New A Place To Bury Strangers album Worship: 6/06/12

 

Above is the new “single” from NY’s A Place to Bury Stranger’s forthcoming album Worpship, out June 6th on the Dead Oceans record label. If you are unfamiliar with the band they are, simply put, amazing. Especially live. I saw them at LA’s Spaceland in 2010 (review HERE) and it is not an exaggeration to say by the mind-blowing fury of the finale I honestly thought I had witnessed the opening of a portal to another dimension; a dimension composed entirely of the wonderfully lush and often hallucinatory sonics front man Oliver Ackermann produces with his custom-built effects pedals (along with some very healthy strobe action). Ackermann is the guy behind Death by Audio. Click the link and check out their website – if you are a guitar player you’ll drool.

A Celebration of Harvest: Pahiyas Festival Lukban, PH

Lukban, Philippines – Dry season has come to the main Philippine island of the Luzon and with it celebrations in thanksgiving for harvest, family and life. In particular, the town of Lukban hosts “Pahiyas” or the citywide San Isidro harvest festival. Located 26 Km northwest of Lucena City or 160 Km southeast of Manila, Lukban’s nearest attraction is Mt. Banahaw (2,158m). However the town is bustles as a hub for livestock trade and local production of native handcrafts. These products are sold locally as well as exported worldwide. But really Lukban’s breadbasket is harvest time with the bountiful crops grown from rainy season into the dry. Pahiyas rejoices this plenty.

America’s Billboard Problem, Part 1

You know what I simply cannot stand?

Billboards.

Well, advertising in general grinds my gears, but billboards are a special kind of disgusting. We could be looking at trees, instead we’re looking at ads for products most of us either do not care about or – perhaps more importantly – need no reminder of. The U.S. is terrible in this regard – terrible to a point that approaches making Terry Gilliam’s dystopian film Brazil and its images of roads lined with never-ending advertisements a reality. In Brazil the billboards are used as a tool to block the urban inhabitants from seeing the wasteland that surrounds their population centers. This feels more and more like an eventual reality to me and it frightens me and I feel that I must say it’s gotten to the point that something needs to be done about it.

The Value of Nature – Mallacoota

The southeastern most tip of Australia provides a wealth of history, knowledge and enjoyment. Gippsland is the area and if you check good’ol Google maps you’ll find the Mallacoota Inlet (map). Situated just south of the New South Wales and Victorian border, the Mallacoota Inlet displays stunning sights and boasts numerous fun activities but it’s importance lies in the function it serves to the environment.

Miles Davis: Tutu

Miles Davis. What does that name mean to you? To most folks who are into music it is a name to be revered and reckoned with. Saying that his name may spur one to reflect upon monikers such as legend, master, and virtuoso may be an understatement. Suffice it to say the man helped drive and define jazz for several key decades in its history and is remembered by many as a genius and an innovator.

Innovator.

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