I was fortunate enough to get a seat at the premier of Pretty Sweet in LA.
It was a cool experience and I had a feeling it would be one of the last big skate video premiers ever and I have mixed feeling about it. Mostly good though.
I understand where Ty is coming from and what he as a filmmaker wants to accomplish.
I also understand some of the criticism and I relate to some of it with Brainfarm and the snowboarding world.
At the end of the day it's just us cruising on a board sideways and if you like watching a raw Off the Grid clip (I love these), Killian Martin dancing in slow mo with dolly shots, Pretty Sweet clips or snowboarding through gyro cameras it's all there. If you don't like it look the other way.
When I grew up I recorded anything snowboard and skateboard related on tv, anything. Then I watched it until the vhs tape wore out.
It's fair to say that's not the case anymore. Especially with snowboarding.
Anyway.. here's the interview:
I've always liked Dinosaur Jr. Pretty sure the first time I heard them was in an Alien Workshop video called Memory Screen in the late 80's and I've been hooked ever since. Or was it in Speed Freaks / Mike Vallely?
I was a huge fan of the crisp video footage blended with super 8 and other lo fi filming.
Mike Vallely's part from around the same time.
I sat for hours hitting record on MTV's 120 minutes to maybe capture a Dinosaur song.
This was the first video I saw of them.
Since then they've been in closely connected to skateboarding.
Just look at them skating / bmx:ing in this video.
My first cd I bought (1990) was Dinosaur Jr's Green Mind, as well as a Janes Addiction's Ritual De Lo Habitual.
I even used a song in a snowboard movie called Afterlame in 2004.
3:54 into this clip.
Anyway, been listening to their new album a lot lately. Some songs sound very pop / Foo Fighter esq but others are closer to the Dino Jr I like.
This song especially. Been thinking of what I can film that would fit it.
It deserves a good visual presentation.
I see that there are still almost 100 people (or spam computers) visiting this blog daily. Even though I haven't posted anything in about 18 months, or maybe a handful of times in the past 2-3 years..
Since I flood my Facebook friends with links and stuff it seemed like a good idea to start posting here again where it doesn't bother people.
If you like out planet and space things I encourage you to watch this.
It's 20 min and it's awesome.