Here’s a video I found of some random band blatantly ripping off AFI.
Archive for October, 2010
My Mom’s a total bad ass. When I got to White Lake yesterday, the water was perfect but there was no one around to ride with. I was pretty bummed until Mom stepped up and drove for my first real set behind the boat in about three months. I rode terrible and it was pretty depressing, but it wasn’t that big of a deal because Mom was the only other person who saw it and she kind of has to love me anyway. And not only did she drive the boat yesterday, but she pulled me again this afternoon for a 45 minute set. She wasn’t exactly up to speed on how to drive for wakeskating and she still has a few things to work on, but we had a little training session this afternoon and I think she’s going to pick everything up pretty quickly from here on. So thanks for driving, Mom. You better get ready for Thanksgiving…
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Attention Wilmington: if you like going to see good bands, you should probably go the The Soapbox on Tuesday night because Old Canes are playing a show. Although their website describes them as Folk Rock/Americana/Indie, I’ll just describe them as “The band from Tim and Cary’s part in No Name Losers” They’re one of those bands that most people can get down to no matter what kind of music they’re into. At any rate, I’m getting pretty excited about the show. In the immortal words of Will I. Am: “I’ve got a feeling that tonight’s going to be a good night.” Well, not necessarily tonight…I was thinking more about Tuesday night, but you get what I’m saying, right? It’s going to be fun.
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- Old Canes – “Feral Harmonic”
- Ghostface Killah – “Supreme Clientele” (Mom’s selection)
- Dan Deacon – “Bromst”
- Big Business – “The Drift”
For those of you who don’t know him, our buddy Matt Schrier is the undisputed king of text messages, motivational speeches, and getting people stoked on whatever he’s stoked on at that particular moment. Matt’s been all over us for the past few months about how he’s reserving a space on the back window of his truck for a TA sticker and how much he wanted a TA t-shirt. Well, apparently he got sick of waiting. Dude went and made his own shirt and is rocking it as we speak (or type, or whatever). So you’re the man, Matt…thanks for all the support. I’m straight up beaming with pride right now.
This kind of coincides with all that talk about stuff in the pipeline and big moves on the horizon, but that’s another blog post for another day…
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While I’m being all thankful, a big ol’ thank you goes out to the wonderful people of Dallas, Texas for hosting me last weekend. I had a large time with the Empire Wake crew and it was good to see the guys and gals from Texas Wake again. And oh yeah, I cruised around Dallas in an 18 wheeler cab. That’s right people, a big rig. It was was the most incredible thing I’ve ever done in my life. You can literally do whatever the hell you want when you’re in a big rig. It was a big milestone in my life. Good stuff.
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Word on the street is that there’s going to be some top serious work getting done around Wilmington over Halloween weekend. Gotta take advantage of the good weather while it lasts. Be prepared for cool stuff.
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- Deerhunter – “Halcyon Digest”
- Mondo Boys – “Tidal Waves” Mixtape (Thanks, DBS)
- American Nightmare – “Background Music”
- Converge – “Jane Doe”
Okay, so on Tuesday I went out on the river with Nick and Mark for a little sunset session. When I got to the boat ramp to meet up with them, I realized that I had my really cool, old school film camera in my car. It takes these awesome photos and there’s all kinds of light leaks and vignettes and it produces the most vibrant colors you’ve ever seen. Anyways, I thought it would be cool to snap off a few rolls of film that I happened to have. Check out the sweet shot I got of Mark doing a Method. You gotta love the vintage feel that digital photography simply can’t provide, am I right? *
* – This is all a lie. I took that photo with my cell phone and made it look like that with an app I downloaded off the internet. Looks cool though, doesn’t it?
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Heads up Texas: I’m going to be all up in you this weekend. I’m flying out of ILM at 5:30 tomorrow and heading to the Lone Star state to call the shots for the Collegiate Wake Series’ stop in Dallas. I’m sure that good times will be had by all, so if you’re going to be in the area and happen to see this website for some reason, check out the contest. I’ll be the guy on the couch with a microphone. Come hang out and buy me a Lone Star or six. Several of you should probably expect late night voicemails/freestyles. You know who you are.
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And finally, here’s the part of the post where I remind everyone about all the rad stuff we’re working on. Thinking outside the box. Widening our reach. Growing organically. Buying low, selling high. Big moves people. Just you wait.
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Weekend Travels Playlist
- Dallas Blake Saunders – “Stand By Me EP”
- Kylesa – “Spiral Shadow”
- Sleep – “Holy Mountain”
- Future Islands – “In Evening Air”
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In more wake-centric news, there’s tons of new jams coming from the Pacific Northwest. Our good buddies at Slingshot have just dropped their 2011 gear online, so go check it all out. They’ve got some wild new graphics, a few brand new shapes, and those mythical R.A.D. boots that Nick’s been rocking for the last few months. Hit up their wake site for more details and buy something while you’re there.
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Meanwhile, down here in Wilmington, Nick just got his boat back from the shop. Over the past few days, we’ve had some of the nicest weather I’ve seen in a long time, so hopefully there’s a little bit more riding to be done before winter gets here. We’ve been talking about a few possible projects on the horizon and we’ve got some big stuff in store for the end of the year. Massive plans, people. Huge. Stay tuned.
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Monday Funday Playlist
- Stars – “Set Yourself on Fire”
- Wu Tang Clan – “Enter the Wu Tang: 36 Chambers”
- Small Black – “New Chain”
- Steve Winwood – “Valerie” (On repeat. Over and over.)
If you know anything about me, you know that I love me some Wilmington, NC. It’s got everything you’d ever need: the ocean, good people, awesome food, and a female population that will make the rest of the world look pretty fugly by comparison. It’s also home to one of the strongest wakeboard scenes around, so when I moved back to Wilmington last Spring, all I could think about was how much I’d be able to ride. Clay’s boat is ready to go on the intracoastal and my boat is only an hour away at my beloved hometown of White Lake. Yeah, it was going to be awesome.
I think I can count on my hands how many times I’ve ridden this summer.
It seems like everyone has been riding less around here. Between jobs, classes, girlfriends, boat problems, injuries, or lousy conditions, life just gets in the way. I mean, with the exception of Sam Baker, none of us are exactly spring chickens anymore. It’s not like we can spend all day on the boat and just ride until we’ve had enough, and I feel like that painful fact was more evident this summer than it ever has been.
That being said, the boys recently decided to go all out and try to cram as much riding as they could into one weekend and film the whole thing. A little winching, a little wake riding, a little misdemeanor theft of a picnic table…it looked like a pretty fun time. The footage should probably be sent out to tourists and prospective UNCW students because this is how life in the Port City should be. And although weekends like this may begin to be fewer and further between, it’s good to know that they haven’t disappeared completely.
And since that last line sounded like a sappy PSA, I’m going to stop typing now. Just watch the video.