Yea! Heavy: Dylan & The Nobel

Yea! Heavy: Dylan & The Nobel

Nobel? I’m elated. This scruff who I’ve been “reading” since I was a kid, has won the Nobel Prize for Literature. Sure, it’s not a radical choice, nor is it controversial. Awarding Dylan the prize was the safest option in this year of #Trump2016. Another American white male from the boomer generation rises to the top at the expense of women and people of colour...

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Fuji Rock Fest 2016

Fuji Rock Fest 2016

Fuji Rock is famous for two reasons: the first festival in 1997 was a disaster and got cancelled after the first night due to a vicious storm. Its other claim to fame is that it takes place nowhere near Mount Fuji. After the first year’s disaster, the organizers moved the location but kept the name. So here we are! High in the Japanese Alps in central Honshu, at Naeba, Niigata-ken. This is...

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A Gift Of Sound & Vision

A Gift Of Sound & Vision

“Waiting for the gift of sound and vision” It felt cold today, even for Hong Kong. The news arrived in the late afternoon, January 11th: the starman had fallen, cancer swallowing all that sound, all that vision. In the end, he was a blackstar. Like everyone else with electricity, I’ve been overwhelmed with the flood of testimonials about what David Bowie meant to so many...

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Top Tunes: 2015

Top Tunes: 2015

After four years, I returned to live in Hong Kong to be greeted with the stench and glitz of this metro’s many charms. The music that accompanied me was a melange of styles that replicated the hurly-burly whipping me silly for most of 2015. It’s been a great year and I’m glad to say the music measured up. My top picks begin with a legend that once again gave her voice to her...

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Dylan’s Great Rainbow Revisited

Dylan’s Great Rainbow Revisited

“I didn’t choose rock, rock chose me” ~ Bob Dylan Bob Dylan’s masterpiece, Highway 61 Revisited, turned fifty this year. After all this time, “the sweet pretty things” remain in bed, driven further into an affective malaise. The album was a cultural milestone, one that nudged open the aperture on social criticism, broadening the possibilities of how pop could...

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Salt Spring: Cabin 6

Salt Spring: Cabin 6

I’ve been coming to Salt Spring Island since I was six. Yuko first came in 2000, and Lulu arrived in 2013 when she was six weeks. My mum first brought our family (w/o dad) by saving up the increase in the Family Allowance implemented under the minority Liberal/NDP government of Pierre Trudeau and David Lewis in 1974. Grandma used to accompany us until her second marriage, and then...

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2014: High Notes

2014: High Notes

I covered a lot of ground in 2014 – from Rio to Wan Chai, Monaco to Niigata, and Salt Spring Island to Playa del Carmen. The best music of the year kept me moving and kept me from asking, “Are we there?” Here’s to enjoying the journey as much as the destination in 2015! 1. Sharon Van Etten: Are We There The best thing I heard all year was this stately meditation on the...

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