John Van Hamersveld has been producing images that have defined the visual representation of surf and rock ‘n’ roll culture for over 50 years. Starting off his career with the immensely successful movie poster for The Endless Summer in 1966, Van Hamersveld’s influence on the world of graphic images was immediately profound. From there he moved on to produce over 300 album covers, including designs for the Beatles’ American pressing of the Magical Mystery Tour, the Rolling Stones’Exile On Main St., Jefferson Airplane’sCrown of Creation, Grateful Dead’sSkeletons in the Closet, Blondie’sEat to the Beat, KISS’Hotter Than Hell, the Beach Boys’ Wild Honey, and The Doors’ An American Prayer.
It’s been a while since we’ve been this stoked on a music listening device as we’ve been lately with Nixon’s new, brightly colored, Bluetooth, shock and water resistant Blaster. It’s so much better than headphones. In fact, the speaker is so light and easy to pair with a smartphone that we immediately wanted to throw it in our big back pocket and skate around annoying strangers Survivor’s Eye of The Tiger turned up really, really loud. Truth.
With a custom audio signature, BIG bold sound, a 12+ hour battery life and compact styling, it’s a true portable music experience. A speaker that feels right at home in or outside of the four walls, The Blaster was created for a life well lived and the adventures that come along with it.
Better yet, every time we turn our’s off we hear a short message from Todd Richards. For the official word from Nixon, follow the jump.
If you haven’t been following along, the Zumiez Couch Tour has been cruising its way across the nation all summer. If you’ve missed getting in on the action, here’s a little lick from Denver, Colorado. That’s all you’re going to get because the last stop on the Couch Tour was yesterday, July 2, 2013 in Chicago. Better plan now for next year.
Shaun White’s metaphorical rock star status continues on its literal path this summer as he and his band Bad Things hit the road on tour beginning July 11, 2013, according to a story on Yahoo Music.
“Caught Inside” is the band’s debut track, carried by beachy strums and a strong indie-rock flow. Its title originates from a surfing term to describe the bruising effects of paddling out and becoming dangerously stuck between the shore and where waves break.
To listen to the band’s, not-so-bad song Caught Inside, follow the jump. Oh, and Shaun plays guitar.
If you’re in the Denver, Colorado Flatiron Crossings zone tomorrow (Saturday, June 8, 2013) then be sure and roll by the Zumiez Couch Tour for a little Curren$y exchange and opener Freddie Biggs. Deathwish will be there as well putting down a demo. But be careful, it could get a bit hazy up in that piece.
Hitting nine major cities across the U.S. from Seattle to New York City, the Zumiez Couch Tour sponsored by Neff, Oakley, Skullcandy, Sector 9, TransWorld SKATEboarding and Drink Water features an afternoon full of music and skateboarding. Each stop also features one presenting brand (LRG, Volcom, Plan B, DGK and Gold, ICECREAM, Deathwish and Baker, Adidas, Neff, Girl and Chocolate) that brings their pro skate team for a demo and autograph session, curates the music for that stop including a meet and greet with the performers, and offers activities for all attendees.
For the official word from Zumiez and the rest of the Couch Tour’s dates and locations, follow the jump. [click to continue…]
Jewelry designer Tim Foster talked Tony Alva into creating a pendant inspired by an original 1977 Alva Skates skateboard as a way to raise money for the music industry support group MusiCares.
The pendant measures just under 1.5″ and comes with an adjustable black cotton cord. 25% of the proceeds from sales benefit MusiCares’ Map Fund providing financial and supportive assistance for music people in need of addiction recovery services.
Kane Stewart, son of San Clemente, California’s longboard shaping icon Bill Stewart, is doing lead vocals in a band with his cousin Brad Shultz (of Cage The Elephant) called Plastic Visions. Their debut EP dropped on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 and this is their first single. It’s called Kamikaze and itsounds pretty good, like The Pixies. Watch the edit and you’ll see.
“It’s a true collaboration with Green Day,” Thiebaud told the Daily News. “I’ve been friends with Billie Joe for more than 15 years. I grew up in Berkeley and Oakland. When you were a punk rocker or a skateboarder, you stuck out, so you got to know everyone in the scene.” . . Mimicking the graphics for Green Day’s latest, multi-album release, “Uno!,” “Dos!,” and “Tré!,” Real is issuing custom skateboards that the company will sell in skate shops and online. Proceeds will go to Children’s Hospital.
For the rest of the great story behind a group of really good guys, click the link.
Lewis had left his guitar with me so he had something to play when he was in the US. I had forgotten he left it. One day, Ben Harper was visiting me and noticed the guitar. When Ben and I started talking about it, we thought it would be cool for him to make a song using Lewis’ guitar. With debt looming over Lewis’s funeral, Ben decided to get his original band back together and make a song for Lewis. All proceeds of the song will go to helping the Marnell family with all funeral costs.