Remember sitting in school and staring at those cheesy inspirational photos? You’re inside a cinderblock building and you’re supposed to be motivated by a photo of some landscape that has no relevance to your life with some tired slogan.
The kids at the LBI School may have a little extra motivation when the school reopens, 18 months since Superstorm Sandy. Thanks to a cool collaboration project, several of Ann’s local LBI photos were enlarged into banners for the school with design by Michele Wright Guerriero and printed by our friends at Typestries in Manahawkin. These are all local images that the kids will likely relate to much better than some random mountain or desert rock.
“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone….”
There are probably some adults who could use that tidbit.
Fans of rockabilly, surf guitar, punkabilly, etc… will be into this. I got to interview the Reverend Horton Heat for the current (Feb 2014, #61, the Pinup Issue) Inked Magazine. You can read the full interview here.
The Rev talked about his new album “Rev,” which was released on Victory in late January, his impressive 30-year career, and why getting a band name or logo tattoo is dangerous if that artist turns out to like little boys.
From the story: Although he doesn’t have sleeves of devil girls or sailor tats, the band members do have some very classic ink. However, Heath warns against getting the logo of your favorite musical artist as a tattoo. “Say you have a Gary Glitter tattoo—you never know when someone is gonna get hauled off to jail for being a pedophile! The whole [tattoo] kind of hinges on their future behavior,” he laughs.
Last summer, our friend Cyrus Sutton released his latest film, “Compassing.” One of the producers was our longtime bud and LBI native, Mark Tesi. Mark and Cy came back to the East Coast to show the film in Brooklyn and Ship Bottom last summer. They stayed with us, went clamming, hung out with Archie, and we all got fun little waves right out front, with Cyrus styling my Dad’s 1966 Weber Performer.
The most recent edition of The Surfer's Journal has my review of “Compassing” on page 124. The mag is out now. So cool to work with our good friends.
Starting the new year right.
In 1987 I got a subscription to Surfer Magazine From junior high through college and beyond, I would read every article – most of them twice. The articles in “The Bible of the Sport” at that time helped shape my life. This month, I’m stoked to have my first ever feature in Surfer.
It was, however, an unfortunate event that got me the assignment. On September 12 of 2013, the Seaside Park and Heights Boardwalks became a raging inferno just as they were in the midst of rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy. This feature is about the history and mystique of Seaside, its importance to the economy, all of New Jersey’s common connection to this town, Sandy, the rebuild effort, and the fire. I just hope I did them justice in telling the story.
There are some fantastic photos by Ben Currie, Ryan Miller, Ray Hallgreen, and Ryan Struck.
The article is on page 74 of the February 2014 issue of Surfer Mag, on shelves now. Or you can subscribe to Surfer Mag’s digital edition.
In September, Red Bull had Brooklyn Vegan curate a Sound Select Show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg that featured Brookyln’s Aye Nako and Nude Beach opening for co-headliners the Bouncing Souls and Brian Fallon. The Aquarian just got around to running my review. Next week, the Bouncing Souls have an insane schedule parties, films, a flea market, brunch, tattoo fundraisers, and art exhibits as part of their annual Home for the Holidays extravaganza at the Stone Pony. Can’t wait.
It's not all snowy owls and gray barrels. Occasionally you have to leave LBI to find anything resembling culture.
Being as Hot Water Music is a big part of who we are, we caught them on Thursday, December 12, at Asbury Lanes, part of the Nor'Easter Tour with Torch and O'Brother. While we'd always like to hear more from their first four records, it was still a sing-along fun time, culminating with our friends Pete Steinkopf and Bryan Kienlen of the Bouncing Souls joining them for an encore of HWM's "Wayfairer" and the Souls' "True Believers." Great folks, good times.
“The Gaslight Anthem’s Brian Fallon Comes Clean” is my latest and most in-depth work with TGA frontman, Brian Fallon. The story also appears in the December issue of The Red Bulletin.
I’ve been fortunate enough to work with this band since 2007. I got to do their first ever review for a glossy magazine for Sink or Swim and Ann Marie did one of their first photo shoots just as The ’59 Sound was releases, one photo of which appeared in Spin Magazine.
I spent a few days with Fallon in the city this summer between his recording acoustic work, a few shows, and a new photo shoot. This particular feature is the result of a very candid talk over pizza in Chelsea. We got to chatting about how the Gaslight Anthem almost broke up, but found a way to move forward. And the story developed following their much talked about show at Chelsea Piers, while I was writing it. It was a pretty interesting time and I am grateful to Red Bull for the opportunity to tell the story.
For the past six years, I was a contributor to Transworld Surf Magazine Sadly, the mag was bought out and folded this summer. Fortunately, they did get their “Transworld Surf 100 Greatest Waves” book published. It’s a fun read and loaded with unreal images from a lot of our friends.
I was honored to be asked by Associate Editor, Casey Koteen, who edited and wrote much of this book, and has been somewhat of a mentor to me, to contribute to four regions – Nova Scotia, New Jersey, New England, and New York. My first time published in a book.
The book is available from the publisher Weldon Owen bookstores, and in surf shops.
When Jetty formed their 501(c)3 non-profit, the Jetty Rock Foundation Jeremy DeFilippis and Cory Higgins asked Ann Marie to come onboard as the president. Since summer, what they have accomplished has been incredible. Recently, our good friend Nick McGregor (a real fan of LBI) penned this piece for Eastern Surf Mag’s “Call to Action” department for Issue #173, with Sam Hammer on the cover.
“With over $315,000 directed to victims of the storm – and a humble, grassroots vibe unparalleled in the surf world – the organization is worth a closer look,” writes McGregor.
ESM 173 is in surf shops now or read the whole digital issue here (both are free, as always.) As always, much thanks and love to ESM.
I wrote this story that originally ran in July, Huck Magazine #39, the Sofia Coppola issue, but it just made its online debut.
I wrote this piece just before summer, hoping to remind the world of all the issues we still face from Sandy. Over a year since the storm and with a full summer under out belts, many of these problems are still relevant. It includes perspectives from the guys at Unsound Surf in New York, Pete Steinkopf the Bouncing Souls, our mayor in Ship Bottom Bill Huelsenbeck, President Obama, LBI locals, and Jon Rose of Waves for Water.
Read Sincerely Sandy at Huckmagazine.com.
Photos by Brian Derballa and Ann Marie Coen.