An alternative to Kouhaku?

For the past seven years or so, I’ve watched Kouhaku Uta Gassen  (紅白歌合戦 literally, Red and White Song Battle), Japan’s big annual New Year’s Eve musical extravaganza. Kouhaku runs from about 7pm to midnight in Japan, which is roughly 2am to 7am California time. Usually it’s a lot of fun, but the 2018 edition seemedContinue reading “An alternative to Kouhaku?”

Recently on Radiopanik (Dec 4 edition)

Here’s a selection of music I heard recently on Radio Panik, an online radio station based in Belgium. “Grues” by Moussu T e lei Jovents “Green & Gold” by Lianne La Havas “Points” by Ruth Anderson “Neon” by Baleine 3000 “En Léger Différé” by Mickey 3D “Eight Corners” by Gastr del Sol “Hot Tea ToContinue reading “Recently on Radiopanik (Dec 4 edition)”

Music from Ireland / Ceol ó Éirinn

In celebration of St. Patrick’s today, here are ten songs from Ireland (in no particular order). 1. Terminal 3 by Linda Martin (Eurovision 1984) 2. Never Get Old by Sinéad O’Connor 3. Raggle Taggle Gypsy/Tabhair dom do laimh by Planxty 4. Gathering Mushrooms by Clannad 5. Waiting For An Alibi by Thin Lizzy 6. Jiggery Pokery byContinue reading “Music from Ireland / Ceol ó Éirinn”

New Music from Japan — March 2015

Artist: Kenji Takaoka Location: Tokyo 東京 Soundcloud Title: ペンシルロケット (Pencil Rocket) Genre: pop Toshihisa Yamada Location: Osaka 大阪 Soundcloud / Twitter Title: Sound Diary 2015.3.8 Genre: piano Artist: Kiyomitsu Miyashita Location: Tokyo 東京 Soundcloud Title: Cookies Ear Genre: electronic Artist: DJ mijinko3 Location: Tokyo 東京 Soundcloud Title: 夜明け-dawndaybreak- Genre: piano Artist: Mion Location: Sendai 仙台Continue reading “New Music from Japan — March 2015”

New Music from Japan – January 2015

Artist: Himuro Yoshiteru Location: Tokyo 東京 Soundcloud Title: Beats Log 20150114 Genre: electronic Artist: OYMS + Kyosuke Takayasu (Totokoko label) Location (of Totokoko): Saitama さいたま Soundcloud / Twitter Title: Inside of a Wind Genre: pop Free Download Artist: Hizmi (Bunkai-kei label) Location (of Bunkai-kei): Tokyo 東京 Soundcloud / Twitter Title: Nue Genre: electronic Free DownloadContinue reading “New Music from Japan – January 2015”

Shopping Expedition to Los Angeles!

Just made a shopping expedition to Los Angeles and this is what I bought! Store Purchases Amoeba Music 6400 Sunset Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90028 Take Me To The Land of Hell, Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band Warp and Weft, Laura Veirs 満ち汐のロマンス (Michishio no Romansu, “Tide Flow Romance”), Ego-Wrappin’ Kiss Me Once, Kylie MinogueContinue reading “Shopping Expedition to Los Angeles!”

Eurovision Song Contest 1980

I lived in England from 1976 to 1979, and saw the 1977, 1978, and 1979 Eurovision Song Contests. I didn’t watch the contest again until 2011, and have watched it ever since. I decided to watch the 1980 Eurovision Song Contest to “pick up where I had left off” when I left England. I had onlyContinue reading “Eurovision Song Contest 1980”

Eurovision Song Contest 2014 Final

Here it is, everyone–my top ten choices for best songs from Eurovision Song Contest 2014! Rank Country Title, Artist Eurovision Final Ranking 1 Hungary “Running”, András Kállay-Saunders 5 2 Netherlands “Calm After the Storm”, The Common Linnets 2 3 Austria “Rise Like a Phoenix“, Conchita Wurst 1 4 Sweden “Undo”, Sanna Nielsen 3 5 SwitzerlandContinue reading “Eurovision Song Contest 2014 Final”

Eurovision Song Contest 2014 Semifinal 2

Here are my choices for best songs from the second semifinal of Eurovision Song Contest 2014: Rank Country Title, Artist 1 Georgia “Three Minutes to Earth“, The Shin and Mariko 2 Switzerland “Hunter of Stars“, Sebalter 3 Austria “Rise Like a Phoenix“, Conchita Wurst 4 Poland “My Słowianie – We Are Slavic“, Donatan & CleoContinue reading “Eurovision Song Contest 2014 Semifinal 2”