Bonnie Prince Billy at Fry's Spring Beach Club
May 26, 2009, 10:05 am
Filed under: Listen | Tags: , , , ,

A good time was had by all at the sold out Bonnie Prince Billy show at the Fry’s Spring Beach Club Sunday night here in Charlottesville. As much as I like his music, the live show provided something not heard on the albums. At the end of the night the beach club was a sweaty mess of beer laden folk.

Accompanying Mr. Oldham’s memorable stage presence was an eclectic mixture of musicians that helped hold down the beat. The band powered through what seemed like 20 or so songs, some off the new record and some old ones.

The Fry’s Spring Beach Club, where they played, is a throw back to neighborhood pool clubs of yesteryear. With its wood panneled walls and lack of modern air handling, it was an appropriate venue for the last show of their tour.

Architecture of the Well-Tempered Environment
May 21, 2009, 8:59 am
Filed under: Architecture

– Reyner Banham, he Loves Los Angeles

Time To Collect Pocket Knives
May 18, 2009, 10:13 pm
Filed under: Gear, Uncategorized

Well just last week I picked up two new vintage pocket knives. The junk stores around here are loaded with great vintage pocket knives and other wierd pocket tools. I have been looking for a vintage Swiss Army knife for a little while and came across this one last week. It needs alot of love to shine once again and some serious sharpening to be more valuable then just looking cool.

It has this medium size blade and then a smaller one. I will make a good pocket addition as soon as I can sharpen them.

The other pocket knife I found isn’t really a pocket knife, rather a folding horticultural tool. Its a vintage pruning knife with a wood handle made by a now extinct company called Dunlap from the US of A. Its gonna be a beauty when I clean her up.

From the Ground Up
May 12, 2009, 8:23 am
Filed under: Architecture

Writer Lou Ureneck has been building a wood cabin by hand in the woods of Maine for the past year or so and has been documenting the whole process on a blog at the NY Times. His account has followed the process from the picking of a site to the the framing process which he currently is still working on. His approach is a slow building process, taking his time to make sure that things are done right.

He has had some up and downs in the process of building, and there is always time for fly fishing, but his journal continues to be a good read.