The Mystery Behind HR’s Chair

Darryl Jenifer of Bad Brains fame kicks off a new season of Classic Tales with a story about why HR did two gigs duct-taped to a chair

Linked Out (Special Hump Day Edition)


Every week Chris Black uses his superior internet reading abilities to provide you with a list of links to things that you’re bound to find interesting

Streaming Music Has Left Me Adrift

Why Do We Want to Believe That Everything Happens For a Reason?

I Went on a ‘Make Your Own Cocaine’ Tour in Colombia

A Field Guide to the True American Diner

Working Stiffs: Inside the Retirement Home for Mannequins

How Restaurants Become Impervious to Criticism

A History of Institutional Incompetence

The Bizarre Tale of Ben Bradlee, JFK, and the Master Spy

How Can I Become A ‘Music Person’?

What if age is nothing but a mind-set?

Deion Sanders – “Must Be The Money” (1994)

— Chris Black / @donetodeath


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Crossing The Streams

The Ghostbusters Halloween Remix by Eclectic Method

Cassie Amato is…


Wednesday’s Muse

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For Funky Architects, Dapper Dentists, Regal Ruffians, and All Other Forms of Stand-Up Sophisticants


Jacques-Elliott makes great looking, unpretentious ties.

The Girl With The Pierced Eardrum


Banksy gives Vermeer’s masterpiece a 21st century update in what some could see as the beginnings of his visibility campaign in anticipation of HBO’s upcoming special.

Square-Dance Style


The first act of sex on earth happened about 385 million years ago between two primitive bony fish in an ancient Scottish lake. The fish did it sideways—like two square dancers—rubbing their genitalia together like cheese graters

“Life’s a Party, Rock Your Body”

Marcel the Shell is back! and he’s got a new book out.

The Conspiracy Theorist’s Favorite Top-Secret Space Plane


The U.S. Air Force’s unmanned X-37B space plane landed quietly back on earth over the weekend after having been in orbit for the past 674 days “conducting experiments.” Measuring 29′ 3″ long and 9′ 6″ high with a 14′ 11″ wingspan, the plane is thought to be some type of “space bomber spy plane” that is tracking Chinese movements outside of earth’s atmosphere. The military won’t confirm the speculation.


Nu Liife


Our weekly comic by Andrew Jeffrey Wright / @ajw4ever

The First Rule of Skateboarding is That There Are No Rules

I was a Skate Rat

“a brief meditation on the nature of how suburban nomadic skateboarders find each other, build communities – and as is often the case in adversarial environments – use every inch of their limitations and blank canvas, to breed ideas that influence the life of skateboarders every day. From the kick flip, to the kick tail, Floridians are responsible for scores of technical and cultural advancements – and they are all skate rats.”

Linked Out


Every week Chris Black uses his superior internet reading abilities to provide you with a list of links to things that you’re bound to find interesting
Don’t Say Goodbye When You Leave a Party. Just ghost.

JFK TWA Terminal Still Sitting In Beautiful Abandonment

What I Saw as an N.F.L. Ball Boy

Mathematicians claim to have discovered the formula for everlasting love

The Visual Encyclopedia of Russian Prison Tattoos

The Best Way To Eat Pizza

The Immigrant Sport: What Ping-Pong Means In America

Women Looking At Art

Ever wonder what happens when you infect music with a computer virus?

Just Say No to the Sexy Halloween Costume

The Best Songs Ever Written About L.A.

— Chris Black / @donetodeath


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Friday’s Vault

Rodney Mullen in Plan B’s “Second Hand Smoke” (1994)

Deadbeats on Deadbeats

We’ve been fans of the Deadbeat Club since we first encountered their zines from what seems like years ago. With a one-night only event happening tonight (10/17), we asked some of the members of this tight knit photo crew to talk about each other’s pictures. Here’s are the results, beginning with Dennis McGrath’s take on Ed Templeton’s photo, above.

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Big Fun for the Eardrums


CVS Bangers, Volume 3 by Hennessy Youngman

Once a Church, Still a Graveyard, and Yours For Only $99,000


Dreaming about an upstate retreat for your artistic endeavors? Don’t mind using an outhouse close to where the dead are buried? Maybe you’re inspired by the spirit of old Methodist church hymns? Or could it just be that you’ve always wanted a functional bell tower? Whatever the case, here’s a 2500 sq. ft. drafty old church for sale in the Catskills. The address is 40 Sack road, so you best bring the blunts…

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How Art Can Save The Universe From Total Destruction

An evangelical booklet for the promotion of the humanities by Mark Mulroney. Available by mail-order here

For those in SF, Mark has a new show opening at Ever Gold this Saturday, October 18th, from 7-10pm

100% Kook


Alexis Ross took traditional Chinatown Laundry bag material and turned it into the upper for his new Vans Syndicate OG Authentic Pro CV “S” shoe.

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Attention Deficit Opera

“Macbeth,” a Toiletpaper project for the Metropolitan Opera by Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari.

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