Friday, August 12, 2011

Went to Cafe Gitane with Amanda. Baked Eggs? Yes please!

Shepherd's Pie concoction. Pretty good, but I need more cause I eat too much. Not pictured: infamous avocado toast.

It doesn't matter how cool your car is, if you get caught in the cross walk- everybody hates you!!

Went to visit Sean at Nike's Bowery Stadium

Gettin' my customized tee on. A few weeks ago I posted about the Lurkers screening here. Really stoked on this customized "flocking" option they offer.

You can get anything and everything custom on an in stock t-shirt, sweatshirt,or jacket. Everything is made to order downstairs!


Sean is shy. Not!

Looks like people have been skating this since I was last here.

More skateboarding clues

Sean and Amanda

Amanda stoked on this sticker from Bowery Stadium.

If you put it on your IPhone you are definitely stoked. Product shot 2011.

Went back in the other day and saw that the sesh was on

But not for Brengar. Sesh is off

I wanted the shirt to rep SF ( always ) but I didn't want to not feature New York at all, cause you know, New York is my home now. Sean pitched the idea I put SF on the skull- stoked for life.

Best of both coasts. Bone hand shakas and parking blocks.Pretty much unbeatable in my mind

Speaking of Kanye, Ghostface just reviewed "Watch The Throne" song by song. Thanks to a facebook post, I can enjoy Ghostface's amazing comments. I think I seriously laughed for 20 minutes at this shit. I don't even care about the album. Ghostface could be reviewing the advantages of coconut oil to baby lotions and I would be so down!

Click the link here to view complete review

11. Made In America (ft. Frank Ocean) – First of all son….Lionel Richie called from 1986 n said he wants his song back yo. Word. Sade jus holla’d on twitter to say this shit is soft as fuck namsayin. I think Elton John wants to conceive babies to this joint b. Drake said he gon soak in his lotion pool to this shit rite here for like a week son. I think Wiz Khagina is scissorin wit Amber Rose to this shit rite now as we speak yo. I heard this shit gon be used for the next Gwyneth Paltrow movie too. I dont kno how the same nigga that did Who Gon Stop Me had anything to do wit this shit but apparently he did nahmean. This shit sounds like two niggas hang glidin over the ocean together at sunset holdin hands son. I think this is bout to be on Yung Berg’s yoga playlist. I cant fuck wit this shit at all b. This shit is like audio lesbian comin out my speakers son.

4. Otis (ft. Otis Redding) – First off they need to not be actin like Otis Redding is a “featured” artist on this shit. Since when do niggas sample a dude n then call that shit a feature. Son aint even been alive for like 40 years b. Otis Redding is my dude tho…so dont get that shit twisted son. That bein said…this shit still goes nahmean. Folks been divided on this joint for a minute…but that aint stop the dozen hasbeen ass niggas who hopped on this shit from strugglin the fuck out on it (Im lookin at you DMX).

Kanye falling-Ha ha!

On the other hand, over in London, an amazing speech by a woman during the riots caught on film. That shit is a whole other heavy discussion!

"This is fucking reality
Blow up burning the property
Blow up burning peoples shops that they worked hard to start their business
Ya understand
She's working hard to make her business work and then you lot want to go and burn it up
For what, just to say you're warring and your bad man
This is about a fucking man who got shot in Tottenham this aint about having fun on the road and busting up the place
Get real black people get real
Do it for a cause
If we're fighting for a cause lets fight for a cause
You lot piss me the fuck off I'm ashamed to be a Hackney person
Cause we're not all gathering together and fighting for a cause
We're running down Foot Locker and teefin shoes"

Video originally taken by @mattkmoore

It seems there are different debates to why this situation has spiraled in the first place, government fault vs. opportunistic mindless vandals, all the meanwhile shit is getting torched and people are stealing iphones and reselling them on craigslist 40 at a time. I don't know enough about the English way of life or infrastructure to really understand what's going on, but judging from what this woman is saying, the bottom line is fools are squandering an opportunity to make a solid social difference with their actions, whether or not they are truly frustrated with a system or whether they just want an excuse to steal a plasma TV or rob an unconscious Malaysian kid on the street. I spoke to a friend about it last night, and she paralleled it to what happened in the early 90's over Rodney King. Most of the damage was done to Korean, black, and minority businesses in LA because the cops basically made sure the violence and looting didn't cross over into "other" neighborhoods. So if shit starts because of frustrations over racism and classism, where does it leave everyone when all that burns are the businesses and labor of your own neighbors? Not to mention the people most affected by the damage and violence are the people that the government is known to equally view as second class citizens anyway? It's the same people who historically have protested racism, labor, and equality in the workplace. Who are you really retaliating against?

It's a story that is told over and over again, and a story that has played out in America a couple of times. Although, if that shit happened in America now, it would be worse because there's simply more accessible firearms. I think it's a bit ironic that with all the political turmoil in the middle east the past year, somehow people in first world countries don't really think that sort of discord and violence could be expressed at home? Despite the rise in access of personal technologies and with the advent and convenience of an intense global market, the world is pretty fucked right now, and the depressing cloud of economic uncertainty never left the building. Just because you can find directions on your iphone now or use your credit card for everything doesn't mean that someone else isn't pissed off they don't have a job, have to live at home, and can't even consider a future because the future can't even be decided on by people that get paid $100,000+ a year to figure out. Meanwhile, Wall Street gets to rob everybody and their mom, and what happens? Nothing.

Morning words of Wisdom

Thursday, August 11, 2011


Recently, Cameron over at Slap started a feature called "Slap S'mores." In this episode he joins The Morning Benders for an interview about the impact of family on their music, as well as the influence of skateboarding in adolescence amongst other things. Luckily for me, the very first time I met Julian was probably at Visailia skate camp when I was like 15 and he was 12 ( shrimp size ). As modest as Julian sounds, he's quite the talented skateboarder. I'm really stoked for him and his friends for blowing up as much as they have; it's always great to hear friends pursuing amazing things and traveling tons! If you are not familiar with The Morning Benders, read's review to enlighten.

Check out the interview here at Slap online.

"Equally indebted to the Shins and Brian Wilson, the Morning Benders mix sunny pop songcraft with jangling guitars, collegiate wit, and a contemporary indie ethic. Frontman Chris Chu launched the group as a solo project in 2005, using a single microphone and laptop to record his first batch of songs. The Loose Change EP arrived in September 2006, and Chu subsequently opened the Benders' doors to several of his UC Berkeley classmates, including drummer Julian Harmon, bassist Tim Or, and guitarist/organist Joe Ferrell. A second EP, Boarded Doors, appeared in early 2007 and was well received by such Bay Area publications as The SF Weekly, prompting Chu to take a part-time job as a studio engineer in order to finance an additional record. Largely produced, engineered, and mixed by Chu himself, the full-length Talking Through Tin Cans arrived in May 2008 on the newly minted +1 Records label.

Talking Through Tin Cans fared well in indie pop circles, and the band toured heavily in support of its release, occasionally serving as the opening act for bands like Death Cab for Cutie and the Kooks. After releasing an album of acoustic pop covers, the Morning Benders pulled up stakes and moved to Brooklyn, where their '60s SoCal hooks gradually gave way to a more experimental sound. With Grizzly Bear's Chris Taylor serving as co-producer, the bandmates introduced their new approach with 2010's Big Echo, an ambitious album that fused Chu's pop melodies with atmospheric textures."

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Oldie but goodie! Where runway meets your local fairgrounds

Learning Color. "One of nature's great illusions", very interesting!


Played music this past Saturday night at Enids with Nelleke. This is the second time the musical cosmos have aligned this so I'm pretty stoked. She brought "Hot Chocolate" to the set just to give those who were not there a barometer for the evening.

Enids. In the DJ clouds.

I totally hate dealing with mixers that aren't working fully but you have to figure out what's wrong with it. In my mind I pretty much give up. Good thing Nelleke was there. What a calm, diligent cancer she is.

Amanda and Vinnie were in town. That night was Amanda's last night in town, and judging by the eye to horn ratio, Vinnie was going to be killing it all night!

Hilary and Amanda. I love talking to Hilary about the All Girls Skate Jams in the '90's. They are fucking hilarious to recall. My favorite being when Hilary told me about the All Girls Skate Jam in San Diego circa like 1999 or something, and how she got 3rd place on the Vert contest after her very first time skating vert. Shit has come a long way!

Peppers. Does anyone call him that?

Indira and Marilou. Realized at this point it was a four fold ladies Enids crew. Backing it.

Joey with a Pepper umbrella.

Vinnie to me "Hey GET THIS YMCA!!!"

YMCA officially "got"! That is the biggest smile I've ever witnessed at Enids. It's kids like Vinnie that make me stoked on LA! ( And that's sort of impossible! )

Vinnie on Enids-" I LOVE ENIDS!!!!!!!!!!! THIS IS THE BEST BAR EVERRRRRRR!!" Any California skateboarder's first trip to New York City is a special thing. It's so special somebody should make a movie about it one day for real. There's something that needs to be said about any skate nerd's first visit to any mecca of skateboarding. I also use the term "skate nerd" with affection. From California to New York, there is a large territory of unfamiliar grit and resistance that is normal to anticipate with people and even other skateboarders when you venture into the Northeast. However, the excitement you get from rolling around a city where you can see spots you recognize, is unparalleled.

To top it off, the nervousness of seeing people who's skateboarding you actually admire can be very intimidating to act on. Even to say hey! I liked your part in blah blah blah could put you at risk for retaliatory kook branding! I can relate. Of course if you're a chick and you like a guy's skating, you might as well have a Thrasher thong on and a " I wish my boyfriend skated" t shirt.

Of course one of the harshest bummers in visiting skateboarding meccas, is when you realize the skateboarders you liked from afar, that seem so rad in magazines and videos, are complete dicks in real life. Mecca tourist bummer! And uh, skateboarding in general bummer.

Enids that night, was someone's skate bar mecca, and I'm really stoked he got really trashed and had fun! Vinnie fan club!

The girl in the glasses " Hey do you wanna do coke in the bathroom?" Me: Uhhhh no?

Apparently, I'm the brown Lab

I'm the brown lab because Nelleke says so.

Vinnie ran into Tino in LA. This is "Tino's 5 point BK To do list". The list includes Pie's N' Thigh's Chicken Biscuit, Enids on Saturday Night, as well as McCaren skate park. I'm not going to hate on Snacky's but I will. Only because one time I went there and I received a shitty attitude from the owner. Only to get charged twice on my credit card upon leaving.

After 1:30am the bar was bumpin' with VINNIE VIBES! Yes, the rest of the bar was virtually dead, but the music was awesome and the friends that were still around, were kickin' it hard. What else do you really need? Dually note Amanda's Long Beach enthused, sleepy party horns.

Curtis as Vinnie's reflection, muddled by my blown out camera flash. All in all a great night. Did I mention Indira makes the best fucking WHITE RUSSIANS EVER??