The Savage Young Du are coming – Numero’s Husker Du boxset revealed

Husker Du Savage Young Du Numero Group box set

One of the most important hardcore/alternative rock/indie bands of the 1980s, Hüsker Dü will soon have a very welcome addition to their official discography.

Having spent months teasing the release, Chicago record label Numero Group today put out details of its Savage Young Dü boxset, and it looks great.

The 3xCD, 4xLP set features remasters of the justly-lauded American underground punk band’s entire studio recordings, including the In A Free Land single and Everything Falls Apart album. Continue reading “The Savage Young Du are coming – Numero’s Husker Du boxset revealed”

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One step at a time

Skateboarding skateboard ollie beginner practice

It’s only once you start to get into skateboarding that you realise how much there is to learn.

As a beginner, I don’t even know what I don’t know.

But I do know the importance of progression. Of trying things that scare you. Things that you can’t do. Continue reading “One step at a time”

There’s two ways to fall in skateboarding

Skateboarding fail skateboard Southbank

So far I’ve discovered two ways to fall when skateboarding goes wrong.

The easy way, usually while going pretty slowly, sees me bounce up with little more than injured pride.

This is usually followed by awkward, did-anyone-see-that, grin. Continue reading “There’s two ways to fall in skateboarding”

Stick To Your Guns: From the first time I saw you I knew it was true

Stick To Your Guns Nobody punk rock metalcore screamo

The last couple of hours I’ve had Stick To Your Guns on repeat, particularly The Suspend, the last track off their 2016 EP for Pure Noise Records, Better Ash Than Dust.

The Suspend packs an emotional punch that I think I’ll notice in their other tracks only in retrospect, and even sounds a little like AFI in places (which, in my book at least, is no bad thing).

Continue reading “Stick To Your Guns: From the first time I saw you I knew it was true”

House of Vans London reopens with new skatepark layout

House of Vans London skateboard park

The London House of Vans skatepark reopened last week with a brand new street layout (pictured above) and a mini stage that was christened by Black Honey – ahead of their Royal Blood tour support – on Friday.

The celebrations also saw appearances by Thrasher’s Skater of the Year, and Vans Pro, Kyle Walker and Vans European pro riders Chris Pfanner, Daan van Der Linden, Victor Pellegrini, Sam Partaix and Josh Young.

One week before House of Vans reopened Sidewalk magazine was among those present for a lock-in for the Vans UK team of Jordan Sharkey, Kris Vile, Stef Nurding, Ross McGouran, Jordan Thackeray, Sam Roberts and Rob Smith to show off their moves. Continue reading “House of Vans London reopens with new skatepark layout”

Close Minded: If it’s not punk rock I’m never going to like it

Vision New Jersey hardcore punk rock

Before the likes of Spotify opened up a huge swathe of recorded music it seemed to be getting harder the older I got to find new, loud guitar music.

Discovering Epitaph’s Punk-O-Rama series was a key moment that opened up many bands that I’d heard of, but not heard (Bad Religon, NoFX and Rancid being the obvious ones), but also the entirely new (Beatsteaks, Undeclinable Ambuscade and I Against I).

To all intents and purposes my iTunes ‘punk rock’ genre (one of three punk genres I use, because at heart I’m a librarian) is anything that is, was, or sounds like it could be, on Epitaph.

Continue reading “Close Minded: If it’s not punk rock I’m never going to like it”