All posts by Vivian Hua

Vivian Hua (華婷婷) wears a lot of random hats, but has somewhat mastered globetrotting like a hobo and evading traditional 9-to-5 work schedules. She enjoys observing human idiosyncrasies perhaps more than anything and is a magnet for homeless people (a joy) and bug bites of all types (absolutely terrible). Through her work, she hopes to embrace the temporary while documenting the nostalgic, using divination and dream symbolism as guides through the cosmic maze. Additional writing, art, video, and other crap, like her astrological chart, can be seen at www.inallthings-patterns.net. She is the Editor-in-Chief of REDEFINE magazine, and quite appreciates unsolicited personal e-mails just to shoot the shit and narrow the gaps between human beings.
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Emil & Friends – Downed Economy EP Album Review

Emil & Friends’ new EP, Downed Economy, is perhaps best exemplified by its opening track and title track. Although the most upbeat track on the EP, “Downed Economy” shares similarities with the other songs by featuring an abundance of electronic sound clips, trickling into the ear like watery drips. This is modern electronic funk, rolling...Read...
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There’s Still Time, Brother Short Film Review (2010)

The Wooster Collective’s There’s Still Time, Brother, is quite the interactive filmmaking achievement. Displayed in a circular room, it features the composite of twelve different cameras, stitched together loosely to fill a 360-degree space. From the center of the room, stools radiate outwards, and one central chair, with a back, serves as the solitary “remote”...Read...
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Analog Playset Toy Auction

Last night’s Analog Playset custom toy show and action featured 25 custom robot toys by well-known Los Angeles-area musicians and artists, including Joe Ledbetter, Alex Pardee, and members of bands like Minus The Bear, Eisley, Circa Survive, Thrice, All-American Rejects, and Fall Out Boy. Andrew McMahon (of Something Corporate) held a special performance, as this...Read...
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Nuclear Power Pants – Wicked Eats The Warrior Album Review

Nuclear Power Pants came off create synth-heavy, spazzy, lo-fi garage rock with an interplay between lethargic male and hi-energy female vocals. It’s certainly entertaining, to a degree, with tracks like “Uh Oh” starting off with buzzing synths and guttural expulsions of sound that are immediately engaging. “Graveyard” and “Partytime U.S.A.” have some some really bouncy...Read...
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Musicfest NW 2010 Festival Recap: Ted Leo And The Pharmacists, Sallie Ford And The Sound Outside, Morning Teleportation

My experience at Musicfest NW this year went a little less smoothly than usual. There were decisions that needed to be made, and bands that needed to be missed because they played just slightly out of the means of timely transportation (as generally confined to by bicycle and bus). As a result, I definitely saw...Read...
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Flying Lotus – Pattern+Grid World Album Cover Review (w/ Theo Ellsworth Interview)

The album cover for Flying Lotus‘ latest EP, Pattern+Grid World, features a close-up portrait of one of Portland illustrator Theo Ellsworth‘s intricate, feathery characters. With an album title like Pattern+Grid World, Flying Lotus certainly could have taken the artwork into any number of stereotypically “cool” directions, but instead, he chose to go with the soft...Read...
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Zach Hill – “The Primitives Talk” Music Video

This Zach Hill video for “The Primitives Talk” features all sorts of bad video effects holding hands. Slow fades, hyper zooms, bad 3D modeling, transparent overlays, and, well, more bad 3D modeling. Conceptually, too, this video is almost so uninteresting (manicured fingernails being distorted, manipulated, and digitally collaged, basically) that it flips back into being...Read...