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Rad new “Forged Rubber” sneakers from Chrome Industries

I’ve known and loved the Chrome Industries seatbelt-buckling messenger bags, but I had no idea they were in the footwear business until I heard about an awesome new line of shoes: Forged Rubber, hand-pressed in 70 year old machines salvaged from Slovakia!

I was stoked to score an invite to the Chrome store in New York City when they came through on the Forged Rubber Tour, setting up one of these old machines and showing us the process of hot sealing the rubber directly onto the shoe. Very cool!

As part of the tour, the store had a little beer and wine reception, where we were shown the assorted models and invited to pick a complimentary pair for our very own. Did I already say very cool?!

Well, having an Imelda Marcos-like affection for a cute pair of kicks (to be clear, it’s an affection, not fetish—I like to wear them, not get kinky with them!), I had to try on a few different varieties and do a lot of deliberating.

First I thought I was going to get these hot little numbers…

Then I thought maybe I’d get these handsome fellows…

But my mind kept circling around the model that was being made in front of the store, and even though it’s probably the fifth pair of red and black sneaks on my shoe rack, I had to go for it.

I love the canvas, I love the stitched griffin, I love the reflective Chrome logo on the Achilles tendon, and I love the fit.

I even got a compliment on them from the president of my alma mater when I broke them out of the box for a reception at my college reunion last weekend!

If there’s a Chrome store near you, I highly recommend heading there to check out the excellentness that is this Forged Rubber line (as well as their famous bags). If you’re not fortunate enough to live near one of their brick-and-mortar operations, you can also score your own pair at their webstore.

I’ll definitely be stopping by to buy myself another pair in the coming weeks!

Prepping JoJo on the studio floor during the shoot for Fuse’s “Absolute Pop” last weekend. Pop fans check it out all day today (3/28), then starting again at 8:00 p.m. tonight. The ten episodes answer the question “What is Pop?” by covering these topics: Entertainers, Game Changers, Triple Threats, Steamy, Controversy, Groups, Eye-Popping, Collaborations, Gen Next, and Icons.

Prepping JoJo on the studio floor during the shoot for Fuse’s “Absolute Pop” last weekend. Pop fans check it out all day today (3/28), then starting again at 8:00 p.m. tonight. The ten episodes answer the question “What is Pop?” by covering these topics: Entertainers, Game Changers, Triple Threats, Steamy, Controversy, Groups, Eye-Popping, Collaborations, Gen Next, and Icons.

Tagged with:  #FusePop
Uuuuummmm, how did I never know that Shirley Temple’s daughter was in The Melvins?! Crazy!


grungebook:

Former child actress and diplomat Shirley Temple Black has died at the age of 85. Here she is pictured with her daughter Lori Black, meeting the Beatles. Our sympathies go out to Lori and her family.Lori was a bassist for the Melvins and dated frontman Buzz Osborne, who recounts his interactions with Shirley in my book Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge:BUZZ OSBORNE (Melvins singer/guitarist) When I went to San Francisco, I moved directly into Lori’s house. Now, bear in mind, I started going out with her long before I ever knew who her mom was. Months and months later, she said, “My mom is somebody famous.” I was like, “What are you fucking talking about?” It was crazy. I couldn’t believe that her mom was Shirley Temple.Lori’s dad was Charles Black, who came from oil money, I think. And Shirley is a self-made woman. Shirley’s parents squandered every dime she ever made as a child before she had a chance to spend any of it. She got nothing. Zero. So she’s a pretty tough broad, you know? She’ll rip your head off and eat you for breakfast. She was the ambassador to Czechoslovakia at that point, after being the ambassador to Ghana.Their house was unbelievable. Lots of stuff from the Hearst collection. Amazing shit—they had really great taste. And there was an Oscar sitting there. Shirley talked about her acting a lot. At one point they had her playing drums, and she had a recording of her playing drums when she was a kid, and she sounded like fucking Buddy Rich. And then she showed us how tap dancing is really just drumming. She tap-danced for us, and she was fucking amazing.DALE CROVER (Melvins drummer) Shirley was like, “Yeah, my mom made me give away my drum set because it wasn’t ladylike to play drums.” I was like, “Oh, you couldn’t spread your legs with a dress to play drums. I get it.” She was sad about it.The family was kind of weird and straight and conservative. Proper. I remember we’d line up outside the dining room and all kind of walk in together for some reason. I didn’t really understand it. But they were nice to me.BUZZ OSBORNE They probably thought that I was some leeching weirdo and that their daughter went out with me just to screw with them. Her dad was never nice to me. Shirley was nice to me to some degree, but they’re very guarded people. I’m sure they thought I was going to write some book or something. And believe me, without going into any graphic details, there are massive skeletons in that closet.One thing that Shirley said to me was, “Working in the government, you can always get somebody audited.” I took that to heart. They never did anything to me personally, or even threatened me, but they didn’t need to. You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows. They were über-right-wing. Now, I’m not talking about Rush Limbaugh; I’m talking about the people who make life-and-death decisions. And it’s not necessarily evil; it’s more realistic. Charles was ex-CIA. It’s weirder than you can possibly imagine. I certainly never got the truth.Since then, everything that’s happened—from Nirvana going crazy and on and on and on—none of that holds a candle to how weird that situation was. That’s David Lynch weird.
Uuuuummmm, how did I never know that Shirley Temple’s daughter was in The Melvins?! Crazy!

grungebook:

Former child actress and diplomat Shirley Temple Black has died at the age of 85. Here she is pictured with her daughter Lori Black, meeting the Beatles. Our sympathies go out to Lori and her family.

Lori was a bassist for the Melvins and dated frontman Buzz Osborne, who recounts his interactions with Shirley in my book
Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge:

BUZZ OSBORNE (Melvins singer/guitarist) When I went to San Francisco, I moved directly into 
Lori’s house. Now, bear in mind, I started going out with her long before I ever knew who her mom was. Months and months later, she said, “My mom is somebody famous.” I was like, “What are you fucking talking about?” It was crazy. I couldn’t believe that her mom was Shirley Temple.

Lori’s dad was Charles Black, who came from oil money, I think. And Shirley is a self-made woman. Shirley’s parents squandered every dime she ever made as a child before she had a chance to spend any of it. She got nothing. Zero. So she’s a pretty tough broad, you know? She’ll rip your head off and eat you for breakfast. She was the ambassador to Czechoslovakia at that point, after being the ambassador to Ghana.

Their house was unbelievable. Lots of stuff from the Hearst collection. Amazing shit—they had really great taste. And there was an Oscar sitting there. Shirley talked about her acting a lot. At one point they had her playing drums, and she had a recording of her playing drums when she was a kid, and she sounded like fucking Buddy Rich. And then she showed us how tap dancing is really just drumming. She tap-danced for us, and she was fucking amazing.

DALE CROVER (Melvins drummer) Shirley was like, “Yeah, my mom made me give away my drum set because it wasn’t ladylike to play drums.” I was like, “Oh, you couldn’t spread your legs with a dress to play drums. I get it.” She was sad about it.

The family was kind of weird and straight and conservative. Proper. I remember we’d line up outside the dining room and all kind of walk in together for some reason. I didn’t really understand it. But they were nice to me.

BUZZ OSBORNE They probably thought that I was some leeching weirdo and that their daughter went out with me just to screw with them. Her dad was never nice to me. Shirley was nice to me to some degree, but they’re very guarded people. I’m sure they thought I was going to write some book or something. And believe me, without going into any graphic details, there are massive skeletons in that closet.

One thing that Shirley said to me was, “Working in the government, you can always get somebody audited.” I took that to heart. They never did anything to me personally, or even threatened me, but they didn’t need to. You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows. They were über-right-wing. Now, I’m not talking about Rush Limbaugh; I’m talking about the people who make life-and-death decisions. And it’s not necessarily evil; it’s more realistic. Charles was ex-CIA. It’s weirder than you can possibly imagine. I certainly never got the truth.

Since then, everything that’s happened—from Nirvana going crazy and on and on and on—none of that holds a candle to how weird that situation was. That’s David Lynch weird.

Got no Valentine to canoodle with today? Spend two hours making out with my “Allergic to Love” playlist on Spotify!

(Source: Spotify)

I wish I’d thought of doing this to album covers.
metalalbumswithgooglyeyes:

Judas Priest

I wish I’d thought of doing this to album covers.

metalalbumswithgooglyeyes:

Judas Priest

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings - "Stranger To My Happiness"

Cancer treatments are done, and new album is out today. And bravo to her for eschewing a wig while waiting for her hair to grow back! Why this woman doesn’t outsell Kanye is beyond me.

Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me

I watched this last night—great stuff (including a lot I didn’t know about Chris Bell, on whose birthday I unwittingly watched it). It’s available for streaming, but if you have a DVD membership, there are also some cool extras on the disc. Check it out!

Top 40 Most Listened to Artists of 2013 (47 in all)

It took a week to write and format, but I finally finished the post detailing my top listens of 2013, from punk to country to classic rock to rap to gospel/soul to alt-rock and alt-pop, there’s a lot of randomness here. If you’re curious and/or bored, check it out and let’s see how much common ground we covered last year!

wilwheaton:

(via A Brief History of The “History” Channel « The Skeptical Teacher)

And this is a perfect example of why I can’t find a job making NON-FICTION television anymore.

wilwheaton:

(via A Brief History of The “History” Channel « The Skeptical Teacher)

And this is a perfect example of why I can’t find a job making NON-FICTION television anymore.

"A Visit From St. Nicholas" (a.k.a. “‘Twas The Night Before Christmas")

Happy Christmas from Mark Hoppus, Allison Hagendorf, Juliya Chernetsky, Hawthorne Heights, Forever the Sickest Kids, Zakk Wylde, DJ Khaled, Big Sean, Crowbar, A Day to Remember, Saigon, Mates of State, Sick of It All, Korn, Fishbone, Mastodon, Mike Ness of Social Distortion, Chimaira, The Vettes, Robyn, Hollywood Undead, Alter Bridge, Portugal. The Man, Royce da 5’9”, Fatboy Slim, Against Me!, Fat Mike of NOFX and Fitz and the Tantrums!