Saturday, March 9, 2013

Slow Week - YouTubing in Chitown

Back home visiting family.  Discovered this great BBC documentary series called 'Timeshift' while browsing YouTube on the flight out.  Each episode covers a large cultural shift in 20th Century Britain.

This episode is my favorite so far, all are pretty awesome though.

This song is featured throughout and it nearly blew my ears off - Shazam'd it and here it is:

Sadly, the rest of his music is pretty corny and not even the same DJ Krush-esque style.  One moment of artistic genius per lifetime is still an impressive record, though.

Below is the excerpt that turned me on to the show.  It's actually from an entirely different series called 'Michael Smith's Drivetime', but searching for it only turned up Timeshift episodes.  Tragically the rest of the video doesn't seem to be available anywhere, not even through the BBC iPlayer.  A thousand and one blessings - or maybe an old car book or 1/43 model - unto whoever comes through with a good source for the entire thing.

My brother-in-law Gil drives an '87 VW Jetta coupe with some sort of hybrid head/block 2.0 8 valve swap (care to share the specs, man?).  It's very clean and very quick with something north of 160 HP in a one ton car, and it sounds like nothing else - imagine half a 302 Ford with a lumpy cam.  Anyway, VW man sent me this Fifth Gear video of a nitrous-equipped MKIII Golf racing an NSX driven by Tiff Needell.  Full unintresting circle, I found the MKII Jag exhaust video in the poster's uploads - didn't that thing sound unbelievable?

Tomorrow I'm going to the restaurant featured in the video below at 16:12.  Last time I was here my wife and I had the best meal of our lives at the restaurant at 36:24.  Watch this video to get an idea of why I miss it here so much - SoCal is pretty fucking rad but it ain't got shit on Chicago, which, as it was once described to me, 'is like New York but with friendly people and no piss smell'.  Someday we're relocating, it's too goddamned sunny in San Diego. 

Also, Bourdain's my hetero life partner.

Here's something I wrote about the amazing Marina City hotel we stayed at last time we were here in November of last year.


  1. I will send you invite to a closed torrent site that specializes in british tv. Check it out, there is a lot of Timeshift episodes. I will send it to

    1. Ardas,

      Big thanks, man. Please email me with an address so I can send you a reward prize.