Xybots Xybots Xybots (and Bear Wrestling)

An interview with Joel Hedge, master of Xybots and Battlezone, from the King of Kong DVD extras. He was the high score record holder on twin galaxies until just a couple months ago.

Unfortunately the word “Xybots” can only be used to answer the question “What is Xybots?”

Text for Alien Soundtracks

Text for Alien Soundtracks

( via my record shelf)

I can’t believe this guy beat MJ to the silver glove punch.

The Beard and Moustache Movement

The Beard and Moustache Movement

John Leech Sketch from Punch (1853)

Railway Guard, “Now, ma’am, is this your luggage?”

Old Lady (who concludes she is attacked by Brigands), “Oh, yes! Gentlemen, it’s mine! Take it—take all I have—but spare, oh spare our lives!!”

The moustache movement, that pivotal moment in the mid C19 when facial hair became not just socially acceptable (after a long spell in the cultural doldrums - the beards of the C16th having been supplanted by wigs) but almost essential.

( via things magazine)

This and more available at Pictures from Punch

It’s just like music when you reckon it up. It’s like listening to Pavement: it’s just The Fall in 1985, isn’t it? They haven’t got an original idea in their heads.

Mark E. Smith

You know, Malkmus is being a bit of a bitch in interviews recently. One thing he said last summer referred to me as “trashy mouth.” And he just did this article in Spin where he alluded to me unpleasantly, saying, “You know, I always thought that Pavement could have had one of those big hits in the early ’90s with ‘Cut Your Hair,’ but I guess people preferred ‘Cannonball.’ ” Yeah, I liked Pavement. But if he keeps fucking smacking his mouth off about me, I’m going to end up not being able to listen to any of their fucking records again. Anyway, I thought, God, man, “Cut Your Hair” isn’t as good of a song as “Cannonball,” so fuck you. How’s that? Your song was just a’ight, dawg.

Kim Deal

If only Malkmus had the foresight to license his jams to classic State sketches.

The Living Tower

The Living Tower

Farms in the sky.

( via nytimes)

Goo’s Inspiration

Goo's Inspiration

Continuing the Goo theme, here’s the photograph of the whirlwind, heat, and flash that served as the inspiration for Raymond Pettibon’s Sonic Youth album artwork.

It’s a photograph Myra Hindley and Ian Brady, the couple responsible for the Moors Murders.

It’s actually a photo of Maureen Hindley and her husband, David Smith. Maureen was Myra’s younger sister, and the two were close with her and Ian. David was a witness to the last murder, and was responsible for turning them in to the police. (Thanks to Garrison for setting us straight).

Dow Jones’ Prerogative

Dow Jones' Prerogative

WSJ’s web-log goes for the youth click with a timely Bobby Brown/Britney Spears ref.

Neighbor Hater

Neighbor Hater

Truth in advertising.

( via cabel)

Chickens, Shoelace

Chickens, Shoelace

“The chickens in the attached picture untied one of my shoes when I tried to enter their pen and replenish their water on a farm in Vermont last week.”

( via the robman)