Archive: June, 2006
Philly History Blog is the work of the Philadelphia Records Department, which digs into its archives every few days to unearth some rich layer of this old city to share. It covers beer, shopping and ancient newsboys - what's not to like? Think of the site as having the late Sam Bushman's brain for all to share.
The most recent piece is captioned, "See and Hear the World's Greatest Entertainer!
That's from Main Street in Manayunk, photographed yesterday afternoon by Matt at the Tattered Coat, in a post he calls Down in the Flood - one of a torrent of citizen journalist takes on the damage done by days of pounding rains.
He dashed in to file this before heading back out:
With "America's greatest rock band" calling it quits (that's the laurel of critic Amy Phillips in Pitchfork), went picking through the MP3 blogs for the sorriest love sonnet to the Olympia, Wa., alt-rock grrrls known as Sleater-Kinney.
Is it RBally?: Amy is dead on about Sleater-Kinney being America's greatest rock band . . . on so many levels they were arguably the most interesting and consistent band of the past decade. And on a personal level, I never tire of the band . . . I literally listen to S-K almost every day of the year as at least one of the band's tracks works its way onto each day's gym/cycling mix.
Dreams of Horses?: Sleater-Kinney have announced that they are going on "indefinite hiatus." This saddens me to no end...or hopefully, it will end when they come together again. What a sad day for the music world.
I knew a guy in school who wallpapered his room with Screaming Yellow Zonkers boxes. We thought it a little odd, but he went on to win an Oscar at Pixar for some technical innovation that I still cannot understand.
So let's not be too hard on Casa Mario, a room done up to resemble a scene from the Super Mario video game by Nintendo.
The strangest part? Read the comments on Digg, and you realize this is someone's front room after two months of painstaking taping and stenciling.
And an audio scouting report from David Thorpe at the Pro Training Center in Clearwater, Fla.: "A tremendous athlete, maybe one of the better perimeter player athletes in the draft. I have some concerns about his overall feel for the game, his basketball IQ. He does shoot it very well, he's definitely very quick, very fast, he jumps out of the gym, and I think can knock down open shots, and I think that looks very enticing on draft day. But when the actual game starts.... you just have to be able to react make the right read and go, and I don't know that Carney has that."
Some love for the Memphis U. swingman from Complete Sports, written by a Sixers-following fan from ... North Dakota?:
Something you may have missed on your calendar is an appearance by legendary albino bluesman Johnny Winter. The guitar great headlines a Saturday mid-day festival at Buck County Custom Cycles, which features not just classic blues and rad wheels, but a tattoo contest, bikini contest, and DJ Michael Tierson, who will fit right in. Any of you kids too young to remember collecting records might have missed the adventure of turning over side three of the double-lp Second Winter and finding ... absolutely nothing. A complete blank. What a groove. Found something on Mars to listen to from a later album, but same period. Hint: It's a gas, gas, gas.
I'll recommend a local band playing the Khyber on Friday, based on a song I downloaded from some Mp3 site months ago, the sort of tune that makes you stop walking, and ask the dog to stay as you check our your iPod so you remember who's playing. For the record, it was "October Song" by Audible. When the perfectly sweet harmonies led to a rollicking synth solo, I took notice, and synth rarely swings me. They got some songs from their EP Weekend up for downloading on their web site.
Everyone else I know seems to be recommending The Boredoms at the Starlight Lounge Friday, because how often do you get to hear a straight-outta-Osaka envoy from the Japanoise scene? A Wiki entry calls them part Sun Ra, part Butthole Surfers. Any band that inspired this temple of worship is worth catching.
This Metropolitan Diary entry, courtesy of New York Times reader Cindy Greatrex:
Has anyone else noticed the lunch wagon often parked on or around William Street, offering "Filly Cheese Steaks"? I chant to myself, each time, "Please let it be a misspelling ... please let it be a misspelling ... "
(Hat tip, The Lighter Side of Rittenhouse)
The word, according to Memeorandum:
Who's blogging about Operation Summer Rains, the Israeli incursion into Gaza following the kidnapping of soldier Gilad Shalit? Conservative blogs, mostly.
Captain's Quarters: "Expect the UN to demand an end to the "aggression" by tomorrow afternoon."