Monday, July 27, 2015

Beach Sloth is creating Blogs



                Beach Sloth is a project I created officially on July 27th, 2010. I love blogging about people. There is so much culture to explore and support. Ever since I began Beach Sloth I have not needed a TV for anything. My life has been fulfilled seeing what wonderful pieces of work made it online into my browsers, my emails, my PDFs, my videos, and my music. Honestly thanks to Beach Sloth I have been exposed to more culture than I could ever possibly wrap my arms around. 

                That is why I created a Patreon account. I could use a few sponsors to help me meet my monthly expenses which are pretty small. I live frugally. At this point I do not need much to survive since I have cut down what I consider my needs. What I do know that I need, what I am passionate about, is all the wonderful people I have reviewed on this blog. Countless individuals that I have been fortunate enough to meet have become incredibly close friends, the kinds of friends that I can confide in and treat just like those people I have met in person.

                Financial support for Beach Sloth gives me a reason to spend a greater amount of time on auxiliary aspects of the project. Already I have released an e-book through Amazon, a chapbook I printed myself, an album free for download, an e-book released for free through Peanut Gallery Press (which has been favorably mentioned by Dennis Cooper), and a book through Dig That Book Co. So I try to keep Beach Sloth as active as I possibly can. 

                Everything I create for the blog shall continue to be free. I have great plans for Beach Sloth, including an eventual full-length book, another full-length album offered free of charge, and smaller e-books and chapbooks. People who feel like contributing money to me via Patreon can do so right




                I also understand a lot of my readership cannot afford to support me via Patreon. My presence on Patreon will not change anything about what I can for the blog. All it means is if someone wants to support me financially outside of the usual avenues of:



And 

pleasepaybeachsloth@gmail.com – my Paypal account, which has since become an MEME 

They can. It is that simple. Nothing else will change. I shall continue Beach Sloth, this passion project of mine, because I think that what I do is rewarding in ways outside of mere monetary concerns. My ultimate goal for Beach Sloth is to have it financially support me and a small group of writers I particularly like (I have people in mind for this). That is far away but with Patreon that can become considerably easier. Thank you for reading this and thank you for coming to my little corner of the universe. 

                Additionally I would like to thank everyone who has been able to support me on Patreon. It means more to me than I can possibly express.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Advertising on Beach Sloth



                Today on this old Blog I have a special announcement: I am offering advertising up to whoever is interested. By no means is this going to dramatically change much of anything. After a few years of pouring my heart and scroll into this fine invention I’m ready to take things to the next level. 

                Advertising is in a few forms. Anybody interested in advertising can feel free to contact me at the following address:

                pleasepaybeachsloth@gmail.com

                I use that address exclusively for anything payment or Beach Sloth business related. That address proved to be infinitely helpful whenever I have sold T-shirts or chapbooks. Anybody can buy either of those things from me still. 

                T-shirts, Buttons, Etc. go here.
                Chapbooks go here.

                I offer a few things for advertising purposes. As the blog is now an increasingly smaller part of what I do I also offer other places to advertise:

                My Twitter
                My Tumblr

                My advertising efforts have already begun prior to this post. Nobody has noticed yet so I figured now would be a great time to take things to the next level. Whoever is interested in advertising through any of my online platforms can do so. Simply email me, let me know what you need, what sort of prices you would be willing to pay, and what kind of advertising you are hoping to do (music, literature, other products, etc.). 

                Thus far my advertising efforts have been pretty successful since they have reinforced rather than taken away from what I have already done. Beach Sloth is a huge passion project for me. I hope to continue doing exactly what I love doing on all platforms. This project has taken on a life of its own. My initial estimate for the length of Beach Sloth was a year, tops, maybe two years. Now it is close to entering its fourth year, hence my desire to try and make this more sustainable for me. 

                Note that I am going to continue this Blog for the indefinite future. There is no specific end in sight for this site. I want to continue doing this with the least amount of interruption possible. I am infinitely thankful for everything everyone has managed to do for me. I have received great support for this project which is why it has continued this long. 

                Whoever is interested in simply donating me money (through the kindness of their heart) can do so via my PayPal account: pleasepaybeachsloth@gmail.com I will continue to blog for you. That is a promise.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

#Urananimal by Nicholas Spence



                #Urananimal demands to be read aloud. Flow moves the piece forward. The reader must surrender themselves to the currents held within every forward slash. Attempts to find patterns are greatly rewarded. Variations on the language give the book a timeless quality. Within the giant rivers of text there are ways to discover the true meaning of these many words. Nicholas Spence opts for extreme speed with his collection. Yet underneath the currents are commonalities that manage to bind the entire piece together.  

                Themes about death, America, and poetry abound throughout the collection. Many times the death is quite literal. Nicholas Spence mentions death or alludes to it multiple times. Repetition of these musings help to give the giant blocks of text a level of consistency. America gets a number of mentions. From the “sun glass wear community college” to references to Tennessee and Dan Rather (some of the few proper nouns to be found in the collection) Nicholas Spence rushes forth with an inordinate amount of energy. 

                Poetry tries to bring the thing together. The few uses of repetition try to mimic a natural rhythm and stand out for their unusual placement. Nearly all of the collection refuses to re-use the same lines. A few moments the poetry rhymes yet these are extremely rare moments. The rhymed poetry does work well when said aloud for it shows off flair. Whenever these rhymed sections appear they reinforce the notion that #Urananimal ought to be spoken and not read. 

                #Urananimal gains enormous power when spoken aloud. Every block of text is perfectly broken up by the forward slash. This usage is important. By letting the forward slashes serve as a pause it gives off the impression that the language is speaking rather than simply being written. With this level of engagement the work has the requirement of needing to be read aloud. 

                Aspects of the poem work with and against the idea of technology. Over the course of the piece there are allusions to the Internet and its ecosystem. The original birthplace of these poems was from a Twitter account of Nicholas Spence’s creation. Even the hashtag in #Urananimal’s title indicates a certain fondness for the medium. It certainly helps that these are tweet-length sections. Yet the entire thing once pieced together becomes something much larger. #Urananimal is an epic poem collection for and by the Internet. If the Dadaists were still around they would be proud to claim #Urananimal as one of their own.  

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Laetitia Sadier - Something Shines



                Laetitia Sadier’s solo material is essentially the same thing as a Stereolab album. With Stereolab now finished it is hard to get that updated 60s French pop vibe from anywhere else. Her solo work has continued the effort meeting a small niche in the music world. Besides her voice which continues to be rather affecting she has appeared in increasingly unusual places (ending up on a Tyler the Creator track, etc.). Hopefully at some point she begins to grow her audience. Unfortunately due to the relatively specific kind of sound she uses this probably will not happen, excluding some kind of sudden 90s revival in her stock and trade sound (which appears to be fairly unlikely right now).

                Judging from her track off of the upcoming “Something Shines” she works away tirelessly to get the sound just perfect. Everything is positively crystal clear. There is that guitar, the strings, the nice efficient rhythm. It is weird hearing a song with Laetitia Sadier on it without keyboards but that is a minor complaint. Otherwise everything else works together putting it into that confectionery treat vibe that she virtually patented in Stereolab.

                The sound appears to be lusher than her previous, relatively consistent last solo album. On that album the songs were serviceable but nothing particularly memorable. Hopefully on “Something Shines” there will be those beautiful small moments that make her work in general so pleasing and so worth going back to. Here’s hoping. She has been doing this for a long time it would be nice for her to get some serious success and admiration.

Review of Emily-Elizabeth Scott’s Scab



                Emily-Elizabeth Scott is known as a critical, some say irreplaceable, member of Boost House. This is true. What few people realize is Emily-Elizabeth Scott is a badass of epic proportions. Beach Sloth is well aware of Emily-Elizabeth Scott’s awesome demeanor and positive conduct. Merely a fortnight ago Beach Sloth and Emily-Elizabeth Scott met in a darkened lovely corner of Brooklyn. Staring longingly into each other’s eyes they approached each other with great hesitation.

                “Are you the one known as Beach Sloth?” Emily-Elizabeth Scott asked whilst holding a dog. 

                “Yes.” Beach Sloth responded.

                “Chill” she replied and gave Beach Sloth her whole dog. Many might interpret this as sexual innuendo that the phrase “whole dog” refers to something less wholesome. This could not be further from the truth. Indeed it was a dog and indeed Beach Sloth held Emily-Elizabeth Scott’s whole dog with gusto.

                Months later Beach Sloth longs for the sweet embrace of Emily-Elizabeth Scott’s whole dog. Sadly they are separated by hundreds, perhaps thousands, of miles. Recently though Emily-Elizabeth Scott had to deal with something far more painful than being unable to let Beach Sloth hold her dog for a minute. Emily-Elizabeth Scott picked a scab on her foot which oozed blood reminding her of the important phrase “YOLO”. 

                The way Emily-Elizabeth Scott got cut was tragic. One night Emily-Elizabeth Scott was watching a DVD on her laptop of Air Bud because Air Bud is a great movie. While watching it some anthropomorphic DVD case tried to attack her. It was a DVD case for “Forest Gump” that had been thrown in a puddle of radioactive waste. Stewing in the radioactive waste for years the DVD case began to watch and re-watch “Forest Gump” which naturally led it to violence. 

                For a while the anthropomorphic DVD case of Forest Gump thought it could make a go of it, being a mutant, maybe moving into a comfortable cul-de-sac in New England. Unfortunately nobody wanted to hire an anthropomorphic DVD case of Forest Gump, at least not full time anyway. Without a full time job the anthropomorphic DVD case of Forest Gump went mad. 

                Years passed and the anthropomorphic DVD case grew tired of holding down multiple jobs just to pay the down payment on a two bedroom house in a relatively rural community. The anthropomorphic DVD case turned to crime robbing countless individuals for pocket change and DVDs better than Forest Gump, which basically meant any DVD. 

                Emily-Elizabeth Scott put an end to the rampaging anthropomorphic DVD case of Forest Gump. In the process she hurt her foot. By ripping off the scab she ripped off the last traces of that foul anthropomorphic DVD case of Forest Gump, who recently moved to California to work for Myspace. Hopefully the anthropomorphic DVD case of Forest Gump can find peace in the inactive social media landscape that is present-day Myspace.