Sunday, 28 February 2010

For Rob

Luigi has had two pretty powerful spontaneous collapses over the last two days. Both almost identical and in the same spot. Rob reminded me of possibly the best one ever. I think it was originally on
Cool Skull Stuff
It's a clip from Luigi's birthday. The action happens 30 seconds in



Good footage of the man in question and his skate gang in this edit Karl Pearson made too if you haven't seen it...

Skateboarding from Karl Pearson on Vimeo.

Sunday comfort combo

The first take down of a new local took longer than expected but was worth the wait...



Tip of the hat, loyalty card stamped and pilgrimage completed. Imagine my pleasure on returning home with some extra hot business and being greeted by broadcasting gold...



Life can be pretty sweet sometimes

Saturday, 27 February 2010

Slapping da Bass



Prepare to be Rush-ified

Friday, 26 February 2010

"Is that what happens when you get old...

...you start dancing in front of mirrors?" Charlie made a friend with this gem of a sound byte second only to the homeless guy who instructed Jagger and myself to take on board "changes and implement them" On a rainy Thursday evening he was the morale boost we needed. We had braved the elements for the premiere of Chris Mulhern's
This Time Tomorrow
video. It was a great turn out, apologies for there being no images, I forgot the camera. The video's sick and I'm looking forward to seeing it again. We'll have it in stock in a few weeks. One image I can show you is an old one I un-earthed and had never seen before. Me, Luigi and Jackson meet the Super Mario brothers courtesy of Rob...



Other news is that Dan Henshaw has joined the blogging ranks. Check him out
here
Don't forget we'll be raising a glass to him tomorrow night...



I'll leave you with a little insight into our morning. The grip job took three of us...

Thursday, 25 February 2010

Yes gang!

Following a conversation with
Gary Warnett
I logged into Amazon and procured myself a copy of this...



Best title. It traces the evolution of a childhood mainstay. I'm looking forward to it's arrival and hoping it breaks an alarmingly recurrent 6 month literary drought

Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Roll up, roll up

Get your tickets. Get in there for tickets to see Chris Mulhern's new video...



It's going to be sick, come and support London residents Rory Milanes, Steph Morgan, Lucien Clarke and Will Harmon who are all up in this piece. Two showings, one at 9, one at 10-no excuses. See you all there. Tickets for the long awaited Blueprint video MFWTCB will go on sale this Saturday morning. I'm taking my role as events organiser to new heights. Attendance to this on Saturday is compulsory, masterminded by Edson. This night we will also be celebrating Dan Henshaw's birthday...



Nowison! Whilst on the subject of birthday's here's wishing Billy Bernard Baxter a good one...



Some of you would be familiar with the Saigon album Warning shots, it got a serious play out in here at one point-"Favourite food-Pizza!" Well it seems the Yardfather's much talked about greatest story never told is set to be released this year and he's paying us a visit...



Aren't I good to you?

Tuesday, 23 February 2010

"Put your name on something...

...it better be the best... you only get one shot"

You know who said that? George Foreman. I'm a fan of his work in and out of the ring but this quote is all about a gift my folks gave me at the Weekend...



I've wanted one for years and now I have one. The George Foreman grill is gonna get a session tonight. Mushrooms and Steak for it's virgin flight, I'm excited already. Let me take you through my yesterday. Rain forced hibernation and quite a film fest took place. In order...



I expected a lot from this, if you've seen the trailer you've seen the best bits. It's no Taken this film, I'd give it a wide berth. Next was one I'd meant to see at the cinema, Cormac McCarthy's post apocalyptic novel realised...



Bleak and beautiful and well worth the wait "If he is not the word of God, God never spoke" Everyone I know who saw this raved about how good it is, more often than not book adaptations lack the feel an author intended but this rang true I think. This was followed by this Sam Mendes film...



Dave Eggers has been doing a lot of work on screenplays, I enjoy his humour, the joy he finds in awkward situations. The comedy of family and disfunction, from tilted uterus' to Chechnyan orphans this has it all. Thoroughly enjoyable stuff. Surprise watch of the evening was this...



Initially put off by the Trek-ness of it all and fearing my lack of background knowledge would ostracise me I left it alone. Obviously I was aware of the main characters from years gone by and mostly from that Star Trekking across the U.S.A song. It seems that is all you need to enjoy a sitting, I couldn't help thinking of how much Spock's mannerisms were the same as the Big Bang Theory's Sheldon Cooper, governed by logic not emotion. Well worth a watch. As you can see I had a busy one, Jonathan Ross would be proud. Here's a scoop for you before I sign off. You read it here first, or maybe second but it's still hot news...



The newly themed basement will come into play mid March I think and will be followed by a number of exciting projects to coincide with it which I'll tell you more about nearer the time. Keep them peeled

Monday, 22 February 2010

"Weirdest funeral I've ever been to"

I watched the fourth episode of the last season of this last night...



There are finally hints at answers. The relevance of 4, 8, 15, 16, 23 ad 42 were supposedly revealed last night if the source of the info is to be trusted. It was at one point an easy series to give up hope with but having stuck with it thus far it's nice having an episode a week again. I wonder if I'd recommend it to someone who'd never seen an episode? It's a huge commitment time wise, if you fall into this category and are curious I'd wait for a bed ridden time frame in your life to get involved and go on a season by season take down.

Sunday, 21 February 2010

"It's only the dreamers...

...who ever move mountains" Charlie lent me this to watch...



Really amazing, I'm looking forward to watching the making of documentary called burden of dreams too. We were discussing it last night, somehow the conversation got around to an actor called Ke Huy Quan better known as Richard "data" Wang or Short Round. I like the moment in the Goonies where he gets called 00 negative. Herzog to this in a matter of minutes...

Friday, 19 February 2010

Dark ages

It's been par after par internet wise of late...



Complete meltdown at home and here at work. After some encouragement the connection here is back up and running. This explains the blip yesterday but Riley's upwardly mobile bonus post made up for that, we're quits. Less than a week to go until this...



Tickets are still on sale in here so come and get one if you haven't already. See you over the Weekend

Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Life Hammers

Not usually one to post twice in a day, ordinarily I'd save it for tomorrow. Today I'll make an exception for Riley Curtis' NBD. Joey Pressey was stopping by and managed to coax Riley with his Teddy Bear (Riley's not Joey's) into taking his first steps!...



After that there was no stopping him...



First steps in Slam-nice! I imagine next time he's in he'll be burning around like Stella

"Harvey Weinstein is afraid of me"

The Brit awards were pure entertainment last night. Lady Gaga's dominance pleased me. Otherwise my highlight's would have to have been Stu Hammond spotting and Liam Gallagher's acceptance speech and after show interview. Today's title doesn't pertain to that however, it's a quote from this...



This film documents the media hype surrounding Troy Duffy, the writer of a film called The Boondock Saints and hiss dalliance with Hollywood's key players. I wouldn't describe it as a heart warming tale but I will say one thing. If you have enjoyed the series Eastbound and Down and are familiar with Danny McBride's Kenny Powers character you will be in for a treat. There is no possible way on earth Kenny Powers' attitude to life after his fall from grace is not in some way based if not wholly on this real life human's general demeanour. In no way lovable but painfully compelling, watch it if you get the chance. If you have this weekend free to be filled with fun remember this is on...

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

MFWTCB

There's a date now so keep it free and expect more details to follow...



I'll tell you how to secure yourself a ticket in the coming weeks. Don't forget Chris Mulhern's This Time Tomorrow premieres a week from Thursday at the same cinema and tickets are on sale in Slam right now

Monday, 15 February 2010

TV Gold

TV smashed it last night. Adam Sandler season. First up...



Followed by...



This becomes a little moribund towards the end with high onion potential so I opted out before Reign Over Me slayed me. Adam Sandler season continues next Sunday on channel 5 with Happy Gilmore and the Wedding Singer. Thngs are looking up. This guy...



Ault!! has been busy off the radar filming and with some unused photos Fos has put together a nice interview over on the
Heroin
site. This is liable to incite some more Rob/Ault banter which is never a bad thing. Off to brave the grey skies for some rolling around action

Sunday, 14 February 2010

Merch

After a two year stint tapping out words on here there has only been the Jake's Alley Lola T-shirt. Good one that, it sold out. Whilst ordering some new business cards/postcards and generally busying myself I decided it was time to branch out. The samples of these came back...



They all instantly found good homes, I don't have one myself. If one of these would be of interest maybe leave a comment on here and I'll get the ball rolling to order up some more. They'd be a fiver, perfect for the beach, shopping, yada yada yada and totally Caribbean at the same time. Firing on all cylinders I am now after an interesting 24 hours battling Nurovirus demons. We had a good visit today from the Pizzers...



and Pin and Victoria who weren't caught on camera. Jacob had fun building towers with some wheels and is now probably having a fine old time at London zoo - lucky! Remember, any takers on the tote bags leave a comment and I'll get a bunch done. See you next week

Saturday, 13 February 2010

Sick as a dog



I wouldn't wish what I've experienced over the last day or so on anyone. It arrived unannounced and knocked me for 6. If you ever find yourself completely unexpectedly unable to resist being sick, brace yourself, you may be in for a hell ride

Friday, 12 February 2010

Re-run the fun

Unfortunately it's Stu Bentley's evacuation of the Gaywood house that has accommodated me joining it. This is an ode to Stu, If you missed the Hot Sex trailer the first time round you're in for a treat...

video

Thursday, 11 February 2010

Josh Stewart

I'm sure the Summer sun will see Josh on our shores again. We know a little of what he's been up to. Fos dropped me in the latest issue of Secret Cut, one of my favourite mags from Japan. Josh has an interview in there about his film making. Keen observation reveals him to be repping a Palace tee...



It looks like he's been busy. Check out the trailer for the up coming video from the MIA skate shop in Florida which is looking as crisp as always...



If the embeded youtube clip isn't working out so well for you head on over to
Theories of Atlantis
where you can watch a compressed version that doesn't play around with the opening screen.
Heads up on the song though Josh, UK residents will never be able to hear this one and not picture a drumming gorilla

Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Happy Birthday!

It isn't mine...



It's the Alley's! Never a great decision maker, Dan told me to just put up all the images I found to mark the last two years. Covering the bases...









It's been emotional. See you tomorrow

Tuesday, 9 February 2010

Alchemy

What is usually a painful transaction was actually quite pleasant yesterday. The record and tape exchange in Greenwich was the location where my happy miracle took place. The shit for gold technique. What was once a pile of redundant never listened to C.D's is now a more manageable pile of worthy ones. Highlights would be this...



and this...



Just before I went to sleep last night I decided I need one of these...



I've been looking into it, upkeep seems a little time consuming. The Alley is two years old tomorrow! Raise a glass

Monday, 8 February 2010

Two Weeks on Thursday

Another trailer to remind you ticket buyers out there...



Two weeks from this Thursday "This time tomorrow" will premiere at the Prince Charles cinema in Leicester Square. Tickets are £4 and available from Slam. There will be a 9 and 10 pm showing. Tickets have started selling already so be sure to pick one up next time you're in. Had a fine old time last night over at the
Danny Sargent
headquarters. Heard some great songs I hadn't already and enjoyed hearing the addition of the Charlie Young mouth harp. This is my song of the day...



My conversation with Jonny L this morning inspired it's acquisition. You may know the intro from an old Fourstar catalogue. Mosty it reminds me of driving around SF in my friend Chris Lippi's truck he affectionately named "the bucket"

Journey home highlight

Sunday, 7 February 2010

Between screens



Slam is having a mini makeover so temporarily we were without a computer hence a slightly later post. The main event I'd have furiosly reported earlier has simmered down to being a funny anecdote although I was momentarily filled with disgust. Whilst sitting on the bench in the middle of the store I was suddenly face to face with a boy of about eight or nine as he came upstairs and rounded the corner. He looked me in the eyes, closed his and sneezed in my face. Most unpleasant, he noted my horror though and came back to ask if I was alright. Very good of him-Gesundheit!

Friday, 5 February 2010

“Individually, we are one drop

...Together, we are an ocean.”~ Ryanosuke Satoro

Bit of a dramatic quote for you there. It's in aid of our team page coming together on the Slam site. This guy has been busy drawing each team member's likeness...



Visit the team page for a flick through. The Slam "S" is filled with the team, click on each face and their individual page will flash up. Video content is going to be added weekly so keep them peeled. Visit the team page
here
The Nike SB Fluff book just came through the door...



I think my favourite picture in the book is of a Slam team rider, it's this one of Snowy the beach inspector...



One site you may have missed whist scouring the web of late is sure to have been...



It's been undergoing some routine maintenance. Good news is that it's back. Click on the
Zic
That turn around move during Charlie's line I'm trademarking, hands off Magee! Today has been mostly filled with arduous mobile phone banter. The upshot of all my discomfort? The future's not bright-The future's a total boyment

Thursday, 4 February 2010

Make way for the bad guy

You know when you run through who is going to play who in that film you're never going to make? Well I've narrowed down the bad guy role to three actors. The embodiment of evil award is going to have to go first to Walken...



If he's busy I'll get Dafoe on the horn...



For some reason third I'd always had reserved for Alan Rickman but I'm not sure he'd cut it. Who'd be a better bad guy than Robert Knepper?...



If you're unfamiliar he plays a hateable maggot of a character called T-Bag in Prison Break. Glad that list's off my chest, the burning question now is...



Hotdog or meatballs?

Wednesday, 3 February 2010

If you haven't seen it already...

Here's Blueprint's introduction to new pro Marty Murawski featuring more than a few familiar faces...



and if you haven't started watching this yet after all my advice here's another nudge in the right direction...



SAMCRO

Tuesday, 2 February 2010

“In India a farmhand...

...was caught in the act with his cow. He said he had bad eyesight and thought it was his wife.” ~ Spike Milligan

Rain stopping play of the four wheeled kind is forcing my hand and causing the To Do list to be minimised. Should have done this ages ago, it's up there with the dentist as far as least favourite appointments go...



Follow this up with a choosing frames meltdown, it's a dream scenario. I'm a great decision maker