required listening: t. rex electric warrior

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you know the song “bang a gong (get it on)?”  yeah, you do.  you’ve heard it every time there’s been a trailer for a movie about a 1970’s football or basketball team.  it would be hard not to put said song in said trailer because it sounds like the 70’s.  and if you knew nothing about t. rex and marc bolan, it would be easy to write off t. rex as some sort of gimmicky music from a forgotten era, but that’s not the case.

i bought electric warrior after hearing “jeepster” in tarantino’s movie death proof.  tarantino knows his music.  i figured if we was down with t. rex, then i should be too.  i had low expectations.  i’ve never liked the music of the 70’s or glam rock.  man was i wrong.

electric warrior gets better every time i throw it on the record player or in my car.  it’s full of catchy guitar hooks and trippy lyrics.  there’s a depth to this record – a feel to it – that’s hard to describe.  here’s a good analogy: have you ever had a sip of a stiegl beer on a spring day?  well, it sounds like that beer tastes (if that makes sense).  it’s party music for people that like to wear their sunglasses inside.  normally, i would call those folks assholes, but if t. rex was on, i would call them the coolest people in the room.

still not sold?  check out these jamz and get back to me: “mambo sun,” “cosmic dancer,” “jeepster,” “life’s a gas,” and “the motivator.”  if you don’t feel like you’re flying after listening to those songs, then i can’t help you.  electric warrior is this month’s required listening.  recommended on vinyl.  the ladies will love it.

dating again (part 3.5)

lately when i think about dating, this scene from best in show keeps popping into my head.  “we met at starbucks.  not at the same starbucks, but we saw each other at different starbucks across from each other.”

dating is miserable.  it’s become one of those things that i am starting to hate.  i used to think i was good at it – that i had it down to some sort of science, but no longer.  it’s confusing and complicated and unfulfilling.  look, i don’t mean to sound like a complete pessimist, but i would argue that in today’s time period dating is harder than it’s ever been.  let me explain why… Continue reading

sid mashburn moto jacket

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i need a new leather jacket.  i’m currently selling my old one on ebay (long story).  this motorcycle jacket from sid mashburn is the perfect candidate to replace the other one.  the write-up on sid’s website said they were tired of searching for the “perfect” leather jacket, so they made their own.  it’s brown cowhide (obviously) rather than black which means it goes with more things in your closet.  it’s also slim fit with no chest pockets to give it more of a tailored look.  i like it.  i just need the old jacket to go ahead and sell so i can jump on this one before they sell out (it’s a limited run).

smoke and flame

no need to explain why this is funny.  they nailed it.  enjoy.

1200firewood

“i consider myself a bit of a storyteller, but my words are wood.”

common projects chelsea boots

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chelsea boots are suddenly en vogue.  well, maybe suddenly is the wrong word choice.  they never really go out of style.  they’re classics.

i’ve had my eye on these common projects chelsea boots since 2012.  i regret not following through with the purchase because kanye started wearing them and if ye’s wearing them then that means they’re going to be harder and harder to get (duh).  i’ve been hesitant to mention them on here because i wasn’t sure how i felt about the color choices – tan and grey.  i’m on board now.  you can pre-order a pair on barneys website, but they won’t ship until february.  we’ll call that they ye effect.

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pray for paris

prayforparis

paris is my favorite city on the planet.  the news tonight is absolutely heartbreaking.  this s**t must stop.  my thoughts and prayers are with the people of paris.  pray for paris.

*my friend jess graves at the love list wrote an excellence piece about this tragedy that you can read here.  great job, jess.  well said.

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“peace for paris” by jean jullien

buying a barbour

barbourbuying

believe it or not i have not mentioned the word “barbour” on here since 2011.  that’s gotta be a joke, right?  i love this brand.  surely, it must have come up at some point.  a quick search tells me it hasn’t.  hmm…i digress.

with the temperature now dropping, it’s slowly becoming barbour season i.e. time to dust off the ol’ bedale and liddesdale.  (i had an international, but recently unloaded it because the tagged size wasn’t the same as the actual jacket size.  took me a year to figure it out.  always check the size on the label even if it’s hidden in a tiny pocket.)  if you’re new to barbour and like your clothes to fit, the sizing can be a bit of a headache.  for my personal sizing tips, click on the next page and i will walk you carefully through this difficult process.   Continue reading

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