At 3am on September 30th, 2013, a few guys walked through a few open fences and walked their way up to the top of the NYC Freedom Tower. They shared their view from the top, and also the flight down which is pretty amazing. Even though the jump was done in September of 2013, this video was just published on March 24, 2014. These guys were arrested for what they did. They didn’t cut or break-through any closed fences, they didn’t run or encounter any security, and nobody got hurt. If there is a lesson to be learned from this, it shouldn’t be the jumpers learning the lesson, but rather how security and enforcement is handled. They got to experience a vantage point of the city that nobody else will be able to see, and decided to share it with us all. For that, we should be thankful.
Enjoy the jump…
This Saturday was my beautiful wife’s 31st birthday, and we spent the evening in NYC at the Roseland Ballroom.
From the minute we stepped foot in the venue doors, the night was about to get much more energetic. We made our way towards the front third and center of the room and got ready. We had 3 reasons for going to the Roseland that night, and they were: Imagine Dragons, Atlas Genius, and a good time. We were pleasantly surprised when Nico Vega, a band we hadn’t heard of before the night, took stage…
This barefooted lead singer came out and made her mark with the first note that came out of her mouth. She was sure to be heard and her band backed her up.
It’s not only important to rock-out and be great at what you do, but it’s just as important to get the audience involved and entertained. If we wanted to stand and watch someone sitting down playing the guitar with no energy, we’d go to an Aaron Lewis concert.
This was anything but dull from the start. Listen to Nico Vega here.
Then it was time for Part I of the Part II show we’ve been waiting for. It was time for Atlas Genius to take stage and bring the energy in the room to a new level. The four Aussie’s took stage and got right down to it.
Atlas Genius has been getting good air time lately with a few songs you may have heard like “Trojans”, “Symptoms”, or their newest single “If So.”
They would pause for a minute or two between every other song or so and talk to the crowd, take photos of everyone for their website, Instagram, facebook, Twitter, whatever. They’ve made a good name for themselves over the past few years and it goes to show beyond their musicial talents that they are down-to-earth, real nice guys. Shortly after their set, the lead singer, Keith, made his way near the merch tables to hang out with fans, take photos, and hear any feedback that came his way. That’s pretty awesome.
Check out their website to sample some of their music, view their tour dates, and support the band…they’ve earned it. After playing through an amazing setlist, they cleared off stage and made room for the crew to come out and prep the stage for the nights headliners…Imagine Dragons.
For a band like Imagine Dragons who have only been around since 2008, it’s hard to believe they have such an electric stage presence with unbelievably tight instrumentals and spot on harmonies. They went from playing at Piano Bar across the street last year to being SOLD OUT IN 15 MINUTES at the Roseland Ballroom. If that doesn’t make them feel good, I can’t imagine (no pun intended) what will.
These guys were straight up killing it in every way. They had everyone jumping and singing along to the beat, along with fans crowd surfing to the stage. Their setup was perfect with their live but “studio” sound.
I could go on and on about how great of a show it was, but for the sake of keeping this post fairly short and somewhat a quick read, I”ll let the photos do the talking.
This show was Radioactive.
Check these guys out here and catch them in concert when they’re near your area. We’re glad we did and so will you.
photo credit: Nicole Mago and Diffuser.fm
So last week, we headed into NYC to spend the day near the piers and on the Hudson. As usual, we parked under Lincoln Center and headed over to Pier 86 where the Intrepid is docked. If you’re not familiar with the Intrepid, it was a World War II aircraft carrier; and is now used to house aerospace exhibits…
Everything was the same as usual, but completely different at the same time. This was the big day where the Space Shuttle Enterprise gets transported on the barge and placed on top of the Intrepid. We got there a few hours before the actual placement was going to be made and believe me, it was only a matter of time before hundreds of people came to witness this once-in-a-lifetime event. In case you weren’t there, I took the liberty and snapped this shot for you.
There is a lot to see walking up and down the piers. If you’ve never been, you owe it to yourself to go check it out and catch a glimpse of the shuttle and the Jersey skyline. Just a few docks away is “The Beast.” He was our ride and was waiting to take off. This is a 3,000HP speedboat that can make a lap around Manhattan in a matter of minutes… let’s go!
No wake zone…
We took a trip
downtown down river and checked on the World Trade Center, so far so good.
Cruised by Ellis Island…
and made a pitstop at Lady Liberty to see how she was holding up on this beautiful day. Lots of peeps hangin near her base…she must hate that.
Did you know that her shell is only as thick as 2 pennies if you stack them together. Try it out and see how thin that actually is. Anyways, we did a few donuts and played around a bit on the boat, then headed up stream to check on the shuttle one last time before lunch. This is John, he’s many parts of our brand. He’s the CFO, part of R&D, my father, and my best friend. I owe everything that I am, and the entire start of our brand to him. I could go on for 72 more paragraphs about how awesome he is, but you can just take my word for it, he’s a one-of-a-kind-kinda-guy. Family first. In this shot you can also see how close we got to the shuttle. We got as close as you can get before it was mounted. Beinf on the boat and off-pier was awesome because we didn’t have to deal with any crowds, it was a no-brainer.
Here’s one more shot of the shuttle before we turned in and parked The Beast back in her spot…can’t get this shot from the piers. If you’re ever interested in going to the Intrepid and checking out the Space Shuttle Enterprise (you’ll be able to get close and under it, but not close enough to touch it), the “Space Shuttle Pavilion” opens to the public on July 19th.
Time to head up to Daisy May’s for some real deal BBQ action.
This place isn’t about being fancy. Once you walk in you’ll know what I mean. The area you walk into is a serving area…go in and get what you want. once you’ve ordered, you go through a small hallway and sit anywhere you can find a seat in what looks like an indoor picnic area. Aside from their BBQ, they’re also known for their sweet tea. We got ourselves some ribs (half dry rub, half bbq sauce) with a side of slaw and macaroni & cheese. Make this your lunch pitstop after you check out the Enterprise and Intrepid. It’s located on 623 11th Ave. (corner of 46th street) and has been featured on Food Network’s “The Best Thing I Ever Ate,” Oprah, New York Times, Time Out NY, Food & Wine, Vogue, and lots more. If you wanna know what it looks like on the inside…go!
That sums up part of the day…talk to you soon.
Just the other day, we found ourselves over on Delancey Street in downtown NYC. After driving down the oh-so-busy and somewhat infamous Canal Street, we ended up at our destination…The Bowery Ballroom. For those of you who do or don’t know, it’s an intimate music venue the houses a max capacity of about 550 people. No matter where you’re standing, you’re really not that far from the stage, and if you’re with us…then you’re probably right on the stage or just a few steps back.
The night got kicked off by these two dudes called “Apps.” I’m not really sure how to categorize their music, but it was like Beastie Boys meets synth beats meets Switchfoot meets The Used (I know, that’s exactly what I said too..whoa). They performed for about 45 minutes, then hung up their mics and walked off stage like they were never there.
The second group of artists to hit the stage were called “Tiny Victories.”
These guys came from Brooklyn and they killed it. Equipped with a 6-piece drum kit, a digital drum kit, a table wrapped with led lights topped with synthesizers, and a few microphones…they had all they needed. They’re music is really easy to listen to, and REALLY easy to get absorbed in. You ever listen to something and sort of find yourself pulled into the music and out of real life for a few minutes? Well, pretty much everything they played had that effect, but it was awesome. Tiny Victories was definitely in it to win it tonight.
And now, Neon Trees…
The Bowery was sold out in a matter of minutes for good reason; and there’s no way of mistaking their prescence with frontman Tyler Glenn on the mic. The mood of their music is so energized and different from anything else out there. Rock n’ Roll isn’t dead…Fame is.
Being at a Neon Trees concert literally feels like you’re stepping back into the 80’s. For those of you who were born after the 80’s, I recommend you see these guys and get a taste of what music should be like before Justin Bieber came around.
Back to where they left off…
It’s been almost 2 years since we’ve had the chance to attend and shoot a Neon Trees concert, and as usual, we can’t wait until next time.
Fame. Is. Dead.
Lately the weather has been amazing around these parts of the East Coast. With temperatures reaching in the mid-70’s, it’s been awesome and definitely uncommon to say the least! The days start off as usual with checking emails, getting work done, browsing the internet, watching youtube videos, eating, dirtbikes, skateboarding, basketball, and music. What’s not to love about that!? Yesterday, at around 4pm, we headed over to Jay Della Valle’s pad over in Montclair where we hung out for a bit. Jay and Nikki practiced a few songs that they were going to be performing later in the night at the Rockwood Music Hall on Allen Street (NYC).
On our way to Rockwood, we couldn’t help but pass Retna’s new piece on Houston (where the former Obey/Shepard Fairey wheatpasting display had been for a while). Using his bold rolled lines and almost perfect circles, his work is something that can’t go by unnoticed. If you know our love for street art, then you know our love for Retna…
Here we are at our crossroads where we divide the evening for the rest of the night.
We got to Rockwood, hung out, set up, then it was showtime…
You may have heard of both, one of, or neither Jay Della Valle or Nikki Stixx. They’ve both been involved in multiple bands, traveling the country and parts of the world to perform for fans of all types. Now they’re bringing it home and dialing it down to an acoustic duo that will get your head bobbing and your foot tapping. There’s no doubt about it.
Rattlesnake skin boots… yea, he got those.
After the show, we stuck around the city for a few to enjoy one of the first nights of the year warm enough to walk around. There’s no city quite like Manhattan.
We love this part of the city in particular because it’s a showcase of a young, hip, artistic culture. It thrives off independent artists, musicians, and everyone who is trying to/already has made it. There are nice cars lining the streets, stickers planted on every lightpost (or wherever there is a clean enough surface), someone walking with an instrument, or a kid who’s wearing dark denim with a snapback cap and a backpack stuffed with aerosol cans. There’s really nothing not to love. (If there was a place in NYC we’d plant ourselves…it’d be near Houston and Stanton.)
Now, back to the reason we went into the city on this rainy night…music. It was a great night spent with lots of great people listening to lots of great music. Just add a camera crew, videographer, and fans that flew in from different parts of the country and it’d make a great scene for an upcoming movie. Oh wait, that’s exactly what happened. Some of you may have heard of our good friend Jay Della Valle, and some of you maybe haven’t. He’s the leader of a worldwide trend called Movember and The Glorious Mustache Challenge (I hope that rings a bell now!) Maybe you even saw his interview on Good Morning America, The Today Show, Geraldo at Large, Fox & Friends, CNN, or even read about it in The Herald News, New York Sun, Time Out New York, or The Bergen Record. Yup, he’s that guy! Aside from being an avid supporter of mustaches, he’s also an entertainer and musician.
To kick off the evening, Jay started solo, playing a few rockin’ tunes and inciting an audience sing-along.
Then on-stage came Nikki Stixx with her kick-ass vocals and instruments which really got the crowd moving. For the fans that know her, they were anxious to hear her. For the fans that didn’t know her, they were floored by her.
After a few songs, the stage switched over to the cast of the upcoming movie, Mount Joy…
The photo below is particularly important because you may notice there are 2 bassists on stage. The funny part is, the kid in the plaid has no clue how to actually play bass and isn’t even hooked into the system… (In the above picture you’ll also notice a guy to the left, that’s Taylor…he’s a commercial musician (guarantee you’ve heard a commerical that he’s written and recorded the tunes for) and a well sought after producer. Oh yeah, he’s also a multi-instrumental guy, lending his talent on bass for this event.)
Cameras were on Jay and Tim (plaid guy) as they played a few songs from the Mount Joy soundtrack. Considering the Rockwood Music Hall is about the size of a standard living room; you can safely say it’s an intimate atmosphere and last night it was packed to the max and bumpin’. After the set was over, we packed up the instruments and headed down the block to Epstein’s Bar just on the corner.
Nikki Stixx and Jay in the house…
And here you see Jay in the spotlight with Katie (redhead), who plays Alex in the movie “Mount Joy” (watch trailer).
We shared some good conversations and cold beverages to close the night out on a good note (pun intended).
So those of you who are into musis and know the scene fairly well, you know the label Fueled By Ramen owned by John Janick and Vinnie Fiorello (of Less than Jake). It has now been 15 years since the day it was created and what better way to celebrate, other than to throw a kick-ass concert in NYC’s very own Terminal 5. We wanted to attend this Wednesdays show since the line-up consisted of: This Providence, The Swellers, The Stereo, fun., and of course, Paramore. Being as this was going to be Paramore’s last show of the year, we made sure we were not only in attendance, but had the ability to get around to get shots from all different vantage points.
If you missed the action, check out the videos of this Wednesdays concert here.
Happy Friday everyone, have a great weekend.
So we recently had the pleasure of seeing Val Emmich (plug) up close and personal in the downtown area of NYC near Houston (how-stun)…I just can’t tell you where. He played a great set that was very entrancing in a most simple kind of way. Standing 6 feet away from him helped add to the energy along with the color changing lights on each side of the stage which made setting up for any photo more difficult than it ever should be. Below are a few random shots I selected out of the dozens taken. Oh yeah, if you’re thinking he looks like the guy from 30 Rock, Ugly Betty, or even that Macy’s commercial with Jennifer Lopez and P-Diddy…that’s because, it is him. More than just a musician, Val is also an actor, writer…and self proclaimed popcorn enthusiast. Anyway, onto the show…
But don’t take it from me…check him out for yourself.
This would make a great new
house office for the True Feel crew…Everything in life has its price.
Forty-five minutes outside of NYC, but not too far from the countryside…
…it’s the balance that keeps us alive. Not to mention this historic house below which was once the resting place for former President George Washington. It has undergone restoration for preservation. To be near such a place is a cool feeling in itself..and to think, everything we have today will be history studied by others later…
Speaking of historic landmarks…off to Philadelphia in the morning…