Full Ol’ Dirty Bastard documentary on Hulu

Dirty: One Word Can Change The World is available for viewing on Hulu. Here’s a description from a review:

Dirty effectively straddles the fine line of paying homage to an artist while still examining his negative attributes. Although one of ODB’s children, son Barson, makes an apperance, noticeably absent are his other children and their mothers, who would obviously have a different, perhaps more demeaning perspective of him. But this omission is understandable, since the mothers have most likely moved on and probably want to stay away from the public scrutiny that comes from being involved with someone as controversial as the Ol’ Dirty Bastard.

Thanks, Seth!

Full Ol’ Dirty Bastard documentary on Hulu

Investigative Look at Nitrous Mafia

I was almost certain I’d written about this here before, but I can’t seem to find anything. The article of the week has to be this long investigative look at the northeast nitrous scene. I can’t recommend the article highly enough.

If you’ve been to a big concert or festival in the last 10 years or so, specifically a jam band, you’ve seen the dudes selling nitrous balloons and the crowd around them. The nitrous tanks earn BIG money, and because of that, they’re run by folks willing to do anything to protect them. I was a tour manager for a long time (which I’ll hopefully write about sometime), and the Philly Gas Mob was always a presence at festivals. I doubt I’d be fascinated by this topic if I hadn’t actually seen them around. We used to talk about the Philly Gas Mob as a mythical idea. We knew there was some organization to it, but no one really knew anything about it. It was violent and a problem by the time we stopped touring, and it’s just gotten worse now, and more out in the open.

The whole article is hilarious in that, “Wait, this really happens?” kind of way.

Nitrous is called “hippie crack” because of its addictive qualities. Every morning, the festival campgrounds are riddled with balloons, “like bullet shells on a battlefield,” says a fan. Unlike traditional drugs, which have long-lasting effects and can carry a fan through a concert, the high from N20 is cheap and quick. After that, it’s often back to the end of the tank line for another round. “It’s an instant rush of pure euphoria, but it only lasts for 30 seconds or a minute, and then you want it back,” says Justin Heller, a fan who owns his own biodiesel company. He no longer does balloons, but remembers the days of buying 15 in a row. “You don’t think about your money—you’re just like, ‘I want that again, I want that again, I want that again.’ “

Investigative Look at Nitrous Mafia

Hipsters vs Hasidim

This is a bit old, but apparently there is a passive aggressive war going on in Brooklyn. Hasidic Jews in Brooklyn got the city to paint over bike lanes in on certain streets in their neighborhoods and hipsters repainted the lines. The Hasidim say it’s a safety issue and the bikers ignore pedestrians and traffic laws, the hipsters say the Hasidim don’t like seeing women in shorts. Objectively, I think the Hasidim aren’t arguing in good faith. The way you get bikers to follow traffic laws is to get the cops to enforce them, not by making the roadways less safe for bikers. Apparently, the hipsters had a naked bike ride planned to further antagonize the situation, but a recent blizzard forced them to bundle up some. Oy.

Hipsters vs Hasidim

One Reason the Giant Garbage Island in the Pacific Sucks

If you haven’t ever seen pictures of dead baby birds with tons of plastic in their stomachs, click through here. These photographs, by Chris Jordan (Running the Numbers), were taken 2K miles from the nearest continent, but close enough to the giant fucking pile of plastic shit that swirls out by Hawaii. Oh and by the way, there’s another one off of Japan, too. One problem with a giant fucking pile of plastic shit twice the size of Texas and more than 30 feet deep is adult birds fly over it looking for food. When they see a tasty looking bottle cap, they scoop it up and feed it to their babies. Then the pictures linked to above happen. Take a look.

One Reason the Giant Garbage Island in the Pacific Sucks

The Crooked Vultures – Led Zeppelin + Nirvana + QOTSA

What do you get when you combine someone from Queens of the Stone Age, someone from Nirvana/ Foo Fighters and someone from Led FREAKING Zeppelin? You get The Crooked Vultures:

In a 2005 interview with Mojo magazine, Grohl confirmed the roles would be the most logical ones: “The next project that I’m trying to initiate involves me on drums, Josh Homme on guitar, and John Paul Jones playing bass. That’s the next album. That wouldn’t suck.” So the only question remaining is who would be singing. Speculation runs rampant, but nothing has been confirmed yet.

The Crooked Vultures – Led Zeppelin + Nirvana + QOTSA