Love Yourself: Answer by BTS Big Hit Entertainment 2018 The new BTS compilation album (with 7 new tracks!) dropped August 24, and if you know even one person who’s a BTS fan, you knew about it probably a couple of weeks in advance because BTSers could not shut up. I can’t say for sure, but I’m pretty sure anticipation of the new album even brought one of my friends out of Twitter hibernation. Fake love […] Continue »
Heroine’s Journey brings an end to Sarah Kuhn’s delightful Asian American superheroine trilogy. In the first of the series, Heroine Complex, we meet Evie Tanaka, assistant to superheroine Aveda Jupiter. In the second, Heroine Worship, we explore Aveda Jupiter aka Annie Chang’s inner self. And here in the last, we traverse between worlds with Bea Tanaka, Evie’s younger sister, as she tries to, well, what else, save the world from demon destruction. Bea’s superpower is that […] Continue »
Six Evolutions — Bach: Cello Suites by Yo-Yo Ma Sony Classical, 2018 And cello to you, too Yo-Yo Ma’s latest album dropped August 17, and it would have been great to review it then, but you know. Crazy Rich Asians. And then Mitski. The master cellist writes on his website: Bach’s Cello Suites have been my constant musical companions. For almost six decades, they have given me sustenance, comfort, and joy during times of stress, […] Continue »
Be the Cowboy by Mitski Dead Oceans, 2018 I haven’t told anyone Mitzki (Miyawaki)’s new album dropped August 17 and I planned to review it last week, but you know. Crazy Rich Asians. This one got a ton of advance buzz, partly because of a couple of advance singles but also because it feels like it’s time for everyone who doesn’t know Mitski to get on. That pretty friend is finally yours Geyser (2:23) Why […] Continue »
So as part of “Asian August,” I (you can read my review of “Crazy Rich Asians here”) got to see Searching as part of a #goldopen effort to promote the film, which opened this past weekend (but first debuted at Sundance) in a very limited release – nine theaters (and opens nationally Friday, August 31st) actually starring John Cho (#starringJohnCho). From the film’s website: “After David Kim (John Cho)’s 16-year-old daughter goes missing, a local investigation […] Continue »
Beth Lew-Williams’s new history, The Chinese Must Go: Violence, Exclusion, and the Making of the Alien in America, is a thorough examination of anti-Chinese violence in the West in the 1880s and its relation to U.S. immigration policy. If the history of American immigration policy, and particularly Chinese exclusion, is new to you, this might not be the best place to start. But for those who are, Lew-Williams adds nuance to our understanding of 1882 and […] Continue »
Crazy Rich Asians (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) WaterTower Music, 2018 (no movie spoilers) Look how they shine for you Almost nobody discusses Crazy Rich Asians (the film) without mentioning the movie’s soundtrack, which is pretty cool, because how often does this happen anymore? Soundtrack albums used to be huge marketing tools for films, but unless the film is a musical, nowadays you seldom hear people talk about soundtracks. I suspect the persistent conversation means the soundtrack […] Continue »
Expectations by Hayley Kiyoko Atlantic Records, 2018 Breathe her in Hayley Kiyoko’s debut album dropped March 30. I’ve been vaguely aware of her for a long time, knew she was an actress but haven’t seen her work, knew she was a singer but haven’t heard her music. It’s mostly because my tastes just don’t lean this way, so please keep this in mind here. She said on Facebook: MY DEBUT ALBUM. OUT NOW EVERYWHERE. Promise […] Continue »
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that the movie Crazy Rich Asians is coming out today, August 15th, nationally. I was able to see a pre-screening a week early that the filmmakers promoted on the auspicious lucky date of 8/8/2018. If you have been living under a rock, Crazy Rich Asians is one of the most “anticipated films of the summer” according to USA Today (based on the 2013 international bestselling book […] Continue »
Steve Aoki’s new EP 5OKI dropped April 27. I’m only getting to it now because I’m pretty clueless about EDM. Tracks Anthem (featuring Kriss Kiss); Hardwell and Steve Aoki (2:43) Mayhem; Steve Aoki & Quintino (2:37) It’s Time (featuring Bruce Buffer); Steve Aoki & Laidback Luke (3:18) Pika Pika; Steve Aoki & LOOPERS (2:24) Moshi Moshi (featuring Mama Aoki); Steve Aoki & Vini Vici (4:17) Thoughts If my look-back at the Jets last week didn’t convict […] Continue »
I first learned about Wong Fu’s ‘Yappie’ scripted web series on this NBC Asian America article about Wong Fu Productions & Yappie: “With more than 3 million subscribers on YouTube now, and 500 million-plus views, Wong Fu Productions — created by college friends Wang, Wesley Chan, and Ted Fu — has ambitious credits to their name that includes multiple web series (including a YouTube Red series starring “Glee” alum Harry Shum, Jr.), music videos, and […] Continue »
Melding by Marika Takeuchi Bigo and Twigetti, 2018 Dawning Marika Takeuchi’s new album Melding dropped July 19. I first discovered her three years ago when she crowdfunded her fourth studio album, Colors in the Diary, while I looked for something interesting on PledgeMusic. I love how that sometimes happens; the crowdfunding platforms are such a great way to get into something new. “This is a mixture of classical and electronic music, eastern and western influences,” she says […] Continue »
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