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Thursday, January 31, 2008

Music History 101

I don't even know where to start...Hmmm..Okay everything described below is HISTORY as well as...Excuse me...WOW! that is what you'll be saying after you visit Crooked Beat Records and talk with the owner Bill Daly...I met Bill awhile ago and his knowledge of music & peaceful demeanor keeps me coming back (along with the hard to find cd's and VINYL!!! Yes I said it...)..In a day when music is just about payola here is a guy who can talk and show you his history...Please take a minute and allow me to introduce someone I think EVERYONE who loves music and vinyl should know and talk to so if you are in the DC area(or not just call the store) drop by...And now the pics! Enjoi!

2318 18th St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20009


Mr. Bill Daly(Owner)
You see that VINYL!!!!!!!! and there's more.... What do you know about Kraftwerk? If you don't just ask Bill...
Even more VINYL...Can you smell it?

There are not enough words to describe the respect & admiration I have for Bill and his store so with these last words I'll say "Support Local Businesses" remember you once were one! Thanks for reading...You can read more about Bill and Crooked Beat Records through the links supplied.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

So I've been asked...

Okay so I've been asked by several random people on the street as well as family & friends where do I buy my clothes...So I figured I would let you guys know where in Washington, D.C...Better yet check out the pics...Enjoi! P.S. No POSER over here! Skated when it wasn't cool to skate...but I'm always a fan of the comradery of the culture...

You see those new Paul Rodrigues NikeSB's!!!

Nick & Jay! Palace5ive...


This one of the few gems in D.C. to find what YOU are looking not what everyone else is looking for...Their website is coming soon..

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Motive Missions...

Do you know the name? if not read on...

Motive Missions is a clothing brand, currently producing smart, clean graphic tee's, outerwear & soon denim. Shop online at www.CentralBoardshop.com in apparel click on the name. What we strive for is what we live for!

Here are the creator and co creator:

Brandon Young-I created this brand, Motive Missions to design goods that people will love and keep for years.
Ricardo Gray - At the age of 15 noticing the many aspects of life that would come in my direction, staying focused and sticking to morals wasn't an easy task to maintain. Motivation along with the love for fashion and entertainment are a few elements that played key roles in my life.
Here are some of the featured t-shirts...

I have been wearing Motive Missions for about 2yrs. and not one of the shirts I have has shrunk or lost it's fit...

The Many Faces of Coltrane

Ah! Ha! Thought I was talking about John Coltrane..Nope it's my daughter but her name came from our love for John Coltrane and his music...So grab a cup of coffee or tea and sit with me as I go through "The Many Faces of Coltrane"....Hope you enjoi!

Oh! I almost forgot she also plays the drums check it!

New Music - Chimp Beams

I saw these guys a couple of months ago in BK and haven't been able to get them out of my ear or head...Amazing! Here's a little bit about the band...Enjoi!

Chimp Beams are an electronic dub trio formed in 2001 by 3 Japanese men, Marihito, K-Go Mizutani and Yusuke Yamamoto who all live in Brooklyn, NY. Their concept is chill out dance music using break beats, vibraphones, guitar and many other live instruments played on top. Having been influenced by Massive Attack and My Bloody Valentine, they mix dub, jazz, rock, techno, rare groove, soul, funk and ethnic music by their own interpretation. Their sound is very hypnotic and psychedelic. The 3 members bring together disparate backgrounds to create a unique Chimp Beams sound. Chimp Beams are releasing the US version of their ambitious second album, Menina, having already released it to critical acclaim in Japan earlier this year. The title track, Menina, is a club hit, with the 12.. EP quickly selling out and causing a ruckus in the record stores. Filled with melodic, harmonic songs, the new full length also has two hip-hop tracks. It's been 2 years since NY..s Japanese group Chimp Beams released a milestone album ..Vibrato.. into the world dub scene in 2004. This electronic dub band will release its second album in the spring of 2007. As you can hear on the title track ..Menina.., they push the melodious and emotional side to the limit rather than their first album..s dark chill out sound. Soft and warm harmonies meet deep underground beats on this historic masterpiece. Though you can definitely call this the world of ..Chimp Beams dub,.. they..ll prove you wrong if you think this is just a dub band. Recommended for fans of Electronica, Break Beats, Jazz, Hip Hop and House music as well.

Here are some photos for you:

The Power of Water

I recently visited Great Falls(Virginia side) and I realize that no matter how hard we tear down, build houses, or destroy this land. Man will never be able to match Nature and it's elements...

I was also able to get a little bouldering in (shhh
don't tell anyone)...