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Vinyl Review: Troye Sivan – Blue Neighbourhood

I was hoping to wait a while before doing my next music post, but the perfect mixture of a funky work schedule and a blizzard left me with very little time to go out and take photos like I had originally planned. It all worked out, though! On Wednesday, I received Australian native Troye Sivan’s debut full length record Blue Neighbourhood on vinyl. I included this album in my top records of 2015 post in the CD section, but I feel that it wasn’t given the attention it deserves since it came out so late in the year. Since writing that post, I was able to dedicate a lot of time to Blue Neighbourhood and it has definitely become one of my most spun records so far in 2016.

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Features

Ashton’s Albums of the Year

Wow, I can’t believe we’re at the end of 2015! I also can’t believe that this blog is nearly a year old already. It’s been so fun capturing the year in photographs and using this website as a platform to get my thoughts out there. Everyone who has mentioned my blog to me in conversation has heard me say how ‘accidentally therapeutic’ this process has been for me. I honestly started this blog for two reasons: to help others who may be going through something similar and to hold myself accountable for keeping my health in the forefront and to make sure my life and my diseases are two separate entities that live alongside each other and not at the mercy of one another. I had no idea that in my attempt to help others that I’d be opening up a passage way that would end up helping myself more than I ever thought possible.

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Adventures

New York, New York

This post will overlap a bit with my A Week In The Life post from last weekend because my “Week” ended on Saturday and this post is about my adventures from last weekend, which includes that same Saturday. It kind of works out though because I like to tell the story of my weekend through both words and photographs. With last weekend’s post being more of a photo-documentary approach, I didn’t get to put words with the imagery.

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Adventures

The End of Summer

One of the most inconvenient things about having a compromised immune system (of which there are many) is probably that when you get sick, you really get sick. I’ve spent the last 10 days with strep throat. I had a really busy Labor Day Weekend and when it was time to get up for work on Tuesday morning, my throat was sore and I felt my tonsils swelling up. I’m someone who is very prone to tonsillitis ever since having my spleen removed back in 2006. When I was in college, it seemed like at the end of every semester I was stuck in bed for close to 2 weeks barely able to swallow anything let alone food and water. It’s awful. My doctors are hesitant to remove my tonsils due to the fact that they act as part of your immune system and I’m already missing my spleen, and also because the risk of bleeding through the sutures in post-op as an adult is a lot higher than that of a child. Since I have a blood disorder, it’s not something my doctors take lightly.

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Adventures

A New Hope

The end of Summer is always bittersweet to me. On one hand, I love “local summer” – when the tourists and the Bennies go back home for the summer and the Jersey Shore is returned to the locals. I also really love the anticipation of the cooler weather and all the festivities that come with the Autumn months. On the other hand… Winter is just around the corner and although I prefer to go on hikes and nature trails in the colder weather, I really just dread the freezing temperatures and the snow.

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Adventures, Health

A Breath Of Fresh Air

Hi there! Before I get into this week’s post, I want to apologize for being extremely tardy… To make a long story short, I keep all of my photographs on external hard drives so they don’t slow down my computers. While I do have back-ups of my all of the photos I take, only 1 drive has my current Lightroom catalog  on it (which I use for all of my editing). Two days ago that 1 drive corrupted and I couldn’t edit anything until I transferred all 850GB of data off of the drive, reformatted it, and then transferred it all back. It was frightening, stressful, and time consuming (a total of 12 hours to be exact).

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Music

Vinyl Review: Ben Howard – I Forget Where We Were

Once in a while – when you least expect it – you come across an artist that just completely catches you off guard.  Usually in the last place you think it would happen, too.  When I’m looking around the internet for new music, I could research for hours without finding anything that leaves a lasting impression.  Then there are other times when I’m just surfing through the radio stations on quick commute home and I come across a song that changes everything.  That’s pretty much what happened when I discovered Ben Howard.

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Music

Vinyl Review: Client. – Joy Is The Only Treat

I’m really excited to share this post with all of you.  First of all, I love sharing music and admiring the time and dedication that goes into producing a physical medium when it comes to music.  Second, this was my first ‘product photo shoot’ I’ve done in a long, long time.  I’m pretty proud of the way it turned out!

In 2013, I learned about a small band out of Hannover, Germany called Client.  They’re an alternative grunge band who reside on a tiny independent label called Street Survival Records that, as far as I know, is run by just one guy across the pond in Germany.  For such a small label, the packaging and presentation for Client.’s first full length LP, Joy Is The Only Treat, really blew me away.  I would go as far to say that this is my favorite record in my entire collection as far as presentation is concerned (it’s also one of my top 10 albums of 2014). Continue Reading