Yellow Magic Orchestra’s Yukihiro Takahashi sings my favorite Beatles tune: ‘It’s All Too Much’

My favorite Beatle is George Harrison, and my favorite Harrison-penned Beatles tune is ‘It’s All Too Much’, featured on the Yellow Submarine soundtrack. Seriously, you can keep ‘Yesterday’ and ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ – Harrison’s upbeat LSD trip does it for me every time. Here’s a spiffy version by Yellow Magic Orchestra vocalist Yukihiro...
RIP Peter ‘Sleazy’ Christopherson 1955 – 2010

RIP Peter ‘Sleazy’ Christopherson 1955 – 2010

I’m running late getting ready for Thanksgiving dinner, so I don’t have time to say a lot – but I did want to note the untimely passing of musician Peter Christopherson, founding member of industrial pioneers Throbbing Gristle and techno-occult experimentalists Coil. I’m particularly saddened by the latter, as Coil is now and truly gone…partner/collaborator John Balance preceded Christopherson to the grave in 2004. Rest in peace, Sleazy, and thanks for some of the most beautiful atonality I’ve ever...

Ever Wish They’d All Just Die? Me Too.

So, we bought our house from an older couple. It has beautifully landscaped gardens, but the older could hadn’t been able to keep it up, so they were all chocked with weeds. No prob- I am a master weed-puller (well, not really, but it’s not exactly hard, is it?). My mother-in-law: “Be careful, those weeds look like poison ivy.” Me: “Nah, I don’t think so. Poison ivy looks different than those.” So…yeah, she was right. >scratch scratch< This makes me a feel a little better. I Wish They’d All Just Die I don’t know what this is or where it came from. But I can totally relate. And it’s in Japanese so it’s on-topic for the...

China’s Got Talent…Yes, Indeed

So, the winner of the latest China’s Got Talent TV show/competition got the prize for making that shitty James Blunt song “You’re Beautiful” actually sound OK. Video I don’t think there was any reason other than that....
Happy Birthday, Ayumi Hamasaki!

Happy Birthday, Ayumi Hamasaki!

J-Pop star Ayumi Hamasaki turned 32 today – although in Japan, this is a belated birthday greeting…should have posted it yesterday. Anyway – Otanjou-bi Omedetou Gozaimasu!

Shonen Knife in Cincy

Cincinnati denizens- the Midpoint Music Festival is apparently some kind of big deal here (crowds are not my thing, so in the two + years I’ve lived in the area, I have never attended). This year, Japanese punk-pop-GRRRRRL power trio Shonen Knife is playing at the Contemporary Arts Center on the first day of the festival- Thursday, September 23rd at 11 pm. So if you can get off work Friday and don’t mind staying up late, check them out- they’re super cute (but in a tough, awesome way)! Website...