Ivan Narez is an American rollerblader and filmmaker. We talk about the making of Valo 4Life, what skates spots are off limits, acquiring music rights, and other topics. Following the Q&A portion is another installment of the Blade Video DJ (#BVDJ) series with Valo 4Life, featuring music from Free the Robots, Jeff Stockwell, Sage Francis, and others. Check out Ivan's latest film, "Hermanos," available soon. The Rock Town Podcast is made possible because of support through Patreon.

Direct download: RTP_Ivan4Life.mp3
Category:Blader Digest -- posted at: 9:47am PDT
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Korey Waikiki is an American rollerblader who recently received his first pro skate from Razors. We talk about Korey’s blading childhood in NorCal, his travels, brotherly influence, oversensitive people, having “stones,” and why Korey isn’t very competitive. Buy his new pro skate at AggressiveMall.com. Follow him as @KoreyWaikiki. This podcast is made possible by support through Patreon.

Direct download: RTP_KoreyWaikiki.mp3
Category:Blader Digest -- posted at: 9:19am PDT
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Joey Scannella is a rollerblader from Staten Island, New York. After taking a break from blading, he started back up in 2009. 

As I took a similar break in college, we talked about what we missed, New York blading history, the Mushroom Blading influence, the radicalization of rollerblading, the realization we're Millennials, and many names we couldn’t remember.

Don’t forget to check out Joey’s latest edit (https://vimeo.com/148066165) and support the podcast on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/citizenkrans).

Direct download: RTP_JoeyScanella.mp3
Category:Blader Digest -- posted at: 11:38am PDT
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#35: Chris Haffey

Chris Haffey is one of the best rollerbladers ever.

Before his Nitro Circus stop in San Jose, Chris gives us the full story behind his newly-revitalized “Bone Crusher” nickname, the good ol’ days of watching VHS skate videos until the tape broke, and talking about the thing he hates most about rollerblading.

He also answers questions the /r/rollerblading community on Reddit.

You can support this podcast by pledging to Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/citizenkrans) or shopping at RockTownPress.com.

Direct download: RTP_Haffey.mp3
Category:Blader Digest -- posted at: 10:34am PDT
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#33: The 2015 Blading Cup

The 2015 Blading Cup took place Nov. 7 in downtown Santa Ana. Host Brian Krans takes you through his weekend, including skating in the Veterans Cup, helping build a street course, and getting a black eye.

Featuring interviews and commentary from Jeff Stockwell, Sean Darst, Ben Weis, Alex Wick, Ariel Surun, Ivan Narez, Jason Reyna, Sayer Danforth, Chris Farmer, Victor Arias, Steven Johns, and more.

You can support this podcast by pledging to Patreon (patreon.com/citizenkrans) or shopping at RockTownPress.com (rocktownpress.com).

Direct download: RTP_BladingCup2015.mp3
Category:Blader Digest -- posted at: 9:47am PDT
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#32: Aaron Schultz, Zach Savage, Ben Forsythe

Aaron Schultz, Ben Forsythe, and Zach “Savage” Waszkiewicz visited the Rock Town Garage after their trip to AIL at Woodward West and before we all head to the Blading Cup. We get an AIL report and talk about skating San Francisco, the death of Detroit blader Brett Urbas, and more.

Direct download: RTP_WhiteRabbit.mp3
Category:Blader Digest -- posted at: 11:47pm PDT
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Regardless is the last completed video from Brandon Negrete. Released in 2011, it features sections from skaters like Chris Haffey, John Bolino, Jeff Stockwell, Erik Bailey, Chris Dafick, Kruise Sapstein, and others. In this episode, host Brian Krans leads you through its soundtrack with music from artists such as Black Sabbath, Sleep, Dick Dale, Annihilation Nation, The Jacuzzi Boys, The Godz, The Dirty Beaches, and more. #ForeverNegrete

Please support this podcast by visiting RockTownPress.com.

Direct download: RTP_Regardless.mp3
Category:Blader Digest -- posted at: 9:47am PDT
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Tony Watt is an American journalist, fiction writer, and book character. He and host Brian Krans covered crime and courts for a Midwest newspaper for three years, so when they plug in their mics they talk about making it as a journalist in the 21st century, what’s important when visiting Northern California, and whether it’s worth it.  To support the podcast, please shop at rocktownpress.com.

Direct download: RTP_TonyWatt.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:58pm PDT
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#30: Jay Cottrell

Jay Cottrell, or Young OG as he’d prefer to be known, is an oddball in the blade game and we love him because of it. Off-mic and on blades, Jay is always about ad-libbing and just spitting out hilarious bits about fat women and his dreams to own his own hog farm. On the podcast, he’s more reserved, talking about how Harriet the Spy became sexy, his ancestor that snogged Martha Washington, and getting stabbed in the face by Rutgers students. We also determined that there’s a good possibility Jay was the one I threw down a flight of stairs at a book release party.

Direct download: RTP_JaysCottrell.mp3
Category:Blader Digest -- posted at: 8:30am PDT
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#29: Blade Video DJ: the ONE Video

A soundtrack can make or break a blade video. This new series appreciations for the songs that made good skate videos all that much better, starting with No. ONE.

Directed by Conner O'Brien and released in 2009, the ONE Video contains music by artists such as LCD Soundsystem, Eagles of Death Metal, P.O.S., Saul Williams and more.

If you'd like to nominate a skate video's soundtrack, tweet your recommendations to @citizenkrans.

This episode is dedicated to the memory of Dean Johnson. 

Direct download: RTP_Music_ONEVideo.mp3
Category:Blader Digest -- posted at: 9:14am PDT
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#28: Jose Fuentes

Jose Fuentes is credited as the 3D animator for the 2010 anti-masterpiece ‘Birdemic: Shock and Terror,’ designed Blading the Game, created BladeorDie.com, and is dedicated crew member at the Blading Cup.

Check out his work at Jose-F.com

This podcast was recorded in the Rock Town Garage on Oct. 4, 2015.

Music by The Afterdarks.

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Direct download: RTP_JoseFuentes.mp3
Category:Blader Digest -- posted at: 3:06pm PDT
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#27: The Oakland Blade Jam

The Oakland Blade Jam was a community event and skating competition held Sept. 19 at Town Park in West Oakland. This episode features interviews and commentary with Matt Mickey, Michael “Obe” Obedoza, Megan Petersen, Ivan Narez, Erick Garcia, Gene Steagall, and Kennan Scott, the MC with a Masters Degree.

To support the podcast, check out RockTownPress.com

Intro music is “Devils Poker” and the outro music is “I Ain’t Dead Yet,” both by The Afterdarks.

Direct download: RTP_OBJ15.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:07pm PDT
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Building stuff is fun. Host Brian Krans talks to himself about scrounging for materials for his home rail box on Craigslist free ads, how the details make the difference, and making new mistakes.

To support the podcast, order goods from RockTownPress.com.

Intro music is “Devils Poker” and the outro music is “I Ain’t Dead Yet,” both by The Afterdarks.

Direct download: RTP_BuildinBladeStuff.mp3
Category:Blader Digest -- posted at: 1:33am PDT
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#25: Monday Night Shred

Hello, sports fans!

For this episode, we take you out to Monday Night Shred in Union City—orchestrated by Wolves Den and Death Squad—for their tournament of champions. We’ll bring you play-by-play and in-depth commentary and more as three veteran rollerblading competition spectators decompress back at the Rock Town Garage.

Strap into your seats here, people, because if you’re not buckled up, the battle for the belt will blow your blades off.

In order of appearance: Joey Augustin, MC Challe Walle, Jeff Asi, Stephen “White Wolf” Babcock, Bryce Bonn, and Matt Bolger.  

Check out Wolves Den at wdnation.com.

To support the podcast, order goods from RockTownPress.com

Intro music is “Devils Poker” and the outro music is “I Ain’t Dead Yet,” both by The Afterdarks.

Direct download: RTP_MNS.mp3
Category:Blader Digest -- posted at: 8:55am PDT
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#24: Bruce Bales and the Roller Hockey Dream Team

Bruce Bales is a rollerblader, photographer, videographer, and host of the Iowa River Rumble.

We talk about the zen art of blade maintenance, rollerblading as an art form, working for free, and drafting the USA vs. Canada Aggressive Roller Hockey Dream Teams.

You can check out some of Bruce’s work at vimeo.com/deft. Follow him as @D_E_F_T
Cover art by Joshua Cullen Photography.

To support the podcast, order goods from RockTownPress.com

Intro music is “Devils Poker” and the outro music is “I Ain’t Dead Yet,” both by The Afterdarks.

Direct download: RTP_BruceBales.mp3
Category:Blader Digest -- posted at: 1:46pm PDT
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#23: Bfree, Omezzy, and the Oakland Blade Jam

Brian Freeman and Omar Onitveros run the Oakland Blade Jam, which returns to Town Park on Sept. 19. We talked about the upcoming contest, the rich history of competitions in the Bay Area, recruiting new bladers with skate demos, and more.

Please hashtag responsibility: #OaklandBladeJam2015

To support the podcast, order goods from RockTownPress.com.

Intro is “Devils Poker” and outro is “I Ain’t Dead Yet,” both by The Afterdarks. Music on the break was a segment of “Bay to L.A.” by the Grouch.

Direct download: RTP_OaklandBladeJam.mp3
Category:Blader Digest -- posted at: 11:28am PDT
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#22: Mike “Coach” Opalek

Mike Opalek was on the original Senate team, and has performed stunts in such 90s classics as Airborne, Brink, Double Dragon, and Batman and Robin.

From his front porch in Salt Lake City, Mike talks about rollerblading in the movie industry, being a blade coach, and, of course, making whiskey and beer. We end by hashing out possible plot points in the script for Airborne II and whether or not it could ever get made.

The alternate title to this podcast would have been “Ice Thug Life with Mike Opalek,” but we’re better than that.

Follow Mike on Instagram. He’s @opalek.

To support the podcast, check out RockTownPress.com

Intro music is “Devils Poker” and the outro music is “I Ain’t Dead Yet,” both by The Afterdarks.

Direct download: RTP_Opalek.mp3
Category:Blader Digest -- posted at: 10:46am PDT
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#21: John Vossoughi, Tyler Noland, and Neil Chen

Tyler Noland, John Vossoughi, and Neil Chen are three master shredders exploring Montana by escaping wildfire in Glacier National Park, putting in long days skating in the hot sun, and soaking in hot tubs full of dudes.

This episode was recorded this on July 23, 2015, over a few pots of coffee and many cigarettes on the deck of a cabin just outside the Lolo National Forest.

To support the podcast, check out RockTownPress.com

Intro music is “Devils Poker” and the outro music is “I Ain’t Dead Yet,” both by The Afterdarks.

Direct download: RTP_21Montana.mp3
Category:Blader Digest -- posted at: 8:08am PDT
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On Independence Day, host Brian Krans boarded up the Rock Town Garage to he kept his terrified dog, Friday, company as fireworks and gunfire lit up East Oakland. He talks past and present America, blade haters, being a blade ambassadors, and whether any of these podcasts have a point.

To support this podcast, buy something from RockTownPress.com. Use the promo code PODCAST to save 10 percent off your entire order.

Direct download: RTP_FourthofJuly.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:22pm PDT
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Brandon Ford is a staple of the Boston blading scene. He stopped by the Rock Town garage while driving across the U.S. for his moving company. We talked about blading in the Olympics, the Jenner effect, neighborhood crime, the power of good weed,  conspiracy theories regarding Middle Earth, the mindset of mass shooters, and dogs.

I had a good time hanging out with Brandon, so I hope you enjoyed the podcast. Don’t forget to subscribe on iTunes or Stitcher so you don’t miss out on future episodes of the Rock Town Podcast.

 

 

Direct download: RTP_BrandonFord.mp3
Category:Blader Digest -- posted at: 11:56pm PDT
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Skookum is an all-blader rock band from Oakland, comprised of Sean Salazar, Patrick Calilung, Brendan Tidd, and Brian Shima. Sean and Pat stopped by the Rock Town garage to talk about the meaning behind their name, picking a rock star death, and blading before playing. This podcast features music from their live set on May 27, 2015, at the Stork Club in Oakland, Calif.

Check out Skookum on Bandcamp and follow them on Instagram.

Support the Rock Town Podcast by subscribing on iTunes, Stitcher, or buying something from rocktownpress.com.

Direct download: RTP_Skookum.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:04pm PDT
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#17: Chris Dafick

Chris Dafick is one of modern rollerblading’s most prolific nomads and currently en route to Spain. He stopped by the Rock Town garage to talk about blading, the Shredweiser life, the need to always keep moving, and looking up from your phone every once in a while.

Visit shredweiser.com and follow them on Instagram as @shredweiser.

Support this podcast by shopping at rocktownpress.bigcartel.com

 

Direct download: RTP_Dafick.mp3
Category:Blader Digest -- posted at: 6:34pm PDT
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#16: Assault Rifles & Pedophiles: An American Love Story

AR&P is Brian Krans' third novel. In this podcast, he talks about how his experiences working in retail and newspapers blend together to create what's been called a "masterfully developed plot with more unexpected twists than a Quentin Tarantino movie."

The book follows a cops and courts reporter who gets exclusive access to the trendy celebrity suicides as the world hangs on the brink of mass extinction.

You can read the first chapter of the book on Goodreads, order a physical copy from Rock Town (or a poster or a hat), or get a digital version from Amazon

Direct download: ARPodcast_Done.mp3
Category:Books -- posted at: 10:08am PDT
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#15: Michael "Gumby" Braud

Michael "Gumby" Braud is a do-or-die blader from the South living in California. He talks about his new video, "On the Rise," almost dying, peeing blood, the right-wing side of UC Berkeley, childhood dreams of being a stuntman, the unionizing of rollerbladers, and $100 skates.

Michael would appreciate if you supported his Kickstarter to pre-order "On the Rise."

You can support the Rock Town Podcast by buying merch from our website.

 

 

 

 

 

Direct download: RTP_MichaelBraud.mp3
Category:Blader Digest -- posted at: 8:26am PDT
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On Saturday, Aggressive Mall hosted the first San Jose Street Comp. Here's your audio coverage of the event, including guest commentary from Korey "Sneaky" Waikiki, Jose Fuentes, B.J. Bernhardt, Joey Augustin, the Wolves Den Crew, and others. 

Support for this podcast by buying goods from Rock Town Press.

Direct download: RTP_SanJoseStreetComp.mp3
Category:Blader Digest -- posted at: 11:39am PDT
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RTP: Fear and Loathing at the Pow-wow Pro/Am

The 9th installment of the Panhandle Pow-wow took place March 12-15 in Jacksonville, Fla. For four days, rollerbladers from across the globe descended for a weekend of camping, blading, and boozing at Kona, the nation's oldest skate park. 

This podcast features the talents of Jason Reyna, Kevin Dowling, Kevin Lapierre, Blake Taylor, Guy Crawford, Brent, Scherer, Mark Weaver, Kennan Scott, Shane McClay, Montre Livingston, Adam Roberts, Adam Bazydlo, and many, many others. 

See you back in the Florida panhandle in 2016. Bring a tent, a beer coozie, and a good attitude. 

You can support the Rock Town Podcast by shopping at www.rocktownpress.bigcartel.com.

Direct download: PowWowPodcast_FINAL.mp3
Category:Blader Digest -- posted at: 2:20pm PDT
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Victor Arias guest hosts this episode as he and friends invade Woodward West for a three-day weekend full of blading.

Guests including E. Rod, Dave Lang, B. Free, Peter D., Cameron Talbott, Matty Scrock, Raymar, and Paco host their own industry meeting and talk (often all at once) about the role of Rollernews, getting broke off, reaching out, selling out, and doing it for the love. 

In keeping with tradition, there are lots of shoutouts.

Support these skaters through Filth JuiceBlader Gang, Aggressive MallValo Brand, Vibralux Denim, SSM, Ground Control, Circolo Wheels, Street Artist, and Gawds.

To support this podcast, purchase books, a poster, a hat, or some toilet paper from Rock Town Press

Direct download: RTP_WastedWoodWardWeekend_2.mp3
Category:Blader Digest -- posted at: 9:34pm PDT
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FTOH is Brian Krans' second novel and in this solo podcast he explains where the original idea came from, childhood medications, why you shouldn't joke about being a pedophile, and getting kicked off a Christian youth trip. 

You can check out cover artist Alexander Iaccarino's other work at thatkidwhodraws.com.

Books, hats, and posters can be purchased at Rock Town Press.

Direct download: RTP_FreezeTag.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:48am PDT
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Being a child actor is no easy game, especially when your childhood hero was Bill Cosby.

Kennan Scott returns to the Rock Town Podcast to exercise his demons while his cousin Jake forces him through conflicted memories of Jello Pudding Pop commercials, anti-drug ads, and moving Theo out of the Cosby house. 

Direct download: RTP_Cosby_NEW.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:55pm PDT
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