Beach Slang :: Valentine's Day :: Seattle, WA

There's no good way to describe a band's grassroots rise in popularity in this day and age. "Word of mouth" is a weird way to describe the internet's ability to create a fanbase without any kind of commercial attention, but "word of keyboard" is a terrible alternative. 


At any rate, I came across Beach Slang just as their peers were starting to call attention to them. By the time they were gracing NPR they already had a huge fan following and the support of countless music blogs and journalists. For good reason too. Their music is passionate and powerful, while staying damn fun to listen to. They released the first track from their forthcoming debut album today, so I'm taking the opportunity to post a full gallery from their Valentine's Day show with Cursive. This set was an absolute treat to cover, and reminded me how challenging it is to shoot photos while singing and dancing along. I can't recommend catching them live enough.

Restorations in Seattle, March, 2015

For the first few months of 2015 I was working to extract the remnants of my website from a CMS that had stopped working. What this meant was that I had nowhere to publish full blog posts, and had to instead settle for little dispatches my Tumblr

Now that I'm back up, I want to go back and share some full galleries that never got their due attention. The first is from a fantastic set that Restorations put on at El Corozon in Seattle. I constantly harp on these guys, because that take everything I love about punk and hardcore music -- the passion, the emotional weight, the energy -- and package it in a way that is both beautiful, fun and entirely accessible. I waxed about their most recent album when it came out, and over and over again since. After you check out these photos, check out their music for yourself. Seriously. Do it. 

Canon Beach via Olympia

There are little pieces of the Pacific Northwest that I would never find without lifers here to show me them. It makes me wish that I had shared more of my New England when I had the chance. 

Cascades vs. Aviators

One of my freelance jobs this spring has been as a highlight editor for the Seattle Cascades pro ultimate frisbee team. My role is to cut highlight clips during the game and post them as pseudo-instant replays. Those videos live here primarily, and here's an example from earlier today.

Between quarters and halves I am free to roam around and watch the game. All of the Cascades home games are played at Memorial Stadium in the Belltown neighborhood of Seattle (in the shadow of the Space Needle). The stadium opened in 1947, and it shows a lot of signs of its age, which I find aesthetically appealing. Today I took my camera out when I wasn't editing and tried to capture the experience.