Sunday, January 31, 2016

Sunday Papers: Mary Richie

"Japanese of the working classes drink continually while they travel.  Either they dislike unsettling trips or they find trips the time to be as unsettled and disorderly as possible."

On the turntable: The Clash, "On Broadway"
On the nighttable:  Isabel Stirling, "Zen Pioneer"

Thursday, January 28, 2016


Whatever the temperament of cloud,
Emerald green waves break
Indifferently on the shore.

On the turntable:  Atomic Rooster, "In Hearing of Atomic Rooster"

Tuesday, January 26, 2016


The untropical chill,
Tests the buffalo's
Hardened hides.

On the turntable:  Andrew Hill, "Grass Roots"

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Sunday Papers: Aldous Huxley

"That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history."

On the turntable: Talking Heads, "Stop Making Sense"
On the nighttable: John Roderick, "Minka"

Saturday, January 23, 2016


Tropical waves 
Keep winter at bay,
Before succumbing, succumbing...

On the turntable:  Asia, "Asia"

Thursday, January 21, 2016


Heike descendants
Conceal themselves
Beneath the deepest of snows

On the turntable:  Afro Cuban All Stars, "Distinto, Differente"

Tuesday, January 19, 2016


A monochrome world,
Birthed by
The coming of storm.

On the turntable: Ali Farka Toure, "Ali Farka Toure"

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Sunday Papers: Bill Vaughan

"Suburbia is where the developer bulldozes out the trees then names the streets after them."

On the turntable:  Christopher G. Moore, "Bangkok Noir"
On the nighttable:  Buddy Rich, "The Bus Tapes"

Saturday, January 16, 2016


The transformative power
Of ice and fire.

On the turntable:  Alice Coltrane, "Translinear Light"


Friday, January 15, 2016


Five days ago
The only white before my eyes
Was the curl of surf

On the turntable:  Air, "Moon Safari"


Sunday, January 10, 2016

Sunday Papers: Lyall Watson

"Children have a powerful sense of the propriety of certain things. They believe that rocks and houses are alive, that bears and elephants have feelings, and that it all matters. Every child of five knows everything there is to know, but when they turn six we send them to school, and then the rot sets in."

On the turntable: Miles Davis, "Dig"
On the nighttable:  Cameron Forbes, "Under the Volcano"

Tuesday, January 05, 2016



Shifting the horizon,
With every sip...

On the turntable:  Art Pepper, "Among Friends"

Sunday, January 03, 2016

Sunday Papers: Jean Giorno

"For a human character to reveal truly exceptional qualities, one must have the good fortune to be able to observe its performance over many years.  If this performance is devoid of all egoism, if its guiding motive is unparalleled generosity, if it is absolutely certain that there is no thought or recompense and that, in addition, it has left its visible mark upon the earth, then there can be no mistake."

On the turntable:  Genesis, "Genesis Live"
On the nighttable: Charmian London, "Jack London and Hawaii"