Archive for October, 2006


My eyes are still puffy and I’m wolfing down Halloween candy sandwiched between Ritz Crackers to make up for energy/sleep deficit, but I must say, this past weekend’s Japanese punk rock show at bpm was off the hook!

Four bands, three local, one straight outta Tokyo, made bpm’s sound-proof studio/performance space into one helluva concrete mess.  In the tradition of Japanese order, of course.

Nosso, BabyShakes, Gito Gito Hustler and The Spunks thrashed like it was 1991 and I was immediately thrown back to my high school days in Allston, MA where bands like Slapshot and Sick of it All, the Mighty Mighty Bosstones and Murphy’s Law ruled my world.  Needless to say, I have mellowed with age (not old age, just age) and find the more melodic of punk suits my tastes best.

Nosso, a side project of The Spunks lead singer, Hajime, incorporated some emo-grooves making their sound punk and hard, but heartfelt, too.  BabyShakes, a Queens-based all girl band (except for the drummer) punked out with a more traditional rock n punk sound, reminiscent of the Ramones and 1950’s Beach Boys pop.   Meanwhile, Gito Gito Hustler, truly all-girl Tokyo punk, screamed and thrashed their way around the stage.  I met the drummer who is too cute for words.  And when I said, with some disbelief,  “You play drums?”  She answered “Yes, I’m very very strong.” and made a skinny little muscle.

Mind you, those skinny little arms were all guns on when she played.  And I must say, while cute boys are always fun to watch, girls grinding into guitars always seems to get my most immediate attention.  At bpm, all the girls in the audience screamed their agreement by shouting “Kawaii!  Kawaii des!” at Gito Gito.

By the time the Spunks came on, I was beat and wanted to go home.  But I stayed on and witnessed some interesting anti-Chinese sentiment from Hajime who demurely stated that The Spunks were strictly Japanese – at which point the audience laughed since the Spunks drummer, Al, is white.  Hajime went on to complain about Chinese food and how greasy it is and full of MSG.  Somehow, I was reminded of the manga (yes, there will always be a comics tie in to my entries) Ken Kan Ryu or “Hating the Korean Wave”.  Ken Kan Ryu was a break out 2005 comic in Japan that sold over 300,000 copies and can pretty much be classified as K-bashing in graphic novel format.  The popularity of KKR  also gave rise to a comic “I Hate Chinese People” (loose translation).

Well, sometimes Chinese people get on my nerves, too.   (I’m so glad my parents don’t read this.)  As for cuisine, let’s just say that whenever I visit Thailand, my friends make fun of me for eating bland (not burn-the-tastebuds-off-your-tongue spicey) and tease me by saying “You eat babyfood.”  Which is what I sometimes think of sushi….


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Has it really been a month….?

since my last post…?

Now that the pumpkins have come out and the Halloween streamers have become impossible to ignore, I’ve officially come to grips with the fact that summer is over.

And just in time to pull me out of the post-summer slump is Edison Chen! Edison Chen! Edison Chen!

Now that he’s appeared in the SF Chronicle and on Grady’s blog, I just want to qualify all this press coverage and say “I told you so!”

The EDC has been on my radar since the very first Infernal Affairs and I’ve done my best to promote him without looking like too much of a groupie. That said, the boy has the ambition of Napoleon and has a number of movies and music albums under his belt (as well as his own clothing line and boutique)- and not just HK movies, but Japanese movies and opening today, a Hollywood release as well.

In the Grudge 2 he’s pretty much the one man on the set. It’s incredibly exciting to see a well known Hong Kong pop star make his way east, to Japan and cross-over to U.S. cinema. I wonder if this will open doors to more HK actors like Nick Tse or Daniel Wu, who’ve all grown up in North America and face no language barrier.

But I’ve already blogged about this on my .mac site, which you can check out. Of course, it’s less of a well thought out article than it is a testament to cute Chinese boys.

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