I’m one day late at realizing this, but Winter 2011-2012 is officially dead and spring is now upon us. Depending on where you are, you may be looking forward to sunny, pleasant weather or melting, tortuous heat that punishes the young and kills old people Whatever the case, newness approaches. Also, spring’s arrival gives me a chance to re-watch one of my favorite videos, Darwin Deez’s Spring Dance. It’s a nice reminder about not being too serious and celebrating the good stuff.
Posted in Blog-Blog, Ear Power, Noise
Tagged blog, darwin deez, indie, journal, journaling, music, seasons, spring, the spring dance, winter
As I’ve said a couple times before, my favorite band ever in the universe is Bishop Allen. For nearly three years now, they haven’t released much since their 2009 album Grrr… In fact, as far as I know, the only thing released since that album was a Christmas song in 2010. And in that time, they had only played on L.A. show (which I of course missed).
Three years is a long time. A LONG TIME. I remember when I heard the entire Grrr… stream online before its release date. I was still a film student and was setting up these huge lights in my living room, listening to the album while I prepared to do a photo-shoot for my cinematography class. Shortly after, I experienced my official Worst Day of My Life (yes, capitalized): a combination of relationship problems and the failing-to-develop photos of that said-project. What cheered me up during the dark day? Yep, Bishop Allen. And what is this all leading to? Yep, Bishop Allen is coming out with new things.
They recently announced that they have begun demoing a new record. And that they want to tour again soon. When I read that online last night, I could not help but smile. It’s been a rough three years without new material from them, with many conversations similarly going like this:
“So Vince, any new Bishop Allen stuff lately? Have they even been doing shows?”
“So… they’re like on a hiatus?”
“Dude, they are not on a hiatus!”
What’s more, they have a new music video out! Sure, it’s a song from the Grrr… album, but it is still newness. And hey – it was directed by Joe Swanberg, director of one of my favorite mumblecore films, Hannah Takes The Stairs.
I love newness.
Posted in Ear Power, Noise
Tagged bishop allen, christian rudder, grrr, hannah takes the stairs, indie, indie music, joe swanberg, justine rice, mumblecore, music
I love this so much right now.
Well another is week done and another is about to begin. Lets talk about Saturday, shall we? Jeane and I headed out to Lamma Island and returned to the awesome vegan cafe from my first day in Hong Kong, Bookworm Cafe. Afterward, we did some good wandering and hiking along some of Lamma’s fantastic trails. This island may be my favorite part of Hong Kong from what I’ve seen so far. The laid back, calm vibe that it gives out is such a nice contrast to the serious, hectic city. And I just love the culture, art and randomness of Lamma. Here are some pic-pics of the outing.
One of the books that caught my eye at Bookworm Cafe. YES.
“Stop consuming sharks” - This I love.
I shall go there again. Many more times.
Today I did much more wandering around the city but the aimless type of wandering. I saw some cool places and some restaurants that I took mental notes to return to when I’m hungry.
The song that I’ve been listening to a lot this week is Tell Her This by Del Amitri. I’m not really sure what brought this on. Either it’s another round of my annual 90s alternative cravings (usually after a viewing of something like Reality Bites) or I just want to watch Scrubs, which is what got me liking the song in the first place.
Posted in Hong Kong Era
Tagged asia, blog, Blogging, Bookworm Cafe, Del Amitri, Hong Kong, journal, journaling, life, Reality Bites, Scrubs, star trek, Star Trek The Next Generation, Tell Her This, tng, Travel, Traveling, vegan, yung shue wan