Sunday, October 03, 2021

China Banks and This. October 3, 2021. Mostly Skateboarding Podcast

This week, Templeton Elliott, Patrick Kigongo, and Jason From Frozen in Carbonite are talking about the impending demolition of San Francisco's China Banks and Emerica's new video, This. Listen here and subscribe on iTunes or Spotify.

SF Gate's article on the China Banks' upcoming destruction
DC's million-dollar bid to save Love Park
Wenatchee's Methow Park
Element's Peace 
etnies Album

This week, Jason is stoked on Venture Trucks, Willy Staley Sopranos article, and the new Etienne Gagne part.
Patrick is stoked on Spitfire Wheels. 1991 nostalgia, his 3rd anniversary this week, and his 7 years in LA. Congratulations to lensman Paul Young on his wedding
Templeton is stoked again on wool socks and sweaters and candy corn pumpkins.

Find Jason on Twitter @carbonite1994, on Instagram @frozenincarbonite, and writing for Quartersnacks.
Find Patrick on Twitter @ColonelKSpeaks and on Instagram @PKigongo.
Find Mike on Twitter @mmunzenrider and on Instagram @mmunzenrider.
Find Templeton on Twitter @MostlySkate and on Instagram @mostlyskateboarding

1 comment:

Justin said...

RIP China Banks.

It dawned on me that Emerica is about the only shoe company that makes consistently enjoyable videos. Let's face it, nobody throws on whatever other big name footwear production to get psyched on going skating. That probably holds true for the last 15 years, too.

I think for music they are doing a better job than a lot of other videos. I am so tired of oldies or modern bands that sound like oldies in current videos. The drawback is that Emerica's music occupies a niche of interesting tunes that aren't ever going to be overly popular or catchy. It's bands that are on Thrill Jockey, Drag City, Temporary Residence, etc. Post-rock, instrumental metal, indie rock, shoegaze-ish, some punk or a band that Mario Rubalcaba plays in. No Age, too. Maybe not necessarily bands I listen to, but very much adjacent to bands I listen to so it seems fine to me. They are operating in the same area as Foundation, Toy Machine, Kuba Kaczmarczyk's Grey Area projects, and probably Polar. I'd rather have that than trying to be hip or fresh.

I think they need to improve their shoe designs. They seem to be stuck in 2008 with boat shoe/dress shoe styles. I'm not really into how those look or feel. Maybe work up some slightly beefier cupsoles that are a nod to, but not straight reissues, of their models from the late 1990s and early 2000s. I've been skating a pair of the Gamma reissues for the summer. They are OK. It was surprising how different they are from éS. The soles took forever to finally be comfortably - like six or seven weeks.