Monday, December 28, 2009

You only live twice

We made the long haul down to this gem for the second time in a week.
Theo "Teabody" van Bruggen


Thursday, December 24, 2009

Matt Sneddon Lake Cunningham

Pic from a while back that never got used. Up on over the hip at the kookiest park in the Universe.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Having an epic weekend

We got the call from Errol and headed out to the middle of nowhere. Simply put, one of the best backyarders ever. Big thanks to Fred and co. for their hospitality.

Firebaugh wildlife

Paradise living. The H is O.
Matt Sneddon
Chad Jackson with cheering section
Errol Griffin

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Dave Hackett 1980

Few skate photos get me as stoked as this one. Classic. Check the front foot. This was taken 6 years before I started skating so I first knew this image from the old Thrasher t-shirt. Photo by Glen E. Friedman (c)1980

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Neil Blender coffee mug

Christmas came a little early. Neil hooked me up with a couple of these rad mugs. Thanks, dude.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Friday, December 11, 2009

Les Fleur De Lys "Wait For Me" 1966

Mega rare footage. Acid Jazz just released a 4-song e.p. with 3 unreleased tunes and a live version of "Circles". Get it!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Otis Redding R.I.P.

The greatest voice ever was silenced 42 years ago today.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Chad Jackson interview

Shallow-end 5-0 at the kookiest park in the universe.

Any Bridges left you would still like to burn?
CJ: All my bridges were burned by someone else, from the other side! I swear, it's not my fault...
How does it feel to be an in-demand graphic artist for other skate companies without pay?
CJ: You know this whole thing is just a game...comes around goes around. HA.
When was the last time you gave a fuck?
CJ: Clash at Clairmont.
What exactly is the "attitude",Rat?
CJ: The attitude dictates that you don't care if they blunt, flip, grind, or spin, your wheels are still rollin'.
How many pros have looked at your garage ramp death trap and said "No thanks."
CJ: Half. Blackheart rode it like a man and took slams, I love Rick. Rick the Dick.
Did you ask Santa for a new knee and shoulder?
CJ: Santa Clause doesn't exist, I'm still alive that's all I know...
Last Eggplant? Tuck knee or no?
CJ: Milpitas Vans Ramp 2000, tuck knee=Krap Nek (Ken Park) fuckin' yuck!
s "Old Man River" a nickname you hope to aqcuire in the coming years?
CJ: That's what they use to call me, now they just call me "look the fuck out!"
Which gets you more stoked to skate "The Heat Is On" or "Hard-luck Woman"?
CJ: "The Heat Is On" is great for backtailslides in the morning, "Hard-luck Woman" is what you feel like when you slam in the morning.
When are you going to get a shoe sponsor? I'm tired of seeing your toes popping up like a "Whack-a-mole" game.
CJ: Mark Waters, you're my only hope, EMERICA or nothing at all!
Does the phrase,"Sooner or later everyone takes a Small Beating" ring true?
CJ: Sooner and later, I hope. Ride Independent trucks.

Interview by Jason Duncan

Monday, December 7, 2009

new shirts and old painting by Neil Blender

My main man Neil has hand printed some new shirts with his artwork. He also has up an old oil painting. Get them directly from him here.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

The Rolling Stones "2000 Man" 1967

Possibly the most underrated Stones song ever. From their much-maligned "Their Satanic Majesties Request" LP released December 1967.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Monday, November 23, 2009

Elton Motello "Jet Boy Jet Girl" 1977

German TV 1977. Check out the insane comedy clips that pop up throughout this. Belgian Plastic Bertrand slightly toned down the insane amount of mincing, altered the lyrics and released this as "Ca Plane Pour Moi" (The Life For Me) which became a huge hit in 1978. His version was also featured in "National Lampoon's European Vacation" He used the same backing group as Elton Motello which is why the two versions sound so similar. This is the original. The Damned covered this version.

Friday, November 20, 2009

new in the freakbeatfuzz eBay shop!

Q65 "Revolution" LP 1966 by the Nederbeat gods! Get it here!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

The Who as The High Numbers Railway Hotel London 1964

Some of the only existing footage of the original London mod scene. It really doesn't get much better than this. First, they were known as The Detours then, The Who. Enter manager Pete Meaden and they became The High Numbers. Exit Meaden as manager and they reverted back to using The Who. 1964 Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp filmed the boys at London's Railway Hotel covering "Ooh Poo Pah Doo" and "Gotta Dance To Keep From Crying". You can get this footage on the "Amazing Journey" DVD. Hopefully, the rest of this show will surface. The audio has already been released on bootlegs. The also did "Green Onions", "Young Man Blues", "You Really Got Me" instro, "Smokestack Lightning, "Here 'Tis" and more. Ah, the days when people wore clothes that fit properly...

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The Eyes "When The Night Falls" 1966

I've been too busy lately for new content. Sorry. UK freakbeat classic. The Eyes seriously aped The Who at almost every turn but were still able to come up up with some superb originals like "When The Night Falls", "The Immediate Pleasure" and "You're Too Much.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

new in the freakbeatfuzz ebay shop!

UGLY THINGS #29/ 224 pages / perfect bound / full-color glossy cover. The best music mag on the planet! Get it here: freakbeatfuzz eBay shop
CONTENTS: Biggest and best issue yet! The top cover stories include a huge feature on Australia ’s mighty Masters Apprentices as well as a tribute to the late, great Sky Saxon of the Seeds. There’s also in-depth stories on ‘60s beat group The Fenmen (featuring pre-Pretty Things members), UK pop-psych faves the West Coast Consortium, outrageous LA proto-punks The Imperial Dogs, and seminal California garage folk-rockers The Wildflower. Also, Doug Sheppard unravels the twisted tale of ‘70s hard rockers Stepson, Ron Ryan reveals the juicy details of his role as the ghost writer of some of the Dave Clark Five’s biggest early hits, and Phil Milstein relates his experiences with doomed junkie chanteuse Nico.

All this plus Midwest garage combo The Nomadds, Ollie Halsall and Timebox, French Riviera punks Dentist, The Remains, The Shadows of Knight, and an exclusive chat with Tony Cahill of The Easybeats. Not forgetting the famously extensive review section covering all the latest reissues, and R&R-related books and DVDs.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Creature "Hesh Law" screening tonight!

See you there!

Darren Navarette, Ramona, CA photo: MRZ
David Gravette. photo: Ed Dominick

Al Partanen, Bondi Bowl, Sydney Australia. photo: Rhino

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Blondie "X-Offender" 1976

Very early clip of the original 5-piece doing "X-Offender" off their debut LP. It was originally titled "Sex Offender" but their label made them change it. Bonus points for the Shogun Warriors used as props.

Friday, November 6, 2009

The Beat "RocknRoll Girl

Power pop gods! Rare appearance on American Bandstand circa 1980. Pretty high energy and spot on for a lip synch.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

The Lollipop Shoppe "Only A Reflection" 1968

This has gotta be the best LOVE song never written by Arthur Lee. This reminds me so much of Love's "A Message To Pretty" off their self-titled debut LP from 1966. This is an album track off The Lollipop Shoppe's 1968 LP, "Just Colour".

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Legion of Honor Museum, Outer Richmond District, San Francisco. Photo by Plomomedia

Monday, November 2, 2009

The Chambers Brothers " I Can't Stand It" 1967

This one has been getting a lot of play at home lately. These guys are best known for their hit "Time Has Come Today".

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

DNA Clothing, Italy

This was my last custom order.

The completely revamped DNA website is up and running. Claudio never disappoints with his superb selection of shirts, trousers, suits, jackets and more. I currently have 13 shirts from DNA and can't wait to get more.

Monday, October 26, 2009

St. Helena, CA

Took it up to the new park in St. Helena yesterday. In the heart of the Napa Valley wine country where the yuppie reigns supreme there's a sick new park. Bring your helmet and pads if you're going because the St. Helena cops like to give out $100 tickets if you're not wearing them. I guess St. Helena just created a new revenue stream. Grindline killed it, this place is even smoother than Potrero. This park is like having a little slice of the Northwest in the Bay Area. The bowls are fun, especially the Amoeba, but there are a ton of obstacles to hit around the bowls. 20 people can be skating at same time without much of a crash up derby factor. We stayed all day, grilled, stole beers from a company picnic, etc. Dig if you will the picture(s)...

Chad "Chud" Jackon pissing out of his helmet. End of October, over 90 degrees, huh?
Matt Sneddon, stomping the shit out of a b/s smith
Matt Sneddon , hip 5-0
A 40-year old man trapped in the body of a 14 year-old, Theo van Bruggen, 300 m.p.h frontal

Thursday, October 22, 2009

The Sorrows "Verde, Rosso, Giallo y Blu" 1967

Mega-mega rare only pressed in Italy THE SORROWS "Verde Rosso Giallo e Blu" b/w "No No No No" 45 single. Coventry, UK Maximum R&B gods had a following in Italy so they re-recorded a few of their tunes in Italian. This was after Don Fardon left the group to go solo and guitarist Pip took over vocal duties. Get the record here.

Seldom seen appearance by The Sorrows in the Italian film "I Ragazzi di Bandiera Gialla" doing ""Verde, Rosso, Giallo e Blu"

Monday, October 19, 2009

Monday, October 12, 2009

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Small Faces w/ P.P. Arnold "Tin Soldier"

The boys at the top of their game. Too bad this isn't really live. This was broadcast March 2, 1968.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Small Faces "All Or Nothing" live 1966

Small Faces week? Sure, why not? I've been too busy to get out the ol' Nikon lately. Live on the Morecambe and Wise show, UK. It's hard to believe that this was just an album track originally and not even considered for a single.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Small Faces "Song Of A Baker" French TV 1968

Uber-rare color footage which is possibly their last TV appearance. This first aried on 12/31/69. The group split the following month. This is the only color footage I've ever seen of them besides the "Colour Me Pop" special they taped. Bonus: Check out Keith Moon and Pete Townshend rocking out behind Kenny's drum kit 0:15-:019.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

The Yardbirds "Train Kept A-Rollin'

NME Poll Winners Concert, Wembley Empire, London 1966. When you watch this remember that Keith Relf only had one lung.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Earliest known footage of Jimi Hendrix 1965

OK, back from vacation. Buddy & Stacey give off some serious Sam & Dave vectors in this clip. Who's that, playing guitar in the background? Jimi Hendrix! Fender Jazzmaster restrung lefty. Jimi also backed Little Richard, Curtis Knight and The Isley Brothers earlier in his career.

Friday, September 18, 2009

John Cardiel

If this doesn't get you hyped, nothing will. This is still one of the best parts ever. The f/s 50-50 on the Union Square Levi's Store (3:01) rail here in SF in bonkers.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Roy Lichtenstein

This hangs in lobby of where I work in San Francisco. Untitled tapestry 1966. Felt and acrylic on vinyl.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Music Machine "Eagle Never Hunts The Fly" 1967

Oh man, no group on Earth before or since has sounded like The Music Machine. Clip is from the LA show "She-Bang" with a very young Casey Kasem hosting.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Friday, September 11, 2009

Oregon trip

5-days, 15 parks, 1,700 miles round trip. We got rained out in Portland so we didn't get to skate Pier Park, Glenhaven, Hollyfarm or MC's backyard bowl. I mostly just took photos as we arrived at a park or as we were leaving. Surprisingly, this trip ended up only being a two-man crew. Me and Matt. Other heads had business to take care of, job commitments, etc. I can't wait for next year. I didn't take too many photos because I was too busy having the time of my life skating these parks. I didn't get pics of every place we went but you'll get the gist. Big thanks to Dreamland and Grindline for doing things the right way. A big no thanks to Airspeed who has got to be the Wormhout of Oregon and their waste of time shitty parks. I'm looking at you Toledo!

First stop north was Weed, CA. Matt Sneddon with a rocknroll boardslide.

Weed, CA
Burnside, Portland, OR. Mecca for skateboarders. 'nuff said. We only got to skate the dry half due to the rain. It's lumpy and really hard to skate but the locals were rad and I had a blast. I skated better here than anywhere else we went. This place is magic.
Burnside, Portland, OR.
Burnside, Portland, OR. Ran into Andrew Langi from Redwood City, CA. Madonna. He later did a kickflip blunt fakie on the big wall in the back. Gnar! You'll be seeing it in a video or ad soon.
Burnside, Portland, OR. Yours truly, f/s smith grind
Burnside, Portland, OR. Matt, pivot-fakie
Coos Bay, OR this view was right behind where we camped
Coos Bay, OR
Coos Bay, OR
Coos Bay, OR
Coos Bay, OR. Needless to say that the park there is GNARLY. Kevin Kowalski f/s carved over that.
Lincoln City, OR. Possibly the best skatepark in the world. Ran into all kinds of South Bay heads we've been skating with for years and Chilibowl champ Bradley McClain. We actually ran into them 2 more times on our trip.
Lincoln City, OR Matt, cradle action
Lincoln City, OR snake run. The fastest thing I've ever skated.
Lincoln City, old section
Newberg, OR. Super fun and virtually a ghost town.
Reedsport. Lumpy Airspeed park
Toledo, OR Another Airspeed turd. Matt gives the seal of disapproval.
Winston, OR. Amazing park, we sessioned it 3 times.
Winston, OR
Winston, OR
Winston, OR Matt back tailslide
Myrtle Creek, OR Super weird park that we didn't get to really skate much due to someone pouring oil all over the place.
Myrtle Creek, OR Check the oil on the extension. Death trap.
Jacksonville, OR graveyard lurker
Jacksonville, OR Rugged but rad park. Locals were awesome.
Jacksonville, OR