chronicles of the fall*

March 19, 2009

Blog, a vulgar, overused word used to give legitimacy to the shallow opinions of hacks and amateurs who seem to be permanently stuck in first draft hell. Looking in the archives one would expect someone who has been at it for years to slowly hone their craft and improve their writing and photographs, since it’s usually safe to assume that if someone does something long enough, he or she will eventually not suck at it.

Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.

Join me as I re-create and often times over-exaggerate select stories from my life, frustratingly omitting most of the good stuff and all of the names.

*The following is 85% a true story


de nada

February 15, 2012


apply without

February 14, 2012


Daniel Likes This

February 4, 2012


“Second Month” maimone mixtake for the 14th

February 1, 2012

This months mixtake stands apart from the others – It lacks the my music is cooler than your music snobbery, contains no future pop hits, clever indie hooks or mindless fun summer songs.   This one is far more personal, focused, linear

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If you shop at the mall, enjoy going to new supermarkets, eat at chain restaurants, chew gum, drink Coors Light, wish you drove a BMW, plan Caribbean vacations, blow your leaves instead of raking them, roll your toilet paper under (not over), yell at your wife, then don’t download this mix


8AM LA time

January 28, 2012

In New York this morning, it was 8am LA time and I could be there by this evening said the girl on the airline line.  So I bought that ticket, and I got in that cab but I didn’t make it to the airport like that.


there’s no app for that

January 27, 2012

I theorized that if you are touching down in New Jersey on a Sunday,  3,000 miles from home and less than half way through an exhausting four month “business trip”, this may not be best of weeks.  Monday saw someone step on my laptop, obliterating the screen and cementing my theory  (get it?  New Jersey…cement)

 There’s no app for that



First Aid Kit

January 23, 2012

On the surface  First Aid Kit won most of my imaginary least likely musical superlatives based on the superficial fact that they are:   A) Teenage sisters  B)  From Sweden  C) Labeled a”Country” music act  D) Unimaginatively generic sounding band name

It took reading a couple of impressive album reviews written by independent music publications that have rarely been wrong (Under the Radar, Pitchfork) and ultimately falling in love with their vintage album cover art to convince me to hit play.

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The record reviews were spot on, these girls are selling laid-back pastoral whimsy seventies-inspired folk, devastating ballads and watertight melodies to a musicscape poisoned by the pollution of Lady Gaga.

I listened to the entire album front to back ten times in a row, each time picking a new favorite song – I imagining how it might have felt to hear an advance copy of the Carole King classic ‘Tapestry” and knowing… JUST KNOWING the impact it would have  …wishing that you could hold on to the secret just a bit longer.

“The Lion’s Roar” can be purchased on January 24th