Tuesday, August 21, 2012

2012-13 New Releases: E-Gal Eyes

E-Gal Eye

Release Date: 2012/10/10

E-Gal Eye is Bald E-Gal videographer Sam Fentons perspective of top up-coming shredders Austin Young, Shane Ruprecht, Cody Beiersdorf, Matthew Boudreaux, Randy Vannurden, and Krister Ralles along with legendary pros Seth Huot & Dan Brisse. Shot in Minnesota, Nebraska, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, Alaska, Utah, and British Columbia.

Monday, August 20, 2012

2012-13 New Releases: The Darkside

The Dark Side

Release Date: 2012/10/10

Following up 2011 Shoot The Moon, This VG crew lands in 2012 on The Darkside. This is the early season teaser featuring some stylish moves from some of your favorite guys on snowboards.
Featuring: Ben Bilocq, Chris Grenier, Danimals, Darrell Mathes, Gus Engle, Harrison Gordon, Jake O.E., Joe Sexton, Johnny Miller, Jon Kooley, Jonas Michilot, Jordan Mendenhall, Laurent-Nicolas Paquin, and Nick Dirks.

Friday, August 17, 2012

2012-13 New Releases: Miserable Champion

Miserable Champion

Release Date: 2012/10/10

Palmer - The Miserable Champion is a shocking portrait of one of the most notorious athletes of all-time, action sports hero Shaun Palmer. This tell-all movie reveals Shaun from birth to the near fatal overdose to his comeback to make the 2006 Olympic Team. Palmer - The Miserable Champion is an intense look at Shauns ups and downs, background of growing up with no father figure, evolution from rags to riches and his experiences with sex, drugs and rock-and-roll. Shauns story is like no other athletes in history. He has been at the top of Snowboarding, Skiing, Mountain Biking, Motocross, and Skateboarding. USA Today asks the question Is This The Worlds Greatest Athlete?

Thursday, August 16, 2012

2012-13 New Releases: Further


Release Date: 2012/10/10

Award winning producers Teton Gravity Research are pleased to announce the production of Further, the second installment in the Jeremy Jones trilogy, Deeper, Further, Higher presented by ONeill. Further explores some of the worlds most remote terrain while continuing Jones mission to camp deep in the backcountry and on the summits of unridden lines to access nearly vertical spines and wide open powder fields. Teton Gravity Researchs' Deeper rocked the snowboarding world in September 2010 as Jeremy Jones pushed himself and his crew to summit world-class lines in remote backcountry zones. Experimenting to see if this backcountry camping approach would work for the level of riding Jones was after the TGR Deeper crew executed amazing first descents around the world. Through research, patience and hard work, the crew was able to live in caves and on glaciers to ride untouched lines without another human in sight.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

2012-13 New Releases: Resonance


Release Date: 2012/10/10

Its true what they say...it was a challenging winter for many. But the goods were out there, and they were found with a little extra hustle, and in some cases, with no hustle at all. Alaska, Japan, The Northwest, and finally Europe. After two years of nothing, the law of averages kicked in to give Europe its due. The Absinthe crews tuned in to these frequencies to bring you Resonance.

Starring Nicolas Müller, Gigi Rüf, Lucas Debari, Scotty Lago, Eric Jackson, Danny Kass, Wolfgang Nyvelt, Mat Schaer, Sylvain Bourbousson, Blair Habenicht, Brandon Cocard, Manuel Diaz, Gigi Rüf and Bode Merrill. A more analog approach in an increasingly digital world.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

2012-13 New Releases: Enlighten


Release Date: 2012/10/10

From the crew that brought you Videograss Retrospect in 2011, comes their latest offering Enlighten. A snowboard video for snowboarders.
Featuring: Frank April, Matt Belzile, Alex Cantin, Dustin Craven, Bryan Fox, Will Jackways, Phil Jacques, Jake Kuzyk, Danny Larsen, Bode Merrill, Eero Niemela, Benji Ritchie. 
Sponsored by: Arnette, Ashbury, Banshee Bungee, Billabong, Bonfire, Capita, Elm, Holden, K2, Method Mag, Nitro, Quiksilver, Raiden, Salomon, Slash Snowboardmag, Spy, Vans.

Monday, August 13, 2012

2012-13 New Releases: TB 2112

TB 2112

Release Date: 2012/10/10

From the ashes of these uncertain times, rises Standard Films 21st movie in the legendary TB series, 2112. From the immense mountains of Alaska to the frozen streets of Scandinavia, this film truly showcases the diverse world of snowboarding through the eyes of the next generation of snow rippers. Be prepared to get fired up to shred your future away….
Starring: Mathieu Crepel, Freddie Kalbermatten, Gulli Gudmundsson, Ethan Morgan, Xavier De Le Rue, Tim Humphreys, Nils Ardvisson, Kimmy Fasani, Victor De Le Rue, Chas Guldemond, Anne Flore Marxer and Stephan Maurer.
Filmed on location: Iceland, Norway, Austria, Sweden, Washington, Red Mountain BC, Whistler BC and Alpine Meadows .

Friday, August 10, 2012

2012-13 New Releases: 13


Release Date: 2012/10/10

From the team that brought you Standing Sideways, comes the latest in snowboard cinematography from Burton Snowboards. 13 features footage from state-of-the-art cameras showcasing the world’s top riders at locations around the globe including Whistler, Alaska, Lake Tahoe, Northstar-at-Tahoe, Heavenly, Sun Valley, and Europe.
Featuring Danny Davis, Mikkel Bang, John Jackson, Mark Sollors, Mikey Rencz, Jussi Oksanen, Terje Haakonsen, Jeremy Jones, Zak Hale, Ethan Deiss, Seppe Smits, Werni Stock, Roope Tonteri, and more!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

2012-13 New Releases: Too


Release Date: 2012/10/10

The follow up to their first release cleverly titled One, Givin is back for psychodelic shredemption. Brought to you by Keegan Valaika and crew, our goal is to create snowboard movies for snowboarders. Through showing real snowboarding and the lifestyle that comes along with it we hope to inspire viewers by GIVIN riders we believe in the opportunity to film without worries and guidelines, regardless of their sponsors or rank on the exposure meter. GIVIN brings an experienced, talented, and dedicated group of riders, cinematographers, and producers together to make a one of a kind snowboard film thats sure to entertain. Rider List: Keegan Valaika, Wyatt Stasinos, Forest Bailey, Alex Stathis, E Man Anderson, Forrest Burki, Layne Treeter, Doran Laybourn, Chris Bradshaw, Alex Tank, Timmy Ronan, Nick Russell, and our homies .

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

2012-13 New Releases: Dope 3

Dope 3

Release Date: 2012/10/10

In a world over-saturated with snow-porn, mass amateurism, and an ever changing status-quo there stands alone one SUPER CREW. Comming this fall to YOUR STORE,From the creators of DOPE and Dope 2 is a snowmotion picture of epic proportions. INTRODUCING DOPE 3, Counterculture,Creativity, Friendship, Followers,Fans,FUN , INSANITY, TAKING IT TO A WHOLE NEW LEVEL OF DOPE THE THIRD LEVEL IN FACT..... Do your homework, the results speak for themselves, SO PURCHASE NOW or forever be UN DOPE 3.
Riders: Alex Stathis, E-Man Anderson, Layne Treeter, Mike Ruddy, Tyler OGrady, Derek Molinski, Andrew Burns and Andrew Geeve.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

2012-13 New Releases: Media Offline

Media Offline

Release Date: 2012/10/10

Media Offline, is a follow up to their 2009 release, Group Effect. A snowboarding video for snowboarders who snowboarded in the 90s or are at least into snowboarding in the 90s; Media Offline will feature a vast array of todays hottest pros, yesterdays mediocre pros, man ams, normal aged ams, handsome dudes, ugly dudes, Cody Rosenthal, industry desk jockeys, thrill seekers, party crashers, and crusty couch surfers alike—no cops! Also no helicopters.
Rider List: Alex Lopez, Alex Sherman, Anthony Mazzotti, Austin Smith, Blake Paul, Blaze Kotsenburg, Bode Merrill, Brandon Hobush, Bryan Fox, Chris Bradshaw, Chris Grenier, Christian Haller, Corey Noble, Cody Rosenthal, Cornell Agee, Curtiz Ciszek, Daniel Brown, Dash Kamp, Dustin Craven, Desiree Melancon, Deadlung, Dyke Boy, Dylan Alito, Dylan Thompson, Eero Niemela, Ethan Deiss, Forest Bailey, Frank Knaab,Garrett Warnick, Griffin Seibert, Harrison Gordon, Jake Kuzyk, Jed Anderson, Jeff Kramer,Jess Kimura, Johnny Lazz, Jocke Strap ,Jonah Owen, Jordan Wells, Kazuhiro Kokubo, Keito Kumazaki, Knut Elliasen, Kohei Kudo, Kyle Clancy , Lane Knaack, Luke Mitrani , Mark Sollors, Mark Wiitinan, Matty Moriarty, Mikey Rencz, Mitch Richmond, Nate Farrell, Nick Dirks, Nick Russell, Parker Duke, Parker Worthen, Pat Bridges, Pat Lee, Ricky Tucker, Riley Nickerson, Ryan Tarbell, Sage Kotsenburg, Sam Taxwood, Scott Blum, Sean Genovese, Shayne Pospisil, Spedellis, Teddy Koo, Taka Nakai, Will Bateman, Will Jackways, Wyatt Caldwell, and a shit load more.

Monday, August 6, 2012

2012-13 New Releases: Unique8


Release Date: 2012/10/10

Pirate Movie Production presents their new 2012 film release UNIQUE8. Being the first snowboard movie entirely shot on Red Digital Cinema cameras and the innovative riding of a selected crew featuring Gigi Rüf, Marco Feichtner, Arthur Longo, Marko Grilc, Kalle Ohlson, Teo Konttinen, Chris Sörman and Werni Stock will blow your mind and get you hyped on the upcoming snowboard season. UNIQUE8 comes out in a 100 page art and photo book again! It is packed with incredible still images by Carlos Blanchard (ESP), Matt Georges (F), Jerome Tanon (F), Cole Barash (USA) and Ripzinger (JAP) that were captured during last seasons Pirate adventures. There will also be high class art included that was produced during the isolationCamp 2012, a creative minded gathering to unite various artistic friends from all over Europe. The 8th Pirate Art Book is the perfect collectors item or present for your favorites!
Riders List: Gigi Rüf, Marco Feichtner, Marko Grilc, Arthur Longo, Kalle Ohlson, Teo Konttinen, Chris Sörman and Werni Stock.

 Locations: European Alps, Helsinki / Finland, Riksgränsen / Sweden, Washington / USA, Alaska / USA and Japan

Friday, August 3, 2012

2012-13 New Releases: Yes. It's A Movie 2

Yes. It's A Movie 2

Release Date: 2012/10/10

The search for pow continues. DCP, Romain De Marchi, JP Solberg and Tadashi Fuse are joined by the rest of the YES. Family for high powered shred action and fun. From Japan to Alaska, from BC to Chile the crew explores, adventures and parties their way around our snowy planet.

Featuring: DCP, Romain De Marchi, JP Solberg, Tadashi Fuse, Clint Allan, Benji Ritchie, Mikey Pederson, Helen Schettini, Colin Spencer, Madison Ellesworth, Mads Jonsson, Stian Solberg, and others.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Snowboarder Profile: Kevin Young

In the early 1990’s freestyle snowboarding was in its child years and new tricks were constantly invented. It was all a white fresh canvas for the young riders that moulded the sport that everyone refers to as the Shaun White sport. Way before the young “Flying Tomato” even stand on a board legends of the sport were defining and experiencing tricks, jumps, transitions, etc.

2012-13 New Releases: Pretty Wise

Pretty Wise

Release Date: 2012/10/10

People Films is proud to bring you a whole new group of riders for our 2012 film, Pretty Wise. Featuring the natural talents of 11 rising stars and 3 veterans that will no doubt be leaving their indelible impression on the world of snowboarding.
Riders: Jason Robinson, Rusty Ockenden, Robbie Walker, Shayne Pospisil, Jake Koia, Lonnie Kauk, Elias Elhardt, Johnny Lazz, Scot Brown, Marco Smolla, Mark Carter, Jason Dubois, Will Lavigne, and Shaun McKay.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

2012-13 New Releases: Fool's Gold

Fool's Gold

Release Date: 2012/10/10

A digital snowboard film by Alex Schiller, Tom Elliott and Vincent Urban. Featuring Alex Tank, Benny Urban, Tobi Strauss, Fips Strauss, Peter König, Tom Klocker, Luka Jeromel, Marco Smolla, Colin Frei, David Bertschinger Karg, Kevin Bäckström, Ludwig Lejkner, Wojtek Pawlusiak, Daniel Rajcsanyi, Christophe Schmidt and friends.
Filmed on location in Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Finnland, Sweden, Norway, Washington, Colorado, California, Quebec, Montréal, Estonia, Poland.
Supported by Pleasure Snowboard Magazine, Head, Burton, Forum, Nitro, Nike, Oakley, Airblaster, Zimtstern, Ride, Vans, DC, Volcom, Bataleon, Planet-Sports, K2, Snowstyle. Fool's Gold is Isensevens eleventh full length movie. This year the Isenseven crew set out again to travel the world on search for adventure.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Snowboarder Profile: Peter Line

More than ten years ago, when I made my first ever Website, it was designed to pay homage to Peter Line. At that time the Mack Dawg video Decade just got out. He was my second favorite snowboarder after Canadian sensation Kevin Young.

2012-13 New Releases: Hungry


Release Date: 2012/10/10

After ten years, Bro Fac is still working to find the best snowboarders and the best areas around the world. We have never seen such a hungry crew of young shredders.
Please welcome Jeremy Cloutier, Frank Bourgeois, Guillaume Marquis, Dillon Ojo, Lp Dorval, Alex Leblanc, Phil Jacques, Will Lavigne, LNP, Ben Bilocq, Frank April, Louif Paradis, Nic Brunette, Zach Aller, Nic Sauve, Anto Chamberland and Didier Godbout! Fimed by William Demers and Charles Demers. Edited by William Demers.

Monday, July 30, 2012

2012-13 New Releases: Dinosaurs Will Die Team Movie

Dinosaurs Will Die Team Movie

Release Date: 2012/10/10

In association with Think Thank, Sean Genovese and Jeff Keenan bring you Dinos first ever team vid. Sure not to disapoint.
Rider List: Sean Genovese, Jeff Keenan, Ben Bogart, Brendon Hupp, and Chris Larson.

Friday, July 27, 2012

2012-13 New Releases: Mind the Videoman

Mind the Videoman

Release Date: 2012/10/10

Mind The Video Man explores progressive freestyle snowboarding with those in the vanguard and those about to make their mark, while asking the question, Whats happening with the snowboard video, where is it going next and how will that impact our culture. Follow the video man and his crew as they push the limits of possibility and progression through creativity in an attempt to create something of meaning that will stand the new media onslaught and the test of time. Mind the video, man.
Rider List: Jesse Burtner, Scott Stevens, Ryan Paul, Ted Borland, Sean Black, Brandon Reis, Brandon Hammid, Nial Romanek, Chris Beresford, Sam Hulbert, Jaeger Bailey, Kyle Lopicollo, Curtis Woodman, and many more....

Thursday, July 26, 2012

2012-13 New Releases: Heart Films 6

Heart Films 6

Release Date: 2012/10/10

Keiji Tajima brings you another chapter of powder filled backcountry snowboard and ski goodness with HEART Films vol. 6.
Starring Takafumi Konishi, Futa Adachi, Yuta Watanabe, Tomohide Inoue, Kazuumi Fujita, Yu Sasaki, Tetsu Kawaguchi, and more.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

2012-13 New Releases: Holy Smokes

Holy Smokes

Release Date: 2012/10/10

The Keep The Change posse is partnering with VG this year to release one hell of an AM video. Holy Smokes is guaranteed to be FIRE.
 Featuring parts from: Blake Geis, Brandon Hobush, Derrek Lever, Dylan Dragotta, Ian Hart, Johnny Brad, Johnny O’Connor, Mark Wilson, Mike Ravelson, Parker Duke, Sam Taxwood, and Spencer Schubert.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

The Evolution of Soundtracks in Snowboard Movies

And then there was sound.
When you are watching a video part what’s sticking the most? The rider for sure! But what makes a good video part and what makes a great video part? First, you must have the right editor to mix and balance the amount of tricks and the different terrain. When this is done, even if it’s one of the most important jobs, the music must be choose. Sometimes, it’s the rider that ask for a particular song from an artist he/she likes or a genre he/she listens. Other times, the editor will suggest a kind of music that fits with the particular rider personality and/or style. However, I will always remember the part of Peter Line in The Resistance with the Ween song or JP Walker’s closing segment with the marvellous Redman/Method Man tune. Music is a big part of our lives and it is omnipresent in everything we do. Sometimes it defines who you are and your values or a particular time in your life.
The snowboard movie soundtracks have become almost as important as the soundtracks of the next Brad Pitt flick. Just look at the soundtrack of The Art of Flight: you can actually buy it on iTunes.
In the beginning, end of the 1980’s to the early 1990’s budgets were small and buying rights for music was costly. Anyway, the snowboard industry was pretty underground and even as skateboarding was some kind of counter culture. What I mean here is that it has this do it yourself attitude to it all and the fact that the guys who were snowboarding weren’t the kind of disco studs. They were into punk, metal, emo (old school emo à la Jets To Brazil or Archers of Loaf). So it was logical and convenient to use those songs to adjoining their video parts. If you look at an Old School movie like Child Games 1993 (a classic by the way) you had this kind of unity of second/third-wave of Punk Rock music. The music was very homogeneitic by today’s standards but pretty efficient and, of course, of its time. In this era, bands like NOFX, Penny Wise, Bad Religion, Lag Wagon, No Use For A Name just to name a few were very popular.

Late 1990’s early 2000’s, the Hip Hop industry was becoming popular and the Rap music of the 1980’s and early 1990’s was popularized with artists like Wu-Tang Clan. Snowboarding, to follow the flow included more artists like Canadian group Swollen Members, Hieroglyphics, Method Man, etc. It was the time where 50-50 music was placed in movies; 50% approx of punk-rock related artists and 50% approx of hip-hop related artists. Almost everybody was happy with the mix. Even if it was more underground artists the sound was efficient and appreciated. Listen to the soundtrack of Technical Difficulties for example.
Later during the 2000’s budgets of movies sponsored by majors became massive as opposed to what has been set before. The variety and quality of music has been decided choose with a wider audience and depending on the kind of movie and the kind of effect editors wanted.
It is now hard to dress a full portrait of the entire music of snowboard movie soundtracks. First, the variety and huge number of releases each year makes it hard to fully encompass the amount. The diversity of tastes of the riders and the fans is now even harder to satisfy. Sometimes a part will be better with electronic music while another part will be optimised by a reggae song! Next time you are watching a snowboard movie take more attention to its editing to note if the music fits well and if the entire movie has some kind of weft to it follows.

What is your favourite soundtrack and why? Please answer in the comments section!

Friday, July 20, 2012

What Will You be Riding This Winter?

Here's my setup for next year:

Burton Supermodel 159cm 2009
Burton Mission Large 2012
Stance: 21 inches
Front Angle: 24
Back Angle: 15

What will be yours? How much stance and angle do you set your bindings?

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

New Sound: Wolves In the Throne Room's Celestial Lineage

American Black Metal, don't dare to read if you are not a fan of Metal. Because Wolves In the Throne Room is this little band from Washington State that makes eco-friendly Black Metal inspired by Neurosis (not a black metal band at all). I discovered this album by the recommandation of fellow blogger Ed Howard at Only the Cinema's Top 50 albums of 2011. This duo of the brothers Weaver, Aaron and Nathan concludes a black metal trilogy of albums with Celestial Lineage. What's interesting in their music is the blend of post-rock repetitions and the use of synthtizers to paraphrase Howard. This is a dark album that investigate on the somber side of humans. It is well textured with great mastery of every element included. For some reason I think this is an album that characterizes lonliness and meditation. I like the Neurosis approach and the presence of Aaron Turner Isis vocalist on "Subterranean Initiation". Both bands aforementioned are far from crafting black metal but their uncompromised approaches to music is clearly an influence on Wolves In the Throne Room. Celestial Lineage is slowly taking place into my favourite albums of late 2011.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

New Sound: Primordial's Redemption At The Puritan's Hand

Of the many Metal albums released each year few transcends genre and can keep away from trends and attitude wars. The legendary and underappreciated Irish band called Primordial can easily be the representation of this description. Always staying true to their sound with mostly clean vocals and a great use of rhythm the sometimes mid paced music of Primordial follows what can be named as old school Black Metal that meets classic Heavy Metal. Their latest release Redemption At the Puritan's Hand, aside from being titled ridiculously long, represents the pinnacle of their talent and reach. It is populated with strong songs, far from being too melodic or just simple aggressive music it is a composition of superb songs that elaborates some of the traditional Metal elements while staying true to itself and being contemporary. The melancolia and war hymns of this album will be a sure mark into the pantheon of Metal for the years to come.

Monday, January 23, 2012

New Sound: John K. Samson's Provincial

Being a fan of Propagandhi, then The Weakerthans it is needless to point out that the solo career of singer/writer/guitarist John K. Samson would interest me very much. The quirky cheesyness of the aforementioned The Weakerthans isn't really prominent on Samson's Provincial, it is a richly textured album that transcends folk/indie/accoustic genres and sang poetry. Samson has this sensibility that helps him carry the little things in all our lives that makes sense without being at the forefront of our preoccupations.
If The Weakerthans don't return from their break of late 2009, Provincial can at least be a savory piece of music that delivers and lets us forgive the fact that since Reunion Tour we haven't had any other new record to put our teeth in. But it is all Samson's creation and I enjoy it very much. The musical year of 2012 has started very strong with the release of Provincial let's hope the rest of the year will keep the pace.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

How to: Buy the Perfect Snowboard Boots

This is the following article to How to: Buy a Snowboard.

Of the holy trinity of Snowboarding that I before mentioned in my other article, the Boots are the most primordial place to put your money. First, it where your feet are and you should be comfy otherwise it is just painful to ride and to take the lift.

My own experience
Three years ago I bought a pair of used Vans size 9 (actually I'm a size 10) that I thought would be fine to finish the season and maybe begin the next one. What happened is that I took the cheapest pair available and I almost hurt my feet. They were too tight and since they were already worn out they were soft and I had to buy myself a pair of Burton Moto size 10. It is the best pair of boots I ever owned. Compared to my Airwalk, Vans, and Northwave that I had before those Burton boots are worth every hard eraned penny! Why? Because I made the right choice! This is the purpose of this article to help you choose the right boot for your feet. I don't think that there is a perfect boot that fits for everyone.

Price: get what you needThis feature has two face: you don't need to buy the highest priced boots in the store to get the most comfy but, there's always a but, sometimes a Firefly boot won't give you the response or the tweak a Forum or a DC will give you. So don't just spot the highest priced boots or the lowest. Advice: it is important that this part of your equipment fits you perfectly so don't buy just to buy, take what you need and what fits you best.

There are many theories on how you should fit into your boots. For example, when standing up your toes should completely touch the front part of the boot or bend your knees and you should touch the end of the boot. etc.
Some parts of those theories are true, however, I think that the position you take when you are riding: your knees are bend and your weight in the middle of the board should be the position you must be when trying a 
Burton Fast lacing
pair of boots. How your toes should be in the boots? You should be comfy, not too tight because your feet will freeze or it will stop the blood flow in your feet which you really don't want. The rigidity of the boot depends on your style of the boot. Harder boots are better for Pipe, speed, powder. And softer boots are better to do rails, park, and jibs.


Thirty Two BOA
Boa, Burton fast lacing, traditional laces, etc. this is another this is your call. Take the system you think that fits you the best. Normally, you will lace your boots once before riding and maybe once or twice a day, so for me the Burton fast lacing was the perfect fit but I know people who are sold to BOA systems that you can find on Thirty Two boots. The traditional lacing will always be there too and it is pretty efficient. It lets you tighten the boots just like you want while being like a shoe.
Final advice: try boots and if you need try the entire store's inventory but you should find your pair of boots amongst the variety and the quality of great products out there.

Any questions? Write them in the comments section and I'll be happy to help!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

New Sound: M83's Hurry Up, We're Dreaming

For those who are fans of The Art of FLIGHT and That's it, That's All you probably already know this artist. Mixing electro and ambient music without being far from pop rock synths M83 made a niche for itself outside from the 1980's revival scene. However, M83 has the spirit of the decade but manages to produce in their latest double-disc release a very unique sound. The textures and intermissions of beautiful and evocative music transports the listener in a massive variety of feelings and moods that only M83 is capable of. It is not a nostalgic music either, it sounds modern and also timeless in its approach and sonorities. A great soundtrack to ride some powder on a big mountain and also a personal favorite of 2011.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Video Review: Shoot the Moon

Shoot the Moon (Videograss, 2011)

The new Videograss release Shoot the Moon, is in some way similar to Capita's Defenders of Awesome; it is mainly centered on urban terrain, rails, ledges, and a skateboarding video approach. But, compared to Defenders of Awesome, Shoot the Moon has a variety of spots and different rails and ledges. Even if it is a small budgeted feature we feel that there is actually an effort in the substance and the variety of tricks. The gaps and obstacles are well exploited and it succeeds without being redundant.

My critic will be at the point where there are too much urban terrain and not enough natural and/or kickers. Riders like Jordan Mendenhall are talented and could easily have had stronger and better parts if the producers let them ride more different kinds of terrains. However, Shoot the Moon probably reprensents an good hybrid of street riding with the real sense of snowboarding. It has something undescribable that reflects the spirit of snowboarding. It might be the fun that the riders seems to have while shooting their parts or their immense talent but I really enjoyed  this video more than I actually thought I would have.

Plus: Just for Louif Paradis' part this is a must see.

Running Time: Approx. 40 mins.
Riders: Chris Grenier, Darrell Mathes, Gus Engle, Jake Olson-Elm, Jed Anderson, Johnny Miller, Jon Kooley, Jonas Michilot, Jordan Mendenhall, Justin Bennee, Louif Paradis, Mikey Leblanc, Nick Dirks, Nima Jalali, Will Tuddenham and Zac Marben.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Video Review: Defenders of Awesome

Defenders of Awesome (Capita, 2011)

It's been four years since CAPITA released a team Video, Defenders of Awesome wants to be a progressive freestyle urban oriented vehicule to present its young but very talented team.

The approach of the feature is very "skateboard" oriented, many parts of the riders of the team with little and whimsical auto presentations, low budget, amateur editing, and only hand held cameras.

Of the many riders depicted in DoA, there is few variety in the substance: lots and lots of rails, urban features and very few big mountain riding. I might sound a little bit old when I write that but freestyle snowboarding doesn't only consist of rails and urban riding. How many customers actually take their boards downtown and hit a rail? The presence of it is essential, especially with the team assembled by Capita. However, I think that it doesn't reflect the interest of most of the customer/public. A better balance of the parts and a greater variety of terrains and locations wouldn't have hurt. It kind of gets old when the same spot is ridden by four riders of the same video.

Personally, I wouldn't recommand to buy this video for your collection other than if you are a diehard fan of urban shredding. In other cases, just rent the thing on iTunes with friends because I don't think this is the kind of movie I'll be watching over and over. A nice effort with a small budget but not a great one either.

Running Time: Approx. 30 mins.
Riders: Jess Kimura, Dan Brisse, Phil Jacques, Dustin Craven, Laura Hadar, Cale Zima, Brandon Cocard, TJ Schneider, Andrew Burns, Mike Ravelson, and Scott Stevens.
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