...after reading a fellow bloggers rant about the decline of music and arts in the last 50 years...rap music got the greatest amount of the lashing...i cant say i disagreed terribly...
Jan 29th might be my date....
Atomic Sketch Event @ Evil Olive
BCD Collaborative hosts another Atomic Sketch Event tonight at Wicker Park's Evil Olive. Showcasing established and emerging artists of various disciplines, the event promises finished works for sale at prices set by the artists -- in other words, it's a great place to cop original pieces at affordable prices. In addition to the guest artist's "panel", practicing artists and illustrators are encouraged to drop-in with their own materials, make some art and hang their work on the wall too. 6-10pm. 1551 W. Division St.
...some pics from their blog
...you should check this out, it looks like a ton of fun!
Jason Tyler feat. Sam I Am
Directed by the same guy who brought you the Cool Kids Black Mags video, GL Joe. This is a video about running around the streets of Chicago. Check out the animation of the Chicago "Goon" graffiti character, performance artist Jo Jo Baby, a bicycle group called the "Rat Patrol", and much more
I mean,... Golden=)
i just uploaded a few drawings...have a look see
...click the icon for my profile info
ArtSlant.com, the #1 contemporary art network, launched in Los Angeles in February, 2007. It is a sophisticated website that brings a local and in-depth focus to the contemporary art scene. Designed and developed by Catherine Ruggles and Georgia Fee, it combines an extensive calendar of exhibitions, openings and events along with a dynamic community experience. Artslant aims to bring its own special slant to the art cities of the world.
Be Golden y'all
Blood Life 4 The Sharpie Show LA
Originally uploaded by Brooks Golden
...this is a cropped version of my Sharpie Show drawing in LA next month...
my scanner couldnt scan the entire thing...ill flick the entire thing later...
Peri Gilpin Frasier's Theme song Innuendos
Originally uploaded by Brooks Golden
..ive for years always tried to decipher the lyrics and meaning behind the theme song for the tv show frasier....he's my findings...
it always sounded slightly strange and sexual, but jesus h christ this is some XXX stuff being broadcasted...
here we go...
Hey baby, I hear the blues a-callin',
"Tossed salad" and "scrambled eggs"
And maybe I seem a bit confused,
Yeah maybe, but I got you "pegged"!
Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha!
But I don't know what to do with those "tossed salads" and "scrambled eggs."
They're callin' again.
"Scrambled eggs" all over my face. What is a boy to do.
You tell me what the hell this song is about...
Jason William Mizell (January 21, 1965 – October 30, 2002), also known as Jam-Master Jay and Jay Gambulos, was the DJ of the influential hip hop group Run-D.M.C..
On October 30, 2002, he was shot and killed in a Merrick Boulevard recording studio in Queens, New York. The other person in the room, twenty-three-year-old Urieco Rincon, was shot in the ankle and survived. 
The New York Daily News reported that authorities have investigated whether Kenneth "Supreme" McGriff, a convicted drug dealer and longtime friend of Murder Inc. heads Irv Gotti and Chris Gotti, targeted Mizell because the DJ defied an industry blacklist of rapper 50 Cent that was imposed because of "Ghetto Qu'ran", a song 50 Cent wrote about McGriff's drug history. A 2003 affidavit says: "Law enforcement agents are investigating the possibility that [Jason] Mizell was murdered for defying the blacklist of 50 Cent."
In April 2007, federal prosecutors named Ronald "Tenad" Washington as an accomplice in the murder of Mizell. Washington also is a suspect in the fatal shooting of Randy Walker in 1995, a close associate of the late rapper Tupac Shakur. For his part, Washington “pointed his gun at those present in the studio, ordered them to get on the ground and provided cover for his associate to shoot and kill Jason Mizell,” prosecutors said in court papers.
Mizell is survived by his wife Terri and three children. He is buried at the Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale, New York. His favorite long brown leather trench coat was given to his best friends, Rev Run and DMC. Jam Master Jay was 37 when he died.
Respect the Architects
Text of President Barack Obama's inaugural address on Tuesday, as prepared for delivery and released by the Presidential Inaugural Committee.
OBAMA: My fellow citizens:
I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors. I thank President Bush for his service to our nation, as well as the generosity and cooperation he has shown throughout this transition.
Forty-four Americans have now taken the presidential oath. The words have been spoken during rising tides of prosperity and the still waters of peace. Yet, every so often the oath is taken amidst gathering clouds and raging storms. At these moments, America has carried on not simply because of the skill or vision of those in high office, but because we the people have remained faithful to the ideals of our forebears, and true to our founding documents.
So it has been. So it must be with this generation of Americans.
That we are in the midst of crisis is now well understood. Our nation is at war, against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred. Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some, but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age. Homes have been lost; jobs shed; businesses shuttered. Our health care is too costly; our schools fail too many; and each day brings further evidence that the ways we use energy strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet.
These are the indicators of crisis, subject to data and statistics. Less measurable but no less profound is a sapping of confidence across our land — a nagging fear that America's decline is inevitable, and that the next generation must lower its sights.
Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real. They are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this, America — they will be met.
On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.
On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics.
We remain a young nation, but in the words of scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things. The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness.
In reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned. Our journey has never been one of shortcuts or settling for less. It has not been the path for the faint-hearted — for those who prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame. Rather, it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things — some celebrated but more often men and women obscure in their labor, who have carried us up the long, rugged path towards prosperity and freedom.
For us, they packed up their few worldly possessions and traveled across oceans in search of a new life.
For us, they toiled in sweatshops and settled the West; endured the lash of the whip and plowed the hard earth.
For us, they fought and died, in places like Concord and Gettysburg; Normandy and Khe Sahn.
Time and again these men and women struggled and sacrificed and worked till their hands were raw so that we might live a better life. They saw America as bigger than the sum of our individual ambitions; greater than all the differences of birth or wealth or faction.
This is the journey we continue today. We remain the most prosperous, powerful nation on Earth. Our workers are no less productive than when this crisis began. Our minds are no less inventive, our goods and services no less needed than they were last week or last month or last year. Our capacity remains undiminished. But our time of standing pat, of protecting narrow interests and putting off unpleasant decisions — that time has surely passed. Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America.
For everywhere we look, there is work to be done. The state of the economy calls for action, bold and swift, and we will act — not only to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation for growth. We will build the roads and bridges, the electric grids and digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together. We will restore science to its rightful place, and wield technology's wonders to raise health care's quality and lower its cost. We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories. And we will transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age. All this we can do. And all this we will do.
Now, there are some who question the scale of our ambitions — who suggest that our system cannot tolerate too many big plans. Their memories are short. For they have forgotten what this country has already done; what free men and women can achieve when imagination is joined to common purpose, and necessity to courage.
What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them — that the stale political arguments that have consumed us for so long no longer apply. The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works — whether it helps families find jobs at a decent wage, care they can afford, a retirement that is dignified. Where the answer is yes, we intend to move forward. Where the answer is no, programs will end. And those of us who manage the public's dollars will be held to account — to spend wisely, reform bad habits, and do our business in the light of day — because only then can we restore the vital trust between a people and their government.
Nor is the question before us whether the market is a force for good or ill. Its power to generate wealth and expand freedom is unmatched, but this crisis has reminded us that without a watchful eye, the market can spin out of control — and that a nation cannot prosper long when it favors only the prosperous. The success of our economy has always depended not just on the size of our gross domestic product, but on the reach of our prosperity; on our ability to extend opportunity to every willing heart — not out of charity, but because it is the surest route to our common good.
As for our common defense, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals. Our founding fathers, faced with perils we can scarcely imagine, drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man, a charter expanded by the blood of generations. Those ideals still light the world, and we will not give them up for expedience's sake. And so to all other peoples and governments who are watching today, from the grandest capitals to the small village where my father was born: know that America is a friend of each nation and every man, woman, and child who seeks a future of peace and dignity, and that we are ready to lead once more.
Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.
We are the keepers of this legacy. Guided by these principles once more, we can meet those new threats that demand even greater effort — even greater cooperation and understanding between nations. We will begin to responsibly leave Iraq to its people, and forge a hard-earned peace in Afghanistan. With old friends and former foes, we will work tirelessly to lessen the nuclear threat, and roll back the specter of a warming planet. We will not apologize for our way of life, nor will we waver in its defense, and for those who seek to advance their aims by inducing terror and slaughtering innocents, we say to you now that our spirit is stronger and cannot be broken; you cannot outlast us, and we will defeat you.
For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus — and non-believers. We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this Earth; and because we have tasted the bitter swill of civil war and segregation, and emerged from that dark chapter stronger and more united, we cannot help but believe that the old hatreds shall someday pass; that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve; that as the world grows smaller, our common humanity shall reveal itself; and that America must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace.
To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect. To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society's ills on the West — know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy. To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history; but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.
To the people of poor nations, we pledge to work alongside you to make your farms flourish and let clean waters flow; to nourish starved bodies and feed hungry minds. And to those nations like ours that enjoy relative plenty, we say we can no longer afford indifference to suffering outside our borders; nor can we consume the world's resources without regard to effect. For the world has changed, and we must change with it.
As we consider the road that unfolds before us, we remember with humble gratitude those brave Americans who, at this very hour, patrol far-off deserts and distant mountains. They have something to tell us today, just as the fallen heroes who lie in Arlington whisper through the ages. We honor them not only because they are guardians of our liberty, but because they embody the spirit of service; a willingness to find meaning in something greater than themselves. And yet, at this moment — a moment that will define a generation — it is precisely this spirit that must inhabit us all.
For as much as government can do and must do, it is ultimately the faith and determination of the American people upon which this nation relies. It is the kindness to take in a stranger when the levees break, the selflessness of workers who would rather cut their hours than see a friend lose their job which sees us through our darkest hours. It is the firefighter's courage to storm a stairway filled with smoke, but also a parent's willingness to nurture a child, that finally decides our fate.
Our challenges may be new. The instruments with which we meet them may be new. But those values upon which our success depends — hard work and honesty, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism — these things are old. These things are true. They have been the quiet force of progress throughout our history. What is demanded then is a return to these truths. What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility — a recognition, on the part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation, and the world, duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character, than giving our all to a difficult task.
This is the price and the promise of citizenship.
This is the source of our confidence — the knowledge that God calls on us to shape an uncertain destiny.
This is the meaning of our liberty and our creed — why men and women and children of every race and every faith can join in celebration across this magnificent mall, and why a man whose father less than sixty years ago might not have been served at a local restaurant can now stand before you to take a most sacred oath.
So let us mark this day with remembrance, of who we are and how far we have traveled. In the year of America's birth, in the coldest of months, a small band of patriots huddled by dying campfires on the shores of an icy river. The capital was abandoned. The enemy was advancing. The snow was stained with blood. At a moment when the outcome of our revolution was most in doubt, the father of our nation ordered these words be read to the people:
"Let it be told to the future world ... that in the depth of winter, when nothing but hope and virtue could survive...that the city and the country, alarmed at one common danger, came forth to meet (it)."
America, in the face of our common dangers, in this winter of our hardship, let us remember these timeless words. With hope and virtue, let us brave once more the icy currents, and endure what storms may come. Let it be said by our children's children that when we were tested we refused to let this journey end, that we did not turn back nor did we falter; and with eyes fixed on the horizon and God's grace upon us, we carried forth that great gift of freedom and delivered it safely to future generations.
..in honor of the inauguration of our new president, today is a great day of change and growth in american history...i hope.
...Im showing a drawing in this show in LA next month!
The Sharpie Show
Dates: February 7 - March 1st, 2009
Concept: In the Graffiti subculture, practitioners are known as "writers"
because graffiti is about writing your name on as many surfaces as possible.
Although many writers elevate their art form to the level of creating huge
and beautiful murals, they all began their journey by learning to write and
perfect their name. The Sharpie marker is often the first tool a writer
acquires in his lifelong journey to hone his craft.
This exhibit invites some of the best known writers in the country (and beyond)
to submit original pieces created by using Sharpies. From stylized hand signatures,
to throw ups, and colorful pieces on shoes, piecebooks, stickers, and any other
possible object that can be marked upon. This exhibit will demonstrate the
level of creativity that can be achieved between a writer and his most basic
tool - The Sharpie.
20MG, AFEXONE, ASTEK, AUKS ONE, BENJIE, BLEN 167, BOB MOTOWN, BRANDED, BROOKS B. GOLDEN, CACHE, CATCULT, COPE2, DASH"2000"FIDEL, DEB (AUSTRAILIA), DENZONE®, DRILONE, DYTCH66, EGR, ERICK SCARECROW, ESK, EVERETT CHING, EZRA, FLYCAT(ITALY), GHOST, GIMIKSBORN, GREG "CRAOLA" SIMKINS, GWEN MERCADO–REYES, HASTE, HEX, HUIT, INDIE 184, JAMES "CASPER" JANKOWIAK, JOSE REYES, KING157, LALO ALCARAZ, MAD, MAKE ONE, MAN ONE, MANDOE MAK, MARKA27, MAX NEUTRA, MEAR ONE, MOE RADKE, MR "PUPPET" 201, NICKLU, NICNAK, NOEK, OVERTON LOYD, PEAP (NEW ZEALAND), PHOENIX ART, PHONETICONTROL, PROJECT RABBIT, RANDY KONO, RELAX, RISK (CHICAGO), ROA(BELGIUM), ROME, SACRED, SERGIO D. ROBLETO, SHERM, SIMSONE, SLOKE ONE, SRPNTWLF, THOR, VANESSA HAMPTON, VYAL, WANE ONE, WERC, ZEN ONE and many more…
John "Bowzer" Bauman
..when i was a little kid i used to watch this show called sha na na...it was funny and entertaining, im sure my love of all things rockabilly and greaser are linked to this program....
Sha Na Na hosted the Sha Na Na syndicated variety series that ran from 1977 to 1981. It was among the most watched programs in syndication during its run.  The show was produced by Pierre Cossette and originally distributed by LBS Communications.
The show featured the group performing hits from the 1950s and 1960s, along with comedy skits. The "tough guys" road act from their original road shows was adapted for TV and the group moved to a comedy and self deprecating routine. The mainstay continued to be the '50s song and dance routines. The show opened in a typical "concert scene," and then moved through various street and ice cream parlor scenes where they and their guests performed several songs. That was followed by a comedy-oriented song (e.g. Alley Oop, Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah) and closed with a slow song, again in their "concert format".
Among the supporting members featured in the series were Avery Schreiber, Kenneth Mars and Phillp Roth (All of them in the first season); Pamela Myers and actress Jane Dulo (who played the crabby Lady in the Window, who watched over the street scenes from the window of her apartment with undisguised disdain) (Both throughout the show's run), June Gable and Soupy Sales (Seasons 2 to 4); Michael Sklar (Season 2); and Karen Hartman (Season 4).
Guests included: Jan & Dean, Fabian, Chubby Checker, the Ramones, Ethel Merman, Frank Gorshin, Billy Crystal, Danny and the Juniors, and others
The members of Sha Na Na during the TV Series were: Jon 'Bowzer' Bauman (Vocals), Lennie Baker (Sax), Johnny Contardo (Vocals), Frederick 'Dennis' Greene (Vocals), 'Dirty Dan' McBride (Guitar)(left after second season), John 'Jocko' Marcellino (Drums), Dave 'Chico' Ryan (Bass), 'Screamin' Scott Simon (Piano), Scott 'Santini' Powell (Vocals), Donald 'Donny' York (Vocals).
who'd a thunk it , hey?
this is when this dude ruled hip hop...i spent many a middle school day carrying a far smaller/inferior boombox around and even more evenings memorizing all his lyrics...
...yes, "i need love" too.
dont hate meh...appreciate meh
LL's GOLDEN YEARS...(no pun intended) =P
Radio was released to critical acclaim, as LL Cool J was one of the first rappers to use conventional song structure to make pop oriented rap. "I Can't Live Without My Radio" and "Rock the Bells" were successful and helped the album go platinum with 1,500,000 sales.
Bigger and Deffer (1987)
In 1987, he released Bigger and Deffer. The ballad "I Need Love" was one of the first hit pop-rap songs. Also featured on the album was "Go Cut Creator Go," which pays homage to the DJ. The album was met with commercial and critical acclaim going 2x Platinum. The album sold about 2,300,000 albums. In 1998, The Source Magazine named it as one of the top 100 albums ever. At this point LL was on top of the rap world, and was making frequent appearances on television shows and on radio as he was being featured on other Def Jam artists' work.
"I Need Love" was the second single from LL Cool J's second album, Bigger and Deffer. The song is considered the first rap ballad and was released in the fall of 1987. It reached #1 on the R&B/Hip Hop charts and was a well-received single on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, reaching #14, while becoming one of the first rap songs to enjoy mainstream popularity in the UK, reaching #8 in the UK Singles Chart. The single won a Soul Train Music Award for Best Rap - Single in 1987. The song was parodied in 2000 by Brooklyn rapper Necro in his song "I Need Drugs", which alters the lyrics to a narrative of a man's addiction to crack cocaine. The song ranked #13 on the 100 Greatest Rap Songs.
Walking with a Panther (1989)
LL Cool J would return in 1989 with his third album, Walking with a Panther. The album featured the hit singles "Going Back to Cali," "I'm That Type of Guy," "Jingling Baby," and "Big Ole Butt." The album was a commercial success. This album came out during a time that the West Coast hip hop scene was beginning to really become popular and its gangsta themes were dominating radio. Despite this, the album went platinum with 1,100,000 sales.
i got a lil mad at a barista today for not adding foam to the top of the latte...
WHAT IS A LATTE WITHOUT THE FREAKIN FOAM!!!
(Update Monday 1/12/09):I found the rationale i use for the purpose of the foam in a great cup/pint of coffee...is its temperature insulating function...
"Finally, this somewhat similar variation: "The coffeehouse I work at serves as Macchiato, a layered cappuccino. 1/3 steamed milk, 1/3 espresso sitting on that (not mixed), and finally 1/3 milk foam. When served in glass, it is quite elegant, and when drunk, the foam insulates the coffee for temperatures sake, the espresso hits the palate first, and finally, the slightly sweet steamed milk washes the palate. a fine beverage, though perhaps not the standard."
lets just say i like a lil foam ;-P
Friday at Packer Schopf
942 w Lake
Deborah Simon is showing these bats...yippee!
and possibly these other works from her website.
spotted hyena (watercolor)
marten (oil painting)
..excited to see what else this artist has in store.
...An artist Ive been follwoing for about 6-7 years now Christa Donner is showing new paper cut illustrations.
Friday at Three Walls Gallery
119 N Peoria
(Images from christa's website)
Join me for Christa Donner's artist talk at 3 walls on January 29th at 6pm.
for more info:
See ya there
a few pics from the actual opening...
photo credit: Mike P.
Elvis Presleys Fun Facts:
Elvis Presley is the best selling solo artist In U.S. History
Elvis charted more songs on Billboard's Hot 100 than any other artist. (149)
Elvis spent more weeks at the top of the charts than any other artist. (80)
Elvis had the greatest number of consecutive #1 hits. (10)
Elvis is second only to the Beatles in total of #1 hits. (18)
According to the RIAA:
Elvis is #2 for overall album sales (117.5 million)
(The Beatles sold 166.5 million; Led Zepplin, 106 million)
Elvis has the most Multi-Plaintum albums (25)
(The Beatles have 24; Led Zepplin and Barbra Streisand have 13)
Elvis has more Platinum albums than any other artist (55)
(The Beatles have 37; Barbra Streisand has 30)
Elvis has the most Plaintum singles (27)
Elvis has more Gold albums than any other artist (97)
(Barbra Streisand has 51; The Beatles have 42)
Elvis has the most Gold singles (24)
No wonder they call him The King.
this is some kind of fetish type thing i found on flickr...i cant find the page to hyperlink you back to it...but this image is pretty funny and sooo gangsta..
oh yeah, Paisley Black is my would-be Rapper name...you betta recognize...lol
...Found these on the interweb, searchin around for info on my favorite graffiti writer Revs....
15 years ago...Long before people formed a flick group in their honor,or the use of the internet at all for that matter, i was obsessed about this duo
My favorite thing these guys ever created....
MOUNT KRUSHMORE!!! featuring Andy warhol & Keith Haring and the two artist in their version of Mount Rushmore (wheatpaste and spray paint)
to find out more about these two amazing artist....go google 'em, cuz im not tellin ya anymore,its a secret =)
Im dedicating this "Found It" blog to Oscar Fotoflow
Folded page from an old hit parader magazine 1987
my wallet from seventh grade
-GOLDEN VALUE SCALE:( based on personal interestingness )
10 outta ten..ive had it twenty one years already might as well archive it with the rest of the junk...lol
-USE FOR OBJECT(S):
Archived for nostalgia or reference material(aka rockin out)
-UNIQUENESS:( 1 being commonplace & 10 being paydirt )
The sentimental value alone makes it a ten...im sure there was some crush on a blonde that accompanied this swatch of paper
10 outta 10
(the backside of this page)
(from wiki)-Dokken was composed of founder Don Dokken on vocals, George Lynch on lead guitars, Juan Croucier on bass, and Mick Brown on drums. In 1983 Croucier left Dokken in order to form Ratt and was replaced by Jeff Pilson. Currently, Dokken and Brown remain from the original lineup. After several personnel changes on guitar, Dokken's attorney Jon Levin stepped in to fill the role in 2004. In 2001, Barry Sparks replaced Jeff Pilson on the bass guitar.