Tuesday, March 30, 2010

"Gods' Man" (1929) by Lynd Ward.

(click to enlarge)

see the stunning 1929 original.
or: the stunningly affordable Dover Edition.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Tell the computer what you desire.

If you are in the San Francisco Bay Area...tell the computer what you desire, and it will recommend some places to you:

It is very, very, very smart. So don't worry about stumping it. It knows where you can find comic books and diners, for example:

(Actually I just wanted a way to remind myself, when temporarily brain-erased, what exists to make me feel better in the Bay Area: good food, bookstores, nearby hikes, hidden stairways, etc., my favorite places. I would say it is a concise, highly selective database, except...I apparently couldn't narrow it down to less than 16 favorite pizza places!...also it was a good way to learn some primitive database coding. Hope it is useful.)

Sunday, February 28, 2010

You Can't Hide your Love Forever.

This modest typewriter-and-paste zine from 1989 was my guidebook to life at the time. Or at least music, which felt like my life. In 2010, I still devote many hours per week to music, but back then it felt like those romantic shards of grimy noisy beauty were always blaring at top volume in my head, in the foreground of every single thing I did. This Detroit zine was my partner in crime, my gateway drug, my surrogate cool older sibling. And they seemed just as excited about it all as I was. There was an unpretentious joy in the writings of the microscopic staff of "You Can't Hide your Love Forever" (Michael and Dave Segal and John Huston) that was infectious. I probably paid my $1.75 to feed my Sugarcubes and Beat Happening habits, but the My Bloody Valentine, World Domination Enterprises, House of Love, and A.R. Kane obsessions I acquired after reading this zine would soon overtake them. The excerpts here (zoom in to read) feature a list of the best singles and LPs of 1988, plus some fine record reviews.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

touch pouch and flash tin.

ipod touch case made of thick fabric-faced mouse pad (flat glass side) and twill-jean polishing cloth (curved metal side), wrapped in black duct tape with red electrical tape bottom reinforcement.

headphones case = vintage "Flash" waterless hand cleaner tin. (back of tin reads: "DANGER this product contains mineral spirits which may be HARMFUL OR FATAL IF SWALLOWED." contains lanolin and hexachlorophene. probably potent..)

also pictured: 1970s-era Sho-Bud pedal steel, 1970s-era Traynor YGL-3 Mk. III 2 x 12" combo, 1990s-era cat Veronica.