Friday, February 26, 2010

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Monday, February 22, 2010

Friday, February 19, 2010

30yrs ago today
rock and roll died.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

The Michiganscene lost a long time friend, husband, cyclist, and all around nice person, this past week. Mike Gardulski was a mainstay on the the MTb scene, and cyclocross series from the early 90's to mid 00. always a top level athlete and nice person to be around. Mike will be missed greatly by US and all those that new him. Keep his family in your hearts.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Monday, February 15, 2010

Sunday, February 14, 2010

My Bloody Valentine are an alternative rock band formed in Dublin, Ireland in 1983. The band's founding members are guitarist/singer Kevin Shields and drummer Colm Ó Cíosóig. The lineup during the band's late 80s/early 90s heyday included singer-guitarist Bilinda Butcher and bassist Debbie Googe after the band settled in London.
As My Bloody Valentine's music progressed, its use of
distortion, pitch bending, and digital reverb resulted in the sound that became known as shoegazing. My Bloody Valentine's 1991 critically-acclaimed album Loveless took two years to make mostly due to funding problems. Following Loveless, My Bloody Valentine became inactive, with Shields recording and shelving several albums' worth of follow-up material. In 2007, Shields announced that the band had reunited and were recording new material.
[edit] Early history
Colm Ó Cíosóig and Kevin Shields met in the late 1970s as teenagers in Dublin. They quickly became friends and joined a local
punk rock band named The Complex.[1] Toward the end of 1983, Shields and O'Ciosoig formed their own band with singer Dave Conway. Conway, who went by the stage name Dave Stelfox, suggested names such as Burning Peacocks before they settled on My Bloody Valentine.[2] The band was completed by Conway's girlfriend Tina, who played keyboards.
Gavin Friday of Dublin post-punk band The Virgin Prunes gave the group contacts that secured them a show in the Netherlands.[3] Based on getting that one gig, the band moved to Holland and ended up staying for three months. Due to a lack of opportunities and a lack of correct documentation, the band then moved to Berlin, where they recorded the mini-LP This Is Your Bloody Valentine. The record failed to have the expected impact, and, after four months, the band left Berlin, returning to Holland briefly before settling in London around the middle of 1985.
edit] Settling in London
After a period when My Bloody Valentine members lost contact with each other as they looked for places to stay, the band regrouped and decided to audition bass players. The band lacked a regular bassist and Conway's girlfriend had decided to leave the band, not feeling confident in her abilities as a keyboard player. Having been given the telephone number of a bass player in London,
Debbie Googe, they invited her to audition, and, ultimately, to join the band, fitting in rehearsals around her day job.
At this point the band were rehearsing at Salem Studios, which was connected to the record label Fever Records. Impressed by what they heard, Fever agreed to release an
EP. On the strength of this, Googe left her job, and the EP, titled Geek! was released in December 1985. The band soon began to play on the London gig circuit, but the record failed to make as much of an impact as the band had hoped. With the band's slow progress, Shields contemplated moving back to New York, where some of his family were living.
Joe Foster, an associate of Creation Records, had decided to set up his own label, Kaleidoscope Records, and persuaded the group to record for him. The EP, The New Record by My Bloody Valentine, was the result, released in early 1986. The band also began to step up their live appearances, developing a small following and venturing outside London for gigs.
The band's next record was
Sunny Sundae Smile, an EP released in February 1987 by Lazy Records, a label set up by The Primitives with their manager Wayne Morris. The label had been interested in My Bloody Valentine for a while, and the band turned to them this time due to Foster's indifference. The band then spent a few months performing in London and managed to secure a support slot with the Soup Dragons. During the shows with the Soup Dragons, Conway announced his decision to leave the band; he had been ill for a while and felt he was not reaching his potential with the band. Conway has since pursued a career as a writer.Conway departs and Butcher joins

Conway's departure left the band without a vocalist, a situation they decided to remedy by placing advertisements in the music press. This process proved torturous, Shields noting, "It was pretty dangerous, I made the mistake of mentioning The Smiths because we liked their melodies, the whole thing was disastrous and excruciating, you should have seen some of the fruitballs we got."
The band eventually turned to recommendations and experimented with having two vocalists:
Bilinda Butcher and Joe Byfield.[4] It soon became apparent that Byfield was unsuited to the band, and Shields took on second vocalist duties alongside Butcher; he noted she "sounded all right and she could sing one of our songs which sounded fine, we just had to show her how to play guitar."
Under pressure from Lazy Records to produce an album, the band compromised, citing the need for time to stabilize their line-up. The band agreed to record an EP followed by a mini LP. The EP,
Strawberry Wine, consisted of three tracks and was released in August 1987. The mini-LP, titled Ecstasy, followed soon after. The EP has been described as "certainly the better of the two releases."[5] Ecstasy has been criticized as showing "a group who appeared to have run out of money halfway through recording,"[5] which was indeed the case. Ecstasy also suffered from production difficulties, as Shields described errors in mastering the recordings. These hardships were not surprising as the band were funding the studio time themselves; The deal with Lazy was that the label would do the promotion, the band paying for the recording
Creation Records
In January 1988 My Bloody Valentine played a gig with
Biff Bang Pow!, a band that featured Creation Records owner Alan McGee as a member. The performance convinced McGee that they were the Irish equivalent to American band Hüsker Dü, and he approached the band after the show.[6] The band decided to record a single for the label. My Bloody Valentine recorded five songs at a studio in Walthamstow in east London in less than a week. Released as the EP You Made Me Realise, the release was the band's first to be largely well-received by critics.[7] The group followed with the EP Feed Me with Your Kiss and the album Isn't Anything (1988). The band's multi-layered guitar sound became a major influence on a number of new bands who the British music press grouped together under the shoegazing label
My Bloody Valentine began work on their second full-length album in February 1989. Shields said that Creation thought the album could be recorded "in five days"; he later recalled, "But when it became clear that wasn't going to happen, they freaked."[8] Work continued throughout the year. Shields and McGee agreed to release an EP prior to the album's release,[9] so the band recorded Glider, which was released in 1990. In May 1990 the band recorded a second EP, Tremolo (1991).[10] The band halted work on the album in order to tour behind the release of Glider in Summer 1990.[11]
It ultimately took My Bloody Valentine two years to finish their second album Loveless (1991). The making of the album was rumored to have cost £250,000 and to have nearly bankrupted Creation Records, claims which Shields has denied.[12] Reviews of Loveless were almost unanimous with praise.[13] The NME review of Loveless declared, "...however decadent one might find the idea of elevating other human beings to deities, My Bloody Valentine, failings and all, deserve more than your respect."[14] However, the album failed to perform commercially. Loveless peaked at number 24 on the British album charts, and failed to chart in the United States, where it was distributed by Sire Records.[13] McGee dropped My Bloody Valentine from Creation soon after the album's release because he could not bear working with Shields again; "It was either him or me", he told The Guardian in 2004.[15]
My Bloody Valentine signed with
Island Records in October 1992, reportedly for £250,000.[16] The band spent their advance on constructing a studio in a house in Streatham. The studio was completed in April 1993, but problems with the studio and attempts to repair them sent the band into "semi-meltdown" according to Shields.[17]
The group recorded very little, which included the contribution of a cover of a James Bond theme song to a charity compilation (We Have All the Time in the World), and a cover of the Wire song "Map Ref. 41 Degrees N 93 Degrees W" for the tribute album Whore: Tribute to Wire. Unable to finalise a third album, Shields isolated himself and, in his own words, went "crazy", drawing comparisons in the music press to the behavior of musicians such as Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys and Syd Barrett of Pink Floyd.[15] The other band members went their own ways during the period of inactivity following Loveless: Butcher contributed vocals to Collapsed Lung's 1996 single "Board Game",[18] Googe had been sighted working as a cab driver in London[19] and formed the supergroup Snowpony in 1996,[20] O'Ciosoig joined Hope Sandoval & the Warm Inventions,[21] while Shields collaborated with Yo La Tengo, Primal Scream, and Dinosaur Jr.[22]
Rumors spread among fans of albums being recorded and then shelved. In 1999, it was reported that Shields had delivered 60 hours of material to Island.[16] According to sources, one was possibly influenced by jungle music.[19] Shields later confirmed that at least one full album of new material was abandoned. He said, "We did an album's worth of half-finished stuff, and it did just get dumped, but it was worth dumping. It was dead. It hadn't got that spirit, that life in it."[23] Shields later said to Magnet magazine, "We are 100 percent going to make another My Bloody Valentine record unless we die or something", and attributed the band's sparse output to a lack of inspiration


Friday, February 12, 2010

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

a day in the life.

TMS got another chance to look into the daily habits of another of our favorite sceners, this time we got ahold of what we feel is one of what Miscene best up and comers..Alan Antonuk. Alan seemed to fly in under the radar last season, Not to us as we watched him dismantle the cat3's in 08, but for some he was just another guy in a Essex kit. Well not for 10. As your gonna see Alan has stepped up to the next level.And Tms is gonna continue to watch out for him...

Hey tMs;
I was picked up by Cleveland Health Clinic/RGF p/b Felt Racing Bikes ( for 2010, so I'll be laying it down in an RGF kit this season. I'm really excited as we've got some good guys on the team (Cruise Bogdin, Adam Liebowitz, Jeremy Grimm, Ryan Good, and Rolf Eisenger, as well as a good crew on the U23 and Regional teams)
As for a day in the life, here's my week-day edition:
07:30 - Cell phone alarm goes off
07:30:01 - Heart rate hits 110 bpm as I'm yanked of of dream-land
07:30:05 - Curse, loudly.
07:30:20 - Realize the alarm is for real and I have to go silence it, so I walk over to my cell (across the room), grab it, silence the alarm, kill the other alarms, then jump back in bed. Its entirely too cold to be up out of bed.
07:30:25 - Promise to really get up in 5 minutes.
08:15:00 - Look at cell phone clock
08:15:01 - curse again
08:15:05 - 5 more minutes
08:25:00 - Get out of bed
08:27:00 - Check the e-mail (I'm not awake yet, this is really just to delay getting started)
08:30:00 - Pick up the newspaper (WSJ, they've been delivering to me for 10 months now for free, i've tried to get them to stop, several times, they have no record of me. I think i've just accepted the fact I'm getting it whether I like it or not, its a good read, and when it isn't its great for stuffing in wet cycling shoes)
08:32:00 - Breakfast of champions - Orange, Alan's special blend of musli with almond milk, yogurt, & juice
08:40:00 - Contacts in so I can see
08:40:01 - Realization that I need a haircut
08:40:02 - Haircut?!? who has the time for that?
08:40:30 - Brush teeth
08:42:30 - Floss (see I brushed a whole 2 minutes like you're supposed to)
08:45:00 - Dressed and ready to commute to work
08:48:00 - 4 trips up and down apartment stairs as I remember all the various items I need for work
08:50:00 - Look at watch, realize I'm going to be a bit late for work
08:50:01 - Curse.
08:51:00 - Jump on the commute bike and freeze for 15 minutes riding to work
09:07:00 - Roll into work, realize my boss is out at some conference, so it doesn't really matter that I'm a few minutes late (doh!)
09:10:00 - Log into workstation, grab some tea and fill the waterbottle
09:15:00 - Commence working
09:16:32 - Knock on cubicle, something that I built has broke/I don't know how to use this/please help
09:26:00 - After watching user use software in most unexpected manner curse silently
09:26:10 - Add it to the bottom of the never-ending todo list. Tell user I'll work on it.
09:27:00 - Return to cube, try and get head back in the game
09:30:00 - New email, distraction
09:35:00 - Recommence work
10:00:00 - Hungry, commence first snack of the day: carrots, celery, and small tomatoes
10:00:15 - Down the hatch, continue working
10:26:00 - Hungry again, time for snack #2: deluxe mixed nuts and dates
10:26:30 - Email from another grad student asking me about file-formats
10:27:00 - Refer grad student A to grad student B who I've already explained said file-format 6 times to.
10:27:05 - Sense of satisfaction
10:30:00 - Still hungry, is it lunchtime yet?
10:31:00 - Continue working
... Ok this is getting boring, lets skip ahead to 16:55:00
16:55:00 - 5 minutes to go until I can skip out of work
16:56:47 - Email from grad student asking for 5 page explanation about something, requiring it 2 days ago
16:57:00 - Slam head against desk
17:25:00 - Send off e-mail and bolt before any other emails come in
17:28:00 - Start the commute through mind-numbed Ann Arbor drivers (hope I don't get run-over)
17:45:00 - Arrive home
17:50:00 - Decompress
17:52:00 - Ok not enough time for that, gotta get my 2 hours in before my downstairs neighbor gets home.
18:00:00 - Pop a DVD into player, turn on fan, fill up the bottles, get on the rollers
20:00:00 - Done with that (what you think I'd give away my training secrets: really it isn't that hard - TRAIN SMART)
20:00:05 - Forgot to prepare dinner, start that
20:55:00 - Dinner half cooked? Good enough, chow time.
20:57:15 - Ok that was good, what else can I munch on?
21:02:03 - OOoohh, shiny, lets go play around on the computer
0:55:00 - Hmm, I have to get up in 8 hours, probably time to go to bed.

This should give you an idea of the average day in the life of Alan.
Pleasure as always

-Alan Anto"sick"

good luck and thanks Alan!

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Saturday, February 06, 2010

Thursday, February 04, 2010

It is important to win, but more than anything it is important to always be at the front, to be a factor in every race, to be somebody that evrybody respects and looks for "
Francescro Moser

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

How many Times?

We cant put our finger on it, maybe its the short days with little sun light, or the long cold nights, maybe its the countless hours spent alone churn in out empty mindless wind trainer miles. Its quite possible it may have to do with all the dopage in Tms's system so far for 2010,whatever the reason we have been asking ourselves this one question and getting many angles and answers on it. maybe you have to, maybe you haven't, better yet maybe you need to spend some time in the dark on the wind trainer some place cold...while doping to find the answers. Or if you cant do the above, just wait for the scene Guru to tell us .
how many times; can you ride poto
how many times :can you train the same way
how many times: do i have to listen to your same bullshit stories
how many times: do I have to tell you
how many times; can i race the same race series
how many times: can you keep making the same mistakes
how many times: do i have to listen to the same broken record from the same broken people?
how many times: can ride you this same fucking mind numbing road
how many times: can i forget to pack enough food for the days ride
how many times: can i keep riding the same piece of shit
how many times: must i keep getting my head kicked in before i fight back
how many times: can keep fucking up the same good story
how many time: can you take rejection before you pull the plug?
how many times; can you say no before you say yes?
how many times can i wash my hands in one hour?
how many times: can you keep rebuilding yourself?
how many times can i hit the same fucking pot hole on my way to work?
how many times; has someone posted some form of DOPAGE, MEATGAE BOOBAGE?
how many times: can you keep accepting what people through at you?
how many times; can i listen to the same lame complaints of fellow friends?
how many times: can TMS post the same fucking crap?
how many times: can you greet me with that same stupid smirk?
how many times; can i lie in one day?
how many times: will i take your shit before i put a stop to it?
how many times: can tailwind play the same lame ass fucking play list at there events?
how many times: can I fall in the same spot?
how many times: can you do the same group ride?
how many times: do you need to be told why?
how many times: can i take it in the ass in 1 day.
how many times; can i eat the same garabge for lunch?
how many times: can you accept the same lame shit you get handed every day?
how many times: do have to keep burning my tongue before i learn.
how many times: can i flat in one day?
how many times: I have to see the same Cretans at the coffee shop?
how many times: can you fiddle with your seat height?
how many times: can you doubt me?
how many times? can i pass judgement on someone?
how many times: can i get up at night and piss?
how many times: do i have to clean shit out of my sheets?
how many times: can i wish death on someone?
how many times: can i quit?
how many times: do i have to keep tightening the same dam loose nut?
how many times: can i watch the same dragnet rerun?
how many times: can you keep flog gin the same dead horse?
how many times: can you cross the river at ruby?
how many times: can i keep destroying myself?
how many times: do i have to smash my fingers?
how many times: can i pick the same scab?
how many times: do i have to bite the same sore spot in my mouth?
how many times; can i tell you to go away?
how many times: can i get caught by the same traffic light?
how many times: can i forget to turn my headlights off?
how many times: can i ride Hines drive?
how many times do i have to look at your face before i walk away?
how many times: can you make the same excuses?
how many times: can forget important shit?
how many times: can i face book in one day?
how many times: can you get shit on your hands?
how many times: must you get burnt?
how many times: must i hear you whine?
how many times: do i have to hear why you cant?
how many times: can i bonk?
how many times can you keep making poor choices?
how many times: can you wear the same fucking clothes?
how many times: can you drink yourself to near death?
how many times: do i have to listen to the same lame songs on the radio?
how many times: do i have to flush the toilet after you?
how many times: can you stick the same dirty needles in your viens?
how many times:a year do i have to race @Stony Creek?
how many times: will I feel my best when it counts?
how many times: will I see them again?
how many times: will I win?
how many times: can i trip over the same crack in the sidewalk?
how many times; does tms have to be bagged on before they quit.
how many times: have we forgotten that One Guys name?
how many times will I give the finger to a jack ass driver?
how many times : will I deny myself before I crack?
how many times :have you wished you were somewhere else?
how many Times have I eaten fucking spagehtti?
how many times: have you cut a course?
how many times have i worn chemical toe warmers?
how many times: Have i said.. I hate my workouts?
how many times: can you race ICEMAN?
how many times :do I miss doing other fun things on the weekend because of racing?
how many times: have I pinned a number on?
how many times: have i ate pizza?
how many times; Did you say the word fuck today?
how many times: have you said ill never do that again?
how many times: have you tried to keep your mouth shut, only to open again, and again
how many times; can i say yes bfore i say no?
how many times: can you accept the same bullshit awards ?