Now Playing: Bad Brains Attitude
I have this sticker on my helmet. That graphic is from the early 80s but it could apply even more in our modern world, couldn't it? Bad Brains are so friggin' awesome. I got a BB live DVD a few months ago from a show in 1982 that is great and there is amazing footage of them in American Hardcore, a kick ass documentary that just came out on DVD a couple weeks ago. There is old footage as well as current interviews with HR from the Bad Brains, Henry Rollins and Greg Ginn from Black Flag, Ian McKaye from Minor Threat/Embrace/Fugazi/The Evens and a bunch more icons of 80s hardcore. I couldn't wait to see this movie almost the same way I couldn't wait to see Joe Kid on a Stingray. Hardcore music changed my life in a lot of the same ways that BMX did and in a lot of ways that it didn't. It opened my mind and also made me realize that there were other people in the world that were as pent up, angry and frustrated as I was. If nothing else, go to that link and watch the trailer. Don't type in "AmericanHardcore.com" though, because you won't find anything about punk rock It's AmericanHardcoreMovie.com. Wow, writing about music again. Weird. There is a contest coming up this Saturday night at Modern in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
The "other" Modern park is really good and it should be a fun time. Deliverance is a sponsor, too, among all the others listed on that funny-ass flyer.
I rode the other Modern tonight and it was a madhouse. A whole crew from Kalamazoo among a gaggle of dudes ripping around with lots of near-misses. I didn't see any collisions while I was there, but I was almost in about five that were mostly my fault. The scariest one involved a backward rolling Joe Gall and my fat ass rolling forward toward him at a high rate of speed. Sorry Joe. I finally re-laced my freecoaster with a lighter rim and spokes and rode with it for the first time with a normal set up. I've ridden with it on my flatland bike and a regular bike with no brakes and even one time on a regular bike with only front brakes, but why I've never tried it before with just a regular old rear brake is beyond me. My stupidy amazes even me sometimes. It wasn't a great night to try to get used to a new set up but it was really fun.
In other news, racism still sucks: