Torey Pudwill’s Plan B True part

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So here it is for 24 hrs only, Torey Pudwill‘s True part in full. The ender from the new Plan B video that has an amazing mix of technical and balls out skating. Lengthy grinds, tail slides, bluntslides, lipslides and so much more, all met with various tech endings alongside a whole lot more. There’s too much to take in on first viewing. Incredible skateboarding with a respectful cameo to his friend and lost legend, Lewis Marnell (RIP).

The full film is on iTunes if you want to download it, but not for free, it’s £7.64 ($11.99).

Plan B’s ‘True’ skate video premiere’s in LA

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Warning, this post has some spoilers in it.

Last night, the new Plan B video ‘True’ was finally premiered in Los Angeles to a packed out Ricardo Montalbán Theatre in Hollywood. From overall observations online it’s said to be amazing, “taken skateboarding to the next level” and has delivered a “face melter”.

If you were wondering if Sheckler took ‘that’ backside flip down the famous steps of El Toro then you will probably have to wait for the bonus section on the deluxe – that’s if they were holding it back of course. The team did introduced Chris Joslin though as their newest addition on the night. He’s said to have dropped an absolutely killer part that includes a massive tre flip down the UC Davis gap. You know the one, think Andrew Reynolds’ kickflip in Stay Gold.

Whilst we await a UK premiere and the official DVD or iTunes release, scroll down to watch some Danny Way footage shot on Bob’s megaramp filmed by Kurt Hayashi that he shared over the weekend ahead of the premiere. No helmet required…

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Free Download – Run The Jewels 2

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El-P has dropped the new Run The Jewels 2 album online overnight for FREE, so get downloading this shit now before he changes his mind.

You know how this works though, these guys work tirelessly to write, record and deliver dope tunes all day and night long, so if you want an upgrade on your freebie, note that the vinyl is available right here.

Salad Days DC Hardcore official film trailer

Embrace in ’86. Photo by Dave McDuff

Embrace, 1986 (photo by Dave McDuff)

If you follow this zine regularly you will know we have been chomping at the bit to see this Washington DC hardcore scene documentary come to fruition, but now it’s a reality. The funding via Kickstarter reached its target and the film, put together by director/writer Scott Crawford and producer/editor Jim Saah, will be screened in December at the Black Cat venue with Soulside and Moss Icon playing live and then released.

Watch the official trailer for “Salad Days: The Birth of Punk in the Nation’s Capitol” right here and look out for the likes of John Stabb, Ian Mackaye, Henry Rollins, Dave Grohl, Alec Mackaye, plus many more and get hyped.

Albion

albion_uk_skate_dvd_reviewTwo weeks ago, I found myself packed into a room full of skateboarders like a sweaty sardine, clutching a can of lager and shouting props at a screen I could only just get a glimpse of due to the barrage heads of various rippers filling the room. The reason for ending up there was the premiere of a new video from the collective lenses of Ry Gray, Kevin Parrott and Morph. The full production took a while to reach fruition but was well worth the wait.

Clocking in at just under 40 minutes and with cameos from a massive cast of UK heads, Albion is a scene video on steroids and a must see if you have any interest in what is happening with regards to shredding in this damp corner of the world.

With no time for such pleasantries as an opening section, some brief super 8 footage highlighting the restless urge to explore which drives skateboarding gives way to some murkage from the ever-rampaging Daryl Dominguez. Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few years you should know what to expect here. Steezed-out street savagery let loose on benches, over road gaps and down hefty stair sets. Only then are we given a brief list of those skaters with a fair amount of footage in the video before we are launched straight back into the shredding with a full section from Denis Lynn. The Belfast skate nomad comes through with a unique trick bag matched with an eye for spots that not many would touch ranging the length of the country, including some OG Bradford and Leeds spots and an always-welcome Needleside cameo. Alley ‘oop FS grind over the Tottenham meat taco is no joke, the heavy business here sets the tone for the rest of the video.

Albion features more than one banging montage. The first of which is kicked off by some flowing street lines from Harry Lintell and includes some Ben Grove hammers, a hefty road gap no comply from Martyn Hill and Chris Oliver at the best bank spot in East London. That spot is now blocked by a bike rack that I never knew I could hate so much. This section is closed by some gnarly business from Gav Coughlan; I suppose straight nollie’s over road gaps work at a purely scientific level but seeing them done still feels like glimpsing a unicorn – mythical shit!

Sometimes skating on the streets will lead to run ins with passers-by, but Albion is the first video I’ve seen to feature a fat man in a pink shirt with a sword – this is about as heavy as it gets when it comes to interaction with the lurkers who cohabit the spaces we put four wheels to. Rugged street shit indeed which leads us nicely into serious street business from Kris Vile, handling anything the great concrete outdoors can throw at him, whether that be a lengthy bench line or a double set. Charlie Birch brings the Lost Art hype next, killing the streets with style alongside some Liverpool/Wirral cameos thrown in for good measure. If you’re handling a variety of handrail tricks at that age, things are looking bright for the future.

Only a few weeks after Nick Remon’s ‘Excursions’ section was released and dropped more than a few jaws, his section in Albion will undoubtedly cause a few more fly-catching facial expressions. With a seemingly endless selection of tricks to choose from it’s no wonder he can bang out a full section during a particularly sogged-out UK winter, with no obstacle seemingly too crusty for throwing down something insane on. Highlights are the kickflip with a BS body varial chucked in, a FS flipped double set as an ender, and a hefty FS 360 over the Sheffield kicker to road gap.

Hey kid, ever seen a nollie hardflip popped over a stair to flatbar set up? After a cameo from a pink balaclava clad witch, Karim Bakhtaoui comes out swinging with some heftily popped techness. With clips from a host of heavy hitters, this section has a ‘crew’ feel to it that won’t fail to make you want to head out the door immediately and drag your homies out for a skate. The theme of the next section is ‘Legends’, with a Gonz miniramp sighting paving the way for the most Tom Penny footage anyone has managed to collect in some time. Mad heads are gonna be hyped on this!

Rune Glifberg’s BS shrubbery ollie in Romford’s halfpipe is probably the high point, as the Essex treasure pit is not known for its forgiving nature. Tom Knox starts the next montage, living up to his US namesake with a fast and raw style of street skating which can’t fail to bring the hype. Archway bank gets a seeing-too throughout this video which is started by Denis and continued here by Sylvain Tognelli and Paul Shier. We will leave you to find out what went down by watching the video, but if you’ve been there you’ll know it’s a nightmare to do anything on.

I’ll try and cover the rest of the montage as briefly as possible because otherwise it could too easily become a trick-by-trick account: Quick footed steez from Nick Jensen, a tech-assault from Mike Arnold and the meat taco at Tottenham getting further attacked by Fernando Bramsmark, Josh Young and Jake Collins are all high points. This section is rounded off nicely by Div and Colin Adam sailing the concrete seas. Actually, ‘nicely’ is a crap way to put it, as in classic Scottish ripper fashion they both look like they’re picking a fight with a bowl and winning. Div chooses Victoria Park as his victim and Colin destroys Saffron Walden. Then, just when you were reeling from the bouts previously witnessed, Manny Lopez takes out the tech ten with a knockout. BS noseblunt the handrail and yer seeing stars pal.

Horsey gets some switch DIY for Rob Shaw’s lens.

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Ben Raemers and Horsey have gone from up and coming rippers to living the US dream in recent years, here they return to these shores to show you how and the answer is simple; pure fucking shredding. Horsey’s FS halfcab flip into the rancid cobbled bank in Kennington is savage enough, Raemers adds to the Archway bank games with a wall bash on the fence which I’m pretty sure is impossible, and his last trick is worth getting the video for alone. In between, ATV bombs are getting dropped left, right and centre, and all to a John Cooper Clarke soundtrack too – if that wasn’t enough to get you interested.

After this bout of insanity the last section was always going to take some doing, but Jak Pietryga stepped up to the challenge ably with high speed skating and quick feet taken to every kind of architectural anomaly that ends up becoming a ‘spot’, plus some that clearly haven’t before.

Two songs worth of raw street finishes things off a treat, while a standard credits section is replaced by a far superior idea – the video’s creators taking to the streets and getting some.

Albion is exactly what this kind of video should be, giving me the same hype as I got when I first started skating and saw footage of skaters hitting my local spots. That same urge to go out and explore my surroundings for new things to skate…and you can’t really say better than that.

Out now on DVD in your local skate shop or order it online for about £8. Or, enjoy the full film online right here.

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Teenage Time Killer with Grohl, Biafra, Mullin & Taylor

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Hardcore supergroup’s can be this year’s thing all day long so long as it is legit. But when it comes to Nirvana’s free flowing powerhouse drummer Dave Grohl, Slipknot’s Corey Taylor, Reed Mullin, drummer with Corrosion Of Conformity and Dead Kennedy’s Jello Biafra, Teenage Time Killer sounds like it’s going to be lethal.

Not only that but this project will also have the likes of Nick Oliveri (Queens Of The Stone Age/Kyuss), Neil Fallon (Clutch), Keith Morris (OFF!/Black Flag), Max Cavalera (Sepultura/Soulfy) Lee Ving (Fear) and members of The Misfits, Municipal Waste, Red Fang, Goatsnake, Brujeria, My Ruin, Prong, Articles Of Faith and SUNN O)))and others involved. Pray for Ian Mackaye, Rollins and Lemmy too.

The name of the project is lifted from the UK crust-punk outfit Rudimentary Peni. (whose Death Church album you should download today) Await more news on this as it sounds fucking ace.

Black Lips

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‘Boys In The Wood’

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It may have been three years in the making but Black Lips have come back strong yet again with a new album titled ‘Underneath the Rainbow’ and a must-have for March this year. Their opening gambit ‘Boys In The Wood‘ creeps along like a bar room brawl that is about to kick off, a sing-a-long that leans on The Animals for inspiration bringing a 60’s drool straight into 2014 in a haze of bong smoke.

The video made for this track was made by the ATL Boys and comes with a heavy NSFW tag due to its voilent Deliverance. It’s worth getting fired for so play it anyway.

Rawcus

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‘White People Crazy’

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2014 just kicked of with an anthem. Some will throw the racist card into this new tune from Rawcus, an Atlanta based rapper/producer whose identity is underwraps, but others will be raising the genius card on this ditty and maybe even parting a dollar in exchange.

It’s a pompous message that calls out a bunch of celebs and reasons why most ‘White People Are Crazy‘ that will spreads like a virus onto the computer screens of the world’s peepers over the next week or so.

No doubt Rawcus has been working on this for a while to produce a track and a video that goes viral to help fill that tip box. Anyone that has the audacity to prepare something so goddam controversial, yet still hold so much truth in its words whilst looking at 2014 society with such disregard and humour should be commended. Or shot. Your call.

No doubt this video will have millions of views on it in the next week. Watch it why there’s still only 38,271 as we post this. Hats off to Rawcus, this will go down as one of the feats of free speech of the year without a doubt poking fun at the mainstream and reminding humans just how stupid the entire planet is.

Download the single which is on the “Fake It Til You make It.” EP here.

Busta Rhymes and Q-Tip

Nothing like the voices of Busta Rhymes and Q-Tip together. Get downloading this brand new mixtape ‘The Abstract & The Dragon’ featuring a cast of stars such as Kanye West, Lil Wayne, A Tribe Called Quest, Raekwon, Missy Elliott, Talib Kweli and many more.

This long player has various collaborations the pair have worked on over the years including a version of a Tribe Called Quest’s “Oh My God” with a verse from Busta too. Nice vibes. Unlock this free hip hop and savour it today.

Nike SB Chronicles Vol.2

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I’m not even going to try and flex my « core » beliefs on Nike this time around because their latest chapter of the Nike SB Chronicles Volume 2 is pretty flawless in my opinion. In previous video productions this mainstream sports brand has tried too hard to impress the skateboard community with expensive camera equipment, fancy skits and bizarre story lines. Thankfully the message got through that all that was unnecessary and this time they put their money to good use and more importantly let the skateboarders shine bright.

Firstly, hats off to Jason Hernandez who filmed and directed this film using high definition cameras and editing equipment of an above average professional standard. Cutting shots from multiple angles, using graphical layers and taking it easy on the slo-mo switch gives this video the right amount of pace and length to actually make you sit through from start to finish and then run out the door to skate.

Secondly, hats off to the skaters on show: Donovan Piscopo, Theotis Beasley, Daryl Angel, Luan Oliveira, Justin Brock, Shane O’Neill and Ishod Wair. There is a good mix of styles here even if the transition side to skating is kept at a minimum. Some of these skaters like to keep, things simple whilst others seek technicality, but either way everyone is very smooth and stylish.

Speaking of style, it was a pleasant experience to see a proper section from Donovan Piscopo who has been floating low on the radar of late but has finally broken through to the forefront of one of the amateurs to keep a firm eye on. His greaser look is also going to appeal to the fashion crowd. Another stylish skater is Shane O’Neill who jumps, slides and grinds around with incredible nonchalance whilst his skateboard spins itself into new dimensions of technical wizardry. Sorry for the spoiler but the bigspin fakie salad grind bigspin flip out is a brain melter.

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On the burly side of town, Justin Brock proves that having a kid did anything but slow him down from attempting hair-raising tricks into rough as fuck banks. Minor Threat provide the soundtrack for his annihilation. Daryl Angel takes a slightly smoother approach to wrecklessness but isn’t afraid to throw down frontside nosegrinds on nipple height hubbas and blindsided fakie attacks to handrails. Luan Oliveira proves his versatility as he takes on rails, ledges and manuals with confidence and dexterity. Theotis Beasley isn’t far behind even if his bag of tricks remains a little more limited. Backside flips and halfcab flips are a staple element to his diet and he really does them better than the rest of them.

The main stand out of Chronicles 2 is Philadelphia wonder-child and happy go lucky guy Ishod Wair who deservedly gets the curtains and a deserved SOTY award. Death’s ‘Politicians In My Eyes’ sets the tone to Ishod’s casual yet dangerous lines and flowing style. Second spoiler alert: the frontside 360 over the infamous Los Angeles triple set looks way too easy for him just as the kinked fifty to midway pop-off and quick backside bigspin down a 10 stair. Amazing section.

It would be a bit like nit-picking to say this video doesn’t deserve recognition and applause. I can’t wait for Vol. 3. Available to download now at iTunes.

Ralph Lloyd-Davis

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