Wednesday, July 27, 2016

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 – my Paypal account, which has since become an MEME 

             Recently I have also decided to start a Fiverr account which basically expands what I do on a regular basis into new forms. If you are interested in my Fiverr work (want something written, shared, re-tweeted, etc.) you can go:


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.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

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:


                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.
                Patreon (NEW) 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: I will continue to blog for you. That is a promise.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Beach Sloth - It doesn't matter what you look like on the outside it’s what’s on the internet that counts 11.0

                Among the masterpieces of the world Beach Sloth’s debut poetry collection is the best. Other forms of art are stupid compared to what Beach Sloth has effortlessly accomplished in his debut poetry publication. Writers yearn to truly navigate the depths of the human soul the way an anonymous dad sloth does with absolute ease. Throughout the collection Beach Sloth goes from hilarious to tragic in mere fractions of an inch. Of course this may be due to the font size but it is a grand testament to Beach Sloth’s powers as a highly blogging entity that his work appears to be perfected within these hallowed pages. 

                Trees give their lives for books but usually those books are not as good as Beach Sloth’s debut poetry collection. Few things can be. Beach Sloth has for years, nigh decades, supported people. His credo of “Support Each Other” can be felt throughout the surprising debut poetry collection. At times dark and touching Beach Sloth’s debut poetry collection takes a different approach from his actual blogging material. Yes the playfulness is still there. Yet there is specific commentary on some of the people that Beach Sloth truly cares for both people he has encountered and people he grew up with. For limiting the collection to random strangers, while fitting his blog’s aesthetic, is thrown aside for a more personal approach. 

                What is most interesting about Beach Sloth’s debut poetry collection is the dearth of sloths. Throughout the collection Beach Sloth fails to mention much in the way of actual sloths. Maybe this is because Beach Sloth feels it is too painful to reflect upon growing up in a human’s world as a mere sloth covered in algae hanging off of trees. Currently few are interested in the secret lives of sloths excluding the valiant efforts of a select few biochemists who realize that sloth algae could provide a plethora of life-extending and life-improving pharmaceuticals. 

                Until such time as scientists are able to cure common ailments using sloth back algae, there is Beach Sloth’s debut poetry collection. Sure maybe Beach Sloth’s debut poetry collection will be unable to cure the common cold but it can improve the spirit and isn’t that just as good, if not better? There is a lot of harshness in life a lot of people who feel like doing it alone. Life does not need to be that way. People are social creatures and with Beach Sloth’s debut poetry collection people will feel closer together. And that is better than any medicine. 

                Go HERE to learn more about the importance of Beach Sloth’s debut poetry collection,how to order, and how to have a fun time in general. 

Note for Book Price: While I have a 'pay what you want' feature I would say that the minimum suggested price for the book is $13 US/Canada, $18 International (I figure I am going to be sending a lot of stuff internationally).

Monday, October 5, 2015

Free Wifi Pour Les Filles

This is a reading for fun as opposed to a reading for suffering. Lots of readings feature extreme suffering but this one, this one shall be a true thrill. For one it is taking place in Brooklyn, the hallmark of fun indie literary events. Additionally there are a number of individuals who have helped to revitalize the floundering international indie literary commune. 

Of course it goes without saying that Kristen Felicetti is going to be there in her home of Bushwick. Lots of literary types live in Bushwick typically poorly because it is fairly expensive though cheaper than many other parts of the city. Bushwick has a lot of art going on for reasons that remain unclear. Plenty of famous-ass individuals have appeared in the Bushwick Review’s hallowed pages. 

Rachael Lee Nelson rules over the world with an iron-esque fist. The fist is a lighter metal than iron because of aerodynamic properties. Her work has been a major part of Shabby Doll House and she is one of the esteemed members of said publication. From humble Canadian roots via a British expat the world is Shabby Doll House’s oyster and it is a grand thing indeed. 

Liz Bowen serves as one of the main attractions of the reading. Her work is so on point it might as well be the point. Featured prominently amongst Internet pages like Shabby Doll Reader, like physical books named “The Yolo Pages” people really enjoy her work. She has read in museums like the New Museum, by far the newest museum in Manhattan by a long shot (forget the short shots). 

Darcie Wilder is quite wild, hence the last name. Her work is multidisciplinary which means it is highly disciplined. Much of her work went to Catholic Schools and received extensive discipline. This is what happened to her work and made it the outstanding work it is today. Her work is so much more than writing is it also quite visual. 

Lucy K Shaw still possesses her biz website because she’s all about the literary business. That is simply how she rolls. Others have tried rolling with Lucy K Shaw but they are not wheels like her so they fall. A citizen of the world Lucy K Shaw is impressively lived and impressively traveled. Without Lucy K Shaw art is purposeless. Art requires Lucy K Shaw in order to succeed. Thanks to Lucy K Shaw art has found meaning in aesthetics. 

Beach Sloth encourages everyone to attend this meeting of the literary minds as Beach Sloth would like to send a Beach Sloth representative in its stead. Anybody attending this reading should call themselves Beach Sloth. This way Beach Sloth can truly be there to celebrate these delightful individuals. 

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Teen Surf Goth by Oscar D’ Artois

Jumping and skipping around the words, “Teen Surf Goth” croons to my brain. The humor, the depression, the nomadic sensibilities that pop and in out of the streams of consciousness, this collection brings me a little closer to Oscar D’ Artois, no mean feat as the guy lives in Berlin, Germany. I love everything about the book from how much it reflects my own approach to live and sadness. Quite effortlessly it moves from the giant existential questions to the ones about “The World’s Largest Industrial Snowglobe” aka Bushwick. For all these places listed amongst these hallowed pages reflect what it means to be alive in these areas of flux, the constant outpouring of art and Elliot Smith blasted out of headphones. 

Right from the beginning of the collection I had a pretty good sense of what to expect. Even the poem titles are good. A few of them made me outright laugh and made me sort of wish I had been clever enough to come up with them. “baristas w/ liberal arts degrees reading clickbait on their phones” is one of those kinds of poems. Oscar D’ Artois uses the poem to gently poke fun at the ridiculousness of clickbait of how it promises on absurd things, like convincing people to move to ghost towns without any of that helpful logic that usually accompanies an argument for or against. Humorously the poem mentions how that becomes simply a thought, a desire for something better that passes through the mind for a second before reality clicks. 

Oscar D’ Artois uses reality as a punching bag and beats the living hell out of it. Reality is fairly ridiculous and the leaps that a mind takes are fairly entertaining. A rural area fills his mind with concerns about getting consumed by a bear, all because his friends did not make it out to a lake. Ultimately he realizes that the more logical conclusion would be starving but then there’s the bus stop, reminding him that civilization has extended its hand outward into the world. He even thinks about how unlikely it would be for a bus to stop in such a remote area yet five minutes later, there’s the bus. No matter how far a person goes there’s always going to be that little reminder of civilization to scoop people up and bring them back to the city. 

What I like most of all is how Oscar D’Artois finds the misunderstandings in life to be wonderful. Like for a poem named “poem” he uses the reader’s perception of what said poem would be about and completely messes with it. In others it is the other people in his life who are confused, thinking doing yoga looks like praying. For my own selfish reasons I enjoy “sloth goth” because sloths and having a profound experience through someone’s own online presence are the main way that I’ve lived my life. 

“Teen Surf Goth” feels like somebody has been spying on my life for the past five years and got the courage to write about it. 

Friday, October 2, 2015

Brooke Annibale - The Simple Fear

Brooke Annibale sings from the heart on “The Simple Fear”. An autumnal feeling pervades the album. Songs build up ever so organically. Tasteful to a tee, these are carefully thought-out pieces. Reminiscent at times of Grizzly Bear’s effortless elegant genre-blending, “The Simple Fear” is full of stylistic twists and turns. With this flexibility Brooke Annibale is able to explore interesting blends of sounds, at times cinematic. This of course ought to make sense as her work has been prominently featured in television. Her pieces come together to create a glorious whole an album that is best taken in full. Pieces flow from each other creating a sense of warmth. 

Accompanying Brooke Annibale’s thoughtful lyricism is mosaic of sound. Usage of the organic (piano, acoustic guitar) alongside the synthesized helps to give the songs a naturalistic and polished feel. The songs radiate warmth as they invite the listener to simply get lost in their lush layers of sound. This is certainly the case in the languid “All Over Again” whose intimate sound works wonders. For the more electronically influenced sounds the same is true. “Like The Dream Of It” combines the chamber folk sound with graceful ambient melodies. By far the highlight of the album is the determined spirit of “The Good Hurt” with lyrics and rhythm perfectly in sync. 

“The Simple Fear” is a strong, confident, optimistic album. Brooke Annibale’s sound is a unique one a true diamond that shimmers and shines. 

Best of all it can all be found right here

Bongo Boy Rock n’ Roll TV Show No. 1062

With a spritely melody and persistent beat, Michael Resin’s “Believe In Love” is an absolute beast of a track. The gradual buildup is completely satisfying. Additionally his interesting combination of both house and dubstep works wonders as it adds an element of surprise into the mix. 

A full-fledged 70s punk sound informs the bombastic “I Can’t Let Go” by the Chords UK. Reminiscent of the Clash at their absolute best the song is a complete rush. Simple, honest, and direct, the Chords UK sing straight from the heart. 

“Right To Your Grave” by the CYNZ has a romantic croon to it. The overall mellowed soft vibe of it recalls the best of early Meat Puppet albums. Nicely executed they hit every possible mark from the vocal delivery to the inviting guitar riffs. 

Downright woozy in aesthetic is the blurred lines of JJ Savina’s “7:00AM”. Execution is pitch perfect as the song feels like an exploration of grandeur. Everything is huge from the propulsive beat to the epic sweeps of sound. Without saying a word it effortlessly explores many different elements of EDM. 

Sincere in tone is the touching work of “I Will Follow You”. The song begins quietly before coming into full bloom. George Aleman’s vocals serve as the heart of the track displaying great power. 

OnPlanetZu’s “Stop WhatCha Doin” is pure chaotic energy. Beats blast through like shrapnel yet maintain an odd sort of danceability. The footwork aspects of the track keep it in check. Vocals match this high energy and help to add additional layers into the kaleidoscopic sea of sound. With a sense of play the song brings the episode to a delightful conclusion. 

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Mleo - Sunken City

Mleo’s “Sunken City” has a California cool to it. The songs are sun-drenched. With low-slung grooves that are distinctly their own they embody the mellow comfort of early summer when the warmth is welcome. For throughout the album Mleo creates approachable indie rock, no mean feat for a genre that is often defined by its coldness and experimentation. On “Sunken City” Mleo opts for an interesting blend of funk and indie, blending the two into a melodic whole. By far the main feature are the strong vocals of Audrey Reed whose range is remarkable. 

With a kaleidoscope of color “Bury Me There” opens up the album in grand sweeping style. From there they rein it in opting for minimal, summery grooves. Tightly wound is “Round Two (If You Feel It)” whose playful sensibilities and sing-along choruses are truly marvelous. Languid in tempo is the bulbous bass line of “Paralyzed”. Restrained in tone is the lovely work of “How I Feel” whose dreamy atmosphere is in contrast to the more active soundscapes, a well-deserved campfire kind of song. By far the album highlight is the celebratory work of “Normal Guy”. Complete with a bouncy rhythm Audrey Reed’s delivery is just right. For the song’s final moments it completely lets loose to great effect. Ending things on a quiet note is the stripped down intimate sound of “Surrounded in Blue”. 

“Sunken City” is a perfect album with a vast variety of styles all of them done just right. 

Rev Peter Unger - The Memories Of God

“The Memories Of God” is a reverent, inviting piece. Lyrics serve as the focus of the work as Rev Peter Unger’s voice possesses great power. With clear rich resonant delivery the clarity of the sound is of the utmost importance. Right on the edge of the track are small flourishes of sound which help to give the song an even greater amount of color. Guitar work is pitch perfect serving as Rev Peter Unger’s main accompaniment. Besides the guitar there is the piano which always seems to come in at just the right time. 

Gentle guitar introduces the song. A few moments pass as the rest of the piece comes together. Then there is Rev Peter Unger’s reassuring voice. Buildup of the song happens with such subtly. Lyrics have a narrative sensibility to them as the piece elaborates upon the passage of time. Every piece of time exists for a distinct purpose to pass on to others. Optimism flows from this message as the concept of life is realized to be something far larger than initially believed. By focusing on the spirituality of the ordinary there is a sense of purpose associated with what may at first appear to be unrelated events. For the final moments of the track Rev Peter Unger’s voice reaches great heights as the song tampers off. 

With “The Memories Of God” Rev Peter Unger celebrates the beauty of life itself, of its constant regeneration. 

Inches from Sin - Bridgewater Triangle

Inches from Sin’s Bridgewater Triangle is a fiery funk-fueled frenzy. With the right mix of playful synthesizers, drum machines, and a classic rock tinged guitars it is pop perfection. By far the heart and soul of the album are the strong vocals. Karen and Rob show off an impressive knack for lyricism as these songs touch upon social issues that separate people and the overall sense of hope that love can bring. 

Hand claps and jaunty guitar work introduce the opener “See You Again”. The sense of playfulness helps to define the song. Going far into the funk is the infectious groove of “Murder”. A sense of nostalgia permeates as at times it resembles a long-lost 80s hit. Far more contemplative in tone is the elongated work of “Move On”. Introspective in tone the piece slows things down for the middle portion of the album. This continues on the country-tinged work of “Hold On”. Crystal clear acoustic guitar nicely accompanies the togetherness of Karen and Rob’s lush harmonies. Moving towards chamber pop is the eclectic work of “Weight of the World”. On “Hit it One Time” shows Inches from Sin at the height of their powers, serving as the highlight of the album. Crazed in tone is the wild work of “14 Daughters” whose organ and percussion give off the sense of a carnival-like atmosphere. “I’ve Seen Better Days” ends the album on a note of grandeur. 

Karen and Rob prove themselves to be masterful singer-songwriters on “Bridgewater Triangle”.