Japanese artists take their craft seriously and frequently exceed the fields' originators. Even though I won't go so far to say that the Japanese have "perfected" jazz, the talent there is undeniable and compelling. In the video embedded above, the YouTube channel tardiobscurus_jp has curated an entire playlist of beautiful Japanese jazz. If a particular artist or song captures your imagination, the video includes timestamps for each track. Also, the channel has a plethora of great playlists for Japanese artists from varying genres.
No peyote tourism, gracias. The effect and affect of sadness, regret, and lament transcends language. The musical language of the Blues, the unrequited, the sacrifice and betrayal circulates the heartache of universal loss. Not everyone loves the blues as musical genre, but everyone has had the blues—all shades. The blues crosses borders, and like shades… READ THE REST
Garage/thrash band Brother O Brother's new album Skin Walker will see a limited edition release on a vinyl record that's also a guitar pedal. Yes, it's a very thick platter but you can play it on most regular turntables. From Louder Sound: This unholy innovation comes from pioneering vinyl experimentalists Romanus Records, who have something of… READ THE REST
This is a pretty wonderful story from the Belfast Concert Photographs Facebook group. Back in 1983, the iconic English electronic act Depeche Mode played the Ulster Hall in Belfast. A man called Brian McDonnell had tickets to the concert, and was eager to photograph the band in action. But security wouldn't allow him into the… READ THE REST
A standard lighter can give out in the wind, run out of lighter fluid, and burn your finger with the flint wheel. Sounds like a lot of obstacles and inconveniences just to get a flame going. The Slimline is changing the game for the traditional lighter and finally making way for a modern-efficient lighter that'll make your life much… READ THE REST
When you've got money, you make a deposit at the bank. When you have a stack of important files, you stick them in a file cabinet. But what about your tiniest valuables — you can't just store them in your pocket or your bathroom drawer, as they'll easily get lost or overlooked. And considering the fact… READ THE REST
Everyone knows the awful feeling; you have an important thought, but you don't have anywhere to jot it down, and before you know it the thought is gone. For those of us without a photographic memory, it's vital to be able to record our thoughts so they aren't lost forever. If you're someone who is sick of… READ THE REST