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Swimmer’s Ear Magazine Editors

Adam Sever Chris Pernula

Contributors

Joe Blum - Huge Thanks Brian Perry Mike Carlson Eric Widi Chris Dietz Brad Delong

“We’re there when you need us”

Cover: Jesse Reed by Joe Blum

Issue Fourteen


Memo: Carrying the skateboard, while riding the bike?

Why do kids carry their skateboards while riding their bikes? That's like towing your car to a parking lot so you can park it. Why use one form of transportation when your going to ride it when you get to your destination anyway. If the kids rode their skateboards to where they were going, their stability on the skateboard would improve a thousand times. Being comfortable on your skateboard is very important in skateboarding. You could be a skater that does really technical tricks, but what's the point if you can barely stay on your board when approaching or landing those tricks. Today I saw a kid holding his skateboard while inline skating. What’s the point of that, you are using your feet and legs anyway, put them on a skateboard. If you are going to skateboard, then use it as transportation. Your skill will improve and you’ll get more exercise.


Variance

lets hit the road and leave our names at home

BEEP BEEP

Despistado

“Business Casual” Saddle Creek

“The Emergency Response” Jade Tree

“Business Casual” is a very good cd. The music is inventive and danceable. The singing is ok too. On some songs, the vocals become extremely creepy, to a point of uncomfortableness. Listen for yourself.

I have never heard a band sound so original but still sound like many other bands, until I heard Saskatuwan’s Despistado. “The Emergency Response” sounds like Modest Mouse, for it’s overall sound, Cap’n Jazz, for it’s energy and youthfulness, Minneapolis’s The Vets, for it’s guitars, and Minneapolis’s Hidden Chord, for it’s vocals. If you were to categorize this cd, it would fall under “Ass Shaking”. Despistado will make you want to dance.

Harkonen/Thes e Arms Are Snakes “Like a Virgin” Hydra Head Whoever decided to put these two Pacific Northeast bands on one cd was genius. 2 songs alternating by each band and one final song featuring both bands playing together. The final song “Touched for the Very First Time” is brilliant. Both bands play loud and violently.

Maritime

Onelinedrawing

“Glass Floor” Desoto

“The Volunteers” Jade Tree

Maritime’s follow up to their self released “Adios” Ep is filled with pop songs unlike the ones they played as the Promise Ring. The songs on “Glass Floor” are mature and more structured than any of The Promise Ring’s albums. A couple of the songs feature trumpets and saxaphones that make the songs more fun. Other songs have cellos and violins. If you’re looking for a reason why Davey wasn’t happy playing in the Promise Ring, than look no further then the song “Sleep Around”. With lyrics like these: “I can’t live my life like a pop song anymore // I want to get lost in my life and letters”. We hear you Davey.

If you like Onelinedrawing’s previous album, “Visitors”, I’m sure you’ll like this one. Intimate and emotional songs played on acoustic guitars by Jonah. Two songs feature full bands and are nice opposites to the slower songs. This CD features mp3 demo versions of songs on the album.


Variance

you can’t look at the sky without looking right through it

Pedro the Lion

Sparta

The Comas

The Good Life

The National

“Achilles Heel” Jade Tree

“Porcelain” Dreamworks

“Conductor” Yep Roc

“Album of the Year” Saddle Creek

“Cherry Tree” Saddle Creek

“Achilles Heel” is Pedro the Lion’s best album to date. The only bad thing is, Pedro the Lion has a particular sound that is evident on each album, which makes some of the new music seem kind of redundant.

“Porcelain” is a great follow up to Sparta’s debut “Wiretap Scars”. On Porcelain, singer Jim Ward wrote most of the lyrics and it gives “Porcelain” a more personal feel. This cd also is a lot more rocking than their previous album. Producer Mike Major wanted to make “Porcelain” sound more like Sparta’s live shows, so the band played all the parts together not separately. Also, they booked 6 weeks for recording to allow for experimenting and going in different musical directions. The end result is a well played album that should multiply in their live show.

Before listening to Conductor, put in the companion DVD. Watch as all the songs on the CD come to life in a computer animated story. Each song has a different chapter to the story. Then every time you listen to the CD you will see those images on the DVD in the back of your mind. Conductor is a collection of slow pop song and fuzzed out rock songs.

You may remember Tim Kashner from Cursive. They put out a great album called “The Ugly Organ”. The Good Life is Tim plus a bunch of friends and the sound is a lot different than Cursive. While Cursive is kind of angular and experimental sounding, The Good Life has more of a traditional indie music sound. There are some really good songs on this album, but I was a little disappointed because the songs on their previous EP were faster.

I’m not a big fan of T h e N a t i o n a l ’s music. The lead singer’s voice is deep and slow and it kinda makes me sleepy. The instruments were ok. I’m sure that there are a bunch of people that would like this CDep. If you liked their last album “Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers” then you’d probably like this EP. I’m sure in a few years I’ll totally love this album, but right now I don’t


Variance

Trying to be a natural asshole

Helio Sequence

Liars Academy

“Love and Distance” Sub Pop

“Demons” Equal Vision

When I hear the song Don't Look Away, I immediately get the sensation of being in Super Mario World. I'm cruising around on Yoshi, totally jacked up from all the mushrooms, rocking The Helio Sequence on my ipod. A lot of the other songs are kinda mellow, so I just keep playing that track over and over. I'm not greedy, so I put the headphones on Yoshi, and it just makes him go faster. He glances over his shoulder with an enormous grin, probably wondering how something that was recorded in basements and garages sounds so good. I shrug and grin back as we enter the red light district. Luigi's gotta be around here somewhere. I want him to hear this...

I had not heard Liars Academy before I got their new “Demons” album. With a album name like “Demons,” I thought it would be a lot heavier. The album is solid, but the sound is generic and unoriginal. It could be popular among mainstream types because it sounds like popular rock music. If you’re looking for a typical rock album, this one is for you, but if you want something that you haven’t heard before, don’t bother with this album.

Palomar

Tahiti 80

TapesNTapes

“Palomar 3: Revenge of Palomar” RCB Recording Co

“A Piece of Sunshine” Minty Fresh Records

“s/t” Ibid Records

My three year old daughter loves this CD. Whenever were in the car, she tells me to play it. I can see why see loves it, it’s a very fun CD to listen to, and it has great hooks and melodies. Plus it’s easy to sing along to.

These French fellows have put out a real tickler that's definitely worth checking out. Upbeat yet mellow at the same time, "A Piece of Sunshine" is eight wonderful tunes that go perfect with a plate of French toast, fries, bread, and dressing. But wait, there's more. This is a two disc set! The second disk features six videos for your viewing AND listening pleasure. The best one is A Love From Outer Space. It's main characters are little lego astronauts, and it's oh so romantic. Reminds me of the time I went into space. What, you've never been?

In a scene full of juice boxes, overrun with their bland, flat sides and sharp corners, Tapes 'n Tapes is the Capri Sun pouch. With their inviting pillow shape and shiny foil exterior, this group is a refreshing change from the normal beverages accompanying my lunches as of late. You may be new to the flavor, so it might take a couple listenings to adjust to the taste. But once you do, damn is it sweet. This disc is a mere seven songs, which will only leave you thirsty and wanting more.


Variance

Just hold me closer, till this execution’s over

Ratatat “s/t” XL Review of the odd-numbered songs on this album. The first track, "Seventeen Years", is by far the most rocking on the album. It's one of the few songs that makes me wish I had a system in my car. I'd cruise through my shitty little suburb, blowing the minds of all the squares, shattering all the windows at Applebee's as I get onto the freeway to somewhere worthwhile. The cars behind me would be visually distorted from my subs shaking the hell out of my rearview mirror as I accelerate with no intentions of slowing down. And when I said "few songs" I don't mean on this CD, I mean songs in general. Yeah, it's that good. The rest aren't as energetic, which was kind of a let down. Track #11 is a good closing tune. Something to help put the kids to bed. -Chris The even numbered sound fairly similar. They are good to listen to when your doing chores or just want to relax. Compared to the odd numbered songs, the even ones aren’t as good. - Adam

Breather Resist “Charmer” Jade Tree Suspect: Breather Resist Offense: Brutal Slaying of CD Player and Speakers On Aug 5, 04, the suspect known as Breather Resist unleashed a brutal attack on numerous CD players and speakers. When all was said and done, 34 were left dead. They are considered to be armed with heavy guitars and ear piercing vocals. Do not approach and be cautioned of their sound. It may be fatal.

The Mendoza Line “Fortune” Bar None/Misra “Fortune” is 13 songs that are well crafted and have great songwriting. The sound ranges from indie to twangy country guitars with alternating male and female vocals.

Maplewood

Frog Eyes

“s/t” Tee Pee Records

“The Folded Palm” Absolutely Kosher

Maplewood is lush twelve string acoustic guitars and three part harmonies. Easily something that you can listen to while you’re driving through a forest or a desert or while working on the computer writing music reviews. Maplewood’s self titled debut is a good listen. The whole album is acoustic and somewhat slow, but it’s nice to relax to.

Where do I begin. The vocals remind me of Bright Eyes, Meatloaf, or that comedian with the crazy voice, Bobcat Goithwait. Sometimes the vocals sound like Jonathan Davis, form Korn, whispery voice. Anyway this 4 piece Canadian band has a very original and unique sound that can only be described by listening to it.


Interview

with Al B

urian

What made you want to start Challenger? The band started sort of spontaneously-- Dave Laney was working on recording some fast punk songs on his own, and it was pretty natural for me to add a guitar track or a bass track here and there. Eventually, we were collaborating on a project which seemed like it was different enough from Milemarker to warrant being its own thing. We made a demo, sent the recording to Jade Tree, they liked it, so it all took off pretty easily, without having to think it through too much. What bands/music influenced the way Challenger would sound? Dave was listening to a lot of 80's SST stuff, and a lot of early hardcore -Agent Orange, Bad Brains. He came up with a lot of basic song structures and then I'd usually try to come up with something to add that went in the opposite direction of wherever he was going. We'd throw ideas back and forth until we felt like we'd gotten to where the songs had a weird quality of their own, not to say it's uncategorizable music- it's pretty clearly "upbeat punk rock" but hopefully it's not specifically derivative of anything in particular. How long did it take to write and record "Give People What They Want In Lethal Doses"? We wrote the songs over spring and summer of 2003, got Remis (the drummer on the record) playing with us in early summer, recorded in August 2003. We recorded in Lincoln, Nebraska, at Presto! recording studio, which was a great experience. The recording took a little over two weeks. How do the sounds of Challenger and Milemarker compare, and do you think fans of Milemarker will automatically enjoy Challenger? Milemarker tries to confound expectations, so when we have the sense that people have us pigeon-holed as one thing we try to shift towards something else. I think of Milemarker as a pretty experimental, open-ended band. Challenger has the opposite approach, in a way, it's very structured and oriented toward working in the three minute rock song format. I really don't know whether people who like Milemarker will "automatically" like Challenger. To me, they sound pretty different, but I've had other people say, yeah, it's you and Dave, just playing a little faster. So I don't know. I guess we'll see. For some reason, when ever I hear the song "Input the Output", it reminds me of skateboarding in the mid 90's, is there any song that when you hear it, it reminds you of a certain period in your life? Sure, of course. I think a neat thing about records is the idea of it in a literal sense as a "record," meaning that it encapsulates some period of time for you. You connect to angry music at times when you feel angry, or a love song at some time when you're in love- and then later on you've got this soundtrack to how you felt. Sometimes you'll hear stuff you used to listen to and think, "man this music is insane, I can't believe this spoke to me, I was really pissed," and sometimes you'll feel like "I still relate to this exactly, I haven't changed too much," and that's a cool feeling, because it gives your life continuity. I wasn't skating in the mid 90's, but I take your association as a compliment, because I imagine (or, I guess, hope) you mean that the song reminds you of the energy of those times, and makes you feel still connected to that part of yourself. I think it's really cool when music can do that. The song Unemployment I can easily relate to because I have been unemployed for the last 5 months, was this song written from personal experiences of being unemployed? I have been unemployed or marginally employed for most of my adult life, though I would never try to pass myself off as some kind of blue-collar posterchild or unlucky working stiff. I'm basically a slacker, I have made the conscious choice to pursue the things that have meaning for me and give me happiness over financial security, steady job, etc. The song, on a personal level, is about realizing the repercussions of that decision: I don't have a trust fund or a rich family to fall back on, so deciding to engage in "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" (that's the American dream, right?) essentially means deciding to be poor. On a broader level, I hope people can relate to it (statistically, it should have an audience of millions who can relate) more generally, just the sentiment that everyone deserves to be happy doing what they do, to not only have work but have work which means something to them. The title of your full length is "Give People What They Want In Lethal Doses". What do you want people to get out of this album? It's not an overtly political album, but the general theme is excess and people's obsession with instant gratification. We were hoping the record would "give people what they want" on first impression- that it would be musically accessible and deal with themes that are easy to relate to, almost clichĂŠsbut that on further listens, you might get more of the "lethal dose" aspect, for instance, realize that a song which might on the surface seem about a relationship is actually about the way we relate in a broader sense, about people's unhealthy reaction to loneliness, or the destruction of intimacy when people objectify each other. A lot of the songs deal with drugs and substance abuse as well, not trying to make a moral yes/no statement, but more thinking about how easy it is to substitute the quick fix for real feelings. Living in a country where 8% of the population consumes 25% of the resources of the world, and then suffers from obesity, illness, and body image disorders, we have to ask ourselves, are we really happy getting whatever we want whenever we want it?


Will you be touring in support of the new album? Yeah, we're going to tour the US in March-April and hopefully Europe in May-June. What's next after the tour, will you be working on a new Milemarker album or taking a break? We haven't really planned that far in advance. There has been talk of recording a Milemarker album, and we do have a few new songs, but so far its in the abstract stage. For now we're thinking about the current thing, which is the Challenger record coming out. We try to do things one step at a time. Both Al and Dave are known for your zines, Burn Collector and Media Reader. What do you feel is the importance of zines and what are some zines you think every one should check out? I work at a store in Chicago that stocks tons of zines and so it is really hard for me to point to any one zine that everyone should read. There's sort of something for everyone out there, I think. That's kind of the beauty of it, cheap reproduction technology combined with freedom of press equals increased exchange of ideas, which is more important than ever now. Howard Zinn (author of A People's History of the United States) has a new book out, and he devotes a chapter to the importance of "the pamphlet" in the history of the United States. The federalist papers were basically zines. People tend to think of their small exertions as not having much impact, but there are plenty of examples where something very modest has impacted people far out of proportion with its circulation or initial sphere of influence. In some ways, maybe the web has taken over for the printed pamphlet, but I do think there is still something powerful about an actual physical object, the inherent idea that someone cared enough to make X number of physical copies, fold and staple them, get them out into the world to be read and passed on. How did you get into making zines and what have you learned in the process of making them? I got into it because I saw people doing it, and it seemed like an easy way to communicate something about yourself to people. I started out making them just to hand out at shows, so that even if you didn't get a chance to talk to everyone you wanted to, you'd still have some sort of interaction, maybe start a conversation which would continue in correspondence. I'm kind of surprised to find myself still doing it years later, and getting so much response from it. I try not to take it too seriously- people sometimes refer to me as a "writer" but I feel like, hey, I'm just a guy who makes zines. At the same time, I know people who really want nothing more than to be a writer, and spend years getting rejection letters from publishers and literary magazines and becoming embittered by the whole process. This makes me feel kind of guilty, because I feel like I'm enjoying phenomenal success compared to my relatively small effort. I get letters all the time from people who seem to have been effected by something I wrote, and have even been told I'm someone's "favorite writer" once or twice- which seems totally crazy to me. But, it goes to show, I think, that you have to just get it out there, in whatever format, without worrying about the legitimacy or how it looks on your resumĂŠ. With zines, and with bands, I stand by the DIY principle, not as a matter of ideology, but as a matter of a matter of practicality. For anyone that doesn't know, what are each of your zines about, and where can we purchase them? Dave's Media Reader is a political/cultural criticism magazine that generally consists of articles, interviews and political graphics. Most issues are free. My Burn Collector is a personal zine which is basically me rambling about whatever is going on with me at the time. We both make and contribute to other magazines as well, and our stuff can be found at stickfiguredistro.com. Otherwise, you can get stuff direct or reach our band at challengermusic.com.

In Japan

Interview with Jessica Hopper

What kinds of things did you do when not playing shows? Slept in the van, wandered around exhausted and wide-eyed, ate things with squid in them.

How do the fans in Japan compare to the fans in the U.S.? About the same -- marginal familiarity with us.

For being such a new band, how did you get the chance to go to Japan? Denali broke up, and that opened up their slot.

Did you bring all your gear on the plane? Guitars -- we backlined everything. Thats standard in Japan. Clubs have equipment for the bands to use.

Was their anything you learned about Japan during your stay there? I think to say I learned much about Japan, or it's people would be presumptuous, or at least terribly American of me, to feign understanding simply by observation. The things I learned are debatable -- other than experiential things, like Sushi in the 7-11 is better than at home in Chicago and it costs about 2 dollars. That people are very hospitable, that we were hosted graciously. That the temples are beautiful and the freeways are epicly frightful.

Are there Japanese bands the could be big in the U.S. or any bands that really impressed you? Nissen non Mondai, three women, from Tokyo, who were really frenetic and primalist. Kind of a kin to Turing Machine or This heat. Do you think it would be easier being a band in Japan or the U.S.? US by a long shot. In Japan, from what I understood, you rent practice space by the hour, use equipment there, or in the club. It's harder to get around, not many people have cars or drive.

What kind of experiences did you take away from this trip? Immense culture shock. I handled Japan the worst out of the whole band, really.


18 Frames Per Second The History of Super 8 Interview with Coan “Buddy” Nichols Super 8 Resources


The history of Super 8 “For years, the Eastman Kodak Company had worked to develop a system of movie equipment and film that would be easy enough for the advanced amateur photographer to use, yet reasonably affordable. The result was the Sixteen Millimeter "Cine Kodak" Camera and the Kodascope Projector". The camera itself weighed about seven pounds, and had to be handcranked at two turns per second during filming. A tripod was included in the package, all of which cost a whopping $335.00! And this in a time when a new Ford automobile could be purchased for $550.00. Thus, Home Movie Making was not an inexpensive hobby, but one that was capable of exciting, high-quality results. By 1932, with America in the throes of the Great Depression, a new format, the "Cine Kodak Eight", was introduced. Utilizing a special 16mm film which had double the number of perforations on both sides, the film maker would run the film through the camera in one direction, then reload and expose the other side of the film, the way an audio cassette is used today. Since the 8mm frame was one-quarter the size of "sixteen", this method reduced by a factor of four the amount of film necessary to give the same running time - four minutes - as a standard one-hundred- foot length of 16mm stock. After development, the laboratory would slit the film lengthwise down the center, and splice one end to the other, yielding fifty feet of finished 8mm movies. The success of 8mm film was almost immediate, and within about fifteen years, 16mm film became almost exclusively a format of the professional filmmaker. By the 1950's, 8mm home movie cameras were a common sight at family parties, special events and on vacations. In the 1960's, research began on an improved system of home movie products that would also have potential use in Audio-Visual Applications. Eastman scientists sought to further simplify the movie-making process while improving the quality of the pictures. Scientists were asked to create this new product unencumbered by existing technology. Rather, some of the best features from previous formats would be considered. The concept of a cartridge-loading movie camera had been around since 1936, when it was introduced with the Cine-Kodak Magazine 16mm Camera. This time, however, the film cartridges would be made of injection-molded plastic, rather than metal, which required hand-manufacture and were subject to jamming. The 8mm size was retained for reasons of economy, but with several significant improvements: Cartridge loading eliminated the threading of the film.No flipping of the film load was required; the entire 50-foot cartridge could be shot without interruption. Rather than manufacture both a "Daylight" and a "Type-A" (Tungsten) form of the new film, each Super 8 Camera would have a built-in filter, making it possible to make only the "Type A"" product, which could be used in either kind of light. The perforations (sprocket holes) were reduced in size, allowing for a wider image area that was about 50% larger than standard 8mm film. Maximizing the film width was a concept that originated in France by Pathe, with their 9.5mm camera system. The perforations were also moved to a point adjacent to the center of the film frame, making steady registration simpler. 16mm and standard 8mm formats had placed the perforation at the corners of the frame to reduce fogging of the image at the head and tail of the roll caused during loading of the film. Since Super 8 was a cartridge-loaded product, this was no longer an issue. Virtually all Super 8 Cameras would have builtin light meters, a feature dating back to the early 1950's in 16mm and 1960 in 8mm cameras. The cartridge itself provided information to the camera about the speed (ASA) of the film inside and filter information in the case of black-andwhite products. Precision notches were set at specific points on the edge of the cartridge, activating mechanical or electronic switches in most Super 8 Cameras. Most Super 8 Cameras were built with battery-powered motors, eliminating the need to wind a spring-driven transport. In April of 1965, this revolutionary new format was introduced, and while the marketplace has changed in the past thirty years, new generations of filmmakers with film projects and applications which were non-existent in the 1960's have come to embrace the small film. Many of today's great cinematographers and directors began their careers decades ago, at the counter of their local photo shop, buying a cartridge of Super 8 film.�(Source: www.kodak.com) Cine Kodak Royal 16mm Movie Camera

Keystone K25 Capri 8mm Movie Camera

Keystone Olympic K32 8mm Movie Camera


Interview with Coan Nichols How did you get into shooting with super 8? i got into shooting super 8 because I didn't have enough money to buy a video camera and I saw a bell and howell super 8 for $45 brand new- I bought the cam and 2 rolls of film- I shot the film and brought it to this pharmacy that offered developing for b/w film- I got the film back and had to buy a projector to watch it- I found one that weekend- as soon as I saw the footage I was hooked- it looks so amazing on the wall- 10 times better than when its transferred to videoYou’ve made 4 films now, does shooting with super 8 get easier with each film you make? we've actually made 5 films because skateparks of Oregon and Ecuador is 2 films on one tape- shooting on super gets easier because you know better what works and what doesn't- some stuff that seems like it wouldn't work is really cool- so it is less stressful but it is always scary to shoot $3,000 worth of one of a kind footage without seeing any of it- I have nightmares on the road near the end of a trip- what if there's a hair in the gate or the light meter doesn't work- so much stupid crap can happen when all of the equipment is like 40 years old In your opinion, who makes the best Super 8 cameras? my favorite camera is a cannon that I have- we also have a great eumig underwater camera- I don't know much about brands- we shoot with cheesey $25 thrift store, flea market cameras and they seem to work greatWhere are the best places to find a good cheap super 8 camera? flea markets, yard sales, pawn shops- one reason I love super 8 so much is that it is like a throw away technology- video came out and it is easier and more reliable so everyone just bailed on super 8- all this great technology is just left aside like garbage- it seems that just getting an image out of one of the cameras is a miracleHow much time goes into making each film? we shoot 50 ft. daylight loads- we shoot from 200 reels to 20 reels depending on the length and how much money we have that monthWhat are the best/worst things about shooting with super 8 film? the best thing is seeing the footage- everything looks great in film- walking down the street looks cool- there really isn't isn't a worst thing- we use it because it is all we can afford- we want to shoot on film and this is the format thats availableKodakBrownie 8mm Movie Camera

Revere M50 8mm Movie Camera

Kodak M2 First Super 8mm Movie Camera


For people that don't know much about super 8 film, how much does one roll of film cost and how many minutes of film do you get for that roll? this is the breakdown- 50 ft at 18 fps is about 3 minutes- that cost $11 to buy, $12 to process and then you have to transfer it to video if you want to put it into the computer- if you want to get gnarley and cut and tape it then you just need the special tape and a razor blade- so basically 3 minutes is $20- $25- a projector helps tooWhat has been the hardest part about making any of your 4 films? the hardest part of any of them is dealing with the super 8- it is not intended for making long format stuff so it is kind of a chore sometimes- there is a place in Burbank, ca called super 8 sound or pro 8mm (same place) and they make everything easy and great but it costs some $$$-

How much money goes into making a super 8 film, like your latest film Northwest? All our films cost just about $10,000- $15,000. That is without paying ourselves for 4-5 months of work. Do you ever shoot 16mm film? If yes, How do you think it compares to super 8? We just a 16mm and we are starting to mess with it. It has a whole different look to it. It looks real and not so dreamy as super 8. It’s like hi 8mm video vs. beta sp. video. In an interview with Heckler one of you said “Personally, I don’t really like the way video looks that much.” referring to digital video. What is it about the look DV that you don’t like? Video is fine for what it is. The person using the film or video has a lot to do with how good it is. What kind of equipment is used to get the super 8 film onto the computer, or do you use the scissors and tape method of editing you films? You need a projector, DV camera and a firewire cable and some kind of editing software. Everything else is trial and error until it looks as good as possibleDo you currently have any new films in the works? Our new effort is called TENT CITY. It is a skate, road trip (surprise) to Australia with a bunch of guys. It was great. Were there for 1 month. That should be on DVD in stores by May. Kodak M14 Super 8mm Movie Camera

Kodak Xl33 Super 8mm Movie Camera

Bell and Howell Super 8mm Movie Camera


Super 8 Resources What Coan Says: “Anyone in the LA area should check out the ECHO PARK FILM CENTER-those guys are really cool- in NYC this place PAC LAB on 1st Street and 2nd Ave is great.” “You can also order super 8 film off the KODAK website- PAC LAB is on the web as well as PRO 8MM from Burbank.” “The internet is a great tool for someone getting into super 8 Go to Google and put in super 8 film and a good crop of info comes up” Best places buy super 8mm cameras and equipment: Thrift Stores - Most thrift stores don’t think the Super 8 cameras have any value, so they are usually between $5-$10 or less. Ebay - Ebay is a great place to find Super 8 cameras. There is usually a wide selection and they are moderately priced. Where to buy Film: Kodak Website: www.kodak.com - In 1978, there were more than thirty-eight different Super-8 filmtypes on sale. In 2004, Kodak is the only producer of Super 8 film and there are only 4 different types, 2 black and 2 color. In Minnesota: National Camera Exchange - All locations Film and Video Services - Minneapolis - They are also the only place to process Super 8 film in the midwest.

Technicolor Super 8mm Movie Projector

Keystone Super 8mm Movie Camera

Mansfield Reporter Super 8mm Movie Editor

Bell and Howell Super 8mm Movie Camera

Kodak Kodachrom Super 8mm Film

Technicolor Super 8mm Movie Camera


O D A T S I P S DE

seth Leif Thor h it w w Intervie How did you get on Jade Tree? Jade Tree has always been a wonderful label in our eyes so we sent our EP to them through our friend/manager Tara Macdonald. Then we get a call some time later, not thinking that it would go anywhere, from Darren(one of the owners from Jade Tree) and he enjoyed our album enough to fly to Regina, Saskatchewan and meet us. Well we met and had a really good time visiting and played two shows while he was here. He went back home to Deleware and we received a call about a week later and were told that they would like to work with us. Obviously we were extremely excited. We again met with them at SXSW and played at the JadeTree showcase as our debut on the label and got to know them even better. Since then we have been on Jade Tree.

If you hadn't got on Jade Tree, what other labels would you like to have been signed to? I am a big fan of Touch and Go as well I enjoy Sub Pop, Threegut Records, Barsuk and many more. How does it feel to be the first international band signed to Jade Tree? I haven't really thought about it from that angle. I am still happy with just the signing to Jade Tree. Maybe if I was from Europe or something like that then I would feel it from that angle but I am closer to Deleware from where I live then Oregon or parts of Texas. Well Actually, now that I think about it, it's fucking deadly. In the liner notes of The Emergency Response, it says the record was recorded in June of 2002, which is almost 2 years after the ep is released. Why not write new music for an ep? Well we think that that EP has good songs and Why not put it out? When we were putting it out on Jade Tree we were in studio recording a full length which will probably be put out in January 2005. It was a decision that was made by all of us and then we just went with it. What's it like playing shows of 10-20 people opposed to playing shows of 200-500 people? Playing in front of anyone who is honestly having a good time makes us have a fantastic time so playing in front of 10-20 people having fun is awesome, playing in front of 200-500 people is just as exciting.


Do you have any plans to tour the U.S.? Yes, Hopefully all of Fall, give or take. Being from Canada, what is your opinion of the War in Iraq. Do you feel more protected against terrorist attacks living in Canada? The war on Iraq is garbage, absolutely fucking stupid, Innocent U.S. soldiers dying for lies that there told. Innocent Iraqis. I don't even think about "Terrorists". I will be killed in car accident before anything else. Or get the shit kicked out of me by a drunken meat head. I don't think anyone should be afraid of those things. Live life to the fullest and if some crazy fuckers decide to take lives of another then that sucks, but I believe we are living in a time of strife and wonderment and we should work everyday to better it. If you die from some psycho or accident or whatever at least you died trying. Who are some musical influences that help shape the way Despistado plays and sounds? Barkmarket, Helmet, Fugazi, GnR, JesusLizard, Ghosts of Modern Man, Bullmarket, Bluebeard, Ned of the Bush, Q and not U, Jawbox, Juno, PJ harvey, Mike Olfield, Etc..... Does where you live (Regina, Saskatchewan) influence the way you play and sound? Yes, we all love and support each other, and when a band writes a super wicked song that blows everybody away I think everybody goes home a plays with the instruments for awhile. What are some other Canadian bands, that everybody should be listening to? Constantines, Black Rice, The Doers, No Hands, Bionic, Ghosts of Modern Man, Sylvie, The Grey, Married to Music, Fake Cops, North of America, Kitchens and Bathrooms, Lot's more. What is the music scene like in Regina and in other parts of Saskatchewan? The music scene in Regina is somewhat small but very tight and everybody again "supports on another". In other part of Saskatchewan it is what it is. People are growing getting new ideas, having fun becoming active in the communities, dancing. How was it playing your first U.S. show at SXSW this year? The experience of playing is kind of a fog because we got off the plane, drove straight to the show and then played almost 30 minutes later. When we were finished, that, when realized that we where in Texas at a Jade Tree showcase. I think I got nervous after the show when it was too late. It was a great experience and the rest of the weekend was amazing.


Jesse Reed Photos and Text By Joe Blum

Let it be known that Jesse Reed can drop in on anything. Jesse called me up one day and said that he wanted to film a drop in. I was like, great a drop in how exciting..... sure where? He said this ledge on 94 near the Basilica. I knew what he was talking about, because of Zed's insanity there, and I thought to myself, why not, it’s not possible, but it will probably be a good slam, so I’ll go and film it. To make a short story even shorter he dropped in from the top of the deadliest of deadly drop ins and roll away unharmed, and the video proof is in the Thurman Lewis Promo. For those of you reading this that have not seen in person what I am talking about go there and try not to piss your pants. Let it also be known that Northern California has the highest concentration of fun skate spots in the country. Jesse moved to San Jose about the same time I moved to San Francisco, so while he searched the land of tiltmode, I searched the city by the bay. With thousands of spots to choose from in S.F., Oakland, Berkeley, Redwood City, Daly City, San Jose, Santa Cruz, ECT, every weekend we skated something new. It was fun while it lasted, but every skate trip has got to end sometime, so after 5 months of shredding the bay area we went our separate ways. He traveled the country teaching skateboarding to army brats and I moved back to the city of my birth, Minneapolis. Here is a collection of my favorite Jesse photos from that time period as well as a recent interview with the man of the hour, enjoy.


Crooked Grind

Just tell me all the boring crap that is in all these skateboarding interviews, name, age, years skating, birthplace, stance, favorite fast food, blah, blah, blah? Jesse James Reed, 27 years old, I’ve been skating for 17 years, I was born in Clearlake Texas in a Burger King, I’m goofy footed, what else? Jesse James? Is that in reference to the train robber? No that was my dad’s name. Oh yeah, alright, let's see. Why and/or how did you get into skateboarding? I moved to the city from the country and I saw these guys skating. It looked fun and I knew that I wanted to do it. Where did you grow up? Rural Texas. Where have you lived since then? First I moved to Houston when I was 10, then in 1998, I moved to San Diego and lived there for a few years. I moved to Minneapolis in 2001 and went back and forth from San Diego to Minneapolis for awhile until the fall of 2003 when I moved to San Jose. As we speak I am stopped in Phoenix on the way to Austin Texas where I am moving for a while. What are your plans for now? Move to Austin, get a job, enjoy life in general, keep skating, and find some people to skate with. Why Austin? It’s cheap, better than Houston, there are more hills, rivers, and lakes, a good music scene, it’s a college town, there’s good weather, and there’s good skating with street spots, skate parks, and ditches. What else could you need. Sounds like a good city. Since you’ve traveled so much, do you consider yourself a local anywhere? No, not really anywhere right now. I used to be a local in Houston, San Diego, and Minneapolis, but I don’t feel like a local in any of those places anymore. The people in Minneapolis definitely made me feel like a local. Who do you like to skate with? Dayne Brummett, Matt Snow, you, Zach Koss, and Sean Hanly.


Boardslide


Boardslide with Nick watching


Any Sponsors? Not really. Thurman Lewis is done, but Matt still sells me boards. Calsurf, I think, but I’m not sure. Scott, if you read this call me. Any thoughts on sponsorship? I’m trying to enjoy skateboarding on a personal level and push myself for me. I’m not worrying about other people or getting sponsored. Gaps or Flatland? I like rails and stairs now and then, but I’m not as into that stuff now as I used to be. I’ve been learning new tricks. Like what? I learned 360 no complies, backside nollie heels, nollie tres, and I finally got switch heels down. How was skate camp? I got burnt on traveling and burnt on the kids enthusiasm about learning basic tricks. It’s important that they learn to push with their back foot. And, there were too many Walmart boards, but for the most part it was a good time and a great opportunity. Will you do it again next year? Hopefully Europe next year. Word. Anyone you want to say hello to? What up to Reagan, Ed, Dom, John Pietz, Matt Roesch, Andy Paulsen, Dan Jackson, Sean Hanly, B.J. Morrell, Jeff, Brendan, Muldoon, Adam Dalin, Scott at Calsurf, Eric Trausch, and Gregg Witt. I’ll try to change this interview around to make you look cool. Sweet, eeeya!

Jesse Reed

Noseslide


Know Your Rights:

Can You Sue?

Have you ever been told by a business owner that

“You can’t skate here, cause if you fall and hurt yourself you could sue?” We asked former pro skateboarder turned skateboard lawyer Phil Esbenshade what the law says in this situation: The short answer to your question is, yes, a skater could indeed sue a business owner, but there are wrinkles in the common law relating to this area: A 'trespassing' skater could generally not sue, but where the business owner is aware that skaters are frequenting his property, the owner must warn skaters of hidden man-made dangers. If he does not, he could be liable. If the owner posts signs, it is not an automatic release from the above liability. The key is whether the owner is aware of the trespassing skater, and whether a dangerous man-made condition exists that the owner had a duty to warn about. I'm quoting general “common law.” State specific law could differ here and there. Phil Esbenshade is a lawyer that helps the skater get out of trouble after he is arrested or ticketed. Check his website at www.esbenshade.com


Calling Collect Brian Perry’s Skateboard Memorabilia Photos by Brian Perry


When did you start collecting skate memorabilia and why did you start collecting? I didn't intentionally start saving stuff until around 98 I think. When Muldoon's first boards came out on Goodtimes I planned on getting some for my wall but I never did. You just kinda take for granted that this stuff isn't going to be around forever. I did the same thing with LeRoux's stuff in the early 90's. I loved his first graphics but I was too dumb to save one. Muldoon even had finger boards which I would love to have. So now I make more of an effort to get my friends boards when they come out. It has spread from local companies to pretty much any skate related stuff. I get them all signed when possible too.

What is your favorite piece in the collection? My favorite deck is the old Roots 'Giving Tree' board. I love that book and when I saw that board I thought it was rad. Still do. Clint's first Consolidated board - and actually his new Stereo deck are up there too. He gives Stillwater a little shout out on his new deck. Besides that I love the Navarrette palm board. I got it at Target a few years ago. Something about Darren being a toy for little kids cracks me up.


What's the most you've spent on one single piece of your collection? I think the Neil Blender drawing. I've bought some stuff on Ebay but it's a little impersonal. I wanted a painted Gonz really bad so I think I got that for like $150 or something. But the Blender drawing was maybe $300 but well worth it. He's always been one of my favorites and I love his artwork.

Do you think its important to know the history or roots of skateboarding? Yes and no. Regular kids out skating on the sidewalk could care less about the history of skating. And why should they? But the thing is most skaters study the culture without even knowing it. Reading magazines and watching videos touches on skatings roots all the time. History can become important when skaters do some shit that was done ten years ago and went away for a reason.


Is there any item out there that you want, but can't seem to get? There's a lot of stuff I'd like to get my hands on. I focus mainly on local stuff and outside of that I only pick up stuff that really peaks my interest. Besides the old local pros boards I'd love to get some original Templeton artwork. I'm always looking for the old Jason Jesse Neptune deck. Randy Colvin had some rad decks too. Or some of the transitional decks from SMA to World. Jesse Martinez's would be rad.

You've been collecting skate magazines for quite a while, how may do you think you have? Jesus, I'm not sure. I started subscribing to Thrasher and Transworld in 86. I've got pretty much all of them since then as well as some of the other mags tossed in. My family had a pig when I lived at home and one day the pig locked herself in my bedroom and shit and pissed all over like 20 magazines. I threw them all away. I'm still pissed about that and it was over 10 years ago.


Do you tend to collect more of one item (i.e. decks, posters, etc...) than other items? Not really. I keep my eyes open for decks more often but I love crappy skateboard toys too. Skating can be really corny but it's all part of what we do so I'll save the Tony Hawk dolls, the Jackass urinal cakes, MVP2, stuff like that. Muldoon has the biggest video collection I've ever seen so that's something I've never gotten into. But I'll save clothes, boards, wheels, stickers, toys, even newspaper clippings. It's almost subconscious. I just set stuff aside and throw it in a box. One of the best things about being an adult still doing what you loved as a kid is that I can afford to buy a board and not skate it. That concept alone still kinda freaks me out.

Do you have any other collections? I've saved nearly every letter I've ever gotten. All the old girl notes and shit. Being dumped, dumping someone, having crushes on girls in school so you pretend to be friends with them but you're really just a big dork. I love that stuff. I save it but there are a lot of letters in there that I won't read until I'm retired, sitting on a porch somewhere. I also had a big problem with Simpsons action figures. Those are all locked away now. I've got way too many of them.


Interview with Matt Miller The last time we interviewed you was right before "Wiretap Scars" was released, how have things been going since then? Great. Did "Wiretap Scars" do as well as you hoped? That is question that is not very easy to answer... On many levels yes. We were able to tour the record for 18 months, we gained many fans, and the most important is that is an imprint and record of who we were back then. Where did you get the name Porcelain for this new album, and how does its meaning relate to the band? Jim originally brought us the name. What it means right now for us is the duality of porcelain. It a very strong and enduring material but at the same time it shatters easily. I think it very representative of our band right now. Was there any thing you did different on this new album that you didn't do on "Wiretap Scars" and how did that effect the way Porcelain sounds? We did everything different, from the writing process all the way through the recording process. We spent six weeks writing the record in a house slash studio in Joshua Tree, California and then proceeded to record the record in a studio in Los Angeles. We recorded the entire musical foundation live and in 12 days. It is very important for us to make records differently every time so each experience is special.


How did Jim becoming the primary lyricist, help make Porcelain better? We each believe that Jim made an incredible step up. It gives a focus to the record, even though each of the songs are different. How do the sound of your new album and "Wiretap Scars" compare? They are completely different and it primarily due to the fact that we recorded live, not to say that Wiretap is inferior, but this record flows and moves and has tension pulsing all through it. How long did it take to write and record Porcelain? Writing was six weeks, six weeks in the studio, and 3 weeks doing vocals in El Paso. With "Wiretap Scars" you toured all over the U.S. and Europe, will you be doing the same with the new album? But of course, we are working band and love to tour. What is your opinion on the current government, and the War in Iraq? I think it is obvious. I do not believe in a war for oil and I do not support our current President. Have you found it harder to tour in some foreign countries since the war started? To a certain degree, because many people believe that every citizen in the U.S. supports the current president and war. So they actually believe that we do as well. Plus we don't feel very safe traveling abroad because there is a lot of hate for Americans around the world right now. Did you get a chance to hear the Mars Volta "De-Loused in the Comatorium", and what did you think about it? Sure, but I think that is a silly question ask because there are many other albums that are out there. Why only ask about that one... humm. Besides I am not going to talk shit, like you are probably hoping that I do. You covered a song on the Jawbreaker tribute, how did you get involved with that and how has Jawbreaker influenced your band? We originally were asked to do it and were given the freedom to choose any song from their catalog. We all thought it would be fun to do. Jim is a huge Jawbreaker fan, so that was very cool for him. I never really listened to them but when we were working on the song I became a fan.

I do not believe in a war for oil and I do not support our current President. Matt Miller


Mike Carlson - 50-50 around corner - Photo: Eric Widi


Chris Dietz - Ollie - Photo: Brad Delong

Mike Carlson - Kickturn on Extension - Photo: Eric Widi


Chris Dietz - 360 Flip over box - Photo: Brad Delong


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