Vol. 90 Blonde Redhead

I have a lot of things to do at work and just finished 5 days-in a row work today. I was exhausted and I wanted to do something to get rid of this stress. But I did not have an energy to gather up haha so I decided to watch a movie instead, ’’Hateful 8” after work. I do not like particularly Tarantino’s movie but it was not too bad. A man next to me started eating cheese bread. It smelled like hell. I could not help it. As I thought he finally finished a quite pongy bread, he took another whiffy bread out of his backpack! You guys should not eat strong smell food in movie theater indeed. Since the movie has started, I was into watching it and I totally forgot about the smell soon. I’m not going to write about the story of the movie here because it will be a spoiler for you guys. If I had to say something about that, the movie was so long. It started at 8pm then finished at 11pm. Just 3 hours straight. I was so surprised when I watched the time of my iPhone after the movie was finished. Anyway I got refreshed so much.

 

By the way, according to a story that I found a news on Twitter, analog record sales have increased in recent years while CD sales have decreased. I was just curious and I checked the analog record sales ranking. This is quite interesting because the top ranking artist was very major. I thought the users of analog records must be very few hardcore music fan. From the ranking I feel that not only heardcore music fan but people who buy analog records as interior of their house, fashion or something like that may increase partly due to the recent trend.


Recently DIY or coffee is already one of the trendy fashion items in Tokyo. So many people go in a body to third wave cafes or do DIY on weekends. The trendy like this always seem strange to me. I also drink coffee everyday but because I just like coffee. I sometimes do DIY because I wanna save money or I just can not find right things.
The news that analog record sales have increased makes me happy. I know we have to add extra value to analog media to survive through the progress of music date distribution in recent years, but I want people who buy analog records as interiors to listen to the music by all means.

 

Anyways, I would like to write about Blonde redhead, my muse “KAZU MAKINO”. It would be presumptuous of me to write about them here because they are famous and big artist. Blonde Redhead is based in NY. They are 3 piece band, Japanese women, KAZU MAKINO and Italian twin brother Amedeo Pace and Simone Pace. The origin of the name of their band is a DNA’s music title.DNA is no wave band in NY. According to one story, KAZU MAKINO went on a trip to America in her teens and then she settled down in America. I do not know how she met the twins but she lives in foreign country, formed a band with foreigners, and she is active on the front line of music scene until now. I think she is brave and so cool.
The memories of their new album “Barragan” being released for the first time in 4 years in 2014 are still fresh in our mind. I went to their gigs in Japan on July of 2014. Their performance was so masterful. The audience there got steady drawn in their sound. It is a little difficult of me to express their sound by words. It seems like artsy, dreamy and psychedelic sound. But their sound is Aesthetic and it has only one view of the world
As I surf on the Internet, I can found a lot of Japanese people who are active abroad. I proud of them as a fellow Japanese. So I would love to introduce them here from now on though my ability is limited.

 

 

 

 

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CDの売り上げは年々下がってく一方で、アナログレコードの売り上げはあがっているようです。ちょっと気になって調べてみるとランキングがとても面白くて、きっとレコードを音楽媒体としてではなくインテリアなんかとして購入している人も多いのかな〜とか考えていました。最近はDIYとかコーヒーだとか、ライフスタイルの中の一部分をピンポイントに切り抜いてファンッション化するのが一つのブームになってるように感じます。私自身はそういう流行に疎いですし、馴染むまでにすごく時間がかかるタイプです。コーヒーは大好きでたくさん飲みますがファッションとして取り入れる事に気恥ずかしさや違和感を覚えていしまいます。レコードも同じで、データになったからといって楽曲の価値が下がるわけではないし、提供ツールとしての音楽のデータ化配信はこれからも一層進歩していくと思うので、利便性を超える付加価値みたいなのがアナログ媒体が継続するには必須になってくるのは重々承知なのですが、レコードにはあくまで音楽媒体であって、ピュアであってほしいというのも本音であります。

Blonde redheadについて書こうと思うのですが、正直なところあまりに大御所すぎて紹介するのにも少し気が引けています。笑 Blonde redheadは京都出身の日本人女性のカズ・マキノとイタリア人の双子の兄弟アメデオとシモーネのを中心に90年代に結成された3ピースバンドでニューヨークを拠点に活動しています。
一説によるとカズ・マキノさんが10代の頃にアメリカに旅行に行った際にそのまま移住したそうです。とても羨ましい〜。そこらかどうやってあんなイケメン双子兄弟に出会ったのかは分かりませんが、異国に住み、バンドを結成し、現在もなおNYのインディーズ音楽シーンの第一線で活躍し続けていることはとても凄いことだと思います。彼らの音楽を一言で表すのはとても難しく、ドリーミーポップやサイケデリックでは言い表せない芸術性も感じます。音だけ聞いているとそこに日本人がいるとはとても思えないのですが、じっくり聞くと日本人らしい耽美な感性がちゃんと表現されていますし、唯一無二の世界観を持つバンドです。
海外で活躍する日本人を調べてみようとネットサーフィンしていると、思った以上に沢山いて、同じ日本人として誇らしい気持ちにもなりました。
これからも微力ながらに少しずつご紹介していけたら良いなぁと思います。

では.

 

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