Archive for June, 2008

HOT LINKS! (this one is on the house)

I’ve updated my “links!” My “bookmarks!”

These are all the sites I click on everyday and read and I recommend you do too, because they are pretty great. Let’s go through them, one by one:

dot organisms – My friend Brendan’s blog. All sorts of stuff – music, games, films, electronic things.

Face of the Cookie – My friend Kiala’s blog. Hilarious observations about life? Recipes? Kiala? Description.

Hell For Leather Magazine – Not what the name’s ambiguous connotation suggests. A blog about motorcycle style and culture.

Honky-Tonk Dragon – Scooters, steampunk, art, etc.

Isabellyboo – My friend Isabelle’s blog. This blog is about the 3 F’s: Fun, Floetry, and Farts.

Mister Jalopy’s Hoopty Rides – Blog about cars, tools, old things, wonderful things, etc.

My Impression Now – Posts about Robert Pollard songs. Great writing.

Permanent Transition – My currently-abandoned motorcycle blog. ???!?!??!

Pop Zeus – Initially a comic about an upcoming Guided By Voices tribute comic. But also good Robert Pollard related news and posts.

Recovering Californian– My friend Melissa’s blog. I think she is an author? Google her.

Sinpies – My friend Charley’s blog. And he’s back to postin’!

The new Cafe (racer) Society – Motorcycle, bicycle and monowheel in modern art and culture, etc. Really entertaining stuff.

You Set the Scene – Los Angeles concert news, reviews, etc.

These are sites that I usually check on daily, but I’m always checking out other blogs (usually by checking out the comments on Kiala and Melissa’s blogs… because they are popular and even have superfans).

Anything awesome I’m missing?

Bonus: My friend Nate made an awesome submission to Photoshop Disasters!


June 30, 2008 at 9:50 am 9 comments

Wonders – War and Wedding

I’ve already written about the entire Airport 5 album Tower in the Fountain of Sparks here. But I think “War and Wedding” is one of the most amazing songs ever written… so it deserves its own post.

First off – you can listen to the song here.

There is something that just amazingly haunting and beautiful about this song. Both war and weddings involve ceremony, and the organs in the background of the song feel right at home. As for the lyrics (included after the break), they aren’t as pointed as Pollard’s “Sing For Your Meat” but they do bring up the imagery of lives shattered by war. Everything about the song feels old.

It seems that in every generation, with wars come weddings. How many stories do we hear of soldiers who have died that have young wives or even children waiting for them at home? Perhaps marriage becomes a link back home for many young soldiers – something to look forward to and perhaps a reason for them to do what they are doing. Unfortunately when some of them don’t come back, all we can do is sweep up the pieces and make room for the next. It is heartbreaking.

I don’t have my Airport 5 album here with me, but I wonder if it is Tobin Sprout joining in on the chorus?

I’d love to hear your interpretation.


June 27, 2008 at 11:39 am 4 comments


Today has been frustrating, to say the least.

First off – my motorcycle is idling/running like crap. I know it is the carbs, and I have really awesome racing carbs to replace them, but I need backup transportation because of Murphy’s Law.

So that’s my Vespa, and I’ve received everything except one part. Unfortunately, I can’t get started until I get my case ports matched to my new Polini 130 kit, something that requires shaving away the aluminum and possible welding extra aluminum on some parts. This I can’t do. So hopefully Bar Italia can do it this weekend, I have to call tomorrow. They really are the best in Los Angeles. So, if this happens, I can spend my weekend putting my engine back together. I’m really crossing my fingers here.

Back to the motorcycle. My idle is just all over the map – I think I’ve traced it down to my left carb but no matter what I do with adjustments of idle and the air/gas mixture screw, it just does all this unpredictable crap. I think there must be a blockage in my low-speed jet. Tonight, I was going to a concert in Echo Park and I smelled oil… a very distinct oil smell. It was my oil, I’m leaking out of my head gasket for some reason. Not copious amount, but enough for me to get a whiff of half oil/half synthetic. So add that to my list.

Anyway, got to the concert and my bike is just way too hot, oily, and idling like a pitbull with emphysema (brwargle, putt putt rawgle rawgle). Alex calls and his car is kaput, and there is still 2 hours before the band I wanted to see will even go on. I decide I’m in no mood to be in The Echo by myself for three hours, so I decide to bag it. I swing by Amoeba on the way back and pick up The Circus Devils latest album, “Sgt. Disco.” 

So now I’m waiting for my bike to cool down so I can go pull off that left carb and see what the hell is going on. Of course, this is the carb on the side of the scrambler pipes, so I’m going to try and finagle the carb past the pipes so I don’t have to take everything off. Maybe I’ll just get up early and do all this tomorrow.

I’m in a very, very, very bad mood today.

June 26, 2008 at 9:56 pm 5 comments

Hello, love: The Ace Cafe Racer

via Hell For Leather Magazine:

“After revealing Little Miss Dynamite, the first Ace Café Racer, to a small audience on June 9th, the Ace has finally released official images and the results of its dyno run. The 100ci S&S v-twin makes 135bhp and 105lb/ft of torque at 75% throttle and 5,000rpm. Expect production bikes, benefiting from more development time, to do even better.”

Read more and see more here.

Love the wheels, love the tank shape, wish the speedo were sunk down into the headset so the bars were the highest part of the bike. And please, ditch the chrome and leave the shiny stuff for accents only.

But I’ll still take one.

June 26, 2008 at 10:54 am

Songs that came on random this morning

On the way to work:

Robert Pollard – Hammer in Your Eyes
The Dandy Warhols – Wasp in The Lotus
The Velvet Underground – Candy Says
The 101’ers – Keys to Your Heart
Devo – Satisfaction (I Can’t Get No)
Guided By Voices – Bulldog Skin
R.E.M. – Chorus and the Ring

June 26, 2008 at 9:25 am

Mail Order King – All Bob News

These are coming soon:

Carbon Whales 7″

From Rockathon Records:

The Carbon Whales are an obscure band from the late 70s that actor Paddy Considine turned Bob on to. The 4 songs on this EP are apparently the only things they ever recorded. It was never released. Bob really loved it so we tracked the band down and asked if we could release it.”

Listen to a bit of “The Jeep” right here.

The Takeovers – Little Green Onion Man 7″

From Off Records:

This freaky little beast that be is the new Takeovers release the “Little Green Onion Man” EP. A nice mini-movie comprised of 4 songs (one from the Bad Football album—the other 3 are unreleased Robert Pollard compositions) that warmly straddles the loosey-goosey psych-pop sounds of their first album, Turn To Red as well as the white knuckled rock pomp of their second (Bad Football).”

Hand numbered and limited to 500 copies online. I’ll have one of them.

I also have been listening to Robert Pollard’s latest album “Robert Pollard is Off to Business” and it is really good. I ordered the vinyl because Rockathon sent an Advance copy of the CD along with your order so you can put it on your iPod, etc. I also ordered the final three 45’s from the Happy Jack Rock Records singles, including the long awaited extended version of “Frostman.” I also received the web only release of the “Weatherman and Skin Goddess” EP.

I was very disappointed with “Superman Was a Rocker” which felt like one of the “Briefcase: Suitcase Abridged” collections. I’ll revisit it later.

Finally – tour dates were released for Pollard’s new band, Boston Spaceships. (Download “Go For the Exit“). Tour dates are as follows:

Thu 9/25 Cincinnati OH – Midpoint Music Festival
Fri 9/26 Cleveland OH – Grog Shop
Sat 9/27 Washington DC – Black Cat
Mon 9/29 Philadelphia PA – Johnny Brendas
Tue 9/30 Boston MA – Paradise
Wed 10/1 New York City – Highline Ballroom
Fri 10/3 Ann Arbor MI – Blind Pig
Sat 10/4 Dayton OH – Dayton Music Festival
Mon 10/6 Chicago IL – Double Door
Tue 10/7 St Paul MN – Turf Club
Thu 10/9 Champaing IL – High Dive
Fri 10/10 St Louis MO – Bluebird
Sat 10/11 Memphis TN – Hi Tone
Tue 10/14 Austin TX- Parish
Wed 10/15Dallas TX – The Loft
Fri 10/17 Atlanta GA – The Earl
Sat 10/18 Nashville TN- Mercy Lounge

I will be attending the Austin show, and then driving up the next day for the Dallas show. Would you like to attend? I was going to do the Atlanta show, but it will be at my ex-girlfriend’s Dad’s bar… so that would be awkward.  Buy your airplane tickets today – it is going to be a hell of a couple of shows!

June 25, 2008 at 11:57 am 4 comments

Totino’s Party Pizzas

Where the hell are you in southern California?!?

Those sad, junky little pizzas are DELICIOUS! Why don’t they sell them down here? We like to party too, Totino!


College times.

June 24, 2008 at 1:43 pm 7 comments

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