Beach Sloth Turns Four Years Old

                Beach Sloth turns four years old on July 27th, 2014. What an accomplishment an entire presidential term. Beach Sloth has helped lead people from the Obama administration to the Obama administration. Quite an accomplishment and Beach Sloth could not have done it alone. Thousands of views from all continents have tuned in to see the sweet word jams that Beach Sloth employs by the hundreds. 

                What can Beach Sloth do differently this fourth year? There are a handful of blogs that manage to go on this long. Usually blogs rarely last a year yet this one, this peculiar one has gone where no other blog has gone before, besides those other ones. Beach Sloth had blogs before this blog, worse ones, and music ones on Xanga. Unfortunately nobody ever read Xanga and now Xanga is gone? I think. I really do not have the energy or the inclination to check if that is accurate. Somebody else can let me know if Xanga exists still. 

                This fourth year, how can I make it better? A number of people have really stepped up their support for me. I appreciate it more than words can describe. Seeing the outpouring warms my sloth heart. Lots of people from all across the world send me such nice things. 2013 and 2014 have both been incredibly busy years. As a result I have not had as quick turnaround time as I once had. Maybe 2015 will see a more settled down sloth with a number of wonderful things going on. 

                My kids, my wonderful sloth kids, continue to be bad with social media. After four years of letting them try to blog, to tweet, I am at my wit’s end. What’s worse is I need those wits in order to effectively blog for you. At this point only one child has managed to blog effectively and that’s because she blogs about cardboard boxes. She is the best of the bunch as she has found a bizarre niche and sort of driven it into the ground. I am proud of her and sometimes I even let her go outside and play after she’s finished her blogging work. 

                Yes I am excited for this fourth year. How can I make it better? What do you think I should do differently to make this year the best year for Beach Sloth ever? Let me know. Send me an e-card (actually not kidding, I love these silly things) to beachsloths@gmail.com. That would be rad. Or if you want to paypal me money, you can to: pleasepaybeachsloth@gmail.com. You can also wish me well. Really however you choose to celebrate my birthday is cool with me. 

                I know how I am going to spend my birthday. I am going to sleep.

Beach Sloth Turns Four Years Old

                Beach Sloth turns four years old on July 27th, 2014. What an accomplishment an entire presidential term. Beach Sloth has helped lead people from the Obama administration to the Obama administration. Quite an accomplishment and Beach Sloth could not have done it alone. Thousands of views from all continents have tuned in to see the sweet word jams that Beach Sloth employs by the hundreds. 

                What can Beach Sloth do differently this fourth year? There are a handful of blogs that manage to go on this long. Usually blogs rarely last a year yet this one, this peculiar one has gone where no other blog has gone before, besides those other ones. Beach Sloth had blogs before this blog, worse ones, and music ones on Xanga. Unfortunately nobody ever read Xanga and now Xanga is gone? I think. I really do not have the energy or the inclination to check if that is accurate. Somebody else can let me know if Xanga exists still. 

                This fourth year, how can I make it better? A number of people have really stepped up their support for me. I appreciate it more than words can describe. Seeing the outpouring warms my sloth heart. Lots of people from all across the world send me such nice things. 2013 and 2014 have both been incredibly busy years. As a result I have not had as quick turnaround time as I once had. Maybe 2015 will see a more settled down sloth with a number of wonderful things going on. 

                My kids, my wonderful sloth kids, continue to be bad with social media. After four years of letting them try to blog, to tweet, I am at my wit’s end. What’s worse is I need those wits in order to effectively blog for you. At this point only one child has managed to blog effectively and that’s because she blogs about cardboard boxes. She is the best of the bunch as she has found a bizarre niche and sort of driven it into the ground. I am proud of her and sometimes I even let her go outside and play after she’s finished her blogging work. 

                Yes I am excited for this fourth year. How can I make it better? What do you think I should do differently to make this year the best year for Beach Sloth ever? Let me know. Send me an e-card (actually not kidding, I love these silly things) to beachsloths@gmail.com. That would be rad. Or if you want to paypal me money, you can to: pleasepaybeachsloth@gmail.com. You can also wish me well. Really however you choose to celebrate my birthday is cool with me. 

                I know how I am going to spend my birthday. I am going to sleep.

Flying Lotus – You’re Dead!

                Flying Lotus is cooler than you. Sure he might not know anything about you but it is a certainty. His stock has been flying high for years. With each release he gets closer to a level of perfection rarely attained by producers. Long ago his peers gave up content for middling status. Prefuse 73 calls Flying Lotus all the time. There are more important things than calling back Prefuse 73 when you’re Flying Lotus. Already Flying Lotus is responsible for roughly 80% of all Adult Swim bumps. Now with his move into Goth territory he’s capitalizing on the hottest Goth craze sweeping the nation (via the economic depression). 

                What can “You’re Dead!” do differently? Probably nothing and that is a wonderful thing. At this point Flying Lotus has become a critical darling. Every time Flying Lotus releases an album he gets gift baskets from music reviewers thanking him for putting out something worth reviewing. Flying Lotus changes the template ever so slightly with each additional release. Mixtures of everything come into play on a Flying Lotus record, but fun is the biggest attraction. 

                A lot of artists believe that to be a great artist they need to sound tortured all the time. This thought reached its absolute peak with the early to mid-aughts via the EMO craze. EMO exhausted itself and became dubstep since everybody was sick of feeling bad. Flying Lotus moves beyond these mere genres though to create something new. Every Flying Lotus track sounds quite frankly, stunning, like Flying Lotus enjoyed putting it together piece by painstaking piece.

                Can Flying Lotus continue his rich legacy of bringing the jams? Considering the consistency of his output it is likely that he will. That is a very good thing indeed.     

SBTRKT - Wonder Where We Land


                SBTRKT is yet another one of those bands I know nothing about. I know a few years ago (2011) SBTRKT released something a bunch of people were into, it got an 8.1 on Pitchfork so it was good but not great. Judging by the way Pitchfork works SBTRKT’s “Wonder Where We Land” may or may not be slated for a “Best New Music” where Pitchfork says “Hey remember how we were into but not quite obsessed with their last album. Well this one they did it right.” Pitchfork does that a lot and with a particularly nice guest list on “Wonder Where We Land” SBTRKT has a good chance to be in the running for a critically lauded album. 

                Can SBTRKT do it? Apparently they vibe hard to a kind of dance-thing going on with all of their album covers following roughly the same template: random mask on the cover. This time it seems SBTRKT gave up on that opting for a status-type thing held by a hand. Changing up the formula may work wonders for young SBTRKT. Lots of critics appreciate a good album cover since they are lazy and can usually kill a paragraph or two by talking about the album cover. Yes they’ll talk about a redirection in sound, or how SBTRKT has kept true to their aesthetic while improving. 

                Any of these things is possible. SBTRKT already recruited a few guests to make the critics go wild. Erza Koenig is usually a good way to do that as everybody and their mother enjoys the sweet New York sounds of Vampire Weekend. Besides this SBTRKT includes tasteful indie singers like Caroline Polachek of Chairlift, though at this point her career is doing awesome and her stuff has been lauded as well. So in case SBTRKT actually releases a bunch of crummy tracks he can at least hide behind the contributions of his guests. Guests are the best way to prepare any album: with guests one can hide behind their talent.  
 
 
01 Day 102 Wonder Where We Land (feat. Sampha)03 Lantern04 Higher (feat. Raury)05 Day 506 Look Away (feat. Caroline Polachek)07 Osea (feat. Koreless)08 Temporary View (feat. Sampha)09 NEW DORP. NEW YORK (feat Ezra Koenig)10 Everybody Knows11 Problem (Solved) (feat. Jessie Ware)12 If It Happens (feat. Sampha)13 Gon Stay (feat. Sampha)14 The Light (feat. Denai Moore)15 Voices In My Head (feat. A$AP Ferg)

SBTRKT - Wonder Where We Land

                SBTRKT is yet another one of those bands I know nothing about. I know a few years ago (2011) SBTRKT released something a bunch of people were into, it got an 8.1 on Pitchfork so it was good but not great. Judging by the way Pitchfork works SBTRKT’s “Wonder Where We Land” may or may not be slated for a “Best New Music” where Pitchfork says “Hey remember how we were into but not quite obsessed with their last album. Well this one they did it right.” Pitchfork does that a lot and with a particularly nice guest list on “Wonder Where We Land” SBTRKT has a good chance to be in the running for a critically lauded album. 

                Can SBTRKT do it? Apparently they vibe hard to a kind of dance-thing going on with all of their album covers following roughly the same template: random mask on the cover. This time it seems SBTRKT gave up on that opting for a status-type thing held by a hand. Changing up the formula may work wonders for young SBTRKT. Lots of critics appreciate a good album cover since they are lazy and can usually kill a paragraph or two by talking about the album cover. Yes they’ll talk about a redirection in sound, or how SBTRKT has kept true to their aesthetic while improving. 

                Any of these things is possible. SBTRKT already recruited a few guests to make the critics go wild. Erza Koenig is usually a good way to do that as everybody and their mother enjoys the sweet New York sounds of Vampire Weekend. Besides this SBTRKT includes tasteful indie singers like Caroline Polachek of Chairlift, though at this point her career is doing awesome and her stuff has been lauded as well. So in case SBTRKT actually releases a bunch of crummy tracks he can at least hide behind the contributions of his guests. Guests are the best way to prepare any album: with guests one can hide behind their talent.  

 

 

01 Day 1
02 Wonder Where We Land (feat. Sampha)
03 Lantern
04 Higher (feat. Raury)
05 Day 5
06 Look Away (feat. Caroline Polachek)
07 Osea (feat. Koreless)
08 Temporary View (feat. Sampha)
09 NEW DORP. NEW YORK (feat Ezra Koenig)
10 Everybody Knows
11 Problem (Solved) (feat. Jessie Ware)
12 If It Happens (feat. Sampha)
13 Gon Stay (feat. Sampha)
14 The Light (feat. Denai Moore)
15 Voices In My Head (feat. A$AP Ferg)

Sarah Silverman - We Are Miracles

                Sarah Silverman has finally decided to do it: she plans to release a follow-up to her 2010 album. Is this going to be the album that changes the world? The answer is maybe. For a while Sarah Silverman has been doing her thing, having her own show, appearing on Bill Maher’s show a lot, and overall just being Sarah Silverman. 

                Her upcoming record on Sub Pop follows a strong tradition of other comedians ending up on Sub Pop. For whatever reason Sub Pop enjoys releasing comedians’ standup album on their label, maybe it has to do with the state of the world and maybe it is because there is always a market for comedians. Nobody really knows. It just so happens that once in a fortnight another comedian makes it onto Sub Pop no matter how big or how small. Compared to many of the other comedians that have appeared on Sub Pop, Sarah Silverman is what is known as a ‘get’, probably. 

                Does Sarah Silverman have what it takes to make her album a best-seller? It seems possible as plenty of other comedians have found refuge in record form. Honestly it would be pretty cool if accompanying Sarah Silverman’s standup there was a remix disc that was her standup but remixed by the hottest dubstep artists in the world including James Blake, Skrillex, other dubstep artists. That will not happen but it is good to dream. 

                Additionally Sarah Silverman is releasing her album via the vinyl for all people who want to hear her voice on record, for the purists out in the world. For everybody else CD and MP3 will have to do. Maybe this album is what Sarah Silverman needs to get another show, like “The Sarah Silverman Show: Part 2” where she fights vampires maybe? Only time will tell.

Sarah Silverman - We Are Miracles

                Sarah Silverman has finally decided to do it: she plans to release a follow-up to her 2010 album. Is this going to be the album that changes the world? The answer is maybe. For a while Sarah Silverman has been doing her thing, having her own show, appearing on Bill Maher’s show a lot, and overall just being Sarah Silverman. 

                Her upcoming record on Sub Pop follows a strong tradition of other comedians ending up on Sub Pop. For whatever reason Sub Pop enjoys releasing comedians’ standup album on their label, maybe it has to do with the state of the world and maybe it is because there is always a market for comedians. Nobody really knows. It just so happens that once in a fortnight another comedian makes it onto Sub Pop no matter how big or how small. Compared to many of the other comedians that have appeared on Sub Pop, Sarah Silverman is what is known as a ‘get’, probably. 

                Does Sarah Silverman have what it takes to make her album a best-seller? It seems possible as plenty of other comedians have found refuge in record form. Honestly it would be pretty cool if accompanying Sarah Silverman’s standup there was a remix disc that was her standup but remixed by the hottest dubstep artists in the world including James Blake, Skrillex, other dubstep artists. That will not happen but it is good to dream. 

                Additionally Sarah Silverman is releasing her album via the vinyl for all people who want to hear her voice on record, for the purists out in the world. For everybody else CD and MP3 will have to do. Maybe this album is what Sarah Silverman needs to get another show, like “The Sarah Silverman Show: Part 2” where she fights vampires maybe? Only time will tell.

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.

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.

Shame Bible by Dave Shaw

                What fun life was! In the beginning there was nothing then suddenly something. The something creeps up on people before they know it. People tend to move slowly through their life contemplating things they knew they would not need in the future. School is full of these experiences. Friendship appears to be the greatest benefit out years of schooling. Any other benefit is a bonus. 

                Lectures are made for sitting. People listen to a professor as he prattles on about whatever subject he is teaching. The doodling people do is incredible. Hundreds of pieces of art are created through schools. Unfortunately schools fail to realize the potential artists they have honing their craft in droning lectures. The greatest tragedy of schooling is that exact loss of creativity the coloring inside the lines that everybody appears to be so keen about. 

                Outside of school people’s lives continue as normal. They go to concerts to watch opening acts play stuff on their laptops. Visuals accompany these sad acts because the sad acts know if any of the concert goers knew they were playing solitaire it would be all over. Such things would prevent them from getting paid in free beer and a nice crisp clean twenty dollar bill. Audience members appear to be completely unaware of this fact and willingly pay money to watch people open their laptops. Electronic acts try to counter this problem by bringing a singer to distract from the massive technology. 

                Jobs waste time. Money is a necessity. For hours on end people find themselves in situations they would not have freely chosen. Essentially work is daycare for adults. By keeping them occupied they never ask the big questions like “why is my career in selling paint” and “why is there a drunken Santa Claus in my store when it is September”. Plenty of questions without answers dwell in the mind. Questions without answers buy nice Cape Cod houses in the mind, live on a quiet cul-de-sac, and send their kids to good private schools. 

                Depression comes in every life. How people deal with disappointment is how they define their lives. The temptation to let depression run its course is strong. Better is to find the seedling of depression and crush it. Considering how easy it is to kill off houseplants it should be easy to kill off depression. Depression is strong and can attach itself to a personality, refusing to let go until it is looked at in full. Having friends helps with this, having lovers helps defeat it.

That Space by Jeremy Hight

                Some people are kicked to the curb and some people become that curb. With a great lack of movement comes an overall appreciation of the world. Every minute detail becomes incredibly important. Few people are able to put down the most basic of details. Usually those details are glossed over in favor of the ‘big picture’. Not everybody has that kind of eyesight. Those with nearsightedness see the details. Although they miss the big picture they are able to focus on the smallness of things a person’s haircut and the quality of the coffee. 

                Individuals who spend fifteen hours at a time in a coffee shop are eccentric. There is little else to be said about it. Coffee shop workers simply accept the fact that the person manages to sit there absolutely still writing about their entire environment. For the coffee shop workers have bigger things to do like making coffee, selling pre-packaged foods, and trying to earn those tips. Life in a coffee shop is nasty brutish and long. Hours go on forever with people simply happy to have their fix of caffeine. People need caffeine to get through their lives since their lives are so boring that they are putting them to sleep. If anybody’s life puts them to sleep it should be seen as a sign of change. 

                Thankfully this usually does not happen. People struggle through their lives. From above their pay grade owners determine who can stay and who can leave. Chain stores are able to determine this quite easily. When a line of business becomes unprofitable there is nary a thought for the workers. Instead what matters is a reasonable return on investment for the owners, both the CEO and the CEO’s beloved shareholders. Everyone else finds themselves at the mercy of an unknowable force a currency that requires faith and signifies nothing. 

                With this competitive environment in place it can be hard to notice the small details the lives that passed people by. The stragglers find themselves at the margins of society wondering where their lives went. They do not necessarily need to be poor. Over the course of years they watch as the world changes and changes for the worse for them. People are elevated and people decline in accordance with the world. After life calms down enough random passersby are able to see those remnants, the pieces of a life not lived, and wonder what could have been.

Hey Mother Death – Highway 7.7

                Hey Mother Death’s “Highway” is all about atmosphere. Bass frequencies rumble throughout the four lengthy pieces. On each one there are the wonderful dark textures. The ways the pieces are packaged include a great deal of near-whispered sounds, nods to early industrial, and hints of dance music thrown into the mix. Everything mixes to a sort of panicked energy. Incredibly addictive the songs tease out their many charms across the expansive tracks allowing for small details to gain great power. 

                With the opener “Highway” Hey Mother Death moves towards poppy pastures. The beat tightens up with the passage of time. One of the collection’s highlights immediately follows with the driving rhythm of “The Hills”. For that particular track they let things spread out. Guitars hang in the air as the speaker’s French adds an additional element into the mix. At times akin to a hallucination the song drives forward. Things move into smoked filled lounge vibe with “Bad Sex” a song with strong hints of the 80s hanging around it. The longest song it uses similar methods employed on the previous tracks: spaciousness, echoes, nods to dub, and that elusive voice. 

                “Snake Power” ends the collection off on nearly a rock inspired finale. Unlike the previous tracks it starts off fully formed with a clear structure. With this in place Hey Mother Death plays with the listener’s expectations letting the repetition slowly taking everything other element over. “Highway” is a collection with plenty hidden beneath the surface.