It's been 25 years since Jane's Addiction dropped Ritual de lo Habitual and then headlined Lollapalooza. The celebrate the silver anniversary this Friday at the Stone Pony with Dinosaur Jr. and Minus the Bear.
Admittedly, I am really more into Dinosaur Jr and have seen them in Baltimore, New Jersey, Colorado, New York, and Boston. I've listened to Jane's for as long but have never caught them live, but very aware of the influence they had on the counterculture of the early 90s. So, I am pretty stoked to see what they bring to Asbury this Saturday night.
I had the opportunity to interview Perry Farrell for this Jane's/ Dinosaur Jr. preview in The Aquarian Weekly and we talked about the importance of the live show, his love of parametric architecture, and women ingesting drugs off a certain male organ (although that last part didn't make the story.)
“I was down on the technology, but then I adjusted to it really fast,” admits Jane’s riveting frontman, Perry Farrell. “I realized that people were going to get music online for free and I just made my trade the live performance. It used to be that the recording was everything, but now it’s more important to be a great live player. When we started out, you played shows for five years before you ever recorded anything, so you learned to play for a crowd. Today things happen so quickly. Bands appear, get big, and then disappear. They don’t get a chance to do what we did. We lived it and breathed it.”
This is a day I have really been anticipating. I am very excited to release Episode One of "Just Beneath the Surface," the mini-documentary focusing on the Long Beach Island Region. I worked with the extremely talented Oak Leaf Media Of course, everyone likes to come here for the beach and ice cream, but the idea was to tell the stories of the people, passions and culture that make this place what it is. We tried to show what is literally just beneath what you see on the surface - two hyperlocal food sources on LBI in blue claw crabs and Jersey tomatoes, and find out what it is about Southern Ocean County that inspires local artists. Meet Richie the Crabber, Tomato Jay, Bunkerfish and Cathleen Engelsen. We are currently planning a whole season of episodes and all the social interactions, shares, and likes will help. #beachcultureredefined
Harvey Cedars has long held a special place in my heart. As a kid, it represented independence, getting away from the beach my family went to and discovering waves were bigger and broke harder. This is a Harvey Cedars retrospective for The Beachcomber's history issue that came out earlier this summer with some great insight from Kim Leary, Eric Pirie, and Bob Selfridge, who all grew up in HC. Also, this really came together because of fantastic photos by Chris Pfeil.
This is not my work, but definitely worth posting. The legendary hardcore band Bane played Philly for the last time on May 6 and May 7 of this year. They have been a shining light of positivity and inspiration in the hardcore scene, a band you can pop in to get you through the hardest of times. My bud, photographer Ryan Johnson and I got to see the May 6 show at the First Unitarian Church in Philly. This is the amazing video by the good folks at Hate5six.com. 500 people, no one on their phones, no barriers, PMA, living in the moment, and one couple got engaged.
These are photos taken by Ryan Johnson. Bane has since played their final shows ever in Worcester. -"Never been much good at saying goodbye."
In 2013, I covered The Race of Gentlemen a throwback vintage motorcycle and hot rod race on the beaches of Wildwood by the Oilers Car Club for Inked Magazine. Well, Mel Stultz and his closest group of maniacs has taken their show to the next level, racing around tundras on vintage motorcycles as The Frozen Few and I caught up with him to write about this band of ice hellions. You can check it out "Ice Road Bikers" at InkedMag.com or in issue 75.
After weeks of work preparing for the Hop Sauce Festival here on LBI last weekend, I am pumped to just go enjoy Punk Rock Bowling this weekend in Asbury Park. Who's playing? Ah.... just The Descendants, Dag Nasty, Agnostic Front, Flag, H2O, The Slackers, 88 Fingers Louie, and my boys The Scandals. Damn, this is going to be a good weekend. For a complete guide, check the advance I wrote up for The Aquarian. I'm told there's bowling too.
Last week, I had the opportunity to announce The Cold War surf contest in Asbury Park. It really was the culmination of an amazing NY/NJ surf community, stellar event production, next level surfing, and the rebirth of Asbury Park. Directors Timmy Donnelly and Rob Cloupe did a fantastic job with this one and the coverage has been insane. Calling the event with my good friend Matt Pruett was a damn riot as well.
You can read the full Fight Club rundown I did for ESM with photos from the legendary lensman/Photo Editor Emeritus, Mez, who has been waiting out much of the New Jersey winter waiting for this to go down. And congratulations to Team Gesler.
It had been a while since we were back in the Rockies, but in January we did a weeklong adventure to Crested Butte, Colorado. The first days we got dumped on, then days of bluebird skies, then another snowfall... and no one there. And Archie stole our hearts in the Cubs program, where they discovered he's a goofyfoot and has unreal balance.
Admittedly, I am not much of a sports fan. No Sunday football in our house; no fantasy teams. Not even soccer like all my punk friends. And baseball can pretty much suck it.
But if there is one event of the year I watch, it's the Pipe Masters. I covered, and Ann shot the Pipe Masters, for about six straight years. The last few years, I have watched it via webcast from a warm living room while swell has been building for the next day in the cold Atlantic.
This year, I started writing some writing "Break Breakdowns," for the World Surf League, including the Billabong Pipeline Masters. (Full disclosure: the only time I surfed Pipe it was tiny with sand on the reef and they wound up moving the event to Off the Wall that year.)
Surfline is calling for a new west/northwest swell to fill in tonight. If they run tomorrow, the trials and first round action could see sets of 15 to 22-foot, and possibly bigger. The swell holds for Thursday and is supposed to be triple overhead and flawless. The swell, combined with the fact that there are six (holy shit, six?) surfers who could possibly take the 2015 title at Pipe means it could be one of the most dramatic season finales ever. Keep an eye out for my report on the title at GrindTV.com.
So, yeah, I'm kind of excited about a sporting event...
Earlier this year I did a feature on Gabriel Medina, Tyler Warren and John John Florence's boards, talking to Jon Pyzel, Johnny Cabana, and Warren about shapes for Surfing Life Japan Pretty interesting stuff, if anyone can read Japanese.