Foreign Languages (tide/edit, 2014)

Math makes the intangible tangible, defines the imaginary, helps explain what seems to be, well, unexplainable---like our universe. With Foreign Languages, indie-rock quartet tide/edit does something---not exactly opposite---different. The tunes in Foreign Languages, they aren't easy to describe or explain---not that one needs to---yet they could easily capture one’s attention and/or imagination. tide/edit's music has... Continue Reading →

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Raves: Tampopo, The Big Sick

The Big Sick (2017). I may not be the funniest of stand up comedians. But if my girlfriend is Zoe Kazan and she's so in love with me, I'm definitely more than willing to give up everything just to be with her. And I mean everything---including my own family. Wait. That would only be the... Continue Reading →

Kita Kita (Sigrid Andrea Bernardo, 2017)

Kita Kita (I See You) could be a distant relative of Richard Linklater's Before Sunrise; only it isn't presented in real-time, it's set in Japan instead of France, and the male lead (Empoy Marquez) hardly resembles Ethan Hawke. And KZ Tandingan's version of Air Supply's "Two Less Lonely People" frequently plays in the background. Okay, the two... Continue Reading →

10 Things I Learned In Japan

Disclaimer: No offense meant for people who usually gets offended by lazily written articles that contain stuff like compact discs, bikes, and Maria Ozawa. Also, no offense meant for Spotify-lovers. Stand on the right, walk on the left. It's not just for the work-crazy Japanese, always rushing to get to work. It's also for us... Continue Reading →

Rock is Dead, Mellon Collie & The Nicene Creeders Slackerful Mysteries

Despite all the press, an MTV hit and all other atrocities ascribed to them during their heyday, Pavement was one of those bands whose popularity (or rather lack thereof) flew under my radar during the nineties. And I'm rather thankful for that. I am endlessly grateful that I've had Stone Temple Pilots, Silverchair, Green Day,... Continue Reading →

Shady Lane – Japan Tour Ed. (Pavement, 1997)

Japan could be last bastion of selling tangible music. Not only because Japanese people still love to buy CDs and LPs - but also because a lot of people from outside Japan go there just to buy these stuff and to see Ochanomizu's great collection of guitars. And the girls of AKB48 are cute. Maybe... Continue Reading →

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