Album Review – Life’s A Trip

For those who are unfamiliar with the name Trippie Redd, let me give you a little introduction. He’s a Canton, Ohio hip hop artist that has been making music for about 4 years now. He started blowing up in 2016, with his biggest year yet being 2017. He has ties to artists such as XXXTENTACION, 6ix9ine, Travis Scott, and many more.

Redd is known for his nasty flows, but also his light singing voice. He’s an artist that brings a lot of variety on each project. He has released 2 mixtapes before this album, which are called A Love Letter To You and A Love Letter To You 2. These mixtapes were received well by the hip hop community, but left them with some questions about Trippie.

Some of these questions include: is he a one-hit wonder, can he create a serious project, and does he have longevity in the music industry? Let’s dig in and see if Trippie Redd can answer any of these questions for us on his debut album.

First impressions

  • The Good: One thing that I noticed during my first listen through this project is that Trippie really showed off his full artistic range. Each song sounds different and brings a different vibe to the project, which is what makes it shine.  
  • The Bad: The only thing that I see as a negative right now is that some of the songs are really short, sometimes painfully so. There are tracks that are absolutely terrific but are only 2 minutes. I hope in the future Trippie fleshes out his tracks a bit more than he did on this album.

Lyrics/Flow

  • The Good: As I said before, each track is wildly different than the previous or next one. With a difference in sound, there is usually a difference in lyrical content. That is certainly true for this album. Whether it’s a straight rap track about his street hussle or a lighter track about his feelings, Redd explores different topics very well. In addition to the lyrical content on this album, he also brings out a few different flows that keep it interesting. He has his braggadocious flow on some of the tracks, and uses his beautiful singing voice on others. It’s really a good mix and I think it contributes to the album as a whole.  
  • The Bad: Even though each track does sound different and contain different lyrics than each other, that doesn’t mean that everything we hear on this project is different from his older music. I’ve already heard about how many chains and women you have Trippie, I’d like to hear more about your childhood and experiences instead.  
  • Score: 7.4/10

Beats

  • The Good: If you’ve never listened to Trippie Redd before, he’s an artist that is really ambitious in terms of the beats that he raps/sings over. He chooses anything between a hard trap beat or a soft and soulful R&B-type beat and somehow pulls them off. The same is true for this project, as we see him fit well over every beat while also sprinkling in a little something new.  
  • The Bad: Honestly, I don’t have anything bad to say about the beats on this album. Trippie fits quite well over them and clearly knows what he is doing with his beat selection. I hope he can keep this up throughout his career, because he’s already on the right path at 19 years old.
  • Score: 8.4/10

Replayability

  • The Good: As I’ve previously stated, this album has a lot of different sounds on it. This definitely helps the replayability. I’d rather listen to an album like this that has many different sounds than something that sounds too similar throughout. If this is your first Trippie Redd project, I think it is a worthy introduction to him that can be listened through multiple times without too much effort. It definitely doesn’t drag on, especially with the short tracks.
  • The Bad: The only bad thing I can really say about the replayability of this project is that there is a severe lack of features and it can get a bit tiring listening to Trippie Redd exclusively- save a few features here and there- for a whole 46 minutes. This is especially true if you are skeptical on if you even like him in the first place. A few more features would have probably done him a bit of good for this section of the review.    
  • Score: 7.5/10

Standouts

  • Honestly, all of the songs on this album deserve to be listened to and I think that Trippie picked the perfect amount. But telling you to listen to all of the tracks on the album isn’t the point of this section of the review. The tracks that stand out to me the most are “Taking A Walk”, “Missing My Idols”, “Oomps Revenge”, and “How You Feel”.

Final thoughts

I’ll be honest; when I first started listening to Trippie Redd, I wasn’t sure if he had it in him to create a project like this one. I saw him as just another Soundcloud rapper that was all about the money and didn’t care about the artistic aspect of music. But I can admit when I was wrong, and I was wrong about Trippie.

After listening to the album all the way through 3 times, I can say that I’m thoroughly impressed with what Trippie gave us. It contains depth for those who like more personal music and bangers for those who listen to Trippie while partying. The album is so full of variety, and I think that’s what impressed me the most.

I believe that this album is exactly what any artist should go for on their debut album. They should try to show everything they can bring to the table, but still leave some room for more artistic growth in the future. Trippie did just that with this project and it deserves praise. While this album probably won’t do huge first week numbers compared to his Soundcloud brethren, it ranks among  the best projects released from that generation for sure.

This album deserves the attention of hip hop fans everywhere. It may not  be for everyone, but it is absolutely a quality album that I think will age well. Trippie Redd delivered a solid debut album that was exactly what I was looking for, save a few minor things. Here’s to Trippie seeing much more success in the future and continuing to drop quality projects.    

Final Score: 7.6/10

Image owned by Trippie Redd and TenThousand Projects LLC  

On The Rise: Trippie Redd

One of the best things about hip hop is the diversity in sound and musical styles, as well as the multitude of different artists to discover and listen to. This is especially true with the newest generation of hip hop artists, commonly referred to as “Soundcloud rappers”. Some popular “Soundcloud rappers” include Trippie Redd, 6ix9ine, Lil Pump, Smokepurpp, Lil Uzi Vert, Lil Yachty, and the late XXXTENTACION. But for this post, we’re going to be focusing on Trippie Redd.

Trippie Redd, born Michael White IV, is a 19 year old up-and-coming hip hop artist hailing from Canton, Ohio. Redd first started to dabble in music while he was in high school, releasing a few tracks on Soundcloud before deleting them. It was only in 2016 that Trippie consistently posted and kept his tracks up on the music sharing platform, steadily gaining followers.

Rise in popularity

His big breakthrough happened in May 2017 with the release of his debut mixtape A Love Letter To You and its lead single “Love Scars”, which gained him the national attention of hip hop publications and fans. Later that year, he was featured on XXXTENTACION’s debut album 17 on the track “F*** Love”. The track reached the 41st position on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, his career high thus far.

In October 2017 Redd released his second mixtape, A Love Letter To You II. The mixtape was well received, debuting at number 34 on the Billboard 200 album chart. He then capped off a successful breakthrough year by releasing “Dark Knight Dummo” featuring Travis Scott. The track peaked at number 72 on the Billboard Hot 100.

In 2018, Redd continued to gain notoriety by appearing on the track “Wish” off popular producer Diplo’s California EP. He has also released a variety of solo tracks including “UKA UKA”, “I Kill People!”, “Me Likey”, and “How You Feel”, all of which have millions of listens on Soundcloud and YouTube.

But with popularity often comes drama, as we have seen Trippie Redd in the news due to his beefs with 6ix9ine and XXXTENTACION. He reconciled with the latter, but is still currently beefing with the former.

Why you should give him a chance

Recently due to the influx of new music that we receive at any given moment, it is often hard to choose which new artists to give our attention to. Luckily, there will always be someone that has listened to a particular artist and will be able to fill you in on if the artist is worth listening to or not.

Before you dismiss Trippie Redd because of the controversial things you have heard about similar artists such as 6ix9ine, XXXTENTACION, and others, I want you to know that despite what you think about someone, music is a form of expression and you should give their music a chance regardless of what pre-existing assumptions you may have about them.

Once you listen to Trippie Redd, it is quite evident that he is a very talented and versatile artist. He has the ability to create straight rap tracks in which he shows off a variety of flows, and he can also create more R&B-esque tracks that show off his powerful singing voice. He can switch between the two on a dime, and it makes for some really interesting results. And at only 19 years old, there is nowhere for Redd to go but up in terms of artistic development.

Notable songs

As a young artist, not all of Trippie Redd’s music may be accessible to everyone as he is still working on his sound. But below I’ve included a few of what I view as some of his most accessible and best tracks that potential fans should listen to.

“Love Scars” – Trippie Redd

This is the perfect track to start a new Trippie listener off on. It shows off his impressive singing and rapping abilities, while also being short enough to listen to multiple times. It isn’t my personal favorite Trippie song, but it is definitely an essential part of his discography thus far.

“Poles1469” – Trippie Redd ft. 6ix9ine

This track is a straight banger, and probably the hardest track in Trippie’s discography. Once again, it shows off his impressive melodic tendencies while also showing off his bars. The 6ix9ine feature is also pretty good too, and a good way to get into his music. I’d say that this is one of Trippie’s most notable tracks, while also being pretty good to boot.

“F*** Love” – XXXTENTACION ft. Trippie Redd  

While this isn’t Trippie’s song, it is definitely his most well-known feature on another artist’s song. What I love about Trippie’s part, and actually the song as a whole, is the pure emotion that you can hear in both artists’ voices. This track really shows the power that Trippie’s voice holds and I hope he sings like this on more tracks in the future.

“In Too Deep” – Trippie Redd

In all honesty, A Love Letter To You II is where I believe that Trippie really started refining and perfecting the sound that he has been going for. This song is a perfect example of that refined sound of his. There is an even mix of singing and rapping on this track, both of which sound amazing. This is definitely a fan favorite, so let’s pray that Trippie can capture this magic again on forthcoming releases.

“I Kill People!” – Trippie Redd ft. Chief Keef & Tadoe

Honestly, this track is really what Trippie does best. Those insane melodies, that catchy hook, and some good guest verses makes for a great song in my book. This is one that’ll be stuck in your head as soon as you hear it. Believe me, it happens to me all the time.

What’s next?

Up next for Trippie is the release of his long-awaited debut album Life’s A Trip. The project is slated to have 14 tracks and clock in at about 50 minutes in length. I think we’re going to get something special this time around in Trippie’s latest project, so give it a listen if you like what you’ve heard from him so far! Be sure to keep an eye out for my review of the Life’s A Trip album as well.

Image property of Ralph Arvesen/flickr.com  

 

Album Review – Astroworld

After a ridiculously long 3 year waiting period, Travis Scott has finally released his new album Astroworld. This project is named after Six Flags’ Astroworld, an amusement park that used to be a Houston landmark. The park was regularly attended by Scott as a child until it was closed and demolished in 2005. Scott has mentioned that he wants this new album to sound like “taking an amusement park away from kids”. He then went on to say “We want it back… That’s why I’m doing it. It took the fun out of the city”.

Travis Scott has been a figure in the hip hop scene for about 6 years now, gaining prominence and notoriety from everything to the vibes and atmosphere he brings on his tracks, to the wild live performances that he is quite proud of. He is known mainly for his popular tracks including “Antidote”, “Butterfly Effect”, and “Goosebumps”.

Now that he is finally in the mainstream eye, it is time for Travis Scott to deliver another progressive new album that sees him discussing new topics and continuing his experimental style. Let’s dig in and see what he has given us this time around.

First impressions

  • The Good: During my first listen through this album, I was absolutely amazed at how well-produced and well-thought-out each song was. The production was absolutely beautiful and contained quite a bit of variety, and each track flowed together really well. Travis fit very well over every beat on this project. The features were perfect as well and didn’t outshine Travis, they only added value to each song.
  • The Bad: Even though every song is very good and fun to listen to, the project isn’t perfect. I don’t see too much of a theme so far, even though this project is billed up to be “a look at what goes on inside Travis’ mind”. Maybe this will change with more listens, but right now I don’t see the concept very clearly.

Lyrics/Flow

  • The Good: If you’ve listened to or even heard of Travis Scott before, it is quite obvious that he isn’t exactly known for being the best lyrical rapper. But on this album, we hear him use different flows from his usual couple that we’ve heard quite often. We also hear him discuss new topics that we’ve never heard him speak on before. Topics such as his love life, his daughter, and things that he has experienced in his life are high points of this project. Some of these introspective and deep tracks on this project that bring out Travis’ best side are “STOP TRYING TO BE GOD”, “COFFEE BEAN”, and “ASTROTHUNDER”.
  • The Bad: Even with the new topics and flows that we hear from La Flame on this project, I didn’t expect him to completely stray away from what he’s been doing for quite some time. He stays heavy on the ad libs throughout the project, as well as similar flows and lyrics on some of the songs. Examples of the not-exactly-experimental songs on this album include “5% TINT”, “NC-17”, and “BUTTERFLY EFFECT”.Score: 8.5/10

Beats

  • The Good: In case you didn’t realize this at any point over the past 6 years of Travis releasing music, he is an amazing producer himself and also works with amazing producers. The beats on this album are where it shines the most, and that is no insult to Travis’ or any of the featured artists’ lyrics. The beats are seriously that good. There are so many layers to all of them, along with a crazy amount of beat switches on different tracks. This project will keep you on the edge of your seat while listening, purely by the anticipation of what the next track will sound like. Some of the producers that contributed to this project include Travis himself, Hit-Boy, 30 Roc, CuBeatz, Sonny Digital, Tay Keith, Mike Dean, and WondaGurl.
  • The Bad: Once again, I didn’t expect every single track on this album to be a brand new style of production that we’ve never heard Cactus Jack over before. There are a few tracks that aren’t as experimental or out there as others. Some of these similar tracks include “HOUSTONFORNICATION”, “NO BYSTANDERS”, and “CAN’T SAY”.Score: 9.3/10

Replayability

  • The Good: As I mentioned before, this is an album that contains a lot of sound variety. There is something for every mood and setting; from partying, chilling, raging, etc. It’s the full package in that regard. There are things that we have never heard from Travis before and we hear him being experimental and being true to himself. This album is definitely one you’ll want to listen through in its entirety more than once.
  • The Bad: In my past reviews, I often knock artists for having too many tracks on their albums and Travis is no exception to that, unfortunately. If I had to cut this album down to about 14 tracks, I would probably remove “5% TINT”, “BUTTERFLY EFFECT”, and “CAN’T SAY”. These tracks aren’t necessarily bad, but they are definitely the weakest tracks on the album in terms of the concept that Travis was going for. I’d still recommend listening to the full album more than once, but it is understandable if it is a bit long for your taste.Score: 7.7/10

Standouts

  • This is always the hardest part of a review, especially when you have such an amazing album like this one. If I had to choose the tracks that stand out from the rest, they would have to be “SICKO MODE”, STOP TRYING TO BE GOD”, “ASTROTHUNDER”, and “R.I.P. SCREW”. We see Travis at his most ambitious on these tracks; switching beats, covering new topics, and dropping new flows.

Final thoughts

I’m going to say this right now, Astroworld is not perfect. But I’d be lying if I say that it isn’t 100% what I wanted to hear from Travis Scott after his lackluster 2016 sophomore album Birds In The Trap Sing McKnight.
On this new project, we hear him at his most experimental since his mixtape days. He stays true to himself in every way and shows growth and maturity by talking about his personal life and struggles that he has had, all while making it sound incredible. This growth and maturity is always important for any genre of artist, but it seems especially important for hip hop artists.

The album does suffer a little bit from the use of similar concepts, song structures, and beats reminiscent of his last few releases, but this isn’t nearly a big enough problem to warrant a bad final score. Just by listening to this project, you can tell that La Flame really pushed the artistic envelope and truly gave it his all, while also creating tracks that fans of his old work will love too.

I won’t say that Astroworld is an instant classic, but I do believe that it is on the same level as his stellar debut album Rodeo, if not slightly better. Rodeo has stood the test of time and still sounds as quality as the day it released, and I believe that the same will be true for Astroworld. This is an absolutely amazing project and definitely one of the top 3 hip hop releases of 2018.

Final Score: 8.8/10

Image property of Travis Scott/David LaChapelle/Epic Records

Ron Pope at the Utah Arts Festival

 

In today’s music culture, Ron Pope may not be a popular household name. However, it should be.  As a fully independent artist, Pope has been navigating the music industry without record label restrictions. This makes the Pope his own boss. It gives him a genuine, original sound that can not be found in any other band.

Ron’s Roots in the South

Because of his background in the South, southern blues and folk roots are heavily represented.  An accompaniment of rock and roll rhythm gives Pope’s music and upbeat blues a vibe that encourages everyone to clap and sing along. Songs like “Ain’t No Angel” and “Can’t Stay Here” have a southern rock sound that screams Willie Nelson and Creedence Clearwater Revival. As a large number of his songs are in a high tempo rock genre, Pope has an opposing side that slows the speed down as he performs beautifully composed love ballads that make your heart sing, songs including “A Drop In the Ocean” and “In Your Bones” are perfect demonstrations. Therefore, with every song having a completely different attitude and individuality, Pope’s insanely powerful voice is as smooth as scotch.

Pope Performing at the Utah Arts Fest

However,  you can count on there being something for everyone in his music. Ron Pope play a killer set at the Utah Arts Festival. He displayed a personality that was funny and charismatic. He told us jokes and stories that filled the crowd with laughter and joy. If the concert goers of last night don’t remember the music, they will surely remember the quirky stories. Like about how Pope’s pick throwing skills are better than his instrument skills. He says that “he’s been practicing pick throwing since Ronald Reagan has been president”. Between heartfelt lyrics, smooth sax sounds, and blues riffs of the guitar, there’s everything to like about Ron Pope.

 

Opinion: What is Art?

 

 

What makes something art?

According to the oxford dictionary, art is “the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.” This is not a bad definition, although I think it could be expanded to better define art. To me, art is anything that makes you think harder about the subject pictured. This applies to every type of art: painting, drawing, photography, music, digital painting, sculpture, printing, design, architecture, and even crafts.

Personal Outlet of Expression

The idea that art can be anything that invokes deep reflection, means that art becomes a personal outlet of expression to anyone, not just those who create it. Art is watching a movie that makes you rethink your life. It’s that feeling of wanting adventure when you look at photographs of nature. It causes deeper thought and invigorates the mind. Personally, art is anything visual that alters my mood or mindset. That is what art is. For example, this morning I was watching Treasure Planet (the underrated beauty of Disney). This film puts me in a sense of awe when I observe not only the beautiful scenery, but the flow of the story, the connections made between characters and how the movie itself progresses. These all solicit profound thought which make this movie an artistic masterpiece.

Utah Arts Festival

So go out and invoke meditative thought. Go look at some street art. Go to your local art museum. Take some pictures on your phone. Do anything that makes you look at the world a little differently. If you need some help don’t hesitate to grab a ticket to the Utah Arts Festival which will be taking place from Thursday, June 21st to Sunday, June 24th. Festivities will be held from 12 noon to 11 pm each day at the Library and Washington Squares in Salt Lake City (200 E 400 S). So much inspiration will be present and I hope to catch you there!

 

 

A TWILIGHT ZONE: The Flaming Lips/BI_ank

The drive up to Ogden from Salt Lake took longer than I expected. Took a wrong turn getting on the freeway which oddly enough ended up savings us time due to an accident on I-15. I walked into the open-air amphitheater as the first act was already playing. It was the musical project BI_ank from Nashville Tennessee. The crisp June air clung tightly to the surrounding bodies, filing swiftly around in preparation for the first show of the Ogden Twilight summer concert series. Based on last years’ Salt Lake Twilight concerts, this series would be even bigger . Tonight, would begin a spectacular summer line-up with the emblematic neo-psychedelic rock band The Flaming Lips.

BI_ANK

BI_ank was a single musician drummer. His kit was rigged with a series of electronics, fx pedals, and other unknown gizmos. Despite his obvious talent, the music didn’t truly grab my attention. Songs showed potential but seemed to be lacking that key ingredient.

The Flaming Lips

The Flaming Lips spared no expense in terms of showmanship. They came onto stage playing “Also Sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30” by Richard Strauss. One of the most epic entrances I’ve ever witnessed. Throughout the show, stagehands were used frequently to bring different props on stage. Giant inflatable objects such as a pink robot, a rainbow, and eyes and lips, brought to life the conceptual nature of their songs. Singer Wayne Coyne even rode a life-sized flashing unicorn around the audience, many aptly dressed as unicorns themselves.

The Music 

Each song was an entire production and a different experience in and of itself. Following the opening, The Flaming Lips played “Race for the Prize” and “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Part 1”. Their first 3 songs last nearly 30 minutes due to elongation and improvising. Coyne made frequent use of his microphone getting the crowd involved and asking them to see along. The audience, surely enough, did not disappoint.

The theatrics continued throughout The Flaming Lips’ setlist. During a cover of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity”, Coyne hopped into a giant inflatable ball that rolled above the heads of the concertgoers. They were on stage for 1 hour 45 minutes playing 14 songs, of which, only 11 were originals.

The Mood of Twilight

The band left the stage briefly with the word “love” ringing out repeatedly over the loudspeakers. Amid chants and screams, The Flaming Lips returned to stage to finish with “Do You Realize??”. It was a well-planned and executed show that I particularly enjoyed and left me eagerly awaiting the next show of the Ogden Twilight series.

A Festival Newbie’s Take On Bonanza Camp Out 2018

Bonanza Campout 2018 is coming up quick, and as someone who’s never been to a festival of any kind, I couldn’t be more stoked. I will be surrounded by hundreds, even thousands of people, hanging out and listening to music together. With acts such as Wiz Khalifa and Halsey, Bonanza is sure to bring together a good amount of people excited to jam out and have fun.

What fifteen-year-old me is so excited about:

I can see myself back in sophomore year of high school; sitting at my desk in my room, procrastinating on my homework, and indulging myself in synth-packed, indie music remixed by the likes of artists such as Snakehips and Hippie Sabotage. In fact, I distinctly remember binge-listening to Snakehips remix of BANKS’ “Warm Water while I was playing obscure Steam games instead of doing homework. Those kinds of memories I have with songs from Snakehips, Hippie Sabotage, and Oh Wonder that are really making me excited to experience Bonanza.

However nostalgia aside, I have broadened my musical palette since my SoundCloud phase where I discovered those artists. This really makes me appreciate the chill, crisp beats paired with the multitude of different synth sounds and production techniques that I loved so much years ago. Not only that, I’ve also noticed that revisiting artists after not having listened to them for a while is generally a different kind of experience. This only makes me more excited for the live sets.

What thirteen-year-old me is so excited about:

I generally try not to talk about middle school, and I’m sure everyone can relate to some extent. But I do remember that Wiz Khalifa was poppin’ back then. And I would ALWAYS hear people bumping Black and Yellow during lunch. Or at those awkward middle school dances.

I used to listen to O.N.I.F.C. and Blacc Hollywood a lot after having been exposed to Black and Yellow, and while I’m pretty sure I haven’t listened to him since then, it’ll definitely be fun to hear what could be the pop culture anthem of the early 2010s, Young, Wild, & Free.

What regular old me is so excited about:

Here’s where I make a big confession: I don’t listen to any of these artists in the lineup now. So you’re probably asking why I’m even going, and I totally get that. Just hear me out.

Music festivals offer more than just being able to see so many of your favorite artists within the span of a couple of days. Of course, that’s a great aspect of it, but no one there knows all of the artists performing. One of the major things about these festivals is exposure. Being able to discover artists at the capacity a festival allows for is a huge aspect for the artists and the audience, and that’s what I’m really excited about. This is an opportunity for so many people to potentially discover their new obsession, and that’s a special feeling that I love to experience. On top of that, festivals are a place to let loose and have fun. If anything, that alone is a pretty good reason, but don’t get me wrong, I’m pumped to be in that crowd when Phantogram comes on, they’re pretty sick.

Phone Calls Ambiguous: Cary Fagan

 

Cary Fagan.

Soft-spoken visual connoisseur. Artist. Hero.

More so, one of the most important artists of our time.

Operating under the realm of the Batman trope, Cary Fagan doesn’t say too much. His presence however, provides a deep sense of emancipation.

His Twitter is a database of existential thought. His Instagram, a database of studio experiments and unprecedented endeavors in artistic revelation.

He is the walking personification of the jazz saxophone solo. An ambiguous serene enigma of purity that creates fluid optical trance.

Cary, ahead of two huge landmarks in his career, gifted me the opportunity to have a conversation with him. He was rounding up his third solo show in Nizhni Tagil, Russia and preparing for another, his homecoming, in his native Arizona.

We talked about a lot. From Pho to Jazz to Tickets to Outer Space.

This conversation is part of the Phone Calls Ambiguous Series via STAMM Radio. The experience has been designed around the interviewee existing with the reader/listener, excluding the presence of the interviewer.

Table of Contents

1. Russia: Now and Beyond
2. Arizona Homecoming
3. Chairs, a Fanstasy
4. Fear & Intuition
5. A C.F Voice Memo Album?
6. Polaroid Politics
7. Failure & Wall of Mistakes
8. Ticket to Outer Space
9. The Sacred Spiritual Soup…Pho
10. Tokyo

Russia: Now and Beyond

When I caught up with Cary, he was rounding up his third solo show in Nizhni Tagil, Russia. I asked about the circumstances surrounding how they came to be and his future endeavors regarding the space. He talks being deemed “Co-Curator” of the space, and the prospects of sponsoring American artists in the future.

Homecoming: Arizona

“The moment almost feels as if LeBron left his home team, played for another team, and returned”

While concluding his solo show abroad, he was getting ready for another—this time in his native Phoenix, Arizona. Cary hadn’t been to Arizona, in nearly over 20 years since his departure. He describes the feeling of finally returning—a long overdue homecoming.

Chairs, a Fantasy

Cary grants insight into his long-lived fascination with chairs.

On Fear and Intuition

Cary’s take on Fear and Intuition. The roles they play and have played.

A C.F. Voice Memo Album?

Very very very exciting news… I mean.. have you heard Cary talk? You are absolutely going to love this.

Polaroid Politics

The Analog Connoisseur talks to us about Polaroids; his adventures with them and their place in society.

Failure and “The Wall of Mistakes”

Cary’ take on “Failure” and an installation he’s currently working on that embraces the concept.

Ticket to Outer Space

I was telling Cary the story about Fela’s encounter with Sun Ra, back in ’74 during FESTAC.

Little did I know Cary had his own encounter with the Arkestra.

Cary revisits the rare moment.

The Sacred Spiritual Soup…Pho

Hearing Cary Fagan talking about Pho has to be on the long list of most satisfying things to listen to.

 On Tokyo

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Cary Fagan courtesy of RELIANT

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