Wanted to put this video by Chairlift up because I really like the foggy color that they edited it with. I thought to myself, “hmm.. that video would prolly look good on the site.” Is is so bad that I only picked this because I wanted to see how it would look on the site? I don’t think so and if you do, well then you are worrying about the wrong things in life.
This music video is about the most embarrassing thing I can think of to show of myself. I hate that I’m in it so much. I was for some reason trying to grow a beard and an afro at the same time… not a good idea. Anyway, I had watched this Spike Lee movie with my friend Sanja and I got to thinking about how annoying the black race can be. I know it sounds like some self hate but really, it’s an observation I’ve made for years. I see so many black people just throwing in the towel before they even step into the ring and it hurts my heart. I’m not saying every black person does this, but for the most part, what you see in San Francisco…isn’t the best representation of the culture. Shortly after making this song I lost all feelings towards this type of music… I needed to do something unexpected. The reason I’m posting this today is because I got an email from someone asking about the 1865 stuff and if I was ever going to make another hip hop album. It’s crazy that I get a couple of emails a year saying something simular, all very flattering and appreciated. It makes me happy, but in reply to the very much appreciated email: No way BREH… hip hop is weird… it ain’t in my heart.
I randomly walked into Relove on Polk st. about 8 months ago and bought 4-5 pieces from the store. I typically don’t like to get more than one thing from a store because I value my random approach to fashion but this store was special. I liked it so much that I decided to interview the owner Delila Hailechristos about some random things on my mind.
Delilah went to the University of Minnesota because she had a sister who was in attendance there. We are talking about her experience there.
I wen’t off on this thought about star formation and human awareness and how some people are good at self regulating and others, not so much.
I love this shot from Lane Coder because of it’s disconnected lighting. The blown out window combined with the models lay gives this whole thing a feeling of being in a trance. I’ve been feeling like a zombie these days because I’ve just been addicted to practicing music…at times I find myself not even really playing anything that makes sense… I’ll zone out for 5 or so minutes and when I come back to reality it’s just a lot of noise. I’ve always made music like that. It’s like learning how to be unconscious while being aware of your unconscious state. Anyway…this picture gives me that same feeling.
Last night someone came up to me and said, “I listened to your music…really different sounding stuff… it’s like, you’re in a dance party on your way to Hell.” I really got a kick out of that because this person had been thinking about how to sum up the sound and I think it’s beautiful when art makes people think and travel within their own head. Fast forward a couple of hours and I’m walking down the street with some friends and I see what you see below… I instantly felt like I was in a dance party on my way to hell. Things have been aligning with me like crazy these days… so much so that if I were to speak honestly about it, I’d lose credibility. This world is ran by invisible aliens. I’m so thankful we get along.
Here’s a picture of a good friend of mine who I really do appreciate so so much. She’s constantly doing what she wants, constantly developing the creative aspects of her life, and always making me go, “damn… yeah… that shit is cool.” I really love this idea behind her hair and it looks amazing. Watch out for those people collectors out there G! You’re one cool lady and they’ll find you.
Super cool shot from the Full Frame Collective over at the Golden State Warriors game. I just like stuff like this so that’s why I wanted to put it up. Can you imagine if you fell doing a trick in front of so many people? Why does the amount of eyes directly relate to the level of embarrassment in people. We are all so aware of one another…so be nice and go big.
This photo by the kid I met last week at a show we played is super sick. He’s on an adventure across America and has been doing something I’ve wanted to do for a very long time now: Ride a train from California to Colorado. It’s one of my biggest goals in life and I really hope to get that done here in the next year or so. Preferably during the winter.
Dreams of Saigon was made by the ever talented Brian Chu during his obvious travels abroad. It was shot on film and is absolutely beautiful. I don’t know if he was going for this effect but when the piece comes to the end I feel really sad. The long fade out with the pace of the shots makes me feel like I’m dying and while I’m fading away… the world around me keeps pace. I love it.
The EMB… one of the hottest skate spots in SF. Sandwiched between two of the most beautiful bridges in the entire planet. Terry Barentsen again gives us the feeling of being involved in something special. Watching the motion to his photos is almost like watching a movie. He’s an active dude and his photography is a workout. Always beautiful and always sweaty.
Life is timing. I’ve had complete heart break from a fraction of a second reacting like it was nuclear. Lane Coder shows evidence of star creation and human destruction with this beautifully shot, underwater photograph. It’s really wild to look at this photo as a massive explosion with a human as the cause of chaos. Being how I am… jumping into a pool is going to hold a lot more meaning for me now which sucks, because I just got comfortable taking my shirt off in public.
Ok, you’re probably like, “I knew it was only a matter of time until this dude started posting popular shit.” But yeah anyway… enough of that noise. A friend of ours wrote a song for Beyonce’ called ‘No Angel’ and I must admit, it took some time to grow on me but the video definitely helped give me a reason to think about it. There are times in the video below that I really like: 1:41mins when the truth of the song comes in is absolutely beautiful. I don’t know if Caroline wrote that in there or if that was a Beyonce production team decision, but it was a brilliant one and right then, Beyonce’ sounds vastly more honest than she projects during the other verses of the song. 1:43mins watch how the back of the Cadillac vibrates. I love the idea that they caught that shot while some dude with a serious sound system in the trunk pushed that shit to 11. It makes me want to know which song he chose to play while he knew he was being filmed for a Beyonce” video… I’m sure it was slow and sick! 1:50mins – 1:53mins I love that the edit to Paul Wall matches with the vocal track. 1:52mins is the best shot of the entire video in my opinion… I love the depth, size, and subject matter of the photograph in the banner being held up. It reminds me of my Dad. He grew up in Tyler, Texas and was a pretty serious dude back in the day… though now he’s super cool. Anyway, stoked for Caroline… hard work pays off.
We’ve been doing this for years. Every year for Gay Pride we throw a, “For The Gusto” type party from the living of my house. No one ever gets hurt unless it’s their feelings, and they were dumb enough to park their car on 18th street and the roof of their 1989 Nissan Pulsar gets caved in. Yet, the cops this year decided it was necessary to try and strip us of our 7th annual dance party at 6:50pm. The Sun was still hot on peoples necks as the police entered my house unannounced and threatened to collect our music equipment as “evidence.” Haha, what poor schmo has the job of sitting there and stating the obvious over and over again? This is a speaker. This is a record. This is a turntable. Real good job San Francisco Police Department… you instantly pissed everyone off with your over zealous attempt to stop a perfectly good time that happens… once a year. I’m glad I had educated myself on the exact laws that were playing a part in facilitating our annual party because per usual, the cops’ approach was to lie, manipulate, threaten, and scare people who would easily have a conversation with them if they weren’t always so, aggressive. All I want to say is two things… 1) if you’re reading this and you were at the party this past Saturday, thank you for coming and for being nice to everyone around you. We can get soo much more done when people are honest and nice. 2) I think the police need to reevaluate the world they are “serving” San Francisco. This city is a place where people value creation, inspiration, and love. If, we the people who live in this city, want to have a dance party once a year in front of the houses in which we live and EVERYONE is for it… don’t be a complete bag of salty crusty old limp smelly dicks and start yelling a bunch of threats… we know our rights… now turn the music up!
I love this photo from Lane Coder because I don’t like oceans that look warm and inviting. Probably because I’ve never really been in one other than the time I went to Brazil and put my feet in. Other than that I want to look at an ocean that gives me the feeling of unrest and chaos. I find that to be calming, it makes me feel that everything I naturally feel isn’t something wrong. The guts of the world are exposed in a frantic sea and the mist from the waves should remind us all that the darkness… is refreshing.