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 – 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:


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:


                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: 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).

Friday, October 9, 2015

Hanetration - Waldsterben EP

Hanetration’s “Waldsterben EP” travels further down the rabbit hole finding utterly fascinating rhythms and sounds along the way. Pieces here opt for particular form of a digital tribal sound. By letting these pieces unfold gradually Hanetration is able to discover strange juxtapositions, ambience, noise, and drone, oftentimes within a single song. This playful sensibility is found throughout the EP as the songs spin around their unique axis before eventually careening out of control. 

Things open up with the tense “Impulse”. For this track Hanetration keeps things minimal. Buildup happens extremely gradually. Little flourishes, additional detail, these come about to form a polyrhythmic piece one with no discernible center. Instead Hanetration lets the song find its own focus, giving the song an improvised feeling to it. Quite loud is the impossible to define hectic work of “Surge”. Quick edits reveal an odd universe one that alternates between almost calming waves of hazy distortion placed alongside disorienting beats. Mixing the two together gives the song a greater impact. An industrial grey color emerges on “Friction” as Hanetration reimagines a rave-up as performed by Zoviet France. Eventually this transforms into a motley mix of live drums and mournful organ. Bringing things to a close is the meditative zen of “Aurora”. Complete with uneasy extended drones the piece morphs into a nightmare remix of Gas’s “Pop” work. 

With the “Waldsterben EP” Hanetration takes on the strangest corners of the aural universe and does so with gusto. 

Kangding Ray - Cory Arcane

When I think of digital precision in music, I think of Raster Noton. Everything they do it perfect to the absolute millisecond. Kangding Ray’s “Cory Arcane” takes the concept of pulsing pristine techno to its logical conclusion. Physical in tone this is music akin to the absolutely overwhelming presence of Elektro Guzzi. Despite Kangding Ray being a single solitary figure (David Letellier) he manages to sound as busy as that entire trio and as vibrant. These pieces thump hysterically and methodically. 

After the gauzy introduction of “Acto” Kangding Ray moves into massive waves of beats with “Dark Barker”. Rhythms upon rhythms upon rhythms come out of this gorgeous field of sound. Gradually a melody emerges out of the frantic beats, barely able to fit in between the propulsion. During various moments the piece at times appears to come in and out of focus, resulting in a peculiar sense of dislocation. “Brume” sounds akin to Autechre at their very best: muscular, brooding, it is an absolute beast of a track. By far the highlight of the album is the pivotal “These Are My Rivers”. Kangding Ray moves towards a hedonistic sound with “These Are My Rivers” as he plays around with countless rhythms before an oscillating bass weaves its way into the fray. Closing the album on a high note is the driving rhythm of “Sleepless Roads”. 

“Cory Arcane” benefits from Kangding Ray’s extensive knowledge of musique concrete and dance. The resulting work is an album of exquisite symmetrical beauty. 

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Natalie Jean - Lecons D’Amour

Natalie Jean’s “Lecons D’Amour” is a force of nature. With her commanding voice front and center, everything else is merely in service of her impressive lyrical talent. The rhythms are powerful, helping to give the entire proceedings a sense of power. By letting these piece vary in terms of style from the absolutely infectious dance pop of “Arrete Regarde Ecoute” to the introspective ballad of “Nostalgie”. No matter what she approach she takes the songs are bound together by her dominating vocals. 

“Je N’ T’appartiens Pas” opts for a straight rave-up. A song of pure grandeur the entirely is undoubtedly impressive. Carefully crafted raw synthesizers create a driving rhythm. This syncs up perfectly with Natalie Jean’s impassioned vocals. With a stripped down approach is the sly groove of “Devenir Gris”. Despite its quiet nature it possesses that same attention to rhythm nicely gliding by. For a nostalgic trip Natalie Jean’s “Sans Toi” takes on a luxurious sound as the piece builds up every so gradually. On “Mon Ange” Natalie Jean’s voice becomes quite intimate. Sonically the song displays a classic pop approach as the piece ebbs and flows. Absolutely giddy is the album’s highlight “Penses A Moi”. Kept together by a catchy hook and a massive beat the song is propelled forward. 

“Lecons D’ Amour” shows off Natalie Jean’s undoubtedly impressive vocal range. From the intimate to the celebratory, Natalie Jean does it all and does it well. 

Shark Dad - A Bigger Boat

Shark Dad’s “A Bigger Boat” is one of the best things to happen to garage rock in a long time. Possessing a perfect punk spirit (the song titles are magnificent) Shark Dad reveals in the chaotic. References are aplenty throughout the album from the short lived Generation X branded doomed carbonated beverage “OK Soda” to the tribute to those independent basement shows on “Ke$ha’s Haunted Vagina”. The riffs throughout the album reflect an early 90s indie rock sensibility without the brooding. Everything simply works from the strong vocals to the embrace of the sincerest form of dad humor. 

Beginning with the infectious “OK Soda” the album starts off on a high note. The energy is downright impressive as the song is outright giddy. Distortion reigns supreme on the rush of “Turds of Misery”. For “MILF & Cookies” Shark Dad uses restraint at first. When it blooms into a full-on fury it becomes an absolute joy. By far the highlight of the album it shows off their unique dynamics and sharp lyricism. Much more classic rock in temperament is “Flooz Yr Illusion (Disco Dave)” where the guitar work is blistering. A nice use of cowbell appears on the playful “Kinky Horse”. “Apologize” closes the album off with a flurry of sound as the song descends into chaos. 

If more bands sounded like “Shark Dad” the rock world would be a better place. They are keeping garage rock alive. You can find their album right here

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

The Shabby Doll Reader by Various Artists

A cat introduces the latest and greatest reader. That’s the cat lifestyle and Shabby Doll Reader owns it. What else does Shabby Doll Reader own? Marriage is completely owned by the brand new ‘power couple’ of Lucy K. Shaw (of L. K. Showbiz fame) and Oscar Bruno d’Artois (of Beach Sloth reviewed fame). Out of seemingly somewhere Lucy K. Shaw and Oscar Bruno d’Artois got married in the happiest place on Earth, Denmark. Residents of the Atlantic Northeast can expect to see them many a time as they traverse the roadways of Montreal, Toronto, Buffalo, and, of course, New York City. 

October 8th Shabby Doll House shall present themselves in the most happening borough, Brooklyn for some serious Alt Space love. People have been keeping busy. Sarah Jean Alexander has been keeping busy reading at a soundscape, which is like a reading place but with sound. Juliet Escoria got a goldfish she could call her own in Charm City aka Baltimore. A dude named Jacob Perkins biked 800 miles down the West Coast. New Zealand beer celebrated Carolyn DeCarlo. Young writers made their way to the UK’s newest castle. Music videos descended upon Toronto Island so nice they named it after Toronto City, Canada’s hotspot of activity courtesy of Sophia Katz. Metatron released a fall catalog putting them on the same level of as a clothing line. Finally Luna Miguel’s book came out yet again (third time means a charm) in Barcelona. 

Theo Thimo asks the tough questions like “What do you do” and “Do I smell”. Introspective questions for sure the “Do I smell” question has been asked for time immemorial.  Jobs are tough things to keep like houseplants jobs wither and die without enough time. A good life is one left unexamined because if it is good then why would anybody need to question anything. Good knows it is good it requires no explanation. Missionaries think they know the answers to things but they have not seen the revelations of anything. Life is a piece of cake and that cake needs to nap before it finally dies in its sleep. 

Pony Castle is where aristocratic ponies go to live. Regular ponies rent their plots of land from the pony lordship and give a tithe of their crops to the church. Life is hard for pony peasants. Sofia Banzhaf discusses in exquisite detail the plight of the pony peasantry their hopes and dreams. Home is where the art is and the art lives everywhere, even Canada interestingly. 

Oscar Bruno d’Artois explains his book piece by piece. The dude grew up in multiple locations as a nebulous entity. Long ago (was it really) Beach Sloth encountered Oscar Bruno d’Artois on a fairly irregular basis. Honesty Beach Sloth thought Oscar to be cooler than himself because Beach Sloth is merely a sloth and crawls across pavement thus warming his sloth belly. Grey children are dusty immortal children which seems awfully strange. Nobody wants to be stuck in childhood forever because then they would have to be nostalgic about. Hard centers of a person do not seem possible as humans are gooey in the middle like blow pops and tootsie pops. Out in Europe they consider themselves hard on the outside (walls, defenses) but soft on the inside (once people come in) but to date there has been little effort to spend military might on enforcing general goodwill. The opposite is usually true. 

Various individuals got their interview on, their music video on, and partied hard across the world via the power of reading. 

Ashley Opheim writes about rejection. Rejection is an essential part of life and some suffer from it more than others. Individuals across the world suffer from this with blocked borders, restricted travel and immigration, with even the most basic of human needs such as clean pot-able water. When rejection happens it can seem awful and due to the way that society has been structured it shall be disproportionate towards the majority of humanity. Whatever happens in rejection and suffering the good thing is nobody suffers alone there are always setbacks with people experiencing them together. If someone has suffered rejection they ought to know they are never alone. 

Shabby Doll Reader comes to a delightful conclusion. This is the beauty of Shabby Doll Reader which shall return to the mystical lands in November. 

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Sarantos - You (Just) Don’t Have It

“You (Just) Don’t Have It” possesses a sense of fun. With an infectious beat propelling the song forward, Sarantos displays great lyricism. The wit is undeniable as Sarantos sings from the point of view of the observer, of the one who is not impressed with pageantry. Here the lyrics focus on the idea that the individual lacks what they try to possess. Life for these individuals appears to be particularly blank as they focus on the style rather than the substances. By taking an observational approach to them Sarantos manages to accomplish great things throughout the song.  
A gargantuan beat introduces the song. Vocal delivery is pitch-perfect. Lyrics here are downright devastating. Sarantos lets his narrative slowly come to develop a picture of a fully superficial individual. They are able to put on an effective appearance of who they want to be but not who they are. Hence Sarantos can see exactly how they want to be viewed but unfortunately they lack the deeper meaning necessary to engage in a meaningful way. Defiance manages to permeate the entirety of the piece as Sarantos explains how they require a sense of affection instead of going purely for aesthetics. By focusing exclusively on the outside they lose their appeal becoming merely shells. Utilizing a poppy sensibility the song is particularly bouncy, with an infectious hook that ties the song together. 

Joyful and honest, Sarantos achieves a true triumph with the insightful “You (Just) Don’t Have It”. 

Monday, October 5, 2015

Free Wifi Pour Les Filles

This is a reading for fun as opposed to a reading for suffering. Lots of readings feature extreme suffering but this one, this one shall be a true thrill. For one it is taking place in Brooklyn, the hallmark of fun indie literary events. Additionally there are a number of individuals who have helped to revitalize the floundering international indie literary commune. 

Of course it goes without saying that Kristen Felicetti is going to be there in her home of Bushwick. Lots of literary types live in Bushwick typically poorly because it is fairly expensive though cheaper than many other parts of the city. Bushwick has a lot of art going on for reasons that remain unclear. Plenty of famous-ass individuals have appeared in the Bushwick Review’s hallowed pages. 

Rachael Lee Nelson rules over the world with an iron-esque fist. The fist is a lighter metal than iron because of aerodynamic properties. Her work has been a major part of Shabby Doll House and she is one of the esteemed members of said publication. From humble Canadian roots via a British expat the world is Shabby Doll House’s oyster and it is a grand thing indeed. 

Liz Bowen serves as one of the main attractions of the reading. Her work is so on point it might as well be the point. Featured prominently amongst Internet pages like Shabby Doll Reader, like physical books named “The Yolo Pages” people really enjoy her work. She has read in museums like the New Museum, by far the newest museum in Manhattan by a long shot (forget the short shots). 

Darcie Wilder is quite wild, hence the last name. Her work is multidisciplinary which means it is highly disciplined. Much of her work went to Catholic Schools and received extensive discipline. This is what happened to her work and made it the outstanding work it is today. Her work is so much more than writing is it also quite visual. 

Lucy K Shaw still possesses her biz website because she’s all about the literary business. That is simply how she rolls. Others have tried rolling with Lucy K Shaw but they are not wheels like her so they fall. A citizen of the world Lucy K Shaw is impressively lived and impressively traveled. Without Lucy K Shaw art is purposeless. Art requires Lucy K Shaw in order to succeed. Thanks to Lucy K Shaw art has found meaning in aesthetics. 

Beach Sloth encourages everyone to attend this meeting of the literary minds as Beach Sloth would like to send a Beach Sloth representative in its stead. Anybody attending this reading should call themselves Beach Sloth. This way Beach Sloth can truly be there to celebrate these delightful individuals.