Ulises Bella (L) and Jiro Yamaguchi (R). The Los Angeles-based Latin funk/hip hop outfit Ozomatli ((More info on Ozomatli can be found on Wikipedia and on Amazon.com)) is one of my favorite bands. But I’d never seen them live. So I was surprised to learn, at the last minute, that Ozomatli were playing a free […]
If this video (embedded above) doesn’t make you smile, nothing will.
One of my favorite Web sites ((Back in 2001, the site ran an essay of mine called Soup to Nuts, about a funny experience I had here in Bangkok, long before I moved to Thailand.)), World Hum — tag line: travel dispatches from a shrinking planet — has just launched a re-designed site. World Hum’s […]
The current issue of The Magazine (pictured above), a bi-monthly glossy published by the Bangkok Post, contains a very brief item I wrote about Wilco’s Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. (You’ve heard me mention Wilco before, no doubt.) In each issue, various folks are asked to weigh in on their favorite album, book, or movie. The item […]
So have you been listening to Wilco’s new album, Sky Blue Sky? Well, why not? Get on it. I think it’s a remarkably coherent — if staid — effort. Just like everything the band produces, the album grows on you. Slowly. I agree with Rob Sheffield, who says this in his Rolling Stone review: Sky […]
I recently stumbled across this remarkably complex Wikipedia entry for “backronym”: A backronym or bacronym is a portmanteau of backward and acronym coined in 1983. It usually refers to a phrase that is constructed backwards from the phrase’s abbreviation, the abbreviation being an initialism or acronym. Sometimes backronym refers to the initialism or acronym itself, […]
I’ve got another post over at Gridskipper. The subject: rocker Pete Doherty’s recent shenanigans down in Phuket.
I’ve got a story in today’s International Herald Tribune/Thai Day (Thai Day is a Siam-specific IHT section) — it’s a review of drumming legend Billy Cobham‘s first-ever concert in Thailand. The story’s not (yet?) online, sadly. If you’re reading this from the Kingdom, pick up a copy of the paper; for those of you outside […]
Let your freak flags fly, is what I say. When in Bahrain, as the saying goes. Perhaps his burka was at the cleaner?
Some stuff of note: — I’ve posted three new items over at Gridskipper of late. — Here’s a license plate my brother Colin and I saw here in DC the weekend before X-mas. I wanna know who’s in charge of VA vanity plate obscenity screening. Someone is sleeping on the job. (Weird side note: a […]