Rock Town co-host Phillip Moore recently traveled to Australia to visit his partner's home and meet many of her friends. He took along his skates and a recorder to talk with some Aussie locals and a recent transplant. After coming back to Oakland, he shares his adventures. 

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Nate Herse is an engineer and a rollerblader who made some frames called Akerue that look like aluminum skeletons. He tells us about his thought process behind their design and construction and what it will take to make them available to the rest of us. We skated them and had a lot of fun. 

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Two years ago, Brian "BFree" Freeman started skating every day, first recording clips using a shoe tripod and soon developing a thesis: Let’s Get It Forever.

Rock Town Podcast Co-Host Levi Sebastian talks with BFree before one of his three sessions on Day 731, his two-year anniversary. They talk about inspiration, the Bfree Blading Academy, demos at Oakland’s First Fridays and more. (Krans interjects some history on Town Park, where the interview took place.)

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Taylor Kobryn is a college student and blade filmmaker living in San Francisco. He’s current filming for Hit It Whet, a video with an impressive amount of talent, largely filmed in the lovely San Francisco Bay Area.

We talk about his video, skating-friendly architecture in San Francisco, heroes like Danny Beer and Isiah England, billing for mandatory minimums, the need for Australian competitions, and how Taylor is looking for blading musicians to contribute to Hit It Whet.

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Grant Hazelton is a skater out of Rochester, New York, who was in the Bay Area for the Gold Comp. Despite feeling under the weather that day, he was still able to skate some iconic spots in the area and spend some time talking (and skating) with Rock Town co-host Levi Sebastian. 

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The Gold Comp was held April 27th, 2019 in San Jose, Calif. With $2,500 on the line, it brought out some talent from far away. Levi was there recording most of it, so he and Brian go through some of the major events of the day.

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The Gold Comp is a new NorCal park contest by Josh Goldberg. It’s being held April 27th at the Stonegate Skatepark in San Jose with $2,500 in cash on the line, so, if you’re coming, make sure to get there before 11 a.m. to cheer for the kids' comp.

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Phil and Brian talk about the death of Rollernews, blade books, blade memes, Filthy Fiesta 2, fresh Skookum Tunes, our recent skate sessions, and podcasting at Winterclash.

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Matt Mickey, Cody Norman, Chad Tannehill and Anthony Luna are the local core of the Intuition Skate Shop in Bakersfield, California.

Since Luna and Tannehill are on a streak of winning the Lux Street Open, Krans and Levi took a road trip to check in with our local skate shop to the South.  We talk about the DIY park known as Kernside, shop cats, cookies, tea and more. 

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Cameron Talbott recently got his first rollerblading product with his name on it: a 60-millimeter wheel from Sic Urethane. Since Philip Moore also has a pro wheel from Sic, we needed to sit down and talk. We talk about what projects they're working on, DIY skate parks, and wheelbarrows. 

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J.P. — better known as butterTV — quit his construction job to become a professional filmer and his recent contest edits have shown it. Phil and Brian talk with him and BFree, who has now skated for more than 500 days straight.

We talk about experiencing collective tragedy and how skating gets us through it all, as well as all the J.P. Butter edits we’re waiting on, and the gear he’s currently using.  

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Theresa Choi is a 17-year veteran rollerblader who actually did her first grind BEFORE she could even skate. We talk about the daunting task of finding skates that fit small feet and her first time competing at the Blading Cup.  

But we mostly got together to discuss a Blading Cup-exclusive pin inspired by a 1991 Playboy cover. Stay tuned to the end of the episode to hear the reaction from the person behind the pin itself.

We want this podcast to be part of a larger conversation and, thanks to rollerblading and the people in it, we’re able to continue towards a more inclusive future.

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Philip Moore won the Blading Cup last weekend in Santa Ana, Calif., earning him the title of professional rollerblader. Back home in Oakland, Phil talks about his win, diversity in rollerblading, and he answers question from a Reddit AMA.

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Held Oct. 13 at Third & Army in San Francisco, the Filthy Fiesta is a new contest put on by Cameron Talbott and Erick Garcia. They say it’s not solely for aggressive skaters, but it will involve a motorcycle.

Rock Town hosts Philip Moore and Brian Krans talk with Cam and ESG about everything you need to know about this year’s comp, especially if you’re interested in sponsoring your own event.

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Held Sept. 29th in San Jose, the Lux Street Open is a street competition organized by Mike Jiminez and Kirk Chang, and the after party is hosted by BJ Bernhardt.

We talk about everything you need to know about this year’s comp, as well as memories from last year’s inaugural event.

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Adam Johnson is a prolific filmmaker and brand connoisseur in rollerblading. Forever linked with legendary skaters and legendary skate videos, Adam just also happens to be a really good dude.

We talk about what it takes to be a good guest in someone’s home, the current marketplace for rollerblading goods, and, even just though a few hints, some of the projects he’s finishing up right now.

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Michael D’Andrade is a New York City native now living in the Bay Area who's always going picking for vintage gear.

On a sunny July morning, Mike and his girlfriend, Liz, give me an insider’s tour of the Oakland Coliseum flea market.

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Mike Torres is a cinematographer and Big Wheel sensation living in New York City. Rock Town Podcast correspondent Levi Sebastian talks with him about the early Wizard frames, Big Wheel trick names, and more. 

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Jon Ortiz is a New York City rollerblading legend. After a short session at the Chelsea Piers skate park, Rock Town Podcast correspondent Levi Sebastian talks with him about the pre-ASA days of skating, Go Sports USA skate camps, and more. 

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Rollerblading may be a visual sport, but there are wonderfully rich sounds generated while doing it, from the ting and hum of skates locking onto a rail to the thunderous applause when a trick is landed. That's what this episode is all about.  

So, here’s a Saturday session in Northern California with skaters like Philip Moore, Korey Waikiki, Erick Garcia, Challe Walle, the White Wolf, Biz and Rock Town correspondent Levi Sebastian.

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FOR SOME REASON, THIS EPISODE WAS DELETED. THAT'S NOT COOL, SO HERE IT IS AGAIN. 

For lack of a better description, Brian Bina is a nomadic adventurer, back in the States on a brief hiatus from his international travels. We talk about the creation and future of Haitian Mag, growing up as a Chicago kid, and his many, many travels.

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From blistering hot concrete to icy cold lakes, the Northwest Shred Tour, yet again, brought us together to shred, camp, and remind ourselves why we’re all alive. Reported extensively by Levi Sebastian — with limited help from Philip Moore and Brian Krans — the Rock Town Podcast gives you a complete look at the full four-day weekend through California’s wine and weed country north of the San Francisco Bay.

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Photographer and bladie Megan Petersen tells us about her ambitious Bladies project. Starting out with a few T-shirt designs, she hopes to expand it out into a central hub for bladies content and possibly get some money into hands of bladies. Joining us in the conversation is Detroit native Stephen Durasa. 

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Ryan Lindsay was the first friend I made as we both earned our masters’ degree in journalism from UC Berkeley. She, too, likes to use sports as window into the bigger picture. 

You can follow her on Twitter as @RLindsayReports 

We talk about her early days of rollerblading, representation in action sports, gun violence in America, and much more. During our conversation, we, unfortunately, picked up the sounds of gunfire in my neighborhood.

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Phil Moore and Brian Krans discuss current events, including the racist incident at Lake Merrit that went viral, Kanye, Phil’s picky eating, and his new dog.

Check out bladeordie.com for links to things we talked about on the show.

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NWST founder Preston Villanueva and Northern California’s Shawn Oberg talk with me over Skype about what’s in store for this year. We cover the parks we’ll be skating, where we will be camping, and where to get hella wine and legal weed along the way. You know, for when you’re done driving for the day.

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What some podcasters could do in a year, we did in three and a half. We — Erick Garcia, Kennan Scott, Philip Moore, and I — take the show back to its roots in Kennan’s garage. We count down the show’s most popular episodes to date, as well as discuss a potential Winterclash emcee collaboration, gophering, diaspora, getting married, making babies, and vacuum cleaners.

And we have a new theme song featuring music from our good friends Skookum. 

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Derek Henderson may be Razor’s latest pro, but he’s been holding it down in California’s Central Valley for decades. We talk about S9 bearings, his true top souls, what being pro means to him, and so much more.

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Rock Town correspondent Levi Sebastian guides us through his weekend of skating and camping in “Arizona’s playground,” otherwise known as Lake Havazu.

Held during the last weekend in February, Blade Havasu included skaters from all over the country (but mostly Arizona). Levi brought home interviews with Andrew Scherf, Ryan Buchanan, Austin Paz, Adam Caroselli, Chad Hornish, Noah Shaw, and many others.

The cover photo comes courtesy of Austin Paz and his trusty drone.

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Like me, Phil Austin and Josh Goodell were Iowans who fled the state in search of warmer winters, diverse topography, and burritos. We talk about food, Iowa skating OGs, and what Phil does not want you to order online.

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Phil Moore watched Black Panther with his father in his hometown of Birmingham, Alabama. Brian Krans watched it in Oakland, California, which is important in the film. It's also where both Phil and Brian live.

In this spoiler-heavy episode, we talk about Black Panther’s significance in modern America — and the greater Marvel Cinematic Universe — why kids need heroes that look like them, the future of Wakanda, and many problems in America.

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Skookum is an all-blader band out of Oakland, California. Phil sits down with Brian Shima, Pat Catilung, Sean Salazar, and Brendan Tidd to talk about all sorts of fun stuff, including, possibly, some prank phone calls. Music on the break is obviously Skookum. Find more of their music at https://skookumtunes.bandcamp.com/releases.

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Hashtag-cohost was a resounding success, so now Philip Moore is officially in the Rock Town family. In this episode, I share some of my best mistakes as a blade podcaster, who really deserves the 'Blade Author of the Year' award. In this and future episodes, we'll be talking about rollerblading, race, representation, and, of course, comic book movies.

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After four years of painstaking labor, Ivan Narez and his friends — or should I say Hermanos — debuted the first of what will hopefully be many more video and book combos. We talk about all the work going into the project, what’s next, and the difficulty of shooting on film. Pick up a copy at Hermanos.film.

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Danny Malm, Levi Sebastian, and Noah Neuber are three wonderful human beings who rollerblade and live in Northern California. After a rousing afternoon of doing sweet tricks at a skate park, I invited them over to drink cold beer and talk about all the hot topics. Or something like that.

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Nick Riggle is an assistant professor of philosophy at the University of San Diego whose book — On Being Awesome: a Unified Theory of How Not to Suck — recently hit bookshelves. Previously, he was a pro rollerblader who helped shape the sport from its early days. We talk about skitching cars around the cul-de-sac, social openings, and, of course, what’s awesome, and what sucks, about rollerblading.

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Jaren “The Monster” Grob is a huck-it and chuck-it legend in rollerblading. Since he’s in NorCal performing at Great America in Santa Clara, he came by to talk about his more than two decades performing skating shows, why team sports aren’t for him, and more.

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B. Free recently moved back to Oakland from San Francisco, and, as of this recording, was 34 days into a long-term blading binge. Flanked by Challe Walle and Augstin, we talk about blading love, getting out and doing it every day, and so much more.

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Gary Magill, Erik Beltran, and Coty Dobbs are three Fresno skaters currently living in the Bay Area. We talk about Fresno’s beloved and now gone Art House, the documentary they made about it, and the Ghost Ship’s effect on artist spaces. We also talk about rollerblading.

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Jon Fromm is a Florida-raised shredder living in San Diego who rides for companies like Razors and Sic Urethane.

We talk about his many, many travels, Razor's new Shift skate, catching a black eye at Pow-wow, and more.

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Looking back ­on NorCal blade history, Kirk Chang & Mike Jimenez noticed a deficit in street contests. So they’re doing something to fill the void by throwing the Lux Street Open on Sept. 30 in lovely downtown San Jose, California. We talk about their plans and logistics for the contest, blade company branding strategies, Brian Aragon, and more.

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Hailing from Denver, Ian Walker is an avid filmmaker, the king of the Scumpire, and an overall really nice weirdo. Our conversation goes many places, not stopping shy of guns, gimps, and other family-friendly topics. Danny Malm and Taylor Kobryn add to the catastrophe that is this episode.

While none of our episodes to date have been appropriate to do so, this episode—in particular—shouldn’t be played out loud at work or around children. Unless, of course, you work from home and your kid is cool.

 The song at the break is Violent Shiver, by Benjamin Booker.

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#69: The Ghost Ship Fire

On Dec. 2, 36 people were killed when a fire broke out during an electronic music show in a warehouse known as the Ghost Ship in Oakland's Fruitvale neighborhood. 

Oakland's arts and music community rallied in the wake of the tragedy, hosting benefits for families who lost loved ones, as well as attempting to protect other live-work spaces in a city with skyrocketing rents. 

Music from this episode was either performed or mixed by Johnny Igaz, a victim of the Ghost Ship fire. You can hear more of his music at https://soundcloud.com/nacktmusic

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#66: Trump and the Riots

In this episode, host Brian Krans talks to himself about covering the 2016 election, rollerblading through the protests and riots that followed in Oakland, and the ramifications of underestimating the "fly over states."

The music at the second break is "The Last Days of Oakland" by the Fantastic Negrito. (You should buy the full album.)

This podcast is made possible thanks to our friends through Patreon. But since episodes aren't coming out as frequently, don't feel compelled to continue donating to the podcast. 

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Matt Lewis is the founding editor of the zine-turned-literary journal, The Radvocate, which publishes poems, fiction, non-fiction, art, photography, and illustrations by bladers and non-bladers alike. A publication of So Say We All, a non-profit in San Diego, it recently released it’s 14th issue.

We talk over Skype about how the magazine went from a Kinko’s copy-and-staple publication that started with a joke about a Xsjado ad to becoming a publication you can find at some of the best bookstores in the country.

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We recently hosted a housewarming BBQ. Erick Garcia, Kennan Scott, and Korey Waikiki, and others wanted to say a few things. #JSF FilthJuice.com

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#51: Trap House (feat. Ivan Narez)

Krans talks to himself inside his new place about messing up a podcast with Jon Julio, donating to Schmidty’s Ramp & Camp, buying but not watching Cayenne, and more. He’s soon joined by his former and current roommate, Ivan Narez. They talk about adult stuff like buying vans, taxes, credit, and Valo 6. (patreon.com/citizenkrans)

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Yay! It's episode 50, but it's not all celebration: the Rock Town Garage is closing down. Well, it's moving at least. Krans talks about losing his house, where he's going, podcasting, and, of course, season two of Daredevil.

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Dr. Hazel Bain is a Scottish solar physicist who recently returned from a three-month expedition to Antarctica with NASA to launch the G.R.I.P.S. balloon. It gathered data about gamma radiation from the sun. We discuss her research, growing up a “jock geek,” science communication, and more. Follow Dr. Bain on twitter: @hazbain

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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