Surfing the Nations headquarters is swarming with a huge population of Swedes.
Lucky for us, Swedes seem to be pretty on top of it in the style, fashion, design, music, and other creative realms. We are constantly presented with the opportunity to glean from their ways: some things we've adopted (fika, Swedish chocolate balls, and of course, a love for IKEA) and some things we've just left to the Vikings (watching Donald Duck to celebrate Christmas..?) All that to say, you don't have to look much farther than Scandinavia land for something fresh and rad. This weekend's ...
When I found the 'Black Cab Sessions', three thoughts went through my mind:
1. I would love to be a passerby at a stop light witnessing what this looks like from the outside.
2. Is this what people did on road trips before radio? They must have.
3. This is amazing.
The Black Cab Sessions is basically some rad musical artists piling in the back of a black cab in the UK (and there's also USA sessions) and taking a drive whilst playing and recording a song. Brilliant. There are literally hundreds of sessions to choose from.
Don't you feel like you're right there with ...
If you're anything like me, documentaries can be a bit dangerous.
I just watched a great documentary called This Way of Life about a family in rural New Zealand overcoming obstacles and living a simple, yet satisfying life.
The whole hour and twenty minutes of the film caused me to suddenly want a farm with six kids, fifty horses and a few dogs here and there. I felt that I had to go swim in the river on horseback and walk through wide open fields every day.
Then I saw the trailer for the documentary Blood Brother which tells the story of a young man who ...
For today's Weekend Jam, we bring you the unique and awe-inspiring range of Pat Grossi's Active Child. There is no exaggeration when I say my mouth literally dropped when I heard this guy weaving perfection with his vocal chords. The song ''When Your Love is Safe'' is one of his great tracks that brings a ballad with a beat. And do we even need to mention this dude's playing a harp? Must see, must listen, must buy here. (more…)
...And they're off!
Last night we sent out five of our staff to California, thus beginning our 2012 California/Mexico Recruitment Tour. I had a chance to peek at their schedule and it looks pretty packed with visits to Azusa Pacific University, Point Loma, Hurley International and the Dane Williams Memorial Surf Festival - and that's just in California. (more…)
I think we've found our Autumn soundtrack.
L.A. based band 'Lord Huron' released their debut full-length album Lonesome Dreams this week and in no time we were sold on every track.
Here's what NPR's Stephen Thompson had to say: "Lonesome Dreams comes along at just the right time of year, meeting as it does between the beachy lightness of summer and the bittersweet plaintiveness of autumn. It straddles the seasons with disarming deftness — sunny enough to distract, sweet enough to comfort." (more…)
When the weather starts to get a little cooler, even if it isn't exactly 'cold' on Oahu, it always seems to remind me of being a kid during the school year. Specifically, rushing to get as much work done as possible, so I could squeeze out as much sunlight as I could before the shorter days of Autumn started to close in.
This Friday's Weekend Jam is a song called 'Castaway' from the Australian band 'Strange Talk' The song is fun and upbeat and the video brings on major childhood nostalgia. Doesn't it remind you of being a curious kid exploring your neighborhood with ...
It's been raining a lot these past few days, so to match the mellow mood for this week's Weekend Jam we bring you a beautiful song from The Cinematic Orchestra. This is an older one but so beautiful. The instruments give it a gorgeous and haunting sound to accompany amazing vocals. This song is called 'To Build a Home''. Most STN staff and volunteers are pretty far from their childhood homes but have come to find an Ohana and home here in Hawaii. What corner of the world have you ended up finding a home in?
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I always wish I could be one of the lucky unsuspecting people that happens upon these fun interactive installations. They seem to be popping up everywhere! Have you ever been the one to that gets to try something like this out? (more…)