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Astor & Lafayette, in a galaxy far, far away. Jacked from That’s a Crazy One.

It’s the end of the summer, 100 degrees out, and people are fucking pissed.

“In fact, they feel it was exploitative, that Clark capitalized on the brilliance of the crew while failing to capture the true beauty of their world. They weren’t as sex crazed as the film portrays them, for one. More important, in Kids, it seems all the boys want is to fuck the girls, but in real life, the girls weren’t sexual conquests. The boys and girls ran neck and neck and were best friends.” Ok, so lately been wondering about the origins of the photos from @thatsacrazyone on Instagram, which has tons of early and mid nineties stuff around Astor, Washington Square and the Banks + some same faces from Out & About, etc. (This Loki photo is the coolest a slappy crook on a six-inch curb will ever look.) Turns out its for an upcoming book of the same name, whose website hasn’t been updated in a year-and-a-half, but apparently is still coming out as per this feature in August’s issue of Vice. Really looking forward to this one :)

Byrd Gang videos are my new favorite videos out of New York. Teaser for the new one.

File Jawn Gardner’s Bruns 2 part under: Video Parts That Made Me Yell At My Computer Screen More Than Three Times in 2016.

Probably listened to The War Report more than any other venerated nineties New York rap album as an adult, so this’ll be a nice addition for the wall.

“Rifuckingdiculously Sorry” is the forth and final installment to Flip’s Sorry series, oddly starring a bunch of Canadians skating in Toronto.

The history of skateboarding unfolded pretty much alongside the development of trucks, and plot-twist — women run everything in skateboarding. Part two of Jeff Grosso’s history of skateboard trucks is now live. (Part one went live last month btw.)

Andrew Allen interviews Austyn Gillette.

Village Psychic with another round of strange skater + sponsor match-ups.

Probably the best *sounding* video of all time, Tim Dowling’s Listen, in full.

Speaking of videos that sound like they look, Budapest’s Rios Crew A.K.A. the New Jersey-ians of Europe just dropped a new one called “Nap Mint Nap Volume 3.”

You probably already saw this: Austyn’s TWS cover footage and Brad Cromer front blunting a Seaport bench in Huf’s new NYC edit.

This is six-years-old and has nothing to do with skateboarding, but I read it on the plane twice. “If journalism’s more vital traditions of investigating corruption and synthesizing complex topics are going to be restored, it will never be at the expense of the personal, the sexual, the venal, or the sensational, but rather through mastering the kind of storytelling that understands that none of those things exists in a vacuum.”

Quote of the Week: “They make MTV music that I want to listen to.” — Pryce Holmes’ Sremmlife 2 review

YEAH IT WAS A TRAGEDY…Can you repeat the question?

Monday links and other, exciting things.

The latest Habitat video, Origin will be premiering at KCDC Skateshop this Friday (the 15th) at 7 P.M. It says seven to nine on the flyer, so hopefully that means there are two showings, and not that the video is two hours long.

The Derick Z. little kid footage reel. Double angles at the Beer Bar drop to can (which is kind of skatestopped now, by the way… A whole generation of younger kids will never share our experience of the spot’s glory days), lines at the little ledges in Battery Park, and the manual pad in the back of Union Square — skateboarding seemed a lot more fun six or seven years ago.

Whatitbe has a quick Q & A with Jahmal Williams about Hopps, Eastern Exposure, and John Coltrane’s tie-in with street skateboarding. On that note, no excuse needed to link this part.

This is super late, in that it has been in effect since the summer, but we’re only getting to it now: You can’t really skate the manual pad at Penn Plaza for the time being, because the adjacent restaurant to the plaza decided to show off the neighboring crackheads to its patrons by installing an outdoor seating area that takes up the entire landing space of the marble block.

Trailer for the Second Nature video, Eclectic. Features Alex Mosley olling out of a truck over a bunch of watermelons, which is already the highlight of the week.

“Be Pretty” montage. If there’s dirt on the lens, we support it. Spotted via The Skate Rack

And no random links post is complete without something pertaining to the wonderful world of loud rap music, so it seems like a good time to include this list of the fifty greatest Queensbridge rap songs. #4 should technically be #1, seeing as how it is more or less the best rap song altogether, but the actual #1’s positioning is understandable from a historical standpoint. We’re going to go ahead an embed the video for no apparent reason. They walk up Indoor Ten at around 1:40. Probably the best trick ever done there.

If one day, a Flipmode clip gets edited to this song, the internet will explode. Even more than it did when they dropped a clip to “Purple Rain,” or the wide release of Kevin’s “Scatman” video part. The biggest problem with the internet is that there isn’t enough Flipmode on it.

Two hours ago, they found a few blocks of C4 in Marble Cemetery on Second and Second.

Jersey City: America’s Breakdancing in the Middle of Church Capital

Quote of the Week:We ate at this Thai place with an entree that included unlimited free beer…I don’t think I ate anything.” – Tufty

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