Heros & Zeros – Justin Angelos

Before I say anything, I have to admit; I’m not a fan of collage. It isn’t that I don’t think found images can be art, even high art. I suspect it has to do with my position on the autism spectrum. Texture is just one of those areas where I am extremely picky. Once you [...]

Show Review: Retox, HowDareYou, Terrorshark

It’s an exciting (read: RARE) day for me when a band I like comes through town. Retox has been on my radar since Justin Pearson announced they were giving away a free EP last year. The 8-songs on that 7-minute EP (you read that right) were a welcome burst of speedy hardcore-punk to my ears, [...]

Interview: Jesse Cotu Williams

If you haven’t heard of Jesse Williams, you haven’t been paying attention. The guy is an institution in the Santa Cruz music scene, and he was hungry enough to respond to a little nothing blog for an interview. (Artists, if you aren’t hungry, you aren’t moving anywhere.) He’s generous, and had some valuable things to [...]

Interview: Rasilind Berks

I first met Rasilind Berks about five years ago, when we worked in the sales department for a travel company. Since then, we’ve both left that career path for more creative freedom. So Ras, I don’t think we’ve spoken in person since working in the same sales office, how have you been? For the last [...]

Live: Above the Storm

A friend recently told me that my blog wasn’t ‘bloggy’ enough. He was even friend enough to call the first feature on Above the Storm ‘boilerplate’. Well, if I’m honest, I was trying to be nice to a friend, whose band played their first show, and who I was so busy photographing I didn’t truly [...]

Interview: Tim Strouss (Part II)

Part two of our interview with Tim Strouss… Are there any paintings in particular that stand out to you as having either more meaning or being a big jumping off point? Maybe you learned something new? Yeah, I’m sure there are. If I could go back and recount all the different things I’ve done I [...]

Interview: Tim Strouss (Part I)

I was very pleased to interview Tim Strouss as a start to the blog, because he was a direct inspiration on me even starting this thing. Tim is an artist living in Santa Cruz, who paints in the abstract-expressionist style. Perception, experience, psychology and emotion are very important aspects of art and art criticism, and [...]

Above the Storm

About 2 years ago, Justis and I had a conversation about how to start a band. My advice (which I rarely take myself) was to start deciding on a name, producing a website, writing songs and recording whatever elements he could himself. If you build it, they will come. There is so much work to [...]

The Call of Content

It seems it is impossible to live where I live (Santa Cruz, CA) and not be involved in art in some way, shape or form. As a graphic designer, web developer, graffiti enthusiast, photography hobbyist, guitarist and sometime performer, I’ve gotten to know a host of people in this town with similar interests. I’ve wondered how [...]