I’m flying through the new Patti Smith book, M Train. I devoured about half of it today while everybody else watched football. It’s not a rock n’ roll book, really – more, it’s about writing and getting coffee and weird things she does when she travels. Anyway, the photo. It feels like a different planet now, but I can remember when people in big cities lived like this.
* Cassette archaeology #1 : “I worked at Kmart between 1989 and 1999 and held onto [the tapes] with the hopes that they would be of use some day”
* Slade In Flame : watch the entire film here
* Cuba’s really terrible internet, explained
* The true story of THE PUNCH
* A functioning electric guitar made out of Lego
* “I let a few chords play before shutting it off and turning back on the radio. I’d gotten my fix, now ready to resume normal living. But it was nice to spend the last few hours living in the ’90s.” On nostalgia; what is it for?
* A punk band that actually scared people : the Dicks from Texas
* Cassette archaeology #2 : what I learned about Al Queda from analyzing the Bin Laden tapes
* “Every three days or so, I was moving from one living situation to another; another person, another place.” Damo Suzuki on busking across Europe in the late 60s
* Inside Japan’s Yakuza : possible deeper than any outsider has been before
* A Brief History of Drunken British Sailors
* “The more easily created and universally visible photography becomes, it seems the more flesh-crawlingly stupid its aesthetic values. We are turning into a world of bad artists, cosily congratulating one another on every new slice of sheer kitsch.”
* MARS (the band)
* This would be funny if it weren’t so painfully true : The Middle-Aged Man’s Guide To Getting Out Of The Music Industry
* This will be of interest to you if you like WWII airplanes and the history of the Cold War, like I do
* House porn, but from a parallel universe
* Here comes a film about The Saints! Stranded
* The coolest secret skate spots I have ever seen
* How a black man from Missouri transformed himself into the Indian Liberace : Korla Pandit
* A history of hate rock
* I don’t do politics, here or anywhere else, because who the fuck cares what I think about politics; if I did, however, I would probably post stuff like this
* How a 20-Year-Old Punk Kid and the Minutemen Pioneered Mainstream Music Festival Culture
* Why can’t we stop talking about New York in the late 70s?