Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Advertising on Beach Sloth



                Today on this old Blog I have a special announcement: I am offering advertising up to whoever is interested. By no means is this going to dramatically change much of anything. After a few years of pouring my heart and scroll into this fine invention I’m ready to take things to the next level. 

                Advertising is in a few forms. Anybody interested in advertising can feel free to contact me at the following address:

                pleasepaybeachsloth@gmail.com

                I use that address exclusively for anything payment or Beach Sloth business related. That address proved to be infinitely helpful whenever I have sold T-shirts or chapbooks. Anybody can buy either of those things from me still. 

                T-shirts, Buttons, Etc. go here.
                Chapbooks go here.
                Patreon (NEW) go here.

                I offer a few things for advertising purposes. As the blog is now an increasingly smaller part of what I do I also offer other places to advertise:

                My Twitter
                My Tumblr

                My advertising efforts have already begun prior to this post. Nobody has noticed yet so I figured now would be a great time to take things to the next level. Whoever is interested in advertising through any of my online platforms can do so. Simply email me, let me know what you need, what sort of prices you would be willing to pay, and what kind of advertising you are hoping to do (music, literature, other products, etc.). 

                Thus far my advertising efforts have been pretty successful since they have reinforced rather than taken away from what I have already done. Beach Sloth is a huge passion project for me. I hope to continue doing exactly what I love doing on all platforms. This project has taken on a life of its own. My initial estimate for the length of Beach Sloth was a year, tops, maybe two years. Now it is close to entering its fourth year, hence my desire to try and make this more sustainable for me. 

                Note that I am going to continue this Blog for the indefinite future. There is no specific end in sight for this site. I want to continue doing this with the least amount of interruption possible. I am infinitely thankful for everything everyone has managed to do for me. I have received great support for this project which is why it has continued this long. 

                Whoever is interested in simply donating me money (through the kindness of their heart) can do so via my PayPal account: pleasepaybeachsloth@gmail.com I will continue to blog for you. That is a promise.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Beach Sloth - It doesn't matter what you look like on the outside it’s what’s on the internet that counts 11.0



                Among the masterpieces of the world Beach Sloth’s debut poetry collection is the best. Other forms of art are stupid compared to what Beach Sloth has effortlessly accomplished in his debut poetry publication. Writers yearn to truly navigate the depths of the human soul the way an anonymous dad sloth does with absolute ease. Throughout the collection Beach Sloth goes from hilarious to tragic in mere fractions of an inch. Of course this may be due to the font size but it is a grand testament to Beach Sloth’s powers as a highly blogging entity that his work appears to be perfected within these hallowed pages. 

                Trees give their lives for books but usually those books are not as good as Beach Sloth’s debut poetry collection. Few things can be. Beach Sloth has for years, nigh decades, supported people. His credo of “Support Each Other” can be felt throughout the surprising debut poetry collection. At times dark and touching Beach Sloth’s debut poetry collection takes a different approach from his actual blogging material. Yes the playfulness is still there. Yet there is specific commentary on some of the people that Beach Sloth truly cares for both people he has encountered and people he grew up with. For limiting the collection to random strangers, while fitting his blog’s aesthetic, is thrown aside for a more personal approach. 

                What is most interesting about Beach Sloth’s debut poetry collection is the dearth of sloths. Throughout the collection Beach Sloth fails to mention much in the way of actual sloths. Maybe this is because Beach Sloth feels it is too painful to reflect upon growing up in a human’s world as a mere sloth covered in algae hanging off of trees. Currently few are interested in the secret lives of sloths excluding the valiant efforts of a select few biochemists who realize that sloth algae could provide a plethora of life-extending and life-improving pharmaceuticals. 

                Until such time as scientists are able to cure common ailments using sloth back algae, there is Beach Sloth’s debut poetry collection. Sure maybe Beach Sloth’s debut poetry collection will be unable to cure the common cold but it can improve the spirit and isn’t that just as good, if not better? There is a lot of harshness in life a lot of people who feel like doing it alone. Life does not need to be that way. People are social creatures and with Beach Sloth’s debut poetry collection people will feel closer together. And that is better than any medicine. 


                Go HERE to learn more about the importance of Beach Sloth’s debut poetry collection,how to order, and how to have a fun time in general. 

Note for Book Price: While I have a 'pay what you want' feature I would say that the minimum suggested price for the book is $13 US/Canada, $18 International (I figure I am going to be sending a lot of stuff internationally).

Monday, July 27, 2015

Beach Sloth is creating Blogs



                Beach Sloth is a project I created officially on July 27th, 2010. I love blogging about people. There is so much culture to explore and support. Ever since I began Beach Sloth I have not needed a TV for anything. My life has been fulfilled seeing what wonderful pieces of work made it online into my browsers, my emails, my PDFs, my videos, and my music. Honestly thanks to Beach Sloth I have been exposed to more culture than I could ever possibly wrap my arms around. 

                That is why I created a Patreon account. I could use a few sponsors to help me meet my monthly expenses which are pretty small. I live frugally. At this point I do not need much to survive since I have cut down what I consider my needs. What I do know that I need, what I am passionate about, is all the wonderful people I have reviewed on this blog. Countless individuals that I have been fortunate enough to meet have become incredibly close friends, the kinds of friends that I can confide in and treat just like those people I have met in person.

                Financial support for Beach Sloth gives me a reason to spend a greater amount of time on auxiliary aspects of the project. Already I have released an e-book through Amazon, a chapbook I printed myself, an album free for download, an e-book released for free through Peanut Gallery Press (which has been favorably mentioned by Dennis Cooper), and a book through Dig That Book Co. So I try to keep Beach Sloth as active as I possibly can. 

                Everything I create for the blog shall continue to be free. I have great plans for Beach Sloth, including an eventual full-length book, another full-length album offered free of charge, and smaller e-books and chapbooks. People who feel like contributing money to me via Patreon can do so right




                I also understand a lot of my readership cannot afford to support me via Patreon. My presence on Patreon will not change anything about what I can for the blog. All it means is if someone wants to support me financially outside of the usual avenues of:



And 

pleasepaybeachsloth@gmail.com – my Paypal account, which has since become an MEME 

             Recently I have also decided to start a Fiverr account which basically expands what I do on a regular basis into new forms. If you are interested in my Fiverr work (want something written, shared, re-tweeted, etc.) you can go:

Here!

They can. It is that simple. Nothing else will change. I shall continue Beach Sloth, this passion project of mine, because I think that what I do is rewarding in ways outside of mere monetary concerns. My ultimate goal for Beach Sloth is to have it financially support me and a small group of writers I particularly like (I have people in mind for this). That is far away but with Patreon that can become considerably easier. Thank you for reading this and thank you for coming to my little corner of the universe. 

                Additionally I would like to thank everyone who has been able to support me on Patreon. It means more to me than I can possibly express.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Headshy - La Belle Epoque - (Triple EP) The Head Chord, The Heart Chord, The Base Chord

Headshy’s triple feature EP is a sound straight from the heart. The sections work together to create an overall moody series. Dreamy textures are explored in full with their lyrics helping to convey a romantic sense, a sense that romance does not have to be loud. Here Headshy opt for the softer textures with the pieces floating on by. 

“Sister” introduces the “Head Chord” portion of the collection. Indeed this section feels particularly heady as the lyrics point to a deep and careful analysis of their world. For “Lead Me Home” they expand the roster of vocals giving the song a communal feeling. This attitude continues on the dusty organ of “Requiem for the Living” and finishes off with the comforting “Faith”. Almost akin to Blonde Redhead, “Coma” possesses a deep-seeded sense of anxiety. Unease flows from this song and continues on the surreal, classically informed “M. Verre”. Most of the “Heart Chord” section consists of a sound in flux, letting in a wider range of sounds to include electronic washes. The quieter sounds that prevail in this section feel appropriate given the dark nature of the lyrics, of a cautious form of exploration. Optimism returns on the final third, “The Base Chord”. “The Light That Guides The Blind” opens up this last section with absolute sunshine. By far the highlight of the collection is the clean, jazz tones of “Seville” which nicely balances the quiet with the celebratory. With “Blue Days” Headshy move into cinematic territory. Ending the collection off on an ambitious note is the spacious work of “Perfect”. 


With “La Belle Epoque” Headshy prove themselves to be master practitioners  of chamber pop.  

The Cake House by Latifah Salom



                Latifah Salom’s “The Cake House” explores the brutality lurking within impeccably maintained suburbs. The illusion of the suburbs is that everyone appears to have made it while in reality they have not created anything of lasting value. Claude Fisk represents the hollowness of this dream. On the surface Claude Fisk appears to be an upright individual, trying to help Rosaura and Rosaura’s mother Dahlia overcome a tragic fate. 

                “The Cake House” has one of the most brutal openings I’ve ever read. From there I was completely hooked. Incredibly graphic, this scene forms the crux of the book. By slowly examining the character’s ticks, Latifah Salom is able to examine vibrant relationships. Immediately Rosaura finds herself in a serious economic shift from the hardscrabble life she lived into a decorative cake house. Gone is the cramped apartment, the arguments Rosaura witnessed with her parents. Now she is placed into a cold eerie house without any kind of history with the community. An outcast she takes photos of individuals from far away, becoming a voyeur of other’s emotions. Lacking any of the history her stepfather and stepbrother have with the community she sees things through clean eyes. 

                Characters represent the best and the worst that any suburb has to offer. Her adjustment to her new world takes getting used to as she is not used to having things showered upon her, from a bedroom set to a darkroom. Everything is given to her, things she thought she would never be fortunate enough to have. Gone with that sense of insecurity she feels insecure surrounded by individuals who have always had it all. For her this is all new and for a while she resists material temptations. Eventually she begins to learn how to best listen to her own desires. 

                By living in the garish over-sized house Rosaura realizes that the lifestyle she acquired might have been given under dubious means. Her world feels richer yet emptier. Making friends is difficult as she has little experience in a world where individuals have nest eggs, trips to Europe, and leisure time. Indeed her mother finds herself longing for a job, something to keep her entertained while her children are away at school. Gradually Rosaura realizes that her new freedoms, the ability to get whatever she wants, comes through a person who sole worth comes from manipulating others. 

                Piece by piece the backstory comes into view. Rosaura manages to understand the motivations behind people’s eyes, their behaviors, and how they came to be. It is through her empathy and compassion for others that leads Rosaura and her mother down the path to total freedom. With their freedom the two of them are genuinely excited and hopeful for a future where they can rely on themselves without the need for unstable, crooked people in their lives. 

                “The Cake House” is an unflinching look at what people are willing to do to attain the American Dream.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Small Leaks Sink Ships – Face Yourself, and Remove Your Sandals



                Small Leaks Sink Ships hits all the right notes with “Face Yourself, and Remove Your Sandals”. Cryptically titled the songs are wrought with genuine adoration for the world. Together the pieces come to form a story that grows ever larger with the additional chapters. Running the gamut from chamber pop a la Grizzly Bear to the colorful visions of Post-Rock Small Leaks Sink Ships has an impressive range. In particular the Post-Rock affections become quite prominent towards the latter half of the album. 

                Lo-fi with its origins Small Leaks Sink Ships give a nod to their namesake with the sound of water introducing the album on “Power Outage”. With great passion blasts the high energy of “Midnight Jin”. Relaxed, country-tinged guitars twang peacefully in the exuberant rush of “Yellow Bird”. Elegant, unstable, and off-kilter “Snowball Attack Fight Formation” serves as the heart of the album, binding the more traditional first half of the album with the more sprawling, cinematic textures of the final stretch. Gentle natured in tone is the playful work of “Building Blocks”. Channeling the sorely missed work of Rachel’s is the album highlight “The Devil is in the Desert”. Bringing the album to an impressive close is “The Mind is its Own Place”  whose fragile textures come together to create a tapestry of sound with the quiet and loud coming together as one. 

                “Face Yourself, and Remove Your Sandals” is as much of an album as it is a journey into the innermost spaces of the psyche.