Showing posts from August, 2012

Make More Noise 024

Struck gold on this episode of Make More Noise, dear listeners. Presenting a preciously fine blend of album previews, new releases, and a few quality favs from the past few years. Hear brand spanking tunes from Two Door Cinema Club, Bloc Party, Divine Fits, Teen, Wild Nothing, and Cat Power. I am Sachi Subterranean, and it's my mission to keep your ears up to date with the freshest selections. Stay tuned for fall programing on, a service of USC.

Make More Noise 024 by Orsosachisays on Mixcloud

Grow - Delorean
Constant Conversations - Passion Pit
Sleep Alone - Two Door Cinema Club
Octopus - Bloc Party
My Love Is Real - Divine Fits
Better - Teen
Colomb - Nicolas Jaar
The Way Sound Leaves a Room (Demo) - Sarah Jaffe
Winter Solstice - Cold Specks
Shadow - Wild Nothing
Para - Calexico
Live and Die - The Avett Brothers
Ruin - Cat Power
The Gentle Roar - Niki & The Dove
Dirty Money - Antibalas

Big Bend

In March on my way to SXSW, I took an hundred mile detour south, so I could finally visit Big Bend National Park. Forget the rest of the state, Big Bend is what everyone, including Texans, thinks Texas looks like. Big mesas rising over expansive planes and a snaking Rio Grande separating us from the adventures and bad decisions in Mexico. I was in between cameras at the time, and at the last second bought a Kodak Fun Saver disposable camera to try and capture a few shots. Here's what I managed to get that was half decent.

Mellow Waters

Back in January I went to Miami for a wedding, but rather than stay at the boring, standard hotel with the other guests, I couchsurfed at the Mellow Waters Commune. World traveler, bread baker, and former sheep herder, Zach had finally come home to Miami, and together with a few childhood friends had set about turning one of their parent's beautiful homes into a beautiful community. On Friday night I helped cook a delicious, huge communal dinner, which we ate under the stars by candle light. The backyard had a koi pond, hammock, chickens, ducks, pool, and a collection of bonsai trees. It was perfect, so much better than bar hopping and spending the night on the floor of a hotel room. One day I hope to have a home like that, a place for friends to gather. Here are a few photos I took with my new Superheadz Golden Half camera.

Superheadz Golden Half: Death Valley

Got a new toy camera for Christmas this past year, used it immediately, and finally got around to processing the role. Superheadz Golden Half Camera is a 35mm half-frame camera. This role was scanned as individual photos, but I'll also be posting a role soon that was scanned as two photos per the full 35mm frame. Not totally thrilled with this camera just yet, but I'll have to try again soon based on what I learned from these results. Trial and error is the name of the game with amateur, analog photography.

This first set was taken back in January at Death Valley National Park, one of my favorite national parks. The terrain of the park is surreal, unparalleled, and I love the slot canyon hikes. I was in a somewhat altered state of mind when taking these photos, and I feel like that's somewhat reflected in them.


"Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creates and the whole of nature and its beauty." - Albert Einstein"I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures." - Lao Tzu"Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive." - Dali Lama

Down In The Valley 010

Down In The Valley with Mountian Momma brings you the best in Americana music from all eras and decades every Sunday evening, and this week is no exception. Inspired by the Bob Dylan documentary, No Direction Home, this playlist includes many artists mentioned to have inspired the ramblin' bard, including Odetta, Woody Guthrie, and John Jacob Niles. Brought to you by, a service of the University of Southern California.

Down In The Valley 010 by Orsosachisays on Mixcloud

Walkin' Down The Line - Odetta
Chain Gang Boun' - Josh White
Death Letter Blues - Son House
Kaw-Liga - Hank Williams
If I Were A Carpenter - Ramblin' Jack Elliot
I Aint Got No Home In This World Anymore - Woody Guthrie
Railroading On The Great Divide - The New Lost City Ramblers
Go 'Way From My Window - John Jacob Niles
Lift Him Up That's All - Washington Phillips
Bluetail Fly - Abner Jay
Monday Morning Blues - Mississippi John Hurt
I Got The Cross The River Jordan - Blind Willi…

Make More Noise 023

Featuring the latest from Passion Pit, Animal Collective, and Fang Island. Plus, giving away tickets to see Woods at The Echo in Los Angeles. Make More Noise is your source for the best new music, eclectic artists, and free access to events in LA. Listen live on Tuesdays from 1 to 2pm for a chance to win, or follow Or So Sachi Says on Facebook. Thanks to, a service of USC, and The Echo!

Make More Noise 023 by Orsosachisays on Mixcloud

You Call Me On - Twin Shadow
Faithless - Heavenly Beat
I'll Be Alright - Passion Pit
Get Away With It - Animal Kingdom
Navajo - Ponderosa
ABC City - Holograms
Sisterly - Fang Island
Gotham - Animal Collective
Fineshrine - Purity Ring
Gypsy Town - Wet Illustrated
Midnight - Peaking Lights
Echo Lake - Woods
Any Other Day - Woods
Moth Wings - Pond
Lay Down - Alberta Cross
Hypnotic Mind - Jeff The Brotherhood
"45" - The Gaslight Anthem