Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Sleeping out of tune with our dreams disjointed

A while ago, I was listening to WOXY (and it was a long time ago, now that the station is no longer streaming). "Sylvia" by The Antlers came on and I instantly loved it. It's one of those songs that make me emotional and I feel a weird pain or sadness in my heart. To put it simply, it's a beautiful song. The way he sings, the lyrics, the grand sound. It's quite cinematic and inspires me as an artist. So I started to check out other songs by this band. I found the music video for "Two" on YouTube. It was my first time hearing that song and seeing the video. Same thing happened. I cried. Such a great video. When I want to cry, or just feel blue, I listen to The Antlers. Earlier this year they played the Troubadour. I wanted to go see them but, I hesitated because I wanted to save money and was also in a depressed state. Well, I waited too long because when I finally decided I wanted to buy tickets, it was sold out. I was beyond bummed out. Then, I was elated to hear that they were going to play at the Getty Center for the "Saturdays off the 405" free concert series. It was kind of chilly but overall it was such a gorgeous day.

The Antlers soundcheck

DJ Frosty

The Antlers

They should have listened. They thought that you were lying.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

The happiest place on Earth

I've been to Disneyland many times ever since I was a small toddler on a stroller. The whole family went along with tons of relatives. Then, we kind of stopped as we got a little older. The last time I had been to Disneyland was when the Indiana Jones ride was being built. According to my sister, it was 1990. So the last time I was there was twenty years ago. Wow. When I was a teenager, my friends and I went to Magic Mountain couple of times. In high school, I didn't go to grad nite. Then years just flew by.

This past Wednesday, on probably the hottest day of the summer, we went to Disneyland! We went super early. I got coffee, then the first ride we went on was Space Mountain. Not such a great idea, as it totally kicked my ass. Then we went on that Toy Story blaster ride, then the Matterhorn. Matterhorn, not such a good idea. First of all, I was barely awake, was hungry as I didn't have breakfast, and I was suffering from post-carsickness from the morning commute traffic. It was rough. Then we went on as many rides as possible. Had churros and skewers for snacks throughout the day. Had lunch, went over to Toon Town. I swear I thought the whole Toon Town was about to melt from the scorching heat. The good thing, though, was that the lines for the rides weren't long at all. We used fast passes for Splash Mountain and Indiana Jones. The clouds rolled around sunset, made it humid, but at least it shielded us from the hot sun. Dinner at Plaza Inn. Yum. Then Dole Whip float from Tiki Room as we waited for the water show. We ended the night watching Captain EO. Awesome day.

As I walked around, I realized how lucky I was to have come to Disneyland so many times growing up, as it really did inspire me so much. The colors of the candies, the glow in the dark necklaces, balloons, magical rides. The days after our trip, I would sprawl out on the living room floor and just draw all day, all the rides I went on. My mom still talks about how I drew the Space Rocket ride in such detail when I was just a kid.

Monday, August 16, 2010

We're out there having fun

Went to the Diesel Mad Decent Summer Block Party with Maluca and Andy Milonakis on Saturday. Overall, I had a good time: food trucks, photo booth, dunk tanks. Except, I dressed "summer-y" and it hasn't been too hot here in LA. So by about 6 P.M. it started to get chilly. That was the only bad part. I started wishing I wore my usual skinny jeans instead of shorts. But, it wasn't so bad. And I've had a crazy week last week, so it was a good thing they were giving out free Amp Energy drinks. Lots of stylish kids showed up. On our way out, we ran into Franki Chan, who I haven't seen in forever. Some photo credits go to my friend Berry.