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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Sequoia: Autumn

These photos are almost 2 years old. They were taken in the fall of 2014 on a trip to Sequoia National Park with my brother, who is also my best friend and confidant.

I don’t often add personal commentary to my photo posts. It’s easier to let the photos speak for themselves and just throw in a few notes about what equipment I used or the trail I took. However, I’ve been avoiding developing this photo series, because they made me feel sad in a confused sort of way. It’s been a struggle, but I’ve finally pushed through, and I’m left with an unavoidable emptiness.

For me this series has always been about heading up into the void, a tutorial in embracing uncertainty with relish, or perhaps conversely letting it enfold you like a warm coat that’s a perfect fit. Yet, looking back, time has added a new element. Now this series is also about grappling with the grains of truth that were hidden in my brooding thoughts; the internal dialogues that I went to the void to comparatively diminish. I know that my daily worries are so insignificantly tiny compared to mountains. Yet, even Kerouac thought of women, weaknesses, friends, and fast cars when he sojourned in the shadow of Desolation Peak. Perhaps these things aren't so black and white. There is nothing to do but cherish the journey and forgive yourself.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Sound Sounds 05.08.16

Here's another episode of my new show, Sound Sounds. I'll try uploading a few more of these as I'm able, but busy business time-ness has taken over my life recently and is unlikely to move along any time soon. See, I've working on a super secret, super special new project...Stay tuned. In the meantime, if you're desperate for new tunes, I recommend that you follow me on Spotify. I'm still working hard to stay on top of all the new releases every week, and will occasionally go a delightful bender of digging, diving deep into a random subgenre or back catalog of my fancy.

This episode begins a little lo-fi, indie and quickly ramps up to a good-times, finger-taping, head-bobbing, joy ride. If you're not careful, you might even dance. It's got an R&B finish, with notes of awesomesauce, and pairs well with your drive home or a thorough spring cleaning. Hear new music from Modern Baseball, Mayor Hawthorne, and Kaskade. Discover new artists like Yoke Lore, ISLE, and Chloe x Halle.



Playlist
Hold Me Down - Yoke Lore
My Love - M.A.G.S.
Both - Mesita
Uncombed Hair - Yung
Apple Cider, I Don't Mind - Modern Baseball
Burn - James Supercave
Bliss - Purple
Kid - ISLE
Alone - Selah Sue
City Lights - Conro, feat. Royal
Clear - Pusher, feat. Mothica
In the MOrning - Kaskade, feat. ZHU
Home - Snoh Aalegra
Love Like That - Mayor Hawthorne
Naked - James TW
Drop - Chloe x Halle
Capsize - Frenship, feat. Emily Warren

Recorded live with Sachi Subterranean And DJ Sweet & Loew(-fi) on KXSC, and brought to you by the University of Southern California.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Sounds Sounds 05.01.16

Earlier this year a couple of my dear fellow music nerd friends, DJ Hannarchy and DJ Sweet & Loew, decided to do an alumni radio show on KXSC for old time sake (a.k.a. C A N 'T S T O P W O N 'T S T O P W U T). We dubbed this new mashed up oddity Sound Sounds, and thus a thin excuse for a weekly new music swap was born. In return, the station gave us 3 interns to train, because #adulting. From listening party to attempting to set a good example for future college radio DJs, I was too busy to record every episode. Then during finals and a fine spring weekend, I was left to my lonesome in the studio for 2 hours. The following is my solo show in entirety for those, who missed it live.

It's an eclectic mix of fresh new tracks, including Domo Genesis, Bleached, Declan McKenna, Rostam, and Future Elevators. RIYL discovering new artists and getting caught up on the best new music of 2016.

Keep your ears open, kids.



Playlist
Where Are U Now - Bonzai
Dapper - Domo Genesis, Anderson Paak
I Will Follow You - RIVVRS
St. Michael - Mt. Wolf
Turns to Gold - Jimi Charles Moody
In My Car - Gold Panda
The Ecstatics - Explosions In The Sky
Sour Candy - Bleached
Butterfly - Twin Peaks
Cinco - Ofelia K
Angela - The Lumineers
Sirens - Mereki, Amusement
Your House - Diet.
Sugar Coated - Jessie Jones
Like a Statue - Line & Circle
Midway - Bad Bad Hats
Hum, Pt. 2 - Sarah Williams White
Can't Lie - Fine Print
Brazil - Declan McKenna
Akhar Zaman (This Moment) - Bombino
Madrid - Saint Sister
Tearing Me Up - Bob Moses
Eye to Eye - Varsity
I've Seen - Youth Lagoon
Floaty Feeling, Blue - Weekender
Joey - Agua Roja
Order and Progress - The Derevolutions
Wood - Rostam
Dead Eyes - Adia Victoria
zZz - Droeloe
Modern World - Future Elevators
I Love Me - Meghan Trainor, Lunchmoney Lewis
Rainwater Coffee - Teen Daze

Recorded live with Sachi Subterranean on KXSC, and brought to you by the University of Southern California.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Superheadz Goldenhalf: Biddeford Pool, Maine

Sometimes it's helpful to get the small picture view; it draws you in, pulling you closer to make out details that you might have otherwise glanced over. That's one of the reasons I love my Superheadz Goldenhalf camera which takes half-frame 35mm photos. When you get these developed and scanned some places will scan each full 35mm frame, and other places will scan each shot. These are some examples of single scanned shots, which I think are particularly good at drawing the viewer in. If you'd like to see Biddeford Pool, Maine in all it's unadulterated glory, you can check out my earlier digital photo series.



Click here for photos of Biddeford Pool, Maine taken with a Holga 120mm TLR

Click here for photos of Biddeford Pool, Maine taken with a Nikon Coolpix AW110

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Holga 120mm TLR: Biddeford Pool, Maine

This series was a happy surprise, since I didn't realize that the film was expired when I shot it. Combined with the light leaks and double exposures of Holga 120mm TLR (and a little help from Photoshop), I'm quite happy with the artsy end results. If you'd like to see Biddeford Pool, Maine in all it's unadulterated glory, you can check out my earlier digital photo series.



Click here for photos of Biddeford Pool, Maine taken with a Superheadz Golden Half

Click here for photos of Biddeford Pool, Maine taken with a Nikon Coolpix AW110