The state of Mutually Awkward’s music section is just sad. From once being the guy who went to 2-3 shows a week to going to zero in almost three months almost made me want to throw myself in front of a speeding mini-bus. Luckily, Best Coasts’ arrival in Hong Kong during the end of October really kicked off me getting back going to gigs more frequently and I’m happier to say things have been better lately. I was really excited and happy when I initially found out that they would be coming to Asia and like I expected, their gig was both intensely fun and bittersweet. It was bittersweet in that they pretty much brought California itself to my friend and I as we both suddenly felt ourselves caught up in homesickness during their set. I also felt a revelation of sorts while watching their gig. Seeing Best Coasts’ Bobb Bruno performing again made me remember seeing his solo act several times in 2008 back when I was still a student. I especially remembered one of his gigs during one rainy evening at The Smell where he performed to a small crowd with most of us sitting cross-legged on the floor or on the sofa. That night was special then and it was again special now. Seeing him 5 years later in as part of a mega famous band made me realize how much things have changed in such a short time.
Before this set, I was already a fan of Best Coast but with them coming to Hong Kong and in a way restoring my soul after a depressing and difficult month (more on that later) and also really bringing the comforts of home along with them, they will forever be a band that holds a special place in my heart.
Posted in Gigs, Noise
Tagged asia, best coast, bethany cosentino, bobb bruno, california, Hong Kong, indie, Los Angeles, music, rock, the smell
One of the best bands from back home have a new album and a new music video of a long time favorite tune. I loved watching it and can’t wait to hear the new stuff. Fucking yessssssssssss.
It’s been quite a while since I’ve written about a gig on Mutually Awkward (November 2012!) though I’ve still been going to shows. Hopefully, with the new design, I’ll remember to keep this part of the site more frequently updated. I’ll start right now: Last weekend some friends and I checked out the Wan Chai Folk, a gig showcasing some of the folk scene here in Hong Kong. Continue reading
Posted in Gigs, Hong Kong Era, Noise, Uncategorized
Tagged asia, fill in the blank, folk, folk music, gatling gun revival, Hong Kong, indie, music, the bollands, the homestead, wanchai, wanchai folk review
In 2010, I was listening to The Weepies’ album Be My Thrill like crazy (and thinking a lot about RG and her smile at the same time). Though its not my favorite of all their albums, it’s still damn good. While revisiting some of their songs and music videos tonight, I stumbled upon a music video from that album that I never knew even existed! I really love it when things like this happen – it’s like discovering a cool piece of treasure that has been hiding under your nose for a long time now. This has made my night.
Posted in Ear Power, Noise
Tagged be my thrill, blog, Blogging, folk, indie, indie music, journal, journaling, life, music, randomness, red red rose, The Weepies
I can’t get a enough of this – Best of Friends by London band, Palma Violets. Listen and (hopefully?) enjoy.
This past week was an epic one as it was my first time visiting Beijing. I saw lots of cool stuff and met some nice people. A proper post on it will be up later (with pics too…. which reminds me, I gotta do that for my Taiwan trip in February too).
Heavy in my iPod rotation while I wandered around the city was from L.A. band Fatty Dearest and their EP Mom Dance. I had first heard these songs a few years ago when I attended their shows and this week it was great to relive the awesomeness of their high energy sounds.
I’ve linked their song Mom below but I pretty much dig their entire EP. Especially Sleepdance and Dog Park.
Posted in Uncategorized
Tagged blog, Blogging, charlyne yi, fatty dearest, fun, indie, indie rock, journal, journaling, life, Los Angeles, music, pop, punk, randomness
I’ve been a fan of New Zealand computer musician Disasteradio ever since I saw him perform at The Smell during the epic summer of 2011 (still considered to be the greatest summer of my life). His music gives off the vibe of all that is awesome combined with an 80s dance party.
Though I’ve been a fan of his for nearly two years now, recently I’ve begun to revisit his terrific music videos, several in which seem to take place in some post-apocalyptic-but-fantastic world. Lately my favorite music video by him has been Drop The Bomb from his album entitled Charisma.
My favorite things in this video are as follows: the song itself, the phrases free wifi and hack the planet that appear in the video and the cool girl in his car who happily gives some zombie jerks the finger. Check it out.
Posted in Ear Power, Noise
Tagged blog, Blogging, Chiptune, Disasteradio, Electronica, indie, indie music, journal, journaling, life, music, new zealand, randomness, Synthpop
Earlier this week, one of my favorite bands from home, the drumtastic Foot Village, released their new album Make Memories. For me, this title is perfect as this is a band that has most definitely given me a lot of great memories. I’ve been a fan of them for a long time now and have been to many, many of their shows, with many of those gigs being some of the most fun times I’ve had with my friends. With this band totally being of the biggest things I miss since moving from L.A., I was SO GLAD to had been able to see them perform last November.
The new album is fantastic, with some of my favorite tracks being 1600 Dolla Bill and Aids Sucks, Make Money. With a lighter work week ahead of me, I’m looking forward to giving the entire album several more listens. Along with the new release, Foot Village also premiered a rad new music video for their single This Song Is A Drug Deal. It is full of good times.
Posted in Ear Power, Noise
Tagged blog, Blogging, Foot Village, indie, journal, journaling, life, Los Angeles, music, music scene, randomness