Get A Clewley

Every other Tuesday, the Bangkok Post publishes a music column by John Clewley, an informed and informative journalist and occasional DJ. He regularly features the Transglobal World Music Chart, highlighting the releases that most tickle his discerning ears. Regrettably, as he points out, the May 2022 Top 20 chart features just one Asian artist, fromContinue reading “Get A Clewley”

Brief Encounters

RIP, Cynthia Plaster Caster and Re Styles CAUTION: ADULT-THEMED BLOG POST; NOT INTENDED FOR CHILDREN UPDATE: Life celebration concert planned for Cynthia Plaster Caster. Two remarkable rock ‘n’ roll collaborators – Cynthia Plaster Caster and Re Styles – passed recently, from this mortal coil to whatever lies beyond. Cynthia was 74 years old; Re wasContinue reading “Brief Encounters”

Mango Milli

To the editor: Again with the “soft power” references, regarding T-pop sensation Milli’s appearance last weekend at California’s taste-making Coachellla music festival (“Milli’s sticky rice and mango stunt grabs world’s attention,” Bangkok Post, April 18). Please, in the name of responsible journalism, stop. The tenuous concept of “soft power” (primarily advanced and promoted by aContinue reading “Mango Milli”

The Most Important Book I’ve Ever Read (And it’s not even a “book.”)

When I was 17 or 18 years old, I purchased an early edition (not the first, which was published in 1968, but a later edition published in 1971) of the Whole Earth Catalog, edited by Stewart Brand. The magazine’s stated purpose was this: We are as gods and might as well get good at it.Continue reading “The Most Important Book I’ve Ever Read (And it’s not even a “book.”)”

Song Requests

Here’s my hot take on folks who make song requests at live music venues. It’s about control. [This is not a scientific analysis.] Some people, I have observed, need to feel “in charge” of their environment. Sometimes this pathology results in aggressive and unreasonable demands being made on the staff or kitchen (if we areContinue reading “Song Requests”