Category Archives: Music

8Tracks Review: ‘Elemental’ by Taimane

Elemental by Taimane independent, 2018 What’s your label? Taimane Gardner’s new album dropped last week.  Elemental is a mostly instrumental blending of many styles, as one would expect from this ukulele virtuoso.  Her FB bio says, Taimane translates to “diamond” from … Continue reading

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8Tracks Review: ‘Noise Floor’ by Spock’s Beard

Noise Floor by Spock’s Beard 2018, InsideOut Music It’s always good to see your face my friend I guess I’ll get the 8A angle out of the way first and say that Spock’s Beard is a four-person progressive rock band … Continue reading

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8Tracks Review: ‘Playing Favorites’ by Meiko

Playing Favorites (2018) by Meiko Chesky Records Everything I do depends on you Yes, I know I just reviewed a Meiko single six weeks ago. I didn’t know back then that Meiko’s album would be out this early in the … Continue reading

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8Tracks Review: ‘Rise to Glory’ by Loudness

Rise to glory In 1985, right in hair metal’s best years, Loudness released its first album on an American label, it’s fifth album overall.  Until then, the band from Osaka was really known only in Japan.  I was sixteen, fascinated … Continue reading

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8Tracks Rewind: Get to Know Dengue Fever

I think about you so so so so much I forget to eat “California psychedelic surf rock with lyrics sung in Khmer?  Sure!  Why not?”  I downloaded Dengue Fever’s third full-length album, Venus on Earth, and by the end of the … Continue reading

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8Tracks Review: ‘State Change’ EP by Priska

State Change EP (2018) by Priska You’ve got something to say Priska’s new EP dropped Tuesday.  Here’s what she said on FB: “I’m so excited and proud to share this project with you all. I wrote the majority of this album … Continue reading

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CAAMFEST 2018 – May 10-24, San Francisco & Oakland

CAAMFEST 36 One of the things that I appreciate about the San Francisco Bay Area after I moved here is the rich cultural activities in the area, and that includes the annual Asian American film festival known as CAAMFEST (known … Continue reading

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8Tracks Review: “Longing (Someday)” Video by Luke McQueen

Our history can complete Luke McQueen’s website says he was adopted from South Korea at the age of five to Longmont, Colorado. Around the age of ten, he won a local talent competition with an original composition. Throughout grade school … Continue reading

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8Tracks Review: ‘Island Blooms’ EP by Gingee

Gingee released her new EP Island Blooms last month, right at the spring equinox. Coco Water According to her Facebook bio, Gingee (Marjorie Light) is a DJ, producer and vocalist from Los Angeles. DJing and producing since 2003, she is known … Continue reading

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8Tracks Review: “Back in the Game” Single by Meiko

Someone’s waiting there for me; I know it Meiko released “Back in the Game” March 16.  “I wrote this song as a ‘going-out anthem’ for the broken-hearted,” she writes on her website.  You know: brush your knees off, get back … Continue reading

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8Tracks Review: Priska’s “Fly the Coop” Single and Video

I used to stand inside the gates Priska premiered her new single and accompanying music video last Thursday, following its launch party and performance the previous Saturday. I became aware of her when I reviewed Voices of Our Vote a year … Continue reading

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8Tracks Review: ‘Escape Emotion’ EP by Jennifer Zhang

Boy am I late with this review.  Jennifer Zhang’s new EP Escape Emotion was released August 29 last year, and I’m finally getting to it now. It isn’t for lack of enthusiasm. I am still stoked to be sharing this music … Continue reading

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