Next week will definitely be packed with shredders from many countries as Carhartt’s presents the Etnies Skateboard Championship to take place August 5-8, 2010.  Super rad contest hosting over 300 skateboarders from 20 nations across the world.  Check it out online for pre-, during, and post-coverage of the event. – JESS BRAAM


It is time again for summer, joy, sun and Basel! Hard to believe it’s already the 10th time of the
etnies European Skateboard Championships 2010 presented by Carhartt from the 5th – 8th
of August in Basel, Switzerland. IOU Ramps will be in charge of getting the party going with a
redesigned streetcourse and miniramp.

The youngsters, 16 and under, start off the show with the Street Junior Champs on Thursday afternoon.
On Friday we celebrate skateboarding all day long during the street pre-qualifier to find the ones who will compete against the Top 100 from Europe on Saturday. This Top 100 list is published on www.skateboardeurope.com as well as relevant information for the 10th edition of the ESC. Saturday kicks off the miniramp with the qualifier runs, as well as the Street qualification. Sunday is dedicated to the finals in street, miniramp and Girl’s Jam. Hopefully the crowd and the competitors
will still be in the mood to have a good time after the Saturday night party mission.



Stacks welcomes Sebo Walker to as their first Am.  The Salem native, who spends a lot of time traveling the west coast between Oregon and Venice, California, is definitely a solid edition to the Stacks family.  Be on the look out for him to throw some super smooth tricks.  Watch the welcome video that Stacks put up on their homepage and you’ll see.




July 22, 2010 – (Santa Monica, CA) – In its 4th year rolling into Manhattan, Red Bull Manny Mania has expanded to take over an entire weekend with an international flair, bringing in the best technical pro skateboarders and an entire new crop of upcoming dreamers. All the previous Manny Mania champions will face off against a heavy list of pros, and for 32 amateurs from around the world, they could possibly step from obscurity into the skateboard spotlight.

The previous champions of Red Bull Manny Mania – Ronnie Creager (2007), Joey Brezinski (2008) and Eli Reed (2009) will all be there to try and prove who is truly the manny king. But there are plenty of guys waiting to throw in the spoiler – perhaps Brandon Biebel, who has come in 2nd twice, or those rarely seen at contests, like Tim O’Connor and Stevie Williams. Or maybe the home field advantage will work for NYC favorites like Billy Rohan or Zered Bassett.

There will be plenty of action before the pros set wheels to the course. On Saturday, August 21st, amateur skateboarders from around the world will compete in the Red Bull Manny Mania AM World Final. These 32 competitors, from every continent (except Antarctica), earned their trip to NYC by beating out their country mates in National qualifiers held all summer long. The winner of Saturday’s AM event will earn a spot into Sunday’s Pro final – an experience of a lifetime for this group of skateboarders, many of whom have never set foot in the U.S. and only seen Pros in videos and magazines.

Both Saturday & Sunday’s events are free and open to the public.

Red Bull Manny Mania
August 21 – Amateur World Final
August 22nd – Pro Contest
Free to the public
Doors: 12pm. Contest begins: 3pm – seating first come, first serve – please arrive early to guarantee spot
Coleman Park, underneath the Manhattan Bridge at intersection of Pike St & Monroe St
Judges: Charlie Wilkens (US), Mike Prangnell (CAN), Ben Powell (UK)
MC’s: Felix Arguelles, Jeff Pang, Dave ‘Crazy Dave’ Ortiz
Confirmed Pros, as of 7/22/10

Zered Bassett
Brandon Biebel
Chico Brenes
Joey Brezinski
Ronnie Creager
Jack Curtain
Ryan Decenzo
Wade DesArmo
Danny Falla
Josh Kalis
Forrest Kirby
Ronson Lambert
Raul Navarro
Marcus McBride
Marty Murowski
Tim O’Connor
Joey Pepper
Lenny Rivas
Eli Reed
Billy Rohan
Philip Schuster
Rodrigo Tx
Karl Watson
Stevie Williams

Argentina – Pablo “Jirafa” Sanchez
Australia – Dean “Palmy” Palmer
Austria – Philipp Josephu
Belgium – Youness Amrani
Bolivia – Juan Pablo Imaná Ruiz
Canada – Jamie Suppes
Chile – Luis Lucho
Colombia – Wilfer Arcila
Croatia – Denis “Deno” Pušiæ
Czech Republic – Arnost Ceral
Denmark – Tobias Lynge
Ecuador – Johnny Eduardo Gonzalez Lopez
France – Dany Hamard
Germany – Daniel Meier
Hungary – Mark Machman
Israel – Ron Fernandez
Italy – Francesco Marconato
Japan -Issei Morinaka
Mexico- Polo May
Norway – Erik Johnsen
Peru – Luis Guillermo Vascones Lizarzaburu
Russia – Igor Kutsev
Slovakia – Roman Lišivka
Slovenia – Timotej Lampe Ignjiæ
South Africa – Simon Stipcich
Spain – Dani Delgado
Sweden – Axel Wellton
Switzerland – Philipp Küng
Turkey – TBD
United Arab Emirates – Mark Issa
United Kingdom – Jack Edwerds
United States – Bert Wootton


Raleigh, N.C., July 26 — Corrosion of Conformity have added three new dates to their previously announced tour dates: Oct. 7 at Starland Ballroom (Sayreville, N.J.), Oct. 8 at Chicago’s Riot Fest and Oct. 10 at Highline Ballroom in New York City.

With the twenty-fifth anniversary of the classic Animosity album approaching, the original incarnation of Corrosion of Conformity (Woody Weatherman, Mike Dean and Reed Mullin) will play their first live shows in over twenty years with the tour kick-off this week in Asheville, N.C.

The reunited trio announced earlier this month that they have recorded a new seven-inch single, “Your Tomorrow (Parts 1 and 2),” which will be available at all upcoming tour dates and via Southern Lord’s website.

Righteous Fool, featuring Mike Dean and Reed Mullin, will open all dates with other openers including Zoroaster (Asheville), Eagle Twin (Aug. 8 – 10), Black Breath (Aug. 8 – 10), Black Tusk (Raleigh), U.S. Christmas (both N.C. dates), Iron Age (Austin) and very special guests for the October dates to be announced.

Tour dates are (click on venue for ticket link):


30           Asheville, NC                     Stella Blue
31           Raleigh, NC                         The Pour House


8              Los Angeles, CA                The Power of The Riff Fest (Echoplex)
10           San Francisco, CA             DNA Lounge
12           Seattle, WA                         Neumo’s
13           Austin, TX                            Emo’s
14           Denver, CO                          Bluebird Theater


7              Sayreville, NJ                     Starland Ballroom
8              Chicago, IL                          Riot Fest (Double Door)
10           New York, NY                      Highline Ballroom



Sludge bastards WEEDEATER have announced several new headlining shows throughout the Midwest and Southeastern US this September. Kicking things off in their home state, the band will devastate the crowd at Raleigh, North Carolina’s Hopscotch Festival on September 11th, also with Public Enemy, Tortoise, Kylesa, U.S. Christmas, Harvey Milk and tons more. WEEDEATER will be dropping plenty of new material from the upcoming album on these shows, which will lead directly up to the recording of Jason…the Dragon with Steve Albini, finally.

WEEDEATER have been pushed to their limits over the past twelve months. While it’s been a year of heavy and successful touring for the band, it was also a year of catastrophic physical injury to this seemingly invincible trio. Leading off with Dixie Dave Collins’ shotgun accident which spawned the brutal “Nine Toe Tour” earlier this year, and continuing shortly after that with drummer Keko tearing his meniscus after returning from said tour and requiring surgery. Both of those accidents prevented the group’s two previously scheduled meetings with Albini. The group’s latest installment of injury includes guitarist Shep breaking his pinkie finger while on tour in Europe this July alongside Black Cobra and Saviours. Luckily, Shep can still riff with his cast so the European tour and the recording session were spared.

These accidents have forced the band to push the recording for their now hard-earned upcoming full-length back several times now. Initially scheduled to take place in January of this year, then again in April, the trio will now step into Albini’s Electrical Audio Studio this September 15-19 to hammer out their mammoth 4th full-length Jason… The Dragon, their 2nd release for Southern Lord Recordings.

WEEDEATER 3rd Time’s A Charm Tour:

9/11/2010 Hopscotch Music Fest – Raleigh, NC w/ Public Enemy, Kylesa, U.S. Christmas
9/12/2010 The Hideaway – Johnson City, TN
9/13/2010 Southgate House – Newport, KY
9/20/2010 High Noon Saloon – Madison, WI
9/21/2010 Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL
9/22/2010 FuBar – St. Louis, MO
9/23/2010 The Muse – Nashville, TN w/ Black Tusk

Check out the tour poster, killer new live footage of WEEDEATER at Hellfest this summer, raging with their cover of ‘Skynyrd’s “Gimme Back My Bullets” and more.
Stay tuned for more shows still being scheduled around the band’s recording schedule in September, as well as more updates on the upcoming album.


LOS ANGELES, CA – July 22, 2010 – Easily one of the all-time great surf films, the “lost classic” Pacific Vibrations, has been digitally re-mastered in high definition (HD) and is coming to television for a whole new generation of surfers, beach bums and environmentalists alike to discover and enjoy. To celebrate, MGM HD and the U.S. Open of Surfing are proud to present the World HD Premiere of the 1970 film on August 1st as the official evening kick-off event for the 2010 U.S. Open of Surfing.

Often referred to as Woodstock on a wave, Pacific Vibrations is a colorful documentary by John Severson, Hall-of-Fame Surfer, filmmaker, artist and founder of Surfer Magazine.  From California to Hawaii, surfing legends Severson, Bill Hamilton and Corky Carroll continue their endless search for the perfect wave. The surfers reveal their motivation and obsession with the sport to soundtrack of pure rock legends including Cream, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Steve Miller and more (Rated G).

The World HD Premiere screening will take place at the Huntington Beach Pier located at 315 Pacific Coast Highway. Leading off the evening will be a special Q&A on the making of the film with Pacific Vibrations star and legendary surfer Bill Hamilton [editor’s note: see full bio below]. The event is free, open to the public and will include complementary snacks, raffles, giveaways and more. Doors open at 7:30 pm.

If surf fans can’t make it to the premiere, they can still catch the world HD television premiere of Pacific Vibrations on Saturday, August 7th at 10pm ET/7pm PT on MGM HD, as part of the channel’s month-long “MGM HD Drive-In” summer series.

Every Saturday night in August, MGM HD will take viewers back to those fun summer nights spent underneath the starry skies with a celebration of MGM movies so big, the usually have to be shown outside! Beginning at 10PM ET/7PM PT, “MGM HD Drive-In” will present a triple feature movie marathon including an HD World Premiere movie. Catch creature features, sci-fi, soul cinema and fun beach party films in true 1080i.

About The 2010 US Open of Surfing
Presented by Hurley, Nike 6.0 and Converse, the U.S. Open of Surfing is an action sports festival that brings together athletes from the worlds of surf, BMX and skate for a week of competition, art, fashion and music against the backdrop of Huntington Beach Pier.

About MGM HD
MGM HD, the studio’s first wholly-owned channel in the United States, delivers a robust library of classic and contemporary films in high definition, 1080i. Composed of a 24/7 linear network, a companion VOD offering, and mgmhd.com, MGM HD is the ultimate viewing experience for serious movie fans. Drawing from the world’s largest film library, MGM HD features global premieres of newly re-mastered films and exclusive original programming. For more information, visit http://www.mgmhd.com.

About Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc., through its operating subsidiaries, is actively engaged in the worldwide production and distribution of motion pictures, television programming, home video, interactive media, music and licensed merchandise. The company owns the world’s largest library of modern films, comprising around 4,100 titles.  Operating units include Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc., United Artists Films Inc., MGM Television Entertainment Inc., MGM Networks Inc., MGM Domestic Networks LLC, MGM Distribution Co, MGM International Television Distribution Inc., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Home Entertainment LLC, MGM ON STAGE, MGM Music, MGM Worldwide Digital Media, MGM Consumer Products and MGM Interactive. In addition, MGM has ownership interests in international TV channels reaching nearly 120 countries. MGM ownership is as follows: Providence Equity Partners (29%), TPG (21%), Sony Corporation of America (20%), Comcast (20%), DLJ Merchant Banking Partners (7%) and Quadrangle Group (3%). For more information, visit http://www.mgm.com.


Frontier Records is celebrating its 30th anniversary with the release of a remastered version of Christian Death’s “Only Theatre of Pain”.  Founded as one of Southern California’s legitimate Indie labels by Lisa Fancher in 1980, Frontier has always remained true to its punk rock roots.  With acclaimed artists such as Suicidal Tendencies, The Circle Jerks, The Adolescents, TSOL and many more, Frontier has solidified its name in punk rock history.  Props to everyone at the label for 30 years of rad.  Check out the Frontier Records website for more prime punk vinyls and gear. – JESS BRAAM