The passing of Lou Reed the other week compelled me to listen to Velvet Underground and Nico for the first time since I was 16 and at art school. That bloody banana image reminds me of that time so much I’ve not been able to bring myself to listen to it in, well lets say a very, very long time. Turns out I still only think ‘its kinda okay’, for me Nicos wailing ruins it and I’ll will always prefer ‘Loaded’ from the VU back catalogue, nuff said.
Anyway during those art school years when I was channelling the ghosts of Haight Ashbury on a daily basis, The Doors and Jimi Hendrix also featured pretty highly in my walkman. As a result these two artists have also suffered the same fate as VU and Nico mentioned earlier.
Its only fairly recently that I’ve rediscovered both Jimi Hendrix and The Doors and have been regularly blown away by long forgotten album tracks and lesser know gems like the track above. ‘Far out man and stay off the brown acid’
This brilliant article here documents Zippos found in the fields of Vietnam. Its pretty poignant considering most of the owners of these never made it home and this is how these amazing photos have made it here. There is something very ritualistic about owning a zippo and I still remember the smell and sound of my old brass faithful that accompanied me everywhere when I was a smoker.
I’ve shamelessy re blogged this from Silodrome, which you should all visit.
VW killing back in the day with this era defining advert. If you need me to explain it you won’t ever get it. (Those indents and line breaks need sorting out though. Graphic Designer Pedantry)
This has got to feature in many end of year lists. I’ve been playing it constantly since hearing it on Gilles Peterson the other week.
I’ve seen this bike countless times but strangely never written about it. Well todays the day my friend, heres some rad pics of Christophe Canitrot’s Triumph. Boy is this special in so many ways, but its the Shimanno DX kick start and RatBones chain tensioner that tickle to my particular cultural reference points. Via
EASTSIDE automne hiver 2012 from christophe canitrot on Vimeo.
Also heres a nice little edit of Christophes shop in Toulouse featuring said ride.
My old mate Bill, self proclaimed bicycle idiot and denim jacket connoisseur has put together this cool little film about his most ambitious project to date. Bomberdrome, a bicycle wall of death, its rad and you should watch it. I believe its also available to hire for weddings, bar mitzvahs and funerals so get in touch here.
Beautiful combo if used selectively, like on these pair of classics. 911 via Werks Crew and the Yama via Deus