i am from the heartland of the united states of america
i live in paris but also i go other places, too

i write about all those things when i can and then when i remember i put it on this website so other people can read about it if they want to

Sunday, November 1, 2015

PLAYLIST -- November (1/2) -- anything can happen at the night show

First of bi-monthly playlists coming on the first and the fifteenth of each month.  Since this is a first, some older snaps on it.  Song blurbs below:
COUSIN STIZZ -- 'Dirty Bands'
normcore rap over haunting production, one of the best tracks of the summer
MURA MASA x JARREAU VANDAL -- 'Lotus Eater (Vandalized Edit)'
an immediate slapper that shrinks and expands -- first heard at vandal's set in copenhagen ten days ago
newcomer kingdom slings dope over a hand-clapping, minimalist beat that stretches into a soul sample during the chorus
lanez is a classic on the hook, and these two young kids from boston (1/2 of stupid genius is lil' rich, producer of stizz's 'bonds' below) are on the verge of something excellent.  occasionally reminiscent of busta and mariah's 'baby if you give it to me'
louisville's pen griffey jr. dropped his first ep, 'trapsoul,' last month to co-signs from drake and the ovo crew.  this snippet from 'don't' is a taster of his moody rap&b
K. CAMP x FETTY WAP -- '1Hunnid'
way too easy to bump, esp. fetty's verse
KYLE -- 'Endless Summer Symphony'
at first i hated kyle and thought he had an annoying voice, but i'm all in now -- fun timez beats with a high energy flow and a refrain that brings me back to summer make for a solid track
AMINÉ -- 'Rage/Peace'
reminiscent of chance's flip on 'missing you,' aminé goes from a hardcore, bombastic flow to an introspective verse as a coda
sick production from lil rich and hypnotic, off kilter flow from stizz as usual
ROME FORTUNE x D.R.A.M. -- '24/7'
two of the dopest in the game collab on a travis-scott-y trap track
RAURY x KATMANDU -- 'Devil's Whisper (edit)'
original track is solid, but katmandu flips it into a hymnal
mick skis and sings over a funky, left field beat from kaytranana
FRESCO x RJ x DJ MUSTARD -- 'Popular'
classic mustard spin on the song from 'wicked'
OVERCOATS -- 'The Fog'
a duo of east coast unknowns with unbelievably catchy folktronica over warms synths and handclaps
i could listen to these two spar for an entire album
SANGO -- 'Knew You'
some heavy, shifting, vibes over echoing samples and what seems to be a roomful of instruments
POST MALONE -- 'That's It'
screwed post malone over some snippets of what seem to be glam rock samples -- fire
TORY LANEZ x BENZEL -- 'Initiation'
the kids aren't alright
WUN TWO -- 'Give Me A Hug'
an old timey rework of 'in da club' that satisfies any situation

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Friday, September 11, 2015


i just celebrated my one year anniversary of living here.  like, I didn’t celebrate it, persé, but it did happen.  i had some wine, i guess.  

cats on roofs looking at me

Friday, August 21, 2015

important update

important update: my hair is still growing. it's long and carefree because i haven’t cut it since march.  it’s past the point where it’s a novelty for me, so i’m trying to figure out its next steps.  it’s great to have it all over the place and free and people are like yeah i wish i had the courage to do that, but at a certain point, maybe it’s unruly and lazy and unkempt and i don’t want it long without any shape or direction or goals.

and i am definitely just talking about my hair and not my employment situation.

sicily, early august

view from the apartment
i went to sicily for one week.  it was one of the most beautiful weeks of my life.

sicily, yo.  sicily is bananas.  my aunt and uncle have an apartment in mondello, a sort of beach commune of palermo.  in early august, it’s about 85 degrees and everyone is out in very small swimsuits and the sun, yo, the sun -- it’s like a ton of bricks.  luckily, palermitans/sicilians/italians have invented all kinds of wonderful reprieves from the heat -- gelato, granite, cremino, beach clubs.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

mid summer, paris

mid summer, paris

the temperatures are dropping below 60 degrees probably to compensate for the canicule that swept up paris just a few days ago.

i am wearing flannel and a jacket in my new office, which is actually a converted warehouse.  the doors are open and i am not sure if they can close.

the offices belong to les pain surprises, an artist collective made up of a label (or two, not totally sure yet), a burgeoning clothing brand, and a film production company.

Monday, July 27, 2015

29 may -- istanbul

two young girls wear the same outfits although they are different heights.  there must have been a deal -- buy in bulk, bulks of two.  cats dominate the city and behave unlike their american counterparts.

i speak with a man has just begun working at a turkish delight stand in the spice bazaar and he gives me samples.  he learned english by reading classic literature.  he speaks with flowery language.  i wish i intended to actually buy his products.

25 may - thessaloniki

(my only notes from five days in thessaloniki:)

(best photo of the trip inside)

Friday, July 24, 2015

22 may - quick advice on how to fit in at backpacking hostels

  • be skeptical of official statistics and the policies of world superpowers
  • value art and claim a practice
  • speak about where you've been and where you're going
  • have recently quit a job
  • possess abstract philosophical aspirations
  • drink
  • smoke
  • express exasperation with traditional employment
  • speak english

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

22 may - berat, albania

an old man sits with his back to a fence outside a convenience store in an one road, agrarian town.  his face holds deep lines and dark ridges.  his skin is twinkling brown.  he clutches his knees close to his chest and keeps his legs close together.  i wonder what he's seen.  i wonder about his brothers.

his hair is white and pulled back.

other men stand around him; two in suits, two in blue jeans with loose, short sleeved button-up shirts.  they speak and some smoke cigarettes.