I thought I’d compile some of my favorite pictures that I took in 2011. It’s been a great year, and I feel very accomplished with a significant amount of my output. These are some finer moments from Nashville and New York.
Deerhoof @ Mercy Lounge, 2/4
Tokyo Police Club @ Exit/In, 2/5
Oberhofer @ Mercy Lounge, 2/12
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Everyone else is doing it.
1. HEALTH – Heaven
2. Interpol – Say Hello to the Angels
3. The Long Blondes – I’m Going to Hell
4. The Flaming Lips – Ego Tripping at the Gates of Hell
5. The Cure – Just Like Heaven
6. Charlotte Gainsbourg – Heaven Can Wait (ft. Beck)
7. Primal Scream – Hell’s Comin’ Down
8. Deerhoof – This Is God Speaking
9. The Rapture – The Devil
10. MSTRKRFT – Fist of God
11. be your own PET – Zombie Graveyard Party!
12. Sondre Lerche – Hell No (ft. Regina Spektor)
That last song is admittedly a) a stretch and b) really jarring in that sequence, but it’s one of my favorites, so it’s on there anyway.
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Tagged Be Your Own Pet, Beck, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Deerhoof, HEALTH, Interpol, MSTRKRFT, music, playlist, Primal Scream, Regina Spektor, Sondre Lerche, The Cure, The Flaming Lips, The Long Blondes, The Rapture
I wrote an editorial about Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All (American Noise)
As much as the impact of social media is talked about, there’s a clearly different class of die-hard consumers who spend significantly more time on the internet than the typical casual user. The internet geek exists in a completely different cultural niche, with its own conventions and lexicon, as well as having the diverse base of knowledge that comes from the digital onslaught of information. These are the people who are aware of Odd Future, because Odd Future are themselves internet-savvy self-promoters. Social networking is hugely important in developing independent artists, and the teen rappers are the latest to profit from blog popularity.
I reviewed the latest from Bruno Mars (American Noise)
Fresh from a Grammy win for “Best Male Pop Vocal Performance,” Bruno Mars has released a new single that promises to keep building his reputation as a hit-maker. On the reggae-tinged “The Lazy Song,” Mars sounds every bit as laid-back as fellow Hawaiian Jack Johnson as he celebrates doing nothing at all. (Sitting inside all day is an effective method of avoiding stray grenades, as per his previous hit.)
I photographed Darwin Deez’s recent show in Nashville (American Noise), as well as reviewing it (American Songwriter)
Deez and his band are nothing if not self-consciously weird–the multiple choreographed dance breaks and Deez’s signature scraggly hair and pencil mustache are proof of that. Between-songs banter included an anecdote about the band being ejected from downtown lounge Tootsie’s for their strange appearances earlier in the day. However, it takes a good amount of charisma and energy to pull these things off, and the calculated camp works in Deez’s favor.
I photographed Tokyo Police Club and Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin (American Songwriter)
I photographed Deerhoof (American Noise)
I reviewed Das Racist’s track “Swate” (American Noise)
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