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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Best Americana of 2014

It's been an interesting year for Americana music and it's many related genres: new folk, revival, blues, country, etc. Particularly, if you take a less than purist view, as this amateur music critic does, it's been a year of fresh new faces and bold new mixtures of sound. My aunt Cindy, who plays harmonica and once took me to a Patsy Cline themed country karaoke bar and steak house, shares my love of Americana music. So, this playlist is dedicated to her.

With that sentiment in mind, I'm proud to present, in no particular order, THE 18 BEST AMERICANA SONGS OF 2014, in this humble radio jockey's opinion.

Best Americana of 2014 by Sachi Subterranean on Mixcloud

The 18 Best Americana/Folk/Blues/Country Songs of 2014
California (Cast Iron Soul) - Jamestown Revival
Dearly Departed - Shakey Graves feat. Esme Patterson
Kansas City - The New Basement Tapes
Half Crazy - The Barr Brothers
Turtles All the Way Down - Sturgill Simpson
Katie Queen of Tennessee - The Apache Replay
21st of May - Nickle Creek
Hold On - The Gospel Whiskey Runners
Swimmin' Time - Shovels & Rope
Don't Make Me Over - Julia Holter
Bored in the USA - Father John Misty
St. Roch Blues - Hurray For The Riff Raff
Sweet Amarillo - Old Crow Medicine Show
Truck Stop Gospel - Parker Millsap
Mahogany Dread - Hiss Golden Messenger
Work Song - Hozier
Crown The Pines - S. Carey
The River - Son Little

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Make More Noise 64

This playlist was specifically assembled for that essential moment mid work week when you just need to relax to something that puts a slight smile on your face and makes you tap your feet a little while you hastily type away at a screen trying to meet deadlines. It's chock full o' new electro tracks to help you zone in without burning out. Sure your boss grossly underestimated how much time this project would take, but Tokimonsta wants you to be happy! Here's to being chill, ice cold even, in the face of millennial underemployment and the new standard 50 hour work week. This podcast was brought to you by KXSC.org and USC. It was lovingly crafted by yours truly, Sachi Subterranean.

Thanks for listening!

Make More Noise 64 by Sachi Subterranean on Mixcloud

Needle and a Knife - Tennis
With You - Tennyson
All I Ever Need - Caribou
The Chase - SOHN
Dusty Stars - Tokionsta
All Under One Roof Raving - Jamie xx
Velcro - Rustie
Lost in the Chrome Forest - Chrome Sparks
Bloom - Odesza
W (Dub) - Napolian
Waited 4 U - Slow Magic
Love Unlimited - Blackbird Blackbird
Til Sunrise - Goldroom feat. Mammals
Operate (The Chainsmokers Remix) - ASTR, Adam Palin
Elevate - St. Lucia
Not Going Home - Great Good Fine OK

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Superheadz Golden Half: Zion

I'm almost embarrassed to say that these photos are almost 2 years old now. The lighting conditions at Zion National Park in winter on mostly dreary days were less than ideal, and it took me while to wrestle with these negatives. I also took my digital point-and-shoot, and ended up developing those photos in black and white. Poor lighting conditions aside, I highly recommend going to Zion in winter. The park is much less crowded, and the hotel prices in Springdale, the town right outside the main entrance, are dirt cheap. Just remember to dress for cold & wet weather.

These photos were taken with the Superheadz Golden Half toy camera, which takes 2 shots for every standard frame on 35mm film. You can check out other lomography series I've done with this fun little camera, like this Bryce Canyon set, under the photo section of this blog.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Make More Noise 63

This playlist of choice new music cuts spans many genres from electro to post-punk, but it's all held together by an overarching mood...a slight ominous tone...like standing on the edge of a precipice overlooking a void. Not to over sell it or anything ;) Regardless of potentially overblown aims, it is at the very least a good over view of talented artists, who have released juicy new tracks in the last few months. Enjoy, dear listeners! And, if you keep your ears open, maybe you'll discover something new. Much thanks to KXSC.org and USC for making this show happen.

Make More Noise 63 by Sachi Subterranean on Mixcloud

Let's Dance - Little Daylight
Tongues - Joywave, KOPPS
Congo - Bear Mountain
We Disappear - Jon Hopkins
Something Like Avalanches - sleepmakeswaves
Sacrifice - Collapse Under The Empire
Cambian - The American Dollar
Heat Death Infinity Splitter - 65daysofstatic
In Amber - Maybeshewill
A Little Lost - Sufjan Stevens
Never Held a Baby - The Album Leaf (feat. Peter Broderick)
Eyes of the Muse - King Tuff
Jane - Girlpool
For The Feel - Bleached

Sunday, October 19, 2014


These photos taken on my first trip to Saguaro National Park outside of Tuscon, Arizona. It's a small park, made even smaller by being split into two sections on either side of the city. On the recommendation of my boyfriend, who grew up in Tuscon, we went to the eastern section of the park. The winter sun washed everything out, blinding and benign when one can make an easy retreat to the climate controlled car. It's hard to imagine early settlers and lone cowboys crossing this terrain with the looming knowledge that the desert made their travels a life and death situation. Did they really follow manifest destiny out here, or is this just the history that Will Rodgers rewrote with the help of Hollywood?

Anyway, here's some iconic, old-timey wild wild west photos for you. The city has been conveniently cropped out. Feel free to photoshop in some majestically rugged cowboys.

P.S. Can you tell that I've really been into textures lately? Crunchy.