Do you Ikoo?

I found this on a British forum today, it seems like something you’d maybe keep in the trunk of your car for a dire emergency rather than the urban assualt vehicle they are hyping it up to be. Either way, it’s an interesting and fun looking little electric scooter: Do you Ikoo?

What Rocks Us: Stereolab

from the Black Sessions (French radio?)

Alfredo and I went to see Stereolab last week (thanks Alf!), and while the show was really really great, it was the first time I’d seen them without guitarist/backing vocalist Mary Hansen, who was killed in a bicycle accident in London in 2002. The band bravely and wisely went on without her, replacing most of her vocals with french horn and trombone, which works amazingly well. I only recognized a few songs they played, it was heavy on the newer stuff, which, again, is all very good, but their spiffy professional musicianship now lacks the slacky, noisy indie charm of their first few records, in the same way that today’s Belle and Sebastian just isn’t the same as “Lazy Line Painter Jane.” Both bands have always been tight and densely layered, but both have mellowed out sonically with age.

So in tribute to Mary and the concert last week, here’s a great live version of their first Too Pure single, “Super-Electric,” with Lætitia and Mary on vocals, from French radio circa 1993. It was my favorite Stereolab song until Vina and I decided to get married while “Jenny Ondioline” happened to be playing.

Best… Bust… ever.

Nestled within the usual ads for yarn and alternative menstruation products, the April/May 2006 issue of Bust features a story about “biker gangs” for women. Though it covers bicycle, motorcycle, and scooter clubs, the Secret Servix SC monopolized the bulk of the text and photos, along with the Baltimore Bombshells and a couple other girls’ clubs. If that’s not enough to get you running to the newsstand, you also get Gretchen Mol convincingly dressing up like Bettie Page, and a story on comics artist Julie Doucet. Nice! Janel clearly made the right choice hiring Vina as her publicist.

Townsend Kids’ Vespa shirt

If you’re into scooters, skateboarding, rock and roll, and heavily-branded sportswear, and have kids, check out Townsend kid’s clothing; their mod Vespa shirt is on sale right now. That reminds me, they sell Hurley kid’s shirts at Costco:

Vina: “We should get this for Liam
Bryan: “He doesn’t even know what Hurley is.”
Vina: “Just tell him it’s a skateboard shirt”
Bryan: “I don’t think Hurley even makes skateboards, they just make shirts.”

Thanks for the link, M5.

Pimp my Vespa?

From a Globe and Mail story about the new “MTV Canadia:”

“I joked that … we’re going to see Pimp My Snowmobile,â€? Mr. LeBlanc says with a chuckle, a reference to the popular MTV program Pimp My Ride in which old cars are restored and customized to hip status. It may not be that much of a joke. Mr. Schwartz notes that MTV in Germany has a version called Pimp My Bicycle, and in Italy they’re developing Pimp My Vespa.

ESRA announces 2006 schedule

The Eastern Scooter Racing Association today announced their 2006 racing schedule. All makes and models of scooters are welcome, provided they’re properly prepped and follow the rules. The schedule:

  • Sunday 4/30 – Circleville Raceway Park, Circleville OH
  • 5/28 – Circleville Raceway Park, Circleville OH
  • 6/17 – BeaveRun Motorsports Complex, Beaver Falls PA
  • 7/9 – Circleville Raceway Park, Circleville OH
  • 7/28 – Scooter Nationals IMI Motorsports – Denver CO
  • 8/19 – BeaveRun Motorsports Complex – Beaver Falls PA
  • 9/9 – Circleville Raceway Park, Circleville OH
  • 9/23 – BeaveRun Motorsports Complex, Beaver Falls PA
  • 9/30-10/1 – New Hampshire Int’l Speedway, Loudon NH
  • 10/7 – Circleville Raceway Park, Circleville OH