Winter X Games Aspen 2015

Stoked to be working with ESPN Winter X Games for our 8th year! Music lineup looks insane!! Thanks to all our reps in the field right now putting it down! CSU, UC Boulder, UC Denver, and Northern Colorado University in the XG house!! 



Street League coming to America

Street League coming to America for the first time this year! June 9th is the Kansas City is the stop! Will Sean Malto regain his podium finish for his hometown? $150k for first place! They should add a Jack Stacks BBQ dinner to this one as well!! And here's the SLS Superfan skatepack! Great deal! You're kid will be stoked! Check more out at streetleague.com

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Our dude Kovas stopped by the office the other day to check out some new eyewear from @arnette and we got him styled out with the Witch Doctors, Firedrills, and Dropouts. When you sound good, you gotta look good!

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One of the cooler, historic locations in America playing some ZZ Ward. Monte Vista Hotel, Flagstaff, AZ. Big respect to our reps out there, UC Flagstaff you all know how to have fun! and Snowbowl Mountain!

Amoeba always keeping it fresh!

Amoeba Records launches downloadable music store for digitized rarities


Amoeba Records -- the amazing California music superstore -- has relaunched Amoeba.com, with a huge selection of downloadable music rarities, digitized from old vinyl. In some cases, the store has tracked down rightsholders for these out-of-print rarities, and cleared the music for sale for the first time; in others, it's escrowing the sales funds for payment to rightsholders when and if they present themselves.

"We've been digitizing a lot," says Jim Henderson, who owns Amoeba along with partners Marc Weinstein, Karen Pearson and Dave Prinz. "What you see now is the lost-between-the-cracks, underappreciated, undervalued (music) from dead labels, (obscure) artists, stuff that we really stand behind. It's mostly in the rock genre, with a lot of jazz, a lot of blues, some country, some spoken word. There are some oddities for sure."

Many of the LPs have been getting remastering upgrades from the original vinyl and shellac sources. Currently, there are only about 1,000 titles for sale, but Amoeba is adding 10 or 15 more every day.

Some Vinyl Vaults artists are readily familiar, and in some cases Amoeba's source material emanates from its owners' own collections. Some of Prinz's rare Louis Armstrong 78s were digitized and are being sold as downloads, while Weinstein's prized collection of 144 Sun Ra albums has also been ripped.

Some Vinyl Vaults artists have proven so elusive that even diligent detective work could not track them down. Henderson points to an unknown '70s country artist known only as C.J., whose album "My Lady's Eyes" is for sale on the site.

"We couldn't find C.J.; we couldn't find a label that put the record out," Henderson says. "But it's a compelling piece, (so) we said, 'This should be up.' "

Weinstein adds that if a sale is made, the money goes into an escrow account. "If (someone says), 'That's mine,' well, OK, we can either take it down or we'll sell it, and you've got this nice (digital) master. We'll sell it, we'll promote it; let's sign a contract."

Music retail giant puts tunes online [Variety/Christopher Morris]

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(Thanks, Fipi Lele!)

FIDLAR Releases Skate + Live Videos For "Wait For The Man"

On Tour Now, Self Titled LP Out Now on Mom & Pop Music

Tour Dates

01/22 – Lost Angeles, CA – The LA Fort
01/24 – Hollywood, CA – Amoeba In-Store
01/25 – San Diego, CA – Che Cafe
01/26 – Santa Barbara, CA – House Party
02/02 – Tokyo, Japan – Hostess Club Weekender
02/13 – Berlin, Germany – Bi Nuu
02/14 – Hamburg, Germany – Ubel & Gefahrlich
02/15 – Frankfurt, Germany – Zoom Frankfurt
02/16 – Cologne, Germany – Gebaude 9
02/17 – Munich, Germany – Feierwerk / Hansa 39
02/19 – Paris, France – Fireworks! Festival
02/21 – Birmingham, UK - O2 Academy 3
02/22 – Dublin, Ireland - O2 Academy 2
02/24 – Bristol, UK - The Louisiana
02/25 – London, UK - NME Awards Show at The Garage
02/26 – Oxford, UK - O2 Academy 2
02/27 – Brighton, UK - The Haunt
02/28 – Leeds, UK - The Cockpit
03/02 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Melkweg
03/04 – Antwerp, Belgium –Trix Centrum Voor Muziek
03/06 – Zurich, Switzerland – Hafenkneip
03/08 – Milan, Italy – Lo Fi
03/09 – Maastricht, Netherlands – Bruis Festival
03/10 – Zeewolde, Netherlands - Where The Wild Things Are Festival

Press Quotes

"Punk's not dead! And FIDLAR are here from Los Angeles to prove it with three-chord thrashes that summon the spirit of 77" - Guardian

"This doped-up, hard-partying Los Angeles four-piece are set to be the most exciting punk band of 2013." - NME

"When they're not guzzling cheep swill and writing rock & roll thrashers about it, Los Angeles punks FIDLAR have shown a knack for crafting sunnier pop cuts befitting their hometown." - Rolling Stone

"Carper and his bandmates may in fact be incorrigible do-nothings, but they've got something to show for it: an ever-growing catalog of readymade garage-punk classics that draw omnivorously on a half century of bad-ass pop, from Phil Spector to Nirvana to the late, great Jay Reatard." - Noisey

"FIDLAR channel elements of classic acts like the White Stripes and Pixies, while practically begging for a co-headlining tour with contemporaries like Bass Drum of Death and JEFF the Brotherhood" - SPIN

"The tune can be summed up in a handful of image descriptions; sandboarding, grim reaper, suicidal flip-up hat, skull mask, and shred." - Filter Magazine

"We all have a major music crush on FIDLAR here at VICE" - VICE

"FIDLAR has an agressive, straightforward, but melodic conception of punk." - LA Times

"But one wouldn't mistake the band for one of its slacker subjects, not when they play this fast. The tracks sizzle with the aggression and bargain-price fidelity of the SoCal punk tradition, though FIDLAR's catchy hooks have more in common with Social Distortion and Wavves than Black Flag. " - MTV Buzz

BIO

"Thanks for coming, man. Want some bum juice?"
"What the fuck is in this shit?"
"Tampico and Everclear. It's pretty gross."

When they started in 2009, seeing FIDLAR meant showing up to a house party and eventually having this exchange with one of them. Zac Carper, The bands guitarist and singer (well, one of 'em) would hand you a red cup , throw an arm around your neck and probably end up blurting out how fucked up he was. Their set list would read more like a grocery list of party supplies than a list of songs: "Cocaine. Cheap Beer. Chinese weed. Four Loko."

After a few years of being a band Zac still plugs in his pedals attached to a skate deck ("Pedal board", get it?) and says "Hi We're FIDLAR: F-I-D-L-A-R. It means 'Fuck It Dog, Life's a Risk".  Seeing a FIDLAR set consists of drinking and dancing with people that are twice as drunk as you are while the band rips through songs about what they know best: The girl doesn't call, my ex is a whore, I lost my phone, my car is a piece of shit, my friends are pieces of shit, I do too many drugs, I'm really awkward, I love Del Taco.

FIDLAR is Zac Carper, Elvis Kuehn,  Brandon Schwartzel, and Max Kuehn.   Elvis and Zac met at Kingsize Soundlabs in LA and recorded a ton of demos with the band before playing a live show.  Their first show was on a FMLY bike ride at a skatepark in Culver City. Three years later the band has played with Black Lips, OFF!, Japanther and toured with The Hives.  They've released two EP's and just got back from touring Europe.

Listening to them, you can tell that the band did their homework on punk rock and seem dead set on inflicting lessons on anyone willing to listen.  Any given song will give you a Germs influenced guitar solo, the catchy "Ooo's" and "Ah's" of The Misfits , and lyrics in the same family as Black Flag's "Six Pack" and "TV Party" . On the same token they can just as easily be compared to any of the bands they cover (Blink 182, FEAR, CCR, Warron Zevon), yet it all comes across entirely their own: Surfier, Faster, more fuzzed out, more personal and a lot more drunk.

FIDLAR's first LP is coming out via Mom + Pop and Wichita recordings. Recorded at their home studio, The album is set to be 14 tracks long and out January 22nd.  FIDLAR are your dumbass friends that find a beer, scrape the shit off their shoes, and tell you how the hardest thing about waking up late and trying not to fuck up your life is having to do it with no job, no money and everyone bumming your cigarettes.

'FIDLAR' Tracklisting

01 Cheap Beer
02 Stoked and Broke
03 White on White
04 No Waves
05 Whore
06 Max Can't Surf
07 Blackout Stout
08 Wake Bake Skate
09 Gimme Something
10 5 to 9
11 LDA
12 Paycheck
13 Wait for the Man
14 Cocaine

Links:

FIDLAR Facebook
FIDLAR Twitter
FIDLAR Tumblr
FIDLAR Website
Mom+Pop Artist Page

ESPN X Games Expands The Real Series Video Competitions to Six in 2013

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ESPN X Games Expands The Real Series Video Competitions to Six in 2013.

Digital Contest Series to Add Surf, Ski and Women’s Disciplines 

Following the success of the X Games Skateboard Real Street, Snowboard Real Snow and Real Snow Backcountry video contests, ESPN will expand The Real Series to six contests in 2013, adding Real Surf, Real Women and Real Ski Backcountry – all firsts in the video-only contest format. As part of the X Games global expansion in 2013, one Real Series contest will run in conjunction with each of the six X Games events throughout the year. XGames.com will host videos for each of the invited athletes, who will compete for prize money and medals. Each Real Series athlete chosen to participate will be given the opportunity to team with an editor to partner on the production of the video and present their vision in their own unique style.

"I´m really hyped to be selected as one of the eight riders for the X Games Real Snow video contest,” said Eero Ettala, 2010 X Games Aspen Snowboard Slopestyle gold medalist. “It´s such a unique format and I can’t wait to see the footage that all of the riders come up with. It's sick that X Games is expanding globally to six events, adding more Real Series contests and really pushing the sports in the right direction!"

The Real Series expansion cities and disciplines are:

Real Snow – X Games Aspen: January 24-27
Real Ski Backcountry – X Games Tignes: March 20-22
Real Surf – X Games Foz do Iguacu: April 18-21
Real Women – X Games Barcelona: May 16-19
Real Street – X Games Munich: June 27-30
Real Snow Backcountry – X Games Los Angeles: August 1-4

Each Real Series competition will debut on where selected athletes’ never-before-seen video clips will be judged by a committee of well-respected action sports industry icons and professionals. All individual videos and gold medal announcements will be included during each event’s telecast. A first place prize of $50,000 will be awarded to the winner, as well as gold, silver and bronze medals for the top 3 finishers. Fans will also have a chance to view and vote on their favorite video in a tournament-style bracket with the fan favorite winning $10,000. 

*PLEASE NOTE: The athlete list is constantly being updated and subject to change.

The updated list of Real Series athletes scheduled to participate can be found at the link below.