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Aaron Leaf is a columns editor at This Magazine, the associate editor of Outpost and the former editor of Ricepaper. He spent most of last year working at the Big Issue magazine in Lusaka, Zambia. You can check out a sampling of his writtings in any of those fine publications, or this on right here where he interviewed Best Coast. 100
RJ is 21 years old and lives in Vancouver with his plants. Although relatively new to the game, RJ Basinillo is already a regular contributor to Color. At a young age RJ would walk around the city with a pen in hand catching tags, but he’s since reverted to a different kind of writing. For this issue he somehow managed to get on the phone with the mighty Flying Lotus. 104
Ben Marvin was born and raised in Calgary and moved to Vancouver at the age of 18. A couple summers ago we shared a bed for a month. There was just this one bed, and neither of us wanted the other to sleep on the floor. Ben’s the kind of guy you can share a bed with and still like him when the experience is over. Check his phototography in “Life’s a Gass”. 75 —david ehrenreich
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Cody Hudson is a Chicago based artist who also serves as owner and creative director of the design firm Struggle Inc. His graphic work and paintings have been exhibited throughout the US, Europe and Japan including the Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), New Image Art (LA), Rocket Gallery (Tokyo), The Lazy Dog (Paris), & Andrew Rafacz (Chicago). Cody’s work has been featured in numerous magazines and publications including idN, Arkitip, Anthem & Juxtapoz.
Traveling the world to far off locales like China and Russia with her bands Dandi Wind and Fan Death has given this musician and creator a deep well from which to draw style inspiration. She recently directed and styled the music video for the song “Reunited” by Fan Death, bringing Prince and Axel Rose along for the ride. 75
Born and raised in BC, Cameo has been drawing for as long as he can remember. However, since the mid-nineties he has concentrated solely on graffiti. He started skateboarding at an early age and would go skate with friends in downtown Vancouver, that’s where they all noticed the graffiti - naturally monkey see monkey do. So they all started tagging, but most of them gave it up in a few months after the rush wore off. Cameo was dragged deeper into graffiti and it consumed his life. Nowadays Cameo still loves to paint and tries to come up with fresh ideas to keep his style evolving - Evolve or Dissolve. 90
Joel Dufresne is a Northwester transplant to Vancouver from Terrace BC. He dislikes that sleep is a necessary fact of life, and tends to always stay up past his bedtime. That being said, he is creative with excuses for being late/absent from work. Alongside sleep, he also dislikes rain/wind, overused fisheye, people who walk slow, the sound of vacuum’s, fake breasts, Lil Wayne, and stuck-up hoodrats. On the other hand he enjoys instrumentals, 40s, dancing, wordplay, new shoes, watches, and sarcasm. Shooting photos, skateboarding, emceeing, graphic design, time with his girlfriend, and partying take up the majority of his days and nights. Dufresne is a firm believer in the rule ‘bros before hoes’ (sans homo). 58
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t’s beginning to feel a lot like skateboard season. Not just that, but it’s the start of outdoor barbecues and enjoying cold-ones in the sunshine. All of which just wouldn’t be the same without a really great soundtrack.
Our immediate intention this year was to not focus too much on music nerdety, but to deal with the theme in a more abstract way. An homage of sorts to the energy and characters music ignites and the accent it leaves on everything exposed to it. Enter Derek Swaim 58, a skater oozing with style with pop for days. If he were a musician he’d have to play jazz. We checked in with the heathens of Studio Skateboards in Montreal 82. As well, we caught up with some of the best and most interesting skaters to find out what their unsuspecting onslaught of music sounds like in Unknown Pleasures 90. Featured artist André Ethier 68 is a good example of how art, music and skateboarding can be so intertwined and all feed off each other like a never ending cycle of inspiration. Music issues are notorious for being the least popular amongst magazine enthusiasts at the best of times, let alone when you might prefer not to listen or read, but to look at ripping photos. Living in his own brit pop version of Alberta, Riley Boland is unarguably one of the most interesting skaters in Canada. He stepped on to the scene a few years back
winning ramp contests across the country, turning heads with his Bee Gees inspired attire and a knack for skating super sketchy shit in 2008s Lo-Def [xampl films]. For the first time ever, Color was able to sit him still long enough to be interviewed 106. Without further ado, we present in this issue three diverse artists to update your listening libraries with: Das Racist 98, Best Coast 100, and Flying Lotus 104. Whether you’re surrounded by good friends, tunes and everything else you like to consume, or getting in some good “you” time before a solitary skate. Let me officially welcome you to summer 2010, the perfect time to reconnect with your skateboard and yourself. Above: Still with the overwhelming influence of music, the best images were those created not onstage, but off stages. Here the legendary Lavar McBride takes refuge from his thriving career as an emcee to throw down a 360 flip in San Francisco.
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58 SHAZAM What does Derek Swaim, an Am from Kamloops who is known for his shampoo-contract worthy locks have in common with Tiger Woods? Joel Dufresne finds it all out for you.
82 IN CLOSE QUARTERS When people think about Montreal, images of poutine, smoked meat and never ending parties tend to come to mind. After reading this article, images of Jai Ball, Jean Mat Vincent, Darrell Smith and the other fellows from the Studio crew will be right up there with the gravy-smothered cheese curds and fries.
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If clothes really do make the man, then what does it mean when this Calgary ripper has a deerskin vest and military gear hanging in his closet? Dustin Koop interviews Riley for the 1st time.
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André Ethier fills Leah Turner in on why it’s taken him so long to become comfortable with being called an artist as well as a musician.
36 SHOW Sometimes the most unexpected couples make the best pairings. This is exactly what happened when contemporary sculptor Robert Gober curated an exhibit of water-colour landscapes by early 20th century artist Charles Burchfield.
38 PAGE 38 In his latest venture, James Kirpatrick is finding ways to merge his art and music by integrating audience-movements and sounds into sculptures.
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Flying Lotus makes contact to talk about the influence jazz and the cosmos have on his latest album.
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Guest stylist Dandilion Wind Opaine and photographer Ben Marvin bring the shared sentiments of The Ramones and T-Rex to life in this musically inspired fashion editorial.
100 THE OFFICIAL MIXTAPE If you’ve ever been on the internet or been to a combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell, then chances are you’ve heard of Das Racist. Now the www sensations are making the move from Youtube and MySpace to your local record shop.
102 SUMMER ON THE COAST After surviving a short stint in NY, Bethany
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134 NEXT/BEST The Smurfs and thermal underwear appear on LA duo No Age’s list. Read on to find out which categories their picks fall under.
“Originally, for this issue’s cover shot at Georgia Banks, Riley Boland wanted to do it while the fountain was running. Equipped with towels and squeegees we arrived on scene to attempt to dry out a take-off. I don’t know if you want to call it luck or a sign of some sort, but the moment we got there the fountain turned off. With some speed at his back, all that was left was to hop on.” Frontside wallride, Georgia Banks.
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“They said that we were trash, Well the name is Crass, not Clash. They can stuff their punk credentials Cause it’s them that take the cash.” —from “White Punks On Hope”
Philosopher, critic, and filmmaker among other things, Slavoj Zizek can be thought of as one of the most radical contemporary philosophers of our time. His film The Perverts Guide to Cinema (2006) engages with popular film of the past 50 years and delves into the hidden language of cinema, uncovering what movies can say about us. Zizek’s most compelling approach is that he leaves nothing unturned or un-examined; everything is accessible through his field of study. But where to begin with such a well-written philosopher? At the beginning of course. In his first book The Sublime Object of Ideology (1989), Zizek basically begins his re-invention of a variety of disciplines from psychology to theology and discusses the coordinates of intellectual and popular life under Capitalism. Beginning with an explanation of ideology and its connection to Marxism, Zizek discusses the implications of fetishism and Freud. He ends on an analysis of Lacan and the Real. A truly interesting read for anyone interested in film, philosophy, and even one’s self.
Some people keep going and never look back - but a good way to know where you are going is to know where you came from. The book/dvd Make it Count – The Element Story, documents a skateboard company that has deep roots in skateboard history; roots that trace their origin to the New Deal days of the early 90s, and branch out to first take form in the hip-hop oriented Underworld Element and later the nature/world conscious Element brand we know today. From a nascent company born of like-minded individuals, to becoming a ubiquitous, behemoth and multi-faceted company, Element has put forward and gone through many changes within skateboarding; making its mark on the skateboard industry with not only distinctive branding, but also an enviable roster of individuals who have heavily influenced skateboarding, music, art, etc. (Jeremy Wray, Natas Kaupas, Mike Vallely, Chris Hall, Pepe Martinez, Bam Margera, Lil’ Jon, Kat Von D, Pharell to name a few). Make It Count: The Element Story is an intriguing inside look into the myriad stories and faces—both past and present—that comprise Element Skateboards. —junior
I’ve got this thing when I’m ordering food with someone where I can’t get the same thing as the person I’m with. It drives my girlfriend crazy because usually we both know the best thing on the menu. Lucky for us, she went pescatarian a couple years back, so it makes things a little easier, and I find myself ordering meat more often now just to be different.
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Crass is the punk band that calls out Punk for not being punk enough. They are the band that proved that punk has as much in common with hippie ideology, Dada and Situationist theory, and 60s revolutionary thought as it does with studs, leather and filth. As George Berger writes, “Here is a band that for better of for worse seemed to take ‘anarchy’ seriously.” They took the DIY aesthetic and ran with it, living communally, producing and distributing their own records, books, films and magazines. Berger uses interviews, excerpts of founding member Penny Rimbaud’s writings and images to tell of the rise and not quite fall of perhaps the most important anarcho-punk band to date, the times and the circus of characters that surrounded and influenced them. —dylan doubt PMPRESS.ORG
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On my last mission for inspiration I visited the usual spot, Sophia’s: an independently owned bookstore not too far from the Color office. Ben Tour came along too; he was the one who originally put me onto this place. While marveling at all the visual stimuli like perverts in a xxx store (they don’t carry smut here, only the best stuff like S Magazine) we ran into a few fellow creatives. We made the aisle our own personal speakeasy and then parted ways, each with our new piece of inspiration, and to the shame of everyone else who might have a bit of true same complex as I, myself with an issue of GUP: a unique photography guide from Amsterdam, NL. This issue showcases a list of amazing photographers shooting in the theme of Pop Rock music. The most notable piece is an essay titled “After The Lights Go Out” by Danielle Van Ark, where she’s collected a series of improvised studio photos of famous musicians at their most vulnerable moment directly after coming off stage from a big performance. —sandro grison Gupmagazine.com
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t's an odd fit, a skateboard magazine profiling an exhibition of watercolour landscapes from the early-to-mid 20th century. Even for Color. But this retrospective of the late Charles Burchfield, who occupied an uneasy position in American art history—revered by many but overlooked amidst the emerging brand of American modernism of the postwar years—is its own curiosity. Its presentation at the institution that bears the artist's name is but one stop along the way for a show that initiated at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. The Hammer, an institution better known for its contemporary programming, has indeed struck up a curious pairing, inviting famed contemporary American sculptor Robert Gober to curate a monographic exhibition of an artist he would seem to bear little relation to. But judging from the rigour and sensitivity of this exhibition, the affinities run deep.
“We discover the makings of an artist dedicated to developing a systematic approach to rendering and accessing the senses, often through the depiction of sound.” (opposite) Black Iron, 1935 watercolour on paper, 71.1 x 101.6 cm
Beautifully situated in the new Burchfield Penney building, Heat Waves is broken up into a series of rooms that articulate pivotal moments in the artist’s life. Starting with a series of brooding drawings produced in 1917 (when Burchfield was in his 20s), the first room would appear to betray little of the formal sensibilities that produced the vibrant, reverberating masterpieces that would characterize his work of the 1950s and 60s. But within these symbolically rich drawings, entitled Conventions for Abstract Thoughts, we discover the makings of an artist dedicated to developing a systematic approach to rendering and accessing the
senses, often through the depiction of sound (it has been speculated that Burchfield experienced synesthesia, the neurological condition in which senses can involuntarily impact one another.) Moving through Burchfield's life and career, it is a treat to uncover periods such as his stint as a wallpaper designer. This is made especially enjoyable for fans of Gober, whose own practice has made repeatedly deployed the domestic print medium. Here, in the overlaps between the two figures, we are all the more stymied as to how Gober, an artist whose output traffics in themes of death,
The Four Seasons, 1940-60 watercolor on pieced paper mounted on board, 139.7 x 119.4 cm
Dandelion Seed Heads and the Moon, 1961–65 watercolor, gouache, charcoal, and graffito on lightly textured white wove paper faced on ¼-inch thick laminated gray cardboard, 142.2 x 99 cm
religion and politics, would take an interest in a predecessor whose landscapes were preoccupied with the region of Western New York where he spent his whole life.
bear the artist's quirky, and at times, fraught career. Though verging on overdetermined by a linear view of history, this format is nevertheless as compelling as are the works on which Burchfield built his legacy. And viewing these spectacular scenes within the very region in which they were conceived, one cannot help but remark at the artist’s uncanny vision. What I see out the window simply withers in relation to the heightened reality of Burchfield’s depiction of his hometown: seething, amplifying, sensoryoverloading.
Arriving at the large scale masterworks in the final room, one is struck by Gober's thorough commitment to understanding Burchfield's career. These undulating environments with their rolling streams and trees that pierce psychadelic skies would be worth the price of admission, but to enter them from a room filled from top to bottom with the artist's doodles (itself following an unremarkable selection of works from the 1930s), brings to
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Kirkpatrick is currently working on incorporating music he is making using a Gameboy, a monome, and circuit bent instruments (short-circuited electronic devices), into his Thesis Sahib live sets, that he'll be taking on the road for a European tour in April. While there, he'll be producing a silk screened book entitled New Strangers for French publisher Le Dernier Cri. 38
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ames Kirkpatrick is firing in all directions. The artist and musician has produced a new body of kinetic sculptural work that blends his two vocations, issuing forth sounds reminiscent of early video games that correspond to the viewer’s interactions. These sculptures are formally reminiscent of the London, Ontariobased artist’s drawings and paintings, which have recently undergone a stylistic shift from high-contrast etched works that evoke a friendlier Jean Dubuffet, towards amorphous, lumpy pastelhued figures. Where the earlier works reflected an interest in street art, marginal spaces, refuse and found objects, the newer works (though not disavowing these influences) draw up a different set of associations that range from mid-century French faux-naive artist Nikki de Saint-Phalle to Kirkpatrick’s contemporaries like Jason McLean and Marc Bell (with whom the artist exhibited in the touring exhibition Pulp Fiction, that began at Museum London and continues at Saint Mary’s University, Halifax).
(clockwise from top left) Unleaded Liter Leader Walk There and Think About It, 2009. mixed media, 40" x 33" x 20" This Way, 2007. mixed media (installation at Forest City Gallery, London ON), multiple dimensions. A Crazy Camping Trip, 2009. mixed media on canvas, 30" x 40"
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CANADIAN GO SKATEBOARDING DAY EVENTS: VANCOUVER In true hobo/train hopping fashion, skaters will ‘ride the rails’ together hitting a multitude of spots the GVRD has to offer starting at 12pm at the Skate Plaza and ending with an evening session and BBQ at Strathcona Park at 6pm. We wont be staying at spots long enough for any sessions to be busted up so the best way to keep up with where to meet us is with your cellphone on twitter.com/colormag.
TORONTO Get ready to ride the rails in T.O too. Follow twitter.com/ all day in T.O to find out which spots everyone will be hitting next. Wrap up the day of skating with a BBQ TBA.
MONTREAL This year the official Emerica Wild in the Streets event is being held in the fine city of Montreal. For details head to GOSKATEBOARDINGDAY.ORG
AROUND THE WORLD WITH THE WILD THINGS Last month, Jimmy Miller won five Where the Wild Things Are decks, all signed by Spike Jonze himself. Jimmy’s postcard travelled the farthest of all the entries (all the way to South Africa), before it found it’s way to us. We also got this lovely card from our neighbor down the coast, Lori D.
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PISS DRUNK The beer tabs in these limited edition “Tall Boy” cruiser wheels are the real deal. For the past decade, whenever Ellington and his crew tossed a couple back they tossed their tabs in a bucket, whose contents made their way into the factory. If only those tabs could talk. bakerboysdist.com
EARTHLESS TO OMAR At Omar Salazar’s Nike shoe launch, there were aliens, spaceships and ripping guitar solos. There are plenty of videos and photos of the whole party online, including footage of Earthless and Shrinebuilder.
LURKING IN THE DARK Danish black metal-er King Diamond worked with C1rca combat to design these limited run shoes featuring artwork from both Mercyful Fate and his own solo project. c1rcacombat.com
MO BRO These boards were designed to help Mike Mo’s brother Vince Capaldi with the medical bills he and his family have been faced with since his diagnosis of a rare form of bone cancer. After having a bone in his arm replaced with a metal prosthesis, Vince has endured almost all 13 rounds of chemo treatments, which should be done at the end of this year. Send out some good thoughts and pick up one of these decks to raise funds and awareness. vincecapaldi.blogspot.com
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Skater and musician Tommy Guerrero has had a hand in designing some pieces for the Levi’s Ranchero capsule collection. Each piece features mexican blanket details. Put all the pieces on together and build an outfit that will rival the classic Canadian Tuxedo.
For his feature interview this issue, RIley Boland was interviewed over ichat by Dustin Koop. After taking a look at his photos and reading the interview, head to the website to hear some outtakes from their conversation that didn’t make it into print.
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UNITE AND FIGHT Solitary Arts’ friend Kenny Brimer was diagnosed with Chronic Lymphatic Leukemia this past year. To support Kenny in every way possible, Solitary Arts is selling these tees designed by Kenny, Bad Brains and ROIR records. Only 48 of each graphic were printed. solitaryarts.com
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If you simply look at company names, there couldn’t be a better partnership than Hello Kitty and Girl. Maybe that’s why, in celebration of their 50th anniversary Sanrio decided to collaborate with a skate brand. Or maybe they know that Mike Carroll giggles like a little Japanese girl.
The inspiration for this Jason Jessee 4 OBEY capsule collection came as the people at OBEY took a little trip to visit Watsonville, where they spent some time in Jason’s workshop. The time spent surrounded by his bike and car collection gave the designers plenty of creative juice to get this collaboration out of the darkroom and into the shops.
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GOAT SHIT These black highs are part of the collabo pack from Emerica and Reynold’s band The Goat & The Occasional Others to mark the release of their debut album. Subtle details like “luh dat shit” embroidery and art by Neckface abound. Decks and tees are also out.
EXTENDED PLAYLISTS When we asked Mike Carroll for ten tracks he plays to ‘get the party started’, he couldn’t narrow it down to any less than 18. We only had room to print 11 of his selections, so we’ve posted his full list alongside all the other lists online.
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Lots of you sent in your favourite photos off of your cameras for a chance to win the $500 dollar Arto prize pack. And from the number of submissions of cats skating I guess it’s safe to say that kitties love Arto as much as people do. Check the website to see which photo won (winner may or may not be pictured here).
The ghetto blaster and The Muska go together like Paris Hilton and sex-tapes. Sling this tasty little time piece around your neck and use the duo-clocks to keep track of life on both coasts.
Take a tour inside skateboarder and musician Tommy Guerrero’s office at Deluxe where decks hang-out alongside guitars and sketches on the walls.
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COMUNE was formed from the idea that there will always be people out there who not only embrace the rawness and imperfections of every day life but use it to creatively push the boundaries of what’s possible in skateboarding, fashion, art, and music their own way, with complete disregard of the consequences.
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words and photosby gordon nicholas
ark Scott, or ‘Red’, has been pouring cement ever since skateboarders were first getting around to it (I mean, he built Burnside for Christ’s sake!). Not to mention he gets calls from Brewce to expand the Skatopia terrain, and the list could go on. His company, Dreamland Skateparks, has been carrying on their legacy across the Northwest Coast and into the mainland of America for some time now. But what do you get when the premiere skatepark builder in America feels the urge to have his own park? Well, he builds one of the deepest and most insane cement bowls that lives under a barn in his backyard, complete with a bat cave and all. Upcoming plans also call for the world’s first underground bowl, which has been started just around the corner.
Helmet and waiver required, this bowl is scarier than you think. Although watching Mark or any of the Lincoln city locals (most of whom opt for no top bushing in their trucks to keep them as loose as possible) skate it would show you a trick or two or even three for that matter. The list of notables who’ve graced Red’s bowls is equally impressive; Steve Olson, Rune Glifberg, the list goes on. And if dropping in on 13ft of vert isn’t death defying enough for you, just hop on one of the multitude of dirt bikes and chomp through some serious mud and trails that crisscross his beautiful, forested property. If you’re ever so lucky to get invited to Red’s don’t pass up the chance. Just grab a case of Pabst and prepare to get stoked.
1. This is a ghetto release participants must sign prior to riding bowl or moto track. If participants fall into canyon off track they must sign twice! 2. My dog â€œRustyâ€? is one of my best friends (he is commonly not the alpha male). 3. L.C. Phase 4 is fun. 4. Tools of the trade, etc. 5. This is my bowl. 11 ft shallow end, and 13 ft at the deep. 6. Portion of my odd board collection I started in my house.
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erek Swaim is a bit of a mystery man. I’ve had the pleasure of shooting with him only a couple of times, during which very little dialogue was exchanged, and even the two days I spent with him leading up to this interview were pretty quiet. However, once we got down to, it turns out he has a fair bit to say. Despite growing up in the skateboarding obscurity that is Kamloops, Derek has managed to acquire a reputable list of sponsors by making frequent trips to Vancouver strictly to shoot photos and film, never succumbing to the party scene that can plague even the most motivated. Anyone who’s seen his parts in Sophomore Jinx and Tens can attest that his style goes behind that prominent mane of hair, and even though Derek may seem quiet, it’s only because he lets his skills on a skateboard do all the talking.
wordsby joel dufresne
photosby brian caissie
Smooth, styled, precise and clean. Just look at that hair. Oh, not a bad crooked grind nollie kickflip Derekâ€™s got there either.
Color: What does the word Kamloops mean? Derek Swaim: I think it means the meeting of two rivers. I’m pretty sure that’s it. It used to be spelled like super weird, like ‘t’kaumloops’ or something, with some apostrophes in it. Aside from yourself, Stacy Gabriel and Matt Berger, who else is on the rise out there? Ah, there’s lots of kids at the skatepark who are getting really good. This kid Landon... Anthony... There’s a bunch of kids who grew up just skating the skatepark pretty much — they’re all getting good! Why haven’t you moved to Vancouver yet? Just a combination of being lazy and just having like 60
the best skatepark that’s right by my house. That has a lot to do with it. What’s the best and worst things about living in Kamloops? The best thing is just having all my homies here I guess, in my hometown. Actually it’s kinda the worst thing at the same time, ‘cause lots of my friends that I grew up with here all moved away so, just this past couple years everyone pretty much moved out of Kamloops. One of the best things obviously is the skatepark. My mom’s cooking, my grandma’s cooking. Just the friends that I have here are probably the best thing. I don’t think there’s that many bad things about it.
Earlier in your room I saw a bunch of dirtbike trophies, what are those about? [laughs] My dad used to race dirt bikes, and those are all his. The trophy case just ended up in my room somehow and has always been there. He used to ice race and was pretty good, so that explains the trophies. I’m not familiar with ice-racing, what exactly is that? Is it fairly popular? I’m not sure how popular it is, but it looks unusually fun. It’s basically done on an oval track - they race on an ice rink or on frozen lakes and have special studded tires so they have traction and they corner fishtailing with their inside leg out. I don’t remember
(opposite) A slight downhill take-off, with a slight uphill landing makes this spot a lot harder to skate than it looks. Derek had to untuck the wings from behind his ears to safely land this switch heelflip. dufresnephoto.
seeing him race because he stopped when I was one year old, but it looks pretty exciting. With those trophies though, there’s some newspaper clippings, one of which titled: “Swaim Gutsy Ice Racer.” He rode his KTM motorcycle to a fourth place finish in the 250cc class with a cast on his broken left leg that riders normally slide on in corners on the circuit. Tim [Swaim], what a warrior. As far as other injuries, have you had pretty good luck not being fucked over for long periods? Yeah pretty much. The only bad thing is like rolled ankles and bruised heels. You gotta deal with the little injuries and be thankful that you’re not out for a long time. What would be one of your greatest fears. Probably sacking on a kinked rail again. Which probably won’t happen, because I’m probably not gonna end up skating a kinked rail ever again.
That’s serious! [laughs] Yeah it’s a serious injury. And my dick leaks. You know how you have to shake? I have to shake five times as long cause it just leaks however it wants to. I dunno if that needs to go in the interview, [laughs] just a side note. You recently went on a trip to China with Kitsch, can you describe that experience? Yeah it was pretty much amazing. The most perfect spots that I’ve ever seen, or even imagined. Lots of marble everywhere. The plazas are amazing. How long were you out there? I was out there for a full month. It was a pretty crazy experience though, ‘cause all the people there watch you, they were really intrigued with skateboarding. Kinda the opposite of North America, where random people are trying to kick you out of spots — everyone’s really stoked on skating out there, it’s crazy. Asians are stereotypically bad drivers. How was driving out there?
Yeah the drivers are actually pretty good, the driving itself is crazy. It’s the most hectic thing that you can imagine. The highways aren’t that bad but the city driving is gnarly, it’s so compact and everyone uses their horns as pre-warnings. Like if you think someone’s going to hit you, you give a couple little honks. Honking is friendly, it’s courteous, not angry. Everyone drives super slow because at any second somebody could walk across the street, or someone can pull in front of you or, I dunno, a stray cat can run under your tire. You name it. [laughs] Of all the places you’ve been, which was your favourite and why? Probably China, Shenzhen — the first city that we went to. Stacy found a spot that was a block from our hotel that was a marble plaza. We didn’t even know about it. But we didn’t even go skate it, we drove to other spots to skate. Every plaza that we went to in Shenzhen was amazing. The best thing was that you can actually just skate everything there. Was security gnarly anywhere? No, just a few spots where there were lots of people, where someone could get hit by a board or something. But you don’t really get kicked out of spots. Our homie Jay, that we met in Shenzhen, was really rad. He showed us the good food spots. We also had Will there; he’s from Hong Kong but moved to Vancouver he was our tour guide the whole time.
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What happened there? I sacked on this kinked rail right by Hastings bowl. It had this tiny stage. It usually doesn’t have good runway, but there was a stage built for it - I guess something was going on at the PNE. Stacy showed me the rail. Just for fun I was like, “I’m gonna boardslide it.” I go to boardslide it first try, like slide it nothing wrong with it, just kinda shot out. Second try, my foot slips off the front and I went right to the kink.
It was probably a four foot drop and I sacked straight to the kink. There was blood coming out of my penis, it was the worst thing. I had to have a catheter put in for half a month. That was the most uncomfortable thing. I guess it was fun to joke about my piss bag though [laughs].
Do you have any other trips planned coming up? No, actually just going with the flow right now. I’m sure something will come up. As far as skating spots, do you prefer to roll with lots of people or a few? It depends on the spot I guess, sometimes a big crew can be hectic. If there’s not a bunch of different things to skate at a spot, then definately a smaller crew. But if it’s a big spot like the plazas in China, then it’s not a big deal to have a crew of ten people to skate with. It’s hype if you get lots of people skating, but there can be downfalls too. How do you feel about Tiger Woods losing his sponsors over being a ladies man? [laughs] I don’t know the whole situation there. How did Chocolate through Supra come about? Well basically I filmed with Dane for Sophomore Jinx a little bit, and I knew him from being a Vernon homie from a long time ago, and he’s the team manager for Supra who is distributing Chocolate. I’ve always been stoked on Chocolate, and I thought it suited me way more. Even though Element was helping me out and sending me on trips and stuff, I had a talk with my TM for Element, and he even almost agreed that it suited me more and that it made sense to make the move. It was more business, not anything personal. He knows I was stoked on the choice and opportunity. It was just a new opportunity to make things better for me. If Vidal Sassoon approached you with a sponsorship contract would you go for it? Vidal Sassoon? What the fuck is that? For your hair. [laughs] I dunno. Maybe if they paid me, sure. Kind of a ridiculous question really, but I guess people comment on my hair. Some people were almost offended when I shaved my head. “How could you do that, you’re known for your hair!” What? I can do whatever the fuck I want.
I know you’ve got a girl now, but do you feel you get more attention from the ladies with long or short hair? I’d probably say long hair, but I’ve had compliments on both, so... I guess it’s up to the individual lady [laughs]. I like having it short though for a change and it’s not so hot in the summer. Back to filming with Dane, you just came off a part in Tens... What do you have in the works now, as far as filming goes? Dane’s a G. He’s creeping right now. I guess while he’s in Kamloops, just filming stuff for supradistribution.com and whatever else he needs footy for. I have a bunch of stuff from China that I don’t know where the footage is going to end up. I haven’t heard of any videos popping up so... Just banking footy. Yeah just basically doing that. Which do you prefer, filming or shooting photos? I find filming easier sometimes, because you can’t just shoot a photo on anything, but it’s not necessarily going to be a good photo you know? It seems like there’s way more elements that need to be in place for a photo to be good. You can film anywhere and the footage can end up good, for example on flat. But a flatground photo wouldn’t be as likely to be good. So I’d have to go with filming. As far as going out and getting tricks when you’re filming - how do you go about doing that? The best way, I think, is just spontaneous, like if you’re actually just sessioning a spot with a bunch of people, and then you just end up filming something that your hyped on, and something new, then that’s probably the best way. Aside from skating, what do you occupy your time with? Um, not much. Just working and hanging out with the girl. Basically I watch a lot of skate videos and surf the net; work.
They say that stress causes hair loss. If this is true, it looks like Derek is living worry free. Stressless backside tailslide.
Where are you working? I work with my friend, he has a window washing company. I also work at the skate shop every once in a while too. Your girlfriend also skates, do you guys go on a lot of skate-dates? [laughs] Skate dates, no not really. She says she gets embarrassed skating around me. Do you get embarrassed skating in front of her? Not really no. I get embarrassed falling in front of people. I was bombing down Gilmore street with Stacy once, down to the skytrain and it was lunch time traffic, and I just ate shit — I got speed wobbles and hit a rough patch at the same time - ate so much shit in front of a lot of people. At least four or five people saw me. That was embarrassing, that shit sucks. [laughs] I hate that. You’re not much of a partier, I’ve seen you drunk like maybe twice, whats the deal there? I dunno, I’m just not that into drinking, and supposedly Asians don’t have the gene to break down alcohol or some crazy thing like that. We turn red and get drunk real easy, well I do anyway. I can get drunk off two beers if I drink them really fast. That’s pretty rad [laughs] But at the same time it can be not dope though, cause if you’re just chillin and you wanna drink a couple beers and then you’re drunk from it and you don’t wanna be that drunk, then it sucks. But I’ll have a drink every once in a while. Did ‘er up pretty good last night. Do you prefer to listen to music when you skate? Yeah, I love music, and I love skating so when you combine those things, it’s usually a damn good combination. Certain songs can just get you hyped. What are the best headphones to skate with? I have Sony ones, I like noise cancelling ones for riding the bike, not for skating though. What are you bumpin’? Lately it’s been T.I., some Justin Timberlake every once in a while. Usually Tupac is a good bet, but since he’s been dead for a long time it’s hard to listen to his stuff over and over. That’s pretty much it. Anything that has a good beat is good for me to skate to. What’s the first album you remember getting stoked on? Probably Wu-Tang’s 36 Chambers album, I think I got it for Christmas. That or Ghostface Killah’s debut album Ironman, it’s a classic! any guilty pleasures? www.thisiswhyyourefat.com
A perfect marble run-up and landing is nice. Two tricks at a spot in one session is nicer. But Derekâ€™s mane is by far the nicest. Fakie heelflip and frontside halfcab heelflip, back to back and on borrowed wood.
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volume 8 issue 2
wordsby leah turner
s former lead-singer of the beloved, now defunct Toronto-based garage punk band The Deadly Snakes, and now with several stellar solo folk rock albums to his name, André Ethier could be forgiven for stopping there. With his psychedelic colours, saturated brushstrokes, and abject subject matter, Ethier proves painting’s hallucinatory potential. Leah Turner chats to Ethier about painting, the grotesque, and Led Zeppelin versus Picasso.
Color: What came first for you, art or music? André Ethier: Art. I have always drawn and painted I never stopped after childhood. Music came about from hanging out with the wrong crowd, I guess. These days, I make more art than music, but I think about music more than art. It’s embarrassing. Why is that embarrassing? I’m over thirty and I think about Led Zeppelin, I should be thinking about Picasso.
(detail) Untitled, 2010 oil on masonite, 20" x 16" colORMAGAZINE.CA
images courtesy Derek Eller Gallery, New York.
“I don’t have patience for straight lines, so fur, faces, guts, wax and flowers it is.”
Does your music feed into your art, and vice versa? Or do you see them as distinct endeavors? I used to keep them separate. Now I let them mingle. I used to not want people to know I did both. Why not? People want to believe in the mythology of the Artist. It helps to sell art. And musicians usually make terrible painters - take Joni Mitchell, Tony Curtis and Ronnie Wood for example. It’s like the whole ‘slash’ phenomenon, like the model/ actress; it’s rare to find someone who is equally as good in both fields. It makes people suspicious. Rightly so. Can you tell me about your materials and your process of creation? I add a lot of oil to the oil paint. Really wet. I just start without thinking and work as fast as I can. I know how to keep things from getting muddy so everything can happen at the same time. I just keep my head down and go. It sounds as if you work quite intuitively and spontaneously. I try to rely on my subconscious. That’s why everything comes out retarded. My subconscious is maybe like 12 or 14 years old, and it likes classic rock. You create a fantastical world in your paintings. How have you developed your visual language? Are your characters and imagery entirely invented or are they somehow related to yourself and your life? Are you trying to create a narrative, a sort of personal mythology? The imagery in my paintings is for the most part my unchecked subconscious. It seems to dwell in myth and a fear of nature: human nature and the natural world. Like the jungles of the Amazon and our biology (our intestines and nervous systems) are similarly terrifying, and somehow look the same. This kind of stuff just seems to suit the way I like to paint. I don’t have patience for straight lines, so fur, faces, guts, wax and flowers it is. You have a certain stylistic affinity with the so-called “faux naïve,” representational painting and drawing which tends to borrow from outsider art. How do you see yourself in relation to this genre? I am not “naïve,” I went to art school. I’m not “Faux Naïve” either. I just paint what I want and call it art, I guess. I do not think I am above what I paint. I am trying to be honest and true to myself. Your work is often discussed in comparison to a lineage of expressionism, artists like Bosch, Arcimboldo, Van Gogh, Redon, and the Surrealists, for whom the subconscious was a rich source of inspiration.
images courtesy Derek Eller Gallery, New York.
(opposite) Untitled, 2009 oil on masonite, 16” x 12”
Untitled, 2010 oil on panel, 16" x 12" .andréethier
What do you think of these comparisons? Do you actively look at art history? I don’t know. I guess I like the comparisons, but they are just how critics describe things- by comparisons. I flip through painting books but I don’t see my work or practice in a conversation with art history. I know it is unavoidable, but I’m just not thinking about it. Is there anything that excites you about contemporary painting? Who are you looking at? The more I work, and the deeper I get into my own thing, the less I care about contemporary art. I really love Jason Fox, Jay Isaac and Brad Phillips though. I like that while your subject matter is often totally nightmarish, you employ many of the compositional conventions of portraiture and still life. I actually find that contrast quite funny. Could you talk about how humour plays into your work? It’s just kind of funny to see the grotesque presented in the conventions of beauty, I guess. I like things to be kind of funny but not punchline type funny. It’s a bit of a tightrope walk. The trick seems to be realizing it’s funny after taking it really seriously.
“I don’t think I would want one hanging on my wall at home, but it’s where I seem to have to go to make original, honest work.” 72
I remember seeing your show at Hunter and Cook in Toronto last year; a couple friends remarked to me that they couldn’t handle looking at your paintings, because they were just too grotesque. I actually find them quite pleasurable to look at, so I’m not sure what that says about me, but is this sort of visceral discomfort something you’re trying to create? Yeah. It’s a tough sell to a lot of people. I don’t think I would want one hanging on my wall at home, but it’s where I seem to have to go to make original, honest work. I’m often embarrassed at my openings. I’m worried about what my son will think of his dad when he gets older and has his friends over. What’s coming up next for you, André? I have a solo show at Honor Fraser in Los Angeles this summer and a group show in Switzerland this spring.
(opposite l) Untitled, 2010 oil on masonite, 20" x 16" (opposite r) Untitled, 2009 oil on masonite, 20" x 16" Untitled, 2009 oil on masonite, 20" x 16"
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PHOTOGRAPHY BEN MARVIN
STYLING DANDILION WIND OPAINE
David: INSIGHT t-shirt, INSIGHT jeans, EMERICA shoes, stylist’s own leather jacket.
STYLING ASSISTANT ARIANA PREECE hair Rempel Roquette Make-up Jenna Kuchera (Nobasura) Models DAVID, SZAM, KUTTER and SALLY
Kutter: RVCA tank, EMERICA Jeans, VANS shoes, stylist’s own leather jacket. Sally: VOLCOM cardigan, INSIGHT leggings.
David: MATIX shirt, ALTAMONT cords, FOURSTAR belt, MATIX toque, RVCA vest, GRAVIS shoes, stylistâ€™s own leather jacket. Kutter: RVCA tank, SPLIT jeans, GRAVIS shoes, INSIGHT gloves. Szam: COMUNE sweater, BRIXTON jacket, SPLIT jeans, GRAVIS loafers.
Dave: VANS long sleeve shirt, INSIGHT vest, ETNIES pants, EMERICA shoes Szam: MATIX sweater, RVCA tank, INSIGHT gloves, EMERICA shoes Colleen: INSIGHT leggings, OBEY sweater, model’s own shoes Szam: MATIX sweater, models own leather jacket
David: VOLCOM shirt, EMERICA jeans, GRAVIS loafers. Sally: ELEMENT dress, MATIX sweater.
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Andrew McGraw Frontside nosegrind.
wordsby jay revelle
photosby geoff clifford colORMAGAZINE.CA
Jean Mat Vincent Backside tailslide. (opposite) Jai Ball Frontside noseslide.
“What’s up, dude! What the hell are you doing here?” He beams back to me. “Come on in if you want. We are just about to cook some dogs, and the chicks upstairs are having a party. How many of those big boys did you drink? You gotta be careful man. They will make you blind.” As I make my way through the front door and into this welcome chance encounter, I immediately realize where I actually just ended up: the headquarters of Studio Skateboards. I arrive mid-party wondering to myself, “How did this hot dog get into my hand already?” I gorf it down quickly, attempting to find some kind of sobered oasis within its nitrates and beautiful white bun. Nope, doesn’t work. As I tour the house, I manage to hazily discern some other Studio heads: Jai Ball, Jean Mat Vincent, Joey LaRock, Mike Vince, Wade Fyfe, and the rest of the Studio crew. Jai flashes me a smile and hands me a freezing cold one.
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oard in one hand and a beer in the other, I strain my eyes to focus on the blurry street scene in front of me, staggering in the depths of a drunken stupor. I thought giant-sized 8.1% Labatt Blues were my friend, but I’m not so sure right now. After five of ‘em, I might as well be blind. I’m in Montreal, at least I know that, and I do think I wandered a bit too far from the bar. Is this the Plateau? I think it is. Fuck it. I take another deep swig. Just then my foot catches somebody’s front stoop; the bottle falls from my hand, smashing on the pavement. The noise draws the attention of someone from inside. The door opens and I’m greeted by a friendly looking fellow wearing a loose sweater. We immediately recognize each other. It’s Darrell Smith. “Darrell!” I bark drunkenly. “What the fuck! You live right here?” Montreal is crazy like that. You never know who you are going to run into.
[ o ] BALL
I slug it down. They sure do taste better cold. Jean and Joey take refuge on a sofa, drinks in hand and smiles in check. Wade is cooking dogs in the kitchen while Mike sips a beer in front of a Dave Chappelle skit on the television. As I begin to indulge, further increasing the impending doom of the extreme inebriation casting its dark cloud over me, the noise from upstairs gets louder. Suddenly, like a rushing wave, the girls from upstairs bust into the room. The onslaught of female hustle and bustle almost sobers me up. One brushes by me oh-so-close. Nice. If I wasn’t so wasted, I might be able to make a move—whiskey dick. It’s one beer-soaked image after another. One of the girls comes up to me and Darrell politely introduces me like the well-mannered chap he is. Jai flashes me a grin from across the room, as if this is just how they do on any average night. Vince looks my way, smiling, and sarcastically jeering me with
friendly spirit: “I hate seeing people enjoy themselves.” The comment elicits laughter all around. I focus my attention back to the task at hand. My beer goggles are strapped on tight and cranked to 11, but she must be at least an eight. Patches of darkness dance before my eyes, as if teasing me to succumb to a painful void, which doesn’t take long…
[ o ] BALL
(opposite) Darrell Smith Kickflip.
Suddenly, all goes black, and I realize that it was only a matter of time before it all caught up with me. I wake up on the floor, half a hot dog in hand, the daylight piercing my brain like an alien doing experiments on my upper cortex. Darrell’s face fills my retinas. “Dude, it’s one p.m. We’re going skating. You coming?” I manage to squeak out a “definitely” then I ditch the dog and grab my board. Welcome to Montreal. Welcome to Studio Skateboards. colORMAGAZINE.CA
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wordsby dylan doubt
an music ever really be a guilty pleasure? Sure, maybe we all find ourselves grooving to music that our friends may find offensive, but really where is the guilt? There is after all an argument for all genres and an appropriate time and place for most artists. The Grateful Dead had some good jams. Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror” is actually quite brilliant if you give it a chance. And shit, if you feel like Celine Dion is speaking to you, then go ahead brother and listen. With this in mind, we prodded and poked some of our favourite skaters for some playlists. Maybe you will be shocked, maybe you’ll be pleasantly surprised, maybe you’ll be relieved, and hopefully you will be stoked. So pass the ipod around as we embark on a multi-genre roller coaster ride through the tents of the rave we call skateboarding; from No Doubt to Toxic Holocaust and from Paul Anka to Rhianna, you are sure to find something you like. I hear the trance room will be going off!
Visit us online to see Mike Carroll’s complete list of songs to ‘Get the Party Started.’ Frontside Hurricane. colenphoto.
We had a tough time picking a genre for John Cardiel. You can never forget how well the Brother Lynch Hung song fit his part in the first Anti-Hero video, with the shotgun blast as he hangs up on the massive frontside air in a pool, in his opening part. Then again, he has an ear for some pretty obscure reggae jams, and his playlist would be a worthy excuse for a week long session of downloading. In the end we figured that it would most appropriate to have him give us his top ten songs for jamming through traffic. morfordphoto.
Who doesn’t like a little soundtrack for getting it on? Sometimes you want a little smooth jam, and maybe you like it a little nasty. Maybe you just “happen” to put on some smooth jazz, or maybe you just get into some fuck techno. We asked Jamie Tancowny for his top ten songs for taking it off and getting it on. Heelflip. shigeophoto.
1. CHILD IN TIME – Deep Purple 2. MY WAY – Frank Sinatra
1. BACK STREET KIDS – Black Sabbath
3. MIDNIGHT LAMP – Jimmy Hendrix
2. Car Pound Drifter – Bongo Herman & The Rythm Rulers
4. PERFECT DAY – Lou Reed
3. Never Say Die – Black Sabbath
5. BRAIN DAMAGE/ECLIPSE – Pink Floyd
4. Dreadlocks The Time Is Now – Mix Up // Gladiators Africa
6. YOU CAN’T BRING ME DOWN
5. VIP – Caspa & Rusko
6. SymPtoms Of The Universe – Black Sabbath
– Suicidal Tendencies
7. LOVE IS A DRUG – Roxy Music
7. From Creation, I Man There – Bary Brown
8. THUNDERSTRUCK – AC/DC
8. Baby Please Don’t Go – AC/DC
9. CHASING SHADOWS – Deep Purple
9. Cash Flow – Jahdan Blakkamoore & Major Lazer
10. APRIL – Deep Purple
10. Hard Times – Al Campbell .unknownpleasures
Torey Goodall insists that there should never be any irony involved in the listening to coke rap. In fact, he claims to like it ”like I like Neil Young.” If this shit gets the head bobbing, or your ass out on the dance floor, does it really matter? Kickflip. cliffordphoto.
1. Wasted – Gucci Mane 2. Make the Trap Say Aye – Oj da Juiceman feat. Gucci Mane 3. Good Night – Oj da Juiceman feat. Gucci Mane 4. Shine Blokkas – Big Boi feat. Gucci Mane 5. I’m a J – Lil Jon feat. Fabo and Gucci Mane 6. Do It – Nitti feat. Gucci Mane 7.
Do It Do It – JU feat. Shawty Lo
8. I Don’t Know Ya’ll – Young Dro and Young LA 9. Better Believe It – Lil Boosie feat. Webbie and Young Jeezy 10. I’m So Paid – Akon feat. Lil Wayne and Young Jeezy
We had originally wanted Mortal to give us a list of Christian rock bands, or uplifting songs with a message, but it seems Adam left the church a while back and now is wandering around with ripping metal riffs constantly running through his head. Here we have ten of the songs that are in heavy rotation between the ears, and behind the eyes. Frontside 180 fakie 5-0 revert. sydlowskiphoto.
1. NIGHTBREED – Apokalyptik Warrior 2. Sons of Northern Darkness – Immortal 3. Exxxecutioner – Toxicholocaust 4. My Last Words – Megadeth 5. Over My Dead Body – Metal Church 6. Slowly We Rot – Obituary 7. Under a Silver Moon – God Dethroned 8. Baptized in Flames – Skeletonwitch 9. Pleasant Screams, Forbidden Crypts – Ghoul 10. Skull Beneath the Skin – Ghoul (Megadeth cover)
I have to back Alex Olson’s first pick 100 percent. When it’s time to cuddle up on the couch with a bottle of whiskey and a blankie, you could do no better than Prince. When you are down, you can either fight it or give right in and get it out. We asked Alex for ten songs to bring the tears. Lipslide. o’meallyphoto.
1. The Beautiful Ones – Prince
1. Wonderful World – Sam Cooke
2. Maps – Yeah Yeah Yeahs
2. The Letter – Al Green
3. Utopia – Goldfrapp
3. The Wanderer – Dion
4. Sea of Love – Cat Power
4. The Duke Of Earl – Gene Chandler
5. Cry Little Sister – G Tom Mac
5. After Laughter – Wendy Rene
6. Wild Combination – Arthur Russell
6. Crazy Love – Paul Anka
Don’t Speak – No Doubt
I Forgot To Be Your Lover – William Bell
8. Over the Rainbow – Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
8. Gotta Find A New World – Al Green
9. November Rain – Guns n’ Roses
9. It’s A Man’s World – James Brown
10. Crying Games – Boy George
10. Time Of The Season – The Zombies
There is no question. The default “make everyone happy” radio station is the good time oldies. Plus, there’s nothing like seeing the warmth spread across the dance floor and beyond when you’re DJing and you drop the needle on The Carpenters’ “Close To You”. Spencer Hamilton is a man of eclectic tastes and is just as likely to be spotted listening to Tupac as he is Metallica. We had him drop his top ten mouldy oldies… Frontside kickflip. daughtersphoto.
volume 8 issue 2
wordsby aaron leaf
photosby braydon olson
as Racist started blowing up RSS feeds last year with their maddeningly catchy song, “Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell.” Months later you might have seen reblogs of their essay/haiku attacking New Yorker music writer Sasha Frere Jones’ thesis on the end of rap. Then there was the next-level Village Voice essay about their year as a meme which represents something of a high point in internet navel gazing.
These guys are as much a part of online nerd culture as they are rap. Not that those are two mutually exclusive spheres. Their lyrics combine uptown crunk tropes with post-colonial literary references: cultural criticism under layers of streaming pop culture irony. Their entire career is on YouTube, meaning you can see them change from goofy kids into goofy artists in the time it takes to watch five videos. Heads might want to treat them as a joke. They’re not. Their new album Shut Up, Dude, which they’re adamant about calling a mixtape, should pull them out of the internet fame ghetto. Their production has progressed from bloghouse era detritus to something deeper and more eclectic. 98
Most pieces on these guys say something here about them being Indian and Cuban-Italian or something, but I always thought that was kind of racist. Also, they have beef with Asher Roth. The following is the transcript of our panel discussion, aka email, as they jetted back to New York from a string of acclaimed performances at SXSW. Color: I posted “Rainbow in the Dark” to a guy’s Facebook the other day and he was furious at you/me. Maybe it’s because he’s a hip-hop “head.” In your haiku-diss to Sasha Frere-Jones you mention electro-rap is not that different from Afrika Bambaataa. Is that a round about way of saying that you’re rap traditionalists? Victor Vasquez: We’re all about the five elements. Himanshu Suri: The five elements of hip-hop are street fashion, street fashion, street fashion, street fashion, and the film, The Fifth Element. Welcome to hip hop: the first rule of hip-hop is, you do not talk about hip-hop. The second rule of hip-hop is, you DO NOT talk about hip-hop. Dap Kondabolu: “I know like a thousand rap songs.” But really? He was furious? Wow.
I just saw that you’ll be performing at the Roots Picnic. As a former “student of colour for social justice” myself, this would thrill me. Did you ever go through a neo-soul phase? VV: I strictly fuck with Flowetry. And Bilal. HS: I’m a big Musiq Soulchild fan. And Bill Cosby. I’m a big Bill Cosby fan. DK: Musically, not so much, but sexually...no, not so much. Wait, it says here you’re sharing the bill with Asher Roth. Is anyone getting shot/slapped? VV: I’m sure there are a lot of people getting shot and/or slapped somewhere at any given moment. HS: I think Asher Roth played last year but I’d slap him, sure, yeah. I don’t believe in gun violence though. DK: STRICTLY VERBAL DARTS. (This is for your “furious” friend up there. Sit down, man.) After all this internet stardom you actually have an album coming out. Why is it important that you do an album? VV: I don’t know. HS: It ain’t an album, it’s a movie really. And we did it for the IMDB credit.
DK: People are familiar with the album format. It comforts them like eating pancakes, toast or other bland American breakfast food that frankly makes me sick. What should we expect from this album? More electro production? Would you ever rap over, like, a sped up soul sample and a funk break? VV: On this mixtape we rap over a sped up Billy Joel sample. That’s kind of like blue-eyed soul. HS: Well, it’s a mixtape really. When we drop the mixtape though, people will say it sounded like an album. Like Drake’s mixtape. There’s some electro, some island irie vibery, some third world family stuff. There’s really something for everyone, including blue-eyed soul. DK: TONS’O’FUN! How do you deal with the pressure of following one of the biggest internet memes of late 2009? Is it even possible to consciously create something viral? VV: It’s a lot of pressure, yeah. I mostly deal with it by lifting weights and sunbathing. I think it is possible to consciously create something viral. The CIA consciously created that crack epidemic in the 80s. That went pretty viral.
HS: I deal with the pressure with yoga. My uncle Bikram put me on to his new style. As far as consciously creating something viral, if we could replicate the crack epidemic in how viral this mixtape/album goes, I’ll be very happy. DK: The pressure on my body was so enormous that parts of my interior are actually made of diamond. After getting a routine chest x-ray, my doctor discovered my condition and alerted authorities, who are now trying to literally “tear me apart” to get the over 3300 carats of diamond that exist inside me. Also, G Pulla Reddy Ghee Sweets went viral all over Andhra Pradesh, I’m pretty sure those were/are consciously created. AND DELICIOUS! Are you the American Die Antwoord? VV: We’re the American Born Jamericans. HS: What’s a Die Antwoord? We’re the Indian and ItaloCuban Spin Doctors. This has been well-documented. DK: Do we look it?
“The five elements of hip-hop are street fashion, street fashion, street fashion, street fashion, and the film, The Fifth Element.”
Das Racist are everywhere on the internet. For starters, check myspace. com/dasracist for tour dates and updates. Their debut album/mixtape, Shut Up, Dude, is out now, available for free on their site.
volume 8 issue 2
wordsby mark richardson
photoby gordon nicholas
est Coast couldn’t have happened anywhere else. Bethany Cosentino, a lifelong native of California, only had to spend one winter in New York City to figure that out. Less than a year into her cross-country transplant, Bethany contacted her old friend and bandmate Bobb Bruno and told him she had some songs in her head that she wanted him to record. Later that week, she was on a plane back to Los Angeles and the first song to come out was the beloved beach-pop hit, “Sun Was High (So Was I).” Thus began Best Coast. The dozen or so songs released since then have never strayed far from that first splash, usually featuring languid guitar riffs and choruses that seem lifted from some unknown girl group, while lyrics tend be of the heart-on-the-sleeve variety and gel well with the simple, yet highly memorable melodies.
“It sounds kind of corny and cliché but I just want to make people happy.” Fans of Cosentino’s previous music, may never have guessed that she had such an innate talent for summery bliss pop. For three years she and Amanda Brown were Pocahaunted, a shamanic drone duo that utilized tribal chanting, heavily manipulated guitars, an array of pedals and effects, and even occasional dips into dub reggae to cultivate an earthly sound beyond compare. But just as Pocahaunted was gaining fans and acclaim, Bethany up and moved to New York to study creative writing. The group continued on and even did a brief East Coast tour, but it wouldn’t last. They ultimately called it quits 100 colORMAGAZINE.CA
leaving Bethany in a strange, cold city with no instruments or musical partners. Fast-forward to the present day and Best Coast has, in a six-month span, released five 7-inches and a cassette of demos, all on upstart labels. Every release since then has sold out their initial pressings and Bethany, along with her musical better half Bobb Bruno, have become the darlings of many blogs and print magazines. Even mainstream media titans like Nike and ABC have interviewed the group and posted songs on their websites. Cosentino is certainly no
stranger to this level of hype. In fact, in her mid-teens she formed a band called Bethany Sharayah and was courted by major labels. She eventually turned them down and has since been forging her own path. I had the chance to speak with Bethany and Bobb before their show in Vancouver. Color: Can you give us a bit of a history on your first group, Bethany Sharayah? Bethany Cosentino: My full name is Bethany Sharayah Cosentino, so when I started that project, and I needed a name, I said, hey, why not? When I began that group I realized my last name was too difficult to pronounce, but using my middle name proved to be even worse. I started writing music when I was fifteen and that was my first songwriting thing, and I did that for three or four years. I had major labels asking to put a record out, but I wasn’t really interested in doing it anymore. It was mostly because my musical tastes had changed. From 15-17 I went from being really into Rilo Kiley and the whole Saddle Creek Records scene, Joan Baez and Bob Dylan and a lot of singer songwriter stuff. I used to be really into punk in junior high, and eventually got back into that kind of music, so I was totally embarrassed by my past tastes and I pretty much stopped writing music. This is my second band where
I’m actually writing, because that last band [Pocahaunted] really wasn’t songwriting. How did Pocahaunted come about and how did that end? BC: I met Amanda Brown through mutual friends, and we just started recording. Bobb [Bruno] was involved as well, which was how Bobb and I first started working musically together. It was really something that I did to pass the time, and I just wanted to be playing music. Living on the other side of the country put a strain on the group and I just had to stop. I’ve read that while playing in Pocahaunted you weren’t really into experimental music. Where did you find the inspiration for making such abstract sounds? Have you gotten into experimental/abstract music since? BC: The inspiration for my vocals mostly came from Elisabeth Fraser of Cocteau Twins. I also listened to a lot of shoegaze music when I was in that band, so for me, the guitar playing came from bands like Slowdive and Chapterhouse. But for Amanda, she always wanted to be more of world band which is what they are now [Ed: Pocahaunted has reformed without Bethany in a new incarnation that also includes Bobb Bruno]. But behind the scenes, really, I was going
“My dad’s a musician and my mom is a music fan. They listened to the Beach Boys a lot and the Beatles, so yeah, like you said, I just grew up surrounded by music.”
home and listening to Bruce Springsteen or Fleetwood Mac or Beach Boys. I was never a fan of that kind of music, it just fell into place that way. What were you studying in NYC? BC: Creative writing. I also interned for the Fader and that was pretty much it. I didn’t play music or do anything creative other than my schoolwork. I didn’t even take any instruments with me. I realized by the end of my stay that all I wanted to do was play music, and that was why I left. I was like, fuck it, I don’t need to go to college. College is important for some people but not for me. Funny thing is, while I was in New York, I was surrounded by music. I was roommates with Cassie Ramone from the Vivian Girls, a lot of my friends there were playing music, I was working at a music magazine and I would go to shows a lot. I wanted to play music, but I didn’t have any instruments, I couldn’t find anyone to play with, plus it’s a pain in the ass to get a practice space in that city, and it’s hard to haul your gear out to shows. I emailed Bobb and said, ‘I’m moving back to California at the end of my semester, I have these songs and I want you to help me with them.’ Did you ever make contact with the Woodsist or Captured Tracks crew while you were up there? It seems like that would have been a good and obvious fit for you. BC: I was friends with all those people but they all have their own thing going on. I was actually supposed to start a band with Cassie and our friend Ryan, but I ditched out on going to a practice with them because I didn’t have an air conditioner in my room. I don’t know if you’ve ever experienced a summer on the East Coast but it’s brutally disgusting. I woke up one morning and was like, ‘I can’t do this.’ I left a note on Cassie’s door and told her I was going to my
boyfriend’s house because he has AC. It just didn’t seem like it was going to be something that was going to work out there. On that topic, how did you end up hooking up with NYC’s Vivian Girls for this tour? BC. I’ve known Cassie for years and I’ve always been into their music. Once Best Coast started they listened to the songs and they came out to LA to play shows and asked if I wanted to come with them. And Ally’s (Vivian Girls’ drummer) playing drums with us and we’re having the best fucking time ever. There is a child-like view on most of the songs I’ve heard. You must have been surrounded by music as a child. What did you listen to growing up? Did your parent’s music have any influence on you? BC. My dad’s a musician and my mom is a music fan. They listened to the Beach Boys a lot and the Beatles, so yeah, like you said, I just grew up surrounded by music. I’ve been literally playing music since I was old enough to speak. I think the innocence of the music comes from the aesthetic of being inspired by 50s and 60s pop and girl groups, because there’s a real child-like innocence to that. That’s been my ultimate dream; that young girls listen to this music. When I was a young girl I had so many female musicians that I looked up to. Seriously, female-fronted music was all I listened to, so when we play shows and young girls come and bring me, like, cat stickers, I just think, this is what I want. It sounds kind of corny and cliché but I just want to make people happy. It seems like we haven’t made anyone sad yet. We’ve got a few sadder songs on our upcoming record, so maybe now that’ll happen. Best Coast currently has four 7-inches out on various labels. Expect a full-length sometime this year and a European tour in the summer. For more info, check out myspace.com/bestycoasty.
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volume 8 issue 2
wordsby rj basinillo
illustrationby ben tour
noop Dogg’s Doggystyle. That has to be my favourite L.A. record. It’s just so L.A. man, it’s ridiculous,” Flying Lotus is saying as we talk from the polar ends of the continent. He sounds tired – it’s been just hours since a roof-raising performance at New York’s La Poisson Rouge with Kode9 & Nosaj Thing. By now the beginnings of the Flying Lotus story are well-documented; born Steven Ellison to heralded lineage, his aunt being the great Alice Coltrane, Ellison emerged in the wake of the late J Dilla to lead instrumental hip-hop into an unforeseen future.
Aside from the Coltrane connection, Ellison had earned his pedigree working at the offices of the highly regarded Stones Throw record label, eventually releasing his debut 1983 on Plug Research. In between this and the announcement of his Warp signing, Ellison had undergone further study under Kode9, founder of the equally regarded Hyperdub label, at the Red Bull Music Academy. Flying Lotus exists between these two respected labels and their defining sounds, borrowing in equal parts the crackling esoteric hip-hop of Stones Throw and the experimental leftfield dynamics of Hyperdub. After the release of Los Angeles, Ellison shifted all the attention he had garnered onto his friends by forming his own label Brainfeeder, composed of the most seasoned mainstays within that circle of L.A.-based beat producers. Despite still being in its formative stages, the Brainfeeder label is already one of the hottest in the world; a recent Radiohead blog post saw Thom Yorke namedropping Brainfeeder alumni Ras G, Samiyam, The Gaslamp Killer and Gonjasufi, the latter two combining their efforts to produce their own Warp debut A Sufi and A Killer, out now and backed by serious critical support. “It’s really cool that, beyond him shouting me out, that my homies also get the recognition they deserve. It’s a good kind of validation to have the support of the right people,” Ellison says modestly of Thom Yorke’s praise. Yorke himself also appears on Flying Lotus’ upcoming and deliriously-anticipated album Cosmogramma and the two are set to embark on a North American tour with Ellison supporting Yorke’s new band, Atoms for Peace. The track in question, “…and The World Laughs With You,” is actually a brief affair, and Ellison downplays Yorke’s celebrity by utilizing his vocals as just another colour in Flying Lotus’ instrumental palette, looping and entwining the hook amongst a flurry of lower-end synths pitched up and down, bleeping and blooping against the signature skittering, stumbling percussion. Expanding this palette was key for Ellison, and the greatest leap he takes with the new album is incorporating live elements. “About half of it is live. I got a lot of amazing people to work with who put forth incredible ideas and brought out all sorts of influences. It’s all been so cool; we don’t have to talk a lot about the work until it all just happens. And we don’t necessarily dictate where it’s happening or where it’s going.” Audibly enthused, he continues: “The live performances were just recorded off the top
and it’s really on some jazz one-take. Then I’ll flip the stuff and turn it into something else.” The overall effect is a consistency that Flying Lotus lacked on previous albums, which were occasionally criticized for being more akin to beat-tapes than albums proper. Cosmogramma however, is perfectly suited to the album format, meant to be listened to front-to-back, with a cinematic sweep and immersive quality that testifies to Ellison’s background in film school. This influence can also be seen in the current show he’s touring, that toys with an audio-visual performance aimed to get “extra-sensory” and he’s also trying to find time to direct a video for a Gonjasufi album. Ask him about film and Ellison really lights up. He cites a long and eclectic list of favorite directors: David Lynch, Terry Gilliam, P.T. Anderson, Tarantino and a slew of Asian directors, highlighting Shinya Tsukomoto in particular. “Really, I just like directors that are building universes. Guys who are clearly running with their imaginations to their fullest extent. There are a lot of filmmakers who are trying to pull you into this world and are trying to tell you the most human, the most honest, true story of our experience on Earth. But nobody can really do it. No one really got it down. So why not take people so far out it’ll remove them from their situation. So they can escape this place.” This dynamic between the universe and the self is the primary theme of Ellison’s own Cosmogramma. As the Los Angeles album was hailed for its relationship to the city, the smoggy crackling haze of the music seemingly analogous to the dystopian beauty of L.A.’s infamously polluted skyline, Cosmogramma vastly expands the scope – this album is entirely galactic. “I didn’t want to do anything that’s rooted in some specific location. I just wanted this shit to be as far into my imagination as possible,” he says. “That’s why it’s the cosmo record.” Ellison can’t hide his excitement over the new album: “I’ve always wanted to make a record like this and I finally feel like I’m getting close to what I’ve been trying to say from the get go.” Listening again to his debut 1983, one can hear FlyLo’s desire to be both expansive and self-fulfilling, two ambitions Cosmogramma satisfies by going beyond the hip-hop basis of earlier work: live contributions to the new album hint at organic, improvisational jazz – albeit skewed through Ellison’s programming. He comes to a crossroads when trying to describe his process, “I’d say it’s hip-hop or jazz, but more of a jazz mentality these days.” He
goes on to emphasize the shared aspirations of the Brainfeeder collective asking, “What can we do to bug out the people whose music we love? How can we inspire our influences? How can we further this musical conversation? I think that’s a jazz thing. But, of course, I do come from a hip-hop home.” When it’s finally released, expect Cosmogramma to earn high praise for the development in his sound that is more fleshed out and alive than ever. There’s an emotional wallop, a certain melancholy that pervades the entire album, most clearly manifested in the longing vocal edits and the swelling, orchestral strings. But the album also packs a celebratory bounce: the twirling bass guitar licks and rapid-fire percussive elation of tracks like “Computer Face//Pure Being” or the helium-voiced “Satelllliiiiiteee” bring the mood all the way back up. Ellison is keen to develop this contrast, explaining: “I have my moments where I’m just like, ‘This world is falling. We are all falling into shit. Everything sucks.’ Then I need to be reminded everything is beautiful. There’s just an ongoing battle in my brain.” Steven Ellison is aware of his growing stature amongst the globe’s leftfield producers. Moving forward against genre limitations and any attempt to pigeonhole his sound, Cosmogramma is a sheer feat and is clearly the most realized work of his career, but he is just happy enough that people are willing to listen. “We’re in this strange turning point
“I just wanted this shit to be as far into my imagination as possible.” in our history. All these worlds are colliding; all these voices are rising from the swamp. I’m glad to be one of those voices. I’m glad people care about what I’m doing. People say I’ve inspired their music or that I’ve inspired them to make music. What can be better than that? One day there might be a kid who makes a record because he heard Cosmogramma, that’s such a beautiful and heavy stress to live with.” Cosmogramma is out now. For news and updates, check flying-lotus.com.
volume 8 issue 2
Backside smith grind on one of Vancouverâ€™s most elusive spots.
wordsby dustin koop
photosby gordon nicholas
iley Boland is a quasi arms dealer, an avid Bee Gees record collector and has a full wall in his room dedicated to Tony Trujillo. Hanging in his closet are two vests: one freshlyskinned deer vest, the other bulletproof. Seeing as how Riley and I no longer live a hop, skip, and a jump away from each other, with him being in Calgary and me living in San Diego, we decided to conduct the interview by way of nerd, using video iChat. With Riley equipped with his laptop, he was able to give me a personal tour of his strange room. I should mention that when he showed up on screen he was on his bed, holding a machine gun. Welcome to the bizarre mind of Riley Boland.
“The Bee Gees sound is really annoying to most, but when I first heard the track ‘I Can’t See Nobody,’ I was blown away. I went nuts and started buying the records. Lovin’ every minute of it.” Color: Holy shit! What is that? Riley Boland: An airsoft gun. It’s got real parts, it shoots BBs. What do you do with that? I shoot people. It’s my hobby. It’s worth $4,000. This gun is current military issue for the U.S. Special Forces. You seem to collect the most random things. As I recall you’re an avid Bee Gees album collector. Don’t you own them all by now? I do. Now I buy crazy imports. (Riley holds up four identical records in plastic wrap, the only difference between them is that each one is from a different country.) The Bee Gees sound is really annoying to most, but when I first heard the track “I Can’t See Nobody” I was blown away. I went nuts and started buying the records. Lovin’ every minute of it [laughs]. Watching you skate, one would never think that the Bee Gees get you psyched. First thing I think of when hearing that band’s name is shitty disco music. Yeah, I listen to the pre-disco stuff, 1964 to1974, it sounds similar to what the Beatles were making at that time. You must have some other music that you listen to. Not really … Well, I have some old America and Bread albums. Oh, actually I am super down for Lil Wayne—that shit is my biking jam on full blast. Here, listen to it. It’s dope. (Riley starts blasting some Lil Wayne and turning his room into a full-scale one-man dance party.) Can you do the Crip walk? Not really. It’s all about having your own steez, right?
Go on YouTube and learn. I know. I’ve actually done it. Been there done that [laughs]. What’s your future in skating? You have a five-year plan? Fuck the five-year plan, I just want to skate as much of the world as possible. I’m not trying to go pro, I’m just into progressing myself to always be a better skateboarder. I’m getting a bit old for the skate game. There are twelveyear-olds that are putting everyone to shame. You do have a bit of facial hair, which means you’re becoming a man. I like the GTM you’re growing. It looks extra creepy. What’s a GTM? It’s short for “Gay Teenager Moustache”. It’s when a young kid has a wispy yet slightly date-rape-ish / molester-looking hair on the upper lip. [Laughs] Yeah. Or the kid in grade six who had the full beard and had been shaving since he was eight. I’ve only been shaving for thirteen months, so… yeah. Any kids getting gnarly in Calgary? There’s this kid in town that grew up at the 403 Skatepark riding those little Razor scooters doing tailwhips and now he’s doing kickflip benihanas down the Chinatown twelve [laughs]. When he rode away he cried and ran down the street tearing his shirt off. Serious? That’s some embarrassing shit. He always cries when he lands tricks down that set. My friend filmed it. It’s amazing. Wait, did you say he kickflip benihana’d that twelve set? Wow, interesting trick selection. Oh yeah, I was there when he front three nosegrabbed it. Who’s filming this stuff? Randoms. He’ll call anyone with a camera and throw the
Tuggin’ stalefish; Burnside.
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gnarliest shit down, he’s actually amazing. He is also doing pre-grab backflips at Millennium Park, so... yeah, not too sure what to say about that. There’s been some footage floating around YouTube of you looking like a Native American Indian girl with braided pigtails. Is this your new look? [Laughs] I have a sweet vest I made out of deerskin, let me see if I can find it. Okay, here it is. It got featured in a previous issue of Color. That’s pretty rad. I had no clue you were down for that vibe. I have always been down for the traditional beadwork and the overall craft. I originally made it to keep warm on my motorcycle, I then quickly realized that it doesn’t do up, so I figured I could rock it when I was skating.
Are you making more gear anytime soon? I get the gnarliest … seek stud kulaks markyul... (At this point the video starts freezing up on my computer and makes Riley sound as if he is a malfunctioning robot ready to meltdown.) Hey man, my computer is getting all fucky, it must be all the movies I’m downloading, they must be taking up all the bandwidth. Let me stop them. Okay, that’s better. You were talking about making gear, anything rad you’ve made as of late? I’ve been building bulletproof vest carriers. Are you planning to go into a murderous rampage soon? Or are you selling them? I have an airsoft team; I sell my stuff to them so we look unified.
What exactly do you and your team do? Is it like paintball? We run around in military gear and shoot each other. It’s more military simulation. It’s not so much run and gun like paintball, you have objectives that you need to meet. You don’t need to shoot to kill to win. There’s a huge collector’s side to it. It’s real geeky. I try to buy things like $300 night-vision goggles, even though we don’t have a use for any of it. Last time I spoke with you, you were buying military gear from the USA and selling it in Canada. Is this still going on? It’s cheap to buy and people in Canada don’t know what it actually costs or where to get it. I’m just a sly and sneaky bastard. This is how I pay rent.
(opposite) Creeping through the night, Riley avoids the crowds and gaps to 5-0 with ease.
One small step for man, one giant wheelie for Riley Boland..
Frontside air across Sacramentos sunny skies.
So this is how you get away with not having a job then. That and skateboarding. Vans to be exact—they’re really good to me. Them and The Source help me out a lot on my trips. I’m guessing your rent is pretty cheap considering that you are still living with your parents. It’s $400 a month. You still have that crazy cat? I think it has some psychotic issues. It is truly the only cat that ever intimidated me. No, he died. He was like the size of a fridge though. He made Brett Gifford cry [laughs]. Brett was sleeping downstairs and the cat was sitting there at the side of the bed hissing at him. I heard a crazy rumor that you have a girlfriend. Any truth to that? Yeah, for like five months now. First real girlfriend. Congratulations on finally losing your virginity. (Riley leans in close with a smirk and turns down the audio on his computer looking around as if I may have said something too loud) Shhh. No. Am I too loud? Kinda. You haven’t fucked it up yet, so you must be doing something right. I treat her good. I can’t imagine how you get things done in the bedroom with you being a germaphobe, or is it that you’re just a cheap bastard and don’t like sharing. I share with my girl. I’m just not down to share with anyone else.
How does it work with you getting free product then? ‘Cause it’s a two-way street. I don’t like accepting free stuff. I feel like I owe them something. I always send them the biggest thank yous when I get packages. I appreciate everything my sponsors do for me so much. Should we talk about skateboarding? Sure, we can talk about anything you want. What video first got you hyped to skate? Don’t say 411. Shorty’s Fulfill The Dream. I was into Muska—everyone had their Muska phase. So the tearaway track pants were in full effect with you? No, the best I could do was rolled up Westbeach pants [laughs]… Local Calgary video, Norbeece Our Shit Dope Vol. 3 video was sick. It’s like two hours long with Three 6 Mafia playing the whole time and me slapping my butt. Good choice. The Shorty’s video was a classic pick. The best part in OSD is when you’re dressed up head to toe in army fatigues skating some crazy bank, and when you fell, your handgun flew ten feet out onto the street—you don’t see that every day. You’ve been riding and fixing up motorbikes for a few years, what do you have going at the moment? I am riding a ’79 GS50, all cafe racer. I have always had this bike. I just keep swapping parts out for different ones. It’s been a while since I’ve started it up. I’ve been riding bicycles a lot lately; it’s a five-speed, no fixed gears here. I ride a good 30k a day. For a few years, you and Colin Nogue were riding your motorbikes out to the Northwest. Anything cool happen out there? Actually yeah, Colin and myself met Mark “Red” Scott [original builder and legend of Burnside]. He asked us to come jump our bikes at his compound. We stayed for a while with him and became friends. He and his wife are super cool. They have a thirteen-foot bowl in their barn. Mark just put me on his new wheel company called Power Rider, so sick.
“I don’t like accepting free stuff. I feel like I owe them something.
Any skaters that psych you out to skate. Tony Trujillo. I have a wall in my room that is plastered with photos of him. Colin [Nogue], he has the best steez. Keegan Sauder is sick; and I’m down for Emmanuel Guzman, his front blunts are nuts. Oh yeah, Mark “Red” Scott is killing life. I remember when you met Tony Trujillo when you were sixteen. From my perspective you seemed a bit bummed out—is it true what they say, how you should never meet your heroes? Well … I’m sure he’s cool if he knows you well, we just don’t know each other on a personal basis. He’s the best skateboarder period. I’m pretty quiet. I just keep to myself and skate. You’ve been riding for Creature Canada for a few years now. When are you going to get on the real Creature team? Any fool can ride for a distributor in Canada. [Laughs] Yeah, I guess. Center Distribution has been real good to me, so I’m in no hurry. I need to make some trips out to California more often and see what happens. I’ve been rid114 interview.
ing for Insight for a few years. Maybe I could introduce myself to the Chief next time I’m in Cali [laughs].
Anything is possible with a little persuasion, bank ridin’ to backside 180.
Who else do you ride for? Creature, Vans, Oakley, Krux, Insight, Power Rider Wheels, The Source, Cheese Dicks, and Shake Junt.
(opposite) Macho-tail drop.
You seem to have an infinite amount of flights—you offered to come out here to San Diego to do the interview for the day. How could your broke ass afford that? Yeah, my girlfriend works at WestJet and has me listed as a travel buddy, so I get cheap flights to wherever the airline flies. It is the ideal situation for a skateboarder trying to get his travel on. I’m gonna say it only once, don’t fuck that relationship up, you’re living the dream. I know. We went to Hawaii and skated the Cholos bowl. I met Jay Adams and went to his house—he is two legit to quit. He made skateboarding.
“It was so scary and skinny, I didn’t think it was possible. I put two extra insoles in my shoes so I could jump to flat a few times.”
Did you go surfing while you were there? No, I like skating, it’s a consistent high. Surfing seems so inconsistent; it takes so long to have a good ride. I’m not really down to sit in the water for fifteen minutes waiting for a wave.
Fred is amazing; we actually shot for a few days. It was such an honor. All I could think of is how sick the éS video Menikmati was shot.
You’re riding the sickest parks and all the homies from North America are in one spot chilling—it’s a great opportunity to see friends.
Speaking of getting high, are you still straight edge? Yup, it’s a personal decision. I like the idea that I can get up early in the morning and go skate and not be hungover feeling like shit. I like feeling focused.
Is the black-and-white image of you dropping in as sketchy to do as it is to look at? It was so scary and skinny, I didn’t think it was possible. I put two extra insoles in my shoes so I could jump to flat a few times.
Since when did you get friends? [Laughs] Yeah, I have a couple now. When I was at the AM Getting Paid contest I met the 5Boro guys, they are so sick, I’m so down. I went to the bar with them and they were calling me Pocahontas the whole time ’cause of my Indian gear, it was pretty funny.
You recently were featured in TransWorld, having a full spread, shot by none other than French Fred—that blew my mind. How was shooting with him?
For years you’ve been involved in contests. Do you see it as a positive aspect to skateboarding? People hate on contests, for me it is always the best time.
Why are you still living in Calgary? I’m sure moving to Vancouver would help in getting more coverage?
Riley-go-round; miller flip, all too casually.
Now that I can fly anywhere for pretty much free this is a great home base. I’ve flown to Vancouver three times in the past two months. Whom do you stay with in Vancouver? Gordon, Colin, and many more down at Pender Beach. A few years ago you stayed with photographer Dylan Doubt and drank all his milk … No man, he’s a vegan. He was all bummed that I had milk in the fridge. It was hot out and I was drinking four litres a day, there were cartons lying around all over his place [laughs]. Dylan wouldn’t let me cook meat in his house, so I would just
chug milk consistently. I love skim milk—when we go skating everyone will be getting a Coke and I’ll get a one-litre of milk and pound it back [laughs]. In the summer I usually drink four litres of milk a day. I’ve never broken a bone skating. You have your own vices though. You seem heavily addicted to candy. What’s your favorite piece of junk food at the moment? I’ve been super hooked on these cheap little blue things with white icing sugar inside from 7-Eleven called Livewire. I need sugar to skate … Oh man, I have to piss so bad, are we good?
Yeah, go drain the main vein.
“I like the idea that I can get up early in the morning and go skate and not be hungover feeling like shit. I like feeling focused.”
NESTOR JUDKINS GREY & WHITE SKATE
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COLIN LAMBERT 5-0 [ o ] doubt. 121
CORY WILSON frontside ollie [ o ] caissie.
HILL SULPHER pop shove [ o ] todon.
MORGAN HYSTAD kickflip [ o ] feller. 123
124 JEREMY GELFANT crooked grind [ o ] doubt.
HILL SULPHER pop shove-it [ o ] todon.
ZANE CUSHING kickflip [ o ] nicholas.
IAN TWA switch backside nosegrind [ o ] nicholas. 127
GRANT TAYLOR backside tailslide [ o ] sharp.
RUSS MILLIGAN switch heelflip [ o ] zaslavsky. 129
cle This M y c e ag R t a o T e l h c i sM N ecy ag R t a o
keep it. keep it.
volume 8 issue 2
VAN, SF, MTL, TO
veryone knows Color appreciates a good party, and each issue we do our best to keep up with said magazine and its travels. Like the touring garden gnome, last issue found itself in some of the most remote places and into the hands of people like you. But it wouldn’t be goodtimes if we didn’t know sad ones. In amongst the string of release parties and pro shoe releases, Vancouver celebrated the life of Nathan Matthews - a prolific skater, photographer, designer, filmer and all around good human. His photography memorium was held at none other than Antisocial Skateboard Shop. Montreal rang in the first issue of 2010 along with a screening of This Time Tomorrow at Salon Officiel. With Nic Cote on the decks and Labatt 50s being tossed around like a bad accent, our eastern counterparts held it down. Our own Sandro Grison celebrated the release of pro model shoes with Sean Malto (Etnies) and Omar Salazar (Nike SB) in their hometowns. And finally the aforementioned skate video was played at 751’s “Drink and Destroy” in Toronto. All that and still no cease and desists from the Olympic Committee - we count ourselves lucky.
Paul Otvos & friend
Topher Baldwin, Geoff Clifford, Jason Auger
Lee Saunders & Geoff Dermer
Mke Preuss & Josh Kline
Nic Coté, Sara Pelletier, Janie Lalonde and friends
Anne Sophie Julien
Hunter Muraira & Eric Koston
[ o ] GRISON
Dave Ehrenreich & Kelly Day
[ o ] ELKIN
Nate Roline, Ben Stoddard & Liam Mitchell
Dan Drehobl & Omar Salazar
[ o ] ARGET
Margus Verder. Paul Otvos
Jesse Landen, lurk’n
Brendan Philip, Ryan Buchnea, Shannon Sylvain
ZERED BASSETT VOCALS
DEVINE CALLOWAY BAGPIPES
BRAYDON SZAFRANSKI ACCORDION RUSS MILLIGAN MANDOLIN
BRANDON WESTGATE BONGOS
DAVE BACHINSKY TROMBONER JESUS FERNANDEZ TRIANGLE
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Beware of Sasquatch
The Pacific Northwest is spitting out some of the best skaters these days. I almost lost count of the number of parts in Brandon Jensen’s hour long skate flick. Ken Takayama, ya that guy, has a pretty ruling, energy packed opening part with one of the best Eugene rails line I’ve ever seen. After a couple parts of quality bro footage Mike Lind sure seems like a fun guy and knows better than most how to spin his board. And from Jordan Sanchez, more shredding. Quality cameos by Ethan Fitzpatrick, Peter Raffin and Devin Appelo. Vince de Valle gets psychedelic with Pink Floyd, isn’t afraid to skate with a clinched ciggie in his mouth and seems to have that certain dirt bag quality I like so much. Merrit Harburglittle, 666 the number of the beast! (and I don’t mean the song) Fuck ya! Josh Gunnersen knows how to wheelie. Gravette (always ruling) shreds the home turf. All right, finally, the part all you skate nerds have been waiting for. Internet phenomenon Cory Kennedy has just clocked the world record for a skate part; rounding off just shy of ten minutes flat. Yet while the kid has some of the most powerful skate wizardry, I just don’t seem to feel the same excitement as I did when first seeing, say Stevie’s part in The Reason, but that’s probably just my jaded self talking. The part does in fact kick ass. Hilarious inter-titles, (gotta love that Sasquatch) that are only a little over the top with some gratuitous gun and knife play. But anyway, to summarize, this movie is sick as fuck, and proves the PNW is where it’s at. Cascadia! —gordon nicholas
There’s no way that I could ever give the homie video a bad review. Wait... maybe I should take that back. There are bad homie videos, tons of them, but as bad as they get, you can’t help but be stoked that they did something beyond contribute to the massive tidal wave of Youtube and internet media that will bury all of us. That said, this video rules. Winnipeg sucks. Fair enough, right? The brutal winters are insufferable, and the summers are arguably worse with the sweltering heat, dust storms, and clouds of mosquitoes that plague the town. This is the perfect recipe for good people and a thriving skate scene, because in spite of all this sucking, the people have no option but to make it rule. Evan Sinclair kicks things off with the Vaselines. Pat “Donger” Medd brings back the pony and a decent ollie, but Brady “B.T.M.B.” Barf almost steals the show during the Beatles Helter/Skelter. These guys have lots of cannibal friends including all the ‘peg staples and if you pay attention, you’ll even see the McD in the mix. “Z-boys”, Nick Sertulutz and unknown Jake Kuzyk share a good part and Tyler Geurts, the mastermind behind this whole thing, gives himself an impressive last part despite (sorry Tyler) at times appearing to barely be able to ollie up a curb. Now go get yourself to Winnipeg, where the wreck crew will treat you like a king! —dylan doubt
You Gotta Get That!
brett abranmsky, bob reynolds (tf productions)
THIS TIME TOMORROW
Music makes or breaks a video every time, with the only exception being when the skater is so good he then makes the song good, but that’s super rare. For this reason, kids, take the lead from some folks older and wiser than you and steal that shit! You have every right to skate to whatever goddamn song you choose and the chances of any label catching wind of it are slim to none. You Gotta Get That! Is an NC bro video featuring some grown-ass men doing some pretty amazing shit. It also has the ever so styling Gilbert Crocket, Mike Peterson, CL Smooth himself Bobby Worrest, and big poppa’ Dan Murphy (and his dog). The thing I like most about this video is just how honest it is. From well known pros to unknown bros, they’re all basically skating the same local spots, but everyone has their own bag of tricks. Some buttery, some sketchy, all of these dudes are just doing it for the love. No easy way to segway this in here so I’ll just say it: Kyle Berard fucking rips! His part makes me want to skate the same way Stereo videos used to, but in a way a Stereo video never could. Both filmers have parts in the video and there are no sponsors. If this is what skate videos have become, then we have a lot to look forward to. —sandro grison
Whenever this film is brought up in conversation, I instantly think about how nice it is to see a re-birth of Love Park skateboarding and the flowing feel the movie gives its audience. Chris Mulhern’s latest flick provides an eye opening palette of cutty spots and individualistic styles from the East Coast to Great Britain. Rad parts from Lucien Clarke, Rory Milanes, Dave Caddo, Shaun Williams and Jimmy Mcdonald as well as plenty of memorable montages, make this one a must have for your skate video library. The film is definitely best viewed on a television, so you can really get a feel for the locales and hard to skate spots Mulhern has chosen to showcase. He and his friends scoured for more than three years to create This Time Tomorrow, an independently produced film hinged on the conversion from daytime to nighttime shredding. Get out there and support Chris’ hard work in this fading medium of creating full length independent skate movies, or very soon it will be solely the big dogs dropping corporate cookie cutter flicks. —jeremy elkin
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NO AGE intro and photoby kynan tait
— Safford, AZ / Disneyland
— Life / Crass
No Age have been familiar to indie rock fans, regulars at The Smell and subscribers to the DIY, punk/hardcore ethos for years now. But it wasn’t until Los Angeles natives Randy Randall and Dean Spunt began collaborating with Andrew Reynolds’ Altamont Apparel brand that they caught the eyes and ears of an entirely new audience in the formerly bleak “skate rock” circles. Since being shepherded by Reynolds, No Age have travelled to France, scored Altamont’s “The Foreigners” video, collaborated on a line of clothing, toured with “The Goat” and even designed a custom colourway for Emerica’s Archer shoe.
Hopefully, the skateboard industry will continue to embrace these two because despite skate rock’s sordid past, No Age is perhaps a ray of hope for the mainstream, showing that the two terms need not be mutually exclusive.
— Big pants / Tight pants
— Skinhead / Skinhead
NON SKATE BRAND — APC / Dockers
— The Haters / Paul McCarthy
— Patrick Daughters / Alfred Hitchcock
— Thermal Underwear / Balaclava
— Cali Dewitt / Nick Knight
— Chest Hair / Steel Comb
— Minimal African Hardcore Electronic Psych / Funk
— Ethiopian / Mexican
— The Mussolini / Boneless (GSD!)
— i-olite / Ramones cassette
— Theotis Beasley / Ethan Fowler
— 13” Mac book pro / Harley Davidson
— Val Verde, CA / LA, CA
— www.imsosuredude.com / noagela.blogspot.com/
— Brown rice and kale / Ashkaram falafel in NYCAltamonte’s
— Gun Outfit “Possession Sound” / Crass “10 Notes On A Summers Day”
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Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti
the bells sketch ep (hessle audio)
A fresh-faced 21 years old, James Blake has the name and look of an average London youth, which makes his downright freaky music all the more astonishing. Hotly-tipped even before ever finishing a tune on his own, Blake was turning heads as a member of Mount Kimbie’s live show. With last years Air and Lack Thereof 12” and the unforgettable Stop What You’re Doing remix, Blake firmly established himself amongst Joy Orbison and Deadboy as one of the most thrilling young producers to emerge from the shadows of dubstep. The slow balladry of his unnatural, alien grooves, revel between tension and harmony, an effect most evident in his pitch-bent vocals that pack a whallop of melancholy and yearning, remnants of teenage angst suppressed by software. —rj basinillo
round and round b/w mistaken wedding 7-inch (4ad) Leave it to an unstable genius like L.A. lo-fi freak-popper Ariel Pink to turn his back on a trend right at its crest. Pink was one of the first of today’s wave of eccentric bedroomrecorders, and his infamously shitty equipment (his first releases include vocals recorded into a ghetto blaster with cheap headphones as a mic and drum sounds produced entirely by Ariel’s mouth), led to some extremely inspired and offbeat tunes. Now, after years of clearing out his archive (he recorded over a dozen albums before getting signed and they’ve been slowly trickling out), he’s got a deal with 4AD, a real band, and a proper recording studio. So what does an Ariel Pink song sound like when it’s got immaculately clean and glossy production? Surprisingly enough, it sounds fucking amazing. His weirdness hasn’t been diluted at all, it’s just been focused. His upcoming LP is going to own. —saelan twerdy
So, Dan Snaith has spent some time at Plastic People in London, watching legendary DJ Theo Parrish, who he credited in a recent interview as having no small inspiration on his work on Swim. This influence is apparent in different ways throughout the album as Snaith experiments. The weirdo-boogie of both “Odessa” and “Leave House” are clearly built on disco grooves, and “Blow,” “Sun,” and “Jamelia” all draw on that familiar throb of minimal techno. But Snaith is as interested in toying with timbre as he is with reconstructing the rhythmic elements of dance-floor oriented music. And Swim really throws everything into the pool: horns, strings (including a harp) and woodwinds crest alongside synths, sequencers and Snaith’s own voice with remarkable clarity and melody. Snaith’s inventiveness, oddness and talent make Swim a consistently beautiful record. He’s edged out his pal Four Tet for my favourite record of the year so far.
Over the course of their previous four records, Liars have made a career out of surprising people. But on Sisterworld, the only surprise is that they haven’t delivered another 180 degree stylistic turn: if you’ve followed the band since they dropped their debut noisy dance-punk, you’ll recognize most of the tricks on this one. Tracks like “Here Comes People” would nuzzle up nicely with the tense drones and rhythms on Drums Not Dead and the frenetic buzz of “Scarecrows On A Killer Slant” could have been lifted off of their last LP. Opener, “Scissor,” splits the difference starting slow and tense before the rhythm section kicks into high gear and some sinister sound guitars come crashing in. If you’ve come to expect and look forward to the kind of album-to-album schizophrenia that the band’s displayed in the past, you might come away a touch disappointed, but Sisterworld is still another solid entry into a consistently strong catalogue of records.
totaled (we are free/monitor)
In their six-year existence,(nine if you count the releases under their initial name, Swarm Of Angels), Austin’s Indian Jewelry has had a strange journey, full of sharp left turns from one release to the next. Their debut album was a treacherous crawl along barren midnight Texas highways, while later they would do full-on industrial drone works, which inevitably threw a few fans for a loop. However, for their newest release, Totaled, the band have culled together their previous explorations, creating an intense atmosphere that utilizes their penchant for bent kraut-guitar, deep and buzzy synths, those trademark warped vocals, and electronicallytreated drums that don’t sound far off from the Cure’s dark masterpiece, Pornography. In fact, the record is a successful blend of 80s electro-goth, early industrial, and bleak kraut, making for one of the most unique records of 2010 and Indian Jewelry’s best effort to date. —mark richardson
no. 3 (secretly canadian)
If you know what JJ’s No. 2 was all about (sultry, minimal Swedish synth-pop with a hard-on for hip-hop), then you already know what No. 3 is about. JJ basically stays the course, opening with a cover of Lil Wayne’s hook on the Game’s “My Life,” which they segue into a slow and balmy retake of APC’s “Around the World.” Despite a few misses (“Let Go” and “Light” don’t belong anywhere outside of a gift shop / incense store), No. 3 does provide decent payoff. “You Know” is a solid pop tune and “Into the Light” is straight-up JJ doing what they do best with a great New Order guitar solo and some crazy soccer announcer samples thrown in for good measure. It seems like No. 3 is proof that JJ work best when they try the least. Enough (although, probably only just enough) material on No. 3 that meets this criteria that it should yield at least a few good listens. And even if you disagree, it’s still a handy album to have around if you think you’ll be knocking boots soon. —michael barrow
In and Out and Back Again (Hozac)
After creating a mob of frothing fans by releasing a handful of limited 7-inches on taste-making labels like Sweet Rot, Needless, and Zoo Music, Austin’s Woven Bones release their full length debut on Chicago’s unstoppable Hozac Records. “Blind Conscience” starts the record off in atypical Woven Bones fashion; a lumbering rhythm section props up a slowly strummed fuzz-and-feedback-riddled guitar, all played at a quarter of the speed we’re used to hearing from this normally raucous threepiece. The rest of the tracks maintain their original aesthetic of white-knuckled garage burners doused with a touch of Jesus and Mary Chain-esque leather jacket feedback. Admittedly, for the casual listener Woven Bones may blend a little too easily within the crowded garage scene currently bubbling over in the US, but their sound is burly and hook-laden enough to elbow some room for your attention. —mark richardson
contact, love, want, have (hyperdub)
With all the theory applied to the current flux in UK dance music, one almost forgets how enjoyable the tunes can be on a basic level. Enter Ikonika, a.k.a. 25-year-old Sara-Abdel Hamid, whose Casio-tinged sound has played an important role in invigorating the fringes of dubstep since she entered the scene with her keynote-setting Please/Simulacrum 12-inch for Hyperdub in 2008. Her trademark synth leads are showcased all over the record. Ikonika herself likens her synths to a voice that “sings for her.” Almost echoing the auto-tuned machination of mainstream R&B, Ikonika’s “voice” evokes a sense of the ubiquity of technology, our immersion in it and reliance on it. The warmth of her synth tones and the innocence of their playful disorder however, lend the record a remarkable sense of the human and the organic. The end result is some of the poppiest and most inviting music that the outer limits of dubstep have produced, tethered to the scene’s core exclusively by wall-rattling sub-bass. —rj basinillo
Bonnie “Prince” Billy & the Cairo Gang
A Sufi and a Killer (Warp)
Prins Thomas s/t (full pupp)
The Wonder Show of the World (Drag City) The Warp debut of L.A. native and supposed wandering desert shaman Gonjasufi, is a disorienting affair. Much can be made of the Sufi himself; his cracked singing voice sun-dried and rasping, extemporizing a cryptic brand of hermetic logic. Despite his affectations, Gonjasufi displays quite a range over the album’s nineteen tracks, from the whispery, defeated balladry of “Sheep” to the aggressive Tom Waits-like wail of “She Gone” to the top-down, palms-out funk of “Candylane.” The latter is backed by the production of Mainframe who, along with Flying Lotus, provides the album’s most digitized moments, but it’s the incomparable Gaslamp Killer who helms the bulk of the production. The Gaslamp Killer’s brand of hip-hop evokes the same fuzzy psychedelia and cultural déja-vu espoused by hauntologists like The Focus Group and the world-class crate diggers at the Finders Keepers label. The whole is a mystifying, cerebral affair - as if you would expect anything less from A Sufi and A Killer. —rj basinillo
This record seems pretty unassuming at first. You don’t expect surprises from Will Oldham, so you just notice little things. For example, he’s taking a break from the lush arrangements of his last two albums: this one is extremely spare and stripped-down. Most of the songs are just guitar and voice, with occasional drums, and there are a lot of very sweet harmonies. A Crosby, Stills, and Nash vibe begins to emerge. The mood is overwhelmingly casual and easygoing. Melodies seem to form effortlessly and songs develop at their leisure, seemingly by whim instead of plan or intent. But give it some time, let the lyrics sink in, and what seemed airy becomes surprisingly dense. The 39-year-old Oldham may have mellowed, but he hasn’t faltered. Throughout the album’s ten songs, he doles out various bits of wisdom and casually follows a line like “I believe these are end times,” with “Wouldn’t it be best to be together then? The smell of your box on my mustache or a crossword on our mind.” In other words, this album is a treat. Enjoy. —saelan twerdy
A new album of laid-back cosmic vibes on a smoothed-out krautrock tip? It's usually a strong selling point, but like any dutiful record nerd, I fear that I've drank in too much of it over the last few years. Here, on his first solo effort after loads of singles, re-mixes, and two stellar collaborative LPs with fellow Norwegian Hans-Peter Lindstrøm, Prins Thomas offers business-as-usual with a strong reference check: Neu!, Cluster, Harmonia, and Ashra are embedded in motorik beats, arpeggiated synth lines and double-delay guitar swirls, all with that nouveau-Balearic shimmer that he and Lindstrøm excel at. Throw in wink-wink song titles ("Sauerkraut," "Wendy Not Walter") and some of that broadly-defined "space-disco" that bloggers keep going on about and you have an altogether pleasant listen. If you've been on a protracted Italo/kraut/kosmiche downloading (err, research) bender, though, it risks coming off as a little too derivative. Or maybe he needs Hans-Peter's help to bring out the real juice. Either way, it'll still work nicely at your favourite local wine bar. —christopher olson
Art Museums rough frame (woodsist)
The Art Museums are a duo comprised of Glenn Donaldson and Josh Alper, both of whom spent the last decade or so playing in various bands within the Jewelled Antler Collective (Thuja, Skygreen Leopards, Giant Skyflower Band, and Blithe Sons, to name a few). The results are miles away from the dense and experimental folk of their past. Whereas the group’s former bands enlisted an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink approach to folk, the duo employ little more than a drum machine, guitars, and their faux-British vocals for a refreshing exercise in minimalist pop. The obvious reference point, not just in tempo and style but in blatant similarity, is the Television Personalities, though the Art Museums also manage to evoke the sparse quietude of the Young Marble Giants and the four-track bedroom pop of the Tall Dwarfs. Guitars strummed gleefully out of time are backed by a static-tinged drum machine, while the duo croon of modern girls and Paris cafés – pretty refreshing if you’re getting burned out on San Fran’s recent glut of garage offerings. —mark richardson
dark ages (metal blade)
Bison were British Columbia’s finest metal export long before they added the prehistoric/West coast “B.C.” suffix (for legal reasons), and fear not, their groovy, brutish ballsack riffage continues to plow forward like a stampeding beast in heat. Four dudes who really love a good riff, the Bison boys tap that same fountain of unashamed, over-amped, progressive-thinking goodness as Mastodon, Priestess, High on Fire and Baroness, but confidently stand alone. A haunting French horn opens “Stressed Elephant,” – in lieu of the Wendigo-beckoning cello from 2008’s Quiet Earth – while Druidic chants reverberate through “Fear Cave,” and old-timey steel strings gracefully transform into a monstrous metal behemoth on “Melody, This is For You.” In all, it’s a wider-ranging, carefully-mixed slab of epic Bison beef, but frostier, riffier, and uglier too: A big win. But the weirdest thing? Four minutes into “Two-Day Booze” comes a brief, overdubbed, stadium-sized, Bon Jovi-esque “Woaaaah Oohh...!” sing-along, ploppin’ out of nowhere. Awesome? —david bertrand
Moon Duo Escape (Woodsist)
Anyone left a little underwhelmed with the last Wooden Shjips LP has some serious rejoicing to do with the release of this new Moon Duo disc. Initially just the solo project of Ripley Johnson, lead singer and guitarist from the Wooden Shjips, Moon Duo has now been expanded into a duo with the addition of keyboardist Sanae Yamada. Those familiar with the motorik pulse of the Shjips will not be surprised here, but the four songs offered are vastly more exciting than what we’ve heard from the mothershjip lately. Album opener, “Motorcycle, I Love You”, is an eight-minute shredder that takes the menacing, obsessive percussion of Suicide and runs it through a krautrock grinder. On the flip side, “Stumbling 22nd Street” is a laidback cruiser that finds Ripley ripping out a fuzz-riddled solo through the entire track, with Yamada laying down a thick keyboard groove underneath. Moon Duo successfully manage to split the difference between the early years of the Shjips, when they seemed keener on bashing our senses, and their more recent mellowed out stage: good news for all involved. —mark richardson
rough travel for a rare thing (drag city)
In his twenty years of songwriting, indie-rock icon Bill Callahan (the man formerly known as Smog) has never recorded a live album. Given that his songs tend to be intensely personal (if cryptic) dispatches, I’m not sure that anyone was dying to hear a recording of Callahan doing his thing in a room full of people. His albums usually sound like one man alone in a room with his bitterness – or, more recently, one man alone outdoors with his thoughts – and they also encourage solitary listening, maybe with headphones. That said, Rough Travel for a Rare Thing is an excellent recording, drawing heavily from 2005’s A River Ain’t Too Much To Love, with a few reaches into the back catalogue for gems like “Bowery” and “Cold-Blooded Old Times,” which gets a particularly good rendition here, with a full band and a string section. Rough Travel may not be an essential purchase, especially if you’ve got most of Callahan’s albums and have seen him once or twice, but it’s a good listen and makes for a decent introduction or best-of for newbies…though a few newer tunes would have been appreciated. —saelan twerdy
east general (mexican summer)
When we talked to Toronto duo (Aerin Fogel on vocals, drums, organ, and sax, and Ben Cook of Fucked Up on guitars and bass), they said they were listening pretty much exclusively to late 80s punk and early 90s rock and that they wanted to move away from the super lo-fi scene and record some cleaner music. The latter isn’t much in evidence here – East General is a churning swelter of feedback and distortion – but the smell of grunge is all over this disc. The aptly-titled opener, “Wild Beast,” smashes out of the gate with herky-jerk slabs of Jesus Lizard-esque buzzsaw guitar and “Feelin’ Good” sounds more like Nirvana than almost any band I’ve heard in a decade. Fogel owns this record with her dramatic yowl, matching Cook’s dense guitar work blow-for-blow with her sultry (and often vaguely sinister) vocals, which fully deserve the frequent comparisons to Exene Cervenka. Nothing here is quite as catchy as their phenomenal earlier single, “Warrior,” but their sound is remarkably distinctive, given their reference points, and I’d bet they’ve got even better things to come. —saelan twerdy colORMAGAZINE.CA
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8.3SE out July, 2010 Not only is Riley Boland our cover boy and feature interview, he is also part of Calgary’s elite Cheese Dicks Gang (google it), which is a perfect segway into our upcoming “crew” special issue. Here, he proves that not all covers are posed. Ollie wall banger. Vancouver, BC doubtphoto.
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