Apocrypha Live ’98 excerpt

Right now I only have one music download for you of my own. It’s from Apocrypha Live ’98, by Apocrypha, the last band I played (semi-)regularly with in Saskatoon; one of our last live shows (in summer ’98) at a rave hosted by my friend Mike (aka DJ Dekoze) was recorded and actually mastered, produced, la la la.

Some of it is bad, some is good. It’s kind of a mix of ambient music, free jazz, and spoken word. Accordingly, some bits sound like the Bladerunner soundtrack and some of my soprano sax work reminds me of Jan Garbarek.

The track I’ve selected for this site is called Solomon’s Song, is almost 18 minutes long, and it’s ripped with good sound quality, so if you download it (old link dead, see here to download) be patient and make sure you have a lot of room for about 20 Megs of hard data.

Credits: myself on saxes, percussion, and poetry narration; Marie Vasquez on voice and percussion; Philip Greer and Keenan Gauthier in the DJ booth.

Busy Busy Busy

Busy Busy Busy

This is where I spend 2 minutes in the morning posting how damn busy I am. I have interviews and then a lunch meeting (which may or may not happen depending on whether a film crew that is making a documentary about my band shows up and scares off my friend), followed by some hardcore web page design because I want my webpage (here) to be working by Monday, and then tonight I will go to Jeonju for a gig and documentary/interview at Led Zeppelin. I don’t know what time we play, but I know it’s in the evening, and it’s with the other well-known Iksan band, Starfish.

So I won’t have time to post other content here for a few days, but soon my webpage will be working.

While Dabang’s, unfortunately, still is not. Argh!

On My Birthday…

… I miss most of all the people I miss all year round. My family, my girlfriend (who can’t be here this year), my old friends flung into their faroff places all over the face of the planet.

Continue reading

Independent vs. Mainstream Film

Independent vs. Mainstream Film and My Picks for Indie Films
Here’s something I almost posted about a couple of days ago, except of course that the Hand of Fate wiped it out somewhere in the data transfer. So I lost the preamble to it, which was about how I’d been teaching my students on Wednesday last about complaining. It was fun, because it wasn’t anything to do with grammar, it was all about tone of voice and delivery and a wee bit of acting. Deadpan complaint just doesn’t work, it sounds like statement of fact, so we worked on that for a while.

Continue reading

Some Thoughts On Korean Indie Rock

Some Thoughts On Korean Indie Music

To start with, this is NOT going to be a sweeping declaration, a wide survey, or anything. It’s just time I got some more content up, and this is something I’ve been finding a lot of resources on, while working on the dabang web page update. This is some musing about indie music in South Korea, just the music itself (since I know little or nothing about the labels, distribution, and, well, the tour circuit is currently close to nonexistent).

Continue reading