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.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

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).

Monday, July 6, 2015

Nhung Nguyen - Winter’s stories

Delicate and deliberate “Winter’s stories” are fully realized works of art. Ornate piano playing intermingled with the field recordings of the outside world gives the album a surreal sensibility. By letting these elements work together Nhung Nguyen is able to provide insight into the old John Cage quote that “Music is everywhere”. Here Nhung Nguyen lets those outside sounds come into her aural world and add to it, showing that the fragile tones of her piano can help to further emphasize the fleeting nature of reality. 

#1 opens up the album with careful piano work. Beyond the piano the ambient sound weaves its way into the mix. Such random bursts help to counterbalance the remarkably studied piano work. Further away still is #2 where Nhung Nguyen’s piano appears to be floating on into the heavens. Ghostly in tone with #3 Nhung Nguyen explores the icier textures as the sounds simply linger in the quiet air. Various sounds from the real world filter their way into the mix a combination of the industrial and the organic. Glistening #4 is downright beautiful serving as the heart and soul of the album. Much uneasier is #6 whose field recordings threaten to derail the entire procession. By doing this Nhung Nguyen adds a heightened sense of drama for the piece. Ending things on a very eerie note is the long lost David Lynch soundtrack of “Flow” whose sustained tones emphasize the haunting beauty of the album. 


“Winter’s stories” shows off a unique talent one able to balance the real and the surreal. 

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Dag Rosenqvist - The Forest Diaries

The Forest Diaries shows that patience truly is a virtue. With slow moving sound Dag Rosenqvist takes a thoughtful approach to these emotionally moving songs. Dag Rosenqvist somehow creates a sound that combines the new and the old. At times it feels like the music taps into a long-forgotten folklore while giving it a delicate digital sheen. By letting these two impulses work together, of the classical and the manipulated, of the psychedelic and the sincere, The Forest Diaries succeeds in creating tender moments. 

With I Dag Rosenqvist gently guides the listener into the sound. Pauses help to build the tension which is alleviated halfway through the piece. For II Dag Rosenqvist lets the song gradually bloom forth. The fragile tones of III barely register above of a whisper yet there remains a sense of play throughout the piece. A sense of warmth emanates from the happy V serving as the heart and soul of the piece. Crystal clear in tone is the pristine sound of VII whose glistening keys are positively radiant. Everything comes together in VIII, the digital and the real into a sprawling epic sweep of sound. Bringing things to a glorious conclusion is the steady X as it carefully makes its way to a colorful finale. 


Songs build off of each other giving The Forest Diaries a strong cohesive sense of self. Dag Rosenqvist has created a magnificent piece of art with The Forest Diaries. 

The Party House by Olivia Lilley

The Party House celebrates the bacchanal that is the college experience. For millions of people every year they get to have the kind of free-fall rush that is college. What that means is every emotion they will ever experience in their lives will be introduced in college. Before college people have some idea of what the world will offer them. Upon reaching college they find themselves free of any kind of responsibility. While it crushes some people, this freedom, it liberates others. Olivia Lilley essentially re-creates the college experience at its fevered pitch, at its most insane and almost unbelievable. Yet for every college graduate, they have fond memories of maybe not this precise Party House, but a similar house, maybe a “Fuck It” house or similar kind of venerable institution. 

Characters within the Party House live weird strange lives where very little seems logical. People walk around half or fully naked. Individuals have their ultimate expression of themselves, trying to make art, trying to be endlessly weird. Youth seems to suit these characters well as it is impossible to picture these individuals as anything but college students. For only college students could get away with this kind of behavior. Graduation from college makes this kind of behavior frowned upon. College students essentially are given a free pass to do every possible stupid thing they have ever wanted to do in their lives. Olivia Lilley points this complete and utter freedom her characters experience. 

With the huge amount of freedom her characters make ridiculous, insane choices that in any other environment would make no sense whatsoever. Yet the logic that runs college life is far different from what runs life outside of college. Relationships end not due to a incompatibility but to the need to read more books, the need to sleep in bed alone, and other almost minuscule problems that otherwise do not exist in reality. For college suspends reality, letting it go away from a moment. Even within the play a few characters mention this, most prominently Richard who apparently is almost an adult, clinging onto the spirit that the house offers. 


Olivia Lilley takes on the sadness that college provides its students. The amount of rejection and disappointment that occurs in college seems to sting more, since for many it is the first time they have to handle these emotions in an emotionally elevated replica of reality. Many of her characters are hurt throughout the play, rejected, losing, seeing their environment slowly crumble away as the harsh reality starts to come into view, reminding them that this Party House can go on for only so long. In “The Party House” Olivia Lilley vividly captures both the joy and pain of college in equal doses. 

The Furious Seasons - My Love is Strong

My Love is Strong is a sunny rush of sound. “The Furious Seasons” conjure up images of the crystal clean sound of the Fleet Foxes, with polished pitch-perfect vocals and optimistic lyrics. Best taken in as a whole this is an album that deserves to be played alongside friends as the warm spirit that it radiates is infectious. Colorful with its many sounds, The Furious Seasons manage to accomplish a lot through their lush welcoming sound.  

Opening up with “Southern Night” The Furious Seasons recall the sweetness of the Beach Boys. Elements of a southern sound ease their way into the mix. Moving at a breakneck pace the song refuses to stop. Reflective in tone is the country-infused “Understood”. Languidly paced is the hopeful “Summer Rain” whose lyrics have a nice naturalistic hue to them. Playful and jaunty “Full Disclosure” is the kind of song that revels in its absolute honesty. Horns here work wonders fully emphasizing the carefree spirit of the song. Taking on a sound reminiscent of Bob Dylan is the earnest work of “My Love is Strong”. Casual in tone is the light and airy “Want Me Too” that has a slight flirtatious tone to it. The dreamy “Wind Blown” sprawls out and serves as the highlight of the album with the arrangement made just right. Bringing the album to a gracious close is the restrained work of “Soft Landing”. 


Melodically thoughtful this is pop music as it should be: gentle, kind, and memorable. 

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Flying Saucer Attack - Instrumentals 2015

Flying Saucer Attack are back to cover the world in feedback once again. After a fifteen year hiatus they, without warning, have returned. With the few snippets of “Instrumentals 2015” it appears they continue to be in fine form. For their unique blend of rural psychedelia (their words) has no peers. Usually even the most adherent of shoegaze bands managed to clean up their sound at some point. Nobody at Flying Saucer Attack ever believed in a cleaned up sound. Fiercely DIY, they recorded at home letting the lo-fi textures work as an integral part of their sound. 

A cult favorite (maybe because of the name, maybe because of the oddly inspiring feedback of the music) they went around the world playing their blissed-out music. With “Instrumentals 2015” it appears they have set their sights even more towards the stratosphere. The current piece they have presented “Instrumental 4” shows a bit of their dreamy/industrial vibe that they have perfected. Whereas some of their other ilk went towards the harsher realms, the massive sounds, theirs felt permanent, like there was a ceremony already ongoing and the listener happens to pop in right in the middle of things. Even their other piece "Instrumental 7" shows off their beloved patience guitar work. 


With such a long hiatus it can be a bit weird for a band to simply emerge out of nowhere and say “yes, we’re back doing the exact same thing”. However, Flying Saucer Attack was never a normal band. This might be their time to re-emerge from the shadows. Lately there has been a resurgence in that muddied pastoral sound, so they may find a way to expanded their devoted cult of fans. Here’s hoping. 

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

How To Distinguish Alligators from Crocodiles by Steve Roggenbuck

Steve Roggenbuck informs the viewer about the difference between an alligator and a crocodile. This is an important distinction to make in life, particularly those who live in areas where these fine creatures live, such as the New York City sewer system. Alligators typically look graceful as if they were drawn by animators. Crocodiles on the other hand are considerably tougher looking beasts. Interest in the alligator versus crocodile dilemma has plagued humanity since the beginning of time, so the view is a welcome addition to the world wide web. 

It is revealed that Steve Roggenbuck’s children pay him legit money to curse. Typically fathers are paid in monopoly money. Not Steve Roggenbuck, he makes the serious cash. Because Steve Roggenbuck’s children pay him to curse, he is able to make rent every single month of the year, except Christmas because Santa pays for that. The cursing has a greater purpose for Steve Roggenbuck for he uses a potty mouth for his potty, showing off his impressive stance on the toilet. Lounging is a great way to go to the bathroom. Judging from Steve Roggenbuck’s unique bathroom color scheme he is doing quite well indeed. 

Fathers are celebrated throughout the video right in time for Father’s Day. Steve Roggenbuck’s dad eats crumbs. This is typical of the trickle down economics first introduced by Ronald ‘Ronnie’ Reagan. Upon learning that America’s poor were starving Ronald Reagan stated “let them eat crumbs”. Ronald Reagan was not a compassionate conservative but rather a difficult person who failed to understand the suffering of the average American. Sadly America has not learned from the mistakes of Ronald Reagan but one day hopefully every Ronald Reagan decision will be discredited and thrown into the trash where it belongs. 

Light needs to shine on the darkness of the world. This happens every day and is called ‘the day’ or ‘daytime’ for short. Yes this is an important development. Before the sun came around things were darker. Fortunately even if the sun were to one day ‘stop’ there is artificial light ready to make things considerably better. Tech Blogs shine light on people too, but mostly because they are reading Tech Blogs from illuminated digital screens. 


1.1 miles per hour is a slow thing, a turtle is the slowest thing in the universe besides those other things. Steve Roggenbuck shows off his uncanny ability to care for the turtles of the world. 

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Electric Blue by Luis Silva

Trivia and references are a new form of language. Devoid of any kind of vulnerability, the trivia of the world keeps people protected. Emotional honesty, this is stuff that is lost with trivia. Knowledge helps boring people pretend they are interesting. With the vast intake of knowledge they do not have to experience much of anything. Instead they can simply opt out of the social norms of the world, choosing to simply give it their best while the trivia helps to flatten out any potential offense they might have. 

What makes this a dangerous approach is the trivia the references the search for deeper meaning only leads them to objects not to themselves. They remain blissfully unaware of anything having to do with humanity. Even their own lives are incredibly dull. Dullness is the least of their worries. By choosing to simply live in the references they can appear callous, even indifferent to the suffering of others. Cruelty within their personality reflects itself by letting them become people who are emotionally closed off from others. 

Late nights mean they can deal with people far less than they used to do. Gradually their friends recede like waves on a beach receding back into the ocean. Millions of fish in the sea and they are covered in a liquid required for life. These trivia and references enthusiasts pick weird but not too weird topics to interest themselves in as they are unable to form meaningful long term connections. With every year they become less and less interested in the world outside of their own self-created world. Such an approach is a terrifying prospect particularly for those who long before might have wanted relationships and deep meaningful connections. References, trivia, analysis of that information, it is not judgmental. It is the path chosen by those scared of serious commitment. Millions of people live that way, on the internet, arguing with people as equally lonely as themselves. The winners of these arguments are the saddest people in the world, though at least the occasional win convinces them the extra time spent was worth it. 


Infrequent moments come up, the kind of things that could force them out of this comfortable life. They rarely pick up on the fact that they are in a relationship and that they need to do things differently. Without this self-awareness they remain oblivious to the world outside of their world, hermetic in their interests and never choosing to go outside.