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Wasted Orient is a pretty raw film. Kevin Fritz’ only directorial venture to date, Wasted Orient documents the first tour of struggling Chinese punk rock band Joyside. Struggling is an understatement, although they have a growing fanbase, a manager and the ‘punk’ attitude, the members of Joyside live in a poor section of Beijing, after moving there to start a band.

Lives riddled with alcohol, tobacco and a violent temperament Bian, Yang, Fan, Liu and Xin board a train and travel to various provinces of China in their break-through tour. We are given snippets about their life, their thoughts and their punk dreams along the way. It is often confusing whether what we are seeing is deluded wannabes playing up to the camera or a group of people hellbent on their dreams and pressing through regardless of their hardships.

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Shane Power. Kevin May. Mick Lynch.Three men from Dublin, who combined create the wonderful, and strangely named “Guggenheim Grotto”.

L-R: Shane, Kevin and Mick.

Shane, Kevin and Mick.

I first came across these guys when I went to a gig of theirs in my local theatre (120 people max). Although I was only a young lad of 17 at the time, I knew that this band were precious. Having blown my mind, I quickly bought their album “…Waltzing Alone”. (more…)

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Hailing from Portugal, not a country we usually associate with badassery of the musical kind, comes a gem that has been firmly placed in my “Music to relax to” bank of my iTunes library for some time now. Anyone who knows me will be ready to discount my music taste as whale music, or repetitive. Explain that to the baby Jesus you uncultured heathens!

Before I introduce these conquistadorian geniuses I would like to explain a little about their music. A friend once told me he has no interest in Post-Rock because he doesn’t like the idea that for in order for there to be a post anything the previous has to be extinct,

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I like music. I listen to a lot of music. I also like Japanese cinema (a long with others) so some people automatically assume I am in fact a Japanophile. I am not. I don’t know or care about the latest Gackt album or what Ayumi does these days, so whenever anyone asks for some J-Pop or J-Rock recommendations I like to rattle off a list of, rather pretentious, bands that are the best thing to come out Japan musically. Today I share them with you, maybe together we can rid of horrible music…

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“Last.fm” by Ronoc Niderb

I was told about Last.fm by a few of my fellow Palace Authors. Apparently it’s an amazing website, where you can find out about gigs of artists one likes, discover other music, and of course, like almost all website these days it seems, make loads of friends and comment on their self made profiles. According to itself: Last.fm

“connects you with your favorite music, and uses your unique taste to find
new music, people, and concerts you’ll like.”

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