What I Been Up To

Recap since the last time I posted a blog-

I turfed out on Thailand blog, because I realized it was taking too much time and I wanted to be enjoying it. It was great. You can see all 700 photos on Flickr

Some other things that happened: Pickathon, a few weddings, Hood To Coast, Bumbershoot, a few shows here and there, and mostly just catching up with friends.

I spent a lot of September recapping my life through the music I listened to in preparation for my 30th birthday, and now you can see that all here

Last weekend I ran my second marathon in Boise and my legs are still sore.

There, we're caught up. 

Mostly I just wanted to update that I've still been adding 8 new albums per month to my Best of 2014. Here's a few that just went up:

  1. Bahamas- Bahamas is Afie. Amazing chillin folk rock. Saw this guy live last night and he destroyed. 
  2. King Tuff- Black Moon Spell. Probably the most purely "fun" album of the year so far?
  3. Hiss Golden Messenger- Lateness of Dancers. Kind of melancholy and unique songwriting but totally moving and beautiful folk. Captivating live.
  4. Zammuto- Anchor. Firmly establishing his place outside of the aftermath of The Books, kind of an organic / electronic funky jam. 

Great new stuff already out this month that I can't wait to put up as well from The Barr Brothers and Kevin Morby. Keep listening!

 

Last Night in Bangkok

The best moments of a trip, as well as in life, are unexpected and pretty impossible to document but will live on in memory forever. Often, they can be like a blue sky cloud break in the middle of a rainstorm. Yesterday, we had one that was literally just the opposite.

Photos from Bangkok

I'll be updating the full album for the entire trip here daily (or so), but here's a slider of photos from our first two days in Bangkok.

An Introduction to Bangkok

We woke up way too early for how little we had slept over the past day and a half. After an hour of debating the merits of the best way to get around on a sightseeing mission, we enjoyed a small but satisfying continental breakfast at our hotel, the Mode Sathorn. Located in the Silom district, the Sathorn is a very modern styled accomodation with a focus on class and fashion. They have a written (but in my experience un-enforced) dress code that prohibits shorts and flip flops in their bars / open areas, which seems extreme for what most visitors to Bangkok are going to be wearing.

Halfway Around The World

The trip here was simultaneously exhausting and uneventful. It took about 27 hours from when we left our house for the Airport to when we checked into our hotel in Bangkok. By the way- I was wrong about the way flying / time travel / daylight would work. I assumed we'd fly back out of the daylight and have darkness as we crossed the International Date Line, but actually we moved WITH the sun, as noon in Vancouver BC slowly became 5:00 pm or so in Guangzhou China. Perpetual daylight, for about 23 hours. If anything helped with the time transition, it was probably that.

PDX Airport, June 19 2014.

Now begins the longest travel day of my life. We arrived at PDX around 8am PST, and will land in Bangkok around 8am tomorrow, which is 10pm there. There is no way to prepare for a 14 hour time change, other than to be so exhausted that you can sleep until the time you are supposed to be waking up. We are going to fly backwards, from Vancouver BC, away from the sun until it gets dark and becomes tomorrow night. [brain explodes]

May Movers

5 Months in, and 40 albums ranked. I've got another 87 that haven't made the cut so far, with some high hopes for June (Strand of Oaks, mostly). What I find most interesting is how my rankings are shifting over time based on what I've been listening to over the last month. For May, the real movers have been Doug Paisley and Woods of Desolation. Strange bedfellows- heartbreaking Canadian country / folk and Australian explosive black metal aren't often mentioned in the same sentence, but they definitely encapsulate my May. Strangely enough, they are also the two albums this year that aren't on Spotify. Click "read more" to get a little taste of each.

New Camera + Joel's Wedding

Got a new camera in preparation for upcoming voyage abroad, and put it to use at wedding this weekend in Sonoma.

First Quarter JAAAAMS

A brief sampling of my favorite stuff from the first 3 months of 2014.

March is Over

Well, almost. We're a quarter of the way in, and my top 24 so far are now ranked. Lots of great stuff this last month, and looks like April will be no different.

Stats:

Ranked: 24
Listened Twice but not ranked: 14
Listened: Once: 46

I'm on pace to hear 300 albums this year, and have no plans to slow down.