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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Petrified Forest

Back in January my boyfriend and I took a little southwest road trip that began with New Years Eve in Prescott, Arizona and swung through most of western New Mexico before returning to Los Angeles via the southernmost route. In between Prescott and Santa Fe, we detoured from Interstate 40 to take a drive through Petrified Forest National Park. I've driven this section of I-40 at least 10 times, and had never had the time for this detour before. Unfortunately, we arrived only two hours before the park closed for the night, so we had to rush through a lot of the scenery. But, I will say the winter sun setting lends this series some delightfully dramatic photos.
PS. Additional photos from this wonderful road trip will be posted soon, including photos of Saguaro National Park.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Make More Noise 56

2014 is already shaping up to be a great year for new music with established innovators like How To Dress Well, Tune-Yards, and Sondre Lerche all releasing highly anticipated new albums. It's also seen the arrival of some interesting new players like Sylvan Esso and Tweens. With half the year already come and gone it can feel like there's a lot to catch up on, if you haven't been listening to much new music lately. Luckily, I've scoured several best-of-2014-so-far lists by reputable sources, and distilled my favorites into this episode of Make More Noise. Hope you enjoy, all you dear listeners you! And as always, much thanks to KXSC and USC for letting me take over the airwaves every Tuesday from 8pm to 9pm PT.

Make More Noise 56 by Sachi Subterranean on Mixcloud

Very Best Friend - How To Dress Well
MTLOV (Minor Keys) - A Sunny Day In Glasgow
Seasons (Waiting On You) - Future Islands
Do I Have The Time - Jessica Lea Mayfield
HEAL - Strand of Oaks
Funny - Black Lips
Be Mean - Tweens
Losing To The Dark - La Sera
Crime - Real Estate
Bloodlines - Mimicking Birds
Turtles All The Way Down - Sturgill Simpson
Kong - The Notwist
Coffee - Sylvan Esso
Water Fountain - Tune-Yards
Two Weeks - FKA twigs
Bad Law - Sondre Lerche
Night Tracking - Jacques Greene

Monday, July 7, 2014

Make More Noise 55 (Laurel Canyon Edition)

Laurel Canyon is a comparatively secluded neighborhood in the hills north of Hollywood full of verdant nooks and crannies. It's stunningly beautiful, and somehow very removed from the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles. In the mid 1960s it became a hotbed for creative collaboration. Emerging musical talents met, exchanged ideas, and became friends, resulting in a number of landmark bands from the era including Buffalo Springfield, Love, and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. Though it's renowned may have faded a bit since the 1970s, the area remains a have for musicians with folk tendencies, who carry on the canyon's musical traditions. Come listen to the history of Laurel Canyon beginning with The Modern Folk Quarter in 1963 and ending with some contemporary artists, like Johnathan Wilson in this special edition of Make More Noise. Brought to you by KXSC.org and the University of Southern California.

Make More Noise 55 (Laurel Canyon Edition) by Sachi Subterranean on Mixcloud

Swing Down Chariot - The Modern Folk Quartet
I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better - The Byrds
For That It's Worth - Buffalo Springfield
Who Are The Brain Police? Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention
Sometimes Good Guys Don't Wear White - The Standells
Seven and Seven Is - Love
Twelve Thirty (Young Girls Are Coming To The Canyon) - The Mamas & The Papas
California - John Mayall
Our House - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Ladies Of The Canyon - Joni Mitchell
Raspberry Jam - Carole King
You're Got A Friend - James Taylor
Little Lovin' - Lissie
When My Time Comes - Dawes
Canyon In The Rain - Jonathan Wilson

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Holga 120mm TLR: Sequoia

Welp, I'm really behind on my photo editing. This series is actually almost a year old. Last July I went to the Mineral King area of Sequoia National Park for a weekend. If you're not familiar, this section of the park is on the south side, and somewhat removed from the main area of the park with its famous massive trees. Getting there involves turning off the main road outside the park and driving for an hour along a thin, winding road that's mostly dirt. The first time I went out there I arrived after dark, and was convinced that I was lost and about to drive off a cliff. But, in the morning I woke up to pristine, uncrowded access to high sierra country that's as beautiful as you might find in the more busy areas moving north through the main part of the park and up to Yosemite.

This visit I did the hike past Franklin Lakes up to Franklin Pass, which at 11,800 feet above sea level gives you majestic view of backpacking country. Round trip up and back was about 17 miles, and I ambitiously tackled it in 1 very long day, but it was completely worth it. The only camera I took was my Holga 120mm TLR, and I used Fuji color film. They've been lightly touched up and adjusted in Photoshop, but all the double exposures were done on the film in the field, one of the nice features of the Holga TLR.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Make More Noise 54

This rollicking playlist will take you from Philly's vibrant post punk scene to new music from indie rock veterans, like Sharon Van Etten, before drifting into western folk rival and finishing up down right country. Recommend for fans of Modern Baseball, The War On Drugs, and Nickle Creek. Brought to you by KXSC and the University of Southern California. Listen live on Tuesdays at 8pm PT/11pm ET.

Make More Noise 54 by Sachi Subterranean on Mixcloud

I'm Not Part of Me - Cloud Nothings
Hum - Tigers Jaw
Our Song - Radiator Hospital
Charlie Black - Modern Baseball
Another One - Yuck
Red Eyes - The War On Drugs
Tarifa - Sharon Van Etten
Katie Queen of Tennessee - The Apache Relay
Saturday Bride - Quilt
Ends of the Earth - Lord Huron
As I Am - Paper Bird
21st of May - Nickle Creek
California (Cast Iron Soul) - Jamestown Revival
Hold On - The Gospel Whiskey Runners
Swimmin' Time - Shovels & Rope
Backwoods Company - The Wild Feathers