I find pieces of you in every song I listen to. In requiems and spoken word poetry. It as if someone or something has drilled a hole inside of my head. Its saying all the words my heart and head wants to say. I am opening up once again on display at your own convenience. Of course naturally you are the one for me, for the time being. I live in a world of fantasy so please keep your reality away from me. I am almost about pleasure and happiness so who cares what or how I get it in the process. I cannot drown my demons my darling they know how to swim.
My value doesn't decrease just because there is someone who doesn't see my worth. I trust and love myself too much to leave myself behind again. Some call it being self centered. I call it not being self centered enough. What even is self? How do I know I am not just some weird projection or a variety of a randomized combinations of false memories and learned behaviors, habits, traits from other people I have interacted with at surface level. Could there be better versions of me out there? And am I ever gonna meet them in this lifetime? Will this timeline merge
I got a lovely opportunity, and a chance to visit the awesome, super talented, Lexi Spino hailing from York, PA. Lemme tell you she is one heck of a tour guide. Her kindness, and generosity knows no bounds, plus I got to visit some pretty cool places, given that Covid is still a thing. Two artsy ladies taken on the town of York! Ya got some really cool little stores, coffee shops, and art galleries. Like a New Hope, if you’re from my area on steroids. I loved all the art I saw at Ironic Coffee House, my lavender Oat Milk Latte was bananas! Minus the bananas that shit was good mannnnn! The soap place too was awesome. I am really all about that self care, cold brew coffee, and soap life. Also a huge thank you for hooking me up with some cool chats, tarot cards, vegan food, and one heck of a game night! I can't wait to return your immensely kind gestures next month when you come to Philly! I got some cool stuff planned for us!
York Pa I have never been, also ironically did not know you were named after the York Peppermint Patty Candy. I should have known better, I have lived in PA since I was 13, that's like practically an expert at this point, but please don’t ask me I don’t know any PA counties aside from Bucks, Montgomery, Chester, and Philadelphia, I know there is a much bigger world than that. But sometimes it's good to step out of the bubble. I got to see some awesome Murals, and as someone who lives in Philly, I love my murals! The drive was super beautiful. I try to avoid highways anyway it takes away from the “gonzoness" of journalism. I think preserving the arts have been super important, especially now.
If you haven’t read some of my previous articles, I mention Lexi Spino’s work on a fair amount of occasions. She is a cool sassy individual that has a great perspective on life, and it was nice to have someone to talk to about music, art, and just all around stuff I had no idea other people liked aside from me. We both listen to Ben Howard, and have low key respect for the Twilight Soundtracks, BUT NOT THE MOVIES! How you can have a great soundtrack to a movie franchise, but the movies are crud are beyond me. Again I digress, I had a great 24hrs in York, I felt so well taken care of, and it was so nice to spend some good times with someone who has some good vibes!
Check out Lexi Spino’s Book The Electra Complex I got a copy, and I highly recommend her poetry, she is a pretty rad gal! Her work is available on Amazon.com. Link down below:
Okay! So I love music, on average I listen to about anywhere from 5 to 8 hrs of music, podcasts, youtube videos a day…. I got my headphones in a lot these days. C’mon you all know that kid…. But yea I like variety but I am also that bastard that listens to the same like 25 songs on repeat, So here goes nothing be gentle if you're reading this feel free to find these songs and listen along.
I usually wake up before my alarm around 5:30, the alarm is set for 7:15 am. I meditate for 15 mins, because it is hard as balls, and do yoga for 30 mins, then go on a 5 mile run on the canal It usually takes me a little less than 45 mins, but it's been really hot lately so lets clock it at an hr.
The Drums: I listen to: Days.
The Space Gurus: Their new song Pressure Point is really cool, and it's 7+ mins so that's an easy mile. They are like a cool fusion kinda jazz funk band. My friend Cole kills it on the guitar.
The Beach Boys: I have been going to the beach by myself a-lot this summer! You know you are listening to hell-a good vibration on full blast, while flying down the NJ highway. It’s what Brian would have wanted me to do. I also listen to a ton of Dragonforce and Rob Zombie when I am in NJ. I am still not sure why.
Tiger Jaw: is my favorite band! And semi local, they are out of Wilkes Barre, but I've ran into Ben on south street in Philly pretty often. He is really nice! I listen to: Planes vs. Tank vs. Submarine and I Saw Water.
Circa Survive: I am biased, local to the Doylestown area, and they just remind me so much of high school, and post college, I am happy to call these guys my friends. Anything Anthony does is pretty cool in my book. I listen to: The entire On letting go album usually every few days.
Tasha Sultana: I found her on facebook one day, I was blown away this lady has some serious talent. I Listen to: Notion
Bright Eyes: makes me feel all the feels before breakfast, I listen to: Train Under Water and First Day of My Life. Duh something about it idk.
Sure Curse: I love this band, I have tried to see them every time they come my way, I think that has been like two or three times now. I listen to: Freaks, and Forever Dumb on the Sad Boys Ep. Cause you know I want my daily dose of sad boy.
Some Ghosts: I did some album art, and merch ideas for this local band out of Bucks County, they kinda remind me of that midwestern emo stuff. They were really nice to work for as well. I listen to Sleep Soon.
Delta Sleep, I have been finding a new appreciation for math rock, I love that shit it's great when I am doing art, or studying for School. I listen to: Lake Sprinkle Sprankle.
Mom Jeans: My friend Meg showed me this band and I nearly cried. I loved it. So fucking sad, and reserved only for the finest Dr. Seuss weather …. I listen to: Death Cup.
Giraffes? Giraffes!: Anytime they come on my Spotify I almost lose my poops. I listen to: I Am S/H(Im)E[R} As You Am S/H(Im)E[R]
Moon Hooch: This is my friend band from Brooklyn, I saw them play with this band called Not Blood Paint. Deff look them up: I listen to: Number 9 ( They play for a field of cows in one of their music videos! *Not Blood Paint: I listen to Promiscuous.
Cavetown: I love anything by Cavetown, not my usual type of music, but my brother got me hooked on him :) I listen to: Lemon Boy, and This is Home, I was at an open mic and someone covered this and I nearly cried my head off.
Daughter: I saw them live with my mom, she didn’t really appreciate it. She said they were too slow for her and I felt uncomfortable with how much she drank that night. What I listen to: Smother and the song No Care, the music video is pretty cool, lots of red lighting. Much panoramas!
Soccer Mommy: I listen to: Your Dog.
Jank: I listen to General Tso What
Thick: I listen to: Your Mom.
Beach Bunny: I listen to: Prom Queen
The Frights: I listen to: You Are Going To Hate This.
The Taxpayers: I Love You Like An Alcoholic.
Fugazi: Waiting Room
Pup: I listen to: Scorpion Hill, and Closure - This band was BANANAS to see live! I am glad I did when I had the opportunity. They played with AJJ too which was bizarre but so cool.
Spilled Milk Society: I listen to Turtleneck Boy. It just popped on my daily one day, Thank you Spotify for replacing that one friend I had who had a strong taste in music.
A Great Big Pile of Leaves: I listen to: Snack Attack and Pizzanomics. I love this band whose shit is really hard to find on vinyl. I am still keeping an eye out for them, but limited runs.
Camping In Alaska: I listen to: dragon ball z budokai tenkaichi 4.
Zolof and the Rock & Roll Destroyer: I listen to: argh…. I’m a Pirate.
A SHIT TON OF RUSSIAN HARDBASS, I blame my stint I spent in Northeast Philadelphia.
See you next week glucose tushies!
- Ash Catcher