Two Year Anniversary

Posted in News with tags , on October 3, 2011 by telepromptedanthems

Exactly two years ago right this minute, I was sitting on Justin Sellers’ couch fighting a strong urge to either pass out or throw up or both.

In less than three hours, we were supposed to premiere No Name Losers in downtown Wilmington and I was a complete wreck. I was convinced that we had a bunch of our friends and family showing up to a placed called Club Diesel to see a giant piece of shit movie that we spent the last year of our lives making and no one was going to like it. So we did what any respectable men would do in the face of adversity: we took Bluto’s advice and started pounding PBR tall boys as soon as we got to the venue.

Everything that could go wrong, did. A hard drive failed, a cable was missing, the DVD player wasn’t outputting sound; you name it, it didn’t work right. Everything finally fell into place right before we were supposed to start the movie and I don’t know if it was the nerves or if it was the fact that I had only gotten about 12 hours of sleep that entire week, but I was pretty much hammered by the time the opening sequence began. From that point on, everything went off pretty much perfect and it turned into one of the best nights of my life. People seemed to like the movie and we went on to have an extremely large time for the rest of the evening.

Two years later, the movie has been played over 13,000 times online. I know this is a really low number when you compare it to the Leprechaun in Alabama or the video of the 7-year-old car thief, but to us, it’s f__king crazy. Thanks so much to whoever has watched it or bought a DVD. I still really hope you don’t think it sucks.

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“Two-Year Anniversary” Playlist

  1. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – “S/T”
  2. Black Lips – “Arabia Mountain”
  3. Baroness – “Blue Record”
  4. M83 – “Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming”
  5. Rwake – “Lift”

Feed The Machine

Posted in News with tags , on September 7, 2011 by telepromptedanthems

The dudes over at Humanoid have started to slowly release some goods from their team trip to Lake Powell earlier this summer and they just dropped a new video called Feed the Machine, Episode 1. It’s features a few of the Humanoid guys, and I know I’m biased, but I’m happy as hell to report that our very own Mark Rugala was one of them. Mark and the boys were definitely throwing down, so click here to check it out and be sure to keep an eye out for future episodes.

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On a somewhat related note, if you’re not concerned with good riding as much as wanting to see someone just get f__ked up, click here to see our new buddy Bob Sichel almost dying on the Lake Powell trip. And be careful out there, kids.

(And just in case anyone was wondering, like usual, I shamelessly stole that photo from the Humanoid website. It’s how I roll.)

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“Humanoid Media Blitz” Playlist:

  1. M83 – “Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming” (!)
  2. Various Artists – “Stax Records 50th Anniversary Celebration”
  3. Sleep – “Jerusalem”
  4. Trans Am – “Surrender to the Night”

Log and Capture

Posted in News with tags , , on September 3, 2011 by telepromptedanthems



Too busy for an official post because we’re working on some new jams as we speak. Wheels are in motion. Gears are turning. Things are happening here at TA HQ. Keep an eye out early next week. Or maybe late next week. Hell, it might even be week after next. Just know that new stuff is coming soon…

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“Digging Through Footage” Playlist

  1. The National – “Boxer”
  2. Entombed – “Wolverine Blues”
  3. Crime in Stereo – “…is Dead”
  4. Deafheaven – “Demo”



New Ride

Posted in News with tags on August 29, 2011 by telepromptedanthems

What started off as a pretty average day just got a whole lot better because thanks to the dudes at Humanoid Wakeboards and my local Fed Ex guy, I just unwrapped my first new wakeboard since 2007.  The board looks unreal, so I’m planning on trying to bum a ride behind Capt. Martin’s vessel to give it a whirl later this week. A bunch of people have made fun of me in the past for still using a pair of old Liquid Force Ultra Suction bindings, but I have to say that it seems like the Oracle was destined to be paired up with them because they look amazing together. Big thanks to the guys over at Humanoid H.Q. for the updated ride. My stokemeter is officially at Matt Schrier levels right now.

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And just in case you missed it, click here to check out Mark Rugala and Bob Sichel riding this board way better than I ever could.

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“Brand New Board” Playlist

  1. Tombs – “Path of Totality”
  2. Dr. Dog – “Shame Shame”
  3. Mondo Boys – “Desert Island” Mixtape
  4. Britney Spears – “I Wanna Go” (Been in my head since Thursday. Seriously.)

A Weekend with Humanoid

Posted in Features, Wakeboarding with tags on August 19, 2011 by telepromptedanthems

Okay, so I’ve got good news and bad news. You know how every summer, there’s about a month-long period where nothing gets posted and there’s no activity on the site whatsoever? Well the bad news is that this year, that month turned into about three months. The good news is that it’s finally over!

A while back, Nick and Mark went down to Orlando for a weekend and met up with Mark’s Humanoid teammate Bob Sichel. As soon as they got down there, they got right to work and banged out a few quick sessions before heading back up to NC.

We’ve been sitting on the footage for a while now, and that video up there is what came of it all. We’re hanging on to a few more clips from some other dudes, so stay tuned to see what else went down. I mean, it’s not like we could release it all at once. It’s been three months since the last post, so we kind of have to pace ourselves here, you know?

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Speaking of Humanoid, after you watch the video, be sure to head over to their site and check out the goods. They have some snazzy new boards for 2011 and they’re putting together an impressive team of riders. Plus, Mark just got back from a big team trip out west and he says that the stuff they have up their sleeves for 2012 is looking sick.

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Rest easy, people. Regular posting has returned. I know you missed us.

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“Return to Blogging” Playlist

  1. Sleep – “Jerusalem”
  2. Jay-Z and Kanye West – “Watch The Throne”
  3. Death From Above 1979 – “You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine”
  4. Snapcase – “Steps” EP

Slacking Hard

Posted in News with tags , , on July 28, 2011 by telepromptedanthems

There’s no excuse, really. New stuff coming soon. *



* – Probably

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“Worst Blogger in the World ” Playlist

  1. Wu Lyf – “Go Tell Fire to the Mountain”
  2. F__ked Up – “David Comes to Life”
  3. Electric Wizard – “Dopethrone”
  4. Touche Amore – “Parting the Sea Between Brightness and Me”
  5. Cave In – “White Silence”

Devise and Conquer

Posted in News with tags , on May 26, 2011 by telepromptedanthems

The dudes over at Transworld Wake have this pretty cool contest going on right now that puts four wakeskate teams against one another to see who can build some cool stuff to hit and come up with the best video. I just watched all the entries and sweet baby Jesus, Obscura’s team completely annihilated the competition.

None of the videos were bad, mind you, but Obscura’s entry has arguably the best team in the biz, a bunch of fire, a fake cityscape, and this one little rail where they did a bunch of shuvits through a hoop, not to mention the best soundtrack out of the bunch. I mean, honestly, it’s not even close. If Obscura doesn’t win this, I’m gonna show up on the doorstep of the Bonnier building in Orlando because someone has some serious explaining to do.

I’ve already seen some talk on the internets that the contest is really similar to stuff that’s been going on in skateboarding or surfing for years, but so is pretty much everything cool about wakeboarding, so whatever. It’s a pretty cool idea, so check out the videos and vote for your favorite here.

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“Watching Wakeskating at Work” Playlist

  1. Avail – 4AM Friday
  2. Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath
  3. The Sounds – Something to Die For
  4. Spiritualized – Songs in A and E