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.

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.

Friday, February 5, 2016

DeDe - Dream of You

“Dream of You” is an album full of joy. Lyrically the songs are optimistic and sunny. Her songs focus on the future that helps people move forward, as her combination of storytelling and hope feel particularly satisfying. Arrangements are meticulous. Stylistically “Dream of You” effortlessly blends together elements of folk, country, and rock into a colorful whole. By far the highlight is DeDe’s deeply reassuring voice guiding the way. DeDe displays a careful knack for the perfect melody, as these are songs that linger in the mind long after they are over. The attention to detail, song structure, even the gradual build-up, is absolutely astounding. 

With the title track “Dream of You” DeDe starts the song off on a quiet note. Elegantly executed string work introduces the song. DeDe’s voice takes command of the song as it gradually comes into bloom. Towards the end of the song all that remains is a spectacular soaring guitar which brings the song to a comforting close. Opting for a languid tempo is the hushed whispers of “Prime of Life”. Lyrically the song focuses on truly reaching one’s stride. Powerful and moving, “Stronger” possesses an impeccably crafted melody. Warm and soothing, the song’s driving rhythm helps to reinforce its sense of purpose. By far the highlight of the album is the intimate love song “My Unsung Hero” where everything simply works, from the affectionate lyrics to the nimble rhythm. 


A unique voice in the musical universe, DeDe’s “Dream of You” is full of gorgeous pop gems. 

Esse Quam Videri - One Way Up

Esse Quam Videri’s “One Way Up” effortlessly blends the best of old and new folk. Grandiose in tone the pieces expand in the most satisfying of ways. At times reminiscent of Grizzly Bear’s highly intricate compositions, Esse Queam Videri take a similar approach. Color comes from their flourishes of sound from banjos to the smooth flutes that periodically punctuate the album. Everything simply works together so perfectly. Lyrics are highly articulate almost poetic in tone with a sense of mystery pervading through. 

Things open with the many layered “One Way Up”. From the flutes to the delicate percussion the entire thing is presented almost like some half-dream, partly in reality partly in the mind. Ambitious in scope is the sprawling sparkling work of “Undeniably”. Gentle in nature is the languid pacing of “Wintershade” which takes a quieter softer approach. Little details have great impact from the constant comforting rhythm to the sweet soft vocals. A brisk tempo defines the folk classical combination of “See Napoli or Die” where Esse Quam Videri sound remarkably similar to Beirut’s best work. A harder edge prevails on the rollicking distortion led work of “Mind”. By far the highlight of the album is the atmospheric “Velocity” whose tasteful meticulous arrangement is an absolute joy. Ending things on a tender note is the optimistic “Come Rain Come Shine” with reassuring guitar work and delicate touches bringing it to a triumphant close. 


Thoughtful and full of life, Esse Quam Videri’s “One Way Up” is an experimental folk album bringing folk to new glorious places. 

Tolu Salako - Bloom EP

Silky smooth, Tolu Salako’s “Bloom EP” is an absolute gem. With carefully crafted leisurely grooves the entire EP glistens. By far the heart of the album is Tolu Salako’s soulful voice which commands attention. Arrangements are meticulous with every single element crystal clear in tone. Ornate these are songs with multiple layers of sound resulting in lush soundscapes. Tolu Salako effortlessly weaves these songs together making a rich tapestry of sound. Best taken in as a whole the songs build off of each together. 

“Dance” opens the EP up on a hopeful note. With deeply encouraging lyrics the song is driven by Tolu Salako’s powerful voice and the insistent piano work. A sly airy approach defines the dreamy work of “Something Beautiful”. The song slowly but surely grows in size. Keyboards positively glisten and the crisp rhythm section helps things glide along. Tolu Salako shows off her impressive range from a hushed whisper at the beginning to a sweet ecstatic finale. Easily the highlight of the EP the song is irresistibly catchy. Taking on a slightly classic sound is the dusty organ-led work of “Haunted”. A darker mood takes over for the contemplative work of “Reflection”. Ending the EP off on a high note is the fanfare-led work of the title track “Bloom”. Passionately delivered the song is full of energy as Tolu Salako’s emphasizes perseverance stating to “stand up”. 


Infectious and joyful, Tolu Salako’s “Bloom EP” is a tasteful refined form showing exactly how good R&B can be. 

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Rev Peter Unger - Angels Are Found

“Angels Are Found” shows off Rev Peter Unger’s celebration of the everyday heroes. His lyrics focus on those who make the world a better place in ways that people often take for granted. Rev Peter Unger describes a wide plethora of individuals from caregivers to teachers, those who change lives in small yet ultimately significant ways. By focusing on these small stories Rev Peter Unger displays a knack for storytelling and the details that can come to define a life. Accompanied by delicate guitar playing Rev Peter Unger has a deliberate perfect pace as he reflects on the world that often is taken for granted. 

Deliberate and ornate guitar work introduces the song. A languid smooth rhythm starts to form. Rev Peter Unger’s voice appears reflecting a sense of calm with a rich deep voice. His concise vocal delivery meshes perfectly with the crisp clean sound of the guitar. The individual in his story is merely a regular person, a person who sees the need to comfort another because it is the human thing to do. Upon reflecting on this individual he turns to those devoted to shaping young minds. Good teachers deserve an incredible amount of respect for that is a difficult and arduous path to follow. Kindness and hope dwell is never exactly where it is expected. 


On “Angels Are Found” Rev Peter Unger creates an optimistic lovely song that sings the praises of those who make a difference when nobody else does. 

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

WillChill

Beach Sloth was at the climbing gym, hanging upside sleeping, when he heard about WillChill. Two people who apparently exercised hard were talking about uploading their calendars into an app to hang out with friends. While the two discussed the importance of making time and hanging out with friends, Beach Sloth missed all the friends he used to hang out with, who became too busy to hang upside down for hours off of tree branches. 

WillChill is basically an app for people with friends. Those without friends do not need to download WillChill, they can continue to live lonely solitary lives. People who do not sit at home wondering what happened to the shattered remnants of their lives as they suck on ketchup packets they stole from an undisclosed fast food restaurants will find WillChill to be extremely helpful. Busy people always seem to make time for everybody except their friends, which later results in them becoming completely friendless and alone. Fortunately WillChill avoids that cruel cruel fate by letting the app help to coordinate between large groups of people. 

Facebook chat used to be the way to coordinate between people but Facebook can be such a mess. There are all these people talking over each other, then people need to make sure that they schedule appropriately ensuring that no one was overlooked. With an app there is less chance of a mistake or oversight. Humanity oftentimes remarks about where all the time goes, as if time is some endless stream without definition or end. However, time is finite and time is not renewable. Additionally people ought to be able to enjoy their social lives without having to go ‘all out’ and coordinate the hell out of everything resulting in a saving grace kind of social heaven. 

There never has been an app that has made it this easy to actually coordinate with friends. Far too often Beach Sloth finds himself overwhelmed with things to do, so much that it becomes too much resulting in Beach Sloth hanging out at home, reading books and eating roasted pumpkin seeds. Beach Sloth would like to thank the random dudes in San Francisco who made WillChill possible. 


After so much chill, it is good to see that there is an app that ensures that the chillness will continue. WillChill is the sort of app that sends shivers down one’s spine for it is that chill. Life is beautiful with WillChill and far easier. Beach Sloth implores everyone to check out its cute little website via the phone lifestyle

Transmission Coming Through! by Shira Erlichman

Everything should be on one’s terms. Contracts are made this way. Parties are no exception. The concept of a party is to have fun, regulated, assured fun. Without the right level of fun a party simply fails and that is the saddest thing ever. Life ought to be filled with the joyous celebration of a party. Right kinds of parties happen time to time but most of them are made just right. Rules to the parties of the world include cake, the consumption of cake, the need to dance. From an early age these essentials are drilled into the minds of children. Henceforth the children know when they grow up they need to dance. Adults, parents and such, they all dance at parties though never admit it. Due to the proliferation of photography everybody is caught dancing at parties making the decision about dancing that much more perilous. 

The right level of disorientation is required in order to become a cake. Sadly this happens more often than anybody is willing to admit. Life gets awfully surreal in the teenage and twenties years. Unfortunately there is no way to avoid the general weirdness of the world during that time. People work very hard in order to get through this period in time. After that things get much easier. Nothing becomes harder, emotionally speaking, than the twenties. Crowns are given to those who make it to their thirties. In one’s thirties the crown sits heavy on the head. Age makes people feel a little bit better, like they are going to make it. Ironically making it another years brings individuals closer to their inevitable death. All birthdays do is remind people that one day they will have a horrible end of their life, when they finally feel perfectly comfortable in their own skin. Upon that realization, the body collapses and becomes food for the world. 


Each person becomes their own planet with their orbits changing depending on the kinds of friends they keep. Not all friends are supposed to be kept for an entire lifetime. The passage of time results in new friendships being forged as the old ones pass away into nothingness. Making friends is easy, early on. Lots of societal pressure to become friendly weighs heavily on people early on in life. Time makes friends less and less of a sure thing. Extreme age forces people to hang out with individuals younger than themselves due to the inevitable fear of dying. Rationing out life only makes it go by slower. Everyone is a planet and they simply exist in space untethered to anything. 

Sarantos - Valentine’s Day

Sarantos captures joy and passion on “Valentine’s Day”. Irresistibly catchy the song’s melody is an absolute pleasure. A wonderful hook guides the song forward. Carefully arranged the true center of the song is Sarantos’s strong assured voice rising above. Everything simply works from the tender sound of the guitars to the gentle rhythm that anchors the song. The piano work is particularly expressive hitting the right balance between the playful and the sincere because love can be playful yet sincere. Articulate and clear, Sarantos does an incredible job in expressing the many variations of love and how it can help people find comfort in the world. 

Beginning with a particularly inspired introduction (courtesy of the exceptional percussion work) Sarantos explores the concept of love. Throughout the song Sarantos illuminates different aspects of love, its purity and its strength. About halfway through the song “Valentine’s Day” bursts forth in wonderful color. With its soaring guitar solo the song begins to get a little wild. Aptly dropping out everything all that remains is Sarantos’s calm voice guiding the way. Towards the end the song appears to rush into kaleidoscopic color as the piece grows ever larger and larger. His ode to love feels especially soothing given how effortlessly the interplay seems to emerge out of the song, of how everything simply merges together into a perfect whole. 


Downright charming, Sarantos offers a stunningly sweet vision of the perfect kind of relationship on “Valentine’s Day”.