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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

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Biddeford Pool, Maine

Growing up my family went to Biddeford Pool, Maine every summer. I've been to all 50 states, and there's still times that I swear that Biddeford Pool is the most gorgeous place in the nation. More importantly, it feels like home to me. This is why I always prefer a desolate rocky beach to any sun-drench sandy resort.


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 Holga 120mm TLR

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Best New Music of 2015

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

2015 has officially closed, which means I now feel fully ready to weigh in on the best songs of the past year, musical trends, and breakout artists. Way back in January, 2015 I embarked on an ambitious mission. My goal was to listen to all the new releases every week, and then lovingly craft the top 20 songs of each month into a playlist on Spotify, which was posted to this humble blog. I dutifully did that for 11 months, my lonely aural vigil, and then spent the month of December trying to whittle 220 very good songs into a cohesive playlist of the 100 best songs of the year. It was no easy task, and I'm proud to present to you the Best New Music of 2015 playlist featuring the Top 100 Songs of 2015.
These are not ordered best to worst. Like any good stereotypical pet project from a Millennial,everyone is a winner! Rather, they are arranged in an order that flows, gliding effortlessly through blurred genres. Keep your mind and ears open, dear readers, and enjoy!


In Alphabetical Order by Artist
Alabama Shakes - 'Don't Wanna Fight'
Allen Stone - 'Upside'
Andy Shauf - 'I'm Not Falling Asleep'
The Avener & Phoebe Killdeer - 'Fade Out Lines'
The Barr Brothers - 'Burn Card'
Beat Connection - 'So Good'
Big Grams - 'Fell In the Sun'
Big Wild - 'Aftergold'
BOOTS - 'Bombs Away'
Boy & Bear - 'Where'd You Go'
Brand New - 'Mene'
Cam - 'Burning House'
Cayucas - 'Moony Eyed Walrus'
Charlie Sztyk - 'God Damn Fool'
Chet Faker - 'Bend'
Christine & The Queens - 'No Harm is Done' feat. Tunji Ige
Circa Waves - 'Young Chasers'
Cloves - 'Everybody's Son'
Conner Youngblood - 'TXTN'
Courtney Barnett - 'Pedestrian at Best'
The Decemberists - 'Lake Song'
Django Django - 'Beginning to Fade'
The Dodos - 'Bubble'
Drenge - 'We Can Do What We Want'
EL VY - 'Return To The Moon'
filous & James Hersey - 'How Hard I Try'
Flume & Andrew Wyatt - 'Some Minds'
Foreign Air - 'Free Animal'
The Front Bottoms - 'Cough It Out'
Gary Clark Jr. - 'Church'
George Ezra - 'Barcelona'
Girlpool - 'Before The World Was Big'
Good Old War - 'Tell Me What You Want from Me'
GRiZ & Big Gigantic - 'Good Times Roll'
Gun Outfit - 'Legends of My Own'
Hodera - 'Feel Better'
Hop Along - 'The Knock'
Hot Chip - 'Huarache Lights'
Houndmouth - 'Sedona'
Ibeyi - 'Ghosts'
Jain - 'Come'
Jamie xx & Romy - 'Loud Places'
The Japanese House - 'Pools to Bathe In'
Joey Bada$$ - 'Paper Trail$'
Jose Gonzalez - 'Leaf Off/The Cave'
Joywave & KOPPS - 'Tongues'
Jr. Jr. - 'Gone'
Julia Holter - 'Feel You'
Julio Bashmore & Sam Dew - 'Holding On'
Kay Fresco & M. Maggie - 'Leaves'
Kendrick Lamar - 'The Blacker The Berry'
The Knocks - 'Dancing With Myself'
Kurt Vile - 'Pretty Pimpin'
Kwamie Liv - 'Pleasure This Pain' feat. Angel Haze
Langhorne Slim & The Law - 'Strangers'
Lawrence Taylor - 'Waiting for Your Love'
Leon Bridges - 'River'
Lord Huron - 'Fool for Love'
Lower Dens - 'Ondine'
Mac Demarco - 'The Way You'd Love Her'
Maren Morris - 'My Church'
Maritime - 'Roaming Empire'
Mavis Staples - 'Your Good Fortune'
The Milk Carton Kids - 'Monterey'
Missy Elliot - 'WTF (Where They From)' feat. Pharrell Williams
Miya Folick - 'Strange Darling'
MNEK - 'The Rhythm'
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats - 'S.O.B.'
Neon Indian - 'Annie'
The Oh Hellos - 'Bitter Water'
Panda Bear - 'Boys Latin'
Pell - 'Queso'
Petite Noir - 'Down'
Pure Bathing Culture - 'Pray for Rain'
Purity Ring - 'heartsigh'
Romare - 'Prison Blues'
Rustie - 'First Mythz'
Ryan Adams - 'I Do Not Feel Like Being Good'
Saintseneca - 'Sleeper Hold'
Santigold - 'Can't Get Enough Of Myself' feat. B.C.
Shamir - 'On The Regular'
Sharon Van Etten - 'I Don't Want to Let You Down'
Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds - 'Sugar'
Sjowgren - 'Seventeen'
Sleater-Kinney - 'No Cities To Love'
SOAK - 'Reckless Behaviour'
Son Little - 'Lay Down'
St. Germain - 'Real Blues'
Statik Selektah - 'In The Wind' feat. Joey Bada$$, Big K.R.I.T. & Chauncy Sherod
Sunflower Bean - 'Wall Watcher'
Tame Impala - 'Eventually'
Toro Y Moi - 'Empty Nesters'
Warpaint - 'No Way Out'
Wavves & Cloud Nothings - 'Come Down'
The Weepies - 'Crooked Smile'
Widowspeak - 'Girls'
Will Joseph Cook - 'Message'
William Fitzsimmons - 'Pittsburgh'
Young Fathers - 'Shame'
Youth Lagoon - 'Highway Patrol Stun Gun'

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Top 20 Songs of November 2015

Every month I comb through all the new releases and personally select the top 20 best songs released that month. Then I lovingly craft them into a play list for your--yes YOU--listening pleasure. It's like a mixtape of the month club, but via the interwebz. Follow my Best New Music of 2015 playlist on Spotify, for all the updates and rad new tunes.

The final stretch! November is the last month for labels and artists to get their music out there and make a good impression before critics, fans, and wanna be music bloggers (such as my humble self) solidify their best-of-the-year lists. Give these new releases a listen to hear who's hustling to make the cut, and who's preparing to take 2016 by storm.



'WTF (Where They From)' - Missy Elliot feat. Pharrell Williams : OG queen bae is back and better than ever. Taking several years to focusing on producing seems to have help take her skills to another level. Youngin pop stars need to step back and take a lesson.

'Can't Get Enough Of Myself' - Santigold feat. B.C. : 3rd full-length is set to drop first thing in the new year, and this single is very promising. It's been my personal anthem for self-love lately.

'First Mythz' - Rustie : New album, EVENIFUDONTBELIEVE, dropped at the beginning of the month, and its almost hard to believe that something this cohesive could be crafted so quickly on the heels of his 2014 full-length. These weird wonky beats are a great primer on weird trip/dub sounds.

'Not Afraid' - Basic Tape : Parisian duo seem to have had their chilled club beats go viral on Soundcloud and YouTube, but not too much else seems to be know about them...yet. Major record deal would not be surprising.

'Leaves' - M. Maggie and Kay Fresco : Here's another random diamond rough, these is an unsigned collab between a Chicago-based producer/remixer Kay and M. Maggie, a poet and singer from NYC. This gem of killed DIY production is off M. Maggie's album Vienna Genesis.

'Free Animal' - Foreign Air : And yet another! 2016 is looking good for new artists. This is the very first song ever from this group, and they already sound like they can given Alt-J a run for their money in the indie pop race.

'State of Undress' - George Cosby : Like if Rick Astley was serious and had some sort of weird freaky Friday accident with Jaimie XX. This Human Touch EP is not enough. We need a full-length.

'Let's Fall in Love Some More' - Al Bairre : I've been banging this folktronica drum all freakin' year. Can't stop, won't stop! This aggressively fun set is from Cape Town, South Africa and demands that you jump up and down whiling clapping until your hands are sore.

'God Damn Fool' - Charlie Sztyk : This song is off the ambitiously titled The Arc, Pt. 1 & 2, but delivers. Charlie is a rambling, rocking, story teller in tradition of many sad, yet all-American bards from New Jersey (yes, yes The Bruce, etc.).

'Everybody's Son' - Cloves : Sparse acoustic guitar allows this unique voice to shine. Earthy and vulnerable, this will pull the strings of the coldest hearts.

'Waiting for Your Love' - Lawrence Taylor : Honey dripping bluesy goodness with electric guitar licks that practically weep until they jam into a crescendo of longing. This Londoner's got soul.

'Summer Was A Day' - Pete Yorn : New single from Pete Yorn has a slightly more experimental sheen to it than previous works. It's been 5 years since his last solo release, so maybe we can expect something big for the new year?

'To Know You' - Wild Nothing : Gearing up to release a 3rd full-length in 2016, Jack Tatum seems to have found a decidedly psychedelic new sound. This is big and spacey with complex layers that drone into each other.

'Wall Watcher' - Sunflower Bean : Ladies have been taking the garage lo-fi thing by storm. Blessed be! This band has a nice dash of psychedelia, which gives it a little something extra and interesting.

'I Want to Know (Your Love)' - Palmas : Strange 60's Cali throwback that even kind of sounds like it was recorded on tape, but there's something that's off just the right amount. Maybe because the band is actually from Philly?

'Queso' - Pell : Long have I held a secret soft spot for the dirty south sound, but it's been ripe for something new for awhile now. Meet Pell, hailing from New Orleans, and seemingly open to the melting pot of sounds that have collided in NOLA over the centuries.

'Beautiful Rain' - Jude Woodhead : First and only track from a brand new artist that doing some truly beautiful here while alluding to St. Germain influences, or perhaps a happier Romare? This could be an interesting artist to watch.

'Break Away - Cool Uncle feat. Jesse Ware : This is a really weird collab between pop writer/producer Jack Splash and 1970s soul singer Bobby Caldwell, who's borderline one-hit-wonder status. Together they've created Cool Uncle and released a full-length featuring a number of famous soul singers including Mayer Hawthorne and CeeLo Green.

'Stardust' - WDL feat. Elliphant : WDL claims to be from the moon, but they're signed by Sony so we'll see how quickly they get pulled back to earth. This savvy use of found sounds and vocoder features vocals and raps from Swedish sonic chameleon Elliphant.

'Ego' - Bibi Bourelly : Berlin-born Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter has worked with Rihanna and Lil Wayne, and is yet a tender 20 years old. She's starting to breakout as a performer in her own right, and her voice is raw and rebellious. This song explodes with the lovable arrogance and audacity of youth.