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.  

Thursday, July 24, 2014

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.