Archive for July, 2020

Summertime Mixtape Vol. 8 – Justin Henry, ‘Mother’

July 3, 2020

Jazz-funk acolytes Psychic TV used their sunny, swinging ‘Godstar’ to smuggle a dark and conspiratorial fable of Rolling Stones member Brian Jones’ untimely death onto blithely unaware mass media platforms. Justin Henry, Ohioan, drapes an easy grace over otherwise jarring and scary tricks in his big introductory part for Quasi’s 2018 classic, making it easy to gloss over the fact that he somehow didn’t catch a wheel in the corrugated dumpster cover on his backside nosegrind, or slam facefirst into the irate, phoneless SFer’s house on the frontside wallie to frontside wallride, or crush his ribcage dropping from a kinked round bar to another one in the midst of a backside 50-50, and so on. He is here much in the beginning of his arc, a young power with a blue collar name from a blue collar state, shuffling through half the tricks in the book across spots from coast to coast, getting yelled at, yelling back, leaving you to wonder what the hangtimewas on the double rail ollie, or the Mike Maldonado measurements on the hop up and over the tall Florida block. When he pushes you can feel the world at his fingertips.

Summertime Mixtape Vol. 8 – Shiloh Greathouse, ‘First Love’

July 2, 2020

Would the mid-’00s shift away from handrails and gaps have come without the nudging of an early ’90s World OG? The ingrained contrarianism that already has the clock ticking on Big Boy pants and nylon suiting suggests probably yeah, but Shiloh Greathouse’s return via Transworld’s late voiceover-era entry ‘First Love’ gave momentum to the corduroy-and-vulcs movement that really got going with 2004’s ‘Static 2,’ staking out sidewalks and curb cuts in the after-black hammer heartland of Los Angeles. Reoutfitted in polo shirts and slimmed down jeans, Shiloh Greathouse in this one began tapping the multisyllabic ledge combos that would fuel much of ‘Fully Flared’ a few years on and helped return the no-comply to prominence after more than a decade in the wilderness. You see the grace in how he comes off his backside ledge tricks, like that noseblunt in Sacramento, and some of these clips, like the JKwon backside lipslide to backside tailslide and the 5-0 to backside bigspin out, would sit comfortably in a modern-day Primitive or WKND vid of one’s own choosing.

Summertime Mixtape Vol. 8 – Sage Elsesser and Kenny Anderson, ‘Purple’

July 1, 2020

The ‘Cherry’ class of 2014 has a steely-eyed SOTY, a movie star, and a seven-day-weekender, so Sage Elsesser’s segue into an old-head role seems just fine, as long as he doesn’t permanently hang up his board in favor of his musical career. The dude’s imperial pop and frontside-leaning body contortions on his lipslides and tailslides helped Ben Chadbourne mix up the styles in Converse’s 2018 full-length and avoid the repetitiveness that bogged down ‘Away Days,’ though the height blasted on some of the tricks here, like the chest-high heelflip over the sidewalk gap or the fence 50-50, borders on cartoonish. Put Sage Elsesser on the unspoken list of those who can get away with street grabs, and Kenny Anderson, in the smooth chaser role here, on the one that permits 180s in the middle of manual tricks to be done by certain persons at certain times, in accordance with certain permits.