#53: Kai Carlson-Wee

Kai Carlson-Wee is a rollerblader originally from Minnesota and is the Jones Lecturer in Poetry at Stanford University. He’s most known for his skating in the Life Plus series, where he and his brother, Anders, skated the wilderness, including grinding and wallriding trees.

We talk about his short documentary, Riding the Highline, which took first place at the Napa Valley Film Festival last year, homemade skate parks, working as a writer in the 21st century, and why Fargo sucks.

You can download the episode directly here, or on iTunesStitcher, or Google Play.

Don’t forget to follow Kai in Instagram and like the new Rock Town Podcast Facebook page.

RIDING THE HIGHLINE from Kai Carlson-Wee on Vimeo.

Riding the Highline is also being shown at the SF Doc Fest June 11th in San Francisco.

For a sample of Kai’s poetry, check out his essay on rollerblading in Seymour Magazine, or check out Mercy Songs, a chapbook of poetry from Kai and Anders.

Support for the Rock Town Podcast comes via Patreon, including Trudy, Dustin, Edward, Jose, Nate, Steve, Alexander, and Zach.

Blade or Die,

— Brian Krans



#52: Jon Julio

Jon Julio has been a pro skater for more than half his life, and is the man behind the Valo Brand, Them Goods, and the Blading Cup. On this episode, Jon answers questions from the /r/rollerblading community about the relationship between Valo and Roces, the likelihood of a Fifth Element reboot, the status of the industry, and more. […]

#51: Trap House (feat. Ivan Narez)

Sometimes I talk to myself.  This time I ramble nonsense inside my new office (a former grow room) about messing up a podcast with Jon Julio, donating to Schmidty’s Ramp & Camp, buying—but not watching—Cayenne, and more. I’m soon joined by my former and current roommate, Ivan Narez. We talk about adult stuff like buying vans, taxes, credit, and […]

#50: Goodbye, Rock Town Garage

For the 50th episode of the podcast, we celebrate… being forced to move. For the final podcast recorded in the Rock Town Garage, I talk to myself about moving to a new house, the fun of podcasting, and, of course, Daredevil. You can download the episode directly here, or on iTunes or Stitcher. The Rock Town […]

#49: Victor Arias

Victor Arias is the latest Valo skater with a pro boot bearing his name. His edit, filmed in his home country of Mexico, came out earlier this month. We discuss making the edit, his ritual for breaking in a new pair of skates—from K-mart blades to the VA.1s, a political candidate who shouldn’t be named, […]

#48: Black Market

Black Market was Kevon Thompson’s first skate video, influencing him musically as well as in blading. He’s our co-host the latest installment of the Blade Video DJ series. Music from the video includes mixing by director Doug Urquart, as well as music from artists like Lyrics Born, MF Doom, Pigeon John, and more. For a […]

#47: AMall Glen Cove Comp

The AMall Glen Cove Comp was held Saturday, Feb. 27 at Glen Cove Elementary School in Valencia, Calif., a legendary Bay Area spot. Competitors included Ivan Narez, Victor Arias, Michael Braud, Korey Waikiki, Stephen Babcock, Boo Garnsey, John Vossoughi, and more. You can download the episode directly here, or on iTunes or Stitcher. (The cover […]

#46: Shawn Oberg

Hailing from Manteca, Calif., Shawn Oberg (@shawn.oberg) is a master of full-boot utilization, usually doing tricks that would drive a contest MC nuts. We talk about how switch and dominant foots form, red curb dancing, his upcoming Filth File, his edit for Moonshine, and why he’s currently walking with a cane. You can download the […]

#45: Cameron Talbott and the NWST

Cameron Talbott returns to the podcast to talk about the Northwest Shred Tour coming to his hometown of Missoula, grizzly bears, and good spots to hit up in Montana. We begin at the end of “State of the Art” and share our immediate reactions. (Spoilers: it’s the best $19 you can spend on Sellfy this […]

Yes, Deadpool is a rollerblader.

After dozens of trailers and tons of super effective marketing, the first of at least two Deadpool movies came out this weekend. And by came out, it demolished numerous box office records, including opening weekend for a comic book and R-rated movie. Some comic book movies include references that non-comic book readers really have to search […]