The Maps & Intel page has been updated again, this time with Los Angeles bars and restaurants. This map is a whopper, the most comprehensive to date. The gastro-guide is a partnership with the excellent Kitsune Noir who contributed (along with his best friend Max; thank you Max) heavily to this. Happy dining!
Last night I headed out to Union Hall in Brooklyn to see one of my new favorite bands, U.S. Royalty. The Washington D.C. based group first appeared on my radar after I photographed the lead singer John Thornley at South by Southwest in Austin. Let me start this off by saying that I haven’t been this immediately drawn to a band in a long time — one listen and I was hooked. I wasn’t sure what to expect live, but twenty seconds into the set at Union Hall and the deal was done, these guys are good. John was dancing around, rocking the tambourine and the music flowed like the three dollar domestics. What else could one ask for on a Thursday night. The good news is, U.S. Royalty is doing it all over again tonight at Webster Hall. So you don’t have to take my word for it, go see for yourself. If you aren’t in NYC keep an eye out for these guys — worth the price for admission for sure. Two tracks from the band’s self titled EP and more images after the jump.
There is an excellent article on brogues by Dogulas Hart in Vice Magazine (yep, you read that correctly, Vice wrote about brogues), which I think is worth a closer look. The article was posted a little while back, but it is still intriguing to see the old time institutions continuing on, same as ever. It is interesting to hear what Fred the Shoe has to say about everything from the deadstock that he “can’t be bothered” to sell on eBay, to one of my most coveted labels, Trickers. Be sure to click over to Vice to read the entire article. (Found via Bloke and Coke)
Vice: So people just know you as Fred?
Fred the Shoe: Fred the Shoe.
That’s a great name.
Don’t go taking the piss, son. That’s just the name I got given. All the old boys down the pub end up with names, just the way it goes.
How long have you been working here now?
Well, the shop has been here since about 1860 or ’61. The BBC recently done a thing on the Walworth Road about the shops and how they are still going. It’s not changed that much.
My pal Mark and I spent the early part of the week on a top secret mission in Maine. Since we were driving through Portland, we took the opportunity to meet up with my buddy Jay Carroll from Rogues Gallery. Stories were told, oysters were eaten and beers were downed. The promo for our upcoming reality show is below. Be cautioned, watching this will add nothing to your life. More from the trip soon…
First the Bronco II, then the IH Scout and now…the Dodge A100 van-truck! I’m getting more obscure by the minute, but check out the flat face on this Mopar mother. How could you not love a machine that looks like that, big-old spit screen windshield and everything. Its a van with 30% of its sheet metal whittled off — like someone just took a sawzall and chopped it up into a truck. American engineering at its finest. I suppose it does makes sense when you consider the fact that the A-100 was offered as a straight-up van as well. I much prefer the truck version though — especially in that robin’s egg two-tone.
I’ve been after a commuter bike for a while now. Something that I will ride to work (on the days the dog stays home; sorry dog) and generally use to just get around New York. Maybe I’m just jealous of all the fun they are having in Copenhagen? I already have two bicycles at the moment, but I really think one should own as many bikes as one can effectively store at home. Seeing how my building has a bicycle room, I’m pretty much free to go as far as my wallet will take me. Tonight the better part of three hours was spent making this wish-list-of-sorts for a commuter bike. I should point out that this list is by no means recession friendly. Most of the rigs included (especially that super tasty Vanilla), are going to cost you both arm and leg. But that is why this post is titled Wants & Desires and not Needs & Requires.
Celebration at Big Sur is an amazing documentary from the 1969 Big Sur Folk Festival. Nestled on the edge of the Pacific ocean, the festival saw performances by Joan Baez, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Joni Mitchell and many others. If you take the time and watch closely, there is some amazing style in the film. Enjoy!