Lovely Summer Chan – Ningen no Tochi

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Lovely Summer Chan’s LSC was the perfect out of the blue album that rocked my world last year. The perfect blend of the kawaii, distorted guitars, mellow, adorable voice and pop/rock/electronic/you-name-it sound hit that perfect spot on my music palate. Since then, I’ve been eagerly anticipating more stuff from her, and on August 2 this year, Lovely Summer Chan has finally released some new music – an E.P. entitled Ningen no Tochi (人間の土地‘Human Land’). And once again each song appears to be entirely different than the other ones.

Ningen no Tochi consists 4 tracks and all of them represent different music genres and styles – which is a lot like LSC – the diversity of that record is something that continues to amaze me. Continue reading →

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Crawling Outta My Comfort Zone, or: How I Started Getting My Shit Together in 2017

I never considered this blog to be a source of enlightenment for the masses – there’s very little substance to it and it’s surely reflected in the number of readers – but nostalgicrocknrolla is something very important to me. Even those dry album reviews which appear here, somewhat give an insight into my skull, and in a peculiarly unclear way show what goes on in there. Whether anyone would want to take a peek is a different story altogether.

Anyhow, this post is mostly about that. About my head. As usual, it won’t be written in the now-popular way: ‘I woke up this morning when the sunrays touched my cheeks. I served breakfast in bed for my sweetheart, my life is perfect in every way, have a gorgeous day my darlings! <3’ … I’m gonna be sick. Continue reading →

Wypełzam z mojej strefy komfortu, czyli o tym, jak zacząłem zbierać się w garść

Nigdy nie uważałem, że mój blog niesie oświaty kaganiec – ma raczej niewielką wartość merytoryczną i znikomą liczbę odbiorców – jest jednak czymś dość ważnym dla mnie. Nawet te suche recenzje płyt z Japonii itp., które się tu pojawiają, niejako dają wgląd do mojej czachy, i w całkiem niejasny sposób ukazują, co tam się wyprawia. Chociaż trzeba dodać, że to, czy komuś miałoby jednak zależeć na tym, co dzieje się w mojej głowie, to zupełnie osobna bajka.

W każdym bądź razie, o tym głównie będzie w tym wpisie. Niestety, w trochę mniej popularny sposób, niż: ‘obudziłem się dziś rano, gdy promienie słońca dotknęły mych skroni. Przygotowałem dla mej luby śniadanie do łóżka, moje życie jest fantastyczne, miłego dnia kochani! <3’… Litości. Continue reading →

Ayano Kaneko, one of the best indie artists in Japan

‘~Aaaaaaaa’

I wrote about Lovely Summer Chan. I wrote about Kamin Shirahata. Now it’s time for Ayano Kaneko. And firstly I must say, it’s fucking amazing we’re living in times when I can find out about all these talented artists from the all over the world, even if they aren’t worldwide famous, promoted and mass-sold to us through all the means available. It’s actually possible to learn about this young girl singer who plays the guitar in Japan, and despite the fact that I don’t understand much, I know enough to decide whether someone rocks or not. Continue reading →

Out of the black, into the blue – Lana Del Rey’s Lust for Life

Lana Del Fuckin’ Rey did it again. She released a new album and it’s a bewitching, breathtaking audiovisual journey as usual. The work is called Lust for Life (it rolls off the tongue well), and it already sounded like a change in artistic direction for Del Rey. No more gloom and sadness? While dark Hollywood tales still have their room on the new record, the singer seems to have accepted fame and the shit it comes with, but also she accepted herself. Familiar love stories are included, but at some  Lust for Life surprisingly gets political too, and the issues she’s trying to raise are well-thought out. Lana Del Rey is fully grown now. ‘Gone is the burden’, she says. It’s like taking off the weighted clothing in Dragon Ball Z, making your power levels spike. Continue reading →

Haim’s Something to Tell You is Classic Rock Reincarnated

Haim’s Days Are Gone was an album that took me by surprise – it turned out there’s a contemporary band which sounds like my beloved Fleetwood Mac. By incorporating some fresh twists and quirks here and there, the group could entertain the today’s generation listener as well. After long-ass 4 years of waiting, the girls finally came back in June with a new record, entitled Something to Tell You. Continue reading →

Hootie and the Blowfish – a forgotten (?) gem of the 90s

The nineties fucking rocked music-wise. Let’s see, there were badass grunge bands like Alice in Chains, Nirvana or Pearl Jam. Some other alternative/indie rock acts soon followed as well, including Faith No More, Foo Fighters, The Smashing Pumpkins, No Doubt or Beck. Many well-established bands which started out in the 80s managed to hit new heights – like Metallica with their Black Album, or RHCP with Blood Sugar Sex Magik. Hell, some groups from the 70s enjoyed new-found success as well – like Aerosmith and their Get a Grip record in 1993 (who doesn’t sing along to Crazy or Cryin’?). Rap became a next big thing (N.W.A., Wu-Tang Clan, Cypress Hill, Biggie, 2Pac, Eminem), and so did female-fronted pop-rock acts, often associated with the third wave of feminism – singer-songwriters like Alanis Morissette, Tori Amos, Sheryl Crow or Liz Phair were enjoying immense popularity. Pretty much all of those bands entered mainstream, and at this point are considered classics in their respective genres. Like it or not, 1990 was already 27 years ago, so to me it’s almost my whole lifespan. Interestingly (or maybe it shouldn’t be that surprising) enough, there were some groups that aren’t well-known outside their home countries. Hootie and the Blowfish is one of them. Continue reading →

Reflecting on my travel to Japan, part 2

When you’re a textbook example of a (slightly educated) bumpkin from Polish countryside somewhere in the south, Tokyo may definitely appear overwhelming. While ‘bursztynowy świerzop’ or ‘gryka jak śnieg biała’ no longer can be found in the place where I grew up (idyllic stuff our national poet wrote about few centuries ago), nonetheless time flows more slowly here, and there’s not that much going on, which greatly contrasts with the Japanese metropolis. During several days there I’ve probably seen more people than in half of my lifetime. What shocked us, however, was the small number of foreign tourists around us. I mean, there was a bunch of them in Asakusa and another quite large gathering near Hachiko statue in Shibuya, but these weren’t the hordes we expected to see on every corner (more than 20 million tourists visiting Japan yearly). Fact: Japan is just a such a homogeneous nation that the Japanese folks make up for the great majority of people there. That’s one thing Japan and Poland have in common – larger cities have some expat communities, but overall it’s Poles everywhere. As such, the hosts (locals and the domestic tourists) dominated in most places, and we were lost in the crowd (or actually we kind of stood out, towering over quite short Japanese folks). Continue reading →

Refleksyjnie o mojej podróży do Japonii, cz. 2

Gdy jest się książkowym przykładem (nieco poduczonego) wieśniaczka z polskiej wsi na południu kraju, to Tokio potrafi porazić swym ogromem. Co prawda bursztynowego świerzopu i gryki jak śnieg białej już człowiek w moich rodzimych stronach nie uświadczy, to jednak czas z pewnością płynie tu znacznie wolniej i dzieje się znacznie mniej, i szybko się okazało, że stoi to w ogromnym kontraście do japońskiego metropolis.

Podejrzewam, że przez kilka dni tam spędzonych zobaczyłem więcej ludzi niż przez pół życia. Zszokowała nas jednak względnie mała liczba zagranicznych turystów dookoła. Były jakieś tam grupki w Asakusie oraz całkiem spore walne zgromadzenie w pobliżu pomnika Hachiko w Shibuyi, ale z pewnością nie były to hordy, które spodziewaliśmy się mijać na każdym kroku (wg internetów Japonię odwiedza przeszło 20 milionów turystów rocznie, z tendencją wzrostową). Powiedziałbym, że jest to jedno z największych podobieństw między Japonią, a Polską – obydwa kraje prowadzą w braku różnorodności rasowej.  Faktem jest, że Japonia jest po prostu tak jednolita etnicznie, że w większości miejsc to gospodarze dominowali (lokalsi i turyści wewnętrzni) i praktycznie wszędzie tonęliśmy w tłumie (tudzież można rzec, że górowaliśmy nad dość niskimi Japończykami). Continue reading →

Reflecting on my travel to Japan, part 1

I’ve finally fulfilled my biggest dream and  between March and April this year I flew to the land of sakura, anime, AKB48, sake and wasabi, to spend there almost three weeks. In general it was no spontaneous ,last-minute sort of deal, which would be built around visiting those few places that pop up on the first page of Google, after writing down ‘Japan things to see’. After buying the plane ticket (more than a half a year beforehand), the real fun began, as I wanted to pick the most interesting spots to catch a glimpse of. The temples like Fushimi Inari or Kiyomizu-dera in Kyoto (which first impressed me in an animated form – through anime Lucky Star), or the memorial plate  of my favorite Japanese singer – late Yutaka Ozaki, in Shibuya, Tokyo were on my trip’s must-see list from the very beginning, but the rest of the itinerary was a real dilemma. It turned out my knowledge about Japan was mostly based on countless watched anime titles, movies and TV series, and dozens or hundreds of pop and rock bands I listen to. For the next few months, I had to learn a bit more about what Japan is all about, when it comes monuments, and otherwise. Continue reading →