The new one from Homeless Gospel Choir dropped today! This Land Is Your Landfill, and it’s a great fuckin record. Well, I’m streaming it but ya know what I mean. The best way for me to describe their sound is sadness with hope. Like when ya feel depressed but you’re gonna fight like hell with pure hope against it. And what a time for an album like this to come out. When we need every bit hope we can gwt in the present dystopia. The stand out tracks on this for me are Don’t Compare which is a protest song against getting trapped in the vicious cycle of comparing yourself to whatever bull shit you see in your social media feed. The other one is Art Punk whoch sounds like a protest against the sadness us introverted punks tend to cary with us into adulthood. I met this band through punk rock and while it didn’t die on the cross for us, it sure as shit saved our lives. Every track on this is a protest song because there’s always a fight that’s worth it. This album shows that the most important protest is against our own baggage. So find and crank this loud. Shout in protest against your isolation and insecurities. I promise every doubt is bull shit and screaming this record with your own voice is all the proof you need.
Good friend mine and gnarly artist Kelly (Creative Chaos) makes coasters for sale. That’s right, you can stop letting your 40 sweat on the table and stop stealing coasters from the Goodwill that probably has your picture on the front door from when ya stole the table. You can do the punk thing and support a DIY artist. And No, this isn’t some hipster trash. Proceeds go to pay life expenses and benefit mental health recovery. Links and pics of these dope table savers below.
A few years ago a good friend of mine introduced me to the idea of flow. She is a gnarly poi spinner. I spent much time ruminating on the idea itself. I looked at my board and thought how it applies. Everything started clicking. When you’re style is surf skate you’re flowing with you’re environment being one with everything. When you’re gnarly street skate you’re flowing with you’re own wave length against every object yet with each thing’s unique vibration. You’re mind becomes completely clear with the exception of each executive action in each split second. Flow allows you to feel that everything has its own wave length and if you do some form of flow art, you can ride it. You can apply flow to anything. It is a way of living. It has helped my skating immensely. Being empty and in tune at once makes ot feel more natural and more enjoyable. The world around me as I shred through my dirty streets at top speed immediately deciding how to approach what’s in front of me has more movement and vibrancy. I encourage and skateboarders who read this to consider that when they ride. It further individuates how I look at things in the city. Flow opens more possibilities than skill alone. It makes life less daunting. So find your gnar and shred it and flow.