TSURURADIO Presents… Yes And I Will Be There Mixtape & Our Bike Porn Photo Contest Winner!!! HOORAY!

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Howdy my friends and welcome to a very special presentation from TSURURADIO! The incomparable TsuruBride & me, her faithful bag boy, are about to head up and out to Chicago’s Renegade Craft Fair featuring TsuruBride! for the weekend!!!



If you are in or near the vaguely Chicago area this weekend, you’d better make sure you make your way through the crowds, come find us, and say “Alloooo Tsurus!!!”, okay? But… before we hit the road 1) I owe you a little announcement as to who won our latest photo contest “Bike Porn” and 2) I got a little going away present for you…. Our latest mixtape!

*applause*

First up… the photo contest!



Once again, you, my beloved readers, have shown the world that I DO IN FACT have the best damn readers in all of bloggyland as once again, you came through with some great photos! Let’s take a look at some of the photos to grace my inbox.

First up is our dear Lyon-ess, Isa…



Now… this may seem like a very literal interpretation of the contest, until you think about the fact those aren’t her bikes and there is a whole bunch of them, then you read the title “Gang Bang With Anonymous Bikes” and you realize that people love their bikes just a liiiiiittle bit different out in Lyon, France!

Then there was my boy, my cycling partner-in-crime, Tuck who is probably the biggest cycling addict I could imagine ever meeting. Seriously, what Belladonna is to porn, Tuck is to cycling. He’s brought out the competitive part of me, making me push myself faster and for more miles than I think I could’ve ever dreamed about. Love that guy (and Belladonna too). So, he sent a slew of photos, most of which were me fixing flats, but two in particular moved me. This one…



Because I took it and I think it looks like a bad ass advertisement for Competitive Cyclist, but especially this one…



That’s one of Tuck’s bikes, but it doesn’t even matter as what got me was that I can just see Tuck looking with a sad puppy expression at a lone bike sitting on a bike path bridge just waiting to be ridden, waiting for someone to clip in and bust out a sweet 95 rpm cadence at 25, 30, 35 mph…. When I see that lone bike, I actually see Tuck looking at the lone bike…

I love this next photo by one of our crafty (literally) friend Alissa..



Such a sweet and special moment, just you and your bike, walking in the grass, hand-in-hand(lebar). Ah… very tender moment. Makes me think of all the times me and Kapu would walk together, me in my cycling shoes, her with a flat tire.

*tender*

But, where there’s flats, there are people who work on bikes, and our next entry comes by one of our I-state residents (Iowa, Indiana, Indonesia, something with an I in the middle of the country), Herki as he sails off on a stripped down and rebuilt 20″ kid’s bike that he and his brother restored!



By the way, the only thing funnier than watching me ride a 20″ bike, which I’ve done, is watching me dismount a 20″ bike. Let’s just say, I’ve got very long legs. I’m what happens when a spider and a monkey procreate.

Now one of our original VIP’s Story “found” this the other day…



That’s not her bike, no her’s seats her kid on the top tube, see…

So I’m going to guess the photo is a metaphor for the attitude our nation’s cities have toward cyclists, cycling safety, bike lanes, really cycling in general. Basically, our cities think of us as a FORD, “Found On Roadside Dead”.

*zing!*

Our next entry came from detuned from the facebooks & down in our society…



A stunning photo, that not only captures beautifully subdued colours, impeccable fashion, a gloriously vintage-looking Dutch city bike, and a fantastically proud pose, but also the appropriate Minnesotan headwear! Now… if they could just insert some foam in there, I’d be allll set for my pending winter riding!

Okay… You know what time it is, right???

*uses empty space to build suspense*

Yep, time for the podium.



*lots of cheers and applause*

Coming in Green is actually quite pink. HA! This one is really special to me, Lanni snapped this rather colourful photo…



Now, I know what you are thinking, Green jersey for a pretty standard, albeit lovely & super colourful, photo of a beautiful woman and her sweet Raleigh, right? Well, what you don’t see in the photo is the 80lbs Lanni has lost since taking up cycling. She sites all the Tsuru Tsycling fanatics for getting her on the bike and that makes me very very proud (it really does, Lanni), but as a cyclist myself, I know that, sure, Tsuru Tsycling may have got her on the bike, but it was ALL Lanni that kept her going that next mile and next mile and next mile. To keep pedaling.. 80 mother fucking pounds. Yeah. Lanni, for you, I’d like to send you a bike print, any bike print over at TSURUFOTO, you name it, I’ll print it and send it… You kick ass.

Polka-dots, one of my favourite jerseys as I love, not only climbing, but I just think a polka-dot jersey is just fucking hilariously awesome…. So it’s our boy (and crane logo artist), captgeech who gets to don this red & white with this…



Honestly, words can’t describe the awesomeness of this photo. A shirtless captain (bringin’ da hawtness, rawr), an owl, an end table, and a girls bike that is fitted too short for even my 10 year old! Capt, I love you man. This photo made my day. For donning the dots, I have to send you a print too! Pick a bike print buddy, and it’s yours!!!

But alas…. though it takes balls of steel, and legs of, um, I don’t know, let’s say iron, no, let’s say aluminum, WAIT NO, let’s say “carbon” to climb Mt. Ventoux, the yellow goes to that special cyclist who can keep a steady pace regardless of the rise over run, who can take the flats and the descents AND the time trial (as well as probably a bit of “happy pills”)… the “all arounder”, and in this case it’s……

*drumroll*

*very suspenseful, I know*

Ingrid!!!



This photo has it all. Dark, saucy lighting, a bike in that dark, saucy lighting… naked, yeah, NUDE feet poking out the bottom, and what appears to be the shadow of the bike’s erection!!! Dang! Has it been taking Enzyte? It’s a bike, it’s porn, it’s BIKE PORN SQUARED and it’s totally the hawtness!

So, Ingrid, my dear, you win yellow, you win it ALL, BABY!!!! Yep, you win — ready for a little copy and past from the original context post, I mean I cooould re-write it, but that’s not “real” is it?) — one of the two remaining…

Stinkybomb Cassette Tape Soap!!!



You can choose between the green or the blue (the pink one now resides in a bathroom in Germany). Because, nothing’s better after a hundred mile bike ride than a shower with Cassette soap!
But that’s not all! You will also receive….

AN ORIGINAL TSURUFOTO PRINT, “COCONUT MAN”!!!



Now THERE’S some bike porn! The hawtness. Aaaaaaaand, now this one may be dumb, weird, or cool, can’t tell, but you will also receive…

MY PELOTONIA LIVESTRONG BRACELET



Yep, the Livestrong yellow rubberband bracelet that traveled with me from Columbus to Athens, OH, it’s even still all dirty to make it nice and “authentic”. Like I said, it’s either a dumb, weird, or cool prize. I don’t know, I think it’s kinda cool when you think about some body in the world somewhere wearing a bracelet that spent a day in the middle of Ohio on some other persons arm helping to raise money for cancer research while riding on a bicycle.

*shrugs*

But I’m weird like that...

So…

CONGRATULATIONS INGRID!!! You did it! You win!



Email me, I’ll email you, get your “deets”, as the kids say, and get this out right after we get back from Chicago!

Thank you sooo much everyone, I thank you, Clementine thanks you, the cycling community, et al, thanks you, or should at least. I love you guys, all of you! I really do…

And, like I said, we aren’t dones yet! Baby & I might be heading out to Chicago in a few hours, but before we leave, got a little mixtape for ya — and for the ride! Now, we already did a Bicycle Mixtape and and we even did a Photography Mixtape, both are still up, by the way, so instead this is just a straight-up good ol’ fashioned new mixtape….. All mixed up, chopped up, and uploaded just for you. The theme? I don’t know… it’s a bit theatric at times, so let’s go with that. Mostly new tracks, some recent faves, a couple oldies, and BLAMO, it’s all gooooooood times.

So, let’s wrap this post up, this contest up, this week up, and get the music a-flowin! I hope you had some fun, I hope you go ride your bikes some more, and I hope to see some of you out in Chicago. No matter what, though, have a great weekend! Keep an eye out on the facebooks & twitters for some twitpicin’ from the Windy City, but for now let’s boogie as….

TSURURADIO Proudly Presents…
Yes And I Will Be There Mixtape!!!
(Full Zip)

NOTE: PLAY GAPLESS! TRUST ME!

01 fun. – Be Calm
02 Trains Across The Sea – I Will Meet You There
03 Young Buffalo – Catapilah
04 The Dutchess And The Duke – Hands
05 Lightning Dust – Wondering What Everyone Knows
06 David Bazan – Bless This Mess
07 Coconut Records – The Summer
08 Elvis Perkins In Dearland – Doomsday
09 Port O’Brien – Tree Bones
10 The Cave Singers – At The Cut
11 Weezer – The Greatest Man That Ever Lived
12 Flight Of The Conchords – Hurt Feelings
13 Hey Champ – Cold Dust Girl
14 The Smiths – How Soon Is Now
15 Islands – Vapours
16 Liam Frost – Your Hand In Mine (Featuring Martha Wainwright)
17 The Hidden Cameras – In The NA
18 The Antlers – Two
19 Daniel Johnston – Freedom
20 Amy Millan – Day To Day
21 Juliette Lewis – Romeo
22 Girls – Lauren Marie
23 As Tall As Lions – In Case Of Rapture
24 Olivia Ruiz – Elle Panique
25 Muse – I Belong To You / Mon Coeur S’ouvre A Toi
26 Sea Wolf – O Maria!
27 The Postmarks – My Lucky Charm.
28 Grand Archives – Dig That Cray Grave.
29 Make Say Think – Do
30 Flaming Lips – The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song And Reprise

Hear something you be diggin’? Well, head on down to your local record shop, to the band’s label/shop/myspace/something, or go buy it online somewhere!


Buy it at Insound!

Cheers!! Hope to see you in Chicago!
Tsuru
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6 comments for “TSURURADIO Presents… Yes And I Will Be There Mixtape & Our Bike Porn Photo Contest Winner!!! HOORAY!

  1. The Dadada
    September 11, 2009 at 9:37 AM

    Ah! Something long for those LSD (long, slow distance) days! Thanks!

  2. Alissa
    September 11, 2009 at 10:59 AM

    I am disappointed, but only because I didn't win all the cool stuff. Ingrid's photo kicks ass.

    I am going to see The Flaming Lips in a week, though, so I still have a little win going on.

  3. Tsuru
    September 11, 2009 at 11:34 AM

    The FLIPS????? I'm super jealous! Where they playing?? And dadada…. enjoy my friend! Looks like I have your newest mixtape to download too!!

  4. nclrmusic
    September 11, 2009 at 12:31 PM

    I'm liking this mixtape! You've got some new and very new stuff but consistently peaceful and perfect, thanks.

  5. Lanni
    September 12, 2009 at 12:50 AM

    oh yay! so honored! do you want me to PM you my info?

    : ) !!!!

  6. Aurelle
    September 18, 2009 at 4:55 AM

    Listening to The Smiths' How Soon Is Now made me miss t.A.T.u.'s cover of the same song. Thank you for a wonderful set and bike porn.

    – a fellow Livestrong bracelet sporter

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