four things # 9
the men's new record, consciousness and creativity book by Lynch, stutz film, readbetter.io, *a request*
I took a short drive up through the White Mountains in Crete to a city called Omalos. I haven’t touched snow in a few years, so that gave a reason (as if we needed one) to head up there for lunch, walk around, hike up a hill, then return to home base. Below is a a picture of the outside of the restaurant where we grubbed. Beautiful place.
New York City by The Men. A raw, fast-and-loud record from a criminally underrated American rock band from Brooklyn, New York. I’ve loved this band for about a decade. Sometimes I try to talk myself into telling nobody about them. They’re mine. They make these records for me. And they make them for themselves. The evolution of their sound is interesting because it can’t be easily labeled, and doesn’t fit into a neat little box. This is probably why not a lot of people know about them. They change their sound with every record because well, they are human, and humans are always changing their inputs, which means the output will also change. Past records featured saxophones and wild, psychedelic synths. This record busts out the gate with old school garage punk, transitions to classic crunch rock n’ roll riffs. Back to punk. Wide open, red hot. Drums thump and crash like pistons resurrected and given new life. Sometimes there’s a piano. And there are guitar solos! I love guitar solos. Those who say ‘rock is dead’ ain’t looking hard enough. Buy this record on Bandcamp.
Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity by David Lynch. This is a short read, but it packs a lot of punch. David Lynch is a visionary film maker and artist, responsible for Twin Peaks, Eraserhead, Blue Velvet, Mulholland Drive, and much more. This book is a cumulation of his thoughts on and experiences with the above three aspects, how they relate, and how the creative (i.e. everyone) can manage their attention in order to go deeper in accessing bigger (and maybe better) ideas.
Stutz on Netflix. A dear friend asked me if I have seen this (shout out Nino Panino!). He’s one of those friends who, when he suggests to read or watch something, it SLAMS. The film is comprises of candid conversations between Jonah Hill and his psychiatrist Phil Stutz. Stutz has a unique visual way of explaining important psychological concepts which are the basis of his therapy. These concepts are simple but profound. I found it deeply moving.
Readbetter.io. Readbetter is a online tool which allows you to send Substack articles to your Kindle. When I travel I use the Kindle a lot, trying to save battery life on my cell phone. My last trip I thought “Man, it’d sure be nice to be able to read these articles on my Kindle”. And like most things these days, if you think of it then someone probably already created it. It’s free, and it’s awesome. Here’s the founder’s Twitter.
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Bandcamp is one of the best places to buy music online because the music goes directly to the artist. You can preview most albums before you buy, and some artists offer physical copies of their records (cassettes, CD’s, and vinyl). This is a great place to explore new music free of the confines of what “they” tell you to listen to. Whoever “they” are.