another hip hop anniversary

Posted on April 19, 2014 by matt


Illmatic, the classic debut album from Nas, was released twenty years ago today on April 19, 1994. Here’s the location of the Queensbridge housing project from the album cover’s photo.

Queensbridge Houses – Nas

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Dead Writer’s Club

Posted on January 15, 2014 by peter bell

Bukowski's grave
Bukowski’s grave, navarrd@flickr

“The meaning of life is that it stops.” – Franz Kafka

To respectfully follow Kafka’s brevity, here is a list of the exit points, final resting places and grave markers of nary a scribe’s mortal coil.
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Eddie Cochran locations

Posted on December 29, 2013 by peter bell

Aphoto: www.eddiecochran.infolthough he died in a car crash at the tender age of twenty-one, by that point Eddie Cochran had already made his mark on rock and roll.

His persona was of an iconic 50s rocker: clean-cut, good-looking, and rebellious.  But his persona belied a deeper understanding of musical forms and styles.  His skill as a guitarist led to him being a session musician on countless tracks in the late 50s, and his own recordings demonstrated experiments with early examples of multitrack recording and overdubbing.

Born in Albert Lea, MN on October 3, 1938, Eddie Cochran’s family moved to Bell Gardens, CA while he was in high school.  There he formed a partnership with Hank Cochran (no relation) and formed a successful local group called The Cochran Bros.  One of their songs, “Skinny Jim”, is still considered a rockabilly standard to this day.

In 1956, Eddie appeared in the film The Girl Can’t Help It. (starring Jayne Mansfield) playing his song  “Twenty Flight Rock.”  Other hits included “Summertime Blues” and “C’mon Everybody.”

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a map of locations from banksy’s better out than in

Posted on November 21, 2013 by matt

Here is a map of all the locations from Better Out Than In, Banksy’s October 2013 residency in New York. I’m not sure how many of these are still up. I know some were painted over almost immediately but others have been protected with plexiglass.

I’m not a New Yorker, and I’m worse with the names of New York neighborhoods than Banksy was. Gothamist and Untapped Cities both had good real-time coverage, so that’s where most of these locations came from.

Enjoy the Sirens of the Lambs, his mobile piece from day 11:

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a hip hop anniversary

Posted on November 9, 2013 by matt

In case you want to hit up New York and celebrate, here’s a reminder about a couple of locations in honor of the anniversary of two landmark hip hop albums, Midnight Marauders by A Tribe Called Quest and Wu-Tang’s Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), both released twenty years ago on November 9, 1993.

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