VERT ATTACK 3Bryggeriet invites you to ‘Vert Attack 3’ on Saturday, January 31 at 5:00pm at Bryggeriet Skatepark in Malmo, Sweden on Saturday, January 31 at 5:00pm. www.bryggeriet.org/skate/

RIP THE RIPPER – An art show of epic proportions. January 2009 ASR. Over 40+ artists have been invited to ‘Rip the Ripper’ and celebrate the Ripper’s influence on skateboarding since his introduction. A book will be made available of the art pieces after the show. Watch for more details. If you are at ASR this January, be sure to stop by Meeting Room 28b. You won’t want to miss it. www.skateone.com.

RISE ABOVE AND NEVER FORGET – Jan 10-March 1. One-Up Creative Space at Podium/Ross Powers Pro Shop is presenting ‘Rise Above and Never Forget’ featuring the Art and Propaganda of Wounded Knee Skateboards on Saturday, Jan. 10, with an opening reception from 3pm-6pm. ‘One-Up Creative Space is dedicated to showing the work of people who are stepping up and doing what they believe in,’ said One Up director Brandon Smith. Smith said that Wounded Knee skateboards were selected for their radical style and inspiring message to youth. ‘We believe that creativity and community can make a difference in the world,’ Smith said. ‘Pursuing your passion can lead to great things.’ Wounded Knee Skateboards was created to educate skateboarding youth around the country about the true history of Wounded Knee and Native American history and to help Native American at risk youth from drug and alcohol abuse, according to founder Jim Murphy. A major portion of proceeds from purchases from Wounded Knee goes towards this goal. In its brief history, skateboarding has been greeted with skepticism and labeled as an outcast form of youth rebellion. ‘In reality, skateboarding is a great freedom of expression,’ Murphy added. ‘We are not here to solely make skateboards, but to remind our country of those whose land we now reside,’ Murphy said. ‘The more boards, shirts and hats I sell, the more I can give away to the at-risk youth on reservations in need of quality skateboards and clothing they cannot afford.’ ‘One Up Creative Space is proud and excited to host Wounded Knee Skateboards and their art,’ said Nick Pedemonti who co-owns Podium with Ross Powers. ‘Rise Above and Never Forget’ will be on display until March 1. Podium Pro Shop is located at 5081 Main Street in Manchester, Vermont. Please call for more information 802-367-2669.

BASTARD BOWL – The Bastard Bowl just opened in Milano, Italy and Giorgio Zattoni came to visit. The bowl is suspended at 20 feet over the shelves of the storage facility. Sick. PHOTO BY GIULIANO BERARDUCCI.

BRYAN’S BRAIN BENEFIT.COM NEWS – Fellow skaters and friends of Bryan Farabegoli give tribute to a very dear friend and buddy. Bryan fell on hard times because of a recent brain cancer diagnosis that hit him and all of us very hard. The entire Kona, AB and North Florida skate community wants to pull together for Bryan and help him with a website, a Deckcrafters Benefit Board, numerous parties at Kona and constant financial help. We are asking you to donate to his cause by by using the PayPal button on the site. Every bit helps and we truly appreciate your support. You can also check out the website and see never before published images from Kona, Cedar Crest, Mayport, Band X Pool and many more…Feel free to drop a note to Bryan to wish him well. From the entire Bryan’s BrainTrust crew, thank you. www.bryansbrainbenefit.org.

ALL NATIONS SK8 JAM – Apr 25-26, 2009 – All Nations Skate Jam @ Los Altos Skatepark – 10140 1/2 Lomas Blvd NE Albuquerque, NM.

EXTRA MILES HEROES CONTEST – JIM MURPHY HAS BEEN NOMINATED AS A HERO. PLEASE GO AND VOTE FOR HIM AT WWW.LENOXHERO.COM. LENOX and NASCAR‘s Jeff Burton Team Up For Heroes Program – LENOX, a leading manufacturer of premium power tool accessories, torches, solder and band saw blades, today announces the kick-off of the LENOX Extra Mile Heroes Program. NASCAR driver Jeff Burton and LENOX are conducting a search for users and suppliers of industrial tools who go the extra mile. The winner of the LENOX Extra Mile Heroes Program could receive up to $1 million to split with their charity of choice. In recognition of the LENOX Extra Mile Heroes, the New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) NASCAR Sprint Cup race has added a lap; making it the LENOX Industrial Tools 301. For the first time in NASCAR history, the length of the Sprint Cup race will be 301 laps to honor the efforts of these heroes. To Vote: Beginning on February 1, 2009, all of the finalists and their stories will be posted to www.lenoxhero.com. Customers will be asked to vote on who they think should be named the ultimate LENOX Extra Mile Hero. The finalist who receives the most votes will not only carry the honor of being the LENOX Extra Mile Hero, but they also win the Grand Prize of $31,000 as well as an additional $31,000 to be donated to their charity of choice. But that’s not all! If Burton wins the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 race scheduled for June 28, 2009, LENOX will increase the grand prize to $1 million for the winner to split with their charity of choice! Complete LENOX Extra Mile Heroes Program details are available at www.lenoxhero.com. The program is open to users and suppliers of industrial tools, 21 and over in the United States and Canada and submission will be accepted February 1, 2009 through April 30, 2009. JIM MURPHY HAS BEEN NOMINATED AS A HERO. PLEASE GO AND VOTE FOR HIM AT WWW.LENOXHERO.COM.

ZORLAC SKATEBOARDS NEWS – FLORIDA SK8 CONTEST – Jan 24, 2009 at Eastwood Skatepark – 290 Guss Hipp Blvd. Rockledge, FL. Street contest, bowl jam, after party. For more go to www.myspace.com/eastwoodskatepark or www.myspace.com/zorlacfl

ST. FLATTY’S DAY CONTEST – March 15, 2009 – The contest consists of best tricks over the flat to flat gap at the Cheyenne Skatepark, games of Skate and anything else we can come up with. Please send anything you can for prizes to John Doe Zine at 916 Cottonwood Dr. Cheyenne, WY 82001. For more info go to http://johndoezine2.blogspot.com/2009/01/john-doe-zine-20th-anniversary-contest.html or email johndoezine@hotmail.com.

BLACKHART news. Rick Blackhart’s website is almost done and will feature tons of photos, t-shirts and boards for sale, ‘Ask the Doctor’ page, links, etc. High quality Blackhart t-shirts come in black or white. Available in sizes: large, extra large, and double extra large. Shirts are $19.99+ $2.00 shipping. Send paypal to: blackthirteen@live.com. Check it out and pass the word. www.rickblackhart.com.

TONY HAWK FOUNDATION NEWS – The Public Skatepark Development Guide, the indispensable handbook for public-skatepark advocates, is now available in an updated and improved second edition. First published in 2007 by the Tony Hawk Foundation, Skaters For Public Skateparks, and the International Association of Skateboard Companies, the ultimate guide for community-skatepark advocates was available for free, and supplies quickly disappeared. The new 128-page second edition features updated information and expanded chapters, including skatepark vision, advocacy, fundraising, design, and management, plus several supplements and visual aids. Author Peter Whitley revisited the material and compiled updates from dozens of experienced skatepark advocates around the country to make the Public Skatepark Development Guide second edition even more informative and helpful than the original version. At its meeting in December, the Tony Hawk Foundation Board of Directors voted to fund the printing of the second edition so that this valuable resource could once again be made available to the public for only the cost of shipping. To order the book, visit publicskateparkguide.org. The Tony Hawk Foundation’s Spring 2009 grant season is officially underway, and the grant application can be accessed via the Foundation’s Web site. The deadline for completing Tony Hawk Foundation Skatepark Grant applications for the current season is March 2, 2009. Details are available at tonyhawkfoundation.org.

TIM KERR NEWS – Check out this Tim Kerr masterpiece that will be going up on the side of a building in New York City at 11 Prince Street. Kerr just finished this 8 feet by 12 feet tribute to Claudette Colvin that will hang outside a building in lower Manhattan. Kerr’s next art show will be January 24th, 2009 as part of Rich Jacobs Move show at New Image Art in Los Angeles. Tim’s next big trip is to Ireland for the first couple of weeks in Feb where he will be playing clawhammer banjo with the Pine Hill Haints. Art show wise, Tim has art shows coming up April 3rd in Pittsburgh at Zombo Gallery and a group show on April 23rd in Austin, TX at Domy Books featuring Tim Kerr, Rich Jacobs, Cynthia Connolly and Bill Daniel. Kerr will also be doing some t-shirt designs for Altamont, plus a 10′ of music, along with the cover for their spring 2010 catalog. Check out more art and news from Tim Kerr at www.timkerr.net

MARSEILLE NEWS – In Marseille, France, the legendary park has been pretty damaged for the
past six months by vandals after they set fire to trashcans in the clover. Some of the locals threw them into their fire and kicked their asses, but the damage is done. The city is supposed to renovate it for spring 09, and they’re building a huge indoor facility inside a mall. That park is supposed to have a vert ramp and a bowl with cradle and pool coping, plus the street stuff and is due to open in 2009.

GFL HIGH OLLIE CHALLENGE presented by DC on Thursday, Jan 22 at ASR. $1500 Cash winner take all. HIgh Ollie Contest and Grind For LIfe Chill Zone Lounge. www.gfl-asr.com and www.grindforlife.org.

2009 GRIND FOR LIFE SKATEBOARD SERIES – 3 Contests — 3 Disciplines — 3 Unique Florida Skateparks. Grind For Life, Inc., founded by Mike Rogers, is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that helps people with cancer, especially those who travel long distances to treatments. Entry Fee: $20 per contest (includes free t-shirt). Trophies to top 5 in each division. Age Divisions: (in the following order) 9 and under skate first. 9 and under, 10-12, 13-15, Girls, 16-29, Sponsored, 30-39, 40 and over. 1st Contest ‘Street’— February 28 Jupiter Skatepark (561) 630-5684. 1501 W. Frederick Small Rd Jupiter, FL 33458. Start registration at 10:00 am. Contest starts at 11:00 am. 2nd Contest ‘Bowl’ — April 25. THE GHETTO SKATE FACILITY (352) 807-0902. 37216 Chancey Rd. Zephyrhills, FL 33541. Start registration at 10:00 am. Contest starts at 11:00 am. 3rd Contest ‘Flow Bowl’ — May 23 New Smyrna Beach. (under construction). Start registration at 10:00 am. Contest starts at 11:00 am. Overall Awards — November 14 Cocoa Beach Skatepark. Cocoa Beach, FL 32931 Awards ceremony for the whole series will be held on November 14, 2009 at the 7th Annual Grind For Life Benefit Event from 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm. This event will feature PRO DEMOS, Live Music, mega RAFFLES, food and drinks, and a Silent Auction with great items and a whole lot more! For more info, call (561) 252-3839 or visit www.grindforlife.org

NIKE ZOOM VELOCE – In 2009, Nike SB will release a new style, the Nike Zoom Veloce. www.nike.com/skateboarding.

DEATHBOWL TO DOWNTOWN ‘SAN DIEGO SCREENING’ hosted by COAN NICHOLS AND RICK CHARNOSKI on Friday, January 23 at 8:00pm at Two Roses Barber shop, Tattoo Parlor and Cafe, San Diego, CA.

TEAM PAIN lays down new concrete art at New Smyrna Beach, FL. www.teampain.com.

COLORADO SKATE NEWS – Coloradoskateschool.com. Colorado has been blessed with two more premier skateparks (Colorado Springs and Nederland) and one more in the works (Lafayete). Also the downhill and slalom terrain in CO is epic and roads usually dry up from snow pretty fast along the front range.

POCKET PISTOLS NEWS – Pocket Pistols just came out with a new Slalom/Downhill/Longboard wheel that is amazing. Ultra grip and speed. Its called the ‘Pocket Pistols RacerX Cone Crusher’ with design input from the legendary sk8racer Jason Mitchell .

CHUCK TREECE of McRad fame has teamed up with School of Rock to give back to young minds in music. For more go to www.schoolofrock.com.

ADDIKT Skateboards ‘SKATER OWNED NOT CORPORATE CLONED’ – Keith Stephenson has been throwing it down at www.addiktskateboards.com.

SKATER MADE NEWS – ‘SMELL THE ‘CRETE’ is finally done and will be released
at the DVD release premiere/show sometime in March. DVD will include booklet and bonus footy.
Stay tuned for show location. SKATER MADE is also releasing a new pool shape in late February and a new guest pro model is in production, as we speak. www.skatermade.com.

TRAVEL WELL TEASER VIDEO – Element Europe is proud to release the teaser for ‘Travel Well,’ a full-length video coming Fall 2009. The teaser introduces Madars Apse and Phil Zwijsen and features the rest of the Element Europe team including full parts from Pirkka Pollari and Michael Mackrodt. Watch it now at: http://www.elementskateboards.com/audiovisual/travelwell/teaser/ The Element Europe team includes Madars Apse, Phil Zwijsen, Michael Mackrodt, Bas Janssen, Evelien Bouilliart, Gauthier Rouger, Guillaume Mocquin, Janne Saario, Jo Lorenz, Lucien Clarke, Pirkka Pollari And Ruben Rodrigues. Visit elementskateboards.com/team/ for more info.

SATORI NEWS – Satori Wheels is proud to announce the release of its newest advance in Skateboard wheel technology. These wheels feature recycled inner cores remolded with a fresh soy based urethane riding surface. The Recycled Core wheels reduce waste in the manufacturing process while producing a top quality wheel for professional skateboarding. Satori’s Recycled Core wheels ride so well they come with a GUARANTEE against flat spots! These wheels debut in Skate shops February 2009 www.satorimovement.com.

NIKE NEWS – Since both Lance Mountain and Craig Stecyk are big fans of the Blazer and since they have a history of working together, Nike figured it couldn’t hurt to see if they wanted to collaborate again. But asking them to simply color up a shoe would be a doing a disservice to the skaters of the world. What started with a simple conversation over a year ago between old friends grew into a project that includes some of Craig’s original artwork, a zine, a short film and of course the actual footwear and apparel that they worked on. As fans of both Lance and Craig, we hope that all of you enjoy the outcome as much as we do. http://www.nikeskateboarding.com/lanceandstecyk

HIGHVALLEY SKATEPARK NEWS – Highvalley Skatepark is going to be built in 2009 and ready to shred for 2010. The Skatepark is going to be the biggest in Europe with about 10.000 qm concrete for all styles of skateboarding plus in connection a 900m longboard and a 650m downhill slope. The Stockholm City has decided to support it with about $ 4,500,000. Stefan Hauser @ PTR Skate has designed the park. More info at www.highvalley.se

JOKERS SKATE SHOP UPDATE – Lance Mountain designed shop T-shirts for $15.99/ea or 2 for $24.99. Don’t forget, they still have some Lucero shirts left as well… Contact Corey Reuter
Jokers Skate Shop 9606 Hamilton Ave. Huntington Beach, Ca. 92646 714-962-8429.

VOLCOM presents Everyone is a Photographer Photo Tee Contest. www.volcomeurope.com/photocontest.

DISTRIKT LIMITED EDITION SKATEBOARDS – The design collective Distrikt has just released its first-ever line of logo skateboard decks… These Distrikt studio skateboards come in various sizes and each colorway is available in a limited run of 20 decks (only a total of 100 of these skateboards will be available). These decks will look good on the wall or on the street, but they’ll never be found on Wall Street. They will be available thru the Distrikt store at http://distrikt.bigcartel.com and Artsprojekt at http://www.zazzle.com/kellydwilliams/distrikt+skateboards.

POW / FULL TILT POKER host CHARITY TEXAS HOLD’EM Poker Tournament @ HARD ROCK CASINO. The event takes place the first night of the SIA trade show kicking off the show with a benefit for Protect Our Winters Foundation raising crucial awareness. Protect Our Winters (POW) is a tax exempt, non-profit organization dedicated to reversing the global warming crisis by uniting the winter sports community and focusing our collective efforts towards a common goal. Register Oniline: http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http://www.olliepopcharitypoker.com.

SHOPLIFTIN– Skate Shops From Across The US To Compete In DVS’ First Video Contest Shopliftin – the company’s first ever shop video contest. Hundreds of shops entered, but only the first hundred to RSVP were made eligible to compete. Entered teams will have exactly five months to film, produce, and edit their submissions which will be judged by DVS riders, filmers, and team managers. The winning shops will be announced on March 1, 2009.

NEW KRUDCO VIDEO IS FINALLY IN STOCK. $15 each. Bonus Footage and easter eggs!! http://www.krudco.com.

EMBASSY SKATEBOARDS is sponsoring all the TX hardcores including Craig Johnson, John ‘Tex’ Gibson, Todd Prince and Ken Fillion. Check it out at http://embassyskateboards.com.

SKATE MOVIE – MISCHIEVOUS SOULS – Based on a true story, ‘Mischievous Souls’ is a feature film starring Terrell Robinson, Eduardo Craig, and Josh Walker about a day in the life of 3 Los Angeles skaters whose lives are turned upside down after a tragic death of a skater. Now 10 years later, a first time filmmaker (Clayton) sets out to make his first documentary film through interviews which uncover the truth about the events that took place that hot summer day. The film chronicles present day interviews along with super8 reenactment footage that the skaters shot themselves. Filled with tons of skating at some of the hottest spots in LA along with doing some mischievous things all in the name of trying to have a fun day skating. Watch as reality is unveiled, raw footage is exposed and the truth comes to life in this epic skate drama. View the trailer at: http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofileandfriendid=54345382

CONSPIRACY SKATEBOARDS has released the ‘Screamer’ deck. It is 8.88 wide, 32.5 long, with a 15.3 wheelbase, deep concave and real steep nose and tail. You can get them from South Shore distribution or direct from conspiracyboards.com. Check out the ‘Screamer 888’ at www.conspiracyboards.com.

SKATEPARKS IN SAN DIEGO, CA – Due to the falling economy a majority of San Diego’s public pay-to-play skateparks have been met with budget cuts in 2009. As a result, these parks no longer continue to employ pad nannies. Now all the pay-to-play city skateparks in San Diego will be unmonitored, and therefore, free. This all came about, naturally, due to budget cuts. Parks include Carmel Valley Skatepark in Del Mar, Rancho Penasquitos Skate Park, Bill and Maxine Wilson Skate Park, the Charles L. Lewis III Memorial Skate Park and Robb Field (A.K.A. ‘OB Skatepark’). The Mission Valley Y.M.C.A. is not a city park, and therefore won’t be free. All helmet/pad laws are still in effect, but there won’t be any Pad Nannies to enforce.

OLD MEN SKATE ASSOCIATION – Keep up with the O.M.S.A. and Peter Dietsches at http://dietsches-omsa.blogspot.com/

VENICE SKATEPARK UPDATE – The long-awaited news is that the Venice Skatepark is finally underway after years of work by the Venice locals. The equipment is out on the beach, site has been laid out and fenced off. There will be an official groundbreaking ceremony (with gold shovel) on January 24 at 1pm at the old Venice Pavilion location in Venice Beach, CA. Completion date is mid March 2009. Stay tuned for more updates. Yes!

BAM IN BARCELONA Element TV features a video edited by Bam Margera, featuring Bam and friends, from their recent trip to Barcelona. Check it out! http://www.elementskateboards.com/

KCDC NEWS – David Foote, a New York City based artist, filmmaker, and entrepreneur has recently designed a limited edition skateboard for KCDC. With a portion of proceeds benefiting St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, the skateboard, priced at $75 will be one of ten lifestyle products sold from February – April 2009 at BoConcept, New York’s bastion of Danish modern home design and on www.DavidFooteStudio.com.

SLO SKATEPARK NEWS – If you could please take a few minutes to send an email to the SLO City Council at slocitycouncil@slocity.org telling them why they should continue to fully support the skatepark project, it would go along way to increase chances of getting it built sooner rather than later. A few talking points could be:1. SLO would benefit as a community and would be a better place with the new skatepark than without. 2. The new park would be a center that would bring the community and families together (i.e. Los Osos). 3. It fills a critical recreational need that is long overdue for a wide cross-section of the community. 4. For those of you from out of the area, SLO would become a destination that you would now come to instead of other places. City Councils like to hear how you and your family would spend your money in local motels, restaurants, stores, etc. Please get everyone that is sympathetic to this cause to also send an email. If you can attend the meeting, even better but please send the email regardless. Every email sent and person that attends the meetings matter. Here’s the meeting info. Hope you can make it. Spread the word! January 15, 2009 at 6:30 p.m. Community Forum Ludwick Community Center, 864 Santa Rosa Street, January 20, 2009 at 4 p.m. City Council Meeting City Hall, 990 Palm Street. Email Jay at ccmfjay@yahoo.com.

OUR MOUNTAIN – Element Skateboards and Steven Harrington of National Forest Design are proud to release a unique series of decks commemorating Our Mountain, a traveling international art show that made stops in France, Germany, Italy and Spain. With the Our Mountain project, Steven Harrington turns to the most individual and personal source in his aesthetic archive: his childhood. In doing so, he ultimately speaks a universal language. www.elementskateboards.com/

HOT THREADS – BANDIT BRAND – Check out the Scooter Trash T Shirt – Original and Authentic Prison Art drawn in the 70’s and used with permission of the true friends of Artist Kenny Baker. A portion of the proceeds go to ‘Butch from Berdoo’ whom the art was drawn for originally. All handmade with love in the USA. Be American. Buy American. The slickest gear and more is now available at www.banditbrand.com.

FDR UPDATE – The Sean Miller memorial vert ramp at FDR is getting a much needed overhaul. Thanks Carlos! A stand-alone peanut pool is also in the works. Buy a benefit shirt to help the project along. 15 bucks. Email Bryan Lathrop at bryan@fdrskatepark.org for details.

JAN 9 – ANGRY SAMOANS live with Shootin’ Lucy, The Nowheres and Black Mackeral at the Distillery – 2107 L St. Sacramento, CA.

SKATE ROCK VOL. 1 – DC-Jam Skate Rock Vol 1. featuring 30 bands on a a two disc CD set is scheduled to be released in Mid February, 2009. This DC-Jam Records compilation will feature music by JFA, The Big Boys, Painted Willie, Trusty, The Rudy Schwartz Project, Plan 9, Pezz, Fang, Whatever Dude!, Butt Trumpet, Frontside Five, McRad, Venomous, Neutralboy, Minus-One, Naked Lady Wrestlers, Dwarves, The Heard, The Copyrights, Underdog, Psycho, Wednesday Night Heroes, Fishbone, and The American Werewolves, among others. More information about this release can be found at www.dcjamrecords.com.

JFA NEWS – Legendary skate rock band JFA has recently signed with DC-Jam Records for the release of their latest LP titled ‘To All Our Friends’ which is slated for rollout in early April. This ‘live’ CD will be the bands first since 1985 and their first full length album issued since 1999. Stated JFA frontman Brian Brannon, ‘This is something we’ve been wanting to get out there for a while now so we’re excited to get it going.’ JFA is one of the premiere skate punk bands of all time, leaving an indelible mark on the entire skate rock movement and forging an unbreakable link between hardcore skateboarding and punk rock music. Since the band’s founding in 1981, the members continue to shred pools, pipes and ditches whenever the moment allows. www.dcjamrecords.com.

T.S.O.L. NEWS – In Jan 2009, T.S.O.L. will be releasing a new album to commemorate 30 years of Punk Rock, The band wants to give back to the people young and old that have supported them all these years, so, the album will be available through Hurley International as a free download. Until that time you can view the recording process live via streaming video at: http://www.hurley.com/tsol/ The guys have put together an album that is as fresh and raw today as was their earliest material 30 years ago, like a fine bottle of wine though, T.S.O.L. is getting better with age. To celebrate 30 yrs of punk rock, join T.S.O.L. in supporting the causes that they support. The Midnight Mission http://www.midnightmission.org/ and Orange County Food Bank http://www.ocfoodbank.org/ and Orangewood Childrens Foundation http://www.orangewoodfoundation.org/ and The Surfrider Foundation http://www.surfrider.org/ and The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals http://www.spcala.com/. You can also check out the band at: http://www.myspace.com/tsol and http://www.fender.com/artists/index.php?id=88.

NOFX are turning 25 this year! NOFX was formed in L.A. back in 1983 and has released 10 studio full lengths, about 6 EPs, and a metric ton of 7’s. They’ve somehow managed to sell over 6 million records worldwide, which is an unprecedented feat for an independent band. To commemorate their 25 year anniversaey, NOFX will play three special anniversary shows in February in addition to their tour of the West Coast and the Southwest with Smoke or Fire. All four eras of NOFX will be represented at the anniversary shows, both in person and in song, with old members of the band showing up to play some old tunes: The Three Piece Era, 1983 – 1987: Fat Mike, Smelly, Melvin… The Casillas Era, 1987 – 1988: Fat Mike, Smelly, Melvin, Dave Casillas… The Kidwiler Era, 1988 – 1991: Fat Mike, Smelly, Melvin, Steve Kidwiler… The El Hefe Era, 1991 – Present: Fat Mike, Smelly, Melvin, El Hefe. Anniversary dates: 2/04/09 San Diego, CA at The House of Blues w/ Youth Brigade, Smoke or Fire . 2/05/09 Los Angeles, CA at The Fonda w/ Youth Brigade, Channel 3, Sin 34. 2/15/09 San Francisco, CA at Slim’s w/ Youth Brigade, Turbonegra. http://www.nofx.org.

SXSW March 18-22, 2008 – Austin, TX. www.sxsw.com.

CHEETAH CHROME NEWS – Thursday, February 5th ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK at Don Hills in NYC featuring Cheetah Chrome with The Blackhearts – 11:00, Walter Lure and The Waldos – 10:15, Electric Frankenstein – 9:30, The Bullys – 8:45, The Martinets – 8:00, New York Junk – 7:15, Skinny Bones and the Gonedaddys – 6:30. Enjoy Cheetah now (and then) in this YouTube video titled, Sonic Reducer Lesson By Cheetah Chrome: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KcY6A_Lt-P4.

WARBIRD ENTMT NEWS – The Swedish hardcore band ‘Let Me Out’ is currently in the studio and gearing up for their full length debut on Warbird. Warbird Entertainment will be releasing Let Me Out’s debut album on March 24th, 2009. The Swedish hardcore act released the song ‘Disease’ late last year and have posted more tracks at their MySpace page. The band will be on tour in Europe from March 26th – April 4th! www.letmeouthc.net www.myspace.com/letmeouthc. Warbird Entertainment has signed South Philadelphia, PA hooligan legends ‘Guns On The Run’ to the Warbird family! ‘Guns On The Run’ are gearing up to hit the studio early Spring 2009 and the album is slated for a Summer 2009 release date. Please check out the bands myspace page for up to date news, tour info and to hear tracks off the latest release ‘The Sands Of Time Are Running Low’ released on Battle Hymns Records. www.myspace.com/gunsontherun.

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GRANDMASTER FLASH RELEASES FIRST STUDIO ALBUM IN OVER 20 YEARS – On March 3rd, 2009, legendary hip hop pioneer Grandmaster Flash releases ‘The Bridge’ on Adrenaline City Entertainment via Strut, his first high profile studio album since his final recordings for Elektra back in 1987. Flash mixes up the flow and features some heavyweight guests and intriguing collaborations. Familiar faces appearing on the album include BUSTA RHYMES, A Tribe Called Quest frontman Q-TIP, Will Smith collaborator KEL SPENCER and JUMZ, SNOOP DOGG alongside mixtape hero RED CAFE and LYN CARTER. The original hip hop teacher KRS-ONE imagines a world without hip hop on the hilarious and insightful ‘What If?’. BIG DADDY KANE gets funky with hot new female Philadelphia MC HEDONIS DA AMAZON, Flash sets up an all-female soundclash between MTV favourite BYATA, HEDONIS DA AMAZON and electro queen PRINCESS SUPERSTAR; he presents his son, J-FLO on his debut recording alongside Def Jam MC LORDIKIM ALLAH and ALMIGHTY THOR’; and Lost Boyz’ MR. CHEEKS teams up with old skool heroes GRANDMASTER CAZ of Cold Crush Brothers and TITO of Fearless Four. In June 2008, the autobiography ‘The Adventures Of Grandmaster Flash: My Life, My Beats’ was published by Random House, written by Flash himself and top author David Ritz. The book provides a valuable insight into Flash’s early years growing up in the Bronx and his personal experience at the advent of hip hop culture. Flash was inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall Of Fame during 2007. www.strut-records.com.

MIX MINGLE and MOSH PUNK ROCK SOCIAL LIVE YEAR FIVE KICK-OFF – Saturday Jan 10th at Alex’s Bar – Long Beach, CA. www.punkrocksocial.com

LAMB OF GOD AND NO FEAR ENERGY TEAM UP FOR WRATH NORTH AMERICAN TOUR. AS I LAY DYING, CHILDREN OF BODOM, GOD FORBID, AND MUNICIPAL WASTE TO SUPPORT. Fresh off of their west coast run with Metallica and upcoming visits to Finland, UK, Ireland, Australia, Japan, and Indonesia, Lamb of God have teamed up with No Fear Energy for the North American tour in support of their fifth studio album ‘Wrath’ which will be released by Epic Records February 24th. The tour commences in Phoenix, Arizona on April 2nd and covers 35 markets in the US and Canada, ending in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina May 15th. Tickets and more information are available at www.livenation.com and www.Nofear.com.

INDIAN RECORDS – Duane Peters, The Master Of Disaster, is currently in the studio recording the new Duane Peters Gunfight album titled ‘Checkmate’. This album will be the follow up to the critically acclaimed self-titled release from 2005 on Disaster Records. In addition to the new recordings, Peters has formed a new record label called Indian Recordings at www.indianrecordings.com.

REPO! The Genetic Opera: In the no-so-distant future, a worldwide epidemic of organ failures devastates the planet. Out of the tragedy, a savior emerges: GENECO, a biotech company that offers organ transplants…for a price. Those who miss their payments are scheduled for repossession and hunted by THE REPO MAN. By fusing ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW and BLADE RUNNER, this futuristic tale of horror modernizes the ‘rock opera’ genre with original music and rich, dark production design. This rock opera boasts an entirely original soundtrack that blends equal parts goth and punk rock to form an eerie and powerful musical narrative and features vocal performances by an amazing cast; Paris Hilton, Bill Moseley, Sarah Brightman, Anthony Stewart Head, Alexa Vega, Paul Sorvino, Ohgr and more. Instrumentals and score provided by an all-star lineup that features performances from Joan Jett( who cameos in the film), Richard Patrick (Filter), Stephen Perkins (Jane’s Addiction), Clown (Slipknot), Ray Luzier (Army of Anyone), Brian Young (David Lee Roth’s band), Sonny Moore (From First to Last), Richard Fortus (Guns and Roses), David J (Bauhaus/Love and Rockets), Daniel Ash (Love and Rockets), Blasko (Ozzy Osbourne), Tommy Clefetus (Rob Zombie’s band), Melora Creager (Rasputina). Also lending her voice to the soundtrack is the edgy pop star Poe. For further info including a full list of confirmed dates and show times, visit www.reporoadtour.com.

GLEN E. FRIEDMAN Retrospective: Idealist Propaganda – Show runs through Jan 9th at Subliminal Projects at 1331 W. Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90026.

RECOMMENDED BOOK – ‘FREZNO’ by Tony Stamolis – ‘Though it once held the promise of the California dream, inspiring the likes of Steinbeck and Saroyan, Fresno is now the butt of a thousand late-night TV jokes; it consistently comes in next to dead last in surveys of cities with a high quality of life. This central California teenage wasteland ishome to lowriders, emptybuildings, dope drops, and one of the highest violent-crime rates in the country. It is also the birthplace of photographerTony Stamolis, who spent six years chronicling his strange hometown. The result: a disturbing, humorous, and poignant insider’s view of a post-suburban American badlands.’ http://processmediainc.com/titles/art_and_culture/frezno.php.

RUSSELL CROTTY / Surf Works: 1988 – 2008 – January 17 – February 21, 2009. Opening Reception: Saturday / January 17 / 5 – 7 pm at SHOSHANA WAYNE GALLERY 2525 Michigan Ave. B1 / Santa Monica, CA 90404 / 310 453 7535.

LOVE AND GUTS ART SHOWS – This years theme is aptly called Carry-On which corresponds to many Skateboarders vagabond lifestyle and resourceful methods of traveling with their equipment and art. Oakley the Proud Sponsor of ‘ Love and Guts ‘ is boldly expanding this years shows to Wellington, New Zealand as well as Sydney, Australia. This year’s artists are as follows: Steve Caballero, Chad Ford, Christian Hosoi, Wade Burkitt, Sasha Steinhorst, Marty Baptist, Chris Senn, Dean Tirkot, Chris Ortiz, Cameron Ward, John Rintoul, Mike O’Meally, Israel Smith, Simon Morse, David Read, Dust, Chris Jackson, Noah Butche, Sean Aickin, Peap and Pat Ngoho. http://loveandgutsart.com

ZAP-MASTERS with R. Crumb, Robert Williams, S. Clay Wilson, Rick Griffin artwork at Copro/Nason Gallery at Bergamot Station 2525 Michigan Ave, Unit T5, Santa Monica , CA 90404. Opening Reception, Saturday January 17 – 8:00 – 11:30 p.m. Exhibit runs – January 17 – January 31, 2009. www.copronason.com.

SK8BOARD ART – GEORGE PETERSON in Asheville, NC is knocking out splendid skateart. Visit Circlefactory.com for more.

SURFING FAMILY FLOAT TO REPRESENT SURF CITY USA IN ANNUAL TOURNAMENT OF ROSES PARADE – First-ever Huntington Beach Float Celebrates City’s Centennial Kick-off. Mark your calendars for Thursday, January 1, 2009 at 8 am (PST). In honor of Huntington Beach’s 100th Anniversary of Incorporation, the City of Huntington Beach (also known as ‘Surf City USA’), presents its first-ever float in the 120th Rose Parade. Themed ‘Surfing Family,’ the City’s Centennial Celebration Float joins dozens of magnificent floral entries, as well as high-stepping equestrians and spirited marching bands. Huntington Beach’s float captures the essence of living in ‘Surf City USA.’ Measuring 55-feet long and 30-feet high, the float features waves, surfboards, local ocean life such as fish, pelicans, seagulls and dolphins, and a Surfing Family having a barbecue on a giant surfboard with their faithful dog in attendance. For additional City of Huntington Beach Centennial Celebration information, including a month-by-month calendar of Centennial activities, please visit www.HB100Years.org.

MAVERICKS NEWS – Watch all the Epic Big Wave Action LIVE on Your Mobile Phone. FLO TV, provider of live mobile TV, will broadcast the 2009 Mavericks Surf Contest, enabling surfing fans everywhere to experience the biggest waves live on their mobile phones! The historic event represents the world’s first ever live mobile broadcast of a big-wave surfing competition via the mobile platform. The event will take place on 24 hours notice, only when Mother Nature delivers favorable weather and contest-worthy swells reaching heights of 25-30 feet, anytime between January 1 and March 31, 2009. When Contest Director Jeff Clark gives the greenlight, fans can experience ‘the world’s most dangerous wave’ and all the jaw-dropping action from the comfort and convenience of their mobile phones. Beginning at 8 a.m. (PST) on contest day, the mobile broadcast will feature all the epic big-wave surfing action, live interviews with the surfers, up-to-the-minute heat results and the awards ceremony. FLO TV subscribers, via ATandT and Verizon, can go to the Fuel TV Channel to get in on all of the Mavericks action! For more information, please visit http://www.flotv.com

RINCON CLASSIC – 26th Annual Deckers Rincon Classic Brought to You by Surf Happens – January 17 – 18, 2009. Santa Barbara County’s oldest and most revered surfing competition returns to the fabled cobblestones of Rincon Point on Saturday and Sunday January 17 and 18, 2009 for the Deckers Rincon Classic presented by Surf Happens. With over $50,000 in sponsor donated prizes, and the bragging rights of competing for the coveted divisional titles on the line, the 26th annual event will showcase the area’s top surfers, bringing together the multi-generational extended family of locals who call her shoreline home, to celebrate the spirit of Aloha through the sport and lifestyle of surfing. For more information: Contact Surf Happens at 805.451.7568 – surfhappens@cox.net

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