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Posts, photos, podcasts and videos (2005-2020)

the slowdown: Amusing Myself to Death

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I’ll start this by piggybacking off the last episode in this series which began to sink teeth into the separate realities created by media bubbles… It’s December of 2020 as I type and record this, and I began this small project about six months ago. In the past several months I’ve tried to learn more […]

Canadian ’90s Rock Playlists (Spotify/YouTube)

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Playlists of Canadian alt, modern + pop rock from the ‘late ’80s to early ’00s: YouTube playlist / Canadian ’90s Rock Music Videos 🇨🇦 Spotify Playlist: Canadian ’90s Rock 🇨🇦

the slowdown: Separate Realities

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I didn’t really mean for this to be a serialized thing, this podcast, but it’s turned into a running document of trying to make sense of “these trying times.” The first episode in this series was released in mid-June and already it’s incredible how much life seems different, but the same. The bulk of that […]

Letterboxd Film Diary, August 2020

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Film diary and review entries made on the movie social media website Letterboxd. 8/2/2020 John Mulaney: New in Town, 2012 8/2/2020 John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous at Radio City, 2018 8/3/2020 Rumpelstiltskin, 1995 (Rating: 0.5) 8/4/2020 Page One: Inside the New York Times, 2011 Yesterday a link began making the rounds, its headline as biting as […]

Window Cliffs State Natural Area (Baxter, TN)

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Photos taken August 15, 2020 at Window Cliffs state natural area in Baxter, TN.

Burgess Falls (Sparta, TN)

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Photos taken August 15, 2020 at Burgess Falls in Sparta, TN.

Mammoth Cave Tour (KY)

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Photos taken August 9, 2020 on the Mammoth Cave National Park Tour in Kentucky.

Big Mike’s Rock Shop (Cave City, KY)

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Photos taken Sunday, August 9, 2020 at Big Mike’s Rock Shop in Cave City, Kentucky.

Mammoth Cave National Park (Big Hollow Trail, KY)

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Photos taken Saturday, August 8, 2020 throughout the North and South loops of the Big Hollow Trail in Kentucky’s Mammoth Cave National Park.

Letterboxd Film Diary, July 2020

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Film diary and review entries made on the movie social media website Letterboxd. 7/1/2020 Fubar, 2002 (Rating: 2/5) 7/2/2020 The House That Jack Built, 2018 (Rating: 2/5) There’s more to The House That Jack Built than I’m able to give it credit for. For right now, at least at this particular place in my life, […]

Percy Warner Park (Mossy Ridge Trail, TN)

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Photos taken at July 25, 2020 at Percy Warner Park’s Mossy Ridge Trail in Nashville, TN.

the slowdown: To the Benefit of Whom?

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About two months ago I had the thought to explore what a podcast might look like if I made one. The idea, as best I could nail it down, for it was to concentrate on a singular focus amid quarantine days that were flying by with too many issues and too many messages to absorb, […]

Chattanooga Hiking Trip (TN, GA)

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This weekend M. and I drove down to Chattanooga, with little agenda other than to explore. We got into town early afternoon Friday, and drove up the scenic climb to Rock City Gardens on the Georgia side of the state line. Winding up the hill it almost reminded me of Hawaii, with a quaint community […]

Letterboxd Film Diary, June 2020

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Film diary and review entries made on the movie social media website Letterboxd. 6/2/2020 Joshy, 2016 (Rating: 2/5) 6/14/2020 The Amazing Johnathan Documentary, 2019 6/15/2020 13th, 2016 6/17/2020 HyperNormalisation, 2016 6/18/2020 LA 92, 2017 6/21/2020 The VelociPastor, 2018 (Rating: 1.5/5) 6/22/2020 Jack of all Trades, 2018 6/23/2020 Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, 2019 (Rating: 0.5/5) […]

Media List #7: Doomscrolling Edition

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“Doomscrolling is slowly eroding your mental health” by Angela Watercutter for Wired Rolling through social media feeds as if the incoming stream of information makes any tangible difference, as if snippets of awareness of more injustice helps right wrongs, as if it is an education… Every social media account I’ve held over the past twenty […]

the slowdown: The “Good” White People

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Notes: This episode features the song “Self Driving” by Smo, used under a Creative Commons license from the Free Music Archive. The clip featuring Jeff Foxworthy comes from the track “Southern Accent” from his 1995 album, Games Rednecks Play. The clip of Trae Crowder is taken from his 2016 video, “In Defense of Dixie.” The […]

the slowdown: Is This Water?

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Last month I received a text letting me know a friend of mine had died. He was young, only in his 50s, but had lived life hard. His name was Bill. Bill was a coworker of mine, and four years ago when I moved into a new apartment I invited some people over to break […]

Media List #6: The Money Where Your Mouth is Edition

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“I Don’t Feel Like Buying Stuff Anymore” by Anne Helen Petersen for BuzzFeed News While we’ve opened back up society to a limited degree, some things may never be the same as they were. Thank god. It feels like so much has changed in just a few months. When all of this began, the minority […]

Media List #5: Grief Edition

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I found something out today (well, several days ago, actually… more on that momentarily): There are levels of Right Wing realness to the “Obamagate” hashtag on Twitter, differentiated by whether people spell it #obamagate or #obaMAGAte. I’ve tried making sense of it, the capitalization serving as a cute wink to broader ideological positions within the […]

Letterboxd Film Diary, May 2020

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Film diary and review entries made on the movie social media website Letterboxd. 5/2/2020 Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present, 2012 5/3/2020 Martyrs, 2008 (Rating: 2.5/5) 5/6/2020 Jerry Seinfeld: 23 Hours to Kill, 2020 5/8/2020 Fittest in Dubai, 2019 5/9/2020 All Hallows’ Eve, 2013 (Rating: 1/5) 5/10/2020 Man with a Movie Camera, 1929 (Rating: 4.5/5) […]

The Orb & Orbital

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The Orb and Orbital have been vaguely conflated in my mind for as long as I’ve been aware of the two groups. Thinking back, I’ve owned Orbital’s 1996 In Sides and the Orb’s 1997 release Orblivion, but can’t seem to mentally reference much beyond a few tracks from either. All the same, the Orb’s 1990 […]

Self-Reflection Fatigue

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Last night I was talking on the phone with a friend. This particular friend and I tend to veer distinctly into conversation of a philosophical tilt, working “recovery” concepts into a broader picture of how we’re progressing as people. We talk about once a month and it’s always exhausting. One of the things that I […]

South Cumberland State Park (Fiery Gizzard Trail, TN)

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This past weekend M. and I took a trip down to South Cumberland State Park, hiking the short two mile Grundy Forest Day Loop of the Fiery Gizzard Trail. We were hoping to cross over to a longer leg of the trail, but a bridge outage cut those plans short. I still decided to make […]

Moonshake, Rebecca Moore, Sebadoh, Spin Doctors & the Spinanes

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I don’t know where I came up with the idea that The Trouser Press or Noise from the Underground were to be important in my life, but they’ve certainly proven as much in terms of influence over a lifetime. As best I can remember I came across both books in the late-’90s, but I don’t […]

The Dead Center

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I’ve been reading a lot about the value of the critic of late, attempting to discern for myself what to do with competing personal desires: One which recognizes the benefit and internal value of slowing down to consider what the intention of a work might have been and what my own interpretation of that is, […]

William Tyler

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As William Tyler wrote me for an interview in 2011, “I think anytime I find myself settling into a pattern of consistency I start panicking. So while, yes, there is a certain framework of tools and methods that you need in order to be able to do linear things like touring or even recording an album, […]

The Century of the Self

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While I recently wrapped up watching the entire series, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve watch the first episode of Adam Curtis’ 2002 BBC mini-series, The Century of Self. It’s easily the most stimulating of the documentary’s four episodes, skillfully framing much of the blueprint for what has become our consumer state in […]

Playlist #19: Having the Neighbors Over For Dinner

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Music Band “Unknown Pleasure” Life Without Buildings “PS Exclusive” Fever Blush “Maybe” Prince Rama “Bahia” DRC Music feat. Tout Puissant Mukalo & Nelly Liyemge “Hall” Photay “Illusion of Seclusion” Young Fathers “Rain or Shine” Peter Bjorn and John “Nothing to Worry About” The Weather Station “Thirty” Great Grand Sun “Pitter Pat People” Steve Gunn “Way […]

Media List #4: Derecho Edition

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While time moves slowly many days, life is happening too fast right now. Last Sunday in Nashville we had a big storm blow through knocking out power for upwards of 200,000 people. Not a tornado, which devastated spots of town and outlying areas just two months ago, but a “derecho.” “A derecho is a widespread, […]

Nick Cave

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Several weeks ago a Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds concert played on my TV while I went about my chores around the house. Even at his most vulgar, there’s something comforting about Cave’s voice. For every “Stagger Lee” there’s a “God is in the House,” tugging at heartstrings and easing the mind back to […]

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