Archive for June, 2010

No surprise

Posted in 2010, A Put It Up Summer, music, show review with tags , on June 26, 2010 by kevin

I went into the Woods show reluctantly. I had come for San Francisco’s Fresh and Only’s, but it turned out they had just finished their set the second I walked in the door. My mood immediately sank. I think Woods are a fine band for a strange afternoon, but they have no place packing the Music Hall of Williamsburg; they did. This is what that produced: Boring jam sessions that bordered on self indulgence, adequate reproductions of decent tracks, and a serious sense of buzz-kill. Don’t see them live.


Gauntlet Hair

Posted in 2010, A Put It Up Summer, music with tags , , , on June 25, 2010 by Shiv

Gauntlet Hair – I Was Thinking 7”

You may have already heard this. I follow Gorilla vs Bear pretty regularly and they’ve just obsessed with these two Coloradans lately. I don’t blame them. This past week, I’ve been too. Both sides of this 7” are fantastic. I can’t wait to hear more.


Posted in 2010, A Put It Up Summer, music, show review with tags , on June 25, 2010 by kevin

It’s the Northside Festival here again this weekend. Thursday (being a Thursday) was a soft opening if you will, but I already found a pretty great band I had never heard of before. I thought Millionyoung were brilliant live but, as Sara might say, of course I did. The singer reverbed his vocals to the point where they were barely recognizable and a computer, guitar, and bass did the rest. It made for some dance-heavy bliss. It was one of the best times I’ve had at a show in quite some time—gotta love going into a show with zero expectations. Catch their EP here. I’d be willing to bet you will be hearing more about them soon.


Posted in film, men, money, tubes with tags on June 21, 2010 by John

I’ve been loving Vimeo docs lately. Here’s a new one from Sean Dunne, the man that did one of my all time favorites, The Archive.

The Stones by Richard Shelton

Posted in books, Short Stories with tags , on June 21, 2010 by John

A great short story Ross made me read.

I love to go out on summer nights and watch the stones grow. I think they grow better here in the desert, where it is warm and dry, than almost anywhere. Or perhaps it is only that the young ones are more active here.

Young stones tend to move about more than their elders consider good for them. Most young stones have a secret desire which their parents had before them but have forgotten ages ago. And because this desire involves water, it is never mentioned. The older stones disapprove of water and say, “Water is a gadfly who never stays in one place long enough to learn anything.” But the young stones try to work themselves into a position, slowly and without their elders noticing it, in which a sizable stream of water during a summer storm might catch them broadside and unknowing, so to speak, push them along over a slope or down an arroyo. In spite of the danger this involves, they want to travel and see something of the world and settle in a new place, far from home, where they can raise their own dynasties, away from the domination of their parents.

And although family ties are very strong among stones, many have succeeded; and they carry scars to prove to their children that they once went on a journey, helter-skelter and high water, and traveled perhaps fifteen feet, an incredible distance. As they grow older, they cease to brag about such clandestine adventures.

It is true that old stones get to be very conservative. They consider all movement either dangerous or downright sinful. They remain comfortably where they are and often get fat. Fatness, as a matter of fact, is a mark of distinction.

And on summer nights, after the young stones are asleep, the elders turn to a serious and frightening subject — the moon. which is always spoken of in whispers. “see how it glows and whips across the sky, always changing its shape,” one says. And another says, “Feel how it pulls at us, urging us to follow.” And a third whispers, “It is a stone gone mad.”

Richard Shelton’s website


Posted in 2010, A Put It Up Summer, mixtape, music with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 18, 2010 by kevin

Locally sourced, organic, and of the times: Haptograph. I hope you feel it. Track list after the… Continue reading

Newspaper Famous

Posted in New York, NYT linking, politics with tags , , , on June 15, 2010 by John

Rafi Kam and Dallas Penn are “Internet Celebrities” so much so that the NYT gave them a write up. I like them too. The video above is a good reason why.