Thursday, May 8, 2008

TVD's Daily Wax | Japan "Oil On Canvas"

Believe it or not, this is the soundtrack to hissing summer lawns, kids screeching by on bikes outside as dusk descends, dishes being washed and put away, trains blowing by, sprinklers arching back and forth, screen doors slamming, one (why is it always just ONE?) dog barking in the distance.

Maybe I have a mental problem, but new music forever invokes the time it makes itself known to me -- either at a particular age or a particular time. As I wrote last December, 'Oil On Canvas' was a gift from a pen pal (remember those, internet friends?) who I never actually met but who I owe a large debt to for introducing me not just to Japan but to David Sylvian as well. And that cassette arrived in the mail as Spring slithered into Summer, 1984--rescuing me.

Japan - Sons Of Pioneers [Live] (Mp3)
Japan - Swing [Live] (Mp3)
Japan - Still Life In Mobile Homes [Live] (Mp3)
Japan - Cantonese Boy [Live] (Mp3)
Japan - Gentlemen Take Polaroids [Live] (Mp3)