On July 22, 2014, Vain & Valor released their new 12″ EP ‘Restless’ via Los Angeles – based post punk/hardcore record label Anchor Eighty Four. For those of you wondering, Vain & Valor was formed in 2012 and is quickly on the rise on becoming one of Los Angeles’ most promising hardcore bands. Their punk rock influences range from bands as Pianos Become The Teeth, Being As An Ocean, La Dispute, Converge, and Touche Amoré. ‘Restless’ has 6 tracks that will satisfy fans of punk rock and hardcore music. Besides the instrumental side to the EP, the lyrical side that ties down the music is very raw. Im a big fan of reading lyrics in order to fully comprehend and appreciate the intensity of certain songs. For instance, my favorite track on ‘Restless’ is ‘Like Father Like Son.’ This song has a heavy kick to it when it comes to lyrics. Overall, the words used in their music allows one to reflect apon their lives, or so I felt that way. I believe the members of the band wanted us to feel that way as they were writing their music. Not only does Vain & Valor give it all when they are recording their music, they also know how to put on an entertaining live performance. If you enjoy a very “in your face” type of show, then this is the perfect band for you to see. They are currently touring the U.S and will be performing in Los Angeles on August 9th.

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- Darone Sassounian

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Two teams met on the field Saturday July 12th at Pan Pacific Park in Los Angeles,Ca. G-Pen (Grenco Science) in black and Hall of Fame in white got together for their All-Star game to celebrate their upcoming G-Pen x Hall of Fame collaboration. Things kicked off with a Home Run Derby where all participants got a chance to knock the ball out the park.

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Custom Baseball jerseys and snapbacks made up the teams uniforms. Many came out to supports the event and walked away with a cool gift courtesy of G-Pen x HOF. Even the local paletero took part in the game by being the events personal ball park vendor.

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It was a close game at the end, but Grenco Science was the winner. Final score Grenco Science 10 – Hall of Fame 9

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Make sure to follow up on the G-Pen x HOF collaboration and check out our recent Hall of Fame arrivals.

- @theolainez

Agenda NYC is just around the corner.  Occurring twice a year during New York’s Men Market week, Agenda NY takes place in the heart of Manhattan, and host over 250 brands. Akomplice, being one of the brands they host, teamed up with BSCMP and Agenda to bring us an exclusive Agenda New York collab. Earlier this week, Akomplice released a sneak peek on their instagram account titled “You ain’t got enough stamps in your passsport.” They give us a close up of what could be a bucket hat or 5 panel. Only time will tell. Follow our instagram account as Backside hits the road for Agenda.

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This year marked the 11 year anniversary of the official #GoSkateboardingDay around the world. Skateboarders ditch their obligations to go skateboard on Saturday June 21st. Burbank Skatepark celebrated the day by hosting a full evening of live music and best tricks contest. Backside as one of their proud sponsor attended the event. Front side board-slides down rails to your kick flips off the bay, kids were killing it. Overall a fun evening for the crew. Even though every day should be go skateboarding, it was awesome seeing everyone come out and be part of the event.

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Download Mix Here.

Here is the latest mix from Dj Wrex title “Irie” featuring island vibes with tracks from Common Kings, J Boog, Rebelution, Katchafire, Sublime and much more. Enjoy!

Tracklist:
Soja – Jah Atmosphere
Anuhea – Simple Love Song
Kolohe Kai – This is the Life
Iration – Falling
The Green – Wake Up
Kolohe Kai – Ehu Girl
Stephen Marley Ft. Melanie Fiona – No Cigarette Smoking (In My Room)
The Mana’o Company – Roots Rockin
Ekolu – Down In The Valley
Kolohe Kai – Cool Down
Katchafire – Irie
Damon Williams Feat. Ekolu – Downpressor Man
The Mana’o Company – Honey
UB40 – Bring Me Your Cup
Alborosie – Kingston Town
Anuhea – Come Over Love
Common Kings – Alcoholic
Stephen Marley Ft. Damian Marley – Jah Army
The Mana’o Company Ft. Three Plus & Fiji – Steppin Out
Collie Buddz – Blind To You
The Mana’o Company – Drop Baby Drop/Who Loves You Pretty Baby
Katchafire – Sweet As
Rebelution – Safe and Sound
Rebel Souljahz – Play Me Like a Fool
Steel Pulse – Worth His Weight In Gold (Rally Round)
Steel Pulse – Roller Skates
Sublime With Rome – Can You Feel It (Ft. Wiz Khalifa)
Fiji – Smokin’ Session
Junior Kelly – Boom draw
Beres Hammond -Rock Away
Dirty Heads – Lay Me Down
Peter Andre – Mysterious Girl
Kymani Marley – New Heights
SDIB - Midnight Hour
J Boog – Let’s Do It Again
Common Kings – No Other Love (Feat. J-Boog & Fiji)
Magic – Rude

Yes, you read that correctly. Sacramento – based experimental/industrial hip – hop group Death Grips released the first half of their fourth studio album ‘The Powers That B’ on Sunday June 8, 2014. The first half of ‘The Powers That B’ which is called ‘Niggas on the Moon’ is quite brilliant. First of all, its Death Grips! I love all of their work and their attitude towards the music industry. Every record that Death Grips have released has had its own sound and personality. All of their previous records have had an emphasis on their 808 drums, synthesizers, and dark/raw/aggressive vocals. The first half of their new full length album is less agressive when it comes to vocals and there is a lot of sampling going on. The main sampling in the production of the first half of this album are chopped up vocals from Icelandic singer-songwriter Björk. Theres also a new approach to this record in terms of vocals and production. Theres a lot of fast paced glitchiness and the vocals unleash some sort of paranoia within oneself. Dont let that stop you from listening to their music. This is one of the main reasons as to why I love this group so much. They release what they want, they produce music that makes them feel good, and they produce music that channels their emotions to their audience. Pure music at its finest and they are way ahead of their time. The second half ‘The Powers That B’ which is called ‘Jenny Death’ will be released some time later on this year. Previous records such as, ‘Exmilitary’, ‘The Money Store’, ‘No Love Deep Web’, and ‘Government Plates’ have instilled Death Grips on the minds of all fans of experimental music. I believe ’The Powers That B’ will deliver something different, but nothing short of brilliance.

(Death Grips will be on tour with Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden this summer, they’re also headlining at FYF Fest)

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Programmer and keyboardist – Andy ‘Flatlander’ Morin

Programmer and Drummer – Zach Hill

Vocalist – Stefan ‘MC Ride’ Burnett

- Darone Sassounian

On June 10, 2014 Jack White released his second solo album ‘Lazaretto’ via his own record label Third Man Records. This album offers so much excitement to all fans of Jack White. The most exciting news revolving around this album is the production of the single ‘Lazaretto.’ The track Lazaretto was performed, recorded, pressed on vinyl, and sold all in one day, which is believed to be a world record for producing music in such a limited amount of time. Not much of the album has been heard, but If I were to judge the entire album solely off of one song, I believe that it wont disappoint.

- Darone Sassounian

Gilles Bousquet, also known as Mr. Flash, was the first producer/DJ signed to Ed Banger Records in 2003. He has produced tracks for Mos Def and an entire album for French multi-instrumentalist Sebastien Tellier. On Monday, June 2 2014, Mr. Flash released his first full – length LP ‘Sonic Crusader’. There are so many things I love about this record. I feel as though I connect very well with ‘Sonic Crusader’. My favorite tracks on this record are “Venus in Furs”, “Dazzle in the Dusk”, Domino Part B”, “Midnight Blue”, and “Sonic Crusader.” The music video for “Midnight Blue” reminds me of the music video for “D.A.N.C.E” by Justice. Also, Cities Aviv, Oh No, and Action Bronson all feature on the hip -hop influenced track “Number 1.” This record has so much to offer, and being a fan of Mr. Flash and Ed Banger Records, I could hear the sounds of the label oozing out of this fine piece of work.

(Album Teaser)

(Mr. Flash – Midnight Blue)

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- Darone Sassounian

 

Our good friends over at Akomplice debut their latest Summer collection ‘For The Love’.  To follow their Constanza all over Winter sweatshirt, Akomplice releases an all over print of famous psychic, Miss Cleo. A definite favorite for the summer. Also included in the capsule collection are tank tops, bucket hats, tie dye tees, socks, shirt sleeves button up, and a umbrella that you won’t mind bringing out this summer and the upcoming seasons.

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On May 26 2014, Henry Smithson aka Riton of Ed Banger Records released his EP ‘Bad Guy RiRi’. This EP has a different sound and direction that can be compared to the early years of Ed Banger Records. ‘Bad Guy RiRi’ reminds me of the grungy, electronic, and heavy music that was released during the Justice ‘Cross’ era. Talented vocalist Irfane features on ‘The Same’ which happens to be my favorite track on this EP. In recent years, many fans of the Parisian label have questioned the direction that it is headed in. I assure you that ‘Bad Guy RiRi’ is a friendly reminder to those who thought that Ed Banger Records was hiding behind its own shadow.

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(Artwork by So Me)

- Darone Sassounian