Carlson Mondays (Every Other Monday)

Hello fellow art lovers! It’s Monday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time to take a look at some more trippy works. Now, let’s begin!

  • India Love 98 by Larry Carlson 1998 

This is a very old work by “Master Surrealist”, Larry Carlson. It’s an extremely gorgeous piece that focuses on exotic beauty and trippy patterns. The main focus of the work is the beautiful Indian woman that is in the center. She has a very calm expression, and her body is made out of various people. She’s surrounded by a trippy network of colorful spirals and shapes.

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  • Untitled by Larry Carlson May 22 2017 

This is an absolutely incredibly work by “Computer Guru”, Larry Carlson. It’s a rainbow-patterned outdoor piece that has some optical trickery. The forest is covered in a prismatic shine, and there’s a tiger hidden within the trees. The shine really gives the piece a glassy effect, and is guaranteed to impress any glassblower.

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Special Music Post

Hello fellow followers, and welcome to a very special post. I have reviewed many pieces of music in my time on WordPress, but this particular one has personal value to me. It not only sounds amazing, but it was created by my soul brother, Ben. He’s been going to the Berklee College of Music for the past three years, and I have yet to find a better College pianist. He’s currently studying Electronic Production. The name of the piece is Rainbow Avenue, and I will post a link below. The following is Ben’s own words:”Hi Asher, thanks so much for having me! Let’s jump right into it, shall we? The inspiration for this track surprisingly started off as a school project. To summarize the project briefly, we each had to create a ten second demo of different musical genres. One of the genres I decided to do, was Drum & Bass. I ended up liking what I did with it so much, that I decided to turn it into an actual song. It starts out with a simple, rhythmic pattern of chords. Using that foundation, I started to layer other elements on top of that. Then I brought in the drums to build up the hype, and then threw in the vocal chops here and there. During the drop, I decided to add a lead synth to play a melody line over the drums and chords, as well as using the vocal chops I used before. The first drop is eight bars long. After that, we go back to the original rhythmic pattern: as we go into the B Section of the piece. This section starts with a bunch of beautiful sounding broken chords layered with a sine wave. Then, you hear a bass playing in sixteenth notes as the kick and snare pattern of the drums slows way down. We have now entered the genre known as Vaporwave. After sixteen bars of this, the drums start to pick up, and you here a loud brass sound to signify drop number two. The second drop has a very Trap feel to it, because the drums are really slow, and you have only have one really heavy bass synth. The drums start to go back to the Drum & Bass feel as we go back into the first drop. We have eight more bars of drop number one, only this time, we have that lead synth playing an improvised solo. Towards the end of that solo, we start to hear a riser that peaks into silence. To end the song, we have just a solo piano playing for eight more bars, and on the last chord, we also hear a soothing exhaled breath, as everything fades into silence.”

            

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Even More Beers I Love (Every Other Thursday)

Hello fellow Cicerones! It’s Thursday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time for me to share some more of my favorite beers. Now, let’s brew something awesome!

  • Sierra Nevada Porter 

Brewed by: Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. California, United States 

Style: American Porter 

ABV: 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

I discovered this gem of a bear during my Cicerone training class. It was my favorite beer of the day, It’s a velvety, dark brown beer that smells like coffee ice cream. It has an absolutely wonderful taste that reminds me of a smooth, chocolatey caramel. If you’re a fan of American Porters, I highly recommend picking this up. 

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  • Delirium Tremens 

Brewed by: Brouwerji Huyghe, Belgium

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

ABV: 8.50%

I got this special brew as a present from my Step-Father. I was immediately blown away by the intricate design on the bottle. The bottle is tall, and covered in a white, speckled tape with a pink elephant design on the head. The beer is a pale, light gold with a fruity aroma. The taste is also quite fruity, and I do detect a hint of pepper. I highly recommend this brew to anyone who likes strong and fruity ales.

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More Obscure Music Genres

Hello everyone! It’s time for me to bring back an old favorite! About a year ago, I jumped into the fascinating world of obscure music genres. I have always found this topic to be quite interesting with new genres added almost daily. Now, let’s dive into the most unique and weird genres that music has to offer!

  • Noise Rock Created: 1968 Prominent Bands: Melt-Banana, Metz, Big Black

Noise Rock is a Punk-inspired genre with large distortion levels,  occasionally unintelligible vocals, sharp and intense sounds, and blindingly fast guitar riffs and strange lyrics. Many Japanese bands of this genre also started to rise in the early 60’s. While most of it is very painful to the ears, some is quite enjoyable like Sonic Youth and Velvet Underground.

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  • Glitch Hop Created: 1997 Prominent Producers: Virtual Riot, Mr. Bill, GRiZ 

Glitch Hop is a subgenre of Glitch that uses malfunctioning electronics and fusion of Hip Hop to create incredibly catchy, video game-inspired pieces. It’s also influenced by Dubstep and drum and bass. The pieces are usually played at 110 BPM.

 

Yokai Wednesdays

Konbanwa, everyone! It’s Wednesday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time to take a look at some more fascinating yokai. Now, let’s go on a journey to the “Land of the Rising Sun”!

  • Kosamebo are bizarre creatures of Japanese mythology. They closely resemble Buddhist monks, and live near mountains. They’ll spook travelers, and ask them for food or spare change. While completely harmless in nature, Kosamebo can be quite annoying.

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  • Kuro bozu are extremely dangerous creatures of Japanese folklore. They’re depicted as dark, shadowy beings with bestial facial features and incredibly long tongues. They also can manipulate their size at will, and can run ridiculously fast. The yokai will enter a person’s home at night, and suck the breath out of their mouths. Those who are visited by this demonic creature on many occasions will become violently ill.

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Mythology Wednesdays (Every Other Wednesday)

Hello everyone! It’s Wednesday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time to take a look at some more fascinating creatures. Now, let’s get started!

  • Minobi is a mythological phenomenon that originates in Japanese mythology. It     resembles a small cluster of fireballs that have a firefly’s glow. They gather around people with straw raincoats and stick to the fiber. The entities then burn, and begin to multiply. A large mass will swarm around the individual, and force them to remove the coat. While they aren’t dangerous, they can be extremely annoying.

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  • Bastet is a holy figure of Egyptian mythology. She’s known as the goddess of cats, and is depicted as a humanoid figure with the head of a lioness. She defended the pharaoh, and protected people against disease and evil spirits. She was the sister of Horus the sun god, and the daughter of Isis and Ra. 

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More Beers I Like (Every Other Thursday)

Hello fellow Cicerones! It’s Thursday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time for some more beer recommendations from yours truly. Now, let’s begin!

  • Nukin Futs Imperial Peanut Butter Choc Cream Porter

Brewed by: Track 7 Brewing Co. California, United States 

Style: American Porter

ABV: 7.30%

Availability: Year-round

I came across this wonderful brew at the one of my favorite restaurants, Stout. It’s a wonderful place with fantastic burgers and beers. I found this drink on the menu in September, and decided to try it out. It’s incredibly creamy and has a very light aftertaste. Its taste reminds me of a peanut butter cup with a dash of alcohol. It’s very hard to find, but I highly recommend it.

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