not a very photographic year since i was buckling down the homework for my last year of college.
(oh yeah, so also, i graduated.)
anyway, here's a tune that came out this year to play while you party into the new year

rest of my photos are here: http://flickr.com/photos/synonyme_c
my favorite releases of 2015 here: http://www.liquoriceblack.blogspot.com/2015/12/bons-sons-2015.html
and all my music library here: http://www.last.fm/user/POLITEGHOST



first bikeventure of the year

first bikeventure of the year






The Line Up



hanging with my homies

black bat licorice

black bat licorice


thanks b9!

tiny flip


where you want to be

where you want to be


ramen with friends



Home is...


catch of the day 8/20/15



record selection




Take that, old age!


and onwards to 2016!


things i heard and liked this year:

Silversun Pickups | Better Nature | Circadian Rhythm (Last Dance)

Warm Thoughts | Intangible (7" single) | Intangible

Koji | Fury | Breaking and Broken

Deafheaven | New Bermuda | Gifts for the Earth

Big Grams (Big Boi + Phantogram) | (S/T) LP | Fell in the Sun

and since we are talking about super groups and collaborations

Self Love (Self Defense Family + Touché Amoré) | Self Love | Low Beams

an old favorite making new music:

Metric | Pagans in Vegas | Other Side

a new band making new music:

The Winter Passing | A Different Space of Mind | Daisy

this band used to be called DMND:

Diamond Youth | Nothing Matters | Thought I had it Right

this video is NSFW.  the song is NSF my bedroom because i just wanna run around circle moshing  and destroy everything when i hear it:

Culture Abuse | Spray Paint the Dog | Perfect Light

i love how full this band sounds:

Anakin | Celestial Frequency Shifter | Artificial

a cinematic video:

Will Butler | Policy | Anna

you might be surprised, the original music video was just Will dancing:

Loma Prieta | Self Portrait | Nostalgia

heard this on the radio and had to have it:

Børns | Dopamine | Electric Love

when you're feeling chill:

Ghost Feet | Together Alone | Cursed Summer

when you're feeling defeated:

The Saddest Landscape | Darkness Forgives | Souls Worth Saving

Sorority Noise | Joy, Departed | Blissth

Death Cab For Cutie | Kintsugi | Black Sun

thanks to @valdezign for introducing me to this band:

Diarrhea Planet | Aliens in the Outfield | Peg Daddy

ok, this is sort of cheating.  this album was self released in 2014 but was re-released by robotic empire in 2015.  this song is too good to not include it!!

Tideland | Love Luster | Let Me In

this song also came out on No Sleep's Comp for Mom in 2014 but TA re-released it (just a few days ago!) as a B side to their "condolence" flexi (which i had to have).

Touché Amoré | Condolences flexi | Available (cover of The National)

pre-emptive love for this album.  it doesn't come out until 12/18/15.  but the single- i already have it stuck in my head a lot! these girls are so bad ass:

Drug Church | Hit Your Head | Bagged

maaaaaaaaang, 2015 was a DOPE year for music!
I'll probably think of more after i post this...


The weekend before thanksgiving, my kona gal, Em flew over for a visit!

^ this gal!  c. 2014 at a confernce when we studied viruses together.

^ c. 2014 that one time when we went to see my favorite band, touché amoré (photo by honolulupulse)

^ and that one time when we went to see her favorite band, jack white, c. 2015

on saturday we met up in the morning for yoga.  it was hard!  liz was subbing for dorian.  it was a very energetic practice- even for me who does yoga at least once a week (the next day was so hard to get out of bed!), but it was nice to mix up the routine.
we went to taste tea after class.  i had my usual, wintermelon with grass jelly and mini tapioca.  Em had blended honey dew with matcha jelly.  we talked about the state of dengue.  and dragging up for rocky horror picture show.  and traveling for work to guam.  and we swapped phlebotomy techniques.  and she brought me an octopus!!

my spirit animal!

on sunday we met up for breakfast with our other microbio friend, toby!  we went to fresh cafe (fck!) and talked about comic books (descender = yes) and snapchat (no, i don't).   after turkey pesto sandwiches and hot coffeeeeeee,

we went over to Jelly's to peruse the music of our youth.  i went home with some get up kids

and these two thursday CDs:

i already have "a city by the light divided": 

(my favorite thursday!) so completing the trio made me happy.  

i guess you can give me sparkly eye shadow and an adult job, but i'll always be an emo from the early 2000s at heart. ;D

i also picked up the Delerium CD, Chimera.  but i bought it specifically for Em because of the Emily Haines song on it, stopwatch hearts: 

my pal will be back during christmas time, missing that gal already! 




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