March 2012 News

HURLEY NEWS – Craig Stecyk III new short film called FIN to premier at Hurley in Costa Mesa, CA on Feb 8, 2012. Stecyk is also featured on the cover of Juice Magazine 69, which includes a 14-page feature interview with C.R. Stecyk III.

LANCE MOUNTAIN’S “Pool Service” on NIKE SKATEBOARDING with appearances from Lance Mountain, Grant Taylor, Al Partenen, Peter Hewitt and Alex Olson.

VENICE SKATEPARK NEWS – Check out the live newsfeed of the Venice Skatepark in Venice Beach, CA brought to you by Venice Originals and

JUICE MAGAZINE HAS SOME NEW TRUCKER HATS IN STOCK NOW – The Stealth and White Lightning mesh hats are a big hit. Check out the Stealth and White Lightning, Pools, Pipes, and Punk Rock trucker hat designs, Juice Keep Skateboarding A Crime hats and Juice Ace of Spades hats. Get yours at Subscribe to Juice Magazine at Get a daily dose of Juice Magazine news by signing up for the Juice blog at Thank you for reading.

JUICE MAGAZINE – BUILD X DESTROY T-SHIRTS – NEW IN STORE – We have new Juice t-shirts out now featuring a new Build & Destroy graphic for the bros and builders! Get yours now at

JASON JESSEE NEWS – The Driven Skateboards has a bangin’ new website. From the same brain cell that brought you the Wayne Kramer interview in Juice Magazine Issue 69, comes Click the link for more mind crushing awesomeness from J. Jessee.

POWERPLANT CHOPPERS has a new store front at the shop on Melrose in Hollywood, CA, complete with a classic line of Powerplant Chopper clothing for style.

KINGS HIGHWAY DIY IN MISSOURI – Kings Highway is an under-the-bridge DIY spot in St. Louis, Missouri. Our friend, Jonathan Ware, sent us some photos of their progress. Spots like this are crucial. Taking inspiration from the veterans at Burnside and FDR, these guys are on the daily grind to build and destroy their own stomping ground, seeking out the resources, taking the time to construct and then annihilating it with their skates. HIT UP THEIR WEBSITE and help answer the call. Bring cinder blocks, dirt, rocks, rebar, concrete, mason mix, tools, and work! By Skaters. For Skaters. For Life. See more photos here.

EAST COAST RAMP DESIGNS. Merk and the East Coast Ramp Design crew just got done bowling off the Recycler Ramp in Arvada, CO. Hit up for photos and updates on the project. Merk recently completed a badass bowl in a 200-year-old refurbished barn just outside Phily. Pool coping and tile, of course. Check the Facebook page for photos. Be sure to swing over to for more info.

“The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of people when they realize their relationship, their oneness with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize that at the center of the universe dwells WakanTanka, and that this center is really everywhere, it is within each of us.” – Black Elk… Support Jim Murphy and all he does through Wounded Knee Skateboards at

STRONGHOLD SOCIETY WK4 LAKOTA SKATEPARK – All of the supporters of the Stronghold Society’s Live Life Call To Action Campaigns came together to help gift the WK4-Directions Skatepark Toby Eagle Bull Memorial to the Pine Ridge Community (South Dakota)… HUGE SUCCESS! Much respect to Jim Murphy, Jeff Ament, Vans, Steve Van Doren and the Grindline crew for all of the hard work and contributions.

GRINDLINE SKATEPARKS is building a bowl and street course at the initial pour at Pine RIdge, South Dakota with so much room for expansion. This all-concrete haven will service the impoverished families of Pine Ridge as a way to channel the energies of their youth and provide a positive outlet for the community.

SAVE THE DATE: ONE GATHERING “SKATE FOR LIFE” is JULY 14, 2012 in DENVER – Save the date for this years One Gathering put together by the Stronghold Society at the Downtown Denver Skatepark, Denver, CO.

EMBASSY SKATES has added Mark Partain, Dave Reul and Wrex Cook to the posse.

BONES WHEELS welcomes Chris Haslam to the team. They also posted a Mo’Mondays with Ryan Reyes and some fresh footy of Chad Bartie at Bishop Skatepark. Find more information at:


ASSAULT SKATEBOARDS – has a new Ricky Windsor model out. Sick shapes and legit wood is what this DIY company is all about. Thrash hard. Ride solid. Rip sticks for the warriors.

DOOMSDAY FUN DAY – Flip Skateboards “Doomsday Fun Day” 2012 – Doomsday Fun Day from Flip Skateboards hit our inbox this week. Check it out.

SAVE THE DATE: PINK MOTEL POOL PARTY 2012 – The Pink Motel Pool Party is on its way and in planning stages. ‘Like’ the event facebook page for constant updates on this years event.

PINK MOTEL PARTY – Beers, bros and the ultimate backyard, the Pink Motel… This party in the Pink was one good time for all. When you need a dose of the brotherhood of skateboarding, here it is. There was endless heckling and boards tapping on the coping all night long. Special guests included some of the heaviest characters in skateboarding with Rick Blackhart cheering and jeering every run, while Malba emceed and tried to control the flow of the session, and Duncan, Reategui, Ngoho, Skreech and a slew of hardcores partied their heads off. Badlanders massacred the deep end, while Lance Mountain provided decades of Pink Motel inspiration to the generations of skateboarders that got together for this bro-down. We could go on and make a giant list of names of all the pool warriors that were there and tell you how hard they all ripped, but check out this video instead and see for yourself. This is skateboarding. For more JuiceTV go to

2012 ULTIMATE BOARDER CHAMPIONSHIP CALL FOR ENTRIES – The online submission process for the 2012 Ultimate Boarder® Championship is now open. Fifty athletes will be selected to compete for the $150,000 prize purse – the largest in event history – with $100,000 going to the winner.
Event Schedule:
March 14th-KICKOFF PARTY: Orange County –TBD
March 17th-SNOWBOARDING: Bear Mountain –Big Bear, CA
March 19th-23rd-SURFING: Seaside Reef State Beach-Cardiff, CA
March 24th–SKATEBOARDING: Del Mar Fairgrounds –Del Mar, CA
March 24th–LIVE CONCERT: Del Mar Fairgrounds –Del Mar, CA
Rider Registration Form 2012
The 50 selected riders will be announced Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012.

VANS and NICE KICKS present VULCANIZED VINYL – Vans and Nice Kicks Present Vulcanized Vinyl A Temporary Pop-up Shop in Austin during SXSW from 3/9 to 3/18. Open noon to midnight at 313½ E. 6th Street – Deep in the heart of Austin during SXSW, Vulcanized Vinyl isn’t your typical music store.  Partnering up with our friends at Austin’s top sneaker boutique and publishers of the most read sneaker site, Nice Kicks, the Vulc brings a wide selection of the Vans Classics you love and our premium California collection taking our shoes upscale.  Open daily from noon to midnight from March 9 through March 18, the store will carry a nice selection of tees, tanks and accessories including a limited edition Vulcanized Vinyl tee.  Learn more at

NOODLES SWEDEN BOWL – Our Scottish builder friend Chris “Noodles” Longeran sent us some photos of a new bowl he and his crew built in Sweden. The detail on the rebar needed to be spot on because soon after this photo was taken the guys would be working in negative degree weather. With the rebar completed, the next step was a tent. They are prepped to work in below zero conditions until the completion of the project. This is Duty Now for the Future. Much respect to Noodles and the crew. Check it out here.

THE EVIL GOODS – New year, new goods from The Evil Goods. Check their blog and store for new merch at

NIKE NEWS – Nike SB welcomed Sean Malto to the team and also posted the Transmit: Gino Iannucci, Part 1 video. See the video here:
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DTA POSSE on Bullrun: Cops, Cars & Superstars on MTV 2 Thursdays. Find more information at:


EZ RYDER – The EZ Ryder Originalz are still at it in HI. They have a new collab with Dissizit out as well as photos from the Product of Design art show. Find more information at:

VERTICAL SMILE – Vertical Smile Skateboards keeps holding it down in Nor Cal. New decks including the Pro Bro Series. Find more information at:

THE DRIVEN – Jason Jessee is still real with The Driven Skateboards and Hi Bond Modified. Find more information at:

TONY HAWK UPDATE – Tony Hawk has new YouTube channel, as does Kelly Slater and Shaun White and Red Bull…. but check out Tony Hawk’s newest video part. Hawk is on!

BONES BRIGADE: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY AT THE SANTA BARBARA FILM FESTIVAL – Stacy Peralta’s film, Bones Brigade : An Autobiography will have it’s West Coast premiere at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival on the evening of Thursday, February, 2nd at 8:00pm. The red carpet starts at 7:00pm. Tommy Guerrero, Steve Caballero, Rodney Mullen, Lance Mountain, Mike McGill, Stacy Peralta and George Powell have all confirmed their attendance. A Q & A will follow the film. Unfortunately, Tony Hawk will be out of the country and will not be able to attend. Following info provided by the Film Festival. The film will be screened in the 2000-seat Arlington Theatre. Admission is sold only through the Santa Barbara International Film Festival via passes or Mini-Paks (10-pack for $125 and $57 for the 4-pack). The 4-pack Mini-Pak acts as a punch card where four people can see one film, one person can see four, or any combination thereof. As per the Festival’s longstanding policy, THERE WILL BE NO INDIVIDUAL MOVIE TICKETS SOLD. All seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

FLORIDA BOWLRIDERS CUP is coming up in March. Here’s the official schedule, but dates/locations could possibly change depending on weather. Friday March 9th
The NSB Invitational at New Smyrna Beach, FL. Invitation Only. Limited amount of spots. Only 75 available. Saturday March 10th – The Kona Open – Qualifiers. Unlimited Amount of Spots – Anyone Can Enter! Kona Skatepark _ Jacksonville, FL. Sunday March 11th – The Kona Open – FINALS – LIve Webcast. Semi-Finals and Finals. Kona Skatepark_Jacksonville, FL. GRAND PRIZE – First Place Points Series Winners from Open Am, Pro and Masters divisions win at trip to Brazil to compete at Pedro Barros’s private skatepark in April of 2012. Sponsored by: Bacon Skateboards, Bones Wheels, Sector 9, Slave Skateboards, Lifeblood Skateboards, Juice Magazine, Powell Peralta Skateboards, Vans, FTK Mag, and the Skateboard Mag. Find more information at:

SONIC GENERATIONS OF SKATE CONTEST – For the 20 year anniversary of Sonic the Hedgehog game from Sega, ASA entertainment teamed up with the makers of Sonic and Sega to put on a vert contest in Venice Beach, CA. The concept was to bring together skateboarders from three different age ranges to compete in Sonic Generations of Skate.

POOL KING SKATEBOARDS has a new set up Power Station decks in association with Alva. New shapes and designs complete with wheel wells and pointy noses now available. Also, Pool King just produced some Caster Reissues so if you’re looking for the deck you used to cruise way back when hit up their website. Find more information at:

TAMPA PRO – Skatepark of Tampa is prepping for Tampa Pro 2012 on March 23 – 25, but in the mean time there are more contests going down for the average joes. The Valentine’s Day Massacre all ages contest is Saturday February 11th at 9AM. They’ve also got the Old Man Appreciation Bowl Jam on February 21st. There’s a spring break camp from March 12 – March 16th and an LRG Demo and Signing on March 18th. Find more information at:

SCUM SKATES always has interesting news to post. Subscribe to their blog for new photos & videos of team riders and products, like Jeff Grosso’s Loveletters to Skateboarding with Allen Losi. Find more information at:

PROTECT THE FULLERTON SKATEPARK – The Fullerton Skate Park at Independence Park has been temporarily closed for potential repairs, to address safety concerns, and for consideration of the future plans of the facility. These items include graffiti removal, potential fencing improvements, and resolution of numerous liability and other insurance issues related to activities at the facility. You are invited to meet with Parks & Recreation staff to discuss these issues on Thursday, February 2, 4:30pm at the Fullerton Main Library, Osborne Room. We would like to gain your feedback and hear your concerns as we prepare to present some options to the Parks and Recreation Commission on February 13, 2012, 6:30pm, in the City Council Chambers. PLEASE COME!! SUPPORT SKATE PARKS!!!

EAST COAST RAMP DESIGN – The East Coast Ramp Design crew has been building some great wooden playgrounds. See their latest project in Juice Magazine 69 where Jim Murphy interviews Chris “Merk” Mearkle. Find more information at:

DIY UPDATE – Burnside goes non-profit. Marginal Way and Washington St. host fundraisers. FDR is featured in Juice Magazine 69.

BAKE AND DESTROY TOUR w/ baker skateboards – Baker Skateboards posted the first stop on their Bake & Destroy tour where they hit up Thrasher’s Double Rock Skatepark. Nuge, Slash, Beagle, Reynolds, Spanky and more make appearances. More to come from the tour.

MATT KLINE BOWL BENEFIT – Footage from the Matt Kline Bowl Benefit is up! Stoked if you went. Here’s what you missed if you didn’t. Big ups to Grind for Life and the crew for getting everything together.

SOCAL SKATESHOP has new products in including Juice Magazine 69. They’ve got new footage of some of their team riders up on their blog. Find more information at:

ASSAULT SKATES just put a fifteen minute video up called Shitheads #1. Their team and new shapes are definitely worth checking out. Subscribe to their blog, they post sick photos and vids all the time. Find more information at

SECTOR 9 has a lot of things going on. Nada Surf just played at their Bring on the Bright Lights #2 show and members of their team recently invaded Puerto Rico. Find more information at:

STABILITY SKATEBOARD CO. has an online store coming soon. Find more information at:

VANS NEWS – 2012 marks the 20th anniversary of the Vans Half Cab. Vans will be dropping exclusive limited edition 20th Anniversary Half Cab every month of 2012. The Vans Warped Tour is getting stacked up as more bands confirm for the event. This summer the tour will be Jun. 16 – August 5, 2012. Find more information at:

ANAHEIM SKATEBOARDS has a new website in progress. Hit their facebook page for updates in the meantime at:

DANNY WAY WAITING FOR LIGHTNING DOCUMENTARY ENTERED INTO SXSW – The Danny Way Documentary “Waiting for Lightning” documentary has been accepted into the 2012 South by Southwest Film Festival. SXSW will take place in Austin, TX from March 9-18. Get your tickets if you haven’t already, it’s a show that never disappoints.

VENICE SKATEPARK NEEDS A POWER WASHER – The skatepark needs a new power washer to keep the park clean. Jesse Martinez and the VSA donate their time every day to make sure the park remains clean and skate-able 365 days a year. Help ‘em out with a donation if you can.


FACTORY 13 Skateboards continues to manufacture their skateboards right in Los Angeles, CA. New models come out all the time and if you’re looking to get customs printed definitely keep them in mind. Find more information at:

RAIN SKATES WHEELS are always a good ride. See new products at

SUPERHEAT GAMES has a new website coming out and we heard new card decks are available now. Find more information at:

SANTA MONICA AIRLINES has some postcards from their team on the blog right now. See all that and more shapes at:

VAGRANT SKATES rippers can be seen on the Vagrant Skates website. They’ve got a full catalog of sick graphics. See the team and some special guests on February 4th in Mesa, AZ at Sk8 Asylum. Find more information at:

CARVER SKATEBOARDS new Marco Almera Artist Series decks are now available. Also available are the CX Reverse King Pin Truck with geometry that allows you to thrust for speed and pump your turns from the tail. Surfer special. Find more information at:

PD’S SKULL SKATES UPDATE – As spring crawls it’s way to the surface in Vancouver, Skull Skates prepares to awaken from the cold, damp, dark slumber of winter. With eight new skate decks, eight new T-shirts, new wheels, a new collab Skullwing truck, plus other new Skull items scheduled for release May 1/12, Skull Skates continues it’s push to make space by cleaning out a wide variety of consumer goods at blowout prices in the recently created DUMPING GROUNDS section of March begins the first two in a series of featured complete skateboards from Skull Skates. The GNC Bowlrider recounts the early days of Skull and is set-up comprised of completely deadstock (not reproduction) components. The vintage 6.75″ x 30″ solid Maple wedgekick deck is assembled with old school Sure Grip trucks, loose ball bearings with cone nuts and clear red seventies urethane wheels. Built with care from 100% vintage Canadian and American made (no China junk) parts and a steal at the featured price of just $99.99 each regular $160.00. Available HERE. The Vancouver Parks Board in a move to reduce its operating budget is proposing the ridiculous measure of removing lifeguards from six Vancouver area beaches. Skull Skates urges skimboarders, swimmers and beach goers to sign the petition created by the lifeguards demanding that they be kept on duty during the peak summer months. Support the guards while keeping our beaches safe, sign the petition HERE. Students in Vancouver will be out on spring break March 12th until the 23rd this year. Skull Skates would like to recommend that parents and kids stow away their electronic devices during this period and engage themselves in the tactile world by skateboarding, cycling, running, walking or whatever allows them to take advantage of their awesome city. For those that have not already, check out Skull Skates and PD’s Hot Shop in their new location at 3734 West 10th ave near Alma street on Vancouver’s Westside. [MAP HERE]

JUICE MAGAZINE in association with DC-JAM RECORDS present  VOLUME 3 – We teamed up with DC-Jam Records once again to bring you free music. This time we got Jello Biafra & The Guantanamo School of Medicine, The Meat Puppets, Fishbone, Joe Buck Yourself, Flipper, Feral Babies, Duane Peters & The Great Unwashed, OFF!, The Boardlords and Wayne Kramer. You can listen and download all of the tracks here. On top of the tunes we’ll be bringing you album reviews and exclusive interviews with some of our participants as well as opportunities to win some gear. We started off with drummer Stephen DePace from Flipper. Also, For the entire months of January and February all Juice Magazine readers will receive 20 percent off of any DC-Jam Records purchase through their E Store. Simply plug in the code “JuiceMagazine” during checkout to redeem savings. The store is located at If you want more information on any of the artists stay tuned for interviews from Keith Morris, Wayne Kramer & The Boardlords in Juice Magazine 69 and others on the Juice Magazine Blog.

FLIPPER interview by: Jess Braam
BAND MATES: Bruce Loose(vocals), Ted Falconi(guitar), Rachel Thoele(bass).
MUSICIAN NAME: Stephen DePace (Drummer)

In your memory, what was the first punk band ever?
I have to say Iggy & The Stooges. For me that was the first Punk Band. I think Iggy kicked it off around 1969 or so. I also believe that Punk Rock goes beyond any one style of fashion or one style of music. If you only think of Punk as someone sporting a liberty spike and stud covered leather jacket with patches of their favorite hard core bands, then you are missing the point. Punk is not a uniform, it’s an attitude and the courage to get out and rebel against the shit music that the industry wants to sell you, or the way the government wants you to bend over and take it, or the way mainstream society expects you to look. People can decide to be what they want, so you can choose to be what everyone wants you to be, or you can blaze your own trail. Blazing your own trail, and doing it the way you want to do it, is Punk Rock.

What made you want to be in a band?
The Sex Pistols show at Winterland in January of 1978. I wanted to be in a band before that, but seeing that show is what made me go do it. We had the Mabuhay Gardens in San Francisco, which was the city’s punk club, and that was all I needed to find the people to play with, and the place to play.

Who is the better band of brothers, the Ramones or the Meat Puppets?
Meat Puppets, and we are taking with them about trying to do some shows together this year. Let’s make it happen!

What does it feel like to know you are looked up to by aspiring and accomplished bands alike?
It feels great, like we have accomplished something that will live on. Not only have we influenced countless bands, but countless individuals have expressed gratitude for our music having gotten them through tough times, and given them great memories of some of the wildest shows ever.

What is your favorite kind of fish?
Salmon. And like salmon, we have been swimming upstream for 33 years now. We have spawned many new bands, but we don’t die from spawning. We are Flipper and Flipper Still Rules!

Ultimate band to open for?
I would like to open for the Red Hot Chili Peppers on their current world tour. There, I said it. It’s out in the Universe. LOL

Why do you want to open for the red hot chili peppers?
I have known Flea and Anthony since they started in the Peppers. In the early days we hung out a lot, and I went to a ton of their shows, with my housemate, D.H. Peligro, drummer from DKs. He ended up playing with them for about a year, just before Chad Smith. I have always been a fan, and I think it’s amazing that they stuck it out, and have survived and thrived in spite of all they have been through. As far as why I would like to open for them, it’s because I do have that respect for them, and they are one of the biggest bands in the world. Who wouldn’t want to take the opportunity to play on a big stage like that, at least once.

Best band to open for you?
Violent Femmes opened for us in the early 80s, and Green Day opened for us in the early 90s. Can you believe it?

Favorite bands you have opened for?
Melvins / Iggy & The Stooges / Sonic Youth / GWAR

What do you think about Green Day and the success they’ve had while still claiming punk?
Once you start doing epic power ballads and Broadway plays, I think you give up the Punk thing. The term Punk, is used for marketing by the music industry.  Punk Rock in America, was originally the rebellion against what we called “corporate rock,” which was the status quo in the 1970s. Big commercial rock bands that had no connection to the kid in the street. Music had become so technical, and perfect, and sterile. If you were a kid and wanted to play in a band, it seemed unattainable because you felt like you had to be so technically proficient, that it would take you years of schooling, before you could even try to jam with someone. Punk Rock needed to come along to tear all that down. Johnny Rotton in 1978, said that the goal of the Sex Pistols was to destroy Rock n Roll. That is what he was talking about. You didn’t come out of the gate sounding like “Dookie.” You wanted to sound raw like “Search and Destroy.” If you were a kid and wanted to play in a band, at least you had a starting point. Punk Rock was about, “Anyone could do it.”

What was your favorite gig?
There have been so many amazing gigs that we have played, it’s impossible to name just one as a favorite. But one of the stand outs was, Bad Brains / Flipper / Gang Green, in the early 80s at the Rock Hotel in NYC.

What is your favorite Flipper album?
GENERIC FLIPPER, and it so happens that this album is celebrating it’s 30 years at 33rpm anniversary in 2012. HAPPY BIRTHDAY GENERIC FLIPPER!!!
A limited anniversary edition on colored vinyl, will be available sometime this year.

What is your favorite live album? Favorite Flipper live album?
The first live album I got into was Iggy and the Stooges, TV EYE.  Another classic is Lou Reed’s ROCK N ROLL ANIMAL. As for Flipper live albums, of course Public Flipper Limited is awesome, not only for the music but the fold out Flipper game board cover on the vinyl album will give you countless hours of fun! What other band gives you a full on board game to play while you listen to classic live Flipper recorded between 1980 & 1985. The story of how PFL got it’s name is classic too. Public Image copied the Generic concept for an album they released in 1985. We had this double live album planned for release, and I came up with the idea to call it Public Flipper Limited, so as to pay back the complement. The sincerest form of flattery and all….

Next serious studio session for a new album?
We are planning to write new songs beginning in January and will be recording in spring or summer, with a new release planned by fall 2012. We will also be releasing “Kali” which is an album of never before released studio recordings from early 80s. This album is epic and classic Flipper!!! Also releasing a Live at CBGBs album from 1983.

Describe what CBGBS was to you.
CBGBs was AWESOME for me. We played there many times and every show was sold out and packed to the gills. It was a magical place to play. The sound on stage was the best anywhere. I have no clue why, since all the equipment looked like it had been to war and back. And I guess it had… We had a huge fanbase in NYC in the 80s. We played everywhere, but the favorite spot was always CBGBs. The first time we play was a two night stand, and we got lucky with parking spot directly in front of the club. The club manager from the prior gig, had given us a truck load of beer and booze to take with us. So we ended up setting up bar and serving drinks to everyone in front of CBs. That was classic… We left the truck parked out in front overnight, and when we came back the next afternoon, it was covered in graffiti. Welcome to the Bowery…

Describe your first “rockstar” moment.
Playing a gig at the infamous Studio 54 in NYC around 1983 or so…

Tell us your favorite punk story.
Getting shut down under threat of violence by gorilla sized bouncers and thrown out the back door of Studio 54, once they realized we were a PUNK BAND.

Which of the 7 dwarves are you?
The one that nailed Snow White. You didn’t know about that one, did you… ha ha ha

Was Snow White easy or did you have to work for it?
Me being so small, I could easily slip under her dress as we danced and sang Flipper songs into the wee hours of the night. She never seemed to mind….
The toughest thing was keeping the other dwarves away. They all wanted a piece of my action.

How has technology changed your career?
The only thing that has changed for me is the way we record. The last studio record we recorded, “Love” was done on Protools, start to finish. We have also done mixing and mastering of old analog recordings in digital as well. We used to do all of that in analog on recording devices the size of a washing machine. Doing edits on tape with a razor blade, and rewinding over and over again during mixing. All of that is done inside a computer now. We used to walk away from recording sessions with these big heavy tapes, and now all the albums you ever recorded can fit on a pocket size hardrive. If we could afford to record on tape, we probably would, but digital is so much cheaper and more efficient. And you don’t have to store those big heave tapes anymore.

What is your legacy?
All the recordings that we have released over 33 years. All the shows and tours we have done, as well as all the memories of all the crazy shit that we have lived through. All the fans and people we have touched with our music and insane shows. Having given our friends and fans the memories of those crazy shows and the stories to tell about them. I will close by saying this of our legacy… “FLIPPER SUFFERED FOR THEIR MUSIC, NOW IT’S YOUR TURN.”


CONCEIVED: February, 2011
WHERE: Tampa, FL
BAND MATES: Sulynn Hago, Andy Stern, Justin Arnold

THE SKY IS BLUE BECAUSE: It reflects off the ocean.  Didn’t you learn that in like 6th grade?
WHERE I ITCH THE MOST: Trigger finger
YOU PISS ME OFF BY: Play me some Christmas music
BEST WAY I PISS YOU OFF:  I’ll pee in your guitar.  Perhaps I will call you a “sissy”.
IF I RULED FOR A DAY I WOULD: Do it in the road.
WORST BAND IN HISTORY: That new Metallica/Lou Reed thing.
PROUDEST MOMENT: When I played my first gig.
BEST BAND LATELY: Star Fucking Hipsters
IF I COULD HANG WITH ANYONE *dead or alive* FOR A DAY: Charles Bukowski
What do you think about music labels and the music industry in total?
I think that the internet has made music labels and record companies obsolete.  Musicians today can make their music available to the world completely on their own using the sorcery of the Web. This definitely hurts the music industry but it’s wonderful for artists everywhere.
What sacrifices have you made to be a musician?
I am not as smart as I probably should be.  I also had to abandon real ambition and wear shitty clothes.  The people around me often smell.
Where do you draw the inspiration for songs?
I think that everyday problems and life occurrences are the best inspirations for songs.  I wanted to write a song called “Japandemonium” but my singer, Justin, said “no”. I also love to read and think that it expands your capacity to be creative.
What are you doing today?
Trying to be witty for this interview.  Also, the basketball game is on.
What music projects are you currently working on?
Feral Babies takes up most of my time musically but I also do a metal project with my buddy, Louie, called the Jim Jones Jamboree.  It’s a thrash-heavy extravaganza.
Did you or do you have any groupies?
I don’t kiss and tell.
How important are politics in todays society?
I really like to keep my ear open to what is going on in politics but for the most part I feel that politicians just simply feed us what they think we want to hear in order to obtain or hold on to power.  Many of these people are dangerous idiots and they should stay away from children.
Do you think you will make a bigger impression on the world as a musician or doing something else? If something else, then what?
I would like to think that the music I have created with my friends throughout my time as a musician brings people happiness and they never tire of listening to it.
Who was your favorite bandmate?
My old band, Arm The Poor, had an inflatable whale named Frank The Asshole who hung around us for a bit. He was alright.
Ultimate band to open for?
What was your favorite gig?
When Feral Babies got to play with Off!  That was amazing!
What made you want to be in a band?
Playing guitar by yourself gets boring.
Who do you aspire to be in 5 years?
What do you see in the future of punk rock?
Well there is absolutely no money in it.  You have to do it because you love it!  As long as there are kids who have a passion for good music and have a will to play it, punk will always be around.
Are you hungry right now?
I could go for a sandwich.  Are you buying?


SMOG VEIL RECORDS – Smog Veil Records has a catalog full of sick releases. Pick up in cd or vinyl from these guys and keep the tradition alive. Find more information at:

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY Announce U.S. Headlining Tour. Following a short batch of dates with Clutch in December, Raleigh, North Carolina legends CORROSION OF CONFORMITY are pleased to announce a U.S. headlining tour this March. Set to commence on March 1 at the Gramercy Theatre in New York City, the trek will hit 15 cities including two performances at this year’s SXSW Music Conference in Austin. The band will be joined by Torche, Valient Thorr and A Storm Of Light.

FENDER GUITARS announced the Fender Kurt Cobain Mustang. Also announced at the Namm Show was the Duane Peters Signature Acoustic already modified by the Master of Disaster himself. Find more information at:

SXSW Music Film and Interactive events are coming up March 9-18. We’ve been following the announcements and are excited to check out some of the new acts that are coming up this year. See the full schedule here. We’ll be bringing you more music, reviews and updates from SXSW during and post events. Stay tuned next week for our must see performances list for this years SXSW Music Showcase.

JAIL GUITAR DOORS is working on more rallies and support programs for inmates across the nation. Find more information at:

SMOKE OUT FESTIVAL – Saturday, March 3, 2012 – Nos Events Center at San Bernardino, CA. The CYPRESS HILL SMOKEOUT FESTIVAL is presented by Cypress Hill and Guerilla Union – the independent live events company behind world-class platforms including ROCK THE BELLS and PAID DUES. Headlining the dance music-focused Massive Stoned Garden Stage is Thievery Corporation – one of the most influential and respected names on the electronic/dance music scene – and UK dubstep producer and deejay Rusko. Cypress Hill’s DJ Muggs – who is set to release new solo album Bass For Your Face–notes: “I am extremely proud to present the 2012 Smoke Out Massive Stoned Garden Stage and I’m very, very excited about this year’s line up. We have the Low End Theory and myself joined under a tent by the one and only Rusko and Thievery Corporation, bringing the energy like no one else. It’s going be a high energy night full of surprises and special guests.”

DC JAM RECORDS UPDATE – Got word from DC-Jam Records that they just signed Down By Law who will have a new studio LP by summer 2012.

NEW MELVINS EP, SCION A/V PRESENTS: THE BULLS & THE BEES, ON MAR. 13 – Scion A/V has partnered with the Melvins for an EP titled Scion A/V Presents: The Bulls & The Bees,  a five-song collection that marks the band’s first original material since their 2010 album The Bride Screamed Murder.   The release will be available as a free download on Mar. 13 via Scion A/V’s Facebook page ( with “The War On Wisdom” streaming this Friday on The Melvins formed in 1983, kicking off what would be a seismic shift in heavy music and focusing the epicenter of modern music firmly on the Pacific Northwest for the next decade plus.  The band blended punk, metal, hard rock  to create a new subgenre that has been tagged with a variety of labels including sludge, grunge and doom and won a cult of fans that have yet to waiver some twenty-nine years into the band’s career.  Buzz Osborne and Dale Crover have been the band’s constants (Crover joined in 1984) with Big Business’ Jared Warren and Coady Willis joining the band in 2006 for (A) Senile Animal. “The Melvins have remained such a consistent presence in heavy music,” says Jeri Yoshizu, manager of sales promotions for Scion.  “It’s an honor to have them create an original release for Scion A/V.”
Scion A/V Presents: The Bulls & The Bees Track Listing:
1.  The War on Wisdom
2.  We Are Doomed
3.  Friends Before Larry
4.  A Really Long Wait
5.  National Hamster
For More Information About Scion A/V Go Here:

METALLICA announces ORION MUSIC + MORE – June 23-24, 2012 in Atlantic City, NJ. Metallica, in conjunction with friends C3 Presents, today announced the creation of Orion Music + More, a new annual music, arts, and lifestyle festival founded and headlined by the band, a natural progression for a band that has headlined legendary festivals around the world for years. Orion Music + More will take place June 23-24 at Bader Field in Atlantic City, New Jersey. “We’ve had the idea of doing our own lifestyle festival with lots of diverse music and fun and games for years,” said Lars Ulrich. “Finally this year all the practical ducks lined up in a row, and we are beyond psyched to bring Orion to our fans, friends and the curious. After the most incredible of weeks ever in December 2011 celebrating our 30th anniversary at the Fillmore in San Francisco, CA, bringing the spirit of that week, the looseness of that week, the possibilities of that week, the fan interactive elements of that week, and the (fill in your own blank here) of that week to a festival setting is so exciting we can hardly contain ourselves.” Orion Music + More will feature multiple live music stages plus a lifestyle element that reflects each of Metallica’s band members many personal interests. Metallica will headline both nights of Orion Music + More and play “The Black Album” in its entirety one night Ride The Lightning in its entirety the other. This will be the only time the band will perform these albums in North America in 2012. The lineup for Orion Music + More will span multiple musical genres. From punk to country, over 20 bands will perform, including: Arctic Monkeys, Avenged Sevenfold, Modest Mouse, The Gaslight Anthem, Cage The Elephant, Fucked Up, Best Coast, Hot Snakes, Titus Andronicus, Gary Clark Jr., Lucero, Roky Erickson, The Black Angels, The Sword, Liturgy, and more to be announced in the coming weeks.


STEVE OLSON art show HANGIN’ at KNOWN GALLERY – Steve Olson launches Hangin’ at Known Gallery in Los Angeles, CA, March 3rd, 2012.
OPENING March 3, 2012 | 8 – 11 pm
Known Gallery
441 North Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Show runs March 3 – 9, 2012


MADE IN L.A. 2012 – The Hammer Museum presents Made in L.A., the first in an ongoing series of exhibitions focused on artwork created in the Los Angeles region. Made in L.A. 2012, organized by the Hammer Museum in collaboration with LA><ART, will be presented at the Hammer Museum, LA><ART and the L.A. Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Art Park from June 3 – September 2, 2012. Building upon the tradition of Hammer Invitational exhibitions, Made in L.A. 2012 will feature roughly 60 artists with an emphasis on emerging and under-recognized artists. The Hammer is also pleased to announce that Wells Fargo has come on board as Made in L.A 2012’s Presenting Sponsor, an important and substantial commitment to this inaugural citywide event. Made in L.A. 2012 is organized by a team of curators from both institutions including Hammer Senior Curator Anne Ellegood, Hammer Curator Ali Subotnick, LA><ART Director Lauri Firstenberg, LA><ART Associate Director and Senior Curator Cesar Garcia, and LA><ART Curator-at-large Malik Gaines. The exhibition will debut new installations, videos, films, sculptures, performances, and paintings commissioned specifically for the exhibition and will offer a snapshot of the current trends and practices coming out of Los Angeles, one of the most active and energetic art communities in the world. Made in L.A. 2012 will also include the Venice Beach Biennial, from July 13 – 15, 2012, made possible through the generous support of the Teiger Foundation. For this unconventional and slightly unpredictable project directed by Ali Subotnick, the Venice Beach boardwalk will become a readymade exhibition space inspired by the Arsenale at the “real” Venice Biennale. Over the course of the weekend, 40 to 50 artists will collaborate with boardwalk artists, creating new bodies of work, displaying site specific sculptures and/or installations, and presenting performances along the boardwalk. For more info, visit

CIRCLE FACTORY NEWS – The works of George Peterson at the Circle Factory can be seen in collections all over the world. Find more information at:


EMP MUSEUM 2012 EXHIBITION SCHEDULE – EMP Museum announced its 2012 exhibition schedule with an exciting lineup that includes: AC/DC: Australia’s Family Jewels; Icons of Science Fiction; Worn to be Wild: The Black Leather Jacket; and Hear My Train a Comin’: Hendrix Hits London.
AC/DC: Australia’s Family Jewels

April 28, 2012 – September 24, 2012
EMP is proud to be the only North American venue to host AC/DC: Australia’s Family Jewels. Developed and presented by the Arts Centre Melbourne and the Western Australian Museum in association with AC/DC, Albert Music, and Sony Music, this is the first and only fully endorsed exhibition to bring to life the history, creativity, and power of one of the world’s greatest rock bands. The exhibition will feature more than 400 artifacts including photos, instruments, 35 years of gig posters from shows around the world, letters, lyrics, and costumes, including an extremely rare Angus Young schoolboy outfit and his 1975 home sewn ‘Super Ang’ costume, complete with gold and red satin cape.

Icons of Science Fiction
June 9, 2012 – Ongoing
EMP presents science fiction’s most iconic artifacts with a new exhibition that explores the lives and ideas of the genre’s most mind-bending creators. The exhibition will feature the Science Fiction Hall of Fame, and one-of-a-kind memorabilia from literature, film, television, and art including an Imperial Dalek from the television series Doctor Who, command chair from the classic television series Star Trek, Yoda’s walking cane from the films Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: Return of the Jedi,and Neo’s coat from the film The Matrix Reloaded.

Worn to be Wild: The Black Leather Jacket
October 20, 2012 – January 20, 2013
Harley-Davidson® Museum in partnership with EMP Museum present a dynamic exhibit that traces the path of the leather motorcycle jacket from functional garment to pop culture’s universally recognized symbol of cool rebellion. The exhibition will feature dozens of garments and related artifacts, from early military jackets and famous Hollywood costumes worn by stars like Elvis Presley, to haute couture by Jean-Paul Gaultier and Gianni Versace, as well as iconic Harley Davidson motorcycles.

Hear My Train a Comin’: Hendrix Hits London
November 17, 2012 – Ongoing
2012 marks the 70th birthday of Jimi Hendrix, and EMP celebrates its roots with a tribute to one of rock music’s most masterful and influential artists. This new exhibition focuses on Hendrix’s time in London, featuring rare costumes, instruments, photographs, albums, and a collection of never-before-seen artifacts from the estate of Jimi Hendrix Experience drummer, Mitch Mitchell. Throughout the year, EMP will also organize commemorative programs and events to mark major milestones in Hendrix’s career including the 45th anniversaries of the Monterey Pop Festival and the release of Purple Haze.
EMP is a non-profit organization dedicated to the exploration of creativity and innovation in music, science fiction, and popular culture. EMP combines interpretative, interactive exhibitions with state-of-the-art technologies, and educational programming to offer visitors of all ages a first-hand, multi-dimensional experience of the creative and artistic process. CONTACT INFO
325 5th Avenue N, Seattle, WA 98109. 206.770.2700, main line.


ASTRODECK NEWS – Wave Warriors Vol. 1-5 is available now, as well as Astrodeck surfpads and Astrodeck sandals that are a must have for any true surfaholic. Get it all at

SANTA BARBARA SURF MUSEUM – Established in 1992, the Santa Barbara Surfing Museum is the premiere surfing museum in S.B. Complete with vintage skateboards, surfboards, hula girls, classic guitars and ukuleles, this museum will take you on a surf/sk8 safari that you will never want to leave. James O’Mahoney’s one-of-a-kind collection is located at 16 1/2 Helena Ave #C, Santa Barbara, CA.

BIILABONG XXL BIG WAVE AWARDS – Billabong XXL Big Wave Awards Ceremony at The Grove Theatre, Anaheim, CA – May 4, 2012.

ASTRODECK NEWS – Herbie Fletcher will be making another Wave Warriors film to be released late 2012. Subscribe to the Astrodeck newsletter to stay in the loop. Another Fletcher, Nathan, is also making headlines across the globe. From his legendary Teahupoo ride to his most recent interview in Men’s Health Magazine he’s continued to accelerate the surfing spotlight to the mainstream. Find more information at:

QUIKSILVER NEWS – Koa Rothman gets picked up by Quiksilver. Congratulations Koa!

CHRISTIAN FLETCHER – Christian Fletcher has a slick website. Classic chaos.

SAVE THE DATE FOR INTERNATIONAL SURFING DAY – Grab your surfboard and get ready to celebrate International Surfing Day on Wednesday, June 20th. Now in its eighth year, International Surfing Day unites surfers from around the world to celebrate of the sport of surfing.  What began in 2005 with only just a small handful of local observances in the United States has since exploded to more than 200 events in 30 countries worldwide. In addition to catching some waves, surfers around the globe are encouraged take some time to give back to our oceans, waves and beaches. As in previous years, the Surfrider Foundation will be organizing various beach cleanup and coastal restoration events. In 2011, International Surfing Day participants collected more than 5,000 bags of trash worldwide. For additional information on International Surfing Day and event updates, visit

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