Photo Diary: Fuji Rock

By Maddie Keyes-Levine

Fuji Rock is a music festival that doubles as a nature retreat. As a Californian that rarely sees lawns and lives that #droughtlife, I was in constant amazement at the lush green that is abundant on the ski resort that the festival takes place at. We spent our time accidentally hiking, eating squid on a stick, and rocking out, generally, and lucky for you I documented the whoooole thing.

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Golden Record: Two Playlists in Collaboration with HERpothesis!

Playlists by Savana Ogburn, Kylie Obermeier, Jo Guelas, and Megan Schaller.

X-Files joke by Maddie Keyes-Levine. 😉

Here at Sonic Blume, we LOVE finding and supporting fellow zines and creators. HERpothesis, Alex Hanson’s amazing zine by and for young women in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math), is one of our absolute favorites! When Alex asked us to collab on HERpothesis’s very own Golden Record project, we were STOKED!

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Interview: Dave Rat

Interview by Kylie Obermeier

Drug rings, armed robbery, hookah stashing, cat burglar outfits and gopher snakes with broken necks–professional audiophile Dave Rat’s life is made for an action-packed biopic. Dave got his start recording bands like Black Flag and the Last on cassette as a high schooler during the LA punk scene of the late 70s and 80s. Since then, he has created speakers used at shows worldwide through his company, Rat Sound, and has mixed sound for countless bands. If you’ve gone to rawk shows, you’ve probably been to a show that used Rat speakers. Dave–who’s now based in Camarillo, CA–sat down with me to share incredible stories and wisdom on the morning of a work day ‘cause you can do that when you’re the boss. Fellow SB contributor Maddie Keyes-Levine accompanied me to provide snappy one-liners and remind her dad about the ridiculously high standards of today’s job market.

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Playlist: Dream Prom

Words and playlist by Kylie Obermeier, art by Madeline Keyes-Levine

If your prom was anything like mine, the DJ was on point with the let’s-get-this-party-started jams (“Low” by T-Pain anyone?) but was a real mess in the slow jamz department. Despite now being an ancient crone, I am still very obsessed with making the perfect collection of magical songs to soundtrack the prom of my dreams. I was of course inspired by all the great cinematic prom scenes (Virgin Suicides, Freaks and Geeks, Pretty in Pink) but I didn’t want the playlist to be stuck in any one decade. I picked songs spanning from the 50’s to 2016 that all evoke immediate nostalgia but hopefully add up to a timeless whole.

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Photo Diary: Coachella Weekend #2

Words and photos by Madeline Keyes-Levine

Each year, the Indio-California music festival Coachella justifiably gets a bad rap. But, if you’re willing to brave the heat (and have some friends to insulate you against the bros and racist outfits) it can be a truly fun time full of amazing bands and great pals. There’s something kind of magical about being in the middle of the hot desert with terrible wifi and waking up with no plans except trekking out to see bands you love. Weekend 2 was a dusty three days of anti-Trump speeches, Prince tributes, and a surprising amount of glittery disco balls. ✿

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