Tuesday, May 27, 2014

From the Borders

I know that a lot of people have seen this, because it was posted on Thrasher, but however many people see it there isn't enough. This video seems to be a brothers project, starring Steve and Dave Mull, and being filmed and edited by Tom Mull. Both parts are among the most enjoyable that I have seen in a very long time. Laced with creativity, powered by fast skating, and bolted together with a healthy dose of gnarliness, there's very little to not like about this video. It sounds kind of fruity, but this video is beautiful. The nature shots, the skating, the melodic music that goes perfectly with the footage. It's proof that skateboarding can be an art, and that's awesome.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Skate Jams Vol. 2

Once again, I've stumbled upon some music that I suspect that a lot of other skaters besides myself might like to skate to. The group is called RDGLDGRN, and before you hurt yourself trying to pronounce it, it's just "Red Gold Green" without any vowels or spaces, so I assume you pronounce it like you would pronounce the colors. They're coming up from the DC area, and I don't think I'm out of line by saying that they could very well have a hit song by the time their next album drops.  If I were to describe them, I would say that they fall pretty comfortably in the 'indie rock' category, but that's mostly because pretty much all up-tempo music that includes electric guitars and drums can fit comfortably into that category, due in no small part to bands and labels realizing that they could sell more albums that way.

But I digress. Wikipedia says they fall in the "Indie Go-Go" genre, so let's go with that (Did I just make a pun by accident? Dangit.)

I like these guys because they do a good job of giving each song it's own unique flavor. A lot of bands are able to do pretty much only one thing well- or at least, only one thing at a time well. I have no problem with that, but it makes it that much more refreshing when they have some songs that are pretty hip-hoppish:

And others that are more rock-driven with just the slightest hint of ska-like instrumentation: