Hellboy Reading

This morning I was reading a Hellboy trade and the intro was written by Guacamole del Toro. He talked about shooting Mimic in Toronto and when the set was rough going to Silver Snail comics and buying Hellboy. I fist pumped even though it was on the subway, that’s what I do too!

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Lou Reed: The Last of the Factory People

Today: Lou Reed, 71, passed away in Long Island, NY.

Sad news, sad to lose another of Warhol’s Factory People. What’s bizarre is I’m reading a Bowie biography (David Bowie: Starman by Paul Trynka) and of course before I heard this news I was reading the early 70s section…with Lou Reed. Iggy’s coming up soon. Crazy synchronicity.

Think it was Lou Reed on Inside The Actors Studio, I can’t find the clip online and the memory gets hazy with age.

Lou’s good friend Julian Schnabel tossing back a drink from a tumbler, sat beside him, both across from beardy James Lipton and they proceeded to share this strange story like an old married couple.

Think it was Schnabel’s dad who passed away, right there in the living room on an easy chair, an old man, natural causes. Schnabel called up Lou Reed who didn’t live far away, this is New York City, the term is relative and the rocker came over. And they both held the hands of Schnabel’s dad, the warmth fading rapidly. Quietly observing death, the moment…this man, a father. Shortly after that Schnabel broke the silence, saying he has to call an ambulance, Lou Reed sat on the couch to wait with his friend.

The story is so strange is stuck with me. Wish I could find the clip online. Anyways this is my favourite Lou Reed song, Perfect Day, great performance on Elvis Costello’s sublime tv show Spectacle:

N.E.R.D.

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The T-Shirt Won

“By 2008, annual ties sales in the U.S. had dropped to $677.7 million dollars from a record high of $1.3 billion in 1995, according to market research firm NPD Group. And since 2009, the number of men who acquire more than one tie a year has slowly but steadily dropped, reported research group Packaged Facts.” {Source: Wall Street Journal}

Bloody hell can’t we just kill the tie already? Thanks to the tech industry the t-shirt won.
Easily at that.

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Humber College Talk

Grateful for the fantastic and strange opportunity to talk to Humber College students earlier today. We got to talk about business, seeking opportunities and the music business.

Oh and I would whip candy into the crowd like free swag at an NBA game if somebody asked an engaging question or offered a staggering insight. Nobody lost an eye, jokes were made and I didn’t get chalk dust on my butt (wearing black jeans)…overall, fun night.

Threadless: Hobo Street Cred

And now a special announcement slash Bat Signal support request from DC, the other half of S’up Cuz:

Yo Yo: DC in da house! I have a new t-shirt design accepted by Threadless for scoring and I need your support!!

Quick recap: Threadless is a community based t-shirt company, anyone can submit designs for various theme challenges. Winners get cash/prize and their design printed.

This is a big one folks – $10,000 prize!

This design is my homage to the original king of the road: The Hobo. Gentle yet street savvy; instinctive and in-tuned, he needs no train schedule to know where the next opportunity is. True fact: Hobos started Hollywood. Yes, he’s more than a man; he’s the gold standard in which all street warriors measure themselves to. I present to you…

HOBO STREET CRED

You score by rating the design between 1 and 5 — 5 being the best score and… don’t you worry your pretty little head about the rest of the numbers.

Remember you have to be a community member of Threadless to vote. Good news is, its free with no obligations, just create a username and password and opt out of the newsletter if you want.

Tell your friends, tell your mother, tell your friend’s mother!

Thanks for your support!

DC

Thanksgiving 2013

Thanksgiving 2013:

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My Day Job Interview

Rather strange surreal to see and meet the individuals who are interviewing for my Day Job. Good luck filling in my Jordans…

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Brand vs Medium: David Bowie

From the man who penned “we can be heroes,” prophecy more profound than an Amazing Kreskin clairvoyance comes this staggering insight:
“After a couple of false starts, he launched his first brand called…David Bowie.

Some time later, in a BBC interview, he rationalised what had been instinctive: “I thought, well here I am. I’m a bit sort of mixed up creatively.

“I’ve got all sorts of things going on, that I’m doing on stage or whatever. I’m not quite sure if I’m a mime or a songwriter or a singer – or do I want to go back to painting again. Why am I doing these things anyway? And I realised it was because I wanted to be well known, basically.

“And that I wanted to be thought of as someone who was very much a trendy person, rather than a trend. I didn’t want to be a trend, I wanted to be the instigator of new ideas. I wanted to turn people on to new ideas and new perspectives. And so I had to govern everything around that.

“So I pulled myself in, and decided to use the easiest medium to start off with – which was rock and roll – and to add bits and pieces to it over the years, so that by the end of it, I was my own medium. That’s why I do it, to become a medium.”

Source

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Work vs Hustle: Detroit An American Autopsy

“What our generation failed to learn was the nobility of work. An honest day’s labor. Instead of working, we figured we could be hustlers and salesmen and gamblers and partiers. Work was for suckers. If anybody had told us such a thing existed, we probably would have tired to become New York bankers and stockbrokers. And I have no doubt we would have been good at it too.” ~Charlie LeDuff {Detroit: An American Autopsy pages 32-33}

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Can’t Hold Down Gravity

Gravity is ridiculous. The force but especially the movie. I mean, come on man, Sandra Bullock as an astronaut? Really? NASA astronauts go through twenty months of training, if not more at Starfleet Academy.

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