#Comments and Beloved Binge in the media

We were thrilled to be interviewed by Creative Loafing, for our band’s Charlotte show on May 18th at the Double Door, with Jon Camp — transfixing wizardry pop — and the local awesome Avian Law. Above image by Kim Gray. Invite to the show. The author, Anita Overcash, did a great job in describing not only our band and philosophy, but how our lil’ #Comments adventure is connected to all of the above.   Super happy about this article.  Thank you, Creative Loafing! Read it here.   See you soon!   … Keep goin’

Bull City Vegan (chef) Challenge mixtape

  For the 4th time, we’re running our vegan chef challenge, this time with 15 restaurants participating (and 10 volunteers managing!).  For a full list of restaurants, including photos of competing dishes & chefs, visit us at trianglemm.com/planetprotein.  So many good dishes. The only thing missing?  Songs. But first. Writing n’ talking We are so happy that, so far, the following press covered the story: The Indy News & Observer Durham Magazine Ecorazzi Veg News Part of what we love about the Chef Challenge is that it makes more room at the table for everyone while supporting local businesses.  It’s … Keep goin’

I’m finally making cob! Part X.

And I love it.  It’s amazing.  I sound like I’ve been converted.  But it’s really relief. You know that thing you’ve been putting off, seemingly forever, and feeling badly about?  That was cob for me. Though it’s been winter and rainy, I could have started making cob a lot sooner.  It seemed easy.  But I wasn’t ready, psychologically.  I wasn’t quite sure it would work.  There are no real measurements. Given our short timeline, though (3 more months!) I had to get going. Before starting on the cob, we added about 6″ of drainage gravel to the floor (after compacting) … Keep goin’

Ten books I loved in 2015 (and you might too)

10 books I loved in 2015

I’ve been reading so many good books lately and have been meaning to share them with you.  (I’ve also read duds, and a mix of love and dislike, as you’ll see in my other list of 17 that didn’t make the “love cut” below.) I hope you find the following useful for gifts to others or … yourself.* It’s really a windy and sundry path of books discovered through random podcasts, reviews, word(s)-of-mouth, and Wikipedia searches gone disturbingly deep and tangential.   Ten books (I loved) in 2015 I loved the following books. I’ve included my short book “reaction” and … Keep goin’

Although of course you end up becoming yourself (book reaction)

I’ll admit it: He’s gone by choice, which makes his thoughts more interesting to me. Let’s get that out of the way. Beyond the intrigue of understanding a person who chooses to end his own life, and the being-human fascination of finding clues in his writing or interviews, and the knowledge that there are no words beyond those he’s left, David Foster Wallace is interesting because he was a damned rewarding thinker to process. So I was surprised when I discovered I liked him less after reading Rolling Stone writer David Lipsky’s transcription of their time together in 1996 at … Keep goin’

Bringing #Comments to life

Almost two years ago, after winter drinks with a couple of friends, I came home and read an article about the deliciousness of a vegan mayo, Vegenaise. The article was positive, and I was feeling happy that a vegan product got such a great review. And then I scrolled down to the … Comments (Deep, booming voice here.) As usual, all who commented were kind, considerate, and thereby restored my faith in humanity. Um, no. Always disheartening, never productive, comments have a way of encouraging — what’s the opposite of “faith”? — disbelief in humanity. It occurred to me that, … Keep goin’

My urban forest cob experiment part I

I’ve been talking about building a cob house for long enough now that rather than questions like “how’s that cob cabin coming along?” I’m hearing “Are you still doing the cob cottage thing?” Well, now, folks, ground has been unearthed. Backs have been hurt. Sweat has evaporated. I’m starting this project. What is it that I want to create? A small cob “getaway” and guest-house in our back yard with (hopefully) solar-powered electricity and possibly a “pump” and tank for kitchen sink water.  A place where I/we can write/read/play music and house our guests, now that we live in the … Keep goin’

Book tour: In search of contemporary European authors

Kazantzakis

In addition to touring musically I plan to read one book by an author from each country we’re touring through for our 2015 EU tour.   Contemporary authors in Europe It’s easy to guess why this is of interest – rather than just passing through a culture, reading its authors allows me to jump into its rivers (with bathing suit), walk along its twisted canals, talk to its people, and climb on historic hillsides with a few more guideposts. Preferably grumpy misanthropic guideposts.  Which brings me to… Here’s a few things I’m hoping for in each author: Contemporary (mid-20th or … Keep goin’

#sybaselfie

Syba, the patriot. More below.

Official video for “Faces” from the “Other Places” album by Beloved Binge.

I can’t recall the exact year, but I probably wrote Faces in Seattle around 2004. We recorded the song in 2006 at Zero Return Studios in Atlanta’s Cabbage Town neighborhood. It was our first “professional” recording experience, and one we’ll not forget soon.

Recording “Faces”

Rob and I crammed in about 14 songs in two days, including mixing and mastering, all analog.  Our recording engineer smoked non-stop, and Rob exhibited nicotine withdrawal symptoms as we made our way home.  The engineer, who was friendly and kind to us, was so authentically in love with analog that other employees had to remove all computers from his mixing/recording room prior to his arrival (to avoid upsetting him).

We took our analog reels and left that studio smiling like clowns. But not as scary.

Creating the “Faces” video

Due to other obligations, a video was never made for this song. Well, almost a decade later, I’m correcting that!

On our last road trip/tour I took a series of photos as we traveled across country touring with our band and visiting family.  I called them “Syba Selfies” since they were of our dog Syba in all the places we visited.

It was a ton of fun to capture all of Syba’s varying expressions and map out our route in the little Westfalia Vanagon passenger mirror. Hope you like it too!

PS…

Beloved Binge songs are on itunes, CD, record, or flash drive heart-shaped necklace: http://www.belovedbinge.com/store

Follow Beloved Binge: www.facebook.com/belovedbinge, www.twitter.com/belovedbinge

Video editing by Porch Life Productions
Photos by: Eleni Binge with iphone
Actor: #SybaSelfie
On this track: Drums = Rob Beloved, Guitar & vox = Eleni Binge
Dog: Syba, 13 year old husky/shepherd
Locations: Everywhere from NC to NYC to Toronto to Seattle to California to New Orleans to Tennessee and back.

It’s easy to stand

Milan Kundera

…when everyone else is standing. But I’ll get into that momentarily.  For now – I just finished another excellent book by Milan Kundera, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting.  Calling it a book seems crude somehow, for in these pages Kundera no less than invites you to dive into the fundamental workings of society at large and humanity in the specific. Aphorisms glide from character to paragraph, and beyond recognition there is an understanding that articulates itself so fluidly you hardly notice since you agree so enthusiastically. Kundera is one of about three or four authors that makes me feel … Keep goin’