Posted in internal on February 26, 2011 by John

I’ve decided to try out tumblr for a little bit. I’ll be posting there for a while. Please go to

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Nollywood, Lolliwood, Ghallywood

Posted in africa, film on December 28, 2010 by John

The films’ plots too have strong pan-African appeal. They often revolve around the travails of new arrivals in big cities—an experience familiar across the continent. The epic film “One God One Nation” portrays a Muslim man and a Christian woman who struggle to marry. “Caught in the Act” shows a wife who is wrongly accused by her own mother-in-law of abducting a child. Nollywood films depict families whose faith has been shattered, whose certainties have been undermined. They show ordinary people struggling to make sense of a fast-changing, unkind world. Aspirations are dashed. Trust is forsaken. The overarching theme of Nollywood films is Africa’s troubled journey to modernity. Because Hollywood films tend to show people at the other end of that journey, they fail to resonate.

Nigeria’s rapidly growing film industry.

New Wave Reception

Posted in 2011, melty faces, men, mixtape, music, world with tags , , , on December 20, 2010 by Shiv

6 months ago, I began a blog of my own so that I could make podcasts, practice mixing. That blog, at this point, has become its own thing I suppose. While I’ve posted some several mixtapes, nothing after the original ‘cast. I thought I’d give this one a wider release. It’s one I’ve been thinking about for a while now.

Basis: It seems that last year’s chillwave movement — while it may have outlived GoogleWave — has officially become boring: utterly beached. Sun’s gone. Night’s come.  Teen – age – Ice – age. And with this Night, comes glimmering synths, handclaps & drummachines, croons. Consider Twin Shadow, who with his ’10/10′ Forget pulled it off all so well. With 2011, let’s usher in the overly sentimental, the too articulate. In 2011, let’s smile till it hurts.

Project: Here are some new wave tracks from all around the world. I’ve used several from a selection of killer vietnamese/german new wave tapes I’ve come across since September as well as some perhaps more familiar selections. I’ve done some reversing, some sampling of my own, and had a wonderful time mixing it all together. It’s a blast. I hope you like it. Fill up your pencaps and Have a Happy New Year.

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A Smart Guy

Posted in science, tubes with tags , on December 17, 2010 by John

Jessie Thorn talks to Jad Abumrad about what goes into making Radiolab, and no surprise, it’s super thoughtful. He talks a lot about storytelling, words and music; also audio editing, which I was really into.


Tree of Life

Posted in film on December 15, 2010 by John


Posted in 2010, music on December 9, 2010 by John

I got this album yesterday, so I haven’t had a chance to give it a real good listen, but from what I’ve heard, it’s weird enough and good enough to post here.

Autre Ne Veut – S/T (2010)

Altered Zones has an interview and mp3s.

Katamari Man

Posted in animals, art, balls, games, japan on December 4, 2010 by John

Nice! Keita Takahashi, the man behind Katamari Damacy, and his wife Asuka Sakai have started up a blog, Uvula.

Via the Bygone Bureau’s Best blogs of 2010