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I think you already know this, but you mean a lot to me.
Having been a fairly avid skateboarder for most of my life, I feel like I’ve learned a lot from you. You taught me how important it is to enjoy what I do, to not measure my accomplishments against others, to challenge myself as an individual. You also taught me that competition can be really fun when it’s rooted in personal growth, and that it’s a great feeling to try really hard at something and finally make it. I dunno if you saw, but I finally learned 360 flips last month after 15+ years of trying them!
Skateboarding, you have informed the way I approach music and art. Thanks to you, I mostly believe that it’s the way you land a trick, draw a picture, write a song that makes it special. You taught me how to chase feelings and energy, and how to harness them for something meaningful and tangible. You actually taught me how to be a happier person, in fact, you’re STILL teaching me.
Thank you Skateboarding.
My friends in Phoenix started a program called Skate After School. They go to schools in the Phoenix area with a bunch of helmets and boards and they skate with kids. I went to Skate After School a couple weeks ago, it’s really fun! The best part is that my friends don’t act like coaches when they’re skating with the kids, they just teach them how to enjoy skateboarding.
They’re raising money to beef up the program and and reach more schools. As a thank you to skating and because I believe in this program, I am contributing an exclusive digital collection of 5-6 cover songs that I first heard while watching skate videos. It’s going to be called something like: “Sean Bonnette Plays Some Skate Video Hits.” Maybe I’ll end up calling it something different but that’s the premise. I’m still deciding the full track list but these will definitely be on it:
“London Dungeon” by the Misfits (Mike Maldonado’s part in Welcome To Hell),
“Rock and Roll Suicide” by David Bowie (Arto Saari’s part in Sorry) and
“Cyanide Breathmint” by Beck (Brad Staba’s first song in Nervous Breakdown)
I will be recording it at my house this summer.
Here’s the indiegogo page, the other incentives are really cool too, for $600 dollars Jaws will ollie over you off your roof!
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Check it out here
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Hey, guess what?
We are coming back to Europe and the UK!
Guess what else?
We’re bringing the whole band!
It’s been forever since we played in England, our sincerest apologies for taking so long to return.
Dear Eurofriends, we are excited to see you again! We haven’t seen you since March!
Bristol, UK’s Caves will be accompanying us on this lovely tour. They shred.
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Thanks to the kind folks at New Noise Magazine for including us on the cover cover of their next issue! They’re running a contest where you can win an AJJ Skate Deck if you subscribe HERE!
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Hey everyone! Vote for “Temple Grandin” on mtvU’s The Freshman right HERE! The winner gets added to the rotation!
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Christmas Island comes out tomorrow! We can’t contain the excitement!
The pre-order weird photo contest is still going! Some amazing/creepy entries so far. Make sure you tag your picture with #OnChristmasIsland so we can find yours! The contest will run until a couple days after SideOneDummy let’s us know all the pre-orders have shipped so everyone has a chance. Get weird!
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CONTENT DUMP for May 1, 2014
Peep game, y’all:
Sean did an interview with the Good Men Project and there’s a great video of us performing Children of God live at SideOneDummy Records:
Next up, Cokemachineglow.com posted a wonderful review of Christmas Island written by the incomparable Robin Smith:
While we were in LA last month, Sean visited KXLU and performed a few songs on Fistful of Vinyl, including Kokopelli Face Tattoo:
And last but certainly not least, here is SideOneDummy Records head honcho Joe Sib telling a great story about how he once ate dinner with Bruce Springsteen and U2′s THE EDGE!
BOOM CONTENT DUMP
Have a good day and thanks for reading!!
p.s. here are a couple more links for inquiring minds:
North American Summer tour dates:
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You can stream the entire album over at The A.V. Club!
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