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I’ve Been Robbed

March 27th, 2008 | Comments | Posted in Music, Personal, Photos

DSC_1579Some of you may know about my “shoes project”, which I came up with after last year’s SXSW festival, where I happened to get a few great shots of a few bands’ shoes as they were playing.  The idea behind the project was to take a shot of the shoes of every band I saw this year at SXSW (whenever humanly possible) and make them into a framed collection of cool shoe shots to put up on the wall, with the name of each band represented in the collection.  On the right, for example, you can see the triumphant shot I took of the band Blitzen Trapper.

I was quite proud of myself for coming up with this idea, because, seriously, it’s awesome.  Which brings us to the today; here I sit, feeling pleased and quietly developing pictures of band shoes, when out of the blue, I get a phone call from Jesse:  “Hey buddy… I’ve got some bad news.”

08326_160251_BlocPartyshoesL200308Thus enter French electro-popsters The Shoes and their new single, “Knock Out”.  Apparently, they have pressed 300 copies of the 7″, and each one comes bundled with a Polaroid of (guess what)… shoes.  And here’s the kicker; they (being significantly cooler than I) have far more famous friends than I could hope for (although I do sorta know the drummer from Lady Genius and one the guys from Altman).  Each Polaroid is of someone indie-famous and is signed by the aforementioned semi-celeb; notable notables include folks from Bloc Party (left), CSS, and The Darkness.

So what’s the moral of the story? Apparently, it’s “never try to do anything cool or fun or awesome, because someone will just rip off your idea and flaunt it all  over the internets”. Internets like NME, Pitchfork, and MixMag. Well, crap.

What do you guys think… should I go ahead with the project or toss it in the fail bin?  Jesse has already made it clear where he stands (and I’m paraphrasing here): “I dunno, man. I was just worried you’d have someone over to your apartment who would see the pictures, yell, ‘Hey, that french band The Shoes already did that!’, and then burn the place down.”

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SXSW Pics

March 26th, 2008 | Comments | Posted in Music, Personal, Photos

I’ve finished developing and uploading my SXSW pics, so here’s the final set:

Listening to: Rush – Rivendell
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Well, That’s Just Delightful

March 26th, 2008 | Comments Off | Posted in Entertainment

Seen on tumblr

Listening to: ABBA – Mamma Mia
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Human Airbag

March 25th, 2008 | Comments Off | Posted in Personal, Techie

Check out this engadget article on new personal airbags aimed at motorcyclists.  I’m still hoping they invent a process by which they can fuse adamantium to my skeleton and make me invulnerable, but this will have to tide me over; take a look at this video:

 

 
Oops… I probably shouldn’t have posted that. As I write this, I can hear the sound of my mom storming into the garage and taking a sledgehammer to my bike.
 
For more info, take a peek at the Dainese website.
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Sourdough, Indeed

March 24th, 2008 | Comments Off | Posted in Entertainment, Personal
WFMU‘s annual pledge drive was a couple weeks ago, and as I’m an avid listener of The Best Show on WFMU I decided to show my support for Tom and what he does there.  I made a pledge during his show, and this week I finally listened to the podcast of the marathon show, which included guest appearances by Patton Oswalt, Ben Gibbard, and Ted Leo.  As Pseu read out the names of people who donated, Patton was handing out nicknames, and to my delight, I’ve been christened anew… take a listen:

 
I do love sourdough (untoasted, of course), so from now on you dudes can go ahead and call me Sourdough Jake.  If you go to the podcast and listen to the whole show you can hear them thank Joe as well, as well as Ben of The Bay Bridged fame.  Way to do the right thing, guys.
 
Also, check out this in-studio video of Ted Leo and Ben Gibbard doing Neil Diamond’s "Porcupine Pie", which Tom has proclaimed to be the worst song in the history of mankind. 
 
 
Now hop on over to WFMU’s Beware of the Blog to see all the other great vids, or to Pitchfork for some pics.
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