blog, but i wouldn't mind learning more or catching them live. the link i included below has 2 mp3s by them to DL. check them out)
the avengers-uh oh (no not the comic book and not the soon to be filmed movie written/directed by joss whedon, the 70s punk band fronted by penelope houston! this is not my favorite song by them, and the version i heard today was the earlier not-as-well recorded version. to me, this track just lacks the fire of classics like "we are the one," or "i believe in me," next time, i'll pass)
le shok-i know you're ready (oooh i love le shok! this trashy and fucked up group was made up of members of a bunch of other bands-the wikipedia link below lists them. they never really recorded anything that sounded any good and no songs were more than 2 minutes, both of which are part of the charm. i would have liked to see their live show...i imagine costumes and mayhem though i could be wrong. haha. they inspire me to grab my guitar-which i suck at- and form a band with other misfits who may or may not know how to play their instruments. we shall see. haha)
freezepop- super sprode (this super cute synthpop band comes at us here with a tribute song to its fans. how adorable is that? one of the members of my old band got me into FP, and the sugary sweet electro super cuteness, really, how can you not love it? there have been some lineup changes in the band within the last year or so, but they have been working on new tunes, which will be released in november under the title imaginary friends def excited for that shit!)
nirvana-about a girl-unplugged version (i almost wasn't going to include a 13th song, but i did and what a song to end a post with an underlying theme of nostalgia. i remember when this came out, and i remember getting a phone call from my friend just days before my 13th birthday informing me that the man behind it was gone. i've often wondered, as have countless others, what would have happened had kurt cobain lived, but as i've aged, i've come to realize he wasn't one of those people who was meant to have a long life. the same is true of many ridiculously talented people, they have a limited time here to do great things with and then its gone. sucks for the rest of us, but at least we have things like this to remember him by)

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check this shit!





message me if you want more info on any of these tracks, make listening suggestions, or to trade tracks.

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Saturday, September 25, 2010

dream logic


the lastest by comic artist, david mack, the artist/creator behind kabuki and the artist of daredevil. i love his work which is absolutely visually stunning and try to get everything he releases. dream logic serves as a sketchbook (much as the kabuki reflections series did) and look inside his processes, as well as works in progress. 2 issues have been released since august and as far as i know a 3rd is planned as well. he also released a dvd called the alchemy of art which is more of an inside look at the process of his art. i have yet to see it and i so need to get on that.



http://www.davidmack.net/



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random...


-dollhouse season 2 comes out on october 12th. i'm debating getting it or just streaming it from netflix. i do love all the fancy special features....hmm....and a show like dollhouse is def worth shelling out the loot for. we shall see how much cash money i have then. haha.
-i'm trying to decide if the person who created mint chocolate chip ice cream sandwiches is a brilliantly amazing person or an evil genius.
-another thing i'm debating is wether or not i'm going to buzz my head as is the usual or let my hair keep growing. its getting really long (for me anyway) and i'm getting antsy so i'm itching to go visit adrian (my amazingly good and dorky barber of the last 3 years. if i ever get all filthy rich, i'm going to pay him to cut only my hair and be on call for me whenever i want him) but its been almost 6 years since i've had hair that was more than 2 inches long...and i'm kinda wondering if i could pull it off again. a lot of people at work have mentioned they want to see it longer but i don't know! i can't even deal with it this long, and i have no idea how to do hair that doesn't involve spiking glue and pointy-ness. choices choices choices!!!
-i used the phrase "micro-managey" in a sentence at work yesterday. yes, i really did. (in reference to a rather irritating email i received. but we won't go into that. haha)
-DJ shadow will be at irving plaza in nyc on november 15th. i so need to be all over that shit. it's after i switch to working overnight so i just hope my boss gives me the night off of work. tickets are supposed to go on pre-sale 9/30...i think i'll just buy them and then be like "sorry, i have tickets, i have to be off!" haha http://www.djshadow.com/
-not sure if i've mentioned this blog before, but i will again even if i have.http://icoulddietomorrow.blogspot.com/ is one of my favorite mp3 blogs and i've discovered some great shit on it, as well as re-discovered some things from my youth that i had forgotten about. they feature a pretty eclectic mix of music including old and new electro, some old punk/hardcore, as well as ambient, shoegaze, twee, and the most odd, new hardcore. the only thing i'm generally not a fan of is the hardcore, and to me it doesn't really fit the overall theme of the blog, but it is put together by a few different contributors which is the likely reason for the wide range. they've had some pretty awesome shit from boards of canada, talula gosh, catherine wheel, u-ziq, and my dad is dead, just to name a few. its def worth checking out for you music nerds out there.
-just picked up tank girl:hairy hereos. http://www.tank-girl.com/
-currently listening to fuck buttons and being lazy. aren't days off great? http://www.fuckbuttons.co.uk/
-i probably shouldn't be lazy and should be putting the finishing touches on some of the art i mentioned in my last post...and i will...but i think i'll keep with the lazy for at least a little while longer. haha.



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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

different level


but still the same old shit.

art- barbara kruger (http://www.barbarakruger.com/)


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random....

-i threw a book at my roommate today being an ass but instead hit my glass of grape kool aid...sending it careening onto the carpet. all i could do was laugh my ass off!
-superchunk just released their 9th album, “majesty shredding” http://superchunk.com/ (i expose my crew at work to good tunes by slipping in indie music both past and present when i play my ipod for them. among those songs is superchunks 1995 semi hit, "hyper enough" oh yeah i'm the cool indie rock boss! hahaha)
-deerhunter also has a new album coming out on the 28th, “halcyon digest” http://www.myspace.com/deerhunter
-http://coverfreak.com/ an mp3 blog featuring, you guessed it, cover songs.
-i LOVE, and i mean freaking LOVE dave mckean's artwork. so you can imagine i was excited about the fact that he has a new book of collected works out. read this blurb i stole from somewhere else. haha. "Between 1990 and 1996 McKean wrote and drew the ten issues of Cages, an ambitious graphic novel about artists and creativity, illustrated in a stripped-down pen and ink style influenced by Alberto Breccia, José Antonio Muñoz and Lorenzo Mattotti. Cages was published as single volume by Kitchen Sink Press in 1998, and in a new edition by NBM Publishing in 2002. In 2010, "Cages" was released by Dark Horse Comics in paperback for the first time. Filled with complex characters, intriguing flights of fancy, and all the beautiful visuals you'd expect from the director of "MirrorMask", "Cages" is McKean's magnum opus. It chronicles the intersecting lives of a painter, a writer, and a musician living in the same apartment building, and is a profound rumination on art, God, cats, and the cages we build for ourselves. "
-i watched "kick ass" today cuz steve wanted to see it so i got it from netflix. i didn't pay attention to the whole thing, it was decent, though not enough for me to want to own it so netflix was def a good choice in this case. i will say that the foul- mouthed, murderous little girl in it, hit girl, was delightfully and disturbingly fucking AWESOME though and they should make a sequel just about her. hahahaha. i can't believe the actress, chloe moretz, had parents who would allow their daughter (who was 11 at the time of filming) utter the word "cunt" and curse like a trucker, not to mention the fact that the character she portrays brutally slays like 50 people... but i guess for a decent enough paycheck, i'd let my kid do it too. haha. now why didn't my parents get me into acting as a kid? hahahaha.
-i cleaned bunches of stuff in my room today. such a good feeling! i also started getting my hoodies together and standing tall for the autumn and winter season too. damn right i love my hoodies!
-i've been working overnight 2 nights a week for the past month and a half. i will be working overnight full time starting in about a month and this will last til the end of the year. then we'll see what 2011 brings.


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upcoming hoosatronic showings/projects...


here are details (some more vague than others) of shows/projects i have coming up....

-gallery u in montclair, nj on thursday 10/7, 6-9pm. the theme of the show is "in the real world," and will feature four of my photographs (yes, photos this time. it is afterall where i started out, not with painting). also check out my friend, erica resnick who will be in this show as well. im excited to be a part of this show not only as an opportunity to exhibit in a new space for me, but primarily because of the gallery's mission. read on "GALLERY U is operated by people with traumatic brain injuries as part of their recovery and transition back into the community. The PRIMARY goal of the Gallery is to provide a place for people with traumatic brain injuries to work on a daily basis in order to generate an income, build their self esteem and participate in vocational training. This is our number one goal! You can read all about UNIVERSAL INSTITUTE REHAB our parent company at WWW.UIREHAB.COM" http://gallery-u.blogspot.com/
-exquisite corpse- this show will be taking place as part of the jersey city studio tour october 2nd and 3rd. (i will have more details to follow soon) this show is challenging because given the concept of "exquisite corpse" (read the wikipedia link below) you are collaborating with other artists, but in this case, i won't know who i'm being paired with or what the other artists are doing as i'm constructing my own work. everyone is making either a head, torso, or legs (i'm making a sortof closeup of a head with nasty collagey teeth) and the curator will piece everything together from there. like i said, more details to follow. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exquisite_corpse
-superstition- this show is taking place at LITM in jersey city on tuesday 10/5, 7-10pm. i'm planning on submitting, i just have to finish my pieces! and i sure hope i'm accepted...this is still a pending thing, but i'm putting the word out now cuz it's sure to be a great show, as the group show's at LITM always are! (LITM 140 newark ave, jersey city nj. http://www.litm.com/)


i currently have a piece on display at ringwood state park in the barn gallery as part of their 46th annual fall open showing.


i have some of my sticker art featured in my friend adam's upcoming magazine....title and details to follow soon. its seeecret for now!


the comic i started with steve has stalled...but i still have plans of doing it and have invited another writer into the mix. we'll either finish it with her, or she and i will go in a different direction with something else. we shall see.


i'm always looking for shows, and just got a lead on a gallery in philly from my friend luca, and i'm def open to suggestions from anyone who hears of anything good. i will have more shit going on for the holidays, so stay tuned for that.


and lastly.... my gallery, 32jones, will be making its triumphant return soon, along with the above mentioned awesome lady luca as my new co-curator! i'm def excited for a new era and direction with the gallery, so keep your eyes open for more info soon.


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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

fly away


i just picked up flight volume 7...it seems like just a few months ago i was picking up volume 6 and posting about it...because well, i did. haha. like volume 6, the book again starts out with a precious story about rex the fox, "the saga of rex: the harvest" by michel gagne. there are 16 stories in total by such artists as kean soo, dermot walshe, jp ahonen, and stuart livingston. my main complaint with volume 6 was that the art was not visually stimulating enough for me, and while this edition does fair better, it still didn't strike me as much as some of the art in the earliest volumes did. i still do have to finish reading some of the stories, but all in all its a nice collection and not a bad $27 to spend. check it out at http://www.flightcomics.com/

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random....

-is it really september already? like....really?
-someone texted me lyrics from "the ho song" by ludacris yesterday. i woke up from a nap to discover this bit of magic and it just made me smile! hahaha.
-i got a flat tire today. that made me NOT smile. ugh.
-according to my calendar september 22nd is ugly worm day. who's down for an ugly worm day party?!?!
-go to geekshots.blogspot.com for a pic of the cutest fortune i've gotten in a long time....and its also sad but true. (you know...aka my other blog)
-come out to the tea party show this weekend at the 4th and jackson art garden in hoboken (332 jackson st) come see my chair! (see my previous post for more info)
-i was just talking to a guy at work today about how a lot of people we work with (and in general) wrongly classify heavy metal as just "noise" and fail to see the deeper musicianship. i myself am not a huge metal fan, but i do like my share of it and respect the musicians who play it cuz well, a lot of them can really shred on their respective instruments. funny then that this evening i should be reading a random blog which had a link to another blog in which a classically trained voice teacher reviews 5 male metal singers and gives her thoughts/feedback. check it out, its an interesting read....http://www.invisibleoranges.com/2010/07/ask-a-real-musician-5-classic-male-metal-singers/
-i haven't been reading much lately. i need to get on that. hmmm. and i also think i wanna get a kindle. i love books but i just don't have much room for them anymore. i DLd a kindle app for my laptop and have a few books on it so far. its not bad, just not always convenient if i wanna go do laundry and read or something. perhaps when i get a little more cash money i can pick up the more portable version so i can be hoos on the go with my books! haha.
-stan lee talks about the future of comics, comic book movies, and superheroes http://insidemovies.moviefone.com/2010/08/26/stan-lee-comics-fan-expo-superheroes-interview/

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