The following entry originally appeared on the Amoeblog Austrian Eurodisco group Joy are scheduled to perform live in Santa Ana on 5 December Saint Nicholas Eve/Krampusnacht) at the Yost Theater. They will perform hits including “Touch By Touch,” “Hello,” “Japanese Girls,” “Valerie,” “Im In Love,” “Countdown of Love,” and more. Buy tickets now as there are … Continue reading Eurodisco Legends Joy Are Coming to Orange County!
Fancy, the singer of hits including “Angel Eyes,” “Bolero,” “China Blue,” “Cold as Ice,” “Flames of Blue,” “Lady of Ice,” “Latin Fire,” “Slice me Nice” and more is coming to the US for the first time ever in January, 2014. He’ll be playing at R3 Social Lounge in Stanton (North Orange County/Little Saigon) on the 17th of that month. The … Continue reading Well slice me nice, Eurodisco legend Fancy is coming to Orange County!
If you’re American and you recognize names like “Bad Boys Blue,” “C.C. Catch,” “Sandra,” or “Modern Talking,” there’s a good chance that you, or someone close to you, is Vietnamese. For the uninitiated non-Viet Americans, those are the names of three German (and one German-Dutch) pop bands whose songs have been compiled, covered, and claimed … Continue reading Pan-Asian Metropolis — Q&A with filmmaker Elizabeth Ai about her latest project, NEW WAVE
After the Go-Betweens — the Solo Albums of Grant McClennan and Robert Forster All-Female Bands of the 1960s – Happy Women’s History Month! All-Female Bands of the 1970s — Happy Women’s History Month! Black Hillbilly Cruising the Mediterranean aboard the Boaty Weekender Digging the scene at “This Ain’t a Scene” with a gangsta lean Dirty Roots: Southern Hip-Hop Part I … Continue reading Music
In August, Una and I went to Barcelona. It was the first time for both of us in that city, or Catalonia (Catalan: Catalunya), the region of which it is the capital. Home to roughly 4.8 million, the Barcelona Metropolitan Area is also the sixth (after Brexit it will be the fifth) largest urban area in the … Continue reading Where Fools Fear to Tread – A Snapshot of Barcelona
INTRODUCTION In June, Una and I went to the Philippines and Korea on vacation. Since people will invariably ask me to clarify “North or South?” the answer, is South. Perhaps I’m wrong to think that this would be obvious since I usually assume that “Korea” means “South Korea.” More than 12 million travelers annually visit Seoul alone … Continue reading Where Fools Fear To Tread — A Snapshot of Korea (Seoul and Busan)
MY TRIP — INTRODUCTION In August 2010 I went on a trip to Taiwan. Like most Americans, I had little knowledge of the island in East Asia. In school, we learned that Taiwan was formerly called Formosa (although I don’t believe it was mentioned by whom). Later it became Taiwan. The Nationalists (the “good guys” … Continue reading Where Fools Fear to Tread — A Snapshot of Taiwan (Taipei & the East Coast)
A comprehensive playlist of the music of Los Angeles would have to include film scores, cool jazz, surf bands, frat rock, folk-rock, Sunset Strip psychedelia, Chicano soul, country rock, hardcore punk, Paisley Underground, hair metal, gangsta rap, and G-funk. Lists of performers and bands associated with Los Angeles invariably include plenty rock groups, soul singers, and rappers — nearly all … Continue reading Pan-Asian Metropolis — Asian-Angeleno Musicians
Although the title of this piece might suggest a playlist for Asian fetishists, it’s intended to be more of a selection of songs which I think reveal something deeper or at least more interesting about changing attitudes toward Asia and Asians in the mainstream Western collective consciousness. Thus there is no “Big in Japan” or “Turning Japanese,” … Continue reading Saturday Night Yellow Fever
1980s German pop star Sandra is set to perform at the City National Grove of Anaheim on 4 March Club Nokia on 2 March 2016. On the 5th she’ll perform in Dallas. At both dates she’ll be joined by fellow German Eurodisco singer Patty Ryan (“Stay With Me Tonight,” “(You’re) My Love, (You’re) My Life,” “I Don’t Wanna Loose You … Continue reading Sandra Set to Perform in Los Angeles and Dallas