Q&A: Chris Rye / GO FAST PULL UP

The Jimmy Levan documentary, entitled GO FAST PULL UP, is available now and you should definitely do your best to see it and/or own it. Even more so if you came up being stoked on Jimmy Levan’s riding and persona.

After watching the doc, I wanted to hit Chris Rye (who directed/edited GFPU) with some questions about the project. This is a solid read for sure with PLENTY of info and stories. Click below.

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Below

You might need to set aside some quiet time for this one, but I definitely recommend you do. Richard Forne did a good job of getting the Above Below crew (and more) to candidly discuss BMX and its lifestyle in the BELOW version of the video. Also, that screengrab is horrifying.

You can watch Above Below in full below. This is the most I’ve ever typed “below” in one spot.

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Revolutions on Air

New doc courtesy of Red Bull Music. Let’s take it back….

The Shady Records Story

Gaze into Eminem’s psycho stare then hit play.

Documentary: Carson Leh

Carson Leh has been making custom leather bicycle seats and cycling accessories for 4 years. He started in 2010 recovering torn BMX saddles and in 2013 he founded Leh Seats. He not only manufactures leather bike saddles and handlebar tape, but has recently branched out with new leather goods such as Macbook cases. He produces small production run leather goods for contract in the USA.

Filmer Brian Chace visited his Austin based workshop this winter to speak with him about his work and inspiration. This short film shows the process of one of his custom made BMX seats. Each BMX seat is guaranteed for life against tears.

You can find Carson at www.lehseats.com or on Instagram at @lehseats.

Shoutout to Brian and Carson for letting us premier this.

Helmut Newton – Frames From The Edge

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An hour and a half documentary with the man himself.

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Documentary: Texas Toast – Together We Shred

For this years Texas Toast Jam, my boy Francis Delapena ran around like a stealth ninja and filmed as much of the event as he could from beginning to end. Meanwhile, I ran around and gathered various BMX personalities who were on hand to throw some questions at. Through various answers and commentary, this video took on a life of its own.

This video covers more than just this years jam, so sit back and enjoy this Texas Toast Jam documentary.

Chi Raq

A great doc by Will Robson-Scott about the violence in Chicago. Check out an interview and a bunch of photos on Dazed Digital.

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The Mystery of Flying Kicks

Ever wonder why sneakers end up on powerlines? Me neither for the most part. I notice them all the time but don't give it a second thought. Well, this doc gathers some international theories on the subject. I thought it was gonna be some eye-rolling sneaker nerd shit, but it's not. I ended up getting sucked in.

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Yo!

I know it's insane to imagine these days (even to myself), but it was definitely out of this world when Yo! MTV Raps hit the airwaves back in the day. That's where you went to catch rap music on TV, and they did a great job with it. Rap is all over the place now, but not back then (yes, I remember the stone age).

In the process of trying to sell you clothes, Stussy put together this sweet 2 part series on the show. There's lots of notable people in this, so check it out.

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Sound City

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Speaking of documentaries, I watched Sound City the other day and it was fucking awesome.

That”s right, FUCKING!

Sound City tells the story of a renowned recording studio called Sound City, which is located in Los Angeles. Many great records were made there. It was put together by Dave Grohl, has an and if you are a fan of music or rock history, eyeball Sound City.

Click below for the trailer, and go for more info.

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Keith Treanor

Always a fan of a good documentary. This one does a pretty good job of delving into Keith Treanor’s trials and tribulations. You know it’s serious when Mat Hoffman is included too!

I remember Keith Treanor came to Nassau Coliseum during a Sprocket Jockeys tour in the 90’s which included Mat Hoffman, Day Smith, Jay Miron and Dennis McCoy. Talk about best carnival bike show ever!

TPB AFK

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Well, this morning I got sucked into this documentary about the Pirate Bay and its founders. I have embedded it below. The doc basically covers their fight against the court system regarding their assistance on copyright infringement. The whole copyright/piracy/sharing thing is a complex but interesting topic, one that could go on forever. I understand people & industries gunning for these guys, but it does seem like an inaccurate means to an end. As one YouTube commenter said – “this is like convicting a weapon manufacturer for all the murders committed with weapons created by them. Makes no sense”

Again, this is a complex issue and I’m sure there are numerous opinions.

The film maker has made the documentary available for free, but you can also pay for it if you like. Hit up the TPB AFK site for more info, and assorted stats on people who have paid for the documentary, YouTube views etc…

Click below to watch TPB AFK: The Pirate Bay – Away From Keyboard

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2 Notable Documentaries

Over the last week, I’ve been blown away by 2 documentaries.

The first being “Bad 25”, which is a SPIKE LEE JOINT on Michael Jackson’s BAD album. Fan or not, this is a great behind the scenes look at the making of a HUGE album and all the things that go along with it.

The second being “Inventing David Geffen”, which is an American Masters episode on music executive/producer/all around badass David Geffen. I knew very little about David Geffen, even though he’s been behind some great stuff.

Both of these were VERY interesting, informative and featured commentary by some big names. I recommend any fan of documentaries to watch both, so moonwalk over to your couch and do so.

Click below to watch both.

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PETROL-FOOD-BEER

Fraser Byrne sent over this rad film. “We just finished up this wee vid I¬†thought you might appreciate. Although its not ‘bmx’ its in the spirit of DIY, cheap living adventure that I think most BMXers can relate to. The vid is based on a guy¬†called Austin Vince who rode around the world (by the longest route possible) on DR350 dirt bikes with 8 mates. Pretty epic trip to say the least.”