Saturday, December 31, 2016

A year in reads: 2016

On the turntable:  Captain Beefheart, "Trout Heart Replica"

Friday, December 23, 2016

KJ #87

My review of Kato David Hopkins book, "Dokkiri! Japanese Indies Music 1976-1989: A History and Guide" is in the latest issue of the always wonderful Kyoto Journal. 

Copies make for wonderful Xmas gifts, and are available here:

On the turntable:  Can, "Soon Over Babaluma"
On the nighttable:  Nigel Barley, "Island of Demons"

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Sunday Papers: Knut Hamsun

"I do not hold the perverse belief of old men generally, that I am wiser than I was. And I hope I may never grow wise; ’tis a sign of decrepitude. If I thank God for life, it is not by virtue of any riper wisdom that has come to me with age, but because I have always taken a pleasure in life. Age gives no riper wisdom; age gives nothing but age."
--The Wanderer

On the turntable:  Calexico, "The Guard (sdtk)"

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Sunday Papers: Napolean Bonaparte

"History is a set of lies agreed upon."

On the turntable:  Bruce Springsteen, "The River"

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

The Cresting Wave of Junya Ishigami

The final piece of the eight-part architecture series for ZenVita, about the fairytale designs of Junya Ishigami...

On the turntable:  Charles Lloyd Quartet, "Paris 1967"

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Sunday Papers: George Orwell

"In all novels about the East the scenery is the real subject-matter."

On the turntable: The Kyoto Connection, "Kyoto Soundscapes"
On the nighttable:  George Orwell, "The Road to Wigan Pier"

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Omishima, Oshima, Majima

Sixth and final post in the Inland Sea series about following in the wake of Donald Richie.

On the turntable:  Chick Corea, "Waltz for Bill Evans"