March 31, 2014
Yay for it being my birthday. I didn't do too much of anything outside of pay traffic tickets, hang out with friends..oh and Disneyland. It was my second trip to the land of Disney and I even went to California adventure this time! Only thing is I don't do roller coasters in any form or fashion. I rode Tower of Terror once as a kid, I don't need to experience that ever again in life.
I did get on what I thought was a harmless swing ride called, "Silly Symphony," in Paradise Pier and I was oh so wrong. There wasn't shit silly about that damn ride. I wanted to throw up and all I could do was close my eyes and hope my lap bar didn't fall apart in mid-air. However, I thought it was awesome that I got a birthday button and everyone was obligated to acknowledge me as an aging human being and not my hair for once.
That was cool.
Currently listening to Anco representation, Avey Tare's new project, Slasher Flicks
March 20, 2014
Same spot on Red River...one year later
Photo: Jacob Weber
SXSW 2014 was...it was. So much has changed over the years. Brands have a larger presence and bands...well there was a shit ton of bands. Which is why I couldn't see them all...part of this was also due to procrastination and a lack of planning around work. I really wanted to check out Pure Bathing Culture, Jacques Greene and hell even Phantogram but either the lines were outrageous or I got sidetracked by free food (BTW Kelis cooked me a jerk rib slider and I shared my Caramel Delight Girl Scout Cookies with her.)
I did see Australian artist, The Kite Sting Tangle at the IFC Fairgrounds and he was amazing. He reminded me of James Blake meets Lapalux. I also got on that awful "Fun slide" and almost cried because I'm terrified of heights. I saw Kelela, Allen Stone (at the beckoning of my BFF), a random band at the Paste Mag party that sounded pretty tight but we ended up leaving cause we couldn't breathe; which brings me to another point... Chill the fuck out on the cigarettes, ya'll! Especially if you're hanging around with black girls with natural hair. Our hair captures odor like no other and I'll be damned if I have to run out and buy additional bottles of Shea Moisture to wash my hair when I have finally achieved the desired amount of stretch with my twist-out! Fuck THAT!
One thing that really stuck with me during SXSW is the notion that folks don't support music like they should. I want people (my consumer generation especially) to start buying music more often (vinyl, CD, digital etc.) I don't want to be the only one at the record store in 2020. We have to support the artists we love so they can continue doing what they love (bringing us fantastic, unadulterated non-top 40 music! -well non-top 40 for me at least)
There was a plethora of baes at SXSW this year. However, your phone will most likely die before you can even send a text. (Note to self: buy charging phone case for next year)
Music I'm leaving you with today is James Vincent McMorrow.
Best way I can describe him is if James Blake and Sigur Ros had a baby that looks a little like Michael Fassbender.
P.S. On a more serious note, three SXSW attendees lost their lives and 23 more were injured due to a senseless drunk driver last Thursday. You can donate to SXSW Cares Fund to help those affected.
February 17, 2014
Hope your Valentine's Day was all that and more. I'm disappointed at the sheer fact that I went to several Target stores post Valentine's Day and saw less than favorable prices on after-holiday candy. Sadderday indeed.
I don't really make a big deal out of Valentine's Day. BAE or no BAE. I'm only in it for the candy. I hate the color red (outside of lipstick) and roses are definitely not my favorite flower. I think I mentioned a while back that I would much rather receive a Venus flytrap than roses. Throw in a Led Zeppelin record and well...XXX.
Anyway, in the spirit of all things sweet and smash-worthy, I made a playlist. Better late than never.
February 5, 2014
What it do? I'm Paul Wall, the People's Champ...or something like that. Yes, I will state the obvious, my hair is Shrink City right now because I left it uncovered when I showered but I was trying to "steam it" so these are my shameful results. Don't make fun of my ears ya'll! I've been told they were ridiculously toddler-like in size all my life.
I wish I had more to say outside of my disappointment in last week's American Horror Story finale... I needed Angela Bassett to make another appearance in order to round out the series. Le Sigh. Back to waiting for The Walking Dead to return, filling out 90s related Buzzfeed quizzes and watching the entire series of Daria on DVD in the meantime.
What I'm listening to:
I've played this song every day for the past few weeks. It's NSFW btw.
January 2, 2014
Trying to really get the hang of this whole "adult" thing in 2014. So I guess that means spending a lot of time in bookstores, shopping at Anthropologie and buying things that resemble an evolved hipster aesthetic...
Growing up also means losing great folks like Uncle Phil...which I so wasn't ready for. R.I.P. James Avery.