#Favorite Pic from 2013

Ever since my wife and I got iPhones back in May of 2012, our picture-taking has been through the roof (having two kids in time has certainly helped). We have so many pictures I feel like I’d need to take weeks off of work just wade through them all.

This year especially, because we had the chance to experience the amazing Pacific Northwest this summer. It was a unbelievable place, and one I would not mind at all returning to. One weekend, we made a trek down the Oregon coast to Northern California, to go see some redwood trees. Wow, is all. Just go. Pictures can’t capture the experience of walking through a catherdral of such massive living things. It’s also where we took my favorite picture of the year, which is our oldest son sitting on a ledge of the Boy Scout Tree in Jedidiah Smith State Park.

My second favorite is from the weekend we spent with my parents in Yachats, OR. A nice picture of Pop and Turner playing on the beach.

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Bad dog.


Best Albums of 2013

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Here’s the list, in alphabetical order. Rdio links, all. There’s quite a range here, from the noise of Holden and the harmonies of Minor Alps, to the Brooklyn garage rock of Parquet Courts and the floaty Americana of Gregory Alan Isakov.

If I had to pick a favorite, as far as the one I went back to the most over the year, it would probably be CHVRCHES The Bones of What You Believe. Great melodies that never got old, production that wasn’t too dense, but not so simplistic to be annoying, plus Lauren Mayberry’s basically perfect vocals. It is so good.

Arctic Monkeys // AM
Cass McCombs // Big Wheel and Others
CHVRCHES // The Bones of What You Believe
Darkside // Psychic
Everything Everything // Arc
Frank Turner // Tape Deck Heart
Gregory Alan Isakov // The Weatherman
Haim // Days Are Gone
Holden // The Inheritors
Jason Isbell // Southeastern
Local Natives // Hummingbird
Lorde // Pure Heroine
Mason Jennings // Always Been
Minor Alps // Get There
Parquet Courts // Light Up Gold
Phosphorescent // Muchacho
Son Lux // Lanterns
Surfer Blood // Pythons
T. Hardy Morris // Audition Tapes
Vampire Weekend // Modern Vampires of the City


Posting Old Thoughts

Here I am, trying a new blog thing. I’ve moved everything I’ve posted from blogspot and other personal sites onto here, chronologically correct and everything.

The once place I am uncertain about posting from is my old Xanga (woot, 2005). I got my archive before the site shut down (it is shut down, right?), but after reading through it….wow. Thankful for personal growth, is all I can say. I’ll probably end up posting it, though.

One of the reasons I took everything down from blogspot and Virb was that I wanted to personally have and host the things I had written. The loss of Google Reader still stings over here, and I never want to lose content like that again. So I’m hosting this blog on Scriptogr.am, a service that basically lets you run a blog off of Dropbox. All your content is stored on your Dropbox in text files, meaning you have it in your possession, no matter what. Anyway, where I was going with all this is wanting to keep a record for my kids. I have two, and I want them to be able to go back and see what their dad wrote about, what their dad listened to (which, sadly, is most of what I’ve written about up to this point).

So including the Xanga posts on here, now that I think more about it, would be a good thing. It shows growth. It shows you can change your mind about things after being presented with new information. It shows an altering of positions and worldviews that I think is important for them to see. So, if you Google me, and ignorant writings are attached to my name, there you go. This is the reason.


#Ain’t Got Air Conditioning So I Play This Instead

There’s no a/c in this apartment. Had to do something.

Pacifics (NY Is Red Hot) // Digable Planets
Here Comes The Meter Man // The Meters
Drifting In And Out // Porcelain Raft
Gasoline // Alpine
Reel To Reel // Damien Jurado
Todo El Mundo Es Kitsch // Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog
Avery M. Powers Memorial Beltway // Fear of Pop
You Can’t Hide Love // Creative Source
Sweetness Alive (feat. SLL) // Goldroom
It’s A New Day // Skull Snaps
Rich Girl // The Bird and The Bee
Easin’ In // Edwin Starr
Papa Was Too // Joe Tex
Mais Do Que Valsa // Marcos Valle
Still Doing It (feat. yU) // Oddisee
Maybe The People Would Be The Times Or Between Clark and Hilldale // Love
Madrid // Holden
Mambo Bounce // Sonny Rollins
Eli // Caribou
It All Feels Right // Washed Out

Listen on Spotify

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#Hello, PDX

A little playlist for our arriving in the land of Ports.

On the Road // Angus and Julia Stone
All Land Crabs and Divinity Ghosts // The Cave Singers
Plateau Ramble // The Acorn
At the Chime of a City Clock // Nick Drake
Margin // Benoit Pioulard
Under Mountain, Under Ground // The Lighthouse and the Whaler
Let the Sirens Rest // Now It’s Overhead
Crystallized // Melody’s Echo Chamber
Machines // Mason Jennings
Three Blind Wolves // Three Blind Wolves
Intermission // Pacific Air
You Belong Here // Leagues
Good As New // Vacationer
Rose Parade // Elliott Smith
On the Bus Mall // The Decemberists
Milk & Sticks // Boy and Bear
Three-Part Invention (Too Many Trees) // The Phoenix Trolley
The City // The 1975
Black Chow // Big Spider’s Back
Paint // Sol
We Will Meet Again // Tyagaraja

Listen on Spotify

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Lighthouse // The Roots
Be Above It // Tame Impala
Nightcall // Kavinsky
Hold My Breath // Holy Ghost!
Over Your Heart // Rob Crow
Thought Ballune // Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Itchin’ On A Photograph // Grouplove
They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.) // Pete Rock and C.L. Smooth
Must Land Running // Stepdad
Night Light // Jessie Ware

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