Tuesday, June 30, 2009


Something about this photo: Wish I had me a nekkid lady in a suitcase. Reminds me of American Astronaut the movie.
-A.

Monday, June 29, 2009




I love Space Invader: He does these crazy city-wide installations, Los Angeles, New York City etc. and he prints these highly detailed maps of each city so you can travel around each and check out his work. This is what his new stuff is all about: The French artist Space Invader is into iconic games from the eighties. His previous work used images from the early video game Space Invaders (thus his moniker). Recently he has begun using Rubik’s Cubes to make art. He calls this new format “Rubikcubism.” The real highlight of this video happens midway through with the transition from The Beatles to The Clash. Pretty cool shit.
-A.
Picasso's Light Drawings.
I love light drawings. You can do some really cool stuff with this medium. Check out the Willowz video Jubilee on youtube or on some such fucking place. You figure it out, but it is a good example of light drawings. I didn't know Picasso did them as well. Shouldn't surprise me fore he did everything. And yes Pablo Picasso was never called an asshole! (A really great Modern Lovers song produced by John Cale and was on the Repo Man soundtrack.)
Enjoy your fucking Monday.
-A.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Feathered Due: RIP Farrah Fawcett


Farrah Fawcett RIP. She will be missed. Remember this poster from back in the 80's? Damn those nipples have always gotten my attention. My step brother, who was a year older than me, had this poster hanging in his room. He knew what he was doing. I think secretly that he had her hanging because he was digging a tunnel out of our house to escape and he needed something to hide the tunnel entrance. Or maybe, I'm getting me childhood mixed up with a movie I've seen or something. In my memory my stepbrother looks a lot like Tim Robbins and his best friend was a black guy that looked like Morgan Freeman. Weird.
-A.
XOXO

Moleskin Notebook

Thunder & lightning rolled continuously in the distance. I recognized my mortality in the silver reflection of an 18-wheeler's mud flaps. All the while, I barreled down the 2-lane blacktop with boot pedal to the metal speeding towards the destructive end.
Past the fence that I painted as a boy, toward the dirt road I hunted Easter eggs on and ending in the pasture where oil derricks once pumped plenty of money from the ground. When I arrived the smell of rain and peppermint greeted me ...
Fore, this was the End Of The Road.
-Aaron Barker
taken from moleskin notebook #2

Wednesday, June 24, 2009


Beautiful Alex was wearing these the other night. Damn heels are sexy especially when they are silver and sparkly.
-A.

RIP Jay Bennett


















Jay Bennett RIP. Of Wilco fame. He died of an accidental drug overdose. He will be missed.

Jenny Lewis: So, I finagled myself a free ticket to last nights Jenny Lewis/Heartless Bastards show. On the way I saw this little guy hangin' out on the street corner. He reminds me of me. He's a jack ass hanging out on the street corner looking for something. Anyway, The Heartless bastards killed it again. (I've seen them 3 times this year.) Plus, I got to hang out with them after their show. Really cool people. Then, Jenny Lewis came on and OMG that girl rocks. She can sing and is the sexiest thing I've seen in the flesh maybe ... ever. She makes mom jeans sexy again. Her legs are beautiful and so is her voice. She tore up the Granada theater. I truly am a sucker for red heads. So, after the show I ran my little ass outside with my Carpetbaggers (recored with Elvis Costello) 7 inch record to try and get signed. I was the first person out back by the bus and 10 minutes later I counted over 50 people waiting behind me to meet this ultimate beauty. I waited one and one half hour. I finally got word through the grapevine that she was waiting for all of us to leave before she left so, calling it quits I walked back to my truck and headed home .... sans signed 7 inch record. Oh, well you win some and you sometimes come out even. I got to see the show for free. And I got to see one of the most beautiful and talented women in the flesh. What a treat. I needed that. Thanks!
-A. Barker
XOXO
P.S. Jenny did play the Traveling Wilburys song Handle Me With Care. It was so beautiful I got a little teary-eyed.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

SideKick
























Ed McMahon: RIP. Dead at 86. The best sidekick any late night show host could have well except Andy Richter. FYI Richter ain't dead though even if this blog label may
imply that. -A.

Friday, June 19, 2009


Josh T. Pearson, of Lift To Experience fame and I at SXSW. This was before his infamous beard made a complete appearance. In my opinion Lift is the best band to ever come out of Denton. Yes, they were short lived, but they rocked the fuck out and in a spiritual way that could of only come from Texas.
-A.

Thursday, June 18, 2009


J. Mascis of Dinosaur Jr. Fame and a very much younger me, sans tattoos gosh ... I don't know. 7 years ago. Geez time flies when your drunk and stoned. Casey Kinney took this photo in Austin at SXSW. Casey said Mascis looked so scared that he may have had the Call of Duty (that's what I call it) right there in his pants. Dunno. I didn't ask.
-A.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Maltese Falcon:
I watched this movie for the first time last night. It was pretty damned good. Starring Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor & Peter Lorre. Based on a book written by Daschiell Hammett and directed by John Huston in 1941. We all know what happened to the ill-fated Mary Astor and her dirty little diary, but she was on top here. Peter Lorre was exceptionally awesome in this film as a back stabbing weasel.
Rent it and watch it cause it rocks and I'm not going to lie to ya'.
Have a good day!
Love,
A. Barker
XOXO

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Wipe-Out: RIP Bob Bogle


RIP: Bob Bogle. Lead guitarist for the Ventures. A pioneer and one helluva guitar player. I've always loved the Hawaii 5-0 theme song. Word!
-A.








Do you realize - that you have the most beautiful face
Do you realize - we're floating in space -
Do you realize - that happiness makes you cry
Do you realize - that everyone you know someday will die

And instead of saying all of your goodbyes - let them know
You realize that life goes fast
It's hard to make the good things last
You realize the sun don'-go down
It's just an illusion caused by the world spinning round

Do you realize - Oh - Oh - Oh
Do you realize - that everyone you know
Someday will die -

And instead of saying all of your goodbyes - let them know
You realize that life goes fast
It's hard to make the good things last
You realize the sun don'-go down
It's just an illusion caused by the world spinning round

Do you realize- that you have the most beautiful face
Do you realize

I love the Flaming Lips! Lately with all the stuff going on I truly do realize how precious and beautiful life is. Happiness does make you cry and Wayne Coyne is a living saint. I haven't got to see them yet, but when I do it will be a dream come true.
With Love,
A.
XOXO
This kids face cracks me up.
He is an Englander (is that what you call them? or is he British? dunno and who cares?) who flushed his little puppy down the toilet while bathing him in said toilet.
The article is here.
Damn that kids face cracks me up and that ugly assed puppy too! LOL!
Enjoy,
A. Barker
XOXO
p.s. look below is he Mike Giant's illegitimate love child or what?

Mike Giant:
I worked as an illustrators assistant for three years. That experience gave me the insight to truly appreciate what I call the hand job. Which, by definition, is art made by hand. Mike Giant has over the last few years become one of my favorite artists. His stuff is just so clean and cool. Read this interview here.
It's pretty damn cool and insightful. Like for instance: I didn't know that MG was color blind. That's why all his illustrations are rendered in black and white. Too cool!
Have a beautiful Time!
-A. Barker
XOXO

Monday, June 15, 2009

Mom Jeans


Damn Jenny Lewis is so damned cute. Hopefully, I'll get to see her next week with the Heartless Bastards, whom I have seen twice this year all ready and they put on one helluva show. Believe you me. Note sure about Jenny Lewis's live show, although I really do like her recordings. Did you know Jenny Lewis was in that movie Troop Beverly Hills with Shelley Long? She was a child star and now she has made the transition into musician. Pretty cool!
Love,
A. Barker
XOXO

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Folk Art from Matt Hopper on Vimeo.



This is a pretty cool folk art docu. I know several people in this docu and have been to several places featured in it as well. The house with all the religious signs is Rev. Dennis's house. I go there every time I drive to Georgia. Rev Dennis and his wife Margaret are really sweet people and both are in their 90s. The house is in Mississippi on Hwy 61 just down the road from where Robert Johnson sold his soul to the devil at the crossroads. And yes the same Hwy 61 that ole Bobby Dylan sang about. Yup! One of my favorite places on earth. SO, watch this docu and educate yo' sef'.
A.Barker
XOXO

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Galactic Center of Milky Way Rises over Texas Star Party from William Castleman on Vimeo.


I'm feeling really weird today. It may be the week that I've had, but still. Lonely, sadness and anticipation. I feel like I'm waiting for something and I don't know what. What am I waiting on ?... love, death, the love of death, the death of love. Dunno. It's a weird feeling. I wish a wave would come and wash all these weird feelings away. I get this waiting feeling periodically. Not sure what it is all about. Do you ever have these feelings? Do you ever share them? How do you lose these feelings? I'm at a loss.
-A.





















Katy Jurado: I watched High Noon with Cary Cooper, Grace Kelly and Katy Jurado again last night. Something about Mrs. Jurado's eyes. Mesmerizing! The weird thing is that she was married to Ernest Borgnine. She is an amazing actress. for sure.
Love,
A. Barker
XOXO

Birth:
Jan. 16, 1924, Mexico
Death: Jul. 5, 2002, Mexico

Acclaimed Actress. Famous for her role with Gary Cooper in 1952 "High Noon" as 'Helen Ramirez.' She was nominated for a supporting actress Oscar for her role opposite Spencer Tracy in the 1954 western "Broken Lance" as 'Senora Devereaux.' Married to Victor Velasquez, they divorced, they had two children. Married to Actor Ernest Borgnine in 1959 and divorced in 1964. Other film roles include "Under the Volcano" (1984), "The Children of Sanchez" (1978), and "Barabbas" (1962).


Cause of death: Lung and heart ailments

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Cycle Slut

I know that I probably come across as a dirty old man, and I guess the shoe fits, but there is something about this photo that is really hot. I think it's the garters and the old fashioned sexiness of it. Oh yeah...... and check out this kid's face. Too funny!
-A.
XOXO

I Yam What I Yam




















"I Yam what I Yam!" That has been the Barker's motto for three generations now. My dad said that on the phone to me this weekend a few hours before his motorcycle crash. Gotta love Popeye. First guy I knew with a tattoo ... I guess Popeye is where it all started. Go figure.
-A. Barker
XOXO

Monday, June 08, 2009

So, this weekend started off real good, but then disaster struck. I spent a good portion of my weekend in the hospital. In anticipation for the hours in the waiting room I took my Collected Jack London. Another personal hero. Long before Jack Kerouac went "On the Road" and before Woody Guthrie saw "Pastures a Plenty" Jack London was hoboing around this great country of ours and writing about his adventures. He was the first writer to make a million bucks and he was the original tramp. He committed suicide the year before the great war via morphine overdose. I would suggest "How to Start A Fire" or "Martin Eden". Both are really great reads. Hope your day is good.
Love,
A. Barker
XOXO

Friday, June 05, 2009

I made it down the coast in seventeen hours
Pickin' me a bouquet of dogwood flowers
And I'm a hopin' for Raleigh
I can see my baby tonight

So rock me mama like a wagon wheel
Rock me mama anyway you feel
Hey mama rock me
Rock me mama like the wind and the rain
Rock me mama like a south-bound train
Hey mama rock me
-"Wagon Wheel" by Old Crow Medicine Show
I wish I could see my baby tonight!
Love,
A. Barker
XOXO



Thee Oh Sees: a psychedelic-garage-rock band I discovered this morning. I'm really digging them. You can find plenty of their songs on the webber-net thingy-ma-do here to wet your taste. For sure. Check 'em out. They will rock your socks off. That's for Goddamned sure. Google bitch! I'm feeling rock n' roll yeaaaahhhhhhh! (karate kick)
-A. Barker
XOXO

Thursday, June 04, 2009

RIP Koko Taylor


R.I.P. Koko Taylor Queen of the Blues
died yesterday at the age of 80 due to complications from surgery.
She will be missed.

RIP David Carradine


R.I.P. David Carradine
The actor made famous from the television show Kung Fu and Tarantino's Kill Bill movies was found hanged today in a Bangkok luxury hotel room. It was an apparent suicide.

Wednesday, June 03, 2009


Beautiful!
-A.
XOXO

Man o man. I just found this photo of Townes Van Zandt that I had never seen before. And he's with a chicken to boot. I love this kind of stuff. If you don't know Townes, then you better do your homework. He's only the greatest Texas songwriter in history. His family is an old Texas family and that is the reason we have a Van Zandt County.
Long LIVE Townes Van Zandt!
-A.
XOXO

Coogan's Bluff



Last night I watched a classic from 1968 starring Clint Eastwood titled "Coogan's Bluff". Pretty funny shit really. I loved the opening title sequence. The type is bad ass. Title sequences are sometimes my favorite part of a movie. Check out Vertigo, Seven, Catch Me if You Can and another Eastwood classic The Good, The Bad & the Ugly for some other examples of bad ass title sequences.
Have a good day and write me a comment or something will ya' Geez!
-A. Barker
XOXO

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

The Beauty


Some new photographs of Marilyn Monroe surfaced today. They were taken shortly after she was signed to a contract with a major studio and several years before her fame began to eclipse her. I couldn't find a decent photo of the one I really like, but this runs a close second for sure. Look how beautiful she is. She is reading a script (not sure which script) and laying in the woods. This photo: same script, but lying on a bench.
Reminds me of someone I know. She draws me to her.
-A.
XOXO

The Birds

My boss gave me this today. He is a huge collector of movie and music memorbilia (as I am) and this is rad. This is an original promotional paper bird mask for Hitchcock's the Birds. A friend of my boss who was the president of the Rod Serling Fan club gave him a few of these and he gave me one. If you wore this mask to the Majestic Theater (here in Dallas) the night of the premier in '62 or '63 you got a special promotion if your number was called. Can you imagine a whole crowd of folks to see the Birds wearing these masks. Awesome! Thanks Mark.
-A. XOXO

John Can aFord It


John Ford: The greatest American movie director ever is a personal hero of mine. Tough, talented, intelligent and mean as hell. He could get the job done. I watched a docu on him again last night directed by Peter Bogdanovich (who directed the Last Picture Show) it was amazing to see. Then afterward I watched Stagecoach with John Wayne in which Ford directed. I hadn't seen it before and it was really good. This photo was takin by Richard Avedon another great American behind a camera.
Have a beautiful time!
-A. Barker
XOXO

Monday, June 01, 2009


A co-worker of mine just came by my office and gave me this. Everybody here is beginning to realize how much I love movies and especially Hitchcock and Tippy Hedren. Maybe, i should send this to her and see if she will sign it for me. I'll keep you updated!
-A.
XOXO
I had a damned good weekend this weekend. Got to hang with friends all weekend around the pool. Damn good times. Little sun, lot's of beer, plenty of grilled food etc. And my sweet Stephanie. Thanks babe!!
LOVE,
A. Barker
XOXO