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 

             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.

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.  

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Aphex Twin – SYRO



                Yes this is happening. After years of dormancy Richard D. James confirms something everybody had been wanting for years: a new Aphex Twin album. Named SYRO this will be the first new Aphex Twin material released since 2001 nearly an entire generation ago. Things were much different back then with an incredibly mixed reaction to his work. IDM was on its last gasps by that point and Aphex Twin’s Drukqs came up around the same time. Back in 2001 Aphex Twin and Autechre unleashed literal masterpieces onto the world: the debated Drukqs and Confield. To date neither has been able to garner an opinion one way or the other. Aphex Twin stopped putting music out under that particular moniker and Autechre, who could have gone out much further into abstraction decided to rein it in. 

                What can SYRO do to show listeners what Aphex Twin has been doing during the last thirteen years. He’s been busy: the Analord Series (under AFX) was clear, concise, and consistent. There have been projects that Aphex Twin has been accused of being behind though to date none of it has stuck. Sure the Tuss could be another Aphex Twin moniker but it is impossible to tell. Because an artist has influences from Aphex Twin does not necessarily mean Aphex Twin is pulling a fast one on anyone at all. Instead Richard D. James has been waiting for the right moment and the right way to announce the release of some of his material, as he has stated he has about ten albums’ worth of material. 

                SYRO can show the world a little of what Aphex Twin has been hiding over the years. His announcement on TOR confirms that Aphex Twin remains deep into the cryptic world. Perhaps the world has grown more to Aphex Twin’s liking as the world has increasingly moved towards the secrecy Aphex Twin requires to truly grab attention. To date there are no leaks of the new material nor even a teaser. All Richard D. James has provided is a mere track list. For now that will have to be enough. 

SYRO Track List
1. "minipops 67 (source field mix)"
2. "XMAS_Eve10 (thanaton3 mix)"
3. "produk 29"
4. "4 bit 9d epi+e+6"
5. "180db_"
6. "CIRCLONT6A (syrobonkus mix)"
7. "fz pseudotimestrech+e+3"
8. "CIRCLONT14 (shrymoming mix)"
9. "syro u473t8+e (piezoluminescence mix)"
10. "PAPAT4 (pineal mix)"
11. "s950tx16wasr10 (earth portal mix)"
12. "aisatsana"

…And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead – IX



                Feel I probably would be more excited about a new album from these folks if I was still in my EMO phase. Thankfully like many things I outgrew my EMO phase. Good thing this group has managed to stay with me as I have continued to gradually evolve from someone who wore their heart on their sleeve to someone who can effortlessly grow a beard in mere hours. Incredible, it certainly feels that way, and if feels good knowing that they are out there providing a much needed service to individuals who might have outgrown their initial overly emotional stage in life yet realized their bands can grow with them. 

                I re-listen to these guys first few efforts once every so often whenever it feels appropriate. Whoever listens to this every day may get a bit worn down as the band tends to sort of wear at the listener with a vast variety of emotional states and sudden explosions. For me when the mood is perfect they are perfect. Hence while they aren’t exactly something I go to every day I’m glad they exist and are there for me to find. Life without them would certainly be difficult and thankfully this is something I will never need to particularly worry about. 

                They have been doing this for while some time, that overbearing new, their titles, the harsh bite their music often has, they are a strange beast. Outliving many of their emotional peers they have a longevity that is admirable. Few bands manage to succeed the way they do. Hopefully their latest album will be yet another demonstration of their ability to put out high-quality products on a regular consistent basis.