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 

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.

Monday, February 23, 2015

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.

                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.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

#Urananimal by Nicholas Spence



                #Urananimal demands to be read aloud. Flow moves the piece forward. The reader must surrender themselves to the currents held within every forward slash. Attempts to find patterns are greatly rewarded. Variations on the language give the book a timeless quality. Within the giant rivers of text there are ways to discover the true meaning of these many words. Nicholas Spence opts for extreme speed with his collection. Yet underneath the currents are commonalities that manage to bind the entire piece together.  

                Themes about death, America, and poetry abound throughout the collection. Many times the death is quite literal. Nicholas Spence mentions death or alludes to it multiple times. Repetition of these musings help to give the giant blocks of text a level of consistency. America gets a number of mentions. From the “sun glass wear community college” to references to Tennessee and Dan Rather (some of the few proper nouns to be found in the collection) Nicholas Spence rushes forth with an inordinate amount of energy. 

                Poetry tries to bring the thing together. The few uses of repetition try to mimic a natural rhythm and stand out for their unusual placement. Nearly all of the collection refuses to re-use the same lines. A few moments the poetry rhymes yet these are extremely rare moments. The rhymed poetry does work well when said aloud for it shows off flair. Whenever these rhymed sections appear they reinforce the notion that #Urananimal ought to be spoken and not read. 

                #Urananimal gains enormous power when spoken aloud. Every block of text is perfectly broken up by the forward slash. This usage is important. By letting the forward slashes serve as a pause it gives off the impression that the language is speaking rather than simply being written. With this level of engagement the work has the requirement of needing to be read aloud. 

                Aspects of the poem work with and against the idea of technology. Over the course of the piece there are allusions to the Internet and its ecosystem. The original birthplace of these poems was from a Twitter account of Nicholas Spence’s creation. Even the hashtag in #Urananimal’s title indicates a certain fondness for the medium. It certainly helps that these are tweet-length sections. Yet the entire thing once pieced together becomes something much larger. #Urananimal is an epic poem collection for and by the Internet. If the Dadaists were still around they would be proud to claim #Urananimal as one of their own.  

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Eric Copeland – Logo my Ego



                Eric Copeland is a weirdo’s weirdo. Residing in his natural habitat of poor artist paradise Brooklyn he brings the melted jams. With “Logo my Ego” he continues down his path of barely coherent dance music. Unlike Black Dice, Eric Copeland’s work uses repetition to get its point across. Much more fluid and oddly hypnotic than the oftentimes abrasive sounds of Black Dice, Eric Copeland’s solo work sounds like he had an afternoon to kill so he decided to mess around with cheesy loops. At its best moments Eric Copeland’s completely in not any way serious music conjures up images of that other equally heroic unambitious band, the Strangulated Beatoffs. Just like them Eric Copeland lets the loop ride. Unlike them he actually does a bit more work than simply letting the thing play out endlessly. 

                Uncle Sam’s Blues” could be seen as a poignant criticism of US foreign policy if you are a total moron. If you are not a total moron you know it is whatever title popped into his head while he was writing down the jam. The results speak for themselves in garbled nonsense strewn its five splendid minutes. Many of the voices are disembodied trying to encourage the listener to get down to the sweet sounds. Probably people dance to Eric Copeland if they are super insane and out of their mind in that peculiar way. Otherwise it seems unlikely that there has ever been a dance party featuring Eric Copeland’s creative jams. 

                Will this release change anything in Eric Copeland’s sonic universe? Hopefully it will not because Eric Copeland is fine just the way he is.

Sunset by Stephen Michael McDowell



                Nobody watches the sunset online…until now! Thanks to the power of Stephen Michael McDowell one can see the sunset without any exposure to sunlight whatsoever. Of course the story of how Stephen Michael McDowell created an online sunset is an intriguing one. For the sun never sets on the Internet Empire! 

                Back in 1979 the Internet was a mere infant, an embryonic thing used by the military-industrial complex. Eisenhower warned against the military-industrial complex but then Eisenhower was the first one to have an AOL Instant Messenger screen name. Rare knowledge: Eisenhower’s AOL Instant Messenger screen name was “MUFFBUNNY69” because Eisenhower enjoyed muff, bunnies, and the number 69. To Eisenhower it was all good. 

                Stephen Michael McDowell traveled into the past in order to ensure that his online presence could begin before he was even born. In the future such things are pretty typical. I know that Stephen Michael McDowell traveled into the past because I traveled into the future to watch him do it. Additionally when I traveled into the future I also made sure to bring a lot of Charleston Chews which I sold on the candy black market. This illicit candy trade brought me over $500,000 which I used to pay for a nice 4 four bedroom Colonial in Westchester. 

                The military was not aware of Stephen Michael McDowell’s online presence back in the 70s. Back then the military was still working out the kinks of how to like status updates and how to create MEMEs. For the military even back then understood that if they created enough MEMEs they could defeat communism. Unlike the capitalistic West, the communist block did not even get close to Internet power, opting instead to fight proxy wars. Honestly it was a complete mistake. Had communists allowed their scientists to work on GIF technology instead of tanks the world would be a lot different. 

                Fortunately they never got the hang of the Internet. Stephen Michael McDowell’s ensured the Internet’s success by placing a #rare early piece of net art into the data banks of the Pentagon. Entitled “Sunset” it made high-ranking military officials feel all warm and gooey inside, the kind of warm and gooey that allowed them to successfully defeat communism and bring about the fall of the USSR.

                When a person thinks of freedom they should think of Stephen Michael McDowell. It is thank to his tireless-ass efforts that the world is free, mostly.