Just a quick addition to vanillahead’s previous post, my personal favorite Calvin and Hobbes comic strip is:

A great site that indexes every comic strip is at http://www.transmogrifier.org/ch/strips/index. Enjoy.

Deathbowl to Downtown

May 14, 2008

One of my favorite films of all time is Stacey Peralta’s landmark documentary Dogtown and Z-Boys, which chronicles the beginnings of skateboarding in 1970s Southern California. The film presents a candid look at each member of the Zephyr team, notably Jay Adams and Tony Alva, and their ability to adapt a surf style and aesthetic to the pavement. Original footage and photography provided by Craig Stecyk and Glen E. Friedman, combined with a killer classic rock soundtrack make the film infinitely re-watchable.

Needless to say, I was pumped to see that at last it appears the East Coast has an answer. Rick Charnoski and Buddy Nichols’ Deathbowl to Downtown details the evolution of skating, particularly street skating, in NYC. According to the films’ website, “Deathbowl to Downtown goes deeper than ‘just’ skating to combine documentary with an incisive and artful exploration of skateboarding and its culture.” Sounds sick. Chloe Sevigny narrates the film and artists such as the Beastie Boys and Bad Brains provide the soundtrack. Living in the city and skating a bit myself, albeit pretty poorly, I’m excited to see how the innovators tore up New York’s unique and frenetic landscape. Not sure when the film has its theater run, but I do know there was a preview last week at the BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center. (Right by my crib and I missed it. Shit.)

Regardless, check out the trailer and other dope clips at deathbowltodowntown.com.

There was also a photography installation tied to the film at the Etnies showroom on Greene St. last weekend. It included a bunch of old school photos, decks and gear from back in the day. I’ve included a couple pics I snapped here.

Last year, I made my best purchase ever: The Sony MDR V6 headphones. I bought the headphones mainly based on recommendation, from my co-conspirator vanillahead and from online reviews. I was in the market for a new pair and couldn’t ignore reviews like “Crazy good!”, “Best ever!”, and my personal favorite “If God wanted headphones, he would buy these!” So I dropped $75, plus shipping, and anxiously awaited their arrival.

A week later, the headphones arrived subtlety packaged in a gold box, lined with red velvet. I knew already that these would not disappoint. When I plugged them into my ipod, I was treated to rich, deep bass on hip hop songs and crisp, clean lyrics on my indie rock songs. In addition, the over-ear style locks out sound much like noise canceling headphones but a quarter the price. The range frequency of 5hz-30khz is also absurd; you’re pretty much able to hear everything and definitely distortion from poorly recorded mp3s.

Not to say these headphones don’t have their negatives. The long cord is excellent for the studio, but it makes walking around NYC difficult since it almost drags on the floor and gets randomly caught on doors. The headphones themselves are rather large, I equate wearing them to wearing soup cans on my ears. And my ears tend to get sweaty wearing them walking around the city. I’m mainly being picky, because I would say for any music fan looking to enhance his or her music experience, without paying top dollar, these headphones are the way to go.

eat it BOSE!