Steve Jansen: Quiet Life Through Quiet Windows

When a band splits, it’s a little easier to see what one member brings to the table unless, that is, the band is JAPAN; a bunch of musicians as multi-faceted as their very existence. Drummer Steve Jansen’s history and output is no less complex. Indeed he is much much more than just a master of the kit […]

Barcelona: Music from the Great Beyond

Hey! Just wandering around the gorgeous and very cultural Gracia district and they have two cool record stores as well as a travel bookstore. The first store is called SURCO, which has been in existence 44 years and they had some nice new vinyl in stock from among others A-ha and David Sylvian. You know […]

Perry Blake: Lonesome Traveller

‘You must be a big fan of Perry Blake’ says the French store assistant in English on my asking about something Japan related. ‘Umm yeah’ I say having only heard of him because Steve Jansen played on (at that time) Perry’s latest recording Still Life. Though I’m also aware of his first album which had […]

Barcelona: Music for Libraries

*above photos from Nou Barris library Barcelona possesses some pretty swanky libraries and some great pieces which given time I’ll get round to listening to (obviously I know the debut Duran album above) but there’s much to bathe my ears in – time and decent headphones permitting. Here’s a quick rundown of the libraries I’ve […]

David Sylvian: Vinyl Reissues

In 2003 Japan and David Sylvian’s catalogue was given a significant makeover by Virgin EMI. Both Gentlemen Take Polaroids and Tin Drum recently got the half speed master treatment and next February on what will be Sylvian’s 61st year, his golden era from 1984’s Brilliant Trees to 1987’s Secrets of the Beehive are being revised […]

SPECIAL: Meeting Peter Kingsbery

It has been nearly 30 years’ since I took the plunge and purchased American band Cock Robin’s ‘First Love, Last Rites’ for £3 from what was then Our Price records in my, more or less, hometown of Newport. As regular readers will note from my other blogs I have written extensively about both Peter and […]

Who Killed the New Gold Dream?

In our teenage years we are further shaped by the culture around us: books, movies and especially in my case: music. My generation had music of atmosphere, mystery and intrigue. Arcadia, David Sylvian, New Order, This Mortal Coil and the 4AD label. It was looking to the future… The Human League dared us, OMD dazzled […]