Our Love Is Dead

Pet Shop Boys “Leaving”

Ugh I just love these lyrics so hard:


Our love is dead
But the dead are here to stay
They made us what we are
They’re with us every day
In darkest night
Their memory keeps us strong
And if our love is dead
It won’t be dead for long

I know when enough’s enough and you’re leaving
you’ve had a lot of time to decide on your freedom
but I can still find some hope to believe in

Pet Shop Boys, still dazzling after 30+ years. Can’t wait for the new record Electric next month! This and new Nine Inch Nails is gonna give me the shitty giggles!

2012 in Photos / The Atlantic

The Atlantic has posted its roundup of the photos that defined world events in 2012 and they are incredibly powerful, and some really beautiful. These really make me respect the balance of art, skill and luck that journalistic photographers have to have. Here are the photos in three parts: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.

Most Interesting Hurricane Sandy Photo, Click to Embiggen

I know some people are going through some tough events right now, but just stepping back in a journalistic way – this has to be the most interesting photo from the Hurricane Sandy tragedy. A parking lot full of yellow cabs is flooded as a result of superstorm Sandy on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012 in Hoboken, NJ (Photo via Charles Sykes of AP). I took this from the Chicago Sun Times, which hilariously has the instruction “Click to embiggen” under the photo preview, as if it was written by Jebediah Springfield from the Simpsons.

The XX Homepage is Minimalist, But Curious


The homepage for the band The XX is super minimal, just like their music, but it has just one beautiful interactive element over the X logo. I didn’t notice it at first until the oily rainbow coloring shifted slightly while I was reading the navigation options. Then when I hovered my mouse cursor over the X, it looked like I was disturbing a puddle of oily water and seeing the rainbow colored light refractions change. Well done to the designers of thexx.info. The album’s not so bad either. ;)

Nirvana Nevermind

I can’t believe this came out 20 years ago. Been listening to this record today and thinking back to my early teens, feeling like oh well, whatever, nevermind.  Swimming with the sheep.

My Late Father’s Old Guitar: Montaya F-70B

My father passed away 8 or 9 years ago while I was going to school at the Art Center College of Design. I never grew up with him, but regularly think about my own innate characteristics, which I saw in him during the summers that I spent as a kid in the Bronx with him and his family. He was introverted, creative, and for better or for worse, he had a complexity that I don’t think anyone will fully understand.

My younger half sister Madison, who shares the same father with me but different mothers, recently visited her mom’s house and managed to grab and mail me my dad’s old guitar. So I’ve been trying to find out more about it this week just out of curiosity.

There’s not much on the internet about it but I did find out a couple things. If anyone has any info on these Montaya guitars, please email me.

It’s made by a company called Montaya and was distributed by C.H.K. Trading Company. The model number is F-70B (according to the sticker inside) – this is what I used to search for info.

It’s probably from the late 80’s or 1990 and made by a Korean company that ripped off popular guitars like Fender and stuff. This one was a knock off of a Fender acoustic guitar, hence the model number starting with an “F”. The company got sued and they may have gone out of business in 1990, so they ended production. When they were out on the market, they were pretty cheap guitars – maybe $50-100 (i saw this price on a forum, but i dunno what model it was referring to). Apparently they were pretty good sounding guitars – they just happened to be Korean knock offs of larger American or European brands.

Anyway, it’s pretty neat to have it and see the places where it’s been worn and damaged. It’s more meaningful than I thought it would be. I’m considering getting it restored, but half of me thinks it’s kinda cool in its fucked up condition. Again, if anyone has any more info on these Montaya guitars, please email me.

Finishing Ming & Ping’s Album with Mariqueen


The other day we had a couple of super talented and extremely spicy ladies over to finish recording the last song on Ming & Ping’s upcoming album, “The Darkness of Night”.  Here’s a photo of the brilliant artist and painter Brooke Reidt plus spice icon Mariqueen Maandig Reznor, from How To Destroy Angels. Mariqueen provided some vocal parts for the song “Chinatown,” which is definitely one of my favorites from the upcoming record. It was a true honor. <3

Nothing Compares 2 U / Gavin Castleton

My friend Mariqueen sent me this video a couple of years ago and it was brilliant then, but recently its been relevant because I’ve been doing a lot of live looping in my own songs and songwriting. This is one of the most beautiful renditions of one of the most beautiful songs.

Gavin Castleton covering “Nothing Compares 2 U” written by Prince and originally performed (also beautifully) by Sinead O’Connor. <3

Writing Beautiful Songs


I’ve had a lot of words used to describe my songs, but one day I’d like to write a “beautiful” song. There are a lot of better and more memorable songs out there, but this one seems so unplanned, as if it just spewed out the way great songs should. I usually find myself bursting into tears when she says “These are the contents of my head.” No other line could have been more honest and vulnerable and beautiful at that point. <3


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[dropcap char=”Why” type=”text”/] by Annie Lennox


How many times do I have to try to tell you
That I’m sorry for the things I’ve done
But when I start to try to tell you
That’s when you have to tell me
Hey… this kind of trouble’s only just begun
I tell myself too many times
Why don’t you ever learn to keep your big mouth shut
That’s why it hurts so bad to hear the words
That keep on falling from your mouth
Falling from your mouth
Falling from your mouth
Tell me…

I may be mad
I may be blind
I may be viciously unkind
But I can still read what you’re thinking
And I’ve heard it said too many times
That you’d be better off
Why can’t you see this boat is sinking
(this boat is sinking this boat is sinking)
Let’s go down to the water’s edge
And we can cast away those doubts
Some things are better left unsaid
But they still turn me inside out
Turning inside out turning inside out
Tell me…
Tell me…

This is the book I never read
These are the words I never said
This is the path I’ll never tread
These are the dreams I’ll dream instead
This is the joy that’s seldom spread
These are the tears…
The tears we shed
This is the fear
This is the dread
These are the contents of my head
And these are the years that we have spent
And this is what they represent
And this is how I feel
Do you know how I feel ?
’cause i don’t think you know how I feel
I don’t think you know what I feel
I don’t think you know what I feel
You don’t know what I feel

Beautiful Things: Love Play


I’m in love with this song right now. Definitely a top 3 on the new SVIIB record. I love that bittersweet subject matter and the punishing bass synth + ethereal guitar beds.

Love Play – School of Seven Bells. <3