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riding out of the sunset…part 1


so can we talk about Jon Ehrens real quick…
Jon is an incredibly talented friend of mine who has dabbled in every music genre imaginable.
in an older post of mine, i discussed the sped-up, squeeky-sweet pop sound of Jon’s band Art Department and the screamin rock n roll dance party vibes of Repelican.
anyway, Jon’s latest project White Life is a synthy/funky/soulful team up with his sister, Emily. Baltimore’s city paper did a much more eloquent write up which you can read here.
my current fave on the album is “Time is Wasting“…it sounds like a post-disastrous prom theme in a John Hughes film.
you can $purchase$ the record or download Mp3’s if you click this here link right here…
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so i’ve begun the laborious process of editing the hundreds of photos from my cross country trip with my dad…well “cross country”, California-Arizona-Colorado-Kansas-Missouri-TENNESSEE.
i’m not sure if there is a true theme emerging yet, but i’m hoping i can end up with some kind of cohesive set.
anyway, here are some of my faves! you can see all the rest on my flickr…

the big picture…


its funny when you run into a song that says exactly what you need to hear.
that reinforces the lesson you’re currently learning about yourself
that commiserates with your heartbreak.
i remember hearing this album, “the taller you are, the shorter you get” by My Dad is Dead when i was little. you can listen to the whole thing online here.
my own dad (not dead) always had excellent music taste and this was one of his favorite albums to blast on sunday mornings.
anyway, “the big picture”—extremely relevant chorus…

I could spend my whole life
Thinking about what’s important to me
I could spend my whole life
Thinking about what matters to me
I could spend my whole life
Worrying about what’s going to happen to me
I could waste my whole life
Thinking about just what it is my life means

Sometimes what matters doesn’t really matter at all
Sometimes it doesn’t fit inside the big picture

Sometimes I need to be just where I am
Sometimes I need to know that right here is good enough
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so i finally got a new camera. mine got lost in the move and i never really had the capital to replace it. but now im about to go on a trip cross country with my dad, so fuckit. i got a nikon coolpix s8100 in GOLD cause im an ART ST*R.

so i drove to santa paula to visit my aunt and took a million pictures. what follows are most of my favorites but the entire album is on flickr to peruse.

california is a beautiful place, easy to take artsy snapshots of. however as i started taking pictures, i found myself especially attracted to how human life interacts with this paradise. california’s environment is an entirely forced state of nature. sure, agriculture thrives in a sunny climate, but this place is a desert. water is piped in, gardens are transplanted, bees are shipped in to pollinate fields of monoculture crops. its completely fake. no rain, a temperate mall climate.

this past semester, i haven’t been myself, ive been trying to force myself into a place i don’t want to be. and i think with a lot of these pictures, im thinking about people living places they shouldnt.
plastic mingling with plant life….


to me, the ideal manifestation of that idea of forced habitation, is the shopping cart. a human invention used to aid in consumerism. here in california, theyre often stolen and left in neighborhoods, overturned in gardens, crashed into palm trees. still working on editing these….

when i got to santa ana, we did it all. car show, vintage prop plane show at the airport, indie music fest where i saw REDD KROSS and a bunch of bullshit, and then drove home on the CA 1 along the coast line. here are a couple of my faves, the entire album is on flickflickflickr…..

tomorrow i leave.

moody…


so heres a sullen little mix i made a while ago…
a little angsty for the summer maybe but you can ***CLICK THIS LINK TO DOWNLOAD THE MIX*** !!

following is track listing with interesting extra tid-bits….
including a movie review down at the bottom ūüôā …
if you like the mix, theres another i made which you can still download here.

1) i’m so depressed—abner jay


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2) tears in the typing pool—broadcast
RIP trish keenan!

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3) beast in peace—bear in heaven

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4) bombay—el guincho
obviously, the best video of the year.

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5) world clique— deee-lite
Deee-lite’s lovely Lady Miss Kier,¬†Corina, Juliet Cuming, Kim Gordon, MC Lyte, Kate Pierson, Crystal Waters, and Tina Weymouth filming a pro-choice public service announcement in 1991.


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6) the bohannon walk—bohannon

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7) baxter corner—white fence
great california band i saw with the babies…

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8 ) greenwich mean time—charlotte gainsbourg
pretty girl…

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9) omar k—rainbow arabia
ha, check out this hipster shit :-p

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10) through the hosiery—crystal castles
finally got one of these trevor brown marylin shirts…so coool

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11) moody—ESG
cool chicks right there…emerald/sapphire/and gold

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12) janitor—suburban lawns

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13) poor old soul part one—orange juice
cuties!

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14) meet me in the city–the babies
some cute california bebes channeling the pixies

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15) be your baby–harlem

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16) devils hearts grow cold–la sera

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17) the countess–jacuzzi boys
tropical death metal from florida…


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18) you were sleeping–jay reatard

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19) beacons–heavy hawaii

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20) nine million rainy days–the jesus and mary chain
i almost cant listen to the j and m chain anymore, too many boys lost in those darklands
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21)
crying–roy orbison
:’-(


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22) art vandelay–ducktails
ducktails is Real Estate’s matthew mondanile’s solo side project
this other track, “killin’ the vibe” features Panda Bear
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23) must fight current–deerhoof
it sounds like this is a video from their live album bibidi babidi boo
download it here!!!!!!

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24) health and strength–jeff the brotherhood
pretty sure this is my favorite song on the album. and look! it got reviewed on pitchfork!!<—–click the linkk

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25) wild I–the babies
isnt she lovely

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26) a hundred highways– dirty beaches
tawain-born Alex Zhang Hungta is way into Suicide and the 50’s….obvi
here’s a cool interview with him from pitchfork
and then, check him out…pretty legit…
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27) my halo–atlas sound
deerhunter’s bradford cox’s side project…
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28) confirmation– wild nothing

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29) round the moon–summer camp

all this footage is from the 1970 Swedish film “En k√§rlekshistoria”, or “A Swedish Love Story”
a really cute and endearing film about two teens falling in love. bike gangs, smokin cigarettes, schoolyard fights, pony tails and leather jackets, flirting in the arcade, intense drama for no reason…it really captures the whole awkward teen romance thing.

how am i not myself…?


i miss fireflies, i miss the rain…ill trade it all in for a plague of cicadas and floods in memphis (even though, not brought on by rains and perhaps that was tasteless…)
california’s not for me.
i mean, its 70 degrees and sunny all the time. i dont think im even allowed to self-identify as a blonde without “feeling home” in california…
but, i miss everybody, and i guess im just a southern girl at heart…
so! im transferring to memphis university!
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but first, my mom’s getting married!!
wedding party!!
my dear bestie turned model elle will be my date and we will be in attendance at Tio’s Tacos art garden!!
soon to be featured on Mtv cribs, HA…i didnt even know Mtv was still around…
anyhoo, wanna see what im wearing?

elie tahari dress. gold and sequins and snakeskin details
1996 flash-back with some coral steve madden sandals
mac lipstick in morange, new fave summer lip color, so ORANGE
agate slice and gold foil earrings from anthropologie pretty pretty
trying to do something simple and slick with my hair, gonna channel chloe sevigny pool-side with some push-back bangs.

i think all together it brings about an alexander mcqueen vibe.
DRESS UP!
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after the wedding, my dad is coming and driving with me cross country to nashville.
we’re gonna take a week or so hanging out in the desert, drinking date shakes, visiting canyons and parks and stuff.
ADVENTURE!
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it hasn’t all been misery out here.
since coming to california, i’ve collected 16 varieties of succulents and 3 cactus cuttings, including a cactus cutting stolen from joshua tree national park
i hope they acclimate well to tenn….
i never knew there were so many different shapes and colors of these. and some of them flower! and they just grow naturally around here, because california is certainly beautiful…


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and i finished a semester here at Cal State Fullerton! six transferrable credits, yayyy!
i saw this inspiring interview with the etsy success story dreamboat yokoo

“i just feel like theres no room to be mediocre, and its not because i have some kind of disorder its simply because i enjoy immensely being great

“i love being hardcore”

i try to keep things like that in mind. im kind of a lazy person, sometimes i forget that i want to be great.

domestic goddess…

so ive quit my job, and im moving to california!!
no joke. gonna live like jayne mansfield in a plush pink bathroom…
im going to start attending cal state fullerton in order to study cultural anthropology.
yes!
but in the mean time, my mind is free to wander and consider delicious things….and then have the time to actually MAKE those things!!
so heres a quick list of tasty things ive made recently…
also note that i didnt actually take pictures of anything. whoops…
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natalie dee
for thanksgiving, i made this ginger-honey pumpkin pie from epicurious. i also made the candied pecans from this recipe to put on top. however i made them into CURRIED candied pecans, delicious.
notes: somehow, the pie itself was a bit wet….i dont know how to fix that. i also put WAY more fresh ginger than called for and it was delicous!
the curried candied pecans…i made them, and just poured the whole sugar mess out of the pan and onto the pie, so that it formed a big praline on top…if i were to do it again, id seperate out the nuts on parchment paper per the recipe suggestion.
comments: “how could i ever eat normal pumpkin pie again?!”- jessica
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for the hell of it, i made these: mrs. beans famous nutmeg ginger apple snaps from fantastic mr. fox
……they were alright.
a) i think it turns out i dont like nutmeg.
b) they were kinda too cakey, but good with ice cream.
the next day they were better, snappier and crispier. but then the next day, the apples were sorta rubbery and blugh.
also, i burnt out the hand mixer trying to beat this dough together. whoops.
but my sweet tooth boyfriend thought they were awesome.
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then i stumbled upon this west african peanut butter soup recipe .
i stayed completely faithful to the recipe and there was wayyyy too much peanut butter…
we also used quinoa instead of rice because quinoa is a complete complex protein! BALLIN
verdict: too much peanut butter not enough tomato.
we remedied this at dinner by serving it with lime which added kind of an exotic flair.
leftover idea!: made buckwheat soba noodles and then just used the soup as a sauce. YUM!
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giuseppe arcimboldo, ca 1573
nashville has been recieving a heavy dose of wintry mix lately, so i made a big pot of my mom’s veggie chili. she had made it up herself so she had a little trouble writing out a recipe for me, but here tis:

veggie chili for 5:

just use whole vegetables and double everything if there are more people

1/2 eggplant or a small one
1/2 onion
lots of garlic – 4-5 cloves
2 fat carrots
1 small zuke
1 small yellow squash
package of mushrooms
green bell pepper
1 big yellow waxy potato
1 big sweet potato
12 oz (ish) can of red kidney beans
12 oz (ish) can of black beans
12 oz (ish) can of garbanzo beans
a big can (16? 20? oz) about 4″ across – peeled whole tomatoes
Contadina makes the best tomato products
12 oz can of tomato sauce – not paste. Contadina makes the best tomato products
smallish (8 OZ?) can of corn
2 pkgs of French’s Chili-O (buy it! It’s yum)
some cinnamon, salt ground pepper
EVOO

ok – peel and cube the potato and sweet potato and cook in some boiling salted water
about 15 min. to start to soften. Drain and set aside.
so chop up the garlic, onion and peel the eggplant and cube it, chop
all the veggies into delectable bite sized pieces.
saute-the eggplant in a LOT of olive oil as it soaks it all up. You’ve got to brown it. Set aside out of the pan.
More olive oil, saute the garlic and onion. Set aside w/the eggplant.
More olive oil, saute the carrots, green pepper, zuke and squash just to brown them. Don’t let them get mushy. Set aside w/the other stuff.
More olive oil, saute the shrooms. Set aside w/the other stuff.
Get a BIG POT and dump in the beans and corn with their juice, the tomatoes and sauce.
Put a little bit of water in the frying pan and deglaze all the good veggie juices and dump that in too.
Dump all the veggies in and the Chili-o. You might need to add a little water. Or beer. Or wine. Or V-8. Or whatever.
If you have some leftovers that seem appropriate add them.
Cook on low for a coupla hours. The longer the better. Also you can turn it off for a while if it is too hot. NO BOILING. Bubbling is slightly undesirable.
Make some cornbread at the last minute and serve it hot.
Sour cream, Greek yogurt, grated cheese, guacamole are all also delish.
Don’t put tabasco or Sriracha or anything real hot in it because it will get hotter as it cooks. Just let people put it on theirs.
xoxox

my room mate elle insisted on fritos rather than corn bread and that was fantastic, like frito pie!
also the cinnamon takes it over the top. so so goood
so in our house, when we want heat, we turn to banjamin’s ghost pepper elixir!
the ghost pepper is the hottest pepper in the world! but ben’s sauce and dry rub are spicy and flavorful, not just “tasteless heat“. i need to figure out some kind of portable shaker to keep in my purse because i am seriously addicted.


josh anderson