Friday, July 28, 2006

Well, shit on me!

I just found out that Buster Poindexter is really David Johansen. You know, for someone who always thought he knew so much about punk rock, I sure do miss a lot of details.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Skateboarding on NPR

Here's a quote from Skateboarding Old Days, by John Dicker:

[. . .] I was on the verge of landing an ollie fingerflip. You kick the tail, catch the board mid-air, and flip it beneath your feet. Back in 1988, it was an impressive trick. Now it's as archaic as an underhanded free throw in the NBA.
In other skateboarding/NPR news, Tony Hawk is this week's essayist on This I Believe. His essay Do What You Love reminds me of all the high school writing assignments I would scramble to complete on the busride to school, the morning of the due date. I wonder if Tony finished writing his essay during the drive to the radio station? Probably not, but if the headshot they're using suggests anything, I'd say he sure looks like he was up late, no doubt working on that essay.

Tony's skating manifests such absolute control that I'm often caught off guard to see him out of his element. For anyone who hears him on NPR, I suggest investigating the reason for his celebrity. Here's a good starting place.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Syd Barrett : Pink Floyd : : Brian Jones : The Rolling Stones

Here's a video clip of Pink Floyd playing "Astronomy Domine." According to the file name, it's from a 1967 performance at the Beat Club. I must have downloaded this during my Soulseek days. Now you can download it, too, because I gave in and uploaded the file to RapidShare.


Postscript. There's an extended version on YouTube that includes some insightful commentary and analysis by Hans Keller.

Say Kaddish for Roger Keith Barrett

From npr.org:

Day to Day, July 11, 2006 · Syd Barrett, co-founder of the influential British rock 'n' roll group Pink Floyd, has died. Musician and Day to Day contributor David Was of the group Was (Not Was) offers a remembrance of the talented but troubled Barrett, who struggled with mental illness and drug addiction and left Pink Floyd before the group hit it big.

I'll follow this up with a tribute, or something to remember him by. It seems appropriate, I guess.