#waterparkfreaks

we moved to fresno in the summer of 2012 and for antoshka’s birthday we went to a water park.
we’ve gone each summer since then and it’s a tradition i always look forward to. as grimy as they are, water parks feel nostalgic, like a lingering piece of old americana.
last year i bought a disposable camera to document the day.
this year i got a waterproof one. lisa and i took turns snapping shots and we loved how they turned out in all their original glory (no editing involved!).
here are our fav’s:

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your thursday playlist

snapped this photo during our recent trip to salvation mountain.

sacco – think you’re pretty … this is our friend andy’s band. they currently live in nyc but andy’s moving back to cali soon. the whole record sounds really good.

the strokes – one way trigger … wasn’t a huge fan of the strokes last record but this song is like candy. so catchy, and i love the strong falsetto chorus. we’re anxious for the new julian casablancas solo record, so we’ve been listening to lots of the strokes. we even made a lyric t-shirt featuring the title of their first album.

the seeds – can’t seem to make you mine … i like how trashy and raw it sounds, while incorporating the pretty piano part.

sia – chandelier … we too were captivated by the music video for this song with the monster chorus.

majical cloudz – mister … our friend, james, played this band while we were in palm springs and it was easy to get into. check out james’ 8tracks mixes over here.

delta spirit – from now on … his vocals on the chorus sound thrashed in the best way.

bob marley – mellow mood … wish i would’ve discovered this one before our little vacation. this is a perfect track for lounging around by the pool (with funny cigarettes).

jenny lewis – the voyager … jenny is one of our all time fav’s. excited for her new album. this song is very pretty and i like how she’s exploring her own voice a little.

bonus video…..

so, we’re always listening to johnny cash and it just so happens that my grandpa wrote a song that he recorded. i never knew a live performance video existed until recently searching the song on youtube. so i’ll leave you with this (notice how he starts the guitar off on the wrong chord, what an idiot! jkjk):

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palm springs…yep.

good news is i used my camera on this trip a little!
i kinda feel like instagram sort of replaces part of blogging. i know there’s so many dimensions to it, but i was trying to figure out why i have been having this aversion to blogging…so one reason is ig. i already partially document the moment, so no longer do i need to document it further, know what i’m sayin’? anyway.
we went to palm springs for one of my best pal’s bday weekend. we spent most of the weekend poolside with drinks and snacks.

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we did go to see salvation mountain, and that was spectacular…impossible to really photograph. we also stopped at the salton sea…which was not doing so good. dead fish on the banks… and it wasn’t sand we were walking on, but little tiny shells? still beautiful, but what was up with all the dead fish?

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best part for me, was just hanging out with really great peeps, in a house w/ a pool and nothing to do.

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your thursday playlist

*photo of brando from our last big sur trip.

hamilton leithauser – the silent orchestra … we ended up liking the non-singles more than the singles. check out his album “black hours.”

james hunter – carina … we had a dyeing party at our house and i put on rdio and set it to an otis redding related station. when this song came on i liked it straight away. turns out it’s a modern record and the guy is just sorta getting his break at the age of 51. love stories like that.

sturgill simpson – turtles all the way down … new country music, but the lyrics and the production (especially towards the end) are pretty “avant grade” for country. i’m into it.

lee fields – eye to eye … this dude has been making solid soul music for a long time. this is my favorite jam from his latest record “emma jean.”

neil young – on the beach … came on shuffle as we pulled in to alameda last weekend for the flea market. it’s such a smooth chill vibe. being stoned or drunk probably enhances the experience of listening to it, but it holds up while totally sober.

friend roulette – just woke up (fucked up) … my friend julia is in this band. we met while we were in ny. she worked at stumptown while i was working at opening ceremony at the ace hotel. she’d bring us free coffees and desserts. her band is really good. she sings and plays violin.

david dondero – roses and rain … he’s been around for a long time and i just recently checked out some of his music. npr called him one of todays greatest songwriters. we recently saw him play at a tiny bar/restaurant here in fresno. the songwriting really is so solid. everyone talked through the entire set and i wanted to kill em’ all. how does a songwriter hold anyone’s attention anymore?

damon albarn – you & me … still loving this record. it’s a grower. this is sort of two songs in one and a stand-out track for us.

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new shtuff

here are a few things we’ve recently listed in the shop! i do wish we had a “new arrivals” section, but we can’t easily do that on etsy. maybe someday we will just have our own online shop, and wont have to rely solely on etsy. til then… maybe i’ll just post our new favorites here, once in a while. just so you guys don’t miss out on the good stuff! ;)

so, click away…hopefully all these links are correct. oh & enter “WATERMELON” at checkout for a secret 20% discount.

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your thursday playlist

peter matthew bauer – latin american ficciones … another member of the walkmen has been putting out some awesome songs.

conor oberst – artifact #1 … lisa and i sorta discovered bright eyes when we first met so it’s very nostalgic for us. this is my favorite song so far from conor’s latest solo record. lots of great lines — “if someone says they know for certain, they’re selling something certainly.”

first aid kit – my silver lining … pretty and peaceful. i like how she fits too many words into the verse.

ray lamontagne – airwaves … never really been into this guy but his latest record sounds good. produced by dan auerbach from the black keys.

chromeo ft. ezra koenig – ezra’s interlude … we kinda love anything ezra does.

the bee gees – how can you mend a broken heart … all this time i thought this was al green’s song, but the bee gees wrote it. we heard it in the movie american hustle (recommended!).

nikki lane – seein’ double … heard her on npr’s first listen. i like her voice and country vibes.

black sabbath – changes … our friend and old bandmate, brando, showed us this one and it’s become an instant favorite.

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