Saturday, February 28, 2009

Chicago's Nike release party tonight

Chicago's very own Stevie Dread designed a blazer colorway for Nike SB and wants to celebrate. Release party tonight, Saturday, February 28th!

1030 N Milwaukee Ave. 8 - 12 PM

A handful of the shoes will be raffled off during the event, be sure to grab a raffle ticket on your way in. Artwork and photos from Dread and Chicago artists will be display. Johnny Fonseca, Tevo Howard, Xais, and Shonroka will provide musical enjoyment. Refreshments will be available, please No BYOB. The shoe will not be for sale at the party. They are available only at Uprise, beginning Sunday at Noon

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Audio Flashbacks of a Youth Not Wasted.

A time which we all were immortal and a brotherhood existed amongst my main set of friends that was upheld with the highest intentions and our whole hearts. Below are some of the tracks that will eternally resonate in my mind are always capable of taking me to another place. RIP to the dead homies, I really do wish you all were here, think about you constantly. Here is the countless/sleepless 72hr weekends we pulled on the regular. On to the music, copping these demos was the shit.

Phantom45: the Junglebook side A
Starting of with the notorious jungle remix of Masta Ace's "Born to Roll" In the style of '95 Chicago Jungle.

Danny the Wildchild: Batitup
Kicks off so sickly, possibly the greatest Jump Up-Hardstep Jungle mixxtape ever. First two tracks are "Ganja Kru" with "Super Sharp Shooter" then to a "Funkdoobiest" Accapella.

DR.GROO: Agent Orange
Always loved this tape, it's longlost though. In the style of '95 "JUMP-UP" Chicago Jungle.

DJSnuggles - Lord of The Dance SIDE B
Style of true deepdark '94 chicago jungle.

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Oh snapsizzle here is a series of twenty video clips nine minute long tells the entire history of house music. Starting in Chicago with it's disco roots of the late 70´s through it's evolution in the 80´s/90´s in DJs/clubbing/raving culture. The mutations into sub-genres have been massive that gained lives themselves, but it all started here.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

How to buy a bike and not be a bitch like IceCube

Fucking finally.
After two stolen bikes in 2008 I'm back with a bike just in time for Spring. Thought I'd put together a 3step guide on getting the most bike for your buck. Starting off know this, if you want a new bike plan on spending $400+ otherwise you can count on riding a piece of shit that will fall apart under you. That said reCYCLEd is the route to go. Used bike shopping takes knowledge of what you need and what to look for.

Know what type of bike you need. Road bike, mountain bike, hybrid?
Mountain bikes also make great city bikes if you plan on off roading or riding railroad tracks. Road bikes are light and efficient, they go fast but can only ride on the pavement. Hybrids are great for city riding, commuting, and light trail riding. They combine the upright, comfortable riding position of a mountain bike, and the efficiency of a road bike. A one-speed cruiser is a good option for quality, low-cost, and low-maintenace bike. Cruisers are great for running errands and getting around a college campus and being a general sissy like IceCube.

Know what size bike you need in the type of bike you want.
Measure your inseam. Multiply it by .65. This will give you a good estimate of you road bike size for bikes measured center to center. If you need a mountain bike subtract an additional 10cm and convert this measurement to inches to get your mountain bike frame size.

Determine whether the bike has been maintained well by its previous owner.
Inspect the paint for rust and carefully check for cracks or dimples in the frame. Test the bike's brakes and wheels before riding. Adjust the seat to your height and take the bike for a spin. Does the bike fit well? Does it handle properly? Note the shifting. Is it smooth? If not, the bike may need a minor adjustment or a major repair. Check the brakes. Do they stop quickly and smoothly?

Special thanks to the guys at A Nearly New Shop at 3826 N Broadway St for hooking up my Peugeot Roadbike last night. Oh and fuck IceCube.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

RIP the greatset showmen. Lux Interior.

Erick Purkhiser aka Lux Interior, the founding force behind the psychobilly genre through the legendary band The Cramps past away at age 62. Rest in Peace

Ask his momma how to make a monster:

Friday, February 13, 2009

Valentine's Day - The gift of music

It has been said that "music cures the soul", however all things capable of delivering greatness are just as effective dispatching evil. Music is like all forms of art is bipolar. Here is my top ten Country songs dedicated to every ex-girlfriend I have. (Well except you Kristin, we can still make it work. Hit me up after the 14th.)

10.I Hate Every Bone In Her Body But Mine
9. I Ain't Never Gone To Bed With an Ugly Woman But I Woke Up With a Few
8. If The Phone Don't Ring, You'll Know It's Me
7. I've Missed You, But My Aim's Improvin'
6. Wouldn't Take Her To A Dogfight 'Cause I Know She'd Win
5. I'm So Miserable Without You It's Like You're Still Here
4. Piss Up a Rope and Watch that Piss Dribble
3. She Took My Ring and Gave Me the Finger
2. It's Hard To Kiss The Lips At Night That Chewed My Ass All Day.
And the Number One Country & Western song is...
1. She Broke My Heart, I Broke Her Legs

Sunday, February 1, 2009

ESPO “Semaphores of the Soul”

“Semaphores of the Soul”
Entitled Semaphores of the Soul ESPO's debut show at A.L.I.C.E. in Belgium celebrates his greatest works from the last 7 years. Espo aka Steven Powers unique of brand of street-smarts colliding with iconic-communication is unmatched by all predecessors and justly catapolted him to contemporary King-ship.

"The Exterior Surface Painting Outreach is a not-for-props volunteer organization dedicated to making the world a different place. We accomplish sweated-status by stepping up and seizing space wholesale, and selling it back to the public at retail. After paying pound royalties to Revs, and reinvesting in Home Depot Futures, the rest is pure profit. We tax toys, stay tax-exempt, and hold slackers in contempt. Currently we have over 28 sites on visual lockdown in the 5 boroughs of New York. In order to demonstrate the effectiveness of the come-up, grate keepers are dispatched at all hours, and have a get-over rate of 96.5%. That's over 62% more dope than the leading brand. The bottom line for ESPO is oil-based Gloss Black, and the future holds nothing but Aluminum for the stockholders of this fine company."
- Mark Surface CFO, from the annual stockholders meeting keynote speech.

Espo's "Semaphores of the Soul"
Espo's Waterboarding Trill Ride
ESPO quote taken from ESPO