FRATERNAL VIDEO

September 17, 2008 | Filed Under friends, music | Leave a Comment 

friend-band Bear in Heaven have a new video for their song “fraternal noon” - guitarist adam directed:

 

the track is from their album “red bloom of the boom” which I’d like to hereby recommend to YOU.
you can buy it from their label (also friend-run) Hometapes. 



ODD JOB ADVENTURE

September 11, 2008 | Filed Under big ideas, friends, happening, job responsibilities | Leave a Comment 

out of work Freelance Writer/Designer/Illustrator and friend of mine Tori is starting a cool project in which she takes any weirdo odd job she can get and blogs about it.  Knowing her to be a funny, funny person, I’m looking fwd to this. 

Read more ’bout it on Pecanne Log and, of course, check out Tori’s new blog, Lemonade Standoff. 

If you’re in Atlanta and you have something for her to do, and don’t mind tossing her a few bucks, let her know!



FAIRHOPE WEEKEND

April 7, 2008 | Filed Under d'etre, fantastic weekend, friends, get outta here, photo | Leave a Comment 

was really great  

andrea took some good pictures (click on me up there) 



TONIGHT

March 20, 2008 | Filed Under friends, happening | 1 Comment 

Blitzen Trapper / Fleet Foxes / (& our friends) Nomen Novum 

at the drunken unicorn - - - 9:00 / $10 



KELLY KLEINSCHRODT

March 19, 2008 | Filed Under art, friends, god bless the internet, photo | Leave a Comment 

 Old friend Kelly Kleinschrodt is a photographer / filmmaker in los angeles who I know from Alabama days.  I just got the link to her portfolio, {via zach sierke} and I’m super impressed.  Zach also sent along a bunch of Kelly’s ((really great)) newer photos not yet on her website, so keep an eye out for updates.



TAG CLOUDY

March 18, 2008 | Filed Under friends, photo, projects | 1 Comment 

Tag Cloud - 3.19.08

i’ve been working on tagging my flickr photos - here’s the cloud as of today 



ok… ready? hang on. ok. ready? ok.

January 13, 2007 | Filed Under friends, funny haha, god bless the internet, video / film | 1 Comment 

I found this really awesome website the other day called Long Awkward Pose. It’s run by Katie Dippold, who is a comedy writer for MadTV and an improv performer for UCB Theatre; she also plays “Byte” in Gemberling, which is how I stumbled on her in the first place. Evidently, she’s a genius.Long Awkward Pose has a pretty straightforward and brilliant premise. From the site:

It’s simple, really. People look foolish when posing for a picture. So tell your loved ones you would like to take their photo… then secretly videotape them the whole time. 

That’s it in a nutshell. It’s a bunch of videos of people who think they’re posing for a picture. It’s hilarious. She posts a lot of videos of her coworkers at MadTV and her family members, but she also takes submissions. So far I’ve submitted five videos. I don’t know if she’ll put ‘em up, but I’ll link mine below so y’all can see. It’s a really fun joke to pull on your friends, so I imagine I’ll be doing more soon, and I’ll post them here… at least until I run out of unsuspecting friends.For now, check out the website, and here’s what I got so far:

Zach in my living roomwhile watching Legend of the Hidden Temple: Sean and Brandy at 97 Estoria:

Ian and Niki at 97 Estoria:

Christa in my kitchen:

Paul and Sheena in my living room:



Buncha Parties, Buncha Pictures

January 2, 2007 | Filed Under fantastic weekend, friends, get outta here, photo | 1 Comment 

I just finished scanning a whole lotta polaroids from the three parties I attended in the last week or so; thought you’d like to see.

XMAS NIGHT at Will Anders’ in Fairhope (10 photos) ///NEW YEAR’S EVE’S EVE at Jonathan Smith’s in Fairhope (39 photos)///NEW YEAR’S EVE at my place in ATL (75 photos)



Studio Apartments

December 10, 2006 | Filed Under friends, music, projects, video / film | 2 Comments 

In 2002 at SCAD I made a short documentary as a final project for my advanced editing class. It’s called “Studio Apartments,” and it follows three musicians as they explore writing and recording music at home. The three musicians were, of course, friends and roommates of mine, but regardless of that bias, I still think it’s a pretty decent video piece, and the music is good.Almost all of my friends in Savannah were artists and/or musicians, and we were all playing around with writing and recording music with a different approach. At the same time, we were constantly bouncing our ideas off of each other. So when I decided to make a documentary, it was a logical step to focus on friends of mine who were also friends amongst themselves. The piece consists of separate interviews and recording footage, so you don’t necessarily know that they know one another, but it’s evident in other ways.One reason that this is still interesting to me in the first place is that it’s an early look at where these guys were coming from. They’ve all gone on to do some really great stuff, and are actively continuing to do really great stuff, so it’s interesting to see what they were like when they were just starting to figure out what direction they would go in.Everyone influenced everyone, and there was (and still is) a lot of overlap; during the production of this documentary, Paul Duncan was beginning to record his first album, To an Ambient Hollywood. He lived two doors down from me and Mickey Ladd, so we (and Joe) were all in on early critiques. After graduation, Paul and I were roommates in Atlanta, where he finished the first album and started work on his second. Home-Tapes, an indie label started by two other friends of ours, debuted with that record, and has gone on to become a really awesome, highly respected, successful endeavor; this year they had a showcase stage at the CMJ fest.Meanwhile, Joe Stickney had moved to Brooklyn and was playing with several bands. My documentary focuses on his electronic music, but Joe is also THE bad-ass drummer. Joe currently plays with Bear in Heaven and just finished a tour with Rhys Chatham as the drummer for Rhys Chatham’s Essentialist. After Atlanta, Paul joined Joe in New York, so nowadays Joe also drums in Paul’s live band and contributed a lot to his second and third albums.Since then, Mickey Ladd has kept it pretty low-key on the music tip, but he’s still writing and recording little eagles of songs. He sends me mp3s from time to time, and it’s really just a matter of time before his stuff will be in your ear, too.Anyway, for those of you that already know these guys, personally or not, I thought you might get a kick out of seeing what they were doing a few years ago. I emailed Paul a clip and he said it was embarassing, but I beg to differ. Sure, they weren’t as far along or musically developed as they are now, but this is historical stuff. I’m preserving it for posterity. Hopefully Paul won’t mind too much.If you’ve never heard of these folks before, check ‘em out. Go to Home-Tapes and buy Paul’s stuff. It is VERY GOOD. While you’re there, buy some other stuff. Everything Home-Tapes has put out so far has been incredible. They have finely-tuned tastes.Go to Paul’s, Bear in Heaven’s and Rhys Chatham’s Essentialists myspace pages. Have a listen. I don’t know if the latter dudes have anything for sale yet, but keep checking.Mickey,(1, 2), doesn’t have any records out yet, either, but I’ll let you know as soon as he does.so without further whatever, here’s the documentary, (in 3 parts thanks to You Tube’s file size limit.) Hope you enjoy; let me know what you think.

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Joe’s a Real Person Now

September 20, 2006 | Filed Under fantastic weekend, friends, god bless the internet, happening, music | 1 Comment 

Our dear friend and comrade Joe Stickney has his name in print on a real life mostly respectable website - Pitchfork - for being a (rather integral) part of the Table of the Elements festival that took place at Eyedrum a couple weeks ago.I wish I could’ve gone for the whole festival; it sounded, and apparently was, incredible. But it was expensive and I’m not a rich man. I did make it to the second to last night, and caught Tony Conrad’s awesome violin intonation deal as well as Rhys Chatham’s Essentialist (for which Joe was the “drummist”) (or is it “drum-a-teer” ? who can say.) I also listened to a little bit of Leif Inge’s 24 hr version of Beethoven’s Ninth. But I couldn’t stay for the whole thing.Overall, it was a pretty impressive night of avant garde music, and everyone seemed to be really digging it. Also, somewhat coincidentally, there was a miniature reunion of a bunch of us former Savannah residents who all happened to be in town. It was real cool to hang with those dudes again for the first time in about 4 years.Anyway, the point of all this is that Pitchfork did a nice “live review” piece on the festival, and Joe gets mentioned very favorably. In fact, the point at which his name comes up seems to be the moment when the reviewer noticed that everyone in the room was high on the awesomeness of everything, and Joe is given credit for bringing a new vital flavor to the pantry. So, way to go, Joe.update 9.24.06:Joe and the Rhys Chatham’s Essentialist gang just got written up in Pitchfork AGAIN - twice in the same week. The new one is about the Wire Fest in Chicago on 9.20, which was the last stop on their tour, this time performing with the likes of Jandek and John McEntire.The Pitchfork peeps really like Joe - here’s the best quote:

Chatham addressed his young players with the intensive stare of a conductor, keeping time with strums on his own guitar rather than a baton. And his drummer (pitcured above) positively killed 

What I want to know, is if Joe’s been killing people in Chicago, shouldn’t someone stop him? I mean, yeah, he’s a great drummer. We all know that. But murder? Come on, Joe, you’re not above the law.Check out Joe sweatin’ like a Viking on Pitchfork:

 



Good Friday was Wonderful

April 16, 2006 | Filed Under fantastic weekend, friends, music, photo | Leave a Comment 

Ian, Bill, Puma and I hosted a cookout in honor of the arrival of springtime this past friday, and The Wonderful decided to seize the opportunity to put on our first-ever show. We figured it would be a low key thing, with just our friends, so we wouldn’t be too nervous.While Ian manned the grill, we set up our gear in the backyard on that weird concrete thing that might have been a chimney foundation or a firepit at one time. We borrowed Puma’s friend Mark’s PA speakers, set up some good ol’ tiki torches, and strategically placed a milk-crate of noisemakers on a blanket in front of the “stage” to allow for audience participation. Once everything was in place, we attempted a semi-successful sound check, then got busy on some beer and burgers.Soon, magic-hour (eight o’clock,) was upon us, and we started our set. It went surprisingly well, especially considering the fact that Zach didn’t have a monitor and later said that he couldn’t really hear anything we were doing. Evidently, though, no one really noticed. Or at least they were polite and said they didn’t. Either way, we had a good time playing, and I don’t think we effed up very much or very often, and afterwards a few people told me that they liked it, so overall, I’m gonna go ahead and call it a win.After we played, Puma and Jin got up and did a few impromptu numbers, and they sounded great. I had just been wishing (while playing) that I could be in the audience to see and hear what it was like, and then sure enough I got my chance. While they were doing their thing, I have to say that I was really enjoying the moment - still a little dusky but getting dark, a cold beer in hand, friends around, and spring/summer just beginning.That is to say, it was nice. Thanks to all y’all who made it out, and for those who didn’t, we’ll hopefully be scheduling more shows soon. I know we already have one possibly in the works - a house show on saturday the 29th - that we’ll hopefully confirm or deny shortly.the collector’s item of the night - a genuine setlist, on a post-it, from The Wonderful’s first live performance ever.extra special bonus - a genuine grocery list I had in my pocket which i must admit, had me a little worried for a second when we were about to start playing.Here are a few photos from the evening.update 4/19: the show on the 29th will not be happening - but we’re putting other things in motion. things like magic spells.

 



Leprechauns and M&Ms

April 15, 2006 | Filed Under friends, funny haha, god bless the internet, mysterious | 1 Comment 

Christa sent me these video links. i sure liked them. you sure will too.My dad didn’t mention anything about it, but apparently, there was a leprechaun sighting in Mobile, Alabama around St. Patrick’s Day. It sounds crazy, but I don’t know, man, these people really believe it. You should see the conviction in their eyes when they tell you “to me it looked like a leprechaun to me.” and the amateur sketch is so lifelike… you just can’t make this stuff up. shit, it even got on the news, so you know it’s not fantasy… it gotta be for real. Here’s the news clip: leprechaun in the hood.and here’s a remix video. frankly, I don’t see the humor in making light of these people’s traumatic encounter with a supernatural creature, but I guess some folks just don’t have any consideration for other people’s feelings. gosh.Speaking of hilarious comedy at other people’s expense: here is a hidden camera video showing what happens when a tourette’s syndrome patient wakes up to discover a life-size M&M manequin standing next to his bed. Supposedly it was an “experiment” set up by his “psychiatrist.” “crazy.”thanks, christa.update: so right after I posted, I noticed the logo for “www.tourettesguy.com” in that last video. I checked it out, and there are a whole bunch more clips of the dude cussing and saying really strange things… but my impression now is that I think it might be fake. It’s hard to say for sure, but it seems a little too funny to not be staged. However, the operative word there is funny. I can confirm that the other videos I looked at on the site are indeed pretty great. if he’s an actor, he’s got a good thing going. if it’s the real deal, well… it just got weirder. but either way, we can enjoy it, so whatev.another update: haha i didn’t realize that christa had already posted all this stuff on her blog a couple of days ago. whoops. sorry to anyone who looks at both of our pages. but it is kind of awesome that we both independantly captured the same frame of the video with that beautiful drawing. 



Progress on the Polaroid Front

December 29, 2005 | Filed Under friends, photo, projects, time travel | Leave a Comment 

I’ve just scanned and uploaded the latest batch of Polaroids. There are 10 from Korrine’s Christmas party and about 25 from Will’s. I also reversed the order of the set, so now the oldest pictures are at the end and the fresh ones are at the top. Get ‘em while they’re hot.Updated: New Year’s Eve is on there too in a major way.



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