Frontwoman Mackenzie Scott explains in this excellent video from Pitchfork, that she chose the moniker “Torres” in tribute to her grandfather. As the co-owner of a store named for fathers and grandfathers, you can imagine my delight in learning this. I recently caught Torres throwing it down at The Empty Bottle in Chicago, and I was blown away by her intimate, emotionally-connected performance. I happily picked up the “still warm” first vinyl pressing of the debut album, and as mind-blowing as they were live, this band sounds just as good on the home HiFi.
Growing up, my favorite movie was The Blues Brothers. I watched all the time with — of all people — my mother, who would laugh whenever Aykroyd appeared. She would point at the TV and say to me, “You could do that.”
Some mothers want their sons to grow up to be president. Mine was aiming for Aykroyd. Reading the story of making The Blues Brothers in the excellent comedy issue of January’s Vanity Fair, I rediscovered my love for the film, and for the men behind it.
I found this Beach Boys video on Sasha Lamb’s blog, Workin Nights, yesterday. From Dennis Wilson’s T-shirt (No Sweat) to the “Surf Patrol” uniforms the not-ready-for-primetime boys no doubt lifted from Universal Studios’ costume department, it had me in stitches.
Come on, Brian. Let’s go surfing now.
Everybody’s learning how.
Come on a safari with us.
Without fail, the day after Christmas, I will receive at least one e-mail that reads as follows:
“Dude, my (girlfriend / wife / mother) bought me a bow tie to wear to __________’s wedding this summer. Send help.”
And for a long time, one could find several nice videos on the internet that could help. I even posted such a video — one of the earliest posts — on All Plaidout.
Well, last fall, with the long overdue debut of their bow ties, the Corsillo Brothers at Hickoree’s shared this stop-motion-animation video.
It is the most well-done video on the subject. Hands down.
Also, Emil Corsillo, you borrowed my favorite Carrot & Gibbs bow tie for inspiration four (4) years ago and never returned it. Don’t think I’ve forgotten.
One Trip Pass‘ Jay Carroll — the King of the Road Trip — has created a series of videos centered on the work he’s done for Levi’s, traveling and buying up some of his favorite things to be sold in their stores. If dreams were realities, Jay would continue to travel and document these terrific people and their lives’ work forever.
Without further ado, Made Here.
This is what it’s all about: those old bobbins, drinking corn whiskey, and playing “The Red River Valley” with your thumb.
Thanks for sharing this with us, guys. Great stuff.
It’s tonight, Thursday September 13th at Imogene + Willie from 6-8 pm and it’s all in support of The Belcourt Theatre’s nD Fest. We’ll be set up flea market-style with some new T-shirts, new Kamp Kits, and some other fresh goods from Buckshot Sonny’s. The market will feature the wares of Billy Reid, Emil Erwin, A. Micah Smith, Otis James, and others. Get thee to Imogene + Willie.
Get your tickets here.