April 6, 2009

The onslaught of material worth writing down in Japan is so torrential that it washes away all other consecutive cognitive processes in a mire of fractured memories and splintered shards of recognition. I should resort to poetry or (gasp) lyricism. Alas, all that inspires me to write is that most inappropriate of sources; that want for an audience of sorts, or recognition of the fact that I have but finally put pen to paper, or fingertip to typepad, as it were.

Japan, I’m sorry. You alone cannot force my hand, not this time, no sir. It requires a mocking tenacity, goading persistence of spirit to cause this bird to rear, retreat, take flight, open the gates, surrender the fort. Greatest pleasure of late has been found in mapping out an itinerary for persons not myself, lining up the dominoes in order to hastily and improperly knock them down, setting myself again the task of restructuring and organising, resolving and inevitably abandoning in the larval stages the germs of real accomplishment.

Documentation and opinion to be redirected henceforth towards a more wholesome and practical arena. Endless depths to be explored and then occupied, both here and there, but to different ends.

A handful of albums that have had a considerable effect on my life, my worldview, my perspectives on certain events and my appreciation for art and beauty, presented in the chronological order in which they appeared and ignited something within me. Apologies to those who probably deserve to be on this list but aren’t. These are, after all, my formative years that are in plain view.

  • Oasis  – What’s the Story (Morning Glory)?
  • Everclear – So Much For the Afterglow
  • Propellerheads – Decksanddrumsandrockandroll
  • Lagwagon – Double Plaidinum
  • Saves the Day – Stay What You Are
  • Staring Back – On
  • Jimmy Eat World – Clarity
  • Jets To Brazil – Orange Rhyming Dictionary
  • Smoking Popes – Destination Failure
  • Blueline Medic – Text_Bomb
  • Miles Davis – Miles Ahead
  • The Black Keys – Thickfreakness
  • Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros – Streetcore
  • The Lawrence Arms – The Greatest Story Ever Told
  • Ted Leo and the Pharmacists – Hearts of Oak
  • Elliott Smith – X/O
  • Built To Spill – Keep It Like a Secret
  • Common – Be
  • The Hold Steady – Boys and Girls in America
  • mewithoutYou – Brother/Sister
  • Twin Vickers – Demo
  • Muscles – Guns, Babes, Lemonade
  • Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – The Boatman’s Call

Until we meet again – so long, friends.