Archive for the ‘music’ Category

I like to listen to as much music as possible, and I’m picky and old-fashioned in two ways: 1) I like to listen to complete albums, beginning to end.  2) I almost never listen to music on a computer, and rarely on a portable digital player; instead, I like to crank up the hi-fi if […]


About a decade ago, I bought my first turntable.  My family had always had a turntable — part of an incredibly cheap all-in-one audio system — but I was born at exactly that moment in time when it seemed to make sense to put your money into CDs and cassettes because vinyl was clearly going […]


On Saturday I went to Kobe to see my friend Ida Masashi (井田 将史) who was participating in volume 12 of the Hinatamizu Ambience (ひなたみずアンビエンス) series of collaborative performances at space eauuu (スペース・オー), a fantastic art and music space.  This particular collaboration involved a series of performances of electro-acoustic ambient music accompanied by the gradual […]


Osaka’s Project Obachaaan strikes again.


08May13

A set of shots from a night out with friends at one of my favorite local izakaya, 楽.  楽 (raku) means ‘enjoyment’ in Japanese, and is part of two of my favorite kanji compounds: 音楽 (ongaku) and 楽ちん (rakuchin).  音楽 means ‘music,’ but since it’s made up of the kanji for ‘sound’ and ‘enjoyment’ I […]


Tayutau (たゆたう) is one if my very favorite bands.  The duo — Nishimoto Hiroko on guitar and Ikagi Akiko on violin and found percussion — play music that is haunting, beautiful, playful, and cleverly quiet.  Both of them sing and when they harmonize it’s as if a third, invisible instrument has suddenly taken the stage.  […]


The LA Weekly blog is currently features a great story about poet and songwriter Chris Stroffolino, who is currently playing music in LA out of his van.  The article, by John Payne, discusses how the fortuitous meeting of Jeff Feuerzeig (director of The Devil and Daniel Johnston) resulted in Chris’s upcoming album on BMI, called […]



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