Music Appreciation: Multi-Lingual Soundtracks

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I was watching the Helas Mixtape one day, thinking about Lucas' career, doing some exploratory analysis, and my research led me to a place I didn't expect to go. I was in (quite literally) foreign territory. It seems like we've had a resurgence, although I'm hesitant to call it that in fear of the "don't call it a comeback" retort, but after watching the Magenta Capsule (Jimmy Lannon SOTY), and the Helas edit, I couldn't help but think about songs with non-English lyrics.

Look - I realize that it may seem like I have some sort of English-superiority complex, but I think we all really need to just look at this objectively and agree, first and foremost, that the vast majority of skate soundtracks are to songs with English lyrics. Disagree? Well I just did a tally of every single song on skatevideosite, and it's 87.289%* English-lyric songs, so suck it.

With that said, I would like to explore, or recollect, some of the videos, bands, and skateboarders responsible for giving the skate world exposure to languages outside of the customary American dialect.

*fabricated statistic

Rodney Mullen vs. Daewon Song Round 2

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Yes, there is a VHS review coming soon, don't worry. IN THE MEANTIME, however, we need to take a moment and discuss the music supervision** in this video. Reckless would be a great understatement, and would do a disservice to whoever was at the helm. Grabbing tracks from the Matrix soundtrack, taking in French rap, Flamenco, Rockwell, Techno, Eric Sermon, and the list goes on. This eclectic soundtrack has a little something for everybody. I actually really like this soundtrack. I know. Fucked up.

JB. The fact that people go uncorrected when they pronounce his last name as though it rhymes with 'skillet' is further proof that the skate community needs to tighten up on its' "who fuckin' cares" attitude. Anyway, I absolutely fell in love with JB's part to some French rap. Couldn't tell you one word that the guy was saying, but I had this shit memorized. If the internet had come around just a bit sooner I probably would've sought out more French rap, and probably could've pursued a career in the music industry. Oh well, c'est la vie. ;)

Enrique's song was easily my favorite in the video. Damnit, you have no idea how badly I wanted to download this song, or go buy the album at Strawberry's or whatever. As I'm writing this I'm wondering why the American music industry was so exclusive 10-15 years ago. Maybe skateboarding is truly the link to cultural diversity (awww). Either that or, as we all know, skateboarders just have the best taste in music, right? Anyhow, Enrique seems to have some control over what he skates to, whether it's 15 years ago, or in a recent bones edit. I would say he's the most underrated dude of all time, but are you still underrated when everybody picks you as the most underrated? Or does everybody just wanna keep you as their own little secret. Think about it brah.

Javier Sarmiento/ Rodrigo TX


Speaking of the perpetually slept on...which eS contract shoe did you buy?

I could specifically talk about The Firm - Can't Stop, but if I were to do that, I'd also have to bring up Bob Burnquist skating to a song written by Ray Barbee about Bob. So, instead, I'll talk about these two guys. I actually don't like the photo above because it makes me really nervous. The amount of talent on that bench is too much for me to handle, and heaven forbid there be some sort of strange accident that happens in that location, I'm not sure that skateboarding would survive. Rodrigo and Javier skate to great songs every single time, but their choices in Can't Stop are particularly noteworthy. I know you're all waiting for me to say it, so this is your cue to click play on Ja Sei Namorar. Crowd favorite. Instant classic. Javier to Dame Veneno is great, but sorry, it gets smoked by Rodrigo.

Diego Bucchieri


I just want to squeeze this one right here in the middle because I just remember this part distinctly sticking out in Good & Evil, and how absolutely absurd I felt the song was. Until I couldn't stop listening to it. Spanish Metal. I couldn't believe it. Also - Diego is a boss.

Gipsy Kings

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If there is one band that is single-handedly responsible for introducing the skate world to flamenco/salsa style music, it is the Gipsy Kings. You might remember them from Adrian Lopez' part in Dying to Live, or perhaps that scene from Big Lebowski, I Fernandez/Chico's part in Pretty Sweet. If you don't remember these parts, and somehow haven't heard anything by the Gipsy Kings, well, that's kind of sick because you get to experience it for the first time today, like a newborn sucking in it's first warm drop of milk from it's mothers teet. Except in this case it's my teet you're suckling, and it's the sweet milk of great music that you'll be forever indebted to me for showing you.

But speaking of Chico. 


Chico Chico Chico, only you could pull off a 59 second part. I just want to take a moment to go out on a tangent and talk about his Tommy Hilfiger long sleeve at 0:14. Need that.

Chico's music selection has been impeccable. I mean, the guy skated to Bill Withers. If I were to rate his song selection on a scale of 1-10, I wouldn't because life isn't about ratings, it's about...well... I don't know where I'm going with this I'd probably give it like a 9.

Cliche - Bon Voyage


This brings us back to our hero, Lucas. What does he skate to? You guessed it, you know it, heedless French Rap. Lucas shows his longevity and whether knowingly or not, pays tribute to his roots by throwing it back to what Gillet was doing 15 years prior. Damn this part is insane. I promised myself I wouldn't talk about skating and would focus on the music, but. 

Tom Penny, Mini-Ramp


Oh, you thought the article was over? Not yet, little Johnny. Quite possibly the most well-known mini-ramp section of the 2000's, the introduction to Tom Penny's long awaited part in Sorry pretty much floored anybody watching. People weren't sure what to expect, it had been years since he had released a full part (remember - his part in Menikmati was mainly old footage). When this intro happened, everybody wanted to move to France and build a miniramp in a barn. Everybody. The song is the perfect fit, and crushes hearts when coupled with Tom's alleyoop frontside ollie spanning the width of the ramp. *hits repeat on part*. Classic Tom.


Picky's Pick Vol. 6: Stone Cold Steve Austin Fights Booker T in a Grocery Store


Let's face it, if you live in New England there is no chance you're skating outside today, or probably for the next 85 years if this snow keeps up. So lets just forget about it for one day and watch two grown men fight in a super market! In the infamous words of Jim Ross "this ones a slobber knocker!" -Picky


Dana Ericson Presents: head_crack


It's not every day that you get a two and a half minute clip featuring some of the most venerable Boston locals in recent history. Dana released this edit of guys like John Wisdom, Dutchmaster Delaney, Rob Cabral Skategod, Ariel Perl, and more. Notes from the SMLTalk staff:

1) Dana puts himself in that rare category of people who can make a lazer flip look good.

2) How on earth did Ariel boost that air out of the Orchard ramp? (RIP the brown layer days)

3) Keep an eye out for Delaney in the SOTY runnings 2015.


Wide Angle Vision - Rob Collins Photo Exhibition


SMLTalk family member, Rob Collins, is having an art show at Orchard Skateshop in Allston on February 21st. To alleviate your stress, we put together a quick pro/con analysis to help you decide whether or not to be there. Pros:

1) Free PBR

2) All of your friends will be there

3) Maybe there will be a photo of you! (probably not, but who knows!)

4) If you play your cards right you can get Bro's autograph

5) Free PBR


1) It's indoors, and warm

2) There's a miniramp

3) Free PBJs. Just kidding, but there will be free PBR (BYOPBJ)

Well, as it turns out all of the cons are really just pros, so we'll see you there.


Picky's Pick Vol. 5: Geoff Rowley Sorry (2002)


Geoff Rowley Sorry 2002 "Oh that felt fucking tasty, I'd like to do it ready?"

This part comes in heavy with gnarly slams, and is followed with one of the biggest bag of tricks in the game. I've probably watched this part over a hundred times and it never gets old. Even in 2015 this is still one of the best parts ever. It's hard to put into words how incredible this part truly is, so just watch it and get hyped!

"See that? Fuckin' hurt."



2014 Part 1, A Short Film by Brent Eastman


photo: Steve Hamblin Friend of SMLTalk and Skate Nerd of the Year Nominee, Brent Eastman, stopped by HQ with the first installment of his 2 part recap of 2014. If you delight in footage of J Cal (which you do), enjoy a feel good edit (which you hopefully do), and have some spare time (which you definitely do with the forthcoming storm) then this edit is perfect for you. Watch it now, and then nestle up by the fire with some friends, family, maybe few bottles of wine ;) and really take it in.


Picky's Picks Vol. 4: Shiloh Greathouse - First Love (2005)


Shiloh Greathouse - First Love (2005) I can't decide what I like most about this part. Is it the opening monologue? Is it the incredible song choice? Is it the fact that he has not one, but two of the sickest and most random street grabs ever to accompany a barrage of insane ledge combos? Whatever it is, this part rules. Totally solid from start to finish, with something for everyone. Enjoy!



To Bid, or Not To Bid: Episode 1


To Bid, or Not To Bid

Your Weekly Guide to Using eBay to Satisfy Your Skate Addiction

with Leland Taylor

We've all been there. Up at 3 a.m. perusing the internet in search for old Alien shirts, Lakai Staples or other reflections of our past lives in a sad attempt to feel something. It's normal. I swear, it's okay.

Well luckily for us, Leland Taylor, eBay guru and skate trivia savant, is here to give us a weekly update as to what's on eBay, skateboarding's museum with revolving items.


Picky's Picks Vol. 3: Lacey Baker for Meow Skateboards


Lacey Baker - Meow skateboards 2014 Something many of you don't know about me is that I am a huge fan of girl skaters, which stemmed from seeing Alexis' part in PJ Ladd's Wonderful Horrible Life. Lacey has had a few parts come out in the last couple years and she rips. Watch that nollie heel, I'd kill for that thing. We could talk all day about girls belonging/not belonging in skateboarding, but with chicks like Lacey ripping harder than most dudes out there, I think that whole shit has been put to bed. Hope you enjoy.


p.s. the music kinda sucks but it's still a really good part.

Brett Star Iphone Edit: Vol. 1


City People alum and real estate mogul, Brett Star, has put together a little iphone edit for your weekend enjoyment. It should be said that almost half of the edit is a marathon line by Mr. Devin Woelfel, a stark reminder of his injury (godspeed on your recovery, sir) and his ridiculous knack for flatground. If there's a Flatground SOTY category for next year's SMLTalk Awards, Waffle would undoubtedly be a strong frontrunner. We've been really heavy on local video content this week, we promise we'll get some writing stuff together for next week. Regardless, thank you to everyone who contributed videos to the site, it makes our job a little bit easier when we're not as caught up as we should be. Despite currently being in the throes of winter, it's nice looking back on warmer times. Spring in two months!! (kinda, not really)

-SMLTalk Staff


Happy Weekend, ya'll.

Best of #eggsreport 2014: by Brian Delaney

Brian Delaney, aka @dutchmaster_delaney, aka back tail god, aka most likely to be seen at eggs '14, aka secret skate nerd and smltalk friend, just released a best of #eggsreport for 2014, and it's beautiful. I am just really happy right now, because between this and the DAD Clothing video release, 2015 is set to be the best year ever. Reasons to watch:

1) Tricks you can't do from Dana, Squeaks, Ariel, Tommy Wisdom, Waffle, and others, including the Dutchmaster himself.

2) Segway skitching

3) Other Ariel hijinks

4) It's edited to Max B




DAD Clothing: "Shake Dunks" Video

Enter the mind of Christopher Botsch. You may remember C-Botsch as our selected "Crowd Favorite" winner at the SMLTalk Awards and if you haven't had a chance to see him skate in person, his footage in this edit is a fraction of what he'll do on the way to a spot. His line at the MFA ledges (RIP, kinda) is actually a contender for one of the best ever filmed there, right alongside Dasaro's and Mark Suciu's. Chris loves skateboarding and he loves Dunkin Donuts even more. This edit is a bit longer than the first DAD promo we posted on the site and includes a full Abe "Orange Man" Dubin part*...there's much more skating in this one.

We hope you enjoy this edit and remember: shake your fuckin' dunks, dude.

-SMLTalk Staff



*Just want to mention that Abe has already dropped two full parts and may already be leading the 2015 SOTY race just two weeks into the new year...just sayin'.

SMLTalk Awards 2014: A Semi-Comprehensive Recap


A very special night. On Saturday, January 3rd, 2015, SMLTalk hosted it's first event, the SMLTalk Awards for 2014. (We realize that based on the dates this may be confusing, but please bear with us). Anyhow, before running through the event, let's thank some people.

Orchard Skateshop - for always backing us, as well as playing an integral role in getting this event set up, and getting everyone there.

CONS -  for providing shoes to all of the winners.

Michael Chew/Armin Bachman/James DeRocher/Myles Underwood/Jesse Ciulla - if you still haven't seen Palomar II, Softhits, Snot Rockets and the Chinistix Promo, well, I guess it's only been like a couple days so you still have time. I'll come back to this in a week and berate you if you're still out of the loop.

Nick Mola - for hand-carving the amazing, sheik, sexy trophies that were received by the winners.

Ryan Stiffler - for helping edit/produce videos which played for the nominees.

Erik Pickard - for playing the technical assistant, and also for looking so damn good in that suit.

Alex Filho - for MCing this event, and making everybody about 10x more hyped than they would've been otherwise, heaven knows none of us could have done it.

ALRIGHT, enough of that mushy shit, here's how it went down:

Booger Boys started it up with Snot Rockets, a great recap of the youth scene in Boston, which, as a work of genius, used a remix of the SpongeBob Squarepants theme for the intro.

Next, Armin Bachman presented SOFTHITS, the first of his new project, using one MiniDV tape at a time, to some smooth music.

After that, Ryan Stiffler premiered the 9th installment of his iPhone video series, Feat Dion, Brooks, Rob Collins and more. Beautifully edited to Oxy Cotton by Lil' Wyte.

NEXT - we had the serious rap promo for the Chinistix video, by Jesse Ciulla

Then Michael Chew wrapped up the videos with the PALOMAR II Premiere, which obviously left people crying tears of sweet joy.

From here we moved on to the awards. Rather than talk about it in detail, we'll just post the nomination videos and tell you who won.

Skate Nerd of the Year - Mike Fork

King of the Model - Frankie Nash

Best Monochromatic Skater - Abe Dubin

Most Likely to be Seen at Eggs - Brian Delaney

Photographer of the Year - Liam Annis

Filmer of the Year - Lee Madden

Skated the Least - Mike Laybold

Best Young Dude - Ismael Diallo

Crowd Favorite - Chris Botsch

SOTY - Jeff Burke

Congratulations to everybody that won, THANK YOU to everybody that came. See you all next year!

Here are the photos!

***And here are the nomination videos, it starts up at around 15 seconds, the winners' videos play twice, and when it goes to the logo, skip about 10 seconds. Way to lazy to chop it up and post them individually, or really do any more editing than was already done. Enjoy.***


Ali Boulala: The People's Champion


This came to me while I was at Dunkin Donuts the other day. I had been thinking a lot about movies and in particular, romantic comedies. I'm not ashamed to say I enjoy a rom-com or two every so often, but the problem with these movies is that the endings tend to create a dissonance between the viewer and the characters in the movie. Throughout most of the movie you relate to the struggles and qualms of the main characters: you laugh with them, you cry with them, and you see some of your relationship in theirs. But then comes the ending, the big, stupid, cliche ending. The ending you kind of always knew was going to happen, but the ending nonetheless. He gets the girl. They make out (maybe bone if you're up on your R-rated shit). They ride off into the sunset. Hurray for them. Meanwhile, back in the REAL WORLD, you found out your girl cheated on you with a huge, sexy homie named Sylvester (I literally don't know a single person with that name) and they ride off into the sunset and, presumably, bone until they forgot that you even existed. You shared your deepest secrets with that girl, you met that chick's parents...dude, you went to Jared. Doesn't that mean anything to her?

Romantic comedies lack a true sense of reality...we love them, but we can only aspire to be them.

Enter the world of skate videos: our window into the lives of our talented idols. They inspire others to inspire themselves™, both on and off our boards, (if we're being real here, just on our boards) and especially around SMLTalk HQ, our favorite skateboarding is skateboarding we can relate to.

Hence, why many skate videos, and in particular many skate videos of today's internet era, are like romantic comedies to me: I'm connected for most of a dude's part but we all know how this is going to end. The ender's a make. His boys pop bottles on his ride away. There's hugs all around. Maybe the sexy homie Sylvester gives him a kiss (that dude seriously needs to chill). Yes, the trick we saw on last month's cover, the screen shot of the thumbnail that we clicked on, the trick we all knew he was going to land...he landed it.

I've never done my big trick. I've made many a claim, after many a beer, only to find myself pussing out the next day after arriving at said spot, to fulfill said claim. I never got to ride off into the sunset, never got to hug my boys...never got to kiss Sylvester (you're recognizing a pattern here, I'm sure.)

But you know what...neither has Ali Boulala.

Ali Boulala's Sorry part, literally ends with his destruction and failure. Now, a 25 stair ollie is a very tall order, but how amazing and refreshing is it to see a man not succeed as a way to close out his career's greatest achievement? You see, that's a skate video I can relate to. It doesn't make his part any worse, it makes it real. Us commoners don't normally get our big trick, most of us don't even try. For those that do, sometimes the slam is the clip. I can't relate to a guy rolling away from a 25 stair front feeble, but I can relate to a dude rolling around on the ground in agony probably wondering why he even still skates. Ryan Sheckler experienced a similar moment at the famed, El Toro, yet Plan B thought they would do him a solid and put that clip in the ending credits. Well how dare you, Plan B. In the spirit of Ali Boulala, make that his damn ender. Bail or make it's still gnarly. It's just that the make is what separates professionals from amateurs (but not like paid am's, I'm thinking more like dude's who write this blog and our friends. Guys who aren't good at skating.)

Ali Boulala's Sorry part is the realest account of skateboarding ever produced by a professional skateboarder. He gets drunk, he pukes, his dog humps his leg, he throws meat at a window, he does absolutely absurd things on a skateboard, and best of all? He bails. He gets hurt. He gets really hurt. And he doesn't win...he's just like us. He is our champion.

The people's champion.










Good morning,We at SMLTalk recently received an inquiry as to where we have been. The internet user assumed that the SMLTalk staff has taken a vacation. Appalled by this inquiry, and concerned that others may be of like-mind, we have drafted a formal response. We at SMLTalk apologize for the lack of content. We realize that things can get hard without VHS Reviews and status updates on the Muska. We are doing our best to produce content but at the moment are taking a hiatus in order to focus on the 2014 SMLTalk Awards Ceremony (see below). We beg for your patience and understanding in this time, and hope that you will keep clicking refresh, because we WILL be back up and running soon.

Yours Truly,

SMLTalk Staff

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