Posts tagged ‘Jamuel Saxon’

August 30, 2012

“Get Sweaty” Album Release Show

I am co-hosting a show with Glendon Romett tonight at the Propagandist (835 5th Ave) in downtown San Diego.

今夜、プロパガンディストというダウンタウンサンディエゴのベニューでのショーをグレン・ロメットと共同でホストします。

Making an album cover for my friend Keith Milgaten for his new project called “Keith Sweaty”  (http://soundcloud.com/keithsweaty) was one of the reasons I ended up hosting this event. Milgaten has been very active in music activity around San Diego, working on many projects such as Jamuel Saxon that is known for its intricate beats, catchy melody and high energy live shows (http://soundcloud.com/jamuelsaxon), and been very productive at making music as well as playing live shows.  If you look at the quality and quantity of music activity, his energy and talents are clearly out of common.

今回のショーに参加するに至ったのは、友人のキース・ミルゲイテンの新しいミュージック・プロジェクト、キース・スウェティーのアルバム作製をしたことがきっかけでした。彼は他にも繊細なビート、キャッチーなメロディーとエネルギッシュなライブショーで知られるジャミュエル・サクソンなど、多くの音楽活動をしており、その質と量を見るとそのエネルギーと才能には人並み外れたものがあるのは明白です。

At tonight show, Other than Keith Sweaty, Mike Delgado (Ese & Zain/ Shark Attack) (http://soundcloud.com/eseandzain) , Totescity (LV) (http://soundcloud.com/totescity) , COLOUR VISION (Lip-Lock) (http://soundcloud.com/colourvision), Lion Cut (all vinyl opening set) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7KmfSXvsjc8) are also going to be playing music for you.

今夜のライブのキース・スウェティーの他のラインアップは、マイク・デルガド、トーテスシティー、カラー・ビジョン、ライオン・カットです。

I will be at the show, giving people artsy face painting, and Glen will be making balloon animals for guests. Hope you come to the show and enjoy music and art.

私はベニューでゲストの為にアーティスティックなフェイスペインティングを、グレンは風船アートを作る予定になっています。是非音楽やアートを楽しみにきて下さい。

 

June 19, 2012

Telemagica: festival review

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I went to Telemagica on 6/9. Telemagica is a 3 day music festival in California’s high desert, Jacumba CA. The site is very close to Mexican border, the fence of the boarder is actually visible from the festival site. Most of the people camp at the site, sleep in the van or just stay up all night. Because of its obscurity and authenticity, most of the people there seem to be artistic type with great appreciation for creativity and people who pay attention to culture/sub culture.

There are 3 main places in this festival, Telemagica (the camp site with several stages and art and random trains,) electronic/rave music stage (set along the trail that leads to the Tectonic stage) and the Tectonic stage (which is surrounded by mountains and looks and feels like it’s inside crater.) And each location is about a mile apart from each other. It was very funny and surreal to me that I could see the raging lights from the rave stage in the distance from the Tectonic stage where I spent most of the night.

I personally feel done with the bigger festivals like Coachella because I’ve done it, it’s getting more and more expensive, I don’t like standing among hot sweaty loud crowds anymore like I used to like, and it’s highly commercialized even though there are great music.

On the other hand, Telemagica was very laid-back, pure, spacious and fun even though it was very loosely organized, in fact, almost dysfunctional at times. The schedule was 5 hours behind or something at the Tectonic Stage. It was mostly frustrating for the bands who packed up and dragged all their gears to the desert. But I believe most of the people were on drugs and easily stayed up till the sun came up, so I guess it didn’t matter too much. When I walked the desert trail back to the camp site with my friends after Jamuel Saxon finished up their set, the sky was getting lighter. People were still partying at the Tectonic stage, and people were also still sitting around the camp fire after the night has ended at the Telemagica camp site.

I had a really good time hiking around, discovering art, seeing bands, drinking whiskey, staring at the milky way in the desert with many friends. I loved how authentic the event was.

I documented the Telemagica here and there and made a 15 minutes long documentary. Watch Telemagica Documentary This video shows the festival site and also features Jamuel Saxon, Suisho No Fune, Shiva Trash and more. Hope you enjoy it.

April 2, 2012

ART as gifts/ individualism

Art works below are the ones I gave to my friends and family as gifts. I think whatever handmade is a sweet and better gift than merely purchased mass-produced materials. I believe it is better for a sender to create something than going to a mall, and also better for a receiver to have something unique and original. And I believe it is better for today’s globalized world that looks like it is about to be owned by corporations that don’t give a shit about real human culture.

Americans value individualism, but it is clear that cultural homogeneity is happening as huge corporations influence the mass through mass media. Advertisers and PR are ruthless. They are full of shit too. Media has been dumbing down many many brains. Anyway, if you just look around, so many people are dressed the same and think the same. How many places in America have to look identical, dominated by chain restaurants and shopping malls with the same companies in? Good communities with small businesses are getting harder to find. Commercialism is killing a uniqueness, individualism and diversity in the culture.

I am from Japan and Japan is one of the most collectivistic countries in the world. One of the characteristics of collectivism is that people in collectivistic countries value harmony as a group more than individual’s  uniqueness, being outstanding and independence and such. But after having been living in the U.S. for more than 5 years, I had to conclude that not so many people are unique here. And people can’t take “weirdness.” They freak out and get mad when they hear something like “communism” or something that oppose to famous American propaganda. And they don’t even know the meaning of the word or what it is. It seems like to me that Japanese people are chill about being “normal,” and Americans are collectively trying to be unique, which make them not unique at all especially when they try to be “cool” according to what’s “cool” by mass media. I think they have better chance in pursuit of uniqueness if they consume better media and maybe read good books or something.

But what can you do? You know only what you know. Our brains are essentially full of information we perceive through senses, each person processes it differently, but when there are only the same information circulating in the world we live, it is really hard to be a different or unique individual. And it probably harder for modern people because corporations constantly feeding propaganda directly into consumers’ mouths. Corporations can do that because media organizations need money from advertisers. Media works by selling advertising space to corporations. And it of course is to fuel the consumption.

I don’t know any sadder tragedy than this modern world created around materialism and commercialism and corpocracy and all the nonsense comes with them. But I do believe that creative activities can save brainwashed brains that believe something like “you are what you wear.” Act like writing, painting, drawing and playing music requires critical thinking. You need to be creative, think critically and self-critisize. I guess it is called soul-searching.

Creative work is a reflection of some sort of reality. When you create art, you are trying to express something out of whatever kind of information you have in your brain, and your own (nobody else’s) perspective of the reality is what makes your art really good and mind-blowing. Work by Banksy is a really good example because it is really intelligent and reflective of the current world. Novels by Haruki Murakami are great because nobody wrote like him as far as I know, and his works are highly sophisticated and I think they describe the spiritual emptiness of Japan really well especially in Norwegian Wood and South of the Border, West of the Sun. There are limitless ways to see the world and it is healthy to have our own. We don’t need to stay in the box.

Anyway, what I’m saying is that I think we should start creating something valuable that actually represents ourselves.

January 8, 2012

Jamuel Saxon hangs out with Haruki Murakami ジャミュエル・サクソン、村上春樹と遊ぶ

Keith Milgaten and Jayson Ehm from Jamuel Saxon are San Diego’s musicians that I have genuine admiration for.
I feel very lucky that I could contribute a little bit in their
creative process by making an album cover for their album Pre-Madonnna that is going to be released from Single Screen Records on January 17th. The album release party is on Jan 19th at Casbah.
Thanks!

ジャミュエル・サクソンのキースとジェイソンは私が心から賞賛する
サンディエゴのミュージシャンです。今月17日にシングル・スクリーン・レコードからリリースされるプレ・マドンナのアルバムカバー作成という形で、少しだけ彼らのクリエイティブ・プロセスに関わる事ができてとても幸運に思っています。今月の19日にカスバでアルバム・リリース・パーティーがあります。
ありがとう!
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One night, When I and Keith and Jayson and Haruki Murakami were drinking whisky together, Haruki said, “Act of making something from absolute zero nothing takes lots of whisky and beer, and imagination and energy that are so intense and enormous that could distort and deform your head.”

ある夜、私とキースとジェイソンと村上春樹がウィスキーを飲んでいると
春樹が「ゼロからものを作り出すという作業は、たくさんのウィスキーやビール、
そして、頭がねじれて変形してしまうくらい強烈な想像力と膨大なエネルギーを要する」と言った。

Haruki is a guy who was usually quiet. Because Haruki suddenly came out with dense sentences, Jayson looked at him skeptically, Keith stopped his thoughts about his new remix, and I forgot 3 nights worth of dreams and 2 mathematical equations in a split second.

普段あまり喋らない春樹が突然密度の濃いセンテンスを口走ったので、ジェイソンは
懐疑的な目つきで春樹を見つめ、キースは新しいリミックスに関しての思考を一端中断し
私は3日分の夢と2つの数式を一瞬にして忘れた。

The sound o Haruki eating pistachio echoed in the room as if it’s some sort of foretaste.
When Jayson drunk beer, the sound of liquid running through his throat made surprisingly loud sound.
The sober world of Keith is about to reach 3 month of its existence, and only the birds who cry at night know what it’s like.
I observe bizzarre dynamic of three guys and drink straight whisky.

春樹がピスタチオを食べる音が、なにかの予兆のように部屋に響いた。
ジェイソンがビールを飲むと、液体が喉を流れて行く音が驚く程大きく聞こえた。
3ヶ月に及ぼうとしているキースのシラフ世界がどのような世界なのかは、夜に鳴く鳥
だけが知っている。私はそんな3人の奇妙なダイナミックを見つめ、ウィスキー
をストレートで飲む。

Haruki said, “There are kinds of things you can realize only in the superior music. In some cases, it is so powerful that it changes people’s lives when the raw sound seeps through not only ears but also skins to shake organs then to reach brain.”

「世の中には優れた音楽の中でしか気づけないタイプのものがある。生の音が耳だけでなく皮膚を通過して内臓に力強く響き、それが脳に届くとき、場合によってはそれは人の人生を変えてしまうくらいの力がある」と春樹が言った。

When Keith and Jayson started playing music from laptop and keyboard and drums set up in the room, Haruki started dancing as if it was some sort of predestination he couldn’t change anything about it.

部屋にセットしてあるラップトップを使ってキースが音楽をやりだすと
春樹は、これはある種の宿命で、自分でもどうしようもないんだ、という感じで
踊り出した。

When I woke up in the morning, Haruki was gone. And there was a memo that wrote,”I like brave people who are able to create something. Intelligent Dance Music. And All God’s Children Can Dance.”

次の日の朝目覚めると、春樹はいなくなっていて「僕は何かを作り出すことができる勇敢な人々が好きだ。インテリジェント・ダンス・ミュージック。そして、神の子どもたちはみな踊る」と書いた紙が置いてあった。

※This is a fiction
※この話はフィクションです

Bandcamp
http://jamuelsaxon.bandcamp.com/

Article on Reader
http://www.sandiegoreader.com/weblogs/jam-session/2011/dec/12/jamuel-saxon-new-year-new-video-new-album/