I came across this photo today, and I was filled with well-being for a second; this sculpture sits across the street from the University Of Chicago bookstore ( the last time I checked, anyway, and it’s been a while ), to which, in the 1980s, I rode my skateboard – in which, I spent hours ( afternoons, whole days ) browsing rock magazines imported from England – Zig Zag, The Face, and, later, Kerrang! – and Guitar Player, and the Village Voice, Heavy Metal, Epic, Omni, etc.
This was before the internet, of course, and at a time when there was hardly anything interesting on TV ( although you sure as hell glued yourself to that screen Friday and Saturday nights, lest you miss anything ), and there just wasn’t much for a kid to do – but it’s a little amazing, now, to think that there were multiple places, not just in the city, but in my own neighborhood, which carried imported magazines and newspapers. Was somebody on the south side of Chicago really buying NME and Melody Maker every week?
Another thing I learned, when looking for information about the piece – Arnaldo Pomodoro’s Grande Disco – is that there are actually six identical editions of it scattered around the world. This might be a picture of one of the others.
Luang Prabang, Laos : December, dusk. I was walking along Sisavangvong Road, watching the Night Market vendors setting up their stalls and anticipating a visit to food alley when a tiny, distant sound caught my ear.
Novice Monks Singing
I followed the sound to a temple, where I found a group of boys singing with their teachers.
A 2-hour radio show hosted by Henry Rollins, featuring guest DJ Ian MacKaye. I understand why these two often provoke an extreme reaction, but, me, I’ll always listen to anything either man has to say. I haven’t paid any attention to Dischord in years, and I have to say, there are a couple of cool, new-to-me DC tracks on here.
* Between 1948 and 1986, during his career as a prison guard, Danzig Baldaev made over 3,000 drawings of tattoos.
* Down through the centuries, Moscow has been known for its “ thieving, murdering, fornication ” ( a traveler in the 17th century ) and as the “ seat of sloth ” ( Catherine the Great in the 18th ). In 1881, Tolstoy described Moscow thus in a diary entry: “ Stench, stones, luxury, poverty. Dissipation. A collection of robbers who have plundered the people and conscripted soldiers and judges to guard their orgies while they feast. ”
* Malcolm McLaren, Russ Meyer, Sid Vicious, Johnny Rotten, and Roger Ebert.
* On leaving New York.
* This Music Leaves Stains, a Tumblr about The Misfits, packed with ephemera and photographs, many never seen before.
* Malformed, a collection of human brains.
* ” As I understand it, the American Constitution gave its citizens the right to bear arms as defense against the potential tyrannies of government. Regrettably, it would appear that those arms were not used to prevent such tyranny from arising, so that there now exists the most powerful, tyrannical hegemony ever know in the history of the world. So, rather than having become a positive guarantee for social justice, the right to bear arms has created a minefield of problems which, clearly, no one has a clue how to deal with. Fact is, if a gun is designed to kill people, that’s what it will be used for, so I guess the question we have to ask ourselves is whether or not we want to endorse that practice in any way at all. ” Penny Rimbaud.
* 40 years of music industry change, in a GIF.
* Audioklassiks : Technics.
* ” Here we are at the end of everything. I have a beard, you have a wig! HAHAHAHAHAHA! ” How to be old.