Microsoft Japan and Xbox Japan, fix your support systems. Your support is terrible. If I didn’t have to buy from you, I would do everything in my power not to buy from you.
I was really happy to see that David Van Tieghem‘s 1984 album, These Things Happen was released on Bandcamp by Van Tieghem himself. This was released on vinyl and cassette back in the day and while I have had a bad digital copy, I was more than happy to pay David for a lossless file. Both These Things Happen and Van Tieghem’s 1987 release, Saftey in Numbers, are seminal albums for me. I listened to them so many times as a child and while the nostalgia is a factor, Van Tieghem’s ideas and production are so great, the albums hold up decades later. Highly recommended.
One of my favorite DJs, fleep.com is back after many years with a new deep house mix, Socially Distant. Great to have fleep back!
If you are looking for the best hour of curated Bill Withers, I suggest you go check out Oliver Wang’s 2015 tribute to Withers on Soul-Sides.com.
Rest in power.
After watching HBO’s phenomenal Chernobyl TV mini series, my concern is that the bar has been raised very high for any potential Fukushima disaster media portrayal. Whether any future Fukushima media portrayal will be a documentary or a historical drama like the HBO Chernobyl mini series, it will be demanding to make anything of the quality of the Craig Mazin and Johan Renck series.
Clearly the Fukushima event still is ongoing wrt the cleanup (and will be for hundreds if not thousands of years) but there should be some sort of detailed overview of the event for a global audience. There are lessons to be learned that have yet to be shared broadly and myths to be busted, etc.
I don’t know who/how a Fukushima media project could be done effectively. Perhaps a Netflix-funded effort with a Japanese cast but perhaps a non-Japanese director? HBO’s Chernobyl did have many award-winning non-Russian/non-Ukranian actors, and I think any Fukushima media project would have to carefully balance having Japanese actors for authenticity but also some non-Japanese perspective (in direction or other areas) in order to broaden the story for a global audience. When such a project could be funded or shot, I don’t know. I suspect it is still too close to the date of the accident/event that it’s still too soon.