It’s on! Only Christmas, high school graduation and your dream bachelor party rolled into one could make for day slightly better. Channel Islands will kick off the first leg of their demo tour on April 26 at Seaside in Cardiff By The Sea. You, your mother and your brother are all invited to test the new prototypes that are being considered for the 2009 line. Al himself will be attending each event and is anxious for some serious feedback. And plenty of porta-potties will be on site for anyone who thinks they might pee their pants.
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There was a time when we seriously considered making a career out of following Ben Harper. Our plan was to sell grilled cheese sandwiches in his venues’ parking lots and publish our journal entries in Spin. As it turned out, the majority of his fans are vegan and the now defunct (for a good reason) Warp was the only mag that showed a mild interest. Bitter and in dire need of a penicillin shot, we ended up working for TransWorld. The end. Oh wait, back to the reason we’re really writing this post. The far less bitter and much more healthy writers at FOAM recently published a very candid interview with Ben. Here, he busts loose on fatherhood, never having writer’s block, and going instrumental.
We’re lucky to be alive. The riot police were called to our offices this morning to contain the swarms of customers who were shivving each other over the new eco-friendly Wolfmother boardshort from Billabong. No that we blame them, because as far as high-performance surf trunks go these are in a class of their own. Okay so maybe the machetes and broken beer bottles were overkill, but the angry mass made a good point: Global warming is no laughing matter. And when the surf and music industries combine it’s a beautiful, beautiful thing. (And it’s even more of a beautiful thing that the inseam is a manly 21″ and not 18″ like some of those wussy retro trunks…but we digress.) Made entirely from recycled polyester suede and featuring an all-over Wolfmother print with a large logo and art screen at the right side, it’s already got our unicorn revved and ready to fly.
While we can’t completely confirm the accuracy of this report, sources are saying the sounds of Coachella will be streamed live at erockstar.com. Big gimmick or bigger P.R. stunt, nobody knows for sure. But according to Gossip Girl a massive music mogul is pulling the strings. If you do log on, let us know what you think.