Monday, March 16, 2009

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If you haven't heard of Epicly Later'd then do yourself a favor and go check the link below (or under the links section here). Patrick O'Dell (formerly of Thrasher mag) has been doing this web series of video documentaries for a while now and they're top-effing-notch. The lastest, and possibly the greatest is the Guy Mariano series. Click here to check out the first part in the Guy series. A little while back they released a dvd featuring the first batch of videos along with a lot of bonus features (I still need to pick this up myself) so if you're into it you should definitely pick up a copy. Be sure to check out the John Cardiel episodes...seriously, inspirational stuff right there.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Alien Workshop - Mind Field

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The first skateboard video I ever owned was Alien Workshop's Memory Screen, their fist video release back in 1991. That video holds a lot of sentimental value to me. I remember when I first watched it, I didn't really get it...keep in mind that back then I was 12 years old and all I wanted to see was people skateboarding, and what I saw was a lot of random stuff flashing on the screen in between incredible skateboarding. Anyways, over time I watched that video hundreds of times and I think that deep down inside that video helped me view things the way I see them today. Ever since that video I've been a fan of Alien Workshop's way of doing things...their team, videos, artwork/design, everything...they just work for me. So suffice to say, I was really looking forward to this video which was 4 years in the making.

The video clocks in at a whopping 60 minutes, and a glorious 60 minutes it is. After a little bagpipe themed intro we're treated with an all to familiar song...A Little Ethnic Song by none other than J Mascis (this song was the intro song to Alien's first video as well). There's only a short bit of that song though until it breaks into an all new original song and footage of J Mascis himself, along with Omar Salazar skating. From that point on I knew this video was going to be one for the history books. Every single team rider has a stellar part, they pulled out all the stops. Normally when I watch a video there's a part or two that I'm not too crazy about and don't mind skipping after a few viewings, but this is not the case with Mind Field. Seriously, this video rocks my socks off. Leading up to the video's release I was hearing a lot about am rider Jake Johnson and how his part was going to blow minds...I think it's safe to say it did. Stand out parts for me came from Jake Johnson, Omar Salazar, Dylan Rieder, A.V.E, Arto Saari, and Heath Kirchart. I feel bad not saying everyone else's parts weren't stand outs because in all honesty, they were. Let me just say that the rider's parts I listed will be the parts I watch before I grab my board and run out the door to skate.

This video is an instant classic and like I said, one for the history books. A big thank you to Greg Hunt, the entire team, and everyone who worked so hard to bring us this incredible video. If you haven't seen it yet do yourself a favor and go pick it up.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Absinthe Films - Ready

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The incredibly nice people from Absinthe were nice enough to send me over a copy of their latest release titled "Ready," so I'm going to give you my honest opinion on it. Incredibleness. Seriously, year after year, I look forward to Absinthe's shred flicks more than anyone else's. Their style of capturing snowboarding is extremely unique and appreciated by me (and a lot of other people out there i"m sure). The cast of riders in this video is top notch, as always...to name a few; Gigi Ruf, Jeremy Jones, JP Solberg, Romain deMarchi, Mikey LeBlanc, Wolfgang Nyvelt, Annie Boulanger, and Nicolas Mueller. I really enjoyed seeing a full part from JP Solberg again, he's a ripper who hasn't filmed a lot in the past few seasons. Also, I need to mention the soundtrack which is a great mix covering many genres. There's everything from David Bowie to Minor Threat to Oingo Boingo...good stuff. If you haven't had a chance to check out this top shelf shred flick yet then do yourself a favor and go pick it up at your local shop, I guarantee it'll be in heavy rotation to get you through the summer months.

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While checking out a messageboard I frequent I stumbled across this sneak-preview of the new Dylan Rieder shoe from Gravis (IVSK8).
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A few weeks ago I was reading his interview in the Skateboard Mag where he said he designed them to be a shoe he can wear skating and then out at night to chill in as well. They pretty much look like a pair of dress shoes to me. I'm curious as to how they feel to skate in though. I'm also curious to see how well they're received within the skate community. Either way, they're a totally new design as far as skate shoes go so you gotta give it up to him and the people over at Gravis for going out on a limb and bringing something new to the table. If I ever get the chance to check them out in person I'll be sure to let you guys know what they're like.