We were at The El Rey in Los Angeles recently to see The Strokes guitar player Albert Hammond Jr. In addition to his new record we love his first release Yours To Keep and we had to catch him live when he was in town. Now we had heard The Strokes' other guitar player Nic Valensi had purchased a number of our straps from Silverlake's old boutique Pull My Daisy a while back and that was really cool. It was just as cool to roll into the El Rey and notice Albert Hammond Jr.'s Bass Player Reno Bo was rocking a Couch Vintage Volkswagen Guitar Strap at the El Rey! Thanks Reno!
This Jan And Dan "Look Out For Doug" video has started to become a mini meme lately with about 200,000 hits and counting. It's pretty playful and tongue in cheek and we love seeing the Couch Runway Blue W/ White Racer X Strap in a starring role! After viewing this video, our friend's nephew innocently and hilariously commented "if I like this song am I a bad person?" The reality is we actually think the song is pretty good and our guess is these guys just found a creative way to promote their song and it appears to be working. Oh and thanks for rocking Couch!
We were stoked to hear recently that The Pixies are getting together with some new songs for a new tour. Even cooler is that with long time bassist Kim Deal stepping down, LA great Kim Shattuck of The Muffs is stepping in in Kim's Deal's place. We love Kim and The Muffs!!! We've seen Shattuck play as recently as a couple months back here in Long Beach at Alex's Bar, and she freaking rules on her own right. It's nice of her to lend a hand and allow all of us to continue to enjoy those freaking classic Pixies songs played live. The band is still writing and debuted a couple new songs on Jimmy Fallon recently as posted here on Rollingstone.com. They also recently played Chicago's Riot Fest with the like of The Replacements, Blondie and Dinosaur Jr. among others. Kim is pictured here with her Black & White Racer X Strap which she is wearing on Jimmy Fallon on tour right now. Yeah!
Earlier this year The Couch Cat Strap was narry a glimmer in our eye so it was crazy to see Bad Religion Guitarist Brian Baker rocking one just 3 months later in front of 50,000 people.
In case you didn't know, Brian is a bit of a punk legend best known as one of the founding members of Minor Threat, and has been a member of Bad Religion since 1994. He also was in some of our favorite 80's and 90's punk bands like The Meatmen and Dag Nasty respectively.
In any event, we're not sure where Brian picked up this strap, but we're honored he's chosen to rock Couch, and great taste on the strap choice too!
Have you heard the new Mavis Staples single "I Like The Things About Me" yet? The song freaking rules! Like her last Grammy Award winning album "You Are Not Alone", her brand new record "One True Vine" was produced by Wilco song leader Jeff Tweedy. Anyway we were watching her performance on Jon Stewart last night when we noticed bass player Jeff Turmes was wearing his Black & White Racer X Guitar Strap.
Dude that strap seems to have been getting a lot of use by Jeff the last couple years. We originally covered him live on The Colbert Report him wearing this strap here in our blog back in 2010. Jeff is a really cool and really busy guy, who, in addition to playing with Mavis Staples and releasing his own work, has played alongside the likes of Tom Waits, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Canned Heat and Koko Taylor.
Thanks Jeff for rocking Couch!!! Here's a link to the video.
Couch on SNL! Wild Flag guitarist Carrie Brownstein rocks her 80's Mercedes Guitar Strap on SNL's farewell for her Portlandia partner Fred Armisen. Joining them is rock royalty Dinosaur Jr.'s J Mascis, Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon, and Sex Pistols' Steve Jones. Also joining them on stage were Aimee Mann and Michael Penn. Yeaah!! You can watch it here.
1)DO NOT USE YOUR PANT SIZE TO FIGURE OUT THE SIZE OF YOUR BELT! It shouldn't be so hard to figure out your belt size right? Well you'd think so, but we get a lot of returns from people saying their belt is too small. We looked into it and learned a thing or two ourselves. The first thing is that most designers "Vanity Size" their pants, so that you think you have a smaller waist than you actually do. Check this chart out we found on another cool belt maker's page- it shows also how much this can vary from designer to designer. We wear for instance size 30 and 34 pants from different designers that fit the same! So How Do You Do It?
2) Measure A Belt You Already Have To Get Your Belt Size Find a belt of your own or from someone else that seems to fit for your normal average use, preferably to the center hole. Measure the number of inches from the center hole (or the hole you use) you use to the center post of the buckle. You generally want your waist size to fall at or near the center hole.
This will give you the best idea what your belt size is. Also always round up for your belt size, so if you're measuring 33" from post to hole, then get at 34 belt! Check this video out here and we'll show you how to do this.
3) If In Doubt Order Up
Lastly, if ever in double always order up. Also know that if for any reason your belt still doesn't fit just send it back within 30 days and we'll exchange it of course! Hopefully this blog and video will drastically reduce the chances of that ever happening in the first place. Also, you can check out our USA Made Vegan belts here. Rock! Couch.
A flood of rad pics have come in recently with some amazing bands and musicians we love rocking Couch. Dhani Harrison, son of Beatle George Harrison showed up recently on the cover of the Guitar Center Catalog rocking his Couch I Am 8 Bit Guitar Strap on his Les Paul. Rad!
Also check these pics of Brittany Howard from Southern Indie Rockers Alabama Shakes! We love this band so it was so cool to see that Brittany, the singer with the killer pipes uses a Couch Black and White Racer X Guitar Strap!
Australian Indie Rockers Atlas Genius are on tour recently. Some of the dudes are rocking Couch, including their bass player here pictured using a Dark Red and White Racer X Strap on stage. Nice!
Airborne Toxic Event just finished playing a great bill at the annual South By Southwest Music Conference at Buffalo Billiards. They shared the stage with Black Angels, Hanni El Khatib and Ash. It was a good March for them as they also got a chance last week to play their song Timeless on David Letterman. We were stoked to see guitarist Steven Cheng rocks Couch with his Black and White Racer X Guitar Strap. Yeah!
We sometimes get messages wondering if our straps are long enough for some 6'7" guy, or short enough for some 5'7" guy (like us). The answer is: YES!
Couch straps adjust about 6 inches longer than the average strap, which is 67" fully extended from keyhole to keyhole. With the strap in its middle adjustment
it's about 50", and 40" at its smallest.
Because we are the factory, we can happily custom shorten any strap to your exact specs before OR after you purchase it for freeee, and will even return ship it to you in the US for free (6" shorter is a common request). That said, we highly suggest taking 2 minutes to watch this video and getting a strap first, because it's most likely gonna work great as is!
Lastly, if you want a strap for your child 4 years and up no problem! Just order any strap and have it custom shortened by us for free by putting a request in the "Comments" section of your order. Usually about 12" shortened works great for kids, and it will still adjust longer as they continue to grow and rock harder like Metal Gods from the not-too-distant-future.