RIGHTEOUS JAMS ***
Lenneke at KUNG FU Europe is back from ???? and send us some CD's again, I had to say hi to Twisted Guido but didn't see or hear from him for a long time so he might read this so my job is done.
The Righteous James out Boston finished their full length debut: Rage of Discipline. Touring with the VANS Warped Tour in 2004 they showed that they mean business with old school hardcore and if Dynamo festival was still around they would be playing there for sure. These guys are the new breed of Hardcore so check them out at a concert. They are playing in Europe tonight till Wednesday the 23rd. www.kungfurecords.com
Joe Kid on a Stingray narrator Jesse James is big time. He recently signed a 15 million dollar contract with K-mart that allows them to sell anything with a West Coast Choppers logo for a year.
When Jesse James checked his agenda and could not make it to the Joe Kid premiere in Hollywood on March 19th, the whole thing got moved back to April 2nd so he could attend. It sure will be a night to remember with all the old timers at the Cine Space.
FATBMX will be represented by the "Press from Holland asociale" (uhh associates), based out of Huntington Beach.
For those who went to the Pop!Session in Estonia or checked out the event on the internet, it is clear that Estonia has not fallen off the map. Right before the event, Risto and a bunch of his friends decided to publish a magazine called Sahtel.
With the filming of the Mega tour 4 done last week I decided to pop in Props Mega Tour #3. Where some companies are having problems collecting footage of each rider for their video, the Props crew collected 57 hours of footage in a good week. Mega Tour 3 had 6 teams present with a bit of Shitluck action added. UGP, Mutiny, Blacken, Empire, Hoffman and Profile were the other six. The tour touched the states of Oklahoma and Texas and many skate parks, street spots and some trails were visited. It also shows you have to drain a pool. The first attempts were with buckets of water until the water pump was fired up. To dry the thing up completely it was set on fire. It resulted in good footage though.
We at FATBMX don’t know shit about putting together our own videos. It seems like there are a lot of you guys out there that are messing around with digital video camera’s and computers. Maybe you can help us out making a couple of 30 seconds FATBMX commercials. We want to run some fresh ones in Props and Soul, the two leading BMX video magazines so you’re sure that the commercials will be seen.
Because of the fucked up PAL/NTSC tape system and the various DVD
Soul #26 has been released. It's by far the most international video magazine around. The quality of the Winter 2005 issue seems to progress in the same way that riding is progressing. It's got a Frenchman on the cover (Thomas Caillard) and shows footage from the Heartattack tour up in Scandinavia, the Urban Games in London, A bio on German Sven Hoffman, The Twenty jam in France, The Carhartt Ravage Road trip through the Netherlands + Germany, The Backyard jam in Derby, UK, a Bio on Aussie Corey Bohan and a Soul trip to CZ, A and SK. The video is 43 minutes and has a 32 minute bonus section. You can watch the trailer in the FAT Movies section.
The level of the BMX riding has gone through the roof. The System DVD proofs it once again. System Cycles distribute the brands of DK and FLY Bikes and they teamed up to make one video with riders from both teams. Brian Kachinsky is definitely suicidal. The rail tricks he does are insane. Sergio Layos has so much flow and Chris Doyle is one of the best overall riders. It's nice to see some dirt in this DVD too. Behnke is taking it to the streets and Biz can drive any truck. Kevin Porter's part doesn't disappoint one bit. These riders have built up a name for themselves and for a reason.
The DK/FLY riders were taken on several trips which results in unique footage at different spots. The extra effort is appreciated. The editing is clean and the music does not annoy. All in all a great DVD with some interesting bonus footage on Colin Winkelmann that you have to see.
RIDE BMX magazine #83.
UK: 3 pound 20
Aussies pay $9.75
USA: 6 bucks get 5 cents change
Canada: $8.99 ey
Europe: not listed
Magazines can be expensive, especially imported books because shipping gets added. When a magazine is 164 pages thick, has a big size and is printed on quality paper, the postage might be more than the magazine printing itself.
We received a mail from Dylan Close who asked if we wanted to review the Physical Graffiti DVD. Yup, no problem, just send it over. I didn't really know what to expect but was hoping for some sort or graffiti art video.
Turns out that Physical Graffiti has more to do with tattoos, piercings and pain. The DVD has a documentary feel to it and that is a good thing because the footage is pretty old. Neal Wood, Dave Mirra and Jay Miron are in it too. Jay's on his Hoffman bike and Dave on the Blammo. Turns out this video hail from 1998 but has been re-released.
Here's the official press release regarding the DVD so you can decide yourself if tattoos, piercings and pain are your thing:
The time has finally come...
The highly anticipated, critically acclaimed, feature documentary:
"Joe Kid on a Stingray -The History of BMX".
Produced & Directed by Mark Eaton and John Swarr of Bang! Pictures Inc. Executive Produced & Narrated by Jesse James of West Coast Choppers.