Recently, I connected with our friend Cyrus Sutton about his latest documentary focusing on food production. It's called "Island Earth," and it's really taking a look at the nature of farming in Hawaii, where the Islands have become the test lab for chemical companies. Surfline had me do a short feature on Cy's new project that ran this week. Check out Island Earth: The Movie, Examining Cyrus Sutton's new film on food production on Surfline.
“There’s an underground movement of young people who are going back to the land to grow their own food. This is in direct response to corporate corruption of our food supply and an understanding of the instability of the current way we grow and distribute food,” says the Californian, who also runs Korduroy.tv. “After months of research, I chose to focus on Hawaii as a case study on this phenomenon. Food is probably the most important cause of the environmental and social ills of today and I'm trying to communicate the complex issue of industrial agriculture through the medium I know best -- documentary.”
This is a big issue. There are still a few days to support his project via Kickstarter if you're interested in helping out. It's also been years since I have submitted to Surfline and it's good to be working with them again.
Toms River/NYC photog Danny Clinch just released his latest photo book edited by our friend Tim Donnelly entitled "Still Moving." I got to do some moving with Clinch last year when he drove me to his studio in Hell's Kitchen. On the ride, he told me the stories behind five epic music photos from his book: Eddie Vedder, Radiohead, Tupac, Springsteen, and the Foo Fighters.
Danny started with the story of meeting Pearl Jam in 1992 at Waterloo Village in Stanhope, NJ because he knew I was there that day. I was 17. It was the first and only time I saw them live. I transcribed the stories for my Clinch piece entitled, "I Shot Tupac and Chilled with Thom Yorke" for Huck Magazine. The story ran in issue 43 of the print mag. Check it out for some great anecdotes. Congrats to Clinch and Timmy. You can find the book at DannyClinch.com.
The Jetty Rock Foundation continues to amaze. With the money raised at last year's Hop Sauce Festival, the JRF just purchased 50 iPads to be used at the Ethel Jacobsen and LBI Grade School. They also made a $5,000 donation to the Beach Haven Elementary School for new computers. As the president of the JRF, Ann helped bring this all together. Superintendent Karen T. McKeon set aside a room in each of the EJ and LBI Grade Schools as the new Jetty Tech Labs. The walls of these are adorned by Ann's photos that were designed by Jetty to be inspirational posters, printed by Typestries.
“These children are members of our community, and if we can nurture the education in our own backyard and promote the ‘pay it forward’ mentality, then we can only have a better community for the future,” Coen said, adding she personally feels education should be at the fore of American thinking, and budgetary cuts to education shortchange the potential of future community and national leaders.
In terms of the surfing world, especially the East Coast, this major news. Thanks to Red Bull, I took part in a swell chase mission in the Northeast with my friends Sam Hammer and Mike Gleason as well as global big wave chaser, Ian Walsh.
What it turned into was more of a gamble on a ledge, some 12 miles offshore. What we got absolutely blew our minds. I was sitting on a ski or the boat next to perhaps the most critical wave on the East Coast for two days. Men's Journal ran my piece on this pretty amazing and rare New England discovery. It was big and steep. Seeing the pros not making it look easy, I didn't even try to get one. But man, am I inspired for fall barrels.
The Bouncing Souls first played the Court Tavern in 1989 (no one remembers the exact date.) Well, the boys came back to rock New Brunswick's famously unfamous venue again last week, 25 years later, as part of Red Bull Sound Select. Opening the show was Tacocat from Seattle and then Bayonne's The Scandals, who are quickly becoming our good friends and one of my favorite bands.
“It was pretty much the same as it was now… just dirtier,” joked guitarist Pete Steinkopf. “It’s funny, I was talking to Dave Hause and this kid comes up and starts complaining that the Court Tavern isn’t what it used to be because the bathrooms don’t smell anymore.”
“I, for one, don’t miss the smell of urine,” added bassist Bryan Kienlen, “I’m just happy the Court Tavern still exists. There was always a threat of it being knocked down, taken over, or shut down.”
The Melody, Club 357, the Roxy Grill and many of the legendary New Brunswick punk houses that used to host shows are no more. But the Court lives on.
Big thanks to Red Bull for keeping a focus on good artists and Andy Diamond for bringing it all together. I'm really looking forward to the next Sound Select show when Chuck Ragan plays the Court on October 25.
Ann got to shoot the first real portraits of New Jersey's The Gaslight Anthem back in 2008, on the eve of The '59 Sound release at our friend Matty and Jana's house. On September 10, 2014, The Gaslight Anthem kicked off their tour in support of their latest Get Hurt with Against Me!. Matty and Dogwig Printing had just printed all the tour merch for both bands. Ann made the drive with them to the 9:30 Club in DC, met up with the Gaslight and Against Me! crews and then Ann captured some of amazing moments from the night. Click the images below for the full gallery.
A few weeks ago, we hosted our good friend Julie Goldstein's solo exhibit and launch of her new apparel like, "Swim with Me," at the Ann Coen Gallery. It was unbelievably successful, but it was also a wonderful time with our two families coming together.
Eastern Surf Magazine asked me to pen this piece on the recent controversy in Asbury Park the controversial townhome project on the North End and the developer's co-opting of surfboards to align themselves with part of the culture that has helped rebuild the city's waterfront. They also used a handful of Ann's photos. This is the full story and images.
Ann and I both have a history with this town going back over 20 years each, long before the redevelopment. We're still there for shows, events, and friends a few times a month. You can check Ann's online Asbury Gallery that has shows some of the history of the last ten years, with many of the photos taken before the revitalization.