Shinjuku Zulu

Mrs Major Tom ♡s Captain Kirk

  • September 9, 2011

Grammy-award winning singer Sheryl Crow is covering my song “Mrs Major Tom”  for the William Shatner project “Seeking Major Tom”. “Mrs Major Tom” continues the story of Major Tom (from David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” and “Ashes to Ashes” and later, Peter Schilling’s “Major Tom”) -- but now told from the point of view of the wife left at home. The song was first released on my album “Adieu Shinjuku Zulu” as K.I.A., and later on the downtempo/chillout best-of release “DXLR8” under both of my nom de tunes K.I.A. , and Shinjuku Zulu. The track features the haunting...

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My Anjat Anjan

  • June 1, 2010
My Anjat Anjan

“My Anjat Anjan” by K.I.A., 2010, 60” x 40”. C-Print on metallic photopaper, backmounted on aluminum, facemounted on clear acrylic. 1/5. A jet engine blueprint referencing Palenque. Part of a series exploring ancient/traditional art forms paired with current technology; and broadly, the transtemporal nature of the soul... See also: injunjetenjun kabukijetenjin (Turboaragato)

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injunjetenjun

  • November 22, 2009
injunjetenjun

“injunjetenjun” by K.I.A. 2009, 60” x 40”, C-print on metallic photo paper. This series evolved while researching the “Acceleration / Still...” sculpture. Looking over hundreds of aviation blueprints and schematics, I kept seeing tribal masks. (And feel it was a glimpse of a metempsychosis -- the experience of my own past, or perhaps even future, lives.) Once again, my multi-temporal/cross-cultural/machine v. handmade themes arise... So this piece is described as a jet engine totem pole, or a Haida space shuttle. It is a blueprint of a jet engine, done in the manner of west-coast...

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Song Stories: Shinjuku and K.I.A. Pt 3

  • January 15, 2009

[music musings from the archives, for the record] Stopping... and Sleep Sleep at iTunes "Did you hear about those people who got killed at the bus stop?" someone at the table next to me had just asked me. The man was pointing with a tobacco-stained finger to the newspaper on his table. The lead story was about how a bus had gone out of control in the snow and had run over a father and his son. "You know, I hit a deer once." He slowly lifted his cup and took a sip of his Dunkin Donuts coffee, and continued. "With my truck, on the highway. It was raining, nighttime, all of a sudden...

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Song Stories: Shinjuku Zulu and K.I.A. Pt 2

  • January 13, 2009

[music musings from the archives, for the record] Speed Tribes... and Slow Is the New Fast “Slow Is the New Fast” on iTunes In Japan, there is a certain subculture who sci-fi their motorbikes and they ride them very loud and very, very fast. They are called the Bosozoku, which roughly translates into The Speed Tribes. But we in the west are the true speed tribes. In our tricked-out gogo gadget lives, not only is faster better, faster is the only option. Too much is not enough, and even faster is still too slow. (Ever felt impatient waiting less than half-a-second for a web page...

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Song Stories: Shinjuku Zulu and K.I.A. Pt 1

  • January 11, 2009

[music musings from the archives, for the record]   Someone Great and... Tuktuyuktuk to Timbuktu “Tuktuyuktuk to Timbuktu on iTunes” I think figure-skating rules have been applied to the new release by LCD Soundsystem. That is, the judges (critics) were so pre-disposed to love it that they graded it higher than it actually should have been. Unlike a lot of music writers, overall I think the CD is a disappointment, and it leaves me a bit flat. But having said that, is does have one fantastic song: "Someone Great". It really is terrific, and here's why: it's not ironic,...

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