Mooninite - Mooninite (EP2)

Mooninite (EP2)

Street: 06.27
Mooninite = Junichi Masuda + Applegreen

Andrew Aguilera, who creates darkly ambient sounds under the name of Mooninite, has fashioned a summer-worthy driving soundtrack in Mooninite (EP2). Currently available for digital download on Mooninite’s Bandcamp, I recommend—before even giving a full-fledged review—that you download the EP and go cruise State. It’ll be a night to remember.

If the EP’s cover can be considered any indication of a suggested interpretation, then drive is exactly what Mooninite—or photographer Karl Jørgensen—would like us to do. A sunset (or sunrise) is depicted in the background. A mountain range, shrouded in a low-lying cloud, sits below a pale yellow to light blue sky, suggesting a sublime peace lingering in the distance. In the middle ground, a city grid is shown, lighted and blurry, like fireflies from a distance. The foreground has a car with headlights on, suggesting a motion, or at least the intention of motion. The picture relies on the contrast between light and dark (and one encroaching in on the other), motion and stagnation, and journey and destination.

The EP opens with “Better Things (Intro),” which features a rolling piano and programming blips traveling back and forth between the speakers, creating a dimensionally significant stereo effect. It sets the pace in a gentle but representative way. “Main Street” is a mellow number that works through a variety of glitches, piano vamps and some space-like ambient sounds—it gives the impression of a backing track for an anime dream sequence. In a darker way, “Effort” uses a similar formula of piano, glitches and ambience all laid over a trap beat to create a pleasantly surreal concoction. As mystic and muddled as an absinthe bender, “Bad Drink” features perception-blending dissonance and octave warping. Mooninite (EP2) closes with “Like Home (Mooninite Edit)”—an edit of whose song, your guess is as good as mine—which takes a more ecstatic approach with rising and falling horns, guitars and rapid blips. As quickly as it began, it ends—a fading light in the night.

Mooninite (EP2) is the type of EP that is best listened to on repeat—trailing and traveling along with the adventurous listener. My only wish is that the EP had been an LP, but ultimately, this makes me look forward to Mooninite’s future releases. –Z. Smith

Photo: John Barkiple

Book Runners

Photo: John Barkiple
Photo: John Barkiple

In my room, there are shelves upon shelves of books. My girlfriend says I’ll need a whole house just to fit them all. It’s not a problem or anything. I just have a lot—or at least I thought I did, until I met Stephanie and Nathan Briscoe, the wife-and-husband vintage-book-collecting and -selling duo, The Book Runners.

In their cozy home are clutter-free tables with rows of books stacked 10 deep by 10 high, bookshelves in every room and a basement with thousands of books simply waiting to be read or sold. Praise Oscar Wilde—if there is a book Heaven, this must be it.

The Book Runners began in 2014, thanks in part to a seed sown in Stephanie’s childhood: “Since I was a kid, I’ve always loved books,” she says. “My mom was a huge reader, and [she] would always read to me.” This passion, when paired with Nathan’s penchant for collecting, created a unique hobby for the couple. Initially aiming to build up their own library, they quickly moved on to buying, selling and donating books—with about half of their books going to the Boys & Girls Club.

When the Briscoes are away from their day jobs—Stephanie is a speech therapist and Nathan is a USU student and Boise National Forest employee—they are running to every yard sale, estate sale and thrift store that they can find for their next exhilarating score, hence their business’s title. “It is really about getting the books to people so they can realize that [these books] have value,” Nathan says. “A lot of books sit, hiding in people’s basements, and we bring them back to life.”

Preferring festivals over owning a storefront, The Book Runners have worked Salt Lake Comic Con, the Urban Flea Market and other events in the past, but this is their first year tabling Craft Lake City’s DIY Fest. Both express excitement about facing a large crowd and working alongside other local artisans. Armed with their signature “Book Snob” totes and books for collector and casual reader alike, they are well equipped for the DIY Fest adventure.

Find The Book Runners’ classic and rare titles at, on Instagram @thebookrunners and at the DIY Fest.

For more information about CLC DIY Festival programming, click here.

Loom + Kiln: Hannah Leonard

Loom + Kiln

Photo: John Barkiple
Photo: John Barkiple

I’ve seen those beautiful pictures of rooms and houses and shelves on Tumblr and Pinterest, speaking to a California bohemian lifestyle, where every day is an endless adventure of sunrises and sunsets and mimosas on roofs. And every single time, I want to run away from Utah and meet my better, more carefree California self. After discovering Loom + Kiln, I packed my bags and began hitchhiking—or at least became much more serious about the idea.

Started in 2015, Loom + Kiln is the brainchild of the whimsical, bohemian and aesthetically minded Hannah Leonard. Attending BYU for her undergrad, Leonard worked mainly in painting, until, while later attending Portland Community College, she discovered a hidden talent and love for curating. “[My time at PCC] provided enough training to make me realize that interior design is where my heart is,” says Leonard. “It is about figuring out your strengths and what you really enjoy.”

Leonard happens to really enjoy vintage, exotic rugs, pillows and textiles. “[Loom + Kiln] has eclectic items from around the world—Turkey, Morocco, Peru, Mali, Thailand and Iran,” says Leonard. From the aforementioned

items to vintage Morrocan wedding blankets and poofs (think ottomans) to highly flourished Indian mirrors to American- and Canadian-made paintings and ceramic fixtures, put together in a clean, distinct and contemporary manner, “It is about incorporating new designs with vintage character,” she says.

This is Leonard’s first year at Craft Lake City’s DIY Festival, and she is brimming with excitement, not only to introduce Loom + Kiln to the Salt Lake public but  also to see the many other featured artisans. “I think there is a lot of talent, and Craft Lake City’s DIY Fest is a great place to showcase that talent,” says Leonard. She says that the DIY Fest reminds her of similar festivals back home in Portland, which emphasize the importance of supporting local businesses and creatives. “[These festivals] are about allowing the people around you, in your community, in your neighborhood, to live their dreams.”

Loom + Kiln, a dream-turned-reality for Leonard and sweet nectar for my California dreamin’, can be found at this year’s DIY Fest, at and on Instagram @loomandkiln.

For more information about CLC DIY Festival programming, click here.