Kolohe's Bowie Phase
While most surfers his age are enjoying the sounds of techno and dubstep, after a four year journey through the world of California old school punk rock, Kolohe Andino is diving headfirst into the world of David Bowie.
"I was listening to a lot of punk, like Agent Orange, Black Flag, and all that," says Kolohe. "I wanted to take the next step in music, that's when I started listening to Bowie—now I'm addicted."
Kolohe Andino's recommended Bowie tracks: "Starman", "Andy Warhol", and "Roselyn"
Music You Must Hear Now
Total Life Forever
While slightly less rocking than their previous release, this math-rock post-punk band has refined their music and tightened up what was already a tight and precise guitar-tapping tech-fest of stop/start radness. The standout single on this disc is "This Orient"—one listen and you'll get the vibe of this album and most likely buy it immediately. If you enjoy the sounds of indie faves like Bloc Party, Klaxons, or even the über-mathy Battles, you'll love Foals as much as I do.—C.C.
Last year this band survived a near-fatal van crash that almost destroyed any hope of us Prids fanatics from ever hearing new music from them again. Thankfully, they survived, got new gear, and returned to the studio to produce another epic album. Featuring the male/female double vocal pairing of David Frederickson and Mistina Keith, this band sounds like a wonderful mix of Sisters Of Mercy, Joy Division, and even a bit of Interpol, if Interpol had a girl singing along with Paul Banks. Chronosynclastic is an album that harkens back to the post-goth era of early albums by The Cure, but adds a modern twist on the genre. This is one of the best records of 2010—find it, you'll fall in love.—C.C.
Les Savy Fav
Root For Ruin
Ready for some more mathy indie rock? I know I am. Les Savy Fav has been making smart party music for the better part of the last decade and show no signs of stopping with Root For Ruin. Songs like "Appetites" and "Sleepless In Silverlake" feature shouty choruses, tight riffage, straightforward solid drumming, and of course the wild spastic vocal stylings of Fav's crazy, bearded, and always nude frontman Tim Harrington. If you're looking for an indie-rock band that won't bum you out and will make you want to party, dance, head-bang, etc., Les Savy Fav is your band. Fans of …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, Pavement, or Pixies will love this shit!—C.C.
Now On DVD
Go Brett: The Movie
What does it take to make the World Tour? Don't ask me, ask Brett Simpson, or better yet, "tag along with Brett's breakthrough 2009 year" with this flick that shows what Brett had to go through to achieve his goal. Determination, inspiration, and yes, some seriously good surfing are what you'll get when you watch Go Brett. You can probably get it free at the U.S. Open if you look hard enough.
The TransWorld SURF Book Club
Surf For Your Life: Mick Fanning (World Title Edition)
Mick Fanning and Tim Baker
What doesn't kill you only makes you stronger, just ask Mick Fanning. In his new book, Surf For Your Life, Mick, along with Tim Baker, basically pours his heart out into book form and talks about his roller-coaster life. While only being 28, his ride has already been filled with all the ups and downs of a man twice his age. Describing the death of his brother, his career-threatening injury, his marriage, and everything else you'd want to hear about, Mick pulls no punches. A few surf media outlets have called the champ "boring," a title that is pure bullshit if you read this book and see what he's gone through to get where he is today. If you haven't read the Occy bio book, read that first, but as soon as you're done, read Surf For Your Life, you'll gain a newfound respect for Mick, who deserves it.—C.C.
As surfers we do things normal human beings do not. We get rushes of adrenaline and feelings of empowerment that some people will never experience in their lives. This can be exhilarating and dangerous, as we find out in Tim Winton's Breath. I finished it in a day and a half, itching to find out what happens on the next page. The need for the ultimate, the need for more, bigger, hollower, deeper, crazier is all a central theme in Winton's web of adrenaline, drugs, and sex. Set in a small Western Australian logging village during the '70s, life isn't much for the two main characters, teenagers Bruce (Pikelet) and Lonnie—that is until they get taken under the tutelage of mysto surf guru Sando. From that moment, their surfing exploits become magnified infinitely as they are thrust into Waimea-like monster waves and need it more and more just to live. —Ryan Brower
The Stormrider Surf Guide: Volume 3
The Stormrider Surf Guide: Central America And The Caribbean
Edited by Bruce Sutherland
Low Pressure LTD
Exploring 80 new zones, The World Stormrider Guide: Volume 3 fills in holes and adds a completeness to this ultimate set of guides. Volume 3 delves further into previously unmentioned spots, offering details on reaching waves you only imagined about. With its encompassing of almost every and any surf zone on this planet, Volume 3 has got the stuff you need to score any and all times of the year, no matter where your plane (or car, or train) is taking you.
The Stormrider Surf Guide: Central America And The Caribbean highlights Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama, this guide is chock-full of info to help you score during this south swell season. If that weren't enough, it also spotlights the Bahamas, the Greater Antilles, and the Lesser Antilles, so you've got some tropical winter destinations mapped out for you as well. In true Stormrider Guide fashion, it discusses surf cultures, highlights can't-miss breaks, and lets you know exactly what you're getting into at each destination. If you're doing any traveling to Central America, you want to have this guide handy.—R.B.