Thursday, July 28, 2011
Morrissey has once again sparked controversy with his beliefs (and arguably flippant way of expressing them). At a show in Warsaw, Poland this past Wednesday, Moz launched into a diatribe before performing The Smiths' "Meat is Murder," stating that the recent massacre in Oslo, Norway was "nothing" compared to the daily actions of fast food chains. The Daily Mirror has the report:
"We all live in a murderous world, as the events in Norway have shown, with 97 dead. Though that is nothing compared to what happens in McDonald's and Kentucky Fried S*** every day."
A spokesperson for the singer issued this statement: "Morrissey has decided to not comment any further as he believes his statement speaks for itself."
Sunday, July 24, 2011
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Friday, July 15, 2011
Original sprint car.
Well, I found out that the cat is out of the bag in reference to my earlier Petruzzi Post. A Japanese film crew is coming to Fresno to chronicle a Chevy inline six Bonneville racer and they are going to do a segment about Ron and his Petruzzi.
I met Ron through Bird. Ron is a local business man, he owns and runs Caps plating. He is motorcycle enthusiast and a racing fan. So, he started researching Drake heads that were made in Fresno. Drake heads are designed as a one piece unit, if you have to do head work you have to cut off the Head work on it and re weld it on. Mr. Petruzzi was the lead designer/fabricator for Drake. He talked to Mr. Drake about changing the design for removable head like knuckleheads are built. Mr. Drake said no thanks we are making money the way they are. Petruzzi went and had his design cast up. He then got a promising kid racer to race his sprint car at the local Fresno race track. Well, Petruzzi's car went out and beat the pants off of everyone in the time trials, including Mr. Drake. Drake was more than a little pissed and threatened to fire Petruzzi. Well this promising kid racer (Whose family invented the super market conveyor belt) put the Petruzzi car in the wall. This ended his race career and Petruzzi's chances as making his own business. Petruizzi shelved his alcohol improved linkert carb design and his two piece heads. They sat on the shelf until Ron checked out the family history and contacted them. The molds were still in their hands so Ron got them and cast them up. Now people all over the world are offering huge amounts of money for these pieces of Fresno race history.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
New Jim Ward single from his upcoming album. You might know him from every other successful band he has fronted; At The Drive In, Sparta and Sleepercar. This is solo debut of sorts and I love the song in its electronic arrangement as opposed to its acoustic version with Tegan (of Tegan and Sara fame). The video is not its strong point, close your eyes and listen to the music. He writes music that is indelibly written upon my soul, I wish my hands and mind could create this.
P.S. William Elliot Whitmore's new album came out today I wish I had it.
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Special of sixties minimalism art at the Norton Simon. It is amazing. This isn't a suggestion, make the time to go. He is one of the most important artists of the Minimalist movement. Some historians contend that he started it with his "Black Paintings," others say he was influential and thats it. Make up your mind for yourself.
Saturday, July 2, 2011
I am not ready to divulge details but I have a discovered a treasure trove of Fresno Harley racing history (thanks to a friend). For you Knucklehead fans, I will release that it has to do with my favorite bike I saw at the flat track show. This information discredits a lot of history books on the subject.