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Occupy Boston March pictures 10-10-11

pictures taken by lydia see on October 10th, at the Occupy Boston March. Feel free to use these images to further the OccupyBoston movement. Please photo credit lydiasee – where appropriate to do so. Thanks, and feel free to contact me: lydia[dot]see[dot]photography[at] (or comment below). I am. You are. We are the 99% !

Solidarity Forever: Occupy Boston

Solidarity Forever, written by Ralph Chaplin, is perhaps the most famous IWW song. It’s sung to the tune of John Brown’s Body.

When the union’s inspiration through the workers’ blood shall run
There can be no power greater anywhere beneath the sun
Yet what force on earth is weaker than the feeble strength of one
But the union makes us strong
Solidarity forever, Solidarity forever
Solidarity forever, for the union makes us strong!
It is we who plowed the prairies, built the cities where they trade
Dug the mines and built the workshops, endless miles of railroad laid
Now we stand outcast and starving ‘mid the wonders we have made
But the union makes us strong
They have taken untold millions that they never toiled to earn
But without our brain and muscle, not a single wheel can turn
We can break their haughty power, gain our freedom when we learn
That the union makes us strong

When that video was shot a few hours ago, things were going well. The OccupyBoston organizers had seemingly covered all their bases, the police were polite and accommodating, Camp#1 was alive with energy and Camp#2 was on it’s way to being approved by the DRC& Parks for use for this purpose, to which the response was “respect the plant-life and you can stay.”

Flash forward a few hours later:

“An attempt by Occupy Boston protesters to expand their encampment has resulted in a massive police crackdown and hundreds of arrests.

Around 1:30 am, police moved in with 16 police vans and along with many more police cruisers and unmarked vehicles on Atlantic Avenue in downtown Boston.  Officers dressed in black equipped with plastic handcuffs surrounded part of the camp, and protesters were given a five minute warning to leave or be arrested.  Most protesters remained, linking arms with each other and peacefully resisting.  Police moved in and, bizarrely, and eye witness reports have come in stating that police dealt violently with members of Veterans for Peace who had come to support Occupy Boston. Other reports are still coming in regarding police brutality, but remain unconfirmed.

Currently, as hundreds of peaceful protesters are being arrested alongside American Veterans, “Solidarity Forever” is being sung.  
Police have removed all digital media from protesters before arrest, which is ILLEGAL (here’s an article explaining why).
Media is limited and the only coverage we are receiving is through livestream, twitter, and facebook.’s first article

365 day 25 – back to the grindstone & the snow





to watermark or not to watermark

So here’s the deal: I have gone through so many stages of watermarking and brand-naming my photos that it’s gotten to the point that it makes more work than it’s worth. I take pictures to feed people slices of life.

ok that was cheesy.

but seriously, folks.  for me, it’s all about the decisive moment, the fact that my friends and loved ones and fellow artists and musicians let me share in their joy by documenting them.

and what a joy it is! why, last night, i had the pleasure of shooting Bonnie Prince Billy, two weeks ago, legendary psych-collective Ghost, recently: Bishop Allen, Arizona, Toubab Krewe, Gomez, heypenny, Ben Taylor, Gary Jules, the list goes on and on.

point is: I love it. i love recording and documenting such incredible musicians, and look forward to every live event i shoot. I hope people are flattered when I choose to come out and make their portraits, especially in Asheville, where there are way too many things happening on any given night.

so who fucking cares if i watermark any fucking photos anymore.

should i?

Friends, Updates, Love, and more Beer

Site Facelifts/Changes abound for all!

Pampelmoose : totally bangin’ and more streamlined

Grizzly Bear : beautiful and easily navigable new site design [and special bonus: freakin' adorable cross-interview with Ed Droste  (Grizzly Bear) & Owen Pallett (Final Fantasy) circa November 2006 in OUTmagazine]

Now You See Them : new blog! check em out!


Interesting Article in the Times about Townes Van Zandt and Steve Earle‘s new Album of Van Zandt covers, called “Townes.”


Also, as a follow up to the whole beer thing, I left a nice comment on the Portland Beer Blog. Those guys are awesome, and have great photography on their site.


I do realize I have been compulsively Tweeting and updating for the first time in weeks, don’t ask questions, just enjoy and send me love. And the things you’re all waiting on.. They’ll be here eventually.


the Ramblin’ News:

Just a few updates:

Day in the Life of Asheville is over my Birthday Weekend, and there will be two wonderful parties, one for Rebeccah and one for me, on the 22nd and 23rd of May (respectively).

Contact me for details, and I am in desperate need of Croquet, Bacci Ball, and Horseshoe sets for my South Shore Casual Party (think seersucker and popped collars, Kentucky Derby-ish Wear), during the day (like 1pm-7pm ) on the 23rd. I, of course, just need to borrow them for the day, and you, of course, are invited.

Also, did you hear, Asheville and Portland tied for Beer City USA? Some of the comments got a little choppy and threatening. Hey, we’re all on the same beer-loving team, y’all. (I once swore I’d never use “y’all” n the blog, but come on, this is a worthy cause..)

Apparently, MountainX and the Orange Peel are planning a party. Count me in!

p.s. I wonder if Dave Allen (of Gang of Four and the essential, Portland-based Pampelmoose blog) is aware of the Beer Feud? Well, either way, his site just got a massive and attractive face-lift, so go check it out if you haven’t already. Dave was our keynote speaker at PopAsheville this year, and boy did we all have a blast with him.

Veckatimest [leak] even better than I expected (if that’s possible)

A few weeks ago, after Grizzly Bear released the cover & tracklist for Veckatimest, Ed Droste relayed, in this Pitchfork interview, some of his perspectives on album sales and leaking of unreleased tracks:

“My philosophy is that, people buying records is dying. Generally speaking, at the level we’re at, most of the people who buy our albums do it because they want to support us. Or they’re a new fan and they haven’t heard us before. But let’s put it this way: If we were putting out music in the early 90s, I don’t think you’d be interviewing me. I don’t think we’d have the fanbase that we have if it were not for out songs being able to spread around the internet and gain attention. I think it’d be harder, if not impossible, for a band like us to have gotten where we’ve gotten. So I’m incredibly grateful for the internet age.

Of course, the amount of work and effort we’ve put into this album is staggering. And sometimes it’s a bit disheartening to think you can just download it really easily and dismiss it if you don’t like it. But that’s also the nature of the beast. You just have to deal with it. Of course I’d love to sell a ton of records and chart and stuff. But realistically speaking, it’s going to leak. I think a lot of people who I’ve spoken to if they really like it, they’ll buy the vinyl or they’ll go buy the CD to support us or on iTunes. Other people support the band by coming to a show. So, of course I’d love to sell a lot of records and chart and stuff but realistically speaking, it’s going to leak.”

Well, it has. And even though I’m aboot to pre-order it on vinyl (unless someone wants to order it for my birthday!), I still have been yearning to hear it, and this, not fully mastered, buzzy fuzzy version will satisfy my urges until I get it. Oh yeah, did I mention it comes out a few days after my birthday?

It’s good people. I mean really good. At this point, I’ve only had about two cycles through the whole thing, but this is the kind of album I want to listen to when I want a cohesive soundrack of  stylistically similar songs  but with a formidable progression within the album, a growth of layers and grit, a well-orchestrated array of vocal layerings and seemingly field-recorded samples (as Droste has shown a penchance for in the past, mostly on Horn of Plenty (2004, 2005[remixes]) and also on Yellow House (2006)). Recorded and primarily written over about a year, this album is a perfect example of, in my opinion, ‘the new pop’. Highlights include the swingy-jazzy first track, “Southern Point,” reminiscent of Donovan-era swanky-sexy rock that makes the ladies swoon with a nice crisp build-up to the chorus, “In the end, you’ll never find me now..” with layered nylon-string-sounding guitars and a rocking percussion track, and though it’s hard to hear at this point, maybe some flute in there somewhere, with a finish of a dueling build-up-cascade back to the Spanish sounding guitar. “Two Weeks” was awesome live on Letterman, which is really how I fell in love with Grizzly Bear, and the album version is way more awesome than I expected. Structurally similar to the live version, just tighter, crisper harmonies, more deliberate key tracks (maybe a nice organ that wasn’t audible in the live version?).  “While You Wait for the Others” epitomizes and carries on the entire album’s effective vintage feel, “I Live With You” has some awesome husky lead vocals, angelic female harmonies, and an escalating, crunchy, dirty-hard breakdown, “Hold Still” recaptures the simplicity and softness of Yellow House, and “Ready, Able” gets a little weird and epic in the way of echo and reverb, to a very pleasing effect. But really, the whole album is a gem, altogether.

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[Irrelevant] News of the Day

As I sit here at work putzing around lastFM I came across the page for Now you See Them, a local Asheville band making waves finally, after what seems like years of playing on Broadway downtown in front of the Vance monument (ok, I think it’s just been like a summer, but still). They played on the LaZoom bus during PopAsheville, and are now playing random small intimate gigs around Ashvegas.

no sooner had I written that paragraph when a chicken, yes a CHICKEN came in the store and handed me a flyer which says: “THIS WEEKEND @ PICNICS… Friday Feb. 20th, 6pm: Now You See Them, the best of Asheville’s Incredible Indie Rock/Folk scene, Intimate, Early, and FREE!”

also, Sat. Feb. 21st, Juan Holladay of the Secret B-Sides. And Free Cookies!

Info. courtesy of the Chicken from Picnics.

how rad and random?


This is old news, but it was brought to my attention today by the hot ‘n’ dirty knitting churchlady from the yarn shop next to my store that the last Superman, Brandon Routh’s schlong was too big for his costume/the movie/the big screen so WB had to specially adjust his “piece” and downsize it digitally in post-production. I just think that’s pretty ludicrous.

In my research into this matter, I came across this witty interview with Kevin Smith in Newsweek.


also, on Angi West’s blog (always another good source for random but interesting news) I found this (totally unrelated) video:

This is a perfect illustration of the joy that can be found in sorrow. So much beauty is expressed in this video which was made as a response to Ken Starr, (led the campaign to impeach President Bill Clinton), who filed a legal brief last month — on behalf of the “Yes on 8″ campaign — that would forcibly divorce 18,000 same-sex couples that were married in California last year before the passage of Prop 8.

Watch “Fidelity” and sign our letter to the state Supreme Court before they hear oral arguments in the case on March 5. Tell the Supreme Court to invalidate Prop 8, reject Ken Starr’s case, and let loving, committed couples marry. DEADLINE EXTENDED: March 2.

319,022 people have signed this letter (as of Friday, February 20). Our new Courage Campaign community goal is 350,000 signers. Will you add your name now by clicking on the following link?:

With over 900,000 total views currently on Vimeo and YouTube, we’re also shooting for 1 million views combined. To help this video reach 1 million people, please tell your friends to watch “Fidelity” and tell their friends!

“Fidelity” used with permission from Regina Spektor and EMI Records.

what would love be without wishful thinking?

Tonight I drove away listening to Wilco and was reminded of the whole reason we do this in the first place. the butterflies, the trepidation. It’s a wonder we don’t acknowledge that it is possible to have it all, to enjoy the companionship while still allowing oneself the ability to grow independently and continue the self-perpetuated path, without forgetting what you like to eat.

Fill up your mind with all it can know
Don’t forget that your body will let it all go
Fill up your mind with all it can know
What would we be without wishful thinking
Chambers of chains
With red plastic mouths
The inside of outside
No one has found
How to unring the bell
It’s just as well

The turntable sizzles
Casting the spells
The pressure devices
Hell in a nutshell
Is any song worth singing
If it doesn’t help

Fill up your mind with all it can know
Don’t forget that your body will let it all go
Fill up your mind with all it can know
‘Cause what would love be without wishful thinking

Open your arms as far as they will go
We take off your dress
An embarrassing poem
Was written when I was alone
In love with you

I shook down those lines
To shine up the streets
I got up off my hands and knees
To thank my lucky stars that you’re not me

What would we be without wishful thinking               -Wilco

In light of recent conversations regarding knowing what it is when you see it, he’s my glasses. I have seamlessly relinquished control, which is completely out of character, as is the bourbon drinking in recent months and the new and strange artwork. It is possible to synthesize  an individual journey and a companionship given that all parties involved are willing to enter with the same investment and respect, rather than unrealistic expectations regarding the balance of joy and responsibility.


I have also been invited to Artists Emerge “the Series” and as I have been trying to submit to their juried shows for a while now, it seems appropriate to submit my first cohesive series to them at this time. Coincidental. I will be submitting Illuminations from To and Fro.

too busy to be busy

It has come to my attention that, due to my poor time management skills, I am actually less busy than I think I am, I just put so much off so regularly that I feel pressure looming on the horizon all the time.
This can be evidenced by my complete lack of recognition of my accomplishments in the past year, because, even if I’ve been entirely more productive (shooting more, making art every week, paying bills and staying virtually out of debt, holding down one full- and two to three part-time jobs, ) in 2008 than in the past three combined, I still don’t think it’s good enough.

Now, I try not to be too hard on myself, and considering that right now, on a rainy Friday night after work, I have my feet up on my desk, I just walked the dogs (I have Karma this weekend too) and I am relaxing with my wireless keyboard in my lap, life’s not too bad at this point. So I suppose in that respect, I fully recognize my accomplishments on a grand scale. But it’s the little things that I give myself a really hard time about. I should be watermarking those photos. I should be burning that CD. I should be sending off that package I said I was going to send a month ago. I should be doing payroll. I should be walking the dog longer. I should be doing laundry.


I should be relaxing. And avoiding this pesky almost-cold I have. and just being for a minute.

so I’ll just be for a minute.


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