Tonight (January 14, 2014), the world famous La Paloma Theatre in beautiful downtown Encinitas, California will host the kickoff of those surfing musician’s Switchfoot’s Fading West album, film, and 47-city US tour. Good luck getting in on that one. Here’s what they’re saying about the album:
A departure from the fuzzy, blistering guitars and bold rock sound of Vice Verses, Fading West takes the classic Switchfoot style and infuses a vast array of cultural influences collected during their 2012 World Tour that can be heard within the rhythms and sonic tapestry of the new record. With daring synth lines, inventive guitars and anthemic harmonies, this collection of songs is bigger and more powerful than anything the band has released to date. Rooted in the same hopeful message and quick turn of phrase that fans have come to love, Fading West is a renewed expression of change, hope and discovering your place in the world.
If you know someone, and you live in Southern California maybe you can get in, otherwise, follow the jump for the official word from Switchfoot. [click to continue…]
Harper wrote lyrics to “Pleasure And Pain” on Christian Hosoi’s board, and Hawk had members of The Clash write lyrics from “London Calling” on his. Photo by Jody Morris.
On December 5, 2013 Ben Harper and Tony Hawk kicked off the second annual Boards + Bands auction to benefit at-risk youth from the Clive Davis Theater at The Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, California.
The Boards + Bands initiative brings together the worlds of skateboarding and music to benefit the work of the Tony Hawk Foundation, which helps bring high quality public skateparks to underprivileged children in low-income communities. The chosen recording artists have hand-written the lyrics on one-of-a-kind skateboards from each skater. . . . “The second annual boards and bands has arrived!” said Harper. “I couldn’t be more proud of the work we’ve done at the Tony Hawk Foundation—it is an honor to serve as a member of the Board. Skatepark building is community building, so please help us spread the word about this year’s auction. Thank you!”
Musician and skater match-ups include some interesting combinations like Sir Elton John and Bernie Taupin “Candle In The Wind” on a Chris Cole deck; Daft Punk “Technologic” on Aaron ”Jaws” Homoki’s board; and Panda Bear “You Can Count On Me” with Andrew Reynolds. Last year the boards got pretty expensive but just click on www.BoardsAndBands.org and throw in your bid, or follow the jump for the official word from The Tony Hawk Foundation. [click to continue…]
On December 10, 2013 the band Switchfoot is releasing their first feature tour film Fade West on all the leading Video On Demand platforms in the US including X Box and Sony Playstation.
Inspired by such films as Rattle and Hum and Endless Summer, Fading West follows Switchfoot as they travel the globe in search of new musical inspiration and perfect waves. Directed by Matt Katsolis and Executive Produced by Greenlight Media & Marketing and Switchfoot, the film was shot during their 2012 World Tour and charts the creation of the San Diego-based band’s upcoming ninth album in its earliest and most unpredictable stages.
Jon and Tim Foreman get what look like some great waves all over the world and Rob Machado even shows up in the film to surf and say those things he says about how similar surfing and music are. For more info and the official word from Switchfoot, follow the jump.
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Burton Snowboards continues on their “put a rapper on it” program with a new partnership with Pharrell Williams and Bionic Yarn.
Featuring unique Peruvian-inspired designs, bright primary colors and vintage stripes, the new collection is created exclusively with BIONIC Yarn, an incredible thread that uses 40-45% recycled content and is 400% stronger than conventional yarns.
Pharrell looks pretty stoked on that jacket, doesn’t he? They’re no leather sweatpants, but we’re guessing this is just one more fashion/rap deal that will piss Kanye West off. For the official word from Burton, follow the jump.
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Longtime skateboarding and punk rock documentarian and creator Mark Waters is hoping to round up funding to help re-open Orange County, California’s Unit B. The all-ages space, which featured ramps, live bands, and art, closed last June after being open for a year. Now, Waters wants to relaunch the space and do it right. That’s why he’s turned to crowdsourcing site indiegogo for help.
“When the doors were closed at Unit B, it hurt,” Waters says. “But I felt like it was an opportunity again — a chance to build on what we’d done at Unit B, and make it better, make it completely legal, and basically build a new spot that was designed to be what we want. Not a skatepark with a stage, but a community space designed for live music, skateboarding, art shows, record swaps, a library/bookstore, a recording studio, as well as rehearsal studios and anything else that we feel the need to create. This is a community space like no other, and we’ve proven that this concept works.”
If you agree with Water’s vision of a DIY community, click the link and offer some assistance.
Sal Masekela’s biopic Alekesam follows the story of his jazz musician father Hugh Masekela and the relationship that has developed between the once distant father and son. It is the story of South Africa, and freedom, and music, and action sports, and it’s being featured tonight (Friday, October 4, 2013) at the San Diego Film Festival.
Alekesam plays at 6:30 PM at the Reading Theater in the Gaslamp District. The theater is located at 701 5th Ave, in San Diego.
SacTown rockers Deftones (hey, what up Abe?) rolled out the official video for their new song Romantic Dreams and they’re not even in the edit. But skateboarder Jason Park is, according to a story on Loudwire.
“When we started this record cycle, we decided that we didn’t want to make any videos whatsoever,” Chino Moreno said. “They’re not much fun to make and they usually turn out pretty corny. But this was an idea that we were interested in because we’re all very keen skateboarders and we like the idea of marrying one of our songs to someone as talented as Jason Park.”
Makes sense. Let the music do the talking, or skateboarding in this case.
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…]
According to a post on Bodyboard Museum, the lead singer was Brett Young:
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.
And now you know the rest of the. . .
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Don’t let all this talk about Billabong being a sunken ship with a brand that is worth zero get in the way of your good time. No. Stop the madness and join Donavon Frankenreiter at the 14th Annual Billabong Cosmic Creek retro surf contest and concert presented by Subaru at Salt Creek on Saturday, September 14, 2013.
For all the official details, follow the jump.
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