Haruki Murakami

21 Dec

…now, of course, I know exactly what I should have said to her. it would have been a long speech, though, far too long for me to have delivered it properly. the ideas I came up with are never very practical

oh, well. it would have started “once upon a time” and ended “a sad story, don’t you think?”

once upon a time, there lived a boy and a girl. the boy was eighteen and the girl sixteen. he was not unusually handsome, and she was not especially beautiful, they were just an oridanry lonely boy and an ordinary lonely girl, like all the others. but they believed with their whole hearts that somewhere in the world there lived a 100% perfect boy a the 100% perfect girl for them. yes, they believed in a miracle. and the miracle actually happened.

one day the two came upon each other on the corner of a street.

“this is amazing,” he said “I’ve been looking for you all my life. you may not believe this, but you’re the 100% perfect girl for me.”

“and you,” she said “are the 100% perfect boy for me, exactly as I’d pictured  you in every detail. it’s like a dream.” they sat on a park bench, held hands, and told each other their stories hour after hour. they were not lonely anymore. they had found and been found by their 100% perfect other. it’s a miracle, a cosmic miracle.

as they sat and talked, however, a tiny, tiny silver of doubt took root in their hearts: was ti really all right for one’s dreams to come true so easily?

and so, when there came a moment lull in their conversation, the boy said to the girl “let’s test ourselves- just once. if we really are each other’s 100% perfect lovers, then sometime, somewhere, we will meet again without fail. and when that happens, and we know that we are the 100% perfect ones, we’ll marry then and there. what do you think?”

“yes,” she said “that’s exactly what we should do.”

and so they parted, she to the east, and he to the west.

the test they had agreed upon, however, was utterly unnecessary. they should never have undertaken it, because they really and truly were each other’s 100% perfect lovers. and it was a miracle that they even met. but it was impossible for them to know this, young as they were. the cold, indifferent waves of fate proceeded to toss them unmercifully.

one winter, both the boy and the girl came down with the season’s terrible influenza, and after drifting for weeks between life and death they lost all memory of their earlier years. when they awoke, their heads were as empty as young D.H. Lawrence’s piggy bank.

they were two bright, determined young people, however and though their unremitting efforts they were able to acquire once again the knowledge and feelings that qualified them to return as full-fledged members of society. heaven be praised they became truly upstanding citizens who knew how to transfer from one subway to another, who were fully capable of sending a special-delivery letter at the post office. indeed they even experienced love again, sometimes as much as 75% or even 85% love.

time passed with shocking swiftness, and soon the boy was thirty-two, the girl thirty.

one beautiful April morning, in search of a cup of coffee to start the day, the boy was walking from west to east, while the girl, intending to send a special-delivery letter. was walking from east to west, both along the same narrow street it the Harajuku neighborhood of Tokyo. they passed each other in the very center of the street. the faintest gleam of their lost memories glimmered for the briefest moment in their hearts. each felt a rumbling in the chest. and they knew:

she is the 100% perfect girl for me.

he is the 100% perfect boy for me.

but the glow of their memories was far too weak, and their thoughts no longer had clarity fo fourteen years earlier. with out a word, they passed each other, disappearing into the crowed.forever.

a sad story, don’t you think?

yes, that’s it, that is what I should have said to her.

absolutely love Murakami…

selam.

Isao Suzuki- Blue City (1974)

11 Dec

 

Isao Suzuki is the grand master of jazz in Japan. He is a bassist, multi instrumentalist, composer, arranger, producer, and bandleader. He was born on January 3, 1933 in Tokyo.

here is the story of how he got into jazz and how much music means to him.

When he was a college student back in December 1953 he went to see Louis Armstrong All Stars in Tokyo. Milt Hinton, the best player ever, 43 at the time, was playing. Luckily Isao could see him playing from the front seat, and he was totally taken aback by Milt’s bass. When Milt said, “I pick and you clap,” and played solo bass very casually for 15 minutes, Isao was so moved by the sound that he couldn’t stop crying. Milt smiled at Isao when he noticed that Isao was so moved and crying. Isao was so fascinated by his performance, so three days later, Isao asked his mother to buy him a double bass.

the album Blue City is simple awesome, it has that nice smooth feel, is an easy listen but when is listened to carefully it offers so much more. my favorite track is Body and Soul.

 

 

download link in the comments!

 

Selam.

ATCQ!

6 Dec

alright, so A Tribe Called Quest is for me the single most important rap group of all time, period. they’ve had influence on mainstream cats like Kanye, Cudi, Outkast and underground/indie heads like The Cunninlynguists, Substantial, Brother Ali to the same extent. they defined the sound of soul full hip hop and conscious rap and are an icon on the genre. anyway I just wanted to say that I’m really excited about the documentary eve though Q-tip isn’t happy with all of that  I just can’t help my self,  since the rap artist I like rarely get the exposure of this magnitude. anyway enjoy the clip and i hope your exited about it as I am.

 

selam.

Hiroshi Fujiwara

7 Nov

Hiroshi is a synonym in Japan for everything cool. he is the father of Japanese(world) street culture. Levi’s, Nike and many more brands have collaborated with his Fragment design.

Hiroshi started out as a DJ in Japan, bringing hip hop to japanese clubs, later he switched entirely to fashion and today is an absolute icon around the world.

he rarely gives interviews so check this one out:

selam

Nike Blazer Orange & Burgundy

29 Oct

been loving the nike blazer sneaker for a long time, the 1973 model iz still fresh. the burgundy colourway is pure jazz.

 

 

selam.

Josipa Lisac

28 Oct

ok so Josipa is an apsolute must hear of Yugoslavian/Croatian music.

As an extraordinary musically gifted child, at the age of 10 she became a member of the Croatian National Television choir. While singing the serious musical
repertoire, from the old sacral, classical and modern-avangarde, to folk-traditional music, she acquired her first and then more and more rich musical education. Although she was brought up on Monteverdi, Bach, Beethoven and Britten, soon she started to take real interest in rock music, and in 1967 she became the lead singer of a popular rock group O’HARA, and shortly afterwards ZLATNI AKORDI (“Golden chords”). Her very first appearance in public provoked a true sensation with the mass audience: her singing sublimes the very best from the variety of the musical genres, and her first festival appearance, on the greatest popular music festival of that time in the Croatian town Opatija, announces the arrival and the appearance of an extraordinary singing personality on then-Yugoslavian music scene.

Acquaintance, friendship and love with a popular Croatian rock’n’roll singer and composer, Karlo Metikos (internationally known as Matt Collins), completely rounds off both her life and her musical direction. Karlo’s experience and strong personality as an author shaped Josipa Lisac as a unique artist and a woman. Their first joint LP album from 1973, “Dnevnik jedne ljubavi” (“Diary of one love”), remains until today one of the best conceptual rock achievements in ex-Yugoslavian and Croatian discography. Together they made around 13 LP albums and CDs, in all of which Karlo Metikos acted as an author and a producer.

Josipa Lisac soon proved her multiple talents with an acclaimed and demanding performance as the girl Jana in the first Croatian (and Yugoslavian) rock opera “Gubec-beg”, by Ivica Krajac, Karlo Metikos and Miljenko Prohaska, which had its premiere in 1975. The same year she made a jazz album with some of the world’s greatest musicians of that genre (Ernie Wilkins, Clark Terry, Johnny Basso…), called “Josipa Lisac & B.P. Convention Big Band International”, produced by Bosko Petrovic and Karlo Metikos. Soon afterwards she leaves with Karlo to the USA for three years, where she makes recordings and collaborates with some of the top American musicians (Ira Newborn, Paulinho da Costa, Joel Peskin, etc); the result of which is “Made in USA” album, recorded in 1979, on both English and Croatian language, in the LA’s Studio 55 and Sounds good recordings. During the 1980s Josipa continued to occasionally record albums and perform back in Yugoslavia.

The sudden death of Karlo Metikos on December 10, 1991, along with the turbulent beginning of the 90-is, brought considerable changes to the context of her work. In the following years she prepares numerous concerts as a tribute to him, which are traditionally held until today. Her latest studio album, symbolically called “Zivot” (“Life”), made in the year 2000, was marked by the modern sound and experimenting with electronics, thanks to the collaboration with a versatile producer and orchestrator Gojko Tomljanovic. After a 13-year break from recording a studio album (since “Boginja” ["Goddess"] in 1987), she promoted “Zivot” on the tribute concert to Karlo in the December 2000. The year 2005 produced yet another remake, on the concert in Zagreb dedicated to the songs of the progressive/folk-rock veteran, Drago Mlinarec, where Josipa performed a song entitled “Helena lijepa i ja u kisi” (“The beautiful Helena and me in the rain”).

The first album “Dnevnik jedne ljubavi”, recorded in collaboration with musicians from the progressive rock band TIME, is highly recommended to prog fans. Other albums are also worth investigating, where she developed quite an eclectic musical and art concept mixing rock, pop, jazz, R’n’B and contemporary symphonic music. Styling and design have always been one of important elements of her artistic expression.

(adapted from http://www.josipalisac.com/en/story.html)

check out  a mix of my favrite Josipa Lisac songs in the comments!

 

selam.

Boomerang / Бумеранг 1983

27 Oct

so this album was my first contact with jazz from the soviet union. it has a specific sound with a bit of traditional eastern (Turkic/central asian) music influence, never the less the album is great with a lot of musical acrobatics, some tight rhythmic solos and all that good jazz.

Line-up:
Yury Parfionov – trumpet
Victor Nikolayev – soprano and tenor saxophones
Lev Lieplauk – fender piano
Tahir Ibragimov – percussion
Farhad Ibragimov – bass, tabla
Konstantin Lee – guitar

link in the comments!

 

selam.

 

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