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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.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Make More Noise 62

I'm working two jobs right now, and it feels like I barely have time to breathe. Still, I find time to scour the web every week looking for new aural gems. Why? Because, I'm a true music fan. And if you appreciate my efforts, chances are that you're a true music fan too. You can't stop listening. There's always some new sound to be heard. Some new corner of a emerging or nearly forgotten genre to turn. True music fans unite! From the poppy Thumpers to the thoughtful Elder Island this playlist is chock-full-o freshly discovered new music gems. Enjoy, dear listeners, and listen on.

Make More Noise 62 by Sachi Subterranean on Mixcloud

Real - Years & Years
Harlem - Cathedrals
Unkinder (A Tougher Love) - Thumpers
World Restart - Kindness feat. Kelela & Ade
Violent Shiver - Benjamin Booker
Two Bodies - Flight Facilities feat. Emma Louise
Hard Time - Seinabo Sey
Our Love - Caribou
What It's Worth - Elder Island
Archie, Marry me - Alvvays
Surrender - The Smith Street Band
Everlasting Arms - Vampire Weekend
Humiliation - The National
Come Save Me - Jagwar Ma

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Make More Noise 61

Call me crazy, but I think emo is making a comeback. ALL HAIL THE SOUNDS OF MY SAD AND ALONE HIGH SCHOOL YEARS! Though I love to throw my dancing shoes on, cut a rug, and blissfully let go, I still kind of think you can't be happy all the time. It isn't realistic.

That's why emo still pulls at my heart strings. Plus, there's so much potential there. There's so much creativity and raw force that can come out of being sad and alone. Don't you remember being an angsty teen, working on the lit mag and going to basement shows that got busted by the cops? I know I wasn't the only one! Even if you've happily moved on to the next stage in your life, it can still be nice to fondly reminisce.

Thankfully there's a new generation of bands that have picked up the emo torch, so we can all cry together!

Make More Noise 61 by Sachi Subterranean on Mixcloud

Half Crazy - The Barr Brothers
A Different Kind of Kindling - You Blew It!
Mad Frustrated - Dikembe
First As Tragedy, Second As Farce - Prawn
Rekindle - Brave Bird
Internet May Mays - Spraynard
Radio Hive - Weatherbox
The Medic - Foxing
Andreas - Seahaven
Boxcar - Tiny Moving Parts
Summer's Colour - Basement
Disintegration - Turnover
Shit Twins - Dads
Heartbeat In The Brain - The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die
Pepsi-Coke Suicide - Elvis Depressedly

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Make More Noise 60

This is the sort of solidly eclectic playlist you've come to expect from Make More Noise. It ranges from the abstract to the sweet to the rough to the dancing-shoes-required. There's respected artists and up-and-coming musicians. It's mostly new, and a few tracks that feel through the cracks this past year. Keep your ears open, dear listeners. Make More Noise is live on Wednesdays 8pm PT/11pm ET thanks to KXSC.org and the University of Southern California.

Make More Noise 60 by Sachi Subterranean on Mixcloud

Casablanca - Nubian Mindz
Beggin For Thread - Banks
Head Games - Lost Midas feat. Audris
Wrong Club - The Ting Tings
Dervish - Simian Mobile Disco
Government Trash - Death From Above 1979
I Can't Pretend - The Drums
Dripping - Blonde Redhead
Come Save Me - Jagwar Ma
Windshield - Greensky Bluegrass
Dreams - Wet
Spectre (Bibio Remix) - Tycho
Dustism - This Will Destroy You

Friday, September 12, 2014

Make More Noise 59 (Jade Tree Edition)

Jade Tree Records had a reputation for signing emerging musicians that came to define the boundaries of emo, punk rock, post punk, screamo, hardcore and other iconic genres of late '90s and early '00s. They also brought together talented artists for a number of intriguing limited edition split EPs. This made their roster a hotbed for new collaborations and exchanges of ideas. To top it all off, they did this from the tiny state of Delaware, a state with no major cities or renown. Though the label has been a lot less active for a few years now, their impact on music cannot be ignored.

This special edition of Make More Noise just begins to scratch the surface of Jade Tree's extensive catalog. If you've never heard of this label, be prepared for an awesome education. And, if you're familiar, prepare yourself for a delightfully nostalgic walk down memory lane.

Originally aired live on KXSC.org, a service of USC.

Make More Noise 59 (Jade Tree Edition) by Sachi Subterranean on Mixcloud

Indian Summer - Pedro The Lion
Billions Millions - Cloak/Dagger
Lose Me - Denali
Come Back Alive - Ester Drang
The Final Goodbye - From Ashes Rise
Queen & John - Good Riddance
Sweet Avenue - Jets To Brazil
God Bless America - Joan Of Arc
Red & Blue Jeans - The Promise Ring
Cheap Shot Youth - Kid Dynamite
Anti-Anti - Snowden
Just Another Night With The Boys - Dark Blue
Diggin A Grave - Micah P. Hinson
Shrink To Fit - Milemarker
O Is The One That Is Real - My Morning Jacket
Bitte Ein Kuss - Onelinedrawing
Sunset On 32nd Street - Strike Anywhere
Echo Boomer - Fucked Up