Archive for February, 2011

Tuesday Morning Jams – Young Brother

Posted in Random with tags , , , on February 22, 2011 by telepromptedanthems

Like a jackass, I’ve been sitting on this for a few weeks now and just now realized that I hadn’t posted anything about it. So here you go: some new jams for your Tuesday morning.

Young Brother is an indie rock band from Orlando. They just dropped their debut EP last month, and I’m here to tell you that it’s pretty awesome. You wakeboarders out there might recognize some of the guys in the band: pro rider Jeff McKee is the drummer, while Alliance’s Josh McWilliams and Chris Heavener (Chase Heavener’s brother) play guitar and bass. There’s also another guitarist named Alberto, and although I don’t think he has any wakeboarding connections, I’m sure he’s a swell guy.

If you’ve seen the new Obscura movie, Washed Up Before We Were Has Beens, you’ll recognize Young Brother from the movie’s opening sequence. If I had to compare the music to anything, I’d say it sounds kind of like Tame Impala or Annuals or maybe even the last Deerhunter record. It’s mostly very layered and soothing but there are some really big, epic moments as well. Solid jams all around; I’d say it’s good choice if you’re sitting on a porch/dock/boat drinking beer or if you have to drive somewhere with your mom in the car and don’t want her to hear your heavy metal or gangster rap.

The band pulled a Radiohead and put the entire 6-song EP on their Bandcamp page where you can pay what you want to download it. I’m particularly glad that it’s so good because the last time a bunch of wakeboarders got together to make music, the result was BoardBeats, and that was the biggest GD musical disaster I’ve ever seen. I mean seriously, who thought that was a good idea?

Anyway, go check it out. I give it the official TA Seal of Approval, which is almost as good as a Best New Music tag on Pitchfork or a spot on the Grey’s Anatomy soundtrack.

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Currently Playing on the Laptop

  1. Young Brother – EP (duh)
  2. Mogwai – Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will
  3. The Melvins – Lysol



Dre Day (and Everybody’s Celebratin’)

Posted in Random with tags , , , on February 18, 2011 by telepromptedanthems

Like pretty much every post this time of year, this has absolutely nothing to do with wakeboarding, but it needs to be said. As most anybody with half a brain knows, when it comes to hip hop, the East Coast is superior in virtually every way (sorry, Stephanie). However, despite my allegiance to the right coast, I’m also quick to acknowledge our western counterpart and what they’ve brought to the table over the years. With that in mind, I’d like to wish a very happy birthday to a producer who can rap and control the maestro: Dr. Dre.

This guy has got it all figured out: he’s turning 46 years old and his day probably consists of nothing but making baller ass headphones and slingin’ Dr. Pepper, taking it easy while everyone else in the world is on the edge of their seats wondering if this is the year that Detox will actually come out. I also just realized that The Chronic came out nearly 20 years ago. Jesus, I feel old.

Anyway, happy birthday, Doc.

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In other news, it’s 70 degrees in Wilmington today and Nick and Mark have been riding once a week for the past several weeks. It’s about that time people…

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Dre Day 2011 Playlist

  1. Dr. Dre – The Chronic
  2. Dr. Dre – The Chronic 2001
  3. NWA – Straight Outta Compton

TA Staff Meeting

Posted in Random with tags , , on February 3, 2011 by telepromptedanthems

Thursdays are always super productive around here.

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Must See TV Playlist:

  1. Akimbo – “Jersey Shores”
  2. Less Than Jake – “Never Going Back To Jersey”
  3. Motley Crue – “Same Ol’ Situation”

Happy Groundhog Day

Posted in News with tags , , , on February 2, 2011 by telepromptedanthems

I know it’s hard to believe, but there’s just not much wakeboarding going on around here lately. There are a few crazy kids out there, but for the most part, we’re just biding our time for Spring. Luckily for us, that rodent in Pennsylvania says that Spring is right around the corner. Usually, I wouldn’t take meteorological advice from an oversized rat, but I’m going to make an exception in this case because I really want it to to be true. Don’t let me down, Phil.

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In more wake-related news, our good buddies at Slingshot recently announced two new additions to the family: they just signed Oli Derome and Keith Lyman to the global team. Oli’s been a top ten contender on the tour for a while now and Lyman’s reputation definitely speaks for itself. Big congrats to those guys and to Slingshot; hopefully Oli will get SS on some podiums this season and Keith will disprove some of those “you-can’t-go-as-big-on flex-boards” rumors that pop up from time to time. No matter what happens, I’m predicting massive sales of SS’s new Ballistic Series…and you know where you can get your hands on one

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And finally, everybody wish a happy belated birthday to our very own Nick Joseph. There was a massive throwdown at Mark’s house on Saturday night, which I was unable to attend due to prior obligations. Judging from the voice mail I got from Matt Schrier (at 10:00 no less), it sounded like a large time was had. Happy birthday, buddy…

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Groundhog Day Playlist:

  1. The National – “Boxer
  2. The Hold Steady – “Almost Killed Me”
  3. Kanye West – “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy”
  4. Bruce Springsteen – “Born to Run”