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!
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!
Blow up burning the property
Blow up burning peoples shops that they worked hard to start their business
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.
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 allmusic.com's review to enlighten.
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."