Saturday, December 31, 2011

New Year's Resolutions 2012

Happy New Year's Eve! In my usual tradition, I just wanted to post up my "reasonable" resolutions. I don't ever plan on finishing all of them, but I try to make this list as a general framework for my art & life in the coming year. These aren't big nor general things, but rather good trail markers so I can judge my progress. Also, I feel like publicly stating my goals helps me stick to them. Without further adieu, here they are:

Pay Off Debts (Car + CC's from grad school shows)
Plan Tokyo Trip
Pick Up a Few Words of Japanese
Learn 4-6 Actual Songs On Bass (i.e. stop noodling!) 
Go Hiking Twice a Month at Least
Learn To Make My Own Pasta
Blog About Art Twice a Month
Finish Old School RPGs I Own (DQ7 etc.)
Buy More Jazz Records (Those contemporary albums always pop up and eat up my budget)
Reread Gene Wolfe's Book of the Short, Long & New Sun
Do Monthly Artist Salons (nothing formal, just get people together for an art talk night)
Portfolios and Statements and Business Cards for FotoFest Houston (mid march)
Get More Art/Photo Books
Get Monitor Calibration Working
Video Converter Dongle for Work
Digital Darkroom Blog
Finish Apartment Homes Fake Book #3 & #4
Finish Full Arcana Portfolio Printing
Finish Printing Anime Portfolio (Small, portfolio-book form)
Finish Flaneur Portfolio Printing
Continue to Explore Different Generative Ways for Writing Poems 
Japonisme Proofs
Do Selects of Travels (digital form)
Do General Artist's Statement/Why/How I make work statement.
Do Specific Artist's Statements (Flaneur --> Arcana --> Bridges --> Travels --> Japonimse --> Eternal World --> AHFB --> Japonisme)
Redo Art Site (maybe not?)
Combine Fantasy Trilogy
Proof Rennfaires 
Shoot Rennfaires This Summer (Try to get backstage Access)
Shoot LA Mornings for Poetry Book
Do Test Print-On-Demand Book for Eternal Garden
Submit 2-4 Poetry magazine a Month
Search for Gallery Shows (2-4 Per Month)  

Sunday, December 11, 2011

A New Mix: Shadowside

Callie is safely back in Maryland recovering and as I take a break from packing up our apartment I wanted to share a new mix I put together since she left. I'm not deliberately trying to play the emotional card, but this mix is designed to be an archeology of of the musical journey that I went on through the 40 days where Callie was hospitalized. This mix takes some very strange turns, starting off far more pop-y than usual for me but still very abstract and introspective. Okkyung Lee's "Noisy Love Songs" has been a constantly relevant and engaging album that I've had on constantly — if I had to pick one album to sum up these tough months out of all of these amazing albums, that would be my choice.

Thankfully I don't and from there the mix goes much heavier and darker but with an anthemic and personal vibe. 40 Watt Sun's "Inside Room" is representative and has been on constant repeat in my car lately, being a perfect twist on the usual expectations of thicker sounding metal going deeply lyrical without loosing any of the gut-wrenching heaviness.

After that, well, let's just say my experiences with Callie's accident has done nothing but increase my appetite for [but curiously even more, my understanding of why I gravitate toward] the darkest, hardest, fastest, most howling, challenging and harrowing music around. From track 12 onward, it's listener beware, but turn the mix the hell up and let it rush over you. I spent many nights at 4AM driving back to the apartment blaring these later albums until my ears almost hurt.

Yeah this mix is weird, yeah there are sad moments, yeah it gets really dark, yeah it gets really really brutal, but dammit, this is a mix to celebrate the strange gardens of art in the shadow-side of life.

(both .m3u and .txt export-playlists included this time to make importing easy!)

***Edit 12/30: I just realized that I already used "Old, Dim Light" when I redid my Summer Sirens Mix. Whoops. But to give myself I little slack, this mix was a bit unique anyway, being that it was supposed to represent what I was listening to through the course of Callie's hospitalization. Enjoy it twice, it's a nice track. ***

Artist - "Song" - Album

1) The Black Atlantic - "Old, Dim Light" - Reverence for Fallen Trees
2) Arctic Plateau - "Amethyst to F#" - On a Sad Sunny Day
3) Tame Impala - "It Is Not Meant To Be" - Innerspeaker
4) Quest For Fire - " The Greatest Hits By God" - Lights From Paradise
5) Okkyung lee - "One Hundred Years Old Rain" - Noisy Love Songs
6) Tera Malos - "Frozen Zoo" - Patagonian Rats
7) Shabazz Palaces - "Youlogy" - Black Up
8) SubRosa - "Borrowed Time Borrowed Eyes" - No Help For The Mighty One
9) 40 Watt Sun - "Between Times" - The Inside Rooms
10) Tim Hecker - "In the Fog 1" - Ravedeath, 1972
11) Black Autumn - "The Threefold Life" - Aurora
12) Big Satan - "Property Shark" - Souls Saved Hear
13) Blood Red Throne - "Altered Genesis" - Altered Genesis
14) Miseration - "Dreamdecipher" - The Mirroring Shadow
15) Pig Destroyer - "Terrifyer" - Terrifyer
16) Mamaleek - "You Can Bury Me In The East" - Kurdaitacha
17) Big Satan - "Emportez Moi" - Souls Saved Hear
18) Disma - "Purulent Quest" - Towards The Megalith
19) Svart Crown - "Nahash The Temptator" - Witnessing the Fall
20) Solstafir - "Necrologue" - Kold

I probably won't be posting much until January, but I'd love to know what you think of this mix, or any tack on it. As always, go buy the album in whatever format you prefer if you like it!