Archive for June, 2013

I Hate Me, part 371,000

Carrie and I went to a wedding last week. I needed a new suit as the last one I bought didn’t fit. I made the mistake of buying it at the exact second I was at my lowest weight PD (or Post Diet), I’ve put some of the weight back and blah blah blah. Anyhow, Carrie talked me into buying a black suit, which is stylish (and I’m all about style, see my layout in GRCQ (Gentlemen Record Clerk Quarterly)). This is offset with one of my superpowers, the ability to generate mass amounts of dandruff. So black is a risky color (CLOTHES WISE!!, THAT SHOULD NOT BE TAKEN OUT OF CONTEXT). So the wedding went well, my jacket didn’t look like the top of Mt. Everest (…from the dandruff, not that I needed a jacket the size of Everest). Yesterday I brought my suit and Carrie’s dress to the dry cleaner. Most of my clothes don’t get dry cleaned. So I don’t know dry cleaner jargon, I handed the attendant my shirt.
Attendant- How do you like your shirt?
I thought he had never seen the brand shirt before and was asking about fit and comfort.
Me- Well, it’s pretty nice…fits ok. the necks a little loose but the next size smaller was waaay to tight…it was probably ok but I don’t wear dress shirts that often…so you know, a bit constricting…
Attendant-I just want to know if you want starch.
Me-oh…heheheh…. I thought that..uh you wanted to know…uh
Attendant- Do you want starch?
Me-…no..
I hope Carrie will be picking up the clothes.

Sunday Music 6/23/13

Dredd Foole & The Din-It All Ends Here
Dredd Foole is a Boston guy named Dan Ireton and The Din (in this case) are The Volcano Suns and Kenny Chambers of Moving Targets. This is from the 1985 album Eat My Dust Cleanse My Soul (Homestead). I really love this record, it’s like an alternative universe version of Mission of Burma/Volcano Suns. Not better but great in it’s own right.[To listen,click on arrow thing below]

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Better Than Nothing (barely)

1)I was woken up yesterday morning by Lucy barking. It wasn’t the usual “ROWWT ROWWT ROWWT” She was rolling her R’s so it sounded like a dog child (not a puppy, a child with a dogs head or vice versa) trying to sing the beginning of The Fall’s Rowche Rumble.(for indisputable audio corroboration click on blue link below)
https://feedtim.files.wordpress.com/2013/06/1-06-rowche-rumble-live2.m4a

 

Luce E. Smith

Luce E. Smith

2) Found this record a while ago, thought it was pretty cool. It’s a Columbia Masterworks Lp that I think is from the 1950’s. I don’t know who the artist is (click on image to enlarge)
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sinbad 23) Found this in a beat up copy of Peter Frampton-I’m In You (Click on image to enlarge)

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I Hate Me, part 297,881

While I’m at work I am the recipient of many pointless stories concerning items that customers are looking for. (example) “yeah, do you have the new Alice In Chains, my uncle Ed turned me onto them…he saw them…it was the tour with uh…uh…uh I think it was Galactic Cowboys ‘member them…yeah and Soundgarden was great too…ya know they’re still around…I almost went to see them…I heard the Alice in Chains…the new one is really heavy…is it?…” I usually don’t have anything to say and I don’t want to be rude so I’ll give a patient smile while not actually looking at them and try to find what they’re looking for, quickly. So last week I went for a coffee at Starbucks and one of the barista’s told me about a sale on their instant Via coffee. Which was cool because they know that I buy that for Carrie. They also had a sale on their Keurig K-Cup coffee. Now we used to have a Keurig coffee machine before they had Starbucks but we switched to a Tassimo coffee machine because they did. Until we got the Tassimo, then with Laurel & Hardy like timing Starbucks stopped making coffee for Tassimo and switched to Keurig. I boiled that info down to the last two sentences and they were boring, I don’t know what made me think that it would make an interesting story to tell the Barista but I did. Now in my head I thought that story sounded as interesting as this: “Well, you know when the Duke and Duchess come around for coffee we want it to be correct, I remember when we had the Kennedy clan over. All of them, if you can believe it. Of course this was years ago and all we had was a french press and it wasn’t even from France hahahaha. So Mick…Jagger, Mick said when we’re on tour we use a Keurig, we’re just too busy to measure coffee, and Michael Jordan blahblahblah..”, stupid and wildly inaccurate but interesting. In real life my fascinating coffee machine story was, “ We had a Keurig but… they didn’t make Starbucks for it…then we got a Tassimo ‘cause they did…and then they stopped making it..” As I was stammering out my pointless coffee machine story I saw the barista give me a patient smile. I stopped talking, grabbed my coffee, over tipped (for penance) and left.

they didn't make it, then they did make it

they didn’t make it, then they did make it

I Hate Me, pt. 376,018

When I go to the gym I go in the morning, usually around 7:30. There’s a street that I walk cross to get there. It’s a busy road and at that early hour it’s really busy. There’s no stop light where I cross, just the cross walk lines on the road and a giant yellow pedestrian crossing sign. I’m not really sure about these signs, they seem more like suggestions than an order. In my mind I hear the sign speaking in a laconic hippie voice, “Hey man, it would be really cool if you let these people cross the street but you know, it’s really up to you”. Most times the cars stop but it gets a bit harrowing sometimes. Last week and older woman and I were crossing the street and we got halfway across and a car just blew by, the driver who was on his phone glared at us. I yelled “asshole!” as one would in these types of situations. The woman was taken aback, “what did you call me?” I thought it was obvious who I was calling asshole, “Nothing…I didn’t call you anything…I…was calling the guy in the car…who almost hit us an asshole….we should move ”. This was not the type of conversation to be had while standing in the middle of a busy road and being early it was pretty much my first conversation of the day, I don’t really count the mumbled morning greetings with my wife a conversation (those mumbled gruntings probably sound the same as they did in the time of Cro-Magnon man). Of course as is my curse I over explained “That guy…almost hit us…and he was on the phone…and he glared at us….That’s who I yelled at”, I got a stone look from the woman. She was going to the gym as well and I just stayed out of her way and hid in the corner doing my ear-lobe curls, I’m up to 4 reps, using 5 pound weights. Soon I’ll have the strongest ear-lobes in Red Bank.
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Modern Publicity 1952-1953 (pt.3)

Even more of that good, good stuff (if you like old advertising. If not, sorry). Subtitled: Subtitled: The 22nd Issue of Art & Industry’s International Annual of Advertising Art (published by The Studio Publications, london).

U.K., Robin Day (artist)

U.K., Robin Day (artist)

Denmark, Laus Lauesen (artist)

Denmark, Laus Lauesen (artist)

Denmark, Laus Lauesen (artist)

Denmark, Laus Lauesen (artist)

U.K., W.M de Majo & L. Bramberg (artist)

U.K., W.M de Majo & L. Bramberg (artist)

Italy, Mingozzi (artist)

Italy, Mingozzi (artist)

Germany, Walther Bergmann (artist)

Germany, Walther Bergmann (artist)

Canada, Alfred Pellan (artist). (NOTE: I don't know what the hell is going on here. It's for The Canadian Bank of Commerce)

Canada, Alfred Pellan (artist). (NOTE: I don’t know what the hell is going on here. It’s for The Canadian Bank of Commerce)

Germany, Binder (artist)

Germany, Binder (artist)

USA, Dan Smith (artist)

USA, Dan Smith (artist)

Germany, Hans Schurlolz (artist)

Germany, Hans Schurlolz (artist)

Spain, Julio Ferrer Sama (artist)

Spain, Julio Ferrer Sama (artist)

Finland, Holger Erkelenz (artist)

Finland, Holger Erkelenz (artist)

U.K., Eric Fraser (artist)

U.K., Eric Fraser (artist)

U.K., Gerald Wood (artist)

U.K., Gerald Wood (artist)

France, Martin Engelman (artist)

France, Martin Engelman (artist)

U.K., Alan Lofts (artist)

U.K., Alan Lofts (artist)

Sweden, Staffan Wiren (artist)

Sweden, Staffan Wiren (artist)

USA, Kleb Studios/George Greller (artist)

USA, Kleb Studios/George Greller (artist)

U.K., Abram Games (artist)

U.K., Abram Games (artist)

USA, Walter Van Bellen (artist)

USA, Walter Van Bellen (artist)

Canada, George Wilde (artist)

Canada, George Wilde (artist)

U.K., Eric Fraser (artist)

U.K., Eric Fraser (artist)

Modern Publicity 1952-1953 (pt.2)

Here’s some more. Subtitled: The 22nd Issue of Art & Industry’s International Annual of Advertising Art (published by The Studio Publications, london).

France, P. Fix Masseau (artist)

France, P. Fix Masseau (artist)

Austria, Adolf Haberler (artist)

Austria, Adolf Haberler (artist)

Switzerland, Donald Brun (artist)

Switzerland, Donald Brun (artist)

Switzerland, Donald Brun (artist)

Switzerland, Donald Brun (artist)

U.K. Tom Eckersley (artist)

U.K. Tom Eckersley (artist)

Austria, Walter Hofmann (artist)

Austria, Walter Hofmann (artist)

Finland, Heikki Ahtiala (artist)

Finland, Heikki Ahtiala (artist)

France, Savignac (artist)

France, Savignac (artist)

USA, Paul Rand (artist)

USA, Paul Rand (artist)

Denmark, Erik Stockmarr (artist)

Denmark, Erik Stockmarr (artist)

U.K. Lewitt-Him (artist)

U.K. Lewitt-Him (artist)

Holland, Frans Mettes (artist)

Holland, Frans Mettes (artist)