Tuesday Tunes #34

Christmas season is upon us and I have been slowly watching as the woods fill up with snow around the world. Waiting patiently for my chance to join the downhill frolicking, but for now I’ve got my nose to the grindstone. Thanks to The Bamboos for keeping me (and all of us) moving in the right direction this week. Yew!

Tuesday Tunes Dirty 30!

No, not me, silly—that’s in two weeks. Tuesday Tunes hits the milestone a little early, with my version of a Halloween song. Listening to “Monotonia” by The Growlers makes me feel like I’m walking into one of those black and white, grainy hipster video edits at a SoCal biker bar turned hipster hangout. You know the feeling? Yeah, I thought so. Trick and treat, mi gente.

Tuesday Tunes! #29

Hello world, we are coming in with a total request live from good friend and goal sniper Peter Rosoff all the way from Boston, Massachusetts. He and I have always had a thing for creative hip hop and it’s great to see that he’s still carrying the torch. Thanks for the rec, duder. And shoutout to mid-calves and flip-flops. Now sit back and enjoy, gente.

Tuesday Tunes #22

Okay, I haven't been overly psyched on the trap movement nor have I been overly impressed by new, mainstream Spanish music, but I think I may have met my match. Combining trap with flamenco in one of the most interesting tracks I've heard in 2018, Rosalía dropped, "Malamente," with a killer music video.

Mixing in so many subtle cultural elements, from the flamenco clap and gypsy influence, to the moto-matador battle, to the capirote-d skater (the cap used for traditional Easter celebrations that might resonate a little different with us Westerners) this video shows a grittier Spain that what we get from the reggaeton/pop world. Spain is a very dynamic peninsula, and Rosalía gives us a chunk to chew on. Disfruta, gente.

On Assignment: Lindsey Runkel's Redemption for REI

I recently started working with REI's blog on a series of bike projects, including one about friend and adaptive downhill mountain biker Lindsey Runkel. I know a blog might not seem like a cradle of good writing, but REI has done an incredible job investing in its storytelling, from editors, to writers to story content. Needless to say, I'm excited to work with these guys and see where we can go from here.

If you have a second to check out Runkel's incredible journey, take a look. Thanks!

Tuesday Tunes #21

Been posting a few of my favorite current tracks for a little while now, and I have to say, it's nice to have some consistency during these crazy weeks. I know they're small little posts, but we're accumulating a nice little playlist here, and I'm excited to see where it goes. 

In this week's edition of Tuesday Tunes, sip on this track by Superparka, titled, "Skip." Hopefully it gets you moving in the right direction.

Tuesday Tunes

This one might be lost on a few of you, but hear me out. Reggaeton pretty much owns the airwaves over here in Spain, but the country is rooted in flamenco tradition. The two types of music rarely gel (think country meets trap back in the U.S.), but Raya Real has taken on the task of releasing hilarious (and pretty darn good) flamenco covers of popular reggaeton songs. The album is worth a limit, but here's a little snippet for your Tuesday tune. 

Tuesday Tunes

Holy World Cup season, June is absolutely flying! Apologies for missing last week's tunes, but waves with friends just got in the way. Worry not, we're back this week with another jam I hope you enjoy as much as I have over the past few days. Here's Coastal and Jackie Mendoza with "La Luz." Enjoy, gente.