So this band, Foxygen, let rock n roll out of the box last night at a show that the drummer invited us to. The night really couldn’t have been better, went to the show with two super hot ladies who were the connection to the band, didn’t get drunk, and smoked some pretty fun weed. I was so relieved after talking with Shaun, who’s the drummer of the band, because he’s a really cool guy and we shared a lot of the same care and understanding for music. So when his band didn’t suck, I was really happy. It’s the worst when you meet a cool person and their music, art, or whatever is horrible… it’s like trying to date a really good looking girl with bad breath.
Flying through the clouds with so many things to do the sight of a plane always leaves me feeling depressed and alone. I’ve had that feeling about planes ever since I was a child. I love how Lane Coder captured that exact feeling for me in this photo from his RIIS Park series.
This is a photo by Terry Barentsen that instantly caught my attention. I can’t figure out if those glasses are a reflection or some sort of coating on the lenses. To me it looks like a nuclear bomb explosion inside her eyes or once again, a nebula forming it’s stars. Either way, it lit my curiosity.
This is some footage of Tony and me playing at the Stork Club in Oakland. It was a really fun place to play because it’s right on the strip and has ok sound. We love to spend time designing our sets because we feel that playing music is only half the battle of bringing people into our world. This set is supposed to look like a Nebula giving birth to stars.
This is the first song I ever recorded. I was 16 years old and my friend, Aaron, was 14. We recorded it his house which backed up against a trailer park that was known for having one of the worst child abuse cases on record. Staring directly into the cemetery from his bedroom window, it’s strange to think back on how dreadfully haunting a night can feel in the middle of America.
This is some funny stuff from Mike Poore and “The Capitain & Casey Show” with some solid skating. I’ve loved skate videos for as long as I can remember. They are absorbently nostalgic. They remind me of how I always want to be in motion; it’s my nature and my habit. The flow and rhythm of a skate film makes me remember my natural gravitation towards the study of music and science.
Six Wolves is a creative agency out of Australia. One of it’s co-owners I use to spend a great amount of time with. Running from here to there in a world of whatever we wanted. This picture is reminiscent of the times we’d lay and day dream, for what was an entire day.
This video moves slowly but just watch the amount of tricks Alex Carolino bangs out for this Mike Poore piece that was shot way back in 2008. I met Mike while he was filming this dude skating these stairs at Dolores Park one day. He later ended up doing a piece on me and the music I was making at the time and then eventually ended up editing my first music video for this song called “I am Gangster, I am Monkey”. He’s now prolly on tour somewhere with DC Shoe company living that good life!
We had rode our bikes up to this really nice place called Lafatette Park. We smoked some really heavy chronic and coasted down to the movie theaters. The Budapest Hotel is a good addition to Wes Anderson’s catalog. We walked outside and the world felt still, I looked up and saw these oh so strange clouds and couldn’t help but think, “did the cavemen see clouds like this ever or are we a special form of new witness?”
This video is by a dude named Sole. We use to play the same venue every now and then and after a couple of times of speaking he gave me this Noam Chomsky book from his on road collection. He asked me to read it and let him know what I thought next time we ran into each other. That night, playing in this tiny low ceiling venue people were electric, I still have goose bumps from that energy. I never ran back into him but, I loved the book.
If you’re interested in the background to today’s news over the arrest of State Senator Leland Yee and notorious Chinatown gangster Raymond ‘Shrimp Boy’ Chow, check out some of these links on the background of the story.
The Ghee Tung Tong goes back to the earliest days of SF’s Chinatown and was closely related to Sun Yat Sen’s fundraising efforts for the 1911 revolution of China. Click here to read more on Chinese Secrete Societies
Chow came of age in the Chinatown gang wars of the early 1970′s and was even present at the legendary Golden Dragon Massacre. How he ever got out of jail is an issue that surely will be discussed in the coming weeks:
Finally, consider this article from 2006. Are today’s arrests tied to this killing? (notice Shrimp Boy showed up to the funeral in white):
This song was recorded circa 1998 in Lafayette, Colorado. I grew up with this dude named Aaron, we both were pretty reclusive kids always messing around with any sort of instruments we could find. There was a second hand store called Sister Carmen that was hidden within a mass of trailer homes in the shittier part of town. We would both dig for records there and eventually ended up sampling them to make our music easier. This is one of my favorite songs that came from that time of my life, we were about 16 years old when we were making this type of music just for fun and for something to do on a Saturday night since we both typically weren’t invited to any of the parties going on.