Old Silver Kinds

Supposed to snow again. The above is my favorite YouTube video ever, so excuse me if it has 8,000 views already. I was also looking for a live clip of "We People Who are Darker Than Blue," which would've made no sense as an expression of snowbound ennui and been even more obvious. So fuck off. Below, links that bother or inspire me:

-Byron Scott world's greatest coach, Julian Wright's demotion his own fault. Is Scott the biggest coattail-rider in the league?

-Joe Alexander, Great White Dunking Hope, can bang his head on the rim. Naturally, Bogut makes an appearance.

-This one is good: Rondo's all-explaining relationship with Favre's style. This is his year.

-Mixed. LeBron's shoes aren't such colossal successes, but clearly Nike is building his brand bit-by-bit, instead of worrying about the immediate home run. And might be picking up momentum at just the right time.

-I don't mean to be a huge racist, but aren't there some connotations to Sponge Bob that posts like this one on Amir or all the "oh, Beasley is so silly, he hearts a cartoon" might be missing. Not saying these guys—both of whom are legitimately light-hearted and fun—don't like the show, but I have heard of it being used as a Crip signifier. Certainly this warrants as much of an investigation as Pierce's gang signs. Since, you know, there might be something urban to it, as opposed to simply childish.


-Chauncey DeVega knocks it out the box on the subject of Christmas. I almost typed "knicks it out the box," which should be an expresion of sorts.

Okay, some Curtis anyway:

Yes, I am comparing inclement weather and a ravaged holiday season to the general upheaval of 1970.


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At 12/23/2008 12:49 PM, Blogger Todd said...

Holy shit, a Les Rallizes Denudes namedrop. That rules. What do you know about Jacks - Vacant World?

At 12/23/2008 12:53 PM, Blogger Lady Zora, Chauncey DeVega, and Gordon Gartrelle said...

thanks for the holiday cheer darko..

wait till you see our gift list

be happy and safe..

chauncey d

At 12/23/2008 12:54 PM, Blogger Bethlehem Shoals said...

Was that as in "whatchyou know about Sesame Street" or do you want my opinion of "Vacant World?"

At 12/23/2008 1:05 PM, Blogger BreadCity said...

A) Les Rallizes Denudes x Basketball! Amazing video, didn't think anything like this existed! Night of the Assassin is one of my all-time jams. I'll put a vote in for wanting to hear your opinion of Vacant World.

B) Have Crips really co-opted Sponge Bob, or am I just missing the joke? Do new recruits have to don Mr. Crab bandanas?

At 12/23/2008 1:45 PM, Blogger photoguy said...

shoals- alright- so the snows/weather have you down and you are japanese suicidal with the rallizes- my rec is this- mekons and turn it up to 11, preferably "memphis, egypt" to start and then kick out the jams from there- politicized-quite fd I think-and not so fucked up as to start stealing jets...

At 12/23/2008 1:50 PM, Blogger David Arnott said...

Don't forget R.W. McQuarters's affinity for SpongeBob.

At 12/23/2008 3:40 PM, Blogger Bethlehem Shoals said...

My opinion of "Vacant World" is pretty unoriginal. "Marianne" is otherworldly and world-changing at the same time, the rest of the album feels like decompression but I enjoy it because I used to watch a lot of 1960's Japanese film.

At 12/23/2008 6:18 PM, Blogger jawaan oldham said...

If there's a character named Mr. Crab on Sponge Bob, that's a possible connection, as "crab" is slang for "Crip."

At 12/23/2008 6:20 PM, Blogger VictorVonRimp said...

Can we get some more information on this whole spongebob crips thing? where did this come from?
This is really strange...
Makes sense that if these guys wanted to show an affiliation, picking the most non threatening thing possible would be the best way to fly under the radar.

At 12/23/2008 6:50 PM, Blogger Bethlehem Shoals said...

There are two separate points here. One is the Crips/SpongeBob thing. The other is the way people look at players' fondness for the show, as if it had no context other than them being big kids. We're all adults here, and know that things that originate in gang culture can become more benign aspects of urban culture (like the crip walk).

All I know is that I've been told by teachers that some schools don't allow kids to wear SpongeBob gear because it's been adopted as a Crips symbol. He lives under the sea, it's blue, etc.

This thing has Sponge Bob as a Vice Lords "identifier."

Other than that, though, I can't find anything. So I should probably retract the entire paragraph. FUCK SNOW.

At 12/23/2008 9:11 PM, Blogger jim said...

I love that Joe Alexander picked some obscure guy as his favorite dunker. How white of him.

At 12/23/2008 10:06 PM, Blogger Carter Blanchard said...

possible evidence

At 12/24/2008 11:21 AM, Blogger Caleb Tyler Adam said...

"We're all adults here, and know that things that originate in gang culture can become more benign aspects of urban culture (like the crip walk)."

I mean, regardless of whether or not there's a Crip connection, anyone who's spent any time around urban youth know that the way they wear SpongeBob is often not the way other youth would wear SpongeBob. Hell, some of my students wear shirts with SpongeBob in poses, stances, and with expressions that you just AREN'T going to find at the Disney Store.

Btw, the whole SpongeBob thing was a real trip at first.

worril: Devean George, basketball's middle reliever

At 12/24/2008 4:41 PM, Blogger Peter Robert Casey said...

I'm intrigued by Alexander's Takayo Siddle reference. Siddle is MIA on YouTube, a rare phenomenon.

At 12/24/2008 4:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

When it comes to Spongebob there's also the pot head angle. A lot of my best pot head friends love the show like no tomorrow. Or, at least, they did a few years back.

Maybe Amir and Beasley et al just like to get high.

At 12/24/2008 5:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's no telling why they like Sponge Bob. My 60 year old dad does, and he's more into Sousa marches & christian self-help books than pot & gang culture.

wv: dingersi

At 12/26/2008 1:26 PM, Blogger Todd said...

I love Les Rallizes Denudes & Jacks because they both excel at writing cool ethereal psych pop folk songs, then completely damaging them to the point where they become monstrous, indeed otherworldly, brain-damagers. Pretty great way to go about composing music.

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