Bleecker Bob’s Closing Down

Another absolutely legendary store is closing down in NYC. I’ve been to Bleeker Bobs countless times. A good chunk of my record collection comes from Bobs. I supposed it’s inevitable but the news saddens me. After my parents divorce my mother had a new boyfriend (now her husband Doug). To get my brother and I out of their hair on the weekends they would give us $100 to go record shopping. There were about 10 stores on our village walk including St. Marks Sounds, Vinylmania, Discorama, Rebel Rebel, Tower, Second Coming and Bleeker Bobs. As the 80s ended and I went to college, EBM/Industrial records started to dry up and I started making my own music. These factors ended my vinyl shopping spree. I think fondly of spending time with my brother and finding the music gems which I still cherish today. Be sure to read the article in The Stool Pigeon (link) for Bob’s history.

“Landmark Greenwich Village record shop Bleecker Bob’s is closing down after more than 40 years in business, and the only person in new york who doesn’t know is Bleecker Bob… A long CD rack, installed in the nineties, runs down one side of the store. It looks out of place now, like an arcade game in a library. Art deco clocks hang at the top of the walls in rows. Many of them have stopped. And there are crates and crates and crates of hand-labelled, meticulously catalogued records. But forget about the records for a minute….” – The Stool Pigeon

via The Stool Pigeon and Kevin W Fitzgerald

photo credits: bytegirl24, J Blough and nyperson

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on April 22, 2012 at 8:46 am, filed under music, political and tagged , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



April Fools

So far none of the April Fools jokes are all that good so I’m posting a Cat Playing a Theremin video. Google tried way too hard with Google Maps 8-bit for NES, Gmail Tap and the Google Fiber Bar. Moog released a sound pack for Animoog “based” on a certain bodily function. Side-Line magazine let us know Justin Beiber covered a VNV Nation track (link). Let me know if you’ve been tricked by anything good today.

“In France and Italy children (and adults, when appropriate) traditionally tack paper fish on each other’s back as a trick and shout “april fish!”" – Wikipedia.com

For more info: wikipedia.org/wiki/April_fools

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on April 1, 2012 at 7:01 am, filed under political and tagged , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



The Fastest Adopted Gadget

What is the fastest adopted gadget of the past 50 years? It must have an Apple logo on it right? Nope. The boombox entered our lives quicker than the iPhone, Wii or Walkman. I had several including a massive Conion with an alarm system. Be sure to check out the Ghettoblaster flickr Group: click here. If you’re looking for the best modern take on a portable radio check out the Jambox or TDK Three Speaker Boombox. I always liked the idea of people blasting their music and forcing their loved art onto others. Oh well… back to my white earbuds.

“It’s the boombox. The boombox. This startling revelation was brought to light in a paper in the Journal of Management and Marketing Research. The conclusion is the result of checking the overall level of adoption of a variety of new technologies by the 7th year of their existence. The numbers show that the boombox was number one. For a little context, not only did it beat out the cellphone and the desktop computer but also every other variety of mobile music devices, of which I think we can all agree, the boombox is by far the least efficient and the most annoying.” – geekosystem.com

For more info: geekosystem.com/fastest-adopted-gadget

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on March 26, 2012 at 6:01 am, filed under hardware, political and tagged , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Dazzle Dancin

I’m not sure what to say here. This is from 1984. There was probably cocaine involved. Imagine we build a time machine and the first place we shoot back to is this precious moment. If you know me you know I’m not being sarcastic. I love this. I’m on eBay looking for a turquoise shirt like the hosts right now.

“I scored this “big box” VHS at a video store liquidation sale for a dollar. Quite possibly the best dollar I’ve ever spent.” – smashism

For more info: rick.com

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on March 20, 2012 at 5:08 am, filed under political and tagged , , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



What does music look like?

German photographer Martin Klimas has a photo series where he shows you what he thinks music looks like. As someone with Synesthesia I see bass and kicks drums as darker colors, hi-hats as white and juno/mentasm sounds as purple. It’s maybe all fantasy my mind creates but it may also help me create songs. How do you see it?

“For this series, Klimas spent six months and about 1,000 shots to produce the final images from his studio in Düsseldorf, Germany….The resulting images are Klimas’s attempt to answer the question ‘What does music look like?”

For more info: butdoesitfloat.com/What-does-music-look-like

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on March 18, 2012 at 6:51 am, filed under political and tagged , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Atmosphere

This is what it has come to.

“Just looking at this man I? couldn’t have guessed he hits so much puss__”

For more info: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joy_Division

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on March 14, 2012 at 7:11 pm, filed under political and tagged , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Club Kids Bus Trip

For a few years I was friends with Ernie Glam. I had some interesting times hanging out with him in the late 80s. The video above is quite the mind trip. How Christina is discussed is facinating.

“The Club Kids were a group of young New York City club personalities mostly led by Michael Alig and James St. James in the late 1980s and early 1990s.” – Wikipedia

For more info: wikipedia.org/wiki/The_limelight

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on March 12, 2012 at 6:24 am, filed under political and tagged , , , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Nightclub Research

You have to hear what he says about the “rockstar effect”.

“Yale researches social nightclub behaviour with a particular emphasis on music and how it affects people at an implicit level. With a background in biology, psychology, and sociology, Yale investigates such topics as how music can affect bar sales and people’s ability to multitask, how it determines listening patterns, and how the stock market can affect mood, which in turn predicts the characteristics of popular music.” – TEDxTalks

For more info: darwinvsthemachine.com

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on March 10, 2012 at 6:53 am, filed under political and tagged , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Security Rack Screws

If someone is absolutely determined to steal everything in your recording studio chances are they can find a way. However most robberies are less planned and opportunistic. The quick tip of the day is to use Torx style security screws. Basically you replace your rack screws with these so most standard screwdrivers wont work. In most cases your rack itself will be too heavy and wired up steal quickly and the gear will be difficult to remove from it. The set above is available from most pro-audio dealers. So what’s to stop special music studio (or computer server) theives armed with Torx screwdrivers? You can have 100% unique custom screws and bits ordered tamperproof.com. Better safe than sorry.

“Tamperproof Screw Co. manufactures quality-made security screws that are tamper-resistant and virtually impossible to remove without the proper tools. Tamperproof has many types of security screws to choose from, along with spanners, fasteners, nuts, bolts, and more. Our security screws are tamperproof and are also the toughest and most durable fasteners you can find.” – tamperproof.com

For more info: sweetwater.com/search.php?s=security+screws

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on March 7, 2012 at 6:27 am, filed under political and tagged , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Meme

Well these “storyboard” meme things are going around like hotcakes. I think they are pretty funny actually. Here’s a few music related ones.

“A meme is an idea, behavior or style that spreads from person to person within a culture. A meme acts as a unit for carrying cultural ideas, symbols or practices, which can be transmitted from one mind to another through writing, speech, gestures, rituals or other imitable phenomena.” – Wikipedia

For more info: wikipedia.org/wiki/Meme

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on February 16, 2012 at 8:02 am, filed under political and tagged . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



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