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It's Dr. Hunter S. Thompson's 76th birthday.

July 18th, 2013 by

take the ride

Dr. Hunter S. Thompson would have been 76 today.

In his honor, as is tradition, here are birthday words from Mr. Drew McKinney:

Has it been a year already? Of course it has, I can tell by simply gazing at a mirror. The hairline has, impossibly, receded even further back on my skull in a grand attempt to meet my neck. What little hair remains is a bit grayer, the creases in my face are a bit deeper, and the joints in my body make a bit more noise. And so much for aging gracefully. They lied to us about that part but what are we going to do about it? Those liars are already dead or dying and the energy we have left is better spent thinking about our own inevitable demise.

This time last year I was in the sticks of Georgia, sweltering in near triple-digit heat, watching the wells evaporate dry and wondering when it would all come to a fiery end as we inched our way to glorious spontaneous combustion. That fire never came though, we got through it and somehow between then and now I made my back to my favorite city, that fair maiden of the West, my old lover, San Francisco. The hellfire of Georgia has been replaced with a blanket of cold mist and I sit with a mug of green tea, bundled up in more layers than I have bones, contemplating the merits of powering up the space heater. Whatever happened to the July of my childhood?

318 Parnassus Avenue

318 Parnassus

San Francisco is an amazing city. It is somehow both inspiring and unpleasant, a place where the rich get richer and the dreams of peasants get crushed under thousand-dollar designer boots. The working class can no longer afford to live here and must be shuttled in by crowded bus or train to beg for pennies or the dregs of someone's Soy Latte. And yet... we all scratch and claw and bite and curse to stay here so there must be something about it.

The Good Doctor spent a fair amount of time here. His residence at 318 Parnassus isn't that far from where I am now and rumor has it that if you look closely you can still make out where the bullet holes were patched. From drunk stumbling in Haight Ashbury to drunk dancing in the Marina to drunk drinking South Of Market, Hunter had this town wired. He was equally at home writing in the offices of Rolling Stone or "managing" a gritty sex theater in the Tenderloin or partying with Hells Angels in Potrero Hill. It's said that Hunter knew the location of every motel ice machine in the city, the better to make his famous Chivas snowcones with, and I choose to believe it. The stories those ice machines must have.

Oh to have been in San Francisco during that time and with that man. I can totally imagine what it was like... roaring down Geary Boulevard to Point Lobos Avenue in a car with the top down, cold beers comfortably nestled between thighs, the remnants of a joint dangling from the ashtray, rock music blaring into the night. The ocean would come into view and Hunter would smile, flick his eyes to make sure I was cool with this and then he would floor the accelerator and we would be airborne, soaring through the air silent and weightless, flying off the cliff until we landed with a crashing thud on the beach below. He'd drain his beer and toss it into the waves, grab another from the six-pack and pop it open. "See," he would say, "nothing to worry about."

Happy Birthday, Doc.

take the ride

HST in the car via Aspen Post. 318 Parnassus photo via psychedelicsister.blogspot.com. Thank you, Drew. Thank you, Hunter.

the least [This Is What Rock Looks Like]

November 9th, 2012 by

Effective use of lighting by The Future Of The Left.

This song's been lodged squarely in my head all day.

It's a Pine On Saturday. [This Is What Rock Looks Like]

September 8th, 2012 by

It's a Pine On Saturday.

Pine on.

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A brutal video for a brutal song for brutal people. [This Is The Part That Will Hurt; This Is What Rock Looks Like]

November 17th, 2011 by

Inspired by a mention by Mr. Drew McKinney and submitted for your approval, the video "Scrape" from longtime NYC noise-rockers Unsane.

This a brutal song for a brutal video. It's a near-perfect pairing of bald-faced sound and disparate visuals.

Feel it:

Brutal.

(Video via YouTube user Burglar.)

The horror of the unblinking yawner.

November 5th, 2011 by

Cats make the biggest face when they yawn.

It's awesome.

Except when sometimes it goes wrong.

Cricket's yawn.

From the Tumblr account of Yuko Ota, one of the two behind the mighty webcomic Johnny Wander:

Cricket yawning. Photoshop doodle.

When the kitten yawns, she looks positively fiendish. I am not kidding, the face she makes straddles the line between disturbingly cute and disturbingly otherworldly. Do cats usually not close their eyes when they yawn? I think Rook closes his eyes when he yawns. Maybe Cricket is some sorta changeling.

Cats' yawns take up their whole head, their whole face.

The Deftones knew that. Hence what was on the cover for their 1995 single "Bored."

Deftones' cover for their single Bored

Here's the video for that song.

And the next time a cat yawns near you... watch.

Fuck you, I'm a wizard. [Fuck You Friday]

September 2nd, 2011 by

It's a Fuck You Friday.Friday.

Friday, Friday, Friday.

It's a Fuck You Friday. Always. No exceptions -- ever.

It's important. Always.

Now, this:

FURTHER EVIDENCE:

Wizards have powers. It's key to know that. And y'know what?

Fuck you.

(The Final Battle by 5-Second Films. Wizard song from Sifl And Olly by Liam Lynch and Matt Crocco via YouTube user vinylsaurus.)

Summation.

June 12th, 2011 by

Never thought I'd be relieved to hear about a Dallas sportsteam's victory.

MIAMI HEAT die nasty alright

'MIAMI HEAT die nasty alright' he said.

Thanks, Gregory.

And thanks, Mavs.

Comforting Static In The Channel

June 6th, 2011 by

STATIC STATIC STATIC

Familiar? Somehow comforting? Yes.

Comforting like an old shirt.

This tangent leads to this:

Jawbox playing "Static" live, 1992-02-15 in Houston, TX.

And back to this:

Anamanaguchi playing "Airbrushed" live.

Synopsis: Distortion is not a bad thing.

(Image via the band Anamanaguchi's blog. Jawbox live video via YouTube user thedesiresymposium. Anamanaguchi video via YouTube user kozue255.)

"HE'S JUST A ONE-TOWN MAN WITH A ONE-MAN WIFE." [This Is What Rock Looks Like]

April 11th, 2011 by

This is wonderful.

Enjoy the near-glossolalia of "Chin Music" by Future Of The Left.

Feel it.

(Video via YouTube user KhufuMedia.)

It's a Wednesday Of The Talking Horse. [This Is What Rock Looks Like]

January 12th, 2011 by

Melvins, yes. Taste the surrealism.

Oh, this song. The final set of riffs on this track are overwhelming, like being tossed head-over-heels by a wave of blood at night.

Astonishing.

(Via the video's director, Behn Fannin.)