While on the road I usually bring the computer to start downloading the pictures of the digital camera and to start messing around with the article. As long as I've got the laptop with me I know I won't be wasting any time at the airport or in a hotel room. The Aldi computer also plays DVD's and while sharing a room with Andy Zeiss in Munich, he threw the "Building the Underground" DVD on the table. I popped it in and hit play.
The Origin production is a DVD that focuses on the North-West scene of the USA. This scene has loads of concrete parks to ride but also incredible trails making this a must have for every trail rider that also messes around on street/park. The video shows that the big downhill trails are not only built in Pennsylvania.
The footage is great as is the music. The riders in the video are not all big name dudes, there are plenty of locals who shred the trails with too
Millencolin CD "Kingwood"
Out for a while but since Koji Kraft told me this is one of his favourite bands it is time to give a review so he can have this CD.
The Swedish guys from Millencolin are always touring, now they are in the Vans Warped Tour and just back from a tour in the US. In between the busy schedule they made this album: "Kingwood".
12 new songs with my favourites Simple Twist of Hate and Hard Times it is obvious that these guys play a lot and are working as a real team. Frederik, Erik, Mathias and Nikola are loving the Punkrock life and hope to meet you somewhere on the road.
(Epitaph/Burning Heart BHR 197-2)
Fronting the most packed issue to date is Stuart Dolley, manualling one of Melbourne's most pristine masonry constructions shot by Zac Musarsa.
The last few months has seen an absolutely huge amount of jams, comps and DVD releases from coast to coast, many of which feature in this issue.
A taste of the mag includes the Martial One World Ban jam, Shane Badman on the philosophy of riding, the BMX Games, Heavy Metal Heroes pt 11, Adelaide's 20X2 comp and the lowdown on the 3 new Australian designed signature frames from Clint Millar, Mike Daly and Daniel Wallis. Behind Bars profiles Ben Savage, Phil Johnston and Josh Willet proving that the underground is definitely coming up.
Pennywise new CD "The Fuse" out in Europe now!
Yes Pennywise is touring Europe at the moment visiting Amsterdam this Thursday but we have to miss them because of the Rebeljam in Berlin. We take this CD on the trip so we can enjoy the 15 new songs in the plane.
The Hermosa Beach locals were speeding things up with recording this album, as Jim Lindberg says: "We made us put more energy into our performances" and it shows, this album is the real deal.
The August issue of RIDEBMX has entered the newsstands. We're counting 140 pages this month and it does come with a pull out poster of Darin Read and Reuel Erickson. Aitken makes the cover, it won't be his last one. The S&M ad is funny; Go-for-it. After the usuals in Up Front, a Pro Q+A follows with Allan Cooke. Diversions does reviews on CD's and videos and the Spots section is about the China Banks in SF. Then and now: Dave Voelker, still the best show rider alive. Some wooden hubs appear in the Products section and Taj's bike is being inspected in the Set-Up part. The Buyer's Guide shows park friendly pegs. Products tested in the August issue are: Ruben's tires and the Odyssey Reloader Freecoaster Hub receiving an 8.5 both. Find some pics of the old school BMX-ers in the BMX HISTORY GOES HOLLYWOOD article. There's a report on the transition Jam in Baton Rouge and an interview with flatlander Terry Adams. Mirra takes a few riders under his wing for an all expenses paid video trip (that is if you don't count the money lost at playing poker).
No Problemo DVD, presented by RedBull
At RedBull they like to do things a little different. This time they invited a good bunch of riders and media to go ride a drainage ditch somewhere in Mexico. Don't ask who comes up with those ideas but it sounds like an adventure every time they put something on. No Problemo is a DVD with footage from the trip. The riders were transported from place to place by local drivers and were welcomed by local riders at each spot. The hired camera men captured the riding but also the fun stuff and did interviews with the riders later on to explain the situations in the DVD. It actually makes for a rather good DVD with some cool graphics and good editing. With riders such as Corey Martinez, Gary Young, Mike Escamilla, Jim Bauer, Jon Taylor, Bas Keep, Edwin Delarosa, Bob Scerbo and Rob Tibbs you can expect some interesting riding on foreign terrain. The actual event almost didn't happen because a day before the ramps were swimming in the ditch. Somehow it dried up for next day's contest and made for some unique footage.
A flatland cover on Dig, are you kidding me? Leave it to the DIG crew to come up with different covers. Some things have changed as far as publishing the magazine goes but you wouldn't notice from the outside. Also that Will Smyth is now based in Scotland (Glasgow) and not Northern Ireland (Belfast), doesn't show in any way in this international BMX mag. Ed Docherty sends out magazine info on a regular basis. The #46 info we received today. Click on the info to read what you can find.
Props Megatour 4
Teams: Too-Hip-Bulldawg-LastCall for alcohol-Manmaid-wezhepeople-Pr1miumProducts
Loacation: The Sunshine State, all over the place, many places were hit including trails, street and concrete and wooden ramp parks.
Duration: Long enough to be worth your money. Plus loads of bonus footage. Chosen from 56 hours of videotapes.
It's nice to have places to go where it's warm enough to ride in the wintertime. Florida provided what the Megatour was looking for. The trip started off at the UGP/Sparky's headquarters in Orlando with a barbeque and some drunken Gonz antics. Find all this in the bonus section. It's listed as day 0.
You don't have to be a multi time X-Games medalist to get on the Cover of BMX Plus! magazine. Hoang Tran proves that. The people at Plus are pretty good at giving new talent some pics in the magazine. Based a bit North of LA (and the OC), they simply run into other talent and there is plenty of talent out riding at the local parks these days. The Inside Scoop are the pages that bring the news. There's also a one page interview with Sam Schultz, the man behind Tree Bike Co. Dale Holmes gives the race update and there's a page on the DC sprint race. Reader letters? Sure. The Nostalgia page is one for coaster brake lovers as Todd Anderson sails a one footed invert at the Enchanted ramp on his General bike (what happened to that brand?). Sam Cools' and Brian Castillo's bikes get inspected and the Free Agent Limo bike gets tested. You want Extreme dirt jumping? you got it. 6 pages of it. There's an ABA race report that starts on p. 38 before we get to the Ryan Mills interview. Ryan's coming to the FISE so meet him in person there. Just in time for summer there's a beanie review. Another bike test (Hoffman Disrupter), BB/Crank installment how-to and a how-to fill the next few pages. Eben Fisher gets an interview and the Supercross MXP frame is being put through the test. There's more.
UselessID : "Redemption" Twelve "new" songs of this band from Israel, they recorded this album with Bill Stevenson in Colorado from March 7 till April 3rd 2004 and will be ready for the recordstores July 12th 2005. Why it took so long I can't tell you, Bill is a busy man and UselessID is working doing a lot of shows so that might be the reason. Redemption is a bit slower than previous UselessID Albums and I have to say it is not my style, hope the next album will be the "Old" UselessID. I give this a 3*** rate. (Kung FU records #78834-2)PdJ