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Asobi Seksu, Bowery Ballroom, New York City, April 2

Posted by on Apr 20, 2009 in Asian American, Music | 0 comments

Asobi Seksu, Bowery Ballroom, New York City, April 2

Crocodiles, not bad, but definitely an off-night! This was Asobi Seksu‘s big homecoming gig, the last in a long international tour.  Somehow, though, something was missing.  I dunno, it just felt kinda joyless, if I may say so, though the music sounded great and Asobi Seksu (a duo of singer and keyboard player Yuki Chikudate and guitarist and vocalist James Hanna), rounded out with a touring bassist and drummer, were tight.  Or maybe it was just me who felt empty at the end of the night. First opening band was Crocodiles, two guys,...

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Primal Scream, Webster Hall, New York City, March 28

Posted by on Apr 4, 2009 in Music | 1 comment

Primal Scream, Webster Hall, New York City, March 28

Kuroma, I wasn’t really into you, to be honest. I don’t know about you, but I was psyched as hell to see that Scotland’s Primal Scream was coming to play.  I got on the bandwagon late, having been turned off by 1991’s Screamadelica, which I considered trippy hippy crap back in the day.  But I checked back on them for 2000’s XTRMNTR for two huge reasons: awesome bass player Mani (late of the Stone Roses) was now a full-fledged member; and I found a copy on double vinyl (thank you U.S. label Astralwerks!).  I...

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Fuck You, Camera Obscura!

Posted by on Mar 11, 2009 in Music | 3 comments

Fuck You, Camera Obscura!

Yeah, you guys! Okay, so you’ve left your tiny American label Merge and gone on to 4ad, so I guess this stunt was to generate publicity for that storied label. Yeah, I called it a stunt!  You book two shows at tiny places in New York City and they sell out immediately (and creating buzz as people scramble to get tickets).  One at Mercury Lounge (an old trick for that venue — Echo & the Bunnymen played a semi-secret show there in 1996 when they first reunited and Swervedriver played there in 1997 when they switched to label...

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I’ve Had Stuff on My Plate

Posted by on Mar 1, 2009 in Asian American, Ed, Writing | 3 comments

I’ve Had Stuff on My Plate

A Korean chain opens their first American outlet in America! In NYC! Kimchi and hotdogs and bulgogi all in a wrap! And speaking of wrap, here’s a wrap-up as to why I haven’t been posting as of late. I’ve been busy, mostly holed up writing and watching many, many movies. Yes, I said writing!  The sequel to This Is a Bust is coming out on St. Martin’s/Thomas Dunne/Minotaur in Winter 2010, but the specific “pub date” has not yet been set. Whew!  I have never written a sequel before and though it was...

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No Time for Losers

Posted by on Dec 13, 2008 in Asian American, Ed, Writing | 10 comments

No Time for Losers

I’ve read in the Harvard Business Review that successful people take the time to celebrate their victories.  So here I am celebrating with the greatest woman in the world, my wife Cindy. Shucks, I won the Member’s Choice Award for This Is a Bust at the Asian American Literary Awards ceremony on Monday.  This is the second time I’ve won it, the first being back in 2003 for this dirty little book. I’m very humbled, since this is the one award based on votes from members of the Asian American Writers Workshop.  The...

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