Sam O’Hare’s “The Sandlot” is an absolute masterpiece. It certainly helps that its subjects are the buildings, people, and public spaces of Manhattan and Brooklyn, but it’s the impeccable composition and delicate pace with which they are handled that really shines.

It’s comprised of more than 35,000 still photographs shot over five days and two nights in August of 2009, a herculean effort in and of itself. Each image was manually tilt-shifted and then assembled in time-lapse. What you see here is New York in miniature, yet vivid motion. It’s more humane, more comprehensible, and more attainable, all things not often said about it.

While you can watch it here, it’s worth clicking over to Vimeo to watch “The Sandlot” in full-screen high-def.

As for the music by Human, owners of what looks to be a website designed and developed in the late ’90s (no, that’s not a compliment), Sam says:

I wanted the track to speak to what it is like to experience the many rhythms, pulses and moods of the city and the composition, especially the peak, does this beautifully. The vocals add narrative and pacing to the piece, and really help draw you through it.

Yes, and how. This track, untitled and completely unavailable as best I can tell, would fit perfectly in the Morr Music catalog, slotted between Styrofoam and The Go Find. The male vocals are gentle but spirited, calm but not sedate, and the female vocals remind me of Kirsty Hawkshaw’s work on Opus III’s “It’s a Fine Day,” perhaps best known as the sample in Orbital’s epic “Halcyon and on and on.” High praise indeed.

The lyrics are stunning, especially the last line and inspiration for the title of this post:

Here we go
Start over
Motion fills the air

C’mon c’mon
C’mon c’mon
C’mon c’mon now

And we know
The fragments
Revealing all the patterns
everywhere

C’mon c’mon
C’mon c’mon
C’mon c’mon now

And we are
The story
Turn the page
And see what happens next

Here we go
Here we go
Here we go

We walk outside
All afternoon
All afternoon
All afternoon

All afternoon

Over and over
All afternoon

Rivers of light
Flowing home again
A flicker and its gone

As much as I love music, I often find that the video gets in the way. I can think of only a handful of that serve as more than just a compliment, they provide a means to access the music in a totally new way, something like The Books “Smells Like Content” (like tiny fragments of a finger snap). I will always love this quick “Glowing Cities Under a Nighttime Sky” clip, but the music is secondary. The only one that really comes close is this gem by Andrew Paynter for Tortoise:

That’s the San Francisco I know and love, so cool and crisp, but it pales in comparison to the warmth and glow of Sam’s New York. Makes me wonder why I’m still here and not there.

If no one shows you around…

The Go Find’s “New Year”:

I stumbled upon The Go Find a few years ago when I finally went back to fill in my early Morr Music collection. I bought one of their songs on the iTMS, loved it so much I bought the entire album online, then flipped so completely for it that I had to buy the disc itself for the better sound quality… That’s pretty much me to a tee.

All I know is that I played it nonstop for several months on end (Abby called it weenie rock if I remember correctly, and rightfully so, but I think she liked it just the same). They still rank 11th on my Last.fm Overall Top Artists list, a list topped by those with many, many releases in my collection (there’s only one other single album artist on that list: Spank Rock but that album kicks so much ass).

At any rate, I really dig their sound, but kinda just forgot about them. This pretty much says it best:

Sweet! I thought everyone had forgotten about these guys, including themselves.

While the new stuff feels much more mature (for one, the lyrics are somewhat less cheeky and much more coherent), it’s clear TGF hasn’t lost its original charm. This song is subtle and so incredibly sublime. It’s timeless in many ways, but instantly recognizable as one of their own. And it’s already stuck in my head…

I have a feeling it could be the song of the (my) year, if for no other reason that this does in fact feel like the new year I’ve been waiting for. As always, more on that soon.


But before I go, a quick word on helmets. I’ve owned two in my adult life, one for mountain biking and another for snowboarding, and I like to wear them around the house, most especially in the first few days of owning them. What’s more funny about wearing a helmet around the house isn’t that I wouldn’t normally need one in my day-to-day life, it’s how I always end up needing one when I wear it, just because it swells my already huge head to unheard of dimensions, nay, epic proportions. I run into everything. That, and helmets is just a funny word to say.