In the consumer electronics world new Bluetooth 4.0 speakers seem to be popping up every time we turn our heads. Even in the action sports space the competition for portable audio solutions is heating up. Nixon launched their Blaster speaker earlier this summer and now headphone maker SOL Republic is answering back with a collaboration with Motorola called Deck.
Like many other Bluetooth speakers Deck turns your phone into a mini boom box. Where the Deck differs is in what SOL Republic calls “Heist Mode.” This Bluetooth setting allows the speaker to pair with up to five different Bluetooth devices at once. When a song is playing, control of the Deck can be stolen by any other paired device. Don’t like the song your friend is playing, press play on your phone and launch something from your digital music collection.
While this control swapping may cause occasional panics at the disco, it’s actually pretty rad once you begin messing around with it. Say you’re skating a spot and are sick of your music. One of your friends can send his songs to the Deck. Or, if you’re just hanging out at the beach with friends you all can share music from your phones without having to pair and unpair or trade songs around. If you’re at home the Deck has mini jacks for both audio in and out so you can play Heist Mode through your home stereo or just blast some music off your phone. [click to continue…]
As a member of the Skid Kids his outlaw antics were often looked down on by b/b heirachy. Youngy didn’t care too much and despised the local comp scene that frothed over contests in 1ft waves at Manly. Youngy was all about pulling into gnarly pits and had the same head pumping style as Pat Caldwell. Brett had tongues wagging when he performed a pop song in the video nasty Rip The Pit. He was highly criticized for his role and eventually packed his bags to move to Japan where he worked promoting his sponsor Manta. It was in Japan that BY was killed when the car he was driving on a express lane highway crashed. Today he is remembered with the annual Brett Young Trials part of The Shark Island Challenge.
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.