Monthly Archives: July 2011

Luv Deluxe

Sex, Drugs, & Murder.

Stumbled across this gem of a short film / music video for the Cinnamon Chasers – great cinematography, editing, & overall idea… all shot from first perspective. Super creative. Makes me want to get on the road again with a partner in crime & do some gangster shit. Alas:

Album: A Million Miles From Home
Director: Saman Keshavarz
Producer: Francis Pollara
Associate Producer: Nate Eggert
Cinematographer: Justin Gurnari
Editor: Nate Tam
Actress: Darcy Ripley

EPIC Japanese game show prank

An oldie but a goodie – Japanese game shows are UNREAL – If you did this in the states, it would be a definite immediate lawsuit. Ha! Gotta love it. Shit quality but epic content… 2:15 brings on Mission II which absolutely KILLS ME every time. Thank you Japanese humor!

LA METRO’s redesign of Union Station & Light Rail transportation in the works

Angelenos… here’s something to keep an eye on. As you may or may not be aware, the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority ( METRO ) had bought the historic Union Station in April, & are currently on the move with the preliminary plans of redevelopment.

A huge collaborative effort is taking place, & in April 2012, a finalized plan will be selected, officialized, & set into motion. The goals for the project are to meet transit needs that will be accommodating to the future; designing & offering an iconic place of extraordinary design
as well as an overall improvement in the city’s inter-connectivity.

Because, after all, there once was a time when we had the most extensive & efficient public transportation system in the US (hard to believe, isn’t it?). Back in the day, people were able to have breakfast in downtown LA, hop on a trolley to Santa Monica beach for the afternoon, & hop back on to return downtown (or anywhere in between for that matter) to finish the evening off right. In the next few years, people will be able to do that again via light rail.

The much anticipated addition of METRO’s Regional Connector as well as the California High Speed Rail are already in a promising state of motion – the first section of the Expo Line (from downtown, through USC, to the intersection of La Cienega / Exposition blvd), is nearing completion with the expectation to open sometime this fall… & will be making it to Culver city in another year from then – finally making it to Santa Monica ( Colorado & 4th St ) by 2015.

METRO’s project to restore the historic streetcar within the downtown sector as well, in their words, will provide an invaluable service weaving together various Downtown districts, helping to revitalize Downtown LA’s historic core and connecting people to employment centers, shopping districts, civic resources, cultural institutions, historic landmarks and entertainment venues within the project study area. The Streetcar, in concert with local efforts, will reignite interest in Downtown’s historic significance and help stimulate economic revitalization. Word.

It will be exciting to watch all of these improvements take place… & the best part is that we won’t have to wait very long – completion of the master plan for the initial redevelopment project is set for August 2013, & improvements will continually be made thereafter, with the Downtown LA <--> Santa Monica Expo Line being completed sometime in 2015. RAD!

Thanks for the Dinner and the Sex

Dion Agius just directed, edited, and released his first surf flick called “Thanks for the Dinner and the Sex.” The movie feels like you have time warped back into the 90′s with the film completely tweaked as if it were on VHS– kinda like dusting off one of your grandfather’s old playboys and finding all the rigs of tomorrow inside..  Wouldn’t that be nice.  But these are not rigs (except for the intro, she’s a true rig) and this is no old playboy.  This is simply a video of a couple of friends who love to go fast as fuck on a surfboard and huck themselves into some serious aerial antics.  No color corrections, a few tow-ats, stunning land shots and surreal transitions between parts leaves me asking for more.  And not to mention the music.. a true summer bash.  So whens the next one coming out Dion?  And for those of you who have’nt heard of this Australian animal check out his site HERE. It’s a riot.

Click to watch Thanks for the Dinner and the Sex for FREE!


 

Cass McCombs

Cass McCombs has been a favorite of mine for a long time.  If you are not already familiar with him, you might have heard a few of his older jams in skate videos from years back (check out the sections of Jason Dill in DVS’s Skate More and Jerry Hsu in Enjoi’s Bag of Suck below).  He has slowed it down and shed some layers over the years, but his catalogue is quality all the way through.  His latest effort, Wit’s End, with it’s sparse arrangements and gentle vocals, is the songwriter at his most vulnerable.  Check out some of McCombs material from each of his 5 LPs below.  If you like what you hear, you can catch him playing live at Pappy & Harriets in Pioneertown this Sunday (with Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth) or at FYF Fest on September 3rd.

“What Isn’t Nature from A (2003):

 ”Sacred Heart” from PREfection (2005):

 

 ”That’s That” from Dropping the Writ (2007):

 ”Dreams Come True Girl” from Catacombs (2009):

“County Line” from Wit’s End (2011) live from SXSW:

Chasing The Dragon

The Dragon has finally been caught… Awhile back I received a CD from a good friend of mine over at GottaDanceDirty. Apparently Diplo sent him a CD to preview and luckily it got shot my way. “Rudes take this CD,” he said, “this is your type of shit!” I took his advice and retreated back to my shabby beach shack and fired up the disc…. Previously, I had been over crowded with electronic buzzes and beeps. The electronic music had taken over my soul and my robot vagina was slowly starting to grow and twitch. Thank God for this mix. Instantly I was back in a musical world I recognized and my beautiful junk flourished back to its natural state, leaving all the wires and micro-chips in the elec-tric-tronic light-show land. Produced by Diplo, Chasing the Dragon features only the finest of 60′s and 70′s psychedelic garage rock tracks perfect for an after surf spliff or a pre-skate bash. Either way I guarantee you will enjoy this mixtape and if you don’t then go play with your electronic gadgets else where. Chasing the Dragon was originally released through MAD DECENT World Wide Radio Podcast #62. It consists of 12 tracks with about 3 to 4 songs on each track all mixed together resulting in about an hour of pure psychedelic bliss.

DL: Diplo – Chasing The Dragon

Chasing The Dragon – Tracklist
(The tracklist may not be perfect, but I included a handful of golden nuggets for you to jam out to – click for your pick – I’d click all of em)

00:00 James A. Moorer/THX – Deep Note
00:19 The Caprells & Sul Brothers Band – Close Your Eyes
02:35 The Trey Tones – Nonymous
04:47 Kama Del Sutra – She Taught Me Love
06:50 The Outcasts – Loving You Sometimes
08:20 The Sonics – Have Love, Will Travel
10:14 Silver Apples – I Have Known Love
12:13 Ken Nordine – Green
13:42 Steve Morgen – Purple
15:22 Billy and the Kids – Say You Love Me
17:02 ?
18:00 the shaynes – from my window
20:00 Os Baobás – Pintada De Preto (Paint it Black)
21:21 The United States of America – Coming Down
23:45 Funkadelic – Can You Get To That?
26:22 David Essex – Rock On
28:25 The Shades of Black Lightning – Yesterday’s Dream
30:12 The Electric Prunes – Holy Are You
32:15 Jacques Dutronc – Hippie Hippie Hourrah
34:28 Selda Bagcan & Mogollar – Anayasso
36:20 Breakout – Usta Me Ogrzej
39:03 The Cyrkle – Nicole
40:07 Jefferson Airplane – Today
41:05 Rotary Connection – I Am The Black Gold Of The Sun
43:21 Human Race – Human Race
45:57 Barbara and Ernie – Somebody To Love
47:40 Dutch Rhythm Steel & Show Band – Down By The River
50:24 The Whatnauts & The Whatnaut Band – Message From A Black Man
52:07 Cresa Watson – Dead
53:50 Shuggie Otis – Jenny Lee
55:40 Waltel Branco – Tema De Zorra (James Brown – Popcorn With A Feeling cover)57:45 Günter Kallmann Choir – Daydream
59:05 Mighty Ryeders – Star Children
60:10 Air – Sister Bessie
62:40 The Beatles – I Me Mine