popular culture from london, japan & beyond – all tangled up in blue.
  • Nara in a box.

  • This lovely photo book from photographer Takeshi Suga has us looking forward to wintry days.Winter Wonderland is a 12-page tabloid newspaper of dream-like Japanese landscapes photographed at the beginning of 2013. ‘The scenery I photograph is somewhat whimsical and delicate,’ writes Suga, ‘blurring the boundaries between reality and fantasy.’ Limited to 300 copies, the newspaper has an introduction from Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley of similarly dreamy pop band Tennis. Suga writes about his project:

    In Winter Wonderland I am exploring the idea of a wonderland in wintertime Japan. Despite our culture being increasingly westernized and Christmas becoming almost as important of an event to celebrate as New Year’s, “Winter Wonderland”, a winter-time song written in 1934 by Felix Bernard and Richard B. Smith, is relatively unknown in Japan. This reminded me of the fact that we imported the word ‘wonderland’ and while a number of imported words and cultural elements such as ‘Christmas’ have been assimilated into Japanese culture, ‘wonderland’ is a word many Japanese people have heard of but many people have never wondered what it is. This in turn raised the question whether or not a wonderland can be discovered in Japan.

    http://blog.newspaperclub.com/2014/09/04/winter-wonderland/

  • nprfreshair:

    Today André Benjamin, aka André 3000, joins us to talk about portraying legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix in the new biopic, Jimi: All Is By My Side. 

    What was it like learning how to play like Hendrix?

    "I had to learn everything from playing behind my back to playing with my teeth to rolling around on the ground playing. I watched all the footage and I mimicked everything to a T, just to have it in the arsenal, just in case we needed it.

    One of the hardest parts [was] I’m a right-hand guitar player. I’m a horrible right-hand guitar player. I wouldn’t even call myself a guitar player; I just pick it up and fiddle with it every now and then. And I think any guitar player would agree with me, Jimi is the most comfortable-looking guitar player in the world. I’ve seen a lot of great guitarists that are probably much better skilled than Jimi Hendrix, but some players look like they’re doing a task or … putting in a lot of work, giving a lot of effort. One thing about Jimi, he never looked like it was uncomfortable to him. …

    When it came time to do the left-hand thing, I almost had to [do] finger choreography, learning where the chords are, learning the actual chords of the song with my left hand, learning where the notes are, learning how my fingers should lay. But it was really, really difficult, because it’s almost like walking backwards and making walking backwards look normal.”

    (Source: babeimgonnaleaveu)

  • austinkleon:

    Arthur Russell singing and playing the cello, 1985

    Here’s a longer, 34-minute film of him playing. Gorgeous.

    (Source: youtube.com)

  • annveal:

Haruki Murakami, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage

    annveal:

    Haruki Murakami, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage