Friday, May 29, 2009

The Helio Sequence: An Interview and a review

A couple months ago I did a small feature on this great band called the Helio Sequence. The duo resides in Portland Oregon when not on the road and are currently signed to Sub-Pop records. I had the special opportunity to interview the band last night at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. Here's how it went:

I don't remember the entire set list, but they did play these songs:
Keep Your Eyes Ahead
The Captive Mind
[Square] Bubbles
Back to This
Harmonica Song

*If YOU were there add on to the list!

I'm no Matt Pinfield, but I am bald and I've spoken to my fair share of bands. These guys were some of the nicest human beings I've spoken to in my brief career of speaking to people on camera. No ego's, no irregular attitude, just straight genuine goodness and that is something I appreciate and definitely take note of. I find that being around bands and artists that sometimes they expect to be treated a certain way, and I didn't feel like that was the case with these friendly Oregonians.

Please do yourself and check out they're latest release, "Keep Your Eyes Ahead". It was one of my favorites of last year.

This video is from last night, off the album you should be listening to right now, entitled "Captive Mind".

The Helio Sequence- "The Captive Mind" from Sam Schachter on Vimeo.

Love this band, listen to this band, support this band.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

What the NHL should look like

NHL Woos Fans By Increasing Scoring With Bigger Nets, 3-Point...

Monday, May 25, 2009

Send a message!

While venturing to Long Island last weekend, I came across an interesting article in Time Magazine entitled "Graffiti for Hire in the West Bank". Although I wasn't able to finish the article due to someone stealing away the magazine. However, I thought it would be interesting to mention it.

Watch the Video

*For some reason TIME doesn't like to embed videos. So you'll just have to click that link and watch the video version of the article.

The longest letter on the Wall

If you don't have three minutes to watch the video, I'll break it down for ya'll.

-Isreal put up a 463 mile wall along the Gaza strip.
-Some artists in Gaza (not on Isreal's side) decided to use the wall as a canvas for they're artwork.
-YOU can have a message written on the wall for 30 euros.

Have your message written on the wall Here

I think a LoveSchack message would be great. Any ideas?

Sunday, May 24, 2009

what is the stock market?

Meet your new amazing writers!

This is Justin. 


He is going to be studying abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Look forward to his exhilarating posts about culture, language, and party time!

This is Jackie. 
She is going to be visting Europe this summer. Look forward to her posts about backpacking adventures, gelato, and getting lost. 



Friday, May 22, 2009

Your Summer Mix Vol. 1

1. Summer,Man- Taking Back Sunday
2. Playground Love- Phoenix
3. We called it America- NOFX
4. Kinda Like a Big Deal- Kanye ft. THE CLIPSE
5. Padding Ghost- Dan Deacon
6. Lolita- Throw me the statue
7. Valerie Plame- The Decemberists
8. U ain't neva gotta ask- Lil Wayne ft. kanye, jay-z, T.i
9. I love college (dubstep version) - Asher Roth
10. Little Bribes- Death Cab For Cutie

I hope this goes well with your summer fun.

love and death.


Thursday, May 21, 2009

Support Your Local Library

Being back home in suburban New Jersey, living with your father and his newly aquired girlfriend provides for great times. However, when I'm not jumping up and down with excitement, I visit the library. Last week I got all of these amazing pieces of media.

The Color Of Money
Broken Flowers


Franny and Zooey

Most likely your library isn't as hip and cool as mine, but If i were you I would still attempt a visit. This post is not just about self-examination of how cool I might be for visiting the library. While doing some research on Franny and Zooey, I came across this pretty impressive thing...


Who needs $100,000 for a Yale education anymore. Now you only need a stable internet connection.

Apparently J.D didn't enjoy doing interviews. So here's one with a classmate of his, talking about Salinger. I can only wonder what my classmates would say about me.

The French always have to ruin things.

Keep reading and tip your librarian.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

"In May"- Brendan Taylor

In May

A still breeze
Strains echo
Under a flower-tree.
Door shuts
Light jarringly
Flickers out…
Balloon whispers
Clear quiet
Silver string dangles
Carvings etch the bark
From a wet year before
Do you see the marks?

A father touches his daughter’s neck
Fingers her necklace
A gang of youths shout rape aloud
To their backs
As a joke--
Daughter grows up.

Columns silhouette
Salt with unknowns
A hot dog roasts between the bars
Last meal, last rights voiced

And here you stir,
Here you hear the bell sighing
Moaning low—reaching those who know it as
A piece of release
Where hurt isn’t anger
And anger isn’t a prize to stimulate…

Here, consciousness floats kinda slow
Light hits newness on
Twenty three years
As a phase.
The phrase of the riddle ringing out
Across the slipstream
Especially the homespun ones
Where you get a bite or give someone a buzz
Or lecture on the art of grandma’s funeral.
Communication is the key to
Learning process
How ironic
Kempt soft
Kept muted
Kept lost
Until yawning abates
A soup so jaded…

A ringleader gambles this contradiction
Five times a month
Looking in a lion’s mouth
Heartstrings jangle a keychain
His sweetheart bought him on island time.

Nervousness stains
Standing over others
As a tall pile
Small as hell
Senseless against this felt tipped angelic-ness
Silk-screening fear,
Silencing quotas,
Numbers are just
Imagined hurtles…

Marksmen and girlfriends
And self-anchoring loses to nibbled on ears
Lost and found-ness
Notices not what sifts diligently—
Al and Heather and basement dwellers
That cover-up when the sun rays.

Favoritism yields relief—
For the still
Grass-blades bring
When played on a trumpet
In a note as a piece.

Ladies men compose wrong notes
And girls buy into assholishness
Posing in their skirt-costumes
Making wagers
Painting over sexual favors…

Transient dust bites pop music.
Walking along an illusion
Ending up—
Ending up—
Quite corrupt
With philosopher’s luck.

But was this ever not here?
Was this ever an unwavering melting pot
Of tarry diction,
Ready to rot?

In May, they might know.
In May they’ll chat and reach conclusion.
Determine allusions
Losing self to the intimidating nature of red benevolence.
Ricochets back into sight
Back into work
A callous plight
Kept trite
As a sifting game.
Sifting oh so uniformly….

In May, relationships begin and end.
Become what’s missing
Each face wearing
And then,
There’s dreaming
Where cameras aren’t watchmen---
And pay-per-view isn’t fornicating
All this noise that prevents loudness from breathing…

So in May--
I remain quiet
As still as night-grass
With Al and Heather
(The basement dwellers)
With ringleaders and convicts
Island key-chains, drunken bee-stings,
Misused daughters and recycled grandma’s
And the ten thousand playboy’s named Ben
That cliché themselves from day one
Through their indispensable numbers--
Are just imagined hurtles…
And still, how much of growing
Is counting?

How much of growing is counting?
How much of growing is counting?

Saturday, May 16, 2009


Friday, May 15, 2009

The Cafteteria ( a taste of Port Chester cusine)

I apologize for only posting things about myself or things I've been a part of. I promise this will change in the upcoming weeks. I'll also be posting way more often and hopefully posting more intellectually stimulating material. See last post.

I took a video class this semester, titled Intermediate Video. Originally I thought the course would be an add on to the course I took the semester before. Touch up my editing skills, learn the ways of the video camera. Unfortunately, It wasn't. I made a few video's. Here's my final called, "The Cafeteria", the original opening was cut. Enjoy

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Project Pat- "Chickenhead"

Monday, May 4, 2009


Sunday, May 3, 2009

The Lunch Krew

Last Friday, I needed to go to Romantic Depot to conduct some research. No seriously, I really had to. I'm currently doing a documentary field project on sex stores and needed to take some pictures. So who else would I ask to join me on this wild and crazy sex adventure? I decided to ask the ladies across the hall. After a hard excursion, we decided it would be a great idea to stop at the taco bell in Elmsford New York. Here's what happened:

(This is not the actual location)

I said no tomatoes on my Chalupa and they did it anyway! It was okay. The people there were ridiculously slow. It could have used more ingredients and less tortilla.

One Chalupa beans no meat and Baja sauce pleaseeee. My classic order at taco bell. We ventured out to a taco bell I'd never experienced before and once again I was not let down. The Baja sauce had just the right amount of zest and the root beer tasted even better being drank out of a black penis straw compliments of romantic depot. a+!

I'm a lover of taco bell and an avid customer, this trip has opened my eyes up to the world of the Chalupa. beef, tomatoes, Baja sauce, lettuce, cheese, crispy pita like shell- one of the best flavor combination's I've been introduced to in a while. However, the icing on the top of this cake was the trip to romantic depot before time

Recently, Taco Bell stepped up there game adding an "under a dollar menu" which consists of many choices. My personal favorite is the Seven Layer Nachos. Only $.99, the nachos are a light and refreshing snack with sour cream, guacamole, tomatoes, and beans. What could beat that? Yo quiero Taco Bell.
p.s- That really is a BLACK PENIS straw. Makes any liquid taste that much better.

A brief background of Taco Bell, compliments of Wikipedia:
"According to company sources, Taco Bell serves tacos, burritos, signature Quesadillas, Grilled Stuft Burritos, nachos, and other specialty items such as the Crunchwrap Supreme, in addition to a wide variety of Big Bell Value Menu items. Taco Bell serves more than 2 billion consumers each year in more than 5,800 restaurants in the U.S. More than 80 percent of its restaurants are owned and operated by independent franchisees. There are currently more than 278 restaurants operating in Canada, Guam, Aruba, Dominican Republic, Chile, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Puerto Rico, Ecuador, Asia, Europe."

..and how could i forget?

the lunch krew.
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