February 29, 2008

Flying Burrito Brothers

stealing from the stones and nashville, but giving back oh so much more

i might be late to the party on these, but they're funny...

(comedian sarah silverman is jimmy kimmel's girlfriend in real-life. that will help these make more sense...)

and the response...

February 28, 2008

February 27, 2008

February 26, 2008

headshop/shophead cecilia verheyden wim vanswijgenhoven

paul mccarthy in ghent

February 23, 2008

one of the coolest guys to come out philly died the other day

when i was a sophomore in high school and we studied 'a clockwork orange' by anthony burgess my class went on an extra curricular trip to the roxy screening rooms to see stanley kubrick's 'a clockwork orange'. i can never forget being blown away that the dude that owned the theater produced the movie and made the j.g. hook thrift store ties i dug.

Posted on Sat, Feb. 23, 2008

Max Raab, 1926- 2008
Designer of fabric and films

By Carrie Rickey

Inquirer Movie Critic
Max Raab, 82, the Rittenhouse Square habitué and maker of trend-defying clothes and trend-setting films, died here Thursday morning after a long struggle with Parkinson's disease.

Over his colorful and peripatetic careers in the rag and movie trades, Mr. Raab invented the shirtdress; owned Villager clothes; purveyed Rooster ties; produced Walkabout, A Clockwork Orange, and the Mummers documentary Strut!, and owned Center City's Roxy Screening Rooms.

He is likely to be the only businessman to have negotiated with Sidney Kimmel and the Beatles. In the 1950s, Kimmel headed Villager's knitwear division; in the '60s, the Fab Four wanted to star in A Clockwork Orange, but failed to finalize the deal.

"Max was an original, a true visionary long before Ralph Lauren came on the scene," Kimmel, the philanthropist and founder of Jones Apparel Group, said of his "dear friend" yesterday. "He was a man who could embrace both classical music and jazz." Not only in music, but in culture and clothes, Mr. Raab appreciated both the traditional and the funky.

The son of a shirt manufacturer, Mr. Raab was born in the Tioga section of the city in 1925. His mother died when he was 12. When he returned home from service in the U.S. Army of Occupation in Japan, Mr. Raab had the first of what would be many intuitions.

"I saw America becoming an increasingly teen-dominated society and an upwardly mobile one," he told The Inquirer in 2005. In the developing suburbs, he saw middle-class shoppers affecting the kind of clothes the gentry wore, not the low-end shirts and blouses that his father made and sold for $1.98.

Mr. Raab hated his father's merchandise. He thought it lacked quality and style. But a job was a job, and at least his sales rounds got him out of the factory.

When, in 1949, he noticed coeds buying men's shirts for themselves at Brooks Bros., Mr. Raab went back to the factory and made a batch of women's-size man-tailored shirts. They flew off the racks. Then he and his older brother, Norman, elongated that shirt and created the shirtdress, a must-have for the station-wagon set. Thus Villager was born. As Mr. Raab told it, "Villager made clothes that didn't upstage the woman."

For 20 years, Villager defined what young American women wore. Wraparound skirts. Ribbon-bound Shetland cardigans. Madras shirts. Seventh Avenue dubbed Mr. Raab the dean of preppy fashion. He pioneered store-within-a-store retailing, setting up plank-walled Villager boutiques within top department stores.

In 1962, David and Lisa was being shot in Philadelphia and its producers wanted Villager clothes for the bookish teen played by Janet Margolin. While observing the shoot, Mr. Raab noticed how films were put together piece by piece, like shirts.

There was a film revolution going on, and Mr. Raab was a revolutionary, befriending emerging filmmakers such as Robert Downey Sr. (who would direct the 2005 documentary Rittenhouse Square for Mr. Raab) and Mel Brooks. Mr. Raab produced several indie films, most notably Nicolas Roeg's Walkabout (1970). An avid reader, Mr. Raab bought the rights to Anthony Burgess' A Clockwork Orange and tried to sell it to the studios. In the end, he sold the rights - for 2½ points - to Stanley Kubrick and it became a monster hit.

As Raab's filmmaking career gained traction, Villager lost ground. He sold the company, valued at its height at $140 million, in 1969. He founded JG Hook, initially a menswear line, in 1974, expanding it to a $100 million company that included designs for women in the workplace.

"Like Max, Villager and JG Hook was preppy with a twist, and that's had a lasting effect on fashion," Ann Gitter, owner of the Knit Boutiques, said yesterday. "Look no further than Brooks Bros., J. Crew and Banana Republic."

Over his last decade, Mr. Raab produced and codirected Strut!, a documentary celebration of the Mummers, and Rittenhouse Square, a musical rhapsody.

Mr. Raab had four significant relationships. With his wife Anita Charkow, there were children Claudia and Andy. With his second wife, Mary Jones, the baby was Villager. He had two sons, Adam Gould and Paul English, with a companion, Nancy English. Since 1980, he had kept company with Merle Levin, whom he married in 1999.

In addition to his wife and children Claudia, Adam and Paul, he is survived by two granddaughters.

A jazz afternoon celebrating his life is being planned. Memorial contributions may be made to the Parkinson Council Inc., 111 Presidential Blvd., Bala Cynwyd, Pa. 19004.

February 22, 2008

80 Blocks From Tiffany's

Documentary about gangs in NYC early 70's. Looking like something out of The Warriors or Dhalgren. Too bad Netflix doesn't carry this. There's much better footage than this, but this is all youtube has for now.

Gabor Szabo - Breezin'

the original of the Bobby Womack jam

hey jude

julie driscoll and the brian auger trinity, doing donovan's "season of the witch"


February 17, 2008


February 16, 2008

Chromeo-Fancy Footwork

Morrissey on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson

Michael Jackson's first moonwalk

kurt cobain's top 50 records

Kurt's Journals - His Top 50 Albums

50. Raping a Slave - Swans
49. Mazzy Star - Mazzy Star
48. Over the Edge - Wipers
47. Youth of America - Wipers
46. Is This Real? - Wipers
45. The Man Who Sold the World - David Bowie
44. Beach Party - Marine Girls
43. Takes a Nation of Millions - Public Enemy
42. Flowers of Romance - Pil
41. The Record - Fear
40. Damaged - Black Flag
39. Locust Abortion Technician - Butthole Surfers
38. We are those who Ache Amorous Love
37. Meet the Beatles - Beatles
36. Generic Flipper - Flipper
35. Yip Jump Music - Daniel Johnston
34. Superfuzz Bigmuff - Mudhoney
33. Last Sessions Vol 1 - Leadbelly
32. Tales of Terror - Tales of Terror
31. Jamboree - Beat Happening
30. Rites of Spring - Rites of Spring
29. Void/Faith EP - Void/Faith
28. Combat Rock - Clash
27. Typical Girls - Slits
26. Burning Farm Cassette - Shonen Knife
25. Green - R.E.M.
24. What is This? - Punk Comp California
23. Rocks - Aerosmith
22. Colossal Youth - Young Marble Giants
21. Raincoats LP - Raincoats
20. Anything by: - Kleenex
19. Know Your Product - The Saints
18. Get the Knack - The Knack
17. Daydream Nation - Sonic Youth
16. Dry - P.J. Harvey
15. It's only Right and Natural - Frogs
14. Nevermind the Bollocks - Sex Pistols
13. Entertainment - Gang of Four
12. Rock for Light - Bad Brains
11. My War - Black Flag
10. Pee Pee the Sailor - Butthole Surfers
09. 1st EP - Saccharin Trust
08. 1st EP - Scratch Acid
07. Millions of Dead Cops - M.D.C.
06. Land Shark - Fang
05. Philosophy of the World - Shaggs
04. Pink EP - The Vaselines
03. POD - Breeders
02. Surfer Rosa - The Pixies
01. Raw Power - The Stooges

February 15, 2008

"Hansje Brinker Symphonie"

Serge Gainsbourg - Requiem pour un con

This footage is from the film "Le Pacha" This is my all time favorite Serge jam. Who would've guessed that French guys could get down like this.

Rufus & Chaka Khan - Do You Love What You Feel (1979)

hmm. same background as the cameo song. and does the keyboard player looks suspiciously like the Rockin Robbins Jewelers guy with the diamonds in his beard, or is it just me? chris smith probably has all the session guys' side projects.

(t.c. is this beach music?)

Sly and the Family Stone

early footage of Sly at a talent competition in Ohio

More Tracy Morgan

...this is exactly the kind of thing that makes me laugh until I pee my pants.
Is that so wrong?

Human ' Treeman ' begs for help as he turns into a tree.

February 12, 2008

Thomas Nozkowski On a Hike

anissa mack sent me this today this video is great. thomas nozkowski gave a talk at skowhegan when i was there. super honest great painter.

Harry Smith's 11 (-1/3)

partial edit

I saw you eating ice cream

...my good old pals Fugazi


R.T.F.W. - Digital Display

February 11, 2008

February 8, 2008

Justin (and especially) Dan - You asked for it...

You knew this was coming. Back from the dead, uh I mean junior highschool with one of their pre-world peace effort, pre-3D movie "hits":

February 7, 2008

February 4, 2008

jad fair


jad fair and his dog cleo

i just watched Half Japanese: The Band That Would Be King last night and highly recommend checking it out if you haven't seen it yet. i also really like jad fair's papercuts.

Look around you.

Not sure if you guys have seen these yet. Total gems!

check out the aptly named: http://awesometapesfromafrica.blogspot.com/

The post from Sunday, October 07, 2007 on Boubacar Traore is particularly good.

homage to peter criss

1. this shit is hilarious.

2. peter gives the britney VMA meltdown a run for its money in 1979...

February 3, 2008

Morrissey - Why dont you find out for yourself

it's easy to make fun of morrissey, but he sill is great. the frosties clip is a goof. yesterday i told a convincing joke thrice. it was about how i wanted to off myself. well i consulted the phone book and finally got the right number but got shunted to a call center in pakistan. i said 'i want to kill myself' the first thing i heard was - 'do you know how to drive a van?'

Morrissey sings the Frosties Commercial!

February 2, 2008

Paul McCartney - Coming up

i love macca. justin some serious bro down talk shared about you the other night between nate, dan and i. this is for you hustlin'. is it just me or is that a ron mael satire in the background of this video?

Airbrushing Eddie

Monster Model Review #13 Angry Red Spider by ULTRATUMBA

there are many things to say...

I think Dan is in this one.

February 1, 2008

Junkie dancing to Girl Talk

Where would we be without crazy people and junkies?

Crazy Old Guy on The El part 1

baaabby yooouu loook sooo goood!

what doo III goootta doo too geett yoouu oonn ttheee ppphhoonnee!