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

Thursday, September 10, 2009

More Chilibowl 2009 footage

Another holding pattern post until I can get around to the Oregon trip photos. Enjoy.

shot by David Duesterberg

from Thrasher

A portrait of the artist as a young man

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

John Coltrane "India"

Live at the Village Vanguard 1961. Roger McGuinn copped the main riff for The Byrds "Eight Miles High" in 1966.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Booker T. & The MG's "Time Is Tight" Oakland Arena 1969

They opened for Creedence Clearwater Revival. You can see members of of CCR groovin' in the wings while they rip through a hot version of "Time Is Tight". This was filmed for an ABC TV Special. I have the whole thing on an old bootleg VHS tape that I bought years ago at the Emeryville record swap. In addition to CCR's set they also show them and the MG's jamming together at "The Factory", their Berkeley rehearsal studio. Footage like this should be released officially. R.I.P Al Jackson Jr.