The Breeders new album

Should I get excited?

All music sites, spin, pitchfork   discuss the new album by the Breeders.

Release is expected March 2nd, with only two songs released.  I like “Wait in the Car” better than “All Nerve”, but I definitely missed Kim Deal’s voice and Bass.

Hope I don’t get disappointed.

10 Albums That Prove 1997 was one of uk rock’s best years

Interesting article from Pitchfork.

https://pitchfork.com/thepitch/1446-10-albums-that-prove-1997-was-one-of-uk-rocks-best-years/

As it happens, I was 26, and one of the years I invested a lot of my time and money to listening to music.

For me, the Chemical brothers and Radiohead are the top two and still shine after 20 years.

Also interesting is that I just noticed that Mogwai’s cover has “Fuji Bank” (Fuji Ginko) on it. The bank does not longer exist and this blog post tracks the location of the photo.

 

君の名 Your name on Japanese TV

The movie “Your Name” was on TV during the new year vacation and attracted a lot of attention and sponsors.

As I am not a big fan of Manga and Anime, I will ignore the movie and story.

What was mostly interesting for me are the TV Commercials that were created especially for the time slots.

The CM that shined in my opinion was from Softbank:

Key Holder leather craft

And at last, a Key Holder.

Always thought it was too easy, but finally decided to use my Cordovan leather.

Not sure why I am using so many colors, I guess it just makes my work more fun. Cordovan is used only for the external part as trying not to waste expensive leather.

 

Brompton Leather accessory

Saw several samples online so decided to create one by myself.

Started by copying the Brompton Logo from the bicycle using a tracing paper

Cut leather in the right size and transferred the Logo to the leather

 

Dyed

 

Brompton Logo leather dye
Brompton Logo leather dye

 

And attached to my Bicycle :

 

Brompton Cycling

Using my Brompton Bicycle very often.

During my vacation, I travel to different locations in Tokyo (by Train), and cycle around there. Besides enjoying the scenery and good food (which of course I plan ahead where to eat), I really enjoy the experience.

Unfortunately, I realized I don’t take enough photos during these trip.

The following are the two only photos I took from my Asakusa (浅草)area tour.

 

Brompton

 

Sky Tree

 

So much Spam, youtube

Went to see Slowdive live in Akasaka Blitz.

It was amazing, but this is not what I am writing about.

Assuming someone took a short video and posted on youtube, I went there and searched for “Slowdive 赤坂” , but all results seem to be spam of live streaming services.

Whatever happened to youtube?

Brompton Bicycle

Bought Brompton P6R.

Ordered them last week and got them on Saturday. Was thinking of riding them half way and take the train, but ended up riding all the way home.

Maybe I am stating the obvious, but riding a bicycle is better than riding the train. Found interesting places, parks, beautiful streets.

The only question is, how often will I use them and make sure they are maintained well.

 

Netflix “The Sinner” – Frustration (Beware Spoilers)

While I enjoyed most of “The Sinner”, and definitely liked the atmosphere and acting, the last two chapters left me really frustrated.

Totally agree with the comments in “What Started our Strong ended All Wrong” .

While in 5 or 6 chapters we are dragged into a dark world of uncertainty. Of mystery, we are left with a simple story with huge holes in the plot.

Want to add some more frustrations:

  • When listening to the song, Cora attacks and inflict injuries in the same pattern as the murder.      Does not make sense, so why the script spent so much time around it.  She was not repeating a previous pattern, as there was no such pattern
  • Frankie’s parents –  You just can’t drop it out of the blue.  At least give us a scene of which the parents are confronted with Cora in a way that gives a hint that they know her.
  • Why was JD limping ? No reason?  – no connection to that night ?
  • Maddie disappeared , but not really as JD kept in touch with her

 

Nakaya Fountain pen

My Nakaya Fountain pen has disappeared.
Have no idea how and when, but could not find it in my bag this morning.

Either I lost it while taking out something else in my bag, or stolen.
A strong feeling of loss and disbelief.
If stolen, how possible and where. In a Cafe where I was working ?  Is it possible ?

If lost,  how did it happen?

Anyway, it is gone.

As much I enjoyed it, the loss is strong, so I don’t think I will buy a replacement.