Saturday, October 15, 2016

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).

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

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.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Howard Johnson East Syracuse

I had to attend a conference in East Syracuse and was quite happy with my stay at Howard Johnson. Check-in was a breeze and the hotel staff were more than responsive in getting me whatever I needed. My room was huge and tidy. Everything there was well-kept, from the shower to the hair dryer. 

Breakfast in the morning was very good and free. The selection of food felt more than sufficient for my needs. 


With an ideal location (located near the highway and airport) and great amenities you really can’t beat the price. 

Friday, April 29, 2016

Endsightt - The Music Demo

Endsightt’s “The Music Demo” is a vast tapestry of sound woven together. Throughout “The Music Demo” the psychedelic sampling is absolutely astounding. At times Endsightt’s “The Music Demo” feels reminiscent of The Avalanches masterpiece “Since I Left You”. Like that album, Endsightt’s “The Music Demo” takes a wide variety of different at times obscure samples effortlessly combining them into dazzling new displays of sound. Genres are sampled from funk to classic rock to lounge jazz and literally everything in between. By far the backbone of the album is Endsightt’s flexible flow, which goes from laid-back casual to shouted passionate pleas. 

Opening with the title track Endsightt begins things on a poetic note. From there a loose rhythm comes into the mix with the right level of distortion and defiance. Aptly named is the tense work of “Wolves” whose paranoid rhythm and eerie melody works wonders. “Truth” goes for a pure rush of sound with a groove that threatens to completely lose control. Easily one of the highlights of the album is the silky smooth sound of “Tabula Rasa”. Summery in tone the piece is light on its feet, with the luxurious almost Bossa Nova sample tweaked ever so slightly with each reiteration before the song dives into a panic for its finale. Nice sampling of the Hammond organ adds to the carnivalesque feel of “White Devil”. Ambitious, sprawling, and easy to get lost in is the kaleidoscope of colors that appear on “5/5”. Bringing things full circle is the warped beauty of “The Sign”. 

Stylish, sophisticated and full of surprises Endsightt’s “The Music Demo” serves as an example of how good hip-hop can be. 


Best of all the album can be found right here

Troy Lindsey Feat Eden Moody - Runners

Carefully crafting a compelling narrative Troy Lindsey and Eden Moody create a perfect kind of late night dreamy country with “Runners”. Everything is in service of that kind of introspection that occurs long after the sun’s set. Troy Lindsey’s voice is strong a perfect pitch, a deep reassuring low register. Nicely providing a counterpoint is the emotive delicate nature of Eden Moody’s vocals. Once balanced together they shared vocal duties helping to convey the sense of abandonment that permeates the entirely of the piece. By exploring the sadness that comes with a failed relationship, they are able to dissect exactly the kind of disappointment that follows a sad forlorn relationship. 

Gentle brush work introduces the piece as a far off guitar echoes in the distance. Eden Moody’s voice starts off as a mere whisper. As the rest of the sound gradually comes into focus the piece is light wafting into the air. Once Troy Lindsey’s voice comes into perfect unison with Eden Moody asking “What did I do wrong?” it feels particularly real. The keyboard work feels quite strong as it possesses a light touch throughout, coming in exactly when needed. Percussion grows ever stronger as the piece progresses. Slowly but surely they find ever greater amounts of energy as the piece simply ruminates upon loss. Towards the finale of the song the guitar becomes particularly expressive. Eventually everything falls out leaving only their crystal clear voices. 


Dark and beautiful, “Runners” shows how good country can be courtesy of the incredible talent of Troy Lindsey and Eden Moody. 

Ray Goren - Save My Soul

Ray Goren’s “Save My Soul” taps into the heart and soul of the blues. By tapping into rock’s origins Ray Goren creates the perfect kind of sound one that updates its beginnings in the best most respectful kind of way. His guitar chops are impressive as is his backing band that seems to fit his many moods, from the extraordinary and elegant open to the introspective closer. 

Diving right into the thick of it is the bombastic celebratory sound of “Stop”. The rhythms are physical in nature reveling in power, helping to further emphasize the clear playful lyrics. Lyrics focus on trying to stop someone’s wicked ways, of how tempting it can be to delve into that kind of bad behavior. “Save My Soul” starts things off with a sweaty dirge. Pace is pitch perfect as Ray Goren lets the song grow in power. By opting for this kind of approach Ray Goren is able to create a colossal downright extraordinary sort of sound. A dreamy otherworldly atmosphere rules over the tender ballad of “Can’t Live”. Little flourishes go a long way as the song’s power comes from subtle changes. Easily the highlight is the funky infinitely catchy “I Need You Here To Stay”. A tight rhythm helps guide the song forward, as does the spellbinding guitar soloing. Smooth mellow melodies end the collection off on a high with the optimistic hopeful “Rise Together”. 


Forging a sense of community Ray Goren’s “Save My Soul” is simply stunning. 

Athena - Ready For The Sun (Part 1)

Sunny and satisfying is the spirited work of Athena’s “Ready For The Sun (Part 1)”. Vocals serve as the heart and center of the collection. Athena pays close attention to her lyrics letting them focus on the philosophical thoughts that so often define a life. The sound itself is steeped in country rock in the best possible way with the songs veering from careening bubbly pop to reflective introspective pieces. 

“You Bring Me Luck” opens the collection on a poppy note. Buoyant in tone the song explores what constitutes luck. Her song asks the question is luck something that one needs to strive for or does it simply happen. The balance between the two gives the song a deep introspective theme to it. When placed alongside the jubilant melody the song simply soars. Offering a dreamier landscape is the languid pacing of “Everything To Me”. Sweet and tender the piece grows ever so gradually with a particularly phenomenal finale reminiscent of Jon Brion’s soundtrack work. Nimble and strong is the physicality of “Stronger”. Reassuring in tone the song is full of warmth, letting the stripped down economical sound work wonders. Taking on a classic rock vibe is the playful “Autopilot”. With a full sound courtesy of the expressive organ and piano work the song defies the idea of settling into a groove. Ending the collection on a high note is the whispered hush of “All Of You”. 


“Ready For the Sun (Part 1)” showcases the unique and commanding power of Athena’s voice. 

Sometimes Julie - Bright Side of the Line

Sometimes Julie’s “Bright Side of the Line” is sung with fire and passion. Arrangements are impeccable as Sometimes Julie incorporates elements of jazz, rock, country, and a little bit of blues. Through this careful balance Sometimes Julie creates an album that is constantly twisting and turning to create new perspectives. By far the highlight of the album are her fantastic vocals which soar. Lyrically the songs focus on the ups and downs of relationships. Her lyrics explore the complications that so often define a relationship the weird missed connections, the desire, and the love that ties all of it together. 

Things begin on a high note with the kaleidoscopic swirl of “Emily”. From the horns to infectious groove, everything simply works. As the piece progresses Sometimes Julie shows off her impressive knack for incorporating a great variety of flourishes from flute to the languid dreamy passages. Deserving to be played as loud as possible is the celebratory “Bright Side of the Line”. Tender in nature is the inviting sound of “Sanctuary”. Breezy and sweet is the classic rock vibe of “Standing My Own Ground” right down to the sound of the organ vamps. Doubling down on the energy is the driving rhythms of “Another World”. Serving as the highlight of the collection is the introspective sound of “When the Sun Ain’t Shining” 


Catchy, concise, and delivered with the utmost of care, Sometimes Julie’s “Bright Side of the Line” is a fantastic free-spirited thing. 

Bryan Deister - Spines of the Heart

Bryan Deister’s “Spines of the Heart” searches for the light in the darkness. These songs are brittle beautiful fragments sung straight from the heart. Haunting melodies dominate the album as they effortlessly mesh with the industrial washed grey rhythms. By implementing such a tremendous amount of power Bryan Deister’s voices feels akin to him singing against an unknowable system, one which appears to be seemingly indifferent to suffering. Optimism rests at the core of the album as it is utilized quite effectively to reflect upon the emptiness that can threaten to consume a person. His clever lyricism and the fragile melodies offer a light of sorts. 

Glimmering melodies introduce the album on “All That I Have”. As the song progresses the distortion threatens to rear its ugly head throughout the piece. When it eventually does it is quite a cathartic release a mixture of industrial and shoegaze textures never quite fitting into either genre. Anxious in tone is the hyperactive work of “Responding Well”. Classical elements dominate on the reflective “Approaching”. Easily the highlight of the album is the triumphant sound of “Into The Sky”. A fantastic dreamy sound defines the colorful nature of “Emily”. Tones layered upon tones create a warm comforting sound that at times feels reminiscent of drone greats Stars of the Lid. Reminiscent of Chris Weisman’s work is the intimate “Vacant Eyes”. Closing the album is the brilliant work of “Apart Of Me” 


Smart and stylish with a unique voice, Bryan Deister’s “Spines of the Heart” is a soothing infinitely enjoyable album one to get lost in. 

3Bubble & J. Gray - Live From the Pentagon

3Bubble & J. Gray’s “Live From the Pentagon” nicely ties together elements of funk, jazz, hip hop and pop into a satisfying whole. Reminiscent of Outkast’s style the songs are colorful vibrant pieces feeling fully alive. Pop culture references flow out of the duo, showing off their impressive delivery. Intelligent, thoughtful lyrics are the true highlight of the album as they bounce off of each other, reflecting upon relationships and the culture these are viewed through. Carefully selected samples find themselves woven into the album’s DNA as their ear for melody and rhythm is impeccable. 

Playful in tone is the celebratory opener of “The Life”. With sly delivery while still maintaining its giddy temperament the song is the perfect introduction to their sonic universe. A smooth sample serves as the anchor for the gorgeous song of “Euros”. Coming forward with incredible power is the comforting bounce of “Don’t Lie”. Though the song has a party atmosphere the song itself is one that reflects on the downside of life, of how people try to brag about what they don’t have and never do. Intimate in nature is the tender sound of “Studio”. This sweetness continues on the equally emotional work of “Turn It Down”. By far the highlight of the collection is the dreamy work of “No Lie” which at times feels absolutely luxurious. Ending things on a triumphant note is the grandeur of “What If I Told You”. 


“Live From the Pentagon” shows 3Bubble & J. Gray avoiding being easily pigeonholed creating an album that is deeply memorable and emotionally resonant.