please call home - the big house documentary

From January of 1970 until early 1973, the Grand Tudor-style mansion at 2321 Vineville Avenue in Macon, Georgia served as the communal hub around which the family and musical world of the Allman Brothers Band revolved. With three stories, 6,000 square feet, 18 rooms, a spacious kitchen, glorious bay windows, and an inviting front porch, it became known as the “Big House,” and the members of the band and its extended family truly turned it into a home filled with love, friendship, and brotherhood. They lived there, rehearsed there, wrote songs there, raised their children there, partied there - it was their castle, their sanctuary from the madness of rock and roll.


the trilogy meter

i have to say, i pretty much agree with all of these rankings.....except for maybe rambo. i probably wouldn't have ranked any of the three rambo movies that high. thanks to dan meth for making all of the hard choices on this one.


the modern house - estate agents

stick hill, nr edenbridge - kent
architect: foster lomas

it isn't craigslist.....

The Modern House is a unique estate agency dedicated to architect-designed property in both urban and rural locations across the UK. They offer a sales and lettings service specialising in houses and apartments of outstanding design dating from the 1920s to the present day.

clere street - london
architect: richard rogers

centaur street - london
architect: dRMM

bankside lofts - london
architect: CZWG


lefties soul connection....damn!



(via: the washington post)




ice yachting on the hudson

More than 100 years ago, people regularly congregated at the Hudson River for winter entertainment and recreation. It was not uncommon to see thousands of people gather on the frozen river for carnivals of music, dancing, food, skating and, most thrilling, ice yacht races.

The enthusiasm for the sport a century ago is not surprising, given that the boats could reach speeds well above that of the trains running along the river.

The sepia-toned era of winter sports on the Hudson is largely dead, not because of advances in home entertainment or newer extreme sports, but mainly because of a pattern of warmer winters, the river simply doesn’t freeze over as often or as deeply as it once did. The long seasons of yesteryear, with dozens of ice yachts and large crowds of onlookers, has turned into the occasional weekend outing, with a small but dedicated group of enthusiasts keeping history alive.

(via: the new york times)


richard meier & his models


sweet inspiration

sweet inspirations


sloop john b

"Sloop John B" is the seventh track on The Beach Boys' Pet Sounds album and was also a single which was released in 1966 on Capitol Records. It was originally a traditional West Indies folk song, possibly recorded earliest by The Weavers under the title "Wreck of the John B", the song taken from a collection by Carl Sandburg (1927). Alan Lomax made a field recording of the song in Nassau, 1935, under the title "Histe Up the John B. Sail". This recording appears on the album Bahamas 1935: Chanteys And Anthems From Andros And Cat Island. The song was adapted by Weavers member Lee Hays. The recording of the song which directly influenced The Beach Boys was by The Kingston Trio. This version was ranked #271 on Rolling Stone's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. The John B. was an old sponger boat whose crew were in the habit of getting notoriously merry whenever they made port. It was wrecked and sunk at Governor's Harbour in Eleuthera, the Bahamas, in about 1900.


ernest borgnine & tortilla flats....how odd

Past the bar and decked in little colored lights is the Borgnine Booth, a shrine of pictures mounted on the wall and hand-painted portraits tacked to the ceiling. That Mr. Borgnine has no particular connection to the restaurant, or to the West Village, or to Tex-Mex chow never really mattered — he seems to have nothing against any of them, either.

On Wednesday, the restaurant will celebrate its 17th Annual Ernest Borgnine Night, when another lucky man or — lucky? — woman will walk away with the prize in the Ernest Borgnine Look-alike Contest.


windswept fields

That’s 72 unforced errors for Richie Tenenbaum. He’s playing the worst tennis of his life. What’s he feeling right now, Tex Hayward?

I don’t know, Jim. There’s obviously something wrong with him. He’s taken off his shoes and one of his socks and… actually, I think he’s crying.

I think you’re right.

Who’s he looking at in the friends’ box, Tex?

That’s his sister, Margot and her new husband, Raleigh St. Clair. They were just married yesterday, Jim.

Oh, yes.

I’ve never seen anything like this.

Neither have I.

Strange day out here at Windswept Fields.

windswept fields, the fictional tennis location in the movie the royal tenenbaums is actually the real west side tennis club, which is located in forest hills ny, located in the borough of queens, in new york city.


joaquin phoenix is hip hop


newspapers on your computer?..what a crazy world



dita eyewear

dita legends


daniel johnston

yes....i know, the movie is four years old...but i just saw it:

Daniel Johnston was born January 22, 1961 in Sacramento, California, the fifth child of Mabel and Bill Johnston, younger by 13 years than his oldest sibling. The family moved first to Utah and then to New Cumberland, West Virginia when Daniel was five. Daniel learned to play piano by watching his sister Margy. His brother Dick taught him how to read music. But his earliest interest was in the visual arts. "I started drawing comics when I was about eight," he says. "Sometimes they were based on my cat. I made my cat a superhero. Sometimes I drew about Bible stories, and I loved Godzilla and King Kong. My mom bought me paper all the time." Daniel began a series of comic books he called "Cool Comics Presents," laying down the foundation for his adult work in which, for the most part, good battles evil.

Over the course of his career, Daniel's songs have been covered by many great artists including Yo La Tengo, Firehose, Mo Tucker, Eddie Vedder, Sparklehorse and Kathy McCarty, who devoted an entire album to covering Daniel's songs called "Dead Dog's Eyeball," which was regarded by many as one of the best albums of the '90s.

the devil and daniel johnston
hi how are you
worried shoes


upstate & angry....with leather




architecture for peanuts

Among the signs of a slumped economy, count John Morefield's.

There it sits among the produce and fish, amid sellers of honey and jewelry and pastry in the Ballard Sunday farmers market. Simple and unadorned, it reads like a wry joke -- except maybe to anxious students in the University of Washington's Gould Hall:

Architecture 5¢.

This what it's come to, John? Going to parade down Market Street in sandwich boards later? "I'm serious," Morefield said, laughing when asked about his booth, which has appeared two weeks in a row at the open-air street market in old Ballard. "I'm here to answer questions. And I do charge a nickel. I've made a dollar today so far."

(see the full story @ seattlepi.com)


live the box: an international design competition

The idea came to Christopher Stone as he was looking out the window of his office near Newark Liberty International Airport one day, and his eye fell on shipping containers. Lots of huge, empty industrial containers stacked up high, row after row.

“It seemed like they were just waiting there for some new purpose,” said Mr. Stone, an architect. He thought, “Why not create something with them that would benefit people?” And, “How about housing for the poor?”

But when he got a group together from the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects to talk it over, they quickly came to the conclusion that this would be presumptuous. “So often, those with limited means feel they are being sequestered and forced into something substandard,” Mr. Stone said. “Why would they want to live in shipping containers if no one else does?”

And then, it occurred to the architects: “We should figure out how to create housing so cool that everybody would want to live in it.”

There followed more than a year of intellectual ferment, during which the group roped in various Newark officials as well as the architecture school at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. The result was Live the Box: An International Design Competition.

(via the new york times)