Delawarefirst.org recently put together a nice little article on the Wilmington Skate Project and skateboarding in Delaware in general – check it out here. Between the creation of the 7th street skate spot this past spring, construction on the Glasgow, DE park moving along (and hopefully opening in Sept.) and the news that the City of WIlmington is finally going to release the long promised $250,000 for the skate plaza in Wilmington – it’s been an amazing year for skateboarders in the first state. It’s been a long time coming and much deserved. Special thanks and much respect to Kinetic, Switch, Mark Calder and the rest of the WSP for making things happen. Plus there’s also talk about finally getting a skate park in Newark as well, which is also long overdue.
Also worth checking out is this nice little piece on skaters in Lewes, DE who are creating their own scene and making it happen. I mean, this is what it’s about. So stoked…
And on a side note – don’t sleep on the Deathwish/Baker demo later today at 7th Street – should be insane.
This Friday night, be sure to catch two of the better up and coming bands from Delaware, Atlas and My Friends, as they celebrate the release of their brand new, split EP (on glorious 12″ vinyl) at the Queen in Wilmington.
I was honored to be asked to design the record sleeve, which features the collage, In Adhesion on the cover. Now, I’ll be the first to admit that it’s much more satisfying working on a 12 inch record, rather than a rinky-dinky CD jacket so I personally can’t wait to see the finished product. I’ve heard both sides, and they’re really good – you can check them out for yourself down below – but be sure to pick up a copy of the record as well, since these guys put a lot of blood, sweat, tears and money into this thing. Honestly, I was first approached about doing the artwork around this time last year, so these guys have been working on this for a few years now. As always, support good music.
Also playing that night are Troubled Hips (who I keep hearing nothing but great things about) and Easy Pyramids, so it should be a good night. The show started at 8:30 pm and is $7 at the door. Friday, August 19th at the World Cafe Live at the Queen, 500 N. Market Street, Wilmington, DE.
Copies of the EP will be avialable on this site shortly as well, once we get the new store up and running. Stay tuned true believers.
And on a side note, some of you might remember the Atlas track, Blue Lakes, from mighty joe castro podcast #2, Something to be proud of.
Super honored and stoked to announce that Science Skateboards in the UK just released my first ever skateboard graphic as part of their latest series. The idea for the deck came together after talking with Chris Morgan about some of his favorite graphics, including this 1992 James Kelch board on Real – he also mentioned that he dug my painting Mt Cook Avenue Reflections, so we decided to try a cross between the two. I think it came out pretty cool. The original painting, entitled Mount Cook Avenue Reflection #2, is oil on canvas, 24″ x 48″.
Definitely a dream come true, I’ve wanted to design a board graphic ever since I was a young teen, eagerly flipping through the pages of Thrasher and soaking in artwork from Gonz, Neil Blender, Andy Howell, Ed Templeton and Chris Miller (and years later, guys like Evan Hecox, Don Pendleton and Andy Jenkins, among others). Plus, as a music fan who has a heavy love and obsession for the Manchester scene and British music in general (The Smiths, Stone Roses, Happy Mondays, The Clash, Stones, Kinks, Sabbath, Suede – the list goes on and on), it just seems fitting that my first board should come out of the UK. Like I said, a dream come true and a real honor. Thanks to Chris at Science for making this happen. Nice one!
Unfortunately for those of us states side, these decks will only be available in shops overseas – but I will have a very limited number for sale on this site – in our brand new webstore – which should be live in the next few weeks. Stay tuned.
I was recently asked to design a limited edition poster for tonight’s Death Cab for Cutie’s show at the Mann in Philadelphia. The chosen design (pictured left) is a 2 color screen print on 100# Construction Steel Blue French paper, and was printed by ABNRML. These were limited to a run of 40 and were a gift to the band from AEG. I have a few copies of these that will be available for purchase in the next few weeks, so stay tuned if you’re interest.
Now, originally, I had the idea of doing a Death Cab poster that was a direct parody of ACDC’s infamous Highway to Hell album cover, because when I realized the band’s initials were DC4C, it seemed like too good of an idea to pass up, and one that I thought for sure that someone else must have used (after a couple hours of solid research though, I never found anything). And, honestly, you couldn’t get a greater contrast in sound or attitude than between these two bands, which is why I thought it was funny. Plus, I figured that, given the age of the Death Cab guys, they were probably into metal at some point of their pre-treen lives, so they would get the joke. Unfortunately, AEG passed on the design, wanting to go with something much less cartoony, which is totally their perogative, no hard feelings, we’re all professionals here, etc.etc – but I was happy enough with the general idea and execution that I figured it was worth sharing here. Consider it an unreleased B-side. Enjoy.
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In honor of my much missed friend and bandmate, Christopher Tucker (who, it’s hard to believe, passed away three years ago today) I’m posting this previously unreleased recording of one of my favorite songs by The Situation, Turntable. The band recorded this at Manic Music in 2001 during the same session as The Best Presciption Pill, but we were never completely satisfied with it for one reason or another so the recording fell to the wayside in favor of newer material (although we did continue to play the song live). But as the years pass on, the lyrics seem to really hit home – yes, the turntable is still singing about you, my friend. Rest in peace.
1. Rockabilly : the Twang Heard Around the World – great new coffee table book on the early rock-n-roll sound, covering everything from the first days at Sun Records to later rockabilly revivalists like the Cramps and Reverand Horton Heat. Tons of great photos and lots of artists that you may not have heard of. A solid primer.
2. Norton Records – these folks release some amazing, rare rockabilly and garage records – so many odd little audio gems in there. And it’s getting more and more difficult not to just order the entire catalog right from their website – with discs like these, a life of poverty might not be that bad.
3. Super 8 – best “summer” film I’ve seen in a long, long time. Part E.T., part Close Encounters and part Goonies. If you grew up in the late 70’s/early80’s, you’ll definitely dig the look and vibe. A solid watch and a lot of fun. But, damn, I wish it was still that easy to get super 8 film developed.
4. Mike Anderson’s part in Not Another Transworld Video. Loved his style – lots of weird little wallride tricks (that boneless out of the frontside wall ride was insane!). Very original and super fun. Nestor’s part was sick too. The whole video’s pretty insane.
5. Torey Pudwell – this guy’s been on a tear the last two years and his new Thrasher mag part, Big Bang, is no disappointment. The fact that he filmed the whole thing in 6 months is just mind blowing.
6. Ed Templeton’s Teenage Kissers – got to meet and talk briefly with Ed at the opening of his excellent new photo show at the Half Gallery and he was super cool, a real gentleman. Lots of heavies lurking about (Glenn E. Freidman, Craig Stecyk, Guy Picciotto). The show’s up until July 25 – check it out if you’re in the big apple this summer and pick up the book from the nice folks at Seems.
It’s the first day of summer, and nothing compliments driving around town with the windows down and inhaling in the warm night air, than some good tunes. So whether you’re BBQ’ing with the homies, relaxing solo in your hammock with a margarita in your palm, strolling the boards down at the beach or just hanging in at the homestead, here’s the soundtrack for long days of warm weather. This one’s nothing but shameless fun – like the best summer’s always are. I hope you like it. Enjoy.
Randomness: Nothing major to report here – just thought I’d post a few video clips I’ve stumbled across the past few days. The first is a really cool interview with Gonz, chock full of high speed San Fran hill bombs. The next two are various Jimmy Fallon clips – one of him doing a spot-on Neil Young impersonation, followed by an equally spot on Dylan. I’ve been sleeping on this show but damn, these clips are so well done I might need to hop on that train.
New podcast coming in hot next week – stay tuned.
I recently designed a t-shirt for Kinetic and Switch skate shops in Delaware, to help raise money for the new 7th Street skate spot in Wilmington. The tee is loosely based on the film Stand By Me, as an inside-joke to the way-out-of-the-way location of the new park – it’s basically a long walk down a deserted, overgrown road to an abandoned boat dock where the side walk ends. Regardless though, the spot is heavily sessioned by the local kids 7 days a week and worth checking out – I-Path, Mystery and the Vans teams have all been through lately.
All proceeds from the sale of these shirts will go toward pouring new concrete obstacles for the park. You can pick one up at either Kinetic or Switch skate shops or, if you’re from out of town, you can now order them online as well. Thanks for the support.
And for all the cinephiles who will undoubtly cry out “…but Castro, it wasn’t Teddy Duchamp who said that line in the movie, it was the fat kid Vern. You’ve got it all wrong!” – well, yeah, I took a little artistic license here because it made a cooler shirt. Plus you can never go wrong with one of the Cory’s, bro.