Skate Sauce presents Hard Times But Good Times

A film by Amrit Jain

The independent skate DVD market is a lonely path to walk and anyone who decides to take it deserves your attention. I first heard about Skate Sauce via the odd internet clip or online forum post and my initial thought was that it sold skate wax. To be honest that’s not something I’m going to rush to the skateshop for and tell all my friends about when their DVD drops. However, I was wrong. It turns out that Skate Sauce is a skater-run operation that focuses on documenting, editing and producing skate videos and other media projects. The main man behind the viewfinder is Amrit Jain, a name that rang a bell, as he was one of the first filmers behind The Berrics video streams. Skate Sauce was launched in 2009 and Amrit took his little black book of Los Angeles skaters and international contacts to get to work on a video project by the homies for the homies: Hard Times But Good Times.

HTGT reminds me of those early Tim Dowling or Daryl Grogan videos (Listen, Time Lapse) that focused on local Southern California scenes that mixed unsung heroes with the era’s poster boys. I might be wrong but there is a definite 90s-00s influence to this video with it’s focus of flat ground lines and ledge skating set to a soundtrack of Soul, Jazz and Rap beats. The modern take on afternoons spent on UCLA’s campus are evening sessions filmed at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona (MACBA). Amrit obviously spent a while in Spain and built a bridge back home with his camera and enthusiasm. The lesser-known talent of Justin Guillen (last part), Brett Sube and Matt Gottwig is matched with headline acts like Tom Penny and Vincent Alvarez. There is also a re-birth of San Diego pride with footage Shorties team riders and Skate Mafia alumni. Sammy Baptista, Jesse Siley and Peter Smolik share runtime with Jaime Palmore, Jimmy Cao and Wes Kremer amongst others.

With such a wide range of riders on show and the loose editing style that blends chill lines with chill beats, I think HTGT would best be viewed on loop at the skateshop or after a long day in the streets at home with a brew or a buzz. Trying to digest the full 60 minutes before going skating could have the opposite effect and make you drowsy. If you’re looking for a quick fix, I suggest you enjoy the 7 minute opening section from Vincent Alvarez who rushes into spots at ambidextrous high velocity. Or Julien Guillen’s last part which showcases his technical skills and ability to skate anywhere with style and confidence (Note the bonus game of S.K.A.T.E. where he takes Jesus Fernandez to the edge). Tom Penny skates Barcelona asleep at the wheel and despite being exclusive footage of the legendary Brit, you kind of feel like you’re watching a pro on holiday in other words don’t expect any major stunt work.

If you are a fan of 90s-00s era skating and keen to keep up to date with the latest Southern California (and MACBA) talent then this video is for you. If you prefer something with a bit more pace and thrills then I suggest you take a look and move on. However, I must accentuate that Amrit Jain and the Skate Sauce crew have done really well in producing and putting out an independent skate video when the market trend would advise heavily against such a heartfelt move.

Ralph Lloyd-Davis
31 May 2012

Watch the lost tapes of Sebo Walker that was released yesterday below.

Free Downloads: 21/01/11

Last year we had a monster supply of straight-up-no-messing-around FREE music for you all to wrap your ears around. Our Soundcloud become some sort of portal to a place where you could pick up music files and essentially sleep with them. OK, OK, really, it’s just a sort of music blog style thing where we gather a bunch of things that are available (and cleared artist’s themselves… no leakyjoes here I’m afraid) for free and round them up so you don’t have to sift through all the crap that stinks up Tumblr, WordPress and Blogspot on a daily basis. Here’s some bangers to kick start 2011.

On a electronic and beat tip we have fist pumping beats and eclectic production from the likes of innerpartysystem and Andreya Triana who get the remix treatment from Starkey and TOKiMONSTA respectively. Bars, beats and big tings come from a selection of capable wordsmiths, including Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, Rittz, Yelawolf, Big Krit and Jaylib. Realness sans loops comes from La Dispute, And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of The Dead, Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros, Mogwai and Wavves. Get stuck in.

innerpartysystem – American Trash (Starkey remix) by Crossfire Music

Andreya Triana – Far Closer (TOKiMONSTA Remix) by Crossfire Music

Nicki Minaj – Roman’s Revenge 2.0 with Lil’ Wayne by Crossfire Music

La Dispute – How I Feel by Crossfire Music

And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead – Weight Of The Sun by Crossfire Music

Edward Sharpe The Magnetic Zeros – Up From Below (iTunes Session) by Crossfire Music

Mogwai – San Pedro by Crossfire Music

RITTZ- Fulla Shit Feat.Yelawolf by Crossfire Music

Jaylib – Louder by Crossfire Music

Wavves – Mutant by Crossfire Music

Glassjaw ready free EP

Glassjaw are planning to give away an EP in February.

The band are set to make their Coloring Book EP available to fans who see them on tour next month. To give fans a taster of what to expect, they have made the track Gold available on their site.

Coloring Book follows their Our Color Green collection, which was brought out earlier this year. The band are also working on their new album, which is slated for release sometime this year.

Free Downloads: 26/11/10

It must be the holiday spirit or something, but artists, bands and producers have been even more generous than usual and our inboxes have been overflowing with all sorts of tuneage in a variety of tempos and styles. Here are our ten picks from yet another two weeks of quality music.

The undisputed king of mash-ups and party mixtapes, Girl Talk released his latest collection of nostalgia meets college party meets weird meets brilliant beats online for free and if you haven’t already picked it up then you’ll find it all below. Daft Punk’s Tron OST is currently doing the rounds on the leaky pipes of the web to a mixed reception but if you didn’t catch their collaboration with N.E.R.D. then check out Nero’s remix if beats float your boat more than synths and strings. Shy FX get taken apart from one of the year’s biggest beatmakers Breakage as this weekend turns into a guaranteed party.

Pow 2011 is causing another forward riddim stir in London and Wiley’s meme-spawning ‘bududududada’ bars over the beat makes one of the most addictive dubplates of the year, get it! Crossfader subject Submerse keeps on going from strength to strength and his remix of Wolf Gang’sLion In Cages‘ sees blogs on a hype for his forthcoming releases. X-Ray Spex’s frontwoman Poly-Styrene makes a welcome return to our speakers with ‘Black Christmas‘. Crystal Castles made one of the most press-worthy collaborations of the year, dragging in Robert Smith for ‘Not In Love‘.

If you thought Jay-Z’s 99 Problems couldn’t be remixed any more then you were very wrong; Liam Howlet takes a simple but effective rework route for this banging Prodigy remix. New York three piece fun. live up to their name again with an acoustic version of their buzzing ‘Walking The Dog’. And last but not least, the hottest female to come out of Wales since… we can remember, Marina and the Diamonds gets a hypegenre workout courtesy of the ungoogleable but absolutely listenable oOoOO.

Go and get them.

N.E.R.D. & Daft Punk – Hypnotize U (Nero Remix) by Crossfire Music

Wiley – Mz Bratt Pow 2011 Dubplate by Crossfire Music

Wolf Gang – Lions In Cages (Submerse Remix) by Crossfire Music

Poly Styrene – Black Christmas by Crossfire Music

Shy FX – Raver (Breakage Remix) by Crossfire Music

Crystal Castles “Not In Love” (ftrg. Robert Smith) by

fun. ‘Walking The Dog (Acoustic)’ by Hassle Records

Jay-Z – 99 Problems (The Prodigy Remix) by Hypetrak

Marina and the Diamonds – Obsessions (oOoOO Remix) by Hypetrak

Girl Talk – All Day by Hypetrak

Download a Radiohead concert for free

Radiohead’s show at Prauge’s Výstaviště Holešovice Exhibition Hall on August 23rd 2009 was filmed by more than 50 fans armed with slick mobile phones. It is now available to download for free from here.

Live in Praha was approved by the band themselves, who contributed the audio masters from the show to the fans to make that concert sound exactly like it did on the night. Absolutely amazing, basically.

The trailer can be seen below, but follow this link for more information.

Free Downloads – 03/09/10

You know the drill by now. Look below to grab some free music every two weeks from the Crossfire Soundcloud.

This time round Crocodiles have released a trippy and warm instrumental EP while their throats recover from sharing a hobo’s pipe, the title track can be picked up below. We’re also still recovering from the head-opening trip from L.E.D Festival and have loaded two selected cuts that caused Hackey to rise up last weekend courtesy of Aphex Twin and Tiga. We were also treated to new tracks from Atmosphere, Parenthetical Girls, Sufjan Stevens and more!

Tuck in below.

Aphex Twin – On by Crossfire Music

The XX – Shelter (Tiga Remix) by Crossfire Music

Crocodiles – Fires Of Comparison by Crossfire Music

Tim Kasher – Cold Love by Crossfire Music

First Aid Kit – Hard Believer by Crossfire Music

Atmosphere – Freefallin’ by Crossfire Music

P Money – Anyway by Crossfire Music

Jay-Z – Most Kingz by Crossfire Music

Parenthetical Girls – Young Throats by Crossfire Music

Sufjan Stevens – I Walked by Crossfire Music

The Sword post free track

Fresh off a storming UK tour supporting none other than Ozzy Osbourne at the iTunes Festival, The Sword have posted a free download of a new album track ‘Tres Brujas‘ so treat your ears!

The Sword are definitely a band that you should be listening to, head over here for our live review of their recent show with Gentlemen’s Pistols at The Barfly.

Scroll down for the exclusive free download.