Ode to Japan

For the past week I’ve been in a little town called Kyodo, part of a larger district named Setagaya which is part of a larger city called Tokyo.  It’s my third time here so it seems more like central Jersey than a nation steeped in Samurai history.  My wife was born here and becomes more…

The songs that almost, but not quite, changed my life (this year).

I’m not a “top tenner” or “albums of the year” type of person, but since this is my first year running this site, I thought, what the hell.  This year I’ve had the great fortune of coming across newmusic from a wide array of artists I would probably not have encountered at my local record…

The Mother of all “Essential Albums” lists up to 2009!

Someone sent me this list today by a person called James Cooper who has compiled a ‘best of’ list up to the year 2009!  I agree with most of his calls for the years I’ve lived thus far, that is, up to today (except for the exclusion of Wilco‘s “A Ghost is Born”).   I am…

The Occasion

It’s cold and overcast today in San Francisco.  Healing from my sake hangover will take some time. It’s the perfect day to listen to The Occasion.  Their self-titled album is out on the label Say Hey Records from NYC.  They’re a five piece including piano and a tape looper.  Their sound is reminiscent of Low…

Lee Walton is at it again!

Some artists get bummed and complain about life while others play with Shaquille O’Neal?  The multi-media artist Lee Walton is currently competing with the Shaq to see who is the better free thrower (judging from previous years, I think the Shaq is going down big time).  The latest spectacle being documented by Lee is his…