Good little documentary on what is proving to be the final days of Bleeker Bob’s an institution in the Village for decades now. I have mixed feelings on the store itself. Never really had good experiences there, mostly I opted to go to Generation Records instead, but I respect their longevity and it is yet another example of the homogenization of New York. More compelling is the story of Bob himself, who suffered form a massive stroke in the early 2000’s, and his long time girlfriend.
"The Knicks opened free agency yesterday with a little more hope after coach Mike Woodson, owner James Dolan and their front-office contingent had an audience with Steve Nash and the club got the Suns amenable to working out a sign-and-trade to get the two-time MVP more money.
During a three-hour meeting, they brought him up to their practice facility in Greenburgh, N.Y., for a tour and told him of sign-and-trade scenarios in which they would be able to offer the point guard up to $8 million per year. Otherwise, the Knicks would have only their $3.09 million midlevel exception to attempt to lure Nash.”
If we can go back in our time machine a bit, this record was highly anticipated when it was released. The White Stripes had blown up a few years earlier with their Lego video and digital piracy was proliferating. Jack being the troglodyte released the review copies of this record on vinyl to try to limit the spread of the expected leak. I remember being super eager to download the pre-release from Napster which ironically was ripped from the vinyl. Long story short I am not sure I have ever heard a proper digital version of this record. Seems fair enough as this gem is in the liner notes: “All songs on this record recorded to eight track reel to reel at Toe-Rag Studios, Hackney, London, England by gentleman Liam Watson in April 2002 except track 4 recorded at the BBC Maida Vale Studio by Miti. No computers were used during the writing, recording, mixing or mastering of this record.” With the exception of a small warp on the outer edge of both discs (visible in the picture of the white disc) this record plays exactly as I want it to sound. A little lo-fi, just a touch of distortion, and a great low end that kicks in exactly when needed-like in “The Hardest Button to Button”. Personally I think this is their best record and the stride they hit on the first song of side B, the Dusty Springfield cover, “I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself”, through Jack’s gentle longing for family approval in “I Want To Be The Boy To Warm Your Mother’s Heart”, through all of side 3 (love the gentle 33 odes to the vinyl form throughout the liner notes). No matter how good the Raconteur’s, Dead Weather, or his solo work may be this record is how I will always think of Jack White. "Be like the squirrel girl, be like the squirrel…."
You may also notice that I have recently upgraded my turntable. Thanks to the helpful staff at Lyric Hi-Fi I am now spinning a Rega RP-1. They sold it to me on the condition that I didn’t spend a beautiful Saturday indoors spinning records all day. To which I thank them. The phono stage was purchased at Stereo Exchange on Broadway in Soho. Also very helpful, essentially underselling me on the Pro-Ject Phono Box S. The upgrade has been noticeable to say the least and I am very happy with both pieces of equipment.
If you are not familiar with Huge magazine you should be. It’s an inspiration to me—great art direction, photography, themes. The July issue was their “Record Lovers” issue. Features on James Murphy/DFA, Morrissey, Adam Yauch, and Andrew Weatherall among others. Unfortunately I can’t read most of it since it’s in Japanese but it’s still fun to drool over the photos. Pick up a copy at Inventory.
"A source close to Amare Stoudemire told ESPNNewYork.com that the Knicks’ power forward will work with NBA legend and post-up coach Hakeem Olajuwon later this offseason. Olajuwon will fly to New York in August to train with Stoudemire. The source also said Tyson Chandler might join Stoudemire for the workouts, but that hasn’t been confirmed. Olajuwon, 49, has previously worked one-on-one with three of the best players in the game: Kobe Bryant (2009), Dwight Howard (2010) and LeBron James last summer. Each player showed immediate improvement on the block in the following season. Stoudemire’s future work with Olajuwon could signal Mike Woodson’s coaching strategy to use him more in the low post and have Chandler become the team’s main high pick-and-roller with Jeremy Lin and Carmelo Anthony. (Stoudemire has more of a foundation in the low post already.)”