May 31

Love the latest offering, from the creative department at Last Rights (305!) …

“Storm Rider” (color/front shown above) … f’n schweet! Available (pre-order) June 12th

(b&w/back shown above) *size: L pls. 

May 27

This was last night …

All’s well on the beach …

… as of (early) Sunday night!

May 26

Friday, May 25, 2012 (night) – A little more of a crowd as the weekend progresses. A lot more traffic restrictions with particular focus on Washington/Collins Ave, from 5th-23th.

But still, all’s pretty quiet on the western front. There’s little room to “have fun” though – there’s the MacArthur “drag” with patrols at every intersection along 5th St. to welcome visitors – “No loud music” & “No handbill/flyer distribution” (part of the “Respect the Scene” campaign). I still saw some folks managing to have fun, although no (obvious) open containers seemed to be the rule.

I saw a few “stop-and-searches” that seemed to go down with nary a struggle. A lot of “security” (hired uniformed guards) mixed in with the police, I guess to help blanket the area and beef up street numbers, most seemed bored with the “big weekend”. ALL security, police & rental, are HQ’d at the convention center, a TON of them! (including the Goodwill ambassadors, not sure about the God Squad?)

Another (lower) level of security (black shirts w/white) was scattered around Miami Beach for low-problem (traffic?) areas, one security guard was watching some barriers and allowing local traffic only from Alton Rd & 14th?! A lonely job that he said ended at 5am. The biggest difference between this year and last? Police presence.

*I think It would be funny if the city had the same approach for Art Basel/DecoFest/WMC one year, no?

May 25

Well it looks like we’re prepared for a small invasion, but at least it looks like Miami Beach is ready. For what, we’ll see …

I went out in the morning to see what was going on …

Perfect morning for an omlette at the Penguin Hotel. Some folk (various global tourists – had already imbibed in a pre-noon beverage and the occasional waft of cannabis permeated my bike tour, to mellow things out … ? 5th & Ocean was closed – pedestrian only? or at least restricted. Washington Ave. – South bound traffic & Collins Ave. – goes North – with no cross-traffic from 5th up to … ?! Way up, avoid it at all costs (walk down Lincoln!?).

All’s quiet on the Western front.

May 19

The best parking spot on Miami Beach …

… on Lincoln Road. (the new –  iCop - security, in front of Mac store) 

May 12

May 12, 2012 – I once had it, within my reach, but unfortunately the “staff” (Richie, Spencer, Aimee, Peter … random new hire?) at the store had been quickly ordered/instructed (lawyers) to pull this particular Negativland/”U2″ LP/CD – that day – that moment – just when I had decided to zip down Newbury St. (from Visual Research & Design (?) – w/a Don Gove – “worst” Boss in history/the wolrd.) and see if it had hit the Newbury Comics vinyl (yep, “record”) bins yet. I saw it. There it was, behind the counter and within view, a box with ALL the freshly sealed U2/Negativland 12″ (& cd’s?) ready to be shipped - BACK - to the distributors/record label?!?! I think I had made a quick, but useless plea. nada.

The “song” had been getting local play on college radio, so folk were aware of its release (an it’s humor), and I, for one, was looking forward to it’s purchase (I can be a record-geek sometimes, but nothing compared to some I know). But, the evil powers that exist in the music biz, began to buzz. Word on the street was that the U2′s lawyers/record label were a little miffed that someone would mess around with their (mondo money-making) hit – and went to work quickly pursuing the culprits – Negativland – the folks who had the gall to bastardize their merch!?! Have a wee … listen!

August 20, 1991: SST Records releases a single by Negativland called “U2″, a tape-collage parody of U2′s “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” (video here) featuring sampled and scrambled portions of the U2 song itself and a found tape of radio personality Casey Kasem losing his cool. As part of the joke, the CD packaging features the title – the letter “U” and the numeral “2″ – largely and prominently with the attribution “Negativland” in much smaller letters below it.

I saw them play once in Boston/Somerville (’92/Johnny D’s?+/-) where they had toasters on the sides of the (small) stage, the show began – then someone started to make the “toast”, which started to burn, creating smoke … etc. After that it was just fun seeing them perform the stuff I had listened to on WZBC (and WUNH, KFJC, WVUM, WBUR) during the 80′s.

*Special thanks to Le Spam for procuring this “rare” little item for me and also ending my obsessive search for it.

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