Wednesday, 28 May 2008

Zen And The Art Of Breaking Everything In This Room.

I first heard the World/Inferno Friendship Society on the Leftover Crack track "Soon We'll Be Dead". I listened to some of their records and didn't know quite what to think.. I certainly wasn't sure about the vocals. It wasn't until I saw them live at the Engine Rooms that it clicked. About 10 of them came on stage (including some kid on guitar who couldn't have been over 11 and some fat accordion player with a perfectly styled moustache) and could barely all fit on it. Jack, the frontman, had this creepy energy about him and told some pretty funny stories while downing his bottle of red wine.

Basically, they sound like Dexy's Midnight Runners mixed with circus and gypsy music and punk "whoahhs". They're playing at the Prince Albert on July 21st and it's gonna kick off..

Their latest album is a concept album based on the life of Peter Lorre, the Hungarian-Austrian actor made famous in 1930's horror film M.

(2007) Addicted to Bad Ideas (Peter Lorre's Twentieth Century)

Thursday, 22 May 2008

The Youth Of Today.

A 13 year old from Texas who stole his Dad's credit card and ordered two hookers from an escort agency, has today been convicted of fraud and given a three year community order.

Ralph Hardy, a 13 year old from Newark, Texas confessed to ordering an extra credit card from his father's existing credit card company, and took his friends on a $30,000 spending spree, culminating in playing "Halo" on an Xbox with a couple of hookers in a Texas motel.
The credit card company involved said it was regular practice to send extra credit cards out as long as all security questions are answered.

The escort girls who were released without charge, told the arresting officers something was up when the kids said they would rather play Xbox than get down to business.

Police said they were alerted to the motel by a concerned delivery clerk, whom after delivering supplies of Dr Pepper, Fritos and Oreos had been asked by the kids where they could score some chicks and were willing to pay. They explained they had just made a big score at a "World of Warcraft" tournament and wanted to get some relaxation. On noting the boys age the delivery clerk informed the authorities.

When police arrived at the motel they found $3,000 in cash, numerous electronic gadgets, an Xbox video console with numerous games, and the two local escort girls.

Ralph had reportedly told police that his father wouldn't mind, as it was his birthday last week and he had forgot to get him a present. The father, a lawyer said he had been too busy, but would take him on a surprise trip to Disneyland instead.

Asked why he ordered two escorts, Ralph said he thought it was the thing to do when you win a "World of Warcraft" tournament. They told the suspicious working girls they were people of restricted growth working with a traveling circus, and as State law does not allow those with disabilities to be discriminated against they had no right to refuse them.

The $1,000 a night girls sensing something up played "Halo" on the Xbox with the kids, instead of selling their sexual services.

Ralph's ambition is to one day become a politician.

Taken from an article on

Wednesday, 21 May 2008

Hard Times.

Back before the Cro-Mags started making shitty hair-metal, they released an album that would eventually be regarded as one of the best hardcore punk albums of all time: the Age of Quarel.

This is the kind of record that sets hardcore nerds on jizz frenzies at it's sheer mention. Whilst most hardcore bands in the early days had been suburban bored teenagers screaming bollocks about angst and alienation, the Cro-Mags were violent New York street kids who didn't know how to fake being angry and aggressive. The were generally fucked off at everything.

John Joseph, who was on microphone duties before Harley took over and ruined everything, has just got about to releasing a book about his troublesome youth, in which he narrates some of the most insane stories you could imagine. Abuse, violence, drugs, prison, the Hare Krishna: he's seen a ridiculous amount of crazy shit. This book, The Evolution of a Cro-Magnon, is also available as an audiobook. You can download the whole thing below.

John Joseph - The Evolution Of A Cro-Magnon

Tuesday, 20 May 2008

The Negative Health Implications Of Etch Bath.

Always read the instructions!
Hopefully this will put him off graffiti for life.

From some toy's Flickr

Monday, 19 May 2008

DIY Tattooing.

DIY or "stick 'n poke" tattoos are fun, unhygienic, irresponsible and punk-as-fuck.
Here's a simple guide on how to inflict regrettable words and pictures on your friends' skin.

What you will need:
- A few friends who don't really care what they look like
- Some Indian ink
- A brand new sewing needle (for each willing canvas)
- Some thread
- Alcohol (this is optional but will probably make for a more interesting session)

First off, wash your hands with some soap - you really don't wanna give someone an infection. Take the needle out the packet and heat it on a gas stove or with a lighter until it is glowing red. Tie the thread round the needle up until about an eighth of it then tie it off - the thread will soak up the ink. Pour the ink into a seperate pot and dip the needle into the ink. Push the needle into the skin - this will leave a black dot. Basically, you need to connect the dots to create lines. Use a clean cloth or tissues to wipe away the excess ink from time to time. If your mate is really fucked, consider convincing them into getting something really stupid.

When you have finished, wrap the tattoo in clingfilm to minimise the risk of infection. Voila!

Here's an example of how you probably shouldn't do it but hey, it's all part of the learning process..

Ghetto Yoots.

Epic video..