James is a photographer and writer based in Los Angeles. He is the author of "Tokyo DisneySea in Photographs".
This photo of me and my pal Brian was taken exactly one decade ago to the day, at an old apartment of mine. Knowing somebody for a decade is no small feat, but we’d already been friends for 6 years by the point this photo was taken. Which, when you do the math, means we’ve been friends for literally half of our lives. If that’s not some sort of milestone, I don’t know what is. Cheers to friendship.
The photo was taken by me by setting his old Sony digital camera to random self-timer settings as we sat there and talked to his Mom, who we had just picked up from the airport.

This photo of me and my pal Brian was taken exactly one decade ago to the day, at an old apartment of mine. Knowing somebody for a decade is no small feat, but we’d already been friends for 6 years by the point this photo was taken. Which, when you do the math, means we’ve been friends for literally half of our lives. If that’s not some sort of milestone, I don’t know what is. Cheers to friendship.

The photo was taken by me by setting his old Sony digital camera to random self-timer settings as we sat there and talked to his Mom, who we had just picked up from the airport.

Padgetts. Dallas, TX.

Padgetts. Dallas, TX.

Sunday done right. Dallas, TX.

Sunday done right. Dallas, TX.

Tame Impala

—Nothing That Has Happened So Far Has Been Anything We Could Control

Tame Impala’s Lonerism is what I hope is another completely obvious choice. Like their previous efforts, Lonerism is a somewhat psychadelic rock/pop affair, but that’s oversimplifying to the point of misleading. The best description of this sound came from Pitchfork of all places, stating it sounds “like someone trapped John Lennon’s vocal take from “A Day in the Life” in a jar and taught it to sing new songs”. Considering that ‘A Day in the Life’ is certafiably one of the most beautiful things on this planet, it’s high praise. The album’s title is a big clue as to themes Kevin Parker explores on this album, themes that definitely speak to where my life has been recently. This hasn’t just been an album to me: it has been a soundtrack.

I could have chosen almost any song of this album to show it off, but this track particularly stands out as a microcosm of what Lonerism has to offer: stunningly beautiful resignation.

There is perhaps no phenomenon which contains so much destructive feeling as ‘moral indignation,’ which permits envy or hate to be acted out under the guise of virtue.

— Erich Fromm

Single Family Home. Central California.

Single Family Home. Central California.

Portland St. Boston, MA.

Portland St. Boston, MA.

Overlook. Odawara, Kanagawa, Japan

Overlook. Odawara, Kanagawa, Japan

Santa Monica, California.
There’s finally a chill in the air at night. The sun is setting on the Summer.

Santa Monica, California.

There’s finally a chill in the air at night. The sun is setting on the Summer.

Self Portrait. Los Angeles, CA.

Self Portrait. Los Angeles, CA.

California Republic.

California Republic.

Grizzly Bear

—Speak in Rounds

Throwing up Grizzly Bear as a jam is so obvious, but it still needs to be done. This band is easily my favorite to pop up in the last decade, and their new album shows their reign is in no danger of ending. Pick any song off this album and it will impress: this one in particular showcases that G-Bear hibernate-then-pounce style that they do so well.

I often laugh when I hear a song that is just so damn good for the first time, a laugh of near-disbelief. This album made me laugh a lot. I can’t wait to seem them at the Greek on October 10th.