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Dollar Sign Bike Rack By David Byrne, Wall Street

Bike Rack By David Byrne
Photos By Gail

Any weekday that I walk south on Wall Street towards Water Street to catch a bus home, I pass by this otherwise unremarkable Dollar Sign-Shaped Bike Rack, which not everyone knows was designed by Talking Heads frontman, Fine Artist and Avid Bicyclist David Byrne. Until some time last year (I didn’t pay attention to exactly when this changed) there was an inverted paper coffee up — which no one would stop long enough to remove –covering the upward end of the ‘S’ shape. The cup was there for about two years: I swear I am not even exaggerating that point.

DB Bike Rack

The Wall Street Dollar Sign is one of nine custom Bike Racks created by Byrne in 2008, whose shapes pay homage to specific NYC neighborhoods. You can read more about them at This Link.

Horological Promenade II By Pablo Bronstein

Horological Promenade Clocks
All Photos By Gail (Click on Any Image to Enlarge for Detail)

Pablo Bronstein (Born 1977) is an Argentine artist based in London, who specializes in architectural sketches in ink and gouache, set in ornate frames and depicting imagined buildings incorporating styles from 18th century France and the 1980s. His Horological Promenade II (2008) installation consists of two ornate clocks, displayed on tall on plinths, and a framed drawing of those two clocks.

Horological Promenade Drawing

Horological Promenade II is part of the collection of Thea Westreich Wagner and Ethan Wagner, on exhibit at The Whitney Museum through March 6th, 2016.

Paul Insect’s Baby Head Stickers

Paul Insects Baby Heads
Photo By Gail

The Baby Head is Back, Bitches! Artist Paul Insect has been rocking the iconic Baby Head since around 2008, and I spotted these two stickers — Eyeball Baby Head and Microchip Baby Head, respectively – displayed on a sidewalk Mail Box right outside Jonathan LeVine’s temporary Pop Up Space on West 22nd Street. I hope I can find more of them…

Remembering Bill Miller

Bill M and Gail
Me with Bill at a Modern Drummer Party

On This Date, December 12th, in 2008, Modern Drummer Editor Bill Miller passed away after a long and hard-fought battle with melanoma. Bill was just 47 years old. I still miss Bill every day and I know that everyone at Modern Drummer does as well. He was not only a great editor who taught me so much about drumming and how to write about drummers, he was also a good friend. Rest in Peace, Bill.

Gail’s Top Ten Favorite CDs of 2008!

2008 wasn’t the worst year for music. I managed to find ten CDs I really like. These are them.

Gail’s Top Ten Favorite CDs of 2008

1.    MGMT, Oracular Spectacular

2.    Sloan, Parallel Play

3.    Hugh Cornwell, Hoover Dam

4.    Weezer, The Red Album


5.    The Verve, Forth


6.    Secret Machines

7.    Bigelf, Cheat the Gallows

8.    Robert Pollard is Off to Business

9.    Starflyer 59, Dial M

10.    Opeth, Watershed

Former Jimi Hendrix Drummer Mitch Mitchell, Dead at 61


Mitch Circa 1971: What a Rock Star

Sadness! Legendary drummer and last surviving member of the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Mitch Mitchell has passed away on November 12th, 2008 at age 61. RIP, Mitch!

Obama Rocks The Vote


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I Stand By My Decision
A Guest Blog from Voiceover Actor Charlie Rengel

It’s been a long road leading to Election Day, and I’m confident that I’ve been following the right path towards a new future. I already knew that I would support the Democratic Party. The past 8 years have made me wary of Republicans, knowing that most would put their interests over the country’s. The Democrats had an admirable selection of presidential candidates over the Republicans, being narrowed down to Senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. I had originally voted for Hillary Clinton as the nominee, giving in to the suspicions of Barack Obama’s “inexperience.” However, Obama had been gaining ground, and was selected over Clinton.

It was around then that I realized Barack Obama had a clear understanding of the problems facing the country and knew what had to be done. Shortly after the controversial sermon given by Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Obama responded with an intelligent, mature discussion on race-relations. (Jon Stewart from The Daily Show said, “For the first time, a politician talked to [the public] about race like we were adults”). I followed CNN, CNBC and MSNBC as well as the network news, ending the night with The Daily Show and Colbert Report. Whenever Obama spoke, he focused on the main issues and was always direct and sincere. Obama also knows how to choose the right people to assist him, when he selected his running mate Sen. Joe Biden. Biden’s experience in foreign policy alone made him a wise choice. The final months would prove to be an election-year to remember, especially against Republican front-runner Sen. John McCain.
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