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Video Clip of The Week: Ride, “Charm Assault”



Hey, did you know that ’90s British Alt-Rock sensation Ride has reunited with all four of the original members? This actually happened a few years ago, but I am not exactly in the loop of the hipster music nerds when it comes to ‘whats going on’ with bands from back-in-the day, so I just found out when I got the rad link to a new Ride video called “Charm Assault.” It may have been a long time coming but, trust me, this one was worth waiting for.

Aurally, “Charm Assault” is pure sensory bliss, filled with chiming guitars and locomotive drums that will cause a tingling in the nether regions of anyone who gets a little stiffy when they hear The Smiths or Stone Roses. The lyrics, which are just fluid enough to allow for personal interpretation, find Ride railing at the “focused, raw, reptilian ambition” of certain unspecified people in power, who “set fire to your world, and let it burn.” Yeah, I think we all know someone whom may apply to, although I hardly find him charming.

Directed by Jean de Oliveira, the clip was conceived by infamous acid casualty Anton Newcombe (Brian Jonestown Massacre), so the engaging visual bombardment of muted psychedelia is fully appropriate to the pastiche. Well-played.

“Charm Assault” can be found on Ride’s upcoming, first album of new material in 20 years, Weather Diaries (due out on June 16th, 2017 via Wichita Recordings). The album was mixed by studio legend Alan Moulder, so you know it sounds amazing, because the magic is in the mix! Enjoy!

Ride Charm Assault Video Still

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Ten Photographs of the Coney Island Parachute Jump

Coney Island Parachute Jump
All Photos By Gail

The Parachute Jump is a defunct amusement ride in Coney Island, whose iconic open-frame steel structure remains a Brooklyn landmark. Standing 250 feet tall and weighing 170 tons, it has been called the Eiffel Tower of Brooklyn. Well, I’ve never called it that, but apparently some people have.

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Parachute Jump in the Shadow of the Thunderbolt Roller-Coaster

If you Google “Photos of Coney Island” you will see that it is arguably the single most photographed landmark near the Boardwalk. Originally built for the 1939 New York World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows–Corona Park, Queens, the tower was moved to its current site, then part of the Steeplechase Park amusement park, in 1941.

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Seen from Inside a Burger Joint on The Boardwalk

It is the only portion of Steeplechase Park still standing today. The ride ceased operations in 1964, when that park shut down for good. How old were you in 1964? I was 3.

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The ride was based on functional parachutes which were held open by metal rings throughout the ascent and descent. Twelve cantilevered steel arms sprout from the top of the tower, each of which supported a parachute attached to a lift rope and a set of surrounding guide cables.

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Riders were belted into a two-person canvas seat hanging below the closed chute, then hoisted to the top, where a release mechanism would drop them, the descent slowed only by the parachute. Shock absorbers at the bottom, consisting of pole-mounted springs, cushioned the landing. Each parachute required three cable operators, keeping labor expenses high.

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The tower lights up at night, and colorful the patterns change constantly. It is quite mesmerizing to view.

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2 Gs Parachute Jump 2

I love how my hair looks in this photo. I cropped Geoffrey out, because he said he looked fat. Which, not true. But whatever.
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We had fun. We always do.

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Sea Glass Carousel at Battery Park

Seaglass Carousel Exterior
All Photos and Video By Gail

If you are looking for cool stuff to do and see in NYC, head down to Battery Park and ride the Seaglass Carousel! I have been obsessed with riding this carousel since it opened in August, and I finally got down there this past weekend. It was worth the wait.

Seaglass Carousel Fish

On the Seaglass Carousel, you  can take a 3-minute ride inside a Fish or a Seashell, and it is the most fun you can have for five dollars. Just take a look at the video I took of my ride!


OMG so fun! The music they play is also pretty cool and festive. Since the fish light up, it is perhaps a bit more of an “Experience” (as Jimi Hendrix would say) if you ride at night.

Seaglass Carousel Sponsorship Plaque

Each fish is available for sponsorship. I think that is what this little plaque was about, which was inside my Pink Betta Fish! Ride the fish!

The Seaglass Carousel is located in Battery Park very close to the Staten Island Ferry Terminal. The M15 SBS Bus will take you right there. Admission is just $5 and the Carousel is open daily from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM! Get more information at This Link!

Seaglass Carousel Exterior Detail