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Day 25

when the world is sick / can’t no-one be well / but i dreamt we was all beautiful and strong

23:30 / 10 May 2019
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randomly observed

various things of interest—

—jonathan pie has been pretty solid of late with the takes on the Extinction Rebellion and center-left discourse being 100% on-point. at one point he mentions the Notre Dame tragedy, whose ‘rescue’ by the wealthy has been noticed by more than a few. the Catholic Church has probably spent the cost of rebuilding the cathedral on legal fees regarding child rape cases in America alone, so maybe they should be the one to foot the bill for a fire.

—speaking of America, i just can’t deal with news from there anymore. the fucking institutional obsession with the Mueller report is only more evidence that center-right liberals will do anything to find a way to blame the 2016 election on Russia. this shit is like Alex Jones level obsession for people who believe shopping at Whole Foods is a political act.1

—listening to Spotify in Spain is pretty dope because whenever an ad comes up it just sounds like a conversation I don’t understand. I wish I could always get ads in foreign languages. (current musical obsessions: new kids,2 old hats,3 artsy and trash pop.

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  • it was disgusting years ago when people were defending Obama and Hilary Clinton as being ‘politically left’—at this point it’s simply fucking stupid to look outside of American institutions as the reason for their failure. greed and money run the country and this president reflects that pretty accurately.
  • i know eilish is 17 and for that age group but christ i am so glad smartphones weren’t around until my heavy show-going days were almost over. this new crowd scene looks like a terrible time; watching a show through everyone else’s screen? i get i’m an old now but fuck that noise
  • Planes is still the best band and this performance is ultimate

12:00 / 21 April 2019
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Now Playing

pretty

as the new book is set to arrive, I released the audiobook; all purchases of the book get a free download.

all in all I’m not disappointed with it

00:00 / 2 April 2019
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The Hits Keep Comin’

Cover for Okonomiyaki I-IV

(even with multiple new works & various portfolio updates at hand, before undertaking new tasks for The Summer Abroad, I have another April release with a new EP titled after the Japanese pancake; the first song is the third song on Four-Color Process and can be heard here / more info to come)

00:45 / 20 March 2019
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daytime tv

(audio available as free single here)

21:00 / 17 March 2019
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Four-Color Process

the ‘audiobook’ for Vol. 3 will be a five-song EP, continuing on with themes from “Home” but dealing with the concepts from the past few months.

09:00 / 9 March 2019
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miscellany

The Cruel Abandon of Time I&II

month 2 of 12 year 2019: go

been working on a variety of things, leading toward a new upcoming gallery of year-end miscellany. with a new book&a paper project in the works, some more formal concepts will be soon released. —perhaps new music—for now just fun&experimentation.

the only relevant thing to me about this superbowl is that the ‘new’ big lebowski material is a fucking advertisment and i was right to not get my hopes up. unreal. if every aspect of our culture is just going to ends up as a means to sell something else, we’re just up and deciding american art means nothing outside the vantage point of consumption.

i somehow slept on the last loma prieta album. damn. this is the good stuff. crazy optics, too.

15:00 / 3 February 2019
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when no place feels like home

Hollywood Los Angeles

my favorite LA activity remains driving around while browsing pop radio stations. destinations—though important for the purpose of forward momentum—can come and go, but if there is one constant in los angeles, it is the road, crowded but lonesome. seems fitting in a way, where those who end up in LA seem to just find their own path to the end of the line, running out of land and all the roads everyone took to get here just intertwine in a jumbled, chaotic, beautiful and anxiety-riddled mess of bold colors, bright lights and the darkest shadows money can buy—

i don’t often find pop radio appealing, but LA has such a variety it’s pretty easy to leave the radio on “scan” and something is bound to be listenable.1 plus, pop music just fits here, more than probably anywhere else, to the point where listening to it feels necessary (as opposed to second-tier, which it does in most other cities, because they for the most part aren’t hubs of popular entertainment)

(meanwhile, to go from mainstream to high art, the Rauschenberg 1/4 Mile exhibit at LACMA is absolutely incredible)2

i return to the pacific northwest tomorrow for what will be a couple months of hectic art-making and life-planning before returning to work overseas, and then who knows, however I could see a return to America landing me here, in the sun, for some span of time.

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  • I rarely plug in my own music to car stereos anymore and one of my favorite things to do while driving in new cities, to get a feel for them, is to keep the radio on “Scan” for at least two times through the entire rotation of stations. It’s a sort of cultural tourism that can directly plug in to what the locals all share in terms of a sensory experience.
  • Rauschenberg may be considered ‘high art’ but what would pop radio be? Is mainstream culture lowbrow? Personally I feel the title applies to anything corporate but I somehow imagine the rest of society would disagree.

17:15 / 22 January 2019
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Ordinary Intersections

I forgot my headphones today. A full day of work at the library and coffee shop planned and I fucking forgot headphones.

Headphones provide a strange type of alienation from the world: self-imposed. A cue to the world—a visual Away MessageI’m not available right now. More than that, since the iPod’s first campaign through the modern Beats ads, they’re somewhat of a status symbol (no matter how dumb that status looks).

I try and be pretty aware of their use. I don’t understand wearing headphones absent-mindedly on walks. The sonic experience of both nature and the city can be equally enthralling.1 I also don’t get why people wear headphones when they drive, because of, well, you know. Safety concerns and all.

But a modern coffee shop is practically intolerable without some noise. It’s impossible to walk through a crowded cafe in America and find any square footage where you can’t hear some of the most inane bullshit you’re likely to experience all day.2 So tepid are Americans to discuss the society of our day that I’ve had art censored from cafés in Portland (of all places) due to their political nature. Some respond by talking about things out of their control—sports teams, the weather—and the response for me is to listen to something chaotic.

(The library is almost the complete opposite; the stunning silence almost begs for preferential sound to allow for focus, a way to keep the brain on a cycle while dealing with information and research and workflow. I can barely focus on the fact I’m having trouble maintaining focus on anything. A rather idyllic First World Problem, I know, but it’s these little inconveniences that can seriously fuck up the day’s output.)

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  • It wasn’t too long ago when Being Present was the hipster fashion phrase of the moment; how anyone could reasonably say they were aware of the ‘moment’ while wired into social media, the internet, music, podcasts, etc., is beyond me.
  • Long gone are the days of Les Deux Magots. Let’s face it: most conversations people have are, at best, barely tolerable to those involved. Nobody here is solving world hunger; most of the time they’re just deciding what to get for lunch. Business owners may not want to risk conversation that could be ‘offensive’ to customers, but that just further proves the influence of commerce outweighs any sense of sociopolitical self-preservation we have as a culture in America.

13:00 / 10 January 2019
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The Sounds of Time

The tools that built this

For quite some time I’ve been working on a new musical project and have started 2019 with its release. Stream a preview above, “Artists in Times of War.”

Stream and purchase “Home” here. More information on the record will be released in the coming days.

12:00 / 2 January 2019
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Clear History

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