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Author Archives: h&s

Element Skateboards Europe – Hold It Down

Element Skateboards Europe – Hold It Down

Skate company Element Europe have presented Hold It Down, a full-length skate video available to stream directly through YouTube. The video follows in the footsteps of their 2012 release Future Nature and features full parts from skateboarders Nassim Guammaz, Karsten Kleppan, Ross McGouran. Appearances are also made by Madars Apse, Phil Zwijsen, Michael Mackrodt, Ruben Rodrigues and Guillaume Mocquin.

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Light Thieves Record Release Party Review by Conor Miles | Arroz Y Frijoles Music

Light Thieves Record Release Party Review by Conor Miles | Arroz Y Frijoles Music

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July 8th, 2013

Last Friday, Hide and Seek Gallery hosted Light Thieves’ release party for their new album “Spirit Homes.” Opening for them were post punk outfit Werebear along with the DIY bedroom pop of Amber Fargano in her latest group Fatty Cakes and the Puff Pastries.

Werebear are a three piece with their guitarist Cristobal Carrillo sometimes switching to a bassy synth. The songs from their first EP, and others which didn’t feature the synth, captured a raw, bare bones garage punk, with distorted two chord riffs, core repeating bass lines, and ferocious, sometimes even antagonistic lyrics, that is everything you would expect of a band named after a mythical beast. The other songs they played were stretching that form, usually by incorporating the synth. This took away from the edge of their other material but brought a lot of diversity to their set so it never felt like you were listening to the same song. Their biggest stretch from that form was a well done cover of Kavinsky’s “Nightcall” that you probably remember from the Drive soundtrack.

It is difficult to overstate the wonderment that is Fatty Cakes and the Puff Pastries. She has the incredible talent of playing snare, glockenspiel, and a small organ, all at once, hitting the glockenspiel in between a catchy snare rhythm and working the organ with her free hand. Though sparse, the delivery was deceptively whole, creating memorable melodies and snappy beats. Her Puff Pastries are a trio of backup singers/dancers who throughout provide this nostalgic, doo wop-esque air of professional entertainment that I haven’t felt since I first heard the B-52’s. Before they went on, they handed out thirty or so sparklers to audience members which proved to be fun and only slightly dangerous. This uncommon use of audience participation and the costumes/props/altar all were creative efforts that distinguish them and make their performance that much more special.

Light Thieves’ had an electric set where they played most all of their new album plus two tracks from their previously released split EP. They are made up of guitar, bass, drums, and a couple synths, and their sound falls heavy on the side of electronic, pedal driven prog rock. The backdrop of Robert Amador’s “Spaceman” (see album cover) combined with a projector of primary colors were great touches by Hide and Seek. The levels throughout were carefully balanced and a borrowed PA made for a heavy, solid sound. In between songs they brought out samples from “Zelda: Ocarina of Time” that fit well as interludes and scored points with old school gamers in the audience. The Thieves’ themselves looked like they were having a blast playing to their friends and fans, particularly Erica who was moving around stage, swinging her bass around, and tilting her head back to soak in the magnetic glow of their space age sound.

If the true test of a band is replicating their studio sound to the stage, they’ve won big time. I highly recommend several spins of “Spirit Homes” and a show or two to see for yourself.

Words by Conor Miles

Photo by Gary Magill

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Video: Skateboarding in India by Levi’s – Episode 2

Video: Skateboarding in India by Levi’s – Episode 2

http://youtu.be/kRjBNRSe6FA

Part 2 of Levi's video series Skateboarding In India is now live. In case you missed the first installment, the series takes place in Bangalore, India, where they are currently building the country's first free public skatepark. The project was initially started by Bangalore skateboard crew Holystoked, who later worked with the expertise of Hannover-based building crew 2er to make the dream a reality. In this episode, we hear from pro skateboarder Al Partanan, who says "There's always gonna be DIY. It's the nature of skateboarding." Chet Childress adds "I think that diy is the new skateboarding club house. Like, this is our crew, this is what we wanna ride, this is what we wanna do. It takes work, it takes dedication. It takes going to the hardware store, getting the tools and the bag of concrete, getting the car and getting the water. Then finding the spot. I mean, it's punk rock, man."

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Summer Air Revisited – Schultz X Smeds

Summer Air Revisited – Schultz X Smeds

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Once upon a time Daniel Schultz recorded a cover of a swell Niilo Smeds tune for a compilation that is perhaps lost to time, space, and concern. But you can still listen to it. It still exists. So a gift it to all from Daniel:

http://troubledbyinsects.bandcamp.com/track/summer-air-niilo-smeds-cover

Original track here:

http://niilosmeds.bandcamp.com/

Adidas Skateboarding Madrid

Adidas Skateboarding Madrid

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=MTDxsleGIt8

While on a campaign shoot in Spain, the adidas Skateboarding team managed to put together a clean eight-minute edit featuring some perfect marble and concrete spots in Madrid and Murcia. Directed by Juice Design and edited by Dan Wolfe, the clip features riders Mark Gonzales, Dennis Busenitz, Silas Baxter-Neal, Rodrigo TX, Pete Eldridge, Benny Fairfax, Nestor Judkins, Mark Suciu, Lem Villemin.

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