Archive for September, 2013

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Neighborhood Mixtapes: Batignolles, Paris

Welcome to Paris without the crowds.


This is Batignolles. According to Airbnb, Batignolles is ‘swiftly becoming the chic bohemian attraction of Paris’. Maybe that’s because of all the “bobos” living here (that’s the French version of hipsters – bohemian bourgeois).

Or maybe it’s because of the record shops and cheap wine bars…


Whatever the case, it might not seem as cool as you think if you didn’t look hard. You’d miss the tiny open air markets on the weekends or the large garden hidden far from the Metro near a small church. As Airbnb described it, it’s not the Notre Dame. And it doesn’t want to be.


Batignolles is an oasis for solitary people looking to kick back and get away from the tourists. I decided to create this playlist as an ode to my Batignolles. A sort of sonic haven for lonely days, inspired by a lovely little neighborhood.

Enjoy tracks from the likes of old school Charles Wilp alongside friends like southern California-based hip-hop producer Depakote. Like Batignolles, it’s a mix between trendy and chill, new and old.

p.s. Not seeing the tape above? Check out the mobile-friendly version here.

Treasure Island Music Festival 2013 [preview]

While most are celebrating fall foliage and pumpkin spiced lattes, lovers of Indian summer like me are just glad we have Treasure Island Music Festival (Oct. 19 + 20) to look forward to. It’s strange, but any semblance of a summer in San Francisco takes place sporadically during September and October, making it the perfect time for a music festival.

TIMF has been one of my favorites over the past five years – traditionally great lineups, no overlapping of sets and breathtaking sunsets over the city skyline. Not to mention that it’s never too packed, has a ferris wheel and silent disco. Also, who could forget this glorious moment in 2009? It always features more of an indie lineup that doesn’t cater to the mainstream.


Go to enough shows and you’ve surely seen some acts before, but this year I’m personally really looking forward to Antwon, Poolside, Cayucas, Lord Huron and James Blake. I suppose Beck’s not a terrible way to close out your weekend either (heavy dose of sarcasm).

There are still two and single-day tickets available so make those plans, preferably with friends that want to take a boat over to the island. Yes, that’s entirely possible if the free shuttle or automobile just isn’t your thing.

Photo from Wikimedia Commons.

Photo by Caliber Mag.

The essentials:
Getting There
Night Shows
Other Fun Things To Do There
Twitter + Instagram + Facebook hype

The SLOMO Movie!

Holy crap! How did I miss that there’s a SLOMO movie? As most San Diego residents know, John Kitchin is an iconic character of Mission/Pacific Beach – that older dude who skates in slow motion and most people presume has to be crazy. But for anyone that doesn’t, Kitchin is a former neurologist that quit his practice to spend his days gliding along the boardwalk, high-fiving beach-goers and making everyone smile. It’s a pretty unique story of someone living life exactly how they want to and I for one can’t wait to hear all about it. Find links to upcoming screenings including San Diego, the Bay Area and more below.

UPDATE (4/1/14): Watch the film here.

Movie website and full screening calendar

October 6th
San Diego Film Festival

October 5th and 7th
Mill Valley Film Festival

Slomo on Facebook
Slomo on Twitter
Slomo’s trippy website

PARK(ING) Day 2013: Tomorrow!

Shame on me for almost forgetting. Tomorrow is PARK(ING) Day! While parklets have become super popular in San Francisco, tomorrow is the annual worldwide event started by Rebar for cities across the world to participate. Think as the critics may, this isn’t a day to slack off or be hippies (yes, we were actually called that once). It’s a harmless demonstration creating mini-parks in metered parking spots. The goal? To get people thinking about how much public space we give to automobiles, when perhaps it could be better used to promote community.



Over the years, we’ve seen lots of interesting spaces. A sixth grade class in San Francisco designed a space. Others provided free bicycle tuneups. We made several spaces with musical performances and invited everyone we knew to join us. It’s always been full of hi-fives, making strangers smile and educating the people that just don’t get why we care about our public space.

You may have work, but take the time to visit the mini-park(s) in your city (peep the map here) and keep an eye on the #parkingday Instagram tag to see what’s happening across the world.

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