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Top 5 ACL Comment Clusterfucks

Aug 21st, 2010 | Categories: Housekeeping | by Michael Williams

Pretty self explanatory. With a spirit of amusement and lightheartedness I present to you the all time top five ACL comment clusterfucks. These are the super special threads when ACL commenters have distinguished themselves with their vigor and ruthlessness. Not specifically represented in the top five are any/all of the posts concerning anything I have made, written, sold or championed over the nearly three years of doing this site. I can’t think of a post where anyone has let me get away with liking anything. Thanks for keeping me humble! Enjoy!

#1 — Aaron Levine Street Style

#2 — $109 Notebook

#3 — ACL Redesign

#4 — Rogues Gallery SS09

#5 — Raleigh Denim

A note about comments. I close the comment threads for posts older than sixty days, so you will notice most of these are closed. I do this because people love to come back to and old post and act crazy. It took me about two years to figure out that the comments in old posts need to close after a while.

Men’s Journal Guide to Jeans

Aug 18th, 2010 | Categories: Denim, Housekeeping | by Michael Williams

The gents at Men’s Journal tapped me to write a nice, big, front-of-book denim package for their September issue. If there is anything I love to write about it is denim, and this story was a lot of fun. May I suggest you go analog and pick up a copy, it’s on newsstands now.

The Left Coast Swing

Aug 13th, 2010 | Categories: Housekeeping | by Michael Williams

A programming note: ACL will be broadcasting from the West Coast until next Friday. Posting may be sporadic, so please bear with us.  As always, you can follow the oft-intoxicated live action via Twitter. See you on the other side.

Photo via ElectroSpark

Comin’ into Los Ang-e-les

Apr 12th, 2010 | Categories: Housekeeping | by Michael Williams

Comin’ into Los Ang-e-les, not bringing in a couple of keys.

I’ll be out in California for a little more than a week to get some work done and to visit some ACL related things. Stayed tuned for what I hope will be regular updates and follow my sun-soaked and heavily-liquored thoughts as they happen via the ACL Twitter.

Download Arlo Guthrie, Coming into Los Angeles

Image via Shorpy.


Feb 15th, 2010 | Categories: Housekeeping | by Michael Williams

Work has me in Vegas for the better part of the week. I may or may not be posting from the desert. I will definitely be posting some things that I see out there upon my return to civilization. I sure wish Las Vegas still looked like these Kodachromes. See you on the other side.

She's a nice lady


Jan 7th, 2010 | Categories: Americana, Housekeeping, Random | by Michael Williams

A long awaited package arrived last week to my delight. The contents of which were a batch of customized promotional items that I have long loved — the diamond shaped motel key chain. A few companies still produce these things as cheap give-aways, but I managed to find a company in Wisconsin that still manufactures them for hotels / motels. I haven’t been to a motel with an actual key in like 20 years, so I’m not sure who is actually still using these things. All that aside I was happy to find them and quickly (some would say impulsively) had a batch of 500 made in ACL’s signature orange. It was funny, the form said “enter the room numbers that you would like to have made,” so apparently my hotel has 500 rooms!


Two in the Books

Dec 26th, 2009 | Categories: Housekeeping | by Michael Williams


A little acknowledgment to ACL’s second full year of holding down this corner of the internets. The past year has been some of the best of times and some of the worst. Of amazing opportunities and of difficult challenges. Things will never be the same for me as a person after these past 12 months — it has been a year of learning and self assessment, a time forged of realigned priorities and hope for new possibilities. I’m happy to have come out of it with both feet firmly planted on the ground. In my everyday life I tend to consciously or subconsciously use a lot of my father’s sayings (something our family has come to know as “CJisms”) and one of them came up more than the others in 2009. With business being tough, everyone would ask how I was doing (not really about ACL, about my “day Job”) and I would always reply with a CJism via Benjamin Franklin. I would say: “I wake up everyday and check the obituaries, as long as I’m not listed it is a good day.” That’s how I felt for most of the year.

That’s not to say good things haven’t happened or it wasn’t a good year, it was just tough. I’m happy with what ACL has become and I am still excited to post and share things with everyone everyday. I’m also happy people support the little companies on The American List. Every once in a while I get an email from people at the companies listed, they are always gracious and appreciative of the list. I treasure those emails, and the thought that collectively we are making a difference. More than anything, I’m grateful that you guys choose to spend part of your day with me. I’ve learned to take things less personally and to roll with all of the BS that comes with something like ACL.

At the end of the day (or year as it may be), I’m happy for the friendships ACL has brought me — and you guys know who you are. I want to specifically thank the fellas at GQ for the support and for taking a chance on an unknown kid. Andrew Comer, Adam Rapoport and Michael Hainey — thank you. Bobby Solomon for all of your hard work in making ACL look and work great — I owe you one (or ten). I also specifically want to mention a few people that really mean a lot to me and have been unwavering supporters both personally and professionally: Sean Sullivan, Randy Goldberg, David Coggins, Nick Maggio, Mordechai Rubinstein, Josh Moore, Jason Ross, Nick Schonberger, Mark McNairy, Aaron Levine, Brian Awitan and Paul Witt. Much respect and thanks for everything. Look forward to more in 2010.


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