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Happy New Years!

Welcome to 2018! This New Year’s Eve I have run into so many people that were either hesitant or against making resolutions. It was hard to listen to everyone’s compliancy in the matter of attempting goals and falling short of them. I guess we all cannot be like Mark Zuckerberg when it comes to the annual goal setting. It was harder for me to see all the past lists of resolutions I made and how oddly familiar each list was. No progress. Last year I thought I cracked the puzzle of achieving my goals. I arranged my year like a publicly traded company would, every 3 months would establish a quarter. And each quarter would be one of my four audacious goals I had set on New Year’s Eve. I failed miserably. What was once thought of as a stroke of genius quickly showed its flaws. I spent 3 months in isolation trying to achieve my first goal and when I failed at achieving it I lost all motivation. That failure crescendo through letting go of the original goal and completely dropping the business quarterly system. As of 2018 I am jumping back into these goals with the same vigor and optimism I had last year. Instead I am focusing on establishing habits that can be the leading dominoes which will help power through any goal or project that I place upon me. Daily Morning Journaling and Decisive Decision Making. I am excited to start the new year with these simple but strong objectives and hopefully throughout the year and especially at this year’s end I will be speaking the praises of having these habits in my life.


Directed by Flockey Ocscor (Youtube)
Filmed - Christopher Behrmann / David Füsgen / Amir Quadahi
Steadicam - Jonas Hauser
grip - Paul Schön , Yannick Benavides , Declan Burski
Supported by GROWN


The result of this unlikely pairing is a powerful five-and-a-half-minute short film directed by and starring Ocscor, which shines a spotlight on the violence and political unrest in the Democratic Republic of Congo today. “It’s a very raw, emotional performance, which is totally enrapturing,” says BBNG bassist Chester Hansen. “To see the song completely change contexts when used in that way was very inspiring for us.”


"Zuki" takes a trip through the afterlife, via one woman's journey after a car accident. The protagonist weaves her way through the underworld, chasing away demons and welcoming angles through dance. 

The director Andy Koeger writes, "Jonti is one of my favorite artists so I was super stoked when he expressed interest in working together on a music video. The song Zuki deals with a person coming to terms with their demons- a concept that I became totally obsessed with. For me, my demons stem from the fact that I only have a finite amount of time to live. All this is going to end, for everybody, and as scary as that is, it's also fundamentally what makes life so beautiful". 


Tokorats is Jonti's third album for Stones Throw, following back-to-back releases Twirligig (2012) and Sine & Moon (2013). Recording for the album began in 2013, and after four years and hundreds of versions for each song, it will be released November 3, 2017. 

Jonti grew up in South Africa, lived in Los Angeles and New York, and settled near Sydney, Australia, where Tokorats was recorded. Collaborators on the record include Gotye, Kirin J Callinan, Moses Macrae, Jo Ling, Vanessa Tammetta, Tess Nicolaou, Hodgy, and rising Australian hip-hop star Sampa The Great. 

On the web Jonti | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook 

Creative Director Joe Sadler and his home.

Super chill guy with an amazing apartment. I stumbled on this video the other day on youtube and I was enamored by his place, the things he collected, and the overall sense of style. I definitely love how much light fills his place and how there is an instrument at hand in any corner.
I made sure to read up on Joe, very interesting designer. He actually helped create the Coexist logo, yeah the bumper stickers you see everywhere. After that he has had his name tied to several fashion brands he founded and now is creative director for the ii Agency.

Quote of Joe's I enjoyed and will need to live by:

Inspiration for me comes in weird ways. I can’t force myself to design products. It usually starts from an image and something will strike me. Or sometimes I’ll wake up with a melody in my head, and I have to follow up. A song is like a puzzle and when you see those little pieces you have to assemble them right there. They won’t be there tomorrow.

Interview with FruendeVonFreunden

Interview with trnk

the ii Agency - Instagram

Warren Buffet's simple 3-step productivity strategy

[Below was copied from Kevin Rose's Newsletter the Journal. Orginal and full article can be found via JamesClear.com]

The Story of Mike Flint

Mike Flint was Buffett's personal airplane pilot for 10 years. (Flint has also flown four US Presidents, so I think we can safely say he is good at his job.) According to Flint, he was talking about his career priorities with Buffett when his boss asked the pilot to go through a 3-step exercise.

Here's how it works...

STEP 1: 
Buffett started by asking Flint to write down his top 25 career goals. So, Flint took some time and wrote them down. (Note: you could also complete this exercise with goals for a shorter timeline. For example, write down the top 25 things you want to accomplish this week.)

STEP 2: 
Then, Buffett asked Flint to review his list and circle his top 5 goals. Again, Flint took some time, made his way through the list, and eventually decided on his 5 most important goals.

(Note: If you're following along at home, pause right now and do these first two steps before moving on to Step 3.)

 At this point, Flint had two lists. The 5 items he had circled were List A and the 20 items he had not circled were List B.

Flint confirmed that he would start working on his top 5 goals right away. And that's when Buffett asked him about the second list, “And what about the ones you didn't circle?”

Flint replied, "Well, the top 5 are my primary focus, but the other 20 come in a close second. They are still important so I’ll work on those intermittently as I see fit. They are not as urgent, but I still plan to give them a dedicated effort."

To which Buffett replied, "No. You’ve got it wrong, Mike. Everything you didn’t circle just became your Avoid-At-All-Cost list. No matter what, these things get no attention from you until you’ve succeeded with your top 5."

This strategy reminds of a dream I had. I was in converations with the rapper The Game, and he had told to write a list of everything I wanted to do and be. Than to circle the first thing on the list, crumple up that list, and only focus on that one goal. That was some hard advice, I could never really accept it. I heard similiar advice from people like Will Smith that believes in never having a plan B just a Plan A. I like Warren Buffet's strategy much better because it still gives value to the other goals you want to achieve but does a better job on prioritizing what needs to go before all others. I will have to re-read Step 3 many times because Flint's intial thoughts definitely mirror my own.

Jamie Isaac – Couch Baby (2016)

Jamie Isaac UK singer

Jamie Isaac’s Couch Baby is one of my go-to albums, especially when I need to focus or detune for the night but not fully disappear. Each track hits with notes that bring introspection and longing. ‘Couch Baby’ has been the soundtrack to so many study sessions and meditative moments.

Jamie is a UK crooner that produces his own beautifully crafted beats. Each one imbuing minimal jazz elements in a electronically syncopated track. His music sends a chilling calmness to me.  One of his collaborators and classmates is Archy Marshall aka King Krule. Jamie was featured on Archy’s album ‘A New Place 2 Drown.’ 
Youtube: Jamie Isaac
Spotify: Jamie Issac
Short film on Jamie by theFader

Toro y Moi - "Boo Boo" (Video album)

Released July 2017

Boo Boo, is the latest album from Mr. Chaz Bundick aka Toro y Moi. I am really loving the chill vibe of this album and its accompanying visuals. Instead of the funk psychedelic tracks we all were dancing to by Toro y Moi we get a more deeply reflective album. One that would work better as the soundtrack to a roundtrip than a dance party. With his return to his electronic roots, Chaz has honed his craft with precision, this is a minimal tapestry instead of the deeply reverb'd and side compositions that he was famous for. With his last two projects, 'What For?' and 'Star Stuff,' he introduced us to his acoustical side, where musical melody stood more firmly than audio editing gymnastics.  It is interesting hearing Chaz's  transformation through all his different and evolving musical identities, either it be himself as Chaz Bundick, Toro y Moi, or Les Sins. 

Watch the video above or check out the album on Spotify.

Produced and Directed by Company Studio
Cinematography by Tyler McPherron

Sampha - Blood On Me and Cranes In The Sky (Solange cover)


Sampha BBC

Amazing. I have been a huge fan of Sampha for awhile now. I love his voice and the interplay of his voice on top of the melodies he chooses to attach it to. Solange's 'Don't Touch my hair' which featured Sampha was on repeat for months. Now we got a great unplugged rendition of Blood on Me and a cover of Solange's 'Cranes in the The Key,' which had to be one of my top favorites off of 'A Seat at the Table' as well.

Listen to it via BBC


Stop Asking Yourself 'If This Is The Right Thing To Be Doing With Your Time?'

When I was younger the question I never asked myself is “is this the right thing to be doing with my time?” Assessing my schedule and weighing my options was not a thing I ever needed to do. If I had an idea I would immediately jumped at it. Started creating mock-ups, sketches, and discussing it with my close friends. In the past few years it feels like something completely switched. While I approach my 31st birthday, my mind is racing with many things, in hopes to solidify some of the abstraction that been floating around for years. Productivity has been on the forethought, since it affects my everyday life. While in college juggling classes and side projects never felt like a burden. Maybe it was the fact my school schedule was set by my professors at the beginning of the year and all I had to do was ride their prescribed roller coaster or maybe the fact when I hit a deadline it meant I was completely done with a project forever. It was not like my professor was going to return back the following year and ask me to redo my project. In tandem with struggling to keep up with my personal goals, I learned to be ‘productive’ in my professional life. At work I am constantly confronted that question. I have to quickly asset my full list of commitments and make concessions with my time and energy in hopes to divert scheduling conflicts that will detrimentally affect my whole set schedule and cascade into the future. It no wonder when I get home I attack my goals with the same mentally. Pool all my wants and needs into a bucket and continue to ask that insidious question ‘what should I do with my time,’ read a book, study for my licensing exam, write in my journal, meet-up with friends, catchup with work on my off hours, or possibly balance my financial budget? Cognitively that was one of the worst questions I have asked myself. It is getting impossible to sort through everything that is throw at us on a regular basis without adding the lists of micro-tasks found via our Facebook feeds, email inbox, bucket lists, and friend/family commitments. It almost meditative when you let go of the FOMO and pick up a notebook and sketch without any preconditions. So, this is to me starting my 31st year with trying to stop asking myself that darn question all that time and allowing myself to work on my personal goals without ego or sense of time.