Thursday, July 28, 2011

Meat is Murder


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."
(Via punknews.org)

Margaret Killgalen


From KQED, her roots in book conservation.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

CEC Rodeo Bike


CEC's rodeo bike which competed from the 70's to the 80's. The knuckle used to have an 18" K model rim with tire locks for a dirt tire and low Flanders handle bars. It has ULH fly wheels and an extremely hot cam. She still starts with one kick.

Death

Whirr


Bay area kids making some great shoegaze. Get lost in the noise.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

History Nerd


I am currently looking for history teaching internships here in the Central Valley. If anyone has any ideas or suggestions please let me know. I would like to teach and have a position for the next year. Thanks.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Jack Daniels and Print Making

Petruzzi


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

Sticker Time


Dave,
Victoria wants this as a sticker, oh and I am printing up shirts with this, want one?

Perfect Bobber



This is perfect. I don't know what it is about this firestone ribbed tire (maybe the fact that they don't make them anymore) but with the springer its great.

I Guess It's Music Day

Jim Ward "Broken Songs" from Zaebo Pasca on Vimeo.


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.

New We Were Promised Jetpacks


Second US tour this fall.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Teaser


Petruzzi, Fresno. Can anyone guess what this is?

Valentine



She is getting there. I want to be back on the road so bad that I pined after some guy that was on a new Sportster "45" on my way home yesterday. I need to find someone that has a tubing bender and a high amp stick welder.

Frank Stella


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.

Huntington Lake


Saturday, July 2, 2011

History; Motorcycles and Fresno


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.

So.

Today was one of the hardest work days of my life. So now I am recovered and ready for the rest of the weekend. Well, after irrigating tomorrow.