I came across this pretty awesome list of songs from 2012. New songs, for the most part -- I think I had only heard about 15 or 20 of these bands/songs. Besides the music, the photos are pretty damn cool, too, and you can hit play on #100 and listen all the way through on their player... Mostly Mellopunk® stuff...what would've been called College Rock in the 1980's. I have no idea what it's called these days. How about just "music?"
The site is called RolloGrady.com and it's got a lot of good stuff on it.
Check this link for the full story.
There's an underlying concept of continuity in the best parts of this video that should be the future of skateboarding videos... this video is so rad.
I found this rad article in the Asbury Park Press about Chuck Treece and thought I'd share. Chuck's always seemed like such a rad dude to me. His energy and our similar loves in life have always been inspirational.
Like “All You Need is Love” by The Beatles and “What’s Going On” by Marvin Gaye, some songs are able to capture the essence of a cultural movement.
“Weakness,” recorded by McRad in 1985, certainly did that for skate boarding culture. The origin of the song stems from co-writer Chuck Treece’s experiences boarding on the streets of Philadelphia in the ’80s.
“We do what we can in Philly — they closed all the parks and we didn’t have much around,” said Treece. “I wanted to make ( ‘Weakness’) into what it was like to skate 50 blocks to South Street from West Philly.”
My lifelong friend Adam Stern filmed this rad clip documenting the building of a pool in NorCal with our buddies T-Mo and crew!
"Skateboarding 101 - The Art Part"
by Alyx Gorman
The Vine, Australia
The first thing you need to know about skateboarding is that it is not meant to be consumed in the moment. Unlike your typical sport, the most transcendent aspects of skate do not emerge from a second of play watched in person or broadcast live. The best way to appreciate virtuosity is not at a park, or on a street corner; it is in your living room.
As much a performance as a sport, skateboarding is perfect for video. Truly great skate films, the kind watched repeatedly and obsessively by fans of the genre from Brisbane to Vladivostok, come together over weeks of skating, months of travel and hours editing. People will wait years for releases from their favourite teams, and then ponder the minutia of every trick and stack.
Check out this story about Erik's tattoos... yes, it's on ESPN. Sorry. Still a good story!