Yuka Fujii: Like Planets Exhibition

How bizarre the nomadic road that guides has lead me back to Britannia at a most tumultuous time in its history yet it’s in the quieter hinterland of Hackney I find myself pondering the second JAPAN related exhibition in as many months.  Just as my residence in Lewisham afforded me the chance to see Steve […]

London: Nostalgia in the Now

Nostalgia hangs thick in the air of the UK and especially with London. When I return to my spiritual home (Heathrow) literally a city within a city, a Vatican for avgeeks, I find British Airways are not only still flying the jumbo but some are in retro colour schemes recalling 1983 (Negus & Negus designed […]

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 […]

Tim Bowness: Catching Up with the Velvet Ghost

*It would be difficult to discuss Tim’s output without mentioning No-Man and some of his collaborative efforts. I mentioned being on the road since 1999 and it’s that year I met Tim at the now defunct 12 Bar Club in London’s Denmark Street where I also briefly chat to Steve Jansen and Peter Chilvers. I’ve not […]

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 […]

Music: Keep Brand and Carry On

Recently events on opposite sides of the world have engulfed Facebook. Not a terrorist offence or a natural disaster but the old problems of the shock of the new, the band wreckers, and band brand. In short should bands continue under the same name with new singers? In Australia Boom Crash Opera have announced they […]

Post World Bowie

Well it was a shock to the system wasn’t it, the wind has blown, the fallout may take years to settle. Where are we now? That of a world post David Bowie. Strangely I am more a fan of artists’ inspired by him, nonetheless his presence loomed indirectly during my upbringing. For me his star […]