Lute player at Takao, in Japan

ALTMUSIC

I LIKE MUSIC WHICH REMINDS ME OF PLACES I HAVE BEEN... OR PLACES THAT I WANT TO GO. Listening to Drum & Bass and I am back in London in a council flat, bass-bins wobbling, high hats crackling, the air thick with hashish. Vietnamese love songs transport me to Mui Né on a languid evening, waves crashing on a nearby beach, a radio playing in a fisherman's hut. Vietnamese music always sounds so sad, it must be because they had a tragic history...


I love music's ability to rally our emotions, and take us on a journey. When I got out of my 16 days of detention in Japan, the only one who could really understand what I had been through, was Jónsi Birgisson, the frontman of Icelandic quartet Sigur Rós. It doesn't matter that I have never met him, it is obvious he understood. It doesn't matter that this song has no words, it is the emotion that counts. In fact, their music speaks of the realm beyond language which we inhabited before incarnation, and separation. And it seems to me that even gods are separated, and alienated.


Music reminds us: Remember the One who left.

My Top 10

IF I WERE forced to compile the top 10 songs of my life, for example to be played at my funeral, then Sigur Ros would contribute a couple of songs, obviously () 2 and also Ilgressi. David Bowie might get a place, or maybe not. George Harrison deserves one, but he has accolades enough.

"Information Center"

8. The Blue Sky, a-ha.

7. Election Day, Arcadia.

6. One More Chance, The Jacksons.

In my top 10 tunes: DJ Rap's Spiritual Aura "Am I Wry? No"... Mew.
Whool


AFRICAN MUSIC

THE DARK Continent.

ALBUM REVIEWS


» Now We are No One, by Mum
» Takk..., by Sigur Ros
» Valtari, by Sigur Ros

ARTISTS
» Israel Kamakawiwoole


ASIAN MUSIC


Thais love phukin' love ballads. Karaoke every night! The two most popular cover songs in Thailand are Zombie/Cranberries and Killing Me Softly With His Song/Roberta Flack N.B. (I will survive! ... hey hey!!!) And they still love the German band "Scorpions" (The Wind of Change, etc.) Heaven help us... (For more on Thai music, click here.)

CLASSICAL MUSIC

Bach was one of the originators.

ELECTRONIC MUSIC

» Drum & Bass (London)
Gabba
German Squelch (Berlin)
Grime

» Iranian Electronica
» Rinse-FM
» UB Radio

FESTIVALS

» Afropunk (USA)

ICELANDIC MUSIC

ICELAND IS FAMOUS for its musical scene. ..some of these bands which have entertained me, enriched me, even though they got nothing from me in return (until now!) On this site I want to provide information for people who have become interested in Iceland music through their introduction to more established names such as Bjork and Sigur Rós. The interesting thing is that the deeper you delve into the Icelandic rock scene, the better it gets. The creativity is bottomless, inexhaustible. There is definitely an Icelandic "sound" which is hard to describe in words -- is it the jangly guitars? the fjordy accordions? the between songs special effects? I love all of that shit, even the guitars. For such a small country, there is such an awesome array of good bands. I feel like an explorer, discovering a lost world, a world completely forgotten by... (To read my complete evolving guide to Icelandic music, click here.)


LATIN AMERICAN MUSIC

Afro-Reggae (Natriuts)
Axe (Brazil)
Bossanova (Brazil)

PADDLING THE PACIFIC

ONE DAY soon I will finally leave Australia, and resume my global wandering. I will cross Torres Straits, and enter a brand new world.

Wantok Music

RADIO
Radio Garden

ROCK & ROLL
Musicology of The Beatles

SOUL

Mi-Soul UK

RECOMMENDED WEBSITES & WEBLOGS
» Brain Goreng (South-East Asian Cassettes)
» DnBRadio (Drum & Bass)
» Jakartass (Indonesian Music, Fusion Jazz)
» Khmer Krom Patriotic Music
» Mixcloud
» Monrakplengthai (Enchanting Songs of Thailand)
» Music of Azerbaijan
» Narcocorrido
» Omar Souleyman
» PNG Musik Shop (Indigenous Music from Papua New Guinea)
» Tamil MP3 Music
» UJO Music
» SoundCloud
» Washerman's Dog (World Music)