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Subway Art By Daniel Sinclair: Fast Track and Speedwheels

Daniel Sinclair Fast Track 1991
Fast Track, 1991 (All Photos By Gail)

Once each week, I have an appointment in the vicitiny of 45th Street and Madison Avenue. which gives me the opportunity to walk the length of the long passageway between the S shuttle to Times Square and 4, 5, and 6 lines, under Grand Central Terminal: an excellent shortcut I love to use to avoid excess time on the congested streets of this heavily foot-trafficked neighborhood.

Fast Track Detail
Fast Track, Detail

It is at either end of this passageway that you will find Dan Sinclair’s Fast Track and Speedwheels; two mixed-media wall-mounted assemblages crafted from bright metallic sections that include wavy aluminum sheets, steel wheels, brass disks, copper springs and wires. Fast Track, see in the two photos above, is installed closest to the S shuttle to Times Square platform, adjacent to the tracks.

Fast Track Detail
Fast Track, Detail (Above and Below)

Fast Track Detail

Speedwheels
Speedwheels

Mounted high overheard on the wall at the end of the passageway that’s closest to the 4, 5, and 6 lines, you will find the expansive Speedwheels installation. It’s a bit challenging to photograph in full, because there is a support beam about ten feet in front of it

Speedwheels By Daniel Sinclair
Speedwheels, Left Side Detail

The art-deco shapes and various turning wheels, spinning gears and pistons interpret the speed, energy and train travel imagery into this relief sculpture, and add to the aura of the location, below one of America’s premiere rail stations.

Speedwheels By Daniel Sinclair
Speedwheels, Right Side Detail

Sinclair explains, “I want my sculpture to make people think of the power of the engines that drive the trains, the speed and efficiency of them. The sculptures also reflect the architectural elements of Times Square and the Art Deco glamour of Radio City Music Hall.”

Happy Birthday, John Tempesta!


“Smiling Is Not Metal” – John Tempesta

Drummer and all-around nice guy John Tempesta (Exodus, Testament, White Zombie, Helmet, The Cult etc.) is celebrating his 47th Birthday today! I’ve interviewed John a few times and he is always a great interview and completely hilarious to talk to. Happy Birthday, Johnny!

Happy Birthday, Dave Mustaine!

Dave Mustaine of Megadeth was born on this day, September 13th in 1961, which makes him just a wee bit younger than me (bastard). I had dinner with Dave once and, aside from being hilarious and a super nice guy, I can tell you that he has (or at least had) the most beautiful hair in Rock. I bet he is a Pantene guy, for sure.  Happy Birthday, Dave!

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Kindergartner’s Outfit for The First Day of School

Batman Headpiece/Mask – Check
Cape – Check
Motorhead T-Shirt – Check
Oversized Red Watch Worn High on the Arm – Check
Scowl (Very Metal) – Check

All he’s missing is a prosthetic Lemmy wart. Otherwise, I’d say this kid is dressed for school!

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Christmas Lights on House Syncd to Slayer’s "Reign In Blood"


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Oh my, this Slayer fan’s holiday display is definitely something to see. I bet the neighbors really appreciate his idea of Christmas spirit. Slayer!

Note: Unfortunately, since I posted this, I’ve discovered that the embed code is disabled by SONY on “select” browsers. If the above video won’t play for you or if it shows an error message, please click this upcoming link to Watch all the madness unfold on YouTube.

Thanks to Heidi Ellen Robinson Fitzgerald for the Tip!

Unexpected Hotness: Munky from Korn

Munky: I Would Do It

No one who really knows me would ever accidentally accuse me of being a fan of the band Korn. Being a happy and well-adjusted person who does not really enjoy listening to a lot of screaming (exception: anything by Ministry), their music is not really my bag. But my friend Ray Luzier has been Korn’s drummer for about three years, and it’s been at least that long since I’ve seen Ray, since he lives in LA and I live here in NYC. So when Korn’s new record label, the great Roadrunner Records, invited me to attend a listening party for the band’s upcoming CD: Korn III: Remember Who You Are (in stores July 13, 2010), and I heard that not only would Ray be there but that also the catering would be provided by Dos Caminos (such delicious food they have) I decided I could not miss this opportunity to make the scene.

It turned out to be a good call. Ray and I had a nice reunion with ample quality time to catch up before the music started, and the guacamole from Dos Caminos was just as amazing as I remembered it to be, even if there were a few too many jalapenos thrown into the mix. Also, Korn’s new record, well it’s pretty good. I mean, it’s Korn, so there are not really any surprises: it sounds like Korn, all loud and angry and growly and like bombs exploding in your face. Metal! But I also kind of dug it. You can hear real guitars in there and Ray’s drumming is amazing and very different from his days in the David Lee Roth band, that is for sure. How they get his kick drums to sound like cannons going off I just don’t know. But I guess the biggest surprise of the evening, for me, was getting an eyeful of Korn’s guitarist, who is named James Shaffer but who everyone calls Munky. Nicknames! Let me tell you, dreadlocks or no dreadlocks, the dude is fucking hot. We’re talking Chris Cornell-pre-haircut caliber hotness. I wouldn’t want to have to smell his hair, but I wouldn’t kick him out of bed for eating crackers. I’m sorry I didn’t get the chance to actually say Hello to Munky, but it’s probably for the best since the only thing I could think of to say to him was “You are so good looking.” And nobody wants to hear that.

This Is So Metal

That’s all I have to say about it.

Thanks to Rose at The Lacking Organization for the Tip!

Happy Birthday to Rob Halford and Elvis Costello!

Elvis Costello 1994 Shoulder

Rob Halford, singer for Judas Priest was born on this day, August 25th, in 1951, while Elvis Costello was born three years later, in 1954!!  Happy birthday guys!

Rob Halford

Danza Does Danzig!


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Thanks to the unending cleverness of AJ Dunning for the tip!

The Most Metal Thing: Dragon Head Staple Remover!

Dragon Head Staple Remover
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Here’s the most metal desk accessory I could find on the web right at this moment: a Dragon Head Staple Remover by designer Jac Zagoory!