James is a photographer and writer based in Los Angeles. He is the author of "Tokyo DisneySea in Photographs".
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.

Bounce House. Anaheim Hills, CA.

Bounce House. Anaheim Hills, CA.

Me. Hollywood, CA.

Me. Hollywood, CA.

So small and capable. Very tempting. Also: I love a good promotional video.

Bar. Las Vegas, NV.

Bar. Las Vegas, NV.

Metric

—Lost Kitten

I always love when a band manages to stay together and relevant for more than 1.5 albums. I recall seeing Metric for the first time way back in 2003/2004 as I finished my first year living in Los Angeles. Here we are, almost a decade later, and Metric is still doing their thing, putting out albums and holding strong while many way more “important” bands have come and gone. A particular blend of rock and electronic all fused together with lead singer Emily Haines’ voice. Lost Kitten from Synthetica has her particularly girly, playful, vulnerable, and catchy.

And seriously don’t get me started on Emily Haines. So perfect. A future ex Mrs. Malcom if there ever was one.

Ascension. Boston, MA.

Ascension. Boston, MA.

Disneyland

Disneyland

Tiger Waves

—I Love You George Harrison

A relaxed, sun-drenched, indie-pop jam from Tiger Waves as summer comes to an end. Except it will be super-hot in LA well into October, so unless you’re going back to school summer isn’t ending at all. Keep those shorts and beach road trips going until you have to break out the peacoat.

Almost a decade after the landmark Yeah Right, Girl’s official follow-up skate video Pretty Sweet is set to drop on November 16. 

Initial thoughts: 1) Wow, skateboarding cinematography has jumped by leaps and bounds in the last decade. 2) I need to get on a skateboard again.