Category Archives: Music

Asian American Commercial Watch: The Fighting Spirit of Anderson Paak

I first heard of  Anderson .Paak from Number One Son and Number Two Son, but I didn’t bother to find anything about him until I saw him featured in this commercial for Modelo beer.  “Fighting Spirit” is definitely an appropriate … Continue reading

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Today is Israel Kamakawiwoʻole’s Birthday

Today Google’s daily doodle celebrates Israel “Iz” Kamakawiwoʻole‘s birthday and includes the above video.  His version of Somewhere of the Rainbow is well known, and I personally think of it before Judy Garland’s.  It was said to have inspired the … Continue reading

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H.E.R. is Interviewed and Cooks in a Filipino Restaurant

I asked some of my kids if they knew that recording artist H.E.R. (Gabi Wilson) was half Filipino, and they already knew that.  It seems the last person to know in our family was me!   In this interview at … Continue reading

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‘Harvard Please Let Me In’ – A Music Video by Ethan Kim

I saw a Facebook friend of mine post this video from YouTube about North Carolina high school student Ethan Kim, who had applied early to Harvard, but got deferred. So he decided to put together a rap music video asking … Continue reading

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Film Review: ‘Blinded by the Light’

I’m not big Bruce Springsteen fan, but am a big fan of the film ‘Bend It Like Beckham,’ which Gurinder Chadha directed so I was definitely going to see ‘Blinded by the Light’ where Chadha is credited directing and being … Continue reading

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BTS Takes Over America & the World

I hate to admit it, but I hadn’t listened to one song or seen one of their music videos before BTS made their appearance on ‘Saturday Night Live’ on Saturday, April 13th, 2019 – the first ever for a K-pop … Continue reading

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8Tracks Review: ‘Love Yourself: Answer’ by BTS

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 … Continue reading

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8Tracks Review: ‘Six Evolutions — Bach: Cello Suites’ by Yo-Yo Ma

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.  … Continue reading

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8Tracks Review: ‘Be the Cowboy’ by Mitski

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 … Continue reading

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8Tracks Review: ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

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 … Continue reading

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8Tracks Review: ‘Expectations’ by Hayley Kiyoko

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 … Continue reading

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8Tracks Review: ‘5OKI’ EP by Steve Aoki

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); … Continue reading

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