ar·cane (är-kān') adj. requiring secret or mysterious knowledge;

The Amazing Josh “Tony” Womack

Posted in ballin by arcanedufresne on June 30, 2009
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Back in the bad old days

Posted in art, comics by arcanedufresne on June 30, 2009

I remember when I went and saw the Dick Tracy movie in the theater with my Dad when I was about 6 years old and loving it. I stumbled across this site today with vintage comic lineup of 200 of the original Dick Tracy villains. How can you not enjoy dudes like Boris Arson, Johnny Ramm, and of course, Stud Bronzen.

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Lego Arcade

Posted in art, video games by arcanedufresne on June 30, 2009

Michael Hickox created this rad Lego rendition of a handful of classic arcade games. Enjoy.

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Wu-Tang V. Bruce Springsteen & The E-Street Band

Posted in ballin, music by arcanedufresne on June 30, 2009

This may be one of the coolest/funniest things I’ve ever seen and who among us has never imagined the Wu-Tang Clan as some sort of “Dream Team” that could play and win in any sport. Well here are the results of that dream.

Tip of the Burgh

Posted in accomplices/associates, ballin, travel by arcanedufresne on June 29, 2009

The trip to Pittsburgh was amazing and I will try to sum it up briefly in the following broken paragraph. If you have questions about any of the things mentioned, do not hesitate to ask, thank you. Baseball, Royals baseball, NE extension detour, 109 MPH, 200$ speeding ticket (not directly related to the prior point), energy Snickers, Mike Briggleby, Renaissance ballin’,”famous” hamburgers, Joakim Soria and Twitter, Robinson Tejeda telling us to get drunk, Zack Greinke picking up my sunglasses without acknowledging my existence, Roberto Clemente bridge, Pirates prize wheel, fireworks, limo ride to Hofbrauhaus, pickle mozzarella stick, head sized steins of delicious brew, dragging everyone to Primanti Bros, TX transplant’s first night on the job as a cabbie in Pittsburgh, Sunday morning breakfast and newspaper, French press coffee, watching Greinke pitch and the Royals win, Pizza Hut buffet, Eat N Park bathroom and of course spending an amazing weekend with Alex, Scott, Joel and Liz. We’ll definitely be back Pittsburgh, we won two more tickets on the prize wheel Sunday.

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Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest

Posted in music by arcanedufresne on June 29, 2009

Grizzly Bear has been lauded for the release of their new album, Veckatimest (a small island in Massachusetts) and it’s now my time to weigh in on the release.

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The opening track, Southern Point, is the opening scene to a movie in my head, which is filmed on handheld camera in grainy film, perhaps a lost home video tape, riding in the passenger seat of a car in the late 70s. You find yourself winding your way through a mountainous, tree-lined, narrow passway with the song building along with the climbing elevation, and then you reach the apex of the mount and it’s a glorious vantage point that looks out over an entire valley wooded, river valley. The camera pans around you and your companions and the sun shines so bright it creates momentary sun spots on the film when it hits the right angles. This image could is the mental landscape for the entire album, as the production, instrumentation, vocals and feel of this record is very organic and warming.

Listen to Two Weeks here.

If you have listened to Department of Eagles at all (singer Daniel Rossen’s other band), which I highly suggest, you will definitely hear and feel similarities between the two groups, but there are enough disparities to make this release feel fresh. The lo-fi, indie-folk tone is done so well that I don’t care which of the two bands I am listening to, the end product is great regardless. Grizzly Bear perfect the inner-song, tempo-shifting build up so well and is evidenced for one on the more chaotic conclusion on Fine for Now, which starts as a meandering walk through the woods and ends with a cataclysmic cliff dive. Two Weeks has an Electric Light Orchestra feel to it, which I love. Veckatimest has a simple, successful formula followed throughout; spacious and haunting vocals and backing vocals/choirs, solid rhythm driven by simplistic drum and bass lines, and ambling, echoing guitars that filter in and out with you and the stream of conscious daydream Grizzly Bear has created. About Face is my personal favorite track because it feels like a bike ride through the countryside, and it all comes back to the nature-esque, sun-in-your-eyes, wind in your hair atmosphere and the exposure to all elements of earth and emotion that the record not only captures but infuses in you with each note.

Posted in the funnies by arcanedufresne on June 29, 2009

I was in line behind an elderly man dressed in a green polo, green seersucker shorts and some white sneakers this morning at Genuardi’s and he was at least 75 years old. I have seen him there before and each time he purchases one singular glazed, twist donut. Today the 50-ish year old lady clerk commented “Big donut today, huh?” and he replied instantly “You betcha. Wanna come out to the car and share it with me?”

What a great man.

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Wu-Tang – Evil Deeds

Posted in music by arcanedufresne on June 26, 2009

Finally a throw back to the grime for the Wu, this takes me straight back to my Forever days. This release makes me feel good about Chamber Music, which is dropping June 30th. Duck Season mothasuckas.

Listen to the track here.

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Long Live the Thriller

Posted in music by arcanedufresne on June 26, 2009
Good night, Sweet Prince. You were once a King.

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Scouts Inc

Posted in ballin, family by arcanedufresne on June 25, 2009