Posts Tagged ‘ history ’

the last of the ramones

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i woke up this morning with an alert on my phone that tommy ramone, the first drummer for the ramones, passed away last night.  he was 65.  it’s hard to believe that all four original members of the ramones are now gone.

i discovered the ramones in 1995 after ¡adios amigos! came out.  i ordered it from the columbia house record club not knowing a thing about these guys.  i was hooked instantly.  from there, i bought ramones mania (a greatest hits compilation) and followed that up with the ramones, leave home and rocket to russia.  tommy only played on the first three records which are also their best.

the ramones created a sound and a style that will forever be imitated by kids in garages that like to play their music loud and fast.  thank you for contribution to rock and roll and to my life.  you will be missed.

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coming soon: the smile sessions

if you’re a beach boys fan, then this is exciting news.  the “lost” 1966-67 smile sessions will be released on november 1 in extreme fashion.  you can opt for the 2 disc cd or the box set which includes 5 cds, 2 lps, 2 7” inch singles, a 60 page book, a poster of the original artwork, and a couple of other things.  if you’re unfamiliar with smile, let me give you the cliffs notes: smile was supposed to be the follow up to pet sounds (one of the greatest albums of all time), but brian wilson had a nervous breakdown during the making of the album and never finished it.  it’s become somewhat of a legend and mystery to music fans.  you can pre-order your box set at amazon.  bonus: here’s a little video the beach boys capitol put together to announce the release:

every man needs: a white dinner jacket

with summer in full swing, you’re probably 3-4 weddings deep at this point, and if you’re from the south, then you’ve probably had to wear a tux for most of those.  i actually prefer wearing my tux to weddings because i wear a suit to work every day.  so how do you add a little flavor to your formal wear?  you get yourself a white dinner jacket.

the white dinner jacket first popped up in the the 1920’s as an alternative to the heavy fabric and dark colors of the traditional tuxedo jacket.  wealthy travelers needed something lightweight to take with them to warmer climates, thus creating the need for the white dinner jacket.  most white dinner jackets are made of linen or a very lightweight worsted wool that holds up well in humid environments.  the color is also not technically white but ivory.  they became very popular after humphrey bogart wore one in casablanca (below).

 

brooks brothers has one on sale right now for $550.  that’s a good chunk of change, but not if you consider it an investment.  every man needs one in his wardrobe sooner or later.

nike vintage waffle racer x j.crew

they’ve gone and done it again.  j. crew has partnered with a classic brand to offer a classic shoe that we’ve all known and loved.  i’m all for it as long as they’re not marked up like the new balance kicks.  this time they’ve joined forces with nike to bring you the vintage waffle racer.

the waffle design is more than 30 years old.  it was discovered when nike co-founder bill bowerman was trying to find something that would better grip the new track at the university of oregon.  he poured liquid rubber into his wife’s waffle iron and used the results for his new running shoes.  unreal.

i was actually trying to find a pair of these a month or two ago and was going the ebay route.  this partnership came at a good time.  i think i’m going with the red.  you can buy yours here.