In The Family


Modus Bearings “Portfolio” edit

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One of the pleasant surprises of the last few weeks has been this edit from Modus featuring the whole team. Opens with a homage to the dearly departed Lewis Marnell and features footage from the ridiculous line-up of Tommy Fynn, Chewy Cannon, Jake Duncombe, Andrew Brophy, Dennis Durrant, Alex Campbell, John Rattray, Harry Clark, Kieran Reilly, Sylvain Tognelli, Alex Lawton, Sammy Winter, Grant Taylor, Nick Boserio, and Dane Burman. There’s too much good stuff in here to bother calling out any highlights but then again there’s a couple of John Rattray clips at 2:45 so you can’t be blamed for jumping there first.



PERMANENT Invites You: The Ghost of Piramida Screening

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Following the release of fourth album Piramida (Sep 2012, 4AD), Efterklang add another string to their bow with The Ghost of Piramida, a film by Danish director Andreas Koefoed, that documents the Danish trio’s visit to the abandoned Russian mining town where the record’s inception began back in the summer of 2011.

Accompanied by their taciturn and indifferent Russian polar bear guard, the group goes on an audio treasure hunt in the empty buildings of the abandoned town, while the narrator, former Piramida citizen Alexander, takes us back to a bygone era, when Piramida flourished and the immigrant Russian miners and their families lived in a Soviet parallel society far from the brutal reality of their homeland.

The Ghost of Piramida premiered in November 2012 in Amsterdam at the world’s biggest documentary film festival IDFA, and here the film was selected as one of the top three music films of the year. Since then, the film has been screened at several other film festivals and in art house cinemas around Europe.

Directed by Andreas Koefoed, Music by Efterklang, Running Time is 57 minutes.



So Far, So Good, So What: Works by Michael Hsiung

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Born in Chinatown, Los Angeles, Michael C. Hsiung is known for his black-and-white pen and ink drawings. His work features a range of “strangely rotund characters from fantastical creatures, such as centaurs and mermen to somewhat contemporary and/or old fashion bearded males”. Currently living with his wife Rachel in Los Angeles, he spends his days drawing, making prints, producing t-shirts and creating zines; he also plays Dungeons & Dragons when he can. His illustrations and artwork have featured in Dr. Martens, Dwindle / Enjoi Skateboards, Momentum Wheels, Matix, Ambiguous Clothing, Oxford American Magazine, Grove made, Scout Books, Steve Turner Gallery, and most recently in the form of a new skateboard for Amigos Skateboards in Seattle, WA. He has also exhibited in various galleries, including East of Eden at Barnsdall Park, 2008 Helsinki Biennial, Giant Robot, Slingluff Gallery, Hurley, and is scheduled for his first LA solo show January at THIS, Los Angeles gallery in Highland Park. For more information, visit michaelchsiung.com



Slap Magazine Presents: Red Eye Feat. Kevin Coakley

SLAP Magazine recently dropped this edit with Broadcast rider and Bostonian ripper Kevin Coakley. Filmed by Alex Pelletier and Dan Magee.



John Rattray for Modus

You’ve already heard of Australia’s Modus Bearings, but have you paid attention to their astonishing team roster including Grant Taylor, John Rattray, Colin Kennedy, Andrew Brophy, Luke Croker, Sammy Winter, Chewy Cannon, and a slough of other talented rip riders? Along with the help of Adrian Syben and David Bush, they just released a short video spot with John Rattray. Them bearings roll longtime.



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