Monthly Web Scour #9

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Here’s another quick dredge through the muck and mire of the world-wide information super-highway. Spike Jonze Parisian tranny-tuck hoiked from Chris Hamer’s Instagram.

First things first, most podcasts are pretty painful to listen to… but that said, this one that Bob Scerbo did with Vinnie Sammon a few years ago is pure gold and mentions some very important subjects. For a quick summary, Vinnie describes Texas as “the most swagless State,” crates of Red Bull are an effective form of currency and the Sunday griddle-frame was designed for a problem which never existed.

Talking of Texas, Bob also just finished this new video for Empire. Luckily Hamilton ups the swag levels courtesy of some textbook Columbus cruising in a striped polo shirt.

Meanwhile, in Yorkshire… RUDESTAR 2.25 is another potent blend of riding, skating and pretty much everything else from Jambul, whilst Merge is a quick promo for a new one Fathead is putting together.

Here’s a very short trailer for a new video that Tim Evans is making.

Early street pioneer turned DJ Craig Campbell has been digging up some mint old photos from the late 80s and early 90s. 

From a similar era, Smart People in a Car Crash is a pretty intense slice of audio/visual headachery that’s recently been uploaded to the net. Made by David Slade (who later went on to direct episodes of Breaking Bad… and a Twilight film), it’s sort of like the two-wheeled, UK version of Alien Workshop’s Memory Screen. Actually, that might be a bit of a bold statement as Memory Screen is perhaps one of the greatest videos ever made, and this is pretty much unwatchable. Still, it’s got some similar analogue editing flourishes, and there’s some good footage of old spots in there if you can hack the migraine-inducing effects.

Pretty Shady was a trails blog back in the mid 2000s that put out a few DIY DVDs (often with hand-made covers) which you could buy via a handy Paypal link. If you want to overthink stuff, you could say the way they were distributed was fairly similar to how most crews put out their videos today.

Anyway, I think the man behind it moved to some picturesque rural area of France and got into collecting old racer bikes (which sounds like a very nice way to spend your time), but he’s recently found time to upload the first video (albeit in a slightly confusing manner). If you enjoy jumping large wedges of dirt in a woodland environment, then you might enjoy this.

And finally, here’s another one of those quick Field Notes videos from 90East. 

What with all this lock-down malarkey, will the next few weeks see an influx of self-filmed edits and iPhones propped up on curbs? Let’s hope not…

Monthy Web Scour #8

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Here’s another belated run-down of odds and ends from around the internet that some people might find relatively interesting. Jambul NCP cruise photo by Sam.

Rude ‘En Side B is now up for all to see on Youtube. There’s far too much wild stuff in here to waste time listing everything off, but for those in a rush, Jambul’s section starts at approximately 59:00. If anyone from outside of Britain ever wondered what life was like on the damp streets of Yorkshire, this video is a pretty good representation.

This ultra-in-depth interview with Zoo York founder Eli Morgan Gesner is well worth the nine hours it’ll probably take you to read it. Always wondered why Robbie Morales cropped up in Mixtape.

Linking to Instagram posts always seems a bit strange, but this quick snippet from 90 East’s Seth Ethier is worth a watch.

There’s a fair bit of London and Bristol action in this new video from Dan Moon. That ledge that Loz tooth-picks looks like an absolute dream. Just be ready to mute Audio Bullys…

Crumbling spots… 90s hip hop… a healthy obsession with the glory days of Animal Bikes… I know that in the year 2020 stereotypes aren’t really seen as a good thing, but sometimes they’re bang-on—this video from Russia is exactly how I’d imagined street riding over there to be.

And finally… R.I.P. David Roback of Mazzy Star fame. Lino riding to ‘Be My Angel’ was just one of the many editing decisions that made All Day the undisputed greatest. This Toby Shuall part is mint too.

Monthly Web Scour #7

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It might be said it’s been a fairly weak few months for riding stuff on the internet, but amongst some absolutely dire videos which have cropped up lately, here’s a few odds and ends that are maybe worth your time. Vintage Dan Price shot snapped by Ed Docherty. 

Reach for the joss-sticks and defrost those Linda McCartney sausages… the Street Mystics video from a while back is now online in a mildly remixed form. Not only is there a clip of Amos Burke riding at night in a knitted Wu-Tang jumper, but there’s around three minutes of solid gold Dan Price footage… only 17 years after the above photo was taken, and 20 years after he got the front cover of Ride.

No idea who Kazuei Oimatsu is, but he does some pretty cool stuff in this short video in cahoots with Japan’s RODI Connect. Nice khaki slacks there too.

Again, not much is known about this video, but it seems like some people from Japan decided to go to Taiwan for a while and ride some pretty exquisite-looking spots at night.

Tim does a few icepicks in this London video.

It’s no Absolute Radio 90s, but if you’ve had your fill of The Bluetones for a while, then this podcast with the people behind Act Like You Know isn’t bad for those with ample time to kill. Two hours worth of chat about spots and videos and that kind of thing, along with the usual ‘state-of-the-industry’ type stuff that’s easy enough to skip through.

And finally, it has now been over 20 years since Don’t Quit Your Day Job came out. Watch this and then hunt down your nearest loading dock ledge.

Videodrome: Tim Evans

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From the bionic stall-tech of Chris Souter to the pallet hoppin’ prowess of Big Jimmy Nesquik, the brick ledge pastures of England’s north eastern zones have reared some fine street riding pedigree over the years. Peterlee’s Tim Evans continues that tradition — icepick grinding his way into countless video productions across the nation over the last few years with an el classico, gimmick-free approach to riding.

Here’s some video parts he’s into…

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Bob Scerbo’s Top Ten Videos

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Most people will have probably seen that Skapegoat main-man Bob Scerbo has been putting his trusty iPod Touch to good use lately, waxing lyrical about his favourite videos over on his Instagram, but for archive purposes… here’s all of his thoughtful posts cobbled together into one article.

It probably seems like complete twisted logic (or a strange sign of the times) to publish social media posts after the fact onto a website, but considering Central Library is pretty much built on twisted logic (and a love of old videos), it seemed a shame to let Bob’s wise words quickly get lost in the muck and mire of zany memes and smug breakfasts.

So without further rambling, here’s his list. Photo courtesy of Wozzy.

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